Sunday, August 7, 2022
One In-Person Worship Service at
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Call 888-969-5508 to listen to the service


What should sabbatical be? Perhaps time by a trickling stream where you can recite the 23rd Psalm. Or toes in the sand and the sound of ocean waves crashing nearby. 
My sabbatical time was full of long car rides with loud music, joyful smiles, happy tears, robust laughter, bickering brothers, phenomenal food, and hugs that will take your breath away. I also experienced an online class that helped me to see a next step in my call to the ministry of faith formation. 
During the January portion of the sabbatical, I received the most eye-opening opportunity to take an online class with Columbia Seminary. I took their intro class, Seeking God, to see if I wanted to join the process for a Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Seeking God provided me the opportunity to get to know folks from around the U.S. who are also on this faith journey, to discover new things about myself and my faith, and to dive deep into my “faith timeline.” At the end of the class, even after writing the eleven page paper that included my Rule of Life, I had no doubt that I wanted to pursue the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. I am now part of the certificate program and looking forward to my next class, Wisdom’s Wonder, which will take place in Montreat in October. No place like Montreat in the fall to experience the Holy Spirit!
Because I spent my January in study, I “planned” to experience lazy days, sunshine and good books in July. God laughed at my plans and said “Charlotte, you gotta take care of your kids, too! And travel!” So we traveled and spent over a week with loved ones in VA and IL we haven’t seen in a while. We explored new places, like the Ark Encounter in KY, and stayed in some of the most beautiful State Parks I have ever seen. I am so thankful for the time I was able to be with my husband, my children, my aging parents, and my in-laws, whom we have not seen in seven years. Those tight hugs were life-giving. So much love and joy was rediscovered during this sabbatical.
There are many sabbatical memories that I could share, but these two are at the top of the list – my older son’s stories about the Tucson mission trip and my younger son finally losing his front two teeth at the same time. Spending time with my children was the best gift of sabbatical. I will cherish those moments forever. I thank you, the FPCB church family, for giving me the opportunity to experience Sabbath and God’s love and light. 
Charlotte Nance-Allbright, MACE, MSW, CCE
Director of Christian Formation and Education
This Sunday, August 7
Summer Worship Schedule
10:00 a.m. on Sundays
Summer worship will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary through Sunday, September 4. All in-person worshippers are invited to Lemonade Fellowship following worship during this season. 

Live Streamed Worship
Watch our live streamed worship at this link Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Live Telephone Worship
Listen to Our Sunday 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.
Summer Sermon Series
Let’s Be Honest With Each Other: Things We Say We Aren’t Sure We Mean
August 7The Grass is Always Greener: Isaiah 40:1-11 — Dr. Stewart Rawson

Click here to view the complete Summer Sermon Series.
News & Events
Contemplative Ministry – Quiet Spaces Meditations
Mondays in August
Look for Quiet Spaces Meditations to appear in your inbox and on the FPC Facebook page Mondays during August. Take time in your busy schedule to spend some moments of quiet in contemplation of God’s plan for us as a church family. Let the beauty of God’s creation, the strength of God’s word to us and the power of prayer help to center your day. In the stillness, may you find the presence of God in the world around you and within yourself.
Youth Slideshow & Supper
August 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Our youth slideshow is back again on Sunday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m.! We will showcase pictures and videos from all of our youth activities this past year, celebrating the memories we’ve made and looking forward to the year to come! All are welcome for the evening and we highly encourage youth and parents to check out all of the exciting things happening with FPC Youth Ministries! The slideshow begins at 6:00 p.m. in Shive Hall and will conclude with a look at our plans for the 2022/2023 school year. Hope to see you there!
Summer Choir
Sundays at 9:15 a.m. During August
An annual tradition here at FPC, Summer Choir is a wonderful opportunity for folks who enjoy singing to share their talents with the congregation. Summer Choir meets each Sunday morning in August at 9:15 to rehearse the music for the day. Come sing when you are in town! If you would like to lend your voice or simply learn more about Summer Choir, please contact Patrick Murphy (228-1703, x218). 
Blessing of Backpacks 
Sunday, August 28
Blessing of the Backpacks will be August 28 during the 10:00 a.m. worship service. This is an opportunity for all children to be surrounded by the love of their church family through prayer, high-fives, smiles, and a little gift. After blessing the backpacks, Charlotte will take the children “FISHIN’!” Curious? Come to find out more!
FPC's COVID-19 Re-Entry Task Force
Find Updates Here
The COVID-19 Re-Entry Task Force will meet again on August 3 to discuss the current COVID-19 situation and will update the guidelines if necessary. Until then, CLICK HERE to read the most recent update from May 2022.
2022 Chancel Flower Order Form
Reserve a Sunday
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
Adults and youths, couples or individuals 
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. Please contact John Walton (336) 263-6512 or for more information. SIGN UP HERE!

