Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Wednesday Schedule

5 PM: Carillon Handbells, Room 215-A

6 PM: WNL Breakfast for Dinner followed by an overview of FPC's Youth Summer Trips

6:45 PM: Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Room 215-B (NEW TIME)

Sunday Schedule

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

9:45 AM: Sunday School for ALL Ages. Children K-5th grade will meet in the Sanctuary for the Musical Gathering, and all other classes begin in their rooms.

11:00 AM: Worship

A Congregational Meeting has been called for this Sunday, October 10 at the conclusion of both services of worship. This meeting has been called to elect the elder class of 2024. The nominating committee is pleased to present the nominees for the session:
Class of 2024: Sam Webb, Mike Anderson, Hunter Battle, Jennifer Sower, Chris Jones
ReOpen Task Force Update:
We are called in our faith to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. The Task Force believes that one of the best ways we can fulfill this calling in this day is to strongly recommend, encourage, and advise masking for all persons over the age of two in all indoor spaces at FPC Franklin, regardless of vaccination status. Persons can remove masks to eat or drink. We believe this is a necessary expression of our love and care for one another in community, which is a hallmark of our faith and a key responsibility of those who lead.

We will continue to offer in-person worship at 8:30 and 11:00. The 8:30 service will have no congregational singing and the 11:00 will. All current plans for Sunday school, small groups, Wednesday Night Live, and choirs are still in place.

Again, the Task Force strongly recommends, encourages, and advises all persons over the age of two to mask in all indoor spaces at FPC. We also continue to urge all those who are eligible to be vaccinated to speak with your healthcare provider about that decision. Vaccination remains the clearest pathway out of this pandemic.
October 10, 2021
Scripture: Mark 10:17-31
Sermon:  All Things Possible, Chris Joiner

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Take My Life

For our October 2NDSAT, we are partnering with First United Methodist Church's Giving Garden to feed the hungry here in Franklin, TN. Join us across the street starting at 8 AM on Saturday, October 9. We'll plan to volunteer until 10 AM, but you can stay until 11:45 AM.
Red Cross Blood Drive RECAP:

Thank you to everyone who donated last week! We collected 43 units, which surpassed our goal! This drive will help save the lives of 129 people!

Save the date for our next blood drive on January 23, 2022.
FPC Youth Trip to NaCoMe
The youth were so glad to get back to NaCoMe this past weekend. It was a great opportunity for our students (especially out middle schoolers) to get to know one another better. Thanks to Chuck and Elizabeth for being wonderful adult participants! We are so grateful for all the adults in our congregation who love and serve our young people so well! Read more in Youth News here.
The Lebanese Crisis: Regional Impact
and Transformative Potential
Online Fall Gathering Wednesday, October 20
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm Eastern Time USA
Please join us online on October 20 for the SLPN Fall Gathering. The purpose of our Fall Gathering event is to strengthen the social witness of PC(USA) and enrich our prayers for the people of the region, especially Lebanon at this time.
The people of Lebanon have been devastated by the largest non-nuclear explosion since World War II and an economy that has collapsed, leaving most people in poverty and sitting in darkness most hours of the day. A dysfunctional government has been unable to cope with this crisis, forcing families to rely on patronage from their sectarian political parties.
How to understand and respond to such dire realities will be the topic of a major presentation by academic and journalist Rami Khouri, followed by insights from a Syrian businessman on the actual effects of Western sanctions and from a Lebanese religious leader on dismantling sectarianism.
Photo: Destruction in the port area of Beirut
Presbyterian Women meets every second Tuesday of the month at 9:45 – 11:00 in the parlor. Join us for our next meeting on October 12! We will study lesson 3 of What My Grandmothers Taught Me, the story of Rehab. Anyone is welcome to join our circle of study and friendship! 

