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McDowell Presbyterian Church




Come worship with us:


    Church School: 10:00 a.m.

    Worship Service: 11:15 a.m. 

PLEASE NOTE:worship at  the Headwaters Chapel has been suspended.



 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.


Sun, May 3 Communion service at McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

Annual Congregational Meeting with pot luck lunch

Tues, May 5 Bible Study at the Manse at 9.00 a.m. Topic: Discerning the will of God

Sat, May 9 Mother’s Day Tea at 2:00 a.m. at McDowell

Sun, May 10 Worship at McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

Tues, May 12 No Bible Study - Presbytery meets

Sat, May 16 Highland Relay for Life at the Fairgrounds

Sun, May 17 Worship at McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

     Session meets following worship at McDowell

Weds, May20 Presbyterian Women (PW) meet at McDowell at 7.00 p.m.*  SEE NOTE ABOUT THIS PW MEETING

Sat, May 23 A Highland County Concert from the Staunton Music Festival at 3.00 p.m. at McDowell with light refreshments to follow

Sun, May 24 Worship at McDowell at 11.15 a.m.

Pound the Preacher – bring a ‘pound’ of food for our summer intern**

Tues, May 26 Bible Study

Sun, May 31 Worship at McDowell

some (important!) notes -

from Beth's  desk

1. It’s a grand experiment!

From May through August, Presbyterian Women (PW) will meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.00 in the evening (rather than its past morning time on Tuesdays) and women of the church and community, you’re invited!

PW has a time of bible study and prayer as well as doing what PW is most known for – its outreach and mission work both here at home and around the world.

Please come and join in making our world a better place.

If you’ve gotten out of the habit, please come back and see what we’ve been up to lately!

2.  Emily Peterson, a seminary student at Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia, will be serving as our summer intern starting on Tuesday, May 26.

Emily’s father John is the pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Staunton.

Our McDowell Methodist friends have graciously agreed to let us rent (at a very reasonable cost) their parsonage for Emily’s stay.

PLEASE plan on bringing food and paper supplies to church on Sunday, May 26 for Emily’s ‘pounding’. 

I’m very excited for this opportunity of shared ministry for us as well as for Emily!!


Bible Story Time Beginning with the first Sunday in June (June 7) and continuing every Sunday through the end of August, we’ll be having a Bible Story Time for children at 10.45 a.m. each week.

This is a time for the whole community, so be sure to spread the word to all the moms and dads – bring the kids to learn the beloved stories of the Bible the way they were taught long ago – as stories about people as close to us as our neighbors, aunts, uncles and cousins. The story time will last for 10-15 minutes, so folks can bring the kids to story time and then head on to their own church for worship, or on with their day, or stay and join our worship, which begins at 11.15 a.m.

If you’re interested in being a story teller, let Pastor Beth know by May 15 by calling her at 396-3450.   (And you don’t have to attend McDowell Pres. to be a story teller!)

4.  Community Vacation Bible School. Put it on your calendar – this year’s VBS for the McDowell area will be the week of Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, from 7.00 - 8.35 p.m. each evening.

Registration will be on Monday from 6.30 - 6.55 p.m.

The theme this year is Christmas in July and the stories, lessons, crafts and activities will be centered around Christ’s birth.

On Sunday, July 26, the worship service starting at 11.15 a.m. will be a service led by the children, incorporating McDowell’s traditional Christmas in July service with Chocolate Communion.

After worship will be our Community Ice Cream Social and Kid’s Carnival!!

Volunteers are needed to help in all aspects, so call Pastor Beth at 396-3450 by the end of May to let her know how you can be a part of this annual community event.