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Archive for March, 2015

TODAY

Head Usher: Shawn Gilley

Side Usher: Claire Merritt

Spark Teachers: Libby Pell, Amy Heath, Jessica Hoerter

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Mar 29

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:30 am – Choir Rehearsal

10:30 am – Little Voices Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons in Tiki Room

Tues, Mar 31

3:30 – Faith Friends/Lent Lessons

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Apr 1

11:00 am – Lenten Study

12:00 pm – AA Meeting

7:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Apr 2
6:30 pm – Maundy Thursday Seder

Fri, Apr 3

Good Friday/Church Office Closed

Sat, Apr 4

9:00 am – Sandwich Saturday

3:30 pm – Children’s Easter Party and Egg Hunt

9:00 pm – Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Frieda Chauncey, Robin Chilton-Surratt, Taylor Bouma, Mary Glen Hatcher, Lib McCluskey, Christi Rolison, Dr. Jim McHone, Taylor McMillian, Louise Wall, Bradley Wall, Sara Rapp; Praises: Work of the PNC, Rob Evans, Griff & Elizabeth Gatewood (our new pastor & his wife)

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory and thanksgiving for the life of Dennis W. Moody on his birthday, March 28th, by his family.

Beacons (6th-12th grade): Will meet in the Tiki Room this evening at 5:30 p.m. The Daniels family will provide dinner.

Montreat Payments: If you are attending the Montreat Youth conference this summer, the next payment of $100 is due TODAY.

Faith Friends (Preschool-5thgrade): Our Lent Lessons will be held on TUESDAY, March 31st (note different day) at 3:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

Lenten Study: We will conclude our study on Wednesday, April 1st. We will meet in the Ladies Parlor from 11:00 a.m. – 12:0o noon.

Maundy Thursday Seder: Thursday, April 2nd; 6:30 p.m. Join us as we celebrate a traditional Passover meal just as Christ did with his disciples.

Easter Candy & Plastic Eggs: Are needed for the Children’s Easter Party on Saturday, April 4th. Please consider picking up some prior to the party.

Children’s Easter Party: We will be doing a special craft at the party on Saturday, April 4th (3:00-5:00), so we need an exact head count if you’re planning to attend. Please sign up if you are planning to join us!

Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil: There are several slots open if you wish to sign up.

WITNESS

Offering for Hunger and Hope: Next Sunday, April 5th; Foods for the month of April are: Cooking Oil and Dried Beans.

Friends Feeding Friends: We will not be serving at Friends Feeding Friends on April 2nd, but we will be serving on April 9th. A new sign-up sheet will be posted on the board in the upstairs foyer soon.

Sandwich Saturday: April 4th; 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Faith Friends and their parents are signed up to assist.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 3/30: Dalton Mayes; 3/31: Jessica Hoerter; 4/1: Lauren-Maree McPhail; 4/2: David Dixon, Mary Kilby; 4/3: Susan Gitt, Amy Heath, Madison Lewis Short; 4/4: Alexander Merritt, Claire Merritt

Anniversaries: 4/3: Dan and Cathy Harrison

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TODAY

Head Usher: Shawn Gilley

Side Usher: Claire Merritt

Spark Teachers: Libby Pell, Amy Heath, Jessica Hoerter

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Mar 22

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:30 am – Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

12:00 pm – Chili Lunch Fundraiser

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Tues, Mar 24

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Mar 25

11:00 am – Lenten Study

12:00 pm – AA Meeting

7:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Mar 26

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

3:30 pm – Faith Friends/Lent Lessons

6:00 pm – Relay for Life Meeting

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Frieda Chauncey, Robin Chilton-Surratt, Taylor Bouma, Taylor McMillian, Louise Wall, Bradley Wall, Sara Rapp; Praises: Work of the PNC, Rob Evans, Griff & Elizabeth Gatewood (our new pastor & his wife)

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church last week were given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Richard Davis by his family.

Annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser: Join us immediately following worship today & bring your favorite pot of chili. We will have a time of fellowship with wonderful food. Donations will be taken at the door to help the Beacons on their summer mission travels.

Beacons (6th-12th grade): Will meet in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m. The Heath family will provide dinner.

