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Weekly Grapevine – January 27, 2019

TODAY – JANUARY 27, 2019

Head Usher: Mike Beal

Side Usher: Alex Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: Amy Heath and Nicole Harrison

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 27

9:45 am – Sunday School – Adult & Children

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Jan 28

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Tues, Jan 29

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 30

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – Women’s Bible Study

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 31

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

6:30 pm – Shepherd’s House Event

Fri, Feb 1

8:15 am – First Steps Program

CHURCH MINISTRIES

There will be a Congregational Meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, February 10th. Please notate this on your calendars.

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church (more information in announcement below). If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: This winter and spring our sermon text will be from the Gospel of Luke. Between now and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, Luke focuses on Jesus and His Mission. I would encourage you to read Luke 3-9. Jan 27Sermon on the Plain: Jesus Blesses & Condemns, Luke 6:17-26; Feb 3Sermon on the Plain: Part Two, Luke 6:27-49; Feb 10Jesus Receives from a Sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-8:3; Feb 17Jesus Frees the Demoniac, Luke 8:26-39; Feb 24A new Revelation: the Messiah will die for the Sins of the people (Isaiah 53), Luke 9:18-27, Mar 3Jesus Is Transfigured, Luke 9:21-36

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Will meet in the Lighthouse this evening at 5:30 p.m. Gene and Peggy Rees will provide dinner.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Beacon (6th -12th grade) Super Bowl Party: Sunday, February 3rd; The Beacons will meet at the Bower’s house at 5:30 p.m. Come cheer for your favorite team! Dinner will be provided. Bring a snack to share during the game.

“Soup”er Bowl of Caring: The challenge is on again! The Beacons are collecting cans of soup (and monetary donations), along with the other Main Street churches. Everything we collect will go toward feeding the hungry in our community. This year, we will be collecting in memory of Shasta. The deadline to turn in soup or money is next Sunday, February 3rd. *Beacons – *We will meet at the church on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00 and head to the Moravian Church. Please bring a dessert to share.

Women’s Bible Study: Several young women meet at our church each Wednesday morning to fellowship together and study scripture. We are searching high and low for someone to watch our kids for those 2 hours. This is a paid position but has also previously been filled by someone who felt called to serve as a volunteer. If you know of anyone who may be willing to sit and play with this small group of kids from 8:30-10:15, please contact Elizabeth at: 610-715-3688.

Children’s Church: Looking for folks to help the following dates: February 3 (need one more helper), February 10, February 17 and February 24. If you would like to help, please contact Valerie Parker.

Preschool Sunday School: If you would be willing to assist with the 3 to 5 year old class the month of March, please contact Valerie Parker. Sunday School is from 9:45 am to 10:45 am.

Handbell Choir: Meets on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you think you’d like to become a ringer alongside us, come join us!

Faith Friends: (Preschool-5th grade): Dates for February and details will be announced soon!

WITNESS

Offering for Hunger and Hope: Next Sunday, February 3rd, we will receive our Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offerings. The foods for the month of February are: Rice and Mayonnaise.

Mission Trip: Are you interested in help leading or going on a mission trip? A conversation is brewing about going to serve and learn somewhere and sometime this summer. If you are interested, speak to Griff or drop him an email at griff@fpcma.com

FINANCIAL

2018 Year-End Contribution Statements: Can be found on the table in the upstairs foyer. Please stop by and pick yours up today.

2019 Pledges: To date, we have received 44 pledges for a total of $154,286. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $215,000.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/27: Emma Pequeno, Andrew Barlow, Joy Snow; 1/28: Taylor Bouma; 2/2: Maggie Beal

Anniversaries: None this week

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ELDER

Marinda Rives

1. Describe yourself. This could include your family, your job, what you like to do, etc.

My husband, David, is a technical service veterinarian for Zoetis. We have two sons: Andy is lead technical producer as well as studio host for Virginia Tech sports for IMG. Ted is a resident at Wake Forest School of Medicine. I enjoy teaching part-time at Mount Airy High School and volunteering at Surry Medical Ministries.

