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TODAY

Head Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Side Usher: Garrett Bush

Spark Teacher: Jane Rountree

Nursery: 6/29: Catherine Scott; 7/6: Kate Brown

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, June 29

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:00 – Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship

Tues, July 1

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, July 2

12:00 pm – AA Meeting

5:30 pm – Beacon Scavenger Hunt

Thurs, July 3

8:20 am – Faith Friends Movie

5:00 – Friends Feeding Friends

Fri, July 4

Church Office Closed

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Family of Chase Crossingham, Ronella Goad, Joy Barlow, The Chittenden family, John Haywood, Alex Whitaker, Bruce Hodges’ daughter, Elke Boyd, Joey Bumgardner, David Petri, The Inscore family, young servants & leaders, our military, financial security, careers, children & grandchildren, guidance, health, our country; Praises: Ronella Goad, birth of Claire Youell, Dr. Evans, Felton Godwin, Barbara Lane, our graduates, high school choir, Brody Schwartz coming home, fathers, our church, answered prayers

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Montreat & Mission Trip: Payments are due today. Please place them in the corresponding envelopes on Shasta’s office door.

Highlights of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) While much “press” has been given to these actions from our denomination’s highest governing body, sometimes the reports from the secular media are misrepresented and skewed. In today’s bulletin, you may read a reliable summary of those actions compiled by the Presbyterian Outlook. Hopefully this information will better inform you. If you have questions or would like to speak to our interim pastor, he will gladly make himself available to you, either privately or in a group setting.

Beacon Summer Schedule: Meet at the Lighthouse at 5:30 p.m. for a Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, July 2nd. There will be a pool party & dinner at the McCrosky’s on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 5:30 p.m.

Faith Friends Summer Movie: All children in preschool-5th grade are invited to meet at the church at 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, July 3rd to head over to Creekside Cinema for a free movie (The Croods). You will need money for snacks if you wish to purchase them.

Church Office Closed: Friday, July 4th, to observe Independence Day.

Bible in a Year: Sunday, July 6th, immediately following worship. Bring or pack your lunch and stay for a great time of sharing and discussion.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Sunday, July 20th; 1:00-5:30 pm. It’s not too late to sign up! Call the church office to sign up. We are in need of volunteers to provide snacks for the “canteen” on the day of the blood drive. Sign up on the board in the foyer if you can assist in any way.

Flowers in the Sanctuary: We have several dates open if you would like to put flowers in on any given Sunday: July 20 and 27, August 3, 10, 24 and 31. Sign-up sheet is in the upstairs foyer.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, July 3rd at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m. Many volunteers are needed to assist with this wonderful ministry outreach. Check the signup sheet in the upstairs foyer!

Offering for Hunger & Hope: Next Sunday, July 6th, we will receive our Cents-A-Bility offering & our food offering for Yokefellow. Foods for the month of July are: Cooking Oil and Canned Fruit.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 6/29: Lizzie Pell; 7/3: Shasta Brown; 7/5: Valerie Parker

 

Random Act of Spiritual Growth

“Stop blaming others.”

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Note from Your Interim Pastor

Hello Everyone!

It is hard to believe we are already in the last week of June, but I hope that summer is going well for everyone!

Let me remind you of a couple of things:

 

1.  I know the questions keep coming up, “Where are we in the interim process?”  “When are we going to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee and begin the search for a pastor?”  Etc., Etc, Etc!  Well, let me fill you in as best I can!  

– First, we are still in the process of completing what is called the Mission Study, something required by Salem Presbytery for every congregation that is in a time of transition.  Most of the input that goes into the Mission Study has already been gathered – from the Congregational Gathering back in February, from the Cottage Meetings in March, and from the Congregational Life Survey given earlier this month.  Actually, we just got back the results of the Survey on June 20.  The final Mission Study report will be completed at a joint retreat planned for August 8-9 between the Session, the Transition Committee, and hopefully the Pastor Nominating Committee.  At its completion, that report will be shared with the entire congregation – Hopefully by late August, but no later than mid- September.

 

– Second, before a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) can be elected by the congregation, our Presbytery requires that each church in transition submit a projected five year financial plan.  We completed this task the week of June 9, and it has been submitted to the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry for review and approval.  The Committee on Ministry meets on June 26, so hopefully we will soon have the “green light” to elect the PNC.  It’s possible then that we could elect the PNC some time in July.  We’ll certainly keep you posted!

