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.
Wonderful Wednesday - October 22
Our own Phil Hilson will bring the program to our October 22 “Wonderful Wednesday” gathering. If you can bring a salad, please sign up with Johnnie Haltom. Our salad supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Phil, an outstanding musician, will have the program from 6-7 p.m. Come and enjoy the food, the fellowship, and the program!
Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study
The Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study continues its study of the Gospel according to Luke. We will meet every Wednesday at noon in the fellowship hall EXCEPT for October 15 when Jim Currie will be out of town on study leave. Why not come and enjoy a delightful time in studying and discussing this part of God’s Word!
Please Save the Date...
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, FROM 3-5 P.M.
OUR ANNUAL “HANGING OF THE GREENS”
Our whole church family and all friends of FPC are invited
for an afternoon of cross-generational fun and festivities
as we prepare our hearts and church home
for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Plan to be part of this annual FPC “party of preparation!
The Stewardship Committee wants to remind everyone to make sure their pledge for 2014 is up-to-date. During the summer months there’s a tendency sometimes to fall behind. You would be doing the church a wonderful favor to make sure your giving is in order. Thanks so much!!!
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.
CUT - UPS
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)
OUR MOTTO: You don’t have to be an artist to be a CUT-UP!
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