Archive for June, 2012

With the weather being as hot as it is, now is the perfect time to remember those less fortunate and offer them a helping hand in the spirit of Christ.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of the month, which means we’ll be collecting our Offering For Hunger and Hope in worship.  Please bring your Cents-A-Bility offering, as well as your food donation for the month.  This month the food donation is: cooking oil and canned fruit.

Jesus once said, “Inasmuch as you’ve done it to the least of these, you’ve done it to me.”  Thank you for being a wonderful witness of Jesus Christ in the world!


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Head Usher: Mike Beal         

Side Usher: Daniel Hatcher

Nursery: TBA

Note: Spark will return when school starts back.




Sunday, July 1                      

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:00 am – The Gathering

11:00 am – Worship

12:30 pm – Pre-Mission Trip Retreat

Monday, July 2                     

8:00 am – K-5th to Museum of Life & Science in Durham, NC

Wednesday, July 4               

Independence Day/Church Office Closed

Thursday, July 5       

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends


Looking for an additional way to contribute? Give through eGive!

Year-to-Date Pledge Deficit:


General Fund Checking Account Balance as of June 27, 2012:


Outstanding Expenses due 7/2/12:




Pre-Mission Trip Retreat: We’ll meet from 12:30-4:30 in the Lighthouse; bring your lunch & a baby picture. Check the Facebook page for more details. If you are going on the Beacon summer mission trip please plan to be here for this retreat.  Parents: please come at 4:00 p.m.

 Life and Science Museum in Durham, NC:  The deadline has been extended to today for K-5th grade kids to sign up for the trip tomorrow.  We’ll leave the church at 8:00 a.m. and spend an exciting morning at the museum.  We will return home between 4-5 p.m.  Cost is $8 per person plus money for lunch. Please let Shasta know if you are going.

 Church Office Closed: Wednesday, July 4th to observe the Independence Day holiday.

 Flowers for Worship: The following dates are available: July 8 and 22.  Sign up on the flower chart in the upstairs foyer.


 Friends Feeding Friends: Please meet at First Baptist at 5:00 p.m.  The following people are signed up to assist: Mike Branch, Ethelene Edwards, Cristi Arington, Jai Daniels and Mae Daniels.

 Yokefellow Ministries: Volunteers are needed to assist with this ministry.  See Mike Gatchel for more information or to sign-up to assist.  Foods of the month are: Cooking Oil and Canned Fruit.


 Birthdays: 7/2: Ann Patterson Sparks; 7/3: Shasta Brown; 7/5: Valerie Parker; 7/7: Mandy Isaacs

 Anniversaries: None this week

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This “pastoral musing” is really not mine at all – it’s a letter from the Lowe family.  As you recall, Steven had a stroke back a few months ago that threw their family into a very challenging time.  Their struggles were eased, though, by the tremendous response from you, their church family.  Steven and Annette gave me this letter at church yesterday and asked me to read it to the congregation, which I did.

I’m going to resist the minister’s temptation to comment too much on their letter – their words far exceed anything I could say, anyway.  I will say this: things like this are just one of the many joys I have serving as your pastor.  It is obvious that you love each other immensely.  Thank you for being the caring body of Christ that you are!





Dear Friends at First Presbyterian Church,

Thank you for the way you have reached out to help our family since Steven had a stroke.  We have been humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness that has been extended to us.  Darrell Evans wrote a song called, “Your Love Is Extravagant,” and that is just the way we feel we have been cared for by our church.  We have been well-fed with wonderful meals and have received numerous cards, phone calls, hospital visits and offers to help with anything we may need.  Jeff Eads helped build the ramps into our house, and the Godwins and Baileys have been a constant source of strength and support.  The countless prayers, hugs and words of encouragement from all of you are so appreciated!

We are so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful and caring church community.  Thank you, First Presbyterian Church – for your love is extravagant!

Much love,

Steven, Annette, Emily and Kayla Lowe

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Summer Bible EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!

One night, and one night, ONLY!

Fun, Food and Fellowship for kids!

Who: Children in Preschool (4 yrs) – 5th grade

What: A night of Bible stories, games, crafts and music for the children.

When:     Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Where: 1st Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

It’s gonna be GREAT! Don’t miss this one!


