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May Newsletter 2018

From the Pastor’s Desk...May 2018

    Hopefully Spring has sprung for good and we can expect warmer days for outdoor activities.  Spring brings with it a sense of excitement for such things and even for less exciting activities like spring cleaning.  Spring can also ignite our fires for renewed zeal for study and reading Scripture.  Thus, this segue is to invite you to Sunday School for our next study!  We have finished the long journey through Deuteronomy and will be taking on a “lighter” theme of basic Christian beliefs.  The book is Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know.  It covers topics like the Bible, Trinity, prayer, sin, election, death, church, and final judgment.  As life long Christians, we might think, “I know all that stuff”, but often we forget the basics and need a refresher course in the foundations of our beliefs.  
    I know that in athletics the athlete often needs to start at the basic fundamentals to renew their game and skills.  Our computers need to reboot so that everything will function correctly again.  Christians need reminding of all the foundational doctrines of the faith that we might renew our ability to live in obedience and faith.  
      If you have dropped out of Sunday School, as of late, or haven’t been with us for some time, make it a priority to get back in there!  Consider this a challenge and join us on the first Sunday in May.  Bring back the habit of faithful Sunday School attendance.  The lake can wait til the afternoon!!  See ya then.  

Pastor Ed

 

The May Birthday recognition will take place on May 20 after Worship Service.

Happy Birthday to:

May  1 -    Adolia Emerson
May  6 -    Ed Lowe
May 21 -   John Perry
May 26  -  Josh Lusk

Happy Anniversary: 

Richard & Anna Lynn Daisey - May 26

 

Chancel Flowers

May  6  – open
May 13  - open
May 20  - open
May 27 –  open

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00.

 

Ushers for May
Everette Rast
Bill Draper
Zane Lawhorn
Mitchell Lawhorn

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Adolia & Larry Emerson

May Liturgists
May 6  – Pastor Ed
May 13 –  Joe Allen
May 20 -  TBA
May 27 – Pastor Ed

Time With Children
May 6 -  Pastor Ed
May 13 - TBA
May 20 - TBA
May 27 – Pastor Ed

 

 

        

Monthly Donation Projects For Tender Mercies

Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.
Each month:  Dry Beans, Rice, Baby Diapers and Wipes.
Beginning in February, we will also include an item of the month.
May: Baby items.  Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.

 

 

Women's Minstry

We still have a few vacant spots in our Coffee Hosts/Greeters list.  If you are willing to serve, please sign up in the resource center in the narthex.  Our birthday celebration will be on May 20 after worship service.  All women of the church are invited to join us for our monthly bible study/luncheon.

Spring Cleaning Yard Sale Items!

While doing your Spring cleaning, save your unwanted items for us to sell in our annual yard sale scheduled for August 4, 2018.

 

The students of Barbara Pettus at  Princeton Primary are collecting  BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION .  Box tops can be found on many items including:  cereals,  tissues, flour and more.  It is easy to collect and turn in: simply collect them in a plastic baggie and place in the resource center at the church.  We appreciate any and all donations.

Barbara Pettus is collecting used blue jeans to make a weighted blanket for Princeton Primary’s ‘Sensory Room’.  If you have any used jeans that you would like to part with, please donate to this worthy cause.  Thanks!
 

Women’s Bible Study
Come join us for our monthly Bible Study/Luncheon.  Lunch will be served at 11:00, with Bible Study to follow.  If you would like to provide lunch for one of the meetings, please let Belinda know.  You may want to join with one or more of the women attending in preparing/providing lunch.  We are studying from the book, The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges.      We hope that you will join us for this time together for fellowship and spiritual enrichment.
Blessings to you, Diane Hall

Scheduled dates:  May 19 

 

Princeton Presbyterian Church welcomes again the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre on May 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. performing in live theatre  Are You My Mother?, an original musical based on P.D. Eastman’s enduring children’s classic.
  ArtsPower’s enchanting musical about Baby Bird’s adventure, a journey that overflows with courage, determination, and a bit of calculated silliness, begins when Baby Bird hatches from her egg only to find an empty nest.  Unaware that her mother has left to find food, Baby Bird decides to leave the nest to look for her; along the way, she meets an array of colorful characters who help and advise her.  Persistent Baby Bird is determined to find her mother no matter what.
   We are having a special Mother’s Day reception featuring finger foods, favors and door prizes starting at 6:00 pm with the live theater afterwards  for Friday evening May 11, 2018.  Please keep this date open!
  We will NOT be selling tickets, but will accept donations at the door for this very special night that you will not want to miss treating your Mom to an evening out to honor her!
   Our cost is $800 for the ArtsPower Production team who do a wonderful job for us each time they have been here.  If you would like to make a donation to this production in May, please make your check’s payable to Princeton Presbyterian for ‘Mother’s Day’ event.  
Thank you!  Diane

 

Church Calendar of Events

     
   Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
   Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
   Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
   Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm
   Men Praying The Psalms    May 5 -8:00 am  PPC
   CE Meeting            May 8 – 5:30 pm  PPC
   Mother’s Day Reception    May 11 – 6:00 pm PPC
   Are You My Mother?     May 11 – 7:00 pm PPC
   Mother’s Day        May 13   
   WIM  Bible Study        May 19 – 11:00 am  PPC
   Session Meeting         May 21 – 7:00 pm
   Memorial Day        May 28 (Office Closed)   
Upcoming Events
     Vacation Bible School           July 25 - 28
    Annual Yard Sale              August 4  
   Deadline for June  Newsletter Articles – May 29

 

 

April Newsletter 2018

From the Pastor’s Desk...April 2018

    This year April Fool’s Day and Easter collide.  We do not know how April Fool’s Day began.  Several theories are considered from calendar changes to Spring fun, but we do know how it has become a day for pranks and jokes.  We do know how Easter started!  On the first day of the week Jesus was raised from the dead.  He is risen!  This is no joke, no prank, and only those who would rather be an April Fool would deny the Lord’s love and salvation.  The Bible is clear about foolishness, “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’” (Psalm 14.1; 53.1).  Easter invites us to consider the wisdom of God.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1.7).  
    Now, I am not trying to set April Fool’s Day against Easter.  That would be silly.  April Fool’s Day speaks for itself in its relative unimportance and, if I had my way, would be eliminated from recognition.  Easter, on the other hand, is the most important day of our lives.  The apostle Paul, while speaking of all his accomplishments, considered them nothing compared to knowing Christ and His resurrection… “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Phil. 3.7-11).  The event of Easter defines our existence as disciples of Jesus, as new creations in Christ, and as God’s priesthood of believers.  Easter makes me want to proclaim with extra energy, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118.24)!  
    Easter is the day we celebrate every Sunday.  It is why we worship on Sunday.  Jesus risen from the dead is our hope, our life, our testimony, our salvation, and so much more.  Let Easter reign in your hearts every day and on this calendar year, especially on April Fool’s Day.  Let us proclaim to all the “fools” who do not yet know Jesus, that they too might become wise.  We know that the world sees us as fools, as we read in 1 Corinthians 4.9-10, “For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.  We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.”  To the world we are fools for Christ, but in God’s sight we are wise in Christ.  I would rather be an April, May, June, July, etc., fool for Christ, than a fool who says in his heart, “There is no God.”  Happy Easter Sunday and happy Easter life!  ~~ Pastor Ed

Ushers for April
Herb McClaugherty
Larry Emerson
Joe Allen
Dewey Russell

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Evans/Sparks Families

April Liturgists
April  1 – Pastor Ed
April  8 – Joe Swim
April 15  - Herb McClaugherty
April 22 – Pastor Ed
April 29 –  John Perry


Time With Children
April 1 -  Pastor Ed
April 8 - TBA
April 15 - TBA
April 15 - TBA
April 22 – Pastor Ed
April 29 – TBA

 

 

The April   Birthday recognition will take place on April 22, after Worship Service.

4/03      Tara Chambers
     Cherie Durbin
4/05    Rob Catron, Sr.
4/19    Samuel Lusk
    Halie Putorek
4/24    Everette Rast
4/26     Leanna Daisey Faulkner
4/27    Mitchell Lawhorn
    Steve Oliver
4/29    Brenda Raines
            Carole Swim

 

 

April  1 – Easter Lillies
April  8 - open
April 15 - open
April 22 – In loving memory of
         Bob Paul from Barbara Paul
April 29 -

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00. 

 

Happy Anniversary

Zane & Donna Lawhorn  -- April 29

 

Are You My Mother?

Princeton Presbyterian Church welcomes again the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre on May 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. performing in live theatre  Are You My Mother?, an original musical based on P.D. Eastman’s enduring children’s classic.
  ArtsPower’s enchanting musical about Baby Bird’s adventure, a journey that overflows with courage, determination, and a bit of calculated silliness, begins when Baby Bird hatches from her egg only to find an empty nest.  Unaware that her mother has left to find food, Baby Bird decides to leave the nest to look for her; along the way, she meets an array of colorful characters who help and advise her.  Persistent Baby Bird is determined to find her mother no matter what. We are planning a special “Mother’s Day Dinner and Live Theater” event for Friday evening May 11, 2018.  Please keep this date open!
  We will start selling tickets in April for this very special night that you will not want to miss treating your Mom to an evening out to honor her!
   Our cost is $800 for the ArtsPower Production team who do a wonderful job for us each time they have been here.  If you would like to make a donation to this production in May, please make your check’s payable to Princeton Presbyterian for ‘Mother’s Day’ event.  
Thank you!  Diane

 

   Church Calendar of Events

     
  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm

   Men Praying The Psalms    April 7 -8:00 am  PPC
   CE Meeting            April 10 – 5:30 pm  PPC
   Hunger Challenge        April 15 – 1:30 til 3:30
   WIM Bible Study        April 28 – 11:00 am  PPC

Upcoming Events
  “Are You My Mother” show/dinner    May 11 – 7:00
   Vacation Bible School           July 25 - 28
    Annual Yard Sale              August 4
 
   Deadline for May Newsletter Articles – April 25

 

Women’s Bible Study
Come join us for our monthly Bible Study/Luncheon.  Lunch will be served at 11:00, with Bible Study to follow.  If you would like to provide lunch for one of the meetings, please let Belinda know.  You may want to join with one or more of the women attending in preparing/providing lunch.  We are studying from the book, The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges.      We hope that you will join us for this time together for fellowship and spiritual enrichment.
Blessings to you, Diane Hall

Scheduled dates:   April 28 and May 19.

