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Join a Summer Sunday School Class!


Join us this summer for  Sunday School! We offer a variety of classes and subjects for all age groups!


8:30 AM

First Class
Topic: Matthew
Teacher/Facilitator: Chuck Bunn and Pat Brodeen
Location: Room 224


9:30 AM

Above and Beyond (Ages 40-55)
Topic: Book of Colossians
Teacher/Facilitator: Bob Fuller and Joe Moore
Location: Room 302

Agape Bible Class/Bereans (Combined Classes)
Topic: Book of James/Letters from 1 and 2 Peter (Bring your Bible)
Teacher/Facilitator: Janet Anderson
Location: Covenant Hall

Arthur Gray Jones
Topic: Verse-by-verse study of the Bible
Teacher/Facilitator: Harry Schwethelm
Location: Room 312

The Lighthouse (Ages 25-40)
Topic: Apologetics
Teacher/Facilitator: Sheila Figueroa
Location: Room 304

New Covenant
Topic: Book of Acts
Teacher/Facilitator: Becky DeWees
Location: Room 301

The Uncomfortables
Topic: Study of the TV series “Faith Lessons on the Early Church”
Teacher/Facilitator: Charlotte Hains and Gates Whiteley
Location: Room 228


RENOVATE (Ages College-20’s)
9:30 AM
Location: Room 300


YOUTH (Grades 6- 2)
9:30 AM
Location: Second floor, Student Center


CHILDREN (Ages 2 years through 5th grade)
9:30 AM
2’s-3’s: Room 116
4’s-Kinders-incoming 1st Grade: Room 115
Incoming 2nd-5th Grade: Room 108

FPC Children will study God’s Word and how it applies to our lives in a powerful way this summer. Childcare provided for kids age 5 and under during 11:00 AM worship services.


July 2nd Patriotic Picnic


Patriotic Picnic

Sunday, July 2 • Immediately following 11 a.m. Worship

Westminster Hall

Join us for a potluck-style picnic following 11:00 AM worship. Hosted by the Sanctuary Choir and KEYS Ministry, this is a great opportunity to share food and fellowship. Just drop off your favorite family-sized dish (salads, vegetables, casseroles, desserts – hot or cold) in the Mauze Lobby as you enter the building that morning – we will be sure to put it out for the picnic! Fried chicken will be provided by the church. Here are some suggestions based on your last name: A-G salad/vegetables, H-R casserole/vegetables, S-Z fruit or dessert. Patriotic-casual attire is encouraged, and we hope to see you there!


Pathways to Hope 2.0


August 11 and 12  – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – FREE Admission

After the tremendous response to the first annual PATHWAYS TO HOPE conference in 2016, conference organizers will host the second annual conference at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, August 11 and 12, 2017, focusing on mental health and including speakers from across the community and nation.

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. Among the featured speakers this year will be Sheila Walsh, author, musician, recording artist, speaker, evangelist, television host, and encourager. The conference will include many other speakers, workshops and – for the first time – a special evening for youth on Friday, August 11.

Pathways to Hope is free to all attendees thanks to presenting sponsors First Presbyterian Church, The Bexar County Health Collaborative, and the Office of the Bexar County Judge, as well as a number of other churches, organizations and sponsors.

For more information and to register, visit


Literature Circle Summer Reading


FPC Literature Circle announces the book selections for 2017-2018:

September 12: A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron (Rev. Scott Simpson)

October 10: Trapp Family Singers, ‘The Sound of Music’ by Maria Augusta Trapp (Bill and Patrice Hensley)

November 14: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Carlotta Dwyer and Pat Wood)

December 12: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (Jane Hansen)

January 9: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (TBA)

February 13: The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore (Bill Hensley)

March 13: The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobb (Jane Hansen)

April 10: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Jan Clayton)

May 8: Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard (Ron Baker)


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


Wednesday Evening Ladies’ Bible Study


May 31 – July 12, 2017 • 6:30 to 8 PM • Room 302
Cost of the book is $14.00 • There is weekly homework.
Contact Sheila Figueroa at 210-822-4082 or to reserve a book.

“Conversation Peace, The Power of Transformed Speech” by Mary A. Kassian
“Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech” is an interactive Bible study workbook designed for six weeks of individual study and seven small-group sessions. Each week, you’ll be introduced to one powerful speech-transforming element for communication. Then you’ll study and apply what you’ve learned.

  • Discover seven powerful speech-transforming elements
  • Master the skills of effective communicators
  • Strengthen your vocabulary with Words from the Word
  • Connect with others in a small-group experience
  • Freshen Your Breath with weekly Scripture memory

If you’re the type that can’t resist sharing that choice morsel of gossip, throwing that negative barb, or snapping a sarcastic reply–or if you bottle up those impulses inside–this study will help revolutionize your speech habits and improve your relationships. Let God’s Word change you from the inside out! Be transformed! Get Conversation Peace!


The Flower Girls


Have you ever wondered what happens to the floral arrangements that glorify God in our Sanctuary every Sunday? These tributes to family members and special occasions, by our generous congregation, are rearranged into smaller arrangements to bring the thoughtful remembrance of the love of the body of Christ to our membership in need of God’s grace.

What a wonderful way to contribute your time and talent in service to our church! We are blessed to work with beautiful fresh flowers from the best florists in the city. Would you like to learn how to make these arrangements for our deacons and members to deliver to hospital patients, nursing home residents, and at-home members in our church family? Floral arrangement workshops are planned so you can learn!

If you are interested in volunteering an hour after the 11:00 a.m. service to help make Jesus visible, please contact Susan Chandler at 210-822-7439, or


Join a Ladies’ Bible Study!


Wednesday Evening Ladies Bible Study
March 8 – May 10, 2017
6:30 PM • Room 302


As Christians, we are not promised lives of ease. Often it takes just a small moment of beauty to regain hope and continue on when life is chaotic and unpredictable. Only when we learn to spot the lovely in the midst of hardship can we experience the transcendent peace of God that keeps us persevering when we want to give up.

In this 7-session Bible study, Annie F. Downs examines the ordinary people of the Bible—fishermen, gardeners, women, soldiers—to reveal the moments they found beauty in the darkest circumstances and hope in God’s timing. Because they trusted in this: He makes everything beautiful in His time.

Please contact Sheila Figueroa to reserve a book ( /210- 822-4082).


Take the Next Step at First Pres


Attend the Discover First! New Member Class
Sunday, June 11, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
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 on June 25 at one the worship services. If you are unable to attend this class, the next class will be a four-week series beginning in August. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Stacie Rodriguez at 210-271-2759 or


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.