For more information, contact Betty Willoughby 615-794-1131 or Nancy Faye Williams 615-794-0441.
End-of-Life Conversations: October 13, 2-7:30 PM
Find out how your Presbyterian Theology and Planning Ahead will benefit you and your loved ones. Sign up HERE.
2-3:15 - Chris Joiner, Presbyterian theology of death and dying
3:30-4:30 - Robert Hay, Presbyterian Foundation, Estate Planning, etc.
4:45-5:45 - Chris, Planning a Service of Witness to the Resurrection
5:45-6:30 - Dinner Break at WNL
6:30-7:30 - Chris, wrap up
We’ll start off with a family-friendly Trunk or Treat at 5 PM. All are invited to park your vehicle in the preschool area, decorate your trunk, and bring a bag of candy/trinkets/treats to distribute. Children (and their grown-ups!) are invited to wear a costume. Come as early as you need to be ready for trunks open at 5. All the children will gather under the preschool portico to go as a group. Trunks will be judged for the MOST CREATIVE, MOST ATTENTION TO DETAIL, & CUTEST COSTUMES. 

Then we’ll move on to dinner, where we’ll have an award-winning BBQ feast prepared by our own Eric England! (Photo is Eric's team from the recent Great American BBQ Festival in Franklin.) The menu will include a pork or chicken sandwich, cornbread casserole, baked beans, coleslaw, and berry cobbler and/or hot fudge pudding. Register HERE for dinner.

We’ll end the evening with an Outdoor Movie, Coco, at sundown. Bring chairs and blankets. This event is open to ALL ages!
My Friend’s House is excited to announce a new family-friendly event that will raise funds to support their mission of serving at-risk teens. On Sunday, October 24th, they are hosting the Great Gras Grub at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove. They will be having a delicious all you-can-eat Shrimp Boil with beer, wine and lemonade along with a dessert table. There will be lively Cajun music and lots of fun for the kids with room to run around in this beautiful farm setting owned by Hatcher Dairy.
At this event, they will also be kicking-off the fundraising season for their court couples that compete to raise funds for their annual Mardi Gras Ball.

Bring all your family and friends from 5 to 9 p.m. on October 24.
Pumpkinfest Volunteers Needed

Join us in Downtown Franklin for their 36th Annual Pumpkinfest on October 30, 2021! FPC will have a booth set up and we need volunteers to welcome guests and hand out FPC bags! We'll need at least 2 people per 2-hour slot, so sign up with your family or a friend! The last 2-hour shift includes tearing down the table/tent at the end of the night. Sign up HERE!
Super Saturday Day of Service
Save the date for November 6th as we serve across the community in an all day mission event! While we haven’t been able to plan a mission trip away from home due to Covid restrictions, service is an essential part of our faith—so we decided to host a mini in-town “trip” for all ages to participate in! Join us in the morning at the church for the annual Boy Scout breakfast and a time of prayer together before teams are sent out across Franklin and Nashville.

Some of the volunteer projects include The Community Resource Center, The McLemore House, Presbytery's Matthew 25 Food Bank, and The Pencil Foundation.

More details and registration info to come soon!
Wednesday Night Live: Dinner and Family Learning Together
Reservations are needed for dinner each week. Deadline to register is the Sunday prior to that particular Wednesday. Register today for Poppyseed Chicken. We will have a few extra meals available for guests. Sign up on our website under Registrations. Pricing: $10 per adult/youth, $5 per child, $25 family max. If you have any questions, contact our WNL Coordinator, Katie Oldham (k.oldham1994@gmail.com). Following dinner tomorrow night, we will hear an overview of FPC's Youth Summer Trips.
Common Grounds
Common Grounds is back Sunday mornings. We are in need of volunteers to bring food items each Sunday morning by 9 AM. Read more information in the SignUp Genius link HERE. If you have questions, email Pat Johnson or Barbara Roos.
Members welcome others Sunday mornings as they arrive for worship, hand out bulletins, and collect the offering. 
If interested, contact Leanne Hoeffler
This Week's Schedule
6:30 PM: Congregational Care Committee

Meals on Wheels
10:30 AM: Wed Morning Bible Study
5 PM: Carillon Handbells
6 PM: WNL Breakfast for Dinner
6:45 PM: WNL Program
6:45 PM: Chancel Choir Rehearsal

10 AM: Sisters in Spirit

8:30 AM: Worship/ Livestream/ Congregational Meeting to Elect Session
9:45 AM: Sunday School
11 AM: Worship/ Congregational Meeting to Elect Session
6 PM: Officer Training