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In This Issue
About Windows
Season of Prayer Focuses on Discernment
The Season of Lent
In the Pulpit
ONE Worship This Sunday
Like Lambs in Spring
It's Time to Order Easter Lilies
No Fellowship Program Next Wednesday
You Can Help with the Will Graham Celebration
Will Graham Celebration Events
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Banquet
Pray for One Another
Gifts to the Church
Elders and Deacons of FPC
Church Calendar
March 11
4th Sunday in Lent
ONE Worship
Fellowship Hall
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
His Idea, His Work
Dr. Dan Donaldson
Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30: 100; 11:00: 102
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March 8, 2018
Season of Prayer Focuses on Discernment
Several Elders met in the chapel with about 18 members of our congregation last Sunday evening, as we began our Season of Prayer and discussion focused on the mission, ministry, and staffing of FPC. These gatherings will continue each Sunday evening from 5:00 to 6:00 on March 11, 18, and 25. The purpose is to engage members of the congregation in conversation about our church and to lead a time of prayer. Please plan to attend and participate as often as possible. If you are unable to be with us on these evenings, please set aside your own time for focused prayer during this time of change.
The Season of Lent
Our worship Sunday observes the season of Lent, the seven weeks of the church year preceding Easter. Recalling Jesus' 40-day temptation in the wilderness, Lent invites us through introspection and penitence to consider the costliness of Christ's sacrifice for our sin. Lenten worship is hence more subdued, signified by the purple liturgical color as well as by the temporary absence of flowers and "alleluias."
In the Pulpit
FPC Greeneville

Dr. Dan Donaldson is a PCUSA pastor who retired recently after serving First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville for 19 years. Previously, he was the Director of Calvin Center, the Camp and Conference Center for the Greater Atlanta Presbytery. He also served as Associate Executive for Youth Ministry and Camping for the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Dan has been pastor of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Knoxville as well as Ruby and White Oak Presbyterian churches in South Carolina. He and his wife, Pat Pickel Donaldson, are both graduates of King University. They have two children and one granddaughter.
ONE Worship This Sunday
Please join us for ONE Worship this Sunday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) in the Fellowship Hall. All Sunday School classes will begin at 9:30.
Like Lambs in Spring
Robins awaken us as they angle for worms in the morning; willows fly their chartreuse kite tails; daffodils bob in the breeze; star and tulip magnolias recklessly risk fat buds before the frosts are over; and now Daylight Saving Time is poised to leap out at us. We must spring forward with the season or be left behind by nature and civic timekeepers. If we set our clocks ahead one hour upon retiring Saturday night, we will greatly increase our chances of getting to the Fellowship Hall on time for the 10:30 service Sunday morning. All together now, spring!
It's Time to Order Easter Lilies
Easter lilies will be placed in our sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1, in memory of those we love and honor. To order a lily plant, simply fill out a form and return it, with payment, to the church office by Monday, March 26. To ensure correct acknowledgment in the Easter worship bulletin, please print all names exactly as you wish to see them. Order forms are available on the kiosk in the office hallway and in the bulletin, the sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall, and the office. Lilies cost $15 per pot.
No Fellowship Program Next Wednesday
The Bristol, Tennessee, city schools will be on spring break next week, and so will our Wednesday night program. We will not gather March 14, but we will pick up the following week with part two of Katie Vande Brake's presentation on Melungeons in Appalachia and their Christian faith. See you then!
You Can Help with the Will Graham Celebration
A major Will Graham evangelistic celebration has been scheduled for April 27 -29 at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is sponsoring this event. FPC's Evangelism & Outreach Committee wants to encourage you to prayerfully consider how you may want to get involved in this wonderful outreach effort, which is devoted to leading the unchurched in our community to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and to connecting them with a church in their local community.
Here are two ways you can still participate in this process:
  1. Serve as a Counselor. Minimum age is 13. Mandatory training includes the Christian Life & Witness Course. Week 1 and 2 classes are available at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, March 10, at Calvary Church in Johnson City, and the Week 3 class will follow at 10:00 a.m. If you complete two classes, you can apply to be a counselor. The counselors will be matched with those who come forward at each celebration event desirous of committing their lives to Jesus Christ.
