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Dear First Presbyterian Church,

Thank you again for opening your hearts and lives to me once again this summer. I learned so much from my listening sessions with you, and was glad to share my findings and recommendations after church last Sunday, July 8.

For those who could not attend, start by taking a look at this YouTube video of my presentation. It really is the best way to get a sense of what I heard and the recommendations I made as result.

As a supplement, consider reviewing this one-page summary of the presentation as well. While the video is the most helpful way to understand my heart for you, the ways I see God moving in your congregation, and the suggestions I have for your way forward, the summary document is a useful reinforcement.

I look forward to learning more about how you move with grace and wisdom into the next chapter of your congregational life. God is with you; I eagerly await discovering what the Lord has in store for FPC!

With love in Christ,

Sarah Butler

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Dear friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus on this Monday afternoon.

One of the very exciting things happening in our congregation right now is the growth in number of young children and families. As we look towards to the fall and plan educational and community-building activities for children, the personnel committee realized that we need help immediately.  So, the search is on for a Interim Coordinator of Children’s Discipleship to fill the gap until we make our official, long-term hire. Here is the announcement from last Sunday’s bulletin:

The Session of First Presbyterian Church Mount Airy is seeking an Interim Coordinator of Children’s Discipleship to serve in a temporary capacity. The interim position will conclude upon hire of permanent staff member. The position will be 10-15 hours / week, and primarily entail, though not be limited to, the coordination of midweek and Sunday programming for children 5th grade and under. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact FPC pastor, Griff Gatewood, griff@fpcma.com for more information or a job description. Position open until filled.  Applications will begin to be reviewed by the personnel committee on August 1.   

Here is a link to the job description.

Yesterday, Sarah spoke of actively waiting for the Lord to bring to us the long-term person prepared to work in our midst; this position will help us continue to nurture our kids as we plan and wait for the future the Lord is bringing to fruition. Please spread the word to people and your social network who might be a good fit.

Grace and Peace,  Griff

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Sunday: Report-Out on Summer 2018 Listening Sessions: Sarah Butler will be presenting the findings and recommendations from her church-wide listening sessions today after the service in the Koinonia Room. Coffee and snacks provided.  Please come and hear what she has learned from listening to you and discerning where God is leading next!

 The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frederick Earl Barnett by his loved ones.

Beacons/Youth on the Town: (6th-12th grade): We will be gathering at Johanna Wilson’s house (across from the Lighthouse) this evening at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to have fun!  We may build a fire and have s’mores and play volleyball.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet at Pages at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12th.  Join us for coffee and a great discussion.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: July 15: 1 Cor. 4:1-21; July 22: 1 Cor. 5:1-12; July 29: 1 Cor. 6:1-11

Flowers for Sunday Worship: We have openings available if you would like to place flowers in the church on Sunday morning(s). The dates are: July 22, 29 and August 5, 12, 19 and 26. The signup sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.

Summer Adult Sunday School Opportunity: Learning to Pray Together   Sarah Butler is leading a short 6-week series on prayer at 9:00-9:45 am, ending July 8, and meeting in the Ladies’ Parlor.The topic for the last session on July 8 is outreach and discerning how to love our neighbor in Mount Airy.

Sign up to teach Summer Spark! We still have a couple of dates for folks to sign up to lead Summer Spark. The dates available are: July 15 and August 19.  Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board across the hallway from the kitchen. Teaching involves playing a short Bible-based video with matching coloring project, as well as leading children in memorization of Psalm 23 and 3 catechism questions. A teaching process overview handout is available; ask Sarah Butler (sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com) if you have more questions.

WITNESS

 PB & J Collection: We are collecting peanut butter and jelly for our Sandwich Saturday ministry.  There are boxes on the table in the Koinonia Room for you to place any items.

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church.  The sign-up sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.  Please sign up to volunteer with this ministry.

 Sandwich Saturdays: Have begun and will run through August 18th.  Please sign up on the board (in the Koinonia Room) or see Jason Pflug if you’d like to assist with this ministry. Volunteers will meet on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  They will make sandwiches and assemble lunches in bags.  Some volunteers will then assist the police to deliver the meals.  This is a two-hour commitment and a great opportunity for all church members from kids to Keenagers to serve together.

Summer Sandwich Feeding Program: Volunteers are needed to assist the Mount Airy City Schools in feeding hungry children.  Help is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 at the High School cafeteria beginning June 18th.  A signup sheet is on the board in the Koinonia Room.  If you need further info, see Jason Pflug.

Lead Teacher Needed for First Steps Two Year-Old Class: First Presbyterian Church is seeking to hire a lead teacher for the two year-old class for First Steps, a childcare program of the church that nurtures the spiritual and social lives of toddlers.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the position, please contact Griff Gatewood (griff@fpcma.com) or Amy Heath (amyr33@gmail.com).

Shining Light in Uganda: The maternal and child healthcare project that Dave and Nancy Dixon have been working on in Uganda is continuing.  Nancy is returning July 8 and Dave, July 24.

The Healthcare Education and Rapid Transportation (HEaRT) project is being implemented in all 6 parishes of Orom Sub-county, Kitgum District, Uganda.

The next phase of this project will be focusing on the initiation of a motorcycle ambulance service.  The motorcycle ambulances, eRangers, are designed similar to a motorbike with a sidecar.  However, the sidecar is specially designed to securely transport a person while lying down.  The project focuses on comfortably transporting pregnant women with this vehicle.  These vehicles have already been successfully piloted in other areas of Uganda.

The ambulance team will be trained in basic “first responder skills” to enable immediate basic lifesaving skills to be administered at the scene, if needed, apply basic first aid, and conduct appropriate triage to enable accurate communication to the closest health facility to coordinate transport of the patient(s).

Nancy and Dave are inviting us to participate with them and their team in Uganda by providing solar powered lamps and headlamps to the ambulance crews, traditional birth referral agents, village health teams and Health Center Workers.

Our first goal is to send 50 rechargeable headlamps.  These would be utilized for nighttime work by first responders, ambulance crews, and care providers to address the emergency needs of patients.   Sponsor a headlamp for $15.

Our second Goal is to send 15 Collapsible Solar Lanterns.  These lanterns not only provide light but can recharge a headlamp or a cell phone.  They will be placed in Health Centers and ambulances.

Last Sunday we raised $975 dollars!   This is enough to send 15 lamps and 15 head lamps.    Those are headed to Africa with Nancy today.  Now we hope to raise $275 more to purchase the remaining 18 headlamps.   Our deadline is next Sunday, July 15th.

You can give by dropping a check in the church offering plate or by the church office.  Write: Light for Uganda in the memo line.  If you would like to give cash, please make sure that it is in a marked envelope. Please make sure that your donation is separate than your regular gift to the church.

CELEBRATIONS

 Birthdays: 7/8: Lucas Fowler, Cole Younger, Pamela Radford; 7/9: Brad Ballentine; 7/10: Philip Daniels, Grady Lewis, Katherine Seivers; 7/11: Lisa Petri; 7/12: Nicole Harrison; 7/13: Josh Clark

 Anniversaries: 7/10: Paul and Cecelia Belk; 7/13: Steve and Ann Yokeley

WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

Sun, Jul 8                                                         Wed, Jul 11

9:00 am – Learning to Pray Together                    Weekly Grapevine Items Due

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School                           5:30 pm – Beacons to Wilson’s

10:00 am –Worship/Spark

Thurs, Jul 12

Tues, Jul 10                                                      8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Sat, Jul 14

10:00 am – Sandwich Saturday

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

 Prayers

Our Church Family: Mary “Dee” and Barry Brown (Beth Pequeno’s parents)

Friends of our Church Family: Sarah and Jason Bailey, Robert Gwyn, Quinton Rogers

There are prayer cards at each entrance to the sanctuary for you to list any prayers or praises.  You may drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

 

TODAY – JUNE 24, 2018

Head Usher: Sandy Bowers

Side Usher: Mike Beal

Summer Spark Teachers: Peggy and Gene Rees

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jun 24

9:00 am – Learning to Pray Together

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

10:00 am –Worship/Spark

Tues, Jun 26

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jun 27

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

5:30 pm – Youth on the Town/Beacons to Gatewood’s house

Thurs, Jun 28

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

6:00 pm – Relay for Life Meeting

Sat, Jun 30
10:00 am – Sandwich Saturday

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Mariah Branch, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Mark, Kate & Sam Brown & Family, Frieda Chauncey, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Steven Lowe, Wayne Lowe, Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Melanie Younger Winfree, Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Sarah and Jason Bailey, Nancy Breedlove, Darrell Dickerson, Roxanne Gartland, Robert Gwyn, Allison and Robin Hardin, Andy Hennis, Theresa May Johnson, Barbara Mathews, William Money, Nancy Quinn, Patsy Reynolds, Pam, Quinton Rogers

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Eloise Erin Morrison on the day of her baptism by her parents, Luke and Lizzie Morrison.

Beacons/Youth on the Town: (6th-12th grade): Our next get-together will be on Wednesday, June 27th. We will be gathering at the Gatewood’s house.

Summer Adult Sunday School Opportunity: Learning to Pray Together
Prayer is so integral to our lives as the people of God no matter what is happening, but especially when we are grieving, lamenting, upset, or transitioning. Sarah Butler will be leading a short 6-week series on prayer at 9:00-9:45 am, beginning Sunday, June 3 and ending Sunday, July 8 in the Ladies Parlor.

The topic for June 24 will be adult discipleship and church-wide Christian education.
The topic for next week, July 1, is bringing our hopes for the future of FPC to God.

Listening Sessions with Sarah Butler: Sarah is conducting a series of “listening sessions” with members of the congregation to better understand our diverse hopes, needs, desires, and concerns. If you are interested in this kind of conversation, please feel free to reach out to Sarah at church on Sundays or via email: sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com.

Report-Out on Summer 2018 Listening Sessions: Sarah Butler will be presenting the findings and recommendations from her church-wide listening sessions on Sunday, July 8, after the service in the Koinonia Room. Coffee and snacks provided. Please come and hear what she has learned from listening to you and discerning where God is leading next!

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

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Thursday, June 28th at 8:00 a.m. at Pages.  Join us for coffee and great discussion.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: June 24: 1 Cor. 1:17-2:5; July 1: 1 Cor. 2:6-3:4; July 8: 1 Cor. 3:5-23; July 15: 1 Cor. 4:1-21; July 22: 1 Cor. 5:1-12; July 29: 1 Cor. 6:1-11

Sign up to teach Summer Spark! We still need people to sign up to lead Summer Spark on a week-by-week basis. Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board across the hallway from the kitchen. Teaching involves playing a short Bible-based video with matching coloring project, as well as leading children in memorization of Psalm 23 and 3 catechism questions. A teaching process overview handout is available; ask Sarah Butler (sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com) if you have more questions.

 

WITNESS

PB & J Collection: We are collecting peanut butter and jelly for our Sandwich Saturday ministry.  There are boxes on the table in the Koinonia Room for you to place any items.

Sandwich Saturdays: Have begun and will run through August 18th.  Please sign up on the board (in the Koinonia Room) or see Jason Pflug if you’d like to assist with this ministry. Volunteers will meet on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  They will make sandwiches and assemble lunches in bags.  Some volunteers will then assist the police to deliver the meals.  This is a two hour commitment and a great opportunity for all church members from kids to Keenagers to serve together.

Offering for Hunger and Hope: We will receive our Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offerings next Sunday, July 1st.  The foods for the month of July are: Canned Fruit and Cereal.