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 Sunday, June 17                  

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:00 am – The Gathering

11:00 am – Worship

Tuesday, June 19                 

9:30 am – K-5th/Movies with Shasta

Wednesday, June 20            

Beacons – Time to be announced



June 10, 2012 Contributions:        

Pledged: $       4,046.00

Non-Pledged: $          206.00

Weekly Total:  $       4,252.00

Total monthly receipts:

$  8,131.00

Monthly budget need:    


Amount we still need for the month of June:


Annual Pledge to Date Deficit:



Movie and Lunch w/ Shasta:  If you are in K-5th grade (the grade you just finished) and want to go to the movies and lunch, please meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, June 19th. You will need money for any movie snacks you wish to purchase and money for lunch. PLEASE let Shasta know if you are planning to go by Monday at 5:00 p.m.

 Beacons: Will meet on Wednesday evening, June 20th.  We’ll swim and play Paint Twister.  Watch the Facebook page and your e-mail for more information on time & location.

 Vacation Bible School: Has been moved to June 24-27. We hope you’ll make plans to attend!  Please let Pepper Mayes know if you will be there, so we’re able to plan accordingly.

 Vacation Bible School Kickoff: Sunday, June 24th; Meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring side dishes and desserts.  The church will provide hot dogs and hamburgers.

 Flowers for Worship: There are several dates open if anyone would like to place flowers in the sanctuary during worship on Sunday.  Please check the flower chart in the upstairs foyer.  Sign up or call the church office if you have questions.


 Yokefellow Ministries: Volunteers are needed to assist with this ministry.  See Mike Gatchel for more information or to sign-up to assist.  Foods for the month of June are: Canned Milk and Canned Meat.



 Birthdays: 6/17: Ronella Goad; 6/20: Doug Draughn; 6/23: Cathy Harrison

 Anniversaries: 6/20: Bob and Kathy Moody; John and Nancy Malone

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The following was a Minute for Discipleship given in worship yesterday by Bruce Arnold, our church’s treasurer:

Good Morning!

Summer is a busy family time with special activities for the kids and possibly a traveling vacation. As you enjoy the summer break please do not forget your church giving. Mail or drop your monthly contributions to the church office or sign-up for EGive. As Mike Beal said last month, signing up for EGive is a really simple process. Simply go to egive.com, register and start your electronic contributions. The amount can be set as a one time gift or a recurring monthly gift with a selected payment date and amount.

Contributions received by the church lag behind the budget during the summer months. I simply want to remind you about consistent monthly giving as it helps us meet monthly payroll expenses and the other monthly needs of the church. Our Line of Credit balance, which was paid off by this time last year, still remains at $10,000. Overall giving compared to the church budget is lagging behind. Many of the church expenses are fixed, or are incurred every month. Consistent monthly giving helps us pay these expenses.

Thank you!









How do I get started with online giving? Go to www.fpcma.com and click on the eGive link. This will take you to the eGive website where you may setup an eGive account to give to FPCMA. You may monitor your tithe or offering to the church by signing into your eGive account. You may also change your tithe or offering at any time from the convenience of your home computer.

Is eGiving safe? Yes! The Automated Clearing House (ACH) network is a nationwide electronic payments system used by more than 20,000 financial institutions, 4 million corporations, and 135 million consumers.

What are the benefits of online giving? 1. You are taking a step of faith. When you sign up to eGive you are deciding in advance to faithfully give. 2. You will simplify your life. You won’t have to remember whether you gave this month or need to send in an offering by mail. 3. Everyone who gives online makes our record keeping much easier. You will also help the church keep up its cash flow during the summer vacation months. 4. You can focus on worship during the offering at church instead of fumbling with your wallet, purse or offering envelope.

Can I give by credit card? We have chosen to set up online giving through electronic funds transfer rather than credit card for two primary reasons: With electronic transfer, your entire gift goes to the church. When using a credit card, as much as 4% of your gift would go to the credit card company.

How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed? You will receive email confirmation of all your gifts and your bank statement will also include an itemized list of automatic gifts given from your account. A contribution statement will be mailed to you from the church.

Is there a charge from my bank if I choose to use eGive online? No.

Online giving cards are also available and are located in the baskets at the sanctuary entrances. You may place them in the offering plate.

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It is that time of year and we have a wonderful VBS planned for our children, Preschool – 5th grade. the dates of VBS are June 24 – 27.

  • June 24         5:30, Cookout and kickball game at the church. Bring a side dish and dessert to share.
  • June 25-27   6:30 – 8:30 VBS at FPC.
  • June 27         8:00 Parents are invited to join us for a wrap up and ice cream sundae party.

It’s not too late to sign up just call the church at 336-786-2803, or e-mail Shasta at bodesoda2(at)gmail.com and give us the name of your child and the grade they just finished. As always, friends are welcome, the more the merrier!

See you at VBS!

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