April, 2015

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Cliff's Notes
So then we pursue the things which make for peace
and the building up of one another.
Romans 14:19

Charles Osgood told the story of two ladies who lived in a convalescent center. Both had suffered an incapacitating stroke. Margaret's stroke left her left side restricted, while Ruth's stroke damaged her right side. Both of these ladies were accomplished pianists but had given up hope of ever playing again.

The director of the center sat them down at a piano and encouraged them to play pieces together. They did, and a beautiful friendship developed. What a picture of the church's need to work together! What one member cannot do alone, perhaps two or more could do together--in harmony.

I am not an expert on music — so correct me if I am wrong. Harmony in my book is the combining of different voices into something melodic. Harmony does not mean that everyone sings the same way. Harmony means that we pay attention to the Director who leads us in singing beautiful music.

Harmony celebrates diversity of opinion and differences in doing things. We don’t have to do everything alike in our church. We also don’t have to think alike in our church. One of the wonderful things about being a Presbyterian is that we embrace diversity as we try our best to follow Christ.

Take the disciples for example — what a diverse crowd they were! There were fishermen and zealots and a tax collector, etc. Jesus didn’t choose disciples that were exactly alike.

Disagreements are inevitable.

There will always be opposing viewpoints and a variety of perspectives on most subjects. Tastes differ as well as preferences. That is why they make vanilla and chocolate and strawberry ice cream, why they build Fords and Chevys, Chryslers and Cadillacs, Hondas and Toyotas. That is why our nation has room for Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals---and moderates.

The tension is built into our system. It is what freedom is all about, including religious freedom.

I am fairly firm in my theological convictions, but that doesn't mean you (or anyone) must agree with me.

All this explains why I place so much importance on leaving "wobble room" in our relationships. One's theological persuasion may not bend, but one's involvements with others must.

Thank you FCPC Family for the beautiful Easter Lily you sent me — it is extremely beautiful with so many blossoms. You are special to me!
Love and hugs, Jo Bright

The Lackey family wishes to convey our sincerest appreciation for your prayers, cards, and visits during our loved one passing. We are truly blessed to have a special church family and thankful for all you have done.
Blessings, Tom and Dee Lackey

Dear FCPC Family,
All the Andrews are so thankful for the overwhelming gifts of food, cards, hugs and the love God has shown through each of you. Thanks especially to Cliff and Janice for the thoughtful, loving picture of Mac. Thank you to Becky, Claudia and Larry for the beautiful music. We have been comforted and uplifted during this time of sadness.
Love, the Mac Andrews family.

Dear FCPC,
Your generosity in opening your facilities to Bible Study Fellowship is greatly appreciated. WE want to thank you for hosting BSF for the 2014-2015 class year. We count it a privilege to share with you in the Lord’s service.
The vision of Bible Study Fellowship is to teach the Bible and train leaders for the church. Your participation and support encourages us as we continue in this ministry. We rejoice when we hear of lives that have been transformed through the study of God’s Word, and we know you do as well.
We pray that you and your church will be greatly used in the ministry God has given you. May God, by His power, fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.
For the fame of Christ in the nations,
Susan C. Rowan, Executive Director, BSF
We extend our sympathy to Frances Williamson and family on the death of Frances’ mother Patricia Wilson, to Mike Fala and family on the death of Mike’s stepfather Ted Jorgensen, and to Sherry Hirsch on the death of her sister Dr. Karen Alldridge.

New Members
We warmly welcome Sara Snowden to the First Central Presbyterian Family. Sara joined the church on March 22nd.

Around First Central
Save the Date—Dinner for 7!
“Dinner for 7” is coming Saturday, May 16! This is a GREAT opportunity to get to know other FCPC Church Family Members. One person provides a main course and opens up their home for 5-6 others to bring sides and desserts. Breaking Bread has always been one of the best ways to get to know other people and that’s what this is all about—Food and Fellowship. If you would like to participate, there are sign-up sheets for Hosts and Guests on the Information Desk in the foyer. Hosts and their Guests will be matched up and notified by Monday, May 11. Childcare will be available at FCPC. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Everyone loves a gift!
Make-up samples and small gifts for Romanian Grannies and Teens are a great way to help our friends in Romania. Cosmetics, soaps, cosmetic travel bags, small samples including perfume and jewelry, and bonus gifts received when you purchase cosmetics such as Clinique. Small gifts and extra jewelry are also welcome. We are asking for unwanted items that you will never use. Please leave your items at the church office before the end of April. Thank you for helping to send special gifts to NOROC’s Big Hearted Grannies and teenage girls at our camp.

