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.
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Church School: 10:00 a.m.
Worship: 11:00 a.m.
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Friday 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Mail: P.O. Box 586, Lexington NC 27293-0586
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Lexington, NC 27292
“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Is 43:19).
In the last article, I shared with you the theme of my sabbatical break which is “Roots and Wings.” I mentioned that some of my time will be looking back and reflecting on where I have been. The second part of the theme is about looking forward and stretching my wings.
I have a number of books on my list to read concerning the future of the church. These include: “The Great Emergence” by Phyliss Tickle; “The Emergent Church- Undefining Christianity” by Bob DeWaay; “Unbinding the Gospel” by Martha Grace Reese; and “An Emergent Manifesto of Hope” edited by Doug Pagitt. My hope is that these books, and others, will give me insight into some of the directions that the 21st Century church is heading. I will be looking for ideas that fit our values and enhance our ministry.
I will also be traveling to Washington D.C. to spend time with Dr. Stan Ott, the President of the Vital Churches Institute (VCI). Our church has been in relationship with the VCI in the Acts 16:5 initiative since 2009. This is an opportunity for me to receive some intensive coaching and mentoring by a leading visionary Presbyterian pastor.
For the church portion of the “wings” theme, we will be hosting a Saturday - Sunday workshop with Dr. Stan Ott. He will join us for an all day event (9 a.m. -3 p.m.) on Saturday, September 14th. Participants will learn ways of stretching their faith wings personally as well as strategies for continuing the transformation momentum as a church. Lunch will be included. Then on Sunday, September 15th, Dr. Ott will lead a combined adult Sunday school class and preach at the 11 a.m. service. This is made possible by the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant.
I have created a “blog” where I will be sharing my experiences and thoughts during my sabbatical. I encourage you to check it regularly beginning in June. Here you will see pictures of my trips and reflections on what I am doing and learning. You can find it at A Season of Sabbath
Finally, I want to express my appreciation to the congregation for caring enough about me to help make this time away possible. This break is one way you are giving pastoral care to me as I take time to rest and renew. I have thoroughly enjoyed ministering with you these past 7 ½ years, and this sabbatical will prepare me for the many more years ahead with you.
Grace and peace to each of you!
Your friend and pastor,
For the first time in at least eight years, the Stewardship Ministry Team tried a different approach to our time and talent sheets. We held a “draft day” in which each of the ministry teams presented a brief overview of their work. Then those gathered had an opportunity to sign up for various jobs around the church and agree to serving on a Ministry Planning Team.
The theme was a “football” draft and many leaders were dressed up in football jerseys. Tables were decorated with footballs, megaphones, and pom-poms. We had a delicious meal of hamburgers and hotdogs cooked out on the grill, along with potato salad, slaw, and hot dog chili. Many thanks to everyone who helped make Sunday a success.
If you were not present and didn’t have the opportunity to sign up for a ministry job or agree to serve on a planning team, you still can! Come by the church office and pick up a draft report to see all of the jobs we need people for. You can also view the “Draft Report” by clicking here. You can sign up for these specific jobs as well as indicate what planning team you would like to serve on. Either call the office (336.248.2140), email us, or stop by in person.
We still need people for:
• Member Care Planning Team;
• New Member Visitation and Assimilation Planning Team;
• Faith in Action Mission Trip Planning Team;
• Building and Grounds Planning Team;
• Stewardship Planning Team
There is a place for you!!!
“Remember the days of old, consider the years long past; ask your father, and he will inform you; your elders, and they will tell you.” (Dt 32:7).
I am just one month away from beginning my sabbatical break, and I wanted to remind you about the theme and how I hope that you can be involved.
A healthy, growing plant needs to have deep roots in order to be nourished by water in the soil which will then enable the plant to stand firm in the face of drought and storm. Yet at the same time, the plant must be able to "spread its wings" and reach the sky in order to bask in the glow of the sun and bear its fruit in due season. A healthy plant needs both roots and wings. This is the theme of my sabbatical.
Pastor Zehmer has the following sermons planned:
May 19, 2013
Preparing for the Future>
May 25, 2013
A Season of Sabbath
June 2, 2013
Pastor Rob Evans begins a 3 month interim ministry with First Presbyterian Church.
This informal group is open to all church members; each person is responsible for his or her own expense. Gatherings will be held Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to join us any week for fun, fellowship, good food, and lots of laughter.
You may see the Annual Report Here: 2012 Annual Ministry Team Reports. Please note that the file is over 1 MB in size and may take a minute or two to download completely.
The Session is excited to announce that First Presbyterian Church has been awarded a 2012 Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lilly Endowment for Pastor Lee. Now in its 13th year, the program invites Christian congregations and ministers to plan a period of intentional reflection and renewal. It gives ministers time to take a break from their daily obligations and gain the fresh perspective and renewed energy that a carefully considered “sabbath time” of travel, study, rest and prayer can provide.
A little over a year ago, several 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.
“So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily.” - Acts 16:5
You may have heard the phrase “Acts 16:5” used around church by the elders and deacons and been wondering what it is. Well, it is obviously a reference to a verse in the book of Acts which is quoted above, but it is also an initiative sponsored by Salem Presbytery in which the churches take disciplined and intentional steps toward creating new ministries to reach new people while honoring and strengthening the work of present ministry.