Fellowship @ First
Fellowship and connections help our community thrive and grow, and makes us stronger for each other. We are always looking for ways to come together to meet the needs of our people. We would love your help, ideas, support and participation. If you would like to be a part of our dynamic group, or have an idea you’d like to see bloom, please contact Andrea Smith or Candy Cox. You would be so welcomed and cherished.
Below is a sampling of our activities. Other ideas could include a preschool play group, pie making workshop, Valentine couple’s dinner. We know you have ideas out there. Let us help implement them!
Dinner @ First
Start up for Come join us every Wednesday night from 5-6:15 for a nutritious meal, good fellowship and a chance to appreciate all ages. It’s a great way for families to participate in the life of the church while freeing up meal preparation time. Music, youth activities, and adult education classes are available Wednesday nights throughout the school year and the price is right. It’s a great time to get to know others and the leadership of the congregation.
This Fall, social groups will again be formed. Formerly known as “Dinner for 9”, the concept morphed into many other activities because of the creative participants. Movies, drinks and hors d’ouvres, dinners, breakfast, lunches, desserts----just about anything the individual groups decided upon. There is no limit to the imaginative ways people can center their group activities. So, we now have F3 (food/fellowship/fun) groups. Watch for sign up sheets in September on the Volunteer Board. Groups will be formed with 7-9 people per group. All ages welcome!
Also this Fall, we will venture into another new small group venue, First Pres(s) Book Club! For those who love books and would like to read and share in a book discussion, this is the group for you! Stay tuned for more information coming to the Volunteer Board soon.
First Presbyterian will again be offering scrapbooking workshops. Come build a community of sharing and networking about families and friends. The calmness of a few hours of good company, good food and artful saving of memories is priceless. We will be diversifying by planning archiving and saving of church memories in various ways. A team has been formed to plan this undertaking, so if you have an interest Sheila Stastny at email@example.com. Watch your bulletins/Messengers for dates and times of the scrapbooking workshops.
Trunk or Treat- October 28
It’s a big day for witches, furry animals, ghosts and other fun costumes! Come one and all! Dress up to join in the fun of Halloween with games and activities OR dress up your car trunk to hand out treats to the goblins and ghouls! There are prizes involved for the best costume and best trunk!
Advent Church Decorating Party– November 25
With the time TBA, we will decorate the church for the advent season. There are trees to put together and decorated, greenery to hang, and much fun to be had. Come join your First Pres teammates in getting our church home ready for this special season.
Cookie Walk– December 16
Let the youth take care of your holiday baking! At 6:30 pm the Gathering Space will be filled with delectable baked goods, just waiting to fill your box.
Chili Bowl- January 27
Join in the 2nd Annual Chili Bowl! It’s a mighty good time with Youth challenging us all for the title of “Best Chili Cook”. Lots of yummy chili and fixin’s to try, good fun and healthy competition to be the BEST. Help us top last year and compete to have your name immortalized on the Chili Bowl trophy!
Easter Egg Hunt- March 30
Stay tuned for the Easter Egg Hunt before Easter! Bring the kids, all ages, for a candy egg hunt, a movie and snack. Peter Cottontail, or his helpers, have been known to make an appearance!
Easter Sunday Youth Breakfast– March 31
The youth will be cooking up and serving Easter breakfast in between the 9am and 11am church services Easter Sunday. We hope you will be with us to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week. Bring a friend and eat well!
Presbyterian Women (PW)
PW offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. For more than 200 years PW groups have strengthened the Presbyterian Church and played a major role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the promise of God’s kingdom.
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 invites all women of the church to attend circle meetings held in church and in the women’s homes at various times. Morning, afternoon and evening meetings are all held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, for the convenience of all our women. The Presbyterian Women meet four times a year for a luncheon held at the church. To join or gather information about circles, please call Sue Van Osdel at 232-5320.
PW Gathering Program for 2012/2013:
December 11, 2012- The annual Christmas Tea, provided by the Rachel Circle, will be held in the Jennie Roberts Room at 1:00 pm. This program features the North High Carolers, directed by Shelly Zietz.
April 9, 2013- A noon luncheon, provided by the Martha Circle, will be held in the Social Hall where there will be a dedication of the Least Coin Offering. There will also be a short program given by Andrea Hochhalter on the Jeremiah Program.
May 7, 2013- A noon luncheon, provided by the Naomi Circle, will be held in the Social Hall where there will be a dedication of the Birthday Offering. Installation of new officers and a program by Casita Linda, Jean Hamblet and Co. will follow.
Anyone interested in sewing, quilting, knitting, and other fiber crafts is welcome to join the Mission Sewing group. We meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at 9 am in the Social Hall. Generally, there is always someone working on patchwork quilts for the YWCA, Fraser, and Youthworks; simple dresses for girls in Africa; and knitting projects such as baby caps and teddy bears for Teddies for Tragedies. If you would like to join, or have any questions, contact Polly Drayton at 701-235-2888.
This lecture series is a ministry of enlightenment, entertainment, and education coordinated by Fargo First Presbyterian Church Women. All programs begin at 10:30 am at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. For ticket information, please contact Jan Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-293-6130.
November 6, 2012: Francine Segan, "Chocolate 101: History & Tasting." Francine Segan is a food historian. She appears on radio and TV, including CBS, Discovery and History channels, and the Food Network. Learn about the roles that Christopher Columbus and Casanova played in the history of chocolate. Discover how chocolate goes from bean to bar and into the treat we know and love today.
April 2, 2013: Steve Hartman, "Assignment America." Steve Hartman has been a CBS News correspondent since 1998. His latest project for CBS Evening News, titled "Assignment America", lets viewers decide where he goes and what he covers. He reveals three story pitches every week and the viewers log on to CBSNews.com to vote for their favorite. He has won many prestigious awards in broadcast journalism for writing, reporting and editing.
May 7, 2013: Tony DeSare and Tom Santipietrio, "The Best is Yet to Come." Celebrating Frank Sinatra, pianist and singer Tony DeSare and New York Times "Editor's Choice" author, Tom Santopietro, present a mix of Sinatra's songs and anecdotes. They take a fresh look at his career and illustrate why Frank Sinatra earned his status as "Chairman of the Board".
Monday Morning Breakfast Group
This men’s group meets every Monday morning at 8:30 am at the Fargo Fryin’ Pan for breakfast, study, and fellowship. All men are welcome to participate, and it is structured so that you can come when you are able. No need to prepare study materials before you arrive, they will be provided for you as needed. If you have interest in our agenda or attending, please contact Robert Brummond at 701-235-4607.
Beginning on October 8 there will be a men’s bible study meeting on the second Monday of each month from 6:45 -7:45 am in the Jennie Roberts Room. This bible study is intended to help men understand what the bible says in relation to what is expected of a Christian man. The study this year is based on the Gospel of Matthew. A copy of the study can be obtained at http://www.pcusa.org/resource/matthews-gospel-seven-session-bible-study-men/ or you can request a copy from Bud Bowlin at email@example.com. No advance preparation is required for each study.