First Presbyterian Church

 


STAFF NEWS

Sarah Gill joined our staff as Human Resources Manager effective February 5. In her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Clemson University, she specialized in Human Resources and Organizational Development, and has worked in management and HR for companies such as Chick-fil-A, BB&T, and Hilton. Sarah grew up as an active member of First Presbyterian. She served as a Youth Intern here in 2009 and on our Mothers Morning Out staff in 2017. Sarah and her husband, Geoffrey, have a two-year-old son, Elijah, and are expecting another baby boy in May. She looks forward to partnering with the First Pres staff and witnessing all the work the Lord is doing in and through our church.

From Bonnie Blackman,
Church Administrator:

It is bittersweet to announce my retirement effective March 2. During my 20 years of service here at FPC, I have seen God’s handiwork in and through members, leadership, and staff. It truly has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all. I feel God’s blessing upon this church and all of its ministries in a mighty way. May He continue to look upon you with favor and continued blessings. Colossians 3:15


Activities Ministry, Lindsay Graham
JIM JOHNSON BASKETBALL SUPPER FEBRUARY 25
Youth Basketball Teams (grades 4-12) and their parents are invited to the Jim Johnson Basketball Supper on Sunday, February 25, at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Receive team awards and photos. There is no charge for the pizza supper.

College Ministry

GALLIVAN-MILLS SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2018-2019
The Gallivan-Mills Scholarship is granted each year to college undergraduate and seminary students who are FPC members. Academic merit, Christian commitment, Christian service work, and personal testimony are all key elements of the application. Financial need is considered, but not required. Applications are available at the FPC Reception Desk and online at FirstPresGreenville.org/gmscholarshipapp.pdf. Submit a completed scholarship application, three new letters of reference, and academic transcripts to the Gallivan-Mills Scholarship Committee (drop off at the Reception Desk or email to Lee Miller) no later than Thursday, March 15. Questions? Contact Lee Miller (LMiller@arthurstatebank.com, 282.2429).

COLLEGE-AGE MISSION TRIP TO THE DR

Our first college-age mission trip, May 13-19, will focus on outreach within neighborhoods and VBS for the children of the DR. Do you know someone who would love this opportunity? For details on joining the team, please contact Autumn Clark (aclark@firstpresgreenville.org, 672.0370) by March 1.

STUDENT MINISTRY SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

The First Pres Student Ministry is excited to offer three paid summer internships to emerging leaders who have completed their freshman year of college by spring. Bring your gift of leadership and we will help you learn to disciple, mentor, train, and teach students this summer. Contact Charlotte Joye (363.0591, cjoye@firstpresgreenville.org) for an application or with any questions.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Are you a college student with a heart for children and ministry? If so, you might be a good candidate for a Children’s Ministry Summer Intern position. We are accepting applications for two 10-week paid internships. To apply, email Tina Jones, Children’s Ministry Director, at tjones@firstpresgreenville.org.

Men’s Ministry

ALL MEN ARE INVITED TO WEEKLY FELLOWSHIP
Men of all ages are invited to Christian Men’s Fellowship each Thursday at noon in the Formal Dining Room. The programs consist of optional lunch ($7) at 12:00noon, followed by the presentation that ends at approximately 1:15pm. Our purpose is to mold all Christian men into Christian disciples by instructing, discussing, sharing, and challenging our Christian lifestyles. Presentations cover a range of topics from biblical to First Pres to life in our times. Questions? Contact Rev. Bob Jones (rhjones@charter.net or 313.5869).

Missions and Outreach Ministry, Brian Stewart

YELLOW BAG COLLECTION DRIVE
Is there a clothes horse in your house that needs to put some items out to pasture? Pick up a yellow bag at church, half-fill it with gently used items, and return it to the church on Sunday February 25. Miracle Hill Ministries will use the donated items in their area thrift stores, where all proceeds minister directly to the homeless, addicted, and orphans. Suggested donation items: gently used clothing, handbags, and accessories. Questions? Contact Jean Nickell (jeannickell5@gmail.com, 420.0764).


Missions and Outreach Ministry, Brian Stewart
GRAINS OF GRACE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
In partnership with Christian non-profit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC.org), FPC’s churchwide mission project, Grains of Grains IV will be March 16-17. We need $60,000 and 1,400 volunteers to pack 275,000 life-saving meals for the world’s most needy and vulnerable. As of February 12, we have $45,690 and 541 volunteers.

DONATE: Yellow donation envelopes are available for you to support Grains of Grace financially. To give online, Click Here.
VOLUNTEER: To register to volunteer online, Click Here. You will receive confirmation and reminder emails.
If you do not have access to the internet, please fill out a form from the literature racks and leave it at the Reception Desk; or contact Autumn Clark (aclark@firstpresgreenville.org, 672.0370).


REGISTER NOW FOR JUNE DR MISSION TRIP
Join our family mission trip to the Dominican Republic June 9-16. The team will offer a medical clinic and continued care for the needy families in the DR. No medical training is necessary to participate. Ages 10 and up are welcome to serve with a parent. For information on joining the team, please contact Autumn Clark by Thursday, March 1 (aclark@firstpresgreenville.org, 672.0370).

PRAY FOR DR MISSION TEAM
A seven-member mission team from our church will serve in the Dominican Republic February 18–23. Please pray for them as they focus on medical work, evangelism, and building relationships with Dominican and Haitian communities.


Mother’s Morning Out Ministry, Beth Plyler
2018-2019 MMO REGISTRATION
Mother’s Morning Out registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now available. For MMO details, contact Beth Plyler (bplyler@firstpresgreenville.org) or Click Here.

Prayer Ministry

40 DAYS OF PRAYER FEBRUARY 14–MARCH 25
40 Days of Prayer journals are available to guide your daily prayers during Lent. Pick up your printed journal at church, or access the electronic journal by Clicking Here.

Senior Adult Ministry, Stan Johnson

WIT & WISDOM MARCH 6
Don Harkins, chairman of the Greenville Textile Heritage Society, will speak about preserving Greenville’s rich textile history at Wit & Wisdom on Tuesday, March 6, in Fellowship Hall. The program begins at 11:30am with lunch ($7) to follow. Reserve your lunch with Susan Stewart (672.1756, sstewart@firstpresgreenville.org) by Thursday, March 1.

Women’s Ministry, Claire Ripley

NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY BEGINS MARCH 1
Breathe, a powerful weekly study by Priscilla Shirer, will begin Thursday, March 1, in the Parlor at 11:00am. If you are weary and worn out, the concept of Sabbath will change your life. This five-session study is open to ladies in the community and in our First Pres family. Learn how to gain control of your life and find serenity.

 

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