HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Make plans to attend and be a part of Holy Week services at First Presbyterian. Here’s the schedule of services:
Sunday, March 29 -- 10:30 a.m. -- Palm Sunday
Thursday, April 2 -- 6:30 p.m. -- Maundy Thursday meal and service
Friday, April 3 -- 7 p.m. -- Good Friday service
Sunday, April 5 -- 7 a.m. -- Easter Sunrise service at Crenshaw Park
Sunday, April 5 -- 10:30 a.m. -- Easter service at FPC
On Easter, we will collect the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. This offering is used to help meet basic needs around the world.
FPC Spirituality Center...An Invitation to Peace and Prayer
As is our custom during the final weeks of Lent, the youth of First Presbyterian Church will set up a series of prayer stations around the walls and windows of the sanctuary. We call these stations our Lenten Spirituality Center.
The purpose of the Spirituality Center is to provide a prayerful pathway during the final weeks of Lent to interact with and meditate on the events of Jesus’ last days. Each station offers a different way to shut out the noise and distractions of daily life so we can catch our breath and focus our hearts on Christ. Some of the stations will be familiar while others will be new additions to our Spirituality Center.
Beginning Monday, March 16, the sanctuary will be open for prayer Monday-Thursday, from 10-4, or whenever the church office is open. During Holy Week, beginning Monday March 30, the sanctuary will be open for prayer daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Following the 6:30 Maundy Thursday dinner and service on April 2 and the 7 p.m. Good Friday service on April 3, the sanctuary will remain open for prayer until 9 p.m. On Holy Saturday, April 4, volunteers and staff will open the sanctuary for a prayer vigil from noon until 6 p.m.
The Spirituality Center is open to the public, so feel free to invite others to engage in this practice this Lenten season, as we journey towards Easter.
“Lessening: The Spiritual Practice of Letting Go”
A Lenten Series
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by too much stuff? Are your closets filled to overflowing and still you can’t find anything to wear? Are you drowning in paperwork? Do you believe that if you only had the right storage solution then you’d be organized? Have you ever snapped at a loved one because the house was a mess?
If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions, or if you chuckled, groaned or sighed when you read them, then come to the three-part series this Lenten season and explore some practical, as well as spiritual, options and opportunities in “lessening” and letting go of the clutter. It’ll be a fun and inspiring three weeks. I suspect we’ll laugh a lot, too, as we grow lighter and lighter each week! Below are details...
Who? Anyone who is feeling frustrated by clutter (and a friend)What? A Lenten series in the art of lessening and letting goWhen? Thursdays, February 26, March 5 & March 12 7-9 p.m.Where? Room 11, First Presbyterian Church, PasadenaWhy? To inspire one another in a playful setting as we seek to simplify our lives Questions? Contact Jo Ann Currie
Pasadena Faith in Action
On Saturday, April 18, members of various churches in Pasadena will combine their efforts, serving the Pasadena community by making improvements to homes in the area. The jobs are outside and involve tasks most of us could do -- trimming trees, mowing lawns, pulling weeds, small repairs to siding, eaves, etc.
Registration forms are in the church office. For $10 each participant receives lunch and a t-shirt. We gather at 7:30 a.m. at Fairview Middle School and most jobs are completed by early afternoon.
Make your check out to First Presbyterian Church and mark it “PFIA” in the memo blank. The official registration deadline is April 5.
This is a great way to meet new people, work together with persons from other churches, and help persons who cannot do these particular jobs. It’s a wonderful service to the community.
Friday Night at the Movies February 27th at 7:00 pm
Come join the Caring Ministry for the showing of “Footloose.” It tells the story of Ren McCormack , an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister, dancing and rock music have been banned. The movie deals with parental responsibilities, censorship and biblical interpretations. The movie stars Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow, Diane Wiest, Lori Singer and a virtually unknown Sarah Jessica Parker. Come join us!!!
Young Adult Retreat
Young adults, ages 18 (graduated high school) to 30, are invited to a FREE weekend retreat at beautiful Camp ChoYeh the weekend of March 27-29.
Arrive Friday night to relax and get to know other young adults from around our presbytery. On Saturday, the group will work on the grounds of ChoYeh to aid in their camp improvement and beautification. That evening, sit around the campfire and enjoy snacks and fellowship. On Sunday, we will worship together, conclude work on the grounds then dismiss after lunch. All meals and lodging will be provided.
Space is limited so reserve your spot soon! Contact Jo Ann Currie here at FPC or Caressa Murray (
) at the presbytery office to sign up for this wonderful weekend of relaxation, worship and service.
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
Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study
The Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study continues its study of the Gospel according to Luke. During this season of Lent we find ourselves in chapter 23 which is Luke’s account of the crucifixion. We expect to conclude our discussion of this Gospel on March 8. We will then take a three week hiatus, not meeting March 18, 25, and April 1. On Wednesday, April 8, we will begin Volume 2 of Luke’s work, the book of Acts.
These Wednesday gatherings have been a good opportunity for study, fellowship, laughter, and spiritual growth. Why not come and join us? We start at noon and conclude at 1 p.m.
Cut-Ups meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. (If a month has 5 weeks, we will decide that month if we want to meet an extra week.) We have taken on a new project. We will be making prayer boxes for our deacons to give when visiting church members. They will be made with love and hope that if you receive one, it will make you smile. We are also continuing with SCRABBLE tile crafts, Zentangles, magazine roll vases, and Halloween wreaths. Examples are on bulletin board outside CUT-UPS room. If you want to be added to our email list or if you have any questions contact Liz Reed.
or 832-256-5814 (I’m a “texter” too)
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.