The Spire (Newsletter)

 September Spire 2017


The Spire

Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Garner


It is good to be with you at this portion of the ongoing transition in the life of First Presbyterian Church. For the past two years you and Pastor Debbie walked together looking at who you are, what your challenges are, and most importantly who is God calling you to be and what is God calling you to do.

Your Pastor Nominating Committee has been hard at work writing the Church Information Form. This is the tool that will introduce you to potential pastoral leadership. They will work diligently to sort through many possibilities. They will listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit to lead them to the person they will present to the congregation to be voted on to become the next Pastor.

My role with you during this time is to preach, lead worship, provide pastoral care, and encourage you along the way as you work toward the day when a pastor is called and on the field. This is so that during that time of searching, waiting and listening for the Holy Spirit, First Presbyterian Church continues forward on its journey into what God desires for you to become. I am generally here Monday through Friday from 9-3. Feel free to call or to come by for conversation.

The journey you have embarked on does not take place in a vacuum. Life goes on in the church and outside the church. Since I have joined you two events have shaken me. One is the horrible events in Charlottesville Virginia last weekend. One is the death of a teen age girl up at Falls Lake. The young woman was a member of the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.

Charlottesville was a demonstration of the utter ugliness of sin. Its aftermath keeps bringing that to light. I am deeply grateful for the counter-protestors who acted in peace, witnessing to the power of love to overcome hate. I am deeply disturbed by those who met one form of violence with another.

The young women’s death and the mystery surrounding it was brought closer to home I had just been to a Presbytery meeting at the Wake Forest Church. I am also a friend of the pastor. The death of a young person no matter the circumstances is always hard.

In the midst of death there is life and hope that our faith in Jesus Christ and his promise of resurrection and eternal life. It is on that promise that you move into the future that God has for First Presbyterian Church of Garner.

-Pastor John Kidd




“Prayers of the People” – by Jordan Snow: (a member of the youth group at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church)


Dear God,

Glorious God

Today I pray for the broken far and wide

For the hurt that turns out insides outside

For the times we raise our heads to the sky

And ask why? Why God?

It’s in these times

We cannot stray

Despite if we do

YOU always stay

There is no darkness in that YOUR light cannot shine

There are no mistakes

or imperfections of YOUR design

There is no emptiness that YOU cannot fill

There is no one unworthy of YOUR love still

There is no tomorrow that the sun won’t rise for

And there is no Son or Daughter that YOU didn’t die for

Now, God please remind us that we are yours


From the very ends of this Earth

We are ALL your children

And God loves ALL his children

But in this day and age it’s forgotten

Copious hate and discrimination we are lost in

How can we paraphrase a book written 3500 years ago

Just because we fear what we don’t know

No matter how they identify

No matter whom they may be

No matter what they have or haven’t done

No matter their sin

No matter their mistakes

No matter their inescapable morality


You are the one who calls us to love like you

Through our Lord Jesus

Unconditionally, without borders, without ceasing

To love hard, to love strong, to love always

We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus.

(Jordan Snow, August 13, 2017)


September 2017


Worship News


Music Notes


Many thanks to the choir for faithfully sharing your talents each Sunday during the summer. Each of you is a blessing.

It is time to begin again….choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m.  New anthems and our Christmas cantata will be on the agenda.  We hope that all choir members will be there and of course, we hope that the Spirit has moved new members to join.  Everyone is welcome.


The handbell choir is in serious need of ringers. With Catherine leaving, we have a huge gap to fill. We need prior members to rejoin…or new people to give it a try. We will train you. You don’t even have to read music to participate. Please consider joining us on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.  We will have a first rehearsal on Sunday, September 10If we are unable to get the openings filled, the Handbell Choir will have to go by the way. I would hate to see that happen, especially since it means that other members who are willing would lose the opportunity to ring.  Please prayerfully consider this call to step up for handbells.


We have some very faithful members who have ushered for us this year, but we have a couple of folks on the injured list who cannot do it right now and of course folks are still on vacations. If you can help out please see Sandy Lee or email her at Let me know what dates work best for you and I will put you in. It is a simple task but one that is very much needed to make folks feel welcome when they come to worship with us.

 September Flowers

3rd       Given by Karen McCauley in honor of the Wednesday Night Bible Study   group for all the fun, fellowship, and discussion we have each week.

10th      Given in loving memory of Julia Russell by June Christian

17th      Given in loving memory of Cliff’s birthday.

