September, 2016

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September and October Calendar

Cliff's Notes
Dear Friends,

HOMECOMING SUNDAY at First Central is this coming Sunday, September 18.


The church supplies delicious fried chicken. The sweet deacons bring sweet desserts and you are to bring salad and/or veggies (to feed 6). Bring your food to the Faith Hall Kitchen and someone will receive it on Sunday morning.
Visitors do not have to bring food - they are our guests. That’s why you are going to bring a little bit more than you and yours can consume!

We are expecting a beautiful day – cool and sunny! “Dinner on the Grounds” is a wonderful southern tradition and one of those events we all look forward to attending.

Homecoming is also very meaningful if you invite friends.

Another reason for enjoyment of a day like we will have on Sunday is that it is an occasion when we can think about the past – remembering our church’s rich history.

Can we somehow bring to mind today the Sunday in 1881 when W. A. Minter gathered his family and friends of like faith together in a tent near the railroad tracks...organizing Abilene's first church! That's us!!!

Our church you already know was formed before the city of Abilene itself was officially organized!!!!


On Sunday we think back to our roots not that many years ago when we were "the grapes" and "the oranges!" First Presbyterian Church on Orange Street and Central Presbyterian Church on Grape street. And then in the early 70's-‑‑fruit basket upset and our two healthy churches merged into First Central.

Memories crowd around us at times like homecoming...and this is the way it should be...

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.


Around First Central
Logos is almost here!
We are beginning our fourth season of Logos on Sunday, September 18.
Logos is a wonderful comprehensive experience for children from age 5 through the fifth grade. We do things to help children grow in ways they would not in any other context.
We emphasize spiritual development, biblical education, noncompetitive recreation and learning to break bread with one another at the table.
We start at 4:30 PM and conclude promptly at 7 PM.
Bring your child to the office/gym door where the “Logos” sign is posted. Sign in at the welcome table. First on the agenda are fun community building games that emphasize cooperation not competition. Then at 5 PM your child is taken to a graded Bible study using a good biblically-based curriculum. Promptly at 5:45 PM we go to Fellowship Hall for a theme based meal that is hosted by our illustrious (and crazy) Dinner Dean. It really is fun and the food is great...and your child will learn something about sharing food, serving at the table and cleaning up afterwards. And then at 5:45 pm we have our time for worship skills which is not only learning about worship but experiencing it.
Our first night is a FOOTBALL theme. Wear the colors of your favorite team.
Do you have to be a member of First Central Presbyterian to be part of the fun? Heavens no! We love visitors. Our teaching is compatible with any Christian church.
Jacob Snowden and Cliff Stewart serve as co-directors of Logos. They are happy to answer questions any time. We will even help arrange transportation if needed. We both believe in what we are doing - and we are eager to provide this opportunity for your child.
Come try it out on week #1 and we bet you will be back for more!

A Note from Jacob Snowden, DCE
What image pops into your mind when you think of “church”? I happen to imagine the sketch on the front of Sunday’s bulletin. Congregations often or mainly focus on collective worship, religious education, and pastoral care of members according to the latest edition of the National Congregations Study; however, almost 90% of congregations reported involvement in social services. 94% of Americans attend a church that is socially active in some way.
Before you might think that the data shows that churches are too political, the way the National Congregations Study defines social activity is described by the following statistics. 52% of all congregations cite feeding the hungry among their most important services. 21% cite addressing healthcare needs; 18% cite building or repairing homes; 17% cite providing clothes or blankets; 5% cite programs aimed at aiding prisoners, victims of domestic violence, unemployed persons, substance abusers, or immigrants. Several congregations also have histories service trips, either in other parts of the United States or overseas.
These statistics show that congregations do make differences in their communities. And these services may not be carried out by the whole congregation. Most likely, the whole congregation is not involved. “The typical and probably most important way in which congregations serve the needy outside their walls is by organizing small groups of volunteers to carry out well-defined tasks on a periodic basis. The National Congregations Study makes a provocative conclusion from its compiled data. “In light [of our data] …congregations are very good—perhaps uniquely good in American society—at mobilizing small groups of volunteers for [service] kinds of work.”
The data from the National Congregational survey is a long introduction to say this: churches know how to volunteer services well. From the types of social service mentioned above, First Central Presbyterian is involved in almost every way. Loving and graceful service is at the heart of the gospel. Matthew 25 provocatively claims that the service one renders to a brother or sister in need is the same as service rendered to Christ himself. Categorizing certain people as “needy” implies there are others who are without needs. Of course that categorizing is delusional; all people need one another. Christ calls for service to any- and every-one. There are innumerable ways to volunteer at First Central, including (and this is shameless self-promotion) volunteering in our nursery or Sunday School department as a teacher.
Rather than thinking about the church as people clad in suits and dresses, singing hymns in a stained-glass sanctuary, statistics show that the church may equally be imagined as food-pantry workers, community gardeners, or medical care missionaries. The body of Christ is a work-hardened body. If you are looking for a way to volunteer (and I hope you are), then call the church office. We can put you to work!

