Thursday, August 22, 2019

Manna and Memories by FCPC's Renee Wallace!

Manna and Memories -Renee Wallace

As our family heads into another school transition this week, with Andrew starting middle school, I was remembering our last big school transition that happened 4 years ago when Meredith started 1st grade.  Today I found some thoughts that I’d written then, and decided that I’d share them with I am sure they express some sentiments that some some of you might be experiencing this week as well...

This morning was the first day of my youngest child's first grade year. It was the first time that everyone got on the bus at 8:00 in the morning and didn't come home until 3:30. It was one of those iconic days. You know, the kind you want to save forever. The kind of day you know will never happen again and so you take pictures and videos and scrapbook about it. You know the kind of day I'm talking about. You might have had a day like that of your own this week.
As moms, we get so sad. Our babies are growing up. They're never going to be so young and innocent again. We just want to hold on to them. We want to keep them sweet and safe and protected forever.
It makes me think about the manna and the quail.
Do you remember the story about the manna and the quail?
God's people were wandering in the desert after escaping from Egypt, and they were starving. They needed food...NOW. So God sent them manna and quail. Manna was this sweet, wild, dewy, bready sort of stuff. They found it on the ground in the morning. No one quite knew where it came from. And after it was on the ground for a little while, it disappeared. The quail flew into the camp every evening and flew away just as quickly. The people were told that they were supposed to take the manna and the quail that they needed just for that day. They weren't supposed to take extra for the next day, because God would provide more when the next day came.
Of course, some people didn't trust that God would provide extra. So they got their jars and when no one was looking they stuffed extra manna in them and hid them away.
It seemed like a good plan. But it didn't work that way. When they opened their jars later, they were full of maggots and nastiness.
It didn't work when they tried to save God's good gifts for another day.
And I was thinking how sometimes our kids are like our manna. They are these sweet little mysterious blessings that God has sent into our lives, and we just want to bottle them up and save them the way they are forever.
But it doesn't work that way, does it? No matter how many pictures we take, and no matter how many videos we post on Facebook, our kids are still going to get on that school bus the first day of school. And no matter how much we wish they wouldn't grow up, they still do.
And when we do try to save them and protect them and shield them too much, we really just stifle them...we keep them from spreading their wings and soaring.
Our kids are like the food in the desert...sweet and wild, and no matter what we do, we can't save them.
But here's the thing about the manna. It was new and sweet Every Morning.
Every Morning God provided fresh manna. Every Evening he provided fresh quail.
And Everyday God provides fresh memories for us and our children.
Sure the kids grow taller. Sure the homework gets harder. Sure building blocks are replaced with skateboards and makeup. But the best years of their lives aren't over. And the best years of our lives aren't over either. Yes, things change, but that doesn't mean that all the good is gone. It just means that new good things are going to happen tomorrow. It just means that God is about to provide new memories for us and our kids.
New manna. New memories. We can't save them. But we can enjoy the taste of the moment. And we can rest in faith that God will give us more of the good stuff tomorrow. It might be different, but it will be sweet, and it will be wild, and it will be good. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

FCPC & Harvest Fair In The News!

Click here to read this super sweet article about our very own cute couple here at FCPC helping out with the Harvest Fair-Emma & Carl Feige! 

Friday, August 2, 2019

FCPC Job Opportunities!

Looking for a fun place to work?! Or know somebody who is?! 
Please apply or share, and pray for us to find someone wonderful to work with our kiddos 😀

Administrative Assistant to Preschool Director
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Preschool
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Preschool is searching for a self-motivated, energetic and reliable individual to fill an immediate opening for an Assistant to the Director position. Candidates will need to have a love for the high energy Christian environment of toddlers, preschoolers and their families. The ability to multi-task, prioritize projects and be flexible is required.
The ideal candidate will:
·        Assist the Director in daily operational objectives.
·        Have proficient computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook.
·        Have basic Accounting skills.
·        Have strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently.
·        Have documentation of High School diploma or equivalent (some college work preferred).
·        Must communicate well and appropriately with families and children.
·        Must present a professional manner, recognizing that you are representing our Ministry not only at work but also in the community.
·        Must be able to create, update, revise, maintain and file a variety of materials such as forms, lists and rosters, among others.
·        Must be able to learn all aspects of our operational software.
·        Must be able to lift 50lbs.
·        Pass all background checks.
·        Perform other duties as assigned by the Preschool Director.
·        Show up consistently and on time for work.
·        Available for general work hours 15-20 hours per week; however, additional hours may occur as determined by Director.
Please send resumes to:
Ms. Karin Miller
Director of Preschool Ministries
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Preschool
The Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Preschool is seeking a creative, responsible individual who loves working with children to fill a teaching position in a four-year-old classroom. A willingness to work independently as well as part of a team providing a fun, safe and enriching learning environment is required. Experience working with young children is preferred.
The position runs mid-August through May. Regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as pre-determined by Director and class assignment.
Primary Responsibilities:
·        Assist with lesson and activity planning.
·        Supervise activities in various meeting and play spaces.
·        Prepare and serve snacks.
·        Ensure student safety.
·        Account for each student’s attendance and dismissal.
·        Engage and interact with students.
·        Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
·        Work cooperatively with colleagues.
·        Show up consistently and on time for work.
·        Available for general work hours from 8:30am to 12:30pm daily; however, additional hours and required days are pre-determined by Director and class assignment.
·        Must enjoy working with young children.
·        Occasional lifting may be required.
·        Perform other duties as assigned by the Preschool Director.
Please send resumes to the Director of Preschool Ministries, Ms. Karin Miller, at

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Getting To Know...Ellen!

Get to know a FCPC staffer each month 
This month we are getting to know...

Name: Ellen
Nickname(s): El, El-Bell, Smellen, El-Train, Onion
Family members: I come from a large family. I have 4 biological sisters, a step-brother and step-sister, and they live all over the southern US! My dad & his wife live with my oldest sister in Mississippi, and my mom & her husband live in the Hermitage area. I am also close with my Aunt (my mom’s twin) who lives in Prospect, PA.
Pets: Many of you have met Ziggy, my sweet and scruffy recue dog. He’s an Airedale Terrier mix with a great “dogstache.”
Favorite color: red
Title: Associate Pastor for Membership & Mission
What your job entails: So many different things that I love to do—preaching, teaching, leading worship, organizing mission opportunities, and more –but mostly, my job entails building relationships and getting to know how I can help the members of our church and community share their God-given gifts and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Hire date: July 8, 2016. Installed October 2, 2017

The amazing Ziggy!!
µ If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be? Carpentry.

µ What’s a trip that changed you, and why? Nepal, 2013 as part of the Summer Service for New Wilmington Mission Conference. It was amazing to see how God is at work and the church is growing in a country that is only 5% Christian.

µ What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from? When I was in my mid-20s, a wise woman at my church said to me, “Ellen, when you use the word ‘should,’ you are putting other people’s expectations first. Stop using that word and stop letting others’ expectations make decisions for you.”

µ What trend do you hope makes a comeback? Banana clips. Wore them all the time in 6th and 7th grade.

µ What’s one hobby you’d love to get into? I really do want to get back into knitting so I can contribute to the prayer shawl ministry.

µ What’s one song you have completely memorized? Not just one song…the entire soundtrack of the movie The Sound of Music.

µ What’s your favorite place to eat around here? Pub 333 in Oakmont