Volume 8, No. 47
Ministry News Activities Ministry, Lindsay Graham MINI-MITES BASKETBALL TIP-OFF DECEMBER 3 The Basketball Tip-off for Mini-Mites (K5-K6-1st grade) is Saturday, December 3, at 1:40pm in the Gym. Players will meet their coaches, receive their uniforms, and pose for team photos. Call Donna Roper (672.0372) for details. Children’s Ministry FAMILY ADVENT CELEBRATION CANCELED The Family Advent event originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, has been canceled due to lack of volunteer support. Educational Ministries, Tim Leslie CONFIRMATION CLASS FOR GRADES 6 - 8 Beginning January 4 during Wednesday Advantage (5:30–6:15pm), students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to attend Confirmation Class in order to confirm their baptism. This class helps the student to consider the claims of Christ Jesus and the Christian Church, the truths of the Gospel, and the call to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The class will conclude on March 21 and students may come before the Session as early as Sunday, March 25, to join as active members of FPC. Please register with Charlotte Joye, cjoye@ firstpresgreenville.org or 672.0309. Evangelism and Missions, Brian Stewart PIES NEEDED FOR THE RESCUE MISSION With Thanksgiving just a week away, we are blessed with the opportunity to help provide a hot Thanksgiving meal for over 1,000 men, women, and children at the Rescue Mission. We need 54 pies to meet the 75 pies requested. Contact Charlotte (cjoye@firstpresgreenville or 672.0309) with your pledge of a pie. Pies will be picked up at the church on Wednesday, November 23, at 10:00am. HELP FEED THE HUNGRY AT THANKSGIVING This year First Presbyterian is again sponsoring Boxes of Love, a ministry that shares the love of Christ with people in need at Thanksgiving. Each Box of Love contains a complete meal for six. FPC is committed to providing boxes to needy families at Mattoon Presbyterian and the Bel-Aire Community. Boxes will be packed and distributed on Saturday, November 19. Financial donations ($30/box) are needed, as well as volunteers to assist in distributing the boxes and meeting with the recipients. Please contact Denton Burnette (email@example.com) if you can help. ALASKA MISSIONARIES VISIT DECEMBER 4 Stephen and Natalie Hall, FPC members and missionaries with Send North in Alaska, will speak on Sunday, December 4, in Harper Chapel during the 9:40 and 11:00am Sunday School hours. Plan to join them for an update on God’s work in the far north. MEDICAL MISSIONS LUNCHEON DECEMBER 11 Medical and dental professionals, their families, and all others who are interested: You’re invited to a luncheon on Sunday, December 11, 12:15–1:30pm in Fellowship Hall, to hear about opportunities for short-term medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic. To make reservations for the meal, contact Beverley Alberson (balberson@ firstpresgreenville.org) no later than December 2. Childcare will be available by reservation only to Evelyn Penkert (672.1843). Questions? Contact Rev. Brian Stewart (672.7032), Rick Sturgis (2884080), or Dr. Brad Williams (242.1940). HOLLIS ACADEMY “ITEM OF THE MONTH” Thank you for writing notes of encouragement to the faculty and staff of Hollis Academy! Remember to return your written notes to the church by Sunday, November 20; please place them back in one of the Hollis Bins or leave them with the church receptionist. The notes will be delivered to the school during the week of Thanksgiving. SHARE THE WARMTH! Russell Memorial Presbyterian Church is collecting new or gently used blankets, coats, and warm clothes through November for the Latino Ministry Health Fair for the community early in December. Especially needed are coats and sweaters for children. Donations may be taken to Russell (31 Calhoun Avenue) or dropped off inside the FPC office. Contact Pastor Dale Youngs at Russell Memorial for more information (363.3370).
Military Ministry, Stan Johnson WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA Wreaths Across America (WreathsAcrossAmerica.org) coordinates the sponsorship and laying of wreaths on veterans’ graves in many national, state, and local cemeteries in December each year. If you would like to help lay wreaths during the ceremony at the M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson on Saturday, December 10, at noon, and/or sponsor one or more wreaths, please contact Larry Montandon (864.332.8022 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Music & Arts, John Gentry JOSEPH... THIS WEEKEND! Our youth choirs will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in Harper Chapel on November 18, 19, and 20. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Come support our Youth Choirs! Prayer Ministry SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE NOVEMBER 29 The Abiding Prayer Team invites you to a Service of Remembrance led by Dr. Richard Gibbons on Tuesday, November 29, at 6:30pm in Harper Chapel. All who seek comfort from a loss are invited for a time of reflection and prayer.
