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Church Life

The Church Life ministry is responsible for a majority of the fellowship activities we enjoy at the church, including seeing to a variety of church functions, a few of which are listed in the sections below.

Coffee Hour Fellowship

Food and fellowship just seem to go together. So it is with our coffee hour after service. Stop on over to grab a bite, something to drink, and catch up with your friends and neighbors at church. There’s always something new to talk about, always some event that’s either fast approaching or in the recent past.

In addition to the normal coffee hour fare, the first Sunday of each month carries the designation of “Birthday Sunday”, a special day to celebrate the birthdays of all our church members born in the month. Yes, there is singing to be done, yes, there is cake to be eaten, and yes, there is merriment to be shared.

Annual Chili Cookoff

Each year in October, we gather in the Social Hall for a friendly competition involving the cooking of chili and the baking of pie. Everybody gets to cast a ballot after eating their fill. It’s a very fun evening, complete with tales and music from the old west. Those not wearing a cowboy hat or a bandana may feel a little out of place, but if they’ve at least brought their appetites, they won’t leave disappointed. So don’t be shy, pardner, the west may not be wild anymore, but the food is just as yummy!

Annual Maundy Thursday Soup Service

Maundy (or Holy) Thursday is described by GotQuestions.org as follows:

Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday,” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Friday before Easter). Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.

First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion (Luke 22:19-20). Some Christian churches observe a special Communion service on Maundy Thursday in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility (John 13:3-17). Some Christian churches observe a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples.

Here at First Presbyterian Church, we remember and celebrate these events by coming together to share in eating some delicious soups prepared by members of our congregation.

Annual Church Picnic

Sometime during the summer months, we come together as a church body to enjoy a day in the great outdoors. This is a family day, a day for games, for barbecued burgers and hotdogs, for children running around having a blast with each other, for laughter and hugs. In short, it is a day to enjoy being a part of the church family.

Annual Christmas Carol Dinner

As part of the Santa Clara FPC Christmas season celebration, the Carol dinner has become a cherished church tradition.