May, 2017
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Cliff's Notes
Dear Friends,

Our Youth Sunday was another testimony of the good work happening with our mid and senior youth. A lot of things make a Youth Sunday like this work. The basic ingredient is lively, energetic and committed young people. And then there are those who serve in leadership with our youth on a regular basis.

We are all aware of the skills of Kristen Harris-Bridwell who makes such a difference in a multiplicity of ways. A good sign of a healthy youth ministry is the participation of young people who are not members of our church. And each week we have many active participants who become a part of us because of a friend.

Special accolades to Meghan Martin who has been our student intern for several years. And before that she was one of those in the youth group who as a member displayed leadership attributes that made a difference.

I guess you have heard the saying that old age is not for sissies?! Well, youth isn’t for sissies either. It is tough to be a student in a world where basic moral values deteriorate at a rapid clip. May FCPC youth continue to be a place to grow in faith and to flourish in Christian community.

Another reason for a renewed vibrancy in our mid and senior high youth is the ministry we have with our children up through the 5th grade. Jacob Snowden is our church’s “Mr. Rogers!” Jacob towers over our children in height, but at the same time he stoops easily to their level as he teaches and shares with his young friends. And Jacob will be the first to say thanks to the many who also serve in our children’s ministry. In our Logos program alone we have about 30 people who help.

So in the light of Youth Sunday let’s be sure to give proper thanks to your dynamic duo of Jacob and Kristen. The future ahead is good. We serve together...

Around First Central
Spring Cleaning at FCPC

All Church clean-up/workday on Saturday, May 6 from 8 to 1 pm. We will provide lunch plus the enjoyment of working hand-in-hand with other church members as well as working on some needed projects around the church.

Here are a few examples of what we are going to do:

  • Paint doors, gutters and signs
  • Tree trimming
  • Caulking Windows
  • Polishing pews
  • Spring cleaning the kitchen
  • Sprucing up Sunday school rooms
  • Weather-stripping
  • Weed killing
  • ...and more!

The Property and Christian Education Committees are both participating. We will have all the cleaning, painting, construction supplies necessary for the job. We need you.

This is a great project for all ages.

No need to RSVP. Just come with a smile and a willingness to do something that will make a difference to our church plant.

It’s Spring in the Garden, Too!

Join us in the Garden on Sunday, May 7th after church for a pot luck lunch and workday! Bring or wear your garden work clothes to church, enjoy a potluck lunch and then work in the garden until 3:00 or later if you wish!  The signs of spring are all around and we want to work together with YOU, as we prepare this special space.  Mark your calendars, we can’t wait to see you!

Join us at the Food Pantry for a Special Reception!

You are invited to a reception at the Food Pantry on May 9 at 10:30 am. We are honoring Frances Buzard who has “retired” as the “CEO” of the Food Pantry and is dearly missed. In honor of her service we are renaming the pantry as the “Frances Buzard Presbyterian Food Pantry.” Would you come for this brief reception which will be held on-site across the street where the food pantry is in session every Tuesday afternoon? Frances now resides in Midland and is making a special trip back just for this occasion. Come celebrate!

Don’t Forget About Mother’s Day Roses!

Honor your mother by helping others by contributing to our Rose Reflections in 2017. This FCPC tradition donates the money collected from the sale of long-stemmed red roses to the Noah Project, which provides a safe refuge for victims of family violence and their children. Roses are available for $3 each and may be purchased in memory or honor of that special mother or grandmother in your life. These roses will be used to help decorate the sanctuary on Mother’s Day, May 14th, and may be taken home following the worship service. To order roses, please use the form included in the Sunday bulletin. Additional forms are available in the church office. Please return all forms to the church office by noon on Wednesday, May 10th.

May Events for Youth and Emerging Adults

The end of the school year is upon us and, boy, are we busy! On top of our regular Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night Youth meetings, we have a few special events to highlight for both the Youth and our Emerging Adults group.

