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Pastor Bob's eNews - October 14, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,                                                                              

 

             Well over two years ago on March 11, 2018, Walter Kondratowski began his time here at First Presbyterian Church as our Director of Student and Young Adult ministry.  He and his family infused new life into the church and stabilized our student ministry to the point where it is today.  You may not realize it but we are now on the cusp of a surge in youth moving into middle school from elementary.  We are at an important juncture in our student ministry and Walter has taken us to be in a position of strength as we approach this future growth with anticipation.

            This covid crisis has created so much uncertainty within our society and culture and one of the hardest hit demographic groups is young families.  The decisions which they are facing today are unprecedented, from choosing what type of schooling for their children to instability with jobs.  Young families are facing a reality unseen in any generation before them.  In light of these uncertainties Walter has decided to step away from his responsibilities as a staff person with FPC beginning the first of November in order to spend more time focused on his family and the uncertainties that are a part of this time in which we find ourselves.

            Walter has built up a team of adult volunteers within youth group which leaves us in a very strong position.  His own children and he himself hope to continue to attend and volunteer, so it will be a bit of a “soft” transition.  I did want to take the time in this venue to thank Walter for his leadership and for building up our student ministry program.  I have enjoyed working with him and he did provide the “fun” in FPC. 

            So, where does that leave us?  We have an up and coming large group of elementary aged students chomping at the bit, we have a strong team of volunteers, now we just need a leader.  Personnel met last evening and have begun to formulate a plan with a search committee, but we also feel like it is important, especially at this juncture, to hear from the parents in our church family on what is expected, what is wanted, and what is considered vital and crucial in their understanding of youth ministry.  Stay tuned for when that will happen.  Keep in mind all of this is happening in the midst of a pandemic!  FPC never sleeps!

            Keep the student ministry team in your prayers as we look to transition.  Keep Walter and his family, Kristin and the girls, in your prayers as well as they look to transition.  If you have a chance reach out to him and thank him for a job well done, do it.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

 

HAPPENING IN THE LIFE OF FPC…

            Worship in person starting this Sunday, October 18:  Come and join us this Sunday as we worship in person.  Bring your mask, get ready to come in the sanctuary one way and out the other, and look to see friends and family again after these long 7 months.  It will be a celebration, albeit a subdued one.  We will have both of our regular services at their regular times: Traditional at 8:30 and Contemporary at 11.  We will begin Sunday School on the 25th of October.  We will continue to stream the services live using all of the current platforms that we use.

            Bible Study:  Join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, at 6pm for Bible Study.  Here is the link where you can find us: Youtube

 

Calendar of Events:

Sunday –

8:30am

Worship

Youtube

Church Website

Facebook

phone in: 1 646 558 8656 then key in 9703411314#

10am

Children’s Sunday School with Beth Feiler 

Youtube

Wired Word Sunday School Class

Zoom

Meeting ID: 869 4647 3973

Passcode: 355650 or word

11am

Worship

Youtube

Church Website

Facebook

phone in: 1 646 558 8656 then key in 9703411314#

6pm

Youth Group

Sunday evening at church starting at 6pm

Wednesday

10am

Bible Study

Sport Spirit link

Thursday

6pm

Bible Study

 

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