2. When did you start coming to First Presbyterian Church, and what do you enjoy about being part of this community?

We had visited First Presbyterian several times while living in Clinton, NC. Once we moved here in November 2015, we began attending regularly and immediately felt at home. I enjoy our fellowship, music, Bible studies, Sunday School class, and our worship services very much.

3. How would you describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?

My faith began when I was young, growing up in the Presbyterian Church and attending youth group at First Baptist in Radford VA. It has continued to grow with much encouragement from my Aunt Evelyn, my friends, my husband, my children, and many others along the way.

4. How would you like to make First Presbyterian Church better?

I would like enhance and expand our community service connections and provide more support for many of our local missions.

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“Soup”er Bowl of Caring

The Beacons are participating once again in the “Soup”er Bowl of Caring which is to collect cans of soup to feed the hungry in our community.  The need is so great! The donations received will go to Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry, our local food pantry. The Beacons are competing with other local churches to see who can collect the most cans. Will you help them reach their goal of 500 cans of soup?  We will be collecting soup in memory of Shasta this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOOK for the space in the Koinonia Room (next to sanctuary) on Sunday morning where the food will be collected.  Next Sunday, February 3rd, is the deadline to turn in any donations.  Thank you for assisting the Beacons in meeting their goal – and at the same time, also helping to not let people go hungry!

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Weekly Grapevine – January 20, 2019

TODAY – JANUARY 20, 2019

Head Usher: Mike Beal Side Usher: Alex Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: Laura East and Wendy Clabough

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 20

8:30 am – Session Meeting

9:45 am – Sunday School – Adult & Children

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

Mon, Jan 21

Church Office Closed – Martin Luther King Day

Tues, Jan 22

6:00 pm – Girl Scout Troop

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 23

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

8:15 am – Women’s Bible Study

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 24

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

Fri, Jan 25

8:15 am – First Steps Program

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family: Ilene Boyles, Emily Keck, Ann Taylor

Friends of our Church Family: Lindsay Key, Kristin Leathers, Patsy Reynolds, Martha Robertson, Rosalie Sexton, Mike and Debra Shelton, Jody Yaeger

If you wish to add anyone to the prayer or praise list, please do so by using one of the blue cards found in the backs of the pews (chairs in the Koinonia Room) and either drop them in the offering plate or place them on the board outside the church office.

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: This winter and spring our sermon text will be from the Gospel of Luke. Between now and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, Luke focuses on Jesus and His Mission. I would encourage you to read Luke 3-9. Jan 20Jesus Calls the Disciples thereby reconstituting Israel, Luke 5:1-11; Jan 27Sermon on the Plain: Jesus Blesses & Condemns, Luke 6:17-26; Feb 3Sermon on the Plain: Part Two, Luke 6:27-49; Feb 10Jesus Receives from a Sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-8:3; Feb 17 – Jesus Frees the Demoniac, Luke 8:26-39; Feb 24A new Revelation: the Messiah will die for the Sins of the people (Isaiah 53), Luke 9:18-27, Mar 3Jesus Is Transfigured, Luke 9:21-36

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and with gratitude for our church leadership, volunteers and congregation by Gene and Peggy Rees.

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to Jim and Janice Younger on the death of Jim’s brother, Kermit, who passed away on January 12, 2019. Please be in prayer for the family.

Chili Cook-Off: Join us immediately following worship in the Fellowship Hall today for a warm bowl of chili! Hopefully, you’ve whipped up your favorite recipe and have brought it to share with everyone. Donations will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Beacons who will be attending the Massanetta and Montreat youth conferences.

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Will not meet this evening. *If anyone is interested in providing dinner for the Beacons on Sunday evenings, please see Sandy Bowers.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Church Office Closed: Monday, January 21st, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will meet at Pages on Thursday, January 24th, at 8:00 a.m. Join us for a hot (or cold, if you prefer) cup of coffee and a great discussion!

Beacon Super Bowl Party: Sunday, February 3rd; Details to come – stay tuned.

