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September, 2012

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

“Worship God, Serve Others and Make Disciples” FROM DAVID'S PEN . . . August 20, 2012 Dear Friends – Today was a big day in the Palmer household. In fact, it was a big day in many people’s households as most of Alabama’s children started school today. We’ve got Mabry in high school and Leslie in middle school, and my prayer this morning was that this year will be one of their best and that it will be filled with good teachers, good friends, and lots of good old fashioned knowledge!

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As you read this article, I encourage each and every one of you to consider attending Rally Day and to think about how important it is for us to have a good understanding of Scripture. Ever since the 1950s, attendance in Sunday School has decreased. Even though we profess ourselves to be Christians, way too many of us are Bible illiterate. I count myself in that group too, for my attendance in Sunday School as a youngster was sporadic to say the least. In fact, when I heard that seminary students had to take a Bible exam as part of their curriculum, I was tempted to drop out. Thank goodness I had at my disposal Cliff Notes and old Bible exams to study from.

Noteworthy News: Communion Labor Day Holiday - Office Closed Happy PM Circle Rally Day Food Drive Churchwide Fellowship Breakfast Session Meets 2012 Flower Chart VIP Luncheon Pastor/Student Day at Auburn

From David’s Pen

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Cursillo FPC T-Shirts (Price Reduced) September Birthdays Thank You! Address Updates September Calendar, Acolytes, Flowers & Communion Servers, Liturgists Youth: News & Happenings Welcome New Families Turn In September Grapevine Info Contact Information

As our community begins another year of school, so does our church’s Sunday School program. Rally Day is around the corner (September 9th) and on that day we’ll be celebrating promotions from one Sunday School class to another. We’ll also be giving out attendance awards, collecting food for LCCI, and hearing various people speak about trips they took this year and what they learned from them. It will be a festive day for sure!

What I am trying to say is that it’s okay if you don’t know your Bible very well. The folks who teach our Sunday School classes understand this, and they will not call you out in front of your peers. What they will do is teach you the stories of the Bible and how they connect with each other. They’ll also teach you how something written thousands of years ago still has relevance in our world today. So make it a point this year to attend a Sunday School class of your choosing, and invite your whole family to attend one too. There’s so much to be gleaned from Holy Scripture, and we’re never too old to learn something new. So join us on September 9th for Rally Day and let this year be the one you start to do some serious Bible study. Yours in learning too,

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

Noteworthy News COMMUNION will be observed on Sunday, September 2, 2012, during 11:00 a.m. worship. LABOR DAY HOLIDAY - Monday, September 3, 2012 - THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED! “HAPPY PM” CIRCLE will meet on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Rodgers Center. The PW Coordinating Team will meet at 1:00 p.m. RALLY DAY! - Sunday, September 9, 2012! - During the Sunday School hour! This year’s theme is “What I Did this Summer”. If you had a special summer trip or a summer project you tackled, send pictures and information to Emily Clem. Be sure to include pictures of yourself, family and friends (along with pictures of what you saw/did). Send as many pictures ( as you can, Emily will edit as needed. Promotion Day! Attendance Awards! RALLY DAY FOOD DRIVE! We will also be taking up food for the LCCI Food Bank on Rally Day. Please bring canned foods and other non-perishable food items and money to help stock the shelves. PRESBYTERIAN MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST will be Sunday, September 9, 2012. Breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. this month. Guest Speaker will be Dr. Robert K. Glenn from Athens State University. This month’s breakfast is for everyone (men, women, and children)! Let’s make it a FPC Family Affair! SESSION WILL MEET September 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. THE 2012 FLOWER CHART is in the hallway behind the sanctuary. Please sign-up for your choice of a Sunday. VIP LUNCHEON will be at 12:00 noon, Thursday September 13, 2012. PASTOR/STUDENT DAYS AT AUBURN - Thursday & Friday, September 13-14, 2012. Pastor David will be attending. Please be sure David knows your student is attending school at Auburn. He will be taking all the FPC students out to dinner on Thursday. Let your student know he will be in Auburn. ATTENTION TO ALL CURSILLO & 4TH DAY MEMBERS - we now have two new groups meeting! A Thursday evening group meets at Roger & Linda Faulk’s home (183 Paul Revere Drive, Madison, AL 35758). Their phone number is 256-837-4429 and email is A Monday night group meets at Don & Diane Payne’s home (11921 Antler Ridge Way, Athens, AL 35611). Phone 256-729-6934 or email Both groups will begin their meetings at 6:00 p.m. Please call or email the Faulk’s or Payne’s for directions. FPC T-SHIRTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE - Price reduced! T-shirts are now $12 each. Please come by the church office and get one of these cool green shirts! Sizes are small, medium, large, x-large and x-large tall. Make checks payable to First Presbyterian.

