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Important Events and Messages


Prayers for Healing

Meets every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Members and friends gather in the sanctuary to pray for needs in the congregation and beyond.
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Honduras Mission Trip

Twenty-six FPC members have recently returned from a week of service and learning in Honduras. Thank you for your prayers, notes of encouragement, and support. They had a wonderful trip! Read about it on FPC’s Facebook page.

Team Reflections

Our team wrote notes of gratitude and reflection as their journey came to an end. You can read their notes on the bulletin board in the church office reception area.

Holy Joe Coffee

Jittery Joe’s house blend coffee is on sale in the church office during the week. All proceeds will benefit future mission trips.

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Bookless Book Group

A group of women meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to enjoy lunch and conversation. We meet at a variety of restaurants and invite anyone interested to join us. Our next meeting will be:

July 25, The Savannah Room, 1197 S Lumpkin St.
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Senior Adult Sunday, August 5, 10:00 a.m.

The theme of worship will be “Stories of the Faithful” and will include three speakers: Diane Adams, Ray Schofield, and John Simpson. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated by Dr. Bruce Lancaster and Dr. John Kipp and a reception will immediately follow the service. Please join us and help honor our senior adult members.
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IHNA Host Week, August 5-12

Please sign-up in the Atrium today for our next Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens host week. You may also check the online calendar or contact Patty Whiten to volunteer. We thank God for the opportunity to serve those in great need and, in serving, we are immeasurably blessed.
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Summer Reading List

Are you looking forward to relaxing with a good book this summer? Here are a few titles spotted on summer readings lists around FPC:
Roger Burbage
Everything Happens For A Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler
Grateful, by Diana Butler Bass
John Coble
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery
The Water Is Wide, by Pat Conroy
Kitty Donnan
The Death & Life of The Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
Educated, by Tara Westover
Denise Horton
Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm, by Davis Mas Masumoto
Johnny Cash, The Life, by Robert Hilburn
Lewis Hudgins
Camino Island, by John Grisham
A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawkins
Lucy Bell Johnson
Fighting Blind: A Green Beret’s Story of Extraordinary Courage, by Ivan Castro and Jim DeFelice
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
John Kipp
Devotional Classics, edited by Richard Foster & Famees Bryan Smith
Out of the Ruins (The Golden Gate Chronicles), by Karen Barnett
Bruce Lancaster
Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage, by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, by Cynthia Bourgeault
Kim Ness
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It), by Robert Lupton
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
Nan Powell
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, translated by Julie Rose
Carol Strickland
Elantris, by Brian Sanderson
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
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A Message from Carol: Goodbye, Andy!

At a tailgate party at the Presbyterian Student Center (PSC) at UGA on April 27, a group of well-wishers feted the Rev. Andy Cooke and “prayed him out,” in the words of board president, the Rev. Bob Googe (pictured at right). After ten outstanding years as Campus Minister, Andy has stepped down. Many supporters – including students, alumni, board members, and colleagues – gave heartwarming testimonies about Andy’s impact as a pastor and leader.

During his tenure, the ministry made significant changes. Among them were the removal of a house located on the property, enabling parking revenue to supply major support. Andy also began the Waddel Fellowship program. Funded by a grant from the Lily Endowment and named for the fifth president of the university who also was the founding pastor of First Presbyterian Church, this vocational discernment program gives students the opportunity to work in local congregations and nonprofit organizations. Our congregation has had three or four Waddel Fellows each year sampling various aspects of parish ministry.

Prior to his service at PSC, Andy was Associate Pastor for this church for three years. His marriage last November to Katelyn Gordon, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, begins a new chapter in his life and ministry as he relocates to North Carolina.

A subcommittee of the PSC board is serving as the search committee to find the next Campus Minister. Patti Reed, FPC member and a member of that committee, reports great progress with expectations that the position will be filled prior to the start of the school year.

Carol Strickland, Associate Pastor

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Music Notes

Montreat June 24-30

A group of adults, youth, and children will be attending the 2018 Montreat Worship and Music Conference. We will worship, sing in choirs, play instruments, attend classes to learn about music and worship-related topics, eat great food, and enjoy a wonderful time in the North Carolina mountains. Wish us well and keep us in your prayers during this time, that we will come back enriched and inspired.

Summer Choir 

All interested singers are invited to join us for Summer Choir. We will meet in the choir room at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays to rehearse music for that morning’s service. Our Chancel Choir will be the foundation of this group. Singers may join us for any single Sunday or for as many as they wish, even for the whole summer. Adults, youth, and children are all welcome.

Soli Deo Gloria  (To God alone be the Glory),
John Coble, Director of Music and Organist
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Project Safe Work Day

In May, First Presbyterian Church members gathered at the Project Safe Thrift Store to help sort and clean items for sale to benefit victims of domestic violence. Please mark your calendar for the next work days, September 18 and November 20
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Food 2 Kids

Thank you to the Presbyterian Women for donating 12 pounds of food in April and 4 pounds of toothpaste and toothbrushes in May to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
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Mother’s Day Offering Update

Thank you for making a lifechanging difference in the lives of mothers and others who need your help by donating $737 to the Caring Hands Fund for Presbyterian Homes of Georgia. Our gifts help to provide much needed care and services for more than 400 older residents (mostly widows) of Presbyterian Homes who have outlived their financial resources. Thank you for your generosity.
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Presbyterian Women Honor Maggie Davis

In April the Presbyterian Women met for their annual Birthday Luncheon, where they made Maggie Davis an Honorary Lifetime Member.

Maggie has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1993, serving in many capacities over the years including as a Ruling Elder, a member of a Congregational Care Team, and as the study leader for PW Circle One for 16+ years.

Maggie holds both a Masters in Psychology and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia. She had a distinguished career in education, including as Assistant Dean of Students at Beaver College and Dean of Students at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, before returning to Athens to retire. Congratulations, Maggie Davis!
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General Assembly 2018

The 223rd General Assembly (GA), our denomination’s biennial gathering June 16-23 in St. Louis, MO, gathered commissioners and advisory delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries, and other delegates and observers, from around the world. There were celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations united under the theme “Renewing the Vision: Kingdom Building for the 21st Century,” from Matthew 6:25-33.

This Sunday there will be a bulletin insert with a summary of GA actions. You can also find details of the General Assembly here, including a statement from Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), concerning the separation of immigrant families. I will also refer to one of the sermons preached at the General Assembly in my sermon this Sunday, “Uncommon Decency.”

Bruce Lancaster, Interim Senior Pastor
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Our Church Family

We are blessed to have wonderful photographers in our church! Rick Simpson is always on hand to take beautiful photographs of church services, volunteer programs, and other activities. Please be sure to visit his photo gallery where you can find an album with pictures from our church, including many from Holy Week.

His latest albums include:

Vacation Bible School
Scottish Reformation Sunday
Organ Concert
Youth Sunday

We are also happy that Dave Beck has joined our team of church photographers! Please visit his photo gallery where you can find his new FPC album with his pictures:

Vacation Bible School
Palm Sunday

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Worship With Us

Worship Times

Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m.

Sunday School
Sunday School does not meet in the summer.

Children’s Sunday School
Youth Sunday School
Adult Sunday School

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