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First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for October 12, 2017 – October 20, 2017

First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for October 12, 2017 – October 20, 2017
     #  Happy Birthday to Peter Dyck who will celebrate his 90th birthday October 20.
     #  We extend our condolences to Sondra Danielson and Laura and Tim Smith and their family on the death of Sondra’s husband and Laura’s father, Gordon K. Danielson Jr, October 2. A private memorial service was held October 6.
     #  We extend our condolences to Rusty and Tina Brown on the death of Rusty’s mother September 28 in Tennessee. R
     #  We extend our condolences to Marion Pitts on the recent death of her mother in Michigan. 
*Wednesday, October 11
     #  Wednesday activities
          4:15 p.m.: Alleluia Ringers (grades 2-5)
          5:00 p.m.: Youth Choir (grades 6-12)
          5:45 p.m.: Middle School youth group (grades 6-8)
          5:45 p.m.: Senior High youth group (grades 9-12)
          6:30 p.m.: Adult Bible Study: “The Path to Peace” (Al Depman)
          7:00 p.m.: Joyous Praise handbells (grades 6-12 and adults)
*Thursday, October 12*
     #  Prayer Shawl group meets at 1 p.m. in the lounge.
     #  Jubilate Deo (6:15 p.m.) and Chancel Choir (7:30 p.m.) rehearse.
*Friday, October 13*
     #  Parents Night Out Sitter Service from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Registrations for October 13 are closed. 
*Saturday, October 14*
     #  PTCA Mission Celebration 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian in Bloomington. The theme is “Concerns of the Heart” and focuses on the mission in our congregations that reaches to the community. Please call the church office if you would like to go and we can help you register and with carpooling. To register on-line, go to . For more information, check page 6 of the Sunday 10/8/17 bulletin or check that bulletin on our WEB page (
*Sunday, October 15*
     #  Worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Preaching: Rev. Jay Rowland. Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9.     
     #  Singing: Chancel Choir at 8:30 a.m.; Cherub Choir at 11. Ringing: Alleluia Ringers at both services.
     #  Nursery and child care for infants through 3-year-olds is provided from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     #  Education Hour:
                  9:40-10:45: Nursery – preschool (3-year-olds)  
                  9:40-10:45Sunday school/education hour for grades 6 through adults
                  9:40-10:20Sunday school for PreK and Kg/1; Calvin Choir rehearsal for grades 2-5
                  10:20-10:50: Sunday school for grades 2/3 and 4/5; Cherub Choir rehearsal for age 4-grade 1 
     #  Adult Education: (1) Current Issues (lounge): “Gun control pro and con” with guest Peter Brooks;  (2) Kerygma (south fireside room): Bible study of Matthew (Jane Goodfriend and Ruth Walts); (3) The coffee pot will be on in social hall. 
     #  Coffee and donuts will be available in the social hall between services and in the atrium after the second service.
     #  A two-week new member class begins October 15. Anyone interested in joining First Presbyterian Church, or in finding out more about our church, is welcome. The class will meet in the conference room at 9:40 a.m. New members will meet with the Session October 22 and be recognized by the congregation at the 11 a.m. service that day.
     #  Youth Group (grades 6-12) outing to Northwoods Orchard (8018 75th Avenue NW / Oronoco) at 2 p.m. Explore the corn maze, enjoy a wagon ride, and make s’mores by the campfire. Cost is $5. Contact Susanna Stone for more information.
     #  A Festival of Music will present Gabriel Preisser, lyric baritone, in the opening concert of the 2017-2018 season at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary.
     #  Sign up in the atrium between services for Octoberfest on October 25.
Sunday, October 15 – Sunday, October 22
     #  First Presbyterian Church will be hosting Family Promise from OCtober 15-22.
*Monday, October 16*
     #  Items for the November newsletter are due either in reply to this e-mail or in the church office.
     #  Esther Circle meets at 1 p.m. in the lounge.
     #  Second half real estate taxes are due October 16!
*Tuesday, October 17*
     #  Session meets at 7 p.m. in the south fireside room.
*Wednesday, October 18*
     #  No Wednesday youth or music activities because of MEA conferences..
     #  Priscilla Circle meets at 9:15 a.m. in the lounge.
     #  Crafters meets at 3 p.m. in the social hall.
     #  No Bible Study this week.
*Thursday, October 19*
     #  Jubilate Deo (6:15 p.m.) and Chancel Choir (7:30 p.m.) rehearse.
*Saturday, October 21*
     #  Ruth Circle meets at 10 a.m. in the lounge.

*Sunday, October 22*  
     #  Worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. 

*Wednesday, October 25*
     #  Wednesday activities are on as usual.
     #  Join the Christian Education Committee for their Octoberfest supper from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy brats, hot dogs, German potato salad, sauerkraut, and more with music by Lea Jennings on the accordion. Sign up for the dinner between worship services on October 15 and 22. There is no charge but we will accept a freewill donation. 
     #  October is FPC’s month to provide paper products and other needed items for the Gift of Life Transplant House. A list of the needed items and a container to put your donations in are in the foyer. (Presbyterian Women)  
     #  Peace and Global Witness Offering was dedicated October 1, although you can contribute to it anytime through October. Envelopes are in the pew racks.
     #  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have moved on, but the effects are still very real to the people affected by the winds, torrential rains, floods, and the destruction caused by the storms. The needs for the response are great. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) provides an emergency response and specializes in long-term recovery fueled by your generous gifts. To give, make a check to First Presbyterian Church and designate it for PDA or hurricane relief. You can also designate it specifically for Harvey, Irma, or Puerto Rico. Unspecified donations will be be divided among the causes.To date members of FPC have given $6510. Our Mission Committee has designated $2000 for Harvey-Irma relief an another $1000 for Puerto Rico. 
     #  “THANK YOU to Jay, T.J., Casey Clements, The Social Services Committee and my fellow Deacons for the generous donation and sponsorship to the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk that was held on September 16. I also would like to thank my FPC family and all that participated and showing support by either walking at the event, donating or BOTH! I am very thankful for all that gave in remembrance and in human kindness. Hopefully this can be another element that will link our community and FPC. Please stay tuned for future news!  Thank you all and God Bless!” (Terry Lund Whiting)
     #  “One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But, speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so … I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” (Thomas Edison)
     #  “When an archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s-eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim – improve yourself.” (Gilbert Arland)