While we offer hearty congrats to the congregation for their winning total of 508 cans over the youth’s 437, the real winner is the Blue Ridge Food Bank whose mission it is to feed the hungry in our community! Thanks to all who donated items and money to this important ministry. Next year, our goal will be to donate 1000 items! Only 364 days until Souper Bowl XI…….
Be sure to check out the other posts with pictures from the flag football game and see the amazing officiating crew that oversaw the game.
Children’s Teachers: Thanks for your feedback on the parent survey.
Youth Teachers: Youth Sunday is March 3 and we encourage every youth to attend! Please see below for the parts assigned to youth classes. All written liturgy must be sent to Lynne by Monday, February 18. Rehearsal in the Sanctuary on February 24th at 9:45 AM.
- February 24 – Youth Sunday rehearsal between services, meet in Sanctuary at 9:45 AM (some class time likely)
- March 3 – Youth Sunday both services 8:30/11 AM; brunch in Common Grounds in between for all youth classes
- March 5 – Shrove Pancake dinner at 6 PM
- March 9 – 23 PACEM begins
- March 16 – Confirmation day retreat for J2A beginning at 2 PM, followed by PACEM meal prep
In the Library, The Old Testament from Scratch, (February 17, 24, March 3) provides an introduction to the books of the Old Testament (also known as the Hebrew Scriptures) from Genesis to Malachi. This week, the class will explore Joshua through Nehemiah. Coming soon: the words of the Prophets and the varied collection known as the Writings. The class is led by Lynne Clements, Hal Collums, Rebecca McGregor and Barry Parks (Library)
In the Lounge, the Faith and Family discusses the important topic of allowance, chores and money decisions for kids, teens and young adults. Parents with children of all ages are welcome.
In Room 209, Ken Henry and Jack Townsend begin a class on Poetry in the Old Testament.
The book study on Goodness and Grace in Louise Penny’s Novels concludes. This week, the class meets in the Choir Classroom. Discussions facilitated by Betsy Donohoe.
Contemporary Theology meets in room 207.
Opening Doors welcomes all adults, especially those with mental and/or physical challenges, to sing, share fellowship and hear Bible stories. (Room 208)
Join us on Sunday for Christian education at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 8:30 or 11 a.m. To start off the program year, you can choose from a variety of offerings, including a class on PCUSA’s 2018 General Assembly Gathering in June; a Group discussion of the novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Taylor; navigating the path of parenting with Faith and Family; or you may “sample the diverse and conflicting theological voices that vie for allegiance today” in Contemporary Theology. Our Opening Doors class welcomes all adults and is especially designed to accommodate those with mental and/or physical challenges.
PCUSA General Assembly
Sept. 16, Winston Barham, Room 209
Sept. 16 – Dec. 16, Chip Sanders,
Rev. Floyd Thompkins (and others)
Oct. 21, Library
Early Christians & their Jewish Milieu
Oct. 7 & 14, Earle Hilgert and Dick Riley, Room 209
Jesus’ Birth, from Tribal to Universal:
How Matthew and Luke Re-purposed Bethlehem for the World.
Dec. 2, 9 & 16, David Garth, Room 209
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
2nd Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 11,
7 p.m., Barbara Deaver, Lower Lounge
An Italian Journey: Sept. 30,
Ken Henry, Room 209
Your Brain and Spirituality:
Nov. 4 & 11, Abe Hostetter, Room 209
The Hate U Give: Group discussion of the novel by Angie Taylor
Sept. 16 & 30, Oct. 7 & 14,
Sarah Bedford, Zanne MacDonald, and Gail and Ron Wiley, Library
Food Justice: Is enough food to thrive a universal God-given right?
Oct. 28, Nov. 4 & 11, Jim Hassmer, Library
Prophets for Our Time: Speaking Truth to Power.
Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9, & 16, Gene Locke, Library
Faith and Family: Sept. 16 – Dec. 16, Adrienne Kim Bird, Molly Peck, Elizabeth Schlipper, Derry Wade, Lounge
All Year, Room 208
Prayer Shawl Ministry: 3rd Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Beth Hochstetler, Lower Lounge