Church Library Receives Donation from Strader Family

The family of Dr. Ray and Mrs. Julia Strader has donated books to our church library from the Straders’ personal collection. We are grateful to the Strader family for their generous gift to our church. These books are ready to be checked out by the church family! Please remember that our library is a self-service library. You are responsible for checking your borrowed books out and back in again when you return them.

November 2022 PW Circle Meetings

Presbyterian Women Circles will meet on Monday, November 7 with Bible study leader Katie Kennedy. The Morning Circle will meet in the parlor at 10:30 AM, and the Evening Circle will meet in the library at 7:00 PM. The Thank Offering will be received.
We will also collect donations for Family Services: laundry detergent, paper towels, dish washing detergent, kitchen trash bags, cleaning supplies, new packages of women’s underwear (sizes 8-12), and hand sanitizers.

PW Honorary Life Membership Given

Emelie North was presented the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership on Monday, October 3, during the Morning Circle meeting. Emelie has been our faithful and trustworthy Treasurer for many years. Several years ago, she assumed the role of Secretary-Treasurer. She has served as a Deacon and currently serves as an Elder and leader of the Member Care Ministry Team. She is also leader of the Thursday Prayer Group, coordinator of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and serves as a Lay Pastor. It was a delight to present this award to Emelie after a two year pandemic delay.

Meals on Wheels Fundraiser for Fall 2022

You can support Meals on Wheels of Lexington by participating in their annual fundraiser. On October 12, 2022 between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM, both locations of Christo’s (1500 S. Main Street and 1718 Cotton Grove Road) will be donating a percentage of all their proceeeds to Meals on Wheels of Lexington, dine in or take out.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 1:00 PM at Brookdale Assisted Living (161 Young Drive, Lexington). Anyone who is interested in being part of this ministry is invited to join them. If you do not know how to knit or crochet, they will be happy to help you learn. For more information, or if you know of someone who could use a shawl, please contact Emelie North.

Butter Braids Now on Sale!

The Preschool is selling Butter Braids beginning Monday, October 3rd and continuing through Sunday, October 16th.  Our contactless delivery date will be November 4th, just in time to ensure you receive your fresh Butter Braids for the holidays.

This year, the following flavors are available:   Four Cheese and Herb, Apple, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Caramel Rolls with Caramel Glaze, Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing, Bavarian Crème with Chocolate Icing, and the fall seasonal flavor of Cherry. All flavors are $17.00 per braid.   

You may call in or email your order to Jeanna at or 336-248-2140, or feel free to contact Jane Blackerby at 336-248-2140 or to place your Butter Braid order. Thank you, church family, for your continued support of our Preschool!

Fall 2022 Chicken Pie & Baked Spaghetti Fundraiser

Our annual Chicken Pie & Baked Spaghetti Sale to benefit local missions begins Sunday, October 2 and will end on Sunday, November 6.

We are once again selling Moravian-style chicken pies, both large ($15 each) and small (4 for $17) and both baked spaghetti with meat sauce and vegetarian spaghetti ($15 per pan). A purchase of any combination of 3 large items (large chicken pie or either type of spaghetti) reduces the cost by $1 per item (3 for $42). 

Order forms are available at the church or may be downloaded by clicking here. Payment is due when the order is placed, and checks may be made payable to First Presbyterian Church.
Pick up will be Saturday, November 12 from 10 AM until 2 PM and Sunday, November 13 from 12 until 1 PM. If you will not be able to pick up during these times, please let us know ahead of time. The freezers that the items are delivered in will be returned on Monday, November 14, and our on-site storage space is limited to the available freezer space in our kitchen.
Thank you for your faithful support of this fundraiser to benefit our local helping agencies.

2023 Spring Retreat Has Been Planned

After much deliberation, we have planned a spring retreat at a new destination! Our spring church-wide Family Retreat will be held this year at Teen Valley Ranch (TVR) in Plumtree, NC from Friday, March 24, 2023 through Sunday, March 26, 2023. Teen Valley Ranch is a Christian camp and retreat center located in the NC mountains, about 20 minutes from Linville Falls.

Adults and high schoolers will worship through music and participate in teaching led by TVR staff. Babies and toddlers will be able to play in the nursery upstairs with the TVR staff providing childcare. Elementary-aged students will have separate music and teaching geared toward their energy level, and middle schoolers will be dismissed after adult worship through music in order to have their own teaching session relative to their life stage and experiences.

TVR provides plenty of options for free time activities, including zip lining, horseback riding, repelling tower, archery, putt putt, hiking to Plow Point, disc golf, rifle range, and gym games. There’s also Walt Bob’s coffee shop, the Snack Shack, and small group Bible study time with Pastor Jon! 

Lodging options range from rooms to cottages and cabins. The cost of the retreat includes six meals, activities, and 2 nights of lodging. The costs are:
∙ Individual – $100
∙ Family of Two – $195
∙ Family of Three – $240
∙ Family of Four – $285
∙ Children 2 and Under – Free
∙ Each Additional Family Member over Four Members: $45 per person
∙ Guests joining a family will be charged as an additional individual – $100 per person

We hope to roll out a brochure soon! In the meantime, you may visit TVR’s website for more information about their facilities. Questions should be directed to Ann Kiefer via call or text.

NCPHS Fall Meeting 2022

The North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society’s fall meeting will be held on Saturday, October 8 in Hillsborough at the lovely Presbyterian Church, built in 1816. The meeting will include history of the church and cemetery, and a program on “Presbyterians and the Founding of the First State University.” Registration is $22.00, including lunch. More information and the registration form are in the newsletter on their website at

October Circle Meetings

Presbyterian Women Circles will meet on Monday, October 3 with Bible study leader Rebecca Sullivan. The Morning Circle will meet in the parlor at 10:30 AM, and the Evening Circle will meet in the library at 7:00 PM. 

Please remember to bring your donations for Dragonfly House: plain youth-sized colored t-shirts, fleece throws, and Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink boxes.