The Spire (Newsletter)

May Spire 2017

The Spire

Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Garner

May 2017

Volume 2017, Issue 5



Celebrating Retirement

Sunday May 21st


We have two retirements to celebrate here at FPCOG and we invite you to join us for a covered dish lunch on Sunday , May 21, immediately following worship.

Barbara Mayette, our financial secretary, is retiring after 14 years of service, effective June 1st. She has been the glue that has often kept the church office running smoothly through many transitions. In addition to her administration skills, she has loved and cared for us. We will miss her. So come join us in expressing your gratitude for her many gifts.

We will also be retiring the mortgage on the Fellowship Hall by a “burning of the mortgage”.

Bring a dish to share (we will provide the dessert) and mark your calendar for May 21st.


 Dear Friends,                            

It has been my honor to serve The First Presbyterian Church of Garner these past fourteen years.  I will be retiring on May 31st, and I am so blessed for the many friendships that I have made during my time here.

Bob and I look forward to

retirement and enjoying our three beautiful grandsons.  Thank you all for allowing me to be part of your special community. You will never be forgotten.  In closing I leave you with this quote from Maya Angelou….

        “People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


Thank you and God Bless,

Barbara A. Mayette



Worship News



The Handbell Choir will play on Sunday, June 4th. The pieces are very unusual. The Cross uses the ‘singing bell’ technique and A Savior’s Love features piano with the handbells. The third piece, Joyful Rhythm is a fun piece that will get your feet tapping! Rehearsals continue each Sunday morning at 8:30am.


The choir just outdid themselves on Easter Sunday. We should be very proud of the talented musicians who so faithfully serve our church through the choir. Rehearsals continue Wednesday nights at 7:30pm.



Congregational Care


New Member

Please welcome our newest church member, Carol Miles. Carol joins us through re-affirmation of faith. She is originally from California but moved to North Carolina for retirement. We welcome her!


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

Members’ Families: Stella Knabe, Glenda Creech, Thelma Pleasant, Henry Jinnette, Martha Little,

Naomi Lee, Betty Monroe, Martha Morgan, Michael Regester, Annette Hill, Lillian Dever, Christopher Davidio, Ann Gould, Bill and Judy Pittman’s niece, Rachel, Karen Safrit, Morgan Miles

Members’ Friends: Dennis and Janie Eldridge and family, Marjorie Cassada, Mimi and William Prickett, Peg & Dixon Earley, Sylvia Harrison, John Beckley

Our sympathy is extended to Peggy Wilkins and her family upon the death of her husband, Cliff Johnson, who died on April 10, 2017. Cliff was a long time member of this church and recipient of the Man of the Year Award in 2016.

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Emilie Vlna who died on April 12th. She had been a resident of Hillcrest for the last several years. No memorial service plans have been made.

Our sympathy is extended to Carol Oriel and her family upon the death of her sister, Joyce, who died on April 19, 2017.

Our sympathy is extended to Joe Prater upon the death of his grandmother on April 16,2017. She was 102 years old.


May Flowers

7th     Given by Helen and Manny Losada in memory of their parents

14th   Given in  Honor of the Presbyterian Life Time Award

21st   Given by Ruby Miller-Ousley in memory of Donald W Miller

28th   Given by Emma Sommerville in honor of all who served our country


 May Birthdays and Anniversaries


7th      Rev. Debbie Osterhoudt

9th      Rob Whittington

12th    Shane McKinley Whittington

Heather Lee

15th    Jackson Long

John Long

19th    Carson Carmichael

Kian Miley

22nd   Nancy Waldrop

23rd    Dawn Pease

26th    David Pease

27th    Barbara Mayette

Debra Wallace

29th    Virginia Sommese



1st      Christopher & Christine Turpin

2nd     Steve & Debbie Wolicki

18th    Robert & Barbara Mayette

21st    Rob & Marsha Whittington

30th    Andrew & Carol Sims

30th    Michael & Janice Baporis

Man of the Year Award

The Men of the Church “Man of the Year Annual Breakfast” was held March 26th with the guest speaker as John Taylor (Son of Rev Debbie). John is currently working with the S.B.I., lives in Wilson, NC and is a special agent with the Bomb Squad. This year’s winner of the “Man of the Year” is Henry Woodcock. Henry is a lifelong Presbyterian and has always been active in his church wherever he lived. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technical University, a Masters of Environmental Sciences from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently attending Campbell University Divinity School in their Biblical Studies program. Henry and Julie Woodcock have been married for 46years and have raised three wonderful children and now have five grandchildren.


Prayer Group

You are invited to pray with this group on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the parlor. This is not a Bible Study or fellowship group. The gathered pray for our sick, each other, and others in our church community. We lift up our church and our PNC as they work towards the call of a new pastor. We pray for our pastor and the pastor that God is preparing to join us in the future. The Bible says that “where two or more are gathered, there I am also”. As we pray, we do feel the presence of God. We try to spend as much time listening to God as we spend on our petitions. You may come as often as your schedule permits, so you are not signing up for a weekly commitment.  We welcome you to join us for this very special group led by Rose Gurkin.

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.

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!

Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Thursday, May 18th 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.



Lenten Season Concludes

What a wonderful Lenten season! The church supported a Lenten Luncheon attended by a good group of people, good music, great sermons and a very moving Palm Sunday/Passion Week service featuring our own David Pease, who portrayed Jesus during that last week of

Jesus’ life. This Lenten season culminated in an Easter service which celebrated the Risen Lord.



Presbyterian Women

Honorary Life Membership

Each year an Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women is conferred upon an individual in recognition of faithful service and some area/areas of the Church’s work.  We will be presenting this honor to one of our own on Mother’s Day, May 14th.


QUILT BEE will meet on May 20th at 10:00AM till you need to go or 6:00PM in the Fellowship Hall. 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.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY continues to share God’s love by knitting and crocheting prayer shawls. If you want to participate with this ministry and assist in making shawls or making monetary contributions, contact Lynne Jackson or Martha Long.

The Lillie Circle will have their monthly meeting on Monday, May 8th at 7:00pm in the New Beginnings Classroom. The meeting is hosted by Caitlin Russell and the lesson will be provided but June Christian. All women of the church interested in joining a circle are invited to attend. For further information please contact Donna Gould at 919 302-3651.

The Friendship Circle has returned from their annual Beach retreat full of new ideas. The group will meet May 7th in the Fellowship Hall after church. The meeting will be hosted by Nancy Waldrop and Carol Oriel with Bible Study led by Suzi Perkins.


The Carol Thompson Scholarship Fund

Once again, it’s the time of year when high school seniors are planning to attend college in the coming school year, and current college students are contemplating their next semester.  To assist the students in preparing for the future, the Finance & Stewardship Committee will begin taking applications for the Carol Thompson Scholarship.  This scholarship, which has been made possible through the generous donation of Paul Thompson in the loving memory of his wife, Carol, is available to church members seeking their undergraduate-level education at colleges, universities, or post-secondary technical schools.  Details about the Carol Thompson Scholarship, including guidelines and application forms and procedures, was made available in the Narthex

beginning in April.  The current application deadline is June 1, 2017 with grant awards to be made by July 1, 2017.  If you have interest in, or have questions about this scholarship, or if you are interested in learning how members and friends of the congregation may contribute to the fund, please contact Karen McCauley or Carol Sims.  Thank you, Paul, for this wonderful gift to the church.  What a blessing it is to be able to assist our members with their educational aspirations!




Christian Education

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Come join us on Thursday mornings at 10:00am in the Church Library for Bible study and lively conversation. We are beginning a study of The Book of Acts, the story of the early church. Acts is the only biblical book that chronicles the history of the church immediately after Jesus’s ascension. Join us as we follow the lives of key apostles, especially Peter and Paul, in the decades immediately following Christ’s ascension into heaven. Hope to see you here!!

