FIRST PRESS | an online newsletter | May 2019
Starting May 29, FPC begins a Grief Support Workshop for five consecutive weeks. It will meet on Wednesdays from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Ann Kelly and Rev. Paul Phillips.

In Interim Ministry, I have learned that one of the keys to the health and vitality in a church is a climate of emotional health – how we do life together – how we take care of one another. A key task of the interim pastor is to engage and connect people. Offering a workshop on grief support is one way to help others to engage in relationships and feel connected.

I have facilitated grief support workshops for several years and been involved in pastoral care for more than twenty years. The workshop is for those who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one and those who continue to find themselves mired in feelings they can’t explain about a loss from years ago.

Grief is a reaction to loss, any loss. The grief associated with death is familiar to most of us, but we grieve a wide variety of losses throughout our lives: traumatic experiences, divorce, relocation, loss of health and mobility are some examples. Even the loss of a valued senior pastor causes grief. Grief is often expressed by feelings such as anger, guilt, sadness or loneliness.

Grief also affects us in other ways as well -- spiritually, behaviorally, physically, and cognitively. Bereavement is the way we process grief. Each of us grieves in our own way, affected by such factors as our culture, gender and circumstances surrounding the loss. There is no right or wrong way to process grief. In the workshop we will teach methods that can help one begin the process of grieving.

Pastor Ann and I look forward to this first grief workshop. You may sign up for the workshop with Jessica in the office. Class size is limited to ten people. We also plan to offer additional workshops in the future.

The peace of Christ be with you,
Grief Support Workshop

This workshop is open to anyone. Participants may register using the link below or contact the church office at 234-1757 for more information.
Please Pray with Me

Shortly after moving to Oxford, nine-year-old Lizzie received a postcard in the mail. I recognized it instantly as a note from the Prayer Partners at First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo. This group of women met on Monday afternoons for a time of devotion and prayer and concluded each gathering by writing notes to those for whom they’d prayed that day. That week they had prayed for Lizzie because it was her birthday and we were adjusting to a new home, school and friends. I have never forgotten Lizzie’s exclamation upon reading her note, “Mama, they prayed for ME!”

The Worship Ministry Team recently discussed the importance of such prayers and the thoughtful notes that have come our way during times of celebration and sorrow. We’d like to provide a regular opportunity for members of the congregation to gather for prayer and the opportunity to acknowledge those prayers to those for whom we are praying. If you would be interested in a weekly prayer group that lasts about an hour and involves a shared devotion, a time of prayer and the writing of notes to those for whom we pray, please contact me to let me know of your interest. We’ll decide on a meeting time once we are clear about who wants to be involved. This group would meet for one hour each week throughout the year and, while I hope participants would attend as often as possible, attendance every week is not required.

Please carefully pray about this opportunity to strengthen our efforts to care for the congregation as well as our church in this time of transition and those outside the congregation by sharing this time of devotion and prayer. I look forward to hearing from you.

Grace and peace, 
Theological Thursdays

Throughout the spring, our congregation has offered a weekly bible study about the book of Acts. Two groups of about 25 people gathered either on Wednesday at 10:00 am or Thursday at noon to discuss readings from “Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel,” by Matthew Skinner. Skinner is a Presbyterian minister who is a professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. His book focuses on major passages from the book of Acts which demonstrate how God’s Spirit continues to move throughout the newly formed church and shapes the early Christian community.

The conversations we shared as a group were inspiring. Bible studies like this have become moments of joy for me each and every week. Each time we’ve come together, we’ve built relationships while laughing, asking hard questions, wrestling to understand an answer, or even sitting in the mystery that is our faith. It’s a privilege to participate in this communal act of discipleship and I look forward to more congregational bible studies like this at FPC.

But in true Acts fashion, the Spirit of God continues to be at work within the church and FPC is, of course, no exception. As we’ve studied together, these two groups have asked thought provoking questions about important topics like salvation, predestination, sin, forgiveness, and grace. Those questions have continued to sit with us each week as we continued to study scripture. Now the Spirit seems to be moving that we dive deeper into some of these theological conversations.

So, this summer our congregational bible studies are going to try something new as we come together to create a new summertime lunch bunch. Each Thursday, from noon to 1:00 pm in Fellowship Hall, anyone and everyone is invited to bring their lunch and share in these disruptive conversations we all have. There will be no book and no chapter of required reading each week. What we will have is scripture and a theological topic. Who will pick those weekly topics? The group will! Each week, the group will help select the next week’s theological topic and will be encouraged to bring scripture passages to discuss. I’ll be doing the same and will share passages and themes early each week so that those who would like to prepare can do so.

