The Spire (Newsletter)

 November Spire 2017


The Spire

Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Garner

Daylight Savings Ends November 5th so don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour!


I’ve been thinking about gratitude. These thoughts come to mind as this is month that has the holiday of Thanksgiving. Over the last many years Thanksgiving Day has suffered.  It has almost become lost between Halloween and Christmas. What has happened to Thanksgiving? Where did it go? When I was a boy the Christmas stuff did not appear until after Thanksgiving. Now it is the day that merchants live for because it means the next day their sales will make or break them for the year.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It requires no presents to be bought. It requires no candy to be given out. It is a holiday that does not have a conflict with the culture like Easter or Christmas. It is a day to enjoy what really matters. It is a day to gather with family and friends, to enjoy a special meal, and to thank God for the blessings of the year. I invite you to do that. Enjoy each other give thanks, remember those who have died and to give thanks for them.

Let me share with you some of what I am grateful for. I am grateful for the people who have been part of my journey through life. I am grateful for family members, friends, and members of churches I have served, and neighbors. All these folks have had a hand in making me who I am. I am grateful that God has blessed me with their presence. I am grateful for my family.

I am grateful that we are able to choose our leaders on all levels of government. I do not enjoy the campaigns. I am grateful for the privilege of choosing and am grateful for the men and women who have made it and make it possible.

Gratitude is too much just for one day. Living with gratitude is a 24/7 365 day proposition. Part of gratitude is thinking about how we share our monetary and time resources. God has blessed us with what we have and God blesses us with opportunities to use it for others.

During November the Session will be developing and then presenting our 2018 budget to you. You will be asked to make a commitment as to how much you are willing pledge toward it. As you think and pray about that, please keep in mind how God has blessed you in your life. Think about how you can be a blessing to others through the ministry and mission of your church. Think about the joy you have when you share with others.

Finally keep this in mind; this is repeated many times in the Old Testament, “Give thanks to the Lord for the Lord is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever.” Express that with both your words and deeds.


Enjoy your Thanksgiving gathering.


Love and Peace

John Kidd



Worship News

Music Notes

Exciting Change for our Worship
Our congregation will be worshiping with a different piano on October 29! It is a beautiful grand piano that will be a richer sound for enhancing our singing.  We will dedicate the piano on that day, recognizing the memorial gifts that made it possible.

Choir Beginning Work on Christmas Music

If you would like to join the choir just for Christmas music, please attend choir rehearsal each week, 7:00-7:45 p.m. You can be a blessing without a long-term commitment.

Upcoming Special Services

Each Sunday our congregation should experience a new and fresh encounter with God as we worship together.  Our worship has been evolving with the addition of the new hymnal. In addition, special services are being planned to give emphasis to important times for our worshipers. Join us for All Saint’s Day (November ), First Fruits (November ),Communion (December 3), Decking the Halls (December 2), the Christmas Cantata (December 17) and Lessons and Carols (December 24).

Hanging of the Greens

This year the Hanging of the Greens will be Held on Saturday December 2nd. Everyone is in invited to join us as we decorate the church for    Advent and Christmas. Following the decorating  will be a celebration of the beginning of the church Yule season through songs and praise.

Peace Has Come

This year’s choir cantata will be presented on Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. in our sanctuary. This beautiful music highlights the biblical concept of peace which is not just the absence of trouble.

God’s peace in unrelated to circumstances; it is a goodness of life that is not touched by what happens on the outside.  Mary and Joseph were initially troubled, but eventually found peace.  Shepherds on a hillside were trembling with fear, but were told to ‘fear not’.  In Peace Has Come, we will follow the journey of those who experienced that first Christmas night…and found peace in a new and fresh way. In the process, the listener is challenged to lay aside those illusions which promise peace, and embrace the Giver of true peace and abundant life.

This will be an unforgettable Christmas worship experience. Mark your calendars now and don’t miss it!