Youth Ministry News
August started off with a splash as the Youth celebrated the transition from summer to the school year with flair at the Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Encampment for THE BIG SPLASH. We spent the 14th by the pool, ate hotdogs, and chatting with friends. In honor of the Olympics, Youth and children also participated in fun water games to win trophies and glory!
On the 21st of August, we executed yet another time honored tradition. However, we cannot tell you much about it as it is a well-guarded Youth Group secret. All that can be said is that the Youth left the event ready to INITIATE another semester J.
The first Wednesday night meeting of the Fall was held on the 31st. The Youth participated by playing a classic Youth game, Dork Ball, worked through one of the final lessons from our” Echo the Story 36” curriculum, and time spent chatting around the tables. From the 31st onward, we will meet every Wednesday evening outside of holidays.
With school finally in session, September promised to be an exciting and fun-filled month. Sunday, September the 11th was a BIG day for the entire church and for the Youth group. First, the Youth joined the rest of the congregation in the gym during the Church School Hour for breakfast and a short program. Our new 6th graders were officially welcomed into the group with the gift of a new journal, just like those that the older Youth use to take notes during Sunday morning worship services. The Mug Stop was also temporarily moved downstairs for the event and we introduced a brand new item to add to the menu….. STARBUCKS-STYLE FRAPPUCCINOS!
That evening at 5:30 PM, we had our annual Youth Parent Meeting. We discussed the entire Youth Group calendar for the 2016-2017 school year and summer, learned more about Youth programing, and distribute initial sign-up lists. We also had a great time at the group dinner where parents, Youth, and Youth Leaders shared a meal and fellowship with one another.
To start the new school year off right, we are changing up how we communicate Youth Event information. Do you want to keep up with what the Youth Group has going on? Follow us on Instagram @fcpcyouth for pictures and videos. Download the GroupMe app and email Kristen at kbridwell@fcpc.net to receive text messages about events. If you want to receive calendar reminders, send Kristen your email address and she will add you to her subscription list.

Dinner for 7 is Back!
Dinner for 7 is returning on October 15th. This is a great opportunity to get to know other FCPC family members. One person provides the main course and opens up their home for 5-6 others who will bring the sides and desserts. Breaking bread has always been one of the best ways to get to know others and that is what this is all about — food and fellowship! If you would like to participate, there will be sign-up sheets for hosts and guests on the Information Desk in the foyer area starting September 25th. Hosts and their guests will be notified by Monday, October 10th. Childcare will be available at the church if needed.

PW/FCPC Veteran’s Day Military Salute 2016
On November 6, 2016, we will honor our nation’s veterans in both worship services. PW will be receiving home baked breads or goodies of your choosing for the gifts we will present to each Veteran that Sunday. We also encourage everyone to write a personal note of thanks which we will include with each gift. We will also send boxes of goodies to our deployed military.
Please deliver your goodies to Faith Hall kitchen on or before noon Friday, November 3rd. PW volunteers will package gifts for presenting on Sunday morning.
You are always so very generous in our efforts to honor our veterans and current military personnel. Thank you so much.

Men’s Monday Mornings
Have you ever walked into a coffee shop to see a group of men sipping coffee and chatting? We do that here! Monday mornings at 7:00 am, join a group of men for breakfast food and breakfast fellowship before heading to work. This is a great way to start the week. For more information, contact Jacob Snowden at the church office—(325) 677-3501.

Wednesday Nights
We are looking toward a wonderful slate of programs for our Fall 2015 Wednesday evening studies. An optional dinner is at 5:45 PM also in Fellowship Hall. You're welcome to order a catered meal at a reasonable price or you may bring your own food. No matter which you choose, a place setting will be there for you. Drinks are provided. The study portion of the evening begins at 6:30 PM and ends no later than 7:30 PM.
Here are some of our upcoming Wednesday night programs::
September 21    Bob Ellis, Old Testament professor at Logsdon Seminary
September 28    Steve Faehnle - presentation entitled March 4, 1861
October 5          Youth Mission Trip to NYC report
October 12        Glenn Dromgoole presents his newest book

