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

Weekly E-pistle Updates

Week of Monday, February 22, 2021 Updates:

9th Annual Bike-to-Build

Join First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale and Habitat for Humanity of Broward as they host the ninth annual Bike to Build event, beginning February 1st! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on outdoor gatherings, this year’s Bike-to-Build event will be held virtually throughout the entire month of February. Riders can select whether to ride one of the FPC routes according to their own schedule, ride another favorite route, or pedal a stationary bike at home. Options are endless!

Our 9th annual Bike-to-Build is almost coming to an end! There is still time to donate to this wonderful fundraiser that helps benefit Habitat for Humanity of Broward! We also have t-shirts available for purchase, please email JenC@firstpres.cc if you are interested in a memorable 2021 Bike-to-Build t-shirt!

Lent 2021

Journey to the Cross begins this Wednesday, February 24th!
Join us on Wednesday evenings for a 5-session Lent Experience beginning at 6:30pm livestreamed from the sanctuary. Gospel readings, teaching segments, music, art and more will offer opportunities for meaningful and introspective practices during the Lenten season that will strengthen our relationship with God. Any questions, please connect with Mona at: MonaP@firstpres.cc or 954.598.9345. Click Here to join the Livestream!

New Sunday Morning Bible Study!
“The Easter Experience” began this Sunday at 9:30am. Explore the life-changing meaning of Easter. Featuring dramatic story-telling with Biblical teaching, The Easter Experience brings the passion and resurrection of Christ to life. Click Here for the Zoom link!

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

Virtual Sunday School
We are so excited to offer your children (Kindergarten-5th grade) an opportunity to join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 via Zoom! This will allow time for them to go to Sunday school and then worship with you at 11:00. Here is the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97700904250…
Email Cindyv@firstpres.cc for the password. We can’t wait to see you!!

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)

The 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

  • 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.

Support Groups

Divorce Care Support Group
A new 13-week session will begin on Wednesday, March 17th at 6:30pm in the Spanish Room. For anyone who has gone through or is going through a separation or divorce. Study guides available. Call for more information MonaP@firstpres.cc / 954.589.9345

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.

February Birthdays

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday in February!

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.”