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The First Presbyterian Church
495 Charles Avenue July 22, 2020
Alma, Michigan 48801

Dear Friends and Members of the First Presbyterian Church

Pandemic Prayer (author unknown)

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.

A few announcements:
1)The Pastor Nominating Committee has begun their work and are meeting every week – keep them and the process in your prayers.
(Michael Selmon, Susan Deel, Sheryle Dixon, Tim Lambrecht, Debra Meints, Darcy Hodges, Chuck Fortino)
2)FPC will be completely closed for the next three weeks. Feel free to call Pastor Joy on her cell: 952-358-1856. If you must come into the church, please arrange a time.
Food Pantry and Community Café will also be closed until December. Worship Services will continue to be posted on Sunday mornings @ 10:30am.
3) Advent and Christmas will happen this year! Remember to check FPC website and our Facebook for the Advent Candle liturgy, families sharing traditions, and worship services.

Peace all around us,
Pastor Joy

In more usual times, Sunday Morning Worship in the Sanctuary begins at 10:30 am.