SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
October 18, 2017

Lectionary Scripture Exodus 33:12-2; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22
Minister: Bryan Hovey

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, OCTOBER 20 at 6PM
You are invited to a spaghetti supper and music event on Friday, October 20. There is no charge for this event but donations for the Solid Rock Food Closet are welcome. You will not want to miss Mack Pittman’s delectable spaghetti! Music will be provided by the Alleghany Alligators.

BEYOND THE WALL IS BACK!
We will begin meeting once again for the Beyond the Walls book club on Tuesday, October 24th at 4 PM at the Pizzeria. If you are unfamiliar with the group, it is a discussion group that focuses on a different short story each week from the annual O. Henry prize winning collection. These are secular stories and we discuss plot lines and where we find evidence of God in the lives of the characters. The stories are by a different author each week and they vary widely in style and substance. It makes for some lively and interesting conversations! We will be using the 2016 O. Henry Prize selections and cost is $10 per book. All are welcome, whether it’s for one story or all twenty, no long-term commitments necessary!

OCTOBER LUNCHEON
Make plans now to attend the fellowship luncheon on October 22nd for Health Awareness Sunday. We will have an information table with brochures and handouts about how to improve your health. A nutritionist will be on hand to speak and answer your questions. You are encouraged to prepare a healthy dish and bring the recipe to share. If you need recipe ideas, the church library has an excellent selection of cookbooks! Feel free to check one out; simply sign the library card found in the back cover of the book and leave the card in the basket.

LITTLE CHURCH LIBRARY
The theme of the current display in the Little Church Library is: Harvest Time – Fruits of the harvest and how we use them.
Featured are cookbooks with tried and true recipes as well as cookbooks for specific foods, recipes to meet specific needs and recipes to promote good health.
Any of these books can be checked out. If you like to cook or just want to make your foods more healthy or interesting, these books are for you!

ARE YOU RECEIVING THE WIRED WORD?
Some of you may be experiencing difficulty receiving our internet study guide, The Wired Word. The study is emailed every Thursday. If you are not receiving it, it is possible that your email carrier is marking it as spam or blocking the email from coming through. This seems to be the case if you have a Skybest account and it may be true with others. The Wired Word is a safe site and does not contain advertisements or spam, but is not well known by the carriers. To ensure that you are able to receive the study guide, add TheWiredWord@TheWiredWord.com to your email address list. This should clear up any problem. If that doesn’t work, email Sheryl James at westiedogs3@aol.com and I will forward it from my personal email.

Kingdom Youth: The Kingdom Youth program is up and running again on Wednesday evenings. They have a new, interactive curriculum and are working on new music, too. If you know a Middle Schooler who would like to join in the fun, let Debbie Brady or Sue McMullen know. All are welcome!

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. A gift of any amount is appreciated.

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.

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

OCTOBER ITEM FOR SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET: TISSUES
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 October is tissues. 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.

LOVEFEAST CANDLE TRIMMING WORKSHOP
November 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Sparta Presbyterian Church. This will be a joint event between Sparta Presbyterian Church and North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church.

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

TREATS NEEDED FOR Trunk ‘n Treat
on October 31, 2017
The Outreach Committee invites you to help us “treat” Alleghany County children at Crouse Park on Halloween by donating wrapped candies and small snacks or school supplies such as pencils, erasers, and post-it notes. Items that can be bought in bulk are preferred so we will have plenty items for the many children who will visit Sparta Presbyterian’s “trunk” on Halloween. You may place your donations in the bin located in the downstairs hallway. Thank you.

NURSERY SCHEDULE:
October 22: Debbie Brady and Carolyn Young; October 29: Sue McMullen and Norma Whitfield

CHURCH IN PRAYER LIST UP-DATE:
It is time, once again, to up-date our church in prayer list. We will be removing names after three months being on the list. If you want your loved one to stay on the list, please let the church office staff know. Thank you.

