Keyser Presbyterian Church
300 S. Mineral St.
Keyser, WV 26726

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EASTER LILY MEMORIALS:  Memorials for Easter lilies are being accepted until April 9th.  If you wish to have a lily in memory or in honor of someone, please complete the enclosed insert and place it in the offering plate. 
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Camp Paddy Run Day Camp is set for June 26-30th.  It is a DAY Camp open to 1st-12th graders.  On Thursday and Friday night,  kids in grades  7-12 can opt for a sleepover at the camp. The van picks the kids up at the Baker Post Office and transports them the remainder of the way to the Camp in VA. 


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Teaming with Member Care along with the Easter Sunday Pot Luck breakfast, there will be an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for the Youth! Any are welcome. If you plan to have a child guest or two with you for Easter, please let Ashly Knaggs know so that she may plan for them! 
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Sunday,  June 4th at the Candlewyck Inn will be our breakfast for graduates organized by Laura Holland. Formal invitations will be sent out later. At this time, please send a list of names and addresses of those requesting an invitation. Christian Education will treat the graduates to their breakfast. Cost for attendees is $15.00 per person. In addition, graduates are asked to  please begin creating a bio and send it to Laura's email emerson.holland@gmail.com 
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There will be a Lenten Tea held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday April 9th at 9:30 am SHARP!  The tea will be prepared, presented and served by the Youth to the congregation in attendance!


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From:  Ancy Fils Aime:

Dear Friends,

Definitely Matthew is the most severe storm in all Haiti's history.  There is none of our schools that has not been touched by the storm in one way or another.  My first visit was at Saint Matthias Parish schools.  It is unbelievable from my childhood to know.  It is the first time I experience those kinds of devastation.  All the farms that were considered as the farmer's bank account were washed out.  So the storm cuts out their hands.

Currently, beside of the schools issues, one of the most difficult time we will be facing in Haiti is a famine because everything in terms of garden is washed out...gone.  Despite the fact that things used to be hard after a disaster, I can say that it's the first time that people from Meyer, my hometown, call to say how difficult it is for them to get food.

All the principals from different schools are calling to describe their school situation.  I know the load is heavy for you, but God will provide.

Sincerely,
Ancy


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Our board met and we have determined that our first priority is to secure funding for feeding our school communities.  In cooperation with Trinity Hope Feeding, we are working with our priests and principals to purchase and distribute food.  Our goal is to sustain these communities for the next 30 days until they are able to get their lives and crops back up and going.  We are asking that you help us in this endeavor.  For less than $2 per day, you can feed a family of six people.  We need to act swiftly!  As always, 100% of all donations will be used as designated by the donor.  We have people in place in Haiti to make this happen as soon as funds are received.

Checks can be mailed to:  Haiti Education Foundation, Inc.
                                           P.O. Box 10775
                                           El Dorado, Arizona  71730

Please note on the memo line that this is for DISASTER FOOD.

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COAT DRIVE FOR WV FLOOD VICTIMS

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS!  Our church is sponsoring a coat drive during the month of NOVEMBER.  We are collecting clean, gently used coats and cold weather clothing for the WV flood victims.  If you have any jackets, coats, hoodies or sweaters, bring them in and put them on the bench in the chapel, and the items will be transported to Richwood.  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause. 
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Attention Sunday School Students!

An important meeting for students and their parents will be held Sunday, October 23rd, in the Heritage House at 10 a.m.  This meeting is to discuss two new Sunday School classes beginning on Sunday, October 30th, 10 a.m. in the Heritage House.  One class will be for elementary students and a second class will be for high school students.  Each Sunday morning will begin with refreshments in the dining room of the Heritage House.  Your friends are welcome to attend. 
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How to Help the West Virginia Flood Victims

"How can I help answer the call in WV?"


Here is how...
1. Pray. Pray for the survivors, for the families of those who lost loved ones, for those who lost every possession they had, for those who are serving in emergency services, who are doing the hard work of recovering bodies, and clearing homes. Pray for those who are giving comfort, preparing meals, packing and unpacking supplies, organizing volunteers, Working to make a massive system of distribution appear where there was none just 4 days ago. Pray for those who are tired, overwhelmed and in deep need of hope.
2. Give. Give to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance... You can designate gifts to
DR000191-U.S. Flooding, and write "West Virginia" in the comments if donating online, or write "DR000191-West Virginia" on the memo line of a check.https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000191/ 
PLEASE WRITE "WEST VIRGINIA" IN COMMENTS OR ON YOUR CHECK!
OTHERWISE YOUR DONATION MAY NOT GO TO WEST VIRGINIA.
3. OR you can send checks directly to the Presbytery of West Virginia, 520 Second Ave, South Charleston, WV 25303. Those moneys will go directly to one of three efforts:
  • a. WVMAW (WVMAW.org) They are the Long-term recovery agency of the Presbytery of WV. They are already on the ground and working across the state. They will be there for the years it will take to recover from this event.
  • b. The Bread of Life Food Pantry. It is a part of Summersville Presbyterian Church and is currently the best way to get food, water and cleaning supplies out into some of the worst hit areas.
  • c. Other church related recovery. We are running pastoral care teams for theforeseeable future in six areas. We have at least five churches that have significant damage. We are aware that we will need support for years in these areas.
 4. Prepare to send teams of volunteers to help. WVMAW will be coordinating most of our teams. We are not ready for them yet but we will soon be. There is much to do but we need to work smart. Please give us the time to get a structure in place that makes working here smart and safe.
5. Keep praying. Our hearts are broken. But... there is God! And God is good.

