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New Directory!

It’s time to update our church family photo album and we want EVERYONE to be part of it!

 

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 Once logged into the scheduling site here is a summary of scheduling instructions:

  • Click on the desired photography date.
  • Click on the Reserve Time button beside the desired photography appointment time.
  • Enter the appropriate information in all required fields (indicated by asterisk).
  • Enter your email address if a confirmation email is desired.
  • Click on the Schedule Appointment button at the bottom of the screen to reserve the photography appointment time in your family’s name.
  • If you have more than six family members being photographed, please reserve two appointments consecutively (such as 6:00 and 6:10).
  • Print the next screen to use as a reminder of your family’s photography appointment.
  • Contact your church’s online scheduling administrator to change or cancel your photography appointment.
Posted by DebraM

From Our Worship Elder

Recent research shows that singing in a choir brings a greater sense of emotional well -being and happiness than belting out tunes solo. Chorus members rated their choirs as meaningful social groups. The physical synchrony – acting in time with others – of choral singing could promote feelings of unity. So be good to yourself and join the choir or the bell choir. So many places in the Bible indicate the joy raised to God in song.
 
Our congregation currently has opportunities with the Sanctuary Adult Choir, Heavenly Sounds for secondary age students, Junior choir for the Elementary students and a hand bell choir for all. 
 
We recently purchased the new Presbyterian Hymnal – Glory To God. We also purchased the web addition of this hymnal to enhance our 8:30 service with overhead projection.We were pleased to donate our old hymnals to a local church for use in their congregation. 
 
Our congregation worships each Sunday with an 8:30 AM Awakening Service and an 11 AM Traditional Service during the school year. During the summer months we worship at 10 AM. We receive Communion on the first Sunday of each month at all services. On the third Sunday of the month we celebrate the Eucharist at the 8:30 service.Our church family recognizes the importance of coming to this place to be nurtured in their walk of Christian Discipleship. 
 
Congregants actively participate in worship by lay reading, ushering, greeting, hosting coffee hour, acolytes, running the sound board, preparing the elements of communion, taking communion to the home bound, maintaining the paraments and many other opportunities. God certainly blesses us in calling us together as a community of faith and as His children.
Posted by DebraM

Stewardship at FPC, Saline

Defining the ministry of stewardship at First Presbyterian of Saline starts with tithing. The largest task of the year for the stewardship team is the annual stewardship campaign that raises the funds needed to operate our church. However, tithing and stewardship is about much more than writing a check. Tithing is an act of prayer, discernment, and faith. The prayerful discernment of a tithe is an act that brings us closer to God. Indeed, tithing calls us to examine the world around us, examine God’s word to see what God has to say about our world, determine what our ministry and mission is in this world, and bring our time, talent, and economic resources to bear in our ministry and mission work. The Stewardship team listens for God’s call through prayer, meditation, discussion, and action, both as individuals and in communion with others.

Here is a sampling of what the Stewardship team has been reading and watching:

·         Economy of Love by Claiborne (read more about Shane Claiborne at http://www.thesimpleway.org/shane/)

·         Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess by Samson

·         Giving Away the Collection Plate by Richardson

·         Jesus (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0199232/)

·         Nooma videos (http://nooma.com/)

Sacred Economics website by Charles Eisenstein(http://sacred-economics.com/)

 

Posted by DebraM

Handbell Choir Director: Joan Starkey

Joan Starkey has been director of the Handbells since its beginnings-1998.  A retired music teacher from Saline Schools, she also taught music in Holly and Belleville.  She sings in the Chancel Choir, leads the singing for “We Worship, and has contributed solos on clarinet, autoharp, guitar, Mountain Dulcimer and Handbells.  She is married to Jay Starkey, has 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She was Baptized and married in this church, and loves to tell everyone that her Great Grandmother Agnes Martin was a member of this church.

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