SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
September 20, 2017

Worship for Sunday: September 24, 2017
Lectionary Scripture: Exodus 16: 2-15; Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45; Matthew 20: 1-16
Guest Minister: Reverend Bryan Hovey

CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
September 24, a bountiful Sunday…

You will not want to miss worship on Sunday when we welcome Reverend Bryan Hovey to our pulpit. Reverend Hovey will begin his service as our interim minister on October 1 but we are fortunate that he was already scheduled as our supply pastor for this Sunday. We have much to be thankful for in this season of change.

Let’s all come together on Sunday, September 24, to hear Reverend Hovey’s sermon and also enjoy our monthly Fellowship Lunch. Let us celebrate not only the bounty of the fall harvest, but the Bounty of God’s Love for each of us. Bring your favorite dish or dessert and share in the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

See you September 24!

Reverend Bryan Hovey was raised in Hickory, NC with an older brother and sister. He grew up in a UMC of which his parents were charter members. While attending Montreat-Anderson Junior College, he began to experience a sense of call to ministry. After completing his undergraduate education at Appalachian State University with a degree in History, he worked in Historic Preservation with the State of North Carolina. Later, he moved to France for a year. When Reverend Hovey returned to the United States, he worked for Freightliner Corporation in Houston, Texas and Portland, Oregon; eventually, he returned to his home state, North Carolina.

In early 2000, the sense of call to ministry led him to explore local seminary options and enrolled in Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. After completing the six-year program at Union, Reverend Hovey served several churches as a supply pastor. He was ordained in 2011 and served as a Chaplain for a Hospice unit in Cabarrus County for three years, before entering full time interim ministry.

Bryan has two sons, both living in Tillamook Oregon. His wife, Carol, has a son living in Colorado and a daughter living in Concord. Bryan loves sailing and the mountains, but mostly, enjoys spending time with his family.

DELIVERY OF ITEMS FOR THE MANSE: Thank you so much for your generous response to our request for donations to the manse. If you signed up for items, please deliver them to the church by Friday at noon. Place them on the bench outside the back door or contact a member of the Session, or anyone else who has a key, to arrange a time to get into the building.

NEW CHOIR ROBES: The session has approved the purchase of 20 new choir robes. If you are interested in participating in the purchase, contributions may be designated to the choir robe fund. Each robe costs $70.00. Any gift to the fund is appreciated.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: During our transition period, the church office will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday-Wednesday. Norma Whitfield will be in the office during those hours to assist you as needed. She also will check church email and voice mail throughout the week.

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.

SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN: We will meet at 10:00 am on Wednesday,
September 27, to complete the School Kits. Please meet us in the fellowship hall…many hands make light the work. If you have any questions, call Phyllis Moulton at 336-262-6300 or e-mail pwmoulton@skybest.com.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND SHEPHERDING: Among items discussed by the session is the concern that congregational care will continue during the period when there is no confirmed pastor on the field. We will have a period of pulpit supply in making the transition while waiting for an interim pastor. The session wants to hear from you as any congregational care is needed. For several years, our “shepherding” outreach through the session has functioned well, supporting individual congregational care. During this interim period, communication is very important. Congregational Care exists alongside those in the Sparta Church Family in seasons of sorrow, sickness and challenges. Such ministry ranges from visits to telephone contact. The session is also committed to be a prayer team. A strong value has been placed on congregational care. Your “SHEPHERD” or session member wants to hear from you in any need that you have, even if it requires additional resources to be called in. If you are unaware of who your shepherd is, they are as follows taken from the recently printed church directory, alphabetical order:

Ruling Elder Tony League: Averbeck to Bourne
Ruling Elder Sheryl James: April Brady to Kay Holyfield
Ruling Elder Karen Leys: Hannah Houser to Robert Leach
Ruling Elder Beth Holcomb: Sandy League to Rachel Nitsche
Ruling Elder Mike Connolly: Lissette Nordello to Jean Reeves
Ruling Elder George White: Anne Rice to Doughton Tedder
Ruling Elder Norma Whitfield: Perry Teeter to Diane Zimmerman

Please do not hesitate to contact your (shepherd/ruling elder) for needs of congregational care after July 31. You may also leave a message on the church office telephone as messages will be picked up on a regular basis.

LITTLE FREE CHURCH LIBRARY
The Church Library has been blessed recently to receive a donation of books from Pastor Bruce Benton. Some of these deal with Presbyterian tenets or feature help for those who hold leadership positions in the church. We have added some of these books to the current reading display in the Little Church Library, which is located in the fellowship hall. Others can be found on the New Books shelf in the main Church Library. Any of these books can be checked out. We will be rotating books throughout the time this display is in place. Please come and check them out!

Nursery Volunteers Needed!!
The nursery is in need of volunteers to help during the worship service on Sundays. You would only have to be available one Sunday a month. We welcome men as well women. Please contact Julie Duncan at 336-657-7134 to learn about our nursery program.

SEPTEMBER ITEM FOR SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET: LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Since March the Outreach Committee has been collecting items for the Food Closet focusing on one particular item each month. We started out with a bang but donations have waned over the summer. The cooler air of fall should revive us and get us back on track. Miscellaneous items such as dish detergent, toilet tissue, and shampoo are essential but costly. The item for September is laundry detergent. Please place in the collection bin in the downstairs hallway or narthex.
Food Closet Mandatory Civil Rights Training: Anyone from Sparta Presbyterian who will be volunteering to work at the Food Closet now through November 10, 2017 needs to take training on Civil Rights.  This is a mandatory requirement from the Federal government; if there are not enough people to sign off on this training, our Food Closet will be suspended from Second Harvest and the TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program).  The training is very simple–just a few Powerpoint slide printouts to read.  For those who will be working at the Food Closet, please take a few extra moments before you begin your work to read the slides on Civil Rights.  Larry Meyers will have them in his office and you will be asked to sign off when you are finished.  If you have any questions, please call Lynn Kaye at 336-372-6800.  Thank you for your cooperation on this important training.

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

NURSERY SCHEDULE: September 24: Debbie Brady/Carolyn Young

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Charlotte Alford 6/21
Stephen Ashley 1/1
Lewis Bobbit 7/10
Ricky Brady 5/24
Gail Brandt 7/26
Tiffany Brewer 4/5
John Brinegar 5/24
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell 3/18
Tim Crumley 6/26
Josh Dinkins 3/15
Gordon Drye 2/8
“Ellie” – New Church Plant in Senegal 2/16
Carolyn Ebright 9/6
Tony Evans 2/22
Bruce Ann Farmer 3/29
Pat & Don Freitag 1/18
Dixie Friend 1/1
Nancy Friend 8/8
Gary Gambill 6/21
Tam Gambill 2/22
Susie Hammersly 2/8
Debbie Heileg 1/1
Beth Holcomb 9/20
Marcia Huggins 1/1
McKay Jacobson 3/22
Barry Kaye 1/18
Butch Kelly & Family 1/18
Shirley Kostevicki 9/13
Lois Landreth 8/2
Michael Landreth 1/18
Gail Lank & Family 2/16
Jonna Lee 1/18
Ashley Long 1/18
Stan Mackey 5/10
Teresa Mackey 6/26
The Family of Ashley Madrid 9/6
Jordan & Josie Maurer 2/22
Joseph & Kathleen Martin & children, missionaries 1/18
Susan Miles 8/15
Cari Morrell 1/18
Jane Nichols 1/18
Beth Norris 4/26
Harold & Peg O’Connor 3/22
Britten Olinger 3/8
A.J. Perdew 7/10
Kathy Pittman 2/16
Mack Pittman, Sr. 1/18
Will Pittman 3/22
Paul Poetzsch 5/24
Larry Poole 3/1
Paul Powers 8/30
Les & Esther Preston 1/1
Mac Russell 7/24
Craig Schulze 1/18
Marjorie Schulze 1/18
Marsha Schulze 5/17
Samantha Stout Schubert 8/23
Meagan, Jenna, Roqci Smtih 1/18
William Sparks 1/18
Doughton Tedder 1/18
Darlene Teeter 3/29
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Mitch Winstead 9/6
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

ALL SUNDAYS: 9:30 am Bible Study
11:00 am Worship
ALL MONDAYS: 10:00 am Ecumenical Prayer Shawl
ALL WEDNESDAYS: 6:00 pm Kingdom Youth Group
7:00 pm Adult Choir Practice

September 24: 12:00 pm Fellowship Luncheon
September 27: 10:00 am Presbyterian Women Meeting

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SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
September 13, 2017

Worship for Sunday: September 17, 2017
Lectionary Scripture: Exodus 14: 19-31; Romans 13: 8-14; Psalm 114; Matthew 18:21-35
Guest Minister: Dr. Dianna Wright, Associate Presbyter, Salem Presbytery

