Off the Pres at FPC | E- ! nfo Letter | December 4, 2019
Events and Announcements in the Church and in the Community
Of all the ministries that take place at First Pres, none is more important than growing our young people in the faith. We have Youth Group and Children's Church which happen each week. Annual events like the Christmas Pageant, Kid's Camp and Light Up the Night involve every age group but especially aim to include the children. And now we come to Confirmation, a key moment in the church's life and in the lives of our young people as they gain the knowledge and the tools to decide to join the church. Thanks to some incredible parents and leaders who provided such heartfelt guidance these past three months, there are nine communicants in this year's class who will profess their faith this coming Sunday. Below are some excerpts from this incredible group of kids quoted from the Statements of Faith which the Confirmation Class of 2019 composed as a part of their journey.
God is the Creator of heaven and earth and of all people.”    
Olivia Gomez-Cruz
“God is the Father Almighty and he is an immortal being
of love who will always love you.”          
Karson Harbison
“God is with us at every moment in our lives.”               
Esai Gomez
“God is the Creator; Jesus is the Savior, and the Holy Spirit is God within us.”            
Lloyd Lasher
“Jesus came down to earth and made the greatest sacrifice, a sacrifice that can only be made for someone you love.”    
  Kyler Harbison
“When Jesus gave up his own life to save us from evil, it shows that his only mission is to help us and that God loves us so much that He willingly gave His Son’s life so that we can be with him in eternity.”                  
Karson Harbison
“Jesus forgives my debts, cherishes me, and helps me through the roughest times of my life – no matter what it is. He is someone whom I can turn to for anything I need.  He created me to be me and to love others.”                   
Nicolina Lasher
“Jesus left behind a gift for us. That gift was the Holy Spirit.”   
Kyler Harbison
“The Holy Spirit is what guides us to do good in our everyday lives and to strive to do better.”                   
Cameron Rowan
“The Church is a group of people, similar to a team, always working to reach the same goal.”     
Kyler Harbison
“The church is like a second family to me that will never leave me. It is my powerhouse.”    
Cameron Rowan
"The Church is a gathering of members who have a common belief and a hope for a glorious after life – with past loved one and future loved ones.”                             
Esai Gomez

"Being a disciple means to follow God’s ways, read the Bible, and show your faith by being kind to others, obeying your parents and praying for others in need."             
Eden Smith

“To be a disciple in today’s world is to firmly assert your opinions and beliefs in God, Jesus, and the life to come.”             
Esai Gomez

“To be Jesus’ disciple in the world today is to spread the word of the Father and the miraculous things he can do to change lives.”
Cameron Rowan
“I believe that it doesn’t matter what anyone else believes,
it’s about what you believe and what God means to you.”      
Eden Smith
“Jesus is a friend to me. I love Jesus.”  
Asher Smith

Be sure to show your support this Sunday, December 8, by welcoming the Confirmation Class of 2019 to full communicant membership here at First Presbyterian Church. And after worship during the reception thank the leaders who guided them in this part of their journey into the faith: Bill Postler, Jon Powell, Marty Schank, Dan Pierce. and Will McCullar.

See you Sunday!

Poinsettia Club
As Christmas approaches, we plan to collect donations for the Poinsettia Club, an annual holiday gift-giving project where you can honor a loved one by name in the bulletins at Christmas. We choose to be good earth stewards and only use a few poinsettias to decorate the church. Still we invite you to join this Club and make a donation in honor or memory of someone you love. Donations will go to a designated project in the wider church and some modest needs Team Worship has identified in our congregation. Donation forms are available in the pews or by clicking here . The deadline for gifts is December 15. Names and honorees will appear in the bulletins closer to Christmas. And MANY thanks!
Ecumenical Advent Services and Soup Suppers 2019

First Presbyterian Church is hosting the final Ecumenical Advent Service of the season, Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 6pm followed by a light soup dinner. Come join us.

11 soups/ breads needed !!
Please sign up in Westminster

Dec. 11 First United Methodist Church

Team Outreach & Fellowship contact: 
Barb Conn 970-946-7640
or Click Here to send her an email
PLEASE COME to the Adult Series for our Sunday School Class
This Sunday, December 8, we will continue our book study of Jesus Outside the Lines, a way forward for those who are tired of taking sides written by Presbyterian Pastor Scott Sauls. Members of the class are taking turns leading the study discussion.

