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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.

Celebrating 40 Years of Acts Alive

Sunday, August 28 marks our 40th Acts Alive Sunday. We hope you will join us for this special service at 10 am in the sanctuary. In addition, we request that all Acts Alive Alumni especially make plans to be with us; we would like for you to come forward and sing "Light the Fire" during the service alongside our current Acts Alive group.

This will be a special day as we gather together to celebrate 40 years of Acts Alive, and we would like you to be part of it.

With Thanks,
Acts Alive Leaders

The 31st Summer Olympics have begun!

I look forward to the Summer Olympics every four years, and I have already watched a great deal of the Archery competition in just the first few days. I am thankful for online streaming that allows the lessor known sports to gain a television audience.

As I watched the opening ceremonies with the teams of the countries of the world walking into the stadium with smiles, excitement, and the promise of victory to come, I was stuck by the thought that this is how the world ought to be - peaceful, exuberant, and hopeful. There is no doubt that all the athletes will bring their best and compete with one another with all the strength of their being; but at the end, they will stream back into the stadium not separated by country to celebrate what they have in common - their love of sport and their humanity. I can’t help but think that this is how God intends for our world to work.

With all of the hate and violence that has been present in the world over the last few years which gives us the feeling that evil is winning, the Olympics is a reminder that it is possible to dwell together in peace even in the midst of fierce competition.

I hope that the spirit of our common humanity on display in Rio this August will inspire the countries of the world to join together to defeat those who are intent on spreading death and hate; and it is my prayer that God will empower each of us to be a beacon of hope and light shining in the world around us.

May the Lord bless each of you!
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Worship Service Action Learning Team Final Report

The Worship Service Action Learning Team made its final report to the Session on July 25, 2016.

A letter from Bill McMurray, Clerk of Session, may be viewed by clicking here.

The Committee's final report to the Session may be viewed by clicking here.

Don't Put Your Trust in Princes

This past week’s Republican National Convention and this coming week’s Democratic National Convention signal the beginning of the final push to November’s presidential election.
As I reflect on the choices the American people have, I am reminded of the words of Psalm 146: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God” - Psalm 146:3-5.

Our Favorite Hymns

For the first three Sundays of July 2016, a slip was enclosed in the bulletin soliciting from each member of the congregation the titles of their top 10 favorite hymns. Following are the top 10 from the results:

1. Amazing Grace (37 votes)
2. Here I Am, Lord (25 votes)
3. Blessed Assurance (23 votes)
4. Great is Thy Faithfulness (Tie - 22 votes)
    How Great Thou Art (Tie - 22 votes)
6. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (21 votes)
7. A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Tie - 18 votes)
    Morning Has Broken (Tie - 18 votes)
9. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (14 votes)
10. All Things Bright & Beautiful (Tie - 13 votes)
       I Danced in the Morning (Tie - 13 votes)
       Jesus Loves Me (Tie - 13 votes)

If you would like to see the complete list of results, please click here.

Presbyterian Table - Summer/Fall 2016

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:

  • Sep. 29 - Yarborough's Restaurant, 321 Marco Boulevard, Lexington
  • Oct. 6 - Olive Garden, 1425 Klumac Road, Salisbury
  • Oct. 13 - CHANGE - Murano's Italian, 4344 S NC Hwy 150, Lexington (in Tyro -NEW)
  • Oct. 20 - Dion's, 5479 Old US 52, Lexington
  • Oct. 27 - Pinocchio's Italian Restaurant, 518 Salisbury Avenue, Spencer
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