What's Happening Now at FCPC?

TODAY, WE HONOR “RETIRING” YOUTH INTERN, MEGHAN MARTIN – We are so thankful for Meghan’s 3 years of work and ministry at FCPC. She first joined this church as an 18 month old with her family. She grew up frequently attending Children’s Ministry events, was an active member of the Youth Ministry, and was confirmed by FPCP when she was in the 6th grade. After graduating from Abilene High in 2012, Meghan stayed in town to attend Hardin-Simmons University. In the Summer of 2014, Meghan joined the FCPC staff as the Youth Ministry Intern. After graduating from HSU in the summer of 2016, Meghan chose to stay in the position for one more year to help Kristen continue to build FCPC’s Youth Ministry. She will start an online master’s program in Deaf Education through Texas Women's University in August of 2017. Though Meghan is not leaving Abilene or FCPC, she will step down from her position at the end of May. We are excited to continue to walk with her in her faith journey and look forward to seeing all the wonderful things she will do in the future!

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).

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.

‘YANC’ -
Our Young Adult (No Children) Group— meets on Thursdays at 7:30 pm at the Stewarts—1125 Glenwood St.

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SUMMER CAMPS AT BUFFALO GAP
Staff Training: June 4-7
(Staff Only)
Mini-Camp: June 6-9, $150
(Completed grades 1, 2 or 3)
Elementary: June 11-16, $250
(Completed grades 4 or 5)
High School Retreat: June 18-23, $250
(Completed grades 9-12]
Middle School: June 25-30, $250
(Completed grades 6, 7 or 8)
Registration is still open, but please do so ASAP so that the camp may be better prepared. Please do not let finances keep your child from attending camp. FCPC pays part of the fee toward each child attending from our church—please pick up a form at the information desk or call the church office for more information. Additional Camperships may be available through the Presbytery, the Camp itself, or through FCPC if needed. You can visit the presbytery website at www.paloduropresbytery.org for more information or go to www.facebook.com/buffalogapcamp.

THE DISCIPLES CLASS
has started a new study on marriage by exploring couples of the Bible and how they relate to our relationships.  Come join the discussion in room 212 Sunday mornings at 10am.

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.

WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT GRADUATES!
Please contact Kori in the church office with information about graduates—high school, college, or any other graduations to celebrate! We will honor our graduates from all levels of education in upcoming Alert newsletters. Be sure to include any information you would like in the announcement such as degrees. Extended family and grandchildren are welcome, too!

DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION FOR THE ALERT OR PEW SHEET?
We are happy to print notes of gratitude, things to celebrate as a church family, and announcements of interest to the church family at large. If you have information to submit to any of our church publications, please contact Kori in the church office or email kbarr@fcpc.net.

YOUTH NEWS

Though we will continue to have Church School meetings on Sunday mornings for the Youth in the summer, there will not be any Youth events on Sunday or Wednesday nights until the fall semester.
However, we have several special events, including: the Mid-High Mission Trip, High School Camp Retreat, Middle School Summer Camp, and the Senior-High Mission Trip to New Orleans. Contact kbridwell@fcpc.net or call Kristen at the church office for more details.

Sunday Night, May 28, 2017
All Youth – 5 – 7 PM

SCHOOL’s OUT FOR SUMMER!!!
It’s time for our end-of-year pool party! Come ready to swim and eat dinner at the Voss family home (1918 Delwood).

Tuesday-Thursday, May 30-June 1
Mid-High Mission Trip –
Love and Care Ministries –
Abilene, Texas

We are starting a new tradition at FCPC by holding our first ever Mid-High Mission Trip. We will stay in town and work with Love & Care Ministries. Over these three days, our middle-school-age Youth will work in a food pantry, a soup kitchen, a clothing ministry, and food delivery ministry. We will also participate in a “Life on the Street” day, in immersive and supervised experience during which we will learn what it feels like to be homeless. We are accepting sign-ups until Monday. The form can be found of FCPC’s website in the “Youth”section: http://www.fcpc.net/youth.asp

Sunday Morning, June 4
All Youth – The Mug Stop

Pentecost is the final big event of the liturgical church year. Next week in Church School we'll talk about what it means for the Holy Spirit to be present and active in our world, our church, and our lives.

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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL for children (Kindergarten through 5th grade) begins on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am in the Marketplace room on the ground level down the long hallway under Fellowship Hall! We have great teachers and this is an outstanding opportunity to learn and grow. If you would like to know more specifics, please ask Jacob Snowden, DCE.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH
is a wonderful place for your five year old – first grade child following the Time for Young Disciples in the 11 am service. Your child’s teacher will meet the children in the foyer right after they are dismissed from the children’s sermon.  Then at the end of the service our Godly Play teacher will bring the children to the Visitor’s Desk and remain with them until parent(s) arrive.

FCPC MEDITATION AND COMMUNITY GARDEN HAPPENINGS
Dozens of plants are in bloom in the garden. Be watching for more pops of color in the coming weeks! A big thank you to volunteers from Dyess AFB and also members of Master Gardeners, who have committed to helping our garden grow. New flower beds have been created and more are coming in the next few weeks. If you have a favorite plant you’d like to donate to the garden, please bring by the garden any Monday or Thursday between 9 and 11 a.m. (Please note the updated times and days!) We will find just the right place to plant it!

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.
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