NEW 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 will serve as our 2014-15 team of Sunday School teachers. During the 10:30 worship service, they will be commissioned for the year. All classes for children and youth will use the age appropriate PCUSA “We Believe” materials, and “WEE Believe” with our Preschoolers! May God bless our new 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
*Joan Gibertini will again serve as our Nursery Volunteer Coordinator. If you would like to serve as a volunteer during worship once or twice this season, please see the sign up in the narthex and/or speak with Joan. Our paid caregivers in the nursery are Jeri Cooney, Glenda Bustillos, & Brenda Morales. Thank you for welcoming the children in Jesus’ name.
WEDNESDAY NOON BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY RESUMES
After taking a summer break, the weekly Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study will resume on September 10. We meet in the Fellowship Hall, and will continue our study of the Gospel according to Luke, beginning with chapter 16.
Anyone and everyone is invited to come and enjoy food, fellowship, and study.
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY -- SEPTEMBER 17
Bob Row, a graduate of Stanford University (BA in biology and MA in Math and Statistics) and a retired employee of Atlantic-Richfield (financial planning), is an expert on “the tribute penny”, the biblical coin known as the denarius. Bob is also the husband of Rev. Louise Row, retired Presbyterian pastor, and will be the speaker at our September “Wonderful Wednesday” gathering. For 30 years Bob has made a study of this coin and, until recently, had a collection of such coins. He donated his collection to his alma mater, Stanford University, this past year. The Rows worship at FPC occasionally.
Bob has written a 47-page booklet entitled “The Tribute Penny: A Guide to the Pontif Maxim Aureus-Denarius Issue of Tiberius, AD 14-37”.
We will begin with a salad supper at 5:30 p.m., the program will begin at 6 p.m., and we will be through by 7 p.m. Come and enjoy the food, fellowship, and this excellent program!
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.