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Stay Alert – Beware of Fake Messages

Dear FPC Family,

It has come to my attention that many of you are receiving emails and texts that claim to be from me (Bob Fuller), asking for gift cards, donations, and other contributions. Please know that these messages are fake and are not from me or FPC. Unfortunately, this kind of “phishing” scam happens often and seems to be increasing. I want to assure you that I have not and will not ask for contributions through text or email, except for officially authorized church programs like stewardship and missions giving.

If you get any suspicious messages, do not respond. Let us know about them instead. As a general rule, I will only ask for gifts or donations by phone (voice) or in person. Official church emails will always consist of the first name and last initial of the staff member and end in @fpcsat.org. Please ignore messages from any other email addresses claiming to be from me or any other FPC staff member.

Additionally, some of you have received fraudulent texts that claim to be from me and ask you to buy Apple gift cards for women battling cancer in the hospital. This too is a scam. Sadly, there’s not much we can do to stop these text messages from reaching you.

If you get such texts, please take a few minutes to report them to the Federal Trade Commission’s Fraud webpage at reportfraud.ftc.gov. It takes about 3-4 minutes. You can also block the sender on most smartphones and report them as junk.

I apologize for any inconvenience these scams may cause. It troubles me that scammers prey on your generosity. This congregation is known for being loving and willing to help others. I pray that the Lord will protect us from those who try to take advantage of our kindness. Despite these scams, please keep your hearts open and continue to be wise and gentle in sharing what the Lord has given you.

Grace and peace,
Bob Fuller (The REAL Bob Fuller)
Senior Pastor

Mission Trip Blog

We are excited to announce that a total of 44 individuals will be participating in mission trips and internships from May to August 2024! Please visit our Mission Trip Blog, fpcsanantonio.org/mission-trip-updates, for prayer requests & updates. Please pray for our Uganda team from June 13-24, as they connect and serve.

Support Summer Mission Trips

Support Our Summer Mission Trips

Pray for our Mission Trips and Internships in Summer 2024!

We are thrilled to share that a total of 44 individuals will be embarking on mission trips and internships from May to August 2024! These passionate individuals will be spreading hope, love, and the gospel across various cultures and communities. Here are some specific ways you can support them through prayer:

  • **Open Hearts for the Gospel:** Pray that students who hear the gospel this summer will receive it and respond positively.
  • **Safe Travels and Smooth Logistics:** Pray for safe travel, smooth logistics, ample provision, and divine protection for all teams and individuals.
  • **Honor and Glory to God:** Pray that through everyone’s efforts this summer, God will be honored and glorified.
  • **Refreshment for Ministry Partners:** Pray that our ministry partners will find refreshment and encouragement during times of rest and care.
  • **Guidance from the Holy Spirit:** Pray for reliance on and guidance from the Holy Spirit throughout these cross-cultural service experiences.
  • **Wisdom and Courage in Outreach:** Pray for wisdom, courage, and the right opportunities to engage in meaningful spiritual conversations.
  • **Lasting Impact and Commitment:** Pray that these experiences will inspire a deeper commitment to missional living after the trips conclude.

For more updates and ongoing prayer needs, please visit our Mission Trip Blog. Your prayers are a vital part of the transformative work that will take place this summer. Thank you for standing with us in faith and support!

Read the Mission Trip Updates

Get Involved – Check Out the Serving Hub

FPC San Antonio shows our love for Jesus, for one another, for our city, and our world by serving!

Are you looking for a way to get involved?

Visit our new SERVE page for opportunities to share God’s love by serving at FPC, serving locally, and serving globally.

Sunday Cookie Bakers

Calling all Bakers!

We are offering home-baked cookies during our Sunday FPC3 Fellowship time and need your help to ensure we have enough each week for all to enjoy. Please consider signing up for one or more days in the coming months.

Our hospitality reflects the hospitality of God who embraces all people with love and grace. Your delicious cookies can bless someone’s Sunday and make them feel welcome to the FPC family.

Help us Love One Another!

Sign Up to BAKE!

Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! – Hebrews 13:2

Back to School Prayer

Back to School Prayer at the Flagpole

Sunday | August 11 | 5:00 PM | Your School’s Flagpole

Send the students and faculty of San Antonio and all of those involved in education back to school with prayer!

You are encouraged to join us at schools all around our city to pray for students, teachers and staff. Mark your calendar and participate in this special event. Gather at the flagpole at your child’s school or any school you choose. You can also join in prayer from wherever you may be that evening.  You are encouraged to bring along family members, students, and friends! It will be an informal gathering with the sole purpose of covering our local schools in prayer, for the protection of the physical buildings as well as all who will enter.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord. He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge.” Psalms 91:1-4

If you would like more information, please contact Jeannie Dullnig at jdullnig@att.net.


View more on our Prayer webpage

May Serving Focus: Foster & Adoption Families

FPC L.O.V.E. Initiative & Local Missions Celebrating Foster Care Awareness Month

The FPC L.O.V.E. Initiative is dedicated to supporting foster families within the FPC congregation and empowering new foster parents.

At First Presbyterian Church (FPC), our commitment to the fight for orphans in our city runs deep. We believe that together, we can make a difference in the lives of orphans and foster kids in our community. We have dedicated our time, talent, and money to organizations like South Texas Alliance for Orphans and Chosen Care, and we are proud to be leaders among churches in the movement of local, national, and international generosity. This practice is not just a side project for us – it is at the core of our faith and has been stewarded well at FPC for generations. Join us as we continue to fight for those who need our support the most.

