5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Blessing of the Animals

The Sunday School Kidz invite the whole church to help them with a Blessing of the Animals this Sunday, February 25, during a special coffee fellowship after worship. We’ll begin the blessings at 11 in case anyone needs to run home to fetch their fuzzy friends. Dogs, snakes, goats, cats, lizards, calves…if you can bring ‘em, we’ll bless ‘em.

2 Capernaum to Sychar

The Journey to Jesus continues to Sychar where Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well. With message, “Really Loving Our Enemies,” from John 4:1-42 and special music, “Living Waters” from the Chancel Choir.

3 Speaking of the Chancel Choir

We’ve set aside time this Sunday to pray for our church musicians and especially our new Chancel Choir Director Matthew Beard. We also thank Jonathan Colson from Rocky Ford for stepping in this Sunday on the drums.

4 Lenten soup suppers begin

It’s a tradition. Each Friday night during Lent, member churches of the La Junta Ministerial Association gather for worship at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. This Friday, February 23, we’re headed to Crossroads Church west of Swink. It’s a great time. Please join us!

5 Pueblo Soup Kitchen

“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) We head to Pueblo on Wednesday, February 28, to serve at the Pueblo Soup Kitchen. Let Jeanne Brittain know if you’re interested in joining them.

Please join our friendly church family on Sunday, February 25th, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta. Sunday School for both children and adults is at 10:45 a.m.

We make our third stop on the Journey to Jesus, at Sychar with the woman at the well from John 4:5-42. The Chancel Choir will be singing “Living Waters.” All are welcome! Invite a friend!

Following Worship we will have a Coffee Fellowship and at 11:00 a.m. as part of the Children's Sunday School we will have a “Blessing of the Animals” on the lawn of the church. Time will be given to go home and get the animals between Worship and Sunday School.

Mid Week Messenger, Valentine's Day Edition: 5 things to know this week @ First Pres

1 Big news

We are pleased as punch to announce the hiring of a new Chancel Choir Director. A native of Walsh, CO, Matthew now teaches music at the Intermediate School in Rocky Ford. The Session and Personnel Team were super impressed with Matthew’s gift and enthusiasm. He will begin officially on Thursday, February 22, with choir rehearsal, but he’ll be with us this Sunday to sing. Please be sure to stop and introduce yourselves to him!

2 Our Journey to Jesus

We began our Lenten journey to Easter this past Sunday by renewing our baptismal vows. If you haven’t picked up a devotional, we have plenty, along with pedometer and step-tracking charts as we walk our way—all 53 miles—from the banks of the Jordan River to the foot of Calvary. Kids’ sticker devotionals are also available.

3 Second stop

Our second stop on the Journey to Jesus is at the Sea of Galilee in Capernaum, as Jesus calls the first disciples. Our message will be “The Calling of the Nobodies,” from Matthew 4:18-22, and the Chancel Choir will sing, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.”

4 Operation Christmas Child

From Becci Lease: We’ve gotten a late start, so now’s our chance to get moving! Operation Christmas Child will continue to collect mild soap and washcloths for the months of February, March, and April. Don’t forget to scout those post-Valentine’s Day sales for anything that can be used in the boxes, be it stuffed animals, socks, books, etc. An addition to this year’s shoebox, I would like to add a small sewing kit. This would include thread, buttons, safety pins, and needles. Please start saving your used pill containers to put these items in. If you have any sewing item you aren’t using, those would be appreciated too.

5 “Family Feud” coming in April

March your calendars for Sunday, April 22, when the CTW High School Fellowship will present “Family Feud” for their annual mission trip fundraisers. Guests will enjoy a tasty beef dinner.

Finally, with a nod to the attached, unattached, married, unmarried, wish-they-were-married, never-gonna-get married, and all of our children rolling their eyes at us, Happy Valentine’s Day to all. "We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

Journey to Jesus

"Journey to Jesus" is the name we’re giving this year’s preparation for Easter (aka Lent). Here’s what’s involved:

  • A worship series in which we’ll journey through scripture, from the banks of the Jordan River for Jesus’ baptism on February 11, to the foot of Calvary and beyond on Easter Sunday, April 1.
  • A “steps” challenge to travel the same number of steps it took Jesus to travel from the Jordan River to Jerusalem. How far was it? Come find out and grab a pedometer if you don’t have (or don’t wish to use) an app on your phone or Fitbit.
  • A devotional study booklet for personal, group, or family use.
  • A children’s sticker book, “Footsteps to the Cross,” will be available for every child (5th grade and younger).
  • A chance to empower families rural Tanzania by donating towards the purchase of sewing machines and training for women there.

Please join our friendly church family on Sunday, February 18th, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta. Sunday School for both children and adults is at 10:45 a.m.

We make our second stop on the Journey to Jesus, at the Sea of Galilee, as Jesus calls his first disciples with scripture from Matthew 4:12-22 and special music, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” from the Chancel Choir. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

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