The Mission and Outreach Committee is hosting a complimentary BBQ dinner on Thursday, July 15, starting at 6 pm. In addition to First Presbyterian members and friends, music lovers attending the Heifetz Stars of Tomorrow concert that evening at the church also are invited. We hope you can attend. Please RSVP to Louise Whipple (louise_whipple@yahoo.comno later than July 12.

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Campaign To Support Our Church

The month of October began our Campaign To Support Our Church.  2020 will go down as one of the most unique and challenging years of our church’s history.  Instead of despair, we found focus, resiliency, innovation, and a sense of togetherness despite the challenge of social distance.

We have added a “Donate” tab to our menu bar on the top of the page.  This now allows the church to benefit from your financial support by accepting credit cards for payment.  You will be asked to register just once by filling in your information and then you will see a page that will allow you to provide your credit card information (encrypted) to allow the church to benefit from your generous support.  Thank you.


First Presbyterian Church Is Open!            

Worship begins at 10:00am.

There are no temperature checks and you do not have to wear a mask unless you want to.  

We still have one section of the sanctuary cordoned off for those who need more space for health reasons.                                                                                                                                

SO PLEASE COME TO WORSHIP IN PERSON SUNDAY!Emoji

1. You do NOT need a reservation.
2. You DO need to wear a mask inside, unless you are vaccinated and when you are partaking of communion.
3. The CDC says vaccinated people may sing in an indoor chorus. 

Following is a link to the full CDC visual chart on what is safe and what is not safe for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:


If you have selected not to get the vaccine, please be especially careful with your exposure, and check the chart to evaluate your level of risk.

We WILL be continuing the Facebook broadcast as we have extended our reach during this last year, but there is nothing like getting to see each other, and I am looking forward to laying eyes on you!

Office Hours: Heidi is in the office on Monday through Thursday mornings until 12pm.

Our Food Pantry will remain open Monday and Thursday of each week.  To stay in the loop, everyone is encouraged to sign up to receive emails at stauntonfirst@gmail.com. 

Current Activities:

- Sunday Morning Meditation at 10:00 am on Pastor Karen's Facebook page (Karen Henn Allamon)
- Nightly Story Time at 7:00 pm on Pastor Karen's Facebook page
- Weekly Bible Study Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in person and via Zoom - please notify Pastor Karen if you would like to join
- Also, feel free to contact Pastor Karen at any time.

Where Can I Find….

Sunday Worship Live
10:00 am on https://zoom.us/ (Open free account, Pastor Karen will send weekly invitation and liturgy)  
Or https://www.facebook.com/karenhennallamon 
Or 
https://www.youtube.com/channel UCKHIfTGhCeY9LqfE7xftS1A 

Sunday Worship Recorded
https://www.facebook.com/FirstPresbyterianChurchStaunton/ Or
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKHIfTGhCeY9LqfE7xftS1A 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
10:00 am in person in the Library and remotely via Zoom: https://zoom.us/ (open free account, Pastor Karen will send weekly invitation and study passage)

Children’s Nightly Stories at 7:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/karenhennallamon

Shepherding Calls from Elders/Regular Information Emails
If you have not been contacted, please call Pastor Karen with your current phone and email.

COVID-19 Theological Think Pieces
https://thebellsofthehorses.wordpress.com/ 

Private Pastoral Care
Contact Pastor Karen at karenallamon@yahoo.com to arrange an appointment via phone or Skype.

We will update everyone as new information becomes available. 


Weddings
Interested in having your wedding at First Presbyterian Church?  Please see our updated guidelines here.

Some of the following activities are happening in person and online as we are gradually and carefully moving toward reopening. Please see the top of our web page for details on our online activities and continued Food Pantry hours. Thank you!

Sunday Worship
Book Study Class: 9:45 am (snacks at 9:30 am) - Library
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am (now meeting in church parlor)
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  10:00-10:45
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 10:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library and via Zoom
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm 

This week's Bulletin-> Click here

This month's Newsletter -> Click here

Visit the Shenandoah Presbytery Website -> http://shenpres.org/

Visit the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Website - > http://www.synatlantic.org/

This month's birthdays - > Click here



 
July 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

July is extra special this year!

Not only are we meeting in person AND singing AND have Heifetz with us…

The first Sunday we are refreshed by the grace imparted to us through communion.

The second Sunday we rejoice in the baptism of Craig and Laura (Knott) Cromer’s new baby, Jack Andrew!  You will want to be there to congratulate “Nana” Robin Knott as well.The third Sunday is session.  Hooray for gittin ‘er done!  And another thank you to the elders for their good will AND good works!

The fourth Sunday our new friend, Rev. Caitlin R. Hoy, will be preaching. Caitlin is a PCUSA pastor who has just moved to Staunton to be close to her mother and has attended our services.  You will enjoy the gift of her calm and centered spirituality.

Speaking of new folks in worship, be sure to say hello to Cathy and Carl, Jean, and Geneva, worshipping with us in person.  And online? Last week we had 144 “clicks” on Facebook, with 125 staying for the service.  And we don’t know how many people are watching those 125 screens.  Yes that was Boy Scout Sunday, so let’s take a “normal’ Sunday. The week before it was 102 clicks and 98 views.  As we continue to reach people for the glory of God, a very special thank you to Sam Clem for taking over the tech (AND preparing “worship coffee”!).
Additionally, we have some folks who are in assisted living who have expressed their desire to come to church.  If you are willing to give a ride and assist someone with a walker or a wheelchair, please let me know. 

Blessings,

Pastor Karen