In Contact

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.”


Dear FPC Family,
We will begin sending out our In Contact newsletter to you on Fridays while everything is suspended.   The session is now meeting every Thursday to check in with one another and assess where things stand in regard to all that is happening around us.  Last night the session decided to cancel all activities and in person gatherings indefinitely, until we resume for worship on Sundays.   This means that our Seder Meal and Service will not happen as planned, nor our Reach Wednesday gatherings.  It’s possible that we can provide a Maundy Thursday and Good Friday message/service online.  The session will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a week to week basis and when it is safe to do so, will reschedule our in person worship gatherings. 
In this time of transition, we hope to provide community through zoom meetings online.  We have purchased two host licenses that will allow us to setup our standardized committee meetings through this platform.  Don’t fret, zoom is fairly simple; you can download the zoom app on your phone, or simply click on the email link that is emailed to you from your computer or tablet (no downloading needed) to connect to a meeting.  Looking forward, we hope to provide youth, college, and children’s activities through zoom and to provide regular gatherings of Sunday school classes too.  Even though we are apart, we still want to be together.  So I encourage you to jump in and try it out in the weeks ahead. 
In regards to worship, equipment has been ordered to provide a live stream of the sermon from the sanctuary soon.   However, this Sunday we will use Facebook Live as a means of sharing the message at 11:00am since our shipping orders have not all arrived.  If you don’t have Facebook, you will still be able to view the message.  We will upload it afterwards onto YouTube and provide a link from our homepage for you to click on and view it.  Once our live stream platform is up and running, you will be able to click on a link from our webpage which will direct you directly to the feed. 
In addition, the session approved our Finance and Stewardship committee to choose an online giving platform that will be made available on our webpage.  We will let you know when this is up and running, but for now you can mail your gifts to the church address: 131 Big Valley Street. 
Speaking of giving, the session voted to allow our church to be a distribution center for boxed meals to local residents who are in need during this time.  We are teaming up with Blowing Rock Cares from Rumple Memorial to provide food once a week.  Folks will drive through the portico to receive pre-boxed food by our volunteers one day a week.  The mission committee will be donating funds to Blowing Rock Cares to support their ability to purchase food, as it will be in greater need than before.  If you would like to contribute to this cause, and other needs that may arise in the community you may send a check to the church and earmark it “Disaster Relief Fund”. 
Friends, this is a new normal for now.  Please know that we are doing the best we can to stay connected.  Let us continue to pray for one another, for the COVID-19 virus to slow down and go away, and for all who are affected by it – those who are infected and those who are working in the healthcare field to care for them.  I’m comforted by Jesus’ words, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)  God is still with us, and God has overcome every trouble; let us keep the faith and be intentional to check on one another. 
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jeff


Can be found on the church’s Facebook page:
Jesus’ Last Words:  Why have you forsaken me?
Psalm 22; Mark 15:33-39
Don’t have Facebook?  Look for the link on the church homepage to view it on YouTube later on Sunday.

First Pres Boone is responding.  Would you like to join us?


In response to the Coronavirus, and recent closures of schools and businesses, many people in our county are looking for food assistance.  Session has approved $1000 from our Disaster Relief Fund to go toward the purchase and distribution of food in partnership with Rumple Presbyterian Church/Blowing Rock CARES.  Anyone that would like to be part of the effort to help our neighbors locally can do so by mailing a check to the church and writing “Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo line.  Other organizations in our area are doing a lot to address a variety of needs, and if you prefer, money can be contributed to them directly at their web sites.


John 4:10 (NIV)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Please click this link to watch the message.

Do you know how bad the water is in Chiapas, Mexico.  Sometimes it’s easier not to know.  We live safe secure lives most of the time knowing we can turn on the tap trusting the water is safe. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in most of the developing world know they can not trust the water.

Providing access to clean water saves lives by reducing sickness and sometimes fatal water borne diseases and saves money spent buying pure water or the time and energy spent cutting down trees to purify it by boiling. 

At the medical clinic we evaluate and treat many patients suffering from water borne disease. The cycle of illness and death is tough to break but its not impossible to make a difference.  

The Sawyer filters we bring are a LIFE SAVING TECHNOLOGY.  They are portable, long-lasting  and effective!  It is as simple as it gets. Families are able to hook up a filter to a bucket literally in minutes that will serve up to 20 people for over 10 years.  The men can take the filter with them out in the fields where they work and connect it to a soda bottle full of the abundant surface water that is unfortunately contaminated.  

We have been encouraged and blessed by seeing the enthusiastic response to providing medical care and the delivery of water filters and training on their use.  The full time doctor and nurse in the clinic are thrilled they can get to the root cause of so many of the problems they see.  Patients we saw immediately understand the value of a filter that can solve one of their life’s great burdens and worries. 

What we are doing in Chiapas is working well.  We invite you to partner with us.  Working together we can change lives for the better.

Only Jesus can provide living water. Until he returns, we will keep bringing filters.


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"Youth Group & College Ministry: We are currently considering and putting forward several options for maintaining Gospel-community, as we attempt to navigate COVID-19 in our community. One of those options being considered is using ZOOM, a conference meet-up app, as an alternative way of getting together. We are looking to use ZOOM to provide a virtual youth group meeting starting this Sunday (3/22) from 4-5 PM. An email was sent out earlier this week, but if you would like to join in, please email Will Sabillo at He will provide you instructions on using ZOOM and how to join the meeting."
March 20, 2020
Volume XXVIll, Issue 11

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First Presbyterian Church
131 Big Valley Street
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-264-3906
Fax:      828-264-9466
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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
Cindy Clawson - First Light Director
Lisa Combs - Chancel Choir  & Handbell Director 
Brandon Winbush - Pianist
Rebecca Pitts - First Morning Out Director
Amber Kanoy - FMO Finance Director

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

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