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Worship Location: Zion United Church of Christ (1019 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC 28645) Time: 11:00 am All are welcome!
Announcements July 30, 2017
Our minister, Rev. Beth Ann Miller, returns this Sunday to lead the worship.
Bible Study Our Bible Study resumes Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Joanne Triplette. The Book of Ephesians is the subject, and the study guide is “Practice Resurrection,” by Eugene Peterson. If you do of have a copy of the study guide, fear not. Just show up Wednesday.
The Lord’s Supper On Sunday, August 6th, the congregation will celebrate communion as we share the Lord’s Supper. All believers are welcome. Please join us. Remembering and Honoring A contribution has been made to the church in memory of Rev. Jeff Lowrance, by Joanne Triplette. Sunday, July 30, will be the anniversary of the birth of Jim McCarl. The flowers placed on the altar will be presented in his memory by Lucy McCarl. A contribution has been made by David Beal in honor of our first anniversary as the reorganized First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir. Acquisitions of Church Furnishings As a result of a location change for the WCU campus ministry, our church has been able to acquire some items for present and future needs. Among them: offering plates, hymnals, a communion service set, a modern style communion table, and a Baldwin organ. Presbytery Meets This Saturday The Presbytery of Western North Carolina is scheduled to meet this Saturday, July 29, in Marion. Our Session’s representative for this meeting will be Sonny Hines. Rev. Beth Ann Miller will also attend. A PARTING HYMN What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
The United Methodist Hymnal Number 526 Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886 Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918
Announcements July 23, 2017 Guest Minister: Rev. Deacon Melissa Eggers returns this Sundayto lead our worship service and deliver the morning message.Rev.Beth Ann will return from her family vacation to be with us on Sunday, July 30th.
Sermon:“Hardness of Heart” Scripture:Mark 10: 2-16.
Happy Birthdays! C. J. Hartsell and Lee Carol Giduz, both on July 19th.
Soup Kitchen Mission Successful! Our church provided 47 people, including children, a nourishing evening meal this past Sunday at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen.The menu items, provided by our talented-member cooks and bakers, were baked spaghetti (Lucy McCarl’s recipe), tossed salad, bread, fresh fruit, desserts, and beverages.There was more than enough, and “seconds” were served to as many as requested. Afterwards our “crew” cleaned the kitchen and dining areas.The work was a joy.We give thanks to God for leading us to a time and place to do His work.
Prayer Chain If intercessory prayer is needed for members of our congregation or our extended church family, we have established a “Prayer Chain.” One call to Joanne Triplette will begin a series of calls to congregation members, so that prayer can begin quickly. (email or message FPC Lenoir to get Joanne's phone number) Please do not hesitate to call Joanne if you have prayer requests.
A Parting Hymn A charge to keep I have, A God to glorify, A never-dying soul to save, And fit it for the sky. To serve the present age, My calling to fulfill: O may it all my powers engage To do my Master’s will!
Announcements July 16, 2017
Guest Minister:Whilst Rev. Beth is on vacation for two weeks with her family, our good friend Rev. Deacon Melissa Eggers joins us for the next two Sundays.Melissa returns to us to lead our worship services and deliver the morning messages. Melissa’s Sermon this Sunday:“Things Hoped For, Things Not Seen.” Sunday’s Scripture:Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16. Bible Study Due to summer schedule conflicts, the Wednesday evening Bible Study will take a recess until Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 P.M. Soup Kitchen Mission Our congregation will prepare and serve the evening meal at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen SUNDAY, JULY 16. Last year those that participated found this mission to be a joy.We arrive at 3 p.m. and serve the meal at 4 p.m. The Soup Kitchen is located at 1113 College Ave., SW, just down the street from the church. If you need more information, just reply to this message.
REFRESHING MEMORY As we begin our second year, it seems appropriate to review some basic information about our church that sometimes is lost amidst the news and announcements. So here is a recap:
THE MISSION STATEMENT of First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, N.C.: We strive to be a congregation engaged in a fresh opportunity to act as Christ’s hands, feet, eyes, ears and voice on earth, and to be disciples following Jesus Christ, attempting to live out God’s gifts of generosity, grace, love and diversity. Locations We worship at the Zion United Church of Christ, 1019 College Ave. SW, in the fellowship hall wing (the former sanctuary) of the church. The church is very near Davenport Elementary School, and not far from the old Lenoir High School, and also not far from St. James Episcopal Church. Our church office is located at 620 West Ave. NW, which is the lower level of the office building at 622 West Ave. NW, in downtown Lenoir.The building is beside the Emergency Services Building.Parking is available in the lot between those two buildings. Contact The church mailing address is: 620 West Ave. NW Lenoir, NC 28645 The church phone number is (828) 221-4253.That telephone is answered by one of our church members from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. Schedule The Sunday morning worship service begins at 11:00 A.M. Our Minister Reverend Beth Ann Miller is serving as our transitional minister.Rev. Miller visited often with the congregation in the pulpit on Sunday mornings before coming to be our pastor.She is now providing pastoral care, worship leadership, church administration and the other functions of minister and teaching elder. Rev. Miller is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond Virginia, at the time that Dr. T. Hartley Hall IV was the President.She counts among her close friends Moffett Swaim Churn, who served FPC Lenoir as Associate Minister.Rev. Miller, who happily answers to “Beth,” previously served as minister at Quaker Meadows P.C. in Morganton, and as associate minister at FPC Morganton, serving with Dianne Graeber on staff there.She is a native of Louisville, Ohio, and received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio.She is the wife of Louis Vinay, City Attorney of Morganton, where she and her family reside. They have two children. Session members Lucy McCarl, Becky Stevens, Sonny Hines, Ann Sime, Susie Hutchens and Beverly Beal. Website http://fpclenoir.weebly.com/ Facebook First Presbyterian Church Lenoir, NC Denomination & Presbytery This church is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).We are located in the Presbytery of Western North Carolinas.The General Presbyter is Bobbi White.The Stated Clerk is Rev. Dr. Cameron Murchison.The web site is: http://presbyterywnc.org/presbytery-staff Missions: Guatemala Church Partnership Lenoir Soup Kitchen Family Crisis Intervention Presbytery’s “Building Hope” missions Women of the Church: This year the WOC provided scholarship money to Cameron Scroggs for college at ASU. The Future: Our minister, the Session and the members are committed to seeking God’s will for our church.We continually look for our role within the body of Jesus Christ and the missions, the leadership and the programs to which He calls us. Thank you. To all our friends, we thank you for your prayers, your words of encouragement, your good wishes and your support for our congregation.You are always welcome to join us for worship or Bible study, or fellowship. A Parting Hymn Morning has broken Like the first morning Blackbird has spoken Like the first bird Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing Fresh from the Word!
