Our Story of Generosity

This is our story. It shows how the varying components of our budget contribute to our community of faith being able to live into our God given vision. Every dollar is linked to mission and every gift to faithful expression of the joy of giving and generosity of our God. Please join us now in supporting our church’s mission by participating and increasing your generosity. Click here to read Our Generosity Brochure. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration of your own 2019 generous support of God’s work through First Presbyterian Church, Nashville.Options

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The 5:00 Family Christmas Service

“Welcome dear friends! Merry Christmas Eve!” The shoulder to shoulder crowd of gatherers lets out a collective smile in response to Todd Jones’ welcome, and with that, the 5:00 Family Christmas Eve service begins.

But long before the clock strikes 5:00 P.M. for this annual tradition’s commencement, an incredible amount of planning, organizing and rehearsing has been happening behind the scenes for weeks in advance.

At the end of September, right after 900 glow sticks have been ordered for the singing of Christmas Eve’s Silent Night, the planning phase for the Christmas Eve Family service officially kicks off by selecting songs that will be sung by the Children’s Choir.

From there, Baby Jesus is selected. Church families who have had babies between June, July and August of that year are contacted to see if they would be interested in having their child be baby Jesus, and the parents, serve as Mary and Joseph.

“What a gift it was to be able to act as though we were the Holy Family for a few hours! The night is all about family and that is what encompasses all that is good and holy on such a special night!” – Ceesun Andrews

By the end of October, lead characters (typically youth) are chosen for the roles of Isaiah, John the Baptist, Angel Gabriel and the Acolyte. The Wise Men, with their singing parts, are chosen by Carol McClure and Raphael Bundage.

November begins to get busy as the attention now turns to the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade Sunday School classes and their help in the Christmas Eve service.

* The third graders are asked to participate by entering a drawing for the Christmas Eve bulletin cover. The drawing must include the nativity scene and not include Santa. Other than that, creative liberty is given to each child. Select church members then vote on which drawing will grace the cover of the bulletin.
* The fourth graders are asked to participate by reading prayers that fifth graders have written.

* The sixth graders are asked to be greeters at the door, pass out glow sticks before Silent Night and be candle bearers.

Many of our members give of their time and talents to make this service a success. It is truly a team effort!

Ask anyone who has attended any of our Christmas Eve services and you will see a smile come across their face. The night is magical and exciting, filled with wonder and warmth. This Christmas Eve, won’t you join us?

 

Our Mission:“To know Christ, and to make Him known, and to exhibit His love in worship, education and service.”


Missions: (33.4 % of the total budget)
Our work extends far beyond our community and reaches out to the corners of the world.  Along with relationships and provided resources to 36 local mission partners, our funds reach eight National Mission Partner Organizations and ten International Mission Partner Organizations. This allows our funds to reach 15 countries other than the United States, while also being able to send our youth and adults on Mission trips all over the world.

Property: (27% of the total budget)
Our property staff keeps our facilities clean and in good order so that we may perform the work that God is calling us to do. Groups in our local community also use our facilities such as: Oak Hill School, Room in the Inn, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Boy Scouts of America. Our worship space, rooms for meetings, offices for staff, utilities, insurance, taxes and related costs for our facilities are all cared for in this resource area.

Education: (17% of the total budget)
We have over 2100 children and adults in Sunday School. This portion of our budget covers supplies for Adult Education, Children, Youth Ministry, Sunday School and Bible study. This also includes pastor continuing education, Sunday School teacher training, VBS and Nursery care.

Worship: (11.5% of the total budget)
Worship is central to our congregation’s work. We have 4300 members at FPC, with over 3000 worshipers for Easter, 1200 worshipers for Christmas Eve, and an average 900 worshipers on Sundays. Immense planning and preparing takes place for three Sunday worship services, holiday services, weddings, funerals and other special services.

Communications/Special Events: (6.5% of the total budget)
Our communications keep us informed and connect our congregation. Our First Edition monthly newsletter, Parish News weekly e-newsletter, church website, ministry e-newsletters, and special events like the Christmas Tree Lighting and Easter Egg Hunt enable us to promote community within our church.

Congregational Care: (4.6% of the total budget)
Pastoral care is a vial part of our work, especially for members who are ill, hospitalized, bereaved, preparing for marriage, going through divorce, or facing other crisis. Our church also provides other services to members such as at-home communion, delivery of flowers, and Stephen Ministry.

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