Topsail Presbyterian Church Update
January 6, 2015
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Topsail Presbyterian Church’s members and friends.
Communion at Home: Our session is offering to serve communion at home to anyone who is unable to join us in the sanctuary. We also visit nursing homes and care facilities. Please let us know of anyone who would like to take part in this special service. Call the church office at 270-2312 or e-mail email@example.com to be placed on the list.
Youth and Kids Club
Kid’s Club will meet every third Sunday evening during the school year at 5:30. Kid’s Club is for children ages 4 to 5th grade. Dinner will be provided. Join us for Bible stories, crafts, games, fun, and food every Sunday evening at 6pm in the fellowship hall.
Youth group for ages 5th grade through 12th grade meets in the Youth Building at 5:30 on Sunday evenings.
Welcome to 2015. I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season. We will celebrate the second Sunday of Christmas. This is the Sunday we observe when the Magi came to visit Jesus. The choir is back in action after getting a week off to recuperate from the busy season.
We would love to have you come and join us for choir rehearsal next Wednesday, January 7 at 7pm. We will be working on music through Easter. You don’t have to know how to read music, you just need to me able to make a joyful noise. If you would like to join the bell choir, come and join us on Wednesday, January 14 at 6:15pm for our first rehearsal of 2015.
As I contemplate this new year, I have taken some time to look back at 2014. What a year it has been. There have been many great things happening as well as some very troubling events in our community, state, nation and world. It seems we are in troubling times. This is the time we should be turning back to God and seeking guidance as to how to deal with all the inequalities, troubles, wars, disagreements and general ill-being in the world. The church is the place we need to be. We are called to spread God’s love and grace to those who are hurting and in need of help. By doing this we can begin turning the tide by changing this world from being hopeless to hopeful. As I was planning for these next few months, I stumbled upon an anthem by Heather Sorenson. She is a very popular composer of church music. Heather’s anthem “A Place for Healing Grace” really spoke to me. The choir will be singing this anthem sometime in the next few months, but I thought everyone needs to hear this message now. I hope it touches you like it did me. Here are the words to this powerful anthem:
There are ripples of grace as we mirror God’s face to the ones who are scarred by sin.
May we choose to embrace and humbly erase all the marks they have made within our hearts.
Let forgiveness start, this is the place for healing grace.
There are rivers of peace when to self we decrease and we focus on those in need.
Let us make this our creed. Hungry souls we will feed as we strive to show Christ in unity.
Help our eyes to see that through your Son, we serve as one.
Let our beacon of light blaze a pathway in spite of the times we let You down.
Take our flaws and mistakes, something new You’ll create a reminder of our call.
To show Your oceans of love, crashing waves from above to all people who thirst for more.
Let our passion for You shine in all that we do so the hope that You bring can’t be ignored.
Lives will be restored. This is the place for healing grace. Lord may we show Your healing grace.
Presbyterian Women's Circle: The Circle meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 in the youth building. The Bible studyfor this year is "The Reconciliation of Paul." There will be a Bible lesson, snack, coffee and plenty of fellowship. All ladies of the church are invited to attend.
MUNCH (formerly BackPack Meals): Don't forget this project of the PW. Bring small containers of food, cereal, juice, etc. and leave them in the basket in the gathering room.
BackPack Meals are in need of cereal in 10 – 18 oz boxes, peanut butter, and fruit juice.
Men's Fellowship meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 at various restaurants in the area. All men of the church are invited to attend.
Come join us to MEET, EAT AND FELLOWSHIP . Watch the Sunday bulletins to see where we will be next.
Feb. 4 Jackson's BBQ
Feb. 11 11:00 Nick Ferrante class on Christian Values; 12:30 Lunch at Sawmill Grill
Feb. 18 PT's Grill
Feb. 25 Riverview, Sneads Ferry
Remember in Prayer
Please remember these in need of prayer, calls, cards and visits.
Champions: Anne Robinson, 1007 Porter’s Neck Rd., Room 303
Wilmington, NC, 28411, Telephone 686-8369
Mary Ann Matherly
Family and Friends:
Jay Moore, nephew of Betty Anzalone
Melba Neville, Tom Getz’s future mother-in-law
Sandy Bigford, niece of Dennis Woodcock
Clint Price, friend of Sue Newton
Arlene Smith, cousin of Jeannine Smith
Budd Dingwall, friend of the Lowells
Bill Calkins, friend of Carla Strickland
Melody Wilson, sister of Cindy Parker
Tom McGannon, friend of Wiley and Donna Lewis
Burke Ritchie, cousin of Carla Strickland
John Jefferies, father of Diane Rand
Mike Prince, brother-in-law of Susan York
New Members: Anyone wishing to join our fellowship at Topsail Presbyterian Church is invited to meet with Rev. Owen Carriker following the service or to phone him at his office during the week at 821-1434.
Sanctuary Class: The Sanctuary Sunday School Class is currently studying, “Feasting on the Word.” This innovative curriculum will use the lectionary passages (scriptures Owen uses for his sermon) as the scripture basis for each week’s study. The curriculum focuses on three themes: What do we need to know about the scripture? What does it say about God? How does it relate to our lives? Come join us each Sunday in the Sanctuary at 9:15 as we “Feast on the Word.”
The Fellowship Class: The Fellowship class is continuing The Present Word series. Winter Quarter focuses on Acts of Worship: February, Stewardship. Join us in this study of practicing our faith and strengthening our relationship with God and others. Join us as we learn and grow in the Word.
Young Adult Class meets in the gathering room to discuss current topics as related to the Bible. Pastor Owen teaches this class. Infants are welcome.
Fellowship Committee is looking for some new input and additional ideas for our Fellowship Committee. We need YOU! Join us on February 8 immediately after the 10:30 service for a meeting about our goals and plans for 2015 in the Gathering Place.
Blood Drive: The Blood drive will be on February 9th from 1:30-6:00pm. To schedule an appointment you can call 254-GIVE (254-4483) or go to www.redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code HAMPSTEAD
Souper Sunday is fast approaching on February 15th after the 10:30 service. Please join us for a Fellowship Meal and get updated on our budget, goals and objectives for the coming year. Please bring your favorite soup or salad and a dessert to share. We can accommodate crockpots and pots of soup that are pre-warmed. Bring an old favorite or something new! See you there!
Income Taxes: Any individual wishing to have his/her taxes prepared for free can access a free tax service provided by AARP. Taxes will be done on Mondays and Wednesdays in February from 1:00-5:00 in the fellowship hall. It is first come/first served. You do not need to be a senior citizen to use this service. They do not prepare military or business taxes.
Flowers: If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary in 2015, please sign up on the flower chart in the overflow room. We have the following dates open: 3/29, 8/30, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 and 11/29.
Communion Set-up for 2015: Please sign up in the overflow room of fellowship hall if you would be willing to set up communion for 1 month next year.
This Week's Schedule
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Presbyterian Counseling Center
Bruce Garris holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC-Pembroke and is completing requirements for Dialectical Behavioral Training Intensive Team Certification.
Bruce will see clients in the Wallace, Shallotte, and Hampstead satellite offices as well as our main office in Wilmington.
Call 452-7370, and visit the Center: www.presbyteriancounselingcenter.org