FIRST PRESS | an online newsletter | March 2018  
How goes your Lent?
 
This holiest season of the Christian year began on Ash Wednesday, February 14, and concludes with the dawning of Easter day on April 1. Lent, of course, is the annual forty-day period (not counting Sundays) during which we pause to reflect upon those events that lie at the very heart of our faith: the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
Historically, Lent developed during the early centuries of the Christian church as a season for preparing adult converts for baptism on Easter morning. Candidates underwent many months of baptismal instruction during which they were taught the essential beliefs and practices of the faith. Their preparation culminated in an intensive forty-day period (which paralleled the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness) when they prayed, fasted, confessed their sins and prepared themselves for the radial new life they would soon take on as Christ's disciples.
 
Only in the past few years has our denomination begun to take seriously the Lenten season. Before, we mostly embraced the logic of the father of the Reformation, John Calvin, who was wary of the possibilities for superstition and trivial practices of self-denial disguised as Lenten "discipline." For instance, he likely would have insisted that giving up chocolate for Lent doesn't quite hold a candle to what Jesus gave up for us! Recently, though, we've become more focused upon a serious approach to Lent, something I think has helped Protestants grow more deeply in our faith experience as well as our understanding of who Christ is.
 
It is important, however, to approach Lent with the proper theological mindset in order to derive its richest meaning. Our focus should be not so much upon what we will give up for Christ, but upon what Christ gave up for us. The challenge is not to demonstrate to God how sorry we are for personal failures, but instead to enter with passion into God's own sorrow for the world.
 
Perhaps this is best done by doing something rather than giving something up. Maybe in these weeks, you dedicate yourself to learning or service through any number of outlets here at First. Perhaps you decide to give time to a local agency that assists the poor and marginalized. Or maybe you write a long-overdue letter of thanks or apology to someone, using words which give both of you new hope and healing. My friend Steve Montgomery has a favorite quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "It's not a religious act which makes a Christian what he or she is, but participation in the suffering of Christ in the world."
 
To be sure, Lent is more than a season of self-denial; it is a window of time to respond to Jesus' invitation to repent and believe, "for the kingdom of heaven has come near." (Matthew 4:17)
 
In these important days, may God help us in every way to draw nearer to the promise and peace of his son, our Lord, in a way that will bring unbridled joy on Easter morn.
 
Peace,
John's signature
From the Associate Pastors

Miracles Do Happen!
 
One of the more memorable moments
of the 2018 Haiti mission trip
occurred at our Wednesday clinic in Kapiti. Clinic is always set up in a beach pavilion in the center of the community. People bring dining tables and assorted chairs to provide consultation areas for the doctors and a place to set up the pharmacy. Fishermen weave nets on the side of the pavilion; goats and chickens graze around it; laundry is laid out on weathered boats to dry; and large groups of people sit in the hot sun waiting to see a doctor or visiting with those who wait. It's a busy and colorful place that we have visited on several trips. In fact, this is where the 115-year old woman comes to see "her" doctor (aka Ernie Williams) each year.

On this particular Wednesday, a 75-year old woman who had been in a kitchen fire two weeks before was brought to clinic. The burn covered much of the right side of her torso and was hidden under loose clothing. It was hard to imagine suffering that kind of injury and not being able to get to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room. Examination required laying her down, so a couple of us quickly swept the remains of lunch from an unused dining table and cleaned it the best we could with wet wipes. The miracle began to unfold as Ernie Williams scooped the woman up in his arms and laid her gently on the table. Allyson Ashmore leaned over to offer her arm as a pillow; a couple of team members along with some of the translators moved to the table and stood around it, backs to the patient to provide a privacy screen. Ernie began to gently clean the wound and then turned to Elizabeth Field, the youngest member of our team, and asked if she would assist him. She opened packets of ointment and handed them to him as needed. Maybe it doesn't sound like much of a miracle, but it felt like it. It all happened without fanfare, instruction or even words. The Americans and our Haitian partners just fell into place and offered what we could to help - an arm for a pillow, our body as a shield, silent prayers for healing and gentle hands for cleansing and soothing.

