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September Sunday School, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. 

We are back to our regular “time” schedule with two worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Our new fall classes will be introduced on Rally Day, Sept. 10. During the month of August, you are invited to join us for some special Sunday School events:  

Sept. 3

Adults: Room 211, Feasting on the Word Preview Class led by Jim Skillen; Youth: Room 205 Janelle’s Office; Children: Room 210; Nursery is provided for infants through 3-year-old children in Room 111.

  Sept. 10

Rally Day for Everyone, All Are Welcome to join us in the Sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. to hear the new lineup for fall Sunday school 2017.

September 9


2NDSAT/Mission Partner: Project Joy - School Supplies and Bags for Harlan, KY. History: " Harlan is a small-town northeast of Knoxville. With the decline of the coal mining industry and the lack of other industry, Harlan residents have fallen on hard times. With the population now down to less than 32,000, almost 40% of the county's children live in poverty. Founded by Priest Lake Presbyterian Church 18 years ago, we join with them in their work by putting together learning bags with items bought by FPC Mission Committee and you. Priest Lake Presbyterian Church will distribute the supplies.

1. Books for Middle School and High School students. Consider the books your students read this past year in school or those they are expecting to read next year as you clean bookshelves this summer and prepare for the upcoming school year. Please leave donations at the Basic Essentials Cart in Wilson Hall.

2. 300 Crossword or Word Find Puzzle Magazines to add to the Learning Bags we will assemble.

3. College and Wide Rule lose Leaf Notebook Paper (these will be sent in bulk for the teachers to use as needed).

September 10

Rally Day

As we say goodbye to summer, we say hello to another wonderful year of FPC youth ministries. On Sept. 10th, we will kick off the 17-18 Sunday School year. Youth are welcome to attend the class that corresponds with their year in school. We will continue this year with the fun, thoughtful, and engaging Feasting on the Word curriculum. So join us Sept. 10th to kick off the Sunday school year!

Christian Education

We celebrate many milestones throughout our faith journey. At the beginning of our Sunday school year we have several to celebrate! Our new season begins September 10. Come celebrate with us.

Kindergarten students: Once a child enters kindergarten he or she will only stay in Children’s Worship for approximately 20 minutes. He or she will be brought back to the sanctuary and this is often the first time a child is in worship for communion. It is the family’s decision at what age a child takes the elements. Any baptized child or adult is invited to partake in communion. They are familiar with this sacrament if they have attended Children’s Worship as a pre-k student and we encourage you to have conversations with them prior to the second Sunday celebration of Communion on September 10.

3rd grade students: We will present Children’s Bibles to all 3rd grade students. They will be inscribed with their full name and presented on September 10 during the 9:45 a.m. Rally Day celebration. If you are new to FPC please email Kim at to ensure your child will receive a Bible.

6th grade students: It’s Confirmation time! From September through May the students will be engaged in an exciting exploration of their faith. The students meet each Sunday morning during Sunday school and each student is paired with an adult Covenant Partner for one on one sessions throughout the school year. These students receive a student study Bible, curriculum notebook and a prayer journal. If you are new to FPC please email Kim at to ensure your child is enrolled in Confirmation. If your child is older than 6th grade we still invite him or her to participate.

Get Connected at Sunday School

Sept. 10 is our fall kick off called Rally Day. All are Welcome to join us in the Sanctuary at 9:45 am to hear the new lineup for fall Sunday school 2017. Here are a couple of highlights from some adult classes:

For the fall season, the Exploration Sunday School Class will be studying Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister. We will join the Rally Day gathering for all ages in the sanctuary on September 10, then proceed to our room 212, where this book will be available. Our first regular Sunday School class will meet on September 17. Whether you are returning to this class or are new to the church or this class, please come and be a part of the very interesting discussions that take place where we feel free to share our thoughts and opinions by honoring the integrity of what each of us brings to the discussion. There is a team of leaders who rotate each week. We look forward to seeing you on September 10th!

