THINGS IN COMMON AT BUCHANAN FIRST AND AROUND THE AREA
Abingdon Presbyterywill meet Saturday, November 4, at the Richlands
Presbyterian Church in Richlands, VA.Morning worship is at 9 am, with the meeting
starting at 9:30 am. Please note this date on your calendar and make plans to be with us.
Daylight Savings Timeends at 2 am on Sunday, November 5. Before going to bed
Saturday night, don’t forget to set your clocksBACK ONE HOUR.
The Rev. Brad Napierwill be installed as Pastor of Vansant Presbyterian Church on
Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 3:00 pm.This will be a service of Abingdon Presbytery, as
well as a gathering of Cluster 1 of Abingdon Presbytery. Everyone is welcome to share in this
worship service and the seating of a Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament as Pastor.
Pastor Napier will serve both Buchanan First and Vansant Presbyterian Churches. A dinner
will be served at the conclusion of the service.
There will be aCommunity Thanksgiving Service at Buchanan First on Sunday,
November 19, at 6:00 pm.This is a service sponsored by the Buchanan County Ministerial
Association. Various clergy will lead the service and the sermon will be preached by the
newest newest pastor in the community, theRev. J. N. Howard, of the Grundy United
Methodist and Looney’s Chapel United Methodist Churches.Everyone is welcome to
participate in this worship service with our brothers and sisters in Christ from various
churches.There will be a reception hosted by the Presbyterian Women after the service.
Holy Comunionwill be served on the first Wednesday of the month at Vansant
Presbyterian Church at 12:15 pm. The other Wednesdays of the month, the Sacrament will
be served at Buchanan First in the Sanctuary. The time is being changed from noon to 12:15
pm to allow for those who work to attend. All Christians are welcome to come to the table.
Church Schoolis taught each Wednesday evening at Vansant Presbyterian for all
Presbyterians. Supper is served at 6:00 pm and the lesson begins at 6:30 for adults. The
curriculum used isThe Present Word. Everyone is invited and welcome to enjoy the
fellowship and the instruction from God’s Word, taught by Pastor Brad Napier.
It’s time again for Operation Christmas Child! National Collection week is
November 13-20 and we hope everyone Buchanan First will again participate and provide
appropriate shoe box gifts for boys and girls around the world. Pre-printed boxes have been
ordered and should arrive soon. Items are requested for a boy or girl (or do one of each) for
ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Suggestions include toys (if toys use batteries, please include extra
batteries), and no war-related toys please, school supplies, hygiene items, mints, gum, t-shirts.
Please do not pack any candy or toothpaste. Bring your boxes and drop them off in the
sanctuary at any time.
The deadline for the December newsletter will beTuesday. November 21. Please
note this is just before the Thanksgiving Holiday, and Charlotte would like to have all
information in before the holiday so I can get it completed and mailed by the end of
November. I am scheduled to work Thursday night at Kingsport, but will be out of town over
the holiday weekend and will return to the office on Tuesday morning to complete the
newsletter. Thank you, newsletter contacts, for your dedication in getting your church’s news
in on time.
Newsletter contact: Charlotte Varney
church phone/fax 935-2293; e-mail:email@example.com; website: bfpcgrundy.org
to reach Pastor Brad:firstname.lastname@example.org;
phone 935-4714 (manse); 276-312-1433 (cell)
The Pastor’s Column...
“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce
thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the
needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.”- II Corinthians
In the month of November, there are four days that I would like to draw your attention
to. The first isSunday, November 12th. In the Presbyterian Church, there has traditionally
been an emphasis
on Stewardship, that is, being faithful stewards (managers) of what God has entrusted to you.
This includes our time, our talents and our treasures. At Buchanan First and at Vansant, both
congregations will, in our worship services, think about our lives as stewards of God’s many
gifts. Our worship time
will focus on our response to God’s blessings in our lives and our responsibilities as Christian
The second event isSunday, November 19th. On that evening, Buchanan First will
host the Buchanan County Ministerial Association Churches for a Community Worship
Service at 6:00 pm in our sanctuary. The theme of that worship service will be giving thanks
to God and acknowledging God as the giver of all gifts. The Rev. J. N. Howard, the Pastor
of Grundy United Methodist Church will preach God’s Word on this topic.
The third event isThursday, November 23rd, which is Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day was established as a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln on
November 26, 1863. It is a day when we will gather with friends and family to recognize the
Almighty God’s blessings and generosity to us and to our nation. Prayers of thanksgiving will
be prayed to the Lord for his kindness and generosity.
Finally,Tuesday, November 28th, has been designated as “Giving Tuesday”, which
is a global giving movement fueled by social media, to kick off the “charitable season”. It grew
as a result of “Black Friday”, the start of the Christmas shopping season and “Cyber Monday”,
the on-line-buying Christmas shopping day, when so much retail activity takes place on-line.
With so much emphasis on shopping and buying, it was thought that a day be set aside with
an emphasis on charitable giving in local communities.
Now that these dates are before you, I would ask that you begin to think of your own
stewardship, your thinking about the time, talents and treasures that have been entrusted to
you. I would ask you to think about gratitude, generosity and how you live in thanksgiving
to God. We live in both a world of scarcity and a world of abundance. We constantly have
choices before us in how we live and how we spend our resources. I will be asking the church
to reflect on these things in the coming days. These may be difficult or uncomfortable topics
to ponder, but they are Biblical and necessary themes to engage in your own spirituality and
growth in faith. I am going to encourage you to share. I am going to encourage you to be
generous. I am going to encourage you to simplify your life and look for things that are really
significant. I am going to encourage you to look around and see the needs that are in our
community. Finally, I’m going to encourage you to give thanks to the Lord God for his grace,
love, and salvation to us in Jesus Christ.
