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In This Issue
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Come Celebrate This Sunday
Engaging Volunteers: Pledging Time and Talents
Joy at Sharing Christ
Mow to Celebrate Coming Right Up
Music Notes
Pray for One Another
Church Calendar
Elders and Deacons of FPC
May 13
7th Sunday of Easter
ONE Worship
Psalm 1
John 17:6-19
The Lord's Prayer(ing)
Dave Welch
The Church's One Foundation
This I Believe
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters
Draw the Circle Wide
Last Week's Attendance
8:30: 102; 11:00: 88
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May 10, 2018
Come Celebrate This Sunday
Come to ONE Worship in the sanctuary at 10:30 this Sunday, May 13, to celebrate our confirmands and welcome them as the newest members of FPC. Following the service, we will meet to elect a Trustee to fulfill an unexpired two-year term. All members of FPC are encouraged to attend and cast their vote.
Engaging Volunteers: Pledging Time and Talents
Last Sunday, Chuck Thompson delivered a poignant sermon about caring. He shared a personal experience that was moving and uplifting. It was a touching example of when he felt cared about and a reminder that we all want to be cared about. Another point of his message was that it is important to also care about others.
We are in a time that underscores caring through volunteering. We deeply appreciate those who came to the chapel last Sunday to pledge. Please, put your time and talents into action by volunteering. Share the joy of caring! Complete a volunteer form in the chapel after worship on one of the next two Sundays or fill out a form online at
This is a joyful time in our church. There is much to be celebrated: our new head pastor is coming, the budget has been established, the Confirmand Class is being presented, and we are moving forward on many other fronts. This is a time of joyful fellowship. A time to continue pledging our gifts of time and talents.
Blessings of joy to you and through you! John 9:11: "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." / FPC Stewardship Committee
Joy at Sharing Christ
Sharing Christ this past Saturday. What a blessing!

Mow to Celebrate Coming Right Up
Two rapidly approaching Sundays are bringing us more than usual cause for celebration. We're looking forward to May 13, when we welcome our confirmands as members of the congregation during ONE Worship. Pat Flannagan conducts the mowing May 9-12, so we are sure of a lyrical lawn on Confirmation Sunday. JB Madison takes over lawn care May 16-19, so we may be aflame with the sin of pride when we enter the church on the Day of Pentecost, May 20.
Wouldn't you like a shot at adding to our reasons to pray for forgiveness? Join the mowing team! We welcome men and women, adults and teens. Families too: younger children can move fallen branches and debris to the curb, and a parent or elder sibling can mow. It's easy, and you can mow only once or, if you choose, even thrice. 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 our Tiger Cat.
Music Notes
Music participants: Pat Flannagan, Bob Greene, Jenn Sproles, Sanctuary Choir, Praise Team.
Sunday's music: Sunday's final hymn, "Draw the Circle Wide," is a wonderful reminder that "no one stands alone" and serves as encouragement to our church that, as Chuck Thompson reminded us last week, although diverse in some ways, we are one part of the body of Christ. The text is by Gordon Light (b. 1944) and, with music by Mark Miller, the hymn now appears in three hymnals. Composer Mark Miller is Associate Professor of Church Music and Composer-in-Residence at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, as well as a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey, and Composer-in-Residence of Harmonium Choral Society in New Jersey. From 2002 to 2007 he was Director of Contemporary Worship at Marble Collegiate Church and from 1999 to 2001 was Assistant Organist and Music Associate at Riverside Church, both in New York City. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard.
Diane Joyce Bish
Organist's footnotes: Diane Joyce Bish (b. 1941) is an American organist, composer, and conductor as well as executive producer and host of The Joy of Music television series. This arrangement of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" (prelude) is typical of her pull-out-all-the-stops style with the lively engaging rhythms with which Ms. Bish thrills audiences in North America and Europe.
Dan Locklair was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1949. He was a professional organist by age 14; he is a graduate of Mars Hill College and also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. He is Composer-in-Residence at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he is also a Professor of Music. Locklair has written numerous works, ranging from organ solos to compositions for full orchestra, but he is most often noted for his sacred music. Peter Hardwick, writing in the magazine The Diapason, has called Rubrics "one of the most frequently played organ works by an American composer." "The Peace may be exchanged" was played for the funeral service of President Ronald Reagan in 2004 at the Washington National Cathedral, and again in January 2009 for the Martin Luther King Jr. service in the same venue during the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. One hears the Diapason (most prominent voice) above the soft accompaniment of string stops. Then halfway through the movement, this voice is joined by a second Diapason voice. To me, this second voice symbolizes the point at which the Peace has been passed, and accepted by others.
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
Ann Arnold
DeeDee Galliher
Ron Grubbs
Blaine Hunigan
Don Moneyhun
Chuck Thompson
Birthday Prayer Fellowship
May 13         LaVerne Frazier
May 14         Blake Bassett, James Phipps, Andrew Smith
May 15         DeeDee Galliher
May 16         Dewey Pendley, Hugh Rice
May 17         Don Pridemore
May 19         Sarah-Courtney Cavatoni, Shannan Miller
Church Calendar
Sunday, May 13
9:45 a.m.       Engaging Volunteers, Chapel
9:45 a.m.       Sunday School
10:30 a.m.     ONE Worship & Confirmation, Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.     Congregational Meeting to Elect Trustee
4:30 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
Monday, May 14
5:30 p.m.       Adult Handbell Choir
7:00 p.m.       Building & Grounds Comm., Room 117
7:00 p.m.       Worship Comm., Room 123
Tuesday, May 15
10:00 a.m.     Staff Meeting, Room 117
10:00 a.m.     Morning Prayer Group, Conference Room
5:30 p.m.       Finance Comm., Room 117
6:00 p.m.       BSA Eagle Presentation, Chapel
7:00 p.m.       Boy Scout Troop 3, Scout Wing
Wednesday, May 16
7:00 p.m.       Sanctuary Choir
7:30 p.m.       8:30 Worship Team, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, May 17
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
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