Detail of sanctuary stained glass
Announcements and Requests
Please submit items for the March April issue of The SPIRE to Beth Mabee in the church office by Monday, March 24.
World Day of Prayer
World Day of Prayer is "a global, ecumenical movement of Christian wormen joined together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March." For more information, visit the World Day of Prayer website.
March Presbytery Meeting
First Presbyterian Church is hosting the next meeting of Grand Canyon Presbytery on Saturday, March 29. Registration (in the courtyard) begins at 8:00 am, with coffee and muffins available in the Fireside Room; worship service will be from 9:15 to 10:15 am; and the business meeting will run until 3:00 pm, with one break in the morning and an hour for lunch. Workers are needed for a number of jobs before and on the date of the meeting.
Before the meeting, we need volunteers for:
- Cleaning, decorating, and generally making sure the campus has its "game face on." Saturday, March 22 will be "Church Campus Cleanup Day. " Meet in Swain Hall at 9:00 am. Lunch will be served at noon.
- Setting up tents, tables, and chairs in the courtyard for the registration staff and displays. Bill Wentling and the Saturday morning maintenance group will be in charge of this; call Bill if you can help.
The day of the meeting, we will need:
- Registration helpers and greeters/guides.
- Kitchen helpers and waitstaff.
- Help to reconfigure the Sanctuary between the worship service and the business meeting.
- Cleanup crew after the meeting is over
We will leave the courtyard setup in place on Saturday night and hold Fellowship after Sunday services there the following day, so additional cleanup and breakdown help will be needed on Sunday.
Signup sheets will be available in Swain Hall; please help if you can!
The Lions Club "Recycle for Sight" program collects used eyeglasses, cleans them, sorts them by prescription strength, and packages them for distribution to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames. They also accept hearing aids.
For more information, contact Bill Wentling or Tina Trowbridge, or visit the Lions Club website. You can donate your old glasses to the Lions by giving them to Bill or Tina, or drop them off in the Lions collection box in the church office.
Welcoming Our Tenants
Plans are in the works for a welcome reception for the members of the Emmanuel Baptist Church which is now renting our chapel. Details will be announced shortly.
If you signed up to receive the booklet of Donna Roth’s 50th anniversary articles or a DVD of the anniversary slideshow, they are now available in the church office. Stop by to pay for and pick up your memento(s).
Some of the 2014 contribution envelopes are still on a table in the Narthex to be picked up. Please discard the 2013 envelopes and use the new 2014 envelopes—your number has probably changed.
Session voted at their November meeting to increase the cost of chancel flowers to $25.00.
We need two individuals to sign up to provide the flowers each Sunday. A sign-up chart will be in Swain Hall. Place your name on the chart for the date you desire to furnish flowers; be sure to advise Marge, in the office, the notation you want in the bulletin—in memory of; celebration of; a thank you; etc.— place your check in a pew envelope, and mark “Flowers” on the memo line or on the front of the envelope. Yes, you may sign up for more than one Sunday. The large Sunday bouquet is broken into 3-4 small arrangements to be delivered to the hospital, nursing home, or someone just out of the hospital. PLEASE we NEED your help to continue this ministry.
We are still looking for people willing to learn how to run the sound system and carillon and record Sunday services. If you are interested in helping out, talk to Bill Wentling, call him at 623 476-2426, or send him an email. You can also leave a message at the church office, 623-974-3605.
Please also let Bill or the office staff know if you are scheduling an event at the church that will require microphones, the projector in Swain Hall, or any other audio-video equipment setup. We would appreciate at least a week’s notice if we have the equipment on hand, and a month’s notice if we will have to rent or borrow anything.
We need more members to serve as Liturgists for our Sunday services. (Being an Elder is not a requirement.)
The task includes reading, with the congregation, the opening Call to Worship, and a little later, the Declaration of Pardon. A brief Prayer for Illumination is read by the Liturgist just prior to the reading of the first scripture lesson. That concludes the Liturgist's responsibility.
An advance copy of Sunday's worship guide is always available by Wednesday for the Liturgist to use in making notes and reminders of when to stand and speak, etc.
If you'd like to know more about being a Liturgist, please call Sharyl Moen in the church office at 623-974-3605.
Join Our Stephen Ministers
Are you a compassionate person, full of faith and trustworthy? Would you like to help, on a one-to-one basis, people who are going through a personal crisis? If so, the Stephen Ministers of First Presbyterian would like you to join them.
Don't know how to be a Stephen Minister? We will train you through classes held here at the church by our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers.
INTERESTED? Contact Gene Downing (623-933-0642) or another Stephen Minister at church.
Stewardship is a Gift from God
November 17 was Stewardship Sunday. If you have not yet filled out your pledge card for the coming year, please do so.
In our lives as stewards, the gifts we offer—time, talent and our financial resources— are holy gifts. They are gifts of love, given in joy and devotion. Through the gift of stewardship, God gives us the opportunity to witness to God’s love through Jesus Christ. Pledges, donations, money, tithes, cash, checks, gifts—in its simplest form stewardship is annual giving. Stewardship also encompasses legacy giving—planned giving, deferred giving, plans for gifts beyond our lifetime. Planned giving includes current and future gifts, made as part of estate planning, and is over and above annual giving.
A brochure about our church’s Foundation Fund is now available. The First Presbyterian Church, Sun City Foundation Fund brochure has information about Planned Gifts and will help you select the best instruments for including the church in your estate plans. To receive a copy of the brochure, please call the church office, or pick one up in Swain Hall following Sunday worship services.
2014 Per Capita
The 2014 Per Capita rate is $31.00 per person. What exactly does that mean? The Department of the Stated Clerk at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) explains it this way:
The Westminster Confession of Faith says, “all believers are, therefore, under obligation to sustain the ordinances of the Christian religion where they are already established, and to contribute by their prayers, gifts, and personal efforts to the extension of the Kingdom of Christ throughout the whole earth” (The Book of Confessions, 6.058).
Per capita is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 11,000 congregations and mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are connected and participate in the work of the wider church.
Because it is rooted in the connectional and covenantal nature of the Presbyterian church, as affirmed by the ordination vows taken by elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament, per capita could be called the Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund.
How important is per capita? Per capita is as important as being Presbyterian! Per capita funding is how Presbyterians mutually share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit’s leading for the future.
- It is how Presbyterians are trained to become better elders and ministers.
- It is how Presbyterians discern God’s call in their lives.
- It is how Presbyterians participate in the life of the wider church by serving on GA committees and commissions.
- It is how Presbyterians participate in the life of the Church universal as we commit ourselves to work and live in fellowship with “all persons in every nation” (Book of Order, G-4.0101)
To learn more about the history of the per capita offering, click here.
When you receive your offering envelopes for 2014 (they may be picked up in the narthex hallway), you will see one marked “Per Capita.” Thank you for your contribution!