 

Thank You!

To my Church Family:
I sat down this past weekend and read all the cards that I received while in rehab.  The cards you sent and the prayers you offered and continue to offer will always be a huge part of the foundation of my recovery.  Sincerely I respond to you in God’s name and His grace.  ~Dewey Russell

 

Congratulations to Regetta Parsons on the recent arrival of her great-granddaughter, Marlo!!

Thanks to all who gave in memory of loved ones departed.

Don Pruett                                              Floyd Timson
Gayle Walthall Wise                               Greg & Donna Shay
John & Brenda Frazier                            John & Donna Perry
Ben & Sandra Gay                                 Ed  & Nilda Lowe
John & Donna Perry                              Mike & Linda Kester
Wilber & Carolee Jones                        Wilber & Carolee Jones
Joe Allen                                              Joe Allen

Barbara Pell                                          Barbara Pell
Mike & Linda Kester                              Everette Rast
Barbara Paul                                         Beverly Stott
Bill & Debbie Draper                               Barbara Moseley
Greg& Donna  Shay                                Herb & Carol  McClaugherty

Everette Rast                                        Janice Drake
Beverly Stott                                        Licking Memorial Hospital
                                                              Pat and Carl Bandy

 

YARD SALE ITEMS

While doing your Spring cleaning, save your unwanted items for us to sell in our annual yard sale scheduled for August 4, 2018.

 

Monthly Donation Projects
                                 For Tender Mercies

Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.
Each month:  Dry Beans, Rice, Baby Diapers and Wipes.
Beginning in February, we will also include an item of the month.
April: Pastas/Mac and Cheese products/cleaners & hygiene products.  Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.

 

We still have a few vacant spots in our Coffee Hosts/Greeters list.  If you are willing to serve, please sign up in the resource center in the narthex.  Our birthday celebration will be on April 22 after worship service.  All women of the church are invited to join us for our monthly bible study/luncheon. 

 

Notice
In an effort to save on expenses, it has been decided that Donation Statements will no longer be mailed on a quarterly basis, unless specifically requested.  We will instead mail them at the end of each year.  Anyone still desiring theirs on a quarterly basis, please contact the office.  
                                       Thanks, Louise Crouse, Secretary

 

 

 

March Newsletter 2018

From the Pastor's Desk...

“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Psalm 119.37)  Worthless things?  Well, there goes my TV.  Worthless things?  Goodbye newspaper.  Worthless things?   90% of the Internet.  
    No, I won’t be giving up Netflix or the news or the Internet, but the Psalmist does challenge us about what we see.  Discernment is a key.  Upon what do we focus our hearts and minds?  Where do we spend our time and energy?  These questions are really about an examined or unexamined life.  If we are not examining through discernment, we tend to just go with the flow, which means we get tossed to and fro (Eph. 4.14).  All our social ills and tragic events are certainly a sign of people looking at worthless things, even evil things, and surely things that do not give life.  Bad things, evil things, and worthless things are not going away anytime prior to Christ’s return, but we are given the task of having our lives shaped by God’s ways so that we might help shape the lives of the people around us.  If someone shaped by God’s ways was able to help shape the life of a teenage boy long before he got involved with worthless and evil things, there might never have been the tragic events at Douglas High School.  
     One of the reasons we seek life in God’s ways is to influence, even in the slightest way, everyone with whom we come in contact.  Seeking God’s way of life is not just about us, not just about me, not just about you, but it is for the sake of our community and even our nation.
       Sharing the Gospel is first about growing God’s kingdom, but it also has a stake in protecting the community and perhaps protecting the community from itself.  As our “community” (nation) gets deceived more and more by things like political correctness and sexual confusion and other worthless things, we hold in our hearts and minds the truth and the Truth.  It is only in God’s word and God’s way that life is possible.  It is only in Jesus Christ that others may come to respect the sanctity of life and the hope for truth to prevail.  But, we know that truth will prevail!  For God is on the move and our role is to get on board with God in His ways for life.
               ~~Pastor Ed   

 

HaPpY bIrThDaY!!

The March   Birthday recognition will take place on March 18, after Worship Service.

March  5     Herb McClaugherty
March  7    Veronica Neri
                  Dewey Russell
March   9    Michael Johnson
March 12    Hiromi Gatchell
March 16    A.J. Gatchell
March 22    Jonathan Puckett
March 23     Debbie Draper
                   Anthony Worrell
March 24    Elaine Richardson
March 25    Jessica Puckett Aliff

 

Happy Anniversary!

David & Belinda Burks  -   March 15

 

Ushers for March
Steve Farley
David Burks
Sammy Martin
Joe Swim

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Carole & Joe Swim

March   Liturgists
March 4 – Pastor Ed
March 11 – Everette Rast  
March 18 –  Bill Draper
March 25– Pastor Ed


Time With Children
March  4 -  Pastor Ed
March 11 –  Diane Hall
March 18 – TBA
March 25 – Faith Village
Children’s Bell Choir

 

Chancel Flowers

March  4 -- Open Date
March 11 -- Open Date
March 18 – Open Date
March 25 – Open Date

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory
or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00. 

 

 

WORSHIP ARTS---The Church Choir

Robin Y. Martin
   
    PPC is fortunate to have the great richness a choir brings to the worship experience.  I believe the choir at PPC is a long-held tradition and has had a long-lasting effect on the church.  We know that traditions enrich the life of the church – and just because something is thought of as ‘traditional’ doesn’t mean it’s not relevant for the body of Christ today.  Among the many reasons the choir is vital to the life of PPC, consider these:
  The choir is an opportunity for involvement.  PPC's ministry is only as effective as the people in our congregation who choose to be involved.  Choir provides a great opportunity for congregants to sow into the life of their church’s ministry.  I’ve often heard the choir referred to as ‘the church within the church'.  When you join the choir, you’re not just singing notes together, you’re doing life and ministry together.
   The choir is an extension of the pulpit.  There are so many fantastic songs that have been written for the church and many that have yet to be written.  But not all songs are necessarily suitable for corporate worship.  There are songs that teach, encourage, compel and call to action and the choir is a marvelous mouthpiece for such things  By presenting these kinds of songs, the choir takes on a pastoral role, and it brings a rich dynamic to the theme or message of that particular service.  This is especially effective in services like those during Holy Week or the Christmas season.
   The choir is a reflection of heaven.  The prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into God’s throne room with angels singing together, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3).  John paints a similar picture in the book of Revelation.  There is a heavenly choir that sings God’s praises for all eternity.  When we see friends and family in the choir loft singing in harmony of voice and spirit, I believe we are momentarily transported (even if only in our minds) to the throne room of heaven.  Furthermore, we often see a wide array of ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds on display in the choir.  This, too, is a reflection of heaven – God’s people, of every age and every race worshiping together as one body.
   As the music leader of PPC I strive to keep this tradition alive through the choir presentations of worship while helping the congregation move forward together into a richer and fuller life with Christ.  Why not join us?

(Adapted article originally written by Phil Nitz, Staff Arranger and Worship Leader at Christ Church Nashville; posted on Brentwood Benson Blog 28 April 2016HP

 

 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

The students of Barbara Pettus at  Princeton Primary are collecting  BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION .  Box tops can be found on many items including:  cereals,  tissues, flour and more.  It is easy to collect and turn in: simply collect them in a plastic baggie and place in the resource center at the church.  We appreciate any and all donations.

USED BLUE JEANS

Barbara Pettus is collecting used blue jeans to make a weighted blanket for Princeton Primary’s ‘Sensory Room’. 

If you have any used jeans that you would like to part with, please donate to this worthy cause.  Thanks

 

Easter Lilies
If you   are interested in sponsoring an  Easter Lily in memory of a loved one, please sign up in the office.  Our plan is to place as many as we can in the front of the sanctuary for our Easter Service. You may take it home after the service.  The cost is $15.00 each.  Deadline for ordering is March 23.

 

!!!!!   Women's Ministry  !!!!!  We still have a few vacant spots in our Coffee Hosts/Greeters list.  If you are willing to serve, please sign up in the resource center in the narthex.  Our birthday celebration will be on March 18 after worship service.  All women of the church are invited to join us for our monthly bible study/luncheon.

 

The Discipline of Grace

                God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness.  You are never beyond the reach of God's grace. Neither are you ever beyond the need of God's grace.  Without grace we'd never come to Christ. But being a Christian is more than just coming to Christ, it's about growing…
   Come join us for our monthly Bible Study/Luncheon.  Lunch will be served at 11:00, with Bible Study to follow.  If you would like to provide lunch for one of the meetings, please let Belinda know.  You may want to join with one or more of the women attending in preparing/providing lunch.  We are studying from the book, The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges.      We hope that you will join us for this time together for fellowship and spiritual enrichment.
Blessings to you, Diane Hall

Scheduled dates:  March 24, April 28 and May 19.

 

Monthly Donation Projects For Tender Mercies

Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.

Each month: Dry Beans, Rice, Baby Diapers and Wipes.
Beginning in February, we will also include an item of the month.
March: paper products/cleaners & hygiene products.  Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.

 

Church Calendar of Events

     
  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm

   Men Praying The Psalms    March 3 -8:00 am  PPC
   CE Meeting            March 13 – 5:30 pm  PPC
   Genesis Meeting        March 16 – TBA   

Session Meeting    March 19 - 7pm PPC
   WIM Bible Study        March 24 – 11:00 am  PPC
   Palm Sunday        March 25
   Holy Week Service        March 29 -  12:00 noon PPC
   Maundy Thursday Service  March 29  -    6:00 pm PPC
   Easter            April 1
   Office Closed for Easter Holiday        April 2
  
   Deadline for April Newsletter Articles        March 26

 

Are You My Mother?

