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TODAY – SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

Head Usher: Jason Pflug

Side Usher: Mike Branch

Spark Teachers: Skyler and Nicole Harrison

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Sept 16

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons in the Lighthouse

Mon, Sept 17

8:15 am – First Steps Program

3:00 pm – Relay for Life T-Shirt Distribution

Tues, Sept 18

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Sept 19

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Sept 20

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, Sept 21

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Sat, Sept 22

Relay for Life Event/Veteran’s Park

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Mary “Dee” and Barry Brown (Beth Pequeno’s parents), Nancy Dixon (in Uganda), Betty Jane King (Ted King’s mother), Claire Merritt, Patsy Reynolds, Jane Rountree, Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Pamela Arnason, Sarah and Jason Bailey, Natalie Branch, Faith Baptist Church Family, Roxanne Gartland, Robert Gwyn, Treva Puckett, Quinton Rogers, U. S. Military, Nathan Zeller

CHURCH MINISTRIES

There will be a Congregational Meeting held next Sunday, September 23rd immediately following worship to elect a Nominating Committee to nominate elders for the class of 2021.

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 Spark (a Bible-based and Christ-centered curriculum for kids of all ages). If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory and honor of our parents, Floyd and Marjorie Rees and Paul & Cornelia Reeves by Gene and Peggy Rees.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: September 23: 1 Cor. 11:2-16; September 30: 1 Cor. 11:17-34

Beacons: Will meet in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m. The Banfields will provide dinner.

Keenagers: Will have lunch on Thursday, September 20th at Old North State Winery at 11:30 a.m. We will discuss the activities planned for the rest of the year.

Current Address for Claire Merritt: Claire took a fall recently and is recuperating at Salemtowne Rehab. Her address there is: 1460 Babcock Drive, Room 8152, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. We know she would love to hear from her church family!

Wednesday Night Supper and Bible Study: Our church will gather around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday nights (September 5-October 10) in the fall. Dinner will be provided each night and will be served at 6:00 pm. Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15. This fall, we will hear from various local mission partners. This Wednesday, we will hear from Barbara Saulpaugh with Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling. Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the Koinonia Room today, call the church office or follow this link: https://doodle.com/poll/frfqbxhv8kngn54y. Childcare will be provided.

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.

Children’s Sunday School: Begins Sunday, October 7th at 9:45. There will be three different classes for Preschool, younger and older elementary-aged kids. We are looking for adults who want to spend time with these kids and learn the scriptures with them by committing to teach 3 out of 4 Sundays for four months. At this time, we need a Pre-K teacher and assistant and a younger elementary assistant. Please see Valerie Parker if you are interested or email her at kids@fpcma.com.

Mount Airy Women’s Bible Study: This is a group of (young-ish!) women who join together in fellowship in the name of Jesus Christ, seeking to grow together through friendship, prayer, and study of the Bible. We meet each Wednesday from 9:30 – 11:15 at the First Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Gatewood: (610) 715-3688.

FINANCIAL

Financial Update
Jan-Aug 2018 Jan-Aug 2017
Income $147,064.30 $159,311.46
Expenses $143,036.81 $160,726.41
Great things are happening at First Presbyterian.  They can’t happen without your presence here.  Thank you for coming to worship!   Great things also can’t happen without your financial support.   Thank you for giving.  Your tithes and offerings have allowed 7 Beacons and 2 leaders to worship and laugh together at the Montreat Youth Conference, supported an amazing outpouring of volunteers for Children’s Ministry from Spark to a vibrant VBS, nurtured a growing number of young families and children, welcomed new adults into our fellowship, and continued the daily life of congregation.

 

The Budget Committee would like to provide the congregation with a brief summary of our finances in the first 8 months of the year.  Our finances are in good shape; our income exceeding our expenses.  Thank you.  If you have any questions, see Elder Debbie Stoltz.

CELEBRATIONS

 

Birthdays: 9/16: Jai Daniels, Timmesa Wishart; 9/20: Peggy Rees; 9/21: Teresa Bouma

Anniversaries: None this week 

Relay for Life: It’s almost here! Next Saturday evening, September 22nd at Veteran’s Park. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. JOIN US as we come together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

 

  • Opening Ceremony – 4:00 p.m.
  • Survivor/Caregiver Walk – 6:00 p.m.
  • Luminaria Ceremony – 9:00 p.m.
  • Closing Ceremony – 11:00 p.m.
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Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class starts this Sunday.  Join us. We will meet from 9:45 to 10:45 this Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.  The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups.  Griff will be teaching.   Childcare is available.

