April 2017

The last Sunday of March marked a significant transition for First Presbyterian Church. We said farewell to the Duncan family and marked the end of Mary Kathleen’s nearly six years of ministry with us. So many wonderful people helped make the celebration possible, from preparing flower arrangements to cooking food, to presenting gifts, and more. To all of you, I offer my thanks and gratitude. With this transition, as with any transition, there is a sense of uncertainty. The good news is that we have a terrific group of staff and volunteers who are working to ensure our youth programming continues. We’ve already shared that Olivia Roberson will be here Sunday nights to lead youth group, and Lydia Wingo Kane has taken on some of the administrative responsibilities of the youth program. That same Sunday in March, we also welcomed six of our youth into membership in the church. Our confirmands, Bea Barnhill, Virginia Feagans, Shelton Honey, Anna Brooks Gaynor, Carley Outlaw, and Mari Robin Tharin, met with the session to share their statements of faith, and then during worship affirmed the vows given at their baptisms. If you did not get to congratulate them yet, I encourage you to do so. Times of change can be difficult, and losing Mary Kathleen and the Duncan Family is a great loss for this church. But, with six new church members, a growing children’s ministry, and a thriving youth program, we have much to be excited about! Later this month we will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, and claim once again the promise that nothing in life or in death can separate us from God’s love and God’s calling for us to serve him and to serve one another. Spring is a season of rebirth, of growth, and of hope. That is a great description of our congregation’s current season of life, and I’m looking forward to walking through it with you. May you find hope, joy, gratitude, and love in this holy time of year.

Grace and Peace, Chris