All are welcome to this casual gathering each week. It’s set up for each week to be a stand-alone lesson about one topic. That way if you plan to do some traveling this summer, don’t worry about missing a week. The whole point of this new endeavor is to create a space where we as Christians can break bread together and take time to study God’s written Word. If this is something you’d be interested in, or if you have a particular topic you’d hope to discuss with the group, please let me know.

Gratefully,
Financial Summary
Summary of Stated Session Meeting
The Session held its monthly stated meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. Highlights of the meeting include:

Special Presentation:  William Bouldin, son of Jason and Alicia Bouldin, was recognized for completion of a six week God and Me program through Cub Scouts. William’s grandmother, Willa Sanders, was present and was recognized as his mentor for the program.

Consent Agenda:  The Session approved the following:
•        Baptism of Charlie Robbins, son of Abigail and Nathan Robbins, on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
•        Called Session meeting on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 10:30 am to receive new members.
Property:
•        The roofing project is complete and there are no leaks at this time.

Children’s Christian Education:
•        Rally Day will be Sunday, September 8, 2019.
•        Children’s Church will continue throughout the summer during 10:00 am worship.
•        Vacation Bible School directors are Erin Alexander and Heather Harris.
•        Confirmation Class continues to meet on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm with 14 confirmands and their mentors.
•        The Youth Council has met and is working on a small survey of the youth.

Membership & Hospitality:
•        The Grace Notes concert with soup and salad supper was a big success.
•        Summer lunches are planned for the month of June and all slots have been filled.
•        The Confirmation Breakfast is Sunday, May 12 between services.

Personnel:
•        The ministry team is working on job descriptions for all employees with Pastor Paul's assistance.

Old Business:
•        Holy Cow Survey is completed. The church officers and the Transition Team will discuss the results on April 16th at 5:30 pm.
•        Last year’s Session minutes have been approved by presbytery.

New Business:
•        Session approved the baptism of Mannie Gambrel, son of Jacob and Hannah Gambrel, members of the UKirk campus ministry. The baptism will occur at the final UKirk meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Camp Hopewell. This request came to the Session as the closest Presbyterian governing body to UKirk. Elder Allyson Ashmore will represent the congregation and the baptism will be recorded with other baptized members of First Presbyterian.
•        Authorized the Nominating Committee to form a Senior Pastor Nominating Committee (SPNC) and requested they there be a report of their progress at the next Session meeting.
•        The SPNC will consist of 7 to 9 members as balanced as possible male and female, with at least two each from the following age groups: 55+, 40-55, 40 and under.
•        Elder Ben Griffith reported on the Winter Stated Meeting of the Presbytery where the Reverend Paul Phillips was approved for membership in the presbytery and the Reverend Wil Howie was installed for a two year term as Moderator.
•        The existing parking lot sign will be used on Sundays to discourage those not attending worship from using the parking lot.

The next Stated Meeting of the Session will be Monday, May 6 at 5:30 pm.
Worship
Upcoming worship schedule:

Sunday, May 5, 2019
8:30 am Worship (communion)
9:45 am Sunday School
11:00 am Worship (communion)
12:00 pm First Sunday Lunch

Sunday, May 12, 2019
8:30 am Worship (communion)
10:00 am Confirmation Breakfast
11:00 am Worship

Sunday, May 19, 2019
8:30 am Worship (communion)
10:00 am Baccalaureate Breakfast
11:00 am Worship


8:30 am - Worship (communion weekly)
9:45 am - Sunday School
11:00 am Worship (communion first Sunday of each month)
Nursery Weekly: 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Lectionary Texts for May

May 5 - Acts 9:1-6 (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19
May 12 - Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30
May 19 - Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
May 26 - Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10; 21:22-2:5; John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9

Sanctuary flower dates are available on:

July 7, 14, 21 and 28. If you would like to provide flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one, contact Susan Joiner at sjoiner@oxford.ms or
call 662-808-3240.
Music
The Music Ministry had a great concert on April 7th featuring our own Nancy Maria Balach, our Chancel Choir, and guest concert organist Scott Montgomery.

Over 150 members of the church and community attended the concert which featured the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Scott began the concert with Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 3 in A Major and continued with a varied program by Bach, Mozart, Debussy, and others.

