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Preschool Butter Braid Fundraiser

Our Preschool is selling Butter Braids through October 25th. Our delivery date is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th.

This year the following flavors are available: Double Chocolate, Apple, Cinnamon, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Cream Cheese, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Caramel Rolls, and a new savory addition, Four Cheese and Herb. All flavors of Butter Braids are $14.00 with the exception of Double Chocolate and Four Cheese and Herb, which are $15 each.

An order form is located outside of Jeanna's office, or feel free to contact Jane Blackerby at 248-2140 ext. 205 (or by clicking on her name to email) to place your Butter Braid order! Thank you for your continued support of our Preschool.

Homeless Shelter Service Opportunities

Staying Overnight at the Shelter

Volunteers are needed to stay overnight at the Homeless Shelter on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. If you would like more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Ann Kiefer. The procedure we follow for these overnight stays is as follows:

6-6:30 PM: Pick up shelter keys from the Lexington Police station       NOTE: A paid staff employee will sign in all residents and perform screenings. This staff person will normally stay until around 10-11 pm and is available if you have any questions.

6-7:00 PM Residents are served meals by volunteers (you can assist, if needed)

6:30-10 PM Volunteer monitors activity; shelter residents have assigned duties and will clean kitchen and dining area. Residents can take “smoke breaks” under your supervision.

10 PM Lights out. All residents return to their rooms and the volunteer locks the doors. NOTE: Volunteer(s) has separate sleeping quarters with two beds (you are welcome to recruit a teammate to volunteer with you).

5:30 AM Volunteer unlocks resident rooms. Residents are assigned to prepare coffee and breakfast for the shelter residents.

5:30-6 AM Residents eat breakfast and perform assigned duties.

6:30 AM All residents leave the shelter. Volunteer returns keys to Lexington Police station.

Overnight Stays Schedule
September 27 - Mike Kiefer
October 18 - Birke McNeill
October 25 - Jeff Davis
November 15 - Walt Rouse
November 22 - Ed Kiefer
December 20 - Craig Koontz
December 27 - Volunteer Needed

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Shelter Meals

First Presbyterian is responsible for preparing and serving a meal at Crisis Ministry on the third Wednesday of each month. If you or your group would like to volunteer to provide a meal at the shelter, or if you would like more information about volunteering, please contact Jeanna in the church office (via email link above, or call 336-248-2140).

MEAL SCHEDULE
10/18/2017         Young Disciples (YD’s)
11/15/2017         Volunteers Needed
12/20/2017         The Herman Family
01/17/2018         Volunteers Needed
02/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
03/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
04/18/2018         Volunteers Needed
05/16/2018         Volunteers Needed

We serve the adult side of the shelter, and they are currently averaging 60 to 65 residents at present.

There are no dietary restrictions, and our volunteers are responsible for providing the meal, dessert, and drink.

Dessert does not have to be fancy or homemade; something as simple as prepackaged cookies or snack cakes will do.

Our volunteers do not have to provide paper goods or utensils, but donations of those items are welcome.

The meal should be ready to serve by 6:00-6:30 PM, and the shelter’s residents are responsible for clean up afterwards. Leftovers are saved for lunch the next day.

If a volunteer has a meeting or other obligation that would prevent them from staying to serve the meal, arrangements can be made for the residents to serve the meal themselves.

Hope Heals: Domestic Violence Shelter Project

Family Services of Davidson County is one of the local agencies First Presbyterian has supported in our budget for many years. One focus of Family Services is the running of the Domestic Violence Shelter, which offers a safe space for women and their children on a temporary basis.

The shelter is in need of a “make-over” in order to create an environment where women and their children can live with dignity as they rebuild their lives. Members of our church have come together to help make this a reality. As part of this “make-over” project, we are collecting the items and services listed here. If you are able to donate, please contact Tricia Rouse (to avoid duplicate donations). We can also receive monetary donations and purchase the needed supplies. Please make your checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and note "Domestic Violence Shelter" on the memo line. Monetary donations should be given to Jeanna or left in Alma's mailbox in the work room.

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Karen, Tricia, or Katherine if you have any questions.

In His Name,
Karen Carrickhoff
Tricia Rouse
Katherine Team

LIST OF NEEDS
Please purchase NEW:
∙ Bath towels, hand towels, and bath cloths
∙ Pots and pans (all sizes)
∙ Toaster oven
∙ Electric can opener
∙ Coffee pot
∙ Blender
∙ Whisk
∙ Large measuring cup
∙ Kitchen scissors
∙ Ice trays
∙ Hand mixer
∙ Mixing bowls
∙ Paring knives
∙ Storage containers for flour, sugar, etc.
∙ Storage containers for leftover food
∙ Small microwave
∙ Monetary donation for chinaware (plates, bowls, etc.)

The following items are needed for the older children’s room (4th-8th graders). These may be gently used items:
∙ Set of Duplo blocks
∙ Sets of small Legos (themed Legos)
∙ Board games suitable for 2nd grade & up
∙ Books suitable for 4th-8th graders
∙ An iPad with a headset

Services that are needed include:
∙ Minor handyman jobs
∙ Cleaning and staining the handicap ramp
∙ Scraping and repainting kitchen cabinets
∙ Yard work
∙ Painting the floor of the outdoor porch
∙ Painting the kitchen with Karen, Tricia, and Katherine

Presbyterian Women Circles Meet September 11

All women from First Presbyterian are invited to participate in one of our Circles. Their first meeting of the year will be Monday, September 11, and they meet on the first Monday of the month September - May (2nd Monday in January). The Morning Circle meets in the church library at 10 AM, and the Evening Circle meets in the church library at 7 PM. Our study this year focuses on the book of Hebrews. Come enjoy being with caring women who have a desire for Bible study, prayer, supporting the mission of the church, and working for justice and peace, and who strengthen the Presbyterian Church (USA).

There is No Longer Jew nor Greek....

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;...” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:26a; 27

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. - Galatians 3:27-29

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. - Acts 10:34-35

I was angered with much of America over this past weekend concerning the events in Charlottesville where a few hundred hatred filled white nationalists and self proclaimed neo-nazis descended upon that town to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park. It quickly became clear that their reason for gathering was just an excuse to push a larger agenda of hate and bigotry; and they came looking for a fight.

Presbyterian Table - Summer/Fall 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:

Looking for the Blessing in Change

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” - Isaiah 43:19

While it is a cliche, it is true that, apart from God, the only constant in life is change.

This past weekend our family experienced some events that gave evidence of this truism. First, my youngest daughter, who was just 4 years old when we arrived in 2005, turned 16 years old on Sunday. This fall she will be entering her Junior year in high school and will begin driving by herself. This major milestone in her life signals to me that she will be with us at home only two more years. Life is changing.

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.

It Is For Freedom!

Next week we will celebrate the 241st birthday of the United States of America. Even with all our problems, our country is still the shining city on a hill serving as a beacon for liberty and freedom in the world. Around the world, people oppressed by despotic leaders or crushing economic conditions long for the freedoms we enjoy in our country.

The Influence of One Life

In the Spring of 1991, I was finishing my last semester of seminary, taking ordination exams, and looking for a church to serve. I interviewed with churches that spanned the country from Denver, Colorado to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, it was a phone call that came out of the blue from a church I had not even known about that forever changed my life.

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