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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.

Summer Sunday Schedule

Summer Schedule  
Beginning Sunday June 14th, 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:

  • The early service will “go on vacation” until September 13th when it will return for its official debut.
  • Sunday School will begin at 9:00 a.m. (June 14-Aug. 30).
  • The sanctuary worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m. (June 14-Aug. 30).
  • The adult Sunday School classes will be combined into one class.
    • We will have all Children's Sunday school classes through June.
    • We will NOT have Children's Sunday School at all in July or the first week in August.
    • Starting Sunday, August 9th until Kick off Sunday, September 13th, we will have a preschool class and the K-5th grade class will be combined.
    • We will return to our regular Sunday School classes and traditional schedule on Sunday, September 13th.

The Session made the decision to move church school and worship an hour earlier during the summer to encourage people to continue their church attendance on Sundays, at the same time giving everyone an opportunity to start their summer Sunday activities earlier.

Presbyterian Table - Summer/Fall 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.


Vacation Bible School 2015

Cokesbury's G-Force VBS
WHERE:    First United Methodist Church
WHEN:      June 22-25, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
THEME:     Cokesbury's "G-Force: God's Love in Action"

The registration deadline is June 14! Forms may be obtained from the lobby or narthex at First Presbyterian or by clicking here; completed forms should be submitted to Jeanna Carlton or Meredith Trout.

We need LOTS of volunteers! If you would like to help with VBS, please contact Meredith Trout via email or phone (248-2140, ext. 203).

My Time and Talent Commitment to God's Mission

As we look toward our work in 2015-2016, please prayerfully consider how you can help us fulfill our mission to "Call people to faith, Develop them as disciples, and Send them to serve" through the various opportunities listed in our online form "My Commitment to God's Mission," which can be filled out and submitted online by clicking here.

Alternately, a printed copy may be obtained from the church office and filled out manually. Please submit your completed form by May 31, 2015.

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.

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