Monday, September 26, 2016

'Mature Member Ministry' by Carole and Bill Henry

Carole and Bill Henry


That’s the word that comes to mind looking back over fourteen years with the M&M (Mature Member) Ministry. It was nothing but an honor and a blessing to share in these grand experiences with our Church seniors. To give some enlightenment to that “Wow”, the following are some randomly chosen places and ventures we enjoyed. They are not in order or sequence, but given as such to show the range of our travels here and yon.

Through the tunnel in Mobile Bay and the Mardi Gras Museum to Seattle’s Pike’s Market, up the Space Needle, and a mobile duck-boat ride into the Bay; from the Barron’s baseball games to barbecue and the Blues on Beale Street, the Pink Palace, to the ducks strutting through the lobby at the Peabody Hotel, to Elvis’ Graceland; from the Tallahassee Bridge in Greenwood, Mississippi (Ode to Billie Joe) where scenes from the movie “The Help” were filmed, not to mention the Viking Plant, and our stay in the Alluvian Hotel to North Alabama’s Lions, Helen Keller’s home and her life's reenactment;  from the Monroeville courthouse production of "To Kill a Mockingbird” to swaying with the Temptations in Meridian at the Opera House Theater and to Weidmann's Restaurant;from Bellingrath Gardens to the gardens on Victoria Island; from the Ironclad battle ship in Vicksburg to reenactments of the Battle of Shiloh near Corinth, Mississippi; from atop Stone Mountain and Princess Diana's exhibition to Rudy Valley and the Jersey Boy Musicals in Branson, Missouri from cherry ice cream at the Cherry Festival in Macon, Georgia to Natchez on the River tours; from lunch with Paula Deen in Savannah to lunch at the Blue Willow in Social Circle; from local tours of Mercedes and Jim Walter Mines to caverns and caves in Asheville’s Black Mountains and fun times and snowfall at Montreat; from Alabama wooden bridges to the Top of the River restaurant.

If that’s not enough “wow”, look at the grand ones:  Up the East Coast to New York City and Broadway plays, night in Times Square, and seeing ourselves live on the morning Today Show; viewing Ground Zero then departing on the Princess Cruise ship out of New York Harbor on the upper deck looking as if we could reach out and touch the Brooklyn Bridge as we passed under. How very surreal and profound it was to see in the distance Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty passing out of view behind us as we headed up toward Rhode Island. We saw the reversible river with its famous low and high tides at the Bay of Fundy. We made it all the way to Halifax and to the far outpost light house in Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove. M&M’s have cruised twice on the Princess North west to Alaska. We went all the way to Alaska to catch-a-can. I mean, Ketucan. We visited Vancouver, Juno, Scagway; saw glaciers, elks, eagles, and then river-boated up the first gold rush river. We docked to pet some of the descendants of Husky, Granite, the famous lead dog for the late and great Susan Butcher, four time winner of the thousand plus mile Iditarod Dog Sled Race.  We became part of the fifteen percent of tourists who were fortunate enough to see Mt. McKinley, now Mt. Denali, come totally into view.

Yes, Wow! God has indeed been so good to us all. We thank Him and First Presbyterian for making these experiences possible. Thanks to our Church for prayers, support, donations, and help. Several members over the years have opened their homes and hospitality for lots of fun and joy to our M & M‘s. Members have helped build wheel chair ramps, helped with trips to doctor's appointments, to the grocery store and with the smallest of tasks like replacing light bulbs.

​It’s with inexpressible gratitude and humility that we give thanks for First Presbyterian and the M&M Ministry. We pray that it continues to be a blessing to our seniors. We plan to continue to be a part of our M & M’s and help out as needed, but we feel it’s time for us to allow others, maybe younger, to take up the reins and enjoy leading this Ministry.

​We’ve learned that the meaning of “Church” is probably best discovered through the process of regular smaller group functions. For church really is becoming closely bonded in shared experiences in which there becomes a love for one another. Love is the end product that our Lord wants of His Church.  We experienced God's presence at First Presbyterian Church, and, through these many journeys discovered God's precious love with this special Ministry of Mature Members.

​May the Lord continue to bless all the ministerial arms of His Church at First Presbyterian and in all these things may the LORD BE MAGNIFIED! 
In God Speed,
​​​​​​​​​Carole & Bill​  

Please join us for a reception honoring
Carole and Bill Henry
to celebrate
14 years of Mature Members Ministry!
Sunday Oct 23 after the 11:00 a.m. Service 
in the Family Life Center.
All are invited!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Service of Ordination and Installation for Neeley Lane is Sunday, Sep 25!

The Service of Ordination and Installation

for Neeley Lane
as Associate Pastor of Youth Ministries

Sunday, September 25
5:00 p.m.
at First Presbyterian Church.

All are invited to attend the service and the

Ice Cream Social Following the Service.

We'll see you here!

2015 FPC Annual Report

The 2015 FPC Annual Report is now available online at Scroll down to the Quick Links. The direct link is:

The annual report is also available as a downloadable file:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

'Young Women's Bible Study Group' by Robin Patton

Young Women's Bible Study Group

FPC's Young Women's Bible Study Group meets twice a month in the Brandon Parlor room. This group of young women, ranging in age from early 20's to mid-30's, meets to study the Bible together.

