|AROUND THE FIRST|
|Published Monthly by First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans
5401 South Claiborne Avenue at Jefferson
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125-4997
web page www.gnofn.org/~firstpc
October 3, 1999 at 10 a.m.
The fall Christian Education Program will begin October 3rd at 10 a.m. Joyce Kleinfeldt, director of our Christian Education program has diligently worked with the teachers and ordered the Augsburg Fortress "Witness" curriculum for the upcoming sessions. We will have two class groups: Primary (Kindergarten to 2nd Grade) led by Rise' Johns and Mary Knight; Junior (3rd to 7th Grade) led by Cheryl Roberts and the Confirmation Class (8th to 12th Grade) led by Cliff Nunn. We will have a Music Class for the Primary and Junior class conducted by Anne Matthews and Nieta Nunn; Nursery is available from 9:45a.m. to 12 noon and is instructed by Marta Hernandez.
We invite you to bring your child(ren) to experience the exciting word of God taught through a wonderful group of Christian Educators. For the adults we also have an Adult Bible Class which begins at 10 a.m. Bring your child(ren) to one of the classes and attend the Adult Class for yourself where you can experience the word of God through Christian Education.
Children's Church meets upstairs during worship hour and is offered for younger children ages four years to third grade which is led by Joyce Kleinfeldt and assisted by De'antra Roberts. This allows you to enjoy the worship service while your child(ren) are learning more about the works of God.
Whenever someone sends an invitation to a homecoming to about 40 people scattered throughout the nation and about 30 of them respond that they are coming, some from as far away as Maryland, a little bell in a pastor's head goes off. I begin to ask, "Why is there such a strong response from people formally members of a church? What did the church and the pastor of that era do to make these people so loyal to each other and to their church? A youth group(?) did all this? What bonding took place that they would keep up with each other for 57 years?" Why, I found out that many of them ended up marrying each other. And....they tell me that many of their parents weren't even members of the church at the time, simply young people drawn to a great youth program, a dynamic pastor, and a lot of love and fun in a church.
If anyone doubted the power of a youth group to build memories and ideals of a lasting nature, they need to come to see this gathering of young people from 50+ years ago that will occur on the weekend of October 23rd.
Many times, I send out letters and nothing happens - I get zero response. And then a month or so ago, I provided a little help to Tudy Manson to get this letter out to some long time church friends, and 30 letters come flooding in from all over the country. SOMETHING IS GOING ON HERE!! This is the kind of youth program parents dream about and would kill for.
We could argue that it was a different era, that kids really centered themselves in the church, that there were not all the distracting things to do, ...as Seinfeld says, yada, yada, yada! But who cares for all the dismissive explanations. The point is, it worked!
Only Tudy Manson and Elizabeth Browne are still worshiping with us on Sunday mornings. But almost all of these people are still active in a church somewhere. They have led long lives of faithfulness. They have contributed to the improvement and in some cases gave their lives for this country. Who knows how many people they have touched. I ask, "Who says that the church does not make a difference in this world? This group has!"
When these people come "back home" on October 23rd, come to church and talk to them. Ask them why they are here. Find out why this church was so effective in their lives. And let us vow to work to make our church of today as effective in the lives of our children! AMEN.
NEWS FROM THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
This October the CDP will be hosting two of its traditional annual fund-raisers. From October 1st through October 15th we will be taking orders for Innisbrook Wrapping Paper. Innisbrook offers quality products at reasonable prices. Half of all profits go directly to the school. Please look for a brochure the first two Sundays in October.
Then, from Tuesday October 19th through Sunday October 24th we will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair with quality children's books. Come by during the week or come on Sunday to take a look.
Both events help us to keep our prices reasonable, to offer scholarships, and to purchase needed equipment. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
On Wednesday, October 6th we will be hosting a strictly social event, our annual Open House, a chance for parents to meet together and see the wonderful things the children are doing at school. Remember church members are always welcome to stop by on a Sunday and take a look at the school- and bring your child to Sunday School!
