What's Happening Now at FCPC?

All information presented below assumes that the date is Sunday, August 13, when the print version of the Pew Sheet is published.


THE BIG SPLASH is set for today from 3 to 6 pm at our beautiful Buffalo Gap Encampment.  This is an event for the entire church family.  We will provide hot dogs and drinks.  Can you bring dishes that go with the dogs....including desserts?  We will have fun games and a bouncy castle for the children.  Yes, even a game or two for the adults...maybe the bouncy castle is for you, too! The water in the pool will be perfect.

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 this Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

OUR YOUNG ADULT THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP (YANC)
meets at 7:30 pm every Thursday at the home of Cliff and Evie Stewart. We have begun a new study of Moses, the Reluctant Prophet. Our study begins at 7:30 followed by snacks at 8:30 pm. This is a very healthy face-to-face group that continues to build relationships with a spiritual undergirding. Besides that - it is a lot of fun. Come give it a try. 1125 Glenwood Drive is the place to be on Thursday night!

HEAT UP YOUR SOFTBALL BATS
as the weather cools. If you are interested in playing Fall Softball on the church Co-Ed team, please put your name on the roster and fill out a contract at the information desk TODAY. Games are Monday evenings. No experience necessary, just a good attitude. The cost for the season is $30.

SCHOOL IS STARTING SOON,
so supplies are stocking the aisles of several stores. If you would like to contribute to the Christian Education department, we are looking for dry erase markers, watercolors, watercolor paper, paintbrushes, and play-doh. We are well stocked on other items, so while all contributions are appreciated, those above are most needed. Donations may be dropped at the office.

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED
how you can make a faithful impact in the life of a child? There are several ways to become involved in youth or children’s ministries at First Central. A Sunday School and Godly Play training session will be held Saturday, August 26, at 9:00 am if you would like to learn more.

A NOTE ABOUT
our general budget finances: 
We are lagging behind in our summer giving.  Please keep current, if possible, on your giving commitment to your church.
We really appreciate your support.

OUR NEW ORGAN
is not just a “pipe dream” anymore!  Highlights of what we want to do with your help includes:
  • an expanded chancel area with permanent room for grand piano as well as organ console. 
  • a larger chancel area with room for bell choir, orchestra behind the pulpit. 
  • a choral suite for choir practice, music storage, and robes.
Commitment Sunday will be August 27 with a brunch worship service in Faith Hall.  Need an organ campaign brochure?  You can pick one up at the church office!  Be sure to pray for the campaign in the coming months.



A PRAYER FOR THE
PRAISING GOD WITH ORGAN AND SONG PROJECT
PART THREE

We pray, Holy Spirit, that You will enter each heart with purpose to be faithful in worship, service and stewardship as we gather in spaces other than the sanctuary.



OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER/PROGRAMS
begin on September 13. We are starting off with one of our favorite presenters. Jay Moore, author, historian, educator is going to share with us about “Forgotten Abilene.” We like to think that Jay is the equivalent of Ken Burns of PBS. Both have a great touch in sharing the story in a way that is insightful. What is it about Abilene that we have forgotten? Jay will tell us.

The format for our supper/programs is simple. We gather at 5:45 PM to eat together at table. Feel free to bring your own food or sign up by Tuesday noon before the program for our catered dinner. Then at 6:30 PM our program begins. We end at or before 7:30 PM. This fall we have a lineup that you will find meaningful and stimulating. Come and see.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday Morning, August 20
All Youth – The Mug Stop

It’s hard to believe, but the new school year is once again upon us. Next week we’ll talk about finding better ways to greet the new friends a new year brings into our lives.

August 20th
12:00 PM
Austin Youth Center
Youth will kick-off our 2017-2018 school year with a potluck lunch and all youth and parent meeting. We will fellowship around the table, discuss the calendar, and talk about changes to the Youth Ministry in the future. It would be GREAT if all Youth parents would attend! The event will end with a special Youth tradition. You don't want to miss it! Please RSVP by emailing kbridwell@fcpc.net.

Emerging Adults

On Thursday, August 31st, we will begin the second year of Emerging Adult meetings. Who are emerging adults? Anyone who has graduated high school and is under the age of 25(ish). This group was created to provide a place for young people to continue their Christian education and make new friends. We welcome those in workforce, full-time students, and anything in between. If this sounds like you, come join us at 7:30 PM for a FREE DINNER and a Bible study.

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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR LOGOS!
 Logos is our super-fun Sunday program for kids five years old through fifth grade. This year’s Logos programs will begin on September 17. Look for more information in the coming weeks!

OUR FLOWER MINISTRY
is in need of larger sized vases to make flower arrangements. These arrangements are delivered to church members who are hospitalized or homebound to help brighten their day. If you have vases you would like to donate, please bring them to the church office during the week.

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.

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.

THE FOOD PANTRY
would greatly appreciate donations of travel sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, and other toiletries, plastic or paper grocery bags to pack food items for all our clients, as well as reusable 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.

B.O.B.S.
continues to serve a need. From January thru July, 2017, 10,855 breakfasts have been served, (271 being to youth). In addition, sack lunches including 17,483 sandwiches have been given out.
Your monetary donations are always appreciated, and if you would like to be a part of a FCPC Thursday morning team, please contact Margaret Beasley at 692-4149.
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