Fundraiser for Local Missions

It’s time for our annual Chicken Pie Sale to raise some 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, either for themselves or to give as gifts.

Large chicken pies (which can serve 6-8) will be $13 each, or $12 per pie for orders of 3 or more pies. Small chicken pies (which can serve 1-2) must be sold in packs of 4; a pack costs $16.

In addition to our yummy chicken pies, we are also offering a new item this year: baked spaghetti. The cost is $13 per container of baked spaghetti, or $12 per container if you buy 3 or more.

Order forms are available at the church or by clicking here, and all orders must be in by November 8. Payment is due at the time your order is placed; please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church. All items will be available for pick up in the fellowship hall on November 14 (9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) and November 15 (12:00-2:00 p.m.).

My Take on the Pope's Visit

Over the last week or so, I have had a number of people ask me what I thought about the Pope and the Pope’s visit to the United States. Even though I am a protestant minister, I have greatly respected the Catholic Church and its leadership over the largest Christian group in the world.

When I lived in Lexington, Virginia, one of my closest friends was the Catholic Campus Minister. We did many ministry events together, and I learned a great deal from him. I have often thought that the reformers in the 16th and 17th centuries may have discarded too much in their efforts to reform the abuses of the Catholic Church. I have always appreciated the Catholic Church’s emphasis on personal spiritual disciplines, ministry to the poor, and have loved the writings of the Catholic mystics.

One aspect of Pope Francis that I truly admire is his humility. He has relinquished claims to many of the special privileges of former Popes. He has chosen not to live in the papal residence but in a much simpler apartment that allows him to live in community with others. He wears simple white clothes with an iron cross rather than the more lavish clothes and gold crosses of other Popes. He likes to be around people and is much more accessible to the average person.

His visit to the United States has been encouraging and uplifting for Christians in both the Catholic and Protestant church. It is so refreshing to have a major Christian leader receive positive press about the good things the Church of Jesus Christ does. Too often, much coverage of the Christian church is negative. I’d rather have the Church known for what it is for than what it is against. The Pope’s visit has been a nice highlight of what is good about the Church and following Jesus.

Presbyterian Table - Winter/Spring 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.


Spaghetti Supper

We will have a fellowship dinner in our fellowship hall on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 PM. We will be serving baked spaghetti (which will be available for sale/purchase alongside our chicken pies this fall), salad, bread, dessert, and tea. Not only will you get to sample the baked spaghetti, but you’ll also be treated to a short, informative and inspiring program by Donna Hurt, our former Director of Christian Education and Formation.

Shelter Volunteers Needed

Our thanks go out to all who have volunteered at Crisis Ministry’s Homeless Shelter for the coming year, whether in preparing and serving a meal or staying overnight. Men, there are still dates available for those who would like to volunteer to stay overnight at the shelter. If you would like to volunteer for an overnight stay, would like to prepare and serve a meal (3rd Wednesday night of each month), or if you would like more information about volunteering at the shelter, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Samanta Henderson.

Small Group Bible Studies

Small groups offer a place to both grow in our relationship with God and in our relationships with other church members through fellowship and Bible study. If you are interested in joining or facilitating a small group, or if you’d like more information, please contact Travis Fortune.

Kick-Off to Fall!

We had a fabulous kick-off to our fall ministry programming on Sunday! We had a good crowd for both our early fellowship hall service and our 11 a.m. sanctuary service. It was great to have both the Gathering Band and the Choir back in worship. You could feel the energy in all of our Sunday school classes. Our Acts Alive Youth group had a great day on the lake even though the weather was a little cool, and our Young Disciples and Kids Club groups were bursting at the seams.

Women of the Word Fall 2015 - The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

Women of the Word returns for its 14th year with a new Bible study by Priscilla Shirer, "The Armor of God." All women interested in studying God's Word are invited to join us and grow deeper in their faith. The evening session begins Monday, September 21, 6:30-8:15 pm at First Presbyterian, and the morning session begins Tuesday, September 22, 9:15-11:00 am. Please bring your Bible, a pen, and $12 to cover the cost of your study book.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Team (336-242-4019) or Ann McMurray (336-239-4042). Childcare is available for the morning session, please contact Meredith Trout to reserve your space. The study brochure may be viewed or downloaded here.

Let Us Worship Together!

While there are as many different types of churches as there are belief systems, there is more that unites those who follow Jesus Christ than divides them. Certainly it is God’s desire that those who follow Jesus dwell together in unity.

Experiencing unity, however, is not something that just happens. It takes initiative and a willingness to step beyond the comfortable spheres in which we live. Over the next month and a half we will have two opportunities to take this initiative and join with other churches in shared worship events.

Ministry in Our Community

Here we are in the middle of summer, and I have been reflecting on the past year...since last July. We have accomplished much, and I wanted to highlight some of what our church did specifically in and for the community in the last 12 months. This list is in no particular order, but it illustrates our commitment to our community.

Monetary gifts

  • The following local organizations received a portion of $40,000 allocated for local support: Pastor's Pantry, Family Services Center, Cancer Services, Crisis Ministry, Prison Ministry, Davidson Medical Ministry, Life Center (Adult Day Care), Lexington Community Development Corp., Meals On Wheels, CHILL, Hospice, Grace Episcopal Sunday Meal for the homeless, & Communities in Schools.
  • In addition, the Minister’s Discretionary Fund helped more than 100 people for over $9500. This fund is used to help emergency needs of utility bills, rent payment, insurance, or other needs.
  • We also received over $1,400 for the 2 cents a meal offering which was sent to the hunger office at Salem Presbytery. Both Pastor’s Pantry and Crisis Ministry each received $2000 back from the Presbytery in hunger grants. Our contribution to the work of Presbytery was $14,300.
  • We also received over $1,200 for the various special offerings we had throughout the year (Souper Bowl, One Great Hour of Sharing, Peacemaking.)

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