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Tom Hand Martha Easter Phil Romines Gwen Bacon Lauren Bacon Sharon Hand Theo Calvin Emily Clem Billie Hood

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Chris Paysinger Ted Smith Sara Duke Kaylor Brad Clem Judy Talley 19 Buzz Estes 21 Keirri Carr Greg Goggans 22 Jacob Greene

23 Camilla Spencer 25 Nathan Dowell Frank Gossett 26 Stephen Toney 27 Buffy Quillen 28 Joey Jackson 29 Robert Metke Ronnie Poole

30 Steven Bentley Eunice Hutchinson #95 Sarah Poole

THANK YOU! Dear First Presbyterian, I want to thank everyone for their prayers for Robert Dale when he was in the hospital in August. It was a scary time but he is much, much better. He had his 1st birthday on August 11! How time flies!

Barbara Rex  First Family, Thank you so very much for the prayers lifted up for my father during his surgery and escpecially for praying for me to recover from the pneumonia. Dad is doing great and I’m much better!!

David Palmer  Dear Church Family, I cannot tell you haow grateful I am to be a part of such a loving and caring church family. The cards, food, and most especially prayers lifted up in my name during the recent complications following my surgery were greatly appreciated. Love in Christ,

Margaret Ellen Jackson

ADDRESS UPDATES!! Henry (Butch) & Clara Swanson 2418 County Street 2980 Blanchard, OK 73010 ~ Brad Green 4815 Chesapeake Circle Birmingham, AL 35242 ~ Dan & Sharyl Groscost 137 Anchorage Lane Leesville, SC 29070 ~ Nell Orman % The Terrace on Lexington 16900 Lexington Blvd. Apt. 2118 Sugarland, TX 77479 ~ Will & Christina Shannon 1218 W. Market Street Athens, AL 35611

MAKE A NOTE! Youth Group will resume in September.

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


Jonathan, Ashley & Lorelei Dunwoody 283 Shortleaf Lane Harvest, AL 35749 Jonathan’s Cell: 256-655-5951 Ashley’s Cell: 256-655-0576 ***

Shannon, Brittany & Luke McBay 700 S. Clinton Street Athens, AL 35611 256-874-0018 Shannon’s email: Brittany’s email: ***

Jeffery (Jeff) & Doris Copeland Schutes 445 Water Shadow Lane Alpharetta, GA 30022-4036 770-552-5804

FOUND: A very lovely new pair of pierced earrings (still on the card). Call the church office to identify (256-232-0122).

Please turn in your information for the August Calendar and Grapevine Newsletter by Tuesday, July 17, 2012. You can bring to or call the church office (256(256-232232-0122),or you can email to

From the Editor . . .

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!!

