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.

   

   


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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Take Courage, Have Hope, and Trust God

In a sermon a couple of weeks ago, I used the image of an earthquake as a metaphor for the time in which we are living. All of the cultural changes we are experiencing along with the light speed advancement of technology has left us on ground that is shifting under us. We try to hold onto something that will help us keep our footing; and yet even those once trusted foundations are shaking as the ground rises and falls under everything. In this circumstance, it certainly is easy to feel unsteady in the present, fearful of the future, and nostalgic for a time before the foundations shifted.

The returning Israelite exiles from Babylon faced a similar situation. The nation and homeland they left 50 years previously did not resemble the desolate land they returned to. The temple was destroyed, the land barely able to grow crops, and those who had been left behind did not welcome them. As the returning exiles began to rebuild the temple, they realized that it would never be as magnificent as the former temple. Their uncertain future and unstable present made them long for the past glories of Israel.

The prophet Haggai pointed out that the magnificent temple that they reminisced about was now a crumbled building. The past could not be rebuilt, but the future was in the hands of their God who was not done with them. God would make something greater than just a former building of old. Through the words of Haggai, God encouraged them to take courage and do not fear for God’s spirit abides among them. God was not done with them or the advancement of the Kingdom. In fact God will do even greater things with them and through them.

This is a good word for us as well. Even in the midst of shifting foundations, God’s Spirit is with us. We do not need to fear the present or the future, because God is still active. God is not done with the church in general, our church in particular, and us as individuals. God has great plans for us even in the midst of the cultural and technological quakes we are living through. In the words written by Haggai, may we Take Courage, Have Hope, and Trust that God is not finished!

I encourage you to pray daily for God’s presence to be made manifest in your life and in the life of our congregation as we place our trust in the work of Christ in our midst.

Grace and peace.
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Sermon Schedule

February 18, 2018 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Recurrent Training for the Christian: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Genesis 1:26-31; 2:1-9; 18-25
Psalm 139: 13-18

February 25, 2018 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Recurrent Training for the Christian: Wages of Sin
Romans 3:21-23; 6:21-23;
Genesis 3

March 4, 2018 - Once Service only at 11 a.m.
Guest Preacher - The Rev. Randy Hall.

Touching Davidson County with Love 2018

It’s that time of year again! TDCWL is celebrating its twelfth year of community service. We will be teaming up with 12-15 other churches to go out and serve those less fortunate than ourselves. We will be offering “soft” projects (singing at nursing homes, making blankets for the Dragonfly House, etc.) and “hard” projects (painting, handicap ramps, yard work, etc.) for you to sign up to assist with on our work day. Please mark your calendars for March 24 as our community work day this year, and watch for our bulletin board to sign up.

Additionally, we are collecting items for two community organizations this year: canned mixed vegetables and canned pasta for Pastor’s Pantry, and baby wipes for DSS Foster Care. . Please bring your donations to the church and leave them in the designated crates in the lobby before March 24.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ann Kiefer or Byron Oswald. Thank you for your support of this community outreach.

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.

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:

Our Favorite Hymns

For the first three Sundays of July 2016, a slip was enclosed in the bulletin soliciting from each member of the congregation the titles of their top 10 favorite hymns. Following are the top 10 from the results:

1. Amazing Grace (37 votes)
2. Here I Am, Lord (25 votes)
3. Blessed Assurance (23 votes)
4. Great is Thy Faithfulness (Tie - 22 votes)
    How Great Thou Art (Tie - 22 votes)
6. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (21 votes)
7. A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Tie - 18 votes)
    Morning Has Broken (Tie - 18 votes)
9. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (14 votes)
10. All Things Bright & Beautiful (Tie - 13 votes)
       I Danced in the Morning (Tie - 13 votes)
       Jesus Loves Me (Tie - 13 votes)

If you would like to see the complete list of results, please click here.

Leaving a Legacy, Securing the Future

The United States is in the midst of a major demographic shift. In 2013 the older population - persons aged 65 or older - represented 14.1% of the U.S. population. In the next 20 years that percentage is expected to rise to 21% of the population.

The Baby Boom Generation (born 1945 - 1964) is nearing retirement age and accounts for the expected growth in the retired age group. Interestingly, the birth rates for those generations following the Baby Boom Generations were not as robust, and so there will be fewer workers available to replace those retiring Baby Boomers. This presents a challenge to the business sector in the coming years, but it will also effect participation and giving in the church at large.

Welcome to Online Giving!

A major study of giving patterns in churches have revealed that an increasing number of people are looking to make donations through online means. The reasons are clear: 1) People are paying many other bills through online portals, and they would like to do the same for the church; 2) Online giving makes it easy to give even when one cannot be at church.

A number of people give to First Presbyterian Church with “billpay” offered through their banks. An individual schedules a gift through the bank’s bill pay system, and a check is sent to the church through the mail from the bank. There are no fees associated with this method.

Others would rather give more directly through online giving offered through the church’s website. We now have the ability to offer this to those who would like to support our church’s ministry.

You will see on the right hand side of our website a box called “My Online Donation.” This offers two ways to give. The first is a “quick give” where you do not set up a donor account. The second way is to set up a donor account through the donor portal.
A donor account allows you to:
• to set up recurring giving which is automatic each week or month.
• to track your donations for the year which is helpful for tax purposes.
• to set pledge goals for yourself.

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.

Our Changing Context for Ministry...

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