Excitement is building at the Maker Fun Factory!
This year’s Vacation Bible School will be July 23-27, and the theme is the Maker Fun Factory. At the Factory, students will learn that they were created by God and made for a purpose. Though we will be using an ecumenical VBS this year, like we have in years past, I am struck by how Presbyterian this year’s theme is. After all, the Westminster Shorter Catechism begins by answering what is the chief end of a person; to glorify God and enjoy God forever. This year we will have the chance to explore what that purpose might mean.
I am often struck by Vacation Bible School—how much is packed into such a short time. Lessons, snacks, games, and crafts are all a little over the top. But as another children’s minister put it to me, we do these because we grew up singing “Jesus loves the little children,” and in scripture we read that Jesus says “let the children come to me and do not hinder them.”
Vacation Bible School is an important way that church volunteers, decorators, teachers, and the adults who bring children support and show love to children because Jesus supported and showed love to children. VBS is the opposite of hindering children’s growth in faith. So be sure to save the date, mark your calendars, and tell your neighbors and their friends that we’re building something big for them to do this summer.
June Events for Youth and Emerging Adults
The summer is an interesting time for FCPC’s Youth and Emerging A
dults. As some things slow down, like weekly Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night meetings, other things ramp up, like summer camps and special events.All Summer – Church School to Continue, Mug Stop Will Remain Open.
Sunday mornings will continue as normal for the summer. We hope to see our Youth in the Mug Stop for a lesson. We also hope all you adults will stop by to get your morning coffee fix in the Mug Stop. All proceeds will go to help pay for this summer’s mission trips with Love and Care Ministries in Abilene and to New Orleans. June 4–30 – Youth and Emerging Adults to Participate in and Lead Buffalo Gap Camps
Select older Youth Group and Emerging Adult members spend most of June at Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Encampment leading the children, middle schoolers, and high schoolers of Palo Duro Presbytery for summer camp. They lead games, teach lessons, create music, and establish, or deepen, important relationships with the campers. Your prayers and encouragement during this month are appreciated!
Emerging Adults Raising Funds for CAMP ROMANIA 2017
FCPC is taking 10 emerging adults from our church, presbytery, and synod to Romania to learn from and work with NOROC, a group that works to provide New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children. We are deeply entrenched in the fundraising process, and WE NEED YOUR HELP to raise the last $4,000. One way you can give is to simply place a special offering in the plate on Sunday mornings (or send one in the mail to FCPC) designated to “2017 Camp Romania.”
Israel Trip—New Information Session
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. firstname.lastname@example.org is the place to ask for information. Brochures are available at the church office. We are offering another information session on June 11 at 4 p.m. in the Minter Room, so if you would like more information, please stop by to hear the details!
Packing for Romania
We’re packing gifts for Romania! Join the fun on Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. on the first floor of the Edgar Building. We greatly appreciate everyone’s help as we prepare for our trip to Romania.
Camp Romania Needs Your Help
The 2017 Camp Romania Mission Trip still needs $4,000. This group is r
aising 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).
Student Assistance at FCPC
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.
Join us in the Community Garden Wednesday, June 21st from 6:0
0-8:00 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!
Food Pantry Updates
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.
Breakfast on Beech Street
B.O.B.S. continues to serve a need. From January thru May 7,62
9 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.