“Soup”er Bowl of Caring: The challenge is on again! The Beacons will be collecting cans of soup (and monetary donations), along with the other Main Street churches. Everything we collect will go toward feeding the hungry in our community. This year, our will be collecting in memory of Shasta. Beacons – *We will meet at the church on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00 and head to the Moravian Church. Please bring a dessert to share.

Women’s Bible Study: Several young women meet at our church each Wednesday morning to fellowship together and study scripture. We are searching high and low for someone to watch our kids for those 2 hours. This is a paid position but has also previously been filled by someone who felt called to serve as a volunteer. If you know of anyone who may be willing to sit and play with this small group of kids from 8:30-10:15, please contact Elizabeth at: 610-715-3688.

Children’s Church: All Sundays in January are filled! Thanks to those folks who have offered to help! If you would like to help any Sunday in February, please contact Valerie Parker.

Preschool Sunday School: If you would be willing to assist with the 3 to 5 year old class the month of February, please contact Valerie Parker. Sunday School is from 9:45 am to 10:45 am.

Handbell Choir: Meets on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you think you’d like to become a ringer alongside us, come join us!

Faith Friends: (Preschool-5th grade) Wednesday, January 23rd starting at 5:30 pm. Dinner will be provided at 6:30 pm. Cost will be $3.00 per person. Little Voices will practice with Anna followed by a worship activity with Valerie. Please RSVP to Valerie Parker by Tuesday evening, January 22nd, if your kids will be staying for dinner so we can make sure to have enough food. *Parents: please include yourself to RSVP if you plan on joining us for dinner. Hope to see you there!

WITNESS

Mission Trip: Are you interested in help leading or going on a mission trip? A conversation is brewing about going to serve and learn somewhere and sometime this summer. If you are interested, speak to Griff or drop him an email at griff@fpcma.com

FINANCIAL

2018 Year-End Contribution Statements: Can be found on the table in the upstairs foyer. Please stop by and pick yours up today. They will be mailed at the end of the month if they aren’t picked up prior to then.

2019 Pledges: To date, we have received 42 pledges for a total of $144,106. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $200,000.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/21: Shelley McCluskey; 1/22: Mariah Branch, Kelley Jackson; 1/24: Mary Miles Harrison, Bud Kilby, Laurel Petri, Diane Wood; 1/25: Jarod Fowler, David Rives

Anniversaries: 1/21: Bill and Jane Rountree

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ELDER

Nancy Dixon

1. Describe yourself. This could include your family, your job, what you like to do, etc.

I am a middle-aged full time volunteer. I worked in non-profit organizations for 25 years preceded by 5 humorous years in the business world. (humorous to me, not to my multiple employers) I am married to Dave Dixon, and have 2 sons, Andrew and Joseph. Andrew lives in Charlotte as well as his girlfriend, Kristen, and our 5-year old grandson, Mason. Andrew works in Real Estate in the Charlotte and Upper SC area. Joseph is a senior at Wake Forest; currently planning a path on to graduate school. I serve on the Board of Directors for Children’s Center of Surry and Surry Medical Ministries and am also a member of Rotary Club of Mount Airy, currently the focal person for an international healthcare project in Northern Uganda. I enjoy running and other exercise and traveling.

2. When did you start coming to First Presbyterian Church, and what do you enjoy about being part of this community?

Our family began coming to FPC in 2003 when we moved to MA as Dave began his new job at the Wake Forest family practice clinic here. We were introduced to FPC because we were already friends and previous co-workers with Shasta Brown and Bert Wood. In addition to Dave and me, both of our children knew Shasta very well, so it made for a very easy transition.

3. How would you describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?

I have had a friendly relationship with Jesus. I find my relationship with him to be open, welcoming, sincere and supportive. I do not always understand nor easily agree with where I feel that I am sometimes being led (“or pushed or shoved”) to go in my life; but the older I have gotten, the more I have felt open to explore what and where those messages may mean.

4. How would you like to make First Presbyterian Church better?

I don’t really know at this point. I will continue to participate and hope that the path that is supposed to be before me will open and be made clear. Maybe it was just to make the Elder meetings lively!

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Chili Cook-Off

Get those crock pots ready and whip up your favorite recipe of chili!

