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Last Sunday afternoon a group gathered in the chancel of the sanctuary in celebration of giving thanks for God’s provision, love, and care.  We were encouraged by the reading of Psalm 145, sang songs of praise and gratitude, and shared something personal for which we are thankful. 

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving later this month, it is good to express our gratitude for God’s faithfulness as prompted in Psalm 145: “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts … speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty … [and] celebrate your abundant goodness.”  Here are some of the things people indicated they are giving thanks for this year: arrival of rain, good health, a job with rewarding work, nature’s beauty, birth of a grandchild, vaccine available for children, no fire damage, family.  What would you add to this list?

In observance of our County’s recent health mandate to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, wearing of masks is required upon entering the church building and for all indoor activities; including worship, classes, and meetings.

In-person Worship with masks
Online Worship via our website

  • 9:00 AM Traditional, vibrant format with pipe organ, choir, and congregational singing of blended music
  • 10:30 AM Modern, casual format with praise band and interactive worship elements
Living with Love & Loss – Genesis 11:1-12
November 14 “Starting Over on Trust” - Genesis 12:1-9, Kent Webber preaching

Second Sunday

Coming Sunday from 6:00 - 7:15 PM 

On the “Second Sunday” of the month, the worship team of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa offers an evening of worship music. We offer this as an additional opportunity to respond through singing to Gods great love and grace and to reconnect with and reorient our lives around God. This also can be an opportunity to invite friends. Come join us in this time of singing, scripture, and prayer!

Greatest Hits

November 21st at 2:00 PM

John Pavik, Mary Kemnec, and David Irvine will offer a recital of "Greatest Hits" from the last year. You spoke up and the favorites are in! Join us for lively music by Bach, Vivaldi, Coleridge-Taylor, Lemare, and even John. There is no cost for attending. 

To attend, please click this link to RSVP or you can email John Pavik .

Adult Discipleship Class

"Jesus and the Relevance of the Law of God"

A class taught by Pastor Kent Webber at two different times: Wednesdays via Zoom at 7:00 PM and Sundays in person at 10:30 AM in Room 113.  Tonight’s class, is lesson four on the subject of "Atonement."  Sunday’s class is lesson two - "Jesus' Attitude Toward the Law of God."  All are welcome to join either class.  If interested please e-mail Pastor Kent.


During the month of November, elementary kids will look at what it means to be content.  Stories from the Old and New Testaments will help kids understand the words of Jesus, “Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.”   ~Luke 12:15 NIrV 


Pajama Story Time

Saturday, November 13 at 6:30-7:30 PM

Preschool kids and their families are invited to a Preschool Pajama Storytime this Saturday, November 13th. We will gather upstairs in the children’s library area at 6:30 PM to hear Pastor Dale read some of his favorite children's stories. RSVP Darcy by Thursday, November 11. 



Movie Night: Amazing Grace

Friday, November 12 at 6:30 PM  in Room 113

This month we will view and discuss in person, Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace (G).  No food will be served. If you prefer to join the discussion segment by Zoom only, please email Allie Shoulders or call her at 707-890-8010 by 5:00 PM on the 12th.  A copy of the DVD is available for loan for Zoom only participants.  

Amazing Grace is a stirring documentary that captures a live recording of the most successful gospel album in history.  This film was shot in 1972 over a 48-hour period in Watts’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church and showcases the power of Aretha Franklin’s magnificent voice and pays tribute to the place where she first honed her gift. 

Church Family News
We celebrate the birth of Desmond Merel Trenholm born October 25th to Willie and Emily Trenholm of Rohnert Park.  Desmond’s great grandparents are Linda and Steve Hinkle.

Great Thanksgiving Banquet Food Drive

Each year we join with other Sonoma County churches in providing food for Redwood Gospel Mission’s (RGM) Great Thanksgiving Banquet. An estimated 600 families will be served on November 24th using procedures modified to comply with Covid restrictions.  Like last year, RGM has asked each church to provide specific quantities of items that will be assembled into the final bags. 
This year First Presbyterian is providing three items: packets of gravy, canned sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pies.  Rather than each of us bringing these items to the church, the Community Service Team will secure the items and arrange for their delivery to RGM. After all, pumpkin pies require special care and transport.  We invite you to participate by sending a financial contribution of $11.00 per family (or multiples of 11 for more than one family) by Monday, November 22.  Make the check payable to First Presbyterian Church and in the memo line write: “Community Service - RGM Thanksgiving.” If you prefer to pay online, go to our Online Giving page and choose Community Service. 

October Financial Report

Actual Income Budgeted Income Difference
$  79,871   $ 88,577  <$ - 8,707>
YTD Actual Income YTD Budgeted Income Difference
$ 714,756 $ 853,582 <$-138,826>
This report only shows the income side of our financial statement.  Session has been able to manage this year’s budget through reduced expenses and drawing on prior years’ retained income.

I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Genesis 12:3

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