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First Presbyterian Church of Boone 
 

"Called to Grow, Share, Serve"

 

Our Mission Statement
“A family of faith Called to Grow in the love of Christ,
Share that Good News, and Serve the world.”

 


Let Us Pray for Peace
 
“As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes.”  Luke 19:41-42
 
I have been reflecting on this verse after receiving an email from a dear church friend who shared a blog from another pastor who is wrestling with the same realities we’re dealing with in our country at this time.  Jesus wept over the capital of Israel because of their spiritual and political blindness.  I believe he’s weeping over our capital too, and not just the capital, but also the spiritual and political blindness that continues to ravage our leadership on all levels, causing great division among Americans.  Violence has never been the way of Christ; in fact our salvation required him to endure it for our good, to die a cruel and excruciating death that we might have life.  Jesus was charged by Rome for insurrection and sedition even though the Jewish religious leaders condemned him for blasphemy.  Rome didn’t care about blasphemy; they were more concerned about rioters and insurrectionists.  Jesus was not guilty of such a thing; he refused to inflict violence to gain power; instead he made himself a servant. 
 
Today we stand on the edge of democracy not knowing what each day brings.  Things change rapidly day to day in light of the events that unfolded just a week ago.  It breaks my heart to see five deaths and numerous injuries because of the hatred fueled by political aspirations.  We are a week away from a new administration and yet there are threats of more violence to come.  Regardless of one’s political views, regardless of one’s thoughts about policies, or who the President should be, we are called to the way of Christ.  Jesus never promoted division, discord, or hate.  He commanded us to love one another as he has loved us.  (John 15:12)  While not an easy thing to always do, it’s the way of Christ and the way of those who profess to follow him. 
 
The beauty of the Christian Church is that it is filled with diversity of thought, of gifts, of people who come from various backgrounds, and races.  We may or may not have a lot in common, but we’re united by the Holy Spirit as believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus.  We are baptized into one family.  And it’s time for the Christian Church to be united more than ever; standing for truth, for what is right, and for God’s sacrificial love that offers forgiveness not just for those who love him, but also for those who don’t.  We cannot allow any professed Christian to justify hate or violent actions in the name of Jesus.  This distorts the truth of the good news of Jesus Christ and turns people away from the Church. 
 
We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, not to wish harm or to inflict harm either physically or even verbally.  This means we must examine our own hearts and seek God’s forgiveness as repentant sinners, and with humility seek to live as Christ would have us live, bearing his light into the darkness that has descended within the hearts of so many.  What we see unfold on television is not just something beyond Boone, NC; the spirit of division and discord is very present here.  Take a look at your social media pages and you’ll see the hateful rhetoric being spewed from every side.  We can’t even get a simple traffic update without inflammatory and hateful remarks being made!
 
While Jesus weeps over the blindness that welcomes darkness disguised as light; Satan rejoices.  It is my prayer that this violence will cease, that there will be no more blood shed, and that our nation can return to civility.  It’s a lofty prayer I know, but it begins not by asking God simply to fix everything – it begins with God’s people, the Church.  I want to thank all of you who joined me in prayer last Sunday for our nation.  We counted about 63 folks who participated in that prayer time.  I encourage you to keep praying for our leaders to do what is right and not simply what is politically expedient.  Let us pray for one another too, that we may live rightly as we bear witness to Christ in our interactions with others. 
 
I encourage us to pray for peace, for we worship the Prince of Peace and this is what we desperately need.  We need to recognize the things that make for peace and we need divine interaction to remove the scales that blind us from treating one another as people created in the image of God, and of people who make up this nation we call the “United States of America.”  We need to seek unity in the midst of our diversity, and we need to seek Christ’s way in doing so. 
 
Church, I’m grateful for each and every one of you.  We worship Jesus Christ – not anyone else.  We can only trust Christ to come through on every promise made, not any particular politician or government official.  May we be reminded of this as we seek Christ together during this difficult and challenging time.  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your family!
 
Grace and Peace,
 
Pastor Jeff
  




Join us for a Congregational Meeting on Zoom

Sunday, January 24
 10:30am
 
As we continue to conduct the business of the church from afar, we will hold a congregational meeting on Sunday, January 24 at 10:30am.  Our congregational meeting is being called for several purposes:  to have our annual meeting of the corporation, to hear a report on our annual report for 2020, to inform you of the 2021 budget, and to approve the pastor’s terms of call for 2021.  We will have this meeting online through a zoom gathering.  Be on the lookout for the zoom link that will come through a congregational email to you next week.
 

Join us Sunday for Worship @  8:45am & 11:00am!
 
