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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!

Where is Your Treasure?

Money affects your heart. Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your stress level, your anxiety, and the health of your relationships. It is no wonder, then, that Jesus talked about the relationship between our treasure and our hearts.

For a four-week period beginning October 19, we will look at the many ways that our treasure (time, energy, money) affects our spiritual and emotional lives. Join us in worship starting October 19 as we begin our new sermon series called Treasure. We will explore Matthew 6 and Jesus' teachings on money, giving, worry, and more.

At the end of the four weeks, we will have an opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will receive commitment cards in the mail, and cards will be available on Sunday mornings. We will bring these commitment cards to worship on Sunday, November 9.

I hope that you'll join us in the coming weeks as we look at Jesus' teaching on how we can avoid some of the common pitfalls related to money, and how we can give our lives and our treasure to God.

The Presbyterian Table: Fall 2014

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 2014

Vacation Bible School registration and volunteer sign-ups are happening now! Please sign your child up for VBS 2014, June 16th-19th 9:00 am to Noon at First Presbyterian! We are again teaming up with First United Methodist Church, and our theme is Cokesbury's "Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God!" Volunteer sign-ups are on the "Good News" bulletin board in the Third Avenue hallway right next to the fellowship hall. This year Misty Priddy and Ann Kiefer are our VBS co-leaders; please let them or Meredith Trout know if you have any questions.

2014 Memorial Day Luncheon

We will have a catered luncheon (no cost to attendees) immediately following worship on May 25 to honor our military veterans. We will decorate the fellowship hall and prepare a table to display photographs and military items from our members' time serving.

Here is how you can help (please click the "read more" link below):

Holy Week Worship Schedule 2014

Maundy Thursday
Our Maundy Thursday service, held jointly with our friends from First United Methodist, will be at 7:00 p.m. on April 17 at First Presbyterian. Mark your calendars, and make plans to join us for this special time in worship!

Easter Sunday
GLAMA is sponsoring a Community Sunrise Service on Easter morning. You are invited to join your brothers and sisters in Christ at the City Cemetery at 7:00 a.m. for this special worship experience.

First Presbyterian will have The Gathering at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School will follow at 10:00 a.m., and our Worship Service will be at 11:00 a.m. We encourage you to join us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

PW Spring Gathering 2014

The Presbyterian Women invite all women of the church to save the date and join them for the Spring Gathering on Monday, May 5 at 6:00 PM in the fellowship hall. Tama Eller, D. Ed. Min., from the Raleigh area will lead a program focused on saving God's creation. Tama has enjoyed being in PW Circles and serves in the Creation Stewardship Ministry of New Hope Presbytery. We might think, "How can my church make a difference?" Come and learn more about God's plan and partnership with us in our role as creation stewards during an evening of fellowship and good food. The catered meal costs $8.00 per person. Please make your reservation with Rebecca Sullivan, Carol Beck, or Susan Whitesides no later than April 28.

Winnie Green Higher Education Scholarship 2014

The Session and the Endowment Ministry Team of the Session would like to invite eligible persons to apply for a grant from the Winnifred Zimmerman Green Higher Education Scholarship Fund.

The Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of long time member Winnie Green to aid "worthy students of high academic achievement" with their college expenses.

The Session has established the following guidelines for the awarding of grants. (Click on "Read More")

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