Adult & Churchwide

Bridge Pastor-

Rev. Claire Berry

We are excited to share that Rev. Claire Berry will be joining us as the part-time Bridge Pastor this summer to assist with staff support, preaching, teaching Sunday school, moderating the session, and performing other pastoral duties. 

She currently serves as the Executive Director and Campus Minister of UKirk Nashville, the Presbyterian fellowship for students at Vanderbilt and Belmont. Claire grew up in Nashville and graduated from Harpeth Hall. She went on to Yale, where she majored in Women’s Studies and developed interests in social equity and education.  She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary; was ordained in 2017; and served as an Associate Pastor for a PC(USA) congregation in Austin, Texas before assuming her current position with UKirk in 2021. 

Claire and her husband Mauro, an artist, welcomed their first child, Teodoro, in 2022.  When not working with college students  or spending time with her family, Claire enjoys playing the ukulele, practicing the art of spiritual direction, and reading widely.  

She will join our staff on May 7 and will be preaching and teaching Sunday School from June 23 – July 14. Please join us in welcoming Claire to the FPC Church family.

A Sending Blessing for Chris and Kim Joiner

(includes both borrowed and original words)

by Anne Keener

May love and laughter light your days, 

and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours, 

wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world

with joy that long endures.

May all your days overflow with love

like you have done to ours.


May you continue the adventure of walking by the Spirit.

and remember you are loved as you are and are becoming.

May you carry our memory with you as journey on

trusting our time together will never be forgotten.

May you feel God’s presence as close as your next breath

and continue to reflect God’s light and love on all you meet.


May you feel at home in your new place

as you recall that all the earth is God’s home.

May your hearts be filled with joy and love

as you follow God into this new call.

May you be a blessing to those awaiting your arrival

as you have most certainly been a blessing to us.


May the road rise to meet you

and the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm on your face

and the rain fall soft on your fields. 

And until we meet again, 

may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Go now in the peace of Christ to love and serve the Lord.


Men's Bible Study

Who: Men of any age

When: Saturdays at 7:30 AM

Where: FPC Parlor

Why: Come for coffee, donuts, and stimulating conversation


Book: Genesis Vol. I from John C. L. Gibson's The Daily Study Bible Series


Contact: Duke Ellis

Sisters in Spirit

What: Prayer and Study Group

Who: Women of any age

Why: To lift each other, our faith community, and our world in prayer and to enjoy an informal book discussion

When: Fridays at 10 AM

Where: FPC Parlor

We will be reading Practically Divine by Becca Stevens. Becca is an Episcopal priest at Vanderbilt and founder of Thistle Farms in Nashville.

Contacts: Martha Johnson and Cindy Blackburn