The Newsletter
First Presbyterian Church
Roswell, New Mexico
May 2018


Revitalization and growth necessarily require a substantial change in the way a church does things. Someone wryly noted quite some years ago that insanity may be defined by doing the same things over and over again, and expecting a different outcome. Another astute commentator, also some years ago, defined the last seven words of a church: "We've never done it that way before."

Our church implicitly has identified five major centers of ministry, found in five of the Session Committees: 
  • Worship
  • Christian Education (Discipleship Development)
  • Fellowship
  • Evangelism
  • Mission
These five ministries have been identified by many churches and church consultants as necessary for churches to thrive and grow. Healthy churches strive to balance time, effort, and resources among these ministries.

Your Session and I, and other leaders, are dedicated to maintaining focus on these five ministry centers as we continue to abide in Christ, and remain open to the movement of God's Holy Spirit. It is easy for us to become distracted by other things. God calls us to maintain our focus, so that we may be faithful and effective agents of God's kingdom here and now, and so that Roswell FPC may revitalize and grow both numerically and spiritually, to God's glory in service to our neighbors.

Your prayers and the application of your own gifts, skills, and aptitudes are needed! Please contact me if you have ideas or your own Spirit-promptings. 
Grace and peace,
Pastor John

The Easter Season begins on Resurrection Sunday and extends for 50 days, ending on Pentecost Sunday, which is May 20th this year. There are then seven Sundays in the Easter Season, during which we 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

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                  PENTECOST SUNDAY
MAY 20th

Wear the colors of a flame: red, orange, yellow, or a combination! We celebrate God's gift of the Holy Spirit, who sets our hearts af i r e! 

See Acts 2:1-21. 
Communion Sunday
May 6th

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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New Pastor's Study:  Ecclesiastes


This series is now underway, meeting at 5:15pm on Wednesdays in the Paul Snead Library, through May 30th.

"I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind." 
What's that all about?!  Come and see. Contact Pastor John for more information.



Dates to Remember!
May 1st
Men's Fellowship Luncheon - noon, Peppers Restaurant
May 3rd
Deacons - 5:00pm, Deacons' Room
May 11th
Church Management Committee - 7:00am,  Cerritos Restaurant 
May 13th
Mother's Day!
Session - 5:15pm, Library
May 22

Mission Committee - 4:00pm, Parlor 

May 28th

Memorial Day Holiday!

The Church Office will be closed.  

June 16th
General Assembly Opening Worship Watch Party - 9:00am, FPC
Breakfast Group - 7:30am, Martin's Capitol Cafe
Pastor's Study - 5:30pm, Paul Snead Library
Choir Practice - 7:00pm, Choir Room
Prayer Group - noon, Parlor  
May 2018 Worship Schedule
Scripture Readings
May 6th - 6th Sunday of Easter
Celebration of the Lord's Supper 
Scriptures:  Acts 10:44; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17
May 13th -  7th Sunday of Easter
Scriptures:  Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1;
1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19
May 20th - Day of Pentecost
Scriptures:  Ezekiel 37:1-14;
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:22-27;
Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 
May 27th - Trinity Sunday
Scriptures:  Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17;
John 3:1-17
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Roswell Jazz Festival Fundraiser!
The Roswell Jazz Festival presents its second annual Fundraiser Concert featuring world class jazz pianist, Carl Sonny Leyland, on Sunday, April 29th, 2:00-4:00pm at the Anderson Museum, 409 E. College.
In addition to his fabulous music (including boogie woogie), there will also be a Silent Auction. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Anderson Museum, online, or from Paula Grieves.  Doors open at 1:00pm. Hope to see you there!
Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Roswell Jazz Festival October 17-October 21, 2018,!
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A High School Graduation Celebration is set for Sunday, May 13th, in the Narthex following worship.
The graduating students are Obed Abel, Raylene Moore, Elexis De La Rosa, and Perla Lopez.  Join us to congratulate them! Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, June 16th

Jim and Karen Bloodhart will host a Toys for Tots Party
to kick off this year's fundraising drive.
And to celebrate Jim's birthday! 
Food - Fun - Fellowship
RSVP 623-3841
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Men's Fellowship Luncheon
The Men's Fellowship Luncheon for May is set for Tuesday, May 1st, at noon, at Peppers Restaurant!
The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Donald Burleson, who will speak about the Aztec UFO crash retrieval 70 years ago.  He is the author of the book "UFO Secrecy and the Fall of J. Robert Oppenheimer". Women are invited too!  Please RSVP to Wayne Glass or contact him for more information.
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Highlights from the April Meeting of Session 
  • Narthex carpet, new skylights, window repairs
  • Nominating Committee goes to work
  • Homeless shelters reopen
  • Fellowship Committee plans summer cookout
  • Holy Week visibility: Daily Record and Facebook
  • New Pastor's Study

Click HERE to read the full Session report. 

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 invited to enjoy breakfast at

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

See you there!


Chancel Choir


The Chancel 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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Daily Inspirational Phone Message

Start your day with an inspiring message!
(575) 622-4923

A Message from Jeanette Schaffer
Director, Presbyterian Outreach
May 2018 

"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law." ~ Romans 13:8
The outreach ministry has been extremely busy these past couple of months, which is very unusual for Spring time.   Usually the moderate weather causes lower utility bills resulting in fewer customers.  But not this time!!!
Click HERE to read more.
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Chenoa is a PC(USA) mission co-worker in Bolivia serving with the Joining Hands for Life Network (UMAVIDA).

As companionship facilitator, Chenoa accompanies UMAVIDA and the Bolivian communities it serves. UMAVIDA, which is a Spanish acronym for "Joining Hands for Life," is part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program's
Joining Hands initiative that addresses the root causes of hunger, poverty, and injustice through networks of churches and non-governmental organizations in developing countries.

Click HERE to read more about Chenoa's ministry. 
Serving This Month

May 6th
Service Elder:  Dietta Hitchcock
Liturgist:  Margy Barbour
Phone Message Reader:  Sally Anderson
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Rebecca Johnson
Chancel Guild:  Wendy Lunsford, Betsy Cunningham, Lucy Tucker
May 13th
Service Elder:  Bob Kurtz
Liturgist:  Paula Grieves
Phone Message Reader:  Ann Ruback
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Connie Wolf
Chancel Guild:  Margo Fullinwider, Martha Brown, Brenna Smith

May 20th
Service Elder:  Roy Hayes
Liturgist:  Dietta Hitchcock
Phone Message Reader:  Matt Hinkle
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Nancy Peterson
Chancel Guild:  Kate Daniels, Martha Mayer

May 27th
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  Margy Barbour
Phone Message Reader:  Mary Lou Glass
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  ________
Chancel Guild:  Lynn Karnes, Ann Hultman, Connie Wolf

       May  Birthdays!
Knox Smith
Larry Barbour
Susan Hinkle
Rachel Mysza
Lucy Tucker
Leslie Lawner

May Anniversaries!
John and Mary Kling
The De La Rosa family and Ralph Kaler
 From left to right: Carlton Edwards, Natalie Edwards, Knox Smith, Brenna Smith, Elexa De La Rosa, and Edward De La Rosa.
The Sanctuary
Guests from Mozambique with Lucy Tucker