As we approach Thanksgiving, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on what I am thankful for:
• I am thankful that God loved me enough to place in me an emptiness that made me seek him out.
• I am thankful for all the people who cared enough about me to point me to the One who could fill that emptiness.
• I am thankful that Jesus came into my life and has been working on transforming me over these last 29 years since I yielded to him.
Just a surface reading of the Gospels will reveal to you that three primary aspects of Jesus’ ministry were Preaching, Teaching, and Healing. He was constantly proclaiming that the Kingdom of God was near; He spent a lot of time teaching about what the kingdom was like and how his listeners should live their faith; Everywhere he went he healed people.
On Thursday, November 28, First Presbyterian’s men will prepare our traditional Thanksgiving Breakfast. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 in the fellowship hall, and Communion will be celebrated. Mac Parrott and LA Freeman are coordinating this special event. Please plan on joining your church family and their guests for Thanksgiving breakfast.
We will receive our annual Thanksgiving Offering for the Barium Springs Home for Children during our Thanksgiving Breakfast on November 28. This special home helps children, youth, and families who are dealing with issues of abandonment, abuse, neglect, and poverty. It is the Home’s mission to remind them that they are not forgotten and to show them that they are loved.
Poinsettias will be used to decorate our sanctuary on December 8, 15, and 22. You may sponsor a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one. The plants cost $15.00 each, and you may order by calling Jeanna at the church office at 248-2140. Payment is due prior to the Sunday that your plant will be placed in the sanctuary; please give your payments to Jeanna. All orders must be received by Friday, November 22. We will be unable to accept orders after this date, as our supplier will not be able to obtain additional plants.
On Sunday, in my first stewardship sermon of the fall, I spent a lot of time reflecting on what idolatry looks like in the 21st century. It is not about golden calves anymore, but involves those things that draw our attention and passion away from what should be our primary focus: loving and serving God. An idol is anything or anyone that receives the primary focus of our energy or resources which should first belong to God. Any number of things could be idols for us: relationships, food, possessions, and certainly money.
UPDATE: Sale extended one week!
We will receive additional orders until 11:00 AM Friday, November 8. Payment will be due at time of pick up on November 17. Please call or email the church office to place your order.
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It's time for our Fall Chicken Pie Sale to raise extra funds that can go directly and immediately to the local helping agencies we support. It is our hope for this sale to go beyond the membership of the church, so we encourage everyone to invite their neighbors, friends and coworkers to order pies.
Large pies (which can serve 6-8) are $12; orders of 3 or more are $11 each. Small pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a box of four pies (must be sold as whole boxes). The pies are "Moravian-style" (meat only, no veggies). Order forms are available at the church or may be downloaded and printed here, and all orders must be in by October 27.
Payment is due at the time orders are placed. Checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church. Pies may be picked up Saturday, November 2, 9:00 am-12:00 pm and Sunday, November 3, 12:00-1:00 pm. in the church fellowship hall.
Many years ago when my twins were less than one year old, Brooke and I took a parenting class. In that class the parenting expert said, “the real question is not if you enjoy your children; it’s whether other people enjoy your children.” The point he was making is that we can easily overlook behavior within the family that would not be overlooked by others. What parent hasn’t beamed with pride when receiving a complement by a total stranger about his or her children.
Changes are afoot for the Wednesday Night Supper Club. They are moving their dinners to a new night (in hopes it will allow choir, handbell, and Men’s Bible Study members to participate and to allow us to visit a wider variety of restaurants), and they are taking a new name! They will reserve a table at a different restaurant each week, and anyone who wants to eat out is invited to come sit at "the Presbyterian table."
The Presbyterian Table will join up for dinner on Thursday nights. What doesn’t change is the time (still 6:00 PM), the premise (an informal group open to all with each person being responsible for his or her own expense), and the fun! We invite you to join us any week for good food, fellowship, and lots of laughter.
SEPTEMBER - Starting the Journey
8 6:00-7:00 PM, Ice Cream Social
15 6:00 PM, Regular meeting in YD room
22 12:00-4:30 PM, Lake Day. Pick up at 4:30 at 2021 Riverside Drive
29 NO MEETING
OCTOBER - Service
6 4:00-7:99 PM, Pig Pickin' at Finch Park; Games with families on small field at 4:15 PM
12 Corn Maze at High Rock Nursery; Meet at 4:00 PM at Christo's on Highway 8,
Pick up at High Rock Nursery at 7:00 PM
13 Regular meeting in YD room; food drive for Pastor's Pantry
19 Meet to prepare food for The Gathering, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
20 Meet at 8:45 AM to serve at The Gathering; Regular meeting at 6:00 PM in YD room
27 NO MEETING
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.