Touching Davidson County with Love 2019

Touching Davidson County with Love will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. There are several “soft” projects available, and help will needed for more physical projects (painting, carpentry, light repair work, etc.) as well. A list of soft projects follows. You may sign up for these on the Faith in Action bulletin board (3rd Avenue hallway). A sheet is also available there for those who wish to participate in the more physical projects. For those who cannot participate in any project, please see the back of this sheet for items needed as donations for two of our local helping agencies. SOFT PROJECTS

  • Making blankets (similar to those we made at Christmas Family Night) for needy and abused children
  • Making visits to nursing homes
  • Singing in nursing homes
  • Crocheting or knitting baby caps for our hospitals (bring yarn and needles/hooks; patterns will be supplied)
  • Delivering food boxes
Please sign up for all projects no later than March 24.
 
ITEM DONATIONS
As part of Touching Davidson County with Love, we are collecting items for two of our local helping agencies.
 
For the Arc of Davidson County:
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • kleenex
  • garbage bags (kitchen & trash)
 
For the Workshop of Davidson County:
  • full size shampoo
  • full size conditioner
  • deodorant (men’s and women’s)
  • soap
  • body wash
  • art supplies
  • games
  • puzzles
  • crafts
  • musical instruments

 

Items may be dropped off in the designated containers in the church lobby.
All items are due to the church by April 1.
 


Women of the Word Winter-Spring 2019

Ladies, God’s heart is moved by your cries for help, your shouts for joy, your unspoken worries. We know Him to be a God of unparalleled power and authority, but Mark’s account of Jesus paints Him as a deeply personal and intimate God too.

Join us, and author Lisa Harper, for this 7-session study beginning February 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Evening) and February 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM (Day) at First Presbyterian Church. Invite your friends!
 
We will expand our understanding of the Gospel, explore the depth of Jesus’ compassion and passion for humanity, and come to know the real Jesus of Scripture without the lens of man’s perspective.

 

Lisa Harper has a Master’s degree in Theology, is a former director of women’s ministry for Focus on the Family, is a national speaker, and is the author of fifteen Bible studies and books. If you would like to view the sample session, please visit the Lifeway site.

Questions? Contact Katherine Team (336.242.4019) or Ann McMurray (336.239.4042).



2019 Annual Family Retreat

Who is Christ? Who are we? Today we are constantly bombarded with vain commercial images, wellness gurus telling us to live OUR truth (not THE truth), and the latest fads all promising us health, wealth, and happiness. So, it is no surprise that spiritual confusion can happen to even the most well-meaning Christians. Just as Christ did, we are to love those around us radically, boldly, and mindfully. But this is easier said than done. Why is this self-giving love so difficult for us; and why does selfishness, greed, and sin come so easily? We will take deep look into who Christ is and how he lived. We will also take a look into our own lives and personally reflect on what changes we can make to allow our lives to be more reflective of Christ’s radical love. We will expand on scripture verses 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” and Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
 
Come join us for this special weekend away in Montreat with your church family to be renewed spiritually, mentally, and physically.
  • Childcare provided for children under 5. Separate programming for Middle and Elementary ages.
  • Registration forms are available in the church office (or may be downloaded by clicking here) and are due Sunday, February 10th.
For questions of more information please contact Meredith Trout.
 


Advent 2018 Worship Schedule

 
Sunday, December 9
9 AM      Crossroads Worship (fellowship hall)
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Classic Worship (sanctuary)
 
Sunday, December 16
9 AM      Crossroads Worship (fellowship hall)
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Classic Worship (sanctuary)
12 PM    Session stated meeting
6:30 PM  A Very Special Gathering Band Christmas (fellowship hall)
 
Wednesday, December 19
7 PM        Longest Night Service (sanctuary)
 
Sunday, December 23
9 AM      Crossroads Worship (fellowship hall)
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Classic Worship (sanctuary)
 
Monday, December 24
5 PM      Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service (sanctuary)
 
Sunday, December 30
11 AM    Single worship service (sanctuary).
NO Sunday School or Crossroads Worship.
 
Sunday, January 6, 2019
FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Combined worship service (sanctuary; Communion, 2 Cents a Meal offering)
12 PM    Fellowship Luncheon
 


The Longest Night

I always get excited as we enter into the Advent / Christmas Season. I love the extra touches we add to our worship experiences – from the Advent Wreath Liturgy, to the extra musicians, to the special services. I enjoy the Christmas music playing from the radio and in the stores. I like seeing the lights on houses all decorated for the holidays.
 
Yet, I am always aware that this festive season is not always so festive for those who are
are experiencing grief at this time of year. The struggles of life do not take Christmas vacations, and sometimes the observance of Christmas just serves to highlight the deep loss one may be experiencing.
 
In an attempt to acknowledge this truth and care for those who are hurting, we held a “longest night” service last year. Through prayers, scripture readings, music, and silence, we proclaimed that God’s presence is there for those who mourn or struggle.
 
We will be holding this service again this year on Wednesday, December 19th (please note date change) at 7 p.m. In our time together, we will give voice to the pain of those are experiencing grief and loss, and at the same time we will proclaim the hope of the incarnation of Jesus. All will be reminded that God’s Word comes to shine light into the darkness of our lives. This service is for all who need the time and space to acknowledge their loss and sadness and to know that they are not alone. (If anyone would be interested in helping with this service, please speak with me as soon as possible.)
 
As we walk through this Advent / Christmas season, let us never forget the words of the Gospel of John, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

Grace and peace to all.
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee
 


Hurricane Florence Flood Relief

Join us in Community with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Wilmington, NC. We are collecting items to help with Hurricane Florence flood relief.
 
Requested items are:
  • $25 gift cards to either Food Lion, Walmart, Lowe’s Hardware
  • Diapers ( sizes 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Adult diapers
  • Large outdoor trash bags
  • Masks
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cleaning Supplies (bleach, white vinegar, bleach wipes, laundry  detergent, Formula 409, etc in plastic bottles)
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes

Deadline:   October 14th

Please drop off your items in the church lobby. They will be distributed by partner churches in Wilmington.
 


Chicken Pie & Spaghetti Sale for Local Missions

It is time once again for our annual Chicken Pie & Baked Spaghetti Sale to benefit our local missions. This sale helps us raise extra funds that can go directly and immediately to the local helping agencies we support
 
If you would like to download the order form, please click here.
 
The chicken pies are “Moravian-style” (meat only, no veggies). Baked spaghetti options include meat sauce or vegetarian.
 
Large chicken pies (which can serve 6-8) are $13.00; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.
 
Small chicken pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a pack of four pies (must be sold as whole packs).
 
Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (serves 4-6) is $13.00 per pan; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.
 
Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti (serves 4-6) is $13.00 per pan; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.
 
If you order any 3 large items (or more) regardless of the combination, each item will cost just $12. 
 
Payment is due at the time orders are placed, and checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church. Orders and payment are due by November 4. 
 
Orders may be picked up Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and Sunday, November 11 before & after church, in the church fellowship hall.
 


Save the Date – WOW Fall 2018 Study

Women of the Word returns this fall (Monday evenings beginning September 10 or Tuesday mornings beginning September 11) with a new study by Lisa Harper entitled, “Job: An Unlikely Joy.”
 
“Joy is the constant companion of the woman who trusts in the Lord. And while you can find it in friends, family, and circumstances, unfailing, persistent joy will only ever overflow from your relationship with Jesus. 
 
“Just ask Job, the man from Uz who clung to God’s goodness while all his worldly joys were stripped away. But how is it possible to hold onto such joy in times of sorrow? In this 7-session study by Lisa Harper, discover the redemptive side to Job’s story of suffering. Learn to use pain to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel, and remember God’s providence will never take you to a place where His grace will not sustain you.” (source: lifeway.com)
 
 We invite all women interested in studying the Word of God to join us for this study and encourage you to invite your friends to join you on this journey as together we hold onto this promise from Job 8:21: “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with a shout of joy.”
 
Registration and first session for the Monday evening group will be September 10 at 6:30 p.m. Registration and first session for the Tuesday morning group will be September 11 at 9:15 p.m. We will begin each session in the church fellowship hall. Please bring your Bible and a pen. The cost of the study book is $12.00; scholarship funds are available. Child care will be provided for the Tuesday morning group at Kids’ Business (at the YMCA). Questions may be directed to either Katherine Team (336.242.4019) or Ann McMurray (336.239.4042).
 
 
 
Lisa Harper has a Master’s degree in Theology, is a former director of women’s ministry for Focus on the Family, is a national speaker, and is the author of fifteen Bible studies and books. If you would like to view the sample session, please visit the Lifeway site.
 
 


Readers Choice Award

We are very excited to announce that we received the “Readers Choice Award” from our local paper for “Best Place to Worship.” 
We strive to create a space where each person can draw close to God and experience the presence of the Spirit. We invite each of you to come worship with us!


Swapping Pews

As you know, every summer we combine our two services into one because of the traveling schedules of so many of our people. We include elements of both services into the single combined service, just like we do on Fellowship Sundays once a month. The challenge we have faced is that there just is not a lot of room for the worship band up front. With microphones and wires and music stands, it can get cluttered and clogged.
 
As we have considered ways to address this challenge, we are going to try a temporary experiment this summer. With the approval of the Session, we are going to swap the front four pews on the lectern side with the four short pews. This will create an area off to the side where the musicians will set up and lead music from. The piano will remain where it normally is. Now that we have removed the old plastic chairs in the rear of the sanctuary, anyone who needs space for a wheel chair will be able to sit there.
 
This experiment will cost us nothing, allow us to have a clear chancel area, and accommodate the worship band. At the end of the summer we will gather input from the congregation and decide if we want to return the pews back to their original spots. It is our plan to have this done in by the first Sunday in July.
We thank you ahead of time for your understanding and willingness to try something that can enhance our worship experience this summer. We look forward to seeing you in worship this summer!
The Session.