Join us immediately after 10:45 am worship on Sunday, November 25th for the annual Hanging of the Greens as we decorate the Church with greenery reminding us of eternal life that Jesus gives beginning with the Advent of his birth.
There were three great celebrations in Wichita relating to W. W. I: the U. S. entry into the war, the Armistice, and the return of the troops home.
Learn more about all of these in a presentation in The Well on November 11, 2018, following the 10:45 service. There will be a light lunch served and then Gary Huffman, Archivist, will offer a PowerPoint presentation giving details about these celebrations. Emphasis will be given to the role played by members of First Presbyterian Church. Over 70 persons from this church played various roles in the war including the Red Cross, the Y.M.C.A. and the military.
Please join us for this special recognition of Veterans Day and our beloved Veterans; Sunday, November 11 at the 10:45 service.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. For years afterwards, the United States celebrated Armistice Day on November 11 to mark the end of the war. Then in 1954, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day to commemorate veterans from all wars.
This year at 11:00 (on the 11th day of the 11th month) is the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day and the Chancel Choir is performing three movements from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. The cantata was written at a time when the country was slowly awakening to the possibility of a second European conflict. In 1935 he began work on the cantata. The opening movement uses text from the Ordinary of the Mass, Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi, Dona Nobis Pacem (Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace). The 3rd and 4th movements’ text comes from Walt Whitman’s 1865 Drum Taps inspired by the American Civil War which had just ended, Reconciliation and Dirge for Two Veterans. The piece was performed many times during that anxious period leading up to the Second World War and given its connections to World War I and the Civil War, it is appropriate that we commemorate all Veterans of War with such a work. The Dona Nobis Pacem reminds us that wars inevitability bring misery and loss. Our rendition features the Choir with Soprano soloist, Gretchen Bixler and Baritone soloist, Terry McManis along with several instrumentalists and organist, Mark Sweeney.
Director of Music
Our Wednesday evening Bible study programming is open to everyone. We will begin the evening with a joyful praise-filled worship in the Sanctuary followed by a meal in our East Dining Room (located in the church basement) and finish with Children, Youth and Adults dispersing to their own spaces to study the word of God (Nursery provided). If you would like to help with any aspect of the Wednesday evening activities, please contact Geri Doll (316-737-8855) or Liz Norris (316-214-4318) to grow your own spiritual life by joining together in fellowship with all ages of our church family to learn more about the love of Christ and each other. Positions include: Worship & Praise Musicians, Sound & Technology, Food Prep, Bible Class Teachers (Nursery through High School Age, Table Parents, Coffee Makers and Greeters! There is something for everyone. Let us know your interests.
Wednesday Activity Schedule beginning on September 12!
5:00pm – Praise Singing Rehearsal (Sanctuary) and Playground open
5:30pm – Worship Begins (Sanctuary)
6:00pm – Dinner (EDR in basement)
6:30pm – Choir, Bible Study and Age Appropriate Activities, and Nursery Opens
Infant – 4 years old in Nursery--Awana Cubbies
K-3 – East Dining Room in basement--Awana Sparks
4-5 – East Dining Room in basement--Awana T & T
Middle School – 3rd Floor--GenOn Ministries – The Bible: Our Book of Faith
High School – 3rd Floor--GenOn Ministries- Para bles of Jesus
Young Adults – The Well --Coffee Shoppe
Parents of Children & Youth – The Well--Spiritual Practices for Parents
Older Adults – Parlor--Brent Johnston and Staff
8:00 p.m.- All ages finished
Every student will bring home fun activities to help them and you live your faith throughout the week.
Couples, singles, men, women
Six weeks of discussion meetings in homes and at the church. Meets each week in October and one week in November.
An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.
Choose a group that fits your schedule and sign up in The Well beginning Sunday September 16, 2018. Books for purchase will be available in the office on September 16.
Read two chapters each week, and come together to discuss its meaning, its purpose, and its practice in our lives.
A wonderful way to get better acquainted, discuss and explore new ideas, and build community together in our church.
Details: Call Peggy Church 773-2248 or Joanna Ediger 210-9187