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Weekend Worship Update

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Last week, along with our neighbors and fellow Texans, our First Presbyterian Family endured many hardships during the statewide polar event. We are blessed that our historic facility survived the winter storm with relatively minor damage. However, the floor of Westminster Hall sustained some significant water damage, warping the wood and requiring immediate remediation and repair. This necessary work will require that Westminster Hall be “out of commission” for the next two Sundays.

This moment challenges us to exercise our adaptability with regard to our Sunday morning gatherings and schedule. To accommodate the needs of our congregation and the ongoing repairs, our Sunday worship schedule and locations have been adjusted for the next two Sundays (2/28 and 3/7) as follows:

9:00 AM – Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

10:00 AM – Sunday School

11:02 AM – Contemporary Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

Please note, that there will be no 11:00 a.m. Traditional Service.

The Lord has blessed us with multiple spaces to carry out the sacred privilege of worship. I thank you for your patience in dealing with this temporary challenge and know that you will embrace it with enthusiasm and joy as we come together to give glory to the Lord this Sunday.

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him!  I Chronicles 16:28–29

Grace and peace,

Bob Fuller
Senior Pastor

Love Our Teachers

Love Our Teachers Project

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Love Our Teachers Project

February 8 – 21

Now more than ever, local schools need to feel the love and support of the community they serve. Please join in caring for the teachers of Washington Elementary, IDEA Ewing Halsell, and the FPC Children’s Center by signing up to provide an item(s) for teacher care packages. A personal and meaningful care package will be sent to each educator and staff member at these schools for Teacher Appreciation Month! We will have a drop off area located in the lobby entrance at FPC from February 12 – February 21. You may also order from our Amazon Registry to have items shipped directly to FPC!

Sign Up to Provide an Item Purchase Item from Amazon Registry

Financial Peace University

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Register Now for New Online Monday Class starting March 1!

Never worry about money again with Financial Peace University! It’s the proven plan to help you master budgeting, beat debt, and live the life of your dreams. Through nine lessons rooted in biblical wisdom, you’ll learn from Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts. The class is offered at NO COST and gives you access to the videos and tools for a full year.

Online Class | Mondays | Starts March 1 | 6:30 PM

Tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went! Join our virtual Financial Peace University class and learn to make a budget you’ll actually stick to. We meet online, so you won’t even have to leave home. Follow the 2 step process below to sign up for this class and start your 14-day free trial of Financial Peace!

Step 1:  Register for FREE Ramsey+ Account Here

Step 2: Register for FPC Online Class Here

Contact: Morris Camp, morriscamp@gmail.com, 210-573-4433.

Women’s Spring Events

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Women of Faith Retreat

Preview Night | Sunday, February 28 | FPC Courtyard
Please join us for a Women’s Retreat Preview Night! This will take place in the Courtyard at FPC (weather permitting) on Sunday, February 28 from 5:00-6:30 PM. We will have socially distanced fellowship and a preview of what you can expect at our full retreat in September! Women of all ages are welcome. No sign up is necessary. Contact Rev. Becky Prichard at beckyp@fpcsat.org for more information.

Women of Faith Retreat | Friday – Saturday, September 10-11 | First Presbyterian Church
Church-wide Women’s Retreat coming this fall! The Women of Faith Retreat has been postponed until September 10-11, after much prayer and consideration regarding the pandemic. Join women of all ages for a time of connection, fun, and worship as together we look at our identity as beloved daughters of God and what it means to live our lives in response to God’s love for us. Registration to come this summer. Contact Rev. Becky Prichard at beckyp@fpcsat.org for more information.


Women of the Church Spring Luncheon

Monday | March 22 | 11:30 AM (Doors Open at 11:00 AM) | Westminster Hall & Online at fpcsanantonio.org/event-video

Our guest speaker is Megan Legacy, executive director of SA Hope Center. Lunch is $20/person and the speaker will be streamed FREE live online at fpcsanantonio.org/event-video. Register in person at the table outside Ave. E on Sundays, Feb. 28, Mar. 7, & Mar. 14 or online below. Checks & cards accepted. Contact Meg Culp at megculp@sbcglobal.net, 210.219.1577

Register for Luncheon

Women of the Church 175th Anniversary Cookbook Preorders

We sold out again! Our next order of the WOC 175th Anniversary Cookbooks should arrive in March.

Preorder cookbooks ($25 each) online.  Once the books come in, you may pick up your online Cookbook purchases by bringing your receipt email to the table on Sundays or coordinate with Judy Kruger at 210.857.0122 or judykruger@sbcglobal.net.

