March, 2016

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Cliff's Notes
Wilbur Wright said in 1901: "I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for another fifty years and ever since I have distrusted myself."

H.G. Wells wrote in the same year: "I cannot see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea."

In 1903, the president of the Michigan Savings Bank warned Horace Rackham, Henry Ford's personal lawyer, against investing anything in his client's fledgling new company with these dogmatic words: "The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty - a passing fad."

In 1927, the president of Warner Brothers Film Company asked defiantly: "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk in movies? The silent screen is quite enough."

On August 1, 1934, the former prime Minister of Great Britain, the distinguished David Lloyd George, said publicly: "Believe me, Germany is unable to wage war."

Moving closer to the present, in 1946, Darryl F. Zanuck, head of the 20th Century Fox Movie Studio said flatfootedly: "Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staying at home and staring at a plywood box every night."

In 1962, the president of Decca Records turned down a chance to record a largely unknown British singing group known as the Beatles with these words: "We don't like their sound. Besides, groups of guitars are on the way out anyway."

And finally, in 1977, Kenneth Olson, the President and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, observed: "There is no reason for any individual to want a computer in their home."


As we approach Easter again this year – let us remind ourselves that no one expected Easter! It was not even within the realm of their imagination.

The disciples were filled with despair. “All was lost” – they concluded at sundown on that fateful Friday. The “Jesus Movement” had arrived at a dead-end.

Although Jesus had intimated otherwise – no one seemed to remember those promises until He came back from the dead. Only then did it come clear that with the kind of God we have – all things are possible. As John Claypool puts it: “despair is presumptuous!”

I say to you that the deepest truth about God is that he knows his way out of everything – even the grave. No obstacle or problem need be regarded as “too much for God.”

With Easter Hope,


Around First Central
Memorial and Honorary Easter Lilies
Easter Lily forms are available in the Sunday Bulletin and at the church office. Easter Lilies will decorate our sanctuary on Easter Sunday and then be distributed to our homebound members. These lilies are a beautiful way to honor or provide a memorial for loved ones. Please return all forms by Wednesday, March 23.

Easter Breakfast
Be sure and join us on Easter Sunday for our traditional FCPC Easter Breakfast, served between 9 and 10:30 a.m. in Faith Hall. The Deacons provide this delicious breakfast with all the fixings for just $3 per person. A sign up sheet will be available at the information desk toward the end of the month or you can send an email to

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday at 9:45 the hunting commences! Bring your kids, grandkids, grandkid’s friends, and anyone with a careful eye to FCPC’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be some light refreshments, and plenty of treats hidden around FCPC’s playground for the grabbing.

Flowering of the Cross
Easter Sunday, the children and FCPC family will have a Flowering of the Cross at both services. Members are asked to bring fresh flowers and place them in the baskets in the foyer and on the parlor table. Have your child meet in the parlor prior to either service if they would like to participate. We hope you will join us in this FCPC tradition!

Wednesday Nights
Wednesday night programs and suppers will continue after Easter. We will start off March 30 with a wonderful lineup of stimulating programs. There will be no Wednesday night program during either spring break and holy week. We will commence again on Wednesday, March 30 with dinner at 5:45 PM and the program at 6:30 PM.

Sunday Night Live—Logos
On Palm Sunday, March 20 we will have our last Logos meeting until September. We have had a whale of a lot of fun during this 2015 – 2016 season. A team of approximately 30 adults help make Logos work. There are a lot of moving parts – and there is a lot of moving around every Sunday night!
At this coming Logos meeting we are inviting parents, staff and spouses, as well as the children for a catered dinner at 5:45 PM. We would like you to RSVP by calling the church office at 677-3501 or emailing If you need childcare during this dinner time, please let us know.
Logos is for the children of our church and community ages five through fifth grade. We will start up again in the fall hoping to have a new crop of energetic five-year-olds as well as graduating our fifth graders into our exciting middle school program.
The typical Sunday evening begins with noncompetitive recreation at 4:30 PM. This is followed by graded Bible study which uses a Logos curriculum appropriate for each grade level. Then we have a theme based meal with a master of ceremonies known as the “Dinner Dean.” Finishing the evening we have a time teaching our children worship skills.
This is a quality program that is making a difference. We give thanks for wonderful children and many willing adult team members.

