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.
***SPECIAL NOTE: Beginning Thursday, November 20, 2014, work on the church steeple roof will commence. The first step is the building of the scaffolding around the steeple. Access to the entrance to the church will be maintained, however. It is expected that the project will be completed in one month...weather permitting.***
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
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!
Each year when the time for the Thanksgiving breakfast rolls around, I am reminded of my first “official” event as your pastor. It was nine years ago during the week of Thanksgiving breakfast that I began my ministry with you, and the first “worship” service I led was the devotional service at that Thanksgiving breakfast. My first Sunday was three days later, and I remember Beckey Griffith bringing a birthday cake to Christmas Family Night to celebrate my 40th birthday.
In those nine years, our church has baptized 35 children and adults, confirmed 36 youth into the faith, hosted more than 14 weddings, received 79 new adult members, and lost 42 members to death. We have collected more than 12,000 jars of peanut butter, and more than $18,000 - 2 cents at a time - for our hunger offering!
But of course the church is so much more than statistics. We have had many wonderful fellowship events, meaningful family retreats to Montreat, and Sunday school classes and small group gatherings that have stretched our faith. We have had special worship services and started the Gathering ministry. It was during these last nine years that we began taking adult mission trips to the Dominican Republic, had at least two domestic mission trips to West Virginia, and been committed partners in Touching Davidson County With Love. We have cried together, laughed together, rejoiced and worshiped together.
I think it is true that attending to the demands of present living has a way of narrowing one’s focus to such a degree that one can miss the big picture. The only way not to miss it is to have the discipline to step out of the rush of life to reflect on journey. When I step back to look at all that we have accomplished together on our journey, I have to give God the glory for it all. God has truly blessed our church and blessed me with the privilege of serving alongside you over these years.
My first sermon with you was called “Returning Thanks,” and it explored the story of the 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus but of whom only one returned to give thanks. As we celebrate another Thanksgiving together, I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives. As you gather around your Thanksgiving tables this year, I encourage you to take a step back, reflect on the journey, and give thanks as well.
May you each have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Your friend and pastor,
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. This program of Samaritan's Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning and joy of Christmas - Jesus Christ!
If you would like to participate, please pick up one of the brochures in the lobby outside the office area or in the Narthex (or download this form) and follow the directions inside.
Bring your shoe box to worship on Sunday, November 23, so we can together dedicate our shoe boxes to God's glory!
If you wish to participate but will not be able to attend worship on November 23, please be sure to drop your shoe boxes off at the church before November 23, as they will be collected after worship and taken to the regional collection site.
Please note that the suggested donation amount to help cover shipping costs is $7.00 per box.
On November 16, we pick up where we left off with "The Story"
"The Story" is a condensed chronological Bible that helps us earn how our story fits in with God's grand story of Creation / Redemption / and Consummation.
November 16, 2014
"Choose This Day
November 23, 2014
"Gideon's Bargain with God"
November 30, 2014
"The Lesson of Ruth"
December 7, 2014
"Believing the Impossible"
1 Samuel 1; Luke 1
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service is a special time of worship, and we want it to be accessible to all our families. In order to do that, we need a few volunteers to stay in the nursery and lovingly care for the youngest members of our church family during the service. If you would like to volunteer to help with the nursery on December 24 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., please contact Jeanna in the church office (248-2140 or email) by December 8.
Our annual Thanksgiving tradition continues at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 27 in the fellowship hall. The men of the church will serve up a hearty breakfast, we will enjoy a short devotion and observe the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and we will receive an offering for Barium Springs Home for Children. Mac Parrott is coordinating this special event. Please plan on joining your church family and their guests for Thanksgiving breakfast.
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.
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.
Several years ago, a number of people from our church took a Saturday to drive over to Madison, NC to observe the men of First Methodist Church cooking peanuts. We had tasted their peanuts and were interested in how they cooked them. Following that trip we searched for a cooker we could use to cook peanuts ourselves, but couldn't find one. We now have contracted with the Madison church to sell us peanuts wholesale.
NUTS ON A MISSION is a unique, delicious gift for your neighbor, a relative, or just for yourself! Contact the church office or Emmy Floyd to purchase. Each pint jar costs just $6.00, or pick up two jars for $10. A case of 12 jars costs $60. All proceeds will go toward missions.
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.