Preorder Cookbooks

Easter Lilies

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Each year the congregation has an opportunity to remember a loved one or honor an individual by purchasing an Easter lily to be placed in the Chancel. If you would like to participate, the cost is $15 to reserve a plant for one individual or one couple. Your check should be made payable to the Sanctuary Flower Committee. Completed forms & payment may be mailed to First Presbyterian Church, c/o Sanctuary Flower Committee, 404 North Alamo, San Antonio, 78205-1918, or placed in the Sanctuary Flower mailbox in the workroom. Requests received later than March 21, 2021 will miss the insert printing deadline.

Download Lilies Form 2021

Winter Weather Pastor’s Letter

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Dear First Presbyterian Church Family,

I hope that you have been able to keep your bodies and spirits warm during this latest polar event. One of the things that we have learned in the last 12 months is to expect the unexpected. Nevertheless, I am proud that once again First Presbyterian Church has rallied. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, we have proven that our faith is strong, our affection for one another is genuine, and our commitment to the city is authentic.

I wanted to write this afternoon to give you an update on the status of the church and to let you know that tomorrow, Sunday February 21, we will resume our regular Sunday schedule (9:00 AM Traditional service, 10:00 AM Sunday School and 11:00 AM Traditional and Contemporary services). We will also be back in business for all of our regularly scheduled and special activities beginning Monday morning. 

The church sustained minimal weather damage from this storm, and we are blessed that our facilities are strong. Throughout this crisis we were prepared to become a shelter for our downtown homeless neighbors if that became necessary. Thanks to the efforts of Haven for Hope, Corazón ministries, SAMM and many others; our facilities were not needed. In the days to come, we are preparing to step into service with our ministry and mission partners as damage and needs in the community are assessed. 

During the crisis, we were able to maintain contact with the congregation through numerous Zoom meetings and live streaming events. We had a good online attendance for our virtual Sunday service on Valentine’s Day. Thanks to all who attended the virtual Ash Wednesday service Wednesday evening. Your encouragement and comments have been a real blessing to me. Thanks to recent technological innovations, many people connected to Bible studies, KEYS meetings and committee meetings. I want to thank our media team for all the work that they did to make these opportunities available, in spite of the fact that they themselves were working from home without power.

As you know, many of our congregation members lost power or water service at some point over the last week. This caused hardships for many members of our congregation. We pray that as we begin to move around again, all of us will pitch in where needs present themselves. As Jesus said, “love one another as I have loved you.” We still have our “Have a Need, Fill a Need“ ministry in place for those who need assistance and connections. Please take advantage of that resource through the FPC website and app.

Psalm 46 reminds us that the Lord is sovereign over heaven and earth— over the natural as well as the supernatural world. As we move through this latest challenge, please remember that:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. (Psalm 46:1–3)

Grace and peace,

Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller
Senior Pastor

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FPC family members in need of water, a warm meal, a few groceries, or a phone check in? Want to make a difference for congregation members experiencing hardship due to the storm?
Visit the Have a Need / Fill a Need Ministry at fpcsanantonio.org/fillaneed

WOC Cookbooks

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Women of the Church 175th Anniversary Cookbook

The next order of the WOC 175th Anniversary Cookbooks has arrived!

Purchase cookbooks ($25 each) at the table outside the Ave. E entrance on Sundays, February 7, 14, and 21 or order online. You may pick up your online Cookbook purchases by bringing your receipt email to the table on Sundays or coordinate with Judy Kruger at 210.857.0122 or judykruger@sbcglobal.net.

Purchase Cookbooks

Spring 2021 Ministry Guide

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Welcome Home to FPC for Spring 2021

The spring semester is about to begin with Sunday school classes, Bible Studies, programs and many more ways to get connected at FPC.

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

Our children and youth students have Sunday school classes (based on age and grade) during the 10:00 AM hour as they dive deep into God’s Word and enjoy fellowship with one another. Additionally, we have several different adult Sunday school classes to choose from, discussing different topics and books of the Bible that will engage adults of all ages in deep learning, fruitful discussion, and meaningful engagement with one another.

We look forward to seeing you this spring at FPC! Visit the ministry pages or download the Spring 2021 Ministry Guide for the updated spring information and detailed class offerings.

Haiti Pastor Visit for 175th Celebration of Mission Partners

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Sunday, February 21

Pastor Delfils (RPC Haiti) and his family will be visiting First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 21. We look forward to hearing from Pastor Delfils in our worship services and during the Sunday school hour in Covenant Hall. For more information about RPC Haiti or ways to connect with the Delfils Family during their visit please contact missions@fpcsat.org.

RESET Gathering Feb. 22

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Next Reset Gathering is Monday, February 22 at 7:00 PM | Live Online and in Westminster Hall

Large group meetings open to all University students and young adults, along with our committee members. Gatherings will be held once a month at 7:00 PM in the evening. We will have “hybrid” meetings on-campus in Westminster Hall and virtually online at the same time.