A Word from the Director of Christian Education
What does the Easter bunny use when it gets out of the shower?...A hare dryer!
Of course Easter is just around the corner, which means the annual First Central Presbyterian Egg Hunt is too. Easter is a busy time for our children’s department mainly because we want Easter to be a celebration for our students along with everyone else. Not only do our children have the chance to participate in the Easter service by flowering the cross, but they get a reprieve from Sunday School by attending our Easter Egg hunt in the playground (weather permitting) or in the gym.
While only fifth grade and under are allowed to hunt for eggs (sorry Cliff and Janice), everyone is invited to watch the hunt. Juice and a light breakfast go well alongside the Easter breakfast offered to everyone. And there might be some chocolate in an egg or two for Easter breakfast dessert.
Easter is also the Sunday where First Central collects for One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. In the 1990s, receipts have exceeded $20 million annually. While specific allocations differ in each denomination, all use their One Great Hour of Sharing funds to make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more.
One Great Hour of Sharing had its inception shortly after World War II when Protestant Churches sought to support reconstruction. In three years, the Episcopalian Church had raised $3 million by asking on Easter to raise $1 million in one hour, hence the name One Great Hour of Sharing.
Easter services celebrate the mystery of life coming from and through death. There are innumerable ways to celebrate this mystery, and I hope you will celebrate in with First Central Presbyterian. It is one of the most enjoyable days to join for worship. I hope to see you here!
Happy Easter, Jacob Snowden

Youth Ministry News
The first big day of the month was Sunday, February 7. We began by collecting funds and canned goods in big soup pots and bowls on Sunday morning for the Souper Bowl of Caring as we work to fight hunger in Abilene and across the nation. Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food before the Big Game. Teaming up with local partners, our youth group gave 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring. If you would like to learn more, visit
Next, we celebrated the baptism of three youth members, Denyse (12th grade), Baraka (9th grade), and Sami (6th grade) Kanayo, at 4:00 PM in the First Christian Church sanctuary. After the baptism, we threw a fun Super Bowl party for our youth in the youth room. We provided a dinner, comfy seating, and a giant screen on which our students watched the big game.
On February 14 at 5 PM, the youth had a rom-com movie and candy exchange night in honor of Valentine's Day. They decorated their own Valentine’s bag, shared candy and cards with one another, ate some great Valentine’s themed food, and watched the romantic and comedic classic, Princess Bride.
In the spirit of the season of Lent, the youth took the time to examine themselves and to examine ways in which they can improve the way people are treated when they come to youth events. They did this by creating the FCPC Youth Covenant. Every youth member’s opinion was heard as suggested improvements were shared and written on the white board. The group agreed to focus on everyone being welcome, acknowledging that no one is perfect, and celebrating that everything is possible through God. Let me tell you, FCPC has an AWESOME group of young people making up our youth group!
The month of March is a busy one for our youth group members and our whole church with Holy Week, Easter, and Spring Break events. In order to give our youth time with their families, we will not meet at night on the 13th and 16th due to Spring Break, and we will not meet on the night of the 27th, Easter Sunday. However, the youth are excited about hiding the easter eggs for our young disciples on Easter Sunday.
On an exciting note Mug Stop is doing very well, but the high school students still need A LOT of help raising funds for their Summer Mission Trip to Staten Island. The wish for Mug Stop coffee to be available to those who cannot make it up the stairs has been heard… Mug Stop will move into the gym until our elevator is fixed! We have reusable cups, bags of coffee for your home, various espresso-based drinks, pastires, tea, and decaf espresso available for sale. Come by and see us this Sunday and help us get to NYC! (cash or check only)
FCPC Youth is now on Instagram! Follow us @fcpcyouth to keep up with all of our events.

Out of the Whirwind!
This is the theme for our annual Women’s Retreat at Christ the King Retreat Center in San Angelo. This year’s retreat promises to be great! Registration forms are available in the foyer. The retreat begins on Friday evening, April 1 and concludes with lunch on Saturday.

2016 Adult Romania Mission Trip

Palo Duro Presbytery will once again offer a summer mission trip to Romania to be a part of the NOROC ministry with orphaned children. The 10-day trip will be in June or July, 2016. Cost per individual for the trip will be approximately $1600. If you might be interested in being a part of the trip, contact Rich Schempp in t he presbytery office (877-725-6387).

NOROC Support
If you shop on, you can designate a portion of the sale to benefit NOROC. Go to and choose NOROC as your designated charity. NOROC is already in the system, so it is very easy to make the designation.

Air Force Flight Jackets
A book honoring Greatest Generation pilots by photos of their WWII flight jackets, with their stories, is being compiled by a noted aviation photographer. Has your family preserved one of these unique leather decorated jackets? Contact Cliff Hale at 325-704-2066.

Thank You from Zambia
The English course in Zambia started on 16th September, 2015 with ten students, three boys, six girls and one married woman to a pastor of Hope International Baptist Church. They are both refugees, including the teacher known as Leonard Tshishiku.
The teacher reported that there is a good progress despite various difficulties such as transportation and small room which cannot accommodate a large number that might need to join the program. He said they are still trying to find a suitable room which has been the main problem for the class. The teacher also said learning material especially audio-visual component would make the program excellent. Please receive their gratitude they offered through their pictures to confirm that your assistance is very acknowledged. In addition, they wished all First Central Presbyterian Church members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016.
Symphorien Jean