Missions News
Andrews Elementary Needs School Supplies
FPC's Local Mission for August
Back to school sales have started! When you are out shopping, please pick up a few items for the teachers and students at Andrews Elementary. This year we are collecting Glue Sticks, pencil boxes, Kleenex, Hand soap (not sanitizer), spiral notebooks, Subject Composition notebooks and Book bags for primary children. There is a collection box by the CDC entrance. Let’s get this school year started off great!
Habitat Unity Build Workday
Doctor Jay Pringle coordinated the Habitat Unity Build workday for some FPC members this past Saturday. In the photo are Micah McCravey who is on the Habitat construction staff, Gayle Gunn, Jay Pringle (regular core crew volunteer) and David Lassiter.

We were unable to work on the actual Unity Build house on 6th Street since they are waiting on windows to be delivered but we were most successful in laying the complete sub-floor on another house that is under construction at 485 Key Street off Highway 62 North in Burlington. We worked alongside members of Trailhead Church, the future Unity Build homeowners as well as members of the Habitat core crew who were very patient with the volunteers.

Furniture Ministry
Our next work day will be August 20.
We need furniture of all types, including mattresses, lamps, cookware, dishes, flatware, small appliances, and especially monetary gifts! Our free offsite warehouse space has been sold and we will now have to pay for storage, a cost of $1000 a month. Thank you for your support! In the past five years, our church-wide ministry has furnished homes for 850 families with 1427 children. Alamance County’s neediest depend on us! 
What do you know about Days for Girls? 
This is a program that our mission partner in Zambia, Melissa Johnson, brought to our attention. Several of our members loved the idea of taking care of our sisters-in-need in Zambia and pulled out their sewing machines. 
The Food Pantry
Drop Off at CDC Entrance
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.
Celebrations and Concerns
Sandra Harper - The Village at Brookwood - Room 335
Billie Scobey 
Joan Coleman 
Jim Mason
Jay Johnson 
Al Beck
Trevor Downs
Patricia Johnson - Eddie Lee Lipscomb’s family
Dean Vaughn
Jean Langley - mother of Phil Langley - Hospice Care
Palwasha Azimi
Christian Sympathy is expressed to Pam Rawson and family following the death of her brother, Michael Ranson Cook, on Sunday, July 31, 2022. A memorial service will be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia, SC on Monday, August 15, 2022 with full military honors.

Dear Church Family
I am overwhelmed by the caring nature of our congregation shown to my husband and I during my knee replacement surgery.
My recovery continues and so does the generosity of my church family. The prayers said, cards sent, flowers delivered, phone calls made, prayer shawl created and meals delivered have been wonderful. I feel the love and care of my church family.
Jin-Jin Blackburn
Church Business
Financials & Meeting Minutes
Second Quarter Statements
Second quarter 2022 contribution statements will be mailed this week.
Please review your statements. 
If you have any questions, please contact Tori Stadler at or contact the church office at 336-228-1703 ext. 217.
Click here to view the May 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!