We invite you to visit our church and worship with us each Sunday at 9:00AM! Please check our calendar for other fellowship opportunities. Our Children's Sunday school and Adult Education classes are held at 10:30 AM. Sunday School for the youth is held upstairs. A nursery is available for childcare during Sunday school and Worship services.
Mission Statement: In gratitude to God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we strive to discern what God is calling us to do as we serve Christ in our daily and corporate lives through worship and spiritual formation, education and discipleship, hospitality and fellowship, and mission. Putting our faith into action, we seek to create a loving community that God challenges, renews, equips, and sends out into the world to love others, to care for the sick and needy, to demonstrate kindness and mercy, and to work for justice and peace.
Photo of attendees from l to r: Chip Whipple, Emily Clark, Carter Wyatt, Annette Newcomb, Brad Newcomb, Summer Lewis, Kaylee Gillespie, Maddie Newcomb and Christopher Wyatt (Amber Fox, not pictured).
A group of Ponca City First Presbyterian Church youth and sponsors recently traveled 11 hours round trip to attend the Mo-Ranch Youth Celebration Conference. Although the camp is nearly 600 miles away, there is a Ponca City connection. The name Mo-Ranch is short for Moran Ranch. The land on which Mo-Ranch Camp and Conference Center sits once belonged to the estate of the former President of Continental Oil Company, Dan Moran.
The week-long event focused around the theme “Keep These Words” based on scripture from Deuteronomy 3:4-9. During the week, the discussion centered around a different word each day: Hear, Heart, Home , Rise and Keep.
Each day began with a morning celebration where the youth sang and danced to energizers, offered up songs of praise, heard scripture and listened to Keynote speaker Mark Yaconelli. During mid-morning and mid-afternoon, the youth and sponsors gathered with small groups of approximately 20 people to dig deeper into the meaning of the day’s scripture. They discussed what the word meant to them individually and how it prompted them to action.
During the latter part of the afternoon, the youth were free to partake in activities on the Mo-Ranch complex. They had the opportunity to canoe in the Guadeloupe River, swim in the river or beautiful pool, play volleyball, and explore the nature trails. After dinner, everyone gathered for worship and reflection upon their day outside by the river.
The youth from Ponca City participated in worship leadership, music leadership, and even in the talent show! It was a wonderful opportunity for them to fellowship with over 300 other youth and to be actively involved in the worship experience.
Annette Newcomb, Youth Ministry Director at FPC Ponca describes the week, “It was a long trip, but very worthwhile! I am thankful that the youth of our community had the opportunity to grow closer to God and to others who are their brothers and sisters in Christ. They left with a desire to put their faith in action. They, as well as myself, will forever be changed after our week together at Mo-Ranch.”
| Monday July 19
5:00 pm TOPS
7:00 pm Bible Study
|Tuesday July 21
7:00 pm Deacons
|Sunday July 26
9:00 am Worship Service- Rev. Deb Meinke officiating
10:30 am Church school for all ages
ADULT EDUCATION Sunday (10:30 AM):
FAITHWEAVER STUDY FOR ADULTS – The Bible study, related to the lectionary readings and paralleling the scriptural basis of the children’s classes for the same day, meets on the lower level in B-5, Multi-Purpose Room. Steve Ernst leads the study.
CURRENT EVENTS – The class is not meeting and is undergoing a revision of curriculum. Please watch for a new Christian education hour experience in the Parlor.
THE WORLD’S GREATEST CHURCH BUILDINGS - Pastor Bruce continues a special video presentation with a look into the world’s church buildings over the ages. The class meets in Room B-9 (lower level).
ADULT EDUCATION This Monday (7:00 PM):
Jeremiah – Mark Southard continues a reading and discussion of the Book of Jeremiah. The class meets on the lower level in Room B-9 (lower level).
Children and Youth Sunday School and Activities at First Presbyterian Church
Children and youth are encouraged to join us each Sunday morning at 10:30am. We offer classes for nursery/preschool, elementary aged children, and middle school and high school youth. The preschool, elementary children, youth and one adult class use the Faithweaver Bible study curriculum. Each class studies the same scripture in an age appropriate way, and the adults are encouraged to engage the children and youth in conversation about their Bible lesson each week
September through May the elementary children are invited to GOLD (Giving Our Lives to God Daily) directly following our midweek meal. This is a structured time of interactive activities that are tied to the week’s Bible study lesson. Wednesday 5:30-7:00 pm
The youth group also meets at this time for fellowship, activities, and Bible study under the direction of fulltime youth director, Annette Newcomb. They are a growing youth group with a focus on building healthy and happy relationships and growing closer to God. Wednesday 5:30-8:00 pm
Please contact Christy Aday, at 580-762-2431 for additional information.
We would love to have you join us in membership at First Presbyterian Church. Contact me at (580) 762-2431. I look forward to speaking with you!
Rev. Dr. Bruce Taylor
Pastor/Head of Staff