24th      Given in loving memory of Mary Ellen by Mary Jo Atkinson


 Congregational Care

 Wedding Invitation

McLemore McCauley and Gary Raymond Lovering, along with their families, invite you to their wedding on Saturday, October 7, 2017 beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon at First Presbyterian Church of Garner.A reception and BBQ dinner will immediately follow the ceremony in the Church Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP to KRNMC3@GMAIL.COM by September 15, 2017.

September Birthdays

1st        Carrie Dixon

2nd       Cindy Bagwell and Rose Gurkin

3rd       Gloria Oelke

7th       Frank Plyler and Lorrie Icenhour

8th       Marvin Perkins

11th      Ray Thornton

15th      Leo Payea, Andrew Cook, and Curtis Hopkins

16th      Donna Gould

17th      Ann Bagwell, Michael Baporis, and Jerry Page

19th      Edith Conyers

21st      Carmen Cubilla and Nathan Chandler

23rd      Billy Knabe

25th      Daniell Krawczyk

27th      Anne Hopkins

28th      Kay Carroll

30th      Jesse Gould


September Anniversaries

4th       Joe & Judy Shipp

12th      Daniel & Gary McInnis

14th      Joe & Cheryle Prater

23rd      Matt & Jennifer Collins

30th      Greg & Elizabeth Cole


Prayer Concerns

Members:  Carson and Rosemary Carmichael, Gabe Adams, Jeanne Johnson, Carol Sims, Joan Young, Georgia       Morrison, Dr. Andy Cook, Barbara O’Hare, Adam Miller, Pat Yelvington, Mary Jo Atkinson, Ann Bagwell, Edith Conyers, Terri Carpenter, Carol Miles, Martha Harris

Members’ Families: Stella Knabe, Glenda Creech, Thelma Pleasant, Martha Little, Naomi Lee, Betty Monroe, Martha Morgan, Michael Regester, Annette Hill, Lillian Dever, Ann Gould, Karen Safrit, Morgan Miles, Amanda Miller

Members’ Friends: Dennis and Janie Eldridge and family, Marjorie Cassada, Mimi and William Prickett, Peg & Dixon  Earley, Sylvia Harrison, John Beckley, David Myhre, Joann Overby, Skye Reece (2 1/2 year old anticipating third open heart surgery), Nicole Watson




Where Two or More Are Gathered

The weekly prayer group will be meeting on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. The meeting is held in the parlor of the church.

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Thursday, September 21st at 6:30 in the Faith Formation Classroom. All who are interested in learning more about  Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias are encouraged to attend. For further information please contact Donna Gould at 919 302-3651.

The Social Committee is looking for people interested in being on the Social Committee.  We are looking for new idea get-togethers.  Please contact Judy Pittman at or 919-661-3600. Or you can contact Kathy Henderson.

The Social Committee is sponsoring a Game Day every Wednesday at 10am. Please come and enjoy the morning playing your favorite games. Feel free to bring games or come and have fun learning new ones. We look forward to seeing you there!

FUN, FELLOWSHIP, AND TRAVEL Feel like doing some short distance traveling? Recently a small group from our church went to Scotland Neck to visit the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park. We had a great lunch but the dessert was the fellowship we enjoyed to and fro with our estimable driver, Phillip Penny, getting us there and back intact. A group of us decided to form the Fun, Fellowship, and Travel group with our next scheduled event to Rudy Music Theatre in Selma. At this point we have 20 seats reserved for the matinee show on Friday, December 15, to be followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Seats are $27.50 pp. If you are interested, please contact Bobbie Holland (919-414-2112) to book your spot. We are not limited to 20 but these shows are very popular and they book fast come fall. Other trips we are considering are a trolley tour of New Bern and Tryon Palace, a trolley tour of Raleigh and combining it with the Joel Lane House and Mordecai House. There are so many ways to see Raleigh did you know you could visit in a rickshaw, to mention a few? Let us know if you would be interested in exploring other opportunities and we will see if we can get Phillip going again!!

QUILT BEE will meet on September 16th in the Fellowship Hall with the morning session running from 10am until 1ish and the afternoon session going from 2-6pm. If you have wanted to learn to quilt now is your chance for free lessons. Please contact Lynne Jackson at or cell 919-889-1227 if you have any questions.

Church Cookbook: The Lillie Circle is still collecting recipes for the next church cookbook, and we would really like to have a recipe from everyone in the church. So, if you haven’t submitted one yet, please do so. You can give them to June Christian, Karen McCauley, or Sandra Hodge. Can’t wait to try all the great recipes!!!

The Lillie Circle had a very successful VIP Luncheon in August. This month we will hold a regular meeting on September 11th at 7pm at the home of Sandra Hodge. All women interested in affiliating with a circle are welcome to attend. For more information contact Donna Gould at 919-772-0018.

