Effective March 2019, the church email address will change to stauntonfirst@gmail.com. Please update your records. Thank you!



The funeral for Glynda Barker will take place Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  Please keep Glynda's family in your prayers.

Thursday Evening Vespers Every Thursday evening in Lent from 7:00 to 7:30 pm in the Chapel.  These will be quiet services of prayer and devotion.  We will be using a traditional liturgical format borrowed from various orthodox reformed denominations.

Due to the diligent efforts of Nancy Engle, we have now received our AED equipment and new first aid kits at the church. Along these lines, we would love to know who in our membership is CPR-certified. It is very important that we have this information for the safety and well-being of our members and friends. Please email the church office and Nancy Engle with this information. Your gifts are greatly appreciated!

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 (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: 11:00 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 
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm 
 
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Pastor's Letter

March 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,


The Holy Season of Lent is here.  As we focus on the journey through the cross to the 
resurrection, I invite you to join with your brothers and sisters in several spiritual disciplines that will be offered over these six weeks:

1)  Ash Wednesday Service: 7:00 Wednesday, March 6, Chapel.This service ushers us into Lent with an intentional time of self-focus on our own mortality.  We are only able to rejoice in the resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit when we confront the limits of our life and our goodness.  This somber service will include the imposition of ashes.

2)  Daily Devotional: The 2019 daily devotional from Presbyterian Publishing House will be handed out the Sunday before Lent starts.  This booklet will provide you a way of entering each day of Lent in reflection and prayer on the goodness of God.

3)  Red Letter Jesus: 10:00-11:30 Wednesdays, Library. This Bible Study will resume Wednesday, March 13.  We left off in Advent at Matthew 26, with Jesus headed to Jerusalem. This is the time to rejoin that journey. All are welcome for snacks, coffee and good discussion.

4)  Lenten Vespers: 7:00 – 7:30 Thursdays March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, Chapel. A quiet chapel service will be offered every Thursday evening in Lent that will contain a traditional Vesper compilation of scripture, silent reflection and liturgical prayer. 

5)  Lenten Sermon Series “The Resistance”: Sundays through Lent beginning March 10, 11:00, Sanctuary.  As Daylight Savings Time begins, we will equip ourselves to be spiritually strong by considering those things that Jesus our Lord faced in his human incarnation, and how we can be not only brave, but Kingdom strong in facing those very same difficulties in our lives.

6)  Palm/Passion Sunday: 11:00, Sunday, April 14.  The Gospel of Luke will serve as a springboard to an immersion in scripture and music that brings us from “the cradle to the grave, from the grave to the sky.”  

7)  Maundy Thursday/Tennebrae: 7:00, Thursday, April 18, Chapel.  This “Service of Shadows” brings us from the last supper through the crucifixion.  Communion will be served as we remember the sacrifice of love that Christ made for us.

8) Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord!Sunday, April 21, 11:00 - Sanctuary.  The Valley Brass Ensemble will lead us out in celebration.  Once again, we will turn the sanctuary into a garden with your gifts for flowers in honor or memory of your loved ones.  Jesus’ resurrection is our assurance of glad reunion in the time to come due to the great gift of God, Father Son and Holy Spirit! 

I hope you will take full advantage of these “tools” to build up your spiritual center.  I look forward to walking the path of Lent with you.

Blessings, Beloved!

Pastor Karen