July, 2017
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July and August Calendar

VBS 2017!

Around First Central
FCPC Meditation and Community Garden Welcomes Master Gardeners

We’re excited to welcome to FCPC’s Meditation and Community Garden the Master’s Gardeners (MG) of Abilene and the surrounding area! Recently an agreement between FCPC and the Master Gardeners was finalized and our new friends didn’t let the grass grow under their feet. Within a couple of weeks the MG were ready to “dig-in.”

Each week people stop by to comment on the garden. Some have even given plants, made monetary contributions, or rolled up their sleeves to help!

Recently K-TAB contacted FCPC about doing a story on the Master Gardeners’ decision to make the FCPC garden one of its official community sites where MG gardeners can earn MG hours. What a blessing it is to have the MG working alongside FCPC to provide a beautiful downtown garden for the community to enjoy.

The Presbyterian Women invite you to join them in the garden any Monday or Thursday morning (9-11 a.m. during the summer months) or visit with Danielle Delhomme about a variety of ways to be involved at your convenience. There’s always something to plant, prune or pick in the FCPC garden!

Garden Gathering!

Join us in the Community Garden Wednesday, July 19 from 6:00-8:00 for a Garden Gathering hosted by FCPC Presbyterian Women! We’ll have a ‘build your own’ Summer Salad Bar for dinner, so bring friends and family and don’t forget your lawn chair! We may meet inside due to the weather, but this is a great time to meet up with friends and enjoy fellowship together!

Youth and Emerging Adults News

Buffalo Gap Camp
Several of our youth and emerging adults have spent the month of June both leading and participating in church camp under the oaks at Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Encampment. This month has been as busy as it has been fruitful! Check out the camp’s Facebook Page for videos and photos of this year’s “Peacemakers” camp.

Senior High Mission Trip to New Orleans

On July 23rd, 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.

Praising God in Organ and Song!

Our new organ is 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.

An Update on FCPC’s Africa Missions

What's going on in Kenya, Africa, that matters to the folks at First Central Presbyterian Church? Garrett Briggs and Lynn Beal traveled there last September, and now there's a second trip underway. Garrett and Lynn left on Sunday, July 9 and plan to come back July 16.

The long-range objective of our Mission Committee's goal in Africa is to find out what FCPC can do to improve water conditions for some Maasai communities living in the remote, semi-arid region around Nairobi. Our extra ingredient for this trip is Kisemei Kupe. Maasai by birth, Kisemei understands the Maasai culture; he has pastored a Christian church in Nairobi; and he has been part of successful water-well drilling in the part of Kenya where we are focused! How did we come to meet Kisemei? He "just" showed up in Abilene last Fall, unknown to us, to enter Logsden Seminary! Speak of the Holy Spirit at work behind the scenes!
Water boreholes can be risky and expensive unless approached with great caution. Kisemei will help immeasurably in that regard. But what can we do in the meantime to show the sincerity of FCPC's mission-mindedness? Oh yes, there is the Mother Esther School for girls! PCEA (Presbyterian Church of East Africa) has made a focus in recent years to elevate the very stifled status of young girls by the traditional view within the male-dominated culture of the Maasai Thus, our short-range goal this time in going to the Mother Esther school will be for the presentation of our mission gifts--books, play equipment, and needed tables and chairs.

It is a harsh place--that semi-arid region of South Kenya. We give thanks that there is a far bigger God, who is a loving and gracious Lord over it all, and that FCPC now has a part, small though it seems, in God's plan for this long-range partnership to benefit the Maasai people!

Check out the Spirit of Abilene site!

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, you may contact Loretta by emailing her at lorettafulton47@gmail.com.

Breakfast on Beech Street

B.O.B.S. continues to serve a need. From January through 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.

Dear FCPC,
Thank you for your donations to our Boy Scout Jamboree garage sale. We had a great sale and reached our goal. Thank you for your generosity!
Blessings, Nathan & Jacob

The flowers arrived and they are very beautiful. Thank you so very much for sending them to me.
Louise Mohr

Thank you so much for the money to buy Bibles for the women in New Beginnings!
Patricia Russell

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your support of the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission. Your commitment to helping the less fortunate in our community with their primary health care needs is greatly appreciated. Because of your gracious gift, we can give our patients the gift of hope and the assurance we are committed to making a difference and improving their health. On behalf of the Mission’s patients, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, thank you. May you be blessed as you have so graciously blessed us.
Sincerely, Debra Burchett, Executive Director

Dear FCPC,
You are making a real difference in the lives of people, particularly children and youth. I am reminded of them this week because we have two conferences running at this time: Junior High Jubilee and Multi-Cultural Youth. Many of these children are here by virtue of our ability to extend scholarship. You make this possible. Thank you.
Dick Powell, President and CEO, Mo-Ranch

Dear First Central,
It is with gratitude that we acknowledge the very generous donation to our PCHAS Child & Family Program. Thank you so much for the support you give that enables PCHAS to serve children and families in need.
Ginny Lynch, Senior Development Officer

