First Presbyterian Church of Fulton

God's People Connecting... June 26-July 2, 2020!

Worship & Reflection This Week!

Sunday, June 28, 2020 (The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Year A – Liturgical Color: Green)

While in-person services are cancelled, join us on our YouTube Channel (https://bit.ly/fpcfultonyoutube) or our Facebook Page for Sunday Worship! Services "Premiere" at 10:30 a.m. After the Premiere, the videos are available to view at any time! Next Week- July 5- FPC will return to in-person worship. See the announcement below for details!


Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 22:1-14

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 10:40-42


Sermon by Rev. Aaron White:

Introducing God: The Faithful Provider!

When we imagine introducing God to others, the last vision we might imagine sharing is that of the divine one who commands a father to sacrifice his only son. But that is precisely what the Lord commands Abraham to do in this Sunday’s Old Testament Lesson. And to the reader’s surprise, Abraham doesn’t resist. He and Isaac travel to the mountain in the land of Moriah, in obedience of God’s command. But when Abraham raises his hand, the Lord stops him and provides another suitable sacrifice.

Though we might find it challenging to do so, we must look beyond the raised knife, in order to see what this story is really teaching us about God. What we discover is a God who desires to be in a relationship with us, but who requires that we place our complete trust in the Lord. If we are willing to sacrifice what we love most, God will assure that we are provided with all that we need to live and to serve the Lord.


Additional readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Psalm 13:1-6; Romans 6:12-23

Phase One of the FPC Return to In-Person Worship Begins Sunday, July 5!

Phase One Will Require Some Adjustments and Provide Some Options!

After hours of research, discussion, and prayer, Session has voted to begin re-opening First Presbyterian Church for in-person worship and limited use of the building. Social distancing protocols will be observed. We ask that all worshippers in attendance follow these guidelines.


  • It is preferred that you enter the church through the lobby doors on the north and south side of the church, however both lobby & Narthex entrances will have reception areas. Those who are unable to walk long distances, may also enter through the front-north side door by the handicap parking space.

  • The coffee bar will be closed and worshippers are requested to go directly into the sanctuary. The restrooms will be open, but please refrain from lingering in the church lobby longer than necessary.

  • We ask that all worshippers wear a face mask while in the building. Please stop at the Reception Table to use hand sanitizer and pick up a courtesy face mask in case you have forgotten to bring your own.

  • Bulletins will be displayed on screens. No paper copies will be distributed.

  • You may sit in family or close friend groups in the open areas indicated. These open spaces have been measured to be a minimum of six feet apart from other seating spaces. Ushers will be available to assist in finding the right space for your family.

  • After the service, please continue to observe social distance protocols. Please remain 6 feet away from those who are not in your party.

  • The Church Nursery is closed through August. Materials and objects at the children's table in the Narthex have been limited to items that can be effectively sanitized between services. Parents should make their own decision about allowing their children to use this area during the service.

  • Passing of the Peace will be a non-contact process announced by the minister during the service.

  • Holy Communion will be observed per the regular schedule using individual pre-packaged elements. Elements have been difficult to find as suppliers cannot keep up with demand. If you require a gluten-free option, please plan to bring your own.

  • Music will be offered as individual instrumental performances, and small ensembles. The choir will sit in the audience, and only the organist and music director will work from the choir loft.

  • The minister will preach from the pulpit without a liturgist.

  • Congregational responses and instrumental hymns will be held, and we ask that face masks remain on throughout the service.


The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the separation it has caused have been keenly felt by our entire country. First Presbyterian Church of Fulton is dedicated to protecting public health while continuing to answer God’s call to pray, serve, and act in his name. Your Session continues to meet and stay abreast of emerging COVID-19 news and the changing recommendations from State and County health authorities, and to receive the advice of the Missouri Union Presbytery, PC(USA), and our insurance providers. It is hoped that regular Sunday School classes, and more open use of the building (including the lobby and fellowship hall), will be forthcoming in August.


CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE FLYER!

Announcing a Congregational Meeting to Elect Elders!

Election of New Elders to be Held Sunday, July 5!

There will be a Congregational Meeting on July 5, immediately following worship. The purpose of this meeting is to elect Bob Hoell to the Elder Class of 2023 representing the worship committee, and Vince Logan to the Elder Class of 2023 representing the administration Committee.

At this time, we do not have someone to nominate to the Class of 2022 for a 2 year term representing the Christian Education committee, but we hope to have someone by July 5th.

Ramona Dobson,

Clerk of Session

Red Cross Blood Drive to be Held July 1!

Sign Up Today!

Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 1

2:00-6:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

(South Side Entrance)


Due to the large number of blood drives cancelled due to the COVID-19 closures this spring, the American Red Cross needs your donation more now than ever before to fill the summer healthcare demand. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) OR VISIT RedCrossBlood.org and enter: FPresbyterianFulton to schedule an appointment.


To download a printable flyer giving all of the safety precautions

being taken for this event, click on the photo below!

Summer Mission Projects: We are Called to Service with NO Restriction!

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During July and August, the negative seating spaces in our sanctuary are filled with opportunities to serve. You are invited to bring an item for the SERVE Food Pantry, contribute a Shelf-Stocker to Our House, or donate a school supply for the SERVE Back-to-School Fair. As the paper bags fill with your donations, we fill the empty space with purpose!
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Pentecost Offering Collection Continues - Local Portion Funds Back-to-School Fair and Much More!

Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future.


By giving to the Pentecost Offering, we are nurturing the faith of those who are the church to come – children, youth, and young adults.


40% of what’s received stays with the congregation, where FPC Fulton has given to Serve’s Back-to-School Fair; 25% supports Young Adult Volunteers (YAV); 25% supports Ministries with Youth; and the remaining 10% is devoted to children at-risk.

Send checks to:

First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 6037, Fulton, MO 65251.

Write "Pentecost Offering" in the memo line.

or

Try Out the New GIVE+ Online method!

Just go to: www.fultonpresbyterian.org, click on the Give Online icon, and follow the prompts.

Be sure to select Pentecost Offering from the menu of destinations for your offering.

Announcing a New Way to Manage Pledges & Offerings!

Online Giving is Now Available on the Website or by Mobile App!

Our Session is excited to announce that you can now have the option to manage your pledges, contributions, and special offering payments online. Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the internet. Simply follow these steps:


  1. Visit the church website at www.fultonpresbyterian.org
  2. Click on the GIVE ONLINE which is located on the home page
  3. Click on Login/Create Profile
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile which creates your login with your User ID and password. Then you can schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.


You can use your credit/debit card to pay

OR

you can set up online bank account transfers


Our church is using Vanco as our online vendor, who transfers the money directly into our Callaway Bank checking account. They offer the same online security as major credit cards. They are utilized by over 26,000 churches to manage their online giving. Your payments through our online giving program will be reflected on our church Contribution Statements...it will be the same as sending us a check.


GIVE+ Mobile App is Also Available!

If you would prefer to download a mobile app for your online giving, that makes payments quick and easy you can follow these steps:


  1. go to your App Store and search for GIVE+
  2. Once you've downloaded the App you will need to create a profile which will create a login with your User ID and password
  3. You can use your credit/debit card to pay

    OR

    you can set up online bank account transfers.


CLICK ON THE GIVE+ ICONS TO VIEW AN INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO!

Connecting with God, Nature, Each Other, and the Blessings That Sustain!

Send in Your Photos of the Natural Beauty Around Us!

Where do you see signs of resurrection and renewed life heralding the Good News? Share a picture of the natural beauty in your world. Thanks to Arlys Kremer for contributing her photo of this amazing Amaryllis dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of her mother, Rosa Nilson.

If you would like to share your photo, please feel free to add a "in memory of" or "in honor of" dedication. Send pictures to: pastor@fultonpresbyterian.org or communications@fultonpresbyterian.org . They will be used in social media post and sermon graphics over the next few weeks!

