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Take the Next Step at First Pres


Attend the Discover First! New Member Class
Sunday, June 24  12:15-3:15 PM
Geneva Room

Interested in discovering more about the faith, mission and people of FPC? Attend Discover First! Meet for a four-hour class to learn more about the joys of following Christ and of being a member of this family of God. Explore the mission and defining values of First Presbyterian. Get to know others who are new to the congregation, meet staff and members, learn ways to get involved and realize how important you are to the church. Attendance at Discover First! does not obligate you to join, but it does prepare you to become a member should you choose to do so. New members will be recognized at one the worship services. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Stacie Rodriguez at 210-271-2759 or

2018 Pictorial Directory Make-up Day


FPC has teamed up with Lifetouch Directories for a new 2018 Pictorial Directory.

For those of you who missed the photography sessions this month, we’re offering a make-up day on Wednesday, June 27.

To make your appointment online, click HERE.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with greeting appointments, contact Stephanie Garcia at (210) 226-0215, or




Sunday Morning Prayer Opportunity


Every Sunday • 8:30 AM • Room 228 (the Bride’s Room)



By Ken Finch

The apostle Paul emphasized prayer in his epistles to the churches and in his instructions to Timothy as the young leader of the church in Ephesus.  Paul continuously prayed for others, and he sent these instructions to Timothy:

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  (1 Tim 2:1-2, ESV)

Every Sunday morning at 8:30, members of FPC’s Prayer Ministry Committee assemble in room 228 (the Bride’s Room) to share prayers, following Paul’s guidance.  All of us have concerns about our families, our nation, our public officials, and our church.  Some need prayer for illnesses or inner healing.

You are invited to come. Praying together is comforting.  Share your prayers so that others may benefit.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from my fears.  Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”  (Psalm 34:4-5, ESV)

If you are unable to attend a House of Prayer group or if you are a member of an 8:30 Sunday school class that is taking a recess during the summer months, come one Sunday and pray with us.

Patriotic Picnic


PATRIOTIC PICNIC – Building Community with FOOD!
By Kay Kutchins and Tom Dooling

July 1 • following 11:00 AM services • Westminster Hall

Our annual Patriotic Picnic has been an enjoyable after-church fellowship opportunity that has attracted traditional and contemporary worshipers, oldsters and youngsters, guests, and some of the best cooks in San Antonio!

And this year’s event will follow our 11:00 AM worship services on July 1 with food service and seating in Westminster Hall and elsewhere on the church property.

A bit of background . . .

Your Sanctuary Choir – a diverse group of dedicated singers under the direction of Tom Dooling and accompanied by Dr. Jae Ha’s organ excellence—is the unseen but always heard part of the FPC worship team.  A number of years ago, we decided to become more “visible” by sponsoring a Fourth of July picnic on a Sunday when July 4 was actually a Sunday. Over 300 people brought food, stayed to eat, and told us they hoped the picnic would become a “tradition.”

The next year our friends in the KEYS older adult ministry added their annual ice cream social to the picnic menu—ice cream with all types of toppings plus desserts.  Attendance increased to over 450, and a great partnership was established.

We’re on our way to hosting this year’s event, and YOU are a major part of the event.  We need you to plan to stay for food and fellowship.  We’ll have chicken and an assortment of side dishes, and we know that you can be counted on to add family-sized salads, hot dishes (e.g. beans, scalloped potatoes, veggies), and dessert items (cakes, cookies, pies, etc.) to the menu.

We’ll have people at the Avenue E entrance to take your food items before you attend Sunday School or worship services on July 1.  We’ll have choir and KEYS representatives to show the way to food and seating.  And we’ll all enjoy getting to know you during the picnic.

Plan to join us . . . to enjoy the food and camaraderie . . . and to be thankful for our blessings.

Pathways to Hope Conference


Pathways to Hope Conference
August 24-25 | Tobin Center for the performing arts

The third annual Pathways to Hope Conference, focusing on mental health and including speakers from across the community and nation, will once again be held at the Tobin Center. The goal of the conference is to continue to break the stigma of mental illness, and to discover how faith communities can provide support for people and families affected by mental illness. Attendance is free. For more information on the event and keynote speakers, or to register (required), visit

Volunteer Opportunities



Are you looking for a way to get involved? Here at FPC, we have many ministry opportunities, for people of all ages and interests!  We believe that God has given each of us gifts, so why not use yours to help further His Kingdom?  It’s also a great way to meet new friends! Check out our “Volunteer Opportunity” page and sign up!

