Operation Christmas Child ®/ Shoebox Ministry

First Presbyterian Church will once again participate in Operation Christmas Child.  The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love.  In addition, the boxes provide the opportunity for volunteers from churches around the world to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ as they distribute the gifts.

The shoeboxes are available at both the North and South sanctuary entrances as well as the downstairs foyer.  Inside each box should be a flyer that has suggestions on what and what NOT to include in your box.  The flyers also have a label where you should designate whether your box is intended for a boy or a girl, and the estimated age range.  Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.  You can also include a personal note and photo.  

Please include $9.00 for each box packed (some of the flyers are old and say $7.00 – please include $9.00).  This goes toward the cost of shipping and helps pay for evangelistic materials that are a part of the shoebox distribution.  Checks should be made out to First Presbyterian Church.  Return your packed, UNSEALED box, to one of the ushers on Sunday morning, or to the church office on any weekday.  The deadline is Sunday, November 15.  Our goal is 30 boxes.

Build a Box Online –  This year you can participate in Operation Christmas Child without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home by building a shoebox online!  Simply go to www.samaritanspurse.org and you can select items for your box. You will be asked for a $25 donation to cover the cost of the items, which you will need to pay online. If you choose to contribute in this way, please let Kim Albert know by sending a quick text (579-5011) or e-mail (kalbert@ntelos.net) so we can get an accurate count of boxes donated from our church.

World Communion Sunday

This Sunday we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper for the first time since the pandemic changed how we gather to worship together. It is appropriate that we choose World Communion Sunday to join with Christians around the world to share in this sacrament.

We have purchased prepackaged communion cups. Each person should plan to pick up a cup as they enter the Sanctuary. When it is time to open and partake of communion you will be directed to open them.

Below is a link to show you how to do this: (click on the picture below)

Back to Sunday School

The Session approved the re-start of Sunday School beginning on Sunday, September 13.

Adult Sunday School will be at 9:30 a.m. each week and taught by Jim Luedtke, he will resume his lessons taken from Hebrews.

The youth will have Teresa McCollum as their teacher, and class will begin at 10:00 a.m. each week.

For the time being, please remember to Social Distance and wear masks when in
close proximity to others.

Exciting Announcement!

We are going to worship together once again!

The Session met on June 15th and has decided to resume worship services at 10:30 am this Sunday, June 21st in the church sanctuary. We will still have to abide by the requirements set by the Federal, State and Local authorities and the guidance provided by the Presbytery of the Peaks.

Worship will be different than in the past and we will take all steps necessary to protect the health and safety of all who choose to attend. Click here to view the guidance compiled by the Worship Committee Taskforce for the resumption of worship services.

If you are unable to attend or still do not feel comfortable coming back to church, we will be posting the bulletins and audio sermons on the church website.