Scripture Lessons for October 22, 2017

First Lesson of Scripture: Exodus  33: 12-23

Second Lesson of Scripture: Matthew  25: 31-46

Worship 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with the Chancel Choir, Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m.

Reformation Sunday, October 29, Schedule Change

Mark your calendars for October 29, which is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

9:30 a.m.  One worship service in the sanctuary with guest preacher, The Rev. Dr. Louis B. Weeks, president emeritus of Union Presbyterian Seminary.

10:40 a.m.  Sunday Seminar for adults in sanctuary: “Being Reformed Today” led by Dr. Weeks

10:40 a.m.  Sunday School for toddlers through high school

11:30 a.m.  Reformation Lunch in Stanton Hall. PLEASE RESERVE YOUR PLACE BY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22: Contact the church office 428-6332.

Blessing of the Animals Service

Bring your pets to be blessed and stay for a picnic at 6:30 p.m. October 31 on the lawn at 303 YC. This is a youth event, but the entire congregation is included! Pets should be on a leash or crated. Sign up with the Rev. Lyndsey McCall so there will be enough food!

S.A.L.T. High School & College Retreat

SALT is a discipleship retreat. This year’s theme: “Kingdomhood: Making All Things New.” November 10-12 at Masanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center in Harrisonburg. Cost is $150. Questions? Contact the Rev. Lyndsey McCall.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this blended youth worship service held at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel on the following Sundays: November 12 & 19, December 10 & 17, January 21 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 18, April 8 & 22, and May 13 & 20.

Again, all are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!

The “Feasting on the Word” curriculum will be used.  If you have any questions or need a copy of this curriculum contact Rev. Lyndsey McCall. Below is a list of the upcoming themes from “Feasting on the Word” for this fall:

November 12th – “Hurry Up and Wait!”- Matthew 25: 1-13, Rev. Emily Béghin
Youth will identify examples of waiting patiently and hopefully, but not passively, for Christ’s return.

November 19th – “Parable of the Talents”- Matthew 25: 14-30, Rev. Lyndsey McCall
Youth will discuss the claim that what we do or fail to do in the name of Christ shapes the world and our lives.

Adults of all ages are encouraged to join us for casual round-table conversation about God, the Bible, life, and Christianity while eating tacos and drinking (whatever you choose!) at 5:00 p.m. at Pelon’s Bar and Grill across the street from the church. Come join the adults of all ages in lively and compassionate conversation. All perspectives and beliefs are welcome. This is hosted by First Presbyterian Church of  Virginia Beach, but folks from any church (or NO church!) are welcome. So come hungry and thirsty! Care and activities for children nursery – 5th grade will be available at the church. Drop your children off between 4:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and pick them up no later than 6:30 p.m.

Here are the dates for Pelon’s!
Nov 19th
Dec 17th
Jan 21st
Feb 25th
Mar 18th
April 22nd
May TBD

Children Collect Food for Food Pantry

Wittenberg Door

Canned food drive: Protestants and Presbyterians can count, can make a difference! Children and families are invited to place canned foods near our Wittenberg Door in the Atrium each Sunday through Oct. We hope to reach our goal of collecting 500 cans to commemorate 500 years since the Reformation began.

Tour of the Reformation

Union Presbyterian Seminary has heard about our plans to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and has partnered with our congregation to offer a “Reformation Tour” that will travel to Germany, France, and Switzerland from May 21 – June 2, 2018. If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please check out this link www.upsem.edu/event/tour-of-the-reformation. We look forward to the Dr. tricia Vesely, of Union Presbyterian Seminary, who will join us in the fall to give a lecture on the Reformation and share more about this trip.

Opportunities to Serve

DONATE ITEMS FOR CHILDREN AT BIRDNECK ELEMENTARY
Presbyterian Women’s October mission benefits Birdneck ES with the collection of hand sanitizer, tissues, 2″ binders, magic markers, colored pencils, socks & underwear for boys and girls, sweatpants for boys/leggings for girls (sizes 5-16). Your generosity in our support of FPC’s Signature Ministry is greatly appreciated! Questions? Contact Brenda Wellborn.
SHARING THE LOVE
Every Sunday our services are enhanced by the floral arrangements provided by members of the First Church Flower Guild. That afternoon, or on Monday, these same flowers bless those unable to attend services, as well as desks and tables throughout the church. You can be part of this important ministry by signing up here.