SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
November 15, 2017
Lectionary Scripture Psalm 90: 1-12; Matthew 25: 14-30
Minister: Bryan Hovey
Did you know that Sparta Presbyterian Church was one of the first churches in the county to develop a comprehensive “Safe Church” program? Our program is designed to provide a safe place of worship for everyone. As the needs of the people and community changes, so does the church. Here are just a few of the risk control measures we have implemented over the past four years:
- Risk assessment & consultation with local law enforcement center
- “Safe Church” policy (2013) which included screening policies for childcare and youth workers
- “Safe Church” trained personnel & volunteers (annual training)
- Installation of additional emergency response equipment, i.e. AED units, first aid kits, fire extinguishers
- Development of a volunteer safety & security team
- Installation of a surveillance system that allows personnel to monitor activity inside and outside of the church at all times and respond to needs in a timely manner
So, if you have ever wondered why some of our “Greeters” sit in the narthex during worship services… now you know.
ADVENT STUDY BEGINS SOON
Join us as we begin a new and interesting Advent Study beginning Tuesday, November 21, at 11 AM and meeting every Tuesday for 4 – 5 weeks. The book we will be discussing is Walking Backwards to Christmas by Stephen Cottrell. This unique Advent devotional starts at the end of the story, with Jesus’ presentation to Anna and Simeon at the Temple, and moves backwards through Herod’s slaughter of the innocents, the wise men’s visit, Jesus’ birth in a stable, Mary’s pregnancy and finally to the much earlier hopes and dreams of Isaiah and Moses. Telling the Christmas story through the eyes of both famous and imagined characters, Cottrell invites us to experience Jesus’ birth anew. Sheryl James will facilitate the discussions and the cost of the books are $5 and are available in the downstairs hallway or contact Sheryl at email@example.com.
BEYOND THE WALLS IS BACK!
We will begin meeting once again for the Beyond the Walls book club on Tuesday, November 21, at 4 pm at the Pizzeria. Our story this week will be “Divergence,” by David H. Lynn. 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!
Reverend Hovey is available for emergencies outside of office hours at 980-622-1494 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD CLOSET ANNOUNCEMENT
To clarify the announcement made during the service recently, Solid Rock Food Closet has not been subject to a cut in funding as previously reported. However, our Food Closet has been cut back from deliveries from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest has experienced a problem with their suppliers and they are now forced to cut back the deliveries of canned goods/dry goods. Therefore, it is vitally important that SPC continue with the food drive for the following: Shelf stable milk, peanut butter, frozen veggie packs, dry pintos, canned fruit, raisins, hotdogs, canned goods and dry goods until further notice. There is also a need Boost and Ensure drinks. Let’s all support this important food drive for those in our community who depend on the Food Closet.
Bring your donations to church on Sunday and let’s fill up the containers! Thank you.
November Food Closet Item is Shampoo
LITTLE CHURCH LIBRARY
Some of the books in your Church Library were given in honor of, or in memory of, someone the donor wanted to honor. The library offers this service to anyone who donates a book which is accepted by the library. A label giving the name of the donor and the name of the one being honored or remembered, (as well as a few words if desired), will be placed in each of these designated books. The library will then send a card or letter to the person being honored, or to his/her family giving the name and author of the book and the name of the one presenting it. If this is given as a Christmas or birthday gift we will use an appropriate card and also enclose a short message if the donor so wishes. This information will be continued next week with a library “wish list.” Please contact us if there is a book YOU would like to see added to our collection.
From the Library Ladies
WALK OF HONOR
The Alleghany County Veterans Advisory Committee has started selling engraved bricks to build a “walk of honor” adjacent to the Memorial in Veterans Park on Duncan Street in Sparta. You may purchase a brick for any honorably discharged veteran. They don’t have to be from Alleghany County. The committee is a 501c3 organization so donations are tax deductible. Small bricks cost $50 and large bricks are $100. Engraved service emblems cost an additional $30. Please look for a poster and application forms in the church or contact Tony League at (336) 816-5070 or RAL4009@AOL.COM.
“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. Education 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!
If you have articles for the church newsletter, please
submit them to Julie Duncan at
email@example.com or call the church office
at 336-372-5045 by noon on Tuesday of each
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect
boxtops for education and school supplies.
Containers are on the table in the fellowship hall
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
Jim Evans, 10/3
Dixie Friend, 10/3
Nancy Friend, 8/8
Gary Gambill, 6/21
Tam Gambill, 2/22
Pat Hardee, 11/14
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, 9/30
Susan Miles, 8/15
Karen Miller, 9/26
Cari Morrell, 10/2
Harold & Peg O’Conner, 10/11
Barbara Phillips, 11/14
Paul Poetzsch, 10/16
|Paul Powers, 8/30
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 Family, 10/30
Glenn Stone, 11/08
Doughton Tedder, 10/16
Mitch Winstead, 9/6
Larry Woodie, 10/11
Myra Wright, 10/16