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In This Issue
Subscriptions & Deadlines
Fall Semester Begins Next Week
Sign Up for Student Retreat by Sunday for Discount
Let's Go! Join the Confirmation Class!
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs
Oh, Where Are the Snippers of Yesteryear?
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
August 19
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 25:1-9
1 Corinthians 15:49-58
Christian Hope
Sam Weddington
Hope of the World
Be Still, My Soul
Our Hope, Our Life
I Have Touched the Face of God
Attendance Last Sunday
8:30: 144; 11:00: 130
Subscriptions & Deadlines
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August 16 , 2018
Fall Semester Begins Next Week
We will kick off our fall semester of Wednesday night programs August 22 with a fellowship supper at 5:30, followed by programs for all ages. Fried chicken, a vegetable, salad, and dessert are on the menu for the evening. High School Small Groups, Middle School Gathering, and Wednesday Night Kids will meet at 6:00. We'll hear announcements and play table games at 6:10. At 6:20, Dave Welch will lead the Adult Learning session in "I Love to Tell the Story," a creative and purposeful look at sharing our faith journeys with others. Please join us!
Sign Up for Student Retreat by Sunday for Discount
Students in seventh through twelfth grades are invited to a weekend of fun and fellowship at the FPC Fall Retreat at Whitewater Express in Copperhill, Tenn. The weekend will include wild fun, whitewater rafting, the great outdoors, worship, and bonding with your church family. We will leave early on Saturday, September 1, and return on the afternoon of Monday, September 3.
If you register with a deposit by this Sunday, August 19, you will receive a T-shirt, and the total cost of the trip will be $150. After Sunday, the price will increase to $160, and your T-shirt size cannot be guaranteed.
Ready to go? Register at and turn in a $75 deposit to Katie or the church office.
Let's Go! Join the Confirmation Class!
First Presbyterian Church invites all seventh graders on a two-year journey to confirmation that will begin Sunday, September 9. All middle and high school students who have not yet been confirmed are invited to come along! Running from September through April, this course will prepare students for baptism or to confirm the vows of their baptism by professing their faith in Jesus Christ.
As they learn through discussion and activities, students will find the confirmation journey to be a time of individual growth and relational growth with their church family. They will learn, talk, and ask hard questions about faith, God, and more; play games; watch videos; and meet friends in new ways. And in addition to their teachers, each student will have two mentors, an adult and a high school student, to help them as they go through this process. All students who journey to the end will be invited to confirm their faith at the end of the second year.
Each Sunday session will build on the information from the previous week, so class attendance is very important. We ask students to commit to attend every session. We can help students make up a missed class, but we ask all confirmands to take this commitment seriously.
Our September 9 session will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. as part of a kickoff rally with all Sunday classes. During this event, confirmands will receive their confirmation Bible. Subsequent confirmation classes will be held in the Big Room in the Student Ministries wing on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 10:45.
For more information or to sign up, email Katie Arnold at or call her at 423-764-7176. Students who plan to participate in confirmation should let her know by Sunday, August 26, so that Student Ministries can plan for their participation.
Engaging Volunteers: Current Needs

FPC needs volunteers immediately for the following tasks:
Driver. An FPC member who no longer drives needs a ride to and from the 11:00 service every week. Contact Dave Welch at for more information.
Kid's Kirk. We need rotating helpers for both services and Sunday School. These are helpers/assistants and not teachers. Volunteers can sign up for one week, one month, or a specific time, like a particular Sunday of every month. For more information or to sign up, contact Lilly Osborne at

Kitchen Volunteers. We need folks to help us give our Wednesday fellowship suppers. The revised start date for the new semester is August 22. To sign up, contact Scottie Bales at There are several ways to help:
  • Shop. Do the one-stop shopping at Sam's Club then deliver groceries to the FPC kitchen on Tuesday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Prep. Spend an hour or two from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays chopping veggies, making tea, preparing sides, and so forth.
  • Set up. Those who don't care to cook can help, too. Set the tables from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.; no training required! Simply set out plates, napkins, utensils, and salt and pepper.
