The FPC Herald
The Newsletter of 
First Presbyterian Church
Roswell, New Mexico
January 2019
The Pastor's Reflections 
 The Confessions of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
4. The Heidelberg Catechism
During the Protestant Reformation tensions between Lutherans and Reformed Christians was intense, in particular with respect to the nature and theology of the Lord's Supper.  Completed in 1562, the Heidelberg Catechism was an attempt to defuse and mediate the disagreements.

The Catechism opens with two questions concerning a Christian's comfort in life and death.  The knowledge that our only comfort is Jesus Christ frames the remainder of the catechism.  Questions 3-11 deal with our sin and guilt, questions 12-85 with the way in which God in Jesus Christ frees us, and questions 86-129 with the way we express gratitude to God for redemption.

Each question of the catechism is personal, addressed to "you."  Each answer draws as much as possible on Biblical language. The catechism's tone is conciliatory, showing little of the controversy that produced it.  Its theology is both catholic (universal in appeal) and evangelical (setting forth the gospel of Jesus Christ.)

The influence of the Heidelberg Catechism in the church's preaching and teaching continues to be felt in Germany, Austria, Holland, Hungary, parts of Eastern Europe, Scotland, Canada, and the United States.
In Christ, 
Pastor John
(This introduction to the catechism is derived from the description found in our Book of Confessions.)
The Lord's Supper
Sunday, January 6th
Come celebrate the Feast of the Lord!
If you would like to receive home Communion,
please call the Church Office at 622-4910.  
January Calendar  
January 1st
New Year's Day - Office Closed
January 6th
Communion Sunday
January 8th
Men's Fellowship Luncheon - Noon, Peppers
January 11th
Church Management Committee - 7:00am,
Fellowship Hall
January 12th Gathering, SE Cluster of Sierra Blanca Presbytery - Noon,  Lovington FPC
January 17th
Session Meeting - 5:00pm, Library
January 21st Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Office Closed
January 25th
Community Kitchen Ministry - 9:15am  

Wednesday Breakfast Group - 7:30am,
Martin's Capital Café
Choir Rehearsal - 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Group - Noon, Parlor
January Worship Schedule and Scripture Readings
January 6th - Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
January 13th - Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
January 20th - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11;
John 2:1-11
January 27th - 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a;
Luke 4:14-21
Read the Scripture passages HERE. 

Serving in January
January 6th
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  Betty Young
Phone Message Reader:  Paul Mysza
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Ann Ruback 
Chancel Guild:  Wendy Lunsford, Betsy Cunningham, Lucy Tucker
January 13th
Service Elder:  Bill Wolf
Liturgist:  Deb Prince
Phone Message Reader:  Roberta Pess
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Mary Lou Glass
Chancel Guild:  Margo Fullinwider, Martha Brown 

January 20th
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  ________
Phone Message Reader:  Anna Maria Matteucci
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Rebecca Johnson
Chancel Guild:  Martha Mayer, Deb Prince, Jacque Allen

January 27th
Service Elder:  Bob Kurtz
Liturgist:  ________
Phone Message Reader:  Wayne Glass
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Connie Wolf
Chancel Guild:  Lynn Karnes, Ann Hultman, Connie Wolf
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.
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 July (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).
The Nominating Committee is working (prayerfully) to select a nominee to fill a vacancy on the Board of Deacons, with election set for the Winter 2019 congregational meeting on February 3.

Director of Communications and Outreach 
Session has approved the hiring of a part-time Director of Communications and Outreach for 2019 with a budget of $22,607.  The position is approved for one year, with a review and evaluation at the end of 2019.  The position will be advertised in early January with interviews immediately following.  The search and hiring process falls under the auspices of Session's Personnel Committee (Bob Kurtz, Chairperson).  
The new director will oversee all aspects of maintaining and increasing the church's visibility in the community (website, Facebook page, print advertisements, etc.) and suggesting new means of raising the church's profile, such as hosting community events.  The director may also assist with church volunteer recruitment and training. 
Men's Fellowship Luncheon
Tuesday, January 8th 
The Men's Fellowship Luncheon group will meet on Tuesday, January 8th, at noon at Peppers Restaurant.  Women are also very welcome.
The speaker on January 8th will be Jason Burke, one of the leaders of Roswell's Community Bible Study.  Jason will talk about his life before being saved and his five years in prison.  During his incarceration Jason diligently read the Bible.  Come hear his remarkable story.
Please RSVP to Wayne Glass.
Ladies' Valentine's Luncheon
Saturday, February 9th
T he Evangelism Committee of Session will host a Ladies' Valentine's 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 will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex shortly.  Reservations are due by January 27.  The luncheon will be catered.  Contact Deb Prince, Evangelism Committee Chairperson, for more information.  
Welcoming New Members
Are you interested in joining First Presbyterian Church as a member?  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 January or February.  If the Spirit is moving you to consider membership, please talk to Pastor John right away.

