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.

   

   

PRESBYTERIAN TABLE CHANGE for January 18

LongHorn Steak House, 1371 Klumac Road, Salisbury (across from Olive Garden)


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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Women of the Word, February-March 2018

Women of the Word returns in February, ready to dive into Beth Moore's, "Entrusted," a study of 2 Timothy.

God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel. We must learn to guard what God has entrusted to us, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live lives of faithfulness.

All ladies are invited to join us beginning Monday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 PM or Tuesday, February 6, 9:15-11:15 AM, as we undertake this six-week journey of faith together. Please bring a Bible and a pen. We encourage you to invite friends to join you!

In the event of inclement weather, both sessions will begin the following week (February 12 and 13, respectively). If you have a question about the starting date, please contact the church office (office@fpclexnc.com or 336.248.2140) or return here to our website. Other questions about the study may be directed to Katherine Team (336.242.4019) or Ann McMurray (336.239.4042).

Sermon Schedule

January 14, 2018- 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Recurrent Training for the Christian: Being a Disciple
Luke 9:18-27; Luke 5:1-11

January 21, 2018 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Recurrent Training for the Christian: Time With God
Psalm 1:1-6; John 15:1-15; Mark 1:35

January 28, 2018 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Recurrent Training for the Christian: The Word of God
2 Timothy 3:16-17

February 4, 2018 11 a.m. Blended Service Only - Fellowship Sunday - Annual Meeting - Fellowship Lunch.
Recurrent Training for the Christian: Prayer in its Many Forms
Luke 11:5-13

February 11, 2018 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services
Recurrent Training for the Christian: Worship
Revelation 4:1-11

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:

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.

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.

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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