Immediately following worship on Sunday afternoon, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall to taste test everyone’s recipe! We hope you will join us! Donations will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for the Beacons who will be attending the Massanetta and Montreat youth conferences.

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Sympathy of the Congregation

Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to Jim and Janice Younger on the death of Jim’s brother, Kermit, who passed away on January 12, 2019.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy with the Rev. Kenneth Jessup officiating, and full military honors conducted by  American Legion Post 290 of King.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at Moody Funeral home in Mt. Airy.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston Salem, NC 27103.

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. – Romans 14:8

 

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Weekly Grapevine – January 13, 2019

TODAY – JANUARY 13, 2019

Head Usher: Mike Beal

Side Usher: Alex Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: Joy Barlow and Jenny Cooke

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 13

9:45 am – Sunday School – Adult & Children

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Jan 14

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Tues, Jan 15

12:00 pm – Modern Gardeners Garden Club

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 16

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

8:15 am – Women’s Bible Study

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 17

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

Fri, Jan 18

8:15 am – First Steps Program

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church. If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

The Flowers in the Church are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Bob Taylor by Lydia Taylor, Jennifer, Dale, Maggie and Mason McNeeley and Joel and Mandy Taylor.

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse. *If anyone would like to provide dinner for the Beacons on Sunday evenings, please see Sandy Bowers.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: This winter and spring our sermon text will be from the Gospel of Luke. Between now and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, Luke focuses on Jesus and His Mission. I would encourage you to read Luke 3-9. Jan 13Jesus Launches his Mission: Luke 4:14-21; Jan 20Jesus Calls the Disciples thereby reconstituting Israel, Luke 5:1-11; Jan 27Sermon on the Plain: Jesus Blesses & Condemns, Luke 6:17-26; Feb 3Sermon on the Plain: Part Two, Luke 6:27-49; Feb 10Jesus Receives from a Sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-8:3; Feb 17Jesus Frees the Demoniac, Luke 8:26-39; Feb 24A new Revelation: the Messiah will die for the Sins of the people (Isaiah 53), Luke 9:18-27, Mar 3Jesus Is Transfigured, Luke 9:21-36

Keenagers: Will have lunch at Childress Vineyards in Lexington next Thursday, January 17th. Meet in the upper parking lot of the church. We will be leaving at 10:15 a.m. Sign up on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer. See Bobby Chilton for more information.

Chili Cook-Off: Mark your calendars and join us after worship on Sunday, January 20th for a warm bowl of chili! Whip up your favorite recipe and come share with everyone. Donations will be accepted. This is a fundraiser for Massanetta and Montreat youth conferences.

Beacon Super Bowl Party: Sunday, February 3rd; Details to come – stay tuned.

“Soup”er Bowl of Caring: The challenge is on again! The Beacons will be collecting cans of soup (and monetary donations), along with the other Main Street churches. Everything we collect will go toward feeding the hungry in our community. This year, our church will be collecting in memory of Shasta. We will meet at the church on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00 and head to the Moravian Church. Please bring a dessert to share.

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed: Two volunteers are needed each week. Details of story and activities will be provided to you a week beforehand. Helpers still needed for the following: One helper needed for January 20 and two helpers for January 27. Please see Valerie Parker or sign up on the board downstairs.

Preschool Sunday School Teachers Needed: We are looking for two teachers for the Spring semester which began last Sunday and runs through Sunday, May 26, 2019. The class begins at 9:45 am and ends at 10:45 am each Sunday. The curriculum we are using is from David C. Cook. If you are interested in teaching or being a substitute for the 3 to 5 year old class, please contact Valerie Parker.

Handbell Choir: Meets on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you think you’d like to become a ringer alongside us, come join us!

Faith Friends: (Preschool-5th grade) We will meet on Wednesday, January 23rd at 5:30 p.m. More details to come.

Sign-ups for 2019: There are new sign-up sheets in the upstairs foyer for Flowers for Sunday Worship, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends. Please take a look at them and sign up where you wish.

