5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Picnic & Pool Party

Don’t miss our annual Church Picnic and Pool Party this Sunday, July 22. Picnic @ Potter Park @ 5:30 p.m., with swimming @ 6:30 p.m. at the Wipe Out. Please bring a dish to share, plus your own place settings.

2 Heading to Denver

Explorer Club heads to Denver on Friday, August 24, to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit (and more!) at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Everyone is invited to join us! Admission to the museum is free. Explorer Club kids see the Scrolls for free; all others pay just $5. Let us know you're joining us by replying here or signing up on Sunday morning. Note: We have a group reservation for the 10:00 a.m. entry to the Scrolls exhibit. Join us on Friday morning, or add extra fun by driving up with the kids on Thursday night for a campout at Corona Presbyterian Church.

3 Incredible Faith Kick Off

Incredible Faith is the theme of our brand new Friday Bible School (FBS), happening every first Friday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 noon here at the church, beginning on Friday, September 7. It’s free for kids aged Kindergarten through 6th grade, and everyone is welcome. Registration online at https://form.jotform.com/81874654454164. We’ll have a kick off event on Friday, August 3, from 11 to 1 p.m., when we’ll meet Mr. Incredible himself and enjoy a community BBQ. (This is a change from the original plans for the kick off. We’re getting information updated as we’re able.)

4 How many glasses a day?

Our theme in worship this Sunday is “Hydrate,” as Moses brings water from rock in Numbers 20:1-13. We’ll be commissioning our Youth Missionaries and their Adult Chaperones before they head out to Del Norte for their annual mission trip. Please keep Elisabeth, Karl, Stephanie, Alyssa, Justin, Kelli, Caitlyn, Jose, and Weston—along with MJ, Sarah, Hayden, Chris, and Micheal—in your prayers for a great, faith-building week.

5 Speaking of youth missions

Our youth have an amazing experience planned for the summer of 2019, when they’d love to head to Chicago in mission, July 6-13. Before we even make our reservations, though, we must have the commitment of four adult chaperones (two men, two women) who are fully prepared to take the time from work, participate in the fundraiser, and make the commitment (barring illness or death, of course) to the youth. If you are such a person who can make this commitment, please see Pastor MJ or any member of the Youth Ministry Team, aka Lisa, Kristin, Elly, Sarah, or Lindy.

Please join our warm and welcoming church family on Sunday, July 22hd, for Worship at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta.

We continue our summer series, "Summer Survival." with "Hydrate" from Numbers 20:1-13 and special music. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Incredible Faith FBS Kick Off Event We’ll host our FBS (Friday Bible School) two-night Kick-Off event on August 2-3, Thursday-Friday, where we’ll meet Mr. Incredible Faith and grow in our faith. For all kids kindergarten through 6th grade. The Children’s Team is meeting within hours to finalize the details. We’ll share them just as soon as we can!

2 Take a nap Or at least rest. It’s this week’s "Summer Survival” strategy from scripture and the focus of our worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. With special music from Jeff Warren, Matt Beard, and Dean Rees, and…(drum roll please)…

3 Report from El Salvador

In worship, we’re super excited to hear from Hayden Bickel and Bethany Bender about their trip to El Salvador with Living Waters International. With slides!

4 60 years!

Join Don and Peggy Klinkerman in celebrating their 60th anniversary on Thursday, July 19, with an open house in the Aspen Center at Casa del Sol. Visit from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Your presence is the only present appreciated.

5 Wanna see the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Explorer Club (our summer kids’ ministry) is celebrating the end of the season with a trip to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit on Friday, August 24, and the whole congregation is invited to join them. Explorer Club kids enter free; all others pay just $5 for the exhibit with free admission for all to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Drive up with us and camp out at Corona Pres on Thursday night or join us on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.

We’re searching for a new part-time Children’s Minister. Could it be you? Or someone you know? A copy of the job description is available below, or visit our Facebook page: “La Junta Presbyterians”.

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.

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