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Christmas Eve Service

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Featured Announcements | Comments Off on Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

On Christmas Eve, at 6:30pm, We hope that you will be able to attend as we celebrate the season with our annual Candlelight Service and Communion. All are welcome  (feel free to come in casual dress). The Christmas Eve Service has a beautiful time at the end of the service with only the candlelight lighting the room as all who are able stand around the sanctuary sing Silent Night. Please plan to come and join in this holiday tradition.

(There will be an offering taken during the service)

PYF Holiday Schedule

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Featured Announcements, PYF: Youth 7th+ | Comments Off on PYF Holiday Schedule

PYF Holiday Schedule

PYF will meet –Dec. 2, 9 & 16 at 5:30 &  will not have meals on those nights because there are church events at 6:30.

PYF will meet Dec 8 at the church  and go to see the 5:10 showing of The Grinch. afterwards return to church and eat supper (meal host: the Youngs) and play Dirty Santa (price limit for the gifts is $10.)

PYF will not meet on Dec 23 or 30

 

PCF Holiday Schedule

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Featured Announcements, PCF: Children K-6th | Comments Off on PCF Holiday Schedule

PCF Holiday Schedule

On Sun., Dec 9 at 6:30pm The Children will present Children’s Christmas Play- all are welcome to come support the children as they share their presentation about Christmas

Wed, Dec 12-PCF will meet at 5:30 and dismiss at 6:30 for the Fellowship Meal

 

Christmas Cantata – Sunday December 9

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Featured Announcements, Featured Updates, Worship | Comments Off on Christmas Cantata – Sunday December 9

Christmas Cantata – Sunday December 9

The Cantata will be presented during the Worship Service at 10:15am – All are welcome to come as the Chancel Choir performs music of the season on this Second Sunday of Advent.

Children’s Fellowship on Wednesday Nights

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Featured Announcements, Featured Updates, PCF: Children K-6th | Comments Off on Children’s Fellowship on Wednesday Nights

Children’s Fellowship on Wednesday Nights

 

PCF (Presbyterian Children’s Fellowship)is for grades K-5th – all kids welcome! PCF  meets on Wednesday Nights (September -May)  t from 5:30-7:30pm ( meal included) .There are a few summer events but the group doesn’t meet weekly during the summertime.

Our PCF Leader is our Children’s Ministry Leader Ms. Kirsten Shaw

Love Your Enemies

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Education, From the Pastors | Comments Off on Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? 

Matthew 5:43-48

For most of us the decision to receive the gift of salvation God offers to the world in Jesus was a fairly easy one to make. After all, that decision doesn’t cost us anything; it is the free gift of grace through the faith that is also gifted to us. In many respects it is God’s choosing that brings us into the blessed light of salvation. A good Presbyterian would say it is our destiny, and it is in that sense that we consider humanity to be pre – destined. From the beginning it is God’s intention to save the world.

The harder choice for us to make is to live a life that is committed to living under the Lordship of Jesus. That’s a harder choice because that choice costs us everything. Try as we may to create them, the fact is there just aren’t many options to how we are to think about, treat, respect, embrace, welcome, and receive others if we are being a disciple. Jesus reminded his followers that the command was clear: Love God with all you have and love neighbor as self. The epistle of John teaches that we cannot love God while hating brother or sister. The Apostle Paul instructed the Roman church that hospitality was the hallmark of the faithful community and that we should never seek revenge – hate evil and love good – leave room for God to work, was his instruction.

We live in a world that begs us to find enemies among us and lash out at them. The reasons hardly matter. We are supposed to have political enemies, national enemies, economic enemies, and religious enemies. What we perhaps forget is that the world has always operated in this way, and the story of humanity told in the bible bears that out. Jesus himself encountered all of this and offered up hard to follow instruction: Love your enemies and pray for those who would purposely hurt you. Jesus taught that the most effective way to engage enemy was to love them as the brother and sister of God that they are.

Having Jesus be our Savior is a blessed gift of grace free to all who believe. Serving Jesus as Lord is a lifelong commitment of obedience, trust, and self – giving love that will cost and cost and cost, and we can only live like that as we stay in touch with God and continue to seek the guidance of Jesus’ teachings and the help of God’s Spirit.