Princeton Presbyterian Church welcomes again the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre on May 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. performing in live theatre  Are You My Mother?, an original musical based on P.D. Eastman’s enduring children’s classic.
  ArtsPower’s enchanting musical about Baby Bird’s adventure, a journey that overflows with courage, determination, and a bit of calculated silliness, begins when Baby Bird hatches from her egg only to find an empty nest.  Unaware that her mother has left to find food, Baby Bird decides to leave the nest to look for her; along the way, she meets an array of colorful characters who help and advise her.  Persistent Baby Bird is determined to find her mother no matter what. We are planning a special “Mother’s Day Dinner and Live Theater” event for Friday evening May 11, 2018.  Please keep this date open!
  We will start selling tickets in April for this very special night that you will not want to miss treating your Mom to an evening out to honor her!
   Our cost is $800 for the ArtsPower Production team who do a wonderful job for us each time they have been here.  If you would like to make a donation to this production in May, please make your check’s payable to Princeton Presbyterian for ‘Mother’s Day’ event.  
Thank you!  Diane

 

 

 

February Newsletter 2018

From the Pastor’s Desk…

For those of you who did not see my post on FaceBook last month, I thought I would share it here.

When I think about all the news media, it seems to me the main goal among them, no matter which networks we favor, is to build fear and anxiety among people (after all, it gets ratings). Over the years I've wondered how best to balance the news of the world and the Good News of God. I came across a statement this morning from Walter Brueggemann, "When we inhale the anxiety of the world around us, we no longer breathe in the love of God that leaves us free and unencumbered and unafraid."
From which source do we inhale the most?

This post got more response than anything I’ve ever posted.  I don’t post very much on FaceBook so that might not mean much, but I posted this because I believe it is important that we not buy into much of what we hear and see in the news of the world.  Yes, we need to be informed on the issues that affect our lives, but we also cannot allow those issues to affect the working of the Good News in our lives.  When Paul speaks of not being conformed to this world (Romans 12.2), his encouragement is to be transformed by the renewal of your mind.  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Now, I think it is safe to say that just about everything the world has ever offered will not transform the mind toward God or even toward good.  What does transform the mind is God’s Word by the work of the Holy Spirit.  Psalm 119 affirms this over and over, “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!  Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” (36-37).  Turning our eyes away from worthless things could be best way to avoid becoming conformed to this world.  Our minds are renewed by spending time in the Scriptures.  It is through the Bible that we learn to discern the will of God, that which is truly good and acceptable and perfect.  Inhaling the anxiety of the world is like inhaling smog.  Breathing in God’s word is breathing the fresh oxygen of life.  Let that breath give you life, transforming the mind, enlarging the heart of understanding, that we may grow in faith and hope. ~  Pastor Ed 

 

The February  Birthday recognition will take place on February 18, after Worship Service.

Happy Birthday!!

Rich Work        02/02
Nilda Lowe        02/03
Meredith Putorek    02/05
Bobby Allen        02/06
Sarah Patton        02/13
Zane Lawhorn    02/14
Steve Farley        02/16
Charles Carter    02/27
Jeremy Halsey    02/27

Happy Anniversary to Carl & Pat Bandy February 25

Chancel Flowers!!

Feb 04 – Open Date
Feb 11 –  Open Date
Feb 18 – Open Date
Feb 25  - Open Date


If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory
or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00.

 

Ushers for February
Mike Kester
Ed Lowe
Greg Shay
Mark Gatchell

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Donna and Greg Shay

February  Liturgists
February 4 – Pastor Ed
February 11 – Larry Emerson  
February 18 –  Mitchell Lawhorn
February 25– Pastor Ed


Time With Children
February 4 -  Pastor Ed
February 11 –  TBA
February 18 – TBA
February 25 – Pastor Ed
 

 CHOIR PRACTICE RESUMES……..

   It’s a great time of the year to join the choir.  We are getting ready to learn some new music and prepare for Easter worship services.  There is no doubt that singing is one of the best modes we have for worshiping God and singing with a room full of believers who love Him and His music is a great experience.  We’ll resume choir rehearsal on February 21 at 7:00 pm in the choir room.
   And in addition… You don’t need to have the voice of Andrea Bocelli to be in the choir.  When you’re in the choir, you don’t have to be afraid to sing out.  Even if you hit the wrong note occasionally, the group will cover you.
   And . . . You don’t have to know how to read music as a beginner --- you’ll learn a lot just by participating.  In choir we learn songs mostly by listening and repeating.  These skills along with feeling harmonies and having an instinct for rhythm are important and come naturally.  It’s also an excellent way to expose yourself to music you might not normally come across or chose to listen to.  Not every song is always great, but some are unforgettable.
   Music is also stress relieving.  It is a strong emotional force that will give you an opportunity to escape your daily stress and responsibility for a few hours and focus on making something beautiful for the Lord.  
   There is no expensive instrument required to join the choir.  Singing is without a doubt the most accessible form of music. What do you need to sing? A voice? Check. A place to do it? Check.
   Above all, our choir members are just the kind of people who you want to be your friends.  They are people who simply fill a room with their voices; they are eclectic and passionate not just about singing, but about worshiping God.  I can’t think of a better group of people to spend a few hours a week with on Wednesdays and Sundays!
Consider all these positive reasons and . . . come join the choir!   ~~Robin

 

 Monthly Donation Projects for

Tender Mercies

Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.

Each month: Dry Beans, Rice, Baby Diapers and Wipes

Beginning in February, we will also include an item of the month.

February:    canned/packages soups and hygiene products
March:     paper products/cleaners & hygiene products.
April:            pastas/ Mac ‘n Cheese
May:            baby items
June:          peanut butter/jelly, juice pouches, kids snacks
July:             canned fruits and vegetables
August:     cereal and breakfast items
September:      any canned or boxed food item
October:      International foods -  Mexican, Italian, etc.
November:    Canned or boxed baking items
December:      Holiday items

   Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.

 

PPC Calendar of Events
    
  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm

   Men Praying The Psalms    February 3 -    8:00 am  PPC
   CE Meeting            February 13 – 5:30 pm  PPC
   Genesis Meeting        February 16 – TBA
   Choir rehearsal resumes    February 21 – 7:00 pm
   WIM Bible Study        February 24 – 11:00 am  PPC
 
 
   Deadline for March   Newsletter Articles        February 22

 

Easter Lilies
If you are interested in sponsoring an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one, please sign up in the office. 

Our plan is to place as many as we can in the front of the sanctuary for our Easter Service.

You may take it home after the service. 

The cost is $15.00 each. 

Deadline for ordering is March 23.

Women's Ministry

Coffee Hosts/Greeters are still needed for June, July August and December!

   Without volunteers for these months, we will not have coffee and snacks after morning worship during these months.  Sign -up sheet is in the narthex!
  There will be no WIM February meeting.  Instead we will meet at 10:15 before the Saturday Bible Study Luncheon on February 24.
    Again, if your personal contact information changed during 2017, please provide me with the updated information for the Women’s Directory.
   The greeting card front project in which we have been participating, has been discontinued by the St. Jude’s Ranch.  I am currently looking for any other group that will take the card fronts.  I will keep you updated on my progress.
Thanks, Belinda Burks

 

Box Top Collection


   The students of Barbara Pettus at  Princeton Primary are collecting 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION .    
    Box tops can be found on many items including:  cereals,  tissues, flour and more.   

It is easy to collect and turn in: simply collect them in a plastic baggie and place in the resource center at the church.  We appreciate any and all donations. 

 

Women’s Bible Study

 
The Women’s Bible Study group will continue through the end of February. We meet each Wednesday morning at 9:30 am.
 Our study this time is based on the book Nehemiah by Kelly Minter.  Through seven video sessions and in-depth, relational Bible study, Nehemiah will inspire you to listen to what God has put in your heart to do.  Let God break your heart for the hurting, because He often uses a breaking heart to restore the broken.  If you have missed a class, we have loan copies of the DVD that will enable you to catch up with the group.  Hope you decide to join us!
Thanks, Michelle Farley

 

 

 

January Newsletter 2018

From the Pastor’s Desk...

Happy New Year!  Hoping that your Christmas was grand and the New Year brings blessings from the Lord.  I probably write something in every January newsletter about new beginnings and new things and resolutions, all made possible with the start of a new year.  Anything we might start anew is a challenge.  It takes discipline and determination to begin a new habit or to vow something new.  But the good news for believers is that we never have to do anything new on our own.  God is with us to help us.  God has given us the Holy Spirit and His Word to empower us for new things.  We read in John 14.16, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever...”  God will help us particularly in our walk with God.  But what might be more critical for us in the New Year is, not our attempts to do new things, but the recognition that God is at work in us… “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  (Phil. 1.6).  God is the One about to do a new thing in us working His will and purpose for His glory and for our blessing.  
    Be encouraged that even when our resolutions might only last a short time, God is still working in us!  God is loving and forgiving and pouring out His grace daily in this new year.  Give thanks for all that God has done and will do in us.  ~ Pastor Ed

 

Our “Night In Bethlehem” walk-through was a huge success due to the hard work and dedication shown by a great group of volunteers.  Thank you so much for everything you did or contributed to ensure our success.  It was a lot of hard work and fun! Diane, Robin and Pastor Ed

 

January Calendar of Events
     
  Sunday School     Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship     Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study     Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm

   Men Praying The Psalms   Jan  06 -  8:00 am    Page Hall
   Women’s Bible Study  (Beth Moore)   Jan 10 –  9:30 am    PPC
   
   Annual Congregational     Jan 21        PPC
   Meeting  & Dinner    
   Women In Ministry          Jan 27 – 11:00 am     PPC
   Bible Study/Luncheon
   Deadline for February  Newsletter Articles         Jan 23

*No CE, Genesis,  or regular Women-In-Ministry Meetings

Women's Bible Study

Our next study will begin on January 10, 2018.  We will be using “Nehemiah” by Kelly Minter.        

Books will be available in the office after the first of the year.

