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an e-update on life at

First Presbyterian Church

December 9, 2021

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Worship - Sunday, December 12, 2021

Third Sunday of Advent


"Again I Will Say, Rejoice"

Philippians 4:4-7


This week's lectionary texts:


Zephaniah 3:14-20;

Isaiah 12:2-6;

Philippians 4:4-7;

Luke 3:7-18

Join us for worship this Sunday, December 12 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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Advent Service of Wholeness & Healing

The next service will be on Tuesday, December 14, at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. These 30-minute services offer peace and solitude for all during the busy Christmas season and incorporate prayer, scripture, and communion. Please come as you are. All are welcome!


Seasonal greenery and berries dates are available December 19, and 26 and January 2. To provide flowers or seasonal greenery and berries in honor or in memory of a loved one, contact Margaret Fancher at or call 234-1359. Contributions to the Flower Fund are greatly appreciated.

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Our Grace Notes Advent Series continues to be a wonderful success! I had a blast collaborating with my friend, Sue Gaston, for our second concert of the season. Thank you for the beautiful music, Sue! Be sure to join us next week as we continue in the celebration of music.


Creighton Holder, Director of Music

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FPC Children

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UKirk Ole Miss extends an enormous "THANK YOU!" to all of you who have served as Tuesday night meal providers! Our Fall Semester has come to a close; however, if you are interested in providing meals for the Spring semester, 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!

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Don't forget our appetizer supper this evening from 6-8

at the Hall's. They have very little parking so David is

requesting that we ride the bus. It will leave the church at

5:30. Can't wait to see you all. 

Scout Troop 45

This past weekend saw Troop 45 head back into the woods for a campout at Bay Springs Lake in Tishomingo County. The setting and weather were perfect. It is nice to see these young Scouts gain more independence with each outing. The campout boasted pitching camp in complete darkness, each youth patrol cooking its own Dutch oven cobbler, and a flat tire fix on the Troop trailer. Using their knowledge of lashings and knots the Scouts also constructed some impressive catapults. A worship service led by the Scouts concluded a wonderful weekend in nature. 


Oxford First United Methodist Church and FPC are planning a five-week seminar for a dialog in racial healing this spring. Approximately ten members from each congregation will meet weekly to faithfully explore together what it means to be a more whole and united community in Christ. The seminar will be led by Dr. Cade Smith, the University's Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Community Engagement. For more information, please click here.  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.

Oxford First United Methodist Church holds its next food distribution Wednesday, December 22 from 9:30-1:00 at their church, 102 Dylan Avenue next to the Mary Cathey Head Start off Old Sardis Road. 250-300 needy Lafayette County families are served through this monthly outreach program. FPC volunteers are asked to assist in distributing the groceries to clients in the drive through at OFUMC. Even an hour of your time would be greatly appreciated. This could be your mission!


The Doors of Hope Transition Ministry, based in the education building here at FPC, is an outreach agency that assists single parents in their efforts to become self-sufficient. Through finance and budget counseling, a limited period of housing assistance, educational opportunities, and employment searches, clients learn to break crippling patterns of dependence and start new lives. Each month graduates of the program meet with current clients during the Step 2 Dinner. While sharing a meal together, clients are encouraged by the success stories of their predecessors. The Step 2 Dinner is held the second Tuesday of the month in our fellowship hall. Two FPC volunteers are needed to order prepared meals from Larson's Cash Savers and deliver them to the church. The FPC volunteers then sit at table with the clients to become better acquainted with their stories. The next dinner for which volunteers are needed is Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 5:30 pm. If you would like to volunteer, please call the church office, 234-1757 or email This could be your mission!

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. Recently, Family Crisis Services experienced a $200,000 cut in federal funding. Six staff members, including their intervention child psychologist, were laid off. Interested in helping? Current needs include monetary donations, cleaning supplies, basic office supplies, paper toiletries, and new stuffed animals for each child that the facility receives. If you would like to donate any of these supplies, please drop them by the church office. More information is available at or call 234-9929.

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Haven House, our resident recovery facility for people with substance abuse, appreciates the donations of Bibles, study materials, and daily devotional booklets. If you have some religious books to share, please bring them to 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.


Lovepacks provides supplemental food for school age children in need, on weekends and holidays. We can stop hunger!


We are always in need of non-perishable, kid-friendly food donations to fill Lovepacks! These can be dropped off 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday at the church office or in the narthex on Sundays!


Here is a list of needed items:

  • Pop Top cans of Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soup
  • Pop-Top cans of Ravioli
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Cheese Crackers
  • 16 oz. Jar of Peanut Butter
  • Non refrigerated Pudding
  • Apple sauce pouches
  • Granola, Breakfast, or Protein bars

A huge THANK YOU to those who have donated. FPC and Oxford Lovepacks appreciates you!

Remember in Prayer


FPC Members: 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; Family of Mary Helen Field "Babe" Carr; Joe Murphey


Family and Friends: 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

December Birthdays

9 Rosie Cooper, Caroline Croom, Gracyn Gordon, Sharon Lovelace, Carrie Milner

10 George Abdo, LeAnne Neal, Syd Shaw

11 June Goza, Miles Luster, Matt Nielson, Ben Pettis, Damein Wash

12 Emma Flautt, Allison McCord, Jenny McPhail

13 Guff Abbott

15 Kristina Carlson, Thomas Embry, Finley Flowers, Vaughn Grisham, Mary Elizabeth Miers, Laura Whitten

December Anniversaries

11 Laura & Charles Montgomery

12 Jenny Kate & Sparky Luster

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 Frances Saralvarez in the church office at