Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House, our children's Sunday School, meets after the children's message in Worship and will be continuing to practice for the Christmas Pageant. This sunday we celebrate Advent Sunday #2, we will have Chris and Natascha Green light the Advent Candle, and we’ll have special music by Cancel Choir singing “Angels’ Carol”. Service will include the Lord’s Supper

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1 Behold!

We’re so excited about the upcoming concert & art show on December 15. The concert features the Chancel Choir, Praise Band, soloist Rena Henegar, and an ensemble singing some of Emily Bateman’s original music. It’s at 10 a.m. in worship. The art show (in the Cranson Room) will be open before and after worship. (Submissions due Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. Bring a friend!

2 Advent keeps coming

Worship this Sunday is our second celebration of Advent, “Behold: By Faith, We (re)Discover the Joy of Following Jesus,” from Luke 2:8-15. We’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and the Chancel Choir is singing John Rutter’s “Angels’ Carol.” A special Sunday in a special season.

3 Joy Story & Christmas luncheon

Rehearsals continue for our kids’ Christmas pageant, “Joy Story.” It happens on December 22 with our annual Christmas to follow.

4 Speaking of kids

Parents Night Out is Friday, December 13, from 5-9 p.m. There will be crafts, baking, and drama for ages PreK-6th grade. Free to all. It’s our gift to families in the community. Spread the word!

5 If you can?

We’re blessed to see continued growth in worship. There’s real excitement about our future. Still, we have noticed that some of our regular giving has slowed down in the last 4-6 weeks. If you have fallen behind or you’re able to give a little extra in the next few weeks, your gifts would be much appreciated as they help us to share God’s hope with La Junta and the surrounding communities.

Finally, prayers… for Jorgen & Rosa Salo, on the death of Rosa’s grandmother; for Dave Kuebbeler recovering from surgery to amputate his lower left leg; for teachers and students in our four adopted classrooms (and all classrooms!), for stamina and sanity in these final weeks before Christmas break; for the Holy Spirit to continue to build in us the desire to share the good news of Jesus with the people around us.

Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House, our children's Sunday School, meets after the children's message in Worship. We start off this Sunday with our Annual 5k, this year it is the Turkey Chase! Invite a friend--as we celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving service with songs, hymns, and readings.  We’ll have a special testimony offered by our own Joey Gacnik, and the God’s House Kids will sing, “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.” Stay for the pie social and help us hang the greens!

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1 Thanksgiving Sunday It’s a big Sunday coming up. It starts with the Turkey Chase 5K walk/jog/run through the streets of La Junta at 8 a.m. Worship happens at 10 a.m., with a special message from Joey Gacnik and the God’s House Kidz singing, “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.” We’re excited too to welcome new members during the service. After worship, we’ll stay for our annual Pie Social, along with the Hanging of the Greens (aka decorating the church for Advent and Christmas). Please join us. Is there someone in your life who could use some inspiration? Bring them along.

2 Wow! 150 boxes! A big wowza to the congregation and Becci Lease for reaching our goal of filling 150 boxes for this year’s Operation Christmas Child collection. Well done!

3 “Joy Story” pageant rehearsals have begun Rehearsals have begun for this year’s “Joy Story” Christmas pageant, with a cast of toys telling the story of Jesus’ birth. If you missed Sunday and would like to involve your children, grandchildren, or any kids you may know who’d love the experience, please contact Arah at arah4firstpreskids@yahoo.com, or call the Church Office at 384-2852.

4 Parents Night Out Our annual gift to parents happens on Friday, December 13, from 5-9 p.m., for Pre-K through 6th graders. Check info on Parents Night Out and other December events at www.christmasinlajunta.info.

5 Prayers…. For Hayden Bickel, who has come through his shoulder surgery with flying colors...for the teachers in our partner classrooms at the LJ Primary and Intermediate schools, for sanity through these last couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday...for Leonard Vance as he continues treatment for cancer.

Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House, our children's Sunday School, meets after the children's message in Worship. We’re excited to see how God uses our treasures. Return next week with your own tale of how you used your treasure to bless someone.
“Tales of the Kingdom” concludes with a Tale of Goodness, from the parable of pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46) and the Chancel Choir will sing.