All of these things call for a response on our part. I certainly will be pondering this in
my own life as well. As you know, the church needs your gifts, as do other organizations
locally and beyond. I look forward to this exploration and this topic; it is one of my favorite
themes as a follower of Jesus Christ. I invite your participation and your engagement as we
grow in our faith and our thanksgiving.
Pastor Brad Napier
Let your mighty outstretched arm, O Lord God, be our defense; your mercy and lovingkindness
in Jesus Christ, your dear Son, our salvation; your true word our instruction; the grace of
your life-giving Spirit our comfort and consolation, to the end and in the end; through the same Jesus
Christ our Lord. AMEN.
-The Rev. John Knox, Scottish Theologian, Minister, Reformer 1513-1672
Founder of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland
A pastor in a small Presbyterian Church in Iowa visited an older member she had not
seen in worship recently. “Why do we not see you in church more often?’ The church
member cheerfully answered, “Well, I have a little trouble hearing. And the agnostics in our
church are terrible!”
-Elder Marj Carpenter
Capital Campaign Update....
Progress is being made toward our capital campaign goal of $100,000. We are over
half-way toward the goal! We need $18,675 to reach Phase 1 completion. This project will
be for the construction of a new ramp, front porch and steps. The ramp will be wider, covered,
and lit. The porch will be expanded and will provide better cover and protection for the front
doors. The porch will cover the entire width of the front of the church, allowing more space
for fellowship and gathering. A front rail will be included. Lights will be installed on the roof
of the porch, illuminating the front of the building. The church will be newly landscaped.
Thanks to those who have so generously given to this project. Gifts may be mailed to the
church (address: PO Box 1339, Grundy, VA 24614). If you have questions, please speak to
Pastor Napier or to Elder Jeff Matney, Chair of the Capital Committee.
We will again be purchasingpoinsettias to be placed in the sanctuary on December
17 and 24.Anyone wishing to purchase a poinsettia should let the office know by Friday,
December 15.They will be $10.00 each. We hope that after the Christmas Eve Service on
December 24 that you will take your poinsettia home or take it to someone who needs cheering
up for the holiday season. Please earmark your check “poinsettia” and if you wish it in
memory or honor of anyone, please include that information, too.
Buchanan First extends heartfelt sympathies to the family ofMary Virginia Barnard
Lesterwho passed away on September 30, 2017 in Roanoke, VA. Ginny, as she was
affectionately known by her family and friends, was a former member of Buchanan First but
had resided in Roanoke for several years. Remember her family - children, grandchildren, and
siblings and extended family - in your prayers during this difficult time.
Sympathiesare also extended to the family of Virgil Stacy, who passed away recently.
He was the brother-in-law of Phyllis Sumrall. Remember his family in your prayers.
Buchanan First welcomesBrenda Lester-Sprinkle who was received on her letter of
transfer from the Green Spring Presbyterian Church. Brenda has a long history with Buchanan
First; she is the daughter of the late J. C. and Vallie Lester and grew up here in the church. It
was her desire to return home to Grundy and place her membership here. Her address is PO
Box 235, Grundy, VA 24614. Her phone number is 276-619-1161.
We also welcomeMichelle Lee Napier, daughter of Pastor Brad Napier, who has also
transferred her membership to Buchanan First from the First United Presbyterian Church in
Memorials and Honorariums
From Jim and Banna Bevins, a memorial to Mary Virginia Lester and Virgil Stacy.
From Rachel Porterfield, a memorial to Mary Virginia Lester.
From Raymond and Myrtle Charles, of Richmond, VA., a memorial to Mabel Charles
designated for the Entry way project.
Presbyterian Women News
In October,this group donated to Puerto Rico Disaster Relief and The connection in
Hurley. In November, items will be collected for the Domestic Violence Shelter and in
December for the Humane Society. Donations can be left in the Angel room. The annual
thank offering will be collected this fall; more information will be available soon
Upcoming dates for the Presbyterian Women to remember are as follows:
Wednesday, November 1 - Monthly PW Meeting - 11:30 am
Sunday, December 3 - Quarterly Fellowship Meal AND Hanging of the
Wednesday, December 6 - Monthly PW Meeting - 11:30 am
*The Quarterly Fellowship Meal on Sunday, December 3 will be soups, sandwiches,
salads, and sweets (bring your favorite to share!) Hostesses are LuAnne McClanahan and
Renee Shrader, co-chairs; Kaye Keen, Barbara Ann Keen, Cindy Matney, Jennifer Parish, Lois
Shanahan, and Brenda Lester-Sprinkle. After the meal, men, women and children of all ages
are needed to decorate our church for the joyous Holiday season.
Memorial gifts and honorariumsreceived recently include the following:
From Barbara Sutherland, in memory of Charles Baker.
From Sandy Dailey, a memorial to Charles Baker.
From Jim and Banna Bevins, a memorial to Dorsey Smith, Mary Virginia Lester
and Virgil Stacy
From Raymond and Myrtle Charles, Richmond, VA, for the Entry Way Project,
and in memory of Mabel Charles
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....
November 5 - Jim Bevins November 13 - Beth Bevins
7 - Noah Hamrick 15 - Dave Shanahan
7 - Tom Holland 18 - Beth Bradshaw
9 - Sue McClanahan 22 - Ron Cole
10 - Ethel Hale 22 - Peggy K. Hill
11 - Kate Wheawill 29 -Tiffany Myers
12 - Stephanie Wheawill 30 - Frances Belcher
November 30 -Kaye Keen
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO...
November 4 - Ben and Allison Street