followIf you are waiting for an invitation to follow in His footsteps – this is it!

 You are invited to join the Seekers’ Sunday School Class as they begin a short-term video-based Bible study by best-selling author and pastor, Andy Stanley that will take you on a journey through the Gospels as he traces Jesus’ teaching on what it means to follow. Prepare for your eyes to open, your feet to move, and your faith to be radically transformed. Jesus says, “Follow.” How will you respond?

Class Begins Sunday, June 4, 2017

9:30 AM

Room 112 

Juneteenth Lecture Series: An evening with Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. discussing Freedom, Democracy, Race and the Value Gap

Please join us for “An evening with Dr. EEddie_Glaude_2017-02-23ddie Glaude Jr. discussing Freedom, Democracy, Race and the Value Gap”

June 16, 2017 6pm-8pm

First Presbyterian Church, 1903 Church Street,  Galveston

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and the Chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. He joined the faculty of Princeton University in 2002. He is the author of several books and publications, the latest being In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, In 2009 he was awarded Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. His research interests include American pragmatism, specifically the work of John Dewey, and African American religious history and its place in American public life.

Chancel Choir to Participate in Saengerfest

     In 1890, Galveston received a 6.2 million dollar congressional appropriation to deepen the harbor. Deep water meant larger ships could dock at Galveston carrying more cargo and in turn, making more money for the city. To celebrate, Galveston planned the Deep Water Jubilee which included six months of celebratory events including banquets, oyster roasts, Mardi Gras balls, parades, and a visit from the President of the United States. Galveston also included the 1891 Saengerfest in the Jubilee. Saengerfest, literally translating as “singer festival,” was a multi-day series of concerts performed by German singing groups from all over Texas. The first Saengerfest was held in the 1850s, and after the Civil War it occurred every two years in different cities throughout the state.
     Galveston Historical Foundation plans to commemorate the 1891 Saengerfest held in Galveston by hosting a choral music concert at our 1859 German Catholic Church, St Joseph’s Church (Ave K and 22nd Street), on April 2nd at 2pm. FPC’s Chancel Choir will join with Moody Methodist’s Chancel Choir and other community singers to form a mass choir, singing pieces of German composers. Come join us for an afternoon of beautiful music and join with us in the final piece – a sing-along of Handel’s “Hallelujah” from Messiah.

So many blessings!

stained-glassNext Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the end of Sunday worship, we will officially dedicate the newly restored Knox Chapel. You are cordially invited to this service of dedication. Included in the brief service will be the dedication of the Retta Lou Weber Memorial Piano. Lastly, Samuel Kasinger, infant son of Matt and Abby Kasinger, grandson of Knox and Mandy Rider, and great grandson of Bill Rider and the late Gail Rider, will be baptized at this special celebration of dedication.

Advent Pilgrimage

The annual Historic Downtown Churches’ Advent Pilgrimage will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016,  beginning here at First Presbyterian Church at 4pm. Following a short service of Scripture and song at each location, the pilgrimage will proceed to the next church and finally end with a reception at the final church. Besides FPC, participating churches are St. Mary’s Basilica, Trinity Episcopal, First Lutheran and First eve2015