NEWS AND NOTES
SALT AND PEPPER POTLUCK....
Dale Stange has graciously offered her home for our "Salt and Pepper" potluck for adults. It will be Monday, Oct. 18th at 6:30 p.m. Dale's address is 537 Carol Drive, Jefferson, La. If you plan to attend, call the church office, Nieta Nunn or Dale Stange. There is a sign-up sheet located in the "coffee" area.
John and Cindy Willis new address and phone no.- 68 Stetson Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907 - (781) 592-5703.
Westminster Tower will have a Craft Fair on October 2, 1999 from 9a.m. to 4p.m. There will be outside crafts and tower crafts, parade of prizes, quilt raffle. Meatball and Spaghetti will be served from 11:30a.m. to 1p.m.. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for children 12 and under.
Oct. 3, Sun. Communion Sunday offering will go towards UNICEF.
Oct. 10, Sun. Stewardship Sunday.
Fellowship meal after worship. Stir up some good recipes and come share them with others over conversation.
Oct. 12, Tues. Bible Study will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 10:30. Bring sandwiches, salads or desserts and stay for lunch.
Oct. 17, Sun. Session meeting at 5 p.m.
Oct. 18, Mon. Salt and Pepper Potluck at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Dale Stange, 537 Carol Dr. Contact: Nieta Nunn, call the church office or sign up in the coffee area.
Oct. 20, Wed. The Lunch Bunch will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 11:30 a.m. The charge is $4.00 per person and reservations are required.
Oct. 24, Sun. Church Homecoming Celebration.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE
Saturday, December 4th from 1p.m. to 3p.m. Second Harvesters. As a group we help Second Harvesters sort food for the hungry in the Greater New Orleans area. Please join us for a good time while we help others. Meet at First Presbyterian Church at 12:30 a.m. to carpool or meet us there.
Directions: South Claiborne Ave at Jefferson Hwy., right on Edwards Ave., left on Mounes, left on Sams.
Uptown Shepherd's Senior Citizen Center. Volunteers needed for all types of activities at the Center, to help serve daily lunch, to visit home bound elderly in their home, etc. for more information call: Sylvia Warren at 314-0309.
HOME ART SHOW
The Sixth Annual Poydras Home Art Show will be held on Saturday, October 9th and 10th. Come to the Poydras Home Art Show on Saturday, Oct. 9th from 1p.m. to 6p.m. and on Sunday, October 10th and from 12 noon 4p.m. They will have art for sale from about 90 artists (George Dureau, Chaffe McIIhenney, Henri Schindler, Tim Trapolin and Casey Willems to name a few), music, refreshments and a door prize for each day.
AROUND THE FIRST
Published Monthly by First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans
5401 South Claiborne Avenue at Jefferson
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125-4997- (504) 866-7409 Fax (504) 866-7400
Dr. Clifford W. Nunn, Pastor - October - 1999
PERMIT NO. 44
NEW ORLEANS, LA.
THE POETRY SECTION
The heavens' ribboned sunlight,
And evening starry skies,
A songbird's melody above
To greet me when I rise.
Lofty purple mountains,
Foaming emerald sea,
All of God's creation
Declare His majesty.
For God who paints the autumn leaves
And sees the sparrow fall,
Will keep me safely in His arms
And hear my every call.
Contributed By: Joyce Kleinfeldt
A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD
It was through your love
that I realized what the love of
God the Father must be like.
You have loved me,
cared for me, provided for my needs
and guided my footsteps as I grew up.
I have experienced
the richness of life under your direction,
and because of your spiritual leadership
I have seen my own life reach holiness.
As I have experienced
the Lordship of Jesus Christ in my life
may God's love and grace
continue to fill your life.
And my prayer is that my life may reflect
the same love that you have shown.
Contributed by: G. Elizabeth Browne