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September 16, 2021

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Dear Friends,

What a joy it was, after 18 months, to return to our "normal" worship schedule on Sunday. We had Chapel Worship, Sunday School, and Sanctuary Worship. And thanks to the hard work of Michael and Christian Education Committee, we had enthusiastically full Sunday School classes. I felt God's blessing on us that day as we gathered in God's name.

Sadly, rain forced this past week's Annual Church Picnic indoors. We still had a great time with wonderful food and fellowship.

Thank you to all who have donated to Rise Against Hunger. We still have a ways to go if we want to bag 10,000 meals on October 16. I created a short promo video for the event which you can view here. Please "Like" it.

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

On Sunday, our reading from the Letter of James leads me to ask the question, "Can one person save the world?" The answer is "yes." And he did it in 1983. I will tell the story on Sunday.

In Christ,


A new adult class is starting on Monday nights from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. We're calling it the Disciples Class but we're not using the Disciples curriculum. We will be using a series of books by N.T. Wright and will begin with a study of Philippians. Michael and Sherard will be teaching the class. Join us on Mondays for some outstanding scholarship and fellowship.

We are one month away from our 4th Annual Rise Against Hunger Food Packaging Event. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this fun morning in which we will assemble 10,000 meals to be sent to a needy location.

  1. Our event will take place on Saturday, October 16, at 9:00 a.m. Everyone will gather at that 9:00 am to measure, weigh, package, seal, and box those meals.
  2. This event is for all ages.
  3. We need to raise $3500 to cover the cost of the meals. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

It is not too late to take join an Adult Sunday School class. We have a variety of opportunities at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. Come and check them out. For details on the adult classes and online registration click here.

    At present, at FPC, the wearing of masks is not mandated but is strongly encouraged. Those who are vaccinated can still carry the virus and masks protect everyone. Furthermore, if the virus can’t spread, then it can’t mutate. The CDC website offers this guidance, “To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” (Every county in Tennessee is currently ranked as “high transmission.”) Please consider wearing a mask.

An Inquirers Class for those interested in joining the church will be offered by Sherard Edington starting October 3. Classes will be held on Sundays during the Sunday School hour on October 3, 10, and 17. If you would like to be part of the class, please contact the church office. The meeting location has yet to be determined but it will be on the ground floor.

We have church members who would like to attend worship but lack the transportation. FPC is looking for several volunteers who can drive the church van on Sunday mornings to bring these folk to church. If you are interested in driving, please contact Kristy in the church office.

From the Director of Christian Education
Snapchat your friends and let them know that Wednesday, September 22, is FALL YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF. Join us at the church for food, games, and a whole lot of fun!

A Confirmation Class will be offered for any youth in middle or high school beginning Wednesday, September 22. The class will meet weekly and will culminate in a special project where youth reflect on their faith. Confirmation Sunday will take place on Easter Sunday, April 17. If your student is interested in participating, please contact Michael.


Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (during worship)
Pre-K to 5th grade DETAILS

Upcoming at FPC
September 19
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday, September 22
Confirmation Class begins

Saturday, October 16
9:00 a.m. - Rise Against Hunger

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

  Sep 19 - How to Save the World text | audio
  Sep 12 - Comfort Zone text | audio
  Sep 5 - 8. Die Like a King text | audio
  Aug 29 - 7. Repent Like a King text | audio
  Aug 22 - 6. Transgress Like a King text | audio
  Aug 15 - 5. Live Like a King text | audio
  Aug 8 - 4. Dance Like a King text | audio
  Aug 1 - 3. Rule Like a King text | audio
  Jul 25 - 2. Fight Like a King text | audio
  Jul 18 - 1. Heart of a King text | audio
          ...more sermons

How to Zoom
Detailed information on how to use Zoom can be found on the FPC webpage.

Zoom Dial-up number: 1-312-626-6799

Sunday - 11:00 a.m.
   Streaming Worship (join meeting)
    meeting number: 959 167 376
    password: 865280

    Can also be viewed on Facebook

Session Meeting Highlings

The Session held its Stated September Meeting on Sunday, September 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Clerks Report
• The Session approved the appointment of W.P. Bone as a Trustee of the Cooksey-Sellars Scholarship Fund.
Budget Committee
• Statement of Operations Summary for August 2021: Income $32,374.13; Expenses $23,397.42; Net Income $8,976.71.
• Through August, YTD contributions are at 59% and YTD expenses are at 56%.
Congregational Care Committee
• Wednesday night dinners will continue on a monthly basis through the end of the year.
Christian Education Committee
• A Confirmation Class will be offered on Wednesday nights this fall. Conferees will be received on Easter Sunday.
Outreach Committee
• The Session approved the request from Compassionate Hands to use the Annex for overnight housing for women on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from December 1 to March 15. FPC is responsible for hosting only on Saturday nights.
New Business
• A congregational Meeting will be held on October 3 at 10:45 to elect at-large members to the Nomination Committee. Election of officers will be held on November 7.
The next Session meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 10 at 12:15 p.m.

Scripture - James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a
13    Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.
14    But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth.
15    Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish.
16    For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.
17    But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
18    And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
1    Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?
2    You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask.
3    You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, i n order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
7    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8    Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Prayer of Confession
(from James 3) Lord of the good, You made us to be wise, but we prefer to be wicked. We confess that we are drawn to disorder and conflict. We scorn gentleness and are unwilling to yield. We are guided by envy and selfish ambition. We covet what we cannot possess. Forgive us, Lord, and draw us near. Help us discover works born of wisdom and actions formed from understanding. Amen.

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.

September 19

Twenty-Fifth Sunday
in Ordinary Time

8:45 am - Chapel Worship
10:00 am - Sunday School 11:00 am - Sanctuary Worship

Scripture Text
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
How to Save the World

Lynn Rohs – 9/16
Shaddai Chinyanga – 9/19
Angie Hodges – 9/22
Cayman Welser – 9/24
Branson Clark- 9/26
Amy Adams Harpalani – 9/28

Sara Beth Bouton - 10/3
Pat Santilli - 10/4
Jimmy Carroll - 10/14
Ian White - 10/19
Travis Carroll - 10/20
Scott Williams - 10/20
Sara Sloane - 10/21
Sue Abernathy - 10/27
Nancy Gebhardt - 10/27
Wil Sloane - 10/29
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First Presbyterian Church
304 West Main Street
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-1360
Click for Map Sherard Edington, Pastor

Kristy Vincent,
Administrative Assistant
Michael Schulte, Director of Christian Education