Upcoming Events for 2-12-18 thru 2-18-18

Upcoming Events for 2-12-18 thru 2-18-18

Let Your Light Shine! It’s Transfiguration Sunday, where the disciples go with Jesus on top of the mountain and have an experience like never before. On this Sunday, Jesus unveils his greatest risk of all, that he will risk his very life in order to proclaim messages of God’s love, healing, and hope. We too must be willing to take risks in order to have life that is fully lived. What are you willing to risk to be transformed? Mark 8:27-9:8
After worship, I look forward to gathering with you in the fellowship hall for the congregational meeting, where we will reflect upon the ways FRUCC has proclaimed God’s message of love, healing, and hope in 2017. We look with excitement as we prepare to follow the call into God’s future.


  • Feb. 11, the 3 Adult Sunday School classes will spend time reflecting and discussing questions in the Building an Inclusive Church Process. Feel free to come even if you are not a regular.

  • VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    VBS planning has begun! Second Reformed UCC has invited our church, along with Shady Side and St. Stephen’s, to participate in VBS with their church June 17-21. WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AS A CONTACT PERSON and attend a planning meeting in April. We also need volunteers to serve as teachers and/or group leaders. Please contact Cathy by March 11 if you are interested.

  • “SOUP-ER” BOWL SUNDAY WAS FEBRUARY 4th…

    …but because the weather was so bad last Sunday, the youth of our church decided to wait until this coming Sunday to collect for “Soup-er” Bowl. The youth will be at each exit following worship with their soup pots to collect money that will be donated to Open Hands Ministry. Be sure to bring your dollars and change to fill the soup pots for the youth!

  • CONGREGATIONAL MEAL AND MEETING

    Our CONGREGATIONAL MEAL AND MEETING will follow worship this Sunday. Women’s Life Fellowship will be serving their famous soup for the meal. Along with committee reports, there will be a vote to change the church by-laws to move the meeting date for presentation of nominations for Consistory to the second Sunday in November instead of the first since this regularly interferes with Homecoming Sunday. If you have not picked up pre-ordered soup, it will be available after worship.

  • BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE CHURCH PROCESS

    Again this Sunday, in the worship bulletin, there will be a slip of paper on which to write any of your questions about the Open and Affirming process. The questions will be collected by the Welcoming Task Force with the mission of arranging small groups or find other ways to accommodate the questions. Your voice is important.

    February 18th @ 3:00pm: Forum #2 {Fellowship Hall}
    LGBT Families: Sharing their Stories, including Belinda Yates & Betty Barr

  • February 25th @ 5:00pm: Welcoming Task Force meeting at church {Parlor}
    Open to anyone. The purpose is to help assist with the process; suggest or plan small group discussions, gatherings, and/or educational forums.

  • COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES
    When: Beginning Wednesday, February 14 at noon and all the following Wednesdays throughout Lent
    Where: First Lutheran Church, 320 State Street, Lexington
    What: Bring your own bag lunch…Drinks and Desserts provided
    Hosting denominations vary each week, but all meetings will be held at First Lutheran
    February 14 Lutheran
    February 21: Presbyterian
    February 28: Hospice Chaplains/Community Action
    March 7: UCC
    March 14 Baptist
    March 21: Methodist

  • ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE ON FEBRUARY 14th at 6:30pm
    The imposition of ashes will be this coming Wednesday, February 14th, at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. The Rev. Dr. Arnetta Beverly will be preaching. We welcome members of St. Stephens, Second Reformed UCC and Memorial Church’s congregations who are invited to join with us during this worship service. A reception following the service will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

  • LENTEN LUNCH & LEARN
    The “LENTEN LUNCH AND LEARN” study begins Tuesday, February 20th from 12:00-1:00pm in our church Parlor (This is a change from the original plan to meet in the Fellowship Hall.) 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. The pre-ordered book for this study, “Jesus: Understanding His Death and Resurrection – A study of Mark 14-16” will be distributed at the first meeting.

