Announcements

Worship
Join us by livestream or in our sanctuary on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary seating is every other pew. Please sit in pews marked with the red bows. Hymnals and Bibles are in the pews for your use during worship. Upon entering the church building, all will properly wear a mask-covering the nose and mouth including while in the sanctuary. Masks must be worn throughout worship, including congregational singing. 

We are livestreaming on Youtube. To connect to YouTube click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCySAQgUa6Sm9BHLvjO8bpMQ/live  We will provide the link each week in our Worship Bulletin and link to it on our FaceBook page. Please share this information with everyone you know who watches our services on Sundays.

Worship Time Change
Worship begins at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Zoom Coffee Hour  Zoom Coffee Hour after worship on Sundays is taking a break for now through August. Thank you to all who participated in lively conversation and virtual fellowship during the Zoom Coffee Hour.

Bed Race Sunday. Poster and yard signs for the Bed Race are available in the Bed Ministry room. The Bed Race will be held on Sunday, September 26 in Loranger Square at 1:00 p.m.

Mission & Outreach

Hurricane Ida Relief

Your Mission and Outreach Committee would like your help in reaching out to the victims of Hurricane Ida through Presbyterian Relief. For those of you attending church in person, there will be a basket on the back table in which to place donations. If you worship from home, you may send your gift to the church and mark it Hurricane Ida. Mission and Outreach will be matching all donations received.

Although we cannot be there in person to offer help, we can reach out through our church to offer aid to those who are recovering from the distress of the storm. Thank you for your help in doing this.

~Mission and Outreach Committee

The Mercy Bin

The Deacons and the Mission and Outreach of First Presbyterian are joining forces to support inmates at the Monroe County Jail. When inmates are released, they are wearing the clothes that they came with, which often do not match up to changing seasons. With the cold weather approaching, we are collecting new or gently used sweatshirts, sweatpants, and socks, in all sizes for both men and women. These items can be placed in the “Mercy Bin”, which you will find in the lobby outside of the church office. These items will be supplied to the jail throughout the colder months, and the jail will distribute them as needed. We thank you for your support of this mission of compassion!

Fellowship

Men’s Prayer Breakfast. Due to the current state of the COVID pandemic, the Men’s Prayer Breakfast is suspended until further notice.

Socialites. The Saturday Night Socialites will resume meeting on the second and fourth Saturday of each month so we can meet in smaller groups of 8 to 10. All widows, widowers, and singles are welcome. We are looking forward to getting together again! For further details, please call the Church Office.

Bible Study

Thursday Morning Bible Study 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Our Thursday morning Bible Study group will be taking the summer off. We will meet again in September and look forward to being together then. As always, everyone will be welcome and we also welcome suggestions for study topics at that time. Please give Cynthia or Alice suggestions for topics by contacting them. Have a happy, healthy, and safe summer and may God walk beside you. Peace.

Daily Bible Readings

Photo by: Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Daily Readings: September Daily Readings

Common Lectionary Reading Plan from Book of Common Worship: Daily Readings for week of September 19, 2021

Giving

Continued Giving. Please continue to give electronically through our website’s Giving Button on the Home Page and/or by regular mail.

2 Cents a Meal Offering. Our 2 Cents a Meal Offering is currently on hold until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime keep collecting your change coins! In the past the money raised in our 2 Cents a Meal Offering has been given to many local ministries such as Oaks of Righteousness, MCOP Food Bank, and our very own Community of Need Meal on Thursday evenings.

Programs

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

Greeters for the Community of Need Meal. For the month of September, our greeters on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. will be the Finance Committee. For the month of October, our greeters 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 & 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).

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.

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!

Pastoral Care and Prayer Requests

Prayer Chain. We are called to be a community of prayer. Our Prayer Chain is a dedicated group who have joined in this important mission of our Church. You are still welcome to join our Prayer Chain Team. Please call the Church Office to pass your name along to be added to the chain. If you know of someone who needs to be lifted up in prayer, please contact the Church Office at (734) 242-1545.

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.

Special Note. Prayer Requests will be in the Midweekly Bulletin for three weeks. If a prayer request is to extend beyond three weeks, please contact the Church Office.