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TODAY – OCTOBER 13, 2019

Head Usher: Will Sheppard

Side Usher: Jacob Majure

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

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Oct 13

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

12:00 pm – Autumn Leaves Parking/Pumpkins

Mon, Oct 14

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Tues, Oct 15

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Oct 16

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Oct 17

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Oct 18

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

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

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker),Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Kat Cooke, Roxanne Gartland, Whitney Hall, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Ed and Sandy Nester, and Danny Romasko

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!

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Raleigh McHone by Mary Jo Everhart.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will not meet this evening. Come out and support them in the last day of parking cars, selling pumpkins, baked goods and nuts at the Autumn Leaves Festival. Proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins will go to feed the hungry in our community; bake sale, nut and parking proceeds will go towards Beacon missions.

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

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.

Substitute Teachers for First Steps Needed: Please contact Loida Slate @ loida@fpcma.com if you would be willing to be on a contact list to be a substitute teacher for our First Steps Preschool for the 2019-2020 school year. If interested, you would need to fill out some initial paperwork in the church office. The hours for the preschool are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:15 am – 11:30 am.

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 has begun meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00pm. During the month of October we will be studying the life of Moses, learning new music, and doing some special activities for fall. We have begun a new Bible study for our third through sixth graders that will be held on October 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our topic for the month will be: “How should Christians respond to bullying?” 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.

Wednesday Night Suppers! This Fall, we are gathering around the table as a church family. We are reading Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller. Dinner begins at 6 and ends at 7:30. Cost is $8 for adults.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Thursday, October 17th: We will travel to the Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, NC. We will have lunch at The Yellow Deli. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. Payment can be made when we get there. Tuesday, December 3rd: We will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. More details to come. Cost is $42.00 and is due by October 27th. Sign-up sheets are on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer.

Pub Night: All are welcomed to come out and enjoy a night of fellowship at Thirsty Souls Brewery on Market Street on October 17th from 7 to 9.

Realm Connect: There are many ways to contribute to the church. One option is by Text giving. It is now available as well. If you wish to contribute this way, text the word Granite to 73256 to give to the General Fund (only). It will send you a link from there.

Children’s Church Volunteers Are Needed: Would you like to spend some time getting to know the children of our church and helping them to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus? If so, we need your help! There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the upstairs foyer. Sign up today!

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: Is our local food pantry and provides assistance to many in our community. They accept donations of any non-perishable items. Suggested foods for the month of October are: Canned/Dried Milk and Oatmeal.

Meals on Wheels: There is a CRITICAL need for volunteer drivers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors in Mount Airy. Call 336.786.6155, ext. 233 or 224 today. “It is more of a blessing to give than to receive.”- Acts 20:35

CELEBRATIONS

We invite you to help us celebrate Ellen Eich! Ellen has been with us for almost nine years and has shown true dedication, love and grace amongst and with our congregation. She and Paul are moving to South Carolina to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Today is Ellen’s last Sunday as our Organist. Please join us following worship for a reception in her honor.

Consecration Sunday is coming! On October 27th, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship to celebrate all of the things that are happening at First Presbyterian. Cards will be distributed in worship by the ushers. Please indicate whether you will be attending the Celebration Luncheon. It will be a catered meal.

Birthdays: 10/13: Hunt Harrison; 10/14: Lee Daniels; 10/15: Kathy Moody; 10/16: Julia Ann Banfield; 10/19: Natalie Younger

Anniversaries: 10/14: Nelson and Lisa Clark; 10/18: Skyler and Nicole Harrison

Pumpkin Picking and Sorting

Beacons – and Faith Friends! This is for you! (And any adults that would like to come help)  We will be going to pick pumpkins this afternoon (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m.  Beacons – we will need your help picking the pumpkins from the field and loading them up.  Faith Friends – we’ll need your help when we return with the pumpkins, unloading and sorting. (Mrs. Loida will let you know when to arrive at the church.)  Remember to wear closed-toed shoes and long sleeves and pants.

Consecration Sunday is Coming

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our congregation’s finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and session members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

The Session

 

TODAY – OCTOBER 6, 2019

Head Usher: Will Sheppard

Side Usher: Jacob Majure

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

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Oct 6

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

4:00 pm – Beacons to Corn Maze

Mon, Oct 7

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Tues, Oct 8

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Oct 9

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Oct 10

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

3:30 pm – Pumpkin Picking

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Oct 11 – Sun Oct 13

Autumn Leaves Festival (Parking Cars, Selling Pumpkins, Bake Sale)

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

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

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker),Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Kat Cooke, Roxanne Gartland, Whitney Hall, Frank Hilliard, Ed and Sandy Nester, and Danny Romasko

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.

