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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 18, Monday, 05-01-2017

This past Sunday we welcomed five new members into the life of the church- young people who were affirmed the faith that was proclaimed when they were baptized.

These young people spent the last several months meeting with Amy Kesterson learning about the history of the church and the nature of faith, culminating in each of them writing their own statement of faith that they presented to the Session on Sunday morning. After sharing their statements they were examined by the Session and then they stood before the congregation and answered these questions.
Who is your Lord and Savior?
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
Do you trust him and seek to be his faithful disciple?
Yes I do.
Will you be a faithful member of the church,
giving of yourself in every way, and
will you seek the fellowship of the church where ever you may be? Yes I will.

When I spoke to these confirmands in worship, here are the words I used. They are words that speak to all of us who are a part of this community of faith- something that in 2017 is profoundly counter-cultural.

Welcome! With session’s approval and your profession of faith this morning, you are now accepted into full membership at Old Stone Presbyterian Church.
This comes with wonderful privileges as well as responsibilities. You are expected to show up. We are less when you are not here! You are asked to be present. To vote in congregational meetings; and to be present in person and in prayer in the lives of others in this community. You may be called upon to serve on committees or as a church officer. You are expected to share your gifts to build up the body of Christ here at Old Stone and out in the world.
Now we urge you to go out into the world continuing on this faith journey. Ask questions. Search for answers. Seek out the fellowship of the church where ever you may go. And may the Holy Spirit lead you on your way.

It is my prayer for all of them, and it is my prayer for us, too.

Peace,
Rev. Anna


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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 18, Monday, 05-01-2017

Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: In this world we face the malice of people from without and the temptations of the devil from within.
Last week's Bible Quiz question in Luke: Shortly after the walk to Emmaus Jesus appeared to the disciples and did what?
Answer: He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, told them to remain in the city until they received power from on high, led them out to Bethany, blessed them and was carried up to heaven.
This week's quiz stays in the New Testament: When did Jesus' disciples receive this power from on high?
Last week we completed our lesson based on Romans 8: 31-39. We discussed hardship, distress, and separations familiar to us and ways for us to cope with those situations. We defined our culture's flawed idea of the good life and our mission to help people find a lasting good life. We began our lesson on Jesus as the good shepherd and his advice to us on our role in continuing His work. We will complete that lesson this week and begin a very intriguing lesson on Jonah. Background scriptures come from Jonah, Psalms, Isaiah and Nahum.
We have room for you this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

Prayer List May 1, 2017
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

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
May 7 Megan Hofmann May 14 Zoe Hinkey May 21 Anna Ahern

LAY READERS
May 7 Anna Ahern May 14 Georgia Foster May 21 Marley Kesterson

ACOLYTE
May 7 Beverly Kucera May 14 John Bicksler May 21 K.K. Long

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

May 7 Greeters & Fellowship Hosts: Presbyterian Women
May 14 Available
May 21 Greeters: Members of PYC Fellowship: PYC Luncheon


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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


SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Christian Ethics Adult Sunday School Class led by Andy Kelso is studying Chapter 8 of Adam Hamilton’s book “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White” next Sunday at 10 am in Fellowship Hall. The chapter is titled, "Eight: The Battle Over the Bible.”
We meet every Sunday at 10 am and all are welcome.

 

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 6:00 p.m. Bring your children, meet the teachers and enjoy refreshments and some fun activities.


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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.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S CIRCLE
MEETINGS WEDNESDAY - MAY 10

1:00 P.M. Afternoon Circle will meet at
Shirley Runyon’s home for lunch.
Co-hostess is Darlene Hicks

7:00 P.M. Evening Circle will meet in the
Hayes Room at the church. Sue Rock is
hostess

20 attended circle in April

GRADUATION NOTICE

We have received a graduation
announcement from Danielle Jolliffee.
Danielle will graduate from Hanover High
School on June 17, 2017. The card
reads... “Thank you for being part of my
journey!”

Congratulations Danielle!


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May 7, 2017
The Fourth 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- A unison reading of Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

 

Hymn #108 “Christ is Alive!” Truro

Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (unison)
Loving God, forgive us.
We have not loved you with our whole hears.
We have not followed you faithfully with our lives.
We have given your Word equal footing in our minds.
We have not committed to you with our complete strength. Forgive us. Restore us to your presence.
Inspire us for discipleship, today and tomorrow.
In your name we pray. 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)


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Hymn #171 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” St. Columba

New Testament Reading Acts 2: 42 - 47 page 146

Anthem “Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You”
Gospel Reading John 10: 1 - 10 page 126
Sermon “Flocks, Communities, or Clowders?”
Musical Interlude (you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)
Affirmation of Faith Declaration of Faith, 1977
We believe in one true and living God.
whose demands on us are absolute, whose help for us is sufficient.
That One is the Lord, whom we worship, serve and love.
The Christian fellowship was not a society of perfect people.
The struggle between the old way of life and the new was severe.
Yet the Spirit produced among followers of Jesus
love, joy, peace, and victories in the battle against evil.
We believe the Holy Spirit works today whenever believers grow toward maturity in Christ.
As long as we live we struggle with sin, but the Spirit's presence assures us
God will complete what God has begun in us.

The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings
Offertory
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.


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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 18, Monday, 05-01-2017

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give our thanks to God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise
It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, eternal God, creator and ruler of the universe. At your word the earth was made and spun on its course among the planets. Your hand formed us from the dust of the earth and set us among all your creatures to love and serve you.
When we were unfaithful to you, you kept faith with us, your love remained steadfast. When we were slaves in Egypt, you broke the bonds of our oppression, brought us through the sea to freedom, and made covenant to be our God. By a pillar of fire you led us through the desert to a land flowing with milk and honey, and set before us the way of life.
You spoke of love and justice in the prophets, and in the Word made flesh you lived among us, manifesting your glory. He died that we might live, and is risen to raise us to new life. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
You are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, whom you sent to save us. He came with healing in his touch, and was wounded for our sins. He came with mercy in his voice, and was mocked as one despised. He came with peace in his heart, and met with violence and death. By your power he broke free from the prison of the tomb, and at his command the gates of hell were opened. The one who was dead now lives.
The one who humbled himself is raised to rule over all creatio


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