That morning, I'd asked membe rs of the team to write prayers for the  Haiti people on thin strips of cloth. I ti ed them to a stick and gave it a yarn hanger. I explained to them that, in faith communities that use prayer flags, the idea is that the prayers are hung along trails or on a mountainside where the wind can blow the prayers out across the countryside among the people. We'd made a prayer flag with prayers for peace, good health, healing, self-sufficiency, happiness and joy. I'd planned to hang it at the guesthouse and let the prayers be blown among the people we knew and spent time with every day until Greg Patton said, "Let's take it to clinic." While this woman was being treated, I kept seeing the colorful bits of cloth bearing our prayers as they fluttered in the breeze. I could almost feel the prayers touching us and the patient as we all fell in place to offer ourselves to another child of God.

I don't know about you but it seems to me that anytime we can be a part of the answer to prayer, it's a miracle.

Give to One Great Hour of Sharing
Sunday, March 25
 
If you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
Then your light will rise in the darkness and your shadows will become like noon.
God will always guide you. Giving relief in desert places
God will give strongth to your bones and you will be like a watered garden,
Like a spring of water whose waters never run dry.
You will rebuild the ancient ruins,
And build upon age-old foundations. You will be called Repairer of the Breach
And Restorer of Ruined Neighborhoods.
 
                                                                   - Isaiah 58:10-12, The Inclusive Bible
 
The se words from the prophet Isaiah undergird a life of faith. They also undergi rd the ministries supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.
 
In this season of Lent, we prepare our hearts, minds and spirits to walk with Jesus. This season reminds us of who we are, who we serve, and how we are called to live lives of faith. We are the hands and feet of Christ when we serve others. As the Body of Christ called Presbyterians, we are making a difference together through our serving and our giving. When this congregation participates in One Great Hour of Sharing, we are making a transformative impact on people's lives through the ministries of:
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which is restoring streets and neighborhoods by working alongside communities as they recover and find hope after naturel and human-caused disasters.
 
Presbyterian Hunger Program, which is sharing bread with the hungry and joining hands to alleviate hunger and address its causes.
 
Self-Development of People , which is working to loosen the bonds of injustice by partnering with communities as they seek to overcome oppression and poverty through initiatives they own and from which they directly benefit.
 
From initial disaster to ongoing community development, these three Presbyterian programs play relayed roles in providing safety, sustenance, and hope to individuals and communities in need.
 
You know the need is great. Your gift will make a difference. Please contribute to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, March 25.

Blessings and peace,

A little birdie told me when I started seminary in the summer of 2014 that a well known and loved professor would be on sabbatical during my second year. I didn't want to miss out on the chance to take a class from him. Honestly, he was one of the only professors I had heard of before enrolling in seminary, something I'm sure says more about me than it does about my professors. So, I signed up for a half-credit class in the field of Christian Education. I hadn't taken the prerequisite semester-long introduction course, but I wasn't going to let that stop me. It was important for me to have the chance to learn from this professor inside and outside the classroom. The class was "Transforming the Confirmation Journey", and the professor was Dr. Rodger Nishioka.
            I am beyond excited that Rodger will be joining our congregation this fall as the speaker for our Freeman Lecture Series. I am thrilled that we will have the chance to learn from him as he worships with us and shares his passion for Christian education. Rodger is an excellent teacher. He has the ability to share insights in a way that are thought provoking without being overwhelming. But there is more to learning from Rodger than whatever is the subject of his lesson. Each time Rodger taught, I walked away inspired by his love of Jesus Christ and the passion that he has sharing it with others. I look forward to having him join us on September 29-30 ,  and can't wait to see how the Spirit moves in his message throughout the entire Freeman Lecture Series.
            Rodger's focus within the field of Christian Education has been youth and young adult ministry and I hope he inspires us to continue thinking about how best we can minister to these age groups. In anticipation of the Freeman Lecture Series, the Children's Christian Education ministry team will be hosting a Saturday workshop and seminar on May 5  led by our own Ruth O'Dell. This workshop seeks to kick off our congregational conversation about Christian Education within the lives of our children, both at home and in the church. Ruth's talents and expertise in the education field are a gift for our congregation and I am grateful she is willing to share them with us. Come and join the church as we learn and discern how to continue loving our children through the sharing of our faith. Come and join the church as we experience new activities to share with our children that show God's love through our own. The entire congregation is invited to join us on May 5  as our children's Christian education is not solely the responsibility of any parent, grandparent, family member or close friend. Each of us, as members of Christ's Church, is called to love and nurture our children as Christ did. Let us all open our arms to every little child, "for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." (Mark 10:14b)  Let us continue serving as God has called us and be willing to follow where God's Spirit leads.
 