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

 Prayers

Our Church Family: Mary “Dee” and Barry Brown (Beth Pequeno’s parents), Nancy Dixon (in Uganda), Betty Jane King (Ted King’s mother), Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Pamela Arnason, Sarah and Jason Bailey, Natalie Branch, Faith Baptist Church Family, Roxanne Gartland, Robert Gwyn, Treva Puckett, Quinton Rogers, U. S. Military, Nathan Zeller

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

 There will be a Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, September 23rd immediately following worship to elect a Nominating Committee to nominate elders for the class of 2021.

 The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in honor of my parents, Marion Henshaw Thayer and William Junior Arnold, by Bruce Arnold.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays – September 16: 1 Cor. 10:23-11:1; September 23: 1 Cor. 11:2-16; September 30: 1 Cor. 11:17-34

Beacon Parent Meeting: This afternoon at 4:45 p.m. in the Lighthouse.  Please bring your calendars as we will discuss the events for the upcoming year.

Beacons: Will be back in the Lighthouse for their first meeting of the fall this evening at 5:30 p.m.

Keenagers: Will have lunch on Thursday, September 20th at Old North State Winery at 11:30 a.m. We will discuss the activities planned for the rest of the year.

 Wednesday Night Supper and Bible Study: Our church will gather around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday nights (September 5-October 10) in the fall.  Dinner will be provided each night and will be served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.  This fall, we will hear from various local mission partners.  This Wednesday, we will hear about the Salvation Army.  Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the Koinonia Room today, call the church office  or follow this link: https://doodle.com/poll/frfqbxhv8kngn54y.  Childcare will be provided.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: started today.  Join us next week . We would meet 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.   All are welcomed to join us next week for the second half of Genesis.  Childcare is available.

Children’s Sunday school begins Sunday, October 7th at 9:45.  There will be three different classes for Preschool, younger and older elementary aged kids.  We are looking for adults who want to spend time with these kids and learn the scriptures with them by committing to teach 3 out of 4 Sundays for four months.  At this time we need a Pre-K teacher and assistant and an younger elementary assistant.  Please see Valerie Parker if you are interested or email her at kids@fpcma.com.

Join us this fall as we reconvene Mount Airy Women’s Bible Study on September 12! This is a group of (young-ish!) women who join together in fellowship in the name of Jesus Christ, seeking to grow together through friendship, prayer, and study of the Bible.

We meet Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:15 at the First Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. Childcare available. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Gatewood: (610) 715-3688.

WITNESS

 Friends Feeding Friends: (Helping to Feed our Community) Thursday, September 13th, 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The following people are signed up to assist: Steven Lowe, Bob and Sylvia Chilton and Bob Keck. Other volunteers are needed.

 CELEBRATIONS

 Birthdays: 9/9: John Scott, Luke Morrison; 9/10: Brent Ferry; 9/11: Skyler Harrison; 9/12: Megan Ballentine 9/14: Marinda Rives

 Anniversaries: 9/10: Steven and Annette Lowe

 

Relay for Life Luminaries and Pinwheel Flowers: Luminaries are placed around the track at Relay and are lit at dark. As the lights go down, we honor and remember those we love who have been touched by cancer.  The pinwheel flowers will be set up in a “garden.” These can be purchased by Valerie Parker or by calling or coming by the church during office hours and seeing Lynn Rigney.

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord. I’m excited to write you and to let you know that Valerie Parker has accepted the Personnel Committee’s invitation to serve as our interim coordinator for children’s discipleship.

Valerie is one of our own. She has been an active member of our church for over 15 years. You will recognize her as an active choir member, and if you’ve been here for more than a season or two, you will know that she has been an active volunteer with our kids and our youth.

Valerie will continue on in her full-time work at Surrey Bank. But, she will be helping coordinate our children’s programing until a permanent person fills the position.

Our congregation is in a time of active waiting. We are waiting for God to show us who the Lord will send to serve our congregation in the next few years. As we wait, there are things to do. One of those things is to hire Valerie. She will be the point person for our activities for kids. She will help us continue many good things and start some new things.

I invite everyone to pray for wisdom and humor for Valerie as she takes up this new responsibility. And, I’ll remind us all what the Personnel Committee assured Valerie: we are not expecting her to fill Shasta’s flip-flops. That is impossible! Her job description is different and she will only be working 10 to 15 hours a week. I told Valerie that she is signing up for “the ministry of invitation.” She will be inviting us- especially those of us who do not have young children- to get involved in what God is doing in our midst by giving us so many young kids to know and love.

If you’re a parent, You’ll hear from Valerie in the next few days about a meeting for all parents. This meeting will give us a time to talk about programming for the fall.

If you’d like to email Valerie, please email her kids@fpcma.com.