Jesus offers us a way forward - away from harshness, caricatures, and stereotypes

Remember the Gift Tree for the Newcomb Christmas Celebration

Once again, our Deacons are sponsoring a Pick-A-Gift Christmas Tree in Westminster Hall for the Newcomb Christmas Celebration with our partners at the Newcomb Assembly of God Church. Please take a tag and follow the instructions to help delight the boys and girls at the Newcomb Church. If you are interested in participating at Newcomb, please let Pat Wainwright or Jon Powell know. We will be departing from FPCD at 8am on December 14th and driving to Newcomb where we will celebrate a service,enjoy great food, and watch the kids open their presents. Contact Pat Wainwright or Jon Powell for more information.

The Christmas party with our Navajo friends at the Assembly of God Church in Newcomb

Coming a week from Saturday. Everyone is invited. If you plan to go, let Bill Postler know and then meet at our church by 8:00am. We'll carpool from there. We will get back before dark. Presents for the children at the Newcomb church need to be back to our church by Thursday, December 12 at the latest. There were still a few tags left on the tree in Westminster Hall after last Sunday! Thanks. Jon Powell , Team Mission
 A Team of Volunteers Began Planning Our Next Better Together

THE UPCOMING BETTER TOGETHER Event will be CHRISTMAS CAROLING on Sunday, December 22 right after worship.


We could use more hands for: hot chocolate, transportation, so n gbook assembly, instrumentalists, etc.
Contact the Church Office or Kent Norgren if you can join in the fun!
Durango Choral Society presents

“Viva Snow! A Traditional Family Christmas” Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. All four DCS choirs take the stage for our annual gift to the community with a focus on fun and family.  Join us for jazzy, classy and cool music that will put you in the mood for a holiday party. This year we will celebrate our 5oth season with the world premiere of a commission by Santa Fe composer Linda Rice Beck that will feature all of our more than 125 adult and youth singers. Tickets: $20/$18 adults, $5 children and students, available at

And the Durango Children’s Chorale invites you to our Holiday Gala Fundraiser. Join us before (open at 1:00) and after the concert in the lobby of the Concert Hall to shop for fun and creative holiday gifts!

Shop With A Cop

For over 25 years the Durango Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 8 has hosted our Shop With A Cop event in Durango. This event pairs local children in need with a law enforcement officer and together they shop for clothing and toys that the child wouldn’t otherwise receive. Through generous donations we were able to support close to 150 local children last year from La Plata County. This year Cop With A Cop will occur Dec 19 in Durango. We will spend an average of $150 per child, approximately $100 on clothing and $50 on toys. We ask for your help in raising money for this program and in making these children’s holidays a little brighter. For further information on how to donate   click here . Suggestion: Save postage and turn around time. Donations can be dropped off at the Customer Service Window of the PD just three blocks away: corner of East Second Avenue and Tenth Street. 

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Advent and Christmas 2019
Calendar of Events
Wednesday, December 4  6:00pm     
Ecumenical Advent Service & Soup Supper    St. Columba Catholic Church

Friday, December 6   5:00pm
College Get-together   Home of Beau and Kristin Smith 
Sunday, December 8   10:00am     
Advent 2 Confirmation Sunday & Holy Communion
Wednesday, December 11  6:00pm     
Ecumenical Advent Service & Soup Supper   FUMC
Saturday, December 14   8:00am 
  Newcomb Christmas Party (Leave Durango at 8:00am)
Sunday, December 15   10:00am     
Advent 3 Morning Worship & Children’s Pageant

Tuesday, December 17  6:00pm     
  Elder/Deacon/Staff Christmas Party   Home of Barb Conn

Wednesday, December 18  6:00pm     
  Ecumenical Advent Service & Soup Supper   First Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 22 10:00am
Advent 4 Christmas Cantata
Sunday, December 22   11:30am 
Better Together Christmas Caroling in the Community followed by a Hot Chocolate Reception    Westminster
Tuesday, December 24 5:00pm and 7:00pm
Christmas Eve Services           5:00pm Family Service  7:00pm Candlelight Service with Holy Communion

Sunday, December 29   10:00am 
Morning Worship featuring a "Carol Sing"