Garden Ministry News
"Centered in Christ" — This beautiful cross fountain, crafted by Dale Higginbotham and given in memory of Dale by Doreta, Tiffany, Brittany and Paul, marks the center of the area reserved for a labyrinth and also symbolizes the heart of the entire meditation and community garden.
Gardeners are welcome to work side-by-side in the Meditation and Community Garden each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.  The garden, which is under construction, is located on the corner of N. 4th  and Beech St.
Plans for our outdoor chapel are underway thanks to a generous donor, the enthusiasm of Presbyterian Women, and a competent design team. Serving on the design team for the chapel are Steven Daniel, Ron Pope, Barbara Schriever, Janice and Gene Six. Be watching as the chapel area begins to take shape in the Meditation and Community Garden.
A “To Do List” for the FCPC Meditation and Community Garden is available in the foyer at the Information Desk if you have some time and energy available for an outside project.

Gratitude
Dear FCPC family,
Katy and I would like to thank you for all of the love and support that you have shown us over the years. We were truly blessed to belong to this congregation. I am pleased to tell you all that I have begun work as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian in Shreveport, LA. My ordination service will be here at FPC Shreveport on September, 18 at 3:00PM. You all all invited to that service!
Once again, thank you for showing us the love of Christ over the years. We will always cherish our time at FCPC.
In Christ, Seth Saathoff

To the Congregation of FCPC,
Thank you so much for all the expressions of sympathy and concern everyone has sent our way.
My brother “Joe” will be much missed, but God blessed us with his life of 68 years.
Thanks again,
Bev & Ralph Hoover
Sympathy
We extend our sympathies to Beverly Hoover on the death of her brother, Joe Schrader, to the May family on the death of Nina May, and to Margaret Beasley on the death of her sister-in-law, Mary McAndrew.

Congratulations and Celebrations
We would like to celebrate the birth of Harper Downing, the daughter of Jonathan and Tess Downing of Washington D.C. Proud grandparents at FCPC are Tommy and Donna Downing.

New Members
We warmly welcome the following new members to the FCPC family: Sterling and Linda Robertson and Johnny and Tonya Bevills.


September and October Calendar
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September October

Each Sunday

  • 8:30 am / 11 am: Worship Services
  • 9:45 am: Church School
  • 4:30 pm: Logos
  • 5 pm: Women's Bible Study
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth

Each Monday

  • 7 am: Men's Morning Study
  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends

Each Tuesday

  • 9-11 am: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 5:45 pm: Wednesday Night Dinner
  • 6:30 pm: Wednesday Night Program
  • 6:30 pm: Handbell Choir Practice
  • 7 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)

September 15

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya Fellowship

September 18

  • Homecoming Sunday
  • 12 pm: Homecoming Luncheon
  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court

September 19

  • 11:45: Silent Chefs in the Kitchen
  • 5:30 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • 5:45 pm: PW Coordinating Team Meeting

September 20

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

September 23

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)
  • 6:30 pm: Christian Adults Night Out (CANO)

September 26

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

September 27

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

September 28

  • 4:30 pm: LifeLine Council Meeting

*As October 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
  • 4:30 pm: Logos
  • 5 pm: Women's Bible Study
  • 5 pm: Mid-High Youth
  • 6 pm: Senior High Youth

Each Monday

  • 7 am: Men's Morning Study
  • 10 am: Phoebe's Friends

Each Tuesday

  • 9-11 am: Garden Ministry Work Time
  • 1-4 pm: Food Pantry Open

Each Wednesday

  • 10 am: Knitting & Crochet Group
  • 5:45 pm: Wednesday Night Dinner
  • 6:30 pm: Wednesday Night Program
  • 6:30 pm: Handbell Choir Practice
  • 7 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)

October 2

  • Communion Served

October 3

  • 5:15 pm: M&E Committee Meeting
  • 5:30 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting

October 4

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

October 10

  • 5 pm: Property Committee Meeting

October 11

  • 6:15 pm: Deacons Meeting

October 12

  • 4:30 pm: Worship Committee Meeting

October 14

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)

October 15

  • Dinner for 7

October 16

  • 1:30 pm: Worship at Wesley Court

October 17

  • 5:30 pm: Stephen Ministry Meeting
  • 5:45 pm: PW Coordinating Team Meeting

October 18

  •  5:30 pm: LCMC Meeting

October 20

  • 6:30 pm: Ultreya Fellowship

October 23

  • 12 pm: Consecration Luncheon
  • 2 pm: Crop Walk

October 24

  • 6:30 pm: Martha Circle

October 25

  • 7 pm: Session Meeting

October 28

  • 6 pm: Parents Night Out (PNO)
  • 6:30 pm: Christian Adults Night Out (CANO)

October 30

  • Trunk and Treat