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TODAY – MAY 20, 2018

Head Usher: Sylvia Chilton

Side Usher: Jason Pflug

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Nicole and Skyler Harrison
1st and 2nd grade: Pete and Beth Pequeno

WEEK AT A GLANCE
WORSHIP BEGINS NEXT WEEK AT 10 AM

Sun, May 20

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark/Lord’s Supper

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, May 21

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, May 22

3:30 pm – Faith Friends Playdate

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, May 23

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Thurs, May 24

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Study

Fri, May 25

8:15 am – First Steps Program

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

This Easter has been a mixture of joy and grief for each as we have mourned the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown. I am sure that our time of collective mourning will continue into the summer. As we grieve, we also can trust that the Triune God of Grace holds our future in his hands. Jesus has gone ahead of us! The Spirit’s friendship and the Father’s power are making a way for us! The Lord is calling us as persons and as a people to follow him. This is a great comfort to me even as I feel the exhaustion after the past few weeks.

Even as we grieve, we enter into a season of transition into the future that the Lord holds. We are in a time of unique congregational and organizational needs. To address these needs, the Session has invited Sarah Butler, our Duke Divinity School Intern from last summer, to return to be with us for eight weeks as an external pastoral consultant. Many of you got to know Sarah last summer. The Session’s desire is that her presence will help us to collectively articulate prayers of lament, intercession, and supplication and, thereby, have a vision for our congregation’s future.

Sarah will begin on May 21st and be with us through July 12th. Please plan on welcoming her then. You can expect more details to come, but know that in some form or fashion, Sarah will be conducting intentional, informal conversations with many of the members of the congregation in order to listen to the heart of our congregation, help us to articulate our needs and passions and aid us in discerning a vision for how we might best meet those needs.

Grace and Peace,

Griff

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

 

Prayers

 

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Mark, Kate & Sam Brown & Family, Rebekah Chandler (Bobbie Hinton’s daughter), Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Wayne Lowe, Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Karen Smith (Dawn Lundquist’s sister), Betty Street, Melanie Younger Winfree, Janice Younger

 

Friends of our Church Family: Nancy Breedlove, Darrell Dickerson, Roxanne Gartland, Allison and Robin Hardin, Andy Hennis, William Money, Nancy Quinn, Gary Sewell

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Summer Sunday Worship: Beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 27th, through Labor Day, Sunday, September 2nd, we will have worship at 10:00 a.m.  We hope you will join us!

Join us for Lemonade on the Lawn! Immediately following worship today, we’ll have lemonade on the lawn and we’ll also be signing folks up for Vacation Bible School.  We hope you will sign up to attend or teach! VBS will be June 11-13.  See Nicole Harrison for more info.

Beacons: Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse.

Faith Friends Playdate: Tuesday, May 22nd; 3:30 p.m. at the church.

Lighting the Christ Candle in Shasta’s Memory: The Christ Candle symbolizes the light of Christ coming into the world.   As we grieve the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown, we will light the Christ Candle each Sunday. Shasta reflected the love and light of Christ in her ministry among us.   As a symbol of her ministry, the Christ Candle is surrounded by seventeen smaller votive candles: one for each year of Shasta’s service to the church.

Shasta Bode-Brown Memorial Fund: FPCMA has set up a memorial fund in honor of Shasta’s service to our church and God’s kingdom.  All gifts to this memorial fund will go to help the Brown family pay for costs associated with Shasta’s fight against cancer.  Our hope is to pay for all her medical bills and funeral costs.  Our best estimate of these costs is that they exceed $14,000 (To date, we’ve received $12,020!)  If you’d like to donate, please do so as soon as possible, as we’ll be closing the account down.  Thank you for your generosity! 

Beacon Yard Sale: Saturday, June 2: Beacons are currently collecting items for their annual yard sale to raise money for their summer trips. Contact Sandy Bowers (336-341-9432) or Beth Pequeno (336-756-1879) to arrange to bring items to the Lighthouse before May 27.  Pick up can also be arranged.  Items can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall Sunday, May 27 before and after worship, and during office hours May 28-31. Anyone making a donation will be allowed to shop at the preview sale Friday, June 1, 4:30-7:00 pm. On Saturday, June 2, sale hours will be 7:00-noon. Doors will reopen at 12:30 for half-price/fill-a-bag sale. Sale ends at 2pm.

