Weekly Announcements
                            Announcements for April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 14     9:30 am   Adult Sunday School
                                        9:30 am   Breakfast Club Youth & Children
                                     10:15 am   Palm Processional Practice          
                                     11:00 am   Worship Service
                                        1:00 pm   Youth Group at Immanuel Presbyterian
Monday, April 15    6:00 pm    ECWS
Tues., April 16         5:30 pm   Deacons Meeting (Library)
Thurs., April 18       6:15 pm   Choir Warmup
                                         6:30 pm   Maundy Thursday Service
                                         7:00 pm   Choir
                                         7:30 pm   Handbells
Sunday, April 21     9:30 am   Easter Breakfast
                                      11:00 am   Easter Worship Service

You are invited to join us on Thursday, April 18th at 6:30 pm in First Presbyterian Church's sanctuary, for the Maundy Thursday service. We hope to see you there. 

Notice of Congregational Meeting on 4/28:
          There will be a congregational meeting on April 28th for the purpose of electing two 
          or more members of the church to the nominating committee. The meeting will take
          place immediately following the 11:00am worship service on April 28th.

Youth Group Calendar
Youth Group (7th-12th grade) meets regularly for fellowship, recreation, service activities, and Bible Study.  Here is our schedule for the next few weeks:
Sunday, April 14   1:00 pm    Youth Group at Immanuel Presbyterian 
Sunday, April 21   9:30 am     Easter Breakfast volunteering/no youth
                                                             group enjoy the time with your families 

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. 
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.   The Earth Care Task Force had its first meeting last Tuesday and will continue to work together to find ways for our faith community to be more intentional in our responsibility of caring for this earth.   The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  If you have questions please contact Danna Larson or Scott Gruhn. 

The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering (OGHS) will be taken at First Presbyterian Church today (April 14).  For over 50 years, Presbyterians have joined with other Christians throughout the nation in responding to Christ’s love for all people by joyfully sharing that love with people in need through this offering.    A gift to OGHS enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and help to empower the poor and oppressed.   If you would like to make a donation please earmark your check “OGHS” or put your donation in the OGHS envelope found in your bulletin.
Children:  Remember to bring your One Great Hour of Sharing banks to church Sunday for our special offering.

Come join us at 9:30am on Easter morning, (April 21) for a breakfast! The Deacons are asking for donations of fruit. There will be a sign up list in the narthex.

Lend a Hand!   First Presbyterian Church will be holding a rummage sale on April 26-27 in fellowship hall.  Ways you can help:
      1. Donate items for the sale and bring them to the church April 22-25.
      2. Help with the rummage sale:
            * Volunteer for 2-3 hours Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
              (April 23-25) for set up for 2-3 hours from 10 am 3 pm.
           * Help with the sale on Friday (9-4) and Saturday (9-3)
           * Help with the clean up after the sale on Saturday April 27 from
              3:15-5:00 pm. We will need trucks, drivers, and muscles to get
              everything picked up and delivered to thrift stores.
Please contact Danna Larson or Sarah Kleedehn if can help.

Want to invest in the lives of our youth?   Buy a MISSION STOCK.  Katie Lindemuth from First Presbyterian Church will be going with 8-10 other youth from the Yukon Presbytery to the Youth Triennium at Purdue University July 15-20.   The Yukon Presbytery delegation will join 5000 other youth from PC (USA) churches and  be challenged with the theme “Here’s My Heart!”  Your support will help with the travel expenses for this trip.    Mission stock forms are available in today’s bulletin.

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]

APRIL 2019
         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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.