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We, the people of First Presbyterian Church, know that we are called to be the church wherever God has placed us. We also know that Jesus did not call the world to go to the church; He said for the church to go to the world. Let us be sent to the world both near and far, remembering that God does not use us to get missions done, He uses missions to get us done!

UPCOMING MISSION

PILGRIMAGES

MASSANETTA June 17 - 19

KENYA June 23- July 8 & Oct 21 - Nov 11

MEXICO July 15 - 21

NICARAGUA August 4 - 11

SEND YOURSELF TO THE NATIONS POT-LUCK March 11 at 5:30 in First Hall

by Sheryl Wood

It is one of my favorite lines, “God doesn’t use us to get mission done, he uses missions to get us done.” It is my ernest belief that this is true! Every mission pilgrimage I’ve completed has in some way put a piece of my heart and spirit in place. The lives I’ve touched and those who’ve touched my life remind me that this world is not about comfort and pleasure. It is my desire to serve and it is a feeling that is incomparable. This potluck will serve as a chance for you and your family to hear first hand accounts of those who have been sent to the nations or those who are planning a trip. Come to the Potluck Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 in First Hall to help us celebrate the impact our missions make and the fantastic group that have signed up to be Sent to the Nations. Join us in storytelling and group discussion on the impact of our mission work in our community and beyond.

This will be a chance to praise and celebrate how the Lord has worked in the lives of people you know and love, and maybe even in you. Childcare is provided. We will pray for your future in our mission fields both locally and around the world. A-L please bring side dish and M-Z please bring a dessert. …well done my good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:21 Please register online (www.fpcnorfolk.org)


Massanetta Springs Our entire congregation young and old is invited to attend our first All Church Mission Camp this summer at Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, VA.

UPCOMING MISSION PILGRIMAGES

MASSANETTA June 17 - 19

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY

by Sheryl Wood

KENYA

June 23- July 8 & Oct 21 - Nov 11

MEXICO July 15 - 21

NICARAGUA August 4 - 11

Our church will take over Massanetta Springs for three days in June! And I want to see you there! We will begin with dinner and worship

The dates for that trip are Sunday, June 17 to Tuesday, June 19. Payment is due March 18th.

on Sunday evening, then spend all day Monday doing mission work in PLAN YOUR the local community. TRIP Then we will come back Everyone is welcome to camp to package food families with young for international hunger children, seniors, youth, relief. There will of young adults, and course be time for; anyone in between!  swimming, games, There will be S’mores, and songs programing and missions around the campfire. for children and a Tuesday we will have nursery for infants.  final activities and Don't miss it!  worship together before Registration happening we close with lunch. NOW!! Contact Sheryl Wood for more information: sheryl@fpcnorfolk.org, 625-1697.


Beyond the 757- Kenya Mission

WHAT WE ARE

Provide hands on assistance and GOING TO DO experience the June 23 - July 8 & happiness, struggles, Oct 21- Nov 11 aspirations and dreams As you consider and of nearly 200 teens pray about whether this living with HIV/AIDS.  is the place for you to be Join our program to the hands and feet of increase patient Christ this year, think treatment retention about some of the through relationship things the team will do building. while on the ground in Kenya:

another in a maze of human habitation.

A BED IN HELL by Jim Gates Korogocho is a slum in the city of Nairobi where 150,000 people live within one square kilometer. Sanitation is non-existent and the smell of sewage and the smoke of burning trash hangs heavy in the air.  Homes, no more than tiny metal or earthen shacks, are stacked almost on top of one

Through the creative process of Art Therapy, provide encouragement to children at Holy Family Center HIV/ AIDS clinic, Korogocho area and Allamano School.

found. We need your help!

For more information about how you can be involved, please email or call Sheryl Wood, 625-1697.

Work and minister at the Joy Children’s Home Also please Visit in Ngarariga, Kenya, www.fpcnorforlk.org and be blessed by the lost who have been

over with the pale cast of thought.”

fears of not being able to feed her own children. Maureen, The Greek word we In the midst of this another patient, finds translate as hell is Gehenna, twelve women shelter with her brothers “Gehenna” – Jesus’ receive hair salon from the man who beat reference to a burning training for free so that her until she lost her trash dump outside of they might receive hearing.  Respis, who Jerusalem.  Korogocho careers.  A pastor’s wife has bled for three years, is a hellish place. named Panina runs a will receive the small medical clinic for Walking around the operation she has 350 of the poorest of streets of Korogocho, it needed – free of charge the poor.  Rosa, a is easy to become – this coming Tuesday. patient of the clinic, overwhelmed by the volunteers twenty hours The truth is that light thought that there is too a week as a community shines in the darkness, much evil and suffering health worker and and the darkness shall for us to make any receives a bar of soap not overcome it. difference. each month as her For more stories from “Thus conscience does thanks.  Vonter, a Kenya, Visit make cowards of us all, mother of five and an www.treeoflives.org and thus the native hue HIV patient, takes in a of resolution is sicklied sixth child despite her


Local

Empower Hampton Roads

Norfolk Jail Ministry

Fighting Fistula

Park Place Child Life

GAM Coat Drive 5-Cents-A-Meal Access Aids Care Creation Care

UPCOMING MISSION PILGRIMAGES

MASSANETTA June 17 - 19

KENYA June 23- July 8 & Oct 21 - Nov 11

MEXICO July 15 - 21

NICARAGUA August 4 - 11

Ghent Area Ministries Hispanic Ministry N.E.S.T.

Global

MASSANTTA

June 17-19 Come for a wonderful camp experience with a mission emphasis and help others in Virginia and send out food to the world. The accommodations are wonderfully rustic and guaranteed to make exciting memories for the future. Please start signing up as soon as possible. Reservations need to be in by March 18th. Cabins with bathhouses: Each cabin has two rooms; each room has 4 twin beds; the rooms are connected making it easy for families larger than 4 to stay together. Adults: $120 13-18: $120 6-12: $90 3-5: $70 2 and under free. Bring your own crib/pack n’ play for babies.

Video Jail Ministry

For more information on all the wonderful Red Cross Blood Drive LOCAL missions here in Saturday Soup Kitchen Norfolk and Hampton Roads, visit Sentara Mobile Meals www.fpcnorfolk.org Center

Main Building: Private room with two twin beds and and bath: Adults: $178 each 13-18: $134 6-12: $112 3-5: $92 2 and under – free Most of the rooms in the main building connect have a door connecting to another room (for families larger than 4).  Bring your own crib/pack n’ play for babies. Visit www.FPCnorfolk.org for more information.

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. Please contact Sheryl Wood with any questions! Sheryl@fpcnorfolk.org.

JINOTEGA, NICARAGUA

August 4-1 For over a decade now First Presbyterian has partnered with Vida Joven (Young BAJA, MEXICO Life) in Nicaragua. Hundreds of us have gone July 15-21 This is a great down and witnessed first opportunity for you to help built a house in Baja, hand how the words every kid has the right to know Mexico. There will be Jesus in his own language many people available to have come to life. This trip help and all different skill will have cultural building, levels are needed. In addition to building houses construction, work in relationships are also built schools and work with the leaders of Vida Joven. The with the community. cost for the trip is $550 People are also needed to help furnish the home. We ground cost plus air fare. will be working with the Registration along with Oaxacan Indians and $100 registration fee must worshiping by their side. be in by January 24th


PUT INTO PRACTICE

Tell your friend that you are a Christ Follower

Invite your friend to worship or to a church event

Ask about his or her spiritual beliefs

Share your faith story, why are you a Christ follower

Ask your friend if they would like to become a Christ follower

Add to the Community

Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. Romans 10:13-14, Matthew 28:19-20

Challenge:

NEO:

Commit to Adding to the Community by accepting the PRA•X•IS Evangelism Challenge. Series runs from February 26-April 8. The PRA•X•IS Evangelism Challenge is available for download at www.fpcnorfolk.org.  It includes a two-page instruction letter and a small number of business card-sized reminders.  You can also pick up printed copies in the Loft.

NEO is a new 4 week class designed to be a non-threatening introduction to the basic ideas and concepts of Christianity. NEO will run on Sunday nights from April 15 through May 6. If you have a unchurched friend who might be interested, we encourage you to invite him or her and consider taking the class with them sometime this year.  For more information or to register visit www.fpcnorfolk.org.

Recommended Books: "Just Walk Across the Room" by Bill Hybels. If you would like some books to recommend to your non-Christian friends, we suggest: "The Reason for God" by Tim Keller - a more analytical approach to faith, and "Searching for God Knows What" by Donald Miller. Both these books are also available for purchase in the Loft.


