Statement regarding COVID
In light of the Governor’s new executive order regarding COVID-19 in our state, we wish to express appreciation for our member’s patience and compliance with protocols that have helped protect the health and safety of our congregation during the pandemic.
 
The past year has provided our church a tremendous learning experience for gathering in a safe manner, and those best practices will help guide our actions as we work to return to full in-person activities. Our staff is working with the COVID-19 Task Force and the Session to establish an attendance plan that optimizes capacity while navigating safety concerns. There will be correspondence in the days ahead about policies for attendance as we move forward. We ask for your patience as we process these new executive orders and adapt our procedures as quickly as possible.
Worship - Sunday, March 7, 2021
3rd Sunday in Lent

Is the Lord Among Us or Not?
Exodus 17:1-7

This week's lectionary texts:

Exodus 10:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22
Join us for worship this Sunday, March 7 at 10:25 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 7, 2021. Please choose one service below to attend. 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.
This Sunday our virtual Sunday School will continue for Pre-K thru 6th grade from 9:45-10:00 am. We hope parents will support their children in participating. A Zoom link will be sent out to all parents in a dedicated email Friday, March 5.  
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 Friday, March 26 if you wish to participate. 
IT'S TIME TO RETURN TO THE DRIVE IN!!!
 
All are welcome at the Oxford Film Festival Drive-In this Saturday, March 6th to watch the 1978 classic, "Grease"! Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun with your church family! The movie lot will open at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm showing. The Oxford Film Festival Drive-In is located next to the Krystal at 100 Thacker Loop, Oxford MS, 38655
 
Click here to learn more about the drive-in experience by visiting their website. 
 
Please RSVP below or with the church office 
with how many people and cars to expect.
FPC's Lenten Studies continue each Sunday afternoon in March! The first class focuses on Spiritual Practices and the second one focuses on a devotional, "Lent of Liberation: Confronting the Legacy of American Slavery". All are welcome to participate in either or both of these wonderful offerings! The spiritual practices class will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 pm and the Lenten Devotional class will meet from 5:00 to 6:15 pm. Books are now available in the church office for $10. 
Bibles with Brews continues next Wednesday, March 10th, with a late night digital edition from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. All are welcome to join in the conversation as we bring and share different scripture passages about the topic, "Self Care... Again". Please contact David Randolph if you would like to participate.
PYF has returned to in-person meetings! All meetings will take place in the Fellowship Hall.

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.
Please continue your support of Doors of Hope in one of several ways. Prepare frozen meals, donate new children's clothing, or provide common household goods and toiletries that are always in need. Deliver your items to the church office which will distribute them to clients. For more information go to doorsofhopeoxford.org or call the church office. Thank you!  
As our church family continues ministering during this season of social isolation, please continue to remember your faithful giving to our church. The ministry of FPC continues to make an impact within our congregation and throughout our community. Bible studies and various small group meetings continue online to enrich our lives through the sharing of scripture; local missional activities continue to care for others like More Than A Meal and Love Packs; partners in mission, like Interfaith Compassion, the pantry, Doors of Hope and more, continue their important work as well and we help make that possible.
 
There are a variety of ways you can give:

 
If you need help with any specific ways to give, please contact Frances Saralvarez at fsaralvarezfpc@gmail.com.
Remember in Prayer
 
FPC Members: 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: 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; Rachel & Bruce Robinson; 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:

5 William Burton, Harper Harris
6 Lauren McRae
7 Brett Person, Max Williams
8 Trey Cobb, Thomas Patrick
9 Adalene Pettis
10 Cal Montgomery

March Anniversaries:

5 Rose & Henry Paris
7 Cindy & Eric Snellgrove
10 Sarah Brooke & Jeb Bishop, Melinda & Bill Freeman
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.