February 8, 2018
Ash Wednesday
"You are dust, and to dust you shall return" (Gen.3:19)
At 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14th, we will begin our observance of the season of Lent with our annual Ash Wednesday Service.  In accordance with our usual pattern, we will gather first in Davis Hall for our fellowship meal at 6:00 p.m.  After supper, we will move up to the sanctuary for the service.  There, through confession of sin and the imposition of ashes, we will corporately acknowledge the brokenness in our lives and our need for God's grace.  As Lent begins, we hope you will join with us as we walk together the honest but hopeful road that leads to Easter.   
Menu:  spaghetti, salad, fruit, dessert.
Tuesday Lunch Bunch
On February 27th, Lunch Bunch welcomes Susan Dulmage who will share reflections of a Beekeeper as well as the many products that she makes with honey.  Please remember to make your lunch reservations by Monday, February 26th.
What is PW?
The group calling themselves Presbyterian Women is not just all of the females that attend worship at First Presbyterian Church.   This is a structured  arrangement for women of all ages to participate as much or as little as they would like in various opportunities for fellowship and/or service projects. There are many ways to do so.
    Circles meet monthly . While there is a procedure to "join" a  circle each year, women can certainly decide to visit any  of the 4 circles at any of the monthly meetings. Guests are  warmly welcomed. There is a lesson food, and  friendship to be found at these meetings,  as well as  many various service projects going on throughout  the  year. Some examples of circle activities include taking meals to the mothers and children at the MAC House, food drives for CCM, or meeting the needs of women at CVAN or the Opportunity House.
    The leadership team of the PW  also  coordinates committees to help with special transportation, the backpack program, serving meals at the night shelter, or visiting our special VIPs through our PW Care Team.

   Lastly, the PW host several events during the year, such as Spiced Sunday in the fall, or the Joy Offering Dinner in the winter, or the Spiritual Nurture Event in the spring.  All women at First Presbyterian are invited to any of these events.

   This spring, please consider joining us in any  or all of the activities of the Presbyterian Women. It is a great way to truly get to know other women in our church family better.  You will be glad you did!! 
 Carol Hovey, PW Moderator
Recommendations for Church Officers
The congregation is invited to make recommendations of church members to serve a 3-year term on the Session or the Board of Deacons beginning in June 2018.
   For Board of Deacons candidates, think of members who have gifts for congregational care and passion for community outreach.  Alongside the pastors, deacons are spiritual leaders who provide spiritual care and other help to the people of our congregation.  They also organize and carry out mission work in the community and beyond.  They welcome and greet visitors, assist in worship and help to assimilate new members in the church.  Deacons also organize fellowship activities in the congregation.
   For Session candidates, think of members who are committed disciples of Jesus Christ who possess the wisdom and discernment to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.  Elders on the Session oversee all work of the church, including administrative, budgetary and personnel matters; building and grounds maintenance; worship, music and sacraments; Christian education programs; stewardship and giving; and many other issues related to our mission and ministries.  Working hand and hand with the "teaching elders" (i.e., ministers of word and sacrament), ruling elders make decisions that seek to follow the will of God in all these matters.  In accordance with the Book of Order, the Session also has oversight over the work of the Board of Deacons.
   The Congregational Nominating Committee will meet on February 22nd to consider names for nominees for the Classes of 2021.  Please email your suggestions to Deborah Mesimer by Wednesday, February 21st.
Current Deacons
Class of 2018 - Connie Bixler, Merl Hamilton, Gerry Knorr, Kimberly Leatherman, Harris Morrison, Kim Stamey, Beth Younce
Class of 2019 - Hillman Brown, Harold Cline, Mary Beth Eubanks, Ashley Fischer, Timbs Fulghum, Thomas Moore, Amy Woolwine
Class of 2020 - Nicki Bryant, Chip Clark, Matt Dugan, Davilla Gilbert, Janna Mitchell, Jerry Otteni, Valerie Thomas
Current Elders
Class of 2018- Britt Alley, Brad Barnett, Kevin Garrison, Julie Holland, Emily Lippard, Holt Morrison, Carrie Myers
Class of 2019 - Gina Goff, Caroline Hedgecock, Margaret Irvin, Betsy Liles, Judy Mongold, William Niblock, Pat Wannamaker
Class of 2020 - John Bishop, Pat Chaffin, Arabella Malone-Trahey, Todd Phillips, Jane Spainhour, Kay Wall, Nathan Woolwine
Transfiguration Sunday, February 11th
Mark 9:2-9
"Between Heaven and Earth"
Rev. Lynne Keel preaching
Sign-up Links
Ash Wednesday Supper
February 14th, 6:00 p.m.
Sign-up to help 
in the kitchen on
Wednesday evenings
Tuesday Lunch Bunch
February 27th, 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, February 25th
3:00  - 4:30 p.m. 
in Davis Hall.
We need your support to reach our goal to package 10,152+ meals.

