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March, 2012

First Presbyterian Church 112 S. Jefferson St. Athens, AL 35611 Vision Statement:

“Worship God, Serve Others and Make FROM DAVID'S PEN . . . Dear Friends,

Inside . . .

The Clem Building will be open Sunday, February 28, from 911:00 a.m. for you to take a walking tour and talk with the Clem Building Task Force about any question you may have. In addition, the Clem Building will be open immediately following the “Town Hall” meeting for you to do the same.

Noteworthy News: Session Meeting 2012 Flower Chart Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast PW Happy PM Circle Tutoring - Help Needed Baptismal Service Lent Worship Services Communion Rodgers Center Closed Mexico Mission Fundraiser FPC Hosting Xavier University

From David’s Pen Daylight Savings Time

Front Cover. . .

VIP Luncheon Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Easter Lilies Thank You! Communion Servers March Birthdays Joined the Church Triumphant Father’s Day Raft Trip Mexican Fiesta! PW Spring Luncheon Youth: News & Happenings March Acolytes Turn in April Grapevine Info Contact Information Insert: March Calendar, 2012

On Sunday, February 26, immediately following our 11 o’clock worship hour, we’ll be having a “Town Hall” meeting to discuss the future of the Clem Building. An introductory piece will be given by the Clem Building Task Force to bring you “up to speed” with where we’ve been, where we are, and where we should be going in the future with the Clem Building. This time together will give you the opportunity to ask questions, give ideas, and play an integral part in where God is directing us as a church to go with the investment we’ve already made in the Clem Building.

I would like to invite each and every one of you to make plans to attend this meeting for much has be invested in the purchasing of the building and much can be done with the ministries that can emerge through it. Yours in Christ's Ministry --

David W. Palmer Stated Supply Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Athens, Alabama

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 11, 2012 Set your clocks ahead 1 hour at bedtime on Saturday,


Noteworthy News

SESSION WILL MEET, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rodgers Center. THE 2012 FLOWER CHART is now up in the hallway behind the sanctuary. Please sign-up for your choice of a Sunday(s). PRESBYTERIAN MEN’S BREAKFAST is Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. in the Rodgers Center. All men are invited to come and enjoy a great meal and devotion time. THE PW “HAPPY PM CIRCLE” will meet on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Rodgers Center. TUTORING MEETS EACH TUESDAY & THURSDAY AFTERNOON! PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO HELP IN THIS VERY NEEDED MINISTRY. Contact Jaina Anderson for information and to volunteer. Thank you!! BAPTISMAL SERVICE - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES EACH WEDNESDAY OF MARCH. Once again St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (Corner of Washington & Beatty Streets) will be hosting a noon Lenten Service each Wednesday during Lent (February 29 - March28, 2012). Pastor David Palmer will be doing the devotional on March 21. COMMUNION will be observed, Sunday, March 4, 2012, during the 11:00 a.m. worship time. THE RODGERS CENTER WILL BE CLOSED March 2, 2011. The Presbyterian Women’s Kitchen Angels will be decorating and preparing for the Presbyterian Women’s Spring Luncheon and “Birthday Offering” on Saturday, March 3 in the Rodgers Center. MEXICO MISSION FUNDRAISER MEAL will be held in the Rodgers Center, Sunday, March 4, 2012 immediately following the 11:00 a.m. worship hour. FPC ATHENS WILL HOST A XAVIER UNIVERSITY WORK TEAM March 3-10th. Sixteen (16) Students will be here for disaster relief work. Volunteers will be needed to help - please volunteer by calling or speaking to Rev. David Palmer or say “yes” when he calls. VIP LUNCHEON - Thursday, March 8. All Very Important Presbyterians (VIP’s) are invited to lunch in the Rodgers Center on March 8. The “Kitchen Angels” will be preparing a very good meal. Please mark your calendar and plan to be here! Bring a friend! Reservation forms will be in the Sunday bulletins or you may call the church office (256232-0122) to reserve a space. PALM SUNDAY, HOLY WEEK and EASTER are just around the corner. Palm Sunday is April 1, Holy Week (noon worship service & lunch) is April 2-6, and Easter Sunday is April 8.


