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SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

  • SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP - 10:00am – All are Welcome! Join us in Fellowship Hall following the service for coffee, treats, and friendly conversation.

  • NURSERY CARE (0-5yrs) - Sundays 9:00am- 11:30am Children of all ages are welcome during worship, but a staffed nursery is available for any parent/guardians who would like to have childcare for little ones while participating in Sunday Worship or Educational opportunities

SUNDAY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

9:00am - Robin’s Nest Preschool (3-5yrs)

9:00am - Rotation Workshop (K-5th grade)

9:00am - YOUTH - Middle School (6-8th grade)

9:00am - YOUTH - High School (9-12th grade) - Note: trough October this group will be meeting with the Adult Class at 9:00am and beginning in November this group will be meeting after worship in the Youth Center

9:00am - Adult Faith Formation Classes

SATURDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

  • BAREFOOT CHURCH – Saturdays at 9:00am – **Note NEW MEETING TIME as of 10/31/2015** Gathering will start with a simple breakfast (pancakes or continental) and following we will have discussion about how scripture and our faith intersect with contemporary issues. Every gathering will be open to our neighbors and the entire congregation. We hope to see you there!
WEEKDAY FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES:
  • Monday Feast Scripture Exploration - Mondays at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room - Dig into the scripture following the Narrative lectionary. Contact John Stedman, Dan Mundt or Sara Gannon for more info.
  • Spiritual Nurture Women’s Group - Tuesday mornings at 10:00am in the Fireside Room - We seek to be companions on the spiritual journey and provide a safe place for women to share life's challenges and joys, support each other and pray for one another. We seek to deepen our spirituality, align with Christ as our Center and grow in our relationships with each other by exploring scripture, writings, teachings and experiencing spiritual practices. We love to have new women join us! The first few weeks we'll explore the church theme, "Hungering for Peace." Then we will begin a book and 6 week DVD series called "Sacred Rhythms" by Ruth Haley Barton. For more information, please contact Sara Gannon.
  • Centering Worship—Each Wednesday at 6:15pm - we gather for 15-20 minutes of worship using songs and prayers from WEAVING PEACE. Everyone is welcome! This is for ALL AGES
  • NURSERY CARE (0-5yrs) - Wednesdays 6:00pm- 8:00pm - staffed nursery is available for any parent/guardians who would like to have childcare for little ones while participating in Wednesday Evening activities and programming

 

Practicing Sabbath and Simplicity during Lent

Sabbath and Simplicity are spiritual practices that create space in our lives to delight and rest in God. They are antidotes to anxiety and can help bear the fruits of joy, freedom and peace in our lives. Intentionally practicing Sabbath and Simplicity during Lent can help us to grow as individuals and as a faith community and begin to create some healthy habits that will enrich our life together and allow God to use us as a more powerful instrument of healing in the world.

Throughout Lent, we are encouraging everyone to intentionally take a weekly “Sabbath Time.”  You may be wondering  how can you practice Sabbath during Lent?

  • Simply STOP your work for 24 hours. Unplug - spend time alone and with family or friends in activities that renew.  Everyone will celebrate Sabbath in a unique way.  Enjoy a family dinner,  light candles, rest, nap, take a walk, spend time in nature, read a book —for fun!  This is not a moment or day for generosity, hospitality and healing.  Let your “to do” list and ambitions cease. Pay attention to the beauty around you. Listen to your longings. Listen for God’s whisper. Delight in Life, Light and Love!
  • Be sure to pick up a Lenten Devotional called “Bearing Fruit.” These devotional booklets will be handed out during service on January 31st and will also be available in the Narthex. You will find a reading for each day of Lent starting on Ash Wednesday, February 10th.
  • During Lent, a study on the book, “Seven” by Jen Hatmaker will be lead by John and Sharon Stedman in the adult Sunday school class.  The Tuesday morning Spiritual Nurture Group will also be studying this book. This is a great opportunity to join one of these groups or read the book on your own. “Seven” is about practicing simplicity and generosity and reducing our own materialism, greed and overindulgence.  There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall if you’d like to order a book.
  • As a church community during Lent we want to practice loving each other by encouraging one another to take Sabbath rest. During each Sunday in Lent we will create “Sabbath Space” for certain members to worship without having to do their usual work. On various Sundays, we will: go without media during service, not have instrumentals and sing acapella, or not have a bulletin. Don’t worry - if you are attached to these things –it will be alright.  And you will be showing love by giving the gift of Sabbath rest to a fellow brother or sister in Christ.

 

 

Summer Camp is Just Around the Corner!

Register your child/children for a fantastic camp experience where they will create wonderful memories that last a lifetime while growing in their faith!

Be sure to keep an eye out for some of our own First Presbyterian Church campers in this video.

Visit the Presbyterian Clearwater Forest website (www.clearwaterforest.org) for more information or to register online.

Note - if you are having trouble viewing the video, please use the following link: CLEARWATER FOREST 2016 VIDEO



 

Donation Brings Clean Water to Malawi Village

Life-giving water flows for the village of Ng’ombe Malawi thanks to a recent donation from Presbyterian Women of Eau Claire to the Marion Medical Mission!

Safe drinking water means life, not death, for many in a place where one in five children die before their fifth birthday from water-borne or sanitation related diseases.

The Shallow Well Program not only provides safe drinking water, but also the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to manage and maintain the protected water source, so that the supply of water continues in future years. Where shallow wells have been built, water-borne diseases are eliminated.

 

 

"DREAM TEAM" MEETINGS (All meetings are open to anyone with an interest in serving or gathering more information.  Please contact any Session Elder for imformation on the these teams and their responsibilites)

CARING FOR US - Tues, February 2nd at 5:30 pm

•  BEING GOOD STEWARDS - Wed, February 3rd at 4:30pm

•  BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS – Mon, February 15th at 6:00pm

•  FAITH FORMATION - Mon, February 1st at 6:00pm


OTHER IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS:

  • Tuesday, February 2nd – Presbyterian Women Coordinating Meeting at 11:00am
  • Monday, February 8th - Deacons at 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 16th - Session at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 10th - Potluck Dinner at 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 10th - Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, March 20th - Palm Sunday
  • Thursday, March 24th - Maundy Thursday
  • Friday, March 25th - Good Friday
  • Sunday, April 3rd - Maycol Coffee House and Talent Show
  • Friday, April 15th – YOUTH Star Wars Lock-In Part II
  • Saturday, April 23rd – Annual Thrift Sale
  • June 15- 18th - Synod Gathering of Presbyterian Women in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • July 24-29th - Synod School 2016 in Storm Lake, Iowa

 

 
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