SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
July 26, 2017

Worship for Sunday, July 30, 2017
Scripture: Psalm 67, Romans 13: 8-14
Sermon:   Small Town Living in a Big City World—a visit to the first sermon
preached here by Rev. Benton-January 22, 2012
Music: “Beulah Land”
The Benton grandchildren along with other family will be present on Sunday.  Cameron, Sam, and Finley will participate in the service.  Catherine is away at camp.

Sunday Sermon at a Glance:  
Regardless of where we live, even in a small mountain community, we face much of the same disregard for God’s Law and the teaching of Jesus Christ.  Paul, in Romans, Chapter 11, calls out those situations from long ago that are still with us today.  He calls for us to obey the commandments.  He calls for us to live honorably.  He calls us to “Love your neighbor as yourself”.  He states:  “Love is fulfilling the law”.  For the past 5 ½ years, we have loved.  That love has brought results within the church and in the fellowship here.  Such love has also invaded our community—and others have come to be a part of this fellowship. God has blessed this church in an amazing way.    The challenge is to keep loving, keep obeying the law, and clothe yourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sparta Presbyterian Church Annual Picnic
Sunday, July 30th

Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and good food at Harold and Carollyn Pruitt’s place on the New River. Come on over after the church service. Dress casual and bring a lawn chair. Restrooms and a shower are available. Large trees provide shade. The church will provide chicken and drinks..so bring a favorite covered dish. We also plan to have music.
For directions or if you have any questions please call Carollyn 336-250-1904

PENNIES FOR HUNGER  As we depart the sanctuary on Sunday, the Pennies for Hunger offering will be received.

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.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:  Jeff and Margie Smith will be installed as new members on Sunday.    Margie and Jeff come to us from First United Methodist Church in Mocksville.  Please welcome them to the fellowship of this church family.

GLADE VALLEY WORSHIP:  Sunday, August 6 is the date for this year’s Glade Valley annual worship service at Glade Valley Presbyterian Church.  Worship will begin at 11:00 with Rev. Paul Radolfi preaching.  A covered dish meal will follow worship at Alexander Hall. The main entrée will be provided along with drinks.  Those attending are invited to bring a covered dish.

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 or 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 Carollyn Pruitt:  Amelia Presley to Julie Duncan
Ruling Elder Sheryl James:  Rebecca Duncan 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.

OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE STUDY:  Dr. James Frazier is leading an Old Testament Bible study.  The group meets on Thursdays during the months of July and August, 5:00 PM.  This study is for everyone, regardless of your current Old Testament knowledge.  There is always more to learn and deepen your walk of faith.

LITTLE FREE CHURCH LIBRARY
Be sure to check out the Little Library display in the Fellowship Hall this month.  Bruce has placed some of his favorite study books as well as books by some of his favorite authors.  He has also displayed some of his cherished books given to him by his grandmothers and other special friends.

Nursery Volunteers Needed
For more information, contact Julie Duncan.

SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET:  JULY SELECTED ITEM FOR FOOD CLOSET:  PAPER TOWELS.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect labels for education.  The container is on the table in the fellowship hall.

NURSERY SCHEDULE:  July 23: Norma Whitfield; Kay Bodeen; July 30:  Carolyn Young, Debbie Brady

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER 

Charlotte Alford 6/21
Stephen Ashley 1/1
Margaret Aycock 7/26
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
Susan Doss 3/15
Gordon Drye 2/8
Everett & Rose Dukes 1/18
“Ellie” – New Church Plant in Senegal 2/16
Tony Evans 2/22
Bruce Ann Farmer 3/29
Joanne & Bob Federchuck 2/8
Pat & Don Freitag 1/18
Dixie Friend 1/1
Gary Gambill 6/21
Tam Gambill 2/22
Susie Hammersly 2/8
June Reeves
Craig Schulze
A.M. Phipps
Debbie Heileg 1/1
Marcia Huggins 1/1
Fleming Jones 1/18
McKay Jacobson 3/22
Barry Kaye 1/18
Butch Kelly & Family 1/18
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
Jordan & Josie Maurer 2/22
Joseph & Kathleen Martin & children, missionaries 1/18
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
Marjorie Philpot 1/22
Kathy Pittman 2/16
Mack Pittman 2/22
Mack Pittman, Sr. 1/18
Will Pittman 3/22
Paul Poetzsch 5/24
Larry Poole 3/1
Les & Esther Preston 1/1
Micki Reass 6/26
Craig Schulze 1/18
Marjorie Schulze  1/18
Marsha Schulze 5/17
Meagan, Jenna, Roqci Smtih 1/18
William Sparks & Family 1/18
Doughton Tedder 1/18
Darlene Teeter 3/29
Perry Teeter 5/3
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

July/August Calendar
All Sundays:  9:30, Bible Study. 11:00, Worship
ALL MONDAYS:  10:00-12:00 Ecumenical Prayer Shawl

