Church Announcements & More
We are so excited & praising God that our doors are open for in-person worship! Please click the links below to see a letter from Pastor Cameron, and the church's new Safeguards and Recommendations. We can't wait to worship with you!
What worship looks like:
Following Social Distancing and
practicing Mask Safety!
GREETINGS and WELCOME to this service in celebration and worship of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! If you are a visitor, we extend a special welcome to you, and invite you to make First Presbyterian Church your church home. We receive members by profession of faith in Jesus Christ, by reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ, and by transfer of membership from another Christian congregation. Please ask one of the pastors or an elder for more information or call the church office, at 863-465-2742.
NURSERY OPEN-- For the 8:00, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday morning worship services, for ages 3 years and under. Temperature checks will be taken. No symptoms nor fever of 100.4+ will be accepted for the safety of all children.
If you know of anyone who is in the hospital or nursing home, please call the church office to let the pastors know so they can be visited and included in prayer. We encourage you to pray for, call, or send cards to those who are hospitalized, or homebound. It will certainly make a difference in their lives to know that someone cares and is praying for them.
SPECIAL TIME OF PRAYER- Will meet today at 9:45 in the library.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING FOR 2021—The 2021 congregational meeting is this afternoon at 4:00 PM in the Genesis Center. We will have the meeting first and then a sit down dinner. We will need to have a quorum, so please come. Pray for the meeting of the congregation as we vote on the annual budget and as we elect Elders, Deacons, Trustees and Congregational Officers to serve the Lord through FPC. Nursery and Children’s ministry will be available from 3:45 PM-5:00 PM.
PROPOSED 2021 BUDGETS- Are available for review before our congregational meeting January 10th, at both exits doors this morning and also in the Genesis Center on the information table.
2020 GIVING STATEMENTS-- Please call the church office (863-465-2742) if you would like to pick up your statement, or if you would like us to email, mail, or fax it to you.
WEDNESDAY MORNING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY--Can I learn to love people like Jesus does? Come and explore the answer to this question this Wednesday, the 13th, from 10- Noon in Friendship Hall. This study is interactive and inductive so questions and discussion are welcomed. Masks and social distancing will be in use. This is the ladies Wednesday Morning Bible Study so bring your bibles.
SERMON TEXTS—Please continue to read a head on the sermon texts that we will be studying each Sunday. 1/17,John 8:12-30; 1/24, John 8:31-47; 1/31, John 8:48-59.
BLOODMOBILE--The blood mobile will be at the church Sunday, January 17th, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Please donate if you are able. If you have any question about your eligibility to donate, call the Florida Blood Center at 382-4499.
FATHER /DAUGHTER DANCE—Sponsored by the One Dragon Softball Boosters. Join us for an evening of fun, dancing and memories with your special little lady. Saturday, Feb 6th,
from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Friendship Hall. Tickets can be purchased at https://event.gives/fatherdaughter
Questions? Contact Betsy Canevari at 863/441-5624.
BILL BAILEY EVENT IN GENESIS CENTER—Presenting Grammy and Dove Award, nominees, The Isaacs, on Saturday, January 16th, at 6:00 PM. No tickets required, but they are asking for a $12.00 donation. For more information at 841/756-6942.
WINTER RETREAT FOR OUR YOUTH—Winter Retreat early registration starts now. The date for the retreat is February 5-7, 2021. The cost is $99.00. This retreat is for 6th grade to 12th grade. You may register by going to our website www.fpclp.org and then click on to the Winter Retreat registration. You may call the church office if you have any questions, 863/465-2742.
JESUS LIFE DECALS- This is a strategic way to demonstrate that you are a follower of Jesus. Decals are on sale in the Gathering area after worship service each Sunday and in the church office Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-3:00 PM, for only $5.00 each. The decal also includes our Church name and website. The decal has a clear background with white lettering.
FLOWER CALENDAR—The 2021 flower calendar is now up. If you would like to have flowers in the sanctuary on Sunday in memory or in honor of, please place your name and phone number under the date you wish to place your flowers.
CRAFTY SOWERS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS- The Crafty Sowers are collecting your used Christmas cards to make booklets for the home bound, shut ins, and nursing home residents. If you are no longer needing them, you may bring them to the church office. Last year the Crafty Sowers were able to make enough booklets for the two assisted living facilities and the Lake Placid nursing home.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL--On Sunday, January 10th, Elder Steve Shattler will be restarting his Adult Sunday School Class. The class will meet from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM upstairs in the church’s Christian Education building. The planned study is the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. Steve always does a great job of explaining the original context, the original meaning, and the gospel connection, plus suggesting practical applications for today. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without a doubt, your doing so will be blessing!
COVID-19 VACCINES NOW AVAILABLE--Highlands County has started to give Covid vaccinations to those who are 65 years or older. You must pre-register to get the vaccine. They will be taking reservations only on Mondays starting at 8:00 AM until all the slots for the week are filled. You can register by going online at bit.ly/HCvaccine, or if you do not have online access, you can call 863-402-6780. Immunizations will be given at Lakeshore Mall near the old Kmart. When you go you must have proof of your age. At this time they are giving vaccinations on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. If you cannot get registered on a Monday, then keep trying on the following Monday. –Sue Shillady, Parish Nurse
MISSION DINNER--Our denomination’s modern, specialist driven, 200 bed capacity Christian Hospital in Sahiwal, Pakistan has been a beacon of gospel hope and light to
a dark Muslim world for over a century. Dr. Keith Ackerman, along with the support of his wife, Rhoda, has faithfully led a staff of doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrators there for several years. Through this team, God has chosen to provide the physical healing ministry of Christ to the local community. In addition, every time a patient (estimated at 40,000 per year) comes through the hospital’s doors, he/she receives the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed. It has been a privilege and a joy for FPC to partner --- both financially and prayerfully --- with this ministry. By video, come hear firsthand the amazing things that the Lord continues to do through Christian Hospital. A missions dinner has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 3rd, at 6:30 PM in the Genesis Center. Soon, look for opportunities to sign up for the evening through your small group, the church’s bulletin, and the church’s website. An opportunity to financially invest in this ministry will be given at the dinner. Thanks in advance for your support!
PERSONAL NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT MINISTRY- During this time of sheltering in place, our especially vulnerable FPC brothers and sisters in Christ, who reside at home, in nursing homes, or in Assisted Living Facilities, need to know that their church family loves them. One way we can do this is by mailing them personal notes of encouragement. A list of these folks, along with their mailing addresses, is available in the church office.
GIVING ENVELOPES---2021 envelopes here and ready to be picked up in the north foyer. If you currently do not have an assigned set of envelopes and are interested in using envelopes for giving, please call the church office at 863/465-2742. We will be glad to assign you your own set of envelopes to use throughout the year.