Members and Friends,
The season of Thanksgiving joins Stewardship time as a reminder of both blessings and opportunities. Blessings include life itself, relationships with others and hearts which beat with love. Opportunities are those moments of giving back in response to all we have received. I am thankful for First Church and its many gifts, and am eager to help you attract the best possible pastor. I keep talking about a church's "vibe". Creating a gracious, grateful "vibe" is already underway around here. For that I am thankful. To this climate I remain committed.
Sunday worship unites several related themes. The Scripture for the day is II Corinthians 9:6-15 and the meditation title is "The Joy Of Giving". We will remember those who have died in the year past, calling their names and presenting family members with a rose. We also gather at the Lord's Table in celebration of the Lord's Supper. Bill Sickles will offer a Minute for Mission on stewardship, and Ruthie White-Dunn will speak on matters relating to Presbyterian Women. The choir sings an anthem entitled "The Weeping Tree" by Joseph Martin and hymns include "For All The Saints", "Jesus Loves Me", and "Come Share the Lord", the hymn of approach for communion. Faithful, consistent worship blesses FPC in every way. Find your place and invite a friend.
The Stewardship and Finance team hosts a light luncheon following worship in the Dining Room where the topic will be our congregation's Financial life and goals for the coming year. All are invited. Pledge cards for 2018 have been mailed and will be dedicated Sunday November 19th. Extra cards are available at the back of the church. Be as generous as you can, as you join Millie and me in pledging for 2018.
The Board of Deacons has prepared a wonderful auction for this Saturday at 5:00 pm. Wear your Hawaiian attire and come to enjoy, all the while supporting a great cause. From scholarships to helping others in need, the Deacons represent our church at its best. Special thanks to all who have worked hard to make this event possible.
An Inquiry Class for those who wish to know more about us is scheduled for this Sunday at 9:00 in the Founder's Room. Those who wish may unite in membership next week on the 12th. Speak to me if you have questions or wish to recommend others for church membership.
Presbyterian Women's Holiday Harvest Bazaar is set for Saturday the 18th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served from 11:30 until 1:30, with the cost being $12 per adult and $6 per child 12 and under. Beyond the fundraising goals of this gathering is the importance of fellowship and the goodwill it creates.Plan to come and enjoy the oldest Presbyterian church in America who is forever young at heart.
The church rejoices with those who rejoice and weeps with those who weep. This week we rejoice with the Hawke- Brantuck family upon the birth of Ella Hawke Brantuck Thursday at Southampton Hospital.
We grieve with the family of former member Jackie Martino upon her death in Maryland.
The confirmation class is well underway with 11 participants meeting each Wednesday from 5:30 until 6:30. Rejoice.
Prayer for the Day: God of our lives, through all the turning years, we trust in you. Lord of the past, we offer our thanks for those who have gone before. We are stronger because of their faith. Help us to live lives of gratitude for your generosity. Inspire us to build a strong congregation here at South Main Street. Save us from terror and deliver those affected by the recent violence in New York City. Speed the day when hatred ceases and a new era of peace and justice prevails. Through Jesus Christ we pray! Amen.
See you in Church!