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Beacon Chili Lunch Fundraiser

The Beacons will be sponsoring a chili lunch this Sunday, January 28th, immediately following worship. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up to come and would like to, please call the church office no later than Friday, January 26th, at noon. If you’d like to bring a pot of chili, please indicate that as well. Hope you will join us as we come together to fellowship as a church family!

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Weekly Grapevine – January 14, 2018

TODAY – JANUARY 14, 2018

Head Usher: Nancy Davis

Side Usher: Mike Branch

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Sandy Bowers and Julia Ann Banfield
1st and 2nd grade: Pete and Beth Pequeno

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 14

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

5:30 pm – Beacons at Gatewood’s house

Mon, Jan 15

Church Office Closed/Martin Luther King Day

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Jan 16

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 17

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:00 pm – Budget Meeting

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 18

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

3:30 pm – Get Ready, Get Set, Worship

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, Jan 19
8:15 am – First Steps Program

 

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers: Our Church Family: Joy Barlow, Ilene Boyles, JoAnne Brannock (Sylvia Chilton’s sister), Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Shasta Brown, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Gena Ray, Mike and Debra Shelton (Millie Beal’s brother), Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Ginger Werner (Pepper Mayes’ sister), Janice Younger;  Friends of our Church Family: Michael Harold, Rex Hobbs, Gary Littell, Hazel McCraw, Kit Phillips, Treva Puckett, Nancy Quinn, Mala Sellers, Patsy Sutphin, Mike Vernon, David White, Jim Yaeger, Nathan Zeller, Jesse Zimmer

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to the family of Eva Caldwell, who passed away on January 5, 2018.  Please be in prayer for the family.

Come to Sunday School!  There are two adult options.  The Odds and Ends Class meets across from the upstairs Men’s restroom.  This class follows a year-round curriculum and is led by Felton Godwin and others.  The Sunday Scripture class meets in the parlor. Contact Cecelia Belk for more information.  Classes start each Sunday between 9:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Beacons (6th-12th grade): Will meet this evening at the Gatewood’s house at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided.

Church Office Closed: Monday, January 15th, for Martin Luther King Day.

Sign up for various ministries! There are sign-up sheets for: Flowers for Worship, Scripture Lay Readers and Friends Feeding Friends on the board in the upstairs foyer.  Please check them out and sign up for one or all!

Women’s Bible Study: First Presbyterian will host a women’s community Bible Study that is targeted to younger women but welcoming to all.  It will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. beginning Wednesday, January 17th. Childcare will be available.  Questions? Call Elizabeth at (610)715-3688.

Get Ready, Get Set, Worship Kids (3rd-5th grade): Will meet on Thursday, January 18th, in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m.

Montreat Youth Conference: July 28th-Aug 4th, 2018; Any Beacons who are eligible to go to Montreat next year will receive a postcard in the mail.  The first deposit of $100 is due on Monday, January 15th.

Chili Cook-off! Join the Beacons immediately following worship on January 28th, for a Chili Cook-off.  We’d love for you to make a pot of your favorite chili to share and come eat with us!  There will be a sign-up sheet at the church.  Donations will be accepted and will go towards the Beacons’ summer missions and activities.  See Amy Heath or Beth Pequeno for more information.

“Souper” Bowl of Caring: The Beacons have been challenged once again by the Main Street churches to see who can collect the most cans of soup and/or monetary donations before Sunday, February 4th.  If you’re at the store, grab some extra cans or make a monetary donation before the 4th to help us meet our goal – to feed the hungry in our community!

New Members Class: If you have been attending FPCMA regularly and would like to consider joining the church, there will be a membership class in February.  Please let Griff know you are interested by calling the church office or sending an email to griff@fpcma.com.

FINANCIAL

2018 Pledges: By now, you should have received a letter in the mail letting you know where we ended our year for 2017 and our needs for 2018.  In that letter, there was a pledge card.  If you wish to submit a pledge for the year, you may do so during worship this Sunday as well as on the 21st and 28th.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: The foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna. All non-perishable foods are accepted.

 

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/14: Melissa Whitfield; 1/15: Mary Glen Hatcher, Vickie Riekehof, Teresa Simpson; 1/17: Amy Stoltz Pait, Suzanne Folger; 1/18: Oren Bailey; 1/19: Jimmie Scott, Janet Gilley

Anniversaries: None this week

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Beacon Mission Opportunities

Chili Cookoff – Join the Beacons immediately following worship on Sunday, January 28th, for a Chili Cook-off. We’d love for you to make a pot of your favorite chili to share and come eat with us! There will be a sign-up sheet at the church. Donations will be accepted and will go towards the Beacons’ summer missions and activities. See Amy Heath or Beth Pequeno for more information.

