5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Grounded in Faith, Growing in Joy

We trust that most of you will have received your mailing, in which you’ve found your seed paper to plant and watch grow, along with information about the 2018 projected budget and your estimate-of-giving card for the coming year. Please bring your estimate-of-giving card with you to worship this Sunday, as we dedicate our gifts, our hopes, and plans for the coming year.

2 Reformation celebration concludes

We’ll conclude our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this Sunday in worship. Snap your photos with Flat Calvin soon, and send them to office@lajuntapres.org, or post them to our Facebook page.

3 The Surprising Christmas Pageant

If your child is interested in having a part in this year’s annual pageant, “The Surprising Christmas Pageant,” please contact Carl Armijo as soon as possible. Rehearsals begin soon!

4 Angel Tree

Our Angel Tree is decorated and waiting for you. The Angel Tree Ministry allows us to offer gifts of love to children of incarcerated parents. On Sunday, you pick a gift, wrap it, and return it in December. It’s just that easy to bless a child.

5 CTW moves to Thursdays

Our CTW High School Fellowship is moving its meetings to Thursdays, from 7-8:30 p.m., beginning this Thursday, November 16. We’ll skip next week (obviously) and meet again on November 30.

A final note about the west door

Several years ago, we modified our west door (the main door through which most of us enter from the parking lot) in order to have the option to lock it and send people to enter through one of our other two doors. There is very little traffic through the west door during the worship service, and the concern lies in the fact that anyone could slip in through that door and be at the nursery before anyone would be aware.

In light of recent security concerns in the national media and locally, the Session has made the decision to go ahead and initiate this security measure. Effective this Sunday, November 19, the west door will be locked at 9:45 a.m., re-opened at the conclusion of the worship service, and remain open during the Sunday school hour while there is plenty of traffic on that end of the building. During the 45-60 minutes when it’s locked, you will just need to enter through the south door (20th Street) or north door (upper parking lot). Note: This door has a mini-“crash bar,” so we are able to exit through it at any time from the inside.

Please join our friendly church family on Sunday, November 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta. Children’s Sunday School and Adult Christian Education begin at 10:45 a.m.

We conclude our series, “Classic Christianity: Celebrating the Faith of the Church on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” based on questions from the Heidelberg Catechism. “What is true faith?” from John 15:1-17 with special music, “The First Song of Isaiah” from the Chancel Choir. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

The Church Office will be closed Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th, for Thanksgiving.

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Pie Social

Get baking! Our annual Pie Social happens after worship on Sunday, November 19, so please bring a pie to share. (Don't forget the whipped cream!)

2 Christmas pageant time

Our 2017 Christmas pageant, “The Surprising Christmas Pageant,” happens on Sunday, December 17, in worship (new time!) Parents of children and youth--preschoolers through 7th grade--please come downstairs for a brief meeting about

3 Westcliffe or bust

Blessings to our youth groups heading out on retreat this weekend to Westcliffe. Thomas, Wyatt, Sterling, David, Brandon, Alize, Alyssa, Elly, Karl, and Justin, have a great time as you grow in Christ. Leonard and Chris, you fearless chaperones, may you get some sleep.

4 Ever drilled a water well?

You can! Any adults interested in a summer mission trip to El Salvador in 2018, please join a group conversation on the 19th during the pie social.

5 What does God's law require of us?

That's the question this week, as our worship series, "Classic Christianity," continues our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The answer? You'll just have to come and find out. We'll also enjoy music from the Chancel Choir, singing, "You Are My All in All," and kids from the Sunday school will sing, "God's Not Dead." We dedicate our Operation Christmas Child boxes, too.

We continue our new series, “Classic Christianity: Celebrating the Faith of the Church on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” based on questions from the Heidelberg Catechism. “What does God’s law require of us?” from Matthew 22:37-40 with special music, “God’s Not Dead” from the children, and “You Are My All in All,” from the Chancel Choir.

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