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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 29, Tuesday, 07-25-2017

This past Sunday, I was able to announce, joyfully, that the Session unanimously approved the unanimous recommendation of the Property Committee to accept the bid of Harris Brothers Roofing to replace the roof on the sanctuary with a copper roof.

As most of you know even better than I, this project has been in the works for several years. Not only am I excited that we are moving forward, but I find great joy in the unity of the conversations and decisions.

What’s next?

The next step is to sit down with Harris Brothers and agree to the terms of the contract. Once that happens we will have final numbers to share with you and a timeline. At that point I will write a letter that will be mailed to all of the members so we can all be on the same page- what’s going to happen and how you can help.

I am hopeful that the contract will be signed and a timeline established before the end of the month.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Peace!
Rev. Anna


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Greetings from the Sunday School class led by Chuck Lewis Thought for the week: The Bible is not about the human search for God but God's search for us.
Last week's Old Testament Quiz: Which prophet denied being a prophet but instead a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees?
Answer: The Prophet Amos had the difficult mission of preaching harsh words in a smooth season probably during the decade 760-750 BC.
This week's Old Testament Quiz: What prophet married a prostitute?
Last week we studied Ezekiel's call from God to speak the words from the scroll that he was ordered to eat. The rebellious house of Israel would not heed those words and suffered greatly as a result. We were reminded that we must speak rough words to others sometimes.
This week we study God's call to Amos and how that prophesy got him in a lot of trouble. We will discuss the difficulty of speaking the truth and committing to speak despite opposition. Background scriptures come from Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, and Amos. Come learn with us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
July 30 Julia & Lauren Smith August 6 Suzanne Bicksler August 13 Hallie Nemcik

LAY READERS
July 30 Lauren Rodgers August 6 Lawson Hamilton


GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
July 30 Carol & Wilson Bland
August 6 Available

Prayer List July 25, 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
paulajean@suddenlink.net


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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 29, Tuesday, 07-25-2017

OLD STONE PRE-K
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 Needs:
Old Stone is excited to sponsor a Community Mother's Ministry starting this October to be held two Friday mornings per month, 9-11 am. This Ministry will strive to engage all mothers in our community by providing encouragement and guidance in a loving Christian environment. To make this ministry possible, we are still in need of 3 Childcare Workers. We are also seeking speakers, and non-perishable food items for children's snacks. Please contact Amy Brown at 304-676-1468 if you are able to help.

 


New Sunday School Options
After much deliberation and debate, the Christian Education Committee is pleased to offer a new format for Sunday School classes this fall. All classes will meet from 10:00-10:45. As a result of options offered before worship, only children ages 3-2nd grade will attend the enrichment class that leaves immediately after the Time With Young Church.
There are classes for everyone!
Adult classes will be held in the Session Room, Hayes Room and the upstairs blue Sunday School room. We invite you to roam around and decide which class is the best fit for you!
Children ages 3 years through 1st grade will meet in the classroom beside the stairwell on the top floor.
Elementary Students grades 2-5 will meet in the yellow Sunday School Room upstairs.
Middle & High School Students will meet in the Parlor located in the basement.
We are also working on keeping up with Presbyterian Safe Sanctuary policies which means that we will need more adults who are willing to be substitute teachers and nursery attendants. Please contact Amy Kesterson at the church office to find out how you can serve your congregation!


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New Orleans Bound
Our high school students are serving the community of New Orleans this week focusing mainly on relational ministry. They will cook and serve food in a soup kitchen, volunteer in children’s programming, and work in community gardens – just to name a few. Please put our youth at the top of your prayer list this week as they stretch their comfort zones to better share the love of Christ with people who are most at risk for isolation and loneliness. The congregation of Old Stone has built this youth group to spread their wings and soar. We look forward to sharing our experiences with our church family on September 10th during a youth led worship service.

 

On behalf of the Old Stone Choir, we thank you for the Choir Appreciation Dinner held in our honor yesterday. The food was delectable!

Bridgett and I are thrilled that the Session has approved a grant for each of us as well as Linda and Ves to attend the 2018 Worship and Music Conference in Montreat.

I’m sure we will also enjoy reading the book, Church Musicians, as a source of encouragement.

We are so grateful for your support and promotion of our music program at Old Stone Church.


Doris Ann Taylor, Director of Music


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Old Stone Presbyterian Church ~ Lewisburg, West Virginia
July 30, 2017 ~ 11:00 A.M.
The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Striking of the Chimes

Prelude

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

Introit “Praise Him! Praise Him!”

Prayer of the Day (unison)
Redeeming God, grant that we may engage in contemplation of your mysteries and wisdom in such a way that our faithfulness is increased, and may all our learning lead to your greater glory. Amen.

Hymn #457 “I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art” TOULON

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
Almighty God, we confess that have not been able to keep a firm footing in the way of justice and righteousness. We pray that you would keep us from doing harm, help us abstain from sinful deeds, and by your grace guide us to do good for all. Forgive our sins and keep us in a state of reliance on your mercy, that we may be governed by your Spirit and complete the course that is before us. 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 #210 “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past” ST. ANNE
Prayer for Illumination


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New Testament Reading Romans 3: 21 - 31 page 187

Anthem “Down to the River to Pray” Renee Ahern, Soloist

Sermon “Article of Faith: Reform”

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

Affirmation of Faith

The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings

Offertory

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 Thou 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 #361 “How Firm a Foundation” FOUNDATION

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

Choral Response “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

*Postlude


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