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.
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
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.
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.
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.