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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
  • Let There Be Peace On Earth, And Let It Begin With Me

    I remember as a youth in church singing this song at youth gatherings and at camp in the summer. In college, when I led worship for the Presbyterian Fellowship, I often picked this song for its simple and clear message. Today, as we are bombarded with daily stories of violence and division, it remains as relevant as when it was written in 1955.

    Maranatha!

    It seems that every day there is another news story that brings bad news. Most recently it is the bombing in Istanbul, Turkey which follows Orlando, Brussels, San Bernadino, and Paris. We also read about flood ravaged West Virginia, storm damaged mid-west, and the loss of life and property that goes along with such stories.

    Worship Service Survey

    The Worship Survey is now closed. Thank you all for your feedback.

    In an effort to strengthen the overall worship life of the congregation, the Session has formed the Worship Service Action Learning Team to engage the congregation in discussion about our Worship Services and Christian Education and to make recommendations to the Session. You may complete the survey by filling out a paper form (available at the church office). Thank you for helping make our Church all it can be!

    Cookout on the Lawn - June 26

    We're having a cookout on the lawn on Sunday, June 26, immediately following the morning worship service. We'll be serving up hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hotdogs fresh off the grill, along with baked beans, chips, dessert, and your choice of tea, lemonade or water. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and plan to enjoy some summer fellowship!

    If you plan to join us for lunch on June 26, please let the church office know by June 19.

    *If it rains, we will dine indoors instead.

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