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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.

OCTOBER CALENDAR

 Sat. Oct. 4  - Animal Blessing Parade & Service. Parade gathers at Obaugh’s parking lot at 10.30 a.m., processing to the church grounds at McDowell for the blessing.

Sun. Oct. 5 - World Communion Sunday Communion Services at Headwaters at 9.45 & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.


Tues. Oct. 7 -  Bible Study at 9.00 a.m. at the Manse

Sun. Oct. 12 - Worship at McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

      NOTE: NO WORSHIP AT HEADWATERS    

Tues. Oct. 14 Bible Study

Sun. Oct. 19  - Worship at Headwaters at 9.45

                                     & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

Session meeting cancelled

Tues. Oct. 21 - Presbyterian Women (PW) meet at McDowell

                                                at 10.00 a.m.

Sun. Oct. 26 Worship at Headwaters at 9.45

                                     & McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

Tues. Oct. 28 - Bible Study


SPECIAL NOTE:

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!


FROM BETH'S DESK:

September 21 was the International Day of Peace,  and the first Sunday of October is World Communion Sunday. One leads into the other as we consider from the song,

let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Until our house is at peace, we have nothing of peace to offer a world in desperate need of peace.


It was out of this need of unity within the body of Christ that gave birth to World Communion Sunday by a minister at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh in 1933, at a time when the seeds of world war were being sown and depression and economic tragedy abounded. The son of the originating minister, himself a minister, remembers this about the start of World Communion Sunday, "The concept spread very slowly at the start. People did not give it a whole lot of thought.


It was during the Second World War that the spirit caught hold, because we were trying to hold the world together. World Wide Communion symbolized the effort to hold things together, in a spiritual sense. It emphasized that we are one in the Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ."


In writing about this evolution, Rev. Dr. John A. Dalles says this, “Friend, let us say this clearly: Conversations that pit one Christian against another, comments that drive a wedge between one church and another, systems that separate denomination from denomination, are contrary to God’s plan and purpose. Let us be even clearer: People who undermine fellow Christians, congregations that do everything to succeed to the point of undermining the ministry of another congregation, denominations or publications that seek to discredit others, are not doing the Lord’s work. We will say these things, faithfully and well, when we share in World Communion Sunday. “Ours is the task of building up the body of Christ—not breaking it down. We take these words of Christ to heart: "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do people light a lamp and place it under a bushel, but on a stand. And it gives light to all in the house. Let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. " (Matthew 5:14-16)”


Understood thus, is not every communion a World Communion?


In God’s own unity,

 Pastor Beth