THANK YOU! I want to thank my Ministers and Church family for their continued love and support during my long drawn-out illness. The cards and calls have made me realize how blessed I am, and the phrase “out of sight out of mind” does not apply to First Presbyterian Church. Thanks, Rene Brown  Church Family, Thank you for praying for our g r a n d a u g h t e r , B r ee a n d grandson Boyd. They were able to come home from the hospital on Saturday, February 11! Praise the Lord! The doctor said Bree will have a bad cough for a couple of weeks and sent home breathing treatments with her. Boyd is doing better also. We really appreciate the prayers sent up for them!

Jane & Alan Boyd  Alan and I appreciate all the prayers, cards, calls, visits and food that we have received after the surgery to put a plate in my fractured wrist. We are so blessed to have a loving and caring church family! I would appreciate the continued prayers as I go through this healing process. Yours in Christ,

Jane Boyd 

This Easter, we will once again place Easter Lilies in our Sanctuary for “the Glory of God” or to honor a loved one or friend or in memory of family members. Order forms will be available in Sunday bulletins and in the church office during the month of March. The deadline for ordering will be March 27. Cost TBA.

COMMUNION SERVERS March 4, 2012 North: Hazel White, Chris Hilgeman South: Ted Smith, John Colvin Center: Mike Holdren, Joyce Counter Nursery/Choir: Stanley Hand


1 Jane Gossett Hazel White 3 Kerri Beth Owens 5 Lynn Johnson 7 Sandy Colvin Mike Dowell Henry Swanson 9 Chris Bacon Nick Bacon 10 Karen Clem Chad Greenhaw Shirley Waddell 11 Bo Hutchinson Nell Orman 12 Wanda Blair 13 Jordan Christensen 14 Sally Miller 18 Maclyn Averitt Emily Bentley 20 Keith Davis 21 James Colvin Jessica Kiep 22 Chris Clem 24 Wayne McMahan Jaiden Priest Ashley Toney Sanford 27 Claire Patterson Maria VanKirk 28 James Clem LeAnne Miller Patsy VanKirk Emerson Powless

Roberta Turner Smith June 20, 1925 | February 17, 2012

Give Dad an awesome Father’s Day weekend (June 15-17). FPC Athens partners with FPC Tuscaloosa for a get-away to The Ocoee Riverside Lodge. A wet and wild trip down the Ocoee River is an option! cost is $60/person for lodging (includes 3 meals), $45/person for rafting, and for the particularly adventurous, $30/person for the zipline. To register or for more information contact Shari Duke (Trip coordinator, 256-874-2415)/( or Sara Duke Kaylor (Trip Chair, Deposit of $50/ person is due Monday, April 30 (deposit will appply toward total cost), and remaining balance is due Thursday, May 31! Note: It is not required to raft the Ocoee to go along in this Get-Away! All ages are welcome; YANKS/YAWKS - invite grandparents and we’ll hang out at the Lodge! Complete information flyers are available in the Church Office.

You are invited To a Mexico Mission Fundraiser Luncheon on Sunday, March 4, 2012 following Sunday Worship. Lunch will be in the Rodger’s Center. Menu: will include Taco Bar, Mexican lasagna, other good Mexican stuff, desserts! You will not want to miss it!. Co$t: a generou$ donation. Thanks for your continued support!

All Women are invited to the Presbyterian Women’s 2012 Spring Luncheon Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:00 noon in the First Presbyterian Rodgers Please mark your calendar and join us for a delicious lunch of assorted salads as we begin the spring season. The annual “Birthday Offering will be collected during the special dessert time. Invite a friend to join you. Please RSVP to the Church Office by Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Thank You!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Montreat Youth Conference 2012 July 7-14, 2012 It’s time to pay your second deposit of $145.00 (by Feb. 25).

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Permit #118 Athens, AL 35611


Please see Jaina for more information about fundraisers and application forms.



~ Youth Montreat Fundraiser Meal & Youth Auction Sunday, April 29, 2012 Following the morning worship hourl

Please turn in your information for the April Calendar and Grapevine Newsletter by Tuesday, March 20. You can bring or call the church office (256(256-2322320122), or you can email to Thanks!

