5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

It’s all about Jesus this week.

1 "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3)

So we remember his death tonight with our Service for Holy Week at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 18) here at the church. We’ll begin with a soup supper and communion, then move upstairs for the Service of Darkness.

2 “He was buried” (1 Corinthians 15:4)

We’ll gather again for a short spoken service, “Solemn Reproaches of the Cross,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19. Our Prayer Vigil continues immediately afterwards through Sunday morning. You’re invited to sign up for an hour during which you’ll remain in prayer in the sanctuary. Lots of times are still available on Saturday during the day. Please call the Church Office to sign up.

3 “He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4) So join us for the celebrations on Sunday~

Easter Brunch at 9 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Worship at 10 a.m.

Bring a friend. Bring the fam.

Also…

Our Easter Offering this year will help to purchase “One Acre Farm” kits for subsistence farmers in Uganda through our mission partner World Renew. A gift of $200 purchases one acre, so please give as you’re able. Half acre? Quarter acre? All gifts gratefully received in Christ’s name.

Follow Pastor MJ’s Holy Week meditations on her blog, Prairie Pastoral, or via the church’s Facebook page, La Junta Presbyterians.

Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House for our Children begins after the Children's message in Worship.

For Easter Sunday you are cordially invited to

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Please join us as we celebrate the risen Christ with the message, "Jesus Tomorrow Too," from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 with special music, "Mercy Tree," by the Chancel Choir. All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Solemn Reproaches of the Cross

Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

followed by Prayer Vigil from

8:00 p.m. Friday through 7:00 a.m. Sunday (Please sign up in the narthex)

"Humulite"

Thursday, April 18

A Holy Week Service

with soup supper

6:00 p.m.

Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House for our Children begins after the Children's message in Worship.

We celebrate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem this Palm Sunday, April 14, in worship at 10 a.m. The kids will parade, the youth will drum, and the choir will sing, before hearing Pastor MJ’s message, “A Different Drummer,” and sharing in the Lord’s Supper.

After worship, head outside to a petting zoo of donkey, horse, pigs, and more. What a great reason to bring your kids, grandkids, and family friends with young children to Sunday worship.

5 Thing to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Here comes Jesus riding on a donkey

We celebrate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem this Palm Sunday, April 14, in worship at 10 a.m. The kids will parade, the youth will drum, and the choir will sing, before hearing Pastor MJ’s message, “A Different Drummer,” and sharing in the Lord’s Supper. Kids: Please report to the Church Library for your palms before worship. Older kids and youth will have a special role in the Palm Parade, too.

2 And here comes the donkey

After worship, head outside to a petting zoo of donkey, horse, pigs, and more. What a great reason to bring your kids, grandkids, and family friends with young children to Sunday worship.

3 Easter and Holy Week

Please see the attached schedule of Holy Week services. In the busy-ness of this time of year (and boy is it busy), add Holy Week to your calendar first. Then let the rest of your life fall around it.

4 Some ways to give

Don’t forget our canned food drive for Associated Charities. The basket is in the Church Foyer. Also, we’ll collect our “One Acre Farm” Easter Offering over the next two weeks to purchase supplies and training for farming families in Uganda.

5 A special message

We’re moving right along on the implementation of our 5 Healthy Church Prescriptions given by Paul Borden in October. We’ve hired a Children’s Evangelist, completed our Alpha in Worship program, and begun restructuring our leadership with new volunteer staff. Now we need your help. In order to create the momentum that will propel us forward, we need all hands on deck. Please make Sunday worship a priority. Fellow believers need the encouragement of community, and new believers need the wisdom and fellowship of those who are veterans of the faith. Come to church on Sundays. Greet your neighbors in the pew and get to know them. Be in prayer for each other. It’s as simple as that. We can’t do this without you. Truly.

Resource of the Week

If you’re a podcast lover, this is for you. Don Everts is one of the nicest, wisest voices out there on how to share our faith. Here’s his interview with ECO Synod Executive Dana Allin on Spiritual Conversations. Spiritual Conversations


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Please contact Pastor MJ if you are interested in this position.

Volunteer Staff Position

Youth Ministry Coordinator

  1. Identify and recruit adult volunteers for the middle school, high school, and confirmation programs of the church, including the annual high school mission trip.
  2. Provide training to adult volunteers in youth ministry practices and skills. Training will include training in the abuse prevention policies of this church.
  3. Identify outside training opportunities and recommend these opportunities to youth leaders as necessary and appropriate.
  4. Engage in his/her own ongoing training in practices and skills.
  5. Convene quarterly youth ministry leadership meetings, for the purpose of planning, scheduling, mutual encouragement, and prayer.
  6. Keep a master calendar of youth events, to insure that no scheduling conflicts occur. Provide the Church Secretary with a monthly calendar, as well as any changes, for inclusion in the bulletin and Mid Week Messenger.
  7. Complete administrative jobs in support of youth ministry activities, including, but not limited to, registrations, correspondence, and payment for services.
  8. Maintain appropriate social media accounts to reach youth and their parents.
  9. Prepare and present an annual budget to the Finance Team and Session.
  10. Set goals within each ministry to ensure that every ministry is involved in evangelism to the unchurched.
  11. Invite 2 people to church and have one evangelistic conversation each quarter.
  12. Attend monthly staff meetings.
  13. Adhere to the Polity and Essential Tenets of Theology of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

Download PDF for this Position

Click on the Link below to download The Messenger Newsletter for September 2018

We are pleased to have sponsored Hayden Bickel and Bethany Bender on an adult mission trip to El Salvador with Living Water International to assist with the drilling of water wells. They were in El Salvador June 11-15. Pictures from their mission trip.