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Young Disciples Schedule for September-October 2013

SEPTEMBER - Starting the Journey
8     6:00-7:00 PM, Ice Cream Social
15   6:00 PM, Regular meeting in YD room
22   12:00-4:30 PM, Lake Day. Pick up at 4:30 at 2021 Riverside Drive
29   NO MEETING

OCTOBER - Service
6     4:00-7:99 PM, Pig Pickin' at Finch Park; Games with families on small field at 4:15 PM
12   Corn Maze at High Rock Nursery; Meet at 4:00 PM at Christo's on Highway 8,
        Pick up at High Rock Nursery at 7:00 PM
13   Regular meeting in YD room; food drive for Pastor's Pantry
19   Meet to prepare food for The Gathering, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
20   Meet at 8:45 AM to serve at The Gathering; Regular meeting at 6:00 PM in YD room
27   NO MEETING

Wednesday Night Supper Club Fall 2013 Schedule

This informal group is open to all church members; each person is responsible for his or her own expense. Gatherings will be held Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to join us any week for fun, fellowship, good food, and lots of laughter.

FALL SCHEDULE:

Faith-Health Initiative

FaithHealth NC, a program through Wake Forest Baptist Health, is dynamic partnership between faith communities and health care providers. The mission and purpose of Faith/Health is to develop strong links between medical and faith communities in providing ministries of help and healing to individuals. In Lexington that partnership is between our own Lexington Medical Center and various churches. Our congregation, in fact, has covenanted to be a part of the FaithHealth program.

Summer Ministry Fest

All Ministry Team moderators, volunteers, willing workers, and all others who are interested, please plan to join us Sunday, July 14, 6:00-8:00 PM in the fellowship hall for Summer Ministry Fest.

All the Ministry Teams and all those willing to help in carrying out the work of the church will come together and, in both a fun and informative way, will work together on the reorganization under the new Session structure. Your input and participation is important!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the church office by July 7.

From Our Summer Interim - 6/25/2013

Dear First Presbyterian Friends,

I hope your summer is going well! Again, I'm enjoying my time with you and thank you for your kindness and hospitality.

Just a few of things:

1. You are good listeners, and I appreciate your feedback from sermons. Some of you have requested copies of sermons. I'm happy to supply copies, but I must tell you that like all preachers I fell into a particular style over many years. I write as I would speak, thus my sermon manuscripts are full of incomplete sentences and in some places, where I'm providing illustrations or stories, I simply note them. Nevertheless, I'll get Jeanna to make some copies and place them in the lobby outside the sanctuary.

2. In spending time with Pastor Lee prior to my coming, he was concerned that the change in the structure of Session and some of the re-organization that it required
was taking place during his sabbatical leave. Thus, he asked that I seek to get all the Ministry Teams and all those willing to help in carrying out the work of the church together at least once this summer. Rather than have scattered meetings throughout the summer, I suggested to the Session that we do this in one concentrated evening, and they agreed. We are calling this event "Summer Ministry Fest. The date is: Sunday evening July 14 from 6-8 PM. A light supper will be served. Ministry Team chairs, volunteers, willing workers, and all those who are interested are invited. In order to plan for the meal, we will be taking reservations soon and Ministry Team Chairs will be contacting you.

3. Let's pray for our Acts Alive group and their advisors who are on their mission trip to West Virginia the week of June 23-30. And let's pray for our annual VBS with our friends from First United Methodist Church, held daily June 24-27.

4. Many thanks for your response to gathering supplies for First Presbyterian Church, Statesville in their mission team efforts to those recovering from the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.

5. Pastor Lee has an excellent blog from a link ("A Season of Sabbath") on the website - You can keep up with some of his sabbatical highlights there (aseasonofsabbath.blogspot.com). And let us keep him and his family in our prayers!

This is too long already!! Blessings and Christ's peace!