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Clay Benson, 10/11
Lynda Benton, 10/11
Lewis Bobbitt, 7/10
Gail Brandt, 7/26
Rhys Churchwell 10/16
Carolyn Ebright, 9/6
Catherine Eschleman, 10/3
Jim Evans, 10/3
Dixie Friend, 10/3
Nancy Friend, 8/8
Gary Gambill, 6/21
Tam Gambill, 2/22
McKay Jacobson, 10/11
Barry Kaye, 10/11
Lois Landreth, 8/2
Michael Landreth, 10/11
Gail Lank & Family, 10/11
Stan Mackey, 10/3
Joseph Martin Family, 10/11
Bob Matthias
Susan Miles, 8/15
Karen Miller, 9/26
Barb Nichols, 10/11
Harold & Peg O’Conner, 10/11
Paul Poetzsch, 10/16
Paul Powers, 8/30
Mac Russell, 7/24
Craig Schulze, 10/11
Marjorie Schulze, 10/11
Marsha Schulze, 10/11
Joan Scott, 9/27
Lewis Shelton, 10/16
William Sparks & Family, 10/11
Doris Stoker, 9/26
Doughton Tedder, 10/16
Mitch Winstead, 9/6
Larry Woodie, 10/11
Myra Wright, 10/16

OCTOBER 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

October 20: 6:00 pm Spaghetti Fundraising Supper
October 22: 12:00 pm Fellowship Luncheon after worship
October 23: 1:00 pm Transition Team Meeting
October 24: 4:00 pm Beyond the Wall book club/Pizzeria
October 31: 5:00 pm Trunk or Treat/Crouse Park

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SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
October 11, 2017

Lectionary Scripture Exodus 32: 1-14; Matthew 22: 1-14
Minister: Bryan Hovey

SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND MUSIC
You are invited to a spaghetti supper and music event on Friday, October 20. There is no charge for this event but donations for the Solid Rock Food Closet are welcome. You will not want to miss Mack Pittman’s delectable spaghetti! Music will be provided by the Alleghany Alligators.

BEYOND THE WALL IS BACK!
We will begin meeting once again for the Beyond the Walls book club on Tuesday, October 24, at 4 pm at the Pizzeria. If you are unfamiliar with the group, it is a discussion group that focuses on a different short story each week from the annual O. Henry prize winning collection. These are secular stories and we discuss plot lines and where we find evidence of God in the lives of the characters. The stories are by a different author each week and they vary widely in style and substance. It makes for some lively and interesting conversations! We will be using the 2016 O. Henry Prize selections and cost is $10 per book. All are welcome, whether it’s for one story or all twenty; no long-term commitments necessary!

OCTOBER LUNCHEON
Make plans now to attend the fellowship luncheon on October 22, for Health Awareness Sunday. We will have an information table with brochures and handouts about how to improve your health. You are encouraged to prepare a healthy dish and bring the recipe to share. If you need recipe ideas, the church library has an excellent selection of cookbooks! Feel free to check one out; simply sign the library card found in the back cover of the book and leave the card in the basket.

ELDER LIST UPDATE TIME
If you will indulge me, I want you to read this quote from the Book of Order. “Once ordained and while they are active members of ANY congregation of this denomination, ruling elders not in active service on a session continue to bear the responsibilities of the ministry to which they have been ordained.” That is…. “to discern and measure the congregation’s fidelity to the Word of God and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.” In other words, once an Elder, always an Elder! With that friendly reminder, the Session is asking that we update our current list of Ruling Elders, as we may not have that information if you were ordained in another Presbyterian church. Please take a moment to add your name if you are an ordained Ruling Elder, so that we may have that information. You won’t be asked to do anything that is outside your comfort zone. We just need to utilize all the gifts that you represent. During this time of discernment and transition in the life of this congregation, it will be “all hands on deck.” To add your name to the list, please email Sheryl James at westiedogs3@aol.com text Sheryl at 828-200-3673 or leave a message 336-200-9057.

