First Presbyterian Church
Gastonia, North Carolina
Ministry Notes:  Week of March 3, 2013
First Press Newsletter
View the February 24 - March 9 edition.
Third Sunday in Lent,
March 3
  Join us the third Sunday in Lent, March 3, 10:30a.m., as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion and the gifts of women as an intentional act of worship. Rev. Katie Owen, Presbyterian Campus Minister of Duke University, will be guest Members of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America will join us as we recognize their program, the Scouts, and their leaders as an integral and intentional part of the ministry of Christ's Church..  View the worship bulletin.

Rev. Katie Owen
Guest Preacher
 Rev. Lauren Sease Vanacore
Liturgist
 Jill B. Kimbirl
Director of Children's Ministries
Timothy J. Belk
Director of Music Ministries and Organist
 
Members of the Sanctuary Choir;
Serobia Garris, Soprano Soloist
Gaston Family Promise
March 10-16
We will welcome honored Gaston Family Promise guests the week of March 10.  Volunteer your hospitality today as we prepare to serve the homeless of Gaston County.
Holy Week Services
Palm Passion Sunday
March 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Sanctuary

Seven Last Words
of Christ
Théodore Dubois

Members of the First Baptist
and First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choirs

Guest Soloists, Timpani and Organ

Maundy Thursday
March 28
Sanctuary

Drop-In Communion
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
and
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae
March 29 - 7:00 p.m.
Sanctuary
This Joyful Eastertide
Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday,
March 30
7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Sacraments of
Holy Communion
and Baptism

Easter Sunrise
Resurrection Sunday, March 31
7:13 a.m. - Columbarium Garden

Festival Service
Resurrection Sunday, March 31
10:30 a.m. - Sanctuary
  Support Presbyterian Weekday School and Rise & Shine Breakfast Ministry.  Learn more about the annual RUN FOR THE MONEY set for Saturday, April 20.
Meetings
Journey Leadership Team
Sunday, March 3
Following Worship
Quick Links

Lenten Food Drive

Please remember our Lenten Food Drive for the benefit of S.O.C.K.S.  Non-perishable foods will be received through Good Friday, March 29 in the Narthex.  
A Lenten Devotional Guide is available in the Memorial Gallery while supplies last.  Why not get one today?
Presbyterian
Weekday School
Enrolling Now
Presbyterian Weekday School, age 2 through kindergarten, is now enrolling.  E-mail the PWS Director for more information. 
Vacation Bible School
Not Just for Children...
  
 
Our annual Vacation Bible School will take a creative approach offering an inter-generational faith experience for adults and children alike.Join us June 21-23 as Dr. Timothy Beach-Verhey explores the joys of being neighborly as portrayed in Jesus' Parable of the Good Samaritan.Dr. Verhey is the Director of Theological Exploration of Vocation at Davidson College.

Additional details and advance registration opportunities will be forthcoming.Please mark your calendar and plan now to join us as we strengthen our faith journey together.
Find the Easter Chick!

The Communications Committee is sponsoring a contest to encourage use of the church website.  Visit us online and be among the first ten to find the Easter Chick and win a prize!
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