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  • Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church Newsletter 201 Fayetteville Street . Clinton, NC 28328

    Phone: 910-592-2677 . Fax: 910-592-3100 . Website:

    Email: Steve Wilkins: [email protected]; [email protected]

    Please join us for the First Wednesday Fellowship & Covered Dish on February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the MacQueen Fellowship Hall. This month’s host will be the Memorial Room Sunday School Class. Bring your favorite dishes to share! We thank the Congregational Care Committee, the Memorial Room Sunday School Class and all Volunteers!

    Boy Scout Troop 27 and Cub Scout Pack 27 invite you to join them in celebrating Scouting at GMPC. On Scout Sunday, February 11th, the Scouts will be participating in the 11:00 a.m. service, and serving a BBQ lunch with all the fixings following worship in the GMPC Fellowship Hall. Lunch is free, but donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated. You can help by notifying any former troop members you know. We would like to have as many Scouts and leaders here as possible. Your support of scouting here at GMPC is greatly appreciated.

    Wednesday Lenten Luncheons at First United Methodist Church will begin on February 14th at Noon (each week through Wed., March 28th). The cost of lunch will be $5.00 per plate. GMPC will host lunch on the 21st of March. We are grateful to FUMC for hosting these meditations and lunches for the community during the Lenten season. Come out and show your support!

    Copies of the 2018 Lenten devotional, Jesus and the Prophets, are now available outside the church office and in the narthex. In Jesus and the Prophets, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC(USA) pastor, board trustee for Union Presbyterian Seminary and director of the PC(USA) office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C, has assembled a collection of challenging daily reflections, Scripture and prayers to help us on our Lenten journey in the footsteps of the prophets. The text is accompanied by hauntingly beautiful oil paintings by Steven Burgess, an accomplished artist and member of First United Presbyterian Church of Salem, N.Y. Pick your copy up today!

    Please join us on Wednesday, February 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for GMPC’s Ash Wednesday Service, as we begin our journey through the season of Lent.

    Presbyterian Penny Pincher Project: A coin collection challenge to the GMPC congregation, for our annual March fundraiser, will begin March 1st. The special penny pincher “collection cup” will be made available soon.

    March 2nd is World Day of Prayer. This is a time when we join Christians around the world affirming that prayer and service are inseparable and both have immeasurable influence in the world. If you are interested in helping to prepare for the World Day of Prayer celebration at GMPC, please contact Lee Howard.

    Our Annual Congregational Meeting and Pig Picking will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the MacQueen Fellowship Hall. The orders of business include: 1) Review of the 2017 Year End Financial and Statistical Report and 2) Election of the 2018 Nominating Committee. This is also the time we look forward to recognizing and introducing all new members received and all babies and children baptized during the past year. *(This Year’s Church Spring Work Day will be held on Saturday, March 24th, beginning at 8:00 a.m.)

    Please stop by the Church Office to pick up your families copy of the 2017-2018 GMPC Resident Directory if you have yet to do so. *Remember to update the church office with changes to address/phones/e-mails, etc.

    January - February 2018


    Martha Dunn Margaret Register Ted Lockerman Russell Byrd Brooks Barwick Julie Stefanovich

    Doc Fields—Southwood; Rm. 109 Margaret Faircloth—MaryGran; Rm. 701 Frances Hubbard– GlenAire Tink Purcell– The Cardinal at North Hills Betty Heaton—MaryGran; Rm. 204

    Others: Betty Hairr-(Mother of Vickie Pope) Juaweese Franklin-(Mother of Melissa Nimmo) Joe Butler-(Brother-in-law of Penny Horne) Christine Stacey-(Mother of Lara Capparuccia) Joe Kozel-(Father of Kristi Williford) David Askins-(Former member) Kathryn Whitley-Jordan-(Former Choir Dir.) Tim Shankweiler-(Former member)

    Volume XLI, No. 1


    Pinckney Heaton and family on the passing of his sister, Mary Frances Heaton Davis.

    The congregation is cordially invited to the Installation Service of Dr. Stephen H. Wilkins

    Sunday, the fourth of February at four o’clock in the afternoon.

