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Our Candy House Workshop and Dinner is planned for this Wednesday, December 11th, at 5:30 p.m. Cost for dinner is $5.00 per person. This year, we are asking folks to sign up to bring different types of candy/props.

Please bring any of the following items: graham crackers, sugar ice cream cones, gumdrops, gummy bears, gummy wreaths, mini marshmallows, mini candy canes, sour patch ropes & twizzlers. Please RSVP for dinner by signing up or by calling the church at 336.786.2803 by noon on Tuesday, December 10th. We don’t want to be forced to cancel b/c of lack of participation.

We hope you will join us for the Candy House Workshop and Dinner on Wednesday, December 11th, at 5:30 p.m. Cost for dinner is $5.00 per person. This year, we are asking folks to sign up to bring different types of candy.
Please feel free to bring any of the following items: graham crackers, sugar ice cream cones, gumdrops, gummy bears, gummy wreaths, mini marshmallows, mini candy canes, sour patch ropes & twizzlers. So that we don’t end up with all gummy bears or gumdrops, there will be a sign-up sheet provided on Sunday. You can indicate what you’d like to bring on there. Please RSVP for dinner by signing up or by calling the church at 336.786.2803 on Monday, December 9th.

Come and join us for a fun night of family and fellowship as we have our Advent Wreath workshop this Wednesday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m!

Please remember to bring the greenery for your wreath!

Dinner will be served. We are planning on making a good salad and fresh cheese pizzas.

Cost will be $5.00 per person.

Please RSVP the number of people in your family that will be attending by responding to this email or calling the church office (336.786.2803) as soon as possible!

Hope to see you all there!

TODAY – DECEMBER 1, 2019

Head Usher: Nancy Dixon

Side Usher: Peter Pequeno

Children’s Church Teachers: Loida and Anna Peterson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 1

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Children’s Church/Lord’s Supper

5:30 pm – Beacons/Angel Tree Shopping

Mon, Dec 2

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Tues, Dec 3

10:00 am – Circle 1

11:00 am – Keenagers to Wohlfahrt Haus

6:00 pm – Daisy Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Dec 4

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Dinner & Advent Wreaths

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Dec 5

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

6:00 pm – Community Tree Lighting with Beacons serving hot chocolate

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Dec 6

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Sat, Dec 7

1:00 pm – Beacons & others to process shoeboxes at Operation Christmas Child in Boone

7:00 pm – Christmas Concert @Central United Methodist Church

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie Parker)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons, Maggie Townsend

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office. Before removing anyone, please notify the church office so we can update our records.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will be going Angel Tree shopping this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. Please bring $20 and join us at the church.

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: (Our local food pantry) The purpose of Yokefellow is to assist others in times of crisis. Assistance is provided with food, prescription medicine and utilities. The amount of assistance depends on available resources. The suggested food donations for the month of December are: Rice and Macaroni and Cheese.

Room in the Inn – A Winter Shelter: It will soon be time for teams in our congregation to sign up to stay the night or to make a meal for Room in the Inn. If you would like to volunteer in any way, please check out our church website, http://www.fpcma.com and go to the “Room in the Inn” tab. If you have additional questions, please contact Griff or Nancy Dixon.

Advent and Christmas Artwork: Members of our church have been busy tracing and cutting to create the four hanging pieces of paper lace in the sanctuary. Inspired by Mary’s Magnificat, Joseph’s Dream, Jesus’ Birth Story, and the Angels’ Birth Announcement to the Shepherds, this series of Advent and Christmas banners will enrich our worship for the coming weeks. The large background movement in each banner depicts the movement of the Holy Spirit swirling around and surrounding the characters. The patterns draw the viewer into the piece while also symbolizing important details of each story. Special thanks to Kim Branch for her dedication to this project.

Thanksgiving Meals Update: This past Wednesday, we fed 62 families for Thanksgiving. These are folks who might not otherwise have a hot meal or be able to celebrate the holiday with their families. We are thankful for our church family for going above and beyond with this ministry each year!.

Circle 1: Will meet on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. at Ridgecrest Retirement Center in the Card Room.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45am; all aged children are welcome! Little Voices Choir will sing in worship on Dec. 8th. Faith Friends will meet this Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 p.m. to practice music for their performance next Sunday. Our next Bible study for our third through sixth graders will be held on Monday, December 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Keenagers: On Tuesday, December 3rd, we will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. We will leave the church parking lot at 11:00 a.m.

Community Tree Lighting and Hot Chocolate: Join us as we ring in the season with the lighting of the tree on Thursday, December 5th, at 6:00 p.m.  The Beacons will be on hand serving hot chocolate!

Advent/Christmas Book Table: Keep an eye out for a table of devotional books for Advent and Christmas that will be available for purchase. They will be in the Fellowship Hall.

A Christmas Concert – O Great Mystery: Brass Quartet and Organ – Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Free admission. Reception to follow concert.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: For those assisting with this ministry (this week: Bob Keck and Mike Gatchel) of feeding the hungry in our community, please meet at First Baptist on Thursday, December 5th, at 5:00 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Processing: The Beacons (and others) will be going to Boone on Saturday, December 7th to process shoeboxes collected. They will be delivered all over the world. Meet at the church. We will leave at 10:30 a.m.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 12/2: Andrew Belk; 12/3: Russ Bouma

Anniversaries: 12/5: Jim and Janice Younger; 12/7: Gary and Cristi Arington

CHURCH FINANCIAL UPDATE

Financial resources are not our mission, but they are the fuel that propels the mission. -Cliff Christopher

2019 Operating Budget

Jan-Oct 2019

Income – $160,152.28

Expense – $175,499.12

Jan-Oct 2018

Income – $177,850.10

Expense – $175,738.65

Our expenses exceed our income for the current year. This is not uncommon given that offerings often are greater at the beginning and end of the year. Our year to this point has been full of worship from the last days of Christmas through Lent and Holy Week and Easter to this morning’s baptism. Your generous tithes and offerings have allowed us to welcome new staff, provided meals for the hungry, hosted over 40 kids at VBS, sent our students on retreat this summer and supported the 18 children and families that come to First Steps, our preschool program.

TODAY – NOVEMBER 24, 2019

Head Usher: Jane Tesh

Side Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Children’s Church Teachers: Peggy Rees, Joy Barlow and Anna Peterson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Nov 24

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Youth & Member-Led Worship/Children’s Church

12:00 pm – Thanksgiving Feast

5:00 pm – Beacons Bowling

Mon, Nov 25

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:30 pm – Bible Study for 3rd-5th Graders

6:00 pm – Session Meeting

Tues, Nov 26

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Cadette Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Nov 27

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

3:00 pm – Beacons Distributing Thanksgiving Meals

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Nov 28

Thanksgiving – Church Office Closed

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Nov 29

Church Office Closed

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie Parker)

Prayer Update: “Our daughter Kristin (Leathers) has completed her cancer treatment and she is doing fantastic. We wanted to express to everyone how thankful we are to our church family for all the love, support, prayers and hugs you have given us.” ~Barry and Cheryl Schneider

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Family of Charles Moir, Family of Jack Moore, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons, Maggie Townsend

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and in appreciation of our church family during this time of renewal by Gene and Peggy Rees.

Thanksgiving Feast: Join us today, immediately following worship, as we come together and celebrate all that God has done and continues to do for us. Cost is $10 per person. Children 10 and under will eat free.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet at the Mount Airy Bowling Lanes this evening at 5:00 p.m. Eat dinner before you come. Snacks will be available. Bring money for games & shoe rental.

Room in the Inn – A Winter Shelter: A very positive meeting was held about Room in the Inn last Sunday. Many questions were asked and answered. If you have additional questions, please contact Griff or Nancy Dixon. If you would like to volunteer in any way, please check out our church website, http://www.fpcma.com and go to the “Room in the Inn” tab.

