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July 4 |  Church Offices Closed

2017 Surplus Application

  In 2017, due to the generosity of covenant partners in supporting the ministries of the Church, we were blessed with a substantial operating surplus. The Church ended the year with a ministry operating surplus of $166,000.

Session has approved a plan to put the operating surplus to a variety of purposes. The Missions Committee has been in discernment for several months on how we can bless others through the surplus. It developed a set of criteria and goals and prayerfully determined the following recipients of gifts from the Church:

  • Haiti Outreach Ministries ($10,000) for the building of new high school.
  • Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministry ($5,000) to help launch a retreat experience for ex-offenders with professionally-trained staff and counseling where they can share struggles of reintegrating into society and experience healing and restoration.
  • City with Dwellings ($10,000) works to end the crisis of homelessness in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Funding needed for year-round programming and purchase of resources, such as classroom furnishings, smart board, art tables and chairs, as well as chrome books to facilitate check-in at the overflow shelter sites.
  • GIDE (Guiding Institute for Developmental Education) ($10,000) Cleveland Avenue site. GIDE's mission is "to enhance the education and life-long learning for underserved youth and their families" through a summer enrichment program, after-school tutoring, field trips, and parent education. Many Cook students live in this housing project.
  • Winston-Salem Street School ($15,000) for scholarships and supplementary funding for new executive director.

In addition, the Session approved $10,000 for one-time special awards for the Church staff, in recognition of their faithful service during an eventful year.

The remainder of the surplus has been applied to the Church's maintenance reserve, in anticipation of replacing the roof of the Worship Center. The roof, which is now almost 15 years old, has had a series of leaks, and we have been advised by several experts that a replacement is our most prudent course.
We are thankful for God's provision, so that we might bless others and build God's kingdom through the ministries of First Presbyterian.
Staff News 

From Sharon Spencer

To my wonderful 1st Pres Family: Thank you all for an amazing celebration on June 24th and for all of the kind words, cards, pictures and gifts! I truly felt honored.
To those of you that volunteer in Children's Ministry: Thank you for allowing me to serve with you. No matter what your role might be,...What you do matters! You are a real blessing to so many in so many ways.

To the children and now young adults: It has truly been a ton of fun watching you grow and mature into the special person that God made! Thank you for making me feel special as well by sharing your lives with me. I will miss being with you on Sundays and Wednesdays and hearing all about your lives. Things like: soccer, basketball and baseball games - whether you won or lost; showing me the boards you broke at Taekwondo; swim meets and dance recitals; loose teeth and missing teeth; new puppies you are excited about and pets that you miss; school, tests, homework, EOG's, plays and snow days; vacations at the Great Wolf Lodge (I really do need to go there), Disney, the mountains and the beach; the great debate over which is better: birthday doughnuts or cupcakes; creek hopping in the rain at Montreat; and of course your LOVE OF JESUS and your serving hearts.

You are my God Sighting!
With much love,
Ms. Sharon

Amber Bryant |  Director of Children's Ministry (Elem)

Amber Bryant has joined 1st Pres Staff as the new Director of Children's Ministry (Elementary)!

I was born and raised right here in Winston-Salem, N.C. I graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a degree in English and have spent the last 13 years teaching high school English and journalism at Reagan High School. I am married to Daniel, who works as an assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. We have two little boys, four-year-old Speer and one-year-old Sullivan. We joined First Presbyterian in February 2009 and have loved being part of this extraordinary faith family.

Working with children has long been a passion of mine, beginning with working in children's ministry at my home church when I was in middle school. Along the way, I "nannied" for several summers, coached youth league cheerleading, taught preschool and elementary dance classes, and volunteered in children's ministry whenever I could. From the Angel Breakfast to VBS, serving in children's ministry at First Pres has brought me nothing but joy. I am so excited for the opportunity to begin this new chapter, and I look forward to serving alongside you and your families!
Summer Interns

We are excited to have three interns on staff this summer!

Rebecca Wilhemhi | Youth Ministry Intern
Hi! I'm Rebecca Wilhelmi and this summer I am so excited to be serving as a Youth Summer Intern. I grew up going to First Presbyterian Church, and I have just completed my freshman year at Furman University where I am studying Applied Mathematics.  

Alec Forsyth | Youth Ministry Intern

Pumped to be here at First Pres working with the youth helping them to build community and cultivate their faith! I'm from Seattle and living here with my brother and sister for the summer. Currently pursuing my MEd in School Counseling at Seattle Pacific University and want to work at the middle or high school level. I have a love for good music, almost any sport, and trying to keep up on funny memes/YouTube videos so I can communicate with youth! Happy to be here and go Mariners!!

William Edwards | Worship Arts
My name is William Edwards, I am a rising senior at East Carolina University and I study Vocal Performance. A fun fact is that I am a pastor's kid!
Upcoming in Worship & Sunday School

Sunday, July 8
Life of David | Lamenting Death
Denial and distraction are the most common ways contemporary culture tries to deal with death, but this is a great contrast to how David dealt with it when his best friend Jonathan and his chief rival Saul died. A close look at the biblical record reveals that he was brokenhearted, and he mourned, wept, and fasted. What does it mean to lament death, and how can we learn from this story in Scripture about healthy ways we can deal with death in more redemptive ways?

Short Term Sunday School Class through  July 29
Sundays at 10am | Fellowship Hall
If you are interested in purchasing the Gospel Fluency Handbook, it is available to order from Amazon ( link here) or contact Tim or  Kendra   Norton. 
Check out more about Gospel Fluency here.

Justice in Jesus Sunday School | Room A-217
class will be reading White Awake by Daniel Hill (InterVarsity Press) for the summer months of June, July, and August.  Anyone is invited to join us as we read this book together and discuss!  We see this is an excellent opportunity to learn about how we as Christians can be good stewards of our privilege, material gifts, and opportunities to seek justice and equity for all of God's people.  We would love to have you join our discussion as we learn  and grow together. 

Summer Practice: REST. As a church, we've been focusing on one spiritual practice (discipline, habit) for a couple of months. This summer, we are focusing on rest. Ways to intentionally engage in rest, with the Lord, are in booklets available in the book shelf/cart by each welcome desk. It is also available online .
Elementary Sunday School is combined for Summer!
K-3rd grade will meet in Room A-311
4th & 5th Grade boys and girls will meet in Room A-307 
Claren and Drew Nunn on the birth of their son, Miles on May 22. 
Kathy and Bo Brookby on the birth of their grandson, Hank born on May 31.

July 2 | Eva Simpson, Kim Teeter, Allison Sytz, Ryan Krouskop, Calen Butler, Elisa Policastri
July 3 | Daniel Stewart, Caitlin MacGregor, Buster Spencer, Hannah Rice, Thatcher Mehaffey
July 4 | Sallie White, Emily Troxell
July 5 | Terry Johnson, Jay Wilhelmi, Taylor Gress, Grant Whalen, John Gregory, Salem Hunter, Ric Leinbach
July 6 | Kathleen Stimely, Heather Moore, Bill Ward, Mary Lee Douglas, Thierry Amar, Emma Stinson, Susan Swab, Lauren Gandhi, Robin McGuirt
July 7 | Cornelia Hauhuth, Emily Quesnel, Callie Brown, Sandra Kochy, Peggy Lantz, Christina Long
July 8 | 

July 9 | Parker Gaillard, Turner Bowman, Amy Carlan, Nancy Colvin, Ann Piehl, Margaret Wray, Jessica Fields
July 10 | Conrad Graham, Alexander Smith, Debbie Pandorf
July 11 | Katie Berube, Turner Mitchell, C.G. Cooper, Jamie Rorrer, Ever Cooke
July 12 | Seth LeGrande, Debbie Sizemore, Ethan Yoder, Will Parsley, Lily White, Brittany Aves
July 13 | Tate Rice, Catherine Parks, April Dillard, Brett Eaton, Chris Taylor, Susan Landrum, Amy Yates, Marcie Hayek
July 14 | Dinah McCotter, Arlyn Gurley, Laura Davis, Jack Davis, Jay Baughan, Tony Atala, Johnson Waterer
July 15 | Hayden Head, Gray Gordon, Rachel Halsey, Tim Gardner, Katie Perks
Our condolences to...

Lanny Lanford and family on the passing of his brother and sister-in-law.
the family of Margaret Weston, she passed away on June 12.  
Scott Wray and family on the passing of Scott's father on June 14.
Rovena Dede and family on the passing of Rovena's father on June 20.
Free Summer Family Movies
Invite your friends and join us for free movies & free popcorn!

Peter Rabbit showing on July 17 | 1pm | Worship Center
Doug's 1st Movie showing on August 7 | 1pm | Worship Center
*Children must be accompanied by an adult
Global Leadership Summit | August 9 & 10
Hosted by First Pres | Held on Wake Forest campus
Take advantage of world class leadership training with the Global Leadership Summit August 9-10 right here in Winston-Salem.  This live simulcast event is hosted by First Presbyterian and held on the campus of Wake Forest University.  See the complete list of speakers and register here.  Use Priority Code 18HSFAMILY for discounted pricing.  Contact Mike Horne for questions or more information.  .
Save the date |  Youth Choir (6th-12th Grade)
Sunday nights starting September 9th 
*Will not conflict with MOVE groups
Photo Makeup Session Coming!
If you missed the last directory photo session  or would like to re-take your photo,  Lifetouch photographers will be here
Friday, July 13 | 2-9pm &
Saturday, July 14 | 10am-5pm
Sign up here or contact Kelly Kenion, 336-723-1621 x222
  Summer College Christian Fellowship
Every Wednesday | 7:30pm
  Calling all college students who are seeking a group this summer to grow in their faith, to engage in meaningful fellowship, and to be equipped and empowered to live on mission. We will meet every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the Norton household for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. All are welcome and encouraged to join!  Please contact  Kendra Norton   for location details and further information.
Summer Women's Bible Study | The Armor of God
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am |  June 12-August 7 
(except June 26 & July 10)
@ Merry Barber's home
  All women are welcomed and encouraged to participate! There will be no childcare provided. RSVP to Merry 336-722-2409
All Church Retreat | September 28-30, 2018
Montreat, NC
Speakers: Gordon and Gail MacDonald
Get all the details here!
Support the Congregation of New Gospel 
Tabernacle Holiness Church
In a recent edition of the Winston-Salem Journal, we learned of a fire that destroyed the New Gospel Tabernacle Holiness Church in Winston-Salem. The pastors of 1st Pres have been in contact with the church and community leaders about how to support this congregation. If you are interested in financially supporting this congregation as they get back on their feet, please visit your nearest SunTrust Bank branch to make a direct donation to the church.
Gift for the month | July is peanut butter
You may leave in collection bins at Welcome Centers.
  Business 40 Improvements
Stay in the know with the Business 40 construction process.
Visit the NCDOT website, linked here.
Check out the church calendar, linked here!

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