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May 24th, 2022

Dear friends,
You’d think after 2+ years of the twists and turns of responding to Covid, the church would be more comfortable with change. However, I’m finding that’s not the case. We struggle longing for some constancy, some regular pattern we can relax within. But here we find ourselves amidst more change.
I hope all of you were able to hear our new Designated Pastor Nominating Committee (DPNC) chair Philip Thomas’ announcement in worship on Sunday (either in person or via our worship video online.) Philip clarified for us all the difference between calling and installing a designated pastor and a permanent one. This detail is important to get right.
Philip’s announcement is the first in a series we can expect as the DPNC gets to work and shares their progress with the congregation. It’s crucial to understand that the DPNC needs to balance their autonomy and the confidential nature of the people and materials they are discussing with the interest of the congregation. The DPNC have stated their hope of being as transparent as possible with the congregation. To further that goal in addition to voting for a chair, they placed Ginger Jablonski in the role of communication liaison.
Another point I’d like to clarify for you all is that I cannot serve as your bridge interim pastor; someone else will need to be hired for that position. In other words, we can’t just limp along with only me as your pastor while the DPNC completes their search. According to Presbytery rules, anyone who serves as an interim (bridge or otherwise) can not serve as a pastor of any stripe after the new designated or permanent pastor arrives. My hope and plan is to remain your associate pastor until I retire in 3 years or so. Meanwhile, my grandbabies are growing up way too fast and being their often-present-with-them Gigi is the goal that feeds and blesses my heart. I’m so grateful you’ve made that a possibility with my part-time schedule.
I know for some of you, this is way too much detail. Some of you like having all the facts. All of us long to celebrate the arrival of our new pastor-for-the-long-term. In the meantime, the most valuable thing any of us can do is pray. Start praying now for our new senior pastor, whomever they are. Pray for me; I feel your love and prayers holding me in the road. I need them. Pray for our staff as they navigate these in-between times. Pray for your DPNC and for the church leadership. Pray that in all this, God is glorified in our hearts and in this place.
In anticipation of all God has in store for us!

Ps – We are truly grateful to everyone who has completed the CAT survey! If you are growing weary with emails and reminders coming from FPC, please remember that the church office and Mike and Mike have no way to tell who has completed the survey and who hasn’t because of its anonymous nature. This means we cannot tell who to delete from our email distribution list. FPC will stop emails requesting the survey be completed on June 4th. Please bear with us until then.

Designated Pastor Nominating Committee (DPNC) Update

The congregation elected the following individuals to serve on our DPNC who will search for our new called and installed pastor: Philip Thomas (Chair), Ralph Dail, A.J. Gunter, Ginger Jablonski, Lindsey Noulles, Tom Piggott, Gilda Tucker, Robin Walton, and Malory Windham. There are still a few steps, mandated by Presbytery, before this team can begin actively interviewing. However, if you have a recommendation you’d like to share with this amazing team, please first check with the individual you wish to recommend to be certain they are willing to be considered and then pass their contact information to one of the DPNC members.

This week at FPC 
Sun, May 29th  
9:00 am Dudley Class (Dudley Room)
10:00 am Combined Service (Sanctuary)
Mon, May 30th Memorial Day
  Office closed

Pentecost Potluck

Wear your flame colors and celebrate the church on Sunday, June 5th with a potluck luncheon in Clark Hall at 11am, immediately following worship. Great food, fellowship and fun are a sure thing as we celebrate the birthday of the church!

Humanitarian Relief for Ukraine
The Mission Team thanks you for making our collection for Ukraine such a success. $4065.00 has been given to date.
The Missions Team has identified 4 families that will need help with supplemental food this summer, when school breakfasts and lunches and weekend CHEW bags are not available. In the past, we have been able to provide supplemental food for two to four families. Before we can commit to help, we must know how many volunteers we will have.  
We have provided this mission for many years and our church members and friends have always stepped up - many of them summer after summer.  We ask that each volunteer, or family, or team, provide extra food to one family one time during the summer. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Melanie Mauze at or call her at 252-315-1707. Your interest will not be considered a commitment yet. Thank you!

Summer Schedule May 22nd – July 31st
One 10:00 am worship service in the sanctuary will be held each Sunday  through July 31st. Each Sunday while worship meets at 10:00 am, adult Sunday school will meet at 9:00 am.  Beginning on June 5th, Pentecost Sunday, our convivial lemonade fellowship time in the Memory Garden will return immediately following worship. On August 7th, our two services schedule will return with adult Sunday school being held between the services.
Only the Dudley Class meets on May 29th at 9:00 am in the Dudley Room. The Dudley Class (Dudley Room) and Summer Sunday School (Library) meet beginning June 5th at 9:00am.
Summer Sunday School (SSS) Begins June 5th at 9:00 am in Library
We’ll begin SSS with 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.

Under Construction 🚧 Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars! Vacation Bible School will be “Under Construction" June 12th—15th from 5:00-7:00 pm. We hope you will put on your safety goggles, hard hat, and safety vest as we see how God’s plan for us is being developed everyday! Below you will find the link to register for Vacation Bible School. Please make sure that you fill out a form for each child that will be attending VBS and share with your neighbor! All are welcome!
Pre-Registration will be open from now until June 12th!
Vacation Bible School registration link
Paper copies of registration forms will also be available in the office. You may fill out one there as well! 

Music Preview for this Sunday’s 10 AM Worship Service- May 29th, 2022

Our summer hymn-sings will commence. Special Music to commemorate Memorial Day will be featured.
“God Of Our Fathers” arranged by Mark Thewes which includes chromatic mediants and colorful chords that bring this concept to life- God’s Almighty hand guides us through all of the ages!

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 : O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing

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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