Thanksgiving Meals Update: You all have been so gracious and have gone over and above as usual! In addition to the Beacons selling pumpkins at the Autumn Leaves Festival, donations received so far will feed 62 families! We will also be feeding the residents at the Shepherd’s House & the Children’s Center.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45am; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends is meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00pm. We have also begun a new Bible study this fall for our third through sixth graders. Our next Bible study will be held on Monday, November 25th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our topic for this month will be: “How young Christians can overcome peer pressure.” Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.
Keenagers: On Tuesday, December 3rd, we will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. We will leave the church parking lot at 11:00 a.m.

Advent/Christmas Book Table: Keep an eye out for a table of devotional books for Advent and Christmas that will be available for purchase. They will be in the Fellowship Hall.

Advent and Christmas Calendar: Be sure to check out the back of the Poinsettia order form for upcoming events during the holiday season.

WITNESS

Operation Christmas Child: Mark your calendars. On Saturday, December 7th, we have a reservation from 1:00-5:00 pm in Boone to process shoeboxes. You must be 13 years of age or older to participate. See Sandy Bowers for more detailed information.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 11/24: Felton Godwin; 11/25: Burke Robertson, Andie Horton; 11/27: Paul Belk, Ellen Eich; 11/29: Olivia Perkins; 11/30: Sylvia Chilton, Morgan Cooke

Anniversaries: 11/25: Ted and Gloria King

CHURCH FINANCIAL UPDATE

Financial resources are not our mission, but they are the fuel that propels the mission. -Cliff Christopher

2019 Operating Budget

Jan-Oct 2019

Income – $160,152.28

Expenses – $175,499.12

Jan-Oct 2018

Income – $177,850.10

Expenses – $175,738.65

Our expenses exceed our income. This is not uncommon given that offerings often are greater at the beginning and end of the year. Our year to this point has been full of worship from the last days of Christmas through Lent and Holy Week and Easter to this morning’s baptism. Your generous tithes and offerings have allowed us to welcome new staff, provided meals for the hungry, hosted over 40 kids at VBS, sent our students on retreat this summer and supported the 18 children and families that come to First Steps, our preschool program.

Annual Thanksgiving Feast


 

Our Annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held immediately following worship this Sunday, November 24th, as we come together and celebrate all that God has done and continues to do for us. Join us as we give thanks. Sign up by calling the church (336-786-2803), if you haven’t already done so. Please indicate if you and/or your family are coming by Thursday, November 21st. Cost is $10 per person. Children 10 and under will eat free. It will be catered by Chris Wishart.

TODAY – NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Head Usher: Jane Tesh

Side Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Children’s Church Teachers: Loida P. Slate and Anna Peterson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Nov 17

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

3:00 pm – Housewarming Party/Valerie Parker

5:30 pm – Beacons/Confirmation

Mon, Nov 18

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Tues, Nov 19

6:00 pm – Daisy Scout Troop Meeting

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Recruitment Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Nov 20

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Nov 21

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters’ Guild

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Nov 22

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

11:30 am – Keenager Lunch/Mi Casa

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Mike Beal, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Kat Cooke (Kathy Moody), Megan Eads, Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Crystal Harrelson (Bob & Terri Keck), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie Parker)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Danny Romasko, Payden Simmons

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God as “We are His workmanship, and created in Christ for good works…” ~ Eph. 2:10

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m.

Room in the Inn – A Winter Shelter: There will be a Question and Answer time immediately following worship today for folks to learn more about the short-term mission our church will be hosting this coming January and February. We will meet in the Koinonia Room.

Annual Thanksgiving Feast: On Sunday, November 24th, we will come together and celebrate all that God has done and continues to do for us. The feast will be held immediately following worship. Join us as we give thanks. Sign up today (if you didn’t last week). Please indicate if you and/or your family are coming. You can also call the church office – by Thursday, November 21st. Cost is $10 per person. Children 10 and under will eat free. The menu will consist of ham and several holiday fixings as well as dessert and drink. It will be catered by Chris Wishart.

Thanksgiving Meals Update: You all have been so gracious! In addition to the Beacons selling pumpkins at the Autumn Leaves Festival, donations have been received so far will feed 49 families! We will be feeding the residents at the Shepherd’s House, along with the Children’s Center. We need 8 more meals in order to reach that goal! Meals are $45.00 and will feed a family of 6-8. If you would like to sponsor a family, please write a check to the church (separate from your regular giving) made payable to: FPC Beacons and place it in the offering plate or give it directly to Joy Barlow or Margaret McGuire. Deadline to purchase meals is Friday, November 22nd.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45am; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends is meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00pm. We have also begun a new Bible study this fall for our third through sixth graders. Our next Bible study will be held on Monday, November 25th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our topic for this month will be: “How young Christians can overcome peer pressure.” Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Girl Scouts – Friends Today…Changemakers tomorrow: Register for any of our troops in Surry County – or start your own! There will be a Troop Open House held on Tuesday, November 19th, here at the church in the Scout Hut from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Bring whatever questions you have and they will do their best to answer.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Friday, November 22nd: We will meet at Mi Casa on Main for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 3rd: We will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. Sign-up sheets are on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer.

Coming Soon: Advent/Christmas Book Table – Keep an eye out for a table of devotional books for Advent and Christmas that will be available for purchase.

WITNESS

Operation Christmas Child: Mark your calendars. On Saturday, December 7th, we have a reservation from 1:00-5:00 pm in Boone to process shoeboxes. You must be 13 years of age or older to participate. See Sandy Bowers for more detailed information.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 11/19: Samantha Cooke, Bailey Bouma; 11/20: Brian Minter, Heather Stafford; 11/21: Bert Wood

Anniversaries: 11/23: Tim and Laura East

You are invited! To a housewarming party for Valerie Parker (she’s bought a house!) this afternoon from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of gifts, Valerie is requesting gift cards that will go towards purchasing items for her new home.

CHURCH FINANCIAL UPDATE

Financial resources are not our mission, but they are the fuel that propels the mission. -Cliff Christopher
Here are three updates on different aspects of our church’s finances. The first is where we are in this years operating budget. The second gives the results of our recent stewardship season. The third is an update on Renew, our capital campaign.

2019 Operating Budget

Jan-Sept 2019

Income – $146,364.28

Expense – $158,977.18

Jan-Sept 2018
Income – $157,410.10

Expenses – $159,403.87

Our expenses exceed our income. This is not uncommon given that offerings often are greater at the beginning and end of the year. Our year to this point has been full of worship from the last days of Christmas through Lent and Holy Week and Easter to this morning’s baptism. Your generous tithes and offerings have allowed us to welcome new staff, provided meals for the hungry, hosted over 40 kids at VBS, sent our students on retreat this summer and supported the 18 children and families that come to First Steps, our preschool program.

Planning for the 2020 Operating Budget:
Statistical Report on Consecration Sunday Results

October 27th was Consecration Sunday where folks completed their Estimate of Giving Cards. A total of 33 giving units completed Estimate of Giving cards this year. A total of 14 of these giving units increased their financial commitment above their last year’s amount. A total of 33 giving units present to fill out Estimate of Giving Cards on Consecration Sunday committed a total of $100,178. Based on last year’s giving records, we can expect to receive $93,666 during the coming year from people who have consistent giving patterns during the past 12 months but weren’t present on Consecration Sunday. Based on the average total of loose offerings during the past 3 years, we can expect to receive $4,641 during the coming year from that source. This gives us a grand total of $198,485 anticipated income from pledges for the next 12 months. The total income for our general operating budget during the last 12 months was $212,805. Next year, we can expect our operating budget income to increase by $22,269. This is a 10 percent increase in total giving above last year.

Update on Renew: Our Capital Campaign

Together we are preparing our building and our lives to proclaim the gospel to the next generation. Our campaign to raise funds for our building is going great. We have raised over $400,000 towards renovations and $50,000 towards a building endowment. Currently there is a challenge gift of $100,000 that will match any other gifts dollar-for-dollar. If you would like to make another gift or have not made your commitment, now is a great time.

The Committee meeting with the architect to create a liturgical master plan is excited about the progress being made in the design process and should have drawings to discuss with the Session and the congregation in the coming weeks. These will show the concrete ways this campaign will make our sanctuary more accessible, beautiful and functional.

Work in the sanctuary should begin in the New Year once plans are finalized and our team of contractors and builders is in place.