January, 2016

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January and February Calendar

Cliff's Notes
Dear FCPC family,

​A brand new year. A new twelve months for a fresh start to learn from the past as we move forward into the future together.

With a new year, also, we have the opportunity to renew our faith in refreshing ways. Jesus’ invitation to follow him never loses its impact because a new opportunity of discipleship comes with each new day.

 Frederick Buechner offers a unique picture of the nature of faith. “Faith is the word that describes the direction our feet start moving when we find that we are loved,” Buechner says, “Faith is stepping out into the unknown with nothing to guide us but a hand just beyond our grasp.”

 

​As we find ourselves immersed in the challenge of this new year, know that you are loved by God who is ready to guide you and open up new possibilities along the path following Christ. Know, also, that despite the “unknown” you may be stepping into, one of the joys of our life together at First Central Presbyterian is pointing our feet together in the right direction and discovering the courage to trust the hand that is guiding us.


Keep on keeping on,

 


Around First Central
Budget Process 2016
We are headed toward a session adopted budget for the New Year that will be decided on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at our open budget session meeting. Here is how we get from here to there!
After the committees submit their budget requests, the Budget Committee meets to come up with a balanced, sensible budget based on income projections and our needs. This budget committee is comprised of the chairpersons from each of the committees, the deacons and Presbyterian women.
Then on Tuesday, January 26 both the congregation and the session are invited to participate in our open budget hearing at 7 PM in the sanctuary. At this meeting you have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments. The session will then vote on the proposed budget – accepting it as presented or modifying it in light of the previous discussion.
This is a fair process that allows for congregational input. For the process to work it needs your input.

Want to read the Bible over the next year?

Are you interested in A. joining a FCPC Church School Class and B. reading completely through the Bible (that would be Genesis through Revelation) over the next twelve months? The King David Class would delight in having you join us in our class and in this endeavor; we are starting on January 10, 2016. Interested? Contact Bill or Sara Core.

LOGOS is Coming!
The 2016 edition of LOGOS begins on Sunday afternoon, January 17 at 4:30 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity for children from age 5 through fifth grade. We pack a lot of activity into a 2 1/2 hour segment of time. The afternoon starts off with noncompetitive recreation. Then marvelous Bible teachers share a graded curriculum with our participants. By then we have worked up an appetite – and our dinner Dean welcomes the children to a meal around the table served family style. We conclude the evening with a segment called worship skills. At 7 PM we send our children home with a sense of enjoyment and newly acquired faith skills. The theme of Logos for January 17 is "Lives Matter". An appropriate theme for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial weekend. Lives do matter – and in particular we value this experience dedicated to our children. Approximately 30 adults comprise the Logos team. Please invite children from the community as this is designed to be not only for our children but an outreach.

New Officers for 2016
We would like to welcome the following new church officers who will be ordained and installed during Sunday morning worship on January 10:
Elders: Sue Lucas, Barbara Kelly, James Myers, Charlene Bevill, and Jonathan Roach
Deacons: Sidney Levesque, Sharra Longhofer, Luke Baker, Symphorien Angha, Sara Butler, Carlton Bell, and Andrew Stimpson
Trustees: Tom Howell, Jim Callahan, and Joyce McMillan

A Message from Jacob Snowden, DCE
See if you can fill in the blanks:
____, and it will be given you; _______, and you will find; _________, and the door will be opened for you.
If you answered with something like “ask, seek, knock,” then you are correct! Found in both Matthew 7 and Luke 11, this passage speaks powerfully to the hospitality, generosity, and grace that Jesus teaches of God and for his followers. Also, I find this passage encouraging (if not a little exhausting) because it reminds me that part of faith in the way of Jesus requires us to ask and seek. Our questions and curiosities are a clear and necessary part of our spiritual journeys.
Seekers is not exactly a new program for our Children’s CE department. In 1991, a church member was encouraged to start a chapter of A.W.A.N.A., a Bible memorization ministry, at First Central. A.W.A.N.A., which stands for “Approved Workmen are not Ashamed” (it is not as socialist as it sounds), rewarded students for memorizing and reciting Bible passages. However, for whatever reason, A.W.A.N.A. did not approve a charter here. Not to be deterred, Diane Dorway Mather created her own book of passages and illustrations, which has been hidden away for some time. The copyright on the book is dated 1991—a quarter century ago!
Beginning soon, Seekers will be revived and revamped for our students. The children in our Sunday School department will each be given a booklet of passages to read and memorize. Students are invited to recite passages to their teacher who will then sign their books. While taking scriptures to heart is a reward of its own, our students will also receive “Bible Bucks” to buy lots of goodies—from candy to a mini wind generator—in our Bible Bucks store at the end of each month for each passage they are able to recite.
Admittedly, rote memorization is not the most formative spiritual practice. However, it is also the case that learning and reciting scripture can be a powerful and helpful practice that serves one well for the course of a spiritual life. On Christmas Eve, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts were able to send video of the Earth back to Earth from space, they did so while reciting Genesis 1, “In the beginning The LORD created the heavens and the Earth.” There are countless anecdotes of people in immense stress who have recited from memory Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.”
The goal of scripture memorization is not to win Bible Bucks or to become holier than thou, but to have words of hope, encouragement, and grace on which to lean in all circumstances. I am very happy to say that FCPC will be reintroducing the Seekers program soon.