 

“Souper” Bowl of Caring: The Beacons have been challenged once again by the Main Street churches to see who can collect the most cans of soup and/or monetary donations before Sunday, February 4th. If you’re at the store, grab some extra cans or make a monetary donation before the 4th to help us meet our goal – to feed the hungry in our community!

 

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Stewardship 2017

From Griff:

Dear Friends in Christ,

Grace and Peace in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  As this new year begins, the session is asking you to communicate to us your goals for giving in 2018.  

I heard a story today about a little boy whose mother used to give him the film negatives each time they developed pictures.  This was the first thing the boy could ever remember being given.   Each Sunday, he would take some of those negatives and put them in the offering plate at church.   He wanted to say thank you to God.  He wanted to be a part of what God was doing at his church.  He wasn’t giving to keep the lights on. He found joy in giving because he wanted to participate.   I hope that you might know or deepen this joy of participating by giving in 2018.   

As I think over 2017, these words come to mind:  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  (John 1:4-5)  We have spent 2017 participating in the light of Jesus shining in the lives of  men and women.  Here are three ways.

We celebrate the new life the Triune God gives.    We baptize our children and babies- in 2017, Griffin, Averie, Andie, and  Mary Miles – as a sign that God is faithful throughout the generations. The Lord claims even the smallest among us and promises new life to a new little life.  We baptize adults and celebrate the life and light that Jesus gives among them.

We encourage each other amidst the trials and tribulations of life. We repeat and embody the Good News that the light of Christ shines in the dark places of life.  We do this publicly when we pray for each other during the prayers of the people or at a congregational prayer time.  We do it in secret and in quiet as we give rides to chemo, send the encouraging text amidst grief and loss, and pray for each other while driving around town.    

We proclaim the light of Christ in the face of death.  In 2017, we mourned the death of 12 church members and proclaimed the hope of the Resurrection at funerals and memorial services.   Alongside the loss of those here, our church family has lost over 10 family members.   In these dark times of grief, the light of Christ often shines all the brighter.

I am deeply grateful to God Almighty that we don’t do this alone.   The Lord is with us.  The light has come into the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.  

Do you share a sense of participation in the light coming into the darkness?    I hope you’ll join me in giving out of gratitude to the God who shines light in the darkness and out of a desire to participate in reflecting that light.   Remember the little boy who gave the picture negatives  because he wanted to be a part!   May we give with the same heart.

Grace and Peace,

Griff

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From Bruce:

Dear Friends and Members of First Presbyterian Church:

The final financial figures are not yet in, but the church has overall had a good financial year. We did not meet our goal of raising $243,000 but given the generosity of so many, contributions were good and we did not have to dip into our savings to meet our monthly obligations. Thank you for the part you played in making the ministry of our church happen.

As the year begins, the session would like to hear from you about your plans for giving in 2018. As this process begins, I want to remind you of several things that shape how I see our church’s finances and my own giving:

The 2018 church budget has been formulated without the input of 2018 pledges. It is based on the faith that God will provide the resources to operate our church programs. In this way, we are not following the usual secular budgeting model; however, our budget for 2018 increases less than 3% to $250,000.

This act of faith is based on our confession that God is our provider. We work but He has given us the talents to work for others or to run our own businesses. Our pledges and giving are only returning to God what has been given to us by Him in the first place, The pledge, or your giving level, is based on your personal covenant with God.

Once you determine your level of giving, it helps the church reach our everyday expenses by your consistently paying towards that amount. One of the great changes in our church’s culture over the past decade has been the use of members setting up automatic monthly payments through their banks or through eGive. This has stabilized our income stream. Please consider joining those who have done this if you have not.

Pledging also helps the church determine that our budget is attainable. If you run into hard times, we do not want your pledge to hurt your family obligations and you should reduce your giving accordingly. On the other hand, if you have a financial windfall, since all comes from the Lord, maybe you should consider sharing that with Him by giving more in return.

Tithing, giving 10%, should be a goal, but it does not need to happen all at once. If tithing is your goal, first measure your church giving by looking at your annual tax return. If you are currently giving, say 3%, to the church, add a percentage point or two each year until you reach the 10% goal.