Announcements July 9, 2017 Our minister, Rev. Beth Ann Miller, will lead our worship this Sunday.The bulletin will be sent in a separate email message later this week.
Mid-week Bible Study The next study session will be at the home of Lucy McCarl this Wednesday, July 5th at 6:30 p m.Lucy’stelephone number is 754-7395.
Sunday, July 16th Our worship service will be led by our friend Rev. Deacon Melissa Eggers.She will also be with us on July 23rd.
Good news from the prayer list Susie Hutchens reports that the health of her mother, Nancy Fleming, has greatly improved.She lives in Raleigh.We are thankful for God’s care for one of his own, and we will continue to wish her well. And… Wini Harding is now on the “healthy” list, and sends her thanks for the concern of this congregation.
A Message from Penny Penny McMillan resides at the Shaire Center and has been a member of this church more than 60 years.She has sent this message via Rev. Beth: Greetings to All, Pardon my long delay expressing my deepest heartfelt thanks for the many many ways you have and continue to show you Christian love.It is so uplifting – prayers continued- Blessings to all, Penny McMillan
Soup Kitchen Mission Once again our congregation will be preparing and serving the evening meal for the Lenoir Soup Kitchen on Sunday, July 16.The wonderful participation previously was not only a fulfillment of God’s purpose for us, but it also was a gift from God to us.The details of the menu and the schedule will be part of the common concerns announcements next Sunday, the 9th.We welcome the participation of all who can.
Camp Grier Veterans Our youngest member, Drew Fox (Lucy Hooper’s grandson), completed a week-long camp for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Camp Grier, in Old Fort.Drew says he enjoyed hiking most among activities.Camp Grier is a Christian environment for outdoor fun and worship. It is associated with PC (USA) and is supported by our presbytery, the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.With Drew was his friend, and ours, Egan Phillips.We are proud of both of these young men.
A New Year The second year of the life of the reorganized First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir begins with many blessings for which we thank God:a comfortable place to worship together (thanks to Zion UCC), successful congregational participation in new missions, a minister who has been a part of our progress almost from the beginning, Bible study, plans for Sunday School classes in the fall, guidance and support from Presbytery, love of other churches in Lenoir and financial stability.We see the challenges and the opportunities presented in our future and we have faith in the leadership of Jesus Christ, who will show us the way.
Announcements June 30, 2017
Sunday:Rev. Beth Ann Miller will lead the worship Sunday morning. Communion This Sunday we share the Lord’s Supper as part of the morning worship service. Please join us.
July Birthdays: Lee Carol Giduz (19th) and C. J. Hartsell (ALSO the 19th). Did we miss anyone?Please let us know.
Mid-week Bible Study has commenced! The Book of Ephesians is the subject, and the study guide is “Practice Resurrection,” by Eugene Peterson. Copies can be obtained by contacting Pastor Beth at (828) 433-6431, or just show up Wednesday.The next study session will be at the home of Sonny & Harriet Hines,tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 a. m. The Hines’ telephone number is 828-754-9479.
Caldwell County Schools
Our church has received this message, by email, from Helena Vanhorn of the Caldwell County Schools:
Good afternoon, In our county, Caldwell County Schools is the NC Pre-Kindergarten contractor. We are trying to get information to families who may not know about the program. Our churches are one of the best ways to disseminate information to families who may not be aware of this program. Please feel free to share in any way that will benefit your families, such as bulletins, flyers, Facebook, etc. NC Pre-Kindergarten is a state-funded program for children who will be 4 years old on or before August 31. This program is for middle- to low-income families with a number of qualifying factors. Most elementary schools in our county now have a program as well as select local childcare centers that meet the same requirements. Local community centers also offer Wrap Around to the children served at their site. For qualifying families, tuition is free. Applications are available in English and Spanish and can be found at all elementary schools, participating childcare centers, and the Preschool Readiness Center. They are also available at caldwellschools.com/preschool. Spaces are limited. The Preschool Readiness Center can be reached at 828-726-3920 for questions and assistance. Independence Day Please observe the Fourth of July by remembering and honoring the sacrifices of those you know who have served our nation both in military service and civilian public service.We should cherish the liberties we enjoy, including the freedom to exercise religious beliefs.Truly we have been blessed.
