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

COVID-19 Updates

Each week, this page will be updated with the latest virtual happenings and information featured in the Monday First Pres E-pistle email.
UPDATE AS OF July 6, 2020:

Reopening Updates
After meeting on July 4, the Session Task Force concluded that, because of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the reopening should be postponed until after the July 12 suggested date. The Session Task Force will provide an update regarding the reopening in the coming weeks.

First Pres Blood Drive Sunday, July 19
We know that many of our members have been looking for ways to help others during this stressful time. The need for a safe, reliable blood supply is always with us, especially now. Here’s how you can help.

Join us on Sunday, July 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. and help save up to three lives with a donation of blood. We will have two buses collecting whole blood and one for platelets and all successful donations will be tested for COVID 19 antibodies. Be sure to eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget your ID!! You are requested to make an appointment.

Click here to make an appointment.

Congregational Nominating Committee

Hey… I can do that…


YOU can be a church leader at First Pres…

Please visit the following link for everything you need to know about becoming a church leader: www.FirstPres.cc/CNC

Nominations are in full swing for our next class of church leaders. Help your church move forward. There is no time like the present to make your mark and work with your multi-talented fellow church members.

Children’s Ministry
The past three weeks have been fun seeing some of our First Pres kids. A total of 50 summer activity bags were given to our families for their kids to enjoy! Looking forward to seeing pictures of their adventures with Flat Jesus this summer!!

There are plenty of weekly opportunities to stay connected with the Children’s Ministry through social media. Check us out on our First Pres of Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ministry Facebook page!

  • Mission Monday-Different mission opportunity each week and Facebook story time with Miss Debbie at 9 a.m.
  • Take the Challenge Tuesday-Weekly challenges for kids.
  • Wacky Weds-Fun activities for kids to participate in.
  • Thankful Thursday-Ways to show what we are thankful for.
  • Thursday- Children’s Ministry Zoom Games
  • Bingo for Pre-Schoolers (PreK 3 -4 ) at 3:30 p.m.
  • Bingo for K-5th grade at 4 p.m.
  • Selfie Saturday-Share fun selfies.
  • Sunday at Home-Children’s Sunday school parent guides and videos for weekly lessons.

Young Adult Ministry
The Young Adult Ministry is in talks to plan for small group meetings off campus in the near future. Please share your ideas for possible venues! Connect with Robert Jackson at rtjacks788@gmail.com

Youth Ministry
In-person meetings with students have begun recently. The gatherings are held outside, off church property, with less than 10 people, social distancing (6 feet apart) and wearing masks. Parents, please check your emails for RSVP details.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon: Follow @fpc_harbor for our Live Instagram Devotion.
  • Wednesdays at Noon: Virtual Luncheon for our college students via GoToMeeting.
  • Sundays at 5:30 p.m.: Follow @fpc_harbor for our Live Instagram Devotion and join us on GoToMeeting at 5:45 p.m. for Youth Group

Adult Christian Education (ACE)

Sweet Kale and Dover Salad

Complements of our own Karen Metzger in the finance department, enjoy this dish of chopped mixed greens and Dover Sole for a light yet hardy fare.

Is there a recipe you would like to share? Email MonaP@firstpres.cc today!

After dinner, why not join us for Summer Studies on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.? Mary Helen Merchant will facilitate a Bible history class focusing on characters from the Bible.

Click here to join the Summer Studies class.

Men’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry

  • Christian Women Connect Bible Thursday Morning Bible Study opportunity for The Book of James at 10:00 a.m. Click here to join the meeting. This group is open to women of all ages.
  • Please connect with Mona Petersen with questions about other days and times for this opportunity: MonaP@firstpres.cc

Zoom Buddies
Are you new to zoom? Would you like help with accessing zoom meetings, viewing our livestream services or how to use the new church app? Connect with Mona Petersen to get connected with a Zoom Buddy to walk you through your challenges! MonaP@Firstpres.cc

How Great Thou ART
Share your creativity with our church family! The Adult Christian Education Ministry encourages all our adult men and women and their families to share how you express your faith and creativity through the arts by sharing your gifts with this new fun ministry “How Great Thou ART”.

This week our featured artist is Judie Olech, mom to Mona Petersen. From the time she was a little girl, Judie enjoyed the arts including ballet, opera, piano, sketching and painting. She always encouraged us kids to engage in some type of performance art and fine art. In the late 90’s, Judie started working with mosaics and stained glass. Her work won awards and has been displayed at the City of Orlando Court Building where she worked, as well as in art shows around the state. She has a knack for capturing the essence and character of her subject matter.

Judie went home to the Lord in September of 2017, but she lives on through her influence and her artwork. Tomorrow, July 7, would have been her 80th birthday. “Happy heavenly birthday, Mom!”

Click here to see more of Judie’s artwork.

Connect with Mona Petersen to find out how to share your talents in order to lift the spirit of others! MonaP@firstpres.cc

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 and join us for our weekly virtual gatherings on Thursday mornings via ZOOM! We hope to see you soon!


  • Happyland is in the process of preparing to reopen in August with CDC guidelines and recommendations.

Flowers for our Livestream Service
If you would like to provide the flowers for our livestream Sunday services, please contact Darleen Callaghan at 704-620-8577 or darleenc@firstpres.cc. Our next available dates are July 19 and July 26, 2020.

Right Now Media
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