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: firstname.lastname@example.org
300 South Main St.
Lexington, NC 27292
When Brooke and I were new parents seventeen years ago, we took a parenting class called, “Growing Kids God’s Way.” This curriculum presented one person’s perspective on what is effective and Biblical parenting. The challenge this curriculum presented to me was that one person’s opinion was often presented as “from the Lord.” So we had to wade through the information presented and make our own judgment as to what was “from the Lord” and what was this person’s particular slant on things.
With that said, one of the ideas presented to us has resonated with me for all these years. It is a perspective with which we have tried to raise our children. This idea could best be summed up with the phrase, “respecting the preciousness of others.” What the leader effectively taught was that we, as parents, needed to teach our children how to treat other people as fellow children of God. In other words in all that we do or say, we are to respect the uniqueness and preciousness of everyone we meet.
For example, when the kids were young and they would make a mess at the table in a restaurant, as we left, one of us would pack up the twins, while the other would pick up all the mess on the floor so that the person waiting on us did not have to do it. It was our way of respecting the preciousness of that waiter. Often times we were asked why we were doing that, and it provided us an opportunity to witness to how our faith in Christ made a difference in how we treated others.
Here is another example: we have always returned the grocery cart buggy either to the front of the store or the buggy corral because we respected both the worker who had to collect the buggies and the other shoppers who didn’t need an errant cart bumping into their cars.
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he wrote, “‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other” (1 Co 10:23–24). Specifically, he was speaking of the freedom we have in Christ and how the believer has been set free from the dietary laws of the Jews. However if exercising one’s freedom caused another believer to stumble, then the exercise of that freedom ought to be tempered. What is important is not whether you are free to do something, it is whether that something is beneficial or hurtful to another person. This would be Paul’s version of “respecting the preciousness of others.”
All of this is to say that I am amazed at how our culture has devolved over the years. Time and time again I see examples of how people “disrespect the preciousness of others” and insist on their own way at the expense of another. I have seen it in restaurants with how wait staff are treated, and I have seen it waiting in line at Walmart. Some writers refer to this phenomenon as a “breakdown in civility,” but at the heart of it is a self-centeredness that is unable or unwilling to see how one’s actions effect another person.
As Christians, we have a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd by living our lives respecting the preciousness of others. When we go out of our way to make life easier for another person, even at our own expense, we create a climate where someone may notice and ask us why we did this or that. At this moment, we can share about how our faith in Christ makes a difference in how we treat people. Jesus encouraged his followers to be “salt and light” in the world, and this is one way we can do this.
However, this respecting others is more than just about witnessing to our faith, it is how we are called to live as followers of Jesus. We are called to follow the most self-less person there ever was. Paul writes in Philippians:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross (Philippians 2:3-8).
This is our model on how we are to live. May we all so live.
Grace and peace to each of you.
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.
January 18, 2015
Parables of the Vineyard
Isaiah 5:1-7; Luke 20:9-19; John 15:1-11
January 25, 2015
From Where Do You Get Your Water?
February 1, 2015
Courage to Stand
February 8, 2015
Come Home and Dance
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
Nominations for the Elder Class of 2017 and the Nominating Committee (class of 2016) are now open. Nominations may be made by completing and submitting an Officer Nomination Form. Forms are also available at the church office. All nominations must be submitted by February 1 to the church office.
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.