First Presby’s Weekly New
October 15, 2017
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Worship is broadcast at 11:00 a.m. on WCHS-580AM
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Next Week’s Sermon will be given by Christian Johnson
Sympathy of the congregation is extended to:
• The family of Katie Cobb, teenage friend of Laura Abernethy
You are invited to a chili lunch and pumpkin carving on October 22 immediately following worship! Sign-up in the hallway this week 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.
Join us for our annual Fall Festival on October 25! Put on your costume, and bring your friends and family for a night of games, crafts, food and fun! The festival will be held at 6:00 in the Rec. Room in the Activities Building. Please bring small bags of cookies (3-4 per bag) for the cookie walk. NO NUTS! If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please contact Katie Berger at 631-680-5183.
Parents, meet Pastor Christian! Christian Johnson will be available during the Adult Drop-In Sunday School class on October 29 to meet and connect with parents of young children to discuss opportunities to serve and enhance ministry at First Presby. For more information, contact Christian at 231-342-5798 or the church office at 304-343-8961.
Are you interested in becoming an usher? If so, please contact Dave Pitchford at 304-345-4484.
Presentation of Bibles: Today our first and third grade students will be presented with Bibles. Below are the names of students receiving Bibles:
Bailey Elizabeth Burton
Lila Grace Crislip
Addison Paige Forbes
Charlotte Ruth Hoblitzell
Kemp William Meyer
Bailey Elizabeth Smith
Lewis Wayne Stevens
Amelia Jane Westerman
Brooks Holman Bailey
Brent Joseph Burton, II
Riley Harrison Crislip
William Jesse Forbes, Jr.
Evan Douglas Griffith
Andrew Robert Isaac
Skye Virginia McCain
Addison James Mitchell
More about the music: Below is an excerpt from “Glory to God: A Companion”
about this morning’s concluding hymn, “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God”:
“As a mother with three small children, the author would frequently create
hymns for them on various topics, usually at their request, such as “Make a
hymn for a picnic” or “Make a hymn for a foggy day.” The present hymn was
written for All Saints’ Day in order to emphasize that many saints led
seemingly ordinary lives and that there are still saints living among us
today. One of the questions that often arises regarding this text is the
identity of the generic references. What saint was a queen, for example?
There are several possibilities: Clotilde of France, Elisabeth of Hungary, Elizabeth of Portugal, Hedwig of Poland, Jeanne de Valois, Margaret of
Scotland. All the other categories-doctor, shepherdess, soldier, priest, slain by beast similarly suggest multiple candidates and seem to have been included as much for engaging the curiosity of children (and adults) as for alluding to a particular person.” 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.
Disaster Assistance: There are many tangible ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Through much prayer and conversation, First Presby has been provided an opportunity to partner with a “Sister Church” – 1st Presbyterian Church of Dickinson Texas that was submerged and lost everything in the floods. We will help them in their rebuilding process by way of financial donations, physical donations and boots-on the ground when the time is right. If you would like to make a monetary donation to this effort, please make your check made out to First Presby, notate 1st PC of Dickinson, TX. We will also have an opportunity to participate in purchasing a physical item(s) to help refurbish the sanctuary – more information to follow.
Be a part of First Presby’s FAITH IN ACTION ”Honey-Do” Team! Faith in Action is a local nonprofit that helps seniors sustain their independence and remain in their homes. Their motto is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. First Presby is planning a few “honey do” projects later this month and next where we will participate in some light fix-it type jobs at the homes of some of the seniors. All Faith in Action Volunteers are required to attend one orientation session prior to serving. First Presby is hosting a session this coming Thursday, October 19th from 6–7:30. We will meet in A203 – Come to be trained and spread the word, all are welcome!
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. To register, fill out a form in the hallway or go to www.firstpresby.com/basketball.
Many ways to support our ministries: In addition to traditional cash and checks in the offering plate, you can give on our website www.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.
This Week’s Food Pantry Needs: Peanut butter and cereal
Lay Academy continues to study “Comparative Religions” this Sunday, Oct. 15,
4:00 p.m. in the Dining Room. Our topic moves from South Asia (India) to East Asia (China,
Japan, Korea, etc.). Professor Mark Berkson will lecture (DVD) on the worldviews,
philosophies and religions of East Asia, and Dr. Newman will lead discussion. Everyone
welcome to come learn and join our dialogues where we seek to learn how we are both the
same and different in outlook and practices of spirituality. For more information, please
call Dr. Newman at 304-345-0225 or the Church Office at 304-343-8961.
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.
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.
Cents-Ability Offering is received next Sunday: Thank you to all who give so generously of your nickels, dimes, pennies and dollars to the Cents-Ability offering. Your gifts go a VERY long way to help those who are food insecure. To date in 2017, $5,775.69 has been received through this offering and given to the Covenant House Food Pantry as well as the Presbytery to give to other WV food pantries and global food banks. “…He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
Hope Village is opening soon, and we need your help! Please say “Yes” to lending your time, talents and energy to make Hope Village thrive again this year! Male, female, youth, neighbors and friends are all encouraged to be a part of this wonderful outreach ministry of our church. Mary Kay Boyle will be in the hallway after worship with a sign-up sheet and list of the variety of ways that YOU can get involved. For more information, contact Mary Kay at 304-541-6943
What’s Going on This Week?
9:15 Sunday School
4:00-5:30 KSVOA – Steve Joseph, V-ball Officials Meeting
4:00 Lay Academy, Comparative Religions Dining Room
6:00-8:30 Youth Group, Dining Room Monday 10/16
8:30-10:00 Aerobics, Rec. Room
Meeting (Chapter K), Ruffner Room
4:30-7:00 P.E.O. Meeting, Ruffner Room
9:30-2:00 Bible Study Group,
10:00-12:00 Knitting/Crocheting Group, E-406
3:30-6:00 Daymark Board Meeting, E-412
5:15–6:30 Mission Grant Review,
5:30 Fellowship & Rec. Div., Library
5:30-6:30 FPC Lyres Club, Ruffner Room
7:15-8:45 Boy Scout Troop 5, Rec. Room
8:00 Wednesday Work Crew
8:30-10:00 Aerobics, Rec. Room
9:30-11:30 Preschool Parent Ed,. Ruffner Room
11:45 Men’s Wed. Lunch Group, Bistro
3-5 Brotherhood of Senior Basketball, Gym
6:00 Church Fellowship Dinner, Dining Room
6:45 Mission Division, E-406
7:30 Worship Music Team, Sanctuary
7:30 Bible Study, Downtown Shoney’s
9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Preschool Pictures, E-212
10:30 PW Hannah/Ruth Circle, A-203
11:30 PW Prayer Group, A-201
12:00 PW Luncheon, Dining Room
5:30-7:00 Capella Bells Rehearsal, Choir Room
6:00-7:30 Faith in Action (Sue Webster), A-203
7:30-9:00 Geneva Choir, Choir Room
7:00-8:00 Men’s Group, Dining Room
8:30-10:00 Aerobics, Gym
9:00-11:00 Preschool Pictures, E-212
Bible Study A-203
3-5 Brotherhood of Senior Basketball, Gym
4:00-6:30 WV Symphony Orchestra – Sanctuary, SE, Ruff
8:30-12:00 Leadership Training- Elders & Deacons Meeting- Dining Room