Pastor Rob

Oklahoma Relief Efforts

We received an email from First Church - Statesville asking for our help in gathering supplies requested by response teams on the ground in Oklahoma for tornado relief efforts there. First - Statesville is organizing a mission trip targeting smaller communities in and around the Oklahoma City area, departing June 29 and returning July 6. If you would like to donate supplies, a collection box is in place in our church lobby; please have your donations in no later than this Sunday, June 23. Needed items are as follows.

General Supplies
- Bottled Water
- Canned Food
- Tarps
- Brooms
- Work Gloves
- Trash Bags
- Masks
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wire Cutters
- Utility Knives
- Pry Bars
- Loppers
- Safety Glasses/Goggles
- Ice Chests

Medical Supplies
- Hand Sanitizer
- Gloves, Medium and Large
- Lysol Wipes
- 5-­‐gallon Water Jugs
- Sleeves of Cups
- Quart- and Gallon-sized Ziplock Bags
- Bandaids
- Gauze Pads
- Tefla/non-­‐stick Dressings
- Medical Tape
- Gauze Rolls
- Ace Wraps
- Tylenol/Advil
- Blankets
- Camp Chairs
- Folding Tables
- 10'x10' (approx) canopies

Difficult

Dear First Presbyterian Friends,

I'm enjoying my time here, getting to know you, trying to remember names, learning about you and Lexington. I find it very "easy" to be among you - You are so gracious, and I thank you!

Speaking of what is easy and what is difficult, here's a "little something" I pass along for thought and contemplation . . . . . .

Grace & Peace to you!
Pastor Rob


DIFFICULT
Hitting a pitched baseball is difficult.
Acting gracious to someone you despise: difficult.
Understanding nuclear physics is difficult.
Negotiating I-40 traffic during rush hour is difficult.
Keeping weight off after 40, that's difficult.
Remembering where your glasses and keys are, difficult.
Watching a child learn to walk
or an older person learn to walk again, difficult.
Singing a hymn you don't know
to a tune you don't know, that's difficult.
Hitting a wedge shot from beneath the lip of a sand trap, difficult.
Deciding to join a church,
or deciding to leave a church, both difficult.
Watching someone you love hurt,
or letting go of someone you love, both very difficult.
Keeping a secret,
Learning how to say YES,
Learning how to say NO - All difficult.
Keeping crabgrass out of your garden,
Keeping deer out of your garden,
Keeping children out of puddles - All difficult.

"And this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not difficult." (I John 5:3)

Emm? . . . . . Then why don't we?

Wednesday Night Supper Club 2013 - Summer Schedule

This informal group is open to all church members; each person is responsible for his or her own expense. Gatherings will be held Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to join us any week for fun, fellowship, good food, and lots of laughter.

SUMMER SCHEDULE:

Draft Day A Huge Success

Draft Day 2013Draft Day 2013

For the first time in at least eight years, the Stewardship Ministry Team tried a different approach to our time and talent sheets. We held a “draft day” in which each of the ministry teams presented a brief overview of their work. Then those gathered had an opportunity to sign up for various jobs around the church and agree to serving on a Ministry Planning Team.

The theme was a “football” draft and many leaders were dressed up in football jerseys. Tables were decorated with footballs, megaphones, and pom-poms. We had a delicious meal of hamburgers and hotdogs cooked out on the grill, along with potato salad, slaw, and hot dog chili. Many thanks to everyone who helped make Sunday a success.

If you were not present and didn’t have the opportunity to sign up for a ministry job or agree to serve on a planning team, you still can! Come by the church office and pick up a draft report to see all of the jobs we need people for. You can also view the “Draft Report” by clicking here. You can sign up for these specific jobs as well as indicate what planning team you would like to serve on. Either call the office (336.248.2140), email us, or stop by in person.

We still need people for:
• Member Care Planning Team;
• New Member Visitation and Assimilation Planning Team;
• Faith in Action Mission Trip Planning Team;
• Building and Grounds Planning Team;
• Stewardship Planning Team

There is a place for you!!!

Wednesday Night Supper Club Spring 2013 Schedule

This informal group is open to all church members; each person is responsible for his or her own expense. Gatherings will be held Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to join us any week for fun, fellowship, good food, and lots of laughter.

SPRING SCHEDULE:

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