Weekly News & Updates

May 21, 2023

Worship This Sunday

May 21, 2023

10:00 am in the Sanctuary

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Worship Info

Sermon Title:

  • "One in the Spirit, One in the Lord!", Rev. Carrie Tuttle, preaching

Scripture Readings:

  • Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
  • John 17:1-11


  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
  • We Are One in the Spirit
  • We All Are One in Mission

On Tuesday we will begin our weekly “Walk & Talks” at 8:00 a.m. We are always looking for ways to connect with each other AND we long for opportunities to be active, so it made sense to do those together once a week! I have no idea who will show up each week, and that is ok. It will be a great surprise to see who our conversation partners will be on a given Tuesday. I have no idea what we’ll discuss—my general idea is that we’ll just talk about life, our faith, the world, the lovely things we see on our walks, but sometimes we may have a basic question for our walking conversation. We certainly will have folks of all walking paces! 

So, put on your walking shoes and come meet near the chapel entrance at 8:00 a.m. each Tuesday.

The Spirit moves, and so will our mouths and our feet!


Ministry Highlight

The Furniture Ministry Needs Your Help!

Don’t Trash It!, our annual linen collection campaign in conjunction with Elon University,

began on May 11 and yields nearly all our linens for a year. 

Help is needed bagging and sorting the linens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning through June 16 from 9 am -12 Noon in the Garrison Joyner Activities Building. 

On the following Sundays, bags of linens will be available half an hour prior to the 10:00 a.m. worship service and 20 minutes following the 10:00 a.m. worship service for church members to take home and wash:

            Sundays, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11

Please email Nan Perkins ( perkinsn@elon.edu ) or Raye Sapp ( raye@ivarsinc.com ) for more information.

Help is also needed with the following large pickups of furniture  donations from Elon University:

            Wednesday, May 24

            Thursday and Friday, June 1 and June 2

 Please email Nan Perkins ( perkinsn@elon.edu ) or Denese Byrd

(denesebyrd1@gmail.com) to indicate all the days on which you can help. 

Stay tuned for a possible Saturday workday in the near future for deliveries and moving back into our warehouse space.  Thank you for all the many ways you support this FPC ministry which is so valuable to our community! 

News and Events

Spring Magazine is Out!

Have you seen the newly published FPC spring magazine. It is out, and is available in the church office, or you can download a copy of it below.

Many, many thanks to Karen Carrouth for her efforts in getting this quality publication in your hands!

Download Magazine Here

FPC Walk & Talk Starts May 23rd!

Looking for a way to connect with other FPC members and staff? Looking for some exercise? Get ready, get set and…WALK! 

Starting on May 23, EACH TUESDAY we’ll meet at 8a.m. in front of the chapel entrance and we’ll take about an hour to enjoy each other’s company and conversation for a walk down to Willowbrook Park and the surrounding neighborhood. 

Fast or slow-paced walkers are welcome! We will not walk if it is raining!

Questions? Contact Carrie Tuttle ctuttle@fpcburlington.org

YOU are invited to take part in the 2023 Summer Choir at FPC! Beginning Sunday, May 28, the Summer Choir kicks off another season of leading in worship during the months of June and August. Join other singers for rehearsal at 9:15am in the sanctuary where you will learn music for the day’s worship service. If you have questions, please contact Patrick (pmurphy@fpcburlington.org). Let’s SING!

If you have not participated in the REI Groundwater presentation, we highly suggest you do so. It is an experience like no other, and helps set the ground work for the REI Phase 1 training.
If you have, please share within your networks, that our registration is now open for this Groundwater presentation.

The Underground Railroad—the resistance to enslavement through escape and flight, through the end of the Civil War—refers to the efforts of enslaved African Americans to gain their freedom by escaping bondage.

Many freedom-seekers completed their self-emancipation without assistance, but in each subsequent decade of legal slavery in the United States, there was an increase in active efforts to assist escape.

Some decisions to assist may have been spontaneous. However, in some places the Underground Railroad was deliberate and organized. Despite the illegality of their actions, people of all races, class and genders participated in this widespread form of civil disobedience.

Did you know?...just 30 miles down the road…

The primitive forest of the New Garden Woods became a sanctuary for fugitives from slavery, assisted by local Quakers.  In 1819 those woodlands witnessed one of the first documented activities of the Underground Railroad…

Join us on Saturday morning, May 27th for a tour by Max Carter, a member of New Garden Friends Meeting and retired professor of Quaker Studies at Guilford College.   

·       A tour of the graveyard and woods will introduce us to the main ”actors” in that anti-slavery movement and later civil rights work, as well as sites associated with heroic actions in the Revolutionary and Civil wars.  

·       In the woods where freedom-seekers once hid, stories of that history will be shared in the shade of a 350-year-old tulip poplar, a silent witness to it all.


Saturday May 27        10am        801 New Garden Rd, Greensboro NC

Contact Carolyn Hunt to RSVP and/or to request carpooling from the church

cmhunt711@gmail.com or 336-213-4817


Note:  The walk portion is about 1/3 mile from the trailhead to a tree central to the tour.  The path is flat (though not paved) and there is seating at the tree.

Twin Lakes and Village at Brookwood lunch “Save the Dates!”—

It’s that time again for lunch with our program staff and FPC member residents at two of our local retirement communities.

Invitations and details for RSVP will come soon to residents, but we want to make sure you know the dates and times!

The Village at Brookwood—Wednesday, June 7 at 12:00 noon in the dining room

Twin Lakes—Thursday, June 8 at 12:00 noon at the Terrace

The PC(USA) will be on PBS!

For over 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of Jesus Christ, sharing the gospel with others and bearing witness to Christ’s saving love to the ends of the earth.

