We welcomed Joel Cotter, who played trumpet during the service. Joel is a retired music teacher and assistant band director for Morgantown High School. He is also a member of the West Virginia Brass Quintet.
Presbyterian Women will meet at noon on Monday, November 4, in Room 3. Bring a bag lunch and join the group for Bible study and planning for the annual Cookies ‘n More Sale to be held in December. The Bible study will be Lesson 2, “Words of Love: Don’t Trivialize My Name” from the current study book, Love Carved in Stone.
Thanksgiving Food Drive – Share the holiday spirit by blessing others in need this Thanksgiving! From now through November 17th we will be collecting non-perishable food items for Canyon and Rock Forge food pantries. We would like to especially focus on food items that are typically part of a holiday meal, such as Stuffing Mix, Instant Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Canned Yams or Sweet Potatoes, Marshmallows, Cranberry Sauce, “Green Bean Casserole” (Canned Green Beans, Cream of Mushroom Soup, and French Fried Onions), Pie Crust Mix, Canned Pumpkin or Fruit Pie Filling. If you wish to make a monetary donation to be used for the purchase of other non-perishable items, you may do so by designating “Thanksgiving Food Drive” in the memo line of your check. Please bring in your non-perishable items by Sunday, November 17th and place your items in the boxes in the parlor.
Attached is a volunteer sheet to help the deacons. You can e-mail or send your choices to the church office.
Please note that Rev. Zac will be traveling with another group of pastors from November 7
- November 15. Rev. Amanda Hill will monitor the pastor phone in order to provide any emergency pastoral care.
Bread for the World’s 2019 Offering of Letters: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow urges our government to accelerate progress toward ending hunger by increasing funding for global child nutrition programs. Using the web browser on your laptop, electronic notebook, or smartphone, visit bread.org/ol. After you enter your name, address, and zip code, the system will automatically email both your senators and representative. That’s three letters with the click of one button! We will offer our letters on Sunday, November 10, following worship. Look for our table in the parlor before and after the service. For more information on this year’s Offering of Letters, visit bread.org/ol.
All Hands on Deck for the Fall Workday: Join property committee from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Satuday, November 16 as they spruce-up the church building and grounds. Tools, cleaning supplies, and refreshments will be provided – all you need to bring with you is a pair of work gloves. Everyone is invited to lend a helping hand. Rain Date: Saturday, November 23.
Friendsgiving Dinner will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. on November 12, in the gym. If you identify as LGBTQ+ or are an individual/family who wants to show support for them, this event is for you. Bring a dish to share if you are able, but come anyway if you don’t have a dish. All are welcome! You can RSVP on PFLAG Morgantown’s Facebook page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held after worship on Sunday, November 17. Deacons will provide turkey, gravy, and beverages. The congregation is asked to provide dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetable sides, salads, desserts, and bread. Sign-up sheets will be in the parlor through November 10. We hope to see you there!
Stewardship Sunday: It is November, and this is the time of year when the church begins finance planning for next year. Members will receive pledge mailings between now and Stewardship Sunday, November 17. Please prayerfully consider your estimated giving for next year by November 17!
Hanging of the Greens: Are you ready to prepare the church for the Advent season? After the service on Sunday, November 24, please help worship committee with the Hanging of the Greens (changing the paraments for the holiday season). As usual, we will furnish homemade soup, bread, and dessert for everyone helping. Please join in the fun – there is a lot to do and good food to eat.
Save the date for the Advent Cantata during worship on December 15. We will be looking for youth and children to be narrators and cast members. See Ken Godwin if you would like to be a member of the choir for this event.
Community Breakfast - On October 27, our volunteers served breakfast to 86 community members. Thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work!
We, the people of First Presbyterian Church, are a welcoming congregation practicing the hospitality of Jesus by greeting, welcoming, and embracing visitors and guests. In addition to extending hospitality, we gladly assist visitors by helping them find their way through the building. If you’re unsure of where something is, just ask! We happily and consistently endeavor to reflect Christ’s love to visitors, guests, neighbors, and each other.
