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    ReadFirst Church Alert
    May 25, 2022

    5+ Things to Know this Week @ First Church


    1 Worship

    Join us this Sunday as David Book, our first elder preacher, starts us off on a new series “Faithful God”, reading from Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21.


    2 Go Go Jonah

    Register TODAY for our summer M.A.D. Camp! July 24th - July 27th from 6PM-8PM. Kids, grades 1-8, will spend time in music, art, and drama workshops as they prepare a closing night production of “Go Go Jonah” about the importance of trusting God. 


    3 Busy summer, busy families

    This summer (June- August), our ARK Sunday School will be held at 9AM before worship, so busy families have a chance to drop off their kids, pick up at 10 or stay for worship. Take a moment to invite friends and family!  


    4 Pastor MJ’s sabbatical has begun

    Pastor MJ’s sabbatical began on Wednesday. She remains uncertain where she’ll be headed (if anywhere at all), given her recent health concerns, but please still pray that this will be a time of rest and renewal for her.


    5 Memorial services for former members

    Memorial services for several former members of the church are being celebrated soon:  

    • A celebration of life for Bob Freidenberger happens on May 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the La Junta Senior Center
    • A graveside service will be held for Darryl Fritch at May 28 at 4 p.m. 
    • A memorial service for Mac McCune will take place on June 6 at 11 a.m. at the Peacock Chapel


    6 Operation Christmas Child

    Our OCC participation this year started strong but has dwindled recently. For years we have taken part in this opportunity to give to children all over the world to demonstrate God’s love. Please remember why we do this, and who we do this for. Matthew 19:14. For one more week we will be collecting : hair brushes, hair accessories, toys(games, balls, puzzles, cars, etc.), craft items(pompoms, wiggly eyes, popsicle sticks, etc.) If you would like to give money to the church directly for OCC make sure to put that in the memo line.



    Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!




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      ReadFirst Church Alert
      May 18, 2022

      5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church


      1 Pastor MJ’s last Sunday before her sabbatical begins

      Pastor MJ’s sabbatical begins next Wednesday, so this will be her last Sunday in worship with us until July.  Please join us.  Her message is “Stepping back to Move Ahead” from Ephesians 3:14-21, and we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.


      Please note:  A letter to the congregation with details of the sabbatical is going in the mail today. The same letter will be sent electronically to everyone for whom we have contact information. It includes instructions about whom to contact in case of a pastoral emergency.  


      2 Go Go Jonah

      Register TODAY for our summer M.A.D. Camp! July 24th - July 27th from 6PM-8PM. Kids, grades 1-8, will spend time in music, art, and drama workshops as they prepare a closing night production of “Go Go Jonah” about the importance of trusting God. 


      3 ARK time change

      This summer (June- August) Sunday School will be held at 9AM before worship. Aricka is in need of one more volunteer to teach Sunday School on June 19th (Father’s Day). Please contact the church office or Aricka if you are available. 


      Why?  We are hopeful that a separate Sunday school time may encourage families to drop off their kids for Sunday school without having to commit the time as a family to worship.  Also, as you may know, Aricka is only a 10 month employee, so we rely on volunteers to teach through the summer. Volunteers have expressed concern that they miss worship on those Sundays.  We’ll re-evaluate the time change at the end of the summer.


      4  A wonderful day!

      What a great Sunday we had as we welcomed Audrey, Charly, and Emma into the church and celebrated Lacy’s baptism.  Visit our Facebook page for photos.


      5  Building updates

      Representatives from Trane have let us know that they hope to be at the church in late July to replace the fan coil units in the classrooms. We have contingency plans in place if the work overlaps M.A.D. Camp. The gazebo project is moving ahead slowly as we seek a building permit from the city and consider how to excavate a spot to pour concrete. Because of city ordinances, we will not be able to put the gazebo on the empty lot, as we’d discussed, so we’re looking at placing it to the north of the building at the bottom of the church lawn toward the playground.



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        ReadFirst Church Alert
        May 11, 2022

        5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church


        1 Confirmation Sunday and Celebration of Baptism

        Join us this Sunday, May 15, as we welcome this year's confirmands Emma, Charly and Audrey into the fellowship of faith and our church family.  The ARK Kidz will sing, “I Am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N,” and Sandy & Sarah Petramala will sing “The Summons.”   Our Service of Confirmation will conclude with a Celebration of Baptism, at which time we will also be baptizing Lacy Book.  We’ll finish with a reception in the Fellowship Hall.