Gratefully,

  Financial Summary
Summary of Stated Session Meeting
The Session of First Presbyterian Church held its stated monthly meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Fourteen elders were present.  
 
Highlights from the meeting are as follows:
 
         Finance: 
  • As of January 31, 2018, year to date revenue was $66,504.23, and expenses were $87,673.94.
  • The ministry team presented and reviewed the proposed budget for 2018. It was noted that the 2018 pledges totaled $1,009,122.00 with $145,417.00 having been paid in 2017. The total income for pledged and unpledged is budgeted at $1,042,925.00. A total of 188 giving units have made pledges for 2018. After discussion, the following motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously:
    • Movant, Moderator - Motion to approve the 2018 budget as submitted with a revised final copy to be sent out with corrections to the summary information at the end of the report.
          Property :
  • The ministry team has many projects for the upcoming year. Among those projects are the painting of the fence, replacing the office carpet, repairing and painting the exterior of the Annex building, and improvements to the annex kitchen area.
  •  The ministry team will analyze safety issues with regard to the front step handrails. It was noted that handrails have been installed beside the steps at the mailbox.
        Worship
  • The summer worship service schedule was proposed. The following motion was made, seconded, and approved unanimously:
    • Movant, Moderator- Motion to schedule one service of worship each Sunday beginning Sunday, May 27, 2018 and continuing each Sunday thereafter through Sunday, September 2, 2018, with Rally Day staged on Sunday, August 26, 2018, prior to the worship service
         Mission
  • The team is awaiting more specific information regarding assistance with the Second Chance literacy program.
           Adult Christian Education:
  • The Lenten series for Wednesdays Together will be held February 21- March 21, 2018, with no programming March 14 during the week of Spring Break. .
  • A new feature for Lenten Wednesdays Together will be the availability of paying by credit card.
  • A request was made for a storage cabinet for Sunday school materials for the Fellowship Hall classes.
  • The ministry team has volunteered to help with cleaning and revitalizing the church library.
           Children's Christian Education:
  • Vacation Bible School volunteers have been secured and the dates are set for June 25- 28 (M-Th).
  • Programming for children is planned during the Lenten series for Wednesdays Together.   
          New Business: 
  • The date for Youth Sunday is set for Sunday, May 6, 2018. Youth Sunday will be structured so that senior youth participants assist with the scripture reading and speaking.
  • Confirmation Sunday will be held May 13.
  • The following positions were filled:
Financial Secretary: Dana Williams
Financial Secretary: Trey Cobb
Moderator Pro Tem: Ben Griffith
Presbytery Representatives: Karen Stockton and Dorothy Lou Aldridge
 
        The Session recited The Lord's Prayer and adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Worship
Regular Worship Services
  8:30 am - Worship (communion weekly)
9:45 am - Sunday School
11:00 am - Worship (communion first Sunday of the month)
Nursery Weekly: 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday - March 25 - 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae - March 29 - 7:30 pm
Easter - April 1 - 8:30 am and 11:00 am (identical)
Lectionary Texts for March
 
March 4 - Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
 
March 11 - Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
 
March 18 - Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
 
March 25 - Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-19; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 (40-47)
Sanctuary flower dates are available on...
April 22 and 29.  If you would like to provide flowers in 
honor or memory of a loved one, please contact Susan Joiner  
at 662-808-3240 or  email to sjoiner@oxford.ms Please refrain 
from  utilizing lilies  in chancel floral arrangements.
Diaconate
Deacons Elect Officers for the Coming Year
 
Kristina Carlson and Robert (Pick) Scruggs were elected co-moderators of the Diaconate at the regular meeting in December. At their February meeting, the Diaconate elected Lisa Hickman-Tollison as Vice Moderator and Whitney Bolen as Secretary.
 
