The church offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Mark your calendars for our annual Christmas Parade Party Monday, November 27! The Fraser (office) Building will be open beginning at 6:30 and the parade will march right by our doors starting at 7:00 pm. Cocoa will be provided by the church. Please try to bring a table-ready snack to share and feel free to bring a friend or two!

We hope you can join for our Christmas Fellowship Dinner on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, immediately following Worship in the Fellowship Hall. All food will be provided by the Congregational Life Committee.

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)
Bible Study:  10:00 am
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm
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What's up?
Bible Study Continues - The regular meeting time for our Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Library. Pastor Karen will discuss "red-letter Jesus" scripture and how we might apply it in our daily lives.  Bring your Bibles!  Coffee and pastries will be served.
Can you help the Food Pantry? Items currently needed for our pantry include peanut butter, crackers, cream soups (cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, etc.) and jelly.  Canned fruit, canned vegetables (especially peas), pasta and egg noodles, tomato sauce, and canned chicken are always welcome.  Donations may be brought to the church office or placed in the canvas hamper in the narthex.

Our Thoughts and Thanks Go Out to Veterans

Here are some pictures from our recent Veterans' Day church activities celebrated with the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Dressed to the nines.

Riding in style in the Veteran's Day parade.

November 2017

Pastor's Letter

Dear Saints in Training,

As we enter into November we come upon two events so spiritually significant I wish we could live here all year.

The first is All Saints Day, which we will be celebrating on the First Sunday in November.  When we come to the table together on that first Sunday, we are particularly aware of everlasting life and of the mystery that brings us together not only with Christ, but with each other, and, mind bogglingly, with our loved ones who have gone before.  All Saints Day celebrates both personally, and communally, the great work of Jesus Christ for us.

To equip us for that celebration and all it means, please take a minute and email me at, or call my cell (540.414.3193) with the name(s) of your loved ones that you would like remembered in worship this All Saints Day.  It will be our joy to remember the powerful bonds of love that not even death can break!

The second event that is spiritually significant is one that some of us will share together, and some of us won’t because we gather in smaller units for that celebration we call Thanksgiving.  It too is a communion.  We gather around the table.  We give thanks to the Lord our God who provides for us both daily bread and His daily love.  We sup with those nearby and those who have come from away.

I love November.  I love bouncing from “All Saints” with communion to “Works in Progress” with turkeys.  The warmth of loved ones here and beyond, the reminder to be grateful as a way of life, November is the crown of the year.  

And we, all of us Works in Progress, will have one more November event that’s a little bit of both.  Our Stewardship Potluck on Sunday, November 12th.  One of the guidelines of successful potlucks is that you bring enough for yourself and enough to feed at least one person more than your family.  That might be a good way to think about your pledge for the coming year (as you think about what potluck dish you’re going to bring!):  How much does it take to support your part in ministry and mission, and how might you increase that to be a “potluck portion” of the church’s budget?  I hear from our partners in ministry – places like New Directions and Valley Mission - that their giving is down and their ability to serve the least of these is hampered.  Let’s change that hampering to a picnic hamper.  Let’s all of us bring enough to the potluck that we can share our table freely with all our family in Christ – everyone God has given us to love as the heart of Christ in the heart of Staunton.

Blessings Saints! 

Pastor Karen