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.

   

December 17, 2017 Worship Schedule

9 a.m. - Crossroads Worship
10 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages
11 a.m. - Classic Worship. Alison Lawson, violinist, will present special music.

December 21, 2017

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Longest Night Service

December 24, 2017 Worship Schedule

9 a.m. - Crossroads Worship
10 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages
11 a.m. - Classic Worship
5 p.m. - Candlelight & Communion Service; Katherine Farless, vocalist, and Ariel Bratz, harp, will present special music.

Sunday Schedule

    Crossroads Worship in Fellowship Hall: 9:00 a.m. (Except the 1st Sunday of the Month)
    Church School: 10:00 a.m.
    Classic Worship in Sanctuary: 11:00 a.m.

Office Hours

    Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch)
    Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Summer: Closed on Fridays)

Contact Us

    Mail:   P.O. Box 586, Lexington NC 27293-0586
    Phone:   336-248-2140
    Fax:   336-248-6626
    Office Email:   office@fpclexnc.com

Our Location

    300 South Main St.
    Lexington, NC 27292

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God Comes....

As we consider the witness of the Bible, we see that God comes to God’s people in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Moses was tending sheep when he met God in a burning bush. Samuel was asleep when he heard the voice of God call out his name. The shepherds preparing for a night’s rest when they heard from God in the song of the angels. And of course, God came to the world in the person of a helpless baby in the most humble of circumstances.

We come to church to be closer to God, and through our worship of God in the sanctuary gathered with fellow believers we do feel closer. Yet God is never constrained by our expectations for where we expect to meet God. Our God will meet us wherever and whenever God chooses to meet us. God may meet us in the wonder of a child, or in the holy moment of worship, or in the visit of an unexpected guest, or even in the outstretched hand of a beggar.

One clear message of Christmas is that God will come when God will come; and one thing that we can be sure of is that we will be surprised. So this Advent, watch and wait...for God is coming to meet you when you least expect it!

My family and I wish each of you a very blessed and holy Christmas!

Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Advent / Christmas Schedule

December 17, 2017
9 a.m. - Crossroads Worship in Fellowship Hall
11 a.m. - Classic Worship in Sanctuary

December 21, 2017 - Thursday Night - 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Longest Night Service in recognition of those facing Christmas without a loved one.

December 24, 2017
9 a.m. - Crossroads Worship in Fellowship Hall
11 a.m. - Classic Worship in Sanctuary
5 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service in Sanctuary

Sermon Schedule

December 17, 2017 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Called by the Name: Lamb
John 1:29-36; 1 Peter 1:18-21; Isaiah 53:4-8

December 24, 2017 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Called by the Name: Emmanuel

December 24, 2017 - 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service
Called by the Name: Light

December 31, 2017 - One Service at 11 a.m.
Guest Preacher: Tommy Wilson

January 7, 2017 - One Service at 11 a.m.
Guest Preacher: Tommy Wilson

A Note of Appreciation from Family Services

Even as our work continues in helping to give the Domestic Violence Shelter a "make-over," Family Services has sent our congregation this note of thanks:

To the members of First Presbyterian Church, Lexington:

On behalf of the staff and board of Family Services of Davidson County and the thousands served each year with crisis services and shelter at the Hattie Lee Burgess House, thank you! Thank you for gathering your generous donations of money and supplies for needed improvements at the shelter. Thank you for organizing your youth and adults to help paint, make repairs and do yardwork. Your donations of time, talent and treasure have a direct and significant impact on the lives of the women and children who seek safe shelter with us.

May your church thrive and grow as you share God’s blessings with all you meet.

With gratitude,

Julia Toone
Family Services of Davidson County, Inc.

Homeless Shelter Service Opportunities

Staying Overnight at the Shelter

Volunteers are needed to stay overnight at the Homeless Shelter on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. If you would like more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Ann Kiefer. The procedure we follow for these overnight stays is as follows:

6-6:30 PM: Pick up shelter keys from the Lexington Police station       NOTE: A paid staff employee will sign in all residents and perform screenings. This staff person will normally stay until around 10-11 pm and is available if you have any questions.

6-7:00 PM Residents are served meals by volunteers (you can assist, if needed)

6:30-10 PM Volunteer monitors activity; shelter residents have assigned duties and will clean kitchen and dining area. Residents can take “smoke breaks” under your supervision.

10 PM Lights out. All residents return to their rooms and the volunteer locks the doors. NOTE: Volunteer(s) has separate sleeping quarters with two beds (you are welcome to recruit a teammate to volunteer with you).

5:30 AM Volunteer unlocks resident rooms. Residents are assigned to prepare coffee and breakfast for the shelter residents.

5:30-6 AM Residents eat breakfast and perform assigned duties.

6:30 AM All residents leave the shelter. Volunteer returns keys to Lexington Police station.

