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First Presbyterian Church of Boone 

“Equipping Ordinary People to Lead
Extraordinary Lives in Christ”


Reminder... this Sunday, August 18th, we return to our regular service times!

First Light Service - 8:45am
Sunday School - 10:00am
Traditional Service - 11:00am

“Words of the Wise” – Sermons on Proverbs
This Sunday we will begin a new 10-week sermon series entitled, “Words of the Wise,” which will focus on a number of different passages from the book of Proverbs.  The book of Proverbs includes Hebrew poetry and is often paired with Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon because they share this poetic form, but also because they are deemed “wisdom literature.”  In fact, they are included as wisdom literature because of their emphasis on obtaining wisdom in all areas of our lives, including our relationship with God and others.  Proverbs are short statements that address real life situations that recur often enough that people need to have a name for them.  They are speech-acts that teach, and reprove us to seek godly wisdom in everything we do.  A proverb stimulates thought and provides insight into our actions. 
Over the next 10-weeks we are going to scratch the surface of this book for godly wisdom and insight as we seek to apply them to our everyday lives.  As we do so, I want to encourage you to read them for yourself.  There are only 31 chapters in this book and I have found it helpful to read one chapter a day, allowing the Spirit to guide you in reflecting on a particular passage.  It’s an easy way to engage the scriptures and to immerse yourself into the next ten weeks of study together.  As we do so, we will cover these topics within the pages of this book:  Wisdom, Our Words, Pride, When no one is around, A Healthy Heart, Friendship, and Parental Guidance.  In addition, we will spend three weeks looking at the Proverbs through the eyes of stewardship leading us into our Stewardship Dedication Sunday.  I look forward to this new sermon series with you and to being back with you from our time away on vacation.  Don’t forget that this Sunday we return to our regular Sunday morning schedule with First Light Worship at 8:45am and our Traditional Service at 11:00am.  See you Sunday!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jeff

Join us for a
Congregational Meeting

Sunday, August 25th at 10:30 am
in the Sanctuary
To elect our new slate of Officers for the Class of 2022 and the Nominating Committee for 2020. 

Gathering to Serve 2019 Wrap Up
Many thanks to EVERYONE who participated in Gathering to Serve on Saturday! G2S is possible thanks to the amazing dedicated project leaders who gather people of all ages, with different gifts, to serve. The photos give you a glimpse of what the teams did, but here’s a better look at how God used First Presbyterian Church at some of the projects…
Heart Song is always a blessing - we have some people who are not choir members sing with us, so it's wonderful to sing and serve together with a variety of people. It was beautiful to stand in front of the room full of people at Deerfield Ridge, sing old hymns and see so many eyes brighten as they sang along with us. We do not hand out music or hymnals, but many know the hymns by heart after singing them for so many years. We love this ministry!  
Heather Langdon (Heart Song)

THANK YOU for allowing me to work alongside a group of concerned, caring, happy, "get 'er done" folks that really need no leadership. Seth, the Volunteer Coordinator, made a comment to me after we were through. "I really enjoy seeing a group from First Pres come in to volunteer. Tell them what and how to do something and just get out of their way. It will be done well and with a smile".  I have volunteered at HHC for a number of years and have seen that without people that care for their fellow man volunteering, the organization would not be able to provide the level of service needed. It's not just about stacking cans, washing prescription bottles, or preparing meals. It's about the folks that are in desperate need of the food and medicines provided.  Thanks to God for those who care…
Guy Rippy (Hunger Coalition)
Our group at the Back 2 School Festival worked in the school supply room. It was a blessing to see the smiling faces when they received something new like a really cool backpack or notebooks, colored pencils or even a set of ear phones.  We may only feel like a very small part of a very large task, but I believe we serve where God puts us. 
Jennifer Hendrix (Back 2 School Festival)

It was really great to see and work alongside some wonderful people who so graciously took time out of their day to serve at FMO. Sifting the sandbox was hard work, but it was so nice to do it with others. The men did a marvelous job inside moving shelves and putting up blinds and easels. FMO really appreciates all the great work that was accomplished during gathering to serve. Thanks!
Amber Kanoy and Rebecca Pitts (FMO Directors)

