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First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for August 17, 2017 – August 25, 2017

First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for August 17, 2017 – August 25, 2017

#  From now through Labor Day Sunday we will have one service of worship at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Coffee and donuts will be available in the atrium both before (beginning at 8:45 a.m.) and after the service.


#  Happy Anniversary to Ronald and Nancy MacKenzie who will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary August 25.

#  Happy Anniversary to Warren and Mary Potter who will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary August 27.

#  Happy Anniversary to John and Ann Mitchell who will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary also on August 27.
#  Happy Birthday to Pat Whisnant who will celebrate her 93rd birthday August 20. P
#  Happy Birthday to Omer Burgert who will celebrate his 93rd birthday August 22.
#  We extend our condolences to Linda Tillotson on the death of her husband, John Tillotson, August 11.  The memorial service will be Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. at FPC.
We are pleased to report that our job openings have been filled.
Brian Stevens has been hired as our custodian and began work August 8.

Susanna Stone, our new Coordinator for Youth and Christian Education, began August 15.

*Wednesday, August 16*

#  Crafters group will meet at 3 p.m. in the social hall. Bring that almost finished project or help make cards for C.A.R.E. members of FPC. All card supplies are furnished.
*Saturday, August 19*
#  First Presbyterian Rochester Habitat for Humanity work day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. or whenever you need to leave – lunch will be provided. The house is at 2268 Cedar Park Court SE. No construction experience is necessary as there are always jobs for every comfort level – from sweeping to hammering nails to using the power saw. Please let Sarah Edgerton know if you plan to come ( so there will be enough food.
#  Memorial Service for John Tillotson at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Visitation is at 10 a.m. at the church.

*Sunday, August 20*
#  Worship at 9:30 a.m.

*Monday, August 21*
#  Pizza Fundraiser for Friendship Place. A fundraiser that anyone can support is spelled s-u-p-p-e-r. Friendship Place volunteers will be at the Stewartville Pizza Ranch from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 21. During that time Friendship Place will receive 10% of the sales and all of the tips. If you’re in the mood for pizza, please stop in. If you’ve never been to a Pizza Ranch before, you’re in for a treat.

*Monday, August 21 to Friday, August 25*
#  First Players hosts its annual Band Camp from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The final concert and ice cream social will be Friday, August 25 at noon.
*Tuesday, August 22*
#  Meet the Instrument night for new First Players from 5-7 p.m.

*Wednesday, August 23*
#  Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the lounge. The topic August 23 continues “What we believe – The Apostles’ Creed.” The study is led by Al Depman. This concludes the summer series. The fall series begins September 13.
*Friday, August 25*
#  Band Camp concert at noon followed by an ice cream social.

*Sunday, August 27*
#  Worship at 9:30 a.m.
#  Trail Walk at Willow Creek Reservoir. Meet at Willow Creek Reservoir in SW Rochester at 1 p.m. The parking lot is at the end of Lone Pine Drive SW. We’ll hike the trail that goes around the reservoir and we might even get to see the eagles that have a nest in the area.
*Tuesday, August 29*

#  Chancel Guild meets at 1 p.m.
#  Forum@First at 7 p.m. in the social hall. “Following the Boom: are we ready for aging in Olmsted County.” Learn about the increasing challenges for individuals and service providers. What can be done to provide a better future?
*Sunday, September 3* (Last Sunday with worship at 9:30 a.m.)
#  Worship at 9:30 a.m.
#  One of our parish nurses will be in the library after the service September 3 to take your blood pressure and answer questions you may have about your health.
*Monday, September 4* (Labor Day)
#  Church Office will be closed September 4 in celebration of Labor Day.
*Tuesday, September 5*
#  Back to school for students in Rochester Public Schools.
#  Grief Support Group meets at 11 a.m. in the library.     #  Deacons meet at 7 p.m. in the south fireside room.
#  Most committees meet. Check with your lead elder if you aren’t sure about yours.

#  We’re working on the all-church calendar for the coming program year (September 2017-September 2018). If you or your committee have activities you want included, please let Carol Evans know (reply to this e-mail, phone 282-1618, or leave a note in the church office).
#  As you know, some of the best kids on the planet attend First Presbyterian Church. The goal of your CE Committee is to create multigenerational Sunday School teacher teams. Parents of young children typically comprise the majority of our teams. We’d like to expand this pool. Please consider this opportunity to get to know some wonderful children! We provide teacher orientation, teacher-friendly curricula, ongoing support AND best of all flexible scheduling. From September-May, classes for pre-Kindergarten and elementary students are approximately 40 minutes long, held during the education hour (between 1st and 2nd services). We prefer at least two or three adults for each class and we’re eager include you –whether you can help out every week or just once a month. Please speak with or call Rev. Rowland (282-1618) to talk about the possibilities. (FPC Christian Education Committee)
#  Book giveaway continues. As the church library revitalization continues, outdated books are continually being removed and made available for free. Look for the “free books” note on boxes in the library and the foyer and on the cart in the atrium.

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#  “You will never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” (Bob Marley)
#  “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” (J. Pierpont Morgan)