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: firstname.lastname@example.org
300 South Main St.
Lexington, NC 27292
Back in 1984, a popular movie was released called “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.” This film was a comedy / science fiction movie about a brilliant neurosurgeon / philanthropist who fought to protect earth from invaders from 8th dimension. At one point in the movie, the lead character Buckaroo makes the statement, “No matter where you go, there you are.” I often think of this quotation when I am looking for a destination and am not sure which way to go. I know I am no matter where I go; but sometimes I don’t know which way to go.
When we are familiar with a location or building, it is hard for us to see either from the perspective of someone new. We know which way to turn or where the bathrooms are or where to park. As a result we don’t even think about how intimidating coming to a new place is for someone. When I went to Scotland and Geneva on my sabbatical, everywhere I went and everywhere I drove was new. There was a certain amount of anxiety involved at not knowing where to go and dealing with all the different customs and rules of the road. Places that had good signs helped alleviate some of the stress of traveling.
When I first arrived here, one of the first things I did was to add location signs to the rooms and directional signs in the hallways. It was my hope that these signs would make the guest to our church more comfortable. I believe they have helped. However, I realized recently that there was more we could do to help the new person feel more welcome. So, we have added a few new signs.
Most of you know that there is a bathroom in the narthex which was added during the 2004 construction. However, it never had been labeled. After we recently added a “rest room” sign to the door, a number of newer members came up to me and said, “I never knew that was a bathroom.” Taking a cue from that sign, we have added a sign in the main hallway to make the main bathrooms more easily found.
We have also added four signs outside to help identify our building and direct people to our various entrances. Now when people walk up to our church on 3rd Ave, they will know which is the Fellowship Hall Entrance and which is the main Third Avenue Entrance. Also, if someone happens to park in the Methodist parking lot behind the fellowship hall, they will know which way to go to enter the church.
Signs don’t just have to be pieces of plastic and metal affixed to a wall. There are living signs that point the way. Think about John the Baptist. He came to prepare the way for Jesus. When people looked to him, he pointed them to the Messiah yet to come. He said, “he must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Think about the apostle Paul. Everything he did following his conversion was about directing people to Jesus.
As followers of Jesus, you and I are signs as well. One of our callings as Christians is to point others to Jesus. It is not our job to convert them, but it is our responsibility to invite them to consider Jesus. The Holy Spirit does the converting; we are the witnesses.
There are many people who are wandering around looking for some direction - people who are as lost as a first time visitor to a large building without any signs. We have the privilege and responsibility to be the signs that point them in the direction of the Lord. I encourage you to think about ways you can be a sign for someone who is looking for direction.
May each of you be blessed this week.
Your friend and pastor,
During 2014-2015 we are going through "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.
February 15, 2015
For Such a Time As This
February 22, 2015
Trust and Build!
March 1, 2015 - The Rev. Bill Sosebee
How To Be Born Again
March 8, 2015
March 15, 2015 - Youth Sunday
March 22, 2015
At our Annual Congregational Meeting on January 25, 2015, the Annual Ministry Team Reports for the 2014 year were presented to the congregation. You may read or download the report by clicking here. Please note that it is a large file and may take some time to load.
Questions concerning the Annual Reports may be addressed to the appropriate Ministry Team Moderator or members of our church staff.
Each year the Greater Lexington Area Minister’s Association (GLAMA) holds noon-time services on Wednesdays during Lent. First United Methodist Church hosts these services. Following the brief service, there is a light luncheon served in the fellowship hall beginning at 12:30 p.m. The cost of the lunch is only $5. An offering is also received at each service; the proceeds will go to the Communities in Schools’ Backpack Program.
Confirmation classes will meet on the following Sundays, 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the basement:
January 25 - "The Trinity -- Who is God?"
February 8 - "Jesus and the Holy Spirit"
February 22 - "The Bible -- Biblical History"
March 8 - "The Bible -- Bible as Scripture"
March 22 - "The Apostles' Creed (What Are We Saying, Anyway?)"
April 12 - "The Sacraments -- Baptism and Communion"
April 19 - "Church History and About Being Presbyterian"
May 3 - "Wrapping Up: What Does it Mean to Join the Church? -- Statement of Faith -- Q & A"
May 17 - 11:00 a.m. - Confirmation Sunday
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.