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Update for March 29, 2020

After much prayerful consideration, we have decided NOT to hold the “Drive In” worship service slated for this Sunday, March 29.  Our last exuberant update was posted before the latest recommendations were made by Hillsborough County.  Last night, I was scouring all the decisions, parsing every verb and noun to try to determine if there was a specific order against Drive In Church.  While some statements were really close (depending on how they are read), I could not find a specific prohibition to doing the service.  While we could do the service, the question hit me - should we do the service.   The Bible tells us in Romans 13:1 that authorities over us are established by God.  Our officials are no more happy about these decisions than we are, but they are making important decisions they feel are best for everyone.  As participants in the community, it is best to reflect the spirit of what our officials are asking of us - stay home.   I am not at all happy about this decision, but deep down we believe it to be the right one.


With that in mind, our online service will be posted on the church’s Facebook page at 10;45 a.m. Sunday morning. (Go on Facebook and search for First Presbyterian Church Plant City (the open group).


Regarding the United Food Bank food drive, I will be at the church office building at noon and at 5 p.m. today (Friday, March 27), tomorrow, and Sunday for about 30 minutes each time.  Place your goods on the back driveway (on the playground side) near the screened door any time you want.  I’ll get them to a safe place before I leave.


Also your offerings are obviously needed.  You can give your offerings to if me if you come to the church office at one of the times listed above, or you can always place them in the door slot on the front office door.  The same is true for any prayer concerns you wish to share - please be sure you let us know about our prayer concerns.

Update for March 22, 2020


We had a great gathering of 46 participants this Sunday for our first “Drive-In” church on Baker Street. We were able to use a short range radio transmitter so participants could listen to the service on their car radio - it worked well!


It is too early to say whether we will do a Drive-In Church for worship next Sunday - the word is “out there” that a full lock-down may be on the way; it is not known how this will impact communities of worship.


The best way to keep up with the weekly changes is to go to our website { fpcplantcity.com }. The updates will appear on the homepage with each update dated. Also, if we update the website, we will send the update to the emails that we have. If people you know are not receiving emails who want them, please have them contact the office (813 752 4211).  We use our First Presbyterian Church Facebook page to communicate, as well.  Please remember that we have many folks in our church who have no access to computers or online service..  It is imperative that you contact anyone you know to make sure everyone is up to speed with church activities. 


Sometime close to Wednesday, we should have a feel for what will happen next Sunday. 


One last word of gratitude to all of you who remember your offerings. The longer these Covid 19 measures impact our routines, the heavier the financial load is on the church.  You support is critical for your church.  Remember that you may drop your offering through the front door of the church anytime. The mail still works, as well. 

Thanks & Blessings to you all!    


Upcoming Events:

  • Spring Fling: Friday, April 3 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

  • Palm Sunday Service: Sunday, April 5 at 10:45 am

  • Maundy Thursday Service: Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 pm

  • Good Friday Service:  Friday, Apri1 10 at 12:00 noon at FPC Plant City;                                         joint service with Gracepoint Church

  • Easter Sunrise Service: Sunday, April 1: at 6:30 am on the Baker Street Property

  • Easter Sunday Service: Sunday, April 12 at 10:45 am

  • PW Spring Luncheon: Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 am

  • Mommy and Me Tea: Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 am

  • Learning Center Spring Program: Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 pm

  • Vacation Bible School: Monday, June 22 through July 27 at 9:00 am