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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                                                                                                                                   February 22, 2024

 

Dear Friends,

Have you picked up your Prayerful Lent all-age faith devotional?  Join me in exploring different ways to pray this Lent. Last week we explored prayers without words—meditation, listening, breath, and listening to music. 

 

This week, we explore Prayer in Motion, or praying with your whole body. This can be as simple as taking a walk as you ask God to bring to your attention issues for prayer. Use all your senses to become aware of the world around you. Thank God for creation, and pray for the issues that bubble up in you as you walk.

 

Another way to pray is through yoga or dance moves. Try one of these links and see what you think. 

21 Worship Dance Moves:   https://youtu.be/mqqz3BELj5A

Praying with the Body, Psalm 32 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTB1G68bMGM

Join FPCT for worship this Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 10:30am in person and livestreamed on Facebook. “Prayer in Motion” leans on scripture from Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, and Mark 8:31-38. We walk prayerfully through Lent this year, exploring new ways to pray. To pray without ceasing does not imply that you live a life frozen in prayer. How does prayer move you? Where does prayer lead you? How will you pray this week?

See you soon,

Pastor Rebecca

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lenten Supper Church Series – Wednesday, March 6 at 5:45pm

Please join us on Wednesday, March 6 at 5:45pm for the second of three Lenten Series Supper Church events.  The Worship Team is hosting this evening and will provide bread, butter and beverages.  Please bring a dish to pass or a dessert.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Any questions, please call the church office at 716-692-1319. 

 

The Deacons will host content of the program for this evening.  The Prayerful Lent curriculum offers us many different ways to pray, and the 2nd week features Prayer in Motion.  Deacons are at the junction of faith and action. Spurred by our faith, we offer hospitality, rides, meals and other practical help to those within our reach both in the congregation and the community at large. Join us at the March 6 Lenten Supper church to explore some mission stations as well as prayer stations. Learn how to "deacon." It's as simple as putting faith into action, and you don't need to be on the board of deacons to "deacon others."  Learn more about our Giving Tree, our Body and Soul Pantry, and ways you can offer practical help to others.

 

Easter Flower Sale

The Deacons are selling Easter flowers before and after worship on March 3, 10, and 17.  The cost will be $10.00; cash or checks will be accepted.  Any questions, contact Laura Marohn.

 

Mission Opportunities:

- One Great Hour of Sharing:  Please check out the “One Great Hour of Sharing Display in the Narthex. 

This organization provides relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry and support for the poor

and oppressed. Please consider making a donation. Gifts will be collected through March 31, 2024. 

“If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.”   For more information, see https://specialofferings.pcusa.org

 

-The Winter Wear Project:  This mission project will continue again this year throughout the cold weather season.  More than 200  hats, scarves and mittens were donated and placed on the tree last year.  If you knit or crochet, bring in items for us to place on the tree out front of the church.  Your hats, scarves, mittens or socks will be placed in plastic bags with a note from the church and offered to anyone who needs it.  If you aren’t a crafty person, feel free to pick up the items at the Dollar Store.  We are in need of gallon size zip lock bags and clothes pins, which can be left in the church office.  We also need volunteers to help put the articles on the tree.  Any questions, please contact Gail Borycki at 716-510-9149.  Thank you to all who have donated their time and talent to this project in the past and hope you can help again this year. 

 

-Body and Soul Pantry: The pantry closet is up and running again.  We could use  men’s socks, women’s socks, small shave cream(5oz), bar soap, small toothpaste, 4-pack toothbrushes, toilet paper, razors, mac&cheese, small peanut butter(16-18oz), cereal, instant oatmeal, pasta, canned veggies and canned fruit.  Many of these items can be purchased at the Dollar Store.  Any questions, contact Diane Charsley or Marilee Mathias.

 

* 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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Adult Sunday School 

Adult Classes resume on March 03rd, 2024

**Reminder:  We will not meet for class on Feb 18, or Feb 25. 

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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, Feb 22 

9:00am – 2:00pm     Office Hours

10:00am                    Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

6:30pm                      Bell Choir

 

Saturday, Feb 24

10:00am                    Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Sunday, Feb 25

9:30am                       Faith Formation (All Ages)

10:30 am                   Worship for all ages (Sanctuary) 

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

Monday, Feb 26

10:00 am                     Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Tuesday, Feb 27         

9:00am – 2:00pm        Office Hours

1:00pm                        Deacons Meeting

 

Wednesday, Feb 28

9:00am – 2:00pm        Office Hours

 

Thursday, Feb 29 

9:00am – 2:00pm        Office Hours

10:00am                      Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

6:00pm                        Hearts4Worship;     6:45pm Bell Choir;     7:15pm Choir

 

Saturday, Mar 2

10:00am                      Alcoholics Anonymous (Circle II Basement)

 

Sunday, Mar 3

9:30am                        Faith Formation (All Ages)

10:30 am                     Worship for all ages (Sanctuary) 

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

​​​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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