 
Second Sunday after Epiphany

God's Promises


"Forgiveness"

January 17, 2021

Scripture

Luke 23:32-34
I John 1:5-2:2

 


 

www.firstpresboone.org or
our YouTube Channel: 
 www.youtube.com/firstpresboone

This Sunday's worship bulletin:
https://mcusercontent.com/34da67e146e18be751a742b05/files/6724efb4-e004-442c-a56c-4a1c7ebc1dc3/December_27_J_2020.pdf
 
Let Us Pray Together… Thursdays @ 10:00am
 
I invite you to join me for prayer on a weekly basis.  I will be hosting a Zoom prayer time on Thursdays at 10:00am.  This will be a time to share joys and concerns and to spend some time praying with one another, even if it’s just wordless groans!  If you are interested in participating please email Steve Marks – steve@firstpresboone.net and let him know.  We will email you the zoom link information for you to join. 
 
This is open to anyone and there’s no pressure to pray out loud if you don’t want to.   For those whose schedules limit participation at this time, I encourage you to stop what you’re doing at 10:00am and to offer a prayer with us from where you are.  Let us continue to seek God daily, joining together to pray for one another and for our world.  I look forward to praying with you!
 
Pastor Jeff
New Book Club Forming on Zoom--Women Authors in American Literature 
 
Interested in reading books by female authors? Like to talk about what you've read with others? 

You're invited to join a new group that will select titles written by women, read them, and engage in discussion and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Our organizational meeting will be held on January 26th at 7pm via Zoom 

Please contact Julia Pedigo, pedigoja@appstate.edu, or Margaret Gregor, mngregor@hotmail.com to receive an invitation or to ask questions.
 


Youth Reach Classes
 
We will be beginning a Reach Wednesday Youth Series on "Healthy Relationships". This series will run 8 weeks beginning Wednesday, January 27th and will explore what healthy interpersonal relationships look like, with regard to adolescent development and Scripture. Each session will go from 7-7:45 PM and will be taught by both Will and Maggie Sabillo. Will has been a student chaplain for 4 years at different schools and at different levels. While Maggie is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has primarily served children and adolescents. To accommodate for the different needs of middle schoolers and of high schoolers, we will have the sessions bi-weekly, with middle schoolers starting their series on January 27 and high schoolers starting theirs on February 3, alternating each week. 

Sunday School Changes
 
There will be a change to youth Sunday schools beginning this Sunday (1/17). 
All youth, boys and girls, will have Sunday school each week, instead of the alternate method we had before. All middle schoolers will have their Sunday school at 9 AM each week and all high schoolers will have their Sunday school at 9:30 AM each week, as well. Zoom links will be sent the day before. 

Future Youth Activities
 
Our youth will be having a sledding day at Hawksnest on February 6th. The sign-up link is included below, and the sign-up deadline is January 24th. 

February 6th: Sledding at Hawksnest Snow Tubing (Seven Devils, NC)

10-11:30 AM (Sign-up Deadline: January 24th. More information in the upcoming weeks.) 
https://doodle.com/poll/zimvvdyusw7grnpw?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link


If you have questions about any of these activities, feel free to reach out to Will Sabillo (will@firstpresboone.net)
 
Our next Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for :
  • Thursday, January 21
  • 2:00 - 6:30 pm
Sign-up at:
https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time  

The FOCUS Sunday School class is beginning a study of the book of James using the study by Francis Chan on RightNow Media.  “The Book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who've faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God.” Please contact Steve Marks or Sue Newell if you are interested in attending.
 

Save the Date...

Reach

January 27 through March 17, 2021

Contribution Statements for 2020 were mailed last week. When you receive your statement please take a moment to make sure everything is correct. If you find an error, please call the church office (828-264-3906) and we will make the correction.

Reminder...if you made a contribution through the Presbyterian Foundation (online service) those contributions will not be on the statement from the church. You will receive a statement directly from the foundation.

 

January 13, 2021
Volume 29, Issue 2

 

RightNow Media

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/
FirstPresbyterianChurchBoone
All gifts given through our online module will support the general operating budget of the church only. 

Gifts given online will receive a contribution statement from
the Presbyterian Foundation at the end of the year.
 
If you would like to contribute to any special fund, i.e. the Diaconate Fund or the Disaster Relief Fund, please write a separate check and earmark it for the fund you designate and mail it to the church.  
First Presbyterian Church
131 Big Valley Street
Boone, NC 28607

www.firstpresboone.org
Phone: 828-264-3906
Fax:      828-264-9466
 
 
                              Staff Email
 
Jeff Smith - Pastor
jeff@firstpresboone.net
Jennifer Jones- Office Administrator
jennifer@firstpresboone.net
Erin Fowler- Children's Director 
erin@firstpresboone.net
Steve Marks - Pastoral Associate
steve@firstpresboone.net
Will Sabillo- Interim Youth & College Director
will@firstpresboone.net
Tammi Zaidel - Community Connection Coordinator
tammi@firstpresboone.net
Cindy Clawson - First Light Director
cindyclawson3@yahoo.com
Lisa Combs - Chancel Choir  & Handbell Director
reed_combs@att.net 
Brandon Winbush - Pianist
winbushb@wataugaschools.org
 
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