Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM - Sanctuary
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Celebration Chapel is a pull out time for children 4-8 years during our normal worship services. In worship, our goal remains to learn and worship simultaneously. Studies show that children learn best by example and doing. So when these young ones are invited into Celebration Chapel, they are still worshipping, hearing God's story and responding with some activity.
Faith Forest is a children's workshop rotation model of Sunday school that addresses individual learning styles in children preschool through 5th grade and engaging them in scripture. The children study bible stories for several weeks at a time so they can dig deeper using a variety of different approaches like, cooking, science, drama and art. First Presbyterian Church thanks all those who took part in this exciting area of Christian Formation and invites those who wish to add their talents to the pool. Contact Joanna Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
F.L.Y. (Faith Living Youth)
FLY is a youth group for Jr. High School children. The year is filled with activities that range from overnight mystery trips to service opportunities with the elderly and others in need. Fun and faith are major components in everything we do. FLY meets on Wed. evenings after the community dinner. Contact Joanna Dunn email@example.com for more information.
For information about upcoming FLY events go to the "Calendar" page and select the category "Children/Youth Events."
R.U.S.H. (Rising Up Spiritual Heroes)
RUSH is a youth group for Sr. High School children. This group gets actively involved in a variety of joyous and challenging excursions. Last year we embarked on a mission trip to Costa Rica to provide aid and assistance. They meet on Wed. evenings for fun, faith and fellowship. Contact Joanna Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For information about upcoming RUSH events go to the "Calendar" page and select the category "Children/Youth Events."
QUILTING FROM THE HEART
Quilting from the Heart is made up of a devoted group of people who create quilts that are then donated locally. The beautiful quilts are made primarily from donated fabric remnants. A great deal of quality fellowship helps to pass the hours spent sewing. Quilting from the Heart meets Thursdays at 10:00 AM at FPC. To be part of this group or to learn more about them, contact Ruth Galey through the church office.
Once a year, women are invited to share in a time of relaxation and fellowship, as well as worship and study together. In recent years the retreats have been in McCall. For more information contact Joanna Dunn email@example.com.
TUESDAY MORNING MEN'S & WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDIES
The Tuesday morning bible study groups meet in the URS building cafeteria, 720 E. Park Blvd., (map) with the men and women groups meeting separately. The early morning meeting time appeals to working people and those who enjoy getting the day started with challenging faith-filled discussions with friends. Everyone is welcome. For information contact the church office firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LECTIONARY STUDY
Wed. Night Lectionary Study meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM. Participants study and discuss the preaching scripture for the coming Sunday. This bible study is unique in that it is not sequential; each week stands on it's own, allowing for participants to come when they are able. This exegetic form of Bible study inspires lively conversation ultimately leading to the question, if the scripture being discussed is the answer, what is the question? Individual thinking is encouraged and honored. The scope of our time allows us, on occasion, to consider questions arising form translation, cultural settings and original language issues. All are welcome to join us for study and spiritual growth. Contact Andrew Kukla email@example.com for more information.
PASTORAL CARE TEAM
Our Pastoral Care Ministry Team is in it's tenth full year of existence. It gathers each Tuesday morning from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. This team meets to discuss the concerns that are shared at worship on the weekly registration slips, as well as others that are in need, either spiritually or physically. Through the dedication and caring on the part of the Pastoral Care Team each year 400+ cards are sent and dozens of hospital visits, home visits and phone calls are made. As a result the lives of many along with their families and their care givers are touched in way that is a living illustration of God's love. For more information contact the church office - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose and Mission of the Worship and Technical/Fine Arts Ministry
We are people that love to Worship! Here at First Presbyterian Church, we offer traditional and contemporary worship services to keep our worship of God creative, fresh and active. We believe worship is commended of us biblically and that is should be active, not passive. Out of love and worship of God comes every aspect of our Christian walk and service. In other words, we are to live a lifestyle of Worship! Our various worship teams serve to bring this about. For more information about anything listed in the Music Ministry, contact the our Director of Worship Arts, Garth Olson - email@example.com.
We are always looking for people to join the A-V Team! This is a very important behind-the-scenes aspect of the worship services and a great opportunity to serve the Lord. There are a variety of options involved with this ranging from sound mixing and set-up/break-down to projection and slide development. The A-V Team has a challenging and very interesting mission because of the continual adaptation to services and presentations.
Chancel Choir is made up of people who love to sing and minister with their voices. The only requirements are the ability to match pitches and a willing heart! The Chancel Choir rehearses once a week, and sings at the 10:30 AM Traditional worship service from September through May. The Chancel Choir sings traditional anthems with the piano and organ, as well as current works with CD accompaniments.
In 2008, through generous donations from members of the congregation, we were able to replace our old organ with the one that currently resides In the Sanctuary, a Trillium Masterpiece 968. The Trillium Masterpiece 968 is a 3-manual drawknob organ featuring 100 engraved stops (all new samples from famous European organs) plus 58 Voice Palette voices, a floating Solo Division, 3 expression shoes, combination action with 10 generals, 24 divisional's and 6 memory levels, console clock, programmable crescendo, LED expression indicators, lighted pistons, reinforced velocity sensitive keyboards, programmable audio maps and tremulants, extensive voicing capabilities, MIDI capabilities, organist memory card and card reader, Bass coupler, Melody from Swell coupler, lift-lid storage bench and 8 bi-amplified audio channels and external speakers.Link to AGO Boise website homepage
WELCOME BASKET MINISTRY
The welcome basket ministry began about 1990 and approximately 1040 baskets have been delivered to first time visitors. Most of these represent not only an individuals but families that have been touched by this outreach. This ministry provides an initial point of contact with people who identify them selves as first time visitors. For more information, or to be part of this ministry, contact the church office - firstname.lastname@example.org.