Thank you,
      Michelle Farley

 

Happy Anniversary!

Bill and Debbie Draper    January 1


Bert and Lena Herald    January 2

 

Happy Birthday!

Pat Bandy        1/01
Zachary Lusk        1/05
Emily Weatherford    1/06
Robin Martin        1/08
Hillary Oliver        1/10
Linda Kester        1/11
Dianna Putorek        1/13
Carrie Lusk        1/17
Bill Draper        1/19
Wilber Jones        1/21
Lena Herald        1/22
James Thomas        1/22
Shirley Worrell        1/22
Belinda Burks        1/23
Cathy Douglas        1/23

 

Ushers for January
Everette Rast
Bill Draper
Zane Lawhorn
Mitchell Lawhorn

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
John & Donna Perry

January Liturgists
Jan 07 – Pastor Ed
Jan 14 - TBA
Jan 21 - TBA
Jan 28 – Pastor Ed

Time With Children
Jan 7 -  Pastor Ed
Jan 14 -  Diane Hall
Jan 21 - TBA
Jan 28 – Pastor Ed

 

Women's Ministry  -- The Jan 4 meeting is canceled and we will meet 30 minutes prior to the Bible Study/Luncheon on Jan 27.
  We are still in need of volunteers  for Coffee Greeters/Hosts for 2018.  If your address, phone # or email address was changed during 2017, please provide me with the updated information for the Women’s Directory.

Tender Mercies

Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.
For January:  Food items of your choice. 

Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex. 

Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.

 

  Chancel Flowers

 Jan 07 – Open Date
Jan 14 – Open Date
Jan 21 – Open Date
Jan 28 – Open Date
             

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one,

please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00.

 

Box Top Collection 

The students of Barbara Pettus at  Princeton Primary are collecting  BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION .    
 Families, we are asking for you to continue to turn in every Box Top for Education you can, and ask grandparents, co-workers and whomever you think that may be able to collect them.  Box tops can be found on many items including:  cereals,  tissues, flour and more.   It is easy to collect and turn in: simply collect them in a plastic baggie and place in the resource center at the church.  We appreciate any and all donations. 

 

 

 

December Newsletter 2017

 

From the Pastor’s Desk...December 2017

    I just watched the Prager University video on saying “Merry Christmas”.  If you don’t know about Prager University, it is the creation of Dennis Prager, a writer and radio talk show host who is also a Jew.  (Check out his videos on YouTube.)  Prager is attempting to educate leftists 5 minutes at a time on various topics.  In this particular video he advocates for everyone saying “Merry Christmas”.  As a Jew he likes to celebrate this national holiday even if it is not his Holy Day.  
    We know there has been an effort by leftist progressives to eliminate any mention of Christmas in society and American culture.  They claim it is not inclusive and should not be a part of a secular society.  What they say is certainly thought provoking...and also...idiotic.  It’s stupid.  We tire of hearing the inane “happy holidays” greeting and yet we know as well as everyone else that society wants Christmas even if for the wrong reasons.  The businesses want Christmas for sales.  Everyone else wants Christmas for time off.  Government wants Christmas for a break as well.  
    What everyone who hates “Christmas” has yet to realize is that they need Christmas.  Society needs Christmas.  Humanity needs Christmas because it is the beginning narrative of the Good News of salvation.  Everyone needs Christmas because it announces the Good News of the birth of the Savior and it gives hope to everyone who believes.  But there is the rub.  Those who want to eliminate Christmas do not believe.  Saying “Merry Christmas” might offend someone!  Oh my!  I like to think offense might open a door to proclamation of the Christmas message of hope.  Christians are given the responsibility to keep “Merry Christmas” open to the public if for no other reason than to share the gospel.  But we also keep it ringing in the cultural ear for the sake of hope, hope for the enemies of the gospel and hope for the nation.  It is unlikely that we would offend anyone in Princeton, but still, we  still seek to keep “Merry Christmas” at the core of the Christmas season for the sake of all communities who might need to reclaim it for their own.  Merry Christmas to you and to all in America.  Yes, say it again and again, and say it with joy and sincere hope for all who will hear.  Merry Christmas! ~ Pastor Ed

 

Birthdays!

Gifty Berkoh            12/01
Bonnie Allen            12/03
Tracy Lusk            12/05
Sandy Work            12/06
Megan Lawhorn        12/07
James Hall            12/09
Sarah Pettus            12/10
Betty Cuppett            12/11
Nancy Douglas        12/13
Yaa Afreh Berkoh        12/15
Yaa Akoma Berkoh        12/15    
Betty Gates            12/15
Mike Kester            12/19

The December  Birthday recognition will take place on December 17, after Worship Service.

Anniversaries!

Jessica and Trey Aliff           12/15
Diane and James Hall         12/30

Chancel Flowers


                  Dec   3  -  Open Date
                  Dec 10  -   Open Date
         Dec 17  -  In honor of Betty Gates birthday given by
                                   Bill and Debbie Draper
                  Dec 24 -  Open Date
                  Dec 31 -  Open Date

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory
or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00.

*Christmas poinsettias will be $15 this year.  Help fill the church with poinsettias placed in honor or remembrance of someone you love.  Contact the church office by Dec. 10 – we must have a final count to order on Dec. 11.  Thanks!

 

Ushers for December
Herb McClaugherty
Larry Emerson
Joe Allen
Joe Swim

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Rich Work
Sandy Work

November  Liturgists
December 3 – Pastor Ed
December 10 - John Perry
December 17 – Herb McClaugherty
December 24 -  Pastor Ed
December 31 – Wilber Jones

Church Calendar of Events
     
  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm

   Men Praying The Psalms    Dec.  02 -  8:00 am    Page Hall
   Basket Weaving Class    Dec.  05 -  6:00 pm  former NA room
   Women’s Meeting        Dec.  07 – 7:00  pm     PPC
   We Can Party         Dec.  08 –  6:00 pm     PPC
   Christmas Caroling        Dec.  10 -   5:00 pm  
   CE Meeting            Dec. 12 –  5:30  pm     PPC
  “A Night In Bethlehem”    Dec. 15 –  6:00 til 8:30 pm
   Presbyterian Women’s
   Christmas Luncheon     Dec. 16 – 12:00  Fincastle On the Mtn.
   Genesis Meeting        No December meeting
   Birthday and Anniversary Celebration        Dec. 17
  One Holy Night – Candlelight Service        Dec. 24 – 6:00 pm
  Office closed for Christmas Observance        Dec. 25    
  Deadline for January  Newsletter Articles       Dec. 27

 

Presbyterian Women

Our Presbyterian Women will have a Christmas Luncheon on December 16 at 12:00 noon at Fincastle on the Mountain.
  As Chef Rick needs a headcount prior to the luncheon, please contact Donna Perry by Dec. 11 if you plan to attend at 304-425-1143 or johnanddonnaperry@suddenlink.net    All women members of our church are encouraged to join in for this time of food, fun, fellowship and festivities.

There will be a meeting  on December 7 at 7:00 pm.    Also, the birthday celebration will be held on December 17.
  We are  in need of volunteers to serve as Coffee Hosts/ Greeters for 2018.  If you are interested, there will be a sign-up sheet in the resource center.
Thanks, Belinda Burks

 

A Night in Bethlehem

Travel back in time and discover what life was like when Jesus was born in Bethlehem!

Wander through the bustling village during the time of the Roman census where you and your family will be accounted for and assessed taxes by the Roman officials.

Visit the busy marketplace and discover what life was like in Bible days.  Local shopkeepers will help you create a unique keepsake of your visit to Bethlehem as they share all the news of the day.  Remember to stop by the temple to pray for the coming of the Messiah with Simeon and Anna.

It will be a night unlike any other as you encounter some strangely wonderful experiences and people.

On your way out of town, stop by Mary and Martha’s house for a visit and a meal before your long journey home.
Location – Bethlehem (Faith Village)/PPC
Date/Time – December 15, 2017
        Walk-thru (at your own pace) begins at 6:00 pm and  will   be open for visitors until 8:30 pm
Cost (Taxes) – 1 can/box of non-perishable food per person.

Invite everyone you know to come for A Night in Bethlehem!

 

Tender Mercies
 
 Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies. For December:  Food items of your choice.  Items for Christmas Dinner would be nice.     Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.

 

Christmas Basket Weaving Class

Mark your calendars for the Basket Weaving Class to be held on December 5 at 6:00.  The class will be taught by Barbara Sadler.  The cost for all supplies is $35.  You will learn to make a basket (like the one pictured) and take it with you that evening.  Class will be held downstairs in the former NA room.  Contact Diane Hall for reservations for the class.

 

Box Top Collection

   The students of Barbara Pettus at  Princeton Primary are collecting  BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION .    
   Families, we are asking for you to continue to turn in every Box Top for Education you can, and ask grandparents, co-workers and whomever you think that may be able to collect them.  Box tops can be found on many items including:  cereals,  tissues, flour and more.  
  It is easy to collect and turn in: simply collect them in a plastic baggie and place in the resource center at the church.  We appreciate any and all donations.

 

Women’s Bible Study
 
Our next study will begin on January 10, 2018.  The topic of the study has not been decided yet, but I will keep you informed.
Thank you,
      Michelle Farley

 

 

Thanks from the Coiner's...

Jim and I want to thank Pastor Ed, Barbara, and the congregation for your visits, cards, phone calls, and especially for your concern and prayers. Your loving kindness means so much to us.

With love and sincere appreciation,
                                      Joyce and Jim

‘We Can’ Christmas Party
Dec 8 at 6:00

   Christmas will be here before we know it and it’s time for our  Christmas party for the “We Can” children and their siblings with the Children’s Home Society.  
  The Christmas tree in the narthex decorated with red bells containing the name of a child, their gender, age and gift ideas.
   Please take a Christmas Bell from the tree (or more than one) and provide Christmas for a child who may not have any Christmas gifts without your help.
   We are so thankful for the way you have given to these children in past years and I know the children are thankful for your generosity.