Other business included:
  • Usher Guidelines and safety measures suggested by the Session;
  • Hosting the May 6 Dinner on the Grounds for the 11:00 am service;
  • A fall picnic at Camp Hopewell;
  • Pairing each deacon with one of FPC's homebound members in order to better care for those members of our church family.
Music

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."
(Colossians 3:16)

Singing is one of the ways God's Word dwells in us richly. Does this mean we all should join the choir? As a participant in worship, you are already a member of the great choir of the church- the congregation. God's people aren't merely invited to sing; we are commanded to  sing, and when we sing, we're doing what God asks of us!

What does this all mean? It means music is an essential part of worship; it means we need those with musical abilities to consider prayerfully their role in the music ministry of FPC. We are grateful to have choral scholars, but they don't serve as replacements for volunteers; they help facilitate the volunteer voices in the choir. I know some in our congregation have choral experience and would make excellent additions to the choir, but have yet committed to joining us. Know this: the choir needs you! There is a place for you!

Grace and peace,
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PYF News
In February, our youth had the opportunity to attend the annual retreat at Camp Hopewell sponsored by our presbytery's Presbyterian Youth Counsel. During the retreat, we had a meaningful time learning about the our worries and the effect they have on our relationship with God and others. The weekend was full of games, great food, music, worship and fellowship with other youth from around the Presbytery of St. Andrew.
(Worship led by Rev. Davis Bailey during the Jr. High PYC Retreat)
 
Confirmation Class News

Our confirmation class will begin this month, and I would like to ask for your prayers for our 8 confirmands as they navigate together this wonderful time in their faith journey.
Confirmation Class of 2018:
Sallie Abernathy
Emory Barrios
Charles Byars
Porter Callery
Ella Chiniche
William Lewis
Heath Stevens
Hassell Wilkinson
College News

Believe it or not, the first week of March marks mid-term for our students at Ole Miss. We're part way through our Lenten series, spending each Tuesday evening digging deeper into one day of Holy Week. Remembering the events between Palm Sunday and Easter can be heavy work, but it seems that these days so can the simple act of listening to the news. This season that invites us into reflection also reminds us that, as a friend of mine once put it, we "will never go where God is not." Even amidst the betrayal of Maundy Thursday and the deep grief of Good Friday, God is there, bread crumbs and all. It's a reminder we all need sometimes. 
 
At UKirk we've also been exploring different ways to pray, by way of "Prayer to Go" boxes that include seven tactile prayers for the season, as well as supplies for a daily practice. We're following finger labyrinths, tying knots for our worries, kneading dough and even holding dirt. Prayer beads, crosses, and reflections on Jesus's humanity also make an appearance. 
 
Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that there are still some opportunities in April for you to join in ministry with our college students by way of providing a Tuesday night meal. For the most up-to-date schedule visit ukirkolemiss.org/tuesday-meals. I'm continually grateful for the ways this congregation ministers with our students. Be on the look out next month for a celebratory UKirk Sunday!
 
Peace,
Young Adult
Young Adults! 

Mark your calendars for our next two monthly young adult gatherings. On Saturday, March 24 , from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, we'll volunteer as a group at Camp Hopewell. We will have plenty to do and service projects for all skill sets will be available. In April, our young adult ministry will be hosting a baseball tailgate for the UGa vs. Ole Miss game on Saturday, April 21 , at 1:30 pm. Tickets will be purchased at a later date. Please contact David Randolph if you are interested in either of these events or participating in this ministry.
Mission
Don't Forget Lovepacks!

