Thank you to everyone who participated in the Church Challenge Scavenger Hunt last week. It was shared that this event had people visiting places in the church that they’d never been, and many learned a lot about our church history! Teams that answered everything correctly were the PNC, Chas & Cheryl Kopplin, and the Miller/Terrill group. Way to go!!! Answers are posted on the Christian Education bulletin board.
Our annual pilgrimage to the Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., was, once again, meaningful and fun! We learned what it looks like to Wear Love: from Colossians 3:12 & 14 – “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
This will be the theme for the 5th Sunday worship service on August 16. Below is a slide show from our trip. And yes, Jenny and Tina (the fearless youth leaders) experienced and survived the giant slip ‘n slide 🙂
2015 Graduate recognition Sunday took place on May 31 with breakfast and gifts sponsored by the Christian Education Committee, followed by a special worship service at 10am. Congratulations to our high school and college graduates! May God’s grace and love guide you on your new life journey.
High School Graduates: Sabrina Cleis (Fenton), Ann and D’Onte Fetzer (Holly), Charlie Harper (Hartland), Colin Hodgkin (Fenton), Olivia Kirkey (Linden), Heidi Ritchie (linden), Andrew Roberts (Linden), Maggie Sheppard (Pioneer – Ann Arbor), and Annie Wilson (Hartland).
College Graduates: Olivia Horton – Alma College with a Major in Biology, Minors in Environmental Science and French; Alexianna Mundy – Grand Valley State University with a dual degree in Photography and Public Relations & Advertising; Kelly Roberts – University of Michigan with a BS in Kinesiology with concentration in Intra Operative Neuro Monitroing.
Below are Colin Hodgkin, D’Onte Fetzer, Ann Fetzer, Annie Wilson, Heidi Ritchie, and Olivia Kirkey 🙂
Congratulations to the 2015 Confirmation Class, who were confirmed on Sunday, May 17. As their first act of service, they served communion to the congregation during the 11am worship service. A big THANK YOU goes out to their mentors who met with their confirmand over a six week period to discuss the Gospel of Luke, attended the session meeting when the class was approved for membership, and offered support, guidance and encouragement. During a family group event, confirmands also made individual banners with various Christian symbols that hung from the balcony in the sanctuary.
(From left to right) Waverly Ritchie, Lindsey Gibb, Ethan Rzpeka, Christian Cleis, Madeline Davis, and Liza Kirkey
Mentors are listed in order of their confimand in the picture above: Jenny Gibb, David Eshleman, Jan Foster, Nancy Cleis, Nikki Black, and Jane Motta
The “Doubting Thomas” rotation runs May 31 – August 30, 2015.
The faithful disciple, Thomas, was labeled “doubting” at his greatest test of faith. He was willing to go to Jerusalem and die with his Lord, but he couldn’t believe the unbelievable. After the resurrection, all of the disciples except Thomas had seen Jesus in the flesh. Thomas lived in doubt for a whole week until Jesus appeared out of nowhere and said, “Peace be with you.” Recognizing Thomas’s doubt, Jesus offered to let Thomas touch him. At that moment Thomas received his revelation and responded, “My Lord and my God.”
Thomas came to his faith through firsthand experience with the Risen Christ. The testimony of the disciples was recorded in scripture so that subsequent believers could come to faith. Jesus said to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
When we make the jump of faith, the scriptures illuminate how to walk a path that invites the living God to journey with us throughout our lives. God’s presence transforms us, making us active workers in God’s kingdom. We become witnesses to the resurrection even without experiencing it firsthand.
The memory verse is: John 20:29
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
The Deacon’s scholarship is a $500 scholarship offered by the Board of Deacons to members of the congregation. To be eligible, an applicant must be a high school graduate or graduating senior with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 seeking an advanced education at college or trade school. The form may be downloaded by clicking this link: FFPC New Deacon Scholarship Form The scholarship applications are due to the church office by May 10, 2015.
The following requirements and materials are needed to apply for a Deacons Scholarship, approved by the Board of Deacons in 2014:
- Member of First Presbyterian Church of Fenton
- Applicant is a graduating senior or a post graduate seeking advanced education (college, trade school, etc.)
- Applicant has a cumulative 2.5 GPA
- Complete the following
The following information must be typed and attached to this signed application.
- List your involvements at school, at church and in the community that best describe your awareness of the needs of others; attach two letters one from your school and one from a community or church individual regarding the involvement
- Write an essay of 300 words or less describing a situation when you desired to provide assistance to someone in need that had conflicted with what your peers wanted you to do
- State any other information you feel should be acknowledged
- Attach an academic transcript of your GPA
Jr. and Sr. High youth often assist as shepherds to younger children in our Carpenter’s Corner program. This past rotation we have been learning about David, who as a young boy was chosen by God and secretly anointed king by Samuel. The children did activities focusing on David’s strength of faith and courage in defeating the giant Goliath. Even though he was both young and small, in his heart he knew God was with him.
In the games classroom last Sunday, Ms. Sherry talked about bullying with the children and the character it takes to stand up to a bully. The picture below is a result of that discussion, made possible by Jr. High youth who assisted. It was done on the white board located by our main entrance and is a great message for all! Way to disciple!
Women of all ages are welcome to participate in the 8 week study James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore.
Monday evenings from 6:30-8pm April 13-June 8 (no class Memorial Day) Wednesday mornings from 10- 11:30am April 15 – June 1
In this 8 week study Beth takes us on a journey to get to know both the man and the Book of James. “James, Jesus’ own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple, and in the process, learn how you can put your own faith into action. You will never be the same again!” See Tina Ritchie for more information.
This year’s theme was “Share Your Faith Story,” with keynote speaker Pastor Andrew Pomerville from The People’s Church in East Lansing. Who doesn’t love the youth mix? Good friends, small groups, games, food, energizers and worship! This is an annual event for 9-12 graders from around Michigan. The picture below is our group with other friends outside the cafeteria. God is good!