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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.

Presbyterian Table Summer 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:

  • June 30 - Villa Arianna, 116 E Main Street, Thomasville
  • July 7 - Cook's BBQ, 366 Valiant Drive, off of Rockcrusher Road via Hwy 8 South, Lexington
  • July 14 - LongHorn Steakhouse, 1371 Klumac Road (across from Olive Garden), Salisbury
  • July 21 - Palermos Italian Restaurant, 57 Plaza Parkway, Lexington (near Belk)
  • Don't Go on Vacation!

    Well summer is just about here, and most everyone is making plans for some time away from the rush of normal life. I am looking forward to a week with my family at my parent’s house on Hatteras. I know other people are planning trips to the North Carolina mountains or to Florida or out west.

    The change of pace of summer is something that many people look forward to. Life in the summer is a little slower with many of the activities we are involved in on hiatus. This different pace provides a much needed breather in the midst of a hectic world.

    208th Army Band in Concert May 28, 2016

    208th Army Band in Concert

    We are pleased to have the 208th Army Band with us in concert again this year. They will join us on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary, presenting an evening of patriotic and sacred music.

    Based in Concord, North Carolina, the primary mission of the band is to promote the espirit de corps of U.S. fighting forces, and to serve as a goodwill ambassador throughout North and South Carolina.

    As we seek to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom to worship God, we encourage you to join us and bring a friend or two. There is no cost, and the concert is open to everyone, so invite a friend!

    2016 Summer Sunday Schedule

    Summer Schedule  
    Beginning Sunday June 12th, we will begin operating on a “summer schedule” through the end of August.

    Sunday School will begin at 9:00 a.m., and Traditional Worship in the sanctuary will be held at 10:00 a.m.

     

     
    Following is the full list of changes that the summer schedule will bring:

    Leaving a Legacy, Securing the Future

    The United States is in the midst of a major demographic shift. In 2013 the older population - persons aged 65 or older - represented 14.1% of the U.S. population. In the next 20 years that percentage is expected to rise to 21% of the population.

    The Baby Boom Generation (born 1945 - 1964) is nearing retirement age and accounts for the expected growth in the retired age group. Interestingly, the birth rates for those generations following the Baby Boom Generations were not as robust, and so there will be fewer workers available to replace those retiring Baby Boomers. This presents a challenge to the business sector in the coming years, but it will also effect participation and giving in the church at large.

    Recognizing Staff

    What a special day we had yesterday as we honored Jeanna Carlton for 20 years of service and Alma Carlton for 30 years of service. Each one, in their unique way, helps keep the nuts and bolts of the administration of our church going strong.

    Jeanna is the first face and first voice many people see and hear. She presents a welcoming presence for our church. If you receive something in the mail from the church, you can be confident that Jeanna had something to do with it. Bulletins, Newsletters, Website, and phone tree messages all flow through Jeanna. She keeps the office humming!

    You most likely will only see Alma on Sunday mornings in one of the back pews, but her unseen work is the oil that helps the gears of the church move smoothly. Anything financial or stewardship related is handled by Alma. Thank you notes for memorials, giving statements, financial statements, and checks all flow through her! She is meticulous and thorough!

    God has blessed our church with an outstanding staff all the way around. They are committed to helping us as a church fulfill the calling we have been given by Christ. Each of the staff cares deeply for each of you, and together we will continue doing great things for the Lord!
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    The month of May will be filled with lots of activity here at the church. We will celebrate communion on May 1st; the Presbyterian Women will have their Spring gathering on May 2nd; on May 12th, we will have a dinner and speaker surrounding the topic of new trends in advance medical directives; on May 15th, we will recognize our graduating seniors; After 11 a.m. worship on May 29th we will have our annual Memorial Day Luncheon.

    The member care team will be sponsoring Lay Pastor Training on May 22nd and June 5th immediately following worship. If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry or would like to find out more information, contact Emelie North and plan to attend our training sessions. There is no commitment requested until after the training sessions.

    Please continue to pray for each other and the work of our church!
    May the Lord bless each of you this May!
    Your friend and pastor,
    Pastor Lee

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