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Lifetree Cafe
Survivng the Holidays
Gad-Abouts
Music Notes
Revolution Youth
Children's Ministry
Craft Fair
Men's Breakfast
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This Week At First Church

Today - Wednesday 
Gold Handbells at 5:00
Parenting Group at 6:00
Elementary Kidz at 6:30
Club 56 at 6:30
Wednesday Nite Live at 6:30
Soprano/ALto Sectional at 7:00
Tenor/Bass Sectional at 8:00

Thursday 
Lifetree Cafe at 10 am and 7 pm
 
Friday
Center Street Kitchen at 11:00am 
Clothes Closet - 11:30 am

Sunday
Worship at 9:30 & 11:00
Tenor/Bass Sectional at 10:00
Choir Warm-up at 10:30
4:30 Revolution Youth

Monday
Chancel Choir rehearsal at 7:00

Tuesday 
Partners for Success at 3:00
Crossfire at 6:00 pm
GriefShare at 6:30 pm
A Word From Pastor Leon
Grace and Peace, 

Last week we began a three part sermon series, entitled "The Christian Atheist: Believing In God, But Living Like He Doesn't Exist." The purpose of this series is to identify three major areas where Christians struggle to reconcile their belief in God with a knowledge of God.  This week we'll be talking about how so many Christians say that they believe in God, but don't trust God with their money.  
I haven't always trusted God with what I have considered my money. There was a time when I figured the best way to honor God was to give to my favorite charity: Me.  After all, I told myself, I need it a whole lot more than the church. What I've learned over the years, however, is that when we live our lives this way---without generosity---we begin to develop a decidedly ungenerous way of looking at the world in general.  
When I began to understand that whatever money I was given was not my own, but God's, it changed the way I viewed things more than just a little.  I can say that I believe in God all I want, but if I don't trust God with my finances then I'm just paying lip service.  This week I hope you'll come to experience a unique sermon that I'll be team preaching with my wife Merideth, who has some unbelievable testimonies of God's generosity as she has trusted him more fully.  

My beloved congregation, know that you are loved and prayed for daily.  

 

Counting it all Joy,  Pastor Leon 
Lifetree Cafe This Week

"Curing Health Care"    

Thursday, October 17th

 @ 10 AM & 7 PM

The program, titled "Curing Healthcare: Practical help for an ailing nation" features an exclusive filmed interview with a health care insider Joe Flower, author of "HealthCare Beyond Reform." 

"We can provide better healthcare for half the cost," says Flower. "And the answer isn't really political. It's economic. We're getting what we pay for in healthcare-but we're paying for the wrong thing."

 To View A Video Clip From This Week's Lifetree Click Here  

 "SURVIVNG THE HOLIDAYS"
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"Surviving the Holidays" is an encouraging event in the GriefShare program.  It helps one deal with the pain of grief during the holiday season.  Join us in the Library on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 PM, for a two-hour session that includes video instruction, a Survival workbook, and group discussion.  You do not need to have attended previous GriefShare sessions to attend!  Contact Tom Weikel at 352-223-8903 for more information. 
The GAD-ABOUTS are at it again!
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We are going to the Sanford Zoo on Saturday, October 27th.  The church van will depart at 9:30.  Admission to the zoo is $8.00 per person.  There is plenty of shade as we leisurely wander the grounds, and there are snacks for purchase but no lunch this time around.  We will stay for three hours, weather permitting.  Join us by calling Marian Newton at 352-343-4517 to reserve your seat.
Music Notes

Worshmusic 2ip with us at the 11:00 AM Traditions on Sunday 10/21.  Music will include special anthems for Chancel Choir with April Von Maxey playing clarinet.  The congregation will join voices in the  singing of the beloved hymn Trust and Obey.

 

The Chancel Choir is rehearsing and preparing for the annual Christmas Concert to be held on Sunday, December 9 at 7:30 PM.  Mark your calendars.  Invite your family and friends for a wonderful evening of music celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus.

Revolution Youth Ministry

Wednesday Nite Live is still happening with some great discussion about the theory of evolution for students 6th-12th grade. Come on out and explore God's creation along with us.

 

Revolution Halloween Putt-Putt Attention all students! We're headed to Adventure Cove for a great evening of miniature golf, costumes, candy, cookout, and fun on October 28. RSVP with Jay so food can be planned. Doors open at 5:00 and total cost is $7. Wear your Halloween costume, but please no gory stuff.  Parent pick-up is 8:00. Bring your friends for this fun night

 

Revolution This Week - Come and hear about our awesone Christmas Outreach this year.  We're going to revive the Christmas Blessings and our youth will be blessing someone who needs to feel God's presence during the holiday season. Come help us plan!

 

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Barnabas Dinner great, and for all who came to hear about our experience.  Remember, applications are already being taken for the 2013 mission, so apply now and don't miss out.

 

A Day In The Groves is coming on December 1 and we are hosting again - groups from all over Central Florida Presbytery will be here. This exciting event takes teens to the groves to glean citrus for those in need, fills the Fellowship Hall with students, and is a BLAST!  We need parents and other adults to help with planning, cooking, and clean-up for our amazing Hot Dog Bar Lunch.  Please contact Jay at youthdirector@yahoo.com or call the church office at 352-357-2833 to enlist.

 

Children's Ministry News

Wednesday nights 6:3 -8:15 pm is FaithWeaver Friends for ages 4 years through 4th grade in Room #2.  

 

Club 56 for 5th and 6th grade meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 and Wednesday nights at 6:30 in the youth room
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Every Sunday morning during The Crossing there are 3 age-group classes for children.  The primary class is for 3,4, & 5 year olds (Kindergarten) in Room #4; the younger elementary class for 1st & 2nd graders in Room #2, and an older elementary class for 3rd-5th graders is in Room #2A.  Thank you for using Door #3 to check out all the children.  Please contact Laurel Climo a lclimo9779@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Parents Night Out is happening October 26th from 5-9 pm. Kids ages 4 years through 5th grade will have fun, play games, and celebrate October birthdays while parents enjoy a night out!  Donations for dinner appreciated.  Please RSVP Julie Groom at fmaidin@aol.com no later than Monday, Oct. 22nd.

 The 2012 Fall Craft Fair

The Ancraft fair logo 2012nual Fall Craft Festival will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, at First

Presbyterian Church from 9 am - 2 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Articles for sale include plants, handmade goods, holiday decorations, and tasty bakes.  And for $5, you can enjoy a delicious home-made lunch!  Bring your friends and come share this crafting event with us.  Call the church office at 352-357-2833 for more information. All proceeds go to local charities.

Nominating Committee Needs Your Help

College of EldersEach year our congregation elects four new elders to serve on our governing body, the Session.  Our Nominating Committee is given the task of prayerfully selecting, vetting and nominating qualified candidates who feel called to serve.  They have begun their good work, but need your help.  If you know of someone who you believe would make an excellent candidate to serve as Elder (you may nominate yourself, if you like), email your suggestion to Ann Marie Munroe, Chair of the Nominating Committee at: am14fm@aol.com.  

Men's Prayer Breakfast
Mens BreakfastThe Men's Breakfast for October will take place on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 am in Fellowship Hall.  This month, Phil Kelley will share his faith journey with us.  Phil is a member of First Church, a serving Elder, and active in the Realty business. 
 We look forward to seeing you for food, fellowship, and prayer.  Contact Frank Andel for more information.