Wednesday, November 6, 2019

5:45 – Trustees; 6:30 — Session

6:00 p.m. — Rev. Dr. Pat Ramsden will be signing her new book at Fairplain Presbyterian Church!  Come celebrate with Pastor Pat!!!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

10:00 a.m. — AKA Sorority meets in Goff Hall.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching.  Installation of officers. Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism and reception of new members.

After Worship — The Spiritual Life Committee will meet in the Gathering Space.  The Youth group is going bowling after worship. See Julie for more details.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

6:00 p.m. — Community Book Read of “Waking Up White” sponsored by the Community Grand Rounds.  Our own Ted Hartzell, along with Dr. Lyn Todman, will be leading the discussion. Come and join us!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

10:00 a.m. — Worship with Pastor Laurie preaching.  This will be Pastor Laurie’s last Sunday. A potluck celebration and goodbye party will follow worship.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

5:45 p.m — Race Relations Council meets here.  

Sunday November 24, 2019

10:00 a.m — Worship with Deacon George Barfield preaching.  The Youth Group is going out to eat after worship.  

Thursday, November 28, 2019– Happy Thanksgiving


Saturday, November 30, 2019 

9:30 a.m. — First Pres does the Soup Kitchen with St. Augustines.  Jean will be out of town and helpers are needed.  

Sunday, December 1, 2019

10:00 a.m.  — First Sunday in Advent.  Worship with Deacon George Barfield preaching.  Choir caroling on Morton Hill after worship. See Nancy for details. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pastor Scott’s first day! 

9:00 a.m. — Presbytery of Lake Michigan meets at Forest Hills church.


STEWARDSHIP SEASON  If you have not received your stewardship letter and pledge card, please see one of the trustees.  Plan to stay after worship TODAY to hear more about the budget for 2020 and plans for the pastoral transition.  Please return pledge cards to a trustee by Nov 12.

POTLUCK FOR LAURIE’S LAST SUNDAY.  On November 17, we will have a potluck after worship.  We are anticipating a number of guests. If you can, please bring two items to pass.  

FIRST PRES YOUTH are selling EQUAL EXCHANGE coffee, chocolates and other fair trade products as they begin earning money for going to Camp Henry during the summer of 2020.  These items make wonderful holiday gifts. See almost any youth for details. Orders and payments are due by November 17.  

SOUP KITCHEN — November 30.  We are on schedule to serve at the Soup Kitchen on November 30.  Jean McIlvenny and many of the regular cooks and servers will be out of town for the holiday weekend.  If you can help pitch in, please let us know as soon as possible.  

WE ARE EXCITED that Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham has been hired by the Session to be a parttime transitional pastor from December 2, 2019 – May 31, 2020.  Copies of his bio are in the narthex. Continue to pray for the church and for him and his family in this time of transition.  

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL.  Thanks to everyone who made a contribution.  The devotional is now “under construction” and should be available when Advent rolls around!

COMMUNITY GRAND ROUNDS is sponsoring a community read on the book “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving.  First Presbyterian is a host site. A first meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 12 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Feel free to join the group!!

THANK YOU TO OUR NOVEMBER GREETERS  November 10 — Ben and Jan Ackerson; November 17 — Don Hancock and Shirley Hagelberg-Klemish; November 24 — Gordon Helm and Jerry Price.  

FOOD PANTRY  If you are able to contribute we need spaghetti or other pasta, canned tuna, and corn muffin mix.  Cash donations are always welcome. Thank you for the generous donations to our Food Pantry!