UPDATES


Past Ten Weeks


  • Weekly Update for January 22, 2021

    Posted Jan 22, 2021

    This Sunday we continue services via livestream only, and we also have a Congregational Meeting. You can join the Congregational Meeting via Zoom or livestream. However, to have voice or vote, you will need join on Zoom. You will want to use either Zoom or the livestream, and not both, as there is much more of a delay in our high-definition livestream.

    I was thankful to see the Chapel in use this week, and the Pastoral Care team has been in prayer for the requests that were submitted. Much more is cranking back up on Zoom for now in the weeks ahead. Read below for more information about everything I have mentioned.

  • Weekly Update for January 15, 2021

    Posted Jan 15, 2021

    This Sunday, we will continue to worship by livestream only. This isn’t anyone’s first choice, but while the virus numbers are so high and the vaccination numbers are so low, it seems to be the only prudent course of action.

    Last Sunday, we kicked off our Confirmation process with a chilly but meaningful candlelight covenant service in the Columbarium. Please pray for these ninth graders, the covenant family leaders, and pastors as we all explore our faith together.

  • Weekly Update for January 8, 2021

    Posted Jan 08, 2021

    Though it was overshadowed by the events in Washington this year, Wednesday, January 6 was, in fact, Epiphany, that day when we celebrate not only the revelation of the Messiah to the Magi, but also the light of Christ that radiates into the world. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it!” May the Light of the World shine on you, in you, and through you, to give light to those around you!

  • Weekly Update for January 1, 2021

    Posted Jan 01, 2021

    Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2020 and look forward in hopeful anticipation for what 2021 might bring, let me thank you for your faithfulness and encouragement during these trying months. It has been amazing to see the creativity and care shown by our members during this time to make sure that ministry continues and thrives here at FPC. Thank you, and many blessings as we begin this new year together!

  • Weekly Update for December 23, 2020

    Posted Dec 23, 2020

    Due to the prospect of rain on Christmas Eve, all outdoor Christmas Eve services have been moved indoors.

    See below for times and locations. No preregistration is needed for services and all services will also be livestreamed. Please remember to follow physical distancing and mask guidelines when you are on campus for services.


    CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICES

    Thursday, December 24
    11:00am Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Sanctuary)
    Join us in the Sanctuary for a morning setting of our traditional candlelight service featuring a string quartet.

    4:00pm Christmas Eve Family Service (Family Life Center Gym)
    Join us at 4:00pm for our Family Christmas Eve service in the Family Life Center Gym. Instead of dressing as your favorite angel or animal, this year we ask you to make an ornament with your favorite Bible story from this year’s Family Advent celebration. There will be time throughout the service for your family to bring the ornament forward to fill our tree. Use your creativity and share your favorite story!

    7:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Sanctuary)
    Our traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service has been moved back into the Sanctuary because of the expectation of rain. The custodial team will be hard at work cleaning between the 11:00am and 7:30pm services, and the HVAC system and portable ionizers will help clean the air. Overflow seating will be available in the Chapel and Fogartie Hall.

    11:00pm Christmas Eve Messiah Service (Online)
    This online-only worship service will feature recordings from the 2019 Messiah Worship Service, set within the context of a new worship service for Christmas Eve night. Stay up late to welcome Christmas or set aside some time on Christmas Day for special time of worship.

    THIS SUNDAY

    Sunday, December 27
    11:00am Online Worship Service
    4:00pm Foothills Presbytery Worship Service

  • Weekly Update for December 18, 2020

    Posted Dec 18, 2020

    CHRISTMAS WEEK WORSHIP SERVICES

    Sunday, December 20
    8:45am MorningSong Lessons and Carols (Fogartie Hall)
    11:00am Sanctuary Service
    5:00pm Rebroadcast of 2019 Moravian Love Feast (Online)

    Monday, December 21
    6:00pm Service of Comfort and Light (Sanctuary)

    Thursday, December 24
    11:00am Christmas Eve Service (Sanctuary)
    4:00pm Christmas Eve Family Service (Front Lawn)

    (Rain location: Gym)
    7:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Front Lawn)

    (Rain location: Sanctuary)
    11:00pm Christmas Eve Messiah Service (Online)

    Sunday, December 27
    11:00am Sanctuary Service
    4:00pm Foothills Presbytery Worship Service

  • Weekly Update for December 11, 2020

    Posted Dec 11, 2020

    Last Sunday was a very special day of worship, and we enjoyed seeing so many of you in MorningSong, the Sanctuary, and the new Shelter service that evening! Thank you for continuing to be diligent wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing when on the church campus, and staying home if you are ill. As the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths soar around our country, state, and community, and as more and more of our own members get the virus, it is important that we remain diligent in keeping everyone safe and healthy.

    This week we have another wonderful Sunday of music and worship! In the Sanctuary, it will be our annual music Sunday, with the proclamation of the word coming through the alternation of scripture and music. This year’s service will feature a harp, our quartet, and music from our favorite “garage band,” the Chamber Singers. Speaking of which, you will get to hear the Chamber Singers in-person in their temporary home, and even sing along Sunday afternoon. See below for more information.

  • Weekly Update for December 4, 2020

    Posted Dec 04, 2020

    This Sunday, our Advent Season of Giving continues as we bring gifts to benefit the children of Cleveland Academy of Leadership. See below for a link for gift ideas or to make an online donation. This Sunday is also a Communion Sunday. So be sure to gather your elements if you are joining us remotely, and if you will be with us in person, note the instructions below to make sure you can fully participate. Finally, join us in-person or online for Shelter on Sunday evening! See below for more information about this special worship service!

    There’s lots more going on! Be sure to read below for Angel Tree, church basketball, Sunday nursery, and more!

  • Weekly Update for November 24, 2020

    Posted Nov 24, 2020

    Happy Thanksgiving! Since the church will be closed on Thursday and Friday, we are sending our weekly update a few days early. Don’t forget about the Community Thanksgiving Service this evening. Things will be a little different because of COVID-19, but this time of community unity is more important than ever this year, and Angels Charge is such an important ministry!

    After you have had your fill of turkey (or however you celebrate Thanksgiving this year), don’t forget that the season of Advent begins this Sunday. The hope and expectation that is the hallmark of Advent may be just what we need as we wrap up this strange year! Look for an email later in the week with resources on how you can enrich your faith daily this Advent. Part of our celebration of Advent will also be an expansion of our annual White Gifts service to each of our Sunday morning services this Advent. See below to learn how you can join in this season of giving.

  • Weekly Update for November 20, 2020

    Posted Nov 20, 2020

    As we approach Thanksgiving in this topsy-turvy year, it is more important than ever for all of us to consider all those people and things for which we can be thankful, and out of that gratitude, to give to others in need. Last Saturday, we got to do that by distributing nearly 800 new coats to children from around Spartanburg County as part of our annual Winter Warmth Project. You can be a part of that ongoing project by donating $35 to buy a new coat for a child in need. See fpcspartanburg.org/winter-warmth for more information.

    The TOTAL Ministries Food Drive this Sunday is another way you can give out of your gratitude. See below for more information. This Thanksgiving let’s give others something for which they can give thanks!