Griefshare is a grief recovery group that is intended for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one, family member or friend. No matter where you are in the grieving process you will find a safe place to listen to others, ask questions and be supported.
Fenton First Presbyterian Church
Thursday’s 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Session One: Feb. 20th-Mar. 26th
Session Two: Apr 16th- May 21st.
We don’t always know the toll of our grief until we talk honestly about it. This could be your first steps toward healing and wholeness. Please see Hannah Hall for more information.
Shelter of Flint Mission Opportunity – On Saturday, February 22, 2020 we will car pool from our church at 8:30 am for a workday at the Shelter of Flint from 9 am – 4 pm. Please consider joining us to do a variety of maintenance tasks, which may involve cleaning, painting, sorting, organizing, etc. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested, a sign-up sheet is in Fellowship Hall. Contact Maureen Utt (810-701-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
All women are invited to our Women’s Lunch on Wednesday, February 12th at 12:30pm, at Brick Street Tavern in Grand Blanc. Please come and enjoy the food, fellowship and friendship! We will be ordering off a limited menu provided for the event and everyone will pay for their own meal.
Contact Karen Terrill or Jan O’Connell with Questions. Sign-up in Fellowship Hall
Gospel Project Sunday school
Nursery through kindergarten classes offered during 9am worship.
Nursery through 5th grade classes offered during 11am worship.
Why this curriculum? Because every lesson points to Jesus, and children are learning stories from the entire Bible – even the tough ones – in age appropriate ways. This allows children to very simply experience the full breadth of the Gospel message. As they grow into youth group, these lessons will be familiar, allowing them to further unpack and understand the challenges that all of humanity faces even today. Biblical relevancy and faith formation starts early and is a great gift!
Please see Tina Ritchie with any questions, or if you would like to be added to the weekly email lessons and family talking points.
Wednesday Women’s Covenant: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course by Peter Scazzero
January 8 – February 26 from 10am – Noon in Fellowship Hall, Cost:$27 for course pack
For more information, see Tina Ritchie
The EHS Course is a serious course offered in a safe, comfortable environment that respects each person’s journey.
It asks people to:
- Leave a superficial, shallow spirituality.
- Open up their interior world so Christ can transform it.
- Develop their own personal relationship with Jesus and not live off other people’s spirituality.
- Read the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality book and meet with Jesus twice a day for 8 weeks through EHS Day by Day.
Monday Evening Women’s Study: “Seamless” by Angie Smith
Meets January 6 – February 17 from 6:30 – 8pm in the Video Room
See Tina Ritchie for more information
Discover the seamless thread connecting the people, places, and promises of the Bible in a whole new way. Each week features key information that ties all of scripture together into the seamless truth of the gospel message and is accompanied by maps, general Bible facts, and word studies. In this study you will:
- Understand the Bible as a whole as you change the way you look at Scripture
- Connect with the people, places and promises of God’s Word in a fresh way
- Gain clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture
- Discover a biblical context that reshapes and brings to life stories from the Old and New Testaments
Financial Peace University – Wednesday evenings
January 15 – March 11 from 6-8pm in the Conference Room
Cost: $99.95 when you register through our church website HERE
Some scholarship money is available – contact the office to inquire.
For more information on the course, contact Jennifer MacLean at 810-240-2301.
Learn how to:
- Lesson 1: Build a Starter Emergency Fund and Learn How to Budget
- Lesson 2: Pay Off All Debt
- Lesson 3: Save a Fully Funded Emergency Fund
- Lesson 4: Invest for the Future and Build Wealth
- Lesson 5: Buyer Beware
- Lesson 6: The Role of Insurance
- Lesson 7: Retirement Planning
- Lesson 8: Real Estate and Mortgages
- Lesson 9: Living and Giving Like No One Else
DOWNLOAD FLYER Financial Peace Winter 2020
Discipline is not a bad word
When we talk about discipline most of us think of parenting and the principal’s office. Discipline is what happens when we need to be corrected and our behavior adjusted. However discipline is also used in a positive sense when we talk about sports, music and artistic skills like carpentry or art. Discipline is what we call the practice, the lessons and the rehearsals. It is the inner drive to critically examine your craft, and the exterior effort of being taught and led that we call discipline. Just as we need discipline to excel in art and sports, we need discipline in our spiritual lives as well. These next few weeks we will be highlighting various spiritual disciplines during our worship services as an effort to grow deeper in our faith as a church.
All of the things that we call spiritual disciplines are normal activities in the Christian Life and many times in life in general. They become spiritual disciplines because of the effort of concentration on specific actions in a disciplined way for spiritual benefit. While spontaneity in our faith is valuable and flexibility to what the Spirit draws us to is crucial, we are called to grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18) and that takes a concerted effort.
Our first topic of the month will be prayer. Both spontaneous and prepared, private and public, prayer is a huge topic. Being disciplined in prayer is a great gift and a skill to be developed. There are many ways to grow in prayer. Learning to pray publicly, gathering with others to pray, and keeping a prayer journal are all ways that can enhance our prayer life. There are a multitude of different ways to pray and many ways to grow in our conversations with God.
Love can be a discipline as well, although we most commonly think of it as an emotion. It might sound like disciplined love is an oxymoron. Ultimately, love is a virtue (not just an emotion) and being disciplined in acts of love does not callus us. Intentionally acting in love causes our hearts to grow and increases our ability to feel and to respond emotionally to others around us. A key part to being disciplined in love is that we can do most things in a loving manner and therefore love can become an innate quality of our lives rather then just a discipline. Disciplined love stretches us and may find us loving people we couldn’t imagine and in ways that we wouldn’t dare.
Living in gratitude is like planting seeds and watering them well. Rarely are seeds like those barren. What a richness we can experience if we are but thankful for the gifts of God and those around us. Even in difficult circumstances there is always something to be thankful for, and the discipline of looking for it shapes our hearts and opens our eyes to the activity of God in our world. It is those difficult circumstances that call for discipline surrounding gratitude. It is too easy to extenuate the negative and descend into despair.
Acts of mercy and kindness are fruit of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. These can be done by individuals or groups of people. When groups of people get together to accomplish something in Christ’s name we call it mission. Joining a group to work at a food bank, trash pick up at a local park with friends, and raising funds for hunger issues all are part of God’s mission in the world. However God’s Mission is not confined to our own neighborhood: it is a global initiative. Supporting and praying for churches and ministries worldwide is a discipline that expands our notion of God’s work in the world. It can also challenge us about who God is as we see people that we perceive as aliens become friends and even brothers and sisters in Christ.
Being intentional about spiritual practices will produce personal growth. Concerted efforts to improve spiritual practice will also sew bonds of faith between believers. All in all, spiritual disciplines allow us to know more about who God is and what God would have us do. We look forward to seeing what God will do with us as we learn together this month.
Sunday February 3rd. Led by youth groups across the country, this mission to tackle hunger and poverty in local communities has been around since 1990. 100% of your donations stays local: non-perishable food items placed in the bins in the main entryway go to the FUMC Food Pantry, and monetary donations will go to the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint. Youth will be available to collect monetary donations after both worship services. Thank you for your support!
On Saturday, February 23, 2019 we will car pool from our church at 8:30 am for a workday at the Shelter of Flint from 9 am – 4 pm. Please consider joining us to do a variety of maintenance tasks, which may involve cleaning, painting, sorting, organizing, etc. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested, a sign-up sheet is in Fellowship Hall. Contact Maureen Utt (810-701-2336 or email@example.com) with any questions.