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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

    Time and Talent 2016: My Commitment to God's Mission

    With the arrival of Spring comes a fresh opportunity to commit your time and talents to the work of First Presbyterian Church for the 2016-2017 church year as we seek to “Call people to faith, Develop them as disciples, and Send them to serve.” We ask that everyone complete and submit the “My Commitment to God’s Mission” survey. Printed copies of the form may be obtained from the church office or downloaded and printed from our website here, or you may fill out and submit the form online by clicking here. Please note that the Personal Discipleship Plan at the end of the survey is meant for your own use and does not need to be submitted to the church office with the rest of the form. Our thanks to each of you for your willingness to serve.

    Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering 2016

    Everyone is invited to join with our Presbyterian Women as they celebrate the close of their year with their Spring Gathering on Monday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. (please note the corrected time). Our guest speaker will be Lavinia Evans, wife of Rob Evans. She will share "Waters of a Preacher's Wife: Honest Reflections of the Past," some funny, some sad, and some uplifting. She is a delightful presenter, and all are welcome. The catered dinner costs $8 per person. Please contact Carol Beck, Susan Whitesides, or Rebecca Sullivan to make a reservation.

    I Finally Choose!

    Ten years ago when the congregation was made aware that the Pastor Nominating Committee was going to present their recommendation for your new pastor, the big question on everyone’s mind was “who does he ‘pull’ for?” Was it Carolina? State? App? Surely not Duke!? You were assured that your new pastor did not have any North Carolina college loyalties. Ten years later, that is no longer the case.

    After a long and involved college application and search process, my twins, Madison and Kinsley, have decided on Wake Forest University! We feel blessed that they were both accepted to Wake, and that Wake has recognized their academic aptitude with scholarships that made going there feasible and the decision easy. So from this day on, I am pulling for Wake!

    Organ & Piano Concert Fundraiser to Benefit Meals on Wheels

    There will be an Organ and Piano Concert featuring local church musicians on April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at First Reformed United Church of Christ. Admission is free; an offering will be received for Meals on Wheels.

    Please view the attachment for more information.

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