Let us pray:
Come to us today, O God, in the wonder of your love. Live in the secret places of our hearts where we have tried so hard to keep you out, those places where you know us as we really are. Fill us with your Spirit, and by your grace send us out into the mix of whatever this day will bring in order to show your compassionate and strengthening love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.*

(*Mark H. Landfried, from Let Us Pray: Reformed Prayers for Christian Worship).

2018 Mission Trip

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in PYF: Youth 7th+ | Comments Off on 2018 Mission Trip

2018 Mission Trip

Our group of 7 adults and 8 teens left Sunday June 3rd at 6am for the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home (CPCH) in Denton TX. The group camped in the gym/ Stricklen Hall (large gym type building) and cooked meals in the kitchen on site at the CPCH.  They worked  on chores around the building and helped do odds and ends tasks that the CPCH is in need of help with such as fixing bikes, painting, cleaning, fixing pianos,  organizing clothing closet, etc… .  They appreciated all the prayers and happy thoughts sent their way as they worked hard for a week ministering and serving those  in need.

The Cumberland Presbyterian’s Children’s Home (CPCH)protects children and teens through an Emergency Shelter and the Children’s Residential Program, a General Residential Operation, and is licensed through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  The Emergency Shelter program has the capacity for 16 residents –  Accepts children and teens ages 5-17 years and  Provides clothing and nutritious meals, as well as a safe, caring place to live , Offers life-skills training, counseling, case management, spiritual development and medical and dental care,  Assists children with their individual goals . THE CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM has  two long term cottages and accepts children and teens ages 5-17 years. it provides clothing and nutritious meals, as well as a safe, caring place to live,  offers life-skills training, counseling, case management, spiritual development and medical and dental care, assists children with their individual goals, and each cottage has the capacity to care for 8 residents. The duration of a child’s stay depends on his or her specific needs. Each child is eligible for after-care through Cumberland Family Services upon leaving the program. The CPCH  is a strength-focused agency that believes in  helping our clients identify their strengths and build on them. We help them develop the tools they need to find solutions to the challenges of life.

Thank you to Youth Leader Lori Harnish for all the hard work and time spent planning and co-ordinating this trip.

Mission Trippers: Aidan Kennemer, Parker Brown , Regan Mills, Katy Barnes, Lacey Young, Brando Young, Jackson Mills, &  Austin Thames,Lori Harnish, Chris Oyer,  Renee Brown, JB Brown, Robert Mills, Darren Kennemer, & Michael Youngimg_2441

Men’s Fellowship

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Featured Announcements, Fellowship | Comments Off on Men’s Fellowship

Men’s Fellowship

The  Men’s Fellowship of FPC Alabaster meet at least one a month – usually meet each second Sunday morning of the month for breakfast and Fellowship at 7am. For the month of June they will be meeting on a Saturday (June 23) for their annual cookout and will not be meeting for breakfast.

All men are welcome to come participate. The Men’s Fellowship also have projects and programs they volunteer  with at FPCA and in the Community.  A recent project was building a covered area over one of the Fellowship Hall entrances.

The Men’s Fellowship is sponsoring a yard sale June 16 to raise money for project they would like to work on or contribute to. Donations for the Yard Sale will be taken June 11-15.

CONNECT – Sunday Mornings

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Featured Announcements, Fellowship | Comments Off on CONNECT – Sunday Mornings

CONNECT – Sunday Mornings

CONNECT Fellowship and Study Groups meet each Sunday morning before the worship service.  

 CONNECT Fellowship meets from 9- 915am There is a time every Sunday morning from 9-9:15am of fellowship (& snacks!) in the Fellowship Hall and a time to visit with friends and catch up on what the they’ve been doing during the week.

 At 9:15 we separate into our CONNECT Sunday Morning study groups. We have 3 adult study groups, a preschool group, an elementary age children, and a youth study group.

 All are welcome to come!

Senior Adult Fellowship

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Featured Updates, Fellowship | Comments Off on Senior Adult Fellowship

Senior Adult Fellowship

The J.O.Y. Club (Just Older Youth) is a group of  our members who are retired and enjoy traveling (and eating). Each month the group visits a different place in Alabama.