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A Full May of Activity!

We have a lot going on in the life of the church in the next 30 days, and I don’t want you to miss any of it. So let me list some of the highlights:

• We are nearing the end of the early service season with three Sundays to go. Thanks to everyone who has helped make the early service meaningful. I especially want to thank the worship team: Jack Harman, Ken Davis, Ed Snider, Betsy Cowan, Amber Manzella, Melissa Smith, Ben Kiefer, and Alex Snider for their dedication and commitment to leading early worship. The team will be participating regularly in the one service during the summer.

Trio Discipleship Groups

I want to tell you about one of the most significant activities that I have undertaken in recent years aimed at growing in my faith in Christ.

VBS News

Mark your calendars! Our joint Vacation Bible School with our next-door neighbors will be held June 12-15, 5:30-8:00 PM at First United Methodist Church. Registration forms are available at the church office.

From the Pastor - Lifestyle: Discipleship

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

I want to tell you about one of the most significant activities that I have undertaken in recent years aimed at growing in my faith in Christ.

Last fall I began meeting with two other men in the congregation for an hour and a half on a weekly basis. We spend seventy-five percent of the time reflecting on a guided bible study using the book “Discipleship Essentials” by Greg Ogden. It is a twenty five lesson study that reviews the basics of our knowledge and practice of the Christian faith. The other twenty-five percent of our time is spent sharing what is going on in our lives and then praying for one another and the church. In addition to the commitment to meet with each other, we each have agreed to invite two other people to go through this group experience next year.

2017 Winnie Green Higher Education Scholarship

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, 2017. Application forms and the full list of applicant guidelines are available from the church office, on the lobby side of Jeanna’s service window, or may be downloaded by clicking here.

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.

Volunteers Needed to Serve Sunday Lunch in March

During the month of March, First Presbyterian is responsible for securing volunteers to serve lunch to the homeless each Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church. You do not have to prepare the meal. If you are willing to open your heart to "the least of these," share a smile, and serve up a warm plate of food, or if you would like more information about this ministry opportunity, please contact David Durrell.

God's Light Shines

One of the most beloved passages of scripture is Psalm 23. The image of God as the shepherd who cares for his sheep has comforted and encouraged many people; and who cannot identify with the one who walks through the valley of the shadow of death.
In this life there will be times when we are in places of shadow where we feel that the darkness will overwhelm us. The valley is deep; and the walls are steep; and we wonder if there will ever be light again.
When we find ourselves in these places, we can hold fast to the promise that God is with us and that God’s powerful presence will protect us and guide us; and we can remind ourselves of the truth expressed in Psalm 139:12 that “even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.” There is no place of darkness that the light of God cannot penetrate.
So, let us take comfort in Jesus who is the light of the world and trust in the brilliant radiance of the Morning Star.

May the Lord bless you this week.

Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Annual Family Retreat 2017: Faithbook

"Faithbook" will be our Theme for the Family Retreat at Montreat March 3rd-5th!

Facebook is a social media outlet where many people both young and old share their story with their friends and family. As Christians, we all have a faith story that at some point aligns with Jesus's story. Jesus surrounded himself with some amazing people that helped shape his ministry and tell his story after his death and resurrection; that he is the risen Christ.

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