Fast Facts

an e-update on life at

First Presbyterian Church

January 6, 2022


Worship - Sunday, January 9, 2022

Baptism of the Lord

"Precious. Honored. Beloved."

 This week's lectionary texts:


Isaiah 43:1-7

Psalms 29

Acts 8:14-17

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Join us for worship this Sunday, January 9 at 10:55 am on Facebook Live. You do not have to have an account to join us. The video will go live on the church's public Facebook group. If you do not have a Facebook account, a message will pop up asking if you wish to join. Simply click, "not now" at the bottom of that message and it will go away. You may then enjoy the video as it plays live.  

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Sanctuary floral arrangement dates are available January 23 and 30. To provide flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one, contact Susan Joiner at or call 662-808-3240. Contributions to the Flower Fund are greatly appreciated.

Adult Faith Formation

Looking for a mid-week Book Study?? You’ve come to the right place! From Wednesday, January 5th through February 23rd, we’ll study Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most, by Marcus Borg. You can either meet in the Fellowship Hall at 12 noon, or join us on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. You may pick up a copy of the book from the church office during business hours. Donations towards the cost of books are always appreciated. Click here to follow the link.

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Beginning, Sunday, January 9th, join us in the Fellowship Hall for an informal discussion on the lectionary passages for the day. All you need to bring is your curious mind, open heart, and a willingness to delve into what the scriptures might have for us. No preparation required, and you can drop in any given Sunday without losing the thread. If you’ve got a favorite translation of the Bible, bring it. If not, don’t worry. We’ll have fun and learn from each other as listen for the Spirit in each other’s voices.


(Presbyterian Youth Fellowship)

PYF will be starting back on January 9th, with 7th and 8th graders meeting from 5:00-6:00 and 9th-12th graders meeting from 6:30-7:30. Dinner for all will be from 6:00-6:30! If you have a youth in this age range, please email Lindsay at or Feagin at to be added to GroupMe.

Sunday school will also resume on January 9th, from 9:45-10:40 in the PYF Annex Building.

2022 Confirmation Class

We're thrilled to be offering our first confirmation class since the spring of 2020! We will have a confirmation class for all current 8th and 9th graders, as well as any current 10th graders who have not yet been confirmed. If your child is interested in being in this year's confirmation class, please contact the church office by email at or by phone at (662)234-1757 so we can make sure he/she receives information about this year's class.

Additionally, we are seeking anyone interested in being a confirmation mentor to this year's confirmation class. We will need LOTS of volunteers, so please also contact the church office if you would like to serve in this incredibly important role. We're looking forward to an incredible year!

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UKirk Ole Miss extends an enormous "THANK YOU!" to all of you who have served as Tuesday night meal providers! We will soon be gearing up for our Spring semester, so if you are interested in providing meals for our gatherings, the sign-up calendar will soon be available on the ukirk website. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email Allison at Again, thank you, and Merry Christmas!


Following the devastating tornadoes in western Kentucky last month, St. Andrew Presbytery immediately established a relief fund. FPC donated $5,000 to the effort. By receiving money at the Presbytery level, we hope to remain nimble as possible as needs evolve and the long-term recovery picture becomes clearer. Thank you to those who have already contributed to the fund. If you are interested in giving, mail your contribution to Presbytery of St. Andrew, 24 County Road 231, Oxford, MS, 38655 with "tornado relief" in the memo line. 

The FPC Mission Team is currently investigating opportunities for a group of volunteers from our congregation to go to Kentucky in the coming months to directly assist in the recovery effort.


Oxford First United Methodist Church and FPC are planning a five-week seminar for a dialog in racial healing. The dialogue will be held weekly from March 21--April 18, 2022. Approximately ten members from each congregation will meet to faithfully explore together what it means to be a more whole and united community in Christ. To date six FPC members are committed to participating. Several more openings are available for anyone interested. The seminar will be led by Dr. Cade Smith, the University's Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Community Engagement. If you would like to volunteer to participate in the seminar or have questions, please email or call the church office. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

The Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi is a comprehensive victim services organization. It is the only nonprofit in Oxford that specifically addresses and provides services to victims of interpersonal violence--sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide, etc. Staff and volunteers are available 24/7 to provide crisis intervention services. 15-20 children and their families per month are provided services. Interested in helping? FPC is collecting new stuffed animals to welcome each child that the facility receives. We thank those who have contributed some two dozen of these stuffed animals. If you would like to donate one, please drop it by the church office. More information is available at or call 234-9929.