Summer Sandwich Feeding Program: Volunteers are needed to assist the Mount Airy City Schools in feeding hungry children.  Help is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 at the High School cafeteria beginning June 18th.  A signup sheet is on the board in the Koinonia Room.  If you need further info, see Jason Pflug.

Lead Teacher Needed for First Steps Two Year-Old Class: First Presbyterian Church is seeking to hire a lead teacher for the two year-old class for First Steps, a childcare program of the church that nurtures the spiritual and social lives of toddlers.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the position, please contact Griff Gatewood (griff@fpcma.com) or Amy Heath (amyr33@gmail.com).

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 6/25: Johanna Wilson, Chad Stafford; 6/26: Joseph Dixon; 6/28: Emily Lowe; 6/29: Lizzie Pell; 6/30: Courtney Pike

Anniversaries: 6/27: Chad and Heather Stafford; 6/28: Jason and Liz Pflug

TODAY – JUNE 17, 2018

Head Usher: Sandy Bowers

Side Usher: Mike Beal

Summer Spark Teachers: Susanna Ives and Theresa Minter

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jun 17

9:00 am – Learning to Pray Together

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

10:00 am –Worship/Spark

11:15 am – Session Meeting

Tues, Jun 19

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jun 20

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

5:30 pm – Beacons to Kibler Valley

Thurs, Jun 21

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Sat, Jun 23

10:00 am – Sandwich Saturday

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Kim Branch, Mariah Branch, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Mark, Kate & Sam Brown & Family, Frieda Chauncey, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Steven Lowe, Wayne Lowe, Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Melanie Younger Winfree, Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Nancy Breedlove, Darrell Dickerson, Roxanne Gartland, Allison and Robin Hardin, Andy Hennis, Theresa May Johnson, Barbara Mathews, William Money, Nancy Quinn, Patsy Reynolds, Pam, Quinton Rogers

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of James and Hassie Midkiff by their daughter, Debbie Stoltz.

Beacons/Youth on the Town: (6th-12th grade): Our first get-together will be on Wednesday, June 20th.  The Heath family will host us at Kibler Valley. We always have lots of fun! Wear clothes AND SHOES that you do not mind getting wet, and bring a beach towel to dry off with.

Summer Adult Sunday School Opportunity: Learning to Pray Together

Prayer is so integral to our lives as the people of God no matter what is happening, but especially when we are grieving, lamenting, upset, or transitioning. Sarah Butler will be leading a short 6-week series on prayer at 9:00-9:45 am, beginning Sunday, June 3 and ending Sunday, July 8 in the Ladies’ Parlor.

The topic for June 17 will be the children of FPC and the future of children’s ministry. Childcare will be provided on June 17 at 9 am, should parents of young children like to attend but require some help with children that morning.

Listening Sessions with Sarah Butler: Sarah is conducting a series of “listening sessions” with members of the congregation to better understand our diverse hopes, needs, desires, and concerns. If you are interested in this kind of conversation, please feel free to reach out to Sarah at church on Sundays or via email: sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com.

Report-Out on Summer 2018 Listening Sessions: Sarah Butler will be presenting the findings and recommendations from her church-wide listening sessions on Sunday, July 8, after the service in the Koinonia Room. Coffee and snacks provided.  Please come and hear what she has learned from listening to you and discerning where God is leading next!

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

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: June 24: 1 Cor. 1:17-2:5; July 1: 1 Cor. 2:6-3:4; July 8: 1 Cor. 3:5-23; July 15: 1 Cor. 4:1-21; July 22: 1 Cor. 5:1-12; July 29: 1 Cor. 6:1-11

Sign up to teach Summer Spark: We still need people to sign up to lead Summer Spark on a week-by-week basis. Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board across the hallway from the kitchen. Teaching involves playing a short Bible-based video with matching coloring project, as well as leading children in memorization of Psalm 23 and 3 catechism questions. A teaching process overview handout is available; ask Sarah Butler (sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com) if you have more questions.

