First Presbyterian Church is a downtown congregation where you'll find a warm welcome, profound faith and broad diversity. If you're looking for a church home, or just need a moment with the Lord, worship with us this Sunday morning!
Sunday School: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
for adults and children
September thru May.
Fellowship in the Chapel: 10:30 am
Worship: 11:00 am
See Sunday's Bulletin Here
Nursery Available for
Infants and Toddlers
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Soup Kitchen Ministries
A Hot Meal Every Sunday: The Soup Kitchen serves a hot meal to about 150 guests every Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Clothes Closet: Guests at the Soup Kitchen may visit the clothes closet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at 2:30 pm.
Birth Certificates: Volunteers are available at the church on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of every month at 2:00 pm to assist our guests with obtaining their birth certificates. No appointment is necessary.
State ID's: Volunteers from First Pres and Evergreen Pres assist our guests with obtaining State ID's on the 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of every month at 8:30 am. An appointment is required - contact the Hospitality HUB at 522-1808 to get on the van list.
Food Stamps: Representatives of the Tennessee Department of Human Services assist our guests with obtaining Food Stamps every Monday and Wednesday morning from 9:00 am until noon. No appointment is necessary.
A Wonderful Opportunity for You to Serve Your Neighbor: Would you like to assist with these wonderful ministries to our homeless neighbors? Contact the church office and get plugged in!
Sunday School, Worship, and the Soup Kitchen will all proceed as scheduled on Sunday, December 8. If weather conditions change, we will post notices here and on Facebook.
Click here for the Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 8.
We Welcome Our Guest Pastors! After over 38 years of ordained ministry, and 17 years at First Presbyterian Church, our beloved pastor, The Reverend C. V. "Bo" Scarborough retired effective July 10. We are pleased to have guest ministers who will lead us in worship on Sunday mornings while we go through the process of selecting a new pastor.
Our Guest Minister This Sunday, December 8, will be The Reverend Dr. Peter Gathje, Professor of Christian Ethics and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Our Guest Minister Next Sunday, December 15, will be The Reverend Neil Sherman, Parish Associate at Farmington Presbyterian Church.
Prayer Family of the Week: Craig Parker.
Food Stamps Outreach: Monday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 11 at 9:00 am. Representatives of the Tennessee Department of Human Services assist our guests with obtaining Food Stamps. No appointment is necessary.
State ID's: Tuesday, December 10, at 8:30 am. By appointment only.
Remember Your Pledges and Offerings! Our busy schedules sometimes keep us from being in worship every Sunday, but the work (and expenses!) of the church continue throughout the year. Please remember to keep your pledges and offerings current.
Stewardship season is upon us. Please send your 2014 pledge cards and time and talent surveys to the church office as soon as possible so we can finalize our budget for next year.
Advent Wednesday Night Dinners and Programs begin December 4 at 6:00 pm. We'll "hang the greens" on December 4, sing Christmas carols with our First Methodist neighbors on December 11, and hear about Merry Sebelik and Jan Bullard's medical mission trip to Africa on December 18. Dinner will be served each week at 6:00 pm, and the cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children with a $20 family maximum. Mark your calendars to be here!
Choir Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm.
Advent Sunday School Series: Beginning December 8, Dr. Peter Gathje, professor of Christian Ethics at Memphis Theological Seminary, will be leading a series of three Sunday School classes for adults entitled "Holiness and Human Liberation." Join us at 9:30 am in the parlor!
Birth Certificates: Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm.
Soup Kitchen: Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 pm.
Session Meeting: Tuesday, December 10 at 6:45 pm.
Christmas Ornament Party: Saturday, December 14, 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Paper + thread + paint + glue + sparkles + laughter = fun for everyone! Adults and children of all ages are invited to come and get your Christmas art on as we create hand-made ornaments!
Congregational Meeting: Sunday, December 15, immediately following worship for the purpose of electing Elders for the Class of 2016.
Hope Circle: Sunday, December 15, at 1:00 pm at the home of Diana Veazey. Bring a dish to share and join us for potluck lunch and Bible study!
Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols: Tuesday, December 24 at 5:00 pm. Join us on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Christ with a special worship service of scripture readings and Christmas carols. This special service has become an annual tradition for many in our congregation and in our community, and ends with the singing of "Silent Night" during the passing of the candlelight throughout the congregation.
"Undie Sunday": January 5. We continue to be extremely low on, and in some cases completely out of, new men's and women's underwear in the Clothes Closet. This includes white cotton briefs, socks, t-shirts and women's sports bras in all sizes. To help meet the need, we are designating the first Sunday of each month as "Undie Sunday," to help you remember to bring in a few new pair of underwear, socks, etc. for the clothes closet (of course you may bring in your donations ANY Sunday). If you are able to help, we will be collecting these items in a bin in the chapel on Sundays, or you may leave them in the church office. Thanks for pitching in!
First Pres is now on Facebook, and we'll be sharing information and pictures about what's happening with our members and friends! If you have info or pictures you'd like to suggest for posting on our page, contact the church office.
Check us out on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/firstpresmemphis