If you did not receive a special message earlier this week regarding the re-opening of worship in June, please let us know so we can forward you the details.

1 The Content Life

C. S. Lewis once said, “I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare,” and he wasn’t talking about money. We conclude our series, “The Content Life,” focusing this week on the gift of generosity. We’ll have scripture readings from Leviticus and Luke and special music from Kristin Bickel, singing “Your Grace Finds Me.” Find our worship service every Sunday at www.firstchurchlajunta.org or the La Junta Presbyterians Facebook page.

2 Memorial Day Remembrance

If you would like the name of a family member or friend who died while in service to our nation's military, please forward those names to the Church Office no later than this Friday, May 22, at 10:00 a.m.

3 Special request from Associated Charities

5 lb bags of Flour and Vegetable Oil is needed. If you are able to bring it to the church that would be greatly appreciated, Associated Charities said they will pickup and donations we have or you may deliver directly to them.

4 Love Your Neighbors Program

The Love Your Neighbors Program is a chance for us to bless our neighbors with yard work and simple home repair. Here’s how to join us:
Call the Church Office and leave us your name and phone number. Cell phone numbers are preferred for texting, but home phones work too! Let us know if neighbors in need of assistance. Call the Church Office or Chad Smith directly at 469-5924. Be ready for us to contact you with Saturday morning work projects. It’s just that simple!

5 Church Office reopening

The Church Office will re-open for normal hours beginning next week: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 to noon. Note, however, that this coming Monday is Memorial Day, so it will be a shorter week than normal.

A big, huge thank you to Becci Lease, with special helpers John and Esabella, who collected the mail for us these past 8 weeks.

Finally...Get ready for drive-in worship!

Pentecost Sunday is May 31, and we’ll gather here at the church for drive-in worship with praise and communion. Join us and spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors!

This week: Thursday Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. See login below!
Friday Worship recording 1 p.m. Sanctuary MOPS 8:30 p.m. Email Aricka Hulsey at office@lajuntapres.org for login
Sunday Worship
& watch parties Any time Visit church website or Facebook Monday Casa Bible Study 10 a.m. Email Don Klinkerman at dandpklink@bresnan.net for link CTW 7 p.m. Fellowship Hall

For the Zoom link for the prayer meeting, please email the church office here.

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 The Content Life

“I may be (fill in the blank with personal flaw) but at least I’m not as bad as (fill in the blank with personal flaw of someone you know).” Sound familiar? The Content Life is a short, 3-week worship series about--you guessed it--contentment and how to find it. We’re focusing this week on the gift of grace with scripture readings from Luke 18 and Jonah 4, and special music from Lexi Minck singing “How Great Thou Art”. We’ll also pause to celebrate our high school and college graduates. Find our worship service every Sunday at www.firstchurchlajunta.org or the La Junta Presbyterians Facebook page.

2 Take a next step: Host a watch party

While our state’s safer-at-home order still prohibits public gatherings of 10 or more, we encourage those who are able and feel comfortable doing so, to invite some family or close friends to worship together in your homes for a watch party. With our services recorded rather than live, you can host a watch party at any time on Sunday or even during the week.

3 Love Your Neighbors Program

The Love Your Neighbors Program is a chance for us to bless our neighbors with yard work and simple home repair. Here’s how to join us:
Call the Church Office and leave us your name and phone number. Cell phone numbers are preferred for texting, but home phones work too! Let us know if neighbors in need of assistance. Call the Church Office or Chad Smith directly at 469-5924. Be ready for us to contact you with Saturday morning work projects. It’s just that simple!

4 Our 2020 Virtual Baccalaureate Service

Our 2020 Baccalaureate Service goes live on Friday afternoon, May 15, honoring our area high school seniors. Our speakers this year from Ministerial Association churches are Sara Noll, Keegan Russell Encinias, Jacob Martinez, Kelli Lofing, and Melody Clarke, with music from Hannah Smith and prayers from Ministerial Association church leaders. You’ll find it first on Facebook at the “Arkansas Valley Baccalaureate 2020” page. It will be shared later to the church website and our own Facebook page.

5 Get ready for drive-in worship!

Pentecost Sunday is May 31, and we’ll gather here at the church for drive-in worship with praise and communion. Join us and spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors!

And finally, prayers…of praise as Natascha Green is home from the hospital (finally)... for Brenda Erwin...for Mike Miller and Dawn Pollmiller for continued healing.

Quickly...how do I get in touch with the church? The Church Office is now open on Mondays and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. All other times, call the Church Office at 384-2852. Calls are being forwarded to our secretary Aricka. Call Pastor MJ directly at 469-7717. Mail correspondence or gifts to 111 E 20th Street. Becci Lease is collecting our mail.

