Sunday, November 21, 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


Are You Listening?

Many years ago, my children’s choir put on a musical. One of the lines they sang
continues to be “in my ear” all these years later: “are you listening?”

How many times have you asked this question or been asked? It seems like such a normal thing to inquire of yourself or others (especially of others, let’s be honest!).

But how many times do we stop to think about a valid answer?

When my search committee met with me about the position at First Presbyterian, I vividly recall talking about the times I had asked God the questions: “what are you asking me to do?” “how do you want me to serve?” “where do you want me to go?” These were questions that peppered my thinking for many months, if not years – seemingly without ever an answer…

The search committee’s invitation to talk grew into an answer! But more importantly a
revelation: often we are so very busy talking OVER God, as we ask questions, that we
do not HEAR or SEE God’s very obvious answers. Sometimes our loudness covers up
God’s very quiet voice.

But a point I really want to press is this: we must be intentional about listening. “Hear”
me say that one more time: we must be intentional about listening.

We have to be open to hearing God’s call. We have to find a quiet space in our lives to
wait, yes wait, for God’s still small voice. And we have to be patient as we seek an inner
peace that removes barriers to God’s gentle nudgings.

Perhaps you find that space by being in worship each Sunday, where you sing God’s
praises or lament your struggles through scripture, prayer, anthem or sermon. Maybe in
worship, in the presence of other travelers who are also waiting for God’s still small
voice, you sense community, that you are not alone.

My prayer is that you avail yourself of worship in God’s presence and in the company of
living saints who quietly recognize our need for God’s still small voice in our lives.

Are you listening?

Peace, friends,

Patrick

Sunday, November 21
Sunday Worship
Sunday worship is at 10:00 a.m., in person and live streamed.

Live Telephone Worship
To listen to the worship service, simply call 888-969-5508 at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. You will also be given an option of receiving a weekly call prior to each worship service. Please help us and pass this information along to any church member or community member who would benefit from this opportunity.
News & Events
508 Partnership Thanksgiving Worship Service 
Mark your calendar and plan to join us on Tuesday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. for a joint Thanksgiving Service at the First Baptist Church, 508 Apple Street. We are thankful to renew this partnership with First Baptist Church and are thankful for this invitation from them. Dr. Shive will be preaching.

FPC Facility Closed
The FPC facility will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

2021 Advent Devotionals
Devotionals will be available on Sunday, November 28. This year's devotional is "Close to Home" written and illustrated by A Sanctified Art. From the authors "When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. The Close to Home theme acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day—our everlasting home—is not fully realized. It names our deep longing for God to come close to us.The Advent and Christmas scriptures are rich with home metaphors and imagery. In these scriptures, home is both physical and metaphorical, something we seek and something we are called to build. In many ways, these scriptures are like blueprints—detailing the dreams of a God who makes a home with us. Ultimately, God is our home and resting place. God draws near and makes a home on earth; sacred ground is all around us.
This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home—wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage. An electronic version of the Advent devotional will be emailed. A limited number of hard copies will be available for pick up in the Welcome Center or the table outside of the church office. Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright (336-228-1703 x 223) to have a copy mailed to you.

Advent – A Time of Watching, Waiting, Planning, a Time of Cherishing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love
Quiet Spaces Meditations will come to you via email each Monday of Advent, beginning November 29, 2021 and ending December 27, 2021. These short, thoughtful, contemplative readings accompanied by the harp give each of us space and time to quieten ourselves during this busy season and focus on the birth and promise of the Christ Child, the Savior of the world. Begin your Advent weeks with meditative quiet moments as you travel the Advent journey to the manger.

Tuesday, November 30 Lunch at Brookwood
FPC staff will enjoy Lunch with the FPCB residents of the Village at Brookwood Tuesday, November 30 at noon in the private dining room.

