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In the book of Acts, Luke describes the early church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” We do this when we gather on Wednesday nights to eat together, sing together, and study the Bible. This fall we will enjoy a buffet prepared by […]

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Weekly Grapevine – September 24, 2017

TODAY – SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

Head Usher: Mike Branch

Side Usher: Debbie Stoltz

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy Heath and Nicole Harrison
1st and 2nd grade: Libby Pell and Joy Barlow

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Sept 24

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Sept 25

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Sept 26

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Sept 27

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

9:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Sept 28

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

3:30 pm – Faith Friends

3:30 pm – G-R-G-S-W!

6:00 pm – Relay for Life Meeting

7:00 pm – BREWS Meeting

Fri, Sept 29

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Sat, Sept 30

8:00 am – SQG Quilt Judging

 

**There will be a Congregational meeting next Sunday, October 1st, 2017, to elect an Officer Nominating Committee for the class of 2020.

 

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES 

Prayers: Ilene Boyles, Shasta Bode-Brown, Jerome Bush, Kelly Cail, Frieda Chauncey, Bob Chilton, Lannie Edwards, Paul Eich, Michael Harold, Mike Hensley, Dobie Holmes, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Barbara Mathews, The family of Jimmy McCraw, Bob Planer, Debbie Powell, Betty Ridolfi, Kati Stewart Riggs, Kristie Rolison, Mala Sellers, Mike & Debra Shelton, Steve Strecknater, Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Jim VanHoy, Philip Vogler, Jim Yaeger, Nathan Zeller, Hurricane Harvey & Irma victims, sale of house, unrest in our country; Praises: Shasta’s doctors, The church’s finances, Helpers during and after the hurricanes, reconnecting with friends

Wednesday Night Suppers: Our church gathers around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 27-November 15) in the fall.  Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.   This year there will be a buffet of home-cooked comfort foods, provided by Chris Wishart- church member and local chef.   Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning today or follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/2017wns.  There will be supervised children activities.

Let’s take the John Challenge! Starting October 1st…Research shows that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Why not take the next 21 days and get into the habit of reading God’s Word? By reading through the Gospel of John, you’ll hear Jesus teach, see Him at work and discover He is the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd and the Savior God promised.

CHURCH MINISTRIES 

Beacons: Will be back in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m.  The Rountrees will be providing dinner.

Interested in learning more about the scripture being preached on Sundays? Join us for a new Sunday School class in the parlor (the location may change at some point) each Sunday at 9:45 a.m.  This fall, we will take a look at the scripture that will be preached on.  We will explore its context, provide space for prayer and meditation, and enjoy some lively conversation. All are welcome!

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Notebooks (3rd-5th grade): Are in the upstairs foyer for our members and guests to use as we worship and grow in faith together. 

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Thursday, September 28th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages.

Faith Friends & Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! All will meet this Thursday, September 28th, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

BREWS (Brothers Reading and Engaging in Worship and Service): Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00 p.m. at The White Elephant.

Women’s Bible Study: This fall, First Presbyterian will host a women’s community Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. This is targeted to younger women but welcoming to all. It will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from September 13-November 15. Childcare will be available. Questions? Call Elizabeth at (610) 715-3688.

Calling all bakers! The SECOND ANNUAL BAKE SALE will be held Saturday, October 14th to benefit the Beacons.  We need lots of baked goods to be successful. Best sellers are cookies, brownies, quick breads, and other such treats. Whole pies and cakes welcomed too. Note: Please label baggies with name of baked good and note if they contain any ingredients that pose an allergy risk, such as peanuts. For more information, contact Beth Pequeno.

Attention College Beacons: If you would like to attend the Montreat College Conference January 2nd-5th, 2018, the cost will be $203 and is due TODAY.

FINANCIAL

The Budget Committee of the Session would like to provide the congregation a snapshot of our finances for the first two trimesters of 2017. Due to your faithfulness and generosity, the congregation’s finances are in good shape. Our expenses are slightly higher than our income. This is normal at this point of the year, and the difference is usually more as you see from last year.

Here are some things we have done together this summer. 8 kids went to camp, we hosted a wonderful summer intern in Sarah Butler, we have rallied around Shasta as she fights cancer, we welcomed 16 kids to First Steps, and together we made over 800 sandwiches to feed hungry kids in our community. Your tithes and offering makes this happen! Thank you! Your generosity has also turned the lights on, kept the building cool, and paid salaries.

This fall is already off to a great start as new bible studies meet, new families connect to our congregation, and Wednesday Night Supper begins soon.

