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Archive for October, 2019

TODAY – OCTOBER 27, 2019

Head Usher: Margaret Cockerell

Side Usher: Jacob Majure

Children’s Church Teachers: Joy Barlow, Wendy Clabough & Anna Peterson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Oct 27

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

12:00 pm – Consecration Sunday Lunch

5:00 pm – Beacons/Confirmation

Mon, Oct 28

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

6:00 pm – Session Meeting

Tues, Oct 29

10:00 am – Cracker Barrel Mtg

5:00 pm – Cracker Barrel Mtg

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Oct 30

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Oct 31

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Nov 1

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Kate Brown/Clay Surber Rehearsal

Sat, Nov 2

5:00 pm – Kate Brown/ClaySurber Wedding

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker), Megan Eads, The family of Ed Foy, Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal), Linda Parker (Valerie)

Friends of our Church Family: Gary Harold, Payden Simmons

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.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine 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 honor of Nina and Alex Bowers by Sandy and Gary Bowers.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will meet this evening at 5:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Meals: It’s that time again! The Beacons sold lots of pumpkins over the weekend at the Autumn Leaves Festival – $600 worth! The proceeds will jump start our campaign to feed the hungry in our community by providing them with a Thanksgiving box of food. Meals are $45.00 and will feed a family of 6-8. They would love to be able to feed at least 50 families. If you would like to sponsor a family, please write a check to the church (separate from your regular giving) made payable to: FPC Beacons and place it in the offering plate or give it directly to Joy Barlow or Margaret McGuire. Thank you for helping us feed those in our community that might otherwise go without. Meals will also be provided for the Shepherd’s House and Children’s Center.

Daylight Savings Time: Don’t forget to set your clocks back by one hour on Saturday, November 2nd, before you go to bed!

Love to Cut (and Paste)? A team of folks are gathering to create a set of Advent and Christmas Banners for the sanctuary made of paper lace. This will happen during the month of November. The only skill needed is the ability to trace or use a box cutter. Let Griff know if you are interested.

Coming Soon: Advent/Christmas Book Table – Keep an eye out for a table of devotional books for Advent and Christmas that will be available for purchase.

Volunteers Needed to help run the sound system: If you would be interested in learning the basics of running the sanctuary sound system during worship, please let Griff know.

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.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45am.; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends has begun meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00pm. During the month of October we will be studying the life of Moses, learning new music, and doing some special activities for fall. We will begin a new Bible study for our third through sixth graders that will be held on October 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our topic for the month will be: “How should Christians respond to bullying?” Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

All Saints Day/Sunday: In every time and place, folks just like us – imperfect and broken – who have been made saints through Jesus Christ are called to offer their gifts for the enrichment and betterment of the church. In this way, we all share in the treasures and gifts so lavishly given by Christ to the church. On Sunday, November 3rd, we will give thanks for all the gifts God has given us through all the saints in our midst and give thanks for all who have gone before us and celebrate the unity we have with such a great cloud of witnesses. God works through ordinary people. Thanks be to God. If you have lost a loved one in the past year and would like their name mentioned in the Prayers of the People, please email Lynn in the church office @ lynn@fpcma.com or call 336.786.2803.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Tuesday, December 3rd: We will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. Cost is $42.00 and is due today. Sign-up sheet is on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer.

Realm Connect: There are many ways to contribute to the church. One option is by Text giving is now available as well. If you wish to contribute this way, text the word Granite to 73256 to give to the General Fund (only). It will send you a link from there.

Children’s Church Volunteers Are Needed: Would you like to spend some time getting to know the children of our church and helping them to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus? If so, we need your help! There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the upstairs foyer. Sign up today!

WITNESS

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

Operation Christmas Child: Mark your calendars. On Saturday, December 7th, we have a reservation from 1:00-5:00 pm in Boone to process shoeboxes. You must be 13 years of age or older to participate. See Sandy Bowers for more detailed information.

CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations! To Andi Draughn and Max Schnuck on their marriage this weekend.

Kate Brown and Clay Surber would like to invite the congregation to their wedding ceremony. It will be held in the sanctuary on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Consecration Sunday is here! Immediately following worship today, we will gather for lunch in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate all of the things that are happening at First Presbyterian. If you are a visitor today or did not make a reservation, please feel free to join us.

Birthdays: 10/27: Luke Wilson, Laura Belk, Mae Turpin; 10/28: Kayla Lowe; 10/30: Dan Harrison, Garrett Bush, John Merritt; 11/1: Millie Beal

Anniversaries: None this week

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Weekly Grapevine – October 13, 2019

TODAY – OCTOBER 13, 2019

Head Usher: Will Sheppard

Side Usher: Jacob Majure

Children’s Church Teachers: Loida P. Slate and Anna Peterson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Oct 13

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

12:00 pm – Autumn Leaves Parking/Pumpkins

Mon, Oct 14

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Tues, Oct 15

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Oct 16

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Oct 17

6:30 pm – Surry Quilters Guild

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Oct 18

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

 

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin, Janice Younger

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker),Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Kat Cooke, Roxanne Gartland, Whitney Hall, Gary Harold, Frank Hilliard, Ed and Sandy Nester, and Danny Romasko

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.

Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to receive the Online Grapevine 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 Raleigh McHone by Mary Jo Everhart.

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Will not meet this evening. Come out and support them in the last day of parking cars, selling pumpkins, baked goods and nuts at the Autumn Leaves Festival. Proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins will go to feed the hungry in our community; bake sale, nut and parking proceeds will go towards Beacon missions.

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

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.

Substitute Teachers for First Steps Needed: Please contact Loida Slate @ loida@fpcma.com if you would be willing to be on a contact list to be a substitute teacher for our First Steps Preschool for the 2019-2020 school year. If interested, you would need to fill out some initial paperwork in the church office. The hours for the preschool are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:15 am – 11:30 am.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45am.; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends has begun meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00pm. During the month of October we will be studying the life of Moses, learning new music, and doing some special activities for fall. We have begun a new Bible study for our third through sixth graders that will be held on October 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our topic for the month will be: “How should Christians respond to bullying?” Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Wednesday Night Suppers! This Fall, we are gathering around the table as a church family. We are reading Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller. Dinner begins at 6 and ends at 7:30. Cost is $8 for adults.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Thursday, October 17th: We will travel to the Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, NC. We will have lunch at The Yellow Deli. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. Payment can be made when we get there. Tuesday, December 3rd: We will be going to the Christmas Show at the Wohlfahrt Haus. More details to come. Cost is $42.00 and is due by October 27th. Sign-up sheets are on the Keenagers board in the upstairs foyer.

Pub Night: All are welcomed to come out and enjoy a night of fellowship at Thirsty Souls Brewery on Market Street on October 17th from 7 to 9.

Realm Connect: There are many ways to contribute to the church. One option is by Text giving. It is now available as well. If you wish to contribute this way, text the word Granite to 73256 to give to the General Fund (only). It will send you a link from there.

Children’s Church Volunteers Are Needed: Would you like to spend some time getting to know the children of our church and helping them to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus? If so, we need your help! There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the upstairs foyer. Sign up today!

WITNESS

Yokefellow Cooperative Ministry: Is our local food pantry and provides assistance to many in our community. They accept donations of any non-perishable items. Suggested foods for the month of October are: Canned/Dried Milk and Oatmeal.

Meals on Wheels: There is a CRITICAL need for volunteer drivers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors in Mount Airy. Call 336.786.6155, ext. 233 or 224 today. “It is more of a blessing to give than to receive.”- Acts 20:35

CELEBRATIONS

We invite you to help us celebrate Ellen Eich! Ellen has been with us for almost nine years and has shown true dedication, love and grace amongst and with our congregation. She and Paul are moving to South Carolina to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Today is Ellen’s last Sunday as our Organist. Please join us following worship for a reception in her honor.

Consecration Sunday is coming! On October 27th, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship to celebrate all of the things that are happening at First Presbyterian. Cards will be distributed in worship by the ushers. Please indicate whether you will be attending the Celebration Luncheon. It will be a catered meal.

Birthdays: 10/13: Hunt Harrison; 10/14: Lee Daniels; 10/15: Kathy Moody; 10/16: Julia Ann Banfield; 10/19: Natalie Younger

Anniversaries: 10/14: Nelson and Lisa Clark; 10/18: Skyler and Nicole Harrison

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Pumpkin Picking and Sorting

Beacons – and Faith Friends! This is for you! (And any adults that would like to come help)  We will be going to pick pumpkins this afternoon (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m.  Beacons – we will need your help picking the pumpkins from the field and loading them up.  Faith Friends – we’ll need your help when we return with the pumpkins, unloading and sorting. (Mrs. Loida will let you know when to arrive at the church.)  Remember to wear closed-toed shoes and long sleeves and pants.

