We are about to enter a season of generosity in our nation. Don't think so? Why else have all the non-profits begun to announce how important your support is to their work? While the church may be a 501c3, we offer a unique voice in the conversation of generosity. Generosity is not simply about money, and generosity in the church is not simply a way to produce an effect in the world. Making a commitment to generosity in the church is nothing short of an expression of a life that has been consecrated - set apart by God for good works.
Over the next few months, First Presbyterian Church of Lafayette will be collaborating with First Presbyterian Church of Hammond to encourage a more faithful expression of consecrated living in both of our congregations.
It begins this Sunday, September 20, as our Pastor, the Rev. Zach Sasser, leads worship with the Rev. Barry Chance at FPC Hammond. The Rev. Frank Sherard will preach on that same day in Lafayette. Barry will then return the favor by leading us in worship on October 11. And we will celebrate God's faithfulness by consecrating (recognizing how we have been set apart) our shared lives before God in worship on October 25.
Join us in this adventure in person or in prayer as we begin a new season of ministry that is definitely about lifting a more prophetic voice through our common unity!
While there is much conflict in our nation over the need for reform in our criminal justice system, our police force puts their lives on the line every day and every night to protect us. On Sunday, September 27, we're collecting cookies (bought or baked) to deliver to the police station at the corner of University and Pinhook. Let’s show them First Presbyterian Church cares! This offering of cookies will be coordinated with the Peace and Global Witness Offering on October 4. A portion of that offering will be shared with Inner Faith Prison Ministries, while the rest will benefit denominational efforts of peacemaking.
During Sunday Worship, following the Time with Young Disciples, children ages 3yr old - 3rd grade will be led from the Sanctuary, for a time of Bible study and discovery. Children 4th grade and up will meet on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. This week some of our Middle School youth will also serve dinner at Saint Joseph’s Diner. Contact the Church office for more information at 234-5182.
We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Matt Steinbron to our church family!
Matt will be our new organist and choir director. Matt studied at the University of Wisconsin and earned his PhD at LSU. Matt is currently the Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He has extensive experience in playing the piano and organ and in accompanying children's and adult choirs.
The Search Committee was very impressed with his musical intelligence, his professionalism, and his mastery of the piano and organ. Matt grew up in the Presbyterian church but has also played for Lutheran and Roman Catholic congregations. He and his family are excited to reconnect with his heritage through a PC(USA) congregation, and so are we!