Jan-Aug 2017 Jan-Aug 2016
Income $159,311 $152,531
Expenses $160,767 $157,523

WITNESS

Offering for Hunger and Hope: Next Sunday, October 1st, we will receive our Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offering. The foods for the month of October are: Canned and Dried Milk and Oatmeal.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 9/24: Terri Keck; 9/25: Aimy McCrosky; 9/26: Dr. Jack Snow; 9/29: Drew Barlow

Anniversaries: 9/25: Gary and Sandy Bowers

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In the book of Acts, Luke describes the early church: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” We do this when we gather on Wednesday nights to eat together, sing together, and study the Bible.

This fall we will enjoy a buffet prepared by Chris Wishart of delicious comfort food and delightful dessert. We will begin at six.

After supper, Adults and youth will be looking closely at different passages of the Gospel of John and sharing what they see in large and small group discussion.

Childcare will be provided for children two and younger beginning at 6:30. Older kids will have a supervised activity either on the playground or in the Spark Room.

When? Wednesday nights starting September 27th and ending November 15th. Dinner will be served at six. The nursery will open at 6:30. Programming will end at 7:20. Adult choir practice begins at 7:30.

Cost: $7 for adults. $5 for children- maximum out of pocket cost for a family is $25.

RSVP: Follow the link below to make a reservation or call the church office at 336-786-2803. If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please do so by 10:00 AM on Tuesday morning.

https://tinyurl.com/2017wns

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Weekly Grapevine – September 17, 2017

TODAY – SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

Head Usher: Mike Branch

Side Usher: Debbie Stoltz

Spark Teachers:
Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy Heath and Nicole Harrison
1st and 2nd grade: Libby Pell and Joy Barlow

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Sept 17

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

12:00 pm – Homecoming

Mon, Sept 18

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Sept 19

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Sept 20

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

9:30 am – Women’s Bible Study

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Sept 21

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

3:30 pm – GRGSW!

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, Sept 22

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Sat, Sept 23
8:00 am – Surry Quilters Guild Class

 

**There will be a Congregational meeting on Sunday, October 1st, 2017, to elect an Officer Nominating Committee for the class of 2020.

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Ilene Boyles, Shasta Bode-Brown, Jerome Bush, Kelly Cail, Frieda Chauncey, Bob Chilton, Lannie Edwards, Paul Eich, Michael Harold, Mike Hensley, Dobie Holmes, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Barbara Mathews, Jimmy McCraw, Bob Planer, Debbie Powell, Betty Ridolfi, Kati Stewart Riggs, Kristie Rolison, Mala Sellers, Mike & Debra Shelton, Steve Strecknater, Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Jim VanHoy, Philip Vogler, Jim Yaeger, Nathan Zeller, Hurricane Harvey & Irma victims, sale of house, unrest in our country; Praises: Shasta’s doctors, The church’s finances, Helpers during and after the hurricanes, reconnecting with friends

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Jai Angeli Daniels on the 21st anniversary of her birth by Lee, Mae, & Philip Daniels.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Beacons: Will not meet today due to Homecoming.  We will be back in the Lighthouse on Sunday, September 24th.

HOMECOMING: Is today!  Immediately following worship, we’ll gather at Riverside Park (shelter beside the playground) for a cookout and fellowship.  The church will provide the hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks. You are asked to provide your favorite side dishes and desserts. We’ll be playing games too!

Interested in learning more about the scripture being preached on Sundays? Join us for a new Sunday School class in the parlor (the location may change at some point) each Sunday at 9:45 a.m.  This fall, we will take a look at the scripture that will be preached on.  We will explore its context, provide space for prayer and meditation, and enjoy some lively conversation. All are welcome!

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Notebooks (3rd-5th grade): Are in the upstairs foyer for our members and guests to use as we worship and grow in faith together.

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! (3rd – 5th grade): Will meet this Thursday, September 21st, at 3:30 p.m.

Women’s Bible Study: This fall, First Presbyterian will host a women’s community Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. This is targeted to younger women but welcoming to all. It will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from September 13-November 15. Childcare will be available. Questions? Call Elizabeth at (610) 715-3688.

Keenagers: Thursday, September 21st; We’ll meet at Old North State Winery for lunch at 11:00 a.m. and then have a Ghost Tour at the Mount Airy Museum.  Cost for the museum is $8; lunch is on your own.  Deadline to register is Sunday, September 10th.  Sign up on the Keenagers board if you plan to go.

Attention College Beacons: If you would like to attend the Montreat College Conference January 2nd-5th, 2018, the cost will be $203 and is due on Sunday, September 24th.

