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.

We are operating on our summer schedule.


Sunday Schedule

    Crossroads Worship in Fellowship Hall: 9:00 a.m.
    Church School: 10:00 a.m.
    Classic Worship in Sanctuary: 11:00 a.m.

Summer Sunday Schedule (June 11 - August 27)

    Church School: 9:00 a.m.
    Worship in Sanctuary: 10:00 a.m.

Office Hours

    Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch)
    Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Summer: Closed on Fridays)

Contact Us

    Mail:   P.O. Box 586, Lexington NC 27293-0586
    Phone:   336-248-2140
    Fax:   336-248-6626
    Office Email:   office@fpclexnc.com

Our Location

    300 South Main St.
    Lexington, NC 27292

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190 Years and Counting!

This month we will celebrate 190 years as a church! That’s a long time!

On July 15, 1827, First Presbyterian was officially organized as a Presbyterian church with two elected and ordained elders among nine members who had been meeting in a log house south of town. During the first few years growth was slow. However, in 1832, the church added 24 new members and began to grow.

By 1840, this increased membership led to the construction of a one room, rectangular brick building on the site of the church today. The only remaining portion of that building is the wall between the sanctuary and the office suite. In 1869, a house for the minister was built located on W. 3rd Ave. just behind the Sanctuary.

In 1862, the first Foreign Mission work was organized under the Rev. Dr. Frontis Johnston. The first Sunday School in Davidson County was started in 1867 with John H. Welborn as superintendent. A Christian Endeavor society was organized in 1891, and “children’s societies” were started under the leadership of Mrs. John H. Grey and Mrs. John H. Welborn in 1900.

Our church began “out post” missions in 1912 in the Dacotah Mills area and in 1924 on Cotton Grove Road. In 1936, these two groups united to become Second Presbyterian which then formed its own mission which later became Fairmont Presbyterian Church. In the 1940's another mission was formed on South Main Street which later became Meadowview Presbyterian Church.

The current administrative wing of the church was added in 1928, and the portion of the building which includes the current parlor area and elementary classrooms were added in 1947. The old manse was torn down and a fellowship area was added in 1955. 1963 saw the renovation and enlargement of the sanctuary. The kitchen was added along with the youth basement in 1989. The sanctuary was painted and updated in 1990. The whole church, with the exception of the sanctuary was completely remodeled and renovated in 2004, and the new preschool / adult education building was constructed.

The church has been served by 33 ministers in its 190 year history. The longest tenure by one pastor was 18 years by the Rev. Frontis Johnston (1859-1876). The shortest tenure was one year by The Rev. Thomas T. Owen (1843).

It is clear that we have had a meaningful and important ministry to our community for many years. There are so many more important ministries to remember: The beginning of Meals On Wheels, Davidson Medical Ministries, Crisis Ministry Shelter and food bank, and many more. If I were to write a comprehensive history it would be a full book.

In just 10 years, we will be celebrating our bicentennial as a church. While it seems like a long time away, the years will go by quickly. We are at the beginning stages of preparing for a grand celebration, and so we would like to form a task group who will begin to pull together a written and photographic history of the church. If you love history and would be interested in participating, please contact Emmy Floyd.

We each stand on the shoulders of those who went before us. We are stewards of this precious ministry which we will pass on to more generations to follow. We are blessed to be one link in the historical chain we know as First Presbyterian Church.

May you be blessed this summer!
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Sermon Schedule

July 16, 2017
As Israel Turns - Part 1
2 Samuel 11:1-27

July 23, 2017
As Israel Turns - Part 2
2 Samuel 12:1-15

July 30, 2017
Taking Our Place in the Chain
Hebrews 11:1- 12:2

August 6, 2017
Choosing Joy

August 13, 2017
Church Member Meredith Check shares about her time as a Young Adult Volunteer with the PCUSA program.

August 20, 2017 - Acts Alive Sunday
Our Senior High Youth Group reports on their week of work in Princeville, NC

Family Sunday School for Summer - All Ages Welcome!

Our CE Team is planning an epic Bible bonding experience for this summer, and we want YOU to be part of it! Come Learn, Laugh and Grow together spiritually with a new video series called What's In The Bible?

We will be using the hilarious, fast-paced videos by the creator of Veggie Tales. Phil Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents) the story of the Bible-God's great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story.

This new Sunday School is based around families learning together, so children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage other church members (who may not have young kids) to be a part of our Sunday School Family too. Having a larger group will make activities and discussions more fun!

ALL ages (birth-senior citizens) are going to be entertained while finding themselves learning “Bible Basics” each week. Families will keep a notebook of all the activities, notes and family discussion guides used this summer. This is one journey through the Bible you won't want to miss!

Dates:      Sunday mornings, June 11 - August 27
Time:       9:00 - 9:50
Location:   Fellowship Hall
(The other adult Sunday School class will meet in the parlor)

Work as Worship Event - February 23, 2018

We will be a host site for this day long event.
More information to follow.

2017 Summer Music Schedule

We are pleased to have the following musicians sharing their musical gifts with us this summer:

June 25     Ken Davis, guitar & voice

July 2       Connie Burleson, harp
July 9       Melissa Smith, voice
July 16     Darrell Parks, voice
July 23     Mike Price, saxophone
July 30     Katherine "Katbird" Farless, voice

Presbyterian Table - Spring/Summer 2017

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.

SCHEDULE:

GLAMA Emergency Assistance Fund

Many churches in Lexington and the surrounding county have some kind of emergency aid program. At First Presbyterian, we have the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. These funds are used mainly to help individuals and families with rent or utility bills. Many of those who come seeking help have had higher bills than expected or have been out of work due to an illness. Unfortunately, there are those who either seek to game the system or who are chronically bad at handling money. It takes a great deal of time to figure out the legitimacy of the need of the person coming for help. Most of the pastors I know through the Greater Lexington Area Minister’s Association (GLAMA) just do not have the time to do the vetting work necessary, and thus they make a decision based on a gut feeling.

Our Favorite Hymns

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.

Leaving a Legacy, Securing the Future

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.

Welcome to Online Giving!

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.

Right Now Media Library

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.

Our Changing Context for Ministry...

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