Sunday, June 4: 

Pentecost and Trinity Sunday

  • Sermon: Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch
  • Worship Leader: Valerie Parker
  • Scripture Reader: Valerie Parker
  • Head usher: Kelley Jackson
  • Side usher: David Rives
  • Flowers: Lydia Taylor
  • Communion served
  • Pennies for Hunger collected
  • New members recognized
  • Refreshments after service to welcome our new members
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Doors will be locked when service begins for security reasons. Please knock on ramp door to be let in.

Pennies For Hunger: June 4

The first Sunday of the month we pass around yellow buckets for our Pennies for Hunger offering. You can also give to this fund through the Realm app.(click here) Just go to the giving tab and select the fund "HUNGER"


Prayer List

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

The family of Jim Younger, The family of Jerome Bush, Bob Chilton, Jordan Tucker, Bill Rountree, Antonio, Jean Arrington, Ron Atkins, Becky Lyons, Terri Keck, Pam Church, Kathryn Benfer, Wendy Bryd, Mariah Tate

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Jim Younger, who passed away on May 25th. 

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Garrett Bush, following the passing of his father, Jerome Bush of Statesville, on May 26th.

If you have a prayer request, contact Anna in the church office or email

June 11: Outdoor Service

  • Sermon: Will Sheppard
  • Worship Leader: needed
  • Scripture Reader: Maddie Youell
  • Head Usher: Kelley Jackson
  • Side Usher: David Rives
  • Flowers: Ginny Collins

June 6: noon: Bible Study

June 18: Father's Day

  • Choir led music worship service
  • Worship Leader: David Rives
  • Scripture Reader: David Rives
  • Head Usher: Kelley Jackson
  • Side Usher: David Rives
  • Flowers: needed

June 20: noon: Bible Study

June 24: 10am: Sandwich Saturday

June 25

  • Sermon: Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch
  • Worship Leader: David Rives
  • Scripture Reader: David Rives
  • Head Usher: Kelley Jackson
  • Side Usher: David Rives
  • Flowers: needed
  • VBS Kick-off Cookout following worship

June 26-28: 5:30-7:30 VBS

June 27: noon: Bible Study

Complete Church Calendar

Registration now open!

Please register your children so we can prepare.

Vacation Bible School:

June 26-28: 5:15-7:30pm

Jerusalem Marketplace

We will take a trip back in time to the Holy Land, and experience what it looked and felt like to live during bible times! We will have a kickoff Sunday on June 25th, and a lunch to follow worship that day.

Contact Loida if you have questions

Register for VBS

Worship Volunteers Needed:

There are lots of ways to get involved during Sunday morning worship. We need scripture readers, flowers for the sanctuary, greeters, nursery helpers and Little Church helpers. There are sign-up sheets in the foyer, click the button below, or contact Anna at

Take Survey

Transition Team Survey

The Transition Team that the congregation elected to discern FPCMA's mission and goals--Lee Daniels, Linda Gatchel, Amy Heath, David Rives and Blanton Youell--has developed a survey to hear your opinions about our challenges and possibilities.

Click button to open survey.


Beacon News:

June 4: 4pm: Meet in the back parking lot to go to Total Escape in W-S for the Yacht Heist. We will go to Dairy-O for dinner.

Next weekend: We will plan to go to Urban Air Adventure Park in W-S. Departure time to be announced.

For more information about our Children's Ministry, contact Loida Slate at

Godly Play (ages 3 - 2nd grade) and Faith Friends (3rd-5th grade)

Wednesday, June 7: 5-6:30pm

in the Scout Hut 

We will be having an end of school celebration and Bible lesson with activities outside and a tea party/old fashioned ice cream social for the children this Wednesday evening. They can dress up or wear their favorite costume if they like! Any Beacons that would like to come help and have ice cream are always welcome!

Lunchtime Bible Study

Every Tuesday, Dr Ritsch offers an hour long Bible study starting at noon.

We are currently studying the Gospel of Mark.

Bring a lunch if you’d like as we discuss what both scholarship and our hearts tell us as we study God’s word.

May was a better month financially for the church. Our total income for the month came to $16,431.00, and expenses totaled $12,015.76. To date, we have received 42% of pledged giving for the year. As we enter into the summer travel season and our attendance historically will drop, please continue to keep your pledges up to date by giving online through the Realm App. We appreciate your continued support. 

