FPC Outreach and Missions committee thanks everyone who has contributed to the relief effort for the people of Guatemala affected by the eruption of the Volcano Fuego. Our main effort is to take supplies to those people in Guatemala; however, we will also be scouting new locations for our 2019 & 2020 mission trips, and we have several great possibilities. Our team members will leave for Guatemala on July 30, 2018, and return August 07, 2018, and will pack the supplies this week. We have had such a great response that we may not be able to take all of the supplies this trip; however, there is another installation mission trip scheduled for February, 2019. Any leftover supplies will be taken then. Again thank you to everyone for
their support and contributions of our Cuba and Guatemala missions.
We are ready to help our children embark upon a new school year! Sunday, August 12 in worship (8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.) we will invite children of all ages to come forward with their school backpacks. The congregation will bless the children of FPC-Tupelo with a special prayer.
Boston butt sales to benefit the 2019 Guatemala mission trip will begin in the breezeway on Sunday, July 15. These will be available on the day of the Mission Cafe, August 19. Cost $30 each, cooked once again by our master barbeque chef, Presly Wallace.
Two of our Guatemala mission team members are going to Guatemala in August or September to look for additional sites for our 2019 and 2020 Guatemala mission trips. The Mission team is asking for donations
of personal hygiene items for men, women, and children. The items that are needed are any toiletries such as toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, etc. plus underwear for men, women, and children. There is a box in the breezeway for these donations.
Recently discovered and on display are photos of damage caused, on November 4, 1951, by a fire that destroyed the upper floor of FPC’s Sunday School Department, the roof, and part of the nave’s ceiling. Three photographs, restored and framed, now hang on the wall opposite our library; they capture the extensive destruction. These photographs appeared by fortuitous accident earlier this year while church members sorted through boxes of old photographs. To describe the pictures as worn and weathered is an
understatement. Thanks to the efforts and expertise of Buddy McCarty, those tattered photographs are vastly improved, depicting a painful event in our church history. The congregation of FPC, with God’s guidance, remains resilient despite perils of the past.
Help needed to load food boxes into cars at Tupelo Middle School on Monday, June 25 from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Nominating Committee Update (PNC). The PNC has completed the required Ministry Information Form (MIF) and is in the process of uploading the MIF to our Church Leadership Connection website. The Committee hopes to begin receiving Personal Information Forms (PIF) which match our needs in the coming weeks. Members of the PNC are Aubrey Patterson, Sam
Pace, Andy Crotwell, Alice Rogers, Teresa Biddle, Mary Margaret Gratz & Judy Thomas.