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What’s happening with the roof?

I’ve gotten a couple of questions lately about the roof and thought it might be a good idea for an update.Where we’ve been. The property committee has met and after evaluating multiple roof options in terms of appropriateness, longevity, and cost per year for the life of the roof has decided to proceed with getting estimates to replace our current roof with a copper roof.

A significant part of any roof project we do for the sanctuary will include some necessary costs that are about $95,000, no matter how we proceed. Those include removal of the 2 – 3 layers of roofing material currently in place (one of which is asbestos which must be removed in a very specific way to avoid spreading it), scaffolding, and management for the overall project.

All of this (and more) was shared with this session and with the congregation at a meeting on June 9.

Where we are. We hope to receive estimates (from two different firms who visited the site in June) sometime this week or next. When we get them the property committee will meet and prepare a proposal for Session to consider. Session will meet as soon as I can get a quorum together (we’d like to move on this as quickly as possible- our next scheduled meeting isn’t until August 2) to consider the proposal.

One other factor in this process is the Historic Landmarks Commission. We go before them this evening (Monday, July 10) and hope to receive an enthusiastic endorsement from them.


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How are we going to pay for it?
We have some funds set aside for replacing the roof, the Trustees manage some funds that are designated to help with building costs, and we do have some of the proceeds from the sale of the manse to help us. But, if you’d like to make a donation specifically for the roof you are welcome to do so and it would be received with gratitude. If we should be so blessed to have donations that exceed the cost of the roof, it is my recommendation to the session that the surplus would be set aside for other building maintenance and repair.

As always, if you have any questions or would like more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Rev. Anna

Greetings from the Sunday School class led by Chuck Lewis Thought for the week: You have no control over how long you live, you only have control over how well you live.
Last week's Old Testament Quiz: Did Ruth find a husband in this new land? If she did were there any children to that marriage?
Answer: After a very unusual encounter and kinship process, Ruth married Boaz and they had a son named, Obed.
This week's quiz: Who was Obed's famous grandson?
Our lesson last week compared some modern calls to discipleship from God to Isaiah's. We answered the question, What might God be calling and sending you to do?
This week we study Jeremiah's call and commission. Each of us has some aspect of our lives that might convince us that we have nothing to give others. How do we overcome these perceived shortcomings? Come study with us and discuss this all important question this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.


July 16 Brahm Kesterson July 23 TBA July 30 Julia & Lauren Smith

July 16 Cora Kesterson July 23 Nixon Brown July 30LAuren Rodgers

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
July 16 Available
July 23 Available
July 30 Available

Prayer List July 10, 2017
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker, Don Brown, Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor, Wilson Bland, Joyce Farrell, Katy Robinson
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866

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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.


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.

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Choir Appreciation Luncheon!
Sunday, July 23 after worship
The Fellowship Committee is hosting a lunch after worship on Sunday, July 23 as a way to say thank you to those who lead worship by being a part of or leading our music.

Fried Chicken, drinks, bread, and a cake will be provided. Choir members come as our guests, but if you aren’t in the choir we ask that you bring a salad or side dish to share (we will be able to keep dishes warm or cold, so bring them before worship!).

In order to help us order the right amount of food, we encourage everyone to let us know that you will be attending. Please call the church office (304.645.2676) or email to reserve a place. Thank you!


1 Bill Snyder, Jim Childers, Ryan Meadows, Benjamin Snyder, Coriann Nemcik
3. Jay Hayes
5 Megan Hamrick
6 Courtney Moran O’Neil, Ralph Nash
Mark Smith, Molly Irons, Susan Harkness
8 Paul Greer, John Lehman
10 Yvette Yarid, Helen Chesser
13 Pat Boisvert
14 Matthew Hewitt, Ron Kirk
15 Stuart Brown
16 Tom Greenstreet, Melanie Ruby Lentini
17 Jim Gallagher
19 Lou Ella Lewis
20 George Boxwell
22 Sharon White, Anthony Juker, Dena Williams, Joan Montgomery
23 Frank White, Jennifer Moore, Andrew Feyh
25 Susan Weikle, Matthew McMillion
26 Jim Coleman, JoAnne Jolliffe
28 Oliver Irons, Kurt Blankenship
30 Ginnie Skaggs Gick, Kelsey Lynn McClung
31 Betsy Hudgins

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Old Stone Presbyterian Church ~ Lewisburg, West Virginia
July 16, 2017 ~ 11:00 A.M.
The 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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

Introit “Praise Him! Praise Him!”

Prayer of the Day (unison)
God of summer storms and vulnerable rebirth, teach us to read the signs of your nearness. Open the text of scripture that we might share its story, love its humanity, and answer its witness to your rich and living word; through Jesus Christ, the everlasting one we pray. Amen.

Hymn #455 “All Creatures of Our God and King” LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
O Lord our God, we confess that we do not reflect your glory.
We have not prepared our hearts to receive the gift of your Word.
We allow thorns and weeds to grow in the places where you plant the gospel.
Forgive us; restore and reorder our lives by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Accomplish all that you desire in us, so that we may bear good fruit,
to the glory of your holy name. 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 children are dismissed for Sunday School)

Hymn #327 “O Word of God Incarnate” MUNICH

Prayer for Illumination
Gospel Reading “Luke 8: 19 – 21” page 82

Anthem “What Shall I Offer My God?”

Gospel Reading “Luke 1: 1 – 4” page 68

Sermon “Article of Faith: The Bible”

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

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Affirmation of Faith A Declaration of Faith, 1977 

The Bible is the written Word of God. Led by the Spirit of God the people of Israel and of the early church preserved and handed on the story of what God had said and done in their midst and how they had responded to him. These traditions were often shaped and reshaped by the uses to which the community put them. They were cherished, written down, and collected as the holy literature of the people of God. Through the inward witness of the same Spirit we acknowledge the authority of the Bible. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are necessary, sufficient, and reliable as witnesses to Jesus Christ, the living Word. We must test any word that comes to us from church, world, or inner experience by the Word of God in Scripture. We are subject to its judgment all our understanding of doctrine and practice, including this Declaration of Faith. We believe the Bible to be the Word of God as no other word written by human beings.

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 “Take Thee Our Minds, Dear 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 #329 “Break Thou the Bread of Life” BREAD

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