May 9 – 7:30 PM – Last Emerging Adult Meeting of the Semester
After a long and fun semester, College students in Abilene are taking their finals for the spring semester on the week of the 8th through the 12th. We will have an extra special dinner, a time for fellowship, and a final lesson before they pack up and head back home for the summer. We will not meet again until the fall.

May 21 – 9:45 AM – Youth Senior Sunday Breakfast
We have two amazing senior students that we will honor on Sunday morning, May 21st. The non-senior Youth parents cater a tasty breakfast meal while the 6th-11th grade students serve as hosts and servers for the event. We also have a special program where we honor the seniors of our group that have given our church so much of their time and effort during their time in the Youth.

May 28 – 6:00 PM – End of Year Youth Party
This will be the LAST official meeting, outside of church school and mission trips, for the youth until the fall. We will end the year with a splash, celebrating what we have accomplished and looking forward to the future.

May 30-31 and June 1 – Middle School Mission Trip with Love and Care Ministries
We are starting a new tradition for FCPC’s Youth: a Mid-High Mission Trip! We will stay in town and work with and sleep at Love and Care Ministries. The subsidized cost of this missions experience is $65 a person. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our Mid-High Youth for this three-day event, contact Kristen at kbridwell@fcpc.net or call the church office.

Other Youth & Emerging Adults Announcements

2017 Camp Romania Support Opportunity
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. 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.” The other is to participate in our t-shirt sale. Visit https://www.booster.com/mission-romania to purchase a shirt, leave an extra donation, or just donate outright online without buying a shirt. We are very excited for this opportunity to learn and serve, and we cannot do it without YOU! Thank you for your prayers and assistance.

Save the Date, Diamond Solitaires!

A "SPRING FLING!" party for FCPC's "Diamond Solitaires" (FCPC members who are 60-and-up and are living alone) will be held on Wednesday, May 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.! Location is the home of Janice and Gene Six; hosts are the LifeLine Council. Those who come will enjoy tasty food, an opportunity to visit with friends, and a fascinating program on the Buffalo Gap Historical Village history and lore by Heather Reed! Please RSVP to the church office. Indicate if transportation is needed. Questions? Ask Garrett or Marlene Briggs (701-4709) or any LifeLine Council member.

Buffalo Gap Camp is Coming!

Have you been bitten by any mosquitos lately? That must mean Buffalo Gap Camp starts soon!

Buffalo Gap Camp is one of the most exciting times in the year of Christian Education. Hundreds of campers, smelling of sun block and bug spray, descend on the camp to grow closer to God as they grow closer to one another. This year’s theme is Peacemakers, based on the beatitude in Matthew 5:9. Campers will learn how the church has worked for peace in the past, how to find peace in the present, and what the church can do to promote peace in the future--it might involve tie-dye camp shirts.

Buffalo Gap Campers learn more than the year’s theme. The magic of camp is that campers learn how to love the people who live with them for a week. They learn how to manage stress and how to take up leadership. Some of the camps best counselors began their teaching and leadership skills when they were in mini-camp or elementary camp. Now they can’t stop coming to Buffalo Gap!

Registration forms are available in the church office, on the information desk, and on the Palo Duro Presbytery website under the Camps and Retreats tab. Send your kids, send your grandkids, send their friends, and for heaven’s sake send bug spray!

Israel Trip

Jesus: His Life, His Times, His Land—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.

Presbyterian Women Mini Mission

Presbyterian Women’s current mission is to gather items for Buffalo Gap Camp. We will be gathering items through the end of May. Please bring toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags (39 gallon size) and pump hand soaps to the church and place them in the Mission Barrel area in the foyer.

Food Pantry Requests

The Food Pantry would greatly appreciate donations of coffee, peanut butter crackers, packets of instant oatmeal, and granola bars. These items were previously available from the Food Bank supply but are no longer offered, and are in particular need among individuals coming to the Food Pantry. Also, as vacation time nears, volunteers would be greatly appreciated to fill gaps in the Food Pantry staff. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Powell at 325-701-4872 or 217-390-8084. Thank you for your support of this important ministry.