Overnight Stays Schedule
September 27 - Mike Kiefer
October 18 - Birke McNeill
October 25 - Jeff Davis
November 15 - Walt Rouse
November 22 - Ed Kiefer
December 20 - Chris Brookshire
December 27 - Craig Koontz

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Shelter Meals

First Presbyterian is responsible for preparing and serving a meal at Crisis Ministry on the third Wednesday of each month. If you or your group would like to volunteer to provide a meal at the shelter, or if you would like more information about volunteering, please contact Jeanna in the church office (via email link above, or call 336-248-2140).

MEAL SCHEDULE
10/18/2017         Young Disciples (YD’s)
11/15/2017         Employees of Mountcastle Insurance
12/20/2017         The Herman & Harman Families
01/17/2018         McMurray Small Group
02/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
03/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
04/18/2018         Volunteers Needed
05/16/2018         Troop 205

We serve the adult side of the shelter, and they are currently averaging 60 to 65 residents at present.

There are no dietary restrictions, and our volunteers are responsible for providing the meal, dessert, and drink.

Dessert does not have to be fancy or homemade; something as simple as prepackaged cookies or snack cakes will do.

Our volunteers do not have to provide paper goods or utensils, but donations of those items are welcome.

The meal should be ready to serve by 6:00-6:30 PM, and the shelter’s residents are responsible for clean up afterwards. Leftovers are saved for lunch the next day.

If a volunteer has a meeting or other obligation that would prevent them from staying to serve the meal, arrangements can be made for the residents to serve the meal themselves.

Hope Heals: Domestic Violence Shelter Project

Family Services of Davidson County is one of the local agencies First Presbyterian has supported in our budget for many years. One focus of Family Services is the running of the Domestic Violence Shelter, which offers a safe space for women and their children on a temporary basis.

The shelter is in need of a “make-over” in order to create an environment where women and their children can live with dignity as they rebuild their lives. Members of our church have come together to help make this a reality. As part of this “make-over” project, we are collecting the items and services listed here. If you are able to donate, please contact Tricia Rouse (to avoid duplicate donations). We can also receive monetary donations and purchase the needed supplies. Please make your checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and note "Domestic Violence Shelter" on the memo line. Monetary donations should be given to Jeanna or left in Alma's mailbox in the work room.

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Karen, Tricia, or Katherine if you have any questions.

In His Name,
Karen Carrickhoff
Tricia Rouse
Katherine Team

LIST OF NEEDS
Please purchase NEW:
∙ Bath towels, hand towels, and bath cloths
∙ Pots and pans (all sizes)
∙ Toaster oven
∙ Electric can opener
∙ Coffee pot
∙ Blender
∙ Whisk
∙ Large measuring cup
∙ Kitchen scissors
∙ Ice trays
∙ Hand mixer
∙ Mixing bowls
∙ Paring knives
∙ Storage containers for flour, sugar, etc.
∙ Storage containers for leftover food
∙ Small microwave
∙ Monetary donation for chinaware (plates, bowls, etc.)

The following items are needed for the older children’s room (4th-8th graders). These may be gently used items:
∙ Set of Duplo blocks
∙ Sets of small Legos (themed Legos)
∙ Board games suitable for 2nd grade & up
∙ Books suitable for 4th-8th graders
∙ An iPad with a headset

Services that are needed include:
∙ Minor handyman jobs
∙ Cleaning and staining the handicap ramp
∙ Scraping and repainting kitchen cabinets
∙ Yard work
∙ Painting the floor of the outdoor porch
∙ Painting the kitchen with Karen, Tricia, and Katherine

Presbyterian Table - Summer/Fall 2017

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.

SCHEDULE:

190 Years and Counting!

This month we will celebrate 190 years as a church! That’s a long time!

On July 15, 1827, First Presbyterian was officially organized as a Presbyterian church with two elected and ordained elders among nine members who had been meeting in a log house south of town. During the first few years growth was slow. However, in 1832, the church added 24 new members and began to grow.

By 1840, this increased membership led to the construction of a one room, rectangular brick building on the site of the church today. The only remaining portion of that building is the wall between the sanctuary and the office suite. In 1869, a house for the minister was built located on W. 3rd Ave. just behind the Sanctuary.

GLAMA Emergency Assistance Fund

Many churches in Lexington and the surrounding county have some kind of emergency aid program. At First Presbyterian, we have the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. These funds are used mainly to help individuals and families with rent or utility bills. Many of those who come seeking help have had higher bills than expected or have been out of work due to an illness. Unfortunately, there are those who either seek to game the system or who are chronically bad at handling money. It takes a great deal of time to figure out the legitimacy of the need of the person coming for help. Most of the pastors I know through the Greater Lexington Area Minister’s Association (GLAMA) just do not have the time to do the vetting work necessary, and thus they make a decision based on a gut feeling.

Right Now Media Library

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.

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