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Thank you to The Rev. Vaughn Purnell
July 21st, we welcomed as our guest preacher the Reverend Vaughn Purnell
Thank you Rev. Dr. Theodore E. Churn
June 16th, we welcomed as our guest preacher the Reverend Dr. "Ted" Churn, Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of New Hope.
"God's Up to Something"
"God's Up to Something"
Confirmation Service June 9, 2019
Olivia Brinson, Brent Hinckley, Elizabeth Lewis, Michael Presson, Samantha Richey, Si Rolan, and Mills Spann we warmly welcome them! Faith Statements are in the July Newsletter.
Senior Recognition Sunday, June 2, 2019
Our graduates were recognized on June 2nd. We printed a listing of all our graduates in the bulletin. Thank you for your assistance in helping us honor everyone in our church family. Seniors were presented a Carl Wheeler Jr. Memorial Bible and a First Presbyterian Church Blanket so they are wrapped in our love!
J.M. Smith Scholarship Award
Presented to Michael East chosen by a committee at his high school.
A nursery is provided for ages 3 & under during service in the Ministry Center.
Children Worship & Wonder Class is offered following the 10:00 am worship service Children’s Moment for ages 3-2nd grade in the Ministry Center. Children leave worship after Children's Moment and go to Worship & Wonder Class in Ministry Center where they can be picked up following conclusion of worship.
Sunday School classes are offered for ages 3 years thru adults each Sunday and meet from 8:45-9:45 am. around the campus see bulletin for locations.
A nursery is provided from 8:30 - 11:15 am for ages 2 & under during Sunday School class time and worship in the Ministry Center room 1.23.
Beginning September 8th
Children’s Worship (for 10:55am service)
Following the Children’s Moment at 10:55 am service, children ages 3 through 2nd grade may depart the sanctuary for children’s worship with nursery staff. Children will learn more about the stories in the Bible throughout the year. After the conclusion of 10:55 am service, parents can pick up the children in Ministry Center Room 1.26.
Children in 3rd grade and higher are invited to worship for the entirety of the worship service. We will be looking for adult volunteers to assist us during children’s worship. As you are led, please sign up online or speak to Daewon.
"I would that all the arts, and music in particular, be used in the service of God who hath given and created them" — Martin Luther
The Music Ministry at First Pres seeks to provide uplifting music for the worship services of the church and to provide training for those desire to sing/play in the choirs. All choirs are directed by Pat Rowlett and Susan Mabie, with organist Vance Harper Jones, Dru Wilkins, and Maggie Wright. New choir members are always welcome.
Please contact Pat Rowlett or Susan Mabie if you are interested.
We will soon begin our fall choir rehearsals. If you can imagine the books and music spread out on my desk, plus schedules and preaching lists, you can perhaps get a glimpse of the task before me.
As our program begins again, please remember, we always have a place for new singers in each choir, so please consider joining one. We need YOU, and whether you know it or not, you need US!!! The experience will enrich your own worship, and you will be giving a gift to God that only you can give.
Below you will find the choir schedule for fall.
Ministry Center Room 2.08
Beginning September 12 Daybreak Choir: open to Sr. high youth and adults. 8:30 Worship service
Beginning September 12 Sanctuary Choir: open to Sr. high youth and adults. 11:00 Worship service
(The Daybreak & Sanctuary Choirs rehearse together Thursdays 7:00 pm)
Our principal choirs for Sunday Services, special worship services, and performances of major choral works
Beginning September 12 Resurrection Singers: youth and adults, perform 1 Sunday a month
Rehearse 1st & 2nd Thursdays, 6:00 pm
Choir that sings one Sunday each month, offering newly composed Christian music and old favorites. The Resurrection Singers are led by Susan Mabie, accompanied by Cindy Sutton.
Beginning September 15 Confirmation Choir: 6th – 12th grades. 1st & 3rd Sundays 9:40 am – 10:20 am
An advanced choir, singing 2 and 3 part music, and ringing handbells
Beginning September 16 Covenant Choir: 2nd – 5th grades. Mondays, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
A comprehensive, age-based musical experience, utilizing hand-chimes, hand bells and Orff instruments. Members are introduced to rhythms, intervals, and how to read musical symbols, intervals and rhythms. The choir sings at worship services throughout the year and performs an annual musical.
Beginning September 17 Kinderchoir: Kindergarten and 1st grade. Tuesdays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
An introduction to singing, musical symbols and terminology, using songs, games, instruments and hand-chimes.
Beginning September 18 Preschool Choir: ages 3 and 4. Wednesdays, 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
An informal educational experience for young singers, using games, play activities, songs and rhythms to introduce musical concepts.
Sanctuary Bells (Hand bell Choir)
Adults — Sundays, 5:45 pm — Sanctuary
An advanced hand bell choir, playing 5+ octaves of Schulmerich Hand bells, and 5 octaves of Malmark Hand chimes. Activities include participation in worship services, weddings, the Candlelight Service in December, Spring Ring, and festivals.
Centering Prayer Group
Don’t let this title frighten you off. Centering prayer has been around for a long time and is regaining more attention as a useful way of nurturing our new life in God’s Spirit. This group meets on Wednesday from noon to 1 pm in the Chapel beginning September 11th. We will study The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr as our guide in re-discovering God’s Spirit present in all life. Contact Lloyd Griffith.
This contemplative, or reflective, approach to worship is offered each Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Chapel beginning September 11th. This quiet service is focused around silence, prayer and reflection on the Biblical text chosen for preaching the coming Sunday. The Lord’s Supper is observed on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Come when you can and bring a friend. Contact Lloyd Griffith.