CONNECTING. GROWING. SERVING.
Genuine community is a necessary ingredient for the Christian life. Small groups communities are where our big church becomes small. They exist to provide a place to live out authentic relationships with other believers in a way not possible in the larger worship service. Our communities exist to help us grow in our relationship with God through relationships with others and help us grow in our relationships with others because of our relationship with God.
Find ways to get more involved with the church and a place where believers can grow in grace and in relationship with one another.
Learn to apply the truth of the Gospel to new areas of your life and find small groups to take relationships to a deeper level.
Take ownership of your community, find places to lead in the church, and encounter different ways to be part of outreach and missions.
We have ministries for children of all ages! Nursery (birth-age 3), Preschool (ages 4-5), Elementary (first to fifth grade), Youth Ministry for Middle School (sixth to eighth grade), and High School children.
The children’s ministry is located in the children’s wing with the oldest Nursery children and Preschool together in one hallway, and the Elementary on two floors above the main Nursery. The High School and Middle School rooms are located in our Student Center across McCallie Avenue. Admittedly, our church building can seem like a maze to find your way around, especially if you are a newcomer, but signs mark the various places in Nursery, Children’s Ministry, and Youth Ministry.
FPCC Youth ministry exists to foster devotion to Jesus Christ and discipleship in the hearts and lives of our middle and high school students. There are lots of ways to get plugged in and involved, such as Sunday school, Midweek youth group, small group Bible studies, events, and retreats. Please contact us for more information!
Sunday School Communities
Joining others in fellowship, Bible study, discussion and prayer is a great way to grow in faith but also to establish close relationships with fellow believers. There are many classes covering a range of topics and groups for all adults from college age through seniors.
Journey Groups are gospel-centered, intentional, small group for discipleship, designed to establish in your faith within a community other believers in order to develop mature and equipped followers of Christ, who will be able to do the same with others.
For more information on how to sign up for a Journey Group contact the church office.
Midweek is our large fellowship gathering on Wednesday nights intended to encourage, equip, and empower our church family to reflect the redemptive love of Jesus Christ to one another and beyond through diverse ministry opportunities and teaching for all ages. From mercy ministry to student ministry to adult equipping seminars and more, there is something for everyone.
Spirit Walk, our Wednesday night Midweek focus, begins on January 9th. Dinner is served at 5:30 and Pastor Tim will begin teaching at 6:15. We look forward to seeing you there!
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
My resolution for 2019 “To be present in each situation (not regretting the past or fearing the future) recognizing the presence of God’s Spirit in the moment.”
Francis Chan: “The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God.”
Dr. Jim Dennison asks, “Are we truly dependent on the Spirit? Are we yielded to his direction every moment of every day? Are we praying earnestly before we preach, seeking God before we serve him, walking with him before we work for him?”
It is encouraging to acknowledge that nothing we face in 2019 is greater than the God who loves us.
If we choose to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Ephesians 6:10), no attack of the evil one can defeat us (vv. 11-17). If we begin each day by surrendering it to the Spirit and walk through the day seeking his leadership and power, God will do far more through us than we can do for him. And we will be able to testify, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Therefore, if I could make just one New Year’s resolution for God’s people in 2019, it would be this: we will walk in the power of the Spirit.
In His grip,
IMPORTANT NOTE: You do NOT have to pre-register for dinner.
Meals will cost $6 (adult) $4 (12 and up) and $3 (11 and under)
For children 6 years and younger, we will have crustables with fruit, chips, and dessert available. Note: Please pre-order meal for kiddos by emailing Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Meal Scholarships available for church families upon request.**
FPCC Women are actively connecting with each other, building new and lasting relationships, encouraging our sisters in their spiritual walk, providing support through life’s experiences, growing our faith in Jesus, glorifying and serving God – together. We have many wonderful small group communities to best serve you, connect with us and let us know how best to serve you.
So many men have requested help on their journey in Christ. This series, entitled Men’s Fraternity, was one of the most fruitful ministries that Tim Tinsley ever experienced. The material deals with the pursuit of noble manhood through dealing with the wounds that a man suffers during his life time. It brings healing and hope through Christ and practical application. In this series Tim speaks in a rather honest and vulnerable way about many of his own struggles that he is not always able to address while preaching to our congregation of men, women and children.
If Tim had one prayer answered for our world besides global spiritual awakening, it would be for godly men to be the leader of each home, marriage and business.
Grief Share is a 13-week workshop. Each session includes a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos also include real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours. After viewing the video, you’ll participate in a small group discussion about what you have seen on the tape. You will also have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and have the opportunity to share your own. There is a workbook for daily reading and journaling to do on your own which helps you stay focused during the week between sessions.
For more information on our next Grief Share workshop contact Chris Ehlers.
It’s A Wonderful Life
It’s A Wonderful Life! is our FPCC Senior Adult Fellowship Group with programs and activities of interest to our members and friends. John & Martha Queen are the leaders of our group. We meet the second Thursday of each month from September through May at 10:30 a.m. in the library/lounge/fellowship hall area for meeting and visiting. At 11:00 a.m. we begin with a few laughs, a time of prayer, a devotional and an interesting, enjoyable program followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Jane Fitzpatrick and her crew. And door prizes, too.
Contact John & Martha Queen 423-886-6080 for more information.
FPCC’s Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Stephen Ministers are Christian men and women who are trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing difficult times in life such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
What exactly is Stephen Ministry? Stephen Ministry is a lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministers are not counselors or therapists; they are caring Christian friends who can offer a listening ear to help others through the tough times in life. Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised in their ministry. If you are going through a tough time and could use a caring friend, or know someone who is going through a tough time, consider asking about the Stephen Ministers of First Presbyterian Church. To find out more, you can contact Leslie Cory (423) 304-9674, Betty Hodges (423) 827-7331, or Kay Schwieger (423) 505-2022.