Announcements June 25, 2017 SPECIAL EDITION
YOU ARE INVITED !!We plan to commemorate the anniversary of the reorganization of First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir with an afternoon of relaxed fun at the home of Herb and Becky Stevens (2630 Spring Meadow Road, Lenoir) on This Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017. We hope you can join us for this special occasion.
CAR POOLING IS A GOOD IDEA. Plan to arrive mid-afternoon for outdoor activities – walking in the woods, swimming, fishing, sitting in the shade, sharing stories, and enjoying refreshments. Between 5:00 and 6:00 PM we will grill hot dogs and hamburgers. To add to our feast – if you are so inclined (not required) – you may bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Parking is limited, so, if possible, please carpool.
Call for address and directions. Our phone number is 828-758-7828.
We look forward to seeing all of you as we celebrate each other and rejoice in our first year together as First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir.
Announcements June 18, 2017
THIS SUNDAY’S SERMON:“Don’t Worry”Rev. Beth Ann Miller SCRIPTURE:Old Testament Lesson:Genesis3: 1-13 New Testament Lesson:Matthew 6:24-34 BIBLE STUDY.On Wednesday, June 21st, Rev. Beth will begin a weekly, evening Bible Study.The study guide will be the book “Practice Resurrection,” by Eugene Peterson. Rev. Beth has ordered copies. The first session will be at the home of Ann and Steve Sime and will begin at 6:30 P.M.Ann’s phone number is 828-726-1990. The Bible Study will continue for a total of six weekly meetings.Please plan to join in the new step in our church’s Christian Education program. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.We plan to commemorate the anniversary of the reorganization of First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir with an afternoon of relaxed fun at the home of Herb and Becky Stevens on Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017. We hope you can join us for this special occasion. Plan to arrive mid-afternoon for outdoor activities – walking in the woods, swimming, fishing, sitting in the shade, sharing stories, and enjoying refreshments. Between 5:00 and 6:00 PM we will grill hot dogs and hamburgers. To add to our feast – if you are so inclined (not required) – you may bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Parking is limited, so, if possible, please carpool. We look forward to seeing all of you as we celebrate each other and rejoice in our first year together as First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir.
SOUP KITCHEN SUNDAY!Our congregation will serve the Sunday evening meal at the Caldwell Soup Kitchen on July 16th.Those who participated last year will remember how “many hands made light work,” and a really enjoyable time together engaging in a hands-on ministry.Please mark your calendar.More reminders will follow. PRESBYTERY MISSION TRIP.The Missions Committee of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina has scheduled a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Mission Trip to Kinston, NC, October 8-13, 2017.The mission members will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Kinston. The purpose of the mission trip will be to help folks rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.First Presbyterian of Kinston has designed facilities to house groups coming in to work. The cost is $150 per person, and includes food and lodging.There will be space for 20 folks. Registration forms will be available at the PWNC website along with a Kinston site manual.
TWO PRESBYTERY WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES! Location: First Presbyterian Church 79 Academy St. Marion, NC 28752 July 29th: One hour curriculum workshop after lunch at the presbytery meeting. July 30th: “The Nearly Childless Church,” 2:00-3:30 Join Malinda Spencer, Associate for Curricula Training for Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP) and POINT* educator, for a weekend of enriching events! Contact Malinda at email@example.com. *[Presbyterians Organized in Nurture and Teaching (POINT) is a network of Christian educators who offer education expertise and curriculum interpretation skills to churches in their area. These volunteers, appointed by each presbytery and equipped through the Presbyterian Mission Agency, lead the way in assisting churches with their educational ministry.] LEOS:The Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter (LEOS) will hold its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, July 19th, at Cedar Rock Country Club. LEOS is always actively recruiting and training new volunteers. Training is conducted for those that want to volunteer.In addition, the Yokefellow Board of Directors will be scheduling Open Houses this year, to acquaint members of the community with LEOS and its mission. LEOS is a program of Caldwell County Yokefellow and is located at 1129 West Avenue, Lenoir, NC 28645.The website for LEOS is http://lenoiremergencyoutreachshelter.webs.com/. For more information contact Sharon H. Osborne, Executive Director, Caldwell County Yokefellow, Inc. – LEOS, (828) 726-3634, or (828) 754-7088. SUNDAY, JULY 18TH, IS FATHER’S DAY.REMEMBER THOSE THAT FULFILLED THE ROLE OF FATHER IN YOUR LIFE.
Announcements June 11, 2017
A Gathering to Celebrate the Members of First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir We plan to commemorate the anniversary of the reorganization of First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir with an afternoon of relaxed fun at the home of Herb and Becky Stevens on Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017. We hope you can join us for this special occasion. Plan to arrive mid-afternoon for outdoor activities -- walking in the woods, swimming, fishing, sitting in the shade, sharing stories, and enjoying refreshments. Between 5:00 and 6:00 PM we will grill hot dogs and hamburgers. To add to our feast – if you are so inclined (not required) -- you may bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Parking is limited, so, if possible, please carpool. We look forward to seeing all of you as we celebrate each other and rejoice in our first year together as First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir.
