First Presbyterian Church of Fulton

God's People Connecting... July 10-16, 2020!

A Note About Worship Service Formats, Timing, & Technology

First Presbyterian Church has returned to in-person worship services to be held each Sunday at 10:30 am. The articles featured below describe in detail the ways that our service format has changed in order to protect public safety during this time of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Social distancing, wearing masks, and reduced physical contact with potential sources of contamination as we practice our faith are aspects of church life that will be with us until effective treatment and a vaccine is found for COVID-19.

We recognize many, especially those in high-risk categories, will not be ready to attend worship in person. We encourage those who cannot join us in person to continue to check in through Facebook and at our YouTube channel- - for livestreaming and recording of the service from the Sanctuary.

A Special Note About Technology and Growth:

Livestreaming services on social media platforms has required us to upgrade our Internet services to improve speed and quality. We have secured these services, but our provider has had to upgrade some of their connections to the church building. This process is likely to take another week. If you would like to join the services online this week, please plan to do so at 1:00 pm on Sunday, or anytime thereafter. (This issue should be resolved for the Sunday, July 19 service. However, as with all things that require a supply line of parts and labor, this is a simple estimate at this time.) . We are working very hard to ensure that our entire congregation, visitors, and the public as a whole can join us for Sunday Worship each week.

Thank you for your continuing patience and support.

Worship and Reflection This Week!

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Sunday, July 12, 2020 (The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, Year A – Liturgical Color: Green)

Usher Captain this Week: Shaun Speers

Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 25:19-34

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Sermon by: Rev. Aaron White

Introducing God: The "Brains" of the Operation

God has a plan to bless the world, and in order to complete this work, God has enlisted the service of Abraham and his descendants. But in this week’s Scripture lesson from Genesis, we learn that not everyone will be up to the task. Despite his status as Isaac and Rebekah’s firstborn son, Esau demonstrates a disregard for his birthright, which he sells to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew. Esau trades his inherited blessing for immediate but temporary satisfaction.

As we read this story, we must consider our own roles as servants of God. When faced with such a challenge, are we prepared to endure worldly discomfort, in order to preserve our spiritual inheritance? Would we endure through moments of struggle, while trusting in God’s plan to secure lasting blessings for us? If we are to be a part of God’s “scheme” to bless the world, then we must stick to the plan!

Additional readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:

Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11

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Attention to Public Safety Requires Caution as we Join to Worship Together!

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.


What Are Those Brown Bags Doing in My Seat? Helping Us Social Distance AND Calling us to Action!

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We Are Called To Service With No Restrictions!

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.

Fishes & Loaves Donations for SERVE's Food Pantry!

When you place non-perishable dry goods and cans of food in one of the bags you are contributing to our Young Disciples Fishes & Loaves project. When full the brown bag will its way to the Little Red Wagon and on to SERVE - in a bit larger vehicle, of course!

Our House Summer Shelf-Stockers!

Our House needs paper towels, dish soap, tall kitchen trash bags (13gal), dryer sheets, fabric softener, laundry pods, cheap $1.00 laundry baskets from Dollar Tree . When you fill a bag with these items, you are giving a much needed item that will help residents get through the months of July and August.

Recently, one of the family refrigerators at Haven House went out. They are working to replace it with and energy efficient model. A new, standard Energy Star refrigerators costs $500, and will help the group achieve one of their goals to become more energy efficient. Donations to this cause can be dropped in the offering plate. Please write: Our House Fridge in the memo line of your check. When donating online through GIVE+, select Our House from the dropdown menu and use the same notation in the message box.

SERVE Back-to-School Fair!

When you drop school supplies such as a 3-binder, spiral notebook, box of crayons, a dozen of those nostalgic #2 pencils, or even a small backpack in one of the brown bags, you are giving to the SERVE, Inc. Back-to-School Fair that serves hundreds of Callaway County students and families as they prepare to return to school in the fall. This cause has been identified by the Mission Committee to be the recipient of our 40% of the Pentecost Offering this year. Pentecost Offerings will be collected throughout the summer.

Donations to this cause can be dropped in the offering plate. Please write: Pentecost Offering in the memo line of your check. When donating online through GIVE+, select Pentecost Offering from the dropdown menu and use the same notation in the message box.

The Brown Bag in the Pew does more than help us protect public health.

The Brown Bag in the Pew helps us live out the Greatest Commandment.

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Pentecost Offering Collection Continues Through Summer!

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.


Try Out the New GIVE+ Online method!

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

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

Set Up Your GIVE PLUS+ Account Now to Manage Pledges & Offerings Online! Click on the GIVE PLUS+ Logo for a Tutorial!

Connecting With Friends, Nature, & God's Many Blessings!

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Donation Will Support Worship Services!

Session decided it would be better to project the worship bulletin, liturgy, hymns and other worship aids, so that we can minimize physical contact that may spread the COVID-19 virus during our in-person services. To serve that need, Bob and Gail Hoell have generously donated two large-screen TVs and other equipment to assist Rev. White during our worship services. The TV monitors will be in used for the first time on July 5th.

Bob sought out the assistance of the experts at The Entertainer in Jefferson City. Together, using the input from Session, they designed an installation that is both practical and aesthetically compatible with our historic sanctuary. It is hoped that the use of media will assist and enhance not only worship services, but also other events held in the sanctuary for many years to come.


July 1st Blood Drive a Huge Success!

Thank you to all who volunteered or participated in the Red Cross Blood Drive held in the Fellowship Hall on July 1st. Coordinator Angela Russell reports that over 30 units of lifesaving blood was collected during this 4-hour event.

Great Job, Angela, her Support Team, and ALL who gave blood!

Click on the picture of Tanner & Angela Russell, Kath Mayne, or the Red Cross logo to download a Fulton Sun article about this & future Blood Drives in the area!

God Bless the Gardeners! Send in Pictures of Summer Bounty!

A Moser's Grocery Receipt Update from Nola!

Yesterday, Wednesday the 1st of July I received a check for $60.00
from Best Choice CO. $30.00 was from our Best Choice labels. Once a
year we are given a bonus of $30.00. So that adds up to the the check
of $60.00.for us. Keep saving and turning in to Nola Garner, in the offering plate or at the office.

Thanks, Nola

A Message From the US Surgeon General...

COVID-19 | Fight Coronavirus this Independence Day | #COVIDStopsWithMe

Church Family News July Edition Deadline Approaches!

Share Your Summer Vacation and Staycation Photos!

Please send your events in no later than Monday, August 3rd

to make the Wednesday, August 5 Edition!

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:

Send items by USPS to:

First Presbyterian Church

Church Family News - Congregational Care Committee

PO Box 6037

Fulton, MO 65251

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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

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: or find us on Facebook or on Twitter @FPCFulton.

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