Thank you all for your continued commitment to the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy. Without the generous giving of your time, talents and treasures we could not carry out God’s mission for our church. You’ll find in this letter a pledge card. Please return during worship on the January 14, 21, or 28th. You can also make your pledge electronically by going to: tinyurl.com/fpc2018

In Him,
Bruce Arnold
Treasurer
First Presbyterian Church

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TODAY – JANUARY 7, 2018

Head Usher: Nancy Davis

Side Usher: Mike Branch

Spark Teachers: Preschool/Kindergarten: Sandy Bowers and Julia Ann Banfield
1st and 2nd grade: Pete and Beth Pequeno

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 7

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am – Worship/Spark

4:00 pm – Crochet/Knit Group

5:00 pm – Beacons to Dinner & Bowling

Mon, Jan 8

8:15 am – First Steps Program

6:00 pm – Girl Scout First Lego League

Tues, Jan 9

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 10

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 11

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Study

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

3:30 pm – Faith Friends

4:30 pm – Joyful Noise Choir

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

Fri, Jan 12

8:15 am – First Steps Program

 

PRAYER AND PRAISE MINISTRIES

Prayers and Praise Info: There are cards in the pew racks (or chairs in Koinonia Room) for you to list any prayers or praises. Please include your name and the date that the person was added. Be sure to inform the church office of any changes or if the person needs to be removed. You may drop them in the offering plate during worship. Names will be taken off of the prayer and praise board at the end of each month, unless otherwise noted.

Prayers: Our Church Family: Joy Barlow, Ilene Boyles, Barnsley Brown (Suzanne Lewis-Brown’s daughter), Shasta Brown, Eva Caldwell, Jane King, Bobbie Lane, Mike and Debra Shelton (Millie Beal’s brother), Pam Shelton (David and Millie Beal’s niece), Ginger Werner (Pepper Mayes’ sister), Janice Younger; Friends of our Church Family: Michael Harold, Rex Hobbs, Gary Littell, Hazel McCraw, Treva Puckett, Nancy Quinn, Mala Sellers, Patsy Sutphin, Mike Vernon, David White, Jim Yaeger, Nathan Zeller, Jesse Zimmer

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Fred Branch and Dale Hughes by Mike, Kim and Mariah Branch.

Come to Sunday School! There are two adult options. The Odds and Ends Class meets across from the upstairs Men’s restroom. This class follows a year-round curriculum and is led by Felton Godwin and others. The Sunday Scripture class meets in the parlor. Contact Cecelia Belk for more information. Classes start each Sunday between 9:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Crochet/Knit Group: Will meet in the Fellowship Hall this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. If you interested in either, come join us!

Beacons: Will meet at 5:00 p.m. at the church in the upper parking lot. We’ll head out for a quick dinner and will go bowling at the Mount Airy Bowling Lanes. Bring money for dinner and bowling. Cost for bowling is $10 for unlimited bowling and shoe rental.

Sign up for various ministries! There are sign-up sheets for: Flowers for worship, Scripture Lay Readers and Friends Feeding Friends on the board in the upstairs foyer. Please check them out and sign up for one or all!

Bob Chilton Bible Study: Will be held at Pages on Thursday, January 11th, at 8:00 a.m. Join us for coffee, a danish and a great discussion!

Faith Friends and Get Ready, Get Set, Worship Kids: Will meet on Thursday, January 11th, in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m. The children’s choir will also meet during this time.

Montreat Youth Conference: July 28th-Aug 4th, 2018; Any Beacons who are eligible to go to Montreat next year will receive a postcard in the mail. The first deposit of $100 is due on Monday, January 15th.

Keenagers: We will have lunch at Shelton Vineyards on Thursday, January 18th. Meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. Sign up by Sunday, January 14th.

“Souper” Bowl of Caring: The Beacons have been challenged once again by the Main Street churches to see who can collect the most cans of soup and/or monetary donations before Sunday, February 4th. If you’re at the store, grab some extra cans or make a monetary donation before the 4th to help us meet our goal – to feed the hungry in our community!

New Members Class: If you have been attending FPCMA regularly and would like to consider joining the church, there will be a membership class in February. Please let Griff know you are interested by calling the church office or sending an email to griff@fpcma.com.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: The foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna. All non-perishable foods are accepted.

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, January 11th, at 5:00 p.m. The following are signed up to assist: Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Wayne and Joy Barlow and Bob Keck. Other volunteers are needed. Sign up on the sheet in the upstairs foyer to help with this incredibly worthwhile ministry!

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/7: Collin Phillips, Nancy Dixon; 1/8: Andrew Harris; 1/10: Anna Bush, Anna Merritt; 1/11: Mike Gilley; 1/12: Cecelia Belk; 1/14: Gene Rees

Anniversaries: None this week

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Sympathy of the Congregation

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to the family of Mrs. Catherine Eva Joy Lovill Caldwell, 90, of Mount Airy, who passed away Friday morning, January 5, 2018, at Northern Hospital of Surry County. Eva was born December 28, 1927.

A service of worship and celebration of Eva’s life will be held Monday, January 8, 2018, at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church. Griff  and Paul Ridolfi  will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1286, Mount Airy, NC 27030; Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Please be in prayer for the family.

“If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord, so whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” ~ Romans: 14:8

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