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Where is Your Treasure?

Money affects your heart. Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your stress level, your anxiety, and the health of your relationships. It is no wonder, then, that Jesus talked about the relationship between our treasure and our hearts.

For a four-week period beginning October 19, we will look at the many ways that our treasure (time, energy, money) affects our spiritual and emotional lives. Join us in worship starting October 19 as we begin our new sermon series called Treasure. We will explore Matthew 6 and Jesus' teachings on money, giving, worry, and more.

At the end of the four weeks, we will have an opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will receive commitment cards in the mail, and cards will be available on Sunday mornings. We will bring these commitment cards to worship on Sunday, November 9.

I hope that you'll join us in the coming weeks as we look at Jesus' teaching on how we can avoid some of the common pitfalls related to money, and how we can give our lives and our treasure to God.

The Presbyterian Table: Fall 2014

The Presbyterian Table meets Thursday nights at 6:00 PM, reserving a table at a different restaurant each week. Anyone who wants to eat out is invited to come sit at "the Presbyterian table." This is an informal group open to all with each person being responsible for his or her own expense. We invite you to join us any week for good food, fellowship, and lots of laughter.


Vacation Bible School 2014

Vacation Bible School registration and volunteer sign-ups are happening now! Please sign your child up for VBS 2014, June 16th-19th 9:00 am to Noon at First Presbyterian! We are again teaming up with First United Methodist Church, and our theme is Cokesbury's "Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God!" Volunteer sign-ups are on the "Good News" bulletin board in the Third Avenue hallway right next to the fellowship hall. This year Misty Priddy and Ann Kiefer are our VBS co-leaders; please let them or Meredith Trout know if you have any questions.

2014 Memorial Day Luncheon

We will have a catered luncheon (no cost to attendees) immediately following worship on May 25 to honor our military veterans. We will decorate the fellowship hall and prepare a table to display photographs and military items from our members' time serving.

Here is how you can help (please click the "read more" link below):

Holy Week Worship Schedule 2014

Maundy Thursday
Our Maundy Thursday service, held jointly with our friends from First United Methodist, will be at 7:00 p.m. on April 17 at First Presbyterian. Mark your calendars, and make plans to join us for this special time in worship!

Easter Sunday
GLAMA is sponsoring a Community Sunrise Service on Easter morning. You are invited to join your brothers and sisters in Christ at the City Cemetery at 7:00 a.m. for this special worship experience.

First Presbyterian will have The Gathering at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School will follow at 10:00 a.m., and our Worship Service will be at 11:00 a.m. We encourage you to join us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

PW Spring Gathering 2014

The Presbyterian Women invite all women of the church to save the date and join them for the Spring Gathering on Monday, May 5 at 6:00 PM in the fellowship hall. Tama Eller, D. Ed. Min., from the Raleigh area will lead a program focused on saving God's creation. Tama has enjoyed being in PW Circles and serves in the Creation Stewardship Ministry of New Hope Presbytery. We might think, "How can my church make a difference?" Come and learn more about God's plan and partnership with us in our role as creation stewards during an evening of fellowship and good food. The catered meal costs $8.00 per person. Please make your reservation with Rebecca Sullivan, Carol Beck, or Susan Whitesides no later than April 28.

Winnie Green Higher Education Scholarship 2014

The Session and the Endowment Ministry Team of the Session would like to invite eligible persons to apply for a grant from the Winnifred Zimmerman Green Higher Education Scholarship Fund.

The Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of long time member Winnie Green to aid "worthy students of high academic achievement" with their college expenses.

The Session has established the following guidelines for the awarding of grants. (Click on "Read More")

Acts Alive Dinner and Auction - Updated 3/21/14

To preview the auction catalogs: Click the following links to view either the SILENT or LIVE catalog.

Acts Alive, our high school youth group, will hold a Dinner and Auction on Sunday, March 30 at 5:30 pm in the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall. On the menu: Sweet & Sour Chicken, Confetti Rice, Green Beans Almondine, Rolls, Tea, and Assorted Desserts. Payment for dinner is by donation.

There will be both Silent and Live Auctions. All proceeds will help fund Acts Alive’s Summer Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic.

Child care will be provided for children ages Infant - 5th grade.

To make your reservation, please call (248-2140) or email ( Jeanna Carlton at the church office with the following information: your name, the number of adults and children older than 5th grade who will be attending, and the names and ages of children ages Infant-5th grade. Make your reservation today!

William and Mary Women's Chorus in Concert at FPC

On March 28 at 7:00 pm, we will host the William & Mary Women's Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jamie Bartlett, in concert in our sanctuary. This female ensemble is comprised of 45-60 undergraduates from all different backgrounds, concentrations, and interests. Formed in 1923, this audition-only group goes on a Spring Tour every year, traveling to nearby states and sharing their talents with diverse audiences. In the Williamsburg community, the music of the Women's Chorus is well known and enjoyed by students, staff, faculty, local residents, and tourists alike. Most recently, the Women's Chorus had the privilege of performing for his holiness the Dalai Lama when he came to speak at the College in October 2012.

We need families to act as hosts for this wonderful group. Each host should be willing to accommodate 2, 4, or 6 ladies in their home for one night. The singers will enjoy a light meal at the church prior to their performance. Host families will take the singers home after the concert, provide a comfortable bed or sleeping area (couch, sleeping bag, etc.), breakfast, and then return the singers to the church Saturday morning. If you would like to volunteer to be a host family, a sign up sheet is available in the church lobby or narthex.

Admission to the concert is free, and the concert is open to the community.

Collections for TDCWL 2014

Our church will be doing two individual collection projects. These collection projects will start immediately and end on April 12.

We are collecting children's diapers of all sizes, infant through toddler, for the Department of Social Services. A collection box is in the lobby.

We are also collecting non-perishable food items for Pastor's Pantry. That collection box is already in the lobby. Also, let us continue to bring in plastic grocery bags for the Pantry.

Thank you for helping others in need.

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