SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
JUNE 21, 2017

Worship for Sunday, June 25, 2017
Scripture:  Psalm 107: 1-9; 2 Timothy 1: 3-10
Pulpit Guest:  Rev. Stephanie Hankins

GIFTS OF WOMEN SUNDAY   Living life with an “attitude of gratitude” means showing appreciation, returning kindnesses, saying thank you and giving thanks with a grateful heart.  Because of what God has first has first given us, we respond in gratitude.  When we are filled with gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness and the blessings in our lives.  The source of that goodness is God.  We give thanks to God, for God is good, for God’s steadfast love endures forever.  As we celebrate, we give thanks to the women of the church and for the extraordinary gifts that they bring to us in all the areas of ministry.

PULPIT GUEST:  Rev. Stephanie Hankins will bring the message to the church in our celebration of Gifts of Women Day.  Stephanie has been with us previously.  She is involved in Presbyterian campus ministry at Appalachian State University and is on staff at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian in Blowing Rock.

FELLOWSHIP MEAL:  Following worship on Sunday, all are invited to share in a fellowship meal.  Ken Thomas, Bill Griffin, and Mac Russell are hosting the meal.  Everyone is invited to bring salads for lunch.  So, we will enjoy an array of great salads for summer for the meal.  NO DESSERTS are needed as the Outreach Committee is sponsoring dessert.   Desserts will be available for a contribution to CANCER RESEARCH.

PENNIES FOR HUNGER:  We will receive the Pennies for Hunger offering this week at the close of worship.

SESSION DIGEST:  The Session met on Monday, June 19.
After an opening prayer, prospective new members were introduced to the session:  Libby and Rick Bagby, transfer of letter from Galax Presbyterian Church; June and David Piley, associate members, from First Presbyterian Church of Stuart Florida.
The Piley’s and Bagbys were welcomed into the fellowship of the church and will be installed on Sunday, July 2.

Also attending was Rev. William Heyward, pastor of Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church in West Jefferson.  Re. Heyward is appointed as our “First Responder” from the Presbytery on Ministry.  He will assist in working with the Transition Team as an advisor.  The Transition Team will meet with Rev. Heyward on Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 in the Sunday School room across from the office.

The Pastor’s report was provided to the Session and is posted on the bulletin board in the education building hallway.

The Minutes of the May meeting were read and approved.

Karen Leys gave a detailed financial report.  The Local portion of the Pentecost Offering will be sent to D.A.N.A for their domestic violence programs.

Sheryl James presented the Christian Education report.  The Beyond the Walls meetings will end on June 20 and reconvene in the fall.  The Old Testament study is going well and is well attended.  Preschool Christian educational materials have been purchased for the Nursery.

Norma Whitfield presented the Outreach report.  The Sizzling Music and Dogs event was a success with about 75 people in attendance.  The committee also provided a rest stop for the 100-mile Tour de Mountains bike event. The Outreach Committee will provide desserts for the Gifts of Women luncheon for suggested donations, the proceeds to go to cancer research.

Tony League reported for Building and Grounds.  Plans have been revised for the restroom improvement project and will go out for bids.  The manse is ready for habitation if needed by an interim or supply pastor.

Mike Connolly presented the safety report.  The new security system is now up to standard, viewable in real time.

Beth Holcomb presented the Worship Committee report.  The next communion service is July 2nd.  The committee continues to search for a part time pianist to work with Deb Oliver.

The Session received a gift of an HP Deskjet D4360 printer from Dave and Phyllis Moulton.  It will replace the one in the pastor’s office.  There was also discussion that a new laptop will be needed when an interim or supply pastor is in place.

The meeting ended with prayer at 6:30 pm.

Beyond The Walls
Special thanks to Sheryl James as she has guided us through many weeks of interesting, thought-provoking, sometimes garnering some heated discussion.  We have experienced some eye-opening considerations!

