What's Happening @ 1st Pres

Announcements 'n' stuff

Pastor's Update

posted Sep 21, 2017, 9:27 AM by David Hawkins

Okay, we're off and running with a new 'semester' of church life and worship! Our Sunday School classes have begun, with an adult study walking through the books of the New Testament, taught by Drs. Gene Whitfill and Kevin Sweeney. The children and and youth will enjoy a 'hands-on' Sunday School class taught by TXDot Engineer Heath Bozeman. The plan is to build actual scale model versions of construction projects in the Old Testament, like Noah's Ark, Solomon's' Temple, the Ark of the Covenants, that sort of thing. This has always been a fun and well received class for those who enjoy getting their hands dirty while at the same time learning the stories of the Bible. 

The Choir has started up again as well, and we we are trying something new, rehearsing for three Wednesdays of the month, and taking the fourth Wednesday off, celebrating the Lord's Supper in the pews with their families. On the 4th Wednesday of each month, our newly minted 'Praise and Worship' Band, "Fourth Watch" will rehearse, and will offer music for the following Sunday and throughout the month, leading the congregation in learning and singing contemporary Christian music. 

We invite everyone to come and participate in our discipleship and worship opportunities here at First Pres. It looks like it's going to be a  fun year!

Pastor's Update, 14 July

posted Jul 28, 2016, 11:47 AM by David Hawkins

Just a quick medical update:

As many of you know, Karen and I have been travelling to Lubbock on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to learn how to do dialysis at home. For the most part, the training has been productive and interesting, and it takes place during my normal dialysis treatment sessions (4 hours, 3 times a week). However, for a few of our sessions, my machine didn't work, and I had to be treated 'in the center' which is the main floor at the dialysis clinic in Lubbock. This meant I was on a different machine, and there was no training that day. We lost four training sessions for that reason. 

In addition to the sometimes frustrating mechanical breakdowns, I am being given a new prototype machine which arrived recently in Lubbock, and which has to be run for a certain number of cycles to ensure that there no bugs (mechanical or biological) in it. That process will be finished near the end of July. For all these reasons, the training that I though would be done after the first week of July will probably (hopefully) be done the last week of July. 

We so appreciate the patience and support of the church during this time. My hope is that with home dialysis, I will be able to resume a more normal schedule, one that doesn't intrude too much into work and the need to be available on Saturdays. 

This Sunday, I will be continuing preaching on Amos (8:1-12) and Luke (10:38-42). We will also be commissioning our youth delegates to Youth Triennium,Wiley and Parker, as they get ready to leave for Indianapolis. 

The Sunday School Class will continue their discussion series from the "Wired Word," this week focusing on Brexit/severing relationships.

May God's Peace be with you all,


Office Update, June 30, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:16 PM by David Hawkins

Hello friends!
We have internet again and one phone line!! Woohoo! I have had unpleasant words with AT&T Buried Wire Services and they assure me the other phone line will be fixed within 48 hours. We'll see...

Richard Morgan will be facilitating the attached Sunday School lesson. The worship service will include patriotic song selections and communion will be served. There will not be a potluck after the service.

Please keep Beverly Steed in your continued prayers. She spent last week in the hospital getting her kidneys unblocked. She is back on chemo treatments.

Office Update, June 18, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:15 PM by David Hawkins

Hello friends!

I'm sorry I'm sending this email out so late. Besides being in Lubbock on Mon, Wed and Fri, I have had technical issues at the church. We don't have any phone service and therefore no internet access since the church has DSL. At first I thought it was due to all the digging being done around the church but it turns out they're not related. I have notified NTS and hope the problem will be taken care of very soon.

We will have Sunday School tomorrow at 9:15 am with Richard Morgan facilitating the discussion on what it means to be a church/congregation. I will have copies of the lesson in Fellowship Court. 

David will be finishing his sermon series on Prophet, Priest and King at 10:30 a.m.

Have a wonderful Saturday! 

Pastor's Update, June 9, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:14 PM by David Hawkins

Hello Friends!

For the next few weeks, Karen and I will be out of the office on Mon-Wed-Fri to attend home dialysis training in Lubbock. I will be receiving treatments down there while learning how to operate the machines and deal with any alarms and emergencies. At the end of the training, I will be bringing a nice, shiny, new 2008K@Home dialysis machine home with me, and will be able change my own oil in the comfort and privacy of my own recliner in front of the TV whenever I want! (as long as it is three times a week for 4 hours at a time). Sounds great! 

If you do need help on those days, Karen's cell # is 685-2465, and we will get back in touch with you. If anybody wants to offer their own time to sit in the office during the mornings of those days and answer the phone, that would be awesome, please let Karen know.

The Wired Word discussion class will continue for those who like to come in a little early and drink  coffee and talk current events. Class time is 9:15 sharp! (Or something close to that).

This Sunday I will continue a sermon series on the 3-fold office of Jesus Christ, Prophet, Priest, King, with a discussion on Jesus as Priest. The sermon text will be Luke 7:36-8:3.

See you in church!



Pastor's Update, May 20, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:12 PM by David Hawkins   [ updated Jul 12, 2016, 12:13 PM ]

Hello friends,

This Sunday, we will be honoring our graduating seniors during the worship service. As a consideration for the many different allergies that --------  suffers, I would like to ask you all to be careful with perfumed hairsprays, aftershave, etc. He is looking forward to being a part of the worship service, but he is a little apprehensive about being in a crowd of people with his sensitivities. Let's help him be a part of this special celebration!

