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March 22, 2018

The Son of Man must be lifted up,
that whoever believes in him
may have eternal life.
[John 3:14]

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Dear Friends,
     On Sunday I will continue my Lenten Sermon Series on the I Am statements in John's Gospel. This week, from chapter 14, we will look at Jesus' statement, I am the way, the truth, and the life. This is followed by No one comes to the Father except through me. What does Jesus mean by this? Is he the sole road to salvation for the world?
Sunday is Palm Sunday and in the Sanctuary Service we will process with palm branches.
     I pray that you will all have a blessed week.

    In Christ,

On Wednesday following the Fellowship Meal there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. Donations of wrapped candy are requested. Please bring donations to the church office.

Have you noticed the Greeters at the Sanctuary Service? Would you like to be be part of this important ministry? We will be holding a Greeters Training Session on Sunday, March 25 at noon. Please contact the church office if you would like to participate.

The 6th Annual FPC Basketball Challenge enters its second week with all the finesse of a meat grinder. Brackets are falling like a game of Jenga in an earthquake.
After the chaos of the first two rounds, standing in First place is Cayman Welser. Carol Benson is just one point behind him in second with Sondra Bishop in third and Tracey Hay in fourth.
   The final game will be played on April 2. Watch this space for updates.


March 28
Beans & Greens

Upcoming at FPC
Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday
4 Cents A Meal Offering

March 26-30 - Noon
Holy Week Services (schedule below)

March 28 - 6:30 pm
Fellowship Dinner
Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, March 30
Stations Through the Square

April 1
Easter Sunday


Community Holy Week Services will be held Monday through Friday at Noon at Cumberland Presbyterian Church. There will be a light lunch at 12:30. Sherard will preach on Wednesday and church members are asked to contribute sandwiches or desserts. Kathy Adams is coordinating the food. Here is the schedule for the week.

Worship by Cumberland Presbyterian
Speaker, Rev. Ryan Bennett of First United Methodist

Worship by College Hills Church of Christ
Speaker, Rev. David Freeman of First Baptist

Worship by Faith Lutheran Church
Speaker, Rev. Sherard Edington

Worship by Westland United Methodist Church
Speaker, Rev. Will McReynolds of West Hills Baptist

Worship by The Salvation Army
Speaker, Rev. Stephen Manley of Cross Style Nazarene

[NaCoMe Summer Camp]
The NaCoMe Summer Camp schedule is available online. Click here.

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

  Mar 18 - I Am The Good Shepherd text | audio
  Mar 4 - I Am the Bread of Life text | audio
  Feb 25 - I Am the Gate text | audio
  Feb 18 - I Am the Light of the World text | audio
  Feb 11 - There's a New Sheriff in Town text | audio
  Feb 4 - Lifted Up text | audio

          ...more sermons

  We are presently taking food donations to the Timberline Campground. When our food arrives, the shelves almost always bare. We have seen people waiting for our food deliveries.
  It is easy to forget the need that exists in our own backyard. PLEASE remember to bring canned food donations each Sunday and place them in the boxes in the hallway.
   Requested food donations include:

  • Canned goods—preferably with pull tops—fruit, vegetables, meat/noodles, soups.
  • Dry goods—individual packets of cereal, Ramen noodles, crackers.
  • Peanut butter!
  • Personal hygiene items—soap, shampoo, deodorant, women’s hygiene & toothpaste/brush.
  • Baby care items—diapers, wipes, baby food, blankets/wraps.
  • Dog food—smaller bags or separated into gallon zip lock bags.
Sunday School Offerings

Each Sunday the following classes meet—

Faith Builders: A Journey for the 30s and 40s meets upstairs. Led by Jeff and Alice Gossage.
Westminster Class meets in the Sanctuary. Led by Sheridan Henson, this class follows The Present Word curriculum. 8-10 people.
Atypical Adult Research Bible Class meets upstairs. Led by Brenda Thaxton, this class is reading the book God: A Human History by Reza Aslan. 8-10 people.
Women’s Class meets in the Session Room. This female class is reading Ignatiian Examen by Mark Thibodeaux. 12-15 people.
Cross Roads Class in the Library. Led by George Gebhardt. Studying the book The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell. 12-15 people.

Preschool - First Grade (ages 4 - 6 years) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum and is led by John Foutch and Debbie Harlan.
Elementary Class (2nd grade - 4th grade) uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude ; Led by Marty Bone and Barbara Howell. Through Biblical stories shared in a variety of ways, children learn in a setting that stimulates their imagination and encourages class participation.
Middle School Class Uses the Connect curriculum.
High School Class Led by Sally Thaxton.

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Scripture - John 14:1-14
1    "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
2    In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
3    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
4    And you know the way to the place where I am going."
5    Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
6    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
7    If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
8    Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."
9    Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10    Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
11    Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
12    Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
13    I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14    If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

March 25

Palm Sunday
8:45 am - Chapel Worship
11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship

Scripture Text
John 14:1-14
I Am the Way, the Truth,
and the Life

Peggy Reeves - 3/30
Tara Frye - 3/31

Blair Welser - 4/4
Matthew Carroll - 4/6
Mildred Gaston - 4/10
Joe Adams - 4/12
Stratton Bone - 4/12
Charles Johnson - 4/15
Peggy Williams - 4/17
Roy Wauford - 4/23
Finley Henson - 4/24
Aileen Foutch - 4/28
Faye Murphy - 4/28

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

Kristy Vincent,
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