The Chancel Choir sang Mendelssohn’s sacred cantata “Hear My Prayer,” written for soprano soloist and SATB choir, with organ accompaniment. Based on Psalm 55, this short piece with its soaring, beautiful melody was the perfect piece to help us on our Lenten journey. Following the concert, about 75 folks dined on soup, (made by members of FPC) salad, and various desserts. 

I’m happy to report that to date we have received about $1,200.00 for our Grace Notes Music Trust Fund. Many thanks to those who have contributed.
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Children's News
Dear All:

What a delightful time we all had Easter morning with a "one-room school house" Sunday School lesson for grades K-6! All grades gathered in the Kindergarten Sunday School room. Pastor Paul introduced the idea of the cross as a symbol of Jesus's death; but he also introduced it as a symbol of our hope for life. The children looked at images of all types of crosses, several which had Christ's suffering body still hanging on its rough beams and some that were empty. He stressed that any cross which Presbyterians display in our sanctuaries is empty....the cross cannot hold Him; Jesus has ultimately conquered death.
The children then got to create a "LIVING CROSS" by stuffing white roses, carnations and chrysanthemums into hog wire that had been wrapped around two wooden crosses. Everyone had a good time picking a flower, finding a spot, and creating wonderful, living beauty. The two crosses took part in the choir's Easter processional and were led into the sanctuary at the beginning of the service. The crosses were placed, where the congregation could see how the children helped celebrate the resurrection. 
The pictures say it all.

Many thanks to Erin Alexander for orchestrating all. And thanks to the families that brought snacks. And thanks to Pastor Paul for spending time with the children. 

--Sarah, Amy, and Jason
PYF News
Celebrate our Confirmation Class on Sunday, May 12th

Members of the 2019 Confirmation Class will become active members of the church on Sunday, May 12 during 11:00 am worship. This spring they have spent their Sunday afternoons with Joseph Kelly and the three pastors learning more about what it means to be the church, sin and forgiveness, why bad things happen to good people and writing their own statements about what they believe. The class would not have been as meaningful without the presence of great mentors: Hayden Alexander, Darren Ashmore, Jason Bouldin, Jane Lyle Byars, Ashley Callery, Ed Croom, Karen Elliott, Mary Haskell, Goodloe Lewis, Kathy Neff, Greg Patton, Hassell Wilkinson and Dana Williams. These elders have come to classes on Sunday afternoons and participated with the youth in a variety of activities and discussions, some have met with their confirmand outside of class, and all have added a lot of insight to the weekly gatherings.

In addition to the mentors, several members including James Day, Sally Hines, Carmille Hovious, Ben and Adalene Pettis, Kay and Larry Tyler, and Nancy Warner, shared with the confirmands and their mentors what the church meant to them and what they felt was important for new members to know. All seemed to agree that one of the most important things about church membership is showing up and being a part of the community of faith.

Thank you to all who have helped this class to grow in their knowledge of what it means to be the body of Christ. Members of the Confirmation Class include: Captain Alexander, Miller Callery, Evelyn Carmean, Jane Reeves Carmean, Thomas Franklin, Jack Hill, Henry Hyneman, Sam Lewis, Cate Mayo, Andrews McLellan, Bel Monteith, Stuart Schuesselin and William Wilkinson.


Baccalaureate Sunday
May 19, 2019

FPC will celebrate seven high school seniors on this year’s Baccalaureate Sunday, May 19. This year’s graduates are all students at Oxford High School. They include:

         Kate Byars, daughter of Jane Lyle and Trey Byars          
         Lucy Chiniche, daughter of Gabrielle and Paul Chiniche
         Jess Edge, son of Blair Hobbs and John T. Edge
         Olivia Estes, daughter of Lindsey and Brett Estes
         Anna Claire Franklin, daughter of Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin
         Catherine Field, daughter of Julie and Ed Field      
         Meredith Goza, daughter of June and Duke Goza

Please hold these young men and women and their parents in prayer as they celebrate this major passage in all their lives.
By the time this newsletter goes to press, UKirk Ole Miss will be wrapping up another semester together. Our Spring theme of "Live Differently" led us to Follow Differently, Love Differently, Walk Differently, Pray Differently, and plenty more in between. This first year of weekly on-campus coffee hour was a hit, and Holy Week brought with it tactile Stations of the Cross to help us reflect on Jesus' last hours. Our year together wraps up with study break afternoon at the Chadwicks' farm, and a Spring Send Off at Camp Hopewell including a celebration of our Seniors and an infant baptism! 