New Study Opportunity!
THERE’S ROOM AT THE TABLE FOR YOU!  Dr. James Frazier has agreed to lead an Old Testament Bible study.  Mark your calendars for Thursdays during the months of June, July and August.   Participants will be asked to purchase an Old Testament commentary.  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:  JUNE SELECTED ITEM FOR FOOD CLOSET:  Deodorant

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect labels for education.  The container is on the table in the fellowship hall.
NURSERY SCHEDULE: 6/25 Norma Whitfield, Kay Bodeen.

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 sympathy of the congregation is expressed to Perry Teeter and family in the death of Doris Teeter.  The service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Prospect Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, NC.  The obituary is published at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, NC.

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER 

Charlotte Alford 6/21
Stephen Ashley 1/1
Barbara Aycock 3/8
Ricky Brady 5/24
Tiffany Brewer 4/5
John Brinegar 5/24
Edward Campbell 6/14
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell /18
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
Debbie Jacobson 2/1
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
Jordan & Josie Maurer 2/22
Joseph & Kathleen Martin & children, missionaries 1/18
Cari Morrell 1/18
Jane Nichols 1/18
Mike Nichols 6/14
Beth Norris 4/26
Harold & Peg O’Connor 3/22
Britten Olinger 3/8
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
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
Doris Teeter 5/24
Perry Teeter 5/3
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

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

Thursday, June 22, 5:00;  Old Testament Bible Study
Sunday, June 25.  The Gifts of Women Sunday, Guest speaker: Stephanie Hankins
Tuesday, June 27.  1:00 PM.  Transitional Team meeting with Rev. Will Heyward, First Responder from the Committee on Ministry.
Thursday, June 27, 5:00 PM, Old Testament Bible Study, Dr. Frazier
Sunday, July 2, Communion in worship
Monday, July 10; Building and Grounds Committee
Monday, July 17; Stated Session Meeting.
Tuesday, July 18; Sunset Walk at home of Gay and Tom Gentry, 6:30
Sunday, July 30; Church Picnic, Independence, VA at Pruitt River place.  Directions to follow.

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
Mountain Valley Hospice’s Kids Path presents 2017 Brighter Days Children’s Camp, Thursday, June 29, 9 am to 4 pm.  Sparta Lions Club Pavilion, 490 Trojan Avenue, Sparta, NC.  Registration deadline, June 23.  No cost to attend.  Brighter days is a free camp experience for children, rising kindergarten through 12th grade, who have suffered a loss.  Campers learn that they are not alone in their feelings of sadness and anxiety about the ways their lives have changed.  Campers also learn that mourning the loss of a loved one is not a process of forgetting, but a way of remembering with less pain.  It is a day of activities including swimming, and fun in the sun.  Lunch and snacks are provided.

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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Mental health news flash: Omega-3s may give antidepressants a boost!
It takes two to tango, both literally and figuratively. And two — as in two remedies — may be a magic number for some people with clinical depression. More than 40 clinical studies on people with depression have shown that supplementing with fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids can substantially boost the effectiveness of antidepressant medication. It appears that the magic is in the omega-3s; research into whether fish oil alone relieves depression yielded conflicting results. If you have ever been diagnosed with depression, talk with your doctor about adding a high-quality fish-oil supplement to your daily regimen. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet will help too, so be sure your menus include plenty of vegetables and fruits, beans and legumes, whole grains, and — you guessed it — omega-3s from fish like sardines, anchovies, and wild salmon. And don’t forget about exercise, another natural antidepressant! One impressive study showed that fully half of people with depression who added physical activity improved significantly. Some even went into remission. So find an activity you love, whether it’s walking, swimming, or dancing. Speaking of the tango…

SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
JUNE 14, 2017

Worship for Sunday, June 18, 2017
Scripture:  Matthew 10: 24-39
Sermon: “Undivided Hearts”   Alleghany Lives Sunday
Worship Leader:  Sheryl James

Sermon Tidbits:  Our spiritual life often feels separated from our personal life. And yet, we sense that the two ought to be undivided. How can they be pulled together?

