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

Weekly E-pistle Updates

Week of Monday, January 18, 2021 Updates:

The Souper Bowl of Caring is coming!

Help us fight hunger! Our youth are gearing up to collect food to help combat hunger and poverty in our community. The need is great this year because of Covid. You can use your own bag or pick one up in the back of the Sanctuary. The bags will be collected on Super Bowl Sun-day, February 7th. Start your shopping now for canned food and soups to support our youth in this mission. Their goal is to collect 1,000 pounds! For more information, please contact Patrick McCawley at patrickmccawley21@gmail.com or Evelyn McCawley at evelynmccawley18@gmail.com. Suggested Food Items: • Canned Food (Soups, Beans, Fruits, Tuna, Chicken, Vegetables) • Boxed Food (non-perishable) • Macaroni and Cheese • Peanut Butter • Jelly

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.

Youth and College Ministry

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
Sunday school temporarily suspended. Visit the First Pres Children’s Facebook page or Church App for Sunday school resources and video.

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

  • PreK 3 and 4 at 3:30 p.m.
  • K-5th grade at 4 p.m.

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

  • Tuesday morning Men’s Bible study is open to all men of our church community. The group meets at 8 a.m. on Zoom. Our new focus will be on the book of Romans. The Epistle to the Romans or Letter to the Romans, often shortened to Romans, is the sixth book in the New Testament. Biblical scholars agree that it was composed by Paul the Apostle to explain that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the longest of the Pauline epistles. Connect with John Standart for more information. Click here to join the group via Zoom.
  • Thursday Afternoon Bible study continues at noon in the Neumann Center Library and will use the hybrid model – an in-person gathering limited to ten people with a simultaneous Zoom meeting. Masks and reservations are required for the in-person study option. The deadline to register is by noon the day prior to the study. Contact Eric Johnson for more information or with questions.

Women’s Ministry

Senior Adult (AAC) Ministry

Connect with us on our Facebook page, Adult Activity Center (AAC) of First Presbyterian of Fort Lauderdale. See what’s happening in the 55+ ministry! For more information, contact Laura Ziegler at (954) 598-9312.

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.

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.

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.

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.”