Gather. Grow. Go...
To the Glory of God.
Hymns for March 7, 2021

In The Cross Of Christ I Glory

1. In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

2. When the woes of life o’ertake me,
hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
never shall the cross forsake me.
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

3. When the sun of bliss is beaming
light and love upon my way,
from the cross the radiance streaming
adds more luster to the day.

4. Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
by the cross are sanctified;
peace is there that knows no measure,
joys that through all time abide.

5. In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.



Lift High The Cross

Refrain:
Lift high the cross
The love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world
Adore His sacred name.

Led on their way
By this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God
In conquering ranks combine.

Refrain:
Lift high the cross
The love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world
Adore His sacred name.

Each newborn servant
Of the Crucified
Bears on the brow
The seal of Him who died.

Refrain:
Lift high the cross
The love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world
Adore His sacred name.

O Lord, once lifted
On the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised
Draw the world to Thee.

Refrain:
Lift high the cross
The love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world
Adore His sacred name.

So shall our song
Of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified
For victory.

Refrain:
Lift high the cross
The love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world
Adore His sacred name... 


March 7, 2021

Welcome To First Presbyterian Church 


Celebration Of Worship

Third Sunday In Lent

March 7, 2021           11:00am


As we enter the sanctuary let us quietly prepare our hearts and minds for worship.

        Welcome

Opportunities for Service



We Gather In Worship

Prelude         Joe Gainey

           Call To Worship

* Hymn Of Praise No. 84                          In The Cross Of Christ I Glory

* Opening Prayer And Our Lord's Prayer    ("debts" and "debtors")

      +* Apostles' Creed (Traditional)

        * Gloria Patri


We Worship Through Meditation

   Anthem   Chancel Choir


We Worship Through Sharing

   Prayer Of Common Concerns

   Announce The Offering

* Prayer Of Dedication

* Doxology

We Worship Through Illumination


Scripture Reading                                                                 John 19:28-30

Sermon                Rev. Dr. Billy T. Lowe                                                                 " 'I Thirst' ... Human Need Declares Spiritual Truths"

Our Journey Is Directed By The Word Of God

* Hymn No. 371                                   Life High The Cross

* Benediction

* Postlude         Joe Gainey

* Those able, please stand

(As a courtesy to others please turn off the volume on your cell phone during Worship)



Announcements and Invitations
Phase 2 Reopening at FPC
One service only at 11:00 am. Live-streamed and recorded for Facebook and
YouTube; Visit FPC webpage at www.fpccnc.org to
hear audio recording of the worship; Singing by the congregation;
Social Distancing and Mask required;
No childcare offered during worship;
Thank you for your continued cooperation as we travel through
this pandemic. We covet your continued prayer support.
By Order of the Session.

Church Wide Ministries

.5cents-a-meal Offering – Received Today. You are encouraged to be collecting 5cents for each person per each meal in your household and bring your collection to church on the first Sunday of the month. Please place your offerings in the wooden cross box located at the pulpit area. This offering is sent to the Presbytery of WNC and used for their Outreach Hunger Program.


.Called Session Meeting – Immediately following 11am Worship in the Fellowship Hall.

.Presbyterian Youth Connection will meet today at 5:30pm.

.Middle School Ministry will meet today at 5:30pm.

.Cherryville Ministerial Association Meeting – Tuesday, March 9, 7:30am for
breakfast & 8am for Meeting, Homefolks Café.

.C.A.R.E. Team “A” will be serving this week for our C.A.R.E. Ministry. They are
asked to come individually not as a group to pray and write cards. Please see your team captain for further instructions.

.FPC Care Ministry is keeping in contact with our shutins and writing cards that have
been requested. For requesting prayer concerns contact the church office, Pastor Bill or
email your request for the CARE Ministry to jchampion@fpccnc.org.

.Weekly Family Bible Study for each family of FPC, offered by the Ministry of Christian Education. If you have misplaced your study guideline please see Angie Long for a replacement.

.Family Bible Devotion: Just a reminder that our children ages Pre K to 5th Grade and their families are participating in the weekly Family Bible Devotions. They have received a Bible and Worship Aid. Please look on the FPC FaceBook Page weekly with Will Upchurch.

.Scouts Pinewood Derby – Saturday, March 13, FPC Fellowship Hall.

.Join us next Sunday, March 14 for 11am Worship… Scout Sunday, recognizing Cub Scout Pack 323 and Scouts BSA Troop 323.

Other Announcements

.Please see today’s insert for upcoming Lent & Easter schedule at FPC.

.Church Family Thank You… FPC has received a Thank You note from Jeff & Sandy Costner which will be placed on the bulletin board, Lower Academy Hallway after being read during Announcements.

.Adult Winter Sunday School Curriculum – Available for pick up on table at church
entrance of church parking lot or if you would like for it to be delivered please call Angie Long (704.616.4658)

.Celebrating Communion at Maundy Thursday and Easter Service through Facebook? Make sure you have your communion set for both services – pick up your set located on the table in the lobby of Fellowship Hall.

.Daylight Savings Time Begins – Sunday, March 14. Set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday, March 13.

