We are a gathering of Christ followers in Lexington, North Carolina, and we invite you to join us on the journey of faith.

 

Our Vision: First Presbyterian Church is a loving community in Christ where we Call People to Faith, Develop them as Disciples, and Send them to Serve.

We are operating on our summer schedule.


Sunday Schedule

    Crossroads Worship in Fellowship Hall: 9:00 a.m.
    Church School: 10:00 a.m.
    Classic Worship in Sanctuary: 11:00 a.m.

Summer Sunday Schedule (June 11 - August 27)

    Church School: 9:00 a.m.
    Worship in Sanctuary: 10:00 a.m.

Office Hours

    Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch)
    Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Summer: Closed on Fridays)

Contact Us

    Mail:   P.O. Box 586, Lexington NC 27293-0586
    Phone:   336-248-2140
    Fax:   336-248-6626
    Office Email:   office@fpclexnc.com

Our Location

    300 South Main St.
    Lexington, NC 27292

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There is No Longer Jew nor Greek....

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;...” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:26a; 27

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. - Galatians 3:27-29

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. - Acts 10:34-35

I was angered with much of America over this past weekend concerning the events in Charlottesville where a few hundred hatred filled white nationalists and self proclaimed neo-nazis descended upon that town to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park. It quickly became clear that their reason for gathering was just an excuse to push a larger agenda of hate and bigotry; and they came looking for a fight.

As a Christian, I firmly believe that all people are created in the image of God including those who look different than I do and who think differently than I do. Every child of God is precious in God’s eyes, and it is our responsibility to look at people as God does. There is no place in our faith or country for any ideology that lifts one race or people above another.

Paul wrote that in Christ all distinctions of one person over another no longer matter: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Faith in Christ overcomes distinctions of ethnicity, economy, and gender. While some of the agitators in Charlottesville may claim faith in God, their attitudes and behavior do not reflect the teaching of Jesus and the practices of the early church. Instead, they reflect the priorities of the evil one who “comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” - John 10:10

As Christians, we need to stand firmly against all hatred and bigotry and bear witness to the love of Christ in our interactions with all people. We still have a long way to go to fulfill Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a country where people are judged not by the color of the skin but by the content of the character; yet I believe it will be through the witness and action of Christians that we will move closer to King’s ideal.

The good news is that in a country of over 300 million, the numbers of those who identify with the fringe ideas of this group are infinitesimally small. Eventually, their ideas will be left in the dust bin of history. But in the meantime, let us be a witness to the world of the love of God as we look at the world with the eyes of Jesus, speak with the mouth of Jesus, and serve with the hands of Jesus.

May the Lord bless each of you.
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Sermon Schedule

August 20, 2017 - Acts Alive Sunday
Our Senior High Youth Group reports on their week of work in Princeville, NC

August 27, 2017
What Would Jesus Tweet?
Mark 12:28-34; Romans 12:9-18

September 3, 2017
Think on These Things
Philippians 4:8-9; Matthew 6:22-23; 1 Corinthians 6:12; Luke 11:33-36

Presbyterian Table - Summer/Fall 2017

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:

Looking for the Blessing in Change

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” - Isaiah 43:19

While it is a cliche, it is true that, apart from God, the only constant in life is change.

This past weekend our family experienced some events that gave evidence of this truism. First, my youngest daughter, who was just 4 years old when we arrived in 2005, turned 16 years old on Sunday. This fall she will be entering her Junior year in high school and will begin driving by herself. This major milestone in her life signals to me that she will be with us at home only two more years. Life is changing.

190 Years and Counting!

This month we will celebrate 190 years as a church! That’s a long time!

On July 15, 1827, First Presbyterian was officially organized as a Presbyterian church with two elected and ordained elders among nine members who had been meeting in a log house south of town. During the first few years growth was slow. However, in 1832, the church added 24 new members and began to grow.

By 1840, this increased membership led to the construction of a one room, rectangular brick building on the site of the church today. The only remaining portion of that building is the wall between the sanctuary and the office suite. In 1869, a house for the minister was built located on W. 3rd Ave. just behind the Sanctuary.

Family Sunday School for Summer - All Ages Welcome!

Our CE Team is planning an epic Bible bonding experience for this summer, and we want YOU to be part of it! Come Learn, Laugh and Grow together spiritually with a new video series called What's In The Bible?

We will be using the hilarious, fast-paced videos by the creator of Veggie Tales. Phil Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents) the story of the Bible-God's great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story.

This new Sunday School is based around families learning together, so children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage other church members (who may not have young kids) to be a part of our Sunday School Family too. Having a larger group will make activities and discussions more fun!

ALL ages (birth-senior citizens) are going to be entertained while finding themselves learning “Bible Basics” each week. Families will keep a notebook of all the activities, notes and family discussion guides used this summer. This is one journey through the Bible you won't want to miss!

Dates:      Sunday mornings, June 11 - August 27
Time:       9:00 - 9:50
Location:   Fellowship Hall
(The other adult Sunday School class will meet in the parlor)

Work as Worship Event - February 23, 2018

We will be a host site for this day long event.
More information to follow.

2017 Summer Music Schedule

We are pleased to have the following musicians sharing their musical gifts with us this summer:

August 6       Alison Lawson, violin
August 13     JoAnn Hill & Betsy Cowan, duo piano
August 20     Jack Harman or the Gathering Band
August 27     Jack Harman or the Gathering Band

September 3      OPEN

The Chancel Choir returns to the loft on September 10.

GLAMA Emergency Assistance Fund

Many churches in Lexington and the surrounding county have some kind of emergency aid program. At First Presbyterian, we have the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. These funds are used mainly to help individuals and families with rent or utility bills. Many of those who come seeking help have had higher bills than expected or have been out of work due to an illness. Unfortunately, there are those who either seek to game the system or who are chronically bad at handling money. It takes a great deal of time to figure out the legitimacy of the need of the person coming for help. Most of the pastors I know through the Greater Lexington Area Minister’s Association (GLAMA) just do not have the time to do the vetting work necessary, and thus they make a decision based on a gut feeling.

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.

Right Now Media Library

I am excited to announce a new way that First Presbyterian Church can help you develop as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have partnered with RightNow Media to make available to you a large library of free video resources. It's essentially the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. You can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector. There are over 2000 videos from some great teachers including Max Lucado, Francis Chan, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, and more.

Our Changing Context for Ministry...

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