It’s hard to believe that this month marks a year in our time being church together.
I don’t know about you, but the past twelve months didn’t follow anything like the plan I had for them. So many of the ways that I normally start and build relationships and interact with the many facets of a congregation disappeared!
I’m thankful for the ways we all persevered as much of our life together as a congregation paused then shifted online. And for the ways that our officers have joined me to lean into our ordination vows to pray for and lead the people with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. The good news is that even without a pandemic, we would have used much of 2020 as a time to remember how to welcome and get accustomed to the changes a new minister will bring.
Twelve months of adapting and improvising later, we’re in really good shape for that part of our work together.
It is time now to look ahead - not just to a new person in the pulpit and the pastor’s study, but to the ways the whole congregation will be answering God’s call to love our neighbors in years to come.
Over the coming weeks, you will be asked to participate in learning/listening groups with session members. And you’ll be asked to complete more traditional surveys that can be mailed or dropped off. Your engagement will be key to the success of these efforts. The more ears and hearts we have attuned to the Spirit, the more clearly we can discern God’s future dreams for Shallotte Presbyterian Church.
It is fortuitous, in a way, that we are entering into this discernment work as we enter the season of Lent. The community Lenten Lunch series and devotional booklet will be centered on the theme The Way of Wisdom. And our Sunday series will be supported with opportunities to explore The Way of Love. Together, these times of worship and learning will open our whole selves to the beauty and challenge of following in the way of Jesus.
As the season of Epiphany draws to a close on Shrove Tuesday (February 16), take some time to consider the ways Jesus has been revealed to you this year - in scripture, in conversation, and in the world. On Ash Wednesday, we’ll take time to consider what God is calling us to release and leave behind so that we might walk more freely as we follow Jesus into Lent.
Much love and many blessings,
Vol. 33 February, 2021 Number 2
Important RemindersFood Pantry Sunday is
If you wish to make a monetary donation, you may mail your check to the church office.
Tuesday, February 23rd in the Fellowship Hall 1-5pm
Sisters Off Strength will be meeting on Feb. 26th at Maria’s Pizzeria in OIB at 11:30.
The Way of Love
Sunday, February 7 5th Sunday after Epiphany Luke 7: 1-17
Sunday, February 14
Transfiguration of the Lord
Luke 9: 28-45 Wednesday, February 17 Ash Wednesday Luke 9: 51-62 Sunday, February 21 1st Sunday of Lent Luke 10: 25-42 Thursday, February 28 2nd Sunday in Lent Luke 13: 1-9, 31-35
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No Beach Services for a while. We will continue to post recorded sanctuary worship on You Tube
Are there any naming opportunities still available? And what does that mean?
Yes, there are landscaping items throughout the Columbarium and Memorial Garden available including trees and shrubs. Each of these items will have a cast bronze plaque in the ground beside the tree or
shrub. Contributions to the Columbarium and Memorial Garden are needed in any amount you would like to give for the upkeep of this area of our church grounds, and you may prefer to give a specific amount to reserve a piece of the garden in honor of or in memory of a loved one. For example, the benches, the fountain, the planters, and several trees have name plaques associated with them. Each tree and shrub was hand-selected for our Columbarium and Memorial Garden landscape. What a beautiful way to be part of the church grounds! The Columbarium Fund is a separate account and is entirely separate from the general church budget. Any surplus generated in the Columbarium Fund over time will be used for the perpetual maintenance of the Columbarium and Memorial Garden. See Betsy Braddock for information about these naming opportunities.
Any deserving member of Shallotte Presbyterian Church who is trying to further his/her education, whether currently in college or a graduating high school Senior is eligible to apply. Applications are available in the church office. Students with existing scholarships must reapply.
The Application deadline is February 13, 2021
Erskine Blount, Project Chair
The Lorena Clark Piner
Each year Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina offers scholarships to an accredited institution of higher learning. Any deserving full-time student from the Presbytery who is a member of a Presbyterian Church (USA), has
proven scholastic ability and who needs financial assistance to further his/her
education will be considered. The deadline has been extended to March 1, 2021. If you are interested, or know a deserving student, please contact Marie Greene @ 910-754-2624 or the church office for an application and
I would like to pass along my thanks for all of the cards and prayers received and answered during my surgery at Duke Hospital. The surgery outcomes were really good and I was released 3 days early. Thanks so much. Linda Tillman
Highlights From January 24th
Live Worship and Annual Meeting
• Mike Claxton was appointed Clerk of Session as Secretary
• Nominating Committee was elected: Donna Trest, Marvin Stackhouse, Barbara Martin, Molly Frederick, Wayne Rowell
• Annual Report was reviewed • Discussion on
1. Criteria for gathering again (specifics can be found on the church website)
SHALLOTTE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2021 CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
(COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – PLEASE CALL)
Shallotte Presbyterian Church is conducting their annual Captain’s Choice Community Charity Golf
Tournament at Crow Creek on Saturday June 19, 2021. Tee times will be assigned again starting as early as 7:30 AM.
