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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 17, Monday, 04-24-2017

Where am I? This week I am in Richmond for the annual meeting of “The Well,” a lectionary study group. For nine years now these sixteen ministers have been gathering for a week each spring to study and worship.

Our works starts well before we gather. Each one of us is assigned a scripture reading from the lectionary for a particular Sunday. We are tasked with writing a 3,500 word paper for each of the texts. These papers are half a study of the text itself (language, history, context) and half suggestions about ways in which the text might be preached.

These papers are (almost always) before we arrive. When we are together we begin each day with worship and then present these papers to each other- each presentation including time for questions and conversation.

And then, when the day is over, we gather again. We eat and laugh and tell stories. We commiserate and celebrate. We dream and pray about the ways God is calling us to learn and grow and change. These are colleagues and friends. We pray for one another, encourage one another, and hold one another accountable.

It is a wonderful week, and I am so very thankful for the gift you have given me this week- and I look forward to bringing the gifts of this week back with me to Lewisburg.

Peace to you!
Rev. Anna


Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 17, Monday, 04-24-2017

Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: It has been said it takes two years to learn to talk and seventy years to learn to keep your mouth shut.
Last week's New Testament Quiz: On Easter Day two disciples were walking to a village some distance from Jerusalem and were joined by a stranger. Who was the stranger?
Answer: Jesus, unrecognized by them, began walking and talking with them and beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
This week's quiz: In Luke, shortly after the walk to Emmaus, Jesus appeared to the disciples and did what?
Due to a session meeting we did not meet last week. That lesson on identifying many familiar feelings of separation and loneliness will be completed this week along with the lesson on God's preserving love through spiritual leadership. Our background scriptures come from Matthew, Ezekiel, Acts, and John. Our temporary classroom location for this Sunday will be posted on the Conference Room door. Join us at 10:00 AM

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
April 30 Marley Kesterson May 7 Megan Hofmann May 14 Zoe Hinkey

LAY READERS
April 30 Peter Gonzalez May 7 Anna Ahern May 14 Georgia Foster

ACOLYTE
April 30 Thomas Gonzalez May 7 Beverly Kucera May 14 John Bicksler

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

Prayer List 4-24-17
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker,
Leslie Weikle, Don Brown, Jim Leitch,
Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor,
Sonny Bennett, Janice Milam, Wilson Bland
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866
paulajean@suddenlink.net


April 30 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Jerri Gillespie
May 7 Greeters & Fellowship Hosts: Presbyterian Women
May 14 Available


Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 17, Monday, 04-24-2017

AMERICANA WORKERS NEEDED FOR 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
Friday, June 16, 23 & 30
Friday, July 7, 21 & 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

APRIL 30
On Sunday, April 30 we will recognize our high school seniors and confirmands during worship.

SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Christian Ethics Adult Sunday School Class led by Andy Kelso is studying Chapter 7 of Adam Hamilton’s book “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White” titled “Being Pentecostal without Losing Your Mind” next Sunday at 10 am in Fellowship Hall. We meet every Sunday at 10 am and all are welcome.

IN SYMPATHY
We are all asked to keep Pat Bashen in our prayers upon the death of her husband, Keith, on Sunday 4/23. A graveside service will be planned at a later date.

OLD STONE PRE-K
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.
An Open House will be held on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your children, meet the teachers and enjoy refreshments and some fun activities.

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS

1 Frances Layton, Jonathan Hamrick
3 Ashley Greenstreet, Gary Sims,
Amelia Monti
4 Bill Satterfield, Tyler DiRico,
Lilly Spielman
6 Kevin McClung
7 Stephanie Bachman Burford
Michael Meadows, Ann E. Sheppard, Tracy Bower Dare
9 Thomas Hopkins, Don Brown
10 Janice Milam
12 Ves Burford, Grace Coffindaffer
14 Gail Marshall
15 Dee Brown, Samuel Totten,
Beverly George O’Neil
16 Tony DiRico, Tate Hudson, Ian Funderburke, Aaron Shaffer
19 Polly Satterfield Smith
20 Sandi Hofmann, Samuel Christie
21 Jacquelyn H. Marshall
22 David Haynes
24 Kathy Snyder
25 Sherri Rodgers Freeman, Victoria Monti, KK Long
26 Tony Juker, Evan Clayton Scott
27 Barbara Lee Ford
29 Tom Campbell, Debbie Taylor
31 Kyle McClung

2017 Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women
May 7, 2017
First Hand Aid Rural Clinic Development Initiative is PW’s only international grant for 2017. Your gift will help build, fund, stock and staff six medical clinics in impoverished rural Cuba. In South Carolina the only domestic violence shelter in Georgetown and Horry County needs to be expanded. Families living on the Smith Lake Navajo Reservation n New Mexico need water storage systems to improve their lives.

Give generously on May 7. Thanks.


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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 17, Monday, 04-24-2017

April 30, 2017
The Third Sunday of Easter
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)

Striking of the Chimes
Prelude

Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship
(Please sign the friendship pad and pass it to your neighbor)

Introit “Holy God, We Praise Your Name”

Prayer of the Day (unison)
God from before beginning,
creation’s glory inspires us.
Jesus Christ, bread of life,
your mercy humbles us.
Holy Spirit, still anointing with fire,
open our lives to your direction. Amen.

Hymn #302 “I Danced in the Morning” Simple Gifts

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
Living God, we confess
that we look for you in already-traveled paths,
when you have promised to be found in new life.
You speak to us through your living Word,
yet we continue to listen to other voices.
You feed us with the bread of life,
but we hunger for other things.
Forgive us; give us new life!
Lead us to repent and remember the promise of baptism:
life that death cannot destroy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.


Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 17, Monday, 04-24-2017

Time with the Young Church
(afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)

Hymn #115 “Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain!” St. Kevin
Gospel Reading Luke 24: 13 - 35 page 109

Anthem “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”

Sermon “To Be Known”

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

Affirmation of Faith Confession of 1967

The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings

Offertory “You’ll Never Walk Alone” Renee Ahern, soloist

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.


Welcoming of the Confirmands
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 #105 “Will You Come and Follow Me“

Benediction
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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