As our daughter started the summer swim season earlier this week, I watched as she and her teammates excitedly gathered together for the first time since last year. While these kids all were game to get in the (cold) water, I am reminded of what I once heard about younger children and their affinity for the pool from one year to the next: some kids who love the water one season (like a fish) will be terrified of even entering it the next. That can definitely change how a family will spend their summer!
Fortunately, I don't think we are going to have that problem this year, considering that Archer has been extremely disappointed that he, too, is not allowed to go to the pool for swim practice as well. But that scenario is one I think about often when it comes to kids and their activities - one day, they may think it's the best thing ever; then, the next, they want to run as far away as possible from it. Why is that? In my opinion, it's because they have thought about it, with reason kicking in, causing fear where there once was none.
What is it about kids and their ability to do things with courage? When seeing them do it for the first time, is it that they are doing it with courage, or are they doing it without fear? No matter the case, many times as I watch kids jump off of high towers or do something that would, otherwise, scare me, I find myself inspired to try something again, or for the first time.

This Sunday, as we continue our Over the Rainbow sermon series, we will shift our focus to - you guessed it - the Cowardly Lion. While I will not be asking the question "if I were king of the forrrrreeeeessstttt?", we will think about what it was, for him, that had him seeking that trait from the top resident of the Emerald City.

This Sunday is also the last Sunday of our official program year, which means that this is the last Sunday of our formal Education Hour, meaning that Sunday School, for any age, concludes this week. I hope you will join us!

I look forward to seeing you, whether in-person or online!
With gratitude,
Pastor Kathryn
Sunday (Virtual) Worship Information

Sunday worship is in-person, but will continue to be available through Facebook Live, Zoom, and YouTube.

Worshipping via Zoom allows for worship participants to, at the least, see each other during worship, should a participant join through computer. Zoom also allows for worship participants to join by phone, should they not have access to a computer.

To join by phone, call: (646)558-8656

When you dial in you will be asked for a meeting ID number: enter 847 7231 7808The password is: 658602Depending on the time you dial in, you may not hear anything to start with. When the Prelude begins, you will hear audio.

To access worship by Zoom via computer, please click here.

(If you'd prefer to access the worship service through the Zoom website, please enter Meeting ID 847 7231 7808 - the password is: 658602.)

To access worship by Facebook Live, please click here.

To access worship by YouTube, please click here.

Don't forget - you can access this week's bulletin via the church's website.
News from Salem Presbytery
To quote our friend and colleague in Christ — the Rev. Gregory Bentley, co-moderator of the 224th General Assembly (2020) and current Presbyterian Mission Agency board member — I am hippopotamus happy and dinosaur delighted to share with you that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be on PBS!
We have partnered with the Viewpoint Project — producer of high-quality social and educational documentaries for public television with the mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ while positively impacting our communities and the world. Our educational segment focuses on the denomination’s Matthew 25 commitment to creating healthy, just communities and a radically inclusive world through building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty. 
A media kit was recently mailed to all mid councils containing videos, information about the program and tips on how your congregations can prepare and use the resources. Watch for that to come across your desk and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. For quick access, here are the two videos for your viewing and awareness:
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to prepare and equip your churches to engage with this opportunity. Feel free to copy, customize and paste the message below to your churches via email, newsletters and/or social media.
Tune in! The PC(USA) will be on PBS!  
The PC(USA) partnered with the Viewpoint project — — producer of high-quality social and educational documentaries for public television with the mission of positively impacting our communities and the world to produce and share a short video documentary. Our educational segment focuses on the denomination’s Matthew 25 commitment to creating healthy, just communities and a radically inclusive world. 
In May, households across the U.S. can view this segment via their local public broadcasting station. Your local PBS station will have the opportunity to show this documentary between broadcasts. A shorter version of the segment will also air across a myriad of cable networks like CNN and HLN.
Click here [link to] to check out the videos, learn more about the program and get some tips on how to prepare your congregation.
This documentary will help multiply the PC(USA)’s commitment to radical and fearless hospitality. When we welcome others, we welcome Christ; when we bring together people who are divided, we are doing God’s reconciling work. With God’s help and our labor, we are being a Matthew 25 church, actively engaged in the world.

