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  • F I R S T P R E S B Y T E R I A N C H U R C H

    324 MADISON ST, JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101 (573) 636-2149 [email protected] OCTOBER 2016

    The Presbyterian


    First Presbyterian Church has International Missions

    in these Countries:

    We Also Serve Our Nation, State and Community:

    Serving Meals at Salvation Army

    Building homes in Jefferson City with Habitat

    Come be a part of the Mission & Ministry of Christ at First Presbyterian Church.

    Walking at the CROP Walk to raise funds to feed the hungry in Jefferson City

    FPC Youth repairing & painting homes at REACH Workcamp

    Serving over 5,400 lunches to children in our community with

    Food 4 Kids

    Helping at-risk children succeed with K-Plus




  • Presbyterian Women assembled 66 school kits and 30 hygiene kits for

    Church World Service, and 8 Missouri Family Food Boxes on

    August 27th. They also had enough donations to share supplies with

    South Schook, Nepal and the FPC food pantry.


    GROWING IN GRACE AND GRATITUDE FOR THE HOME Because our Sunday School starts in August, and Growing in Grace and Gratitude for three year olds thru 5th grades is dated starting in September, we are actually two weeks ahead of the schedule. So when your families go online to see the Bible story, listen to the Bible story and checks our Grace Sights, click on the week that is two weeks ahead. (see the chart)

    After Sunday School Pickup Spot for 3yrs thru 5th grade In order to simplify Sunday School pickup for 3yrs thru 5th grade, the K thru 5th grade classes with be in Knox Hall and the Preschool class will stay in their classroom to be picked up.

    Family Conversations The CE Committee wants to know how the church can partner with your family in Christian education of your family. We are planning

    gathering to have those discussions. The questions for those conversations are:  How can First Presbyterian Church partner with your family in your continuous discipleship?  What do you consider milestones in a child’s faith?  Is there a particular time(s) during the week that is better for church activities?  What resources do you want as you encourage the faith of your child(ren)?  What religious experience do you wish for your child(ren)?

    The first gathering for this conversation is October 15 at 10am at Megan and Matt Weber’s house, 105 Boonville Road. Donuts will be served!

    Date For the Home dates

    10/2 10/16 10/9 10/23 10/16 10/30 10/23 11/6 10/30 11/13 11/6 11/20 11/13 11/27 11/20 Begin Christmas

    Pageant preparation

    The Presbyterian Preschool children sang for the Retired Adult Fellowship on Thursday, September 15. After a few songs, the children were divided into smaller groups and the adults read stories to them. It was a fun morning for all. ATLANTA MISSION TRIP

    2016 Team members Pastor Dave Henry, Anne Schneider, Barbara Long and Melissa Manda at the Amani Women Center (left) in Clarkson, GA and serving a taco dinner (right) at the Journey Men’s Shelter in Atlanta, GA. See more about this trip on Page 8.

  • 3 A Note From the Pastor

    Dear Friends on our Christian Journey, I am happy to report that the Strategic Planning Task Force has completed the first phase of their work with your help and input. The session adopted The Strategic Plan at the September 13, 2016 meeting and now we start the task of actually putting the plan in place with everyone’s help. The report starts with a mission statement that we believe reflects where we are and who God is calling us to be: “First Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, Spirit-filled community of disciples who participate in the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, fellowship and service in mission.” The report includes our history, so that we might celebrate where God has taken us in the last 185 years—even as we look forward to the next couple of centuries of mission and ministry in Christ. The report also puts our church in the context of today’s churches and culture and trends so that we might identify where we are in relationship to our sister churches. And the report presents an optimistic perspective of where we are—even as we explore ways that we might improve and grow into God’s future: “Based on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) process, in which many members of our congregation participated, the Strategic Planning Team feels confident about our church’s present general direction. However a few concerns and reservations have been identified and need to be addressed.” The rest of the report addressed five Strategic Goals which will strengthen God’s witness and ministry at First Presbyterian Church:

    1. Increase Attendance and Participation in the Life of the Church; 2. Establish Sustainable Stewardship; 3. Increase Engagement of Young Families; 4. Optimize our Physical Facilities; 5. Leadership for the Future.