Lenten Study: We will continue our study on Wednesday, March 25th. We will meet in the Ladies Parlor from 11:00 a.m. – 12:0o noon.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet at Pages Bookstore on Thursday, March 26th at 8:00 a.m.

Faith Friends (Preschool-5thgrade): Our Lent Lessons will continue on Thursday March 26th at 3:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

Easter Candy & Plastic Eggs Needed! The Children’s Easter Party will take place on Saturday, April 4th, from 3:00-5:00. The Beacons are in need of bags of individually wrapped candy and plastic eggs. Please consider picking some up and bringing them by Shasta’s office prior to the 4th.

Montreat Payments: If you are attending the Montreat Youth conference this summer, the next payments of $100 are due on Sunday, March 29th.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Due to the Holy Week events and the Maundy Thursday Seder planned for Thursday, April 2nd, we will not be serving at Friends Feeding Friends on the 2nd, but we will be serving on April 9th and possibly one other Thursday in the month. A new sign-up sheet will be posted on the board in the upstairs foyer soon.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 3/22: Irene Green, John Smith; 3/23: Lydia Taylor, Sandy Bowers; 3/25: Jack Denny, Annette Lowe, Eden Isaacs; 3/26: Mary Ellen Goad; 3/27: Laura East; 3/29: , Mikie Gilley, Lauren Youell, Maddie Youell

Anniversaries: 3/28: Delane and Amy Heath

 

Random Act of Spiritual Growth
“Volunteer at a food bank.”

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Annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser

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Join us for our Annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser this Sunday, March 22, immediately following worship!  Bring your favorite pot of chili and come fellowship with us.  Donations will be taken at the door to help the Beacons on their summer mission travels.

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TODAY

Head Usher: Shawn Gilley

Side Usher: Claire Merritt

Spark Teachers: Libby Pell, Amy Heath, Jessica Hoerter

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Mar 15

8:30 – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:30 am – Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Mar 16

6:00 – Venture Crew Mtg

Tues, Mar 17

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Mar 18
11:00 am – Lenten Study

11:30 am – Blue Ridge CareNet

12:00 pm – AA Meeting

3:30 pm – Faith Friends

7:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Mar 19

9:30 am – Keenager Trip

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Sat, Mar 21

Surry Quilters Guild Workshop

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Frieda Chauncey, Robin Chilton-Surratt, Taylor Bouma, Taylor McMillian, Louise Wall, Bradley Wall, Sara Rapp; Praises: Work of the PNC, Rob Evans, Griff & Elizabeth Gatewood (our new pastor & his wife)
CHURCH MINISTRIES

Beacons: Will meet in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m. Remember to bring your iPod/phone (however you listen to music) and earbuds to use during our Bible study. The McCluskey and Hatcher families will provide dinner.

Lenten Study: We will continue the study based on Marjorie Thompson’s book, Forgiveness, on Wednesday, March 18th. We will meet in the Ladies Parlor from 11:00 a.m. – 12:0o noon.

Faith Friends: We will meet on WEDNESDAY this week, March 18, at 3:30 p.m. Let Shasta know if you will be there.

Annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser: Has been RESCHEDULED for next Sunday, March 22nd, immediately following worship. Bring your favorite pot of chili and join us for a yummy time of fellowship. Donations will be taken at the door to help the Beacons on their summer mission travels.

Keenager Trip: Please meet at the church on Thursday, March 19th, at 9:30 a.m. for our trip to Roanoke and the Hotel Roanoke & O. Winston Link Museum. Cost is $4.00 for the museum. Lunch is extra.

Montreat Payments: If you are attending the conference this summer, the next payments of $100 are due on Sunday, March 29th.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 3/18: Nancy Malone; 3/21: Joy Barlow, Tiffany Yokeley Martin

Anniversaries: 3/17: Jonathan & Robin Surratt; 3/19: Blanton & Lauren Youell

 

Random Act of Spiritual Growth
“Send a handmade card to someone.”

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Annual Chili Lunch RESCHEDULED

Due to several conflicts the Beacon sponsored Chili Lunch has been rescheduled for NEXT Sunday, March 22 immediately after worship. We hope you will all bring a pot of your favorite chili and join us for a yummy time of fellowship. Donations will be accepted at the door to help off-set the costs of the Beacons summer mission travels. We hope to see you all there.