March 2012 4 Joseph Davis Emily Gossett 11 Jon Lewis Kiep Sara Lehman 18 Ellis Gossett Ella Romine 25 Sean Miller Victor Miller If you CANNOT fulfill your acolyte responsibility on your assigned date, PLEASE find a replacement! If you are unable to get a replacement please contact Lori Aday (Home: 256-232-2369 or email:

Please let the church office know what information you would like to see in the newsletter The Grapevine is your newsletter! We look forward to hearing from you!! To receive an email edition, submit information, or to make address corrections please contact the church office at:

112 S. Jefferson Street Athens, Alabama 35611 Phone: 256-232-0122 Email:

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Website:

Information for the newsletter is due by 2:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. CHURCH STAFF: Rev. David Palmer, Stated Supply Pastor Rev. Jaina Anderson, Associate Pastor Niles Patrick Bacon, Music Director Duane Counter, Treasurer Sandra Mitchell, Administrative Assistant


From the Editor . . .

March 2012 Sunday


ALTAR FLOWERS : 4 11 18 25

_____________________ ___________ __________ _____________________ __Carol Copeland______


Just a note from the Worship Committee: When you provide floral arrangements for a Sunday morning service. Please remember to remove them following the service. If you wish to leave the flowers, please call the Church Office (232-0122) the following Monday and let us know, so we can have the Sexton remove them. Thank You!

4 COMMUNION 5 Xavier College 6 Xavier College Xavier College (Basement all Day) (Basement all Day) (Basement all Day) 9:30 a Sunday School 10:30 a Fellowship 11:00 a Worship 2 p “Happy PM” Circle 12:00 p Mexico Mission Meets (RC) Fundraiser Meal 3 p Tutoring 3-6p ADK Teachers th 6:30 p 4 Day Sorority (RC) meets @ Jaina’s 6:30 p Committees

7 Xavier College (Basement all Day)

11 Daylight Savings Begins

14 8a-12p Athens Garden Club (RC)

8 a Men’s Breakfast 9:30 a Sunday School 10:30 a Fellowship 11:00a Worship

18 9:30 a Sunday School 10:30 a Fellowship 11:00 a Worship & Baptism



10 a-2p Friendship Quilter’s (RC)

6:30 p 4th Day

6:30 p Session (RC)

19 7a-4p United Way Annual Luncheon (RC - Kay Burlingame)

20 Newsletter Info For April Due Today!

6:30 p 4th Day

9:30 a Sunday School 10:30 a Fellowship 11:00 a Worship


2 (Jaina at COM 3 Training) 7:00 a Gideons (RC) RODGERS CENTER 8:00 a - 5:00 p CLOSED TODAY Rodgers Center Reserved 12:00 n Presbyterian Women’s Spring Luncheon (RC)

3p Tutoring

Xavier College in Basement All Day 8 Xavier College (Basement all Day)

9 Xavier College (Basement all Day)

10 Xavier College (Basement all Day) 7:00 a Gideons (RC) & Ladies Auxiliary 9a-12p John Wade Keyes DAR (RC)

12 p Lenten Worship 12p VIP Luncheon Svc at St. Timothy’s (RC)

3p Tutoring 6p Youth (RC) 7 p Choir

3p Tutoring


1 (Jaina at COM Training)


Set clocks ahead 1 hour at bedtime! 15


17 7:00 a Gideons (RC) 8a-5p Cursillo Training (RC)

12 p Lenten Worship Svc at St. Timothy’s

3p Tutoring 3-6p ADK Teachers (RC)




3p Tutoring

6p Youth (RC) 7 p Choir 21



24 7:00 a Gideons (RC)


31 7:00 a Gideons (RC)

12 p Lenten Worship Svc at St. Timothy’s (David doing devotional today) 3p Tutoring 6p Youth (RC) 7 p Choir


28 Lent


SPRING BREAK - CITY & COUNTY SCHOOLS OUT! March 26 - 30, 2012 12 noon Lent Worship Svc @ St. Timothy’s

6:30 p 4th Day

6:p NO YOUTH 7 p Choir


March 2012 - Grapevine  

March 2012 edition of The Grapevine, the newsletter of First Presbyterian Church in Athens, AL.

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