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

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 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 cell: 256-509-2250 Rev. Jaina Anderson, Associate Pastor cell: 256-206-1855 Niles Patrick Bacon, Music Director Duane Counter, Treasurer Sandra Mitchell, Administrative Assistant Cynthia Daniel, Sexton


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September 2012 Sunday



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

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Doug Harbin _ _Doris Estes ______ _Suzanne Paysinger_ _Doug Harbin _____ _Carrie Powless____

3 Jaina on Sabbatical 4 Jaina on Sabbatical

6p 4th Day @ Don & Diane Payne’s home

Angie Nazaretain _ _________________

2-8p “Cruise-In” around Athens Square

Smokey & Lynn Brewer_

_Diane Payne______ _________________

6 Jaina on Sabbatical

7 (David Off) (Sandra Off) Jaina on

8 Jaina on Sabbatical

7a Gideons & Ladies Auxiliary (RC) 8a-5p Cursillo Training 9a DAR (Blue Room)

1p CT Mtg (RC) 2p “Happy PM” (RC) 6p 4th Day @ Roger & Linda Faulk’s home

6p Committee Mtgs 7p Choir Rehearsal

10 Jaina on Sabbatical 11 Jaina on Sabbatical United Way 10a-1p Friendship Day of Caring Quilt Guild Mtg (RC)

16 Jaina on Sabbatical

17 Jaina on Sabbatical 18 Newsletter Info Due Jaina on Sabbatical 9a Hospice Volunteer Training at Hospice

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

5 Jaina on Sabbatical

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9 Jaina on Sabbatical 8:30 a Breakfast For the FPC Family - Guest Speaker Robert C. Glenn (ASU) 9:30a Sunday School -- Rally Day -10:30 a Fellowship 11:00 a Worship & Children’s Church

6p 4th Day @ Don & Diane Payne’s home



Liturgist for September

David DeZwaan, Ted Smith, Chris Hilgeman, Joyce Counter, Shari Duke, Diane Payne, Carrie Powless



1 Jaina on Sabbatical 7a Gideons (RC)

COMMUNION SERVERS September 2 , 2012

2 COMMUNION Jaina on Sabbatical



12 Jaina on Sabbatical 13 Jaina on Sabbatical 14 (David Off) (Sandra 8a Garden Club (RC) David Out Off) Jaina on Pastor Student Day @ Sabbatical Auburn VIP Luncheon

15 Jaina on Sabbatical 7a Gideons (RC)

6p 4th Day @ Roger & Linda Faulk’s home

6:30p Session (RC)

7p Choir Rehearsal 19 Jaina on Sabbatical 20 Jaina on Sabbatical 7a “Step-Up” (RC)

21 (David Off) (Sandra 22 Jaina on Sabbatical Off) Jaina on Sabbatical 7a Gideons (RC)

3:30p ADK Sorority (RC)

6p 4th Day @ Don & Diane Payne’s home 23 Jaina on Sabbatical 9:30a Sunday School 10:30 a Fellowship 11:00 a Worship & Children’s Church 12:00 p Pig Roast Luncheon (RC)

5p Hospice Volunteer Training at Hospice

24 Jaina on Sabbatical 25 Jaina on Sabbatical 9a Hospice Volunteer Training at Hospice

7p Choir Rehearsal

6p 4th Day @ Roger & Linda Faulk’s home

26 Jaina on Sabbatical 27 Jaina on Sabbatical

28 (David Off)(Sandra

29 Jaina on Sabbatical

Off) Jaina on Sabbatical 7a Giddeons (RC)

PW Fall Gathering @ Fellowship Huntsville

6p 4th Day @ Don & Diane Payne’s home

5p Hospice Volunteer Training at Hospice

6p 4th Day @ Roger & Linda Faulk’s home 7p Choir Rehearsal

30 Jaina’s last day on Sabbatical 9:30a Sunday School 10:30 a Fellowship 11:00 a Worship & Hymn Sing 2-4p Birthday # 95 Celebration for Eunice

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!

September 2012 2 Sara Lehman Ella Romine 9 James Clem Dustin McGlothin 16 Ellis Gossett Victor Miller

23 Joseph Davis Jon Lewis Kiep 30 Emily Gossett Sean Miller

The Grapeline - September 2012  

The Grapeline - September 2012