The Newsletter
First Presbyterian Church
Roswell, New Mexico
April 2018

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?  If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:12-14).
Among the many issues troubling the church in Corinth is apparently doubt among some of the saints there about resurrection of the body.  Some apparently have doubts about whether it actually happens, and actually happened for Christ. Others want to know what kind of body is raised: a physical one or a spiritual one, or something else.  Paul writes to reassure them, and to scold them. ("Fool!" he exclaims in verse 36).
Paul's reasoning in chapter 15 has long been inspiring for me, but more than that, it defines for all of us, I think, a core tenet of our faith.  If there is no resurrection, then Christ has not been raised, and our faith and our proclamation are worthless. If Christ has not been raised, then we are wasting our time at playing church, and we should find more worthwhile activities to occupy our time, our effort, our money, our emotional toil.  (None of these things are actually "ours" according to Christian teaching: they are God's, and we are stewards of them.)
If Christ has not been raised, then we will not be raised either. Our faith is then futile, and we are still drowning in our sin (vs. 17).  If it is for this life only that we have hoped in Christ, then we are, of all people, the most to be pitied. (vs. 19)
Verse 20: "But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead."Our faith is built upon joyful and firm affirmation of that statement, even though our faith will of a certainty be shaken from time to time.  Or more often than that.  Even so, we affirm with saints from all times and places that, yes indeed, "Christ has been raised." 
He is risen. Thanks be to God for his priceless gift.
Pastor John
April 1st  
                                Breakfast at 8:45am
      Easter Egg Hunt for Children at 9:30am
                  Worship at 10:00am             
Bring a Friend!
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Communion Sunday
Resurrection Sunday
April 1st

Come celebrate the Feast of the Lord!
If you would like to receive home communion, please call the Church Office at 622-4910. 
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The Easter Season begins on Resurrection Sunday and extends for 50 days, ending on Pentecost Sunday, which is May 20 this year.  There are then seven Sundays in the Easter Season, during which we will continue to sing resurrection hymns and read Scripture related to Christ's resurrection. The liturgical color for the season is white.
We have seven weeks to explicitly celebrate the resurrection, God's infinitely precious gift of grace, to us, poor sinners and beloved children. Join us in worship as we together rejoice and give thanks!
Pastor John
Dates to Remember!
April 3rd
Men's Fellowship Luncheon - noon, Peppers Restaurant
April 5th
Deacons - 5:00pm, Deacons' Room
April 10th
Mission Committee - 4:00pm, Parlor
April 12th
Session - 5:15pm, Library
Breakfast - 7:30am, Martin's Capitol Cafe
Choir Practice - 7:00pm, Choir Room
Prayer Group - noon, Parlor
April 2018 Worship Schedule
Scripture Readings
April 1st - Resurrection of the Lord/Easter
10:00am Worship with the Lord's Supper 
Scriptures:  Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 
1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8 

April 8th - The 2nd Sunday of Easter
10:00am Worship
Scriptures:  Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2;
John 20:19-31
April 15th - The 3rd Sunday of Easter
10:00am Worship
Scriptures:  Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7;
Luke 24:36b-48
April 22nd - The 4th Sunday of Easter
10:00am Worship
Scriptures: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; 
John 10:11-18 
April 29th - The 5th Sunday of Easter
10:00am Worship
Scriptures: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31;
1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8

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Men's Fellowship Luncheon
The April Men's Fellowship Luncheon is set for Tuesday, April 3rd, at noon at Peppers Restaurant!
The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Shelly Currier from Wings for L.I.F.E.  Women are invited too!  Please RSVP to Wayne Glass or call him for more information.
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Session Report for March 2018 
The session of First Presbyterian Church-Roswell met on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Reverend Guthrie led a discussion on an article entitled "Dear Church: It's Time We Stop Idolizing the Millennials."
After reviewing the Book of Order and not finding a definitive answer, the Clerk recommended that FPC continue to have the congregation approve Congregational Meeting Minutes.
Deacon Flocks

The Deacons of First Presbyterian have initiated a new ministry to make sure that all members and friends of the congregation receive regular contact from our church.  Each Deacon has been assigned a "flock" of families and individuals.  These Shepherds will contact the members of their flocks regularly to make sure their connection to our congregation remains vital and strong.

