Session Update
As part of the meeting on Monday, 9/28, Session discussed proposals for a limited re-opening of the building for small groups and some worship activities. Session is hopeful that we can roll out limited in-person worship opportunities in the near future. As new information is available, it will be shared in Sunday morning worship, via the Wednesday email/video announcements and on the website.

For more information on the full Session meeting see the report on the website.
Annual Fund Campaign
This year's annual fund campaign is entitled, "Faithfully Connected." The campaign will be a little different in that it will last only three weeks. We want to begin by thanking each of you who make this ministry possible through your commitments and contributions. Hopefully, it will help each of us to see how our gifts are used and what a difference they make. To participate in the campaign, you can find more information and pledge below.
Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is beginning their work to discern candidates for church officer positions for 2021. We count on the congregation to provide suggestions for people you see as being good leaders for our church. Please submit suggestions for Elders, Deacons and Trustee via the website or to Elizabeth Guman (ecguman@gmail.com) by November 1. Self-nominations are welcome. The current officers can be found at firstpreswc.com/leadership.
Anti-Racism Conversation this Sunday
All members of the First Pres community are invited to join the Christian Faith & Issues class for an Anti-Racism Conversation on Zoom from noon - 1 pm this Sunday, October 18. This month we will watch and then discuss a TheoEd talk by Austin Channing Brown, "The Double Sided Pursuit of Racial Justice."  We hope you will join the conversation as we continue learning and encouraging one another to speak, think and act in anti-racist ways. The Zoom link will be available at www.firstpreswc.com/racial-justice or by contacting Sara Pantazes at spantazes@firstpreswc.com.
Children's Choir
Celebration Singers’ Zoom has finally arrived! Join us Wednesdays from 5:45pm - 6:15pm on our Zoom call where Kira Boros and Sara Pantazes have teamed up to bring the kids together for spirituality and song. All are welcome ages 4 and up! Email kboros@firstpreswc.com or spantazes@firstpreswc.com for the Zoom link. The first virtual rehearsal is tonight. If you’ve ever been curious what children’s choir is about, come find out! 
Pastoral Transition Prayer Initiative
Heartfelt Thanks for your weekly prayers for the transition process.  People are using different methods to remind themselves to pray on Thursdays at noon. Whatever it takes! Your prayers are being felt by the Committee and are much appreciated.

The Topic for this Week is: Commitment of church members and attendees to consider their part in “Faithfully Connected” so that church ministries of worship, faith development (Christian Ed. opportunities), caregiving to members, and mission and outreach can continue in an effective way.

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.

Please note that the next virtual prayer session will be Sunday, October 18 at 10:15 a.m.
Helping Hands
The Helping Hands program at First Pres will pair up someone in need of help with someone who wants to help - and all ages are welcome to participate! If you would like to take part, please fill out the form at firstpreswc.com/helpinghands. Once you are paired up with someone, you will receive more details. If you have questions or if you need (or can give) help in a way that you don't see on the form, please contact Elizabeth Hess (ehess@firstpreswc.com).
This Week's Scripture Passage:
This Sunday, Bob Sheldon will be delivering the sermon and together we’ll be looking at Matthew 22:15-22.

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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