Upcoming Events for 7-20-18 thru 7-29-18

Upcoming Events for 7-20-18 thru 7-29-18


10:00 Worship in the chapel…no Sunday school
Intercessory Prayer Circle at front of Chapel
11:00 CHURCH-WIDE BRUNCH {Fellowship Hall}
Hosted by the Welcoming Task Force
Everyone is invited to attend!
Liturgist: Jeremy Peterson
Greeters: Clifton & Harriette Murphy
Ushers: Ron Hutcheson, Keri Hartle, Ashlee Snider, Rich Johnson, Edgar Miller
Youth Usher: Haylee Hutcheson
Plate Attendant: Walter Hoffman
Sound Technician: James Gray
Acolyte: Jacob Hartle
Bible Steward: Ava Miller
Nursery {infants-kindergarten}: John Smith & Joy Walser


Monday, July 23
6:30pm Open Hands Meal (FH)
Thursday, July 28
5:30PM YOGA Class {Parlor}
7:00PM Square Dance {Fellowship Hall}
10:00am Worship in the Chapel…Children’s Church
11:00am Intercessory Prayer Circle – front of the Chapel

CHURCH MEMBERS: Marilyn Lohr, John Potts, Vogen Everhart, Deanna Michael, Lauren Thompson Gould, Ruth Fritts, Peggy Bates, Margot Everhart
HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Lib & Jimbo Hinkle, Jo Hudson, Valerie Price, Rita Tussey, Adena Wall, Marzell Crotts, Hoyle Potts, Doris Flynt, James Everhart
Our Friends:
John Hayden (Friend of Kivi Miller), Earl Parker (Father of Elizabeth Horton), Ed Leonard (Brother of Sylvia Walser), Annetta Everhart (Friend of Lisa Nelson), Dan Smith (Brother of Steve and Jerry Smith), Shane Gordon (Friend of Alane Holste), Lacy Belcher (Friend of Vicky Gray), Jonelle Parker (Friend of Frank Leonard); Family of Cindy S. Bowers…Sandra Johnson…Susan & Joe Calloway…and Kiana Sinz (Friends of Patti & Jerry Lovell); Dennis Yocum (Son of Carolyn Yocum), Ike Trexler (Friend of Mike & Lynn Brown), Eddie Wray (Friend of Lisa Nelson), Lynn Younts (Friend of Susie Smith), Eliza Paris (Friend of Sylvia Walser’s granddaughter), Harold Peoples (Friend of Cheryl Walser), Ashley Hutcheson (Daughter-in-law of Heidi & Ron Hutcheson)

“Back to School” campaign for Communities in Schools
We are continuing to collect school supplies during the month of July and August. Each Sunday, please help by bringing the items to the Communities in Schools box located outside the office during the month of July or to the Narthex during August.

  • July 15 – pencils and notebook paper
  • July 22 – crayons (24) and glue sticks
  • July 29 – composition books and erasers
  • August 5 – colored pencils and markers
  • August 12 – backpacks

Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

Usher Appreciation Lunch
Ushers and their spouses are invited to attend an Usher Appreciation Lunch scheduled for Sunday, August 12th immediately following the worship service. This free meal is a chance for the church to thank you for your dedicated service along with an opportunity to explain the new sanctuary security system and refresh the operation of the life-saving AED system located in the narthex and fellowship hall. You are the front line for our members and visitors and we want to thank you for your faithful service.

To assist with ordering catered food, please email or call the church office by Sunday, July 29th to confirm the number planning to attend.

FREE Summer Activities for the Young and Young at Heart…

  • Church-wide Bowling Night, Lexington YMCA – Friday, August 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30pm First Reformed family and friends will enjoy pizza, drinks and bowling. If you haven’t contacted Cathy Waitman yet, JULY 29th IS THE DEADLINE to sign up!

  • Back to School Bingo and Movie in church fellowship hall – Tuesday, August 14th from 1:30 – 4:00pm; prizes, popcorn, snacks, drinks will be provided. Please let Cathy know by August 5th if you are interested.


  1. JULY 31: YOUTH TRIP to Adventure Landing in Winston Salem
  2. AUGUST 3: Church-wide bowling and pizza and drinks at the Lexington YMCA
  3. AUGUST 5: Regular worship hours resume: COMMUNION SUNDAY
    9:45 Sunday School
    Adults will meet in the Fellowship Hall with Rev. Horton and begin a study on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Kids will meet with Cathy Waitman.
    10:30 FIRST SUNDAY SOCIAL in the Fellowship Hall hosted by Walter & Ann Hoffman
    11:00 Worship in our newly painted and refreshed Sanctuary

  4. AUGUST 7: 6:30 Board of Evangelism (Parlor)
    Board of Christian Education (Rm. 102)

  5. August 12 following worship
    Usher Appreciation Luncheon and Consistory. Spouses are invited. Please let the office know by Sunday, July 29 if you plan to attend.

