The Amazing Story of Christmas will be presented by our children on the second Sunday of Advent, December 5, at our 11:00 am worship service. Mark your calendars and join us for this special service as we hear the story of Jesus’s birth told by our younger disciples, and enjoy the music of the season!
It is almost time for the Super Bowl! As we celebrate with food and festivities, watching the game along with a halftime show, it is good to remember ways we can make a difference in our community. Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-inspired movement working across the nation to tackle hunger in our local communities. Mobilizing grassroots resources including churches, schools, civic groups and caring individuals, the Souper Bowl of Caring movement (for over 30 years) has created over $160 million worth of support that stays completely local. The need is so great this year with over 14 billion meals needed to feed food-insecure neighbors in our country!
On Sunday, February 7, we will collect an offering for Souper Bowl. You can write in the note of your checks that it is for “Souper Bowl” and you can also give online under “Special Offerings.” Put in the comment/note section: Souper Bowl of Caring. The funds will go to support those who are food insecure in our local community.
The Fellowship & Welcome Committee will also use Zoom to have a “Soupless Bowl” following our Service on Sunday, February 7th. There is a lot to talk about. An “old” 43-year-old quarterback, Tom Brady versus the young 25-year-old Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City vs Tampa Bay, the Midwest vs the Southeast…
So, put your favorite pot of soup on the stove! Wear the colors of the team you support! If you are interested in some lively conversation with friends you haven’t seen in a while, please remain on Zoom following the service. Associate Pastor Joanna Hipp will do her magic and move us into meeting/breakout rooms. We will have questions to stir up the conversation. While we can’t serve soup over the internet (at least not yet), you are welcome to make your own. We on the Fellowship & Welcome Committee hope you all doing well. We hope to see y’all on Sunday, February 7th.
The Mission Ministry put together 23 Covid -19 Kits for clients of the Food Pantry who are receiving home delivery of the bi-weekly groceries. The bags were decorated by several of our children from church, and each bag contains Clorox Wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, face mask and Life Savors. A sticker with the words “With love from Southport Presbyterian Church” was placed on each bag. As we collect more Clorox Wipes the committee will make more kits for distribution.
The Mission Ministry is so grateful to have the opportunity to reach out to our community during this time of need.
A Message from Pastor Joanna:
See the love grow!
I spend time each evening looking up stories of people sharing goodness and joy during this hectic time. I am astonished at door and window decorations. I don’t know if you’ve seen them in your neighborhoods or online, but people are decorating their windows and doors so as people pass by on their daily walks, or as healthcare professionals and essential employees travel to work, they have something joyful to see. Each decoration is a reminder that people care about their neighbors. I have seen supportive notes, hearts, drawings of animals, and so much more. This movement is reflected online with the hashtag: #AWorldofHearts.
For children and youth. I know so many things are unknown and overwhelming such as not participating in sporting events, playing at friends’ houses, games, and activities with friends and classmates.
Paul ends his first letter to the Corinthians with this, “My love is with all of you in Christ Jesus.” While we may not be able to let others know we love them in person, we can share our love through pictures and heartfelt messages!
So, children and youth, if you would like to join me in this movement (adults you are welcome, too!), let’s draw hearts and tape them to our windows. Send pictures of your art, and we will share it on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SouthportPresbyterianNC/ or send to email@example.com for sharing on the this website.
God of our hearts,
We pray for those who feel alone, for those who are suffering, and for those working to save others. Be with our friends, families, neighbors, communities, and world as we find ways to let others know we are here for them. We pray as Paul, to let our neighbors know, “my love is with all of you in Jesus Christ.” May we all know a world of hearts.
Thank you. God. Thank you, God. Thank you God.
Children ages 4 through rising sixth grade are invited to join us June 8 – 12, 9:00 am – noon at Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 East Moore Street in Southport. This fun-packed week will provide plenty of bible stories, games, music and crafts to help kids accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong by remaining with God.
North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King’s valiant Knights are on a quest in search of the King’s Armor. But the armor isn’t what they think it is. Our theme this year, Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor, invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power by exploring how we put on the armor of God. Kids will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book. They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor — the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation — at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God.
Please note: we are a nut free church. No nut products (peanut or tree) are allowed to enter our building. Thanks for your understanding.
For questions or more information, contact:
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