It truly touches my heart to see God at work with the ASU international students.  Our group of 12 delivered huge bags with bedding, desk lamps, and other items to place on the dorm bed of 60 new international students arriving this week. It was a great opportunity for our multi-generational group to serve the international community at ASU.  
Cathy Ziegler (Pay It Forward)
18 volunteers from FPC completed a full list of projects at Casting Bread Food Pantry.  Small groups prepared meals to serve the following week, weighed and stocked a trunk full of food items, created hygiene bags, removed some dead bushes, moved a stack of cinder blocks, painted the entry door and a countertop. Susanna Goff (age 9) shared “I had fun cooking and it was amazing to be able to help people.” Email Sam Garrett at Casting Bread if you would like to “help people” in the future at: 
Sarah Goff (Casting Bread Food Pantry)

If you were encouraged either by your experience volunteering on Saturday, or by reading about the projects above…  hopefully you will look into volunteering at one of our Gathering 2 Serve projects or at another organization in the near future… the needs are so great in our community!

Ephesians 4:12: “ equip his people for works of service so
that the body of Christ may be built up...”

Looking for a women’s bible study?? A new study is starting Friday, September 13th from 9:45-11:30. We will start with Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurest. 
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection--from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection's ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.
If you are interested, please email or call Kelley Wilson or 828-773-0460. Thanks!!
If you, or someone you know, is walking through the loss of a spouse, please consider joining us for this free one night seminar of encouragement and support.
For more information, contact Sharon Carlton at (828) 773-1981.     

The Rejoicers, a retirees’ fellowship group, will be going to Barter theater to see “The Producers”.  The play is Thursday, Sept 26, at 2pm.  We will leave the church by noon and should be back around 5:30.  I need a commitment by Wednesday, August 21.  We invite any interested “seniors” to join us.  If you are interested or would like more information please let me know.
      Hope you can join us,   Arlene Steeves
Listening Post Seeks Volunteers
The Listening Post, a campus ministry sponsored by Presbyterian-Episcopal Campus Ministry, is seeking volunteers for the school year beginning this fall at Appalachian State University. Listeners are mature adult conversationalists who will enjoy listening more than talking with college students (as well as others). Volunteers should be able to ask leading questions and then listen with an open mind and heart, without trying to “fix it,” or put forth an agenda. Listening Post workers are not counselors, yet we enjoy the encouragement and support of ASU's Counseling Center and its administration.
We are seeking Listeners to serve 1.5-to-2-hour shifts on Tuesdays or Thursdays at the new Leon Levine Health Science Hall.  You will be provided a parking permit.  Volunteers must attend a brief orientation session.
To learn a little about this unique ministry, check out our Facebook page at
To talk to someone about volunteering, contact:

St. Mary of the Hills Choir Concert  - August 17th

In a respite from these troubled times, the choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church presents “Keep Watch: Seeking Kindness in Today’s World” on Saturday, August 17th, at 5:30 pm in the nave of the church. 

Patterned on the familiar Lessons and Carols of the Advent season, this free concert will feature readings and music that focus on the themes of loss, social justice, love, and kindness. The music includes Carissimi’s Plorate filii Israel (Weep, children of Israel), Barber’s Sure on this Shining Night, Gjeilo’s Ubi caritas (Where Charity and Love are), and Carly Simon’s uplifting anthem Let the River Run

St. Mary’s is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock.  For more information on this performance, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828.295.7323 or follow us on Facebook @ MusicfromStMaryoftheHills.

This Week at FPC...
Thursday, August 15
6:00pm   Christian Education
6:30pm   First Light Practice

Sunday, August 18
8:45am    First Light Service
10:00am   Sunday School
11:00am   Traditional Service
5:30pm    Mission Committee

Monday, August 19  
6:00pm   Property/Personnel Committee

Tuesday, August 20
7:00pm    Finance/Stewardship Committee


Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

 Words of the Wise - "True Wisdom"

Proverbs 3:5-8
Proverbs 1:1-7

Sunday, August 18th 
We return to our Regular Schedule

First Light Service - 8:45am
Sunday School - 10:00am
Traditional Service - 11:00am

August 13, 2019
Volume XXVIl, Issue 29

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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
Erin Fowler- 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 

Our mailing address is:
131 Big Valley Street, Boone, NC 28607

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