First Presby’s Weekly News November 12, 2017 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
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Next Week’s Sermon will be given by Bill McCoy.
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS! Presbyterian Women: The PW monthly luncheon will be on Thursday, November 16 at noon in the Dining Room. This month’s featured program is Community Outreach by Sue Webster. We encourage everyone who is able to join us for a wonderful time of fellowship! Please call the church office at 304-343-8961 to make reservations.
Godly Play Training: There will be a training session for Godly Play Sunday School leaders on Saturday, December 2 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield, WV. Godly Play welcomes children into the stories and mysteries of the Bible through story-telling using simple objects for illumination. Students develop Biblical knowledge and expand their faith in the Godly Play room – a sacred space where they can pray, play, create, learn and simply be children of God. If the teacher in you is longing to come out, or if you simply want to explore the possibilities for yourself, call Janet Chambers, Director of Child & Family Ministry at 304- 343-8961 or email email@example.com to learn more and register for the event. Address for Godly Play Training Event Christ Episcopal Church 200 Duhring Street Bluefield, WV 24701
Leftover Candy: If you have any leftover Halloween candy, please bring it to Payne’s office on the 2nd floor (just off the elevator in the Education Building). We will be packaging it up to send to college students.
TOYS for TOTS is having a Holiday Dance Benefit on Friday, November 17 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Charleston featuring the band Platinum FRIENDS. Individual tickets are $40, and a table of nine is $350. Tickets can be purchased via cash or check at the door or by calling Wayne Odin at 304-444-4407. Payments can also be made via debit or credit card at www.FriendsHolidayDance.brownpapertickets.com.
Light Up the Levee will take place on Friday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Haddad River Front Park. Bring your friends and family for a night of caroling, cookies, hot chocolate and an appearance by Santa Clause as we light up the levee for the Christmas season! We ask that you please bring donations of canned goods for the Covenant House Food Pantry.
WHAT’S THE NEXT BIG THING? It’s beginning to look a lot like Advent! You are invited to our annual Advent Workshop, November 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.! While Advent Workshop is not a LOGOS night, we encourage all LOGOS attendees to come as there is Lessons and Carols rehearsal for the LOGOS groups. We are also accepting donations of quart size mason jars for the craft activity. If you plan to attend Advent Workshop, please make reservations for dinner by calling the church office at 304-343-8961 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN OTHER NEWS… St. Marks United Methodist Church’s Clothing Closet needs: Men’s pants and jeans – all sizes Men’s underwear – sizes 28-40 Men’s socks both white and dark Men’s shoes sizes 9-13 Women’s socks both white and dark Women’s underwear sizes 5-10 Children’s socks and underwear for boys and girls Blankets, large towels and coats for all ages
Baskets needed to create beautiful Christmas gifts for Presbyterian Coffee Project goodies. Repurpose your gift size baskets for a good cause! Please bring baskets to the front office so Linda Elliot can pick them up.
Hope Village: The doors of Hope Village have opened and the beauty of the products abound! There are handcrafted items from around the world that you must see, smell, touch and taste to believe. We are open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Every item has a story to tell – shop and make a world of difference!
Lay Academy meets this Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Dining Room to continue studying comparative religions. We move from East Asia to the Middle East, our own part of the world and begin our study of Judaism, our parent faith. Dr. Mark Berkson will lecture (DVD) on the history and major characteristics of Judaism and our own David Feibelmann will lead discussion of Judaism, his own faith. Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information, please contact Dr. Newman at 304-345-0225 or the Church Office at 304-3438961.
Help us Help Houston flood victims: First Presby has adopted a “Sister Church’, 1st Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, Texas, which was completely devastated by Hurricane Harvey. After much prayer and discernment, we are blessed with the opportunity to help them rebuild and refurbish! The Church lost all of their pews in the flood and are seeking to replace their pews with chairs that can be used for multi purposes. You have the opportunity to help by “sponsoring a chair”. The cost per chair is $40.00, although any amount that you can give will help. We are trying to raise enough funds to enable 1stPCD to purchase 100 chairs. See the bulletin board in the church hallway and/or make a donation to this outreach ministry by writing a check out to First Presby (notate Dickinson Chairs).
Tell us what you’re thankful for! Be sure to stop by the “I’m Thankful For” bulletin board in the hall to fill out a leaf stating what you’re thankful for. As Thanksgiving approaches, let’s take time to thank God for all the many blessings He has given us!
Youth Group will meet at the normal time, 6:00 p.m. this Sunday, in the Dining Room.
This Week’s Food Pantry Needs: Canned pasta, canned evaporated milk
There’s room in the choir for you! Music literacy and perfect attendance are not required, but a sense of humor is certainly helpful. The Geneva Choir does have a few people with great solo voices, but most of us are just regular folks like you. Because no one has perfect attendance, we’re a slightly different combination of people 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.
More about the music: Below is an excerpt from “Glory to God: A Companion” about this morning’s Response, “O Lord, Our Lord”: ““The author wrote this text and music on November 1, 1981, and it was published a few days later. The following year, it was included on Sandi Patty’s album Lift Up the Lord, and soon it became more widely used. This text is a quilt of biblical references. The first sentence here is a quotation of Psalm 8:1. The next two clauses seem to be from Psalm 69:30, and “Prince of Peace” and “mighty God” come from Isaiah 9:6. Interestingly, all the uses of “Lord God Almighty” are found in Revelation (4:8, 11:7, 15:3, 16:7, 21:22).” 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.
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.
Open Dates for Flowers: If you would like to place flowers in the Sanctuary in memory or honor of a loved one, Sunday, November 19 and November 26, are both open dates. Please call the church office and speak with Nancy McLaughlin, 304-343-8961
What’s Going on This Week?
Sunday 11/12 9:15 Sunday School
11:30-12:30 Hope Village Open
1:00-3:00 Elementary Girls BBall; Gym
3:00-5:00 MS Boys B-Ball; Gym
4:00 Lay Academy, Comparative Religions; Dining Room
6:00-8:30 Youth Group
Monday 11/13 8:30-10:00 Aerobics Class; Rec. Room
9:00-12:00 P.E.O. Chapter K; Ruffner Room
5:30-8:30 Stephen Ministry; A-203
Tuesday 11/14 9:30-11:00 Bible Study Group; A-203
9:30-11:00 Preschool Committee (G. Taylor); E-214
10:00-12:00 Knitting/Crocheting Group; E-406
3:00-5:00 American Pen Women; E-406
5:15 NFL Draft; A-203
7:15-8:45 Boy Scout Troop 5; Rec. Room., Gym, A-109
Wednesday 11/15 8:00 Wednesday Work Crew
8:30-10:00 Aerobics Class, Rec. Room
10:00-2:00 Hope Village Open
11:45 Men’s Wed. Lunch Group, Bistro
3:00-5:00 Brotherhood of Senior Basketball, Gym
6:00 Church Fellowship Dinner, Dining Room
6:00 Rebecca Dinner Circle; A-201
6:45 Board of Deacons; E-412
7:30 Worship Team, Sanctuary
Thursday 11/16 7:30 Bible Study; Downtown Shoney’s
10:00-2:00 Hope Village Open
10:30 PW Elizabeth Circle (Hannah/Ruth); A-203
11:30 PW Prayer Group; A-201
12:00 PW Luncheon; Dining Room
5:30-7:00 Capella Bells Rehearsal, Choir Room
7:30-9:00 Geneva Choir; Choir Room
Friday 11/17 7-8 Men’s Group, Dining Room
8:30-10:00 Aerobics, Rec. Room
3:00-5:00 Brotherhood of Senior Basketball, Gym