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  • First Presbyterian Church 224 East Mobile Street, Florence, AL 35630

    Phone: 256.764.2081 Email: [email protected]

    www.fpcflorence.org

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    Please give generously to the

    Peace and Global Witness Offering

    Sunday, October 4

  • CHURCH STAFF Dr. Richard T. Gillespie, Pastor Rev. Brandon E. Miles, Associate Pastor

    Dr. James K. Thompson, Parish Associate Rebecca Rockhill, Music Director Peggy S. Willich, Administrative Assistant Alan Flowers, Music Director Emeritus

    First Presbyterian Church’s Statement of Mission

    First Presbyterian Church Florence is a historic but evolving downtown church, striving to serve its congregation and community with a ministry that demonstrates a strong commitment to God and His love as revealed in Jesus Christ. Grounded in traditional worship and music, teaching and prayer, we facilitate spiritual growth, encourage family worship, practice stewardship of our resources, and maintain service to our community and the world. In all we do, we seek to be open to God’s Spirit as we move into the future.

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    Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian Church,

    On the first Sunday in October of every year, we celebrate World Communion Sunday, and we designate the day for one of our PC(USA) special offerings—Peace and Global Witness Offering.

    As we have all seen in recent news reports, thousands of Syrians are attempting to escape violence and are seeking refuge in neighboring countries and in Europe. Your gifts to this special offering make it possible for children to learn and teachers to teach. These are tools of hope for people struggling to make a life in refugee camps. A violent and broken world calls all of us to offer our gifts and play our part.

    In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we read, “Peace be to the WHOLE community,” reminding us that the peace of Christ is not fully realized in each of us until all of us work for healing and wholeness in every place of violence.

    Through our gifts, we join in God’s mission of peace and reconciliation. Please give generously this Sunday to the Peace and Global Witness Offering.

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    PRAYER LIST Brenda, Parke and Katie Cochran, fr iends of the congregation

    Jane Frith, Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA

    Uvonna Curott, Florence Nursing and Rehab

    Ann Craig, John Carter and Bobbie Zickler, Merrill Gardens

    Mary Hatfield and Margaret Fleming, St. Martin ’s in the Pines

    Sarah Leonard, Mitchell Hollingsw orth

    Mary Louise Flanagan, Freddie Tyree, Jean Paxton, hom e

    John Smith, father of Patr ick Sm ith

    Steven Palis, brother -in-law of Chuck Gaputis

    Christy McCorkle, daughter of Sara Elizabeth Doss;

    Sister of Penney Griffin, Cynthia Briand and Chris Booream

    David Reynolds, cousin of Lesley Byars and Blair Boggan

    Mike Lumpkin, brother of Joni W illingham

    Mike Worley, brother -in-law of Rhonda and Robert Tyree

    Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Hughes, fr iends of Mary and

    Hollis Wilson

    Rod Townsley, fr iend of Mary and Hollis W ilson

    MAJ Barry Crosby, Andrew s Air Force Base, W ashington D.C.

    "Save the Date" Single Women's Group Tuesday, October 6, at

    6:00 p.m. at Sperry's Restaurant Please call Carol (256-766-0645) or

    Dixie (256-349-5616 if you plan to attend.

    PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

    PW will meet at 2 p.m. in our "new and improved” PW Parlor in the Elting Wing on Tuesday, October 13 to make and refurbish Crismons for Advent.

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    WORSHIP

    Flower chart for October

    COMMUNION

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

    Servers: Kelli Gaputis, Laura Moody,

    Nancy and Dave Marbury,

    Jan Schroeder

    USHERS FOR OCTOBER

    Kelli Gaputis, Nancy and Dave Marbury, Josh Sherrod

    PARKING LOT SHEPHERDS

    Laura Moody and Will Sherrod

    “FRIENDLY MEMBERS”

    Marna and Bengy Sneed

    LOCK-UP VOLUNTEERS

    Terry Geiger, Dixie Carter and Keith Fraser

    SUNDAY MANA

    Oct. 4 - Dr. Richard T. Gillespie “The Question of Divorce” - Job 1:1; 2:1-10;

    Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

    Oct. 11 - Rev. Brandon E. Miles “What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?”

    Job 23:1-0; Psalm 22; Mark 10:17-31

    Oct. 18 - Dr. Richard T. Gillespie “Can You Drink of the Cup and Be Baptized with the Baptism?”

    Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91; Mark 10:35-45

    Oct. 25 - Dr. Richard T. Gillespie “At Last, I See!”

    Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Mark 10:46-52

    4 Butler

    11 Pettus, Roden

    18 Cracraft

    25 Horn, Ostberg

    Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint

    against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has

    forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

    Welcome

    James “Jay” Dean Zickler, II

    born Tuesday, September 29.

    His proud parents are Katelyn and David Zickler,

    and his very proud grandparents are

    Jackie and Jim Zickler.

    We express our love and sympathy to

    Di Tyree in the death of her sister,

    Helen Sleeper, who died Saturday,

    September 19.

