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As part of their yearly tradition, the Beacons sell pumpkins during the Autumn Leaves Festival. The proceeds go to feed the hungry in our community. Thank you to so many who supported them in their efforts! They raised enough funds to purchase 17 boxed meals. We’d love to be able to feed at least 50 families at Thanksgiving! That’s where you come in. You can purchase a meal, which will feed a family of 4-6 people, for $44.00. Would you be willing to help them feed a family or more? Several of the meals purchased will be given to the Shepherd’s House and the Children’s Center.  Note: Checks should be made payable to FPC Beacons and not included in your regular giving.  Thank you so much in advance!

 

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In the book of Acts, Luke describes the early church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” We do this when we gather on Wednesday nights to eat together, sing together, and study the Bible.

This fall we will enjoy a buffet prepared by Chris Wishart of delicious comfort food and delightful dessert. We will begin at six.

After supper, Adults and youth will be looking closely at different passages of the Gospel of John and sharing what they see in large and small group discussion.

Childcare will be provided for children two and younger beginning at 6:30. Older kids will have a supervised activity either on the playground or in the Spark Room.

When? Wednesday nights starting September 27th and ending November 15th. Dinner will be served at six. The nursery will open at 6:30. Programming will end at 7:20. Adult choir practice begins at 7:30.

Cost: $7 for adults. $5 for children- maximum out of pocket cost for a family is $25.

RSVP: Follow the link below to make a reservation or call the church office at 336-786-2803. If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please do so by 10:00 AM on Tuesday morning.

https://tinyurl.com/2017wns

Ladies –

Please join us for a baby shower

to honor Lizzie Morrison

as she prepares for the arrival of

Eloise Erin Morrison

Sunday, October 22nd

2-4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Gift ideas:  Girl clothes, books, Pampers diapers, gift cards to Amazon or BuyBuyBaby

Questions? Contact Anna Bush at (701) 813-2798

 

 

TODAY – OCTOBER 15, 2017

Head Usher: Nicole Harrison

Side Usher: Jack Snow

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy Heath and April Horton
1st and 2nd grade: Brad and Megan Ballentine

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Oct 15

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

12:00 pm – Lemonade in the Courtyard/ALF Parking & Pumpkins

Mon, Oct 16

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Oct 17

9:00 am – Garden Club

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Oct 18

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

9:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Oct 19

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, Oct 20
8:15 am – First Steps Program

Sat, Oct 21
9:00 am – Fall Clean-Up Day

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Ilene Boyles, Barnsley Brown, Shasta Bode-Brown, Jerome Bush, Kelly Cail, Frieda Chauncey, Bob Chilton, Lannie Edwards, Paul Eich, Donna Gwyn, Michael Harold, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Barbara Mathews, Michael McGinnis, Bob Planer, Debbie Powell, Treva Puckett, Betty Ridolfi, Kati Stewart Riggs, Kristie Rolison, Mala Sellers, Mike & Debra Shelton, Steve Strecknater, The Stiles Family, Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Jim VanHoy, Philip Vogler, Jim Yaeger, Nathan Zeller, sale of house, unrest in our country; Praises: Shasta’s doctors, The church’s finances, reconnecting with friends

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Kathy Moody on her birthday by Skyler, Nicole, and Mary Miles Harrison.

Let’s take the John Challenge! It’s begun! You are invited and challenged to read one chapter of the Gospel of John a day. There are 21 chapters. Let’s walk through John together as a congregation. You still have time to catch up if you haven’t started!

Come to Sunday School! There are two adult options. The Odds and Ends Class meets across from the upstairs Men’s restroom. This class follows a year-round curriculum and is led by Felton Godwin and others. The Sunday Scripture class meets in the parlor. Classes start each Sunday between 9:45 a.m and 10:00 a.m.

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! (3rd-5th grade): Notebooks are in the upstairs foyer for our members and guests to use as we worship together.

