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This Advent season, Pastor Neal is 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

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated during morning worship this Sunday, December 6, 2020. Please prepare to take part through prayer and meditation during the coming days. If you are joining us online, please plan to have your own bread and grape juice or wine ready.  If you are joining us in person, communion will be served in individually packaged containers for your safety.

Thank you to everyone who took an Angel for our 2020 Angel Tree.  As of this week, all 42 angels have been claimed!

A few reminders for those who took angels:
  • 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. 
  • Gifts can be brought to the church during regular office hours on any day, but the final day to turn in gifts is Monday, December 14th.
  •   All gifts should be labeled with the Angel's name and age!
  • 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.
  • Amazon delivery is a possibility if you make your purchase early enough for it to be delivered by Friday, December 11.  Include a gift card with the Angel's name and age.  Please send the gifts to:  Pat McLaughlin // 6166 Los Felinos Circle // El Paso, Tx 79912
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Pat McLaughlin (H: 915-262-4447; C:512-809-5512; or Patty Herrera (915-533-7551;  
First Pres Ladies: Traveling Journal Society
Forming this week and will begin next week. If you are interested in connecting please send us your name, number and street address. Fun and easy! 

Nicole at:
Herminia at:
Last Sunday's worship service and Pastor Neal's sermon on "Angel Songs - Afraid to Believe" 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
Theodore J. Wardlaw, President of Austin Theological Seminary, writes of Advent: In this particular Advent season—so fraught with anxiety, sadness, and reminders everywhere of how our world and our lives have been turned upside down by a global pandemic and its accompanying distress—we may not feel like celebrating the season’s customary traditions. Nonetheless, it is worth remembering that our ancient ancestors in the faith awaited a Savior in the midst of similar difficulties. There were unjust leaders, unfair laws and practices, harrowing diseases, great poverty made more crushing against the backdrop of great displays of wealth and power; and, in that upside-down world, people of faith were yet encouraged to remain steadfast in their expectations for the arrival of the Son of God. And, over and over again, angels came and said, “Do not be afraid.”   November Prayer Requests: Two and continuing prayers.  Our pastor, staff and members stand ready to pray for your joys and concerns. If you would like pastoral prayer, please call the church office and leave a message. To be added to our member-led prayer chain, contact the church office at 915-533-7551.
This year we will hold a brief (30 minute) Christmas Eve candlelight service outside the sanctuary near the church bell tower.  We'll sing a few Christmas carols, read the Christmas story from the gospel of Luke, and conclude with the traditional lighting of candles and singing "Silent Night."   We hope you'll join us Thursday, December 24th at 5:30pm.
Wishing You A
Join us this week in celebrating the following people and their birthdays: Chloe Duchouquette (12/4), Carol Bohle, Abby Locke (12/6), and Cary Price (12/9).
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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
Rev. Neal Locke

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

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

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

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