Happening This Week at First Presbyterian Church of Troy
12:00 Korean Worship
7:00 Handbell Choir Rehearsal
6:00 Women’s A.A.
8:00 Narcotics Anonymous
12:00 Korean Worship
Why Read the Psalms?
The Psalms are the prayer book of the Bible. They are written in common language and are easily understood. They are a place where you can go to worship in times of happiness or sadness. They speak to us today as they spoke to the ancient Hebrews. The Psalms respond to God who has spoken to us. Most of the Christians, throughout the centuries, learned to pray by praying the Psalms. They gave words to their feelings.
We are encouraged to read the Psalms daily during the months of July, August and September, while Pastor Judi is on sabbatical. The list of daily readings is available in your sabbatical packet. It is also available on the table in the narthex.
Here are the readings for this week:
September 13: Psalm 76
September 14: Psalm 13
September 15: Psalm 44
September 16: Psalm 114
September 17: Psalm 37
September 18: Psalm 113
September 19: Psalm 106
September 20: Psalm 22
One of our hymns each Sunday will be based on a Psalm as we work, in spirit, with Pastor Judi while she is on sabbatical.
Christian Ed Needs Teachers!
Sunday School will be starting Sunday, September 20th and we are looking for volunteers to teach our young people. We have new curriculum and it looks like it will be fun to work with. If you are able to teach once or twice during the year, please email Kelly Ray.
Handbell Choir Rehearsals Resume
The Handbell choir will resume rehearsals on Monday night, Sept. 14th from 7:00-8:00 P.M. We can always use new members so if you would like to give it a try, let Barb Dunham know. It’s easier than you think!
Psalms…Did you know?
Around the turn of the twentieth century, biblical scholar Hermann Gunkel (1862-1932) pioneered an approach to the study of the Book of Psalms that classified each psalm by type, based on common features such as wording, structure, and social or religious life setting. Other scholars added more type categories and subcategories to his initial list. For example: Hymn, or Song of Praise (Psalm 8); Community Lament (Psalm 44); Individual Lament (Psalm 22); Individual Psalm of Thanksgiving (Psalm 116); Royal Psalm (Psalm 72); Pilgrimage Psalm (Psalm 122); Penitential Psalm (Psalm 51); Song of Trust. (Psalm 23)
To Glorify God:
“Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” (C.S. Lewis)
Life Line Screenings
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings here on 10/22/2015. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners. Flyers are available on the table in the narthex.
Fall Blood Drive
The fall church blood drive is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9th, from 1:30 – 7:30 pm. That is only 4 weeks away, so if you plan to donate, you will not be able to donate at another drive before then. The Deacons will facilitate this drive, which is coming when the Red Cross says they are at emergency levels for most blood types. Your donation and help with the drive is important. Sign up will start soon.
Thank you to all those who helped at the health fair in August. It was a success knowing we were able to identify health issues in five individuals and recommend follow up care.
As always when the Deacons request assistance for our mission work, you are there to help.
Mark your calendars with these upcoming events:
-Handbell Choir Rehearsals Resume, Monday, Sept. 14th, 7:00 p.m.
-Church Blood Drive, Friday, October 9th, 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
-Life Line Screening, Thursday, October 22nd