Dear FPC Community,
In the jubilant Psalm 126, the psalmist sings of Israel’s return after a period of exile. “The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.” Our congregation’s life together is essential, and it has not ceased during this pandemic. Indeed, we have been open and doing the work of ministry throughout, albeit in different forms. Even so, we all long to be physically back together, and we share the jubilation of the psalmist as we prepare to do so.
Attached you will find the document the Session of FPC has adopted to guide our community as we prayerfully make decisions about re-opening.
You will note that we are currently in the “Safer at Home” phase, and we anticipate four additional phases on the way to full re-opening. The Re-Open Task Force of the Session (Don Arnold, Chuck Cairatti, Claire Crunk, Katie Gottlieb, and Robin Pulliam, along with new member Brent Sower) will work closely each week to determine which phase we are moving into and communicate that with the congregation. The Session and staff will also be working together along with all the Sessional committees to implement the re-opening. Be on the lookout for ministry events and activities corresponding to the appropriate phase in coming days and weeks.
Psalm 126 ends with both an acknowledgement of real grief and the profound hope and joy that emerges from it:
“May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.”
With profound gratitude for the leadership of the Session, task force, and staff; with thanksgiving for all the ways this congregation as an Easter people has given witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, my prayer is, “May it be so.”
As we look around the world, what becomes clearer each day is our deep need for
compassion - now more than ever. Compassion Camp’s goal is to cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world. Preschool – 6th grade students will have special activities for the Wednesdays in July. Resources will be emailed and packets will be available to pick up at the church beginning July 1. Compassion Camp will be a mix of offerings for you to do on the FPC grounds, at home, and online. Special guests will be leading online activities, movement, and Bible Stories. Compassion in action mission activities will engage the entire family. Watch your inbox and social media for Compassion Camp at FPC!
July 1 - SESSION ONE At the Table: Compassion helps us see and welcome, Luke 15:11-32
July 8 SESSION TWO To the Neighbor: Compassion helps us be brave, Mark 2:1-12
July 15 SESSION THREE For Myself: Compassion helps us love ourselves, Mark 12:28-31
July 22 SESSION FOUR Along the Way, Compassion helps us be present with each other, Ruth 1:1-22
July 29 SESSION FIVE With the World, Compassion gives us a fresh start, Leviticus 25
Our congregation is deeply committed to being an authentic expression
of Christ in this community through Reformed worship, education that
values a thinking faith, local and global mission, meaningful
fellowship, and inclusive outreach.
We hope that you will find a way that you connect with what God is doing at First Presbyterian.
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