Midweek Bible Study with Pastor Jon

Join Pastor Jon on Wednesdays at noon for a weekly Bible Study! We will meet in the fellowship hall. Bring a Bible and lunch if you want. We will start on September 20 with the Gospel of Mark. See you then!

Presbyterian Women Circles to Begin New Year

Presbyterian Women invites all women in the church to be part of a Circle. Circles study God’s word, spend time in fellowship, and participate in mission projects together.
If you would like to be a part of this group of caring women, please join us at our first meeting: Monday, September 11 at the church. The Morning Circle meets at 10:30 AM, and the Evening Circle meets at 7:00 PM.
Our Bible study leader this month is Betty Knox, and our study is Sacred Encounters: The Power and Presence of Jesus Christ in Luke and Acts. Study books and yearbooks may be picked up on the table in the office hallway.

Join Us for Open House!

Please join us for Sunday School Open House on September 10 from 10:00 AM until 10:50 AM. During this time, you are invited to visit the Sunday School classrooms to learn about the exciting new curriculums for the upcoming year.
The choir room will also be a part of the open house tour on September 10. We encourage you to stop by. There will be refreshments!

Women of the Word Fall 2023 Study Begins in September

Women of the Word invites all ladies to take part in their fall study, which begins on Monday, September 11 at 6:30 PM for the evening session and Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00 AM for the morning session. 
This seven-week study, When You Pray, takes a closer look at six prayers in the Bible which can inspire your own. When we pray, we find that our faith is strengthened and our hearts are united to Jesus. 
Please register by clicking here by September 6.
You will be responsible for obtaining your own study book, which can be ordered from Amazon.comChristianbook.com, or Lifeway.com. Invite a friend and join us for this dynamic study as we grow our faith together.

Blessing of the Backpacks 2023

Please join us for a Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, August 27 during the 10 AM worship service. 
All students, teachers, and educators are encouraged to bring their school bag to be blessed for the new school year. Popsicles will be provided on the front lawn following the service. 
If you plan to attend, please let our DCE, Catie Johns, know.

Back-to-School Supply Drive

We are excited to kick off August with a back-to-school supply drive! We have partnered with Stoner-Thomas School for this year’s drive. Stoner-Thomas is a K-12 school in the heart of Davidson County that serves special needs students from all over the county. The drive will run from August 1-August 27. Stoner-Thomas staff and students are in need of the following: glue sticks, crayons, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, scissors, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes, paper plates and plastic cutlery. A donation box will be located by the office. Thank you for your help!

Acts Alive Sunday

Acts Alive, our high school youth group, recently completed their mission trip to the Dominican Republic. On Sunday, August 13 at 10 AM, they will share their experiences from their trip with us. We will hear about the people they met and the ways in which they encountered God during their week abroad. Please mark the date on your calendar and make plans to join us for a very special worship service!

Golf Tournament for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Calling all golfers! The fourth annual Golf Fore Good golf tournament, four man captain’s choice, will be held August 26, 2023 at Lexington Golf Club. Registration is at 1:00 PM, with the first tee-off at 2:00 PM. 
The cost is $70 per player ($280 per team). All proceeds will benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry of Lexington. Registration forms are available at the church office. Please direct questions to David Durrell.

RUC Fall 2023 Book Study

The Race Unification Committee has chosen Clint Smith’s How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America for its fall book study. The reading series is open to all. Discussions will be held on Zoom from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every alternating Tuesday beginning September 5, the day after Labor Day, and continuing through Nov. 14, skipping October 31 and November 7.
To register, please contact Jeanna Carlton in the church office, and let her know if you would like the church to order your book. If affordable, donations of $16 are encouraged to cover the cost of each book.
Clint Smith is an award-winning African American poet and staff writer for “The Atlantic” magazine who studied English at Davidson College and earned a Ph.D. in education from Harvard University. His 296-page book takes the reader to eight places connected with slavery:
1. New Orleans, where Smith grew up
2. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
3. Louisiana’s Whitney Plantation, whose mission is to help tourists understand the lives of the enslaved people who labored there
4. Louisiana’s maximum-security Angola Prison, a former plantation
5. Petersburg, Virginia’s Blandford Cemetery, which contains the remains of 30,000 Confederate soldiers
6. Galveston Island, Texas, where Juneteenth Day was first celebrated
7. New York City, which utilized slave labor from 1626 to 1841 and had a public market for buying and selling slaves on Wall Street
8. Goree Island in Senegal, one of the sites where kidnapped Africans were forcibly held until they could be placed on slave ships for transport to the New World.
For the Epilogue, Smith interviewed his maternal grandfather, who was the grandchild of an enslaved person, and his paternal grandmother for emotional accounts of life during post-slavery Jim Crow.
For questions about the book series, please contact Bill Keesler.

Thank You from the Educational Ministries Team

THANK YOU to all of our Sunday School Teachers, Youth Group Advisors, and Sunday School Superintendents. We appreciate your time, compassion, and commitment to teach, lead, and share your faith with the children, youth, and adults at FPC. You have truly “let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16).
Acts Alive Advisors
Gail & Sol Coltrane
Sloane & Zac Huntley
Young Disciples Advisors
Ann & Mike Kiefer
Adrianne Staten
Brooke & Justin Wheeles
Sunday School Teachers
Bonnie Graham
Jan Greer
Joy Harman
Ryan Harman
Roddie Hobbs
Ann Kiefer
Stephanie Kiefer
Katherine Team
Robin Team
Sunday School Superintendents
Bill Bryan
Tom Lamb
Mark White
Chris Kennedy