Free flu shots are being administered for our Food Pantry clients on Monday, January 29, 9:00 am-12:00 pm by the Virginia Department of Health for ages 3 and above. We hope to see you there! 

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

Sunday Worship
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  (please call church office ahead of the Sunday you will attend)
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
 
Wednesdays 
Bible Study:  10:00 am
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

What's up?
Bible Study - Our red-letter Jesus Bible Study starts again on 10 January.and meets as usual in the church library at 10 am. 

Our first and third Tuesday and Thursday Bible Study groups will resume soon -  watch the church bulletin for updates.  
Can you help the Food Pantry? Items currently needed for our pantry include baked beans and grape jelly.  Canned fruit, canned vegetables (especially peas), pasta and egg noodles, and canned chicken are always welcome.  Donations may be brought to the church office or placed in the canvas hamper in the narthex.

Western State Hospital Toiletries Drive During the month of January, PW is sponsoring a toiletries drive for Western State.  These will be used for discharging patients.  Collection boxes are in the narthex and the church front office.  Please see this month's newsletter for specific items (and brands) requested.  Thank you for your help! 

 


January 2018

Pastor's Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Happy New Year!  May it be calm and bright!

But when things aren’t calm and bright, you know who makes things better?

Yes, of course, God.  But this isn’t a children’s message, as such. It’s a servants’ message. It is the Body of Christ that makes a difference as together we carry out the will of God the Father.

I had the pleasure and the privilege just today of hearing about what a difference you’re making to bring a little peace and a little light to places that need a little more calm and a little more bright:

Did you know your Mission and Outreach Committee share food with the student’s clinic at Robert E. Lee High School?  Diabetic students or students who don’t “qualify” for a free lunch have been helped by your giving to our food bank.

Did you know we adopted a local teenage boy and an infant girl for special Christmas consideration?  Your monetary gifts in your regular offerings helped these two children with some extra needs – in addition to the physical gifts you brought in for people in our community via the Angel Tree.

Outside of our area, but dear to our hearts, you bought 31 new coats and 11 snow pants for the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, and Donna and Paul Goble drove them to Wytheville!

The Presbyterian Women – in addition to the loving and lovely things they do all year long – also adopted a Western State Hospital resident for Christmas.  You will be able to help Western State too when we have a toiletry drive for them in January – but WAIT – see the list of things that are needed in the PW article in this month's newsletter.

What can you do right now?  “You can’t do everything, but you can do something.” Did you know the Valley Mission goes through 90 Styrofoam bowls a day and never knows if they will have coffee or not?  Coffee!  Next time you’re at the store, pick up some bowls and coffee and drop them off at VM.  You’ll make someone’s day.  

In closing, let me share the words from our first example.  Here are two notes we received from the nurse at the clinic at Lee:

Good Afternoon!  I just wanted to let you know how appreciative we are of your help.  I have had 3 students who were able to eat a wonderful lunch and not worry about having to be hungry.  In fact, I found out that one young lady is living at the Warm Shelter so we were able to get her set up with the free lunch but, she was able to eat the noodles and fruit today.  Thank you again…

And another note just this week…

Today I had a diabetic student come to the clinic with very low blood sugar.  She was low because she did not eat lunch.  After stabilizing her blood sugar, I discovered she did not eat lunch because she did not have the money and she does not qualify for free/reduced lunch.  This young lady was able to stabilize her blood sugar and then eat an appropriate lunch because of your help. Thank you again for everything, we appreciate it!  God is so good...

“And whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”        

 - 1 Cor. 10-31

Blessings for a calm and bright 2018!

Pastor Karen