Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 32, Monday, 08-14-2017

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Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 32, Monday, 08-14-2017

Greetings from the Sunday School class led by Chuck Lewis Thought for the Week: Many of God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.
Last Week's Old Testament Quiz: When the whole earth had one language there arose those that wanted to make a name for themselves and build a tower to heaven. What happened next?
Answer: The Lord confused their language so they could not understand one another's speech which stopped the building project and scattered them over the earth. Therefore, that place was called Babel.
This Week's Quiz: What important event occurred in the New Testament that is considered by many as the opposite of this event?
Our lesson last week focused on Phillip's call to cross ethnic and religious barriers to proclaim the good news about Jesus. Many times we do not feel properly equipped to spread the good news. We can feel confident that God probably has already been at work cultivating faith ahead of us.
This week we study Paul's conversion and the people that God called to move the process forward. Our background scriptures come from Acts. Please come and learn with us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.


August 20 Coriann Nemcik August 27 Megan Hofmann Sept. 3 Anna Ahern

August 20 Hallie Nemcik August 27 Georgia Foster Sept. 3 John Hofmann

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
August 20 Fellowship Time Hosts: Whickey Knight & Bobbi Hoffman
August 27 Fellowship Time Hosts: Melissa Martinez & Scott Weikle
Sept. 3 Available

Prayer List August 14, 2017
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker, Don Brown, Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor, Wilson Bland, Joyce Farrell
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866

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Paula, (McLaughlin)

Thank God Katie has returned from her trip to Israel. She had a wonderful experience; enjoying new cultures; making new friends of many nationalities; enjoying the many sites she has learned about from her studies of the Bible and church experiences; and, seeing first-hand the trials and heartbreaking situations in which many of the world are living.
Thank you for including her in the Old Stone Prayer List this summer and also, a special thank you for the members of Old Stone who prayed for her well-being and safe return. Our family is indeed grateful and appreciative.
Take care,
Dee Brown and all our extended family

Old Stone is excited to partner with Davis Stuart Children's Home in 2017-2018,  in an effort to enrich the lives of their students with basic needs and compassion!  Even if you are interested in only committing a few hours of your time to this wonderful effort, please come to our Volunteer Meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 7 pm in the Conference Room.  For more details, please contact Amy Brown at 304-676-1468 or  More details will be provided this Fall outlining our projects and related needs. 


New Sunday School Options
After much deliberation and debate, the Christian Education Committee is pleased to offer a new format for Sunday School classes this fall. All classes will meet from 10:00-10:45. As a result of options offered before worship, only children ages 3-2nd grade will attend the enrichment class that leaves immediately after the Time With Young Church.
There are classes for everyone!
Adult classes will be held in the Session Room, Hayes Room and the upstairs blue Sunday School room. We invite you to roam around and decide which class is the best fit for you!
Children ages 3 years through 1st grade will meet in the classroom beside the stairwell on the top floor.
Elementary Students grades 2-5 will meet in the yellow Sunday School Room upstairs.
Middle & High School Students will meet in the Parlor located in the basement.
We are also working on keeping up with Presbyterian Safe Sanctuary policies which means that we will need more adults who are willing to be substitute teachers and nursery attendants. Please contact Amy Kesterson at the church office to find out how you can serve your congregation!

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Sunday School Kick-Off
Please come join us for Sunday School beginning at 10:00 on August 27th! There are classes for everyone! Children ages birth-3 will find fun things to do in the nursery, our4 year olds - 1st graders will meet in their regular classroom located just beside stairwell on the top floor, children grades 2-5 will meet in the yellow room on the top floor. Middle and high schoolers will meet in the parlor and Adult classes will be held in the Hayes Room, the Library and the blue Sunday School room on the top floor. There is sure to be a class for you!

PYC Kick-Off
Amy and Jason Kesterson will once again host all middle and high school students for a cook-out and games at their farm in Grassy Meadows from 6:00-8:00 on Sunday, August 27th. Hotdogs and buns will be provided, but sides are appreciated! Contact Amy Kesterson at 304-992-6299 for more information. You won’t want to miss the hayride!

Old Stone Church’s preschool will hold an Open House on Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The teachers are excited to get started in the 2017-2018 class.
Pat Boisvert and Diane Collins are in the K-2 class and Kelly Bennett and Julie Dunbar are teaching in the K-3-4 class. The K-3 & 4 class is full at this moment, but we are working on a wait list. There are still a few spots remaining in the K-2 class.


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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 32, Monday, 08-14-2017

Old Stone Presbyterian Church ~ Lewisburg, West Virginia
August 20, 2017 ~ 11:00 A.M.
The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Striking of the Chimes

Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship (Please sign and pass the worship register)

Introit “My Song Forever Shall Record” Tim Holbrook, Soloist

Prayer of the Day (unison)
God, you taught the spider to weave, the flower to bloom,
and the sun to shine.
You gave the artist a brush, the poet a verse, and the musician melody.
Open our hearts to the beauty that surrounds us.
Open our lives to the hope that can astound us.
Meet us here, we pray. Amen.

Hymn #489 “Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty” UNSER HERRSCHER

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
God who calls us to complexity and varying facets of life, forgive us.
We prefer single-mindedness, unwavering visions, and purity of purpose.
Open us to the diversity of your vision, calling us to work for beauty and against poverty; for peace and against violence; modeling abundance in a culture fearing scarcity. Forgive us, and propel us to live lives of mercy. 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 children are dismissed for Sunday School)

Hymn #288 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” ELLACOMBE

Prayer for Illumination

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Gospel Reading Luke 7:36 - 50 page 80

Anthem “Love Not the World” Tim Holbrook, Soloist

Gospel Reading John 12: 1- 8 page 129

Sermon “Article of Faith: Beauty”

Musical Interlude (you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)

Affirmation of Faith The Confession of 1967
We believe that God has created the world of space and time to be the sphere of his dealings with humankind. In its beauty and vastness, sublimity and awfulness, order and disorder, the world reflects to the eye of faith the majesty and mystery of its Creator. We believe that God has created us for personal relationship in which we may respond to the love of the Creator. Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage.

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 to Calvary” Tim Holbrook, Soloist

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 #553 “For the Fruit of All Creation” EAST ACKLAM

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

Choral Response “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”
God be with you till we meet again; By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again.

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