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First Presbyterian Church Newsletter February - March 2012

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Sermon Series 2012 Read through the Entire Word Jan 29-Feb 19 Have you often wanted a more complete picture of what Scripture says? Be a part of B90X, our program of reading through the Bible in 90 days! Join a class on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening and get started on B90X! Classes start Jan 29 (Sunday) and Feb 1 (Wed).

Preven&ng Compassion Fa&gue         Begins Sunday Night, January 29 with dinner at 6pm in First Hall                        Join us for a 5‐week class that addresses the obstacles faced by those who deal with the  oCen‐daunDng task of caring for individuals who experience the impact of mental and  emoDonal difficulDes.  We will address the typical stressors, manage expectaDons, effecDve  ways to prevent harmful codependency and establishing healthy boundaries.  Biblical  concepts will be applied throughout the course as we seek to assist you in creaDng beneficial  coping skills and a beLer understanding of how to navigate these cherished relaDonships.                 Please join us for our opening class and dinner on  Sunday, January 29 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm in First Hall         Following classes will be held on Sunday nights from 6:00 – 8:00 (no meal) on February  12, 19,26 and March 4  (note: we will not have class on Feb.5)

Add to the Community Feb 26-April 8 Do you have friends, coworkers or even family who don’t know Christ? Let this Lent be a season where together we can celebrate the God who Saves, Seeks and Sends as we bring our loved ones to our community of faith. Take the Evangelism Challenge and commit to praying for, and sharing your faith with, five loved ones this year.


Weekly Events Tuesdays: Shoulder-to-Shoulder Men’s Breakfast in First Hall 7:00 – 8:00 a.m., 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month Wednesdays: Women’s Bible Study Wednesday mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 am. (Childcare provided) Senior’s First Meet at Noon on the first Wed. of the Month Night ID Classes Meal 5:30, Classes 6:15 Thursdays: Young Adults Chat & Chili 5:30-7:30pm Women’s Bible Study 7pm Norfolk Night MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sundays: Men's Small Group 11:05 am Sunday mornings in the Center.

COMING SOON Live Alpha Class starDng April 15 Sunday Nights, 5:30‐7:30pm This four week class is designed  to be a non‐threatening  introducDon to the ChrisDan  faith.  The format is dinner,  lecture and small group  conversaDon.  Invite a friend  from outside the church and  plan to aLend with them for four  weeks! Visit www.fpcnorfolk.org 

Classes and Study Groups ID Classes beginning February 1 B90x 

Star&ng Wed. Feb 1st  Be a part of B90X, our program of reading  through the Bible in 90 days!  Join a class on  Wednesday evenings and start on B90X!   Each class will include Dme for small group  conversaDons and teaching, by Jim Gates, for  the upcoming readings.

Being a Contagious Chris&an  Star&ng Wed. Feb. 29th The class is for believers who desire to share  the good news in a natural and powerful way  while being the person God made them to  be.  We will focus on how to be effecDve  communicators of Christ to those around us  in a relaDonal and personal way.  

FPC Souper Bowl of Caring

FPC will collect donaDons for a hunger  ministry place your donaDon in your favorite  team’s pot, and we’ll report the “score” for  the FPC Souper Bowl next Sunday.  Let’s see  who wins...

FPC 101 Our next FPC 101 is Sunday Feb. 12 from 4:00-8:00pm Dinner and childcare are provided. Please register online. www.fpcnorfolk.org

Women’s Bible Study – Wednesday mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 am. Jan 11 – April 11 (Childcare provided) Join us for this intergenerational Bible Study which meets in the main church building. We will be studying the Spiritual Gifts. What has God called you to do and uniquely equipped you for? Discover the spiritual gifts God has given you and understand those given to all believers.

Writer’s Symposium  Sunday April, 29th

David M. Edwards, will teach you the art of  writing songs lyrics and help you understand  how to align your lyrics with Scripture.

Fireside Chats with Jim Wood February 21 7:00 - 9:00 pm Armstrong Room

Dante’s Inferno Jim reads this book every year to help prepare him for Lent. Women’s Bible Study – Thursday evenings: Jan. 16 - March 22: 7:00 - 9:00 pm at The Northminster House James: Mercy Triumphs (Beth Moore Bible Study) See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple with Beth Moore's study of James. Once you get to know both the man and the Book of James, you'll never be the same again.

Meet me at the Well Second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at The Northminster House This is a time for women to gather together, listen to a speaker and receive encouragement for their Christian Journey.

Presbyterian Women:  The Hand In Hand Circle Second Tuesday of every month in the Rabbi Room 10:30 – 1:00 pm Please join us for this time of mission, fellowship and Bible Study. 10:30 Mission Opportunity 11:00 Bible Study:  Confessing the Beatitudes 12:00 Lunch ($5.00, please RSVP to Betsy Ellis at 440-8427) Childcare available upon request Leader:  Shernita McFarlin


February Special Events Va l e n t i n e ’s D i n n e r a n d D a n c e February 10th at 6:00 Strengthening your relationship through God’s love. $40 per couple - register on FPC website or purchase tickets at FPC on Jan. 29 & Feb. 5 Please join us for the first annual Valentine’s Day Couples’ Dinner Dance!  Make a date with your sweetheart to celebrate Valentine’s Day at FPC.  This night promises to be spectacular as we honor wonderful relationships blessed by our Lord. The evening begins with a social hour including appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks, followed by a delicious dinner.  There will be “dessert for two” and dancing, mixed with romantic testimonials, poetry reading, love letters, and scripture for two.  Door prizes “for couples” will add pizzazz and excitement to your night! Dress Code: Coat and Tie, Dress. Contact Jane Smack with any questions, 374-8592 or jsmack@norfolkacademy.org

Seniors First News BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON FEBRUARY 1 Guest speaker: Hank Moseley, OpSail 2012 Virginia Manager, will tell us about the  Tall Ships coming to Norfolk, Virginia!   BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON MARCH 7 Guest speaker: Grace Weedman, our own Parish Visitor, is presenDng “Adam and  Eve’s Diary” which is a collaDon of several of Mark Twain’s works.     Our monthly Seniors First luncheons are held in First Hall at 12:00 noon.  The cost  is $5 for both lunch and program.  This is not limited to seniors but all are  welcome to aLend but please RSVP to RecepDonist at 625‐1697 or on the website  so we can order lunches.

Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday, February 22

5:30 Meal in First Hall 6:15 Worship in Sanctuary This powerful worship serve will be filled with meditaDve music,  candlelight and God’s Word read and preached.  Ash Wednesday is  the beginning of the season of Lent, which is a Dme of reflecDon and  prayer on the life of Jesus and his crucifixion on the cross.  The 40  days of Lent are a journey of waiDng and hope as we anDcipate the  resurrecDon celebraDon of Easter. Visit www.fpcnorfolk.org or the  Welcome desk for more informaDon.

Women’s Retreat

February 24 - 26 This year’s retreat will be held at the beautiful Oceanfront Hilton Garden Inn located at the Outer Banks. Our speaker, Julie Courtney, will be teaching the story of Ruth and giving us insights and inspiration about God's love. We hope that you will set aside this time to be refreshed as you spend time with other Christian women. $165.00 per person, Double Occupancy $250.00 per person, Single Occupancy $125.00 per person, Quad. Occupancy (after January 24th, prices increase $10.00 per person) Contact Kristine Rand kristine@fpcnorfolk.org or visit www.fpcnorfolk.org for more information.


February Events Calendar Sun

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If you are interested in donating flowers for the sanctuary, in honor of or in loving memory of someone, please call Shirley Roberts at 757.428.0726

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FPC Souper Bowl of Caring

Seniors First Lunch

Sanctuary Flowers

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Women’s Bible 9:30-11:30

Women’s Bible Study 7pm

I.D. Meal 5:30 Classes 6:15

Young Adults Chat & Chill 5:30-7:30

FPC will collect donaDons for a local  ministry place your donaDon in your  favorite team’s pot, and we’ll report the  “score” for the FPC Souper Bowl next  Sunday.  Let’s see who wins... Park Place Child LIfe Center 10:30-3pm

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Writers’ Workshop 7pm

Women’s Bible 9:30-11:30

Sr. High Super Bowl Party and Paper Football Tournament

ESL 7pm

Meet Me at the Well Jr. High Laser Quest Women's Forum Lock-IN 7pm

I.D. Meal 5:30 Classes 6:15

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance 6:00pm

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Nehemiah Ministry Shoulder-to-Shoulder 7am Noonday Prayers

