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March 10th is Daylight Savings Time Change!
Set your clocks AHEAD one hour before going to bed
on Saturday.
Order Your Easter Lily Plant today! Click here to order online! 
Musical Offerings Schedule

Dr. Steven Spooner, Pianist

March 17 at 2:30 p.m.-Sanctuary

Steven Spooner  

Described as "dazzling" (Washington Post), critics have hailed the powerful performances of pianist Dr. Steven Spooner and noted that the "American had everything: polished technique, musical intelligence, innate sensitivity, and a personality that reaches across the keyboard." This concert is free and open to the public.

Binnie Clements Luncheon
Monday, March 25 at 12:00 noon


All F&C women (and their guests) are warmly invited to our March 25th luncheon. Our special guest speaker is Dr. Andrew Chaney! We will be bringing personal hygiene items, diapers and wipes for Rare Breed.
We ask that if  you are bringing a guest, that you please contact Nan Wagoner at 881-8924 so that we can plan for food.
Make your plans now!
Declan Easter
Family Easter Celebration 
Church Lawn/Atrium
Saturday, March 23 
[10:00-11:30 a.m.]


Join us for this fun-filled celebration! Games, egg and cookie decorating, and an egg hunt for all ages of children will comprise this wonderful event. This is an all-church event to celebrate the joy of Easter!


No admission charged.


All are welcome! Invite your friends!
Can you help us by offering your gifts of time or items? Complete the online form on our church website and let us know!
Holy Week Schedule
Lent Calendar of Events

Palm Sunday - March 24
8:30 & 11:00 a.m.-Sanctuary

11:00 a.m.-Multipurpose Room


March 28 - Maundy Thursday
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
7:00 p.m.-Sanctuary


March 29 - Good Friday
Noon to 12:30pm*-Sanctuary
*Shortened service to accommodate those who are working. 

[Church Office closes at noon

for Good Friday]


March 31 - Easter Sunday
8:30; 9:45  & 11:00 a.m.- Sanctuary

11:00 a.m.-Multi-purpose Room

Communion Training
If you are an ordained Elder or Deacon and would like to be trained to serve communion in the sanctuary, we invite you to attend a short training session.
The training will be held on Tuesday, March 19th in the in the sanctuary beginning at 6:15pm.

For more information, contact Sheila Grisham Pippin or call her at 862-5068. Thank you.
Attention Junior Choir
& Joyful Singers!

We are working hard to prepare our musical, "The Prodigal Clown", to be offered in contemporary worship on Sunday, April 7th


Parents and choir members, please note our rehearsal schedule: 

  • Wednesday, March 13 NO rehearsal (Spring Break)
  • Wednesday, March 20
    6pm rehearsal
  • Wednesday, March 27
    NO rehearsal (Holy Week)
  • Wednesday, April 3 & Thursday, April 4
    DRESS rehearsals from 5-6:30 each day 
  • Sunday, April 7
    9am rehearsal in preparation for our 11am offerings of "The Prodigal Clown" in the Multipurpose Room
  • Wednesday, April 10
    5:30-6:30pm "Cast Party" in 
    the Fellowship Hall
Celebrate With Us 
For Our Spring Gathering!
Saturday, April 6, 2:00-4:00
in the Reception Room. 
The Women of First & Calvary are invited to a PARTY honoring our graduating high school senior girls.

P.S. Please submit a baby or childhood picture of yourself to Barb Burgess or Buttons Bowers prior to the event.
2 words - Cup cakes!!!
Summer is Coming!
Vacation Bible School
Dates Are Set!
July 15-19 from 9am to noon!
Communion for Homebound


March 28, 2013

Meet with Lucia Oerter at

QUAIL CREEK, 1514 W. Lark, 65810

at 11:00am. if you would like to be part of a team to visit the home bound.

New Ladies' Bible Studies 
The Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening women are beginning new studies. Read more here!

New on Tuesday morning!
Live a Praying Life by Jennifer Dean
Study Contact: Lynn Wasson 

New on Wednesday evening!
1000 Gifts by Ann Voskampon
Study Contact: Courtney Pybas

You may Contact Terri Blackmon 
with questions about either study.
The Review
March 10-23, 2013 



Get on board with 
the VISION of First & Calvary! 


I have told you before and I will say it again and again-you have got a wonderful ministry here at First & Calvary, and I am thrilled to be a part of it!


The more I get to know you, your staff, and your Session and Deacons, the more I realize how committed you are to becoming the kind of church God calls us to be.  What kind of church is God calling us to be?


As I mentioned in last week's sermon, there are many popular church movements today to which we could ascribe. The Organic church, the Seeker Sensitive church, the Mission oriented church, and the Purpose Driven church are some models that I admire.


A church does not need to subscribe to one of these modern movements in order to accomplish its goals. In fact, as soon as we follow one particular model others who like a different one may feel alienated and left out. The first movement led by Christ is completely inclusive!  The commands given to bring the Gospel to others who do not know Him form the vision of our church.  That is where we are going. The mission of our church is how we are going to get there.


