The FPC Herald
The Newsletter of 
First Presbyterian Church
Roswell, New Mexico
March 2019

The Pastor's Reflections 

A Lenten Journey: The Gospel in Worship 
Our common journey through the Season of Lent will take us through the following Sunday Gospel readings:

Temptation in the wilderness.  "The devil said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.'"

Failing to see.  "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!"

Sin and repentance.  "No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did."

A lost son.  "But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out a robe--the best one--and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.'"

An anointing with oil.   "Jesus said, 'Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.'"
Come and join us as we journey through Lent.  See what the Holy Spirit will do.
Pastor John
March Calendar  
March 3rd
Communion Sunday
March 6th
Ash Wednesday Service & Dinner - 5:30pm
March 7th
Deacons Meeting - 5:00pm
March 8th
Church Management Committee - 7:00am
March 10th
Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 12th
Men's Fellowship Luncheon - Noon, Peppers
March 13th
Lenten Midweek Study & Dinner - 5:30pm
March 20th
Lenten Midweek Study & Dinner - 5:30pm
March 21st
Session Meeting - 5:00pm
March 27th
Lenten Midweek Study & Dinner - 5:30pm

Wednesday Breakfast Group - 7:30am,
Martin's Capital Café
Choir Rehearsal - 6:30pm during Lent
Prayer Group - Noon, Parlor
Every Day
Noon Prayer and Meditation
The Lord's Supper
Sunday, March 3rd
Come celebrate the Feast of the Lord!
If you would like to receive home Communion,
please call the Church Office at 622-4910.  
March Worship Schedule and Scripture Readings
March 3 - Transfiguration of the Lord
Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; 
Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)
March 10 - 1st Sunday in Lent
Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13
March 17 - 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1;
Luke 13:31-35
March 24 - 3rd Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13;
Luke 13:1-9
March 31 - 4th Sunday in Lent
Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21;
Luke 15;1-3, 11b-32
Read the Scripture passages HERE. 

Serving in March
March 3th
Service Elder:  Dietta Hitchcock
Liturgist:   Deb Prince
Phone Message Reader:  Bill Wolf
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Mary Lou Glass
Chancel Guild:  Lynn Karnes, Ann Hultman, Connie Wolf
March 10th
Service Elder:  Bill Wolf
Liturgist:  Margy Barbour
Phone Message Reader:  Paula Grieves
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Betty Young
Chancel Guild:  Mary Lou Glass, Rebecca Johnson, Roberta Pess

March 17th
Service Elder:  Bob Kurtz
Liturgist:  ________
Phone Message Reader:  Mary Hubbard
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Rebecca Johnson
Chancel Guild:  Wendy Lunsford, Betsy Cunningham, Lucy Tucker

March 24th 
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  Margy Barbour
Phone Message Reader:  Margo Fullinwider
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Connie Wolf
Chancel Guild:  Margo Fullinwider, Martha Brown
March 31st
Service Elder:  ________
Liturgist:  ________
Phone Message Reader:  T.K. Cully
Deacon Hospital Visitation:  Martha Mayer
Chancel Guild:  Martha Mayer, Deb Prince, Jacque Allen, 
                          Kate Daniels
Men's Fellowship Luncheon
Tuesday, March 12th
The Men's Fellowship Luncheon group will meet on Tuesday, March  12th, at noon at Peppers Restaurant.  Women are also very welcome.
The speaker will be Terry Garvey, Professor of Business at the New Mexico Military Institute, who will discuss her recent experiences in Peru.
Please RSVP to Wayne Glass.
Joan Arnold
Director of Communications and Outreach 

It is my pleasure to serve FPC-Roswell as Director of Communications and Outreach!
I moved to New Mexico from Wisconsin in the early 1970's.  My first professional career included 20-years with Levi Strauss & Co. and ended as the Senior Project Manager for the Western Region Operations that required traveling through California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The company downsized in 1997 and I returned to academics to achieve my MBA. I began my teaching career at New Mexico Military Institute and eventually moved to Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell achieving tenure as a Business Instructor. I retired from ENMUR in 2015 while in the position of Dean of Liberal Arts.  It took several months to realize that I was not ready for full-time retirement and have been working part-time in retail.
A couple of years ago, I crossed paths with my good friend, Carola Spreacker.  She invited me to join the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir, so if I look familiar, that's why.  It was an easy decision to join the staff here at First Presbyterian where I hope to serve the Lord by serving this church in many exciting endeavors.  My husband, John, is a native to Roswell where his daughter Cristina and son Charles both live with their families.  My daughter Andrea lives in Wisconsin where my extended family still braves the winter and cheers for the Green Bay Packers! 
Joan Arnold
What Will Joan Be Doing?
The Session of First Presbyterian recently identified a need for a half-time Director of Communications and Outreach to "increase FPC's visibility in and service to the Roswell Community."  Among Joan's responsibilities are... 
  • Updating and maintaining the church website
  • Recording Sunday sermons and posting them on the website
  • Posting updates to the church's Facebook page
  • Submitting press releases to local news outlets
  • Purchasing and distributing marketing materials such as pens, shirts, bumper stickers, etc.
  • Planning and hosting events for the Roswell community at FPC
  • Making FPC visible at community fairs, festivals, and other events
  • Identifying and coordinating ways for FPC to support local nonprofit organizations
  • Recruiting and organizing volunteers among FPC members and friends for these events and activities
Other responsibilities may be identified in the months to come.  Joan's position is funded for one year, with a review of the program at the close of 2019.