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New Pastor Called

At the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 8, the congregation voted unanimously to call Kenneth Griffin Gatewood as our next pastor. Griff, as he likes to be called, comes to us from Durham, NC. He is a 2013 honor graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Duke Divinity School. A lifelong Presbyterian, Griff is a native of Americus, Georgia. He is married to Elizabeth. They are expecting their first child in May. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1999. Prior to seminary, he taught high school for two years and worked in the housing industry. Most recently, he worked for a small non-profit in Raleigh that develops and manages apartments for adults with disabilities. Griff and Elizabeth have many interests. They love listening to and making music; he plays the mandolin and she is a classically trained violinist. He will assume his duties here beginning April 13 and will be ordained and installed as our pastor on Sunday afternoon, April 26.

For further information about Griff, you may pick up one of the informational handouts used at the Congregational Meeting which are available in various locations throughout the church, or you can access our church website: http://www.fpcma.com.

Special thanks to the Pastor Nominating Committee: Margaret Cockerell, Sylvia Chilton, Derek Higgs, Jessica Hoerter, Dalton Mayes, Pete Pequeno, and Blanton Youell for their hard work and faithful service to First Presbyterian Church!

We all feel very blessed and look forward to this new partnership in ministry with Griff as our pastoral leader!

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TODAY

Head Usher: Shawn Gilley

Side Usher: Claire Merritt

Spark Teachers: Libby Pell, Amy Heath

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Mar 8

9:45 am – Sunday School

10:30 am – Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

12:00 pm – Congregational Meeting

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Tues, Mar 10

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Mar 11
11:00 am – Lenten Study

12:00 pm – AA Meeting

6:00 pm – Handbells

7:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Mar 12

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

3:30 pm – Thursday Tales & Joyful Noise Choir

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

5:00 pm – Relay for Life Kickoff

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Frieda Chauncey, Robin Chilton-Surratt, Taylor Bouma, Taylor McMillian, Louise Wall, Bradley Wall, Sara Rapp; Praises: Work of the PNC

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Congregational Meeting/From the Session to Members of the Congregation:
Good news to share! The way is clear!! Thus, the Congregational Meeting, postponed from Sunday, March 1 will be held immediately following the worship service today. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the report of the Pastor Nominating Committee and to act on its recommendation in extending a call to our next installed Pastor/Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church.

 

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

Lenten Study: We will continue the study based on Marjorie Thompson’s book, Forgiveness, on Wednesday, March 11th. We will meet in the Ladies Parlor from 11:00 a.m. – 12:0o noon.

Bob Chilton Bible Study: Thursday, March 12th; 8:00 a.m. at Pages Bookstore.

Thursday Tales & Joyful Noise Choir: Faith Friends (Preschool-5th) will meet on March 12 at 3:30 p.m.

Handbells: We will meet on Wednesday evenings prior to choir practice at 6:00 p.m. Sign up on the board in the upstairs foyer or see Anna Bush for details.

Annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser: Sunday, March 15th, immediately following worship. We need lots of pots of chili! Bring your favorite kind to share!

Keenager March Trip: The trip and lunch in Roanoke and tour of the O. Winston Link Museum is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. Sign up on the Keenagers board by Sunday, March 15th, if you plan to go. Cost is $4.00 per person plus cost of lunch.

Montreat Payments: If you are attending the conference this summer, the next payments of $100 are due on Sunday, March 29th.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, March 12th at First Baptist Church. Steven Lowe, Mike Gatchel, Shasta Brown and Paul Belk are signed up to assist. Other volunteers are needed.

CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations: To Kayla Lowe on the birth of her son, William Alderson Lowe, who was born on February 18, 2015. He is the grandson of Steven & Annette Lowe.

Birthdays: 3/9: Holly Mills, Catherine Scott; 3/11: Mary Higgs; 3/12: Patrick Belk

Anniversaries: 3/14: Cliff and Mandy Isaacs

Random Act of Spiritual Growth
“Bring in your neighbor’s trash cans.”

Brought to you each week by the Spiritual Growth Ministry Team

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