Events

Events

Looking Forward to Sunday

Dear Friends,  Over the past few weeks, we have looked at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  His baptism, his first miracle, his first sermon. This Sunday, we see him calling his first disciples in Luke 5: 1-11  Our sermon is titled, Into the Deep. On the lake, Jesus tells the fishermen to take their boat and go out into the deep water, and then to lower their net. To say they are hesitant to follow is an understatement. The “What If’s” begin to take…

News for 2-4-19 thru 2-10-19

We extend sympathy to Lisa Price on the recent loss of her sister, Julie Kay Price, who passed away on January 25. On-line condolences may be made at www.piedmontfuneralhome.com We extend sympathy to Kalyssa Hutchens on the loss of her grandmother, Melinda Gayle Hunt, who passed away January 30. Visitation for family and friends is February 1 from 6:30-7:00pm in the chapel of Davie Burial & Cremation in Lexington. A Celebration of Life service will follow. On-line condolences may be made…

PASTOR’S BLOG

Looking toward Sunday Have you ever heard God speaking, but you just didn’t want to listen? Have you tried to push away people who, in looking back, you now realize have been the presence of Christ in your life? Sometimes God speaks and we do everything within our power to shut out the Still Small Voice. In worship, the sermon comes from Luke 4: 21-30.  The title is Living in the Light: The Sermon No One Wanted to Hear. This passage is a continuation from…

Events for 1-28-19 thru 2-3-19

THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR CHURCH… LITURGIST: Dave Fulton PLATE ATTENDANT:  John Potts SOUND TECHNICIAN: James Gray USHER CHAIRPERSON: Jeff Hutchens USHER CAPTAIN: Mark Smith USHERS:  Denise Durham, Ben Hale, Kivi Miller, Susan Miller, Jeremy Peterson YOUTH USHER: Ava Miller GREETERS:  The Hartle Family: Casey, Keri, Jacob & Emma NURSERY {INFANTS-KINDERGARTEN}: Rita Lohr & Patti Lovell OUR CHURCH AT PRAYER PRAYER CONCERNS:  Remember those in the Armed Forces. To add a name to the prayer list please fill out a…

Pastor’s blog

Looking toward Sunday…  Our sermon series is “Living in the Light: A Sermon in a Sentence.” What is your ONE Sentence?  Can you craft a sentence that reflects the meaning of your life? Come hear the sentence Jesus chooses in Luke 4: 14-21 On Wednesday of this week, I sent you an invitation via email to complete a 2019 Vision Survey.  This is meant to start conversations about where God is leading us next.  This is a beginning and is…

Pastor’s blog

First Reformed UCC will celebrate its 118th anniversary!  The first service was held January 20, 1901. Many thanks go to the History Committee (Rita Lohr, Merle Hodges, Katherine Skipper, Cliff Lopp, Carolyn Spivey) for compiling a list of fun facts about the church’s history. This group also oversees and updates the church’s History Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Educational Building, where many of our treasures and records are kept.  1921 – The church membership had grown from the…

Pastor’s blog

In worship, we will hear the story of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. “JBap” as I jokingly like to call him, is to me one of the most intriguing Bible characters ever.  Why would Jesus himself want to be baptized by this wilderness-living, locust-eating, hard-preaching radical?  We’ll explore this question Sunday and see how he can teach us to Live in the Light. We will also remember our own baptism and reclaim our identity as a beloved child of God. Both the choir and Keri Hartle…

Events for 1-14-19 thru 1-20-19

Thank you for serving our Church Sunday LITURGIST: Dave Fulton Greeters: Lindsay & Linda Sink Usher Captain: Mark Smith Ushers: Denise Durham, Ben Hale, Kivi Miller, Susan Miller, Jeremy Peterson Youth Usher: Ava Miller Plate Attendant: Doris Sink Sound Technician: James Gray Acolyte: Emory Smith Bible Steward: Elliott Smith Nursery {infants-kindergarten}: Aurelia Smith & Sylvia Walser THE WEEK AHEAD Monday, January 14 11:00AM Staff Meeting 6:30PM Open Hands Ministry Meal {FH} Tuesday, January 15 10:00AM Willing Weavers {RM 3} 6:30PM…

Pastor’s blog

Looking toward Sunday… January 6 is the Day of Epiphany, and we begin the sermon series “Living in the Light.”  In Matthew 2:1-12, the Magi follow the star and are led to Jesus to discover the audacity of the Gospel — outsiders become insiders marginalized become beloved outcasts become friends Come and begin the 2019 year with Holy Communion. Before worship, at 10:30 come to the Fellowship Hall for the First Sunday Social: refreshments, catching up and a time to socialize.…

Events for 1-7-19 thru 1-13-19

Thank you for serving our Church Sunday LITURGIST: Elliott Smith Greeters: Tammy Rhodes & Jeff Hutchens Usher Captain: Mark Smith Ushers: Denise Durham, Ben Hale, Kivi Miller, Susan Miller, Jeremy Peterson Youth Usher: Ava Miller Plate Attendant: Doris Sink Sound Technician: James Gray Acolyte: Emory Smith Bible Steward: Elliott Smith Nursery {infants-kindergarten}: Alice Gray & Vicky Gray THE WEEK AHEAD Monday, January 7 5:00PM Bd. of Spiritual Growth & Renewal {Parlor} 6:30PM Open Hands Ministry Meal {FH} Tuesday, January 8…

Pastor’s Blog

I’d like to express a big Thank You to Ellen Peterson, Lee Ann Peele, Lee Jessup, Brian McKerlie and the Choir for the toe-tapping, joy-filled Cantata, “Rhapsody in Bluegrass!” It was great to hear so many gifted soloists, too! Ellen’s creativity and talent continue to amaze me, and I feel so very fortunate to serve with her at First Reformed. Since there is possibility of rain showers, we will decide at 2pm whether or not to go Christmas Caroling tonight.…
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