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Hymns For May 9, 2021

For The Beauty Of The Earth

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise. 

God Be With You Till We Meet Again

1 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.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again. 

2 God be with you till we meet again,
’Neath His wings protecting hide you,
Daily manna still divide you,
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again. 

3 God be with you till we meet again,
When life’s perils thick confound you,
Put His arms unfailing round you,
God be with you till we meet again. 
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again. 

4 God be with you till we meet again,
Keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
Smite death’s threatening wave before you,
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again. 

May 9, 2021


Welcome To First Presbyterian Church 


Celebration Of Worship

Sixth Sunday Of Easter

May 9, 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. 473                                    For The Beauty Of The Earth
(Children's Worship Center Exit On Verse Two)

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

   Mother's Day Prayer

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                              II Timothy 1:5,7: 3:14-17
  Rev. Dr. Billy T. Lowe                                                                             "From One Generation To The Next, It Is The                                                                                    Greatest Gift A Child Can Receive!"


Our Journey Is Directed By The Work Of God

* Hymn No. 540          God Be With You Till We Meet Again

* Benediction


* Postlude               Joe Gainey

* Those able, please stand 

+ "Welcome Visitor Bookmark": located in pew rack has the Words to this element printed for easy reference.

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


Welcome To First Presbyterian Church

May 9, 2021


Welcome To First Presbyterian Church
May 9, 2021

Yes,  We  Are  Happy  To  Be  Open

for Sunday School at 9:45am for all ages!

Worship at 11:00am with Children’s Worship Center

and our Children’s Nursery available.

Social Distancing (CDC Guidelines - 3 feet apart)

and Wearing of Masks recommended.

Please wear your mask upon entering/exiting the

church building, sanctuary and classrooms; however,

once you are seated you may remove your mask.

11:00am Worship Live-streamed and Recorded for

First Presbyterian Church Face Book Page and YouTube

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we continue to

travel through this pandemic.

We covet your continued prayer support.


Announcements and Invitations

Church Wide Ministries

.Children’s Worship Center begins at 11:10am for ages “one year before Kindergarten through 1st grade.” It is located on Lower Academy Hallway. Children will sit with their parents in the sanctuary and be dismissed together during the first hymn.  Margaret Browne is program director. Today’s teacher/greeter: Susie Lewis, Jodi Huffman

.The Infant and Toddler Nursery (up to age 4 years) is located on Lower Academy Hall at the Children’s Department Wing. Today’s volunteer servers are Josh & Holly Skibo.   Parents… Pick up a Baby Pager  when leaving your child in the nursery. A nursery volunteer will “buzz” you if you are needed during worship. Please bring the pager back when picking up your child.

.Children’s Worship Bags - designed for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade, located on the stand to the left of the pulpit. Children may take a bag to their seat and leave the bag in the pew at the end of the service.

.Acolytes at 11:00am Worship for May – Kate Mulvey, Kayla Throckmorton.

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

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

PYC Spiritual RetreatJune 25 – 27, Boone, NC.  Parents contact Chloe Holt for more information. (Correction: PYC only)

.Revelation Bible Study – Monday, May 10, 6:30pm & Thursday, May 13, 10am, Session Room

.C.A.R.E. Ministry - Team “A” will be serving this week.  Team Members are asked to come individually to pray and write cards to carry out the responsibilities of the CARE Ministry.  During this pandemic we are keeping in contact with our shut-ins and writing requested cards.  For requesting prayer concerns contact the church office, Pastor Bill or email your request to jchampion@fpccnc.org

.Cherryville Ministerial Association Meeting – Tuesday, May 11, 8am at homefolks Café.

.Sessional Planning Meeting – Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Session Room.

.Hospital Based C.A.R.E. Ministry - 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.

.Ministry of Missions is looking for fundraising ideas to help raise money for an Adult Mission Trip.  Please see Gina McCants.  In June there will be a meeting to discuss a trip to Guatemala for 2022/2023.

Other Announcements

.Pastor Lowe will be on vacation this Thursday afternoon, May 13 through Monday, May 17.  For pastoral emergencies call the church office at 704.435.6064, ext. 101 or 102 or your Elder Shepherd or Dianne Jenkins, Clerk of Session at 704.435.9542.

.If you have recently borrowed any of the church table cloths, please return them to the church office as soon as possible.  We are missing a few long, white cloths and a few black cloths.