Christmas Decorations 
Poinsettias ($28 each) for use in the sanctuary may be ordered as memorial or honorary flowers. Contributions as memorials or honoraria may also be made to defray costs of wreaths for our church doors, lamp posts, sanctuary sconces, balcony garland, etc. Please submit checks made payable to First Presbyterian Church (marked Christmas Decorations) and the printable order form attached here to the Church Office or place your notated check and the order in the offering plate. The deadline to order is Tuesday, December 7.
Annual Fruit Basket Delivery to Homebound Members, Saturday, December 4
The day will begin with a light breakfast and hot coffee in the Welcome Center at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers are needed for about an hour to deliver fruit baskets to church members who are not able to be with us on Sunday, but who faithfully remember the church. Baskets and recipient names may be picked up at the church between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. at the black and white hall entrance. Please call the church office at 228-1703 if you are able to help deliver.

Alternative Giving is Just Around the Corner! 
Beginning December 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the Witherspoon Room, you can come check out the different booths and displays set up by our Local and Global Mission Partners. We will have a variety of honor cards you can purchase to give to your loved ones and friends as Christmas cards and gifts. We also have tangible gift items such as candles and lip balm from Benevolence Farm, handcrafted items from Peru, and olive oil and creche sets from Palestine. The Witherspoon Room will be accessible on Sundays, December 5, 12, and 19 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. and 11:00-11:30 a.m. There will be online and mail in options to purchase honor cards as well. Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright for more information (callbright@fpcburllington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223).  
Taizé Worship – Sunday, December 5, 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
An Advent Taizé worship on the second Sunday of Advent will be centered around the themes of hope, peace, joy and love. In times of reflection, song and silence, may you be greeted by One who offers us mercy, grace, forgiveness and love. This service will be in-person only.
Lunch Bunch Book Club Rescheduled
Because of technical difficulties getting into Zoom on November 9, Book Club was canceled and the discussion of The Other Einstein was rescheduled for the regular meeting on Tuesday, December 14. We will meet at 12 noon IN PERSON in the John Knox Room to discuss the much anticipated book The Other Einstein. No Zoom meeting! What a treat - to resume our in-person gatherings with a book that stirs lots of thought and discussion! 
Just a few reminders regarding the church’s COVID protocols: 1) If you wish, bring your lunch and a drink, dessert will be provided. We will not have any access to the kitchen, not even for water. 2) Wear a mask except when eating. 3) Enter the building by way of the black and white hall off the parking lot and come to the John Knox Room.

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
Children’s Sunday School is at 11:15 a.m. Please wear a mask. November children’s Sunday school theme is Creation.
November 21 - SPECIAL CLASS – “Celebrating the Changing of the Year” in the Sanctuary led by Patrick Murphy and Charlotte Nance-Allbright. Parents are invited to join The Pointe in Room 227 for fellowship, support, and a Bible lesson. Nursery is available for our youngest disciples for those who choose that option.


Adult Classes in October: 

The Enrichment Class — Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Enrichment class is open to any adults of any age wishing to attend. Since Covid began, we have been meeting on Zoom for the past year and a half. We are still meeting on Zoom and holding our classes on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm. Contact Jane Wellford (wellford@elon.edu) or Catherine Matthews (csnn4145@gmail.com) for more information. If you wish to join us on Wednesday evenings, please see the Zoom link on our website here. November 24 — No class due to class being with families this night before Thanksgiving.

John Knox Fellowship — Sunday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m. Adult education opportunity to hear from Chenoa Stock – 9:00 a.m. in the John Knox Room or via Zoom. (Contact callbright@fpcburlington.org for the Zoom link). Chenoa Stock is a PC (USA) Mission Co-Worker, serving in Peru as the Partnership and Delegations Coordinator for the accompaniment program, PERUSA, with her husband, Jose, and their three-year old son, Leandro. A program of the Joining Hands Network, PERUSA serves to build bridges of long-term partnership between our Peruvian partners and PC (USA) congregations through mission experiences to Peru. Come to hear Chenoa share about her family’s journey, living inside and outside of Peru throughout the pandemic, and how they continued on in their accompaniment of and learning from our Peruvian partners. She will also share about how PERUSA and the Peruvian Joining Hands Network are currently working on analyzing the PERUSA ministry in order to create a more sacred space of partnership between our Peruvian partners and US congregations. 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 823 9936 8342
Passcode: 508WDS
Or call in on your phone:
Dial: 301 715 8592
Enter Meeting ID when prompted: 823 9936 8342
Enter Passcode when prompted: 347339
No class on November 28.

NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 21 — Poetry Class, Sundays thru November 28 at 11:15 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
Soul Collage ® Workshop
Wednesday, December 8
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Facilitated by Terri Burleson
Do you long for a creative outlet that will let you express your spiritual nature? Do you enjoy discovering your God-created person through the creative arts? Then this workshop will appeal to you. Soul Collage ®, developed by Seena B. Frost, MA, M.Div., is a method of self-discovery through the creation and intuitive analysis of a deck of card sized collages created by each participant. Involving art, creativity, self-awareness, journaling, meditation and personal growth, it is a process that facilitates a dialogue with the soul. Terri Burleson notes that “it is a wonderful technique with contemplative groups and is helpful in learning ways to incorporate the mind, heart and body to listen to the Spirit.” Terri, a member of the Contemplative Ministry team at Westover Presbyterian Church in Greensboro and a certified Soul Collage facilitator, will lead the workshop at our church. Look for additional information on registration in the FPC Thursday E-blasts or call Charlotte Allbright through the church office (336-228-1703) to sign up to participate.

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.
Missions News
Meals on Wheels is Our Local Mission for November
Alamance County Meals on Wheels is our mission focus for November. This agency offers hot nutritional home-delivered meals, frozen home-delivered meals, and winter weather emergency meals. The First Presbyterian Church of Burlington houses the offices of ACMOW. This agency serves over 300 people each day on 24 different hot and frozen meal routes. Please refer to the lists attached here — Food Pantry List and Birthday List — to see what supplementary food items and birthday treats you can contribute for the ACMOW clients. You may leave your donations in the box marked "Meals on Wheels Donations" by the CDC entrance.
Finally, beginning November 4, you can provide Christmas gifts for a MOW client by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BA9A82AA2FFC16-christmas Christmas gifts are due back at the ACMOW office by December 2, 2021. Thank you for giving generously!

Furniture Ministry
The Furniture Ministry is open and we need your help! We especially need dishes, flatware, pots and pans, and lamps. Donations can be brought to the warehouse on Mondays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. We will also be picking up donations from church members and others on a selective case-by-case basis. Also, we need volunteers to sort and tag items in the warehouse and to assist with pick-ups. Contact us at 336-212-2937. Even during the downtime, the Furniture Ministry was able to serve 13 families, deliver eight beds and mattresses to Allied Churches, and pick up several donations of furniture. This unique First Presbyterian Ministry continues to bring vital assistance to our Alamance County brothers and sisters in Christ at their time of greatest need. Thank you for your support!
Concerns & Celebrations
Jean Parsons - TLHC - Room 203
Al Beck
Sue McCrone-Bradshaw
Mimi Cowan's sister Laurie Marion
Don Stadler
Patricia Johnson
Heath Tuttle 
Mary Lou Massie
Paul Reeves
Jean Ross - Friend of Janice Horner
 
Congratulations to Brad and Lauren Bell on the birth of their daughter, Madelyn Rose, born November 9. The grandparents are Gary and Lavane Herman. Great grandmothers are Helen Hickey and Wilda Herman.
 
Christian Sympathy is extended to Barbara Roberts following the death of her sister-in-law, Jeannie Lotts, who died on November 10, 2021.
 
Christian Sympathy is extended to Boyce Bishop following the death of his father, Arthur Hudson Bishop, who died on November 11, 2021.
 
Christian Sympathy is extended to Linda Scott following the death of her sister, Barbara Ann Blake, who died on November 11, 2021.
Church Business
Click here to view the minutes of the Sessions Meeting from October 17, 2021 
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!