And the Winner is …

What an amazing turn out for our chili cook off! Last week the SOFA meal was a chili cook off sponsored by the Believers youth group. It was a great evening with many entries and some delicious food. Our judges Pastor Eric, Ian Bork and Cricket Garland had some tough choices to make. The grand prize winner was Mrs Cecilee Withrow. Those attending generously donated toward our summer camp fund.
Thank you to those who contributed, we are still accepting donations. It is $365 for each student to attend this amazing life changing camp. We hope to take 26 students this year.

Helping Local Children

It’s been said that public school teachers don’t teach values. Using examples and patient guidance, most regular school teachers treat their students with love, respect and appreciation. Many teachers help students from poor homes get money for school supplies, find nicer clothes for them and make sure they have something nutritional to eat. Last year, the average school teacher spent $468 for student necessities, workbooks, gym clothes, special needs and supplies. Yet teaching is one of the poorest paid professions in our nation. Think about those teachers who teach children who don’t know English. Consider the teachers who patiently strive to educate children who are mentally or socially challenged. In America there are some two million children who fall into one or several categories that hamper their learning: homeless, poverty-stricken, unwanted, unloved, abused or hungry. What future might such children have without the patience and guidance of concerned teachers? Often a child’s only hope comes from a caring public school teacher. Their loving and dedicated service is surely pleasing to God. It should be to us as well.

Local Leadership Support

FPC’s Boone Middle School Ministry was started in September 2016 to support the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school in Haines City that had been identified by the state as one of five turnaround schools in Polk County because it had been a D and F school for five straight years. It had received the mandate: improve or close.  The administration and many staff members were newly assigned and given the task of bringing the grade up. When our ministry began working with the school, the morale was at its lowest.

Summer Youth Experience

Believers youth group took a total of 21 people to Southeastern University the first week in June and had an amazing time.  Our focus for the week was: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105

Reaching Cuba

The mission team of FPC commissioned a group of four members and Pastor Jeff to fly to Holguin, Cuba to explore the possibilities of building a relationship with the Gethsemane Evangelical Church denomination.  The Executive Presbyter, Pastor Julio Fernandez, greeted the team members at the Frank Pais Airport and proceeded to show them around Holguin, a city of 350,000 people.  The team took a ride to the top of the Loma de la Cruz (the Hill of the Cross) where they could see a beautiful view of the city.  No one wanted to walk up the 450 steps to the cross.