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January 16, 2020

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new!
[2 Corinthians 5:17]

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Dear Friends,
    There is the old saying, "Sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug." The scripture readings for Sunday offer a similar choice. Do we want to be fishers of people (as Jesus calls out to his disciples) or would we rather be the bait (like Jonah)? It is our choice.
    In Christ,


Youth Night. Towers of Terror Challenge: Can you defy the laws of gravity with a pack of spaghetti and a handful of marshmallows? Come to youth group on Wednesday, January 22 at 6pm to try your hand at the Towers of Terror Challenge. Dinner is provided.

Souper Bowl of Caring: The children and youth of First Presbyterian are excited to partner with thousands of churches across the country to participate in the "Souper Bowl of Caring," a canned food drive to tackle hunger in our community. There will also be a competition to see which Adult Christian Education Class can collect the most cans. Please bring canned food to your small groups or to the church office until February 2 to help us reach our goal of collecting more than 100 pounds of food.
Souper Bowl of Caring

Winter Sunday School classes started last week but it is never too late to get involved. If you would still like to be connected to a class please contact Michael or click on this link.

How to reach Michael.
email: mjschulte.14@gmail.com
phone: 618-979-6320

Sunday January 26 - Ordination and Installation of new officers.

The Deacons Chili Meal is fast approaching. If you would like to donate a dessert for the event, please contact lee Lyle.

Sunday, January 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free.
Come join the fun at this free event and learn about English Country Dance! No experience or partner needed. A caller will review basic English steps and will lead us through each step of each dance. We will dance to tunes from as far back as the 1600s with live piano and fiddle music. Please wear comfortable casual clothes and shoes. Learn more at Facebook or YouTube English Country Dance Nashville.

Sunday, January 19 at 5:00 pm
The Vandy Women are playing the Arkansas Razorbacks (ranked 21st) at Vanderbilt. The Mt. Juliet Middle School Girls Choir (directed by Branson Clark) will sing the national anthem at the game. Mt. Juliet Middle is selling tickets for $5 as a fundraiser. Contact Branson for tickets.

If you would like to provide flowers in memory of or in honor of loved ones on a particular Sunday in 2020, please contact Kristy in the church office.

Coasters for Sale Back by popular demand--the perfect gift is here. We have just received several sets of coasters featuring photos of our church. Each set of 4 is $10.

This week's volunteers (Jan 18):
Hosts - Angela Hodges,
Margaret Ann Trail

Breakfast - Cargill
Packed Lunch - ??
Laundry - Devine

FPC has discontinued our bottled water service and has installed a far-more-ecologically-friendly water fountain. Not only can you drink out of this new fountain but it will automatically fill glasses and bottles. In honor of the new water fountain, we are selling FPC water bottles. These metal vacuum bottles come in red and blue and cost only $20. All proceeds from sale of these bottles will go towards the cost of the water fountain.

BE COMPASSIONATE. Sign up to volunteer for Compassionate Hands. Each Saturday, we need volunteers to provide meals, drive, spend the night, and do laundry. The signup list is on the bulletin board in the back hallway.

FPC has two ongoing collections benefiting the following organizations:
1. Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center. We collect food and personal hygiene items for students whose families are struggling. Donations can be left in the plastic tub in the back hallway.
2. Wilson County Community Help Center.
Monetary donations are used to purchase food items for the Help Center. Write Help Center on your check.


- January 22 Menu -
Casserole Cook-Off

Upcoming at FPC
Sunday, January 26
Officer Ordination/Installation

Wednesday, February 19
Deacons Chili Day

Wednesday, February 26
6:45 pm - Ash Wednesday Service

FPC Sermons Online
An archive of sermons and bulletins
(audio and text) can be viewed here.

  Jan 12 - Orphan Train text | audio
  Jan 5 - Use Your Words text | audio
  Dec 15 - Are You the One? text | audio
  Dec 8 - Baptism with Fire text | audio
  Dec 1 - The Mountain of Peace text | audio
  Nov 24 - All Over the Map text | audio
  Nov 17 - Going Nowhere text | audio
  Nov 10 - Stumbling Blocks text | audio
  Nov 3 - Grieving with Grace text | audio
  Oct 27 - Do Unto Others: Give with Mercy text | audio

          ...more sermons

Scripture - Jonah 3:1-5
1    The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying,
2    "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."
3    So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across.
4    Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, "Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"
5    And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
Scripture - Mark 1:14-20
14    Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
15    and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
16    As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen.
17    And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people."
18    And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
19    As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.
20    Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Prayer of Confession
Merciful Lord, we confess that our spiritual insight has grown dim, so it seems that your word is rare and that visions have ceased. We confess that when you do call, we are not able to discern your voice from the multitude of other voices beckoning to us. Help us occasionally to tune out the world, quiet our inner dialogue, and listen more closely for your voice, so that when you speak, we may hear. Amen.

JDs Music Corner
Allegretto (Sonata 4) - Felix Mendelssohn
Chorale “Lamb of God” - Marcel Dupre
Allegro Maestoso e Vivace (Sonata 4) - Felix Mendelssohn

Click here to watch J.D. play the Kilgen Organ Recital at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on May 26.

January 19

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:45 am - Chapel Worship
11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship

Pat Bone - 1/17
Rylee Hill - 1/17
Kim Wall - 1/17
Sue Lutz - 1/20
Pat Hatcher - 1/21
Kelly Roy - 1/22
Kate Bone - 1/25
Bob Frye - 1/25
Janna Hood - 1/30

Becky Harm – 2/1
Sam McVicker – 2/2
Levi Frye – 2/4
Ann Walsh – 2/4
Owen Bone – 2/5
Robin Taylor – 2/5
Victoria Walker – 2/7
Marcia Slagle – 2/11
Fred Lutz – 2/13
David Foutch – 2/15
Brenda Goodwin – 2/15
Lois Ann Wauford – 2/15
Courtney Hollins Edington – 2/17
Cal Clark - 2/17
Madeline Walker – 2/19
Linda Gatlin – 2/25
Sally Thaxton- 2/26
Jamie Peyton – 2/26
Charlie Chasse – 2/27
Ellie Henson – 2/29

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First Presbyterian Church
304 West Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-1360
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Sherard Edington, Pastor

Kristy Vincent,
Administrative Assistant

Sunday School Offerings

Each Sunday, the following classes meet at 10:00 a.m.

Faith Builders
An inter-generational discussion-based Bible study that will be reading Who’s Bible Is It by Jaroslav Pelikan. This book examines how the Bible came to be, who the Bible was written for, and how the Bible has been used by various cultures throughout history.

Westminster Class
Meets in the sanctuary and is led by Wayne Patton. This is a lecture-based class that follows the Presbyterian quarterly devotionals with optional daily readings.

Spiritual Gifts
This brand-new offering is led by Jim Steuck and will meet downstairs in the Nursery. (It’s the only space available.) This class will be discussion-based which examines spiritual gifts and talks about what gifts God has given each of us and how we might use those gifts in our daily lives.

Women’s Bible Study
Led by Nancy Boyd and meets in the Session Room. This discussion-based class will be completing a curriculum titled: Go Tell It On the Mountain: Stories of Early American Hymns.

Cross Roads Class
A discussion-based book study led by George Gephardt. The class will be completing a study on the Psalms and will be reading Patterns of Evidence: A Filmmaker's Journey by Timothy P. Mahoney and watching the corresponding documentary. This book looks at a filmmaker's 12-year journey to see if the Exodus account in the Bible is historically accurate.

Preschool - First Grade (ages 4 - 6 years)
Our early elementary class meets upstairs and is led by Barbara Howell, a teacher with more than three decades of experience working in children’s ministry.

Elementary Class (2nd grade - 4th grade)
Our middle elementary class meets upstairs and is led by Marty Bone. Through sharing Biblical stories in a variety of ways, children learn in a setting that stimulates their imagination and encourages class participation.

Youth Class
Our Middle School and High School Youth meet upstairs in the youth room. They are using the Echo the Story curriculum which has the youth remix Bible stories in new and creative ways. This class is led by John Foutch.