SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
JUNE 7, 2017

Worship for Sunday, June 11, 2017
Scripture:  2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
Sermon: “A Holy Kiss, but a Hug May Be Better”

SERMON TIDBITS:  Paul is writing to the church in Corinth.  It is his last letter to them.  The church is beset with problems; however, Paul is still the encourager, wanting to ignite in them that they must remain focused on that which is central to their faith—and to ours:  love for God and love for each other.  In the passage, he reminds them of the express of love through holy kiss.  Today, with our concern for sickness and disease, a hug may be better!
Music Guest:  Dr. Mary Diegel, soloist.       “Come, Live in the Light”

PENTECOST OFFERING:  The Pentecost offering is one of the four special offerings of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  It unites us in a churchwide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas and unique gifts with the church and the world.  40% of the offering remains in our community to be directed to programs that assist families, support at-risk youth, and grown mission work with youth and young adults.  The remaining portion is sent to PCUSA to support the same efforts on a national and world level.  Offering envelopes will be in your worship bulletin on Sunday.  Thank you for giving to this special offering.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:  In a meeting of the congregation following worship on Sunday, June 4, the following were elected to serve on the Transition Team:  Julie Duncan, Jenny Braswell, Jim Norris, George White, Beth Holcomb, Scott Craven and Carolyn Ebright.  The slate came from the Nominating Committee.  The Transition Team will work with the interim pastor to determine the mission and vision of the church in seeking a new pastor.  We are grateful for these who have accepted the opportunity to serve.

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 13th is I, Buffalo by Vauhini Vara.  We meet every Tuesday at 4 PM at the Pizzeria and Taphouse.  If you are interested in joining in the discussion, just show up, even if you haven’t been to a previous meeting.  You can join anytime for one Tuesday or every Tuesday!  If you need a book, contact Sheryl James, westiedogs3@aol.com or 200-9057.

PRAYER SHAWL REPORT:  May-16 Shawls made; 2 shawls distributed.

New Study Opportunity!
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.  The first session will be June 8th at 5 PM at the church and will be weekly through 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.  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:  June 11 Carolyn Young, Sue McMullen

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
Hope Carpenter 4/12
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell /18
Robert Davis 3/15
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
Susie Hammersly 2/8
Debbie Heileg 1/1June Reeves

Craig Schulze

A.M. Phipps

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
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
Harold Pruitt 4/5
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
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

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

Monday, June 5, 5:00 PM, Worship Committee
Thursday, June 8, 5:00-6:00 PM, Old Testament Bible Study, Dr. Frazier
Monday, June 12, 4:00 PM, Christian Education Committee
Monday, June 12, 5:30 PM, Building and Grounds Committee
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
Saturday, June 10:  Tour de Mountain Road Race, Volunteers needed at mile-marker 72.  Contact Kathy Connolly or Norma Whitfield.

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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Spice of life: Cinnamon may be good for your heart and brain.
Spice is nice, to put it mildly. An intoxicating whiff of coriander, clove, or cumin in dishes ranging from curries to cookies makes it easy to see why spices inspired economic trade thousands of years ago. Given what we know about plant foods, it should come as no surprise that many spices are good for you — and cinnamon is one of the standouts. Research has shown that the sweet, warming spice may help to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and two recent studies suggest other benefits for the heart and brain. In one, animals given cinnamon along with a high fat diet gained less weight and belly fat, and had better blood sugar and insulin levels, than animals who ate the same diet but did not consume cinnamon. In another study, cinnamon boosted the learning abilities of mice. Additional research (on humans!) is needed to confirm these results, and to determine how much cinnamon might confer these benefits. But there’s no need to wait to add cinnamon to your menu — and we don’t mean pie and sticky buns. The fragrant spice makes a fantastic addition to yogurt, oatmeal, and smoothies and to savory dishes like black beans and curries. For regular use, be sure to seek out Ceylon cinnamon, or “true cinnamon” (Cinnamomum veria). Other varieties, such as Chinese cinnamon (C. cassia), Vietnamese cinnamon (C. loureiroi), and Indonesian cinnamon (C. burmannii) may contain high levels of coumarin, a compound that may cause liver damage in some people when consumed in high doses.

SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
May 31, 2017

Worship for Sunday, June 4, 2017
Scripture:  Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b; Acts 2: 1-4
Sermon: “Lightning Rod or Cross?”
Communion
Worship Leader:  Dave Moulton

1 item congregational meeting following worship.

