General News

General News

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 1-21-19 thru 1-27-19

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 ACOLYTE:  Emory Smith BIBLE STEWARD:  Elliott Smith GREETERS:  Doug & Barbara SinkNURSERY {INFANTS-KINDERGARTEN}: Nicole Smith & Nina Smith OUR CHURCH AT PRAYER PRAYER CONCERNS:  Remember those in the Armed Forces. To add a name to the prayer list please fill…

Upcoming Events for 1-29-18 thru 2-4-18

The East Lexington Collaborative Ministry Group (First Reformed UCC, Second Reformed UCC, Shady Side Presbyterian, and St. Stephen UMC) will be holding a “Lenten Lunch & Learn Series” beginning Tuesday, February 20th in our church Fellowship Hall from 12:00-1:00pm. The meetings will continue each Tuesday through March 27th. Each meeting will begin with lunch (BRING YOUR OWN BAG LUNCH) and will be led by Rev. Elizabeth Horton and Rev. Dr. Arnetta Beverly, pastor of St. Stephens UMC. The bible study…

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 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.
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