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Our church offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  From our family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Beginning this Sunday (the first Sunday in Advent), Pastor Neal will be preaching on the appearance of Angels in the Christmas story, and their consistent message of "Do not be afraid!" Join us on Sundays at 9am (outdoors) and 11am (sanctuary & online):

Angel Song I - "Afraid to Believe" (Nov. 29)
Angel Song II - "Afraid to Love" (Dec. 6)
Angel Song III - "Afraid to Hope" (Dec. 13)
Angel Song IV - "Afraid to Run" (Dec. 20)

Outdoor childcare (on the playground) is now available at the church for both worship services.  If you are participating online, our 11am service will be broadcast on our church website, or you can click the green button below on Sunday morning to join via Facebook live:
FPC Worship Live
Due to safety concerns, our annual "Hanging of the Greens" -- where we decorate our church for the Advent and Christmas season -- will take place throughout November.  We are encouraging people to come by the church one person (or family) at a time during church office hours to volunteer and help us put out decorations.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8am - 5pm.  If you are unable to come during office hours, please call Patty in the church office at 915-533-7551 to schedule a time that works for you.
2020 has been a difficult year for all of us--emotionally, financially, and physically.  Your giving to First Presbyterian Church helps us to continue proclaiming hope and love during these challenging times, and also helps us to budget for what ministries we are able to provide in the year to come.

Please click on the Blue "My Commitment to FPC" Button below to register your financial pledge to the church for 2021:
My Commitment to FPC
Last Sunday's worship service and Pastor Neal's sermon on "Counting Camels - Through the Eye of a Needle" is available to watch by clicking on the image above.  You can also find recent sermons and worship videos on our church YouTube Channel as well as our Facebook page
There will be an online (via zoom) Congregational Meeting this Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 5:00pm  to elect new church officers for the 2021 year.  The week prior to the meeting, we'll post a link here in the newsletter and on the church website for access to the meeting.  All church members are encouraged to participate and vote for our leadership in the coming year. 

The following church members have been nominated by our church-wide nominating committee:  Nicole Kuiper and Herminia Escajeda, Elders Class of 2023; Darci Escandon, Elders Class of 2021; Joanna Arriola and Sarah Quiñones, Deacons Class of 2023; Demetri Cochran, Christina Montoya, and Rusty Booth, Trustees, Class of 2023. 

Please click on the blue "Join Meeting" button below to access the congregational meeting on Sunday at 5:00pm.  
Join Meeting
For several years our church has supported Project Vida y supplying gifts to a group of children who otherwise would not receive Christmas presents.  Sadly, due to Covid there will not be a party at Project Vida this year, but we still have 42 "Angels" who need gifts.  If you decide to help with this mission, we ask that each child receive 2-3 pairs of new socks and two new toys. The suggested total cost of these gifts should be between $25 and $50.  Please know that you may share an angel with another person or family.

Monetary donations are greatly appreciated to buy additional gifts, wrapping paper, and gift bags.  If you would like to do this, please send the donations to:  First Presbyterian Church of El Paso // ATTN: Angel Tree Project // 1340 Murchison Dr. // El Paso, Tx 79902.

This year the Angels will be available on Monday, November 23rd.  You will need to call Pat or Patty (numbers below).  They will help you select an Angel.  The gifts can be brought to the church during regular office hours on any day, but the final day to turn in gifts will be Monday, December 14th.  All gifts should be labeled with the Angel's name and age!

A New Option:  Amazon delivery is a possibility if you make your purchase early enough for it to be delivered by Friday, December 11.  Include a figt card with the Angel's name and age.  Please let Pat or Patty know you chose to do this and send the gifts to:  Pat McLaughlin // 6166 Los Felinos Circle // El Paso, Tx 79912

Thank you in advance for participating in this impactful mission of our church that will bring some much needed joy to the children of Project Vida.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Pat McLaughlin (H: 915-262-4447; C:512-809-5512; mimimacep@gmail.com) or Patty Herrera (915-533-7551; patty@fpcep.org).  
Dear FPC Friends, 

Thank you very much for the beautiful flowers, gift card and basket full of goodies.  Thanks for making my 43 years here at FPC pretty special. 

xox,
Patty Herrera
FPC Office Administrator
Gratitude is expressed for the life of Ruth Sapp (11/14/20) and sympathy to her family.
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Join us this week in celebrating the following people and their birthdays: Lindsay Green (11/26), Kimmie Caldwell, Emma McLaughlin (11/28), Deven Retana, Robert Salome (11/29), Konnor Lenig (12/1), Helen Jean Bolling, Alissa Booth (12/2).
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With Love,
Your Family at First Presbyterian Church

 

First Presbyterian Church
1340 Murchison Dr.
El Paso, Tx  79902
(915) 533-7551
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Rev. Neal Locke
Pastor

Rev. Alberto Cordova
Parish Associate

Vanessa Johnson 
Music Director

Marina Schlinke
Director of Children's Ministries

Teresa Ramos
Childcare Coordinator

Cece Neal
Preschool Director

Malyssa Villescas
Elementary School Director


Patty Herrera
Office Administrator

Norma Armendariz
Facilities Staff

Roland P. Perdue
Pastor Emeritus

Lois Holt
Organist Emerita

2020 ELDERS
Aixa Adame
Becky Lenig
Helen Edwards
Eileen Salome
Craig Field
Scott Kendall

2020 DEACONS
Herminia Escajeda
Nicole Kuiper
Iris Retana
Rick Winton
Carolyn Awalt
Majd Salas
Diana Stone

2020 TRUSTEES
Dalton Caldwell, Jr.
Jimmy Salome
Vicki Black Walker
Scott McLaughlin
Deanna Switzer
Karla Sierra
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