Weekly Announcements
  
                              Announcements for March 10, 2019
 
Sunday, Mar. 10        9:30 am   Adult Sunday School
                                        9:30 am   Breakfast Club Youth & Children
                                     11:00 am   Worship Service
                                     12:00 pm   Pre-Lent Bash in Fellowship Hall

Monday, Mar. 11       6:00 pm    ECWS

Wed., Mar. 13         5:30 pm   Handbell
                                       6:00 pm   Choir

Thurs. Mar. 14    12:00 pm   A-Men lunch (Kay's)
                                       5:30 pm   SessionMeeting (Rm 8)

Sat. Mar. 16             9:00 am   Food Box Build (Food Bank)

Sunday, Mar. 17     9:30 am   Adult Sunday School
                                        9:30 am   Breakfast Club Youth & Children
                                     11:00 am   Worship Service


Youth Group Calendar
Youth (and others interested) are invited to join us this afternoon for an outing to Portage Lake.  We will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 1:00 and carpool to Portage Lake.  Bring appropriate clothing, ice skates (if you have them) and a snack for you to eat.  If you have questions contact Tammy Lindemuth or Danna Larson.

Interested in volunteering in our childcare on Sunday as a sub?  Occasionally one of our childcare providers is not available to work due to schedule conflicts.  We are working to find a group of volunteers who would be willing to help out on selected Sundays.  The goal is to find parents or others who would commit to 2 Sundays per year. If you are interested please contact Sarah Kleedehn or Danna Larson.

Looking Ahead.....
During the season of Lent elders will be available in the front of the sanctuary following worship to pray with individuals.  If you would like someone to pray with feel free to go to the front of the sanctuary following the service. 
 
The season of Lent began on Wednesday!   Pick up some devotionals and other resources to use for yourself or family up in fellowship hall.   There are many good online resources available for you to use during the Lenten season as well.  Contact Danna Larson ([email protected]) if you would like some suggestions.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) banks are available for all to take home and fill for the OGHS offering.  The banks and the giving calendar provide a great way to learn about how the offering is used around the world.  Pick up one today at the devotional table.  The offering will be collected on Palm Sunday, April 14.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE:   As Christians we have a commitment to care for God’s earth.   We do this by integrating environmental practices into all areas of our life.   If you are interested in working with First Presbyterian Church on practices related to earth care please contact Scott Gruhn or Danna Larson.   An earth care task force is being formed to consider First Presbyterian’s role in caring for our creation.

First Presbyterian Church will be holding a rummage sale April 26-27 in fellowship hall.    As you clean out your closets and downsize this spring please consider donating your items to this sale.   Christian Education is organizing this but we will need the help of lots of folks!   Donations can be brought to the church April 22-24.   If you can lend a hand for the sale the week of April 22-27 please contact Sarah Kleedehn or Danna Larson.

The March Food Box Build for the Elderly at the Food Bank (2121 Spar Ave) is Saturday, March 16.  Anyone ten years of age or older is welcome to join us as we work with 30 other volunteers packing 800 boxes of food that is sent to the villages.    We begin at 9 am and finish at noon.  Sign up in the narthex if you plan on coming.  First Presbyterian Church commits to ten volunteers each month for this service ministry


Upcoming sermon series. 

Pastor Matt is planning the sermon lessons through April. Would you like to help to plan, participate, or suggest ideas? Send Matt an email at [email protected]

JANUARY 
               20 - Young Jesus 2 - Luke 2:22-52 - Jesus Presented at the Temple; Lost on pilgrimage 
               27 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Jesus Feeds the 5000 - John 6:1-15 - CONGREGATIONAL                            MEETING

FEBRUARY
               3 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Jesus Walks on the Water - John 6:16-24
           10 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Bread of Life (part 1) - John 6:25-59
           17 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Bread of Life (part 2) - John 6:25-59
           24 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Bread of Life (part 3), chapter overview

MARCH 2019
             3 - Transfiguration - (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36)
             6 - Wednesday, March 6th - ASH WEDNESDAY 
          10 - Lent - 1 (Lent and Easter will follow traditional passages)
          17 - Lent - 2
          24 - Lent - 3
          31 - Lent - 4

APRIL 2019
            7 - Lent - 5
         14 - Lent 6 - Palm Sunday - “What is truth” 1
         21 - Easter - “What is truth” 2
         28 - “What is truth” 3 - John 20:24-30


Regular Events

FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH — Pioneer Home Ministry
As a church, on the first Thursday of each month, we go to the Anchorage Pioneer Home to conduct a service of singing hymns, a message, and communion. If you would like to join us in this ministry, please come to the Pioneer Home at 9:30 a.m. It is located at 923 West 11th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501. For more information, please contact the church office at 272-6411.

FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH — Communion
On the first Sunday of each month we usually serve communion. This may change, depending upon circumstances. We usually serve by intinction, where each person takes a piece of bread and dips it in the communal cup. We also serve only gluten-free bread.

SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH — Sermon Talkback
Please join us for a Sermon Talkback time on the second Sunday of every month, March-May, in the church library. Feel free to bring a snakc to share if you can. If you can't, just bring your questions and comments. This is an opportunity to discuss the sermons from the past month with Pastor Matt, as well as ask questions and go into issues raised more deeply.

A-MEN LUNCH is the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 12:00pm (noon) at Kay’s on Spenard Road next to Enstar.

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT — Emergency Cold Weather Shelter
The Shelter is closed until October. Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Shelter!
Every Monday night from October to the end of April, we operate the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter at FPC. We provide accommodation, food, warmth and safety to homeless families that have nowhere else to stay. These families are referred to us by AWAIC. On a very few nights, no-one needs the shelter; but we have housed up to 18 people on some nights.

A team of three or four volunteers from FPC stays the night. In addition, other volunteers provide food, do laundry, and provide other much-needed support. If you would like to be involved, please contact the church office at 272-6411.

THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH — Alaska Food Bank
Help pack 800 food boxes for the elderly on the third Saturday of each month from 9 am to 12 noon. The food is delivered to the villages each month. FPC is committed to providing 8–10 volunteers for this outreach. We meet in the morning at the Food Bank 2121 Spar Ave., Anchorage.

​FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH — F.I.S.H. Sunday
On the fourth Sunday of each month, FPC bags rice and oatmeal for F.I.S.H., and brings pasta to donate to the agency. Our goal is to donate at least 60 pounds of pasta each month. Bring your pasta and plan to help with the bagging of rice and oatmeal following worship in the Fellowship Hall. F.I.S.H. (Fellowship In Serving Humanity) delivers emergency food aid to people in need in Anchorage; responding to a call for help through a network of volunteers.

SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAYS — A-Men Lunch, 12:00 noon
On the second and fourth Thursdays of each month (with a few exceptions for holidays), a group of FPC gentlemen meet for lunch and fellowship at Denny's, on the corner of Denali and Benson. Feel free to join the group at any time; no need to make a reservation.

FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAYS — Equal Exchange Fair Trade Products
FPC offers Equal Exchange Fair Trade products (coffee, tea and chocolates) for our congregation to but, and we will have these products available on the first and third Sundays of each month. Fair Trade products support sustainable practices that minimize our environmental footprint, maintain safe and healthy working conditions for the workers, and provide opportunities for farmers and producers to receive a fair price and have a voice in how their marketplace is run.