Then before we know it, we'll be welcoming new students into our midst. Do you know someone(s) heading to Ole Miss in the Fall? A personal connection goes a long way, so please do share their information with me at ukirk.olemiss@gmail.com . If you are interested in providing a Tuesday night meal for us in the Fall, the schedule should hit our website by mid May. 

As for this campus minister, I'm looking forward to catching my breath and then jumping into planning for another year! 😊
Young Adult News
YA Sunday School:  Young Adult Sunday School continues in May as it did in April. This month we turn to the book of Acts as we continue to see how the Spirit of God moves throughout the newly formed church. Passages will include: Acts 8:4-25, 8:26-40, 9:1-30, 19:21-41. Sunday School meets in Fellowship Hall around a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree at 9:45 am.
YA Crawfish Boil:  Come out on Saturday, May 4th, from 2:00-4:00 pm to the patio at Harrison's 1810 (1210 Harrison Avenue) for a Young Adult Crawfish Boil. This is a great fellowship opportunity to continue building relationships within this young adult ministry and to welcome new individuals into the group. RSVPs will help ensure we have enough crawfish to go around. Please RSVP in the Facebook event or via email . Parents - FPC's Nursery Ministry will be available during this event in the education building. Please indicate if your child will be attending so we can have proper coverage.
Bibles with Brews:  Interested in exploring Scripture but not always sure where to start? Well, come out to the Growler from 4:30-6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8 th  for the next Bibles with Brews! Join the conversation as we bring and share different scripture passages about our topic of study. This month’s topic is “Reconciliation” in honor of Christ’s Resurrection. All are welcome!
May Education Night:  What does it mean to be a missional church? And what kind of mission is God calling us to be a part of in Oxford, Mississippi? Mark your calendars now for FPC’s next Young Adult Education Night on Sunday evening, May 19 th , as we talk about mission with the Rev. Ann Kelly. Dinner will be provided and a nursery will be available for our littlest Presbyterians. 
Mission
Through the years, members of First Presbyterian Church, Oxford, MS., have been instrumental in assisting their neighbors – near and far. Whether it is the Christmas Store, Interfaith Compassion Ministry, More Than a Meal, Doors of Hope, Haiti Mission trips, or any one of more than a dozen worthwhile organizations, our members have always stepped up to help fellow citizens in need. The goal of this year’s Mission Committee is no different. Although member contributions, pledges, and giving will somewhat determine what we can accomplish, this year’s Mission Committee has the same goals as member committees before us had. This year’s committee is exploring the possibility of developing an Emergency Disaster Relief Group to respond to natural disasters that occur yearly. To that end we are hosting Jimmy Allgood, Oxford’s Director of Environmental Services and local FEMA Director, to explain to our committee what is involved and what we can do to react to disasters that affect our neighbors. We will meet with Mr. Allgood on Wednesday, May 8, at the Church to discuss what we can do to better prepare for the future in assisting our neighbors. If you are one of those folks who don’t mind getting down and dirty, traveling on uncomfortable buses, sleeping in strange places, and eating different food prepared by loving hands who are thankful that you showed up – you might want to attend this meeting – we’d love to have you. Be sure to circle Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you!
 
Mission Committee – First Presbyterian Church – Oxford, MS 38655
Lovepacks donations are an easy way to help relieve hunger among Oxford and Lafayette County school children. You can help by donating the following items: granola bars, non-refrigerated pudding, pop-top ravioli or pasta, pop-top chicken noodle or vegetable soup, peanut butter crackers, instant grits or oatmeal or 16 oz. jars of peanut butter. If you'll bring them with you to church and deposit them in the church office or the narthex, volunteers will get it to the Lovepacks office for you.
May's food of the month is:
 
peanut butter crackers
The Pantry is in need of men and/or couples to deliver groceries once a month to home-bound clients in the county. Anyone who might be able to help is asked to call Ann O'Dell at 234-2907.
Haven House residents are delighted to receive various translations of the Bible and other religious materials. All may be left at the church office, with thanks to all who have responded.
Etcetera
The Worship Ministry Team along with the Membership and Hospitality Ministry Team thank all who made the soup and salad supper following the Grace Notes concert such a huge success. Scott Montgomery’s organ concert was wonderful and the food and fellowship that followed made it even more so. Thank you
•        to Joe Garrison for inviting Scott to return;
•        to Monte Wood and Margie McLeod for organizing the meal and decorations;
•        and to all who made soup and helped with set up and clean up.
On Monday, April 8 th , the Session authorized the Officer Nominating Committee to begin review of nominees from the congregation for the Senior Pastor Nominating Committee (SPNC). Session decided on some parameters: 7 or 9 total people, men and women equally distributed: Two from age 55 plus, two from age 40-55, two from under 40, and one-to-three at-large. At least 1 Elder and 1 Deacon. After selection of a slate of members for the SPNC, it will be brought forward to the congregation for a vote.

