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Dear Friends, We find ourselves immersed in Lent and moving toward Holy Week and Easter, the peak of the Christian church year. These events are the center of our faith and demonstrate God’s abundant and saving love. The members of the Session hope and pray that your hearts and minds are open to the blessing of the Holy Spirit.
April 6 Lenten Lunch at Heritage Baptist Church - Noon
April 8 Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic at the Thompson’s - 11:30
April 9 We are all familiar with the lessons learned by Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He kept the spirit of Christmas all year through. Let us all keep the spirit of Easter as well. The celebration won’t end on April 16. The power of Jesus’ resurrection as a sign of our forgiveness is our daily reality. What difference can it make if we keep the spirit of Easter? We can take the hope, joy, truth and generosity represented by the resurrection into the world with us every day. Imagine the wonderful things that can be accomplished as you let the life of Christ flow into all your relationships and every aspect of your life. Blessing, Your Session
April 13 Maundy Thursday Service 7:00pm
April 14 Good Friday Service at Sam Jones UMC– Noon
April 16 Easter Sunday 9:00am Upper Room 11:00am Sanctuary No Sunday School
April 30 2nd Comm-Unity Sunday Service 10:00am Sanctuary
Wednesday Night Dinners and Programs for All Ages Join us for dinner (5:30-6:30pm) and programs for children, youth and adults (6:15-7:00pm). Meals are $7 for adults and children over 12 years old; $3 for children 4-12 with a maximum of $20 for a family. Wednesday Night Menu April 5 - Spring Break/No Supper
April 12 - Holy Week/No Supper
April 19 - Chicken tetrazzini April 26 - Smoked pork chop
On Thursdays in Lent we will have a simple lunch together with our sister churches in the community for fellowship and one of the pastors will lead us in a brief devotional in keeping with the season. Our last Lenten lunch on April 6th will be at Heritage Baptist Church, Rev. Iain Inglis will be our speaker. The lunch is from 12:00-12:55. There is no charge, donations will be accepted. To make a reservation fill out the reservation form that is included in Sunday’s bulletin and place in offering plate.
Church Family “Thanks to you my world’s a lot brighter!
Dear Church, All your prayers, cards, phone calls speeded my recovery and made my long hospitalization bearable. My sincere thanks for a caring church. In Jesus, Susan Egger”
2nd Comm-Unity Sunday Service Join us on Sunday, April 30th at 10:00am for our one combined fifth Sunday worship service in the Sanctuary. We will not have Sunday School that Sunday.
April at First Presbyterian Church 183 West Main Street, Cartersville
April 8th – Easter Egg Hunt – 11:30 a.m. Egg hunt and Church-Wide Picnic at the Thompsons’, 219 Bates Road, Cartersville April 9th – Palm Sunday 9:00 a.m. - Upper Room 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary April 13th - Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary April 14th - Good Friday 12:00 p.m. - Sam Jones United Methodist April 16th – Easter Sunday 9:00 a.m. - Upper Room 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary (No Sunday School)
From the Session •
At the March 21 stated meeting moderated by Rev. Zeta Lamberson, the session voted to place Dr. Chris Jones on a 3 week leave of absence during a time of negotiation regarding his call.
The session received information that the presbytery has appointed an Administrative Commission to assist in finding a reasonable resolution regarding the change of call for Dr. Jones to this church, to work with both parties to negotiate a separation agreement, and help in the coming months to foster healing in the congregation.
The session received the resignations Katie Jones, Aubri Gardner, and Lindsay Cagle from the Preschool, Katie Orth and Aubri Gardner from the youth program, and Elder Velma Tilley as Clerk of Session.
Beth Weathersby was appointed to the position of Interim Preschool Director through the end of the school year.
As per our newly adopted Officer Nominating Committee selection process, two appointments were made by Dr. Jones and the session approved Mark Bridges (session) and Nannette Enloe (Diaconate) to serve on the Officer Nomination Committee.
