CONGREGATIONAL MEETING REPORT
At the Congregational Meeting on November 11, the Pastors’ terms of call were approved and the following Class of 2021 Officers were elected:
Elder: Craig Bailey, Christine Bruner, Lee Dixon, Russell Guest, Donnie Johnson, Edith Parks, Ross Plyler, Gill Robison, Eric Swofford, Lisa Van Riper, Thomas Willcox, Chris Wright
Deacon: Kent Barber, Jonathan Barrington, Lyon Bixler, Cathy Castle, Josh Copeland, Catherine Culler, Joy Sturgis, Ewan Sweeney, Heather Swofford, Jason Terry, Heidi Wright; Larry Bloomer to fill unexpired term in Class of 2019
FPC Corporation Board of Directors: Jim Childers, Steve Finch, Tom Marchant
FPC Foundation Board of Directors: Dixon Cunningham, Susan Simmons, Dick Tapp
POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS
Help decorate our church for Christmas by ordering poinsettias in honor or memory of loved ones. Order online by Clicking Here or fill out a form from the literature racks or bulletins. Orders are due by Sunday, December 16.
CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS
First Pres is moving toward a capital campaign that will include a significant focus on campus redevelopment. You’re invited to join us at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday evening, November 27 or January 8, 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall, to see conceptual plans, architectural renderings, and an outline of the cost involved, with time for questions and answers.
DATA ENTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Do you enjoy deciphering handwriting and checking boxes on a computer screen? Are you available on Monday or Tuesday mornings around 9:30am for two to four hours? If so, you may be suited to be a Worship Data Entry Volunteer! Please contact Barbara Seibel for details (672.1754, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Activities Ministry, Lindsay Graham
BASKETBALL SCHEDULE: THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving Break: Regular Basketball Practices will not be held Tuesday-Sunday, November 20-25.
THANKSGIVING AT HIGHLAND LAKE INN
It will be a Thanksgiving Day feast to remember at Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock, NC, 10:15am–2:30pm on November 22. Cost ($60) includes buffet and transportation. Contact Donna Roper at email@example.com or 672.0372.
EXPERIENCE ITALY & OBERAMMERGAU PLAY
The Activities Ministry invites you to experience Italy and the Oberammergau Passion Play May 17-28, 2020. This 12-day tour includes Rome, Florence, and Venice, followed by the Oberammergau Passion Play. Contact Lindsay Graham for a brochure (firstname.lastname@example.org, 672.1844).
Children’s Ministry, Tina Jones
FAMILY ADVENT FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 28
Join us for FPC’s 13th annual Family Advent Festival on Wednesday, November 28, 6:00–8:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Celebrate the Advent Season by making memories and angel keepsakes that your family will treasure! Cost of $25 includes a soup and bread bar, dessert, holiday treats, and craft supplies. Register by Clicking Here, or contact Heather Tomlinson (email@example.com).
Educational Ministries, Tim Leslie
WEDNESDAY ADVANTAGE SCHEDULE
2018 Wednesday Bible Studies, lunch, and dinner ended on November 14. Mark your 2019 calendar for our second semester Wednesday Advantage program, which begins Wednesday, January 9, with dinner and Congregational Worship and Prayer. On January 16, lunch, Bible Study, dinner, and Wednesday Advantage classes resume. Class brochures will be available in December.
Missions, Brian Stewart
HELP WITH MIRACLE HILL ANNUAL TURKEY FRY
During this season of Thanksgiving, Miracle Hill volunteers will fry and smoke more than 500 turkeys to feed the Upstate’s homeless and impoverished children, adults, and families. As part of FPC’s partnership with Miracle Hill Ministries, we encourage you to help “Feed the Hungry and Feed the Soul.” Click Here to learn how you can get involved.
HOLLIS ANGEL TREES AND CHRISTMAS STORE
Angel Trees are now up around our campus! This year’s angels are 150 students from Hollis Academy. The Christmas gifts you provide will be made available to their parents for purchase at a “Christmas Store” in December. Please choose an angel, purchase gifts, and return them (unwrapped) to the church by Wednesday, December 5. For details about this outreach or to volunteer, contact Heather Ware (905.7753) or Christy Glenn (908.5699).
Prayer Ministry, Stan Johnson
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE DECEMBER 4
This beautiful candlelight service to honor and remember loved ones who will be especially missed during the Christmas season will be held in the Sanctuary on Tuesday evening, December 4, at 6:30pm. The service will include Scripture readings with a time of reflection and meditation, the observance of Holy Communion, special seasonal music and commemorative candle lighting. Dr. Richard Gibbons will be leading. Refreshments with heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served in Memorial Hall following the service.
Senior Adult Ministry, Tammy Burkhalter
WIT & WISDOM DECEMBER 4
Join us for Wit & Wisdom on Tuesday, December 4, and enjoy the music of The Grace Notes, members of the Music Club of Greenville. The free program begins at 11:30am, followed by a $7 lunch at 12:30pm. Make your reservation with Susan Stewart (672.1756, firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, November 29. Wear your Christmas colors and bring a friend!
CSI SINGLES DINNER NOVEMBER 16
The next Christian Singles Interacting dinner will be at Harbor Inn Seafood (321 Haywood Road) on Friday, November 16, at 6:00pm. All singles are welcome! Contact Dave Preuninger at email@example.com to reserve your place at the table.
Student Ministry, Charlie Buchanan
CONFIRMATION CLASS FOR GRADES 7 & 8
Junior High is a transitional time when students begin asking questions about the Christian faith that need equally real and deep answers. According to the Barna Group, this is a critical time period in your student’s life as they are significantly more likely to place their faith in Jesus than any other period in their lives. First Presbyterian Church wants to be on the front-end of equipping our students with the tools necessary for understanding, growing in, and living out their faith both now and throughout life. One of the big ways that we do this for our 7th and 8th graders is through a 10-week Confirmation course. Topics include our view of God, the Trinity, salvation, eschatology, how we view the Bible, and many more. Class begins January 27, 2019. Register your 7th and 8th graders now by Clicking Here.