August 19, 2019

Parish Nurse Sherry Olson’s office hours Sherry’s office hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and for a half day on Mondays and Thursdays as needed. If you’d like to make an appointment, call her at 804.927.0262.  She also will be at the church two Sundays out of the month from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Get your winter flu shot at one of the three flu clinics at the church. Clinic dates are:

Sunday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 12:30 -1:30 p.m.

Please bring your insurance card. If you are age 65 and older, please bring a copy of your Medicare card and Part D.

Beginning Sunday, September 8, the 11 a.m. worship will be broadcast live on WAXN-TV, channel 64. Check the listings for your local cable provider for details about where to find this station. The service will continue to stream live on the Worship page on the church website.

August 16, 2019

All volunteers who work with children and youth are required to complete a background check and training every three years.  RSVP is required for upcoming classes.  We will hold sessions only for meetings for which we have participants.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m.  P206 (sign up at required)

Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.,  Zoom meeting  (sign up at required)

Sunday, August 25,  9 a.m.  P206 (sign up at required)

Tuesday, August 27 @ 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.  Zoom meeting  (sign up at required)

August 14, 2019

First Presbyterian Church is now looking for a Ministry Team Coordinator, a 20-hour a week position.

Please review the job description and if you are interested, please email your resume.

August 13, 2019

A few spots are still available for this October 28-November 4 trip to support the health clinic, church and schools in Bayonnais, Haiti. Contact Glenna Cook to learn more.

August 12, 2019

Westerly Hills Academy (WHA) is a bright spot in an economically disadvantaged community located 10 minutes from the church. First Presbyterian has partnered with WHA since the fall of 2000. The issues our city is facing right now—lack of opportunity in education and lack of affordable housing, for example—are issues WHA families struggle with every day.

Here are ways you can support WHA children, families and staff:

Tutoring Opportunities

  • Heart volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring for 30 minutes or one hour each week from late September to early May, delivering Heart’s effective curriculum (98% of students achieve their growth goals as a result of this program) and acting as a positive influence. Sign up for weekly slot on Tuesdays through Fridays at .
  • HELPS volunteers provide one-on-one fluency tutoring to second and third graders from 10–11:15 a.m. Monday-Friday each week from September 23 through April 30. Training is provided, as well as a curriculum proven to improve reading speed and accuracy. Students receiving the tutoring 3 times per week were able to eliminate 75% of their deficit to grade level proficiency last year. Sign up at
  • Augustine Literacy Project provides free, one-on-one instruction in reading, writing and spelling to struggling low-income students. It is the gold standard of early literacy interventions for volunteers committed to making a difference. Learn more and sign up at

Exchange Your Social Capital through Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools is recruiting Success Coaches to help students develop skills in goal setting and decision-making. Volunteers meet with a student weekly (minimum of twice a month) at an established time during the school day. In addition to Success Coaching, CIS provides opportunities to offer a job shadow, be on a career panel, review a college essay, mentor senior exit projects and more. Check out the volunteer tab at for more information.

Work with one teacher throughout the year

Spend one hour a week getting to know a WHA teacher and assisting specific students in his/her classroom.  You can select the time and day that fits with your schedule.

If you can’t get to Westerly Hills during the school day, there are plenty of other ways to get involved.

Project Backpack

Provide a weekly food bag (individually or with a group) for a WHA child each week from September-June. Bring five bags at the first of the month and place in the grocery cart in the hallway behind the sanctuary. Sign up at

Support a Teacher through the Apple Tree

Contribute to a classroom by purchasing items selected from the PW Apple Tree located in the Historical Lobby. Items are due back by September 19. You can also donate online. (add link)

Community Clean Up Day

Freshen up the WHA campus with other community members on Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Contact Heather Herring ( if you are interested or have questions.

First Fruits Fellowship will return on Thursday, September 5. The September gathering will be at Napa on Providence. First Fruits gatherings are on the first Thursday of each month. For information, contact Mary Margaret Porter (

FPC Schools offer the following monthly worship service for children this fall. Services are at 9:50 a.m. in the sanctuary.

  • September 25: Teach Us to Pray, Luke 11:1-4
  • October 23: Noah Obeys God, Genesis 6:1-9,17
  • November 13: Jonah and the Big Fish, Jonah 1-4

Two sessions will be offered as part of the Kindergarten Readiness Program offered by the two FPC Schools. Session One will be What Does it Mean to be Kindergarten Ready? It will be offered on Thursday, September 12, in Wood Fellowship Overflow, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session Two, School Choice, will be on Thursday, September 26, at the same time and location.