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Redeeming the Crisis – Gifts Survey, State of the Family, & In This Together

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You Have a Role in Redeeming The Crisis!

One of our first steps in REDEEMING THE CRISIS is to gather information. We are working to inventory our congregation to assess the skills, resources, relationships, connections and spiritual gifts we can bring to bear for the sake of our community. The Spiritual gift survey takes us to the step of personal investment, and will help us to learn how the Lord has designed and gifted each of us to show His mercy in this moment. You will be hearing a lot more about REDEEMING THE CRISIS. The Lord is summoning us to REACH OUT to our city, to REACH IN to one another and to REACH UP to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and worship.

Fall 2020 Ministry Guide

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Welcome Home to FPC for Fall 2020

The fall semester has begun with Sunday school classes, Bible Studies, programs and many more ways to get connected at FPC both in-person and online.

Our mission is to glorify God as we continue to Love Jesus Christ, Love One Another, and Love the City. We offer two regular worship services in addition to Sunday school classes for kids, youth and adults of all ages.

We look forward to seeing you this fall at FPC! Visit the ministry pages or download the Fall 2020 Ministry Guide for the updated spring information and detailed class offerings.

Poinsettias for Christmas

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Christmas Poinsettias

Order yours before December 13!

Download the Order Form

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 by the Sanctuary Flower Committee. If you would like to participate, the cost is $15 to reserve a plant for one individual or one couple. Proceeds have enabled the Sanctuary Flower Committee to make many special gifts to beautify the church over the years. Your check should be made payable to the Sanctuary Flower Committee. Requests received later then December 13, 2020 will miss the insert printing deadline.

Form & Payment Return Options:

  • Mail form & check to First Presbyterian Church, c/o Sanctuary Flower Committee, 404 North Alamo, San Antonio, 78205-1918

  • Place form & check in the Sanctuary Flower mailbox in the FPC workroom.

Pastor Bob’s No Fear Podcast

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No Fear Podcast

In the No Fear Podcast, Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller gives a message of hope and victory including a short devotional passage and a report on important news related to the FPC community. New co-hosts, Alex Clary and Alex Solorio, join the podcast beginning episode 25.

Listen to FPC San Antonio on iTunes Listen to FPC San Antonio on Spotify

Episode List

Episode 1: Encouragement, the No Fear Word of the Day
Episode 2: Psalm 46, God’s Sovereignty Gives Us Courage for Daily Living
Episode 3: Psalm 27, Wait for the Lord
Episode 4: Have A Need/Fill A Need & Matthew 6:25-34, Don’t Worry – God Will Provide
Episode 5: Seeing God in the Midst of Crisis – Interview with Richard Peacock, FPC Member & Restaurant Owner 
Episode 6: John 11, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life
Episode 7: A Pastor Family’s Journey with Christ – Interview with Morgan Fuller, Rev. Fuller’s Wife
Episode 8: Resurrection Power to “Turnaround”
Episode 9: Interview with Alex Clary, Director of Ministry to Students & their Families
Episode 10: Interview with Alex Solorio, Director of University Ministries
Episode 11: Serenity 1, Serenity to Accept What Cannot Be Changed
Episode 12: Interview with Rozlyn Miller, Director of Ministry to Children & their Families
Episode 13: Serenity 2, Courage to Change What Should Be Changed
Episode 14: Interview with Carrie Everson, Director of Young Adults & Young Women’s Ministries
Episode 15: Serenity 3, Wisdom to Know the Difference
Episode 16: Zoo Attitude – Creative Ideas, Enthusiasm, & Hospitality in Crisis Response
Episode 17: Interview with Wendy Garcia, Coordinator of Connections
Episode 18: Justice and the Choices We Make: Jesus or Barrabas

Article by Rev. A. Mitchell Moore also addressing this topic – fpcsanantonio.org/one-pastors-perspective
Special Podcast Episode: Round Table Discussion on Race, Church, & Society

Episode 19: Interview with Lindsay Selli, Mission & Mobilization Associate
Episode 20: God’s Role for Fathers & Parents in Crisis and Every Day
Episode 21: Noah’s Endurance
Episode 22: Keeping the Republic
Episode 23: Interview with Callan Brown, 1102 Contemporary Worship Leader

Episode 25: Why talk about theology at a time like this?
Episode 26: Life Books
Episode 27: How God calls us and the role we play in calling other people into Christ’s service
Episode 28: Social Dilemma Part 1
Episode 29: Social Dilemma Part 2

Gift of Christmas

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Christmas Giving Opportunities

Gift of Christmas matches FPC covenant partners with needy families in San Antonio who are screened by House of Neighborly Services and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. Please prayerfully consider, either with a group or individually, “adopting,” and sharing the joy of Christmas with, one of these less fortunate families. Information and Family Request Forms will be available at the Ave. E. porte-cochere entrance every Sunday in November, or contact Cassiehager39@gmail.com for more information.

Completed forms are requested by December 4.

Download Gift of Christmas Full Packet (Letter, Guidelines, & Family Request Form)

Download Gift of Christmas Family Request Form

Fill Out Gift of Christmas Family Request Form Online

Operation Christmas Child

Pick Up Boxes | October 4 – November 8 | After each service
Boxes Due Back to Church by November 15

The amazing journey of a Shoebox Gift begins with you and results in evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Our goal this year is to send 500 shoe boxes! Pick up a box any Sunday after church by November 8. Click here to learn how to pack a box. You may also “Adopt a Box” for $30 and have the Children’s Ministry staff shop for you.

Completed Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes are due by Sunday, November 15, 2020. Contact heatherb@fpcsat.org for more information.

Stand Sunday

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Sunday | November 8

On Stand Sunday, Christians across South Texas stand for the children and families in foster care.

As a result of the fallout from COVID-19, we expect to see a significant influx of children into the foster care system. Prayerfully consider where your place may be in serving these vulnerable children. We can make a difference—one church, one family, one child at a time.

Email the L.O.V.E. Initiative Coordinator, Teresa McCaleb, at tbmccaleb@gmail.com or visit alliance4orphans.org for more information.

Prayer Opportunities

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FPC Virtual Prayer Room

Weekly | Wednesdays | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Each Wednesday we will have our very own FPC Virtual Prayer Room. Fill in the registration form below to receive the ZOOM meeting link & phone number you can call to receive and offer prayer. Please don’t hesitate to ask for prayer. Prayer is effective, not because of the great men & women who pray well, but because of a great God who in Christ graciously hears his people. Register Here for Zoom Meeting Information

 

View more on our Prayer Ministry webpage

NAMIWalks & Legacy Luncheon Video

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NAMIWalks | Saturday | October 10

First Presbyterian Church is proud to virtually “walk” alongside Doug and Barbie Beach this year in bringing awareness to mental health related issues and removing the stigma associated with mental illness. October 10, 2020 marks A National Day of Hope and it makes a great starting point for the National Alliance for Mental Illness Fall season of events.

On that day and throughout the fall, NAMIWalks participants, mental health advocates and NAMI partners will make strides to support NAMI’s mission and celebrate Mental Health for All during this demanding year of challenges and changes.

Doug and Barbie recently shared their story at the Women of the Church Legacy Luncheon. We are certain you will be blessed by listening to their testimony and the long term involvement of our church at fpcsanantonio.org/legacylunch

Please join us for NAMI WALKS at  https://www.namiwalks.org/ to gain additional insight and resources, and donate if you feel lead and are able.

Donate to Doug and Barbie’s Team

If you have any questions regarding this event or other mental health related resources in our community please contact Jenn Borges, Redeeming the Crisis Mental Health Chair, at 707 372-3228.

Midday Noels 2020

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Midday Noels Concerts 2020

Thursdays, December 3, 10 and 17 | 12:00-12:45 PM

Free live-streamed video of the full concert with limited in-person seating (distanced for safety) in our Sanctuary.

Once again, FPC offers its holiday ‘gift to the city’ with a variety of creative musical offerings. As we await the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken additional steps this year to ensure the safety of our in-person audience and performers.