  2. Serve as an Usher. Minimum age is 16. Enrollment forms are available online at or at the Celebration office, located at 207 N. Boone Street, Suite 600, Johnson City. All usher volunteers must participate in one of the following training sessions:
  • Tuesday, April 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Cornerstone Church, Johnson City
  • Thursday, April 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Indian Springs Baptist Church, Hill Road Campus, Kingsport
For more information, see the Celebration website at, email, or call the Celebration office at 423-461-0057.
Will Graham Celebration Events
Four big events have been planned for the Will Graham Celebration, and all will be held in Freedom Hall Civic Center, located at 1320 Pactolas Road in Johnson City. Admission to each event is free. No ticket is required.
  • Adults & Families: 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 27
  • KidzFest: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28
  • Youth Night: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28 (Adults & families welcome!)
  • Adults & Families: 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29
Several other preparatory events for participants in the process will take place before the Celebration:
  • Follow-up Breakfast & Workshop/Promotion Materials Distribution Day: Thursday, March 22, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Kingsport, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. For pastors and discipleship leaders. Information will be provided as it relates to the follow-up of those who come forward at the Celebration as well as strengthening your current follow-up procedures. RSVP for the breakfast by notifying the Celebration office at Publicity materials, invitations, and posters will be distributed from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Final Prayer Gathering: Sunday, April 22. For all participants, University Parkway Baptist Church, Johnson City, 7:00 p.m.
  • Counselor Rehearsal: Thursday, April 26. For those selected to serve as counselors, Freedom Hall, Johnson City, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Banquet
The Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, a supported ministry of FPC, will hold their Annual Banquet on Saturday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m. at Avoca Christian Church. Everyone from FPC is invited to attend. For more information, please email or, or call 423-279-6089 or 276-645-7442.
Good News places Christian chaplains in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff. The organization has developed several practical, life-giving programs that introduce inmates and staff to Christ and help them grow in their knowledge of Him and His Word.
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
Briggs Evans
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Don Moneyhun
Joan Sams (mother of Scott Sams)
Chuck Thompson
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
March 11     Marynan Smith
March 12     David Hyde, Candy Phelps
March 13     Will Hankins
March 14     Don Moneyhun
March 15     Blakesley Bassett, Michael Bryant
March 16     Kevin Crutchfield, Tony Raccioppo
March 17     Taylor Connolly, Jordan Scott
Gifts to the Church
We gratefully acknowledge recent gifts in memory of the following individuals:
Graham Barr: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Tony & Cora Lee Raccioppo; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from Barbara Duncan
Betty Millard: to the Capital Fund/MEP from Tony & Cora Lee Raccioppo; to the Minister's Discretionary Fund from James & Sharon Cain, Laura Callahan, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Clement, Linda Darnell, Marvin & Marcia Gilliam, Nathan "Chip" & Betty Hall, Amelia Jarrard, Dot Mattison, Charles & Teralea Moore, Peggy Nicar, George & Beth Parks, Peggy Peters, Louis Phetteplace, Harry & Jacequelyn Piper, Craig & Brennan Rockett, Dotty Royston, Robert B. Stuart, Barbara Thomas; to the Student Ministries Scholarship Fund from Tom & Barbara Daniel
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, March 11
2:00 a.m.       Daylight Saving Time Begins
9:30 a.m.       Sunday School
10:30 a.m.     ONE Worship, Fellowship Hall
4:30 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
5:00 p.m.       Elders Lead Focused Prayer, Chapel
Monday, March 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, March 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, Cub Scout Room
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, March 14
9:30 a.m.       Women's DVD Bible Study, Coffee Klatch Room
6:00 p.m.       Pastor Nominating Comm., Room 117
7:15 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, March 15
7:00 a.m.       Men's Bible Study, Parlor
12:00 p.m.     Noon Bible Study, Room 117