Music Sunday Worship...Giving Opportunities...
First Press Weekly e-News
December 13, 2018
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Silver Saints & Ambassador Choir Luncheon
Thursday, December 13th @ 12:00pm
The annual Christmas Party luncheon for the Silver Saints and the Ambassador Choir will take place on Thursday, December 13th at 12 noon. This is a catered affair. We will also enjoy a fun time following the meal as we exchange Christmas gifts with a value of $10.00. Please call the church office (770 786 7321) to make a reservation so preparations will be adequate. Please join us for this holiday fun. 
Presbyterian 101
Sunday, December 16th @ 10:00am
Each year we offer a series of classes on " What it Means to Be a Presbyterian" for our newly elected class of elders as well as for anyone else who is interested in the theology (beliefs), polity (government), and history of the Presbyterian church. Classes will be taught by our pastor Steven Barnes. Everyone is invited!
The Covington Carols
Sunday, December 16th @ 12:00pm
Join us this Sunday at 11:00am for a special musical worship service in which our Sanctuary Choir, Bell Choir and Instrumental Ensemble will present The Covington Carols, composed and arranged by our Music Director Alexis Renee Ward.

Following worship that day we will host a reception in the narthex to honor Alexis and her family as they prepare to move to Delaware.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, December 23rd
If the way be clear, there will be a meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, December 23rd for the purpose of electing a Nominating Committee which will identify church members to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) early in the year, and nominate members to serve on the Session for the Class of 2022 later in the year. 
Opportunities for Giving
Angel and Salvation Army tree gifts for children and nursing home residents: All gifts should be placed under the trees by this Sunday, December 16th...unwrapped but tagged for the children, wrapped and tagged for the nursing home residents

Food Pantry: The food pantry is overwhelmed with requests for food. Non-perishables can be placed in the boxes provided in the narthex, or deliver them to the food pantry. Checks can be written to the church with a designation of food pantry. Call Bernice Bailey 770-786-3048 for further information. 

Pastor’s Discretionary Fund: Each year we have last minute requests from families who are not covered by the Salvation Army but cannot afford Christmas gifts for their children. After investigating the request, church staff gives the family a gift certificate to one of the local stores. If you would like to contribute to this fund, make your check out to the church and designate Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. The Discretionary Fund is used throughout the year to help local folks with various needs. 

Homeless Needs: With weather getting colder and daylight getting shorter, the needs of the homeless in our community are on the rise. As the church - the body of Christ - we are daily called upon to meet the needs of our homeless neighbors in many different ways, most of which require money. If you would like to contribute to our fund that is being used to directly help those who are without housing, please make your checks payable to FPC and designate "Homeless" on the memo line.  
Christmas Joy Offering
Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.
Advent Devotional
God Lifts the Lowly, is the 2018 Advent devotional offering published by Presbyterians Today. The devotional is from Mary's Song of Praise found in Luke 1:52. "He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly."

Read more about the devotional HERE.  

Copies are available in the narthex, or you can download your copy HERE.
Praise & Prayers
Please keep the following people and their families in your thoughts and prayers this week:

  • Roger Gossage - Piedmont Atlanta
  • Alexis, Thomas & Hazel Ward - moving
  • Karen Laib - back surgery
  • Sam Ramsey - home (brother-in-law of Alice Walker)
  • Betty Lunsford - home
  • Beverly Star Edmonds - cancer (mother of Steve Kapp)
  • Eleanor Scarborough - home recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Warren Liem - home 
  • Judith Barton - home (mother of Perri Walden)
  • Emma Bowen - Riverside (sister of Debbie Gossage)
  • Howard Barton - home (step-father of Perri Walden)
  • Pat Musarra - stroke (mother of Danielle Schubert)
  • Agnes Campbell - Riverside
  • Florine DeConinck - surgery 10/19
  • Williams Reavis - home (father-in-law of Steven Barnes)
  • Anne Adams - multiple surgeries (sister-in-law of Gene Wallace)
  • Diana Bradford - surgery (daughter of Reed Blakeney)
  • Robby Ashworth - brain tumor (son of Joyce Ashworth)
  • Kim Floyd - home (mother of Chelsie Coggins)
  • Russell Loveland - stroke (father of Caryn Thompson)
  • Caleb Thompson - ill at college (son of Michael Thompson)
  • Matt Cooper - CPD Officer injured in the line of duty; Shepherd Spinal Center
  • Adriane Ivey - home
  • Mark Fogarty - cancer
  • Spencer Boyd - cancer
  • Angela Gregory - cancer (sister of Dave Gregory)
  • Sharon Wallace - back surgery (sister of Debbie Gossage)
  • Sophia Hawley--Cystic Fibrosis (home)
  • Tom Holmes - cancer (friend of Dan Walden)
  • Clynton Byer - heart surgery (friend of the Ardis family)
  • Brandon Massey - blood cancer (grandson of Chuck & Sherry Brasher)
  • Jeanette Davis - hospice care (mother of Maria Davis)
  • Ethan Lassiter - brain tumor (8 y.o. grandson of E.G. and Maryanne Lassiter)
  • Anderson Krieger--chemotherapy at home
  • Carol Baynes--cancer, friend of Phyllis Yoder
  • Robin McKeown - cancer, friend of Phyllis Yoder
  • Chuck Hodges--treatment for lymphoma (friend of Patti Lanford)
  • Ron Swatty--heart problems (brother-in-law of Charles Ardis)
  • Mitchell Jessup--cancer (father of Nick Jessup)

Please update your prayer requests this week! 
Email: or call the church office, 770-786-7321.