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
Please note that Rev. Zac will be traveling with another group of pastors through November 15. Rev. Amanda Hill will monitor the pastor phone in order to provide any emergency pastoral care.
Exam Packs: Please help FPC support our WVU students as they prepare for their finals by donating snack items for our exam packs. Our deacons will fill bags with these items and deliver them to our students. Please deposit individually wrapped, nutritious items such as dried soups, popcorn, crackers, nuts, dried fruits, assorted sweets, teas, hot chocolate packets, aspirin, juice boxes and other useful items into the exam pack box (in the parlor) by Sunday, December 8. Thank you for your support of this mission.
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/eol. 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.
Thanksgiving Food Drive: Share the holiday spirit by blessing others in need this Thanksgiving! From now through November 17, we are collecting non-perishable, holiday food items for Canyon and Rock Forge food pantries. Donation ideas include stuffing mix, instant potatoes, turkey gravy, canned yams/sweet potatoes, marshmallows, cranberry sauce, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, French fried onions, pie crust mix, and 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. Donations are due by Sunday, November 17 and can be placed in the boxes in the parlor.
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.
All Hands on Deck for the Fall Workday: Join property committee from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, 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.
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!
Session’s next meeting is Sunday, November 17. Session is the leadership body of the church that gathers monthly to pray, set direction for the church, oversee the operations of all our missions and ministries, and work with the pastor to ensure the church continues to demonstrate the love of God in Christ as a church actively engaged with our Greater Morgantown community. You can find a full report of Session in the Good News and the resource page of the website. Session notes and financials are always available to the congregation by contacting the church office or our Clerk of Session, John Bolt (email@example.com). Congregation members and friends are always welcome to attend Session meetings or to write and share any news or questions with Session. All correspondence can be sent to our Clerk of Session, John Bolt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Announcements for the upcoming Good News are due by Tuesday, November 19. You may submit them electronically by filling out the Church Communication Form on our website (https://www.firstpresmorgantown.org/resource-page) or picking up a hard copy of the form at the church office. Thank you for your contributions!
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.
Presbyterian Women’s Annual Cookies ‘N More Sale will be held from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, in the fellowship hall. Proceeds from the cookie sale, treasure table, wreath sales, and bazaar items will go to PW’s mission fund that supports international concerns, community efforts, and church projects. You can help in the following ways: baking and buying cookies, donating gently used items to the treasure table, buying bazaar items, buying a wreath, and helping set up and work the event. Orders for fresh holiday wreaths and holiday décor from Tatham’s Modern Homestead will be taken through Sunday, November 24. Sign-up sheets will be available in the parlor for bakers and volunteers. We will need workers to help set up on Friday, December 13, and workers for the day of the event. Please join Presbyterian Women in support of its many projects. • 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.
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).
Chris A. Wood became the 15th president of Davis & Elkins College on August 1, 2016. A native of Huntington, West Virginia, President Wood graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Additional graduate study was undertaken at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. President Wood served as vice president for advancement at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, from 2009 until his appointment to Davis & Elkins College. During his tenure at Wesley, financial giving to the College increased by more than 400 percent, and he designed and implemented the first major comprehensive capital campaign. As president of D&E, he led the College to surpass its $100 million Secure the Future campaign with a total of $101,422,304. As an ordained United Methodist pastor, President Wood served congregations in Illinois and Maryland from 1986 to 2000. He returned in 2000 to West Virginia to serve for six years as program and executive director of Mission West Virginia, Inc., an innovative and nationally recognized statewide non-profit organization that works to build capacity for community and faith-based organizations. Prior to serving at Wesley College, President Wood served from 2006-2009 as vice president for advancement at the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The president and his spouse, Lisa Messinger Wood, also a Huntington native, have two daughters, Lacey and Lexi. Along with their miniature schnauzer dogs, Hallie and Henry, the Wood family resides at Hearthstone, the Davis & Elkins College president’s home.
Tina Vial serves as the College’s assistant director of institutional advancement: foundation and church relations. She is responsible for building relationships between Davis & Elkins College and church-related governing bodies, congregations and individuals and serves as grant coordinator. Tina has over 30 years of experience in staff and volunteer leadership within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including serving on the denomination’s national staff in Louisville in the Christian Education and Leadership Development office for 15 years. Among the numerous leadership roles she has held at the presbytery level are vice moderator of Presbytery Council and co-chair of the Presbytery of West Virginia Mission Study Group that directed a two-year process of mission visioning, restructuring and priority budgeting for the Presbytery. She currently serves on the Presbytery’s Relations Committee and the Leadership Team, and chairs the Westminster Foundation Board of Directors and the search committee for the new WVU Campus Pastor. Prior to coming to D&E, her work in grant writing had yielded nearly $9.5 million from several sources including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), private foundations and state and federal agencies to fund a variety of non-profit programs such as business development, children’s services, in-home care, home ownership, low-income rental housing, domestic violence and homeless shelters, and a variety of family services; college scholarships and historic preservation efforts; and the State of West Virginia Weatherization Program.
Elizabeth Marshall-MacVean serves as choral director of the Oratorio Society and the Concert Choir and has taught at Davis & Elkins College for eight years. Liz also teaches in area public schools. She has more than 20 years of experience as a choral director and has trained in the areas of vocal music, choral conducting and music advocacy. She is the founder and artistic director for the highly acclaimed Elkins High Madrigals. She is known for building and rebuilding choral programs, and several of her ensembles have recorded and released albums for public sale. Her groups have also performed extensively throughout the United States, receiving superior ratings.
Donna Baroudi-Huffman is the Music Program Coordinator and Instructor of Music, and accompanies the choir. She has traveled extensively auditioning and accompanying over 100 vocalists for the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, including the Governor's School Choir for which she recorded an album with vocal and instrumental soloists. She also accompanies the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir and All-County Children's Choir as they travel the region. In addition to teaching piano courses for D&E's Community Education program, Baroudi Huffman conducts private piano and vocal lessons. Prior to teaching at D&E, Baroudi Huffman was actively involved as accompanist and music director for Elkins Arts Community Theatre and The Old Brick Playhouse.
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