First Presby’s Weekly News October 29, 2017 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
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Congratulations: Grant and Elizabeth Clark on the birth of their daughter, Edith Elizabeth Clark. Grandparents are Kristi and Joe Zak and great-grandparents are Mosely and Sharon Winkler.
Next Week’s Sermon: The Prodigal God: The Elder Brother by Bill McCoy
Service of Installation of Pastor Christian Johnson: Please plan to worship with us as we install our new Associate Pastor for Congregational Care today at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to a reception following the service in the Ruffner Room.
Hope Village Breakfast: Please join us for breakfast on Sunday, November 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the Dining Room to celebrate the return of Hope Village! We encourage everyone to fellowship and eat as we kick off this wonderful ministry of our church. Remember to set your clocks back for Daylight Savings Time so you can get an extra hour of sleep before coming in to eat! During Sunday School, Hope Village will be open to give people an early opportunity to start their shopping. This year we have four new vendors; be one of the first to see all of the beautiful merchandise!
Help us Help Houston flood victims: First Presby has adopted a “Sister Church’ – 1st Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, Texas that was completely devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We have the opportunity to help them rebuild and refurbish! They are in need of new chairs for their sanctuary. You have the opportunity to help by way of “sponsoring a chair”. See the bulletin board in the church hallway and/or make a donation to this outreach ministry by way of check made out to First Presby, notate Dickinson Chairs.
Hope Village Volunteers Needed: If you are interested in helping with Hope Village, please see Mary Kay Boyle after the service or call the church office at 304-343-8961.
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!
November 5 is Consecration Sunday: On this special day, we Christians are called to faithfully commit a portion of our monetary gifts to ministry for 2018. Please prayerfully consider what portion of your blessings from God you will commit to ministry and bring your pledge card with you next Sunday.
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 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room and join your voice with ours as often as you are able.
More About the Music: More about the music: Contrary to popular belief, the tune for this morning’s opening hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” was never sung in a bar, and it was not based on a popular song of its day. Below is an excerpt from Glory to God: A Companion about the great reformer Martin Luther’s original tune, “Ein’ Feste Burg:” “Although numerous suggestions have been made for melody sources (plainchant, psalm tunes, a French chanson, Hans Sach’s ‘Silberweise’), no convincing precedent has been found. Given his known musical abilities, it seems reasonable to assume that Luther did indeed write his own tune for this text, using familiar rhythmic and melodic patterns accessible for congregational singing. One measure of his skillfulness is the survival of his tune despite all the changes it has undergone as the result of shifts in musical taste. The Presbyterian version, for example, has some measures that have remained unaltered since the 1895/1911 hymnal, and some from 1933, with everything reaching the present form in the Hymnbook (1955). Although it seeks to perpetuate the spirit of Bach’s treatment of this chorale in his Cantata no. 80, it is not directly taken from that work.” 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.
Youth: Today the Youth Group will attend Christian Johnson’s Installation at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We will not be meeting at our usual time.
Lay Academy will not meet today. Everyone invited to participate in the Service of Installation for Christian Johnson at 4:00 p.m.
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.
What’s Going on This Week?
Sunday 10/29 9:15 Sunday School
11:45 SERVICE OF HEALING
3:00-5:00 Girl Scouts (Ann Grishaber), MS Room
4:00-5:30 KSVOA – Steve Joseph, V-ball Officials Mtg.; A-203
4:00 Installation Service of Rev. Christian J. Johnson – Sanctuary
5:00 Reception – Ruffner Room
Monday 10/30 8:30-10:00 Aerobics Class, Rec. Room
Tuesday 10/31 9:30-11:00 Bible Study Group, A-203
5:15–6:30 Mission Grant Review, E214
7:15-8:45 Boy Scout Troop 5, Rec. Room Gym, A-109
Wednesday 11/1 8:00 Wednesday Work Crew
8:30-10:00 Aerobics Class, Rec. Room
11:45 Men’s Wed. Lunch Group, Bistro
3:00-5:00 Brotherhood of Senior Basketball, Gym
5:15 Property Division, E-310
6:00 Church Fellowship Dinner, Dining Room
6:45 Mission Division, E-406
6:45 Personnel Division, E-310
7:15 Worship Division, A-203
8:00 Worship Team, Sanctuary
Thursday 11/2 7:30 Bible Study, Downtown Shoney’s
10:00 PW Coordinating Team, A-203
11:30 PW Bible Moderators, A203
1:30-3:00 Shepherd’s Center Board, E-406
5:15 Coordinating Council, A-203
5:30-7:00 Capella Bells Rehearsal, Choir Rm.
7:30-9:00 Geneva Choir, Choir Rm.
Friday 11/3 7-8 Men’s Group, Dining Room
8:30-10:00 Aerobics, Rec. Room
10:00-11:30 Women’s Outreach Bible Study A-203
3:00-5:00 Brotherhood of Senior Basketball, Gym