Worship Services Resume
Dear Family and Friends of First Church,
I’m so excited that we are moving toward a more normal schedule for church activities. After the past year, we will continue to depend on God’s Holy Spirit and upon each other. This new beginning requires the time, talent, and generosity of all of us. – Pastor Denny Silk
• 9 a.m. Contemporary Service
• 11 a.m. Traditional Service
No need to register your intent to attend.
For our home worshippers, we will Livestream one of the services each Sunday.
We will Livestream our 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 20.
For children age 4 through 5th grade in Asbury Hall.
We’ll begin in the sanctuary and move to Asbury Hall after the children’s time.
• Faith for Today Class – Centennial Room
• Upper Room Class – Epworth Room
• The Table Class – continues on Zoom
The youth groups began Sunday evening activities on May 2. They will continue on Sunday evenings and plan some special activities for the summer. Sunday morning Sunday School classes will resume in August.
• In all activities, we will mask and social distance.
• If you are simply not ready to participate, we understand and will hopefully see you on Livestream.
• Any changes in these activities will be dictated by concern for your health and safety.
Pastor Denny Silk
Update From Our Boy Scout Troop #41
Even with Covid-19 making planning an Eagle Scout Service Project more complicated than ever, Troop 41 has had 10 Eagle Scouts complete their board of review signifying their achievement of the highest accomplishment in Scouting since March 2020. With well over 1,000 volunteer hours supporting these 10 service projects, the following organizations were supported:
• August Shaw Montessori
• Beatitudes Campus
• City of Phoenix Graffiti Busters Program
• City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department
• City of Phoenix Rio Salado Habitat in conjunction with the Audubon Society
• First United Methodist Church Weekday School
• Phoenix Christian Preparatory School
• St. Vincent DePaul Society of Phoenix
We would be remiss if we failed to provide the names of our Eagle Scouts who undertook the leadership of these tremendous services projects benefiting our community. The Eagle Scouts are as follows:
• Austin Gentry
• Axel Dahm
• Cort Ostendorf
• Drake Gear
• George Cavness
• Jack Barrett
• Jacob Dahm
• John Antolik
• Nicholas Whitlock
• Sam Benavidez
Sunday Adult Classes Resume
Join one of our adult classes on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
• Faith for Today Class – Centennial Room
• Upper Room Class – Epworth Room
• The Table Class – on summer break
The Table Class is a group of 20’s and up who typically meet between services on Sundays. We discuss a broad range of video, book and online series through the lens of faith and openness. All adults are welcome! Occasionally, we meet for lunch after class. Seasonally, we get together for family friendly dinners in a participant’s home. We are working on a series selection for August. Each class topic is typically freestanding so classes can be joined at anytime.
Kids Church on Sunday Mornings
Kids Church meets during our Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m. for children age 4 through 5th grade in Asbury Hall. We begin in the sanctuary and move to Asbury Hall after the children’s time.
Food Pantry Items
The shelves of our food assistance pantry are getting bare and we are in need of the following items: bottled water, Vienna sausage, tuna, mac-n-cheese, soups, spaghetti sauce, small jars of jelly and peanut butter (plastic jars please), plastic spoons and forks. If you are able to help with any of these items, please drop them off to the church office. We ask that all containers have easy-open lids or pull-tops.
Pride Sunday, June 27
The Welcoming and Reconciling Team for the Desert Southwest Annual Conference encourages all churches to be a part of Pride month and choose a Sunday in June to celebrate the lives and ministry of LGBTQIA+ in all their diversity. This will be part of our worship emphasis on Sunday, June 27. Please be present to show our love and appreciation for LGBTQIA+ families and friends.
Grief Support Group
First Church will offer a five-week support group for those of you who have experienced the death of a loved one or friend. We will meet in Wesley Lounge, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on these Wednesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4. This is a safe place to share stories and process your grief. Please contact Robin Spencer about your plans to attend at 602.263.5013, x107 or by email.
