Sermon,This Sunday, June 7th, Communion
Pastor Matt's sermon "A New Beginning" is based on Matthew 28:16-20 with an addtional reading from Genesis 1:1--2:4a. The Creation story and the Great Commission form the framework of our Trinity Sunday service. The passages speak of new beginnings--the Creation of the world we know and a special relationship between us and our Creator God, and of a new and critical role for Jesus' disciples to carry on his ministry of reconciliation in the world. With our world upside down because of the coronavirus, what new beginnings can we see? Where is God in the midst of these times and how is God calling still calling us to serve? Let us celebrate our God of new beginnings and listen for God's empowering word.


Celebration of our High School Seniors
It sure has not been the graduation season they anticipated, so let’s make sure Emma Weller and Arie Paul feel the love of their church family. Arie is going to Whitworth and Emma is going to Harvard.
We are planning a drive-by on June 14 (caravan meeting at 2 pm at our church parking lot) with two unusual Grad cakes and gifts at Arie Paul's house. Travel time is about 15 minutes, so we will arrive at about 2:30 pm to acknowledge and celebrate Emma and Arie.
We'd also like to flood them with cards and well wishes. If you can participate, their addresses are: Arie Paul @ 1815 E. 5th St 98362 and Emma Weller @ 382 Yellow Rock Ln 98362.


Port Angeles Food Bank Food Drive Update
Prior to the covid-19 restrictions, FPCPA donated 252 pounds of food to our local food bank.
If restrictions interrupted your efforts to support the March food drive, know that your contribution is needed now more than ever. However, the food bank currently is unable to take in food donations. Additionally, food donations from our local stores are much lower than usual. This means that the food bank must purchase much of the food it provides to clients. Therefore, by donating cash, you can still participate in the church’s food drive. The following link will direct you to the food bank’s secure cash donation page. In addition to your individual support, the Missions Committee during the April meeting voted to send the PA Food Bank $750.
https://www.portangelesfoodbank.org/give-money


All Church Retreat Cancelled
Unfortunately, the all church retreat to Camp David Jr. that was scheduled May 15-17 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clallam County Parks department has closed the camp through the end of May. Do not lose hope! 1st Presbyterian has already reserved a slot for next year, May 14-16, 2021.


Financial Help
If you are needing some financial help during this pandemic time, please email the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 360-452-4781..


Seven Marks of Vital Congregations Bible Study Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm on Zoom
In these seven-week small group bible studies we will “Explore Seven Marks of Vital Congregations.” The Vital Congregations Initiative goal is to help us as a congregation reflect on where God has been in our past, where we are now, and to listen for where God is leading us next. This experience is a great time to get to know some new people, study the Bible together, and learn more about each other! To participate, please email Lauren (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) so that she can send you the link to the Zoom meeting. Once you have the link, you can save it and use the same one for all seven of the sessions.


Technology
The staff is working on 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.  A new web page on our site is called “E-Worship” located at fpcpa.org/eworship. Please continue to check the page for new ways to be the Church during this outbreak. 

We would love to receive photos from you of whatever ways you are being the Church at home or in other places. Do you have a special devotional space, a candle, a favorite work of art? Would you like to send a photo of you or your family sharing a time of prayer? Please send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and let me know who and what is in your photo. We can post them on our web site for others to enjoy.

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.