Calling all Graduates! If you are graduating from high school, college or graduate school, let us celebrate with you.  High school graduates – we need the following: school, parents’ names, college you will be attending, and a senior picture. College and Graduate School graduates: University and degree. We need your information as soon as possible.

FPCMA High School Summer Internship: FPCMA is considering offering rising high school seniors the opportunity to spend time this summer at the church as an intern.   Interns will spend a few mornings a week at the church.  They will study scripture, spend time in prayer, read a book, assist in worship, and learn more about the day in and day out life of our congregation.  If you are a rising high school senior and are interested, please contact Griff.

 

WITNESS

PB & J Collection: We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly for our Sandwich Saturday ministry.  If you’re at the store picking up any, could you pick up a few extra so we can feed the hungry in our community?

 

CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations! To Taylor King and Stephen Smith on the celebration of their marriage on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

Birthdays: 5/21: Richard Rhoden, Bill Rountree; 5/22: Mary Beth Wood, Michael Wood; 5/23: Jenny Cooke; 5/25: Kelsey Carlisle; 5/26: Matthew Gatchel, Joe Gitt, Meredith Moody

Anniversaries: 5/21: Will and Christie Sheppard, Rick and Sara Bailey; 5/22: Lee and Mae Daniels; 5/23: Doug and Carol Draughn; 5/25: Luke and Lizzie Morrison; 5/26: David and Melissa Whitfield, Bobby and Sylvia Chilton

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Help Shasta Bode-Brown’s Peeps raise money for Relay for Life. Together we can fight cancer!

Just a reminder that if you’d like to come to the supper this Saturday evening, May 19th, from 5-8 p.m., you will need a ticket. Please contact the church office no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 17th, to request tickets, 336-786-2803. Tickets are free (1 ticket = 1 plate) – please make a donation at the event. Eat in or carry out. All proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Homemade baked goods will also be for sale at the event. Cakes, cookies and more!

 

TODAY – MAY 13, 2018

Head Usher: Sylvia Chilton

Side Usher: Jason Pflug
Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Nicole and Skyler Harrison
1st and 2nd grade: Pete and Beth Pequeno

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, May 13

9:45 am – Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

Mon, May 14

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, May 15

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, May 16

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, May 17

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, May 18

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Sat, May 19
5:00 pm – Pancake Supper for Relay for Life

***********

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

This Easter has been a mixture of joy and grief for each as we have mourned the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown. I am sure that our time of collective mourning will continue into the summer. As we grieve, we also can trust that the Triune God of Grace holds our future in his hands. Jesus has gone ahead of us! The Spirit’s friendship and the Father’s power are making a way for us! The Lord is calling us as persons and as a people to follow him. This is a great comfort to me even as I feel the exhaustion after the past few weeks.

Even as we grieve, we enter into a season of transition into the future that the Lord holds. We are in a time of unique congregational and organizational needs. To address these needs, the Session has invited Sarah Butler, our Duke Divinity School Intern from last summer, to return to be with us for eight weeks as an external pastoral consultant. Many of you got to know Sarah last summer. The Session’s desire is that her presence will help us to collectively articulate prayers of lament, intercession, and supplication and, thereby, have a vision for our congregation’s future.

Sarah will begin on May 21st and be with us through July 12th. Please plan on welcoming her then. You can expect more details to come, but know that in some form or fashion, Sarah will be conducting intentional, informal conversations with many of the members of the congregation in order to listen to the heart of our congregation, help us to articulate our needs and passions and aid us in discerning a vision for how we might best meet those needs.

Grace and Peace,

Griff

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Mark, Kate & Sam Brown & Family, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Wayne Lowe, Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Karen Smith (Dawn Lundquist’s sister), Betty Street, Melanie Younger Winfree, Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Nancy Breedlove, Darrell Dickerson, Roxanne Gartland, Allison and Robin Hardin, Andy Hennis, Nancy Quinn, Brett Willis

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Summer Sunday Worship: Beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 27th, through Labor Day, Sunday, September 2nd, we will have worship at 10:00 a.m.  We hope you will join us!

