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An update re: public health protocols at FPC

September 10, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

I love this time of year. The mornings are cool and the afternoons are bright, the holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re a sports fan like me, there are intriguing storylines everywhere. It’s also the time of year when our congregation begins our program year, when there are joyful reunions and new opportunities for worship, discipleship, and service. This Sunday, after the 11:00 a.m. service, we’ll gather along Hancock Avenue for our “Welcome Back Party on the Porch” as we Reconnect, Renew, and Rejoice. It promises to be a beautiful day, and I’m so looking forward to enjoying the fresh air and greeting friends old and new.

As early as the Fourth of July, I thought that by Labor Day, we would mostly be speaking of the pandemic in the past tense. This pandemic will end, as has every other pandemic in human history, but that day has not yet come. The elders, staff, and volunteers at First Presbyterian Church have spent countless hours developing ways for us to be together this Fall while taking reasonable safety precautions, and I continue to be inspired by the ways in which they serve the people of God with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.

As you may know, the Athens-Clarke County Commission has extended the local declaration of emergency and indoor mask ordinance through October 6, and it is the recommendation of the FPC Covid-19 Task Force that all members, friends, and visitors to First Presbyterian Church continue to observe the county-wide indoor mask ordinance so long as it is in effect. 

Although we are wearing masks when together indoors, now that the weather is beginning to cool, we are taking more advantage of the beautiful outdoor spaces on our campus. Throughout the Fall season, our children’s and youth ministries will be meeting in person in the courtyard and the patio next to the PIT, and I give thanks that our church leaders continue to develop ways for us to be together “in the flesh” while taking appropriate safety precautions, especially for those in our community who cannot yet be vaccinated. At the same time, the livestreaming of our Sunday morning worship services will continue, and we continue to experiment with new ways to incorporate technology into the life of the church.

As we look forward to being together again this Fall, I close with these words from Colossians 1:9-12. “We have not ceased praying for you and asking that you be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Peace be with you and yours,

Dr. Ryan Baer
Senior Pastor

August 4, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

In response to locally rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations, on Tuesday August 3, the Athens-Clarke County Commission reinstated an indoor mask ordinance to be in effect through Wednesday, September 8.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the FPC ad hoc COVID-19 Task Force of Lawton Stephens, Matt Crim, Sarah Bryan, Denise Laboon, Roger Burbage, Elaine Johnson, and Carol Strickland have been monitoring local public health conditions and advising the session. It is the recommendation of the FPC Covid-19 Task Force that all members, friends, and visitors to First Presbyterian Church observe the county-wide indoor mask ordinance so long as it is in effect.

Although the mask ordinance has temporarily returned, the church building remains open for in-person worship and other gatherings, and livestreaming of Sunday worship services will continue. We pray that this is but a temporary setback and that careful observance of the ordinance will prevent the need for more difficult mitigation measures.

It is also the recommendation of the Task Force that all members and friends of FPC who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine but who have not yet been vaccinated receive one as soon as possible. If you or someone you know needs assistance finding a vaccine, arranging transportation, or overcoming any other barriers, please contact one of our pastors for confidential assistance.

Though we are weary of the pandemic, we take comfort in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.” – Isaiah 40:28-29.

Peace be with you and yours,

Dr. Ryan Baer
Senior Pastor

June 30, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

Governor Kemp’s declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency will expire at 11:59 p.m. tonight, and the portion of the Athens-Clarke County Commission Declaration of a Local Emergency that governs the local ordinance regarding masks will expire at the same time.

We rejoice that local public health conditions continue to improve, and we continue to pray that the end of the pandemic is drawing ever nearer. When those public health emergency orders are lifted, we will begin phasing out many of the operational adjustments we made in response to the pandemic. As we approach these changes, we continue to be guided by Scripture, science, and our Reformed theological tradition.

When the emergency orders expire, masks will no longer be requested of all participants in worship services and other large indoor events, and for those who have been fully vaccinated, communal singing may resume.

At present, the Centers for Disease Control advises that those who have not yet been fully vaccinated remain at a high risk of inadvertently transmitting COVID-19 to other unvaccinated people and potentially suffering adverse effects themselves. In accordance with the latest CDC guidance, for now, for your own health and safety and for the health and safety of our community, we request that those who have not yet been fully vaccinated wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and refrain from communal singing while in the building.

We also request that for now, all staff, members, and friends who provide care for children under age 12 continue to wear a mask while indoors and engaged in those ministries.