The Lillie Circle has a special bridal shower planned on Saturday, August 26th in honor of Karen McCauley and her fiancé, Gary Lovering. The shower will be at 2:00pm in the church fellowship hall. The congregation, both women and men are invited to come and join in the celebration, food and fun. Karen and Gary are registered at Belk, Target, Macy’s, and Lowes Hardware. RSVP to Donna Gould at 919 772-0018.

Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to share God’s love by knitting and crocheting prayer shawls. For the month of August shawls were given to Beverly Woford, Ruth Brown, Amanda Miller. If you want to participate with this ministry and assist in making shawls or making monetary contributions, contact Lynne Jackson or Martha Long.

The Friendship Circle held their planning meeting, and are anxious to implement the plans during the next year. We welcome any woman who has not yet joined a circle. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, September 17, following the church service. Most other meetings will be held on the first Sunday of each month through May. The next meeting will be October 1, followed by our annual trip to the mountains, October 12-15. We will meet on Saturday, November 4, to set up for one of our fund raisers, a luncheon after church on November 5. All proceeds will be designated for the elevator fund.

December 3 – Christmas Party at Carrie’s house.


January 7- regular meeting.

On Saturday, February 3, we will meet to decorate for our annual Soup-er Bowl luncheon on February 4.

March 4 – regular meeting.

April 1, is Easter Sunday. Our meeting will be held on our beach trip. Date TBA

May 6 – Last meeting of the year.

Proposed Projects

  • Fill lunch bags with non-perishable items such as water and snacks to give to people asking for money.
  • Backpack Buddies
  • Community project
  • Pancake supper – fund-raiser for the elevator fund
  • Collect school supplies for homeless or needy students. Fall wish tree for GHS students
  • Sherry’s Kids – money to put toward camperships.

Our lesson book for this year will be Christine Tate’s Women’s No Homework Group Hug 2. We used the first book this past year. It helped to generate conversations about selected topics.


The Men of the Church will have our first fall breakfast on Sunday, September 10th. We will meet in the fellowship hall for breakfast at 8:am. For any questions please contact Marvin Perkins

Attention all parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, family and friends! Cub Scouts meetings for the 2017/2018 season are beginning again! We welcome all 1st-5th grade boys to attend. We meet in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday’s from 7pm-8pm. Contact Christy Turpin for more details or simply join us for a meeting. Kick off is August 29 with an Ice Cream Social and Rain Gutter Regatta!

Please join us as we honor our teachers on September 24. As we celebrate the anniversary of our church, it’s a great time for us to spend some time thinking about where Christian Education/Spiritual Discernment should begin to move to meet our future. In order to begin to prepare for the future we need your assistance. During our luncheon we will ask you to tell us what programming you would enjoy and what you think might be of interest to those we’d like to draw to our church. This information will form the basis of our work. Come with your ideas!

Please Join the Building & Grounds committee on September 23rd for our Fall work day. Let’s dust out the corners, tend our flower beds, and get our church to be as sparkling bright as the members in it!  The main focus will be on cleaning up the flower beds outside but there is plenty of dust inside as well as other indoor tasks for those that aren’t outdoorsy. We will begin our Church workday at 8am and work until lunch time (12pm). If you have rakes and clippers please bring them along with you. If you are interested in helping let Allen Hodge or Karen McCauley know or just show up in your work clothes. We hope to see you there!


Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee met on Monday August 7, in the Church Library.  The group discussed the pamphlet that Ruby Miller has been diligently working on, with Stephanie Taylor who has provided expert assistance with the layout.  Ruby shared the prototypes at the Deacons Meeting on Sunday, August 13 and then took the pamphlet to the Session meeting that evening, for Session approval before going to print.  For now, the pamphlet will be given to visitors of our church, providing them with an at-a-glance glimpse of who we are and the programs at The First Presbyterian Church of Garner.  As a bonus, bookmarks have also been created to give visitors as a token of their visit with us, proving a biblical message and address / contact information for FPCOG.

As follow-up to our meeting in July, Sandra Hodge is also gathering information about the possibility of advertising in the Southside Shopper.

The Hospitality Committee will be sponsoring a “Brunch Social” in the Fall for all new members and visitors.

The Committee would like to acknowledge and give thanks for the support and assistance that Rosemary Carmichael, Bonnie Callahan, Sandra Hodge and Carol Sims have given thus far. The Hospitality Committee welcomes you / anyone that would like to join this group or offer suggestions, ideas or assistance to help grow FPCOG!  Please contact any Deacon member of the Hospitality Committee: Jackie Dail, Bettie Hamilton, Ruby Miller-Ousley, Julie Tedder or Pat Yelvington.  Be a part to help grow our future!


