Commissionings, Ordinations, and Installations
Sunday, February 4th, in service the following will be commissioned as deacon for a one-year term: Bill Brooks, Betty Childers, Kelley Dorsey-Miller, Jeremy Pippenger, Karah Thompson, Junior Vargas, Cheryl Weems, Linda Wells, Miriam White. Please hold them in your prayers. Also next Sunday the following will be ordained Elder: Amy West Mayhue, and Matt Sweatt. Please hold them in your prayers. Also next Sunday the following will be installed as session members in the classes of 2019 and 2020: Cathy Blackburn, Becky Compton, Amy West Mayhue, Regina Robertson, Matt Sweatt, Bruce Weems. Please hold them in your prayers. We are blessed!
Annual Congregational Meeting
The session has set the date of the annual congregational meeting for Sunday, February 4th, 2018, in the sanctuary following the worship service. The Annual Report 2017 will shortly be emailed/mailed to the congregation according to your newsletter preference (“I prefer to receive the newsletter electronically” “I prefer to receive the newsletter in print by mail”). To adjust your newsletter/annual report preference please contact the church office at 332-3073. Extra copies of the Annual Report 2017 will be available in the narthex on the day of the meeting. See you all there!
Bonita Blackburn’s Classic Arts Academy will offer student recitals Sunday, January 21st, at 2:00, 3:30, and 5:00pm. Come hear the great music!
Called Congregational Meeting – January 7th, 2018
The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, January 7th, in the sanctuary following the worship service, with the item of business being to elect members to be ordained and/or installed onto the Session in the classes of 2019 and 2020.
Christmas Eve 2017
Our services will be at 10:45am (Lord’s Day) and 7:00pm (Candlelight). Nursery open and staffed for both events.
Community Lessons and Carols! – December 17th 2017
Sunday evening December 17th, at 6pm, our church will be hosting a community “Lessons and Carols” service featuring members of our adult choir, professors and students from East Central University, and a composition from local composers Tori Davidson and Rudy Lupinski. Reception and fellowship will follow. See you there!
Midweek Advent Services 2017
Is it a challenge to get in the Christmas spirit, truly? Is Christmas about more than shopping, traveling, and gift-giving? Important as those things can be, the real gift of Christmas is a child born in a manger, Jesus, the Savior of the world. At FPC we meet Wednesday evenings in Advent for quiet, meditative, reflective, prayerful services which include celebration of the Lord’s Supper. This year the three services will be held December 6th, 13th, and 20th at 6:15pm. Come and be at peace. Come and be lifted.
Hanging of the Greens
The annual FPC tradition happens this year after service Sunday, November 26. We’ll be ready for the 1st Sunday of Advent, December 3rd.
Thanksgiving Week Community Ecumenical Service 2017
This year the Ada Ministerial Fellowship has asked First Presbyterian Church to host the 25th Annual Ada Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service. It will be held in the FPC sanctuary Sunday evening, November 19th at 6pm, with ecumenical choir rehearsal at 5:15pm, and with cookie-and-coffee fellowship to follow. The nursery will be open and staffed from 5-7:30pm. Wonderful pastor Dr. Roberto Escamilla of Ada First United Methodist Church, preaching. Bring your friend and neighbor and thankful spirit, and we’ll see you there!
Alternative Gift Market! – Sunday November 12th, 12noon
It’s the “must do”, get-in-the-Christmas-spirit, FPC outreach event of the year. In an Alternative Gift Market you can purchase a gift in the name of one of your friends or family, but the gift is: helping a hungry or homeless in Pontotoc County, or purchasing a farm animal through Alternative Gifts International. There will be food, music, and fun, and this year the special emphasis of the FPC Alternative Gift Market will be: Abba’s Tables, Ada Homeless Services, and Mama T’s Bread and Blessings.
Dinner With Friends – 2017 edition!
This wonderful annual event this year will be held Saturday, November 4th at 6pm. We will meet at the homes of our hosts, as small groups, for dinner, and then gather together in the Upper Parlor for whole-group dessert. To sign up, contact Kay Shaw, Mary Hampton, or the church office. Bring your appetite!
FPC prepares and serves the dinner every first Thursday of the month at Abba’s Tables. Next up: November 2nd. Contact Cheryl Weems to sign up! BREAKING NEWS: the Ada High School leadership classes will join in with us.
All Saints’ Sunday
Scott will ring the church bell and offer prayer for the saints known of the congregation on Wednesday, November 1st, at 11am. In Reformed Protestant thought, all the called and baptized are “saints”, as in the New Testament writings. To ensure your saint is on our list please contact the church office.
Happy Five Hundredth Anniversary!
On Reformation Sunday, October 29th, we will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Scott will preach Reformed commitments, thought, and faith on October 15th and 29th.
FPC Serves Meals on Wheels
October 30 through November 3. It looks like the team is complete, but if you’d like to be a driver for the next commitment, please contact Kurt Jackson.
FPC and Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FPC will serve the lunch at Ada High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Monday, October 2nd. If you can make a dish or help out please contact one of our deacons.