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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 December 3, 2017 The Christmas Season Schedule Advent Sunday School Series. Rev. Beth Ann Miller, with the help of Dianne Graeber and others, will be leading a Sunday School Series entitled “People, Look East: A Study Pack on Advent Hymns.” Please join us at 10 A.M. on Sundays, beginning this week, at the Sanctuary. Communion This Sunday. The congregation will share the Lord’s Supper at the morning worship service this Sunday. Please join us as commemorate the last days of Christ’s ministry on earth, and prepare to celebrate the birthday of that same Savior long ago and far away. Session Meeting. The Session will meet on Monday, December 4, at 5:30 P.M., at the church office, 620 West Av. NW, in downtown Lenoir. Sharing a Meal at the Beal’s. The church will gather for a Holiday Lunch at the home of Beverly & Judy Beal, at Noon, on Saturday, December 16. Bring a dish to share, but the meat item(s) will be provided. Christmas Eve Worship. This year Christmas Eve falls upon Sunday. Knowing the travel plans and excitement of that “Night Before Christmas,” the Sunday morning worship service will be our special time to celebrate with anticipation the long-waited Messiah’s birth. Please plan to join us at 11 A.M. on Sunday, December 24 . ALSO, Zion U.C.C. has invited us to attend their candle light service on Christmas Eve, at 7 P.M. in their sanctuary. They also invite our members to participate in the ceremony and liturgy. Please reply to this message if you plan to attend. We are thankful for this invitation, and all the kindnesses that Zion U.C.C. has showered upon us.
Missions Family Christmas Joy. Our church members are purchasing and wrapping gifts for families of students of Carol Ann Bingham and Donna Fellers, our public school teachers. The gifts will be chosen to meet basic needs and “joy gifts” for the young ones. Members have volunteered to do the shopping for the children. All gifts for the Davenport children are to be delivered on Monday, December 11 to Davenport Elementary School, or they can be brought to Carol Ann at church on Sunday, December 10, and she will deliver them to Davenport on Monday. The same process applies to the Whitnel children, and Donna Fellers. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please send any amount to the church office, marked “Christmas Missions.” The church mailing address is: First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, 620 West Av NW Lenoir, NC 28645. The Lenoir Soup Kitchen celebrates 35 years of service. (from a News Topic article by Virginia Annable, November 28, 2017: The Lenoir Soup Kitchen is often a place for people to turn when they’ve hit rock bottom, have nowhere else to go or simply have no way to eat a hot meal. Last week, the organization celebrated 35 years of this service in Lenoir. Angel Moretz, the executive director, has seen people grow up there, but more importantly, she said, she has seen people turn their lives around. “When you see that, you know things are working,” she said. “That really fills your heart with joy. Hearing them tell their stories of how they changed their life is amazing.” The soup kitchen opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1982 by Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Now it operates out of a space donated by College Avenue Baptist Church and serves 70 to 100 people every day. [FPC Lenoir members prepare and serve a Sunday evening meal several times each year in rotation with other churches.]
December Birthdays: Jesus Christ, Dec. 25; David Beal, Dec. 25. Also friends Barbara Frieman and Jill Norment, both Dec. 17. Did we miss anyone? New Hymnals You can contribute to providing the cost of a new hymn book, and dedicating it to the memory of, or in honor of, some special person. Attached as a document is a form to accompany your gift to the church. The hymnals are $12.50 each. You may also purchase one for your family. A PARTING HYMN O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!
Announcements November 19, 2017 [As our Sunday School class continues to study the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will be refreshing our memories of those questions and answers that have been historically important to understanding God’s purposes for our lives.] 23. What offices doth Christ execute as our Redeemer? A. Christ, as our Redeemer, executeth the offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation. Q. 24. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet? A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet in revealing to us, by his Word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation. Generosity Campaign FPC Lenoir concludes its Generosity Campaign this Sunday.We appreciate the time and thought everyone is giving to pledging the financial support needed to carry out our mission.The Session will begin the preparation of a budget for calendar year 2018 in the next several weeks. This Week’s Pulpit Guest Giving Beth Ann a break will be our own Elder Becky Stevens, to deliver the sermon this Sunday.We look forward to her message.
Sunday November 19, 4:30 PM, in the Fellowship Hall of Fairview (Beall Hall) Fairview P.C. has invited the other local PC (USA) churches to share a fun time with plenty of time to talk and laugh together and to share our common joys and concernsas we work together in ministry. This will be a wonderful time to get to know one another and renew friendships. Fairview is also planning on fixing a big old pot of chili and making some yummy cornbread to share!There is always room for one more, so if you decide you can make it, just come on. DINING & SINGING WITH ST. JAMES’ & St, Stephen’s November 21:We have been invited to join the congregations of St. James’ Episcopal & St. Stephen’s Lutheran for a meal and beverages of your choice and hymn-sing evening at Cafe 1841 on Tuesday, November 21. This message comes from Lucy McCarl (also known as “Little Lucy,” “Lucy Richmond,” and “the wife of Don Bushman”):“We encourage everyone to come eat dinner early so we can be ready to sing at 7:00 p.m. We would like to patronize the restaurant since she is letting us have the room. So this is an extension of the Hymn Sing we had at St. James a year ago.”The atmosphere is sure to be one of relaxation and fellowship.Of course, the food and beverages of choice will be a “Dutch Treat.” Advent Season Sunday School Series Beth Ann will lead an Advent Season study at the Sunday School hour during December. Please come at 10 a.m. and join in this opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ as a babe. PneuMatrix Team The members of the PneuMatrix team for FPC Lenoir will be Rev. Beth Ann Miller, Becky Stevens, Susan Scroggs, Wini Harding, Judy Beal, Lynda Renegar, Harriet Hines, and Bob Giduz. A PARTING HYMN Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; So from the beginning the fight we are winning; Thou, lord, wast at our side; All glory be Thine.
