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In This Issue
About Windows
Pick Up Your Lenten Devotional Booklet Sunday
Con Sauls Speaks on Prayer Next Wednesday
Finding Comfort in God in a World Gone Crazy
Stir It Up in Cooking Club!
PNO Debuts a Fun Feature Feb. 9
High School Super Bowl Party
Middle School Super Bowling Sunday
Fairmount Snack Program Resumes
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
February 4
5th Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31
Mark 1:29-39
Kingdom Image
Dave Welch
We Cannot Measure How You Heal
For Everyone Born
Gloria in Excelsis
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 103; 11:00: 113
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February 1, 2018
Pick Up Your Lenten Devotional Booklet Sunday
Beginning this Sunday, February 4, Lenten devotional booklets from Presbyterians Today will be available for pickup in the narthex and the Fellowship Hallway. Please note that we can offer only one booklet per family.
As its title makes clear, this year's publication explores the connection between Jesus and the Prophets through challenging daily reflections, scripture readings, and prayers. The Lenten devotional features oil paintings by Steven Burgess, a member of First United Presbyterian Church-Salem in upstate New York.
Con Sauls Speaks on Prayer Next Wednesday
Please join us next Wednesday, February 7, to hear Con Sauls speak on prayer in the Adult Learning program at 6:15 p.m. Come to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a fellowship dinner of chicken, vegetable, salad, and dessert. The Middle School Gathering and Wednesday Night Kids will meet separately at 6:00. High School Small Groups will meet at 7:00. 
Finding Comfort in God in a World Gone Crazy
Come to our annual Women's Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC, February 23-25, for a restorative, fun weekend of exploring how God wants us to "fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith." You'll have time to relax with new and old friends and learn practical ways to set your mind on God's promises during these difficult days. As we learn how to keep our focus on God and His goodness, we'll experience greater connection with Him and learn to carry ourselves with more confidence in His faithfulness. Join us to learn about the peace God gives us through his Spirit and return home with tools to shine His light into a world that deeply needs the hope that only He can give!
Joy Starnes Mast
Our speaker will be Joy Starnes Mast, an energetic woman who spent her early years thinking her first name was Settle Down. She likes to laugh, learn about others, listen to cello music, memorize scripture, drink coffee, eat kettle chips, and hang out in her comfy clothes. Joy now leads Releasity ("release-city"), a ministry that helps women who struggle with overeating by setting them free to go to God rather than to food for comfort. With a background in comedy training and speech therapy, Joy punctuates her messages with humor and practical tips for connecting with God in our everyday lives. Her hope is to communicate God's love and desire for His people in a winsome, down-to-earth, and compelling way. To learn more about her ministry, visit her website at
Registration and a $25 deposit are due Sunday, February 18. The price for a private single room is $205; for a double room, $145; for a room for three, $128. The total cost includes five meals, coffee, hot tea, and two nights in hotel-style lodging. The Heart to Heart Women's Ministry will provide snacks for the group.
Stir It Up in Cooking Club!
If you would like to mix fun and fellowship into making dinner, come to Cooking Club! No shopping, no prepping, just assembling and fun! We will gather in the big kitchen to put together five freezer meals: lasagna, chili, chicken and wild rice, poppyseed chicken, and Parmesan chicken. Participants will take their meals home, where they can pop them in the freezer then pull them out for family dinners on busy evenings. We will also make five meals to keep at the church to give to those in need. For more information, email Lilly Osborne at or call or text her at 423-383-5476.
PNO Debuts a Fun Feature Feb. 9
The Children's Ministry has scheduled a Parents' Night Out from 6:00 to 8:30 next Friday, February 9, and this time it offers parents a new opportunity. After leaving their children in safe hands in the Education Wing, parents can go out on a date on their own or they can dine in a host home. Parents who choose the second option must sign up with Lilly Osborne by Tuesday, February 6. In either case, she will need to know the number and ages of the children to expect so that she can provide meals and materials for all. To sign up for either option, contact Lilly at, call or text her at 423-383-5476, or use the Children's Ministry Facebook page. This event is for newborns through sixth graders.
High School Super Bowl Party
FPC high school students can head to Katie and Brad Arnold's home (716 Spruce Street) on Super Bowl Sunday for football, good food, games, prizes, commercials, and fun! Bring an appetizer or drink to share. Invite your friends! The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 4.
