SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
October 4, 2017
Lectionary Scripture Isaiah 5: 1-7; Matthew 21: 33-46
Minister: Bryan Hovey
MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST AND FELLOWSHIP
Please join us on Saturday, October 7, for breakfast, fellowship, and prayer. Breakfast will be cooked by Jack Turlington and crew. The menu is smoked sausage, eggs, biscuits, hash browns, coffee and juice. Steve Zimmerman will provide our devotional based on scripture from II Timothy 3: 14-17. At out last meeting, we talked about ideas of how we can help those in need in the community. We will continue that discussion at this meeting. Please put this on your calendar and join us at the church on Saturday, October 7, at 8:00 am for breakfast, fellowship, and prayer. Please contact Dave Moulton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-262-6300 if you have any questions or need additional information.
BEYOND THE WALL IS BACK!
We will begin meeting once again for the Beyond the Walls book club on Tuesday, October 24, 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 22, for Health Awareness Sunday. We will have an information table with brochures and handouts about how to improve your health. 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.
ELDER LIST UPDATE TIME
If you will indulge me, I want you to read this quote from the Book of Order. “Once ordained and while they are active members of ANY congregation of this denomination, ruling elders not in active service on a session continue to bear the responsibilities of the ministry to which they have been ordained.” That is…. “to discern and measure the congregation’s fidelity to the Word of God and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.” In other words, once an Elder, always an Elder! With that friendly reminder, the Session is asking that we update our current list of Ruling Elders, as we may not have that information if you were ordained in another Presbyterian church. Please take a moment to add your name if you are an ordained Ruling Elder, so that we may have that information. You won’t be asked to do anything that is outside your comfort zone. We just need to utilize all the gifts that you represent. During this time of discernment and transition in the life of this congregation, it will be “all hands on deck.” To add your name to the list, please email Sheryl James at email@example.com text Sheryl at 828-200-3673 or leave a message 336-200-9057.
FROM THE LIBRARY LADIES
There are two church libraries at Sparta Presbyterian, the Main Library, which is located downstairs on the left of the side hall, and the Little Free Church Library, located in the Fellowship Hall.
All the books in both libraries are available to those who are a part of this fellowship. They are here for your use! We invite you to browse through and check out books at any time the church doors are open.
Self check out is simple and is explained on cards at both sites. Please remember to put your check out cards in the baskets provided so that we know who has our books. There are no due dates but we do ask that you return the books when you have finished reading or studying them.
Some have found our Main Library to be a comfortable, quiet place to read, write or just rest for awhile. You are welcome here!
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!
SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND MUSIC
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.
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.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND SHEPHERDING: For several years, our “shepherding” outreach through the session has functioned well, supporting individual congregational care. This ranges from visits to telephone contact. Your “SHEPHERD” or session member wants to hear from you in any need that you have. 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 Sheryl James: April Brady 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. You may also leave a message on the church office telephone as messages will be picked up on a regular basis.
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 labels for education and school supplies. Containers are on the table in the fellowship hall and narthex.
TRUNK OR TREAT at Crouse Park
October 31, 2017, 5:00 pm
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 8: Julie Duncan and Debbie Saddler; October 15: Kay Bodeen and Norma Whitfield; October 22: Debbie Brady and Carolyn Young; October 29: Julie Duncan and Sue McMullen
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
|Lewis Bobbitt, 7/10
Gail Brandt, 7/26
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
Lois Landreth, 8/2
Stan Mackey, 10/3
Susan Miles, 8/15
Karen Miller, 9/26
A.J. Perdew, 7/10
|Paul Powers, 8/30
Mac Russell, 7/24
Joan Scott, 9/27
Doris Stoker, 9/26
Mitch Winstead, 9/6
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 7: 8:00 am Men’s Prayer Breakfast
October 9: 4:00 pm Christian Education Meeting
5:30 pm Building/Grounds Meeting
October 11: 9:30 am PW Coordinating Team Mtg.
10:30 am Fellowship Circle
October 16: 5:00 pm Session Meeting
October 20: 6:00 pm Spaghetti Fundraising Supper
October 31: 5:00 pm Trunk or Treat/Crouse Park