Beacons: Will not meet this evening.

Lighting the Christ Candle in Shasta’s Memory: The Christ Candle symbolizes the light of Christ coming into the world.   As we grieve the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown, we will light the Christ Candle each Sunday. Shasta reflected the love and light of Christ in her ministry among us.   As a symbol of her ministry, the Christ Candle is surrounded by seventeen smaller votive candles: one for each year of Shasta’s service to the church.

Shasta Bode-Brown Memorial Fund: FPCMA has set up a memorial fund in honor of Shasta’s service to our church and God’s kingdom.  All gifts to this memorial fund will go to help the Brown family pay for costs associated with Shasta’s fight against cancer.  Our hope is to pay for all her medical bills and funeral costs.  Our best estimate of these costs is that they exceed $14,000 (To date, we’ve received $9,720!)  If you wish to contribute, please do so by Tuesday, May 15th. Gifts can be given directly to the church.

Keenager Trip: Thursday, May 17th; We’re headed to the High Country for a day of art, good food and shopping. We’ll start our day at the Blowing Rock Art & Heritage Museum.  Lunch will be at the Storie Street Grille followed by ice cream at Kilwins (yum!). Then it’s time for some shopping in beautiful downtown Blowing Rock. Meet at the church at 9:00 a.m.  Cost for the museum is $7.00. Deadline to sign up is today.

Pancake Supper for Relay for Life:  Saturday, May 19th; 5-8 p.m. Come help Shasta’s “Peeps” raise money for Relay for Life. Together we can fight cancer! You can get tickets today immediately following worship from Sandy Bowers or you can contact the church this week to request tickets.  Several of the Peeps have tickets too. Tickets are free- please make a donation at event. You must have a ticket to attend. 1 ticket= 1 plate. Eat in or Carry Out. Homemade baked goods will also be for sale at the event. Cakes, cookies and more!

Join us for Lemonade on the Lawn! We’ll have lemonade and we’ll also be signing folks up for Vacation Bible School on Sunday, May 20th, immediately following worship.  We hope you will sign up to attend or teach! VBS will be June 11-13.  See Nicole Harrison for more info.

Beacon Yard Sale: Saturday, June 2: Beacons are currently collecting items for their annual yard sale to raise money for their summer trips. Contact Sandy Bowers (336-341-9432) or Beth Pequeno (336-756-1879) to arrange to bring items to the Lighthouse before May 27.  Pick up can also be arranged.  Items can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall Sunday, May 27 before and after worship, and during office hours May 28-31. Anyone making a donation will be allowed to shop at the preview sale Friday, June 1, 4:30-7:00 pm. On Saturday, June 2, sale hours will be 7:00-noon. Doors will reopen at 12:30 for half-price/fill-a-bag sale. Sale ends at 2pm.

Calling all Graduates! If you are graduating from high school, college or graduate school, let us celebrate with you.  High school graduates – we need the following: school, parents’ names, college you will be attending, and a senior picture. College and Graduate School graduates: University and degree. We need your information as soon as possible.

FPCMA High School Summer Internship: FPCMA is considering offering rising high school seniors the opportunity to spend time this summer at the church as an intern.   Interns will spend a few mornings a week at the church.  They will study scripture, spend time in prayer, read a book, assist in worship, and learn more about the day in and day out life of our congregation.  If you are a rising high school senior and are interested, please contact Griff.

A Note from the Brown Family: Dear Friends at First Presbyterian – Thank you for all the ways you made the memorial service for our Shasta so special.  The reception meant so much to all of us who were there.  The refreshments were delicious and we appreciate those who made them.  You folks will forever be in our hearts – right with Shasta. ~ ~ Eleanor, Dean, Mark, Kate and Sam

 

WITNESS

PB & J Collection: We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly for our Sandwich Saturday ministry.  If you’re at the store picking up any, could you pick up a few extra so we can feed the hungry in our community?

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 5/14: Rachel Ray; 5/15: Brittany Hawks Jeffries; 5/16: Anna Louise Gatewood; 5/17: Legh Beal, Evan Bush, Theresa Minter; 5/18: Susanna Minter Ives

Anniversaries: 5/14: David and Marinda Rives

Summer Spark Teachers

If you love children and want to help them grow in their relationship with the Lord, we need you!  In the summer, lessons are usually simple, straightforward and require little preparation.  We need two teachers for each Sunday. A document is attached that shows the dates available. Click here for the link to the schedule. 