FPC 101 4:00-8:00pm Sr. & Jr. High Picture Scavenger Hunt

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Women’s Bible 9:30-11:30

MOPS 6:30-8:30

I.D. Meal 5:30 Classes 6:15

Women’s Bible Study 7pm Young Adults Chat & Chill 5:30-7:30

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-Sun. Feb. 11, Jr High Laser Quest Lock-In -Feb. 24- 26 Senior High Confirmation Retreat Contact Josh@fpcnorfolk.org

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Enroll NOW for Preschool  2012‐2013  Please contact  Robin Slopnick at  robin@fpcnorfolk.org or call  625‐0667   

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Fireside Chat with Jim Wood 7pm ESL 7pm

Ash Wed. Service Meal 5:30pm Worship 6:15pm

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Women’s Bible 9:30-11:30 CKC Session 4 begins I.D. Meal 5:30 Classes 6:15 Contagious Christian Class 6:15

Senior High Senior High Young Adults Chat & Confirmation Retreat Confirmation Retreat Chill 5:30-7:30 Park Place Child LIfe Center 10:30-3pm

Creative Kids for Christ Session III. continues on Wednesdays, February 1, 8 and 15. Family & Children's Ministry is Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Creative Kids for Christ (CKC) Session IV This 6 wk. session culminating in entries in the Art Show, "Lost" on March 25th and a Maundy Thursday Celebration Dinner on April 5th. Both events are open to all the congregation and their guests. In addition the CKC children will be singing, along with the Cherub Choir, on Palm Sunday as well as helping to lead worship on Easter Sunday at all three services.


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LOST: The Art Show Sunday, March 25    April 1, 2012 (all day) The purpose of this art show is to visually capture Christ’s message to the Lost. Christ 4 5 places a special premium on the Lost and makes special efforts to seek them out and bring them to Himself. Visit www.fpcnorfolk.org for more information.

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ESL 7PM every Tuesday

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Women’s Bible  Study 7pm

I.D.  Meal 5:30  Classes 6:15

10 Morning Aside  9:00am‐12:00 in  The Center

Women’s Morning  MOPS 6:30‐8:30 Bible 9:30‐11:30 Young Adults Chat  Red Cross Blood  & Chill 5:30‐7:30 Drive Women’s Bible  I.D.  Meal 5:30  Study 7pm Classes 6:15 Sr. High Winter Jam 21

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Seniors First Noon Meet Me at the  Women’s Morning  Well Women's  Bible 9:30‐11:30 Forum 7pm I.D.  Meal 5:30  Classes 6:15 Young Adults Chat  & Chill 5:30‐7:30

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Sr. High Laser Quest  Lock‐IN Park Place Child LIfe Center 10:30-3pm

Coming Events Jim Wood and guest speakers will guide us through discussions on critical issues that every man faces in his life. Regardless of your age or marital status, these discussions will provide valuable insights into the challenges of being a Christian man in the 21st century. Come and enjoy a full breakfast, great fellowship and a challenging message about being the "point man" in your home.

Presbyterian Women: The Hand In Hand Circle

Second Tuesday of every month in the Rabbi Room 10:30 – 1:00 pm Please join us for this time of mission, fellowship and Bible Study. 10:30 Mission Opportunity 11:00 Bible Study: Confessing the Beatitudes 12:00 Lunch ($5.00, please RSVP to Betsy Ellis at 440-8427) Childcare available upon request Leader: Shernita McFarlin


Read through the Entire Word Jan 29-Feb 19 Join us in Reading Through the Entire Word by taking on B90X a walk through the Scripture using "The Bible in 90 Days" by Zondervan.  The Participant's Guide for "The Bible in 90 Days" is available for purchase in the Loft; or if you prefer, you can buy it online. Excellent teaching designed to supplement this reading program is available via DVD from "The Bible in 90 Days."  Starting after January 29th, new Wednesday night classes and new Sunday School classes at 9:30am and 11:00am will be created using those DVDs.  Small groups may also choose to utilize the DVDs if they want to complete B90X together. Additional Resources: For additional materials or information, visit http://www.biblein90days.org/ If you would like to purchase the DVDs, you can do so here.  Note that they are only available as part of a set - they cannot be purchased individually. We do not recommend buying the Bible version of "The Bible in 90 Days."  Your experience reading through the Bible will be more meaningful and have a more lasting impact if you use your own personal Bible. !

