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 xmoulton@skybest.com 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!

OCTOBER LUNCHEON
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 westiedogs3@aol.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.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
If you have articles for the church newsletter, please submit them to Julie Duncan at duncanjl1979@gmail.com 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.

NURSERY SCHEDULE:
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
Samantha Stolt
Schubert, 8/23
Joan Scott, 9/27
Doris Stoker, 9/26
Mitch Winstead, 9/6

OCTOBER CALENDAR

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

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SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
September 20, 2017

Worship for Sunday: September 24, 2017
Lectionary Scripture: Exodus 16: 2-15; Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45; Matthew 20: 1-16
Guest Minister: Reverend Bryan Hovey

CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
September 24, a bountiful Sunday…

You will not want to miss worship on Sunday when we welcome Reverend Bryan Hovey to our pulpit. Reverend Hovey will begin his service as our interim minister on October 1 but we are fortunate that he was already scheduled as our supply pastor for this Sunday. We have much to be thankful for in this season of change.

Let’s all come together on Sunday, September 24, to hear Reverend Hovey’s sermon and also enjoy our monthly Fellowship Lunch. Let us celebrate not only the bounty of the fall harvest, but the Bounty of God’s Love for each of us. Bring your favorite dish or dessert and share in the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

See you September 24!

Reverend Bryan Hovey was raised in Hickory, NC with an older brother and sister. He grew up in a UMC of which his parents were charter members. While attending Montreat-Anderson Junior College, he began to experience a sense of call to ministry. After completing his undergraduate education at Appalachian State University with a degree in History, he worked in Historic Preservation with the State of North Carolina. Later, he moved to France for a year. When Reverend Hovey returned to the United States, he worked for Freightliner Corporation in Houston, Texas and Portland, Oregon; eventually, he returned to his home state, North Carolina.

In early 2000, the sense of call to ministry led him to explore local seminary options and enrolled in Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. After completing the six-year program at Union, Reverend Hovey served several churches as a supply pastor. He was ordained in 2011 and served as a Chaplain for a Hospice unit in Cabarrus County for three years, before entering full time interim ministry.

Bryan has two sons, both living in Tillamook Oregon. His wife, Carol, has a son living in Colorado and a daughter living in Concord. Bryan loves sailing and the mountains, but mostly, enjoys spending time with his family.

DELIVERY OF ITEMS FOR THE MANSE: Thank you so much for your generous response to our request for donations to the manse. If you signed up for items, please deliver them to the church by Friday at noon. Place them on the bench outside the back door or contact a member of the Session, or anyone else who has a key, to arrange a time to get into the building.

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.

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.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: If you have articles for the church newsletter, please submit them to Julie Duncan at duncanjl1979@gmail.com or call the church office at 336-372-5045 by noon on Tuesday of each week.

SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN: We will meet at 10:00 am on Wednesday,
September 27, to complete the School Kits. Please meet us in the fellowship hall…many hands make light the work. If you have any questions, call Phyllis Moulton at 336-262-6300 or e-mail pwmoulton@skybest.com.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND SHEPHERDING: Among items discussed by the session is the concern that congregational care will 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 to 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 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 after July 31. You may also leave a message on the church office telephone as messages will be picked up on a regular basis.

LITTLE FREE CHURCH LIBRARY
The Church Library has been blessed recently to receive a donation of books from Pastor Bruce Benton. Some of these deal with Presbyterian tenets or feature help for those who hold leadership positions in the church. We have added some of these books to the current reading display in the Little Church Library, which is located in the fellowship hall. Others can be found on the New Books shelf in the main Church Library. Any of these books can be checked out. We will be rotating books throughout the time this display is in place. Please come and check them out!

Nursery Volunteers Needed!!
The nursery is in need of volunteers to help during the worship service on Sundays. You would only have to be available one Sunday a month. We welcome men as well women. Please contact Julie Duncan at 336-657-7134 to learn about our nursery program.

SEPTEMBER ITEM FOR SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET: LAUNDRY DETERGENT
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 September is laundry detergent. 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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN continue to collect labels for education and school supplies. Containers are on the table in the fellowship hall and narthex.

NURSERY SCHEDULE: September 24: Debbie Brady/Carolyn Young

THE CHURCH IN PRAYER

Charlotte Alford 6/21
Stephen Ashley 1/1
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
Gordon Drye 2/8
“Ellie” – New Church Plant in Senegal 2/16
Carolyn Ebright 9/6
Tony Evans 2/22
Bruce Ann Farmer 3/29
Pat & Don Freitag 1/18
Dixie Friend 1/1
Nancy Friend 8/8
Gary Gambill 6/21
Tam Gambill 2/22
Susie Hammersly 2/8
Debbie Heileg 1/1
Beth Holcomb 9/20
Marcia Huggins 1/1
McKay Jacobson 3/22
Barry Kaye 1/18
Butch Kelly & Family 1/18
Shirley Kostevicki 9/13
Lois Landreth 8/2
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
The Family of Ashley Madrid 9/6
Jordan & Josie Maurer 2/22
Joseph & Kathleen Martin & children, missionaries 1/18
Susan Miles 8/15
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
Kathy Pittman 2/16
Mack Pittman, Sr. 1/18
Will Pittman 3/22
Paul Poetzsch 5/24
Larry Poole 3/1
Paul Powers 8/30
Les & Esther Preston 1/1
Mac Russell 7/24
Craig Schulze 1/18
Marjorie Schulze 1/18
Marsha Schulze 5/17
Samantha Stout Schubert 8/23
Meagan, Jenna, Roqci Smtih 1/18
William Sparks 1/18
Doughton Tedder 1/18
Darlene Teeter 3/29
Luke & Naomi Turner 1/22
Mitch Winstead 9/6
Larry Woodie 1/18
Maurice Woodward 6/14
Jessica Wyatt 1/18

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

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

September 24: 12:00 pm Fellowship Luncheon
September 27: 10:00 am Presbyterian Women Meeting

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