Women of the Word: All Things New

Ladies, grab a friend and come join us as we explore the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide our hearts in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come.

Women of the Word returns with Kelly Minter's study of 2 Corinthians in "All Things New." The evening session will begin Monday, February 6, 6:30-8:00 PM. The morning session will begin Tuesday, February 7, 9:15-10:45 AM. In the event that it snows, we will begin February 13 & 14. Please bring your Bible and a pen, and come ready to learn and be blessed.

Three Resolutions for the New Year

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

Well it is that time of year when people use the change of the calendar to make resolutions for the new year. There is something about a fresh year that inspires us to try something different to break out of a rut or to start something new.

As I look forward to 2017 as a church, I would like to suggest three resolutions for each one of us in our congregation.

There is More that Unites Us!

By the time you read this, we should know who will be the 45th President of the United States. While I can’t predict who it will be on this Monday morning that I am writing, the one thing I can be sure of is that nearly 50% of people will not be happy with the outcome.

It sure seems that more than ever we are a divided people over economics, race, politics, and many other issues. It also appears that many relationships are defined by differences rather than things held in common. The prevailing attitude among some people is that “you are either with me or against me.”

Twenty-five Years and Counting!

Twenty five years ago on October 20th I was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. I remember that day well. It was a Sunday afternoon at the Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Virginia. My brothers and my parents had joined me for that important day. The Presbyterian Campus Minister from my sophomore year, John Schneider, the pastor of my home church, Gary Charles, and the pastor of the church I attended in college, John Sloop, all participated in the service. Dr. Charles preached a sermon based on the call of Moses entitled, “Barefoot on Holy Ground,” and Dr. Sloop charged me with the words “be in touch” - in touch with God and in touch with the people I serve.

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.


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.

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