Young Women’s Bible Study Group met on Sunday night, Sep 18 for our first discussion on Spiritual Gifts.  We looked at the many different Scriptures on "gifts" and learned that:

Every gift is from above - James 1:17
Leaving your gift in front of the alter - Matthew 5:24
Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit- Acts 2:38
God gives the gift of Eternal life- Romans 6:23
Each has his own gift from God- 1 Corinthians 7:7 
And based on the 1 Corinthians 7:7 verse we began to delve deeper into each of our own spiritual gifts by taking a 75 question assessment survey.  I feel like we all learned some new and interesting things about our gifts.  
After the survey, we took the top ten of our combined Spiritual gifts to move forward with our next several lessons.  Neeley is helping provide Biblical examples and scriptural references for each of the following gifts.  So we can better see how the Bible uses such gifts and how we can apply them today.  Each lesson will be self contained so there are no worries if you can't make it to one meeting- come the next time!!  If you'd like to take the survey, the link is Self-Assessment Inventory
Intergenerational Openness
Please let me know if you have any questions.  As always, feel free to invite friends!  
The next meeting of Young Women’s Bible Study Group is Sunday Oct. 2 @ 6 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Brandon Parlor.  Young Women's Bible Study Group is discussing Spiritual Gifts.
Please join us any time as all lessons are stand alone.  The group is currently facilitated by Robin Patton. 
Feel free to contact Robin with any questions at
Childcare is available.

Looking forward to it!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

'Partnering with Parents' by Neeley Lane

First Presbyterian presents 'Partnering with Parents', a new Sunday Night speaker series designed for parents of youth.  The speaker series is scheduled one Sunday a month during September, October, and November in Warner Chapel.

Speakers for the Partnering with Parents series are

Lyn Head who will be addressing 'Prescription Drugs and Sexual Crimes' on Sept. 18. 
Southern Prevention, LLC, will be speaking on 'Addiction and Suicide Prevention' on Oct 23
The Wellhouse will be presenting on 'Human Trafficking' Nov. 20.

Join us for dinner to hang out with our youth at 5p.m! The speaker presentations are free and informative! 

For more information, contact Neeley Lane

Partnering with Parents Speaker Series

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

'Great Wednesday Night Programs at First Presbyterian Church!' by Deven Segers, Chair of Family Connection Committee

Great FCC Programs are on the Wednesday Night Agenda 

at First Presbyterian Church! 

HELLO FPC Tuscaloosa Family!!

I hope that this letter finds you having a wonderful week.

On behalf of the Family Connection Committee I want to personally invite you to all the wonderful events that will be offered this semester!  Please mark your calendars!

Wednesday Nights:
Dinner starts at 5:15.  Please make reservations by marking the pew pads or calling Missy at the church office, 752-3531.  Reservations need to be made by the end of the day Monday, of that week. Because this year we will be offering catered meals, from local restaurants, we request that you let us know number of kids vs. adults.  This information helps us when figuring our catering numbers.
Dinner costs - $7 for 12yo and up, $4 for 4-11yo and 3yo and under are FREE.  We do offer a children’s table that has bread, “not nut” butter spreads, cheerios, apple sauces and mandarin oranges.

Marriage Enrichment Workshop:
6 week Marriage Enrichment Workshop that will be led by Blake Berryhill, PhD. and the Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director at the University of Alabama.

The workshop will be based on John Gottman’s, The Seven Principles of Making a Marriage Work, 
and will present these 7 principles:

  1. Enhancing your Marital Friendship
  2. Sharing Fondness and Admiration
  3. Emotionally being Present with your Partner
  4. Gaining a Positive Perspective
  5. Managing Conflict in a Healthy Way
  6. Support your Spouse
  7. Create Rituals that Improves your Marriage
Each session will include a combination of lecture, exercises and weekly take home activities.
Please email Neeley to order your copy of the book today!!  $8

Parenting Study:
4 week book study led by our Preschool’s very own Director, Pamela Truelove-Walker, PhD.  The study will be based of the book by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell’s, The 5 Love Languages of Children.

The study will help to:

1          Discover your child’s love language
2          Assist your child in successful learning
3          Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively
4          Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

Please email Neeley to order your copy of the book today!! $8

Other Wonderful Family Opportunities:
-          August 28th – FPC’s Talent Show
o   This is hosted by Youth Ministry and will be held in the FLC at 5pm.
-          September 9th – Family Movie Night in FLC.
o   We will be watching, Inside Out. Movie starts at 6pm with pizza and popcorn starting at 5:30.  $5 per family!
-          October 14th – Parent’s Night Out
o   Hosted by Childcare Committee
-          October 30th – Trunk or Treat
o   4pm in the FPC parking lot off of Lurleen Wallace.
-          November 18th – Family Movie Night in FLC.
o   Movie – TBD    Movie will start at 6pm with pizza and popcorn starting at 5:30.  $5 per family!
-          December 2nd – Parent’s Night Out
o   Hosted by Childcare Committee

In Christ,

Deven Segers

Chair of Family Connection Committee

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fun Programs at First Presbyterian!

First Pres! Take a look at these fun programs coming up!

Wednesday Night Kick-Off is Sep 7, 5:15 p.m. - Pastor's Food Truck - Tacos, Quesadilla, Nachos, and Taco Salad, $7 (12 & up), $4 (4-11), FREE (3 & under); Childcare available. Contact Missy 752-3531;
FCC Family Movie Night, Sep 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Family Life Center, $5 per family for pizza and popcorn; bring bean bags, pillows, and blankets, Childcare provided. Contact Missy 752-3531;
FPC Picnic, Sep 11, Fun starts 3:30 p.m., Supper at 5:30; $10 (12 & up), $5 (to 11 yo); Register online: FPC Picnic Registration
We'll see you!