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.


208th Army Band

The 208th Army Band is coming to Lexington Memorial Day weekend to help honor the military personnel who fought for the country. First Presbyterian Church is once again hosting the 208th Army Band at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 as part of its Memorial Day weekend celebration. The event is free and open to the public. The church is at 300 S. Main St.

This will be the fourth year for the band to present a program of patriotic music. The musical styles presented will include concert music, military marches, various ensembles, rock and jazz.

“For each of the last three years, the concert was wonderful and so well attended by the Lexington community that we have decided to make it an annual event.” said First Presbyterian Church Pastor Lee Zehmer. “This concert is one way that we can recognize the sacrifice of those who have served to preserve our freedom, and it is our gift to Lexington.”

The 208th Army Band, out of Concord, has a history dating back to 1956. Its mission is to promote the pride, fellowship and common loyalty of military personnel, while also serving as an ambassador of the Army. The band performs at military functions and civilian performances and travels throughout the Southeast.



Time and Talent 2018

Our annual Time and Talent campaign has begun! It takes many willing hands and hearts to do the work of the church. Please take this opportunity to prayerfully consider how you might use your gifts to further God’s work through our church and complete the Time and Talent form accordingly. Blank forms are available in the lobby and narthex at the church, or you may view and print the form by clicking here. Completed forms may be submitted to the church office. Many thanks to everyone for all you do for our church and community.


2018 Winnie Green Scholarship

The Session and the Endowment Ministry Team of the Session would like to invite eligible persons to apply for a grant from the Winnifred Zimmerman Green Higher Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of long time member Winnie Green to aid “worthy students of high academic achievement” with their college expenses.

The Session has established guidelines for the awarding of grants. Grants will be awarded each spring; students receiving scholarships shall not be guaranteed renewal of scholarships. Students must re-apply for a new grant each year.

The application deadline for this year is May 1.

Click here to download or view the application form.



Acts Alive Auction Success

 

This summer’s trip will be the fourth youth trip and the 14th overall to work with Mission Emanuel in the Dominican Republic. Twenty-five youth and eight adults will travel to the DR on June 16th through 23rd. In August, the group will lead worship and share with the congregation all about their experiences from the trip.
 
On behalf of all of the Acts Alive Youth and Advisers, let me thank our congregation for the many years of support for this important ministry of our church. We truly do have a preeminent youth program, and it is made possible by each of you.
 
 
Grace and peace to all!
 
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee


Touching Davidson County With Love

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.