Spring Break is just around the corner, which means Lovepacks will be sending additional food home with Oxford & Lafayette County students who might be hungry without meals provided at school. Bring your donations by the church office and we'll deliver for you. Lovepacks sends home bags of non-perishable, kid-friendly food each week with students who have been identified by their school counselor. Here are the foods you can donate:

          Pop-top cans of chicken noodle or vegetable soup
             Pop-top cans of ravioli
           Peanut butter crackers
           Cheese crackers
           Saltine crackers
           16 oz. jars of peanut butter
           Non-refrigerated pudding
           Granola, breakfast, or protein bars
           Pop-top cans of beanie weenies
Thank you!
Thank You! Thank You!
 
FPC's Second Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Pancake Supper was a huge success in spite of gray skies and damp weather. Children and adults decked out in masks, beads and colorful costumes joined members of St. Peter's Episcopal Church to parade around the Square while others gathered on the streets to watch. Ann Whitaker, retiring Associate Rector at St. Peter's, and her husband, Jerry, were the king and queen of the parade. Music was provided by a brass band from St. Peter's and bag piper Derek Reed, a frequent visitor at FPC. Adding to the fun of the evening were the colorful decorations in Fellowship Hall and delicious pancakes. A special thanks goes out to:
  • Monte Wood and Margie McLeod, who decorated Fellowship Hall;
  • The A-Team: Dorothy Lou and Mac Aldridge, Allyson and Darren Ashmore, Harry and Sharron Alexander and James Day for the delicious pancakes and sausage;
  • Tony Mize and the Beacon Restaurant for mixing the pancake batter;
  • Tommy Patrick for contributing sausage, butter and syrup;
  • Members of the Membership & Hospitality Ministry Team, who helped with set-up and clean-up;
  • Derek Reed, our bagpiper;
and all of the colorful parade participants and watchers whose laughter and presence made this an event worth repeating next year!
A Note from Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls 2018 was a huge success for The Pantry! Thank yo u so much for for getting the word out to your congregation. Empty Bowls had  plenty of soup and plenty of pottery bowls for everyone. This was the second year it was held at the convention center, so there was parking available to all. The participation of our community is such a blessing to the Pantry  and  you helped make that possible. Thank you so much again.
 
Sincerely,
Berry Johnson
Etcetera . . .
We Welcome New Members to FPC!


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Oxford, MS 38655
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Scott: (615) 585-2069



James , Kathryn
758 Lafayette Street 
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Owen , Elizabeth
24 County Road 231
Oxford, MS 38655
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Payne , Jennifer
177B County Road 215
Oxford, MS 38655
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Wilkie , Curtis

1016 S. 11th Street
Oxford, MS 38655
Home: (662) 232-8839
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FPC's First Sunday Lunch is March 4!

Hosted by the 2018 Haiti mission team, FPC's First Sunday Lunch on Sunday, March 4 will give members an opportunity to hear about our ongoing partnership in Bognotte while enjoying good food and fellowship. Three members of the Haiti mission team will share experiences, insights, challenges and dreams for this partnership. The menu for the day will be poppy seed chicken, salad and bread. Please join us Sunday, March 4 after the 11:00 worship service in Fellowship Hall.

Because of Easter, there will be no First Sunday Lunch in April. Go ahead and mark your calendars for Sunday, May 6 for a potluck "Dinner on the Grounds" following 11:00 am worship that day. The deacons will provide chicken, rolls and drinks, and all of you will bring the delicious sides and desserts!
Wednesdays Together Update

Wednesdays Together for Lent continues through  March 21 ,  with supper served at 5:45 pm and Bible study following until 7:00 pm. We will study one chapter of the book of Ruth per week as we walk with Jesus' ancestors - Ruth, Naomi and Boaz - into communal life together. A nursery and children's programming will be offered each week. Wednesdays Together will run four weeks through  
March 21,  with no programming scheduled for  March 14  during Spring Break. The cost of the meal is $6 per person and $3 for children 5 and under, with a maximum cost per family of $20. An opportunity to pre-pay using a credit card will be available at the door.