FINANCIAL

Summary of Finances for 2018: Dear Church Family – God is faithful in providing what we need. As we look back at 2018, we see God’s faithfulness yet again. Our expenses for last year were $219,869. Our gifts were $223,351. Thank you again for the part you played in God’s provision. The Lord is working many places in Mount Airy and around the world yet you choose to say “Thank You, Lord!” by giving to First Presbyterian. Happy New Year from the Budget Committee!

Year-End Contribution Statements for 2018: Are on the table in the upstairs foyer.  If they haven’t been picked up in a couple of weeks, they will be mailed.  Please stop by the table and pick yours up today.

2019 Pledges: To date, we have received 38 pledges for a total of $139,166. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $200,000.

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: Their purpose is to assist others in times of crisis. Assistance is provided with food, prescription medicine and utilities. The amount of assistance depends on available resources. You can help with some of the resources by donating non-perishable food(s). The foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna; February: Rice and Mayonnaise; March: Crackers and Peanut Butter.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/13: Gene Rees; 1/14: Melissa Whitfield; 1/15: Teresa Simpson, Mary Glen Hatcher; 1/17: Suzanne Folger, Amy Stoltz Pait; 1/18: Oren Bailey; 1/19: Jimmie Scott, Janet Gilley

Anniversaries: None this week

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ELDER

Alex Bowers

1. Describe yourself. This could include your family, your job, what you like to do, etc.

My name is Aleksey Bowers or just Alex! My parents are Sandy and Gary Bowers and I have a sister named Nina. I attend Mount Airy High School and will be completing my senior year this year! I love playing sports, skiing, and hanging out with my friends.

2. When did you start coming to First Presbyterian Church, and what do you enjoy about being part of this community?

I have always been a part of First Presbyterian Church. I had my baby shower in the fellowship hall when my parents brought me from Russia. I love the congregation here and how everyone is like family to me. I love how everyone is so kind and friendly here.

3. How would you describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?

Growing up in the church, I’ve always had a relationship with Christ. I had the experience this past summer of attending Massanetta Middle School Conference and being an enabler for 2 weeks. It strengthened my faith with Christ and opened my eyes about the Christian world.

4. How would you like to make First Presbyterian Church better?

I would like for us as a congregation to do more things together and to grow our faith with Jesus Christ together.

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TODAY – JANUARY 6, 2019

Head Usher: Mike Beal

Side Usher: Alex Bowers

Children’s Church Teachers: Libby Pell and Blanton Youell

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Jan 6

9:45 am – Adult and Children Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Lord’s Supper/Children’s Church

4:00 pm – Crochet/Knit Group

5:30 pm – Beacons in Lighthouse

Mon, Jan 7

8:15 am – First Steps Program

Tues, Jan 8

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Jan 9
Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Program

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Jan 10
8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

10:00 am – Bible Study Fellowship

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

5:30 pm – Handbell Choir

Fri, Jan 4

8:15 am – First Steps Program

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Are you visiting with us? If so, we are glad to have you! A couple of things you may inquire about: 1) Restrooms are located in the upstairs foyer and hallway. 2) Nursery is available to children birth-2 that lasts the entire length of worship. Children age 3-Kindergarten can stay in worship for the Children’s sermon, then have the option of going to Children’s Church (more information in announcement below). If you have further questions, please see one of our ushers.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you can receive all the latest announcements. If you are not on social media, please be sure Lynn has your current email address!

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

Beacons: (6th-12th grade): Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse. *If anyone would like to provide dinner for the Beacons on Sunday evenings, please see Sandy Bowers.

Walk through the Bible Sunday School Class: Join us each week from 9:45 to 10:45 each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The class combines discussion, cool videos and reading the Bible in small groups. Childcare is available. Griff is teaching this class.