Attention Parents: We have a kids’ space in the back of the sanctuary with sensory and quiet activities to give children an outlet during worship. Don’t worry if a little noise comes from one of our little worshippers - we are grateful to have all ages in worship with us! We also have a nursery on the lower level for infants through age 5. Please feel free to take your children to meet our nursery attendants, Janine and Teanna, if you wish to do so.
We have a Prayer Place in the sanctuary for you to share prayer requests prior to the service. These requests will also be used to create a church prayer list distributed each week.
Video recordings of our Sunday sermons are now available online. Please visit us at https://vimeo.com/fpcmorgantown to view our full catalog.
Are you an LGBTQ+ person trying to explore your faith and looking for queer positive voices? Do you love an LGBTQ+ person and want to learn more about being a loving and supportive family member? Are you an ally looking to learn more? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then be sure to check out our LGBTQ+ Christianity library in the parlor!
FPC’s Breeze Account: As you may know, our church directory is available online through Breeze. It’s a free, convenient way to access the church directory, send emails to members, and view/edit your contact information. If you haven’t registered, email Johnetta (FPCMorgantown@gmail.com) or Kim (PresbyMorgantown@gmail.com) and they will send a welcome email for you to set up a new account.
We have a church communication form for announcements shared in the bulletin, Good News, E-news, website, and social media accounts. You can access the form on the church website (https://www.firstpresmorgantown.org/resource-page) or pick up a paper copy from the church office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim (304-296-8236; email@example.com).
SUNDAY (10TH): 8:00 a.m. Community Breakfast (Team 2) 9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School (Rm. 3) 10:30 a.m. Choir Warm-up (Choir Rm.) 10:35 a.m. Clued Up (Sanctuary) 11:00 a.m. Worship: Davis & Elkins leading service, Bread for the World 2019 Offering of Letters 3:00 p.m. Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association (GMIA) Meeting 6:00 p.m. Harless Center Dinner (Harless Center)
ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE: Sunday, December 1 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of Advent Tuesday, December 3 5:30 p.m. PCDC Christmas Dinner Sunday, December 8 11:00 a.m. Second Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 8 4:30 p.m. Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association Community Meal (Spruce St. UMC) Saturday, December 14 9:00 a.m. Presbyterian Women Cookies ‘N More Sale Sunday, December 15 11:00 a.m. Third Sunday of Advent, Annual Christmas Pageant & Cantata Sunday, December 15 6:00 p.m. MACGlee Christmas Concert Wednesday, December 18 6:30 p.m. Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 22 11:00 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 22 afternoon Christmas Caroling for Church Shut-ins Tuesday, December 24 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service Tuesday, December 24 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve Service Sunday, December 29 11:00 a.m. Unplugged Sunday Service - Hymn Sing Sunday, January 5 11:00 a.m. Epiphany Sunday
ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY All Saints’ Day originated in the 4th century and was originally celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. During the 800’s, the date of the celebration of All Saints’ Day was moved to November 1. At that time, it was celebrated by the whole church. All Saints’ Day is a time when the church honors those who died as witnesses of the Christian Faith. These were faithful people who refused to deny Christ. There were many thousands of early Christian martyrs, and over the years, there are countless others who witnessed for Christ. In many of our churches today, the names of deceased members from the past year are read during the service on All Saints’ Day; those who are part of the “great cloud of witnesses," living and dead, whose seemingly routine lives glow with everyday virtues. Those whom we celebrate on this All Saints’ Day are people who loved their God. They are people whose strong faith was consistent with their behavior. They may, in this life, suffer because of their witness to Christ. In their death, we believe they will experience no hunger, nor thirst, and no longer will they be oppressed. They will inherit the Kingdom of God. We give thanks to God for their lives. We sing our thanks with joyful voices. REMEMBRANCES Members and Loved Ones John Alexander Barbara Alvis Paul Atkins Dorothy Beabes Freda Kay Courtney Beverly Farfsing Mary Jane Hamilton Betty McCartney Richard Schreiber Norma Jean Skriner Leo Stegman Sally Thomas Andy Weems Ted Wells Eb Werner Elizabeth Wright
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