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

Weekly E-pistle Updates

Week of Monday, January 11, 2021 Updates:

January Birthdays

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday in January! We encourage you to reach out and wish our church family members a big Happy Birthday! Click here for Birthday list.

Christian Sympathy

Christian sympathy is extended to the family of Diane Wilcox, on the passing of her daughter Debbie Wilcox on December 27th. A memorial service and celebration of Debbie’s life will be held Saturday, January 16th at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale in the Sanctuary. Please make your reservations by 5:00pm on Friday, January 15th to ensure your seating. Click Here to make your reservation.

Christian sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Margaret “Peggy” McKeown, who died on Monday, December 28, 2020. Please remember to keep the entire McKeown family in your prayers.

Christian sympathy is extended to TJ DelNegri and family on the passing of TJ’s brother, Jeff Easton, who died on January 2, 2021 in Triangle, Virginia. Please keep the DelNegri and Easton families in your prayers.

Christian sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Margaret Castendyck, who died on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Please keep Carol (Margaret’s daughter) and John Ripley and the entire family in our prayers.

Register Today for In-Person Worship

Don’t forget to register your family by 5pm today if you are planning on attending this Sunday’s in-person worship. Click below to register online or register through our App! If you prefer to worship with us online Sunday, click here for the Livestream!

Volunteers for Audio/Video Team Needed

Want the best seat on Sunday mornings? Get involved with the audio/video ministry here at First Pres. We will train you! In a short period of time, you could be working in the sound booth. Contact Evan via email at EvanB@firstpres.cc, call the front desk at (954) 462-6200, or drop by the sound booth after a service for more information.

Can You Be a Commuter Volunteer?

With the increased number of storms this season, we would like to encourage you to sign up to be a Commuter Volunteer. This is a way for you to be part of a team that can respond in the aftermath of a storm. With the COVID-19 pandemic the normal channels of assistance will not be able to respond, so we need your help to meet the needs of our communities all over the state.

Click here for more information on how to register.

Zooming Lunch with Your Pastor

Don’t forget- all First Pres members are invited to join Pastor Patrick for lunch every Tuesday at noon for Zooming Lunch with Your Pastor. There is no agenda but for me to see your smiling faces and visit a while during our lunch break.

Click here for more info and for the Zoom login information.


Giving Tutorial for our New First Pres App


Giving to the Church is now as easy as a few taps on our new First Pres app. Please click on the video above to watch a short tutorial. It’s quick and paperless!

Thank you to our members for their continued support and generosity.

Youth and College Ministry

Confirmation will begin January 17th, if you have an 8th grade student who would like to participate please contact our Director of Youth & College: Chandler Gelb

Small Groups will continue in-person at The Harbor on Wednesday evenings. Middle School is 5:00 – 6:00 PM. High School is 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Youth Group will also continue in-person at The Harbor on Sunday evenings. Middle School is 4:00 – 5:30 PM. High School is 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Please register on the church app if you plan to be in attendance for either.

The church app provides student guides, parent guides, and daily devotions that are updated on a weekly basis under the Ministries Tab. This information helps engage our students and provide curriculum for our families.

Children’s Ministry

Children’s Sunday school
Children’s Sunday School is back! Class sizes are limited and reservations can be made by clicking here or through our app!

Your children are invited to join us for a fun game of Bingo every Thursday!

Please send an email to Cindyv@firstpres.cc for a Bingo card before 3 p.m.

Adult Christian Education (ACE)

Small groups, Bible studies and classes will resume the week of January 4th.

Divorce Care Support Group
Divorce Care: A new 13-week Session will begin in the Spring. For more information, connect with Ronnie Young or Patty Stover: youngrond@yahoo.com or 37ptrc@att.net Click here to learn more about Divorce Care.

GriefShare at First Pres
FPC will be offering a 13-week GriefShare support group, beginning on Thursday, January 7th at 10am. This will be offered as a hybrid model (in-person & virtual) in the Spanish Room. Whether you plan on attending  in person or virtually, please register by emailing us at griefshare@firstpres.cc

Facilitators Cheryl Peterson and Lou Merchant will guide this small group that offers coping skills and tools to use during the experience of losing a loved one, either recently or in the past.

To join the GriefShare group online:

*Must be a registered guest to participate in this group. You can join at anytime during the session.

The Young Adult Ministry
is for anyone looking to connect with other young adults who enjoy sharing life experiences, having fun, and finding meaning in life through faith. We meet Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at different locations around town. Connect with Robert Jackson for more information!

Men’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry

Senior Adult (AAC) Ministry

Happy New Year AAC friends!

Join us for our monthly AAC virtual Zoom gathering on Thursday, January 14th @11:00am.

We will open with fellowship and a sharing time with Leslie Stout’s Q & A presentation on the COVID-19 Vaccine experience, followed by a FUN New Year’s Trivia time! For more info, contact Laura Ziegler 954-598-9312.

Right Now Media

RightNow Media is an online resource to access Christian Bible studies, movies, conferences, and more. To create your free account, click on this link:


Virtual Prayer Meeting and Submitting Prayer Requests

Virtual Prayer Gathering
If you would like to make a difference by praying for others, please join the Prayer Team virtually at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Please email pamm@firstpres.cc if you are interested in getting a link to join. All are welcome, no experience required!

Submitting your Prayer Requests and Praises
You may submit your prayer requests by email to darleenc@firstpres.cc

Or call the church office at (954) 462-6200 and leave a prayer message. You may also submit prayer requests on our new First Pres app.

Instructions for Downloading our New Church App
Simply access the App Store on your iPhoneAndroidAmazon, or Roku device and search for “First Pres FTL”. Open the app, scroll down, and click on “Prayer Request,” or click on “Worship Resources,” then click on “Connect Card.”