.Mobile Food Pantry Events - Cherryville Area Ministry is a partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  CAM is asking for volunteers to assist with the event on May 11 at 9am at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Pack food, distribute food to people and other assistance needed.  For more information contact Gina McCants at 980-329-6750.

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

.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.

.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.

Weekly Reporting

    Faithfulness Through Church Attendance – 11am Worship
May 2  -  124    

    Faithfulness Through Church Attendance – Sunday School     

May 2   - 59      





Thank you for your continued financial giving. Here are options to send in your Tithes/Offerings if you are not able to give it on Sunday mornings … 1. Via post office mail; 2. Place the envelope in the silver, wall mounted, church mailbox 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. For assistance contact Renee’ Reep (FPC Financial Sec) at 704.435.6064, ext 102.




Welcome To First Presbyterian Church
May 9, 2021

You are in our
Thoughts and Prayers

Please Note: Names are printed for 2 weeks at a time as they are called in to the church office

FPC Members – Don Alexander, Gwynneth Blackwelder, Sandra Brown, Penny Buff, Lisa Dover, Ronnie Gantt, Sharon Heavner, Joe Martin, Martha Sellers, Kat Sigmon, Tommy Stroupe

FPC Shut-ins – 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, Robin Devenny, Joyce & Chris Dorsey, Judie Eaker, Eddie Hamrick, Dianne Heavner, Teresa & A. J. Henley, Charles (Tuba) Hill (friend of Dr. George Bradley), Jason Hollifield, Jeanne Homesley, Nick Hopkins, Ed Huss, Carl Lankford, Ashley Bailey Long, John Mervine, Steve Moss, Mandy Owensby, Beckie Parker, Dr. Jay Petruska, Caroline & Ronald Philbeck, Butch Powell, Pat Reed, Beverly Stiles, Karen Phillips Thomas, Sarah Wright, Gerald David Yount, Greg Yount, Those infected with the COVID-19 Virus.

Christian Sympathy is extended to Jim Sellers & Family and Mary and Gary Beam Family at the death of his wife and her sister, Mrs. Martha Sellers, May 5, 2021, of Montgomery, Texas. Arrangements To Be Announced.


FPC Military (Church Family & Friends) – FS1 Robert McCants, 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 Brevard Davidson  Presbyterian Church, Brevard,NC.



