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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.”


Lean into Love 2.0

2021 Lenten Project

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the kickoff of our 2021 Lenten Project, “Lean into Love 2.0.”  We need only think back a year to understand why we’re now in version 2.0 of “Lean into Love.”
A year ago, we were embarking on another Lenten Project that focused on a foreign mission, Chiapas, oblivious to gathering clouds foreshadowing the coming pandemic.  Then, the pandemic and its accompanying restrictions hit us: schools were closed; businesses shuttered; most medical services severely curtailed; in-person worship halted; and even local travel sorely restricted.  And, as things got worse instead of better, the pandemic’s human toll – massive economic and social dislocation – led to increasing hunger and housing insecurity among our neighbors in Watauga County.  Amid growing concern for those local needs, “Lean into Love” was born, and the focus of our Lenten Project shifted to providing hunger and crisis assistance relief to our neighbors through our local mission partners.  We raised just shy of $30,000 in that effort.
Fast forward a year, and, although signs of hope loom on the horizon, the pandemic’s lingering effects are still with us, and our neighbors’ needs continue.  Enter “Lean into Love 2.0.”  Again this year, we will disburse funds raised in this Project among five of our local mission partners that provide hunger or crisis relief, or a combination of both: Hunger and Health Coalition, Hospitality House, Casting Bread/Travis’s Lunchbox, WeCan (Western Crisis Assistance Network), and Rumple Presbyterian/Blowing Rock Cares.  And, like last year, donations may be made by mailing-in a check made out to the church and earmarked for the “Disaster Relief Fund.”  In coming weeks, we’ll highlight programs and services provided by each of our mission partners that help alleviate the pandemic’s effects on our neighbors.
We are “[a] family of faith called to grow in the love of Christ, share that Good News, and serve the world.”  The Lord has commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, Matthew 22: 39, and tells us that whenever we have fed or welcomed “the least of these . . . you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40.
In gratitude for all the Lord has done for us and considering the needs of our neighbors, please prayerfully consider to what extent you are able to contribute to our congregation’s Lenten Project.
  • The Mission Committee

Ash Wednesday, February 17        
Virtual Worship – 6:30pm

You are invited to join us tonight at 6:30pm for our Ash Wednesday service.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian Church.  Lent is a forty-day period in which disciples of Jesus are called to reflect upon our relationship with God, developing new life-changing disciplines.  Lent is an introspective time in which we come with broken and contrite hearts, seeking God’s forgiveness and recommitting our lives to follow Christ, as he moves from Galilee to Jerusalem’s cross. 
This year our service will be uploaded to YouTube, just like Sunday mornings.  You can access it directly on our channel, or go to our webpage to shortcut to it.  Although we will not be able to receive the imposition of ashes as we usually do, I encourage you to mark yourselves with the sign of the cross, using cooking oil.   Oil was often used to anoint as a sign of healing.  May this be a sign of God’s presence with us as celebrate this day in Spirit.  May we draw closer to God as we seek him together during the Lenten season! 

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

First Sunday in the Season of Lent 

You've Got to Have Faith

"Great Faith!"

February 21, 2021


Galatians 3:7-9
Matthew 8:5-13
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This Sunday's worship bulletin:
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 – 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

Children's Ministry Connections
Families, Lent devotion boxes are coming to your porch soon!  Look for these filled with weekly Lent activities, crafts, and Resurrection Eggs that tell the Easter story. Email Erin ( if you know a family outside of our church directory that would like this resource.

No Reach Class Tonight

Since it is Ash Wednesday, we will not be having our Reach Class on Healthy Relationships. We will return to our normal schedule next Wednesday, starting off with the High Schoolers. Our Reach Class goes from 7-7:45, and we are exploring the basis for healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and boundaries for our youth. 
Sunday School & Youth Group

We will be continuing our Sunday School series on I Samuel this weekend. Middle School will attend via Zoom from 9-9:30 AM, while High School will go also via Zoom from 9:30-10 AM. 

We will not be having youth group this weekend, since we will be going to Hawksnest for tubing. We will resume our usual youth group schedule the following Sunday (2/28) from 5-6 PM.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Will Sabillo (

February 17, 2021
Volume 29, Issue 7


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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
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
Will Sabillo- Interim Youth & College Director
Tammi Zaidel - Community Connection Coordinator
Cindy Clawson - First Light Director
Lisa Combs - Chancel Choir  & Handbell Director 
Brandon Winbush - Pianist

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

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