Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Worship with us online
We live-stream an abbreviated Sunday morning service on our website and upload the text sermons.

August 30, 2020
Live-stream at 10AM
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15
Sermon: I Am Who I Am  - Chris Joiner
Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun
Take Up Your Cross

Outdoor Worship at 6PM in the courtyard
Click here to see past Sunday services.
Join us tomorrow at 6:30 PM for a brief Zoom communication from the Re-Open Task Force. Simply click on the link below to participate. We will begin with a brief presentation and will then open it to questions. We will reference this COVID-19 Statistics document and the FPC Guidelines that were recently updated. We are grateful for the abundance of support this congregation has given the Task Force and look forward to sharing more of the process with you. 

Here is the link to the Zoom. See you at 6:30 PM tomorrow night: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87217581756 
Congregational Care - Caring for One Another
Growth Groups
New Growth Groups are forming this week. Whether this would be your first Growth Group or you have participated in all 10 seasons, you are invited to find a group that works for you.
  • Groups will meet for 1 hour each week for 6 weeks beginning the week of September 13 through the week of October 18.
  • Most groups will be via Zoom with one group meeting outside at church following our safety protocol unless weather prevents in which case they will meet via Zoom.
  • We will read God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath by N.T. Wright. See your email from August 17 with more details about the book.
  • All participants will purchase their own copy which is available in paperback or Kindle version on Amazon.

Group options:                                                                                
Monday- Zoom               10-11 AM                  
Monday- Zoom              7-8 PM
Tuesday - Outside        10-11 AM at church following safety protocol 
Tuesday- Zoom             7-8 PM 
Tuesday -Zoom             8:15-9:15 PM
Which group works best for you? Click here to sign up today. Registration is open until Sunday, August 30, but the quicker you sign up the easier it is for our planning purposes. If you have any questions, contact a member of the Growth Group Ministry Team.

Growth Group Ministry Team
Sally Wanzer (sgwanzer@comcast.net)
Judith Wilson (jakright1@gmail.com)
Anne Keener (akeener@fpcfranklin.org
Flower Ministry: Vases Needed

Our Flower Delivery Ministry will soon begin again, and we need more vases. If you have vases to donate to this wonderful ministry, please leave them in the bin outside the Narthex entrance. If you are interested in being part of our delivery team, please contact Betty Barcheski (betty@barcheski.com or 630-995-1113).

Our Meal Ministry is a wonderful way to respond to God’s grace anytime but especially now. You are able to prepare a meal at your house and either deliver it yourself or connect with Sue Mahurin so she can deliver it. To use the words of a recent meal recipient, Sometimes food is more than just food… it is assurance and empathy and assistance and relief.” If you would like to learn more about serving in this ministry, please contact Sue (srmahurin@aol.com or 615-516-7013). Thank you in advance. 

Who do you know that is compassionate, caring, empathetic, and a good listener? These are the traits of a good Stephen Minister. We will be training our next Stephen Minister class via Zoom beginning this fall. Have you ever considered becoming a Stephen Minister or wanted to learn more? Contact Stephen Leader Judi Arnold (judimarnold@gmail.com) to learn more about the upcoming class or to share a name of someone you feel has the traits listed above. Also remember our Stephen Ministers are always ready to care for you if you would benefit from a Christian friend to walk with you during a difficult time.

Who doesn’t love going to their mailbox and finding a handwritten note from a friend in the midst of the junk mail. It can be the highlight of the day. The Congregational Care Committee is inviting you to be the highlight of someone’s day. We encourage you to think of someone(s) that you miss seeing at church and send them a note. We can’t wait to hear about the blessings that will come from the personal touch. 
August 30 Sunday School
All are invited to join us for Unique Updates that will be engaging, fun, and very informative about many of the fall ministries for First Presbyterian.

Sunday, August 30
Week of Action

"Over the last several years, and prominently in the last few months, I have had to confront structural racism. At times I have been resistant to see racism as structural. After all, I thought, racism is an individual, moral problem. If individuals could overcome their own racial biases, one at a time, then racism would be a thing of the past. When I start thinking that way, I am thankful for voices throughout my life who have reminded me that race is not just an individual failing. It is a systemic failing, one that intersects with gender, class, sexuality, and other dynamics to create an environment in which some lives are valued more than others. Looked at this way, I can stop being so defensive. To say there is such a thing as systemic racism is not a personal attack against White people; rather, it is an acknowledgement that we are one community of human beings, and that this is a problem that has to be addressed as a community.

Or as Paul wrote in Corinthians, “When one part of the body suffers, all suffer with it.”

Read more of Pastor Chris's reflection on the Black Lives Matter movement here, and tune in to FPC's social media this week for ways to engage with the Presbyterian Week of Action.
YOU can be a HERO by donating blood!

When: Sunday, September 27, 2020
           9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Donor Coach in FPC Parking Lot

Why:   Blood Donation is Important….and YOU can help patients who need blood products!

At this time, you must schedule an appointment (walk-ins are not permitted) to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering the Sponsor Code FPCF19.

You may also contact Connie Bond at cbond@comcast.net / 615-790-4043 to schedule an appointment.
This Week's Schedule
10 AM - Worship Service
6 PM - Outdoor Prayer Service