FPC Gainesville offers many opportunities to gather with other believers to build meaningful, supportive relationships. For more information, please call the church office at 770-532-0136.
Supper for Six
Looking for a great way to make new meaningful friendships? “Supper for 6″ is a gathering of six people who rotate visiting each other’s homes for fellowship, good food and to learn more about each other.
Presbyterian Men is a wonderful group of men dedicating their time to various causes in and around the church as well as outside the church walls. Men meet once a month usually on the first Saturday at 8:30 am for a great breakfast, fellowship, announcements and a short meeting as well as a speaker. They host a golf tournament or golf outing every now and then and tradition calls them to serve the meals at the annual Presbyterian Women’s Birthday dinner each year. Other projects are ongoing.
Presbyterian Women’s Purpose
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves:
To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
To support the mission of the church worldwide,
To work for justice and peace, and
To build an inclusive caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom
Presbyterian Women (PW) is a churchwide organization whose membership is open to all women. PW gather for prayer, Bible study, community building and a variety of mission-related activities. The morning circles meet on the first Monday of each month from September through May (September meeting is the second Monday due to the holiday) from 9:45 to 12:00 and the evening circle meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. They work to build an inclusive caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witness to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Women pledge to the work of PW locally and in presbytery, synod and internationally church-wide. However, PW determines its own leadership, program, and budget from the congregational level through the General Assembly. PW supports its operating budget, local and international mission projects through the donations of women in PW.
It is with loving hearts PW support the following:
Columbia Friendship Circle – In recent years support has focused on scholarships for students with families and fellowships awarded to outstanding graduates.
Mission Haven (Atlanta) – This ministry is owned and operated by the Presbyterian Women of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. It is a “home away from home” for Presbyterian missionaries serving our Lord Jesus Christ in the mission field around the world.
Presbyterian Student Center UGA – Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Georgia aspires to furnish students with a rich experience through which they mature their faith.
Thornwell Home for Children (Clinton, SC) – The home is all about helping children and youth by caring for them, nurturing them and helping prepare them to become the faithful individuals God created them to be.
Wee Kirk Montreat Conference – The purpose of this conference is to nurture biblically faithful, mission minded leader of small membership congregations, recognizing and affirming the unique roll of their ministry in the mission of God.
PW Special Offerings: Birthday Offering – The recipients of this offering changes from year to year. An example of the recipients is a children’s reading program, transportation for refugee families and a pig farming program in Congo run by women.
Thank Offering – Forty percent of the offering is devoted to Medical Missions; the rest is administered by the same board as the Birthday Offering, but it is used for smaller grants and seed money gifts for projects which arise during the year.
Least Coin Offering – The grants are for relatively small amounts and support programs dedicated to evangelical and ecumenical issues worldwide.
Wonderful Works – This group serves both the community and our church as well as international mission projects. Wonderful Works meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:00AM. Wonderful Works members create craft projects such as knitted caps for infants, children and adults, blanks, quilts, shawls, aprons, stuffed animals, Christmas favors, hospital gowns and dresses for girls and walker caddies.
PW Local Missions: Each year the PW Coordinating team selects local missions they want to support financially.
SISU (formerly Challenged Child), My Sister’s Place, Rape Response, Family Ties of Gainesville, and Children’s Center for Hope/Healing
PW International Missions: Cheryl Burke serving in Pakistan, Sidney Eure Herrera serving in Costa Rica, Erin Hartley Reyes (not able to divulge her location), Emily Wisdom serving in Australia
General Benevolences: Our Presbyterian Women also support projects during the year by gathering gifts for distribution to the residents of our Presbyterian Homes in Georgia, including retirement, assisted living, and nursing home facilities.
Santa Claus Express – This is the gathering of gifts for distribution to residents as Christmas and birthday gifts, prizes for games, and other purposes throughout the year.