November Flowers

5th       Given to the Glory of God by Paul Thompson in memory of Carol Thompson.

12th      Given to the Glory of God by Kathy Blue in memory of Mike and Betty Perry.

19th      Given to the Glory of God by Jerry and Diane Page.

26th      Given to the Glory of God by Wanda VanDoornewaard and Will Brothers in memory of Frances Klein and Hans VanDoornewaard.

Congregational Care


The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Thursday, November 16th in the Faith Formation classroom at 6:30.   Anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias is encouraged to attend.


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!


 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.


FUN, FELLOWSHIP, AND TRAVEL Feel like doing some short distance traveling? 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, with lunch at McCalls before hand. 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!!



November Birthdays

1st        Jean Thornton

2nd       Paul Thompson

3rd       Laney Cole

10th      Linda Wagner Monroe

13th      Debra McHenry & Melissa Miley

21st      Harold Bagwell

24th      Liell Adams, Matt Collins, & Julie Tedder

25th      Lisa Jackson, Bruce Oelke, Walter Paradies, & Cornelia Plyler

26th      Brittany Stowell

29th      Elaine Cameron Watkins

30th      Drake Logan Baker & Peggy Wilkins


November Anniversaries

17th      Curtis & Anne Hopkins

24th      Harold & Ann Bagwell

30th      Walter & Lucy Paradies



 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, Elaine Watkins, Clint Ousley

Members’ Families: Stella Knabe (Knabe family), Glenda Creech (Connie Boykin), Thelma Pleasant (Rose’s mother), Martha Little, Naomi Lee (Bill & Emily Lee), Betty Monroe (Linda & Jerry Monroe), Martha Morgan (Emily Lee’s sister), Michael Regester (Losada’s grandson), Annette Hill, Lillian Dever, Ann Gould (Gould family), Karen Safrit (Olive Safrit), Morgan Miles (Carol Miles), Amanda Miller (Ruby Miller-Ousley), James Meacham (Sue Meacham’s son), Joyce   Monath (Gabe Adam’s sister), Ellyn Losada (Losada’s daughter in law)

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



Dear Church Family,

Thank you for the prayers, cards, fruit and expressions of sympathy extended to me at my mother’s death. Your love and kindness helped me through a difficult time.You have given me strength to remember the good times of having my mother for 90 years. I miss her but know she is well and happy now.

Martha Long



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

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

The Wednesday Night Bible Study Group continues to study The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Please join us each Wednesday night at 7:30 in the New Beginnings classroom for fellowship and lively discussion.For more information, please contact Karen McCauley.

Thursday Morning Bible Study

The Thursday morning Bible study is 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 group meets every Thursday at 10am. All are welcome to come and enjoy good fellowship.


Adult Sunday School


If you are not currently attending Sunday School, please consider joining the New Beginnings – Ogburn class each Sunday morning. We are currently studying Perfectly Imperfect: Character Sketches from the NEW Testament by David Busic. 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. 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


 “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”



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.


The Lillie Circle is sponsoring a monthly drive to collect needed items for Garner Area Ministry. We will be collecting one item each month for a year. We will be collecting deodorant and soap for Garner Area Ministries in the month of November. Please consider donating by dropping off deodorant and soap in the collection box in the downstairs hallway. This is not in lieu of normal food donations to GAM but in addition to those donations. Thank you for your kindness in donating.


 Missions Needs Your Help!

I have been looking for a Mission that our church could do and I found one!

On Sunday Oct. 29th we will be putting together bags to give to people in need. All you have to do is sit at a table and put an item in a bag and pass it to the next person. You may take a bag and keep it in your car to give to someone in need. There are 100 to put together. Please stay after church to help put these together. The more of you that stay the less time it will take to do this. Lunch will be served. For more information please contact Lynne Jackson 919-889-1227



Buon Giorno!

