Upcoming Events for 8-13-18 thru 8-19-18

Upcoming Events for 8-13-18 thru 8-19-18

Looking toward Sunday…

Sermon Series in the Gospel of John
The Bread of Life: How to Handle Picky Eaters
John 6: 41-51
Special Music by Ellen Peterson
“No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

from the Bishop Desmond Tutu, 20th century
“I don’t preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, ‘Now is that political or social?’ He said, ‘I’ll feed you.’ Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.”

Sunday, August 12
9:45AM Youth: Studying Esther with Cathy Waitman

Adult Sunday School: Studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer with Rev. Horton and Dave Fulton{FH}
As we continue our preparation for Rev. Staggs’ visit, Rev. Horton and Dave Fulton will lead a class on the Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. These discussion classes will continue through the first Sunday in September.
11:00AM……………. Worship and Holy Communion in the Sanctuary
Intercessory Prayer Circle at front of Chapel
12:00PM………… Usher Appreciation Luncheon {FH}
Consistory Meeting following luncheon


Liturgist: Bonita Hooper
Greeter: Calvin & Susan Odom
Ushers: Jeff Hutchens, Cheryl Walser, James Gray, Jerry Lovell
Youth Usher: Elliott Smith
Plate Attendant: Walter Hoffman
Sound Technician: Jeremy Peterson
Acolyte: Parker Horton
Bible Steward:
Nursery {infants-kindergarten}: Lynn Brown & Belinda Yates


Monday, August 13
11:00AM Staff Meeting
6:30pm Open Hands Meal (FH)
Tuesday, August 14
10:00AM Collaborative Ministries Meeting {P}
1:30-4:00PM Back to School Movie & Bingo {FH}
Thursday, August 16
5:30PM YOGA Class {Parlor}
7:00PM Square Dance {Fellowship Hall}
Friday, August 17
Women’s Life Fellowship feeds NDHS Football Team {FH}
Sunday, August 19 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9:45AM Youth: Studying Clarence Jordan with Cathy Waitman

Adult Sunday School: Studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer with Dave Fulton {FH}
11:00AM Worship in the Sanctuary
In the Pulpit: Rev. Phil Hardy (Executive Director of JRVC)
………….. Kids Club with Alice Gray and Lena Johnson (collate school supplies)
Intercessory Prayer Circle at front of Sanctuary following worship

CHURCH MEMBERS: Brian McKerlie, Gladys Snider, Lee Bouchard, Vogen Everhart, Deanna Michael, Lauren Thompson Gould, Ruth Fritts, Peggy Bates, Margot Everhart
Lib & Jimbo Hinkle, Jo Hudson, Valerie Price, Rita Tussey, Adena Wall, Marzell Crotts, Hoyle Potts, Doris Flynt, James Everhart
Our Friends: Clifford Beane (Neighbor of Lee & Ellen Bouchard), Brian Arensman (Keith Johnson’s friend and co-worker), John Hayden (Friend of Kivi Miller), 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); Dr. Sidney Hood…Family of Cindy S. Bowers…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)

  • 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.


    REV. HORTON WILL BE ON VACATION August 19-25. Our guest minister on August 19th will be Rev. Phil Hardy, Executive Director for John’s River Valley Camp. Rev. June Grubb will be on call in case of emergencies (336-248-5668 or 336-240-2503) or you may call the church office

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

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

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

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

  5. September 5 BLOODMOBILE coming to First Reformed UCC
    More information will be provided as we get closer to the date. A sign-up sheet is currently available on the bulletin board outside the church office, or you may contact the office by e-mail carolyn@frucc.org or phone (336-248-2617) to add your name to the list.

  6. SEPTEMBER 9th Rally Day 2018!
    Rally Day is coming. We will have a program in the Chapel for Adults and Youth culminating our study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Clarence Jordan. We will receive Confirmands and new members during the worship service. A delicious baked potato and salad bar luncheon is planned for the CONGREGATIONAL MEAL.


    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.

  8. Tuesday, September 25 NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL:
    5:00pm Fellowship Hall
    First Reformed United Church of Christ, 104 East Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292
    Donations appreciated!


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