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

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. (bus is leaving at 4:30) this afternoon to head to the Corn Maze in Ararat, NC. Cost for the maze is $10 for adults, $6 for kids age 4-11. Snacks and drinks are available at an additional cost. Pumpkin Picking: We will be leaving from the church at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, if you wish to go and help. Autumn Leaves Festival (Parking, Pumpkins and Bake Sale): will be held October 11-13. The Beacons will be selling pumpkins and parking cars. They will also have a bake sale. All types of baked goods are needed for the sale. Please make sure items are placed in individual baggies for selling. Proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins will go to feed the hungry in our community; bake sale and parking proceeds will go towards Beacon missions. We are also selling 1 lb. bags of gourmet pecans and chocolate covered peanuts for $12.00. Great for pie baking! Please see Sandy Bowers for more information.

Faith Friends: Are welcome to come to the church to assist with unloading the pumpkins for the Autumn Festival at approximately 5:30-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10th.  Loida will be in touch with you about the exact time.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends has begun meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. During the month of October we will be studying the life of Moses, learning new music, and doing some special activities for fall. We have begun a new Bible study for our third through sixth graders that will be held on October 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our topic for the month will be: “How should Christians respond to bullying?” 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.

Wednesday Night Suppers! This Fall, we are gathering around the table as a church family. We are reading Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller. Dinner begins at 6 and ends at 7:30. Cost is $8 for adults.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will be held on Thursday, October 10th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages. Join us for a cup of coffee and a wonderful discussion.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Thursday, October 17th: We will travel to the Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, NC. We will have lunch at The Yellow Deli. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. Payment can be made when we get there.

Pub Night: All are welcomed to come out and enjoy a night of fellowship at Thirsty Souls Brewery on Market Street on October 17th from 7 to 9.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: (Ministry to feed the hungry in our community) Thursday, October 10th; If you are signed up to assist, please meet at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the upstairs foyer.

Meals on Wheels: There is a CRITICAL need for volunteer drivers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors in Mount Airy. Call 336.786.6155, ext. 233 or 224 today. “It is more of a blessing to give than to receive.”- Acts 20:35

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 10/7: Louise Wardle, Lizzie Morrison; 10/11: Heather Hatcher, Shelli Owens

Anniversaries: 10/6: Garrett and Anna Draughn; 10/9: Pete and Beth Pequeno

Sympathy of the Congregation

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to Janet Gilley and family on the death of her husband, Mike Gilley, who passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm with Pastor Griff Gatewood and Pastor Dewayne Trout officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 2:00 pm until the time of the service.

Please be in prayer for the entire family.

“When we live, we live for the Lord.  When we die, we die for the Lord.  So whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” ~Romans 14:8

TODAY – SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

Head Usher: Peter Pequeno

Side Usher: Jane Tesh

Children’s Church Teachers: Wendy Clabough, Loida Slate and Anna Peterson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Sept 15

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacons Putt-Putt & Scoops

Mon, Sept 16

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:30 pm – Sanctuary Renovation Committee

Tues, Sept 17

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Sept 18

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Sept 19

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

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

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, Norma Bowen,Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Bobbie Lane, Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Wayne Lowe (Steven Lowe), Linda Parker, Mike Shelton and family (David & Millie Beal)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Kat Cooke, Roxanne Gartland, Whitney Hall, Frank Hilliard, Ed and Sandy Nester, and Danny Romasko

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

There will be a Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, September 22nd, immediately following worship to elect a Nominating Committee to nominate elders for the class of 2022.

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! We are on Facebook and Instagram. 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!

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of William J. Arnold and Marion H. Thayer by Bruce Arnold.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be building our own sub sandwiches for dinner. Right after dinner we will be meeting with Mike Branch for 30 minutes to have a quick tutorial on how to run the sound system during worship. We will then go to play Putt-Putt and go to Scoops to get ice cream. Please bring enough money for both. Beacon Dinners: Volunteers are needed to provide dinner for the Beacons (youth group) on the following Sunday evenings (Oct 20 & 27 and Nov 10 & 17) at 5:30 p.m. Please see Sandy Bowers for more information. Sign-up sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff and David Rives are teaching this class.

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 be able to participate. See Sandy Bowers for more detailed information.

Children’s Ministries News: We will be starting “Godly Play” during our normal Sunday school hour beginning on September 22; all parents are invited to attend.
Faith Friends has begun meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00pm. We will begin a new (third through sixth grade) Bible study on Monday, September 30, from 5:00-6:00pm. 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.

Wednesday Night SuppersSave the Dates! This Fall, we will gather around the table as a church family. We are going to read Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller. We read The Prodigal God by Keller together two years ago. Yes…Christmas in September and October. Before “the season” begins, I thought it might be good to read a book about the meaning of Christmas before December and its push and rush make reading and reflection about the reason for the season even more challenging. Our first supper will be on September 18th. We will meet for 5 weeks. October 16th will be our last supper. Dinner will begin at 6 and end at 7:30. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for children (cap of $25 per family). Please sign up by calling the church office by Tuesday of each week – 336-786-2803 or using the link: https://tinyurl.com/wnsfallfpcma.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Thursday, September 19th: We will head to the NC Zoo in Asheboro. We will leave the church at 8:00 a.m and have lunch at the park. Cost is $13.00 and is due by September 8th. (If you haven’t paid, please do so today.) Tuesday, December 3rd: We will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. More details to come. Cost is $42.00 and is due by October 27th. Sign-up sheets are on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer.

Realm Connect: Check it out today! It’s our new way to stay connected with you – and you with us. It’s easy to create an account. Just go to onrealm.org to get started. If you download the app on your phone/computer, the code is: fpcma. If you have any problems or questions, feel free to call Lynn in the church office. Text giving is now available as well. If you wish to contribute this way, text the word Granite to 73256 to give to the General Fund (only). It will send you a link from there.

Children’s Church Volunteers Are Needed: Would you like to spend some time getting to know the children of our church and helping them to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus? If so, we need your help! There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the upstairs foyer. Sign up today!

Historic District Presentation: First Presbyterian Church is in the Downtown Historic District. Architectural Historian Dan Pezonni will be giving a presentation on his four recommended districts at City Hall on Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Substitute Teachers for First Steps Needed: Please contact Loida Slate @ loida@fpcma.com if you would be willing to be on a contact list to be a substitute teacher for our First Steps Preschool for the 2019-2020 school year. If interested, you would need to fill out some initial paperwork in the church office. The hours for the preschool are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:15 am – 11:30 am.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: Foods for the month of September are: Canned Vegetables and Cooking Oil. They accept all non-perishable foods.

CELEBRATIONS

Bridal Shower for Kate Brown and Clay Surber: Sunday, September 29th – 2:00-3:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All women of the church are invited to attend. If you are interested in assisting in any way, please contact Anna Bush at 704.813.2798 or Joy Barlow at 336.406.0998. You can find gift suggestions at: kateandclaysbigday.minted.us or go directly to Bed Bath and Beyond and search their registry.

Birthdays: 9/15: Jacob Majure; 9/16: Jai Daniels, Timmesa Wishart; 9/21: Teresa Bouma, Teresa Chilton

Anniversaries: 9/16: Barry and Cheryl Schneider

Wednesday Night Suppers

This Fall, we will gather around the table as a church family. We are going to read Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller. We read The Prodigal God by Keller together two years ago. Yes…Christmas in September and October. Before “the season” begins, we thought it might be good to read a book about the meaning of Christmas before December and its push and rush make reading and reflection about the reason for the season even more challenging. Our first supper will be on September 18th. We will meet for 5 weeks. October 16th will be our last supper. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm and end at 7:30 pm. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for children (cap of of $25 per family). Please sign up by calling the church office by Tuesday of each week – 336-786-2803 or using the link: https://tinyurl.com/wnsfallfpcma.

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. Currently there is a challenge gift that will match any other gifts dollar-for-dollar.  So, if you have not made your commitment or decided how the Lord is calling you to participate, please continue to pray for our campaign prayer: Lord, what would you do through me?   If you are unable to participate financially, please let us know by filling out a card and putting a zero in the contribution line. 

 

TODAY – SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

Head Usher: Mike Branch

Side Usher: Jane Tesh

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

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Sept 8

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacon/Confirmand Meeting

Mon, Sept 9

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Tues, Sept 10

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Sept 11

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Sept 12

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Sept 13

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Bobbie Lane, Mae Turpin, Janice Younger

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Wayne Lowe (Steven Lowe), Mike and Debra Shelton (David & Millie Beal)

Friends of our Church Family: Norma Bowen, Ron Cocca, Kat Cooke, Roxanne Gartland, Whitney Hall, Frank Hilliard, Ed and Sandy Nester, Linda Parker and Danny Romasko

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

There will be a Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, September 22nd, immediately following worship to elect a Nominating Committee to nominate elders for the class of 2022.

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! We are on Facebook and Instagram! 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!

The rose in the Sanctuary today is in honor of Elijah Jackson Youell, who was born Friday, August 23, 2019.

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Ben Gatchel’s birthday and Michael and Linda’s 51st anniversary by Michael and Linda Gatchel.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Scout Hut. Gene and Peggy Rees will provide dinner. The first Confirmation class will be held at this time as well.

Beacon Dinners: Volunteers are needed to provide dinner for the Beacons (youth group) on the following Sunday evenings (Oct 20 & 27 and Nov 10 & 17) at 5:30 p.m. See Sandy Bowers for more information.

Children’s Ministries News: Exciting things are happening in our Children’s Ministries this Fall! We will be starting “Godly Play” during our normal Sunday school time on September 15th and parents are invited to attend. Godly Play is an interactive way to teach our children all of the important stories of the Old and New Testament. We could not be more excited to be teaching Godly Play this fall. Faith Friends has begun meeting every Wednesday. We will explore different stories of the Bible, do fun activities and crafts, and begin work within our own community on local mission projects. We are so blessed to still have Ms. Anna leading our children’s music program during our time together in Faith Friends. Dinner will be provided for the children. We will begin a new (third through sixth grade) Bible study for our older children once a month where we discuss relevant topics of things they will go through during their adolescent years. Dinner will also be provided. There are sign-up sheets in the foyer for anyone that would like to volunteer their time or donate a dinner for any of these children’s activities. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Loida at any time at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Wednesday Night SuppersSave the Dates! This Fall, we will gather around the table as a church family. We are going to read Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller. We read The Prodigal God by Keller together two years ago. Yes…Christmas in September and October. Before “the season” begins, I thought it might be good to read a book about the meaning of Christmas before December and its push and rush make reading and reflection about the reason for the season even more challenging. Our first supper will be on September 18th. We will meet for 5 weeks. October 16th will be our last supper.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff and David Rives are teaching this class.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will be held on Thursday, September 12th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages. Join us for a great roundtable discussion and a cup of coffee!

Children’s Church Volunteers Are Needed: Would you like to spend some time getting to know the children of our church and helping them to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus? If so, we need your help! There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the upstairs foyer. Sign up today!

Substitute Teachers for First Steps Needed: Please contact Loida Slate @ loida@fpcma.com if you would be willing to be on a contact list to be a substitute teacher for our First Steps Preschool for the 2019-2020 school year. If interested, you would need to fill out some initial paperwork in the church office. The hours for the preschool are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:15 am – 11:30 am.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Thursday, September 19th: We will head to the NC Zoo in Asheboro. We will leave the church at 8:00 a.m and have lunch at the park. Cost is $13.00 and is due by September 8th. Tuesday, December 3rd: We will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. More details to come. Cost is $42.00 and is due by October 27th. Sign-up sheets are on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer.

Realm Connect: Check it out today! It’s our new way to stay connected with you – and you with us. It’s easy to create an account. Just go to onrealm.org to get started. If you download the app on your phone/computer, the code is: fpcma. An email reminder was sent out this week to invite you to Realm. If you have any problems or questions, feel free to call Lynn in the church office.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Will be held on Thursday, September 12th, at 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. If you are assisting with this ministry, please check the sign-up sheet for the schedule.

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: Foods for the month of September are: Canned Vegetables and Cooking Oil. They accept all non-perishable foods.

CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations! To the Youell family as they welcomed Elijah Jackson Youell into the family on Friday, August 23rd. Blanton and Lauren are the proud parents. Eli will be well-loved by his big sisters, Maddie and Claire.

Congratulations! To Randy Cockerell and Dr. Jennie Burrowes on the birth of their daughter, Miriam Rose Cockerell, who was born on September 1, 2019. Margaret Cockerell is the proud grandmother and Bobbie Lane is the proud great-grandmother.

Birthdays: 9/8: Naaman Ballentine, Tim East, Hampton Hatcher; 9/9: Luke Morrison; 9/10: Brent Ferry; 9/11: Skyler Harrison; 9/12: Tim Minter, Megan Ballentine; 9/14: Marinda Rives

Anniversaries: 9/10: Steven and Annette Lowe