Archive for April, 2013

Confirmation Lunch this Sunday

This coming Sunday is Confirmation Sunday where our new class of Confirmands will make their profession of faith and become members of First Presbyterian Church. Immediately after worship we will celebrate our confirmands with a covered dish lunch. We hope everyone will bring their favorite side dish and dessert, enough to feed your family plus one other person, and help us celebrate this amazing group of young people.

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Offering for Hunger & Hope

This coming Sunday, April 14th, we will receive our food offering for Yokefellow and our Cents-A-Bility to feed the hungry.

Food(s) for the month of April are: Cooking Oil and Dried Beans.  Yokefellow accepts all non-perishable items.  Let’s all do our part to feed the least of these!

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Head Usher: Nelson Clark

Side Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Nursery: Mary Glen Hatcher

Spark Teachers: Marissa Petri, Sandy Bowers


 Sunday, April 14                   

11:00 am – Worship

5:30 pm – Beacons in the Lighthouse

Wednesday, April 17            

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal


April 7, 2013 Contributions:

Pledged:           $         5,013.00

Non-Pledged:   $           126.00

Weekly Total:   $        5,139.00

Total Monthly Receipts

$  5,139.00

 Monthly Budget Need:


 Amount we still need for April:




Prayers: Jay and Alex Whitaker, Jack Hardy, Linda Gatchel, Samantha Riggs, Charlie Austill, Our Military

 Praises: Our Choir


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

 Keenagers: Saturday, April 27th; We will see the matinee production “The 4th Cross” at The Narroway Theater. The cost is $29.95 per person which includes a full lunch.  TODAY is the DEADLINE to register and pay. We’ll meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. on the 27th and head to Charlotte for this wonderful event.


Yokefellow Cooperative Ministries: The food(s) for the month of April are Cooking Oil & Dried Beans.  Yokefellow accepts all non-perishable items.


Birthdays: 4/8: Keegan Fowler; 4/9: Kelly Merritt; 4/11: Mary Alice Lewis; 4/12: Alex Bowers, Carolyn Robertson; 4/13: Catherine Wood; 4/15: Mildred Jones; 4/16: Sam Brown, Jim Younger; 4/17: Cliff Isaacs, Brad Godwin; 4/19: Megan Mayberry, Laura Pell

 Anniversaries: 4/7: Joy and Wayne Barlow; 4/8: Bob and Terri Keck; 4/9: Sean and Amy Sparks; 4/10: Felton and Joan Godwin

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The Roof is being Raised!

I’m sitting in my office this morning, and above me I hear all kinds of banging and knocking, banging and knocking.  It’s loud and is nothing like I’ve heard in my 10+ years in this office.  It’s loud enough that if I need to make a phone call, I have to go into another office to do it.

This can mean one of two things: either we have a major rodent infestation in the attic, or the roofers are finally here to raise the roof.

And the answer is…..


We’re finally raising the roof!!!

rooflogobigAbout a dozen folks from McBride Roofing showed up first thing this morning to begin repairing the roof on our church building, per the “Raise The Roof” campaign our church has been involved in for the past 6-8 months (for a quick reminder of that project and to re-watch the awesome video, go to http://raisetheroof.fpcma.com).  They’ll be here for the next 1-2 weeks, depending on how the weather plays out.  Also, within the week we expect MasterCraft to begin repairing the drainage issues in our courtyard, making that a safer and more functional space.  Once that is complete, we’ll have the parking lot repaved.  Mike Branch, the de facto foreman for this three-phase project, will keep us updated on how things progress.

Of course, any time there is construction and the like, there are going to be a few inconveniences.  Most of it won’t be an issue on Sunday mornings, but if you come by the church during the week (which we always hope you’ll do), you may need to park on Church St. near the glass door entrance.  We’ll do our best to keep you posted.

Mainly, I simply want to thank you for the loud banging and knocking going on above my head right now.  And believe me, I’m not kidding.  In difficult economic times, you stepped up as a church to address some pressing, immediate needs to our wonderful and aging church facility.  Our goal to cover these three projects was $100,000; and  I’m pleased to report that, after doing some follow-up with folks, we should reach and potentially exceed that goal by the end of this month!

Time and time again, First Presbyterian Church, you amaze me with what you do – with God’s help, of course.  So THANK YOU for raising the roof.  Nehemiah would be proud of you!

Your pastor and friend,

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Keenagers April Outing

The Keenagers will travel to Charlotte to see the matinee production “The 4th Cross” at The Narroway Theater on Saturday, April 27. The cost is $29.95 per person which does include a full lunch. DEADLINE to register and pay is Sunday, April 14. We’ll meet at the church at 9:30 on the 27th and head to Charlotte for this wonderful event.

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