Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Wednesday Schedule

5 PM: Carillon Handbells, Room 215-A

6 PM: WNL (McAlister's Deli Night)

7:30 PM: Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Room 215-B

Sunday Schedule

8:30 AM: Worship/Livestream (watch from our website/FB Livestream) 

9 AM - 2 PM: Red Cross Blood Drive

9:45 AM: Sunday School for ALL Ages

11 AM: Worship

7 PM: Evening Prayer Service
September 26, 2021
Scripture: James 5:13-20
Sermon: Linzi Anderson

Come, Thou Almighty King
Kum Ba Yah
Live Into Hope
New Door Locking System

We have a new door locking system and want to make you aware of how it works. The doors are scheduled to be unlocked for church events; however, if you arrive at church for another reason, you will most likely find the door locked. When the door is locked during office hours, you will need to push the grey button to the right of the main entrance doors so the office volunteer can unlock the door.

If you need to unlock the doors before or after office hours, please contact Glenda Andrews or Rich Johnson.
Congregational Care - Caring for One Another
Mental Health Awareness

We are living through a time that brings unique struggles. Due to the pandemic, we are focused on physical health, but it is also important to focus on mental health. Recently, I participated in a Zoom meeting with Police Chief Faulkner and Mayor Moore on Mental Health Awareness and specifically Suicide Prevention. From January through July of this year, we have had 4 deaths by suicide and 23 attempts in the city of Franklin. Then in August alone, 3 more people took their lives, and all 7 deaths have been male. Our city leaders are concerned for the mental health of our citizens and are asking faith leaders to help educate and encourage others to reach out.

We are created to live in community. Reaching out to talk to a friend, family member, or professional about how you are feeling is a sign of strength, not weakness. Franklin recently created a wonderful website, www.findhopefranklin.com, that provides important resources, including crisis and support lines, community counseling organizations, medical and psychiatric centers, substance abuse information, and other resources. I encourage everyone to click on the link and see all the information readily available. You may need some of the resources today or you may know someone who could benefit from them, and we all need to be aware of this website for future needs.

In addition to all these resources, your church family is here for you. As pastors, our door is always open for conversation, and our Stephen Ministers are always here to walk with you during a difficult time.

As I was reminded again this past Sunday, our faith community cares deeply for one another. You are loved by your church family, and we are all in this together.

Much love and deep peace,
Stephen Ministry

People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?”
One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People. Stephen Ministers are there
  • after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
  • after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
  • after the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life.
  • after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
  • after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
  • after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
  • after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.

WHEN YOU NEED HELP, A STEPHEN MINISTER IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU! ACCEPT THE GIFT OF A STEPHEN MINISTER. You need not suffer alone. Contact Judi Arnold (judimarnold@gmail.com) or one of the pastors.
Meal Ministry
Whether it is celebrating the birth of a child or supporting a family after surgery, illness, or loss of a loved one, members of First Presbyterian are always there to show God's love through providing a meal.

If you feel called to serve in this ministry as a preparer or deliverer of food, or if you are in need of a meal, contact Sue Mahurin at srmahurin@aol.com.
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets each first and third Monday from 1-2:30 PM in the Parlor. We are always looking for people who love to knit or crochet or are excited to learn! Contact Karen Hanson (klh680@charter.net or 407-341-3944). All are welcome!

Read this thank you note below from Don Arnold, who received a prayer shawl recently.
Wednesday Night Live

Reservations are needed for dinner each week. The deadline to register is the Sunday prior to that particular Wednesday. Register today for Spaghetti Dinner on 9/29. We will have a few extra meals available for guests. Click here to make your reservation.
Pricing: $10 per adult/youth, $5 per child, $25 family max.
For the month of September, WNL will be in the Courtyard.
Red Cross Blood Drive THIS SUNDAY
Wilson Hall: 9 AM - 2 PM

There are still open appointments for this Sunday, so sign up today!

To make an appointment to donate, please visit: www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code FPCF19

Any questions, contact Melinda Henderson, MD mel_vols@yahoo.com.
Music & Worship
Service of Evening Prayer

This Sunday, September 26 (7:00 PM) – Sanctuary In Person and Livestream

A traditional service, as found the in the Presbyterian Book of Worship, at the close of day featuring music – scripture and prayer.
This Week's Schedule
10:30 AM: Bible Study
5 PM: Carillon Handbells
6:45 PM: Chancel Choir Rehearsal

6:30 PM: Stephen Ministry CE - Zoom

10 AM: Sisters in Spirit

8:30 AM: Worship/ Livestream
9 AM- 2 PM: Red Cross Blood Drive
9:45 AM: Sunday School
11 AM: Worship
5:30 PM: Youth Discussion Night
7 PM: Evening Prayer Service