Called Congregational Meeting June 26, 2022

The Session has called a special congregational meeting for Sunday, June 26 following worship, for the purpose of acting upon a report from our Pastor Nominating Committee. Plan now to attend this important meeting in the life of our congregation.


Special Service Time on June 5, 2022!

On Sunday, June 5, our Sunday worship hour will begin at 9 a.m. so that we can send off our wonderful Acts Alive group on their summer work camp mission trip by showing the support of our entire FPC church family. We are so glad that these young people will have the opportunity to travel to Pennsylvania to offer their services in Christian mission after a two year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.
 
The June 5 service will be held in the sanctuary with a special blessing for our Acts Alive members and their advisors as they begin their journey. This special event is intended to recognize and consecrate their commitment to the service of Christ in the world. Following this special commissioning and blessing, our regular worship service will continue until 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Please make a note on your calendar and plan to join us on Sunday, June 5 at 9 a.m!


New Officers Elected

At our Congregational Meeting on May 1, the congregation elected the following slate of officers:
 
Class of 2024 – Karen Carrickhoff, Katie Kennedy, Amy McNeill, Bill McMurray, Walt Rouse, Celia Stalvey, Jennifer Turlington, Ken Vander Schaaf, and Justin Wheeles.
 
Class of 2023 (to fill two unexpired terms) – Meredith Andrews and Jim Beall Graham.

The congregation also elected the following as at-large members of the 2022-2023 Nominating Committee: Margaret King, Rebecca Sullivan, Birke McNeill, and Mike Kiefer.
 
Many thanks to the 2021-2022 Nominating Committee for their diligent work, and to all of the above folks for their commitment, dedication, and willingness to serve.
 


Cookout to Honor Veterans and Active Military Personnel

We will be honoring active military personnel as well as  Veterans as we gather Sunday, May 22 at 5:30 PM on the church grounds for an outdoor cookout. Hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, potato salad, plus a southern tradition – banana pudding – will be served. Wes Walser will again be providing all of the goodies! The Crossroads Praise Band will provide entertainment for the evening, and we have invited members of Shady Side Presbyterian and St. Stephen UMC to be our guests and celebrate with us. 
 
We hope you will join us for fellowship and an early Memorial Day celebration! You may sign up for the cookout by filling out a blue card by Sunday, May 8, or you may contact the church office (336-248-2140 or office@fpclexnc.com).
 


An Update from the Worship and Music Ministry Team

Your Worship and Music Ministry Team is pleased to announce some exciting adjustments to worship for the time being, effective May 1st:
 
*   Communion – Our monthly celebration of Communion will now be offered to congregants as they come forward and will utilize a choice of actual bread and juice (presented by masked, gloved Session members) or prepackaged elements. Communion elements will be brought to individuals as requested, who remain seated.
 
 Bulletins – Our bulletins will now be stapled in book format (two staples on the left, opening to allow viewing two pages at once). Continuing the 8.5″ x 11″ format is necessary to enable online viewers to follow along and/or print their own copy more easily.
 
Our team hopes you find these changes both helpful and meaningful. The change in Communion will particularly necessitate additional volunteer help, and we look forward to your response. Contact Phyllis McGee to be added to our volunteer list.
 


Graduation Sunday and Youth Sunday 2022

We will combine Youth Sunday and Graduation Sunday and will celebrate both on Sunday, May 15. There will be a single service at 11 AM on this day. We will honor our graduating high school seniors, and our high school youth will lead the service. We hope you will plan to worship with us on this special day. Seniors, please get your picture and information for the bulletin insert to Jeanna by May 5.


Called Meeting on May 1, 2022

The Session has called a Congregational Meeting for the purpose of receiving a report from the Congregational Nominating Committee and electing new Elders. The meeting will be held May 1, 2022, immediately following the 11 AM First Sunday blended worship service.
 


One Great Hour of Sharing 2022

Started in 1949, One Great Hour of Sharing is a long-standing ecumenical effort aimed at raising the funds necessary to provide relief and reconstruction for communities in the aftermath of disaster. What started as an hour-long radio appeal has evolved over the years, varying from eight to 29 participating denominations, and has become the most participated-in offering in the PC(USA). Today, projects supported by One Great Hour of Sharing are underway in more than 100 countries.
 
Around the world, people lack access to food, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) serves to help change the lives of people in these challenging situations. This offering provides a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need.  On Easter Sunday, April 17, you will have the opportunity to contribute to these efforts through your gift to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Alternately, you may visit the PCUSA’s Special Offerings website to give online. Please prayerfully consider how you might support this important offering.
 


2022 Applications for Green Scholarship Now Being Accepted

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. Application forms and the full list of applicant guidelines are available from the church office, on the lobby side of Jeanna’s service window, or may be downloaded by clicking here.
 


VBS 2022

Mark your calendar for this year‘s Vacation Bible School – July 18-22 – with a musical offering by the children on July 24! Our church will be transformed into a Jerusalem Marketplace, with children creating their own costume to play the part each day. Families interested in signing up your children or grandchildren may contact Jeanna in the church office (office@fpclexnc.com or 336-248-2140, ext. 1) or text Ann Kiefer. Adult volunteers are welcome to join the fun as well!