Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Chili Cook-Off

Get those crock pots ready and whip up your favorite recipe of chili!

Immediately following worship on Sunday afternoon, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall to taste test everyone’s recipe! We hope you will join us! Donations will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Beacons who will be attending the Massanetta and Montreat youth conferences.

Advertisements

Sympathy of the Congregation

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to Jim and Janice Younger on the death of Jim’s brother, Kermit, who passed away on January 12, 2019.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy with the Rev. Kenneth Jessup officiating, and full military honors conducted by  American Legion Post 290 of King.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at Moody Funeral home in Mt. Airy.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston Salem, NC 27103.

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. – Romans 14:8

 

TODAY – JANUARY 13, 2019

Head Usher: Mike Beal

Side Usher: Alex Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: Joy Barlow and Jenny Cooke

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 13

9:45 am – Sunday School – Adult & Children

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Jan 14

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Tues, Jan 15

12:00 pm – Modern Gardeners Garden Club

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 16

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

8:15 am – Women’s Bible Study

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 17

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, Jan 18

8:15 am – First Steps Program

CHURCH MINISTRIES

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.

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

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Bob Taylor by Lydia Taylor, Jennifer, Dale, Maggie and Mason McNeeley and Joel and Mandy Taylor.

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse. *If anyone would like to provide dinner for the Beacons on Sunday evenings, please see Sandy Bowers.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: This winter and spring our sermon text will be from the Gospel of Luke. Between now and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, Luke focuses on Jesus and His Mission. I would encourage you to read Luke 3-9. Jan 13Jesus Launches his Mission: Luke 4:14-21; Jan 20Jesus Calls the Disciples thereby reconstituting Israel, Luke 5:1-11; Jan 27Sermon on the Plain: Jesus Blesses & Condemns, Luke 6:17-26; Feb 3Sermon on the Plain: Part Two, Luke 6:27-49; Feb 10Jesus Receives from a Sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-8:3; Feb 17Jesus Frees the Demoniac, Luke 8:26-39; Feb 24A new Revelation: the Messiah will die for the Sins of the people (Isaiah 53), Luke 9:18-27, Mar 3Jesus Is Transfigured, Luke 9:21-36

Keenagers: Will have lunch at Childress Vineyards in Lexington next Thursday, January 17th. Meet in the upper parking lot of the church. We will be leaving at 10:15 a.m. Sign up on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer. See Bobby Chilton for more information.

Chili Cook-Off: Mark your calendars and join us after worship on Sunday, January 20th for a warm bowl of chili! Whip up your favorite recipe and come share with everyone. Donations will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for Massanetta and Montreat youth conferences.

Beacon Super Bowl Party: Sunday, February 3rd; Details to come – stay tuned.

“Soup”er Bowl of Caring: The challenge is on again! The Beacons will be collecting cans of soup (and monetary donations), along with the other Main Street churches. Everything we collect will go toward feeding the hungry in our community. This year, our church will be collecting in memory of Shasta. We will meet at the church on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00 and head to the Moravian Church. Please bring a dessert to share.

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed: Two volunteers are needed each week. Details of story and activities will be provided to you a week beforehand. Helpers still needed for the following: One helper needed for January 20 and two helpers for January 27. Please see Valerie Parker or sign up on the board downstairs.

Preschool Sunday School Teachers Needed: We are looking for two teachers for the Spring semester which began last Sunday and runs through Sunday, May 26, 2019. The class begins at 9:45 am and ends at 10:45 am each Sunday. The curriculum we are using is from David C. Cook. If you are interested in teaching or being a substitute for the 3 to 5 year old class, please contact Valerie Parker.

Handbell Choir: Meets on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you think you’d like to become a ringer alongside us, come join us!

Faith Friends: (Preschool-5th grade) We will meet on Wednesday, January 23rd at 5:30 p.m. More details to come.

Sign-ups for 2019: There are new sign-up sheets in the upstairs foyer for Flowers for Sunday Worship, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends. Please take a look at them and sign up where you wish.

