We Grow When We Give Set up a recurring online pledge via the Presbyterian Foundation, who processes payments at the lowest possible rates for us, by clicking on the above give now button. Or turn in an EFT form to our office for direct withdrawal from your bank account.
African Mission Trip Opportunity and Invitation
June 16-July 1st
Hear more about this opportunity from Linda and David Barstow in an information meeting on February 4th at 11:20 in Dennis Hall 3. Grab your coffee and find out more about how AIDS continues to grow in this continent and worldwide and what PCUSA is doing to help minister to those affected.
The church library is open every Sunday Try these new books:
F/Tal Tales from Grace Chapel Inn Series, F/DOB Beneath the Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson, Y/F/L Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, When the Sea Turned Silver, Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin, Y/242/K 5 Minute Bible Devotions for Children: Stories from the Old Testament by Pamela Kennedy Brady.
Winter Weather Policy
If is making roads dangerous to travel, call the church
at 541-753-2228, press 7 for alerts or check the website at www.1stpres.orgBEFORE leaving for church. If the schools are closed due to weather during weekdays,
then our building is closed.weather.
On Sundays, help those with mobility troubles and new visitors by leaving the parking lot spaces and street spaces that are in front of the church for them.
Consider carpooling. Use the lot next to the multicultural center or street parking along the park or on Madison Ave.
“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.”
Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
There are different understandings of Christianity but, perhaps, one of the most pronounced is the difference between a faith that believes we are drowning and can only be rescued out of the water by Jesus, and one which believes we are drowning but Jesus got into the water with us and began teaching us to swim. Both require faith and trust in Jesus, but only one believes that God has faith in us.
If God is a God who has determined to be with us (humanity), for us and not to be God without us, as my old theology professor Stacy Johnson used to say, then what kind of faith and discipleship do you think makes the most sense?
If you cannot join us in person, we will be attempting to stream, now in
High Definition, through internet streaming.
Rev. Matt Gough
Norman Anderson Memorial Service
A memorial service and reception is planned for Norman Anderson
Friday, January 26 at 11:00am
First Presbyterian Church
INTERESTED IN CHURCH CAMPING TRIP In July?
Come hear about this camp and find out how to sign up after church today in the coffee hour.
There’s something for everyone, including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Tickets not needed; donations accepted at the door.
Great Decisions 2018.You are invited to join the Great Decisions Discussion Group to study and discuss selected topics in foreign affairs for 2018. We meet on selected Tuesday evenings February 6 to May 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Allison Room. Please see the announcement on the bulletin board by the church office or contact Steve Neville for more information at 751-745-7452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dates for First Presbyterian’s volunteer work
at the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter are: February 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2018. Mark your calendar!
Upcoming January Event Dates:
Family Game Night: Friday, January 19th, 5-7pm (DH).
Soup-er Bowl Sunday: Sunday, January 28th, after Worship.
January Challenge Offering: Gingoog College
January’s Challenge Offering will support Gingoog Christian College’s students, who come from economically disadvantaged families. GiCC is located in Mindanao, a southern island in the Philippines. In 2017-18 the college attained the highest enrollment in the school’s history. It was also chosen as co-partner & co-host of the first regional conference of the National Research Council of the Philippines.
It was a fulfillment of dreams of the GiCC founders, the Revs. Graciano & Florentina Alegado, to include the marginalized indigenous people of the farms & mountains surrounding Gingoog City in their educational ministry. Through the years, GiCC has served these people. Even our own Piecemakers have been recognized for the lovely quilts that have reached children & their families.
Let’s support First Church in its local & national ministries. 100% of the Challenge Offering proceeds go directly to scholarships & educational supplies for GiCC students.
February 4, after Worship: African Mission Trip Opportunity & Invitation for June 16-July 1. Come hear more about this opportunity from Linda & David Barstow on February 4th at 11:20 in Dennis Hall 3. Grab your coffee & find out more about how AIDS continues to grow in this continent, worldwide & what PCUSA is doing to help minister to those affected.
Great Decisions 2018. You are invited to join the Great Decisions Discussion Group to study & discuss selected topics in foreign affairs for 2018. We meet on selected Tuesday evenings February 6 to May 1 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Allison Room. Please see the announcement on the bulletin board by the church office or contact Steve Neville for more information at 751-745-7452 or email@example.com.
Reiki Sessions: Thursdays from 3-4pm or 4-5pm. Come join us! Make an appointment with the church office by Wednesday during office hours. For more information & testimonies on the healing relief of a Reiki session, call the church office at 541-753-2228. There is no cost for this ministry.
Carillon Revelry Bell Choir is raising money for a long-overdue refurbishment of our bells. Thanks to you and memorial money given towards music ministry, We have raised raised the $8,000 needed! Thank you! To keep our bells well-maintained you can continue to support the bell fund. Checks can be made to First Presbyterian Church, with a memo for â€œBell fund.â€
Flowers: Sign up to bring flowers to Worship. Flowers can then later be distributed to our homebound people! A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board across from the office.
Name tags: Many members and friends graciously wear name tags to be more hospitable. Temporary name tags are available in the Narthex or from an usher. If you make 1st Pres your worshipping home then let the office know and we will gladly make you a permanent one! If you have a name tag please wear one, and introduce yourself to your neighbors!
Just a reminder that there is no parking parallel to the yellow curb in the parking lot. Please only park in designated parking lot spaces or out on the street. On Sundays, parking is also available in the Multi-Cultural Center parking lot across 9th Street.
#worshipleader Is your child interested in being a part of worship? We’re always looking for kids to read or share their musical talents. Find Jonathan after worship or click the buttons in the left-hand sidebar to sign up!
To place an announcement in the Sunday bulletin send your request and exact wording (may need to be edited for space reasons) firstname.lastname@example.org