WORSHIP SERVICES AT 9 AM & 11 AM BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY
Please read carefully!
 
In response to the outstanding attendance we have experienced in the last two weeks as well as our commitment to maintain safe social distancing protocols in worship, this week the FPC Session Elders approved the following motion: 
 
Motion to Session Re: Resuming Early Service
That in addition to the 11am worship service, the church begin offering a 9am service in the sanctuary. Like previous services we have held this year, this service will include an abbreviated liturgy lasting roughly 30min. Unlike the former 8:30am service, for the time being we will not observe weekly communion at the 9am service. This service will follow all current COVID protocols being observed at the 11am service, including sign-ups, masking, social distancing, etc. In the time between the 9am and 11am worship services, volunteers and staff will implement any cleaning/sanitizing procedures recommended by the church’s COVID task force.
 
Because the decision to add this service has been made somewhat quickly, please know it is likely that the order/musical offerings/organization of the 9 a.m. service will evolve over the next few weeks as we assess attendance, availability of volunteers, and other contributing factors.
A few important items of note with our new worship schedule:
  • for Families of Nursery Aged Children - The nursery will continue to be available at the 11 a.m. service each Sunday and by request for the 9 a.m. service. If you would like to have the nursery available at the 9 a.m. service, please contact Chris Sarkowski at csarkowski@fpcauburn.org (no later than 5 p.m. Friday) so that arrangements may be made.
  • for Families of Children and Youth  - Sunday School will continue to be held at 10:15 a.m. until September 12, when Sunday School will begin at 9:45 a.m. At this time, there will be no children’s church during the 9 a.m. service and Worship Readiness will only be held during the 11 a.m. service beginning September 12. However, should attendance patterns suggest that a children’s option needs to be added to the 9 a.m. service this will be reevaluated as soon as possible.
  • for those attending Adult Sunday School - Our hope is that the 9 a.m. service will last no more than 30 minutes, allowing you plenty of time to begin your Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m.
  • for all attending worship, Sunday School, and Punch on the Lawn - Please continue to be mindful of varying comfort levels in our congregation regarding hugs, handshakes, and proper distancing. With more opportunities to interact comes an increased responsibility to keep our church family safe and healthy.

Regular Worship Reminders: 
How many people can sign up per pew?
In order to maintain six feet of social distance, one family unit may sign up per pew. A family unit of four or five can comfortably sit in a pew together, depending on your own preference for personal space. Those attending in the high-risk category are encouraged to sit in the back (higher numbered pews) for better ventilation and the ability to exit first.
Can I sit with someone who does not live in my household?
We recognize many church members, especially those who are now fully vaccinated, may wish to share a pew with church “family” who do not live in their household. Individuals are encouraged to communicate ahead of time and sign up together. Please be respectful and do not sign up to sit in someone else’s pew unless you have communicated with them beforehand.
How will I know which pew to sit in?
Pay attention to which pew number you sign up for. Each pew will be numbered along the side and center aisles. An usher will be happy to to help direct you to your pew. (Ushers will have a copy of this sign up.)
Do I need to wear a mask?
Masks are once again required for all people at all gatherings inside the building, including worship. This change was based on the recommendation of the FPC COVID Reopening Task Force and approved by the Session at a called session meeting on July 26.
Congregational Survey - Please Respond!!

Please click here to respond to the brief congregational survey

After a year of social distancing, many of our routines and habits have changed. And now, with the hope of reconnecting in the fall, we have the opportunity to change them again.
In order to provide opportunities for connection— especially through intergenerational fellowship— the Congregational Care and Children and Youth committees invite you to take a short survey about how you would like to reconnect with others in the church.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us; your response will help guide us as we plan new opportunities for congregational connection.
Sanctuary Flowers

After a long hiatus, we are resuming sign-ups for Sanctuary flowers starting in September. If you would like to cover the cost of flowers for Sunday morning worship, please sign up for a date on our SignUp Genius page. If you are unable to sign up online, you may contact Sarah Wolak at 334-728-7853 to sign up for a date. While the Sign-Up Genius page only has one slot available for each week, you are welcome to split the cost with another family-- just be sure to write both names in the comments section. The cost of the flowers has been increased to $50 per arrangement, not including tax and delivery fee. As before, you are welcome to bring the arrangements home after the service, or to leave them to be delivered to other members of the congregation.
Fall Lay Reader Sign Up (for In-Person Worship at 11 a.m.)