Come Support the Beacons: It’s the last day of the Autumn Leaves Festival. Come show your support of the Beacons and help them feed hungry families in our community by purchasing pumpkins or parking your car in the church parking lot. Proceeds from parking will go towards next summer’s mission trip.

Lemonade in the Courtyard: Join us immediately following worship today in the courtyard for lemonade and fellowship.

Interested in Bell Choir? If you are interested in participating in a bell choir that will play twice during Christmas and possibly at other times of the year, please see Ellen Eich or Anna Bush.

Women’s Bible Study: This fall, First Presbyterian will host a women’s community Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. This is targeted to younger women but welcoming to all. It will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from September 13-November 15. Childcare will be available. Questions? Call Elizabeth at (610) 715-3688.

Wednesday Night Suppers: Our church gathers around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 27-November 15) in the fall.  Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.   This year there will be a buffet of home-cooked comfort foods, provided by Chris Wishart- church member and local chef.   Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning today or follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/2017wns.  There will be supervised children activities.  

Fall Clean-Up Day: Will be held on Saturday, October 21st, at 9:00 a.m.  We’ll be cleaning up around the outside of the church, trimming some shrubs, doing some landscape work & cleaning around the Scout Hut & Lighthouse.  Join us!

WITNESS

Yokefellow Food Ministry: The foods for the upcoming months are:

  • October – Canned/Dried Milk, Oatmeal
  • November – Tuna, Mayonnaise
  • December – Rice, Macaroni and Cheese

 

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 10/15: John Ferry, Kathy Moody; 10/16: Julia Ann Banfield; 10/18: Will Rives; 10/19: Natalie Younger; 10/21: Sarah Scott

Anniversaries: 10/18: Nicole and Skyler Harrison; 10/20: John and Kelly Merritt

TODAY – OCTOBER 8, 2017

Head Usher: Nicole Harrison

Side Usher: Jack Snow

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy Heath and April Horton
1st and 2nd grade: Brad and Megan Ballentine

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Oct 8

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons in the Tiki Room

Mon, Oct 9

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

8:00 pm – Congregational Prayer Time

Tues, Oct 10

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Oct 11

8:14 am – First Steps  Program

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

9:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Oct 12

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

9:00 am – Keenagers Trip

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

12:00 pm – Beacons pick pumpkins

3:30 pm – G-R-G-S-W!/Faith Friends and Joyful Noise Choir

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

Fri, Oct 13
Autumn Leaves Parking & Pumpkins

Sat, Oct 14
Autumn Leaves Parking & Pumpkins

 

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Ilene Boyles, Shasta Bode-Brown, Jerome Bush, Kelly Cail, Frieda Chauncey, Bob Chilton, Lannie Edwards, Paul Eich, Donna Gwyn, Michael Harold, The family of Mike Hensley, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Barbara Mathews, The family of Jimmy McCraw, Michael McGinnis, Bob Planer, Debbie Powell, Betty Ridolfi, Kati Stewart Riggs, Kristie Rolison, Mala Sellers, Mike & Debra Shelton, Steve Strecknater, The Stiles Family, Jessica Johnson Stone & family, Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Jim VanHoy, Philip Vogler, Jim Yaeger, Nathan Zeller, Hurricane Harvey & Irma victims, sale of house, unrest in our country; Praises: Shasta’s doctors, The church’s finances, Helpers during and after the hurricanes, reconnecting with friends

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

 

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Fred Branch and Dale Hughes by Mike, Kim and Mariah Branch

Let’s take the John Challenge! It’s begun! You are invited and challenged to read one chapter of the Gospel of John a day.  There are 21 chapters. Let’s walk through John together as a congregation. You still have time to catch up if you haven’t started!

Come to Sunday School!  There are two adult options.  The Odds and Ends Class meets across from the upstairs Men’s restroom.  This class follows a year-round curriculum and is led by Felton Godwin and others.  The Sunday Scripture class meets in the parlor.  Classes start each Sunday between 9:45 a.m and 10:00 a.m.

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! (3rd-5th grade): Notebooks are in the upstairs foyer for our members and guests to use as we worship together.

