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This week we have an offering from Elder Chris Roberts:
 
2018 marks the City of New Orleans 300th year, First Presbyterian's 200th year, and our 80th year in Broadmoor. To mark this occasion, The City is awarding Tricentennial Neighborhood Grants to non-profits and communities around the City. This is a great opportunity to help celebrate both of the milestones of the city and our church. They're awarding a total of 73 grants of $1,000 each.
 

Happy New Year

Dear Church,

 

Happy New Year! I hope that the beginning of 2018 has given you some moments of joy and hope. A fresh year always feels like gift of great possibilities.

 

Live nativity

Dear All:

This Sunday, December 31 we are enacting the nativity pageant live in the sanctuary as the heart of the worship service. Everyone present will be a part of the story of the Birth of Jesus!

Please arrive at 10 am to get in costume and join us to recreate this beautiful story that is central to our faith. Costumes will be available at the church.

Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!
I hope that everyone's Christmas is filled with joy. Please join me in praying for those who face particular challenges this Christmas.
 
I look forward to seeing some of you this Sunday afternoon at 5 for a candlelight communion service. Remember, bring a nativity set to enhance our worship service.  Have it here and set up before worship begins.  NO 11:00AM SERVICE.
 
Traveling mercies to those of you who are traveling.
 
Pastor Kim

Christmas the season of miracles

Dear Church,

I invited others to participate in this weekly communication. Tracy Rene Helms-Capasso volunteered to do so and wrote the following important piece:

 

Christmas the season of miracles:

How this church can be a part of creating community

Dear Church,

 

I had the chance to share dinner and conversation with the session this past Tuesday night, as well as a couple of their significant others. We ate good food, drank a little wine, and talked about important things. It was our first time together since the folks from Rhodes College were here, so we talked about racial healing, equity, and reconciliation. We also discussed FPCNO’s upcoming 200th Anniversary, and how we want to mark that auspicious occasion.

 

Our discussion was guided by questions like:

Here to talk

Dear Church,

 

I’m writing this soon after Al Franken announced his coming resignation from the United States Senate. I have long liked Al Franken. He was funny on Saturday Night Live, thoughtful as a writer and social commentator, hard-working and effective as a senator.

 

Begin Advent by worshipping together

Dear Church,

 

Let's work on racial reconcilliation

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I hope that your week is filled with good people, good food, and lots for which to give thanks!
It's hard to think past Thursday, but I wanted to get the below information to everyone. It will also be in Sunday's bulletin. I trust that the weekend of Dec 2 and 3 will be full of good conversation here at FPCNO. Please email me, or refer to past letters I have sent out about this, for more information.
 
Grace and peace,
 
Pastor Kim
 

Candles for memories

Dear Church,

 

It was deeply moving to me to see all of those candles lit at the front of the sanctuary last Sunday, then to experience the presence of those people we love who have died as we shared communion together.

 

When I lit my candle, I thought of people I have cared for who died recently, as well as beloveds who have been dead for years. As I sat and watched others of you light candles, I saw my grandparents’ faces smiling at me.

 

And some dear friends and members of churches I have served.

 

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Presbyterian Fun Fact

There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide and about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

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