Members of all ages are welcome and encouraged to help lead worship and you can sign up HERE for a particular date. You will be contacted earlier in the week by the preacher for that Sunday, who will provide the liturgy, prayers, and instructions for the service. We love having the voices of our members leading us in prayer and worship!
Sign Up Now to Host Punch-on-the-Lawn!

We are excited to once again be able to enjoy a time of refreshment and fellowship following worship! If you would like to volunteer to host a Sunday Punch-on-the-Lawn, you may sign up here. For more information about volunteering, please contact Kirstin Yost at at kmyost97@gmail.com or 910-309-1625.
Adult Christian Education Opportunities

Masks are once again required to be worn by anyone inside our church buildings.

NEW Adult Classes beginning Sunday, September 12 at 9:45 a.m.:

Modern Families
In her book, More Than Words: 10 Values for the Modern Family, author Erin Wathen explores what it means to practice family values such as compassion, sabbath, authenticity, and joy. While this class was initially requested by parents of our church's youth and children, it is open to individuals, couples, and families of all walks and phases of life. Participants are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book. If you are interested in attending, please contact Rev. Kathy Reed so that we can determine which space in the church will best accommodate this group.

Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living
This fall, the Burton Bible and Bible Basics classes will be combining to explore a new PC(USA) curriculum, "Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living." Based on practices followed by Jesus and that he taught us to do as faithful followers, this new curriculum examines where these practices are found in the Bible and how they have been used in Christian faith then and now. If you are interested in attending, please contact co-teachers Jim Bannon and/or Henry Brandhorst so that enough participant guides may be ordered.

CONTINUING Opportunities for Adult Education:

Old Testament Walkabout Class
9:30am, Baird Hall OR Zoom
The Old Testament Sunday school class has resumed meeting in person in Baird Hall. We also offer a live Zoom option. Our current study is what many refer to as Second Isaiah (Isaiah, chapters 40 thru 55). Class begins at 9:45. Please join us either in person in Baird Hall or contact Gayle Andress, if you wish to receive a Zoom invitation.


Bible Journaling Small Group
Tuesdays, 2pm, Library OR Zoom
You do not have to be an artist to find a great deal of meaning in the practice of Bible journaling. Join us in the church library (or, if you are more comfortable, via Zoom) every Monday as we reflect upon the previous Sunday's sermon and Scripture text and explore various kinds of drawing, painting, and journaling techniques. For more information, please contact Susan Fillippeli.
Children and Youth News

We’re having a Kickoff Cookout! 
Sunday, September 12, children, youth, and their families are invited to join together in the church parking lot for a time to celebrate the beginning of the new program year. There will be more details to come but mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this awesome opportunity to reconnect as a church family!

Parents of Children and Youth - please see the update in Adult Christian Education Opportunities about the new “Modern Families” class that will begin September 12. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Reed at kreed@fpcauburn.org.

Children Pre-K through 5th grade
• Worship Readiness will begin September 12. This year, Worship Readiness will be offered for 2nd and 3rd graders. Each Sunday for six weeks children will learn about all of the different pieces of worship and why we worship the way we do. At the conclusion of Worship Readiness, our 2nd and 3rd graders will be prepared to stay in worship for the entire service.
• The nursery is now available from 10 until noon on Sunday mornings for children birth to age 3.
• Children’s church is back! After the Word to Grow By (at 11 a.m. worship), children ages 4 to rising 3rd grade will go together to the preschool room for the remainder of the worship service.
• Worship bags are also available for all children during worship.
• Children’s Sunday school will meet this Sunday from 10:15 – 10:45 in Conway Hall.
• Masks are required indoors for children 3 & over and youth, as well as all adults working with them.

