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. This Sunday our worship series continues, we are back in Matthew 22:35-40 “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Splash Canyon

Splash Canyon VBS was last week for preschoolers through 6th grade. They had a blast learning about our Lord and Savior; see our webpage for a video. http:/href=/ministries/vacation-bible-school

2 Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Our worship series concludes, we are back in Matthew 22:35-40 “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

3 Teen nursery helper

With Alyssa Mackey heading off to college, we’ll be looking for a new teen nursery helper to begin in mid-August. This person will alternate every other month. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the Church Office.

4 Missionaries in St. Louis

Please keep our youth missionaries in your prayers this week as they are in St. Louis. Our student missionaries are: Elly Ludwig, Alyssa Mackey, Stephanie Rouille, Elisabeth Chambers, Justin Harris, Karl Ludwig, Jade Smith, Lexi Minck, Sterling Everhart, Logan Gearhart, Jay Grimsley, and Will Ouattara. Adult sponsors are Sarah Petramala and Michael Rouille, with Pastor MJ tagging along as trip coordinator. They are doing fantastic work. They will be headed home Saturday July 20th.

5 #trypraying

July 28th we start the series #trypraying “Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

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.

This Sunday we will have a guest Preacher, Greg Hartnett. He is a Stevens Fellow at First Pres Colorado Springs. He Studies Theology at Fuller Seminary. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Ashley Hartnett and their young sons Judah and Levi.

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Splash Canyon

Splash Canyon VBS starts tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for preschoolers through 6th grade. Come one, two, three, or all four nights, to grow in faith and friendship!

2 Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Our worship series continues, with guest preacher Greg Hartnett giving the message, “My Neighbor, My Enemy,” from Acts 9. We’ll hear all about the fun the kids had during VBS as the kids share some of the songs they’ve learned.

3 Are you praying for that friend who needs God?

As we get ready to welcome kids (and their families) to the church for VBS, it’s a good time to take a moment to pray for those families and friends who don’t know Jesus and don’t have the gift of faith in their lives. Take a moment in these days ahead, and let’s lift up their names in prayer.

4 Border blessing

As Christians in our nation right now, we continue to pray for those caught in the crisis at our southern border: families legally admitted, border patrol staff, and many churches along the border called upon to help well beyond their capacity. Our Compassion Team is working hard to pull together some ways to be a blessing. On July 28, we’d love to have you stay after worship to hear about an opportunity to serve personally at St. Benedict’s Church in El Paso. Later in August, we’ll set aside a day to bring donated items to send to St. Benedict’s. We’re also looking ahead to a possible offering to send through World Renew to the country of Honduras, where many of the migrants are beginning their journey, to help alleviate poverty in that place and perhaps help in a small stem the tide of families seeking asylum. More info to come.

5 Teen nursery helper

With Alyssa Mackey heading off to college, we’ll be looking for a new teen nursery helper to begin in mid-August. This person will alternate every other month. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the Church Office.

Finally…

Please keep our youth missionaries in your prayers this week as they head to St. Louis. Our student missionaries are: Elly Ludwig, Alyssa Mackey, Stephanie Rouille, Elisabeth Chambers, Justin Harris, Karl Ludwig, Jade Smith, Lexi Minck, Sterling Everhart, Logan Gearhart, Jay Grimsley, and Will Ouattara. Adult sponsors are Sarah Petramala and Michael Rouille, with Pastor MJ tagging along as trip coordinator.

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 continue our series, "Won't You Be My Neighbor" with the message "Our neighbor on the other side of the world…” In worship, as we pause to give thanks for the gifts of freedom in America this weekend, we also turn our attention to our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, as we look at 2 Corinthians 9 and God’s call to be citizens of His Kingdom first. Please join us!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Splash Canyon is almost here!

Splash Canyon VBS is almost here! The fun and faith building happens Wednesday through Saturday, July 10-13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for PreK-6th grade kids. Pre-register at https://www.VBSMate.com/FirstPres, or simply come a few minutes early on Wednesday night. See Arah Minck for more information or questions.

Note: Donations of snack items would be much appreciated. Specifically, we’re in need of : graham crackers, goldfish, teddy grahams, blue frosting, cookie crisp cereal, marshmallows, pretzels, cheeseballs, M&M’s, orange slices, strawberries, carrots, celery, cream cheese, and ranch dip. Please bring your items to the church by Wednesday morning.

2 Speaking of Splash Canyon

Thanks to everyone who came out and all who helped our Splash Canyon outreach party at City Park on Tuesday afternoon. Lots of fun!

3 "Our neighbor on the other side of the world…”

In worship, as we pause to give thanks for the gifts of freedom in America this weekend, we also turn our attention to our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, as we look at 2 Corinthians 9 and God’s call to be citizens of His Kingdom first. Please join us!

4 A few good women and men

If you’d be willing to add your name to a list of people to call when specific Building & Grounds concerns come up, please let us know by e-mailing the Church Office at office@lajuntapres.org. Our Building & Grounds Team has been recently hampered by illness, so we can use all the help we can get!

5 Donut update

We love the donuts, and we’re glad you do too. Unfortunately, they are still coming at a significant weekly cost to the church. Again, if you can pitch in a dollar when you enjoy a donut, we’d certainly appreciate it. We’ll re-evaluate the ministry at the end of July.

Finally (drumroll please!)...

This week, we welcomed Aricka Hulsey as our new Church Secretary. We’re so glad that Aricka and her husband Caulin, along with baby Kaydie, have made La Junta their home. Aricka is well known to our congregation, having grown up here as daughter of Tom and Patti Aldea. Welcome, Aricka, and may God’s grace be with you!