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McDowell Presbyterian Church

      

                                    

 in beautiful HIGHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Come worship with us:

In MCDOWELL:

    Church School: 10:00 a.m.

    Worship Service: 11:15 a.m. 

In Headwaters:

     Worship Service: 9:45  a.m.

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  HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY 

 McDowell Presbyterian has a handicapped-accessible rest-room, a ramp for ease of entrance from the gravel parking lot at the rear of the     building,  and large print bulletins and devotionals. 

Headwaters Chapel has large-print bulletins available.  There are a few steps required to gain access to Headwaters Chapel.  Headwaters has no rest room facilities.

NOVEMBER CALENDAR

 SUNDAY 11/2 -. Communion Sunday worship services at                  Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

11/4 Tues. Bible Study at 9.00 a.m. at the Manse - 3-week series on Geography of the Bible

11/7 Fri. Pictorial directory photo sessions at McDowell

11/8 Sat. Pictorial directory photo sessions at McDowell

11/9 Nativity Craft Class starting at 10.00 a.m. at McDowell (SEE INFO AT LEFT SIDE OF THIS PAGE.)

SUNDAY 11/9  Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell

                                                                                 at 11.15 a.m.

Session meets at McDowell following worship

11/11 Tues. Bible Study

11/15 Sat. Presbytery meeting

SUNDAY 11/16  Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell

                                                                                    at 11.15 a.m.

11/18 Tues. Presbyterian Women (PW) meet at 10.00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

SUNDAY 11/23  Worship at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell

                                                                                      at 11.15 a.m.

11/25 Tues. Bible Study

WEDNESDAY 11/26  Thanksgiving Eve Communion Service             at McDowell at 7.00 p.m.

11/30 Sun. 5th Sunday Service at Hiner Church of the Brethren

at 11.15 a.m. No services at Headwaters or McDowell


SPECIAL NOTES:

OUR NEW PICTORIAL DIRECTORY!!

SAVE THESE DATES: 

Friday, November 7  &  Saturday, November 8.

Our new directory will be a pictorial one. Dates for taking pictures are Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. We’ll be circulating brochures and setting times for folks to have their pictures taken. There is no cost to the church or to you, and each person gets a FREE single 8x10 photo,

(with the chance to buy more pictures if you’d like.)  Set aside the dates - we need your beautiful face!

AND

Thanksgiving Food Basket Donations

Presbyterian Women (PW) are receiving donations for Thanksgiving Food Baskets from now through November 17. Food items needed include canned yams, instant mashed potatoes, canned cranberry jelly, stove-top stuffing, and canned green beans.

The box for donations is in the Fellowship Hall at McDowell.

Delivery volunteers are needed as well. Contact Jean Smith at 396-6192.

Cash donations can be made by check payable to PW, given to Sarah Samples.


FROM BETH'S DESK:

How shall we craft our giving of thanks to suit our modern customs surrounding Thanksgiving? Shall we pray in gratitude for parades and football games? Shall we pray for our ‘proper’ place in line at the many retail sales events designed to draw us into stores to spend money? Shall we give thanks for movies that portray families together while we sit alone? Shall we ask God for deer to walk into our line of sight?


The fever pitch of it all is something that we seem to believe has nothing to do with us – as if it is something done to, rather than by, us. But are we not the authors of our own destinies when it comes to shopping our way through a holiday envisioned as a time for families to gather? Do we not create our own set of expectations and lacks when we substitute football for family? Hunting for time together? Television portrayals of families for the real thing? Perhaps it’s easier to spend time with a fictional family than with our real one. After all, television characters wrap up their problems in an hour or two and all is well. Or at the least, all is not about us.


But is not giving thanks something which includes being thankful for even those who challenge us? Drive us crazy? Bring us strange gifts? Demand of us that which we do not wish to give? Repeat their stories? Treat us like we’re still 5 years old? Disappear when it’s time to wash the dishes? Maybe, for the families near and far that drive us out of our minds, we might pray, Dear God, thank you for my family. At least they make a funny story. And they will go home. Won’t they? 

 Pastor Beth



Nativity Craft Class Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

McDowell Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall

Led by Mary Lou Cox Cost $5.00 per person All are welcome -

(Crafters 10 & under must have an accompanying adult to help them )

Supplies & sack lunch provided !!

Pre-register by calling Lucille Maloy at 396-3436