Peacemaking Virtual Choir Project, “This Is My Song”

Peacemaking Virtual Choir Project "This Is My Song"

Ever Wonder About How Things Get to be the Presbyterian Way? Here's a Lighthearted Look at the Process!

GA ROCKS! A video in the style of "Schoolhouse Rock" about how policy gets passed in the PC(USA)

Church Family News July Edition Deadline Approaches!

Do You Have a Summer Birthday or Anniversary?

Let's Celebrate Together!

In July, we will honor those who celebrated these important milestone by featuring them in the Church Family News. Please send your events in no later than Monday, June 29!


FPC Church Family News is published monthly, usually on the first Wednesday of the month, and sent by e-mail to all who are receiving the FPC Weekly Newsletter. Church Family News is an internal communication and is not distributed to the general public via social media or press release. Items for broader distribution should be submitted for inclusion in the FPC Weekly Newsletter.


Appropriate submissions include:

  • Social news, such as birthday-anniversay-graduation celebrations, achievements, wedding & birth announcements, etc.;
  • Concerns for sharing with those close to you, such as health updates, requests for assistance, deaths of members who have moved from Fulton, etc.;
  • Status updates, such as promotions, retirements, changes in employment, or changes of address and contact information.


All items submitted for inclusion the Church Family News are shared with the pastor and the Congregational Care Committee.


Items for each month, must be submitted no later than the fourth Monday of the month. Submissions that come after will appear in the next month's Church Family News.


Send items by e-mail to:

communications@fultonpresbyterian.org

Send items by USPS to:

First Presbyterian Church

Church Family News - Congregational Care Committee

PO Box 6037

Fulton, MO 65251

Subscribe to the FPC YouTube Channel!

To Subscribe:

  1. Open any web browser and go to: https://bit.ly/fpcfultonyoutube.
  2. Subscribe by checking on the red rectangle on the right side of the page.
  3. Set notifications by clicking on the bell icon.
  4. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily find it in the future.


To enable auto-generated closed captioning:

  1. Go to the FPC YouTube Channel and select the video you wish to view with closed captions.
  2. On the menu bar directly beneath the video window, you will see a gear-shaped icon for “Settings.” Clicking on the icon will reveal a series of options, including the ability to turn on “Subtitles/CC.”
  3. After clicking on this option, you would want to select “English (auto-generated).”
  4. To view, click on the side arrow to launch play. Once the video begins to play, YouTube will generate closed captioning.


CLICK THE YOUTUBE LOGO TO VIEW A CLOSED CAPTION TUTORIAL!

Special Note: Rev. White will be on vacation Monday, June 22 through Saturday, July 4.

Virtual Office Hours, Contact Information, & Where to Send Your Offerings & Pledges!

How to Contact Rev. Aaron White

Rev. Aaron White is holding virtual office hours at this time. Please call him on his cell phone, (573) 590-3136 or contact him by email pastor@fultonpresbyterian.org. Rev. Aaron will be on vacation Monday, June 22 through Saturday, July 4. Please reach out to one of the Elders or contact the committees using the email addresses listed below.



How Will I Continue Giving During This Time?

Checks for pledges and offerings, and documents that are normally hand-delivered on Sunday mornings can be mailed to:

First Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 6037, Fulton, MO 65251

If you prefer online giving, use our new GIVE+ Online giving system through the website or the GIVE+ Mobile app.


Our committees Gmail accounts that can be used to email them suggestions, concerns, and thanks. The addresses are:

Welcome to Our Church!

First Presbyterian Church is located at 718 Court Street in historic downtown Fulton, Missouri. Worship services, under the direction of Rev. Aaron White, are held each Sunday morning. For more information, go to: www.fultonpresbyterian.org or find us on Facebook or on Twitter @FPCFulton.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

https://bit.ly/fpcfultonyoutube