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Consecration Sunday is Coming

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our congregation’s finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and session members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

The Session

 

TODAY – OCTOBER 6, 2019

Head Usher: Will Sheppard

Side Usher: Jacob Majure

Children’s Church Teachers: Loida P. Slate and Anna Peterson

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sun, Oct 6

9:45 am – Adult Sunday School

11:00 am –Worship/Children’s Church

4:00 pm – Beacons to Corn Maze

Mon, Oct 7

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

Tues, Oct 8

6:00 pm – Girl Scouts

8:00 pm – NA Meeting

Wed, Oct 9

Weekly Grapevine Items Due

8:15 am – First Steps Preschool

5:00 pm – Faith Friends

6:00 pm – Wednesday Night Supper

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Oct 10

8:00 am – Bob Chilton Bible Study

3:30 pm – Pumpkin Picking

5:00 pm – Friends Feeding Friends

7:00 pm – AA Group/Scout Hut

Fri, Oct 11 – Sun Oct 13

Autumn Leaves Festival (Parking Cars, Selling Pumpkins, Bake Sale)

PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Prayers

Our Church Family Homebound Members: Ilene Boyles, Frieda Chauncey, June Hollman, Mae Turpin, Janice Younger

Our Church Family: Brad Ballentine, David Banfield, Norma Bowen (Valerie Parker),Vernell Goins (Kathy Moody), Robin Phillips Hauser (Carla Cheek), Bobbie Lane, Kristin Leathers (Barry & Cheryl Schneider), Mike Shelton (David & Millie Beal)

Friends of our Church Family: Ron Cocca, Kat Cooke, Roxanne Gartland, Whitney Hall, Frank Hilliard, Ed and Sandy Nester, and Danny Romasko

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.

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

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.

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

Beacons: (Youth, 6th-12th grade) Meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. (bus is leaving at 4:30) this afternoon to head to the Corn Maze in Ararat, NC. Cost for the maze is $10 for adults, $6 for kids age 4-11. Snacks and drinks are available at an additional cost. Pumpkin Picking: We will be leaving from the church at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, if you wish to go and help. Autumn Leaves Festival (Parking, Pumpkins and Bake Sale): will be held October 11-13. The Beacons will be selling pumpkins and parking cars. They will also have a bake sale. All types of baked goods are needed for the sale. Please make sure items are placed in individual baggies for selling. Proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins will go to feed the hungry in our community; bake sale and parking proceeds will go towards Beacon missions. We are also selling 1 lb. bags of gourmet pecans and chocolate covered peanuts for $12.00. Great for pie baking! Please see Sandy Bowers for more information.

Faith Friends: Are welcome to come to the church to assist with unloading the pumpkins for the Autumn Festival at approximately 5:30-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10th.  Loida will be in touch with you about the exact time.

Children’s Ministries News: Godly Play will be held during Sunday school every week for our children from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.; all aged children are welcome! Faith Friends has begun meeting every Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. During the month of October we will be studying the life of Moses, learning new music, and doing some special activities for fall. We have begun a new Bible study for our third through sixth graders that will be held on October 28th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our topic for the month will be: “How should Christians respond to bullying?” Dinner will be provided. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate money for a children’s dinner, or have any questions or concerns, please see Loida for more information or you can contact her at Loida@fpcma.com or (919)748-9223.

Wednesday Night Suppers! This Fall, we are gathering around the table as a church family. We are reading Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller. Dinner begins at 6 and ends at 7:30. Cost is $8 for adults.

Bob Chilton Memorial Bible Study: Will be held on Thursday, October 10th, at 8:00 a.m. at Pages. Join us for a cup of coffee and a wonderful discussion.

Keenagers Upcoming Activities: Thursday, October 17th: We will travel to the Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, NC. We will have lunch at The Yellow Deli. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. Payment can be made when we get there.

Pub Night: All are welcomed to come out and enjoy a night of fellowship at Thirsty Souls Brewery on Market Street on October 17th from 7 to 9.

WITNESS

Friends Feeding Friends: (Ministry to feed the hungry in our community) Thursday, October 10th; If you are signed up to assist, please meet at First Baptist Church at 5:00 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the upstairs foyer.

Meals on Wheels: There is a CRITICAL need for volunteer drivers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors in Mount Airy. Call 336.786.6155, ext. 233 or 224 today. “It is more of a blessing to give than to receive.”- Acts 20:35

CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays: 10/7: Louise Wardle, Lizzie Morrison; 10/11: Heather Hatcher, Shelli Owens

Anniversaries: 10/6: Garrett and Anna Draughn; 10/9: Pete and Beth Pequeno

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