Brown Bag Bible Study
After a brief break, the Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study resumed on Wednesday, April 8, in the fellowship hall. After spending two years reading through, studying, discussing, and listening to the Gospel according to Luke, we will begin a study of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts, for short), also written by Luke.
Come and enjoy the study and the conversation. And don’t forget to bring your lunch. Both soul and body will be fed!
On Wednesday, April 15, FPC will resume its “Wonderful Wednesday” light supper and program series. Following a light salad supper at 5:30 p.m., we will have a conversation with Rabbi Stuart Federow, rabbi at Congregation Shaar Hashalom in Clear Lake. Rabbi Federow has served that congregation for many years and has been faithful in participating in the annual Brotherhood Banquet of the Interfaith Manor, of which FPC is also a partner.
For several years Rabbi Federow has been a co-host of the radio program “A Show of Faith” which features a rabbi, a minister, and a priest. It airs every Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. on KNTH-1070 AM.
“Sowing Seeds of Hope” Youth Ministry Cards...Available Soon
Beginning in late April, the FPC youth will be offering custom-made cards with discounts to local restaurants and businesses for a donation of $20 each. The card will be about the size of an oversized credit card and on the front will have a photo of our youth and children (plus a few adults sprinkled in) from last Christmas. It will also have the name of the church, our address, phone number and a reference to Facebook on the front. On the back, there will be 18 vendors with a variety of offers, chosen by the youth, members of the Discipleship committee and the FPC session.
The purpose of these cards is three-fold:
All profits from the cards will go to support Youth Ministry and Mission here at home and beyond (FYI...FPC youth tithe their fundraiser dollars to other missions)
Those of us who purchase the cards will have free offerings of food and more at local businesses to be used through June 2016 (13 months!). The initial cost of $20 will be recovered very quickly!
These custom-designed cards will be an easy way to spread the word about the life and ministry of FPC to others beyond our walls, so it is also outreach and evangelism! (We plan to set some cards aside for visitor bags, plus members may choose to buy two...one for themselves and one for a neighbor, friend or stranger.)
Watch for further news about the “launch” of the program. If you are curious about what the cards will look like and what vendors are on the back, please stop by the youth bulletin board across from The Oasis (Room 12/Youth Room) for a sneak peak.
Early Childhood Program
Fall Registration will open to the public on April 6, 2015.
Call 281-991-4020 for more information.
Pasadena Faith in Action
2015 marks the sixth year Pasadena area churches have banded together in an effort to serve local residents needing help with home repairs and upkeep. On Saturday, April 18, folks from throughout Pasadena will meet at the old Burke Road Church at 8:00 am and then scatter to bring improvements to homes in the area.
First Presbyterian has been an active participant in this effort. Seventeen persons from our congregation have signed up to help in one way or another. What a great way to meet new friends and, at the same time, contribute in a positive way to our community! Ruth Askine, Mark Corder, Roy Kreitz, and Danny Slaven have been leaders in this effort. Thanks to one and all who help make this happen.
SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES FOR ALL AGES
All children, youth and adults are invited to join a Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church at 9:00 a.m. The Discipleship Committee is grateful for men and women who serve as our 2014-15 team of Sunday School teachers. All classes for children and youth use the age appropriate PCUSA “We Believe” materials, and “WEE Believe” with our Preschoolers! May God bless our year as we WALK, LEARN and GROW in the Spirit of Love THIS FALL AT FIRST.
NURSERY (INFANTS)* ROOM 1
TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS (2-4 YR OLDS) ROOM 2
ELEMENTARY (K-5TH GRADERS) ROOM 7
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CHOIR @ 9:45 ROOM 6
JR. & SR. HIGH YOUTH (6TH-12TH GRADERS) ROOM 8
PRACTICING OUR FAITH... ROOM 11 Jo Ann Currie
STEPPING OUT IN FAITH BRIDE’S ROOM Pat Abrams
MEN’S CLASS LIBRARY David Kirkpatrick
Grief Recovery Group
First Presbyterian Church offers a monthly Grief Recovery Group, open to anyone who has suffered a loss due to death of a loved one, divorce, or any other similar life-changing experience.
The GRG meets in the Bride's Room near the sanctuary at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. The group is facilitated by Ms. Tracey Cofield, a social worker/case manager at Patients Hospital, and a colleague of FPC member, Nola Bray.
There is no need to register for this ongoing group. Simply show up on the first Sunday of the month and find your safe place in the circle of support.
The sanctuary banners represent The Great Ends of the Church – what it means to be the Church. A dove representing the community of the Holy Spirit appears in each banner. If you are facing the back wall of the sanctuary and looking at the banners, the first one is to the left.
Banner 1 “The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind.” On the banner the book represents the scriptures from which a dove arises. This indicates the source of both the original witness and the present understanding. The same Spirit that inspired the original writers enables us to receive the gospel. The cross behind the book and the dove remind us the heart of the gospel is Jesus Christ, God with us and for us.
Banner 2 “The shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God.” This banner has multi-hued hands representing all of the children of God. The dove’s wings are tipped downward sheltering the people of God. The triangle of light links the dove to the people.
Banner 3 “The maintenance of divine worship.” The chalice represents the Lord’s Supper while the three drops of water represent baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The dove reminds us that the same Spirit is present in these sacraments as in the proclamation of the gospel. The sacraments enact the gospel. The raised arms signify our response of praise and thanksgiving – our worship of the living God.
Banner 4 “The preservation of the truth.” This banner represents the light of truth shining in the darkness. The dove reminds us that the truth we proclaim to the world is the gospel of Jesus Christ, God with us and for us. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Banner 5 “The promotion of social righteousness.” This banner represents Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.”
Banner 6 “Exhibiting the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.” The dove is in flight over the earth carrying an olive branch, echoing Genesis 8:11, “And lo, in her mouth a freshly plucked olive leaf, so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.” This represents God’s grace coming into the world, the reign of God proclaimed by Jesus Christ. The light rising behind the earth represents the dawning of God’s kingdom.
Vacation Bible School 2014