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Archive for July, 2018

TODAY – JULY 22, 2018

Head Usher: Mike Branch Side Usher: Margaret Cockerell
Summer Spark Teachers: Blanton and Lauren Youell

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jul 22

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

10:00 am –Worship/Spark

Tues, Jul 24

3:30 pm – Faith Friends Playdate

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jul 25

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

5:30 pm – Beacons Last Summer “Youth on the Town”

Thurs, Jul 26

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

6:00 pm – Relay for Life Meeting

Sat, Jul 28

10:00 am – Sandwich Saturday

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Mary “Dee” and Barry Brown (Beth Pequeno’s parents), Emily Keck, Nell Ann Keck (Marinda Rives’ mother), Betty Jane King (Ted King’s mother)

Friends of our Church Family: Pamela Arnason, Sarah and Jason Bailey, Natalie Branch, Roxanne Gartland, Robert Gwyn, Treva Puckett, Quinton Rogers, U. S. Military, Nathan Zeller

CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Jean and Harvey Arrington and Katharine Smith by Skyler, Nicole and Mary Miles Harrison.

Beacons/Youth on the Town: (6th-12th grade): We will have our last summer gathering on Wednesday, July 25th, at 5:30 p.m. We will meet at the church and head off on a picnic. Bring a picnic, soccer balls, frisbees – and money for ice cream! We’ll eat, play and plan a stop at Scoops on the way home.

Lighting the Christ Candle in Shasta’s Memory: The Christ Candle symbolizes the light of Christ coming into the world. As we grieve the death of our Christian Educator, Shasta Bode-Brown, we will light the Christ Candle each Sunday. Shasta reflected the love and light of Christ in her ministry among us. As a symbol of her ministry, the Christ Candle is surrounded by seventeen smaller votive candles: one for each year of Shasta’s service to the church. We will light these candles through the month of July.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: July 29: 1 Cor. 6:1-11

Faith Friends Play Date: Tuesday, July 24th; 3:30 p.m. Join us at the church on the playground for some summer fun!

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Thursday, July 26th; 8:00 a.m. at Pages. Join us for coffee and a great discussion!

Flowers for Sunday Worship: We have dates available for anyone that would like to place flowers in the church on Sunday morning. The dates are as follows: August 5, 12, 19 and 26. Call the church office or sign up on the list in the upstairs foyer.

Hear About the Results of Listening Sessions with Sarah Butler: Sarah Butler presented her findings and recommendations in a post-worship meeting on July 8. You can watch the YouTube video of her presentation or read a one-page summary by visiting church website (fpcma.org), clicking on the “News and Events” tab. Links for both the video and summary document can be found there, embedded within a letter written by Sarah at the top of the page.

Interim Coordinator of Children’s Discipleship: The Session of First Presbyterian Church Mount Airy is seeking an Interim Coordinator of Children’s Discipleship to serve in a temporary capacity. The interim position will conclude upon hire of permanent staff member. The position will be 10-15 hours / week, and primarily entail, though not be limited to, the coordination of midweek and Sunday programming for children 5th grade and under. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact FPC pastor, Griff Gatewood, griff@fpcma.com for more information or a job description. Position will be open until filled.  Applications reviewed by August 1. Job descriptions are posted on the bulletin board in the upstairs foyer.

WITNESS

Sandwich Saturdays: Will run through August 18th.  Please sign up on the board (in the Koinonia Room) or see Jason Pflug if you’d like to assist with this ministry. Volunteers will meet on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  They will make sandwiches and assemble lunches in bags.  Some volunteers will then assist the police to deliver the meals.  This is a two hour commitment and a great opportunity for all church members from kids to Keenagers to serve together.

Summer Sandwich Feeding Program: Volunteers are needed to assist the Mount Airy City Schools in feeding hungry children.  Help is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 at the High School cafeteria. A sign-up sheet is on the board in the Koinonia Room.  If you need further info, see Jason Pflug.

Shining Light in Uganda: The maternal and child healthcare project that Dave and Nancy Dixon have been working on in Uganda is continuing. Nancy has returned to Uganda and Dave will leave out on July 24.

Nancy and Dave invited us to participate with them and their team in Uganda by providing solar powered lamps and headlamps to the ambulance crews, traditional birth referral agents, village health teams and Health Center Workers.  You all are so generous! Our goal was surpassed so that we were able to send more headlamps and lanterns than we thought we could.

We have raised $1,525! A portion of the lamps and lanterns were sent with Nancy and the rest will go with Dave. Thank you so much for helping us reach our community and our world!

 

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 7/22: Delia Ferry; 7/26: Delane Heath, David Whitfield 

Anniversaries: None this week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relay for Life: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. This year’s theme is: “There’s No Place Like Hope” – because whether you’re in the midst of the storm of cancer yourself or walking alongside someone else, you’re always looking for that little ray of hope.

 

The event will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at Veteran’s Memorial Park from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight. Gates open at 4 p.m., with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m., survivor lap at 6:30 p.m., luminaria at 9 p.m. and closing ceremony at 11 p.m.

 

Luminaries and pinwheel flowers can be purchased by calling the church or filling out one of the forms that can be found at the entrances to the sanctuary.  Luminaries will be placed around the track in honor or memory of loved ones.  See Lynn Rigney or Valerie Parker for more info.

 

Relay for Life 13 Bones Chicken Lunch Fundraiser: Friday, August 24th; 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (1/2 chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert – $10 per plate); Pick-up or delivery (for 10 plates or more). The event will be held here at the church in the Fellowship Hall.  Contact Lynn Rigney or Valerie Parker for tickets. Great food – for an even greater cause!

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Dear First Presbyterian Church,

Thank you again for opening your hearts and lives to me once again this summer. I learned so much from my listening sessions with you, and was glad to share my findings and recommendations after church last Sunday, July 8.

For those who could not attend, start by taking a look at this YouTube video of my presentation. It really is the best way to get a sense of what I heard and the recommendations I made as result.

As a supplement, consider reviewing this one-page summary of the presentation as well. While the video is the most helpful way to understand my heart for you, the ways I see God moving in your congregation, and the suggestions I have for your way forward, the summary document is a useful reinforcement.

I look forward to learning more about how you move with grace and wisdom into the next chapter of your congregational life. God is with you; I eagerly await discovering what the Lord has in store for FPC!

With love in Christ,

Sarah Butler

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Dear friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus on this Monday afternoon.

One of the very exciting things happening in our congregation right now is the growth in number of young children and families. As we look towards to the fall and plan educational and community-building activities for children, the personnel committee realized that we need help immediately.  So, the search is on for a Interim Coordinator of Children’s Discipleship to fill the gap until we make our official, long-term hire. Here is the announcement from last Sunday’s bulletin:

The Session of First Presbyterian Church Mount Airy is seeking an Interim Coordinator of Children’s Discipleship to serve in a temporary capacity. The interim position will conclude upon hire of permanent staff member. The position will be 10-15 hours / week, and primarily entail, though not be limited to, the coordination of midweek and Sunday programming for children 5th grade and under. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact FPC pastor, Griff Gatewood, griff@fpcma.com for more information or a job description. Position open until filled.  Applications will begin to be reviewed by the personnel committee on August 1.   

Here is a link to the job description.

Yesterday, Sarah spoke of actively waiting for the Lord to bring to us the long-term person prepared to work in our midst; this position will help us continue to nurture our kids as we plan and wait for the future the Lord is bringing to fruition. Please spread the word to people and your social network who might be a good fit.

Grace and Peace,  Griff

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CHURCH MINISTRIES

Sunday: Report-Out on Summer 2018 Listening Sessions: Sarah Butler will be presenting the findings and recommendations from her church-wide listening sessions today after the service in the Koinonia Room. Coffee and snacks provided.  Please come and hear what she has learned from listening to you and discerning where God is leading next!

 The Flowers in the Church today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frederick Earl Barnett by his loved ones.

Beacons/Youth on the Town: (6th-12th grade): We will be gathering at Johanna Wilson’s house (across from the Lighthouse) this evening at 5:30 p.m. Come prepared to have fun!  We may build a fire and have s’mores and play volleyball.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet at Pages at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12th.  Join us for coffee and a great discussion.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: July 15: 1 Cor. 4:1-21; July 22: 1 Cor. 5:1-12; July 29: 1 Cor. 6:1-11

Flowers for Sunday Worship: We have openings available if you would like to place flowers in the church on Sunday morning(s). The dates are: July 22, 29 and August 5, 12, 19 and 26. The signup sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.

Summer Adult Sunday School Opportunity: Learning to Pray Together   Sarah Butler is leading a short 6-week series on prayer at 9:00-9:45 am, ending July 8, and meeting in the Ladies’ Parlor.The topic for the last session on July 8 is outreach and discerning how to love our neighbor in Mount Airy.