Sermon texts for upcoming Sundays: This winter and spring our sermon text will be from the Gospel of Luke. Between now and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, Luke focuses on Jesus and His Mission. I would encourage you to read Luke 3-9. Jan 6 – Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit: Baptism and Temptation, Luke 3:20-21 and 4:1-13; Jan 13 – Jesus Launches his Mission: Jubilee for the poor/outcast or upside down kingdom, Luke 4:14-21; Jan 20 – Jesus Calls the Disciples thereby reconstituting Israel, Luke 5:1-11; Jan 27 – Sermon on the Plain: Jesus Blesses & Condemns, Luke 6:17-26; Feb 3 – Sermon on the Plain: Part Two, Luke 6:27-49; Feb 10 – Jesus Receives from a Sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-8:3; Feb 17 – Jesus Frees the Demoniac, Luke 8:26-39; Feb 24 – A new Revelation: the Messiah will die for the Sins of the people (Isaiah 53), Luke 9:18-27, Mar 3 – Jesus Is Transfigured, Luke 9:21-36

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed: Two volunteers are needed each week. Details of story and activities will be provided to you a week beforehand. Helpers still needed for the following: One helper needed for January 13 and 20 and two helpers for January 27. Please see Valerie Parker or sign up on the board downstairs.

Preschool Sunday School Teachers Needed: We are looking for two teachers for the Spring semester which begins Sunday, Jan 6 through Sunday, May 26, 2019. The class begins at 9:45 am and ends at 10:45 am each Sunday. The curriculum we are using is from David C. Cook. If you are interested in teaching or being a substitute for the 3 to 5 year old class, please contact Valerie Parker.

Crochet/Knit Group: Will meet this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you love to crochet or knit, we’d love for you to join us!

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: We will meet at Pages on Thursday, January 10th, at 8:00 a.m. Join us for a great discussion and a hot cup of coffee!

Handbell Choir: Meets on Thursday evenings (this week, January 10th) at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you think you’d like to become a ringer alongside us, come join us!

Faith Friends: Keep your calendars open for a special date coming up soon in January for our get-together.

Sign-ups for 2019: There are new sign-up sheets in the upstairs foyer for Flowers for Sunday Worship, Scripture Readers and Friends Feeding Friends. Please take a look at them and sign up where you wish.

FINANCIAL

2019 Pledges: We are so thankful for the many ways in which we see God’s blessings throughout the day, week and year. Stewardship season is upon us. We hope that you will be in prayer about your pledge for the coming year. You may place pledge cards in the offering plate, drop them in the basket on the round table or bring them by the church office. In order to get our 2019 budget finalized, please submit your pledge as soon as possible. To date, we have received 37 pledges for a total of $133,666. Our goal is 70 pledges for a total of $215,000.

WITNESS

Offering for Hunger and Hope: This morning we will receive the Pennies for Hunger and Yokefellow food offerings. The foods for the month of January are: Cereal and Tuna. If you happen to be at the grocery store, pick up a few extra boxes or cans and share with the hungry in our community.

Friends Feeding Friends: Thursday, January 10th; Those signed up to assist this week are: Bob and Sylvia Chilton, Paul Belk and Bob Keck. Additional volunteers are needed to assist with this ministry of feeding the hungry in our community. Please meet at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet is on the board in the upstairs foyer.

Blood Drive: Will be held on Thursday, January 10th, at Grace Moravian Church from 2:00-6:30 p.m.  It is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.  Please donate and help save a life.  See Bettsee McPhail if you have questions or call Grace Moravian Church at 336-786-5627.

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 1/7: Nancy Dixon, Collin Phillips; 1/8: Andrew Harris; 1/10: Anna Merritt, Anna Bush; 1/12: Cecelia Belk

Anniversaries: None this week

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ELDER

Jane Tesh

1. Describe yourself. This could include your family, your job, what you like to do, etc.
I am a retired elementary school librarian. That was my day job so I could afford to be a writer. I’ve been very lucky to have 15 books published, 10 mysteries and 5 fantasy novels. I enjoy playing the piano and conducting the orchestra at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

2. When did you start coming to First Presbyterian Church, and what do you enjoy about being part of this community?
I moved to Mt. Airy from Greensboro in 1975, and soon after that, started coming to First Presbyterian to sing in the choir. I like the fact that our church community includes a variety of people and is very welcoming to anyone.

3. How would you describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?
A work in progress.

4. How would you like to make First Presbyterian Church better?
My hope is that we can invite and interest more people to come be part of our church family.

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