Look forward to hearing from your Shepherd soon! 
Wednesday Breakfast Group


You are warmly invited to enjoy breakfast at

Martin's Capitol CafĂ© every Wednesday at 7:30am. 

See you there!




The Choir meets Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Choir Room for rehearsal.  For more information, please contact Ralph Kaler, Music Director, through the Church Office, (575) 622-4910.
Prayer Group 
The Prayer Group gathers every Friday at noon in the Church Parlor.  Participants pray for our church and its members, and for our community, nation, and the world.
Come as you are able; everyone is welcome. Contact Pastor John for more information.
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Westminster Presbyterian Church

Women's Bible Study


The women of WPC welcome others to join them in a study called " Cloud of Witnesses: a study of Hebrews," on the second Monday of every month from 9:30am to 11:00am in the WPC Library.  Light refreshments are provided!



New Service Opportunity


The New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy is seeking tutors for students working on their GED certificates.  Call Andrea England at (575) 625-1369 for more information.


Daily Inspirational Phone Message

Start your day with a meaningful, positive message!
(575) 622-4923

A Message from Jeanette Schaffer
Director, Presbyterian Outreach
April 2018


For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa. 55:8-9)
Phew! Life happens, and it sometimes knocks the wind out of us. In moments of crisis we may face the challenge of whether or not we will trust God even in the storm.  As I write this I think of this past weekend that was very emotional for me.  My daughter, Christiana, had a terrible reaction to her seizure medication and it almost robbed her of her life.  I can not imagine anything more traumatizing then watching your unconscious child writhing in pain while struggling to hang on to life as medical personnel frantically work around her to
help keep her alive.  It cut so deep inside of me that even though I consider myself a strong person, I could not find the emotional fortitude to stay in the room with her.  I was not able to bear seeing her in that critical state, and I was unable to be by her side as I should have.
Serving This Month

April 1st, Easter Sunday
Service Elder:  Lynn Karnes
Liturgist:  Margy Barbour
Phone Message Reader:  ________
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Wayne Glass
Chancel Guild:  Wendy Lunsford, Betsy Cunningham, Lucy Tucker
April 8th
Service Elder:  Bill Wolf
Liturgist:  ________
Phone Message Reader:  ________
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Mary Kling
Chancel Guild:  Margo Fullinwider, Martha Brown, Brenna Smith

April 15th
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  Margy Barbour
Phone Message Reader:  Roberta Pess
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Mary Lou Glass
Chancel Guild:  Kate Daniels, Martha Mayer

April 22nd
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  Bob Kurtz
Phone Message Reader:  Anna Maria Matteucci
Deacon Hospital Visitation: Roberta Pess
Chancel Guild:  Lynn Karnes, Ann Hultman, Connie Wolf

April 29th  
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  ________
Phone Message Reader:  Wayne Glass
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Michele Hillman
Chancel Guild:  Mary Lou Glass, Rebecca Jonson, Roberta Pess

Scarlett Judith Fullinwider

Congratulations to Margo Fullinwider on the birth of a new great grandchild! Scarlett was born on March 21st. Mother and baby are doing fine!

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April Birthdays 

Happy Birthday to You!
    2nd   Ann Hultman       
    3rd    Charles Stevens 
    4th    Matt Hinkle  
    4th    Nancy Peterson 
                      8th    Mary Kling
                      15th  Wayne Glass 
                      21st   Brenna Smith 
                      24th   Roberta Pess
                      25th   Margo Fullinwider
                      28th   Roxanne Yates
                      30th   Mark Daniels
                     April Anniversaries
            24th  Bob Entrop and Rebecca Johnson

Church Emergency Preparedness Workshop


FPC Member and Commissioned Ruling Elder, Dixie Loy, led an Emergency Preparedness Workshop on Sunday, March 18th.



Thank You, FPC!