The Friendship Circle will be having an Italian Feast following the service on Sunday,      November 5!It will feature assorted Pasta dishes, salad, and dessert at the low price of $8adults, and $4children (3-10yrs). Come join us in Italia (Fellowship Hall) for a few hours of fun, fellowship and good food! All money raised will go to the Elevator Fund, so please come join us!


From the Clerk of Session

Congratulations to the new Elders/Deacons:

Elders: David Pease, Dan McInnus, Jane Knabe, Roxanne Porter

Deacons: Sandra Hodge (class of 2018 replacement), Kathy Blue, Marsha Whittington, Kevin Wallace, Barbara Holland

Training classes will start on October 22.

Session1- History and beliefs Sunday 1-2

Session2- What does mean to Presbyterian, our form of Government. Book of Order.

Session3- What does it mean to Presbyterian Leadership in the church- The PresbyterianDeacon- an essential guide


Other notes

  • pew reserve signs have been purchased for events at FPCOG.
  • Rally Day recognized last year’s teachers for the gifts that they share with our congregation.
  • Church clean-up day was a success on September 23rd. Thank you all that came out to support the work day.
  • Mission Committee is working on bags for the homeless. These will be for church members to keep in their car and hand out as needed.




The Worship Committee will be holding their next meeting on November 20th at 7pm in the New Beginnings classroom. Any interested are welcome to attend.



As we enter into the fall of the year, we also enter into a time of reflection on the blessings God has given us, individually and as a congregation, over the past year. But, this is also a time to consider the blessing God will grant us in the coming years. Just as the leaves are changing, our Church is also changing and transitioning. The possibilities for Us to serve and do the Lord’s work are endless; especially, if we look to Him for direction and inspiration.

Over the next month, the Stewardship / Finance Committee will be working to develop the budget for 2018.As with last year, in order to be better stewards of the gifts God provides us, the Committee has once again set a goal to develop a balanced budget for 2018.The Stewardship / Finance Committee and Worship Teams will be thoughtfully considering our expenditures. To assist us in developing the balanced budget, we would like to encourage the congregation to also consider their pledges and donations. When entering the amount on pledge cards, please include ALL that you expect to pledge or donate over the coming year. This will assist the Stewardship / Finance committee is developing a realistic and responsible budget.

On November 19, our annual congregational meeting to present the Proposed 2018 will take place. Afterward, join us for a time of fellowship as we hold the annual Stewardship Luncheon in the fellowship hall. The Stewardship Committee will provide the main dish, and Everyone else should plan to bring a side or dessert.

The following Sunday, November 20, we will have Dedication Sunday and presentation of “First Fruits”. At this time, we will present Pledge and Time & Talent cards and collect canned goods for donation to Garner Area Ministries.


Photo Directory

We are updating our church photo directory.  If you need to have your photo taken please contact Lisa Jackson at or (919) 274-9414.  We would like to update as many photos as possible.


The Men of the Church will have their next breakfast on Sunday, November 12th. We will meet in the fellowship hall for breakfast at our new time of 8:30am. All men are welcome to attend and enjoy fellowship. For any questions please contact Marvin Perkins


Presbyterian Women


QUILT BEE will meet on November 18th 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!!!

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 meet for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 13th in the New Beginnings classroom at 7:00. Any woman not currently affiliated with a circle at First Presbyterian Church of Garner is welcome to attend. There will be a brief meeting, Bible study and refreshments. For further information contact Donna Gould 919 302-3651.

It’s almost that time…Christmas! The Presbyterian Women will once again be selling poinsettias to be placed in the Sanctuary for Advent. Circle representatives will be in the Ogburn classroom collecting money and order forms on November 12th, 19th, and 26th. The cost will be $10 and order forms can be found on the office door. We will also take orders for poinsettias to take home.

The Friendship Circle meeting will be 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.


Youth News


Youth Schedule:

Nov. 5 – Regular meeting

Nov. 12 – Regular meeting

Nov. 19 – Regular meeting

Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving, no Youth Group