SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
January 17, 2018

Lectionary Scripture Jonah 3:1-5,10; Mark 1:14-20
Minister: Bryan Hovey

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:
Following worship on Sunday, January 21, the annual meeting of the Sparta Presbyterian Church Corporation will be held. At the Annual Congregational meeting we will present the Articles of the Corporation, financial report for the preceding year, the budget approved by the Session for 2018, the nomination and election of new elders, and the committee signups for 2018. The signup sheets will be available at the meeting. Listed below are the church’s current committees.

Building & Grounds, Property Committee
Children & Adult Education Committee
Fellowship Committee
Finance Committee
Outreach Ministry Committee
Worship Committee
Communion Sub-Committee
Safety Sub-Committee
Library Sub-Committee

A catered lunch will follow the meeting. Since the lunch is catered, reservations are needed. If you have not signed up for lunch, please do on Sunday, Jan. 14, or call the church office and leave a message. Thank you.

“Smile, you’re on Candid Camera”
Our Sparta Presbyterian Church has a functioning surveillance system in place. The surveillance system serves numerous purposes but mostly deals with our collective safety and security. The system is comprised of numerous video cameras inside and outside the church that automatically record 24 hours a day, seven days a week and retain this imagery for a predetermined period of time. The Session considers this video footage confidential and strictly limits access to it, a “need to know basis” if you will.

All cameras are actively monitored during our church services. We give special attention to the nursery, church perimeter and entry doors during our services. Also, our surveillance system can be accessed remotely to view “real time” events and current conditions without having to be physically present at the church such as parking lot conditions during inclement weather and general security.
Mike Connolly, Head Greeter Worship Committee

CHURCH LIBRARY NEWS
We have been blessed by a recent gift from Sue McMullen: “The Jewish Bible,” translated by David Stern. It contains both Old and New Testaments. Before her move to Canada, Sue added to the interest of our Sunday School lessons by often reading to our class from her copy of this translation. She gives this bible “In honor of the wonderful Church Family of Sparta Presbyterian Church.” Thank you, Sue!

Reverend Hovey is available for emergencies outside of office hours at 980-622-1494 or email him at pastorbeh@gmail.com.

Once again, The Prayer Shawl Ministry is providing hats and scarves to chase the chills….so spread the warmth! Items are available on our bell tower.

Beyond the Walls short story discussion group continues to meet every Tuesday at the Pizzeria at 4:00 pm. Because it is a short story format, you are welcome to join in ANY Tuesday. Come for one story or come for all of them! There is always an interesting and lively discussion. The following list is a schedule (provided the weather cooperates) for the stories we will be discussing in the coming weeks. There are still a few books available on the hallway bench in the education building of the church. Come see what all the buzz is about!

January 23rd

January 30th

February 6th

February 13th

February 20th

February 27th

March 6th

March 13th

Safety by Lydia Fitzpatrick

Bounty by Diane Cook

A Simple Deliberate Thing by Zebbie Watson

The Crabapple Tree by Robert Coover

Winter, 1965 by Frederic Tuten

They Were Awake by Rebecca Evanhoe

Slumming by Ottessa Moshfegh

Happiness by Ron Carlson

January Food Closet Items: Tissues

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.” Matthew 28:19-20
This scripture is commonly known as the Great Commission, Jesus’ last command to the disciples. As Christ’s modern-day disciples, it is still our call today. The Christian Education committee is desperately seeking disciples willing to lead in the Kingdom Youth group or with Sunday school and other classes. Educational materials and lesson plans are provided and you will be working in conjunction with experienced teachers. If you would like to “tag team” with one or more, that helps to share the load. Please contact Sheryl James or Debbie Brady if you would like to offer your talents. Many hands make light work!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect boxtops for education and school supplies. Containers are on the table in the fellowship hall and narthex.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
If inclement weather should cause a delay or cancellation of Bible Study or Worship, there are three ways to know! The Session has designated session members to make any call for change based on weather, driving, and walking conditions.

