Looking Toward this Sunday September 24, 2017

Scripture: John 2: 1-11
Sermon: Forever Young

This Sunday we welcome  Brian McLaren as our guest preacher this morning. Often cited as one of the most influential Christian leaders in America, Brian has authored 20 books on faith in a contemporary global context, including Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope You are invited to attend Brian's Staley Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, September 24, in the Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union when he will address the broad relevance of Jesus's message and ministry beyond the borders of the Christian church and how it can inform anyone seeking to be an agent of kindness, justice, inclusion, peace, and hope.  You are also invited to attend the Maloney Lectures, "The Art of Getting Lost: Wandering in the World's Religions," which will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday evenings, September 25 and 26, in the Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union.  The 2017 Maloney lecturer is Stephen Prothero, C. Allyn and Elizabeth V. Russell Professor of Religion at Boston University.

Colleen Bosak-Harrison, with Nancy Lammers, violin, will sing Laudate Dominum  at the 8:30 service.
The Chancel choir will sing Praise to the Lord, the Almighty at the 11:00 service .

This Sunday the congregation will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism  with  Kathryn Delisa Ordronneau, born February 17, 2017, daughter of  Roger and Delisa Smith Ordronneau at the 9:45 service.

Offering of Letters   
In Brian McLaren's book  Everything Must Change, we are encouraged to engage in change that impacts local, national, and global policy.  The organization Bread for the World has been at work for years speaking to our leaders in Washington, D.C. and other places about the need to care for the most vulnerable in our communities and throughout the world.  Their Offering of Letters encourages us to share our thoughts with our elected leaders and encourage them to vote in such a way that more people will have access to life saving food.  On September 24 after each worship service there will be tables set up with sample letters, envelopes, pens, etc. that will make it easy for us to share this message with members of Congress so that they might soften their hearts and vote in favor of caring for the poor.  We will also provide opportunities to send letters digitally.  This event, co-sponsored by our Community and Global Mission Committees, supports our commitment to bring an end to hunger and poverty.  Please plan to join us for a few minutes after worship on September 24.  Please contact  Robert Alexander  with questions.

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.
Youth Music    
Youth Music begins this Sunday, September 17 at 6:30 in the choir room, grades 6-12. For more information contact Jane Cain or David Brinson. Adults are invited to Geneva Choir at 5:00 Sundays or Chancel Choir at 7:00 Thursdays; we would like additions in all the voice parts. Come with hearts and voices!
DCPC Blood Drive
The DCPC blood drive 
will be Monday, October 2, 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the Congregation House. Sign-ups will be available soon. Please contact Linda Drimalla ( lmdrimalla@gmail.com ) to donate food, volunteer to work registration, hospitality, clean-up or set-up or to sign up for an appointment to donate blood.  If you prefer, you may sign up for your own appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org.  Look for the blue box that says Give Blood and enter the code DCPC then follow the prompts. 
Join us next Sunday, October 1, following the 11 a.m. service as we honor and thank Mary Margaret Porter for her service as DCPC Parish Associate.
The Session is pleased to announce that Larry Lyon will become staff associate for senior adult ministry, beginning October 19.
Congregational Meeting    
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.
Blessing of the Animals    
 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. on Sunday, October 8.
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.


Odd Month Luncheon will be on Thursday, September 28 in the Congregation House.  Plan to arrive by 11 for a time of fellowship.  Eric Rice, DCPC's new chef, will have lunch at 11:30.  Cost is $8.  Rev. Tony Marciano, Executive Director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission will speak. Bus will leave The Pines at 10:50. Reservations (CLICK HERE) must be made via the Church Office by September 25th.  
SAGES Day Trip to the NC Mountains, Thursday October 19th.  Coach bus will leave at 8:15 a.m. to West Jefferson to take in the fall leaves, enjoy lunch at Shatley Springs and visit several area frescos. Bus Cost $20.  Lunch $8-12 (off menu) $18 (family style). Reservations (CLICK HERE) must be made via the Church Office by Sept. 28th.  Only 49 seats available.
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.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Robert Alexander
 Faith Formation
Covenant Bible Study is continues this Wednesday and it's not too late for you to join the morning class. Contact Susan Manning or John Ryan to register or for more details.
Covenant (9:45 a.m. Congregation House) 
September 17, 24, October 1.
Doug Ottati, the Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice, will present a three week refresher course in Reformation and Reformed theology in celebration of the 500 th Anniversary. We will explore "scripture alone," or the basic methodological principle of the Reformation, "grace alone," or its basic substantive principle, and the humanist character and content of the Reformed movement. So, three sessions: sola scriptura, sola gratia, and a Reformed Christian humanism.

Maloney (9:45 a.m. Parlor)  and The Pines (Marshall Room)
September 17: Sabbath Observance   Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 31:12-18;  Isaiah 56:1-8
September 24: Spirit-Filled Heart   Ezekiel 36-37; Titus 3:1-11

Jubilee (9:45 a.m. Upper Room)   The Jubilee Class will begin discussion of the first chapter, "A Vitally Important Scandal: Why the Cross?," in The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion by N.T. Wright, a groundbreaking biblical scholar.  We invite all interested persons to attend our class.

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
We extend sympathy and the hope of resurrection to eternal life to: 
the family of Steve Hager. Steve is the father of Jennifer Holden.
the family of Jim Jones. Jim is the brother of Carolyn Ortmayer.

Wesley Scott Schneider was born on September 13, 2017, to Kelly and Alex Schneider. Wesley is the grandson of Lynn and Marty Metzker.
Financial Update and Attendance

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC  28036