First News
January 13, 2020
Welcome
Rev. Berry French
Pastor Berry joined us last week to serve as our Interim Associate Pastor. He will be primarily working in the areas of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and will also do some pastoral care and work with new member assimilation. Berry will typically be in the in the office Sunday through Wednesday and can be reached by calling the church office or emailing him directly at berryf@fpcgreer.org

You can learn more about Berry and his family by clicking here to access the congregational email sent last week.

Help us give Berry a warm welcome and introduce yourself as you get the chance.
Visitor Breakfast
January 26th

We invite visitors and those interested in learning more about our congregation to a First Pres Breakfast on Sunday, January 26. We will gather for food, fellowship and information sharing at 10 am in the Mount Tabor Room (near the downstairs elevator). For more information, please contact Whitney Moss , Pete Peery or Gail Hermann.
Are you interested in learning more about the Presbyterian tradition? Interested in learning more about the mission and ministry of First Presbyterain Church Greer? 
You are invited to join us for Presbyterian 101 during the Sunday School hour at 10:00 am on February 2nd and 9th in the Session Room. For more information, please contact Whitney Moss or Pete Peery.
We will be hosting families in the Interfaith Hospitality Network the week of February 9th - 16th. We invite you to join us as we offer hospitality and welcome these homeless families as they make our church their home for the week. You can help with unloading the IHN trailer, setting up beds and rooms, preparing meals, coming to sit with families in the evening, and spend the night. We hope you’ll consider joining us as we offer welcome. You may use this link to sign up to serve, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BABAB28A0FA7-ihnfeb or you may contact IHN Deacons Linda Nicholson or Ron Vanderhoff
Thank you for your continued and faithful giving to the Backpack Buddies Pantry. Your donations and support allow us to pack bags of food to supplement weekend meals for Dunbar and Greer Middle students.  Our current pantry needs are: juice boxes and pouches, pop tarts, easy mac, beefaroni, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s.

You can access an Amazon Wishlist for the Backpack Buddies program here  
Confirmation will begin next week, January 19th, and run for 8 weeks. This is a time for 8th graders and any older youth who have not already to participated to explore their faith and the Presbyterian faith through study and service. Those participating will meet in the Youth Center at 10:00 on Sunday mornings and will finish up with a retreat March 13-15th. Confirmation Sunday will be on March 22, 2020. If you have any questions about Confirmation please reach out to Val Hendrickson or Berry French.
This Summer, August 2-7, 2020, Mid-High Youth will travel to Charlotte to participate in CROSS Missions. Groups from FPCG have participated in this mission opportunity for several years now and have had great opportunities to learn, serve and grow together.

A deposit of $50 is due to Victoria Melin by January 26th. To learn more about the trip please reach out to Victoria or visit the CROSS Website .
Come join us in beautiful Montreat, NC for a weekend filled with JOY! This retreat will be from March 20-22nd, current high school students are invited, and the total cost is $100 (scholarships may be available). This will include meals, housing, programming, and a t-shirt. Please email  intern@fpcgreer.org , or tell Victoria or Berry if you are interested.
The Personnel Committee of First Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time children's ministry staff person. If you know of anyone that may be interested please have them reach out to Maggie Wentzky.
Click on the picture above to see FPCG's recent photos from Christmas, Fabulous Friday, Worship & more.

If you have pictures that you have taken of FPCG events that you'd like to share please send them to Maggie Wentzky
Montreat Conference Center is once again hosting the Authentic Parents Retreat. This year the event is February 7-9th. More information and registration is available by clicking on the logo above.
Joys & Concerns of FPC Family

Bruce Baker
Bob Brown
Dennis Cooley
Carlyn Henson
Linda McDaniel
Jim Stringer
Jeff White

Christian Sympathy is extended to Elizabeth All and her family on the passing of her mother.
Calendar of Events

January 13
6:30 9th - 12th grade boys basketball game @ Fairview Baptist
7:30 Women's basketball game @ Pelham First Baptist

January 14
1:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry
3:00 HC Circle
6:00 Basketball Practice

January 15
6:00 Basketball Practice
6:15 Chancel Choir
7:15 Handbell Choir
8:15 Praise Team

January 16
6:00 Basketball Practice

January 17

January 18
10:00 1st & 2nd grade boys basketball game @ Apalache Baptist
11:00 K4/K5 basketball game @ El Belthel Baptist
11:00 3rd-5th grade girls basketball game @ Apalache Baptist
11:00 3rd-5th grade girls basketball game @ Fairview Baptist
1:00 3rd - 5th grade boys basketball game @ Apalache Baptist
1:00 6th-8th grade girls basketball game @ Abner Creek Baptist
2:00 6th - 8th grade boys basketball game @ Apalache Baptist

January 19
8:55 Worship in Fellowship Hall
10:00 Sunday School
11:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
3:00 Basketball Practice

January 20
Office Closed
6:30 9th-12th grade boys basketball game @ FPCG
8:30 Women's basketball game @ FPCG

January 21
1:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry
6:00 Basketball Practice

January 22
6:00 Basketball Practice
6:15 Chancel Choir
7:15 Handbell Choir
8:15 Praise Team

January 23
6:00 Basketball Practice

January 24

January 25
9:00 K4/K5 basketball game @ Memorial Methodist
9:00 1st & 2nd grade boys basketball game @ FPCG
10:00 3rd-5th grade girls basketball game @FPCG
11:00 3rd-5th grade boys basketball game @FPCG
2:00 6th-8th grade girls basketball game @FPCG
3:00 6th-8th grade boys basketball game @FPCG

January 26
8:55 Worship in Fellowship Hall
10:00 Sunday School
10:00 Visitor's Breakfast
11:00 Worship in Sanctuary
3:00 Basketball Practice
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