“We Gather Together,”Netherlands folk hymn
Announcements November 12, 2017 PLEASE REMEMBER the men and women who made sacrifices of time, health and life so that freedom of religion, among OUR other rights, would be protected. TAKE TIME TO THANK A VET, A SAY A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR ALL OF THEM.
[As our Sunday School class continues to study the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will be refreshing our memories of those questions and answers that have been historically important to understanding God’s purposes for our lives.]
Q. 21. Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect? A. The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continueth to be, God and man, in two distinct natures, and one Person forever. 22. How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man? A. Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body and a reasonable soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without sin.
STEWARDSHIP AND GENEROSITY First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir has begun its annual financial budget planning by asking our church family to consider what pledges can be made to support the church for the year 2018.The Session is asking that we all give as generously as resources permit.Beth Ann Miller is prepared to continue to lead us for the year 2018, to assure continuity to our development. Wondrous events are before us, as we look to Jesus Christ’s example of love extended to all those wanting to follow Him.On November 19, we will end the official stewardship campaign.Then the Session will begin creating the 2018 annual budget.We ask for your help, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in that task.
LAST BIBLE STUDY FOR CURRENT SERIES The Wednesday night Bible Study has concluded the study of Ephesians.The Wednesday evening schedule will resume at the beginning of the new year.
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS NOVEMBER GATHERING OF CHURCHES AT FAIRVIEW:Fairview P.C. has invited the other local PC(USA) churches to share a fun time with plenty of time to talk and laugh together and to share what we are excited about in our churches as we work together in ministry. Sunday November 19 4:30 PM In the Fellowship Hall of Fairview (Beall Hall)
Fairview is also planning on fixing a big old pot of chili and making some yummy cornbread to share! We need to RSVP by November 15, so let an elder know if you can attend, so Fairview can plan accordingly. DECEMBER ADVENT SEASON STUDY:In December Beth Ann will be leading an Advent season study during the Sunday School hour. CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS:Inquiries among the congregation indicate that many members will be traveling to be with family, or having family visit at Christmastime.Because Christmas Eve occurs this year on Sunday, our church will have its special service at the 11:00 AM worship service time on Sunday the 24th.No Christmas Eve evening service is planned. PNEUMATRIX CHURCH ASSESSMENT STUDY:CALENDAR YEAR 2018 Our church will be participating in a self-assessment program entitled “PneuMatrix.”This professionally planned and led program consists of 10 meetings during 2018.Our Adaptive Change Team will consist of Beth Ann, two elders and four other members of the congregation.Our team will meet withAdaptive Change Apprentices from outside our church, who have been trained to facilitate our discussions.There will also be video conferencing meetings with the developers of PneuMatrix, Revs. Deborah Wright and Jim Kitchens. Our objectives will be: ·A clearer understanding of the adaptive challenges that face all of our churches, ·A deeper sense of intention and missional purpose, ·Development of connection and shared vision between churches in our region, ·Understanding adaptive management, ·Effective missional stewardship, ·Financial effectiveness and ·Creating new models for pastoral care for smaller congregations. A PARTING HYMN O Trinity of love and power, All travelers guard in Danger’s hour, From rock and tempest, fire and foe, protect them wheresoe’er they go; Thus evermore shall rise to Thee, Glad praise from air and land and sea.
“Eternal Father, Strong To Save” William Whiting, 1860John Bacchus Dykes, 1861
Announcements November 5, 2017 [As our Sunday School class continues to study the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will be refreshing our memories of those questions and answers that have been historically important to understanding God’s purposes for our lives.] Q. 19. What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell? A. All mankind, by their fall, lost communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, and so made liable to all miseries of this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever. Q. 20. Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery? A. God, having out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.
Communion Sunday November 5 The congregation will share the Lord’s Supper at the morning worship service this Sunday, November 5. Please join us, either in person, or by watching our live streaming of the service. Guest soloist Our worship service Sunday will feature a guest soloist, Miss Keira Andrews.She will sing “The Shepherd’s Song,” by John Carter, as the offertory music.We welcome and thank her for her contribution of her talent. Bible Study Our Bible Study class will meet Wednesday, November 8, at 6:30 P.M., at the home of Larry & Ginny Herman. PneuMatrix During 2018 our church and some other churches in the presbytery will be participating in an examination of the meaning of “Mission” for each individual participating church.The program is entitled “PneuMatrix,” and provided by the presbytery. Much more introduction to the program will be provided in the coming months.
