First Presbyterian Church of Murphysboro is a PCUSA church. We're located at 51 Crescent Drive in Murphysboro, Illinois. The Rev. Sam Foskey is serving as our Temporary Supply Pastor. We belong to the Presbytery of Southeastern Illniois.

The family of Suzanne Schoen-Harju; Fausteen Melson; Survivors and disaster relief personnel dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Sally; Catastrophic Western Wildfires; Our country in crisis; all those involved in dealing with COVID-19: the ill, the bereaved, caregivers, healthcare system workers, government employess, school systems, and essential employees; Ruth Tindall; Sonja Crain; Local, State, and National Elections; 


PASTOR’S OFFICE HOURS 
Murphysboro:  September 23
Pinckneyville: September 24(morning), September 28, September 29(morning)
Murphysboro: September 29(afternoon), September 30, October 1(morning)

Receipts for Sunday, September 20, 2020: Regular offering, $1375
Receipts for Sunday, September 13, 2020: Regular offering, $1,550
Receipts for Sunday, September 6, 2020: Regular offering, $601; Food Pantry, $150.  Total=$751


AMOUNT NEEDED WEEKLY TO MEET THE BUDGET: $1165.70. Your contributions are needed now more than ever. 
If you are not comfortable with attending right now you  can send your contributions to the church 
at 51 Crescent Drive, Murphysboro, IL, 62966.   So, please send in your regular offerings, as you are able.

If you could spare some prayers, and maybe some cash, for some of the people suffering from the catastrophic Western wildfires, Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, Hurricane Sally in Florida and Alabama, and the recent derecho in Iowa, I am sure it would be appreciated- Pastor Sam 
To contribute directly, mail your checks to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 And write DR000165 on the memo line to contribute to California Wildfire relief or DR00015 to contribute to Iowa derecho relief. Or you can make your checks out to the church and put the numerical code on the memo line and we will forward the money to PDA.
The code for Hurricane Laura relief is DR000194.

Presbyterian Women will try to meet the first Tuesday on November 3, which is election day. They will not meet in the fellowship hall but in the foyer with social distancing and the wearing of masks.  Meeting will be at 9:30 a.m.

A book study will begin at the Pinckneyville church on September 21 at 3 p.m. We'll meet at the church with social distancing; you can also join by Zoom. If you want to join by Zoom, contact Pastor Sam. The book is Sermon on The Mount: A Beginner's Guide to The Kingdom of Heaven by Amy-Jill Levine.  The Abingdon Press price is $16.90. Murphysboro attendees are welcome to participate.

On October 4, World Communion Sunday, we will receive the annual Peace and Global Witness Offering. The following are examples of the type of ministries this offering supports: Malawi Matters, led by a member of First Presbyterian Church of South Bend, IN. which develops and facilitates HIV and AIDS education with the people of Malawi; Hagar’s Community Church in the Washington {state} Correctional Center for Women, which is near Tacoma; and helping the hungry in the war-torn country of Cameroon. Won’t you pray now about how you can help?  Oh, the Sacrament of Communion will, of course, be observed on October 4 as well.

We resumed in-person worship on June 7. These are the guidelines we are following regarding COVID-19, based on guidance from the government and our denomination.
1. When we celebrate communion, you will pick up your individual, pre-packaged communion elements from tables in the back of the church and use them during communion and then leave the packaging materials in the communion cup holders in the hymnal racks.
2. It is highly recommended that everyone wear a mask to the service and during the service. 
3. Family units which have been sheltering in place together may sit together. Otherwise, everyone must stay six feet apart and sit two pew lengths apart.
4. No handshaking or hugging. 
5. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use when you enter and leave the building.
6. All hymnals will be removed from the sanctuary. We will not sing. We will only have instrumental music.
7. Do your best to have your offerings prepared ahead of time. Offerings may be placed in an offering plate located in the back of the sanctuary. You may leave your offering upon entering or leaving the building. 
8. For the time being, we will not have a time of coffee and refreshments. 
9. Please do not linger too long after the service but exit in a timely manner. 
10. If we can all follow these guidelines, while worship may be a lot different, we will still be able to joyfully worship the Lord and fellowship together! We will get through this! NOTE: IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS 
ABOUT ATTENDING DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PLEASE CONTACT PASTOR SAM. 

How to Connect With The Churches Via Facebook And The Websites 
Pinckneyville Website: http://1upcpville.com/index.html 
Pinckneyville Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firstunitedpresbyterianpinckneyville/ 
Murphysboro Website: http://fpcmurphysboro.org/ 
Murphysboro Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/First-Presbyterian-Church-1517609008538913/ 
The Facebook pages are where you will find the Facebook Live worship services, which are continuing 
even though we have resumed in-person worship.  A number of people are connecting to our services through Facebook, for which we are grateful.





















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