We are a gathering of Christ followers in Lexington, North Carolina, and we invite you to join us on the journey of faith.
Our Vision: First Presbyterian Church is a loving community in Christ where we Call People to Faith, Develop them as Disciples, and Send them to Serve.
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch)
Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mail: P.O. Box 586, Lexington NC 27293-0586
Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
300 South Main St.
Lexington, NC 27292
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? - Isaiah 43:19
Well it is that time of year when people use the change of the calendar to make resolutions for the new year. There is something about a fresh year that inspires us to try something different to break out of a rut or to start something new.
As I look forward to 2017 as a church, I would like to suggest three resolutions for each one of us in our congregation.
First, I encourage each of us to Invite Someone to a Church Activity.
We have a warm and remarkable church family, and we are called to share this gift with others. You could invite a friend to worship with you at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m; or you could invite a neighbor to join you at the Presbyterian Table; or you could invite a co-worker to one of our community focused events. We have a story to tell; so let’s tell it!
Secondly, I encourage each of us to do one new thing to Grow In Our Faith.
If you are not a Sunday School attender, perhaps you could commit to coming to Sunday School for the Spring. Perhaps you could join or start a small group study. (We hope to expand our small group offerings by at least one this year.) You could decide to pick one video study on Right Now Media and go through it at home. (If you need to know how to access this extensive video Bible study resource, please call the church office.) There is always room for growth; so let’s grow!
Finally, I encourage each of us to do one new thing to Serve Someone in the Name of Jesus.
If you have never prepared the meal for the homeless shelter or stayed the night as host, you could try it! You could help with a project on Touching Davidson County With Love Day in April. You could do a random act of kindness for someone, and then give them one of our “Random Act of Kindness” cards to let them know you did it in the name of Jesus. There will always be someone who needs help, so let’s help!
These three simple tasks can make a big difference in our life together as a church.
I am so looking forward to 2017. I believe God has great things in store for us!
Your friend and pastor,
January 15, 2017
“Will It Be Different Or the Same?”
January 22, 2017
"Vision Review: Calling People To Faith"
January 29, 2017
"Vision Review: Developing People As Disciples"
"Faithbook" will be our Theme for the Family Retreat at Montreat March 3rd-5th!
Facebook is a social media outlet where many people both young and old share their story with their friends and family. As Christians, we all have a faith story that at some point aligns with Jesus's story. Jesus surrounded himself with some amazing people that helped shape his ministry and tell his story after his death and resurrection; that he is the risen Christ.
Ladies, grab a friend and come join us as we explore the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide our hearts in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come.
Women of the Word returns with Kelly Minter's study of 2 Corinthians in "All Things New." The evening session will begin Monday, February 6, 6:30-8:00 PM. The morning session will begin Tuesday, February 7, 9:15-10:45 AM. In the event that it snows, we will begin February 13 & 14. Please bring your Bible and a pen, and come ready to learn and be blessed.
The Presbyterian Table meets Thursday nights at 6:00 PM, reserving a table at a different restaurant each week. Anyone who wants to eat out is invited to come sit at "the Presbyterian table." This is an informal group open to all with each person being responsible for his or her own expense. We invite you to join us any week for good food, fellowship, and lots of laughter.
The Worship Service Action Learning Team made its final report to the Session on July 25, 2016.
A letter from Bill McMurray, Clerk of Session, may be viewed by clicking here.
The Committee's final report to the Session may be viewed by clicking here.
For the first three Sundays of July 2016, a slip was enclosed in the bulletin soliciting from each member of the congregation the titles of their top 10 favorite hymns. Following are the top 10 from the results:
1. Amazing Grace (37 votes)
2. Here I Am, Lord (25 votes)
3. Blessed Assurance (23 votes)
4. Great is Thy Faithfulness (Tie - 22 votes)
How Great Thou Art (Tie - 22 votes)
6. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (21 votes)
7. A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Tie - 18 votes)
Morning Has Broken (Tie - 18 votes)
9. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (14 votes)
10. All Things Bright & Beautiful (Tie - 13 votes)
I Danced in the Morning (Tie - 13 votes)
Jesus Loves Me (Tie - 13 votes)
If you would like to see the complete list of results, please click here.
The United States is in the midst of a major demographic shift. In 2013 the older population - persons aged 65 or older - represented 14.1% of the U.S. population. In the next 20 years that percentage is expected to rise to 21% of the population.
The Baby Boom Generation (born 1945 - 1964) is nearing retirement age and accounts for the expected growth in the retired age group. Interestingly, the birth rates for those generations following the Baby Boom Generations were not as robust, and so there will be fewer workers available to replace those retiring Baby Boomers. This presents a challenge to the business sector in the coming years, but it will also effect participation and giving in the church at large.
A major study of giving patterns in churches have revealed that an increasing number of people are looking to make donations through online means. The reasons are clear: 1) People are paying many other bills through online portals, and they would like to do the same for the church; 2) Online giving makes it easy to give even when one cannot be at church.
A number of people give to First Presbyterian Church with “billpay” offered through their banks. An individual schedules a gift through the bank’s bill pay system, and a check is sent to the church through the mail from the bank. There are no fees associated with this method.
Others would rather give more directly through online giving offered through the church’s website. We now have the ability to offer this to those who would like to support our church’s ministry.
You will see on the right hand side of our website a box called “My Online Donation.” This offers two ways to give. The first is a “quick give” where you do not set up a donor account. The second way is to set up a donor account through the donor portal.
A donor account allows you to:
• to set up recurring giving which is automatic each week or month.
• to track your donations for the year which is helpful for tax purposes.
• to set pledge goals for yourself.
Our thanks go out to all who have volunteered at Crisis Ministry’s Homeless Shelter for the coming year, whether in preparing and serving a meal or staying overnight. Men, there are still dates available for those who would like to volunteer to stay overnight at the shelter. If you would like to volunteer for an overnight stay, would like to prepare and serve a meal (3rd Wednesday night of each month), or if you would like more information about volunteering at the shelter, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Samanta Henderson.
I am excited to announce a new way that First Presbyterian Church can help you develop as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have partnered with RightNow Media to make available to you a large library of free video resources. It's essentially the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. You can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector. There are over 2000 videos from some great teachers including Max Lucado, Francis Chan, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, and more.