Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Worship with us online
We live-stream an abbreviated Sunday morning service on our   FPC facebook page  and upload the  text sermons  on our website.

June 28, 2020
Scripture: Romans 12:1-13
Sermon: Transformed, Anne Keener
Hymns:
Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
Take My Life

Click here to see this past Sunday's service.
Christian Education
Sharing Our Stories
We've started our new devotional blog  Sharing our Stories: Faithful Responses Through COVID-19.  Click here  to read the stories from our congregation.

You are invited to contribute to this project by sharing the story of your faith through this COVID-19 crisis. We have chosen the Book of Psalms as the scripture text to guide you. Psalms are poems from the heart of sacred writers and cover every human emotion while showing God’s faithfulness and love through all kinds of human experiences.

Your story/devotion can tell of your experience of quarantine daily life, journal reflections, faith ponderings, poetry, or how a particular Psalm is speaking to you during this pandemic. Our goal is to be open and encourage creativity in your storytelling experience, so guidelines are minimal. There is not a word limit, but keep in mind that brevity is usually best. If you have an entry and do not have a suggested Psalm, we can help with that and know it is not “mandatory” that you use one.

If you are willing to write an entry, please let Claire or Kim know at  princessblues28@gmail.com or kjoiner@fpcfranklin.org.
Please prayerfully consider this request. We hope this invitation helps you connect with God and each other in mind and spirit. Let us know any questions you might have and if this is a possibility for you.
Summer Series
Now through August 2, Pastor Chris will be leading an adult Sunday school class on Zoom and preaching a series of sermons on the theme, The Resilient Church .
We are all learning these days what it takes to be resilient in the midst of significant change. The pandemic affecting the world has created major disruptions in the way we live. These disruptions have caused grief and pain for many. We are all being thrust into the kind of circumstance that calls for resilience, both as individuals, and as a church.

In July, the emphasis will shift to the practices in the faith and in the church that ground us in ancient traditions that are ever-new in each generation. Especially as we walk through these days of crisis, our congregational resilience is surely grounded in those practices which have nourished and led followers of Christ through all the ages. We will be reading Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer , by Rowan Williams . Williams served as the 104 th Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002-2012, and is currently the Chancellor of University of South Wales. This book is an exploration of the essential elements of the Christian life, those simple and recognizable things that make you realize that you are part of a Christian community. Part of what makes Christian communities resilient in times of crisis is a deepening reflection on these basics. We will spend the month of July joining Williams in this reflection.

This book is available on Amazon or wherever you purchase books. It is not necessary for you to have read the book to participate in the class discussion. All are welcome. Pastor Chris will preach on the themes present in the book, bringing them into conversation with relevant biblical texts.

Join us this summer at 9 AM and let us embrace the call of these times for resilience. Click here for zoom link.
Sisters in Spirit
Sisters in Spirit small group started a new study on June 12th and would like to invite interested women in our church to join us. During this time of isolation we have loved holding Zoom meetings every Friday at 10 AM and have decided to extend these meetings through the summer. Our meetings have brought us great joy as we experience fellowship, discussion and prayer with our friends. Our new study will focus on the book Even Better Than Eden by Nancy Guthrie, a local teacher, speaker and author. Please contact Martha Johnson , Cindy Blackburn , or Dianne Wood if interested. We will happily answer questions, provide more information and send you a invitation/link that will help you easily join our next meeting.  
Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study – 7:30 AM
Every Saturday, Come well... something... or high water.
 
About 7 – 12 men get together every Saturday morning to discuss events, historical context, and theologies presented in the Bible along with bridging contexts (between Biblical and contemporary times) and contemporary application of Biblical passages. (i.e., what do I do with this passage?) None of us are experts (indeed perhaps most of us have never before read the passages we are covering). None of us are teaching elders, just a bunch of guys enjoying each others company while learning about what’s in, and the significance of the Bible, how and maybe why it got there, and what it might mean to us. Discussion leadership rotates each week to whoever volunteers to do it the next week.
 
We are currently very slowly making our way through Acts of the Apostles using William Barclay’s commentary on this book as a discussion guide. We would love you to join us and contribute your own 2 cents.
 
We are currently offering a patio gathering at Jim Mahurin’s along with the Zoom call for those unable to get out. He has enough room for 6-8 feet between each of us. Bring your mask and join us. Contact Jim for directions, jimmahurin@aol.com . Just BYOC. (That’s COFFEE).
 