WITNESS

PB & J Collection: We are collecting peanut butter and jelly for our Sandwich Saturday ministry.  There are boxes on the table in the Koinonia Room for you to place any items.

Sandwich Saturdays: Will begin on Saturday, June 16th and will run through August 18th.  Please sign up on the board or see Jason Pflug if you’d like to assist with this ministry. Volunteers will meet on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  They will make sandwiches and assemble lunches in bags.  Some volunteers will then assist the police to deliver the meals.  This is a two-hour commitment and a great opportunity for all church members from kids to Keenagers to serve together.

Summer Sandwich Feeding Program: Volunteers are needed to assist the Mount Airy City Schools in feeding hungry children.  Help is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 at the High School cafeteria beginning June 18th.  See Jason Pflug for details.

CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to Nancy Davis on the birth of her great-grandson, Henry William Gibson, who was born Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Birthdays: 6/20: Doug Draughn, Averie Horton; 6/23: Cathy Harrison

Anniversaries: 6/20: Bob and Kathy Moody

 

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Music Notes: The composer of the month is Charles W. Ore.  He was Ellen’s organ professor at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois.  He recently retired as head of the music department at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.  The six books of his organ works show his unique style of hiding the melodic lines of familiar hymn tunes within sections of unusual rhythms and harmonies.

Last summer, we had the opportunity to assist with the Summer Feeding Program through the Mount Airy City Schools. It is a wonderful program that allows individuals or groups to come together to feed the kids in our community during the day. There are so many, that without this program, would not have access to nutritional meals over the summer.

There is a signup sheet that will either be in the hallway outside of the upstairs kitchen – or in the Koinonia Room.  If this is something you’re interested in helping with, please make sure that you seek out the signup sheet or speak to Jason Pflug.  Different groups (Circle 1, Keenagers, Beacons) or individuals alike can participate!

They are looking for volunteers particularly on Thursday mornings – from 10:30-11:30 am – at the High School cafeteria beginning this coming week.

TODAY – JUNE 10, 2018

Head Usher: Sandy Bowers

Side Usher: Mike Beal

Summer Spark Teachers: Cecelia Belk and Paul Belk

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jun 10

9:00 am – Learning to Pray Together

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

10:00 am –Worship/Spark

Mon, Jun 11

5:30 pm – Vacation Bible School

Tues, Jun 12

5:30 pm – Vacation Bible School

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jun 13

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

5:30 pm – Vacation Bible School

Thurs, Jun 14

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Study

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

Sat, Jun 16

10:00 am – Sandwich Saturday

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Mariah Branch, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Mark, Kate & Sam Brown & Family, Frieda Chauncey, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Steven Lowe, Wayne Lowe, Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Melanie Younger Winfree, Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Nancy Breedlove, Darrell Dickerson, Roxanne Gartland, Allison and Robin Hardin, Andy Hennis, Theresa May Johnson, Barbara Mathews, William Money, Nancy Quinn

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of our parents, Judge and Mrs. Fate Beal and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shelton by David and Millie Beal.

Beacons/Youth on the Town: (6th-12th grade): Our first get-together will be on Wednesday, June 20th. The Heath family will host us at Kibler Valley. We always have lots of fun! Wear clothes AND SHOES that you do not mind getting wet, and bring a beach towel to dry off with.

Vacation Bible School: Monday-Wednesday, June 11-13; Supper will be provided at 5:30 p.m. each night with classes to begin at 6:00 p.m. We’ll have classes from Nursery-5th grade. So, come join us! We’ll experience Jesus through music, art and games! If you haven’t already registered but are interested in doing so, please see Nicole Harrison or email her at nicole@moodyfs.com.

Summer Adult Sunday School Opportunity: Learning to Pray Together
Prayer is so integral to our lives as the people of God no matter what is happening, but especially when we are grieving, lamenting, upset, or transitioning. Sarah Butler will be leading a short 6-week series on prayer at 9:00-9:45 am, beginning Sunday, June 3 and ending Sunday, July 8 in the Ladies’ Parlor.

