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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 21, Monday, 05-22-2017

This past Wednesday at the meeting of the Session, two new initiatives were approved. You'll be hearing more about them in the coming months, but I wanted to go ahead and introduce them to you here.

1) Sunday School for all ages from 10:00 - 10:45. In order to facilitate children being able to worship and parents being able to attend Sunday School, we're moving all Sunday School classes to before worship! During worship children 3rd grade and younger till have the option of being dismissed for supervised play after the children's sermon. I'm really looking forward to introducing the different parts of the worship service to all of the kids, and to welcoming more adults to Sunday School!

2) Committee Night. In order to facilitate greater consistency and openness, starting this fall, all committees will start meeting on the same night- the first Wednesday of the month. (Which means September 6 will be our inaugural night!). If you've ever thought about serving on a committee and just wanted to see more about what they are all about, this is a great way to come and give one a try. We'll start at 7:00 in the sanctuary and will end no later than 8:30.

One other initiative that isn't new but I want to highlight is a program called "Suppers for Six." This program of the fellowship committee is a wonderful way to meet new people, enjoy fellowship, and share a meal! Once sign-ups are complete you will be assigned a group of six people. Over a four month period you will be invited to get together 3 times. It can be at a restaurant or at someone's home. The host can prepare all of the food or it can be pot-luck. Children can be included or you can decide to have kid-free evening (let us know if you need help with child care!) Your group decides on meeting dates, location, times, hosts, etc. And then, in four months the groups will be reshuffled. Over a year's time you'll have the opportunity to get to know at least 18 people from Old Stone Presbyterian Church! This is a great way to strengthen our ties and to learn, so I hope that you will all consider signing up. We're hoping to have lists ready to go by the first week of June, so now is the time to sign up! Email Ben Lewis at if you are interested.

Finally… I hope to have good news to announce about the manse very soon- we're just waiting for things to be official before we make any sort of announcement. In real estate, things aren't done until they are really done, but please know how diligent the session has been in working on this project- we have some wonderful leaders at Old Stone.

Rev. Anna

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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 21, Monday, 05-22-2017

Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: Where godliness is seen as a means of financial gain, it will never lead to truth.
Last week's New Testament Quiz: People were selling their possessions and giving the money to those in need. Name the husband and wife that sold a piece of property, withheld some of the money, and claimed that all the money was donated.
Answer: When Peter confronted Ananias, the husband, about this he fell down and died. About three hours afterward, Sapphira, the wife, came in and was confronted by Peter and immediately fell down and died (Acts 5: 1-11).
This week is an Old Testament Quiz: After Jonah was rescued from the fish to whom did God tell him to go and preach?
One question for discussion in our lesson last week was how have you felt Got has been at work in your life or church to bring peace and wholeness to your community? A part of this week's lesson will help us through situations when people become displeased and angry when things do not go their way. Background scriptures come from Exodus, Numbers, Nehemiah, Psalms, and Jonah. Come learn with us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

Friday, July 28
Friday, August 4, 18 & 25
If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926


May 28 Hallie Nemcik June 4 Andrew McLaughlin June 11 Lawson Hamilton

May 28 Coriann Nemcik June 4 John Lehman June 11 Hallie Nemcik

May 28 Beverly Kucera June 4 K. K. Long

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)

May 28 Available
June 4 Greeters: Available Fellowship: Church Picnic at Merry Hill
June 11 Available

Prayer List May 22, 2017
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker, Don Brown, Jim Leitch, Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor, Wilson Bland, Joyce Farrell
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866

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For the past many years, the Hamilton Family has hosted their church family at their home at Merry Hill. This year the picnic takes place following worship on Sunday, June 4.
Transportation will be provided by bus from the church to Merry Hill and will return you to the church following the picnic. The Hamiltons graciously provide a delicious lunch and beautiful surroundings to enjoy getting together with your church family.
You are asked to either email or call the church office to sign up before May 31. We can then provide a count to help in meal preparation.


The Old Stone Preschool classes are now taking registrations for September. These classes are open to children ages 2-4. K-2 meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. K-3 & 4 meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays for K-4 only. They begin at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at Noon.
For more information, please contact the church office.

