What's Happening Now at FCPC?

JOIN US AT VBS! Vacation Bible School STARTS TODAY (Sunday, July 23) at 2 pm, and continues from 9 am to noon Monday-Thursday of this week! 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.

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.

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE CHURCH OFFICERS FOR 2018
and it’s as simple as filling out the form included in your bulletin. Please review the qualifications and current officers, then make your nominations and drop the completed form in the offering plate as it is passed or return it to the church office.

WE’RE EXCITED TO WELCOME
the Master Gardeners of Abilene and the surrounding area to our Me4ditation and Community Garden! We recently  finalized an agreement with the Master Gardeners making our garden one of their official community sites.  No grass grew under their feet! Gardeners immediately began working in many ways.
The Presbyterian Women are grateful for their eagerness to work alongside us to provide a beautiful downtown garden for our neighbors and friends who work in the area. If you would like to work with us, just show up between 9 a.m and 11 a.m. on a Monday or Thursday and visit with Danielle about various ways you can join the fun and fellowship! For more information contact the church office and one of the Presbyterian Women will contact you.

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.

OUR NEW ORGAN i
s not just a “pipe dream” anymore!  Highlights of what we want to do with your help includes:
  • an expanded chancel area with permanent room for grand piano as well as organ console. 
  • a larger chancel area with room for bell choir, orchestra behind the pulpit. 
  • a choral suite for choir practice, music storage, and robes.
Commitment Sunday will be August 27 with a brunch worship service in Faith Hall.  Need an organ campaign brochure?  You can pick one up at the church office!  Be sure to pray for the campaign in the coming months.

LORETTA FULTON
has started a website called SpiritOfAbilene.com – an online faith forum.  Loretta is the “religious beat” reporter for the Abilene Reporter-News. This website that will highlight a lot of the really wonderful things that are happening around our city, particularly those relating to faith.
Why not check it out? Danielle Delhomme and our First Central Community Garden Have already been featured!
If you’d like to contact Loretta to thank her or suggest an upcoming event or person or group that you think could be shared with our Abilene community, just email her at lorettafulton47@gmail.com.

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.

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.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS? NEW PHONE NUMBER?
We greatly appreciates information updates at any time Please contact the church office with any new or updated information so that we can let you know about everything going on at FCPC! Please note if a phone number is a cell number or land line—it’s very helpful to have your cell number if you have one. Email addresses are also needed!

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.

Senior High Mission Trip to New Orleans
Today (Sunday, July 23), FCPC’s 9th-12th graders will hit the road in the church van to New Orleans, LA. We look forward to a week of community building work as well as cultural exploration and worship. Camp Rhino (Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans) will be our host for the week.

Sunday Morning, July 30
All Youth – The Mug Stop

The use of emojis is one of the latest cultural hurdles faced by parents, and now they’ve made their way into a movie. Next week we’ll talk about self-image and how we express ourselves as Christians.

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.

WOULD YOU LIKE
to receive “Cliff’s Notes” or our new Mid-Week Memo via email? A good way to hear about FCPC Breaking News! Put your email address in the offering plate, visit the church website or email signup@fcpc.net and say “Subscribe to Emails”.

THE FOOD PANTRY
would greatly appreciate donations of travel sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, and other toiletries, plastic or paper grocery bags to pack food items for all our clients, as well as reusable 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 June 9,279 breakfasts have been served. In addition sack lunches including 14,959 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.

DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION FOR THE ALERT OR PEW SHEET?
We are happy to print notes of gratitude, things to celebrate as a church family, and announcements of interest to the church family at large. If you have information to submit to any of our church publications, please contact Kori in the church office or email kbarr@fcpc.net.


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