Youth Ministry News
December was a fun filled month for our Youth Group! We began the month by participating in the annual First Central Presbyterian Christmas Pageant where the youth served as the chorus for production. Several of our youth members also did a great job performing solos and duets as a part of the evening.
On the 12th, the youth headed to the Galleria Mall in Dallas for our annual Great Christmas Escape. They had an excellent time playing car games to pass the time on the road, Christmas shopping for family members, and skating around the Galleria’s beautiful Christmas tree.
This year’s Youth Christmas Party and Movie Night was a huge hit! The evening’s events included decorating the youth room with lights and paper snowflakes, a Christmas ornament white elephant gift exchange, a pancake supper which included yummy toppings, and a viewing of the new classic Christmas film, Elf! A spontaneous basketball game also broke out the in the gym to help burn off some of that sugary energy. Thanks to all the parents who helped with all of our food prep and clean up!
There are several youth events coming up in 2016. The first order of business is the re-opening of The MugStop on January 31st! As we are going to Staten Island, New York for our Senior High mission trip this summer, we are ready to start selling coffee to raise funds for our senior high students’ travel fees.
Our next big goal for 2016 is to recruit new Church School teachers for our Mid High and Senior High classes. An important part of spiritual development in the Christian life is multi-generational relationship development. We followers of Jesus, both young and old (or seasoned and sprightly for those who d
o not like the word “old”), have much to learn from one another. We want our youth to meet and develop mentoring relationships with
our adult members, and we want our adult members to meet these amazing young people! If you are interested in being a part of the the Mid or Senior High Church School teacher rotation for the semester, contact Kristen by email at kbridwell@fcpc.net or by phone at (325)677-3501.
FCPC Youth is now on Instagram! Follow us @fcpcyouth to keep up with all of our events.

Important Notice
To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please do not file your 2015 income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the church. You may lose a deduction for some contributions if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the church.

Change of address? New phone number?
The church office appreciates information updates at any time of year—but it’s especially important at the start of a new year! If your address has changed, please let us know to ensure proper delivery of your year-end contribution statement. Thank you!

Food Pantry Updates
The Food Pantry was very busy in 2015. Over the course of the year we provided 1,705 families (5,079 individuals) with food for five days. Thank you for helping to meet the needs of our community, and for your continued support.

Gratitude
We sincerely appreciate our friends at First Central for the many expressions of love and concern following the death of our daughter.  There were so many cards, gifts of food, visits, calls and prayers that words cannot express out gratitude.  We are very fortunate to be a part of a caring congregation.
Ray and Martha King

Dear FCPC, Barbara McLean and the Finance Committee,
I’m super grateful for your decision to grant me with another financial scholarship! Your support and generosity is much appreciated and not only provides financial help, but also motivation to continue studying hard! I only have 3 semesters left so I am getting close! Thank you for everything and keep being awesome!
Sincerely, Ian Moffatt

Many thanks for the lovely caroling and seeing you all. Also thanks to the women for the nice goodies– God bless you all—Keep me in your prayers.
Phyllis Core

Dear FCPC Friends,
Thank you for all your calls, visits, flowers and cards. Each one meant so much to me. How blessed I have been to have such a wonderful church family.
My love to all, Georgan Wheat

FCPC,
Thanks for opening your building to our class again. We’re having a good year with our study of Revelation.
Merry Christmas,
Terry St. Pierre, Treasurer, Evening Men’s BSF

Many thanks to all the FCPC family that came to University Place to sing the beautiful Christmas songs. What a joy to see each one and to hear you sing. Also, thanks for the poinsettia plants. They are still very pretty—the green tote bag holding the container of delicious goodies that have been truly enjoyed! Thanks for being so thoughtful.
Jo Bright
Sympathy
We extend our sympathy to Susan Cronan on the death of her father Lowell Webb, to the family of Lyle Slack, who passed away on December 9th, to the family of Donna Behrens, who passed away on December 21, and to the Lantrip family on the death of Mary Lantrip.

Congratulations and Celebrations
We would like to celebrate the following baptisms: Matthew Walker Brown, baptized December 20th, Blaine Daniel Gonzales, baptized December 27th, and Shepard David and Sippi Weiss Stewart, baptized December 27 in Fort Worth. Shepard and Sippi are the children of Josh and Annie Stewart and grandchildren of Cliff and Evie. Congratulations!

January and February Calendar
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January
February

Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School
  • 4:30 pm: LOGOS (Begins January 17)
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth
Each Monday

 

  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends (Begins January 11) 

 

Each Tuesday

  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

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

Each Thursday

  • 5:30 am: BOBS (Breakfast on Beech Street)
  • 7:30 pm: YANC (Young Adults, No Children)

January 8

  • 6 pm: PNO (Parents Night Out)

January 11

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

January 12

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

January 13

  • 4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting

January 17

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court

January 18

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

January 19

  • 9:45 am: Mary Circle
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

January 20

  • 12 pm: Finance Committee Meeting

January 21

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya

January 22

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

January 25

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

January 26

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting & Open Budget Hearing

*As February 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
  • 4:30 pm: LOGOS
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth

Each Monday

  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends

Each Tuesday

  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

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

Each Thursday

  • 5:30 am: BOBS (Breakfast on Beech Street)
  • 7:30 pm: YANC (Young Adults, No Children)

February 1

  • 5:15 pm: M&E Committee Meeting

February 2

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

February 8

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

February 9

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

February 10

  • Ash Wednesday

February 12

  • 6 pm: PNO (Parents Night Out)

February 15

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

February 16

  • 9:45 am: Mary Circle
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

February 17

  • 12 pm: Finance Committee Meeting

February 18

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya

February 21

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court

February 22

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

February 23

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

February 26

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