On Monday, June 5th at 11:00 am, the Ladies of Old Stone will be hosting a baby shower at Fruits of Labor Café in Rainelle, WV. Kachina attended our church over the past year as a student at Davis Stuart. She is a wonderful young Christian lady. Please come out for lunch, cake and fellowship in support of her and her baby boy! Please call Amy Brown to RSVP, 304-676-1468.

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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 21, Monday, 05-22-2017

The Men of Old Stone, Etc. (MOOSE) will be singing gospel songs on Sunday, June 4.
All men who would like to sing are invited to come to rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. on June 4.
Following the church service at 11:00, the MOOSE will also be singing at the Church Picnic held at the Hamiltons.
Invite your singing friends to join us!
Doris Ann Taylor, Director of Music

Please SAVE THE DATE: Monday June 12th!
You are invited to attend the following event:
WHAT: Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza - Exploring the Pipe Organ: A demonstration and tour of a Moller Pipe organ
WHEN: Monday, June 12, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, 261 Locust Street, Ronceverte, WV
WHO: Dr. Alan J. Lewis from Calvary Episcopal Church at Pittsburgh, PA, will present a user friendly organ program developed by the American Guild of Organists
This is a family oriented gathering with free pizza!
Music teachers, music students, Clergy, Church School teachers, and anyone interested in music is invited to attend.
To register, please email Leah Trent:


To the staff and family of Old Stone: We are so very grateful for the many expressions of sympathy and loving concern since my dad's stroke and passing. Thank you for surrounding us with your prayers, hugs, notes and "being there" for us! We are so blessed by your support!

Marcia and Jim Leitch

“Mighty Fortress in Jesus, the Victory is Won”
May 30-June 2
Vacation Bible School begins each evening at 6:00 p.m. and is over at 8:00 p.m. It is appropriate to arrive between 5:30 - 5:50 on the first night and 5:45 - 5:50 on the following evenings. Please sign up by contacting Amy K. at 304-992-6299 or leave a message with Debbie at 304-645-2676.
EVERYONE can participate. We have classes for all children beginning at age 2. A nursery is available upon request. Our middle and high school students are urged to volunteer.
We will be offering a class for adults. Pastor Anna Pinckney Straight will lead the class focused on Presbyterianism.
For our final night, June 2, we will celebrate with a pot-luck dinner at 5:15 p.m. Please bring something to share with the group. All classes will proceed as normal, beginning at 6:00 and wrapping up at 8:00 p.m.

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May 28, 2017
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)

Striking of the Chimes
Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship

Memorial Day Observance “God Bless America”
(the choir, with soloist Renee Fife-Ahern, will sing the verse and refrain.
The congregation is then invited to stand and sing the refrain a second time)

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God Bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Prayer of the Day (unison)
God unheld by word or wall;
power of love beyond all others.
Lift us from fatigue and cynical contempt;
make us ready for you Spirit of transforming fire;
and turn our hearts to the mending of the world;
Through Jesus Christ, the name above all names. Amen.

Hymn #142 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” Coronation
Call to Confession

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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 21, Monday, 05-22-2017

Prayer of Confession (unison)
God of grace and God of glory,
you have clothed us with power from on high.
Christ, who is risen and ascended,
has opened our minds to understand you
and our hearts to know the hope to which you call us.
Still we feel helpless in the face of sin,
paralyzed by evil's sway in the world,
unsure of your power to redeem what seems lost.
Forgive us, we pray.
Convict us of your love, convince us of the clear path ahead
and renew us in your wisdom, mercy, and power. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Gloria Patri Hymn #579
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Time with the Young Church
(afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)

 Hymn #145 “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!” Marion

Prayer for Illumination
Gospel Reading John 17: 1 - 11 page 136

Anthem “I Love This Land”

New Testament Reading Acts 1:6-14 page 143

Sermon “The Spirit is Coming!”
Musical Interlude
(you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)

Affirmation of Faith The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings


Doxology Hymn #592
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Sharing of Concerns and Celebrations

Call to Prayer “Lead Me Lord”
Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
…..Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn #150 “Come, Christians, Join to Sing“ Madrid

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Benediction Response “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord lift his countenance upon you.
And give you peace, and give you peace.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you,
be gracious, the Lord be gracious, gracious unto you.
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.

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