Dear Friends,
Thank you kindly for allowing our youth group to use your gym last week. When we were homeless, you gave us a place; thank you for your hospitality! May you be blessed.
St. Paul UMC Youth

Dear FCPC,
Last month, thanks to your help, twenty-one students graduated from Menaul School. You are a big part of our 99% graduation rate! Donations from caring people like you help us to continue to educate our students in Mind, Body, and Spirit. Thank you again for your faithful support.
With Best Wishes, Lindsey R. Gilbert Jr.
President and Head of School

Thank you for your gift to Wycliffe Associates for empowering national Bible translators to bring God’s Word to men, women, and children around the world who are without it in their own language. Your generosity is changing lives for eternity.
In Christ,
Bruce Smith, President/CEO

Dear Friends at FCPC,
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Connecting Caring Communities, thank you for your continued support! We are encouraged and inspired by your commitment to live out Jesus’ calling to love your neighbor by serving each other and your community. We are blessed to partner with you all as we continue to expand our work throughout the Abilene community.
Blessings, Terry Cagle, Executive Director

Dear FCPC,
NOROC Children in Romania thanks you for your donation to Big-hearted Grannies, Teachers, and Friends. Your prayers and financial support are greatly appreciated and truly needed!
Together in Christ’s Service,
Carolyn White

The Big Country AMBUCS Chapter thanks you for your generous support. Your donation will make a child very happy.

Dear Friends,
On behalf of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, thank you for your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing. Your gift impacts thousands of people around the world who are recovering from both natural and human-caused disasters.
With sincere gratitude,
Bryce Wiebe, Director, Special Offerings

Dear FCPC,
Receiving your gift brightened our day. We extend our sincere appreciation to you for embracing the mission of Cancer Services Network and the support we offer to those diagnosed with cancer.
Nancy Tyler, Executive Director

Dear FCPC,
Thank you for your continued support of our annual Buddy Walk event. Your generosity means so much to our family as well as all individuals with Down Syndrome. We will continue to promote acceptance and awareness within our community. Thank you again!
The Upside Down Club
and Jon, Susan, Jacob and Hannah Pate

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your generous gift to Noah Project. Because of you, women or men, their children, and unaccompanied youths who call our 24 hour crisis line or come to our gate in danger will be met with encouragement and empowerment for the challenges ahead.
For the survivors,
Crystal Parker, Donor Relations Specialist

We extend our sympathies to the family of Joe Owen, who was pastor of First Presbyterian and then FCPC from 1967-1973, and to Sally and Jim Callahan on the death of their brother-in-law Norbert Johnson of Shreveport and brother-in-law LT. Baker, Jr. of Grapevine.

Congratulations and Celebrations
We would like to celebrate the birth of Karter Lucas Baum, son of Jeremy & Meghan Baum; proud grandparents at FCPC are David & Phyills Baum, and the birth of Benjamin Rex Byrd, son of Ryan & Amanda Byrd; proud grandparents at FCPC are Barry & Vicki Byrd.

We also celebrate the baptisms of Victoria Rodriguez, Cade McDonald, James Taylor (J.T.) Partin, and Roosevelt Wilder Egan, daughter of Alec & Claire Egan.

New Members
We are pleased to warmly welcome D. Grant Smith and Nadine Maombi to the FCPC family!

July and August Calendar
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July August

Each Sunday

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

Each Monday

  • 7 am: Men's Morning Study
  • 9-11 am: Garden Ministry Work Time

Each Tuesday

  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group

Each Thursday

  • 5:30 am: BOBS (Breakfast on Beech Street)
  • 9-11 am: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 5:30 pm: Guitar Group

July 19

  • 6 pm: Garden Party

July 23

  • 2 pm: Vacation Bible School

July 24

  • 9 am: Vacation Bible School
  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

July 25

  • 9 am: Vacation Bible School
  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

July 26

  • 9 am: Vacation Bible School

 July 27

  • 9 am: Vacation Bible School

July 28

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out

*As August 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
  • 9-11 am: Garden Ministry Work Time

Each Tuesday

  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 6:30 pm: Handbell Choir Practice
  • 7:30 pm: Sanctuary Choir Practice

Each Thursday

  • 5:30 am: BOBS (Breakfast on Beech Street)
  • 9-11 am: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 5:30 pm: Guitar Group
  • 7:30 pm: Young Adults, No Children (YANC) (Except 3rd)

August 1

  • 5:30 pm: CE Committee Meeting

August 7

  • 5:15 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • 5:15 pm: M&E Committee Meeting

August 8

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

August 9

  • 4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting

August 11

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out

August 13

  • Communion
  • The Big Splash (Tentative)

August 14

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

August 15

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

August 20

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court
  • Youth-Parent Meeting

August 21

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

August 22

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

August 25

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out

August 27

  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High YOuth

August 28

  • 6:30 pm:  Martha Circle
  • School Begins (AISD)

August 30

  • 6:30 pm: All Youth Gathering