The Winds of Change Choir from the Carol Vance Prison Unit
are coming to FPC this Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Please mark this for your attendance and bring a friend. There are only 8-10 choir members, 1 warden and 2 officers, they will partake of our Pot Luck lunch. They do not get home cooking so it would be nice if you whipped up your specialty. The men will sit at tables with us and you are free to ask them anything except "what did you do" and "how long did you get". The men do this for two reasons, to try to give some love in return for what they have been shown and learn how to talk to people, it helps to get them ready to go out into the world.
This is special for them and it shows them that there is love and compassion in the world.
Sunday, February 8th
Blood Drive at FPC
Annual Congregational Meeting
Put on Your Smile!
It’s time for a new church directory. Save the date—February 5th , 6th and 7th. We will begin signing up the first week in January. Watch for the special table in the narthex. You will receive a free directory and a free 8x10 photo when you have your picture taken. We want everyone included in the new directory. Please sign up anytime the whole month of January. We need everyone to participate!
Johnnie Haltom, coordinator and Caring Committee
Young at Heart
YAH is on the road again on Monday, Jan. 26th at 9:00 am. This time we will be traveling to Rothko Chapel in Houston. After a short visit there, we will eat at Cleburne Cafeteria nearby. It will be a fun day and we should be back to the church by 2:00 pm. There is a $3.00 charge for the bus and a donation for the Rothko Chapel. See Jamie Jamison is you would like to join us. All folks over 50 are eligible to go on the bus. Watch for more details on the bulletin board!
SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES
FOR ALL AGES
All children, youth and adults are invited to join a Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church at 9:00 a.m. The Discipleship Committee is grateful for men and women who serve as our 2014-15 team of Sunday School teachers. All classes for children and youth use the age appropriate PCUSA “We Believe” materials, and “WEE Believe” with our Preschoolers! May God bless our year as we WALK, LEARN and GROW in the Spirit of Love THIS FALL AT FIRST.
NURSERY (INFANTS)* ROOM 1
TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS (2-4 YR OLDS) ROOM 2
ELEMENTARY (K-5TH GRADERS) ROOM 7
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CHOIR @ 9:45 ROOM 6
JR. & SR. HIGH YOUTH (6TH-12TH GRADERS) ROOM 8
PRACTICING OUR FAITH... ROOM 11 Jo Ann Currie
STEPPING OUT IN FAITH BRIDE’S ROOM Pat Abrams
MEN’S CLASS LIBRARY David Kirkpatrick
Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study
The Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Bible Study continues its study of the Gospel according to Luke. We will meet every Wednesday at noon in the fellowship hall. Why not come and enjoy a delightful time in studying and discussing this part of God’s Word!
The Stewardship Committee wants to remind everyone to make sure their pledge for 2014 is up-to-date. During the summer months there’s a tendency sometimes to fall behind. You would be doing the church a wonderful favor to make sure your giving is in order. Thanks so much!!!
Grief Recovery Group
First Presbyterian Church offers a monthly Grief Recovery Group, open to anyone who has suffered a loss due to death of a loved one, divorce, or any other similar life-changing experience.
The GRG meets in the Bride's Room near the sanctuary at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. The group is facilitated by Ms. Tracey Cofield, a social worker/case manager at Patients Hospital, and a colleague of FPC member, Nola Bray.
There is no need to register for this ongoing group. Simply show up on the first Sunday of the month and find your safe place in the circle of support.
CUT - UPS
Cut-Ups meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. (If a month has 5 weeks, we will decide that month if we want to meet an extra week.) We have taken on a new project. We will be making prayer boxes for our deacons to give when visiting church members. They will be made with love and hope that if you receive one, it will make you smile. We are also continuing with SCRABBLE tile crafts, Zentangles, magazine roll vases, and Halloween wreaths. Examples are on bulletin board outside CUT-UPS room. If you want to be added to our email list or if you have any questions contact Liz Reed.
or 832-256-5814 (I’m a “texter” too)
OUR MOTTO: You don’t have to be an artist to be a CUT-UP!
The sanctuary banners represent The Great Ends of the Church – what it means to be the Church. A dove representing the community of the Holy Spirit appears in each banner. If you are facing the back wall of the sanctuary and looking at the banners, the first one is to the left.
Banner 1 “The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind.” On the banner the book represents the scriptures from which a dove arises. This indicates the source of both the original witness and the present understanding. The same Spirit that inspired the original writers enables us to receive the gospel. The cross behind the book and the dove remind us the heart of the gospel is Jesus Christ, God with us and for us.
Banner 2 “The shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God.” This banner has multi-hued hands representing all of the children of God. The dove’s wings are tipped downward sheltering the people of God. The triangle of light links the dove to the people.
Banner 3 “The maintenance of divine worship.” The chalice represents the Lord’s Supper while the three drops of water represent baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The dove reminds us that the same Spirit is present in these sacraments as in the proclamation of the gospel. The sacraments enact the gospel. The raised arms signify our response of praise and thanksgiving – our worship of the living God.
Banner 4 “The preservation of the truth.” This banner represents the light of truth shining in the darkness. The dove reminds us that the truth we proclaim to the world is the gospel of Jesus Christ, God with us and for us. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Banner 5 “The promotion of social righteousness.” This banner represents Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.”
Banner 6 “Exhibiting the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.” The dove is in flight over the earth carrying an olive branch, echoing Genesis 8:11, “And lo, in her mouth a freshly plucked olive leaf, so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.” This represents God’s grace coming into the world, the reign of God proclaimed by Jesus Christ. The light rising behind the earth represents the dawning of God’s kingdom.
Vacation Bible School 2014