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In This Issue
About Windows
We Observe Ash Wednesday Next Week
In the Pulpit Sunday
Remember Your Lenten Devotional
Find Comfort and Joy at Women's Retreat
Here's Cooking with You, Kid!
Teddy Is Ready for School
Holston Summer Camp Needs Staff
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
February 11
Transfiguration of the Lord
Boy Scout Sunday
Mark 8:31-9:8, 14-29
Bringing the Mountain into the Valley
Rev. Angus Shaw
O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair
Hear the Good News of Salvation
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
We Are Redeemed
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 87; 11:00: 103
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February 8, 2018
We Observe Ash Wednesday Next Week
Everyone is invited to the sanctuary at 6:20 p.m., February 14, for Ash Wednesday worship. The nursery will be available during the service. You are welcome first to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a companionable dinner. Please join us!
In the Pulpit Sunday
Please join us this Sunday in welcoming the Reverend Dr. Angus Shaw as he brings the message of Transfiguration. Angus is a PCUSA pastor who has served as supply preacher and interim pastor in twelve congregations since his retirement in 1998. The Charlotte, NC, native received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bob Jones University and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary. In 1965 King College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Angus and his wife, Carolyn, who was the choir director in his first pastorate, have two grown children. Karen heads the English Department at King University, and Rob is a Commercial Service Representative with Citi-Financial in Gray, TN.
Remember Your Lenten Devotional
If you haven't picked up your Lenten devotional booklet, you can still do so this Sunday. This year's publication, Jesus and the Prophets, presents challenging daily reflections, scripture readings, and prayers. You will find the booklets in the narthex and the Fellowship Hallway. Please note that we can offer only one booklet per family.
Find Comfort and Joy at Women's Retreat
Come to our annual Heart to Heart Women's Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC, February 23-25, for a fun and restorative 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.
Our speaker will be Joy Starnes Mast, an energetic woman with a background in comedy training and speech therapy. She now leads Releasity, a ministry that helps women who struggle with overeating by setting them free to go to God rather than to food for comfort. Joy punctuates her messages with humor and practical tips for connecting with God in our everyday lives. To learn more about her ministry, visit her website at

Joy Starnes Mast
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. 
Here's Cooking with You, Kid!
FPC's new Cooking Club will meet at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 10. Anyone who would like to mix fun and fellowship into making dinner is very welcome to come to the church kitchen and assemble the ingredients for five freezer meals. All the shopping and prepping will have been done for you ahead of time! Your chili, lasagna, poppyseed chicken, Parmesan chicken, and chicken and wild rice assemblages will go home with you for family dinners on those days when you're too busy to put a meal together. As a bonus, we will also make five meals to keep in the church freezer to give to those in need.
You will need to bring $75 each time you participate, and you may come as often as you choose. We hope to offer Cooking Club one Saturday afternoon each month. For more information or to sign up, call or text Lilly Osborne at 423-383-5476 or email her at
Teddy Is Ready for School
We are 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!
Holston Summer Camp Needs Staff
Holston Summer Camp seeks motivated, energetic, Christian counselors for summer camp staff positions. Resident staff must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma and one year of higher education or work experience. Counselors will be expected to participate in vigorous physical activity. Holston Summer Camp prefers previous youth camp or counselor experience. Background checks and references will be required. Applicants must love to work with kids. Positions include Internship Summer Director, Adventure Leaders, Resident Counselors, Swim Instructor/Lifeguard, Day Camp Director, Day Camp Counselors, and Nurse. Applications are available here.
Music Notes
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Sanctuary Choir.
Sunday's music: Composer Lee Dengler based our anthem, "We Are Redeemed," on the text from Romans 3:21-24. Dengler (b. 1949) received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from West Chester University School of Music in West Chester, PA. He
Lee Dengler
studied choral composition and arranging with Alice Parker at Westminster Choir College as well as in her home in New England, where he participated in the Melodious Accord Fellowship program. Lee and his wife, Susan, live in Goshen, IN, where they are Ministers of Music and Arts at College Mennonite Church. He is also a freelance editor and engraver for several major sacred music publishers in the United States. Lee grew up in a Mennonite church in eastern Pennsylvania where four-part a cappella congregational hymn singing was the norm. This planted in him a deep love for singing, which continues to be an influence in his writing today. More than 220 of his works have been published.
Organist's footnotes: The last Sunday before Lent usually includes some reference to the Transfiguration of the Lord. All three organ pieces are related to this theme.
One epitaph of John Dunstable (ca. 1370-1453) describes him as "an astrologer, a mathematician, a musician, and what not." We know little about the life of this contemporary of Chaucer. It is believed that Dunstable was in the service of the Chapel Royal, and that he wrote the famous hymn celebrating the victory of Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt in France on St. Crispin's Day, October 25, 1415. This arrangement of the "Agincourt Hymn" (our prelude) is by E. Power Biggs.
Dom Paul Benoit, O.S.B. (1893-1979), was an organist, composer, and Roman Catholic priest who lived as a member of the Benedictine community at the Abbey of St. Maurice et St. Maur at Clervaux in Luxembourg. Dom Paul acknowledged the influence of the French impressionist works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel on his organ compositions; his works are somewhat unique for the organ in bearing a pervasive imprint of impressionism. His "La Transfiguration" (our offertory) is no exception.
Mary Beth Bennett
Mary Beth Bennett (b. 1954) is a recognized performer, improviser, and composer living in historic Richmond, VA. She serves on the adjunct music faculty of the University of Richmond and is Director of Music Ministries at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Gloucester, VA. Her "Deo gracias" (our postlude) hearkens back to the baroque era, with her use of Grand Plein Jeu, a French term indicating the use of the full principal chorus from 16' through Mixture on the Great manual. Furthermore, she quotes Handel's famous "Sarabande" to begin her arrangement, developing it into an overlay above the sturdy Agincourt Hymn (Deo gracias), played on the pedals.
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
Linda Pridemore
Sam Samuel
Chuck Thompson
Karen White

To the Church Triumphant
Betty Huntsman Millard
February 7, 2018

Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Feb. 12     Marjorie Harr
Feb. 13     Barbara Thomas
Feb. 14     Kathryn Parker, Sharon Ratliff
Feb. 15     JoLynn Evans, Brenda Foster, Chad McCracken, Cindy Ratcliff
Feb. 16     Matt Williams
Gifts to the Church
We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts to the church in memory of the following individuals:
Graham Barr: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund, from Ann Abel; Tom & Barbara Daniel; Alice Moore
Mack Calcote: to the Capital Fund/MEP, from Manfred H. Stibbe
Amy Sumerell Elmore: to the Memorial Fund, from the Blue Stocking Club
Blake Looney: to the Student Ministries Scholarship Fund, from an anonymous donor
John Warner: to the Music Projects Fund, from Anne R. Fleming
Elders and Deacons of FPC
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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 11
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
4:30 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Middle School Fellowship, Youth Wing
6:00 p.m.       High School Fellowship, Youth Wing
Monday, February 12
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbells
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Comm., Room 123
Tuesday, February 13
9:30 a.m.       Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, February 14
ash wed cross 9:30 a.m.       Women's DVD Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
5:15 p.m.       Baby & Toddler Care, Rooms 34-36
5:30 p.m.       Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Comm., Room 117
6:20 p.m.       Ash Wednesday Worship, Sanctuary
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, February 15
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117