 
Thanks!
Barbara Chalfant, Associate for Mission, Presbytery of West Virginia
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After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the outpouring of support was amazing.  However, time has passed, and it is easy to forget that they are still rebuilding.  St. Luc School is in great need of repair.  The fear is that safety issues will force the school to close if repairs are not made soon.

St. Luc is operated by the Haiti Education Foundation and the Episcopal Church of Haiti.  St. Luc is the school built with money from our own Katherine Church many years ago.

If you wish to make a donation for St. Luc, send a check to:

Haiti Education Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 10775
El Dorado  AR  71730

You can also make a check to Keyser Presbyterian Church.  Either way, please mark the check or put in a note to clearly show that it is for St. Luc repairs.

Also, don't forget that we continue to take contributions for Haiti scholarships.  A full scholarship for one year is $75, but any amount is appreciated.  Again, mark checks for "Haiti Scholarships."
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The US post office and 911 have both required recent address changes for neighborhoods in our area.  If your address has changed, please contact the church office so that we can update our church directory.  You may email us at keyserpc@gmail.com     or call the office at 304-788-2412.
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The Christian Education Committee has started a Facebook Group!  You can find it on Facebook under KPC CE.  Simply ask to join and you will be updated with photos, events, and other activities or posts concerning Sunday School, Bible School and other events like special holiday events!  Anyone is invited to join, so please look for us on Facebook today!
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"Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God."
- Psalm 31:5

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Copies of the congregational directory have been distributed. If you have not received yours, or if you would like one, please contact the church office. Remember, the directory is also available anytime on the church website, www.keyserchurch.com. Also, if you have additions or corrections to information in the directory, please contact the church office. Thank you!

Join us Wednesdays at 9:30 AM in the Chapel for coffee and conversation. Catch up with friends, enjoy a cup of coffee, snack on a cookie! Be sure to invite a friend to come with you.

The Faith in Action Food Pantry item for April is dry cereal.  Each month we publish a new item to be collected for the food pantry. At the end of the month, your donations go to help support those in need in the community. Thank you for your continued support!

Visit the church website today! For the most up-to-date information and happenings, visit the church website at www.keyserchurch.com. Announcements are posted on the same day they are received or on the following business day, if submitted after office hours. The church website includes news and upcoming events from the Keyser Presbyterian Church, Presbytery and the community. If you have an announcement you would like to submit, please email to keyserpc@gmail.com

Online Member Portal You can use the Online Member Portal to view your contributions, track your pledge, view the member directory, edit your contact information and view upcoming birthdays and anniversaries. The online portal is available to all church members at http://www.keyserchurch.com/p/member-portal.html

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Thanks to the Circle Ladies

Many thanks for the donations to the Blanket Fund.  If you wish to contribute, you may still make a check payable to the church and note "Blanket Fund" on the check.  Many refugees or displaced people are in desperate need of blankets at this time.  Your help is greatly appreciated!


An update of 2014 shoe boxes

A total of 18,697 shoeboxes were collected at the Fountain Church of the Brethren from our church and others in the surrounding areas.  This is the largest number ever sent from this area and nearly 2,000 more than last year!


PRAYER REQUESTS

Local and World Focus
Keyser Presbyterian Church and Our Ministry
Helping Hands and Their Ministry to the Needy in Our Community
The Children of Haiti
The People of the Middle East


For God's Presence and Peace
John "Jack" Parker, deployed to Korea
Allene Parrish
The family of Phyllis Coffman
Don and Charlotte Hott
The family of Rebekah Herber
The family of Doug Haines
The family of Sarah Harris
The family of Ken Liller


For Healing
Allene Sowers
Glovinia Bratzel
Tom and Vicki Harman
Ed and Elrose Smith
Matthew Landes
Sue Stull
Marian Cook
Nicole Mallory
Dallas Shaffer
Rex Cosner
Gary Redman
Neil Lambka



Joys & Celebrations

Because We Love You




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Pictures have been taken and submitted, addresses and phone numbers have been gathered and corrected—now it’s time to print. If you would like a printed copy of the church directory, please contact the church office. The directories will be printed and available by the end of April. All information in the directory is also available from the church website via the member portal.

Also, if you like to take pictures and would be willing to serve as the church photographer at various activities and functions, please let Amanda in the church office know. Pictures are needed to post on the website and to update the directory as we move through the year. Pictures will also be submitted to the local newspaper so the community can learn the good stuff that goes on here in our church!


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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance received an urgent appeal to send health kits, baby kits, clean up buckets, etc. The supply at Church World Service is depleted again! We have so many areas of our country that are hurting. Bring what you can. You can also contribute $2 per kit and $12 for a clean up bucket. Please have kits to Charlotte by Friday so they can be taken to the presbytery meeting on Saturday.


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