This week: Thursday Worship recording 2 p.m. Sanctuary Worship Team mtg 3:30 p.m. Cranson Room Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. See login below!
Friday MOPS 8:30 p.m. Email Aricka Hulsey at office@lajuntapres.org for login
Baccalaureate 1:00 p.m. Visit church website or Facebook Sunday Worship
& watch parties Any time Visit church website or Facebook Monday Casa Bible Study 10 a.m. Email Don Klinkerman at dandpklink@bresnan.net for link CTW 7 p.m. Fellowship Hall Tuesday Men’s Group TBD

Contact the Church office or check your email for the Prayer Meeting Zoom Link

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

A little longer than usual, but lots to share!

1 C3

Called to faith. Called to community. Called to serve Tune in on Sunday mornings to the church website at www.firstchurchlajunta.org to experience this fun and uplifting worship series as we learn together what it means to be a household of faith in service to Jesus Christ. Plus, this Sunday, we’re going to attempt our first-ever virtual coffee hour. Grab a cup of coffee and login with the link attached below!

2 Graduation Sunday and Baccalaureate

We’ll celebrate our high school and college graduates to Sunday, May 17, when we’ll recognize Hailey Bender, Hayden Mayo, and Colton Buckalew (all graduating from La Junta High School) and Ryan Jones as he finishes up at Otero Junior College. (Have we missed a graduate? Please let us know if we have!) That same weekend, we’re “hosting” the virtual Arkansas Valley Baccalaureate Service. We’ll post that service to Facebook and the church website for you to watch, too.

3 Worship through May and into the summer

We’re planning to be online through May. On May 31, if the weather permits and the way be clear, we’ll celebrate Pentecost Sunday with a drive in worship service. Into June, we’re hopeful that conditions will relax to the next level for gatherings of <50,and we’ll go to two services: a 9 a.m. modern service and 10:30 a.m. blended/traditional service. We’ll continue our online presence for our vulnerable populations who’ll still be staying at home. By mid to late summer, we hope to be worshiping together again. One week at a time!

4 Meals for Mike & Janet Miller...please respond

We are looking for folks who would be willing to prepare a meal for Mike and Janet Miller while Mike continues his recuperation. Kristin Bickel, our Congregational Care Director, is swamped at work and unable to coordinate the meals this time, so Pastor MJ is coordinating the meals. You can reach her by phone at 719-469-7717 or email at pastor@lajuntapres.org.

5 Update on the finances of the church

Thank you for your continued faithfulness to the mission of the church to be disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ. As we finish the first 4 months of 2020, here is a snapshot of our financial position:

Giving is down somewhat through the end of April. It remained strong through March, but not surprisingly has dipped in April as we begin to see the effects of the worship cancellation and economic downturn.

All but essential spending (payroll, utilities, minimal ministry expenses for Easter) has been stopped.

Anticipating the downturn in giving and not wanting to put the burden on your shoulders to make up the difference, the Session was able to secure a Paycheck Protection Program loan through the CARES Act. This loan for about $23,000 will fund payroll and pastor benefits for two to two-and-a-half months. TBK Bank anticipates that--at the most--we’ll be responsible for paying back 30% of it at 1% interest, beginning in November, but there’s good reason to believe that it will be 100% forgiven as long as we keep our current staff employed. Thanks to Dottie Burnett and Kathy Parker for their hard work preparing the loan application.

We trust that you will continue to give as you have been, as long as you are able, but know that the church now has some resources now to fall back on.

The Deacons Fund is very well funded right now, and we’ve been able to offer direct assistance to several families in financial distress. Thank you!

We have gratefully received about $1500 toward our Easter Offering to assist the Pueblo Soup Kitchen.

And finally prayers…

For Mike Miller, prayers for patience as he adjusts to life at home and for strength for Janet as she takes on caregiving...for Steve and Kristen Elwood, in celebration upon the engagement of their daughter Larae to Keenan Wahlert....Continued prayers for the family of Leonard Vance (for those who have asked, the Bradfields’ address is 1407 Maple, La Junta, 81050)...for healing for Brad Jones, home and recuperating after major surgery...for Ryan Jones, graduating (virtually) on Saturday from Otero Junior College.

Quickly...how do I get in touch with the church?

Call the Church Office at 384-2852. Calls are being forwarded to our secretary Aricka.

Call Pastor MJ directly at 469-7717.

Mail correspondence or gifts to 111 E 20th Street. Becci Lease is collecting our mail.

This week:

Thursday Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. See login below!

Friday Friday Bible School Any time Visit FBS Facebook Page for resources

    Worship recording   1:30 p.m.   Church Sanctuary

MOPS 8:30 p.m. Email Aricka Hulsey at

office@lajuntapres.org for login

Sunday Worship Any time Visit church website or Facebook

    God’s House     Any time

    Virtual Coffee Hour 11:15 a.m.  See login below!

