Off the Pres at FPC | E- ! nfo Letter | November 13, 2019
Events and Announcements in the Church and in the Community
For the Week Coming Up
Initial tally from the Pledge Cards after one week:
36 Pledges returned
totalling $157,142 so far

This of course is a work in progress but for the time being, THANKS everybody. Let's keep it going, First Pres!

Our purpose with the weekly e- ! nfo Letter is not to overwhelm but to inform. Even so, here at First Pres, we seem to rack up a full schedule more weeks than not! So with the holidays approaching, it's even more important that, instead of trying to absorb all these activities at a single glance, you sit down with your calendar and this email and plug in those things that interest you at your own pace.  

Many Blessings!


There will be a brief Congregational Meeting for the purpose of electing the new class of Elders and Deacons directly following worship on Sunday.

Elders: Bob Condit, Sue Woll, Matthew Campbell and Elliott Ott

Deacons: Betty Ann Beauregard, Kent Norgren, Brandon Cruz, Gay Kiene, Mary Brown, and Sandy Campbell

Pre - Christmas Adventure
 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.

Kent Norgren, who graciously stepped up to lead the coordination effort for our next Better Together, is holding the first planning meeting tonight at 7:00pm. Look at the bulletin to find out about the next opportunity for being a part of this team.

We could use more hands for: hot chocolate, transportation, songbook assembly, instrumentalists, etc.
Contact the Church Office or Kent if you can join in the fun!
PLEASE COME to the Adult Series for our Sunday School Class
This Sunday, November 17, 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
As quoted on the back of the book:
"Weary of Us Against Them?  Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, the blogosphere, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and reason, we are often drawn into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the unnecessary divides and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts, Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Drawing from the words and actions of Jesus, Scott shows us how we can hold firmly to our beliefs without perpetuating divisiveness."

Christmas is just around the corner. That means it is Salvation Army Bell Ringing Season. First Presbyterian Church volunteers will be bell ringing at South City Market the week of Thanksgiving as we have in previous years. The Salvation Army delivers emergency assistance to residents of La Plata County both directly through its office in Durango and through its cooperative work with Manna Soup Kitchen and Community Emergency Assistance Coalition. 90% of funds are contributed during the Holiday Season. Please sign up for a shift on the sign up sheet in Westminster Hall after Sunday service or contact Geni Miler (970-749-3473 or click here to send an email ) to sign up or find out more information.

The Last Confirmation Class of our Fall Session is
This Sunday

Confirmation Sunday takes place December 8 during worship

Confirmation class students: Asher Smith, Eden Smith, Cameron Rowan, Lloyd Lasher, Nicolina Lasher, Kyler Harbison, Karson Harbison, Esai Gomez, Olivia Gomez

As always, we add this note:

Remember: Prayer is POWERFUL and WORKS!
Advent 2019

Meet Linda McCargar,
Financial Officer

Linda started her on-the-job training with former employee Kat Katsos three weeks ago. She continues to train with Gail Smith, CPA who will be helping her as needed. Linda is starting her second week in our Financial Department.

Born and raised in California Linda moved to Durango area twenty-five years ago with her husband and two of her four children. Being a wife, mother, and grandmother has brought much joy to her life. She enjoys, hiking, cross country skiing, and bicycling. A member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Farmington for 20 years, she looks forward to serving the First Presbyterian Church Durango family.
The Newcomb Christmas Celebration

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

It will happen on Saturday, December 14

We need a couple of volunteers to help transport the food baskets for the elders and gifts for the children that we collect down to the party that day. If you plan to drive down (and have a larger vehicle that could hold some large boxes filled with gifts and/or food items), please contact Bill Postler (970-259-3229 or click here to send him an email). Volunteers will need to pick up the boxes at the church a day or two before the party. 

Thanks. Bill Postler


And then there's this

Gift Tree for the Newcomb Christmas Celebration

As mentioned last Sunday, once again FPCD will have a gift tree in Westminster Hall starting Thanksgiving Week for us to take tags and buy small gifts for the children of Newcomb on the Navajo Reservation. Please open your hearts to these wonderful kids! The Newcomb Christmas Celebration takes place on Saturday December 14 and is a truly joyous celebration with singing, food, and the gifts. We encourage you to come help us celebrate with our Navajo partners. Please contact Pat Wainwright or Jon Powell for more information.

Thanks. Jon Powell, Team Mission
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In the Spotlight

Deadline is This Week

Operation Christmas Child

A Great Way to GIVE!

Drop off and deadline day THIS SUNDAY, Nov 17 for First Pres. There's a table in Westminster where boxes can be dropped off. We’ll take all the boxes from First Pres to FUMC the week of November 18-25.

Please help out by packing a shoebox for these kids in need!

"We collect shoebox gifts for children around the world as an expression of God's love. Join us in spreading the Good News of the Gospel by packing shoeboxes!"
Franklin Graham, President, Samaritan's Purse website link