In Case You Missed It


A weekly recap of the message and madness at First Presbyterian Kings Mountain, NC. 06/14/15 and 06/21/15:

You can stop crying. I’m back. I’ve been on a retreat* and then a week of youth camp** (you were crying, right?).

What’d I miss?

I understand that we celebrated Christmas at First Prez while I was gone. How cool is that? Here is the bulletin from 6/14/15. No, really. Happy Holidays!


From last Sunday, 6/21/15…

The Text: 1 Samuel 17, with a focus on verses 45-46

“But David told [Goliath], ‘You are coming against me with sword, spear, and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel’s army, the one you’ve insulted. Today the Lord will hand you over to me. I will strike you down and cut off your head! Today I will feed your dead body and the dead bodies of the entire Philistine camp to the wild birds and the wild animals. Then the whole world will know that there is a God on Israel’s side.'” (italics mine)

The Takeaway:

We boldly go forth in our community, in His name and for His glory! We’re not here to make a name but to glorify a name, and that name is Jesus!

*Retreat: the Session of First Prez headed (way) out of town for a time of prayer and planning. And eating. And it was glorious.


We prayerfully considered our role in our city, and our role in God’s kingdom. We asked the questions, ‘Where are we?’ ‘How did we get here?’ and ‘Where are we going?’

These are important questions, questions that will be addressed in the Summer Sermon Series What We Believe. The months of July and August will cover what we believe about God, scripture, Jesus, faith, grace and more. Please, please, please join us. And bring your brother-in-law. Yes, him.

**Youth Camp: I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the week with our young folks in Toccoa, GA at Journey Camp, a camp created and run by Nathan Smith. Wow. What a great week. And what a great group of kids. Don’t listen to the knuckleheads on TV who are calling for the end of the world because of ‘the youth of today.’ We’re in good hands, people (and remember, moms and dads, WE were the youth they were warning the world about many years ago). God is going to use these kids in a mighty way. Indeed, He is using them now, in schools, families, and in the mission field.


Click the Facebook follow button on the right so you can see an entire photo album from Youth Camp. Go ahead, click it now. Now.

Other Fun Stuff You Should Know About:

You have probably heard me mention the book The Reason for God by Tim Keller a couple (hundred) times; I have two copies in the pulpit for anyone who wants to read it (every time I go to a used bookstore, I grab up all the copies they have). You can also pick it up here. I don’t care where you get it, just get it!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is quickly approaching. First Prez is the host of the Community VBS this year, and we could not be more excited.

WHEN: August 9-13, evenings (just one more reason you need to be following FPC on Facebook).

It’s summertime, but that doesn’t mean we need to take our foot off the gas. Keep pointing people to Jesus, and at the very least, invite them to church. Peace.

***Evidently, this post was hung up in the cybersphere somewhere for a long time.***

About pastoroftheprez

Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, NC.
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