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)

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

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

Elderberry Luncheon – Sunday, June 10

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Jun 042018
 

For June, with Richard and Mamie Collier out of pocket, our monthly event will be a “Summer Sunday Fellowship Lunch” at Carousel Café, after church on June 10. We really hope as many of you as possible will join in the fellowship, conversation, and good food!  Please let Harry or Jean Page know by June 9 if you can join the group, so he can reserve a big-enough table at Carousel!

Family Fun Day

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Jun 042018
 

Family Fun Day

June 23 – 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Faith Formation Committee would like to invite you to Family Fun Day on June 23 in the side lawn of the church.  There will be games, a   52 ft inflatable obstacle course, corn hole, face painting, Frisbee bingo, and more!  Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixings will be served at 5:00 p.m.  Please bring a favorite dessert to share with others.  This is a day to celebrate Family, Fun, and Fellowship.  Please mark your calendars and join in this day of FUN!

May Mission and Outreach Projects

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May 032018
 

May Mission and Outreach

“God doesn’t call the equipped he equips the called!”

**Wood Splitting and Mission Garden Work Day on Saturday May 5th– 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the grounds of NWPC

**We live to give…

Greensboro was struck by a tornado; the extent of damage is becoming more apparent. Three elementary schools have suffered damage serious enough that their students will be moved to other schools to finish the year. Others schools and the homes of too many people have been damaged as well. Diane Moffett, pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, has requested contributions of water, diapers, baby food, tarps, and plywood for the Interactive Resource Center and the Mustard Seed Clinic.

In our connectional system we seek to be of support to one another in time of need. Remember Greensboro, the needs of neighbors there, and sisters and brothers of congregations affected. If you offer a financial donation through presbytery, we will make sure it gets to the right place.

**Agency of the Month – Our Agency of the month is Wilkes Pregnancy Center as well as Our House have requested an immediate need for diapers, it has been shared that regardless of public assistance, this is something that is not covered. Requesting Newborn- size 6.) Wilkes Pregnancy Center would also appreciate any donations that a child under the age of 2 would use. (ex. Clothing, bottles, wipes, etc.) Donations for Our House will continue through May now in combinations with Wilkes Pregnancy Center.

Missionaries from Hebron USA

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May 032018
 

Pablo and Jan Cruz, missionaries whom we support from Hebron USA, will be with us during worship on Sunday, May 6.  Following worship there will be a pot luck luncheon and a time of fellowship with Pablo and Jan.  Please make plans to stay for lunch and bring your favorite food dishes to share.