Lent 2020 2020-04-09T19:40:10-04:00
    • Daily Lectionary is Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1-2; 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17; 31b-35

      The gospel lectionary passage for today focuses upon John’s account of the Last Supper.  John describes that poignant moment when Jesus, “got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.” (John 13:4-5 NRSV)

      Close your eyes for a moment and picture yourself sitting at that table with Jesus.

      • What emotions do you experience as you see the Savior washing the feet of others?
      • When you hear Peter protest, trying to refuse Jesus, how do you feel?
      • What emotions will well up as Jesus comes and kneels at your feet and begins to tenderly wash and dry?

      Now, as you observe our Lord stand up, put on his robe, he looks you in the eye and says: “You call me Teacher and Lord—–and you are right for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you and example,  that you also should do as I have done to you.” (John 13: 13-15 NRSV)

      May the blessings of this Holy Thursday rest with you today.

      Written by Reverend Glenn Coleman

Meetings. Events. Classes. Workouts. Appointments. Chores. There never seems to be enough time in the day to fit in all the things we need or want to do. We live in a world where the pursuit of endless productivity has become our culture’s highest priority. Taking time out of our overfull schedules for rest has become something we see as a luxury instead of a natural and necessary part of the work-life cycle.

What is the cost to our relationship with loved ones, and our very spiritual journey with God when we stay busy all the time?

The inner life of the Christian was once called the “business of all business” by St. Bernard, for it is the correspondence of our soul with God. Our inner life with God is the source of our vitality and power, and the most essential “business” and “busyness” that centers our well-being.

Consider during this Lenten season how you will grow your soul and journey closer with God during the days set apart for that purpose. During Lent 2020, there are several opportunities to gather to learn , to serve, and to enjoy the presence of God

Glenn Coleman, Interim Associate Pastor
Sundays  |  March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5
4:30 p.m.  |  Ruffner Room

The Lenten journey is a shared journey—Christians join with others along the way of faith, following Jesus and seeking to live out the will and purpose of God. Living into Lent, written by noted theologian, educator, and author Donald K. McKim, sets aside time during the Lenten season for readers to reflect on their Christian identities, listen to God’s Word and will, and engage in practices that deepen the Christian experience through discipleship. Come join the journey with Pastor Glenn!

Cost of the book is $12 and can be ordered through the church office.

Nancy Kahaian, Interim Pastor/Head of Staff
Mondays  |  March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

5:15 p.m.  |  Rec. Room

Our politics and economics, communities and churches, and even our families are fractured by polarizing disagreements that often grow into debilitating conflicts. What are the meanings, spirit, power, and practice of “bearing with one another” as a fundamental Christian civic virtue? What can lead us into ways of dealing with our conflicts that are marked by wisdom, justice, faithfulness, and hope? What does it take to hold people together despite disagreements and differences? What kind of love can be nurtured and sustained honestly in the midst of diverse opinions with a tendency toward disagreement? How do we sustain Christian congregations and civic life within a culture marked by anger and apathy? A light dinner is included with this Growth Group. Please bring a Bible to class.

Janet Chambers, Director of Child and Family Ministry
Sundays  |  March 1, 8
2:00 p.m.  |  Art Room

Please come and create beautiful felted Easter symbols such as a cross, bunny, egg, flower and more. Janet Chambers will guide and teach you in a peace-filled setting designed to use art as the focus for contemplative prayer and meditation.

Take this time during the Lenten season to draw near to God, to feel the joy of creation, and to give thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ.

All materials will be provided. No experience needed.

Nancy Kahaian, Interim Pastor/Head of Staff
Wednesdays  |  March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 8
4:30 p.m.  |  A-203

How do you understand what God is doing through your life? How do your beliefs guide a sense of what’s important and what’s right as you make decisions every day? What is your experience of the felt presence of God? How can you deepen and expand your faith by speaking it to others?

This Lenten Growth Group will examine our lives and beliefs, and assist in understanding how God is present and working in our own life. Participants will be encouraged to nurture an awareness of the presence of God, and strengthen their ability to talk about it. The purpose of this group is to help participants to understand how our own behavior, speech, and lives are sacred. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the testimony of their life.

Ken Tolley, Director of Mission and Outreach
Mondays  |  March 23, 30 and April 6
1:00 p.m.  |  Varied Locations

Parables and People is a Lenten Growth Group consisting of a focused study of parables selected from each of the synoptic gospels alongside opportunities to learn more about the partner-ministries of First Presbyterian Church. Each week will feature a visit to our partner-ministry site, an introduction to their work, and a discussion-based study of one of the parables of Jesus.

Monday, March 23 | Matthew 13:24-30 | The Parable of the Crops

Rea of Hope | 1429 Lee St E, Charleston, WV 25301

Rea of Hope helps women suffering from alcohol and/or drug addiction by teaching life skills, self-sufficiency, and sustained recovery, while providing safe, affordable housing.

Monday, March 30 | Luke 14:7-14 | The Parable of the Invited Guests

Daymark | 1592 Washington St E, Charleston, WV 25311

Daymark advocates and provides services for at-risk youth and their families in the community.

Monday, April 6 | Mark: 2:21-22 | The Parable of New Cloth

YWCA Resolve | 1426 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25301

YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program offers 24/7 shelter, a crisis hotline and emergency intervention for victims of domestic violence.

