The Good News, Weekend Refreshment June 2, 2023

Dear Church,
Mid and late spring is full of special liturgical days and remembrances. Palm Sunday and Easter of course; Mother’s Day; and then the three-week sequence of Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday, the latter of which is on June 4.

This day is set aside to remember who God is—the mysterious “3 in 1, 1 in 3;” one unified being who is revealed to us in 3 distinct but connected ways—as Creator who loves and cares for us like a devoted parent; as the Son, our savior Jesus Christ; and as the Holy Spirit, an abiding and presence of God’s love with us always.

Of course, even reading that description above may not make things all that clear. The trinity is a complicated idea and more words than are available in a blog post would be required to explain it in full. And even then, questions would likely remain!

So let me just describe the part of the Trinity that brings me the most comfort, in hopes that it will fill your heart this weekend as well. Beyond anything else what the Trinity communicates is at the heart of who God is, there is relationship. The end of Genesis 1 reveals this for when God creates humankind in God’s image, the scripture records God as saying “Let us” do this.

For me, this is vitally important, because that means I am most reflecting God’s image when I am in right relationship with others, rather than when I am isolated from or dismissive towards or even manipulative in relation to others. This thought in turn underlines to me what is the best part of the good news of Christ: if relationship, connectivity, and collaboration are at the heart of who God is, then we are never, ever alone. God is always with us and always connecting us to each other.

May that thought be an encouragement to you this weekend as tasks build up, as worries mount, and as challenges emerge. We are together—even when we are apart. God the 3-in-1, the 1-in-3 holds us together always in a tight and dynamic embrace.

The Lord Bless and Keep You,
Rev. Ben


*In-Person/Livestream Worship: Join us each Sunday at 11:00 am in person or online (via Facebook live) for worship!

Online participation via Facebook Live:

On Sunday, June 4, we celebrate Trinity Sunday and Holy Communion as we also start a new series on the meaning and purpose of “Sabbath.”

*Masks are welcome but optional during in-person worship as we continue to contend with COVID and allergy, cold, and flu season. We also ask everyone to be still mindful of social distancing and respectful of the personal space of others even as we give thanks for being together.*

*Youth Group Re-Starting: On Sunday after worship, youth, their families, and members of our faith Formation Ministry team will meet to brainstorm ideas for re-starting our Youth Group–a regular time of fellowship, study, and service for young people (5th grade and older.) Please contact the church office and speak to Rev. Acton about ways to be involved.

*Walking Group: Join the Walking Group each Tuesday at 6 pm. We currently meet at Cadence Senior Living Center (200 Minglewood Dr.). It’s getting warmer so make sure to bring a bottle of water! If you have any questions, contact the church office at 919-772-0727. In the event there is inclement weather, we’ll just gather the following week.

*This is Our Story! Later in the summer, we will again share a worship series utilizing favorite scriptures and hymns of the congregation.
During June we will collect our ideas! You can email Ben at with your suggestions.

Please note, we will have four Sundays for these selections, and we must pay attention to the copyright on hymns since we livestream our service. Scriptures and hymns not used will be filed for future dates.

*2023 Vision Update: In January’s edition of the Spire, Rev. Acton wrote about church leaders (session, deacons, and staff) exploring an emerging vision for FPCoG, rooted in the idea of serving our “neighbors.” The Session continued this conversation at its February meeting and approved the following recommendations:
1. Appoint a group that can help develop a consensus among the congregation for a vision of FPCoG rooted in the image of being neighborly towards our local, regional, and global communities.

2. Complete a demographic study of our region to better know who our neighbors are and what their needs might be.

Our Group is now set! Thanks be to God for Elders Deb Wallace and Megan Snapp, Deacon Regina Ekoule, and at large members Kathy Blue, Sandy Lee, Joe Prater, and Ken Summerville for being part of this work. They will not be alone though as the whole congregation will have the opportunity to offer feedback and ideas as we discern together what God is calling us to be and do in 2023 and beyond.

*Share FPCoG with Each Other and Our Neighbors! FPCoG is an active church! To help others know this (and to stay up to date yourself), please consider following and asking others to follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

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