Weekly News & Updates

February 4, 2024

Worship This Sunday

February 4, 2024

10:00 am in the Sanctuary

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Worship Info

Sermon Title:

  • "Who Do We Want to Be? - Part 3: The Ones Who Never Give Up" - Rev. Dr. Stewart Rawson, preaching

Scripture Readings:

  • Psalm 30
  • Galatians 6:1-18


  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
  • The Church's One Foundation
  • Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!

Dear First Presbyterian Burlington family,

It is difficult for me to write this, my last weekly e-blast introduction. That might seem strange, but it is one more attempt for me to express my gratitude to God for the time that I have been privileged to spend in your midst as your Transitional Pastor. It is hard because I am not good at saying goodbye.

It has been a blessing to serve with you over the last 20 months. I am grateful for the friendships that we have created and I am grateful for the love that you have shown not only to me, but also to my wife Pam. We were warmly and thoroughly welcomed into this community. We have had the opportunity to share a meal with many of you and for that I am thankful. We have prayed together, studied together, laughed together and cried together. We have lived out our lives together.

In the coming weeks and months I will continue to pray for you, as I have during my time here, and I hope that you will pray for Pam and for me. God has amazing plans for this congregation and I will look forward to hearing of the wonderful ways that you will continue to serve this community. Whenever I introduced myself as one of the pastors from First Presbyterian Church, people’s faces would light up because they knew of all of the different ways that this church has shaped this community with love.

Thank you for the love that you have shared with me and for the love that you will continue to show others. God is glorified in the faithfulness of this church.

I have often used an Irish blessing as a charge and benediction and it seems a fitting way to end: “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.” 



News and Events

Farewell Reception

The Congregation is invited to a reception honoring Stewart Rawson, our transitional pastor in Shive Hall, February 4, 2024 following the 10:00 service. Please join us for food and fellowship as we show Stewart our appreciation for his service the past 20 months.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is BACK!

Join your church family and friends on Tuesday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m. in Shive Hall for all things pancakes and fellowship. In addition to enjoying yummy pancakes, you'll learn about Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and compete in the pancake races (for all ages!). Your RSVP will help us in planning. Please email reception@fpcburlington.org or call 336-228-1703 and let us know how many folks will be coming.

Memorial Bloodmobile:

The American Red Cross is planning to hold a blood drive on 

February 27, 2024 in Shive Hall

The American Red Cross is planning to hold the First Presbyterian Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 in Shive Hall from 2:00-6:30 PM. The blood drive is done in memory of Harold Lloyd who organized a number of blood drives at FPC and Barbara Lloyd who was a faithful Red Cross volunteer for many years.

Donor registration is now available. To schedule an appointment go to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code FPC. If you need assistance or information you may contact Lucy Kernodle, Site Coordinator, at lkernodle@bellsouth.net. Please schedule your appointment as soon as possible so you will get the time you want! The site, redcrossblood.org also gives information about guidelines about who may donate blood and what to expect as a blood donor. 

A useful tool, RapidPass enables donors to complete pre-reading and questions online on the day of the blood drive reducing their onsite registration time by 15 minutes. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass to get your pass on February 27. Rapid Pass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment.

There is a critical shortage of blood now. You can put the power of faith into action and help save a life! Please consider donating blood on February 27! Give the gift of life!

2024 Salem Presbytery PW Virtual Enrichment Retreat

Our PW Virtual Spiritual Enrichment Retreat is on February 24, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. The keynote speaker is Bobbie Monaco, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She is the Chapter Lead for Days for Girls in Eagleville, PA. She has participated in Days for Girls’ distributions in Kenya, Cuba, and throughout the Philadelphia region. She speaks extensively to advocate for girls and women in need across our world. 

Presbyterian women will gather at church at 9:45 a.m. to watch Bobbie’s presentation together on the big screen in Shive Hall. We will eat lunch after her presentation and then have a work session with Jo Grimley to prepare some Days for Girls kits. Join us as you are able: 1) for the presentation, 2) for the presentation and lunch, or 3) for the presentation, lunch, and work session. The registration form is attached. All Presbyterian women are welcome! 

Click Here to Register for the Retreat

Volunteers Needed!

Adults or Youth needed in Children's Ministry


  • Adult or Youth Assistant at 9:00 a.m. in the Sacred Art Class
  • Adult to facilitate 3 & 4 year old class at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday

If you are interested or able to assist with either of these ways to serve, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright, Director of Christian Formation and Education (callbright@fpcburlington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223).  

Help with Fellowship

Adults and Youth needed to assist with the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 13. Need extra hands for set up, program, and clean up. If you can assist, contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright, Director of Christian Formation and Education (callbright@fpcburlington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223). 

Caterpillars for Lent

It is time to order caterpillars for Lent and Charlotte Nance-Allbright needs to know how many you would like. This is a great project for all ages to not only enjoy God's creation of the caterpillar, but also to have conversations about life, death, and resurrection. You'll receive information on how to care for your caterpillar and butterfly, so you'll know what type of habitat to create and what to feed it when it becomes a butterfly. Bring your butterflies to church on Easter for the butterfly release by the flowering cross. Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright before February 13 at callbright@fpcburlington.org or call 336-228-1703 x 223.

Congregational RETREAT to MONTREAT—March 1-3, 2024!