Monday Casa Bible Study 10 a.m. Email Don Klinkerman at

dandpklink@bresnan.net for link

CTW 7 p.m. Fellowship Hall

Tuesday Men’s Group TBD

Prayer meeting

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Virtual Coffee Hour

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5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 What’s next?

Beginning on Monday, our state moves from shelter-in-place to safer-at-home. What does that mean for us? First, our worship will continue online through May. On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, we’re hoping to host a drive-in church service. Into June and July, as we will likely need to keep our gatherings under 50 people, we’re looking at offering two services (see below). While we long to be gathered as a whole church, the Worship Team is excited at some new opportunities this situation opens up for us. Keep the team in your prayers for wisdom and imagination in the weeks and months to come.

2 Speaking of summer

Our Sunday morning gathering, for now, is happening online, but we anticipate being able to gather again, possibly as soon as 6-8 weeks, in groups of 50 or less while holding to all the recommended social distancing practices (see https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/). With our average worship attendance of 90-100, this means moving to 2 services. We’ve created a very short online survey to help us understand how best to carry out this plan. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QSJPQ28 at your earliest convenience to give us your feedback.

3 C3

Called to faith. Called to community. Called to serve Tune in on Sunday mornings to the church website at www.firstchurchlajunta.org to experience this fun and uplifting worship series as we learn together what it means to be a household of faith.

4 MOPS

We will be starting MOPS unconventionally using Zoom. We will be meeting online at 8:30pm on Fridays starting this week and we will adjust as we see fit to make it easier in this time of adjustment. We will do our best to keep you informed as we make decisions with you in mind.

4 Youth

CTW High School Fellowship will resume meeting on Monday nights at 7 p.m. Our group is small, and all appropriate precautions and safety distancing will be observed, so we’re hopeful that this will be a fun weekly opportunity for the youth to gather as we work our way through Alpha Youth

5 And finally prayers…

For the family of Leonard Vance (for those who have asked, the Bradfields’ address is 1407 Maple, La Junta, 81050)...for Mike Miller, with hopes for a transition home in the days to come...for Brad Jones, recovering from surgery...for teachers, students, parents, administrators, and school staffs navigating online school...for Cathy Lease’s daughter in law Tammy recovering from surgery...and for the family and friends of Dr. Chope Archuleta.

Quickly...how do I get in touch with the church?

Call the Church Office at 384-2852. Calls are being forwarded to our secretary Aricka.

Call Pastor MJ directly at 469-7717.

Mail correspondence or gifts to 111 E 20th Street. Becci Lease is collecting our mail.

This week:

Thursday Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. Email Church Office for login

Friday Friday Bible School Any time Visit FBS Facebook Page for resources

    Worship recording   1:30 p.m.   Church Sanctuary

MOPS 8:30 p.m. Email Church Office for login

Sunday Worship Any time Visit church website or Facebook

    God’s House     Any time

Monday Casa Bible Study 10 a.m. Email Church Office for link

CTW 7 p.m. Fellowship Hall

Tuesday Men’s Group TBD

5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

1 Easter Now

Easter Now is our church’s Holy Week experience. It begins with a daily guide in the form of a booklet or a phone app. Every day, beginning on Palm Sunday, you’ll find scripture readings and insights into the events leading to Jesus death and resurrection. So, a first step, for those who are able, is to download the Easter app to your phone or tablet. We’re attaching instructions to download the Easter Now app below. Not for you? You’ll receive a hard copy of the guide on Saturday when we deliver your Easter in a Box kits. You won’t miss a day.

2 Easter in a Box kits

To dig deeper, every household in the church will receive an Easter in a Box kit, with items that teach or remind us of those same events, including communion elements so that we can celebrate communion together via Facebook Live on Thursday night. The kits will include items for children, youth, and adults, depending on your household, and those kits will arrive on your doorstep on Saturday.

3 Daily contacts

To gather together through this week, we’ll be creating and sharing devotionals and music. Dean Rees is preparing a short organ recital. The praise band is working up a set for Good Friday. You’ll find these on our website and Facebook.

4 A Easter gift to share

Would you like to share this experience with a friend, a neighbor, or a family member? Just shoot us an e-mail with a name and address. We’re putting together extra Easter in a Box kits to share in the community.

5 Palm Sunday

Finally, a special note for this Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday: Put on your walking shoes! It’s forecast to be a beautiful day, so, once you’ve got your palm in hand (it’ll come in your Easter in a Box kit), we’re sending you out for a prayer walk. For those who live at a distance or who are unable to make the trek, a prayer drive is just as marvelous. Prayer cards

Friends, we long to gather together as a church family, in person. The governor, though, has already indicated that our stay at home order will likely be extended. So, the best way for us to love each other in this time is to remain physically apart. That doesn’t mean we have to remain spiritually apart. Easter Now is a tool to help us remain close, despite our distance. Our mission is, after all, to be disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ, and that mission hasn’t been stopped by any virus.

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.