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 will continue the Lent Series, Power of the Gospel. We will be studyig Matthew 9:18-26. Join us and bring a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Run to the Cross

Rehearsals continue for our praise musical, “Run to the Cross.” A packed choir loft of our members and friends, under the direction of Dean Rees, performs this special presentation on Sunday, March 29, at 10 a.m. with accompaniment by the praise band. Don’t miss it!

2 A great opportunity for school aged kids & their families

School aged kids, join the fun beginning again on Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. as Friday Bible School keeps up its fun Board Games theme. Can’t commit to all six Fridays? Just come when you can. Check out more info and the link to registration at https://www.facebook.com/FridayBibleSchool/.

3 The Power of the Gospel: “A Most Astonishing Thing”

Our worship series continues this Sunday, March 15, with the story of Jesus’ resurrection of Jairus’ daughter (Matthew 9:18-26). The Chancel Choir will perform, “Stronger” from the “Run to the Cross” praise musical, and we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

4 A note on the Lord’s Supper

In light of heightened anxiety about the coronavirus (in addition to the many garden-variety flus and colds still going around), we’ll ask you to come forward for the Lord’s Supper, use a little hand sanitizer on the way, and receive an individual cup and a piece of bread from the elder serving. Extra hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the building for all to use.

5 Handy-Person of the Month

We’re looking for a few volunteers (individuals, couples, or families) who’d be willing to serve as “handy-person of the month.” The handy-person would be responsible for a weekly walk through, a check of the mailbox once a week for work requests, and any work s/he’s able to accomplish. If the work project is too big or outside help is required, s/he would just contact our B&G Chair, Ron Bay, for assistance. Sign up on Sunday or call the Church Office at 384-2852 if you’re available.

Happening this week:

Wednesday, March 11 3:30 p.m. Foster Care Classes

            6:30 p.m.   AWESOME MS Fellowship

Thursday, March 12 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

            6:30 p.m.   Power Group w/ Don K.

            6:30 p.m.   Ministry Staff meetings

Friday, March 13 7:00 a.m. Pueblo Soup Kitchen

                            11:00 a.m.      Girl Scouts

                            1:00 p.m.    Friday Bible School

                            5:45 p.m.       Worship & supper @ Methodist Church

Saturday, March 14 9:00 a.m. Prairie Piecers

                            9:00 a.m.    DHS Training (Cranson Room) 

Sunday, March 15 9:00 a.m. Foundations

            10:00 a.m.      Worship w/ Communion

            11:00 a.m.      Fellowship Coffee + Escape Room 

            11:15 a.m.      Power Group w/ Vi C.

Mon-Fri, March 16-20 Spring Break for OJC, East Otero, Cheraw, RF, and Swink

Tuesday, March 17 6:30 p.m. CTW HS Fellowship

            6:30 p.m.   Power Group w/ Tom A.

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 will continue the Lent Series, Power of the Gospel. We will be studyig Matthew 17:14-20, Jesus exorcises the demon that the disciples are unable to cast out. Join us and bring a friend!

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 It’s not too late

To try out a sermon-based small group during this season of Lent. Commit to just one group time with Vi Cunningham on Sundays at 11:15, Tom Aldea on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., or Pastor MJ on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Any questions? Just call or text Pastor MJ at 469-7717.

2 Sink the Battleship!

School aged kids, join the fun beginning this Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. as Friday Bible School keeps up its fun Board Games theme. Check out more info and the link to registration at https://www.facebook.com/FridayBibleSchool/.

3 Jesus and free food--What could be better?

Each year, churches in our LJ Area Ministerial Association host worship & soup suppers on Friday evenings leading up to Easter. This Friday, March 6, is our turn! Come for this fun, short worship service, and stay for a delicious soup supper.

A huge thanks to our Chancel Choir for reprising “Amazing Grace,” the Praise Band for coming out, and the Compassion Team for cooking!

4 Sunday mornings for kids during Lent

Leading up to Easter on Sunday mornings, our God’s House Kidz will be discovering the story of Jesus’ last days. On Palm Sunday, April 6, they’re invited to be a part of our Palm Processional. After church that same day, we’ll host a Petting Zoo from 11 to 1. Kids are encouraged to bring a friend. Life--and church--are always more fun with friends, after all.

5 Spreading (only) the good news

We love to spread the good news of Jesus Christ with our neighbors. What we don’t want to spread during this season of heightened anxiety about the coronavirus is our germs. We’ve placed extra hand sanitizer throughout the building, and kids in God’s House and the nursery will be using the hand sanitizer before and after their lessons and activities on Sunday mornings.

Happening this week: Wednesday, March 4 3:30 p.m. Foster Care 6:30 p.m. AWESOME MS Fellowship Thursday, March 5 10:00 a.m. Community Book Group @ Casa 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice 6:30 p.m. Power Group w/ Pastor MJ Friday, March 6 11:00 a.m. Girl Scouts 1:00 p.m. Friday Bible School 5:45 p.m. Lenten worship 6:30 p.m. Soup Supper Sunday, March 8 9:00 a.m. Foundations 10:00 a.m. Worship w/ God’s House for Kids 11:15 a.m. Power Group w/ Vi C. Tuesday, March 10 6:30 p.m. CTW HS Fellowship 6:30 p.m. Power Group w/ Tom A.