We have already come so far together, and the final stretch of a long race is the hardest one. We continue to give thanks for your perseverance and patience as we run together this race marked out for us.

We close again with the exhortation of Ephesians, to “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Peace be with you and yours,

Dr. Ryan Baer
Senior Pastor

June 18, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

On Thursday, June 17, the session held its first in-person meeting since March 12, 2020. It was a joyful occasion, and we began our time together in the sanctuary, where we mediated on Scripture and spent time together praying for the church, the world, and for you. We rejoice that local public health conditions continue to improve, and we pray that the end of the pandemic is near.

At the same time, we are mindful that Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency declared by Governor Kemp remains in effect through June 29, and the Declaration of a Local Emergency declared by the Athens-Clarke County Commission remains in effect through July 9.

In view of these facts, the session has made the following changes to our public health protocols at First Presbyterian Church:

  • All capacity limits for indoor in-person gatherings are discontinued.
  • We rejoice that many of our FPC members and friends have been fully vaccinated.
  • We rejoice that the Centers for Disease Control advises that indoor gatherings where all participants are fully vaccinated may resume without COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
  • We are mindful that at present, children under the age of 12 and adults who have certain medical conditions are unable to be vaccinated, and we note the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the church to “take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” (1 Corinthians 8:9)
  • Therefore, for services of worship and indoor gatherings where it is not possible or practical to ascertain the vaccination status of those present, we request that face masks continue to be worn until Athens-Clarke County is no longer under a public health emergency declaration. When the emergency orders expire or are rescinded, all remaining COVID-19 public health protocols will be lifted.

The elders, pastors, and staff continue to give thanks for your prayers and your patience as we draw ever closer to the end of the pandemic. As the writer of Ephesians exhorts us, let us continue to “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3).

Peace be with you and yours,

Dr. Ryan Baer

Senior Pastor

May 14, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

At the stated meeting on May 13, upon the recommendation of our FPC COVID-19 Task Force, the Session adopted the following changes to our church protocols:

  • Just before our meeting was called to order, we received the joyful news that the Centers for Disease Control has declared that fully vaccinated persons can now safely gather indoors without masks. However, the CDC also directs all persons to follow the advice and directions of local officials. On April 30, Governor Kemp issued an executive order in which he recommended that all residents and visitors to Georgia to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing through May 30. On May 4, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government extended the local declaration of emergency and mask ordinance through June 13. While opinions about masks vary widely, we do not claim a bona fide religious objection to wearing a mask, so we will continue to request that all persons wear masks while inside the building so long as the local mask ordinance remains in effect.
  • Capacity for in-person activities in the building has been raised from 100 to 200 (approximately 50% of sanctuary capacity), and the advance reservation requirement for in-person worship is discontinued. The ushers will count as worshipers arrive, and if the 200 limit is reached, ushers will direct latecomers to overflow seating in Atrium and/or Fellowship Hall Breakout Room.
  • Post-worship coffee and refreshments will resume on the front porch of the atrium, weather permitting.
  • Contactless passing of the peace, offering plates, and communion will continue for now.
  • Indoor vocal ensembles and indoor congregational singing will remain suspended for now, pending more information and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Choral Directors’ Association. We know that singing is a vital part of our communal worship life, and we hope to resume it again as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so.
  • Nursery care will reopen June 6 for infants through age 3, with appropriate safety protocols in place. As always, children of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to be in worship.

The situation remains fluid, and the elders, pastors, and staff continue to give thanks for your prayers and your patience as we draw closer to the end of the pandemic. As the writer of Ephesians exhorts us, let us continue to “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3).

Peace be with you and yours,

Dr. Ryan Baer
Senior Pastor

April 16, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

Yesterday evening (April 15, 2021), the Session received and approved a recommendation from the FPC COVID Task Force to make some adjustments to our public health emergency protocols effective immediately.

  • The maximum size for indoor gatherings in the church has been raised from 50 to 100 people. For now, the reservation system for in-person attendance at worship services will continue.
  • Temperature checks have been discontinued.
  • The request to refrain from participating in liturgical responses has been lifted.
  • In-person meetings for both internal and external groups may resume upon receiving scheduling clearance via the church office.

While we are all overjoyed that we have reached the point in the public health emergency that we can make these changes, some public health protocols will remain in place for now.