The topic for June 17 will be the children of FPC and the future of children’s ministry. Childcare will be provided on June 17 at 9 am, should parents of young children like to attend but require some help with children that morning.

Listening Sessions with Sarah Butler: Sarah is conducting a series of “listening sessions” with members of the congregation to better understand our diverse hopes, needs, desires, and concerns. If you are interested in this kind of conversation, please feel free to reach out to Sarah at church on Sundays or via email: sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com.

Report-Out on Summer 2018 Listening Sessions: Sarah Butler will be presenting the findings and recommendations from her church-wide listening sessions on Sunday, July 8, after the service in the Koinonia Room. Coffee and snacks provided. Please come and hear what she has learned from listening to you and discerning where God is leading next!

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

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: June 17: 1 Cor. 1:10-16; June 24: 1 Cor. 1:17-2:5; July 1: 1 Cor. 2:6-3:4; July 8: 1 Cor. 3:5-23; July 15: 1 Cor. 4:1-21; July 22: 1 Cor. 5:1-12; July 29: 1 Cor. 6:1-11

Sign up to teach Summer Spark: We still need people to sign up to lead Summer Spark on a week-by-week basis. Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board across the hallway from the kitchen. Teaching involves playing a short Bible-based video with matching coloring project, as well as leading children in memorization of Psalm 23 and 3 catechism questions. A teaching process overview handout is available; ask Sarah Butler (sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com) if you have more questions.

Shasta’s Office: A small team of people will be sorting through and emptying Shasta’s office in mid-June. The Session and church staff would like you to know that the door will be open between now and then, should you like to stop in and have some time to remember all the good, faithful work that took place in that space.

FINANCIAL

Financial Update
Jan-May 2018 Jan-May 2017
Income $101,598.30 $105,641.96
Expenses $95,109.28 $104,961.84
The Budget Committee would like to provide the congregation a brief summary of our finances in the first several months of the year. Our finances are in good shape, due to your faithfulness and generosity.  Our income exceeds our expenses. Our year to this point has been full of worship as we have observed Lenten Bible studies on Wednesday evenings, gathered on Sunday mornings and worshiped our Resurrected Lord on Easter morning. Your tithes and offerings have turned on the lights, paid our staff, provided meals for the hungry and allowed God’s name to be praised. As our summer unfolds, we are excited to have our pastoral intern, Sarah Butler, back with us for a brief time. We look forward to VBS, high school and college graduations, middle and high school retreats, Bible studies and numerous other activities within the life of the church.

WITNESS 

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, June 14th, 5:00 p.m.  Meet at First Baptist Church.  The following people are signed up to assist with this ministry to help feed folks in our community: Steven Lowe, Wayne and Joy Barlow, Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Bob Keck, and Mike Gatchel.

PB & J Collection: We are collecting peanut butter and jelly for our Sandwich Saturday ministry.  There are boxes on the table in the Koinonia Room for you to place any items.

Sandwich Saturdays: Will begin on Saturday, June 16th and will run through August 18th.  Please sign up on the board or see Jason Pflug if you’d like to assist with this ministry. Volunteers will meet on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  They will make sandwiches and assemble lunches in bags.  Some volunteers will then assist the police to deliver the meals.  This is a two hour commitment and a great opportunity for all church members from kids to Keenagers to serve together.

Summer Sandwich Feeding Program: Volunteers are needed to assist the Mount Airy City Schools in feeding hungry children.  Help is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 at the High School cafeteria beginning June 18th.  See Jason Pflug for details.

CELEBRATIONS

 Birthdays: 6/12: Gregg Hawks, Debbie Stoltz, Zack Wardle, Blanton Youell; 6/13: Ted King; 6/14: Pepper Mayes; 6/15: Alex Mayes

 Anniversaries: 6/11: Paul and Ellen Eich