Please join our friendly church family on Sunday, April 29th, for Worship at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta. Sunday School for children and adults will be at 10:45 a.m.

Join us for Graduation Sunday as “Habits of Happiness: A Study of the Letter to the Philippians” continues with our third habit, “Putting Others First,” from Philippians 2:1-11 with special music from the Chancel Choir. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

A reception for the graduates will be held after Worship.

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Dona

Our dear friend and longtime member Dona Aldea passed away joyfully yesterday at her daughter’s home. We rejoice that, for her, death is past, pain has ended, and she’s reunited with Vic finally. The funeral has been tentatively planned for this Sunday afternoon, April 29, here at the church. We will contact you again with the time of the service as soon as we learn it. Please keep Tom & Patti, Vicki & Steve, Sharon & John, Jane & Ed, and their families in your prayers.

2 Graduation Sunday

This Sunday, we honor our high school and college graduates in worship, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Our two high school grads—Lexie Smith and Brittney Mackey—will speak on Philippians 2:1-11, “Be Like Jesus.” Our youth will serve as lay readers and ushers this day. Please come share this special day with our grads.

3 "Emergence” A Spring Art Show

Our annual art show has moved to springtime, and the theme this year is “Emergence.” Here’s the schedule: Thursday, May 3, by 7 p.m. Entries due. Sunday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. (just prior to worship) Prizes awarded. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, 2-4 p.m. Art show open. Information is available to artists by stopping by the Church Foyer, or calling the Church Office @ 384-2852.

Note to parents: Our Sunday school hour this Sunday, April 29, will be devoted again to art projects for entry in the art show.

4 Softball anyone?

Our church is forming its own softball team to play in the Southeast Colorado Spring Charity Bash Softball Tournament, May 4-6th. We’re hosting the tournament to raise funds to support Hayden Bickel and Bethany Bender on their summer mission to El Salvador with Living Waters International. Sign up for the softball team in the Narthex, or call the Church Office.

5 Mom’s Day

We’ll celebrate Mother’s Day with a special “Muffins with Mom” event with our kids. Join us!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Family (Food and) Feud

Every year, we gather youth from the church and community to serve on an out-of-town mission trip. The trip blesses those whom we serve and draws the youth closer to Christ. This year, we’ll head to Del Norte, Colorado, where we’ll serve the Pioneer United Church and Beaver Creek Camp. The trip costs money, though, and we need your support. Please plan on attending our fundraiser, “Family (Food and) Feud,” this Sunday, April 22, with seatings at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Call the Church Office at 384-2852 to make your reservation, or stop by the sign up table on Sunday morning.

2 “Emergence"

Our annual art show has moved to springtime, and the theme this year is “Emergence.” The show will take place on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. Information is available to artists by stopping by the Church Foyer, or calling the Church Office @ 384-2852.

3 Kids’ Art Day

We want the kids to participate in the art show, too, so we’ve set aside time during the Sunday school hour on April 29 (during the Graduates Reception—see below) to work on projects of their own. Please bring the kids, and invite your kids to bring their friends to be part of this fun day.

4 Graduation Sunday & Reception

Celebrate our high school and college graduates on Sunday, April 29, in worship, and join us for a reception in their honor after worship. Our two high school graduates this year are Brittney Mackey and Lexie Smith, both from La Junta High School.

5 Southeast Colorado Spring Charity Softball Tournament

Hayden Bickel and Bethany Bender are headed El Salvador in June with Living Waters International, and Hayden has organized this softball tournament to raise funds. Please consider supporting them by sharing information about the tournament with friends and co-workers. Wanna dust off your softball bat yourself? Call Hayden Bickel at 719-469-4808 or Elias Altamirano at 719-468-3215.

Please join our welcoming church family on Sunday, April 22nd, for Worship at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta. Sunday School for children and adults is at 10:45 a.m. Current Adult Study is "Breaking the Huddle."

“Habits of Happiness: A Study of the Letter to the Philippians” continues with our second habit, “Praise,” from Philippians 2:12-18. The Chancel Choir will sing “We Are Singing for the Lord Is Our Light.” All are welcome! Invite a friend!

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