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

The Wednesday Night Bible Study Group is currently studying “On the Road to the Cross” by Rob Burkhart.   On the Road to the Cross allows you to experience Easter through the eyes of the everyday people who witnessed the triumphal entry, saw Jesus drag his cross to Calvary, and cried through Christ’s last words.  Each new perspective opens the door to a fresh consideration of Easter and its impact on their lives and ours. Please join us for discussion and fellowship each Wednesday at 7:30pm in the New Beginnings Room.  For more information, please contact Karen McCauley.


The Ogburn Sunday School Class will begin to study the Book of Psalms using the Dr. Mickey Efird video. The class meets each Sunday morning at 9:45am for Bible study and fellowship.  If you are not currently participating in Sunday School, please consider joining us!

The New Beginnings Sunday School Class will be starting a new study reading and discussing Half Truths by Adam Hamilton.  In this study Adam Hamilton searches for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés with the wisdom found in Scripture. The clichés include: Everything happens for a reason; God helps those who help themselves; God won’t give you more than you can handle; God said it, I believe it, that settles it; and Love the sinner, hate the sin. Join the group each Sunday beginning at 9:45am for Bible study and fellowship.  If you have questions, please contact Suzi Perkins or Sandy Lee.




Mission Ministry Team Announcements


“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

 ~Mother Teresa

 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 as challenged by Reverend Debbie.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Our first week hosting Family Promise was a huge success.  Our guests felt very welcome here and enjoyed our fellowship.  The bedrooms were comfortable and our guests had everything they needed.  (We went through four crates of water, six pounds of lunchmeat, and 18 packs of baby wipes!)  But we had a great time and made some new friends.  One family even found housing by the end of the week. So thank you to all the volunteers and to those who donated to this ministry.  The monetary donations were used to buy towels, washcloths, blankets, a toaster, a mop, and to supplement our groceries.  Family Promise of Wake County was very grateful that we were willing to host during a holiday because it is extremely difficult to get churches to do that.  So your time and compassion have truly made a difference.




A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost

OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.


Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;

And make us happy in the happy bees,

The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.


And make us happy in the darting bird

That suddenly above the bees is heard,

The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,

And off a blossom in mid air stands still.


For this is love and nothing else is love,

To which it is reserved for God above

To sanctify to what far ends He will,

But which it only needs that we fulfill.


Youth News


 Youth and Children’s Schedule for May

April 30th – Youth Sunday Theme Prep 2-3:30pm

May 7th – Youth Sunday Detail Prep 2-3:30pm

May 14th – ’s Event!! Mother’s Day Craft during Sunday School 9:45 – 10:45

May 18th – Youth Sunday Final Drafts Due

May 21st – YOUTH SUNDAY Youth Arrive @ 9am, Lunch Following

May 28th – No Youth, Memorial Day Weekend
NEW DATE for Chinese Auction and Craft Fair! – June 17th Be on the lookout for more information about this event in your Sunday Bulletins and in the June Spire!


Welcome to Stephanie Taylor-Morgan

          The Session, at our April stated meeting, has hired Stephanie Taylor-Morgan to be our Administrative Assistant effective June 1, 2017. She will work Mon.-Fri 9am-3pm. She will be assuming the additional responsibilities of the financial secretary. The Personnel Committee, chaired by Bill Pittman and Sarah Kramer, is in the process of rewriting the job description for the Administrative Assistant. Stephanie graduated from Elon University in 2003 and has worked with LabCorp before coming to work for us as our Temporary Administrative Assistant last fall. She was married in June 2016 (at the Rand Bryan House) and lives in Durham with husband Mark and her 16 year old step-daughter, Elizabeth. Her email address is: Stop by and introduce yourself to Stephanie.


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!



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