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Applications for academic scholarships will be mailed out to those high school seniors who are listed on our membership rolls. Scholarships are made available by generous donations to students who:
- Are members of this church.
- Have demonstrated a commitment to the church.
- Have completed high school with average grades or above.
- Will enroll in an accredited college or university.
Students enrolling in a technical college, adult students enrolling with either part-time or full-time status and students who are in their first, second, third, or fourth year of undergraduate education may also apply. If you are, or know of, a person who fits these qualifications, but will not receive a mailed scholarship application as a graduating high school senior, please contact the church office for an application. Applications are also available in the church office.
Application deadline for all the scholarships is April 15th, 2019. Application may be mailed to the church office. Applicants may be called for an interview at a time to be determined by the Scholarship Committee.
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Family and Youth Camp Opportunities
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This year the Christian Education Team hosted the Alternative Gift Fair from November 25-December 30. The Alternative Gift Fair is an easy and meaningful way to honor friends and relatives with donations while sharing the love of Christ. This year the Alternative Gift Fair ministries were Loaves and Fishes, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Feed My Starving Children. Giving alternative gifts simplifies Christmas with gifts that give hope in our community and throughout the world.
Loaves and Fishes For the past two decades, the Loaves & Fishes program has been providing a warm, nutritional meal and genuine hospitality for the needy of Fond du Lac. Twice a week, a group of volunteers has gathered to serve from 200 to 350 meals. Hundreds of volunteers have taken turns pitching in to prepare these meals, serve the guests and clean up afterwards. First Presbyterian Church provides meals 4 times a year. Wednesday, February 6 is our next date to serve. Donations of $475 dollars were given to providing 190 meals.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables immediate response to national and international disasters and strengthens ongoing work such as training and development, refugee ministry, and response to disasters that do not receive media attention. They focus on the long-term recovery of disaster impacted communities as well as provide training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods. Donations of $380 were given to provide School, Hygiene and Clean Up Kits and more for people in need.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency assists millions around the world who are facing daily struggles to access food, clean drinking water and shelter. The purchase and distribution of animals, the building of wells to provide life-giving clean water to entire communities, and ministries to youth and young adults are among ways your gift will be filling a need and making an impact here in the United States and around the globe. The Presbyterian Mission Agency is committed to being good stewards of your gift, and all God had given us, to share with God’s people. Donations of $818 were given to provide families of chickens, a pair of goats, refugee food basket and heating winter fuel, water filters, tree seeds, education for children and more for people in need.
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Founded in 1987, it has reached out to more than 70 countries. For the last several years, members of our church have volunteered for this event when it comes to Fond du lac. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to an incredible network of partner organizations who distribute them to those in need. More than 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million FMSC meals in 2017. More than 90 percent of total donations go directly to feed under-nourished kids. Donations of $900 were given to provide 3,600 meals for children in need.
Thank you for Serving Learning and Loving.
Thank you for your generous donations for this year’s Reverse Advent Calendars.
Do you know what a Reverse Advent Calendar is? Instead of removing something every day, you make a contribution to the box with items that can be taken to a place in need in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time.
These wish lists from the various charities have been provided to assist you in knowing how to fill the box.
Boxes for each of the charities will be located in the Narthex.
Feel free to drop off items at any time, not just on their designated weeks.
The Ministry of Church Ushers
Spiritual Qualifications of Church Ushers
Ushers in church aren’t just door holders and plate-passers. They serve in a spiritual role and therefore should exhibit some spiritual characteristics. The qualifications of an usher aren’t clear in the Bible, but there are some qualities that great ushers will have.
The fruit of the spirit found in Galatians 5 is a solid guideline for a good usher. This is not about perfection, but a heartfelt motive and desire to live a life of a spirit-filled believer.
- Love If you choose to genuinely love the people you serve as an usher, God will bless your actions.
- Joy – Take God seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up and enjoy the moment. Your spirit will be contagious to others.
- Peace – You can add peace, calm, and order to what might otherwise be an overwhelming and hectic experience.
- Patience – This is a great quality of a good usher. Most of us are impatient by nature. You can set a good example with your patience toward them.
- Kindness – This is the attitude that makes you approachable as an usher. Going the extra mile can make all the difference in the world!
- Goodness – The inner quality of goodness is a gift that results from the Holy Spirit’s power working within us. This state of being will naturally spill over into your service and bring an intangible but powerful presence into the worship experience.
- Faithfulness – Faithfulness as a Christian bleeds over into your faithfulness as an usher. Showing up, being responsible and doing your ministry well matters to everyone.
- Gentleness –The best usher is a humble one who seeks to put others first no matter how much pressure may be present in the moment.
- Self-Control –It’s under the pressure of hectic moments and last minute changes that your grace and self-control will shine.
Please click HERE to see ushering opportunities.
A signup sheet is also available in the office. If you have any questions, please contact:
Kris Bartelt, Worship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to another exciting faith-filled year of Church School at First Presbyterian Church. Kick-Off Sunday, the first day of Church School, will be held on September 9th from 9:15-10:15am in the Fellowship Hall. read on