As we head into this weekend and the celebration of Pentecost, the church’s birth through the power of the Spirit, I’m mindful of another birthday: that of our mission partner Able to Serve!
Earlier this week, on May 22, ATS turned 20! ATS founder and director Carlton McDaniel posted the video below to mark this special milestone in their ministry to differently abled adults.
FPCoG is grateful to be among those who have supported Able to Serve and we pray that this partnership will continue in years to come. To learn more and be refreshed and renewed by what ATS does visit their website or social media!
The Lord Bless and keep You!
*In-Person/Livestream Worship: Join us each Sunday at 11:00 am in person or online (via Facebook live) for worship!
Online participation via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/firstpresbyterianchurchofgarner
On Sunday, May 28, we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, also known as Pentecost! You are invited to wear red as a way to signify the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit which gives life to the church!
*Masks are welcome but optional during in-person worship as we continue to contend with COVID and allergy, cold, and flu season. We also ask everyone to be still mindful of social distancing and respectful of the personal space of others even as we give thanks for being together.*
*Walking Group: Join the Walking Group each Tuesday at 6 pm. We currently meet at Cadence Senior Living Center (200 Minglewood Dr.). It’s getting warmer so make sure to bring a bottle of water! If you have any questions, contact the church office at 919-772-0727. In the event there is inclement weather, we’ll just gather the following week.
*Mission Opportunities: A Habitat for Humanity work group is set, weather permitting, to volunteer on May 27. Stay tuned for future opportunities to serve with Habitat!
*Youth Group Baseball Outing: Youth Group (5th grade and older) will be attending the Holly Springs Salamanders vs South Wake Sharks baseball game in Holly Springs on June 25 at 5:40pm. All youth 5th grade and older are invited to attend. Please RSVP by June 15 to Christy Turpin, Roxann Porter, or Stephanie at the office.
*2023 Vision Update: In January’s edition of the Spire, Rev. Acton wrote about church leaders (session, deacons, and staff) exploring an emerging vision for FPCoG, rooted in the idea of serving our “neighbors.” The Session continued this conversation at its February meeting and approved the following recommendations:
1. Appoint a group that can help develop a consensus among the congregation for a vision of FPCoG rooted in the image of being neighborly towards our local, regional, and global communities.
2. Complete a demographic study of our region to better know who our neighbors are and what their needs might be.
Our Group is now set! Thanks be to God for Elders Deb Wallace and Megan Snapp, Deacon Regina Ekoule and at large members Kathy Blue, Sandy Lee, Joe Prater, and Ken Summerville for being part of this work. They will not be alone though as the whole congregation will have opportunity to offer feedback and ideas as we discern together what God is calling us to be and do in 2023 and beyond.
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