As we follow Jesus Christ we seek to grow both individually and communally as believers. We gather for prayer and study, service and fellowship. New groups are being formed. So let us know if you have an idea for a group of gathered disciples.
The hustle and bustle is upon us. The crazy busy holiday season has begun. Amid all the fun and festivity, we sometimes get a little overwhelmed and forget the meaning of it all. We sometimes lose Advent in the rush toward Christmas. You are invited to pause and refocus. Take some time to remember God’s presence and to listen to God’s voice in your life.
The themes of Advent are all about getting ready for God – waiting, watching, anticipating, preparing, paying attention, making room in your life and in the world. Sometimes that means slowing down. That’s hard to do this time of year. In worship this month we will light our candles and explore themes of hope, peace, joy and love. We will anticipate the coming of Christ, and we will open our hearts to God’s presence.
You are invited to come along on the journey, and to invite a friend or neighbor to any of our worship services or programs. Think about someone who might enjoy a community connection, or someone who might need to experience the light of Christ this season. Extend an invitation to worship or to any of our programs.
I know for some people the holiday season is stressful. If you are facing a challenge and need some support, please give me a call. I can come for a visit, or just a phone call. This season is full of emotion – some wonderful and affirming, some overwhelming and difficult. Sometimes it helps just to know someone is praying for you. If you need a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on, give me a call, or reach out to someone else in the church. If you notice someone around you in need of help, show them you care and offer their name to God in prayer.
My prayer this season is that all of you may be ready for God’s miraculous movement in your life. May you be blessed this season with the knowledge of the presence of God. May you be filled with hope and peace. May you bask in the joy of God’s love and light. May you find God’s greatest gift of grace, and may you share it with others with power and promise.
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
Join us for our PACKING PARTY, Saturday, November 11th; 9:00 AM – 11:00AM or until all boxes are packed. This is a fun way to make a difference. Items will be sorted and ready for you to choose. Boxes will be available. You will choose an age range and boy or girl, and then move around the tables adding items until your box is full. Last year we packed and sent over a hundred boxes.
If the packing party isn’t for you, you are welcome to pack your own box and bring it to the church by collection Sunday: November 12th.
Presbyterian Youth Fellowship would like to invite the congregation, family, friends, and neighbors to brunch on Sunday, November 19th. A wide variety of delicious breakfast food will be served following the 9:00 AM worship service (roughly 10AM-11AM). There is no set cost, but donations will be accepted to support the 2019 summer mission trip.
Welcome to autumn and the magnificence of God’s beauty reflected with the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. As the seasons change we reflect on the Harvest. The Thanksgiving of ALL blessings God gives us unconditionally every day. We do serve a mighty God.
The choir has begun rehearsing the Christmas Cantata ‘Comfort and Joy.’ What a blessing to experience the Joy on the faces of the singers as they work to perfect each piece. The choir will present ‘Comfort and Joy’ to the congregation on Sunday December 17, 2017. This is a blessing you will not want to miss.
A prayer request from the music department comes with the need for more bell ringers to join the Bell Choir. Currently there are 10 individuals committed to the group but we truly need 6 to 8 more individuals to complete the ringing of the 3 full octaves of bells available. The Bell Choir currently is meeting on Wednesday Evenings from 6:15 to 7:00. If you are interested please join us and give it a try.
Love In Christ—Dean Faulk – Minister of Music
Hello ladies of the church! Here are some reminders of happenings and new dates to add to your calendar. Please join us for Fellowship Ladies Night on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM. We will be having soup and soup is provided, (Taco and Potato Soups). Please bring a side dish to go with soup and or a dessert. We will have a guest speaker from Harvesters. Bring a non-perishable item for donation. Please come and enjoy great fellowship and super soup!
Ladies, mark your calendar for our annual Christmas Luncheon, Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. It will be potluck so bring a dish. Watch for other information which will be forth coming. We will do the annual “White Elephant Gift Exchange”. So mark this as a way to kick of the holidays with great food and women fellowship!
Mitten Tree November 5th – 26th Start collecting hats, gloves, and scarves to give to area children.
Hope to see everyone on November 2, 2017 and December 2, 2017!
Women’s Fellowship Group had “another successful meeting”. We will be attending the Ladies Night, November 2, 2017, so will not meet Wednesday, November 1, 2017. In December we will join the Women of the Church for The Annual Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, December 2 at 12:00 PM. We plan to reconvene Women’s Fellowship Group in March!
Hello to Everyone!! Well Christmas is just around the corner. It is truly the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. It is the time for reflection and building memories with Family and Friends. Most importantly it is the time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Starting Wednesday October 11th the choir will begin working on the Christmas Cantata ‘Comfort and Joy’. If you would like to sing with the choir and just sing the Cantata please feel free to join us. Rehearsals will be from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Comfort and Joy will be performed on Sunday December 17th. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, building new relationships, and just have a great time.
Blessings to All, Dean Faulk
–Make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing……Psalm 98:5 NIV
Women’s Bible Study and Fellowship are on Thursday nights 7:00 PM. We are studying “More Than Enough” How Jesus Meets Our Deepest Needs.
Our annual Ladies Night is fast approaching. It will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. It will be a soup supper, with soup being provided. Bring a side dish, (sandwiches, crackers, etc.) and or dessert. Harvesters will be there for a presentation. We ask for food donations of non-perishable food items. Please join us for an evening of Christian Fellowship!
Women’s Fellowship Group will meet Wednesday October 4th, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Peggy Beach will provide both devotions and refreshments. The meeting is open to all women of our congregation. We will meet in Fellowship Hall. Pat Rankin has completed 9 additional bags for Safe home. They have been delivered along with 2 additional boxes to Safe home.
Join us on Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 PM for a blessing of the animals celebration. We will meet on the lawn (or in fellowship hall if weather requires a move.) Creatures of all kinds are welcome. Pictures may be brought for larger animals if you wish. Please bring animals on leashes, cages or otherwise contained. After a brief ceremony and prayer for all God’s creatures, individual animals and their families may receive a blessing with Pastor Kimby. Invite your friends and come along. This celebration is open to the community.