February, 2017
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 February and March Calendar
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Dear FCPC Family and Friends,

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8 AM we are hosting our 2017 Helping Hands Breakfast.

We will meet in Fellowship Hall and enjoy a breakfast—catered and underwritten by the Abilene Seafood Tavern (Dan Ray and Bill Bedford). The menu is breakfast casserole, biscuits and sausage gravy, sweet rolls, assorted fruit, coffee, virgin mimosa or straight OJ.

Breakfast and program will be completed by 9:15 AM. Steve Faehnle is our keynote speaker and is addressing the subject of “Works”.

You will have an opportunity to join the Order of the Helping Hands. And all new members of the order will receive a ceramic cross to be worn around your neck. It is a unique cross – and one you will cherish. Hand crafted by Phyllis Baum. Notice the “bolt” in the center and “nail imprint” on the cross bars.

The Order of the Helping Hands Rule of Life

I commit to live out the Sermon on the Mount as fully as I am able, and to encourage my Helping Hand members in this way of Life.

I affirm six basic values of the Order:

Discipline – In a world of whininess and entitlement we practice the discipline of the courage, toughness and sacrifice of Jesus. We willingly sacrifice our time and energy in the service of others. We see these qualities in our Lord.

Prayer – We believe transformation in the world and in ourselves begins with learning to pray. We commit to a seven minute quiet time each day which will include a guided meditation from scripture (to be emailed to each participant) along with a time of silence. Each member of the Order of the Helping Hands is to have a prayer notebook.

Love – We seek to love indiscriminately as Jesus taught us – love for “the least of these” especially. We show respect to every human being as one created by God and in God’s image.

Mission – We exist for the sake of the cause for which Christ died – the kingdom of God. We live our lives as best we can for others and commit ourselves to the task of reconciliation of those around us. We embrace the call to leave our comfort zone and be in places of darkness.

Community – We believe God’s mission in the world is to create new community, not just changed individuals. So we seek to learn to live with our brothers and sisters and place their needs over our own. We know we cannot live this life alone.

Joy – We believe this should be fun as we seek the coming-of-the-kingdom every day, and that our joy is not determined by our circumstances. We cultivate thankfulness and hope for the future.
Around First Central
FESTIVAL OF FAITH

First Central Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that our next Festival of Faith will be March 5-6, 2017 with Dr. Richard Mouw, a philosopher, scholar, and author.
Dr. Mouw has served two decades as president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where he now is professor of Faith and Public Life in the School of Theology.
Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.
Mouw has a broad record of publication. He has been an editor of the Reformed Journal and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. He is the author of 19 books, including The God Who Commands, The Smell of Sawdust, He Shines in All That’s Fair, Culture and Common Grace, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, Praying at Burger King, an expanded and revised edition of Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, and most recently, Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, and Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.
In 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded Mouw the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Mouw has also participated on many councils and boards, recently serving as president of the Association of Theological Schools. He served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue, and is a leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups.
Dr. Mouw will preach on Sunday morning, March 5 at both the 8:30 and 11 am worship services. He will also teach on both Sunday and Monday at 7 pm. A noon luncheon on Monday will be held in Fellowship Hall. The community is invited.

UPDATES FROM THE YOUTH AND EMERGING ADULTS MINISTRIES

Youth News
January moved at a fast pace and was filled with interesting discussions for the Youth. After a break for the holidays, regular Youth meetings resumed on January 4. In the middle of January, we began a special series on Sunday nights. We divided our young men and young women for discussions about gender, consent, and relationships. Our guys were led by James Bridwell, a Primary Prevention Specialist at the Noah Project (and Kristen’s spouse!), while the ladies were led by Kristen. We had fun talking about our families and friends, dating, and what it’s like to be young women and men.
We had two events centered around pure FUN in the beginning of February! The first was the Mid-High Mystery Trip on the 3rd and 4th. The Mystery Trip is a FCPC Youth tradition where the Youth Leadership and the parents of our middle-school-aged students plan a trip, about which we do not reveal any details to the Mid-High Youth except for the trip date. This year, we went to Fort Worth for an evening of high-flying fun at the Flight Deck Trampoline Park, a special morning where we ate breakfast and watched a movie at the Hulen Movie Tavern, and an afternoon of adventurous exploration at the Fort Worth Zoo. On Sunday the 5th, our Senior-High Youth had their turn for fun with a Senior-High Only Super Bowl Party!
We have another event planned in February with the potential to produce a great and lasting impact on the hearts and minds of our Youth Group. This year on February 24th and 25th, the Youth will participate in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. This event has several activities and goals associated with it. First, our Youth will raise funds to help end child hunger around the world in the weeks leading up to the event. Second, they will participate in a 30-hour-long juice fast to learn about the spiritual discipline of fasting and to learn empathy for those who go without food every day. Third, we will have a lock-in at the church where they will have opportunities for worship, learning, and serving. The event will end at 6:30 PM on Saturday, February 25th, with a group dinner to break our fast. If you would like to learn more about World Vision or the 30 Hour Famine, visit https://www.30hourfamine.org/. Do you want to help us raise funds to end childhood hunger? Our goal is to raise at least $4200 — enough to feed and care for 10 children for just over a year. Visit http://youth.worldvision.org/participant/FCPCabileneYOUTH
to give or give funds directly to one of the Youth.
Do you want to keep up with what the Youth Group has going on? Follow us on Instagram @fcpcyouth for pictures and videos. Download the GroupMe app and email Kristen at kbridwell@fcpc.net to receive text messages about events. If you want to receive calendar reminders, send Kristen your email address and she will send you the subscription list.

