Upcoming Jan. 12 – 18

This Week in First Church:

  • Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study at Gwen’s home
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s breakfast

Coming Up:

  • Sunday, 19 January, 11:30 a.m. – Congregational meeting (details below)
  • Sunday, 26 January – Deadline for submitting reports for the Annual Report
  • Sunday, 9 February, 11:30 a.m. – Pot-luck lunch, followed by the Annual Meeting

Weekly Prayer Focus – For the past few years, it has been our tradition to pray for a particular issue or situation in our Prayers of the People each Sunday, throughout an entire year.  It’s time to decide what our weekly prayer focus for this year will be.  Last year, we prayed for refugees.  Whom or what will we pray for each week in 2020?  If you have a suggestion, please speak to one of the elders, or to John.  The Session will make a decision on this at its meeting on the 23rd.

Congregational Meeting – The Session has called a congregational meeting for next Sunday, the 19th, immediately following the service, to make a decision on whether to apply to take part in the “New Beginnings” program for congregational renewal.  The way we have done ministry in the past is becoming increasingly ineffective in today’s world, and so we need to find a new way of doing ministry that is better suited to today’s environment.  New Beginnings would lead us through a process of reflection and decision-making that would result in a renewed focus for the ministry of our congregation.  Please note the following conditions:  a) the vote will be done by ballot; b) there must be a 2/3 majority in favor in order to proceed with applying to take part in the program; and c) there must be at least 25 people (members and adherents) present, otherwise the meeting will be canceled, and the decision will be made at the Annual Meeting instead (Sunday, 9 February).  Please make sure to review the two-page information sheet that was distributed in November.  If you have misplaced your copy and would like another one, a few extra copies have been set out on the table at the back.  If you would like to see the more detailed 5-page document that the information sheet summarizes, please speak to John, and he will either e-mail it to you, or print a copy for you.

Full Announcements here

Upcoming Jan. 5- 11

Happy New Year!

This Week in First Church:

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 19 January, 11:30 a.m. – Congregational meeting (details below)

– Sunday, 26 January – Deadline for submitting reports for the Annual Report

– Sunday, 9 February, c. 12:15 p.m. – Annual Meeting

Full announcements here

Upcoming December 22 to 28

This Week in First Church:

  • Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve service

Coming Up:

  • Thursday, 2 January, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time, at Pat Mullins’ apartment
  • Sunday, 19 January, 11:30 a.m. – Congregational meeting

Full announcements here

Upcoming Dec. 15 to 21

This Week in First Church:

  • Sunday, following the service – Choir practice
  • Monday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting (rescheduled from last week)
  • Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. – Service of Remembrance and Hope, here at First Church (details below)
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

  • Tuesday, 24 December, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve service

Full announcements here

Upcoming December 8 – 14

  • Sunday, following the service – Choir practice
  • Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study at Gwen’s home
  • Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. WMS will meet
  • Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting

Coming Up:

  • Sunday, 15 December – Communion Sunday
  • Wednesday, 18 December, 7:30 p.m. – Service of Remembrance and Hope, here at First Church
  • Tuesday, 24 December, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve service

Full announcements here

Upcoming week of Dec 1 – 7

This Week in First Church:

  • Sunday, following the service – Choir practice
  • Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study at Gwen’s home
  • Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time at Pat Antoski’s apartment
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

  • Sunday, 8 December – Hanging-of-the-Greens service
  • Wednesday, 11 December, 1:30 p.m. – WMS will meet
  • Sunday, 15 December – Communion Sunday
  • Wednesday, 18 December, 7:30 p.m. – Service of Remembrance and Hope, here at First Church
  • Tuesday, 24 December, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve service

Full announcements here

Upcoming November 24 – 30

This Week in First Church:

  • Sunday, following the service – Congregational meeting
  • Sunday, following the meeting – Choir practice
  • Sunday – Deadline for submissions for the December newsletter
  • Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study at Gwen’s home
  • Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper
  • Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Session meeting

Coming Up:

  • Sunday, 1 December – Anniversary Sunday
  • Sunday, 8 December – Hanging-of-the-Greens service
  • Sunday, 15 December – Communion Sunday

Full announcements here

Upcoming Nov. 17 – 23

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study at Lalaine’s home (note the change of location)

 In preparation for our first session on the study of Walter Brueggemann’s                “Celebrating Abundance”, members are reminded to read week one (pg. 4-17).

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast (rescheduled from the 16th)

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 24 November – Congregational meeting, following the service (details below)

– Sunday, 24 November – Deadline for submissions for the December newsletter

– Sunday, 1 December – Anniversary Sunday

– Sunday, 8 December – Hanging-of-the-Greens service

Full announcements here

Upcoming Nov 10 – 16

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting

– Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – Memorial service for Isabelle McLean (sanctuary)

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 17 November – Soup Kitchen Sunday

– Sunday, 24 November – Congregational meeting, following the service (details below)

– Sunday, 1 December – Anniversary Sunday

– Sunday, 8 December – Hanging-of-the-Greens service

Bible Study: Presbyterians across the country have been invited to join a denomination-wide book study on Walter Brueggemann’s “Celebrating Abundance”. On Tuesday, November 19, our group will begin this study.

In preparation for the first session, members are reminded to read week one (pg. 4-17).

Full announcements here