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Fall 2016 Chicken Pie & Baked Spaghetti Sale for Missions

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

The Power of Transformation

There is no greater proof of the resurrection of Jesus than a life transformed. I believe this with my whole heart. Over the years I have seen many people transformed because they met Jesus and responded by following with their whole hearts, minds, and wills. It is because of my belief in the resurrection power of Jesus that I dedicated my life to following him and serving those who follow.

The ministry of the church of Jesus Christ is one of the most important ways that God uses to introduce people to the person of Jesus. Through our worship, our fellowship, our discipleship, and our mission, we bear witness to the transforming power of Jesus and invite people to come into His presence. We are the body of Christ, and it is through us that God has chosen to impact the world.

Presbyterian Table Fall/Winter 2016/2017

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.

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A Great Start!

We had a wonderful kick-off to our fall ministries on Sunday! It started with a meaningful early worship service in the Fellowship Hall. Followed by a nice fellowship time put together by our Education Ministry Team. Two new Sunday School classes were added to our regular offerings for adults and children: one for the choir in the library, and another for adults which met in one of our classrooms upstairs in the administration building. (I promise the A/C will be fixed for next week!). All our classrooms were full of eager disciples! Then our 11 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary welcomed back our choir and was enhanced with a special musician and participation by many church members. It was a good day! I encourage you to invite your non-churched friends to join you in worship for next week!

Normal Schedule Resumes

We will return to our normal schedule Sunday, September 4. Sunday School will be held at 10:00 am, and Worship in the sanctuary will be held at 11:00 am.

On Sunday, September 11, we will resume our full schedule, with Crossroads Worship at 9:00 in the fellowship hall, Sunday School kick off at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall with light refreshments, Sunday School Classes at 10:00, and Classic Worship in the sanctuary at 11:00. The Chancel Choir returns to the loft on September 11 for the Classic Service.

Fall 2016 Mission Trips

The Faith In Action Planning Team is looking for people interested in participating in one of two mission trips in the fall.

The first would be a weekend trip to West Virginia working with the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps. A project capable of being completed over a weekend would be chosen, and all ages would be invited to participate. A date and the cost has not been set, but the trip would be one weekend mutually agreed upon and the cost would be food and travel. If you would be interested, please contact Jeff Davis or Ann Kiefer.

We are also looking for people interested in the participating in the 9th Adult trip to the Dominican Republic. The dates are Saturday, October 15 - Friday, October 21, 2016. More than 25 adults and 60 youth have participated in one of our mission trips to the Dominican Republic. Anyone who has gone will tell you that this is a life-changing and life-affirming trip.

The ground fee for this year's trip is $1095. This price includes excellent accommodations, wonderful food, ground transportation, etc. Air fare is running about $600. The projects that we work on are many and varied. While there usually is a home to construct, help is also needed in the dental clinic, the women's co-op, the physical therapy clinic, or a host of other places. You do not have to be able to lift concrete block or have any construction experience to have a wonderful and meaningful experience. Age is not a factor either. Our church has the distinction of bringing the oldest person to Mission Emanuel (George Wetherill). If you are interested in this trip, please contact Pastor Lee or Byron Oswald as soon as possible.

Worship Service Information

One of the recommendations of our Worship Learning Team over the summer was to consider ways to bring a fresh look to the 11 a.m. service at the same time maintaining the familiar and beloved traditional style. Over the month of August, we have done a few things to help us in this task.

Women of the Word - Fall 2016

Back for its 15th year of ministry, Women of the Word returns with a new study, Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God. In this six-week study, we will receive practical help in knowing that what we hear is from God. You will become more familiar with God’s Holy Spirit, His character, language, and tone of voice.

The Father so passionately loves you that He sent Jesus to die in your place. He desires a personal relationship in which He speaks directly to you. If you’ve spent most of your Christian life leaning on these beliefs without really experiencing them, this study is for you. No blessing surpasses a relationship with God in which you know when He is specifically calling to you. The more intimate your relationship with Him, the clearer God’s voice becomes.

Evening sessions begin Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m in the First Presbyterian fellowship hall and continue through October 24. Morning sessions begin Tuesday, September 13 at 9:15 a.m. and continue through October 25.

The cost is just $12 for the study book. Please bring your Bible, a pen, and a friend, and come expecting to be blessed.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Team at 336.242.4019.

Presbyterian Women Begins a New Year

Listening to Donna Hurt tell her wonderful stories about her mission work in different parts of the world several weeks ago, PW Moderator Rebecca Sullivan could not help but think of the Presbyterian Women here in our church who are devoted to missions as well. Our Presbyterian Women (PW) not only support our local missions, but along with other women from across our country, they combine their money to help those in need. In PW, we also study God's Word, and this year our study will focus on the life of Jesus. There is always something new to learn! We would love to have you come join us.

Three Priorities

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.

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