SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
August 2, 2017
The anticipation and promise of a rainbow usually brings about at least one of these reactions, often leading us into an array of emotions as vivid & colorful as the rainbow itself. In our lectionary this week, we are reminded that sometimes, and usually when we least expect it, adversity strikes us to the very core of our being causing great pain and suffering.
Like forecasters of storms and reporters of events, the exploration of Biblical text has the ability to lead you into different directions and interpretations about who Jacob is wrestling and why the determined need for a blessing. Occasionally, it has resulted in a very lively conversation or two, when challenged by inquisitive minds in a small classroom. Conflicts in life are inevitable and so is our need for resolution.
Today, we begin a new chapter in the book of Sparta Presbyterian Church. This Chapter will follow our journey into the unknown waters of a new ministry. One that will no doubt, include anxious feelings and perilous storms like any great works of literature, but hopefully, it will also include moments of sunshine and rainbows when the glory of springtime appears in every season!
This journey will begin with a variety of guest ministers in the pulpit for Sunday morning worship services. Each minister is certified by Salem Presbytery and comes to us by way of various paths taken in life. This Sunday we welcome Reverend Carl Parsons to the pulpit.
Reverend Parsons is from Burlington, NC. He came to the pulpit late in life (2009), having spent decades in teaching, advertising and publishing. He was ordained as a Presbyterian elder in 1984 and taught a variety of adult education classes in California and North Carolina before entering seminary. He is the author of The Counterintuitive Gospel and is currently working on a new book about love and grief.
Reverend Parsons will be presenting other lectionary readings (Psalms 17:1-7, 15) and bringing to us the good news of the gospel (Matthew 14:13-21) in his sermon Sunday morning. Please welcome the first of many guest speakers into our little church in the wildwood.
Peace be with you,
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. Any gift to the fund is appreciated.
GLADE VALLEY WORSHIP: Sunday, August 6 is the date for this year’s Glade Valley annual worship service at Glade Valley Presbyterian Church. Worship will begin at 11:00 with Rev. Paul Radolfi preaching. A covered dish meal will follow worship at Alexander Hall. The main entrée will be provided along with drinks. Those attending are invited to bring a covered dish.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN would like to invite you to attend an informal gathering on Wednesday, August 11th at 11:00 am to exchange ideas about study programs, service projects and circle needs for the coming new year. Please call Carolyn Young or Beth Holcomb for more information.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: During our transition period, the church office will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday-Wednesday. Norma Whitfield will be in the office during those hours to assist you as needed. She also will check church email and voice mail throughout the week.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND SHEPHERDING: Among items discussed by the session is the concern that congregational care continue during the period when there is no confirmed pastor on the field. We will have a period of pulpit supply in making the transition while waiting for an interim pastor. The session wants to hear from you as any congregational care is needed. For several years, our “shepherding” outreach through the session has functioned well, supporting individual congregational care. During this interim period, communication is very important. Congregational Care exists alongside those in the Sparta Church Family in seasons of sorrow, sickness and challenges. Such ministry ranges from visits or telephone contact. The session is also committed to be a prayer team. A strong value has been placed on congregational care. Your “SHEPHERD” or session member wants to hear from you in any need that you have, even if it requires additional resources to be called in. 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 Carollyn Pruitt: Amelia Presley to Julie Duncan
Ruling Elder Sheryl James: Rebecca Duncan 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 after July 31. You may also leave a message on the church office telephone as messages will be picked up on a regular basis.
Sympathy is expressed to Rick and Pat Reass in the death of his mother Micki Reass.
OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE STUDY: Dr. James Frazier is leading an Old Testament Bible study. The group meets on Thursdays during the months of July and August, 5:00 PM. 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.
SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET: JULY SELECTED ITEM FOR FOOD CLOSET: DISH DETERGENT.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect labels for education and school supplies. Containers are on the table in the fellowship hall and narthex.
Prayer shawl totals for the month of July – 15 in/51 out
NURSERY SCHEDULE: August 6: Julie Duncan/Sue McMullen; August 13: Frankie Pittman/Debbie Saddler; August 20: Kay Bodeen/Norma Whitfield; August 27: Debbie Brady/Julie Duncan
THE CHURCH IN PRAYER
|Charlotte Alford 6/21
Stephen Ashley 1/1
Margaret Aycock 7/26
Lewis Bobbit 7/10
Ricky Brady 5/24
Gail Brandt 7/26
Tiffany Brewer 4/5
John Brinegar 5/24
Leslie Carswell 1/1
Rhys Churchwell 3/18
Tim Crumley 6/26
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
|Debbie Heileg 1/1
Marcia Huggins 1/1
Fleming Jones 1/18
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
Teresa Mackey 6/26
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
A.J. Perdew 7/10
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
Mac Russell 7/24
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
Perry Teeter 5/3
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18
All Sundays: 9:30, Bible Study. 11:00, Worship
ALL MONDAYS: 10:00-12:00 Ecumenical Prayer Shawl
ALL THURSDAYS: 5:00 Old Testament Bible Study
Monday, August 7: 1:00 pm Transition Team
5:00 pm Worship Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 9: 11:00 am Presbyterian Women’s Luncheon
7:00 pm Adult Choir Practice
Monday, August 14: 4:00 pm Christian Education
Monday, August 21: 5:00 pm Stated Session Meeting
Tuesday, August 15: Sunset Walk at home of Janey and Bob Jones
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
SPARTA KIDS TRIATHALON, August 19. 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Need volunteers. Go to SpartaKidsTriathalonMail@punchbowl.com to sign up!