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First Presbyterian Church of Boone 

“Equipping Ordinary People to Lead
Extraordinary Lives in Christ”


Join us Sunday for a Picnic at Valle Crucis Park!
3:00pm – Dusk
Bring a side dish to share and invite a friend!

“Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”  Acts 2:46
Jesus was notorious for eating with his disciples and enjoying a meal with others.  His table fellowship included people from all walks of life; the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Jewish peasants, tax collectors, prostitutes, and other persons deemed as sinners by the community.  Jesus knows that sharing a meal together is central to building relationships, it allows for conversation to take place between one another, and often between strangers.  This Sunday we are having our annual church wide picnic at Valle Crucis Park.  We will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and enjoying the fellowship and company of one another.  Our children will play together in the beauty of God’s creation, and most definitely in the creek. 
You are invited to come and to join in on the fun.  In fact, you are invited to invite someone else to join us too.  Maybe it’s someone who doesn’t have a church home, or someone who could benefit from enjoying a good time with others.  Presbyterians love to eat, but we also love to share our meal with guests; because that is what Jesus modeled for us.  So bring your lawn chairs, or your tailgate tent if you’d like, and a dish to share as we gather as the church in the name of our Lord, always willing to make room at the table.  It’s sure to be a great time.  I look forward to seeing you there! 
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jeff
Sunday, July 7 – Sunday, August 11
One Blended Worship Service at 11:00am
Coffee & Fellowship at 9:30am
Sunday School at 10:00am

We will have the church picnic rain or shine! If it's storming in Valle Crucis the picnic will be moved to the church. Please check Facebook, the church website or call the church office at 828-264-3906. Assume everything is as scheduled unless the church voicemail says it's moved to the church.

First Morning Out Preschool

Did you know that one of First Presbyterian Church’s ministries is First Morning Out Preschool? First Morning Out Preschool (FMO) is an early childhood program that serves children in our congregation and the community ages 15 months to age five. The preschool is located in the Children’s Sunday school area and meets five days a week during the school year. With our nurturing and highly-trained teachers, we seek to share God’s love by providing an enriching and safe environment for children to grow spiritually, physically, socially, intellectually, and emotionally as they learn through our play-based program. We offer small class sizes to provide personal attention to each child. We love how God has made each child unique and celebrate those differences. Come be a part of this special community!

     We are currently enrolling for the upcoming school year that starts in August.  We have open spaces in our four-year-old classes and our Transitional Kindergarten classroom. Please call Rebecca (828-264-9427) or email for more information or to schedule a tour. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
12pm - 1:30pm Lunch and Devotional (for Middle School Youth)

Where: Chick-fil-A, 2082 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607, USA


Come join us for food, fellowship, and a devotional! This event is for current
middle school youth and rising 6th graders. Parents may drop youth off at the restaurant with money for lunch and pick them up at the same location 1.5 hours later. This will be a bi-weekly event until school starts. Please RSVP to Hope to see you there!

Reminder... all rising 6th grade students can move into middle school Sunday school and rising 9th graders can come to high school!
Calendar of Events

July 14 - Picnic at Valle Crucis Park
July 15-18 - Vacation Bible School
August 4-9 - CROSS High School Mission Trip
August 10 - Gathering to Serve
September 8 - Rally Day!

Want to find out more?
VBS 2019
Athens: Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth

Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul…straight from Paul himself! Join us for a visit to Athens where Paul will inspire kids through music, crafts, Bible stories, games, and mission opportunities, to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love today!  

   When:  Monday July 15, 2019-Thursday July 18, 2019; 5:30pm-8:00pm 

   Where:  First Presbyterian Church of Boone, 131 Big Valley Street, Boone, NC.

   Who: 4-year-olds (PreK)-Rising 5th graders

Other Important Information to Know:
  • Registration is required in order to attend.  Knowing in advance how many children will be attending allows us to make sure we have enough food, materials, and volunteers.
  • You may register online at
  • A special early VBS check-in will take place on Sunday, July 14 before and after service.  Families are welcome to check in and receive materials in order to save time on Monday evening. 
  • Dinner will be served each night.
  • Children should wear clothing that can get dirty.  
  • Our mission for VBS will be supporting the Back to School Festival through donations, specifically of notebook paper, socks and shoes.
  • We will have a limited number of VBS music CDs available for families to purchase.
We hope to see you there!
Help us decorate for VBS!

The Children's Ministry is in need of some items to help decorate for Athens VBS. We need throw pillows, small rugs, greenery, and baskets. If you have any of these items and are willing to let the Children's Ministry borrow them for VBS it would be greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions please contact Kara at
Rejoicers will be meeting for lunch at The China Buffet
on Friday, July 19, at 11:30.
Please join us.   RSVP:   Arlene at 828-297-9212

This Week at FPC...

Wednesday, July 10

 12:00pm  Middle School Lunch & Devotions (Chick-fil-A)
  6:00pm   VBS Training
 7:00pm   Chancel  Choir Practice

Thursday, July 11
  2:00pm    Small Group Planning Meeting
  6:30pm    First Light Practice 

Friday, July 12  
 10:00am   VBS Workday

Sunday, July 14 
10:00am   Sunday School
11:00am   Summer Worship
 3:00pm   Church Picnic/Valle Crucis Park

Monday, July 15
 5:30pm   Vacation Bible School
 5:45pm   Endowment Meeting
 6:00pm   Property/Personnel Meeting

Tuesday, July 16
  5:30pm   Vacation Bible School
  7:00pm   Finance/Stewardship Meeting
First Presbyterian Church Financial Report
The Session has approved the monthly posting of financial information in the Church bulletin and newsletter. This action will begin to address one of the objectives of the 20/20 Visionary Initiative.

June 2019 Financial Information

Year-to-Date Budgeted Receipts 
Year-to-Date Actual Receipts

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 9 Flavors, One Fruit - "Kindness"
Job 6:14
John 6:1-13

Summer Schedule

July 7 - August 11

Coffee & Fellowship - 9:30am
Sunday School - 10:00am
Summer Worship - 11:00am

July 9, 2019
Volume XXVIl, Issue 24
First Presbyterian Church
131 Big Valley Street
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-264-3906
Fax:      828-264-9466
                              Staff Email
Jeff Smith - Pastor
Jennifer Jones- Office Administrator
Kara Stroud- Interim Children's Director
Steve Marks - Pastoral Associate
Mary Beth Walker - Interim Youth & College Director
Tammi Zaidel - Community Connection Coordinator
Rebecca Pitts - First Morning Out Director
Cindy Clawson - First Light Director & Interim Pianist
Lisa Combs - Chancel Choir  & Handbell Director 



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131 Big Valley Street, Boone, NC 28607

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