First Press Weekly – March 4, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

          We sometimes ask how we can love our neighbor. Here’s one way. If you have the sniffles or anything else that suggests the possibility of illness, think about staying home. You may believe you’re okay, and you may be, but that thought probably won’t be reassuring to the people you’ll be around. Another way to think about it is no one wants to catch a cold and have a weakened system at this time.

          I’m excited about Ray Blue’s being present with us in worship this Sunday, his participation in a Q&A in the Chapel after worship, and his concert Sunday afternoon at 3. Ray has been coming to First Presbyterian for at least 18 years. He is Founder and Executive Director of CrossCultural Connection, Inc.

“Since 2005, Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. – a 501 c 3 not for profit organization – has been promoting jazz culture, education and performances in schools, colleges and communities around the world. It hosts: Jazz Education Workshop Series, Artist-in-Residence Programs, School and Community Programming and Performances and the Scholarship Fund.

“We believe that Jazz is synonymous with innovation. It is a great educational vehicle for people of all ages and walks of life. Our mission is to increase cultural awareness, communication and understanding through music. Founded by award-winning jazz saxophonist, composer and educator Ray Blue, Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. (C.C.C.) is an expression of Mr. Raphael ‘Ray’ Blue’s passion for Jazz music and culture combined with his work as an educator.”


          Janet Bailey and Connie Kent have set out books in the church library about health care to coincide with the ongoing adult education class on spirituality and health. This class will resume next Sunday, the 15th.


          Please accept my apology for misinformation I gave in a sermon several weeks ago in which inaccurately I described events on the steel-arched bridge spanning the Alabama River in Selma on March 7 and March 21, 1965. March 7 is remembered as “Bloody Sunday.”

“[Hosea] Williams and [John] Lewis stood their ground at the front of the line. After a few moments, the troopers, with gas masks affixed to their faces and clubs at the ready, advanced. They pushed back Lewis and Williams. Then the troopers pace quickened. They knocked the marchers to the ground. They struck them with sticks. Clouds of tear gas mixed with the screams of terrified marchers and the cheers of reveling bystanders. Deputies on horseback charged ahead and chased the gasping men, women and children back over the bridge as they swung clubs, whips and rubber tubing wrapped in barbed wire. Although forced back, the protestors did not fight back.”

 “Fifty-five years after “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965, this pivotal moment in the battle for voting rights in this country is being remembered. This weekend, a delegation including members of Congress, veterans of the civil rights movement, clergy and others will commemorate the historic voting rights march by walking across the Selma bridge during the voting rights jubilee that runs through Sunday.”

With gratitude, Terry


Daylight savings time begins this Sunday, March 8.  Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night or you’ll be late for church Sunday morning!


In this building of many entrances it is important to have greeters at the alley entrance to the office wing on Sunday mornings.  Visitors feel more comfortable if there is someone available to direct them to the elevator or sanctuary.  Won’t you consider volunteering to help with this important welcoming ministry?  Contact Jeanne Simmons.



Elders Deacons
Roger Dana

Grant Dancey

John Foster

Lois Foster

Carolyn Hayes

Kathy Hayes

Andrea Joyner

Rich Niccolls

Abbie Parker

Marta Pumroy

Kari Raiche

Scott Schaub

Jerry Chaffee

Carl Foster

Holly Foster

Arloene Glessner

Chuck Glessner

Deb Grove

Cheryl Hanna

Linda Kushpinsky

Molly Lurth

Ken McMurray

Emily Schaub

Jeanne Simmons


Building & Grounds

1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Moderator:  Grant Dancey

Brad Cook, Carl Foster, Dave Jennings, Brian Joyner, Brian McAndrew,

Wayne Seagren, Chuck Thornton, Garry Zalesky


4th Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

  Moderator:  Kathy Hayes

Budget:  Chris McAndrew


Endowment:  Denny Bossard         Memorial:  Kathy Bogert          Stewardship:  TBD


Membership & Adult Christian Experience

2nd Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Co-Moderators:  Roger Dana & Emili Grissom

Michelle Deuso, Shirley Pantini, Karen Pierce, Cal Schacht, Jeanne Simmons,  Julie Wallace, Joan West


2rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Moderator:  Lois Foster

Jean Bailey, Carrie Dancey, Peg Heald, Sandy Zalesky; Marta Pumroy, Marion Cares Rep.


2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Moderator:  Kari Raiche

Roger Flink, John Foster, Kim Langley, Rich Niccolls, Vicki Shadle


3rd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Moderator:  Marta Pumroy

Lynn Bowser

Youth & Children Christian Education

1st Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Moderator:  Andrea Joyner

Christian Clarke, Carolyn Hayes, Danyel Kolek, Abbie Parker, Marta Pumroy, Scott Schaub