Our Youth Group is Participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine
WHAT: For 30 hours, we’re going hungry and participating in a juice fast to raise funds to help hungry children around the world.
WHY: Every day, nearly 8,000 kids are dying from hunger-related causes. The clock is ticking and we are acting now!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. Give. Every $35 we raise can help feed and care for a child for one month. Make checks out to World Vision and give them to the contact person below, or visit our fundraising page at http://youth.worldvision.org/participant/FCPCabileneYOUTH.
2. Volunteer. There are many ways you can help. Join us for an eye-opening Famine weekend.
3. Pray. Ask God to bring us together and to help those in need every day.
WHEN: February 24-25, 2017
Our goal: We’re raising $4200 to help feed and care for 10 kids for one year.

Attention High School Seniors!
Palo Duro Presbytery has scholarships available for students who attend churches within the Presbytery. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 1st, so visit the Presbytery website at www.paloduropresbytery.org and click on the ‘Publications’ link to review the Celebration Scholarship information before time runs out!

Emerging Adults Ministry
We have completed our first month of Emerging Adult meetings of the Spring semester, and, boy, do we have an eclectic and fun group! Our new Emerging Adult Ministry is comprised of young people who have graduated from high school and are currently in the work force, university students, and a few individuals pursuing master’s degrees. This diversity has led to some very interesting conversations about the canonization of the Bible, The Old Testament, and the Gospels. We meet every Tuesday during the university school calendar from 7:30-9. At these meetings, our emerging adults eat a free meal and discuss a lesson topic. If you know an emerging adult looking for a place to explore their faith that lives in Abilene, contact Kristen at kbridwell@fcpc.net or call the church office.

EVEN MORE NEWS AND EVENTS FROM FCPC

Congregational Meeting
A Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 26, following the 11 a.m. worship service for the purpose of hearing the annual report, approving changes in pastor’s compensation and election of the 2018 nominating committee. All members of FCPC are encouraged to attend.

Bequests & Planned Giving
The Bequests & Planned Giving Committee oversees, for the Session, special gifts that have been given to the church that are not designated for a specific purpose. Each year the committee seeks mission oriented requests from members of our congregation. The Bequest Committee reviews the requests and makes a recommendation to the Session who approves the distributions. To apply for a portion of these funds, a one-page written request must be received from a member of the congregation, stating the suggested amount requested, along with an explanation as to how these monies will be used in the cause of Christ.  Your written requests should be sent to the church office – Attention:  Bequests and Planned Giving. Requests due by March 30.

What Does It Mean To Be A Presbyterian?
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, meets during the Sunday School hour in the church office area. Join us next week even if you don’t make it this week!

Women's Sunday Evening Bible Study
Please join us beginning Sunday, February 19th from 5:00-6:00 pm in the  Disciples’ Classroom (#212) as we explore the topic of "Everyday Faith."  Have you ever wondered how to keep your "Sunday Faith" alive during the week--during those ordinary daily routines, and  frequent "ups and  downs?"  We'll be exploring this issue each Sunday by watching a series of brief videos and then discussing the accompanying questions.  There's bound to be a lot to talk about.  See you there!!  Facilitated by Debbie Farmer, Linda Williams and Sue Lucas. Please contact the church office with any questions.
Gratitude
Thank you for the delivery of the beautiful flowers (from church service) to me at Wisteria.
Nelda Armstrong

Dear FCPC,
We at PCHAS are so grateful to you for remembering us with your giving in 2016! Thank you so much for your generous gifts to help us strengthen families and help children that have experienced trauma.
With appreciation, Ginny Lynch

Thank you very much for prayers and support. I am not fully recovered yet but get a little better every day, thanks to your prayers.
Florentina Brown

Merry Christmas! Thank you for your recent generous gift toward my work with college students in mission in Washington DC! I’m honored to have you all “behind” me.
This coming semester looks exciting—we’ll be hosting 5 weeks of mission teams in low in come areas of DC from February–March, including one group of young professionals/graduate students. This summer we’ll be praying for 12-15 students to serve for the entire summer with one specific organization.
As I enter my 10th year in ministry, I’m especially grateful for long-term partners like you all.
Many Blessings,
Kate Perkins Denson,
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