Online Live Stream:

In addition to limited in-person seating, all three concerts will be streamed live here at fpcsanantonio.org/noels and will be available for viewing on our YouTube.com channel after the concert.

In-Person Attendance:

  • Obtain a Free Ticket on-line: If you would like to attend in-person, we ask that you reserve a free ticket by clicking on the button under each concert. You can reserve up to 2 tickets per person – parties of 4 or more should contact the church directly for free tickets. Masks are required to be worn for those attending our concerts in-person.
  • Entering and exiting the building: The concerts will begin at 12 Noon and the doors will open at 11:30 AM. We ask that you enter the building via the Sanctuary doors at the corner of 4th Street and North Alamo. Those with mobility challenges (or who need additional assistance) may enter via the Avenue E entrance to utilize the various elevators/assistance in the building.  In order to maintain safely distanced seating, each person/party will be escorted to a seat by one of our ushers. Unfortunately, we will not be able to honor special requests for seating other than those that require mobility assistance. All in-person attendees will be required to wear a mask while inside our facility.  We will not be using printed programs this year – title and performer information will be displayed on overhead screens.  At the conclusion of the performance, we ask that you remain seated until you are dismissed by one of our ushers beginning with the back of the sanctuary and moving forward.  Unless you need to use the elevators or restrooms inside the facility, we ask that everyone exit using the North Alamo sanctuary doors, returning to their cars via the outside sidewalks.

Grab and Go Lunches:

Following the concert, we will be offering ‘Grab and Go’ lunches ($5), available on the sidewalk just outside our sanctuary doors. While we will not be offering a hot, seated lunch option this year, we will look forward to bringing that option back in the future.


Concerts:

Thursday, December 3:
“Shimmering Songs and Sparkling Singing”

Dec. 3 Free Tickets Here

Our FPC Chamber Singers present four beautiful choral pieces of the season, interspersed with captivating vocal solos that span diverse genres including opera and popular song.

Thursday, December 10:
“Sound the Trumpet!

Dec. 10 Free Tickets Here

Our highly skilled organist, Dr. Jae Ha, is joined by Brandon Pauley, professional trumpeter and Adjunct Instructor of High Brass at Schreiner University.  Jae’s musical presentations are always a highlight of our series and not to be missed!

Thursday, December 17:
Christmas with the Petersen Family

Dec. 17 Free Tickets Here

We are excited to welcome The Petersen Family, a YouTube sensation, from their home in Branson, Missouri. For the first time in Midday Noels history, we will present this renowned family ensemble in a live-stream performance from Branson to both our in-person and on-line audience. The Petersen’s have developed an international reputation for their interpretations of popular song, gospel, and bluegrass classics. A staple of the Branson entertainment landscape, they’ve been ranked as the #1 show in the area by TripAdvisor.  For a preview of the Petersen Family, please visit their YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEgsNEvYEOlN6Zq8KgKGkvw

Surviving the Holidays after Divorce or Loss

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DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays

Wednesday | November 11 | 6:00 PM | Room 226

Register for Wednesday Seminar

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays is a seminar for people experiencing separation or divorce who are facing the holiday season without their former spouse. It’s filled with practical strategies from a biblical perspective for dealing with the changes and emotions that come with the season. Please feel free to connect with Butch Gerfers at 210-862-9998 or gerfers@flash.net, if you have any questions or would like more information.


GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Wednesday | November 11 | 6:30 PM | Zoom

Register for Wednesday Seminar

Sunday | November 15 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM and 12:15 – 1:45 PM | Room 310

Register for Sunday 10:00 AM Register for Sunday 12:15 PM

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays is a seminar offering help and hope for those who are grieving a loved one’s death. It’s filled with helpful tips for dealing with emotions, traditions, and social gatherings during the holiday season. We have three options for attending the seminar: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 PM online via Zoom, and in person in Room 310 after each service Sunday, Nov. 15 beginning at 10:00 AM & 12:15 PM. Please register online at griefshare.org/holidays for one of our seminars and to order the $5 workbook. Contact Joe Moore at joem@fpcsat.org for more information.