Congregational Meeting - Sunday, October 9 

The session has called a congregational meeting to take place on Sunday, October 9, following the 11 a.m. worship service. At this service we will elect elders to the session class of 2025, trustee class of 2025, and the 2023 Nominating Committee. 

Trustee Class of 2025

Jim Disque 

2023 Nominating Committee

Jeffrey Stewart, Harriette Huggins, Carol Griffin, Don Andress, and two representatives of the session to be determined (by the session) in 2023 

Elder Nominees for the Class of 2025

Susan Bannon has been a member at First Presbyterian for almost 30 years. She is involved with the choir, and she has previously served as an active elder. She is married to Jim Bannon; Laura Bannon is their daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading and cooking.  

Ruth Brock has been a part of the FPC family since starting graduate school in 2004. She has been a youth director, traveled with UKirk to the College Conference on several occasions, and can often be seen chasing her children around the church. She is married to John, pastor at FPC Eufaula, and they have four children. In her free time, Ruth enjoys reading, gardening, watching Wesley's soccer games and attending Henry's cub scout campouts. 

Karen Herring has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 2008; she has been participating for many years in handbells and choir, and she currently serves on the worship committee. She is married to Leslie Carter and they have 6 "children" in their modern-day Brady Bunch family. The four oldest have launched into adult life and college, while the youngest two girls still live at home and attend AHS. Karen works from home as a Service Delivery Manager for Intuit and enjoys working, playing the piano, reading, and watching the marching band half-time show on Friday nights.

Sarah Hill moved to Auburn in 2017.  She is married and her husband, Tom, sings in the AUMC choir.  She has a daughter who lives in Durham, one in Roanoke and a son who just graduated from Auburn. She is an early bird who loves the 9am chapel service but is aware it has limited her in meeting people. She is on the mission committee.  Sarah runs the Yarbrough Tennis Center and loves to read (and visit her family).

Shane Klugh was raised in Montgomery, Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University. Shane has been a member of First Presbyterian Church Auburn since 2004, when he and his wife, Laura, moved to Auburn and transferred their memberships from FPC of Columbus, Georgia. Shane has served on the Worship Committee, Outreach Committee and Resurrection Vigil Committee. He was a 3rd through 5th grade Sunday School teacher for several years and previously served on the Session. He has also served on the Church Nominating Committee. Laura and Shane have two sons, Evan (23) and Tyler (18), who have grown up in this church. In his spare time, Shane enjoys tailgating at Auburn football games and trying new recipes on his wood pellet grill. He does not enjoy gardening/yard work.

Daniel Parsons has been a member of First Presbyterian since 2015 and was active in UKirk long ago during his college days. He is a lifelong Presbyterian and happily attends First with his family who have all found their way back to Auburn (or never left). He is active in UKirk and youth Sunday school. He is married to Tracy and they are currently down to a single dog, Flash the dachshund. When he's not working as an electrical engineer he enjoys playing golf, watching Auburn sporting events and traveling.

Susan Stanley joined FPC of Auburn shortly after retiring to Opelika in 2012. She is involved in PW, coordinator of memorial receptions, and enjoys the fellowship of FPC members at various events. Susan and Clyde have one child, Matthew, who with his wife Laura, have recently made the Stanleys very proud grandparents of Eliza.

As you consider the ways the First Presbyterian community has impacted your faith journey, we invite you to prayerfully consider a pledge of time, talent, and treasure this year. Those on our mailing list will soon receive a paper copy of the Time & Talent and Financial Pledge. All are welcome to visit www.fpcauburn.org/give, where you can enter your financial pledge online and download a PDF of the Time and Talent form.

Dedication Sunday will be on October 16 - we are grateful for pledges big and small that demonstrate the abundance of blessings God bestows upon each of us and puts to use faithfully through the ministries of FPC!

World Communion Sunday is October 2!

On World Communion Sunday, we celebrate that Christ’s peace extends throughout all creation. We celebrate that we are all together at the table, in God’s house.

9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship

9:45 a.m. Sunday School in the Chapel

We will be welcoming PC(USA) International Peacemaker from Rwanda, The Rev. Julie Kandema, who will be with us throughout the weekend. She will spend time with various church members, seeing local points of interest such as the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, and Calloway Gardens, and will present to Auburn University journalism and communications students. Julie will preach at both the 9:00 and 11:00 services, and, during the Sunday School hour in Baird Hall, she will give a presentation and answer questions. We invite you to share in this unique opportunity on World Communion Sunday, to hear first-hand, the stories of Julie’s work and witness that will inspire us all to greater faithfulness. 

Rev. Kandema is an ordained pastor with the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda and is one of 10 peacemakers from around the world visiting congregations in the U.S. She will discuss the tumultuous period of her country’s history in which an estimated 1 million people were killed by ethnic Hutu extremists who waged violence against the minority Tutsi people. Julie will shed light on the rebuilding and reuniting process post genocide. As Julie said, “During my visit to U.S. churches I will share the journey of my country and the church…. because I want to share my experience in peace and reconciliation.” In addition to discussing the genocide, Julie will highlight challenges that Rwandans are facing today, such as unemployment and the consequences of Covid. Julie is married with three children, is vice president of her church, which is involved in supporting, empowering, and equipping Rwandans to overcome their economic struggles. 



