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October Wednesday Reformation Big Events


Westminster Hall • Dinner 5:30 PM • Lecture 6:15 PM

In October 1517, a German Priest named Martin Luther, a professor at the University of Wittenburg in Germany, challenged the status quo of the church by daring to speak out about the scandals, abuses and errors propagated by those in power. His deepest desire was to draw the people of God back to the simple, pure message of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

Luther’s challenge changed the face of Europe and the world. His ideas were championed from England to Hungary, and shaped the thinking of John Calvin and those who planted the seeds of the Presbyterian Church.

This fall, First Presbyterian Church is celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by hosting a special series of big events on Wednesday Evenings in October.


Dr. Chris Scruggs, retired Pastor of Advent Presbyterian Church (EPC), Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Scruggs’ presentation is titled, “How John Calvin Helped Create Our World.” The movement that rose from Luther’s “protest” (the “protestant” reformation) not only changed the practice of Christianity, it also changed the economic and political climate of the time and set the foundations for our modern world. Click HERE to view presentation or download podcast.


Dr. David Green. Pastor, FPC Conroe, Texas connected the reformation ideas to our own history in his presentation, “McCullough, Bunting and the Pioneer Presbyterians of Texas.” Click HERE to view presentation or download podcast.


Tom Dooling and Jae Ha present “The Music of the Reformation.” Join us for this opportunity to learn, sing, and hear some of the music that was inspired by the Protestant Reformation. In addition to singing some of the great hymns born of this movement, we will also hear a performance of selections of the J.S. Bach Cantata “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott–A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”


Our Wednesday Night series will conclude on October 25 as we welcome Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio to give us a Roman Catholic View of the Reformation, 500 years later. Dinner reservation deadline:  Noon on Wednesday, October 25


Please join us as we celebrate both the legacy and the future of this movement. Five Hundred years is just the beginning!



Each meal will cost $10 per person, prepaid at the Mauze Lobby reception desk. Your check is your reservation. Please note in the memo line of your check the event and event date.


Children’s Programming and Childcare is available from 6:15-7:00 PM.


Grief and the Holidays


“Grief and the Holidays” Workshops
For Anyone Who is Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

October 22 • 12:15-1:30 PM • St. Andrew’s Room

Grief can be a very powerful and overwhelming emotion that changes your life. Understanding, compassion from others and a commitment to allowing the experience to heal you, can take you on a journey of discovering meaning in life again.

The holidays are an especially hard time. The season renews memories, family ties and traditions. We become painfully aware that our special loved one is no longer present. This is often difficult for families.   The pain of the loss is confused with the spirit of the season. “Grief and the Holidays” is a workshop offered through Porter Loring Family Care Services. It is a workshop designed to help those who are grieving and their families to better understand the grief process, how it affects us during the holidays and how we can use this special time to continue to heal.

Please join us on October 22, 2017 at 12:15 PM for a “Grief and the Holidays” workshop which will be presented by Margaret Berton, Ph.D. Psychologist. Please contact Stephanie Garcia (210-271-2753) to reserve a spot.


The Gift of Christmas


Share the Love of Christ through
The Gift of Christmas
A mission project coordinated by the WOC
October 15-December 3

The “Gift of Christmas” is an opportunity for individuals or groups in our church to share Christ’s love with others by giving food, clothing, gifts, and gift cards to families in need. Each family is referred to us by the House of Neighborly Service. Some families are large, some multi-generational, while others are small family units. All are very appreciative of the gifts and the givers.

HNS is a non-profit, multi-service neighborhood center founded in 1917 by Presbyterian missionaries. The center has provided a wide range of social, educational, and health-related programs for families in need on San Antonio’s west side. Our church and Women of the Church have been actively involved in supporting Sus Hijas and other programs.

We encourage WOC circles, Sunday school classes, small groups, various church organizations, families and individuals to share in this effort to include these HNS families in your Christmas giving. We will provide all of the family information and attempt to match family sizes with your request. Your caring outreach and expression of Christian love will make an enormous difference for these families.

Gift of Christmas Family Request Forms are available in the Mauze Lobby beginning October 15 through December 3 or available for download here. Please return the completed form to the Gift of Christmas mailbox in the church workroom, or mail to:

Diane Carssow
140 Patterson Ave #406, San Antonio, TX 78209
(512) 940-3424

Nancy Puckett
3106 Iron Stone Lane, San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 393-6755

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (2 Cor. 9:12)


House of Prayer



This fall, we are reconnecting with the Lord and each other in a powerful way with this new evening ministry. Join us as we gather at several homes around the city.

To RSVP or get involved, email


Reformation 500 Sanctuary Crawl


Sunday, October 29 • 12:00-3:00 PM

Join others on a self-guided, 3.2-mile, circuitous walking course plotted through downtown San Antonio, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and see and learn histories of the various sanctuaries along the route. Booklets with crawl information and the route (beginning and ending at FPC) will be available in Mauze Lobby beginning Sunday, Oct. 22.


WOC Ladies’ Night Out


Ladies’ Night Out!
October 5 • 6:00 PM • 203 Haskin Dr.

Ladies, if you are reading this, then you are invited!

Save the date for Thursday, October 5, at 6:00 in the evening for our semi-annual “Ladies’ Night Out” event! Held this year in the home of Catherine Whitsett, 203 Haskin Dr.

Twice a year the, Women of the Church, organize a fun evening event just for us women to meet, catch-up and indulge in dessert first (‘cause there are no little eyes watching to make sure you eat your vegetables)! Oh, but we do have fruit of the vine and wonderful appetizers from the kitchens of many a fine cook! We Presbyterians do know a thing or two about good food! Most importantly we enjoy fellowship with the wonderful women of all ages who attend FPC. Come join a stress-free, schedule-free evening of girl-time! We look forward to seeing you!

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, Betsy Zachry at 210-262-1236 or email her at


FPC Disaster Relief



FPC Family,

As events continue to unfold with flooding, damage and loss from Hurricane Harvey, please continue to pray for the well-being of our fellow neighbors in Houston and throughout the Coastal Bend.


Disaster Relief Team

FPC is now assembling volunteers for future relief efforts. For more information or to register, contact Teresa McCaleb at 210-632-3723, or


Disaster Relief Clothing Drive A Success!

The FPC Missions Staff was able to deliver nearly 8,000 undergarments and various hygiene items to the S.A. Food Bank today. The love and generosity of the people at FPC will go a long way to meet the needs those who have been displaced or experienced loss due to Hurricane Harvey!

If you are a new volunteer, please complete a Release Form, and include when registering:

Adult Release Form

Youth Release Form

Thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!


Harvey Relief Contacts


  • 1st Presbyterian Church, 301 Hwy 35 North, Rockport, TX 78382, 361-729-6251

Corpus Christi

  • 1st Presbyterian Church, 30 S. Carancahua St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78401, (361) 884-4057




Please also continue to check the website for more information and ways to be involved in cleaning and rebuilding efforts associated with Hurricane Harvey.


Grace and Peace,

Ron Scates and Bob Fuller, Co-Pastors


Thursday Bible Study


The Church Reformed,
Always Reforming, According to the Word of God

Starts: September 14
Deadline to sign up: September 7
Small group: 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Lecture: 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Note: This time schedule is reversed on the first meeting date.


Wednesday Ladies’ Bible Study


Wednesday Evening Ladies Bible Study
August 23 – October 4, 2017
6:30 PM • Room 302
$14.00 for the work book
Weekly homework and video
Contact Sheila Figueroa at 210-822-4082 or to reserve a book.

The biblical account of Joseph clearly demonstrates that God is at work even when life seems to be going wrong. It depicts a young man who endured betrayal, abandonment, injustice, and confusion before understanding God’s sovereign plan to redirect him from the pit to the palace. Even today it’s easy to wonder why God would allow calamity to happen or if He’s in control at all. Whether through uncontrollable circumstances or the pain of personal relationships, everyone has experienced unforeseen changes in life. This study helps believers navigate detours that may take you through trials, injustice, and even betrayal. You will be comforted and encouraged when you learn to rest in God’s redemptive plan and the hope found in God’s sovereign will.

Session Topics:
The Purpose of Detours
The Proof of Detours
The Patience of Detours
The Pain of Detours
The Promotion of Detours
The Perspective of Detours


Take the Next Step at First Pres


Attend the Discover First! New Member Class
Date & Time to be determined
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