What's Happening Now at FCPC?
All information below is presented as if the current date is September 17. This page is updated Fridays with information from the coming Sunday's pew sheet.
IT’S HOMECOMING AT FCPC! A tradition of First Central Presbyterian Church is our annual Homecoming celebration which includes “dinner on the grounds”. It is a fun, meaningful Sunday. Some of us like it because we all wear name tags! This year’s Homecoming celebration is today and will feature a luncheon after the 11 o’clock service. We welcome you to join us for fellowship and fried chicken!
LOGOS IS HERE! We’re kicking off the fall semester of Logos with School Spirit Night, so wear your school colors and bring a friend! Each Sunday night from 4:30 to 7 PM we welcome children age 5 through grade 5 for a comprehensive program which includes noncompetitive recreation, Bible study, family time with a theme-based meal followed by an experience where children learn to worship.
We begin the fall semester tonight and go through November 19. We will resume in January 2018.
Logos is designed to welcome children from the wider community – not just our church. Friends are welcome.
THE INQUIRER’S CLASS answers questions new members and visitors might have about FCPC and the Presbyterian faith. What do Presbyterians believe? How does our church work? A great class for those interested in joining, new members, or just those who want to know more about the church! All are welcome. This class, led by our senior pastor, Cliff Stewart, begins today and will meet during the Sunday School hour in the church office area. Missed this week’s class? That’s okay—feel free to join us next week!
PHOEBE’S FRIENDS is studying PRAYER: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey on Mondays in the Minter Room from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
All are welcome to attend. We have a motto: “You can never be too late or leave too early as long as we get to see you!” We hope you’ll join us for this weekly study.
Childcare is available by contacting the church office.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Hurricane Harvey and Irma are producing devastating hardships for thousands. In the past two weeks you have given over $8,500 for hurricane relief. Our children are contributing “clean-up” kits to help.
Would you like to give through FCPC? Designated gifts to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Global Samaritan, Salvation Army and Red Cross are sent immediately and directly as designated.
Be sure to designate how you wish your gift to be distributed. The essential need now is financial aid through “on the ground” agencies who are sensitive to the needs of those in harm’s way.
OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER/PROGRAMS are here again! This coming Wednesday, September 20, we welcome Joe Specht and Greg Young who are going to remember with us "Abilene in Song." Their new book about the subject is premiering at the Abilene Book Festival. This will be an excellent program about "the prettiest little town you ever did see -- Abilene". Trivia question: who was the President of the United States who attended Abilene High School?
This will be a five star presentation you will not want to miss.
Menu: Beef Stroganoff ● Steamed Veggies
Rolls ● Dessert
The format for our supper/programs is simple. We gather at 5:45 PM to eat together at table. Feel free to bring your own food or sign up by Tuesday noon before the program for our catered dinner. Then at 6:30 PM our program begins. We end at or before 7:30 PM. This fall we have a lineup that you will find meaningful and stimulating. Come and see.
THE SESSION MET and voted to go forward with the entire organ project which includes some very costly unanticipated heating/air conditioning/electrical improvements. The reality is that these improvements will prevent an accident waiting to happen in the next couple of years! We are proceeding forward with joy. “The session formally resolved to commend the congregation for its present and continuing generosity in the organ and song project.” It is not too late to give. Commitment cards are available at the welcome desk.
HOW FAMILIAR ARE YOU with the Stephen Ministry Program at FCPC? Would you like to be trained to BECOME a Stephen Minister at FCPC? There will be a one hour Stephen Ministry “Sampler”, hosted by Bill Core and Ann Giddens - to both explain what the FCPC Stephen Ministry is, and to survey your interest in being trained to be a Stephen Minister – that will be held at 7:01 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017 in Room 212. Contact either Bill or Ann in advance if you have additional questions. Please R.S.V.P. to the Church Office by no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 9-21-17 if you plan to attend.
