The new memorial garden, which will include a columbarium and veteran’s memorial next to the church, will begin construction during the week of June 25.These are an integral part of the Master Plan, adopted some years ago. Now that the playground has been moved to North Property, gutters have been routed to underground drains, construction can begin on the project itself. The first step will be in the area next to the sidewalk, please observe the barriers during construction for safety. For information about the details and progress, contact Elder Mike Koch or Sam Lewis.
The Summer Mission Trip is set for the week of July 8-14! Again, we are working with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) in Richwood, WV, to help with recovery from the flooding in 2016. We will be housed in a former parsonage that was renovated for this purpose. The cost of $100 per person covers housing, materials, and meals for the week. (Please plan for your own NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY – We need “Willing Helpers!” If you are interested in joining the team, or need more information, contact Kim Albert, email@example.com or 434-579-5011, or Russell.Approximately 15 First Folks and friends will travel to West Virginia to continue flood recovery work from the summer of 2016. We are excited to work again with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), with whom we served in Richwood, WV, in July of 2017. Not only were we provided with plenty of work to do, but the strong faith-based structure of their disaster response administration and work ethic provided an uplifting and immensely rewarding volunteer experience for our team. So much so, that a small group returned for a few days in September to complete a project, and the entire group unanimously requested that we return there if possible.
As with every mission trip we won’t know until each day begins exactly where we will be and what kind of work we will do. We go on faith and trust that God will match our skills with the needs, and between us and the Methodists we will come up with the tools and materials to do what needs to be done!
James 2:17 says, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” But the mission team has also found that Action by itself, if it is not accompanied by faith, is empty. Please pray for the team and the mission, that the action AND the faith will be present as we work to be the hands and feet of God in West Virginia.
Here is the link to show you how to put together a Resurrection Garden for the church and for your home. Now is the time to plant that garden, along with seeds of hope and prayer for spiritual growth for us and thereby continued growth of the church.
Every six months we focus on one missionary family and their needs with additional financial and prayer support through our “above and beyond the budget” special gifts. This fall our focus is on Matthew and Teresa Lee with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Cameroon. Our objective is to raise $2,000.00 during October/November. One potential project they have identified is support to help fund the work of the young man below that Matthew is training. So far we have raised just over $1000.
Matthew’s department was recently able to hire Louis Pascal, a Cameroonian, to work with him in Language Technology. As the Lee’s look toward their next furlough, Matthew is training Louis Pascal to help bridge the gap while Matthew and Teresa are home, and to free them to do additional translation work. Over the past few months Louis Pascal has been helping Matthew translate training materials into French, doing research, and helping to facilitate workshops. Louis Pascal already plays a major and rewarding part in bringing the Bible to the people of Cameroon. Currently Louis Pascal’s project is currently funded at 60%. It is used to pay Louis Pascal’s salary and provide for his materials, travel, and training. Would you consider helping to support Language Technology (and Matthew) for this special project?
Make your gifts payable to First Presbyterian Church. Mark them for Wycliffe. We will forward all the funds that are raised at the end of November. Contact Art Carter if you have any questions.
The Ladies’ Circle will meet Tuesday at 10:30 AM in the Philathea Room.
Our studies this year will be taken from the book “Attitude Is Your Paintbrush, It colors every Situation” by James W. Moore. We will cover such subjects as, The Attitude of Gratitude, The Attitude of Compassion, and many other aspects that make up our lives. Eloise Wilder will be the leader. All ladies are encouraged to attend for a time of “study and fellowship”.
New Plans for First Pres Youth!
Just a few days ago the session, as a further investment in our Year of the Child emphasis, voted to hire LeeAnne Pulliam as our new youth coordinator. We are planning now for twice a month meetings with middle and high school youth, and once a month for the younger kids. Each month we are also looking at a service or fun event for all.
LeeAnne is a young adult with a combination of skills and faith. She is an active member of her church in Roxboro, NC, married to a race car driver, and is a physical therapist by trade. She says she is “diligent in communication, thrives in creativity, and always gives 200%!” She is now a professional photographer, and was a cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers football team, so we are praying for God to use all of her background and organizational skill to make wonderful things happen here.
Look for her contact, as groundwork begins immediately for a strong and hopeful ministry. You will be blessed as soon as you meet her.
The session, on recommendation of Christian Education committee, approved purchase of new playground equipment for a north property playground near the new picnic shelter. The cost will be about $7500. This may be the lasting legacy you want to give to the church, so if you would like to contribute towards that project, mark your gifts appropriately or ask a session member about it.
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May God bless us all and keep us safe
as we continue to be the church in all kinds of weather!
Sermon: “He Descended into hell”
Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:15-20; 2 Peter 3:18-21
Sermon: “The Third Day He Rose again from the Dead”
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
Sermon: “He Ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty”
Scriptures: Peter 3:22; Mark 16:15-20
Sermon: “From thence He will come to judge the quick and the dead.”
Scriptures: 2 Timothy 4:1-8; John 5:19-27
Sermon: “I believe in the Holy Ghost”
Scriptures: John 15:26-27; John 16:12:15
Sermon: “The Holy Catholic Church”
Scriptures: Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Cor. 4:14-21
Sermon: “The communion of saints”
Scriptures: Rev. 19:6-15; Hebrews 10:19-25
Sermon: “The forgiveness of sins”
Scriptures: Luke 7:44-50; 1 John 1:5-10
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