          Merry Christmas!  Diane

 

Donations made in Memory of Mr. Stoner Parsons:


Mr. & Mrs. Dick Daisey 

Betty Gates    
Pat & Carl Bandy            

Mike & Linda  Kester
Mr. &  Mrs. Robert Radspinner    

James Thomas
Mr. &  Mrs. Thomas Keizer        

Joe Allen        
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hughes        

Barbara Pell
Sally & David Maloof       
Tri-State Rail Services
Wilber & Carolee Jones    
Appalachian Timber Services
John & Carol Johnson
Bayou Forest Products
New Peoples Bank
Geraldine Huffman Childress
RE Bowlby Investments
Philip & JoAnn Moore
Dr. & Mrs. Jack Presseau
David & Mary Hughes
PM & RC Smiley    
Greg & Donna Shay
John & Donna Perry
Bill & Debbie Draper

 

 

November Newsletter 2017

From the Pastor's Desk...

One of the wonderful things about the region in which we live is the experience of four seasons.  As I write this article, the weather has chilled, the leaves are changing and falling, and the warmth of summer is quickly fading.  When we lived in Florida it was like living in permanent summer.  That’s not completely true as it does get cold in Florida, for about an hour, in the latter part of winter.  But there is something about experiencing all four seasons that reminds us of the rhythm of creation and the rhythms of life that God has created.  We have the rhythm of day and night, the rhythm of six days to work and one to rest.  There are rhythms to movement and sound and spiritual life and the human body and I believe there is a certain rhythm within God’s word.  It’s not a rhythm of rhyming words or always easily set to music (although there is a poetic nature to scripture), but a “rhythm” of constancy and sacredness.  
      One of the tasks of spiritual life is to tune our hearts and minds to the rhythms God has given us.  One way we do that is to recognize that there truly is a season and a time for every matter…

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
 
      When we suffer through a time of weeping or a time of mourning, it may help us to know that all things are in God’s time.  When we find ourselves in a time to heal or love or dance, we recognize easily how those times are God’s good times.  But all our time is in God’s hands, the good, the bad the joyous and the sad.  Our time is God’s time.  
      Ephesians 5:16 speaks of making the best use of our time.  Paul’s admonition is made because the days are evil or difficult.  I like the King James Version, “redeem the time”.   Most modern versions of the Bible understand this to mean that we take advantage of opportunities that arise or make good use of your time.  But I like the term “redeem” because it implies that we use and reclaim our time as God’s time; it is the time of the Redeemer Himself.  What we see throughout the Ecclesiastes passage is that what we perceive as good or bad times, it’s all God’s time.  Perhaps that tells us that God can use all our times for good (Romans 8:28) or that we might be obedient to observe that God is the creator of time and our times.  
      The Bible speaks of two ways we experience time.  We know well chronos from which we get our term chronology.  It is the time of the clock, seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc.  It is the marching element of time that stops for no one.  Another word for time is kairos.  Kairos time is the time of events when time is more “weighty” or significant.  It’s the kind of time we mean when we say, “Remember the time when...” You can fill in your significant event!  Those times mark times of weeping or times of laughter.  We don’t tell time by them (chronos) but we celebrate times (kairos) through them.  So when Jesus speaks of a “time at hand” he is not referring to an hour of chronos, but a time of kairos.  Kairos time is the time when God enters time and space (as in the incarnation of Jesus) or God does an extraordinary thing (miracle) that permeates our time (chronos) and may even suspend time (kairos) as we know it.  Our times are in God’s hands.  The days are indeed evil so we must redeem the time.  May God move in our lives through the rhythms of time (chronos) and through those incredible times (kairos) at  just the right time.  Take some time to think it over!  ~ Pastor Ed  

 

Happy Birthday

The November  Birthday recognition will take place on November 26, after Worship Service.

  Megan Pettus        11/03
  Carla Reed        11/08
  Albert Herald    11/19
  India McGuire    11/19
  Donna Shay        11/19
  Letha Catron        11/22
  Irene Robertson    11/25
  David Daisey        11/26
  Barbara Pettus    11/28
  Pastor Ed Pettus    11/30

 

Church Calendar of Events

  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm

   Women’s Meeting        November 2 – 6:30 pm    PPC
   Men Praying The Psalms    November 4 -    8:00 am    Page Hall
   Craft Class            November 9 – 6:30 pm    PPC
   Chicken Dance         November 10 – 7:00 pm  PPC
   CE Meeting            November 14 – 5:30 pm  PPC
   Genesis Meeting        November 17 - TBA
   Thanksgiving Dinner     November 19 (after worship)
   Session Meeting        November 19 (after dinner)

   Birthday and Anniversary Celebration        November 26  
   Deadline for October  Newsletter Articles       November 27


   Office Closed for Veteran’s Day        November 10    
   Office Closed for Thanksgiving        November 23 & 24

Upcoming Events 
Watch bulletin and newsletter for more details!


We Can  Children’s Party        December  8      6:00 pm
“A Night In Bethlehem”        December 15      6 – 8:30 pm

 

Ushers for November
Steve Farley
David Burks
Sammy Martin
Dewey Russell

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Irene Robertson
Barbara Pettus

November  Liturgists
November 5 – Pastor Ed
November 12 – Everette Rast
November 19 – Mitchell Lawhorn
November 26 – Bill Draper

Time With Children
November 5 -  Pastor Ed 
November 12 – TBA
November 19 – Barbara Pettus
November 26  – Pastor Ed

 

Women’s Bible Study

  Thanks to all that participated and helped in any way.  Because of you, we had another successful Bible Study. 
   Our next study will begin on January 10, 2018.  The topic of the study has not been decided yet, but I will keep you informed.
       Thank you, Michelle Farley

 

Monthly Donation Projects for Tender Mercies 

   Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.

 For November:  Food items of your choice.  
   Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.
  Additionally, we received a letter from Tender Mercies indicating their need  for financial assistance.  If you have a desire to help, you may place your donation in the offering plate and designate it for them or you may send to the church office.

 

Women's Ministry and Coffee Hosts

Positions are currently open in the Women’s Ministry.  If you are interested in serving in a position on a committee, please let me know.  You may contact me at:  304-431-3878 or dbburks@yahoo.com

   There will be a meeting for the Coordinating Team on November 2 at 6:30 pm.  Anyone interested in serving on the team can also attend the meeting.

  We are also in need of volunteers to serve as Coffee Hosts/ Greeters.  If you are interested, there will be a sign-up sheet in the resource center.
Thanks, Belinda Burks

 

A Night in Bethlehem!

Travel back in time and discover what life was like when Jesus was born in Bethlehem!

Wander through the bustling village during the time of the Roman census where you and your family will be accounted for and assessed taxes by the Roman officials.

Visit the busy marketplace and discover what life was like in Bible days.  Local shopkeepers will help you create a unique keepsake of your visit to Bethlehem as they share all the news of the day.  Remember to stop by the temple to pray for the coming of the Messiah with Simeon and Anna.

It will be a night unlike any other as you encounter some strangely wonderful experiences and people.

On your way out of town, stop by Mary and Martha’s house for a visit and a meal before your long journey home.
Location – Bethlehem (Faith Village)/PPC
Date/Time – December 15, 2017
        Walk-thru (at your own pace) begins at 6:00 pm 
         and  will   be open for visitors until 8:30 pm

Cost (Taxes) – 1 can/box of non-perishable food
           per person.

Invite everyone you know to come for
A Night in Bethlehem!

 

Our church helps to sponser missionaries from the EPC around the world.  We received this note of thanks from one family serving in Pakistan.  

October 2017
Greetings from Lahore!

   Asaph & I wanted you to know how much we appreciate your continued prayer and financial support.  Thank you so much!

Love & Blessings,
Asaph & Lynn Din

 

We Can 
Christmas Party

   Christmas will be here before we know it and it’s time for our l Christmas party for the “We Can” children and their siblings with the Children’s Home Society.  
   On Sunday November 5, there will be a Christmas tree in the narthex decorated with silver bells.  Each silver bell will contain the name of a child, their gender, age and gift ideas.
   Please take a Christmas Bell from the tree (or more than one) and provide Christmas for a child who may not have any Christmas gifts without your help.
   We are so thankful for the way you have given to these children in past years and I know the children are thankful for your generosity.

        Merry Christmas!  Diane

 

In this season of thanksgiving and gratitude, we would like to give thanks to Pastor Ed and the congregation of Princeton Presbyterian Church for your ongoing support and love towards Stoner and me.
   We are greatly appreciative of the prayers, cards, meals and visits that we have received.  We are thankful  for God’s faithfulness and for your prayers to help us through this time.  
Love, Regetta and Stoner Parsons

(Stoner passed away shortly after this note was received.   Please be in prayer for family and friends.)

 

Box Top Collection

   The students of Barbara Pettus at  Princeton Primary are collecting  BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION .    
   Families, we are asking for you to continue to turn in every Box Top for Education you can, and ask grandparents, co-workers and whomever you think that may be able to collect them.  Box tops can be found on many items including:  cereals,  tissues, flour and more.   

It is easy to collect and turn in: simply collect them in a plastic baggie and place in the resource center at the church.  We appreciate any and all donations.  

 

“Chicken Dance”
November 10, 2017

   Every barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower's musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?
   “Chicken Dance” will be presented on Friday, November 10 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. ‘Free’ to all attendees. Thanks for your support in this endeavor.

A BIG thank you to:  Margaret Shires - In appreciation of your generous gift to the Honor and Glory of God, to help us with the expense for the “Chicken Dance” performance.



 

 

October Newsletter 2017

From the Pastor’s Desk...October 2017

    On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses.  We might call them 95 points of contention with the corruption of the Church and what became one of the main concerns, justification.  How does one become justified?  In the Catholic Church at the time, it was through something called indulgences.  The Church sold forgiveness!  Luther rediscovered the true meaning of justification by faith (by God’s grace) and not by works (purchasing indulgences).  While Martin Luther gets a lot of attention in discussing the Reformation, and rightly so, he was among many reformers of the time.  Presbyterians, for instance, are more familiar with John Calvin, the Swiss reformer.  Others included John Knox and Huldrych Zwingli, and also many who predated the October 31 event like Thomas a’Kempis and John Wycliffe.

