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This summer, our worship has focused on Articles of Faith: Baptism, Communion, the Bible, Creeds, Love in Action, Reform, Beauty, Sin, Forgiveness, and Worship. These aren't, of course, the only concepts that are central to our faith, but I hope it has helped us scratch the surface of some of the things we hold in common.

On September 10 we'll be returning to the lectionary, the three-year cycle of readings for each Sunday. The idea is that over a three-year period we'll have covered a broad, somewhat comprehensive, collection of scriptures. (for more information, look here: ).

If you're interested in studying these scriptures and learning more about what went into last Sunday's sermon and might be ahead in the scriptures for the next Sunday, I hope that, starting September 6, you'll join me on Wednesdays from 11:00 - 12:00 for a time of study and conversation. It is my hope that this time will allow us to delve a bit deeper into the texts as well as a time for you to bring your questions and own thoughts about the words we hear- how they are the Word from God to guide and restore us.

I'm open to offering this class at another time if there is interest, so if the Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 time doesn't work for you, please let me know what would work better.

John 1: 1 - 5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

With thanksgiving for each and every one of you,
Rev. Anna

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Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis. Thought for the week: God is speaking, but are we listening or are we too busy talking about matters that seem more important to us?
Last week's New Testament Quiz: What important event occurred that is considered by many as the opposite of the Tower of Babel?
Answer: The disciples began speaking in other languages on the Day of Pentecost.
Last week we studied Paul's conversion and people called to the unwanted task of helping him. We discussed that God calls us to take great risks sometimes and there is room in our faith to question that call. We study Peter ' s struggle accepting Gentile Christians this week. Our background scriptures come from Isaiah, Luke, and Acts. Come learn with us this Sunday at 10:00 in the Conference Room.

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August 27 Megan Hofmann Sept. 3 Anna Ahern Sept. 10 John Bicksler

August 27 Georgia Foster Sept. 3 John Hofmann Sept. 10 Mission Trip Sunday

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)
August 27 Available
Sept. 3 Available
Sept. 10 Greeters: Available                     Fellowship Time Hosts: Something Special

Prayer List August 21, 2017
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker, Don Brown, Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor, Wilson Bland, Joyce Farrell, Kate Wilson Fife
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866

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Old Stone is excited to partner with Davis Stuart Children's Home in 2017-2018, in an effort to enrich the lives of their students with basic needs and compassion! Even if you are interested in only committing a few hours of your time to this wonderful effort, please come to our Volunteer Meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 7 pm in the Conference Room. For more details, please contact Amy Brown at 304-676-1468 or More details will be provided this Fall outlining our projects and related needs.

Sunday School Kick-Off
Please come join us for Sunday School beginning at 10:00 on August 27th! There are classes for everyone! Children ages birth-3 will find fun things to do in the nursery, our4 year olds - 1st graders will meet in their regular classroom located just beside stairwell on the top floor, children grades 2-5 will meet in the yellow room on the top floor. Middle and high schoolers will meet in the parlor and Adult classes will be held in the Hayes Room, the Library and the blue Sunday School room on the top floor. There is sure to be a class for you!

Old Stone Church’s preschool will hold an Open House on Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The teachers are excited to get started in the 2017-2018 class.
Pat Boisvert and Diane Collins are in the K-2 class and Kelly Bennett and Julie Dunbar are teaching in the K-3-4 class. The K-3 & 4 class is full at this moment, but we are working on a wait list. There are still a few spots remaining in the K-2 class.


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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Dear Friends:

Cyndi and I are most grateful for the wonderful support that has been extended to us during the past month. After thirty days in Charlottesville, we returned home on Saturday, August 19. The healing effect of being in our own home is exponentially greater than the four weeks in Charlottesville. We are grateful. Now, I must be very careful to avoid exposure to any infections as my immune system has been greatly compromised. It will take another six months to restore my health completely, but I am very encouraged by the progress made to date.

Thank you for your prayers, your cards, your expressions of concern, and the food you have shared. We are most grateful to have the continuing love and support of the Old Stone Church.


PYC Kick-Off
Amy and Jason Kesterson will once again host all middle and high school students for a cook-out and games at their farm in Grassy Meadows from 6:00-8:00 on Sunday, August 27th. Hotdogs and buns will be provided, but sides are appreciated! Contact Amy Kesterson at 304-992-6299 for more information. You won’t want to miss the hayride!


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Old Stone Presbyterian Church ~ Lewisburg,     West Virginia
August 27, 2017 ~ 11:00 A.M.
The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Striking of the Chimes


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

Introit “Fill Me Now” Stephanie Burford and TimHolbrook, duet
Prayer of the Day (unison)
Gracious God, we thank you for being ever present with us. We know that we are never alone. Your mercies are faithful and rich. Pour out your Spirit upon us, that we might do the work of your will. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hymn #476 “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above” LYONS

Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (unison) from Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence, do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

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 #345 “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” REST

Prayer for Illumination

Gospel Reading Matthew 3: 23 - 26 page 3

Anthem “Seek Ye His Countenance in All Places” Stephanie Burford and Tim Holbrook, duet

Epistle Reading Romans 3: 21 - 24 page 187

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Sermon “Article of Faith: Sin & Forgiveness”

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

Affirmation of Faith A Brief Statement of Faith
In life and in death we belong to God.
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed
and blessing the children, healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts,
forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe.
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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 “How Long Has It Been?” Stephanie Burford and TimHolbrook, duet

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 #280 “Amazing Grace” AMAZING GRACE
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Choral Response “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”
God be with you till we meet again; By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again.

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