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  • HOME | Firstpres

    This position could be part-time or full-time. Learn more about the position and find an application by clicking on the picture. Register for KampOut now! See our Summer Worship Schedule here. LET US KNOW YOUR FAVORITE SONGS AND HYMNS! Join us as we worship together We'd be thrilled to have you as our guest at any of our worship services or events throughout the week. Wherever you are in life, there is a place for you here. Gospel Worship Sunday // 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary Traditional Worship Sunday // 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary 1105 Contemporary Worship Sunday // 11:05 a.m. in the Fellowship Center (downstairs) What we’re about . . . Our mission statement is . . ."to discover and live the way of Christ in the expansive grace of God." We do that by living out these Core Four Strategies: WORSHIP, GROW, CONNECT, SERVE. These four standards are the tangible ways we carry out this mission statement to our Amarillo community and the world. Click on the banners below to find out more.

  • Women | Firstpres

    WOMEN Home / Ministries / Adults / Women “Wait for It…” Women’s Retreat Lessons for Waiting on God September 16-17, 2022 Barfield Hotel, Amarillo, TX ADULTS Women Singles Men Senior Adults We are all waiting for something - Jesus' return, answers to prayers, wisdom. You won't want to miss our next Women's Retreat as we explore the topic of waiting on God starting Friday evening through Saturday afternoon, September 16-17, at Amarillo's newest and most exciting historical hotel, The Barfield! Registration is now open, and we expect rooms to fill up quickly so SIGN UP TODAY by clicking HERE . Options are available to stay overnight at the hotel or attend the retreat sessions only. Our Retreat Team is excited to share more information about speakers with you soon! Registration is set up for multiple payments with all fees due August 14. Scholarships are also available! If you need scholarship help, please contact Emily at 418-0404 or Joyce in the church office. Not sure who you will room with at the retreat? Reach out to Emily or Joyce, and we can discuss options. Will you prayerfully consider joining us? We can’t wait to see you there! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Family & Adult OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve ANGEL WORKSHOP Join Linda Warrick as she leads a study of what the Bible says about angels and shows you how to construct a beautiful, articulated angel to enjoy and display at home. Search the scriptures and discuss the truth and misconceptions about angels. This study will be in two parts - Wednesday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 6. Each session will be from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Room 304 at the church. Mark your calendar and plan to attend both sessions. To register (space is limited), please call Linda Warrick at 806-236-3600 or email her at . Cost is $10 and some supplies will be furnished. IF:Table meets 2nd Tuesday of each month. Next meeting is August 9. 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm August meeting will be in the church parlor. For more info, call Emily, 418-0404 ​ BIBLE STUDIES, PRAYER & SMALL GROUPS FOR WOMEN - SUMMER 2022 To check out these groups, keep scrolling! To get more info or register for Women's Bible Studies: Contact Joyce in the church office - click here Call one of the leaders listed below Pay online for books ordered through the church, click here . ​Bible Recap - Study through the Bible in a year Fridays @ 12:00 p.m., Room 202, join us at any time! Led by Shelley Chaloupka, 433-7453, Vicki Keister, 433-5781, & Julie McCracken, 676-3540 Contact leaders with questions. ​ ​Encounter with God Mondays @ 5:30 p.m. (ongoing) Led by Virginia Sicola, 353-6204 Meeting via Zoom: Click here for Zoom link, Meeting ID: 549 919 0602, PW: 5aBNCT or call 1-346-248-7799-same ID- PW: 556573 ​ ​​​​Mid-day Studies for Working Women Life Together by Deitrich Bonhoeffer Tuesdays @ 12:00 p.m. (ongoing) - starts June 7 Meeting via Zoom (contact leader for Zoom info ) Led by Jill Goodrich, 679-5015 ​ ​​Partners in Prayer (ongoing) Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m., First Pres Chapel Led by Michal-ann Bell, 570-5244 & Emily Wood, 418-0404 All are welcome! ​ ​​Community Bible Study: Red Sea to the Jordan River Wednesdays @ 10:25 a.m., starts again in the Fall - date TBA Register online at Questions? Call Linda Warrick, 236-3600 ​ More Than Enough! (Worship, Prayer, Bible Study) Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., 4108 Paramount Blvd Led by Sherrie Lovato, 477-8241, Rita Morrow & Tanya Sluder Childcare available with advance reservations. ​ ​ ​​​​Evening Study Group for Working Women "Family of Jesus" by Karen Kingsbury Once a month (summer only) @ 6:00 p.m. (call leaders for dates) Home of Robin Terry, 806-433-7005 Questions? Call Robin (number above) or Denise S. at 681-7541. ​ Talk.Pray.Know Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m., "Murray's House", 3614 SW 6th Street (ongoing) Led by Denise Carter, 279-0462 ​ ​&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& Emails from Emily ​ God is Patient! - Jan 13 click here ​ God is Kind! - May 5 click here First Pres Women's Leadership for 2022 Click here . (If you need contact info for any of these women, please call Joyce in the church office to set up a password for access to the online directory.) Ladies & Little Ladies Tea 2022 To order and pay for your 2021-2022 Women's Yearbook, click here . What is CONNECT Mentoring Ministry? It is a ministry of love. Committed older Godly women from First Presbyterian Church who desire to connect with younger women in prayerfully matched pairs will establish one-on-one relationships as they walk together through life in Christ. These pairs will meet regularly to discover spiritual gifts, share accomplishments, joys, frustrations, failures, and fellowship. The wisdom and Biblical legacies the mentors have will demonstrate to the younger women how to know God more intimately, to establish a lifestyle that includes Jesus, and to build a legacy founded on Christ. Connecting with one another now will build Christ-centered legacies that will bless families and the church today as well as the generations of tomorrow. If this ministry is one you would like to be a part of, please email Emily at or call Joyce in the church office. If you are currently a part of CONNECT ministry and would like to register for the quarterly group meeting, click HERE . ​ ******************************************* Join a Women's Circle in 2022 HEY LADIES -- WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WOMEN'S CIRCLES? Click here Bible Studies & Resources for Women from Emily Wood I know this is not as good as sitting together around a table looking at each other’s beautiful smiling faces; however, God has given us technology and podcasts and apps, and below are some ways to take advantage of it! Please look over the list below of online opportunities and study resources. Contact Emily at 350-5218 for questions and to give feedback. -- A great Bible study resource from Jennie Allen is the IF:Gathering website. Various Bible studies - click here . -- Proverbs 31 Ministries , run by Lysa Terkeurst (click here ), includes all kinds of resources, including the First Five Daily Bible Study app (click here ). Both are highly recommended by Shauneen Hatfield and other women in our church. -- The Bible Recap (click here ) is recommended by Shelley Chaloupka & Vicki Keister. Vicki says "I have for two years now read the Bible through and listened to the podcast. I think it would be amazing for others to know about it." You can find The Bible Recap plan on the YouVersion Bible app many of us already have on our phones (click here ). You can also subscribe to The Bible Recap podcast. This is a great way to get into the Word of God! ​ -- Study Gateway (click here ) is recommended by Laurie Pinkston. It includes access to more than 2,500 video Bible studies from all our favorite teachers. You can get a free trial on this site to check it out. Please let me know if you are interested in this, and we can purchase a church account to share with all of you! Several of the studies have been mentioned in our women’s testimony videos: Lezly Welch recommends: It's Not Supposed to be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst. Shelley Chaloupka recommends: The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi by Kathie Lee Gifford -- ChurchSource (click here ) is another great resource. -- Lifeway Women’s Online Bible Studies (click here ). There are all kinds of resources here, including studies from Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer and more. ​ ​ First Presbyterian Women We are… a place to belong, to be nurtured in your faith and to use your talents to build Christ's Kingdom! First Presbyterian Church offers anointed worship, passionate Bible studies and opportunities for fellowship with a body of believers! We invite you to join us as we work together to create a current, relevant, Bible-based, mission-minded environment where women of all ages and backgrounds come together to drink from the well of living water that may only be found through Christ Jesus! Child care may be available with advance reservations. To check for availability and make reservations, please email Debbie or call her at 373-4242. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Please give as much advance notice as possible if you need child care. If child care has been reserved and your group is not meeting for any reason, please remember to let Debbie know ASAP, so she may notify the scheduled child care givers and cancel! IF Gathering 1 IMG_3264 1/5

  • Current Sermon Series | Firstpres

    CURRENT SERMON SERIES Home / Worship Services / Current Sermon Series WORSHIP SERVICES Reformed Traditional Contemporary Gospel OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve

  • Bios

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff Our staff is a great group of people who love the Lord and want to serve you. ABOUT Deacons Elders Staff Who's Who Trustees Allison Silvertooth Receptionist (806)373-4242 Bio & Contact Info Doyle Askew Operations Manager (806) 350-5206 Bio & Contact Info Laura Autry Financial Assistant (806) 350-5204 Bio & Contact Info Brady Clark Director of Urban Missions (806) 373-4242 Bio & Contact Info Heidi Corona Administrative Assistant for First Pres Kids (806) 350-5211 Bio & Contact Info Lisa Dietz Business Administrator (806) 350-5205 Bio & Contact Info Cara Dyas Director of Communications and Production (806) 373-4242 Bio & Contact Info Kelli Glass Director of Elementary (806)3505212 Bio & Contact Info Norman Goad Director of Music and Organist (806) 350-5215 Bio & Contact Info Anita Goodrum Administrative Assistant for Missions and Outreach (806) 350-5202 Bio & Contact Info Murray Gossett Associate Pastor (806) 350-5203 Bio & Contact Info Howard Griffin Senior Pastor and Head of Staff (806) 350-5201 Bio & Contact Info Shauneen Hatfield Administrative Assistant for Intergenerational Ministries (806)350-5209 Bio & Contact Info Joyce Ladd Wedding Coordinator; Administrative Assistant for Music, Communications, Worship, Care, and Women (806) 350-5219 Bio & Contact Info Debbie Laur Director of Early Childhood Ministry (806) 350-5213 Bio & Contact Info Janie Navarrete Lead Custodian ​ Bio & Contact Info Brandon Smith Director of Worship & Properties (806) 373-4242 Bio & Contact Info Kim Talley Assistant Pastor of Intergenerational Ministries (806) 350-5210 Bio & Contact Info Emily Wood Director of Women's Ministry (806) 373-4242 Bio & Contact Info

  • Cara Dyas

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff / (806) 373-4242 Cara Dyas Director of Communications and Production Cara Dyas is the Director of Communications & Production at First Pres. She's been on staff since May of 2012. Cara earned a Bachelors Degree in English and a Master of Arts Degree with an emphasis in English and Communications from WTAMU. She has been in church communications and production for 15 years and enjoys helping ministries effectively communicate their messages in creative and relevant ways. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and her favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17. Cara loves the heart of the people at First Pres, the sound theology, and the rich worship experiences. She is married to Matt, and they have two amazing kids, Camryn (22) and Bryson (19), and too many animals to list!

  • Watch Our Sermons | Firstpres

    WATCH OUR SERMONS Home / Worship Services / Watch our Sermons Having a HEART that's Ready to be Called Jesus' Final Instructions Youth Sunday 2022 A Faith to Receive, Live, and Give Mercy Makes the Difference The Most Appropriate Response to Easter Holy Week 2022 Jesus' Journey to Jerusalem Seeking God's Peace & Vision in Troubled Times Living Out the Jesus Creed A Tale of Two Kings What's On Your Mind? The Power of an Invitation To watch more of our past sermons, visit our YouTube page . The Holy Spirit at Work Prominent Women in the Bible The Holy Spirit at Work

  • Men | Firstpres

    MEN Home / Ministries / Adults / Men Men's Retreat September 23 -24,2022 Interested in Men's Lunch Bible studies or other ways to connect with men looking to grow closer to the Lord? Men's Summer Lunch Bible studies begin each Wednesday June 1st- August 31st 2022 Room 209 Bring your own lunch Contact Murray Gossett for more information 373-4242 ADULTS Women Men Famliy & Adult Singles Senior Adults OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve Typically, men don't have that many close friends in life. People to really talk to on a deeper level. First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo has a very active Men's Ministry program under the guidance of Rev. Dr. Murray Gossett. ​ Contact Murray at 806-373-4242 or 806-681-4284 for more information.

