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First Notes  - starting in October, watch for weekly e-note from the pastor.
Plan to come and bring your friends, family, and neighbors!
Fall Festival at First, Saturday, OCT 29, 11 AM - 2 PM.
First Church West Campus 867 Hwy 40, 66049

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It’s coming! ... Sunday afternoon ... November 6
Save the date – and watch for more info.
Save the date!

A favorite
First Church family tradition returns!

Eat, Pray, Sing

Sunday, Nov 20
10:30 AM
Douglas County Fairgrounds

For more information contact Tami at



A Sweet Celebration of Jesus' Birth.

Watch for details and
registration information.
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September has been a busy month for WesleyKU! Blessings on the Go is back on campus, offering students a snack bar blessing and friendly faces each Wednesday on Wescoe Beach. With the nice weather, we held our first three worship services of the year around a campfire, complete with s’mores. Our first Coffeehouse Worship of the fall featured students and pastors sharing music, original poetry, studio design work, culinary talents, and more! And, our Dungeons and Dragons Campaign and One-Shots have returned. This week kicked off our third annual “We ‘Aloe’ You” plant give-away. Check out our Instagram, @westwoodhouseku, or our e-news to learn more.
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SASS Socially Active Seniors
Join us for weekly Pickleball, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30-3 PM
First Church West Campus, Great Room
Or check out our fun monthly activities!
Everyone welcome! Bring a friend!
Questions?  Contact Karen at
The Huddle Men's Group
Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, West Campus, Room 105,
Questions?  Contact John at
Caregiver Support Group
Second Tuesdays, OCT. 11, 10-11 AM Downtown
Providing mutual support for common caregiving concerns.  Affiliated with the Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association. Questions?  Contact John Koonce at 479-644-5733.
Empty Nest, Full Life Mom's Bible Study
(for moms parenting teens and young adults ages 15-25)
FALL Wednesdays, OCT. 5, NOV. 9, DEC 12
7:00 PM Downtown, Room 203
Lively, meaningful discussions related to this season of parenting.
Questions?  Contact Jamie at
Justice or Just Us? (5-week Discussion Group)
Starting Tuesday, OCT. 18, 6:30 pm  (6:15 pm light meal)
Westwood House 1421 W 19th St, Lawrence, Ks 66046

Acknowledging the reality of racism in our world today and our Christian responsibility to oppose it as individuals and together as the church.
All ages are welcome, come share your experiences.

Sign-up Link at:
Questions?  Contact Ann at
Annual Community Problems Assembly
Monday, OCT 24, 6:30-8:00 pm

Plymouth Congregational Church
925 Vermont St

After a community-wide listening process engaging over 400 people, we gather to choose and reaffirm priority issues for our organization.

Seeking Family Promise Volunteers
(1 week every few months)  Family Promise is a faith community partnership hosting families experiencing homelessness.

Volunteer Needs include food and supply donations, overnight hosts, kitchen and evening hosts, and set-up and clean-up help.

Take our Volunteer Interest Survey at:
Questions?  Contact Dave at
Have you ever carried a burden that you felt you should be able to carry alone, but it became too heavy? Do you know someone who is trying to carry such a burden? Stephen Ministers are here to walk with those in our congregation and our community, to listen, support and pray. You are not alone. Need someone to listen? Ready to walk with someone who does? Contact Laura Irick at for more information.
The Big Garden is on the move! We have graded the new site on the west side of the parking lot on West Campus and installed a water line. Cabbage has already been planted for the fall. Six new apple trees will be planted in mid-October and we are almost ready to build the raised beds! If you are interested in helping with the bed construction, please contact Dan Harden at or Laura Irick at
In the current garden location, we have delivered 1,089 lbs of fresh produce to Just Food so far this season, and we have turnips, beets, okra, peppers, radishes, and chard still to harvest. Another great season! Many thanks to all the volunteers who have worked, fellowshipped, and worshipped in the garden that God loves.
Greg Hildenbrand will be leading our Taize Worship.  Join us.
Paola UMC Pie Festival, Saturday, OCT 15, 10 am - 2 pm
Paola UMC, 209 S. Silver, Paola, Ks 66071
Pie baking contest ($50 1st prize)  Pie eating contest, Pie for sale, Bouncy House, Face painting, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Model T Rides, Pulled pork lunch ($5 for a sandwich, baked beans, chips, and drink) 
Want to enter the Pie Baking Contest?  Email
We Own This Now starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne
A play by Alison Casella Brookins that looks at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to “own” something.  The event benefits the Kanza Heritage Society. 
Saturday, OCT 29, 7 pm, Theater Lawrence 4660 Bauer Farm Dr, 66049
First Church is helping to sponsor the performance,
and we have ten tickets on hand with more available.
It would be fun to go as a group! 
If you would like to join us, please contact Cindy at
PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS BENEFIT CONCERT SERIES  Join us for a fun Harvest night of “Organ by Candlelight: A Night with the Masters.” The concert, held on the largest pipe organ in the state of Kansas with over 7000 pipes, will highlight the different sounds available from the organ through short works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. Surprises, spooky and not-so-spooky, are in store for the whole family!  Get tickets here or visit Proceeds benefit Just Food.
Your giving makes all this possible!  Thank you!
Help First Church continue to grow in ministry to the Lawrence community and beyond.
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