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First Presbyterian Church 1169 Clark Street, SW Covington, GA 30014
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15 Ericka Krauth 17 Susanne Perkerson 18 Jerry Gunter 20 Logan Arwood 23 Fran Prince
Joshua McCurry 24 Louise Strickland 25 Mary Bollinger
Kathleen Stamps Janann Giles Nicolle Hinz
26 Ken Walker Jonathan Paschal
29 Pattie Borders Jonny Atkins
1 Russell Cole Carol Capell
2 Jonathan Howell Ricky Loftin Jean Blair
3 Frank Luton 4 Luke Dobbs 9 Michael Wilson
Tory Bouchillon Liane Bouchillon Darcel Tabb
10 Patrick Carmichael 11 Stephanie Fortson 12 Linda Chadwick 14 Billy Wade
First Presbyterian Church, Covington November 2016
1169 Clark Street, SW
Covington, GA 30014
William B. Wade, Jr. Pastor
Dan Walden Director of Youth and
Children’s Ministry [email protected]
Peni Kehoe Secretary-Treasurer
Alan Bunn Choir Director
[email protected] ga.us
Alice Walker Organist
[email protected] gmail.com
Aubrey Evans Shaun Evans
Kara Sugg Director
Early Learning Center fpelcdirector @gmail.com
First Sunday of Advent
Advent begins on Sunday, November 27. Advent is a season observed by Christian churches as a time of ex-pectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming". We will light the first Advent Candle and celebrate Christ’s coming as we enter the season of preparation for Christmas.
Community Thanksgiving Service
The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be at First Baptist Church this year. We will gather for worship at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. This has been an important time for churches in our community to come together as the people of God.
Veterans Day at
The Wade family will be at Presbyterian College on November
10 and 11 to celebrate Veterans’ Day. Billy’s father was the Communications Officer for the 388th Bomb Group in England during World War II. Dr. Vernon Williams, Prof. of History at Abilene Christian University, has been working for 13 years on a film project using many of the pictures and re-sources provided by the Wade family.
Clinton, SC, where Presbyterian College is located, is the hometown of Billy’s father and mother. The college will be hosting a dinner and lecture along with a photo exhibit and the showing of the film. An ROTC Veteran’s Day Ceremony will follow.
What It Means to be Presbyterian
The Sunday School class which started on October 23 will not meet on November 6 when many are in Montreat for the con-gregational retreat. The classes then will continue for two more Sundays, November 13 and November 20 on "What It Means to be Presbyterian". The class will meet in the fellow-ship hall at 10:00 a.m. Not only are new members and new elders invited, but anyone who is interested is encouraged to come and join us for any or all of these classes.
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Session & Administrative Notes
New Address for:
4401 Orchard Trace
Roswell, GA 30076
home phone: 678-373-3693
cell phone: 770-630-8846
e-mail: [email protected]
Pledge Arrears for 2016 ($-3,015)
Monthly Financial Report
November Usher Chair: Betty Bailey
Sound Engineer: Ken Walker
Hospital Visitors: 11/6: Darcel & Bob Tabb
11/13: Jean Blair 11/20 Jon Williams
11/27: Cy Wolverton
Class of 2016 Charles Ardis
Joyce Ashworth Betty Bailey
Patrick Carmichael Perri Walden
Class of 2017
Baxter Bouchillon Adriane Ivey
Michael Thompson Danny Vining
Class of 2018 Gary Boteler Billy Fortson
Scarlett Mccurry Stephanie Scarborough
MEMBERS OF SESSION
Approved: Congregational Meeting to be held Oc-tober 16 to approve nominations to Session.
Session training/Presbyterian 101 class to begin in October.
Approved: Fundraiser for Youth Trips to be planned for December 3.
Billy reported on the mission trip to South Caroli-na.
Joy Gift dinner scheduled for December 11. Approved: Alice to contact someone about the
purchase of a piano, so that a replacement may be sought.
Approved: Only 2 youth ushers will be allowed to serve at a time.
Michael Thompson, Clerk of Session
SERVING US IN NOVEMBER 2016
Weekly E-newsletter: If you are not receiving the FPC weekly E-News, send your e-mail address to: [email protected] or call the church office.