Trinity Sunday: The first Sunday after Pentecost is Trinity Sunday and on this day the Church celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.We are thankful to Karen Carpenter, Pastor Beth, Dianne Graeber, Brian Clark and Lucy McCarl for the music and the message last Sunday.
Sermon:“A Commencement and a Commission”Rev. Beth Ann Miller
New Testament Scripture:Matthew 28:16-20 One more June Birthday: Susan Scroggs celebrated her birthday on June 3rd.
Congratulations: To Cameron Scroggs, upon her graduation from CCC & TI.She is bound for college at Appalachian State.We are all proud of her.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…Matthew 28:19
Announcements June 4, 2017 GUEST MINISTER: Rebekah Carpenter for June 4 This Sunday we welcome Rebekah Beam Carpenter to our pulpit, a recent graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Rebekah is a native of Caldwell County. She has degrees from Brevard College, Mars Hill College and the University of West Georgia as well as her Divinity Degree. Before seminary she worked in leadership and organizational development with pastors and leaders of all types, facilitating, energizing and motivating various community groups. She has also served the church as a Session member. She currently is employed at Montreat in several capacities, as she awaits God’s call to serve as a parish minister. Her parents are Gene and Linda Carpenter, who live in Granite Falls.
SERMON: “Everyone’s Table” SCRIPTURE: I Corinthians 11: 17-33 COMMUNION We will share the Lord’s Supper during our worship service this Sunday. In the afternoon Pastor Beth and Elder Sonny Hines have scheduled visits to our members who must stay close to home. JUNE BIRTHDAYS Judy Beal (12th), Lynda Renegar (18th). Did we miss anyone? Please let us know! LIBRARY This week the church library has received 10 volumes, including a book of poems by Lucy McCarl, “To Everything A Season.” We already need a bookcase, so that the library can be more available to church members and visitors to our office. If you have a bookcase to contribute, please let the church office know. SESSION MEETING The next scheduled Session meeting is Monday, June 19, at the church office.
PRESS RELEASE JUNE 2, 2017 NEW MINISTER FOR FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF LENOIR, N.C.
First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir has called Rev. Beth Ann Miller of Morganton to serve as Transitional minister. She will begin her duties immediately. Rev. Miller is an ordained Presbyterian minister by the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a member of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. She has served as associate minister at First Presbyterian Church of Morganton, and minister of Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church in Morganton. Since July, 2016 Rev. Miller has been a frequent guest minister on Sundays, and from February until May has served First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, as a temporary pastor during the Lenten and Easter seasons. Her duties will include leading the worship services, providing pastoral care to the members and others who seek her help, presiding as the Moderator and supervising the programs of the church. Rev. Miller is a native of Louisville, Ohio. She is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, and Unction Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia. She is married to Louis Vinay, attorney for the City of Morganton, and is the mother of two children, Seth and Sara Grace. First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir was originally formed in 1852, and was reorganized in July, 2016. The congregation worships in the northwest wing of Zion United Church of Christ, 1019 College Av NW, in downtown Lenoir. Sunday morning worship is at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Miller will have a private office in the church’s offices located at 620 West Av NW, Lenoir next to the Emergency Services Building. The church telephone number is (828) 221-4253. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The church website is http://fpclenoir.weebly.com/, and a Facebook page.
Announcements for the week of May 15, 2017 Dr. John Rogers will be our guest minister this Sunday, as Pastor Beth Ann is out of town on a long-scheduled event.We are always happy to welcome Dr. Rogers to lead our worship services. We are delighted with a gift of cross stitch art by our friend Carole Bulot, who now lives in Gibsonville, N.C.
Last Sunday our member Lucy Hooperreported on the Presbytery’s Guatemala Microloan Project, A joint project of Presbyterian Women from Suchitepequez and Sur Occidente Presbyteries, and the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.The Session will be hearing more about this project at the next Session meeting.For a summary on this mission, visit the Presbytery’s website, http://presbyterywnc.org/ and go to the “Mission Zone” icon on the left side, and follow links “Guatemala Partnership,” then “Presbyterian Women and Microloan Project,” and there scroll down to the link “Summary of Microloan Project.”Marie C. Palacios is the Guatemala Project Coordinator for Presbytery of Western North Carolina.
Announcements for the week of May 8, 2017 The Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison, Jr. to our pulpit.Dr. Murchison was a Professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia Theological Seminary.He is currently the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Western NC, PCUSA. The sermon title Is “The Strange Power of Love.”The texts from scripture are Exodus 1:8-2:10, and I Corinthians 1: 18-21.
Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day! Rebecca Stevens Walter, daughter of Becky and Herb Stevens, is scheduled to graduate from Union Theological Seminary of Columbia University in New York City on May 19th.Rebecca is the wife of Zachary Walter, a UTS graduate.They have one son, Wren.Congratulations to Rebecca and her family. We are very proud of you!! Birthdays in May (including family members of our congregation members:Jonathan Beal (5th), Grainger Beal (7th), Tyler Sime (8th), Sara Grace Vinay (11th, daughter of Pastor Beth Ann Miller & who graduates from High School this year), Harriet Hines (15th), Becky Stevens (23rd) and Seth Vinay (29th son of Rev. Miller.DID WE MISS ANYONE?LET US KNOW! THE NEW CHAIRS HAVE ARRIVED AND ARE READY FOR USE IN THE SANCTUARY THIS SUNDAY!Thank you to Sonny & Harriet Hines for their generosity to our church. Announcements for the week of May 1, 2017 Our minster, Beth Ann Miller, will lead our worship Sunday.Her sermon title is, “Remember.”The Scripture from the Old Testament:Deut. 26:1-11.From the New Testament:I Cor. 11: 23-26. We will celebrate Communion during the worship service this Sunday. C. J. Hartsell’s medical procedure went well, she is comfortable and resting at home for a few weeks. We are thankful for the gift of medical science and for C. J.’s wonderful, positive attitude that is witness to her faith, and an example for everyone. The Session will meet Monday evening, at 5:30 p.m., at the church office.
Announcements for the week of April 24, 2017
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” The Gospel of John, 20:21 Rev. Deacon Melissa Eggers joins us April 30 to share the Message. Her sermon is entitled “Talking Deeply; Talking Well.”
Each week the bulletin is prepared by Dianne Graeber.The chief proofreader is Carole Bulot, a friend of this congregation, who lives in Gibsonville, near Burlington.Both are owed a debt of thanks for this service to the church.Carole also contributed her cross stitch art that hangs over the door to our sanctuary. “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.” Numbers 6:24
Announcements for the week of April 17, 2017 Rev. Deacon Melissa Eggers is scheduled to be our guest preacher for this Sunday, April 23, to deliver the message at the morning worship service. The Bible text for the sermon will be from the Gospel of John, Chapter 20, verses 1 – 18. The title of the sermon will be “Mary Magdalene.” Elder Becky Stevens will attend the Presbytery Meeting at the Montreat Conference Center on Tuesday, April 25, to represent our church.
The selection for the position of Interim Minister is is entering its final stages. Please pray for the Session, as the members work, think, and make a decision.
Announcements for the week of April 10, 2017 MAUNDY THURSDAY The congregation will worship April 13 in the evening at 7:00 P. M. at our Sanctuary, 1019 College ave NE, Lenoir.We will share The Lord’s supper. Please join us. Our minister, Rev. Beth Miller, will lead our worship this evening.
Announcements for the week of April 3, 2017 Sunday, April 9 is Palm Sunday. It commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the practice of spreading palm leaves on the ground. John 12: 12-13: The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Dr. John Rogers joins us again this Sunday to lead our worship. We are thankful for his contribution of sharing the word of God with us.
We will gather for our Maundy Thursday Service on Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 P.M. at our sanctuary. Rev. Miller will lead our service and we will share the Lord’s Supper. Maundy Thursday remembers the events that of Holy Week, and the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another. John 13:34: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin, “mandatum,” which means “command.” Sunday, April 16 is Easter Sunday. We will worship at 11:00 A.M., and we will share the Lord’s Supper. All are welcome. Everyone is invited to bring an Easter Lily (or several) to Maundy Thursday or Easter Sunday services to decorate the sanctuary. After the Easter worship service the lilies can be retrieved.
Announcements for the week of March 20, 2017 March 26 will be the fourth Sunday of Lent. Dr. John Rogers will deliver the sermon this Sunday.The scripture lessons are: Old Testament Lesson - Psalm 22: 1-11, 14-18 New Testament Lesson - Matthew 27:45-54 Dr. Rogers’ sermon is entitled, “He Descended Into Hell." Rev. Michael McKee is the father of a brand new baby girl! Happy Birthday to Alex Bernhardt, today, March 24. Penny McMillan celebrated her birthday on March 11. LEOS is having a yard sale on April 28 & 29! Drop your tax-deductible donations at LEOS any time between 8 am and 8 pm. Also, LEOS willhave two upcoming volunteer trainings: Thursday, March 16th @ 6:30 and Saturday, April 1st @ 10:00.Call Barbara Oswald, LEOS Coordinator, at 726-3634 for details. The Session met Monday evening. There will be a covered dish luncheonfollowing next week’s (April 2nd) worship service.Please come and join us for food and fellowship.This will also be the opportunity to volunteer for service on one of the committees
Announcements for the week of March 13, 2017 Our minister, Rev. Beth Miller, will lead our worship service this Sunday, March 19. Looking forward to worshipping with you.
Announcements for the week of March 6, 2017 Dr. Kenneth Humphreys returns to our pulpit Sunday morning (3.12.17).Dr. Humphreys is pastor of Conley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marion. Remember that we SPRING FORWARD in time on SUNDAY, so we lose an hour that morning. 9 A.M. becomes 10 A.M., and 10 A.M. becomes 11 A.M.On Saturday evening, set your timepieces forward one hour, and then ponder this: “Time is the attempt by mortals to regulate reality.” (Unknown sage). Our minister Rev. Beth Miller has been visiting and contacting our sick this week. She is no stranger to us, having served in our pulpit many times, beginning in the summer of 2016. She would like to hear from you: email@example.com. A called meeting of the Session will be held on Sunday, as we continue work on calling an Interim minister.
