Off the Pres at FPC | E- ! nfo Letter | November 6, 2019
Events and Announcements in the Church and in the Community
For the Week Coming Up

Bring your Pledge Cards this coming Sunday
This coming Sunday is pledge Sunday! I know it comes up so fast! I hope you’ve been able to take some time to think and pray about what you might give to First Presbyterian Church this coming year. The good news is our church continues to become healthier and healthier spiritually, which I believe is reflected in an ongoing healthier financial picture. In this season of gratitude know that I am grateful for all of you and all that you give of your time, talent, and resources to our amazing church. As a part of our service on Sunday everyone will be invited to come forward and offer their pledge—whether it be monetary, a pledge of commitment, or a pledge of service. I as pastor then have the honor of praying for each of you! And, I’m praying even now that 2020 is yet another year of our community coming together to engage and contribute toward our mission to Know Jesus, live in the Spirit, and join in the Father’s work!

See you Sunday!

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!

Do you feel the call to serve your church in a leadership position?

The Nominating Committee is searching for Elders and Deacons starting in 2020.

  • You, the congregation, are invited to self-nominate or suggest nominees for Elder or Deacon.
  • Elders are our Spiritual Leaders (not Board members, not church managers). They make the decisions that guide our church’s direction
  • Deacons are our “hands and feet” and need to have tenderness of heart as well as patience and love for our congregation and community.
  • If you nominate a person, please get the consent of the person you are nominating.
  • Nominations ave been extended. We are filling slots for NINE officers (4 Elders, 5 Deacons) and we need more people to submit their names
  • Nomination/s can be emailed to Barb Conn 
  • To understand more about the responsibilities of serving as an officer in our church, click here. Qualifications:  FPCD member, love Jesus, love our church and have a willingness to serve.
Pre - Christmas Adventure
The Next Men's Breakfast
Saturday, November 9 - 9:00am in Westminster Hall

 Please come (you’re welcome to bring a friend) for great food, fellowship, and discussions

RSVP appreciated but not necessary

Contact: Jon Powell –
or call (970) 946-4628
Second Sunday Supper November 10  

Please note: The sign up sheet for the 2nd Sunday Supper coming up got lost over Halloween. Will people who are planning to come, even those who have already signed up, please sign up again? Thanks!

Our next Second Sunday Supper will be Sunday, Nov. 10, at 5:30pm. These Potluck Suppers are an opportunity to better get to know others in the church.  There will be no program. Instead participants will eat in small groups of 5 or 6 people. As you eat you’ll be asked to share a bit of your life story and your faith journey based on a couple of question chosen by the leaders. The whole point of these dinners is to build a stronger sense of community (koinonia). Bring a main dish, a salad, a side dish, or a dessert. Everyone is welcome: young and old, singles and families (children included), long-time members and first-time visitors. We’ll conclude by 7:00pm.
There will be a NEW sign up sheet in Westminster to help estimate the number of diners. We will skip December so our next Second Sunday Supper will be on January 12.
PLEASE COME to the Adult Series for our Sunday School Class
This Sunday, November 10, 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. Susanna Oelke will be leading the study this week. We are out of copies of the book but we can order additional copies with a quick turnaround from Amazon if there's more interest. We will sell the book to you for $12.

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."
 Volunteers are needed for our next Better Together

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

We are looking for folks who might be willing to step up to help plan our Caroling event. Kent Norgren has graciously volunteered to provide leadership for us. Contact the Church Office or Kent if you can join in the fun!

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 ) to sign up or find out more information.

From Pastor Tim at Christ the King Lutheran

I'm putting together our Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service, and I need to know who is going to be here to take parts for the leadership of that service (readers, prayer leaders). People can reply to me at to let me know of their attendance and willingness to serve, and - if they have a preference of what they would like to do - they can let me know that, too.
Thanks! Pastor Tim
Wednesday Advent Services
The Confirmation Class

Please pray for our Confirmation Class. It has been more than a decade since the last time we received confirmands.
Confirmation Sunday is 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!

Two Concerts - First Program


Two Concerts - Second Program
In the Spotlight Once Again This Week

Operation Christmas Child

A Great Way to GIVE!

Drop off and deadline day is Nov 17 for First Pres. We’ll have a table in Westminster on Sunday and boxes can be dropped off there. 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