401 SE 15th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Looking Ahead

Dear family and friends of First Pres,

 This Sunday is one of those special ‘banner days’ at the church! If you have not been to church for a while and want to experience the moving of the Spirit in our midst, you need to come and bring some friends with you! This Sunday, First Presbyterian “locks-in and loads” two new long-term pastors!

There will only be one service this Sunday morning, June 10, at 11 a.m. which will be for my formal installation as your Pastor and Head of Staff.  Along with Sunday morning worship, we will have a Commission from The Presbytery of Tropical Florida sealing the relationship between you and me in what can be described as a “wedding service” of sorts binding the two of us together in deep intimate ways. At the conclusion of our 11 a.m. service, we will dedicate the Family Village project celebrating the new ministry that will be carried out there. We will cut the ribbon and then pour into the Family Village where we will then…

…Celebrate the ministry of Rev. Chris Benek, who has faithfully served as a Designated Associate Pastor for 3 ½ years. Sunday is Chris and Jeannelle’s last Sunday with us and we want to celebrate them with a cookout and goodies following church in the new Family Village. There will be games for the kids and lots of opportunity to have meaningful fellowship with one another. 

But wait! There’s more! We will then regather in our Sanctuary at 5 p.m. for the Ordination and Installation service for Nic Merchant as he becomes wedded to this church as our Associate Pastor! His service will be followed by a light reception in the Fellowship Hall as we celebrate both him and Amy and their new role in ministry with us!

As you can see, it will be an exciting day in the life of First Pres where the years of wandering in the wilderness without leadership are dramatically put to an end; Sunday we will have two “weddings” (my installation and Nic’s ordination and installation) and a “funeral” whereby the days of no leadership are put to rest. This is a weekend to celebrate, indeed!

A colleague of mine from Central Florida Presbytery, the Rev. Pamela White Masten, will be the preacher for the morning. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain and is Chaplain and Director for Spiritual Care at South Lake Hospital in west Orlando. Her message will be built around John 4: 4-30; I encourage you to read ahead!

Remember who you are, you are a child of God! Share the winsome Good News of Jesus Christ and be his healing, loving hands and feet to the world! I am

Your pastor and friend,