College Beacon Prayer Partner Meeting: If you are a college Beacon prayer partner, please meet with Beth Pequeno in the Ladies Parlor immediately following worship today.

Beacons: Will meet in the Tiki Room for Movie Night at 5:30 p.m. this evening (169 Beechtree Circle).  The Majure family will provide dinner.

Congregational Prayer Time: Monday, October 9th, at 8:00 p.m. at Griff & Elizabeth’s house.

Women’s Bible Study: This fall, First Presbyterian will host a women’s community Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. This is targeted to younger women but welcoming to all. It will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from September 13-November 15. Childcare will be available. Questions? Call Elizabeth at (610) 715-3688.

Wednesday Night Suppers: Our church gathers around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 27-November 15) in the fall.  Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.   This year there will be a buffet of home-cooked comfort foods, provided by Chris Wishart- church member and local chef.   Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning today or follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/2017wns.  There will be supervised children activities.  

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Thursday, October 12th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages.

Keenagers Trip: Thursday, October 12th; We’ll meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. and travel to Bear Creek, NC to the Southern Supreme Fruitcake Company to tour the kitchen & see how this delicacy is made.  We’ll shop and taste-test several items.  Open House is free.  Lunch is on your own.  TODAY (October 8th) is the deadline to sign up if you wish to go!  Sign up on the board in the foyer.

Beacons: Will be leaving around 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 12th, to go pick pumpkins.  These will be sold during the Autumn Leaves Festival.  If you plan to go, contact Sandy Bowers.

Faith Friends and Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! All will meet this Thursday, October 12th, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The Joyful Noise Choir meets during this time too.

Calling all bakers! The SECOND ANNUAL BAKE SALE will be held NEXT Saturday, October 14th to benefit the Beacons.  We need LOTS of baked goods to be successful. Best sellers are cookies, brownies, quick breads, and other such treats. Whole pies and cakes welcomed too. Note: Please label baggies with name of baked good and note if they contain any ingredients that pose an allergy risk, such as peanuts. For more info, contact Beth Pequeno.

Autumn Leaves Parking & Pumpkins: The Beacons will be parking cars and selling pumpkins during the Autumn Leaves Festival next weekend.  (October 13-15) Proceeds will go towards providing Thanksgiving meals for the hungry in our community and to next summer’s mission trip. **See Sandy Bowers to sign up to assist with parking cars.

 

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends:  Will take place at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12th.  The following people are signed up to assist: Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Bob Keck and Paul Belk.  Several additional volunteers are needed.  Please see the signup sheet in the upstairs foyer. 

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 10/9: Leona Banks; 10/11: Heather Hatcher; 10/13: Hunt Harrison; 10/14: Lee Daniels

Anniversaries: 10/9: Pete and Beth Pequeno; 10/14: Nelson and Lisa Clark

Baby Shower for Lizzie and Luke Morrison: Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  We’ll be celebrating Luke and Lizzie in anticipation of the arrival of Eloise Erin Morrison. If you’d like to assist in any way, see Anna Bush for more details.

In the book of Acts, Luke describes the early church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” We do this when we gather on Wednesday nights to eat together, sing together, and study the Bible. This fall we will enjoy a buffet prepared by […]

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TODAY – SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

Head Usher: Mike Branch

Side Usher: Debbie Stoltz

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy Heath and Nicole Harrison
1st and 2nd grade: Libby Pell and Joy Barlow

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Sept 24

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Sept 25

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Sept 26

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Sept 27

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

9:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Sept 28

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

3:30 pm – Faith Friends

3:30 pm – G-R-G-S-W!

6:00 pm – Relay for Life Meeting

7:00 pm – BREWS Meeting

Fri, Sept 29

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Sat, Sept 30

8:00 am – SQG Quilt Judging

 

**There will be a Congregational meeting next Sunday, October 1st, 2017, to elect an Officer Nominating Committee for the class of 2020.