Foster Parents’ Day Out

We invite you to serve locally with us at Foster Parents’ Day Out:

Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at First Baptist Church, 515 McCullough Ave, 78205

This event, in collaboration with the South Texas Alliance for Orphans, provides foster kids with a safe and enjoyable space so their foster parents can take a break. Volunteers from both churches will lead activities throughout the morning at First Baptist Church. Background checks are required for all volunteers, so sign up now! Contact Lindsay Selli, lindsays@fpcsat.org, with any questions.

Sign Up to Volunteer

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Generous.Life and Generosity:San Antonio presents Hopeful Futures Event

As we look to the future, we are excited to see the intersection of an intergenerational community of generosity led by some young people who are bringing a fresh perspective to the solvable crisis of orphans, foster care, and adoption in our city. This national group is called Generous.Life and has a local presence in San Antonio known as Generosity:San Antonio, led by Brent and Alexandra Blonkvist, who have been championing this community since moving back to San Antonio in 2022 after a decade in New York City.

Generosity:San Antonio welcomes all ages to participate, but they encourage families to join together, with an emphasis on involving the “next generation.” This community aims to put the joy back into generosity, breaking up the transactional nature often present in charitable giving by creating a space for connection and inspiration.

If you’re interested in learning more about Generosity:San Antonio, be sure to reach out to the Blonkvists at bblonkvist@gmail.com. And mark your calendars for the Hopeful Futures event:

Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 PM
at The Thompson Hotel, 115 Lexington Ave, 78205

RSVP Here

 

Prison Ministry Volunteer Training

Saturday, May 11 • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Geneva Room

Chaplin David Busby will be leading a Texas Department of Criminal Justice volunteer training. Learn some of the ways the Lord is working in prisons and see if Prison Ministry is for you. Pastries and breakfast tacos will be provided. For more information and registration contact Will Etheredge, wmethrdg@yahoo.com, 210-410-3497.

Loving Our Neighbors

Loving Our Neighbors: Overcoming Homelessness

We are invited to join our Local Missions Partners CAM and SAMMinistries as we love our city by serving our neighbors in need.

About CAM

Just like a triage or emergency room, people come to CAM, Christian Assistance Ministry, in all sorts of crises.  No appointment is necessary and all are welcome.  CAM provides many items to meet clients’ immediate physical needs while also addressing the needs of the mind and soul.  CAM is also a vital connection for clients who need long-term support by providing referrals and advocating for the client to other nonprofits and/or government agencies.

About SAMMinistries

SAMMinistries prevents homelessness in San Antonio through a compassionate, holistic approach that brings self-sufficiency, pride and dignity to struggling families with nowhere else to turn.


Volunteer with CAM (Christian Assistance Ministry)

When: most weekdays

Where:  Both CAM Campuses – 110 McCullough Ave & 5084 De Zavala Rd

Contact: Mary Henderson, 210-842-0208

Volunteer with CAM to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness!

  • Help hand out clothing and/or food,
  • Assisting with CAM’s ID Recovery Program at Haven for Hope
  • and many others!

This is your chance to live out your faith and connect with the community. Join us in serving those in need today!


SAMMinistries Tour – April 17

Wednesday, April 17 | 5:00 PM

Contact: Mike Munroe

Discover how SAMMinistries is making a difference in the lives of 40 families facing homelessness through their Transitional Living and Learning Center. Join us for a ministry tour and learn how you can be a part of their mission to provide support and hope. Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved and make a difference! Contact Mike Monroe to sign up for the tour.


CAM Packing Party at FPC – April 21

Sunday, April 21 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Room 228

Contact: Mary Lou Casey

Join us April 21 at FPC  to support the Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) by helping assemble hygiene kits and package diapers for families in need. Your assistance will make a meaningful impact on our neighbors. Swing by Room 228 anytime between 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM to lend a hand. Your assistance in bringing a package of diapers in sizes 4, 5, or 6 to donate is also appreciated. Thank you for your generosity and support!

 

National Day of Prayer Moved to FPC for Bad Weather

National Day of Prayer Moved to FPC Due to Bad Weather

Thursday, May 2 • 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

In the event of bad weather on the morning of Thursday, May 2, both the Prayer Walk and the National Day of Prayer service will take place at First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio.

Parking at First Presbyterian Church is free for this event. The entry to the parking lot is on the corner of Avenue E and 4th Street. Please use the crosswalk to enter the building at the Avenue E entrance.

At 10:00 AM we will gather with others to begin with scripture reading and prayer for our nation in the Covenant Hall on the 3rd floor.

At 11:30 AM we will gather in the FPC Westminster Hall on the 2nd floor to participate in worship and prayer along with city officials, school children, business owners, police, and many others. The mayor of San Antonio will give the proclamation at noon.

Come participate in the freedom we have to gather and pray for our nation! Let us not take for granted this gift that God has given us in America.

For more information, contact eva.eckburg@yahoo.com or lisas@fpcsat.org.


National Day of Prayer Walk 2024 Program


Schedule:

10:00 AM – Gather & Pray in the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

11:30 AM – Gather & Worship in the First Presbyterian Church Westminster Hall

12:00 PM – SA Mayor’s Proclamation & Prayer for the City