Nov 082018
 

Thanksgiving Day Service             

Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

You are encouraged to come and bring friends and family and join in with others in a special time of Thanksgiving to God.

A special offering will be received during this service for the church supported children’s homes, Grandfather Home for Children and Barium Springs Home for Children.  This is a tangible way in which we can give thanks to God for the many blessings we have.

What an Awesome Anti-Racism Event!

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Nov 012018
 

On Saturday morning, Oct 27, 2018, thirty-six of our neighbors got together at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church to talk openly and to listen to one another about our own and Salem Presbytery’s vision for our Inter-racial Justice Ministry and Reconciliation. We sat in uncluttered talking circles, patterned after ancient Native American circles for solving problems. The circles were safe places where each member could speak in turn without fear of judgment, rebuke or retribution. We brought to the conversation our histories, our concerns, and our hopes. We discussed our preconceptions, our misconceptions, our questions, and our love.
 
Many churches in Salem Presbytery have long histories of racial tensions. All of us are called to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” Salem Presbytery has taken the bold step to affirm and act upon the principle of Black Lives Matter whose spirit of liberation works, “vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and by extension, all people.” A vote to support this resolution will be taken in our next Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Congregational Care Meeting

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Oct 252018
 

The Congregational Care Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Pastor Susan will meet with us for a conversation on visiting our sick and bereaved members and also those members who are facing terminal illnesses.  Please join us for this special opportunity.

From the Interim Director of Children, Youth, and Family

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Oct 252018
 

Happy November, NWPC Family!

I am humbled by the warm welcome you have given me as I begin my time here as the Interim Director of Children, Youth, and Family. Just as you did nearly five years ago when we first started to attend NWPC, you have shown me so much love and kindness. I am very excited for this opportunity, and to grow with all of you in my faith.

With love and gratitude,

Joanna

 

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Oct 252018
 

Dear NWPC Family,

As we come to the Season of Thanksgiving, I invite you to return to the Psalms during this time. The Book of Psalms is often called The Prayer Book of the Church. The Psalms depict for us the breadth and depth of human life, all of which is brought before God and laid open in prayer. The final Psalm is 150, and this Psalm offers a wonderful closing to all the prayers that have been prayed throughout this book. It is a Psalm of pure praise:

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament!

Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!

Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

During the month of November, I invite you to pray through the Psalms as part of your prayer time. If you haven’t read them lately, I think you may be surprised that you find your very own needs being voiced to God by the Psalmist. We may not have had the words, and here we are given the words. Words that have been passed throughout the ages and still hold the power to transform our lives through prayer.

Our Thanksgiving Day Service will be a Meditation on the Psalms along with singing hymns of praise. Let’s gather together and celebrate the goodness of God!

With gratitude for each and every one of you,

Susan E. Moorefield

Anti Racism Event – Saturday, October 27

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Oct 222018
 

The Salem Presbytery Western Neighborhood will be hosting an Anit-Racism conversation here at NWPC on Saturday, October 27, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend and become involved in this conversation around overcoming racism.

Welcome to Joanna Stuckey-Steele – Interim Director of Children, Youth, and Families

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Oct 222018
 

It is with great joy that the Session announces the arrival of Joanna Stuckey-Steele to our staff as the Interim Director of Children, Youth, and Family! To this ministry, Joanna brings many gifts: She has a open heart as well as an open mind. She welcomes questions of faith and extends the love of Christ to all. “Joanna was the prime organizer and planner of our Family Fun Day this summer. She has a real interest and enthusiasm for exploring creative, new ways for us to enjoy being the family of God.” (Ellen Lipscomb) Joanna holds a BA in Religious Studies and Humanities from Lees-McRae College. She will be a wonderful addition to our staff! It is no wonder that the Session unanimously approved Joanna!

News from the Wilkesboro Chapel

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Sep 272018
 

Worship begins at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday morning and is followed by Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on October 7, 2018.

Our Sunday school class is studying “What is the Bible?” by Rob Bell.

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Sep 272018
 

Dear NWPC Family,

One evening last fall, Kenny and I found ourselves sitting in downtown Wilkesboro in front of a newly built stage as strands of little lights twinkled and crisscrossed overhead. A group called The Krüger Brothers began to play, and I was transported:

“I’ve seen sunsets on the ocean. I’ve seen the desert bloom.

I’ve driven endless highways beneath the prairie moon.

Yet, the picture in my mind I see when I think about it all

Is the color of the leaves in Carolina in the Fall.”

Carolina in the Fall by the Krüger Brothers

As fall comes to the Carolinas, these words play over and over in my mind. Every time I hear them, I am even more thankful for this amazing part of the country in which we live. I understand why you call it, “God’s Country.”

These words also remind me of the passage of time and the change of the seasons. This month, we will celebrate 125 years of the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church! It is clearly a time to give thanks to God for the journey of the life of this congregation! Be sure that you participate in all the upcoming events!

With the marking of a major anniversary, we cannot help but to be reminded of the passage of time. Some of you have been part of this church your whole life long; many of you have worshiped here for years; and all of you have wonderful stories to share! In sharing these stories, you realize that you are not the church that you once were, and you are not presently the church that you will become in the future. The church of Jesus Christ changes, as the color of the leaves do. We change because we are alive. We are the body of Christ whose living Spirit dwells deep within us.

This same Spirit has been present with this church for 125 years, and we trust God to lead this church into the next 125 years and beyond. NWPC is clearly in a time of transition, but isn’t the church always? Isn’t life always changing? Isn’t it exciting to watch what God is doing in our midst?!

This month we have so much to celebrate! We have so many reasons to give thanks to God! And along with everything else, we get to experience “the color of the leaves in Carolina in the Fall.”

Blessings,

Susan