Text of Bulletin Insert November 15, 2016

Thank you!

Through your gifts of time, talent, money and loving hearts
we reach out to inspire faith in Jesus Christ,
nurture disciples of Jesus Christ
and serve the world that God loves.

All this and more happened in 2016
at First Presbyterian Church
because you respond to God's grace.

Inspire and Nurture

  • Worship--We prayed, sang, listened for God's word for us and praised God at 140 worship services.
  • Compassion--Countless cards, prayers, phone calls and visits were made to those who are ill, grieving or homebound.
  • 37 new members were welcomed into our faith community by the FPC 101 Committee.
  • Choirs--76 people, ages 4 through adult regularly lead the congregation in worship. 54 youth and adults sang their way through an interpretation of the book of Genesis in the Children of Eden musical.
  • First Presbyterian Church Preschool--170 children receive a fabulous preschool experience.
  • Club 4-5 (grades 4 & 5) -12 children play, learn and serve together
  • Children's Sunday School--25 children enjoy and learn Bible stories and songs
  • Confirmation--For twelve weeks, 16 adults served as mentors for 15 8th grades exploring what it means to follow Jesus. They galloped through the Gospel of Mark and reflected on topics like prayer and baptism.
  • Middle School and High School--45 students enliven youth group; 5-10 middle school and 5-10 high school students meet every two weeks for Bible study and fellowship.
  • Adult Faith Formation--90 adults, on average, grow in their faith Sunday mornings. 280-330 adults read and prayed the Lenten daily devotional emails each day for 40 days. 14 people are digging into scripture for 24 weeks using Disciple Fast Track. During the year, approximately 107 adults engaged with God, each other and scripture in 8 week small groups of 8-12 people. 5 men's small groups meets every two weeks for sharing and Bible reflection and 1 women's group meets weekly for 9 months.
  • Young Adults-- 12-20 young adults, both single and married, share their lives, prayer and Bible study twice a month.
  • Presbyterian Women--On average, 60 women eat good food and hear fascinating speakers at monthly luncheons or supper. 9 Circles meet for study, fellowship and prayer. 70 women attended the retreat, You Are Enough.

Service in the Community

  • Christmas Adopt a Family--25 families' holiday were brightened with gifts and gift cards organized by Presbyterian Women
  • KAIROS Prison Ministry- Over 500 dozen cookies have been baked, hundreds of place mats and posters have been decorated for this Christian weekend ministry in two men's prisons.
  • George Mason Elementary School--40 FPC people help students and teachers at this inner-city school
  • Serve Day--Over 200 people did service projects out in the community
  • CARITAS--180 people cook and serve meals, do laundry, visit and stay overnight for a week with our homeless guests
  • General Emergency Fund--$14,436.96 helped 91 families with emergencies needs for rent and utilities. Many had been working but had had a medical problem that resulted in less pay. Funding comes from the Christmas Eve offering and the budget.
  • RISC Justice Ministry Team-- 30 people work on root causes of problems in the Metro Richmond area
  • Summer Camp on the Hill--10 women hosted a pizza party for children attending this inner-city camp
  • Community Grant Making Committee gave grants to
    • ACTS (Area Congregations Together in Service) -$5,000 Boaz and Ruth-$8,000
    • Child Savers- $1,000
    • Elijah House- $2,500
    • Fan Free Clinic- $3,000
    • Full Circle Grief Center- $2,500
    • Drive to Work- $4,000
    • Healing Place-$8,000
    • Housing Families First-$2,500
    • National Alliance of Mental Health- $3,500
    • Strategies to Elevate People- $8,000
    • Virginia Supportive Housing- $6,000
    • Virginia Home for Boys and Girls- $1,000

Service in the World

  • Bluefields Clinic and Feeding Program--$8000 provides 100 children with their only meal of the day
  • Bluefields Nicaragua Scholarships--Individuals and Presbyterian Women fund 40 scholarships so children can go to school.
  • Clean Water Ministries- 10 people travel to Nicaragua and Haiti to train local teams to install and maintain clean water systems. 1 billion people world-wide don't have clean water.
  • Cindy Corell, mission co-worker in Haiti-- $6000 was given to support Cindy Corell's ministry, which is part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program

With Gratitude for Your Gifts!