Fast Facts
an e-update on life at FPC
March 25, 2021
DEADLINE TO DONATE CROSS FLOWERS OR EASTER LILIES IS TOMORROW!!
Easter Lilies or Cross flowers can be donated in memory or honor of a loved one. Click the buttons below or contact the church office with your request by tomorrow, March 26 if you wish to participate.  
Worship - Sunday, March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday

Mark 11:1-11

This week's lectionary texts:

Mark 11:1-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Philemon 2:5-11
Mark 4:1-15:47
Join us for worship this Sunday, March 28 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. 
In-person worship at FPC continues this Sunday, March 28, 2021. There are now 2 services to choose from: 9:00 am and 11:00 am. The 11:00 am service is now full! Each person attending must be registered using one of these forms. Only 70 participants are allowed in each worship service. Everyone attending worship is required to follow guidelines approved by the Covid Task Force. They are listed in the pastoral letter here.
 
If you want to sign up for a service that is already full, you can be put on a waiting list. Just fill out the form below and someone from the church staff will contact you if a spot becomes available in that service.
 
If you have any questions, concerns or need help signing up for worship, please contact the church office by replying to this email or calling 234-1757.
Ushers are needed each week to assist with Sunday morning worship. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the church office at 662-234-1757.
Ready to reconnect with our FPC children?! Sign up to volunteer for children's church. 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

YOU SHALL BE REPARERS OF THE BREACH ISAIAH 58
 
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. [35] For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, [36] I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ [37] Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? [38] And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? [39] And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ [40] And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (ESV)
 
Matthew 25:34–40
On Palm Sunday our church will have the opportunity to participate in our denomination’s One Great Hour of Sharing. This special offering is divided into thirds and goes to support three missions: Hunger, Disaster, and Development. Presbyterians worldwide will be participating throughout the Lenten season. 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
I have been blessed for the last four years to be part of the National Response Team of PDA. I have seen firsthand how this ministry impacts those who suffer from natural and manmade disasters. A refugee ministry is also included. I was part of a team in 2019 the traveled to El Paso, TX to assist two churches who had organized a hospitality site for refugees released from detention before traveling to their sponsors in our country. Without this site the refugees would have been released in the city with no support. Over the course of the COVID crisis I have facilitated small emotional/spiritual care groups of first responders as well as clergy who are on the front lines of assisting people in crisis. PDA works alongside communities as they recover and find hope.

Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP)
This ministry takes action to alleviate hunger, care for creation, and the systemic causes of poverty. In 2019 PHP gave 94 grants totally over $1 million, impacting 20 countries including our own. Around the world PHP has worked to alleviate famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Norther Nigeria.

Self-Development of People (SDOP)
This ministry invests in communities responding to their experiences of oppression and poverty and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues. Click here to see a map of all the projects and grants that have been made possible by this offering. 

We can be proud that our denomination is answering Jesus’s call to serve those in need. Please give generously.

Ruth O’Dell
We are so excited to announce that the First Presbyterian Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2021! Slots are limited to 35 children and we will offer two hunts with a waitlist/overflow hunt should the need arise. Please click the button below to sign up your child(ren). The hunt is for children pre-k - 4th grade.

At this time, the 11:00 am hunt is full! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please click here!

Please bring 2 dozen plastic eggs filled with individually wrapped candies (no coins this year), and deliver to church by Thurs/April 1st; placing in the box outside of fellowship hall marked for the Hunt time you are signing up for.
We also need volunteers! You can sign up to help with this below! Please consider volunteering for this much anticipated event in the life of our church! ALL snacks will need to be individually packaged and dropped off to the Fellowship Hall Kitchen by Thursday, April 1. We will be serving individually wrapped cookies from R and R Bakery. We are asking for monetary donations to offset the cost of individually wrapped cookies. Thank you for your willingness to help make this possible!
7-9th grade
 
Fellowship: 4:00-5:00 pm
Dinner: 5-5:30 pm
 
10-12th grade
 
Dinner: 6-6:30 pm
Fellowship: 6:30-7:30 pm
 
Because in-person gatherings are limited to 15, a sign up sheet is sent out via GroupMe each week. To be added to the group or to sign up to provide a meal for the youth, contact Lindsay at lnfourni@go.olemiss.edu.
Bibles with Brews continues next Wednesday, March 31, with a late night digital edition from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. All are welcome to join the conversation as we bring and share different scripture passages about the topic, "Storms". Please contact David Randolph if you would like to participate.
Mark your calendars for VBS 2021!!

Pre-K & Kindergarten: July 19-22 @ Camp Hopewell (½ day)
*MUST be 4 yrs. old by July 1st!

Elementary: July 19-22 @ Camp Hopewell (day camp)

5th & 6th Grades: July 26-28 @ Camp Lake Stephens (overnight mini-camp)

Be on the lookout for registration information. If you have any questions, contact Erin Alexander at 601-248-8907.
Remember in Prayer
 
FPC Members: Caroline McIntosh; Family of Walter Nance; Tommy Patrick; Family of Shirley Crawford; Helen Scruggs; Wil Howie; Martha Walcott; Family of Mary Sims; Lark Lindley Wells; Lydia Moak; Family of Pierce Buford; Max Williams; Family of Joe Burnett; Family of Doug Alexander; Family of Marleah Hobbs; Family of Elizabeth Black; Family of Jane Boykin; J. T. Davis; Becky & Joe Murphey; Lynton Dilley; Debbie McElreath; Director of Music/Organist Search Committee
 
Family and Friends: Steve Milner; Ellington Family; Family of Tom Mullen; Norma Myers; Family of Tommie Waters; Family of Paulette Logan; Family of Florence Pulliam; Stephanie Polk; Taylor Polk; Wanda Lundstrom; Family of Jane Chancey Dubberly; Family of Randy Lutz; Charles Moseley; John Hamauei and family; Rhona Justice-Malloy & Amanda Malloy; Family of Betty Field; Joyce Sumners; Richard Bremer; Sarah LaPrade; Mary Tyler Browne; Patch Hailey; Family of Mary Poole; Family of Ruth Ellen Duvall Kuhnel; Family of Carolyn Stevenson; Sigrid Morrison Long; Family of Barbara Young; Pauline Dick; Bill Sessions; Family of David Brooks; Roun McNeal; Jamie Henderson Turner; Family of Joel James; Lowry Davis; Family of Don Gleason; Brad Hovious; B. Jones; Pat Gillenwater; Linda Chavers; Mark Barnes; Joe Houston; Matt Branch; Erica Baggett; Mackenzie Stetz; Mike Smith; 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.
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 carlislewood@gmail.com or 662-832-8606. All requests are held in strict confidence.  
Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries
March Birthdays:

25 Sophie Semmes
26 Josh Gibbs
27 Frances Abernathy, Jess Edge
29 Spears Alexander
30 Sterlin Smith
31 Kim Funderburk, Elizabeth Monteith, Greg Patton

March Anniversaries:

25 Amy & Tad Wilkes
30 Jenny & David McPhail
31 Nan & Tom Davis
If we've overlooked your birthday or anniversary and you wish to have it included in Fast Facts, please contact Jessica McPhail in 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 Jessica McPhail in the church office at jmcgeefpc@gmail.com.
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