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Normal Schedule Resumes

We will return to our normal schedule Sunday, September 4. Sunday School will be held at 10:00 am, and Worship in the sanctuary will be held at 11:00 am.

On Sunday, September 11, we will resume our full schedule, with Crossroads Worship at 9:00 in the fellowship hall, Sunday School kick off at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall with light refreshments, Sunday School Classes at 10:00, and Classic Worship in the sanctuary at 11:00. The Chancel Choir returns to the loft on September 11 for the Classic Service.

Fall 2016 Mission Trips

The Faith In Action Planning Team is looking for people interested in participating in one of two mission trips in the fall.

The first would be a weekend trip to West Virginia working with the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps. A project capable of being completed over a weekend would be chosen, and all ages would be invited to participate. A date and the cost has not been set, but the trip would be one weekend mutually agreed upon and the cost would be food and travel. If you would be interested, please contact Jeff Davis or Ann Kiefer.

We are also looking for people interested in the participating in the 9th Adult trip to the Dominican Republic. The dates are Saturday, October 15 - Friday, October 21, 2016. More than 25 adults and 60 youth have participated in one of our mission trips to the Dominican Republic. Anyone who has gone will tell you that this is a life-changing and life-affirming trip.

The ground fee for this year's trip is $1095. This price includes excellent accommodations, wonderful food, ground transportation, etc. Air fare is running about $600. The projects that we work on are many and varied. While there usually is a home to construct, help is also needed in the dental clinic, the women's co-op, the physical therapy clinic, or a host of other places. You do not have to be able to lift concrete block or have any construction experience to have a wonderful and meaningful experience. Age is not a factor either. Our church has the distinction of bringing the oldest person to Mission Emanuel (George Wetherill). If you are interested in this trip, please contact Pastor Lee or Byron Oswald as soon as possible.

Worship Service Information

One of the recommendations of our Worship Learning Team over the summer was to consider ways to bring a fresh look to the 11 a.m. service at the same time maintaining the familiar and beloved traditional style. Over the month of August, we have done a few things to help us in this task.

Women of the Word - Fall 2016

Back for its 15th year of ministry, Women of the Word returns with a new study, Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God. In this six-week study, we will receive practical help in knowing that what we hear is from God. You will become more familiar with God’s Holy Spirit, His character, language, and tone of voice.

The Father so passionately loves you that He sent Jesus to die in your place. He desires a personal relationship in which He speaks directly to you. If you’ve spent most of your Christian life leaning on these beliefs without really experiencing them, this study is for you. No blessing surpasses a relationship with God in which you know when He is specifically calling to you. The more intimate your relationship with Him, the clearer God’s voice becomes.

Evening sessions begin Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m in the First Presbyterian fellowship hall and continue through October 24. Morning sessions begin Tuesday, September 13 at 9:15 a.m. and continue through October 25.

The cost is just $12 for the study book. Please bring your Bible, a pen, and a friend, and come expecting to be blessed.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Team at 336.242.4019.

Presbyterian Women Begins a New Year

Listening to Donna Hurt tell her wonderful stories about her mission work in different parts of the world several weeks ago, PW Moderator Rebecca Sullivan could not help but think of the Presbyterian Women here in our church who are devoted to missions as well. Our Presbyterian Women (PW) not only support our local missions, but along with other women from across our country, they combine their money to help those in need. In PW, we also study God's Word, and this year our study will focus on the life of Jesus. There is always something new to learn! We would love to have you come join us.

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

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.

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
  • 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!

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