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Sunday Worship Services
• 9 a.m. Contemporary Service
• 11 a.m. Traditional Service
For our home worshippers, we will Livestream one of the services each Sunday.
We will Livestream our 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, September 26.
• 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.
• In all activities, we will mask and social distance.
OUR MASK POLICY
Dear Family and Friends,
You’ve been asking questions about our mask policy. Questions and concerns are prompted by:
– new CDC guidelines that recommend “fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings…”
– the fact that the Delta variant is particularly potent and even the vaccinated may be susceptible and capable of transmission.
– increased number of cases and hospitalizations across the country and in Maricopa County.
Our COVID Response Team has met and discussed the issues faced by us in this particularly challenging time.
In an effort to avoid further restrictions and/or (heaven forbid) another shutdown:
– We strongly encourage all adults to wear masks in worship and other indoor activities at the church. Please remember that children, not yet eligible for vaccination, are often in attendance and we want to protect them.
– We will require all staff and volunteers working with children and youth to wear masks during indoor activities.
– Parents will decide whether their children/youth wear masks for church activities.
– We continue to support social distancing in all church activities.
– We strongly encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated.
We know that our patience has been tested many times over the last year but I am confident that we will not let our frustrations get the best of us but rather continue to be patient and grace-filled with each other. Your COVID Response Team is as frustrated as you may be, but we are not trying to create unnecessary obstacles, but instead find pathways that protect each other and our ministries.
Trusting God’s grace and providence,
Pastor Denny Silk, for the COVID Response Team
Sunday Adult Classes
Join one of our adult classes on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
• Faith for Today Adult Class – Centennial Room
• Upper Room Adult Class – Epworth Room
• The Table Adult Class – Room 116
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! Please join us in Room 116! We will be reading from and discussing Philippians. Join us as we reconnect and investigate why Paul’s letter to the young church in Philippi is considered the happiest book in The New Testament.
Faith for Today Class is an adult Sunday school class that meets in Centennial room on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. between our worship services. We aim to view and discuss materials that can be applied to daily living. We are exploring a series, “A Thinking Person’s Guide to Faith”.
Kids Church on Sunday Mornings
For children age 4 through 5th grade in Rooms 221 and 223 – we will begin in the sanctuary and move to the classrooms after the children’s time. We are excited to start separate classes upstairs in Room 221 for age 4 – 2nd grade and in Room 223 for grades 3 – 5.
Robin Spencer Retirement
We have received notice from Robin that she is retiring from her position as Parish Nurse as of October 14, 2021. Robin has done this particular ministry at First Church for 25 years and has affected the lives of many with her skills, compassion, and faithfulness. Though her official responsibilities were as Parish Nurse, she took personal initiative for many other tasks that have enriched our congregation. So it is with immense appreciation that we acknowledge her retirement and pray that her retirement will bring its own opportunities, rewards, and blessings.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 10 at 10 a.m. to join a recognition receiving time for Robin in Wesley Lounge. There will be a basket available for cards and well wishes in Wesley Lounge. Please feel free to honor Robin in whatever way you desire.
Denny Silk, Pastor
Marilyn Harter, Chairperson of the Staff/Parish Relations Committee
Office Volunteers Needed
Would you like to help in the office on Sunday mornings? I am seeking office help during the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services. Duties are minimal. If interested, please contact Cathy Fuentes at 602-263-5013 x 100 or email email@example.com.
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.
Kids and Youth Choirs
We are excited to announce that FirstKids Choir and First Youth Choir will soon resume in-person rehearsals!
⦁ Youth Choir meets Sundays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. All youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to join us! We are trying a fun new format that will incorporate handbells as well as singing.
⦁ FirstKids Choir meet Sunday mornings 10 – 10:50 a.m. in room 106. Join us for singing, games, and more fun with music!
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.
First Church OASIS Tutors are happy to report that we have completed four years of tutoring with the Madison School District OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program! Many thanks to all First Church tutors who have helped make a difference in the educational lives of our students.
Our Tutoring Program continues to thrive despite the challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic. During the 2020 -2021 school year, the OASIS Tutoring Program introduced the Postal Pen Pal Program, to serve as a substitute for in-person tutoring. This Program helped students build strong writing skills by exchanging letters with Tutors. Tutors wrote a least two letters per month and student pen-pals were encouraged to respond. It was exciting to see the great improvement in our students’ writing and literacy skills by the end of the school year.
First Church tutors were also able to stay connected with each other, and with OASIS officials including our own Mrs. Kim Gullo, Madison OASIS Tutor Coordinator, by participating in Zoom virtual meetings.
We are looking forward to continuing the OASIS Tutoring Program for the 2021-2022 school year. For the safety of our Tutors and students, tutoring will be done on-line via “Google Meet” virtual meetings.
There is still time to sign up to be a Tutor! If you would like to share in this great ministry, or if you have any questions, please contact Marie Morais Garber at 602.448.0419.
Again, First Church extends thanks and appreciation to all tutors who have helped make the First Church OASIS Tutoring Program a success. May God bless all of you.
Annual Church Conference
Our annual Church Conference is scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. If you intend to attend the Zoom Meeting, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.263.5013 to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation.
♦ During these past months of Covid precautions, your Congregational Care Team has continued to pray each week. If you want us to include your prayer requests, please email Cathy Fuentes or call Robin Spencer at 602.263.5013, ext. 107. You may also visit our prayer request web page.
PRAYERS FOR OUR SPECIAL CARE
Eleanor Haire, JoAn Hand, Barbara K Johnson, Vickie Johnson, Ronda Klein, Ginny McLeod, Shirley Myer, Brenda North, Gerry Oliver, Jean Oliver
SENIOR MILESTONES (Celebrating 80 or more birthdays)
Latisha Smidt, 9/20
Karen Gajer, 9/23
Jean Rupley, 9/23
Margaret Scargill, 9/23
Barbara K Johnson, 9/24
Jean Oliver, 9/25
PRAYERS FOR OUR CHURCHES
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