  • Clean up. Be one of the crew that cleans up right after dinner. We will be using disposable plates and cups for more efficient cleanup.

Student Ministries. There are several ways you can become involved in Student Ministries:
  • SM Planning Team. Meet monthly with the Director of Student Ministries to plan, vision, and pray for student ministry. Assist with SM tasks and events.
  • Small Group Leader. Invest in the lives of a few students to encourage authentic faith. Attend Sunday night Student Fellowship (5:30-8:00). Assist with activities and spend time with teens through dinner, games, and worship. After worship, guide discussion with a small group of teens.
  • Dinner Coordinator. Coordinate volunteers to bring dinner to Sunday Student Fellowship.
  • Student Fellowship Setup/Cleanup. Set up dinner and special event activities; clean up after meal and activities.
Oh, Where Are the Snippers of Yesteryear?
(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Only a few years ago, our backyard was the grazing ground of a muskrat built along the lines of a Quonset hut, a domesticity of ducks, a reclusive groundhog, and many a rabbit who appeared to have swallowed the moon. This year our volunteer grass croppers are down to a single lean, athletic-looking rabbit; he gets his greens but, working alone, cannot munch it all. We sorrow over this double dwindling for many reasons, not least of which is that, until reinforcements arrive, we can no longer describe ourselves as fat as a rabbit in August. Fortunately, FPC is blessed with faithful volunteers who tend the church lawn every week during the long growing season. David Moore (August 15-18) and Randy Olson (August 22-25) will take our vegetarian Tiger Cat out to browse on its preferred food, making sure that the church grounds look their best for the remaining Sundays in August and the start of our fall programs.
Join the mowing team! You can sign up now for spring. We welcome men and women, adults and teens, even families: younger children can move debris to the curb, and a parent or elder sibling can mow. It's easy, and you suit your own convenience, mowing once or up to three times. Simply contact Randy Cook at or 423-956-1541. If you're new to Scag mowers, he will be happy to give you a lesson on ours.
Music Notes
Sunday's music: The music and text of our anthem, "I Have Touched the Face of God," were composed by Noel Goemanne (1926 -2010), who was born in Poperinge, Belgium. He was named in honor of Christmas, and during his long career as a composer of sacred music wrote many choral and organ pieces to celebrate that season. Outspoken
Noel Goemanne
about the importance of music from his earliest years, he was arrested during World War II for publicly playing the music of the Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn during the Nazi occupation. In 1952, newly married and realizing that Europe had an overabundance of organists, he and his wife, Janine, immigrated to the United States, where he took the position of church organist at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Victoria, Texas. When the liturgical rites of the Catholic Church changed in the early 1960s, he was quick to adapt, while adhering to classical good taste. He composed the first Masses in English approved by Vatican II for use in the Church. During the 1960s he traveled to college campuses, giving workshops on sacred music. He established the sacred music program at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana, for which he was awarded an honorary doctorate. Goemanne held organist and choirmaster positions in Detroit, Michigan; at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas; and, finally, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas from 1972 until his death. One day in Dallas, one of his choir members casually remarked that the Pachelbel Canon had been arranged for every instrument but voice and suggested he write a version for singers. He did, and his arrangement was used in several scenes in the 1980 Academy Award -winning movie Ordinary People. During his long composing career, Goemanne received the Pro Ecclesia medal from the Vatican in 1977; the award from the Institute of Sacred Music, Manila, Philippines, in 1974; and numerous ASCAP awards.
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Women of the Sanctuary Choir.
Organist's footnotes: Dr. Charles Gordon Phillips (1908 -1991) was Professor of Pipe Organ at the London College of Music and one of the most influential teachers of the mid-twentieth century. Dr. Phillips drew many organists' attention to early English organ music through the Tallis to Wesley series, which he instigated and edited. He was the first to lead players back to what the composers had actually written, and away from the heavily edited and filled-in arrangements that had draped early music in a late nineteenth-century mantle. As an organ composer, he has been largely forgotten, apart from the Six Carol Preludes and the "Meditation" from the Three Pastoral Pieces.
