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’re excited to see how God uses our treasures. Return next week with your own tale of how you used your treasure to bless someone.
“Tales of the Kingdom” concludes with a Tale of Goodness, from the parable of pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46) and the Chancel Choir will sing.

1 God’s House Kidz to sing on the 24th

If your child (preK-6th grade) would like to be part of a children’s choir, under the direction of Matthew Beard, on November 24, there will be a brief rehearsal at 11:15 this Sunday, November 17. Please contact the Church Office to let Mr. Beard know your child will be participating. (Do you know a family without a church home whose child loves to sing? Please invite them to be a part of this fun event.)

2 Kingdom Giving

How will we build the Kingdom of God in 2020? How will we continue to live into our vision to be disciples who make disciples to bless the world with Christ’s love? Members and friends, you’ll have received your estimate-of-giving card in the mail by now. Please consider your commitment and return the cards this Sunday.

3 A good ol’ Thanksgiving service

Join us on Sunday, November 24--and invite a friend--as we celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving service with songs, hymns, and readings. We’ll have a special testimony offered by our own Joey Gacnik, and the God’s House Kids will sing, “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.”

4 Turkey Chase

Strap on your sneakers and join us at 8 a.m. on the 24th for the Turkey Chase through La Junta. It’s a 5K (3.1 mile) route to walk, jog, or run. Return to the church for refreshments and worship to follow.

5 House to rent?

A local family with whom we’ve been in contact is looking for a new home to rent. If you know of a reasonably priced rental home that will accommodate 6 people, please contact the Church Office or Pastor MJ directly.

6 Joy Story

All kids who participate in God’s House are welcome to be in the Christmas Pageant, practices will start this Sunday during God’s House and will continue every Sunday until the performance December 22nd. We welcome all kids who would like to participate, even the older kids if you would like to help in any way. There is no sign up, just come and join in!

Quick November/December calendar

November 17 Pageant rehearsals begin Children’s choir rehearses November 20 Angel Tree goes up November 24 Turkey Chase Thanksgiving Service Pageant rehearsals Pie Social & Hanging of the Greens December 1 First Sunday in Advent Pageant rehearsals December 8 Second Pageant rehearsals December 13 Parents’ Night Out December 15 Behold Concert and Art Show Pageant rehearsals December 22 “Joy Story” Christmas pageant Pastor MJ’s Open House December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship at 5 p.m. December 25 Christmas!

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. “Tales of the Kingdom” continues with A Tale of Generosity from the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) and the Chancel Choir will sing. Everyone will go home with a surprise treasure to share during the week that follows.

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1 Kingdom Challenge

Our “Tales of the Kingdom” worship series continues this Sunday with a once-only Kingdom Challenge. You’ll just have to come to see what it is. We’ll be sharing the Lord’s Supper, hearing “A Tale of Giving” from Matthew 25:14-30, and letting the Chancel Choir delight us with “Day by Day.” After worship, we’ll be downstairs for coffee fellowship and playing “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” with the God’s House Kids.

2 Prayers for praise workshop

This Saturday, November 9, we welcome Chris Cullins as a guest clinician for a praise workshop in the sanctuary. Chris is principal worship leader at First Pres of Colorado Springs, and he’ll be here to share his expertise. If you’ve ever wondered about joining the praise band, this is a great time to jump in. Instrumentalists will begin at 9 a.m., vocalists at 10:30. A light lunch will follow.

3 OCC Spaghetti Dinner

We’re so excited to again host the annual Operation Christmas Child Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 16. If you can help cook, please find Vi Cunningham. Everyone is encouraged to come, eat, and support this worthy cause!

4 Trunk or Treat

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out for our annual Trunk or Treat. With the cold weather, we had an even bigger crowd than usual. We estimate that we saw about 550 kids. The real fruit of our labor, though, will be families we met whom we see again in worship on Sunday morning. That’s why we do it.

5 Kingdom Giving

Church families, you’ll be receiving a mailing in the next few days with an estimate-of-giving card for 2020. Please give prayerful consideration to this commitment to the mission and ministry of the church in the year to come. We’re here to be and make disciples who bless the world with Christ’s love, after all. How can you support that mission financially?

Finally,...

We were very sad to hear the news that former member and good friend T. L. Henderson passed away this past week in Burnet, TX. We trust that T. L. in the Lord’s presence now and talking His ear off. Please keep Cheryl, Ty, Cole, and their families in your prayers. We’ll have a card for all to sign on Sunday morning.

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. Our Fall Worship series, “Tales of the Kingdom,” begins. Join us for these celebrations of God’s generosity and grace. First, we hear the tale of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). No matter how late it is, will you accept God’s invitation to be about His work?