The cost is $80 per golfer and this covers green and cart fees, range balls, continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, all tips and 20 Chance Auction tickets.
We are limiting the field to the first 100 golfers who submit their entry form and fee. If you want to play, we encourage you to submit your entry form and fee ASAP to ensure you a spot.
The deadline is Friday, June 11, 2021.
There will be 3 playing Divisions: Men’s, Ladies, and Mixed. There will also be closest to the pin and long drive contest for all divisions. As in the past there will be multiple winners in each division to be determined by how many teams are in each division. All prizes will be mailed to the winners, so you don’t have to stick around.
We will be conducting Silent and Chance Auctions. We typically have $5,000 worth of items to auction. As always 100% of the funds received is given to those non-profits in need in our community. The Silent Auction will be held online again this year, and will close 5:00 PM on Friday, June 18th.
We hope that you’ll consider playing and make this one of your Charity Golf Tournaments of choice.
To register, go to: www.ShallottePresGolf.org
For questions, please contact the church office at 910-754-6929 or Wayne Tillman at 732-306-0426 or email@example.com.
If you have placed a name on the list below and it needs to be removed, please call or email the Church Office, 910-754-6929, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Pray for the Individuals Below and Their Families
Tim Bartlett, Jim Benton, Carolyn Blythe, Justin Boyd, J.C. Brooks, Ann Buechner & Family, Donna Butler, Joe Campbell, Kat Cheves, Betty Church, Susan and Mike Clawson, Leamon Clemmons & Family,
Bill Coggins, Larry Cook, Corey Copeland, David Davidson, Tyler Davies, Susan and Mike Dellay, Pat Dobbins, Calvin Flanagan, Family of Kevin Paul Folsom, Robin Fort, Bart Furlow, Lynn Gause, Marie Harrison, Barb Hauver, Robbin Holden, David House, Christian Huffman, Kenny Keisler, Thomas Keller, Bill Kelly, Shannon Gluckman, Louise Kerns, Lantz and Peggy Lackey, Bert Lamport, Caleb Leimoni, Ann Long, Nancy Luger, David Martin Jr., Judy McCann, Ethel Midgette, Martha Miller, Catherine Norman, Lucie Oakley, Eric O’Brian & Family, Robert Olfak, Al Parker, Stacey Ridgeway, Harry Ritchie, Tom Robbins, Susan Sanderford & Family, Judy Santora, Ken Schroder, Sarah Scott, Linda Sing, Ann Smith, Andrea Smith, Seamus Smithwick, Steve and Beth Spoon,Eddie Stephens,
Carole Stephenson, Lee Sullivan, Nancy Suaraed, Eddie Swan, Phyllis Thomas, Brian Willis, Bob Williams, Gary Wright.
In the Military
Worship Committee News
Historically, the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association has planned for the season of Lent with luncheons provided by the various churches, accompanied by themed messages from local pastors. These were well-attended events where food, fellowship, music, and a message were enjoyed by all! Then, came Covid-19. This year Ash Wednesday is on February 17th. Many of the local churches have already planned their own service for that day and will post these online. At Shallotte Presbyterian, we are
planning to post a service for our congregation. We will also have a drive-through to receive ashes from 12 until 2 on Ash Wednesday.
For the remaining 5 weeks of Lent, there will be live-streamed services at 12:00 each Wednesday. Our own Rev. Laura Viau will bring the message on February 24th. The Lenten theme tying the series together, reflection texts, titles, and givers can be found below. It might be posted on your refrigerator as a reminder. Please join with our fellow Christians as we journey through the wilderness of Lent. Typically, the churches providing lunches for the Lenten Lunch Series collect $5 each week with the proceeds being used to feed the hungry. In considering our journey of faith during the season of Lent, you may wish to consider a donation to the Food Pantry. The need is great!
We will also have a Lenten Devotional Book available. More information to follow soon!
LENTEN WEDNESDAY REFLECTIONS
As we walk Wisdom’s Way through Lent’s unique wilderness, we find deeper realities and invitations to continuing transformation. We discover that life is not perfect, yet we remain steadfast, even as we weepingly hear the voice of Jesus and ask where God is in all we endure. We learn that great promises co-exist with great demands and faith perdures even as we ask WISDOM questions.
