Archive for December, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope this day has been a special one for you and your family and friends.  And a White Christmas to boot!

Unfortunately, the arrival of today’s snow – which all weather forecasts have lasting through the night and into tomorrow with temperatures never getting above freezing – has led us to make the decision to cancel all church activities tomorrow.  Even if the roads are driveable (did I just make up a word there??), it’s doubtful that the church parking lot will be in good shape.

Two things to mention to you – first, in lieu of tomorrow morning worship, please head over to our website, www.fpcma.com, and experience/re-experience last night’s Candlelight/Communion service.  Talk about a worshipful and inspiring service!  Thanks again to everyone who gave of their talents and time to make it happen.

Second, as you know, tomorrow was to be Sandy Beam’s last Sunday with us as our Director of Music.  This is one of the the things that pains me most about having to cancel worship.  I spoke with Sandy tonight to inform him of the decision and to congratulate him on his now-official retirement!  Let me suggest, if you do the Facebook thing, to leave a comment on Sandy’s wall and thank him for his ministry with us.

Be warm, be safe and enjoy this Christmas night!



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Christmas Eve greetings

What a wonderful day of worship at First Presbyterian!  The children’s Christmas pageant was, as always, a pure joy to be part of, as our church’s children shared with us the Christmas story and the true meaning of the season.  And the Christmas Candlelight/Communion service was incredibly uplifting and inspiring.  There is nothing quite like singing the last verse of “Silent Night” a capella with the sanctuary glowing with candlelight.  Many thanks to the members of H20 N2 Wine, the Draughn siblings and Shelley McCluskey for sharing their musical gifts!

If you missed the service or want to re-experience it, head over to www.fpcma.com to listen to it in its entirety.  You can also read my Christmas Eve meditation, What’s Missing From The Manger as well.

My Christmas wish for each of you is that you get to spend time with the ones you love, experience the joy of giving (and perhaps getting too!), and most of all, give thanks to God for the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ.  From my family and I – heartfelt blessings to you all and a Merry Christmas!


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Christmas Cantata this Sunday

Every Sunday at First Presbyterian is special, but some are extra-special!  Such is the case this coming Sunday, December 19, as our Chancel Choir shares its Christmas Cantata, “Carols, Communion and Candlelight,” under the leadership of Sandy Beam and Mark Merritt.  This cantata will take place during our 11am worship and will also include the sacrament of Communion.

We look forward to you joining us as we continue to celebrate the arrival of the Christ child in our midst!

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Death of Legh Beal’s stepfather

Please keep Legh Beal and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  Her stepfather, Curtis Elkins, died on Monday, December 13th.  There will be an informal visitation at the home of Legh’s mother, Beth Elkins,  on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Greensboro.  The service to the witness of the resurrection will take place on Friday, December 17th at 2:00pm at Muirs Chapel Methodist Church, also in Greensboro.

If we live, we live to the Lord.  And if we die, we die to the Lord.  So whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s! Romans 14:8

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Service of Celebration for Sandy

This Sunday, December 12, will be a special day in the life of our church, as we will have the opportunity to celebrate the ministry of a treasured member of our church.  Sandy Beam, our church’s Music Director and organist, has faithfully served this congregation for 44 years and will be retiring at the end of this year.  We will gather in the sanctuary at 6pm for a special service of celebration, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

Please make arrangements to join us, and encourage any others in the community to attend.  Let us give thanks to God for Sandy’s ministry at First Presbyterian!

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Worship this morning is ON!

Happy Sunday morning, folks!  This is just to let you know that we will have all Sunday morning activities as scheduled this morning.  The main roads are damp but not icy, and the church parking lot is fine as well.  Temps are right above freezing and should stay there for the rest of the day.

So come worship with us this morning, on this Second Sunday of Advent, as we continue making preparations for the birth of Jesus!

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Offering for Hunger and Hope

As you prepare for worship on this first Sunday of December, remember the less fortunate by bringing your loose change & non-perishable foods to fill up our baskets as we receive our Offering for Hunger & Hope. Yokefellow foods for the month of December are: Canned Milk and Canned Pasta. Remember, EVERY little bit makes a HUGE difference!

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