New Race Book Study Begins Tuesday, January 18

The first discussion session for the Race Unification Committee’s new race book study will be this coming Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. on Zoom.
 

There’s still time to sign up.  Email RUC Chair Bill Keesler at wkeesler@triad.rr.com.  We are currently out of books in the church office but will gladly find copies for additional readers registering in these last few days.


The book is “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America” (2016), by Jim Wallis, a white evangelical preacher, pastor, university teacher, bestselling author, and magazine founder who has worked on racial issues for more than 50 years.

 

A total of six discussion sessions are planned for the book.  Discussions will be held on the first and third Tuesdays monthly from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

The discussions, open to the entire congregation, offer an opportunity for combined discovery.  All participants are encouraged to share their own thoughts and personal stories.

 

The discussions will be led by three RUC members – Walt Rouse, Ken Davis, and David Durrell.  David will lead the first discussion session, which will focus on the Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1.

 

The first discussion follows the celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday and coincides on Tuesday with the National Day of Racial Healing, an outgrowth of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) efforts.

 

TRHT is a comprehensive, national, and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.  Organizations throughout the country, including Elon University’s Division of Inclusive Excellence and The League of Women Voters of Wake County in North Carolina, are holding National Day of Racial Healing events.
 


RUC to Start New book Study in January 2022

Our church’s Race Unification Committee will offer a new race book study in the New Year. The book will be America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America (2016), by Jim Wallis, a preacher, pastor, university teacher, bestselling author, and founder of Sojourners magazine.
 
Book discussions will be held on Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, starting January 18, and are open to the entire congregation. To sign up or for more information, please email Bill Keesler, RUC chair. Books are now available in the church office. If able, please donate $13 to First Presbyterian Church to cover the book price.
 
The RUC completed its first congregational book study of Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited (1947) on December 7.
 


A Thank You from Brady Coltrane

Dear Church Family

I greatly appreciate the overwhelming support for my Eagle Scout project. I was able to complete my project and had a generous amount leftover to donate to the Domestic Violence Shelter. The final result consisted of 4 dividers with a shelf on top with extra storage on top of the shelf. The finished project is depicted below. Again, thank you for your support and donations. Without you, my project would have not been possible. I appreciate the generosity from each and every one of you.

Brady Coltrane
 


Worship Schedules for the First Two Sundays of Advent 2021

On Sunday, November 28th, we invite you to join us for a single, blended worship service in the sanctuary beginning at 11:00 AM, with Sunday School at 10:00 AM. This will allow the fellowship hall to be set up for Christmas Family Night, which will be held later that afternoon. We will honor Hoke Ayers at the beginning of the worship service as he receives his Eagle Scout Award and look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with him!
 
That afternoon, we will celebrate the beginning of Advent together with Christmas Family Night, which begins at 4:00 PM. If you have loved ones in the military, please bring their address so that we may send them a card.
 
December 5 is a First Sunday, which means we will have Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 AM and a single, blended worship service in the sanctuary, with livestream, beginning at 11:00 AM. We will together celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Our children will have the opportunity to give their Noisy Offerings, and we will receive the Christmas Joy Offering.
 


Christmas Family Night Returns!

Christmas Family Night is back and  we’re so excited! Gather with your church family in fellowship and fun as we prepare for the Advent season on Sunday, November 28, 4:00-6:00 PM
 
Join us for…
4:00-5:00 – Craft stations, including Advent wreaths and gingerbread houses
5:00-5:30 – Caroling and children’s time
5:30-6:00 –  Soup & sandwiches 
 
Please RSVP to Jeanna in the church office at  (336) 248-2140 or office@fpclexnc.com. The reservation deadline is Sunday, November 21. 
 
Also, helpers are needed! Please see the Christian Education article in the November 10 newsletter for details. If you are willing to help, please contact Ann Kiefer.
 
 


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.