    This year we celebrate 500 years of the Reformation.  Wow, seems like just yesterday!   :)  This year we also celebrate 5 years in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (Oct. 28).  For me that marks a return to much of the Reformed thought and theology that went missing in previous years.  It also meant a stance taken, just like that in the Reformation, in the Scriptures.  At its core the Reformation was a return to the Scriptures.  The Reformers agreed that Scripture was the final authority in matters pertaining to life and faith and church.  This eliminated the Catholic belief that two sources held authority, the Scriptures and the Church tradition. 

    There were five particular teachings that held true across the board in the Reformation: the Five Solas.

1. How are we saved?  “Sola fide” - by faith alone.
2. How are we forgiven?  “Sola gratia” - by grace alone.
3. What is the final authority for spiritual life? “Sola scriptura” - by Scripture alone.
4. Who is the mediator of the Church? “Sola Christus” - by Christ alone.
5. What is the purpose of life and the Church? “Soli Deo gloria” - Glory to God alone.
     (Taken from the Leadership Training Guide, EPC)

    As we celebrate these 500 years, let us also pray that the church will always look to Scripture where we are constantly reminded of these Five Solas.  Let us pray also that the church will always be reforming into the image of Christ according to the Scripture.  And may we pray that the Church will be a light shining in a darkened world, to the glory of God.  Amen.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Margaret McCormick        10/1
Greg Shay            10/1
Dorothy Grimm        10/5
April Halsey            10/5
Diane Hall            10/9
Anna Daisey            10/11
Michelle Farley        10/12
Larry Emerson        10/14
Shirley Bruce            10/20
Carolee Jones            10/21
Joyce Coiner            10/29

The October Birthday recognition will take place on October 22, after Worship Service

 

Chancel Flowers

 

October  1 –  In loving  memory of  Harry Minnix by Tara Minnix Harmon
                       and In loving memory of Ron Redden by Lois Redden
October  8  –      Open Date 
October 15 –     Open Date
October 22   -     Open Date
October 29  -      Open Date

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00.  

Church Calendar of Events
      
  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice         Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm

   CE Meeting                    October 10 – 5:30 pm   PPC
   Family Night Dinner    October 17 - 6:00 pm       Page Hall
   Session Meeting        October 16 - 7:00 pm    PPC
  Adult Craft Class         October 19 – 7:00 pm
  Genesis Meeting        October 20    TBA
  Reformation Sunday        October 29
  EPC 5-year Celebration    October 29    after Worship
  And carry-in dinner

The next Men’s Breakfast will be on November 4.
(No October Breakfast)

Birthday and Anniversary Celebration      October  22  
 Deadline for October  Newsletter Articles       October 27

Upcoming Events 
Watch bulletin and newsletter for more details!

Chicken  Dance by ArtsPower    November 10      7:00 pm
We Can  Children’s Party        December  8      6:00 pm
“A Night In Bethlehem”        December 15      6 – 8:30 pm

 

Ushers for October 
Mike Kester
Ed Lowe
Greg Shay
Mark Gatchell

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Greg & Donna Shay

October Liturgists
October 1 – Pastor Ed
October 8  – Bill Draper 
October 15 – Joe Allen
October 22 -Pastor Ed 
October 29 – Joe Swim


Time With Children
October 1 -  Pastor Ed 
October 8 – TBA
October 15 – TBA
October 22 – Pastor Ed  
October 29 – TBA

Monthly Donation Projects for Tender Mercies 

   Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.
   For October:  Food items of your choice.  
   Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.
  Additionally, we received a letter from Tender Mercies indicating their need  for financial assistance.  If you have a desire to help, you may place your donation in the offering plate and designate it for them or you may send to the church office.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

 In honor of the EPC 5 year celebration and for Pastor’s Appreciation, we will have a carry-in dinner on October 29 immediately following the Worship Service.
   Positions are currently open in the Women’s Ministry.  If you are interested in serving in a position on a committee, please let me know.  You may contact me at:  304-431-3878 or dbburks@yahoo.com

There will not be a meeting in October.
Thanks, Belinda Burks

 

Family Night Dinner
“Greek Night”

   Have you ever wanted to try Greek cuisine?  Well, here’s your chance.  Our Family Night Dinner will feature the following:  Spanakopita (spinach in phyllo dough), Stuffed Grape Leaves, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Gyros, Greek salad, and for dessert:  rice pudding and baklava. 
   We are also planning some surprise fun and games for your enjoyment.  Bring your  family and friends  for great food, fun and fellowship. To guarantee a count for the caterer, please sign up by October 12.

Date:  October 17 at 6:00 pm
Cost:  $10.00 per person

Call the church office for reservations:  304-425-2269

 

THANKS!!

We apologize that we have been remiss with our thank you!  Following the heart attack, surgery, hospitalization and during recovery, you inundated us with cards, flowers, telephone calls and visits, food, love and prayers.  For each of you, we are thankful and so appreciative.  We feel very blessed to have you as our church family.

With love and sincere thanks,
John and Donna

 

A Night in Bethlehem

Travel back in time and discover what life was like when Jesus was born in Bethlehem!

Wander through the bustling village during the time of the Roman census where you and your family will be accounted for and assessed taxes by the Roman officials.

Visit the busy marketplace and discover what life was like in Bible days.  Local shopkeepers will help you create a unique keepsake of your visit to Bethlehem as they share all the news of the day.  Remember to stop by the temple to pray for the coming of the Messiah with Simeon and Anna.

It will be a night unlike any other as you encounter some strangely wonderful experiences and people.

On your way out of town, stop by Mary and Martha’s house for a visit and a meal before your long journey home.
Location – Bethlehem (Faith Village)/PPC
Date/Time – December 15, 2017
  Walk-thru (at your own pace) begins at 6:00 pm and will   be open for visitors until 8:30 pm
Cost (Taxes) – 1 can/box of non-perishable food per person.

Invite everyone you know to come for A Night in Bethlehem!

 

Thankful for Life

During the month of October, we will be collecting baby bottles filled with donations to be given to the Abel Pregnancy Resource Center in Bluefield, WV.
   We will do this project as a Thanksgiving Offering, rather than the Operation Shoebox that we did in the past.
   Please pick up your bottle in the narthex, fill with your donations and return to us.  We appreciate all you do to help.  Thanks,  Diane

 

Box Top/Tyson Label Collection

   The students of Barbara Pettus at  Princeton Primary are collecting  BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION  and Tyson chicken labels.    
   Families, we are asking for you to continue to turn in every Box Top for Education you can, and ask grandparents, co-workers and whomever you think that may be able to collect them.  Box tops can be found on many items including:  cereals,  tissues, flour and more.
   
We are also asking you to
 collect the labels (pictured)
 from Tyson Products that
 display the Tyson Project
 A+ logo.  Each label is worth
 24 cents cash.  

It is easy to collect and turn in: simply collect them in a plastic baggie and place in the resource center at the church.  We appreciate any and all donations.  

 

Donations needed to sponsor “Chicken Dance”
November 10, 2017

   Every barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower's musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?
   “Chicken Dance” will be presented on Friday, November 10 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  Our cost to offer this great performance for ‘Free’ to all attendees is $800.  If you would like to help sponsor this show, please make your donations to PPC and direct your payments toward “Chicken Dance”.  Thanks for your support in this endeavor.

 

WELCOME NEW PPC MEMBERS

Carole Swim
Joe Swim
Grover White
Pat Williams
Nancy Douglas (reinstated member)

 

 

September Newsletter 2017

 

From the Pastor’s Desk, September 2017…

I was thumbing through one of the books sitting on my desk, yeah there are way too many books here, and there was a post-it note that read:  “1 thing this year – Curly – 1 thing.”  I took me a moment,  but it was my reference to the movie City Slickers where the cowboy named Curly told Mitch, played by Billy Crystal, that the secret of life is one thing.  Mitch asks, “But, what is the ‘one thing?’”  To which Curly replies, “That’s what you gotta figure out.”  
    One thing can mean many things to us, but simply “one thing” is an attempt to simplify and narrow down our focus for life.  Another scene played out in the scripture sought the same “one thing”. 

    “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

    The first and greatest thing is to love God.  If we wanted to stick with just “one thing” that would do us well.  To love God is one thing that leads us to love our neighbor.  Or we might express it to say that the one thing is simply love.  St. Augustine once said that we should love God and do as we will.  It has been paraphrased this way:  “Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.” Some might say that loving God is our “one thing”.  All else we are taught in the scriptures leads to that love.  That may well be an oversimplification, but it is at least a good beginning on which  to focus the Christian life.  
    I think that figuring out “one thing” might be a lifelong journey and the one thing changes as we grow more experienced in life and in biblical understanding.  We spend our lives working out what it means to love God and neighbor and we set our sights on many “one things” along the way.  I think back to why I wrote that note in that particular book and why that book is still on my desk.  The book topic is disciple-making, a topic that seems to elude the church in general as we look to lots of other topics in our lives and in the life of the church.  Sometimes our one thing is to focus on prayer, or scripture study, or service, and yet all that is set in our love for God and neighbor.  
    I like the scene from City Slickers because it reminds me to try to make whatever I am doing and thinking more focused and simple.  Life is too complex these days with all that is presented in news and information and so forth.  I think we yearn for the simple life of love and hope and peace and faith.  See, I’ve already added to the love!  One thing. I don’t know if Curly was right, I guess we just have to figure that one out.  ~ Pastor Ed 

 

Sermon Topics
After the “I Am” sermon series through Sept. 17, Pastor Ed will be preaching from the book of Galatians.

Happy Birthday!!

Donna Perry            09/04
Sam Martin            09/05
Elwood Sheets            09/09
Judith Evans            09/11
Carol McClaugherty        09/14
Carl Bandy            09/22
Beverly Stott            09/30

The September Birthday recognition will take place on September 17, after Worship Service.

 

Happy Anniversary!!