Flowers last Sunday The beautiful roses placed on the altar last Sunday were dedicated to the glory of God, and in memory of Hunter & Irene Pitts, by their niece, Jeanne Whisnant. Prayer Concerns We continue to pray for the well-being of all our members and friends. Coffee with the Curator at the Caldwell Heritage Museum Beverly Beal will be the speaker at the Caldwell Heritage Museum’s “Coffee with the Curator,” on Wednesday, November 8 at 10 A.M.His topic will be “Caldwell County & World War I.”Admission is Free, and CWC is scheduled for a one-hour period, with time allowed for questions or comments. The presentation will concentrate on Caldwell County people involved in World War I military service.If you have family or friends that served in WWI, please contact Beve with information.Photos are welcome. The United States entered the war in 1917, and American troops arrived in France in the summer of 2018.The war ended on November 11, 1918, with an Armistice, a surrender of Germany and its Allies. Officer’s retreat Please pray for our minister and Session members as they conduct a church officers’ retreat this Saturday, November 4, at the home of Beverly & Judy Beal.The officers ask for God’s guidance, the wisdom of Jesus and the comfort of the Holy Spirit as they seek to lead our church as it will continue to reach out to our community and minister to the needs of our members and friends. Birthdays:Susie Hutchens, November 2, Bob Giduz November 15. Did we miss anyone? A Parting Hymn Let us break bread together, on our knees; (on our knees) Let us break bread together, on our knees (on our knees) When I fall on my knees, with my fact to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me) Let us praise God together on our knees; (on our knees) Let us praise God together on our knees. When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me.)
Announcements October 29, 2017 [As our Sunday School class continues to study the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will be refreshing our memories of those questions and answers that have been historically important to understanding God’s purposes for our lives.]
Q. 18. Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell? A. The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell consists in: the guilt of Adam’s first sin, the want of original righteousness, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called original sin; together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it.
Guest minister this Sunday Our dear friend Rev. Dn. Melissa Eggers returns to lead our worship as guest minister this Sunday.
Participation in soup kitchen Sunday October 15 Our congregation provided a bountiful nutritious evening meal for those in need at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen on Sunday October 15.Participating, by preparing a dish or serving the meal, or both,were Luci Hooper, Drew Fox, Lucy McCarl, Ann Sime, Becky Stevens, Sonny Hines, Harriet Hines, Lynda Renegar, C J Hartsel, Wini Harding, Ginny Herman, Susan Scroggs, Beth Ann Miller, Susie Hutchens and Judy Beal. [As always, we apologize for omitting a name.]
Elders elected On Sunday, October 22, the Congregation re-elected Lucy McCarl and elected Susan Scroggs fortwo seats on the Session. Each seat will have a term of three years.Ordination of Susan, and installation of both Elders, will be conducted on Sunday, January 21. Also at the congregational meeting Moderator Beth Ann Miller reported that the Administrative Commission that has been our Presbytery’s guiding group for us since our reorganization has informed Presbytery that its work is concluded, and proposes its dissolution.In doing so, it reported:
Our Presbytery and the City of Lenoir continue to be blessed with an engaged congregation in First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir. They continue to reach out into the community through projects such as the local soup kitchen. Ministry includes a Bible study in addition to their Sunday worship services. The Administrative Commission continues to be available to the Session.-Mr. John Pea, Co-Chair
Needless to say, our congregation owes great gratitude to the A.C. for its guidance and love during a time of trial and tribulation.They, as a body, and individually, have been God’s gift to us.The members of the A.C. are, or have been, Rev. Edyth Pruitt, John Pea, Terry Taylor, Dr. Cam Murchison, Helen Hall, Rev. Anita Bernhardt, Rev. Edyth Pruitt, Rev. Dr. James Bernhardt, Terry Taylor, Rev. Steven Barnes, Rev. Jeff Coffey, Rev. J. Whit Malone and Helen Hall. [We apologize if a name has been omitted.] The A.C. was appointed at Presbytery meeting July 28, 2015.
Presbytery Meeting Tuesday, October 24 Our church was represented at the Presbytery meeting Tuesday, October 24 at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville.Elder Beverly Beal attended as the designated Commissioner for the church.Elder Ann Sime attended to observe.Pastor Beth Ann attended as a member of Presbytery.A summary of highlights will be forthcoming. Also, Elder Becky Stevens was elected to serve on the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry.We are grateful for the church and denomination service of Becky, in the past, and for the future.
Five Cents a Meal offering this Sunday The congregation will have the opportunity to contribute to the nourishment needs of our community with the monthly offering of 5 cents A Meal this coming Sunday October 29.Everyone is welcome to send whatever amount to the church to participate in this church mission.
Bible study and Fellowship with Beverly & Judy Beal. This week’s Bible Study will meet at the home of Beverly and Judy Beal.
Officer Retreat & Session Meeting Saturday November 4 The Session, including newly elected elders, will conduct a retreat on Saturday, November 4. Training for the new elders and Session meeting will be features of the retreat program.
Rev. Steve Butler Retirement Service The congregation of our church has been invited by the members of Zion United Church of Christ to the Retirement Service of Rev. Steve Butler on Sunday, October 29, at 4 P.M. at the Zion U.C.C. sanctuary. A reception will follow the service. Rev. Butler has led that church for many years, and he and his parishioners have been steady and gracious friends to us. Please plan to join in this celebration of a career of devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ.
A Parting Hymn There is a place of quiet rest Near to the heart of God A place where sin cannot molest Near to the heart of God. O Jesus, blest redeemer, sent from the heart of God, Hold us who wait before thee, Near to the heart of God. by Cleland B. McAfee Announcements October 22, 2017 [As our Sunday School class continues to study the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will be refreshing our memories of those questions and answers that have been historically important to understanding God’s purposes for our lives.]
Q. 15. What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created? A. The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created was their eating the forbidden fruit. Q. 16. Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first transgression? A. The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity, all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him, in his first transgression. Q. 17. Into what estate did the Fall bring mankind? A. The Fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery.
