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

Weekly E-pistle Updates

Week of Monday, May 3, 2021 Updates:

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 cindyv@firstpres.cc 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

Blood Drive
May 16th, 9:00am – 2:00pm
All donors will receive a OneBlood T-Shirt and a $10 eGift card. Plus, a wellness checkup including COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! All donors will receive a OneBlood T-Shirt and a $10 eGift card. Plus, a wellness checkup including COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening!
Appointments are encouraged, please visit: www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #54. ID is required!

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.

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  jonb@firstpres.cc, or contact Chandler chandlerg@firstpres.cc any questions or concerns.

Graduating high school seniors:

  • Graduation photo or “senior picture” with full name
  • Name of high school they graduated from
  • Name of college or university they are attending

Graduating college students:

  • Graduation photo with full name
  • Name of College/University they graduated from
  • Degree or Honors


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.

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 cindyv@firstpres.cc 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 cindyv@firstpres.cc.

Adult Christian Education (ACE)

Special Mother’s Day blessing opportunity for you!
Donate gently used or never worn clothing, jewelry, handbags, purses, accessories and/or a gift card from a local store (Publix, Target, WalMart, etc.) to Women In Distress to bless them after Mother’s Day. Items may be brought to the front desk between May 3rd and May 11th. To find out more information, connect with: MonaP@firstpres.cc / 954.598.9345.

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.

AAC virtual Spring Social Hour
Thursday, May 6th at 11:00am
Join us for a fun-filled morning! We will celebrate the blessings of mother’s, discuss summer bucket lists & plans, enjoy some spring trivia and more! Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 341 542 4376
Passcode: 485922

Music Ministry

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.

Support Groups

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

May Birthdays

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 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.”