Grace and Peace,

Griff

 

During our worship service this Sunday morning (August 26th), we will pray for all of our students as they begin a new year of school. Children are invited to bring their backpacks (or book bags) to church with them to receive a blessing.

 

 

 

Immediately following worship, we will gather on the grounds of the church for an all-church picnic.  Our own Will Sheppard will be cooking some delicious meat on the grill.  Please bring your favorite side dishes and desserts to share! We will eat in the Fellowship Hall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Feel free to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon.  There will be games for kids and adults.

TODAY – AUGUST 19, 2018

Head Usher: Will Sheppard

Side Usher: Amy Heath

Summer Spark Teachers: Elizabeth Gatewood and Johanna Wilson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Aug 19

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

10:00 am –Worship/Spark

Mon, Aug 20

8:15 am – First Steps Summer Camp

Tues, Aug 21

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Aug 22

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Summer Camp

Thurs, Aug 23

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

Fri, Aug 24

8:15 am – First Steps Summer Camp

11:00 am – Relay for Life BBQ Lunch

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Mary “Dee” and Barry Brown (Beth Pequeno’s parents), Emily Keck, Betty Jane King (Ted King’s mother), Janice Younger

Friends of our Church Family: Pamela Arnason, Sarah and Jason Bailey, Natalie Branch, Roxanne Gartland, Robert Gwyn, Treva Puckett, Quinton Rogers, U. S. Military, Nathan Zeller

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God by Jason, Liz, Alli, Isabelle and Henry Pflug.

Flowers for Sunday Worship: We have dates available for anyone that would like to place flowers in the church on Sunday morning.  The dates are as follows: August 26, September 23 and 30.  Call the church office or sign up on the list in the upstairs foyer.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: August 26: 1 Cor. 9: 1-27; September 2: 1 Cor. 10: 1-22; September 9: 1 Cor. 10: 23-11:1; September 16: 1 Cor. 11: 2-16

Free books! There are books outside of Shasta’s former office that are free for the taking.  Stop by and pick something up to read this last month of summer.

Blessing of the Backpacks and All Church Picnic! On Sunday, August 26th during worship, we will pray for students as they begin a new year of school.  Students, bring your backpacks! After worship, we will picnic on the grounds of the church.   Please bring a side or dessert to share.  Will Sheppard will be cooking up some divine and delicious meat on the grill.  (Let Will know if you’d like to help) There will be games for kids and adults.

Hear About the Results of Listening Sessions with Sarah Butler: Sarah Butler presented her findings and recommendations in a post-worship meeting on July 8. You can watch the YouTube video of her presentation or read a one-page summary by visiting church website (fpcma.com), clicking on the “News and Events” tab. Links for both the video and summary document can be found there, embedded within a letter written by Sarah at the top of the page.

New Addresses: Two of our own, Nancy Davis and Mildred Jones, have asked us to pass along their addresses in their recent moves to be closer to family:

Nancy – 5812 #1 Meadows Ct, Crozet, VA 22932; Mildred – AL7 Friends Homes West, 6100 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27410.  Send them a card to let them know they are missed.

Bell Choir Practice: Will begin on Thursday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m. in the Koinonia Room. Contact Ellen Eich, elseich@peoplepc.com; Anna Bush, ruthie1979@msn.com or Jane Tesh, sjtesh@hotmail.com; if you have any questions or would be interested in joining.  Beginners are welcome!

Choir Practice: Begins on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room. New members are always welcome.  If you love to make a joyful noise, join us!

Wednesday Night Supper and Bible Study: Our church will gather around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 5-October 10) in the fall.  Dinner will be provided each night and will be served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.   Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning today or follow this link: https://doodle.com/poll/frfqbxhv8kngn54y.  There will be supervised children activities.

Want to walk through the Bible over the next Academic Year?  Griff is interested in teaching a Sunday School Class starting in September that would walk through the Bible book by book. We would meet from 10:00 to 10:45 each Sunday.   Please let him know if you are interested in attending.  Children are welcome and childcare can be available.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 8/21: Bob Keck; 8/24: Griff Gatewood, Steve Yokeley; 8/25: Margaret Cockerell 

Anniversaries: 8/21: Joel and Beth McCrosky

Relay for Life Luminaries and Pinwheel Flowers: Luminaries are placed around the track at Relay and are lit at dark. As the lights go down, we honor and remember those we love who have been touched by cancer.  The pinwheel flowers will be set up in a “garden.” These can be purchased by Valerie Parker or by calling or coming by the church during office hours and seeing Lynn Rigney.

Our church will gather around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 5-October 10) in the fall. Dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.  Dinner will be provided each night. Cost is $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning today or follow this link: https://doodle.com/poll/frfqbxhv8kngn54y.