I wish to thank everyone of First Central for sharing with me the many beautiful flowers during the Christmas holiday. All cards from Lifeline council were also appreciated, especially “The Prayer for the New Year 2017”.
Sincerely,
Dora L. Henry

A profound thank you to the Helping hands who cleaned up my yard after a fire destroyed my shed. You’re the best.
Nancy Smith

Dear Members,
Thank you for the blankets and coats donated to Love and Care Ministries. With the generosity of caring donors such as you we are able to reach as many people as we do. We are forever grateful for the friendships and contributions from others.
God Bless You,
Mark Hewitt, Executive Director

Sympathy
We extend our sympathy to Marcie Prachyl and family on the death of her father, Fred William Hall, to Kandy Bell and family on the death of her father, to Robert Hanna and family on the death of his grandfather Robert Ulysses Hanna, and to Steve and Chris Faehnle on the death of Joey Faehnle, who lived in San Antonio.

Congratulations and Celebrations
We would like to celebrate the birth of the following children:
Sadie Kate Rister, born January 22, daughter of Kristen & Arron Rister. Great-grandparents at FCPC are Karyl & Bill Rister.
Brayden Joseph Kiser, born January 27, son of Natalie & TJ Kiser. Grandparents at FCPC are Carolyn & Fred White.
Roosevelt Wilder Egan, born January 30, daughter of Claire & Alec Egan. Grandparents at FCPC are Chesley & Chuck Martin and great-grandparents are Roxy & Bill Cox.
Blakey Grace Zimmerman, born January 31, daughter of Jackie & Andy Zimmerman. Grandmother at FCPC is Shari Dozier Hendricks.
Naomi Hope Wasdin White, born February 6, daughter of Marie & Greg White. Grandparents at FCPC are Carolyn & Fred White.

New Members
We are pleased to warmly welcome Linda Short to the FCPC family!



February and March Calendar
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February March

Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School
  • 4:30 pm: Logos
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth

Each Monday

  • 7 am: Men's Morning Study
  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends

Each Tuesday

  • 1-3 pm: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open
  • 7:30 pm: Emerging Adults

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 5:45 pm: Wednesday Night Dinner & Program
  • 6:30 pm: Handbell Choir Practice
  • 6:30 pm: All Youth Gathering
  • 7:30 pm: Sanctuary Choir Practice

Each Thursday

  • 5:30 am: BOBS (Breakfast on Beech Street)
  • 3-5 pm: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 5:30 pm: Guitar Group (Except 16th)
  • 7:30 pm: Young Adults, No Children (YANC)

February 10

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)

February 13

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

February 14

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

February 15

  •  4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting

February 16

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya Fellowship

February 19

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court

February 20

  • 5:15 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • 5:45 pm: PW Coordinating Team Meeting

February 21

  • 12 pm: Finance Committee Meeting
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

February 24

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)
  • Youth Lock-In/30 Hour Famine

February 25

  • 8 am: Helping Hands Breakfast
  • Youth Lock-In/30 Hour Famine

February 26

  • 12 pm: Congregational Meeting

February 27

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

February 28

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

*As March approaches, be sure to watch the Pew Sheet and future calendars for updated dates and times for all our church activities! 

Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School

Each Monday

  • 7 am: Men's Morning Study
  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends

Each Tuesday

  • 1-3 pm: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open
  • 7:30 pm: Emerging Adults (Except 14th)

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 5:45 pm: Wednesday Night Dinner/Program (Except 15th)
  • 6:30 pm: Handbell Choir Practice
  • 6:30 pm: All Youth Gathering
  • 7:30 pm: Sanctuary Choir Practice

Each Thursday

  • 5:30 am: BOBS (Breakfast on Beech Street)
  • 3-5 pm: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 5:30 pm: Guitar Group (Except 16th)
  • 7:30 pm: Young Adults, No Children (YANC)

March 5

  • Festival of Faith
  • 7 pm: Worship Service

March 6

  • Festival of Faith
  • 12 pm: Festival of Faith Luncheon
  • 5:15 pm: M&E Committee Meeting
  • 5:15 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • 7 pm: Worship Service

March 7

  • 5:30 pm: CE Committee Meeting

March 8

  • 4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting

March 10

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)
March 13
  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

March 14

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

March 16

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya Fellowship

March 19

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth

March 20

  • 5:15 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • 5:45 pm: PW Coordinating Team Meeting

March 21

  • 12 pm: Finance Committee Meeting
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

March 24

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)
  • Youth Spring Retreat @ Mo-Ranch

March 25

  • Youth Spring Retreat @ Mo-Ranch

March 26

  • 4:30 pm: Logos
  • Youth Spring Retreat @Mo-Ranch

March 27

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

March 28

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting