Newsletter

Creed and Deed

A Publication of First Presbyterian Church

June 2015

Weekly Worship

Sunday, The Lord’s Day

9:00 a.m. Worship Service

9:45 a.m. Assembly

10:00 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Worship Service

6:00
High School Youth

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 8

5:00 Session Meeting

Sunday, June 14

Fellowship Sunday Picnic
(No 9:00 Service)

Monday thru Wednesday June 15-17 Vacation Bible School 5:30-8:00

Monday, June 22

4:00 Visitation Ministry

Tuesday, June 23

2:00-7:00 Blood Drive


Pastor: Timothy Scoonover

Director of Spiritual Formation: David Baruch

Editor: Sally Harvey

A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

 

Psalm 19:1

The alarm goes off at 5:45am. I hit snooze for two reasons. One, I’m not a morning person; however, a 4-year-old and a 5-month-old push against this part of my nature every morning. Two, I’m on vacation. Who wants to get up that early... on vacation? Well, to answer honestly, Ashley and I wanted to. We set our alarms the night before so that we could see the sunrise while we exercised on the beach.

By the time we rubbed the haze from our eyes, laced up our shoes, and lumbered our way through the soft South Carolina sand onto the much more stable surface of the shore it was about ten after 6:00am. At this point in the story, you might be wondering about that 4-year- old and 5-month-old, but Grandma and Grandpa stayed back at the condo. As for us, perfect timing for the 6:17 sunrise. It was a little overcast, and Ashley and I had 7 minutes to discuss whether or not those clouds would, well, “cloud” our view of the esteemed Hilton Head Island Sunrise. Right when we settled that we’d have to wait and see, it happened. It caught us by sur- prise at first, and then poured on the majesty for the next 15 minutes.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words; I don’t have a thousand words to use in this article, and my guess is that your imagination is better than my words anyway. So imagine, the most beautiful shade of pink you can think of, not like fingernail polish pink. It’s more natural than that; think of a rose garden pink that pops in your eye. Then add hues of orange and pur- ple all playing together in the same sphere in the sky. It wasn’t a full sphere just yet; rather, it pulled itself up through the horizon like the slow unveiling of a shiny Christmas ornament from a sandy-shaded attic box. Once the suspended ball was out, the colors leapt from the sun and shimmered on the wet sand ahead of us on our jogging path. We got lost in it. Our eyes couldn’t drink it all in. David said it best...

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. (Psalm 19:1-6)

Not a soul on that beach was looking the other way. All of us crave beauty. It’s amazing how our souls are drawn to the glory of God, and boy was his glory on display. But that sunrise got me thinking, it’s more accurate to say, God’s glory IS on display. Take the sunrise for exam- ple. The sun is always rising for someone. While I’m writing this, the sun is rising on the beach on Honolulu. While you’re reading this sun could be just peeking through the mountains of South Sudan. The heavens are ALWAYS displaying the glory of God. And the heavens are just one aspect of God’s creation. Not just a sunrise, but all of creation is declaring the glory of God. My question for us this summer... do we take time to notice and to worship?

Soli Deo Gloria, Pastor Timothy

 

Moment for Missions

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

 

 

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men/woman, ..” 1 Timothy 2:1

Each month in this column, the Missions Committee will highlight an opportunity for prayer as our church seeks to be “mission-minded” on the local, regional, and global levels. This month, we ask for prayer for Ellilta— Womenh At Risk (WAR) and the Hope House. Both organizations are rooted in Ethiopia, one of the world’s poorest countries. With over 35 million people living in extreme poverty many woman and girls are forced into selling their bodies to provide for themselves and their families. These organizations welcome these women off the streets into love, hope, and healing. They share the Gospel, give shelter, offer medical services, and teach the woman practical skills to help them gain other opportunities for employment. The goal for both organizations is for every woman to live a fulfilled life with self respect and dignity.

 

Minutes in a Minute

On Monday, May 11, 2015 the Session of First Presbyterian Church:

  • Continued our discussion of Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers by Joan Gray
  • Approved the minutes of the April 20, 2015 meeting



Approved Session Resolution on Marriage (see page 5)
Voted to affiliate with the Fellowship of Presbyterians

(see website: www.fellowship.community)
Moved our June stated meeting to the second week in June: Monday, June 8 Received reports from each Ministry Team

Next session meeting Called Meeting for the purpose of receiving new members 10am Sunday, May 31.