Dr. Charles Gordon Phillips
From 1957 until his death in 1991, Dr. Phillips gave twice-weekly recitals at All Hallows by the Tower of London. I attended one of these recitals in the summer of 1988. Afterwards, I was introduced to Dr. Phillips, and I complimented him on his own composition ( Three Pastoral Pieces) that he had played and inquired where one could purchase a copy. He quickly retorted, "You can't! It's out of print. But if you like, I'll ask the secretary to make photocopies for you." And thus I acquired the suite of pieces you will hear Sunday.
The Three Pastoral Pieces were composed separately in October 1936 and November and February 1937. They were published as a set by Oxford University Press later in 1937. The pieces go well played as a set, as the cumulative effect is that of progress from the known towards the modern. Each piece has a dedication to a contemporary organist, each of whom was a recitalist at that time: Reginald Jevons, W. S. Lloyd Webber (father of Andrew Lloyd Webber), and Harold Fairburn. "Meditation" (prelude) begins by toying with the ideas arising from the first four notes, first upwards then downwards; the possibilities for modulation are explored and, in the process, the melodic fragment gets modified. When we return to recapitulate the opening, it is as if after much thought: first ideas are best. The "Scherzo" (offertory) is a lively piece whose chromatic decoration conveys a feeling of restlessness until we reach the middle section, which is in the major key. The tonal stability is short lived, and after more chromaticism and an accelerando that ends with a very short pedal solo, the opening is recapitulated, now sounding quite familiar after the middle section. The piece ends with a little coda, a kind of afterthought. "Pastoral Sketch" (postlude): A calm opening is rudely interrupted by five discordant notes on the clarinet. Calm is restored and, after a melodic solo, the clarinet enters as if it now knows which notes to play. A tonic pedal prepares us for the final cadence. A rough rustic interpretation of the pastoral scene.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
DeeDee Galliher
Nancy King
Larry & Courtney Sharrett
Chuck Thompson
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
August 19      Sherry Worley
August 20      Jim White
August 21      Katie Arnold
August 22      Briggs Evans, Pat Hunigan
August 24      Jack Smith
August 25      Sam Shim, Roger Sikorski
Gifts to the Church
Memorials and honoraria are published in the newsletter only after the family has been personally notified by our business office. Today we gratefully acknowledge gifts to the church in memory of:
Tyler Boggs (great-nephew of Karen Boone): to the Student Scholarship Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Peggy Brown (sister of Carl McGrady): to the Capital Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Neal Caldwell (brother-in-law of Margaret Wade): to the Capital Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
LaVerne Frazier: to the Capital Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Marian Hatenbach (mother of Mark Mervis): to the Capital Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Betty Millard: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from John Ed & June Faucette
Betty Mott (mother of Betsy Galliher): to the to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Andy Perry: to the Capital Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Bill Stone: to the Building & Grounds Fund from John Ed & June Faucette
Lee Truman (father of Linda Welch): to the Capital Fund from Eddie & Peggy Hill
Church Calendar
Sunday, August 19
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.       Evangelism & Outreach Comm., Room 117
Monday, August 20
5:15 p.m.       MEF Comm., Room 124
Tuesday, August 21
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
1:00 p.m.       Jackie Burt's Heartsburn Bible Study, Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, August 22
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34 - 37
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Wednesday Night Kids
6:00 p.m.       Middle School Gathering
6:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
6:20 p.m.       Adult Learning Program
7:00 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, August 23
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Aaron Brooks
Anna Booher
Nancy Allerton
Randy Cook
Lee Galliher
Rebecca Beck
Debbie McMillin
Pete Holler
David Hyde
Stuart Parker
Han Ong
Jordan Pennington
Chuck Thompson
Pete Stigers
Jerry Poteat
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Adam Abel
Sujean Bradley
Blake Bassett
Nancy Butterworth
George Linke
Rhonda Comer
David Ginn
Greg Roberts
Brenda Lawson
Rett Stocstill
Nate Sproles
Barbara Thompson
Ann Woods
Bill Whisnant
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Charles Webb
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill