Chamber Weekly Updates – January 15, 2021

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2021: A Year of Reflection and Hope

2020 was a year of many unprecedented events. As we move into the new year, take a moment to reflect on the past year and be grateful for the little things. Don’t let any negativity from the past year determine your future, but instead discover the lessons and apply them to achieve success.

2021 will be a year of positivity and optimism. As a collective, we must BELIEVE in ourselves, others, and our community. Getting better starts with a clear and positive mindset. First establish this within yourself and then spread the joy to others. If you falter or have a set back, allow yourself grace, dust yourself off and get back into the game. After all, we are the “City of Champions”.

We can accomplish great things this year by uplifting each other, supporting our local businesses and engaging in the community. Let’s first reflect and then look to the horizon of hope.

That’s when we become unstoppable!

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves”
William Shakesphere

Dr. Danielle R. Franklin
Chairperson 2021

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About Presbyterians

Presbyterians believe in the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, salvation by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. Our salvation comes through faith in Jesus, God’s only Son and gift to us, and is not the result of our own good works. It is everyone’s job – ministers and everyday people – to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and lay people, men and women alike.

What is distinctive about First Presbyterian?

FPCD has a vision to be a congregation that reflects the city of Duncanville. Candice, a recent new member along with her husband, reflects on that vision: “You have no idea what an impact you made for our family during my first visit to FPCD . . . . Your vision was to become a congregation that represented the diversity of our community. Your vision touched my heart profoundly. I wanted my family to become part of that vision.” We invite all people to join us who want to embrace and celebrate our cultural, ethnic, and generational variety.

FPCD also has a mission to bring people together. We held our first musical and storytelling event called “Festival of Hope” in 2013, a fun afternoon in Armstrong Park with booths for businesses and non-profits. We raised $52,000+ for Duncanville Outreach Ministry. We have organized many other concerts, often involving other churches, businesses, local schools, and city government. These events created many positive relationships and we found that the sum of what we can do together is so much greater than any of us can do on our own.

Reaching Out Brings People Together

FPCD has also sponsored Community Conversations to bring people together to build a strong sense of neighborliness. We have organized a Community Chorus. In 2018 the Duncanville Community Chorus was invited by Distinguished Concerts International, NY to sing Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall! We took 18 singers to New York City, including two Duncanville High School students.

Each new adventure is just around the bend and we invite anyone with a willingness to grow in faith and serve our neighbors to join us!


Morning “Meet & Munch”

Wednesday, January 20th
Time: 8am – 9am
Sponsor: Tommie Rains – Ambit Energy

$50 Olive Garden Gift Card drawing
Let’s make some connections!

Host: Jennifer Pennebaker, Chair

Please use your name as you join the meeting!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 4230 9676
Passcode: 752381


The 3rd Saturday comes early this month.
Saturday, January 16th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.