Jazz Vespers with Spirituals and Gospel Music

A special Jazz Vespers with Spirituals and Gospel Music will take place at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m.

The choir of First Presbyterian Church will collaborate with the choir of Bethesda Lutheran Church on this program.

Last year the Bethesda choir invited us to join in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem on their concert series, and so we have invited them this year for a very different musical experience.

The choirs will sing spirituals and jazz anthems, to the accompaniment of piano, drums, and more.

It’s not a concert—there will be readings from Scripture, psalms, and prayers, as in the long tradition of Vespers in both Catholic and Protestant churches—but it will nonetheless really rock! … Continue

Youth Group Lockin

The Youth Group Lock-in (for youth in grades 8-12) is coming up!  We will begin at 5pm on Saturday, April 12th and end on Sunday morning, April 13th, in time for Palm Sunday festivities!

We will meet for dinner and fun and games and conversations in the Miller Gathering Hall, and then the boys and girls will move to separate classrooms for their night’s sleep.

Please contact Joel or Anna Hamaguchi if you are interested in coming.

Invitation to Dinner with Friends

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 6 p.m.: Dinner with friends is a delightful time for getting to know one another, sharing stories, catching up with old friends and making new friends.  All are welcome! If enough friends sign up, there will be several hosts.

Each host plans a meal for six to eight friends at their home.  A host will contact you, give you directions to their home and ask you to contribute something. Our next dinner with friends will be in the fall.

Sign up on the Welcome Table or talk to Art or Mary Hunt for more information.

Sing a new song to the Lord!

We are purchasing the new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God. Might you consider contributing a hymnal in honor, thanksgiving, or memory of someone? See the display tables in the Copeland Room and the Miller Gathering Hall. For more information, see Bruce Peabody.

Sanctuary Task Force Conversation

The Sanctuary Task Force invites your reflections on the movement of the pulpit to the center of the sanctuary. The Task Force is considering how best to make use of the space in which we worship; this change reflects our Reformed tradition’s focus on the centrality of the Word, read and proclaimed.

It also allows room for the choir to gather at the piano for the anthem. Another Sanctuary Task Force innovation is the elevation of several pews by several inches, for seating comfort. Please try out those pews, which are at the rear of the sanctuary and labeled “Test Pew.”

Any comments on these changes may be put into the Sanctuary Task Force comments box, in the Copeland Room.… Continue