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One of our favorite books to read Sarah Allan when she was much younger was, “Red Sings from Treetops: a Year in Colors,” by Joyce Sidman. We loved the way the words flowed and the delightful illustrations that brought those words to life. As the title indicates, in the poem you journey through an entire year, and see what each season has to offer in the way of color and insight.
As Ecclesiastes says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

This is part of the entry for spring:

In SPRING, Red sings from treetops:  cheer-cheer-cheer, each note dropping like a cherry into my ear.

Green is new in spring.  Shy.  Green peeks from buds, trembles in the breeze.  Green floats through rain-dark trees, and glows, mossy-soft, at my feet.

Yellow slips goldfinches their spring jackets.  Yellow shouts with light!  In spring, yellow and purple hold hands.  They beam at each other with bright velvet faces.  First flowers, first friends.

One of the things I love about life in the church is the changing of the church seasons, each with their own tone, color, and emphasis. We are still in the triumphant joy of Easter, made particularly vibrant after the solemn contemplation (and alleluia-free) season of Lent. Following Pentecost, we will enter the season of ordinary time- a season marked my green and growth- a deepening of our roots in the soil of God’s grace.

As we travel these seasons I am so grateful to count you as traveling companions- ready to see and learn from the new experiences that are before us, growing in faith and in love so that we can, in all things, Give God the Glory.

Rev. Anna

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Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis. Thought for the week: Right doctrine without a Godly life is of no value, while a Godly life without right doctrine is not possible.
Last week's New Testament Quiz: When did Jesus' disciples receive this power from on high?
Answer: The disciples were all together on the day of Pentecost (50 days after the Passover) and suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of violent wind and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
This week's New Testament Quiz: A few moments after receiving the Holy Spirit, Peter addressed the gathered crowd. How many people were added to the Christians that day?
Last Sunday at the completion of our lesson about the Good Shepherd these two questions for reflection and discussion were answered. In what ways do the teachings of Jesus about the Good Shepherd refer to His unique role? What leadership principles from Jesus can we apply to the role of church leaders today? After discussion, we began our lesson on the first Chapter of Jonah. This week we begin by completing the first Chapter of Jonah and, depending upon discussion, completing the second chapter. Background scriptures come from Psalms, Job, Isaiah, Luke, Matthew, and Jonah. Come learn with us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.  

Prayer List May 8, 2017
Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker, Don Brown, Jim Leitch, Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor, Wilson Bland
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866


May 14 Zoe Hinkey May 21 Anna Ahern May 28 Hallie Nemcik

May 14 Georgia Foster May 21 Marley Kesterson May 28 Coriann Nemcik

May 14 John Bicksler May 21 K.K. Long May 28 Beverly Kucera

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)

May 14 Greeters and Hosts: Frances and Carroll Crane
May 21 Greeters: Members of PYC Fellowship: PYC Luncheon
May 28 Available

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Friday, July 28
Friday, August 4, 18 & 25
If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926

The Christian Ethics Adult Sunday School Class led by Andy Kelso is studying Chapter 8 of Adam Hamilton’s book “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White” next Sunday at 10 am in Fellowship Hall. The chapter is titled, "Eight: The Battle Over the Bible.”
We meet every Sunday at 10 am and all are welcome.

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.


In sympathy
The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Jackie Bennett and family as they mourn the death of Jackie’s husband, Sonny Bennett.;
to Marcia Leitch and family as they mourn the death of Marcia’s father, Leroy Brandt.

Women's Retreat Opportunity:
Ronceverte Baptist Church has invited all Women of the church to attend their annual retreat on Saturday, May 20th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The day will include wonderful speakers and great praise and worship. Please RSVP to the church at 304-647-4067.

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Bright Minds in our Midst:
Fourth Graders, Sofie Kelso and Nixon Brown from Lewisburg Elementary School will be representing our Community and State in a Global Academic Challenge. They along with several other students in our County, recently competed in Destination Imagination, a critical thinking/problem solving competition, and won at state level. In two weeks, they will go to Knoxville, TN, and represent the State of WV. They are currently fundraising for this once in a lifetime experience!

On Monday, June 5th at 11:00 am, the Ladies of Old Stone will be hosting a baby shower at Fruits of Labor Café in Rainelle, WV. Kachina attended our church over the past year as a student at Davis Stuart. She is a wonderful young Christian lady. Please come out for lunch, cake and fellowship in support of her and her baby boy! Please call Amy Brown to RSVP, 304-676-1468.



Congratulations to Nixon Brown and Sophie Kelso for being on the two teams from Greenbrier County that, after achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination's Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee later this month. Both teams are busy fundraising and planning, and I’m sure they would love to tell you more about it!

Congratulations to Anna Ahern, Marley Kesterson, and John Lehman-all three have qualified for the high school state tennis tournament happening this coming weekend.


For the past many years, the Hamilton Family has hosted their church family at their home at Merry Hill. This year the picnic takes place following worship on Sunday, June 4.
Transportation will be provided by bus from the church to Merry Hill and will return you to the church following the picnic. The Hamiltons graciously provide a delicious lunch and beautiful surroundings to enjoy getting together with your church family.
You are asked to either email or call the church office to sign up before May 31. We can then provide a count to help in meal preparation.

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May 14, 2017
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)

Striking of the Chimes

Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship
(Please sign the friendship pad and pass it to your neighbor)

Introit “Holy God, We Praise Your Name”
Prayer of the Day (unison)
God of Wonder, God of Hope,
in Christ you have shown us the way,
revealed to us your truth,
and offered to us everlasting life.
Keep our eyes upon him,
that we may see your path more clearly,
know your truth more fully,
and receive your life more abundantly.
Through Christ, who dwells with you and
the Holy Spirit we pray, Amen.

Hymn #473 “For the Beauty of the Earth” Dix
Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
Living God,
We confess that we look for life in what is past.
You call us to be a body, but we’d rather strike out on our own
You show us mercy, but we resist your saving grace.
Forgive us; give us new life!
Make us a new people, filled with the Spirit of life—
and may it be your spirit that we share. 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 #118 “The Day of Resurrection!” Lancashire
Hebrew Bible Reading Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 page 622
Anthem “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord”
New Testament Reading 1 Peter 2:2-10 page 282

Sermon “Faith Beginnings”

Musical Interlude 

Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed

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,

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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 #339 “Be Thou My Vision“ Slane
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you
Benediction Response “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord lift his countenance upon you.
And give you peace, and give you peace.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you, be gracious, the Lord be gracious, gracious untoyou.  Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.

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