Highlights of Session Meeting  
December 20, 2018
Clerk's Report. The Clerk's recommendations for deletions from the church membership roll will be available shortly. The Clerk continues work on year-end statistical and presbytery reports.

Church Management (CM) Committee.  2019 Building use requests for the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Roswell Jazz Festival were approved.  CM continues to negotiate with the church's insurance company and roof warranty company over coverage of flat-roof replacement.  Session approved the CM-proposed budget for 2019 of $296,909, including wages and employment taxes for a part-time Director of Communications and Outreach.  All other church staff will receive a 2.0% raise in 2019.

Personnel Committee (PC).  Session authorized the Personnel Committee to carry out a search and conduct interviews for the Communications Director position, which will be evaluated at year-end 2019.  Funding for the new position will be derived from reserve and surplus 2018 funds.  PC Chairman Bob Kurtz will draft 2019 Pastor's Terms of Call for consideration by the congregation.

Nominating Committee. The committee will commence work in January to identify a person to fill a vacancy on the Board of Deacons.  The committee will continue working through July 2019 with the four at-large members elected in July 2018, plus two Ruling Elders and one Deacon appointed by their respective boards.

Mission Committee.  All budgeted 2018 agency donations have been distributed.

Fellowship Committee.  Christmas Luncheon on Sunday, December 16 went well.  Cider and cookies to follow the Christmas Eve Service.

Evangelism Committee.  Ads for the Christmas Eve Service will appear in the Daily Record and on Facebook.  The committee will host a Ladies' Valentines Day Luncheon in February, encouraging FPC members to bring a friend.

Stewardship Committee.  As of December 20, 56 pledges for $254,302 have been received.


Other Business.  The Clerk continues work on an emergency action plan for the church (storm, fire, armed intruder, etc.)  Session set the Winter Congregational Meeting date to be February 3, 2019.  Session tentatively plans to welcome new FPC members in January/February, with their appearance before the congregation to follow. 
Vulnerable Embrace
A New Book by
Elana Keppel Levy and Lucas Levy Keppel

Vulnerable Embrace is a book that celebrates the worship of God through a unique collection of 21st century sermons.

Within, you will find: 
  • stories of love, loss, and camping
  • plays and dialogues between Bible characters who never could have met any other way
  • connections between science, history and scripture that reveal more harmony than you might expect
  • a love of the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek that helps bring great depth and refreshing clarity to the work.
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-worker
for January
Ruth Brown, Ghana
Ruth works with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EPCG) to build leadership for Community Health Evangelism (CHE). 
Under the CHE paradigm study groups learn strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. Participants learn to identify local health concerns and resources, and they consider ways to implement programs for positive, sustainable change.
Ruth also works with EPCG leaders to explore and plan economic initiatives intended to reduce poverty, including income generation opportunities, community savings and loans programs, and entrepreneurship training.
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!
Below are the dates for the Fifth Thursday Potluck Dinners for 2019.  If you would like to host one of these dinners or co-host one, please let Karen Bloodhart know.
January 31
May 30
August 29
October 31

January Birthdays!
Larry Loy
Martha Mayer
9th Sally Anderson
10th Bob Kurtz
15th Mary Hubbard
18th Andrew Shanor
19th Matt Carroll
20th Bob Carroll
Gene Gligorea
24th Sally Gligorea
25th Tommy Sue Dunnahoo
25th Fred Yates

January Anniversaries!
 John & Nancy Guthrie
A Message from Jeanette Schaffer, Director
Presbyterian Outreach Ministry
"I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me."  John 17:23
I pray this season is a peaceful one filled with the light and love of our powerful Savior, Jesus Christ. One thing I'd like to point out is that this Presbyterian Outreach ministry has close relationships with other ministries in the area.  When we help a family or individual that has a need, we work with other organizations they can go to for additional help.  As a result, I often talk to the other ministries and so we form ties with each other.  And it warms my heart when I see us coming together as Christian churches to bring love and aid to those in need.  

Christmas Luncheon
Sunday, December 16
Dietta and Jon Hitchcock, Lorrie and Andy Miller

The Fellowship Committee thanks the following folks for their help with the luncheon.

Betty Young
Bob & Joy Kurtz
Dietta Hitchcock
Ann Hultman
Martha Brown
T.K. Cully
Michele Hillman
Lorrie Miller
Bill & Connie Wolf
Nanette Schumacher
Ann Ruback
Nova Rogers
Karen Bloodhart
Katie Noble
Mary Kling
Sally Gligorea
Doug & Wendy Lunsford
Paula Grieves
Margo Fullinwider
Doris Korenek
Set Up/Clean Up

Deb Prince
Martha Mayer
Roy & Jacqueline Allen
John & Tracie Edwards
Mary Lou Glass
Nova Rogers
Bob Kurtz

Thanks to Melinda Creamer for preparing meat for the event and to Joe Fuentes for washing the dishes.
Chancel Choir Christmas Party 
December 13th 
Wayne and Mary Lou Glass's Home 
Worship December 2nd 
Thanks to all who provided them!