The Quiet One
My grandmother was a wise woman… she worked hard all her life, was never critical of others and always willing to help others. She was an avid reader, but poetry seemed to be her favored choice and could often be heard reciting the works of Shakespeare, Longfellow or Holmes while working in the garden or soaking her feet late at night.
Lately, I’ve been hearing the words of a familiar poem… “Old Grimes is dead; that good old man we ne’er shall see him more…his feelings all were true…in friendship he was true…he had no malice in mind…was sociable and gay, he wore large buckles on his shoes and changed them every day… “
As a child, I loved this poem and haven’t really given it much thought in many years, but as I studied our lectionary for Sunday, I could hear my Grandmother’s voice as OLD GRIMES came to life once more.
Our lesson this week is about how we choose to live our lives; being careful not to judge others and forgiveness. Living in the modern world is complicated, but it can also be less confusing and as simple as Old Grimes. “If we live, we live to the Lord and if we die, we die to the Lord…” (Romans 14:8). It’s our choice.
Grace & Peace,
Beth

HAVE YOU NOTICED OUR SIGN???
Sue McMullen recently refurbished and repainted the Sparta Presbyterian Church sign which has been reinstalled in front of the church. We are grateful for her time and talents. THANK YOU, Sue!

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS NEEDED:
Thinking of having a yard sale? WAIT!! Our church has a need for several household items for our new interim minister. We have placed a sign-up sheet, in the fellowship hall, with a list of the items needed for the manse. Please check out this list and see if you have any of these items you may like to donate and/or purchase to equip the manse for our interim pastor.

SUNSET WALK
Join us for our September Sunset Walk at the home of Janey and Bob Jones, Tuesday, September 19, at 6:00 pm. (Note that the time is a little earlier due to earlier sunsets). We will enjoy healthy exercise and light snacks at the Jones home on 12 Ernest’s Way in Sparta. Take Grayson Street until it dead-ends into Independence Road. Turn left. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left on Ernest’s Way. Immediately take the right fork onto the gravel driveway and come to the house. Feel free to park on the grass or gravel.

Music will be provided by This & That, a mountain ballad band that Bob plays mandolin and sings in. Other members are David Nichols – guitar & vocals, Pete Page – guitar & vocals, and Richard Miller – bass. We’ll make it so people can talk and hear at the same time. Bring a chair and come with comfortable shoes, for walking or for fellow-shipping!

NEW CHOIR ROBES: The session has approved the purchase of 20 new choir robes. If you are interested in participating in the purchase, contributions may be designated to the choir robe fund. Each robe costs $70.00. Any gift to the fund is appreciated.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: During our transition period, the church office will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday-Wednesday. Norma Whitfield will be in the office during those hours to assist you as needed. She also will check church email and voice mail throughout the week.

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.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND SHEPHERDING: Among items discussed by the session is the concern that congregational care continue during the period when there is no confirmed pastor on the field. We will have a period of pulpit supply in making the transition while waiting for an interim pastor. The session wants to hear from you as any congregational care is needed. For several years, our “shepherding” outreach through the session has functioned well, supporting individual congregational care. During this interim period, communication is very important. Congregational Care exists alongside those in the Sparta Church Family in seasons of sorrow, sickness and challenges. Such ministry ranges from visits to telephone contact. The session is also committed to be a prayer team. A strong value has been placed on congregational care. Your “SHEPHERD” or session member wants to hear from you in any need that you have, even if it requires additional resources to be called in. If you are unaware of who your shepherd is, they are as follows taken from the recently printed church directory, alphabetical order:

Ruling Elder Tony League: Averbeck to Bourne
Ruling Elder Sheryl James: April Brady to Kay Holyfield
Ruling Elder Karen Leys: Hannah Houser to Robert Leach
Ruling Elder Beth Holcomb: Sandy League to Rachel Nitsche
Ruling Elder Mike Connolly: Lissette Nordello to Jean Reeves
Ruling Elder George White: Anne Rice to Doughton Tedder
Ruling Elder Norma Whitfield: Perry Teeter to Diane Zimmerman

Please do not hesitate to contact your (shepherd/ruling elder) for needs of congregational care after July 31. You may also leave a message on the church office telephone as messages will be picked up on a regular basis.

LITTLE FREE CHURCH LIBRARY
The Church Library has been blessed recently to receive a donation of books from Pastor Bruce Benton. Some of these deal with Presbyterian tenets or feature help for those who hold leadership positions in the church. We have added some of these books to the current reading display in the Little Church Library, which is located in the fellowship hall. Others can be found on the New Books shelf in the main Church Library. Any of these books can be checked out. We will be rotating books throughout the time this display is in place. Please come and check them out!

FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEON
Happy fall, Y’all. As we look forward to the beautiful colors of fall and the cooler temperatures, we also celebrate the bountiful Fall Harvests. In our county alone, we see apples, blueberries, corn, honey, pumpkins and more. Our State yields such an exciting bounty of foods from cucumbers to peanuts and strawberries to sweet potatoes….and don’t forget our fall fishing season!
Let’s all come together on Sunday, September 24, for our monthly Fellowship Lunch to celebrate not only the bounty of the fall harvest, but the Bounty of God’s Love for each of us.
Bring your favorite dish or dessert and share in the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ. See you September 24!

Nursery Volunteers Needed!!
The nursery is in need of volunteers to help during the worship service on Sundays. You would only have to be available one Sunday a month. We welcome men as well women. Please contact Julie Duncan at 336-657-7134 to learn about our nursery program.

SEPTEMBER ITEM FOR SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET: LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Since March the Outreach Committee has been collecting items for the Food Closet focusing on one particular item each month. We started out with a bang but donations have waned over the summer. The cooler air of fall should revive us and get us back on track. Miscellaneous items such as dish detergent, toilet tissue, and shampoo are essential but costly. The item for September is laundry detergent. Please place in the collection bin in the downstairs hallway.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN TEA PARTY September 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect labels for education and school supplies. Containers are on the table in the fellowship hall and narthex.

NURSERY SCHEDULE: September 17: Kay Bodeen/Norma Whitfield, September 24: Debbie Brady/Carolyn Young

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Charlotte Alford 6/21
Stephen Ashley 1/1
Lewis Bobbit 7/10
Ricky Brady 5/24
Gail Brandt 7/26
Tiffany Brewer 4/5
John Brinegar 5/24
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell 3/18
Tim Crumley 6/26
Josh Dinkins 3/15
Gordon Drye 2/8
“Ellie” – New Church Plant in Senegal 2/16
Carolyn Ebright 9/6
Tony Evans 2/22
Bruce Ann Farmer 3/29
Pat & Don Freitag 1/18
Dixie Friend 1/1
Nancy Friend 8/8
Gary Gambill 6/21
Tam Gambill 2/22
Susie Hammersly 2/8
Debbie Heileg 1/1
Marcia Huggins 1/1
McKay Jacobson 3/22
Barry Kaye 1/18
Butch Kelly & Family 1/18
Shirley Kostevicki 9/13
Lois Landreth 8/2
Michael Landreth 1/18
Gail Lank & Family 2/16
Jonna Lee 1/18
Ashley Long 1/18
Stan Mackey 5/10
Teresa Mackey 6/26
The Family of Ashley Madrid 9/6
Jordan & Josie Maurer 2/22
Joseph & Kathleen Martin & children, missionaries 1/18
Susan Miles 8/15
Cari Morrell 1/18
Jane Nichols 1/18
Beth Norris 4/26
Harold & Peg O’Connor 3/22
Britten Olinger 3/8
A.J. Perdew 7/10
Kathy Pittman 2/16
Mack Pittman, Sr. 1/18
Will Pittman 3/22
Paul Poetzsch 5/24
Larry Poole 3/1
Paul Powers 8/30
Les & Esther Preston 1/1
Mac Russell 7/24
Craig Schulze 1/18
Marjorie Schulze 1/18
Marsha Schulze 5/17
Samantha Stout Schubert 8/23
Meagan, Jenna, Roqci Smtih 1/18
William Sparks 1/18
Doughton Tedder 1/18
Darlene Teeter 3/29
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Mitch Winstead 9/6
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

ALL SUNDAYS: 9:30 am Bible Study
11:00 am Worship
ALL MONDAYS: 10:00 am Ecumenical Prayer Shawl
ALL WEDNESDAYS: 6:00 pm Kingdom Youth Group
7:00 pm Adult Choir Practice

September 13: 6:00 pm PW Tea Party
September 18: 4:00 pm Christian Ed Comm. Mtg.
5:00 pm Session Meeting
September 19: 6:00 pm Sunset Walk/Bob & Janey Jones
September 24: 12:00 pm Fellowship Luncheon

Community Calendar

Thursday September 14 Western Piedmont Symphony 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 16: Mountain Heritage Festival (main street)

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