2021 Chicken Pie and Baked Spaghetti Sale to Benefit Local Missions

This sale helps us 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.
 
Large chicken pies (which can serve 6-8) are $14.00 each. Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti are both $14.00 per pan. Orders of any combination of 3 or more of these large items reduces your price to $13.00 per item.
 
Small chicken pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a pack of four pies (must be sold as whole packs).
The chicken 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 paid for and submitted by October 31.

Payment is due at the time orders are placed. Checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church.

Orders may be picked up Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm and Sunday, November 7 12:00-1:00 pm in the church fellowship hall.
 
Thank you for your support of our local missions!
 


Wake Forest Divinity School Dean to Preach October 10

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton, dean of Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, will preach at our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services on October 10.

He was invited by First Presbyterian Church’s Race Unification Committee (RUC), with valuable help from Pastor Nancy.

Walton has served as dean of the School of Divinity, the holder of the Presidential Chair in Religion and Society, and the Dean of Wait Chapel at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem since 2019.

He grew up in Atlanta and earned a bachelor’s degree at Morehouse, a Historically Black College in that city, in 1996, the same year he was licensed to preach. He then earned a master’s in divinity degree and a Ph.D from Princeton University Theological Seminary, on whose board of trustees he now serves. As a Princeton student, he served as pastor of a Presbyterian church in nearby Newark, New Jersey.

In 2006, he became an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California. In 2010, he was hired as an assistant professor of African American religions in the Divinity School at Harvard University, where in 2012 he became Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church.

Walton, a social ethicist, is the author of “Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism” (NYU Press, 2009). His second book, “A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2018), explores the Bible from the perspective of the most vulnerable and violated characters toward developing a Christian social ethic of radical inclusion and human affirmation.

He sometimes quotes longtime Morehouse College President Benjamin Elijah Mays on the concept of “One Love,” arguing that loving God and loving one’s neighbor are really the same love.

He has been an outspoken advocate for civil rights and social justice and is often quoted as an expert in documentaries about religion and race and by national and international news media.

Among other activities in the Triad in the past 15 months, he has met and shared ideas with Salem Presbytery’s Peace and Justice Task Force; served as keynote speaker for High Point University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Worship Service; and interviewed Isabel Wilkerson, author of the book “Caste” on American racism, on Wake Forest’s Face to Face Speaker Forum.

He is married to Cecily Cline Walton, a children’s book author, with whom he has three children.
 


World Communion Sunday, October 3, 2021

This Sunday, October 3, we gather together for one blended worship service (only) at 11:00. The first Sunday of October is World Communion Sunday, and we will have a very special service to focus on Christ’s presence with us at the Table. The Choir and Crossroads Praise Band will combine for our first hymn, and our new interim organist, Stan Grady, will be with us for the first time. A number of adults and children will help to lead worship this day as we celebrate the sacrament of Communion together. 
 
This Sunday, October 3 also marks our first “Noisy Offering” Sunday. Children are encouraged to bring their offering jar of coins for our offering during Children at Worship. If you do not have a special jar that was given out in September, there are extras on the table in the office hallway. Let’s make a joyful noise as we give thanksgiving to God!
 
Also, please remember to bring your completed Time & Talent commitment form to worship with you on Sunday, October 3rd. If you need extra forms, they are available in the lobby. By completing a form, you signify your willingness to participate in the ministry and mission of this congregation. God has blessed each of us with special gifts and time. Don’t hide them under a bushel! Let your light shine with joy and thanksgiving as you serve the Lord through First Presbyterian Church.
 
We look forward to seeing everyone at 11:00 this Sunday, October 3, with Sunday School at its regular time of 10:00.
 
 


A Call to Prayer for Our Schools

 
The Greater Lexington Area Minister’s Association (GLAMA) is holding a  3-day prayer call initiative in support of all of our schools in Davidson County. The prayer call has been scheduled to happen September 28th – 30th, via Zoom call. The Prayer Call Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 28
   9:00 AM – 9:15 AM  –  Ledford High & Middle; Friendship, Hasty, and Wallburg Elementary Schools

  9:20 AM – 9:35 AM – Oak Grove High & Middle; Friedberg and Midway Elementary Schools

  9:40 – 10:00 AM –  Davidson County High and Stoner-Thomas Schools; Superintendent

Wednesday, September 29
   10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – North Davidson High & Middle; Northwest & Welcome Elementary Schools

   10:20 AM – 10:35 AM – East Davidson High, E. Lawson Brown Middle, Brier Creek, Fairgrove, and Pilot Elementary Schools

   10:40 AM – 10:55 AM – West Davidson High, Tyro Middle & Elementary, Churchland, and Reeds Elementary Schools

   11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Lexington Senior High & Middle; Charles England, Pickett Elementary, South Lexington & Development Center, Southwest Elementary, Sheets Memorial, Superintendent, School Board