Pledged Income 30,420 35,965 270,766
Non-Pledge Income 3,083 6,505 38,775
Other Income 625 90 4,200
Total income 34,128 42,560 313,741
Expenses 35,498 39,201 316,502
Net Totals 9/30/2016
(-1,369) 3,360 (-2,761)
If unable to serve, please get a sub for your duties
The Session will meet on Sunday, November 13, in the fellowship hall, immediately after the morning worship service.
Shopping? Remember the Food Pantry!
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Stewardship Celebration Sunday
9:00 Handbell Choir 9:30 Children’s Choir 10:00 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Lunch Youth Rake ‘n’ Run
1 All Saints Day
Pres. Women’s Circle Meetings 10:00 Elizabeth 10:30 Martha 7:00 Ruth
6:45 Sanctuary Choir
3 10:30 Ambassador Choir
Retreat through Sunday.
Daylight Sav-ing Time Ends set clocks back 1 hour before bed!
6 9:00 Handbell Choir 9:30 Children’s Choir 10:00 Sunday School 11:00 Worship
6:45 Sanctuary Choir
10 10:30 Ambassador
9:00 Handbell Choir 9:30 Children’s Choir 10:00 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service 12:00 Session Youth Connection Bonfire & Games
14 15 2:00 PWCT 4:00 Exercise
16 6:45 Sanctuary Choir
17 10:30 Ambassador
8:00 Men’s Breakfast & Study
20 9:00 Handbell Choir 9:30 Children’s Choir 10:00 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service 12:00 Brunch 5:00 Youth Connection
22 4:00 Exercise 7:00 Community Thanksgiving Service at 1st Baptist Church
23 6:45 Sanctuary Choir
24 Office Closed
25 Church Office
9:00 Handbell Choir 9:30 Children’s Choir 10:00 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service with Communion
29 4:00 Exercise
30 6:45 Sanctuary Choir
December 1 10:30 Ambassador
December 2 December 3
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WITNESS TEAM NEWS
Community Food Pantry
You may bring food donations to the church or drop them off at the Community Food Pantry from 9:00-11:30 Wednesday and Friday, except for holidays. Call (770) 784-0037 for directions. Any non-perishable food items are welcome.
For November it is suggested that donations be: cookies, bread and rolls
Witness News Opportunities for holiday giving: Angel trees for the Salvation Army will be put up in the narthex at the end of November. Collections for the Foster/Hudson Bike Ministry are being accepted. The Christmas Joy Dinner will be Sunday, December 11, 2016.
Baby Love “Baby Love” is a local project of the Witness Team started in the fall of 2014. Baby Love supplies diapers for distribution to families in need through the Salvation Army, Food Pantry and the homeless shelter. Donations of baby diapers can be placed in the cradle located in the narthex. Monetary gifts may be placed in an offering envelope with your name and your offering statement will reflect your donation. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Almighty God, you have sur-
rounded us with a great cloud of
witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good examples of your saints, may persevere in running the race that is set
before us, until we may with them attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
For the last 30 years our church members have joined with others in the community to provide dinner on Thanksgiving Day. It is an effort to provide food for those in need as well as an opportunity for people to eat together.
Volunteers will be needed to help prepare and serve the meal on Thanksgiving Day. If you are interested in donating to this event, you may give to the church and designate your gift “for Community Dinner”.
Dear Billy Wade and My Church Family, In the death of my sister, Catherine Hor-ton, your calls, cards visits, and prayers and love, were much
appreciated. I ask your prayers for me, and her family. All my love, Maxine Blankenship
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News of the Congregation
Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast
The Men’s Bible Study this month will be on Saturday morning, November 19, at 8:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. We will continue a study of “The Church: Living or Dead?” from Dr. Shirley Guthrie’s classic book, Christian Doctrine. Bring your breakfast and bring a friend.
Circle meetings for November are listed below. If you are not currently a member of a circle you are welcome to join one of them for their meeting. Contact the church office if you need a phone number for one of the groups. They do like to know
when to expect a newcomer to their group! The Elizabeth Circle will meet Tuesday, November 1, at 10:00 in the fellowship hall. The Martha Circle will meet on November 1, at 10:30 at the home of Cheryl Meichsner. The Ruth Circle will meet at FPC in the fellowship hall, Tuesday, November 1, at 7:00 in the evening.
