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.
****Presbyterian Table change for Sept. 22: They will meet at Village Grill instead of Applebee's.
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
We had a wonderful kick-off to our fall ministries on Sunday! It started with a meaningful early worship service in the Fellowship Hall. Followed by a nice fellowship time put together by our Education Ministry Team. Two new Sunday School classes were added to our regular offerings for adults and children: one for the choir in the library, and another for adults which met in one of our classrooms upstairs in the administration building. (I promise the A/C will be fixed for next week!). All our classrooms were full of eager disciples! Then our 11 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary welcomed back our choir and was enhanced with a special musician and participation by many church members. It was a good day! I encourage you to invite your non-churched friends to join you in worship for next week!
On another note: We are one of over 110 churches in Salem Presbytery. Four times a year, pastors and elders from each of these churches meet for worship and to attend to the work of the Presbytery. Our next meeting is Saturday, November 12th, and the four Presbyterian churches in Lexington are joining together to host this meeting. The meeting will be held in our building, and members from all four churches will be providing volunteers. Our church is responsible for the following volunteer jobs:
4 - Greeters
1 - Kitchen volunteer
2 - Parking Direction Volunteers
2 - Registration volunteers
1 - Lunch ticket volunteer
2 - Nursery volunteers 1 - for am shift; 1 for pm shift
2 - Elders to serve Communion
We are also in need of donations of breakfast type finger food for the refreshment tables.
If you would be willing to help out in any of these areas, please let Jeanna know by calling the office as soon as possible.
I look forward to the many exciting things that are scheduled for our church this year and hope that you will make plans to participate in them all!
Grace and peace to each of you.
Your friend and pastor,
We will return to our normal schedule Sunday, September 4. Sunday School will be held at 10:00 am, and Worship in the sanctuary will be held at 11:00 am.
On Sunday, September 11, we will resume our full schedule, with Crossroads Worship at 9:00 in the fellowship hall, Sunday School kick off at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall with light refreshments, Sunday School Classes at 10:00, and Classic Worship in the sanctuary at 11:00. The Chancel Choir returns to the loft on September 11 for the Classic Service.
The Faith In Action Planning Team is looking for people interested in participating in one of two mission trips in the fall.
The first would be a weekend trip to West Virginia working with the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps. A project capable of being completed over a weekend would be chosen, and all ages would be invited to participate. A date and the cost has not been set, but the trip would be one weekend mutually agreed upon and the cost would be food and travel. If you would be interested, please contact Jeff Davis or Ann Kiefer.
We are also looking for people interested in the participating in the 9th Adult trip to the Dominican Republic. The dates are Saturday, October 15 - Friday, October 21, 2016. More than 25 adults and 60 youth have participated in one of our mission trips to the Dominican Republic. Anyone who has gone will tell you that this is a life-changing and life-affirming trip.
The ground fee for this year's trip is $1095. This price includes excellent accommodations, wonderful food, ground transportation, etc. Air fare is running about $600. The projects that we work on are many and varied. While there usually is a home to construct, help is also needed in the dental clinic, the women's co-op, the physical therapy clinic, or a host of other places. You do not have to be able to lift concrete block or have any construction experience to have a wonderful and meaningful experience. Age is not a factor either. Our church has the distinction of bringing the oldest person to Mission Emanuel (George Wetherill). If you are interested in this trip, please contact Pastor Lee or Byron Oswald as soon as possible.
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.
September 18, 2016
The Response of Worship
John 4:19-26; Gen 8:20-22;
September 25, 2016
Worship Through the Ages
October 2, 2016 - Fellowship Sunday (communion) One Service
The Essentials of Worship
One of the recommendations of our Worship Learning Team over the summer was to consider ways to bring a fresh look to the 11 a.m. service at the same time maintaining the familiar and beloved traditional style. Over the month of August, we have done a few things to help us in this task.
Back for its 15th year of ministry, Women of the Word returns with a new study, Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God. In this six-week study, we will receive practical help in knowing that what we hear is from God. You will become more familiar with God’s Holy Spirit, His character, language, and tone of voice.
The Father so passionately loves you that He sent Jesus to die in your place. He desires a personal relationship in which He speaks directly to you. If you’ve spent most of your Christian life leaning on these beliefs without really experiencing them, this study is for you. No blessing surpasses a relationship with God in which you know when He is specifically calling to you. The more intimate your relationship with Him, the clearer God’s voice becomes.
Evening sessions begin Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m in the First Presbyterian fellowship hall and continue through October 24. Morning sessions begin Tuesday, September 13 at 9:15 a.m. and continue through October 25.
The cost is just $12 for the study book. Please bring your Bible, a pen, and a friend, and come expecting to be blessed.
If you have questions, please contact Katherine Team at 336.242.4019.
Listening to Donna Hurt tell her wonderful stories about her mission work in different parts of the world several weeks ago, PW Moderator Rebecca Sullivan could not help but think of the Presbyterian Women here in our church who are devoted to missions as well. Our Presbyterian Women (PW) not only support our local missions, but along with other women from across our country, they combine their money to help those in need. In PW, we also study God's Word, and this year our study will focus on the life of Jesus. There is always something new to learn! We would love to have you come join us.
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.
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.