Please join our welcoming church family Sunday, August 5th, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta. No Explorer Club for the Children this week.

Please join us in Worship as we celebrate Communion and continue our series “Summer Survival” with the theme of “Exercise” and the message of “A Little Each Day,” from Judges 13-16. Special music will be provided by Bethany Arnold and Elly Ludwig. Invite a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 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.)

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 Worship

Please join us in Worship as we celebrate Communion and continue our series “Summer Survival” with the theme of “Exercise” and the message of “A Little Each Day,” from Judges 13-16. Special music will be provided by Bethany Arnold and Elly Ludwig. Invite a friend!

4 Operation Christmas Child

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD FOR AUGUST:

Don’t need: Washcloths, toothbrushes & scissors. Need: 140 toothbrush COVERS ONLY 139 brushes 98 combs and a few each barrettes, headbands and ponytail holders Many, Many: bars of soap, stuffed animals, Larger toys: balls, puzzles, cars, airplanes, games (ex: checkers), dolls etc. We have enough of the small ‘trinkety’ things. Please try to get items that will hold up!
When school supplies are on sale: 288 glue sticks, 48 rulers, 101 crayons, 121 colored pencils, 145 erasers, 144 markers, 113 pencil sharpeners, at least 1352 pencils and some ink pens. CHECK the list by the baskets for updates.

5 Donation Center

Associated Charities is desperately in need of ramen noodles. They can also use Jelly (any size and any flavor), canned peas, and saltine crackers.

Kid’s Closet—our donation area for the Otero County Health Department foster care program—is in need of diapers—Preemies, and Sizes 1, 5, and 6. Your generosity is much appreciated!

Please join our friendly church family Sunday, July 29th, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 20th and Raton, in La Junta with Explorer Club for the Children after the Children's Message.

We will continue our series “Summer Survival,” with the message, “Party,” from 1 Chronicles 12. All are welcome! Invite a friend!

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!

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