The Holy Spirit is still on the move, calling us to share what God is doing in the world.

To support this mission, we’ve partnered with the Viewpoint project – producer of high-quality social and educational documentaries for public television with the mission of positively impacting our communities and the world. Our educational segment focuses on the denomination’s Matthew 25 commitment to creating healthy, just communities and a radically inclusive world. (View a 30-second promo video below.)

In May, households across the U.S. can view this segment via their local public broadcasting station. Your local PBS station will have the opportunity to show this documentary between broadcasts.

This documentary will help multiply the PC(USA)’s commitment to radical and fearless hospitality. We want to prepare and equip you as mid councils to engage this opportunity with your congregations and ministries.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett, President and Executive Director

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Sign Up for Ushers Guild 2023

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

Faith Formation

Christian education and faith formation is lifelong learning. Come, bring a friend, grab a cup of coffee or tea in the Welcome Center, enjoy fellowship, learn and grow.

Contact our Director of Christian Formation and Education, Charlotte Nance-Allbright (336-228-1703 x 223 or callbright@fpcburlington.org) for more information and to find the class you would like to attend.

9:00 Classes:

  • Enrichment Class (Room 228 & Zoom) - see info below.
  • Sunday, May 21st (at the church) - Where is God When Disaster Strikes
  • Wednesday, May 24th (on Zoom) - Spiritual Disciplines for Vacation
  • John Knox Fellowship Class (John Knox Room) meets as usual, studying The Present Word curriculum
  • Take Root (Room 203) studying Feasting on the Word - parents/guardians of infants through preschool
  • The Pointe (Room 227) - fellowship with those who journey through the many stages of parenthood. Studies vary
  • Youth and Children please see the Associate Pastor for Youth or the Director of Christian Education for locations. 
Click Here for the Zoom Link to Join the Enrichment Class Virtually

Dial in

+1 305 224 1968 US

Follow the prompts

Meeting ID: 863 7968 3460

Passcode: 429839

Download Recordings of the mid-week Matthew Bible Study Here

Break out your ice cream makers and favorite scoop! Decide what flavor you are going to make for this fun fellowship event at FPCB and let Charlotte Nance-Allbright (callbright@fpcburlington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223) know you’ll bring ice cream. In addition to delicious ice cream, we will have a time for Summer Blessings. Celebrate what is happening this summer and offer your prayers for – VBS, graduates, Habitat Unity Build, and safe travels for everyone enjoying their summer vacations. This event is for all ages. Mark your calendars and bring your friends!

We need ice cream makers! If you are able to make and bring some homemade ice cream to the ice cream social, please let Charlotte Nance-Allbright know!  callbright@fpcburlington.orgor 336-228-1703 x 223. 

Sign up for Vacation Bible School!

Hero Hotline: Called Together to Serve God!


June 19-22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with option of dinner at 5:00 p.m. ($7).

During VBS, we are working together for peace!

Theme Verse: "So let's strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up." Romans 14:19

Mission News

Afghan Refugee Need

One of the Afghan refugee families now living in Burlington is in need of a lawn mower. If you can donate a used (or new) gas powered lawn mower – 20” to 22” – please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright (callbright@fpcburlington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223). Thank you!

Workshop Scheduled

A Days for Girls Workshop has been scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 1-4 pm in the Witherspoon Room. Please contact Jo Grimley with questions for more information. She can be emailed HERE

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.

Andrew's Partnership News

The Andrew’s Partnership Team thanks the following for being Reading Buddies to students at Andrew’s Elementary School this year: Penny Davis, Courtney Jones, Kristen Moffitt, Ami Hill, Jin-Jin Blackburn, Hugh Cummings, and Henry Carrouth. Sabre Robinson, principal says “We have sincerely enjoyed and appreciated your work with Andrews Elementary School this year!  You Make A Difference. 

Our student leaders talk about their buddy often and look forward to you coming each week. 

Andrews teachers and students surely hope you will join us next year! “

Pentecost Offering

Pentecost Offering – a Special Offering of the PC(USA) – will be received Sunday, May 28. Building up the Body of Christ, we unite with other Presbyterians in support of young people sharing their faith, ideas and gifts with the Church and the world. Congregations keep 40% of the offering to support programs for young people in our community. The Mission Team of First Presbyterian Church has chosen Positive Attitude Youth Center to receive those Pentecost Offering funds. The rest of the funds will be divided by the PC(USA) to aid: 25% Young Adult Volunteers, 25% Presbyterian Youth, and 10% Child Advocacy. Thank you for your generous gift to this important offering. 

Concerns and Celebrations

Diane Barnwell- UNC Hillsborough- Rm. 3H18

Bennett Sapp 

Pat Williams - Liberty Commons - Hospice 

Fred Sisley

Jim Putnam 

DJ Allbright - brother of Roth Allbright; brother-in-law of Charlotte Allbright

Keith and Mary Lou Massie

Sue McCrone-Bradshaw

Marion Stadler

Fran Reed

Paul Gensinger

Dean Vaughn

Kathy / Peter Johnson

Bob Ellis Family

Jeff Davis- brother of Kathy Johnson

Mildred Massengill

Lloyd Conklin (Homeplace) - Becky Wagoner

Kelly / Jonathan Glenn

Congratulations to Scott and Katherine Gunn on the birth of their daughter, Caroline Esther, born May 17.  Big sister is Anna Scott Gunn. The grandparents are Rick and Gayle Gunn.

 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 May 19-21 Carrie Tuttle (336-708-0451)

Church Business and Finance

Financials & Meeting Minutes 

Click here to view the March 2023 Financial Statement

Click here to view the February 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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