.If your mailing address changes or you have a new email address please contact the church office (jchampion@fpccnc.org) or call 704.435.6064, ext 101.

.Please pick up your 2021 Offering Envelopes if you have not done so, located at
Fellowship Hall hallway. If you see the envelopes of someone who can not get to church, please feel free to take the envelopes to them.

.Meals On Wheels Program in Cherryville needs your help delivering meals. Variety of routes and days available. Some of our own shut-ins take advantage of this wonderful ministry. If you would like to help call Amanda Dawson, Meals on Wheels contact person at 704-862-7825.

.Complementary Copies of the Upper Room Devotionals for March/April available
from table at the parking lot entrance.

.FPC Inclement Weather Procedure For Sunday Mornings – the decision on whether or not to cancel worship services will be communicated to WSOC TV and WBTV stations in Charlotte and radio station WCSL 1590AM (Cherryville) as well as FPC Facebook Page. Also a personal Phone Tree message will be sent out to the FPC congregation. For other meetings scheduled for that day it will be the responsibility of the convener to notify the meeting participants of changes or cancellations.

.Hospital Based C.A.R.E. Ministry Update - If anyone knows of a church member who is admitted/will be admitted to one of the 4 local hospitals please contact the church office at 704.435.6064: Gastonia, Cleveland, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton.

.FPC Prayer Chain Ministry – A way to join together in spirit and to lift up others who experience unexpected illness or death. Call requests after 8:30am to Janice Howell, coordinator, at 704-435-3037.

.Thank you for your continued financial giving. Here are some options to send in your Tithes/Offerings if you are not able to give it on Sunday mornings … 1. Via post office mail. Please note that you can place your check in the envelope, seal it, place a stamp on the front and mail directly. No need to place it in another envelope to mail.
2. Place the envelope in the silver, wall mounted, church mailbox which is also secured located in the alcove of the Fellowship Hall Hallway, Mulberry Street side. 3. Set up Bill-Pay through your online banking for your pledge to be sent to the church. If you need assistance you may contact Renee’ Reep (FPC Financial Sec) at 704.435.6064, ext 102.

Weekly Reporting
Faithfulness Through Church Attendance – 11am Worship
          February     7     6 (No in person worship)
                                      February   14     47
                                      February   21     48
                                      February   28     53


Welcome To First Presbyterian Church 

March 7, 2021

                 Please Note: Names are printed in Prayer Concerns for 

                2 weeks at a time as they are called in to the church office

Members – Don Alexander, Sandra Brown, Lisa Dover, Sharon Heavner, Joe Martin, John Powell, Martha Sellers, Kat Sigmon, Tommy Stroupe.

Shut-in Members - Kathie Browne, Bill Crawley, Dick Lester, Martha Pope, Ann Ramsey, Joyce Sellers, Jim Sigmon, Marie Sigmon, 

Friends and Family of Our Church Members – Kim Angel, Martha Beam, Donnie Dellinger, Donna & Chris Dorsey, Eddie Hamrick, Teresa & A.J. Henley, Jason Hollifield, Jeanne Homesley, Nick Hopkins, Carl Lankford, Ashley Bailey Long, John Mervine, Steve Moss, Beckie Parker, Dr. Jay Petruska, Caroline and Ronald Philbeck, Pat Reed, Ashley Riggs, Dot Scism, Nathan Snipes, Beverly Stiles, Karen Phillips Thomas, Gerald David Yount,Greg Yount and Those Infected With The COVID-19 Virus


Military (Church Family & Friends) – FS1 Robert and YN1 Brandie McCants, 1st Lt. Mathew Simmons, Col. Mark Van Brunt   

Others – FPC' s Capital Campaign; Golgotha Presbyterian Church, Guatemala

Presbytery of WNC Prayer Calendar - Please be in prayer for Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, Swammampa, NC.


    Recordings of the 11:00 am Worship Service are available for you to hear on our Church (Audio)        Website: www.fpccnc.org for those of you who are watching FPC on Sunday mornings via live-          stream we encourage you to "Like" and "Share" so more people can see our worship Services.
  We also post our Services on Youtube after worship service has ended for those that do not have      Facebook.




 




FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Memorials I Honorariums

January 1 - January 31, 2021

MEMORIALS

IN LOVING MEMORY

Given by

Rec'd

Ava Anthony

FPC Presbyterian Women

01/14/21

Lois Boston

Mary Jane West

01/11/21

Mike & Mandy Harrill

01/17/21

Steve & Cynthia Homesley

01/17/25

Fred Brown

Martel Sigmon

01/25/21

Ken & Betsy Humphreys

01/25/21

Cindy & Glenn Burgess

01/31/21

Betty Jane Robinson

01/31/21

Tim & Becky Sigmon

01/25/21

Wade Stroupe

01/24/21

Cheryl McGinnis

01/25/21

Don & Carla Beam

01/20/21

Doug & Kay Crawley

01/24/21

Mickey Payseur

01/25/21

Men's Bible Class

01/25/21

Patricia Gantt

01/25/21

Don Saine, Donna Kelton

01/25/21

Cliff & Elizabeth Mosher

01/25/21

Pete & Reba Craft

01/24/21

Beth & Alan Klimaszewski

01/20/21

Scott & Frances Mauney

01/17/21

John & Mimi Powell

01/21/21

Don & Newell Alexander

01/17/21

Mike & Mandy Harrill

01/17/21

Michael & Barbara Jones

01/31/21

Mary Stephenson

01/24/21

Meg Gieseke

01/25/21

Elizabeth Smith

01/31/21

Marsha Farrell

01/11/21

Mary Jane West

01/11/21

Gay Brown & Mabel Brown

Perry Brown

01/06/21

Roy & Jill Oaggerhart

Jeff & Cindy Clemmer

01/10/21

Kay Helms

Roy & Myra Farnsworth

01/11/21

Nez Hovis

Martel Sigmon

01/07/21

Lillie Leatherman

Rita Robinson Family

01/25/21


IN LOVING MEMORY

Given by

Rec'd

Betty G. London

Martel Sigmon

01/28/21

Roy & Myra Farnsworth

01/11/21

Mary Jane West

01/11/21

Mike & Mandy Harrill

01/17/21

John & Mimi Powell

01/24/21

Lecy Quinn

Bill Crawley

01124/21

Tony Reep

Martel Sigmon

01/07121

John & Mimi Powell

01/11/21

Mike & Becky Ross

01/11/21

Bill & Brenda Lowe

01/10/21

Scott & Frances Mauney

01/17/21

Ken & Kay Hallman

01/24/21

Jeff & Alison Hayes

01/17/21

Dot Sigmon

01/07/21

Sarah Sigmon

01/24/21

Julia & Randy Chapman

01/17/21

Tim & Becky Sigmon

01/25/21

Betty Jane Robinson

01/31/21

Wade Stroupe

01/24/21

Susan Stiles Long

01/10/21

Bill & Gerita Steene

01/19/21

Roy & Myra Farnsworth

01110/21

Sandy & David Heafner

01/20/21

Mary Jane West

01/05/21

Don & Newell Alexander

01/17/21

Mike & Mandy Harrill

01/17/21

Steve & Cynthia Homesley

01/17/21

Johnny & Brenda Stroupe

01/17/21

Diana Shaw

Bill Crawley

01/24/21

Bill & Betty Sigmon

Myra & Roy Farnsworth

01/11/21

Dylan Heafner

01/11/21

Dennis Sigmon

Michael & 8eth Rogers

01/11/21

Tim & Becky Sigmon

01/17/21

Steve & Cynthia Homesley

01/17/21


IN LOVING MEMORY

Given by

Rec'd

Mag Stroupe

Roy & Myra Farnsworth

01/11/21

FPC Presbyterian Women

01/14/21

Marsha Brown Family

01/17/21

Bill Crawley

01/24/21

Reita Stroupe

Roy & Myra Farnsworth

01/11/21

Bill Crawley

01/24/21

Connie Wise

Martel Sigmon

01/18/21

Charles & Irene White

01/18/21

Don & Newell Alexander

01/17/21

Renee'Reep

01/19/21

Claude & Virginia Heavner

01/11/21

John & Mimi Powell

01/11/21

Cindy Burgin

01/11/21

Dianne Dixon

01/11/21

Rita Huffman

01/11/21

Mike & Becky Ross

01/11/21

Marsha Brown Family

01/18/21

FPC Presbyterian Women

01/11/21

Steve & Cynthia Homesley

01/18/21

Sandy Crawley

01/31/21

Barry & Wanda Dellinger

01/11/21

CHS Class of 1949

01/11/21

Ruth Randall

01/11/21

Mary Jane West

01/11/21

Naomi Stroupe SS Class

01/11/21

David, Cindy, & Jerry Stroupe

01/11/21

Marsha Farrell

01/11/21

Jack & Jeanette Henley

01/11/21

Ken Henley

01/11/21

Tommy & Judy Trammell

01/11/21

Jim & Janice Howell

01/11/21

Art & Barbara Stegall

01/20/21

Roy & Myra Farnsworth

01/11/21

Cherryville Chapt 156 Eastern Star

01/11/21

Pete & Reba Craft

01/11/21

Aura McGinnis

01/11/21

Betty Jane Robinson

01/10/21

Scott & Frances Mauney

01/21/21

Tim & Becky Sigmon

01/25/21

Mike & Mandy Harrill

01/17/21

Mark & Angie Upchurch

01/31/21

Ken & Kay Hallman

01/17/21

Jeff & Alison Hayes

01/17/21

Doug & Kay Crawley

01/24/21

Julia & Randy Chapman

01/24/21

Sarah Sigmon

01/25/21

Bill Crawley

01/24/21

Ruby Upchurch

Bill Crawley

01/24/21

HONORARIUMS

IN LOVING HONOR

Given by

Rec'd

Bill & Brenda Lowe

Dylan Heafner

01/10/21

Roy & Myra Farnsworth

01/07/21

Brenda & Johnny Stroupe

Gwynneth Blackwelder

01/10/21