No matter what age, we all reach crossroads in our journeys of faith. This fall a new class is being offered called Crossroads. The lessons will be Biblically based and the topics discussed will be relevant to modern Christian living through the discussion of current events from an online curriculum called The Wired Word.. The class discussion will start at 10:00 a.m. for those of you who want to linger a while in Wilson Hall, or have young children to get into the nursery, or if you hit the snooze button too much on the alarm clock. With the later start, we will end about 10:45 a.m. Crossroads will meet in the Parlor and will be a great place to learn, share and build relationships across generations.

Inquirer Lunch

Whether you are a first-time guest or have been visiting for a while, you are invited to join us at the table Sunday, September 10 following the 11:00 a.m. service. We will enjoy learning more about each other over lunch, and then Pastor Chris and other members of the staff and congregation will share how God is at work through the mission and ministries of our faith community. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and we will conclude our time with a tour of the facility. Contact Jennifer Godwin at or 615-587-8150 to reserve your place at the table. Childcare is available upon request by Tuesday, September 5. We hope you will join us.

Parent vs. Kids

Sept 10th at 5:30 p.m. we will kick off Sunday Night Summit for the school year! All parents of youth and children are welcome to attend our Parent vs. Kids SNS kickoff. Parents and kids will face-off in fun and silly competition as we grow together as a community of faith. There will also be dinner and important info on the upcoming year in FPC Youth Ministries! This is a night you won’t want to miss! So, save the date!

September 13 - December 13, 2017

Fall Bible Study

Join us as we explore this outstanding book that articulates how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us. Whether you are in the first half, second half, or somewhere in between, this book, combined with relevant scripture passages, will help you understand how falling, how failing, can be the foundation for ongoing spiritual growth. This book is recognized around the world as one of the best spiritual guides for those of us on the path of faith. Pastor Chris will lead the study and all are welcome to attend. Sign up on the blue Connection Card.  We look forward to seeing you September 13 in Barr Conference Room, 211.

September 17

Children's Sunday School Music

Our weekly musical gathering will resume on Sunday, September 17 in Room 215A. 

Fall Music Commissioning and Recruitment

Our fall Music Commissioning and Recruitment Event will take place on Sunday, September 17. 

September 23

SAM Lunch and Learn

The Senior Adult Ministry will host a potluck lunch at 11:00 a.m. and at 11:45 J. Edward Campbell and special guests will give us the latest information from the City of Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman’s recent meetings. Sign up on your blue Connection Card. 

September 30

Swing Dance with your FPC Family

Free Event for EVERYONE! Saturday September 30, 6:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall we will host Middle Tennessee’s premier Swing Band. Reservations are needed, sign up today on your blue Connection Card. Childcare will be provided for 3 years and under if requested

Carillon Adult Handbell and Chancel/Chapel Choirs

Both groups have resumed their regular weekly rehearsal schedule. Handbell rehearsal begins each Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., followed by Chancel Choir at 6:30 p.m., in room 215A and B.

Basic Essentials

Basic Essentials are needed. The cart in Wilson Hall stands ready and waiting to be filled with food and daily necessities to everyday life for our neighbors around us in need. Each week as you shop, buy two of any item on your list, whether it is dried or canned goods, spices or cooking oils, toiletries, paper goods...all the items that we use daily to sustain our homes and lives. Our children can be involved by helping to decide on or purchase items, themselves to place in the cart each Sunday. This is truly a mission for all ages. We regularly distribute items to GraceWorks, Bridges and My Friends House.

Christian Education Upcoming Events

September 6: Wednesday Night Live Starts Back, 6:00 pm

September 10: Rally Day Sunday School, 9:45 am

September 10: Confirmation Welcome Event, 4:00 pm

September 10: Sunday Night Summit Parent vs. Kids, 5:30 pm

Growth Groups

Growth Group signups have arrived! You should have received an email this week about Growth Groups. You may sign up today using the back of your connection card or talk to a member of the Growth Group Ministry team in the narthex. Books are available to purchase today in the narthex for $10 or in the church office during the week. You may also sign up on the church website by clicking the link on the Growth Group slide. Please contact Sarah Fox ( or Anne Keener ( with questions. We hope you will find a group that works for you.