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A THANK YOU TO HFPC Dear all, On Sunday January 4th, I've been invited to preach for my last time at Second Presbyterian Church and will receive a little goodbye from them. The job as part-time interim parish associate (yes, that is what I was called), that was going to last for a year, actually has lasted one year and nine months. It has been a rewarding time for me. Second is a unique congregation (as each congregation is), with great emphasis on inclusivity for all persons regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, of disability, and in that sense many have found a comfortable home there.

But, Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church is also unique and welcoming and a place where people with many different outlooks on faith can gather and worship. It has been my church home for 21 years, and it is my church home. I am so very grateful to the good people of this church who support- ed me in this unusual endeavor which had me away more or less one Sunday a month and preaching at Second. You've always shown interest and a willingness for this to work. It has been a rewarding time, but a time that I'm ready to complete so I can be completely back at home with you. AND, when thanking the congregation, I especially want to thank June Warren, my piano partner, and my organist/choir director substitute, for all of the times she played in my absence. It is always great when I'm away to know that she and the choir will be 'just fine.'

Will Berger


HFPC youth in grades 5 through 12 enjoyed a fun Christmas party at the home of Will Berger and Sally Hughes on December 14th.

Join us in January for more fun and fellowship! January 11th, 5-7pm January 18th , 5-7pm

Please contact Brittany Hanlin, our youth director, at 615-779-2757 or brittany.j.hanlin@vanderbilt.edu for more information.

Beginning Sunday,

Dickens of a Christmas at HFPC

January 11th, we will have a Singing, Ringing and Rhythmprogram for children and youth, led by Sarah Litton, who has been working with our children on Last Wednesday Fellow- ship. Our time together will begin at 4:00 p.m. We will include children from K-4th grade, but any interested youth are also invited and will be given opportunities appropriate to them. Well conclude by 5:00 for youth group. Singing, Ringing and Rhythmwill meet second and third Sundays at 4:00 prior to youth group meetings.

Once again HFPC was the site for some of the activities during the Dickens of a Christmas festival December 13 and 14. One special addition was our handbell choir playing in front of our church on Saturday morning. We managed to fill over an hour with music and many listened and applauded (with occasional breaks for coffee, donuts and just getting warm). Special challenges were presented by police sirens indicating the beginning of the festival and the steady ping of the walk/don't walk sign on the corner, but they all braved it and are much appreciated. Throughout the weekend, Janet and Hugh Tharpe provided the Green Room for festival volunteers and made the entire place smell wonderful with good food and hospitality. The festival ended with a carol sing in our church sanctuary with a steady stream of carols led by the pipe organ. "Let there Be Peace On Earth" was the last song we sang, and the voices definitely filled up the room even as the lights mysterious dimmed--a special effect we can't explain. Thanks to John Fraser for making the carol sing happen, to Hugh and Janet for the Green Room, and to our Handbell Choir for playing so nicely.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU: The Christian Education Committee would like to extend their thanks to the following individuals who helped teach the 2014 Summer Sunday School for the children:

Kathleen Koontz David Strickland Cindy and Bill Morelli Linda and George Mahathy

Tonya Young Claudia Zanolini Jackie Pennington Mona Lee

Lynne Welch

Jeanne and L.T. Preston

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