    Our visitor on Sunday, September 27:

    Joe Wadsworth

    Total attendance Sunday — 81

    Average attendance for September — 72

  • 4 11:00 a.m.

    3:00 p.m.

    COMMUNION WORSHIP SERVICE Peace & Global Witness Offering Shoals Concert Band in fellowship hall

    5 5:00 p.m. Monday Night Church at The Carriage

    6 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

    Visitors Committee Congregational Care Committee Single Women’s Dinner at Sperry’s

    7 4:00 p.m. Christian Education Committee

    10 8:30 a.m. OUTDOOR WORK DAY at the church

    11 3:00 p.m. Officer Training at First Pres, Sheffield

    12 5:30 p.m. Mission and Service Committee

    13 7:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

    Men’s Breakfast Gathering Worship Committee Stewardship Committee

    18 3:00 p.m. Officer Training at First Pres, Sheffield

    20 Stated Meeting of North Alabama Presbytery at Maranatha

    24 Florence Downtown FunFest

    26 5:00 p.m. Building and Grounds

    27 5:30 p.m. Session Coordinating Team Stated Meeting of the Session

    Weds 5:30 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday Night Suppers Small Groups and handbells Sanctuary Choir

    OCTOBER CALENDAR

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    OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

    UPCOMING YOUTH ACTIVITIES Encounters with Creation (Horses) and cookout at the home of Lynn McLean Aquatic Progressive Dinner Wilderness and Spiritual Growth

    Fun Fest in Downtown Florence Saturday, October 24

    SHOALS CONCERT BAND

    FALL CONCERT

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

    3:00 P.M. IN OUR

    FELLOWSHIP HALL

    NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION

    7 8

    12 13 20

    William Cracraft Hazel and Jim Thompson Barbara Peck Jonathan Cracraft Laura Moody

    21 25 27 29 30

    Robyn Rose Phyllis Nofzinger Bob Hurt Belva Gillespie Rich Larkins

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    Reception and dance immediately following the ceremony.

    Please RSVP to Peggy in the church office by noon Monday, October 5,

    if you plan to attend.

    WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS

    Your help is needed in the following areas:

    Cooks — usually two. (This is covered through December.)

    Set up — One person (about one hour) to make

    lemonade, tea, coffee; put out silverware, salt, pepper, etc.;

    and fill cups with ice.

    Clean up — 3 or 4 people, in addition to Jerome or David, to

    bring in carts and clear tables; store refrigerated items (salad

    dressings, etc.); box and deliver leftover food to members who

    have a need; and wipe down all counters.

    Laundry — Wash aprons and dish towels and return to kitch-

    en by noon on Friday, as they will be needed at Soup Kitchen.

    Collect money—Lud Seme has agreed to do this, but there

    may be an occasion when he needs a substitute.

    If you are willing to help in any — or all — of these areas, please

    contact Barbara Peck or Prudy Thomas, or call Peggy in the

    church office at 256-764-2081.

    Our cooks for upcoming weeks::

    October 7 — Covered Dish

    October 14 — JoBeth Hurt and Linda Seme

    October 21 — Laura Moody and JoBeth Hurt

    October 28 — Sarah and Brandon Miles

    November 4 — Covered Dish

    November 11 — Carol Howdyshell and Jan Schroeder

    November 18 — Uhland Redd, IV

    December 2 — Covered Dish

    December 9 — Linda Seme

    Suppers will resume in January.

    PLEASE NOTE: The first Wednesday evening

    in each month will be a “Covered Dish” Event!

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    REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE

    MODERATORS

    Christian Educatiom

    The CE Committee needs your help. Are you

    or somebody you know interested in leading the

    Thursday morning Bible study? If so, please

    contact Bert or Brandon. This is a great oppor-

    tunity for personal spiritual growth as well as

    for other participants.

    Mark your calendars for First Presbyterian to

    participate in the Fall Fun Fest in downtown

    Florence on October 24. (This will be in lieu of

    a Fall Festival like we held at our church last

    year, and will be a great opportunity to reach

    out to our community.) More details later.

    Remember Monday Night Church at The

    Carriage at 5:00 pm.

    Worship Committee

    November 22, 2015 Community Thanksgiving

    Worship Service, 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal

    Mission and Service Committee

    With Sessional approval, the church will

    participate in the Downtown Fun Fest on

    Saturday, October 24.

    Stewardship Committee

    The finances of the church continue to be of

    concern; therefore, we anticipate significant

    cuts in our budgeted expenditures for 2016.

    We continue to support these vital programs

    that are at the heart of our church’s mission:

    The Help Center, Room in the Inn, Presby-

    terian Home for Children and the Shoals

    Community Soup Kitchen. We are very

    grateful for the many volunteers who support

    these ministries.

    BUILDING AND GROUNDS

    OUTDOOR WORK DAY

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10,

    AT 8:30 A.M.

    WOMEN’S THURSDAY MORNING

    BIBLE STUDY

    TO RESUME SOON.

    STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS

    IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.