First Presby’s Weekly News
October 1, 2017
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Worship is broadcast at 11:00 a.m. on WCHS-580AM
This Weeks Sermon is: This Do by Bill McCoy
Today is World Communion Sunday: “All who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.” (I Cor. 11:29) The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration.
The Peace and Global Witness Offering is Received Today– “So He came and proclaimed peace to those who were far off and peace to those who were near.” —Ephesians 2:17 The letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a peace that is universal. While the earthly ministry of Jesus happened in a specific age and place, the peace he shared is limited by neither time nor geography. As followers of Christ, our call to work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth. It is a demanding call, but it’s one that Presbyterians at all levels of the church are seeking to follow.
Giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering is one way we can be faithful to Christ’s call to pursue peace at home and around the world. A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. The Presbytery of WV retains 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
Many Ways to Support our Ministries: In addition to traditional cash and checks in the offering plate, you can give on our website firstpresby.com via your computer or smart phone, through our mobile app “Church Life” (you must first set up a user profile on our website to use the Church Life app.) or by texting 73256 and typing “firstpresby” in the message line. Use the QR code card in your pew rack to go directly to our giving page. God loves a Cheerful Giver.
Come celebrate!: You are invited to a reception to welcome our new Associate Pastor for Congregational Care, Christian Johnson, and his family in the Dining Room directly after worship service today.
Video Production: A crew from CGI Communications will be filming during today’s fellowship and worship to produce a promotional video for First Presby. If you are interested in being featured in the video, please see Jackie Lilly, Laura Hedrick or Amberlee Elmore before or after the worship service.
Manna Meal Sandwich Making Thanks: Thanks to the Elementary Sunday School Children and adult helpers who made 300 sandwiches during the Sunday School Hour this morning. The sandwiches and fruit were delivered to Manna Meal by the students.
Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria and Mexico City Earthquake Destruction Assistance: Our prayers and concerns are with all of the people affected by the ravages of the recent natural disasters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events. To provide a financial gift to PDA, go to their website: https://pda.pcusa.org/ or you can mail a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 designating PDA. In the near future, First Presby will look to form a church-wide volunteer activity(ies) to help those affected by the destruction. More information regarding how you can help directly will be available in the near future.
This Week’s Food Pantry Needs: Canned meats and vegetables
More About the Music: Below is an excerpt from “Glory to God: A Companion” about this morning’s Hymn of Praise, “You Are Holy”: “Although this text is given here in a language other than English, it is not (as might be expected) the original language. This text was created in 1984 in Swedish, then translated to English and then to Spanish. Much of the punning wordplay (“holy,” “whole,” “wholeness”) works in both Swedish and English, but not in Spanish. Even without considering any other feature, this text (which has been translated into fourteen languages) shows how languages have varied gifts, just as people do. It may seem surprising that a Swedish author/composer would set his text to a Brazilian dance form like the samba rhythm found here, but this is further testimony to the interrelatedness of our modern world.” For more tidbits about our music and hymn texts, visit a church copy of “Glory to God: A Companion” by Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr. M.A., M.Div., Ph.D. in our church library, or look through the copy on the piano at the front of the sanctuary after worship.
There’s room in the Geneva Choir for you!: Music literacy and perfect attendance are not required, but a sense of humor is certainly helpful. The choir does have a few people with great solo voices, but most of us are just regular folks like you. Much like the summer Family Choir, we’re a slightly different combination every week, but God needs all of us! Come to rehearsal this Thursday at 7:30pm in the Choir Room and join your voice with ours as often as you are able.
Opportunity to Serve on the RCCR Board: WANTED- A person who wants to help the less- advantaged own their own homes, who wants to help the addicted become clean and return to society, and who is willing to give of their time to make it happen. First Presbyterian Church helped found the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal over 25 years ago, with continuous representation on its Board of Directors. We are seeking a person who will serve God with their time and energy by working on the RCCR’s board for a three-year term. The RCCR Board meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. RCCR’s primary fundraiser each year is the Bean Dinner. If you feel called to this ministry, please contact: Sue Webster – 304-343-8961 Ext. 139
Are you a Kroger Shopper? If so, are you one of the 95 households who have registered their Kroger Plus Card for a donation from Kroger to First Presby? Kroger helps local communities through their charitable giving program “Community Rewards.” Last quarter, Kroger donated $1,294 for us to use in our ministry based upon the purchases of those 95 households. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com to register your card. You can search for First Presbyterian Church with our address, or simply enter our organization #83840. Thank you for helping Kroger help us to help others!
