Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - Celebrating the beginning of Lent, CLC members prepare regular and blueberry pancakes, sausages and applesauce. As one of our most significant holidays, members join together for dinner with a “faux mardi-gras” theme, for fabulous fellowship and sharing our gifts of life.
Annual Member Picnic - a family event held the first Sunday following Labor Day weekend at Quiet Waters Park, adults and children of all ages gather following the 11 a.m. service. Traditionally blessed with beautiful sunny skies, gentle breezes and temperatures in the low 80’s. FPC’s picnic continues to grow in popularity, now with over 100 members and friends joining in an afternoon of fellowship and special children activities that included face painting and lots of games. For those who love statistics – those at the gathering typically6 consume 100 hamburgers, 70 hotdogs – 2 gallons lemonade, 1 gallon cider, 3 cases of soft drinks, 1 case of water, chips, snacks, lots of cookies, brownies, fruit, watermelon and and contributions of salads and desserts from members. The annual Picnic is always a capstone to launching into our fall activities and bidding farewell to a beautiful summer season.
Environmental Youth Day Program - Under the leadership of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Chesapeake Interfaith Environmental Group sponsors a special day for the youth of our congregations to experience unique environmental adventure. Held for all youth 4th graders and above, the Congregation Life Committee sponsors First Presbyterian members, who participated in exploring the ecosystem on land, in canoes and by workboat, CBF’s floating classroom the Marguerite. On the workboat, students learned to assess the health of an ecosystem by harvesting oysters from a nearby bed, and examining the catch as to their growth and development. They also tested the water with scientific methods, making informed observations, and surveying live organisms. In their canoe trip along the shoreline, the students learned how humans affect their surroundings and what can be done to lessen that impact.
All activities occurred at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Merrill Center Education Center (off Bay Ridge Road). As an exceptional location, CBF is situated between the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the woods of Bay Ridge, the tidal marsh of Black Walnut Creek, and fields of tall native grasses. This Center allows for an engaging, hands-on experience of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
Thanksgiving - The CLC annually hosts the FPC Congregation Thanksgiving Dinner. Held in Fellowship, members and guests dine by candlelight and music at linen covered tables to a menu of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes – and all of the traditional festive trimmings.
ADVENTurous Worship - Prior to the “Interactive Prayer Stations and a No Fuss Christmas Pageant” a highly successful dinner was coordinated served by the CLC. Over 100 hearty eaters consumed family-style “kid-friendly” selections of hot dog rolls, lasagna, baked macaroni and cheese; salads, vegetables and drinks. Following dinner, all participated in a fabulous program which concluded with hot chocolate and special treats.
“Dinners for Eight” - Organized by the FPC Congregation Life Committee, ‘Dinners for Eight social groups,' provides an opportunity for a social gathering by sharing a meal and fellowship together. Groups are organized with 6-8 people (couples and/or single members), taking into consideration location and identified preferences. Group members take turns in meeting at respective member’s homes for dinner (or lunch)– with one couple acting as the host. Dinner is traditionally pot-luck – all sharing in the preparations, with the host identifying the menu. In a few instances, some groups prefer to dine at a restaurant – all of which depends upon the group’s preferences. Each group decides upon their own schedule – the date and time in which they want to get together.
FPC Opera and Dinner – features a wonderful musical evening that begins with a soup & salad dinner. Performed in 2014 and 2015, and possibly in the future!, the opera is supported by the CLC with an evening meal commemorating the journey of the maggi.