Nominations Needed for Elders, Trustee, and 2022 Nominating Committee

The 2021 FPC Nominating Committee is asking the congregation to submit nominations for the positions of elder, trustee, and the 2022 nominating committee. HERE you will find an online form where you may submit nominations.

2021Nominating Committee: Wesley Anne Barnes, Marianne Cone, Graves Lovell, Tracy Parsons, Stites Whatley, Elizabeth White.
Co-Pastors' Sabbatical Update


Our Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal Grant is allowing us to offer members of the congregation these two wonderful resources at no cost. These resources reflect our sabbatical theme, Reformed and Always Being Reformed: A Dual Sabbatical in Reformed Spirituality and History and are filled with rich reflections that we hope will be meaningful to members of all ages and stages of life.

Copies of An Iona Prayer Book by Peter Millar and/or Christian Prayer for Today by Martha Moore-Keish (our guest teacher and preacher June 5-6, 2021) are now available in the church narthex and outside the breezeway. If you are not attending worship at this time but would like a copy, please contact Rev. Kathy Reed.

Those who signed up for a copy should have yours delivered or be contacted about pickup no later than Friday, April 30

Sunday, April 25

✵ 11:00am: 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. As always, masks and social distancing are required at all times.



✵ 11:00am: Virtual Worship - 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. Knowing we are at the mercy of technology, we appreciate your patience and grace if all does not go according to plan. Attached you will find a bulletin for this Sunday’s service.
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**
Sunday Worship now on 99.9FM

In Person Lay Readers Needed for Sunday Worship

As we look forward to having our new camera system installed in the sanctuary to enable a live-streamed service, we are in need of individuals willing to serve as lay readers on Sunday mornings.

As a reader, you will be provided a prayer and Scripture reading and simply asked to arrive a few minutes early so one of the pastors can instruct you on when and where to stand. You'll find the sign up for all summer dates HERE.
Adult Christian Education Opportunities

Old Testament Walkabout Class
9:00am via Zoom
The Old Testament class has followed the story of Israel from its beginning as a people through the establishment of its nation to the downfall of that nation and the dispersion of its people. We are now in the period of the Exile. In this section of our study, we will explore exilic and post-exilic writings to try to gain a better idea of what exile was like and, also, attempt to see the impact of this new chapter in the history of Israel’s life and faith. To receive the zoom link for this class, please contact Gayle Andress .

Bible Journaling Small Group
Mondays, 12pm, Baird Hall 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 Baird Hall (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.

***Coming in May - Office Hours Bible Study, Psalms***
Day/Time/Format TBD
If you have not yet had a chance to participate in the Office Hours Bible Study, this May could be your chance! Watch each week's interview via Facebook or YouTube and then gather with FPC Auburn members for discussion. The specific day/time and format (in person or via Zoom) of this group will be decided by those interested in participating. Please contact Harriette Huggins if you are interested in joining.
CE News

Below is a lot of important info regarding our upcoming schedule. Now that we’re in Phase 4, we are going to start easing in to in-person Sunday school. We will take this summer as an opportunity to figure out what works best and is safest for our children and youth. This means there may be some schedule/location tweaks along the way. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Children Pre-K through 5th grade
Every other Sunday through May, we will have in-person Sunday school in Baird Hall from 10:15 – 10:45. We will be alternating Sundays with Jr. and Sr. High Youth since Baird Hall is the only large space available as of now. As always, masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

There will also be a Zoom option at 9:15am on the days that class meets.

Children’s Sunday school class schedule
May 2
May 16
May 30

Pre-K through 5th graders will also continue meet from 2 – 2:30pm on Sunday afternoons in Baird Hall for fellowship and recreation. Masks are required. Please have your child bring a water bottle.

Jr. and Sr. High Youth
Jr. High youth will meet at 4pm on Sunday evenings in Baird Hall for youth group. Sr. Highs will meet at 5pm on Sunday evenings in Baird Hall for youth group.