Women's Book Club
FPC's Women’s Book Club is reading The Book of Longings
by Sue Monk Kidd. Join us on Zoom at 7 PM on Thursday, July 23.
Upper Room Daily Devotional Book
The new July-Aug-Sept editions are available and free for pick up in a tub on the black bench outside the sanctuary doors. 
Children's Sunday School
Growing in God's Love
11 AM ( click here for zoom link)
Children's Wednesday Fun
Wednesdays 6 PM ( click here for zoom link)
Compassion Camp: Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You. 
As we look around the world, what becomes clearer each day is our deep need for compassion - now more than ever. Compassion Camp’s goal is to cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world.

Preschool – 6 th grade students will have special activities for the Wednesdays in July. Resources will be emailed and packets will be available to pick up at the church beginning July 1. Compassion Camp will be a mix of offerings for you to do on the FPC grounds, at home, and online. There will be a community art project, special guests will be leading online activities, movement, and Bible Stories. Compassion in action mission activities will engage the entire family. Watch your inbox and social media for Compassion Camp at FPC!

July 1: At the Table Luke 15:11-32  
July 8: To the Neighbor Mark 2:1-12
July 15: For Myself Mark 12:28-31  
July 22: Along the Way Ruth 1:1-22  
July 29: With the World Leviticus 25
Music/Arts and Worship
Farewell Organ Recital, May 31, 2020
We said goodbye to our beloved organ that was installed at the downtown location of First Presbyterian Church in 1976 with a Farewell Recital played by Michael Snoddy, Director of Music and Organist. If you missed the live event on Sunday, you can watch it here .
New Pipe Organ Update
Casavant Countdown: 4 Months
Casavant Opus 3938 (Installation – November of 2020)
Work continues on the new organ in the Casavant workshop in Montreal, where assembly is currently taking place. Watch for continuing updates and information each month!
(Above) Assembly of the new organ continues in Montage (Assembly) Room #4.
(Below) Additional assembly images including the detail work as wiring the organ relay.
Hymn Stories
Join us for a new hymn story each Monday on Facebook!
Each week we will discover a little bit of background information about your favorite hymn…and hear it played. Send in a favorite title to the church’s main page, the music group page, or via a simple email. Look for your favorite to be featured in the coming weeks.

Q: I would like to own my own copy of the hymnal, how may I do so? 
A: Use the following link to find out more information on how to order.

Carillon Schedule
Hymn Program (Daily at Noon and 6:00 PM)
Ringing the Hours (Weekdays: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM)
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Get to know this week's family: The Reimers

Who do you have in your home with you?

We have Michael, Heather, Chase, Nicole and Rebel (our beloved dog) Reimer in our home.

How are you all doing?

We’ve been spending lots of extra time together – which as most families know has it’s pros and cons. Heather has continued working as she is deemed Essential– she works for a construction/ developer company in Cool Springs as Office Manager. Michael unfortunately was furloughed with his job at Marriott – so he’s been home spending time with the kids and having dinner ready to go when Heather walks in from work. Menu planning takes on a whole different level, as our music and drinks during dinner has been themed around the menu for the evening. Chase – well he graduated from Franklin High School - not officially, but in his mind he was done back in March, when they called school off for COVID!! Luckily, he’s also been working at Blue Coast Burrito in Cool Springs, so he’s been able to stay somewhat busy. Although we hate how the last few months of senior year played out, he’s been grateful and excited for his next journey. Nicole – she finished off her Sophomore year via Zoom at FHS, and has been continuing her running as Cross Country will be here before she knows it, and enjoys her newfound freedom of being a licensed driver and not having to have mom and dad in the car with her at all times! Rebel – he’s just excited more people are around all day for him to play with!!

Have you created any new Family Traditions or Rituals?

We’ve been playing more board games, and enjoying movies too. Apples to Apples and Catch Phrase have been our new family games – but one of our Favorites and Love is UNO!!

How are you staying connected to family, friends, and the church?

We’ve enjoyed staying connected thru the Facebook live Sunday mornings and watching church with all 5 of us still in our pajamas. We’ve been checking in more regularly and texting with friends and family – making sure everyone is doing ok.

Do you have anything else you want to share with our church community? A prayer, a funny story from quarantine, or a word of encouragement?

While the last couple of months have left so much of the unknown, we’ve been trying to stay positive and looking at things on the brighter side, the glass ½ full rather than ½ empty. More family time, more time to spend with one another that we wouldn’t have gotten during Chase’s senior year. While it’s been strange to slow down life and enjoy the moment, it’s been nice to have more relaxation time to spend with one another, and not always being on the GO.

We wish all our friends and family well, and can’t wait to bring on the new normal, whatever that may bring. Blessings and Peace to y’all!
This Week's Schedule
Wednesday

Thursday
9:30 AM: Virtual Yoga

Saturday