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March 2020

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Mission Calendar 2019-2020

Saturday Worship

A Contemplative Service of Word and Table

Saturdays, 5 PM in the Sanctuary

Beginning January 11, 2020 through May 30, 2020.  There will be no service on April 11, 2020.

Sunday Worship – Live Streamed

"Enter the gates of the Lord with thanksgiving" - but not just yet!

FPC Sunday Worship will continue in a “virtual” format for the time being. The live stream begins at 10:15 am with music, and Sunday Worship begins–as always–at 10:30 am.  To participate in the live stream service, go to the Frederick Presbyterian Church Facebook page. If you do not see our sanctuary right away, refresh the page until it appears. Click here for the weekly worship guide and bulletin. If you would like to view a service after the livestream, you’ll find links on the FPC YouTube page.

The Session of FPC has appointed a committee to guide us as we navigate the way toward reopening the church building for corporate worship, as well as for other gatherings. The committee is monitoring the restrictions and guidelines issued by government officials and agencies, and also guidelines and directives from the PCUSA and other authorities, including our insurance company. We are aware of tentative plans by Frederick County to issue an order that could allow houses of worship to reopen in the coming weeks. We will consider that information and the advice of other experts to make an informed decision about FPC. Given current uncertainties, we are several weeks from making a final decision on reopening.

The committee has the safety of the congregation as its highest priority. Members include: Elders Mike Scott and Lisa Allen (co-chairs); David Cassatt, PhD; Laura Cochran; Brett Talbot, MD; Bill Miller, MD; and Pastor Eric Myers.

 

Although in-person activities at FPC continue to be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several groups are meeting online via Zoom. They include:

Youth Fellowship meets Sundays @ 5:30 pm. Join Ashley and company here.
Sunday Evening Bible Study @ 7:00 pm. “Journeying through the Psalms,” with Rev Judy Johnson.  Join here.
FPC MOMS Group meets Sunday evenings @ 8:00 pm. Join in here.
Monday Seasoned & Spirited Coffee Hour
@ 9:30 am. Join Tony here.
Tuesday Morning Study Group @ 10:00 am. Join Dennis and group here.
Wednesday Morning Prayer gathers Wednesdays @ 7:00 am. Join us for a moment of quiet contemplation here. Download the Order of Morning Prayer here.
Wednesday Book Study (Altar in the World) @ 7:00 pm. Join Cindy and friends here.
Thursday Seasoned & Spirited Game Time @ 10:30 am. Join Tony here.

Various Children’s and Youth Sunday School classes are meeting, too. Please contact Casey for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Meetings Year-Round

Alcoholics Anonymous has received FPC’s support for more than 40 years. The church provides meeting rooms and kitchen space for more than 20 weekly meetings as well as seasonal all-night meetings. FPC also offers space for weekly meetings of Al-Anon, a support group for friends and family members of problem drinkers.

Food Bank Donations

Monthly - 1st Sunday

The first Sunday of every month, FPC congregants are encouraged to bring food or hygiene items to donate to the Frederick Food Bank. Donations are down, and the number of Food Bank clients is rising—people are in need year-round. Please bring donations with you to worship.

Open Door

Wednesdays at 6:30pm, during the FCPS school year

For more than 30 years, FPC has partnered with our neighborhood school, Parkway Elementary, to provide a mentoring program for children in grades K-1. The Parkway community liaison selects children for the weekly program, which includes crafts and educational activities, story time, and a nutritious dinner. The longest-running program of its kind in Frederick County Public Schools, Open Door is an intergenerational celebration of learning and relationship in a happy, loving environment.

FPC Sunday School

Spiritual Exploration for All Ages

2019-20 School Year

The new Sunday School year kicks off on Sunday, September 15th, and continues through mid-June. Classes for children, teens, and adults meet at 9:30am on Sundays (one hour before Worship). All are welcome.