Archive for August, 2011

Welcoming FPCMA’s new members!

This past Sunday we welcomed four new families into our church family. Please make a point of getting to know these wonderful folks:

Sara, Rick and Oren Bailey

Jessica Johnson

Megan, Timmesa, Samuel, Matthew and Jeff Eads

John Mayes

We are elated to welcome all of you to our FPCMA family!

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Weekly Grapevine.8.28.11


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Please join your church family this coming Sunday, August 28th, as we kick-off our new church year with friends, family, fellowship, food, worship, and the God who makes all things new!

Day’s Schedule:

9:45  – Coffee & pastries in the Fellowship Hall

  • Introduction of The Gathering – a wonderful new way to experience God’s presence with other children, youth and adults every Sunday morning.

11:00 – Worship

  • We’ll be welcoming FOUR new families into church membership!
  • Perfect Attendance Recognition
  • Rally Day Sermon: “There Goes God, Making Everything So New!”

 12:00 – The infamous Pig Pickin’ & covered dish lunch at Westwood Park

  • Hands-down, the best church meal of the year!
  • Bring your favorite side dish and dessert to share
  • Wonderful, enriching fellowship with your family of faith
  • Spontaneous games of tag, kickball, football & frisbee golf to follow


Get the new church year started off right with your church family!


“For I am about to create a new heavens and a new earth;

the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

Isaiah 65:17

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Weekly Grapevine.8.21.11

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Dear Mission Partners/members of FPC:

I invite you all to come meet the Fleming family!

On Saturday September 10th you will have an opportunity to meet the Fleming family as we at FPC join with the Greater Mount Airy Area Habitat for Humanity and several other local congregations who have committed their time and resources to building the Fleming family a new home in the Lowgap community.  Let’s be good neighbors in Christ to Jeff & Angie, Jeffrey (18), Jaron (11), Isaac (9), Steele (6), and Emma (5).

So bring your tools, including your energy and enthusiasm, as we reach out in love to this family who desperately needs to replace their current home which is literally falling apart and very overcrowded. We’ll meet at the church that morning (time TBA) and work for the morning and early afternoon.  For those that are not able to pound a few nails, or provide manual labor, our church has agreed to provide lunch for the work crews – perhaps you can assist in this way!

Please stop by and speak to one of your fellow Mission Partners after worship this coming Sunday to sign up so we know who is coming, and how many Partners to plan for!

Thanks for all that you already do in living out the Gospel message in following Jesus’ call to love one another!

The Missions Ministry Team

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Wanted: Choir Singers.  New music director searching for any and all adults, middle school and high school students, including those without prior singing experience, to join the Chancel choir.  Choral positions available in the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass sections (no others need apply 😉 )

Qualifications: Must be able to see director wave her arms, and must be able to read, speak, and understand English.

Prior Experience: If you’ve sung “Happy Birthday”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, or “Three Blind Mice” before, you’re good to go.

Benefits: Social Security—The ensemble promises the security of being social during rehearsal (even if the director frequently has to tell you to stop chatting with your neighbor).

Please Apply in Person: Meet us this Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 pm in the choir room downstairs. Bring nothing but yourself and a joyful, serving heart!

A choir director once said:  “If God gave you a singing voice, give thanks by singing boldly and joining the choir.  If God didn’t give you a singing voice, sing really loudly to get back at Him!”

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Weekly Grapevine. 8.14.11

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Death of Charlie Briley

The sympathy of the congregation is extended today to Nath Briley, a former member of our church, whose father, Charlie, died yesterday. The funeral for Charlie will be at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte at 10:30am on Monday. Nath was a very active member of our church back in the late 1990s, and a number of our current church members remember him. Now a Presbyterian minister himself, Nath will be officiating his father’s service.

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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Now you can listen to our weekly worship services on iTunes!

Simply search for “First Presbyterian Church Mount Airy” under podcasts in iTunes, or just click on the link below:


Each service can be accessed and played individually.  You can also subscribe to the podcast and download worship services to your iPod/iPhone to “take worship” with you!

This is not only a great way to catch up on worship services you miss, but also so your family and friends can experience FPCMA worship as well.  So make sure you share this link with people you know and encourage them to “tune in!”



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Like every one of you, Jane Rountree is a church member who in some way touches the lives of other church members. Every time we celebrate communion, we do so with bread baked from scratch by Jane and prepared for us by her and Bill.  So it’s no surprise that in recent years, as Jane has faced some health concerns, you all have been there for her and Bill in profound ways.

I experienced one of those ways this morning. I met Jane and Bill at Forsyth Hospital, where Jane was undergoing surgery. I got there just as they were wheeling her off to the last holding room. I held her hand and told her that her church loved her and was praying for her.  She said she knew this, and a big smile spread across her face as she recounted what happened earlier that morning.  Our youth group, the Beacons, had called her from Montreat, NC, where they are attending the youth conference this week.  They passed around the cell phone and spoke to her individually; then put her on speaker and wished her well as a group.

I was profoundly touched that our youth would take time to do this in the midst of a busy and fast-paced youth conference experience, where it’s very easy to forget what’s going on back home.  It showed me that our young people genuinely care for our older members. I’ve seen it work the other way too; as Youth Sundays are always our most well-attended worship services, with our older members leading the way.

Not all churches can claim a genuine care and compassion across the generations, but ours can.  And I can’t tell you how thankful I am for this as your pastor.  It’s one of the many reasons I am truly honored to serve you and serve with you.

Jane is doing well, by the way; and there’s a good possibility that the cancer they had feared was there is not.  Continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Also remember in prayer Mae Turpin, who is at Northern Hospital; as well as Tom Bagnal at Golden Living. In fact, consider taking it a step further and going to visit with these people. Connor, Hunter and I spent some time with Mae today and it made her day, as it did ours.

And while I’m on it, there are some folks who will be leaving us in the near future.  Ann Windley will be moving to live nearer to her children, and CJ and Bettee Karcanes will be relocating to Florida. We’ve been joking for months now about how people in the church (your pastor included!) were secretly praying that CJ and Bettee’s house wouldn’t sell and they’d be stuck here! But we know they go with God’s blessing; and they and Ann will certainly go with ours. Please make a point of seeking these folks out personally. How we say goodbye in the family of faith is just as important as how we say hello.

So much in a congregation’s life is in constant flux – people in the hospital, youth groups at conferences, cherished members moving and new people joining our family of faith (as a number will on August 28th for New Member Sunday).  In the midst of all that change, however, we give thanks that God’s love for us – and our love for each other – does not!

Your pastor and friend,


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