First News
February 10, 2020
Each year about this time, Margaret gets the urge to go to B.B. Barns, a garden shop in Asheville, or to Painter’s Greenhouse, an amazing flower and plant market that operates seasonally on a country road south of Old Fort, NC. She is the garden and plant person in our relationship. And this is the time of year she gets stirred to start digging in the dirt and cultivating wondrous things that grow in the woods surrounding our home.
In a way, this is a Lenten discipline. For Lent, the church season that begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, and continues until Easter, is a time of cultivation.  The word “Lent” comes from the the Old English word, lencten, which means “spring season.” It is the time the church has traditionally focused on the cultivation of faith. It is a time of stirring up the roots that sustain Christian faith, roots such as study of the bible and the theology of the church, prayer, service, hospitality, worship, contemplation. It is a time of preparing persons for welcoming into the Body of Christ, something that happened in the early church at Easter. Even here at First Church Greer this is the time we have our Confirmation Class.
I invite you all to join in digging around the roots of our faith this Lent. The church is offering ways to engage in this digging.
One is a Congregational Luncheon after the late service on Sunday February 23 . At that lunch our guest will be the Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity, a very gifted young pastor who is the founder and director of A Sanctified Art, a minister of introducing art and reflection into the life of the church. Lisle will lead us in “An Invitation to the Lenten Journey” and offer us a guide for exploring the faith afresh in our own homes.
Another is our Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 PM on February 26.  In that service we will gather for the Imposition of Ashes and for the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
Even another is a new study led by Whitney Moss on Wednesdays in Lent at 10:30 AM and repeated at 5:30 PM . The study will follow a text by Adam Hamilton entitled The Walk .
Our children will use Fabulous Friday on March 13th to learn about Faithfulness and the practices that go into that and Youth will gather throughout Lent to study, worship and fellowship. 
And yet another, for all, will be our continued gathering on every Lord’s Day for worship, fellowship and study .
And yet again there are all the opportunities of sharing the love and justice of Jesus Christ through our ministries of Dunbar Buddies, participation in the ministry of The Soup Kitchen, in signing up for Habitat house building, and visiting ministries with those facing hard passages within this congregation.
Come and dig at the roots of faith together as the beloved people of God who call themselves First Presbyterian Church of Greer.

Grace and peace,

Pete Peery
Interim Pastor
A Lenten Devotional from A Sanctified Art will be available to take home starting February 23rd.

To learn more about the Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity or A Sanctified Art visit their websites. www.lislegwynngarrity.com and www.sanctifiedart.org
The PNC would like your input as we begin the search for our next Pastor. Follow this link to share your thoughts confidentially.
Wednesday Lenten Study Begins March 4  
You are invited to join us for our five week Lenten study which will be on Wednesdays at 10am and 6pm in upstairs Kirk Hall on March 4 - April 1. This Lenten season, we’ll dive into discussions about spiritual practices and use Adam Hamilton’s The Walk which covers the practices of worship, study, service, giving, and sharing. Books will be available from Whitney or in the church office for $12.
All Young Adults (we'll let you define that) are invited to join Berry at Wild Ace on Friday, February 14th from 6-8 for fellowship and dinner.
February 16
No youth program.
Enjoy the President’s Day weekend!

February 17
Join Berry and other FPCG members
to serve at the Greer Soup Kitchen

February 23
Congregational Lunch
followed by Snow Tubing

March 1
No youth program.

March 8th
All Youth Program
5-7 pm
Meet at the church for dinner, fellowship & devotions!
Looking for a fun fellowship opportunity?  “Dine with Nine”is a wonderful way to extend friendships and the fellowship of members in a casual setting around a meal. Persons will be placed into a group, with no more than nine and no less than seven, who will organize themselves to meet for a meal several times in the coming months. Those who would like to participate are invited to sign up below or let Whitney know ( whitneym@fpcgreer.org , 877-3612). Dine with Nine groups will begin meeting in March.
First Presbyterian Church Greer is often known as a “calling congregation”.  
There have been many among us whose call to church vocation and ordained ministry has been nurtured and encouraged by the love and support of this congregation. This past Sunday, Rev. Lauren Simmons Slingerland was ordained and installed as Associate for Children and their Families at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville. In a few weeks, Mary Moore Driggers will come under care of Foothills Presbytery as an Inquirer as she continues her seminary studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. On March 1, Ryan Larkin will be ordained and installed as Pastor at First United Presbyterian Church in Pine Plains, NY. We celebrate with Lauren, Mary Moore and Ryan as they seek to serve the church with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. We give thanks to God for God’s calling on our lives.
Thank you to everyone who is offering their time this week sharing welcome and hospitality with our guest families in the IHN Network. YOU make our hosting possible and we say “THANK YOU!” Our hosting, along with other congregations, makes it possible for homeless families to stay together as they work towards securing more permanent housing.
Parking Reminders
With construction ongoing in downtown Greer, parking can be a bit of a struggle @ FPCG. Take a moment to review the current recommendations for parking during church activities by clicking here or visiting our website. www.fpcgreer.org/welcome
Save the Date: Children in Worship

February 16th - Grace Notes Elementary Ensemble @ 11:00
February 23rd - Cherub Choir @ 11:00
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If you have pictures that you have taken of FPCG events that you'd like to share please send them to Maggie Wentzky
Joys & Concerns of FPC Family

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Bob Brown
Jamie Hall
Thad McCord
Linda McDaniel
Jim Stringer
Calendar of Events
February 10
Hosting IHN

February 11
1:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry
3:00 HC Circle
Hosting IHN

February 12
6:15 Chancel Choir
7:15 Handbell Choir
8:15 Praise Team
Hosting IHN

February 13
Hosting IHN

February 14
6:00 Fabulous Friday
6:00 Young Adult Gathering
Hosting IHN

February 15
Hosting IHN

February 16
8:55 Worship in Fellowship Hall
10:00 Sunday School
11:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
IHN move out

February 17
Youth serving at Greer Soup Kitchen

February 18
1:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry

February 19
6:15 Chancel Choir
7:15 Handbell Choir
8:15 Praise Team

February 20

February 21

February 22

February 23
8:55 Worship in Sanctuary
10:00 Sunday School
11:00 Worship in Sanctuary
12:00 Lunch and Lenten Works
After lunch Youth will go Snow Tubing
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