You see our mission statement on the bottom of the bulletin. Please take a look at it, read it slowly and prayerfully. It will be placed in a visible, prominent place at the entrances of our church. The mission statement tells us what to do-our vision tell us how to do it. The effectiveness of our church depends upon the systems we've created, about releasing people to do ministry, and about our commitment to creating environments that unchurched people find attractive.


Let's be very intentional about how we present ourselves in the community. I am not talking about billboards, radio spots, or ads in the newspaper. I am thinking about our generosity to charities in the community, our volunteers for local organizations, our outreach to the poor, and new partnerships within our community. The intentionality comes with our invitation to others. A local merchant told me, "What a beautiful church building!" Yes, but we are not just a beautiful building that people come in to use. Rather, we are a church, a movement that began with Jesus Christ and we offer partnerships to others who wish to join our vision and participate in our mission.


It is my hope that everything in our church becomes part of the God'sVision transformation that happens in Christ. Information is good-but transformation is better-it's one step farther. 

Let's take that step together toward the vision Christ gives!  - Andrew 

Sunday School For All Ages



  • Branches/014
    • A Study on "Colossians"/Jason Streubel [3/10] [3/17]
  • March Fellowship/015
    • Galatians: Be Free/Phill Burgess [3/10] [3/17]
  • Crossways/016
    • We Are Church: Prayer/Mary Coulter [3/10]
    • We Are Church: Communion/Mary Coulter [3/17]
  • Little-Bacon/020
    • A Study on the Gospel of "Luke"/Julie Thomas [3/10]
    •  A Study on the Gospel of "Luke"/Carol Chappell [3/17]
  • McClung/026
    • Finding the Sacred in Our Suffering/Cal LeMon [3/10] [3/17]
  • Practices/114
    • An Acceptable Fast/Lois Zerrer [3/10]
    • An Acceptable Fast/Betsy Kurtz [3/17]
  • Forty-Niners/115
    • Daniel's Prayer/Harvey Cooper [3/10] 
    • Gabriel's Interpretation/Mona Niewald [3/17]
  • Hardin/116
    • Daniel's Prayer/Neil Stenger [3/10]
    • Gabriel's Interpretation/Neil Stenger [3/17] 



Children meet in the following locations:

  • 2 year olds [Room 121]
  • 3 year olds [Room 214]
  • 4/Pre K 5s [Room 215]
  • Kindergarten [Room 216]
  • Grades 1/2 [Room 219]
  • Grades 3/4 [Room 220]
  • Grade 5 [Room 221]

March 10, 2013
"Jesus Tells The Parable of the Lost Son"
God is loving and forgiving.
Luke 15:11-32


March 17, 2013
"Jesus Washes The Disciples' Feet"
God wants us to help others.
John 13:1-17


KAIROS: Ages 3-Kindergarten


During Kairos children have a snack, hear a Bible story and enjoy a time of play. Children can stay and/or transfer to Room 215 after Sunday school (if the parent informs the Sunday school teacher of this) or parents may walk them to Room 215 at 10:45 a.m. or bring them after the children's sermon.


Middle School and High School Youth
Grades 6-12
Gather in the Student Lounge



One Great Hour of Sharing One Great Hour of Sharing is an annual event which offers the entire First & Calvary church family the privilege to help further God's mission through the PC(USA)'s hunger relief, disaster assistance, local development, and other mission efforts. 


Please take time to read about these vital programs and pray about what God might be leading you to give towards their support this year.


We will take the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Palm Sunday, March 24.

Children's Sunday School
Mission Project

Beginning February 17th, the children were invited to participate in giving to One Great Hour of Sharing and/or Well of Life Emergency Food Pantry throughout Lent using a giving calendar. These offerings will be collected on Palm Sunday, March 24 in the preschool and elementary Sunday School classes. Following the 11:00am worship hour on March 24th, families are invited to come for a pizza lunch at 12:15pm in room 020 followed by a trip to Well of Life to deliver donated items. Please email Erika O'Bryant for more information. 


Mission Matters (Missions Committee Update)

Save the date for April 7th as our missionaries,Drs. Les & Cynthia Morgan join us in the McClung Sunday School class.


Thank you for our continued support to Crosslines and the Well of Life food pantry.  Please bless others with your continued donations.

Wednesday Evenings @The Table
March 13 - 
Spring Break - 
NO Dinner/Table activities

 Childcare (birth-Grade 5) is available for those

participating in Lenten small groups and Chapel.   

Lenten Small Groups [5:30pm]

Lenten Chapel Worship [6:15pm]


March 20 

Dinner @The Table [5-6pm]

 Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Bourbon Sauce,

Roasted Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Tossed Salad, Healthy snacks, desserts.   

