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Saturday Mar 28, 2020
 Events and Announcements in the Church with a guide to some of the changes we are implementing

Here are some ways to connect this coming weekend:

  • Link to the 10:00am Service on Sunday March 29. Click HERE.

  • Sunday's Scripture passages (all 4 of them, but I hear we're mostly hearing about the Lazarus Story in John). Click HERE.

  • Link to the 11:00am Fellowship Hour on Sunday March 29. Click HERE.


We hope to see you ONLINE very soon!


 
 
HOW TO STAY CONNECTED
WITH FIRST PRES AND OUR COMMUNITY:
 




OUR WEBSITE: 


DAILY AND WEEKLY CALENDAR AND WORSHIP UPDATES ARE SOON TO BE ON OUR NEWLY DESIGNED WEBSITE AT THE SAME WEB ADDRESS:

FACEBOOK:

YOUTUBE:

EMAIL:
To email the Office, David Shew, Dir. for Administrative Ministry


PHONE:
Main line: (970) 247-3175 
Emergency/After Hours: For the time being please leave a voicemail message in the pastor's mailbox (ext. 102) and he will be notified
 
We're excited to announce the unveiling of our new online giving portal. Coming this week. Stay Tuned!

An update on my Sabbatical plans  

Some have been wondering about this given our "new normal." At this time it feels premature to make a firm decision on cancelling. However, I sense this very likely could be the direction we go. In which case the Lilly Foundation has expressed their understanding and would be flexible with adjustments to the timeline. Kristin and I simply would have to do some work on cancellations and refunds with places and flights we booked. I plan to wait out the 30 day closure (or longer) we’ve got going on here in Durango until making a final decision with prayers (and I’d ask for yours too) that this situation will pass (for many many more reasons than my Sabbatical plans).

In the meantime, if you have concerns around your own availability and timing—especially those of you who would be traveling—please feel free to reach out to me any time.

I thank God for all of you!

In Prayer,
Beau
Resources for Accurate and Updated Information:
 
For general COVID-19 information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), click  HERE .
 
For Colorado-specific information from The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, click  HERE .

For local LaPlata County information, click  HERE .

For up-to-date information about steps Mercy Regional Medical Center and Centura Health are taking click HERE.

Newest Presbyterians Today Issue
Click HERE .



And for the Daily Coronavirus Briefing from the PC(USA)

ALSO:
Deacon Gay Kiene is organizing volunteers to help make homemade face masks for area medical facilities. To email her to let her know your interest in helping out.

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The Top 10 Reasons to Attend Online Church

1. You can wear your PJs to church.
2. Drink coffee DURING the sermon to stay awake.
3. Hungry? Don’t wait for coffee hour. Grab that donut RIGHT NOW!
4. Every Sunday is the Blessing of the Animals.
5. Bad hair day? Who cares!
6. You can scroll through Facebook during the “boring parts.”
7. La-Z-Boy vs. Uncomfortable pew. Obvious choice!
8. Seven year itch? “Cheat” on your pastor by tuning in to another church’s service without even breaking one of the 10 Commandments!
9. No kneeling. Or standing, for that matter.
10. Keeping connected to God and your community during this unprecedented time.



Written by Tim Schenck
From “ Clergy Confidential