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

Weekly E-pistle Updates

Week of Monday, July 26, 2021 Updates:

We are very excited for what God has in store for us this Fall at First Pres.   Two worship services, one Contemporary (8:30am), one Traditional (11:00am) and a dedicated Christian Education time in between services. We will be offering a variety of Biblically based educational opportunities for every age, along with a time for fellowship with your church family.

The last year’s restrictions forced us to say “no” to so many of the thing we love to do.  This fall we are excited to empower you to say, “Yes”!  Say “yes” to worship, education, and service. We believe that God is calling each of us to serve in some way. Where is God calling you to serve? Perhaps, you are being called to share your gifts with others, to impact others by being a facilitator, a youth group leader, a nursery worker, or someone to teach and share God’s love with the precious children he has placed in our lives.  Or maybe you enjoy building things, or have the gifts to serve on our Tech Team?  It’s time to say YES to all that God has for you! Click Here

…A Big Thank You…
For taking the time to nominate your fellow members (or yourself) to serve as a church leader beginning next year. Maybe you were going to make a nomination but the time got away from you.  It happens… Believe me… I know… – Right Now – Mark your calendar for next May…And be the first nomination for the  Thank Class of 2025Go to www.FirstPres.cc/CNC for all the details.

Beach Night is back!
Summer Beach Nights are back! This is a church-wide fellowship event that takes place four times throughout the summer. This year Beach Night has been moved from Sunday to Wednesday; this is in response to feedback about the difficulty of parking on Sundays. Also, this year the church will be providing all the food and drinks, you just need to bring a beach chair. Mark your calendars for all our next beach night, August 11th, from 6-8 PM at the southernmost point of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, where the volleyball courts are located. Come enjoy food and fellowship.

Backpack Mission Project
Once again, the Vacation Bible School kids will participate in our “Back to School” backpack mission project in August. With the help of the congregation, last year we were able to provide a total of 300 filled backpacks.  The backpacks were delivered to Mt Bethel Human Services, several public schools, and other local non-profit organizations such as Hope So Florida and Pantry of Broward. It takes approximately $30 to fill a backpack; however, any amount is appreciated!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Wait. What? It’s July!
It may be hot & humid July, but it is never too early to start thinking about how First Pres can bless those Angel Tree families that are assigned to us. We actually start working on Angel Tree in mid-October after we receive our list of names from the Prison Fellowship organization. In 2020 we served 101 families with 256 kids and the need will probably be great again in 2021. Our congregation is terrific about buying and wrapping gifts, but please think about how you can volunteer beyond that very important role. Perhaps you could call several families to confirm their information and get their kids’ wish lists. Or you could help the week before the big event by sorting, tracking, and bagging gifts. We will also need lots of volunteers to help as the families come to church to pick up their gifts. Please prayerfully consider how you can help and watch for the Angel Tree table on Rally Day. For more information, contact jenc@firstpres.cc.

Church membership
Interested in becoming a member? We would love to hear from you! Contact us to find out about what First Pres has to offer, learn about how you can get connected, and ask any questions you may have about our church of faith. Contact Rev. Dr. Pam Masten by email pamm@firstpres.cc or call the church office at 954-598-9343.

Livestream Worship Is Available Every Sunday
We love staying connected with our community and family of faith…that’s why we started livestreaming years ago! We will continue to livestream our worship service at 11:00am on our Livestream channel and our Facebook page. Weekly email and text message alerts with the url link will phase out by the end of June.  Please visit our website for further instructions on how to access our Livestream channel or our Facebook Page: firstpres.cc/visit/worship/

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.


Children’s Ministry

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.

Press Play! Vacation Bible School
August 2nd – 6th

Don’t take a Pause this summer and join us for a super VBS experience! Something remarkable can happen when a child starts learning to see themselves the way God sees them. VBS encourages every child to know that because of Jesus! Enroll today, Click Here.

Full Day: 9am – 5pm (Ages Kindergarten – 5th grade)

Half Day: 9am – 12pm (Ages PK4 – 5th grade)

Drive-In Movie Night! All ages are invited to join us for a fun movie night under the stars!
Featuring: Mr Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Cary
Saturday, July 24th, begin arriving at 7:30, Showtime is 8:00pm
Location: Family Campus Lot
Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs! To make your reservations, please email cindyv@firstpres.cc

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

  • Tuesday evening women’s Bible study will break for the summer and resume in September.
  • Wednesday night Bible classes have concluded for the year and will resume in September.

Women’s Ministry Summer Book Club
Beginning July 29th, Thursday’s at 10:00am

Ladies of all ages are invited to join us in person or via zoom as we enjoy a time of fellowship and begin “The 4:8 Principal-the Secret to a Joy-filled Life”. We are now gathering in person and via zoom in the Study & Renewal Center (aka the Cottage) at 10:00am. Bring a friend! Click Here for those wishing to join virtually. Connect with Mona Petersen for more information at monap@firstpres.cc or 954.598.9345.

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Women’s Summer Movie Day
July 22nd at 10:00am
Join us for the movie “Unbroken”. Based on a true story of an athlete and solider during World War 2, a story of courage and redemption.

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.

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.

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

August Birthdays

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday in August!

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.”