Stoner & Regetta Parsons   9/5
        Mike & Linda Kester       9/8

 

Chancel Flowers
September  3 – In celebration of Stoner & Regetta Parsons 64th Wedding  Anniversary
September 10 – Open Date 
September 17 – Open Date
September 24 -  Open Date

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00. 

 

Ushers for September 
Everette Rast
Bill Draper
Zane Lawhorn
Mitchell Lawhorn

Coffee Hosts & Greeters
Ed & Nilda Lowe

September Liturgists
September 3 – Pastor Ed
September 10  – Rich Work
September 17–  John Perry
September 24 - Pastor Ed


Time With Children
September 3 -  Pastor Ed 
September 10 – TBA
September 17 – TBA
September 24 – Pastor Ed

Church Calendar of Events

       
  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice             Each Wednesday – 7:00 pm    
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm
  
  Yard Sale/Hot Dog Sale    September  2 – 7: 00 am    PPC
  Men Praying the Psalms     September  2 – 8:00 am     Page Hall
  Beth Moore Bible Study    September  6 – 9:30 am        PPC
  CE Meeting                     September 12 – 5:30 pm    PPC
  Genesis Meeting        September 15   TBA
  Session Meeting        September 18 - 7:00 pm    PPC
 Adult Fellowship/Craft Class     September 21 - 7:00 pm   Page Hall
 Women In Ministry Luncheon     September 23 – 11:00 am Page Hall

 Birthday and Anniversary Celebration             September 17  
 Deadline for October  Newsletter Articles       September 25

Upcoming Events 
Watch bulletin and newsletter for more details!

Family Night Dinner            October 17         6:00 pm
Chicken  Dance by ArtsPower        November 10      7:00 pm
We Can  Children’s Party        December  8     6:00 pm
“A Night In Bethlehem”            December 15      TBA

 

The Women’s Fall  Bible Study will begin on September 6, at 9:30 am. This is a 7-week study based on the book  “He Speaks To Me”  by Priscilla Shirer.  The cost of each book is $14.00 and  is available in the office.  Stop by for your copy today!

 

Monthly Donation Projects for Tender Mercies 

   Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies.
   For September:  Food items of your choice.  
   Please bring donations to the donation box in the narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies.
  Additionally, we received a letter from Tender Mercies indicating their need  for financial assistance.  If you have a desire to help, you may place your donation in the offering plate and designate it for them or you may send to the church office.

 

The Women In Ministry will have a luncheon on Saturday, September 23 at 11:00 am in Page Hall.                                                                                                      

Christians Education Notes...

We have the Faith Village Yard Sale/ Hot Dog Sale coming up  Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 7:00 am.  We have received lots of donations for the yard sale.  Now we hope you will come out to help us  on Saturday...or buy a hot dog or two!  All the proceeds from the yard sale/bake sale will go toward finishing the playground and other children’s activities.  And on September 21, we will have our first Craft Class Meeting at 7:00 pm. Come join us.  
      In October we are planning a Family Night Dinner for Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00 pm.  We will be getting more information out about this event when it gets closer to the date.  Mark your calendar and save the date for our Family Night dinner.
   The beginning of November we will be putting the names and gift ideas out for you to pick a child or two to provide Christmas wishes for the children in the We Can program of Children’s Home Society.  We will be having their party on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm.   Also in November,  we will be having the ArtsPower Presentation of the children’s book “Chicken Dance”.  It will be on Friday, November 10th at 7:00 pm with refreshments following the performance.  We hope that you will come out and enjoy this night because it is something for all ages to see.  
   We are working with Pastor Ed, Robin, and the choir to bring “A Night in Bethlehem” to the community on Friday, December 15, 2017.  This will take the efforts of the whole church and everyone who wishes to participate will have part to play in this wonderful outreach ministry about Jesus to remind us all the Real reason we celebrate Christmas.

Thank you so much for all you give and do to support the Christian Education department and our children.   Diane

 

Donations needed to sponsor  “Chicken Dance”
November 10, 2017

   Every barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower's musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?
   “Chicken Dance” will be presented on Friday, November 10 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  Our cost to offer this great performance for ‘Free’ to all attendees is $800.  If you would like to help sponsor this show, please make your donations to PPC and direct your payments toward “Chicken Dance”.  Thanks for your support in this endeavor.

 

 New Craft Class -  September 21, 2017

                       On September 21, we will have the first meeting of our new Craft Class. It will be an organizational one where we can decide which crafts we would like to learn.  Our preliminary idea is to have the meeting the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30.  If interested, please call the church office or  Diane Hall.  There will be a sign-up sheet available in the resource center.

Memorial Donation

Thank you! Margaret Shires - In appreciation of the generous gift  to the Honor and Glory of God, in memory of Pete & Ginny White. 

 

 

 

August Newsletter  2017

From the Pastor’s Desk...August 2017

    Our next study in the adult Sunday School class is in Deuteronomy.  Deuteronomy literally means “second law”.  Through this book, Moses reaffirms God’s covenant with his people.  It might be summed up in Deut. 1:5, “Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to explain this law...”  Moses had quite an undertaking!  Among the passages of Deuteronomy are: the Ten Commandments (Deut. 5), the great She
ma (Deut. 6), the importance of memory (Deut. 8), and the testimony of the Exodus (Deut. 26).  One of my favorite sections is from 32:46-47 where Moses reminds us that God’s law is our very life!  
    Deuteronomy is quoted over fifty times in the New Testament.  Jesus quotes Deuteronomy when tempted in the desert.  I believe the more we study the Old Testament, the greater our understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Deuteronomy is the conclusion to the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.  In Deuteronomy Moses is basically asking this next generation of Jews to respond to God’s grace with love and obedience.  You may recall  the generation that was delivered from Egypt responded to God with rebellion and tested God.  That is one of the reasons they ended up wandering in the wilderness for so long.  Much of the book encourages us to listen to the Lord (obeying) out of the motivation of love.  This is the same encouragement we get from Jesus in the gospels (John 15:1-17).
    Below is a poster (Click the Button) from the Bible Project which shows how Deuteronomy is organized into three parts: (1-11)-Moses explains history and renewed call to covenant, (12-26)- Laws to help Israel live faithfully, (27-34)- Consequences of living in obedience or disobedience.  Click the Deuteronomy link below and then scroll to "Read Scripture" and click the YouTube video!   Come join us beginning Sunday, August 6 at 9:45am sharp(ish).  It will be fun!  Workbooks are now available in the church office.    ~Pastor Ed
 

Deuteronomy

 

Happy Birthday

 

Richard Daisey        8/03
James Coiner        8/05
Lindsay Crowley        8/05
Stoner Parsons        8/06
Carter Halsey        8/07
Donna Lawhorn        8/07
Fred Sparks            8/09
Amy Oliver            8/14
Martha Wells            8/17
Joyce Timson        8/18
Lois Redden            8/21
Dean Evans            8/22
David Burks            8/24
Juliane Johnson        8/25
Amanda Putorek        8/28
Billie Short            8/28


The August Birthday recognition will take place on August 20, after Worship Service.

 

Happy Anniversary!!

 

Larry & Adolia Emerson    8/05
Rich & Sandy Work        8/10
Wilber & Carolee Jones    8/11
Steve & Amy Oliver        8/20
Greg & Donna Shay        8/21

 

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00.

Ushers for August 
Herb McClaugherty
Larry Emerson
Joe Allen
Joe Swim

Coffee Hosts & Greeters

Volunteers Needed


August Liturgists
August 6  – Pastor Ed
August 13  –Herb McClaugherty
August 20– Everette Rast
August 27 - Pastor Ed

Time With Children
August 6 -  Pastor Ed 
August 13 – TBA
August 20 – TBA
August 27 – Pastor Ed 

 

Church Calendar of Events

       
  Sunday School         Each Sunday -  9:45 am
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice            Starts back Aug 16, 7:00pm
  Wed. Bible Study         Each Wednesday – 6:00 pm
  

  Men Praying the Psalms      August 5  –  8:00 am     PPC
  CE Meeting                      August 8  –  5:30 pm     PPC
  Genesis Meeting         August 18-   6:00 pm    TBA
  Biblical Prophecy Class             August 15 – 7:00 pm     PPC              (with Zane Lawhorn)    
  Session Meeting         August 21 -  7:00 pm    PPC


Birthday and Anniversary Celebration             August 20  
Deadline for September  Newsletter Articles   August 26

Upcoming Events 
Watch bulletin and newsletter for more details!
 
Annual Yard Sale                       September 2,  2017
Beth Moore Bible Study        September 6,  2017
Adult Fellowship/Craft Class (NEW!)    September 21, 2017
Chicken  Dance                       November 10, 2017   

Biblical Prophecy Class
With Zane Lawhorn set for August 15

Zane Lawhorn will be presenting a seven class study on Biblical Prophecy beginning Tuesday, August 15th at 7 pm. The class will run from 7:00 - 8:30 on Tuesdays through September. If you are interested in participating,  the cost is $10 for a book and seating is limited to allow for discussion.

The study will focus on the twelve ‘Super-Signs’ that must be fulfilled leading up to the revelation of Christ. We will also discuss current prophetic news and our placement on the timeline of the events leading up to the Second Coming.

Contact Zane or Donna Lawhorn if you are interested in attending. Space is limited so reserve your space as soon as possible. Send an email to zaneL2020@hotmail.com or call 304-952-8285.

 

Monthly Donation Projects for Tender Mercies

Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies. 

For August:  Food items of your choice.  Children will be back in school, but families are still in need.  Consider after school snacks.

Please bring donations to the donation box in the Narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies and each month we will have a special type of donation; however, no item will be refused.

 

The Women In Ministry Team will resume in September. Luncheon tentatively planned for September 22. 

The Women In Ministry Team is in the process of compiling all of our favorite recipes into a cookbook.  We need your contribution to help make our cookbook an offering of tastefulness.   Recipes are needed by 8/31/17.  Please place in the basket labeled ’recipes’ located in the resource center. 

