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How Do I Meet People?
First Presbyterian Church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, a retired golfer, a State or Michigan Fan, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at First Presbyterian Church.
“Food for Thought” ~ Weekly Bible Study ~ Small Groups @ the Table
Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, First Presbyterian Church has small bible studies throughout the year that are lay-led and are designed for Christian fellowship and Christian service. Join us at any time throughout the year ~ we’d love to have you be a part of these gatherings. We’ve just completed one series of small group gatherings for Lent where we broke bread together over a shared meal, and discussed our sermon series “An Eccelsiates Easter.” Our current Bible Study is “ACTS: Church on the Edge” where we gather together @ 6:00 p.m. and learn of the exciting growth in the early church and how it impacts us this very day in 2012. Join us!
Youth & Children’s Ministry
Each Sunday morning, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and trained in children’s instruction. The youth ministry of First Presbyterian Church is recognized for their close interaction. The adults who serve the children throughout the year gather each winter & summer for a special early evening of food and comraderie at our CE Leader’s home – where they share fellowship and freindship. Our children gather at Pastor Kate’s home each Christmas & summer for a afternoon of fun and games. Join us!
Older Youth & Young Adults
Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into teenage and adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. First Presbyterian Church provides a welcoming atmosphere for Junior High, High School & college aged young people. We offer opportunities for members to interact and support our college aged youth as well during their school year through our ‘Secret Saints” program. It is a great way to meet other young people in the community.
Women’s Small Groups
Gaylord’s Women’s Groups gives the ladies in our church family special times of interaction. Our women’s groups, located in several locations throughout our community, are times of fellowship, study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.
Our “Awesome Women” Group provides a chance for those who have expereinced the loss of a spouse through death or divorce, to gather together and share life’s challenges and support one another on a monthly basis.
Our Presbyterian Women group offers a broader range of fellowship, bible study, training and networking through our national denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). This group meets each month for an activity and holds no business meetings – consider joining them in an activity!
Monthly Men’s Group @ Sugar Bowl
Our men have a regular fellowship with the Pastor during a monthly breakfast at the Sugar Bowl in Gaylord on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. ~ All gentlemen are invited! Bring your best jokes or Golf game stories and get ready to share some laughter and good local food.
Our Annual Flea Market – Every July
This annual eventdraws crowds from the surrounding communities!
We are known throughout the Gaylord area for this annual fundraising event which is one of the highlights of our congregation.
Join in on the fun of gathering, sorting, pricing, and selling the most excellent rummage around!
This event is the best display of fun, fellowship and outreach missional work to the local community.
Our youth have a chance to be a part of it all as well, with their Kids’ Cafe that serves refreshments to the crowds each July. Be sure to check out our photo gallery to see the excitment and consider joining us and being a part of this annual community event. You’ll be ‘hooked on rummage’ ~ we guarantee it!
Presbyterian Coffee Project
Join like minded members and friends who share the desire to support the issue of fair trade coffee and fair wages throughout the world. We sell fair trade products: coffee, tea, cocoa, baking products and chocolates, that give us a chance to support this world mission issue. Go global and help locally.
A “trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, disadvantaged producers and workers — especially in the [Global] South.” – definition by FINE, a grouping of Fair Trade organizations that created a widely accepted definition of Fair Trade in 1998
Fair Trade ~ A form of hunger ministry
The Presbyterian Hunger Program works to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes.
Fair Trade is an economic model that helps people:
- Access needed resources
- Provide for their families
- Gain control over their lives
- Live with increased dignity
- Tell their stories
The PC(USA) has been involved in Fair Trade since 2001, when the Presbyterian Coffee Project was launched.
Did you know?…….
The PC(USA)’s Fair Trade work is coordinated by the Presbyterian Hunger Program, thanks in part to support by the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. PHP is thankful for the continued generosity of Presbyterians that enables us – together – to witness the healing love of Christ. Learn how your congregation can support OGHS, or give today.
Annual Summer Golf Outing ~
Each summer @ Michawye
Each summer we gather together on the Links for fellowship and a great round of golf. Bring a friend and be ready to enjoy the superb golf atmosphere with friends and members @ Michawye Golf Club. We welcome you at this annual summer event. Join us!
New Member Update: Rose & Huntley Robinson: “Rose and I retired to the Gaylord area in June of 2010 after careers in medicine and education, Being originally Lutheran, we started out to find a church in the local area. Our first stop was @ First Presbyterian of Gaylord, our first stop was here and we never looked any further!” Rose tells us that “I retired after spending most of my life as a nurse practitioner. We looked for a church home as soon as we bought our home – planning to check out the Lutheran churches, but started at First Presbyterian. we didn’t look any further. We have a wonderful family – 2 sons and a daughter in law, and a beautiful and perfect grand daughter.”
Monthly Dinner Club
An ever-changing group of friends and members who come together each at homes or local restaurants to share food, laughter and fellowship. This group has been gathering for years and enjoy sharing life’s journey together in a relaxed setting. Stop in & join the Club at any time for great fun and local flavor!
Contact Patti & Clare Dawson to find out where the next gathering will be!
‘AWESOME WOMEN’ Small Group
Women who have expereinced loss in their lives [death of spouse, child or marraige] gather each week to share a meal and a community social event. Muisic and theatre events are often attended together following a meal in a local restuarant. Schduele varies according to events and availability of all. This is a great way to meet new friends, see old ones and participate as a group in specail event sin the Gaylord community. See Jo Tassen for more details! Bring a friend and join us!