Peace to you during these very hot days in August! Even though the days are sweltering now, the weather will cool eventually. With that in mind, Session has been discussing the Worship format for September and October. This is a note to update you on decisions taken recently by Session:
Additionally, our process includes seeking feedback from all members of Session, staff, other churches in our local Presbytery as well as our own congregation. We try to balance all these components while also trying to have recommendations that are not changing too much to have guidance that is easier to follow. Having said that, however, the decisions above will be reviewed in October to determine the schedule and format for late fall and early winter.
As a Session, we would like to ask for your prayers as well as your continued patience and input. We understand how stressful and hard these times can be, and Session also yearns as a collective body to be gathering as we were prior to COVID. However, we are also confident that our church – our connections to each other – and our faith will grow stronger as we face these challenges together, working with each other with God’s love in our midst. As both Paul and James remind us, trials produce perseverance and endurance, and those traits will grow a persevering faith within our church family that will make NRPC even stronger to carry God’s word into the world.
Session of NRPC
Outreach is also pleased to also announce Nutbush clothing collections for the month of August:
Nutbush Presbyterian Church is resuming their Fall Clothing Give-away!
Nutbush is a small church in Vance County, one of the poorest counties in North Carolina. Because Wake County is one of the wealthiest counties, we have been asked to help supplement the supply of clothing for the Give-away. NRPC helped with this for a number of years before the pandemic and we are pleased that they can resume this much needed project. Please bring clothes in good condition in any size to the Faith Ministries Building on any of the next Sundays in August (8,15,22 and the 29th), between 8:30am and 10:30am. Contact the office for questions or scheduling issues. The Nutbush community is very grateful for your donations.
We will also help provide food donations for the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. Many people with food insecurity have been asking for assistance, and the Food Bank is trying to collect more donations which can be sent to the counties which they serve. Food donations can also be placed in the bins located in the FMB narthex between 8:30am--10:30am.
The food drive’s most needed items are:
Book bags for Children in Foster Care - Updated
With nearly 500 children in foster care in Wake County, the Outreach Team is inviting you to provide sturdy book bags for these children as they head back to their traditional year in school. The sizes should include smaller ones for children in elementary school as well as regular-sized book bags for middle and high schoolers.
The outpouring of school supplies has been very generous, and moving forward, we are hoping to receive more book bags. If you have already purchased school supplies, we appreciate those donations as well.
Drop off. You can drop off the donations in the Narthex on Sunday, July 25 when you attend worship, or bring them to the FMB on Sunday, August 1 from 9 am - 11 am. Thank you for supporting children in foster care.
March: The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
meeting on Sunday, March 21 at 1:30 in front of FMB at church
April: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
meeting on Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 in front of FMB
May: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
meeting on Sunday, May 16 at 1:30 in front of FMB
June: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
meeting on Sunday, June 13 at 1:30 in front of FMB
Summer book: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett