First Presbyterian Church is participating in the Anchor Gardens Community Garden project across from New Sagaya at 14th & I St. Come and help us! All food is donated to Food Bank. Contact Danna Larson for more information.
Are you looking for a way to engage your children this summer in faith formation but struggling because of social distancing? We have you covered with Staycation Bible School 2020!
Staycation Bible School 2020 — “Feet that Follow” will help you as a family connect and share God’s love. “Feet that Follow” gives you an opportunity to go on a journey with Jesus and explore the many places he traveled and discover the ways we can travel and share God’s love – even when we are staying close to home. Each participant will be given a “travel bag” with many of the supplies you will need for your journey.
When: June 29 – July 31 (We are taking a five day VBS and extending for five weeks)
Where: Most of the activities can be done in your home or neighborhood; we do have three small group activities that we will have at the church Monday, June 29, 6:00-7:00 pm Stop by the church to pack your supplies for your journey! (Wear your mask!)
Monday, July 13, 6:00-7:30 pm Staycation Activity on church lawn or Park Strip (More details to follow)
Monday, July 27, 6:00-7:30 pm Staycation Wrap Up on church lawn or Park Strip (More details to follow)
What to do:
1. Fill out this registration/permission form for each child participating and return to Danna by Saturday, June 27.
2. Come to First Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm to pack your supplies and meet others participating in the Staycation Bible School. Wear your masks!
3. Share this information with other friends who may want to participate.
We look forward to seeing many of you for Staycation Bible School!
Questions? Contact Danna Larson, Director of Faith Formation (907)538-7313.
First Presbyterian Church will be a part of the Community Garden that is being created on the corner of 14th and I Street (south of New Sagaya City Market). This is a community garden that is being organized through Anchor Gardens and since our church is so close it is a perfect match for us to get involved. The food we grow will be given to the Food Bank for distribution.
All are invited to a work party (children, youth, adults) this Wednesday, May 20 from 6-8 pm. We will be working to help complete the lasagna beds for the garden spaces so we can begin planting next week. One of the Anchor Gardens leaders will mentor us as we work together.
Wear gloves and a mask (we will be social distancing)
Bring your own water
Bring your own tools: wheel barrow, shovels, rakes
Supplies needed: cardboard, leaves, kitchen scraps-not dairy or meat,coffee grounds- call your coffee shop and ask them to save them for you, straw, aged manure, spent malt grains (can get free from breweries)
If you cannot help with the build possibly you can bring supplies. You can drop them off anytime at the Community Garden site. Just pull up and you will find the bin or area for your donations.
Contact Danna Larson if you have questions or to learn more about this opportunity.
School will be out next week and you will be moving into summer and a “first” for us as we continue to live out our COVID-19 days. I give thanks that so far we have been able to limit the number of people who have gotten COVID-19 here in Alaska. I pray we can continue to do this as we move into the summer and we all want to be with each other.
This summer we will not be able to host our summer Vacation Bible School at First Presbyterian Church. After much prayer and discussion we continue to believe the best way to “love one’s neighbor” is to make sure we do things at the church that are safe for everyone. If we were to have the VBS even later than our June date (since the use of building is limited to 50 currently and the VBS is usually about 80 people with children and volunteers) we would put a lot of our volunteers at risk because so many of us are over 60! Also, in order to be safe for the children and youth volunteers we would need to be disinfecting all of the furniture and supplies in the room spaces between groups and the practically and workforce to do that just does not seem possible.
First Presbyterian Church is working to plan opportunities for you and your children this summer.
**Compassion Camp: Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You This is a do at home Vacation Bible School that will include a community art project as well as service opportunities. We will not receive the curriculum until June 1. I hope to have the materials ready to deliver to our families the second week in June for you to do during the summer. Suitable for pre-school and elementary children.
**Camp in a Box: Deep Roots, New Leaves This is still tentative but I hope we can provide this opportunity as well for our elementary children. Camp in a Box provides 5 days’ worth of activities that are screen-free, encourage outdoor activity, and minimize demands on parents. In this weeklong experience campers will discover that God is always doing a new thing. While God offers stability and safety, like a tree’s deep roots, God is also working for good in each new moment, like a tree sprouting new leaves.
I know each of you as parents are very busy and I continue to pray for you each week. I appreciated Lilly Lewin’s post this morning Coloring During COVID19 and offer it to you for your own renewal and possibly a spiritual practice for you.
Blessings to you and your families this week,
Director of Faith Formation
I hope amidst ALL of the things you are juggling during these days that you are able to get outside and enjoy God’s creation. I like to garden and have been able to work a bit at our family garden with the hope to really “get into it” in the next couple of weeks!
I am also a part of the Anchor Gardens network and am working with other team leaders to support those in our community who are interested in having a vegetable garden this summer. We are also developing new community gardens and this is a way for you to get involved if you don’t have the space for your own garden.
I found this prayer (posted below) and am going to try and memorize it as I wash my hands. Some of you may want to make up a simple version to share with your children and invite them to use as they are washing their hands. I have counted to 20 many times as well as sung the ABC song while sanitizing my hands so this will be a new way for me to focus as I am keeping myself and others safe during these COVID-19 days.
A special “Happy Mother’s Day” to each of you celebrating Mother’s Day whether because you are a mother or because you have been blessed with a person who has been a mother or mother figure for you. I like this video prayer from the Church of England .
We at FPC want to be a support for you during this time. Please feel free to contact either Matt, Jennifer, or myself if there are ways we can support you. I miss not seeing all of you personally and continue to pray for each of you as a family during the week.
Love and peace to each of you and your children,
Director of Faith Formation
As I Wash My Hands: A Prayer for Faith & Sanity
As I wash my hands, 20 seconds,
I think of the raw, over-sanitized skin of hospital staff.
Circling soap over knuckles and palms,
I think of the gloved hands of grocery clerks and restaurant workers.
Cleansing under fingernails and past the wrists,
I think of the aged hands of my grandmothers in nursing homes that I hope are free of germs.
As I wash my hands, faucet flowing,
I think of the clear air above halted cities,
the clear waters of Venice canals,
how the world looks when we are quiet and grounded,
how sand and mud and toxins settle when we shelter in place.
As I wash my hands,
interlacing my fingers in a prayer,
I think of the work that is paused
or the work that is increased.
Lather, water, clarity,
now your work is more visible
in the world and in me.
You desire clean hearts, right spirits.
Wash us with water and your Word.
Present us to yourself a radiant Church,
A model of holy sanity, as we wash our hands.