        2 Go Go Jonah

        Register TODAY for our summer M.A.D. Camp! July 24th - July 27th from 6PM-8PM. Kids, grades 1-8, will spend time in music, art, and drama workshops as they prepare a closing night production of “Go Go Jonah” about the importance of trusting God. 


        https://forms.gle/iX78xNeDpiWVNRY49 <<LINK TO REGISTER (OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE)


        3 ARK time change

        This summer (June- August) Sunday School will be held at 9AM before worship. Aricka is in need of one more volunteer to teach Sunday School on June 19th (Father’s Day). Please contact the church office or Aricka if you are available. 


        4  More on Pastor MJ’s sabbatical

        While Pastor MJ is on sabbatical (May 25-July 5), the elders are sharing the responsibility for worship leadership.  These six Sundays will include Memorial Day, Pentecost, Father’s Day, and the Fourth of July weekend.  Let us know if you have any special ideas for worship.


        5  AWESOME concludes for the year

        Tonight, May 11, is our last middle school youth group of the year.  Angel and Elisabeth (with a little help from Pastor MJ) truly blessed the youth this year.  Let’s thank God for their leadership.


        Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!





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        Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

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        Website: https://firstchurchlajunta.org/

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          ReadFirst Church Alert
          May 4, 2022

          5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church


          1 Mother’s Day

          Join us this Sunday for a very special celebration of ‘All Kinds of Moms’. We will hear from a panel of moms, mother in laws, step moms, and g’moms including Katy Jones, Terry Miller and Kristin Bickel and a special tribute to moms from our A.R.K. Kidz! Stay afterwards for a fruit bar and a cute photo opp with all the moms in your life.


          2 ARK Kidz to sing on May 15

          Kids, please make an effort to be here this Sunday, May 8, as you will be preparing to sing on Sunday, May 15, for Confirmation Sunday. You’ll continue to learn about the Holy Spirit, too.


          3 Confirmation Sunday and Celebration of Baptism

          Join us as we welcome this year's confirmands Emma, Charly and Audrey into the fellowship of faith and our church family. Our Service of Confirmation will conclude with a Celebration of Baptism. 


          4 OCC

          We will continue collecting the following items for the month of May: hair brushes, hair accessories, toys(games, balls, puzzles, cars, etc.), craft items(pompoms, wiggly eyes, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, etc.)


          5 Invitation to Baptism

          As mentioned, we will include a Celebration of Baptism on Sunday, May 15. If baptism is something you desire for yourself or your child, this is a great opportunity. Please contact Pastor MJ as soon as possible.



          Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!



          Find us!

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          Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

          Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstchurch_lajunta/?hl=en

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            ReadFirst Church Alert
            April 27, 2022

            5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church


            1 Honoring Youth & Grads

            This Sunday, May 1, in worship, we’ll be led by some of our youth and college aged young adults. We’ll be honoring our high school and college graduates as well! We’ll enjoy special music from Omayra and Emilia Smith Pumalpa, singing, “Hold Onto Me.”


            2 Note to ARK Kidz!

            Kids, please make an effort to be here this Sunday, May 1, as you will be preparing for Mother’s Day and continuing to learn about the Holy Spirit. Thanks!


            3 Prayer partners

            Please consider partnering with our church leadership in prayer for our church and its ministries. How to partner? Grab a prayer guide and sign up at the table in the narthex. Prayer daily for these prayer intentions, and receive a specific prayer request every Tuesday. Our mission is to be joyful disciples who make joyful disciples to share Jesus’ love with the world, and that mission begins with prayer.


            4 Pastor’s sabbatical 

            Pastor MJ will be on sabbatical May 25 through July 5. A sabbatical is a time away from work for rest and renewal. She’s shared details in a letter that should be arriving at your home today or tomorrow. Please read and let her know if you have any questions.


            5  UPCOMING EVENTS:

            May 1st: Youth & Graduation Sunday (this Sunday) - Honoring the youth & grads in our church with fellowship coffee afterwards


            May 8th: Mother’s Day - A special worship service dedicated to all our different kinds of moms and a fruit bar afterwards.


            May 15th: Confirmation Sunday - Join us as we welcome this year's confirmands Emma, Charly and Audrey into the fellowship of faith and our church family!


            Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!



            Find us!

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            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lajuntapresbyterians

            Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

            Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstchurch_lajunta/?hl=en

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              ReadFirst Church Alert
              April 21, 2022

              5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church


              1 Holy Spirit Power

              Kids, hop on the ARK this Sunday, as we begin a new unit on the great power of the Holy Spirit! Our next ARK Kidz Choir performance is May 15, singing, “I Am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N.”


              2 Confirmation Retreat

              A small group of our youth–confirmands and friends–are headed to Cuchara for the spring Confirmation Retreat. Please keep Audrey, Charly, Emma, and Alan, along with Pastor MJ, Angel, and Elisabeth, with hosts Jerry and Meredith Bradfield, in your prayers for a fruitful, faithful weekend.