FROM THE LIBRARY LADIES
There are two church libraries at Sparta Presbyterian, the Main Library, which is located downstairs on the left of the side hall, and the Little Free Church Library, located in the Fellowship Hall.
All the books in both libraries are available to those who are a part of this fellowship. They are here for your use! We invite you to browse through and check out books at any time the church doors are open.
Self check out is simple and is explained on cards at both sites. Please remember to put your check out cards in the baskets provided so that we know who has our books. There are no due dates but we do ask that you return the books when you have finished reading or studying them.
Some have found our Main Library to be a comfortable, quiet place to read, write or just rest for awhile. You are welcome here!

Kingdom Youth: The Kingdom Youth program is up and running again on Wednesday evenings. They have a new, interactive curriculum and are working on new music, too. If you know a Middle Schooler who would like to join in the fun, let Debbie Brady or Sue McMullen know. All are welcome!

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. A gift of any amount is appreciated.

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: For several years, our “shepherding” outreach through the session has functioned well, supporting individual congregational care. This ranges from visits to telephone contact. Your “SHEPHERD” or session member wants to hear from you in any need that you have. 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. You may also leave a message on the church office telephone as messages will be picked up on a regular basis.

OCTOBER ITEM FOR SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET: TISSUES
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 October is tissues. 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.

LOVEFEAST CANDLE TRIMMING WORKSHOP
November 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Sparta Presbyterian Church. This will be a joint event between Sparta Presbyterian Church and North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church.

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

TRUNK OR TREAT at Crouse Park
October 31, 2017, 5:00 pm
The Outreach Committee invites you to help us “treat” Alleghany County children at Crouse Park on Halloween by donating wrapped candies and small snacks or school supplies such as pencils, erasers, and post-it notes. Items that can be bought in bulk are preferred so we will have plenty items for the many children who will visit Sparta Presbyterian’s “trunk” on Halloween. You may place your donations in the bin located in the downstairs hallway. Thank you.

NURSERY SCHEDULE:
October 15: Kay Bodeen and Julie Duncan; October 22: Debbie Brady and Carolyn Young; October 29: Sue McMullen and Norma Whitfield

CHURCH IN PRAYER LIST UP-DATE:
It is time, once again, to up-date our church in prayer list. We will be removing names after three months being on the list. If you want your loved one to stay on the list, please let the church office staff know. Thank you.

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Clay Benson, 10/11
Linda Benton, 10/11
Lewis Bobbitt, 7/10
Gail Brandt, 7/26
Carolyn Ebright, 9/6
Catherine Eschleman, 10/3
Jim Evans, 10/3
Dixie Friend, 10/3
Nancy Friend, 8/8
Gary Gambill, 6/21
Tam Gambill, 2/22
McKay Jacobson, 10/11
Barry Kaye, 10/11
Lois Landreth, 8/2
Michael Landreth, 10/11
Gail Lank & Family, 10/11
Stan Mackey, 10/3
Joseph Martin Family, 10/11
Susan Miles, 8/15
Karen Miller, 9/26
Barb Nichols, 10/11
Harold & Peg O’Conner, 10/11
Paul Powers, 8/30
Mac Russell, 7/24
Samantha Stolt
Schubert, 8/23
Craig Schulze, 10/11
Marjorie Schulze, 10/11
Marsha Schulze, 10/11
Joan Scott, 9/27
William Sparks & Family, 10/11
Doris Stoker, 9/26
Mitch Winstead, 9/6
Larry Woodie, 10/11

OCTOBER 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

October 11: 9:30 am PW Coordinating Team Mtg.
10:30 am Fellowship Circle
October 16: 5:00 pm Session Meeting
October 20: 6:00 pm Spaghetti Fundraising Supper
October 22: 12:00 pm Fellowship Luncheon after worship
October 24: 4:00 pm Beyond the Wall book club/Pizzeria
October 31: 5:00 pm Trunk or Treat/Crouse Park

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