Young Adult Weekly Newsletter

June 19, 2012 

In This Issue
Faith on Tap
Summer Sunday School
Weekly Calendar
Scripture Reading

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  • Comfort and peace for the Sugar family following the death of their dad, Chip 

  • Comfort and peace for Lindsey Wells Peery and her family following the death of her grandfather this week

  • Joy for Terrel Sugar and Adam Master on the news of their engagement  

  • Thanksgiving for the healthy birth of Charles Mitchell and Camille Elizabeth LaBorde

  • Continued healing for Shelby and prayers of comfort for all of her family, classmates, and friends who care for her

  • Health and thanksgiving for baby Bachtell, and prayers of preparation for Mike and Angie as their family grows

  • Continued healing for Mary Jane Cooper (mother of Sarah Cooper Searight) following surgery, and thanksgiving for her good recovery

  • Healing for Margie Nelson (mother of Lynn Stevens) who is recovering from surgery for a collapsed lung; for Larry Nelson (Lynn's father) who is recovering from surgery; and for the Stevens family as they care for them both    
  • Healing for Deborah Roberts as she completes a round of treatment for recurring cancer

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Faith on Tap this week!
Faith on Tap 
It's that time again! Young adults (20s-30s) are invited to Pie Works on Pierremont Rd this Wednesday night, June 20 at 6 PM for pizza, drinks, and good conversation. This month we're taking a step back to consider a simple question-- Who is God? Ok, so it may not be so simple, but that just means we'll have more to talk about! Who is God? How do you know God? Where does God act, or not act? What is your image of God? How does God relate to this world? Just a few questions to get your brain started.
Hope to see you tomorrow night!
Ferncliff Summer CampsFerncliff Camp
For any of those families interested in sending kids and youth to Ferncliff Camp this summer, it looks like we have families sending kids both the week of July 8-13 and 15-20. 

If you're interested in learning more about it, contact Sarah at the church. The Presbytery of the Pines is continuing to offer their support this summer by supplementing $100 towards the cost for ANY child who goes to a Presbyterian camp.

Sojourners and Journey
Summer Sunday School

This summer we will be delving into the topic of Spiritual Disciplines during Sunday School. This will happen in the Sojourners classroom (CE 120), but will include the Journey class members. We will take the time to learn about and practice lectio divina and the daily examen. We will also spend one Sunday morning at the labyrinth at St. Luke's. Here is a schedule for the summer:

LabyrinthJune: Practicing Daily Examen (Sarah Cooper Searight)

July: Practicing Lectio Divina (Lisa Schrott)

August: Practicing Lectio and Examen

Please plan to be in Sunday School from 10-10:40 during this time, so that we can fully experience the practice of these disciplines. We will travel together to the Labyrinth and have you back in time to pick up kids from their Sunday School classes.

Finally, here is some information gathered by Lisa on each of the areas that we will explore this summer:

labyrinth symbolizes the journey to the center of one's being, the life journey or path of life, or the spiritual journey. It also speaks to the ongoing cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, and to the process of healing. Labyrinth paths meander much like the paths of our lives. We walk along methodically until we are suddenly led to the far side, to the very edge before we are gently turned back toward the center. No matter how far we wander, if we are centered or focused, we will be pulled back. The labyrinth experience is to help one to find one's path, not to lose it. To learn more see http://www.stlukesshreveport.org/672037

Lectio Divina is not a traditional Bible study, but a time of prayer and discernment. We will engage in a passage of scripture, take time to reflect silently upon the passage as it speaks to each one personally and in turn share their insights. The exercise in concluded by intentional and specific prayers for each other. A worksheet is pro-vided to guide the process. You can learn more about Lectio Divina at

The daily examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God's presence and discern God's direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God's hand at work in our whole experience. It involves a daily examination of our deepest feelings and desires. These feelings are our consolations (that which connects us with God, others and ourselves) and desolations (what disconnects us). To learn more go to http://norprov.org/spirituality/ignatianprayer.htm 


Highland Blessing Dinner, 6/21
 First Presbyterian Church is up again to provide dinners at the weekly Highland Blessing Dinner, open to the neighborhood and held at the Highland Center on Olive St. Volunteers are needed to help serve, and to offer hospitality as table hosts. Please contact Cathie Dodson if you are interested in volunteering.  

Weekly Calendar


Tuesday, June 19: Musings

When: 6 PM

Where: at the home of Lisa Schrott and Brian McWilliams (4156 Maryland Ave)


How about a little Shakespeare to cool things down this summer? Maybe a field trip to East Texas Hamlet of Kilgore?  The eminent Dr. Lee Morgan will lead us in a discussion of the Shakespeare play Measure for Measure which deals with the issues of mercy, justice, and truth and their relationship to pride and humility.  "Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measure_for_Measure  
The entire play can be read on-line at http://shakespeare.mit.edu/measure/full.html  


Wednesday, June 20: Faith on Tap

When: 6 PM

Where: Pie Works on Pierremont Rd.


See above for more information.


Thursday, June 21: Highland Blessing Dinner

When: 5:30-7 PM

Where: Highland Center


This is a neighborhood dinner, hosted by several churches in the Highland neighborhood. FPC is responsible for volunteers the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month, but you are welcome to help out when you can.


Sunday, June 24: Sunday School

Sojouners and Journey: Daily Examen, meeting in CE 120


Scripture Reading  

Psalm 9:7-11

Commit to reading the Scripture passage

listed here each week.   

Pray before you begin. 

Look the passage up and read it through slowly. 
Pause and consider what you have read. 
Read the passage at least one more time.
Pray to close your time.


7But the Lord sits enthroned forever, he has established his throne for judgment.

8He judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with equity.

9The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

10And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples.


Sarah Cooper Searight
Associate Pastor
First Presbyterian