THE ABILENE CHAMBER SINGERS, under the direction of Clell Wright (which gave their premier concert here at FCPC) will be giving a concert entitled Sacred: Ancient and Modern on Sunday, September 24, at 5:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander Street. This is a free concert and the public is invited.
GARDEN NEWS! Our Meditation and Community Garden at FCPC continues to bloom and prosper. If you’d like to help work in the garden, the gardening hours are being updated for the fall to Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 am.
In addition, the sidewalks around the garden have been replaced. Be sure to take a stroll on the new sidewalk and enjoy the new, safer walkway!
Sunday Evening, September 17
Mid-High – 5:00-6:30 PM
All Youth Dinner – 6:00-6:30 PM
Sr-High – 6:00-7:30
Each Sunday evening, the youth comes together for a game, a meal, and a lesson. Come this evening as we discuss ways we can draw closer to God.
Wednesday Evening, September 20
All Youth – 6:30 – 8:00 PM
On Wednesday night, all Youth are welcome to join us for a lively discussion and fun games at 6:30! This week’s topic is: “If Jesus was God why did he have to die?”
Sunday, September 24
Church School – 9:45 AM
All Youth – The Mug Stop
The concept of modesty is ever-evolving, and sometimes it can get weird when we encounter interpretations of it in school dress codes. Next week in Church School we’ll take a look at biblical modesty and what it means to have a sense of modesty that moves beyond appearances.
Thursday, September 21, 7:30 PM
Austin Youth Room
What is the Emerging Adults Ministry? This is meeting for anyone who has graduated from high school and who is younger than 25(ish). We will have a FREE dinner, a lesson, and fellowship. Questions? Know an emerging adult in need of a church group? Call/text Kristen at 912 -661-2925 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY SCHOOL for children (Kindergarten through 5th grade) begins on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am in the Marketplace room on the ground level down the long hallway under Fellowship Hall! We have great teachers and this is an outstanding opportunity to learn and grow. If you would like to know more specifics, please ask Jacob Snowden, DCE.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH is a wonderful place for your five year old – first grade child following the Time for Young Disciples in the 11 am service. Your child’s teacher will meet the children in the foyer right after they are dismissed from the children’s sermon. Then at the end of the service our Godly Play teacher will bring the children to the Visitor’s Desk and remain with them until parent(s) arrive.
OUR YOUNG ADULT THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP (YANC) meets at 7:30 pm every Thursday at the home of Cliff and Evie Stewart. We have begun a new study of Moses, the Reluctant Prophet. Our study begins at 7:30 followed by snacks at 8:30 pm. This is a very healthy face-to-face group that continues to build relationships with a spiritual undergirding. Besides that - it is a lot of fun. Come give it a try. 1125 Glenwood Drive is the place to be on Thursday night!
IF YOU USE A PEW ENVELOPE for your contributions, please be sure to write both your first and last name on the outside of the envelope. This will help us more easily track and record your contributions. Thank you for your help!
THE FOOD PANTRY is looking ahead. As fall arrives, our attention at the pantry turns to our Thanksgiving bags for needy families.
In September we would like to collect 225 boxes of stuffing and 150 cans of cranberry sauce. In addition, we are still accepting donations of cake mixes and icing. If each person gives generously, we can meet our goal. In addition, monetary donations are always appreciated. Thank you for your continuing support of this vital ministry.
B.O.B.S. continues to serve a need. In August 2061 guests were served breakfast (92 being youth). That brings our year's total to 12,916 breakfasts (363 being to youth). In addition, sack lunches including 20,693 sandwiches have been given out.
Your monetary donations are always appreciated, and if you would like to be a part of a FCPC Thursday morning team, please contact Margaret Beasley at 692-4149.
JESUS: HIS LIFE, HIS TIMES, HIS LAND Cliff and Evie Stewart are hosting a ten-day trip to the Holy Land beginning February 13, 2018. If you would like information we will send you a brochure. We are 6 months away! This is a trip of a lifetime. email@example.com is the place to ask for information. Brochures are available at the church office.
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