Seeking, Serving, Celebrating
Time & Talent
Our Time and Talent inventory is designed to help us and you discover not only which ways you would like to serve, but also how we can effectively serve you as a member of our faith family. You can fill out the inventory online or download the same version to print.
2019 Pledge Card
When you and your family are ready, you can securly and confidentially make your pledge using our online pledge card. Your information is processed only through our Administrative/Membership staff person, Jill Compton. Any questions or concerns about your pledge can be directed to her by calling the church office or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John 1:38-39a: When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Which of these describes you? A) I don’t care where my money goes. I just give because that’s what I am supposed to do. B) I want to know where my money is going, but I don’t need to know all the details. Just give me the broad strokes. C) If I am going to give to the church, I need a strict accounting of everything I give. We realize that a narrative budget is not going to satisfy everybody. For some of you this may be more information than you desire; for others not nearly enough. Our hope is that it will give you a visual — a “come and see.” But with this visual, you are always invited to come and ask for more. We are excited about walking with you, as we follow Jesus through the ministries of this congregation.
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Robert S. Crilley and Ashley A. Hood
A Narrative Budget for FPCGV
With steady support from a faithful congregation, First Presbyterian continues to fulfill its core mission of Christian worship and education, while expanding our outreach in the local community and beyond.
Generous giving and mindful stewardship have provided a solid financial base that is laying the foundation for expanded mission work. In less than two years, we have made significant progress in reducing our outstanding mortgage through accelerated payments, bringing the balance down by 25%. Plans call for additional payments to be made in 2019 and beyond, with a projected payoff in 2024. Reducing this long-term obligation will allow us to gradually boost the portion of our budget devoted to mission work in the hope of reaching and exceeding a congregational “tithe” of 10%.
In 2019, we aim to increase mission spending to 9.1% of the budget from 8.5% in 2018. Other goals include revitalizing our youth ministry and continuing to grow our new Kid’s Night In and SCAMP programs to meet demand in our neighborhood. Last year, thanks to generous giving at the end of 2017, we were able to allocate $6,500 from excess reserves for additional mission outlays.
As Jesus called the disciples together to follow him and see where he was staying and what he was doing, we invite you to “come and see” what we can do as his church in 2019 when we bring our pledges together.
Where Does Your Offering Go?
Come and See how we learn more by seeking and learning together.
First Presbyterian challenges its members to learn and grow in their faith, and offers many outlets to broaden their knowledge of the Bible and Christian teachings.
In addition to Sunday School classes for children and adults, First Presbyterian hosts several adult study groups intended to foster fellowship and enlighten conversation. These include a monthly Sunday Night Book Study, the Women’s Tuesday Morning Study Group and Thursday Bible Studies. These theological discussions include topics of social justice, interfaith issues, and healing.
Over the summer, our church hosted the first Summer Creative Arts & Movement Program, or SCAMP, an alternative to traditional Vacation Bible School. The weeklong program for students entering 1st - 6th grades is focused on singing, instruments, creative movement and art.
To help our congregation get better at calling or visiting those who are sick or in need (or asking for help when they need it), we plan a class this fall on Christian Caregiving. This follows the weekly CARE emails to inform the whole congregation of prayer requests and other ways to care and be cared for.
We aim to be a welcoming congregation that embraces new members and the gifts they bring to First Presbyterian. At Newcomer Lunches, members of the Visitors and Evangelism ministry and other church leaders share a meal with our newest members and visitors to encourage their involvement in the life of the church. “My faith journey took a very positive turn when I started attending FPCGV,” said Fred Mills, a new member who can be seen on many Sundays playing the saxophone during worship service. “Because of my love of music, I got involved with the Music Ministry… I met choir members immediately, who helped me feel at home.”
Come and See how we can do more and have fun together.
Last December, floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey had receded in Houston, but plenty of damage and despair were left behind. Two weeks before Christmas, six members of First Presbyterian joined dozens of other volunteers coordinated by the All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response organization to lend a helping hand in the name of Christ. Over four days, they donned masks, rubber gloves and even hazmat suits to “muck and gut” sheetrock and flooring, scrub exposed studs to remove mold and then sanitize the home by applying a mold-killing chemical. “Throughout the week, we observed a passionate and somewhat paradoxical sense of community among a continuous flow of volunteers old and young, from all walks of life, who came to Houston from all over the world, including Canada, the U.K., Australia and states throughout the U.S.,” wrote Karen Trost, one of the volunteers who documented the experience. “It was a wonderful experience to help such grateful recipients.”
In June, three high school youth and two adults spent a week in Vidor, near Beaumont, repairing, texturing and painting walls in a home damaged by Harvey floodwaters. “When we left on Friday afternoon, all of the work that had been planned – and much more – had been finished,” wrote one of the participants. “(Homeowners) Buzz and Barbara told us that, for the first time since the storm, they were hopeful.
First Presbyterian members serve in many ways. This year, we held our first Kid’s Night In events, offering an evening of food, crafts, and other activities in a safe environment for neighborhood kids from ages 3 months to 12 for a small fee. We expanded our outreach in the community with volunteers for tutoring and mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and VAST (Valuable After-School Time). We helped foster families through the My Faith Family program and we continued to support GRACE, the Grapevine relief agency that helps low-income families, both financially and with volunteers. When a fire badly damaged its clinic and food pantry in the spring, First Presbyterian was there to offer help.
We also joined with congregations of various faiths in Northeast Tarrant County -- including Jewish, Islamic, Mormon, Catholic and Methodist -- to form the Peace Together Coalition to build relationships with our neighbors. Recently, First Presbyterian hosted Jerusalem Through Art, a conversation with photographer Farah Janjua presenting her images from a recent visit to the Holy City, moderated by our own photographer Toni Burks.
This year, we are planning a new mission initiative that involves education and advocacy on the issue of domestic human trafficking. We are adding prevention and recovery dollars to our mission budget to support this initiative. And this fall we will host a class to educate and train our congregation about this epidemic occurring within our own neighborhoods and how we can advocate for everyone’s safety.
Come and See how we celebrate when we worship together.
The heartbeat of First Presbyterian can be felt each Sunday in the Narthex as people arrive for worship. Visitors are greeted with a smile and a handshake. Friends gather in groups to catch up on their lives. Soon the choir has lined up and the congregation heads into the light-filled sanctuary where they know the music will be uplifting, children’s time will bring a joyous message, prayers will be heartfelt and the sermon will be inspiring. This is a meaningful hour, a time to pause from busy lives to sit with familiar faces and contemplate something deeper.
On any given Sunday, you might hear a group of small children sing; see a group of young teens confirmed; hear a fascinating guest sermon (such as Princeton Abaroaha, who shared his story of being a child soldier in Nigeria in a pulpit exchange last year. You might even share in the joy of baptism and welcome a baby to the church family. And once a month, we share the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
This summer, we had a special celebration to honor Pastor Bob Crilley for his 25th anniversary serving First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine. Under Pastor Bob’s guidance, First Presbyterian has expanded physically and spiritually, building a new sanctuary and bringing Christian love and fellowship into the community. Appropriately, his church family came together in Fellowship Hall – where Bob first preached – to pay him thanks and share a meal.
Just as Jesus called the disciples together to follow him and see where he was staying and what he was doing, we invite you to “come and see” what we can do as his church in 2019 when we pull together. With faith and gratitude, we ask that you prayerfully consider what you can pledge to help First Presbyterian continue on its Christian journey in 2019.