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Advent Family Celebration

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A Note of Appreciation from Family Services

Even as our work continues in helping to give the Domestic Violence Shelter a "make-over," Family Services has sent our congregation this note of thanks:

To the members of First Presbyterian Church, Lexington:

On behalf of the staff and board of Family Services of Davidson County and the thousands served each year with crisis services and shelter at the Hattie Lee Burgess House, thank you! Thank you for gathering your generous donations of money and supplies for needed improvements at the shelter. Thank you for organizing your youth and adults to help paint, make repairs and do yardwork. Your donations of time, talent and treasure have a direct and significant impact on the lives of the women and children who seek safe shelter with us.

May your church thrive and grow as you share God’s blessings with all you meet.

With gratitude,

Julia Toone
Family Services of Davidson County, Inc.

Chicken Pie & Baked Spaghetti Sale for Missions - Fall 2017

This sale helps us raise 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.

Large chicken pies (which can serve 6-8) are $13.00; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.

Small chicken pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a pack of four pies (must be sold as whole packs).

Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (serves 4-6) is $13.00 per pan; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.

Preschool Butter Braid Fundraiser

Our Preschool is selling Butter Braids through October 25th. Our delivery date is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th.

This year the following flavors are available: Double Chocolate, Apple, Cinnamon, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Cream Cheese, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Caramel Rolls, and a new savory addition, Four Cheese and Herb. All flavors of Butter Braids are $14.00 with the exception of Double Chocolate and Four Cheese and Herb, which are $15 each.

An order form is located outside of Jeanna's office, or feel free to contact Jane Blackerby at 248-2140 ext. 205 (or by clicking on her name to email) to place your Butter Braid order! Thank you for your continued support of our Preschool.

Homeless Shelter Service Opportunities

Staying Overnight at the Shelter

Volunteers are needed to stay overnight at the Homeless Shelter on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. If you would like more information, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Ann Kiefer. The procedure we follow for these overnight stays is as follows:

6-6:30 PM: Pick up shelter keys from the Lexington Police station       NOTE: A paid staff employee will sign in all residents and perform screenings. This staff person will normally stay until around 10-11 pm and is available if you have any questions.

6-7:00 PM Residents are served meals by volunteers (you can assist, if needed)

6:30-10 PM Volunteer monitors activity; shelter residents have assigned duties and will clean kitchen and dining area. Residents can take “smoke breaks” under your supervision.

10 PM Lights out. All residents return to their rooms and the volunteer locks the doors. NOTE: Volunteer(s) has separate sleeping quarters with two beds (you are welcome to recruit a teammate to volunteer with you).

5:30 AM Volunteer unlocks resident rooms. Residents are assigned to prepare coffee and breakfast for the shelter residents.

5:30-6 AM Residents eat breakfast and perform assigned duties.

6:30 AM All residents leave the shelter. Volunteer returns keys to Lexington Police station.

Overnight Stays Schedule
September 27 - Mike Kiefer
October 18 - Birke McNeill
October 25 - Jeff Davis
November 15 - Walt Rouse
November 22 - Ed Kiefer
December 20 - Craig Koontz
December 27 - Volunteer Needed

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Shelter Meals

First Presbyterian is responsible for preparing and serving a meal at Crisis Ministry on the third Wednesday of each month. If you or your group would like to volunteer to provide a meal at the shelter, or if you would like more information about volunteering, please contact Jeanna in the church office (via email link above, or call 336-248-2140).

MEAL SCHEDULE
10/18/2017         Young Disciples (YD’s)
11/15/2017         Employees of Mountcastle Insurance
12/20/2017         The Herman Family
01/17/2018         McMurray Small Group
02/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
03/21/2018         Volunteers Needed
04/18/2018         Volunteers Needed
05/16/2018         Volunteers Needed

We serve the adult side of the shelter, and they are currently averaging 60 to 65 residents at present.

There are no dietary restrictions, and our volunteers are responsible for providing the meal, dessert, and drink.

Dessert does not have to be fancy or homemade; something as simple as prepackaged cookies or snack cakes will do.