Announcements for the week of February 27, 2017 As the season of Lent begins, Fairview Presbyterian would like to invite any and all of First Presbyterian to celebrate the beginning of the season this Wednesday, March 1 at 6:00 PM for our Ash Wednesday Service. Please join us if you can for this special time together. We have also received this invitation from Zion U.C.C to join them for an Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday.The minister is Rev. Steve Butler. We are thankful for these two congregations that support and care for us. The congregation will celebrate The Lord’s Supper at the worship service Sunday, March 5.
Dr. Kenneth Humphreys will join us Sunday to deliver the message.Dr. Humphreys is pastor of Conley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marion. Vocalist Kyle Melton is scheduled to return this Sunday to provide special music.For the Offertory he will sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” and for the sharing of the Lord’s Supper he will sing “Let Us Break Bread Together.”We are grateful to Dianne Graeber for arranging Kyle’s appearance. HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!!Penny McMillan:March 11 and Alex Bernhardt, March 24.If we missed anyone, please let us know.
Announcements for the week of February 20 , 2017 Rev. John Rogers is scheduled to lead our worship this Sunday (2.26.17). The bulletin is attached.
Next Sunday will be the first Sunday of the month of March. The congregation will join in the Lord’s Supper.
The Session will continue its work on seeking a transitional minister at a called meeting to be held Monday the 27th at 5:15 p.m. at the Church office.
St. James Episcopal Church in Lenoir has extended an invitation to all that are interested to gather to discuss Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail. The event is scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 6 - 8 pm.in the Hogan Room of the church, Instead of a meal, please bring a favorite appetizer or finger food.
EXCERPT FROM FPC RALEIGH “FIRST PRESS,” BY REV. EDWARD A. McLEOD, JR., ON THE SUBJECT OF CALENDARS:
In the church, we have another calendar which guides us through the year, and, more importantly, helps us remember the salvation history of Jesus Christ. The Christian calendar begins with Advent, as we anticipate and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then we move into Epiphany, during which we remember the growing awareness of who Jesus is. And then comes the season of Lent, which puts us on a path toward Jerusalem, culminating in the Holy Week events of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and, finally, gloriously, Easter. Then we work our way to Pentecost, where we see the gospel gain new energy and be sent in all directions, and then we live out the rest of the year, trying to figure out how to incorporate this life changing, world changing gospel into our own expressions of discipleship.
I bring this up because Sunday February 26 will be the last Sunday before the beginning of the season of Lent, which means we’ll spend all of March and half of April preparing for and celebrating story that gives us our identity and our hope. Might we all give some thought to what new disciplines and practices might shape our Lenten journey?
Announcements for the week of February 13 , 2017 Dr. John Rogers returns to lead us in worship this Sunday morning (2.19.17) at 11:00 A.M. The scripture is Mark 10: 35-45. Happy Birthday to Cameron Scroggs Sunday the 19th!
St. James Episcopal Church in Lenoir has extended an invitation to all that are interested to gather to discuss Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.The event is scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 6 - 8pm in the Hogan Room of the church, Instead of a meal, please bring a favorite appetizer or finger food. Last Sunday evening congregation members gathered at the home of Jim & Dianne Graeber to discuss conducting a Bible Study.Before final decisions are made, more input is needed on suggested topics, and when the study group would meet.Possible times include Sunday morning before worship, Sunday evening, and a weekday evening.Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.All interested, congregation members or others, are invited to participate. The Session will meet Monday, February 20th, at 5:00 P.M. for a regularly scheduled meeting.
Announcements for the week of February 6 , 2017 Rev. Beth Ann Miller will be leading our worship this Sunday (2.12.17).The scripture readings will be Hosea 11:1-9 and I Corinthians 13.The title of the sermon will be “Love Story.” Two scripture passages are suggested by the message: ·Psalm 122:1:“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” ·Matthew 11:28:“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Dianne Graeber invites everyone interested in beginning a Bible Study Group to meet this Sunday evening, at 7:00 P.M. at her house, to discuss possible subjects and time and day for group meetings. Souper Bowl Sunday.Our congregation contributed 101 cans/boxes food items to this effort to provide food for those who are in need. To Fairview Food pantry.Fairview also accepts clothing and personal items such as shampoo.
February Birthdays: Rev. Beth Ann Miller, Louis Vinay (Rev. Beth’s husband) & Beverly Beal. If we missed anyone, please let us know!
Announcements for the week of January 30, 2017 Leading our worship Sunday will be Rev. Beth Ann Miller.She returns to us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
SOUPER BOWL FOLLOW UP:93 items have been received. If you have not had an opportunity to participate, be sure to bring an item with you this Sunday for the worship service LEOS has two upcoming volunteer trainings.you are invited to attend. Thursday, February 9th @ 6:30 pm or Saturday, February 25th at 10:00 am
The training will be held at LEOS, located on 1129 West Avenue in downtown Lenoir. Those attending will hear why the volunteers do what we do, what is expected of residents, what is expected of volunteers, how the house operates, a tour of the house, and volunteer opportunities. To register, contact Barbara Oswald at 726-3634 or by e-mailing email@example.com "The Lord is my light and my salvation---whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life---of whom shall I be afraid." Psalm 27:1
Announcements for the week of January 23, 2017 Rev. Dn. Melissa Eggers will join us for worship this Sunday. (1.29.17)
Please don’t forget Souper Bowl of Caring.Please bring canned soup (or any canned food item) to church this Sunday, January 29, to be collected and delivered to Fairview Presbyterian Church, as a contribution to fight hunger in Caldwell County.Our goal is 100 cans.If you wish to donate in honor of others, or in memory of others, you will be making a wonderful gesture.Please be as generous as you can. The Session is scheduled to meet Monday, January 30, at 5:00 P.M. at the Church Office, 620 West Av NW, Lenoir.This meeting is a regularly scheduled monthly meeting to conduct the business of the church. Please prayer for the Session members as they consider several important matters.
