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First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale's Quarterly Events Calendar for January - March 2015.

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  • 2Whats InsideFeature Stories ........................................................... 3Special Services Schedule ..................................... 5Adult Activity Center ................................................ 6Adult Education Ministry and Small Groups, Discipleship and Spiritual Formation ................. 7Away We Go... Social Events ................................ 9Childrens Ministry .................................................... 10Happyland Day School ............................................ 11Mission Partnership ................................................... 12Music Ministry ............................................................ 13Womens Ministry ..................................................... 15Youth Ministry ............................................................. 16

  • 3Welcome Steve Wofford New Church Business AdministratorThe First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale family got a little bit bigger on Monday, October 27, 2014 when Steve Wofford began his first day as the churchs new Business Administrator. He was selected by the Personnel Committee to fill this role following the retirement of David Kramer who served in this position for more than 15 years.

    Prior to joining First Pres, Mr. Wofford served as Church Administrator for the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee for more than 15 years. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a trainer in the churchs software program, Shelby Church Software. In addition to his employment within the accounting profession for the past 20 years, Mr. Wofford has been a member of several community organizations including the United Way of Hardee County and the Tallahassee-Leon Shelter.

    Join us in extending a warm welcome to Mr. Wofford and his wife Jane as they make Fort Lauderdale and First Pres their new home and as we embark on a prosperous new year!

    First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdales Thanksgiving Tradition Shared with All of South Florida Thanksgiving Basket Drive Mission Project Featured on Focus on South FloridaThe history of Thanksgiving at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale was shared with all of South Florida on November 23, 2014, when Pastor Dr. Russ Ritchel from the church and a representative from the Salvation Army were featured on CBSs Focus on South Florida Sunday morning talk show. They told the story of how, for more than 60 years, the congregation has come together to make Thanksgiving a memorable holiday for those in the community who are less fortunate.

    With more than 200 volunteers participating in the 2014 Thanksgiving meal drive project, including church members, members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and many others from the community, more than 700 families in need received Thanksgiving dinners. The church is grateful to the volunteers as well as community partners such as, Publix, FPL and Downtown Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale, for keeping this tradition alive and making the dream of a happy Thanksgiving a reality for those in need. To view the CBS segment visit www.firstpres.cc.

  • 4Welcome Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek and His WifeBenek is the New Associate Pastor of Family Ministries and MissionThe Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek hails from NE Ohio and grew up in a family that didnt regularly attend church. After his conversion in college, God has used him to bring his family and a multitude of others to Christ in remarkable and extraordinary ways. Dr. Benek holds a Bachelors (Political Science, History) degree from Hiram College and Master of Divinity and Theology (Ethics) degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary where he was also awarded the PTS Fellowship Prize for Religion and Society. He is the youngest graduate of the first cohort of the worlds first Doctor of Ministry program in Science and Theology initiated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Currently, he is enrolled at Durham University in England as a PhD. student where he is focusing his continuing education on technological futurism and eschatology. Dr. Benek has served churches in New Jersey, Ohio and currently joins us from sunny Hilton Head Island, SC where he served as the Associate Pastor for Family Ministries. Additionally, he is the current chair for the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery Leadership Development Unit. You can read more about Dr. Benek and connect with him on social media via his blog at www.christopherbenek.com. Dr. Benek and his wife, Jeannelle, have been married for 12 years. Jeannelle is a board certified Music Therapist and a classically trained soprano. They are expecting their first child, a boy, in mid-March. When asked about his future involvement with FPC of Ft. Lauderdale Chris responded:

    I am excited about Gods calling to First Church and the wonderful opportunity that it presents to grow Gods church both spiritually and numerically. FPC is poised in unique ways to reach out and to provide a spiritual legacy to all generations in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. Its my privilege and honor to enter into this partnership of faith and to join in this rich tradition of discovering new and transformative ways to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world so desperately in need of Gods saving grace.