When someone fills out a registration slip, they receive a welcome letter and welcome packet. It is not unusual for folks to attend worship several times before they decide they want to know more about our faith community. Included in the welcome packet is a current copy of First Press, getting started brochure that describes briefly our different areas of ministries and other materials that are pertinent to the time of the letter. First time guests also receive a phone call within the first week of their visit to welcome them and discuss what they are looking for in a church home. Questions they might have are answered and they are informed about programs that they might be interested in. Those who continue to come to worship for 6 - 8 weeks receive another phone call to ask how they are doing and if they are finding ways to become involved in activities in the church. A home visit might also be scheduled at this time. Following up is just another way to welcome people into our faith community. For more information contact the church office - email@example.com.
Helping members of our faith community to become involved and form relationships with others in the church is the primary goal of the Involvement Ministry. Based on results of the initial phone calls and with the permission of the person, members of the faith community already involved in similar areas of interest are asked to call and issue an invitation to join a study group, a fellowship group, a choir or whatever the interest might be. As folks continue to attend worship for a several more months they are invited to serve on a Service and Fellowship Team. This begins the creation of a broader base of relationship. This form of service and ministry encourages the building of faith filled relationships across generations and worship preferences. We have found that folks are at their best when there is a balance between serving and being served. Contact the church office - firstname.lastname@example.org - for more information.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN/PHOENIX CIRCLE
Presbyterian Women (PW) is made up of two branches; "Phoenix Circle" which is a Bible study and fellowship group, and the "Coordinating Team" which is the administrative branch. Phoenix Circle meets the third Monday of each month from September through May from 7-9 PM. All women are encouraged to attend. The location/host vary each month. The Coordinating Team meets quarterly to conduct PW business. It organizes and presents the Annual Christmas Tea which is held the first Saturday in December and made possible by the participation of many women in the church who decorate tables, provide refreshments, and act as hostesses. The Coordinating Team also presented a Mothers, Daughters and Friends luncheon in May. At this event we were entertained with a fashion show and sale from the Assistance League of Boise. All of the proceeds went toward Project School Bell, which provides school clothes for Boise children in need. In keeping with the purpose of the national organization, our goal is to support worldwide and local missions and programs in our own congregation which concern women and children. For more information contact Estelle Aldridge through the church office - email@example.com
CUB SCOUTS - PACK 33
Cub Scout Pack 33 was re-chartered at First Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2000. The pack started meeting in Sept. 2000, with a handful of boys from grades 1 - 5. Currently our pack has 20 boys registered. Contact Edward Dunn for more information.
Boise Troop 33
Troop 33 has served the youth of Boise's community for over 65 years with a focus on learning values, citizenship, and leadership. Our chartering organization over the many years has been First Presbyterian Church of Boise. We meet weekly through out the year on Tuesday nights with outings every month.
C.A.T.C.H. (Charitable Assistance To Community's Homeless)
C.A.T.C.H., Inc. the organization represents Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless (CATCH).
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) is a faith community partner in this 501(c)(3) non-profit venture.Â The program is designed to place homeless families in their own housing and provide case management to help them achieve a more stable life.
Family sponsors, similar to FPC sponsors, provide rent assistance for up to six months, thus enabling families to become self-sufficient and graduate from the program.Â The graduation rate of successful families, for the past seven years, has averaged 85-90%.
FPC has a number of parishioners who pledge regularly in support of the CATCH program.Â We hope you will make a CATCH family part of your family community. We encourage additional FPC parishioners to make a separate pledge, either monthly or periodic, and make donations to CATCH, through FPC.
Â FPC currently supports one family per six month period. The Mission Committee would like to sponsor more families. Since 2006, FPC has sponsored 13 families (including 27 children) and is currently supporting a family of three.
Please take a look at CATCH’s informative web site.
Members and friends of First Presbyterian Church of Boise serve about 90 guests a meal, free of charge, on the first Thursday of each month. Our guests include, but are not limited to, people receiving services from Boise Rescue Mission men's and women's shelters, Corpus Christie House, Interfaith Sanctuary, Women's and Children's Alliance, Salvation Army, and ElAda Community Action Agency, Inc.
FRIENDSHIP FOOD PANTRY
The Friendship Food Pantry is open to anyone who needs food. It is open on Mondays from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Entrance to the Food Pantry is through the door at the rear of the church, off of the alley. There are signs to show the way.
The Friendship food Pantry began serving the Treasure Valley community in January 2010, and we are happy to announce that in its first year, the FFP will have provided food (including fresh produce, meats, and non perishables) to over 1400 of Boise's hungry. We are committed to our partner agencies including the Idaho Foodbank Warehouse and El Ada Community Action of Garden City. They have provided us with 90% of our food supply to date creating a minimal cost operation for the FFP. We are encouraging gardeners among the congregation to bring their harvested fresh produce to share with others on Monday evening pantry night.
We are ALWAYS IN NEED of the basics: peanut butter, tuna fish, saltines, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and soup. Thank you always for your support and your donations. We so appreciate your generosity. To be part of this group or to learn more about it, contact Sara Williams or Peggy/Paul Bohl through the church office - firstname.lastname@example.org.