Weekly Announcements

August 2, 2020


Worship Service Broadcast
On Sunday August 2, we will livestream both our Thrive and traditional worship services. Thrive will Livestream from the Fellowship Hall beginning at 8:55 a.m., and traditional worship will Livestream from the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. Both services will be sent out via E-Blast and will be available on Facebook, and on the church website.
Our worship leaders have prepared virtual services that reflect and include the normal style and worship elements for each service. These elements include liturgy, hymns, praise songs, sermon, and special music.

During each service we will celebrate the sacrament of Communion using common elements. We encourage you to use any bread/crackers and juice/wine that you have in your home. Prepare a space in your home to worship with these common elements before you begin the service.

While we are not worshipping in person, we can still join together in the body of Christ. Please join us as we virtually worship God together!

Outdoor Worship
We are excited to share news that our congregation will gather for outdoor worship beginning on August 9, at 8:30 a.m.!

After months of worshipping together remotely, the session, along with the Worship and Music Ministry, has developed a plan to safely return to in-person worship. You are invited to join us outside the Fellowship Hall patio where space will be made available for outdoor seating. Please bring your own lawn chair. Additionally, if your prefer, you may remain in your car and listen to the service on your radio while you watch the service.

In order to ensure everyone's safety, face masks will be worn during the entire service. We also ask that household groups sit approximately 20 feet away from other groups or individuals. While we are commanded to Love One Another, let us show that love by not hugging and shaking the hands of good friends from whom we have been separated for too long.

We hope to see you, albeit from afar, very soon!
Sacred Space at Home
Since worshipping at home has become the new normal, choose a place in your house to be your sacred space! Work with your family to gather items such as fabric, candles, stones, plants, a cross, or other symbols to decorate this space. Email us a photo of your sacred space and we’ll share them with the congregation on social media!
Online Giving

In the midst of unusual times, Christ still calls us to give as we have received. Please consider continuing to give your pledges and offerings. Gifts may be received by mail at 1621 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia, N.C. 28054, or online at www.fpcgastonia.org/giving. We are grateful for your continued support of the mission and ministry of First Presbyterian Church!

Sunday School Video Lesson
Check your email Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m., for our adult Sunday School lesson taught by Spurgeon Mackie. To view past videos or lessons, visit www.fpcgastonia.org/video-archive.
Christmas in July - Toiletry Bag Drive
The Missions Ministry would like to thank the congregation for your tremendous support of this year's Christmas in July project. All of the toiletry items, as well as monetary donations, will make a lasting impact in the lives of seniors living in nursing care facilities at Wellington House, Rosewood, Heritage Oaks, and ARP Manor. 

Thank you for your continued support of our Missions Ministry!
Carenet Counseling
When the COVID-19 outbreak resulted in North Carolina joining the national trend to limit social movement, CareNet Counseling sprang into action to adjust.

As an essential service, Carenet Counseling is committed to providing clinical mental health care to all of its clients—while also protecting clients and staff. Because of the quick actions and flexibility of CareNet’s compassionate team, they have enabled counselors throughout the state to continue providing secure, internet-based telehealth service.

Today, 90% of our counselors have transitioned to telehealth, and they have taken steps to ensure our offices that remain open are safe for counselors and clients.By all accounts, the need for counseling is as crucial now as ever. Referrals continue to be strong and our counselors are still working at full capacity. Carenet Counseling remains committed to serving clients regardless of their ability to pay. In this difficult time, CareNet Counseling will continue to be a source of strength for our communities.

To schedule an appointment, call Russ Keeney at 704-291-4173. Russ hopes to be of assistance to you during this time of transition.
Masks for Ministry
A group of volunteers that includes Betsy Keith, Barbara Yarbrough, and Ibby Page from First Presbyterian Church, along with others from First Methodist Church, have been working with the Gastonia Parish Nurse Ministry to sew face masks for those in need in our community. This group has already donated over 500 masks, including 200 masks for the homeless population in the area, and continues to receive requests from other agencies, facilities, and individuals who have a great need. We are seeking additional volunteers to help sew two-ply cloth face masks for this purpose. If you like to sew, we would love for you to share your talents with this ministry at a time when protective equipment can be hard to find.

If you are in need of a face mask, pick up/drop off can be arranged.

Contact Lisa Marisiddaiah at nurse@fpcgastonia.org to volunteer or for more information regarding this ministry.
Thrift Donations
As you are cleaning your house and closets during your time-at-home, please consider donating items to our parish nurse ministry. We are collecting:

  • Old eyeglasses or sunglasses to the "Recycle for Sight" program. Your old glasses can bring a new view to someone else in a developing country, perhaps allowing them to read, go to school, or gain employment.
  • New or gently used purses, scarves, and jewelry for the "Purses for a Purpose" fundraiser to benefit Alzheimer research.
  • Jewelry with beads or charms for the Prayer Beads Ministry.
Please contact Lisa Marisiddaiah at nurse@fpcgastonia.org for more information!
Vacation Bible School
Dates: August 3 - 6, 2020
Ages: 3 Yrs. - Rising 6th Grade  

In the interest of everyone's health and well-being, we have made the hard decision to move VBS to an online setting this year. Though we will miss getting to see everyone's faces, we are so excited to have the chance to connect with everyone virtually! Join us August 3-6 for videos, games, crafts, and more. You can access our pre-recorded daily videos by visiting our website at any time after August 3! Fit VBS into your schedule! 
Keep in Touch
Follow @fpcgastonia on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to receive updates, prayers, and other news. Connecting on social media is also a great way to keep in touch with other church members, and stay engaged while we are not meeting in person.
Children's Ministry Facebook Page
Stay connected and engaged with our Children’s Ministry program by following our new Facebook page! Click the link below or search for FPC Gastonia – Children’s Ministry on Facebook. Check in for “Stories & Such” with Susannah, activity ideas, prayers, meeting reminders, and more! https://www.facebook.com/FPC-Gastonia-Childrens-Ministry-104302791223103
FPC Youth Updates
FPC Youth, Parents, and friends are invited to follow @fpcyouthgastonia on Facebook and @fpcgastoniayouth on Instagram (note the slight name difference) to receive updates, photos and to stay connected with each other online.

Church office Closed
As of June 2, the church staff has returned to the church office, but will be available during normal business hours by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (704) 864-2651. We encourage you to continue to contact us via phone or email, as the church building remains closed to the public at this time.
From Memorial Day until Labor Day, the church office will observe summer office hours and will close on Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 2:
8:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School Video
8:55 a.m. Thrive Worship Service Livestream
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service Livestream

Monday, August 3:  
VBS Online

Tuesday, August 4:
VBS Online
9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting via Zoom
6:00 p.m. Worship and Music Ministry Meeting

Wednesday, August 5:
VBS Online

Thursday, August 6:

VBS Online
6:00 p.m. Thrive Rehearsal

Friday, August 7:

Saturday, August 8:
7:00 a.m. Thrive Rehearsal

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