There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 17, immediately following worship, for the express purpose of electing officers for the church. Please join us for this very important meeting!

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

Sunday Worship
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  (please call church office ahead of the Sunday you will attend)
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study:  10:00 am
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm
 
 
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What's up?
Bible Study Pauses for the Holidays - Our Bible Study is on vacation for the holidays and will resume after the holidays.  Watch church bulletins for announcements of start dates.  The regular meeting time for our red-letter Jesus Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Library. 

Our first and third Tuesday and Thursday Bible Study groups are also paused for the holidays and will resume again in January.  
Can you help the Food Pantry? Items currently needed for our pantry include saltine crackers, cream soups (cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, etc.) baked beans, and grape jelly.  Canned fruit, canned vegetables (especially peas), pasta and egg noodles, and canned chicken are always welcome.  Donations may be brought to the church office or placed in the canvas hamper in the narthex.

 


Matthew 26:37

"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"


In this season of giving and gathering, remember those less fortunate by donating clothing, sharing a meal, visiting someone in the hospital or hospice, and sharing the Christmas spirit with foster children and those who are home bound or alone.




December 2017

Pastor's Letter


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

And just like that, Advent is upon us.

We have been through so much this year, and finally (whew!) Christmas comes.

It was pretty much a rough year the first time Christ came.  Poverty, hostile forces, the nation splintered politically, enormously difficult demands of taxation and census.  And let’s not forget being 9 months pregnant and having to make a long journey on the back of a donkey!

It was tough then.  It’s tough now.  But perhaps the nature of this year allows us to enter Advent more fully.  Perhaps we can pray more sincerely, “Savior of the nations, come!”   Perhaps we will be more appreciative of simple acts of kindness, like the warmth of a manger even though there’s no room at the inn.  Mostly, perhaps, as aware as we are of our own trials, we might be profoundly more aware of others, and, allowing Christ to be born in us, will strive to be a light in the darkness, and to manifest love to all.

It was for love Christ came, and, if we have not love, we have nothing. 

So let us be filled with the Spirit of Christmas, with expectant hope in God’s great plan, and an unswerving trust in the One who loved the world so much that he sent his only begotten Son.

Your Sister in the Journey,

Karen