First Presbyterian Church In-Person Worship Announcement September 16, 2020

The Book of Order (part of the Constitution of our denomination) clearly lays out the responsibilities of the Session.  The three items listed are:

  • provide that the Word of God may be truly preached and heard.
  • provide that the Sacraments may be rightly administered and received.
  • nurture the covenant community of disciples of Christ.

Since March the Session has sought to be faithful to their responsibilities as well as to the mission we have received from God. We continue to offer online streaming options, just as we have for the past few years, where you can join us for worship from your home.
In August we began offering in-person worship.  We have a Session approved policy, which can be found on our website, that requires those attending to wear masks as they enter and exit the sanctuary, but not during the service itself, except for when singing hymns.  We will continue with this policy for the 11:00 service of worship.
But in an effort to reach even more people the Session has approved a second in-person service of worship…on a trial basis.  Beginning this coming Sunday, September 20, we will offer an in-person worship service at 1:30 Sunday afternoons.  This service will differ from the 11:00 as masks will be required throughout the whole service.  We are offering this in the hopes that we may be able to provide a setting of worship for those who due to health reasons or other risk factors would feel more comfortable if masks were worn throughout the service.
Our plan is to offer this service for a period of four weeks and then we will evaluate it and make a decision on whether or not we will continue offering it.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me, or one of your elders.  We would be happy to talk with you.
In Christ,
Pastor Joe

Women’s Bible Study


Women’s Bible Study

On Thursday, Sept. 10th at 10am on Zoom, we will begin a 7-week Bible study called Me, Myself, and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild. If you would like to join us, the member books are $20 and you will need to let Angela know as soon as possible if you want one ordered for you.

“Words are powerful. Especially the words women speak to themselves. All too often, what they say to themselves when they lie in bed at night or look in the mirror in the morning is not even close to the words God wants them to speak to their souls. According to Rothschild, what we think about often has a ripple effect on nearly every area of our lives.

 Me, Myself, and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover – Member Book provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the group video sessions of this women’s Bible study. Based on Jennifer Rothschilds’s book. Self Talk, Soul Talk, the study encourages

women to clean out the junk in their minds and replace hidden negative thoughts with positive truths from God’s word.”

Drive-Thru Family Night Supper – April 22, 2020 *Date Updated!*


Drive-Thru Family Night Supper
April 22, 2020
5:45-7:00 pm
Mary Anne Tyndall, Anne Branch, and Joan Dorsett, along with the MVE committee, would like to invite you to a “Drive-Thru Family Night Supper” on April 22, 2020. We will be taking every possible safety precaution available. We will have prepared meals to go – but must know in advance how many to prepare!

Pick up from 5:45 until 7:00 pm.
Directions for pick up:
Please enter from Wyche Street There will be someone at the corner asking how many plates and taking any donations. After expenses are covered, any extra will go towards masks and snacks for the health care workers! That person will relay the number of plates and they will be bagged and handed to you. Then you will continue through the driveway to exit!!
This is a special time for our community, church, and the world, and we are continually praying and looking for ways to help. Think about your neighbors and let us cook supper for you.

We will be serving:
Parmesan ranch chicken, hash brown casserole, green beans, sautéed carrots, and cornbread muffins with a brownie for dessert!!

We are excited to at least see everyone!
We need this order by Sunday, April 19, 2020. *Date Updated!*
Joan Dorsett (910) 840-5468
Mary Anne Tyndall (910) 640-9837