Mission Trip to Dominican Republic – 2015

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In January a group from FPC traveled to Dominican Republic.  Here is their report and a photo of the group.

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Buenos Dias,

There must be an unwritten rule that no FPC mission trip is complete without at least one flat tire. We had three! Phil Hart, Penny Arnold, Mike Zold, Dick and I just returned late last night from the Dominican Republic where we finalized plans for a LWW water purification system installation and health and hygiene training.

The Dominican Republic is a land of many contrasts:

  • Beautiful country side yet terrible roads
  • Vibrant bustling cities and towns full of life and activity, yet many who suffer in extreme poverty
  • Hard working people that have so very little, yet are so incredibly gracious and grateful to God for all of his blessings

We visited the rural community of Sabana Larga, or “ Long Plain”, The people of this community and surrounding area of approximately 300 families are known as the “ Forgotten People”. The area is dry and receives very little rainfall. Untreated river water is pumped into the community on a sporadic basis. When this water is not flowing, buckets and barrels are filled in the river about a ½ mile from the village and transported by motorcycle, horse cart, by foot or for those few with the means, by automobile.

We met with Victorino Rodriguez, the pastor of the community church, his wife Manuela, and their son Raphael, who operates a cheese factory with 24 employees. This family is the spiritual, social and economic heart of this small community. Together we prayed, we talked, we listened, we discussed what we believe to be God’s plan, we ate, we walked through a cow pasture to see a solar powered irrigation system when the van could go no further up the dirt road. We fixed flat tires. We tested the water. It tested positive for eColi. We visited the community health clinic where we learned they treat on average 5 children every day for water related illnesses: diarrhea, Typhoid, and worms.

The Lord works in mysterious ways. We all had reservations before this trip that this was the right place. Why had the Lord led us so far down that dusty gravel road into the DR interior so far from our homes in SC. When Raphael shared his vision and hope to uplift the community, when he expressed his deep gratitude at God’s wonders that delivered this team from so far away, we all knew we were in exactly the right place.

The water system will be solar powered. It will be capable of producing clean water for the community at a much more affordable cost than the commercially available bottled water and it will provide for those who cannot pay and deliver to those who cannot transport it themselves. The system will provide employment for up to 4 people to produce and distribute the water. The Water Committee will include Victorino, Raphael, the President of the Centro de Madres, or Mothers’ Center, and one or two other members of the community. Any excess funds generated will go back into the community to help provide medicine and other needs as assessed by the Committee.

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Mission Trip to Camp Pee Dee – Nov 2014

Dick Porter is leading a group of volunteers from FPC to refurbish a cabin at Camp Pee Dee.  The initial work involves removing old (and very hard) concrete, installing new plumbing lines and then pouring new concrete.  Here are a few photos of the effort.

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First the old concrete must be removed.

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The new plumbing is in place and they are ready to pour concrete.

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Meanwhile nails are removed so that old board can be reused.

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Phil is building a new wall.

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Lou is adding shims to level the ceiling.

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Their reward was a awesome sunset.

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Fall Carnival 2014

We kicked off the new Sunday School season with a Fall Festival and Car Rally.  Due to rainy weather, the festival was moved into our Memorial Fellowship Hall.  Here are some photos of the Fall Festival.

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Stewardship – 2015

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Celebrating:

“Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD!” (Psalms 150: 6)

We have reasons for celebrating . . .

  • God’s on-going gracious and redeeming care for his people.
  • God’s care for each of us and for God’s Church.

Opportunities:

Every day there are opportunities before every one of us to know God and see his handiwork in this world . . .

  • We meet people who need a word of kindness, guidance or encouragement.
  • We will see local people in need which may cause us to renew our efforts in mission to provide food, shelter, clothing and kindness.
  • We see the critical needs of people in many nations which cause us to be people of reconciliation, living and demonstrating God’s peace.

Our Faith:

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross . . .” (Hebrews 12: 2a)

We demonstrate real faith through our gifts and service . . .

  • Faith that God is real;
  • Faith that the good news is a true testimony to Jesus the Christ;
  • Faith that God’s way is better than any other way; and
  • Faith that orients all our decision-making, individually and as a Church.

Practice:

“… Faith without works is dead.” (James 2: 26b)

We exercise our faith . . .

Not because we have to do it to gain God’s approval, but

  • Because we already have God’s gracious approval in Christ.
  • It is a joy to give – much richer than an obligation.

We have many opportunities to put faith into practice, and we can demonstrate the reality of our faith to the people in our community and to the world.  The pledge cards have been mailed to each family.  The  Time and Talent sheets will be mailed to you also.  Please fill  out these forms and mail them to the church office.

 

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VBS 2014

Here are some fun photos of this year’s Vacation Bible School.  Thanks to Jean Robison for taking these and to Josh Witten for editing them.

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Family Day – 2014

FPC enjoyed a wonderful family day at Camp Pee Dee on Saturday, May 17th.  After a wild game of kickball, a pass-the-ball game and an exciting water balloon toss, we feasted on burgers and hot dogs.  The weather was perfect except it may have been a little mild for the kids who wanted to go swimming in the pool.  Here are some photos of the fun.  See if you can spot the ball or water balloon.

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