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To the world outside our church doors, Lent doesn’t look much different than any other time of the year.  Our jobs continue to demand our time, there are still papers to write and tests to take for those of us in school.  There’s a house that needs cleaning, a dog that needs a trip to the vet, a refrigerator that needs the weekly supply of milk and eggs.  This is the same course of life we encounter each day of our lives, regardless of what church season we celebrate.

But within these four walls of the church, things change during Lent.  As we embark on the journey that takes us to the cross and ultimately to the Resurrection, we take time as God’s people to come together and focus on what this exactly means.  Beginning with Ash Wednesday, we chronicle the forty days that leads us to Good Friday and Easter.  It is perhaps one of the most important journeys of faith we take part in.

I encourage you and your family to make the next six Wednesday nights part of your special Lenten journey.  We’ll have Bible studies for children, youth and adults from 6:15-7:15.  In addition, we’ll have a brief Ash Wednesday devotion service tomorrow night immediately following the Bible study.  It’s my great hope that we all will take time out of the busy lives we lead to commit to being part of this Lenten journey – be it through a Wednesday night Bible study or special worship experiences.  Let’s all make that trip together as the people of God!

On a personal note, it is hard to believe that this Lent marks the beginning of my tenth year as your pastor.  I can still remember very well standing before you in worship on March 2, 2003; grateful for your call and eager to serve with and for you.  Now, in 2012, that call remains as strong as ever.  Lorie, Connor, Hunter and I still love living in Mount Airy and being able to call FPCMA our church home.  God willing, we’ll have many more years of worship and service together!

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Weekly Grapevine – February 19, 2012

TODAY

Head Usher: Randy Surratt   Side Usher: Lisa Dodd

Nursery: Alex Mayes

Spark Teachers: Pepper Mayes & Lisa Dodd

WEEK AT A GLANCE

 Sunday, February 19           

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:00 am – The Gathering

11:00 am – Worship

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Wednesday, February 22     

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Mem. Bible Study

6:30 pm – Ash Wednesday Service

7:30 pm – Adult Choir Rehearsal

FINANCIAL

 February 12, 2012 Contributions:

Pledged: $     3,970.00

Non-Pledged: $        130.00

Weekly Total:  $     4,100.00

 

Total monthly receipts:  $7,665.00

Monthly budget need:  $24,000.00

Annual Budgeted Pledge Receipts: $244,712.00

Year to Date Actual Pledge Receipts: $32,717.66

Amount we still need for the month of February: $16,335.00

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Mary Madison Cox and family on the death of her husband, Vance Cox, who passed away on Monday, February 13th.

Scout Hut Study Group: Will meet this afternoon from 3:00-4:15 p.m. in the Scout Hut.  Any members with suggestions regarding the Scout Hut are free to discuss with any of the group members: David Beal, Julia Ann Banfield, Sam Brown, Linda Gatchel, Timmesa Eads, Beth Pequeno or Felton Godwin.

 Beacons: Will meet in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m.  Shasta needs someone to provide dinner.  If you would like to volunteer, please see her.

Women’s Spring Bible Study: Bible 101Have you ever wondered…how and why the books in the bible were chosen…the key points & key players?  Two classes will be offered: Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 12:00 noon.  Cost is $15 for book.  Deadline to sign up is today.

Beacon Lock-In: Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th; The Beacons will do some of what they do best – serve, laugh and play!  Sign up on the board in the upstairs foyer if you plan to come.  We’re going to have a great time!  Ice skating could be involved…

Recycling Volunteers Needed:  Please sign up if you would be willing to come & collect the recycling items, put in the carts (in the old boiler room) & place at the curb prior to pick-up day.  Schedule is on bulletin board in foyer.

New Member Sunday: Sunday, March 11th; If you are interested in making your relationship with First Presbyterian official, please see Steve prior to March 4th.

Read to Feed: The Beacons have collected lots of books but need LOTS more in order to have our book swap/drive.  Please consider donating any books you longer need or want.  If you need for someone to come & pick them up, we’ll be glad to do that as well.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 2/19: Jane Rountree; 2/20: Cal Besore, Bob Chilton;  2/21: David Petri; 2/22: Mike King; 2/23: Nancy Lovill; 2/24: June Snow

Anniversaries: 2/24: Randy and Jane Surratt

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TODAY
Head Usher: Randy Surratt    Side Usher: Lisa Dodd
Nursery: Catherine Scott
Spark Teachers: Pepper Mayes & Lisa Dodd

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sunday, February 12 

9:45 am – Sunday School
10:00 am – The Gathering
11:00 am – Worship
5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse
Wednesday, February 15

6:45 pm – Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm – Adult Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 16    11:00 am – Keenager Lunch

FINANCIAL

February 5, 2012 Contributions:

Pledged: $     3,275.00

Non-Pledged: $        255.00

Weekly Total:  $     3,530.00

Total monthly receipts:  $3,565.00
Monthly budget need:  $24,000.00

Annual Budgeted Pledge Receipts: $244,712.00
Year to Date Actual Pledge Receipts: $28,747.66

Amount we still need for the month of February:     $20,435.00

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Margaret Shepherd on the death of her fiancé, Danny Allred, who passed away recently.