 F4L/Choirs/Youth Recreation & Bible Study/

Lenten Small Groups [6:00pm]

Lenten Chapel Worship [6:15pm]

Spring Mission Opportunity [For All Ages] [6:40pm]


Beginning on April 7th, we will offer a Chapel Service each Sunday morning at 8:00am in the Chapel. Weekly communion, music, prayer, and a brief message are featured elements of this 30-minute service of worship. Join us for this great beginning to each Lord's day.
All-Church Prayer Vigil
Room 021

March 28-Maundy Thursday

[*8:30-11:00 p.m.] security provided
March 29 [7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon]


Waiting and praying and keeping vigil, has been a tradition in our faith from the earliest days of the Church. Then, as now, it marks a turning point-from winter to spring, from fear to hope and from death to eternal life.


The Prayer Vigil will begin immediately following the Maundy Thursday Prayer Service until 11:00 p.m. that evening and
resume at 7:00 a.m. on Good Friday. At 12:00 noon there will be a Good Friday Service in the Sanctuary.


There are no scheduled times for individuals to pray. All are
invited to come to pray, to hope and to wait as we look
forward to the joyful resurrection.

JOIN US on Thursday, April 11th as we take a bus load of FUN PEOPLE to Jefferson City!
  • Tour of the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol building;
  • Lunch at "Madison's" Restaurant;
  • Shop the outlet mall in Lake of the Ozarks;
  • Dine at Bob Evan's restaurant.
The bargain price for this day trip is $30 (includes transportation & driver gratuity, lunch and tip).

You will find a reservation form on the table outside of Sheila's office in the south atrium.  Complete your form, write your check (payable to "First & Calvary") and slide it under Sheila's office door. Register soon as spaces are filling up!

Spring Youth Retreat - "A New Thing" [grades 6-12]

Contact Rob Howard for registration details


"Parents, seriously...

Your student DOES NOT want to miss this..."


Speaker: Nate Stratman

Location: Strafford, Missouri 

David & Katie Moore are offering their place for us to use & it's awesome; lakes, a waterfall, caves, trails through the woods....


Friday, April 12: Load into vans & leave First & Calvary @4 p.m.- we will stay overnight.

Saturday, April 13: Wake up @ 8 a.m. & then wrap up our retreat & head back @ 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 14: Parents/Students meet with Nate @ 9-9:45 a.m. & Continental breakfast. Nate will teach the Youth Sunday School class from 9:45-10:30 a.m.

Church Family News

 Those Recently Hospitalized...

Cox:  Carol Rusk, Jim Waddell, Hugh Harris

Barnes St. Louis:  Ed Marble

In Memory Of...

 Nancy Howard, February 25, 2013


  Thank You...

We greatly appreciated all the cards, notes of encouragement, prayers,

uplifting thoughts, and special delivery of treats during the difficult time of losses.

Thanks to all. Joni & Dennis Perry.


Pray For Our Homebound Friends ... 

Jo Marsh, Culpepper Place at Chesterfield, 2410 W. Chesterfield, 65807


An Update on Sharon Burden ...

As you may know, as a result of certain irregularities in the church office during the tenure of our former Church Administrator, Sharon Burden, criminal charges were filed against her by the county prosecutor.  We informed the congregation of these events by letter in the summer of 2010.  By this update, we are informing the congregation about the end of the story:  Sharon has paid restitution to the church and an agreement has been reached to dismiss the charges, assuming Sharon completes her participation in the Greene County Restorative Justice Program.  The church considers this matter concluded and we trust and pray that these steps will bring closure to this difficult chapter in her life and in the life of the church.


Limited Mobility Parking Lot: The small South parking lot is reserved on Wednesday and Sunday for our members and guests who have limited mobility. Please use the large lot across the street or the parking garage if you are able to walk the distance. Thank You.


If You Need a Ride to 8:30 or 11:00 worship service and/or church school this Sunday, please call the church office, 862-5068, by noon Friday, or David Young at 942-4435 by noon Saturday.


46-Oz Cans Needed for the Flower Committee: Please bring clean cans to the church office for the Flower Committee to use to bring plants to our home bound members.


Need Prayer? Call Ellen Van Osdol at 882-9291 or call the church office at 862-5068. 


First & Calvary Church Closing Policy: First & Calvary Presbyterian Church will be closed when the Springfield Public Schools are closed due to bad weather.


Are you coping with Life-Changing Transitions, Loss of a Spouse/Child, Loneliness, Forced Retirement, Illness, Anxiety? We are here to listen and support you with loving, caring confidentiality.  If you or a friend could benefit from confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister, contact Lucia Oerter at 862-5068.


Join Rainbow Network on an exciting trip to Nicaragua April 9-13, 2013!

During the trip, you will help dedicate 25 new homes and see how Rainbow's ministries of healthcare, education, economic development, and housing change the lives of nearly 37,000 people every month in 102 rural communities. Prices are reasonable and include food, hotel, interpreters, t-shirt, transportation, and an optional sightseeing day. For more information or to book your trip, click here or call the Rainbow Network office at 417.889.8088. If you have questions, email Rainbow Network or contact Greg Ellis..


Watch the Prior Sunday First & Calvary Worship Service 
on Mediacom Channel 85 or 15-6 at 4:00 PM