We need your help getting the sanctuary back in order--replacing hymnals and Bibles, pencils, envelopes, etc. We'll be cleaning anything that needs a little primping, so wear your work clothes and roll up your sleeves. Please join us on Saturday morning, Sept. 29th, at 9am.
We'd like to make Sept. 30th (the first Sunday back in our newly renovated sanctuary) a BIG CELEBRATION. Everyone is encouraged to bring finger foods & desserts to share during coffee time. Let's celebrate the many blessings we have in this beautiful place of worship!
Adult study each Wednesday evening at 7pm beginning October 3rd.
Study the wisdom in The Rule of St. Benedict, the only surviving collection of wisdom from the monastic period. A rule is a set of ideas to help you determine the kind of person you will be and the course of your life.
Benedict invites us to consider all life as sacred ground, each person as a guest hosted by the holy God. He offers a map for living that has, for years, connected people to God and to each other.
No preparation is required. Weekly practices growing from the lesson will be offered.
(If enough people are interested in a morning class, we will repeat this class at 9 on Wednesday morning.)
The 2018 Peace and Global Witness Offering encourages the church of our time to cast off anxiety and fear, discord and division, and embrace our reconciling God’s mission with those around the corner and around the world, as active peacemakers—at all times and in all ways. By giving to this offering, we work to share Christ’s peace with one another, beyond our doors, beyond our community and around boundaries. This offering is received on World Communion Sunday, October 7th. Pick up an envelope in the pew rack during the month of September and give as you have been given.
After 27 years of the traditional Soup ‘n Salad Luncheon, this year First Pres is going to offer pot pies for sale to benefit Pocono Area Transitional Housing, a treasured mission of this church. Chicken pot pies cost $10 each and can be ordered with or without mixed vegetables. Make some notes on your calendars: the date is Saturday, October 20, 2018 with preparation from 9:30 to noon and pick up between 11:30 to 1:30. (All pick up is on Saturday unless other arrangements are made due to lack of space.) Volunteers are needed to help prepare, cook, and help distribute upon pick up.
Place your order here!
PW will hold a SERRV catalog sale on Sunday, 10/21, and Sunday, 10/28, in FH after church. SERRV has been a fair trade nonprofit since 1949. SERRV empowers marginalized artisans and farmers to earn a fair living from their work, breaking the cycle of poverty and building stronger communities worldwide. Those who have ordered from SERRV in the past know that the quality of their products is outstanding. Please plan to do some Christmas shopping. If you are not able to be in church on these two Sundays, please see Sue Ayers for a catalog.
Youth Group will be collecting items from now until October 21, 2018: the date of our shoebox packing party! Needed supplies: (Remember everything needs to fit into a shoebox.)
Combs, Hairbrushes, Toothbrushes, Washcloths, Bar soaps (packaged), Socks, Flip-flops, Hats/scarves/mittens, Sunglasses, Tote bag/purse, Hair bows/ ties, Colorful adhesive bandages, Pencils, Small manual pencil sharpeners, Colored pencils, Crayons, Markers, Pens, Coloring pads, Coloring books, Picture book, Notebooks, Foam ball, Small Stuffed Toy, Puzzles
We will have a collection box in Fellowship Hall. Thank you for any supplies or shipping costs ($9 per box) you can contribute. Let us bless children across the world this Christmas season. See Mrs. Heather or Mrs. Bobbi for details.