Oct 232019

Cub Scout Pack 336 would like to invite you to take part of their Veterans Service and Flag Retirement Ceremony on November 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.  An appreciation meal will follow the service.  The pack would like to recognize anyone who is a veteran.  Please fill out the veteran’s recognition form located in the church office and email to spike4280@yahoo.com.

Oct 232019

On Sunday, November 3, immediately following worship the Elderberries will be going to the Roaring River Vineyard and Restaurant for lunch.  The church van will be driven and is now passenger friendly, so plan to ride with us.  Access to the restaurant is convenient and easy.  Please RSVP to Richard Collier by November 1.

Oct 102019

The retreat is quickly approaching and will be October 25-27 at the Valle Crucis Conference Center.  The costs for meals for Saturday-only attendees are as follows: breakfast $9; lunch $11; supper $12 and must be reserved by Thursday, October 17.  Also, registration balances are due to church office by Sunday, October 20.

Welcome Rev. R.C. Griffin and Family

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Sep 272019

Reverend Griffin, his wife Gretchen and their sons Jude, Asher, and Amos, are excited for the opportunity to lead the congregation as we worship together and as they grow into our community.  Reverend Griffin will begin on October 1.

On Sunday, October 6, immediately following worship there will be a reception in the fellowship hall to welcome Pastor Griffin and his family to NWPC.

Luncheon for Rev. Steve Snipes

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Sep 272019

Please join us for a luncheon to honor the service of Rev. Steve Snipes, our recent Bridge Minister and friend. The luncheon, provided by the Transition Committee, will be directly after the worship service on Sunday, September 29.  We hope you will join us for this special time of friends, food and fellowship.

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Sep 272019

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in peace. (Psalm 133:1) On September 21, NWPC’s Mission and Outreach Committee hosted international peacemaker, the Rev. Arlington Trotman, a Methodist minister from England. His work as CEO of Churches’ Commission for Racial Justice involved travel and work in the United Kingdom and Europe. His visit to our church is part of PCUSA-sponsored visit to the United States by 14 international peacemakers.

As we face challenging times in peacemaking and racial justice, here is a summary of my impressions and learnings from this gathering that may shape the work before us:

 *confront the sad consequences of our past actions of injustice;

*commit to seeing all humanity as beloved and valued children of God;

*challenge ourselves to demonstrate kindness in all our conversations and activities; and,

*convince ourselves and others we are the best and most authentic version of ourselves through our relationship with Jesus Christ who helps us be better and do better than we ever thought possible.

A lot to digest! But, well within our calling as Christians.

In His love, Steve

Elder Elections

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Sep 272019

At September’s Session meeting, a decision was made to defer Elder Election until later to allow our new minister time to get situated and to push officer training away from the busy end of year activities of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas. The Nominating Committee will begin it’s process in the coming weeks, allowing for election, training, and installation to be completed by early April. The Class of 2019 elders will serve until that time.

World Communion Sunday

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Sep 272019

On Sunday, October 6, we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday.  In observance of World Communion Sunday, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and our unity in Jesus Christ.

On this Sunday, we will receive the Peace and Global Witness Offering, and pray for peace around the world.  Monies from this offering will be designated in the following ways:  50% to our Matthew 25 Fund, 25% to Presbytery’s Peacemaking efforts, and 25% to the General Assembly’s Peacemaking office.

International Peacemaker Visit

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Aug 272019

Please mark your calendars and make plans to take part in a get-together and conversation with Rev. Arlington Trotman on September 21 from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.  Rev. Trotman is a Presbyterian International Peacemaker who is visiting Salem Presbytery from his home in England.  This is a rare opportunity to hear and learn from someone who has been on the front lines of the immigrant/refugee crisis in Europe, and who has been involved in the ongoing struggle for social and racial justice for all people.  Lunch will be served.  This is a free event, sponsored by NWPC’s Mission and Outreach committee.  Join guests from approximately 10 other area churches for four hours of insight and observations regarding our  world, the church’s role in it, and how we can apply lessons learned in our own communities.

Youth Meetings

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Aug 272019

Youth group meetings are moving to Sundays at 5:30 p.m.  Our first meeting of the year will be September 8 at the home of Gerald and Linda Lankford. Come prepared to swim in the pool and bring a friend! Contact Joanna if you have any questions.