First Church Alerts

1 Lent

We will begin our first week of Lent this Sunday with our new worship series The Power of the Gospel. Come and listen to the word of God as we begin in Matthew 14:14-20 as Jesus exorcises the demon that the disciples are unable to cast out.

2 Power Groups

Power Groups meet throughout Lent to study and discussion Jesus’ acts of power as we discover them in Sunday worship. Power Groups will meet Sundays at 11, Tuesdays at 6:30 and Thursdays at 7. Let us know you’re coming by signing up or contacting the Church Office.

3 MOPS

We will be starting a MOPS group on March 27th! We are in need of a couple Mentor Moms! These are older moms who usually have a successful child out in the world who can offer spiritual guidance as well as come to all of our meetings and contribute in helping the moms in anyway. If you’re interested you can contact Aricka at 719.468.0234. Please feel free to text her anytime.

4 Choir message from Dean

This is an important week for the First Presbyterian Church Choir. We have an opportunity to come together and prepare a very special worship experience to share with our growing church. We will, of course, rehearse on Thursday evening at the usual time and prepare our anthem for this Sunday, March 1. The choir will perform "Blood of Jesus Be My All" from the Praise and Worship collection that celebrates the Lenten and Easter season. We'll also look at the pieces for the next several Sundays that are also drawn from the "cantata". We might sing "Amazing Grace" so to be ready for the ecumenical Lenten service held at our church on Friday, March 6.

More importantly, however, is the rehearsal on Saturday morning (Feb. 29) with breakfast at 8:30 and rehearsal to follow. I strongly encourage you to attend this rehearsal because it will truly be the very best way for us to kick-start a successful and worshipful musical event on March 29 and throughout Lent. This practice will allow you to feel comfortable and confident with the music. And it will help us all experience the feeling of closeness to God that singing together creates. Once we get a grasp on the notes, that is!

5 Zero to Hero

If you appreciated Nate Wilson’s story of healing and restoration, you’ll want to know more. Copies of his book Zero to Hero are available for $10 in the Church Foyer. It’s a great story to share with others who may be struggling with addiction in their own lives or the life of someone they love.

Finally… Prayers We ask for prayers for Kristen and Steve Elwood has family, upon the death of her father Lyle Jarvis; for Mike Miller receiving treatment for cancer; in thanksgiving with Denise and Kenny Root upon the birthday of daughter Anna’s new son Karter.

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Yes, again

Lent is the 40 days (minus Sundays) before Easter, and it begins next week. In preparation for this holy time, we’ll pause this Sunday to reaffirm our baptismal vows. It’s not a baptism--and it’s certainly not a re-baptism (we Presbyterians don’t do that!)--but it is a chance for those of us who have said “yes” to Jesus in the past to say “yes” to Jesus now and declare our intention to continue saying “yes” into the future. We’re especially excited this year that ECO, our national church, has published a new prayer service for just this occasion, and we’ll be using it on Sunday. Also, the Chancel Choir will delight us with a new arrangement of “Amazing Grace.”

2 In Lent

Here are some of the ways we’ll be marking the season of Lent together: A new worship series, “The Power of the Gospel,” celebrating Jesus’ power in our lives Sermon-based small groups (call ‘em “Power Groups!) on Sundays @ 11, Tuesday night at 6:30, or Thursday night at 6:30. Sign up Sunday or call the Church Office to let us know you’re coming. Friday nights at 5:45 with the Ministerial Association for Lenten worship. Locations to come! A variety of devotional material will be available on the table in the Church Foyer at no charge.

3 “Run to the Cross”

On March 29, in worship, our church choir will perform a musical in partnership with the praise band. Arranged by the noted worship leader Travis Cottrell, the musical expresses the journey of Christ to the cross and celebrates His final victory in 7 beautifully composed songs. Dean would like to invite anyone who might sing with the choir for a time to join us in preparing this “high-energy praise and worship Easter”. Rehearsals for this piece will begin immediately this Thursday at 6:30 and each Thursday following. A special kick-off rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, February 29 with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and rehearsal from 9:00-11:00. Dean says, “Let’s make this something truly special! Let’s make this a worship event!”

4 MOPS

I’ll let you fill this one in.

5 Friday Bible School

School aged kids, join the fun on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. Check out more info and the link to registration at https://www.facebook.com/FridayBibleSchool/.

Finally, a thank you and a prayer…

Thank you...from the youth and childrens for your support of their fundraiser last Sunday. They raised just about $600 for summer camps and youth activities,...and prayers for all members, friends, and extended family undergoing treatment for cancer, especially Mike Miller and Brad Jones.

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 will go over Renewal in public life: Romans 13:1-7 Big idea: We are renewed in Christ as we learn to engage the world and its authority with integrity.

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.