Announcements

Change Your Clocks!!

Please remember to adjust your clocks “back” one hour on Saturday evening, (October 31).

All Saints’ Sunday

Please join us in person and/or by livestream on Facebook as we remember our loved ones who have died this past year during our Roll Call of the Saints this Sunday (November 1)! We will be remembering: Linda M. Beeler, Annabelle M. Carter, Natalie “Nan” Eckfeld, Richard Orland Eder, Dolores Josephine Jenkins, Patrick Liedel, Stephen L. Ondrovick, Jr., Rudolph “Rusty” Shorter, and Mary E. West.

Mini-Walk for Warmth this Sunday!

Each year MCOP sponsors a Walk for Warmth to support families in Monroe County who struggle with heating bills. Due to CO-VID and the fact that many of our members may not be able to walk a long distance, we are sponsoring a Presbyterian Mini-Walk for Warmth immediately following church on November 1. We will walk, at a comfortable pace, around the block where the church is located. We will maintain social distancing and wear masks. Mission & Outreach will match donations up to $20. Join us that Sunday for a little fun, a little exercise, and a little fellowship while helping others stay warm this winter. See you then!!! Note: In the event of inclement weather, we will walk inside the church.

Happenings at the Church!

Church Organ Maintenance Project

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The Echo Chamber of our Church Organ is continuing to be worked on (by Fowler Hebert) this week.

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The Echo Chamber is located in the Sanctuary above the Apostles Stained Glass Window.

Kitchen Floors replaced in the Manse

Runyon’s Furniture & Carpeting has completed work on the kitchen floors in the Manse (Church Parsonage) this past week.

Project Linus Donation to the Bed Ministry

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Project Linus donated many hand knitted and crocheted afghans to our Now I Lay Me Down Bed Ministry. Karen Winchell and Gert Parlette gladly accepted the afghans which will be given to the children throughout Monroe County who receive a bed from our ministry.

In Person & Livestream Worship!

Please remember when worshipping in person with us to adhere to the following safety guidelines that have been put into place. Masks must be worn the whole time while in the building. The sanctuary has been arranged to promote social distancing. Please adhere to the signs and honor the roped off pews. Please softly hum to hymns. Please remember to join us for our livestreaming Worship Services on Facebook.

Technology Help Needed at Home

If you are interested in helping some of our homebound members with watching our livestream worship services on Facebook, please contact the Church Office. We will connect you with a member who needs help with their computer and/or tablet. If you are a homebound member and need help navigating your computer and/or tablet please call the Church Office so we can connect you with a technology expert.

Battlefield Trick or Treat

The National Battlefield Park has cancelled the safe Trick or Treat event that was planned due to the pandemic.

Deacon’s Update

Our next Deacon’s meeting will be Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. We have received several items for the baskets. If you see a good bargain, we still need: turkey gravy, jello, cranberry sauce, cake mix, frosting, stuffing, paper towels, pasta sauce, and the perishables. We no longer need toilet paper. Thank you for your cooperation!

Thanksgiving Baskets

With November fast approaching, the Mission & Outreach Committee has once again teamed up with the Deacons, to plan for distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need. This year, we will distribute 40 baskets. We are thankful that Oaks of Righteousness Church has offered to help us deliver these baskets, as needed. This is a real team effort! As CO-VID-19 has changed much in our lives, it will impact our normal Thanksgiving collection process. This year, we are asking primarily for donations of money, and we will use that money to shop for the needed items to fill the baskets. We fill these baskets with not only food for Thanksgiving Day, but also with pantry items that every family needs. We will be shopping for our baskets on Friday, November 20, and will be distributing them on Saturday, November 21. This year we are asking that you Adopt a Basket! If you can donate $75.00, your donation will fill a wonderful basket to one family. Not able to donate that amount?? That is no problem! We will gladly accept ANY donation, no matter how much it is. Checks can be made to FPC and marked Thanksgiving Baskets in the subject line. We thank you in advance for supporting this effort. These are rough times for many families who may be experiencing the loss of employment, increased medical bills, or both, in the face of this pandemic. We pray that these baskets will help to bless their Thanksgiving with love and hope, knowing that we, at First Presbyterian Church of Monroe truly care about them.