Nominees for Elders The Elder Nominating Committee will be submitting the names of Lucy McCarl and Susan Scroggs for the two seats on the Session. Each seat will have a term of three years. Other nominations can be made from the floor at the -- Congregational Meeting Election of Elders Sunday, October 22, immediately following the morning worship service. A covered dish luncheon will follow the meeting.
Bible Study at the Hines’ home Wednesday, October 18
Session Retreat November 4 The Session, including newly elected elders, will conduct a retreat on Saturday, November 4. Training for the new elders will be a feature of the retreat program. The session meeting scheduled 10/16 has been postponed until the retreat.
Yokefellow Fundraiser: Empty Bowls, October 28 The second annual “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser for Caldwell County Yokefellow is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 at William Lenoir Middle School from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M. A suggested donation of $25 will include lunch and a soup bowl to take home. Many of these bowls have been hand made by members of our community. You can purchase tickets online at the Empty Bowls Facebook page, and pay via PayPal, or call 828-754-7088 for tickets. One Hundred per cent of the proceeds benefit food programs of Caldwell County Yokefellow.
Rev. Steve Butler Retirement Service October 29 The congregation of our church has been invited by the members of Zion United Church of Christ to the Retirement Service of Rev. Steve Butler on Sunday, October 29, at 4 P.M. at the Zion U.C.C. sanctuary. A reception will follow the service. Rev. Butler has led that church for many years, and he and his parishioners have been steady and gracious friends to us. Please plan to join in this celebration of a career of devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ.
A Parting Hymn ‘In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north, but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.
Join hands, disciples of the faith, whate'er your race may be. All children of the living God are surely kin to me.’
Announcements October 15, 2017 [As our Sunday School class continues to study the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will be refreshing our memories of those questions and answers that have been historically important to our understanding God’s purposes for our lives.] Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise towards man, in the estate wherein he was created? A. When God created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, upon the pain of death. Q. 13. Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created? A. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God. Q. 14. What is sin? A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.
Dr. Heath Rada Preaches At Our Sunday Morning Service Illness prevented Rev. Beth Ann from leading our worship last Sunday. With the help of General Presbyter, Bobbi White, she reached out to Dr. Heath Rada to deliver the sermon.Dr. Rada, past Moderator of the General Assembly, generously traveled from his home in Black Mountain to be with us, and share the Good News.Dr. Rada is a retired ruling elder who served the American Red Cross as CEO of the Greater Richmond chapter and president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.He was elected moderator of the 221st General Assembly in 2014.Sunday’s service, including Dr. Rada’s message, can be seen and heard at our FaceBook page, “First Presbyterian Church Lenoir, NC.” Nominees for Elders The Elder Nominating Committee will be submitting the names of Lucy McCarl and Susan Scroggs for the two seats on the Session.Each seat will have a term of three years.Other nominations can be made from the floor at the -- Congregational Meeting Election of Elders Sunday, October 22, immediately following the morning worship service.A covered dish luncheon will follow the meeting.
Bible Study at Joanne Triplette’s Wednesday This week’s Bible Study will meet at the home of Joanne Triplett at 6:30 P.M.
Soup Kitchen Meal October 15 Our congregation will be preparing and serving the Sunday evening meal at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen on October 15.Please sign up to prepare a dish, or help serve the meal.Food needs to be taken to the SK between 3 and 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Or, if that is not possible, it can be left in the kitchen at church in the morning, and we will get it there. The menu is: Lucy McCarl’s baked spaghetti casserole recipe Tossed or green salad Rolls or other breads Desserts Several church families are out of town that weekend, so all available members are needed to serve.This is an important church mission, which typically helps nourish 45 to 50 people, including children. Session Retreat November 4 The Session, including newly elected elders, will conduct a retreat on Saturday, November 4.Training for the new elders will be a feature of the retreat program. Yokefellow Fundraiser:Empty Bowls, October 28 The second annual “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser for Caldwell County Yokefellow is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 at William Lenoir Middle School from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M.A suggested donation of $25 will include lunch and a soup bowl to take home. Many of these bowls have been hand made by members of our community.You can purchase tickets online at the Empty Bowls Facebook page, and pay via PayPal, or call 828-754-7088 for tickets.One Hundred per cent of the proceeds benefit food programs of Caldwell County Yokefellow. Rev. Steve Butler Retirement Service October 29 The congregation of our church has been invited by the members of Zion United Church of Christ to the Retirement Service of Rev. Steve Butler on Sunday, October 29, at 4 P.M. at the Zion U.C.C. sanctuary.A reception will follow the service.Rev. Butler has led that church for many years, and he and his parishioners have been steady and gracious friends to us.Please plan to join in this celebration of a career of devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. A Parting Hymn Oh, worship the King, all-glorious above, Oh, gratefully sing His pow’r and His love; Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise. Oh, tell of His might, oh, sing of His grace, Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space; His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.
Q. 9. What is the work of creation? A. The work of creation is God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good. Q. 10. How did God create man? A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures. Q. 11. What are God’s works of providence? A. God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.
