Week of May 26, 2017

"OPEN" All Summer!

We’re open all summer! Not everybody goes on vacation for three months. And besides, the last thing you should want to see hanging on a church door is a sign that reads, “CLOSED!” We’re not closed…ever.

The summer is a busy time for youth taking mission trips and going to Montreat. The Preschool has Summer Camps. We combine our two worship services into one 10am service, with a coffee hour beforehand and Lemonade on the Lawn afterwards. We have weddings, baptisms, communion, funerals, and continue to care for those in need. We’ll have session and diaconate meetings, along with other ministry teams that will meet throughout the summer in planning for the new school year. We’ll meet to plan the fall Stewardship Campaign, and we will even be making plans for Advent and Christmas! Yes, Christmas! And the Pastor Nominating Committee will continue to meet in search for the new Head of Staff.

We don’t close for the summer. Enjoy your vacations and time away, but plan to be here when you are home. I will begin a summer sermon series, “12 Words of Hope for the World” on Sunday, June 18. The world doesn’t need the church to close either. We have some powerful words the world desperately needs. I hope you will join us for this series.  If you are away, catch us online.

Summer worship schedule begins this Sunday! Remember…10am Sanctuary. The dress is casual, or however you feel comfortable….within reason! Coffee in the Commons (Welcome Center) begins at 9am.  Join us for the fellowship.  See you Sunday!

Thanks for listening,


Prayer List

Please keep in your prayers:

Those with special concerns:

  • Roxie Joynes
  • Dorothy Kuffler
  • Newby Mauck
  • Jon-David Munz (Sharon Spencer’s son)

Those Rejoicing:

  • Megan Henry and Will Aycock who were married on May 21.

Those Grieving:

  • Sally Brown and family, on the death of her mother, Sarah C. Livingston, on May 16.

Prayers for Our World:

We pray for civility in our public conversations, respect for those with whom we differ, refugees around the world; for missionaries who serve Christ throughout the world to bring hope, learning, medical care and the Gospel.   We pray for members and family serving in the military: Jenny Sigel Burkett, Matthew Horton, and 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.