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.

The Staunton Music Festival will be performing in our Sanctuary during the month of August! They will perform during Worship this Sunday, August 18. They will also have concerts on Saturday, August 17, Monday, August 19, Tuesday, August 20, Thursday, August 22, Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24. All concerts are free and open to the public. Please join us for these wonderful performances!

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 
 
This week's Bulletin-> Click here

Please welcome our new Music Director and Organist!  -> Click here

This month's Newsletter -> Click here

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This month's birthdays - > Click here

 
Pastor’s Letter

August 2019

“Neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.” - Is. 49:10

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    Whew!  It’s hot!  This weekend there is a warning for extreme heat.  It’s time for that joke that goes something like, “Hey Virginia, Satan called.  He wants his weather back.”

        Heat makes plants grow.  Extreme heat makes plants die.  Heat makes those of you on blood thinners finally feel warm.  Extreme heat sends you to the emergency room.  I want us to think about the difference between “loving each other with warm affection” as 1 Peter and Galatians says and the destruction that happens when warmth turns hot. From Genesis on, the word “hot” - when attached to emotion -  leads to trouble. Cain was the first human to get hot under the collar. Nebuchadnezzar literally held believers’ feet to the fire.  Herod turned the heat up when Jesus was born.

        Now it is natural that believers would feel passionate about the church in general, and about our ministry in particular. But when passion for anything is stronger than love for each other, something’s wrong.  

        With political and civic tempers at record highs as much as the weather, we who are Christian must hold the words of Christ above everything else we think important.  “If I have not love, I have nothing.”

May we all keep Christ’s priorities at the forefront in this fevered time.

Blessings,

Pastor Karen