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Doors of Hope is an outreach program officed in the FPC education building. DOH makes available to single parents with young children temporary housing support, budget management, and other life skills training. The Step 2 Dinner is a monthly gathering for current clients to sit at table with successful alumni of the program. Due to Covid concerns, next week's Step 2 Dinner has been cancelled. 

Volunteers are needed to host future DOH dinners. This could be your mission!

Arc Benders is a FPC fellowship group seeking to use Bible study, authentic conversation, and mission activities to accomplish our goal of authentic racial reconciliation and justice in our community. The group meets twice monthly. Our next meeting is this Sunday, January 9th at 5:00, via Zoom. If you have questions or would like to attend, email Ruth O'Dell,, or contact the church office.


Curious about the various FPC mission activities? A new email account has been created specifically for keeping FPC members abreast of mission plans, outreach programs, committee minutes, etc. If you would like to be kept in the mission loop, contact the Mission Team at Your name will be placed on Mission Ministry's contact list. We look forward to keeping everyone informed of FPC's outreach opportunities.

Remember in Prayer


FPC Members: J.T. & Barbara Davis; Tommy Patrick; Marianna Ochs; Family of Lynton Dilley; Max Williams; Louise & Nolan Waller; Porter Callery; Teresa Flautt; Lydia Moak; Susan & Tom Meredith; Michele Howie; Margaret Fancher; Family of Betty Mullen White; Joe Murphey


Family and Friends: Lenoir Stanley; Family of Lauren "Lo" Chastain; Peter C. Wood; Doors of Hope Families; Bob Flautt; Family of Elise & William Winter; Parchman Prison inmates; Haven House residents; Our Haiti partners; Oxford & Lafayette County First Responders; Community leaders  


U. S. Military: SSgt Jason Freeland, USAF 4th Air Support Operation


Please pray, too, for those with unspecified needs.


If you wish to have a name removed or added to this list, please contact the church office.

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The FPC prayer chain is ready if you or someone you know is in need. This is a confidential list that is independent from the names listed above. Please contact Carlisle Wood at or 662-832-8606. All requests are held in strict confidence.  

Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries

January Birthdays:

6 Nancy Giles

7 Lynn Treas, Maribel Sulllivan-Gonzalez, Lindsey Baquie, Anna Presley Harris

8 Chuck Kenwright, Cade Smith

9 Ney Williams, Ney Biedenharn, Lucille Holder

10 Lu Ann Smith

12 Donald Felts

13 Lauren Seale Hartwell, Melba Bowlin, Samuel Cribbs, Suzan Deloach

15 Caroline McIntosh

16 Hal Haney

17 Ann O'Dell, Samuel Shannon, Toni Joyner

18 Sally Hines, Catherine Servati

19 Becky Murphy

20 Peter Kondos, Suzy Phillips, Nolan Franklin

21 Ed Holcomb, Avery Atkinson, John Crawford, Shelby Goza, Carl Davis

22 Rachel Sahlein, Anita Drury

23 Geroge Sherman

24 Alli Hayward, David Coon, Pick Scruggs, Cyndi Kersey, Emory Barrios

25 Pat Lowe, Jay Chain

26 Patsy Eads, Jeffrey Hollis, Graham Staines, Mark Atkinson

27 Mary Edith Walker, Monroe Alexander, Charles McClatchy, Henry Tanner

28 Thelma Curry, Amy Wilkes

30 Wade Simpson

31 Rob Howell, Pratt Wilkinson

January Anniversaries:

8 Warner & Lilly Biedenharn

14 John & Linda Scarbrough

16 Ney & Dana Williams

20 Deb de Boer & Mike Fagans

22 Cliff & Sarah Smith

24 Dean & Yung Chow

27 McCay & Jenny Luster

30 Darren & Allyson Ashmore

If we've overlooked your birthday or anniversary and you wish to have it included in Fast Facts, please contact the church office.

These announcements are sent weekly from the church. If you don't want to receive them, or if your email address has changed, please send a message to the church office at


Weekly Calendar

Saturday, Jan 8

10:30 am Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Sunday, Jan 9

9:45 am Sunday School

11:00 am Worship Service

12:30 pm New Member Class

5:00 pm PYF Split

5:00 pm Arc Benders

Monday, Jan 10

5:30 pm Session Meeting

7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, Jan 11

6:00 am Men's Breakfast @ The Beacon

10:00 am FPC Staff Meeting

1:30 pm Book Club

5:30 pm Adult Faith Formation Meeting

Wednesday, Jan 12

8:15 am Men's Bible Study

12:00 pm Conviction's Book Study

6:30 pm Chancel Choir

7:00 pm Conviction's Book Study via Zoom