Thursday, September 20
  10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Central High & Middle, Southwood, Southmont, Davidson Charter Academy, and Davis-Townsend Schools

   10:20 AM – 10:35 AM – South High & Middle; Denton & Silver Valley Elementary Schools

   10:40 AM – 10:55 AM – Early College, Yadkin Valley, Davidson County School Board

   11:00 AM-11:30 AM – Thomasville High, Middle, & Primary; Liberty Drive, Bulldog Academy, Superintendent and School Board

We encourage everyone who is able, to participate in some, or all, of these calls regardless of whether you have a student at the schools listed. If you are unable to participate at all in the Zoom calls, we encourage you to use this list next week and pray for each of these schools. All of our students, faculty & staff, superintendents, and school boards need prayers for protection, guidance, and wisdom as they continue to deal with the pandemic and the many challenges it presents. 

Please remember to keep our own Preschool, its students and staff, in your prayers as well. 

The link for the Zoom calls is below.

Grace and Peace to you all.



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Memorial Service for Art Gray

A service celebrating the life of Art Gray will be held in First Presbyterian’s sanctuary on Saturday, September 25 at 3:00 PM with the Rev. Tommy Wilson presiding. Friends will be received in the fellowship hall prior to the service, from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM.


Women of the Word Postpones Fall Study

With many prayers and thoughtful consideration, the WOW facilitators have decided to resume our Bible Study in the Spring of 2022. With so many uncertainties with COVID and the Delta variant rise in NC, it seems best to postpone our study for a few months. We look forward to meeting again next year, praying our community will be at rest with our health situation. In the meantime, we will be praying for God’s guidance and wisdom as we plan for our next study.
 
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5
 
WOW Facilitators – Katherine Team, Ann McMurray, Lynnae Benton, Stephanie Shoaf, Tanya Leonard, and Debbie Auman
 


World Communion Sunday 2021: Helpers Needed

Sunday, October 3rd is World Communion Sunday. On this day, churches throughout the world will celebrate our unity in Christ as we gather around the Table for this holy sacrament. October 3rd is the first Sunday of the month, so we will worship together at 11:00. (No Crossroads at 9:00.)
 
Our service that day will reflect upon the sacrament of Communion and how we meet Christ at the table. We will need a number of people as readers and musicians. Children and Teens are also needed. If you would like to help out, please contact Pastor Nancy as soon as possible. Thanks!
 


2021 Fall Worship Schedule

Sunday, August 29, is the last Sunday for our summer schedule. Worship will begin at 10 AM.
 
We will return to our regular worship hour of 11 AM beginning Sunday, September 5.
 
Our Fall Kick-Off will be held Sunday, September 12. Breakfast will be served at 10 AM. Worship will follow in the sanctuary at 11 AM.
 
On Sunday, September 19, we will return to our full, pre-pandemic worship schedule. Crossroads Worship, our contemporary service, will be held in the fellowship hall at 9 AM, followed by Sunday School at 10 AM and our Classic (traditional) Service in the sanctuary at 11 AM.
 
We will worship together on the first Sunday of each month and celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.


RACE BOOK STUDY TO BE HELD ON ZOOM; START TIME ADJUSTED

Because of health concerns related to the COVID-19 delta variant, the Race Unification Committee has decided to hold its new Race Book Study on Zoom rather than in person this fall.

 
Also, because of participant requests, the start time for the book discussion meetings has been changed to 6 p.m. The hourlong meetings will still be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, beginning Sept. 21 and concluding Dec. 7.
 
Signups for the book study continue. To register or for information, please contact Bill Keesler by email at or by phone at 336-250-0439. So far, 17 people have indicated plans to attend.
 

Additional copies of the book, Howard Thurman’s “Jesus and the Disinherited,” have arrived and are available for pickup from the church office. Please consider donating to help cover the $13 book cost.

 
The Sept. 21 meeting will include a welcome/introduction and a discussion of the book’s Foreword and Preface, pages vii-xx.

 

 



Golf Tournament to Benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Golf FORE! Good is the major fundraiser for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
 
This program operates a food pantry on Saturdays for those in need in Davidson County. The pantry is part of Open Hands Ministry and is located at Trinity United Methodist Church. All profits from this event will go to feeding the hungry.
 
Loaves and Fishes Pantry operates in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Second Harvest coordinates food donations from local retailers along with providing a food warehouse from which purchases of nonperishables / canned items can be obtained for distribution at the Pantry. The strength of this program resides both with Second Harvest and the goodness of volunteers from First Presbyterian as well as many other local churches.
 
Please consider joining us to help make this year’s fundraiser a success. Along with golf teams and sponsorships, donations of items for prizes for contests held within the tournament are welcomed as well.
 
The cost of a round of golf is $60 per player or $240 per team The tournament will be played on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Lexington Golf Course. Tee time is at 2:00 PM. Sign up forms are available outside the church office.
 
For additional information and registration sheets, please contact David Durrell.