June, 2017
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Pipe Dreams! :: Around First Central
Celebrating Our Graduates
Gratitude :: Sympathy
Congratulations and Celebrations :: New Members
June and July Calendar

Pipe Dreams!
Gradually over the years we have become aware of the need to repair or replace our sanctuary organ. One third of the organ is presently unusable. $350,000 would be required to repair the organ. The decision was made to replace the organ rather than repair it. A new organ will not only be more cost effective over its lifetime, it will also be a better instrument designed to accompany our worship.

I am pleased to report that a donor has given $800,000 to purchase a new organ constructed by Garland Pipe Organs based in Fort Worth. This is an extraordinary gift and, in fact, the largest single gift ever given to our local church. Upon receiving the gift, the session authorized Garland Pipe Organ Builders to begin the three-year long process of building the new organ, refurbishing as many of our old pipes as possible and adding new pipes as needed. The result will be a melodic instrument that will grace our sanctuary for decades to come. The projected completion will be December 2018.

Two information sessions are offered for you to hear more about the plans. Noon on June 13 and 6:30 pm on June 14. These are an opportunity for you to enjoy “pipe dreams” which we pray will now become a reality. A light lunch and/or dinner will be provided at no charge at each session. We want to share our excitement for this entire project and with you answer questions you may have. We need your RSVP to order the food. Sign up by calling the church office (677-3501), or at the information desk or signup@fcpc.net.
The new Garland pipe organ will require tasteful refurbishments to our sanctuary that include modifications to the chancel area. The choir loft will no longer be subdivided by the organ console. The new organ console will be on “stage” right and our grand piano will be on “stage” left. Will it not be wonderful to have both of these instruments as a part of our worship? The organ console will be moveable allowing for solo organ concerts utilizing the full potential of this concert instrument. The chancel area will be enlarged allowing better placement of instrumental and bell choirs.

In addition, we want to move the choral/practice room, robe closets and choral library to the former office area on the second floor. The present choir room will become the permanent bell choir practice area.

The new choral suite will be designed in a way to enhance the quality of choir rehearsal sessions and offer room for our growing choir.

On a practical note, the project also includes the replacement of two air handlers that are on their last legs. Replacement will mean a quieter sanctuary as well as up to 50% less energy costs.

A renovated spacious classroom will be provided for the King David Class who now meets in the area which will be the new choral suite.

The total cost of the sanctuary refurbishment, choir practice room and necessary modifications is $872,000. I am pleased to announce that to date $325,000 has been given for sanctuary, choral suite modifications. That leaves $547,000 for the congregation to support.

Yes, our “pipe dreams” will become reality. This is a project that will enhance worship for years to come. Come to one of the information sessions and find out more.

Soli Deo Gloria

 


Around First Central
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 Adults. 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. info@fcpc.net 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 raising 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.

Garden Party

Join us in the Community Garden Wednesday, June 21st from 6:00-8:00 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 7,629 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.

Celebrating Our Graduates
We extend our congratulations to all those members of FCPC and those related to them who have graduated from high school and higher education. If your graduate does not appear in the list, please contact Kori in the church office—we will celebrate graduates all summer long as we receive names!

Congratulations to our FCPC High School Seniors Maredith Martin, Jayton Voss, and Kari Brokovich. Maredith will attend the University of Texas at Austin this fall.

Congratulations to Alec Egan, who graduated May 13 with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Graduate Medical Science from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. He will begin Medical School at Tech this fall.

Congratulations to Scott Forrester, who graduated may 13 from Denver Seminary with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Scott is the son of Linda Williams.

Congratulations to Evelyn Sullivan, who received her Masters in Communication from San Jose State University and her sister Amber Sullivan, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with High Honors in Biochemistry from Angelo State University. Amber will be attending Texas Tech Pharmacy School in Abilene this fall. Evelyn and Amber are the granddaughters of Jim and Sue Sullivan.

Congratulations to Ian Moffatt, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Architectural Engineering.

