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Lenten Bible Study 2010

Our Lenten Bible study series begins on February 24th , with dinner at 5:45 and Bible study beginning at 6:30. So come join us as we grow in our relationship with God and each other.

Preschool – 5th Grade: Will explore “Let All Creation Sing” Through stories, crafts, movies, hands on experiences and more we will learn the lessons of Lent from the animals of the season. Your kids will have an amazing time learning during this season of Lent, while laughing and playing at the same time.

Beacons: “The Beauty of God” During this Lenten season the Beacons will explore God’s love for us through the beauty of art and creation. Each week the Beacons will explore scripture through a different art form. They will have the opportunity to create their own works of art, and come to better understand how God brings the beauty of art into our lives. This is going to be VERY hands on and LOTS of fun! In order to have enough materials we do need as accurate a head count as possible. Please sign up if you plan to attend.

Adults: “Eating & Drinking Our Way To the Kingdom” Come gather around the proverbial dinner table as Steve and Bill Rountree lead us in an insightful engagement of the scriptures!

The study/discussion will be from 6:30-7:30 each Wednesday evening beginning February 24th – March 17.

In order to plan properly for the meals and classes, please sign up on the Christian Education bulletin board if you plan to attend. The cost of dinner is $5 for adults and children 6th grade and up $3 for children 5th grade and under.

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Death of Opal Pike

Please be in prayer for Joe and Anne Pike and their family. Opal Pike, Joe’s mother, died Monday afternoon at her home. A service of celebration and thanksgiving for her life will be held today, Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mount Airy.

We give thanks to God for Opal, and we will walk with her as she completes her life’s journey on Thursday!

If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Romans 14:8

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Get used to this phrase, as you’ll be hearing it a lot in the coming weeks!  You’ll hear it as we talk about the many activities of Lent.  You’ll hear it as we talk about Spring Discipleship and putting our many time & talents to good use.  You’ll hear it from the pulpit as well.

It’s been a time-honored tradition in the church to “give something up” for the season of Lent. The history of this points is rooted deep in the practice of fasting and abstinence; a way of self-denial that takes the focus off our own selves and re-orients us to God and the journey of this time of year.  However, over many years this tradition has been watered down and misinterpreted.  We “give up” things such as chocolate or carbonated drinks; and either one of two things typically happens.  We either break that promise at some point in the 40-day journey and feel guilty about it, or we hold strong to our conviction, only to gorge ourselves on Easter.

Neither really captures the essence of the Christian journey – a journey that calls us into community with each other and calls the community to the building-up of the kingdom of God on earth.  This kingdom, that we are partners with Jesus in developing, is one where scripture tell us:

“…..the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together…..” (Isaiah 11:6)

and one where Jesus

“…..will dwell with them, they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21: 3b-4)

This is active work, not passive.  This is each person in the community of faith doing their part together to bring about something that is different from what is currently taking place. There simply isn’t a way for Christians to fulfill their calling as followers of Christ if we’re not willing to get our hands dirty.

That’s why the slogan for Lent this year, and for our 2010 Spring Discipleship season, is this: Don’t Give Something Up For Lent – Take Something On! And here’s the challenge: rather than giving up chocolate or soft drinks this Lent, rather than swearing not to swear for 40 days, take a different approach.  Take Something On. Look for ways you can actively serve God and, in the process, serve as a witness to the One who changed the world by engaging it directly.  And keep this in mind: in the church there is no such thing as “I’ve done my time.”  For we never cease being useful to God!

The Discipleship Ministry team wishes to help you in this by linking you with the various ministry teams of our church to get involved.  On Dedication Sunday, March 21st, we will have a Take-Something-On church-wide covered-dish lunch after worship.  You and your family are invited to attend and join in the fellowship!  And at this lunch, each of the sessional ministry teams will have a table where you can sign up for anything and everything to do with the ministry of this great church.  Thought about serving a meal at Friends Feeding Friends? You can sign up!  Want to put your teaching passion to work as our Christian Education ministry is revamped?  You’ll get the chance!  And if you absolutely can’t make the lunch, a master list will be posted in the upstairs foyer outside the sanctuary for a few weeks.

We are so excited as we imagine every church member “taking something on” this Lenten season, and throughout the church year.  Please prayerfully consider where and how God is calling you to serve – not just in ways that you’ve served before, but especially in new exciting ways.  And remember this as we move forward: our faith is not determined by what we “give up,” but by what we “take on” in the name of Christ!

Blessings always,

Jennifer Logan and Mike Branch, Co-moderators, Discipleship Ministry Team

Steve Lindsley, Pastor

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Death of June Anderson

Please be in prayer for Ed Anderson and his family. June Anderson died Sunday afternoon at Northern Hospital after a long illness. Visitation will be this Wednesday night from 6-8pm at Moody’s Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be on Thursday, Feb. 18th at 2pm at Moody’s.

We give thanks to God for June, and we will walk with her as she complete’s her life’s journey on Thursday!

If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Romans 14:8

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Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 7th

Hey folks! Once again a winter storm makes itself known to us on a weekend! However, the rain and above-freezing temperatures that accompanied the storm yesterday have kept the main roads fairly clear. The church parking lot and sidewalks have all been scraped.

With that in mind we WILL have Sunday morning worship tomorrow, but we will NOT have Sunday school, to give the outside surfaces time to thaw from the freezing temperatures that are supposed to come tonight. Sunday afternoon activities will continue as planned – the mentor/confirmation meeting at 4pm and the Beacons Super Bowl party later at the Brown’s home.

Stay warm and dry tonight, and we’ll see you tomorrow. Even though things should be fine, as always drive safely. And remember to bring your Hunger & Hope Offering – cans of soup and donations for the Souper Bowl!

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Hey folks! It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means we will collect our Hunger & Hope Offering in worship. It’s our way of helping defeat hunger and poverty locally and around the world!

This month, though, we’re going to do things a bit different than usual. As you know, our youth group, the Beacons, are collecting cans and donations for their Souper Bowl offering. Along with the youth groups from three other Main Street churches, all cans collected will go to Yokefellow Ministries and their Food Bank. Last year they raised enough cans to "keep the soup flowing" nearly through the end of the year!

For February, our Hunger & Hope offering will go to support this wonderful effort. For food donations you are asked to bring canned soup, and our "pennies" offering will go to help purchase even more soup. Checks should be made out to "First Presbyterian Church" with "Souper Bowl" in the notation line.

THANK YOU for your help as we truly make a difference in the lives of people, all in the name of Jesus Christ!

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Summer Mexico Mission Trip

Salem Presbytery churches will join together this summer for two mission trips to Chiapas, MX, June 26th-July 4th and July 3-11th. Mission travelers in the first week will provide unskilled construction labor in a rural village setting, while mission travelers in the second week will provide unskilled construction labor at Las Manos de Cristo medical clinic on the campus of the Alfa Omega Bible School in Ocosingo.

Far removed from border states, major cities and drug related violence, Chiapas is Mexico’s southernmost state and arguably one of the safest states in all of MX.

Leaders for Week One will be Brad Morton and Mike Farrell from Oak Ridge Presbyterian. John and Ginny Mills will be the group leaders for Week Two and will offer brief information sessions about both trips after worship in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 7th & Sunday, Feb. 14th. Deadline for registration and $100 deposit is March 1. Open to adults and youth over 14. Details are available online at http://www.salempresbytery.org/resources/mexicomission/mexicomissionpage2010.shtml

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