Sign up to teach Summer Spark! We still have a couple of dates for folks to sign up to lead Summer Spark. The dates available are: July 15 and August 19.  Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board across the hallway from the kitchen. Teaching involves playing a short Bible-based video with matching coloring project, as well as leading children in memorization of Psalm 23 and 3 catechism questions. A teaching process overview handout is available; ask Sarah Butler (sarahcatherinebutler@gmail.com) if you have more questions.

WITNESS

 PB & J Collection: We are collecting peanut butter and jelly for our Sandwich Saturday ministry.  There are boxes on the table in the Koinonia Room for you to place any items.

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church.  The sign-up sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.  Please sign up to volunteer with this ministry.

 Sandwich Saturdays: Have begun and will run through August 18th.  Please sign up on the board (in the Koinonia Room) or see Jason Pflug if you’d like to assist with this ministry. Volunteers will meet on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  They will make sandwiches and assemble lunches in bags.  Some volunteers will then assist the police to deliver the meals.  This is a two-hour commitment and a great opportunity for all church members from kids to Keenagers to serve together.

Summer Sandwich Feeding Program: Volunteers are needed to assist the Mount Airy City Schools in feeding hungry children.  Help is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 at the High School cafeteria beginning June 18th.  A signup sheet is on the board in the Koinonia Room.  If you need further info, see Jason Pflug.

Lead Teacher Needed for First Steps Two Year-Old Class: First Presbyterian Church is seeking to hire a lead teacher for the two year-old class for First Steps, a childcare program of the church that nurtures the spiritual and social lives of toddlers.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the position, please contact Griff Gatewood (griff@fpcma.com) or Amy Heath (amyr33@gmail.com).

Shining Light in Uganda: The maternal and child healthcare project that Dave and Nancy Dixon have been working on in Uganda is continuing.  Nancy is returning July 8 and Dave, July 24.

The Healthcare Education and Rapid Transportation (HEaRT) project is being implemented in all 6 parishes of Orom Sub-county, Kitgum District, Uganda.

The next phase of this project will be focusing on the initiation of a motorcycle ambulance service.  The motorcycle ambulances, eRangers, are designed similar to a motorbike with a sidecar.  However, the sidecar is specially designed to securely transport a person while lying down.  The project focuses on comfortably transporting pregnant women with this vehicle.  These vehicles have already been successfully piloted in other areas of Uganda.

The ambulance team will be trained in basic “first responder skills” to enable immediate basic lifesaving skills to be administered at the scene, if needed, apply basic first aid, and conduct appropriate triage to enable accurate communication to the closest health facility to coordinate transport of the patient(s).

Nancy and Dave are inviting us to participate with them and their team in Uganda by providing solar powered lamps and headlamps to the ambulance crews, traditional birth referral agents, village health teams and Health Center Workers.

Our first goal is to send 50 rechargeable headlamps.  These would be utilized for nighttime work by first responders, ambulance crews, and care providers to address the emergency needs of patients.   Sponsor a headlamp for $15.

Our second Goal is to send 15 Collapsible Solar Lanterns.  These lanterns not only provide light but can recharge a headlamp or a cell phone.  They will be placed in Health Centers and ambulances.

Last Sunday we raised $975 dollars!   This is enough to send 15 lamps and 15 head lamps.    Those are headed to Africa with Nancy today.  Now we hope to raise $275 more to purchase the remaining 18 headlamps.   Our deadline is next Sunday, July 15th.

You can give by dropping a check in the church offering plate or by the church office.  Write: Light for Uganda in the memo line.  If you would like to give cash, please make sure that it is in a marked envelope. Please make sure that your donation is separate than your regular gift to the church.

CELEBRATIONS

 Birthdays: 7/8: Lucas Fowler, Cole Younger, Pamela Radford; 7/9: Brad Ballentine; 7/10: Philip Daniels, Grady Lewis, Katherine Seivers; 7/11: Lisa Petri; 7/12: Nicole Harrison; 7/13: Josh Clark

 Anniversaries: 7/10: Paul and Cecelia Belk; 7/13: Steve and Ann Yokeley

WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

Sun, Jul 8                                                         Wed, Jul 11

9:00 am – Learning to Pray Together                    Weekly Grapevine Items Due

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School                           5:30 pm – Beacons to Wilson’s

10:00 am –Worship/Spark

Thurs, Jul 12

Tues, Jul 10                                                      8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Sat, Jul 14

10:00 am – Sandwich Saturday

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

 Prayers

Our Church Family: Mary “Dee” and Barry Brown (Beth Pequeno’s parents)

Friends of our Church Family: Sarah and Jason Bailey, Robert Gwyn, Quinton Rogers

There are prayer cards at each entrance to the sanctuary for you to list any prayers or praises.  You may drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

 

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