ALLEGHANY LIVES:  On Sunday, June 18, will be our annual observance of Alleghany Lives, a help in our community in responding to depression suicide with education, advocacy and compassionate outreach.  The sermon will be a sermon of Health and Wholeness as we examine the Biblical teachings for our lives, recognizing the worth of every human, and the love with which God has made us.  Life is precious to God.  He knows the number of hairs on our head, and he knows when a sparrow falls.  We must know of the love that surrounds us in God’s grace, and in the fellowship of friends and family.

Sizzling Music & Sizzling Dogs :  Sunday, June 18,  5:00-7:00 PM
A diverse line-up of local musicians includes The Araniska Winds, the Pick & Bow Band, and the Alleghany Alligators. The evening will end with an old-fashioned hymn sing. The Araniska Winds will present a fun mix of modern and jazz classics and patriotic pieces. The Alleghany Alligators, named for an aquatic giant salamander found in our local rivers and streams, will provide early New Orleans jazz string parlor music. You will recognize hits written or recorded by artists such as The Mills Brothers, George & Ira Gershwin, Bing Crosby, the Ink Spots and Cole Porter. The members of the Pick & Bow Band play just for fun and they are including a cello in their instrumentation on Sunday.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us for music, food and fellowship around the bell tower on the front lawn at 5:00 pm on June 18. This will be a great way to celebrate Father’s Day.

JUNE SUNSET WALK:  We will gather at the home of Bruce and Lynda Benton at 6:30 pm for the June Sunset Walk.  The Bentons live in High Meadows.  Take 21 South to High Meadows.  Turn right on Country Club Drive.  Come up the hill and around the big curve.  The first street to the left is Pine Tree.  Turn left on Pine Tree and bear left at the top of the knoll.  The house is the second on the right—100 Pine Tree Drive.  Parking will be available in neighboring driveways and will be marked with signage.  Come to fellowship, walk a bit if you care to do so.  Light refreshments will be served.

UPDATED DIRECTORY.  A new printout of an updated directory is being planned soon.  If your address, e-mail or phone number has changed recently please advise the church office or make a note on the friendship pad on Sunday.

Beyond The Walls
The short story for our Beyond the Walls book club for Tuesday, June 20th is Birdsong from the Radio by Elizabeth McCracken.  This is the LAST meeting before we break for the summer!  We will meet Tuesday at 4 PM at the Pizzeria and Tap house.  If you are interested in joining in the discussion, just show up, even if you haven’t been to a previous meeting.  We will meet again on a regular basis in the fall.  If you need a book for this week, contact Sheryl James, westiedogs3@aol.com or 200-9057.

The Wired Word
Are you receiving The Wired Word with your emails on Thursdays?  If you receive this newsletter, you should be on the mailing list.  If you are not receiving it and you would like to, please contact Sheryl James at westiedogs3@aol.com to make sure you are on the list.  The Wired Word comes out every Thursday so please check your “Spam” box too, just in case your server has re-directed.  Every week is an interesting study and you don’t want to miss it!

New Study Opportunity!
THERE’S ROOM AT THE TABLE FOR YOU!  Dr. James Frazier has agreed to lead an Old Testament Bible study.  Mark your calendars for Thursdays during the months of June, July and August.   Participants will be asked to purchase an Old Testament commentary.  This study is for everyone, regardless of your current Old Testament knowledge.  There is always more to learn and deepen your walk of faith.

Silver Striders:  Libby Bagby does a great job of tracking mileage for our Silver Striders Walking Group.  Anyone who wishes to participate needs to register with Libby.  Walking is on your own time and schedule.  This is part of our Health and Wellness initiative.

May 2017
Alleghany County Silver Striders

Libby Bagby—1734
Rick Bagby—1251
Bruce Benton—386
Lynda Benton—293
Eileen Elrod—15,971
Joseph Elrod—12,460
Sue McMullen—205
Debbie Saddler—1212
Norma Whitfield—140
Jane Wyatt—512
Carolyn Young—520

LITTLE FREE CHURCH LIBRARY
Be sure to check out the Little Library display in the Fellowship Hall this month.  It’s a beautiful display of the history of music in the church, featuring the gifted musicians and choir members that work so hard to enhance the worship experience of Sparta Presbyterian.  And don’t forget, we always have lots of information and books available to check out in the Library too! Appreciation is expressed to Rachel Nietzsche as she plans monthly for our special library events and displays.

Nursery Volunteers Needed
For more information, contact Julie Duncan.SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET:  JUNE SELECTED ITEM FOR FOOD CLOSET:  Deodorant

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

NURSERY SCHEDULE:  Frankie Pittman, Debbie Saddler; 6/25 Norma Whitfield, Kay Bodeen.

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 

Stephen Ashley 1/1
Barbara Aycock 3/8
Ricky Brady 5/24
Tiffany Brewer 4/5
John Brinegar 5/24
Edward Campbell 6/14
Hope Carpenter 4/12
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell /18
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
Tam Gambill 2/22
Bob Halsey 2/22

June Reeves

Craig Schulze

A.M. Phipps

Susie Hammersly 2/8
Debbie Heileg 1/1
Marcia Huggins 1/1
Fleming Jones 1/18
Debbie Jacobson 2/1
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
Jordan & Josie Maurer 2/22
Joseph & Kathleen Martin & children, missionaries 1/18
Cari Morrell 1/18
Jane Nichols 1/18
Mike Nichols 6/14
Beth Norris 4/26
Harold & Peg O’Connor 3/22
Britten Olinger 3/8
Marjorie Philpot 1/22
Joseph Phipps 1/18
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
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
Doris Teeter 5/24
Perry Teeter 5/3
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

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

Thursday, June 15, 5:00 PM, Old Testament Bible Study, Dr. Frazier.
Sunday, June 18, Alleghany Lives Sunday.
Sunday, June 18, 5:00 PM.  Music on the Lawn—Sizzling Music and Sizzling    Hot Dogs—featuring musical groups and hymn sing.
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30.  Sunset Walk, Home of Bruce and Lynda Benton—healthy snacks.
Sunday, June 25.  The Gifts of Women Sunday, Guest speaker: Stephanie Hankins
Thursday, June 22, 5:00 PM, Old Testament Bible Study, Dr. Frazier
June 25:  FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY.  Please bring your favorite salad for lunch on the 25th.  Any kind of salad will do!  Desserts for the day are being provided by the Outreach Committee as a fund raiser for Cancer Research.
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

Mountain Valley Hospice’s Kids Path presents 2017 Brighter Days Children’s Camp, Thursday, June 29, 9 am to 4 pm.  Sparta Lions Club Pavilion, 490 Trojan Avenue, Sparta, NC.  Registration deadline, June 23.  No cost to attend.  Brighter days is a free camp experience for children, rising kindergarten through 12th grade, who have suffered a loss.  Campers learn that they are not alone in their feelings of sadness and anxiety about the ways their lives have changed.  Campers also learn that mourning the loss of a loved one is not a process of forgetting, but a way of remembering with less pain.  It is a day of activities including swimming, and fun in the sun.  Lunch and snacks are provided.

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Go nuts! Almonds, walnuts, and other tree nuts may counteract cancer.
If the potential health benefits of eating nuts decided to get together, it would be quite a party. In the good-nutrition nook, nourishing fats, fiber, minerals, and protein. The prevention posse would be well represented, as research has linked nut consumption to a lower risk of obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, and some types of cancer. And there’s a newcomer: a lower risk of colorectal cancer recurrence. According to an observational study, among a group of more than 800 people who were treated with chemotherapy for advanced colon cancer, those who ate two or more ounces of nuts a week had a significantly lower chance of cancer recurrence and death compared with those who didn’t consume nuts. Tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, and pecans showed a protective effect. (Peanuts, which are in the legume family, did not.) Whether you’ve had colon cancer or you’re trying to stay healthy and prevent chronic illness, include a handful of nuts or a couple tablespoons of nut butter several times a week as part of a nourishing, delicious diet. In case you need a refresher, make your weekly menu colorful and “close to nature”: a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, beans and lentils, intact grains, herbs and spices, olive oil, oily fish like wild salmon…and nuts! Getting nutty has never sounded so sane—and delicious.