It’s time for Christian Adults Night Out!
CANO (Christian Adults Night Out) is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with other families at the church while enjoying a meal. CANO is held once a month and hosted at the home of a church member. You are invited to join the CANO group for good food and fun fellowship! This month’s CANO will be Friday the 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Carlos and Joyce Talley, 2509 Elmwood. Jesse and Carol Reece will be co-hosting. To RSVP, call the Talleys at 692-0063. Childcare will be available at the church from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. We hope you’ll join us!

Parent’s Night Out
Need a night away from the kids?  Childcare will be available on Friday, April 24 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Parents are also invited to join the Director of Christian Education, Jacob Snowden, and his wife at the Beehive during this time.  Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, April 22.

Helping Hands Paint Day Results!
An awesome salute to all who took part in Paint Day on April 11.  We painted Ms. Cecelia Jones' house a delicious chocolate brown with delectable pink trim!  And she is delighted and very grateful to you all!  As for the time it took, we were so proficient, lunch had to be re-named brunch! 
Totals: 24 people worked on the "Paint Day" project in some manner from set up through clean up... 
           10 additional people provided "brunch" for the workers in the form of food or other items, transportation/coordination, and set up.
Involved were:  Ken McComas (although not able to be present on Paint Day, Ken provided leadership in many ways in our run-up to it); Kenneth Barr, Margaret Beasley, Garrett Briggs, Irve Brown, Bud Cummings, Steve Daniel, Danielle Delhomme, Beverly Ellison, Ralph Hoover, Kerri Key, Joe Kimbrough, Bettsy Paige, Kenny Paige, Ron Pope, Bill Rister, Ralph Smith (cutting the yard prior to Paint Day), Jacob Snowden, Sara Snowden, Cliff Stewart, Jim Sullivan, Cisco Villajuana, Norm Ward, and Allen Wright.
Brunch Bunch:  Elizabeth Barr, Marlene Briggs, Bill Core, Andrea Ford, Beverly Hoover, Beverly Kimbrough, Dorothy King, Sue Lucas, Anca Pacararu, and Evie Stewart.  

Thank you and Salutes for Your efforts in Christian service!  And thanks be to God's providence of a day free of rain to do our service!
Garrett Briggs
OHH Dispatcher

The Alert has gone Digital!

The Alert, our monthly church newsletter, will be available online starting this month!  Members for whom we have an up-to-date email address will receive the Alert in digital format.  A print version of the newsletter will still be offered to those for whom we do not have a current email address or still prefer the printed edition.  If you receive the digital version of the Alert by email but would like to switch your subscription back to print, please email kbarr@fcpc.net or contact the church office.
A small number of print copies will also be available at the information desk after the monthly Alert is published.
These changes will help us save on postage and paper and we think will be as effective as mailing.  Let’s give it a try. Again, we are happy to send you the Alert in the way that you prefer.  The important thing is that you stay up to date with the ministry and mission of our church.
If you have additional friends and/or family who you would like to receive the Alert by email, please share their contact information with us.

Nursery Worker Needed!
We are seeking an additional child care provider. Are you or someone you know interested in caring for the children in our nursery regularly on Sundays, occasional Wednesday evenings (choir practice) and every other Friday?  This is a paid position. Contact jsnowden@fcpc.net or call the church office for more details.

Chilly in the Sanctuary?
The Knit and Crochet Group is busy making shawls for those who get chilled during church to pick-up in the foyer as they enter for worship and then return afterwards. If you would like to help knit or crochet a shawl, the dimensions are to be 6-ft. by 18”-24”. You choose the yarn and the color! If you would like to join us on Wednesday mornings, the group gathers in the Minter Room from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. “Come when you can. Leave when you must!”

Spring Into B.O.B.S. Fundraiser
The Feinstein Foundation has suspended its annual grant program, so in lieu of that, Breakfast on Beech Street is running its own spring fundraising campaign. A local anonymous donor has generously offered to do a percentage matching of all contributions received between March 1 and April 30 (similar to Feinstein), so your dollars will go a little further if you donate now. Donations can be made through FCPC with notation “for B.O.B.S.” For more information, contact Margaret Beasley at 692-4149.

PW Mini-Mission
Presbyterian Women are collecting items for the Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Encampment, such as toilet paper, paper towels, 39 gallon trash bags and pump hand soaps. Place items in the Mission Barrel in the foyer and they will be collected weekly until the end of May. Thank you for your support!

