SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
August 2, 2017

Chase…Reflect…Follow…Believe
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,
Beth Holcomb

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.

INVITATION
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.

Nursery Volunteers Needed
For more information, contact Julie Duncan.

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
June Reeves
Craig Schulze
A.M. Phipps
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

August Calendar
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

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

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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SPARTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
July 26, 2017

Worship for Sunday, July 30, 2017
Scripture: Psalm 67, Romans 13: 8-14
Sermon:   Small Town Living in a Big City World—a visit to the first sermon
preached here by Rev. Benton-January 22, 2012
Music: “Beulah Land”
The Benton grandchildren along with other family will be present on Sunday.  Cameron, Sam, and Finley will participate in the service.  Catherine is away at camp.

Sunday Sermon at a Glance:  
Regardless of where we live, even in a small mountain community, we face much of the same disregard for God’s Law and the teaching of Jesus Christ.  Paul, in Romans, Chapter 11, calls out those situations from long ago that are still with us today.  He calls for us to obey the commandments.  He calls for us to live honorably.  He calls us to “Love your neighbor as yourself”.  He states:  “Love is fulfilling the law”.  For the past 5 ½ years, we have loved.  That love has brought results within the church and in the fellowship here.  Such love has also invaded our community—and others have come to be a part of this fellowship. God has blessed this church in an amazing way.    The challenge is to keep loving, keep obeying the law, and clothe yourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sparta Presbyterian Church Annual Picnic
Sunday, July 30th

Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and good food at Harold and Carollyn Pruitt’s place on the New River. Come on over after the church service. Dress casual and bring a lawn chair. Restrooms and a shower are available. Large trees provide shade. The church will provide chicken and drinks..so bring a favorite covered dish. We also plan to have music.
For directions or if you have any questions please call Carollyn 336-250-1904

PENNIES FOR HUNGER  As we depart the sanctuary on Sunday, the Pennies for Hunger offering will be received.

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.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:  Jeff and Margie Smith will be installed as new members on Sunday.    Margie and Jeff come to us from First United Methodist Church in Mocksville.  Please welcome them to the fellowship of this church family.

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.

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.

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.

Nursery Volunteers Needed
For more information, contact Julie Duncan.

SOLID ROCK FOOD CLOSET:  JULY SELECTED ITEM FOR FOOD CLOSET:  PAPER TOWELS.

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

NURSERY SCHEDULE:  July 23: Norma Whitfield; Kay Bodeen; July 30:  Carolyn Young, Debbie Brady

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
June Reeves
Craig Schulze
A.M. Phipps
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
Micki Reass 6/26
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

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

Thursday, July 27, 5:00 Old Testament Bible Study
Monday, July 31; 1:00 PM; Transition Team
Wednesday, August 9; Presbyterian Women’s Tea
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

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

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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