Good News, Weekly Addition, September 6, 2023

Dear Church,
Last Sunday, September 3, we had our monthly Men of the Church (AKA “Men of the Breakfast”) meeting. Given the holiday weekend, it was a smaller group, just 4 of us. And yet I give thanks for the fellowship all the same. While we missed and prayed for those not with us we enjoyed an informal time of conversation, food, and laughter.

We talked colleges (did you know Ken Summerville almost ended up at Auburn?); physical fitness (David Pease loves to swim!), and where we’ve lived (Mike Koenig counts Louisiana, California, Maryland, and even Alabama as one-time residences!)

I was to do a devotion but rather than share any complex thought, I just shared a prayer, thanked God for the small things and the gentle times of conversation that boost our physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being.

For me, that little slice of time was a reminder again of how the simple and sacred meet and how often I can overlook such occurrences. I won’t run that risk here by offering too many more words except for this: wherever you are today or this week, know that our faith teaches and promises that God is with us always and everywhere in the very midst of all our human life, laughter and tears included. May we give thanks for that.

The Lord Bless You and Keep you,
Rev. Ben

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Announcements

*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: https://www.facebook.com/firstpresbyterianchurchofgarner

See our service from September 3  here:

Facebook: https://fb.watch/mUvUlRExjE/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXcmPx7-lhI&t=4s

This Sunday, September 10th, we continue our worship series “Created to Be” which will take us through the stories of Genesis. Come hear, share, and live the good news of who God is and who God made and calls us to be from the very beginning! On this Sunday we engage with our own sin as well as God’s grace in Genesis 3 and 4. Come and worship and see how we are “Created to be Forgiven.”

The Congregation elected Rachel Acton, Carrie Dixon-Cash, Parks Icenhour, and Kevin Wallace, to serve with Elders Roxann Porter and Lucy Paradies, and Deacon Chris Turpin to serve on the congregational Nominating Committee. Please pray for these folks and the people God is directing them toward who will serve as Elders or Deacons for our church. If you have a name the committee should consider please offer it to one of these folks.

*NC Department of Health reports and data show a recent increase in COVID-19 rates, perhaps due to a summer seasonal surge. The church encourages people to be mindful about ways to protect themselves and others, including maintaining distance, washing/sanitizing hands, wearing a mask (always welcome at FPCoG but still optional), avoiding large crowds when you are not feeling well, and having a COVID test on hand. The church office is gathering test kits to have on hand for those who need them. Please contact the office or pastor if you need one.

* Garner Area Ministry URGENT NEED: In June, FPCoG contributed 424 lbs of food to GAM to help alleviate food insecurity in our community. The shelves need to remain stocked though! Please bring donations of ANY and ALL non-perishable food items to the church or directly to GAM in the coming days, weeks, and months.

* Crafting Crew: Attention crafters and other handcraft creators! The monthly crafting collective is restarting. We’ll be meeting on the first Saturdays of the month starting October 7th from 10 am until noon. Bring whatever you’re working on and a beverage of your choice. We’ll spend the time in fellowship and learning new skills. Kathy Blue will teach any crocheters who want to learn how to do broomstick lace. Come join us!

*Walking Group: The Walking Group meets each Tuesday weather permitting. During these warmer months, please take precautions and stay hydrated! Because it has more shade, the group has returned to walking at Lake Benson Park until the fall. The group meets weekly at 6:00pm

*2023 Vision Update: Our Group is now set and meeting! 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. Please pray for this process to be faithful and fruitful.

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