A New Local Mission Ministry for FPC
Support for 
Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services
Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services (RCDRS) is a local nonprofit organization that provides assistance for homeless persons and those affected by disasters such as the loss of housing by fire.  The organization is led by local businessman Enrique Moreno, whose primary mission is driving the streets of Roswell twice each night (including at 2:00 in the morning) looking for people in need (especially during extremely cold weather), and responding to emergencies.  Enrique carries with him in his SUV nonperishable food, blankets, sleeping bags, toiletry supplies, and other materials.  He also has limited funds to provide motel housing for homeless individuals and families.
At the present time Enrique is the primary volunteer and coordinator for RCDRS, but he has a few volunteers who also help.  Enrique has experience with the Red Cross, volunteer fire fighting, and regional disaster relief (tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.)  
Enrique recently sent out an appeal for storage space for his supplies, and the Mission Committee, Church Management Committee, and Session of FPC responded to that appeal with approval of space in our building for use by RCDRS.  The new pantry for RCDRS is the room formerly used by the FPC Quilters, next to the library.  There are already supplies stored in that room.
It is the hope and prayer of the Mission Committee that, as requested and directed by Enrique, FPC will be able to expand its support and help for RCDRS.  Future efforts may include drives to collect supplies, assistance organizing and cataloguing supplies, and help with RCRDS fundraisers (staffing booths, etc.)  The Mission Committee is excited about this new ministry to our community!
(If you are a Facebook person, search for "Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services" and "like" that page.  Enrique posts there most of his encounters with folks in need.  You will find it fascinating.)
New Daily Prayer and Meditation Ministry 
A new prayer and meditation ministry will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and continue through Lent and beyond.  Volunteers for this new discipline will commit to pray and/or meditate one day (possibly more) 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.
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 intention 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 have begun active enlistment of volunteers/ministers.  Please pray about joining us in this ministry.  Ask us if you have questions.  Thank you.
Margo Fullinwider
Pastor John 
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.
May 30
August 29
October 31
The Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates 
The Nominating Committee seeks the names of those who may be called by God to serve FPC as Ruling Elders, Deacons, and members of the 2019-2020 Nominating Committee. You may surely nominate yourself.  Please relay nominations to Mike Hunter, Chair.  
The Nominating Committee consists of four at-large members elected by the congregation (Roberta Pess, Bob Carroll, Doug Lunsford, and Jon Hitchcock) plus two members designated by Session (Mike Hunter and Bob Kurtz) and the Deacon representative (Betty Young).
Ash Wednesday 
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6.  A brief Ash Wednesday service is scheduled for 5:30pm, followed by a soup and bread dinner in the Fellowship Hall.

M idweek Lenten Gatherings
A series of midweek Lenten gatherings is scheduled for Wednesdays, March 13 through April 10, at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.
The gatherings will feature a study entitled "Entering the Passion of Jesus" by New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine. A soup and bread dinner will follow the study.  All are welcome.  Bring a friend! 
Ecumenical Holy Week Midday Gatherings 
Ecumenical Holy Week Midday 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 information will be available soon.  Please mark your calendars.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday 
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services this year will be held jointly with Westminster Presbyterian Church.
On Maundy Thursday, April 18, the combined congregations will worship at Westminster with an "Agape Feast" (cheese, crackers, and fruit) preceding worship.  The service will feature celebration of the Lord's Supper.  We will announce the time for the service when it is firm.
On Good Friday, April 19, the combined congregations will worship at First Presbyterian, and the combined choirs will present a cantata by Benjamin Harlan, "Behold the Darkness."  The service will include readings from the Passion Narrative and the extinguishing of candles: a service of progressive darkness.  We will announce the time for this service shortly.

Highlights of Session Meeting  
February 21, 2019
Session approved a change to the church's Manual of Operations to allow the Clerk of Session to remove from the church membership roll the names of those who have died.  The Session recently approved the removal of several inactive members, leaving the church membership at 125, including seven new members.

Session approved the use of FPC facilities for a wedding of nonmembers with Pastor John officiating on March 30, and use of FPC space by Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services.