The 5th annual Until All the Pieces Fit Memorial Golf Tournament will be held August 19, 2017 at The Resort at Glade Springs Cobb Golf Course located at 255 Resort Drive in Daniels, WV  25832.  For more information, please see the flyer posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.  All funds go  the Mercer County Schools Special Education Department.

 

Beth Moore Fall Bible Study “He Speaks To Me” Begins September 6.  The  Women’s Bible study will begin on September 6. This will be a 7-week study based on the book  “He Speaks To Me”  by Priscilla Shirer.  The cost of each book is $14.00 and we will be accepting pre-orders in the office.  Stop by and reserve your copy today!

 

Sunday School resumes on August 6, 2017.  Classes will be held for children and adults.  Lesson books for the adult class may be picked up in the office. 

 

Donations needed to sponsor  “Chicken Dance”

Every barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower's musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?

“Chicken Dance” will be presented on Friday, November 10 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  Our cost to offer this great performance for ‘Free’ to all attendees is $800.  If you would like to help sponsor this show, please make your donations to PPC and direct your payments toward “Chicken Dance”.  Thanks for your support in this endeavor.

New Craft Class
          To Be Offered

                       On September 21, we will have the first meeting of our new Craft Class. It will be an organizational one where we can decide which crafts we would like to learn.  Our preliminary idea is to have the meeting the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30.  If interested, please call the church office or  Diane Hall.  There will be a sign-up sheet available in the resource center.

 

Spring cleaning finished?  Garage all cleaned out for winter?  Storage buildings overflowing?  We will gladly accept your unwanted items to sell in our annual yard sale.  This year’s sale will be held on Saturday, September 2.  We will also be having a bake sale that day and we could really use your help.  All help appreciated! All proceeds will benefit the children’s playground.

 

Apologies for: 
Omissions, Errors, Etc.

If we fail to acknowledge your birthday and/or anniversary or if we place incorrect information  in the newsletter or bulletin, please call the office or email me at ppcepc@citlink.net to  let me know. When our system was updated in February, some information (such as names, dates, etc.) were not transferred from the old system to the new.
I sincerely apologize and want you to know that I am actively working to resolve these issues. In an effort to correct these errors,  an information sheet will be available in the Narthex on  Sundays and  included in this newsletter. I need one completed for each adult member.  Please complete and return to the office.  Thank you for your patience and understanding

  Louise Crouse, Secretary

 

July Newsletter  2017

From the Pastor’s Desk...July 2017

    This month I want to bring to your attention a couple of YouTube channels that I believe you will find interesting.  If you are not “into” computers and the internet, perhaps you could find someone who could show you one or two of their favorite videos from one of these channels.  On YouTube there are “channels” that post videos related to their purpose or likes.  For instance, I have a channel with a few videos, mostly related to BMWs and sports car racing.  You are welcome to search those out as well, but they will probably not lift your heart like the two below!  
   One For Israel is a collection of testimonies and related topics of Jews who have come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Following my trip to Israel last year, I began following a lot more Israeli internet sites and came across this YouTube channel.  One of the common themes among some of the testimonies is how these Jews were taught to stay away from the New Testament (the Christian Bible, as they understood it).  When they finally dared to read the New Testament, they were so surprised to find that the New Testament was written by Jews!  They discovered that Jesus was a Jew!  They learned that Jesus was all over the Old Testament and one particular testimony lifted up Isaiah 53 and how it was so clear to him that Jesus was the Messiah.  These are very powerful testimonies that have lifted my heart and my hope for the Jews.  With all the bad and controversial news that is fed to us through the mainstream media, it is so refreshing to find good news in the testimony of those who have been waiting for the coming Messiah.  We hear so much about how bad the world is and how divisive our culture has become politically.  We need to know and hear that God is at work in the lives of individuals and peoples with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The Good News will not become lead stories in the media, but these testimonies remind us that among all the bad, God is still at work. 
   The other channel, The Bible Project, is a channel offering summations of each book of the Bible and on particular topics of the Bible like holiness and atonement.  What the project does is help us to see the large themes of the Bible and how they are expressed throughout the Bible  It gives us a bird’s eye view of every book so that we can see the Bible themes in Deuteronomy and Titus, for instance, one with 34 chapters and one with 3, and yet both can been seen on the whole through the breakdown given on this channel.  We will be studying Deuteronomy beginning August 6 in Sunday School.  Check out the summation of Deuteronomy on this channel.  So often we feel like the Bible is too big to study.  Books like Deuteronomy are large and what this project seeks to do is help us get a fuller understanding by seeing how the themes of God’s word fit through the whole of each book.  
   These two channels together give us encouragement through the spoken word of testimony and the written living word of the Bible.  We need these words of encouragement in our world filled with darkness.  God’s word is the light that overcomes the darkness.  May that light shine in your life today.  Amen.

BIRTHDAYS

Sherry Daisey    07/01
Joe Allen        07/03
Logan Evans    07/03
John Putorek    07/08
Regetta Parsons    07/10
Mark Gatchell    07/19
Frances Sparks    07/20


The July Birthday recognition will take place on July 23, after Worship Service.

 

Anniversaries  >>>  John & Diana Putorek   7/7;  John & Donna Perry   7/25

 

Welcome!
There is a new addition in the Belinda and David Burks family - 
 Little Miss Braelynn Louise.       Congratulations!

 

CHANCEL FLOWERS

July   2 -   In memory of Dallas and Ruby Young’s Wedding Anniversary, given  with  love by daughter Robin and Sammy Martin
July   9 -   Open Date
July 16 -  Open Date
July 23 -  In celebration of the 15th Wedding Anniversary of John and Donna Perry
July 30 -  Open Date


If you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office.  The cost is $15.00.  

 

Church Calendar of Events


  Sunday School for ALL Ages:     
   (Temporary suspension beginning June 25 and resuming on Aug.6)
  Morning Worship         Each Sunday – 11:00am
  Choir Practice             Suspended for July
  Wed. Bible Study         Suspended for July
  CE Meeting                      Suspended for July

Men Praying the Psalms (Page Hall)       July   1–  8:00 am
Independence Day (office closed)      July   4
Genesis Meeting              No July meeting


Birthday and Anniversary Celebration      July 23       
Deadline for August Newsletter Articles   July  26 – 9:00 am

Upcoming Events 
Watch bulletin and newsletter for more details!
 
Annual Yard Sale                       September  2, 2017
Chicken  Dance                       November 10, 2017

 

Ushers for July
Steve Farley
David Burks
Sammy Martin
Dewey Russell

Coffee Hosts & Greeters  -  Steve, Amy & Hillary Oliver


July Liturgists
July 2  – Pastor Ed
July  9 – Larry Emerson
July 16– Wilber Jones
July 23- Pastor Ed
July 30 – Wilber Jones

Time With Children
July 2 -  Pastor Ed 
July  9 – TBA
July 16 – TBA
July 23 – Pastor Ed 
July 30 – Pastor Ed

 

Memorial Donation 
Given to Tender Mercies  in memory of Dr. Jim Parks by Anna Lynn & Richard Daisey.

 

Monthly Donation Projects
                 for Tender Mercies

Each month we will be sponsoring a donation box for Tender Mercies. 

For July:  Food items of your choice.  Remember that children are out of school and will not be receiving breakfast/lunch at school.  This will stretch the budgets of many families and children could be hungry.

Please bring donations to the donation box in the Narthex.  Items will be delivered weekly to Tender Mercies and each month we will have a special type of donation; however, no item will be refused.

 

 

Biblical Prophecy Class
With Zane Lawhorn set for August 15

Zane Lawhorn will be presenting a seven class study on Biblical Prophecy beginning Tuesday, August 15th at 7 pm. The class will run from 7:00 - 8:30 on Tuesdays through September. If you are interested in participating,  the cost is $10 for a book and seating is limited to allow for discussion.

The study will focus on the twelve ‘Super-Signs’ that must be fulfilled leading up to the revelation of Christ. We will also discuss current prophetic news and our placement on the timeline of the events leading up to the Second Coming.

Contact Zane or Donna Lawhorn if you are interested in attending. Space is limited so reserve your space as soon as possible. Send an email to zaneL2020@hotmail.com or call 304-952-8285.

The Women In Ministry Team is in the process of compiling all of our favorite recipes into a cookbook.  We need your contribution to help make our cookbook an offering of tastefulness.   Recipes are needed by 8/31/17.  Please place in the basket labeled ’recipes’ located in the resource center. 

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!  

Carla Lane Reed
Elaine Richardson

 

Beth Moore Fall Bible Study Slated for September 6.

The  Women’s Bible study will begin on September 6. This will be a 7-week study based on the book  “He Speaks To Me”  by Priscilla Shirer.  The cost of each book is $14.00 and we will be accepting pre-orders in the office.  Stop by and reserve your copy today!

 

Opportunities to Serve!

  •                         Alternates Needed for Coffee Hosts/Greeters

If you are interested, please leave your information in the church office or send an email to Belinda Burks at dbburks@yahoo.com

  •                          Prayer Chain Update

We are updating the prayer chain. Please let us know if you desire to have your name added.  Leave your information in the office or send an email to: dbburks@yahoo.com

  •                         Christian Support and Fellowship

If you are interested in becoming part of our activity to deliver meals to our sick and shut-ins, please contact Belinda Burks by email: dbburks@yahoo.com.  This is still in the planning stage and we are in the process of coordinating the rotation of meals to our sick and shut-ins during their healing process.  A sign-up sheet will also be in the narthex resource center.

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Vacation Bible School - 2017

Another exciting Vacation Bible School, where we had the opportunity to share God’s word with a great group of kids in fun, creative ways!  Thank you to all of the  teachers, students, craft instructors, cooks, clean-up people and especially to the children and to Pastor Ed.  The biggest ’thank you’ goes to our Lord above for providing the opportunity to live our faith through our interaction with children.

 

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PLEASE NOTE:  Due to recent events, the front door of the church will now be kept locked.  To access entry to the building, a door bell has been installed for you to ring and/or you may call the office at 304-425-2269 and someone will come to let you into the building.  We have taken this measure for the security of our staff and our building.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.