They come from Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Eritrea, Thailand, Burma and Syria. They lived for years in refugee camps before arriving at apartments around the corner on Camelback Road in Phoenix. These families have needs for so many items and First Church will help supply. Specifically, we are collecting only NEW: girls tennis shoes sizes 2-7, boys sizes 2-8, socks, children underwear sizes 6-14, towels, washcloths, toilet paper and cleaning supplies plus toys for all ages. Think about balls, hula hoops and things to keep children occupied during these summer months. We appreciate your donations. Please leave in the church office with attention to Robin. June and July deliveries will be made.
Afternoon Book Group
While the COVID pandemic has put a huge damper on in-face meetings, it did not stop the First Church Book Group from “meeting”. With the help of Russ Morrow and the computer savvy of Peggy Ward, we have been meeting on ZOOM for the last ten months. While the number of attendees was small, it did not dampen our enthusiasm. Regular contributors to our ZOOM meetings were: Patricia Barnes, Audrey Clayton, Diane Gara-Weiner, Debby Johnson, Liv Stevens, Peggy Ward, and Fred Baldwin. We have not just sat at home and stewed, but have traveled the world with the characters in our books. We started our journey by riding the Underground Railroad with Cora through the South in the 1850s. We then accompanied Lise on her spy missions in France during WWII. Valentina was our guide for the easternmost part of modern Russia after which we snuck across the border into North Korea to hear Hyeonseo’s story. Arthur Pepper transported us to India and then to Paris where we met Lisette who took us to southern France during WWII. We returned to the 1850s to travel the world with Mrs. Tom Thumb only to be sidetracked into Mr. Rogers neighborhood. We went back to the South once again to visit Wonder Boy Buddy Threadgoode in reincarnated Whistle Stop, Alabama. And finally, in the 1860s, we visited the Carnegies in Pittsburgh and met Mrs. Carnegie’s maid. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 at 1:30 p.m. The book for June is Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. We welcome all who love to read and discuss and travel the world.
You can request to provide altar flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one. Our altar flowers are $35 per arrangement. You can provide one or both arrangements for most Sundays with any dedication you choose. Please call Cathy Fuentes in the office at (602) 263-5013 x100 for more information or use our online request form.
The Weekday School has been busy wrapping up a successful whirlwind of a school year! We are so thankful that we have been able to remain open, healthy, and able to care for children in our community. It’s time for us to shift into Summer Fun mode. Our summer session started June 2 and we have tons of fun activities planned for each classroom. We’re looking forward to themed weeks, such as “Super Hero” and “Ocean” weeks, as well as some fun water play days and special lunches. It’ll be a nice change of pace before the 2021-2022 school year begins!
Dressmakers Sewing Group
Dressmakers sew simple dresses and donate them to the “Dress A Girl Around the World” Foundation. These dresses are given to girls of all sizes and ages wherever there is a need. Since 2018, First Church Dressmakers have donated 171 dresses!! If you have some sewing experience (it can be very minimal) you are invited to join us. Dressmakers meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon in Epworth Room. The generosity of the congregation assures that fabric and supplies are provided. There are sewing machines available as well as scissors, pins etc. You may choose to bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit as well. Dressmakers enjoy the social time of being together in addition to sewing dresses. If you have any questions please contact Peggy Ward at 623-847-5865 or by email.
Games Galore Group
The Games Galore Group will begin meeting regularly on Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. – noon in Centennial Room. If you like to play games and are ready for some social contact please consider joining us. We generally play Mexican Train but are open to other games and would really like to increase the size of our group! Don’t know how to play Mexican Train? We are willing to teach you, and it is easy to learn!! If you have questions, please contact Peggy Ward at 623-847-5865 or by email.
PRAYERS FOR OUR SPECIAL CARE
Betty (Jo) Thornton, Brenda Unsworth, Cecil Vaughn, Carolyn Allen, Charlcey Brabec, Ronald Brunson, Karlene Carlson, Ruth Clark, Hedy Cunningham, Gaylene Dieckhoff
First Church is saddened to announce the death of Helen Hullum, who passed on May 26, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
First Church is saddened to announce the death of Robert Hullum, who passed on June 4, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
SENIOR MILESTONES (Celebrating 80 or more birthdays)
Ann Flaherty, 6/25
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