LENT 2023 

Logos: Exploring Our Theology with the FPC Ministers Midweek Study: Hey Everybody! After speaking with many of you and hearing about your interest, I am pleased to announce that we are moving the new Logos class to Wednesday night as a midweek study! This class will run for five weeks exploring the book The Cross and The Lynching Tree: by Dr. James H. Cone and act as a type of Lenten series. We will explore challenging topics and ask questions about ourselves, our faith, and how we feel about our connection to God. This class will now meet at 6:00 PM in the Parlor starting on March 1st and conclude at 7:30 PM. We will begin with a midweek meal, followed by our study at 6:30 PM. You can register for the class by either notifying Pastor Max at mmichaels@firstpresfortwayne.org or signing up on Realm. Please register ahead of time so that we can get a copy of the book to you! This study is an excellent opportunity for fellowship, reflection, and learning alongside other community members. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Collection of the Fish and the Loaves: The Hunger Relief Committee will again sponsor our annual FISH and LOAVES food collection during the six weeks of Lent. Leave your donations on the Fish and Loaves table located next to the Church office. You can leave your donations anytime the church is open. We are requesting the following items: 

  • Canned tuna               
  • Tuna in pre-packaged cups or packets   
  • Canned salmon
  • Snack crackers            
  • Saltine or oyster crackers                               
  • Tuna helper  

This collection is in addition to our monthly food collection on Sunday, March 19. We prayerfully hope that you will support both efforts during this special church season. 


Music Series: March 19, 2023 at 4:00pm – Timothy Olsen, Organ

The Music Series will present organist, Timothy Olsen in concert on March 19th at 4pm. Dr. Olsen teaches a joint studio of high school, undergraduate, and graduate organ students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Olsen also serves as Cantor (organist/music director) at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem. Having won numerous competition and played in some of the most prominent concert venues, Timothy is a world-class organist and will present a fantastic concert. from 2009 to 2014, he was Brent Neuenschwander’s teacher as Brent finished two degrees with him. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Theatre: Season Tickets are now on sale for First Pres Theater’s 2023/24 Season of Love! The ambitious productions include four Fort Wayne premiers, and a collaboration with Fort Wayne Youtheatre. FPT will present Bedroom FarceHead Over HeelsAlmost MaineThe Prom (with Fort Wayne Youtheatre), and The Father. Season tickets available through ArtsTix by calling 260-422-4226 or online by visiting www.artstix.com. 

Family Day with First Pres – Saturday, February 25, 12-2PM

Families = Fun! So, your family is hereby invited to join us for a ton of fun at our very first Family Day with First Pres on February 25, from 12-2PM, at the Headwaters Park ice rink!  Whether your family has been members for years, or if you and your children have been visiting with us off and on, we’d LOVE for you to be there!  As our special guests, your family will be treated to free admission and skate rental!  All you have to bring is the joy, joy, joy, joy down in your heart! 

Come play, get to know each other, and strengthen your connection to the First Pres Family! Please contact Pastor Carrie with any questions, and to RSVP. 

Sunday School Today! – During our 11am Worship

Calling all kids between kindergarten and fifth grade! Join us for Sunday School with   Miss Rachel and Friends! We will all start in worship together, and then after the Time  with Children, we will all head to our SS room as a group. We hope you will join us for fun, fellowship, learning, and….of course…Bible Bucks! Woohoooo! 

Nursery Available for Infants thru Pre-School: Jesus loves the little children, and we do, too! Should you decide that today would be a good time to explore the nursery, your child is always invited to drop in. Ask the office volunteer for a key fob and directions, and our skilled child care employees will be excited to welcome your child while you worship 

Ordination Service of Maxwell Michaels: is TODAY! at 4 PM, I will be ordained as  a Minister of Word and Sacrament! This service will be held at my home church, New Hope Presbyterian Church, in Gastonia, North Carolina. Unfortunately, this means it will not be here; however, it will be live-streamed! Keep an eye out for the link to access the service; it will be on my home church’s Facebook page. I want to thank everyone here for being a part of this journey thus far and helping shape and mold me into the Minister that I am! You all have been such a big part of this journey for me, welcoming my wife and me and letting us be a part of this community. Hopefully, you can watch the service and continue to support in Spirit! – Blessings, Max  

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