Sunday, March 26, 2017

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Lenten Disciplines at FPC

Each day through April 21st, a new self-directed prayer station is available for personal prayer time. The prayer space is located between the 1st and 2nd floors of the church office building in the elevator stairwell. During this season of Lent, we hope you will take the opportunity during normal church office hours to visit the station and experience unique ways to pray for yourself, your congregation and your community.

Wednesdays Together resumes Wednesday, March 8th and continues through April 5th with dinner at 5:45 (note new time) followed by Lenten programming in Fellowship Hall. Children’s and youth programming will also be offered, and a nursery will be available. Plan to join us for a soup and salad supper followed by new learning opportunities and great FPC fellowship! To RSVP, please phone the church office at 234-1757 or sign up during worship using the Friendship Pad.

It’s Almost Softball Time!

Let’s play ball! Softball season begins April 10th for the FPC men’s softball team. Sign up now with a simple email or text to Ann Kelly at or 662-816-8542 that includes your name, email address, cell number, shirt size and preferred number. Games will be played through mid-June at Oxford’s beautiful FNC softball complex.

VIP Plans for February-March

FPC’s 50+ crowd will be busy in February and March. Listed below are several upcoming events. Please be sure to call the church ahead of time to let someone know you plan to participate so there will be plenty of seats around the table and good food to eat!

Tuesday, February 7, the “First Tuesday” lunch will feature Deb Helms, who will share what’s going on with Oxford Park Commission’s Leisure Lifestyles. Join us for a catered lunch at 12:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of lunch.

Thursday, February 23, join other VIPs for a Dutch treat dinner at Phillips Grocery on South Lamar at 5:45 pm.

Last month, 30 VIPs gathered for dinner at Volta, so mark your calendars and don’t miss the fun!

Coming Up in March

In addition to the regular VIP programming in March, 19 lucky people will have a special treat. On Tuesday, March 21, the group will tour St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Target House in Memphis. St. Jude tours are limited to 10 people and are scheduled at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Our group will be divided in half. One half will tour St. Jude while the other half tours Target House and participates in a service project. We’ll gather together for lunch and then the two groups will switch locations. This will be a long day and will involve walking on the tours. Those who need a wheelchair must bring their own. The only cost of this event is the cost of lunch at the Little Tea Shop. Call the church office today to reserve your spot on the list!

Sign up to help in the nursery today!

Click Here to sign up.

The Children’s Christian Education Ministry Team has created a new online sign-up program to help assist our ever-growing nursery. Members are encouraged to visit our website’s home page to choose a date to come rock a baby, read a story or play some games with our littlest Presbyterians. Three volunteers are needed every Sunday during the 11:00 am worship service. No experience or training is required; we just need your loving hands to asset our busy nursery staff!

Columbarium Q & A

Columbarium FAQs

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e. urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains). The term comes from the Latin columba (dove) and originally referred to compartmentalized housing for doves and pigeons called a dovecote.

Where are they found on a church campus?

Columbaria can be located in any number of places on church grounds: in an interior space of the sanctuary, in a wall of an existing building or, in our case, along the exterior wall of a building.

Isn’t the installation of a columbarium rare these days?

No. As the number of cremations rises, more and more churches are installing columbaria. In 1970 there were only 88,096 cremations in the United States, while in 1999 there were 606,307 cremations. It is projected that, by 2015, 1.2 million cremations will take place, accounting for nearly 50% of all funeral arrangements. In Oxford, only 500 burial plots remain at Memorial Cemetery and a columbarium will soon be installed there. Other downtown churches will offer columbaria in the near future as well, along with the University of Mississippi.

What are the benefits of a columbarium at First Presbyterian Church?

There are at least three primary benefits:

Spiritual Site for Final Repose - It affords church members and their families the opportunity to have their final resting place within the shadow of the church, which has been a central part of their lives. It is a sacred site of beauty and dignity where their loved ones can visit and meditate any time;

Simplicity of Planning - It eliminates the pressures of choosing a burial site, casket, vault and monument. Also, there is no need to plan for interment and memorial services at different locations;

Faithful Stewardship - The costs of cremation and a niche in the columbarium are significantly less than the combined costs of a casket, burial site and marker.

What does ours look like?

The initial, 7,200-pound, 60-inch high x 47-inch wide x 18-inch deep columbarium is centered immediately adjacent to the west exterior wall of the sanctuary. It faces the side courtyard, which serves as a natural gathering space for committal services. Created by Interglo Stone Company via Batesville Marble Works, it is made of a brick-colored granite and consist of 36 niches. Each niche faceplate can have up to two names engraved upon it. If and when all 36 spaces are sold, the columbarium will be expanded along the west wall. Existing shrubbery will be relocated.

I want my final resting place to be at FPC. How can I buy a space in the columbarium?

Details for purchasing a niche, including costs and policies, are available from the church office. An electronic copy of the policy governing the columbarium can be downloaded and printed using the hot link below.

Columbarium Policy

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