COMMEMORATING THE REFORMATION Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther presented his 95 theses about the church and its need for reform. Five centuries on is an exciting time to reflect on what we bring forward from the past that strengthens us and future generations for the coming 500 years of ministry of the gospel of Christ.(You can read more of this article at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/worship-reformationsunday/.)Reformation Sunday is October 29, 2017 BIBLE STUDY The Wednesday night Bible Study will be on vacation this Wednesday, and will resume next Wednesday, October 11th. SOUP KITCHEN MISSION Our congregation will be preparing and serving the evening meal at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen on Sunday, October 15th. Please plan to participate by preparing a food item, and/or helping serve the meal. The last time we conducted this mission, about 60 people in need received a meal, including children. CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON OCTOBER 22ND A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be convened on Sunday, October 22nd, immediately following the worship service, for the purpose of electing two elders.The Nominating Committee will recommend two congregation members, and other nominations can be made by congregation members.If you desire to nominate from the floor, please be sure to check with the person you desire to nominate for permission to do so. A COVERED DISH LUNCHEON willfollow the congregational meeting on October 22nd.Please bring a dish to share. DISASTER RELIEF Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events.You can learn more about these efforts at http://pda.pcusa.org/.At that web page there is a menu under “Disaster Responses” to National, International and Specialized disaster response operations.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING The North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society will hold its 2017 Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 14, at the First Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC. The church has a very interesting history, and the meeting will include a tour of their 3-acre Memorial Gardens. The gardens were begun in the 1930s around and through the 200-year-old cemetery, and it is now recognized as one of the most beautiful gardens in the state. Registration is $15, including lunch. Registration and coffee will be from 9:30 to 10:30. The schedule, registration form, and address are on the website at www.ncphsociety.org, or contact Program Chair Steve McRae at email@example.com or (336) 693-1929.
Please visit our web site, http://fpclenoir.weebly.com/, and you can see previous worship services at our FaceBook page, “First Presbyterian Church Lenoir, NC.” A PARTING HYMN A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD, A BULWARK NEVER FAILING;OUR HELPER HE AMID THE FLOOD, OF MORTAL ILLS PREVAILING. FOR STILL OUR ANCIENT FOE DOTH SEEK TO WORK US WOE; HIS CRAFT AND POWER ARE GREAT, AND, ARMED WITH CRUEL HATE, ON EARTH IS NOT HIS EQUAL. nMartin Luther, 1529
Q. 6. How many Persons are there in the Godhead? A. There are three Persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. Q. 7. What are the decrees of God? A. The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass. Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees? A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.
SUNDAY SCHOOL continues on October 1st, at 10:00 A.M., as we continue our intergenerational study of the Westminster Catechism.
SOUP KITCHEN MISSION Our congregation will be preparing and serving the evening meal at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen on Sunday, October 15th. Please plan to participate by preparing a food item, and/or helping serve the meal. The last time we conducted this mission, about 60 people in need received a meal, including children.
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be convened on Sunday, October 22nd, immediately following the worship service, for the purpose of electing two elders. The Nominating Committee will recommend two congregation members, and other nominations can be made by congregation members. If you desire to nominate from the floor, please be sure to check with the person you desire to nominate for permission to do so.
A COVERED DISH LUNCHEON will follow the congregational meeting on October 22nd. Please bring a dish to share.
OUR NEXT WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY will be September 27th, 2017 at 6:30P.M. at the home of Becky Stevens.
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A PARTING HYMN
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we first begun.
Announcements September 24, 2017 From the Westminster Shorter Catechism (source:Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Confessions, on line at https://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/boc2014.pdf): Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach? A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man. Q. 4. What is God? A. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one? A. There is but one only, the living and true God. THIS SUNDAY Rev. Deacon Melissa Eggers will be our guest minister this Sunday, September 24th.We welcome her back as our friend and worship leader. SUNDAY SCHOOL continues on September 24, at 10:00 A.M., as we continue our intergenerational study of the Westminster Catechism. FIVE CENTS-A-MEAL is an effort to assure basic nutrition to members of our community.The last Sunday of each month we will collect a special offering to contribute to this cause.As we come to worship, please prepare to contribute 5 cents for each meal that each of has enjoyed during the previous month, as we reach out to those who lack the basic needs of life. SOUP KITCHEN MISSION Our congregation will be preparing and serving the evening meal at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen on Sunday, October 15th. Please plan to participate by preparing a food item, and/or helping serve the meal. The last time we conducted this mission, about 60 people in need received a meal, including children. CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON OCTOBER 22ND A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be convened on Sunday, October 22nd, immediately following the worship service, for the purpose of electing two elders.The Nominating Committee will recommend two congregation members, and other nominations can be made by congregation members.If you desire to nominate from the floor, please be sure to check with the person you desire to nominate for permission to do so. A COVERED DISH LUNCHEON willfollow the congregational meeting on October 22nd.Please bring a dish to share. Please visit our website, http://fpclenoir.weebly.com/, and you can see previous worship services at our FaceBook page, “First Presbyterian Church Lenoir, NC.”
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A PARTING HYMN A Man Owned a Vineyard (These lyrics, by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, are sung to the the tune of “To God Be the Glory,” by William H. Doane.The congregation sang this hymn as part of last Sunday’s worship service.The Sermon scriptures wereJonah 3:10-4:11andMatthew 20:1-16, and Pastor Beth Ann’s Sermon title was ““It’s Not Fair.” Watch the service on our FaceBook page.) A man owned a vineyard and needed a crew To tend to his land –there was plenty to do. He called out to people downtown in the square. “Come work hard all day and I’ll pay you what’s fair.” God, you call and you send; there is work here to do. There’s your whole world to tend; may we garden for you!” O Lord, in your vineyard may we seek to be The workers who tend to your justice and peace. He went back a number of times on that day; He called to new workers and promised fair pay. Can we but imagine those first workers’ rage When all those who labored received the same wage? God, the gift of your grace comes as quite a surprise. For you mercies embrace even latecomers’ lives. May all who have worked long and hard humbly learn: Your grace is a gift and not something we earn. He called the complainers and said, “This is true- That I kept my word and I gave you your due. I share with compassion; I’m loving and kind. I care for all people and give what is mine!” God you give what is yours, more than what we deserve; May we reach out in love where you call us to serve. May we who have witnessed your grace gladly share Your justice and love with your world everywhere.
