What's Happening Now at FCPC?

“PIPE DREAMS” An additional information session is being held this Thursday at noon for you to hear about and see the plans for the new organ, sanctuary refurbishment and choral suite. When you hear the details, we hope you will share our enthusiasm for this entire project! Yes, and there is a lot to share! This is a BIG endeavor which goes beyond a fine instrument replacing our aging deteriorating organ. The enhancements to the sanctuary chancel area will set the stage for worship in the future. There will be permanent room on the chancel for the grand piano as well as adequate space for bell choirs, small orchestra, etc.
This is not a fund-raising event, but simply an opportunity for you to enjoy “pipe dreams” which we pray will now become a reality. A light lunch will be provided at no charge. We want to share our excitement for this entire project with you, answer your questions and receive your suggestions for improvement you may have.
We need your RSVP by noon Wednesday to order the food. Sign up by calling the church office, using the form at the information desk or by emailing signup@fcpc.net.
A special dinner/information session for the choir and bell choir is scheduled for June 28.

GARDEN GATHERING!
Join us in the Community Garden this Wednesday, June 21st from 6:00-8:00 for a Garden Gathering hosted by FCPC Presbyterian Women! We’ll have a cookout for dinner, so bring friends and family and don’t forget your lawn chair! We will also discuss some exciting upcoming plans for the Community Garden, so be sure to join us! Can’t wait to see you there!  

2017 CAMP ROMANIA MISSION TRIP STILL NEEDS $3,000.
This group is raising funds to take 10 emerging adults from our church, presbytery, and synod, along with 7 adult sponsors. We hope you will consider a love offering to help them serve orphaned children in Tulcea County, Romania and to learn from the service organization, NOROC (New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children).

SAVE THE DATE! 
Vacation Bible School will be July 23-27. Famously, Presbyterians have said that the purpose of the life is to glorify God and enjoy God forever. This year’s VBS theme is Maker Fun Factory, where students will hear how they were created by God and made for a purpose. Don’t let your students miss the chance to play, sing, dance, and learn more about their relationships with God.

SUMMER CAMPS AT BUFFALO GAP
High School Retreat: June 18-23, $250
(Completed grades 9-12]
Middle School: June 25-30, $250
(Completed grades 6, 7 or 8)
Registration is still open, but please do so ASAP so that the camp may be better prepared. Please do not let finances keep your child from attending camp. FCPC pays part of the fee toward each child attending from our church—please pick up a form at the information desk or call the church office for more information. Additional Camperships may be available through the Presbytery, the Camp itself, or through FCPC if needed. You can register online by visiting the camp website at https://www.buffalogapcamp.org/summer-camps or visit the presbytery website at www.paloduropresbytery.org for more information.

BEQUESTS AND PLANNED GIVING
With great joy each year we give support to wonderful mission purposes through undesignated benevolences given to our church. This year the amount that is being given is $115,000. These funds are applied for by any member of our congregation who advocates for a special mission. In 2017 we received many wonderful requests. This year’s recipients are as follows:
Abilene/Big Country AMBUCS
Abilene Interfaith Council
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Blankets for the Homeless
Boy Scouts Jamboree
Buffalo Gap Encampment
Cancer Services Network
Christian Women’s Job Corp
Connecting Caring Communities
FCPC Bereavement Committee
FCPC CD Ministry
FCPC Community Garden
FCPC Youth Ministry Internship
FCPC Camp Romania Mission Trip
FCPC Signage
FCPC Website Upgrade, Media, and Marketing
FCPC Youth Mission Trip
Kenya’s Mother Esther Boarding School
Genocide Survivors
Global Samaritan Resources
InterVarsity Fellowship—Kate Perkins Denson
Kairos Prison Ministry
Leupp Presbyterian Church
Menaul School
Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly
New Beginnings
NOROC
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
Presbyterian Medical Care Mission
Rwanda Children’s Education
Wycliffe Associates—Bible Translations
Upside Down Club of Abilene/Buddy Walk
Zambia English Classes

YOUTH NEWS

Though we will continue to have Church School meetings on Sunday mornings for the Youth in the summer, there will not be any Youth events on Sunday or Wednesday nights until the fall semester.
However, we have several special events, including: High School Camp Retreat, Middle School Summer Camp, and the Senior-High Mission Trip to New Orleans. Contact kbridwell@fcpc.net or call Kristen at the church office for more details.

Sunday Morning, June 25
All Youth – The Mug Stop

In early June we celebrated “World Environment Day.” Next week we’ll spend some time exploring our place in nature and our ability to discover God in nature in new ways.

THE STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND AT FCPC
provides funding assistance to FCPC members that will allow them to pursue undergraduate or technical studies. These funds are open to all eligible church members who maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher while attending any accredited college, university, junior college, nursing school, or trade school with a minimum 2-year graduation requirement. Forms are available in the church office.  Please submit your application form by the deadline on August 15, 2017.

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.

‘YANC’ -
Our Young Adult (No Children) Group— meets on Thursdays at 7:30 pm at the Stewarts—1125 Glenwood St.

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. There are advantages to signing up early. This is a trip of a lifetime. info@fcpc.net is the place to ask for information. Brochures are available at the church office.

THE FOOD PANTRY
would greatly appreciate donations of bags with handles or backpacks for our clients who walk or ride the bus. These items help families carry their groceries back home much easier. We would also appreciate donations of snack foods and canned fruit. Thank you for your continuing support of this ministry.

B.O.B.S.
continues to serve a need. From January thru May 7,629 breakfasts have been served. In addition sack lunches including 12,349 sandwiches have been given out.
If you would like to be a part of a FCPC Thursday morning team, please contact Margaret Beasley at 692-4149.

THERE ARE HYMNALS AND PEW BIBLES TO SHARE
These worship aids are available to every group or to individuals and may be taken home for your personal library or given to other groups. Please visit the classroom on the south side of the Fellowship Hall kitchen if you are interested.

SANCTUARY AND FOYER FLOWERS
are a beautiful way to provide a memorial or honorarium for loved ones. There are openings available to purchase flowers through July until the end of the year. Flowers may be taken home after the 11 a.m. service on Sundays or donated to provide vases of flowers to homebound and hospitalized members of FCPC. If you are interested in purchasing flowers, please see the sign up sheet at the Information Desk for more details.
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