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2015 Winter Session - Women of the Word

Women of the Word, an interdenominational Bible study for women in its thirteenth year, will begin a seven-week study of Kelly Minter's "What Love Is," an in-depth look at 1, 2, and 3 John. These three letters of John define love in the person of Jesus and call us to love like He loved.

John anchors us with truth in a culture that has lost its way. He separates light from darkness, offers community for loneliness and rest for our striving. Throughout his letters, John gives us the ultimate gift of assurance: we can know that we know Jesus.

Invite a friend, and join us for this theologically-rich study (that also includes recipes for deeper fellowship) and discover what love truly is.

Evening classes are Mondays, February 16-March 30, 6:30-8:00 PM. Morning classes are Tuesdays, February 17-March 31, 9:15-10:45 AM. Classes meet at First Presbyterian (15 W Third Ave, Lexington). The cost of the study book is $12.00 (scholarship funds are available).

Childcare is available for the morning classes only, ages birth-4 years. Please contact Meredith Trout to reserve a space.

2014 Annual Ministry Team Reports

At our Annual Congregational Meeting on January 25, 2015, the Annual Ministry Team Reports for the 2014 year were presented to the congregation. You may read or download the report by clicking here. Please note that it is a large file and may take some time to load.

Questions concerning the Annual Reports may be addressed to the appropriate Ministry Team Moderator or members of our church staff.

2015 Community Lenten Services

Each year the Greater Lexington Area Minister’s Association (GLAMA) holds noon-time services on Wednesdays during Lent. First United Methodist Church hosts these services. Following the brief service, there is a light luncheon served in the fellowship hall beginning at 12:30 p.m. The cost of the lunch is only $5. An offering is also received at each service; the proceeds will go to the Communities in Schools’ Backpack Program.

Confirmation 2015 Schedule

Confirmation classes will meet on the following Sundays, 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the basement:

January 25 - "The Trinity -- Who is God?"
February 8 - "Jesus and the Holy Spirit"
February 22 - "The Bible -- Biblical History"
March 8 - "The Bible -- Bible as Scripture"
March 22 - "The Apostles' Creed (What Are We Saying, Anyway?)"
April 12 - "The Sacraments -- Baptism and Communion"
April 19 - "Church History and About Being Presbyterian"
May 3 - "Wrapping Up: What Does it Mean to Join the Church? -- Statement of Faith -- Q & A"

May 17 - 11:00 a.m. - Confirmation Sunday

2015 Officer Nominations

Nominations for the Elder Class of 2017 and the Nominating Committee (class of 2016) are now open. Nominations may be made by completing and submitting an Officer Nomination Form. Forms are also available at the church office. All nominations must be submitted by February 1 to the church office.

The Presbyterian Table - Winter/Spring 2015

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.

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2014 Thanksgiving Breakfast

Our annual Thanksgiving tradition continues at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 27 in the fellowship hall. The men of the church will serve up a hearty breakfast, we will enjoy a short devotion and observe the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and we will receive an offering for Barium Springs Home for Children. Mac Parrott is coordinating this special event. Please plan on joining your church family and their guests for Thanksgiving breakfast.

Operation Christmas Child 2014

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. This program of Samaritan's Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning and joy of Christmas - Jesus Christ!

If you would like to participate, please pick up one of the brochures in the lobby outside the office area or in the Narthex (or download this form) and follow the directions inside.

Bring your shoe box to worship on Sunday, November 23, so we can together dedicate our shoe boxes to God's glory!

If you wish to participate but will not be able to attend worship on November 23, please be sure to drop your shoe boxes off at the church before November 23, as they will be collected after worship and taken to the regional collection site.

Please note that the suggested donation amount to help cover shipping costs is $7.00 per box.

Chicken Pie Sale for Missions - Fall 2014

Our Fall Chicken Pie 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 pies.

Large pies (which can serve 6-8) are $13.00, orders of 3 or more are $12 each. (Please note price changes.) Small pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a box of four pies (must be sold as whole boxes).

The pies are "Moravian-style" (meat only, no veggies). Order forms are available at the church or may be downloaded and printed here. All orders must be paid for and submitted by November 7th. Payment is due at the time orders are placed. Checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church.

Pies may be picked up Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and Sunday, November 16 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the church fellowship hall.

Let's "Raise the Roof" for Shady Side!

Historic Shady Side Presbyterian Church recently had a significant leak problem with their sanctuary roof. The situation was dire, but Salem Presbytery stepped in with an emergency grant to get them started. The roof got fixed, but money is still owed. The Presbytery has offered to match up to $3,000 of money raised by the Shady Side church. So the Fairmont, Second, and First Presbyterian Churches are teaming up with Shady Side for an evening of dinner and music.

The cooks at Shady Side Presbyterian will provide a delicious spaghetti dinner on Sunday night, September 28th at 5 p.m. in our fellowship hall. There will be no cost, but donations will be accepted. Following dinner, musical acts from the four churches will present an hour of inspirational music in our sanctuary. Our own Gathering Band will be one of the highlighted acts. A love offering will be received. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for an inspirational evening as the Lexington Presbyterians join their voices together!

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