Sep 182018
 

Witness a “Historical Event”…….that only comes around once every 125 years!  On Wednesday, October 3rd, a program will be presented by Margi Turner and friends about the history and life of NWPC over the last 125 years.  This will be a fun look at historical facts as well as stories about the life and work of our church from 1893-2018.  The program will begin at 6:00 PM (note time change), with the Kirk Night meal served at 5:30 PM.  Make reservations and attend the meal and/or come just for the program in Fellowship Hall.  You will not want to miss this….and you will probably learn something you did not know about our church!!

Sep 182018
 

Here’s the plans for the next couple of months for the Elderberries!!  Hopefully Florence will be out of here soon and no one has damage!

September 25 – Senior Show and Tell (Vacation Memories) – We will get together at Olive Garden at 11:30 am, for everyone to share a memory or two about a special vacation we enjoyed.  It will be a fun time for all of us to share and fellowship together!

October – We will hopefully be heading to Dave and Phyllis Moulton’s home in Sparta!  Details to come..

Get these on your calendars and let’s have big attendances at both!  You are missed if you’re not there!!! Give me a call or email me if you have questions!

Richard Collier

336-984-7548

brascioli@charter.net

Sep 132018
 

Due to the possible threat of bad weather, North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church will be a temporary staging shelter for individuals and families that become displaced from their home until they can be placed into a Red Cross shelter. We are in need of volunteers to help staff the facility. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Bill Joyner at 336-467-2512.

Kirk Night

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Aug 282018
 

Kirk Night is set to kick off on Wednesday, September 5, with an Ice Cream Social at 6:30 p.m.  Dinner will not be served that night but a lot of delicious ice cream will be.  Please feel free to bring a special ice cream to share.

Beginning on Wednesday, September 12, come out each week for a delicious meal prepared by Dale Wayne and enjoy great fellowship beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The weekly program along with Kingdom Kids and Youth are at 6:30 p.m.

Reservation cards are located in the pew racks and can be placed in the offering plates each Sunday.  Please make your reservation by Tuesday at noon by calling or emailing the church office so that Dale can prepare adequately.  (336-667-1288 or melinda.goforth@nwpres.org)

 

September Kirk Night

September 5 – Ice Cream Social at 6:30 p.m.

September 12 – Bible Trivia

September 19 –  Jed Cockrell – School  Presentation

September 26 –  Committee Meetings

 

September Kirk Night Greeters and Drink Servers

September 5 –    No Greeter and Drink Server

September 12 – Greeter:  Richard Collier; Drink Server:  Lynn Durchman

September 19 –  Greeter:  Caroline Czerkawski; Drink Server:  Betty Powell

September 26 –  Greeter:  Mike McNeil; Drink Server:  Mamie Collier

Presbyterian Women Circle Meetings

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Aug 282018
 

It’s time to start circle meetings for the fall.  Noon Circle will meet on Monday, September 10, in the Fellowship Hall.  Morning Circle will meet on Tuesday, September 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the Library.

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Aug 282018
 

It was 3:30 on Sunday afternoon when Kenny and I got in the car. The weather radar had shown showers and thunderstorms throughout the area with a potential break in the weather around 4:30, just in time for the Church Picnic at Doughton Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We loaded up our chairs and food and started driving. Then the rain began.

The rain just didn’t begin with a drizzle here and there. No! The skies grew dark and huge drops began to pound the car. The roads became sloshy in an instant, and the clouds settled in.

“Nobody is coming to this picnic!” I said. “I will be that Interim who tried to have the church picnic in the middle of a thunderstorm!” Every bend in the road where we could get a look at the sky, I had my eyes fixed on the dark gray masses which moved slowly and held tightly to the mountains. Off and on it poured rain on us all the way to Mile Marker 241.1.

Yet, in spite of the weather and my fears, when we finally arrived through the fog, there you were. Not just one or two of you hearty souls, but a whole group of you sitting with your chairs in a wide circle with tables loaded full of delicious food for the picnic. As we circled and began to pray, the sun broke through the clouds; the weather cleared; and it was the perfect day for a picnic!

On that rainy, sunny afternoon, I witnessed more of who you are as a church. I saw this group of folks who were happy, relaxed, and just delighted to be together, in spite of the storms around them. I saw a group of folks who knew there was a church picnic so they showed up. Even a few of you would point to the clouds or hear the thunder in the distance and say, “That’s not coming this way.” And it didn’t!

It’s a lesson worth hanging onto as you move through the changes that are happening in the life of this congregation and in the world around us! There may be storms with heavy rains and winds that come along, but something changes when you show up for one another. Something changes when you gather as a group, and just be the church in spite of it all.

As we held hands and prayed in the sunlight, I knew that God was blessing far more than the food that afternoon. God was blessing each one of us beyond our understanding in the hands that we held and in all those around the circle—and in the extended circle of this whole congregation.

May God bless you all,

Susan

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.