Mission Statement for First Presbyterian Church of Garner

Responding to God’s call, we challenge each other to grow in discipleship while embodying the love and grace of Jesus Christ.


We value:

  • Inspiring worship in Word and music
  • Inquiring study for adults, youth and children
  • Inclusive hospitality
  • Community outreach
  • Stewardship


BOOK LOVERS, check out the book exchange shelves in the New Beginnings classroom. Help yourself to books, bring in some of yours, and read and share. There are all kinds of stories awaiting you. Men, the top shelf is for you! More books come in each week.  Enjoy!

Submitting information for The Spire or the Bulletin: When submitting information to be placed in the bulletin and/or the Spire, please submit to the office in writing or by e-mail to Stephanie Taylor at Spire articles and pictures are due by 5:00 PM the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise stated.



Christian Education

Thursday Morning Bible Study

The Thursday morning Bible study is getting geared back up to meet the first Thursday in September, Sept. 7th, at 10am. The group will be reading and studying the book “The Sailboat Church”. If you are interested in joining please feel free to contact Lynne Jackson to get your copy of the book (the cost is $12 per book). The first meeting will be covering the introduction and chapter 1. All are welcome to come and enjoy good fellowship.


Wednesday Evening Bible Study

The Wednesday Night Bible Study Group will be taking a break during the months of September and October. Please plan to join us on November 1 when we will continue our discussion of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. For more information, please contact Karen McCauley.


Adult Sunday School

If you are not currently attending Sunday School, please consider joining the Beginnings – Ogburn class each Sunday morning. We are currently studying Perfectly Imperfect: Character Sketches from the Old Testament by David Busic. How can someone be perfectly imperfect? Isn’t that a contradiction? The Bible is filled with stories of people with all kinds of flaws and imperfections. The astounding thing is what happens when God changes their lives. They are flawed, real people, but then God enters their lives and everything changes. Through the examples of Abraham, Moses, Rahab, and many others, we learn how God works with us. We discover something about the way God transforms us from what we are into what we can be. Join us each Sunday at 9:45am for wonderful discussion and fellowship.


Mission Ministry Team Announcements


“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

~ Lao Tzu


2 Cents-a-Meal

Collected on the last Sunday in each month, the Two Cents-a-Meal offering invites the congregation to prayerfully contribute a few cents at each meal to help alleviate hunger and poverty.  Participation in Two Cents-a-Meal is a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command, “You give them something to eat.” The contribution of two cents (or more) per person at each meal, reminds us of the needs of others and our call to respond as Christians to their hunger. The money collected is dedicated during the morning worship service, and then distributed by the Ida Joy Bible Study Group to local hunger initiatives including Garner Area Ministries and Interfaith Food Shuttle.


Food Donations Needed

We thank you for the generous amounts of food and hygiene supplies you have donated throughout the year, but especially at this time of the year. We appreciate that so many of you have been remembering to bring items on the first Sunday of each month.



For those who are interested Habitat will be doing another Habitat House Presbyterian Build, the first day will be Sept. 9th for the wall build. There will be 7 Presbyterian Churches working together on this house which is near St. Augustine’s College, at 315 Idlewilde Avenue. If you are interested you must register on line at: They have a new software program and claim it is much easier to use to register. If you have any problems please contact David Huffman at or Christian Murphy at

We do not have an organized group however help is always needed and if you feel the call please consider helping a family build their home, it is a rewarding experience.


FPCOG Serving at HOPE  –  Saturday, September 30, 2017

(Location: Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Dr., Garner  – Near Papa John’s on Vandora Springs Ave.)

FOOD – WE Provide:  The sides, bread and dessert to go with the entrée that is provided by GUMC (each side enough to serve 50 – 75) — at least three (3) sides and assorted desserts

RESPONSIBLE FOR – Coordinate the warming / preparation of the food, set up the serving line, organize the beverage table, serve the food / beverages and clean the kitchen and other areas before leaving.  Someone is needed in the kitchen by 10:15 am to begin preparations.  Serving begins between 11:30 am – 12:00 noon, depending on when the last person has taken their shower.

Converse with the homeless if able…share in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ

LAUNDRY – Wash the towels and items from the shower area and return to GUMC during the week (typically 4 to 6 tub containers of laundry)

Any questions, please contact:

Julie Tedder                919-622-2120

Sandy Lee                    919-522-3416

Lynne Jackson            919-889-1227

Our next commitment for HOPE  ~ December 30, 2017

Consider this…There but for the grace of God, go I!

Reminder ~ HOPE always needs NEW boxer underwear for men & underwear for women, blue jeans and new socks!!