Ordination

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Andy Greenhow, one of the seminary students who received scholarship support from FPC last year, was ordained this past Sunday at Wayne Presbyterian Church near Philadelphia, his home congregation. He has been called to work now with Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, a ministry with which we also have ties. Andy has a two-fold role at BSM. First, he serves the worshiping community as a pastor. His second role is working on the development team, focusing on faith-motivated individuals and institutions, working with mission and outreach committees, volunteers, and individuals.

Andy graduated in May from Princeton and received the C. Frederick and Cleta R. Mathias Memorial Award for Worship and Pastoral Leadership. Your gifts to the Legacy Fund ear-marked for scholarships made it possible for this congregation to participate in a small way in Andy’s ministry.

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Theological Education Sunday

Sunday, September 15, is Theological Education Sunday in the Presbyterian Church, and we are pleased to have Dr. Ted Wardlaw, President of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, as our preacher for that Sunday. We also want to use the focus on theological education as an opportunity to introduce you to the seven students receiving scholarship help from the church this year, all made possible by gifts earmarked for scholarships that were made to the Legacy Fund over the space of many years. Please take a minute to get acquainted with these exceptional men and women who have answered a call to ministry.

blackman Gordon Blackman, Jr. is a member of this church in his third and final year at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This summer, Gordon completed his Clinical Pastoral Education requirement through a chaplain internship at a hospital in San Antonio, and he has just finished taking his ordination exams. This fall, he will be working with the Rev. Drs. Laura and Chuck Mendenhall at the Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis in Austin in Supervised Practice of Ministry course in addition to his seminary classroom work.

photoLisa Schrott and Fred Young are both students at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

Lisa is a member of this church in her first year of seminary at Columbia. Lisa has already completed her New Testament Greek course this summer and is looking forward to a fascinating and challenging set of courses this fall. She will be sharing her seminary experiences with us on the Musings blog and Skyping in to the Pathfinders Sunday School class this fall.

Fred is a native of Knoxville, TN, who answered a call to ministry in 2012 after many years in the corporate world. He is beginning his second year at Columbia Theological Seminary after serving this summer as a minister intern for Columbia Presbyterian Church located in Decatur, GA. He and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their first child, a boy, in November, and they were among the first people to greet Lisa Schrott and Brian McWilliams upon their arrival at Columbia this summer.

LukataLukata Mjumbe is in a Masters program at Princeton Seminary after receiving his M.Div. degree this past spring. This fall, he is looking forward to taking advantage of a range of practical theology courses as well as continuing to work with Elmwood United Presbyterian Church as he prepares for the work that lies ahead for him in parish ministry, including working with the church to expand and focus its impact in the public square. He is also the Organizer of a new inter-faith organization made up of Christians, Muslims and Jews (supported by the New Brunswick Presbytery) known as the United Mercer Interfaith Organization.

Photo 243Amy Wilson-Stayton is the daughter of our former associate pastors, Claude and Margaret Wilson-Stayton. Amy is in her final year at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This fall she will be finishing an internship at Central Presbyterian Church of Austin, working as the Seminary Liaison for the Young Adult Volunteer/Americorps Site at the seminary, and serving as an Instructional Aid for Elementary Biblical Hebrew.

??????????????????????Aaron Neff grew up in southern central Pennsylvania. Aaron is beginning his first year at Princeton Theological Seminary. Aaron graduated from college in 2010 and received a Master’s degree in Biblical Exegesis in 2012. He is currently an inquirer for ordained ministry under care of the Presbytery of Western New York. Aaron is married to Laura, his wife of one year, and he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and playing the guitar.

photo--joshua 3Joshua Gritter grew up in West Michigan and graduated from Seattle Pacific University. After Joshua finished college, he felt called into youth ministry and served as youth director for the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Washington, for the past two years. Josh and his wife, Lara, will be entering seminary together at Duke Divinity School this fall

Congratulations!

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Barrett Abernethy, a recent graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary who received scholarship support from this congregation during his seminary years, will be ordained as a teaching elder on Sunday, August 18, at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Livingston, Alabama, the church he has been called to serve.  Please keep him and his wife Braegan in your prayers as he is ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament.  We wish them all the best as they begin this new leg of the journey.

Kamp Keachi

I am so grateful to the members of First Presbyterian Church who helped drive nine girls from the LightHouse down to Kamp Keachi and back for a week earlier in June. Here is what First Presbyterian facilitated by doing this:

Kids learning about God’s creation.  When they arrive, the girls are terrified of many animals and plants that make up the wild Louisiana ecosystem. By the end they are learning to treat even spiders with calm respect and care.

Adults and kids of different socioeconomic levels being in community.  Camp is community. As volunteers, we get into community with campers and learn to love them as we serve them. Singing along to a bunch of silly songs together also bonds us.  (“O Hail to the Bus Driver!”)

Appropriate risk-taking.  Camp is about getting out of one’s comfort zone, but in the presence of loving adults and encouraging peers. We hope the girls will remember what it feels like to take a good risk when they’re faced with bad risks.

Sincere thanks to First Pres for helping these lovely little girls have a Great Outdoors experience! 

-Rebecca Prosino

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PS: Here’s a cute article with some pictures of Kamp on the VOA’s website. http://www.voanorthla.org/lighthouse-girls-explore-camp-keachi/

School Supplies Drive

Though summer has just officially begun, it is never too early to start thinking about school supplies. Bossier students return to school on August 8, and Caddo students return on August 12. That is less than two months away!

During Vacation Bible School the week of July 22-26, our children will be collecting school supplies to divvy up between Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services; however, we’d like your help as well.