March Special Events PEVA

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT MARCH 4,

BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON MARCH 7

at Noon In First Hall

Guest speaker: Grace 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Weedman, our own Parish The Rev. Glenn McDonald, Visitor, is presenting author of The “Adam and Eve’s Diary.” Disciplemaking Church: The cost is $5 for both From Dry Bones to Spiritual lunch and program.  All Vitality, will lead the PEVA are welcome to attend. leadership summit.  He will Please RSVP at focus on discipleship and www.fpcnorfolk.org or call mentorship during this event.  our FPC Receptionist at $10 = Program & Dinner! 625-1697. Sign up online at www.fpcnorfolk.org

WRITERS' WORKSHOP MARCH 6 & 20 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Everyone is invited to this sacred space to reflect on our God, our lives and our world.  It is often through writing that we allow our pens to go where our minds will not.  Visit www.FPCInklings.com for more information.

MORNING ASIDE MARCH 10    

PRAYERS IN THE MEN’S BANQUET MARCH 23 CATACOMBS

6:00PM IN FIRST Join us for this HALL intercessory prayer experience for the lost and 2012 FPC Men’s Banquet "Iron Sharpens Iron" missing each Sunday in Cost: $20 Please check out Lent from 9:30 to 12:30. the FPC Men's Ministries Web Site for additional Information. VIRGINIA www.fpcnorfolk.org.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MARCH 18, 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Join us for this wonderful night of music and 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM fellowship with the Take a half day and spend Virginia Symphony some time renewing your Orchestra. Visit www.fpcnorfolk.org for spirit during Lent; which is a season of repentance more information. and renewal. Come join us for guided FPC OPEN STAFF contemplative and reflective prayer exercises POSITIONS as we prepare for Please visit Easter.  Register now at www.FPCNorfolk.org www.fpcnorfolk.org.

LOST 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 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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Receptionist Desk Volunteers Needed Duties include answering the telephone and door. If you would like to serve regularly or be put on a list to serve as a back up, contact Jessica Woodward, 625-1697. 

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New CKC Sessions MOPS 6:30-8:30 Begin! Contact Women’s Bible Hunter Study 7pm @fpcnorfolk.org for more information Young Adults Chat & Chill 5:30-7:30

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Find us on Facebook

Park Place Child LIfe Center 10:30-3pm

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

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PEVA Leadership Summit 4- 8pm register at www.pcusapeva.org

Find us on Facebook

ESL 7PM every Tuesday

Seniors First Noon Women’s Morning Bible 9:30-11:30 I.D. Meal 5:30 Classes 6:15

Meet Me at the Well Women's Forum 7pm

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Family Worship Service

Nehemiah Ministry Noonday Prayers

Shoulder-toShoulder 7am

Women’s Morning Bible 9:30-11:30

Resurrection Baskets Creation Stations

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

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Red Cross Blood Drive

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VA Symphony Orchestra 5:00- 7:15pm

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MOPS 6:30-8:30

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

Confirmation

Find us on Facebook

Retreat 16-18th

Park Place Child Life Center 10:30-3pm

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Writers’ Workshop 7pm

Women’s Morning Bible 9:30-11:30

Women’s Bible Study 7pm

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

Park Place Child LIfe Center 10:30-3pm

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

Men’s Banquet First Hall 6:00pm contact ScottKalis@ Young Adults Chat hotmail.com & Chill 5:30-7:30

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Lost Art Show Begins March 25- April 1

Nehemiah Ministry Noonday Prayers

Shoulder-toShoulder 7am

Women’s Morning 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

Park Place Child LIfe Center 10:30-3pm

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New Church Plant at FPC – The Urban Circle

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.

FPC is partnering with The Urban Circle to help plant a church in Norfolk that will specifically target the urban community of Park Place. We are very excited to host this new outreach in our own First Hall! Antipas Harris, a professor at Regent’s School of Theology, is leading this new congregation. If you would like to contact him to offer support or talk about being involved, his email is antipas@theurbancircle.net. This new worshipping body will meet for the first time on Saturday, March 17th, and will continue to meet regularly on the 3rd Saturday of the month.


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Looking Ahead

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FPC 101- April 1, at 4pm Maundy Thursday- April 5, at 6pm Good Friday Service- April 6, at 7pm Easter Egg Hunt- April 7, at 9:30am Resurrection Flowers will be available for purchase from March 4 to March 25. Check your Connection Card for more information.

For more upcoming events visit

www.fpcnorfolk.org

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

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