  • First Pres Live | Firstpres

    Stay Connected with First Pres LIVE Home / Ministries / First Pres Live Sunday Morning Worship Services June 26, 2022 8:30 a.m. Gospel June 26, 2022 11:00 a.m. Gospel MINISTRIES Adults Care College Age First Pres Kids Library/Resources Missions Music Studies and Groups Youth Columbarium OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve Youth Sunday 2021 ALL Church Retreat 2021 Video Talk. Pray. Know. VBS 2021 Bach's Lunch 2021 Murray's House Stewardship 2021

  • Youth | Firstpres

    YOUTH Home / Ministries / Youth A&O Summer Activity Schedule Just because it's summer, the fun and fellowship doesn't end at A&O! We will still be getting together on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM to hear God's word and grow in His light together. So mark your calendars! Here's what's going on this summer: ​ June 15th - The Sanders' Home / Swim Party June 22nd - The Proffer's home / Swim Party June 28th - The Shinall's home / Swim Party July 6th - Slip and Slide Kick Ball at Westminster Presbyterian Church July 13th - Sod Poodles game. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Food and drink on your own. July 20th - All Church Fun Family Night @ A&O House parking lot (This will begin @ 7:30 PM) July 27th - Throckmorton's home / Swim Party August 3rd - Vincent's home on Lake Tanglewood - Swim Party ​ So as join us for a summer of fun and amazing time together! For more information, contact Shauneen Hatfield at 806.350.5209 or . ​ ​ ​ YOUTH Middle School High School OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve Mexican Christmas Dinner 2021 a Huge Success! Another Mexican Christmas Dinner is in the books, and it was a resounding success. Students pitched in to help prepare the food beforehand and with serving food and clean up on the night of the event. Everyone had a great time helping out! Estevan Ortega and Jacob Self were great chefs! So many helpers on the enchilada assembly line! Anna gives last minute instructions to the workers before the event began. The night of the dinner filled the Great Hall, Narthex, Parlor, and Children’s Wing with so many wonderful people from First Pres and the entire community. The sounds of voices and laughter were so fun to hear. Friends and neighbors came to share a delicious meal and fellowship with others. We served close to 400 people at this year’s Mexican Christmas Dinner! It was an amazing event! Thank you to the entire First Pres family and Amarillo community for making the Youth Mexican Christmas Dinner such a success this year. Your support of our ministry through the purchase of tickets for the dinner helps so many of our youth go on mission trips and retreats. Many of our students would be left out of these trips if not for your support. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Goodbye to the Old A&O House ​ It was a rollercoaster of emotions as we all watched the old A&O House be demolished. It has been very emotional for so many of our youth and leaders to have to truly say goodbye to that “Grand Old Lady”; because the old House held so many sweet memories for all the A&O youth, both past and present. However, everyone fully recognizes that the new beautiful House will be the place for new memories to be made for many, many years and for many, many more young people. God moved mightily in the old House, changing hearts and drawing hundreds to Him. We rest in the promise that the same will happen tenfold in the new House. ​ The demolition begins! The old makes way for the new. The new A&O House stands tall and proud. Once again we all wish to express our sincere gratitude to the entire First Pres Family for their support of the building of the new A&O House. Each of you has fully invested in the future of our youth. Our goal in the Youth Department is to ensure that you all get a rich return on your investment. Thank you!