 

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES 

Prayers: Ilene Boyles, Shasta Bode-Brown, Jerome Bush, Kelly Cail, Frieda Chauncey, Bob Chilton, Lannie Edwards, Paul Eich, Michael Harold, Mike Hensley, Dobie Holmes, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Barbara Mathews, The family of Jimmy McCraw, Bob Planer, Debbie Powell, Betty Ridolfi, Kati Stewart Riggs, Kristie Rolison, Mala Sellers, Mike & Debra Shelton, Steve Strecknater, Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Jim VanHoy, Philip Vogler, Jim Yaeger, Nathan Zeller, Hurricane Harvey & Irma victims, sale of house, unrest in our country; Praises: Shasta’s doctors, The church’s finances, Helpers during and after the hurricanes, reconnecting with friends

Wednesday Night Suppers: Our church gathers around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 27-November 15) in the fall.  Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.   This year there will be a buffet of home-cooked comfort foods, provided by Chris Wishart- church member and local chef.   Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning today or follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/2017wns.  There will be supervised children activities.

Let’s take the John Challenge! Starting October 1st…Research shows that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Why not take the next 21 days and get into the habit of reading God’s Word? By reading through the Gospel of John, you’ll hear Jesus teach, see Him at work and discover He is the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd and the Savior God promised.

CHURCH MINISTRIES 

Beacons: Will be back in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m.  The Rountrees will be providing dinner.

Interested in learning more about the scripture being preached on Sundays? Join us for a new Sunday School class in the parlor (the location may change at some point) each Sunday at 9:45 a.m.  This fall, we will take a look at the scripture that will be preached on.  We will explore its context, provide space for prayer and meditation, and enjoy some lively conversation. All are welcome!

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Notebooks (3rd-5th grade): Are in the upstairs foyer for our members and guests to use as we worship and grow in faith together. 

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Thursday, September 28th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages.

Faith Friends & Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! All will meet this Thursday, September 28th, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

BREWS (Brothers Reading and Engaging in Worship and Service): Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00 p.m. at The White Elephant.

Women’s Bible Study: This fall, First Presbyterian will host a women’s community Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. This is targeted to younger women but welcoming to all. It will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from September 13-November 15. Childcare will be available. Questions? Call Elizabeth at (610) 715-3688.

Calling all bakers! The SECOND ANNUAL BAKE SALE will be held Saturday, October 14th to benefit the Beacons.  We need lots of baked goods to be successful. Best sellers are cookies, brownies, quick breads, and other such treats. Whole pies and cakes welcomed too. Note: Please label baggies with name of baked good and note if they contain any ingredients that pose an allergy risk, such as peanuts. For more information, contact Beth Pequeno.

Attention College Beacons: If you would like to attend the Montreat College Conference January 2nd-5th, 2018, the cost will be $203 and is due TODAY.

FINANCIAL

The Budget Committee of the Session would like to provide the congregation a snapshot of our finances for the first two trimesters of 2017. Due to your faithfulness and generosity, the congregation’s finances are in good shape. Our expenses are slightly higher than our income. This is normal at this point of the year, and the difference is usually more as you see from last year.

Here are some things we have done together this summer. 8 kids went to camp, we hosted a wonderful summer intern in Sarah Butler, we have rallied around Shasta as she fights cancer, we welcomed 16 kids to First Steps, and together we made over 800 sandwiches to feed hungry kids in our community. Your tithes and offering makes this happen! Thank you! Your generosity has also turned the lights on, kept the building cool, and paid salaries.

This fall is already off to a great start as new bible studies meet, new families connect to our congregation, and Wednesday Night Supper begins soon.

Jan-Aug 2017 Jan-Aug 2016
Income $159,311 $152,531
Expenses $160,767 $157,523

WITNESS

Offering for Hunger and Hope: Next Sunday, October 1st, we will receive our Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offering. The foods for the month of October are: Canned and Dried Milk and Oatmeal.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 9/24: Terri Keck; 9/25: Aimy McCrosky; 9/26: Dr. Jack Snow; 9/29: Drew Barlow

Anniversaries: 9/25: Gary and Sandy Bowers