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Because God's
love is for all

Everyone is always welcome.
We pray that God may bless you with
peace, inspiration, and strength. We are a community, seeking to learn what it means
to follow Jesus. No matter what you may
be going through no matter where
you may be on your faith journey,

you are most welcome here!

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Live Worship Steaming available and Service in Church
at 10:30AM Sundays!!!
It will be streamed on Facebook Live on our Facebook page
www.Facebook.com/firstprestona/live
NEWS FOR THE PEW                                                                                                                               

FROM THE PASTOR                                                                                                                                   June 6, 2024

 

Dear Friends,

Mary Hunter Maxwell arrives today from Atlanta. On Friday, she will be touring the church in the afternoon to offer us input, and Saturday she leads two Godly Play Story demonstration sessions for adults interested in learning more. There are still a few spots open if you'd like to attend one or both, at 10 and 1. Join us for breakfast at 9:30 and lunch at 12:00 to meet her and ask questions.

 

On Sunday, we've received permission to share a brand new music video with you all: Grieve On, by Yarn. This song pairs well with our Psalm and creative expressions series. If you're interested in participating in a new grief support circle, please let me know.

 

Join FPCT for worship this Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 10:30am in person and livestreamed on Facebook. “Expressing Sorrow” continues our summertime theme of allowing the Psalms to inspire our expressions of faith. Scriptures this week include Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 130, and Mark 3:20-35. Join us to pray together, hear stories from scripture, and find your home here at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda.

See you soon,

Pastor Rebecca

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Godly Play Demonstration for Adults

(For: Pastors, Teachers, Parents, Church Leaders, and Friends)

Godly Play is not just for kids!

Sign up now to secure a spot in one or both of two Godly Play session demonstrations by certified trainer Mary Hunter Maxwell. These sessions are for all adults in the church who would like to experience the new way we are offering faith formation for All Ages.

Saturday, June 8, 2024 Agenda:

            9:30                 Coffee & Donuts

            10:00               Morning Session

            12:00   Lunch and Q&A

            1:00                 Afternoon Session

            3:00                 Lemonade and snacks

            3:30                 Depart

Mary Hunter Maxwell has been practicing Godly Play since 2007.

As Canon for Education at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA,

she built a Godly Play program that served over 300 children (aged

two through fifth grade) and introduced Godly Play to the elementary

students in the LaAmistad after school program. While on the Cathedral

staff she also served as a Visiting Instructor for Christian Education in the

School of Theology at Sewanee and was elected to the Godly Play 

Foundation Board of Directors, which she now chairs.  

Mary Hunter went on to teach religion to elementary and middle school students at St. Martin’s Episcopal school where she sometimes told Godly Play stories to as many as thirty groups of children in one week! She then moved into preschool administration with a focus on incorporating Montessori principles and the Reggio-Emilia philosophy and a particular interest in drawing on these child-centered educational approaches to support neurodivergent students.

Her primary professional work is now in teaching adults—  as a Godly Play Trainer, a Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and a part time mentor teacher at Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool— but her passion remains in working directly with children. She currently leads a 1st-3rd grade Godly Play class on Sunday mornings at the Cathedral of St. Philip and a weekly 4th and 5th grade Godly Play class for students in the LaAmistad afterschool program.

 

 

Circle 2.1 – Wednesday, June 19 at 10am 

Circle 2.1 meets the 3rd Wednesday of month (April, May, June) at 10am to keep in touch and discuss outreach projects and donations that can benefit our church and community.  The next meeting is Wednesday, June 19th at 10am.  Our meetings are casual, friendly, and always involve coffee and snacks along with lots of camaraderie.  It’s a great time to keep in touch and do good deeds.  Hope to see you there.  For more information, contact Linda Apple at 716-693-6889.  

 

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED:  Volunteers are needed to host coffee hour on June 23.  There are also the Sundays in July and August.  The sign-up sheet is in the Narthex or call the church office at 716-692-1319.    

 

Outreach and Mission Activities: 

Elementary School Project

One of the programs that the Deacons are sponsoring is the Elementary School Project.  These items are used by the elementary school nurse when there is an accident which makes a change of clothing necessary.  Your donation of underwear, socks, sneakers, and shorts or pants can help make a child comfortable after an uncomfortable event. See the attached list for sizes needed.

 

The Warrior Clothes Closet is also in need of adult and child size clothing, new or gently used.  This is at the high school and is available to anyone in need. 

Body and Soul Pantry:  The pantry closet is up and running again.  See the attached list for needed items. Many of these items can be purchased at the Dollar Store.  Any questions, contact Diane Charsley or Marilee Mathias.

SHOPPING LIST OF ITEMS FOR OUR MISSION PROJECTS

(TOTES ARE IN THE NARTHEX)

  Elementary School Project

  • Underwear  -  boys and girls sizes 6 and 8

  • Socks – boys and girls socks for shoe sizes 12-3

  • Sneakers – kids sizes 12-3, new or gently used

  • Clothing – boys and girls size 6 and 8, stretch waist shorts 

or stretch waist summer weight pants

 

Body and Soul Pantry

  • Men and Women’s socks

  • Shaving Cream (5oz)/razors

  • Bar soap

  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes

  • Toilet paper

  • Mac & Cheese

  • Peanut butter (16-18oz)

  • Cereal/instant oatmeal

  • Pasta

  • Canned vegetables/fruit

 

​* Discord church server

Reach out to Billy or Pastor Rebecca to be added to the Discord server. We're beginning to use this to share CE files and curriculum, as well as offer an open space to chat and share.

* Church To-Do list has been moved across the narthex to the Outreach board for easier access. Be sure to check to see what you can do!!

 

Church T-shirts - All orders have come in. If you need a different size or color, sign up on the sheet or let us know in the office.

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 REMINDERS​​

  •  The Deacons are organizing coffee hour every Sunday after worship.  Please join in for fellowship and coffee; the sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.  

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 PRAYER CONCERNS

If you have a prayer request, please contact Pastor Rebecca at 315-317-6140  or the church office at 716-692-1319.   

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CALENDAR

Thursday, June 6 

9:00am – 2:00pm     Office Hours

10:00am                    Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Saturday, June 8

8:30am                       City Wide Garage Sale

9:30am – 3:30pm     Godly Play Taster Training  (SESSIONS AT 10AM & 1PM)

10:00am                    Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Sunday, June 9

10:30 am                   Sunday Worship for all ages (Sanctuary) 

11:30am                    Coffee Fellowship for all ages (Parlor)

Monday, June 10

10:00 am                     Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Tuesday, June 11        

9:00am – 2:00pm        Office Hours

 

Wednesday, June 12

9:00am – 2:00pm        Office Hours

 

Thursday, June 13 

9:00am – 2:00pm        Office Hours

10:00am                      Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Saturday, June 15

10:00am                      Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Sunday, June 16

10:30 am                     Sunday Worship for all ages (Sanctuary) 

11:30am                      Coffee Fellowship for all ages (Parlor)

 

 

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​​​List of Officers

ELDERS

            Class of 2024                                                         Class of 2025                                                Class of 2026

              Betsy Crocker                                                         Tom Dugan                                                    Michael Barry

              Patricia Loeswick (One Year)                                Nancy Rolando

              William Welch, IV

           

DEACONS

            Class of 2024                                                          Class of 2025                                                Class of 2026

             Mike Donovan                                                                                                                                 Linda Barry

              Lynn Hyland                                                                                                                                    Gail Borycki

             Alvin Marohn                                                                                                                                   Laura Marohn

             Marlene Tyrrell

 TREASURER 

  - Tom Dugan 

 

Church Parking Lot

Please, if you are able to walk, we would appreciate if you would park on the surrounding streets near the church
and leave the spaces in our parking lot for our folks who need them most.  Thanks very much.  
Hunger Sunday:   
Don't forget that the third Sunday of the month is Hunger Sunday.  Food and cash donations are welcome
and proceeds are donated to the Twin Cities Community Outreach.  Any food items may be dropped off at Donna and Bruce Blinston's front porch at 25 Elmwood Park West.  Thank you for your continued support.  

 
  

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