FINANCIAL

Summary of Finances for 2018: Dear Church Family – God is faithful in providing what we need. As we look back at 2018, we see God’s faithfulness yet again. Our expenses for last year were $219,869. Our gifts were $223,351. Thank you again for the part you played in God’s provision. The Lord is working many places in Mount Airy and around the world yet you choose to say “Thank You, Lord!” by giving to First Presbyterian. Happy New Year from the Budget Committee!

Year-End Contribution Statements for 2018: Are on the table in the upstairs foyer.  If they haven’t been picked up in a couple of weeks, they will be mailed.  Please stop by the table and pick yours up today.

2019 Pledges: To date, we have received 38 pledges for a total of $139,166. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $200,000.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: Their purpose 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. You can help with some of the resources by donating non-perishable food(s). The foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna; February: Rice and Mayonnaise; March: Crackers and Peanut Butter.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/13: Gene Rees; 1/14: Melissa Whitfield; 1/15: Teresa Simpson, Mary Glen Hatcher; 1/17: Suzanne Folger, Amy Stoltz Pait; 1/18: Oren Bailey; 1/19: Jimmie Scott, Janet Gilley

Anniversaries: None this week

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ELDER

Alex Bowers

1. Describe yourself. This could include your family, your job, what you like to do, etc.

My name is Aleksey Bowers or just Alex! My parents are Sandy and Gary Bowers and I have a sister named Nina. I attend Mount Airy High School and will be completing my senior year this year! I love playing sports, skiing, and hanging out with my friends.

2. When did you start coming to First Presbyterian Church, and what do you enjoy about being part of this community?

I have always been a part of First Presbyterian Church. I had my baby shower in the fellowship hall when my parents brought me from Russia. I love the congregation here and how everyone is like family to me. I love how everyone is so kind and friendly here.

3. How would you describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?

Growing up in the church, I’ve always had a relationship with Christ. I had the experience this past summer of attending Massanetta Middle School Conference and being an enabler for 2 weeks. It strengthened my faith with Christ and opened my eyes about the Christian world.

4. How would you like to make First Presbyterian Church better?

I would like for us as a congregation to do more things together and to grow our faith with Jesus Christ together.

TODAY – JANUARY 6, 2019

Head Usher: Mike Beal

Side Usher: Alex Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: Libby Pell and Blanton Youell

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 6

9:45 am – Adult and Children Sunday School

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

4:00 pm – Crochet/Knit Group

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Jan 7

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Tues, Jan 8

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 9
Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 10
8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

Fri, Jan 4

8:15 am – First Steps Program

CHURCH MINISTRIES

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 (more information in announcement below). If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

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

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

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse. *If anyone would like to provide dinner for the Beacons on Sunday evenings, please see Sandy Bowers.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: This winter and spring our sermon text will be from the Gospel of Luke. Between now and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, Luke focuses on Jesus and His Mission. I would encourage you to read Luke 3-9. Jan 6 – Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit: Baptism and Temptation, Luke 3:20-21 and 4:1-13; Jan 13 – Jesus Launches his Mission: Jubilee for the poor/outcast or upside down kingdom, Luke 4:14-21; Jan 20 – Jesus Calls the Disciples thereby reconstituting Israel, Luke 5:1-11; Jan 27 – Sermon on the Plain: Jesus Blesses & Condemns, Luke 6:17-26; Feb 3 – Sermon on the Plain: Part Two, Luke 6:27-49; Feb 10 – Jesus Receives from a Sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-8:3; Feb 17 – Jesus Frees the Demoniac, Luke 8:26-39; Feb 24 – A new Revelation: the Messiah will die for the Sins of the people (Isaiah 53), Luke 9:18-27, Mar 3 – Jesus Is Transfigured, Luke 9:21-36

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed: Two volunteers are needed each week. Details of story and activities will be provided to you a week beforehand. Helpers still needed for the following: One helper needed for January 13 and 20 and two helpers for January 27. Please see Valerie Parker or sign up on the board downstairs.

Preschool Sunday School Teachers Needed: We are looking for two teachers for the Spring semester which begins Sunday, Jan 6 through Sunday, May 26, 2019. The class begins at 9:45 am and ends at 10:45 am each Sunday. The curriculum we are using is from David C. Cook. If you are interested in teaching or being a substitute for the 3 to 5 year old class, please contact Valerie Parker.

Crochet/Knit Group: Will meet this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you love to crochet or knit, we’d love for you to join us!

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: We will meet at Pages on Thursday, January 10th, at 8:00 a.m. Join us for a great discussion and a hot cup of coffee!

Handbell Choir: Meets on Thursday evenings (this week, January 10th) at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you think you’d like to become a ringer alongside us, come join us!

Faith Friends: Keep your calendars open for a special date coming up soon in January for our get-together.

Sign-ups for 2019: There are new sign-up sheets in the upstairs foyer for Flowers for Sunday Worship, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends. Please take a look at them and sign up where you wish.

FINANCIAL

2019 Pledges: We are so thankful for the many ways in which we see God’s blessings throughout the day, week and year. Stewardship season is upon us. We hope that you will be in prayer about your pledge for the coming year. You may place pledge cards in the offering plate, drop them in the basket on the round table or bring them by the church office. In order to get our 2019 budget finalized, please submit your pledge as soon as possible. To date, we have received 37 pledges for a total of $133,666. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $215,000.

WITNESS

Offering for Hunger and Hope: This morning we will receive the Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offerings. The foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna. If you happen to be at the grocery store, pick up a few extra boxes or cans and share with the hungry in our community.

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, January 10th; Those signed up to assist this week are: Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Paul Belk and Bob Keck. Additional volunteers are needed to assist with this ministry of feeding the hungry in our community. Please meet at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.

Blood Drive: Will be held on Thursday, January 10th, at Grace Moravian Church from 2:00-6:30 p.m.  It is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.  Please donate and help save a life.  See Bettsee McPhail if you have questions or call Grace Moravian Church at 336-786-5627.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/7: Nancy Dixon, Collin Phillips; 1/8: Andrew Harris; 1/10: Anna Merritt, Anna Bush; 1/12: Cecelia Belk

Anniversaries: None this week

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ELDER

Jane Tesh

1. Describe yourself. This could include your family, your job, what you like to do, etc.
I am a retired elementary school librarian. That was my day job so I could afford to be a writer. I’ve been very lucky to have 15 books published, 10 mysteries and 5 fantasy novels. I enjoy playing the piano and conducting the orchestra at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

2. When did you start coming to First Presbyterian Church, and what do you enjoy about being part of this community?
I moved to Mt. Airy from Greensboro in 1975, and soon after that, started coming to First Presbyterian to sing in the choir. I like the fact that our church community includes a variety of people and is very welcoming to anyone.

3. How would you describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?
A work in progress.

4. How would you like to make First Presbyterian Church better?
My hope is that we can invite and interest more people to come be part of our church family.

TODAY – DECEMBER 30, 2018

Head Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Side Usher: Sandy Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: Valerie Parker and Elizabeth Gatewood

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 30

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

Tues, Jan 1 

New Year’s Day

Church Office Closed

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 2

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 3

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

Fri, Jan 4

8:15 am – First Steps Program

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Suzanne Lewis-Brown, Mildred Jones, Emily Keck, Bill Rountree

Friends of our Church Family: The family of Butch Cook, Stephanie and Bennie Crowe, Jason Galloway, The Haynes family, Lindsay Key, Kristin Leathers, Reyn McMillan, Ensley Morgan, Aurora Paganoni, Allie Patch, Martha Robertson, Rosalie Sexton, Mike and Debra Shelton

CHURCH MINISTRIES

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 (more information in announcement below). If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

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

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Haywood and Nancy Merritt by the John Merritt family.

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Will not meet this evening.

Church Office Closed: Tuesday, January 1st to observe the New Year.  We hope you have a safe and happy New Year!

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class. **Note: This class will not meet on Sunday, December 30th. 

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed: Two volunteers are needed each week. Details of story and activities will be provided to you a week beforehand. Helpers still needed for the month of January. Please see Valerie Parker or sign up on the board downstairs.

Sign-ups for 2019: There are new sign-up sheets in the upstairs foyer for Flowers for Sunday Worship, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends.  Please take a look at them and sign up where you wish. 

2019 Montreat Conference: July 28th-August 3rd; If you are planning to go, a deposit of $100 is due NOW.  Please give your payment to Sandy Bowers or give to Lynn in the church office.

 

FINANCIAL

2019 Pledges: We are so thankful for the many ways in which we see God’s blessings throughout the day, week and year. Stewardship season is upon us.  We hope that you will be in prayer about your pledge for the coming year.  You may place pledge cards in the offering plate, drop them in the basket on the round table or bring them by the church office.  In order to get our 2019 budget finalized, please submit your pledge as soon as possible. To date, we have received 36 pledges for a total of $130,166. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $215,000.

2018 Year-End Contributions: All contributions must be received or postmarked by Monday, December 31, 2018.  If you contribute by eGive, you should receive information regarding year-end procedures.

 

WITNESS

Offering for Hunger and Hope: Next Sunday, January 6th, we will receive the Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offerings.  The foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna.

 Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, January 3rd; Volunteers are needed to assist with this ministry.  Please meet at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m.  The sign-up sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.

 

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 12/30: Ellis Ballentine, Libby Pell; 12/31: Jane Tesh; 1/2: Samuel Eads; 1/4: Andrew Gitt; 1/5: Taylor Pike

Anniversaries: 12/31: P. J. and Joy Snow; 1/3: Russ and Teresa Bouma; 1/5: Griff and Elizabeth Gatewood

 

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ELDERS

Durenda Wilson

 

  1. Describe yourself. This could include your family, your job, what you like to do, etc.

 I am a wife to one, mom to eight(ages 14-27) and nana to 6. I’ve homeschooled our kids from the beginning and now have an online ministry of encouragement to homeschool moms. I’ve written 2 books geared toward homeschool moms as well. I love spending time with my family.

  1. When did you start coming to First Presbyterian Church, and what do you enjoy about being part of this community?

We began attending First Presbyterian Church in July of 2017 and we love that FPCMA has welcomed us like family. We also love the rich traditions, liturgy and strong biblical teaching.

  1. How would you describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?

I’ve been a Christian ever since I can remember, so I’ve had a chance to experience many different denominations which has given me a unique perspective on the vast and varied ways God’s people worship. I feel like this reveals what a creative God we serve. I love His Word. I would also say that my relationship with Him is very real and very personal. My greatest experiences with Him are when I lay down my own agenda, look around to see what HE is already doing and join Him in that work.

  1. How would you like to make First Presbyterian Church better?

I’d love to help facilitate what God is already doing in drawing the hearts of His people into deeper relationship with Him and encourage them to courageously walk out their faith on a daily basis. I would also love to encourage and strengthen families.

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 23

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

9:45 am – Children’s Christmas Eve“Eve” Party

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church/

Christmas Joy Offering Received

3:00 pm – Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Mon, Dec 24

Christmas Eve

Church Office Closed

3:00 pm – Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant

7:00 pm – Candlelight Communion Service

Tues, Dec 25

Christmas Day/Nativity of Our Lord

Church Office Closed

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Dec 26

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

Thurs, Dec 27

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Suzanne Lewis-Brown, Mildred Jones, Emily Keck, Bill Rountree

Friends of our Church Family: The family of Butch Cook, Jason Galloway, Lindsay Key, Kristin Leathers, Reyn McMillan, Ensley Morgan, Aurora Paganoni, Allie Patch, Martha Robertson, Rosalie Sexton, Mike and Debra Shelton

CHURCH MINISTRIES

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 (more information in announcement below). If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

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

Texts for upcoming sermons: As we conclude First Corinthians and look towards Advent (the season of the church year where we prepare for Christ’ second coming and prepare to celebrate his first), here are the topics and the texts for different Sundays:
Dec 24: Song of the Angels: Luke 2: 13-15; Dec 30: Song of Simeon: Luke 2:28-32

Kids Christmas Eve Eve Party: This morning from 9:45 am to 10:45 am, the Children’s Sunday School classes will meet in the Children’s Church room to read the Christmas story and enjoy some snacks and watch The Star together. Kids may wear their pajamas if they wish!

Poinsettias: If you placed poinsettias in the church in honor or memory of anyone, PLEASE make sure and pick them up after the worship service TODAY and take them home.

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Rehearsal for the Children’s Christmas Pageant will be held this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. If you are participating, please make sure that you attend. The pageant will be held tomorrow, Monday, December 24th, at 3:00 p.m. PLEASE be here no later than 2:45 p.m. in costume (if applicable).

Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsal: We will rehearse this afternoon, December 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant: Monday, December 24th, at 3:00 p.m. Join us for a special time as our children tell the Christmas story in their own way. If your child/children is/are participating in the pageant, please be here no later than 2:45 p.m. in costume (if applicable).

Candlelight Communion Service: Monday, December 24, at 7:00 p.m. Join us for this wonderful service as we celebrate the birth of Christ, God with us.

Church Office Closed: December 24-26 so that the staff can spend time with their families. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed: Two volunteers are needed each week. Details of story and activities will be provided to you a week beforehand. Helpers still needed for the following: December 30 and the month of January. Please see Valerie Parker or sign up on the board downstairs.

Sign-ups for 2019: There are new sign-up sheets in the upstairs foyer for Flowers for Sunday Worship, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends. Please take a look at them and sign up where you wish.

2019 Montreat Conference: July 28th-August 3rd; If you are planning to go, a deposit of $100 is due NOW. Please give your payment to Sandy Bowers or stop by the church next week (Thursday afternoon or Friday) and give to Lynn in the church office.

FINANCIAL

2019 Pledges: We are so thankful for the many ways in which we see God’s blessings throughout the day, week and year. As you know, Stewardship season is upon us. We hope that you will be in prayer about your pledge for the coming year. Pledge cards can be placed in the offering plate or in the basket on the piano in the Koinonia Room. To date, we have received 30 pledges for a total of $105,866. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $215,000.

2018 Year-End Contributions: All contributions must be received or postmarked by Monday, December 31, 2018. If you contribute by eGive, you should receive information regarding year-end procedures.

With the end of the year approaching soon, here is where the congregation’s giving stands versus the need. $174,892 has been given of the $187,630 pledged. Good news – our revenues for the year total $204,390 and our expenses total $190,148! We strive to be very mindful of the gifts that are received. We appreciate you all and your continued generosity so that the programs and ministries can continue to take place in the life of the church! If you turned in a pledge for the year, please make every effort to complete it by the end of the year.

WITNESS

Christmas Joy Offering: Will be received this morning during the worship service. This offering honors the faithfulness of current and retired church workers and their families in need.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 12/24: April Horton, Nina Bowers; 12/25: David Beal; 12/27: Bettsee McPhail, Anne Rachel Sheppard; 12/28: Cathy McCluskey, Paul Eich; 12/29: Samantha Cockerell

Anniversaries: 12/28: Brent and Brenda Ferry

TODAY – DECEMBER 16, 2018

Head Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Side Usher: Sandy Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: No Children’s Church today

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Dec 16

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Adult & Children’s Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Cantata/Children’s Choir

7:00 pm – Longest Night Service

Mon, Dec 17

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Tues, Dec 18

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Dec 19

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:00 pm – Caroling @ the Gatewood’s House

Thurs, Dec 20

5:00 pm – Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Fri, Dec 21

8:15 am – First Steps Program

5:00 pm – Beacon Progressive Dinner & Gift Exchange

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Suzanne Lewis-Brown, Mildred Jones, Emily Keck, Bill Rountree

Friends of our Church Family: The family of Butch Cook, Jason Galloway, Lindsay Key, Kristin Leathers, Reyn McMillan, Ensley Morgan, Aurora Paganoni, Allie Patch, Rosalie Sexton, Mike and Debra Shelton

CHURCH MINISTRIES

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 (more information in announcement below). If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

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

Texts for upcoming sermons: As we conclude First Corinthians and look towards Advent (the season of the church year where we prepare for Christ’ second coming and prepare to celebrate his first), here are the topics and the texts for different Sundays: Dec 23: Song of Mary: Luke 1:46-55; Dec 24: Song of the Angels: Luke 2: 13-15; Dec 30: Song of Simeon: Luke 2:28-32

Children’s Church: There will be no Children’s Church today. There are activity sheets and crayons available at all tables near entrance doors for children visiting today or for children not participating in Lessons in Carols.

Longest Night Service: Advent is more than a time than preparation for Christmas. It is a time to acknowledge that we are a people who live in darkness and in light, in sorrow and in joy, in despair and in hope. This Sunday night, December 16th, we invite you to come to our Longest Night Service. As we approach the longest night of the year, this service creates space for us to bring our prayers of lament and our sighs of longing before the Living God. This time gives us space to trust more fully that the light has come into the darkness and the darkness has not overwhelmed it. (John 1)

Beth Hilliard will speak. She is a mother to two young toddlers and a cancer survivor. She lives in Winston. Kelsey Carlisle, one of our own, back from NC School of the Arts, will accompany our singing. We will all gather around the Lord’s Supper.

The service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and should last no more than an hour. Childcare will be provided.

Christmas Caroling: Come one and all to walk the streets of Mount Airy and sing of the Savior’s birth at the front door of friends and strangers. Come to the Gatewood’s house, 145 Orchard Street, at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday, December 19th. There will be candles and song sheets. We will head out from there to sing around the neighborhood. Come see the shock and delight of folks as they receive the gift of strangers singing the good news.

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): We will not meet this evening. Here are several things to mark on your calendar: *We will go caroling on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Gatewood’s. *Our Progressive Dinner will be held on Friday, December 21st, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a $20 gift for our gift exchange. *Christmas Pageant Rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 23rd, at 3:00 p.m. *Christmas Pageant will be held on Monday, December 24th, at 3:00 p.m. PLEASE be here no later than 2:30 p.m.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed: Two volunteers are needed each week. Details of story and activities will be provided to you a week beforehand. Helpers still needed for the following: December 30 and the month of January. Please see Valerie Parker or sign up on the board downstairs.

Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsals: Thursday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Kids Christmas Eve Eve Party: Next Sunday, December 23rd from 9:45 am to 10:45 am, the Children’s Sunday School classes will meet in the Children’s Church room to read the Christmas story and enjoy some snacks and watch The Star together. Kids may wear their pajamas if they wish!

Sign-ups for Flowers and Scripture Readers in 2019: There are new sign-up sheets in the upstairs foyer for flowers as well as scripture readers. Please take a look at them and sign up where you wish.

2019 Montreat Conference: July 28th-August 3rd; If you are planning to go, a deposit of $100 is due today.  See Sandy Bowers for more info.

FINANCIAL

2019 Pledges: We are so thankful for the many ways in which we see God’s blessings throughout the day, week and year. As you know, Stewardship season is upon us. We hope that you will be in prayer about your pledge for the coming year. Pledge cards can be placed in the offering plate or in the basket on the piano in the Koinonia Room. To date, we have received 24 pledges for a total of $85,426.

2018 Year-End Contributions: All contributions must be received or postmarked by Monday, December 31, 2018. If you contribute by eGive, you should receive information regarding year-end procedures.

With the end of the year approaching soon, here is where the congregation’s giving stands versus the need. $169,977 has been given of the $187,630 pledged. Good news – our revenues for the year total $197,287 and our expenses total $188,365! We strive to be very mindful of the gifts that are received. We appreciate you all and your continued generosity so that the programs and ministries can continue to take place in the life of the church! If you turned in a pledge for the year, please make every effort to complete it by the end of the year.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 12/16: Griffin Gatewood; 12/17: Gavin Bush; 12/18: Gary Arington, Ray Manieri; 12/19: Bob Moody; 12/21: Liam Barlow

Anniversaries: 12/12: Dave and Lisa Petri

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS CALENDAR 2018

December 16

3rd Sunday of Advent

11:00 – Choral Cantata with Children’s Choir Singing

7:00 – Longest Night Service

December 19

7:00 – Caroling at the Gatewood’s

December 20

5:00 – Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

December 21

5:00 – Beacons Progressive Dinner & Gift Exchange (bring a $20 gift for the exchange)

December 23

4th Sunday in Advent

9:45 – Children’s Christmas Eve Eve Party

11:00 – Worship

Receive Christmas Joy Offering

3:00 – Children’s Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

December 24

Christmas Eve

3:00 – Children’s Christmas Pageant (If your child/youth is participating, please make sure they are here no later than 2:45)

7:00 – Candlelight Communion Service

December 25

Christmas Day

Nativity of the Lord

December 26 & 27

Church Office Closed