Happy August! Here are Spiritual Formation opportunities for the week of August 3-9. Browse past videos and more in our Digital Formation Library.





“Faith without works is dead.” (James, chapter 2). “White folks always want to know how they can do better. I say, start by doing something.” Dena Simmons, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Start your own 30-Day Journey here. Also, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship sponsors an antiracism book discussion this month. 

Member survey: Please share your thoughts with our COVID-19 Task Force, ministry committees, and staff using this survey. Last day to participate is Friday. 

Navy face masks are back! To make up for a delivery glitch, our supplier sent more navy face masks. Seven green masks also are available. $7.50/each or 2 for $15. Order form. NOTE: Until the order form can be updated, select green and email your color preference to

Summer devotional, week seven reflection by Rev. Maria Hanlin 




Back to School Blessing Drive-thru: August 16, 3-4 pm. Drive through the Life Center circle to receive a goody bag, add to the prayer wall at the Sanctuary steps, and get a treat from the Kona Ice truck at the Welcome Center steps! Please bring school supplies to donate to the Guilford Education Alliance.

FPC Friend Friday: Members & families will talk about what they have been up to during quarantine in a video series debuting later this month. 




Danny Massie on when he feels uninspired, on the First Elm Notes blog.

Lectio Divina: Rev. David Partington leads a small group in this practice of immersing yourself in scripture. The group meets on Zoom at 11 am. Contact David for link and more information. Read more about the practice.


Food Drive-by: Drop off 10 am to 6 pm in front of Redhead Hall. Especially needed: peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruits, & canned vegetables. The drive is being extended.  August 19-October 14 with new hours: 10 am-2 pm. If you can volunteer to staff the tent to greet and thank our donors, please sign up for a 2-hour shift.

School supplies drive: Show teachers some love! Donate new supplies or gently used items for the Teacher Supply Warehouse. Drop them off at the Food Drive-by in front of Redhead Hall. Suggestions here.

Pray in Place: At noon, join our community prayer, wherever we are, for our family, friends, community and world.


Explore Corinthians, Galatians & Ephesians on Zoom Thursdays at 5:30 pm through August 13. Contact leaders Walt Howell or Doug Key for the Zoom link. Get your book here.


Rev. Dolly Jacobs closes the women’s discussion of Fierce, Free and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You, 9-10:15 am on Zoom. Email Dolly at for link.


Working with others for justice, freedom, and peace — Rev. Alexandra Mauney’s latest post on the First Elm Notes blog.


alexandra mauneyRejoice! service at 10:30 am on Livestream. “What are you doing here, Elijah?” sermon by Rev. Alexandra Mauney, from 1 Kings 19:9-18.  Revs. Maria Hanlin and Doug McLeroy from our Pastoral Care staff will assist, with music from the Rejoice! Ensemble. Bulletin here. 

Church School: “6 Lessons to be Learned When the Storms of Life Come,” video study led by guest teacher John Willett. Scripture: Mark 4:35-41. Danny Massie’s video study of the Book of Ruth will continue August 16.

Prayers for Parents: This week we pray for parents who are too hard on themselves. Find a simple prayer with a Bible verse on Facebook and Instagram. We hope these prayers will offer some comfort and reassurance as you prepare for a challenging start to the school year. Read more here. 



See the 2020-21 selections of the Currie Library book clubs.




School supplies drive: Donate new supplies or gently used items that teachers might use creatively! Wednesdays at the Food Drive-by in front of Redhead Hall. Donations will be taken to the Teacher Supply Warehouse operated by the Guilford Education Alliance. Suggestions here.


Children’s bulletin for ages 3-6 and 7-12 will be posted.

More for children in our Digital Formation Library.