WELCOME NEW MEMBER:  Welcome to Barbara Thomas who was installed into membership in the church on Sunday, May 28th

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 6th is Snow Blind by Elizabeth Strout.  We meet every Tuesday at 4 PM at the Pizzeria and Taphouse.  If you are interested in joining in the discussion, just show up, even if you haven’t been to a previous meeting.  You can join anytime for one Tuesday or every Tuesday!  If you need a book, contact Sheryl James, westiedogs3@aol.com or 200-9057.

New Study Opportunity!
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.  The first session will be June 8th at 5 PM at the church and will be weekly through 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.

YOGA:  Classes will not be offered now.  There has not been sufficient interest at this time.

HELP DESK:  Randell Hanes would like to find someone to teach beginning sewing.  If you know of someone who could help, let Randell know. Phone:  372-2866.

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.

“Gift of the Heart” kits   
Sparta Presbyterian Women will sponsor a “PDA Drive” to collect items needed for the next “Gift of the Heart” project – school kits.  The following items are needed for each kit:
Pair of blunt scissors (rounded tip)
70-count spiral notebooks
30-centimeter ruler (12”)
Hand-held pencil sharpener
New pencils with erasers
Large eraser
Box of 24 crayons
Collection baskets will be located upstairs (narthex) and downstairs (table in Fellowship Hall).  All kits will be assembled at Circle meetings and shipped to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance collection center in Arkansas.

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: June 4: Karen Leys, Debbie Brady; June 11 Julie Duncan, Sue McMullen

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.

Doris Teeter continues to be in critical condition and in ICU at Forsyth.  Cards can continue to go to the home address in Glade Valley as Perry is periodically checking mail.  Please continue to remember Perry and Doris in your prayers.

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Stephen Ashley 1/1
Barbara Aycock 3/8
Ricky Brady 5/24
Tiffany Brewer 4/5
John Brinegar 5/24
Hope Carpenter 4/12
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell /18
Robert Davis 3/15
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
Kenny Ellis 5/30
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
Susie Hammersly 2/8
Debbie Heileg 1/1

June Reeves

Craig Schulze

A.M. Phipps

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
Amanda Mercer 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
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
Harold Pruitt 4/5
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
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

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

Sunday, June 4, following worship:  Called Church Conference for receiving  Nominating Committee Report for the Transition Team.
Sunday, June 4, Pentecost Sunday.  Communion
Monday, June 5, 5:00 PM, Worship Committee
Thursday, June 8, 5:00-6:00 PM, Old Testament Bible Study, Dr. Frazier
Monday, June 12, 4:00 PM, Christian Education Committee
Monday, June 12, 5:30 PM, Building and Grounds Committee
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

Community Calendar
Saturday, June 10:  Tour de Mountain Road Race, Volunteers needed at mile-marker 72.  Contact Kathy Connolly or Norma Whitfield

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Home, sweet home: Fewer restaurant meals mean cost savings and better health.
To find the best deal on a delicious, nutritious dinner, drive past your favorite restaurant, your go-to lunch spot, and the salad bar at the grocery store. Keep driving to your house, park your car, and voila! You’ve arrived at the new hotspot: your very own kitchen. According to a new study, people who regularly eat dinner at home eat a more nutritious diet and spend less money on food than those who dine out frequently. Talk about a win-win. Grocery shopping and cooking do require time — but it’s time incredibly well spent. At the store, remember that the most nutritious foods are the most basic: vegetables, legumes and whole grains, fruit, nuts, and certain fish. Steer clear of packaged foods with dozens of ingredients, especially those that are “far from nature,” like hydrogenated oils and flour that’s been stripped of fiber and nutrients. In the kitchen, remember that basic does not mean boring! Restaurant dishes often rely on copious amounts of oil (often low-quality), salt, and heavy cream for flavor and texture. Here’s a much better idea: Flavor-packed plant foods like garlic and onion, herbs and spices (cumin, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, turmeric, cayenne, parsley), or a squeeze of lemon can transform a dish from ordinary to extraordinary — while adding vitamins and phytonutrients. Get in a groove with cooking at home, and pretty soon you and your family will be echoing Dorothy on her return from Oz: “There’s no place like home!”