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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, June 9-16, 2018

Twenty-seven FPC members are going to Honduras for a week of service and learning in June. Please check back here for the latest updates on the trip.

Hygiene Kits

Public health is a top priority for HOI, the organization hosting us in Honduras. We are collecting supplies for hygiene kits for the children of the communities where we will serve. 

•     Child-sized toothbrush
•     4.6 oz tube of toothpaste
•     Small comb without pointed handle
•     Bath-sized bar of soap

Donation baskets are set up in the Atrium and church office. Gracias!

Holy Joe Coffee

Jittery Joe’s house blend coffee will be on sale in the Atrium starting Sunday, April 15, $15 each. It is also on sale in the church office during the week. All proceeds benefit the Honduras Mission Trip.

Become a Shareholder

For only $25/share, you can be come a shareholder in our mission trip. You will receive regular updates and be invited to a shareholders dinner when we return to hear all about the week. Contact Jordan Osborne for more information.

Prayer Cards

You are invited to write a note of encouragement or prayer for our 27 missionaries. Cards are available on the bulletin board in the reception area and will be distributed during the trip!

Lasagna Thank You

We sold 125 pans of lasagna, raising $1,250! Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our delicious lasagna.

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Bookless Book Group May 23, 11:30 a.m.

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 at Homemade, 1072 Baxter St. on May 9. On May 23 we will meet at DePalmas Italian Cafe, 2080 Timothy Rd.
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Summer Schedule begins May 27, 10:00 a.m.

May 20 will be our last Sunday with two services. Over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27, we will go to our summer schedule of one service at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School will not meet over the summer.

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Food Sunday, June 3

On Sunday, June 3 we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Athens-Area Emergency Food Bank.

This month they are requesting:

  • Saltine Crackers!
  • Saltine Crackers!
  • Saltine Crackers!

Thank you for donating 374 items in May.
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Books For Keeps Book Drive, Dropoff Deadline June 10

Help make sure no child in our community goes a summer without great books to read. Please bring your used books to the bins in the Atrium or church office. Books of all kinds will be accepted, then sold by Books for Keeps with proceeds used to buy new children’s books. Learn more here.
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Bruce’s Blog

My Friends,

Someone once noted that the glowworm is a most efficient creature, using 96% of its energy. Moving up the biological ladder, the observation was made that “it seems the people who glow are more useful and effective than people who glower.”

It’s easy these days to find people who glower, who frown and sulk, who complain and criticize all the time. But what about these ‘glowpeople’? Where are the useful and effective people who radiate energy?

This glow is the presence of the power of God. And when we live by that power, we glow.

  • We are useful to God in working out the divine purpose.
  • We are effective disciples of the risen Jesus.
  • We are energetic creatures of the Holy Spirit.

I believe this ‘glow’ shines when we live Jesus’ command to look for ways to serve rather than be served. As the wonderful preacher William Willimon titled one of his sermons: “What If the Church Is Not Here to Meet Your Needs?”

In other words, it’s not about me; it’s all about how useful and effective I can be serving others through the community of faith.

We ‘glow’ when our starting point is someone else, not ourselves. I like the way a friend of mine would always answer his phone at work: “This is Steve. What can I do to help you?”

I pray that question powers you to glow and grow each day as a friend of Jesus Christ.

Thanks and blessings,
Bruce Lancaster, Interim Senior Pastor
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A Message from Carol: Bowled Over

Do you know how when you learn a new word, suddenly it is everywhere? That happened to me a couple of months ago. Only, it wasn’t a word but a person’s name: Kate Bowler. She has had a couple of New York Times articles go viral, viz., “Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and Me” and “What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party.” And she has a new book out which I’ve just ordered, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.

Here’s her story as told on the Montreat website (more on that shortly):

At thirty-five, after writing her first book about the American prosperity Gospel, Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke and a new mother when she received the earth-shattering diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer. Reckoning with the news, Bowler discovered, to her chagrin, that she would have to learn how to give up her own “prosperity gospel.” As she struggled to find the balance between optimism and delusion, she wondered how to accept her own finitude without feeling like she was giving up.

As she learns to live with cancer as a chronic condition, Bowler speaks powerfully about the ways in which her brush with mortality transformed her. She also frankly addresses the uniquely American concept that tragedy is a test of character, and looks at the different ways that people try to rationalize suffering and catastrophe, for better or worse.

So, I was intrigued to see that Bowler will be the featured speaker at the “Women’s Connection” conference at Montreat, August 10-12. The theme is “Through the Valley” (as in the valley of the shadow of death). I am signed up to go and would love if any other FPC women wanted to attend, as well. You can register directly at Montreat.org and let me know if you wish to carpool.

Carol Strickland, Associate Pastor

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Music Notes

The month of May brings the end of the academic year and for some, that means graduation. The end of school is usually a frantic time with exams, papers due, and for music students, juries or recitals to play. For graduate students, it means finishing and defending a thesis or dissertation. It’s a stressful time for sure, but when the year is over, students can breathe a sigh of relief. Those graduating can celebrate a milestone in their lives and look back at what they’ve accomplished and how far they’ve come.

At the time of my last graduation, for several reasons, I decided to rent rather than buy my cap, gown, and doctoral hood. I didn’t have a lot of money then and since I was in church work instead of academics, I didn’t think I would wear my hood very often. I have often regretted not buying that hood. Now, ten years later, I’m teaching organ students at the University of Georgia. I received an e-mail saying faculty and staff were expected to attend the School of Music’s convocation and awards ceremony. Academic regalia was to be worn. I needed my hood. My wife, Kate, told me I worked hard to earn that degree and I deserved to own my hood, so I ordered it.

Around the same time, I was practicing for an organ and trumpet recital in our church, a degree recital for a doctoral student at UGA. One piece in particular was one of the most challenging I’ve played since I was in graduate school, and the experience brought back memories. I first heard the piece in September at an alumni conference at my alma mater, Indiana University. I also learned and performed two more new pieces I heard at that conference and at my former teacher’s recital in our church last October. I challenged myself to learn new music and to grow. Especially in the case of the trumpet recital, I felt the pressure to perform well for the sake of the student. I wondered at times if I would succeed. That recital was a success, and the difficult piece went very well.

I got home that night after the recital, weary from months of hard practice but satisfied with a sense of achievement. Ironically, or maybe not, there was a package waiting for me. My hood had arrived. Ten years later, I felt like I had graduated again. May God bless our students and graduates.

Soli Deo Gloria  (To God alone be the Glory),
John Coble, Director of Music and Organist
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One Great Hour of Sharing Update

Thank you for giving generously to the OGHS Easter offering. Your gifts of $1,913.75 help enable the church to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, food to the hungry, and empowerment to the poor and oppressed.
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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:

Scottish Reformation Sunday
Organ Concert
Youth Sunday
Isaac Toney preaching
Easter flowers and brunch
Easter Egg Hunt

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 Palm Sunday pictures.

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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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