Check out the map before it goes away! We worshipped with brothers and sisters in churches as nearby as Huntington and as far away as Oslo, Norway, all shown on worship bulletin board in the main hallway. The map won’t be there forever, so check it out while you can!
Our LAY ACADEMY at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, continues to study “Comparative Religions,” this Sunday, Oct. 1, 4:00 p.m. Our topic will be Buddhism. Although Hinduism has no human founder, Buddhism does. He was Gautama Siddhartha, or Sakyamuni, who lived about 500 BCE. Dr. Mark Berkson, our professional historian of Religions will lecture (DVD) on this spiritual pioneer’s scriptures and teachings, and we shall welcome two practitioners of Buddhism who, like Dr. Sampath, will share with us their knowledge and experience of their personal faith journeys. These teachers will be Douglas Imbrogno and Thad Settle, who are Lay leaders for the local Buddhist Meditation Center. Buddhism has about 300 million followers worldwide and benefits from the strong tolerance provided by the INDIA CENTER located here in Charleston. Be sure to bring a family member, friend, or neighbor. For more information, please call the Church Office (304) 345-8961, or Dr. Newman (304) 345-0225. Remember all Lay Academy activities are free and open to the public.
You are invited to a Chili Lunch and pumpkin carving. Sign-up in the hallway the next two weeks to bring chili or cornbread. If you or your children want to join in pumpkin carving (or painting) please bring a pumpkin. We will have all of the tools, paint and brushes.
Youth: We return to our regularly scheduled programing with Sunday Night Youth Group from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Dining Room and LOGOS on Wednesday nights from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Church League Basketball: Attendance requirement for participation in Church League Basketball has begun. If your child wishes to play, please make sure they are attending Sunday School, worship, and/or Youth Group at least twice a month. Please contact Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up for a team, or if you are interested in coaching.
This Week at First Presbyterian
Monday, October 2
Preschool Parents Night
7:00 Preschool Parents Night
Tuesday, October 3
9:20 Staff Meeting, Ruff. Rm.
9:30-11 Bible Study Group, A-203 (Coffee)
5:30 Christian Education Division, E-214
5:30-6:30 FPC Lyres Club, Ruff. Rm.
7:15-8:45 Boy Scout Troop 5, Rec. Rm., Gym,
Wednesday, October 4
8:00 Wednesday Work Crew
11:45 Men’s Wed. Lunch Group, Bistro
5:00 Property Division, E-310
5-7:30 LOGOS, DR, Rec. Rm., Gym, A-109,
E-112, E-302, E-306, Library
6:00 Church Fellowship Dinner, DR
6:45 Board of Deacons, E-412
6:45 Personnel Division, E-310
7:15 Worship Division, A-203
8:00 Worship Music Team, Sanctuary
Thursday, October 5
7:30 Bible Study, Downtown Shoney’s
8-4:30 KPCC Staff Meeting, E-310
10:00 PW Coordinating Team, A-203
10:30-12:30 LVKC; LV office (S. Hysmith)
11:30 PW Bible Moderators, A-203
1:30-3 Shepherd’s Center Board, E-406
5:15 Coordinating Council, A-203
5:30-7 Capella Bells Rehearsal, Choir Rm.
7:30-9 Geneva Choir, Choir Rm.
Friday, October 6
7-8 Men’s Group, DR
9-4 KPCC Counseling, E-411
10-11:30 Women’s Outreach Bible Study,
A-203 (Need coffee)
Sunday, October 8
Blood Pressure Check-Cablish Rm.
Baptism Haden and Moses Families
9:15 Sunday School
10:00 Choir & Worship Team Warm-up
4:00 Lay Academy, Comparative Religions DR
6-8:30 Youth Group
DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR OCTOBER, 2017
Sunday, October 1
Monday, October 2
Tuesday, October 3
Wednesday, October 4
Thursday, October 5
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Sunday, October 22
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
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Tuesday, October 31
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