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Sunday Worship

8:30am - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

10:45am - Ignite Worship in the Worship & Arts Center

11:00am - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

WATCH LIVE

Sermon

Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons

Sermon Series: Fulfilled: Matthew's Gospel

Scripture: Matthew 11:1-11


Sunday Education

8:30am Nursery
9:30am Children’s Sunday School
9:30am Student Life Groups
9:45am Adult Life Groups
10:30am Kids Church


Sunday Life Groups

Member News

BAPTISM

Smith Reynolds Carson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Vincent Carson (Covington)

CONGRATULATIONS

Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Fellers (Magdalena) on the birth of a daughter, Adelaide Jean Fellers born on November 2, 2023.

SYMPATHY

Mrs. Nancy McDaniel in the death her husband, Heyward McDaniel, of Greenville, SC, on February 6; and to daughter Holly O’Connell and granddaugthers Caroline and Grantly Orr.

IN MEMORIAM

The Robbins family, in the death of Kenneth Robbins of Greenville, SC, on February 3.

MEMORIALS & HONORS

VISITATION MINISTRY FUND

In memory of Doug Gilstrap by Polly Via; Circle 10

TRANSFORMING THE HEART OF THE CITY FUND

In memory of Al Phinney by Peggy and Craig Carver


PRAYER LIST

Bill Anthony, Doane August, Tom Brissey, Keith Bumpious, Pat Burns, Susan Cable, Lang Cheves, Diane Cobb, Joe Cole, Janet Collins, Marian Dameier, Peggy Denny, Becky Dueben, Larry Freeman, Mike Freeman, Becky Garcia, Millie Gedney, Pam Goldman, Natalie Hall, Fran Hardin, Jack Hardin, Cathy Harman, Gladys “Hap” Henderson, Ginny Johnson, Pris Jones, Tom Lide, Jennifer Loft, John Loft, Pat Loft, Anne Lybrand, Geoff Marsh, Megan McCommons, Mozelle Moore, Jerry Murdock, Chloris Norman, Alex Olyarchuk, Katherine Pate, Bette Ann Phillips, Don Phillips, Shari Phillips, Becky Powell, Mason Powell, Courtney Prosise, Ed Reed, Ken Rhoden, Bill Rogers, Catherine Sandifer, Janice Shartle, Jude Smith, Carrie Stringer, Shirley Timmerman, Holly Thomason, Melanie Ann Tinnelly, John Volpe, Don Youatt, Tim Walsh, Spires Welch, Charlie West, Beryl Wickliffe, Frank Vickers, Jan Zimmermann

PRAYER RESOURCES

Congregational Care Director, Tammy Burkhalter: Call 864.565.0943 for emergencies, upcoming surgeries, or hospital information.

Prayer Appointments: To schedule a confidential appointment with our Healing Prayer Team Members, call 864.565.0960.

Prayer Requests: For general prayer requests, call 864.565.0970.

Healing Prayer Services: Every Tuesday at 6:30pm in Harper Chapel

MILITARY MINISTRY & PRAYER - click here

Announcements

NEW STAFF: LINDA SLASH

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Please welcome Linda Slash to the FPC staff! She will be serving as receptionist in the new building. Linda is originally from Ohio. After retiring from Ford Motor Credit and working as Finance/Insurance Manager at Fairway Ford, she is excited to be at First Pres!


COMMISSIONING OF REV. DR. CLAIRE RIPLEY

Rev. Dr. Claire Ripley was elected as ECO Moderator of the Synod during the ECO National Gathering. Please join us in congratulating her in this calling, and pray for wisdom and discernment as she begins this new leadership role in our denomination. Click here to watch a video of her commissioning.


PRAYERS FOR DR MEDICAL MISSION TRIP

Please be in prayer for the men and women who will be traveling to the Dominican Republic this week for a medical mission trip. They will serve in the medical clinic, dental clinic, and perform eye exams. Please pray for their safety and ministry as they bring the Good News and provide necessary medical care to these communities.


GALLIVAN-MILLS SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2024-2025

The Gallivan-Mills Scholarship is granted each year to college undergraduate and seminary students who are FPC members. Applications available at both reception desks and online here. Submit your completed scholarship application, with all attachments, to the Gallivan-Mills Scholarship Committee (drop off at the reception desk or email to Steven Harvin) no later than Sunday, March 31. Questions? Contact Steven Harvin (slharvin@gmail.com, 803.477.8123).


LOST AND FOUND TABLE

This Sunday, there will be a lost and found table by the elevators in the Building D main hallway. Please take a look for any missing items; anything remaining after February 18 will be donated to Miracle Hill.



Discipleship

FRESH PRAYERS FOR LENT

Lent is a 40-day season of prayer and fasting to draw closer to Christ as we remember all that He accomplished through his life, death, and resurrection. It begins February 14, Ash Wednesday, and ends on March 28, Maundy Thursday. Be sure to pick up a “Fresh Prayers for Lent” daily prayer calendar available in the church literature racks or click here.

