National Day of Prayer is May 6th
In preparation for the national day of prayer on May 6th 2021, the deacons of First Presbyterian thought it would be a cool idea to share some of our favorite Bible verses with the congregation. Each of these verses holds a special place in our hearts, and puts into words the love we have for God. What are some of your favorite scripture passages? Prayer is mentioned throughout the Bible so many times, but I think that 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 really declares God’s intentions for prayer beautifully. “Rejoice always, pray ceaselessly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
If you have any prayer requests or praises, you can share them on the First Pres app, by filling out a connect card, or by reaching out to one of the pastors or church leaders. There is also a weekly prayer gathering every Thursday at 4:00pm and all are welcome! – First Presbyterian Prayer Team. Download our favorite scriptures
Cares Project Resource Event
First Pres has partnered with the City of Ft Lauderdale, Cares Project Resource Event, collecting food and comfort items for personalized family care packages for families who are experiencing homelessness in our community. In these unpredictable times, our hearts go out to help our neighbors in need, especially our youngest children. Each year somewhere around two hundred elementary school students in Fort Lauderdale experience homelessness. Our liaisons at Fort Lauderdale Elementary Schools will provide vouchers that can be redeemed for items needed. Items to donate can be new or gently used:
Board games, Toys, Books, School Supplies (backpacks, bags, pencils, pens, notebooks, lunch boxes, craft materials).
Items can dropped off at the Fellowship Hall through Sunday, May 9th.
15-20 Volunteers are needed! Please contact Cindy at email@example.com or 954. 598-9341.
When: Saturday, May 15th
Where: JC Carter Park gym: 1450 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Set up will be between 7:30 and 9:00 am, distribution of comfort items between 9:00 -11:00 am and break down by 12:00 noon.
Congregational Nominating Committee
Want to spend a rewarding year filled with satisfaction and excitement helping your friends (both new and old) find their path to leadership? Every year a new CNC is formed to help members of the congregation discern their calling to church leadership –both as Elders and Deacons. Visit us online and nominate yourself to this satisfying and exciting way to serve God and your church! Click Here
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.
Youth and Scholarship Sunday | Sunday, May 23rd
Can you believe this date is right around the corner? Help us celebrate our seniors by sending in the requested information to to Jon Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Chandler email@example.com any questions or concerns.
Graduating high school seniors:
Graduating college students:
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.
Mother-Son Weird Science Night
Thursday, May 6th at 6:00pm | Cost: $5.00 per person | Ages: K-5th Grade
Mom’s and Sons are invited to a fun hands-on science experience! For the safety of our scientists, Lab spots will be limited, so reservations are required. For more info, please contact Cindy Vason at 954.598.9341.
Mother’s Day Workshop for Kids
We want to help your child shower Mom with love on her special day. Sign up for one of our workshops so your kids can make a special gift for mom, grandma, or special someone in honor of Mother’s Day! Saturday, May 8th from10:00-11:00 or 11:00-12:00. Reservations are a must to ensure enough supplies for everyone! Please contact Cindy Vason (954) 598-9341 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Let’s Celebrate Our 5th Graders!
It has been a tough year and we would like to celebrate and recognize you as you get ready to journey into middle school! There will be a fun surprise waiting for you after the service on June 6th! Please RSVP to Cindy Vason (954) 598-9341 or Email email@example.com.
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!
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.
Welcome to our new Minister of Music, Dr. Reid Masters!
We are so excited to have Dr. Masters join our church family and staff as he will take our wonderful music ministry and run with it! Reid has both his Bachelor and Master of Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College and has his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He finishes up his current duties at Kennesaw State University in mid-May and will formally come onboard June 15th! To read more about Dr. Masters, Click Here.
Virtual Alleluia Concert – The Music of Grace
Our Caroler, Chapel and Cathedral choir members participated in the Virtual Alleluia Concert this year. To view the entire Easter Program, Click Here. If you would like to order a printable poster or a DVD of the presentation, Click Here to place your order. Upon purchase, you will receive a high-resolution graphic file so you can print at your leisure.
GriefShare at First Pres
First Pres will be offering a 13 week GriefShare support group beginning August 19th . Walk alongside a supportive and caring group as you navigate the difficulty in dealing with the loss of a loved one, recently or in the past. This will be offered in-person and online. Contact Mona for more information at MonaP@firstpres.cc / 954.589.9345
Loss of a Spouse (GriefShare Support Group)
Grieving the death of a spouse? Or do you know someone who is? The daily emotions and challenges can seem too hard to bear. Please join us for this encouraging seminar, Loss of a Spouse, on August 7th from 10am – 12pm. This will be offered in-person and online. Contact Mona for more information at MonaP@firstpres.cc / 954.589.9345
Divorce Care Support Group
Wednesday’s at 6:30pm in the Spanish Room. For anyone who has gone through or is going through a separation or divorce. Study guides available. Contact Mona for more information at MonaP@firstpres.cc / 954.589.9345
Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday in May!
We encourage you to reach out and wish our church family members a big Happy Birthday! Click here for Birthday list.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 iPhone, Android, Amazon, 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.”