Lenten Luncheons, we continue our gatherings of the community to prepare for Easter. Each Wednesday at noon until Easter. Bring a bag lunch and come to hear various pastors and friends of the community share a devotion at 12:30 each day. We will adjourn promptly at 12:45. Come and bring your friends for a blessed time!
Here is the schedule for March.
March 7 Rev. Bill Wilkins—Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
March 14 Rev. Wayne Rickman —Main Street Methodist Church
March 21 Rev. Bob Ballance —First Baptist Church
March 28 Rev. Russell Lee, Jr.—First Presbyterian Church
On Palm Sunday, March 25, we will gather at the old clinic on North Main Street with other churches for our traditional Palm Sunday Processional. We remember the day when Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the people shouted Hosanna to the King! It was just a few days before his arrest and crucifixion. Plan to be there at 10 am for fellowship and worship. We will begin the Processional at 10:20 am there, then process down the street waving palm branches and singing Palm Sunday Hymns till we get to 2nd and North Main, where we will pause for a brief prayer and benediction. Someone make sure to get a First Pres church banner to carry in the march.
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.
Christmas Eve falls on Sunday, so we will have two worship gatherings on that day. In the morning, we will combine both services at 10am, and have a special time of blessing and caroling as we worship our Lord celebrating his birth, the manger, the angels, and his family as he arrived in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
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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