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
December 4, 2016 - Second Sunday in Advent
Fellowship Sunday (1 Service at 11 a.m. with meal to follow)
Choir Christmas Cantata at 11 a.m. Worship
December 11, 2016 Third Sunday in Advent (9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Services)
Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; James 5:7-10
December 18, 2016 - Fourth Sunday in Advent (9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Services)
Isaiah 7:10-17; Luke 2:12
December 24, 2016 -Christmas Eve - December 24, 2016 - 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service
December 25, 2016 - Christmas Day (1 Service at 11 a.m.)
Best Christmas Memories
By the time you read this, we should know who will be the 45th President of the United States. While I can’t predict who it will be on this Monday morning that I am writing, the one thing I can be sure of is that nearly 50% of people will not be happy with the outcome.
It sure seems that more than ever we are a divided people over economics, race, politics, and many other issues. It also appears that many relationships are defined by differences rather than things held in common. The prevailing attitude among some people is that “you are either with me or against me.”
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.
As we look forward to beginning our fall programming, I am filled with much anticipation and excitement. The momentum created by our summer reflection on the direction of worship is providing great opportunities to recommit ourselves to full engagement with the gospel of Jesus.
Our various ministry teams are thinking creatively as they seek to encourage our congregation to worship regularly, to study intently, and to serve faithfully. Yet while they are hard at work doing the tasks set before them, they cannot worship, study, and serve for you. Only you can do that!
I am encouraging every person connected with our church to recommit himself or herself to worshiping as often as possible, finding a way to develop his or her discipleship, and getting involved with some kind of service to our community.
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.
Small groups offer a place to both grow in our relationship with God and in our relationships with other church members through fellowship and Bible study. If you are interested in joining or facilitating a small group, or if you’d like more information, please contact Blake Benton.
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.