              3 Lieutenant Elwood to preach

              Our own Steve Elwood will preach the Word this Sunday. Come hear about “Grace: From Fear to Forgiveness,” from John 21:1-19.  


              4 Easter Offering for Marshall Fire Victims’ Fund

              We have received just shy of $1400 to forward to Grace Commons Church’s fund for victims of the Marshall Fire in Boulder County. We will keep the offering open through April. Please give generously as you are able.


              5 Prayer partners

              Please consider partnering with our church leadership in prayer for our church and its ministries. How to partner? Grab a prayer guide and sign up at the table in the narthex. Prayer daily for these prayer intentions, and receive a specific prayer request every Tuesday. Our mission is to be joyful disciples who make joyful disciples to share Jesus’ love with the world, and that mission begins with prayer.


              Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!





              Find us!

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              Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

              Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstchurch_lajunta/?hl=en

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                ReadFirst Church Alert
                April 13, 2022

                5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church

                Jesus Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed. Hallelujah. Amen!


                1  Easter Sunday Celebration

                This most wonderful and holy of Sundays will find us celebrating the risen King Jesus with music, readings, and prayers.  We’ll hear from the ARK Kidz Choir, the Chancel Choir, and a special Spring Quartet, along with our Praise Band.  Pastor MJ will preach on John 20:14-18, “The Resurrected King?”  


                2  Brunch & Egg Hunt 

                Easter Brunch at 9 a.m. will be potluck style, so bring your favorite dish to share.  The Children’s Egg Hunt happens at 9:30 on the lawn. The forecast is clear but chilly, so make sure your little egg hunters bundle up.  Don’t miss the photo booth in the Fellowship Hall.


                3 Maundy Thursday

                On Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m., we’ll gather in the Fellowship Hall to remember the last hours of Jesus’ life.  We’ll begin with supper, continue with communion and footwashing, and conclude with a Service of Darkness.  Please join us.


                4  Prayer vigil 

                Jesus called his disciples to "watch and pray" (Mark 14:34) with him in his final hours.  We will honor Jesus by doing just that during our prayer vigil from 10 a.m. on Saturday through 7 a.m. on Sunday morning in the sanctuary. We still have a few openings:

                Saturday 2-3 p.m.

                Saturday 10-11 p.m. 

                Sunday 2-3 a.m.

                Sunday 3-4 a.m.

                Please enter through the north door from the handicapped parking lot.


                5  Easter Offering for Marshall Fire Victims’ Fund

                Our Easter Offering will head to Grace Commons Church’s assistance fund for victims of the Marshall Fire in Boulder County.  The Marshall Fire began on December 30, 2021, and destroyed 1084 structures, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado history.  Among homes destroyed were those of several staff members and families at Grace Commons Church, our sister ECO church in Boulder.  Please give generously as you are able.


                Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!




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                Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

                Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstchurch_lajunta/?hl=en

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                  ReadFirst Church Alert
                  April 6, 2022

                  5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church


                  1  Holy Week and Easter

                  Holy Week and Easter are fast approaching, beginning this Sunday, April 10.  Here is the full schedule:

                  • Palm Sunday, April 10:  Worship at 10 a.m. Families, please bring your ARK Kids at 9:30 a.m.  to run through their song, “Rock Hosanna.”  
                  • Palm Sunday Family Carnival:  Please bring friends and family to our Palm Sunday carnival, where kids can meet Jose the Donkey, play games, and spend time in the bouncy house.  We’re extra grateful for Ashley Bass, who’ll be offering a free digital portrait to families at the carnival. 
                  • Maundy Thursday, April 14, in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for a soup supper, communion, footwashing, and Service of Darkness, as we remember Christ’s suffering and death.
                  • Prayer Vigil, Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. until sunrise on Easter morning.  Please sign up as soon as possible in the narthex!
                  • Easter Sunday, April 17:  Potluck brunch at 9 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m., Worship at 10 a.m.


                  2 Reminder:  Mike Miller

                  A memorial service for life-long member and dear friend Mike Miller will take place this Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m., here at the church.  Let’s please keep Janet, Zach & Shanna, Avery, Callie, Mike’s siblings and extended family in our prayers.


                  3 Easter Offering for Marshall Fire Victims’ Fund

                  Our Easter Offering will head to Grace Commons Church’s assistance fund for victims of the Marshall Fire in Boulder County.  The Marshall Fire began on December 30,2021, and destroyed 1084 structures, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado history.  Among homes destroyed were those of several staff members and families at Grace Commons Church, our sister ECO church in Boulder.  Please give generously as you are able.


                  4 Easter Brunch is potluck style

                  We invite you to create your favorite brunch-style dish and bring it to share on Easter morning.  Without a Fellowship Team right now, we have no one to cook as we normally do, but some volunteers have agreed to come set up and serve drinks.  We just need to provide the goodies.  


                  5 Our 2022 Youth Mission Trip

                  We head this summer to Del Norte, July 10-14 (Sunday through Thursday), to serve their community by helping out with maintenance projects at Pioneer United Church and nearby homes. In the evenings, we’ll worship and explore the area.  The trip is open this year to middle schoolers (currently 6th-8th grade) who have been active in worship or youth group.  


                  Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!



                  Find us!

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                  Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

                  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstchurch_lajunta/?hl=en

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                    ReadFirst Church Alert
                    March 30, 2022

                    5+ Things to Know this Week @ First Church


                    It’s a busy time of year. “5” is not enough…


                    1 Mike Miller

                    A memorial service for life-long member and dear friend Mike Miller will take place on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Let’s please keep Janet, Zach & Shanna, Avery, Callie, Mike’s siblings and extended family in our prayers.


                    2 Palm Sunday Carnival

                    We celebrate Palm Sunday with our epic “Hosanna” worship followed by a family carnival on the church playground. Kids can meet Jose the Donkey, play games, and spend time in the bouncy house. Please invite your friends and family!


                    3 Lust, finally

                    It was inevitable that we’d arrive at the topic of lust as we consider the 7 deadly sins. Uncomfortable? Maybe a little. Necessary? Absolutely. As the great Frederick Buechner once put it, “Lust is the craving for salt of a person who is dying of thirst” (Translated: “We know it will only hurt us but we crave it anyway.”) Join us online or in person at 10 a.m.


                    4 Quick Choir Update

                    Choir Members, you’ll be getting ready for Holy Week over the next two Thursday nights:

                    Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. **time change**

                    Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m.


                    5 Meeting of Children’s & Youth Volunteers

                    Do you or do you anticipate volunteering with our children’s or youth ministries? In order to comply with our insurance company’s requirement of training for these volunteers, we will meet on Sunday after worship briefly for training. The training will consist of a short presentation on our church’s Abuse Prevention Policy. Volunteers just need to sign a receipt that they have received, understand, and will comply with the policy.  


                    Finally….

                    The cistern building trip to Xpujil is tentatively back on track again, if we can get commitment happening soon. Here's what you need to know in addition to the broad description of the trip on the flyer. The trip dates are August 1-August 8 (travel included; 6 days on site). The cost is $570 plus flight to Cancun. Flights are running about $300 from Denver or $500-$600 out of Colorado Springs. Financial assistance is available through the church. We'll need your commitment soon so we can finalize arrangements with the Outreach Foundation. Please contact Pastor MJ directly at 719-469-7717 if this is something God is calling you to do.


                    Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!




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                    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

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                      ReadFirst Church Alert
                      March 23, 2022

                      5 Things to Know this Week @ First Church


                      1 Lent

                      We continue this season of preparation and self-examination before Easter, re-discovering the Seven Deadly Sins. This week, our focus is on gluttony. As a wise man Peter Devries once said, “Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign that something is eating us.” We’ll enjoy special music from Veronica Leitner, playing, “Were You There?” Join us online or in person at 10 a.m.


                      2 Leadership transitions

                      Several of our team leaders are stepping down. We want to thank Kristen Elwood for her service as Youth Ministries Coordinator, Jim Goodwin for his good work on Fellowship, and Ron Bay for his tireless efforts in Buildings & Grounds. We’re looking for new leadership in each of these areas, so please let us know if you might be interested in stepping up.


                      3 From Dean…

                      I will be accompanying the mega-talented Dr. James Lind in a concert of exciting and moving trumpet pieces this Sunday, March 27, at 2:00 p.m. The other performers (Mary Belew, Sally Kappel, and Mark Hensley) will be performing popular arrangements that are played on two pianos with four pianists playing at the same time. We cordially invite you to come to this concert that's part of the Arkansas Valley Community Concert series. 


                      4 Reason Together

                      “Reason Together” is a series of adult ed workshops on practical theology at 11:15 a.m. after worship, beginning this Sunday, March 27. That’s a fancy way of saying, “How do we apply our beliefs to real-life situations?” This first week, we’ll consider crime: what is crime? How do we treat criminals? How do we respond when we are victims? Come, try out this first workshop with Pastor MJ.


                      5 Palm Sunday Carnival

                      We celebrate Palm Sunday with our epic “Hosanna” worship followed by a family carnival on the church playground. Kids can meet Jose the Donkey, play games, and spend time in the bouncy house. Please invite your friends and family!


                      Visit the church website to find out more on our midweek groups for men, women, youth, and Mothers of Preschoolers!



                      Find us!

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                      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lajuntapresbyterians

                      Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstChurchofLJ

                      Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstchurch_lajunta/?hl=en