Apr 172019
 

The Maundy Thursday Service will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m.  On this night we remember and celebrate the final supper Jesus shared with his disciples in the context of Passover.  An offering will be received for the Matthew 25 Fund.  A nursery will be provided.

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Mar 212019
 

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (II Cor. 5:17)

Finally, Spring is arriving! There is no more beautiful place on earth in the Springtime than in the South! The daffodils begin to bloom, then the honeysuckles and wisteria. The earth shakes off its winter coat, and new life breaks forth.

It is no wonder that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the spring time! People often ask me, “Who determines when Easter is?” It was the Council of Nicaea in 325CE that decided Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the vernal equinox.

As much as we may want to get to Easter to experience this new life in Christ, we would be wise to remember Paul’s words that when this new life comes, the old life passes away. Now, there may be much of the old life that we really want to pass away. You and I could each make a list of the parts of the old life that we need to have pass away…but then there are those others parts that we would prefer to hold on to. As wonderful as new life sounds, sometimes we aren’t sure that we are ready to let go of some of the old life quite yet.

The message of Easter is one of transformation—a huge, dramatic transformation beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. This is the Good News of Jesus Christ. God is at work creating new life. The journey of faith is that we are willing to let the old life pass away so that God’s new creation breaks forth in each one of us and in the church of Jesus Christ! Happy Spring!

May God bless you all,

Susan

 

From the Interim Director of Children, Youth, and Families

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Mar 212019
 

VBS volunteers needed!

Spring is here! Halleluiah!

With the onset of warmer weather, I am in full planning mode for children and youth summer programming. One well loved tradition that I am preparing for is Vacation Bible School. Our theme this year is Bible Science. We’ll be learning how Bible lessons apply to modern scientific principles the week of July 29-August 2. I have been having a lot of fun planning for this week-long event, but of course, I can’t pull it off alone.

Please email me at joanna.stuckeysteele@nwpres.org or call me at 336-667-1288 to volunteer your time and talents for VBS later this summer.

Elderberry Luncheon – March 25, 2019

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Mar 202019
 

On Monday, March 25, 2019, the Elderberries will meet at Teresa’s Carousel Café at 11:30 am.  This month will be Vacation Senior Show and Tell, so bring a photo or memento from a recent or past special vacation to share with the group!  It will be fun with lots of special stories, fellowship and food!

Hope to see all the Elderberries or Elderberry Wannabes then!  We have a great time and the more of us there are, the better it is enjoyed by all!  See you on Monday the 25th!!!  Please let me know if you are attending!!

Future Planning –

April 22 (?) – Lunch at Fine Friends

May 20 (?) – Outing to the Yellow Deli in Hiddenite, NC

Kirk Night Lenten Bible Study 2019

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Mar 202019
 

The culture in Corinth conflicted greatly with the lifestyle that the Apostle Paul proclaimed to those who chose to follow Jesus. In the same way, the church today is called to proclaim the gospel in every environment, showing the world what it looks like when we give our lives to Jesus.

Filmed on location in Israel and Greece, in the Cultures in Conflict Study, Teacher Ray Vander Laan in this 16th volume of the That The World May Know ® film series, addresses how you live in a culture where the worldview conflicts with Christianity.

The schedule for these sessions to be shared during Kirk Night is as follows:

March 20 – Turning Weakness into Strength filmed in Israel and Corinth, Greece

March 27 – The Lord’s Supper: Discerning the Body filmed in Greece

April 3 – Transforming the Chaos filmed in Corinth, Greece

I believe you will enjoy these lessons and gain new insights into Jesus’ world and life through the eyes of Ray Vander Laan.  A historian and teacher who sets his teachings in the framework of what the Jewish people encountering Jesus and his message would have heard, Ray provides messages that will encourage you to look at the Bible in a new way.

Then on:

April 24 – Who Is This Man: Three Days That Changed The World by John Ortberg

Presbyterian Minister, John Ortberg, reveals how Jesus and Christianity came to make an inescapable influence on our world, and how we as Christians can make a difference too.

Please join us for all, or just one, of these lessons on Kirk Night at 6:30 pm.