Announcements for the week of January 16, 2017 Rev. Dn. Melissa Eggers will join us for worship this Sunday. We have been blessed by her worship leadership several times since the church’s reorganization last year. Thanks to everyone who attended the first Annual Congregational meetingSunday afternoon. Our Acting Moderator, Rev. Edyth Pruitt, led the service of ordination and installation of Elders with a message and a service that evoked many heartfelt expressions of joy and appreciation from those attending.
We welcome Becky Stevens, Ann Sime and Susie Hutchens to the Session. They join Lucy McCarl, Sonny Hines and Beverly Beal as Elders.
Announcements for the week of January 9, 2017 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING:The annual meeting of the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, N.C., Inc. will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 3:30 P.M.at the place of worship, Zion U.C.C., 1019 College Av. NE, Lenoir, NC.The purpose of the meeting will be ordain and install elders, to inform the congregation on the annual budget for 2017, and to carry out such other business as may properly come before the congregation. The meeting of the congregation will be followed immediately by the annual meeting of the corporation.The purpose of the meeting will be to elect corporate officers and review the corporate status.
Announcements for the week of January 2, 2016 (1.8.17 Service Canceled due to snow) We welcome Dr. John B. Rogers, Jr. as he returns to bring lead us in worship this Sunday.See the attached bulletin. Quickly, here are the scripture and sermon information: OLD TESTAMENT LESSONPsalm 29 NEW TESTAMENT LESSONMatthew 3:13-17; John 2:1-11 SERMONThe Voice Upon the WatersText: “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.”
PLEASE WATCH CAREFULLY FOR EXPECTED CHANGES IN THE WEATHER.Those who plan to worship this Sunday should keep in touch with each other about the scheduled worship service.
Announcements for the week of December 26, 2016 COMMUNION: This Sunday, January 1, 2017, we will be sharing the Lord’s Supper. Please join us if you can. This Sunday our worship will be led by Rev. Dr. Cameron Murchison, Jr., Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. “Cam” has been a good friend to our congregation, giving us his guidance and wisdom and serving on our Administrative Commission. Below is more information about Cam. We look forward to hearing his message. The scripture for this Sunday is: OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Deuteronomy 10: 10-191 NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Romans 12: 1-2, 9-13 SERMON “The Gospel of Hospitality”
Reminders UPCOMING CONGREGATION EVENTS OF THE SEASON: 3 P.M. Sunday, December 18:Presbyterian Churches’ Gather to Sing at Dulatown Presbyterian Church,1537 Miller Hill Road, Lenoir. A Joint Candlelight Service with the Zion U.C.C. Church congregation at Zion Church, 1019 College Av., Lenoir, on Christmas Eve, at 7:00 P.M., Saturday, December 24. We will gather for worship on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at our sanctuary, at Zion U.C.C., at 11:00 A. M. The service will be a short time together to sing, pray and share the good news of the Lord’s birth.
December Birthdays As we approach the birthday of Jesus, may we remember our friends who also have a December birthday! Blessings to all!
12.7.16, Cate Renegar, granddaughter of Lynda Renegar will turn 11. 12.9.16, Catherine Elizabeth Beal, granddaughter of David Beal, great niece of Beverly & Judy Beal and daughter of Mike & Legh Beal, will turn 20 years old. 12.12.16, Michael Beal, son of David Beal will celebrate his birthday. 12.17.16, Barbara Freiman, sister of Lucy McCarl, will celebrate her birthday. 12.21.16, Jack McCreary will turn 96 years old. 12.25.16, David Beal, will celebrate his birthday. 12.29.16, Will Renegar, grandson of Lynda Renegar, will turn 6. 12.30.16: Matthew Herman, the son of Jon Herman, and the youngest grandchild of Ginny and Larry Herman, will turn 2. Remembering: Eleanor Harper, who was born on December 22.
Announcements for the week of December 12, 2016 Sunday, December 18, our guest soloist will be Miss Abby Clay.Lucy McCarl will accompany her.Thank you Lucy and to Dianne Graeber for facilitating our special music. Poinsettias for the Sanctuary:If you have not already done so, please bring or send a poinsettia for the decoration of the sanctuary during the Advent Season.Please let us know, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish that your flower honor someone, or in memory of someone.That includes last week’s flowers. If it is inconvenient to bring or send a Poinsettia this Sunday, we will be glad to receive and place it in the sanctuary on the subsequent Sunday of Advent. Many lovely Poinsettias were placed in the sanctuary last Sunday.Among them: -In memory of John D. (Bill) and Ruth Suddreth and Charles Edward and Augusta Haas, and in honor of Beverly and Judy Beal, by Tom and Jane Haas. -In memory of John and Blanche Harris and Fate and Faye Beal, by Judy and Beverly Beal. UPCOMING CONGREGATION EVENTS OF THE SEASON: -3 P.M. this Sunday, December 18:Presbyterian Churches’ Gather to Sing at Dulatown Presbyterian Church,1537 Miller Hill Road, Lenoir. -A Joint Candlelight Service with the Zion U.C.C. Church congregation at Zion Church, 1019 College Av., Lenoir, on Christmas Eve, at 7:00 P.M., Saturday, December 24. -We will gather for worship on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at our sanctuary, at Zion U.C.C., at 11:00 A. M. The service will be a short time together to sing, pray and share the good news of the Lord’s birth.