THIS SUNDAY we will begin in-person Sunday school from 10 – 10:45am in Baird Hall. We will meet every other Sunday through April and May, alternating Sundays with children since Baird Hall is the only large space available as of now. As always, masks are required.
Youth Sunday school class schedule
April 25
May 9
May 23

Parents, don’t forget to join other parents of youth and children in the courtyard at 10:15 for a BYO coffee hour of fellowship!
PCM Assists 113 Families During First Quarter

The Presbyterian Community Ministry (PCM) provided financial and home repair assistance to 113 Lee County families during the first quarter. Assistance included loans and grants for utility bills, renovations, and rent.

Assistance for utilities bills was provided for Maryanna, for example, who was forced to stay at home from her daycare center position for a month after she contracted COVID, and for Denecia, who was robbed after she cashed her monthly disability check. Federal and PCM funds were used to replace the roof, repair the floors, and rebuild the front steps for Louanne, who is disabled and unable to work.

Total income for the quarter was $66,412; expenses were $59,353. Income included $23,405 from membership dues, $9,724 from donations, $1,608 from loan paybacks, and $22,143 from our church’s Outreach Committee. Expenses included about $20,000 for rent and mortgage payments, $4,330 (and $12,229 from federal funds) for home repairs, and about $13,000 for utilities payments.

Donations of any amount from our church members are always welcome. Those who wish to make a gift to PCM should send checks to PCM, 143 East Thach Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830. Those wishing to become individual annual members ($250) or family members ($300) should send their checks to the same address.
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 must be worn at all times, proper social distancing (6ft apart) should be observed, no food or drinks may be provided, and we ask that, before you leave, your group wipe down all surfaces with cleaning supplies provided by the church.
  • 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.

Ministry Area | Staff Contact
Children and Youth | Chris Sarkowski
Music | Damion Womack
UKirk andUniversity 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

Apr. 25 - Lucy Tamblyn
Apr. 27 - Adam Brown, Joel Buchanan, Ki Seroka
Apr. 28 - Bob Greenleaf
Apr. 30 - Daniel Henry, Chris Sarkowski
May 1 - Vanessa Lamb

Anniversaries

Apr. 29 - Jeff and Lisa Glasscock
Apr. 30 - Steve and Jane Reeves

This semester, UKirk has multiple opportunities to gather and grow in faith, including a Bible Study and fellowship night over Zoom. If you are or know of a student interested in learning more about UKirk, fill out this form or email Caroline, and she will be happy to contact you with more info.
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 of healing and rest for Voncile Lane as she recovers at home. Voncile was sick all this past week and became very dehydrated, so she spent an evening at EAMC to get some fluids. The great news is Voncile is now home! Prayers for her parents Kristina and Mitchell as they care for her.
• Prayers of comfort for the Wells family as they grieve the sudden death of their close family friend, Thaddeus Nifong.
• Prayers of healing for Joy Elam as she recovers from successful emergency hip surgery.
• Prayers of comfort for the Parsons family as they gather together as a family this weekend for a Memorial Service for Mary Parsons. We hope to have more details available soon of the ways friends of Mary can join the livestream of this worship service on the church’s YouTube Channel.
• Prayers of healing and recovery for church members who had successful surgery and are now beginning the rehab process of their recovery.
• Continued prayers of healing and wholeness for many in our church family and their loved ones who are dealing with significant health and wellness issues but do not wish to be mentioned by name at the moment.
• Prayers of healing for Kevin Wells as he prepares for a heart procedure in a few weeks.
• Prayers of healing for Mary Dalrymple’s brother-in-law Charles Otto. Charles suffered a serious stroke and is currently in a hospital in Rhode Island. Prayers for Mary’s sister Carol as she tends to her husband’s health.
• Prayers of healing for James Fukai’s father, Junichiro Fukai, who continues rehab after significant surgery.
• Prayers of healing for Amy Well’s friend Suzi Bonifay undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
• Prayers for Carolyn Williams’ family friends Carole and Mallory who are undergoing cancer treatment.
• Prayers of healing for Amanda Smith’s co-worker and friend, Susan Scales, as she begins cancer treatment.
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