  6. August 13 11:00 Staff Meeting>

  7. August 14 10:00 Collaborative Ministries Meeting (Parlor)
    1:30 YOUTH Back to School Movie & Bingo (Fellowship Hall)

  8. August 17
    Women’s Life Fellowship feeds NDHS football team {FH}

  9. August 19 9:45 Kid’s Club will help meet to help organize school supplies for Communities in Schools ministry

  10. August 21 6:30pm
    Women’s Life Fellowship meets at Linda Sink’s house

  11. August 22 12:00pm
    Friendship Club meets {FH}

  12. August 26 during worship
    Backpack Blessing – Kids, remember to bring your backpacks!

  13. AUGUST 28 6:00 Finance Committee Meeting (Parlor)


After serving as a pastor for 24 years, Al Staggs became a full-time performing artist. His repertoire includes characterizations of such luminaries as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Clarence Jordan, and Oscar Romero. He is the author of What Would Bonhoeffer Say? (Intermundia Press), A Pilgrim in Rome: Cries of Dissent, and another collection of poetry, In Mammon We Trust . . . (Intermundia Press).
A poet and full-time performing artist, Al Staggs served as a pastor for 24 years. His repertoire of programs includes characterizations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Clarence Jordan, and Oscar Romero.

The weekend of September 15-16 Rev. Al Staggs , a minister and performance artist, will share three presentations.

  1. Saturday evening, September 15th, Rev. Staggs will present Laughter for Life . This program focuses on the spiritual, emotional and physical benefits of humor and features his numerous comedic impersonations.
  2. Sunday morning, September 16th, at 9:45am in the education building, Rev. Staggs will perform “Clarence Jordan and the God Movement.”

    Taken from the book description and reviews:

    Clarence Jordan was a farmer, Baptist minister and biblical scholar who, in 1942, founded the interracial community of Koinonia in south Georgia. His perspective of Christian discipleship, particularly in regard to the issues of racial equality, war and greed, made him a highly controversial figure in his hometown of Americus and Sumter County, Georgia. Jordan’s life and theology were a radical emodiment of the teachings of Jesus, especially those from the Sermon on the Mount. In 1968 he and Millard Fuller founded Fund for Humanity, which later became Habitat for Humanity International.


    • “Al, there are legions of legends but none sound like Daddy until I heard you. You have mastered the pauses, the tone, and some of the mannerisms I knew so well as a child. When I closed my eyes during your performance, I was moved to tears at the sound. You do a great job! It’s good for both a laugh and a cry!” –Jan (Jordan) Zehr, daughter of Clarence Jordan
    • “I want to thank you for your outstanding performance here at Habitat for Humanity International headquarters. You did a superb job of impersonating Clarence Jordan. Indeed, I cannot imagine you doing a better job of impersonating that great man of God. One of the best indications of how well you did was the reaction of the Jordan family including his three living children. They were astounded at your magnificent portrayal of their father.” –Millard Fuller
    • “Al, I just wanted to thank you on behalf of the entire ‘Jordan Clan’ for a performance that captured the essence of daddy! Your cadence, your inflection, your mannerisms, and humor were so real, it was hard not to think back 30 years ago, when we would sit and listen to daddy speak. Both performances were outstanding!” –Lenny Jordan, Clarence Jordan’s son
    • The book may also be bought from Amazon at Clarence-Jordan and The God-Movement

  3. Worship Service at 11:00am in the sanctuary, Rev. Staggs will perform, “A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” . The audience is brought into the prison cell where Bonhoeffer awaits execution and listens to his struggles with evil, injustice, and God. In the play, Bonhoeffer tells of the profound influence of fellow Union Theological student, Frank Fisher, an African-American friend who introduced Dietrich to the blight of racism in America. Prisoner Bonhoeffer expresses moral outrage against the Nazi treatment of Jews and explains how that outrage led him to become involved in the German resistance movement, a commitment that would result in his execution by hanging on April 9, 1945.

    Taken from the The Intermundia press, LLC

    The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and theologian, is the story of a man who spoke as a prophet to a German church that was more concerned with her own security than she was with doing the work of God in the midst of oppression and human need. This pastor-prisoner challenged the typical expressions of popular Christian piety, a piety that denied the reality of injustice toward innocent people, namely Jews.
    Bonhoeffer compels us to struggle with him regarding the nature and expression of Christian faithfulness in the context of horrifying injustice. One of his most important contributions to theology and to our understanding of contemporary discipleship came as a result of his experiences as a prisoner of the Gestapo from April 1943, until his death by hanging on April 9, 1945. During his incarceration he learned what it meant to view life, history, and scripture from what he termed “the view from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the reviled. In short, from the perspective of those who suffer.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s testimony in word and deed continues to influence people all over the world. His witness has drawn praise from leading theologians and philosophers alike. After Bonhoeffer’s death his close friend and biographer, Eberhard Bethge, said of him, “When he was silenced for good at age 39, he began to speak more loudly than ever before.”
    A real contribution to Bonhoeffer studies, performance artist Al Staggs brings this modern martyr’s testimony to life with wit and sensitivity, compelling us to struggle along with Bonhoeffer with regard to the nature and expression of Christian faithfulness in the context of horrifying injustice.

As we begin preparation for Rev. Staggs’ visit, beginning Sunday, August 5th, during the Sunday school hour, Rev. Horton will lead a class on the Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Our Director of Christian Education, Cathy Waitman, has ordered several books titled, Bonhoeffer Study Guide for those who would like to read and prepare for the Sunday school class. Books will be available, Sunday, July 22nd.


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