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Rev. Fran Shelton Joins the FPC Pastoral Team

Rev. Fran Shelton Joins FPC Pastoral Team

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The Session recently approved contracting with Fran Tilton Shelton, DMin, to serve as part-time parish associate. Fran has participated in worship, Sunday School and PW Circle 11 since 2012 when she moved from serving for 10 years as an associate pastor for congregational care to serving as a spiritual director and founder of the non-profit, Faith & Grief Ministries.  After caring for her husband, Bob (who served FPC in several interim capacities), until his death in March, 2018, she wrote a soon-to-be-released book, No Winter Lasts Forever  A Memoir of Loving Bob and Loathing Alzheimer’s. 

When asked about beginning November 1, she responded, “This is an exciting way to celebrate my older daughter’s 40th birthday! I’m humbled and thrilled to be part of the FPC team of servant leaders and I will try to remember to wear my name badge.” 

FPC Youth Recognized

On Sunday, August 25, the 23rd Annual Service Corps Dinner and Celebration honored 17 FPC youth along with the 2019 Confirmation Class. Each youth honored gave a minimum of 35 hours to First Pres Dallas, their schools and communities over the past year. Initiates receive a Service Corps tee shirt. Second year members were each given a prayer box. On behalf of 3rd through 6th year members, the Youth Committee made a donation to Mosaic, a local organization that helps immigrants.

The Confirmation Class was recognized for their service project work on “Save the Oceans, Save the Planet.” Partnering with 4ocean, they sold 150 bracelets to help in ocean clean up. The 7th graders also sold 75 canvas bags as an alternative to one-use place bags.

Speakers for the evening included Bas Gray who told about his summer experience in Northern Ireland as part of the Kelly Camper program and Douglas McKenzie who shared about volunteering with the Stewpot’s summer day camp at FPC.