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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    Click Here for Available Parking

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It Is For Freedom!

Next week we will celebrate the 241st birthday of the United States of America. Even with all our problems, our country is still the shining city on a hill serving as a beacon for liberty and freedom in the world. Around the world, people oppressed by despotic leaders or crushing economic conditions long for the freedoms we enjoy in our country.

One of the most important freedoms we enjoy is that of religious freedom. Our country was founded on the principle that God alone is the Lord of the conscience, not the state. As long as our practice of worship does not physically harm another person, we can believe and worship in the way that God has revealed to us free from the interference of the state.

Now, while our 1st Amendment religious freedoms are invaluable, the freedom that is most precious is the freedom we have in Jesus Christ. This freedom has nothing to do with politics or governments, but rather is a gift from our loving God.

Paul writes that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). We have all been burdened down by the weight of sin. We all have had chains that prevented us from becoming all that God created us to be. We have all been locked up in prisons - some of our own making, others forced upon us.

But the good news of Jesus Christ is that he “gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age” (Galatians 1:4). In Christ, God did not hold our sins against us. In his death and resurrection, Christ destroyed the power of sin and death setting us free to live without condemnation.

The struggle many people have, however, is that while Christ has set them free through forgiveness, they have not forgiven themselves. Sometimes they stay in the prison even though Jesus has broken open the prison doors and loosed the chains around them.

If this describes you, I encourage you to meditate on the words in Galatians that state it is “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”(5:1). Christ has set you free. Pray that you would fully experience this truth in your life.

On this 4th of July holiday, take a moment in your celebrations to say a word of thanks to the God who loves you and wants you to live fully in the freedom he has given you in Jesus Christ.

Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Sermon Schedule

June 25, 2017
I Am Third
Philippians 2:1-13

July 2, 2017 - Guest Preacher Tommy Wilson
A Conversation About Freedom
Luke 20:20-26, Galatians 5:1, 13-14

July 9, 2017
Open The Door
Revelation 3:14-22; Psalm 24

July 16, 2017
As Israel Turns - Part 1
2 Samuel 11:1-27

July 23, 2017
As Israel Turns - Part 2
2 Samuel 12:1-15

July 30, 2017
Taking Our Place in the Chain
Hebrews 11:1- 12:2

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:

June 25     Ken Davis, guitar & voice

July 2       Connie Burleson, harp
July 9       Melissa Smith, voice
July 16     Darrell Parks, voice
July 23     Mike Price, saxophone
July 30     Katherine "Katbird" Farless, voice

VBS News

Mark your calendars! Our joint Vacation Bible School with our next-door neighbors will be held June 12-15, 5:30-8:00 PM at First United Methodist Church. Registration forms are available at the church office.

Presbyterian Table - Spring/Summer 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:

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.

Leaving a Legacy, Securing the Future

The United States is in the midst of a major demographic shift. In 2013 the older population - persons aged 65 or older - represented 14.1% of the U.S. population. In the next 20 years that percentage is expected to rise to 21% of the population.

The Baby Boom Generation (born 1945 - 1964) is nearing retirement age and accounts for the expected growth in the retired age group. Interestingly, the birth rates for those generations following the Baby Boom Generations were not as robust, and so there will be fewer workers available to replace those retiring Baby Boomers. This presents a challenge to the business sector in the coming years, but it will also effect participation and giving in the church at large.

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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