Jennifer Maness, our local Child and Family Specialist with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, has recently purchased 72 backpacks that she would like to fill with school supplies for local children in need. We will use some of the supplies collected during VBS, but we will definitely need some more if we hope to fill them all.

Below you will find school supplies lists for students Kindergarten – High School. We invite you to participate as you wish, whether that be focusing on just a few types of supplies or purchasing all items for a particular list. If you would like to help, you can drop supplies off in Lauren’s office at the church between now and July 25. Our middle school youth will then stuff the backpacks with supplies on July 26. After the 26th, Jennifer and Lauren will go through and see how close we are to reaching our goal, and then they will let the congregation know if there is anything else the backpacks might need. They plan to distribute the backpacks August 5 and 6. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Rogers at lrogers@fpcshreveport.com.

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NOTICE: The lists below vary slightly from the lists e-mailed on June 25, 2013. These lists eliminate composition notebooks and include more 3-brad folders with pockets; however, composition notebooks are also appreciated donations.

 

KINDERGARTEN

  • 1 pack washable markers
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 bottle of glue
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 1 pack of 24-count crayons
  • 2 erasers
  • 1 3-brad folder

 

1st – 2nd GRADE

  • 1 pencil box
  • 2 erasers
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 2 one-subject spiral notebooks
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 bottle of glue
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 2 packs of 24-count crayons
  • 3 folders with pockets and brads

 

3rd – 5th GRADE

  • 1 2” binder
  • 1 pack of dividers
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 2 one-subject spiral notebooks
  • 2 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 pack of washable markers
  • 2 highlighters
  • 5 folders with pockets and brads
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 pencil bag
  • 1 pair of scissors

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • 1 2” binder
  • 1 pack of dividers
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 2 packs of black/blue pens
  • 1 pack of washable markers
  • 2 sharpies
  • 2 erasers
  • 2 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper
  • 1 one-subject spiral notebook
  • 1 three-subject spiral notebook
  • 3 folders with pockets and brads
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 2 highlighters
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pencil bag

 

HIGH SCHOOL

  • 2 2” binders
  • 2 packs of dividers
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 2 packs of black/blue pens
  • 1 pack of washable markers
  • 2 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper
  • 4 one-subject spiral notebooks
  • 4 folders with pockets and brads
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 2 highlighters
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 2 erasers
  • 2 sharpies
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pencil bag

Upcoming Training Sessions for Solar Under the Sun and Living Waters for the World

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It was only two months ago that the Presbytery of the Pines sent 8 people, including 2 of our own members, to Haiti to bring clean water and health education to the people of Gonaives. This was done through the work of Solar Under the Sun and Living Waters for the World. If you want to learn more about this trip and the work this team accomplished, please check out earlier blog posts from February categorized under “Haiti.”

If you desire to become a part of this great mission, you can be trained in Solar School, Water School, or both. First Presbyterian Shreveport has several members who are trained in Solar; however, most of those from the Presbytery are trained in Water. The Presbytery currently sends a team on average once a year, but they hope to eventually have enough people trained to organize 2 or 3 trips a year.

Solar Under the Sun trains volunteers to design and install solar power systems with communities that lack reliable electrical power. Living Waters for the World teaches people to empower local leaders to build and operate systems that provide clean water and health education to their communities. If you are interested in attending one of the upcoming training sessions listed below, please communicate so with the Outreach Ministry. By attending one of these training sessions, you agree to going on trips to Haiti to put your skills into practice.

Solar Under the Sun Training Sessions for 2013

May 2-5, 2013                                                                                                 September 12-15, 2013

All Solar School training sessions are held at Ferncliff Camp and ConferenceCenter in Little Rock, Arkansas. Each session runs from Thursday at 10:00 AM (registration & lunch) to Sunday at 10:30 AM.

For more information, go to www.solarunderthesun.org

Living Waters for the World Training Sessions for 2013

September 4-8, 2013
October 16-20, 2013

Water School training sessions are held at Hopewell Camp and ConferenceCenter in Oxford, MS.

For more information, go to www.livingwatersfortheworld.org

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Welcome to the Community College of First Presbyterian!

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The concept of the Community College of First Presbyterian arose from the strategic planning work of the Adult Ministry. The Ministry selected as one of its focus areas to “Love God with our hearts, souls and mind as we: Nurture and provide opportunities to encounter and experience the living God.” We felt we could live out this goal by engaging with the Highland Community through educational offerings. This has been done successfully for other groups through The University of First Presbyterian. The Ministry felt however that many of our neighbors in the Highland area may feel out of place, or not connected, to some of the content offered in The University. It was from our desire to provide a truly meaningful program, and encounter our neighbors in their neighborhood, that the Community College concept arose.

The first thought of the Adult Ministry was, why not tie this into the already existing Highland Blessing Dinner. A needs/wants assessment was done and planning begun to select our first topic. Various obstacles needed to be overcome, not the least of which was one of our Ministry facilitators, Georgia Morgan, being sidelined by an encounter with a motor vehicle. In the process of meeting with Rev. Henson at Church of the Highlands, we were introduced to Dewanna Lovelace and Tiffany Waters who run the Teen Club as part of the Lighthouse Program. They were very excited about the possibility of offering some structured activities in the evening for their high school kids who come two nights a week to work on homework and to fellowship. The idea for a painting class was decided upon, and the Holy Spirit led us directly to our own Communications Director, Susan Abney. Susan was enthusiastic about offering a four week watercolor class and the first session was held on February 13th to rave reviews from the teens.

The Ministry is continuing the planning process and will hopefully be able to offer classes on jewelry making, cooking, crocheting, and budgeting in the near future. Anyone with a skill they would like to share would be most welcome as we expand into classes for the adult population.

Written by Dr. Joe McCulloch, moderator for the Adult Ministry.