Wednesday Night Suppers: Our church gathers around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 27-November 15) in the fall.  Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.   This year there will be a buffet of home-cooked comfort foods, provided by Chris Wishart- church member and local chef.   Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning next week or follow a link appearing in the Online Grapevine.  There will be supervised children activities.

Let’s take the John Challenge! Starting October 1st…Research shows that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Why not take the next 21 days and get into the habit of reading God’s Word? By reading through the Gospel of John, you’ll hear Jesus teach, see Him at work and discover He is the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd and the Savior God promised.

 

FINANCIAL

The Budget Committee of the Session would like to provide the congregation a snapshot of our finances for the first two trimesters of 2017. Due to your faithfulness and generosity, the congregation’s finances are in good shape. Our expenses are slightly higher than our income. This is normal at this point of the year, and the difference is usually more as you see from last year.

Here are some things we have done together this summer. 8 kids went to camp, we hosted a wonderful summer intern in Sarah Butler, we have rallied around Shasta as she fights cancer, we welcomed 16 kids to First Steps, and together we made over 800 sandwiches to feed hungry kids in our community. Your tithes and offering makes this happen! Thank you! Your generosity has also turned the lights on, kept the building cool, and paid salaries.

This fall is already off to a great start as new bible studies meet, new families connect to our congregation, and Wednesday Night Supper begins soon.

Jan-Aug 2017 Jan-Aug 2016
Income $159,311 $152,531
Expenses $160,767 $157,523

WITNESS

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Relief: Thank you so much for your generosity in wanting to help our neighbors who have experienced such a magnitude of loss with both of these hurricanes.  Our love offering tallied over $600!  We will send your donations to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and they will help those in need!  Thank you!

Lawnmower needed:  Do you have a lawnmower that is unused and unneeded? Would you be willing to lend it to a church member so that she might partner with a friend to help create some income? If so, let Griff know. 

 

CELEBRATIONS            

Birthdays: 9/20: Peggy Rees; 9/21: Teresa Chilton, Teresa Bouma; 9/22: Malcolm Malone, Sara Bailey

Anniversaries: 9/23: Garrett and Anna Bush

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HOMECOMING! This Sunday, September 17th!

Don’t forget! Make plans to join us this Sunday, September 17th, for worship. Dress casual. We’ll worship at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following worship, we’ll gather at Riverside Park (shelter beside of the playground) for our annual Homecoming gathering.

The church will provide the hotdogs and hamburgers and drinks.  We ask that you provide the side dishes and desserts!  Isn’t homemade food the best? We’ll be playing games too – don’t miss it!

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TODAY – SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

 

Head Usher: Mike Branch

Side Usher: Debbie Stoltz

Spark Teachers:

Preschool/Kindergarten: Amy Heath and Nicole Harrison

1st and 2nd grade: Libby Pell and Joy Barlow

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

Sun, Sept 10

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark/Lord’s Supper

5:30 pm – Beacons to Kibler Valley

 

Mon, Sept 11

8:15 am – First Steps Program    

3:00 pm – Relay for Life/Distribute T-Shirts

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League                    

                                                                                        

Tues, Sept 12                                                              

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop Meeting

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

 

Wed, Sept 13

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

 9:30 am – Women’s Bible Study  

 7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal 

 

Thurs, Sept 14

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

3:30 pm – Faith Friends/Thurs Tales

4:30 pm – Joyful Noise Choir

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

 

Fri, Sept 15

8:15 am – First Steps Program

 

Sat, Sept 16

4:00 pm – Relay for Life Event

 

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

 

Prayers: Ilene Boyles, Shasta Bode-Brown, Jerome Bush, Kelly Cail, Frieda Chauncey, Bob Chilton, Lannie Edwards, Paul Eich, Michael Harold, Mike Hensley, Dobie Holmes, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Barbara Mathews, Jimmy McCraw, Bob Planer, Debbie Powell, Betty Ridolfi, Kati Stewart Riggs, Kristie Rolison, Mala Sellers, Mike & Debra Shelton, Steve Strecknater, Betty Street, Mae Turpin, Jim VanHoy, Philip Vogler, Nathan Zeller, sale of house, unrest in our country; Praises: Shasta’s doctors, The church’s finances, reconnecting with friends

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of our fathers, Jerry Majure and Gene Cook, by David, Carla, Andy and Jacob Majure. 

 

Interested in learning more about the scripture being preached on Sundays? Join us for a new Sunday School class in the parlor (the location may change at some point) each Sunday at 9:45 a.m.  This fall, we will take a look at the scripture that will be preached on.  We will explore its context, provide space for prayer and meditation, and enjoy some lively conversation. All are welcome!

Get Ready! Get Set! Worship! Notebooks (3rd-5th grade): Are in the upstairs foyer for our members and guests to use as we worship and grow in faith together.