Jill ______ will be facilitating the discussion on Sunday's lesson.

God's peace and grace to you all,


Pastor's Update, May 13, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:11 PM by David Hawkins

Hello Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Just a few friendly reminders about this weekend coming up.

First off, all men are invited to Breakfast at 8:00 on Saturday morning. This is will be Parker's last time with us, and he will offer the devotional. Come help the guys give him an appropriate send off, as well as help him tuck in several pounds of pork product and eggs. 

Also this Saturday, the ladies will be holding their 'High Tea' at the Country Club at 11:30. Join the ladies for a cultured morning brunch with extended pinky fingers. 

Later on Saturday, I invite folks of both genders to a Wine and Cheese tasting party/Symphony Fund Raiser at the Radiant Lily from 6-8 PM. This is not technically associated in any way with the church, other than I am the Symphony Board President this year, and we need your money! Come enjoy an elegant evening of fine local wines, savory cheese, and cool jazz, provided by our own Wiley and Dr. Scott Strovas (AKA Wiley and the Jazz Ministers). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 individual/$50 couple.

Finally, we come to Sunday! This Sunday is Pentecost, the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to bless the church with the gift of speaking and teaching and preaching the Gospel message. Remember to wear red! 

Thanks again to the Youth for a thoughtful and energetic message last Sunday. You all did a great job planning and offering a wonderful time of worship and praise!



Pastor's Update, 1 April, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:09 PM by David Hawkins

Hello friends,

Just an update on Karen's surgery. The doctor felt the procedure went well, Karen recovered well from anesthesia, and now we just wait to see how the AV fistula matures. There is no immediate timeline for Karen to go on dialysis, so this was primarily in preparation for something that might not even happen, but it is better to have the fistula in place just in case. 

Also, a reminder that there will be a funeral service for Rob Kinkaid's step father, Don Robinson, at 1st Methodist here in town (Rev. Max Browning officiating) at 10:30. Don was a former member of the church, and an important member of the community.

Thank you for all your expressions of support and prayers.


Pastor's Update, March 31, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:08 PM by David Hawkins

Hello to all my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ,

First, let me say how grateful I am for your expressions of love and sympathy during last week. My family and I appreciate so much your support as I went to Colorado to officiate at the funeral of my Grandmother. Thank you for your welcome of Rev. Rich Schempp, Executive Presbyter of Palo Duro Presbytery, on Good Friday, and special thanks to Chris Lewellen and Parker Adamson for holding things together in my absence. You all are wonderful, and I love you!

This Sunday, we will NOT have a potluck. The monthly fellowship meal for April will take place the following Sunday (April 10), and it will be the annual Enchilada Youth Fundraiser. This year, the menu may even expand a little bit to include various diets, i.e. Kidney friendly, heart friendly, sun-diets, breath-arian-ismMoon dietTongue patch,  Fletcherism  kanga-tarian-ism (it's exactly what it sounds like), the Corbuzier, and so forth. You know, the standards. There is even a rumor that somebody might be making their famous fish tacos with orange juice/Serrano chili salsa. 

This Sunday, we WILL be having communion, and we will also be welcoming some of the new members class, so that should be exciting. 

Also this Sunday, one of our prospective new members, Carolyn Thaxton, will begin a short-term, multi-week class on the "Theology of Music in Worship" during Sunday School at 9:15. Carolyn is a music/religion major at WBU, and was directed to this congregation by her Dean of Music to teach a class as part of her requirements in Supervised Ministry. 

During her time getting to know us over the last couple of months, Caroline has felt called to become part of the congregation. Isn't that wonderful!? I think her class will be an interesting look at why we sing what we sing, and the thought process behind the music we offer in worship, as well as a way to get to know each other even better.

Again, thank you all for a wonderful Holy Week/Easter celebration. Let us live lives that reflect the glory of our Lord, who is risen indeed!



Office Update, March 23, 2016

posted Jul 12, 2016, 12:08 PM by David Hawkins

Hello friends!

Here's an update on what's going on this week:
There will be no WNF tonight. The Session decided to cancel the fellowship time because we were going to have a Maundy Thursday and Good Friday service. However, the Maundy Thursday service was cancelled. David's grandmother passed away in Colorado and the family asked him to officiate at her funeral on Good Friday. The Good Friday Tenebrae service will take place at 6 pm with Rev. Rich Schempp, Executive Presbyter presiding. 

We will have an Easter Sunrise service starting at 7:30 am. Everybody attending is invited to bring a breakfast item to share and enjoy some fellowship time afterwards. Dress warm, it's supposed to be pretty cold.

The youth is hosting an Easter egg hunt for our younger members starting at 10 am, followed by worship at 10:30 am. There will be no Sunday School.

Please pray for our family as we are traveling in between dialysis treatments. We are leaving Plainview around noon tomorrow and returning Saturday in the wee hours of the morning. Driving conditions are not the best right now but hopefully will improve by tomorrow. 

I was able to reschedule my surgery for April Fools Day. Haha, I hope it'll be funny!?

1-10 of 43