Youth Sunday, May 15, 2022
In-Person Worship Services at
8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary
& 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Call 888-969-5508 to listen to the service

Every year the youth representatives and I sit down and brainstorm a theme for the coming year. This past year Connor Gould, Eddie Bryan, Elizabeth Davis and I were stuck trying to think of what kind of theme we should have, especially for this year where we were hoping to make a big return to our larger activities. It was then that our own Patrick Murphy poked his head in to see what we were doing. As he left he encouraged us and said, “Make it happen!” All four of us looked at one another and exclaimed, “That’s it!”
Our theme for this year has been "Make It Happen" and it has fit so well. Our students have persevered through some of the most unprecedented times and we found new and old ways of meeting, growing, and learning about God and one another together. We have also had the chance to explore the ways we are called to "Make It Happen" in our daily living by serving others and being Christ’s hands and feet in the world.
We celebrate this past year with the culmination of Youth Sunday. I look forward to this Sunday every year and love to see our students leading us in worship. Music, liturgy, preaching, our students will be leading it all! We invite you to join in the celebration this Sunday at both the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services in the sanctuary. It’s time to “Make It Happen”!
In Christ,
Taylor Barner
Associate Pastor for Student and Family Ministries
This Sunday, May 15
Live Streamed Worship
You may watch our live streamed worship at this link on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.

Live Telephone Worship
To listen to the worship service, simply call 888-969-5508 at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday. You will also be given an option of receiving a weekly call prior to each worship service.
News & Events
on the occasion of his retirement as our Pastor and Head of Staff

  • GIFTS: To honor the Shives' 20 years of service to our church, the Session welcomes gifts to support a church-based community outreach initiative — either an existing one or a new one. FPC Foundation board will consult with the Shives before designating these gifts. If you wish to participate, please send a check to First Presbyterian Church, c/o Tori Stadler, Financial Administrator (please mark your check clearly — "Honor Shive"). For other methods of giving, please contact Mrs. Stadler at the church office.

  • JUNE 5 (Day of Pentecost) — FAREWELL TO RON AND PAM: Following worship at 10:00 a.m. (summer schedule), the Session's Fellowship Committee will welcome all to a reception honoring Ron and Pam on his final day as our Pastor.

Questions? Email <>.
(This announcement will be updated as plans develop to honor Ron and Pam.)

New Website…A Year in the Making
Our new church logo is appearing everywhere we look, whether it’s on the Sunday worship bulletin, on the banners around the church campus, or online. Part of the drive behind the new logo is the work that has been going on for nearly a year on a new church website.

Our current website is nearly ten years old – in this digital era, that is considered ancient! And technology is ever evolving, so it is important that we incorporate new technologies where and when appropriate. Such is the case with our site. A small committee consisting of church members and staff has been working with bloom – a company who is taking the time to get to know and understand our church to lead us in this project. We are excited to announce that our new website will be launching in late May/early June.

As with all new sites, it will be a “work in progress” for the first few months. We ask for your patience as the “bugs” are worked out and updates are entered. A new website will not affect our other digital communications such as the Thursday e-blast and social media posts. They will continue as usual, and we suggest that you continue to rely on them for up-to-date information about what’s happening at FPC-Burlington.
Thank you!

First Baptist Burlington Celebrates 508 Partnership
Join us on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church to celebrate the 508 Partnership with the Rev. Dr. Ron Shive and First Presbyterian on his retirement. There will be a worship service followed by a reception. If you plan on attending this event please RSVP at no later than Friday, May 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Graduate Sunday, June 12
Graduate Sunday will be held on Sunday, June 12 this year. We invite our graduates and their families to join us in worship at the 10:00 a.m. worship service with their graduation caps. We also invite all high school and college/grad school graduates to submit the following information to Taylor ( by June 1 to be included in our Graduate Sunday eblast and the church magazine:
Name, School, Future Plans, Favorite FPC Memory, Bible Verse, and/or Quote.
And a picture of you with cap and/or gown!
Young Adult Summer Bible Studies
All Young Adults are invited to join us for two weekly Bible studies beginning Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 in Room 201 at FPC. Tuesday will be a morning session beginning at 7:30 a.m. and Wednesday will be an evening session beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first few minutes of each session will be a chance to catch up and fellowship with coffee/tea. Each session will be roughly 45 minutes. Our first study will focus on and work through the Gospel of John. Both sessions are open to all and friends and visitors are more than welcome!

June Young Adult Gathering
Join us Saturday, June 25 at the Burlington Athletic Stadium for a night with the Burlington Sock Puppets! We will have a pavilion with food and drinks while we watch the game together. Kids are of course welcome to attend as well! Please rsvp by June 16 so we can have an accurate count. A donation of $10 / person is encouraged but not required. Looking forward to a night at the ballpark with everyone!

Update from the Covid-19 Re-entry Task Force
Please click here to read the update.

