Past Ten Weeks
Posted Apr 09, 2021
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! What a joy it was to join together in person and virtually on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Some gathered in the courtyard for our Sunrise Service in spite of the morning chill; others gathered in the parking lot for Morning Song and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper; others gathered on the front lawn for Traditional Worship with communion, choir, and brass; and still others joined us virtually. I am grateful to the many volunteers and staff who worked together, often behind the scenes, to make these services possible. This Sunday, April 11th, we will begin morning worship with the opportunity to gather in person in Fogartie Hall at 8:45 and in the Sanctuary at 11:00. Please remember to wear your mask at all times in the building. Overflow spaces will be provided once we reach the capacity for health protocols in Fogartie and in the Sanctuary. I am grateful for the opportunity to worship together! Blessings this Easter season.
Posted Apr 01, 2021
It is Maundy Thursday, the day when Jesus gave his disciples a new “mandate” (maundatum in Latin) to love others as Jesus has loved us. Throughout the day today there are communion services every 15 minutes in the Chapel, followed by an online service at 7:30 this evening. Then tomorrow, we will recognize Good Friday with an online service at noon.
This Easter Sunday, all three services (7am, 8:45am, and 11am) will be outdoors so that we can accommodate everyone. It will be cool for the early services. So, come prepared for the cool, but come ready to worship our resurrected Lord! We will celebrate communion at the 7:30pm Maundy Thursday online service tonight, and also at 8:45am and 11am on Easter. So, if you join us online, please have whatever communion elements you have on hand ready so that you can share in the sacrament with us.
This will indeed be a Holy Week and Easter we will always remember. Make a memory with us today, Friday, and Sunday, as we celebrate the gift of new life granted to us through our sharing in the cross and resurrection of Jesus!
Posted Mar 26, 2021
This weekend, we enter into Holy Week as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. And so we invite you to join us for a mix of in-person and online services throughout the week leading us toward our outdoor Easter services. MorningSong is planned to be outdoors, and we invite you to join us in-person! Due to a shortage of palm fronds, we invite you to bring greenery from your home and join in the procession with Bucket the donkey! Please wear your masks and bring chairs, if you are able, and place the back legs of your chairs on one of the lines in the parking lot. The 11:00am service will continue to be an online service for one final week before we get to celebrate Easter in-person together! What a joyous celebration that will be!
Posted Mar 19, 2021
This Sunday, we resume in-person worship services with outdoor MorningSong at 8:45am. The 11:00am service will still be held via livestream. We will return to in-person, indoor Sanctuary and MorningSong services on April 11. Our outdoor MorningSong services also will be livestreamed on the church website and Facebook (but not YouTube, due to limitations of our portable streaming setup). The 11am service will continue to be streamed on all three platforms.
On Wednesday, we had our first Wednesdays at First for 2021. We had a great turn-out, and despite a little bit of rain just before the program time, it was a joyous time of good food, fellowship, music, learning, and fun! Join us next week! Be sure to make your dinner reservations by noon on Monday. Make them now, so you don’t forget!
Posted Mar 12, 2021
It is exciting to begin to see people back at the church! Wednesdays at First resumes this Wednesday. So be sure to reserve your meals by Monday, and join us for the best weekly tailgate party in town, followed by programs for children, youth, and adults! See below for more information and sign-up links.
Keep reading for more information about upcoming in-person worship opportunities, and other in-person activities that are resuming in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, there is still plenty happening on Zoom and livestream.
Posted Mar 05, 2021
Hopefully, you have all read the exciting news in previous emails this week about the new Reply All ministry that is launching and about the plan to return to in-person activities over the next few weeks. I also hope that you have been receiving and watching our daily Lenten Devotional Videos Series. These have been such a great way to see and hear from members of our church family, and to learn what God is doing in their lives. Be sure to sign up to get those in your email inbox each morning, and watch these each of these short videos every Monday through Saturday!
It is an exciting time to be part of the First Pres community, with so many good things happening and on the horizon! I cannot wait to see you all at WAF and at worship in the near future!
Posted Mar 04, 2021Dear Friends, We are excited about the progress in reopening more in-person worship and other activities at First Presbyterian Church! This past...
Posted Mar 03, 2021
It is a great joy to introduce you to a new ministry at First Pres called “Reply All”. As the new Interim Pastor, I find myself looking for ways to connect with the congregation in these “Covid Days.” I suspect that many of you have also missed all the normal ways we connect, spend time together and reach out to one another.
“Reply All” gives us a new opportunity to strengthen the bonds that unite us in the church. Please click on the link below for this exciting one-minute video that will introduce you to “Reply All”. In the days ahead you will be contacted by a “Reply All” Ambassador! I hope you will welcome that call and become more deeply engaged in our community of faith.
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Witness Season Sunday in finally here! Many of you have already given generously to support the work of Ministry of Hope Lesotho with abandoned and impoverished children in southern Africa, but we have still not reached our $25,000 fundraising goal. Join us via livestream for a special presentation by Sally Harwood, President of the US Board of Directors for Ministry of Hope Lesotho, at 10am on Sunday, and please give generously to this important ministry!
Posted Feb 19, 2021
This Sunday, Dr. Lewis F. Galloway, our new Interim Pastor, will be preaching in both worship services. We welcome Lewis into the First Presbyterian family and pray for him and his wife Bunny as they transition into a new city and church.
On Wednesday, we began the season of Lent with a continuous stream of church members and friends visiting the Chapel throughout the day for prayer and the imposition of ashes, followed by an online Ash Wednesday worship service. Somewhere around 160 of you visited with us through the day. I cannot put into words how moving it was to see all of you and spend time in one-on-one conversation and prayer with you! And I know the rest of the pastoral staff feels exactly the same way. We all needed that! Thank you for spending that very special time with us!
With the beginning of Lent also came the beginning of the Lenten Devotional Video Series. Watch the videos in the Devotional Readings channel of the church website, and be sure to sign up to get these by email so you won’t miss a single one! (Sign Up)
Posted Feb 12, 2021
This will be Dr. Lewis Johnson’s last Sunday as our Temporary Interim Pastor. We give thanks to God for bringing Lewis to be part of our church family so that when the time came, we had a capable and experienced pastor who already knew us, and who could give the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee the time they needed to find an Interim Pastor. And we thank Lewis for his leadership and preaching during a difficult and unusual time in our world and church. And we especially give thanks that we do not actually have to say good-bye to Lewis and Janet, as they will continue to be active in the life of our church, just as they were before!
For more information about our new Interim Pastor, Dr. Lewis Galloway, click here.
Posted Feb 05, 2021
Hopefully this morning you all received the news about our new Interim Pastor, Lewis Galloway. You may read the announcement from the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee along with a few words from Lewis Galloway himself here. Lewis Galloway’s first Sunday with us will be February 21. Many thanks both to the IPNC and to Lewis Johnson for their great work during this time of transition!
Please continue to be in prayer for our Pastor Nominating Committee as they begin their work to find our next Pastor!
Posted Feb 05, 2021
We have exciting news to share from the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (“IPNC”). The Rev. Dr. Lewis F. Galloway will be joining First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg as the Interim Pastor commencing February 15th, with his first Sunday in the pulpit being February 21st.