  1. The message on the church phone will be recorded to provide information.
  2. An e-mail message will be sent out regarding any change.
  3. Any cancellation or delay will be listed on the WXII Weather Center

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
If you have articles for the church newsletter, please submit them to Julie Duncan at duncanjl1979@gmail.com or call the church office at 336-372-5045 by noon on Tuesday of each week.

NURSERY SCHEDULE:
January 21: Kay Bodeen/Frankie Pittman
January 28: Debbie Brady/Norma Whitfield

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK @ Sparta Presbyterian

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Clay Benson, 10/11
Rhys Churchwell 10/16
Patsy Cokernak, 11/29
Rose Dukes, 11/22
Carolyn Ebright, 9/6
Jim Evans, 10/3
Tim Fowler, 1/16
Dixie Friend, 10/3
Nancy Friend, 8/8
Gary Gambill, 6/21
Tam Gambill, 2/22
Pat Hardee, 11/14
Joan Hynes, 11/22
Joshua Jacobson, 11/22
McKay Jacobson, 10/11
Barry Kaye, 10/11
Michael Landreth, 10/11
Gail Lank & Family, 10/11
Stan Mackey, 10/3
Joseph Martin Family, 10/11
Bob Matthias, 9/30
Jordan Maurer Family, 1/10
Cari Morrell, 10/2
Dale & Kim Nichols, 12/5
Harold & Peg O’Conner, 10/11
Barbara Phillips, 11/14
Kathy Pittman, 12/5
Mack Pittman, Sr., 11/22
Craig Schulze, 10/11
Marjorie Schulze, 10/11
Marsha Schulze, 10/11
Lewis Shelton, 10/16
William Sparks & Family, 10/11
Doughton Tedder, 10/16
Henry Thorne, 12/5
Mitch Winstead, 9/6
Larry Woodie, 10/11
Myra Wright, 10/16

 

SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
January 10, 2018

Lectionary Scripture 1 Samuel 3:11-20; John 1:43-51
Minister: Bryan Hovey

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:
Following worship on Sunday, January 21, the annual meeting of the Sparta Presbyterian Church Corporation will be held. At the Annual Congregational meeting we will present the Articles of the Corporation, financial report for the preceding year, the budget approved by the Session for 2018, the nomination and election of new elders, and the committee signups for 2018. The signup sheets will be available at the meeting. Listed below are the church’s current committees.

Building & Grounds, Property Committee
Children & Adult Education Committee
Fellowship Committee
Finance Committee
Outreach Ministry Committee
Worship Committee
Communion Sub-Committee
Safety Sub-Committee
Library Sub-Committee

A catered lunch will follow the meeting. Since the lunch is catered, reservations are needed. If you have not signed up for lunch, please do on Sunday, Jan. 14, or call the church office and leave a message. Thank you.

“Smile, you’re on Candid Camera”
Our Sparta Presbyterian Church has a functioning surveillance system in place. The surveillance system serves numerous purposes but mostly deals with our collective safety and security. The system is comprised of numerous video cameras inside and outside the church that automatically record 24 hours a day, seven days a week and retain this imagery for a predetermined period of time. The Session considers this video footage confidential and strictly limits access to it, a “need to know basis” if you will.
All cameras are actively monitored during our church services. We give special attention to the nursery, church perimeter and entry doors during our services. Also, our surveillance system can be accessed remotely to view “real time” events and current conditions without having to be physically present at the church such as parking lot conditions during inclement weather and general security.
Mike Connolly, Head Greeter Worship Committee

Food Closet Volunteers Needed!

DATE
# NEEDED
Jan. 24
2
Jan. 29
1
Jan. 31
1

Please call Norma Whitfield (336-657-6001) or Lynn Kaye (336-372-6800) right away if you are willing to help.

CHURCH LIBRARY NEWS
We have been blessed by a recent gift from Sue McMullen: “The Jewish Bible,” translated by David Stern. It contains both Old and New Testaments. Before her move to Canada, Sue added to the interest of our Sunday School lessons by often reading to our class from her copy of this translation. She gives this bible “In honor of the wonderful Church Family of Sparta Presbyterian Church.” Thank you, Sue!