    The Strategic Planning Team has identified, and the Session has approved, Action Steps to start addressing these Five Strategic Goals and we will be starting to work on several of these action steps in the next several years. In fact, our live streaming of the worship service, our Young Adult Sunday School class and articles on electronic giving in the newsletter are all first steps in several of these action plans. The Strategic Planning Report (51 pages) will be available for you to review electronically on the website or in paper form in the church office. We will also be presenting the report findings at the College of Elders dinner and in an adult Sunday School class setting. This is a living, breathing document, and we look forward to your input and participation as we move into the future that God has planned for us—with eyes and hearts open to God’s Spirit.

    Blessing and peace in Christ and thank you for your partnership in the Gospel, Pastor Rob Erickson

  • October Birthdays 1 - Janet Carder 2 - Larry Burkhardt 4 - Sonna Winter 4 - Sue Nichols 5 - David Scott 5 - James Whaley 5 - Leigh Ann Brickey 6 - Steve Ahrens 7 - Merlene Hockman 7 - David Larrick 7 - Beth Stone 7 - Kimberly Wade 8 - Hope Hobold 9 - Lou Brydon 10 - Carol Galbraith 10 - Ben Morris 11 - Clarence Watt 11 - Allegra Harrison 11 - Arleta Brickey 11 - Tina Owens 11 - Jeffrey Dodson 12 - Mary Louise Watt 13 - Melanie Myers 14 - Penny Gottschalk 14 - Carol Scott

    15 - Roy Coplen 15 - Todd Bone 16 - Rev. Daren Hofmann 18 - Ben Krause 19 - Frances Finley 21 - Grant Rizner 22 - Mark Toomey 23 - Tim Collins 24 - Van Haviland 25 - Bill Chapman 25 - Nancy Beard 25 - Paul Nuernberger 25 - Vicky Ludwig 26 - Katherine Van Zandt 26 - Stephanie McMaster 27 - Kelson Cook 28 - Jake Owens 28 - Karen Turner 29 - Janice Walker 29 - Kevin Myers 30 - Barbara Lamon 30 - Christopher Larivee 31 - Lucie Epema

    4 In Christian Sympathy to...

    The friends and family of Berta Hepler, who joined the Church Triumphant on

    September 16, 2016.

    MEN’S BREAKFAST at Downtown Diner on High Street is Monday, October 17th at 7:00 am (and the third Monday of each month). Come join us for food, fellowship, a time of prayer

    for our church family, community and world, and for some lively conversation!

    From the Stewardship Committee -

    Do you have the ability to pay bills online with your bank? If so, an easy option to make your church charitable contributions would be to set up First Presbyterian Church as a payee in your online banking application! Most banks give you the option to send a one-time payment, or to set up an automatic weekly or monthly payment to FPC. Using your online banking application is an easy way to send money to the church and eliminate writing a check yourself.

    See any member of the Stewardship Committee, or the Church Treasurer, if you have questions.



    Bring your family and friends to enjoy this fun concert featuring Blue Grass, Southern Gospel and old time Christian music that is “missing” from current hymnals. No tickets needed for the performance. A donation at the door of non- perishable food items or a free-will cash gift to support the FPC Food Pantry will be collected.

    Church Women United invites you to World Community Day - Friday November 4, 2016 at Community Christian Church, 409 Ellis Blvd (next to the Firley YMCA) at 1:00 pm. This annual ecumenical worship service is led by women from various Jefferson City churches and celebrates our unity in Christ. The worship and discussion theme will be "Sharing Gifts at the Table". During fellowship together after worship, we will collaborate on a mission project to assemble Women's Prison Kits for the Festival of Sharing. Church Women United (CWU) is a racially, culturally, and theologically inclusive ecumenical women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity, while working for a world of peace and justice. Locally CWU fosters caring fellowship among women and supports shared community ministries such as the Samaritan Center, Jefferson City Day Care Center, Rape and Abuse Crisis Services (RACS), the Salvation Army Shelter and Healing House. If you have questions or would like a ride November 4, please phone or