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

    Recordings of the 11:00 am Worship Service are available 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 / Honorariums
March 1 - March 31, 2021
MEMORIALS
IN LOVING MEMORY Given by Rec'd
Lois Boston Don & Newell Alexander March 14, 2021
Fred Brown Mildred Dail March 21, 2021
Jerry Helms March 7, 2021
Rusty & Anne Wise March 14, 2021
Patsy Randall March 15, 2021
Adam Crowder Mike & Jyma Atwell March 18, 2021
Raleigh & Charlotte Putnam March 18, 2021
Joe Gainey March 18, 2021
Don & Newell Alexander March 18, 2021
Martel Sigmon March 22, 2021
Renee' Reep March 18, 2021
Jeff & Sandy Costner March 18, 2021
Wendy Whisnant March 18, 2021
Katherine Robinson March 15, 2021
Harold & Sherri Davis March 15, 2021
Mark & Tina Dellinger March 15, 2021
Jim & Rita McGinnis March 15, 2021
Billy & Linda Alexander March 15, 2021
Roger & Sue Hollifield March 15, 2021
Hilda Bates March 15, 2021
Leon & Betsy Sneed March 15, 2021
Rita & H.L. Robinson March 15, 2021
Andrew West March 15, 2021
Linda & Niles Whitworth March 15, 2021
Nancy & Arnold Brackett March 15, 2021
Harold & Kim Mauney March 15, 2021
Larry & Barbara McGinnis March 16, 2021
Debbie & Charles Schmidt March 21, 2021
Margaret Browne March 21, 2021
David Randall March 21, 2021
Eric & Deborah Pfeifer March 18, 2021
James Beam March 15, 2021
Lois & Wayne Owen March 15, 2021
Bobby & Brenda Walker March 15, 2021
Shelia Houser March 18, 2021
Julia & Randy Chapman March 21, 2021
First Wesleyan Church March 15, 2021
Scott & Lynn Huss March 15, 2021
Linda & Jerry Hudson March 15, 2021
IN LOVING MEMORY Given by Rec'd
Adam Crowder Sandy Crawley March 18, 2021
Mildred Beam Dail March 21, 2021
Charles & Irene White March 21, 2021
Mike & Mandy Harrill March 21, 2021
David & Cindy Stroupe March 15, 2021
Mike & Becky Ross March 16, 2021
Tom & Judy Randall March 14, 2021
Jennifer Randall March 14, 2021
Rob & Melanie Gentile March 14, 2021
Doug & Kay Crawley March 14, 2021
Patsy Randall March 14, 2021
Gail Jenkins March 14, 2021
Charlie & Jonnie Conner March 14, 2021
Don Millwood March 14, 2021
Janice & Jim Howell March 14, 2021
John & Mimi Powell March 14, 2021
Matthew & Lisa Greenway March 14, 2021
Pete & Reba Craft March 14, 2021
Jerry Thornburg March 14, 2021
Bill & Brenda Lowe March 14, 2021
Janet Fisher March 14, 2021
Mary West March 14, 2021
Garry & Diana Russ March 14, 2021
Howard & Bobbie Gantt March 14, 2021
Susie & Art Lewis March 14, 2021
Scott & Frances Mauney March 14, 2021
David & Sandy Heafner March 14, 2021
Susan Stiles Long March 14, 2021
Steve & Cynthia Homesley March 14, 2021
Ron & Dianne Jenkins March 14, 2021
Lib Sellers March 14, 2021
Kenneth & Kay Hallman March 14, 2021
Dr. George & Diane Bradley March 14, 2021
Robert & Shayne Turner March 14, 2021
Gary & Mary Beam March 14, 2021
Audrey Brandon March 14, 2021
Bill & Chris Sneed March 28, 2021
Barry & Wanda Dellinger March 25, 2021
Renna Long March 28, 2021
Ruth Randall March 28, 2021
Eloise Mauney March 28, 2021
Betty Jane Robinson March 28, 2021
Dot Sigmon March 25, 2021
Facebook Fundraiser/Josh Black March 25, 2021
Sharon Heavner March 28, 2021
Dessa H. Millwood March 25, 2021
Helene Hampton March 25, 2021
Kenneth Hallman March 12, 2021
IN LOVING MEMORY Given by Rec'd
Adam Crowder Vickey Dixon March 18, 2021
Stacey Glover March 18, 2021
Judy Gladstone Mike & Becky Ross March 7, 2021
Don & Newell Alexander March 14, 2021
Johnathan Henley Mike & Becky Ross March 5, 2021
Don & Newell Alexander March 14, 2021
Nez Hovis Don & Newell Alexander March 14, 2021
Jimmy Parham Mike & Becky Ross March 19, 2021
Tony Reep Jeff & Sandy Costner March 7, 2021
Jerry Helms March 7, 2021
Anita Stroupe Family March 14, 2021
Patsy Randall March 15, 2021
Dennis Sigmon Patsy Randall March 15, 2021
Suzanne (Sue) Smith Alan & Cathy Cloninger March 24, 2021
Dot Sigmon March 25, 2021
Renee' Reep March 29, 2021
Don & Newell Alexander Family March 21, 2021
Mike & Becky Ross March 19, 2021
Rusty & Anne Wise March 21, 2021
Naomi Stroupe SS Class March 24, 2021
Frances Hopkins Family March 21, 2021
Mike & Mandy Harrill March 21, 2021
Doug & Kay Crawley March 14, 2021
Mary West March 14, 2021
Susie & Art Lewis March 14, 2021
Patsy Randall March 15, 2021
John & Mimi Powell March 14, 2021
Joe Gainey March 18, 2021
Larry & Barbara McGinnis March 16, 2021
Mag Stroupe Susie & Art Lewis March 14, 2021
Connie Wise Wade Stroupe February 28, 2021
Mildred Dail March 21, 2021
Jerry Helms March 7, 2021
Susie & Art Lewis March 14, 2021
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Memorials / Honorariums
March 1 - March 31, 2021
HONORARIUMS
IN LOVING HONOR Given by Rec'd
Cotton & Pam Crowder Joe Gainey March 28, 2021
Renee' Reep Gary & Mary Beam March 7, 2021
Nick & Frances Hopkins Susie & Art Lewis March 14, 2021