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In This Issue
Worship
Newsletter Deadline & Subscriptions
Annual Meeting of the Congregation and the Corporation
Baptisms
December Stewardship Message.
Join Gospel Choir for Annual MLK Celebration
Women's Retreat Last Weekend in February
Pretzels for Fairmount School
Gifts to the Church
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Our Church Officers
Worship
January 6
Epiphany of the Lord
Communion
Lessons
Micah 7:14-20
Matthew 2:1-12
Sermon
From the East
Sam Weddington
Hymns
What Star Is This
I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
Anthem
You Have Put on Christ
Attendance
Dec. 23: 8:30: 181; 11:00: 143
Christmas Eve: 362
Dec. 30: 8:30: 95; 11:00: 118
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on First Presbyterian Church

January 3, 2019
Annual Meeting of the Congregation and the Corporation
By order of the Session of Elders, we will hold our annual congregational meeting Sunday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m. We will elect officers, approve the pastoral terms of call, and receive an annual financial report. We will then convene as a meeting of the corporation to receive an update on relevant matters and elect a new Trustee. We encourage all members of First Presbyterian Church to attend.
Baptisms
Bennett (front) and Baine McInnis

On December 23 we welcomed Baine and Bennett McInnis, sons of Katie and Taylor and brothers to Noelle, as members of the church of Jesus Christ through baptism. We celebrate their presence among us, and we ask that you pray for their continued spiritual growth in the years to come.
December Stewardship Message
Our Stewardship Committee delivered the following message to the congregation in worship December 23.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
A brand-new year, 2019, is coming in a few days. The annual operating budget has been fully funded by your pledges. The programs for the year have been established. As we celebrated last month, an army of FPC volunteers is already serving in a multitude of roles.
New things are special, but the new wears off of material things. The fresh newness of God's grace and a life in Christ endures. Each day is a new piece of life for us to live our faith, excited about the ways we can share and serve, and a day in which we know we will be blessed.
As we look forward to the new year, let us think about the windshield and rearview mirror on our own vehicle. The forward-looking view is much larger and more visible than the view looking backward. Where we are going is much more important than where we have been. Living forward, God continues to grace us with all we need to roll up our sleeves and engage with the challenges ahead.
2 Timothy 2: 15 tells us, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." How we live, what we say, how we serve reflects our diligence as disciples and believers. It is our task to see that God's grace in its various forms produces fruit. May we keep looking, working, and praying forward into the new year; teaching and learning about stewardship as an act of worship and generosity as well as an expression of faith and spiritual discipline. Let us look forward to the day when the Lord says, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Happy New Year!
Join Gospel Choir for Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
A choir sings during last year's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Lee Street Baptist Church in Bristol, VA. (Thomas Gray/WCYB)

Once again, Lee Street Baptist Church will host an annual service celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. A community gospel choir under the direction of Lee Street Music Director Troy Shelley sings for the service every year, and anyone in the community may join them. FPC member Geneva King ( genlk22@gmail.com) was in the choir for the 2018 service, and she will be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in participating.
The service will be held Sunday, January 20, at 4:00 p.m. at Lee Street Baptist Church, 1 West Mary Street in Bristol, VA. Four choir practices will be held in the sanctuary  before the event:
  • Monday, Jan. 7, 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 14, 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 18, 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19, 3:00 p.m.
Women's Retreat Last Weekend in February
Save the date for our annual Women's Retreat at Blowing Rock Conference Center! This beloved event is scheduled for February 22 -24 and will feature the Reverend Grace Kim as guest speaker. Grace has titled her talk, "Just As I Am." Mark your calendars now!
Pretzels for Fairmount School
We want to be ready when Fairmount Elementary students return from their holiday break January 8, so we are beginning to collect pretzels for winter snack times. We need small pretzels or pretzel sticks, which teachers can easily arrange into individual servings. Please bring your donated pretzels to the Little Red House in the Fellowship Hallway to perk up the Fairmount children when their energy begins to wane. Thank you!
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 in memory of the following individuals:
Graham Barr: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Jim White and from an anonymous donor
Bob Bartel: to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor
Tom Daniel: to the Capital Campaign Fund from Ann Abel, from Sue Barr, from Jim Daniel, from Linda Darnell, from Highlands Camera Club, from Nancy Hyde, from Sam & Selma Jennings, from Richard & Shirley Lawrence, from George & Junella McClellan, from Rusty & Beth McMahon, from Bob Millard, from Ernie & Karen Pennington, from Carol Daugherty Rasnic & Jack Rasnic, from Frances Rowell, from Jim White, from two anonymous donors; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from John & Alice Graham, from Eddie & Peggy Hill, from Bill & Patsy Ward
LaVerne Frazier: to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor; to the Music Projects Fund from Jim White
Jack Graham (father of Manda Fox): to the Capital Campaign Fund from Jim White; to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor
Marion Hatenbach (mother of Mark Mervis): to the Christian Hands Ministry from Jim White; to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor
Joy Huber (mother of George Huber): to the Capital Campaign Fund from Sue Barr; to the Memorial Fund from Bob Millard and from an anonymous donor; to the Music Projects Fund from Jim White
Jackie Leonard (mother of Robin North): to the Capital Campaign Fund from Sue Barr; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Jim White
Eleanor Looney (mother of Jeff Looney): to the Christian Hands Ministry from Jim White
Neill McGeachy Jr. (brother of Lila Ray): to the Capital Campaign Fund from Jim White; to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor
John Melkowski (brother-in-law of Margaret Roberts): to the Capital Campaign Fund from Sue Barr
Betty Millard: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from an anonymous donor; to the Music Projects Fund from Jim White
Don Moneyhun: to the Capital Campaign Fund from Sue Barr and from Jackie Burt; to the Memorial Fund from Bob Millard and from an anonymous donor; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Bill & Patsy Ward and from Jim White
Betty Mott (mother of Betsy Galliher): to the Capital Campaign Fund from Jim White; to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor
Lynn Rankin (daughter of Dot Mattison): to the Friendship Class from Jim White; to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor
Sheila Reed (sister of George Huber): to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor; to the Music Projects Fund from Jim White
Jenny Rutherford (daughter-in-law of Louise Rutherford): to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Jim White
Sam Samuel: to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Jim White and from an anonymous donor
Lee Truman (father of Linda Welch): to the Memorial Fund from an anonymous donor; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Jim White
Music Notes
Sunday's music: Both the words and music for our anthem, "You Have Put on Christ," were composed by Howard Hughes, a Marianist brother whose music has been known to many of us since 1964. Brother Howard is a most prolific writer. In addition to nearly
Howard Hughes
700 published works, he has written a great deal of unpublished music for use within his own community. First professed in 1948, he taught from 1950 through 1971 in various Marianist schools. From 1971 through 1989, he was a musician at the order's provincial house in Baltimore, and has since assumed direction of the pastoral music program at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where he also teaches in the fine arts department. He has a graduate degree in French and a master's degree in liturgical music from Catholic University of America. This work is actually a duet reminding all of us of the transformation that occurs through the sacrament of baptism.
Sunday's music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Laura Ong.
Organist's footnotes: Sunday is the twelfth day after Christmas, Epiphany, "the commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles" (Merriam-Webster). Théodore Dubois (1837 -1924) composed his "March of the Magi Kings" (our prelude) while serving as the titular organist at La Madeleine in Paris (1877 -1896). The piece was published in 1899 in Twelve Pieces for Organ or Pedal Piano, dedicated to his colleague Eugène Gigout, organist at St. Augustin. The sustained high note represents the star that guided the wise men (the Magi kings) to the Holy Family.
"Puer nobis nascitur" (our postlude) is the Latin name of the tune of our opening hymn, "What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright." It is a medieval German melody adapted by Michael Praetorius (1571 -1621). Rebecca Groom te Velde (b. 1956) has created a festive postlude based upon this tune.
Pray for One Another

In Our Prayers
Please also include in your prayers several members of our community who wish to remain anonymous.
Anna Booher
Becky Busler
Tammy Connolly
Don & JoLynn Evans
FPC Search Committees
Ben & Patsy Frizzell
DeeDee & Sarah Galliher
Dianne Glymph (Mary Ellis Rice's mother)
Will Hankins
Eva Dot Hawk
Jonya Kennedy
Dot Mattison
Beth Neal
Nick Niosi
Osborne Family
Ourselves
Pastor Sam's mother
Pendley Family
Don Preston
Anne Raven
Sheffey Family
Donna Sikorski
Jeremy Spencer
Stigers Family
Loretta & Al Thomas
Chuck Thompson
John Wizorek (Annette Tudor's father)
 
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
Jan. 6      Amelia Cordon, Camille Miller
Jan. 8      Heidi Harkleroad
Jan. 10    Susan Abel, Helen Grace Gannaway, Chuck Thompson
Jan. 12    Debbie McMillin, David Phelps
Church Calendar
Sunday, January 6
8:30 a.m.       Worship, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
11:00 a.m.     Worship, Sanctuary
Monday, January 7
6:30 p.m.       Board of Deacons, Rooms 117 & 123
Tuesday, January 8
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
12:00 p.m.     Staff Lunch, Off Campus
6:00 p.m.       Venture Crew 3, Room 165
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, January 9
9:30 a.m.       Women's Bible Study, Room 117
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir, Room 202
7:15 p.m.       Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, January 10
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
5:00 p.m.       Human Resources Comm., Room 117
6:00 p.m.       Search Comm., Room 123
Our Church Officers
Church Officers
ELDERS
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
DEACONS
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
 
TRUSTEES
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Charles Webb
Nancy Cook
Peggy Hill