149 Broad Street Tonawanda, NY 14150

(716) 692-1319 • church@firstprestona.org

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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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Upcoming Highlights

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.  
Adult Bible Study Class:  Sunday, November 17 at 12:15pm
The Adult Bible Study Class will now be held the third Sunday of the month right after worship.  The next class
will be held on November 17.  Feel free to bring a lunch or a snack for yourself.   Any questions, contact Nancy Bassett.
Hunger Sunday:  November 17
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.  Drop box is in the Narthex.  Thank you
for your continued support.  
Angel Tree Gifts:
The Youth Group will be handing out tickets on November 17, November 24, and December 1.  This year
the Angel Tree Gifts will be donated to the City of Tonawanda Elementary Schools in conjunction with our
Church's ongoing mission project.  Please attach your ticket to the unwrapped gift and return it not later than
December 8.  Monetary donations are also appreciated.  Please do not spend more than $15.00 on your gift.
Any questions, contact Billy Welch or Jane Crossan.
Memory Lane Respite Program:  Attention Family Caregivers
Do you care for a family member with a memory impairment at home?  Would you like a break to do errands,
attend YOUR doctor appointments, go to lunch with a friend or just relax? First Presbyterian Church will begin our Memory Lane Respite Program on the third Tuesday of each month, next one is on November 19, 2019 from 10:30-2:30 at the church at 149 Broad Street, City of Tonawanda.  Trained volunteers will provide supervised fun activities, crafts, music/singing for your loved one - all at NO CHARGE.  A nutritious hot lunch will also be served.  All are welcome at the Memory Lane Respite Program.  Please contact our church at (716)692-1319 for more information or to sign up.  You can also stop in at the church office for more information. 
Memory Lane Respite Program:  Volunteers Needed
Our church offers a respite program for family caregivers of people with memory impairment (dementia, Alzheimer's) to get a much needed break.  Our program runs once a month, (the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:30am-2:30pm) and we are looking for dedicated volunteers to help out in various ways: 1 on 1 companion for guests, setup/cleanup, crafts, food preparation, food service, games, music, making phone calls, etc.  You do not have to volunteer every month; we will have sign-up sheets ahead of time.  More information is on the table in the Narthex and any questions can be directed to the team:  Mike Donovan, Marilee Mathias, Janet Haacker, Judy Winters, and Pastor Leslie Latham.  Why not consider helping out with this exciting ministry?
Service of Blessing and Healing:  Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm
First Presbyterian Church will hold an evening service devoted to healing and wholeness. This is a "come as you are" service, open and welcoming to all who seek wholeness for their lives, Presbyterian or otherwise.  Please join us in the sanctuary. 
Thanksgiving Baskets:  Saturday, November 23 at 9:30am
The Deacons will be assembling fruit baskets for our home bound folks on Saturday, November 23 at 9:30am.
All are welcome to come and help assemble the baskets.  Baskets will be available for delivery on Saturday, 
November 23 and Sunday, November 24.  Please consider signing up to deliver a basket or helping in anyway.  Contact Jane Crossan with any questions.  
Youth Group to Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners:  November 28
The Youth Group will once again be delivering meals on Thanksgiving day to the homebound folks in the
Tonawandas.  If you would like to volunteer and help out, please contact Billy Welch.
Christmas Memorial Flowers:  Sunday, November 24 and Sunday, December 1
It's not too early to be thinking about Christmas poinsettias.  The Deacons will be selling memorial flowers
before and after worship on November 24 and December 1.  The cost is $10.00.
Hanging of the Greens - Saturday, November 30
"Hanging of the Greens" for Christmas will be held on Saturday, November 30.  Please join in this tradition
of clothing our sanctuary in Christmas love!  More details to follow.
Advent Sunday Early Morning Communion/Worship Service
During the Advent Season, Pastor Leslie will hold communion/worship services in the parlor at 8:30am on
December 1, December 8, December 15, and December 22.  This is a short, meaningful way to enter into the
Advent Season of love.
"The Marvelous Advent Adventure" - Intergenerational Event
Sunday, December 1 from 9am-10:30am in Fellowship Hall
The CE Committee has planned an Intergenerational Event for December 1 at 9am.  We'll be making ornaments,
a gift or two, playing games, singing songs, sneaking a cookie while we frost them, and learning all about
the season of Advent.  Breakfast will be available.  Come December 1 and get ready for the season of Advent.
Everyone in the church is invited!  Watch for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  
Circle II Bag Sale:  Saturday, December 7
Circle II Women's Group will hold a "Classic Bag Sale" on Saturday, December 7 from 10am-12pm.  Come and
fill a bag for $2.00.  You won't want to miss all the bargains.
Presbyterian Women's Annual Christmas Tea:  Sun, December 8 at 12:15pm
All women of the church are invited to attend, (men are welcome too).  Come and enjoy yourself with lots
of treats and fellowship.   
Tonawanda City Schools Holiday Party Food Drive
Please help the Deacons collect food for those children in need right here in our own city.  Bags will be filled
with particular food items and will be given to the kids at the holiday party to take home to have during the
Christmas break.  In the spirit of Christmas, won't you please consider donating to this worthy cause.
Items especially needed for the food bags are peanut butter and grape jelly.  See Jane Crossan for more details.  
Charlie Brown Mitten Tree
Our Charlie Brown Mitten Tree will soon be accepting your beautiful handmade or purchased hats, mittens,
or scarves.   These warm items will be distributed to the children in need in Tonawanda.  Watch for the tree
to be put up in the Narthex.  All items need to be on the tree by December 11.    
Deacons Tonawanda School Project
The Deacons are teaming up with 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.  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.
Cookie Exchange and Open House:  Saturday, December 14 -  1pm-3pm
You are all invited to Pastor Leslie's Annual Cookie Exchange and Open House.  Feel free to bring a dozen
cookies to exchange and there will be plenty of food and beverages to go around.  The address is
51 Rockne Road, Tonawanda.
 
Worship Circle:  Sunday, December 15 at 9:30am
There will be a Worship Circle for the Sunday School kids in the parlor on December 15 at 9:30am.  Nancy
Bassett has some fun things planned for the kids.
Christmas Eve Communion Worship Service:  December 24 at 8pm
Please join us on Christmas Eve for a Communion Worship service at 8pm.