Announcements SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS! FPC BLOOD DRIVE Thanksgiving Sunday morning, November 27, please plan to donate blood in the Gym, 9:00am– 1:00pm. Volunteers are also needed to help serve refreshments. Contact Tina Jones (tjones@ firstpresgreenville.org or 672.0347) to reserve a time or to volunteer. SHARE LIFE! THANKSGIVING DAY Enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with your family. A worship service will not be held at the church on November 24. DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR GETTY CONCERT On Monday evening, December 12, at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary, we are hosting Keith and Kristyn Getty for “An Irish Christmas” concert. The Gettys are among the most popular contemporary hymn writers today and we regularly sing several of their hymns in worship. Further details are available on their website, GettyMusic.com. Visit the tables in Memorial Hall or Fellowship Hall, or stop by The Vineyard bookstore to purchase $10 tickets. Discount ends on Sunday, December 4. Invite friends and join us for this outstanding concert! CHRISTMAS HONORS AND MEMORIALS Help decorate our church for Christmas by ordering Poinsettias in honor or memory of loved ones. Forms are available in Sunday bulletins and literature racks, or order online at FirstPresGreenville.org (click on the home page banner). CONGREGATIONAL MEETING REPORT At the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 13, the congregation of FPC • Elected the 2012 Nominating Committee; Members of the 2012 Nominating Committee are David Dixon and John Stelling (Elder Representatives), Mack Ward and David Yoder (Deacon Representatives), Laurie Thomas, Joann Reed, Barbara Franklin, Kitty Young, Chris Haines, and Ryan Trail. • Approved the 2012 terms of call for our permanent pastors; and • Approved two procedures related to Congregational Meetings due to changes in the Book of Order: (1) Public notice of the meeting shall be given on two successive Sundays at each worship service; (2) The quorum of a meeting of the congregation shall be not less than one tenth of the members.
Honors & Memorials CHURCH MEMORIAL FUND In loving memory of: Ruth Cope by Ms. Betty Nipper. GLORY RIDGE CAMP In loving memory of: Don Willis by Mr. and Mrs. Al Phillips. MUSIC FUND In loving memory of: Ruth Cope by the Good Neighbor Class.
November 20–26, 2011 PLAYGROUND FUND In loving memory of: Sherry Thackston by Ms. Donna Blair; Ms. Jackie Thompson; Bill and Marilou Norris. TURNER MEMORIAL FUND In loving memory of: Ruth Cope by Mr. Leland Langston.
Member News BAPTISM (November 13, 2011) Elizabeth “Betsy” Ready Yoder, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Yoder (Kat), and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mick Yoder (Helen). CONGRATULATIONS The Pastors and Congregation extend blessings to: Mr. and Mrs. Ford Shipley Elliott (Kristen Nicole Cannon), who were married in the Sanctuary on November 12. CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY The Pastors and Congregation extend sympathy to: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Estes (Ruby), 211A McGregor Lane, Easley, 29642, in the death of her sister, Doris Gray of Greenville, on November 9. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Toy (Martha), 155 Riverplace Unit 302, Greenville 29601, in the death of his mother, Alice Marie Bowser Toy of Kittaning, PA, on November 10. The family of Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Tanner Allen. Mrs. Allen died on November 13. IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth “Betty” Tanner Allen April 21, 1933 – November 13, 2011
Calendar for the Week COMMITMENT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Pastor of the Day: Pam Cole (423.0677) 7:50am • Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) 8:15am • Worship Service (Sanctuary) 9:20am • Continental Breakfast (Memorial Hall) 9:40am • Ignite Worship (Fellowship Hall) • Sunday School A • First Look Class (Parlor) 11:00am • Worship Service (Sanctuary) • Sunday School B • Stephen Ministry Continuing Ed (Room 210) 3:00pm • Children’s Christian Ed Subcommittee (Rm 308) 3:30pm • Christian Education Committee (Room 308) 4:30pm • Youth Choir Rehearsals (Choir Room) 5:00pm • Divorce Care Support Group (Room 308) • Grief Share Support Group (Room 305) • Denominational Concerns Committee (Rm 261) 6:00pm • The Truth Project (Room 317) 7:30pm • “Joseph” Performance (Harper Chapel) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Pastor of the Day: Stan Johnson (423.2067) 12:00pm • Moms’ College-age Prayer Group (Room 212) • Marriage and Family Committee (Room 261) 5:30pm • Finance & Stewardship Committee (Room 261) 6:30pm • Life.Community—Young Adults (Old Centre Stage) • Deacons’ Prayer Training and Dinner (Fellowship Hall) 7:00pm • The Truth Project (Room 308) • Community Bible Study (Room 303) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Pastor of the Day: Pam Cole (423.0677) 8:30am • Study: Becoming a Woman of Grace (Room 308) 6:30pm • Worship Team Rehearsal (Fellowship Hall) 7:00pm • Healing Prayer (Parlor) • Boy Scout Troop 11 (Scout Hut) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Pastor of the Day: Brian Stewart (423.2660) Academy & MMO closed—Thanksgiving holiday 7:00am • Life Men’s Bible Study (Off campus) 9:30am • Prayer Committee (Room 310) 11:30am • Route 56 Party (Off campus) 2:00pm • Bulletin Stuffing (Room 212) 5:00pm • Strategic Planning Meeting (Room 261) 5:30pm • Stephen Ministry Training (Room 305) 6:00pm • The Truth Project (Room 307) 6:13pm • Men’s Fraternity: Fathered by God (Room 301) 6:15pm • Cathedral Ringers Rehearsal (Room 402) 7:00pm • Life Female 20-somethings Bible Study (Off campus) 7:30pm • Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) 7:45pm • Young Adults Pick-up Basketball (Gym) THANKSGIVING, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Pastor of the Day: Tim Leslie (423.2063) Church Office, Academy, & MMO closed—Thanksgiving holiday FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Pastor of the Day: Phil Hargrove (423.3455) Church Office, Academy, & MMO closed—Thanksgiving holiday SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Pastor of the Day: Stan Johnson (423.2067)
A W E E K LY N E W S L E T T E R O F F I R S T P R E S B Y T E R I A N C H U R C H , G R E E N V I L L E , S C
Assignments for November 20th
NOVEMBER 20, 2011
8:00 First Welcome Team: Jonathan Philipsen (DC); Carol Loyless (P); Nancy King (WCN); Jim Williams (RW); Mary Jane Meyers (RSMH); Alan Austin, John Baldwin, Wells Black, Hunter Garrett, Scott Melzer, Jerry Murdock, Michael Pace, Jeff Paxton, Jonathan Philipsen, Mack Ward, Billy White (Ushers). 9:20 First Welcome Team: Glenn Batson (DC); Rich Maris (FH); Marshall and Liza Barron (GE); Darst Guest (P) Patti Martin (CY); Lauren Thomas (WCFH); Will Sykes (CR); John Stelling (WCN); Tony Greene (WSL); Glenn Batson, Pat McNamara (Ushers). 10:40 First Welcome Team: Bryan Garrison (DC); Heather Tapp, (P); Suzanne Rivet (CR); Beth Wallace (RW); Gary Wallace (RSMH); Charlotte Watson (MH); Barbara Franklin (WCN); Andy Anderson, Ted Blackston, Jamie Daniel, David Dykes, Bryan Garrison, Bobby Hoffman, Don Kiser, Bob Knight (Sub.), Jennifer Paramore, Jim Privette, Richard Rabb, Jim Rivet, Doug Stokes, Sara Morris (Ushers). Nursery Workers: (8:00) Angela Brown; (9:25) Grace Abrams, Mary Lang Edwards, Kim Day, April Garrison, Hannah Taylor, Laura Vaughn, Hope and Curtis Taylor; (10:45) Mary Dean, Susan Batson, Rita Brigham, Betsy Bloodworth, John and Jean Baldwin, Gaynelle Rabb, Lisa Hall To join the First Welcome Team: Contact Chuck Emory at email@example.com or 672.1753. To join the Nursery Team: Contact Evelyn Penkert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 672.1843.
COMMITMENT SUNDAY 8:15am and 11:00am Worship 9:40am Ignite Worship “Nehemiah: Investing for a Lifetime” Part 6 – Nehemiah 11-13 Rev. Tim Leslie 9:20am – Continental Breakfast (Memorial Hall) 9:40 and 11:00am – Sunday School
Wednesday Meals No Wednesday studies or meals on November 23. Wednesday Luncheon (only) resumes on November 30.
Prayer List Andy Anderson III, Bill Barnett Bill Beavers, Reeves Dabney Clarence Davis, DeRoshier Family Robbie Edwards, Linda Ellison Dara Forrester, Bob Goad Gene Gillespie, Lynn Gray Margaret Griffin, Jack Hardin John Harper, Janie Houser Kerri Humphrey, Myrtle Hutchinson Mabel Lee Johnson, Mike Johnson John Kabas, Mary Ellen Keathley Alice Lenz, Nancy MacArthur Deryl McKinney, Alice Lenz Jimmy Orders, Charlotte Parr Bob Plexico, Jr., Virginia Putman Tatti Samuelson, Cate Simkins Bertha Mae Sims, Robert Vaughn Don Wardrope, Steve Warren Nan Whisman, Jerry White Barbara Woodward Bold = New Italics = In Hospital
PRAYER REQUEST LINES Prayer Requests: 672.1838 Prayer Appointments: 672.1848 Congregational Care Assistant Tammy Burkhalter: 672.0327
November 20–26, 2011
WHAT’S INSIDE: Commitment Sunday, November 20 200 West Washington Street Greenville, SC 29601 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED phone 864.235.0496 fax 864.235.0698 web FirstPresGreenville.org
Broadcasts: RADIO First and Foremost Radio Program on Shine 96.7 FM Sundays at 10:30am TELEVISION First and Foremost Television Program on WHNS-TV FOX Carolina Sundays at 10:30am
Boxes of Love November 19 Pies for Rescue Mission November 23 Family Advent Celebration November 30 Alaska Missionaries Stephen and Natalie Hall December 4 Medical Missions Luncheon December 11 For more information about the ministry of FPC, visit FirstPresGreenville.org
Commitment Sunday is this Sunday, November 20. Please return the Commitment Card that you received in the mail to the tables set up in the front of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. If you forget to bring your preprinted Commitment Card, blank Commitment Cards are available in the pews, at the back of Fellowship Hall, and in the literature racks. You may also mail your card to the church: 200 West Washington Street, Greenville 29601
Nehemiah 9:8 “You found his heart faithful to you...”
The Stewardship Committee’s goals this year: • An overall increase in giving of five percent • A financial commitment from every family in the church