Scripture Lessons for August 20, 2017

First Scripture Lesson : Psalm 67: 1-7

Second Scripture Lesson: Matthew 15: 10 – 28

Summer Worship 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Seeking Youth Music Director

Please spread the word and help us find someone wonderful:
Seeking part-time (5-10 hours a week) Youth Music Director at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach to help lead and coordinate music for a blended youth service (twice a month) and to build a high school music program. Please e-mail your resume to office@firstpresvb.org. Professional experience preferred.

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.

Christian Education Orientation for Parents

Parents for pre-school and elementary school children are encouraged to join Jacqui Horton in Stanton hall at 10:35 a.m. on Sunday, August 27, to plan for and discuss the 2017-2018 CE ministry for your children. You’ll get a calendar of events, meet Sunday School teachers, and be the first to hear about additional ministries for you and your families!

Informational Meeting for Parents and Their Youth

Join us on Tuesday, August 29th from 6:00-8:00pm for an informational meeting about youth ministry. ALL parents, guardians and youth are encouraged to attend. Please bring your calendars! Pizza will be provided. For those who cannot attend on August 29, another meeting has been scheduled for 10:35 a.m. next Sunday, August 27, in the chapel. Please attend one of these important meetings as we kick off the year.

Rising 6th Grade Get Together

Are you a rising 6th grader? Are you new to our youth program? Come join us for banana splits and conversation in the 303 Youth Center at 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 29th. We hope to see you there!

Back to School Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 5th the public schools start classes. What better way to end a full day than to end it with ice cream and friends. Come by the church after school (3-6:00pm) for ice cream and conversation. All are welcome! Bring your friends! Do you go to Cape Henry or Norfolk Academy and start August 28th? Meet Lyndsey at Taste Unlimited on Shore Drive after school to celebrate your first day!

Lifeline Kick-Off September 8 -9

Attention middle and high school youth: Overnight kick-off of Lifeline 2017 – 2018! We gather at the church at 7:00 p.m. on September 8 for a Lock-In!!  On Saturday, September 9 we will head for Busch Gardens! Purchase your Busch Gardens tickets in advance. Stay tuned for more details and registration instructions.

Seminary for a Day

Union Presbyterian Seminary, September 23 – Seminary for a Day  consists of a full day of keynote addresses and workshops, connections with old friends and new, and a taste of what seminary education is like.  The day features the faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary campus in Richmond. If you would like to join a group of adults or youth who are planning to attend and share rides please contact Rev. Lyndsey McCall or Jacqui Horton.

Donating School Supplies for Children Whose Parents Can’t Afford Them

Presbyterian Women are collecting the following school supplies: backpacks, pocket folders, colored pencils, spiral notebooks(single, wide-ruled), #2 pencils, crayons, markers, notebook paper(wide-ruled), 3-ring binders(1 1/2″ or larger), composition books, blunt scissors, glue sticks, pink erasers and pencil boxes. Drop off items in the narthex or church office or if you prefer, you may write a check to FPC with “school supplies” in the memo, and members of PW will shop for you. Thanks for your support of this mission!

Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan

As a kick-off to our fall celebration leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, on Rally Day, September 10, our Presbyterian Scottish heritage will be celebrated with a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service. The Rev. Peter Marshall, a native of Coatbridge, Scotland, is believed to have originated this service when he was pastor at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D. C., to raise funds for British war relief during World War II. The display of colorful tartans to the stirring sounds of bagpipes celebrates the struggle of our Scottish ancestors to affirm and establish that our Lord Jesus Christ alone is Head of the Kirk (the Scottish word for Church).

Highlights of July Session Meeting

The Stated Session Meeting was held Monday, July 17, 2017.

The Session members discussed the request to support the Union Presbyterian Seminary Capital Campaign.  The Session agreed to have First Presbyterian Church accept the challenge to participate in the Union Presbyterian Seminary Capital Campaign by pledging $40,000 over four or five years to name a dormitory room in the newly renovated student center, Richmond Hall.  The Session will work out the details for the fulfillment of the commitment.

The Stewardship Committee announced the Fall campaign will be called “Nurturing Faith through Generosity”.

The Session voted to allow First Presbyterian Church to participate in the Adopt-A-Spot Laskin Round-A-Bout site for litter clean up and beautification.

The Session agreed to have welcoming signs placed in the church and on church grounds that are part of PEVA’s Peacemaking Committee project.  The message of the signs is “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you are our neighbor”.  The signs are written in six languages Spanish, English, Arabic, Hebrew, French and Somali.

Opportunities to Serve

You’re invited to participate in the following outreach opportunities:

Growing Vegetables at Beach Health Clinic – In an effort to provide their patients with access to healthier foods, Beach Health Clinic has started a community garden in containers on their property. If you have a large planter or pot which you no longer need that could be used for container gardening, please bring it to the church office. Thanks in advance for your help.

Working with Our Youth Program – Interested in helping with our dynamic youth program? There are a variety of opportunities to get involved. Please contact the Rev. Lyndsey McCall (lyndsey@firstpresvb.org or 428-6332 X239).

Serve at Nimmo Community Garden on a Summer Tuesday – Our Food Pantry clients are delighted to receive fresh produce which has been picked by our volunteers from the Nimmo Community Garden on Tuesdays! Right now, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and green peppers are ready for harvesting, and green beans will be ready for picking this week or next. If you and a friend or family member want to volunteer for a Tuesday or two (two hour maximum commitment) harvesting vegetables for our Food Pantry clients, please contact the church office (428-6332 or office@firstpresvb.org) and we’ll put your name on the calendar. If Tuesdays don’t work for you, come help tend tomatoes on Monday 9 -11a.m. or TGIFriday Tillers 9 -11a.m. Please RSVP to (nimmogarden@gmail.com) so you can be notified in case of changes due to weather.

Join FPCares – A new ministry, FPCares, is reaching out to our members who, for whatever reason, are unable to be as active in their church family as they would like to be. Please contact Susan Carden (scarden@aol.com) if you are willing to let one of these members know that he or she is missed through phone calls, cards or notes, and/or visits.

Take Jesus with You!

Where’s Jesus? Wherever you go! Prove it. Take a picture of you and Jesus while you travel here, there and everywhere. Pick up your Traveling Jesus from the church office. Then send pictures with Jesus to secretary@firstpresvb.org and we will post them on our Facebook page and the website. Also add it to your own social media with #FPCTravelingJesus. Enjoy your journey with Jesus. Jesus said “…I am with you always…”   (Matthew 28:20)