March 4-10
Daylight Savings Ends March 10 | Set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night!
Strangers in a Strange Land
The Church in an Age of Exile
The buds on the trees and lengthening days remind us that spring is just around the corner! And with spring comes the penitential season in the church calendar called Lent, a significant moment in the life of the church that prepares us for the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.
Lent begins this Wednesday, March 6, with an Ash Wednesday service in the sanctuary at 6:3 0pm.
 
This Lent, the worshipping community at First Pres will grapple with the concept of exile: the experience of being displaced from what is familiar, and plunged instead into an experience of feeling unsettled, uncomfortable, out of place, or even far from God. This type of experience might sound familiar. Too often, it seems, we face seasons of unrest and displacement in our own lives. In that experience of wandering and unrest we are not alone. Scripture highlights God's people's experience of exile most dramatically in the stories of Israel’s 40-year wilderness wanderings, and Israel’s captivity in Babylon.
 
Increasingly, it seems that the cultural moment in which the American church finds itself is one of exile. The familiar, comfortable existence within American culture that the church may have previously experienced has been stripped away. All around us are currents that draw us toward a life embedded in the culture of modern-day “Babylon” - a hostile culture that embraces greed rather than generosity; performance rather than humility; influence and power rather than hospitality. This Lent, we will consider how our own experiences of exile can be used by God to form us deeply in the patterns of His Kingdom rather than the patterns of “Babylon.” And exile, as we will discover, may not be something we should try to escape from; rather, like God’s people before us, we are beckoned to settle in, and embrace exile as a spiritual discipline through which God can refine His church as faithful followers of Jesus. 
 
Consider joining one of our short-term small groups, designed to engage deeply with Scripture and with each other as we examine exile through the lens of our current context. And join us also for worship each Sunday as we seek to find our home first and most profoundly with God. 
Goals Established for a Revised Building Program | February 2019
Session approved a new set of goals for a revised building program in its February Meeting.

Please click here to read more about this Facility Master Plan update.
Men's Retreat
March 22-23, 2019 Laurel Ridge, NC
This year's speaker will be Andy Hamer , pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church and former staff member of First Pres. Andy has shared a video that gives a glimpse into what we will get into.   Watch the video
 For more retreat details: click here .
Staff News-Temporary Youth Ministry Administrator
Welcome Chanice Withers!
We are thrilled to welcome Chanice Withers as our Temporary Youth Ministry Administrator while we conduct a broader search to fill the permanent position. Chanice is a Winston Salem native and is currently part of the Fellows program. Please join us in celebrating her arrival!
Honor or Remember a loved one at Easter
Honor or remember a loved one at Easter by purchasing an Easter lily or by making a donation to City with Dwellings .  Order forms can be found at Welcome Centers.
Worship & Sunday School
Ash Wednesday Service | March 6 6:30pm, Sanctuary
Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6 in the Sanctuary at 6:30pm. There will be an optional Wed night dinner at 5:15.
There will be no Wednesday Night Programming
Childcare provided for birth-preK.
Wednesday Night Live
March 6 | No 6:30pm Programming, Ash Wed Service at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary
5:15pm Wed Night Dinner
Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad bar, dessert | Children: hot dogs, tater tots

 For details about the schedule, special dates (like breaks, Ash Wednesday, etc), program locations and to rsvp for dinner, click here.
First Pres Community
We are hiring! Part-time, Youth Ministry Administrator
The youth ministry is looking for a part-time (30/hours a week) administrator. This position would involve assisting in communications to staff, volunteers, and students and assisting the youth staff in logistical planning for upcoming programs and events . Click here for more info. Contact Davin Thomsen Tang with questions.
Want to make First Pres your church home?
Our upcoming Covenant Partner class is on Sundays, March 3-24 at 10am in A-215. Register with Amy Carlan, 336-723-1621 x228

Congratulations!
-to Susannah and David Satterwhite on the birth of their daughter, Eloise Anne on February 7.
-to Marie and Michael Gendy on the birth of their grandson, Everette Micah Ford on February 21. 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
March 4 | Robyn Witt, Jonathan Allen, Sarah Showalter, Scottie Bing
Susan Orgain
March 5 | Joe Logan, Cam Brenegar, Steve Lineberger, Katie Brown, Noah Dexter, Emily Allen, Kathan Gandhi, Lily Quinlivan
March 6 | Caleb Masters, Jax Berube, Dawn Calhoun
March 7 | Jody Puckett, Lana Howard, Ivey O'Neal, Dee Morton, Melinda Potts
March 8 | Ellyn Quesnel, Alex Howell, Heath Greene, Reagan Gregory
March 9 | Cherie McLeod, Collier Sloan
March 10 | Will Hunter Hudson Weaver, Olivia Warren

March 11 | Lucy Mehaffey, Tom Moore, Bradley Morton, Harold Brown
March 12 | Jeremia Siahaan, Annalyn Woody
March 13 | Martha Hartgrove, Robbie Powers, Hollis Daniel, Beverly Davis, Jada Welch
March 14 | Mike Ford, Martha Lowry, Adam Parks, Mason Winter, Wyatt Evans, Jean Munn
March 15 | Duncan Meyer, Chad Huskey, Avery Marlowe-Rogers, Allysen Mahaffey, Jordan Burleson, Lauren Sytz, Grace West, Joyce Comerford, Trey Craig, Stuart Chamberlin, Ebie Schutt
March 16 | Daisie Stewart, Kim Powers, Charles Paul, Earl Welch, Katherine Atala, Phil Payne, Cole Pollock, Thomas Boone
March 17 | Maddie Tise, Rick McBride, Julie Groves, Ginny Hunter, Hardt Bing
Our Condolences
To the Gatlin family on the passing of Nancy Gatlin on February 20.
Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra Spring Tour 2019
Monday, March 11 at 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, Worship Center
Playing the momentous Beethoven's 5th Symphony and other works such as Respighi's Foundations of Rome, Misook Kim's The Awakening & Michael Abels' Urban Legends
Summer Intern Cohort
The Summer Intern Cohort is a 10-week holistic ministry experience for college or grad students.
Day Apart Retreat | April 6 at First Pres
(Lent 2019) | 9:30am-3:30pm
Has the idea of settling down in solitude, creating space to be with the Lord, been whispering to you?  
Contact Amy Carlan to register.
Programming
Sundaes on Friday (4th & 5th Graders) | March 8 at 6:30-8pm | Meet in B-100
4 th and 5 th grade students are invited to Sundaes on Friday on March 8 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Meet in B-100 for a fun evening of crafts, games, and ice cream sundaes. Please RSVP to Amber Bryant by Wednesday, March 6. 
High School DR Trip | June 16-20
Registration Open January 27-March 6
We'll be visiting our mission partners at Mission Emmanuel in Cielo, Dominican Republic.
Middle School Great Escape
July 26-30
Registration Open January 27-March 6 Middle Schoolers! Join us as we go down to Camp Southwind in Ocklawaha, Florida.
Prime Timers | Monday, March 18 at 12pm
Our speaker will be Molly Rawls, photo archivist for the WSFC Public Library. Come and enjoy a delightful and informative talk and a delicious meal. Crisis Control, Gift of the Month is toilet tissue. RSVP to 336-723-1621 x221
Holy Week Workshop & Dinner
Sunday, April 7 | 5-6pm | Fellowship Hall
At the workshop, we’ll make interactive Resurrection Gardens that will help you engage with the Story each day at home. We will also have other interactive activities designed to share the love of Jesus, a short time of celebrating together, and dinner. For more details, click here . RSVP to Melinda Mille r by April 1.
Missional Partnerships
Overflow Shelter
We need you! We have open slots for the season. Sign up for a volunteer slot at the Overflow Shelter!
Blog: Five things to know about our neighbors experiencing homelessness
As shelter season continues to unfold, we are seeing more and more of our neighbors experiencing homelessness around our church campus. In this helpful blog, Josiah Haken of New York City Relief reminds Christians of 5 Things to Know About Our Neighbors Experiencing Homelessness. 
Volunteers needed to help with refugee children
We have a critical need for volunteers to care for adorable refugee children at the Diamondback Ridge apartments complex on Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30 while their parents participate in English class. For more information contact Janet Ray.
Gift of the Month
March is toilet tissue

Collection bins are available in
Welcome Centers
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First Presbyterian Church
300 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336-723-1621
Office Hours | Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm