From The Pastor’s Desk

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Jul 272018
 

The process to call your New Pastor is now fully underway! Your PNC (Pastor Nominating Committee) has begun their regular meetings and is being trained for all the work that lies ahead of them. Please remember them and this whole search process in your prayers.

Your Focus Groups have met with around 100 members participating! This is an awesome turn out! Thank you to all who were able to come! The responses given during your Focus Groups will be assembled into a Mission Study along with other information about your church.

Once the Mission Study is completed by your PNC, it will be presented to Session. After Session approves it, the Study is sent to presbytery. After the presbytery’s Commission on Ministry has approved your Mission Study, the PNC will get the green light to write the MIF (Mission Information Form.)

The MIF is a 10-page document, before it’s filled in, which describes your congregation and the gifts that you are seeking in your new pastor. This MIF will be posted on line on the Church Leadership Connection website of our denomination

( https://clc.pcusa.org/OpportunitySearch.aspx ) for all perspective pastors to read and to discern if they are sensing a call to come here. If you go to this website, you can see all the churches which are presently searching for a pastor. You will not be able to see the names of any pastors who are searching….for obvious reasons—they don’t want their own congregations to know!

This system will also match a pastor’s information with your church’s information. Some of us affectionately call it the dating service of the PCUSA because it truly does try to match pastors and churches together. It has matched me with some of the churches I have served. It is a wonderful tool, and your information will be posted within a few months on this system.

Once your form is “live” in the PCUSA system, your committee will start receiving information from pastors. It is estimated that they will be sifting through information on over 100 pastors. Your committee will be reading multi-page documents on each and every one of them!

And in this whole process, we trust that God’s hand is guiding it all. We walk in faith that God had led this congregation for 125 years and will continue to lead it. This is an exciting time to be part of this church—as we watch and wait to together with joy and anticipation.

I am reminded of Isaiah 43:19:

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

May God give us the eyes to see and hearts to be wide open to God’s new work among us!

God bless you all,

Susan

Church Picnic

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Jul 272018
 

The annual church picnic will be Sunday, August 19, at 5:00 p.m. at Doughton Park located on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Bring your lawn chairs and a covered dish to share and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship.

Directions to Doughton Park From Just Save Grocery in North Wilkesboro:

¨ Head north on Hwy 18 for 18 miles

¨ Go under bridge and turn right on Blue Ridge Parkway

¨ Go 1/10 mile to stop sign and turn left on Parkway North

¨ Go 7 miles and turn right into picnic area

¨ Go 1/10 mile and turn right

¨ Go 1 mile to loop

Follow signs along the way that will be posted starting at the parkway.

Red Cross Blood Drive

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Jul 272018
 

The Mission and Outreach Committee will be sponsoring a Red Cross Summer Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 14, from 3:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the NWPC Fellowship Hall.  Please contact Ellen Lipscomb to make an appointment.

Focus Groups

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Jul 162018
 

This week, we are starting our Focus Groups which will help to guide the process of calling your new pastor. If you have not already signed up for one, there are still spaces available. Please call the church office at 336-667-1288.

Please take time to prayerfully consider the questions below prior to coming to your group.

Focus Group Questions (1)

Youth Lake Party

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Jul 092018
 

Save the date for a Lake Party on Sunday, July 29, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Pastor Susan and Ken’s house.  Please let Mark Edmiston know if you plan to attend.

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Jul 092018
 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Your outpouring of love and prayers, cards and delicious foods has completely surrounded and supported us during this time of healing from Ken’s fall which injured his ribs, tore some muscles, and broke some bones in my foot. I am reminded daily of the tagline from Thistle Farms, an incredible non-profit in Nashville, “Love Heals Every Body.” Thank you for your love which is helping us to heal.

The love in the community of this church family is such an amazing gift. I feel your love for each other when you enter worship, when you share a Family Fun Day, Retreat, or a Kirk Night together, when you listen to your Sr. Highs deliver the sermon, and whenever you get together. The love of Christ is among you, and you see and feel this, too.

In this month of July, we will be exploring the many gifts of your congregation. We will be looking at where you have been and where you believe God is calling you to go. This exploring is all part of the search process to call your next pastor.

You have already begun this process with the election of your Pastor Nominating Committee, called the PNC. On June 17th at your Congregational Meeting, you elected: Carolyn Bell, Jed Cockrell, Alan Cole, Caroline Czerkawski, Brian Hege, Donna McNeil, Geoff Pagett, and Linda Grace York. They will begin training this month as well as attending your Focus Groups.

Your Focus Groups are scheduled this month on the 17th and 18th, as well as the 24th and 25th. Every church member is asked to sign up to attend ONE Focus Group, if you are able. The Focus Groups are limited to 12 members each and are 90 minutes long. Choose the time that suits your schedule, and come with an open spirit.

Some folks have asked if spouses should come together and that is clearly your choice. Some have asked if they can sign up with their friends or Sunday School Class members—of course you can! Just remember the maximum of any group is 12. If all the groups completely fill up, I will add an additional group so that you all get a turn to express your understanding of where you feel God is leading this church. Hearing from all of you is vital to guide NWPC on this journey.

This whole, long process through elections and Focus Groups, interviewing and examining, must be held in prayer. This is not a situation where you go out and just hire a pastor. It is a very different process, you CALL a pastor. In fact, God calls the pastor through your and their discernment. I do not believe you could go through this process faithfully without prayer. Please pray for your PNC, pray for NWPC, pray for whomever God will call to serve here.

If you are able, please come to the newly-formed prayer group on Wednesday mornings from 11:30-12:00 to pray. Everyone is welcome. Some of us will pray out loud; many of us will pray silently. Come join us in the sanctuary for a time of prayer.

You have a wonderful journey ahead of you,

Susan

Focus Groups

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Jul 092018
 

Your Focus Groups are scheduled this month on the 17 (10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) and 18 (6:00 p.m.), as well as the 24 (2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.) and 25 (6:00 p.m.). Every church member is asked to sign up to attend ONE Focus Group, if you are able. The Focus Groups are limited to 12 members each and are 90 minutes long. Choose the time that suits your schedule, and come with an open spirit.

Montreat Parent Meeting

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Jun 042018
 

Montreat Parent Meeting

All youth and parents of youth attending the Montreat Youth Conference please make plans to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Please fill out the Montreat Covenant prior to the meeting.

https://www.mymontreat.org/form/register?reservation_id=383652