FROM THE PASTOR
I would like to thank everyone for the cards and well wishes as our family continues to deal with the loss of my sister’s husband. As we travel through this journey we know we are not alone. Thank you once again for your written prayers included in the prayer box, and your silent prayers. My family is most appreciative.
Blessings of Peace and Joy

Reverend Hovey is available for emergencies outside of office hours at 980-622-1494 or email him at pastorbeh@gmail.com.

Once again, The Prayer Shawl Ministry is providing hats and scarves to chase the chills….so spread the warmth! Items are available on our bell tower.

January Food Closet Items: Tissues

Beyond the Walls short story discussion group continues to meet every Tuesday at the Pizzeria at
4:00 pm. Because it is a short story format, you are welcome to join in ANY Tuesday. Come for one story or come for all of them! There is always an interesting and lively discussion. The following list is a schedule (provided the weather cooperates) for the stories we will be discussing in the coming weeks. There are still a few books available on the hallway bench in the education building of the church. Come see what all the buzz is about!

January 16th

January 23rd

January 30th

February 6th

February 13th

February 20th

February 27th

March 6th

March 13th

Temples by Adrienne Celt

Safety by Lydia Fitzpatrick

Bounty by Diane Cook

A Simple Deliberate Thing by Zebbie Watson

The Crabapple Tree by Robert Coover

Winter, 1965 by Frederic Tuten

They Were Awake by Rebecca Evanhoe

Slumming by Ottessa Moshfegh

Happiness by Ron Carlson

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.” Matthew 28:19-20

This scripture is commonly known as the Great Commission, Jesus’ last command to the disciples. As Christ’s modern-day disciples, it is still our call today. The Christian Education committee is desperately seeking disciples willing to lead in the Kingdom Youth group or with Sunday school and other classes. Educational materials and lesson plans are provided and you will be working in conjunction with experienced teachers. If you would like to “tag team” with one or more, that helps to share the load. Please contact Sheryl James or Debbie Brady if you would like to offer your talents. Many hands make light work!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect boxtops for education and school supplies. Containers are on the table in the fellowship hall and narthex.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
If inclement weather should cause a delay or cancellation of Bible Study or Worship, there are three ways to know! The Session has designated session members to make any call for change based on weather, driving, and walking conditions.

  1. The message on the church phone will be recorded to provide information.
  2. An e-mail message will be sent out regarding any change.
  3. Any cancellation or delay will be listed on the WXII Weather Center

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
If you have articles for the church newsletter, please submit them to Julie Duncan at duncanjl1979@gmail.com or call the church office at 336-372-5045 by noon on Tuesday of each week.

NURSERY SCHEDULE:
January 14: Julie DuncanDebbie Saddler/
January 21: Kay Bodeen/Frankie Pittman
January 28: Debbie Brady/Norma Whitfield

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK @ Sparta Presbyterian

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Clay Benson, 10/11
Rhys Churchwell 10/16
Patsy Cokernak, 11/29
Rose Dukes, 11/22
Carolyn Ebright, 9/6
Jim Evans, 10/3
Charlene Fowler, 12/5
Dixie Friend, 10/3
Nancy Friend, 8/8
Gary Gambill, 6/21
Tam Gambill, 2/22
Pat Hardee, 11/14
Joan Hynes, 11/22
Joshua Jacobson, 11/22
McKay Jacobson, 10/11
Barry Kaye, 10/11
Michael Landreth, 10/11
Gail Lank & Family, 10/11
Stan Mackey, 10/3
Joseph Martin Family, 10/11
Bob Matthias, 9/30
Cari Morrell, 10/2
Dale & Kim Nichols, 12/5
Harold & Peg O’Conner, 10/11
Barbara Phillips, 11/14
Kathy Pittman, 12/5
Mack Pittman, Sr., 11/22
Paul Poetzsch, 10/16
Craig Schulze, 10/11
Marjorie Schulze, 10/11
Marsha Schulze, 10/11
Lewis Shelton, 10/16
William Sparks & Family, 10/11
Doughton Tedder, 10/16
Henry Thorne, 12/5
Mitch Winstead, 9/6
Larry Woodie, 10/11
Myra Wright, 10/16