OUR CHURCH AT PRAYER:
CHURCH MEMBERS: Betty Bates, Ruth Essick, J.W. Bates, Carolyn Spivey, Peggy Bates, Amy Hedrick, Ruth Fritts, Margot Everhart, Margie & Vogen Everhart
HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Adena Wall, Marzell Crotts, Hoyle Potts, Doris Flynt, James Everhart, Lib & Jimbo Hinkle, Jo Hudson, Valerie Price, Joyce Price, Rita Tussey
OUR FRIENDS: Nancy Barr (Betty Barr’s mother-in-law), Judy Stanley (family of Alane Holste), Nell and Ken Holmes (neighbors of Jerry and Patti Lovell), Jeffery Saunders (Amy Hedrick’s son), Geraldine Westmoreland (Frank Westmoreland’s mother), Doris Brown (Mike & Lynn Brown’s sister-in-law), Ronald Yates, (Eddie Yates’ dad), Debra Craver (friend of Alisa Johnson), Zane Winters (Michell Winters’ dad), Sharon Ward (friend of Alisa Johnson), Delores Martin (Sylvia Walser’s sister), Martha Moore (friend of Frank Leonard), Eric Varnadore (Carol Varnadore’s son), Ashley Anderson (Lee Ann Peele’s cousin)

THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR CHURCH ON FEBRUARY 11:
Liturgist: Patti Lovell
Ushers: James Gray, John Smith, Raeann Allred, Michell Winters
Youth Usher: Jonathan Kepley
Acolyte: Parker Horton Bible Steward: Patrick Horton
Plate Attendant: (TBD) Sound Tech: Jeremy Peterson
Greeters: Doug & Barbara Sink Nursery: Kivi Miller & Alice Gray (for Kids Club)

WEEKLY CALENDAR
Monday, February 12
11:00 Staff meeting
5:00pm Tutoring
5:30pm Confirmation Class – prepare ashes for Ash Wednesday service
6:30pm Open Hands Meal {FH}

Tuesday, February 13 SHROVE TUESDAY
10:00am Weaving Women {Willing Workers Classroom}

Wednesday, February 14
6:30pm Ash Wednesday Service {Sanctuary}
Reception following service {FH}

Thursday, February 15
5:30pm YOGA Class {P}
7:00pm Square Dancing {FH}

Saturday, February 17
10:00am-2:00pm Consistory Retreat {Yarborough’s Restaurant}

Sunday, February 18 First Sunday in Lent…Holy Communion
9:45am Children…studying Joseph with Cathy Waitman
New Way Sunday School…studying Mark with Dave Fulton
Willing Workers Sunday School…studying Luke with Doug Sink
Pastor’s Discussion Class…during Lent studying “Let Your Life Speak”
by Parker Palmer with Elizabeth Horton
11:00am Worship in the Sanctuary…NOISY OFFERING FOR BACK PACKS
3:00pm Forum #2: LGBT Families Sharing their Stories {FH}


LOOKING AHEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THE MONTH…

  1. “40 BAGS in 40 DAYS” DECLUTTER CHALLENGE
    Beginning February 15th, our Girl Scout Troop will be hosting a community-wide “40 Bags in 40 Days” Declutter Challenge to coincide with Lent to raise additional funds for their summer trip. You can sign-up to take the Declutter Challenge one of the following ways:
    · let Kivi Miller know you plan to participate
    · at facebook.com/girlscouts2160
    · at instagram.com/girlscouts2160
  2. NOISY OFFERING!
    On February 25th the youth of our church will collect another NOISY OFFERING for their Youth Service Project on March 25th. Their goal is to collect $400 to pack 60 bags for the Back Pack Program for Easter Break.
  3. February 25 FAMILIES FIRST COVERED DISH LUNCH & MEETING on in the Fellow Hall
  4. February 27 FRIENDSHIP CLUB catered lunch and guests: Davidson County Senior Chorus


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