Welcome to First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans!

We are a church with a rich history. Feel free to browse our website and discover more about us. First Presbyterian is an open and affirming congregation that welcomes and encourages all to join us in worship. We are affiliated with the PC(USA).

We are a More Light Congregation which means we welcome all people, all races, and all sexual orientations.


March/April Newsletter 2015

In this issue:

  • Program of Hope 7 year anniversary.
  • FUNdraising committee info.
  • What's up with the kitchen?

Weekly Bible Study

Join us for a 6 week Bible Study Series led by Pastor Fred focusing on "Reaching Your Goals."

The first reading and lesson will focus on Lazarus, Lazarus Come Out!

Identify your goals and make concrete plans to reach the goals that you hold close.  The first four weeks will focus on personal goals and the last 2 weeks will focus on how to apply those ideas to the church as a whole.

 

Fellowship Abounds this Mardi Gras Season

It's been a fun Mardi Gras so far for the members and friends of First Pres, with lots of great fellowship taking place.   For many years members have gathered along the St. Charles Ave. route to watch the parades together in front of a member's home.  This past Sunday our worshipers were treated to a sermon by guest pastor Rev. Bob Malsbury while Pastor Fred got ready for his annual ride in King Arthur.  After worship the group made their way to the route to spend a lovely afternoon together.

Program of Hope Year End Summary 2014

In 2014, the Program of Hope served over three thousand people.  Every Wednesday morning volunteers open our sanctuary to create a compassionate and nurturing environment and provide participants with overnight vouchers to the Salvation Army, clothing, counseling, spiritual care, meals, job placement, resume assistance, bus tokens, and much more.

Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service

Monday night Pastor Fred Powell and Deacon Dave Capasso attended the Week of Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.  It was a gathering of Orthodox and Protestant clergy from throughout the greater New Orleans area to pray for Christian unity. 

Honoring Retiring Clerk of Session Steven Strength

Pastor Fred and Steven Strength

This past Sunday, January 19, we honored Steven Strength, our long-standing Clerk of Session who faithfully served in that role for five years. Thanks Steven!

Pastor Fred presetned Steven with a plaque and a bottle of champage.  

MLK Day Bead Sorting Paw-ty

This coming Monday the members and friends of First Presbyterian will be honoring the memory of Martin Luther King by hosting a Bead Sorting Paw-ty service project to support the local charity Save-an-Angel.  The Fellowship Hall at FPCNO will be open Monday (MLK Day) at from 10 am until 2 pm to sort Mardi Gras beads which will then be sold to raise money for this fantastic charity which rescues pets in need of medical attention.  

Bring a friend and join in as we support animal rescue, recycling, fellowship, and teamwork.  

 

Epiphany Stars of all Kinds

It is not unusual in New Orleans to find people enthusiasitcally celebrating Epiphany, and we are no different at First Presbyterian. We have a long standing tradition of distributingout Epiphany stars. The stars are simple paper cut outs with a stick pin attached that contains a Christian attribute. Everyone in the attendance that day chooses their star from the dish. The stars are placed face down so each star is chosen at random to give an element of surprise.

The Best Dance Floor in New Orleans

The Fellowship Hall has been called the "Best Dance Floor in New Orleans" by Argentine Tango instructor Ector Gutierrez.  He is an accomplished dancer and instructor and he should know.  He holds classes at two other locations in New Orleans and use our Fellowship Hall on Friday nights and for special events.  

Caroling with the Bells

BELL CAROLING! Bells, songs and a party afterwards!

Gather Monday, Dec 15, at 6 pm at the backdoor of the church on S. Prieur St.  We will walk around the neighborhood until 8pm and then return to the church for refreshments and merriment.  Caroling around the neighborhood has been a tradition at First Presbyterian for over 10 years!

NO experience necessary but knowing popular Christmas songs is helpful.  

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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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