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- Sign-up sheets for ushers, coffee servers, Communion servers.
- Sign-up sheets for fellowship activities.
- Information about Sunday School classes - please see the Christian Education page.
- General/specific info about First Presbyterian.
- Directions for the building locations.
Join us for an all Church Book Study
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
is the selection for our virtual Book Club meeting on January 21, 2021.
The Richardson family lives in the planned community of Shaker Heights, Ohio - a place of wealth, comfort and stability - and they are a clan that embodies these traits. But when Mia, a single mother, and her 15 year old daughter, Pearl, rent a house in the area, their very different lives will merge with those of the Richardson family and begin to control the carefully laid lattice that supports their views. Once again the plotting and pacing are nearly perfect characters are believable and real. Ng is a master of family and societal dynamics, shifting perspectives and the secret ways that we try to protect and readers who lived her debut will recognize the author in this second novel even as she continues to stretch herself as a writer.
The Book Club meets on Zoom at 10:30 on the third Thursday of each month. For further information, contact Pat Hyden, 360-457-1843 or Ardith Hansel, 217-649-5418.
Join the Zoom meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82815460430?pwd=K2Q5dkltSmxVazZHdTRDMkJPUTBNdz09 If you want to be a part of it but cannot connect by Zoom you can call on the phone at 1-253-215-8782.
Meeting ID: 828 1546 0430 I Passcode: 721746
Reel Reflections: Just Mercy Thursday, January 21 - Movie at 6:30 pm*/Discussion at 8:30 pm, all via Zoom
“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done,” Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The truth of this statement is what allows us to go before the Lord, for if God only saw in us our worst deeds, there would be no hope for redemption. While this principle may be true for our faith, it is often absent in our justice system. Fortunately, there are people in the world like Bryan Stevenson who represent the marginalized in their fight for equal justice under the law.
Just Mercy is based on the true story of Walter McMillian, a man condemned to die for a murder he did not commit. In this powerful movie, we follow attorney Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, in his quest to bring justice for Walter (played by Jamie Foxx) and others like him who have been unfairly condemned. If you joined us for the book discussion, you will not want to miss this film. Please join us, via Zoom, for our first ever virtual Reel Reflections on Thursday, January 21.
Here is the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84618829802?pwd=aEVMOTA5WmRvK1VWbXorYmY0SWhWQT09 Meeting ID: 846 1882 9802 I Passcode: 386523
*Note: we will stream the movie via Zoom at 6:30 p.m., but we strongly recommend that you contact the church office first to test your system, otherwise we recommend that you watch the movie on your own and then join us for the discussion at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Social Connection Is Important
Here are some ideas for things to keep you socially connected and active, maybe things you have not included in your summer activities or thought about! These are things you can do as a family or as individuals in small groups – always adhering to the Phase 2 restrictions!
- Beach walking at mouth of Elwha River
- Worship together virtually in small group
- Send special greetings, photos, sayings, etc., to people to cheer
- Group of up to five in open parking lot – bring chairs or park cars for communication
- (Church parking lot, Edna’s Place-First St, Shane Park, Crown Park – Look around!)
- (remember probably no “facilities”) Bring sack lunch and meet with friends
- Check on Neighbors
- Share Garden Bounty
- Be a leader – help others
- Check out North Olympic Library System programs (on line)
- Imagine Your Story - schedule set to tour/experience local area – B&B Lavender Farm
- Baby & Children Story time
- Special Speaker Series
- Volunteer to call Home Bound people once or twice a week
- Safe restaurant eating, especially outdoors
- For small groups – like Deacon Flocks, Circle, Wed AM Bible Study, Fish Co. – divide group into teams of three who commit to communicate with the other two people in their group at least once a week.
Pets on Parade Slideshow
We all love our pets; they give their loyalty to us, joy, laughter, they console us in times of sadness. They are an important part of the family, whether they have been with us for years or are new to us.
I hope everyone enjoyed our Pets on Parade slideshow! It is not too late if you would still like to contribute towards another one in a few weeks. Please send in pictures of you with your pet companion for a slideshow. Don't forget to include their names.