Fred Foy Strang (“Fred Foy”) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary, a Master of Science by Research from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. from the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non Western World, University of Edinburgh. His publications include, Living with the Maasai, Maasai Oral Literature, African Praise Music, and Maasai Life and Christian Worship and Practice at the End of the 20th Century: A Photographic Portfolio. He hosts the weekly podcast series, “Moment for Mission,” and has been a TEDx speaker
Ordained as Minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1987, he served with his wife, Cecily, and boys, Jesse and Jacob, as a missionary among the Maasai people of Kenya. Also, he has worked as a solo pastor in several rural settings and in three large church situations in the ministry areas of youth, contemporary worship, and leadership development in the USA. For a decade, Fred Foy held a dual appointment as Professor of Missions and Philosophy & Religion and served as the Dean of the Peeke School of Christian Mission and Chaplain at King University, Bristol, Tennessee. Dr. Strang is President of the Maasai Special Projects Fund leading Theological Education by Extension for indigenous church leaders in Africa. Most recently, Fred Foy & Cecily, a PhD nurse educator, served in full-time missionary service in Kenya with the Antioch Partners and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. Both Drs. Strang continue to teach as adjunct faculty with King University and Fred Foy is also an adjunct faculty member of Fuller School of Intercultural Studies and Indian River State College.
Fred Foy is a scuba diver and outdoorsman, enjoys music, photography, renovating old houses and their mountain log cabin, working on his old boat, and barbequing the best country-style pork ribs you’ll ever eat.
Palmdale will be returning to live worship services beginning on Sunday, July 12, 2020. The church will continue to provide the streaming service on Facebook as well. If you do choose to attend the service at the church, it is vital to the safety of all in attendance that you observe the following procedures:
1. Church doors will open at 10:15 the service will start promptly at 10:30.
2. Maintain social distancing 6 feet at all times.
3. You must wear a mask and it must cover your nose and mouth throughout the entire service.
4. Please don the mask before entering the building.
5. Provide your own mask.
6. Only enter the church through the side door under the portico. (This is to eliminate steps in the path of entry allowing all persons to enter comfortably through this path).
7. Please use the hand sanitizer provided in the narthex before going into the sanctuary.
8. Please take a seat at the marked locations. We will sit in alternating pews starting from the second pew from the front to the rear. You may choose the pew to sit in within these requirements.
9. Please place your offering in the plate at the rear of the church either on the way in or out of the church.
10. There will be no bulletin for the foreseeable future.
11. Bibles will continue to be provided, however, please feel free to bring your own bible to the service. There will be no papers distributed at the service.
12. Keep your masks on while departing the church respecting social distancing while returning directly to your vehicle.
13. Children must remain with their parents at all times. Children 3 years old and over must wear masks.
14. Parents will ensure that their children comply with all of the above directives.
15. The only restrooms that will be open are the two single facilities just past the office in the side entrance to the narthex.
a. Church cleaning. The church has been cleaned thoroughly, the HVAC equipment has been cleaned and filters have been replaced.
b. Family members may sit together. A group of two member can occupy one seating position. Groups of more than two members will occupy a complete pew.
c. You must not sing during the hymns.
d. The worship leader(s) will sing the hymns; you may speak or hum the hymns.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
We are a small neighborhood church, focused on traditional worship and music, friendly fellowship, and community outreach through mission and service. Although our doors are open to all, we have built a community focused on active seniors and retirees.
"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Worship is at the heart of Christian living and church membership. Public worship is when we are reminded of who we are, why we are here, and where we are headed. It is when the “family” gathers for fellowship and to be strengthened for daily discipleship in the world.
"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day."
[Psalm 96, vs 1-2]
Music is a vital part of worship at Palmdale. In addition to congregational hymns, the Chancel Choir, led by Music Director, Margaret Cross, provides anthems to enhance the worship experience. Anthems include a wide array of music including traditional, gospel, and spiritual. Vocal solos are also sometimes a part of the service.
Organist, Vicky Bedi, is the accompanist for hymns, solos,, and anthems while also playing service music and organ solos.
"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
Christian fellowship is a meaningful segment of the life of the church. Palmdale makes fellowship a priority by creating opportunities for members and guests to meet and share their lives available throughout the year. Whether it's a small gathering after the service, luncheon or dinner celebrations, picnics, Easter breakfast, or Vacation Bible School; there are always events that enable Christians to come together.
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