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: email@example.com
300 South Main St.
Lexington, NC 27292
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.
Worship - At the beginning of summer, I encouraged each of you to make worship attendance a priority for two reasons. Let me remind you what I wrote. First, you need to worship for the health of your spirit! Worship provides a welcome respite for your soul in a world full of distraction and division. In worship you can set aside the rush of the world and focus solely on the One who loves you, forgives you, and heals you. Secondly, your brothers and sisters in Christ need you to worship! Your presence enhances the spirit of worship for the whole church. While we can worship God by ourselves through individual prayer and song. Our individual worship is just not big enough to truly express our love of God. When we gather together for worship our songs and prayers are multiplied, and we become part of something bigger than ourselves.
Study - One of the three priorities of our church is developing disciples. While the church can provide opportunities for you to develop your faith, only you can decide to participate. There are a number of different options to address this important task of growing as a disciple of Jesus. Sunday School is an easy option because you can come either an hour before 11 a.m. worship or stay an hour after 9 a.m. worship. No extra trip required! Or you can choose to participate in one of our small groups that normally meet about two times a month. We are planning on adding a new group soon. You could also ask two people to join you in a weekly group known as a “trio group.” We have the material ready to get you started.
Service - Another of the three priorities is serving. It is our hope that every single person in our congregation can find a place of meaningful service in and through the church. This service could be helping out with a ministry team or it could be volunteering to serve the meal at the homeless shelter. It could be volunteering at Pastor’s Pantry or driving someone to a doctor’s appointment. Serving in the name of Jesus does not have to be limited to our vision. There are many ways to serve God by serving one’s neighbors. We encourage the congregation to look for the needs around them and to be creative at discovering ways to meet those needs in the name of Jesus Christ.
So on behalf of the Session, I am challenging us all to become more intentionally active in our worship, our discipleship, and our serving as we seek to live out our faith in Jesus Christ.
May the Lord bless each of you!
Your friend and pastor,
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.
August 14, 2016
Wisdom of the Psalms: A Good Name
August 21, 2016
Wisdom of the Psalms: A Good Word
August 28, 2016 - Acts Alive Sunday
Our Senior High Youth Group Leads Worship with a report from their summer mission trip.
September 4, 2016
Wisdom of the Psalms: Good Behavior
Prov 3:27-32; proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:23
Beginning on September 11th, Pastor Lee will begin a four week series on Why and how we worship God.
September 11, 2016 - Two Services begins
Sunday, August 28 marks our 40th Acts Alive Sunday. We hope you will join us for this special service at 10 am in the sanctuary. In addition, we request that all Acts Alive Alumni especially make plans to be with us; we would like for you to come forward and sing "Light the Fire" during the service alongside our current Acts Alive group.
This will be a special day as we gather together to celebrate 40 years of Acts Alive, and we would like you to be part of it.
Acts Alive Leaders
This past week’s Republican National Convention and this coming week’s Democratic National Convention signal the beginning of the final push to November’s presidential election.
As I reflect on the choices the American people have, I am reminded of the words of Psalm 146: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God” - Psalm 146:3-5.
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.
I remember as a youth in church singing this song at youth gatherings and at camp in the summer. In college, when I led worship for the Presbyterian Fellowship, I often picked this song for its simple and clear message. Today, as we are bombarded with daily stories of violence and division, it remains as relevant as when it was written in 1955.
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.
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.