Please join our welcoming church family Sunday, September 23rd, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta. Children's Sunday School after the Children's message in Worship. Adult Christian Education--"Jesus Among secular Gods"-- at 10:45 a.m.

Our fall worship series, "Life on the frontline" continues with the message, "The frontline commission," from Jeremiah 29:4-14, with special music, "In Steadfast Faith I Stand," from the Chancel Choir. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

5 Things (or so) to Know This Week @ First Pres

Still have your balloon?

Last Sunday, everyone received a balloon with the challenge to invite someone to worship with them in the month of September. To see the challenge for yourself, visit the La Junta Presbyterians page on Facebook.

Neighborly Service Project

Our AWESOME Middle School Fellowship will be out and about doing Neighborly Service Projects on Friday, September 21. If you or someone you know has some light yardwork that needs to get done, please contact Lindy Bay.

Tables 2.0 Sunday

We’re celebrating “The Frontline Commission” on this Tables Sunday, September 16. Gather with friends to consider where God is calling you to serve, as you experience our Tables 2.0 small group ministry first hand. With music from the Chancel Choir, singing a favorite, “Down to the River to Pray.”

A wee little man

Kids in God’s House this week meet Zacchaeus, a wee little man, a wee little man was he. Thanks to our teachers Kristin Bickel and Katy Jones!

Youth Groups kick off tonight, September 12

AWESOME Middle School Fellowship kicks off from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays with help from Pastor MJ. CTW High School Fellowship meets from 7-8:30 p.m. with leaders Sarah Petramala and Micheal Rouille.

Thank you, thank you!

Cathy Lease reports that our Kids Closet is fully stocked with diapers for kids recently placed in foster care through Otero County. Also, you donated over 40 pounds of food to Associated Charities in the last month. Thank you, thank you!

Please join our friendly church family Sunday, September 16th, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta.

Tables Sunday. We will be meeting in Fellowship Hall as our fall worship series “Life on the Frontline” continues as we reintroduce our “Tables” small groups with the message “The frontline community” from Colossians 3:12-17 and the Chancel Choir with special music, "Down to the River to Pray."

Please join our warm and welcoming church family Sunday, September 9th, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta.

We begin our fall worship series “Life on the Frontline” with the message “The frontline call” from Matthew 28:16-20 and welcome back the Chancel Choir for special music, "The Summons." All are welcome! Invite a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Has it been a while since you’ve worshiped with us?

Summer is a busy time--we know--so welcome back. No worries, just gratitude that you’ll be back worshiping with your church family. Praise the Lord your God, they said, so they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers. They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the Lord that day. (1 Chronicles 29)

2 This Sunday

This Sunday, we celebrate the return of the Chancel Choir, singing “The Summons,” as we launch our new worship series, “Life on the Frontline,” discovering how God equips us for ministry right where we are: behind the wheel, behind a desk, in front of a classroom, in the kitchen, in the field. We begin with “The frontline call,” from Matthew 28.

3 God’s House for Kids

Kids (K-6th grade), join us this Sunday in God’s House, first from 9-9:30 for a quick open house preview of the classrooms, and again after the Children’s Message, as when kids will head downstairs for the first of four lessons on “Jesus, Our Very Best Friend.” Preschoolers will head to the nursery for their own lessons and fun. Parents, kids will be finishing up just a little later than worship, at about 10:40 p.m. Please meet your kids downstairs.

A reminder of the Sunday morning schedule in September:

9:30 Worship 9:50 (after Children’s Message) Children to God’s House 10:30 Worship concludes 10:40 God’s House concludes 10:45 a.m. Adult spiritual growth seminar: "Jesus Among the Secular Gods”(see below)


Our two youth groups launch next Wednesday, September 12. CTW High School Youth Fellowship meets from 7-8:30 p.m. under the leadership of Micheal Rouille and Sarah Petramala. Pastor MJ will shepherd the AWESOME Middle School Fellowship from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

5 Jesus Among the Secular Gods

Tom Aldea leads our first adult spiritual growth seminar of the season at 10:45 a.m. in the Cranson Room. How do we speak of Jesus in a world that worships many gods? Find out in this special 6-week offering.

Please join our warm and welcoming church family Sunday, September 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta.

We celebrate the Lord's Supper as we continue our worship miniseries, "A Quality of the Heart: A Study of 1 Chronicles 29," with "Part 3: Joy Still," from 1 Chronicles 29:21-22. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Mr. Incredible Faith!

And you’ll meet him when Friday Bible School (aka FBS) kicks off on Friday, September 7. We know it’s a school day for La Junta students (the only one all year—go figure!), but we’ll welcome kids from the other districts and see the LJ kids in October. Please go to the website First Church FBS or Facebook page (Friday Bible School - First Church of La Junta) for more information and registration links.

2 Life on the Frontline

Your frontline is the place where you spend your time outside the church, wherever God has placed you to make a difference, and your frontline will be the focus of our worship series beginning September 9. This series will empower us to make a difference, wherever we are, on whatever frontline we find ourselves. Also on September 9, we’ll welcome the Chancel Choir back to worship and meet some members of our new Confirmation Class.

3 Your Very Best Friend

In September, kids will meet their friend Jesus and learn to be better friends during our God’s House. Through September and early October, God’s House will happen during worship following the Children’s Message and finish up just a few minutes (or so) after worship at 10:40 a.m.

Note: Thanks to all the wonderful people who have volunteered to teach a session. We’re still looking for two more teachers, specifically for younger kids on September 16 and September 23.

4 Joy Still

There is always still joy in the Lord, through good times and tough times, and we’ll celebrate the last Sunday of summer this Labor Day weekend by gathering around the Lord’s table for communion. If you’re in town, please join us for this simple, shorter-than-usual praise service.

5 Peas and cracker s Associated Charities is very much in need of saltine crackers and canned peas. If you can help with these items—or any other non-perishable foods—your gifts will be gratefully received. Bring your donations to church and leave them in the bottom bins of our Donation Center in the church foyer.

Finally, a thanks…

As we’ve learned from King David in 1 Chronicles 29, it’s as we rejoice in what the Lord is doing that we’re led to give, because we want that rejoicing to continue. And your giving this year has indeed been an expression and a cause for rejoicing. Our Finance Team is happy to report that income is exceeding our best projections for the year. Thanks be to God and all of you.

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.

Click on the Link below to download The Messenger Newsletter for December 2017/January 2018