Sanctuary Flowers
To give the congregation a gift of sanctuary flowers, please click here 
to sign-up for one or more Sundays during the year.
Senior Pastor

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation

Director of Music and Organist


Children's  Music Associate

Administrative Assistant

Financial Secretary

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance  Superintendent
Director of First Kids

Church Hostess

Wedding Director


Sunday, February 11
8:45 a.m.    Worship
9:45 a.m.    Sunday School
9:45 a.m.    Confirmation Class
11:00 a.m.   Worship
4:00 p.m.     Children's Choir (K-5th Grade)
4:00 p.m.    Middle School Youth Choir
4:30 p.m.    Circle 5
5:00 p.m.    High School Youth Choir
5:00 p.m.    Middle School Youth Fellowship
6:00 p.m.    All Youth Supper
6:30 p.m.    High School Youth Fellowship
Monday, February 12
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
11:00 a.m.  Circle 4
11:30 a.m.  AA
6:30 p.m.    Circle 1
7:00 p.m.    Boy Scout District Roundtable
Tuesday, February 13
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
7:00 p.m.    Session
Wednesday, February 14
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
6:00 p.m.    Fellowship Supper
6:30 p.m.    Adult Program
7:30 p.m.    Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, February 15
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
5:00 p.m.    Girl Scouts 334 - Cadette, Senior,
5:00 p.m.    Girl Scouts - Daisy 3631, Brownie
                   323, Junior 3142
7:00 p.m.    Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, February 16
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
Sunday, February 18
8:45 a.m.    Worship
9:45 a.m.    Sunday School
9:45 a.m.    Confirmation Class
11:00 a.m.   Worship
4:00 p.m.    Girl Scouts Cab 2 Service Unit
4:00 p.m.     Children's Choir (K-5th Grade)
4:00 p.m.    Middle School Youth Choir
4:30 p.m.    Circle 5
5:00 p.m.    High School Youth Choir
5:00 p.m.    Middle School Youth Fellowship
6:00 p.m.    All Youth Supper
6:30 p.m.    High School Youth Fellowship

Haiti Mission Trip
February 15 - February 21

Church Report
Sunday, February 4:  8:45 a.m. -  37    11:00 a.m. - 133
The sympathy and condolences of the congregation are extended to the following:
 -  The family of Ellen Faust on the death of her father, William Saunders, on
      February 1, 2018,  in Portsmouth, VA
-  The family of Bess Ledford Ormand (former member) who died February 2, 2018
    in  Winston-Salem, NC
Feb 08   Bill Patton, Carol Sikes
Feb 09   John Benbow, Teddy Peterson
Feb 11   Dave Crosland, Nicole Lisk, Beth McLester, Sarah Pfeffer, Grace Watson
Feb 12   Alex Blackman, Bill Cannon, Debbie Plyler
Feb 13   Kay Crawford, Pat Crowe, Margaret Cuthbertson, Bryan Hovey, Buell Little, 
              Chip Ritchie, Sydney Rogers, Carter White
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