The FPC Herald
The Newsletter of 
First Presbyterian Church
Roswell, New Mexico
February 2019
The Pastor's Reflections 

Continuing our journey through the PC(USA) Book of Confessions, we consider another Reformation document:

V. The Second Helvetic Confession

The word "Helvetic" is Latin for "Swiss." The setting of the Second Helvetic Confession is Swiss-German Reformed Protestantism.

After the great Reformer Ulrich Zwingli died in battle in 1531, Heinrich Bullinger succeeded him as minister of the church in Zurich. Bullinger was a model Reformed minister. A preacher, he expounded Scripture at least twice a week. A scholar, he wrote Latin commentaries on many books of the Old Testament and on every book of the New Testament except Revelation. An educator, he initiated a system of schools for Zurich and was rector of the Carolinum, a theological academy. A person with ecumenical and political concerns, he was in correspondence with leaders of the Reformation and with rulers throughout Europe. A pastor, he welcomed religious refugees into his own home. When the plague swept through Zurich in 1564, he insisted upon ministering to the afflicted, even though he knew he might become infected and die.

Pastor John

(This summary is taken from the Book of Confessions.)
The Lord's Supper
Sunday, February 3rd
Come celebrate the Feast of the Lord!
If you would like to receive home Communion,
please call the Church Office at 622-4910.  
February Calendar  
February 3rd
Communion Sunday
February 3rd
Winter Congregational Meeting after worship
February 7th
Deacons Meeting - 5:00pm, Deacons' Room
February 8th
Church Management Committee - 7:00am,
Fellowship Hall
February 9th
Ladies Valentine Luncheon - 11:30am-2:00pm,
Fellowship Hall
February 12th

Men's Fellowship Luncheon - Noon, Peppers
February 18th
Presidents' Day Holiday - Office closed
February 21st
Session Meeting - 5:00pm, Library
February 22nd
Community Kitchen Ministry - 9:15am  

Wednesday Breakfast Group - 7:30am,
Martin's Capital Café
Choir Rehearsal - 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Group - Noon, Parlor
February Worship Schedule and Scripture Readings
February 3 - 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13;
Luke 4:21-30
February 10 - 5th Sunday after Epiphany 
Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13); Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11
February 17 - 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20;
Luke 6:17-26
February 24 - 6th Sunday after Epiphany  
Genesis 45:3-11; 15; Psalm 37:1-11,39-40; 
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38
Read the Scripture passages HERE. 

Serving in February
February 3rd
Service Elder:  Doug Lunsford
Liturgist:  Betty Young
Phone Message Reader:  Margy Barbour
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Martha Mayer
Chancel Guild: Mary Lou Glass, Rebecca Johnson, Roberta Pess 
February 10th
Service Elder:  Bill Wolf
Liturgist:  Bob Kurtz
Phone Message Reader:  Ann Ruback
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Rebecca Johnson
Chancel Guild:  Wendy Lunsford, Betsy Cunningham, Lucy Tucker 

February 17th
Service Elder:  Deb Prince
Liturgist:  Margy Barbour
Phone Message Reader:  Matt Hinkle
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Lorrie Miller
Chancel Guild:  Margo Fullinwider, Martha Brown

February 24th
Service Elder:  ________ 
Liturgist:  Bob Carroll
Phone Message Reader:  Mary Lou Glass
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Ann Ruback
Chancel Guild:  Martha Mayer
Winter Congregational Meeting
February 3rd
The Winter Congregational Meeting is set for Sunday, February 3rd, following worship.  The agenda includes a report on the 2019 church budget, approval of the pastor's terms of call for 2019, and election of a Deacon to fill a vacancy on the Board.

The Nominating Committee will nominate Bob Carroll for the vacancy on the Board of Deacons.
All FPC members are encouraged to attend.  Non-members are very welcome.  
Nominating Committee Update
The FPC Manual of Administrative Operations calls for the election of at-large members of the church Nominating Committee at the Summer Meeting of the congregation.  In recent years those members have been elected at the Winter Meeting, but Session has formally authorized the Nominating Committee to adhere to the Administrative Manual.
The three at-large members of the committee will be nominated by the committee and considered by the congregation at its Summer Meeting in June/July.  At last summer's meeting the congregation approved a smaller Nominating Committee, consisting of three at-large members, one Ruling Elder, and one Deacon.
In the mean time, the committee will function through the Summer 2019 Congregational Meeting with the four at-large members elected last June (Roberta Pess, Bob Carroll, Doug Lunsford, and Jon Hitchcock) plus the two members designated by Session (Mike Hunter, Chairperson, and Bob Kurtz) and the Deacon representative (Betty Young).
Men's Fellowship Luncheon
Tuesday, February 12th
The Men's Fellowship Luncheon group will meet on Tuesday, February 12th, at noon at Peppers Restaurant.  Women are also very welcome.
FPC member Jon Hitchcock will speak about recent developments regarding the Roswell International Air Center.
Please RSVP to Wayne Glass.
Ladies' Valentine Luncheon
Saturday, February 9th
T he Evangelism Committee of Session will host a Ladies' Valentine Luncheon on Saturday, February 9th, at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  The event will honor the women of First Presbyterian Church and benefit The Roswell Refuge.
FPC women are encouraged to bring at least one friend and a few women's/children's toiletry items to be donated to The Refuge.  There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex. Contact Deb Prince, Evangelism Committee Chair, for more information.
Welcoming New Members
Are you interested in becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church?  Benefits include a voice and vote at congregational meetings and the opportunity to serve our church as a Ruling Elder or Deacon. 
The FPC Session intends to welcome new members in February.  If the Spirit is moving you to consider membership, please talk to Pastor John right away.

Highlights of Session Meeting  
January 17, 2019
The Church Management Committee reported that negotiations continue with the church's insurance company and roof warranty carrier regarding full replacement of the flat roof.  Other pressing facilities issues include renovation of the classroom hallway restrooms, repairs to the front steps, and a banister for the choir room stairs.

The Worship Committee reported that Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services are planned for Lent 2019.

The Personnel Committee reported that the Communications and Outreach Director position has been advertised in the Roswell Daily Record.  Interviews are planned for the end of January.  Session approved the pastor's terms of call (compensation package) for 2019, for recommendation to the congregation.

The Nominating Committee reported the nomination of Bob Carroll for the current vacancy on the Board of Deacons.  Session confirmed the nomination for presentation to the congregation at the February 3 congregational meeting.

The Fellowship Committee reported plans to provide Wednesday evening soup and bread meals during Lent.

The Evangelism Committee reported progress on plans for the Ladies' Valentine Luncheon scheduled for Saturday, February 9.  FPC members are encouraged to bring a friend and supplies for the Roswell Refuge.

Pastor Guthrie reported the New Testament part of the DISCIPLE Fast Track class is underway.

Pastor Guthrie reported current information on pledged giving for 2019: 58 pledges received for $262,782.

Pastor Guthrie reported on his activities for the month of December 2018.  He also reported total vacation and Santa Fe working days for 2018.  Session approved for 2019 two working days in Santa Fe each month.

The Clerk reported that the inventory of church property and first draft emergency action plan are nearing completion.

The Clerk reported that Pastor Guthrie, Bob Kurtz, and Mike Hunter will serve as commissioners to the January 25-26 meeting of Sierra Blanca Presbytery.