Peace & Global Witness Special Offering

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace. Isaiah 55:12

The Peace & Global Witness Special Offering encourages the church of our time to cast off anxiety and fear, discord and division, and embrace our reconciling God’s mission with those around the corner and around the world, as active peacemakers – at all times in all ways. 

Your gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the entire church to collaborate in spreading the peace of Christ. Our congregation keeps 25%, mid councils keep 25%, and 50% goes to the Presbyterian Mission Agency to actively engage in peacemaking and building ministries of education, reconciliation, and Christian witness around the world. 

Please consider a gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering on Communion Sunday, or online at www.fpcauburn.org/give

Flu Shot Clinic

The 2022 Flu Clinic will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm offering both a walk-up and a drive-by option. The clinic will be available under the overhang off the driveway leading to/from the sanctuary. You can walk up to the table after the 11:00 am service or drive by after 12:15 pm using the driveway entrance by the Student Center. The October date will allow sufficient time for immunity to occur when flu viruses appear in the winter months. We thank The Drug Store and Janie Fisher for providing this opportunity. 

Jan Widell, Parish Nurse

Sowers & Knitters will be meeting Monday, October 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the new Project Room on the third floor.

Sanctuary Flower Sign-up

There are many available Sundays beginning in July for sponsoring flowers for our Sanctuary! The sign-up sheet is located outside of the receptionist’s office in the main church office building.

If you are unable to sign up in person, you may also contact Sarah Wolak at 334-728-7853 to sign up for a date. You are welcome to split the cost with another family-- just be sure to write both names on the line. The cost of the flowers has been increased to $50 per arrangement, not including tax and delivery fee. As before, you are welcome to bring the arrangements home after the service, or to leave them to be delivered to other members of the congregation.

This Week at FPC

Sunday, October 2

9 a.m. - Worship with communion in the chapel

9:45 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages

11 a.m. - Worship in the sanctuary

Bulletin for October 2 worship

Sunday Parking Map

Children and Youth News

♢ 1st through 5th grade parents, mark your calendars. Nov. 10-12 is the Living River Children’s Retreat. Stay tuned for more information!

♢ Football Parking: Our lot will open at 11 a.m. this Saturday for AU vs. LSU. The spaces are sold on a first come/first served basis.

Children Pre-K through 5th grade

• This Sunday is First Sunday Fellowship for children Pre-K through 5th grade. We will meet in Baird Hal from 3 – 4pm.

• Children’s Sunday school will meet Sunday, 10–10:45 in their new 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.

• 3rd through 5th grade parents – use the link below to sign your child up to be an acolyte


Jr. and Sr. High Youth

• This Wednesday from 7-8pm is First Wednesday Fellowship for Jr. and Sr. High Youth. We will meet in the church parking lot and then walk downtown.

• Jr. and Sr. High Sunday school will meet in the Youth Lounge on the third floor this Sunday.

• Jr. and Sr. High Youth will meet in Baird Hall at 5pm for dinner and then from 5:30 – 6:30 for Youth Group. Parents – use the link below to volunteer to prepare youth group dinner. https://tinyurl.com/FPCYouthDinners

• Parents of Jr. and Sr. High Youth, if you haven’t already, click the link below to sign up for an AU Football Parking volunteer slot. Money raised helps to offset the cost of all summer retreats and conferences! https://tinyurl.com/FPCAUParking

• Registration is now open for the Living River Presbytery Retreat. Click the link below to for more information and to register!



Oct. 1 - Grace Kaye

Oct. 2 - Becky Buchanan, Bob Wells, Alden Wolak

Oct. 5 - Vonda Ball, Joan Duffett

Oct. 7 - Donine Cooper

Prayer Concerns & Celebrations

  • 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 Hap Reeves as he receives rehabilitation treatment at EAMC.
  • Continued prayers of healing for Jim Foil as he navigates health issues.
  • Prayers of healing for Jan Reppert she receives rehab treatment at Phoenix City Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • Continued prayers of healing for Olyne Fischer as recovers from health issues at home.
  • 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 for Steve Schmidt’s sister Janelle Schmidt Vargas as she grieves her husband’s death and navigates the best living situation for her. Prayers for Steve and his brother as they care for their sister. 
  • We continue to pray for Marianne Cone’s brother David who is now in hospice care. Prayers of peace for David and prayers of understanding for all those caring for him.
  • Prayers of healing for Steve Hickok as he recovers at home after successful surgery. 
  • Prayers of healing for Thomas Pope’s mother as she continues to recover from successful surgery. 
  • Prayers of healing for Jo and Raymond Cooper as they both recover from health issues.
  • Prayers for Evert Duin’s mother, Nel Landzaad, after some recent health issues. Nel lives in the Netherlands, so we pray for the Duin family who care for and love her from afar. 
  • Prayers of healing and comfort for Catherine Wolfe’s father, Ned Wolfe as he begins a period of chemotherapy treatment. 
  • Prayers of healing for Mary Burkhart as she recovers from successful heart surgery. 
  • Prayers for Tripp Hinkle’s mother as she recovers from successful surgery.
  • 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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