Sermon Synopsis: Sunday, August 13

“Displaced” by Rev. Caroline East Berardi

Scripture: Psalm 121, @ Cor. 4 and 5, selected

 Last Wednesday, we were surprised to find that what we thought was a delayed maintenance issue with our walls, was far more serious.  Our sanctuary was declared unfit for use.  Decisions must be made for our small, rural, deeply faithful church.

 We could say ‘it is just a building,’ but we know it is more than that.  While we are thankful to have a fellowship hall we can use for worship, the sanctuary is God’s house, and our home.  It is where many of us have been married, baptized our children, attended the funerals of loved ones and sung God’s praises for year after year.  It was given to us as a hard-won inheritance from parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents in the faith who sacrificed so that we might worship God in such a space.

 Nevertheless, we remain hopeful, trusting in the God who created us, redeems us, and sustains us.  We will continue in our ministries, mission and programs.  We recognize that God’s people have often been transient- Jesus, after all, was born in a barn!  In anxious times, we hold on to the truth of the Psalm, “From where will my help come?  My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

August 15 Cooking Class

Edgecombe Community College will offer a class focusing on cooking garden-fresh vegetables which are being grown in the Pinetops Community Garden.  Mr. Joe White, chef and caterer of Myrtle Grove Catering will be the instructor.  The class will be held Tuesday August 15 from 6-8 pm at Pinetops Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  The cost for the class is $35.  To register, contact: Ann Warren, 908-1240, Kathy Webb, 813-4697, or Gwen Hyman, hymang@edgecombe.edu.

School Supply Mission Project

The 2017-18 school year will begin soon, and as a church we traditionally provide school supplies for our local schools. The following are general items needed by most children who are in need of supplies.

Carver Elementary School – Pencil Pouches with Holes for Notebook, # 2 Pencils, Crayons (24 Count),

1 Subject Wide Ruled Spiral Notebooks,  Fiskar Scissors, Pencil Boxes, Packs of Washable Markers, Glue Sticks, Non-Spiral Composition Books, Wide Ruled Notebook Paper, Pocket Folders, Colored Pencils, Sticky Notes, Highlighters, Earbuds, Three-Ring Binders (2 Inch), Subject Dividers with Pockets, Headphones Needed for Every Student

South Edgecombe Middle School – Glue Sticks, Notebook Paper, #2 Pencils, Colored Pencils, Markers, Black Ink Pens, 1 Subject Notebooks/Marble Composition Books, 3 Subject Notebooks, 5 Subject Notebooks, Mead Composition Notebooks, Pocket Folders, Index Cards, Earbuds, Highlighters, Clipboards, 1 Inch Binders, Black Sharpie Markers, Clear Tape

SouthWest Edgecombe High School – 3 Inch 3 Ring Binders, Packs of 8 1/2 X 11 Tab Dividers, College Ruled Notebook Paper, Index Cards, Blue or Black Ink Pens, #2 Pencils, Highlighters, Earbuds

 

Sunday July 30 Service

Today, we extend a warm welcome to Tom and Brenda Boberg who are members of the Pinetops Baptist Church.  They live in Farmville, NC and have four children and five grandchildren. Four days a week Tom is an RN at Vidant Home Health and Brenda is the Executive Director of Family Support Network at Vidant Hospital in Greenville, providing support to families of hospitalized children. The other three days of the week are spent in ministry.  As National Coordinators with Church Renewal Journey and Evangelism Catalyst with the North American Mission Board  they travel throughout the US and have been in 6 different countries encouraging God’s people and introducing people to Christ if they have never met him as Savior.  In April, Tom and Brenda were in Romania for the third time ministering to the Roma people. Today they will share about God’s work in the poorest gypsy villages.

Today, we will collect Pennies for Hunger.  This offering is used for local missions.  Thank you for your generosity.