  • In compliance with the most recent Athens-Clarke County Unified Government emergency order, all persons must wear masks while inside the building and continue to practice appropriate distancing measures.
  • Worshipers are still asked to refrain from singing, and vocal ensembles remain temporarily suspended.
  • Our 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning worship time will remain in effect through the remainder of the spring and summer. We are targeting Sunday, August 22, for the resumption of the 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

The elders, pastors, and staff continue to give thanks for your prayers and your patience as we draw closer to the end of the pandemic. As the writer of Ephesians exhorts us, let us continue to “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3).

Peace be with you and yours,

Dr. Ryan Baer
Senior Pastor

October 14, 2020

Dear friends in Christ,

The session has been closely monitoring the latest available public health data and relying upon recommendations from our own COVID-19 Task Force. Based on the latest available information, the session has approved a plan for resuming in-person worship on a limited basis beginning Sunday, November 8.

It’s important to note that Governor Kemp’s public health emergency orders remain in effect statewide, and until the emergency passes, in-person worship will necessarily be different. The current plans are as follows:

  • Anyone who is feeling ill, has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, or is considered to be at high-risk from adverse effects of COVID-19 should continue participating in the life of the church online until the public health emergency has passed.
  • Governor Kemp’s latest emergency orders limit indoor gatherings to a capacity of 50, and while religious organizations are exempt from this limit, we will abide by it. Should there be high demand for in-person worship in the month of November, the session will consider adjusting the schedule for December.
  • Each week, online registration for in-person worship will open at 9:00 a.m. on the prior Monday morning and will close at 10:00 a.m. on the prior Saturday morning. Every attendee must pre-register.
  • All persons except for infants and toddlers are required to wear a mask over the nose and mouth while on church property. (Worship leaders may be exempt from this policy at the discretion of the Senior Pastor.)
  • Children of all ages are welcome, but nursery care and children’s church are suspended until the public health emergency has passed.
  • While the parking decks along Dougherty Street will be open, all attendees must enter and exit the church through the Hancock Avenue entrance, where greeters will check in your party and conduct temperature checks.
  • While on church property, all persons are required to practice appropriate physical distancing from anyone who is not a member of their immediate household. To ensure appropriate distancing, the balcony and some pews will be closed.
  • In-person attendees are asked to refrain from singing and participating in responsive readings.

We close with these words of encouragement from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be know to everyone. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4-5)

May the peace of Christ be with you and yours,

The Session of First Presbyterian Church of Athens

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Fall 2021 Pastoral Letter from Dr. Ryan Baer

August 16, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

The image of a sunflower graces the cover of this edition of Fall@First.  As you may know, sunflowers are heliotropic organisms; that is, they naturally orient themselves toward the energy of the sun.  If you’ve ever seen timelapse footage of a field of sunflowers, you may have noticed that as the sun moves across the sky, the faces of the sunflowers appear to “track” the sun’s movement.

By their nature, human organizations are heliotropic, too; that is, they tend to be naturally oriented in relation to a source of energy, which can be either positively or negatively charged.

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.”  Then he goes onto say, “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:4-5,8).

We sometimes forget that when Paul wrote these inspiring words, he was incarcerated in a Roman prison, and Roman prisons were often nothing more than an open pit surrounded by guards.  The fledgling Christian community in Philippi had learned of Paul’s incarceration, and they sent Paul food, medicine, and encouragement that sustained him in his imprisonment.  In one sense, Philippians reads like an extended thank-you letter from Paul to his friends and supporters who rallied around him in a time of dire need.

As Paul wrote from that Roman prison pit, I don’t imagine there was much within his field of view that was pleasing, commendable, or excellent.  Nevertheless, Paul exhorts the Philippians, and by extension, you and me, to rejoice in the Lord always, and to focus our energy and attention on the things that are true, honorable, just, and pure, no matter what our present circumstances may be.

At present, there is much in our world that is charged with negative energy.  Some of it is within our power to affect, but much of it is not, and the uncertainty unleashed by the pandemic abounds in our world yet again.  In keeping with the biblical commands to love our neighbors and to attend to the most vulnerable among us, please continue to observe the local indoor mask ordinance so long as it is in effect.

Even in the midst of renewed uncertainty, there is much within our world that is charged with positive energy, and inside this edition of Fall@First, you will find events and opportunities in the life of First Presbyterian Church that are pleasing, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.  I hope you’ll take a careful look at all that is on offer and that you’ll offer a prayer of thanksgiving and a word of praise for the elders and staff who continue to serve Christ’s church with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.

May the God of peace be with you,

Ryan Baer,
Senior Pastor

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Livestream Calendar

Upcoming services:

October 3 – Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17, God’s Name Is Revealed – Dr. Ryan Baer
Service will be live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube. For instructions on how to follow services through our Facebook page, click here. For YouTube, click here.

October 10 – Exodus 16:1-18, God Provides Manna

October 17 – 1 Samuel 3:1-21, God Calls Samuel

In response to the crisis that has unfolded, services will be live-streamed via the church Facebook and YouTube. Members and friends are encouraged in the strongest possible terms to stay home and worship online.

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Fall@First Worship Schedule

October 3 – Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17, God’s Name Is Revealed – Dr. Ryan Baer

October 10 – Exodus 16:1-18, God Provides Manna

October 17 – 1 Samuel 3:1-21, God Calls Samuel

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Chair Yoga

Join Mel Berzack for a Yoga practice via Zoom on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. You will need a practical chair (preferably no arm rests or side restrictions) and (if you have one) a mat for a small amount of standing poses. The practice will be around one hour-long. All are welcome.
Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
Zoom ID: 558-324-3907 (New PW: 6136)

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Food Sunday, October 1 and 3

You may bring donations of fruit juice (bottles), peanut butter, salty snack and sweet snack foods to church 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 1. Please bring food in plastic bags and put them in the open trunk. You can also bring your donations to church on Sunday, October 3.

Alternatively, you may take your donations directly to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank 9:00 a.m. – noon, Monday-Friday at 640 Barber Street, Athens, 30601 (don’t confuse this with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank on Newton Bridge Rd). Please put supplies on loading dock at far end of building. Thanks for your donations in September – our neighbors in need are grateful.

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Peace and Global Witness Offering, October 3

World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October, marks the day we receive a special offering for Peace and Global Witness. Your gift will enable the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Twenty-five percent will stay locally to aid the Georgia Conflict Center as a witness to Christ’s peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness. Please note your gift to FPC is for “Peace & Global Witness.” If you are making your contribution through FPC website, select “select “General Fund” under “Select a Fund,” and in the optional memo write “Peace & Global Witness.”

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Blessing of the Animals, October 3

Join us for the Blessing of the Animals in the Courtyard (in the event of rain it will be in the lower parking deck). Dr. Carol Strickland will offer a blessing for our furry and feathered companions. All pets are welcome. Invite your animal-loving neighbors and friends!

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Bereavement Group

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt 5:4) Are you doing the hard work of processing grief following the death of a loved one? Let us walk that road together. We are mindful that bereavement has been uniquely challenging for those whose loved ones have died amidst the pandemic. We also know there is no neat timeline for processing grief, so we welcome all who grieve, no matter how long it has been. If you are interested in receiving additional group/individual support in processing such a loss, please contact Rev. Margaret Davis. Once we know who is interested, we’ll consult together on the ideal format, via some combination of phone, zoom, and socially distanced masked outdoor visits.

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Messages

Sabbatical

I am excited and grateful for the sabbatical leave the Session approved for me this summer. In his book, Planning Sabbaticals: A Guide for Congregations and Their Pastors, Robert C. Saler states that a pastoral sabbatical is “an extended period of time in which the pastor is away from the congregation pursuing a variety of intentionally renewing activities.” (p. 4). He contrasts pastoral sabbaticals, which are about regaining energy and focus and connection to inner spiritual resources, with academic sabbaticals which are product-oriented (like writing a book or undertaking research).

Alas, the pandemic has clipped my initial plan to travel to Iona, Scotland. That trip will have to wait for another time. Instead, my base camp will be our new mountain house in Meadows of Dan, located in beautiful, rural, southwestern Virginia. I have planned excursions to visit family and friends and enrolled in classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Also, I hope to draw and paint, tapping into the creativity the Great Creator calls forth, as well as enjoy Nature, God’s marvelous creation, plus read some good books.

I will be away from First Presbyterian June 7 – September 7. What a loving gift! Many heartfelt thanks to the congregation and staff for this time of renewal.

Carol Strickland, Associate Pastor

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21 Day Challenge

Feeling overwhelmed with the state of our world? Unsure how to help? Don’t know where to start? You are invited to participate in a 21 Day Challenge to raise your awareness of race, power, and privilege. You will be introduced to voices and perspectives different than your own through articles, videos, and podcasts. Each day you will choose one way of engagement and reflect in a journal. From the countless resources available, we have pulled together a list of 50 options, with additional resources listed at the bottom of the site. For more information and to sign up, visit sites.google.com/view/fpcathenspit/21- day-challenge.