The Missions Ministry Team is still collecting old terrycloth towels for Nora Burleson so that she can make easy-to-apply bibs for Parkinson's Disease patients; the bibs help make it a little easier for the caregivers to take care of their loved ones. Any donations can be dropped off and stored in the Mission Room (formerly the Youth Room).  

The Missions Ministry Team is collecting travel-sized items for restocking Mary’s Blessing Bags for distribution downtown, hopefully next month. Because assembling bags will take place at June’s Sunday Service event (June 4), the deadline to receive these items is next Sunday, May 28.

The Team is seeking:
  • shaving cream
  • washcloths
  • lotion
  • toothpaste
  • disposable razors
  • socks
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
Shopping tip: many of the items can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.
We continue to support Backpack Beginnings in two different ways:
Fellowship has started an ongoing partnership between Backpack Beginnings, Greensboro Housing Authority, and The Applewood Community. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please contact Jeannine Bailer (336.856.1609) or email her.
Wondering what to do with all of those grocery shopping bags? The Missions committee will be collecting “gently used” plastic grocery bags for Backpack Beginnings. Please bring any you don’t use to church with you, leaving them on the Missions table in the Dogwood Lobby closest to the double doors leading towards the classrooms.
Community Concert Sunday, May 21, at 3pm in the Sanctuary
The Unity Bell Choir is a diverse community group consisting of from 6 churches. The group is sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church. The group is directed by Jeannine Bailer and has 12 ringers, 4 of which are members of Fellowship. It is available to give concerts for churches, senior living homes, or other organizations. They will present a program of spirituals and folk songs here at Fellowship on May 21, at 3 PM, Everyone is invited to attend. 
Fellowship Presbyterian has online giving available through the Presbyterian Foundation. Click here to be taken to the online donations page.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations

The Prayer Concerns and Celebrations section has a new look! To ensure the most up-to-date information is being disseminated, the prayer concerns and celebrations has moved to a "live" document that will always contain the most recent updates as Pastor Kathryn and the Congregational Care Ministry Team has.

If you have any prayer concerns or celebrations to add, or know someone who is well enough to come off of the list, please contact your Congregational Care Ministry Team Captain or the Ministry Team’s co-chairs, Jeanie Harrison and Carol Morgan.

To access the prayer list, please click here.
This Week’s Calendar
May 20:
  • 10am: Men's Bible Study (Library)
May 21:
  • 9:45-11:45am: Wiggle Room (Preschool Classroom) 
  • 10am: Worship (Sanctuary & online) 
  • 11am: Fellowship Time (Dogwood Lobby) 
  • 11:15am-12noon:
  • Adult Education (Library)
  • Crochet Group (Parlor)
  • 1pm-8pm: Girl Scouts (Fellowship Hall & Library)
  • 3pm: Community Concert: Unity Bells (Sanctuary)
  • 5-7pm: Ministry Team Meetings (Fellowship Hall)
May 23:
  • 7pm: Session Meeting (Parlor)
May 24:
  • 7am: Men's Koffee Klatch (Panera Bread – Lawndale Location)
  • 12 noon: Bulletin and Blast Deadline 
May 25:
  • 9:30am & 1:30pm: Meyler Art Studio (Fellowship Hall)
  • 1-3pm: Community Bridge (Library)
May 28:
  • 9:45-11:45am: Wiggle Room (Preschool Classroom) 
  • 10am: Worship (Sanctuary & online) 
  • 11am: Fellowship Time (Dogwood Lobby) 
  • 11:15am-12noon: Education Hour
May 29: Memorial DayOffices Closed

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Session (Lay Leadership)