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Ballot Measure Discussion
Sunday - October 23
12:30 pm

Betty Voris will review the 26 ballot measures on the San Francisco ballot in November's election. Please join Betty for this informative session to help you understand the ballot measures and engage in a lively discussion.

Photo Directory:
Time to Smile for OFPC
October 23 and 30

It has been a number of years since Old First has published a Church Photo Directory. Our congregation changes, so it is always helpful to match a name to a face. We encourage everyone who worships at Old First or receives Shared Life to sign up. For details, see this month's Shared Life.

Old First Retreat at Mt. Hermon
October 14-16
Church in the Digital Age: Connecting with Connected People

Over these few days we will look at how we as Christians can better live out our calling in this changed and changing world.

Our speaker Ralph Watkins, is the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Seminary. His work there focuses on building bridges between young adults and the church in order to develop future leaders for the twenty-first century. For more information about the retreat, see this month's Shared Life.

"The Muslim Next Door: Know Your Neighbor" - Saturday, October 22

Old First is co-hosting a special event and discussion with Sumbul Ali-Karamali called "The Muslim Next Door: Know Your Neighbor". Please plan to attend. The event will be taking place on Saturday, October 22, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 321 Taraval Street in San Francisco.

Ms. Ali-Karamali wrote her book, The Muslim Next Door: the Qur-an, the Media, and that Veil Thing to provide academic, cultural and personal information from a reliable source in a warm and relevant context.

She will present and discuss with us the topics that are most confusing, most interesting and most wondered about by Western non-Muslims by using stories, anecdotes, and concrete facts about what Muslims believe, practice, differ, agree, argue about, condemn, and condone. Bring an open mind and join with your neighboring Presbyterians to discover new insights and meet the Muslim next door. Light refreshments will follow the program.

For more information, see this month's Shared Life.

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Old First Presbyterian Church is an inclusive community of faith united by trust in God and faith in Jesus Christ. We warmly welcome all who accept and respond to God's saving grace in Jesus Christ and who desire to participate in the life and ministry of this church.

Established in 1849, we are the oldest active Protestant congregation in California. We are constantly renewed through a wide spectrum of activities, and of course, through new members and visitors.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides help for those impacted by the storm.

Hurricane Matthew has caused death and destruction across the Caribbean and southeastern United States, including more than 800 dead, thousands injured, and the destruction of communities and crops, especially in Haiti. Many impacted areas were still recovering from previous flooding and other disasters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is supporting the delivery of emergency aid to those impacted, working with our partners in the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) and local staff who had been monitoring the completion of prior earthquake and hurricane projects.

In Haiti, PDA is leveraging long-standing church partnerships to assess damage and to develop long-term disaster recovery and rebuilding strategies. Ecumenical partner ACT Alliance has already issued an appeal for over $1 million to assist relief efforts in Cuba, and is working with partners throughout the Caribbean to evaluate needs in Jamaica, the Bahamas, and beyond. After immediate needs are addressed, PDA will remain, drawing upon its strong relationships and effective prior development efforts in the region.

Throughout the southeastern United States, PDA has reached out to pastors and presbytery leaders in areas impacted by the storm. Extensive flooding and storm surges throughout the region have damaged many homes and churches. National Response Team members are mobilizing to visit affected presbyteries and to support local development of disaster response and recovery plans. In the coming weeks, PDA will begin deploying teams into as many as seven presbyteries and providing assistance to congregations mucking out as the waters recede.

The needs for the response are great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP”— Give. Act. Pray.

Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated for Hurricane Matthew by giving to DR000193. Gifts can be made online, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check, which can be mailed to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

Act: Learn how you and your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources, and share updates with your congregation.

Pray: Pray for those who suffered loss of family or home or for those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.