Easter is on April 12 this year. We hope to be together to celebrate Easter in the sanctuary. However, if we are still required to stay at home to keep one another safe because of the virus, we can still worship together using various methods. The worship teams are creating prayers, practicing hymns, and learning how to be miniature video production studios. No matter how or where, we will celebrate the risen Christ! Stay tuned to Facebook, the emailed e-news, and the church web site at fpcpa.org to be informed about upcoming Easter worship news. He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Being the Church
While the church building is closed, the Church is still active. You are calling, emailing, and video-chatting with each other to check in and make sure everyone is OK.
Next Sunday, April 5th, fpcpa.org/eworship
Worship will be online on the church’s web page or you will be able to get to it through our Facebook page. If you have any questions about how to get to the web site or to Facebook, please don’t hesitate to call the office on weekdays.
Pastor Matt's sermon ""Even Death on a Cross" is based on Philippians 2:5-11 with an additional reading form Psalm 31:9-16. As we near the end of the Lenten journey, we reflect on the cross of Christ, reflected in this portion of the Larger Westminster Catechism: Christ humbled himself in his death, in that having been betrayed by Judas, forsaken by his disciples, scorned and rejected by the world, condemned by Pilate, and tormented by his persecutors; having also conflicted with the terrors of death and the powers of darkness, felt and borne the weight of God’s wrath, he laid down his life an offering for sin, enduring the painful, shameful, and cursed death of the cross. Through his cross, Jesus suffers and bears the weight of our sin.
One Great Hour of Sharing
This annual offering, typically received Easter Sunday (April 12), supports disaster and hunger relief and community development. Despite not having “in place” worship services, you can still make a contribution to this important offering. Simply send your offering to the church designating it for "One Great Hour of Sharing."
You can also text OGHS to 20222 to give $10.
Finally, you can donate direct at the following PCUSA World Missions Page: https://specialofferings.pcusa.org/offering/oghs/
Lenten Vespers Thursdays throughout Lent
Lenten Vespers worship continues on Thursdays throughout Lent but in a new format. Please visit the website at fpcpa.org/eworship to locate links for the worship booklet, hymns, and Pastor Matt’s Lectio Divina reflection. This week’s reflection will be on Psalm 130. The web site describes how to participate in this new way of worship, but there is no wrong way of doing it! You can observe vespers at 6:30 pm Thursday evening or at any other time of your choosing. The links for each service will remain on the site, so you can even go back to revisit the hymns or reflections later on.!
We are responsible for a dinner for the TAFY youth center on April 4th. Because of our church’s closure this month to sign-up to help provide the meal had to be changed. If you could provide a portion of a meal—a hot dish, salad, side dish, or dessert—please contact Marcia Logan @ 360-452-3535 or the church office @ 360-452-4781. Marcia will arrange pick-up and delivery with you. Thank you for helping to continue this ministry to feed the young people of Port Angeles!
By order of Governor Inslee's order our building will be closed for the next two weeks. You can contact the office staff by leaving a message on the church office phone, we will be checking the phones on a regular bases, or email us.r Sunday.
New Church Directories
An updated church directory is in the works! We will either email or call you to confirm your information. If you did not have a photo taken, please let us know whether to use a previous photo or a new one that you will provide. We are excited about getting new directories out to you as soon as we can.
In the office, we are working to find ways to give you online worship experiences created by Pastor Matt and others on the worship team. Following “social distancing” protocols still allows people to work together to create music, write prayers, and create inspiring sermons. We are looking into methods to record video of worship and even to live-stream it. Mike Sofie has created a new web page on our site called “E-Worship” located at fpcpa.org/eworship. Please continue to check the page for new ways to be the Church during this outbreak. An online version of the Lenten Vespers service and links to worship services video-recorded from our sanctuary and people’s homes are available. Pastor Matt has created podcasts to accompany the Vespers service.
Church committees, Bible studies, and others can meet using the Zoom platform to do virtual meetings using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. We are happy to help you set up one of these meetings. Just let us know.
Directories and Hymnals
The office is also continuing to work on the draft directories. Several people have noted omissions and errors, which we are correcting. We will call or email you if we are uncertain about whether your information is up to date. Of course, you can contact us anytime to let us know if you have seen an error.
In addition, bookplates are being created for the new hymnals, Lift Up Your Hearts, which look great and have even been embossed with the church name. Once the bookplates have been printed, we will need a couple of volunteers to place them in the hymnals. After that, the hymnals will be placed in the pews and ready to use.
Blessings, Lauren Corder, Office Mgr.