  • GROW Across Generations | Firstpres

    September 2020 Exciting progress continues on our construction projects for the GROW Across Generations Capital Campaign. The slab was poured at the new A&O house this week. Framing the walls of the new house is next on the agenda! The steps and ramp at north entry have been poured—handrails and cast stone signage will be installed the 2nd and 3rd weeks of October. We plan to open the north doors to the Great Hall for use this weekend, September 27, but only the steps. Those requiring an accessible entrance will still need to use the south entry. The Lift outside of the Sanctuary is installed and operational, but we have to wait on a state inspection for congregational use. We would ask you to pray for that process so that we can get the Lift going and fully-functional for our members. The Children’s Wing first floor demolition is complete and the mechanical trades are beginning work on plumbing, electrical, and HVAC rough-ins. There is a lot going on, but we can definitely see significant progress. Please join us in prayer for the continued progress and how the Lord will use all of these improvements for His glory! August 2020 Here is a quick update on our GROW Across Generations Capital Campaign improvements. The concrete pour for the AO house began this past week. Something about the concrete going in makes this feel like it's REALLY happening! The Lift outside of the Sanctuary should be received in about 3 weeks. It will take a few weeks to install, but we're getting closer here, too. If you've been by the church, you know that the 1st floor of the Children's Education building is completely sealed off as abatement and demo happen. All personnel, Opportunity School, and Critter Land activities have been moved to the 2nd floor temporarily. While the North entrance is still not usable, it's coming together as well. We appreciate your continued prayer and your patience as we all deal with the construction in our building. It's exciting to anticipate how the Lord will use all of this for years to come. July 2020 Construction for our "GROW Across Generations” capital campaign is in full swing and a big mound of dirt certainly isn’t all we have to show for it. The foundation prep for the new building is underway and the new personal lift system for the Great Hall has been ordered. The staff of Opportunity School and our own Children’s Ministry are preparing to shift their operations to make way for abatement and demolition in the the first floor of the Children’s Education building. Parking will be limited as work continues in the west parking lot on the new youth facilities. As many members who have undergone renovations to their homes and businesses can attest, this is going to get messy. And though it seems the inertia of getting a multimillion dollar job off the ground is great, we serve a God who is greater! Now, as much as ever, is the time to lift this project to the Lord in prayer and supplication, asking for His wisdom and guidance for our general contractor, Casey Wood; our architects, Bill Merriman and John Montag; our friends at Opportunity School like Jill Goodrich and her staff; and our own staff here at First Presbyterian. We praise Him for the overwhelming support of you, the congregation, and your faithful insight, prayer, and monetary commitments to see this inspired vision come to reality. ​ We also want to thank all of you who are partnering with us on this project financially. These exciting changes will serve our community for years to come and grow the Kingdom of Christ! North Entrance Under Construction ​ You may have noticed that our North Entrance is under construction at the moment. We're sorry for any inconvenience to those of you who normally park on the north side of the building, but we're looking forward to an updated North Entrance including an accessible ramp, a larger upper landing, and beautiful signage portraying our name along 11th Street. Once inside the Great Hall, a new single-person lift for ease of mobility will be featured on the north side of the Narthex entrance. Here is what's included in Phase I of our GROW Across Generations Capital Campaign 1) A new 5,500 square foot A&O House that accomplishes the stated goals of the Youth Ministry and is energy-efficient, easily accessed, and beautifully designed. It will be both completely modern in function and classically reminiscent of the architecture of the original structure. 2) A wonderful update to our North Entrance including an accessible ramp, a larger upper landing, and beautiful signage portraying our name along 11th Street. Once inside the Great Hall, a new single-person lift for ease of mobility will be featured on the north side of the Narthex entrance. 3) A renovated and updated Children’s Education wing complete with modern access control and security features, a fire suppression system, a more visitor-friendly and inviting aesthetic, and new interior and exterior play spaces for a wider range of ages. Much inquiry, thought, and planning has gone into the design of this remodeled first-floor, and it will be highly functional for our children, staff and parents. 4) New site work including: removal of the existing A&O house, replacement and expansion of the south parking lot to include more senior parking, removal of the storage facility along 10th Street to allow better viewing of the campus, and a new storage facility on the west block. ​ Murray's House on 6th Street As a church, we made the important decision to give to missions a tithe of what money we raised. Part of that money will go to world missions, and part of it will stay here in Amarillo. We're all excited about Murray's House, the storefront on 6th street we purchased for an outreach center, that's being worked on and renovated so that it is ready to launch this fall. There has been significant progress made by adding two bathrooms, making it handicap accessible, LOTS of cosmetic upgrades, as well as new windows and doors. Our own members have done all the interior painting over the course of a few evenings and Saturday mornings. We’ve added a wonderful basketball and volleyball court in the lot behind the building as well as new fencing to keep it nice and secure. As the building starts to take shape, we are excited to see how God uses it to allow our church, as well as our missions partners Young Life, Speiro Legacies, and Square Mile Community Development, to meet the needs of the San Jacinto neighborhood. Ways Murray's house will be used include, but are not limited to health and nutrition classes and application, education support like tutoring, Bible studies, and after school programs… this building will truly represent the practical application of God’s love in a hurting and broken world.