We are a gathering of Christ followers in Lexington, North Carolina, and we invite you to join us on the journey of faith.
Our Vision: First Presbyterian Church is a loving community in Christ where we Call People to Faith, Develop them as Disciples, and Send them to Serve.
The Gathering: 9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. (September - May)
Church School: 10:00 a.m.
Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Monday - Thursday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch)
Friday 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Mail: P.O. Box 586, Lexington NC 27293-0586
Office Email: email@example.com
300 South Main St.
Lexington, NC 27292
The world needs Easter. I am more convinced of this every day I live.
There is so much violence, grief, and sorrow in our world that it is easy to become discouraged. Every day the news reports bring hope crushing stories of nations invading nations, neighbors shooting neighbors, mud-slides destroying towns, and illness ravaging loved ones. It seems like there is more than enough death and disease, betrayal and hurt to go around.
We do live in a fallen and broken world, but this realization is not always enough to help us cope with the mayhem. It seems like evil and the powers of this world are consistently winning against the good, the right, and the will of God.
I am sure this is how it felt on that Good Friday...as well as Saturday on into Sunday morning. From the perspective of the followers of Jesus, evil and the powers of this world did win. Their master and teacher was taken, beaten, and hung on a cross until death. Any hope that they had for Jesus to be the one to save them from the oppression of Rome and the corruption of the religious leadership had been crushed. In response to the events of Good Friday, some gathered in fear of the authorities in an upper room while others left Jerusalem dejected and discouraged.
Easter changed all that. While Jesus’ followers should have anticipated what happened given what Jesus had taught about his mission, it was a surprise to them. The tomb was empty! Jesus was raised from the dead! He appeared to his followers! Hope was reborn!
What Easter teaches us is that no place of helplessness or hopelessness in which we might find ourselves is outside of the power of God to redeem or bring new life. While it might seem like the wrong in the world and in our lives is prevailing, it is just a matter of time before God surprises us just like God surprised the disciples on the first Easter Morning.
We need the hope of that first Easter Sunday to give us hope for today and tomorrow.
Right now, you may find yourself in the depths of Good Friday grief or Holy Saturday shock...but Sunday is coming! You may feel that all your friends have betrayed or denied you...but Sunday is coming! You may be profoundly disappointed in the institutions and people of government or the local church...but Sunday is coming!
The world needs Easter; the church needs Easter; we all need Easter...and the truth is Easter is coming in God’s time and in God’s way. Hold fast to this hope and trust in God’s love for you.
May God bless you this Eastertide.
Your friend and pastor,
The Session and the Endowment Ministry Team of the Session would like to invite eligible persons to apply for a grant from the Winnifred Zimmerman Green Higher Education Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of long time member Winnie Green to aid "worthy students of high academic achievement" with their college expenses.
The Session has established the following guidelines for the awarding of grants. (Click on "Read More")
Pastor Zehmer has the following sermons planned:
April 20, 2014 - Easter
Dead Zones or Hot Spots?
Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:13-21; John 20:19-23
April 27, 2014
Dancing with Joy
Jeremiah 31:10-14; Psalm 30:11-12
May 4, 2014
May 11, 2014
May 18, 2014
May 25, 2014
During worship in January, I explored our vision statement which guides our work here at First Presbyterian. It reads, “First Presbyterian Church is a loving community in Christ where we
Call People to Faith, Develop them as Disciples, and Send them to Serve.”
This vision is based on the three movements of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Jesus 1) proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God; 2) taught people how to live; 3) ministered to the needs of those around him. Over the last few newsletters, I have explored the first two movements. This week I want to say a few words about the final movement “Sending to Serve.”
The church office will be closed Good Friday, April 18, and Easter Monday, April 21, in observance of the Easter holiday.
Our Maundy Thursday service, held jointly with our friends from First United Methodist, will be at 7:00 p.m. on April 17 at First Presbyterian. Mark your calendars, and make plans to join us for this special time in worship!
GLAMA is sponsoring a Community Sunrise Service on Easter morning. You are invited to join your brothers and sisters in Christ at the City Cemetery at 7:00 a.m. for this special worship experience.
First Presbyterian will have The Gathering at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School will follow at 10:00 a.m., and our Worship Service will be at 11:00 a.m. We encourage you to join us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!
The Presbyterian Women invite all women of the church to save the date and join them for the Spring Gathering on Monday, May 5 at 6:00 PM in the fellowship hall. Tama Eller, D. Ed. Min., from the Raleigh area will lead a program focused on saving God's creation. Tama has enjoyed being in PW Circles and serves in the Creation Stewardship Ministry of New Hope Presbytery. We might think, "How can my church make a difference?" Come and learn more about God's plan and partnership with us in our role as creation stewards during an evening of fellowship and good food. The catered meal costs $8.00 per person. Please make your reservation with Rebecca Sullivan, Carol Beck, or Susan Whitesides no later than April 28.
The Presbyterian Table meets Thursday nights at 6:00 PM, reserving a table at a different restaurant each week. Anyone who wants to eat out is invited to come sit at "the Presbyterian table." This is an informal group open to all with each person being responsible for his or her own expense. We invite you to join us any week for good food, fellowship, and lots of laughter.
I am excited to announce a new way that First Presbyterian Church can help you develop as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have partnered with RightNow Media to make available to you a large library of free video resources. It's essentially the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. You can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector. There are over 2000 videos from some great teachers including Max Lucado, Francis Chan, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, and more.
FaithHealth NC, a program through Wake Forest Baptist Health, is dynamic partnership between faith communities and health care providers. The mission and purpose of Faith/Health is to develop strong links between medical and faith communities in providing ministries of help and healing to individuals. In Lexington that partnership is between our own Lexington Medical Center and various churches. Our congregation, in fact, has covenanted to be a part of the FaithHealth program.