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Bicentennial 2020

First Presbyterian Church of Athens will recognize 200 years following the teachings of Jesus Christ. It was founded by Moses Waddel December 25, 1820. The Bicentennial Committee is getting ready for an exciting year with many events and service projects. Diane Adams, Chair

The goals of the Bicentennial are:

  • Celebrate the 200-years of the mission and outreach of First Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia
  • Educate children and adults of the legacy of spreading God’s word in Athens and the world
  • Highlight various influences on the history of the congregation
  • Publish the 200-year history of the Church for a permanent historic record
  • Envision the future of First Presbyterian Church in Athens and the world

Peggy and Tom Reigle are co-chairs for 12 months of outreach projects along with the Mission & Outreach Commission. Each month has coordinators of the individual project. Below you will find a list of the events happening in the first months of 2020.

Events
January 12
* Children will ring the bell 200 times
* Announcement of the Bicentennial
* Installation of new Ruling Elders
February 9
* Youth Sunday
February 16
* Wayne F. Middendorf Concert series presents Through the Church the Song Goes On
March 22 and 25
* Envisioning the Future of the Church (In response to the crisis that has unfolded in recent weeks, this event is postponed to a date to be determined.)
April 2 – 10
* Labyrinth in Fellowship Hall (In response to the crisis that has unfolded in recent weeks, this event is cancelled.)
April 19
* Dedication of plaque to recognize founder and original members (In response to the crisis that has unfolded in recent weeks, this event is postponed to a date to be determined.)
May 3
* Scottish Reformation Sunday (In response to the crisis that has unfolded in recent weeks, this event is cancelled.)
May 26-29
* Week of Wonder 2020 (Vacation Bible School) (In response to the crisis that has unfolded in recent weeks, this event is cancelled. For more information, please contact Natalie Bishop)
June
* Puerto Rico Mission Trip (In response to the crisis that has unfolded in recent weeks, this event is postponed to Summer 2021. For more information, please contact Kim Ness)
July 11
* Tour of Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library at UGA to view First Presbyterian historic items in the Hargrett Library and underground vault.
July 21
* Ceremony to place headstone of Moses Waddel on his grave at Oconee Hill Cemetery that was originally at the “Old Cemetery”. Reception to follow at Sexton House.
August
* “Who We Are”. Display of memorabilia and items from 200 years of history in Fellowship Hall.
September 27
* Event at the University of Georgia Chapel—to include tours of where the original church was located on campus.
October
* Focus on 200 years of Missions.
November 26
* Thanksgiving.
December 20
* Service of Rededication to the future of the Church and Celebration lunch following worship service.

Mission and Outreach Projects
January
* MLK Day/Month of Service – Challenge congregation to pledge 200 of service hours for the month of January.
Coordinator: Rob Haire
February
* Weekday School canned goods drive (Goal: 400 cans).
Coordinator: Elaine Johnson
* Red Cross Blood Drive (2/9) – 1 unit of blood in honor of each founding member (21) and 1 unit in honor of each former First Presbyterian Minister (10) for a total of 31.
Coordinator: Joe Neighbors
March
* Save Your Vision Month – Collect 200+ pairs of eyeglasses.
Coordinators: Elaine Thacker, Julie Hayes
April
* Earth Day (4/22) – Plant 200 perennials or bulbs.
Coordinators: Mary Attaway and Madie Fischetti
May
* Shepherd’s Men
Coordinator: Patti Reed
June
* Puerto Rico Mission Trip (5/31-6/6) – goal of 20 adults and 20 youth.
Coordinator: Kim Ness
July
* Lecture to commemorate Presbyterian Church’s gift of Government to USA.
Coordinators: Ron Bogue and Larry Jones
August
* School supplies to be donated to fill 200 back packs (at blessing of back packs—coordinated with Kim and Natalie).
Coordinator: Madie Fischetti
September
* Collection of 200 gently used or new coats/blankets for Ebenezer Baptist West Coat Closet.
Coordinators: Brenda and Bob Glascock
October
* Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF (goal of $400).
Coordinators: Natalie Bishop, Amy and Jamie Baer
November
* Veterans Day (11/11) — 200 church members attend memorial service at Oconee Hill Cemetery (Mellows might sing).
Coordinators: Lewis and Diane Hutchins, Drew Marshall
* Food bags for Thanksgiving (goal of 500 bags).
Coordinators: Lynn and Happy Dicks
* Girls Wanna Have Fun – cancer support group.
Coordinator: Sandy Boyles
** Children’s Ministry “stuff” 200 Turkeys for Thornwell.
Coordinators: Natalie Bishop, Amy and Jamie Baer
December
* Salvation Army Angel Tree (gift bags for 100 children).
Coordinators: Sandy and Jim Boyles
* Casa de Amistad (100 food baskets).
Coordinator: Kitty Donnan
Downtown Parade of Lights
Coordinators: Smith Wilson, Dan Trier, Lee Epting, Julie Hayes, Staff

Throughout the year:
* 200 people praying for the Church throughout 2020
Coordinators: Julie and Jerris Hayes
* Increase canned goods collection from current 7500-8500 to 10,000!
Coordinator: Kitty Donnan
**Children’s Ministry raise $5,000 to purchase an entire ARK for the Heifer International’s Fill the Ark program. Coordinators: Natalie Bishop, Amy and Jamie Baer

Julie Hayes will create and keep current a trifold Outreach display to be used during the entire 2020 Celebration Year.

* Represents church member has volunteered to facilitate/coordinate this event

** Represents outreach projects for the Children’s, Youth, and Weekday School Ministries

 

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