In-Person Worship
The sanctuary is open for the 9:00 and 10:42 services with 60 openings for attendance at each service; services will also be live streamed. Services will be 45 minutes in length to allow transition time between groups entering and exiting.
 
It is important that you sign up EACH week if you plan to attend the in-person worship service. With the influx of seasonal residents and guests, we need to be sure that we are mindful of the number of people that are coming into the building. If your plans change before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, please call and let us know to remove your name from the list. Thank you for your help. We want a healthy worship environment for everyone to be safe and enjoy the service.
Communion In-Person on May 2
If you are planning to attend the in-person services on May 2, please know we will be celebrating Communion. This will be a bit different than we are used to due to caution about COVID-19. The cup and the wafer will be contained in one individually packaged unit that will be handed to you as you enter the sanctuary. The pastors will have a modified liturgy in order to take both elements at the same time to limit additional exposure.
Sunday Mornings with Children
As many families begin to be active out in the world again, we are looking forward to welcoming them back to the church building!  Beginning Sunday, May 2, children who attend worship in person will be invited to join Ms. Sara in Fellowship Hall for story time during the sermon.  For those not comfortable returning in person, Sunday School will continue to be offered on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning. The nursery is not yet open, but Herron Lounge is also available as a space for families to watch and listen to the service while children play. We are excited to see our youngest disciples in person again soon!
Young Justice Builder's Club
All elementary-aged children and their families are invited to the next session of the Young Justice Builder's Club on Sunday, May 2 from noon - 1:00 p.m. In this program we'll be reading some stories to help us understand the difference between charity and justice, and how both are needed to make positive change in the world. We're hoping this session can meet - with safety precautions, in person outdoors, but that will be weather dependent. Contact Sara Pantazes if you are planning to attend (spantazes@firstpreswc.com).
Planning Our Future Together
First Pres has entered into a time of discernment during which we are gathering information to guide our decisions for our future. This interim period gives us the opportunity to examine ourselves so we can prepare for a new pastor and to address any areas needing attention so that we can attract a strong candidate.

To help us in this process we are conducting a survey of the congregation using the Church Assessment Tool (CAT). This tool will provide a clearer picture of our congregation and what might be important for our future. Your response is very important to us.

We're asking all members to complete the survey before May 7, 2021. If you would prefer a paper copy, please email us here (ccupp@firstpreswc.com).

All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. The assessment will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey all at one time. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.
Youth Flower Sale
The annual Spring Flower Sale is right around the corner! What a great opportunity to support our Youth through the purchase of beautiful potted flowers for your personal use or gift-giving. You may also brighten the lives of our First Pres members who are homebound, by ordering a flower that will be delivered to them by our Youth and/or Home Visitation Team.
Orders may be placed online using the order form below. We will be offering a beautiful selection of hanging baskets and potted annual varieties. There will be extra flowers available and we encourage you to pre-order your flowers to ensure your selection. The flowers will be ready for pick-up on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 in front of the church (weather permitting). Otherwise, we will be in Fellowship Hall. 
 
Any questions may be directed to Stacy Tukloff-Vansant at jimnstace@gmail.com or 484-459-3374.
Service Project with the Melton Center
As we emerge from the covid pandemic, the Melton Center in West Chester is re-imagining its summer programs for elementary and middle school age students and is looking for some helping minds and hands. We are looking for assistance in creating a STEM-themed program (work that will be done from home this spring) as well as people willing to go to the Melton Center and assist with in-person camp this summer. If you are interested in helping or want more information, please contact Sara Pantazes (spantazes@firstpreswc.com).
Evicted in Chester County Webinar
Our ministry partners, Friends Association, is hosting a free webinar with Matthew Desmond, professor of sociology at Princeton University and the author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. This book is a deep dive into issues of housing insecurity and homelessness. The webinar will be Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Friends Association says this, "We are inviting you to join us for a rare opportunity to connect with Dr. Desmond and discuss both the causes as well as the detrimental and long lasting impacts that evictions have on individuals, families and communities. Our hope is that, through these community conversations, we can all become better informed and thus better equipped to create solutions to this crisis."
New Members Class
We'll be having a New Members Class over Zoom on Sunday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m. If you or someone you know would like to find out more about becoming a member of First Pres, please sign up with Elizabeth Hess (ehess@firstpreswc.com). All are welcome!
Visitation for Penny McIlmoyle
This Saturday, May 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., there will be a visitation for Penny McIlmoyle at First Pres.
Internationally Acclaimed Brass Ensemble
Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will be appearing in concert at the United Methodist Church of West Chester on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Social distancing and masks are required as well as online registration since the number of seats is limited to 50 per congregation (100 seats altogether). 

Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass present hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King's Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards.  These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations.

Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as "superb in every way" and "innovative and well played."  "Truly, an unforgettable experience!"

The King’s Brass, formed four decades ago in Detroit, is comprised of professional musicians from across the country, who desire to use the instruments they love to lead others in praise and worship. Based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the group plays over 150 concerts per year from coast to coast as well as international destinations. Check out a teaser video below.
Love Offerings for Cole Seaman and Jennifer Drap
First Pres is grateful for the service of two of our staff members who are stepping away from their current roles with us. Both Jen and Cole have served this congregation with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. In appreciation for their years of dedicated service, we have established a Love Offering for both Cole and Jen. If you would like to contribute to either or both of these Love Offerings, you may make your contribution via personal check made out to First Presbyterian Church with Love Offering - Cole, or Love Offering - Jen in the memo line. You may mail your check to the church, or leave it in the church mailbox outside the church office entrance, or leave it in Jeff Somers' mail slot at the church office. You may also make your contribution online by clicking on "give" on the church website and selecting the options for the Love Offerings. 
As we have moved through Lent including Holy Week in which we have remembered Jesus’ death and resurrection, may we not forget the reason that Jesus came to earth: “…God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” (John 3:17, The Message)

Topic for this Week: Continue to pray for staff and lay leaders as they move through this time of transition integrating more in person opportunities. Pray for their encouragement, strength, and renewal.

You don’t need to only pray for the topic of the week, but you can continue to pray for previous topics as well or anything that God lays on your heart.


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