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
If you would like to get involved in some volunteer work that doesn't take any extra time, the Ushers Guild is just right for you! Many of you are at church already and would be a wonderful smiling face to hand out bulletins and collect the offering on selected Sunday mornings. Adults and youths, couples or individuals are needed. Please contact John Walton (336) 263-6512 or for more information. Thank you to those who have already volunteered.
Join DJ Cupcake and First Presbyterian Church of Burlington for Our Annual Vacation Bible School and Mission Mania
June 20–23 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. 
This year’s theme is Cokesbury’s “Food Truck Party! On a Roll with God!” We plan to have a food truck there providing dinner between 5:00–5:45 p.m. ($5 per person if able). VBS workshops are designed for children age 3 (by August 31, 2021) to 3rd grade. Our 4th & 5th graders are the Mission Mania Team. They will travel around Alamance County and participate in hands-on missions. Please register online or contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright ( Adult “Shepherds” also needed. Register at the same link. Background checks are required for all adult volunteers. 
Faith Formation
Adult Classes 
John Knox Fellowship – 9:45 a.m. on Sundays in the John Knox Room (located next to the Welcome Center downstairs).
  • May 15, 22 & 29 – “Presbyterian Faith and History” by the Rev. Amanda Anderson
  • June 5 – End of Year Celebration

The Enrichment Class
Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Enrichment Class will continue to meet via Zoom during the month of May. Beginning Wednesday, April 27 and running through Wednesday, May 18, we will be discussing the book, Flunking Sainthood by Jana Reiss. Becky Wagoner will be leading the discussion and looks forward to lively conversation!! If you wish to join the class on Wednesday evenings, please see the Zoom link on our website If you wish to join us on Wednesday evenings, please see the Zoom link and schedule on our website here.

Children's Sunday School Classes During May: Biblemax!
  • May 15 at 9:45 a.m., children are invited to Biblemax to watch Encanto through the lens of faith. Children will have a chance to wonder about family, gifts, and more. 
  • May 22 at 9:45 a.m. is VBS Preview Party Day in Rooms 223 & 224. Come learn more about this year’s “Food Truck Party! On a Roll with God!” Music, movement, and hands-on activities!
  • May 29 – no Sunday school today. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

June 5 at 9:00 a.m. Special Presentation: 
Alabama Bound — and They’re Back!  
The Civil Rights and Racial Justice travelers returned and want to share some of their pictures, memories and take-aways with you. Join Tony & Clara Foriest and several FPC members on June 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the John Knox room for an informal report.
Missions News
2022 “Don’t Trash It” Campaign
The Furniture Ministry team is getting set up for one of the wonderful missions of the church—the time when we all come together to collect, sort, wash and bag linens from the annual Elon University “Don’t Trash It!” campaign. This campaign provides 100-150 linen sets, enough to meet the needs of our clients for a large portion of the year. Raye Sapp is again heading up our church-wide effort.

The collection runs from May 11-May 31. We will be picking up donated linens daily during that time from Elon.

The linens will be taken to the Garrison Building where volunteers will sort them into sets and place them in bags for church members to take home and wash. When they are returned, volunteers will package them into complete “beds-in-bags,” each of which will contain a mattress pad, sheet and pillowcase set, and blanket or comforter.

Volunteers are needed to help with sorting and bagging on these days: 
   May 13 — 9:30–12:00 
   May 16, 18, 20 — 9:00-12:00
   May 23, 25, 27 — 9:00-12:00 
   June 1, 3 — 9:00–12;00
   June 7, 8, 9, 10 — 9:00–12:00 To finish and move all to Furniture Ministry warehouse.

To Volunteer to pack and sort:
Please contact either Furniture Ministry phone or email 336-212-2937, or Raye Sapp 336-260-5833,

To Volunteer to wash:
Pick up and return after 8:30 service or after 11:00 service on following Sundays or any of the workdays May 15, May 22 and June 5. We would like all washed items returned by June 8.
Thanks for your help in this Wonderful ministry. 
A Thank You Note from Andrews Elementary
Jin Jin,
Please let your congregation know how sincerely appreciative Andrews Elementary School staff members are of the outpouring of love and support this week during Staff Appreciation. The gift cards, plants, seeds, and kind words that our buddies shared just uplifted the staff and continue to encourage them while doing some tough work each day. First Presbyterian Church has supported our community of families, our children and our staff in so many gracious ways. Thank you for the partnership and all the love that your members show Andrews Leadership School. We are very blessed!
I hope that perhaps your pastor may find it worthy to share our note of thanks in your bulletin.  
Kind regards,
Drive-thru Food Collection on Monday, June 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Mission Opportunity for ALL – Drive-thru food collection at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 21 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. All church members and friends are asked to bring non-perishable food items and give to the “Mission Mania Team” (4th & 5th graders) who will be standing by the CDC (black and white hallway) entrance of the building. The donations will be divided among Meals on Wheels and Salvation Army. If you cannot come to the event or would like to give a financial donation, please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church and make a memo/note “VBS Food Collection” and send to the church with Attn: Charlotte Nance-Allbright. Thank you! 

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.

A Letter from John McCall, Our Missions Co-Worker Serving in Taiwan
Click here to read The Encouraging Wind of God's Spirit.
Celebrations and Concerns
Joan Coleman - ARMC- Room 243
Terry Johnston- Surgery-5/12- ARMC   
Jay Johnson 
Al Beck
Paul Reeves
Patricia Johnson
Dave Aldrich
Judith Rodgers 
Julie Doub - sister of Jin-JIn Blackburn- stem cell transplant on 5/12
Jean Langley - mother of Phil Langley 
Christian Sympathy is expressed to the family of Virgil Holcomb Christian at his death on Tuesday, April 26,2022. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Rodger Temples and Patty Collins on their marriage on Saturday, May 7 in Williams Chapel.

Christian Sympathy is expressed to the family of Mabel Trollinger at her death on May 10, 2022. 
FPC welcomes Mackintosh Holt Bullock who was baptized on Sunday, May 8. His parents are Ted and Gret Bullock.
FPC welcomes Myers Margaret and Geales Gavin Stevens who were baptized on Sunday, May 8. Their parents are Scott and Gavin Stevens.
Church Business
Financials & Meeting Minutes
Click here to view the minutes from the April Stated Session Meeting.

Click here to view the March 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!