Let's get away to the mountains for a Spirit-filled time together with our FPC family. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and faith-sharing and growing last March, and the Retreat Team is busy planning another adventure! All ages are welcome. We already have more than 50 people registered and we are making room for more.

COST: $175/person, $75 ages 6-11, $0 ages 5 and under for lodging and food at William Black Lodge.

If you would like to register, please bring a $50 deposit to the church office by Sunday, February 4 (you can also pay the full amount). Final payments are due by Sunday, February 18.

The retreat starts on Friday, March 1 and concludes at 11:00 a.m. after worship on Sunday, March 3. We will be sending more details to those registered very soon!

Questions? Contact Carrie Tuttle ctuttle@fpcburlington.org or call the church office at 336-228-1703

Library Update

The Library is ready for you to use! The barcode system is not. Please continue to use the card in the back of the book borrow them. Write your name and date of when you checked out the book and leave cards in the wire basket on top of the bookshelf that holds children's books. Need to find a book? The card catalog is online and should be up and ready for you to search on the computer in the Library. You can access the card catalog from anywhere on our church website www.fpcburlington.org hover over the Grow tab then click Spiritual Resources on the drop down menu scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Browse Catalog. Our Director of Christian Formation, Charlotte Nance-Allbright, is happy to help you if you need assistance. Email callbright@fpcburlington.org or just pop in her office (across the hall from the Church Library). 

FPC Small Groups Info and Registration

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer Practice

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm, February 20 through March 12. Host Nan Perkins, 2941`Truitt Drive, Burlington. Max 8 people. Close your day and prepare for the remainder of the week during this Lenten series. We will enjoy a cup of tea together then learn and engage in short contemplative spiritual practices that help to quieten the mind, open the heart, and ground the body in the always existing Presence of the Holy One.

FPC Walk & Talk Continues each Tuesday Morning Unless it Rains or the Temperature is below 32 degrees!

Walk and talk takes place every Tuesday at 8:00 am. We meet on the steps outside the the chapel entrance. The group walks at a leisurely pace for about an hour.

Questions? Contact Carrie Tuttle


Sign Up for Ushers Guild 2024

Please contact John Walton (336) 263-6512 or waltonjohn518@gmail.com for more information. SIGN UP HERE!

Flower Donation Form 2024

Please use the form to donate flowers for worship in the sanctuary. ACCESS THE FORM HERE

Faith Formation

Access to the Luke Bible Study Here

You are invited to the John Knox Fellowship Class on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the John Knox Room.

Members of the class will be sharing teaching duties for the remainder of January, using the Feasting on the Word curriculum.

All are welcome!

Take Root New Series

Bible Studies for Grown-Ups

Reading Scripture With New Eyes

In Bible Stories for Grown-Ups: Reading Scripture with New Eyes pastor Josh Scott looks at familiar Bible stories and reveals new details and interpretations for an adult audience. This six-week Bible study will consider stories many read as children including Noah's Ark, the binding of Isaac, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus and Zacchaeus, Jesus healing a blind man, and the parable of the talents. Scott reimagines these stories and opens new visions for readers to understand well known pieces of Scripture in our current cultural environment.

Take Root meets in Room 203.

Mission News

The Food Pantry

Please bring non-perishable foods for the Food Pantry. Drop them off in the collection bins outside the CDC entry anytime during the week or when you come to worship on Sunday morning.

An unprecedent number of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Alamance County are in need of help with home furnishings. The Furniture Ministry is especially in need of sofas, dressers/chests, end/coffee tables, lamps, kitchen items, and sheets, blankets and comforters of all sizes except king. The office is open on Mondays from 1:00-4:00 pm. Call 336-0212-2937 for pickup of larger items.

Our next churchwide workday is Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 am- 12N. Come out and be a part of this wonderful FPC ministry!

Concerns and Celebrations

Bob/Joyce Harkey

Patty Roberts Temples

On-Going Prayer Concerns…

Keith and Mary Lou Massie

Marion Stadler

Diane Barnwell

Elsie West

Fred Sisley

Dean Vaughn

Kelly / Jonathan Glenn

Barbara Higgs

Kathy/Peter Johnson

Sue McCrone-Bradshaw

Bob Ellis Family

Perry Cornelius

Mildred Massengill

Kathryn Parker- daughter of Doris and Don DeSarro

Billie Scobey

Linda Mason

Laurie / Trevor Downs

Racine Rice

Taylor - great niece of Mildred Massengill

Christian sympathy is expressed to Charlotte Edens at the death of her sister, Linda Mackintosh Parks, on Sunday, January 28 in Burlington. Graveside service on Friday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Christian sympathy is expressed to Jane Wellford and family at the death of her brother-in-law, Andy Rullman, on January 26. Service to take place on Friday, February 2 at Noon at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC. 

 Please note: 

Requests for prayer are intended to be private and confidential. Please be respectful of the privacy of those on the list. When in doubt, please consult with one of the pastors.

Pastor on Call February 2-4: Carrie Tuttle (336.708.0451)

Church Business and Finance

PLEASE NOTE: Contribution Statements for tax purposes will be mailed out by the end of January. Please contact Tori Stadler (tstadler@fpcburlington.org) if you have questions.

Financials & Meeting Minutes 

Click here to view the November 2023 Financial Statement

Click here to view the December Session Minutes

Pledge & Give 

You may give through our online platform Tithely here or mail your contribution to the church office: 508 West Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215. Thank you for your support!

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