New Church Office Hours The office hours have changed to 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:30-2:00 pm Monday-Friday, closing for lunch for 30 minutes each day between 12-12:30 pm.

Heifetz Concert  There will be a “Midweek Matinee” concert presented by Heifetz this Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00 pm in our Sanctuary. We hope you can join us!

The Church Offices Will Be Closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

  

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

June 2019

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    “Once to ev'ry man and nation
     Comes the moment to decide,
    In the strife of truth and falsehood,
     For the good or evil side;

    Some great cause, some great decision,
    Off'ring each the bloom or blight,
    And the choice goes by forever
    'Twixt that darkness and that light.”

This great old hymn was written in 1845 by New England poet, noted abolitionist, and Harvard Law School graduate James Russell Lowell, about the national debate over slavery and the impending war with Mexico.

It has stood the test of time because it tells the truth about what it means to stand as a witness to the work of God’s Kingdom and the difficult place persons of faith find themselves in standing up to evil.  And that does happen every generation. Every. Single. Generation.

In this generation, today, we continue to be stunned and saddened by acts of violence against faith communities in our country and in the world.  In the United States, we are very aware of religious discriminatory attacks with the burning of black churches and the attacks against synagogues.  There has been a 99% increase in attacks on Jewish houses of worship since 2015.

We cannot stand by.  That is why in May we issued an invitation to worship with our neighbors at Temple House of Israel during their lay-lead worship on May 10th, and on the service led by their part-time interim, Rabbi Grumbacher on May 17th.  If you missed these opportunities, the Temple would welcome you as a guest any Friday at 7:30 pm.

In addition, First Presbyterian will be hosting the Rabbi to come and talk to us and invited guests about his father’s experiences as a survivor of the Dachau concentration camp and service in the US Army. His talk is entitled, “Sharing the Silence: The Child of a Survivor Tells His Father’s Story,” which he has delivered all around the country. That event will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary, followed by refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.

Another way we are equipping ourselves for greater mindfulness in this time is by participating in the Presbytery’s Big Read, “Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”  We already have 8 people starting the book, and will plan discussion groups around everybody’s availability this summer.  If you did not make it on the first go-round of ordering this book, please contact me and I will make sure you get one.

    By the light of burning martyrs,
    Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track, 
    Toiling up new Calv'ries ever 
    With the cross that turns not back;
    New occasions teach new duties, 
    Ancient values test our youth;
    They must upward still and onward, 
    Who would keep abreast of truth. 

Your Sister in the Journey,

Pastor Karen