Sunday, October 10, 2021
One In-Person Worship Service at
10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. service will be live streamed

Call 888-969-5508 to listen to the service

Dear Friends and Family,

Each of you are far more than friends, you are also part of the family of faith at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington. What a joy it is to join hands and hearts with you in the incredible life-changing ministries of our church family.

I want to invite and urge each of you who cherish our ministry to join me and your church staff this Sunday, October 10, at 10:00 a.m., for our Run with Horses Dedication Sunday. (There will be only one worship this Sunday.) During worship, you will have the opportunity to make your commitment to Jesus' ministry among us to our community and world. Each of you should have received a letter from Susan Davis, the chair of our Gratitude and Generosity Team, and me, along with your 2022 pledge card. I ask you to bring that with you to worship and make your commitment to the growing ministries of our church in the community and the world.

Following the service, there will be a boxed lunch catered by The Verdict on the Square (in Graham). We will have live music and games for all. Bring your chairs and blanket and set them up prior to worship on the front lawn of the church. Come enjoy a fall morning under the oak trees and enjoy the company of your church family. No reservation is needed.

I really hope you will make every effort to be present — and invited newcomers to join you.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Grace and peace,
This Sunday, October 10 is a Pennies for Hunger Sunday 
Your donation to Pennies for Hunger helps local organizations such as Allied Churches of Alamance County, Andrews Elementary Snack Pack Program, Meals on Wheels and Residential Treatment Services of Alamance, Inc. Please send your check or cash donation to the church office: Attn: Lacey Way, 508 W. Davis St, Burlington, NC 27215. 

News & Events
Children participating and learning at FPC last Sunday, October 3.
See photos above!
Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women reach out to FPC college students each year to let them know we are praying for them. Would your college student like to receive correspondences from Presbyterian Women? If so, please send email addresses to Cathy Wall at If they prefer to receive correspondences by mail, then send the mailing address also. 

Young Adult Game Night!
The first YA game night will be Friday, October 8 at Taylor and Annie’s house. All young adults are invited for a cookout dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. with fellowship and games to follow. Contact Taylor to RSVP by Thursday, October 7. Directions will be provided upon RSVP. Hope to see you there!
FPC's Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets in Room 201 at the church on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. In the photo above Mary Knotts and Pat Scheible knit prayer shawls and chat during their weekly gathering. Displayed is the newest prayer shawl they have created! If you enjoy knitting or would like to learn, please join this ministry. Beginners are welcome and yarn, needles and teachers are provided! For more information, contact Pat Scheible at
Lunch Bunch Book Club, Tuesday, October 12
The FPC Lunch Bunch Book Club selection for October is Educated by Tara Westover. A fascinating book, it tells the story of the author’s life growing up as the youngest of seven children in a fundamentalist, survivalist Mormon family. At seventeen years of age, Westover walked into her first classroom. She had never been to school and had never been to a doctor. She was raised in a culture of fringe beliefs and a belief in radical self-sufficiency. Educated is also the remarkable story of a young woman thirsting for knowledge — a young woman who would eventually graduate from Brigham Young University, earn a doctorate from Cambridge University and receive a Fellowship at Harvard University. It is a tale of “fierce family loyalty” and the grief involved in leaving family in order to have a life. Join what is sure to be an interesting discussion led by Jane Wellford at our Tuesday, October 12, meeting at 12 noon via Zoom. Please contact Gayle Gunn at for the Zoom link.
American Red Cross Blood Drive:
Tuesday, October 26 in Calvin Hall
The American Red Cross is planning to hold the First Presbyterian Church Blood
Drive on Tuesday, October 26 in Calvin Hall from 2:00-6:30 p.m. The blood drive is
held in memory of Harold and Barbara Lloyd. Many members may remember the
Lloyds and their dedication to the Red Cross. Harold organized a number of blood
drives at FPC and Barbara Lloyd was a faithful Red Cross volunteer for many years.

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

A 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 to get your pass on October 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 October 26! Give blood. Help save lives!
Men of the Church Oyster Roast & BBQ
We will gather on Saturday, October 30, at Hugh Cummings’s Farm (2609 Pitts Road, Elon) at 5:00 p.m. to watch college football and at 6:00 p.m. enjoy Hugh Cumming’s steamed oysters and Phil Langley’s BBQ. We will conclude the evening around 7:30 p.m. Bring a pair of gloves and shucking knife if you have one. You will greatly enjoy the time together and can’t beat the cost — $10 for oysters, BBQ, and beer and soft drinks! If you have questions, call Jerry Bailey (336-270-1442) or Hugh Cummings (336-260-8071).
Call the church office (336-228-1703) to make your reservation.
Small Group Inside Gatherings and Meetings at the Church may take place in person. Each meeting must be scheduled with Kathleen Seagroves in the church office (336-228-1703) and all established protocol followed, including social distancing and mask wearing.