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  1 Peter 4:10

Children’s Day Out Enrollment


The Children’s Day Out program is currently enrolling new two and three year olds for next fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For information about this wonderful experience for young children to learn about God’s love for them please call Kitty Lange at 210-288-8300 or email

“The CDO program is such a special and loving place for little ones to learn about Jesus! We are grateful that our two children had that wonderful opportunity. With gifted teachers at every level, the children learned about God, His world, His love and His Son.” – Janet Anderson.

For more information, click HERE.

Wednesday Evening Ladies’ Bible Study


April 4 – May 23
6:30 PM • Room 302


There are times when worship overflows effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. And there are times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing to offer. Throughout it all, God shows us His steadfast love.

Psalm 107 is a call to worship. It reminds us that each season of life is an opportunity to reveal the anchor of our souls. In this Bible study, learn to face both storms and deserts with courage and trust in Jesus, and discover how tests in our journeys of faith reveal the true condition of our hearts. For there is no fear for the one who fears the Lord, the one whose soul is anchored in His steadfast love.

We will study Psalm 107 verse by verse.

Cost of workbook is $13.00.  Please contact Sheila Figueroa at or (210) 822-4082 to reserve a workbook.

Hope for Mental Illness


First Presbyterian Church has a heart for those who suffer from mental illness and for those who provide comfort and care for them. The mission of FPC Mental Health Ministries is to: (1) provide educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our community; (2) help FPC become a caring congregation for persons living with a mental illness and their families; and (3) to help encourage those affected by mental illness to call upon their faith for strength and healing.  Mental Health Ministries also collaborates with other churches, advocacy groups, community organizations and mental health professionals to lift up the importance of using a person’s faith and spirituality as part of the overall treatment and recovery process. FPC is offering the following opportunities for families and individual’s impacted by mental illness. There are classes and groups to help learn about mental illness and how to use our faith, community resources and our peers to cope with and manage the illness.

Click here to see the courses and support groups that we currently offer.

Holy Week Schedule of Events

Join us at First Presbyterian Church as we are pleased to offer a number of events during Holy Week!



8:30 AM – 2:00 PM • FPC Parking Lot
Loaves & Fishes community outreach
Loving and serving our under-resourced and homeless neighbors



9:30, 11:00 AM • FPC Sanctuary
Two traditional services with palms celebrating Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

6:02 PM • Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Parkway)
Special Event: Stirring at the Stable
Allow yourself to be stirred at the Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Parkway, to begin Holy Week by joining First Presbyterian Church on Sunday night, March 25, at 6:02pm. When Christ rode into Jerusalem we read “the whole city was stirred, wondering who Jesus was.” Join First Presbyterian Church for stirring worship and inspirational music, and to learn who Jesus the true King reveals Himself to be.



6:30 PM • FPC Sanctuary
An evening service commemorating Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples. On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus drew His closest friends together around the table to prepare them for the drama to come. Join us for this powerful service as we celebrate Christ’s love for us and commemorate His sacrifice.

Childcare will be available for 5 years and under by reservation only. Please contact Sonya Wright at



12:00 PM • FPC Sanctuary
A noon service commemorating Christ’s crucifixion.

7:30 PM • FPC Sanctuary
Special Sanctuary Choir Concert: “The Seven Last Words of Christ”
Join us for this free event as we experience Good Friday through the music of Verdi, Bach and the American composer, Michael John Trotta. This year, our Sanctuary Choir will be joined by a chamber orchestra and tenor soloist, Eric Schmidt, to present three profound and diverse works that encapsulate the sacrificial love and passion of Christ as he died on the cross.

Childcare will be available for 5 years and under by reservation only. Please contact Sonya Wright at


10:00 AM • Westminster Hall
Children’s Easter Program
Children ages 2 years old to 5th grade are invited to this annual event with their families. Join us for music, food, an egg hunt, and hear the story of Jesus’ resurrection!


We offer four inspiring services celebrating the true meaning of Easter in Christ’s resurrection and victory.

6:45 AM • FPC Courtyard
Contemporary Sunrise Service

8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM • FPC Sanctuary
Traditional Services


We hope to see you, your family and friends during this most Holy time of the year!