Gifts for NOROC

Everyone loves a gift! NOROC is collecting some items to send to our Romanian grannies and teen girls. Please consider donating cosmetics, soaps, cosmetic travel bags, small samples of cosmetics or perfume, and jewelry. Bonus gifts received when you purchase cosmetics such as Clinique are also welcome, as are other small gifts, purses, and tote bags. We are asking for unwanted items that might not otherwise find a use. You may take items to Carolyn White directly or leave them at the church office.

Information Updates

Change of Address? New Phone Number? We greatly appreciates information updates at any time. Please contact the church office with any new or updated information so that we can let you know about everything going on at FCPC! Please note if a phone number is a cell
number or land line—it’s very helpful to have your cell number if you have one. Email addresses are also needed!

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Gratitude
Dear FCPC,
The newly married couple, Symphorien and Nadine, are deeply grateful for FCPC’s pastors, staff and whole congregation for making their special day successful. God bless FCPC.
Symphorien Jean Angha

To our friends at FCPC,
Thank you so much for letting us host our Good Neighbor Breakfast fundraiser in your facilities. We appreciate how willing your staff was to help us and even let us borrow equipment we didn’t originally ask for. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!
Thanks Again,
Aaron Shauer, Connecting Caring Communities

Many thanks for the lovely Easter lily. It is very much appreciated.
Mary K. Haffner

Sympathy
We extend our sympathies to Terry Grosvenor and family on the death of Billy Grosvenor, to Jeanelle Plowman and family on the death of Eddie Plowman, to Steve Faehnle and family on the death of his father, to Ron Smith and family on the death of his brother Dwain Smith, to Bill Core on the death of his mother, Phyllis Core, and to Garrett Briggs on the death of his brother-in-law Dave Senchalle.

Congratulations and Celebrations
We would like to celebrate the birth of Presley Gage Alvis, daughter of Alexi & John Alvis. Proud grandparents at FCPC are Margaret and Mark Beasley.

Congratulations to the Rev. Marie Mickey who is retiring in May from her call of 14 years as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church - Bryan. Marie entered the ministry under care of our church and has made us proud. Rumor has it that Marie is moving back to Abilene! Congrats to Marie on a job well done.

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


May and June Calendar
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May June

Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School
  • 4 pm: Confirmation Class (Except 28th)
  • 5-6:30 pm:  Mid-High Youth (Except 14th)
  • 6-7:30 pm: Senior High Youth (Except 14th)

Each Monday

  • 7 am: Men's Morning Study (Except 29th)
  • 9-11 am: Garden Ministry Work Time (Except 29th)

Each Tuesday

  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open
  • 7:30 pm: Emerging Adults (Ends 16th)

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 6:30 pm: Handbell Choir Practice
  • 6:30 pm: All Youth Gathering
  • 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)

May 6

  • 8 am-1 pm: All Church Clean-Up & Work Day
  • Dinner for 7

May 7

  • 12 pm: Garden Potluck & Work Day

May 8

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

May 9

  • 10:30 am: Food Pantry Dedication & Reception
  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

May 10

  • 4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting

May 12

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)

May 14

  • Mother's Day

May 15

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

May 16

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

May 21

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

May 22


  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle
May 23
  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

May 26

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)

May 27

  • AISD Graduation

May 28

  • Communion Served

May 29

  • Memorial Day - Church Office Closed

*As June 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
  • 5-6:30 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6-7:30 pm: Senior High Youth

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
  • 6:30 pm: All Youth Gathering
  • 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)

June 4

  • 12 pm: Pentecost Party
  • Buffalo Gap Camp Staff Training

June 5

  • 5:15 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • Buffalo Gap Camp Staff Training

June 6

  • 5:30 pm: CE Committee Meeting
  • Buffalo Gap Camp Staff Training
  • Buffalo Gap Mini-Camp

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

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting
  • Buffalo Gap Elementary Camp

June 13

  • 5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting
  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting
  • 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
  • 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