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Greetings from the church office!
As I write this I am getting ready to walk to the lawyer’s office for the closing on the manse! By the end of the week we hope to be a debt-free church! That is no small thing, and gives us an opportunity to being to plan for the future- what is the mission God has placed before us? How will we care for this community and live out the Good News of God? These are, of course, big questions, and I’m looking forward to tackling them with the Session. But today, the phrase that keeps going through my mind is this:
“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24).
That’s not the only thing that’s happening at the church, of course. We’re in the process of getting firm estimates for the roof. If you missed the congregational meeting on Sunday and the roof update, I hope you’ll reach out to someone who was there to find out more about it.

Two other items to report:
1) We have a new candle that will appear when the acolytes resume their leadership in the fall. It is an oil candle and will (we hope) not have the same issues with lighting we’ve experienced with the traditional candle/wick.

2) Old Stone has also purchased an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that will be installed in the coming weeks. The worship committee has been working on this purchase for a few months. We hope it never needs to be used, but we want to be ready in case it is needed.

Finally, are your kids in camp this summer? If they are away from home for a few days or weeks, I’d love to write them! Just email me their address or email and the dates they will be gone and I’ll send them some mail. It’s ALWAYS a good time to be reminded of how much the community of faith goes with you- wherever you may go.

Rev. Anna

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Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: Power, success, happiness, as the world knows them, are attained by those who will fight for them hard enough; but peace, love and joy are only from God.
Last week's Old Testament Quiz: Deborah sent Barak into battle against Sisera and his many chariots. Deborah predicted that a woman would kill Sisera. Who was that woman?
Answer: Jael convinced Sisera to hide in her tent under a rug, then drove a tent stake through his head. This week's Old Testament Quiz: What was Gideon doing when called by an angel of the Lord?
Last week in our Sunday School lesson Gideon questioned his call from God's angel because he was from the least of the tribes of Israel; his clan was the least in the tribe of Manasseh; and Gideon himself claimed to be the least in his family. In spite of those excuses, God made Gideon a successful warrior. Before you decline a job in the church think about how God can give you strength and wisdom to do His work. In this week's lesson, Jephthah answers God's call but makes a vow with serious consequences. Hear the rest of this story this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

Prayer List June 12, 2017
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker, Don Brown, Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor, Wilson Bland, Joyce Farrell
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866


June 18 Mary Adeline Bicksler June 25 Sarah Allan Straight July 2 Cora Kesterson

June 18 Nancy Smallenberger June 25 Peter Gonzalez July 2 Sarah Allan Straight

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
June 18 Available
June 25 Available
July 2 Available

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Friday, July 28
Friday, August 4, 18
August 31 (1-4 shift)
If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926

The Old Stone Preschool classes are now taking registrations for September. These classes are open to children ages 2-4. K-2 meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. K-3 & 4 meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays for K-4 only. They begin at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at Noon.
For more information, please contact the church office.


1 Mary Ann Shires
2 Brent Nash, Tim Holbrook, Zeb Burton
3 Paula McLaughlin, Bill Shires
4 John Tuckwiller
5 Kaye Rodgers, Jason Long, Erin Blankenship, Steele Hall
6 Ezra Hall, Jerri Gillespie
7 Tyler Douglas Canterbury, Rebecca Kucera
8 Frank Milam
9 Jen Long
13 Emily Blankenship
16 Terri Hall
17 Kim Skaggs, Reid Dixon, Megan Hofmann, David Hofmann
18 Joyce Mott, Lawson Hamilton, IV, Janie Kirk
19 Caroline Bachman
21 Anna P. Straight
22 Anne Owens, Meg Hewitt
23 David Sharp
25 Christine Alsobrook
26 Greg Curry, Natalie Shires
27 Christie Clemons Rodgers, Laura Beth Sheppard
28 Philip McLaughlin, Sr., Susan Sharp Campbell
29 Virginia Skaggs, Danny Boxwell

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Mother's Ministry Volunteers Request:
This Fall, Old Stone Church will be opening its doors to the community, as we begin a Mother's Ministry! This ministry will serve all women in our Greenbrier Community by sharing the love of Christ with them through Bible studies, fellowship and encouragement as they experience the adventure of Motherhood.
This is a wonderful opportunity to bring young families into our church home. To make this ministry possible, volunteers are needed for childcare and mentoring. The group will meet 1-2 times per month on Friday mornings. Asking all men and women of the church interested in serving this need, to please contact Amy Brown at 304-676-1468.

The sympathy of the congregation and staff is extended to
Frances Layton and family as they mourn the death of Frances’ son, Matthew;
and to Kay Rodgers' and family as they mourn the death of her mother, Anna Blanche Freeman Wilkinson, who died on June 9.


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Old Stone Presbyterian Church ~

Lewisburg, West Virginia
June 18, 2017 ~ 11:00 A.M.
2nd Sunday after Pentecost


Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship (Please sign and pass the worship register)

Introit “Holy God, We Praise Your Name”

Prayer of the Day (unison)
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, so that we may truly love you and worthily praise your holy name; through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn #469 “Morning Has Broken”

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
God of grace and compassion, your sprit follows us no matter where we are. Through your presence, we are given strength in times of hardship. But, we deny your presence. We proclaim our independence, and turn from our community. We value our own pride over your love. God forgive us, and draw us back to you. Remind us of your call to love our neighbor. Remind us that all people are children of God, and deserving of love. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Gloria Patri Hymn #579
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Time with the Young Church
(afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)

 Hymn (Insert) “Faith of Our Fathers”

Prayer for Illumination

Gospel Reading Matthew 10:24-31 page 12

Anthem “Classic Praise”
Second Reading Genesis 21:1-19 page 20

Sermon “She Lifted Her Voice and Wept”

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Musical Interlude (you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)

Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he
rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings

Doxology Hymn #592
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Sharing of Concerns and Celebrations

Call to Prayer “Lead Me, Lord”

Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
…..Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn #369 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Choral Response “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

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