Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Wednesday Midweek Lenten Service

12 PM: Join us tomorrow and the next 2 Wednesdays at noon for our Midweek Lenten Service. This service lasts about 30 minutes and will be available to watch live or later in the week as needed on our website.

Sunday Schedule

8:30 AM: Indoor Worship/Livestream Worship (watch directly from our website

9:45 AM: Children's Sunday School at the Pavilion; Youth Sunday School at the Outdoor Benches; Sunday School Zoom classes for Youth and Adults.

11:00 AM: Indoor Worship

We have Indoor Worship in the Sanctuary at both 8:30 and 11 AM. We will continue to livestream the 8:30 AM service. Following COVID protocol, we will seat 24 family groups per service. Sign up here or call Sara Chang at 615.794.5114 ext 203. Deadline to RSVP is the Thursday night prior to that particular Sunday.

March 28, 2021: Palm Sunday
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Sermon: The Lord Needs It, Chris Joiner
"All Glory, Laud, and Honor"
"Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"
Holy Week Schedule:

Wednesday, March 31: Holy Week Prayer Bread - Zoom, 5:30-6:30 PM
Thursday, April 1: Maundy Thursday Worship - Zoom, 6:45-7:30 PM
Friday, April 2: Good Friday Service, Livestream, 7 PM
Saturday, April 3: Easter Egg Hunt, 11 AM
Sunday, April 4: Easter Services at 6 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM, & 11 AM

Congregational Care - Caring for One Another
We just celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the Visitation Ministry, which was born out of our Strategic Plan a few years ago. Thank you for all who serve in this ministry. We have been making calls this past year but look forward to being able to have in person visits again in the coming months. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, contact Karen Hanson at 407-341-3944 or klh680@charter.net.
Are you a caregiver for another? Your Stephen Ministry team wants to remind you of the following tips to care for yourself, especially during these challenging times. By making sure our own needs are met, we can better focus on caring for others.

Address Your Own Grief and Difficult Feelings
• Give yourself time to grieve. Let yourself feel what you feel.
• Find someone else you can share your personal feelings and struggles with. Having a safe place to let out your own hurts makes it easier to focus on the grieving person.

Know Your Limits as a Caregiver
• Know your limits, and don’t push yourself to provide care when you’re struggling.
• Be open to receiving care yourself from a pastor, a Stephen Minister, or another caregiver when you need it.

Maintain Good Boundaries in Your Care
• Avoid overidentifying with the grieving person. Instead, relate with empathy, seeking to understand their experience while maintaining your own perspective.
• Don’t pressure yourself to fix the person’s grief. Your being there to listen and care is powerful on its own—you can leave the rest to God, who brings ultimate healing.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the gift of a Stephen Minister, please contact Stephen Leader, Judi Arnold (judimarnold@gmail.com, 615.579.0364) or one of the FPC Pastors.
The Meal Ministry has continued to be active during the past year. Thank you to all who have provided meals for others in our congregation. If you would like to learn more about serving in this ministry, contact Sue Mahurin at 615-516-7013 or srmahurin@aol.com.
This Saturday at 2 PM we will be transported to Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany to view and hear the action that takes place behind-the-scenes and some actual scenes of the Passion Play 2010. The play presented mostly by the inhabitants of the village has occurred every ten years for nearly 400 years with exceptions for wars and pandemics. We hope you will join us in viewing this beautiful presentation. Click here to watch!
Yoga has moved to Thursday
Zoom Yoga moved Thursday mornings at 9 AM. We hope this time will work for you whether you have practiced with us in the past or are completely new to yoga.

We practice together via Zoom using a video and then have time for conversation and prayer. Click here to join us or contact Betty Barcheski to learn more. All are welcome. 
Flower Vases Needed
Do you have extra flower vases that you could donate for us to use when delivering flowers each week? If so, please bring to church this week and place in the bin marked vases. If you have vases to donate but are unable to bring them to church, please contact Anne Keener (615-794-5114 x219). Thank you in advance.
Worship Flower Dedications
You are invited to dedicate worship flowers in honor of or in memory of someone each week. The cost is $85. This will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you have a specific date you would like, sign up ASAP. Thank you for providing flowers each Sunday. We will no longer use the poster in the church office, so please click here to review the available slots and click on the button to sign up. If you have any questions, email Sara at schang@fpcfranklin.org. Thank you!
Easter Memorials/ Honoraria
Donations in the amount of $20 are being accepted. If you would like to give an Easter Memorial/Honorarium, please register online or call Sara Chang at 615.794.5114 ext. 203. Checks should be made payable to: First Presbyterian Church (Easter Memorial/Honoraria).
You may also give online under the "Flowers" section called Easter Flower Dedication.

Given in Honor of:
Margaret and Phillip Whiteside and sons by Betty Willoughby
Lashlee Webb, Betty Webb, Suzette Rutherford, and Mike Porter by Sam Webb
Lexie Pulliam by the Pulliam Family

Given in Memory of:
Dr. Joe Willoughby by his family
Bonnie Bowman and Mike Garafola by Sam Webb

Given in Thanksgiving of God's Blessings:
by the Pulliam Family
Farewell to Sarah Cochran

It is bittersweet to say that after 5 years here at FPC, Sarah has decided to move on. We are so very thankful for everything she has done and the important role she played on our staff especially through this pandemic. We will miss her tremendously and wish her all the best! If you'd like to send her a message, you can email her at scochran@fpcfranklin.org or send a letter to the office. Her last day will be March 31.

We have since hired a new accountant who is training with Sarah this week and we are excited to welcome Linda Cole to the FPC staff. More information is coming in the newsletter next week, so stay tuned!
This Week's Schedule

9 AM - Virtual Yoga

10 AM - Sisters in Spirit

8:30 AM - Indoor Worship/ Livestream
9:45 AM - Zoom Sunday School
11 AM - Indoor Worship