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Resources for Such a Time as This

Reconciliation:  The Heart of the Gospel
What Our Church Affirms

In the Presbyterian Church (USA) we are guided by our confessions, i,e, historical statements of faith which make up part of our constitution.  Below are excerpts from “The Confession of 1967”* which speak to and for us in this current time.

In each time and place, there are particular problems and crises through which God calls the church to act. The church, guided by the Spirit, humbled by its own complicity and instructed by all attainable knowledge, seeks to discern the will of God and learn how to obey in these concrete situations. The following are particularly urgent at the present time.

God has created the peoples of the earth to be one universal family. In his reconciling love, God overcomes the barriers between sisters and brothers and breaks down every form of discrimination based on racial or ethnic difference, real or imaginary. The church is called to bring all people to receive and uphold one another as persons in all relationships of life: in employment, housing, education, leisure, marriage, family, church, and the exercise of political rights. Therefore, the church labors for the abolition of all racial discrimination and ministers to those injured by it. Congregations, individuals, or groups of Christians who exclude, dominate, or patronize others, however subtly, resist the Spirit of God and bring contempt on the faith which they profess.

God’s redeeming work in Jesus Christ embraces the whole of human life: social and cultural, economic and political, scientific and technological, individual and corporate. It includes the natural environment as exploited and despoiled by sin. It is the will of God that the divine purpose for human life shall be fulfilled under the rule of Christ and all evil be banished from creation.

Biblical visions and images of the rule of Christ, such as a heavenly city, the household of God, a new heaven and earth, a marriage feast, and an unending day culminate in the image of the kingdom. The kingdom represents God’s triumph over all that resists the divine will and disrupts God’s creation. Already God’s reign is present as a ferment in the world, stirring hope in all people, and preparing the world to receive its ultimate judgment and redemption.

With an urgency born of this hope, the church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a better world. It does not identify limited progress with the kingdom of God on earth, nor does it despair in the face of disappointment and defeat. In steadfast hope, the church looks beyond all partial achievement to the final triumph of God.

*Sections 9.43, 9.44, 9.53, 9.54, 9.55 quoted from “The Inclusive Language Text of The Confession of 1967.”

Other resources: A Prayer, a Hymn, and other Resources from PC(USA)

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Zoom Instructions

Zoom is a web-based audio and video conferencing tool that can be used through desktop computers, laptops and smartphones.

If you’ve never joined a Zoom meeting before, please click here to learn how:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting.

To join the conversation, shortly before the starting time of the event, please go to www.zoom.us/j/7065434338 (password 185185). You can either watch from your computer, laptop, or install the app on your smartphone.

If you are using your smartphone, please download the app “ZOOM Cloud Meetings.” Once you click in the link to access the event (www.zoom.us/j/7065434338, password 185185), you will be directed to the meeting in the app. Follow the instructions in your screen to activate your camera or microphone and you are all set!

If you have any questions, please e-mail Paulo Santos.

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Facebook Instructions

1. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, please join.

2. Like & follow First Presbyterian Church of Athens.

3. On Sunday, just before 11:00 a.m., you should receive a notification saying that we’re live. Click on the notification and you will be taken straight to the video. If this doesn’t work for any reason, go to our Facebook page and there should be a post. Click the arrow to play the video.

4. Like, leave a comment, and let us know that you are online!

Past services will be archived on our First Presbyterian Church of Athens Facebook page and on our website Sermon Archive. If you don’t have Facebook, you can find in the Sermon Archive the links to previous services. Please note that once you click the link (or copy and paste to your navigator), a window will pop up asking you to log in or create a Facebook account. If you click in “Not Now,” which is below in blue, you should be prompted to the video.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Paulo Santos.

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FPC YouTube Channel

As we work to improve our online worship experience, we launched a YouTube channel. If you don’t have Facebook, this is a way for you to follow worship live.

Please Subscribe to our Channel: click here to access the channel and click “Subscribe.” If you have any questions, please contact Paulo Santos.

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Our Church Family – Photo Gallery

We are blessed to have wonderful photographers in our church! We miss Rick Simpson, who has moved away, but who took beautiful photographs of church services, volunteer programs, and other FPC activities for many years. You can visit his photo gallery to find an album with pictures from our church.

We are also happy to have Dave Beck in our team of church photographers! Please visit his photo gallery where you can find his FPC album.

Here are some pictures of recent events:

Baptism of Marshall Wade Manning, September 19
“Origin Stories” and Party on the Porch, September 12
FPC 200th Drive-by Celebration, December 20
Live Nativity Drive-by, December 8

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