Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton.

How firm a foundation? Jesus is our foundation even in—especially in—trying times. We celebrate the gift of durable faith in worship on Sunday, as we welcome the Rev. David Freehling as our preacher and co-officiant with Pastor MJ at the Lord’s Table. The Chancel Choir will sing, “In Communion with Me,” and we’ll hear a faith testimony. If your faith could use some encouragement right now, you won’t want to miss it. All are welcome! Bring a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 How firm a foundation

Jesus is our foundation even in—especially in—trying times. We celebrate the gift of durable faith in worship on Sunday, as we welcome the Rev. David Freehling as our preacher and co-officiant with Pastor MJ at the Lord’s Table. The Chancel Choir will sing, “In Communion with Me,” and we’ll hear a faith testimony. If your faith could use some encouragement right now, you won’t want to miss it.

2 Got skills?

Are you handy around the house? Could you put your skills to work around the church on an “as needed” basis? Please let the Church Office know by responding to this e-mail or giving us a call at 384-2852.

3 Summer camp update

We have 7 campers headed to Ponderosa Camp this summer, where the theme is “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” Camp is open to current 3rd through 8th graders. If interested, find Arah Minck as soon as you can, as registration closes May 31.

4 Congregational meeting in June

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 23, when we gather for our next huge step in fulfilling the Healthy Church prescriptions we adopted last October during our consultation with Paul Borden. On that day, we’ll ask the congregation to vote to approve new by-laws, elect new elders, welcome volunteer staff, receive a new Guiding Principles document, and celebrate our 2019 faith goals.

5 A growing church

How do we measure growth in a church? Good question! Is it just about worship attendance? No, although our worship attendance has risen 8% since this time last year. The more important markers are markers of faith: Are new believers coming to Christ? Are new leaders being called into service? Are we seeing a renewed desire for prayer? Are we faithfully serving our neighbors next door and around the world? By all of these measures, too, we are growing, not by leaps and bounds, but slowly and steadily. We give thanks to Jesus for blessing us so richly!

Welcome to our Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at the corner of 20th and Raton. God's House for our Children begins after the Children's message in Worship.

In worship this Sunday, we celebrate all the moms and the women who mother us. The celebration will include the Chancel Choir singing “My Lighthouse,” along with Pastor MJ’s message, “A Tale of Two Moms,” on Sarah (Genesis 18) and Mary (Luke 1) and the difference it makes when we trust God. Children and youth will have a chance to create that last minute gift and present it during worship. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 A celebration of moms

In worship this Sunday, we celebrate all the moms and the women who mother us. The celebration will include the Chancel Choir singing “My Lighthouse,” along with Pastor MJ’s message, “A Tale of Two Moms,” on Sarah (Genesis 18) and Mary (Luke 1) and the difference it makes when we trust God. Children and youth will have a chance to create that last minute gift and present it during worship.

2 Welcome Caulin

We welcome Caulin Hulsey as our church’s new janitor. Caulin is well known to us as Aricka (Aldea) Hulsey’s husband and even more well known as Kaydie Grace’s dad. Caulin, Aricka and Kaydie are moving to La Junta full time in June.

3 Looking ahead

In early July, our Kathy Parker will be retiring as Church Secretary. (More info on ways we’ll be celebrating her will be coming!) The search for someone to fill this position will happen in June, so please keep this in mind if you or someone you know is looking for part-time position.

4 Did you know?

Did you know that our Otero County Foster Care Program uses our church on Monday and Tuesday nights for parent trainings? This is a great opportunity to be in prayer for some families at their most vulnerable. We thank God for this chance to serve them and share Christ with them.

5 Prayers

Please continue to keep those who are ill and hospitalized in your prayers.

Some inspiration The Rev. Laura Murray serves as Pastor for Spiritual Formation at our sister ECO church, Highland Park PC in Dallas, TX. She’s the author of Pray as You Are: Finding Your Voice in Prayer, and here on this podcast she shares some highlights: Flourish Movement Podcast

Please contact Pastor MJ if you are interested in this position.

Volunteer Staff Position

Youth Ministry Coordinator

  1. Identify and recruit adult volunteers for the middle school, high school, and confirmation programs of the church, including the annual high school mission trip.
  2. Provide training to adult volunteers in youth ministry practices and skills. Training will include training in the abuse prevention policies of this church.
  3. Identify outside training opportunities and recommend these opportunities to youth leaders as necessary and appropriate.
  4. Engage in his/her own ongoing training in practices and skills.
  5. Convene quarterly youth ministry leadership meetings, for the purpose of planning, scheduling, mutual encouragement, and prayer.
  6. Keep a master calendar of youth events, to insure that no scheduling conflicts occur. Provide the Church Secretary with a monthly calendar, as well as any changes, for inclusion in the bulletin and Mid Week Messenger.
  7. Complete administrative jobs in support of youth ministry activities, including, but not limited to, registrations, correspondence, and payment for services.
  8. Maintain appropriate social media accounts to reach youth and their parents.
  9. Prepare and present an annual budget to the Finance Team and Session.
  10. Set goals within each ministry to ensure that every ministry is involved in evangelism to the unchurched.
  11. Invite 2 people to church and have one evangelistic conversation each quarter.
  12. Attend monthly staff meetings.
  13. Adhere to the Polity and Essential Tenets of Theology of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

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