Congratulations to Fidele Kanayo on his GED Graduation May 25.
Gratitude
To our FCPC  friends,
Your prayers, support, visits, hugs, and delicious, lovely luncheon provided our family, helped us throughout our difficult journey. We are so thankful for our Faith and for having such sweet friends to comfort us and assist us in moving forward.  We cherish the memories that Billy shared with so many of you.  Your gifts of love and friendship will always be appreciated and remembered. 
Terry, Doris & the Grosvenor family

Dear FCPC,
There are no words to express the gratitude and appreciation I feel for the wonderful food pantry dedication. Because of the incredible volunteers who work tirelessly each week and the backing of our amazing church family, many families have been fed. I'm so honored to have played a part in this fabulous program. 
Love, Frances Buzard

Dearest Friends of First Central Presbyterian,
I wanted to write to tell you thank you so much for all the heart-felt support you all have given to my family and me during this time. The many phone calls, cards, well wishes, and words of encouragement have meant more than you will ever know. I am humbled and deeply moved by your outpouring of love.
Thank you,
Jeanelle

To the members of FCPC,
Paul wrote in Galatians 6:10: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.”
Thank you for your great example and your amazing gift of $2297. Because of you, victims will have the opportunity to become survivors. Those who come to us bruised, afraid and often hungry will receive warmth and encouragement.
Thank you for turning faith into action.
For the survivors,
Dan Cox, Development Director
Noah Project, Inc

Thank you for your prayers, the comforting notes, the warm red shawl, the friendly visits, a beautiful Easter Lily. Thank you for always remembering me.
Marilyn Galusha

Thank you and your church for all the years that you ministered to our mom and dad. We appreciate all you did to show them love, and thank you for the wonderful meal that you served our family.
The Max Giles family

Sympathy
We extend our sympathies to Linda Robertson on the death of her mother, Betty Flint, who passed away on May 14.

Congratulations and Celebrations
We would like to celebrate the birth of Emily Kathryn Wray, born May 26, daughter of Jessica and Michael Wray. Proud grandparents at FCPC are David and Ruth Stark.

Congratulations to all of the students who went through Confirmation Classes at FCPC this year: Ethan Abbott, Aaron Brokovich, Cade McDonald, Martine Niwe, Victoria Rodriguez, Jett Voss and Anna White.

New Members
We are pleased to warmly welcome Mike and Sally Shelton to the FCPC family!


June and July Calendar
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June July

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
  • 7:30 pm: Young Adults, No Children (YANC)

June 7

  • Buffalo Gap Camp Staff Training
  • Buffalo Gap Mini-Camp

June 8

  • Buffalo Gap Mini-Camp

June 9

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)
  • Buffalo Gap Mini-Camp

June 11

  • Buffalo Gap Elementary Camp

June 12

  • Buffalo Gap Elementary Camp

 June 13

  • Buffalo Gap Elementary Camp

June 14

  • 4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting
  • Buffalo Gap Elementary Camp

June 15

  • Buffalo Gap Elementary Camp

June 16

  • Buffalo Gap Elementary Camp

June 18

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court
  • Buffalo Gap High School Retreat
June 19
  • 5:15 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • 5:45 pm: PW Coordinating Team Meeting
  • Buffalo Gap High School Retreat

June 20

  • 12 pm: Finance Committee Meeting
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting
  • Buffalo Gap High School Retreat

June 21

  • Buffalo Gap High School Retreat

June 22

  • Buffalo Gap High School Retreat

June 23

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)
  • Buffalo Gap High School Retreat

June 25

  • Buffalo Gap Middle School Camp

June 26

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle
  • Buffalo Gap Middle School Camp

June 27

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting
  • Buffalo Gap Middle School Camp

June 28

  • Buffalo Gap Middle School Camp

June 29

  • Buffalo Gap Middle School Camp

June 30

  • Buffalo Gap Middle School Camp 

*As July 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

Each Thursday

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

July 3

  • 5:15 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting

July 4

  • Independence Day - Church Office Closed

July 11

  • 5:30 pm: CE Committee Meeting

July 14

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)

July 16

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court

July 17

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

July 18

  • 12 pm: Finance Committee Meeting
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting
  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

July 19

  • 4:30 pm: Deacons Meeting

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

July 26

  • 9 am: Vacation Bible School

July 27

  • 9 am: Vacation Bible School

July 28

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)