The Church Management committee anticipates the need for a capital campaign to fund needed repairs to facilities.  Projects under consideration at present include repair of the front steps, renovation of restrooms, playground fence repair, and flat roof repair.

The Worship Committee provided an update on planned Lenten worship services and gatherings, including ecumenical Holy Week gatherings, and worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

The Personnel Committee reported the hiring of Joan Arnold as Director of Communications and Outreach, 20 hours per week at $20.00 per hour.

The Nominating Committee will soon begin discerning those who may be called to service as Ruling Elders, Deacons, and members of the 2019-2020 Nominating Committee.

Session approved the 2019 allocation of mission funding proposed by the Mission Committee.  The discretionary funds available to the Mission Committee in the 2019 church budget are $15,144.

The Fellowship Committee will coordinate Wednesday evening soup and bread dinners during Lent and an Easter brunch.

The Evangelism Committee reported a highly successful Ladies Valentine Luncheon on February 9, including donations for the Roswell Refuge.  There were about 50 attendees.

The Christian Education Committee (Pastor John) reported continuation of a very satisfactory disciple-growing Bible study.

The Clerk reported near completion of a draft emergency action plan for the church.  Session may want to hold a training session for response to an armed intruder after Easter.  An inventory of all the valuable property of the church is nearly complete.
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering 
Palm Sunday, April 14th 
When the forces of chaos and calamity rip the fabric of human life, your One Great Hour of Sharing gifts are there to sew it back together. Your generosity fulfills a vision rooted in the biblical witness stated in Isaiah 58:12. The prophet writes:
"You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in."
OGHS is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world--sharing God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.  Each gift helps to improve the lives of people in challenging situations through three programs:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters.
Presbyterian Hunger Program - Takes action to alleviate hunger and the systematic causes of poverty so all may be fed.
Self-Development of People - Invests in communities responding to their experiences of racism, oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these societal ills.  
In places far and near, your One Great Hour of Sharing gifts repair breaches that pierce the wholeness that God wants for everyone.  
FPC will collect the OGHS offering on Palm Sunday, April 14, but envelopes will be available in the pew pockets earlier for those who cannot be present that day.
Please give generously. Thank you. 
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 March
Jeff and Christi Boyd
As regional liaison for Central Africa, Jeff facilitates support for the relationships, programs and activities of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. He also resources PC(USA) mission personnel and helps connect partner churches with PC(USA) congregations that want to be involved in ministry in the region.
Christi works in Congo, Madagascar, Niger, Rwanda, and South Sudan. She accompanies global partners as they seek to remedy the marginalization of women and children in their communities, and she engages with Presbyterian constituencies in the U.S. that wish to come alongside and promote those efforts. 
A Message from Jeanette Schaffer, Director
Presbyterian Outreach Ministry
March 2019
"The poor you will always have with you..... "   Matthew 26:11
In case anyone was wondering, I would like to address the question, 'Why Presbyterian Outreach?"   The easy answer is that people matter.  I know I sort of approached this before, and not all of you are numbers people, but for those of you who are, I thought it would be interesting to once again look at statistics of the population we target for aid. The figures here are based on 2016 numbers, as those were the figures I could readily get online.
The Chancel Choir
The choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 6:30pm during Lent.  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

March Birthdays!
Deloris Blair
4th  Kalith Smith
Deb Prince
John Guthrie
Luis Lujan
21st Heidi Shanor
22nd Bob Entrop
24th Ann Ruback
Ryan Miller

March Anniversaries!
5th Kalith and Abie Smith
Jim and Karen Bloodhart
Welcome, New Members!
Left to right: Kate DeBraose, Edith Malcolm, 
Doris Korenek, Nancy Guthrie, and Pastor John  
Four new members were welcomed into the FPC family on Sunday, February 24.  They are Kate DeBraose, Nancy Guthrie, Doris Korenek, and Edith Malcolm.
Edith joins us by way of invitation from intrepid evangelist, Margo Fullinwider.  Whom might you invite to join us for worship or another event? 

Ladies Valentine Luncheon
Saturday, February 9th
The Evangelism Committee (Deb Prince, Chair) sends a huge thank you to the ladies of FPC for their generous donations of toiletry items to women and children at the Roswell Refuge! It was a wonderful event with about fifty ladies in attendance.  Thank you!!

Nancy Guthrie was Guest Speaker

Roberta Pess, Peggy Hillman, Margo Fullinwider, Edith Malcolm, Shirley Foster, and Martha Brown
Fellowship Committee members Lynn Karnes (Chair) and Kate Daniels prepared the meal.
Servers:  Bob Kurtz, Bill Wolf, Doug Lunsford, Bob Entrop, Bob Carroll, and Pastor John
Donations for the Roswell Refuge

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.  The one thing it cannot be is moderately important."

C.S. Lewis