June 11th:

Outdoor Worship on the Lawn

Please join us for an outdoor worship service on Sunday, June 11th at 11:00am in the upper parking lot outside the sanctuary. Please bring a lawn chair for each member of your family. 

June 18: Father's Day

Donuts with Dad

We will honor fathers with a “Donuts with Dad” breakfast reception in the hallway outside the sanctuary starting at 10:30. Please join us for this special time of fellowship!

Help Us Make an Inviting Meeting Space for Our Children and Honor the Work of Shasta Bode Brown

$143,000 is needed to renovate the Scout Hut, raze/clean up the Lighthouse, and upgrade the playground.


These are the spaces all our children and youth use weekly. Let's make it the most inviting place we can.

 $35,000 currently committed.

The playground will cost around $50,000, but we’re applying for a $25,000 grant.

After renovations are completed for Scout Hut, it will be renamed the “Lighthouse” and be dedicated to Shasta in a special ceremony.

Questions? Talk to Gene Rees, Blanton Youell, Loida Slate or Beth Pequeno.

You can donate by writing a check to FPCMA with "Scout Hut Reno" in the memo line or donate through Realm using the button below. Pledge cards are available in the foyer.

Donate: Scout Hut
Items for Sale

Yard Sale to Help Pay for Renovations

We will have an online yard sale just for our members and friends for the next couple of months. Click the button to see what we're selling. Items will be added as we get them.

We are still trying to have a small, in-person yard sale as well. If you have items we could sell that are valued at over $10, let Beth Pequeno or Loida Slate know and we'll make arrangements to meet you at the Scout Hut. No clothing donations please.

Donate: Sand. Sat.

It's Time for Sandwich Saturdays!

Help us make 75 bag lunches to be delivered in two of our neighboring housing units. We need volunteers, peanut butter, jam (easier to spread), 8oz. water bottles, and monetary donations for bread, and other supplies.

Sign-up sheets are in the foyer for June 24, July 15, and August 19. We start assembling lunches at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall.

To donate online, click the button and select "Sandwich Saturdays." For more information, contact Beth Pequeno at

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Support Our Area Charities 

Baskets are located in the foyer for donations of non-perishable food for both agencies. Helping Hands also accepts paper products and toiletries.

Please note that the government has returned to pre-pandemic support, so Second Harvest has reduced the amount of food given to our local pantries. They are struggling to meet the needs of our neighbors.

This month's special requests are:

Yokefellow: Canned/Dried Milk and Mac & Cheese

Shepherd's House: Latex gloves of all sizes

Helping Hands: Non-perishable food items


May Birthdays

6/1 June Hollman, Andy Majure

6/9 Sandra Parker

6/12 John Hollingsworth, Debbie Stoltz, Blanton Youell

6/13 Ted King

6/19 Ellie Kniskern

6/20 Averie Horton

6/22 Gray Trotter

6/29 Lori Stout

6/30 Courtney Pike



6/6 Derek & Mary Higgs

6/7 Daniel & April Horton

6/13 Scott & Andrea Kniskern

6/20 Robert & Kathy Moody

6/24 John & Tarona Hollingsworth

The First Steps Program is fully enrolled for the 2023-2024 school year! Thank you for your loving support of First Steps this school year. We had a wonderful year with the best students and staff. Stay tuned for exciting updates for the coming year! 


Adult Sunday School:

Odds and Ends: This is our longest established class and it meets every Sunday at 10am in the classroom located at the end of the long hallway upstairs.

Next Women's Fellowship Lunch will be September 3 after our worship service.

To order the Horizons Magazine and/or devotions book for 2023, CLICK HERE.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

9-8-8 is the new three-digit dialing code to reach help for suicide and crisis help across the United States. Please help to spread the word about this very important topic, and encourage anyone you know who may need help to dial 9-8-8. Texting is also an option.

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Session Members

Moderator: Dr. Rev. Frederick "Fritz" Ritsch

Clerk of the Session: Bob Keck



Class of 2023:

Margaret Cockerell, Beth Pequeno, Mike Branch, Mark Brown, and Taylor Pike (youth elder)

Class of 2024:

Lydia Taylor, David Rives, Gene Rees and Steve Yokely

Class of 2025:

Kelley Jackson, Thomas Reisinger, Laura East and Jane Tesh

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Church Of Mount Airy

326 S Main St

Mt Airy, NC 27030

(336) 786-2803

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