CPR Training for FPC Members

Session recently approved voluntary CPR/First Aid Training for all adult FPC members. Our own FPC member Nancy Check is a Registered Nurse and a certified CPR/First Aid instructor. Nancy has offered her time to teach these classes as a gift to our members (there is a small fee for book and mannequin supplies).

The training will include a video, observation as Nancy performs these skills, and plenty of time to practice using mannequins.
No certification cards
No written test
No skills check-off
The class sessions will be held either in the FPC library or the fellowship hall (depending on class size and other church activities) and will last approximately 4 hours.
Student Workbook – $3.00/book (recommended for each participant)
Mannequin Supplies – $5.00/person

Classes are offered on the following dates and times:
∙ Tuesday October 25th 4-8 pm
∙ Thursday October 27th 1-5 pm
∙ Sunday November 6th 1-5 pm
The class size is limited to 10 people per class. A minimum of 5 people must be registered for each class.
Contact Jeanna at the FPC office to sign up (336-248-2140 or office@fpclexnc.com). Class registration begins now and is first come, first served. Deadline for registration is Monday October 10th. (Nancy needs at least 2 weeks to order and receive supplies.)
For questions contact Jim Graham or Beverly Black.

Men’s Breakfast Fellowship

Beginning Tuesday, September 20, our Men’s Breakfast Fellowship group will meet at Cagney’s Kitchen (1244 Fairview Drive, Lexington) each week at 7:15 AM. When you arrive, if you don’t see a familiar face, please tell a server or host(ess) that you’re with the First Presbyterian Church group.
All men are welcome and invited to participate, and all participants are encouraged to invite church members, especially visitors and new members, as well as friends, to join in. You do not need to be a member of First Presbyterian to take part. Men, this is a great way to feed your faith and build community together.

Community Prayer Breakfast

The Tom A. Finch Community YMCA of Thomasville and J. Smith Young YMCA of Lexington will hold their 8th annual Community Prayer Breakfast at the Lexington YMCA on Friday, September 9, 2022. Breakfast is 7:15-7:55 AM, and the program is 8:00-9:00 AM.
Their keynote speaker this year is Rusty LaRue, a former professional basketball player in the NBA and a member of the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 NBA championship team. He also played in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, as well as overseas in Russia and Italy. In 2014, Rusty began his career with Dairi-O Restaurants. After opening the Kernersville location as owner/operator, he moved up to the corporate office as COO in March 2018.
For more information, please contact the YMCA at 336-249-2177 or 336-475-6125. Tickets are $10 each.

Elementary & Middle School Sunday School Fall Kick-Off

The Story is not finished! We will be walking through the New Testament over the next 3 months, starting September 11, 2022.
Everyone who joined us for Vacation Bible School will be familiar with these stories. We finally get to meet our friend Jesus and learn all about our creator God!
Bible Story Trading Cards are one of the highlights of our Sunday School class. Collect your final 11 cards by answering questions from each week’s story! Friendships will grow from the experiences we will share during Sunday School hour!

New Book Discussion Series to Start in September

The Race Unification Committee (RUC)’s fall book study will discuss Bishop Michael Curry’s Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.
Unlike past books in RUC-initiated studies, Curry’s book focuses not chiefly on race relations, but more broadly on Christian love. Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, writes that Jesus’ love is the answer not only for racial questions, but also for many of the other crucial issues of our time, including poverty, struggling schools, illegal drug sales and addiction, violence and other crime, LGBTQ questions, climate change and the protection of natural resources, political division and the lack of honest civil discourse.
The book also follows the course of Curry’s life, from tragically losing his mother to disease during his boyhood, to serving as a parish priest in Ohio, North Carolina (in Winston-Salem) and Maryland, to becoming the Episcopal bishop for central North Carolina, to being elected in 2015 as the first Black presiding bishop and primate in the American Episcopal Church, to participating at Canterbury Cathedral in England in the 2016 international conference on same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian priesthood that preserved the global Anglican church, to delivering the sermon in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England during the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Discussions of Curry’s book will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, starting September 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Zoom and are scheduled to conclude before Christmas.  Participation is open to all members of the congregation.
To register, please email or phone Jeanna Carlton in the church office (336-248-2140 or office@fpclexnc.com) and give her your name and email address. Please also tell her whether you would like the church to order a book for you. If affordable, please donate $15 to First Presbyterian Church to cover the book cost and tax.
Also, the RUC is seeking volunteers to help lead the book discussions. Please tell Jeanna whether you would be willing to share in that need.
The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 13.
This will be the third congregational book study and fifth book study overall conducted by the RUC.

Help Needed on Audio-Visual Team

Helpers are needed to be part of a team that runs audio-visual and the livestream on Sundays. The livestream is now a large part of how we present ourselves as a church to the world, it is an important form of outreach, and it allows those who are unable to attend on Sundays to remain in touch with the church. 
We need a team of folks to help ensure that the livestream is able to happen each Sunday. Ideally, instead of the majority of responsibility being shouldered by a few, it would be shouldered by many, thus lightening the load for all. You do not have to be a tech whiz in order to serve on this team! Training is available. If you are interested in helping, please contact David Durrell.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 1:00 PM at the home of Lucy Finley. 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. Their next meetings are September 14 and September 28.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Calling all golfers! The third annual Golf Fore Good golf tournament, four man captain’s choice, will be held September 17, 2022 at Lexington Golf Club. Registration is at 1:00 PM, with the first tee-off at 2:00 PM. 
The cost is $60 per player ($240 per team). All proceeds will benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry of Lexington. Registration forms are available at the church office. Please direct questions to David Durrell.

Presbyterian Women Circles Begin New Year

Our Presbyterian Women are looking forward to the start of a new year! All ladies in the church are invited to participate. 
Circles will meet Monday, September 12 at the church with Bible lesson leader Betty Knox. 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.

Women of the Word Fall 2022 Study

All ladies are invited to join us for Women of the Word as we come together in person for a new study! Beginning September 19 at 6:30 PM for the evening session and Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00 AM for the morning session, we will spend six weeks together delving into Louie Giglio’s Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table. Rooted in the timeless truth of Psalm 23, we will hear biblical guidance on how to:
∙ cancel the lies that wreck our lives
∙ restore peace and rest in our lives by taking authority over our thoughts
∙ break free from the endless cycle of destructive thinking and recapture our emotions
∙ embrace the true purpose behind our journeys through challenging circumstances
If you’ve ever been in situations that have caused your mind to spin with thoughts that were unproductive, destructive, and harmful, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and wrung out, it’s time to win the battle of your mind! You don’t have to allow the Enemy to influence your thinking or let negative thoughts control you. You have power through Jesus Christ to take control of your thoughts and emotions. Jesus invites you to a table that He has prepared for you – and the Enemy is not invited.
Invite a friend, bring your Bible and a pen, and join us for this powerful study. You will need to order your own study guide from Amazon, Lifeway, christianbook.com, or another book seller (clicking on one of the preceding links will help ensure that you get the study guide).
You will need to register ahead of time by emailing wowlexington@gmail.com. Please send in your name, cell phone number, email address, and whether you plan to attend the morning or evening session. Registrations are due by September 14.
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