And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself REstore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. I Peter 5:10
As we begin a church program year and a new season of ministry at First Presbyterian Church, our church staff has chosen a theme for the year that leans into anticipation and hope for what God has in store for us.
That theme is “RE” -- as in the prefix that means “again” or “anew.”
Throughout the next year, in all of our ministries -- from children to seniors -- we are asking God to help us:
Do you want to REkindle your relationship with God,
REaffirm your faith and REjoice in God’s transformation?
Is it time to REconnect with your family of faith and
REengage a small group or Bible study?
Are you ready to REawaken your relationship with God and
REalign your life to God’s call?
Be on the lookout in youth group, in Bible study, in worship, in children’s
ministries,and all the ministries of FPC for the “RE” words that God will use in your life and that will characterize the next year for you.
Seek ways to get involved.
We are excited to be on this journey with you and to
seek God’s REjuvenation together!
A YEAR OF “RE”
Our program theme and worship emphasis for 2021-22 is 'A year of “RE”'. For each month, our worship services will be centered around a word that begins with the prefix “RE”, which means “again,” “anew,” or “back”.† Meanwhile, our ministry and events will be planned with the goal of REengaging our community of faith after a challenging year-and-a-half.
Sunday, September 12, 2021 @ 11AM-1PM
**FUN FOR ALL** Come reconnect with other church members and friends in the parking lot for some sports-themed fun. We’ll have grilled food, a Frisbee golf course, lawn games, trivia, etc. Members and friends of the church are invited to come and hang out either by your parked car or on blankets/chairs on the lawn. Food will be provided, but please bring lawn chairs. Out of respect for members of our church who are unable to be vaccinated, we ask that everyone wear a mask and practice social distancing when not eating.
Morning Circle will meet Wednesday, September 15th at 9:30 am in the Gathering Area. All interested in fellowship and study are encouraged to come. The new study, "What my Grandmothers Taught me, Learning from the Women in Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus" will be led by Merle Gustafson. Please read the introduction and lesson 1. If you still need a copy of the study, they are available in the church workroom. The cost is $11.25. Please pay Donna in the office. Jan Beckwith will be hostess.
Looking forward to gathering again!
The “Sunday Snack” for High Schoolers
Sundays at 10:45-11:30AM
Beginning September 19th, students in grades 9-12 are welcome to stop by the Coach House at 10:45AM—even if just for a little while—for some reconnection and reflection. It will be informal, casual, and conversation-focused. Plus, a different Mystery Snack provided for each Sunday! The “Sunday Snack” will meet just outside the Coach House. Students who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks.
Family Sunday School
Beginning September 19th!!
Every Sunday morning a family devotional video will be available for you and your kiddos to watch from the safety of your home.
We totally get that this fall we need to keep our youngest children safe and protected so we want to provide to families the opportunity to do a family devotion with the help of a video and materials provided by children’s ministries.
Watch your doorstep & emails for updates and items we will drop off throughout September and October. Our hope is that this will give you and your kids a chance to learn together about Jesus and His love for all of us!!
Operation Christmas Child will
be here before we know it!
God’s work of spreading the Good News to children all over the world has not stopped but is going strong!! And we as a church are moving forward to continue to pack and send shoeboxes this Fall. Our hope is to still have a packing party on November 20th!! We continue to accept your donations and encourage folks to start collecting items either for their shoeboxes or for the packing party.
So you ask...WHAT CAN I DO?
1) Start collecting items for either your own shoeboxes or for
the Packing Party on November 20th.
2) You can drop off items for shoeboxes, extra shoeboxes, or monetary
donations to help us with shipping costs for the shoeboxes.
What to Donate
* September: School Supplies (pencils, markers, colored pencils, pencil
sharpeners, notebooks, crayons, coloring books, pencil cases).
* October: Clothing & personal Items (children size flip flops, t-shirts, shorts
or pants, socks. Hair ties & bows, combs, toothbrushes, washcloths, bars of
soap, band aids, nail clippers).
* November: Toys, stuffed animals, balls (Remember all items need to be new
and small enough to fit in a shoebox).
All items and money donations can be dropped off at the church at anytime. We have plenty of storage. (No candy, toothpaste, liquid items).
Collection week is
THANK YOU, CINDI!!!
Cindi Kyte has served as the Director of Children's Ministries for First Presbyterian Church for 17 years -- and what a gift that has been to each of us! From her engaging times up front, leading the moment for children to her behind-the-scenes work training volunteers, Cindi has served faithfully and served well. Although Cindi is officially leaving her position as Director of Children's Ministries, we are grateful that she will continue as an active part of our congregation and community.
Cindi has always been an integral part of our church staff team -- whether it was programming for children or for the entire congregation. Not surprisingly, during Cindi's tenure, our children's ministries have grown. She has a knack for finding creative solutions to challenges and one example of that is her pivot with VBS in 2020.
In prior summers Vacation Bible School had reached about 100 students and the number of volunteers it takes to hold VBS is amazing - so that was already quite an accomplishment. During COVID, Cindi reorganized VBS so that it was a virtual experience -- but more than that, she engaged families and volunteers in creating some of the different video aspects we offered.
A high level of energy, enthusiasm and care for families has been a hallmark of Cindi's ministry among us. While we will miss what Cindi brought, I am grateful for the opportunity we've had to minister together and that she will still be an active part of our church.