Baskets Galore – The baskets that FPV PW (and other Presbyterian churches in Georgia) are auctioned at the Annual Golf Tournament held at Atlanta Athletic Club. The money raised as a result of the auction sales benefits the 400 residents at the homes who have outlived their financial resources.
PW Bible Study: Each year PCUSA provides a Bible study for the year. Each lesson is presented by Lee Koontz, Shon Peppers, and Margaret Turney-Ayer and women who are members of PW. The 2017-2018 Bible Study was “Cloud of Witnesses The Community of Christ in Hebrews. The 2018-2019 Bible Study will be “God’s Promises.
Small Groups: First Presbyterian Church is proud to be a large, growing church, but we know that to really mature in Christ, we need to develop meaningful, committed relationships with others. Our church provides many opportunities for people to get to know and care for each other in small group settings. Youth gather each Wednesday night for Small Groups and adults gather for Sunday school, Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Men and Bible Studies and more. Our hope here at FPC is to determine a pattern of life that will include regular gatherings with a few other disciples for the purpose of talking about God, about life, and praying for each other. These Small groups are designed for varying age groups, interests or studies to fellowship, grow in faith and build lasting friendships.
First Presbyterian has a very active Sunday school program and would love to have you join us. Below is a listing of the ongoing groups who gather each Sunday morning:
- Discovery Conference Room
The Discovery Class is an introduction class for new and prospective members. The class studies such topics as “What Do Presbyterians Believe?”, “What is the Mission of First Presbyterian Church?”, and “How Can I Get Involved in First Presbyterian Church?” The class is led by Betty White and the Laity Team. The class runs for nine weeks and repeats periodically throughout the year.
- Young & Restless Also in Cabin 1
Wonderful for younger adults and parents with young children. Led by Reverend Shon Peppers.
- Twenty to Life Room SH503
This class studies a variety of topics in depth, using both group discussion and lectures. This is a group for those who enjoy tackling controversial issues and who enjoy a stimulating exchange of ideas. Consisting of both couples and singles, the class welcomes persons of all ages to attend. The class is led by Edward Simmons and Mardi Morris.
- Rocks of All Ages Parlor
This class is based on the study of the biblical passages found in the weekly sermons. The class format is discussion oriented and Bible study directed. This group consists of all ages of adults, both couples and singles.
- Mere Christianity Room M303
This class uses a round table/discussion style of studying the Bible and current issues. A vital aspect of this class is its outreach ministry, within the congregation and in the community. All ages, both singles and couples, are welcome. The class is led by Mary Carden, Roscoe McMillan, Marshall Pennington.
- G.I.F.T. (Growing in Faith Together) Room SH501
Members of the G.I.F.T. Class (Grow In Faith Together) participate in a discussion based class led by various members. All ages, both singles and couples, are welcome.
- B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers And Sisters In Christ) Room SH502
B.A.S.I.C. do an in-depth study of the Bible. The class is not only interested in gaining accurate biblical knowledge but in growing spiritually and learning a Christian life style. The class has a lively interest in world evangelization with an annual budget of approximately $17,500. The atmosphere is that of a large sharing group. The class is led by Jack Spencer.
WOW – Weekly on Wednesday
From late-August through mid-May, one of the most important times at FPC is Wednesday evening when we gather to participate in the Weekly on Wednesday programs, classes, choir rehearsals, children’s activities and, of course, food and fellowship!
WOW SUPPER IN SWETENBURG HALL
5:40-6:15 – Children $3
5:50-6:30 – Adults/Youth 12 and older $6 – Maximum for family $17
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES – 6:15-7:30
3 Years-2nd Grade – 6:15 Choir Room / 7pm-7:30 Lodge in Children’s Wing
3rd Grade-5th Grade – 6:15-7:30 Cabin 3
6:30-7:30 Youth Small Groups (6th-12th grade)
6:30-7:00 – Adult Program/Classes
7:00-7:30 – Adult Fellowship
ADULT CHANCEL CHOIR – 7:00-8:30
Nursery is located in Cabin 4 – Silent beepers are available for parents.