Sunday, September 25, 2022
8:30 a.m. Worship in Williams Chapel
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

Call 888-969-5508 to listen to the service


I don’t know about you, but these days seem to get louder and busier and more frantic. As a child, there was a television commercial that exclaimed “Calgon, take me away!” It offered a bath product which promised warmth, fragrance, relaxation, and an escape from life’s complications. Perhaps you recall this commercial – and perhaps you find yourself wishing for some “Calgon” time to “get away!”

This Sunday, September 25, the Contemplative Ministry team offers a time of peace and
silence, a time for reflection, a time for quiet and beautiful music of the harp (Patrick Murphy) and violin (Jorge Rodriguez-Ochoa), a time of singing prayers, a time for lighting candles, and a time to listen for God’s voice. The sacred space is our beautiful sanctuary, where the ceilings reach heavenward, the sounds float and surround, and you are bathed in God’s abundant arms.

Join your fellow travelers as we pray, sing, and listen this Sunday, September 25 in a Service of Contemplation at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Peace, my friends,
Patrick Murphy
News & Events
Exhibition in the Black & White Hall
An exhibition of members’ artworks has been installed in the Black and White Hallway. Our artists for this exhibition are: Glenda Crawford, Jo Grimley, Trina Holt, Carolyn Langley, Pat Scheible, and Alma Wolf. The exhibit will remain until the first week in October. Enjoy the fruits of our members’ labor and love!
“Creating Sabbath” — Salem Presbytery Presbyterian
Women’s Fall Gathering
This event will take pace from 10:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. via Zoom this Saturday, September 24. Registration is required. Please mail $5 registration fee to Betty Agnew (1812 Younger Avenue, Statesville, NC 28677.) Make checks payable to Salem Presbyterian Women or Zelle Betty at 704-450-8772. For more information:
Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, September 27
2-6:30 p.m. in Shive Hall
Peace and Global Witness Special Offering on Sunday, October 2
Read moments for mission about the Peace and Global Witness Special Offering of the PC(USA) so you can learn more about how your generous donation is a blessing in the world and community. 
Congregational Meeting
The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, October 9, immediately following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to hear and act on a report from the Nominating Team. They will be proposing a slate of members to serve in the Class of 2025 on the Session and Diaconate. Please join us that Sunday in-person, if possible, so we can be assured of a quorum for the meeting.
SAVE THE DATE for First Presbyterian Staff and Resident lunches at Twin Lakes and the Village at Brookwood!
  • The Village at Brookwood—Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00 noon in the dining room
  • Twin Lakes—Thursday, October 13 at 12:00 noon in the Terrace
2022 Chancel Flower Order Form
Floral donations for Sunday services are offered on a first come/first serve basis. If you would like to reserve a Sunday, please complete and submit the form attached here to Kathleen Seagroves in the church office. Thank you in advance for your donation!
Sign Up for Ushers Guild 2022
Please contact John Walton (336) 263-6512 or for more information. SIGN UP HERE!
Adult Formation
If you prefer to join the Bible Study via Zoom, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright at 336-228-1703 x 223 or
In case you missed it . . .
If you have questions about Adult Studies, email Charlotte Nance-Allbright at

This Sunday, September 25
  • The John Knox Class, 9:45 a.m. with a study of The Present Word, in the John Knox Room
  • African American Poetry Class — 9:45 a.m. in Room 122. Please see the flier below regarding the special class on October 9 with the NC Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Greene. 
  • The Pointe Class 9:45 a.m. in Room 227

To view the entire Adult Formation schedule, click the button below.
Children's Ministry
Children's Sunday School
Nursery Hours – Sunday Mornings, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in Room 101.

This Sunday, September 25Worship & Sacraments class for all children (& K/1st parents) – Why, Where & How we Worship: Music with Mr. Murphy and Sanctuary Scavenger Hunt with Ms. Charlotte – Sanctuary 9:45 a.m. The pastors and staff have the opportunity to teach the children during our Worship & Sacraments classes. This year, all children will participate in these classes, not just kindergarten and 1st graders.

To view the Fall Schedule for Children's Sunday School, click the button below.
FPC Racial Justice Task Force
The FPC Racial Justice Task Force is committed to planning and highlighting opportunities for members of our faith community to learn more about structural racism and white supremacy, how these social forces serve to separate us from God, and what each of us can do to work toward racial equity and justice. We hope you will join us on your own journey toward anti-racism!
To view the Racial Justice Task Force Calendar of events, CLICK HERE.
Contemplative Ministry
For information on the Contemplative Ministry opportunities below,
From the Contemplative Ministry Team….
Looking for a way to stop, take a breath and have an intimate talk with God? The Contemplative Ministry Team has a gift for you. Stop by the table outside the church office and pick up “The Knot Prayer” card. This simple contemplative prayer is an excellent meditation tool when talking with God. A single piece of leather can help you pause and ask God to show you the unique story the Holy Spirit is writing in your life. See how this prayer uses knots to help free us from the “could nots,” the “would nots,”
the “should nots,” and the “am nots” that crowd our lives. It is our gift to you with the
simple benediction “Peace.”

Contemplative Ministry's Newsletter
CLICK HERE to read Contemplative Ministry's Fall and Mid-Winter Newsletter
Missions News
Residential Treatment Services
FPC's September Local Mission
RSTA is an organization that provides a warm and welcoming home-like environment for those who are seeking treatment and recovery experience due to addictions and mental health concerns. As one of the local organizations FPCB supports financially and through prayer, we lift them to your attention during September. We will be collecting paper towels and toilet paper for RSTA. Please drop off your donations in the collection bin outside the CDC entrance of the church. Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright 336-228-1703 x 223 for instructions on delivery if you prefer to order supplies online.  
Days for Girls Workshop  
A Days for Girls workshop is scheduled for Sunday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m. in room 122. There is PUL to cut out, ribbon to cut and bags to serge and sew. Bring your fabric scissors and help with a project that has a positive impact on the lives of girls in Zambia.
Meals on Wheels Dancin’ Downtown with the Ducks
Dancin’ Downtown with the Ducks is an annual fundraiser for Meals on Wheels in which you adopt ducks that will float in a pool. The ducks will be picked at random, and if your lucky duck is picked, you will win a cash prize or a gift card. The drawings will take place at the Phoenix Fourth Friday event in downtown Burlington, Friday, September 23, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. You don’t have to be present to win. Click here to access the flyer for this event. Contact Meals on Wheels at (336) 228-8815 with any questions.
Celebrations and Concerns
Sandra Harper 
Jay Johnson 
Al Beck
Trevor Downs
Patricia Johnson - Eddie Lee Lipscomb’s family
Dean Vaughn
Barbara Wells - Mother of Brian Wells

Christian Sympathy is expressed to Bill Anders and family at the death of his son, Patrick Anders, on Sunday, September 18, 2022. 

Congratulations to Peter and Barrett Thompson on the birth of their son, Tanner Peter, born September 16. The grandparents are Reid and Beth Patty.

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.
Church Business
Church Elders and Deacons
For a current list of the FPC Elders and Deacons, CLICK HERE.
Financials & Meeting Minutes 
Click here to view the August 2022 Financial Statement
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!