Weekly Contact- 11/14/13

Hello there,

A lot of things are happening at First Presbyterian Church.  I type this from the very middle of my office, surrounded by drop clothes and masking tape as our offices are being painted.  Thank you to those who came and helped and move furniture on Tuesday afternoon.  I might be sending out a post in a few days looking for help moving everything back.

Saturday morning, Sgt. Lance Miller of the Marion Police Department will be with us to talk about human trafficking.  Sgt. Miller is the only law enforcement officer in Iowa assigned full time to this area.  Come at 9:00 for a cup of coffee.  The presentation will begin at 9:30.

Last Sunday was Consecration Sunday and we turned in pledge cards as part of worship.  If you were not here last Sunday or were not able to turn in your pledge we will have a basket in the back of the sanctuary where you can drop off your pledge the Sunday.  We really appreciate you getting your pledge card in so we know how to plan.

The Chancel Choir is singing in the first service.  I am preaching on 2nd Thessalonians 3:6-18 and my sermon title is “Going to the Dogs.”

Following the first service we will be having a congregational meeting for the purpose of electing elders and deacons.   For elders, the following are nominated: Jim Bockstahler, Christian Clarke, Nancy Jennings, Julie Wallace, and Sara Young as youth elder.  For deacons, the following are nominated:  Babette Baker, Jean Bailey, Diane Bean, Rene Bockstahler, and Jeanne Simons to fulfill a 2 year term.

On Sunday evening at 5:00, there will be a meeting of the support group for those who are dealing with aging loved ones.  Trying to cope with all that is involved when someone you love is declining can be overwhelming.  This is a group to offer encouragement and understanding.  If you think this might help you, you are welcome to attend.

The holidays are closing in on us.  A week from Sunday, the 24th, after second service, we will be decorating the sanctuary for Advent/Christmas.  Many hands make light work.  If you could show up and help out, we would greatly appreciate it.

Finally, our hearts go out to those suffering so in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.  Please be generous and give.  You may do so through the Red Cross and other charitable agencies, but you may also do so through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  You may make a donation to FPC and we will pass it on, you can click here and make a donation online, or you can make a $10 by texting PDA to 20222.

Stay in One Peace,