Announcements for the week of December 5, 2016 Poinsettias for the Sanctuary:This coming Sunday, December 11, we invite everyone to bring or send a poinsettia for the decoration of the sanctuary during the Advent Season.Please let us know, by replying to this message, if you wish that the flower honor someone, or in memory of someone. We will gather for a church Christmas Luncheon, on Saturday, December 17, at Noon, at the home of Beverly and Judy Beal, 230 Tremont Park Drive, SE.(First house on the right in the neighborhood.)All are welcome, and there will be plenty of good food.Entrees, bread and drinks are already planned.If you would like to bring something, feel free to bring your favorite side, salad, snack, etc.It will be fun to see the variety of treats.Call Judy Beal at 758-8664 with questions, or you may respond by this email. UPCOMING CONGREGATION EVENTS OF THE SEASON (Watch for details): -Presbyterian Churches’ Gather to Sing at Dulatown Presbyterian Church on December 18. -A Joint Candlelight Service with the Zion Church congregation on Christmas Eve, December 24. -We will gather for worship on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at our sanctuary, at 11:00 A. M. The service will be a short time together to sing, pray and share the good news of the Lord’s birth. OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS: Members of our church are involved in several special events of the Christmas season in Lenoir.So that our recipients can know about these events, we are including them in our news: -The Harper School Concert Band will perform the annual Christmas Concert this Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 P.M. at the Lenoir High School Auditorium in Lenoir.Conductors will be John Craig, Ed Whitener and Hunter Soots. Admission is free. -The Yokefellow Christmas Handbell Concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 P.M., at Lenoir Presbyterian Church.Donations will be accepted at the door. -The annual Christmas Recital of Students of Dianne Graeber will be presented on December 12 at 6:00 at the Lenoir Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. -On Wednesday, December 14th, the Caldwell Heritage Museum will present Pat & Kay Crouch with a Christmas music “Coffee with the Curator,” at 10 A.M. at the Museum, 112 Vaiden Street, on Davenport Hill in downtown Lenoir.There is no Admission Charge, but donations of $5.00 are appreciated. Coffee and doughnuts will be on hand.
Announcements for the week of November 21, 2016 The congregation enjoyed a covered dish luncheon last Sunday. Members of the Zion United Church of Christ joined with us for a terrific meal and wonderful fellowship. That congregation has been very gracious and supportive. You can see PHOTOS OF THE LUNCHEON, click on “Happenings” above and scroll to the bottom of the page to see a “film strip” of photos of the luncheon and other church activities.
The holiday season always brings joy, but sometimes it also brings stress. Here are some suggestions:
Begin each day with a prayer for peace and justice;
Find the oldest children’s’ Bible story book available (your own from childhood) and read the Christmas story to others;
Begin every conversation with a positive comment (“You look wonderful!”, “Isn’t it fun to watch the children in the stores?” or “This is going to be a happy time of year.”); and
Remember that there is great satisfaction in service to others through the organizations in each community that attend to the needs of those less fortunate. So, as Melissa says, go “hang out,” even for a few minutes, with the folks at the shelters, or take some items to a foodbank, or find a coat to donate.
December 18, Presbyterian gathering to share Christmas music at Dulatown Presbyterian Church, watch for more information
Christmas Eve joint candlelight evening service with the Zion U.C.C. congregation.
Especially, notice that the church will gather as usual on Sunday morning, Christmas Day, at 11:00 A.M. We will share the Christmas Story, sing, and informally share the joy of the coming of the Savior. The service will be brief.
HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. WE ALL HAVE MUCH FOR WHICH TO BE THANKFUL.
Announcements for the week of November 14, 2016 LEOS (Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter) will be having a training on Saturday, November 19. Please consider attending the training from 10:00am - 12 noon. LEOS 1129 West Avenue Lenoir, NC
Announcements for the week of November 7, 2016 Rev. Dn. Melissa Eggers will be leading our worship service November 13, 2016. The missions of our presbytery and denomination are extensive and effective. We are in the process of learning more about the efforts to help those around us and around the world through congregations just like ours. 1. Lenoir Soup Kitchen, located at 1113 College Av SW in Lenoir, A brief note:Last Sunday members of our congregation prepared and served the evening meal at the Soup Kitchen.Approximately 60 people received a hot, nutritious meal, and fellowship with our members.Afterwards we cleaned the kitchen and dining room so that it could serve a lunch time meal on Monday.(Those of us who are military veterans relived “KP.” As often is true, we came away feeling that we were the beneficiaries of this time of service just as much as those who were served.