Drivers Wanted
Would you like to help your FCPC family in a unique and substantial way? We need additional drivers willing to transport non-driver members to church on Sunday, and then back to their respective home after worship. The privilege may be once a month…or possibly less. Would you consider this as a way you might serve your church family and if you feel called, please contact Yvan Randriasandratriniony at either 232-1153 or at ryvan84@yahoo.fr

Prayer Requests
Praying throughout the week for you and the concerns of your heart is a group of people we refer to as the Prayer Chain or Prayer Band. Each Monday the prayer requests submitted on the BLUE PRAYER CARDS in the pew rack are sent to each member of this group (unless specified on the card that the request is for pastors only). Throughout the week as people contact the church with prayer requests, these are also shared with the Prayer Chain. All concerns remain on the prayer list for one month and can be requested repeatedly to remain on the prayer list indefinitely. If you would like the Prayer Chain to join you in prayer for a particular person or situation, complete one of the BLUE PRAYER CARDS and place it in one of the PRAYER BOXES located by the side doors of the sanctuary and also in the foyer. If you feel called to pray and would like to know more about participating in the Prayer Chain, please note on a BLUE PRAYER CARD and you will be contacted.

Mother’s Day Roses
Honor your mother by helping others! Contribute to our Rose Reflections in 2015. This FCPC tradition donates the money collected from the sale of long-stemmed red roses to the Noah Project, which provides a safe refuge for victims of family violence and their children. Roses are available for $3 each and may be purchased in memory or honor of that special mother or grandmother in your life. These roses will be used to help decorate the sanctuary on Mother’s Day and may be taken home following the worship service. To order roses, please use a Rose Reflections form. Forms are available in the church office, in printed copies of the Alert, and in Sunday bulletins until May 3rd. Please return all forms to the church office by noon on Wednesday, May 6th.

Weekly Flowers
Sanctuary and foyer flowers are a beautiful way to provide an honorarium or memorial for loved ones. These flowers decorate our worship area on Sunday mornings and are available to take home or distribute to homebound members after the week’s services have concluded. The cost is $80 for one Sunday. Please see the sign-up sheet at the information desk for more details.

Cliff’s Notes
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Record Updates!

Help us update our records! If you have a new phone number or email address, please contact the church office so we can make sure your information is up to date. Thank you!

April and May Calendar
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April Events

Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth

Each Monday

  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends
  • 6:30 pm: Esther Bible Study

Each Tuesday

  • 9:30 am: Esther Bible Study
  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 6 pm: Youth Worship Team
  • 7 pm: Youth Bible Study
  • 7:30 pm: Sanctuary Choir Practice

Each Thursday

  • 7:30 pm: YANC (Young Adults, No Children)  

April  23

  • 7:30 pm: YANC

April 24

  • 5:30 pm: PNO (Parents Night Out)
  • 6:30 pm: CANO (Christian Adults Night Out)

April 25

  • 12 pm: Welcome Home Ultreya

April 27

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

April 28

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

May Events

Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth

Each Monday

  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends
  • 6:30 pm: Esther Bible Study

Each Tuesday

  • 9:30 am: Esther Bible Study
  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 6 pm: Youth Worship Team
  • 7 pm: Youth Bible Study
  • 7:30 pm: Sanctuary Choir Practice

Each Thursday

  • 7:30 pm: YANC (Young Adults, No Children) 

May 4

  • 5:15 pm: M&E Meeting

May 5

  • 10 am: Wesley Court Bible Study
  • 5:15 pm: CE Committee Meeting

May 8

  • 6 pm: PNO (Parents Night Out)

May 11

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

May 12

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

May 13

  • 4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting

May 16

  • Dinner for 7 (Time TBD)

May 17

  • 1:30 pm: Worship for Wesley Court

May 18

  • 5:15 pm: PW Coordinating Team Meeting
  • 7 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting

May 19

  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

May 20

  • 12 pm: Finance Committee Meeting

May 22

  • 5:30 pm: PNO (Parents Night Out)
  • 6:30 pm: CANO (Christian Adults Night Out)

May 24

  • Pentecost
  • Senior Sunday
  • 12 pm: Pentecost Luncheon / Bring a Friend!

May 25

  • Memorial Day: Church Offices Closed
  • All Normal Monday Events Cancelled

May 26

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

May 28

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya