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June 28th, 2022

Hello Folks,
 
It is a pleasure to write you this short note as your new Bridge Pastor. Many of you may be asking, “What in the world is a Bridge Pastor?” Not surprising! Well, this will be my third bridge pastoral role in a row—having been at Mount Olive and Goldsboro during the past two-and-a half years. Both of those congregations were seeking a full-time, installed pastor, as are you. There are some minor differences in how the process will unfold, but it’s important for you all to know that God has already chosen your next installed pastor! It’s up to the people you have called, led by Philip Thomas to find just who that person is! And, not surprisingly, whomever that is may be discerning God’s new call this very moment!
 
Therefore, my role as Bridge Pastor is, along with Claire, to provide you with pastoral leadership during this time. None of us knows how long the search process will last—sometimes it’s short, other times it seems agonizingly long! But part of our job is to help you understand how important it is for the church to keep moving forward during this time so that your momentum is well established, and so the new pastor will be able to come on board a train that is moving along, headed in the right direction.
 
Claire is key in this, as she will continue the great work she has been doing through the process and into the transition to a new head of staff. Her work filling both roles since last winter has been wonderful, and she’s risen to the challenges with great joy, stamina, and results! That is, if my sense of how well things are going is a valid indicator. In talking with Robert and Brad, it only reinforces that sense! And, Sunday afternoon I met Leigh Anne; again an affirmation that you are in good hands!
 
In the midst of Tom’s leaving and our adjusting to the reality of semi-permanent COVID unknowns—it is important for the church to keep that train moving! Most important task? Keep the community together. To help your session continue its good work. To pray for the Designated Pastor Nominating Committee. To assist the diaconate to care for the church and its members. And, to stay in touch with one another in a variety of ways—and I hope to help in that process. From the beginning of COVID, I stayed in touch by sending out a mass email every Friday morning, mailing copies to those who don’t have email access. They are nothing special—I promise—but they record things that are on my mind. Things that I think the church might want to know. Things, keep us in touch; that help keep the community train moving!
 
So, friends I’m excited to come walk alongside you and to work with the staff, session, diaconate, and other parts of this lovely church to provide a pastoral presence that seems appropriate for these times of transition. So please check your inbox on Friday to see what your new “bridge pastor” has to say!
 
Grace and peace,
 
John
Congregational Meeting July 10th at 9:45am
 
A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, July 10th for the purpose of acting on the recommended slate of people to serve on the Officer Nominating Committee (ONC) inclusive of Carolyn Harmon, Kathy Vaughan, Maggie Freeman, Rob Edmonson, Stephanie Smith, Erika Thomas, Sarah Winbourne, and Madalyn Land. Additionally, the 2021 Annual Report will be reviewed. Plan now to join us for this congregational meeting on Sunday, July 10th at 9:45am in the sanctuary.
 
A Warm Welcome
 
Please join our reception for the Winings family immediately following worship on July 10th in Clark Hall.

This week at FPC 
 
Sun, July 3rd  
9:00 am Summer Sunday School (Library)
Dudley Class (Dudley Room)
10:00 am Sunday Morning Worship (Sanctuary)
11:00 am  Lemonade Fellowship (Memory Garden)
   
Mon, July 4th Fourth of July – Independence Day
  Church office is closed
Summer Office Hours
 
This summer the church office will close on Fridays at noon from Friday, June 3rd through Friday, September 2nd. Please plan to conclude church business prior to noon on Fridays this summer. On Friday, September 9th, we return to 8:30 am to 4:30 pm workday each day of the week.

Summer Schedule May 22nd – July 31st
 
Our summer combined 10:00 am worship schedule will continue through July 31st. Adult Sunday school will meet at 9:00 am. Join our convivial lemonade fellowship time in the Memory Garden which immediately follows worship. On August 7th, our two services schedule will return with children's and adult Sunday school being held between the services.
The Dudley Class (Dudley Room) and Summer Sunday School (Library) meet at 9:00am.
Summer Sunday School (SSS)  at 9:00 am in Library for Teens and Adults
 
We’re exploring Meant For Good, a fresh study of well-loved scripture Jeremiah 29:11 by Megan Marshman. Meant for Good looks at the truth within trusting God's plan for your life, no matter what your life looks like right now. Start living in active dependence on God, and find your way to the perfect plan God has for you and how to trust God's definition of good above your own. Each class will feature a video discussion starter and a different discussion facilitator. The classes are open for all youth (6th grade and up) and adults. Join us!

The second portion of the summer, we’ll shift to a N.T. Wright New Testament study.

 
Volunteers in the ministries of Presbyterian Women are always needed.
  • The Chancel Guild keeps the sanctuary prepared for worship. Teams work on a monthly basis.
  • The Flower Guild provides arrangements of greenery on Sundays when we don’t have reservations for flowers. Teams work in pairs on a rotating basis.
  • The Care Team Guild provides support for families following the death of a family member. Teams work on a rotating basis.
When you join a guild you are supporting the church and working in fellowship with other women - come meet new friends and serve with us.  Contact Karen Prafka at 237-0519 or kapers77281@yahoo.com.

Connect to our Newsletter via FPC’s Webpage

 
The FPC weekly newsletter is now available on our website in the CONNECT dropdown menu. www.firstpreswilson.com
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Please take a moment to make sure you are currently receiving the weekly church emails and all other important emailed correspondence from the church. If you are not receiving emails from fpc@firstpreswilson.com, please call FPC’s Communications Director Brad Chaplin at 252-234-3115 or email Brad at fpc@firstpreswilson.com.
Also, please be aware that our Communications team is taking on the mammoth effort to update our database in preparation for printing a new church directory. Expect a call from one on the team. If you’re left a message, please return the call, email or text!

 

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Music Preview for this Sunday’s 10 AM Worship Service- July 3rd, 2022

This Sunday, Sue Metta will be singing two solos to commemorate Independence Day. They are “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin and “My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee”.  Other music will include  piano and organ instrumentals on the song “Shine, Jesus, Shine.” We will plan to sing “”Shine, Jesus, Shine” and “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies.” Please don’t forget our hymn-sing at the beginning of the service!

Please subscribe and watch Robert's Hymn of the Week on YouTube
 
Each week our Director of Music Robert Morehead will feature a hymn selection from our Glory to God Hymnal. Robert will provide some history and background about each selection and sing it playing the organ here at First Presbyterian.
This week’s Hymn of the Week is : You Are My All in All.
Current Covid Protocols
 
We respect that masks are a personal choice, therefore an individual decision.
We are thankful for all who volunteer at FPC!!

1 Peter 4:10  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
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