Upcoming Events for 9-30-18 thru 10-7-18

Upcoming Events for 9-30-18 thru 10-7-18

Looking toward Sunday…

We finish the series A Faith That Works with The Power of Prayer.
We explore the question James asks in, “Are any among you sick?”
What are illnesses you suffer from today? What about illnesses of the church?
In James 5: 13-20 James paints a picture of what the church is meant to look like. What we’re to be, and what we’re to do—and he shows us that those two things are inextricably bound together.

At the end of our worship service, we will hold a time for Anointing and Prayers for Healing and Wholeness. Those who would like to participate will come to the front kneeling bench. Those who need to exit worship may do so. This will be in lieu of the Intercessory Prayer Circle.

Sunday, September 30…………………… Nineteenth SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Class with Rev. Horton and Dave Fulton {Parlor}
Youth — Children’s Sabbath Practice {Downstairs}
Adults — “UCC: Who We Are” with Jerry Lovell {FH}
11:00AM Worship
Kids Club with Alice Gray and Cathy Waitman

Liturgist: Pattie Lovell
Greeter: Rev. June Grubb
Ushers: John Smith, Dave Fulton, Alane Holste, Calvin Odom, Joy Walser
Youth Usher: Jonathan Kepley
Plate Attendant: Walter Hoffman
Sound Technician: John Gray
Acolyte: Ethan Lovel
Bible Steward:Lucas Peterson
Nursery {infants-kindergarten}: John Smith & Joy Walser


Monday, October 1
6:30PM Open Hands Meal (FH)
Tuesday, October 2
12:00PM Collaborative Ministries Bible Study: Book of Psalms {P}
6:30PM Bd. of Evangelism {Parlor}
Bd. of Spiritual Growth & Evangelism
Wednesday, October 3
6:30PM Bell Choir {Bell Room}
7:15PM Choir Practice {ChA}
Thursday, October 4
5:30PM YOGA Class {Parlor}
7:00PM Square Dancing {FH}
Saturday, October 6
10-Noon Garden Work Day with Edgar Miller – harvest sweet potatoes
WNCA Annual Gathering
Abernathy Laurels Retirement Community, Newton, NC
Sunday, October 7 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
9:45AM Sunday School:
Youth — Children’s Sabbath Practice {Downstairs}
Adults — “UCC: Who We Are” Lesson 8 {FH}
10:30AM First Sunday Social: Edgar & Kivi Miller

• Tuesdays from 12-1:00 through October 9th.
• First Reformed UCC Parlor
• Led by Rev. Horton and Rev. Arnetta Beverly
• Sponsored by East Lexington Collaborative Ministries
• Bring a bag lunch and join us
(Study has already started but feel free to attend anytime.)

As we grow, we want to strengthen the arm of our Congregational Care Ministry. If you enjoy listening to other people and bringing a smile to their faces, then perhaps God is calling you to help. If you are willing to make a visit once every 4-6 weeks to someone in the congregation who is homebound or hospitalized, please let Rev. June Grubb know. (336– 240-2503) or email June at jgrubb3@triad.rr.com .

Neighbors in Need
Help make “A Just World for All” possible. For this to occur, it needs your support. Neighbors in Need offering will be received on Sunday, October 7th. Look for envelopes in the September 30th bulletin.

Al Staggs Performances Rescheduled!
Rev. Al Staggs has been rescheduled for the weekend of October 20-21. We will continue to sell tickets for the Saturday evening reception and performance until October 17th. Previously purchased tickets will be honored. Look for more specific information in future bulletins and in the October newsletter.

Volunteers Needed
First Reformed UCC is responsible for arranging 5-6 people to help serve lunch to the needy each Sunday in November at Grace Episcopal Church. Volunteers will need to arrive at approximately 12:15 p.m. in order to prepare for serving the meal at 12:45 p.m. Serving the meal and clean up usually lasts an hour or so. If you are willing to serve please email Mark Smith at msmith@gwsmithlbr.com


PRAYER CONCERNS: Remember those in the Armed Forces. To add a name to the prayer list please fill out a prayer request card located in the backs of the pews, contact Sylvia Walser (336-225-2964), email Ben Hale at benjaminhale08@comcast.net or call (704-772-6908) or call the church office (336-248-2617)

CHURCH MEMBERS: : Ruth Fritts, Vogen Everhart, Deanna Michael, Lauren Thompson Gould, 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: Eugenia Holste (Alane Holste’s Mother), David Combs (Friend of Open Hands), Noriko Shaw and the Family of Heather & Joe Surrett (Friends of Mike & Lynn Brown), 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), Dan Smith (Brother of Steve and Jerry Smith), Judy Stanley (Friend of Alane Holste), Lacy Belcher (Friend of Vicky Gray), Jonelle Parker (Friend of Frank Leonard); Family of Boyd Shirley (Friends of Patti & Jerry Lovell); 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)


  1. Sunday, October 7
    Building An Inclusive Church” Update
    Sunday, October 7, 2018, a special meeting will be held directly after worship to vote on adopting the proposed Welcoming Statement:
    If you are searching for a place to experience God’s wondrous and inclusive love, we invite you to join us at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington, NC.
    Following the example of Jesus, we believe that God’s love, Christ’s church, and the power of the Holy Spirit are for all people. We believe our unity as one body in Christ transcends worldly differences. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
    First Reformed United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming congregation. This means we welcome into the full life and ministry of the church all people, regardless of ability, age, education, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, income, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or any other distinction. At the baptismal font and at the communion table, from the nursery cribs to the church leadership, whether you were raised in a church or have never before attended one, you are welcome here.
    We affirm and celebrate the diversity of God’s children as a blessing. We welcome you to First Reformed United Church of Christ.
    A Welcoming Statement publicly states that a congregation is willing to be an inclusive church home, which is designated in the UCC by the term, Open and Affirming (ONA). Over the summer a Welcoming Statement was created and circulated throughout the congregation for discussion and revision. Then, a congregational Exploratory Survey was taken in August, with 124 responses received. 87% were in favor of the proposed statement, and 13% against.
    While this church already reflects inclusive values in our day-to-day life and ministry together, this statement helps us grow into our future, sending a clear message and providing assurance to those looking for an inclusive church home.
    If you would like to see any of the materials used in this process over the past year, including forum handouts, congregation correspondence, or a timeline of events, they are available in the church office.
  2. Sunday, October 14
    Congregational Meeting
    Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 14th. Following worship a catered lunch will be served.
    The Finance Committee met and drafted a proposed budget for 2019. It was presented to and approved by Consistory at the September meeting. After lunch, Lindsay Sink will present the budget proposal for a congregational vote. All members are encouraged to be a part of this important process in the life of First Reformed UCC.
    To assist with meal planning, please sign up below.
    Name: __________________________________________
    Number of Adults ________ Number of Children ________

  3. Family Fun Night
    Women’s Life Fellowship is sponsoring a family night Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00pm. There will be pumpkins to decorate ($5 each). Hot dogs will be grilled by Lindsay Sink, and Women’s Life will provide fixin’s, chips, drinks and dessert. There is no charge for the meal so this truly is an affordable fun time for church families to fellowship. Signup below and drop in the collection plate or email Cathy Waitman at cathy@frucc.org to reserve your pumpkin now!
    If you prefer not to decorate a pumpkin but would like to come enjoy a hot dog and fellowship, you are welcome!
    Name: ________________________ Number Attending ________
    Number of Pumpkins ____________ ($5.00 each)
    Number of Hotdogs _____________ (free)
  4. October 28th Donations Needed for Block Party

    • Bags of individually wrapped candy for trunk or treat

    • Canned pasta, meat, & mixed vegetables for Pastor’s Pantry
      Bring all donations to the Narthex or to the table outside the office
      any Sunday in October!


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