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

Choir Rehearsals: Wednesday, February 15th; Youth Choir will practice at 6:45 p.m.; Adults at 7:30 p.m.

Keenagers: Will have lunch at Harvest Grill at Shelton Vineyards on Thursday, February 16th.  We will leave from the church at 11:00 a.m.  Sign up if you wish to go.  No cost is involved except for your meal.

Women’s Spring Bible Study: Bible 101 – Have you ever wondered…how and why the books in the bible were chosen…the key points & key players?  Two classes will be offered: Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 12:00 noon.  Cost is $15 for book.  Sign up by Sunday, February 19th.  If you pay by check, you can place it in the envelope on the outside of Shasta’s office door.

Scout Hut Study Group: Will meet on Sunday, February 19th, from 3:00-4:15 p.m. in the Scout Hut.  Any members with suggestions regarding the Scout Hut are free to discuss with any of the group members: David Beal, Julia Ann Banfield, Sam Brown, Linda Gatchel, Timmesa Eads, Beth Pequeno or Felton Godwin.

Recycling Volunteers Needed:  Please sign up if you would be willing to come & collect the recycling items, put in the carts (in the old boiler room) & place at the curb prior to pick-up day.  Schedule is on bulletin board in foyer.

New Member Sunday: Sunday, March 11th; If you are interested in making your relationship with First Presbyterian official, please see Steve prior to March 4th.

Read to Feed: The Beacons have collected lots of books but need LOTS more in order to have our book swap/drive.  Please consider donating any books you longer need or want.  If you need for someone to come & pick them up, we’ll be glad to do that as well.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 2/12: Marissa Petri, John Michael Manieri; 2/13: Andi Draughn; 2/15: Claire Draughn, Logan King, Cody Swicegood; 2/16: Deborah McKee, Kim Branch, Cristi Arington

Anniversaries: 2/15: Mark and Shasta Brown; John and Pepper Mayes

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The new Prayer & Praise Board at FPC!

Beginning the first Sunday of Lent – February 26th – our church will change the way it orchestrates the prayer list of the congregation.  Rather than print a list of names in the Sunday bulletin, we will have a Prayer & Praise Board.

(for a PDF of the following, please click: The Prayer-Praise Board)

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WHERE IT IS:

The Prayer/Praise Board is located on the second floor of First Presbyterian Church, right outside the church office.

WHAT IT DOES:

The Prayer/Praise Board will take the place of the older Prayer List that appeared in the Sunday morning bulletin and on the smaller bulletin board at the top of the stairs.  The hope is, by making it more visual and interactive, the membership will engage it more fully.  In addition, the board will focus on prayer beyond people’s names.

The board will contain both prayers and praises – prayer requests (like for those who are ill, facing surgery, etc.) as well as broader prayers (prayers for peace around the world, etc).  In addition, the board will be used for praises and celebrations (a high school student getting into college, a biopsy that turned up negative, etc.)  All prayers and praises must refrain from putting down or directly/indirectly denigrating another.

HOW IT WORKS:

Anyone can write a simple prayer request on the prayer cards – an individual’s name, a situation, a praise, etc.  These people must also write their own name on the back of the card for reference.  Then they can pin these cards anywhere on the bulletin board.

Members at any time can look over the board, making note of the prayers and praises in their own spiritual walk.

At the end of every month, Lynn will remove all the cards from the board and place in the index card box on the table beside the board.  These cards will be listed in alphabetical order based on the person who wrote them (the name on the back).  At any time, that person can re-post the card to the board.  The purpose of removing the cards is to make sure that the list stays current and fresh, as well as to encourage church membership to actively engage the board.

When the person feels that their prayer/praise card is no longer needed, they can simply discard.

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COMING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH!

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Here at First Presbyterian we do our part to feed the hungry!

Don’t forget to bring your Hunger & Hope Offering this Sunday to worship!  We’ll collect our Cents-A-Bility offering that goes to support a number of important outreach efforts in our presbytery, including our own Yokefellow Ministries.  We’ll also collect food items for the Yokefellow pantry – the foods of the month are flour and rice.

After worship we’ll gather in our Fellowship Hall for our annual SOUPer Bowl of Caring!  This is a nationwide event to help feed the hungry in our community and beyond.  Everyone is asked to bring lots and lots of cans of soup (and/or cash donations).  Our Beacons will also host a wonderful chili lunch, for which donations will be accepted.  At this lunch, members will be able to bid on some wonderful handcrafted soup bowls made by the Beacons, the proceeds of which will go to the Beacons’ summer mission trip.

So bring your flour and rice, bring your cans of soup, bring your Cents-a-Bility offering, and join us for a scrumptious chili lunch where you just may walk away with a handcrafted soup bowl.  What a wonderful way to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday!

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