Weekly Announcements
                              Announcements for February 3, 2019

Sunday, Feb. 3          9:30 am   Adult Sunday School
                                         9:30 am   Breakfast Club Youth & Children
                                      11:00 am   Worship Service
Monday, Feb. 4        6:00 pm    ECWS
Tuesday, Feb. 5        5:15 pm   Christian Education Meeting (Room 8)
Wed., Feb. 6             6:00 pm   Handbells
                                        7:15 pm   Choir
Thurs. Feb. 7            10:00 am   Pioneer Home Service
                                           5:30 pm   Trustee Meeting (Library)
                                           5:30 pm   Mission Committee (Room 8)
Sunday, Feb. 10        9:30 am   Adult Sunday School
                                           9:30 am   Breakfast Club Youth & Children
                                        11:00 am   Worship Service
                                           1:00 pm   Youth Group Outing

Looking Ahead.....

The February Food Box Build for the Elderly at the Food Bank (2121 Spar Ave) is Saturday, February 16.  Anyone ten years of age or older is welcome to join us as we work with 30 other volunteers packing 800 boxes of food that is sent to the villages.    We begin at 9 am and finish at noon.  Sign up in the narthex if you plan on coming.  First Presbyterian Church commits to ten volunteers each month for this service ministry.

Coming Up.....  (Save the Dates!)

Souper Bowl Sunday is coming!   A simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” has inspired this youth-led movement to help the hungry and hurting around the world!  Join us at FPC at our own “Souper Bowl of Caring” party!  Everyone can participate in helping us tackle hunger on Feb. 3.  Wear the colors of the team you want to win the Super Bowl and bring a can of soup or $1.00 and put it in the soup kettle for your team.  Our donations will be given to F.I.S.H.   We will all come out as winners as we help those who don’t even have a bowl of soup!

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]

               20 - Young Jesus 2 - Luke 2:22-52 - Jesus Presented at the Temple; Lost on pilgrimage 
               27 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Jesus Feeds the 5000 - John 6:1-15 - CONGREGATIONAL                            MEETING

               3 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Jesus Walks on the Water - John 6:16-24
           10 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Bread of Life (part 1) - John 6:25-59
           17 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Bread of Life (part 2) - John 6:25-59
           24 - A Deep Dive into John Chapter 6 - Bread of Life (part 3), chapter overview

MARCH 2019
             3 - Transfiguration - (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36)
             6 - Wednesday, March 6th - ASH WEDNESDAY 
          10 - Lent - 1 (Lent and Easter will follow traditional passages)
          17 - Lent - 2
          24 - Lent - 3
          31 - Lent - 4

APRIL 2019
            7 - Lent - 5
         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.