Weekly News & Updates

September 17, 2023

Worship This Sunday

September 17, 2023

10:00 am in the Sanctuary

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Worship Info

Sermon Title:

  • "Mistakes Made . . . Lessons Learned", Rev. John W, Johnson, preaching

Scripture Readings:

  • Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
  • Romans 8:12-25


  • Come, Thou Almighty King
  • Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine!
  • The Church's One Foundation

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since I made my way back to First Pres after being away for 23 years! As I have embraced my calling in retirement to utilize my interest and skills in technology and communications it has been so gratifying to find my way back home.

I am looking forward to preaching this Sunday, the 17th. The title of my sermon is "Mistakes Made . . . Lessons Learned." Over the past week, this theme has become more and more relevant.

One of my responsibilities is the Live Stream on Sunday mornings, and making sure that happens each week so that those worshipping at home or elsewhere can have the best experience possible without actually being present in the sanctuary. Unfortunately, this past Sunday, we failed in that imperative. The spoken word was fine, but all the music was muted. Those viewing the live stream missed out on the fabulous music that Patrick and our choir shared - as they do each Sunday.

Mistakes made: as you know, FPC hosted the meeting of Salem Presbytery on Saturday. The hanging mics over the sanctuary were inadvertently turned off, and not turned back on for Sunday morning.

Lessons learned: the hanging mics will be left on all the time, so that this problem will not occur again.

To those who depend on the live stream for their worship experience, we sincerely apologize. Your participation in worship is vital to our community of faith and our desire is for that experience to be as near to the in-person experience as possible.

Grace abounds: we are human beings and we all make mistakes. It is through the grace of God that we are forgiven and move on, striving always to be better.

I'm looking forward to Sunday, and I hope you are too!



Stewardship Moment

Please take a few minutes to be inspired by the Gratitude and Generosity Stewardship moment that was shared in worship on Sunday by Reid Dusenberry. By now you should have received a pledge card in the mail, we encourage you to prayerfully consider your support of the church’s mission for the coming year and return the pledge card to the church office or in the offering plate on Sunday. Thank you for your commitment to God’s work in this time and this place. We have all been called “for such a time as this.”

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News and Events

Our next church-wide Furniture Ministry service day is September 16. Everyone is invited to help with delivering furniture to our neighbors in need. The more muscle helping the merrier! Not a fan of lifting furniture? We need folks to help with inspecting and cleaning linens, organizing and stocking shelves, and simply to enjoy this opportunity for service and fellowship. Contact the Furniture Ministry for more information (furnmin3@gmail.com) OR just show up on September 16 slightly before 9:00 a.m. This activity is great for older children, youth, and all ages of adults.

To FPC Burlington officers, staff, and members

Salem Presbytery had a successful meeting for work and worship here last Saturday. Leading the Presbytery in worship were Carrie, Patrick, Stewart, and our Chancel Choir. We were grateful to the FPC program and administrative staff for their welcoming spirit. FPC's inimitable hospitality was evident, thanks to Virginia Wilburn and the legion that she recruited. Our buildings and grounds were sparkling, thanks to Boyce Bishop, Peggy Brown, and their team. While I have broader responsibilities to the other 131 churches in our Presbytery, I am grateful to be a member of the FPC Burlington family.   

David Vaughan, Stated Clerk, Salem Presbytery

Memorial Bloodmobile:

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

September 26, 2023 in Shive Hall

The American Red Cross is planning to hold the First Presbyterian Blood Drive on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 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 September 26. Rapid Pass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment.

You can put the power of faith into action and help save a life! Please consider donating blood on September 26! Give the gift of life!

Contemplative Ministry - Fall 2023 Offerings

Greetings from the FPC Contemplative Ministry Planning Team to our extended contemplative family. Our newsletter (linked below) shares information about:

  • "A Quiet Space" contemplative worship service
  • "Quiet Space" Meditations
  • Ongoing Contemplative Ministry Offerings
  • Spiritual Writing Workshop - November 12, 4-6 pm
  • Contemplative Practice for Daily Use

Click on the link to read more about this vital ministry of FPC!

