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

Weekly E-pistle Updates

Each week, this page will feature the latest information on virtual happenings and updates for First Pres community. Not receiving the weekly E-pistle email? Fill out the form on the right to add your email to the weekly distribution list.

Link to E-pistle email for Monday, September 21, 2020: https://conta.cc/2FNo9sB

Week of Monday, September 21, 2020 Updates:

Habitat 2020 “Stake Your Claim”

Our amazing First Presbyterian Habitat volunteers put the final exterior color coat on our 20th Habitat for Humanity house this past Saturday, September 19, 2020. We were also able to meet our habitat homeowners, the Sufra family, for the first time. Excitement is building for completion of the house and the home dedication in December.

Join us for Socktober

Let’s help SOCK it to poverty as part of Socktober! Join the national movement and help SOCK it to poverty! Broward County has over 3,000 people living on the streets. For the next month, we want to show that a small act of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless. Let’s join our own Patrick McCawley, a sophomore at Pine Crest who initiated this project, in SOCKing it to poverty!

Donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted through Sunday, October 11, 2020. Sock collection boxes will be in the front office area and the Narthex.

Contact Patrick McCawley at PatrickMcCawley21@gmail.com with any questions.

Click here for more information on the Socktober collection.

Update on Resuming In-Person Worship

We are excited to announce we held our first in-person worship service this past Sunday, September 20, 2020. Thank you to our volunteers for executing the necessary practices to keep us all safe.

We look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday! Please register all members of your family who will be attending the service. You can register by clicking on the link below or on our FPC App.  If for any reason you have a problem with registration, please call the church office at (954) 462-6200 during weekday office hours.

Please be sure to register by 5 p.m. on Fridays to ensure your seating. Attendance without registration will be allowed if our maximum capacity has not been reached upon arrival.

Click here to register for Sunday In-Person Worship.

Due to technical difficulties we were unable to stream the worship service live yesterday, Sunday, September 20, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience and do not anticipate this to be an issue in the coming weeks. We hope that you were able to watch the service yesterday afternoon after it was posted.

If not, please click here to view the service: https://livestream.com/firstpresbysterianchurchoffortlauderdale/events/9305242

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.

September Birthdays

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday this month! Although we cannot be together in person, we encourage you to reach out and wish our church family members a big Happy Birthday.

Click here to view the list of September birthdays.

Youth and College Ministry

We are excited to announce that Youth Group and Small Group are back at The Harbor. Youth Group will be on Sunday evenings. There will be no dinner or food served until future notice. Middle School will meet from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and High School will meet from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Small Group will be every Wednesday during the evening, from 5 – 6 p.m. for Middle School and from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for High School.

Our FPC church app has a new and improved update. You will find a new “Ministries” tab on our Navigation bar. This will bring you to the Youth And College link that provides devotions, sign-ups, and student/parent guides. This will enable access to each week’s small group material being covered during Youth Group on Sundays. Parents can now easily be informed on a weekly basis with our curriculum. This helps everyone to be on the same page, as our goals are to influence our students with the Gospel message.

Children’s Ministry

The Children’s Mission this month has been to make cards for those in assisted living facilities. We know that many of them are not able to have visitors or see their families. It is something we can all do to bring a little sunshine to the residents.  The cards can be handwritten notes or drawings your children have created. If you would like to participate, the cards can be dropped off in the church mailbox at the main entrance or mailed to Cindy Vason at the church address.

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. For security purposes, please use your name when logging in, so I can admit you from the waiting room.

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!

Adult Christian Education (ACE)

“The Early Church Family Grows” Bible History Class

This Bible history class is offered to you on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and will continue virtually via Zoom. Learn how early church leaders, biblical characters, and events helped shape our Church today. The class is facilitated by Mary Helen Merchant. 

Click here to join the Wednesday evening Bible history class “The Early Church Family Grows.”

“Race and the Gospel” Sunday Morning Bible Study

This Bible study will be held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Neumann Center, beginning on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

In this five-part series, Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:11-16 address race, racism, and injustice and are used to suggest a path to healing and hope for ethnic harmony in the church.

This group will meet within the hybrid model, which is a convergence of an in-person small group (ten person max) accompanied by a Zoom meeting.

Masks and reservations are required to join the in-person group. The study will be facilitated by Bill Condon.

For more information and to reserve your spot, connect with Bill.

Click here to join the Sunday morning Bible study class “Race and the Gospel.”


Divorce Care Support Group

A new Divorce Care support group is available on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Spanish room. This group is for anyone who is going through or who has gone through a separation or divorce. Journey alongside friendly and encouraging people during this difficult phase.

This will be an in-person small group gathering. Masks and reservations are required – the deadline to register is noon the day prior to the study. Space is limited to ten people.

For more information contact youngrond@yahoo.com.

Click here to learn more about Divorce Care.

GriefShare Support Group

A new GriefShare support group will begin this fall- stay tuned for further details. Walk alongside friendly and supportive people through the difficult journey of loss. For more information, connect with Rev. Pam Masten at PamM@firstpres.cc.   

Click here to learn more about GriefShare.

Zoom Buddy Program

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

Young Adult Ministry
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

Lemonade Drive-Thru Shout Out

Senior Adult (AAC) Ministry


Our staff and students are so happy to be back at Happyland. We are looking forward to getting into a routine and establishing a “new normal” here at school.

Flowers for our Livestream Service

If you would like to provide the flowers for our Sunday services, please contact Darleen Callahan at (954) 462-6200 or darleenc@firstpres.cc.
 Our next available date is October 11, 2020.

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.”