Your Transition Team,
Dorothy Lou Aldridge, Darren Ashmore, Kristina Carlson 
Bring Your Favorite Dish
to the First Sunday Potluck Lunch
this Sunday, May 5

There are no assignments for the First Sunday Potluck Lunch this Sunday, May 5 th hosted by the Diaconate. Just bring your favorite dish and come share the good food and fellowship following 11:00 am worship. Everyone is welcome!
FPC Men's Softball Schedule

May 7 - Kiamie Package Store vs. FPC @ 8:00 PM/Field #12
May 14 - FPC vs. Pinelake Church @ 8:00 PM/Field #9
May 23 - Oxford PD vs. FPC @ 7:00 PM/Field #11
May 28 - Prestige World Wide vs. FPC @ 7:15 PM/Field #9
June 3 - FPC vs. Kiamie Package Store @ 8:30 PM/Field #10
June 4 - FPC vs. Sixty Minute Men @ 7:15 PM/Field #9

Come cheer them on to victory!
Coming Soon!

Rafters on the Water at Sardis is the destination for May’s VIP Dutch treat dinner. Be on the lookout for more details about the date and time of this event so that you can sign up early. You won’t want to miss the fun and fellowship!

Another appetizer supper is in the works for June! Check the newsletter next month for the time and date of this popular gathering.
FPC's 7 th annual Jerry Warner Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 18 at the Ole Miss golf course. There will be an 8:00 am shotgun start with sign-in beginning at 7:00 am along with donuts and bottled water. If you don't have a playing partner, the planning team will pair you with another church member. The cost is $60 per player and the deadline to sign up is Wednesday, May 11. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy fun and fellowship with other church members! Call the church office or place your payment marked "golf tournament" in the offering plate on Sunday morning.
Alma Shaw Circle

Tuesday, May 21 @ 9:45 am at the home of Emily Newcomb - 1108 S. Lamar Blvd.

Carroll Barr Circle

Tuesday, May 21 @ 6:00 pm at the home of Marianna Ochs - 917 Bonnie Blue Drive

Esther Ethridge Circle

TBA

Gerry Duvall Circle

Tuesday, May 21 @ 12:00 pm in Fellowship Hall Parlor

Lula Gregory Circle

Tuesday, May 21 @ 9:45 am in Fellowship Hall Parlor

PW Council 2018-2019
 
Moderator - Mary Haskell - haskellfam@aol.com
Vice - Moderator - Mary Glynn Wright - mgw0804@yahoo.com
Secretary - Julie Field - jfieldrx@aol.com  
Treasurer - Margaret Fancher - fancherm@bellsouth.net
Historian - Anita Drury - sakbg5@gmail.com
Ex-Moderator - Sharron Alexander - sharronalexander@bellsouth.net  
First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo to Host Presbyterian Women’s Gathering
June 13-15, 2019

Face to Face on the Mountain: Ten Words from God is the theme of the Presbyterian Women of the Synod of Living Waters Triennial Gathering on June 13-15, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo, MS. Join other Presbyterian Women from Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi for worship, study, a variety of workshops as well as a preview of the 2019-20 PW Bible Study Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments by Eugenia Gamble. Workshop topics and leaders include:

•         Listening to Your Life with Ann Houston Kelly
•         Creating for Learning with Dee Koza
•         Four Words for the Future of Presbyterian Women with Susan Jackson-Dowd
•         Written Words with Lynn Miller
•         How Change Can Work with Tom Bryson
•         Turning DO NOTs into DOs with Jim McClanahan
•         Fabric, Faith and Fellowship with Lori Dickerson
•         Gathering Choir with Tony Franks                 

Find more information about workshops, leadership, schedule and registration here.