Dear FCPC,
NOROC in Romania thanks you for your donation to Big-hearted Grannies, Big-hearted Teachers & Friends. Your prayers and financial support are greatly appreciated and truly needed!
Together in Christ’s Service,
Carolyn White
Brothers & Sisters of FCPC,
Thank you for your generous support of Teethsavers in 2015. What a blessing it was for us that your congregation chose to help us carry out our mission to educate and care for God’s little children around the world. We are prayerfully hopeful that we will reach ever more in 2016, and we pray for the faithfulness of FCPC this year as well.
Grace and Peace,
JR Cochran
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
You have offered care and hope to children in great need. Your gift enables Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) to lovingly welcome, nourish and heal more than 4,200 children and families each year. Thank you for being an instrument of God’s abundant love in the lives of those we serve!
Molly H. Jensen, Director of Development

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your support of the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission with your generous gift. Your commitment to helping the less fortunate in our community with their primary health care needs is greatly appreciated. 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 
I would like to thank God for the care He offers to me through FCPC. Without FCPC’s financial support I couldn’t even start my studies at Logsdon Seminary. I thank Garrett Briggs for taking me to Lubbock on February 3rd for fingerprinting. God please bless FCPC for your hospitality.
Symphorien Jean
We extend our sympathies to the family of Bonnie Williams, who passed away on February 20th, to Norm Ward and family on the passing of Betty Bon Ward on February 25th, and to Forrest McCray and family on the loss of JB McCray, Forrest’s father.

Congratulations and Celebrations
We would like to celebrate the birth of the following children in the extended FCPC family: Collin Reid Opitz, son of Justin & Kassidy Opitz of Dallas; Frances Buzard is the proud great-grandmother at FCPC. Andrew Miika White, son of Johanna & Troy White of San Jose, California; proud grandmother at FCPC is Erlene White. Miaro Anael Rasoanaivo, son of Hasina & Andry Rasoanaivo; proud grandparents at FCPC are Yvan & Brigitte Randria. Bennet Ray Grosvenor, son of Brett & Liana Grosvenor of Dallas; proud grandparents at FCPC are Terry & Billy Grosvenor and proud great-grandmother at FCPC is Doris Grosvenor.
We also celebrate the February 7th baptism of Antoinette, Denyse and Sami Kanayo. Their parents are Fidel & Francine Kanayo.

March and April Calendar
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Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School
  • 4:30 pm: LOGOS (March 6th & 20th Only)
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth (Except 27th)
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth (Except 27th)
Each Monday
  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends (March 7th & 21st Only)

Each Tuesday

  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open
  • 1-3 pm: Garden Ministry Work Time

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 5:45 pm: Wednesday Night Dinner & Program (Except 16th & 23rd)
  • 6:30 pm: Bell Choir
  • 7 pm: All Youth Gathering (Except 16th)
  • 7:30 pm: Sanctuary Choir

Each Thursday

  • 5:30 am: BOBS (Breakfast on Beech Street)
  • 7:30 pm: YANC (Young Adults, No Children) (Except 24th)

March 11

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out

March 13

  • Daylight Savings Time Begins - Spring Forward

March 14

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

March 15

  • 10 am: Mary Circle
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

March 17

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya Fellowship

March 20

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court
  • Palm Sunday

March 21

  • 11:30 am: Holy Week Lunch @ First Baptist
  • 5:45 pm: PW Coordinating Team Meeting
  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle
  • 7:00 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting

March 22

  • 11:30 am: Holy Week Lunch @ First Christian Church

March 23

  • 11:30 am: Holy Week Lunch @ St. Paul UMC

March 24

  • 11:30 am: Holy Week Lunch @ FCPC
  • 7 pm: Maundy Thursday Service
  • Maundy Thursday

March 25

  • 11:30 am: Holy Week Lunch @ Highland Church of Christ
  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out
  • 6:30 pm: Christian Adults Night Out
  • Good Friday

March 27

  • 8:30/11 a.m.: Flowering of the Cross (Both Worship Services)
  • 9 am: Easter Breakfast
  • 9:45 am: Easter Egg Hunt
  • Easter Sunday

March 28

  • Church Office Closed

*As April 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
  • 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
  • 1-3 pm: Garden Ministry Work Time

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)

April 1

  • Annual Women's Retreat @ CKRC San Angelo

April 2

  • Annual Women's Retreat @ CKRC San Angelo

April 4

  • 5:15 pm: M&E Committee Meeting

April 5

  • 10 am: Wesley Court Bible Study
  • 5:30 pm: CE Committee Meeting

April 8

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out

April 11

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

April 12

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

April 16

  • Dinner for 7

April 17

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court

April 18

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

April 19

  • 10 am: Mary Circle
  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

April 21

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya Fellowship

April 22

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out
  • 6:30 pm: Christian Adults Night Out
  • Youth Spring Retreat @ Mo-Ranch

April 23

  • Youth Spring Retreat @ Mo-Ranch

April 24

  • Youth Spring Retreat @ Mo-Ranch

April 25

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

April 26

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting