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
 Upcoming Highlights  
ANNOUNCEMENTS    

1.  Sunday School for all grades Pre-K thru Adult meets on Sundays at 9:30am.  The Adult Class will not be meeting on

September 25th and October 2nd, but will be back on October 9th.  

2.  The Presbytery Women will be holding a gathering on Saturday, September 24 at 10:15am at Chestnut Ridge Park.  All women in the church are invited to attend.  Please contact Jane Crossan for more details and to RSVP. 

3.  Thank you to all who have donated their time and talent to make the soap bags for Hearts for the Homeless.  Keep on making them, they are so appreciated.  If anyone has items that you would normally donate to Circle II, please see Laura Marohn to make arrangements.    She and Alvin are happy to drop off items to Hearts for the Homeless.  

  

5. The following persons will be serving as pulpit supply during September:

- September 4  -  Rev. Hope Harle-Mould

-  September 11  -  Rev. Rebecca Chaffee

-  September 18  -  Mr. Michael Donovan

-  September 25  -  Elder Nancy Rolando

 

 

Update from Session:

In times of change and transitions, it’s easy to lose direction or to feel overwhelmed with uncertainty.  However, Proverbs 3: 5-6 reminds us to:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  We want to reassure you that you have been hard at work and faithfully praying for guidance as we move forward.

In June we met with Rev. Dr. Rebecca Chaffee and discussed Transitional Ministry and the services she could provide to our church.  As a result, Session approved hiring Rev. Rebecca as a consultant to guide us in our transition utilizing The Five Focus Points of The Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry Training.  The Five Focus Points will allow us to shape a vision for our church, our mission and our leadership going forward.  Elders, Deacons, Sunday School Teachers and members of the congregation will be encouraged to join one of five teams.  These teams are Heritage, Mission, Connections, Leadership and Future. 

In August, Rev. Rebecca will be meeting with a team of representatives who will serve as team leads for each of the five Focus Points teams.  Each team will include at least one elder, one deacon, one Sunday school teacher, and one at large member of the congregation.  Please prayerfully consider joining or leading one of these teams.   On September 11th, Rev. Rebecca will lead our worship service and provide an introductory presentation, followed by a meal.   We hope that you will plan on attending this exciting service and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” 

 Yours in faith,

Diane Charsley, Betsy Crocker , Tom Dugan,  Pat Loeswick, Nancy Rolando and Billy Welch

 

 

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you have a prayer request, please contact Janet Haacker at 716-694-4290.

The prayer requests that have been received in July will continue, but the others will be dropped until we hear an update from you. Thank you. 

  • Prayers for Janet Bearfield and her family in the passing of her husband, Bill.

  • Prayers for Betsy Crocker and her family in the passing of her brother, Dave.

  • Prayers for Nancy Bassett and her family for healing due to recent deaths and family illness

  • Prayers for Rose for continued healing

  • Prayers for Jeff Schurr for healing after surgery

  • Prayers for Jessica Schurr for upcoming tests and continued healing

  • Prayers for Tom Anthony for testing and treatment 

  • Prayers for Marlene Tyrrell, still recuperating after a bad fall  

  • Prayers for continued healing for Shirley Hagle   

  • Prayers for  recovery for Janet Bearfield and Tanner

  • Continued prayers for Pam M. and Pam L.  in their struggles with cancer

  • Prayers for all those who struggle, grieve, or are feeling displaced

  • Continuing prayers for all first responders, police officers, and medical personnel

  • Prayers for peace and refuge for Ukraine, and for all refugees

  • Prayers of healing for all victims of violence and their loved ones

  • Prayers for Debbie in her battle with declining stage of cancer

  • Prayers for Deborah who was just diagnosed with cancer and her mother who is her caregiver

 

List of Officers

ELDERS

            Class of 2023                                                         Class of 2024                                                Class of 2025

             Diane Charsley                                                      Betsy Crocker                                                 Tom Dugan

            Patricia Loeswick                                                   William Welch, IV                                           Nancy Rolando

 

          

           

DEACONS

            Class of 2023                                                          Class of 2024

            Jane Crossan, Moderator                                       Alvin Marohn

            Donna Blinston                                                       Mike Donovan

            Leslie Dugan                                                            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.  

Deacons Tonawanda School Mission Project

The Deacons are continuing to partner with the the Tonawanda Elementary Schools to provide much needed clothing items to needy children.  This is an ongoing mission project and the Deacons would like to thank the people who have donated so generously.  The schools have expressed an urgent need for underwear in the 
following sizes:  Boys and Girls underwear size 6 and size 8 at one school and Boys underwear sizes 6-8, 
10-12, and 14-16 at a second school.  Either a monetary donation or clothing donation is acceptable.   See Jane Crossan or Leslie Dugan for more details on how you can donate and what items are needed.  There is also a designated tote in the Narthex to place your donations.