Santa Claus Express
Presbyterian Women sponsor FPC efforts to help celebrate the holidays with residents of the health services at Presby-terian Homes of Georgia. We have begun the joyous task of collecting gifts for the resi-dents. The collection box is located in the narthex with fly-
ers listing the items needed and how to package them. The collection deadline is Sunday, Novem-ber 27. Santa’s elves will pick up the gifts from de-pot churches and deliver them to campuses to be wrapped for residents. Santa himself delivers the gifts to residents at Christmas parties. Contribu-tions from our church last year were very generous and greatly appreciated.
Montreat Retreat November 4-6
Thirty-seven of our members will be attending the congre-gational retreat to Montreat,
NC in the mountains near Asheville. Montreat is one of our Presbyterian Church USA confer-ence grounds. Please keep our people in your prayers.
Presbytery Meeting Fayette Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville will host the No-vember Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, November 15. Our representatives will be announced shortly.
Let’s Gather Together Thanksgiving is a joyful time to express gratitude for our many blessings. Instead of a big turkey dinner, let’s gather for brunch after worship in the fellowship hall on November 20. Reservations are always necessary, so please call Peni or sign the form found in the church pew pocket and place it in the offering plate. Donations to cover the cost will be accepted. See you there!!
Updates from the Congregational Life and Care Team
The general policy for our church is: the basic reception will include cookies and punch; a meal for the family can be provided upon request. Meals for eight:
In January of the new year, we will again divide the participants into private dinner parties for 8. Be watching for the opportunity to sign up to be a host or a guest.
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** Early Learning Center News **
Bonfire & Games Night Sunday, November 13th @ the Bates’ Home
All Middle and High School Youth are invited to join us for a fun evening of games and dinner around a bonfire at the home of Gavin & Gracie Bates. For details watch the Youth Connection e-news, or call Dan Walden at the church office.
And as always…BRING A FRIEND!!
Dear FPC Family, October was a full and exciting month for us at FPELC! We studied community helpers and trans-portation this month, so our Green, Red, and Orange Room friends got to go on a field trip to the Post Of-fice and the Newton County Courthouse to visit Judge Ozburn. The Green Room also visited several businesses around the square to see the ways in which they helped the community. We finished the
last day before our fall break with a visit from the Covington Police, Fire and Emergency Manage-ment Departments. They brought a fire truck, ambulance, and police car to the school and even gave a talk about what it’s like to do their jobs, complete with gear demonstration. The kids loved hearing the sirens! It’s so wonderful that we live in a community that will take time to come and educate chil-dren about what they do and enjoy doing it! We also got to go to the Pumpkin Patch as a school, and had a wonderful Halloween Parade.
In November, we will be learning about Old Testament Stories and, of course, Thanksgiving. The Bi-ble verse for the month is from Psalm 118:1, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” We are going to give thanks in many ways this month, as well as delving into some of the most well-known Old Testament stories in the Bible. I believe that having a great foundation in the Bible is just as important as learning ABC’s and 123’s, so I’m particularly excited to see what each class is going to do this month. Please come by and visit the ELC to see for yourself. The Green Room is planning their year-ly field trip to the High Rise to give a Thanksgiving blessing to the residents there.
We are hosting the Scholastic Book Fair November 7-11. The store will be open before and after school: 8:30-9:30 and 12:30-1:30. Scholastic Books will make excellent Christmas presents for friends and family. Last year, the success of our book fair helped us to purchase some furniture for the preschool such as bean bag chairs, a book shelf, and a storage ottoman. Thank you for the prayers and support that you give the ELC!
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AMBASSADOR CHOIR 2016 CALENDAR Rehearsals will be at 10:30 a.m. on the following Thursdays:
Thursday, November 3 - Regular Rehearsal or Singing Date
Sunday, November 6, 2016 -Sing at FPC. Please meet in Choir Room at 10:30 a.m. Wear Choir Robes.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Regular Rehearsal or Singing Date
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Regular Rehearsal or Singing Date
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - No Rehearsal - Happy Thanksgiving
Alice Walker, Director, Ambassador Choir, 770-787-6915