The kids menu will alternate each week between cheeseburger sliders and chicken nuggets, fruit, chips & juice boxes.   
The annual FPC CHURCH-WIDE Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 31 at the home of Mary and Sam Haskell, 415 Park Drive, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  The hunt will begin promptly at 10:30 with photo opportunities before and after. Parents, please deliver one dozen candy-filled eggs per child attending and any non-perishable items to the church office by noon, Thursday, March 29.  You may contribute to the hunt by using Signup Genius.  Please plan to make this a true all-church event for EVERYONE! 
Save the Date!

Save the date for our Children's Christian Education workshop and seminar on Saturday, May 5 , from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. This workshop seeks to bring the congregation together to learn through conversation how we might continue educating our children well. We are grateful to have our own Ruth O'Dell as our facilitator as she brings her gifts and professional expertise within the education field. Be on the lookout for more details coming out soon. 
A Haven House Request
 
Haven house residents are delighted to receive various translations of the Bible and also other religious material. All may be left at the church office and thanks to all who have responded.
Sunday Parking Reminder
 
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!
Ride the Bus to Church!
 
Make plans now to park at the Blake and ride the bus to church each Sunday so that you won't have to worry about parking downtown. Time of departure from the Blake is weekly at 10:30 am. The bus returns immediately after 11:00 am worship. Thanks to all our volunteer drivers who make this service possible!

Carroll Barr Circle
Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00 pm @ the home of Catherine Servati - 404 Cherokee Drive, Oxford, MS 38655
   
Alma Shaw Circle
Tuesday, March 20 at 9:45 am @ the home of Scottye Boone - 575 Hwy 30 East, Oxford, MS 38655

Lula Gregory Circle
Tuesday, March 20 at 9:45 am in Fellowship Hall

Gerry Duvall Circle
Tuesday, March 20 at 12:00 pm in Fellowship Hall


PW Council 2017-2018
Moderator - Sharron Alexander - sharronalexander@bellsouth.net
Vice - Moderator - Mary Haskell - haskellfam@aol.com
Secretary - Julie Field - jfieldrx@aol.com  
Treasurer - Margaret Fancher - fancherm@bellsouth.net
Historian - Karen Stockton - kkstockton2@gmail.com
Ex-Moderator - Becki Felts - feltsbecki@gmail.com
News from the Pews
What's Happening with VIPs in March?
 
Come tour the new hospital and enjoy a Dutch treat lunch in the hospital cafeteria on Tuesday, March 13. The tour will begin in the hospital lobby at 10:00 am. Lunch will follow the tour.  Please call the church office and let us know if you plan to attend so we won't start the tour without you!
 
Because our lunch gathering is one week late, our dinner gathering will be later as well. The VIP Dutch treat dinner at Casa Mexicana will be held Thursday, March 22 at 5:45 pm. Call the church office by that Thursday morning and we'll be sure to save you a seat!


Sympathy of the congregation is extended to:

Rev. Wil Howie, whose mother, Helen Dale Howie, died February 24 in Jackson, MS.
Jody and Rev. Ron Wilson, whose son, Matthew, died February 27 in Alabama.

Memorials and Honoraria

  ~ With gratitude for contributions to First Presbyterian Church ~
 
In memory of:

Joan Semmes Bullard

Bette & Jeff Butler
Anne & Robert Gowdy
Pauline Shuler Lewis
June P. Robinson & Jill P. Hodges

Evelyn Carlson

Gerry Duvall Circle
Barbara Baine
Bette & Jeff Butler
Emily & Don Newcomb
Carlisle & Billy Wood

Diane & Pat Caudill

Sandra, Bill & Johnny Webb

Frances DeVoe

Gerry Duvall Circle
Shirley Crawford
JJ Jones

Bobbye May Henderson

Gerry Duvall Circle
Bette & Jeff Butler
Shirley Crawford
Martha Kelley

Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries

March Birthdays:

1     Wes Estes
5     Harper Harris
6     Lauren McRae
7     Brett Person, Max Williams
8     Trey Cobb, Danny Kelly, Thomas Patrick
9     Ed Perry, Adalene Pettis
10   Cal Montgomery
11   Phillip Embry, Winn Hutchcraft
12   Lenore Hobbs, Ashley Wilkinson
14   Ann Person, Claire Stevens, Brooks Williams
15   Neil Eads, Carolyn Gibson, Ella McIntosh
16   Susan Joiner, Griffin Tanner
17   Elizabeth Coon
18   Captain Alexander, Mary Charles Matthews, Leighton McCool, Anne Douglas Tanner
19   Hayden Alexander, Brynn Ashmore, Lucia Brandt, Alexis Longsdorf, Katherine Randolph
20   Doug Alexander, Kim Ling, Samuel Logan, David McPhail, Molly Neff
21   Harry Embry
22   Hampton Hardin
23   Erin Alexander, Jim Deloach
24   Nan Davis, Bel Monteith, Renee Sullivan-Gonzalez
25   Sophie Semmes
26   Josh Gibbs
27   Frances Abernathy, Joe Burnett, Jess Edge
29   Spears Alexander
30   Fran Sam
31   Kim Funderburk, Elizabeth Monteith, Greg Patton

March Anniversaries:

5     Rose & Henry Paris     
7     Cindy & Eric Snellgrove
10   Sarah Brooke & Jeb Bishop, Melinda & Bill Freeman
11   Ashley & Michael Abraham
15   Angela & Scott Manley
22   Taylor & Hassell Wilkinson
25   Amy & Tad Wilkes
30   Jenny & David McPhail
31   Nan & Tom Davis
   
   First Dates
 
The Mission Ministry Team  will meet Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 pm in Room 101.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry  will meet Monday, March 5 at 1:00 pm in Room 101.
The Property Ministry Team  will meet Monday, March 19 at 5:30 pm in Room 101.
The Diaconate will meet Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30 in the Session room.
The Membership & Hospitality Ministry Team will meet Thursday, March 8 at 5:30 pm in Room 101.
Piecemakers  meet each Thursday at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall and Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 in Fellowship Hall.
The Finance Ministry Team  will meet Monday, March 12 at 4:30 pm in Room 101.
The Session  will meet Monday, March 12 at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.
The FPC Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 13 at 1:30 in Room 101. The book will be Untamed, by Will Harlan.

Reminder: The April deadline for submissions to First Press is
Thursday, March 15. 

The Session
  CLASS of 2018
Darren Ashmore, Dorothy Lou Aldridge,
Jane Lyle Byars, Paul Chiniche, Kathryn Hill
 
  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

 
The Diaconate
CLASS of 2018
Whitney Bolen, Julie Chadwick, James Day,
Teresa Flautt, JoAnne Oliver
 
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
YOUR CHURCH STAFF

The Congregation
Ministers

Ext.
John M. Semmes
Pastor
jsemmesfpc@gmail.com
15
Ann H. Kelly
Interim Associate Pastor
akellyfpc@gmail.com
12
J. David Randolph
Associate Pastor
drandolphfpc@gmail.com 22
Allison C. Wehrung
UKirk Pastor
ukirk.olemiss@gmail.com

Joseph W. Garrison
Director of Music/Organist
jgarrisonfpc@gmail.com
17
Terrell R. Hall

Director of Elementary Music 
thallfpc@gmail.com



Joseph H. Kelly
Director of Youth
jkellyfpc@gmail.com
18
Frances Saralvarez
Office Administrator
fsaralvarezfpc@gmail.com
10
Jessica M. McGee
Director of Communications
jmcgeefpc@gmail.com
11
Wade Simpson
Property Manager
wsimpsonfpc@gmail.com

LaShaunda L. Sisk
Nursery Director
lsiskfpc@gmail.com