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Midday Noels Concert Series

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Once again, FPC offers its holiday “gift to the city” through a variety of creative musical offerings. Each of these 30-40 minute concerts (beginning at 12:10 PM) is followed by your choice of either a “Grab and Go” lunch ($3) or a full hot lunch served in Westminster Hall ($9).

A Ringing Duo Returns
Thursday, December 7 • FPC Sanctuary
Our highly skilled organist, Dr. Jae Ha, is again joined by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church organist, Russell Jackson, to offer music composed for two pianos. Returning by popular demand from their first performance in 2015, these two gifted musicians will perform pieces that will dazzle and inspire all in attendance. Jae’s musical offerings for Christmas are always a highlight of our series and not to be missed!

Shimmering Sounds and Sparkling Songs
Thursday, December 14 • FPC Sanctuary
Tom Dooling, Minister of Music, is joined by four other skilled singers and accompanist, Dr. Jae Ha, to form a “Christmas Vocal Quintet” for singing ensemble and solo pieces to celebrate Christmas. Surveying a broad range of musical styles, this performance will both inspire and entertain!

Jazz Jingles with South Texas Jazz Quartet
Thursday, December 21 • FPC Sanctuary
In their first appearance in our Midday Noel series, we welcome Pierre Poree, saxophonist, and the South Texas Jazz Quartet as they perform foot tapping renditions of Christmas favorites. Don’t miss this final performance of the series

For a list of all upcoming music events, click HERE.

Our very own Minister of Music, Tom Dooling, was interviewed by WOAI Radio Station! Listen to the interview:

 

Tom Dooling, Minister of Music, gives us an insight look about Midday Noels:

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Poinsettia for Christmas

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Order yours before December 10!
Each year during the Advent season the congregation has an opportunity to remember a loved one, honor an individual or recognize an occasion by purchasing a poinsettia to be placed in the Chancel. Pick up an order form in Mauze Lobby or download one here and turn it in by December 10 to get yours!

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Alternative Gift Market

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December 3, 10 & 17 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Mauze Lobby

Do you want to give Christmas gifts that will make a difference in the world? Purchase a gift that will help the work of several Local and Global missions partners. for more information, please contact Lindsay Selli at lindsays@fpcsat.org.

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Associate Pastor Nominations Update

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The Associate Pastor of Christian Education and Discipleship Nominating Committee is meeting regularly and has received several applications. The position description is on our church website and posted on the ECO website. Initial interviews should begin shortly. If you have any recommendations for this position, please contact the Chairman, Sheila Figueroa, at 210-822-4082 or shefig@earthlink.net. Please keep our committee in your prayers as God prepares the way: Court Allen, Chuck Bunn, Bobby Byrd, Sheila Figueroa, Ellen Meadows, Sara Parish, and Julie Walthall.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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!

http://fpcsanantonio.org/serve/volunteer-opportunities/

“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

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A Message from Rev. Fuller

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November 5, 2017

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today, on all Saints Sunday 2017, twenty-five brothers and sisters in Christ left the church militant and joined the glorious church triumphant.

Shortly after our own services were over this morning, we received word of a fatal mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas (only a few miles from San Antonio). As of the writing of this post, twenty-five people have been confirmed as killed, and approximately thirty people were wounded. Following a chase, the shooter was killed by police and the threat was neutralized.

All of the fatalities are heartbreaking, and each one is personal. My own thoughts keep going back to the pastor of FBC, whose 14 year-old daughter was killed in the massacre. This evening, when I explained what had happened to my own 14 year-old, he asked, “Why does this happen? What are they trying to do? Do they think Christians are just going to go away?”

At this point, we do not know who “they” are, or even if it was just one angry person. If we have read the Bible and have paid any attention to Christian history, then we know that proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ has always carried a risk. At times that risk may seem remote and irrelevant, but as we discovered this morning, it is always present. The darkness hates the light.

And yet, the darkness has not overcome it. Even though our grief is heavy, we remember the words of the Apostle Paul who said,you may not grieve as others do who have no hope, for since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. (I Thessalonians 4:13-14)  The great American Theologian Jonathan Edwards described it this way:

“Every Christian friend that goes before us from this world, is a ransomed spirit waiting to welcome us in heaven. There will be the infant of days that we have lost below, through grace to be found above; there the Christian father, and mother, and wife, and child, and friend, with whom we shall renew the holy fellowship of the saints, … There we shall have company with the patriarchs and fathers and saints of the Old and New Testaments, and those of whom the world was not worthy, with whom on earth we were only conversant by faith.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  As the funeral liturgy reminds us, we live as people prepared to die, and we die as those prepared to live. In spite of the risks, every Sunday the people of God must continue to stand before the lost, hurting, broken and violent of this world and declare that we are not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of salvation to all who believe. (Romans 1:16)

Grace and peace. I love you. Soli Deo Gloria,

Bob Fuller

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House of Prayer meetings for Sutherland Springs

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Come join our House of Prayer meetings over these next two weeks, to help us spread prayer for the community of Sutherland Springs and the members of First Baptist Church. We encourage all of our House of Prayer groups to dedicate focused time in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you are not currently part of a House of Prayer group, please join us these next two Wednesday evenings at FPC. We have the following two House of Prayer meetings open to anyone who would like to attend:

– 5:00 PM, led by Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller, in Room 224
– 6:00 PM, led by Rev. Dr. Ron Scates, in Room 226

No registration is required.

 

If you would like to get involved with a House of Prayer group, email Stacie Rodriguez at houseofprayer@fpcsat.org.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller
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FPC Disaster Relief

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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 tbmccaleb@gmail.com.

 

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

Rockport

  • 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

Houston

 

 

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

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WOC Ladies’ Night Out

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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 betsyz@swbell.net.

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Thursday Bible Study

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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.