Feb. 17 - FIRST WEEK OF LENT: WHO SAID LIFE IS TO BE PERFECT? ECCLESIASTES 3: 1-8 SPEAKER: No Service
Feb 24 - SECOND WEEK OF LENT: IN WHAT WAYS CAN WE REMAIN STEAD-FAST
Judges 9:7-15; 1 John 2:18-28 SPEAKER: Laura Viau
Mar 3 - THIRD WEEK OF LENT: WHAT ARE THE VOICES OF WEEPING MARY AND CHALLENGING JESUS TELLING US?
John 20:1–18 SPEAKER: Chris Eichorn
Mar 10 - FOURTH WEEK OF LENT: WHERE ARE YOU, GOD? Psalm 77: 2 SPEAKER: STEFANIE RILEY
Mar 17 - FIFTH WEEK OF LENT: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GREAT PROMISES THAT CO-EXIST WITH GREAT DEMANDS?
Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18 SPEAKER: ALEX PARKER
Mar 24 - SIXTH WEEK OF LENT: IF NOT ME, THEN WHO?
As the Lenten season gets underway on February 17th, so will the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. One Great Hour of Sharing has a sixty-nine year history and is our denomination’s largest special offering. What follows is a brief history of this endeavor that now involves nine denominations and Church World Service.
The offering was founded in 1946 by Episcopal Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill, who set a goal to raise one million dollars in one hour for World Relief. Presbyterian participation came one year later by the former United Presbyterian Church in the USA (JPCUSA) and again in 1948 by the former Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS). In 1949, church leaders from several denominations worked together to promote the offering. At 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th of that year, major networks broadcast a show called “One Great Hour.” The show closed with a request from
President Harry Truman and popular musicians and actors of the time, who asked viewers to make a sacrificial contribution at their own place of worship the following (Sunday) morning. While there is no record of funds raised that day, an estimated 75,000 churches participated.
Over time, aspects of the offering and its participants have changed, but the purpose remains the same: to collect special gifts for those in need. Our 202nd General Assembly in 1990 voted to allocate our contributions this way: 32% to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance,
32% to Self-Development of People, and 36% to the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Shallotte Presbyterian Church participates in this offering each year and the Mission and Benevolences Committee asks that you prayerfully consider your support this Lenten season.
The Presbyterian women met via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. There were 24 ladies in attendance. Jane Townsend
presented the lesson, Lamenting Life, with the main focus being “Sometimes it is life, rather than death, that is cause for lament. The February project for the Joyce Skeen circle will be the SPC Fellowship Fund. Circle 1 will send monetary gifts to Cape Fear Life Care. Checks written to both can be sent to Molly Frederick. The next circle meeting will be held on Febru-ary 10th at 1:30 PM via zoom unless otherwise notified.
12th Annual GFWC-SBI
SOUPER BOWL EVENTThe GFWC-SBI Woman’s Club will be holding the 12th annual SOUPER BOWL on Saturday February 6, 2021. Due to Covid, our event will be different than in years past, this year it will be a curbside event. Lunch delivery will be available on Friday, February 5 and the Saturday event will be a drive thru in the parking lot. The proceeds are divided equally among Brunswick Family Assistance, Lord’s Food Pantry and Backpack Buddies Wings
Ministry. For tickets or further information, contact Cindy Hewett at 910-209-1847
2021 Flower Calendar - Since we do not have a confirmed date for in-house worship at this time, we will be holding off on
scheduling flower donations for Worship Services. If there is a Sunday that you would like to donate an arrangements for recorded services, please contact Kathy in the church office. Typically, services are recorded on the Thursday before, so flowers would have to be received by Thursday morning.
2020 Annual Report - Printed copies of the Annual Report are now available for pickup in our Church Office. M-F 9:15 -
Shallotte Presbyterian Church would like to welcome our newest member, Rosa Berry. Rosa’s membership was approved
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“Be still and know that I am God.” The words from Psalm 46 remind us how to seek emotional and
The past year has been one of extraordinary challenges for each of us. A global pandemic . . . political uncertainty . . . social unrest. Faced with such overwhelming issues, what are we to do?
Sometimes I share some rewording of the verse from Psalm 46 with clients. They despair that their day-to-day life has become so cluttered and hectic. They detail some challenging difficulty and look to me for suggestions of what they might do in response. They are so intent on what to do that they have
overlooked their own thoughts, daydreams and devotions.
God has brought us to a new year. As we move into 2021, what are we to do?
Learn to appreciate stillness. Don’t apologize for it and don’t compromise it. Decide to be intentional about providing opportunity for emotional and spiritual stillness. In the stillness, let yourself know God. The result may well be a dawning peace. That peace is the source of fulfilling our responsibilities as a spouse, parent, friend and good neighbor.
Are you interested in counseling for yourself or someone close? Call the Center at 910-452-7370, and visit at www.wantcounseling.com
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