Announcements September 17, 2017 SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS THIS SUNDAY Dianne Graeber will begin our Sunday school program this Sunday, September 17th, at 10:00 in the sanctuary.The class will be intergenerational, and will be a study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, using the book “Understanding the Westminster Shorter Catechism in Today’s Language,” by J. Remington Crooks. Dianne will also be referring to a version written for children and other resources. Here is a sample of the modern language version of questions 1 & 2: Q:What is our primary purpose as human beings? A:Our primary purpose as human beings is to glorify God and enjoy God forever. Q:What guide has God given to instruct us how to glorify God and enjoy God forever? A:The Word of God which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament is the only authoritative guide for glorifying and enjoying God forever. Please join us for a class that will refresh and renew a foundation stone of our Christian Education. MELISSA EGGERS TO LEAD WORSHIP Rev. Dn. Melissa Eggers will join us to lead the worship service on September 24.We always appreciate her visits with us.
ELDER NOMINATING COMMITTEE The Elder Nominating Committee members are Lucy McCarl, Lynda Renegar and Susan Scroggs. Please contact them if you are willing and wish to serve as an Elder, or if you want to suggest a candidate.
NOTES AND CARDS If you know of congregation members, or friends, who need to receive a note or card, for expressing sympathy or sending happy greetings for any reason, please put those cards on the kitchen counter near the doorway leading to the sanctuary for all to sign. Also, point out the card and the reason for it, during the common concerns.Thanks! NEXT SESSION MEETING The Session will meet next Monday evening, September 18th, at 5:15 P.M., at the church office, 620 West Av NW, Lenoir.
PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERED THROUGH THE STORMS We are grateful to God that our area has been spared the worst of Hurricane Irma’s fury.Please remember the victims of the hurricanes in your thoughts and prayers as this week unfolds.If you have friends or family that have been caught up in the ordeal, please let us know.We’ll put them on our prayer list.
A Parting Hymn
The King of love my Shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am His And He is mine forever. Where streams of living water flow My ransomed soul He leadeth, And where the verdant pastures grow, With food celestial feedeth.
Announcements September 10, 2017The Good News From Matthew: 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” --- Matthew 28:16-20
Congregational Meeting September 10 The congregation will meet on September 10th, immediately following the morning worship service, to elect the nominating committee members.Later in the year the nominating committee will present nominations for elders. Memorial Gift Penny McMillan, who joined First Presbyterian Church on January 15, 1950, made a memorial gift to the church in memory of Fredel Thompson Reighard.We are grateful for Penny, who never fails to smile and laugh when we visit with her at the Shaire Center, and for the legacy of her family in this church’s life. Bible Study Resumes September 13th. The Wednesday-night Bible study will resume on September 13th.We will be continuing our study of Ephesians. If anyone would like to order a study guide ($5), Contact Rev. Beth Ann (or reply to this N & A). The Sept. 13th meeting will be at the home of Ann and Steve Sime. Session Meeting The Session will meet on Monday, September 18th at 5:15 p.m., at the church office, 620 West Av NW in Lenoir. Presbytery Activity To read about the Guatemala Partnership Microloan Project, go to https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox/15e538e44bdffd47. A Parting Hymn To God be the glory, great things He hath done, So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life our redemption to win, And opened the life-gate that all may go in. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice; Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice; Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
Announcements September 3, 2017 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. - Ephesians 4:4-6 A Wonderful Sunday Last Sunday, August 27th, was a day of worship and fellowship opportunities.Our regular worship service was held, led by Rev. Dn. Melissa Eggers. It also was broadcast via live streaming on FaceBook. A number of our members attended the worship and picnic at Catawba Meadows in Morganton, joining members of Dulatown and Fairview churches.Rev. Harold Bennett and Rev. Edyth Pruitt led the worship.General Presbyter Bobbi White also attended.Later in the day we attended an ice cream social at United Presbyterian Church. Communion The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at the morning worship service this Sunday, September 3rd. Congregational Meeting September 10 The congregation will meet on September 10th, immediately following the morning worship service, to elect the nominating committee members.Later in the year the nominating committee will present nominations for elders. Firefighters’ Sunday School During the month of September members of the congregation will be Sunday School teachers at the two City of Lenoir fire stations. Scheduled to participate are Becky Stevens, Sonny Hines, Jim Graeber and Beverly Beal. Memorials Jeff McMillan, son of Penny, made a contribution to the church in memory of Fredel Thompson Reighard. A memorial contribution has also been received in memory of Helen Jeter Giduz, mother of Bob Giduz. Carala Lutz A friend of many in this congregation, Carala Lutz, passed from this life into the next on August 27, 2017.A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church of Lenoir.An on-line obituary can be found at the Greer-McElveen Funeral Home site: http://www.greermcelveenfuneralhome.com/Obituaries?sort=date&search_last=&search_first=&start=20. September Birthdays 1st: Maggie Sime Murray; 7th:Jane Haas; 12th:Ann Sime; 16th: Lucy McCarl; 23rd: Tom Haas.Did we miss anyone? Please let us know! Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance This message has been received from the Cam Murchison, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina: Many are inquiring about how Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is helping with response to the needs of communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. For those who wish to support PDA's emergency response and recovery efforts, gifts can be designated to DR000169-Harvey. We need your help. Please give generously.
