We invite you to visit our church and worship with us each Sunday at 10:00AM! Please check our calendar for other fellowship opportunities. Our Children's Sunday school and Adult Education classes are held at 8:45 AM in the downstairs classrooms. Sunday School for the youth is held upstairs. A nursery is available for childcare during Sunday school and Worship services.
Mission Statement: In gratitude to God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we strive to discern what God is calling us to do as we serve Christ in our daily and corporate lives through worship and spiritual formation, education and discipleship, hospitality and fellowship, and mission. Putting our faith into action, we seek to create a loving community that God challenges, renews, equips, and sends out into the world to love others, to care for the sick and needy, to demonstrate kindness and mercy, and to work for justice and peace.
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.
We begin Lent with a special Ash Wednesday service on March 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm. Pastor Bruce will apply ashes in the shape of a cross to our forehead as a symbol of our sinfulness and mortality, and our need to repent. The cross reminds us of the good news that through Jesus Christ crucified there is forgiveness for all sins!
This year, in addition to our usual worship, our Christian Education and Congregational Life Committees are offering several different ways to be engaged during Lent.
Starting on the second Wednesday of Lent, March 12, we will have a choice of three different studies to participate in after dinner:
On Thursday afternoons Pastor Bruce will lead a study at 2:30 beginning on March 6
“The Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” – A Lenten study of the life of this twentieth-century martyr.
And Sunday mornings, beginning on February 23, Pastor Bruce will offer
INTRODUCTION TO MATTHEW – “The Plot of Matthew’s Gospel”.
|Monday March 3
3:30 pm Math Camp – cancelled due to weather
5:00 pm Cub Scouts - cancelled due to weather
5:00 pm TOPS - cancelled due to weather
7:00 pm Bible Study – Ruth – cancelled due to weather
|Tuesday March 4
1:00 pm Small Comforts
3:30 pm Math Camp
6:30 pm Evangelism Committee
7:00 pm Worship Committee
|Wednesday March 5
5:00 pm Jubilation Ringers
5:30 pm Midweek Meal and Program
6:15 pm Ash Wednesday Service in Chapel
7:00 pm Chancel Choir
Thursday March 6
|Thursday March 6
2:30 pm Pastor’s Adult Study
6:30 pm Nominating Committee
|Sunday March 9
8:45 am Church school for all ages
10:00 am Worship Service
6:00 pm Heartbeat Ministry
“Chocolat” Movie and Dinner
6:00 pm Confirmation Class
Monday March 10
ADULT EDUCATION This Monday (7:00 PM):
RUTH – Mark Southard begins a reading and study of the book of Ruth. The class meets on the lower level in Room B-9 (the “Old Quilters’ Room”).
ADULT EDUCATION this Thursday (2:30 PM):
THE WITNESS OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER – “Memories and Perspectives”. The life story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the great epics of courage and conviction in modern times. Rev. Taylor leads the Lenten series, meeting in Room B-9 on the lower level.
ADULT EDUCATION Sunday (8:45 AM):
FAITHWEAVER STUDY FOR ADULTS – The Bible study, related to the lectionary readings and paralleling the scriptural basis of the children’s classes for the same week, meets on the lower level in the Multi-Purpose Room (B5). Steve Ernst leads the study.
CURRENT EVENTS – Jolene Ebbert leads the discussion of current events and the way in which our always-changing world affects us as Christians, in the Parlor.
THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP – We begin a discussion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s important book, The Cost of Discipleship, in which the young German theologian set forth a critique of what he called “cheap grace” and, through a commentary on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, pointed out the implications of being a follower of Jesus Christ. In this Lenten section of the course, we focus on the first part of the book, “Grace and Discipleship”. Participants should prepare for the first class session by reading the “Foreword”, “Memoir” and “Introduction”. Please see Rev. Taylor for a copy of the book if you don’t already have one but would like to participate in the class. The class meets in Room B-9 (“Old Quilters’ Room”) on the Lower Level.
Children and Youth Sunday School and Activities at First Presbyterian Church
Children and youth are encouraged to join us each Sunday morning at 8:45 am. We offer classes for nursery/preschool, elementary aged children, and middle school and high school youth. The preschool, elementary children, youth and one adult class use the Faithweaver Bible study curriculum. Each class studies the same scripture in an age appropriate way, and the adults are encouraged to engage the children and youth in conversation about their Bible lesson each week
September through May the elementary children are invited to GOLD (Giving Our Lives to God Daily) directly following our midweek meal. This is a structured time of interactive activities that are tied to the week’s Bible study lesson. Wednesday 5:30-7:00 pm
The youth group also meets at this time for fellowship, activities, and Bible study under the direction of fulltime youth director, Annette Newcomb. They are a growing youth group with a focus on building healthy and happy relationships and growing closer to God. Wednesday 5:30-8:00 pm
Please contact Christy Aday, at 580-762-2431 for additional information.
We would love to have you join us in membership at First Presbyterian Church. Contact me at (580) 762-2431. I look forward to speaking with you!
Rev. Dr. Bruce Taylor
Pastor/Head of Staff