Vacation Bible School 2017 June 5 - 9, 9:00am till noon This year's theme is Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God, and we need adult volunteers to join our super hero team! Please prayerfully consider sharing your time and talents with our children, even if only for one day--we have many positions to fill, and there is something to do for everyone! Please contact Jean Gilliland (404-431-8660), Renee Shields (904-233-5900), or Louise Panter (770-382-1041). If you don't call us, we may be calling you! Do good, seek peace, and go after it!"-- Psalm 34:14b
Except for the Easter Egg Hunt on April 8, there will be no children's or youth activities during the weeks of spring break and Holy Week, Sunday, April 2 through Easter Sunday, April 16. Children and youth will resume their normal schedule on Wednesday, April 19. April Calendar for Children/Youth Sunday, April 2--Spring Break, no church activities Wednesday, April 5--Spring Break, no church activities Saturday, April 8--11:30 a.m.--Easter Egg Hunt/Church Picnic Sunday, April 9--Spring Break, no church activities Wednesday, April 12--no church activities Sunday, April 16--Easter, no church activities Wednesday, April 19--Wednesday night activities Sunday, April 23--Club 345 & Youth Group Wednesday, April 26--Wednesday night activities Sunday, April 30--Youth Group The Faith Development Ministry Team is asking for your prayers and your patience as we strive to ensure a smooth transition for our families and youth as we move forward. We hope to have an Interim Youth Director/Minister in place very soon! In the meantime, we will continue to work hard to ensure your child's and youth's experience at FPC is positive and nurturing! Anyone with questions, concerns, or who just wants to help, may contact Jean Gilliland (404-431-8660) or Beth Weathersby (404-4065588).
You’re invited to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt and ChurchChurchwide picnic on Saturday, April 8th at the Thompson’s, 219 Bates Road, Cartersville be-
April 2017 HOC Summer Activities at FPC all camps feature Science-Technology-E Engineering--Art--Math
CAMP JUNE 1212-16
Please remember the staff of the Hands of Christ Afterschool program during the last week of April. We have 18 teachers, 18 paraprofessionals, 3 bus drivers, and 2 kitchen workers who give their time and talents, but most of all their love to our 210 students. These dedicated professionals do so much more than teach…they show our children the love of Christ in their everyday actions. We are truly blessed to have these special people on our team!
Fairytale STEAM JUNE 2626-30 Field trips include Lakepoint Station, Tellus, a Creek Walk, and a Carnival in the FPC parking lot.
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In April We Pray for Our Church: Staff: Araceli Munoz, Keith Gamble (ASP), Jennifer Graves (ASP), Amber Parker (Preschool), Rosemary Purdy (Preschool) Officers: Jo Clark (Session), Rhonda Ireland (Diaconate) Ministries: Hands of Christ Afterschool Program Families: April 1-8: Pat and Hallie Eberlein, Patrick Eberlein, Ryan Eberlein, Susan Egger, Randy and Sharon Ellis (Alaina) April 9-15: Nannette Enloe, Lars and Jennifer Ennerberg (Ian, Sofia), Adam and Kimberly Erickson, Kathy Farnon, Matt and Jessica Farnon (Jackson, Audrey) April 16-22: Vernon and Becky Ferguson, Holley Flory (Darby, Audrey, Preston), Bonnie Floyd, Robert and Julia Forbes (Tripp, Clayton), Bob and Judy Frink April 23-30: Rich and Rhonda Gaffoglio, Trey and Beth Gaines (Margaret, Meredith), Jessica Gardner (Patrick), Kimberly Gebert, Mark and Veletta Gebert
April Calendar April 3-7 Hands of Christ ASP & Preschool Spring Break April 3 10:30am - PW Morning Circle Meeting 7:00pm - PW Evening Circle Meeting April 4 6:30pm - Properties Committee April 6 12:00pm - Lenten Lunch @ Heritage Baptist April 7 1:00pm - Bridge Group April 8 11:30am - Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic @ Thompson’s April 9 Palm Sunday April 11 6:00pm - Stewardship & Finance Meeting 7:00pm - Session Meeting April 13 6:15pm - Hospitality Committee Meeting 7:00pm - Maundy Thursday Service April 14 Good Friday - Church office closed 12:00pm - Good Friday Service @ Sam Jones UMC
April 16 Easter Sunday (no Sunday School) 9:00am - Upper Room Worship 11:00am - Sanctuary Worship April 17 10:00am - Prayer Shawl Ministry 6:30pm - Membership Committee April 18 6:00pm - Worship Committee 6:30pm - Mission Committee April 20 11:00am - Adult Education Committee April 24 6:30pm - Congregational Care Committee 7:00pm - Diaconate Meeting April 30 10:00am - Comm-unity Sunday Service