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2018 Winnie Green Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

The Session and the Endowment Ministry Team of the Session would like to invite eligible persons to apply for a grant from the Winnifred Zimmerman Green Higher Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of long time member Winnie Green to aid "worthy students of high academic achievement" with their college expenses.

The Session has established guidelines for the awarding of grants. Grants will be awarded each spring; students receiving scholarships shall not be guaranteed renewal of scholarships. Students must re-apply for a new grant each year.

The application deadline for this year is May 1.

Click here to download or view the application form.

Touching Davidson County with Love 2018

It’s that time of year again! TDCWL is celebrating its twelfth year of community service. We will be teaming up with 12-15 other churches to go out and serve those less fortunate than ourselves. We will be offering “soft” projects (singing at nursing homes, making blankets for the Dragonfly House, etc.) and “hard” projects (painting, handicap ramps, yard work, etc.) for you to sign up to assist with on our work day. Please mark your calendars for March 24 as our community work day this year, and watch for our bulletin board to sign up.

Additionally, we are collecting items for two community organizations this year: canned mixed vegetables and canned pasta for Pastor’s Pantry, and baby wipes for DSS Foster Care. . Please bring your donations to the church and leave them in the designated crates in the lobby before March 24.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ann Kiefer or Byron Oswald. Thank you for your support of this community outreach.

Take Courage, Have Hope, and Trust God

In a sermon a couple of weeks ago, I used the image of an earthquake as a metaphor for the time in which we are living. All of the cultural changes we are experiencing along with the light speed advancement of technology has left us on ground that is shifting under us. We try to hold onto something that will help us keep our footing; and yet even those once trusted foundations are shaking as the ground rises and falls under everything. In this circumstance, it certainly is easy to feel unsteady in the present, fearful of the future, and nostalgic for a time before the foundations shifted.

Women of the Word, February-March 2018

Women of the Word returns in February, ready to dive into Beth Moore's, "Entrusted," a study of 2 Timothy.

God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel. We must learn to guard what God has entrusted to us, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live lives of faithfulness.

All ladies are invited to join us beginning Monday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 PM or Tuesday, February 6, 9:15-11:15 AM, as we undertake this six-week journey of faith together. Please bring a Bible and a pen. We encourage you to invite friends to join you!

In the event of inclement weather, both sessions will begin the following week (February 12 and 13, respectively). If you have a question about the starting date, please contact the church office (office@fpclexnc.com or 336.248.2140) or return here to our website. Other questions about the study may be directed to Katherine Team (336.242.4019) or Ann McMurray (336.239.4042).

God Comes....

As we consider the witness of the Bible, we see that God comes to God’s people in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Moses was tending sheep when he met God in a burning bush. Samuel was asleep when he heard the voice of God call out his name. The shepherds preparing for a night’s rest when they heard from God in the song of the angels. And of course, God came to the world in the person of a helpless baby in the most humble of circumstances.

Advent Family Celebration

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the start of the Advent season!

A Note of Appreciation from Family Services

Even as our work continues in helping to give the Domestic Violence Shelter a "make-over," Family Services has sent our congregation this note of thanks:

To the members of First Presbyterian Church, Lexington:

On behalf of the staff and board of Family Services of Davidson County and the thousands served each year with crisis services and shelter at the Hattie Lee Burgess House, thank you! Thank you for gathering your generous donations of money and supplies for needed improvements at the shelter. Thank you for organizing your youth and adults to help paint, make repairs and do yardwork. Your donations of time, talent and treasure have a direct and significant impact on the lives of the women and children who seek safe shelter with us.

May your church thrive and grow as you share God’s blessings with all you meet.

With gratitude,

Julia Toone
Family Services of Davidson County, Inc.

Chicken Pie & Baked Spaghetti Sale for Missions - Fall 2017

This sale helps us raise extra funds that can go directly and immediately to the local helping agencies we support. It is our hope for this sale to go beyond the membership of the church, so we encourage everyone to invite their neighbors, friends and coworkers to order.

Large chicken pies (which can serve 6-8) are $13.00; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.

Small chicken pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a pack of four pies (must be sold as whole packs).

Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (serves 4-6) is $13.00 per pan; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.

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 - Chris Brookshire
December 27 - Craig Koontz

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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         Employees of Mountcastle Insurance
12/20/2017         The Herman & Harman Families
01/17/2018         McMurray Small Group
02/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
03/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
04/18/2018         Volunteers Needed
05/16/2018         Troop 205

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.

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