~~Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

TODAY – MAY 6, 2018

Head Usher: Sylvia Chilton

Side Usher: Jason Pflug

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy Heath
1st and 2nd grade: Pete and Beth Pequeno

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, May 6

9:45 am – Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark/Lord’s Supper

4:00 pm – Crochet/Knit Group

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, May 7

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, May 8

3:30 pm – Faith Friends

4:30 pm – Joyful Noise Choir

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, May 9

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, May 10

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Study

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

Fri, May 11

8:15 am – First Steps Program

***********

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

This Easter has been a mixture of joy and grief for each as we have mourned the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown. I am sure that our time of collective mourning will continue into the summer. As we grieve, we also can trust that the Triune God of Grace holds our future in his hands. Jesus has gone ahead of us! The Spirit’s friendship and the Father’s power are making a way for us! The Lord is calling us as persons and as a people to follow him. This is a great comfort to me even as I feel the exhaustion after the past few weeks.

Even as we grieve, we enter into a season of transition into the future that the Lord holds. We are in a time of unique congregational and organizational needs. To address these needs, the Session has invited Sarah Butler, our Duke Divinity School Intern from last summer, to return to be with us for eight weeks as an external pastoral consultant. Many of you got to know Sarah last summer. The Session’s desire is that her presence will help us to collectively articulate prayers of lament, intercession, and supplication and, thereby, have a vision for our congregation’s future.

Sarah will begin on May 21st and be with us through July 12th. Please plan on welcoming her then. You can expect more details to come, but know that in some form or fashion, Sarah will be conducting intentional, informal conversations with many of the members of the congregation in order to listen to the heart of our congregation, help us to articulate our needs and passions and aid us in discerning a vision for how we might best meet those needs.

Grace and Peace,

Griff

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Mark, Kate & Sam Brown & Family, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Karen Smith (Dawn Lundquist’s sister), Betty Street, Melanie Younger Winfree, Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Nancy Breedlove, Darrell Dickerson, Roxanne Gartland, Andy Hennis, Nancy Quinn

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Summer Sunday Worship: Beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 27th, through Labor Day, Sunday, September 2nd, we will have worship at 10:00 a.m.  We hope you will join us!

Crochet/Knit Group: This afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  If you love to crochet/knit, join us!

Beacons: Will meet this evening in the Lighthouse at 5:30 p.m.

Lighting the Christ Candle in Shasta’s Memory: The Christ Candle symbolizes the light of Christ coming into the world.   As we grieve the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown, we will light the Christ Candle each Sunday. Shasta reflected the love and light of Christ in her ministry among us.   As a symbol of her ministry, the Christ Candle is surrounded by seventeen smaller votive candles: one for each year of Shasta’s service to the church.

Shasta Bode-Brown Memorial Fund: FPCMA has set up a memorial fund in honor of Shasta’s service to our church and God’s kingdom.  All gifts to this memorial fund will go to help the Brown family pay for costs associated with Shasta’s fight against cancer.  Our hope is to pay for all her medical bills and funeral costs.  Our best estimate of these costs is that they exceed $14,000 (To date, we’ve received $9,320!)  If you wish to contribute, please do so by Tuesday, May 15th. Gifts can be given directly to the church.

A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching out to God in the Lost Language of Lament by Michael Card – Griff invites you to read this book with him as an invitation to process your grief with others and with God.   Copies of the book are available on the book table in the Koinonia Room and cost $13. The group is meeting on Mondays at 7:00 pm at the Gatewood’s house: 145 Orchard Street.

Faith Friends: Will meet on Tuesday, May 8th, at 3:30 p.m.  This is a NO MOMS ALLOWED (or you’ll just have to hide your eyes!) event as we’ll be working on gifts for our Moms for Mother’s Day.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Thursday, May 10th, at Pages at 8:00 a.m.  Join us for coffee and a great discussion.

Mark your calendars!  Please join us for Vacation Bible School June 11 – 13.  Interested in volunteering? Contact Nicole Harrison at nicole@moodyfs.com.

Beacon Yard Sale: Saturday, June 2: Beacons are currently collecting items for their annual yard sale to raise money for their summer trips. Contact Sandy Bowers (336-341-9432) or Beth Pequeno (336-756-1879) to arrange to bring items to the Lighthouse before May 27.  Pick up can also be arranged.  Items can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall Sunday, May 27 before and after worship, and during office hours May 28-31. Anyone making a donation will be allowed to shop at the preview sale Friday, June 1, 4:30-7:00 pm. On Saturday, June 2, sale hours will be 7:00-noon. Doors will reopen at 12:30 for half-price/fill-a-bag sale. Sale ends at 2pm.

Calling all Graduates! If you are graduating from high school, college or graduate school, let us celebrate with you.  High school graduates – we need the following: school, parents’ names, college you will be attending, and a senior picture. College and Graduate School graduates: University and degree. We need your information as soon as possible.

FPCMA High School Summer Internship: FPCMA is considering offering rising high school seniors the opportunity to spend time this summer at the church as an intern.   Interns will spend a few mornings a week at the church.  They will study scripture, spend time in prayer, read a book, assist in worship, and learn more about the day in and day out life of our congregation.  If you are a rising high school senior and are interested, please contact Griff.

 

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Will meet at First Baptist Church on Thursday, May 10th, at 5:00 p.m.  The following people are signed up to assist: Wayne and Joy Barlow, Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Bob Keck, and Mike Gatchel.

 Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: The Annual Postal Food Drive that will benefit Yokefellow will take place on Saturday, May 12th, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Please be generous when you place your bag of non-perishable food at your door or mailbox on the street for the mail carrier to pick up.  Also, if you have an hour to spend with us processing the donations, come to Yokefellow and help us sort.  See Mike Gatchel for more information.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 5/6: Pamela Morency; 5/7: Will Sheppard

Anniversaries: 5/9: Tom and Cathy McCluskey

Pastoral Staff Update

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

This Easter has been a mixture of joy and grief for each as we have mourned the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown. I am sure that our time of collective mourning will continue into the summer. As we grieve, we also can trust that the Triune God of Grace holds our future in his hands. Jesus has gone ahead of us! The Spirit’s friendship and the Father’s power are making a way for us! The Lord is calling us as persons and as a people to follow him. This is a great comfort to me even as I feel the exhaustion after the past few weeks.

Even as we grieve, we enter into a season of transition into the future that the Lord holds. We are in a time of unique congregational and organizational needs. To address these needs, the Session has invited Sarah Butler, our Duke Divinity School Intern from last summer, to return to be with us for eight weeks as an external pastoral consultant. Many of you got to know Sarah last summer. The Session’s desire is that her presence will help us to collectively articulate prayers of lament, intercession, and supplication and, thereby, have a vision for our congregation’s future.

Sarah will begin on May 21st and be with us through July 12th. Please plan on welcoming her then. You can expect more details to come, but know that in some form or fashion, Sarah will be conducting intentional, informal conversations with many of the members of the congregation in order to listen to the heart of our congregation, help us to articulate our needs and passions and aid us in discerning a vision for how we might best meet those needs.

Grace and Peace,

Griff

TODAY – APRIL 29, 2018

Head Usher: Nicole Harrison

Side Usher: Jack Snow

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy and Delane Heath
1st and 2nd grade: Rachel Ray & Beacon

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Apr 29

9:45 am – Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Apr 30

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, May 1

10:00 am – Circle 1

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, May 2

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

9:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, May 3

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

Fri, May 4

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Sat, May 5

2:00 pm – 4-H Club Meeting

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers 

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Mark, Kate & Sam Brown & Family, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Karen Smith (Dawn Lundquist’s sister), Betty Street, Melanie Younger Winfree, Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Nancy Breedlove, Darrell Dickerson, Roxanne Gartland, Andy Hennis, Nancy Quinn

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Beacons: Will meet this evening in the Lighthouse at 5:30 p.m.  The Wilson family will be providing dinner.

Lighting the Christ Candle in Shasta’s Memory: An ancient practice in the Christian Church during the Easter season is to light the Christ or Easter or Paschal candle on Easter Eve.  The candle symbolizes the light of Christ coming into the world.  This light is extinguished with his death on Good Friday and re-lit to begin the Easter Celebration.  As we grieve the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown, we will light the Christ candle each Sunday.  Shasta reflected the love and light of Christ in her ministry among us.  As a symbol of Shasta’s ministry, the Christ candle is surrounded by seventeen smaller votive candles: one for each year of her service to the church when she reflected Christ’s love to those around her.

Shasta Bode-Brown Memorial Fund: FPCMA has set up a memorial fund in honor Shasta’s service to our church and God’s kingdom.  All gifts to this fund will go to help the Brown family pay for costs associated with Shasta’s fight against cancer.  Our goal is to pay for all of her medical bills along with the memorial service expenses.  Our best estimate of these costs is that they will exceed $14,000.

There are three ways to contribute to this fund:

  • Gifts can be given directly to the church.  The church address is P. O. Box 1286, Mount Airy, NC 27030.  Please indicate on the memo line of your check that the gift is for the Shasta B. Brown Memorial Fund.
  • Gifts can be given any branch of Surrey Bank and Trust to the Shasta B. Brown Memorial Fund.
  • Gifts can be given online through YouCaring.com.

If you worship at First Presbyterian, your gift should be matched dollar for dollar by the Board of Pensions once they approve a grant application.  If you are a member of First Presbyterian and give online, please let the church office know the amount of your gift so that we can be sure that your gift is counted towards this match.

A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching out to God in the Lost Language of Lament – by Michael Card: Griff will be reading this book and invites you to read it with him as an invitation to process your grief with others and with God.  Copies of the book are available on the book table in the Koinonia Room and cost $13.  We will begin meeting this coming week on Monday, April 30th, at 7:00 p.m. at Griff and Elizabeth’s house (145 Orchard Street).  We will meet for 6 weeks.  The reading is divided into short chapters.  During our first meeting, we will discuss Part One: An Ancient Lament.  Let Griff know if you are interested.

Circle 1: Will meet on Tuesday, May 1st, at 10:00 a.m. in the Card Room at Ridgecrest Retirement Home.

Mark your calendars!  Please join us for Vacation Bible School June 11 – 13.  Interested in volunteering? Contact Nicole Harrison at nicole@moodyfs.com.

Playground Equipment (Toys) Needed for First Steps One Year-Old Play Area: If you have any push toys that can be used for outdoors, that you are no longer using, and would like to donate them to our First Steps program, we would love to have them for our children to play with.

Summer Spark Teachers Needed:  If you love children and want to help them grow in their relationship with the Lord this summer, please see Amy Heath.

Summer Sunday Worship: Beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 27th, through Labor Day, Sunday, September 2nd, we will have worship at 10:00 a.m.  We hope you will join us!

Beacon Yard Sale: Saturday, June 2nd, 7:00 a.m. -12:00 noon.  Remember that saying… “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure…” The Beacons will be accepting all donations.  Contact the church when you wish to drop off items, as we will be storing them in the Lighthouse until the week of the sale.

Calling all Graduates! If you are graduating from high school, college or graduate school, let us celebrate with you.  High school graduates – we need the following: school, parents’ names, college you will be attending, and a senior picture. College and Graduate School graduates: University and degree. We need your information as soon as possible.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Will meet at First Baptist Church on Thursday, May 3rd, at 5:00 p.m.  The following people are signed up to assist: Wayne and Joy Barlow, Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Bob Keck, Mae Daniels, Mike Gatchel and Paul Belk.

Offering for Hunger and Hope: Next Sunday, May 6th, we will receive our Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offerings.  The foods for the month of May are: Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce. All non-perishable foods are accepted.

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: The Annual Postal Food Drive that will benefit Yokefellow will take place on Saturday, May 12th, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Please be generous when you place your bag of non-perishable food at your door or mailbox on the street for the mail carrier to pick up.  Also, if you have an hour to spend with us processing the donations, come to Yokefellow and help us sort.  See Mike Gatchel for more information.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 4/29: John Mayes; 5/1: Garrett Draughn, Robby Rives; 5/3: Jackson Heath; 5/4: Charlotte Anne Banfield, Emma Ferry, Chris Wishart

Anniversaries: None this week