Looking Toward this Sunday October 8, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 19: 1-11, 14
Sermon: The Slow Club
Lib McGregor Simmons will preach at 8:30 and 9:45 in Lingle Chapel and 11 in the sanctuary.

In the midst of the heartbreak and tragedy which has marked the past few weeks, it can be difficult to maintain joy and hope.  And so we turn to Psalm 19 which portrays sunrise as a groom bounding down the aisle toward his bride with unrestrained happiness and the progression of the sun across the sky as a jubilant celestial runner headed toward sunset.  In the images of the Psalm, we are invited to slow down in order to stop, look, and listen for the ways that creation is re-presented with the dawning of each new day, so that we can join the ongoing work of the Creator, maintaining joy and never losing hope that one day justice and peace will reign on earth.

The Geneva Choir will sing Praise to God, Immortal Praise at the 8:30 service.
The Chancel choir will sing Sing Joyfully at the 11:00 service .

The Session has called a congregational meeting for 10:40 a.m., October 8, in the sanctuary for the purpose of dissolving the pastoral relationship between Elizabeth McGregor Simmons and DCPC, effective October 31, 2017, in order that she may be honorably retired.

All God's creatures have a place in the choir!  Bring your furry, scaly, or feathered friend to the annual Blessing of the Animals as we give thanks for and renew our commitment to God's gift of creation.  The service which will last about 20 minutes will take place on the lawn in front of Lingle Chapel at 3 p.m. this Sunday.
Offer your Comments    
The Session invites you to offer your comments, your joys, and your concerns.  Click on the "Comments" link at the beginning of this email.  Your email will be directed to the appropriate committee and staff person.
Organ at Davidson    
Organ at Davidson  is pleased to present David Brinson, our own Associate Director of Music, in the next concert on October 9 at 7:30 p.m.  His program includes some favorites of the repertoire and some that may be new to listeners. Concerts are free with donations appreciated, and are followed by a reception.
Our Habitat House is Complete!    
 Please come to the dedication on Tuesday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at   9915 Psalms Street in Cornelius.  ALSO - on October 15 all the churches who participated in the build are invited to come to a CELEBRATION in the DCPC Church Parlor at 3 p.m. There will be pictures, some video from the Dedication, and time for fellowship.  Whether or not you were able to come and help on the build you are invited to join us for this time of joy and community building.
Crop Hunger Walk   
Please plan to walk or support walkers on October 14 th as they walk in the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.  Sign up to walk or donate funds to a walker!  The 4.1 mile walk goes through the edge of uptown, the Belmont neighborhood and the Greenway.  Local agencies benefiting from the walk are Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank.  There are over 157,000 people in Mecklenburg County who live at or below the poverty level and are at risk of hunger.  Please join us as we walk for them. Contact Robert Alexander  or Matt Wiggin if you are interested or would like more information.
Prayer at the Close of Day   
  Beginning October 15 at 7:30 in our sanctuary, a series of monthly services is offered, combining musical leadership from DCPC and Davidson United Methodist Church  called "Prayer at the Close of Day:  in the traditions of Compline and TaizĂ©." Join us in the sanctuary on October 15 at 7:30 and again on November 12, at DUMC for a time of prayer, silence, scripture and music.
Lib's Celebration!    
Save the date, Sunday, October 29. Lib McGregor Simmons is retiring! Join us as we celebrate following the 11 worship service 
in the Congregation House.
2018 College Conference at Montreat    
The 2018 College Conference at Montreat  is just around the corner - January 2-5. It's time to register! DCPC will host both Davidson College students and DCPC students. Registration prices go up at the end of the month and housing space is limited, so sign up today! Register online here, and Claire will be in touch with more information.
2018 College Conference
The 2018 College Conference at Montreat   is just around the corner - January 2-5. It's time to register! DCPC will host both Davidson College students and DCPC students. Registration prices go up at the end of the month and housing space is limited, so sign up today! Contact Claire to register and for more information.
Day of Service-November 4th
We are about to go live with our Day of Service Sign-up Genius.  We are still in need of some Project Leaders. CLICK HERE to sign up.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Robert Alexander
Union Presbyterian Seminary Invites you   
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte,  invites you to "The Reformation: A Protestant-Catholic Dialogue" with presenters Abbot Placid Solari OSB, Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College and Dean Richard Boyce of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte, on Sunday, October 15, from 4-5:30 p.m. at Union Seminary, 5141 Sharon Road.
St. Alban's Oktoberfest   
  Mark your calendars for the St. Alban's Fall Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday, October 21st from 4:00 - 10:00 pm outside at the Church.  This event is open to the public with free admission and authentic German food and drinks for sale.  Entertainment lineup includes Billy Jones and the Pocket, Paul Atkinson, and Neighbor Unknown with Oompah Music.  Fun for the entire family including bounce houses for the kids, games, raffle, greenery sale, and silent auction.  Full details available on our website CLICK HERE.
"Affirming Reformed Theology" Event   
The Foundation for Reformed Theology invites you to "Affirming Reformed Theology" led by James Goodloe, Executive Director.  The event, which includes 3 sessions: Faith, Repentance, and the Christian Life; Being Reformed and Presbyterian Today; Christian Hope in History and For Eternal Life, will take place October 20-21 at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8801 Park Road.  For more information, contact debra@qhpc.org or Waldo Miller 
at 704.641.8629.
Dinner is at 5:45 in the Congregation House. RSVP's ARE REQUIRED, before noon on Tuesday for dinner. New Kids Club- for information contact Jenny Alexander.

 Faith Formation
Covenant (9:45 a.m. Congregation House)
October 8, 15, 29. John Kuykendall, President Emeritus of Davidson College, will present three sessions on "The Mysterious Dorothy Sayers."  Dorothy Sayers, whose mid-20 th century mystery novels about Lord Peter Wimsey made her famous, was also a creative and devout (if unconventional) lay theologian. Like her contemporaries, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, she sought ways of interpreting Christianity in the modern world. Her book, The Mind of the Maker, is an intriguing and perceptive study of Christian doctrine from the standpoint of a creative artist.
October 22- Stewardship Brunch

Maloney (9:45 a.m. Parlor) and The Pines (Marshall Room)
October 8: God's Covenant with Israel    Exodus 19; Isaiah 60:3
October 15: Obeying God's Law    Exodus 20
October 22: God's Covenant with David    2 Samuel 7:1-16; Psalm 89; 1 Chronicles 22:6-8
October 29: God's Covenant with the Returned Exiles  Nehemiah 9-10
Jubilee (9:45 a.m. Upper Room)  Reading and discussing NT Wright 's Book, The Day the Revolution Began .  BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)

Sunday School 9:45-10:45 am
            Preschool (age 3-5)               Room 118
            Kindergarten/1 st Grade         Room 206
            2 nd Grade/3 rd Grade             Room 207
            4 th Grade/5 th Grade              Room 208
Wednesday Kids Club 4-5 pm (registration required)
Milestone Class 5-week class Sundays 9:45 am room 201
            October 8-Nov 5             1 st Grade Worship & Chalice Making
                                                     (Registration Required)
We extend sympathy and the hope of resurrection to eternal life to: 
the family of Carol White. Carol died September 29. The service is next Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 in the sanctuary.
the family of Sherrill Holland. Sherrill's mother died last week.

Karen Myers-Huntersville Oaks
Financial Update and Attendance

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC  28036