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.
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.
* Children will ring the bell 200 times
* Announcement of the Bicentennial
* Installation of new Ruling Elders
* Youth Sunday
* Wayne F. Middendorf Concert series
March 22 and 25
* “Envisioning the Future” with Matt Bishop
* Dedication of plaque to recognize founder and original members
* Scottish Reformation Sunday
* Vacation Bible School
Mission and Outreach Projects
* MLK Day of Service (1/20) – Challenge congregation to pledge 200 of service hours for the month of January.
Coordinator: Rob Haire
* 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
* Save Your Vision Month – Collect 200+ pair of eyeglasses.
Coordinators: Elaine Thacker, Julie Hayes
* Earth Day (4/22) – Plant 200 perennials or bulbs.
Coordinators: Mary Attaway and Madie Fischetti