Bridge Properties, 1000 Tyler Avenue at 10th St., now tows all unauthorized vehicles on its parking lot, including Sundays. Please do not park on the Bridge Properties lot to attend worship or other church events!
News from the Pews
Memorials and Honoraria
 
~ With gratitude for contributions to First Presbyterian Church ~
 
In memory of:

Jim Jackson

Carole and Hal Haney

Dora Leache

J. J. Jones
Jullie and John Mishler
Sally A. Nichols

Lori Newcomb

J. J. Jones
Adalene and Ben Pettis

Leighton Pettis

J. J. Jones


In honor of:

Greg Patton

Phyllis and Cleve Johnson
Ygondine Sturdivant
May Birthdays

4 Plicca Watt, Hassell Wilkinson
5 Scott Manley, Mary Michael Morrison
6 Alisa Elliott, Mack Schuesselin
8 Stefanie Goodwiller, Bill Mayo, Nolton Rawl
10 Pat Atkinson, Mary Jack Mullen
11 Jane Lyle Byars, Blair Hobbs
12 Harriman Abernathy
14 Allyn Cascio, Case Embry
15 Nana Adjekum-Boateng, David Robinson
17 Gabrielle Chiniche, Kaithlyn Flowers, Ashley Johnson, Dick Scruggs
18 Lynda Huggins
19 Anna Claire Franklin, Justin Kennon
21 Phil Baquie, Kathy Neff
22 Beth Ann Fennelly, Mary Shields Hunter
25 Lucille Jones, Jenny Kate Luster
26 Jeff Butler, Allen Elliott
27 Kevin Christian, Bradley Goodwiller
28 John Scarbrough
29 Christopher Newman
30 Duvall Flautt, Paul Hester
31 Shae Orrell, William Webb

May Anniversaries

3 Ramey & Brent Hardin, Amanda & Brian Hyneman
7 Whitney & Patrick Bolen
8 Diane & Dick Scruggs
12 Tina & Tony Montgomery
18 Kelli & Bradley Briscoe
19 Martha & Lucius Brock
21 Melba & Bill Bowlin
23 Carlisle & Billy Wood
24 Shelley & Tommy Cribbs, Beth Ann Fennelly & Tom Franklin
26 Kathy & Ben Griffith, Bobbie & Syd Shaw
27 Dorothy Lou & Mack Aldridge
28 Lindsey & Phil Baquie, Nancy & Don Giles, June & Duke Goza
29 Beth & Bobby Kennedy, Randall & Lee Mize
30 Teresa & David Flautt, Sr., Lenore & Mit Hobbs, Molly & Griffin Tanner
31 Anne & Robert Gowdy, Catie & Paul Hester
First Dates
 
The Prayer Shawl Ministry Team  will meet Monday, May 6 at 1:30 pm in Room 101.
The Worship Ministry Team will meet Monday, May 6 at 4:30 pm in Room 101.
The Finance Ministry Team will meet Monday, May 6 at 4:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.
The Session  will meet Monday, May 6 at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.
The Diaconate will meet Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 pm in the Session Room.
The Children's Christian Education Ministry Team will meet Monday, May 13 at 5:45 pm in Room 101.
The FPC Book Club  will meet to discuss Rush by Lisa Patton Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30 pm in Room 101.
The Adult Education Ministry Team will meet Wednesday, May 29 at 5:45 pm in Room 101.
 
Reminder: The June deadline for submissions to First Press is Wednesday, May 15.
The Session
 
  CLASS of 2019
Trey Cobb, Jon Crawford, Margie McLeod, 
Karen Stockton, Dana Williams
 
  CLASS of 2020
Ashley Callery, Ann DeVoe, Ben Griffith,
Matthew Hall, Monte Wood
 
CLASS of 2021
Hayden Alexander, Pete Boone, Julie Field, 
Carmille Hovious, Ruth O'Dell
 
The Diaconate

CLASS of 2019
Lee Borden, Kristina Carlson, Dean Chow,
Lele Gillespie, Pick Scruggs
 
CLASS of 2020
Todd Abbott, Rosie Cooper, Ed Croom,
Lisa Hickman-Tollison, John Schuesselin, Amy Wilkes
 
CLASS of 2021
Thelma Curry, Karen Elliott, Luke Harris,
Brian Hyneman, Niles Lovelady
Your Church Staff

The Congregation
Ministers

Interim Pastor

Interim Associate Pastor

Associate Pastor

Pastor, UKirk Ministry

Director of Music/Organist

Director of Elementary Music

Director of Youth

Office Administrator

Director of Communications

Property Manager

Nursery Director
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