  • 5Christianity and Culture Nights ContinueFocused on The Power of One: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, the 2014-2015 Christianity and Culture Night Speaker Series and Enrichment Classes have featured the intriguing journeys of Dr. Fred Scarbrough, HOPE South Florida; Barb Burnette, HANDY; Jamie Amelio, Caring for Cambodia; and Andy Mitchell, Operation Lift Hope.

    Join us for the remaining dates in the series and hear from the speakers how The Power of One allowed them to persevere and pursue their passions to change lives. Enrichment classes will follow each speaker providing an opportunity to explore your own dreams, giftedness and life mission while learning how to partner with God in daily living.

    January 7, 2015Brittany and Joanne Young, A Spring of Hope [ASOH]The Power of Water February 4, 2015Barbara Grevior, PAWS Humane Society of Broward CountyHelping is a Must

    The Speaker Series and Enrichment classes take place in the Study and Renewal Center at 7 p.m. Contact Rev. Dr. Connie Ast Caldwell at (954) 598-9312 or StudyRenewalCenter@firstpres.cc, or pick up a church brochure for more information on these and additional enrichment class offerings. Childcare is available on request - Contact Cindy Vason at CindyV@firstpres.cc to make your childcare requests.

  • 6 A Message from the Pastor Dear Friends, This quarterly calendar of events at First Presbyterian is a tool for you to use. First, it is a tool for you to see the things the church offers in order to get involved. We know that the more people that become involved in a local church, the happier they are with the development of their spiritual lives and their church as well. Look this over for things you might plug into. Second, it is a tool for you to use to invite someone to be a part of the life of First Presbyterian. As you think about a friend, think about the things they might most like to be a part ofsomething you both can enjoy, then call and invite them to join you. The third way this is a tool is for you to look over our offerings to see if there might be a ministry you could begin that would fill a void. Perhaps you are equipped to offer a certain type of ministry. Make an appointment with one of the pastors about beginning a new offering. Using your gifts and talents is another way you can grow. It is my hope that your new year will begin with a fresh commitment to Jesus Christ and to serving Him as a part of this community of faith. Yours in His service,

    Russ RitchelPastor

  • 7Faith will Come Alive this Spring at First Presbyterian Church of Fort LauderdaleSave the Date for these Upcoming Special Worship Services Scottish Sunday Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 11 a.m.

    Ash Wednesday Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. Palm Sunday Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Maundy Thursday Worship and Dramatization of DaVincis The Last Supper Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Good Friday Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Easter Sunday Sunday, April 5, 2015 8 a.m. Sunrise service in Colee Hammock Park9:30 a.m. Contemporary service in Fellowship Hall9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Traditional service in the Sanctuary

  • 8The Adult Activity Center offers weekly fellowship, entertainment, education, activities, fun and support to the senior adults of our church and community. A regular attendee recently said, It is days like today that make us feel like we can live forever. The AAC meets every Thursday, October thru May.

    Weekly AAC Programs:

    Morning Activities10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.Activities include a morning stretch, blood pressure screenings and Humane Society animal guests.

    Program Hour11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.Some program highlights this quarter are: Rich Williams, Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking, Dennis Ryan, Mikki and Bob Crosbys Ballroom Dancing, Barbershop Quartet, Gold Coast Banjo Band and a Philip & Henry Magic Show!

    Afternoon Activities1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.Our afternoon activities include Wii Bowling, Line Dancing, Cognitive Enrichment, Lets Talk small group, Movie Time, Educational Speakers and special classes.

    Day TripsAAC Day Trips are once a month from November thru April.

    Edison and Ford Winter Estates located in Fort Myers, FL Tuesday, January 20, 2015We will tour the homes, gardens, museum and laboratory. Lunch is at the beautiful Pinchers Restaurant located at the Marina on the Estate.

    A Day in the Florida KeysTuesday, February 24, 2015The trip includes lunch at Jimmy Johnsons The Big Chill