July/August 2021 Newsletter
Hello Church Family!

It's summertime and we can gather together for worship on Sundays! Outdoors at 9:00 a.m. and in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. (reservations required) and also livestream on Facebook and YouTube at 10:00 a.m. How wonderful it is to see everyone again.

The folders are back on Fridays folding bulletins. I was filled with excitement on the first day they came back! How I have missed seeing them! Church groups can begin meeting in the building starting July 1 by reserving a room through the church office. Outside User Groups must wait a little longer to start meeting in the building. I'll be in touch!

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County continues to have activities through the summer months. Click on underlined links or buttons for more details about the events listed below.

Contact fpcadmin@firstpreshc.org with any questions or concerns.

Have a great month! Have a safe and happy fourth of July and summer!
God Bless America and our church family!

Caroline Smith
Church Administrator
Tidings Editor
Worship Opportunities
Sunday Morning Worship

9:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship
In-person Outside Worship Service
on the front lawn

10:00 a.m. Summer Worship
In-person (registration required)
and Livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube
A Warm Welcome!
First Presbyterian is welcoming a new circle of friends to the Church building and grounds, beginning this Fall 2021.   

written by Pastor Morton Harris
The country, the local community and the Church are all certainly in a different place than we were a year ago!
Being the Church!
Opportunities for Learning
A collection of God’s promises of love, hope, and encouragement as we seek to live out our faith both individually and in community.

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
July 7, 14, 21, 28
We’ll be taking a look at Call Narratives – the stories of how God calls people throughout scripture and how people respond.

Here For It, or How to Save your Soul in America,
by R. Eric Thomas
Pastor Sue invites you to read along with her this summer. This book was recommended to her by a church member – and she can’t put it down. It really is laugh-out-loud funny (that’s what Lin-Manuel Miranda said about it.)
Mission Opportunities
Wednesday, July 14
Find out what the new name is for FIRN and details about the Volunteer Open House!

Tuesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.
"Meet" the new CEO of Luminus at the Mission Unit's monthly Zoom meeting. Greet Mike Mitchell and ask him questions.
Fellowship Opportunities
Saturday, July 31 at 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Covid-safe water activities for preschool and elementary-aged children.

2021-2022 calendar of events for activities for grades 5-12

Thursday, July 8 & 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Fellowship for First Presbyterian congregants and friends.

Sunday, July 25 and August 22 at 2:00 p.m.
We are joyously continuing to connect with one another in small groups and invite you to join the fun and fellowship!

Saturday, August 21 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Our annual meeting to gather at the start of the year. Regroup and meet new women. All current and potential Ruth Circle members invited!

If you’d like to join, please be in touch with either Pastor Morton, mharris@firstpreshc.org, or Pastor Sue, sharris@firstpreshc.org
Caring for Others
The Deacons Mission Projects this summer include:

Our special request for July is Personal Dignity Products and in August is Paper the Town. Can you help?

The Deacons will be collecting school supplies for Running Brook Elementary School, Bridges to Housing Stability, and Luminus Network for New Americans (formerly FIRN) this year. Due to COVID-19 and limited access to the church building, we are having a hybrid collection- a combination of drive-up and in-person. 
Care of Creation
The “Green Page” will look at one sustainability topic each month, with ideas to consider and steps to use individually and as a congregation to care for and honor God’s amazing creation.
This month the topic is: Green Investing
Covid Vaccination Clinic
St. John Baptist Church is having COVID vaccine clinics every Saturday for the next six months. The events will be from noon – 4:00 p.m. at their church at 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia.
Vaccinations will be available for those 12 and up.
Call 410-992-6977 for more information and to receive a registration link. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Ministry Area Chairs & Church Officers
New Elders and Deacons were ordained and installed and a new three year cycle has begun. Ministry Areas have new chairs and members. See how you can get involved.
CLICK HERE to see who is chairing each Ministry Area!
Reminders
Independence Day
Monday, July 5

HOLIDAY FOR CHURCH STAFF

Even though the Church Office and Building are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic,
the church staff will be off on Monday for the holiday.
Sign up for Flowers!

Decorate the sanctuary
with flowers.
These dates are available:
August 8, 15, 22, 29
September 12, 26
October 10, 17, 24, 31

Questions?
Contact Church Administrator,
Caroline Smith
Labor Day is
Monday, September 6

HOLIDAY FOR CHURCH STAFF

The church staff will be off on Monday for the holiday.
Tidings Deadline
Tidings September 2021 Issue 8
 is Thursday, August 12

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