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Summer Missions

COMING SOON Day Aside on Saturday,  March 10 Lost – The Art Show  March 25 ‐ April 1  An Art show that attempts to  visually capture Christ’s  affection for the lost. Palm Sunday Services on  Sunday, April 1 (8:30, 9:30,  11:00) FPC 101 on Sunday, April 1  4:00 – 8:00 Maundy Thursday Service on  Thursday, April 5 at 6pm Good Friday Service on Friday,  April 6 at 7pm Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday,  April 7 Easter Services on Sunday,  April 8 (8:30, 9:30, 11:00) Provide and Protect Seminar  on Sunday, May 6 at 12:15 FPC 101 on Sunday,  June 3 4:00 – 8:00 Massanetta Springs   June 17 – 19 Fun in the Sun Sr. High Trip –  June 25 ‐ 29 Kenya Trip – June 23 – July 8 Baja Mexico, July 15 ‐ 21 Jinotega Nicaragua  August 4 ‐ 11

It’s time to register for our trips this summer. Please plan to be a part of them. Your life will be enriched as you enrich the lives of others. For more information please contact Sheryl@fpcnorfolk.org. Massanetta Springs June 17-19 Come for a wonderful camp experience as we have a mission emphasis and help others in Virginia and send out food to the world. The cost is $120 for adults, $120 persons 13-18, $90 persons 6-12 and $70 3-5. The accommodations are wonderfully rustic and guaranteed to make exciting memories for the future. Please start signing up as soon as possible. Payment is due by March 18th. Sign up with a registration fee of $66.00 per person. Kenya June 23 - July 8 & Oct 27 - Nov 11 We will provide hands on assistance and experience the happiness, struggles, aspirations and dreams of nearly 200 teens living with HIV/AIDS. Join our program to increase patient treatment retention through relationship building. Through the creative process of Art Therapy, provide encouragement to children at Holy Family Center HIV/AIDS clinic, Korogocho area and Allamano School. We will work and minister at the Joy Children's Home in Ngarariga, Kenya, and be blessed by the lost who have been found. To learn more about our work in Kenya and what happens on a mission trip to Africa, visit the NEW Tree of Lives website at www.treeoflives.org Baja Mexico July 15-21 This is a great opportunity for you to help built a house in Baja, Mexico. There will be many people available to help and all different skill levels are needed. In addition to building houses relationships are also built with the community. People are also needed to help furnish the home. We will be working with the Oaxacan Indians and worshiping by their side. The trip cost $300 for ground cost plus air fare. Register soon please. Reservations must be in by March 30th including $100 per person deposit. Jinotega Nicaragua August 4-11 For over a decade now First Presbyterian has partnered with Vida Joven (Young Life) in Nicaragua. Hundreds of us have gone down and witnessed first hand how the words every kid has the right to know Jesus in his own language have come to life. This trip will have cultural building, construction, work in schools and work with the leaders of Vida Joven. The cost for the trip is $550 ground cost plus air fare. Registration along with $100 registration fee must be in by January 24th


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 820 Colonial Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23507 757.625.1697 www.fpcnorfolk.org

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Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 218 Norfolk, VA

Who we are Our Missionaries: Dana & Brandi Bates-Romania; Jeff & Marilyn Greenway-Nicaragua; Brandi Hammock-Uganda; Chuck & Antoinette Smiley-Cambodia; Tim & Gloria Wheeler-Honduras

We want to Pray for YOU Prayer Requests can be made through our parish visitor, Grace Weedman, grace@fpcnorfolk.org 757-625-1697

Pastors on Call: M-W-F Jim Gates-625-1697(O); 615-1799(C)

Tues-Th-Weekend Valena Hoy 625-1697(O); 627-0810(H); 287-0812(C) Parish Visitation: Contact the church office (625-1697) if you desire a visit or pastoral care or are homebound and would like to receive communion.

A Gift for you, a Gift for the Nations This year give a mission pilgrimage to a friend or loved one, or consider giving the gift of yourself to the Nations.

Choose one of our many mission trip options: Massanetta (June 17 -19); Kenya (June 23-July 8); Mexico (July 15-21); Nicaragua (August 4-11); Kenya (Oct 21-Nov 11) Sr. High Trip to Savannah, GA (April 9-13) Visit www.fpcnorfolk.org for more information. Gift cards are available in the Common.


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