If you prefer to mail a check, you may send it to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
PO Box 643700 Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700 You may also call PDA Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone. For updates, please go to pda.pcusa.org. We have not yet received word on when any volunteer response teams will be sent. When that information becomes available we will pass that information along to you. We know you will join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm. Grace and peace, Cam “Nance Dude” Local veteran actress Bobbie Curtis (a member of United Presbyterian Church in Lenoir) will bring to life the story of a Haywood County, N.C., woman who lived a hard but actual life of the mountains, “Nance Dude,” by Gary Carden, in two performances on the stage play at the Caldwell Heritage Museum in Lenoir on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, at 7:00 P.M.This drama is not suitable for children. Mrs. Curtis will portray Nancy Kerley, also known as “Nance Dude,” unfolding the strange and tragic story of her life as an outcast, born in 1848, dying at the age of 104. Bobbi Curtis is a veteran local performer of the stage. She regularly performs across the southeast U.S. at various venues, and locally as part of the foothills performing arts series of theater productions. SEATING IS LIMITED.You may go to the Caldwell Heritage Museum, 112 Vaiden St. in Lenoir, or call, 828 758-4004, for purchasing tickets.
Bible Study Resumes September 13th. After a brief hiatus, the Wednesday-night Bible study will resume on September 13th.Details will be forthcoming. A Parting Hymn
Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above.
We share our mutual woes, Our mutual burdens bear; And often for each other flows The sympathizing tear.
Announcements August 27, 2017 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 16: 24-25 This Sunday (8.27.17) This Sunday will be a busy and joyful day. Our congregation has been invited to have worship, a picnic meal and fellowship with Dulatown P.C., along with Fairview P.C. and United P.C. The gathering will be at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton at 11 A.M. At the same hour, our dear friend Rev. Deacon Melissa Eggers will be leading our worship in Lenoir, for those who are unable to attend in Morganton. The Old Testament lesson isExodus 3: 1-15, and the New Testament scripture is Matthew 16: 21-28. The sermon is entitled “Burning Bushes.” Later in the day we are invited to an ice cream social at United P.C. at 6 PM. If you can help provide ice cream, sandwiches or drinks contact Gwen Gibson at United Pres. If you can attend any of these gatherings, feel free to join us. Fishes and loaves will abound, so please don’t fret. We are thankful to God for making us a part of his Church, and part of a family of believers who can gather together to share His peace and good will.
Mrs. Helen Jeter Giduz We are saddened to learn of the death of Helen Jeter Giduz, mother of Bob Giduz and mother-in-law of Lee Carol, on Saturday, August 19th. We are informed that a funeral service for Mrs. Giduz will be held Monday, August 28th at 10 o'clock A.M. at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Smaller-Membership Church Forum The Presbytery of Western North Carolina and the Presbyterian Foundation presented an update forum for the smaller churches of the Presbytery on Tuesday August 22, at First Presbyterian Church of Morganton. Over 50 representatives of presbytery churches attended, including our Pastor Beth Ann, and Elders Becky Stevens, Sonny Hines and Beverly Beal. The presentation consisted of statistical data and discussion on denominational changes in membership, attendance, number of congregations and maintaining the faithfulness and relevance of the church in a rapidly changing world. The two main segments of the meeting were “Generosity & Stewardship Strategies & Techniques,” and “knowing Your Neighbor: To Whom & How Do You Reach Out.” Our Worship Service is on Facebook LIVE! Please visit our Facebook page, First Presbyterian Church Lenoir, NC, to view our worship service. Not only is it recorded, to view at any time, but it is broadcast through the Facebook page as a “live” program at 11 A.M. Also, please visit our website, http://fpclenoir.weebly.com/ . A Parting Hymn Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but Thou art mighty, Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand. Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more; Feed me till I want no more. By William Williams, pub. 1745
Announcements August 20, 2017 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Holy Bible, Matthew 5: 14-16, RSV
Live Streaming of the Worship Service (Tune in weekly at 11:00 or watch it again on our Facebook Page!) Last Sunday was a wonderful day for our mission of outreach.The morning worship service was on the air live through computer live streaming.Over 350 “views” of the service were registered on Facebook.Among those able to watch were Winni Harding and Joanne Triplette.We are grateful to church members Maggie Sime Murray and Ann Sime for devoting many hours to research and development of this asset.
Reminders for Sunday, August 27 PRESBYTERIAN PICNIC, AUGUST 27 Dulatown Presbyterian Church has invited us, along with United P.C. and Fairview P.C., to join together for worship, a meal and fellowship at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, on Sunday August 27, beginning with worship at 11 A.M.This is the second year for our church to participate in this activity.If any of our extended family would like join in, please bring a food item to share and come on! To accommodate our members and friends who are unable to attend the picnic in Morganton, our regular worship service will be held at 11 A.M. in our sanctuary at Zion U.C.C. ICE CREAM SOCIAL, AUGUST 27 ON THE SAME DAY, we also have an invitation to the annual ice cream social at United Presbyterian Church at 6 P.M.This is going to be a wonderful Sunday to see our friends and fellow “Presby’s.”Do not hesitate to come on and share the wonderful summertime ice cream treats (along with other non-dairy party food items) that will be provided.
