Energy, Intelligence, Imagination, and Love

Please join us in celebrating and praying for the member of our 2023 Session. Last Sunday's ordination and installation of our newest class of elders was a powerful reminder of the call God places on each of our lives to love and serve with gladness. Please join us in praying for each of these elders as they lead us into the new year:

Class of 2023

Jessica Barnes, Marianne Cone, Paul Dimick, Jesse Joiner, Katie Lee, Susan McChesney, Sarah Wolak

Class of 2024

Karen Cochran, Debbie Duin, Katie Forster, Carlie Kaeppler, Dave Lindahl, Donna Yeager

Class of 2025

Susan Bannon, Ruth Brock, Karen Herring, Sarah Hill, Shane Klugh, Daniel Parsons, and Susan Stanley

A wonderful chance to spend part of your MLK Weekend in service to others! The Community Market has seen a great increase in its number of clients and are always so appreciative when our church sends a crew to come pitch in. Sign up below and come either the full shift (9am-12pm) or just part of the time - children under 12, please bring a grown up with you!

Session Notes

During its in-person and Zoom online meeting on December 19, the Session…

· learned that the church’s income for November 2022 was $59,951; expenses, $45,368; and net income, $14,583; for January through November 2022, income was $663,629; expenses, $648,806; and net income, $14,823;

· learned the current status of our stewardship campaign for 2023:

Received $657,034

Goal $741,756

Remaining $84,722

Number of pledge units: 118, including 12 new units. 22 decreased their pledges this year; 42 increased their pledges. 

· approved Rob Garcia’s membership by reaffirmation of faith;

· sustained the elder examinations for all members of the Elder Class of 2025, who will be ordained and installed on January 8: Susan Bannon, Ruth Brock, Karen Herring, Sarah Hill, Shane Klugh, Daniel Parsons, Susan Stanley, and Jim Disque (Trustee);

· learned that most of the new windows have been installed;

· learned that sixteen UKirk students will attend the Montreat College Conference and that Alex Kaeppler and Sarah Patterson will accompany the group as chaperones; and

· learned attendance for recent worship services: November 27, 123; December 4, 146; December 11, 152; and December 18, 132.

Church members may read the complete, approved minutes for this meeting in the church office. The Session’s next stated meeting will be on Sunday, January 22, at 5:30 p.m., either in person or via Zoom.

Sign up to provide dinner to the college students! 

The spring semester begins this week, and UKirk will start on January 15! If you would like to get to know our college students, consider signing up to bring dinner for UKirk one Sundays evening this semester. We typically have 12-15 students come to dinner and volunteers bring a main dish, salad or side, and dessert. You are welcome to stay for dinner or drop something off. If you unable to bring a dinner, but would like to contribute to feeding the students, you can make a donation to UKirk by sending a check made out to the church with "UKirk Meal Fund" written in the memo. Thank you for supporting UKirk and the college students! 

Sign up to bring dinner here!

This Week at FPC

Sunday, January 15, 2023

9:00 AM - Worship Service with Weekly Communion (Chapel)

9:30 AM - Coffee & Fellowship (Baird)

9:45 AM - Sunday School for all ages

11:00 AM - Worship Service (Sanctuary)

Bulletin for January 15 worship

Sunday Parking Map

Children and Youth News

Children Pre-K through 5th grade

  • Children’s Sunday school will meet Sunday, 10–10:45 in their classrooms on the 1st floor.
  • Children’s Church: After the Word to Grow By (at 11 a.m. worship), children ages 4 to 1st grade will go to the Preschool Room to worship together for the remainder of the worship service.
  • Worship bags are also available for all children during worship.

Jr. and Sr. High Youth

  • Jr. and Sr. High Sunday school will meet in the Youth Lounge on the third floor this Sunday.
  • Jr. and Sr. High Youth group will meet this Sunday. Dinner in Baird Hall at 5pm. Youth Group upstairs in the Youth Lounge from 5:30 – 6:30pm.


Jan. 15 - Peggy Johnson, Dave Lindahl, Steve Schmidt

Jan. 20 - Mallory Wheeles

Jan. 21 - Trish Dimick

Prayer Concerns & Celebrations

  • Prayers of comfort Clay Price and all his family as they grieve the death of his sister Christy Ballard. 
  • Please be in prayer for Chris Greer and the Greer family. Chris is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. At this time they greatly appreciate the prayers of the congregation——cards are also welcome.
  • Please continue to pray for many members of our church who are dealing with illness, significant health issues, and grief, but at this time do not wish to be mentioned by name. Prayers of healing and comfort for many in our congregation.
  • Prayers of comfort for Liz Lindahl as she receives hospice care. We pray for strength and peace for her family as they surround Liz with love and care. 
  • Prayers of healing for Liz Lindahl’s roommate at Oak Park Linda Hammond as she deals with significant health issues.
  • Prayers of healing for Carolyn William’s sister Beverly Huey as she navigates health issues. Prayers for Carolyn as she cares for her sister.
  • Prayers of healing for Jessica Barnes’ father Kit Bays as he navigates health issues. Prayers for Jessica and all the Barnes family as they care for him.
  • Prayers of healing for Shannon Huggins as she continues to recover from successful surgery.
  • Prayers for Tripp Hinkle’s mother as she receives treatment for cancer.
  • Prayers of healing for Kay Recknor’s friends the Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas and her husband the Rev. Troy Thomas. Mitzi has glioblastoma brain cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Prayers for Amy Kilner and her family (daughter in law of Dorothy Moran). Amy is in need of a kidney transplant and is currently looking for a donor.
  • Prayers of healing for Jason Banks (Margaret Brinkley’s neighbor). Jason is now back at work. However is recovering from successful shoulder surgery.
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