Contemplative Ministry Newsletter

Spirituality and Mental Health Invitation

Our friends at Front Street United Methodist have invited us to come to a program on Sunday, September 17, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Aldersgate Hall at FSUMC to hear Dr. Harold Koenig from Duke (link to the flyer for registration). Carrie Tuttle and members of the Diaconate will be attending. We’d love to see you there.

Who Is This Man?

Charlotte found this portrait in the bottom, back of a CE closet and we are all curious as to who he is. Written on the back is “Burlington Sunday School Group.” If you know who this gentleman is, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright (callbright@fpcburlington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223). Tell his story. Thank you for helping solve the mystery!

Save the Date!

“Save the date” for lunch with the FPC program staff at The Village at Brookwood and Twin Lakes! Please get the date on the calendar and you will have invitations coming soon.

  • Wednesday, October 4, 12:00 noon—The Village at Brookwood
  • Thursday, October 5, 12:00 noon—Twin Lakes

Did You Know?

Did you know that if you are viewing the Live Stream of our worship service, that you can view it on your TV if you have Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV? And it's really easy to access! From within any of these streaming services, just do a search for "Boxcast." Download the Boxcast app. Once you're in the Boxcast app, search for First Presbyterian Burlington. And now you can view the service on your TV instead of your laptop or tablet. Contact John (communications@fpcburlington) if you have any questions.

Church Security Update

Over the past few months, there has been a growing concern among the staff and Session about the security of the church on Sunday mornings. There have been several incidents more recently, including a theft at another downtown church, that have brought this issue more to the forefront.

On recommendation from the staff, the Session has authorized the locking of all doors (except for the sanctuary doors) on Sunday morning. As you make your way into the church building, please go to one of the doors with a buzzer and you will be let in.

In addition, during the worship hour, there will be an elder who will be walking throughout the building to make sure that there is no one in the building that shouldn’t be there.

We realize that this may be an inconvenience to some, and we apologize for that. But the safety of all our members, especially our children, take precedence.

FPC Walk & Talk Continues each Tuesday Morning Unless it Rains!

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 2023

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

Faith Formation

Link to Romans Study Recording
Click Here for the Enrichment Class Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 814 5964 1499

Passcode: 508WDS

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+1 301 715 8592

Meeting ID: 814 5964 1499

Passcode: 545750

Mission News

First Presbyterian Church will participate, again, in the Habitat Women's Build on Tuesday, September 26 from 8:00 a.m. - noon. We look forward to another great team of ladies loving our neighbors by working together to build a home. Want to know how you can help? Check out our Facebook page to get more information. Want to be a part of the Team? Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright callbright@fpcburlington.org

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.

Women's Resource Center Upcoming Events

November 2: Leading the Way, Award Presentation and seated dinner

Tickets for Working Women’s Wednesday and the Wine Dinner may be purchased here:  https://givebutter.com/womens-resource-center-in-alamance-county

Concerns and Celebrations

On-Going Prayer Concerns…

Ann Carter

Barbara Higgs

Kathryn Parker- daughter of Doris and Don DeSarro

Joyce Kestler

Perry and Polly Cornelius

Keith and Mary Lou Massie

Marion Stadler

Diane Barnwell 

Fran Reed

Kelly / Jonathan Glenn

Dean Vaughn

Fred Sisley

Kathy / Peter Johnson

Sue McCrone-Bradshaw

Bob Ellis Family

Mildred Massengill

Linda Mason

Billie Scobey - Home

Christian Sympathy is expressed to Jill Fisher and family following the death of her mother, Jennifer Hamm. A service of witness to the resurrection will take place in Columbus, Ohio on September 17. 

Congratulations to Rebekah and Daniel Gunn on the birth of their son, Wallace Calder Gunn. 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 September 15-17: John Johnson 336.214.5859

Church Business and Finance

Financials & Meeting Minutes 

Click here to view the June 2023 Financial Statement

Click here to view the July 2023 Financial Statement

Click here to view the June 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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