2020 Lent & Spring Worship Schedule

Special events in the life of the church have necessitated some changes to our normal worship schedule. Following is our worship schedule through the beginning of the summer:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
∙ Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary.

Sunday, March 1
∙ Youth Sunday;  Single service at 11 AM – Sanctuary.
∙ Baked potato and salad lunch at 12 PM.

Sunday, March 8
∙ Retreat weekend;  Single service at 11 AM – Sanctuary.

Sundays, March 15, 22, 29
∙ Normal schedule – two services.
Sunday, April 5
∙ Palm Sunday;   Normal schedule – two services.
∙ Communion observed.
∙ Process to the Square at the end of the 11 AM worship service.
∙ Children’s egg hunt in the afternoon (4 PM).
Thursday, April 9
∙ Maundy Thursday service at First United Methodist at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, April 12
∙ Easter Sunday. Single service at 11 AM – Sanctuary.
One Great Hour of Sharing offering received.

Sunday, April 19
∙ Normal schedule – two services.
Sunday, April 26
∙ Single service at 11 AM – Sanctuary. Kidz Club Choir singing in worship.
∙ Luncheon following worship.
Sunday, May 3
∙ Single service at 11 AM – Sanctuary.
∙ Communion observed.
∙ Two Cents a Meal offering received.
∙ No luncheon.
Sunday, May 10
∙ Normal schedule – two services.
Sunday, May 17
∙ Graduation Sunday.
∙ Normal schedule – two services.
Sunday, May 24
∙ Memorial Day Weekend
∙ Normal schedule – two services.
∙ Luncheon to honor our Veterans.
Sunday, May 31
∙ Normal schedule – two services.
Sunday, June 7
∙ Single service at 11 AM – Sanctuary.
∙ Confirmation Sunday.
∙ Communion observed.
∙ Two Cents a Meal offering received.
Sunday, June 14
∙ Summer Schedule Begins.
∙ Sunday School at 9 AM.
∙ Single service at 10 AM – Sanctuary.

Women of the Word – Spring 2020

Women of the Word’s spring session begins soon! This round, we’ll be revisiting Twelve Women of the Bible, this time focusing on six New Testament women – Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany, Martha, the Woman at the Well, and the Syrophoenician Woman. This seven-week study features life-changing stories for women today.  We will discover new insights and find a powerful witness to God’s gracious love that will leave us feeling challenged, encouraged, and deeply valued. Even if you were not able to make the last session of WOW, please come join us! We’re always happy to see new faces and excited to reunite with old friends. 
The next session begins on Monday, February 10 at 6:30 PM for the Evening group and Tuesday, February 11 at 9:15 AM for the Morning group. All women are invited! We will gather in the fellowship hall for the first session; please bring your Bible and a pen. There will be a small cost for the study book if you do not already have one.
Questions may be directed to Katherine Team (336.242.4019) or Ann McMurray (336.239.4042).

Gathering Band to Perform for Project Potential

Our church has a strong history of members of our church family participating in Project Potential’s Dancing (and More) with the Potential Stars. Last year, organist Connie Burleson and choir member Ginger Briggs both participated. This year, First Presbyterian will be represented by the Gathering Band.
Project Potential was begun to encourage more students in our community to enroll in a college or university after graduating from high school. Since its inception in 1996, it has expanded its vision in order to meet the needs of a growing number of economically disadvantaged students in the Lexington City School system by adding services that provide comprehensive support for these students throughout high school. Each year, Project Potential holds a fundraiser to support its programs that help these students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend college. In most cases, the students helped by Project Potential will be the first in their family to attend college.

You can support Project Potential – AND the Band – by casting your vote at projectpotential.net. Donations are $10 per vote, and proceeds go to help youths right here in our community, helping to make their college dreams come true. The show will be held January 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM at the Civic Center in Lexington and is open to the public.

Registration Open for 2020 Family Retreat

Registration for our Annual Church-wide Family Retreat has begun! Retreat weekend is March 6-8. We will return to the beautiful setting of Montreat, NC with the Rev. Dr. Sid Batts leading our retreat programming. For more information or to print a registration form, please view the brochure by clicking here. Registrations are due February 16, and rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis.
UPDATE:   Because of space and logistics, we decided to move the lodging back to the Winsborough this year, which has 31 rooms, plus private bathrooms. Prices for the Winsborough for the FULL Weekend are as follows:  $50 – individual; $75 – Couple; and $125 – Family. This will also include breakfast at Assembly Inn both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lunch on Saturday will be on your own. Dinner Saturday night will be catered at the Winsborough. 
About Our Retreat Leader
This year’s retreat will be led by the Rev. Dr. Sid Batts. Sid, a native North Carolinian, holds degrees from High Point University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. During his career he served churches in Mobile, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Dunn, NC, and Lowell, NC. He has been active in the work of presbyteries in addition to civic involvement in local communities and served as a board member of Columbia Theological Seminary. He was also featured weekday mornings on 107.5 KZL for his 30 second “Just a Thought.” Sid is the author of 6 books, including “The Protestant Wedding Source Book,” “Go and Do,” and “Elevation: 8 Blessings for the High Road.” His interests include golf, The Beatles, and good books. He and his wife Cathy and their dachshund Luey currently reside in Southport, NC. Sid is also the proud grandfather of Rory, David, and James Trout.

Holiday Worship Schedule

November 24
✵    9 a.m. – Thanksgiving Breakfast
✵    10 a.m. – One Worship Service

✵    11 a.m. – Sunday School

December 1
✵    9 a.m. – Worship – Fellowship Hall
✵    10 a.m. – Sunday School

✵    11 a.m. – Worship in Sanctuary

December 8
✵    No Early Worship
✵    10 a.m. – Sunday School

✵    11 a.m. – One Worship Service with Choir’s Christmas Music

December 15
✵    9 a.m. – Worship – Fellowship Hall
✵    10 a.m. – Sunday School
✵    11 a.m. – Worship in Sanctuary
✵    5:30 p.m. – Christmas Pageant & dinner
December 22
✵    9 a.m. – Worship – Fellowship Hall
✵    10 a.m. – Sunday School

✵    11 a.m. – Worship in Sanctuary

December 24
✵    5 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion
December 29
✵    No Sunday School or Crossroads Worship
✵    11 a.m. – Worship in Sanctuary

Chicken Pie & Spaghetti Sale for Local Missions

Each year, we sell chicken pies and baked spaghetti to help us raise extra funds that can go directly and immediately to the local helping agencies we support. This year’s sale begins on Sunday, October 20 and runs through November 10. 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 $13.00 each. Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti are $13.00 per pan. Orders of any combination of 3 or more of these items reduces your price to $12.00 per item.
Small chicken pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a pack of four pies (must be sold as whole packs).
All the chicken pies are “Moravian-style” (meat only, no veggies). If you order any 3 large items (or more), they cost $12 each (i.e. 1 large pie & 2 spaghettis). Order forms are available at the church or may be downloaded and printed here, and all orders must be paid for and submitted by November 10th.
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 16 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and Sunday, November 17  before & after church in the church fellowship hall.

Grace Sunday Lunch Program Resumes Operations

I am happy to announce that Grace Episcopal Church will restart the Sunday Lunch Program starting in October 2019.
As before, volunteers from First Presbyterian are asked to help serve during the months of March and August.
As a move to ensure that the Sunday Lunch Program remains sustainable in the long run, Grace has opened the opportunity to help with the preparation of the meal to anyone who may be interested. Training is being offered Sundays during the month of October between 9:30 AM and Noon.
I look forward to the opportunity to talk with anyone interested in volunteering.
God’s Peace and Love,
David Durrell,
Volunteer Coordinator
First Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Women Circles Begin New Year, New Study

PW Study Love Carved in StonePresbyterian Women invites all women to join them this year for the Bible study, Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments. There are two options, a morning circle at 10:30 AM and an evening circle at 7:00 PM. Both circles meet in the church library. This study begins on Monday, September 9, and thereafter will continue on the first Monday of each month. It only requires an hour per month of your time, unless you choose to join the morning group for Dutch treat lunch at Village Grill following each meeting, or just be more sociable in the evenings. It is a wonderful way to study God’s word and develop close bonds with other Presbyterian women. For more information or to receive a study book, you may contact Carol Beck, Susan Whitesides, or Jeanna in the church office.

Grace Food Ministries Announcement

The vestry/Board of Elders for Grace Episcopal Church has elected to “stand down Grace Food Ministries while the program is being evaluated.” Both the Saturday Food Pantry and the Sunday Lunch Program will discontinue services during this time-out. The Pantry will cease operation after the food distribution on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The Sunday Meal will cease operations after the meal on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
At this time, there are no answers as to how long this time-out/time of discernment will require or what the outcomes will be.
I want to give my sincere and personal thanks to all of the First Presbyterian volunteers who have graciously and enthusiastically helped in the past. I pray that a new door will be opened in our collective Christian task of feeding His sheep.
God’s Love and Peace,
David Durrell
First Presbyterian Volunteer Coordinator

Adult Fall Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

It’s time to start signing up for the Fall Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic! We already have several committed participants. Please pass the word to your friends, family, and anyone that would be interested in joining us.
The dates are Saturday, October 12 to either Friday, October 18 or Saturday, October 19, 2019. Cost rates are $1,155 (6 nights) OR $1,275 (7 nights) based on double occupancy rooms. This price includes all ground costs and fees for the time you will be in the DR. Hotel stay, meals, ground transportation are all provided (air fare is additional).
There is a $150 deposit required, with the balance of the ground costs due October 1, 2019.

In addition to doing home construction work, there are other opportunities available, such as: activities with children in the school, making jewelry and other items. in the Woman’s Co-op, visiting and delivering food in the community, volunteering in the Dental or Medical Center, and many more. If you are would like additional information or are interested in joining us, please contact: Craig Koontz.