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Announcements 11-16-17

posted Jul 26, 2012, 9:13 AM by Germaine Galjour   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 6:48 AM ]
              Welcome to the house of the Lord! We are often told that faith is a gift and we have come to think that perhaps we have not received that gift. While faith is a gift, faith is a gift meant to be used. Author Mark Batterson compares faith to dominos. A domino is capable of knocking over another domino that is one-and-a-half times its size. So a two-inch domino can topple a three-inch domino. A three-inch domino can topple a four-and-a-half-inch domino, and so on.

            Thus, a chain reaction of ever-increasing dominoes could knock over the Empire State Building.

            There are two types of progression: linear and geometric. Linear progression is two plus two equals four. Geometric progression is compound doubling; two times two equals four. If you take thirty linear steps, you're ninety feet from where you started. But if you take thirty geometric steps, you’ve circled the earth twenty-six times!

            Faith isn’t linear. Faith is geometric. Every decision we make, every step of faith we take, has a chain reaction. And those chain reactions set off a thousand chain reactions of which we cannot even comprehend.

            We have all been given the gift of faith — it’s how we use it that counts! We are glad you are here today and invite you to become a part of this household of faith. Please see the minister or one of the elders if you have any questions about our congregation.

             If you are visiting with us today, please fill out a visitor card and place it in the offering plate.

            The senior youth will meet today at 4pm.             

            The annual community Thanksgiving service will be held tonight at 6pm at Central Baptist Church. The Rev. Jeremey Troxler, of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church, will preach. The offering will benefit Shepherd’s Staff. Please bring a canned good to help make sure no one goes hungry in Mitchell County. See Bill for more information.

            Advent is a time of reflection and anticipation. After being approached by an angel foretelling Jesus’ birth, after the long ride to Bethlehem, and after seeing the adoration of
the shepherds, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” In the same way, Advent is also a time for us to stop and consider how the Lord has worked in our lives. And we can only recognize His hand and His grace if we pause. Take time this Advent to deepen your faith; we have many opportunities to exper
ience the joy of the birth of our Savior. If we allow our “busyness” to keep us from the wonder of Jesus’ birth, then we miss the baby sent to us.

            Remember The River ministry in Johnson City by dropping your travel-sized shampoo and soap in the collection basket outside the office.

            Make sure you have a 2-Cents-A-Meal jar! Every time you sit down to eat, drop two cents into the jar and make a difference. Our youth are sponsoring this program to show how the Lord can turn just a little into big blessings.

            Poinsettias for Christmas! We are now taking orders for poinsettias to be placed in the church for Advent and Christmas. Each poinsettia will cost $25.00. If you would like to donate a poinsettia please sign up outside the church office by Dec. 10th. All those who donate poinsettias will be recognized in the bulletin on Dec. 24th. Please make out your check to First Presbyterian Church and put “flower fund” in the lower left corner. Please call Sandi Carter or Angie Holtzclaw for more information.

            We often think of stewardship as only taking care of that which belongs to us. God has made us stewards of this earth and, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are also stewards of the church for which he died.                                   

  The first step in stewardship, however, is knowing what our stewardship requires. In an effort to involve the congregation in effective stewardship, the Session will publish the monthly budget target figure and the previous month’s offering in the bulletin each month. In this way we, as stewards of the gift of the Body of Christ, may measure our offerings with the needs of our congregation.


  Ron and Kay Royer are the head ushers for November

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There is no attendant present to care for children during worship and other events. The nursery will be available for use by parents should a child become restless during worship. We have “busy bags” hanging in the narthex for children to take into the sanctuary. We encourage families with young children to begin using these bags.

   We ask that a parent accompany his/her child should the need arise to leave the sanctuary during worship. Safety concerns and insurance regulations require that children not be unattended on church property.


You can recycle the bulletins by placing them

in the “Recycle Basket” in the narthex as you leave worship.