Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Worship with us online
We live stream an abbreviated Sunday morning service on our website and upload the text sermons .
July 12, 2020
Scripture: Mark 1:1-13
Sermon Title: Baptism: The Mark of God's Welcome - Chris Joiner
Hymns:
Open Now, Thy Gates of Beauty
Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing

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Mission
This Week's Compassion Camp Mission Project
For Compassion Camp this week, we invite the whole church to participate. We’ll have a tub by the Sanctuary for people to drop off canned or prepared food items, and everyone is also welcome to fill a tote bag with fun items to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club (the bags and fun items will all be available at the entrance to the preschool). We are making 60 bags for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club here in Williamson County, and anyone can come by to drop off items or fill a bag from July 8-15. 
July 2NDSAT: Society of St. Andrew
Join us for our July 2NDSAT on Saturday, July 11! We will meet at Allenbrooke Farms in Spring Hill to glean with the Society of St. Andrew. The group will be capped at 20 people, and we ask that volunteers wear a mask at all times unless they are further than 10 feet away from anyone not part of their household. For your safety, we ask that anyone with underlying health conditions wait to participate in a different mission project. Join us in gleaning extra food from the farm so it can be shared with those who are hungry!

Sign up via VolunteerLocal:
Each participant will need to create a profile with SoSA's VolunteerLocal site by going to endhunger.org/tennessee-calendar . From there, they'll be prompted to sign up by entering their first name and email. That will take them to the next page where they will fill out a registration waiver.

The FPC July 11th event is password protected so that only FPC congregants can see it. There will be a field at the top that says, "Have a password? Enter it here:" The password for this event is fpcfranklin. When that is submitted, they should be able to see the event for July 11th and sign up for it.

If a family wants to sign up multiple members of the family, the best option is to submit separate registrations. Parents will register as normal. Then, when signing up for a child, they'll go through the same process as they did at the beginning and parents can use the parent email for the email field, but just use their child's first name in the "first name" field when signing the child up. They will proceed as normal after that with the password and signing up for the event.

If you have questions or any difficulty registering, email mission@fpcfranklin.org
Global Giving
We are committed to our global partners, particularly in this difficult time where we are not able to gather together in person. Because of limitations on travels, the FPC Mission Committee decided to honor our global mission commitments through financial contributions to each of the locations we have traveled in recent years.

  • Lesvos, Greece: Lighthouse Relief. FPC worked in Lesvos in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and we worked with Lighthouse Relief on our first trip. They are doing emergency response work in Lesvos, and their mission is “to provide a dignified, respectful and empowering humanitarian response, with a focus on supporting vulnerable groups like women, children and youth, as well as local communities in Greece.”
 
  • U.S.-Mexico Border: Frontera de Cristo. FPC visited the U.S.-Mexico border in 2019. Frontera de Cristo is working with community partners to provide grants as they respond to economic needs during Covid-19, including community co-ops, rehabilitation centers, shelter for asylum-seekers, and Café Justo coffee. Frontera de Cristo is a Presbyterian border ministry that does on-going, sustainable work in the region.

  • Lebanon: Grassroots Efforts led by Linda Macktaby, Director of Blessed School. FPC traveled to Lebanon in January 2020. We met with Linda during our time in Lebanon and were impressed with her work at Blessed School (a school for people with developmental disabilities). During this crisis, Linda has been identifying needs of community members, including food, hygiene, medications, and cloth diapers, and is committed particularly to helping those without other forms of assistance. This effort has already helped more than 600 families.
Compassion Camp Mission Projects

July 1 - SESSION ONE At the Table Luke 15:11-32
Making place mats at church for Meals on Wheels
 
This week we will also invite families to order a meal from a restaurant that’s immigrant, refugee, or black-owned to offer economic support to our community.

July 8 - SESSION TWO To the Neighbor Mark 2:1-12
Picnic Bags for Boys and Girls Club

July 15 - SESSION THREE For Myself Mark 12:28-31
Make bookmarks to give away at Free Little Library

July 22 - SESSION FOUR Along the Way Ruth 1:1-22
Make “care kits”: water bottles, face mask, crackers, hand wipes. Families are encouraged to share this with people then encounter “along the way” as they go about town.

July 29 - SESSION FIVE With the World Leviticus 25
Earth care projects - take-home seeds; plant flowers or seeds at the church
Outreach
Families Apart, Church Together

Share your story! We want to check in with you about how you are doing and share messages of hope with our congregation and wider community. Fill out this form to share a picture and a blurb with us about your quarantine experience. We look forward to seeing your faces and hearing what you’ve been up to!
Meet this week's family: The Grishams

Who do you have in your home with you?
Our family reunited in mid-March after spring break and we’re still together. Neeley is home, her senior year of high school was cut short; Parkes, a UTK Junior, came home and Will, a freshman at Clemson, also joined the family at home. Our family of 5 is all back home. I hate our world is facing this terrific pandemic, but I must admit, I love having my entire gang home and under one roof.

How are you all doing?
We are all surviving. The teens are catching up on sleep and we are all taking each day as it comes. We have been spending a lot of time in Florence AL on the TN River with no TV or Wi-Fi. We do have phones, but the news has been muted to a degree, which allows for appreciating our surroundings. The change of scenery, even thought too cold to be on the water, has been refreshing. Will has been fishing more in the past 2 months than he has in his entire life and we’ve enjoyed fish dinners when many foods have been in short supply.

Have you created any new family traditions or rituals?
During all our time at home, we resurrected the family dinners. A great time to talk and appreciate how blessed we are to be together and healthy. We have done puzzles , watched many movies together and Neeley and I have taken up painting.

How are you staying connected to family, friends, the church, and the community?
The boys are connecting to friends at all hours with their Xbox and PlayStations. I hear them talking, laughing and even screaming in excitement with friends. Social media has been a lifeline to the outside world for this family. We’ve watched Sunday services on TV. I’ve loved joining my Sunday School and Sister’s in Spirit zoom classes.

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?
Our family picture is during quarantine time when nothing was open, we have all had haircuts, color and shaved since then. We are slowly coming out of this dark time and looking forward to safely seeing our church family and friends.
FPC Prayer Wall
Right now especially, people feel isolated because they can't gather in places of worship. We feel that the prayer wall is a great way for people to express their feelings and share prayers with each other. We chose to build the prayer wall as part of our Girl Scout Silver project because it can help restore mental health by connecting people to each other and each other's needs, and to the world in this time of uncertainty. People can write down their thoughts and prayers for people who need them most, and what they are grateful for even though times are difficult. Our hope is that the prayer wall is a great contribution to the FPC campus and the larger Franklin community.

-Hollis Godwin and Lucy Riggar
GraceWorks Turkey Trot
Walkers, joggers, and runners of any age are welcome to join in this holiday tradition. We’ve created a team called The FPC Legends for the 2020 GraceWorks Turkey Trot, and registration is open now.

If you haven't registered yet, you can register and join the team here.

You can also find more information at the event website .
This Week's Schedule
Wednesday

Saturday
9 AM - 2NDSAT (Allenbrooke Farms)