Jr. and Sr. High Youth
• Six Jr. and Sr. High Youth and two adults will participate in the Alabama Rural Ministry Saturday of Service tomorrow. Stay tuned for pictures and stories from this amazing service opportunity.
• Youth Sunday school will meet this Sunday from 10:15 – 10:45 in the Senior High room.
Sunday, August 22

✵ 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.: In-Person, Indoor Worship -  If you attend one of the indoor services in coming weeks you will notice many differences from our "normal" sanctuary worship. At this time, based on recommendations from our COVID Task Force and Session, we will have a very simple service without congregational singing, passing of the peace, and several other elements you might be looking forward to sharing with your church family. However, as local conditions and guidelines continue to improve it is our greatest hope that we will begin adding back in all these elements of worship we know and love. Thank you so much for your patience and grace as we try to maintain the greatest level of safety for our congregation, musicians, worship leaders, and our greater community.

At the sign-up link below (and the email containing the sign-up sent on Thursday), you will find detailed information on our current protocols for worship attendance.





✵ 11:00 a.m.: Virtual Worship - We are pleased to announce that we are live-streaming our worship service at 11 a.m. What this means is that those worshiping from home will be able to watch the service live as it is happening in the sanctuary. To view the service you can go directly to our church’s YouTube Channel via your computer, smartphone, or Smart TV app (https://tinyurl.com/t7dl8vh) or you can access the worship service through our website or Facebook page.

If you are unable to watch live at 11 a.m., a recorded version of the service will be available at these same links later in the day.
As the fall semester approaches, UKirk Auburn is excited to welcome returning and new students to our ministry! The best way to reach new students is through word-of-mouth and a recommendation from someone they trust.

The UKirk Campus Ministries of our presbytery (Auburn, University of Alabama, Birmingham, and Jacksonville State) would love to be introduced to any and all college students who may be interested in a Presbyterian campus ministry. You can refer students through this form, and don’t forget to tell your college students to look for “UKirk” when they arrive on campus.

For more info, contact Caroline Barnett at cbarnett@fpcauburn.org.
Update to Our Covid Re-Opening Plan
Updated July 26

At a called session meeting on Monday, July 26, the session voted to require masks for all participants for worship and indoor gatherings. They also voted to reinstate six feet of social distancing between family units in the sanctuary. These changes came as a recommendation from the COVID Taskforce in light of the high positive infection rate for Lee County, advice from EAMC health officials, and a growing concern over the Delta variant.

These changes were not made lightly but are being put into effect based upon the high infection rate for our county, advice from EAMC health officials, and a growing concern over the spread of the Delta variant. With these practices in place, we hope the church campus can continue to serve our congregation safely.

What is changing? 
  • Masks are required for all people attending indoor gatherings, including worship. 
  • Each pew can accommodate one family unit (approximately four- five people) in order to ensure six feet of distance between units. 


What stays the same? 
  • Worship continues in-person, online, and over the radio. If you wish to worship in-person, a sign-up is required. The sign up email is sent out on Thursday and is open until 10:59am Sunday morning. If you are having trouble with the electronic sign up, please contact Katie Cooper (770-630-4634), Denise Salo (313-215-3091), or Kirstin Yost (910-309-1671 or kmyost97@gmail.com), and they would be more than happy to make sure you are signed up for worship properly.  
  • Groups wishing to meet in the building must sign up with their designated staff person and keep a list of attendees. Groups are also able to meet in a hybrid style (in-person and via Zoom) or entirely over Zoom. If you have questions about how your group can meet, please contact your ministry’s staff person.
Procedures for In-Person Meetings in Church Facilities

As you read the information below, please note that the church building is NOT yet open for general use. PLEASE do not enter the building without first contacting a staff member (preferably as outlined below, via email at least 48 hours in advance) so that we can continue to provide the greatest level of safety and sanitation.

If I am a part of a small group (circle, committee, bible study, etc.) that would like to meet on site, what steps should I take? 
  • PRIOR TO YOUR GATHERING - Contact your group’s designated staff member (please see below for a full list of staff resource persons for each ministry area). Work with your staff person to schedule a time and space for your group to meet. They will explain to you which entrance, exit, and restrooms your group should utilize for the time you are schedule to meet at the church. 
  • DURING YOUR GATHERING - Masks are now optional (unless children are present), although please be respectful of the level of comfort within your group. Proper social distancing should be observed and no food or drinks may be provided.
  • AT THE END OF YOUR GATHERING - Coordinate with your designated staff person to ensure that a list of all attendees is submitted to the church (for contact tracing purposes), the space is properly cleaned and the church doors are locked upon exiting.

Who is my designated staff person and how do I contact them?
Please send an email at least 48 hours before your group would like to gather so staff members have plenty of time to communicate and avoid overlapping groups.


Please contact the following staff members with any questions or concerns in the
following areas:
Ministry Area | Staff Contact
Children and Youth | Chris Sarkowski
Music | Damion Womack
UKirk and University Ministry | Caroline Barnett 
Worship | Nick Reed or Kathy Reed
Mission | Kathy Reed
Adult Education and Presbyterian Women | Kathy Reed
Congregational Life | Nick Reed 
Property | Nick Reed or Steve Hickok
General Office | Kathy Rushing
Generosity | Kathy Reed
Finance | Nick Reed 
Personnel | Nick Reed or Kathy Reed

We thank you in advance for your patience and grace as we do our best to transition into this next (exciting!) phase of our reopening. Please know that in the weeks ahead we may find need to institute a more formal scheduling system in order to facilitate groups that desire to meet in the building. We will use the weekly email newsletter as a place to share these updates.

With much gratitude, The FPC Staff
Birthdays

Aug. 23 - Madison Dimick
Aug. 25 - Tom Duin
Aug. 26 - Will Duin, Harriette Huggins, Stella Stewart,
Ben Stewart, Joel Tremaine, Hope Wisdom
Aug. 27 - Keller Glasscock
Aug. 28 - Don Andress, Karen Himmer

Anniversaries

Aug. 24 - Rodney and Chris Greer (30th!)
Aug. 26 - Henry and Louise Brandhorst (65th!)
Aug. 26 - D’Arcy and Catherine Wernette
Prayer Concerns & Celebrations

For the time period in which our church family is worshiping virtually, our pastors have decided that prayer concerns will be shared via weekly email. These individuals will most certainly be prayed for during our Sunday worship service, but their names and specific concerns will not be shared via broadcast.

Concerns:

• Prayers for Nick Reed - some of you may know that Nick was admitted to EAMC Monday morning. Scar tissue from a previous surgery created a blockage in his abdomen, however it does seem as though they have been able to resolve it without need for further surgery. We are very hopeful that he may be able to come home before the end of the week and very grateful to all who have reached out with prayers and offers for help!
• Prayers for Kathi Kishkorn had a brief stay in the ICU EAMC following a cardiac procedure but is being moved to the skilled nursing unit, hopefully today, to receive rehab.
• Prayers for Dave Lindahl, who is navigating a severe back injury and will be receiving treatments in the weeks ahead
• Prayers for Liz Lindahl, who has moved to Azalea Place. Her new contact information is: 334-209-1942; 1601 Professional Parkway, Apt. 105, Auburn, AL 36830.
• Merilyn Hozer who has moved to Auburn Assisted Living. Merilyn does not have a phone number at her new residence yet but you may send her a card at: 350 Samford Village Ct. #223, Auburn, AL 36830.
• Prayers for the Spencer family for healing and strength.
• Prayers for Gerri Talley who is recovering from back surgery. Also prayers for her son-in-law, Gary Sagunsky, and his family as he begins chemotherapy as well as dialysis for multiple myeloma.
• Prayers of healing and rest for Kevin Wells as he recovers from successful cardiac surgery.
• Prayers for Belinda Wright, friend of Karen Herring & Leslie Carter, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
• Prayers for Rodney Greer’s mother, Dixie, as she recovers from surgery.
• Prayers for Bob Webeler's sister, Sue, who was receiving rehab in Phenix City but is now at EAMC following some setbacks in her health.
• Prayers of healing for Tom Webb’s sister as she recovers from successful surgery. Prayers for Tom as he cares for his sister in Oregon.
• The Cochran family’s friend Sarah Andres, scheduled for a kidney transplant in Philadelphia, PA.
• Prayers for Melanie Jackson, Jessica Barnes’ childhood friend, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
• Prayers of healing for Amy Well’s friend Suzi Bonifay undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
• Prayers of healing for Amanda Smith’s co-worker and friend, Susan Scales, as she undergoes cancer treatment.
• All who are dealing with significant health and wellness issues but do not wish to be mentioned by name at the moment.
• All who are suffering from COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant.
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