Salad Potluck – Sunday, 09/22/19

Join us immediately following Worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 for a Salad Potluck Lunch! Please bring salads and desserts. The meat and drinks will be provided. It will be a great time! You are welcome to invite a friend to this event! We hope to see you there!

Baking Volunteers

The Baking Volunteers are reaching a significant milestone of baking nearly 20,000 cookies. The cookies are donated to Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in Fort Walton Beach, FL where they are included in sack lunches for those in need. Thank you to Chris Rollins, Susan Brooks Cook, and Phyllis March. We also appreciate Pam Hayes as the official taste tester! They were treated to a lunch by Jim March for their tireless efforts and outstanding accomplishment. 

Taizé Worship Service – Sunday, 9/29/19

Please join 1st Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach (FWB) on Sunday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. for a Taizé style worship service.  We believe that you will find it to be a very moving spiritual experience.

What is Taizé Worship?

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in Taizé, France.  It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world.  It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant.  Taizé is one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth.  Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work.  Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in a spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.

What we will experience during this service is worship in the Taizé style.  Worship at Taizé is characterized by singing several, short, simple songs, normally with just a single verse.  The songs are sung over and over allowing you to internalize the words and the melody.  Taizé worship is also characterized by numerous scripture readings.  As the scriptures are read, you sit back and listen to what the scripture is saying to you.  In between each reading and each song, we will have a period of silence.  We use that time to reflect on the scripture reading or the song that we’ve just sung. 

We hope you can join us for this special worship service.

Come as you are!

New Bible Study: Short Stories by Jesus

Join us on Wednesday’s from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. beginning September 11th, 2019 until October 16th, 2019

In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. She analyzes the “problems with parables”, taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us – and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

Kerygma Proclamation! (Wed. 09/11/2019)

Please join the Bible study group as we begin discovering new insights into the books of the New Testament on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., Room 2.

This will be an in-depth study in which we will take our time to understand and discuss the scriptures together.

Please notify Pastor Sharon or Pam in the Church Office so a book can be ordered for you.

World Communion Sunday, 10/6/2019

Join us for World Communion on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. World Communion is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. The tradition was begun in 1933 by Dr. Hugh Thomson Kerr who minister in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Westminster Manor Retirement Center – “Community Blessing” Service

On Friday, August 30th, 2019, Westminster Manor Retirement Center in FWB held a “Community Blessing” Service. Residents, community leaders, vendors, and supporters enjoyed a short program led off by songs from the Kindergarten class of Fort Walton Beach First United Methodist Church. Reverend Sharon Schuler was honored to lead the invocation and the facility Chaplain led the group in more song and celebration. One of the directors read the history of Westminster Manor. A reception followed giving us a chance for fellowship together. Those attending from First Presbyterian Church of FWB were Witness & Outreach (W&O) Committee Chair, Susan Cook, W&O Secretary, Frances Goodall, John Schuler, and Rev. Sharon Schuler.

Monthly Events

1st Sunday:

  • Worship with The Lord’s Supper
  • Collection of Non-Perishable Food Items for Sharing and Caring Food Bank

1st Tuesday:

Joy Circle Meets at 9:45 a.m.

1st Tuesday / Thursday (September – May):

  • Presbyterian Women’s (PW) Circles (see calender for specific times and meeting places)
  • Bible Study for 2019-2020: “Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments” by Rev. Eugenia Gamble

1st Thursday:

  • Fellowship Committee meets from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Shalom meets from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

3rd Tuesday:

PW Birthday Luncheon: Monthly birthday’s are celebrated together at different local restaurants