2021 Flower Donations 
Thank you to all who have donated flowers for our Sunday worship services! Floral donations 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! 
Faith Formation
Children’s Ministry
  • Sunday, October 10 — Children will gather outside on the back lawn/patio at 4:45 p.m. for Kid's Club Game Time!

Adult Classes in October: 

  • The Enrichment Class has begun their gatherings via Zoom on Wednesdays, at 7:00 p.m. Contact Jane Wellford ( or Catherine Matthews ( for more information or to receive the Zoom link.

  • Sunday, October 3 – November 21 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 122 — William Butler Yeats (1865-1939): Selected Poems, Led by Dr. Harry Brown. This Irish writer is often recognized as the greatest poet in English in the twentieth century. His early poetry is “dreamy and melancholy, passive and self-indulgent,” lacking a sense of the solid outer world. Yeats became a symbolist; was interested in magic, the supernatural and the occult; and admired the aristocracy and peasantry more than the commercial middle class. He served as senator of the Irish Free State, helped found and develop the Abbey Theatre, and received a Nobel Prize. In his poetry Yeats sought unity—tried to unify physical and spiritual, art and nature, body and soul, real and ideal. We will use William Butler Yeats: Selected Poems and Four Plays, ed. M. L. Rosenthal. Fourth Edition. Scribner Paperback Poetry.

For more information on Adult Studies, visit our website.
Contemplative Ministry
Contemplative Ministry Fall and Mid-Winter 2021-22 Newsletter
The Contemplative Ministries Team has produced a newsletter with information about all of their upcoming events and offerings. You may read it here.

Tuesday Morning Meditation Group
Facilitated by Jane Wellford (Group meetings through Zoom from 8:00 am until 8:45 am.) An email including a contemplative practice, a passage for Lectio Divina or sacred reading and a guided meditation is sent weekly to group participants and a mediation guide is also posted on the FPC website and FaceBook each Tuesday. If you are interested in participating in this group, contact Jane Wellford. (The first several months of these meditation guides have been printed in booklet form and copies for personal use can be requested through the church office.)

Wednesday Morning Meditation Group
Facilitated by Nan Perkins (Group meetings through Zoom. New members are welcome. Contact Nan Perkins at for additional information.) One hour of conversation, reflection on a spiritual text and silent meditation for those seeking to create space in busy lives to become more aware of the divine and to travel their faith journey with spiritual friends.

Photo above by Trina Holt
Missions News
CrossRoads is the FPC Local Mission for October
CrossRoads works to reduce sexual violence, child victimization and their effects through confidential counseling, advocacy, child medical treatment, education and community awareness for adults and children. Volunteers staff 24-hour crisis line, give presentations in schools and communities, help with fundraisers and office work. As a supporter of CrossRoads through our Local Missions, you can help by providing non-perishable snacks for the Center. This would include granola bars, goldfish crackers, chips, sugar free pudding cups, bottled water, Capri Sun Fruit Punch, Ready-to-Drink soft drinks. They could also use paper towels, tissues and disinfectant spray. During the month of October, you will find boxes outside the CDC entrance where we are collecting snacks to support this important mission. Feel free to contact Patti Bates ( for any questions. Thank you for your support!

Volunteer Needed to help with the Feeding the Hungry Food Pantry Ministry
Contact Bruce Shields ( if you are able to help organize donated food at the church once each week and coordinate pickup by the Salvation Army.

Furniture Ministry
Furniture Ministry has limited operations until further notice due to COVID concerns. Donations are not being received at the church warehouse during this time. If you would like to schedule a no-contact drop off please email the ministry at Referrals from partner agencies are being accepted.
Concerns & Celebrations
Heath Tuttle - Home
Fleta Carmen 
Don Stadler
Diane Barnwell
Ellen Gensinger
Dean Vaughn
Jean Parsons
Barbara Higgs 
Don Bullis
Jean Frissell - Hospice Care 
Mabel Trollinger
Patricia Johnson
Clara Lee Shive

Christian Sympathy is expressed to Helen Hickey and family at the death of her husband, Rich Hickey, on October 1. 
Church Business 
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!