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This Sunday: April 22, 2018

8:45 am Open Door Worship - Lower Level
11:00 am Worship - Sanctuary

"Water for Life" - Dr. Charles Grant

 Psalm 23 &  John 4:7-15



Week of April 20, 2018

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. 
— Frederick Buechner

Frederick Buechner’s definition of vocational calling links one’s personal sense of mission and fulfillment with human need. In our understanding of the Christian life, everyone has a divine calling. The apostle Paul wrote, “There are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit.” and “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” What makes a “call” a “calling” is the linkage between one’s gifts, graces, and passion and a particular need or situation.

The Pastor Nominating Committee message this past Sunday brought me to a remembrance of my sense of call to the various congregations I have been privileged to serve. This fall will mark my 40th year of ordained service. During this time I have been called to serve eight congregations, mostly as an installed pastor, and in recent years as an interim pastor.

The circumstances for each call were unique. On some occasions, I was seeking a new pastoral call that came only after many months of search and discernment. On other occasions, my search and a new call happened quickly. Some of the congregations that called me had been searching for a long time, others less so. In some of my calls the search committee and I each quickly felt a common call; other times that mutual sense of call came through extended conversation.

What was common in each of the pastoral calls is that the search committee and I each felt a strong sense that God’s providence was bringing us together, that my gifts and graces and the congregation’s needs at the time were a “good fit”. 

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) and the candidates they are considering are in that time of discernment. This is a time of listening for the Spirit and responding to the pastoral leadership needs of First Presbyterian Church and the opportunities God is unfolding for the present and future. As for the rest of us – we too, are in a time of listening to the Spirit as each of us seeks to discern how we can respond with deep gladness to the world’s deep hunger.

The wisdom shared by James (the brother of Jesus) is timely: “Be patient, therefore, beloved…The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and late rains. You also must be patient.” (James 5:7-8)

Thanks for listening,


Prayer List

Please keep in your prayers:

Those with special concerns:

  • Jim Armstrong
  • Brenda Beck (mother of Kendall Pennington)
  • Betsy Berry
  • Margaret Ford
  • Ernie Neer
  • Marilyn Smart
  • Marshall Smith

Those grieving:

  • The Jennison family on the death of their cousin, Paul Hoskins Hackett, who died on April 8.
  • Bill and Bucky Neal, on the death of their wife and mother, Mary Sue Neal, who died on April 17.

Members and family serving in the military:

  • Edward Allen
  • Jenny Sigel Burkett
  • Matthew Horton
  • Nathan Thomas Meade

Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any of our pastors. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care,  please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.



Friday, April 20
Gina Bombere
Laura Collier
Amy Harris
Charlie Parker
Emily Tafel
Blanche Toms

Saturday, April 21
Emily Ashkani
Phyllis Broocke
Katie Condyles
Cash Erwin
Britni Lis
Marilyn Louthan
Kim Sadler
Pete Stout, III
Jane Wootton

Sunday, April 22
Jake Blackburn
Joseph Blackburn
John McGill
Ham Scherer, Jr.
Liza Scott

Monday, April 23
Will Burford
Walter Gray
Martha Morrill
Martha Radford

Tuesday, April 24
Matt Aboud
Henry Bruns
Alison Doswell
Meredith Doswell
Claiborne Jenkins
Rebecca Kasper
Margaret Smith
Jane Willis

Wednesday, April 25
Anne Dunnington

Thursday, April 26
Ann Grimsley
Mollie Storey
Gary Wright

Friday, April 27
Nelson Edmunds
Scott Gullquist, Jr.
Stephanie Parker

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