Posts by Myra

Posts by Myra

Mat Weaving Ministry Expanding

Who could have imagined that hundreds of plastic grocery bags filling up recycle bins, or in some cases, garbage cans, could have such a positive impact in keeping our local homeless population protected from the wet ground? A group of mat weavers at First Reformed UCC had exactly that vision. They meet at the church at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays where they quickly get to work cutting plastic bags into narrow strips that they tie together vertically. Church members continue to save and donate their grocery bags to supply this ministry.…

The Healing Force Drum Band Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.

The Healing Force Drum family band will offer a free concert on Sunday, featuring drumming, African music played on handmade instruments, singing and storytelling. First Reformed UCC is offering the free concert to the public to celebrate Black History Month, with sponsorship by the Maggie and Arthur Thomason Endowment. It will take place in the sanctuary, and a love offering will be received. The Healing Force specializes music and educational storytelling. They are from Winston-Salem and have been together since…

All Invited to Community Meal, Tuesday, Jan. 24

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to our Community Meal served on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. A hot winter menu of beef stew, pinto beans, collard greens, corn bread, dessert and beverages will be served. The meal is free to all with donations accepted. Proceeds will go to support the Open Hands Meal served at our church each Monday evening.   

Rev. Elizabeth Parker Horton Installed as Eighth Minister at First Reformed UCC

Sunday, January 22nd was an important day in the life of First Reformed UCC. At 4 p.m., Rev. Elizabeth Parker Horton was formally installed as the church’s eighth pastor. Approximately 30 visiting ministers as well as about 150 church members and friends took part in the service. Church children proudy entered the sanctuary holding high their colorful, biodegradable balloons, and they enjoyed releasing them in the church yard after the service. Following the installation, everyone enjoyed a delicious reception in…

Rev. Elizabeth Parker Horton to be Installed Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m.

Rev. Elizabeth Parker Horton will be formally installed as pastor of First Reformed UCC in Lexington at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22. Rev. Beth Kennett, a UCC minister from the Center for Congregational Health, will bring the message and the charge for Pastor Elizabeth and the congregation. The installation  acknowledges the relationships between the pastor, congregation and the United Church of Christ. After serving as a supply minister, Horton was named as First Reformed UCC’s designated pastor on Oct. 1,…

“United in Christ’s Love, a Just World for All” – the UCC Vision

The UCC Mission: “United in Spirit, and inspired by God’s grace, we love all, welcome all, and seek justice for all.”  We were built to heal bodies broken and divided. This is our calling. Our core values of love, hospitality, and justice for all must be fully embraced in the days to come. It could well be that we were called into being for just such a time as this. We, the Officers and Council of Conference Ministers of the United…

Bi-Monthly Church Dinners Provide Fellowship

  Story and photo by Julia Hudgins, The Dispatch First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington is offering any interested members of the community to take a seat and enjoy fellowship and a home-cooked meal at its bi-monthly dinners. Every fourth Tuesday of every other month, First Reformed UCC provides meals to those who may be too busy, who may not be able to afford a dinner elsewhere, and those who might eat alone. The meals are hosted in…

New Shelves Add More Usable Space in Closet

Thanks to our talented crew of volunteer carpenters, a large, new storage closet in the Fellowship Hall makes much better use of the space. A wall of wooden shelving was designed, built and installed for easier access to many items used in church meals. Thank you Rich Johnson, Mike Brown,  Buddy Lohr and John Potts (not shown) for your skills and willingness to help in this project that will organize the space more efficiently.

Open Hands Meal & Ministry Draws Almost 50

With the Open Hands Meal & Ministry serving a delicious hot dinner to almost 50 people at First Reformed UCC on Oct. 17, the non-profit ministry officially became a two-site movement of God, said Rev. David Talbert of Bethany United Methodist Church near Denton. As visiting families and individuals were warmly greeted and fed by volunteers from First Reformed UCC, St. Stephens UMC and Open Hands Ministry Monday night, the same scene was going on as it has for several years at the Lexington…

Community Meal Served at 5 p.m. Today

Join Us at 5 p.m. Today! Bring a friend and join us at 5 p.m. today for our Community Meal. The menu is perfect for a fall get-together: smoked Boston butt, garlic creamed potatoes, collard greens, black eyed peas, roll, dessert and a beverage. The meal is free to all with donations accepted for Touching Davidson County with Love.

Come Join New Children’s Choir, Wed., 6 p.m.

There are slots for more kids in grades K – 6 who would like to sing in a new children’s choir “Jesus and Me,” (JAM). Come each Wednesday at 6 p.m., and let the learning and fun begin! Led by Ellen Peterson, children will learn music and the joy of shared voices. Following choir, children will be treated to a snack supper at 6:30 p.m. Call or message the church for more information. 336-248-2617.
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