Updates from FPC Staff
Earlier this week the staff enjoyed lunch at Imperial Garden–a long-time employee favorite. Along with the great food, there was warm, supportive fellowship and plenty of laughter! Stories and memories were shared and so much fun was had that two hours passed without anyone’s notice!
It had been far too long since the staff had lunch away. Maybe there was so much joy because it had been so long? Perhaps an undertow of COVID? But the outing was sweet and the Spirit was felt by all.
After Session announced its decision to eliminate three staff positions for budgetary reasons, multiple members of FPC came forward expressing an interest in donating specifically to allow us to keep our receptionist position through June 30th. Session voted and approved to accept these funds, which will allow the Session to retain Donna Kopan in the receptionist position for the next 5 months.
Donna’s role and hours will not be exactly the same as they were before, as her focus will be to assist with planning for the future and to help train others to take over her responsibilities. We are thankful to the anonymous donors and, of course, to God for providing during this time of need. We are also grateful to Donna for her willingness to continue in her role with FPC.
Belated Birtday Wishes to Pastor Kirk!
Pastor Kirk’s birthday was on January 20. Session celebrated the occasion with cake and sparkling juice. Yum! It looks good! Happy belated birthday, Kirk!
Graceland Update and Newsletter
On Wednesday, January 26th the students were encouraged to create something inspired by a favorite Scripture, Bible story, or something to do with their faith. Check out the student artwork!
Graceland meets in the youth room on Sunday mornings at 9:45 for connection with others, watching funny videos, and having meaningful discussions about the relevance of God in our lives. Plus, you can also meet up with us on Wednesday nights at 7 pm.
Read this week’s newsletter for music, laughs, and upcoming events.
Meeting with Finance Elder
For questions regarding the 2022 Ministry Plan (Budget) join us THIS Sunday, February 6 at noon for a meeting with Finance Elder, Alan Roberts.
Video Devotional: God is Doing a New Thing in Africa
Even though the temps outside were dropping, we enjoyed a fun Beach Day at Sunday School on January 23. We had fun playing with beach balls, creating fun beach crafts, and continued to learn about God through stories in the Bible.
WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS | February 6, 2022
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Anxious Parents, Anxious Kids
In-Person and Virtual Book Groups
Lynn Lyons shows us 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children. Join us as we read this book together in 2 parts. If you have already read this book, we invite you to read it again with us!
In-Person Group: Wednesdays: February 9/March 9 at 7pm
Virtual Group: Thursdays: February 10/March 10 7-8pm on Zoom
FPC is looking for someone to help in the nursery. We have one person ready to help, but we need two people to run the nursery. If interested, please contact the church office.
Stephen Ministry at FPC: Providing God’s Care to Hurting People
What is this ministry about?
Extensively trained and supervised Stephen Minister Caregivers provide high-quality, one-on-one confidential Christian care to anyone in need. They provide weekly visits and ongoing support as long as the care receiver needs. Should the care receiver have needs that are beyond the scope of a Stephen Minister Caregiver, they are referred to professional caregivers.
What kind of care is offered from a Stephen Minister?
- CRISIS CARE – For people experiencing change(s) that significantly challenge their ability to cope.
- FOLLOW-UP CARE – After the crisis event.
- CHRONIC CARE – For a person whose situation is unlikely to change.
- PREVENTIVE CARE – Providing care before a crisis occurs.
- SUPPORTIVE CARE – Care for the caregiver.
How can I find out more about this ministry?
Call the church office at 608-949-9445, or reach out to a pastor or deacon. Stephen Minister Caregivers don’t replace the care of pastors and deacons. They carry it a step further.
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