*Sunday, January 7: Epiphany of the Lord

  • Sermon: Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch
  • Worship Leader: Kim Branch
  • Scripture Reader: Kim Branch
  • Flowers: Kim Branch
  • Ellen Brown accompanying and leading music worship.
  • Pennies for Hunger collected
  • Women's Fellowship Lunch after service

Tuesday, Jan. 9: noon: Bible Study

*Sunday, January 14

  • Sermon: Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch
  • Worship Leader: needed
  • Scripture Reader: needed
  • Flowers: needed

Tuesday, Jan.16: noon: Bible Study

*Sunday, January 21

  • Sermon: Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch
  • Worship Leader: needed
  • Scripture Reader: needed
  • Flowers: needed

Tuesday, Jan. 23: noon: Bible Study

*Sunday, January 28

  • Sermon: Rev. Dr. Vicki Jones Johnson
  • Worship Leader: needed
  • Scripture Reader: needed
  • Flowers: needed

*Doors will be locked when service begins for security reasons. Please knock on ramp door to be let in.

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Pennies For Hunger: Jan. 7

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"

Women's Fellowship Luncheon Sunday, Jan. 7

We'll get together for a covered dish lunch after our worship service on Jan.7 in the Fellowship Hall. We have plenty of food, so come even if you aren't able to bring something!

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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 office@fpcma.com


Prayer List

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

The Stoltz family, Emily Burke, Lydia Taylor, Sheila Gifford, Larry Watson, McKenzie Brinegar, Ann Yokeley, Jordan Tucker, Bill Rountree, Jean Arrington, Kathryn Benfer, Wendy Byrd, Mariah Tate, Katherine Heath, Lauren Worley

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Tony Stoltz following his passing on December 29th. Please keep Debbie, Chris, Amy, and their families in your prayers.

If you have a prayer request, contact Anna in the church office or email office@fpcma.com.

In case of bad weather:

Messages will be sent out through Realm and on Facebook. We will also tell WXII to include us on their closings list.

We will not be meeting this Tuesday, January 9th. Parents, an email will be sent out to you soon to outline plans for the children’s ministries for the coming year, including a link to a survey to provide much needed feedback. Please be on the lookout for this email and take the time to respond to it. Thank you!

For more information about our Children's Ministry, contact Loida Slate at loida@fpcma.com


Beacon News:

Youth in middle school and high school meet on Sundays from 5-7pm, in the Scout Hut for Bible study and fellowship. A light supper will be provided.

1/7 Games and s'mores

1/14 Cooking with Emma Pequeno

1/21 Regular meeting

1/28 Regular meeting

Please consider providing a meal for the Beacons one Sunday this month.

Provide Dinner

Support Our Area Charities 

Baskets are located inside the Blessings Box located in the foyer for donations for these agencies.

January's special requests are:

Yokefellow:  Cereal and Tuna

Shepherd's House: Sugar

Helping Hands: Non-perishable food items, paper products and toiletries.

The First Steps teachers have created an Amazon wish list for requested items for the school year and are asking for the church's help with purchasing those items. Additionally, they could use donations of essential items such as Clorox wipes, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, Kleenex and small individual travel size tissues for the teachers. Thank you for helping to support this important ministry of First Presbyterian Church!

Substitutes Needed! Would you like to spend time with the sweetest kids on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday? We would love to have you!  First Steps needs substitute teachers!  If interested, please contact Mary Alice Leonard firststeps@fpcma.com or Nicole Harrison nicole@moodyfs.com 

Amazon Wish List

January Birthdays

1/5 Taylor Pike

1/9 Eve Trotter

1/10 Anna Bush

1/13 Gene Rees

1/14 Melissa Whitfield

1/16 Wesley Trotter

1/17 Suzanne Folger

1/22 Kelley Jackson

1/24 Mary Miles Harrison

1/25 David Rives

1/27 Andrew Barlow and Emma Pequeno 1/28 Michael Rivera

January Anniversaries

1/21 Bill and Jane Rountree

Congregational Care & Outreach

Church member Kim Branch is participating in congregational outreach by sending birthday, anniversary, and care cards to members and friends on our prayer list. Please contact her if you have someone in particular that you would like to have a card sent to on behalf of the church. Email krhbtexan@yahoo.com or call 336-401-0733. 

To Receive Realm Messages by Text:

Never miss a message on Realm! Text the word "START" (in all caps) to 910-469-4825 to Opt-In to receive text notifications when we post communications on Realm. You should already be getting emails and push notifications from the app whenever we post something, but this will also allow you to receive the message by text. 


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.

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.

Good news: the cats posted last month found a new home and the Singer Overlock was sold!

The Christmas Holiday House Tour was successful and we welcomed many people to see and learn about our renovations and Chrismon tree. Special thanks to Jane Tesh for playing Christmas tunes and everyone who volunteered to welcome our visitors.

This is a new section so members can help other members and people in our community. If you want to put something in the February 2024 Grapevine, contact Beth at beth.pequeno@gmail.com by Jan. 31.

Free at-home COVID-19 tests

Every U.S. household is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests.


Find Local Services by Calling 2-1-1

NC 211 is a free, confidential, and multilingual health and human services information and referral system, available 24 hours a day in all 100 North Carolina counties. Managed by United Way of North Carolina and supported by many local United Ways across the state, NC 211 has continuously gained recognition as a trusted resource in the State and serves as a key member of the State Emergency Response Team.

North Carolinians can find help by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-888-892-1162) or by visiting nc211.org.

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 2024:

Lydia Taylor, David Rives, Gene Rees and Steve Yokely

Class of 2025:

Kelley Jackson, Thomas Reisinger, Laura East and Jane Tesh

Class of 2026:

Carla Majure, Blanton Youell, Derek Higgs, Bob Moody, and Anna Peterson (Youth Elder)

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Church Of Mount Airy

326 S Main St

Mt Airy, NC 27030

(336) 786-2803

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