Mah jongg class starting in October

First Presbyterian Church Athens invites those interested in learning to play mah jongg to a new social group starting in October.


Mah jongg is a game played with small, rectangular tiles stamped with symbols and characters. It's fun, relaxing and challenging, requiring some skill and lots of luck. Several women in the church currently play mah jongg weekly, and they invite anyone interested to attend a session to learn to play. For more information, contact Pam Douglas at (903) 681-4459 or

FPC provides free lunch Oct. 9

Members of First Presbyterian Church Athens will provide lunch Oct. 9 for students at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC). Help is needed to prepare and serve the food. For more information, call the church office at (903) 675-3530.

Church picnic slated for Oct. 12

Current, former and prospective members of First Presbyterian Church of Athens are invited to the church's annual picnic, set for Saturday, Oct. 12, at the home of Dianne and Adron Neill in Athens. Attendees are invited to arrive at 4 p.m., and the meal will be served at 5 p.m. A signup sheet for side dishes will be distributed prior to the event. For more information, including directions, please call the church office at (903) 675-3530.

Bell choir planning joint concert Oct. 27

The FPC bell choir will hold a joint concert with choirs from First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, both in Athens, as well as a choir from Latvia. The event is currently set for 5:00-7:00 pm Sunday, Oct. 27, at the First Baptist Church's Athens Worship Center. The concert will also feature chancel choirs and a brass ensemble. We hope you'll mark your calendar for this special event!

Work begins on prayer garden

Celebrating the redesign of the prayer garden at First Presbyterian Church of Athens are (front row, from left) Charlie Tidmore, buildings and grounds chairman; landscape architect Dub Hirst, who designed the new garden; church board member Mark Smith; garden committee member Mary Lynn Smith and (back row, from left) garden committee members Kenn Hornbeck, Shirley Hornbeck and Carol McNatt, along with FPC pastor Woody Meredith. The redesign of the church’s prayer garden, which surrounds its columbarium, is being done in memory of Mark Smith’s late wife, Sherry Smith, who died unexpectedly on Jan. 5. The new garden will feature some existing trees, new sidewalks and flowers and a new pergola that will provide shade for visitors to the columbarium. The project is being funded primarily by private donations. For more information, or to donate, call the church office at (903) 675-3530.

An artist's rendering shows the view from under the new pergola that will be constructed in the First Presbyterian Church of Athens prayer garden.

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