DIGITAL FORMATION for October 26-November 1
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Danny’s last week: Interim Pastor Danny Massie closes his ministry with us on Sunday. See his farewell blog post. You can greet him Wednesday from 10 am to noon at the Food Drive-by in front of Redhead Hall. Members also are invited to share a personal note. Send an email or mail your notes to the church (617 N. Elm St., 27401) and they will be gathered and given to Danny.
Yesterday at worship we celebrated how our faith is reformed and always reforming. This year, more than any other that we have experienced, has compelled us to “reform” our usual way of being church. It has been hard. We have had to give up some things that we love, we have had to do some things we love differently, and we have found that we love some of our new ways!
As we on the Stewardship Committee have been preparing for the annual campaign, we have looked at the church’s work over the past few months. FPC is being the church in new ways, across every ministry area. You will be hearing more over the next few weeks, and be looking for our “scrapbooklet” in the mail.
For now, just look at everything going on this week. First Presbyterian is loving God, feeding and serving those in need as Jesus asks us to, and reaching out to each other. John Knox, one of the founders of our Presbyterian tradition, once said that he was inspired not by great people, but by good ones. We are grateful to be in a community of good people with generous hearts.
All Saints’ Sunday: Music Ministry and the Chancel Choir will offer a recording of Mozart’s Requiem on our YouTube channel Sunday afternoon.
Picnics on the Playground for families with children starts this Sunday! Info in children’s section at right.
Celebrating Confirmands: Beginning Monday, check Facebook and Instagram to meet our confirmands! Confirmation will be celebrated at the 11 am service in November 15. All seats are reserved for confirmation families, but this service will be livestreamed.
In-person worship: Beginning 9 am Tuesday, click Worship Reservations for a seat at the in-person service Sunday at 11 am. Up to 100 people may attend; last Sunday 60 people reserved a seat. In addition to advance reservations, masks are required. (About a dozen FPC masks remain available.) More details on the service here.
- Reading for November book clubs — The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History (1918 Flu Epidemic) by John M. Barry; for Monday, November 9. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett for Tuesday, November 10.
- The Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield starts her ministry with us on December 1 and will be in the pulpit Sunday, December 6. Learn more about our 12th senior pastor.
Monday, October 26
- Men’s Lectionary Bible study, 7:30 am each Monday, socially distanced outdoors, with space available for newcomers. Contact Jack Harrington, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lectio Divina: Rev. David Partington leads this practice of immersing yourself in scripture, on Zoom each Monday at 11 am. Contact David, email@example.com, for link and more information.
- Deconstructing Racism small group begins, 6-8 pm via Zoom. Full course description here. Registration required, check availability here.
- Gift in the Evening, on Zoom. Women’s group studying What Matters Most, the Book of Philippians. 7 pm. Contact Aimee Scotton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 27
- Make Worship Reservations after 9 am today for this Sunday’s in-person modified worship service. More details here. Reservations close once 100 spots are filled, or Saturday at midnight.
- HEART Small Group — The Impediments of Being White: Zoom meeting at 4 pm. The group will watch the TEDTalk, Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? (18 min) followed by reflection and discussion together. Additional participants are invited to join. Contact David Partington for info.
- What scripture teaches us about life after death. This Zoom class opens with a 10-15 minute video followed by guided discussion. Contact Walt Howell or Doug Key. Participants should purchase the Heaven Small Group Discussion Guide and the 50 Days of Heaven Devotional .
Wednesday, October 28
- Food Drive-by: We have donated more than 11,000 pounds toward our 12K goal! Drop off canned meats, veggies & fruits 10 am-2 pm in front of Redhead Hall. Interim Pastor Danny Massie will be there from 10 am to noon. This is his last week with us; come by and express your appreciation!
- Pray in Place: At noon, join our community prayer.
- Vespers: Rev. Neil Dunnavant looks at Malachi as the “Prophets amid the Pandemic” continues. On the playlist at 6 pm.
- HEAD small group: Participate in reading aloud A Letter from Birmingham Jail. We reflect on what MLK’s letter means for us as Christians, the parallels we see today, and where we position ourselves (relative to what was happening at the time King wrote the letter), and will share our thoughts and reactions. Led by Andy Supple. 7 pm on Zoom. Meeting ID 939 6027 0122.
- Wonderings: Young adult singles and couples are studying the Book of Numbers. 7:30 pm each Wednesday, socially distanced on the Sanctuary steps. Space available; contact Matt Logan, email@example.com.
All Saints’ Sunday, November 1
- Rev. Danny Massie concludes his ministry as our Interim Pastor today, preaching “The Communion of the Saints.” Scriptures: Psalm 16 (KJV) and Hebrews 12:1-2. Livestream worship at 9 am with music from the Chancel Choir Ensemble, available to view afterward here. Modified, in-person service at 11 am — up to 100 people, reservations required. More information here.
- Adult Church School: Professor Sandie Gravett continues the video series Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Composed to a community in the heart of the empire, Paul expounds on the gospel, salvation, faith, the righteousness of God, what defines Israel, the relationships of Jews and non-Jews, and much more. But the letter itself teaches us much about the circumstances of Paul’s life and times, the relationship of early Christians to the larger social and cultural order, and how Paul envisioned the world and what God was seeking to accomplish. Link will be posted.
- Commitment class meets via Zoom. The Fruit of the Spirit, through November 22. Contact Mary Eagle for link.
- Seekers, socially distanced. Continuing study of the Book of Romans. Contact Gerard Davidson.
- In lieu of an All Saints’ Day concert offering in person this year, we invite you to view the recorded performance of Mozart’s Requiem by our Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra, from November 6, 2016. It will be available on our YouTube channel.
- On Facebook and Instagram, look for 30 Days Thankful thoughts on gratitude each day beginning today. Also, our regular Sunday Prayers for Parents continue. This week we pray for parents who are afraid.
- See the 2020-21 selections of the Currie Library book clubs.
First Pres Parents Facebook group
- Pick a video from the Godly Play or Older Elementary playlists.
- Children’s bulletins for ages 3-6 and 7+.
- Picnics on the Playground: Starting this Sunday, families will gather noon-1 pm on the Paisley Playground (behind the white house on Greene Street) for fellowship. GUIDELINES: BYO meal and blankets/chairs, wear your masks, limited to 6 families each week. Sign up here.
- Prayers for Parents are posted on Instagram & Facebook every Sunday at 6 pm.
More for children in our Digital Formation Library.