Vol. X                           June 2017                        No. 6
From the Pastor
Nobody will ever be able to tell me that Vacation Bible School is a bad thing. As a matter of fact, I think it's one of the most important things we do as a church. Our VBS this year is Camp Out: Getting S'more of Jesus. It's June 5-7 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), with dinner at 5:15pm and VBS classes from 6-8pm. You know why I think it's so important? Because it's one of the biggest reasons I'm a pastor today.
            When I was a kid, in the days before mass-marketed VBS campaigns, my little home church in Barre Center (pronounced "Berry")New York did a homemade VBS each year. We'd start each day with "Barre Bird," a parrot hand puppet brought to life by one of our church's women, teaching us the Bible story for the day. Then volunteers from our church taught us Bible lessons, made us snacks, led arts and crafts, and (my personal favorite at the time), led us in recreation outside. I started attending VBS when I was four years old, and went every summer through sixth grade. I loved it! Not only was I learning valuable lessons about Christianity, I was building relationships with the adults in my church, and seeing them "in action" sometime other than the "usual" Sunday morning worship time.
            But once I "graduated" from VBS is when I really realized how important it was. After seventh and eighth grade I was a helper in VBS classrooms. I taught the Bible lessons and played with the kids and built those important relationships. Then, starting after my ninth grade school year, my church let me be a VBS teacher! For four summers straight I taught the same group of kids, from their first through their fourth grade years. I still keep in touch with some of those kids today!
            VBS was a lot more than just "what the church did every year" to me. It was a chance for my home church to raise me in the faith, show me the love of Jesus, and then empower me to put the lessons they'd taught me to use in leading others. In short, my church used VBS to do exactly what churches are supposed to do to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Looking back on it all, there's no denying that Vacation Bible School was a huge influence in my being called to ministry. It was where I fell in love with the church, and with teaching the Christian faith to other
So...I'm wondering: how will our kids look back on VBS? We have a great chance to do for our children what my home church did for me. Who knows...one of them might write a newsletter article someday for the church they're serving as pastor! And, of course, it's not just for the kiddos. I'll be leading an adult VBS class each night, 6-7ish on the biblical book of James. All of us are being made into disciples in the church! So plan on being at VBS 2017, Camp Out: Getting S'more of Jesus, June 5-7, 5:15-8pm. See you there!
Your brother in Christ,

New Sermon Series

Summer Sermon Series:
June 4-July 16
We'll explore the many creative ways God connects and heals us...and our world
Vacation Bible School,  June 5-7

June 5-7
   Dinner will start at 5:15pm
     VBS will be 6:00-8:00pm
Adult study on James 6:00-7:00pm
All children through 5th grade welcome.
       A nursery will be available.
Anyone interested in volunteering with VBS or donating supplies should contact Kelly Thompson at 395-0334.

Wednesday Night Supper & Bible Study
Come join us for our regular Wednesday night activities. Supper will be served beginning at 5:45.p.m. and immediately following the great meal we will have a wonderful Bible study. You will be fed both physically and spiritually! A Nursery is provided as well as classes for your children and youth.

Cost of meals are:
$ 7.00 for Adults
$ 3.00 for Children 4-11
$20.00 Max for Families
Reservations must be made by completing the section at the bottom of the Attendance Registry, filling out a slip on Wednesday night or by calling the Church Office. 
Wednesday, June 7
VBS WEEK-Dinner at 5:15
Hamburgers and all the Fixins!
     Wednesday, June 14
Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast
Rice, Green Beans, Salad, Bread, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Water
     Wednesday, June 21
   Pasta with Meat Sauce
Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert
       Coffee, Tea, Water
         Wednesday, June 28
            BBQ Boston Butts
   Corn on the Cob, Slaw, Dessert
           Water, Tea, Coffee

Saturday Samaritan Missions
Saturday, June 17  
Dona Miller (229)869-1461
Our next meal is on Saturday, June 17. We would love to see YOU here helping lend a hand! We start preparing around 9:30 and start serving around 10:30. We usually finish serving by 11:30. If you've helped out before THANK YOU! And if you haven't, come on and give it at try.
Monday, June 5-Wednesday, June 7
         Vacation Bible School
         Saturday, June 10
Hosting Flint River Presbytery Meeting
Our children are singing in worship!
         Weekly events
9:30am Choir Practice
10:00am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
Weekly Events
10:00 a.m.Sunday School
11:00 a.m.Morning Worship
5:45 p.m.Supper
6:30 p.m. Children's Choir
6:30 p.m. PYF
6:45 p.m. Bible Study
10:00 a.m. Meals on Wheels
Tuesday & Friday
10:00 a.m. A Place 4 Hope
Table of Content
Church Staff
Rev. Joshua Bower
Financial Director
Marie Kreiser
Music Director
Marilyn McClelland
Food Service Director
Elaine Barrett

Church Sexton

Annie Bailey
Church Officers
Class of 2017
Bobbie Lowe
Kirk Rouse
Richard Stevens
  Class of 2018
Harold Boling
Tim McClelland
Kelly Thompson
Class of 2019 
 Kelly Courtney 
Shelly Cox
Larry Patrick

  Class of 2017
Debbie Freed
Michael Johnson
JD Sumner
  Class of 2018
Bret Bundies
Terri Clark
Liz Rozar
Class of 2019
Debbie Freed
Margaret Fulford
Katie Wells
Children's Church Rotation
6 /4 Kelly and Alan Thompson
6/11 Shelly and Monty Cox
6/18 Dona Miller
6/25 Blake Garret and Margaret Fulford

Meals on Wheels

First Presbyterian runs a Meals On Wheels route 5 days a week. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Deliveries begin around 10:00-10:30 and take 30 minutes to an hour. If you would like to help with this special ministry, call Harold Boling at 343-0045.

6/1 Roger and Cam Paulin

6/2 Debbie Freed

6/5 Billy and Jen Mann

6/6 Tim McClelland

6/7 Larry and Frances Patrick

6/8 Jud and Patti Savelle

6/9 Terry and Jan Bundies

6/12 Rick and Elaine Barrett

6/13 Tim McClelland

6/14 Arnold and Angelyn Hammack

6/15 Roger and Cam Paulin

6/16 Debbie Freed

6/19 Billy and Jen Mann

6/20 J.D. Sumner

6/21 Art Bello

6/22 Harold Boling

6/23 Terry and Jan Bundies

6/26 Billy and Jen Mann

6/27 Katie Wells/Margaret Fulford

6/28 Larry and Frances Patrick

6/29 Harold Boling

6/30 Debbie Freed

JUNE 2017
Tim McClelland
Church Directory
The Church Directory is completed. If you would like a copy, please come by the church office and pick up your copy.
Ongoing Missions
The Mission committee is continuing the projects of liquid detergent for A Place for Hope at the Salvation Army and  the box tops for Clinton Children's Home. Thank you for your interest in these  missions.
The parking lot behind the church is rented out during the week and we have several spaces allocated to us down by the elevator.  Please refrain from parking in the lot between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays except for our designated spaces.  Please share this information with everyone in your family.
Please pray for:
Our Country
Our Deacons
Our Elders
Bob and Kristi Rice, Presbyterian Church (USA) Missionaries in South Sudan
Unspoken requests
People losing jobs
Josh Bower and family
Everyone doing long-term storm recovery
Sargent Family
Linda and Larry Watson
John and Joann Barr
Piper Hamilton
Meagan Owens
Lynn Rutland
Meg Dean
Shirley Benford
Kitty Cole
James Hope
Aldene Lee
Mavis Moore
Lee Gohman
Margaret Fulford
Kelvin Spurlock
Jody Dickinson
Ron Scarborough
Suzann Hagins
Chet Dreschel and Family
Sally Bloom
Ginger Crocker
Edith McMillin
Emma Jean Crocker
Gladys Wells
Annie, Henry, and Jackie Bailey
Nancy Leister
Margaret Rowe
April Gay
Beth Price
Pat Mullis
June Denney
Amy Kimsey
Betts Smith
James Sexton
Lilia Sullivan
Savelle Sullivan

The family of Robert Miller
The family of Tom Crocker
All affected by April's storms
Stephens family
Jim Blackmer and Family
Marilyn Kleinfelter
David Summerall
Nick Ball and Family
Shirly Aubin
Kathy Greene
Utility workers
The Albany Community
Greg Freed
Queen Brown
Peggy Guillebeau

Jo sh's normal office hours are 9 a.m-12 p.m. Monday-Thursday. He takes taking Friday as his normal day off during the week. If you need to contact Josh, he is available at the church: 229 432-6289 and at joshua@1stpresalbany.org .   for after office hours or in the case of a pastoral care emergency, please contact Josh on his cell: 229 376-0471.
First Presbyterian Church
220 North Jackson Street
Albany, GA 31701
Phone: 229-432-6289 | Fax: 229-432-4845
worship@1stpresalbany.org | Website: http://www.1stpresalbany.org