March 2021 Newsletter
A new look for Tidings! Take a look at the new layout for Tidings, the church's monthly newsletter coming to you in an email. Click on underlined links or buttons for more details.
Hope you enjoy it!

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

Have a great month! Happy Spring!!

Caroline Smith
Church Administrator
Tidings Editor
Worship Opportunities
Sunday Morning Worship
10:30 a.m.
Livestream Worship
on Facebook and YouTube
CLICK HERE for March
scripture readings and
sermon titles
Holy Week Services
and Events
Palm Sunday, March 28
through Saturday, April 3
CLICK HERE for details
April 4, 2021
10:30 a.m.
Livestream Worship
on Facebook and YouTube
New This Year! Two Outdoor Experiences during Holy Week
Experience two outside activities this year during Holy Week:

Sunday through Friday, March 28 - April 2

The Path of Holy Week, an interactive outdoor experience
Saturday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Time to Order Easter Lilies
Help beautify the sanctuary for Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
Plants are $17.00 each
Place your order by clicking the button below.
A New Way of Connecting!
Circles of Care
After the pandemic started it became clear that it would be a while before we could gather together in church. We all miss the informal fellowship that happens when we spend time together, especially coffee hours and other activities that help us stay connected as a congregation.

Circles of Care was initially developed as a way to provide support to congregation members during the pandemic but has since evolved to a way of keeping us connected. Circles of Care fosters informal fellowship, lets us stay in touch, helps us get to know people who we might not otherwise meet, and lets us learn things about them that we might not otherwise know.

The group meets monthly through Zoom at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month. Sessions consists of group conversations about various topics such as your most unusual job, or favorite holiday memory. We also play informal games to get everyone laughing and sharing in fellowship. If you’re sitting at home and want to have some fun and fellowship with fellow First Presbyterians, come join us!

You do need to pre-register so we can send the Zoom link for each meeting. Our next meetings are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on the following Sundays - February 28, March 28, and April 25. 

CLICK HERE to register.
Being the Church!
Opportunities for Learning
Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Sundays at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom

Sundays at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Wednesday-Friday, April 7-9
Three-day virtual event will focus on equipping people to advocate for environmental justice
Mission Opportunities
During the first two weeks of March, with your donation of any amount to Feed Howard County, your name will be entered into a drawing for a T-Shirt! 

Conversations on Race - Sunday, March 14, 2021
Time to listen to each other and meet the church wide goal of “racial justice and equality, as one way to begin the task of dismantling systemic racism within our church and our community.”

One Great Hour of Sharing - Sunday, March 28, 2021
PCUSA Special Offering provides relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.
Fellowship Opportunities
Youth Gathering - Wednesday, March 17
Mid & Senior Highs, time to gather and catch-up, have snacks and be outdoors.

New Members Welcome - If you’d like to join, please be in touch with either Pastor Morton, mharris@firstpreshc.org, or Pastor Sue, sharris@firstpreshc.org

Circles of Care - Sunday, March 28
A new way of connecting during these days of separation.
Caring for Others
The Deacons mission projects this month include:

Collecting food items for clients in Bridges to Housing Stability and FIRN
Saturdays, March 20 and 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Our special request for March is breakfast donations
Care of Creation
Read about the Progress on The Paris Climate Agreement

Compassion Peace & Justice Days -Wednesday-Friday, April 7-9
Three-day virtual event will focus on equipping people to advocate for environmental justice
Reminders
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sunday morning March 14, 2021!
Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night or you’ll have to watch the recording of the livestream worship service! And if your smoke detectors use batteries, this is a good time to change them: “Change your clocks, change your batteries.”
Sign up for Flowers
Help decorate the sanctuary on Sunday morning with flowers! It's nice to have two flower arrangements each week.
Celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, remember a loved one. Your dedication will be printed in First Day.
The flowers cost $35.

Questions? Contact Church Administrator,
Caroline Smith, fpcadmin@firstpreshc.org 

Tidings Deadline
Tidings April 2021 Issue 4
 is Thursday, March 11th
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