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!
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 email@example.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.
If you have articles for the church newsletter, please submit them to Julie Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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
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
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