 

2.  Realizing that summer is upon us, this usually means that people come and go and the pace of church life changes.  I certainly understand this and so does the Session.  What doesn’t change, however, is that we still have budgetary mandates, bills to pay, payrolls to distribute, mission monies to distribute, and on and on.  I simply encourage you to be regular with your giving and contributions, even if you are not as physically present as you normally would be.  I’ve always looked at the congregtation as one big team and when everyone does their part, the team functions well, but when we lose our connection to one another and to the mission of the church, well, everyone and everything else is affected.  In other words, we can’t meet our obligations without everyone’s support – Plain and simple, we need you!!

 

I am blessed to be your pastor at this time.  Thanks for your love, your generosity, and continued support of First Presbyterian Church, Mount Airy!  See you in church and about town, and may all the blessings of summer be yours!!

 

Grace & Peace,

 

Rob 

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Prayer Concern

Please be in prayer for David H. Petri, father to Dave, father-in-law to Lisa, grandfather to Marissa & Laurel.

He suffered a stroke while visiting this weekend for Marissa’s high school graduation.  He is stable and at Northern Surry Hospital. 

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TODAY

Head Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Side Usher: Garrett Bush

Spark Teacher: Sara Pequeno

Nursery: 6/15: Maggie Beal; 6/22: Dalton Mayes

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, June 15

8:30 am – Session Mtg

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:00 – Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship

Mon, June 16

6:00 pm – Venture Crew

Tues, June 17

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, June 18
12:00 pm – AA Meeting

Thurs, June 19
6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Family of Chase Crossingham, Ronella Goad, The Chittenden family, John Haywood, Alex Whitaker, Brody Schwartz, Bruce Hodges’ daughter, Elke Boyd, Young servants & leaders, Our military, Financial security, careers, children & grandchildren, guidance, health, our country; Praises: Our graduates, High School choir, Ronella Goad, Birth of Claire Youell, Dr. Evans, Brody Schwartz coming home, fathers, Our church, answered prayers

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Mr. Frank Shelton and Judge Fate J. Beal by David and Millie Beal.

Beacons: Will not meet this evening.

Sign-ups! We are looking for folks to assist in different ministries of the church; some of which are: Scripture Readers, Recycling Pickup, Friends Feeding Friends and Sandwich Saturday. If you’d like to assist in any of these areas, see the bulletin board in the upstairs foyer.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Sunday, July 20th; 1:00-5:30 pm. It’s not too late to sign up! See Shasta or call the church office to confirm your appointment or to sign up.

Flowers in the Sanctuary: We have several dates open if you would like to put flowers in on any given Sunday: June 29, July 20 and 27, August 3, 10, 24 and 31. Sign-up sheet is in the upstairs foyer.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 6/15: Alex Mayes; 6/17: Ronella Goad; 6/20: Doug Draughn

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

 

Random Act of Spiritual Growth

“Give thanks before every meal.”

Brought to you each week by the Spiritual Growth Ministry Team

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TODAY

Head Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Side Usher: Garrett Bush

Spark Teachers: No Spark today

Nursery: 6/8: Peggy Rees; 6/15: Maggie Beal

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, June 8

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:30 – Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship

12:00 pm – Covered Dish Lunch

Tues, June 10

10:00 am – Keenagers Trip

4:00 pm – Girl Scouts

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, June 11
12:00 pm – AA Meeting

Thurs, June 12

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Study

3:30 pm – Thursday Tales

5:00 pm – Friends Fdg Friends

5:30 pm – Relay Meeting

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Family of Chase Crossingham, Ronella Goad, The Chittenden family, John Haywood, Alex Whitaker, Brody Schwartz, Bruce Hodges’ daughter, Elke Boyd, Young servants & leaders, Our military, Financial security, careers, children & grandchildren, guidance, health, our country; Praises: Our graduates, High School choir, Ronella Goad, Birth of Claire Youell, Dr. Evans, fathers, Our church, answered prayers

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Mary Lou Bartley and Mike Bartley by J. D. Bartley.

Covered Dish Celebration Lunch: Join us immediately following worship today as we celebrate our graduates with a covered dish lunch. Please bring your favorite side dish & dessert.

Beacons: Will not meet this evening.

Keenagers: Tuesday, June 10th; We’ll leave the church at 10:00 a.m. & travel to the Butterfly Farm in High Point. Cost is $6.00. We’ll stop for lunch afterwards.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Pages Bookstore – 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 12th.

Thursday Tales: June 12th at 3:30 p.m.; We’ll spend the afternoon making gifts for Dad for Father’s Day. Please let Shasta know if you will be attending.

Prayer Partner Letters: Are due to Shasta by Thursday, June 12th.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Sunday, July 20th; 1:00-5:30 pm. It’s not too late to sign up! See Shasta or call the church office to confirm your appointment or to sign up.

Sign-ups! We are looking for folks to assist in different ministries of the church; some of which are: Scripture Readers, Recycling Pickup, Friends Feeding Friends and Sandwich Saturday. If you’d like to assist in any of these areas, see the bulletin board in the upstairs foyer.

Flowers in the Sanctuary: We have several dates open if you would like to put flowers in on any given Sunday: June 29, July 20 and 27, August 3, 10, 24 and 31. Sign-up sheet is in the upstairs foyer.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, June 12th, at 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The following are signed up to assist: Steven Lowe and Lydia Taylor. Volunteers & desserts are needed! If you can assist, please indicate that on the sign-up sheet.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 6/8: Billie Bradley, Carol Draughn; 6/12: Octavia Edwards, Gregg Hawks, Debbie Stoltz, Zack Wardle, Blanton Youell; 6/13: Ted King, Betsy Manieri, Brooks Mayberry; 6/14: Pepper Mayes

Anniversaries: 6/8: Bob and Lydia Taylor; 6/14: Carl and June Hollman

Random Act of Spiritual Growth

“Invite someone to church.”

Brought to you each week by the Spiritual Growth Ministry Team

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Hope your readings are going well and you are learning more and more about this book we hold so dear. Our next discussion will be Sunday, July 6 immediately after worship, so bring your lunch and stay for some lively discussion. Below is some information about 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Acts and Romans – our reading for the months of June and July.

KINGS AND CHRONICLES AT A GLANCE With the summer we begin looking at looking at Israel’s history leading up to and beyond the Divided Kingdom. The Kings and Chronicles books cover roughly the same time periods, from two different sources. 1 Chronicles is a synopsis of Israel’s history leading up to and through the reign of King David. The writer of Chronicles has an even higher view of David than the writer of Samuel does – you may notice that Bathsheba (and most of David’s faults) are never mentioned. 1 Chronicles also covers an extensive genealogy in the first eight chapters. This can get a little cumbersome, so Shasta and I are evoking (perhaps for the last time) the “skim” rule we utilized in Leviticus! 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles cover primarily the reign of King Solomon, David’s son. This is marked as the pinnacle of Israel’s wealth and influence in the ancient world. That image was short-lived, though, and Solomon collapsed under his own success and excess. And from this point on, the unified monarchy was no more: the holy kingdom would be split into the North (Israel) and the South (Judah) – the south being the continuation of the Davidic lineage with the North as the “rebel” of the two. The writer of both books of Kings was from the South; thus the books are quite biased toward Judah and against Israel. 2 Kings continues to “chronicle” the many kings that rule in the south and north, some of whom rule for no more than a couple of days, one who began his rule at the age of seven, and another who was actually a woman king – all very interesting! With the Kings books we are introduced to the first major prophets of the Old Testament (specifically Elijah and Elisha). We will talk much more about prophets in the near future. One thing to mention now, though, is that prophets were not as much about “predicting the future” as we sometimes make them out to be. Elijah and Elisha were primarily prophets who confronted the kings of their day and exposed their tendency to fall away from the pure worship of Yahweh. It can be a little difficult keeping up with the “flow” of Israel’s history after David, so hang in there and keep reading!

ACTS AT A GLANCE

The Acts of the Apostles picks up the threads begun in the Gospel of Luke by chronicling the beginning od the Christian church. It places strong emphasis on the power of the Holy Spirit and shows how God continues to fulfill the divine plan to save us. The preaching of the apostles, accompanied by miraculous signs and recorded at some length, showed how God’s covenant with the Hebrew people continued to be fulfilled in the life of the church through the Holy Spirit. Acts traces the development of the church from its inception at Pentecost and its expansion from a Jewish nucleus in Jerusalem to the Gentile world and ultimately throughout the entire Roman empire. It records the ministry of Peter and especially Paul, the early church’s chief evangelist, and contains one of the key debates of the early church: should Gentiles be allowed into the church without becoming Jews first.

Doubleday Pocket Bible Guide, p. 115

ROMANS AT A GLANCE

Paul uses this letter to introduce himself to the church in Rome, where he plans to visit, and explains his experiences and theology. This is not only Paul’s longest Epistle, it is the weightiest and most influential of all his correspondence. It was likely written between 54 and 58 CE. One of his key themes centers around the good news of Christ as God’s power for salvation to all who believe. Here he lays out in greatest detail his conviction that righteousness depends on faith as opposed to rigid adherence to law. As is the case with most of his Epistles, he closes the letter with ethical teaching and some personal remarks.

Doubleday Pocket Bible Guide, p. 116-117

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The Keenagers will be traveling to All A Flutter Butterfly Farm next Tuesday, June 10th, followed by lunch in Winston. Please let the church know if you would like to be included in this trip.

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