Our volunteers do not have to provide paper goods or utensils, but donations of those items are welcome.

The meal should be ready to serve by 6:00-6:30 PM, and the shelter’s residents are responsible for clean up afterwards. Leftovers are saved for lunch the next day.

If a volunteer has a meeting or other obligation that would prevent them from staying to serve the meal, arrangements can be made for the residents to serve the meal themselves.

Hope Heals: Domestic Violence Shelter Project

Family Services of Davidson County is one of the local agencies First Presbyterian has supported in our budget for many years. One focus of Family Services is the running of the Domestic Violence Shelter, which offers a safe space for women and their children on a temporary basis.

The shelter is in need of a “make-over” in order to create an environment where women and their children can live with dignity as they rebuild their lives. Members of our church have come together to help make this a reality. As part of this “make-over” project, we are collecting the items and services listed here. If you are able to donate, please contact Tricia Rouse (to avoid duplicate donations). We can also receive monetary donations and purchase the needed supplies. Please make your checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and note "Domestic Violence Shelter" on the memo line. Monetary donations should be given to Jeanna or left in Alma's mailbox in the work room.

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Karen, Tricia, or Katherine if you have any questions.

In His Name,
Karen Carrickhoff
Tricia Rouse
Katherine Team

LIST OF NEEDS
Please purchase NEW:
∙ Bath towels, hand towels, and bath cloths
∙ Pots and pans (all sizes)
∙ Toaster oven
∙ Electric can opener
∙ Coffee pot
∙ Blender
∙ Whisk
∙ Large measuring cup
∙ Kitchen scissors
∙ Ice trays
∙ Hand mixer
∙ Mixing bowls
∙ Paring knives
∙ Storage containers for flour, sugar, etc.
∙ Storage containers for leftover food
∙ Small microwave
∙ Monetary donation for chinaware (plates, bowls, etc.)

The following items are needed for the older children’s room (4th-8th graders). These may be gently used items:
∙ Set of Duplo blocks
∙ Sets of small Legos (themed Legos)
∙ Board games suitable for 2nd grade & up
∙ Books suitable for 4th-8th graders
∙ An iPad with a headset

Services that are needed include:
∙ Minor handyman jobs
∙ Cleaning and staining the handicap ramp
∙ Scraping and repainting kitchen cabinets
∙ Yard work
∙ Painting the floor of the outdoor porch
∙ Painting the kitchen with Karen, Tricia, and Katherine

Presbyterian Women Circles Meet September 11

All women from First Presbyterian are invited to participate in one of our Circles. Their first meeting of the year will be Monday, September 11, and they meet on the first Monday of the month September - May (2nd Monday in January). The Morning Circle meets in the church library at 10 AM, and the Evening Circle meets in the church library at 7 PM. Our study this year focuses on the book of Hebrews. Come enjoy being with caring women who have a desire for Bible study, prayer, supporting the mission of the church, and working for justice and peace, and who strengthen the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Presbyterian Table - Summer/Fall 2017

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:

208th Army Band in Concert Memorial Day Weekend

We are pleased to have the 208th Army Band with us in concert again this year. They will join us on Saturday, May 27 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. The concert will be in the sanctuary and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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.

Family Sunday School for Summer - All Ages Welcome!

Our CE Team is planning an epic Bible bonding experience for this summer, and we want YOU to be part of it! Come Learn, Laugh and Grow together spiritually with a new video series called What's In The Bible?

We will be using the hilarious, fast-paced videos by the creator of Veggie Tales. Phil Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents) the story of the Bible-God's great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story.

This new Sunday School is based around families learning together, so children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage other church members (who may not have young kids) to be a part of our Sunday School Family too. Having a larger group will make activities and discussions more fun!

ALL ages (birth-senior citizens) are going to be entertained while finding themselves learning “Bible Basics” each week. Families will keep a notebook of all the activities, notes and family discussion guides used this summer. This is one journey through the Bible you won't want to miss!

Dates:      Sunday mornings, June 11 - August 27
Time:       9:00 - 9:50
Location:   Fellowship Hall
(The other adult Sunday School class will meet in the parlor)

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