Donation A donation to First Presbyterian has been made by an anonymous donor, to the glory of God and in memory of Jim McCarl.For all of God’s blessings we are grateful.
Wes Collins & Penny McMillan Our friend Wes Collins is currently at the Shaire Center on the Connelly Springs Road.Penny McMillan is also there as a resident.Please visit them if you can, and remember both of them in your prayers. A PARTING HYMN How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent word! What more can He say than to you He hath said-- To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled? “The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose, I will not, I will not, desert to his foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
Announcements August 13, 2017
Ephesians 4:1—3: “I therefore… beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
BIBLE STUDY The final weekly Bible Study in the current series on the Book of Ephesians will be this Wednesday (email for place of study).There will be a break after that, with plans to resume in the fall.Please join Rev. Beth Ann and the group for discussion and fellowship.Having the study guide is not mandatory.
PRESBYTERIAN PICNIC, AUGUST 27 Dulatown Presbyterian Church has invited us, along with United P.C. and Fairview P.C., to join together for worship, a meal and fellowship at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, onSunday August 27, beginning with worship at 11 A.M.This is the second year for our church to participate in this mutual activity.If any of our extended family would like join in, please bring a food item to share and come on!
ICE CREAM SOCIAL, AUGUST 27! ON THE SAME DAY, we also have an invitation to the annual ice cream social at United Presbyterian Church, at 6 P.M.This is going to be a wonderful Sunday to see our friends and fellow “Presby’s.”Do not hesitate to come on and share the wonderful summertime ice cream treats (along with other non-dairy party food items) that will be provided.
FREDEL THOMPSON REIGHARD Fredel Thompson Reighard, a friend of many of our members and extended church family, passed away on August 4th.She was the wife of Patton Breon (Pat) Reighard.They resided in Blowing Rock.She was born March 14, 1948, in Durham, NC, the first child of Frederick Arrowood Thompson, Jr. and Freda Miller Thompson. Fredel was later joined by three siblings: Fredda, Frederick, and Franklin, all of whom grew up in Lenoir, NC. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Belleview Cemetery, Finley Ave NW in Lenoir. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity. Source:http://www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1993874
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. Refrain: It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul.
But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord! Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul! (Refrain)
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, Even so, it is well with my soul. (Refrain) Horatio G. Spafford
JEAN BERNHARDT WILL BE 99 Our friend Mrs. Jean Bernhardt will celebrate her 99th birthday on August 6. Her children have suggested that anyone wishing to honor her make a contribution to the Jean Bernhardt scholarship of the Community Music Club, c/o Carol Frye, Treasurer, 1009 Frosty Lane NE, Lenoir, NC 28645.
CONGREGATION AUGUST BIRTHDAYS Nancy Scroggs (20th), Ginny Herman (26th), Jim Harper (27th). We also remember with fondness dear friends Lorraine Beall (28th) and Agnes Scroggs (30th). Please let us know if we missed anyone.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY Our next Wednesday Bible Study will be August 2nd, at 6:30 P.M., Rev. Beth will continue leading our studies on the book “Practice Resurrection,” by Eugene Peterson. Please plan to join us as we continue our work in creating our church’s Christian Education program. Feel free to join us.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL!! United Presbyterian Church has sent this invitation to us: Please join us on Sunday August 27th for the Lenoir [churches] Presbyterian Ice Cream Social. We have invited members from Dulatown, Fairview, First, and Oakwood to fellowship with us at 6:00 pm. Please contact Ruth Kincaid or Gwen Gibson if you can make Ice Cream or bring refreshments.
A THANK YOU NOTE FROM CAMERON SCROGGS (The church recently provided a grant to Cameron Scroggs to aid her in the costs of her college education at ASU. Cameron is the daughter of Nancy Scroggs and granddaughter of Cecil and Agnes Scroggs. We have received this note from Cameron:)
Dear First Presbyterian Church Family, I would just like to thank each of you for the many years of love, support, and prayers I have received; and to express by utmost gratitude for the financial help as I begin at Appalachian State next month. I know most of you loved my grandmother so dearly, and I thank you all for loving me the same. I consider myself blessed to have you all as friends and family. Thanks again. Love always, Cameron Scroggs.
SONNY HINES WILL SPEAK ON LOCAL HAWK MIGRATIONS Church member Leslie (Sonny) Hines, along with Bob Holland, will speak on local Hawk Migration, at the next “Coffee with the Curator,” on Wednesday, August 9th, at 10:00 A.M. at the Caldwell Heritage Museum located at 112 Vaiden St., on Davenport Hill, in downtown Lenoir. The presentation will blend aspects of Raptor Migration from both the national and local perspectives. The emphasis will be on hawk migration as well as other members of the raptor family, eagles and ospreys, that soar over Lenoir. Mr. Hines and Mr. Holland are members of a dedicated group of amateur bird watchers in Caldwell County. Their observation of bird migrations in Caldwell County has included a counting project under the auspices of the Hawk Migration Association of North America, beginning in 2008, and also recreational counts since 1966. In 2008 Parkway Bank provided the organization a site on the hill beside their bank offices on Wilkesboro Blvd, where the group has gathered every day during Septembers to observe raptors flying down the Brushy Mountains to the terminus at Hibriten Mountain, thence heading toward the South Mountains or over toward Table rock. This year will mark the tenth year of observation from that site, at what is now Capital Bank. The presentation is open to the public.
A PARTING HYMN All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful; The Lord God made them all.
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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.