1 God’s House Kidz to sing on the 24th

If your child (preK-6th grade) would like to be part of a children’s choir, under the direction of Matthew Beard, on November 24, there will be a brief rehearsal at 11:15 this Sunday, November 17. Please contact the Church Office to let Mr. Beard know your child will be participating. (Do you know a family without a church home whose child loves to sing? Please invite them to be a part of this fun event.)

2 Kingdom Giving

How will we build the Kingdom of God in 2020? How will we continue to live into our vision to be disciples who make disciples to bless the world with Christ’s love? Members and friends, you’ll have received your estimate-of-giving card in the mail by now. Please consider your commitment and return the cards this Sunday.

3 A good ol’ Thanksgiving service

Join us on Sunday, November 24--and invite a friend--as we celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving service with songs, hymns, and readings. We’ll have a special testimony offered by our own Joey Gacnik, and the God’s House Kids will sing, “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.”

4 Turkey Chase

Strap on your sneakers and join us at 8 a.m. on the 24th for the Turkey Chase through La Junta. It’s a 5K (3.1 mile) route to walk, jog, or run. Return to the church for refreshments and worship to follow.

5 House to rent?

A local family with whom we’ve been in contact is looking for a new home to rent. If you know of a reasonably priced rental home that will accommodate 6 people, please contact the Church Office or Pastor MJ directly.

6 Joy Story

All kids who participate in God’s House are welcome to be in the Christmas Pageant, practices will start this Sunday during God’s House and will continue every Sunday until the performance December 22nd. We welcome all kids who would like to participate, even the older kids if you would like to help in any way. There is no sign up, just come and join in!

Quick November/December calendar

November 17 Pageant rehearsals begin Children’s choir rehearses November 20 Angel Tree goes up November 24 Turkey Chase Thanksgiving Service Pageant rehearsals Pie Social & Hanging of the Greens December 1 First Sunday in Advent Pageant rehearsals December 8 Second Pageant rehearsals December 13 Parents’ Night Out December 15 Behold Concert and Art Show Pageant rehearsals December 22 “Joy Story” Christmas pageant Pastor MJ’s Open House December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship at 5 p.m. December 25 Christmas!

Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House, our children's Sunday School, meets after the children's message in Worship. “Tales of the Kingdom” continues with A Tale of Generosity from the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) and the Chancel Choir will sing. Everyone will go home with a surprise treasure to share during the week that follows.

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Kingdom Challenge

Our “Tales of the Kingdom” worship series continues this Sunday with a once-only Kingdom Challenge. You’ll just have to come to see what it is. We’ll be sharing the Lord’s Supper, hearing “A Tale of Giving” from Matthew 25:14-30, and letting the Chancel Choir delight us with “Day by Day.” After worship, we’ll be downstairs for coffee fellowship and playing “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” with the God’s House Kids.

2 Prayers for praise workshop

This Saturday, November 9, we welcome Chris Cullins as a guest clinician for a praise workshop in the sanctuary. Chris is principal worship leader at First Pres of Colorado Springs, and he’ll be here to share his expertise. If you’ve ever wondered about joining the praise band, this is a great time to jump in. Instrumentalists will begin at 9 a.m., vocalists at 10:30. A light lunch will follow.

3 OCC Spaghetti Dinner

We’re so excited to again host the annual Operation Christmas Child Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 16. If you can help cook, please find Vi Cunningham. Everyone is encouraged to come, eat, and support this worthy cause!

4 Trunk or Treat

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out for our annual Trunk or Treat. With the cold weather, we had an even bigger crowd than usual. We estimate that we saw about 550 kids. The real fruit of our labor, though, will be families we met whom we see again in worship on Sunday morning. That’s why we do it.

5 Kingdom Giving

Church families, you’ll be receiving a mailing in the next few days with an estimate-of-giving card for 2020. Please give prayerful consideration to this commitment to the mission and ministry of the church in the year to come. We’re here to be and make disciples who bless the world with Christ’s love, after all. How can you support that mission financially?

Finally,...

We were very sad to hear the news that former member and good friend T. L. Henderson passed away this past week in Burnet, TX. We trust that T. L. in the Lord’s presence now and talking His ear off. Please keep Cheryl, Ty, Cole, and their families in your prayers. We’ll have a card for all to sign on Sunday morning.

Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House, our children's Sunday School, meets after the children's message in Worship. Our Fall Worship series, “Tales of the Kingdom,” begins. Join us for these celebrations of God’s generosity and grace. First, we hear the tale of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). No matter how late it is, will you accept God’s invitation to be about His work?

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.