Beacons to Kibler Valley: It’s a NEW Beacon year and we want to see you!  Meet at the Lighthouse this evening at 5:00 p.m.  We’ll head to Kibler Valley for a cookout, games and playing in the river.  Wear clothes and shoes you can get wet and bring a towel. Let Sandy Bowers know if you’re coming before the end of worship today!

 Choir Rehearsal: Wednesday, September 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room.  Hope to see each of you there! Feel free to invite someone to come – the more the merrier!

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Thursday, September 14th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages.  Come join us for coffee and great discussion!

 Women’s Bible Study: This fall, First Presbyterian will host a women’s community Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. This is targeted to younger women but welcoming to all. It will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from September 13-November 15. Childcare will be available. Questions? Call Elizabeth at (610) 715-3688.

First Steps: The childcare program at the church has really taken off and is doing well!  Some things we’d like to share with you:

  • We all had a GREAT first week back!
  • We still have space available.  Contact Julie Marshall – 1 yr. old class (juliehillmarshall@gmail.com) or Jennifer Joyce – 2 yr. old class (jenniferburnerrr80@gmail.com) or more info.
  • We are looking for two or three people to be subs for the program.  If you or someone you know loves children and would be willing to substitute when needed, please let Griff know.  This is a paid position.

Faith Friends (Preschool – 5th grade): Will meet this Thursday, September 14th, at 3:30 p.m.  The Joyful Noise Choir will meet immediately after at 4:30 p.m.

HOMECOMING: Mark your calendars for Homecoming which will be held on Sunday, September 17th.  We will worship together at 11:00 a.m.  Dress casual.  Immediately following worship, we’ll gather at Riverside Park (shelter beside the playground) for a cookout and fellowship.  The church will provide the hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks. You are asked to provide your favorite side dishes and desserts. We’ll be playing games too!

Keenagers: Thursday, September 21st; We’ll meet at Old North State Winery for lunch at 11:00 a.m. and then have a Ghost Tour at the Mount Airy Museum.  Cost for the museum is $8; lunch is on your own.  Deadline to register is Sunday, September 10th.  Sign up on the Keenagers board if you plan to go.

School Supplies: The Mount Airy City School teachers need our help with a few supplies. They are looking for pencils, tissues, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer. A box will be located in the collections area at the bottom of the stairs. If you’d prefer, Beth Pequeno can shop for you. Thank you!

 Attention College Beacons: If you would like to attend the Montreat College Conference January 2nd-5th, 2018, the cost will be $203 and is due on Sunday, September 24th.

Wednesday Night Suppers: Our church gathers around the supper table in the Fellowship Hall with scriptures on Wednesday nights (September 27-November 15) in the fall.  Dinner is served at 6:00 pm.  Bible Study begins at 6:45 and lasts until 7:15.   This year there will be a buffet of home-cooked comfort foods, provided by Chris Wishart- church member and local chef.   Dinner costs $7 per adult and $5 per child (with a cap of $25 per family). You can sign up in the upstairs hallway beginning next week or follow a link appearing in the Online Grapevine.  There will be supervised children activities.

WITNESS

 Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, September 14th at 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church.  The following people are signed up to assist in this wonderful ministry: Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Wayne and Joy Barlow, Bob Keck, Paul Belk and Steven Lowe.

 Lawnmower needed:  Do you have a lawnmower that is unused and unneeded? Would you be willing to lend it to a church member so that she might partner with a friend to help create some income? If so, let Griff know. 

 Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: The suggested foods for the month of September are: Canned Vegetables and Cooking Oil. All non-perishable foods are accepted.

 

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 9/10: Brent Ferry; 9/11: Skyler Harrison; 9/12: Megan Ballentine, Liesa Hawks, Timothy Minter; 9/13: Thomas (Buck) Faw; 9/14: Marinda Rives; 9/16: Jai Daniels, Timmesa Wishart

Anniversaries: 9/10: Steven and Annette Lowe

Relay for Life Event: Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.

Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 16th at Veteran’s Park.

  • Gate opens at 4:00 p.m.
  • Opening ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m.
  • Survivors lap will take place at 6:15 p.m.

Luminary ceremony will be held at approximately 9:00 p.m.

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Mark your calendars for HOMECOMING which will be held on Sunday, September 17th. We’ll worship together at 11:00 a.m.  Dress casual.  Immediately following worship, we will gather at Riverside Park (shelter beside the playground) for a cookout and fellowship.

The church will provide the hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks. You are asked to provide your favorite side dishes and desserts.  We’ll be playing games too! Don’t miss it – it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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