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SUNDAY Schedule Sunday, March 6 • Prayer breakfast for Homeless persons - 6:30 am, Fifield Hall • Communion Service - 8:30 am, Winship Chapel • The Mustard Seed Bookstore - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm • Worship Service - 9:00 am, Sanctuary • Cherub Choir & Worship Education - 9:30 am • Sunday School for all ages - 10:05 am • Worship Service - 11:15 am, Sanctuary • Fellowship Hour - 12:15 pm Fifield Hall • Officer Training- 5:00 pm, Room 323

Sunday, March 13 First Sunday in Lent • Prayer breakfast for Homeless persons - 6:30 am, Fifield Hall • Communion Service 8:30 am, Winship Chapel • The Mustard Seed Bookstore - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm • Worship Service - 9:00 am, Sanctuary • Cherub Choir & Worship Education - 9:30 am • Sunday School for all ages - 10:05 am • Worship Service - 11:15 am, Sanctuary • Fellowship Hour - 12:15 pm Fifield Hall • Officer Training- 5:00 pm, Room 323

March 6 & 13, 2011 Christ at the Center

March 6 “Moses and the Promised Land” Dear Everybody, As we conclude our winter sermon series on “Moses And The Promised March 6 & 13 George Wirth to preach Land”, the Book of Numbers, chapter 32, tells us that “none of the people who came up out of Egypt...made it into The Promised Land...except Caleb...and Joshua...for they unreservedly followed the Lord.” And reading on to Deuteronomy 34, the Bible reports that God told Moses “This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there’. Then, Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab...” We’ll talk about all of that and more this coming Sunday, including why Moses did not make it into The Promised Land in the Old Testament account, but may have finally gotten there according to the New Testament (here’s the clue: read the Transfiguration story in Matthew 17). I look forward to seeing you in worship at 9:00 and 11:15, and please invite your family and friends to come on along!

March 9 & 13 Ash Wednesday and T h e Fi r s t Su n d a y In Lent The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday on March 9, and we are looking forward to the March 9, Ash Wed. 12:00 Noon worship Connie Lee to preach service in Winship Chapel as we celebrate communion together and begin our sermon series on The Beatitudes from the Sermon On The Mount: “Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit, For Theirs Is The Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3). That evening, we will meet for dinner with our friends from Hillside Presbyterian Church at 5:30pm, and then celebrate the Lord’s Supper once more with Rev. Connie Lee preaching and members of both congregations leading and participating in the worship service. On Sunday morning, March 13, we will gather in the sanctuary for worship and communion at 9:00 and 11:15, and the sermon is entitled “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, For They Will Be Comforted” (Matthew 5:4.) As we continue to take this sacred journey toward Holy Week, I hope and pray that you will walk with us alongside Jesus and His first disciples, making our way to Jerusalem’s Upper Room, Calvary’s Cross and Easter’s Empty Tomb!

Faithfully Yours,

George B. Wirth

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Prayers for THOSE IN MILITARY SERVICE This is a list of known servicemen/women in our Church family. To add names, please call 404.228.7719. Pray for: Chaplain Capt. Jamison Bowman ABE3 Gregory Bridges Sgt. Isaiah Bridges Lt. Col. Bradford W. Cousar LCPL Austin W.P. Eskew First Airman Kevin Lee Captain Alexandria Victoria Miller Captain John Warren Robey Captain Gabriel Rulewicz Ensign David B. Sibley USN Lt. Commander Ryan Tewell Col. Roderick G. Turner III 1st Sgt. Antonio G. Whitfield MC2 Tyler Wilson

Pastoral Care Report (As of February 23, 2011) Recuperating: Scott Patterson, Tom Schermerhorn Births: Congratulations and many blessings are extended to: Jettie and Wally Letson following the October 26, 2010 birth of their son, Joseph (Jay) Alson Letson; Clay and Martin Underwood who welcomed Ellen Eugenia Underwood on January 5th; proud big sister is Winnie; and Aly and Jeff Cross following the birth of Bryn Laura Cross on February 16th; proud grandparents are George and Barb Wirth. Deaths: We extend our heartfelt sympathy and lift up in prayer: Lorraine Carribean & family following the death of her mother, Garnet Brady, on February 8th; and Jane McRae and family upon the death of her grandmother, Elizabeth Willingham, on February 11th.

The First Presbyterian & Hillside Presbyterian Joint Lenten Bible Study

Vacation Bible School 2011 Registration begins soon.

Save the Date JUNE 6th-9th, 2011

June 10 Elementary optional bonus day

2011 Annual Giving Campaign Goal: 800 Pledges Pledges Received (as of 2/24/11): 701 in the amount of $3,561,976.49


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March 6 & 13


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Adult Sunday School

LENT Wednesday@First

WORSHIP SERIES March 16 ~ April 20 6:30 - 7:30 pm Reception Room

Led by Lindsay Armstrong, Kevin Knab and Hardy Kim

FOOD DRIVE MARCH 6 - APRIL 17 Demand is high and supplies are low. Please give as you are able. Items most needed: o Tuna o Canned Fruit or Vegetables o Hearty Soups o Peanut Butter o Canned Pasta Sauce o Breakfast Cereal Drop-Off locations: Marked Bins@FPC

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Ash Wednesday March 9, 2011

Two Services at First Presbyterian: Imposition of Ashes Celebration of Holy Communion 12:00-12:30 pm ~ Winship Chapel Dr. George Wirth, First Presbyterian Church 5:00-6:45 pm ~ Fifield Hall Dinner: $4 Ages 3-12; $8 Youth-Adults 6:45-7:45 pm ~ Sanctuary First & Hillside Presbyterian Churches



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HIDDEN TREASURES: A Lenten Sunday School Series on Jesus’ Beatitudes Led by Lindsay Armstrong Sundays, March 13~April 17 10:05 – 11:00 am Fifield Hall All are Welcome.

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First Presbyterian Parents’ Morning Out registration has begun. Registration for the 2011-2012 school year is underway! For more information, please contact Katharine Hamer in the PMO office at 404-201-6443,, or visit our site at For any other questions, contact Katharine Hamer at or call 404-201-6443. Pa r e n t s ’ M o r n i n g O u t

Guided Meditation Class Every Sunday, 10:05 - 11:00 am Room 319 March 6 & 13


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Get involved! Things are really gearing up

FPC prayer breakfast All elementary children are invited to serve at our FPC prayer breakfast on March 27. We will not be doing the ACFB Hunger walk. Spring Elementary Musical “It’s Cool in the Furnace” continues on Wednesday nights. Meal is form 5:00 to 5:30, Choir and Musical songs rehearsal 5:45_6:30, Stage rehearsal in Fifield Hall 6:30-7:30. Save the performance dates for Sunday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 4. Craddock Center Family Mission Trip in Appalachia (Memorial Day weekend May 27-29) sign-ups continue in the Oasis. Join us for a planning meeting in the Temple at 11:15 on March 20.

youth YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT NIGHT MARCH 6 – 5:00-7:00 PM All youth are invited to join us for a night of service. We will make College Care Packages, Baby Blankets for Kenya and Organize the Costume Closet. Bring $5.00 for Pizza dinner. Be ready for fun and fellowship while we work to serve others. “JAMMIN’ FOR JAMAICA” YOUTH SILENT AUCTION MARCH 20 – 9:00 AM-1:00 PM All Youth going on the 2011 Summer Mission Trips must help with the Silent Auction. All items must be turned in no later than March 6. Each item must be recorded on the Auction Donation Form. If you have questions contact Vicky Fowler or Jane Race, Co-Chairs of the Auction. YOUTH LENTEN BIBLE STUDIES BEGIN ON MARCH 13 The Youth Department will have two Youth Lenten Bible Study Groups from March 13-April 10. These groups will study the Beatitudes and have weekly prayer time together. Allison will lead the Jr. High Group that will meet each Sunday afternoon from 5:00-6:00. Alan will lead a Sr. High Group that will determine when they will meet once youth have signed up. YOUTH DIRECT ELEMENTARY MUSICAL MARCH-APRIL, 2011 Youth are needed each Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 PM to help with the 2011 Elementary Musical, “It’s Cool In The Furnace.” This delightful children’s musical will be performed on May 1 and 4. Youth will help with direction, choreography, costumes, and sets. Join us for a fun opportunity to mentor the children and serve God. OLDER YOUTH STEPHEN MINISTRY CLASS MARCH 13-APRIL 10 All Junior and Senior Youth are invited and encouraged to join the 2011 Older Youth Stephen Ministry Class. This group will meet for 5 sessions to learn care-giving skills in the areas of listening, assertiveness, depression, loss and change. Join us each Sunday from 12:30-2:00. There will be a light lunch and the presentation each week in B111.

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March 6 & 13

The Chimes adult sunday school

This spring, our class will study John Claypool’s book, Glad Reunion: Meeting Ourselves in the Lives of Biblical Men and Women. On March 6 and March 13, we will discuss the first two chapters, on Abraham (p. 4-12) and Rebekah (p. 13-22). Please join us!

Emmaus Class Room 227

On March 6th, please join us for a wrap up discussion on our study of Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. Beginning on March 13th, we will enjoy fellowship together in Fifield Hall as we participate in Lindsay Armstrong’s series on the Beatitudes, “Hidden Treasures: A Lenten Study on Jesus’ Beatitudes. This Lenten season we have an opportunity to study and discuss in depth these important teachings- don’t miss out!

Faith and Life Room 218

On March 6th, we will join with the Economics & Faith program in the Reception/Berean Room led by Mark Douglas and David Bartlett. In recent years we have heard more and more about Spirituality. Please join us as Chris and Martha Moore-Keish lead us in a series on Spiritual Disciplines.

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On March 6, we gather in the Reception/Berean Room for our last week with Dr. David Bartlett (New Testament and Preaching, Columbia Seminary) and Dr. Mark Douglas (Christian Ethics, Columbia Seminary), as they conclude their provocative study on Economics and Faith. On March 13 we move back to Fifield Hall and begin our Lenten series on Jesus’ Beatitudes. Taught by Lindsay Armstrong, all are encouraged to join for the series “Hidden Treasures.”

March 6, “Creation Groaning”: the Redemption of Humankind and Creation in Paul and Revelation. We will explore what Paul (especially Romans & Colossians) and Revelation have to say about the relationship of creation and humankind, both in terms of the consequences of human sin for the earth and the place humankind and creation each hold in NT models of salvation. March 13, We will focus on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7: “On Earth as it Is in Heaven”: Implicit and Explicit Ecology in the Sermon on the Mount. This week we will look more carefully at the way Jesus talks about creation in this famous sermon. What kind of community does the Sermon on the Mount call into being? How does justice and human wholeness impact the earth?

Ours for Today Room B308

On the 13th, OFT will join other classes in Fifield as Lindsay Armstrong kicks off the Lenten season with “Hidden Treasures: A Lenten Study of Jesus’s Beatitudes.”

Spiritual Living Room B202

We continue our discussion of Emmet Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount. On March 6th, we will discuss Chapter 6: “With What Measure Ye Mete?” On March 13th, we will discuss Chapter 7: “By Their Fruits.”

The Upper Room Room 332

Drawing on the often overlooked Biblical wisdom tradition, we will explore our striving for healthy rhythms of parenting and family life. David Florence, former Waldorf teacher, pastor and elementary Christian educator will lead the class.

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On March 6th we’ll finish our Exodus series with Kevin Knab, and on March 13th we’ll begin a Lent series. Please join us!

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On March 6th, join us for an interesting class. On March 13th, Anne Farrisee will lead the first of a two-part series.

More of us are learning that guided meditation is effortless and feels so good. Letting go of stress is like opening a window so we can hear God speaking to us more clearly. Please join us. All are welcome.


Covenant Class Room 230

Meditation Group Room 319


Join us on the 4th Floor as we continue our study of The Gospel According to John.

On March 6, Class member Dr. Zipangani M. Vokhiwa will discuss his home country of Malawi. On March 13, Revs. Nancy and Shelvis SmithMather will tell about their Ministry in East Africa.


Community Bible Study Room B415

Internationals Room 327


On March 6, we gather in the Reception/Berean Room for our last week with Dr. David Bartlett (New Testament and Preaching, Columbia Seminary) and Dr. Mark Douglas (Christian Ethics, Columbia Seminary), as they conclude their provocative study on Economics and Faith. On March 13, we gather in Fifield Hall where we will be studying in greater detail the same thing Dr. Wirth is preaching on this Lent: Jesus’ beatitudes. Lindsay Armstrong is teaching. Join us for “Hidden Treasures: A Lenten Study on Jesus’ Beatitudes.”






Berean Bible Class Reception Room

March 6 & 13


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The Partnership Ministry

The Partnership Ministry is actively seeking assistance with our “Whiz Kids” tutoring/mentoring program.

We need persons willing to donate one hour per week to read and listen to an elementary aged child in 1st through 3rd grades on a one-on-one basis. We also have children in 4th and 5th grades who need assistance with reading in our math lab. For more information, please contact Alice Moore or Connie Lee at (404) 289-3092 or (404) 228-7741 or email to

Enrich your Lenten season by reading one of many inspirational books available in The Mustard Seed.

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Music for March 6 Prelude

Sonata II in C minor, Movt. I – Felix Mendelssohn


I Lift My Hands to the Lord Most High


Faith Is (Cherub Choir 9:00)

Make Music for the Lord (Archangel Choir 11:15)


Antiphon – Philip Moore

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Sonata II in C minor, Movt. II

Music for March 13 Prelude

“Mein Jesu, dir du mich”, Op. 122 – Johannes Brahms


Jesu, grant me this I pray – C.H. Kitson

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“Fugue in G minor on B-A-C-H, Op. 60 – Robert Schumann

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