The (Church) Mouse September, 2017

...excerpts from the monthly newsletter of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellville, Arkansas

Church Work Day!

There will be an all church work day on Saturday, September 16th from 8:00 am until noon (we’re usually done before noon!)

With today’s busy schedules, there are times that folks just don’t have the whole morning to spare. If you have the morning or just an hour or two to help out, it will be very much appreciated. Remember, many hands make light work!!

Consider A Three-Day Experience of a Lifetime!

A Presbyterian Pilgrimage Weekend is not just “another retreat”. No, it is a part of a personal spiritual journey. At a Weekend, you can experience a deepened relationship with Christ, which can continue growing and last a lifetime.

Arkansas Presbyterian Pilgrimage will hold its 27th Pilgrimage at Camp Paron in Paron AR (just west of Little Rock), October 19-22, 2017. Pilgrimage Weekends provide an opportunity to:

But there’s more! Weekends are a lot of fun, too!

Pilgrimage seeks Christians who are themselves seeking spiritual growth and are seeking a more vital expression of their faith in their lives. A Pilgrimage Weekend is open to all Christians. We hope you will prayerfully consider attending ARPP-27 this fall.

You can register in 5 minutes, by clicking here. The cost is $200 for lodging and meals, but scholarships are available, so don’t let cost be a barrier!

To learn more, speak with one of the FPC members who have been to their own Pilgrimage: Clark & Madeleine Middleton, Becky Walker, Becky McGaughey, Felice Dennis, Carolyn Sims, Clay Parton, Linda Truitt, Paula & David Boatright, Judy Stein or Claudia Brigham.

JOY Group

Pastor Blake has graciously agreed to make a presentation on his experiences at the Spiritual Communities of Iona in Scotland and Taize in France. He will also be sharing about travels in Ireland. We will meet at the church at 10:30 a.m. for this exciting presentation and then enjoy a potluck lunch together afterwards. In honor of Pastor Blake’s presentation, for lunch, let’s bring ethnic dishes from our childhood (Cajun, Italian, Southern, Irish, French, etc.) That should make for an interesting meal!

Mens’ Breakfast

We will have a Men’s breakfast on September 9th at 8:00 am at the church! There will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the Sanctuary so we can get a rough count on the number of men who will be coming to the breakfast. The food will be provided so just come hungry and enjoy the fellowship! Future dates are October 21, November 4th, and December 2nd. We hope to see the men of the church at the breakfasts. For more information, talk with Pastor Blake.

Men’s Bible Study Begins!

There will be a Men’s Bible Study entitled,

The study will begin with an informational meeting on September 12th at 6:30pm. There is a sign-up sheet located in the back of the Sanctuary for interested individuals to sign up. We look forward to seeing you there. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Blake.

Adult Sunday School Classes Resume

Sunday school classes for all will begin on September 10th at 9:15!! Hope to see you there!

The Adult Sunday School class will be in the Adult classroom. The first lesson series will be a study of the Apostles’ Creed led by Pastor Blake. The next series is still under review. It may be “The Jesus I Never Knew”, by Phillip Yancey or “Traveling Light” by Max Lucado.

Worship in the Pavilion: Sunday, September 10

Sunday, September 10, we will meet for worship in our pavilion overlooking the beautiful Ozark hills across the valley. This is a wonderful place to worship, to fellowship, and enjoy the beauty of our world. Bring your lawn chair: There are tables with benches in the pavilion, but you might want to bring your lawn chair to be more comfortable. A shuttle will be provided to take you from the church “up the hill”, or you may walk or drive up to the pavilion if you like. Don’t forget to drop off your potluck dish in the kitchen either before Sunday School or on your way to the pavilion!

Women's Ministry

Thank You to all who worked so hard to make the Dinner Theater a success. Also thanks to those that attended, donated items, and those that bid on the Silent Auction items. We sold 100 tickets and made approximately $1800.00 for donation to "The Call." It was a fun evening for a good cause.

Ladies Fall Gathering: Italian Luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 5 at noon. Women's Ministry Leadership Team will provide a pasta bar with condiments. Please bring a salad or dessert. Stacy Shinkle will be giving a talk on being prepared BEFORE something happens to your loved one and some basic things we can be proactive about in our lives.

Mark Your Calendars! Our next craft day will be Tuesday, October 17 at 11:30 to decorate the tin cans we collected for the Food Closet. Bring a sack lunch. We will eat after the craft.

Halloween Candy We will be collecting candy when it goes on sale after Halloween for the Christmas tins we decorated which will be given to the Yellville Food Closet and Serenity House during the month of December.