Young Adult Weekly Newsletter

Weeks of July 9 and July 16, 2012 

In This Issue
Faith on Tap
VBS 2012
Summer Sunday School
Weekly Calendar
Scripture Reading

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  • Energy for our youth and their leaders as they engage in mission in  New Orleans this week

  • Fellowship and fun for our kids and youth at Ferncliff Camp these next two weeks

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

  • 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

  • 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, July 11
Faith on Tap 
It's that time again! Young adults (20s-30s) are invited to Pie Works on Pierremont Rd this Wednesday night, July 11 at 6 PM for pizza, drinks, and good conversation. We had a great conversation about God last time, so now let's think about Jesus. Or more specifically, God incarnate (living, working) among us. Picking up on some of our conversation about how God relates to us, let's go further. What does it mean that God came to live among us? How did that change how God relates to the world? Did it? What does that mean for YOU now? What does that mean for the world these days? Just a few questions to get your brain started.
Hope to see you on Wednesday!
Ferncliff Summer Camps
Happening NOW!

Ferncliff Camp
Please keep these kids and their families in prayer this week and next as they experience the fun of Ferncliff Summer Camps!

Mia Peterson, Emma Whited, Emma Grantham, Carl Hodgson, GraceAnne Hodgson, Cole Keller, Quintan Ajluni, Cole Ajluni, Caroline Carberry, Lauren Gnann, Madeline Gnann, Lorelei Green, Jackson Greenwald, Maggie Hodges, Henry Jones, Braden Reeder, Nalani Snow, Ryan Snow, Emma Wilkinson, Russ Wilkinson, Adam Soileau

VBS 2012

Vacation Bible School 2012

Don't forget that our Vacation Bible School is coming up soon- July 23-27 right here at FPC! This year we're thinking about God's good creation through Scripture study, mission, arts and crafts, games, story-telling and more. If you have not already done it, please register your child(ren) online here. Bible School is for all children, ages 3 and up including middle and high school. Middle schoolers will be participating in mission activities around our neighborhood, and high schoolers are invited to participate in our drama team.


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:

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, 7/12
 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


Wednesday, July 11: Midday Prayer

When: 12 PM 

Where: Chapel at FPCS


This is a service of prayer and Scripture reading for the entire community. We will pray each week through a list of those who need specific prayer, as well as those in the congregation for whom we have promised prayer. 


Wednesday, July 11: Faith on Tap

When: 6 PM

Where: Pie Works on Pierremont Rd.


See box above.


Thursday, July 12: 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, July 15: Sunday School

Sojouners and Journey: Lectio Divina, meeting in CE 120


Wednesday, July 18: Midday Prayer

When: 12 PM  

Where: Chapel at FPCS


This is a service of prayer and Scripture reading for the entire community. We will pray each week through a list of those who need specific prayer, as well as those in the congregation for whom we have promised prayer. 


Saturday, July 21: FPC at the Park
When: 9:30 AM
Where: AC Steere Playground

Bring the family to the park and enjoy a time of fellowship with your friends from church. We'll have iced coffee for adults and juice for the kids as well as some snacks.

Saturday, July 21: Bagging Groceries at Noel

When: 11:30-1 

Where: Noel Food Pantry (corner of Highland and Herndon)


A great opportunity for service for the whole family. As volunteers we will bag groceries, stock shelves, greet guests, and anything else that is needed. 


Sunday, July 22: Sunday School

Sojourners and Journey: Lectio Divina, in CE 120

Scripture Reading  

Psalm 24: 1-6

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.


1The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;

2for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

3Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?

4Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully.

5They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation.

6Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. 


Sarah Cooper Searight
Associate Pastor
First Presbyterian