Please join us for our Lenten Supper and Study each Wednesday during Lent at 5:00 pm in the Library.

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
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)
 
Wednesdays 
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.






“Father, Forgive Them...”

March 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write this from my father’s hospital room. 

On the way from Virginia to Myrtle Beach I listened to an interview on NPR with a Jewish woman, Robi Damelin. Originally from South Africa, Damelin has worked with the Truth and Reconciliation movement, and helped to form “The Parents Circle,” a forum of Israelites Palestinians mothers and fathers who have lost loved ones to the conflict.  

Damelin’s son, an Israeli soldier, was killed by a Palestinian sniper.  She said the release of her son’s killer in a controversial prisoner of war 
exchange forced her to examine her profession of forgiveness.  She said, “That was a test for me, you know, to see if I really mean what I say.”  
She had to think deeply about what forgiveness means.  She said, “I 
came to the understanding that forgiveness is giving up your right to just revenge.” (You can read part of the transcript here: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=141426638)

How far does your forgiveness go?  How deep?  How quickly have you learned to let go?  How much work do you have yet to do? There’s a reason we have reconciliation as a part of our worship service every week.  To be forgiven, to forgive, to give up our right to a just revenge.  It’s not easy work.  And now we are coming to the cross.  The season of Lent is upon us. What “right to just revenge” will you be working to give up? 

May we labor to bear witness to forgiveness and reconciliation, as the body of Christ, even to the cross.

Your sister in this holy work,

                  Pastor Karen