Campaign To Support Our Church

The month of October began our Campaign To Support Our Church.  2020 will go down as one of the most unique and challenging years of our church’s history.  Instead of despair, we found focus, resiliency, innovation, and a sense of togetherness despite the challenge of social distance.

We have added a “Donate” tab to our menu bar on the top of the page.  This now allows the church to benefit from your financial support by accepting credit cards for payment.  You will be asked to register just once by filling in your information and then you will see a page that will allow you to provide your credit card information (encrypted) to allow the church to benefit from your generous support.  Thank you.


First Presbyterian Church Is Open!            

Worship begins at 10:00am.

There are no temperature checks and you do not have to wear a mask unless you want to.  

We still have one section of the sanctuary cordoned off for those who need more space for health reasons.                                                                                                                                

SO PLEASE COME TO WORSHIP IN PERSON SUNDAY!Emoji

1. You do NOT need a reservation.
2. You DO need to wear a mask inside, unless you are vaccinated and when you are partaking of communion.
3. The CDC says vaccinated people may sing in an indoor chorus. 

Following is a link to the full CDC visual chart on what is safe and what is not safe for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:


If you have selected not to get the vaccine, please be especially careful with your exposure, and check the chart to evaluate your level of risk.

We WILL be continuing the Facebook broadcast as we have extended our reach during this last year, but there is nothing like getting to see each other, and I am looking forward to laying eyes on you!

Office Hours: Heidi is in the office on Monday through Thursday mornings until 12pm.

Our Food Pantry will remain open Monday and Thursday of each week.  To stay in the loop, everyone is encouraged to sign up to receive emails at stauntonfirst@gmail.com. 

Current Activities:

- Sunday Morning Meditation at 10:00 am on Pastor Karen's Facebook page (Karen Henn Allamon)
- Nightly Story Time at 7:00 pm on Pastor Karen's Facebook page
- Weekly Bible Study Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in person and via Zoom - please notify Pastor Karen if you would like to join
- Also, feel free to contact Pastor Karen at any time.

Where Can I Find….

Sunday Worship Live
10:00 am on https://zoom.us/ (Open free account, Pastor Karen will send weekly invitation and liturgy)  
Or https://www.facebook.com/karenhennallamon 
Or 
https://www.youtube.com/channel UCKHIfTGhCeY9LqfE7xftS1A 

Sunday Worship Recorded
https://www.facebook.com/FirstPresbyterianChurchStaunton/ Or
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKHIfTGhCeY9LqfE7xftS1A 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
10:00 am in person in the Library and remotely via Zoom: https://zoom.us/ (open free account, Pastor Karen will send weekly invitation and study passage)

Children’s Nightly Stories at 7:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/karenhennallamon

Shepherding Calls from Elders/Regular Information Emails
If you have not been contacted, please call Pastor Karen with your current phone and email.

COVID-19 Theological Think Pieces
https://thebellsofthehorses.wordpress.com/ 

Private Pastoral Care
Contact Pastor Karen at karenallamon@yahoo.com to arrange an appointment via phone or Skype.

We will update everyone as new information becomes available. 


Weddings
Interested in having your wedding at First Presbyterian Church?  Please see our updated guidelines here.

Some of the following activities are happening in person and online as we are gradually and carefully moving toward reopening. Please see the top of our web page for details on our online activities and continued Food Pantry hours. Thank you!

Sunday Worship
Book Study Class: 9:45 am (snacks at 9:30 am) - Library
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am (now meeting in church parlor)
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  10:00-10:45
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 10:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library and via Zoom
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm 

This week's Bulletin-> Click here

This month's Newsletter -> Click here

Visit the Shenandoah Presbytery Website -> http://shenpres.org/

Visit the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Website - > http://www.synatlantic.org/

This month's birthdays - > Click here



 
August 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

     Is this summer rushing by, or is it just me?  Or am I rushing my own summer?  Having been shut up and shut down and exploring “alternative means of Presbyterianism,” I am loving getting to see you all again, and take our shut-ins on outings, and getting to hug and worship and fellowship in person.
     We know that along with the joy of summer openings, this season has also brought with it record setting high temperatures, forest fires, and the Delta variant. Please join me in praying fervently for our planet, the place of life for life in all its variety given through the graciousness of God. 
     Let your prayer be a living prayer.  Get the shot yourself, help build that herd immunity for our children, who cannot yet be vaccinated.  Recycle (if necessary, carting things to the Staunton location instead of the Staunton location coming to you).  Respect water and power. Turn it up, turn it down, turn it off. Your loving living prayer is loving your neighbor and 
stewarding the planet as we are commanded to do.
      While you are being joyful (for the openings) and thoughtful (for the planet) stewards, I have several things you are invited to that will equip you to steward our fellowship!
     A recent poll in Presbyterians Today said that of all the things that Presbyterians missed most from worship, it was live communion, fellowship and live preaching. You don’t have to miss any of these things anymore. Many thanks to Sam and Amy for employing the fellowship center in the back of our sanctuary for after worship chatting and lemonade!  
     July brought a free Barbeque dinner for us and our community courtesy of Outreach.
     August 22 is the date for our annual summer picnic at the pavilion at Gypsy Hill Park.  Bring a dish!  We will have half an hour of worship beginning at 10:30 followed by lunch at 11:00. 
     Also in August, Wednesday Morning Bible Study resumes (on Wednesday, August 11) with a 10 week study of Romans. Join us at 10:00am in the library for good treats, good 
company, and the Good Book.  If you would like an evening group for Romans, please let me know and we will make it happen!
     Additionally, you are welcome to join in the afternoon study at Gypsy Hill Place at 3:00 on Tuesdays.  We are studying Genesis and each part stands alone so you’re not too late! Genesis continues through August 24.
    I look forward to seeing more of y’all “live,” by the grace of the Living God, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through the Love of the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessings,

Pastor Karen