You are invited to join us on Tuesday nights for our study of The Way of Shalom: A Lenten Journey to Peace and Wholeness. This devotional, published by Presbyterians Today, provides an opportunity to understand what shalom means for us today as we live out our calling as Christians. Contact Danna Larson for the Zoom link and join us Tuesday night at 7pm!
Come by the church this Saturday (January 16) from 12:30-1:30 pm….
1. Pick up a family faith formation packet which will include MLK, Jr activities, Bible story activities, and spiritual practices for you to do alone or as a family.
2. Pick up a devotional: These Days or Our Daily Bread
3. Drop off the letters, cards or pictures you have created for the men and women in prison
4. Drop off gently used winter clothing, jackets, gloves, caps, blankets and toiletries for the guests at Sullivan Arena
5. Drop off non-perishable food items for the Food Bank
All are welcome to join us us for our current online book study. We are discussing Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times by Bishop Michael Curry. The group meets each Tuesday from 7-8 pm via zoom. Contact Danna Larson for the Zoom link to join.
Many of our families in Anchorage do not have enough money to buy food for their families.
The Children’s Lunchbox is stepping up to make sure no child goes hungry in Anchorage by providing Food Pantry Boxes for these families. A Food Pantry Box is a shoe box filled with food items that will make a meal for a family of four. Click here to see the menus, food items needed, and directions for assembling the Food Pantry Boxes. Boxes can be brought to the church through Sunday, Dec. 20.
One of the PC(USA) offerings that our church supports is the Peace and Global Witness Offering. This offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice in our own communities, and across the world, and to cast off anxiety and fear, discord and division, and embrace our God’s mission of reconciliation to those around the corner and around the world.
25% of the offering received will be used to support those in our community and presbytery who are grieving the loss of a family member due to suicide, and to provide suicide prevention resources to congregation members and others in the Yukon Presbytery.
In addition, money received through this offering will go to support Ryan and Alethia White, mission co-workers in Germany. Ryan is from Anchorage and was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.If you would like to contribute to this offering, you may send a check to the church (616 W. 10th Ave. Anchorage, 99501) and designate it Peace and Global Witness or you may make a donation online and select the Peace and Global Witness Fund.
First Presbyterian Church is now a PC(USA) Matthew 25 congregation. A Matthew 25 congregation is one that calls us to see our neighbors through Jesus’ eyes (Matthew 25:31-46) and serve those who are marginalized or in need. The three focuses are: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. The mission committee is discerning ways we can live out our calling.
Several of us from the mission committee have signed up for an online being offered through the PC(USA) Matthew 25 Initiative and we invite you to join us!
Stony Point Center is working in collaboration with Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary to develop an online curriculum to support the Matthew 25 vision. The first Matthew 25 course, Awakening to Structural Racism is designed for those whose awareness of the dynamics of structural racism is being awakened due to the uprisings in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade. This course is also for those who have been aware of these dynamics and for those who desire a brave space to deeply explore their participation in systems of white supremacy.
You can learn more about the class and register at: https://stonypointcenter.org/get-involved/latest-news/11-latest-news/386-a-matthew-25-course-awakening-to-structural-racism
The class begins on Monday afternoon so if you are interested please sign up asap! Contact Danna Larson if you have questions.