Middle School Super Bowling Sunday
Get ready for the big game by Super Bowling on Super Bowl Sunday! FPC middle school students will meet at Belmont Lanes for an epic bowling challenge from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 4. Team efforts, wacky challenges, prizes, and more! Wear socks! Contact Katie Arnold at or 770-296-1671 to find out how much money to bring. Grab all your friends and let's have some super fun!
Teddy Grahams for Fairmount
We are now collecting boxes of Teddy Grahams for snacktime at Fairmount Elementary School. Most of the children there get help with lunch; their families can't afford to buy snacks to get them through the afternoon slump. That's where we come in. We collect snacks donated by our generous church family, and our Christian Hands Ministry folks make sure they get to our neighborhood school. Please bring your boxes to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to help our young friends at Fairmount concentrate on their afternoon lessons. Thank you!
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir, Sanctuary Handbells.
Sunday's music: Last Sunday, the choir's anthem provided the text of the Nicene Creed, which has been an important part of Christian worship for centuries. This Sunday's offertory anthem, "Gloria in Excelsis," is a familiar text known as "The Greater Doxology."
Dmitro Bortniansky
The Latin translation is traditionally attributed to Saint Hilary of Poitiers (c. 300-368), and the text has been included in Christian worship since the sixth century but omitted during the penitential seasons of Lent and Advent. The composer of this setting of the Gloria is Dmitro Bortniansky (1751-1825), a prominent Russian composer of church music. As a young man, Bortniansky was a singer at the Imperial Court and studied composition with the Italian Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785). This experience gives Bortnianksy's music both a western and an eastern sound.
Both of Sunday's hymns are new for this congregation. The first hymn, with a text by John Bell, is set to a traditional Scottish tune. The final hymn comes to us from a New Zealand hymn writer and seems especially relevant to the celebration of the Lord's Supper.
Organist's footnotes: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from the tenth and last movement of the cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" (BWV 147, "Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723. Contrary to the common assumption, the violinist and composer Johann Schop, not Bach, composed the movement's underlying chorale melody, "Werde munter, mein Gemüthe." Bach's contribution was to harmonize and orchestrate it. This chorale melody, normally sung by the choir, will be played on handbells.
Volumes of commentary abound concerning Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Scholars have debated the date of its composition, and whether it was in fact Bach who composed it. Some believe it may have originated as a piece for solo violin in the key of A minor, later transposed and transcribed for organ. It has been deemed too simplistic to have been written by Bach and too much a stroke of genius to have been composed by anyone but Bach. The fact that it exists at all is semi-miraculous, as for nearly a century following its creation it may have existed as a single manuscript, copied by someone other than Bach. Whatever its origins, it has become one of the best-known compositions for organ today.
Pray for One Another
An extensive list of prayer concerns, "Pray for One Another," is available for pickup at the church each week.
In Our Prayers
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Betty Millard
Linda Pridemore
Sam Samuel
Chuck Thompson
Karen White
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Feb. 4       John Graham
Feb. 9       Lorri Looney
Feb. 10     Joseph Ong, Lensey Richardson, Margaret Roberts
Gifts to the Church
We gratefully acknowledge a gift from Tony and Cora Lee Raccioppo in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Raccioppo, to assist with the purchase of awnings recently installed at the church. We are also grateful for a separate gift from the Raccioppos to the MEP/Capital Campaign Fund, in honor of the Tom King Family Christmas Carolers; and for gifts from John and Karen Vann to the Brazil Mission Fund, in honor of Ron and Sandra Grubbs and Chuck and Barb Thompson.
Elders and Deacons of FPC
PCUSA seal small
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

Church Calendar
Sunday, February 4
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
1:00 p.m.       Session of Elders Retreat, Room 123
5:00 p.m.       Middle School Super Bowling, Belmont Lanes
7:00 p.m.       High School Super Bowl Party, Katie Arnold's Home
Monday, February 5
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
7:00 p.m.       Board of Deacons, Room 123
Tuesday, February 6
9:30 a.m.       Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, February 7
9:30 a.m.       Women's DVD Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
4:45 p.m.       Savior's Singers Children's Choir
5:00 p.m.       MEF Advisory Comm., Room 124
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34-36
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.       Pastor Nominating Comm., Room 117
6:15 p.m.       Adult Learning, Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.       High School Small Groups
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, February 8
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
8:30 a.m.        Meals on Wheels, Fellowship Hall
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117
Friday, February 9
6:00 p.m.       Parents' Night Out, Education Wing