Thursday, May 19, 2016

Justa Center Update

Thank you to Carol Maxwell, who has been ferrying fruit, clothing, and household goods to the Justa Center all spring. Executive Director Barbara Lewkowitz is very grateful to everyone for your generous donations. For the summer, the Center’s most pressing need is for supplies to keep their daily operations running smoothly. Items they particularly want now:

Bottled Water (individual or 2-liter bottles) Deodorants
Paper Towels Anti-Itch Cream
Toilet Paper Razors
Styrofoam Cups Dish Soap
Cotton Swabs Laundry Soap
Antacids Towels & Washcloths
Allergy Pills Underwear
Decongestants NEW Men's & Women's Socks

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Electronic Recycling Success

Thank you to everyone who brought their dead electronics to the church for recycling, rather than sending them to a landfill.

According to eGreen IT Solutions, we sent them a total of 739 pounds of recyclable materials.  eGreen handles the collected items according to the following standards:
eGreen IT Solutions ... ensures all electronic scrap will be securely dismantled and/or tested for the purpose of recycling, commodity value recovery or refurbishing purposes.  All data on received electronic scrap will be destroyed in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology along with the US Department of  Defense data destruction standards...
All commodities will be sent to our approved downstream vendors that comply with the requirements of a Quality, Environmental Health and Safety System and with the provisions of the e-Stewards practices, Recycling Industry Operating Standard, ISO14001, and OSHA SA8000 ...
eGreen IT Solutions adheres to a strict zero-landfill disposal policy.
Our third annual recycling event was a great success; let's start collecting again for next year's Earth Day celebration!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Is Interfaith Dialogue the Key to Peace?

Some say that peace in the world can happen only if there is first peace among the world’s religions. And that peace among religions can only happen through dialogue. Be part of this in-depth discussion on the importance of interfaith dialogue.

Dr. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Speaker
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley 12125 E Via Linda, Scottsdale
Dinner: 6:00 pm Welcome: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $10

Sponsored by the Theological Dialogue Commission, Arizona Faith Network

For more information contact Al Gephart at
To register email Penny Davis at
Erin Tamayo, Executive Director

Monday, May 16, 2016

May Fellowship Dinner

Memorial Day
Monday, May 30
Noon in Swain Hall

We’re wheeling out our barbeques for the first picnic of the summer!  And if you are interested in the scenery and animals of Australia and New Zealand, stick around for Beth Mabee’s pictures of her vacation.  A cookout and koalas—what could be better?  Reserve your seat (and tell us what you want to eat) by signing up in the church office, or in Swain Hall on Sundays.

Your freewill offering helps to cover the cost of the meal, as well as support future dinners.  Guests are always welcome!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Save the Date!

Orangewood Presbyterian Church at 7321 N 10th St, Phoenix, will be hosting a Men’s Retreat on November 15. More details to follow!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Do You Play an Instrument?

First Presbyterian is hosting the ecumenical Hymn Sing in August, and we plan to give our guests a fun time. Please share your talent with an instrument you play — from violin to spoons — we need you! Let us make our Hymn Sing a joyful sharing experience for our guests. Call the church office at 623.974.3605 and leave a message for Donna Roth if you are interested in helping out.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This Sunday is Pentecost

...with guest preacher Rev. Dr. David Glenn Walker at our church. Plan to wear red - and in the meantime, enjoy this post about other ways to observe Pentecost Sunday: