Upcoming Events at a Glance
New Bible Study for September: The Tuesday night Bible Study group will begin a study of the book Balancing Life’s Demands by Chip Ingram on Tuesday, September 19, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Session room. This is a 10-week video/discussion series.
Sunday Luncheon – September 10: Plan to bring your favorite covered dish and join us for lunch as we celebrate our 4th year as an ECO church. Our guest speaker will be Ralph Barker from the North Georgia Pregnancy Center.
Quarterly Planning Meeting – September 12, 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Session Meeting – September 14 at 5:00.
“Let’s Go Out to the Ball Game” – September 16: Your Fellowship committee has scheduled a trip to Atlanta to watch the Braves play in their new state-of-the-art stadium that just recently opened. Those of us planning to attend need to meet at the church by 4:45 that afternoon to carpool. The deadline for signing up is Sunday, September 10. The sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring “Bells Across America” at 4:00 p.m.on Sunday, September 17, to commemorate the signing of the Constitution. They are asking that churches across the country ring their bells at this time and our Session has approved this. A short program is planned.
Men of the Church Breakfast – September 23, 8:30 a.m.
Casual Classics Concert – September 23, 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary: Juillard Sourthern (This is a Saturday evening performance)
Presbyterian Women – September 25, 10:00 a.m.
Mission Affinity Group Meeting (MAG) – September 30: Several elders along with Pastor Ben will be attending the MAG meeting at Russell Community Church in Greenville, SC.
North Georgia Pregnancy Center
The North Georgia Pregnancy Center is a non-profit organization ministering to young women who are facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy, and providing hope and healing to the whole family. The Center is funded by donations from individuals, churches, and organizations. It does not receive any government money. Help them make a difference! Ways you can help:
- Volunteer at the Center
- Volunteer at the Angel Baby Boutique or The Mommy Store
- Donate money or Kroger Gift Card (monthly or one time)
- Host a table at yearly banquet
- Fill a Baby Bottle – look for the display in our Narthex. You can fill the bottles with spare change, bills, or a check. Filled bottles should be returned to the church by the end of September.
- Donate baby and toddler clothing (sizes 0-3T)
- Maternity clothes
- Baby accessories
- Baby story books and Bible story books
- Strollers, Pack & Play; Highchairs, Car Seats, etc.
- Baby wash and lotion
- Baby bath towels and washcloths
- Baby blankets and bibs
They currently have enough diapers and baby wipes!
Trinity Presbyterian Church SPLANT
Background: While still part of the PCUSA, our church helped start Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville. Over a year ago, some members in Grace tried to move the church from PCUSA to ECO. That effort was not successful, and so those members left Grace and are attempting to form a new church “plant.” ECO has come up with a name for these splits that become plants; they are calling them “SPLANTS.”
Where PCUSA had millions of dollars to use for church plants, ECO does not. They have a simpler plan based on local support from individuals and churches pledging to support these new plants, or splants, for three years while they build a base to become self- supporting.
Where We Are Now: The Dawsonville splant, to be known as Trinity Presbyterian Church, has done their preparation, and they are ready to begin the process of becoming a church. They have requested that Fellowship Presbyterian Church be one of their sponsors. The Ses- sion has reviewed their request and voted unanimously to become a supporting church. The Session decided to ask our membership for individual support pledges, and then to evaluate whether or not the Session needs to add additional funds to the pledged amount.
Can We Do This? Yes we can. As Pastor Ben pointed out in a recent sermon, it is not a question of resources; it is a question of seeking God’s blessing to use them wisely. We are in a position to pay off our loan from our departure from PCUSA at some point this year. If members choose to support this effort, we will be able to do what we need to do here and help grow His church there.
Should We Do This? The Session believes we should, and urges you to prayerfully consider how you might support this project. Individual Pledge Cards are available in the Narthex.