Jack Copley, Disciples of Christ ordained minister
Mondays  |  March 23, 30 and April 6
1:00 p.m.  |  Varied Locations

In secular mainstream America, meditation has become as ubiquitous as yoga. But how does meditation fit into Christianity, and how does it differ from prayer? Do you long for a way to quiet your thoughts and listen to God?  One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation offers an accessible 40-day guide to beginning a Christian meditation practice. Trent reframes meditation for those who are skeptical because they doubt their ability to be still or they wonder whether meditation is a valid spiritual practice for Christians. She makes a strong case for Christian meditation from a biblical, historical, theological, and evidence-based perspective. The cost of the book is $11 and may be ordered through the church office

This group will meet on Wednesdays after dinner. Childcare is available upon advanced request. Please email Janet Chambers, janet@firstpresby.com, to request childcare.

Dr. Bob Newman, Director of Lay Academy
Fridays  | March 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30 a.m.  |  A-201

We will study the pros and cons of the Christian faith as we study Holy Scripture, theology, modern science, philosophy, world religions, ethics, the arts (classical and popular), and politics, as well as any topic you bring to the table. Participants will also consider the question of how a simple four-letter word, “love”, become the most important idea in all human languages.  We shall study and discover the answer to this question in four Lenten Growth Group classes on Friday mornings in March.  All adults welcome.  Please bring your curiosity, an open mind, and a love of learning.

Sherry Harrison, Martha Hopper, Sue Julian, Blair Lewis
Saturdays  | March 7, 14, 21, 28
See below for times and locations

Saturday, March 7 | 9:00 a.m.
A walk along the Boulevard with Sherry Harrison- please meet in the church parking lot.

Saturday, March 14 | 10:30 a.m.
Hiking with Martha Hopper, Kanawha State Forest

Saturday, March 21| 10:00 a.m.

Exercise with Blair Lewis, First Presby Rec Room

Saturday, March 28|  10:00 a.m.
Yoga with Sue Julian, First Presby Rec. Room

Register for Lenten Growth Groups

Women’s Bible Study
Tuesdays | 9: 30 a.m. | A-201

Shoney’s Bible Study
Thursdays | 7:30 a.m. | Shoney’s on Kanawha Boulevard

Edgewood Bible Study
Thursdays | 3:00 p.m. | Edgewood Summit

Presbyterian Men
Fridays | 7:00 a.m. | Dining Room

Sunday School (various opportunities available)
Sundays|9:15 a.m.|First Presbyterian Church

Rabbi Victor Urecki, Bnai Jacob Synagogue
Imam Nasir Abdulassalam, Islamic Center of West Virginia
Reverend Dr. Nancy Kahaian, Interim Pastor/Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Church
Sunday | February 23 at 4:30 p.m. | Chapel

Jesus, also called Jesus Christ, Jesus of Galilee, or Jesus of Nazareth, (born c. 6–4 BC, Bethlehem—died c. AD 30, Jerusalem), is a religious leader revered in Christianity, one of the world’s major religions. He is regarded by Christians as the Incarnation of God. Other religious traditions also carry an understanding of who Jesus is, including our Muslim and Jewish friends and neighbors.  “Who is Jesus?” prepares us for the season of Lent by gathering a group of interfaith religious leaders to consider the question, and to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among persons of diverse faiths.

Janet Chambers, Director of Child and Family Ministry
Dates, Times and Locations below

February 27 at 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church

Come, tour the beautiful art work that has been gifted to our church campus over the years. Janet Chambers will lead an informative tour of the art of First Presby. Please meet in the Ruffner Room.
March 26 at 5:15 p.m.
Huntington Museum of Art

Join us as we travel to the HMOA to visit “The Daywood Collection.” This collection includes one of First Presby’s beautiful pieces of artwork- “La Ville au Clair de Lune” by Henri LeSidaner. This painting was presented to First Presby by Ruth Woods Dayton in memory of her husband, Arthur S. Dayton. Please meet in the parking lot at 5:15 p.m.
April 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, Kanawha City

During the seasons of Advent and Lent, Village Chapel Presbyterian Church creates a wonderful art experience that embraces the meaning of the season. During Holy Week, the Lent Art Exhibit will be our third and final art tour. Please join us. We will meet at Village Chapel at 10:00 a.m..

Lenten Sermon Series on the Apostles Creed

Many Christians have stood on cue in worship to repeat the Apostles’ Creed, words they learned years ago, but have never thought much about them.  For Lent 2020, our sermon series will explore the theological lessons of “The Apostles’ Creed.”   Our time with the Apostles’ Creed is richer if we explore these matters together, in worship, in classes, in common study and prayer.  Originally, the Creed was designed for worship, and that is where the Creed is most frequently experienced today.  “I believe” is not the same as saying “I feel” or “I want or “I think,” but rather, “God is” – and I fling myself upon God, I attach myself to God.  The Creed is not a list of facts so much as it is an act of worship, an act of prayer.  And the words take on valid meaning when our lives are changed.  Our faith is something we do; our faith comes to life when we engage in those peculiar practices Christians count on to keep their minds and bodies and spirits in sync.

Following worship, you are welcome to come to the Community Room at the Panera Bread downtown (Charleston Town Center) to eat lunch, and engage in conversation and reflection on the sermon you heard that morning.  Everyone is encouraged to participate!

Glenn Coleman, Interim Associate Pastor
Each Wednesday in Lent
12:10 p.m.  |  Chapel

The Chapel will be open for prayer and silent meditation during the season of Lent. Beginning at 12:10 p.m. during the Wednesdays of Lent, our Interim Associate Pastor, Reverend Glenn Coleman, will lead us in a brief prayer service based on the “Seven Last Words of Christ.”

Ash Wednesday Worship
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. | Chapel

Maundy Thursday Worship
Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. | Chapel

Good Friday Worship
Friday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. | Chapel

Holy Hours Prayer Vigil
Friday April 10, 12:00-3:00 p.m. | Chapel
Please watch the Green Sheet for more details.