Virtual Bed Race

Please remember to register for the virtual bed race at www.monroebedrace.org.

Did you get your 200th Celebration History Book Yet?

Most of the history books have been hand delivered or mailed to your homes. If you have not received your book yet, please contact Alice Kostoff or Sara in the Church Office.

Thursday Morning Bible Study     

Bible Study will meet by ZOOM from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. on Thursday mornings for a thoughtful study of God’s Word and how it relates to us in our lives.  Jesus Calling Bible Study Series: Putting Jesus First  by Sarah Young was studied months ago but we never finished the book. We are going to finish the study beginning with:

Lesson 7- “Putting Jesus First in Finances” (Haggai 1:2-11) Lesson 8- “Putting Jesus First and Serving Him Alone” (Isaiah 30:19-26) Each lesson may last more than a week and this study should take us close to Advent. Please join us. If you do not have a book, we can make copies of these lessons for you.  You will be able to attend these sessions by Zoom or you can just call in and hear the conversations. Contact Helyn Schroeder or Alice K. for details. God bless each of you.

Continued Giving

Please remember to continue to give electronically through our website’s giving button and/or by regular mail.

Young Couples

Please continue to sign up on the sheet in the C.E. Lobby if you would like to help with the Community of Need Meal on Thursday evenings.

Items for Midweekly Newsletter

Do you have an item or an announcement that you wish to include in the Midweekly Newsletter? Please send it to Sara at info@monroefirst.org. Thank you!

Daily Bible Readings

Daily Bible Readings beginning on November 1, 2020 through November 8, 2020

Sunday Matthew 23:1-12 Monday Micah 3:5-12 Tuesday 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Wednesday Joshua 3:7-17 Thursday Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 Friday James 3:13-18 Saturday Psalm 43 Sunday Matthew 25:1-13

Programs

2 Cents a Meal Offering

Our 2 Cents a Meal Offering is currently on hold until further notice. In the meantime please keep collecting your coins. The money raised in our 2 Cents a Meal Offering will benefit the MCOP Food Bank. Please pick up one of our “unique” collection cans in the Narthex.

Wee Believers

Please stay tuned for an announcement about a new start up date for our Wee Believers program. As of now our program is cancelled until further notice. There is no child care during Sunday Worship until further notice.

Bell Choir and Choir Rehearsals

Choir and Bell Choir will start up again after we resume normal church activities.

Greeters for Community of Need Meal

For the month of October, our greeters on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. will be the Congregational Life Committee. For the month of November, our greeters will be the Worship Committee. For the month of December, our greeters will be the Mission and Outreach Committee. The Deacons are the greeters at our Community of Need Meal if there is a fifth Thursday evening during a calendar month (January, May, August, October).

Pastoral Care and Prayer Requests

Prayer Chain News

The Prayer Chain is once again up and working. Twelve members have already joined in this important mission. You are still welcome to join the Prayer Chain. Just call Sara and she will pass your name along to be added to the chain. Please remember that we are called to be a community of prayer. Please contact Sara if you know of someone who needs to be lifted up in prayer. This is your way of helping with the work of the Prayer Chain.

Pastoral Care and Prayer Requests

Please direct any Pastoral Care needs and Prayer Requests to our Church Office. Information shared will be confidential. This is a way we can remain a community of faith even though apart during this time of social distancing.

Prayer and Encouragement to Others

Please remember for pray for our members with on-going health concerns and our shut-in members. As always sending an encouragement card is a thoughtful way of showing that they are in your thoughts and prayers and/or even an encouraging telephone call can help tremendously.