Thursday, July 27, 5:00 Old Testament Bible Study
Monday, July 31; 1:00 PM; Transition Team
Wednesday, August 9; Presbyterian Women’s Tea
Monday, August 14; 4:00 PM, Christian Education
Monday, August 21; 5:00 PM, Stated Session Meeting
Tuesday, August 15; Sunset Walk at home of Janey and Bob Jones

Community Calendar

ADULT DENTAL CLINIC:  Mission of Mercy, Partnering with Cornerstone Church, 1276 Grandview Drive, Sparta, and Alleghany Cares.  August 4th and 5th.  First Come, First Serve.  Cleanings, Fillings, or Extractions.  Some partials available on Friday only. 336-372-5959; e-mail:  Alleghcares@skybest.com

SPARTA KIDS TRIATHALON, August 19.  7:30 am to 11:30 am.   Need volunteers.  Go to SpartaKidsTriathalonMail@punchbowl.com to sign up!

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SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
July 12, 2017

Worship for Sunday, July 16, 2017
Scripture:  Psalm 119: 105-112;  Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-42
Sermon:   Cheese, Woodchips, Wheat and Darnel
Music:  The Quartet.  Bob Jones, Mandolin, David Nichols Guitar,
Kay Bodeen and Bruce Benton.  “Amazing Grace”, “I’ll Fly Away”

Sunday Sermon at a Glance: 

The parmesan cheese you’re putting on your spaghetti might not be cheese — or at least not all of it. Some cheese factories have been busted recently for marketing “100% real cheese” that, in addition to cheese, contains fillers like wood pulp. Yes, instead of parmesan cheese in your mouth, you have a mouthful of sawdust. It’s sometimes hard to tell the real from the fake, and in an era of fake news, this is no surprise. Jesus reminds us that discerning the real from the phony is a problem when it’s people we’re talking about. It takes an expert!  In the Kingdom of heaven, God will do the sorting to determine the real thing!

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:  In the session meeting on July 17th Jeff and Margie Smith were presented, requesting membership in the church.  After a time of introduction, they were unanimously received into membership.  They will be installed in worship on Sunday, July 30.  Margie and Jeff come to us from First United Methodist Church in Mocksville.  Please welcome them to the fellowship of this church family.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND SHEPHERDING:  Among items discussed by the session is the concern that congregational 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 or 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 Carollyn Pruitt:  Amelia Presley to Julie Duncan
Ruling Elder Sheryl James:  Rebecca Duncan 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.

Sparta Presbyterian Church Annual Picnic
Sunday, July 30th

Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and good food at Harold and Carollyn Pruitt’s place on the New River. Come on over after the church service. Dress casual and bring a lawn chair. Restrooms and a shower are available. Large trees provide shade. The church will provide chicken and drinks..so bring a favorite covered dish. We also plan to have music.
For directions and if you have any questions please call Carollyn 336-250-1904.

SESSION DIGEST  The session met on Monday, July 17th and heard reports or took action as follows:

Rev. Benton opened with a devotional taking information from the history of Carson Memorial Presbyterian Church and reading from Acts.  The parallel of the early Carson Memorial church and the church of today is that the mission was introducing new members to the church.  Session meetings in those early days were primarily receiving and baptizing new members.  Also interesting, between 1906 and 1908 a manse and church building were built at a total cost of $3,000.  We have been blessed by our rich inheritance of those who had the foresight and vision of establishing a Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Sparta.  To God be the glory.

Margie and Jeff Smith were introduced as member prospects.  After conversation they were received unanimously.  They will be installed on Sunday, June 30 in the worship service.

The Pastor’s report was received with information through July 31.

The Treasurer’s report was received indicating contributions in excess of budget expectations.

Information was received from the Worship Committee.  An earlier choir robe fund has been established.  The purchase of twenty new robes was approved at a cost of $75.00 each.  Beth Holcomb reported on progress in securing an additional interim music director.

From the Transition Team:  The possibility of employing a part-time secretary to be in the office during the interim period was discussed.  No final decision was made.

From the Transition Team:  Pulpit supply for the months of August and September was approved with a schedule of pulpit guests for all Sundays during those two months.

From the Transition Team:  Items to be included in a job description for an Interim Pastor were presented and approved.

From the Transition Team:  A salary range was proposed for an interim pastor.  Salary will be negotiated at the time of interviews and in the hiring process.

The Building and Grounds Committee gave a preliminary report on some cost-saving measures in seeking bids for the restroom renovation.

Norma Whitfield reported for the Outreach Committee.  $341 was raised from the dessert sale on “Gifts of Women Day”.  The money will be used to support cancer research.

Reverend Benton presented the Salem Presbytery requirements for a retiring pastor that require that no active participation by the retiring pastor and family can take place after retirement for a time of approximately two years.  The required contract will be executed in the exit interview by Will Heyward, our Commissioner on Ministry contact.

Reverend Benton also presented a list of information and items to be covered in the absence of a pastor providing daily leadership for the church.

UPDATED CHURCH DIRECTORY:  An updated church directory has been printed and will be available for distribution on Sunday, one per household.    Many thanks to Dr. Bill Griffin for editing, adding, deleting, proofing and printing.  The updated directory includes information on all new members and any changes since the last printing.  Thank you, Bill, for your tireless efforts!

OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE STUDY:  Dr. James Frazier is leading an Old Testament Bible study.  The group meets on Thursdays during the months of July and August, 5:00 PM.  This study is for everyone, regardless of your current Old Testament knowledge.  There is always more to learn and deepen your walk of faith.

LITTLE FREE CHURCH LIBRARY
Be sure to check out the Little Library display in the Fellowship Hall this month.  Bruce has placed some of his favorite study books as well as books by some of his favorite authors.  He has also displayed some of his cherished books given to him by his grandmothers and other special friends.

Nursery Volunteers Needed
For more information, contact Julie Duncan.

SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET:  JULY SELECTED ITEM FOR FOOD CLOSET:  PAPER TOWELS

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect labels for education.  The container is on the table in the fellowship hall.

NURSERY SCHEDULE:  July 23: Norma Whitfield; Kay Bodeen; July 30:  Carolyn Young, Debbie Brady

PASTORAL CARE:  Do you know of someone who would appreciate a pastoral call?  The pastor is available for special needs.  Pastor Bruce may be reached at the church, 336-372-5045, at home, 336-200-9082, or via cell, 828-434-0291.

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Charlotte Alford 6/21
Stephen Ashley 1/1
Barbara Aycock 3/8
Lewis Bobbit 7/10
Ricky Brady 5/24
Tiffany Brewer 4/5
John Brinegar 5/24
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell 3/18
Tim Crumley 6/26
Josh Dinkins 3/15
Susan Doss 3/15
Gordon Drye 2/8
Everett & Rose Dukes 1/18
“Ellie” – New Church Plant in Senegal 2/16
Tony Evans 2/22
Bruce Ann Farmer 3/29
Joanne & Bob Federchuck 2/8
Pat & Don Freitag 1/18
Dixie Friend 1/1
Gary Gambill 6/21
Tam Gambill 2/22
Susie Hammersly 2/8June Reeves

Craig Schulze

A.M. Phipps

Debbie Heileg 1/1
Marcia Huggins 1/1
Fleming Jones 1/18
McKay Jacobson 3/22
Barry Kaye 1/18
Butch Kelly & Family 1/18
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
Jordan & Josie Maurer 2/22
Joseph & Kathleen Martin & children, missionaries 1/18
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
Marjorie Philpot 1/22
Kathy Pittman 2/16
Mack Pittman 2/22
Mack Pittman, Sr. 1/18
Will Pittman 3/22
Paul Poetzsch 5/24
Larry Poole 3/1
Les & Esther Preston 1/1
Micki Reass 6/26
Craig Schulze 1/18
Marjorie Schulze  1/18
Marsha Schulze 5/17
Meagan, Jenna, Roqci Smtih 1/18
William Sparks & Family 1/18
Doughton Tedder 1/18
Darlene Teeter 3/29
Perry Teeter 5/3
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

July Calendar
All Sundays:  9:30, Bible Study. 11:00, Worship
ALL MONDAYS:  10:00-12:00 Ecumenical Prayer Shawl

Thursday, July 13, July 20; July 27, 5:00; Old Testament Bible Study.  Fellowship Hall
Monday, July 17; 1:00 PM; Transition Team
Sunday, July 30; Church Picnic, Independence, VA at Pruitt River place.

Community Calendar

ADULT DENTAL CLINIC:  Mission of Mercy, Partnering with Cornerstone Church, 1276 Grandview Drive, Sparta, and Alleghany Cares.  August 4th and 5th.  First Come, First Serve.  Cleanings, Fillings, or Extractions.  Some partials available on Friday only. 336-372-5959; e-mail:  Alleghcares@skybest.com

SPARTA KIDS TRIATHALON, August 19.  7:30 am to 11:30 am.   Need volunteers.  Go to SpartaKidsTriathalonMail@punchbowl.com to sign up!

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Sleep to the rescue! Shut-eye can help stress from affecting poor food choices.
Picture yourself after a string of difficult days. Does the image involve you making a beeline for cake or French fries, or eating past the point of fullness? Call it the “stress-to-table” effect. Overeating or choosing junk food is a common response to chronic stress. Shifts in levels of certain hormones, including the primary stress hormone cortisol, can lead to cravings for foods that are high in sugar or fat. New research points to a strategy that can interrupt the pattern: a good night’s sleep. In the study, researchers looked at people who had work-related stress due to heavy workloads or difficult social interactions. Getting a good night’s sleep seemed to help people make better food choices despite the stress. Given the cortisol-balancing effects of sleep, this makes sense. If you’re going through an intense period in your life, prioritize sleep by setting aside screen-free time to wind down, minimizing alcohol, and getting regular exercise. A regular meditation practice is also a good idea. It can help you slow down enough to notice your patterns and make different choices when you feel stressed. You can also try swapping that hunk of cheesecake for a walk around the block or a phone call with your best friend. Both are excellent “medicine” with fewer side effects — and most of those are good!