FINANCIAL PEACE BEGINS FEBRUARY 21

Sign up now for Dave Ramsey’s class, Financial Peace to be held on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:15pm, February 21 - May 1. You will learn how to budget, pay off debt quickly, save money, invest, communicate in marriage, and plan for a better financial future. There is a fee to cover the cost of class materials/books. Space is limited. For more information or to register, click here.

PURSUIT 2024 MEN’S DISCIPLESHIP WEEKEND

The 2024 PURSUIT Men’s Discipleship Weekend is March 1-3, 2024. This year’s men’s retreat will be held at Carolina Point YoungLife Camp. The cost of this year’s retreat is $235 and includes incredible facilities, five meals, two nights lodging, and the weekend journal. Please use code FPC75 for a discounted cost of $160. Space is limited so sign up now. Visit 3GenMinistries.org to register and for more details.

Events


THE GRAY HAVENS CONCERT APRIL 19

The Gray Havens, American Christian folk pop husband and wife duo David and Licia Radford, are coming to First Pres! Join us on Friday, April 19, at 7:00pm, for their 10-year anniversary tour concert. For tickets, visit FirstPresGreenville/Events.


MYSTERY OF BEAUTY ARTS CONFERENCE IN MARCH

The FPC Fine Arts Ministry will host a half-day conference, Mystery of Beauty, for the arts community on Friday, March 1, in the Worship & Arts Center. Makoto Fujimura will be our keynote speaker. You will not want to miss this conference! Mark your calendar now to save the date, spread the word. Click here for details and to register.

DRAMA CAMP JUNE 17-21

Drama Kids of Greenville County is proud to partner with First Presbyterian Church to offer a faith-based summer camp for children ages 6-12, to explore new acting skills, voices, and movements. Get ready to blast off on an epic adventure June 17–21. For more information, visit this website.

SPORTS CAMPS IN GRAHAM GYM

Several sports programs are coming this spring and summer! Registration is now open at FirstPresSports.com for Adult Spring Basketball and Pickleball, Kid’s Golf Clinic, Summer Youth Sports Camp, and Youth Basketball. For more information, email caleb@firstpressports.com or click here.

IGNITE ANNOUNCES NIGHT OF WORSHIP

On Thursday, February 22, at 7:00pm, the Ignite Worship Team will host a Night of Worship at the Worship & Arts Center. The evening will feature songs from the latest Ignite Worship album, Known, as well as familiar songs from other artists. We will also be filming and recording the concert for later release as a live album. Nursery up to age 3 will be provided, so bring your family, invite your friends, and join us!


CELEBRATE LIFE!  MUSICAL THEATRE

The birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus will be celebrated on Sunday, March 10, at 3:00pm in the Worship & Arts Center. Celebrate Life! will be performed in a musical theater format through narration, the Sanctuary Choir, soloists, and instrumentalists, all presenting the gospel and celebrating Jesus’ life and the abundant life He offers us. Free tickets will be available at both reception desks beginning Sunday, February 11 and online here.


MUSIC CAMP JUNE 10-13

Spaces are still available in Music Camp for children rising 2nd–rising 6th grades. Rising 7th-12th grades can also register as a counselor. Music camp follows VBS, June 10-13, from 12:00pm–4:00pm. Children can choose a specialty: world percussion, piano/organ, recorders, Orff instruments (xylophones, etc.), handbells, or drama. Volunteers for Music Camp are also needed. Register here.

Opportunities To Serve


JOBS FOR LIFE CLASS MARCH 19

Jobs for Life is a transformational ministry to equip men getting back up on their feet to find and keep a job. We are in need of several men to serve as mentors, as well as business owners to volunteer as guest speakers. The next 7-week class begins Tuesday, March 19, 6:15pm-8:00pm at the Greenville Rescue Mission. For more information, contact Dave Forry at 864.380.1013 or forrydcf@aol.com.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Are you in college? Looking for a summer internship? Our Children’s Ministry has opened applications for two 30-hour intern positions and one 20-hour intern position for this summer. For more information, contact Tina Jones at tjones@firstpresgreenville.org or call 864.565.0921.

YELLOW BAG PICK-UP THIS SUNDAY

Please set aside gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories for our Miracle Hill Ministries Yellow Bag Project. Bags will be available around the church on Sunday, and can be returned on Sunday, February 25, from 8:00am–1:00pm. Thank you for partnering with Miracle Hill to help transform lives and our community.

VBS & DAY MISSIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

There has been a tremendous response to both VBS and Day Missions registrations. Volunteers may register themselves first at FirstPresGreenville.org/Events under the VBS and Day Missions icon, then register their child or grandchild. Questions? Contact Tina at tjones@firstpresgreenville.org.

Pastor of the Day

For Pastoral emergencies, please call 864.235.0496.