    A Reception will follow in the MacQueen Fellowship Hall.

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    PASTORAL PONDERING…“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:16)

    Carol and I are overwhelmed by the genuine love and grace with which you have welcomed us to Graves Me-

    morial Presbyterian Church, and to Clinton! Truly, our hearts overflow with gratitude for your warmth and kindness.

    We are quickly assimilating into the rhythm of life at the church; my, there are a lot of things going on! We are en-

    joying meeting you and getting to know you, and we look forward to getting to know you better in the months and

    years ahead.

    As many of you have already discovered, I have an open-door policy for my office. When I am in the office,

    you are welcome to stop by and visit or share concerns. As a general rule, my goal is to be in the office every morn-

    ing, reserving the afternoons as time for me to be visiting people in their homes or hospitals. You may also call

    ahead of time and schedule an appointment if you wish – that's one way of guaranteeing that I will be at the church

    when you come by!

    As I write this, the Session is moving toward a concrete plan for the transition to a unicameral structure of gov-

    ernment. The details and timeline will be shared early this month. For now, know that the Session is working hard to

    balance the tacit understanding communicated in the fall that the unicameral structure will include some form of

    merger of the two boards, and also the constitutional requirement that the congregation's right to elect its officers

    must be protected. The Session is very sensitive to both issues, and is trying to find a compassionate and responsible

    plan of action.

    My prayer is that the Spirit of Christ will continue to fill us all, giving us divine discernment and filling us with

    trust and mutual concern for one another in this wonderful congregation.

    Faithfully, Steve

    OUR CHILDREN: Sunday School: Sunday mornings at 9:45

    PresbyMusic: Cherub Choir (PreK-1st Grade:1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 4-4:30 p.m.); Children & Youth Choir/Handbells (2nd-8th Grade: Wednesdays, 5-5:45 p.m.);

    PresbyCrew: (2nd & 4th Wednesdays, from 3–5:00 p.m., going with the school calendar, for K – 5th grade) will meet twice in February. February 14th & 28th.

    MISSION BUDDIES: (PreK—12th Grade, 3rd Sun- day monthly, as part of Sunday School) Next opportunity: February 18th

    It’s not too early to start thinking about GMPC Vacation Bible School 2018 on June 17th - 21st, from 5:30— 8:30 p.m. 2018 VBS Director: Tami Warren. Mark Your Calendars Now! Details Coming Soon!


    The Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast Meeting for February will be on the 11th, 8:15 a.m., at 1st Baptist Church. We graciously extend an invitation for all men to join us in February, for breakfast and fellowship with the men of FUMC, 1st Baptist, and Grove Park Baptist.

    February PW Circle Meetings are as follows: (Bible Leader: Linda Williamson)

    Circle #1 will meet on the 5th at 3:00 p.m. at the home of Linda Williamson (17 Pond Lane).1

    Circle #2 will meet on the 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room.

    Circle #3 will meet on the 6th at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

    Dear Saints at Graves, It has been a few weeks now since we exchanged “see you later” sentiments. Enough time has now passed to reflect a bit on our time together. Enough time has passed to confirm what Linda and I suspected all along and that is that God blessed us while we were at Graves. And so I echo what Paul said to one of his churches after the goodbyes were shared: “Every time I think of you-----and I think of you often------I thank God for every good memory I have of you.” Linda and I will always be uniquely reminded of the welcome you offered us when we first arrived, your support during our time together and your grace as we shared best wishes for the future. The goodbye luncheon will be re- membered as such a splendid way of thanking God for His presence as we worked together to help the church heal and move forward. Your care for us as evidenced by the gifts you shared, the notes you sent us, the meals we en- joyed, the words spoken and the tears shed have left an indelible mark on our hearts as well as our souls. I came to Graves Memorial, in part, because the church was always a great church in my mind. I left no less con- vinced and even more assured that Graves is still a great and powerful witness for our Lord Jesus Christ. The future will be marked no doubt by more promise. And so, Linda and I pray that the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, will be with you all now and forever more. Godspeed,