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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 - Our Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Library. Pastor Karen will discuss 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 beans, soup, and tomato sauce. Canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal and tuna are always welcome.  Donations may be brought to the church office or placed in the canvas hamper in the narthex.

Help Hurricane Victims in Haiti Now!

The HEF board met and has determined that the first priority in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew is to secure funding for feeding HEF school communities.  In cooperation with Trinity Hope Feeding, they are working with priests and principals to purchase and distribute food.  The goal is to sustain these communities for the next 30 days until they are able to get their lives and crops back up and going. 

We are asking that you help us in this endeavor.  For less than $2.00 per day, you can feed a family of six people.  We need to act swiftly!  As always, 100% of all donations will be used as designated by the donor.  HEF has people in place in Haiti to make this happen as soon as funds are received.  

Checks can be mailed to:
Haiti Education Foundation, Inc.
 P.O. Box 10775
 El Dorado, AR  71730.
**  Please note on the memo line that this is for DISASTER:  FOOD. **

Or you may give to the Disaster Fund online here.

More information on individual schools will be available on the HEF web site in coming days.  We know that there will be damages to repair, etc., however, food takes priority at this point.

                  June 2017

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, ALL the earth!
          Worship the Lord with gladness;
      come into his presence with singing!  Psalm 100:1-2

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are preparing for an exciting summer of music with both Heifetz and Staunton Music Festival in the house (as well as looking ahead to the Waynesboro Symphony with Gustav Holt’s “The Planets” this fall)!

We are so blessed – and we are living into our calling!  Making room for community was one of the key factors that arose as you looked forward to positioning First for the future in your mission study.  We are re-investing this church deeply in the fabric of Staunton, building partnerships and participating with our neighbors – and that investment is social, educational, financial, missional and spiritual.  It represents a fullness and a wholeness with which we seek to share and support Good News in all the ways that is manifested in and around us.

With regard solely to the mutual blessing of music in our midst:
* Heifetz will perform here July 28 and 29, and will also provide music for worship on July 23!
* Staunton Music Festival will perform noon concerts in our sanctuary August 12–19, and will also provide music in worship August 13!

With our community “cousins” coming to “visit,” you will see some temporary changes in the appearance of “God’s living room,” the sanctuary.  You might remember the gong and 
xylophone we had resting in the corner last summer?  This summer we will have a Steinway “resting in the corner!”

As we talk about music and growing our connections, there 
is bittersweet news about Mun Fei Chor.  Mun Fei’s last 
day with us will be Sunday, June 25.  Two days later he 
goes back to Malaysia to prepare for his wedding.  He will 
be back for a few days in December to defend his doctoral thesis and graduate.  (He promises us a visit then)!  We will have a reception on June 25 to celebrate his time with us.

Worship is leading the direction for our next “in-house” 
musician, based again on the mission study, and we will 
have more information for you on that soon.  Music is prayer twice said, and with heartfelt conviction we seek continued growth in this program which is critical to our worship, our outreach, and our participation with the community.

Along those lines, we rejoice that Kathy Garrison and JoAnn Tigert have reinstituted the children’s choir!  Every other Sunday, Kathy leads our children in learning songs during the Sunday School time.  Then on alternate Sundays, JoAnn leads the Bible lesson and reinforces Kathy’s lessons with some practice.  

With a song in our heart we are moving forward in our calling in Christ!  That is GOOD NEWS!!

Many Blessings,