Latest FPCGV News
Town Hall Meeting on September 23
FPCGV will have a town hall meeting on Sunday, September 23rd immediately following Worship. Stewardship Season for 2019 will officially kick-off with an update on our current financial status, exciting mission outreaches from FPCGV, and an update on plans for our middle and high school youth program.
During the Town Hall for the adults, a KIDS ONLY Pizza Picnic will be held in Fellowship Hall with games and a mission project: packing food bags for kids in need at Dove Elementary, Cannon Elementary & elsewhere in GCISD. Please pre-register all youth by contacting Jodi Haun, DCE, via email email@example.com or call 817-481-7129 to ensure we have enough to eat; no charge.
We have all been invited by the words Jesus spoke to Andrew and that Philip spoke to Nathaniel as recorded in John 1: “Come and see.”
Newcomer Luncheon on September 30th
If you are a newcomer to this community (or a longtime participant thinking about becoming a member), we would like to invite you to join some of our church leaders and staff for a meal. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to know each other better, while also offering some beginning resourcing help, so that we may discern how to walk together on our journeys of faith. Children are welcome (with some child friendly food and activities provided). Meet new people, enjoy lunch, and find out more about FPCGV and our church family! Please RSVP, and include any dietary needs, to Ashley Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vehicle & property protection
Over the past few months, there have been vehicle breakins that have occured in our church parking lot. In both cases, the action took place in broad daylight and in view of others.
On Sunday mornings, members of the staff and ushers periodically patrol the parking lots. If you see suspicious activity in the parking lot or elsewhere on the church property, please notify an usher or a staff person.
Most importantly, we remind you to lock your vehicles and secure any valuables out of sight.
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In responding to an abundance of caution, FPCGV has a defibrillator unit mounted on the north wall of the Narthex. The unit is strategically placed to provide access to anyone in need in the sanctuary or our preschool program.
Property ministry is seeking volunteers to be trained and certified to operate the unit. Training will be done on a Saturday morning and takes about 4 hours. Please let the office know if you are interested by calling 817-481-7129. If you are already certified, through your medical or hospitality training, Property Ministry would like to know so that you can be counted among those trained to operate the unit.
Groups using our facilities
One of the directives that came from the New Beginnings discussions was to maximize the use of our building for outside groups. In making our facilities available for the larger community, we are not only good neighbors, we are invitational. By making our spaces available, we more directly touch the lives of the community.
Frequently, we open our building for one-time or limited use. Some examples include: The Dallas area Harp Society spring recital; Neighborhood Night Out; GCISD concerts and programs; Komen Walk for Cure meetings and children's/youth programs. We also make our spaces available for youth groups who come to or travel through the DFW area for mission and fellowship experiences.
Some of these groups are non-profit agencies. Currently, we our facilites are used by agencies that serve special needs within the community. These include:
Camp SOAR (Special Opportunities Are Rewarding), under the umbrella of Noack Consulting, is a program that is designed for adults age 18 and older with special needs. More information at http://noackconsulting.com/
R.A.D. (Realistic Self Defense for Women) is a partnership with the Grapevine Police Department and RAD Systems that teach women how to protect themselves in the event of an attack. The class is designed for women ages 14 & up. More information at http://tx-grapevine.civicplus.com/Activities/Activity/Detail/Womens-SelfDefense-5.
Young Onset Parkinson's Disease Support Group provides support for those diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (prior to age 50) and their cargivers. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. More information about YOPD can be found here: http://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/what-is-parkinsons/young-onset-parkinsons. Inquires can be directed to Julie Lawson at email@example.com.
Some of these groups are for profit organizations that help us reach young families. These include:
Music Together Mid Cities is a program that nurtures children's natural enthusiasm for music and movement by singing, chanting, dancing and playing with musical instruments in an informal setting. Adults learn how to participate and interact with their child regardless of their musical background because parents and caregivers are a child's biggest role model. More information at http://www.musictogethermidcities.com/
Do you know of an organization or program that has a need for a meeting space? Whether this is an on-going program or a single/limited use event, contact the church office for more information.