Archive for January, 2013

Sandwich Saturdays in the news!

ImageAs you know, our church is launching an exciting new community ministry this weekend – Sandwich Saturdays!  On the first Saturday of the month, members of our church will prepare a small bag lunch for the hungry in our community.  These bags will be available for pick-up from 11am-12noon from the side door of the Fellowship Hall, facing the City Building.

There’s a wonderful article in the Mount Airy News about this new ministry, which you can read HERE.

A sign-up list to help with this ministry can be found on the sign-up board at the church.  We hope that every church member will participate, including families with young children and older members.  Everyone can make a sandwich, everyone can serve!

A special thanks to Sara Bailey and Mike Gatchel, moderators of our Missions Ministry Team, for helping to pull this together, along with Valerie Parker, Shasta Brown and Steve Lindsley. And a special thanks to you, the members of FPCMA, for your extremely generous Christmas Eve offering to help launch this ministry.

“Inasmuch as you’ve done it for the least of these, you’ve done it for me” – Matthew 25: 40



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As shared in worship this morning, the sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Andy Andrews, long-time member of our church.  Andy died early Sunday morning.

A service of witness to the resurrection will be held at Moody’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 22nd at 3:00pm.  Visitation will take place prior to the service at Moody’s at 2pm.

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 out your bowling ball and dust off those funky shoes, it’s time for ALL CHURCH BOWLING!!

When: Sunday, January 13, 5:00pm

Where: Mt. Airy Lanes

Cost: $2 per person per game. The snack bar is no longer open but you are welcome to bring food with you.

This is always an incredibly fun night of fellowship and friendly competition. See you there!

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Marion Medical Mission

The following information is from Rev. Wade Halva.  Wade was here in worship with us on Sunday, January 6th and talked briefly abour the Marion Medical Mission.  Below is some additional information that he felt would be helpful to you.  If you have further questions for Wade, you may reach him at  wade@marionpresbyterian.org or for general information from the website, you can go to:  www.marionmedical.org.

We are called Marion Medical Mission but this can sometimes cause confusion for people. 

  • The MARION is simply the name of the town (Marion, Illinois, USA) where the founders live and where the first volunteers came from.  We now include volunteers from all across the USA and even from Canada. 

  • Initially our focus was on MEDICAL needs and we primarily took medical volunteers and supplies to hospitals in Africa.   Since 1990, that primary focus has changed.  Now instead of focusing on curative MEDICAL, we focus more on preventative MEDICAL via our shallow wells program. We still provide money for supplies and care to hospitals in Malawi, but most of our effort is aimed at preventing problems through clean water.

  • Our MISSION has not really changed; we still are following Christ’s call to serve HIS people.

What We Do!

  • Marion Medical Mission is a Christian organization that strives to respond to Christ’s call by showing our love for Him by “taking care of His people.”
  • Marion Medical Mission is a non-profit 501c3 organization that started in 1985.
  • 100% of all undesignated funds received by Marion Medical Mission go to the mission field in Africa — not even the cost of a stamp is deducted.
  • 100% of all designated funds received by Marion Medical Mission go to their designated purposes.
  • All Marion Medical Mission volunteers pay their travel to and from Africa and room and board while in Africa.
  • Marion Medical Mission’s goal is to disburse everything we receive every year.
  • Marion Medical Mission has worked in Ghana, Republic of Congo (Zaire), Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
  • Since 1990 Marion Medical Mission has worked closely in Malawi, Africa with the Synod of Livingstonia, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and more recently has worked closely with the Synods of Nkhoma and Zambia CCAP and with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, Konde Diocese .
  • Marion Medical Mission works closely with the Embangweni Hospital in Malawi, Africa.
  • Marion Medical Mission’s projects stress self-help.
  • Marion Medical Mission’s Shallow Well Program is a self-help program that represents development that is sustained in the village.
  • Since 1990 Marion Medical Mission has built over 10,900 shallow wells providing over 2,000,000 people with safe drinking water.
  • Together with the Synod of Livingstonia Marion Medical Mission started the first school for deaf children in the entire northern half of the country of Malawi.
  • Marion Medical Mission started the Chizimya Full Primary School in 1992 and has provided the funds for 8 teacher homes, two school blocks, and a library administration building. The school now serves 800 pupils and is ranked number 1 or 2 in its zone of 40 primary schools.
  • Marion Medical Mission provided the funds to build the school blocks and teacher homes for the Chimaliro Full Primary School.
  • Marion Medical Mission provided the funds to rehabilitate the Loudon (Embangweni) Full Primary School. The School serves 1,900 pupils.
  • Marion Medical Mission worked with three Congregations from the Synod of Livingstonia to build churches through self-help and helped them partner with three Churches from Southern Illinois.







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Offering for Hunger & Hope

Don’t forget this is the first Sunday of the month – and of the New Year!  You know what the means……

Please remember to bring your food offering for Yokefellow with you to worship along with your Cents-A-Bility offering so that we can do our part to feed the hungry!

Foods of the month for January are: Cereal and Tuna.

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Head Usher: Pepper Mayes

Side Usher: Nancy Davis

Nursery: Catherine Scott

Spark Teachers: Mae Daniels & Cristi Arington



Sunday, January 6               

11:00 am –Worship

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Tuesday, January 8              

10:00 am – Circle 1

Wednesday, January 9         

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 10          

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends


December 30, 2012 Contributions:

Pledged:           $      11,494.66

Non-Pledged:   $           276.00

Weekly Total:   $      11,770.66

Sandwich Ministry Start-Up Total: $1,266.85

Total Monthly Receipts                                            $36,283.55

Monthly Budget Need:                                               $24,000.00

Amount we exceeded for December:                       $12,283.55

Annual Pledge to Date Deficit:                                 $13,221.08


**Contribution Statements for the year have been printed and are on the table in the upstairs foyer for you to pick up.  After 3 weeks, they will be mailed.**



Prayers: Patti – pray for miracle healing. (Please use the slips provided in your bulletin to list any prayers or praises & put them on the board in the upstairs foyer.)


Beacons: Will meet in the Lighthouse at 5:30 p.m. this evening. 

Circle 1: Will be held on Tuesday, January 8th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ladies Parlor.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will be held on Wednesday, January 9th, at Pages Bookstore @ 8:00 a.m.

Signup Sheets: There are new sign-up sheets on the board in the upstairs foyer for Scripture Readers and Recycling. 

Flowers for 2013: There is a new list on the board in the upstairs foyer.  Sign up if you would like to put flowers in.  There are also standing memorials.  Please check to make sure these are correct.



Friends Feeding Friends: The following people have signed up to assist with this worthwhile ministry on Thursday, January 10th: Mike Gatchel and Steven Lowe. Meet at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m.


 Birthdays: 1/7: Nancy Dixon, Morgan Johnson, Collin Phillips;

1/8: Andrew Harris; 1/10: Anna Bush, Anna Merritt, Alston Robertson, Angie Shepherd; 1/12: Cecelia Belk

 Anniversaries: None this week.

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