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We hope you get to enjoy a snow day today! Let it snow! Here’s what’s happening at the church:

1 Trunk or Treat

It’s happening from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and we’re moving our annual Trunk or Treat into the Fellowship Hall for warmth. Trick or Treaters will have the chance to enter their name to win a family pack of tickets to an upcoming Nuggets game. Please bring plenty of candy (plan on 500 kids to be safe), and don’t neglect to dress up!

2 Bring a pal

AKA Invite a Friend Sunday, it’s in just a few days on November 3. God’s House Kidz will celebrate with a fun Pizza & Movie Party on Thursday, November 7, if more than half the kids bring a friend. Adults, your prize is the joy of sharing Jesus.

3 Love is in the air and in worship

Those folks you invite to worship on Sunday get to experience the next installment in our series, “Tales of the Kingdom,” and this week’s it’s “A Tale of Love,” from the Parable of the Tenants in Matthew 21:33-46. With a Disney-inspired introit, worship movie, and the Chancel Choir singing, “Love is the Most Excellent Way,” it promises to be a lovely morning.

4 Lots happening

There’s a lot happening in the next several months at the church as we head into the holidays. Bookmark the online calendar at http:/href=/calendar, or follow us on social media:
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5 Game Show Extravaganza

The God’s House Kidz are wrapping up another unit and celebrating with a Game Show Extravaganza on Sunday, November 10, during coffee fellowship after worship. Don’t be afraid to join in the fun. You never know what you might win!

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. Our Fall Worship series, “Tales of the Kingdom,” begins. Join us for these celebrations of God’s generosity and grace. First, we hear the tale of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). No matter how late it is, will you accept God’s invitation to be about His work?

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Tales of the Kingdom

Our new worship series, “Tales of the Kingdom,” kicks off this Sunday with “A Tale of Grace” from the Parable of the Laborers (Matthew 20:1-16). The Chancel Choir sings, “Draw Me Nearer.”

2 Trunk or Treat

On Halloween night (obviously), we’ll bless our neighbors with this fun event again this year, sharing upcoming events here at the church and offering the hospitality of the church. No later than 5:30, pull up your car or truck in the church parking lot and hand out candy (lots of candy!) to kids. Be prepared for up to 500 kids. This year, we’ll be raffling a family pack of tickets to a Nuggets game on January 11.

3 Invite a Friend

Parents, please help your child invite a friend to church next Sunday, November 3. It takes a little legwork on your part (like arranging a playdate), but it’s an awesome chance to share the gospel with a child who may not otherwise hear it. It’s also just a whole lot of fun for kids to have their friends here with them.

4 AWESOME head to the Pumpkin Patch

Middle schoolers leave for the pumpkin patch at Pantaleo Farms in Pueblo on Sunday at 12 noon. Dress warm! Note: Your student must have a signed Parental Consent form in order to join us. You can download the form from the church website http:/href=/ministries/youth. Just bring it with you on Sunday.

5 Kingdom Giving

Check your mailboxes this week for a first look at our 2020 proposed budget. This is our chance to commit again to our vision of being and making disciples who bless the world with the love of Jesus.

Finally, absolutely the last call, for the new Church Directory. If you want your picture in the directory, come to church and find Kathy Parker on Sunday morning.

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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. Our Esther worship series concludes as a new order emerges. With readings from Esther 8:3-10:3. God’s hand was at work redeeming God’s people.

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1 Bless a friend

As our God’s House Kidz celebrate Invite a Friend Sunday on November 3, the whole congregation is invited to do the same. Bless a friend with the hope of faith in Jesus Christ. Invite them to join you for worship that day.

2 The good guys win

Our worship series, “Esther: A New Hope Awakens,” concludes this Sunday in worship. Episode 5 is a celebration and a cautionary tale. Don’t miss it.

3 Joy Story

Rehearsals begin Sunday, November 17, for “Joy Story,” out annual Christmas pageant for kids, preK through 6th grade. Performance happens in worship on Sunday, December 22. Children of friends and family members are welcome to join the cast. Wouldn’t it be great if kids who don’t know the story of Jesus can learn by taking part?

4 A special request

Associated Charities is in particular need of saltine crackers, ramen noodles, and breakfast cereal. Add these items to your grocery list this week, and bring them to church with you on Sunday. We’ll get them delivered.

5 AXIS workshop postponed

Due to illness, our AXIS Workshop is postponed to November 10. The workshop shares access to a fabulous new online resource for parents, teachers, youth workers, and anyone who spends time with teenagers and wants to know more about how to talk to them about tough topics.

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. A new hope awakens in the fourth episode, as Queen Esther and Mordecai are successful at averting the planned annihilation of their people, as God’s purposes are worked our through their actions. (Esther 5:1-8:2).