5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres

A little longer than usual, but lots to share!

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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

Topic: First Pres Prayer Meeting

Time: Apr 16, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Thu, until May 28, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)

Apr 16, 2020 07:00 PM

Apr 23, 2020 07:00 PM

Apr 30, 2020 07:00 PM

May 7, 2020 07:00 PM

May 14, 2020 07:00 PM

May 21, 2020 07:00 PM

May 28, 2020 07:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZYkc-ysqDorE9HDaIf6PPuXbTIILC7gIAVr/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGqpz8vHtKUsRCCRpwQHY-gZ-jwpn5cjp1uB7MBXZjUhbONNZrG55cR95

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82945461195?pwd=NDIvWi9nUEFFdDFRbG5icHRNZGcyQT09

Meeting ID: 829 4546 1195

Password: 481210

One tap mobile

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+13462487799,,82945461195#,,#,481210# US (Houston)

Dial by your location

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Meeting ID: 829 4546 1195

Password: 481210

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kctE0wGVIZ

Virtual Coffee Hour

Topic: Virtual Coffee Hour

Time: May 3, 2020 11:15 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4578010453?pwd=MndvQkhkYkQ4dDhNbllaekdhc0xFQT09

Meeting ID: 457 801 0453

Password: coffee

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,4578010453#,,1#,496371# US (San Jose)

+12532158782,,4578010453#,,1#,496371# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location

    +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

    +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

    +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

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Meeting ID: 457 801 0453

Password: 496371

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbdjJwZqHf