Save the Date! On March 15, 2020, First Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary. Ever since its inception, First Presbyterian Church has grown with the city of Wichita. We will celebrate the untold story with a documentary that will interview our archivist, Gary Huffman, former pastors, members, and city officials reminisscent of Ken Burns' documentaries. Special music by our Choirs (Choral, Bell, Youth, and Children's) and liturgy giving thanks for our past and blessing for our future.
So mark your calendar and plan to come. Invite a friend. One service at 10:45 a.m.
Below is the latest FPC Times about events that happened 150 years regarding the founding of First Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Festival Fun starts at 4.
Lots of fun filled activities for all ages.
The Fall Festival is open to everyone, including church members and the community, so that we may share our blessings with our friends and neighbors.
Setup for the Festival will begin at 3 p.m. Activities begin at 4 p.m. There will be both outdoor and indoor activities for all ages, with weather contingencies (the Camp lodge is both heated and air-conditioned). There will be live music, golf cart tours, hayrack rides, pumpkin checkers, bean bag toss, pumpkin decorating, and a pop-up rodeo show. A featured attraction will be a dunk tank, with Senior Pastor Brent Johnston (and any volunteers) doing the honors of getting dunked! Pay $5 for 3 balls at a chance to dunk Pastor Brent.
There will be a Vesper service (sunset prayer service, optional attendance) at 5 p.m, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will include a chili cook-off, so bring your favorite chili, a side dish, or dessert to share. There will be a $5 fee if you’d like to enter your chili in the contest. There will also be a Ghoulish dessert contest (no entry fee).
First Church invites all youngsters (age infant to 5.5 years old) and their parents to join in the fellowship and fun we have designed for you!
Mark your calendars and meet us at the following events. Siblings are welcomed! Contact Michelle Murray-Cline for questions at 794-1195.
October 20th-Fall Festival at Whispering Winds Camp 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
November 2nd-Care & Connect with Others at First Presbyterian Church 10:30 a.m.
After a successful fundraising opportunity with Big, Bang, Bingo…..and the not so Silent Auction last fall, the Christian Education and Fellowship Committee happily reports TWO initiatives in action that are utilizing the $4,000 raised. The committee’s vision is to utilize the money for educational opportunities that enhance or boost our Christian experience and connection with each other.
To begin, CE&F recognizes that parents in our congregation with young children between the ages of 0-5 need an outlet to connect and do family, friendly outings. Thus, a Playgroup will begin this summer that meets once a month where parents or caregivers with youngsters do themed outings that allow socialization, enrichment for children, and engagement in the life of our church. The financial support subsidizes the cost of activities and the time of the Playgroup Coordinator.
First Church Cares…..Cards is the second program that CE&F has already put into action since February. This creative and heart-warming outreach increases communication and connection with members within our church family. With handwritten notes of love and encouragement, ten cards are mailed out every month to individuals or family units. The purpose of this program is to recognize member needs and nurture relationships. The financial support aids the cost of card stock, envelopes, and postage.
Our Big, Bang, Bingo…..and the not so Silent Auction will return again this fall! Looking forward to seeing you all there with your super hero capes and making a difference in the lives of others!
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s Heritage Sunday. This is an event you do not want to miss! On the last Sunday in October we celebrate our Scottish and Presbyterian Heritage with a service that draws its inspiration from a service that the Rev. Dr. David Walker attended at St. Giles in Edinburgh, Scotland. Special Music by the Caledonian Pipe and Drums, SheauKang on violin, Mark Sweeney on organ, and from the Choir under the direction of Steve Bixler. Our very own Rev. Dr. Brent O Johnston will be preaching.
Remember we have only one service on Heritage Sunday and it is at 10:45 am. The Youth will be providing a delicious breakfast from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. As always the service will conclude out on the front lawn with more music from the Caledonian Pipe and Drums. Postcards may be picked up at the Office to invite a friend to this special service.