The Clerk reported the need for a called Session meeting in late January or early February to receive new church members.
LENT 2019
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6.  A brief Ash Wednesday service (5:30 p.m.) will be followed by a soup and bread dinner in the Fellowship Hall.
A Lenten Wednesday Series beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be offered on March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10 in the Fellowship Hall. The series will feature a half-hour study or worship service followed by a soup and bread dinner.
Worship services are planned for Maundy Thursday, April 18, and Good Friday, April 19.
Ecumenical Midday Holy Week services with simple luncheons are scheduled for that week, Monday through Friday, April 15-19, at the Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Nazarene churches.  More details will be available soon. 
A new prayer and meditation ministry will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and continue through Lent and indefinitely beyond.  Volunteers for this new discipline will commit to pray and/or meditate one day each month (the second Wednesday, for example), making the commitment to come to the church at noon on that day for an hour (or so).
The intention for this new ministry is that there will be one of our saints praying/meditating at the noon hour every day of every week, extending indefinitely into the future.  The Parlor and Sanctuary will be available for prayer volunteers (ministers), and a guide for prayer will be provided.  Prayer ministers will find substitutes if they must miss their assigned day.  If necessary we will ask prayer ministers to commit to a second day each month, but it is our own prayer that we will be able to find 35 or so saints willing to make this commitment to spiritual growth and a deepened relationship with the living God. 
The initiation and maintenance of this new ministry is surely a monumental task, but we believe it is a step needed at the current time for the development of more committed, devoted saints and for the renewal and re-commitment of our church to God's intentions for us.  We also believe it can be done.  "Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you."  (John 16:23)  
We will begin active enlistment of volunteers/ministers soon.  Please pray about joining us in this ministry.  Ask us if you have questions.  Thank you sincerely for your consideration. 
Margo Fullinwider
Pastor John 
Many FPC saints responded last fall to my appeal for donations to bolster the Pastor's Assistance Fund as it became depleted towards the end of the year.  Your generosity filled that fund with over $2,100 which enabled me to help your neighbors through the end of the year and into this year.  I am most grateful, and so are those who have come to our church in recent months for help, sometimes in desperate need for help.
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."  (Matthew 25:40)  
Pastor John 
The many bulletin boards throughout our building are maintained, and have been maintained for many years, by two dedicated saints whose labor goes on quietly and faithfully throughout the year as the content of the boards is changed with the season.  Those two saints are
Mary Lou Glass
Martha Mayer
Thank you, bulletin board servants.  Your contribution to the appearance and warmth of our hallways is greatly appreciated.  
Vulnerable Embrace
A New Book by
Elana Keppel Levy and Lucas Levy Keppel

Elana and Lucus serve as Co-Pastors of Trinity Presbyterian 
Church in Bixby, OK.  Elana previously served as Assistant to the Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Roswell, NM.

Order online HERE
2019 Presbyterian Giving Catalog 

 As Presbyterians, we are a people rooted in the grace of Jesus Christ. It is our gratitude for God's grace that moves us to join in God's mission in the world, with ministries of love and justice, reconciliation and peace.
Generous gifts to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog are signs of our gratitude: feeding the hungry, comforting the broken-hearted, and sharing our faith with young and old. By joining our gifts together, however large or small, we expand our witness to God's gracious and abundant work in the world.
Featured PC(USA) 
Mission Co-workers
for February
  Bill and Ann Moore 

Mission co-workers in Japan
since 1985 

When it comes to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Japan, Bill and Ann Moore love challenges.  In a country where the Christian population is no more than 1 percent and predominantly centered in urban areas, they chose to develop a new congregation in a rural area of western Japan in partnership with the Reformed Church in Japan.   It took a decade to bring to fruition, but now the church has its own pastor and a beautiful building financed by member contributions, other Japanese Christians, and supporters in the U.S.
The Chancel Choir
The choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.  New choir members are very welcome! For more information contact Ralph Kaler, Music Director, through the Church Office. 
Wednesday Breakfast Group


You are invited to enjoy breakfast at

Martin's Capitol Café any Wednesday at 7:30am. 


Prayer Group 
The Prayer Group gathers every Friday at noon in the 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.
Daily Inspirational Phone Message
Start your day with an inspiring message!
(575) 622-4923
2019 Fifth Thursday Potluck Dinners
Fifth Thursday Potluck Dinners are scheduled for the following dates in 2019.  If you would like to host one of these dinners please see or call Karen Bloodhart.
January 31
May 30
August 29
October 31
A Message from Jeanette Schaffer, Director
Presbyterian Outreach Ministry
 "Where there is no vision the people perish,"  Proverbs 29:18
"It is the new year, wow 2019 already!  I pray this is a year of hope for you.  May the vision of who you are in Christ Jesus be refreshed in you, to give you that living hope.
"Let me tell you about Don (not his real name).  Don is an older gentleman who came into my office the other day, in need of assistance on his electric bill.  In the course of his filling out his application, I learned he only makes about $350 in social security..."


February Birthdays!
Paul Mysza
1st Patti Mitcham
5th Joe Fuentez
Dennis Karnes
Paula Grieves
Bob Williams
Ronny Mayer
26th Lorrie Miller
Stephen Shanor
Roy Hayes
Miss Briella Grace Tucker!
Congratulations to Ronnie and Cindi Tucker on the birth of Briella Grace, born on New Year's Eve 2018.  Briella is the granddaughter of FPC member Lucy Tucker.