Ladies' Get-Together!

We Pamlico Presbyterian ladies love to spend time together. We've studied books together, combined our salads and soups for dinners with each other, and had a lovely bridal shower too. But this past Monday we got together just ... well, to get together!

We met at Sally's house.
 Sally's in the middle, along with her friends Marilyn and Jackie.
Sally and her husband live on some beautiful water.
 Rose, a very dear lady among us, celebrated a very special birthday, but we won't say which one. However, she looks so young, you could not possibly guess!
 Her great-granddaughter was visiting to help us celebrate too. We had cake, pie, and lots of talking and laughter.

Some of these ladies do not like to have their pictures taken, so I had to be sneaky. We had a lovely time simply enjoying each others' company for a couple of hours, which is sometimes hard to do at church on Sundays when there are responsibilities, or there are husbands who are eager to go home. Ladies like to visit. I'm sure we'll be doing this again!


The Passing of a Saint into Glory

This photo was taken only two and a half weeks ago. The lady sitting in the center is Cricket, our church's oldest member.
On Wednesday Cricket passed from this world into a glorious eternity, a transition she has been preparing for and anticipating for many years. She was ready to meet her Savior and Friend, Jesus.
Cricket Draughon was 101 years old. She lived in North Carolina all her life, and in Pamlico County for most of it. She was a much-respected and loved member of the community, and a faithful supporter of our church.
The church was full of family and flowers.

A graveside service was not possible after the funeral service in the sanctuary because of the dampness of the ground after all our recent rains.
After the service, our church ladies served the family by offering a meal in the fellowship hall. 
Some had long drives ahead of them, after an emotional family time, and the meal was greatly appreciated. 

Miss Cricket will be missed very much, but she lived a full life of hard work and dedication. Each Sunday morning during our prayer time, she would often admit her sins, ask for God's forgiveness, and then express her gratitude for all God had done for her and given her.  She prayed for a thankful heart. We celebrate her long life and are joyful in her arrival at her eternal home!


A Wonderful Seder Supper

Tonight our church enjoyed a Seder Supper -- a Jewish and Christian meal, and a celebration of freedom and redemption in Jesus. Adam led the meal, and everyone responded in the liturgical readings. Twenty participants filled the large square table.
 Pastor Adam made the unleavened matzo, the sweet charoset, and the bitter herbs (horseradish). Nadine contributed her beautiful hand-thrown pottery for our use for the evening.
 Everyone had programs to follow the readings during the Seder meal.

The readings focused on the faithfulness of God to save His people, our freedom from bondage, and our thankfulness for God's redemption and goodness. The Seder reminds God's people of all He has done, and encourages us not to forget, and to be thankful.
Many thanks go Pastor Adam for all his hard work in preparing this evening for us.


Happy New Year

A rare snowfall has come to Pamlico County, and our church looks lovely and peaceful this late Christmas season.

Our church enjoyed the usual round of events during Christmastime -- serving cookies and hot cider to the very-cold folks at Oriental's town dock during Spirit of Christmas's star-lighting; sending out about 35 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes around the world; our annual Lessons and Carols service, a beautiful candlelight service with Scripture readings, carol singing, and special music; a reception following that service for everyone with hot cider, punch, and savory and sweet snacks; and participation in the many lovely events in Oriental at other churches.

We hope all our friends near and far have experienced the blessing of again recognizing the wonder of Jesus's birth, of God's rescue plan for lost sinners, of the joy that is ours because of the baby in Mary's arms. May God bless you in this new year!


Giving Thanks Together!

Our church's 5th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner was a wonderful gathering of thankful people!
Fifteen friends, family, and visitors laughed, ate, shared, thanked God, cleaned up, and took to-go boxes away.
Harvest decorations and banners abounded, and many pies and cakes were enjoyed.
Here are some who came:

Philip deep-fried an 18-pound turkey, and Woody kept him company.

So much wonderful food! It truly was a feast in all the best ways.
The fried turkey was the most moist turkey ever eaten.

A lovely butternut salad:
And Darryl's lighter-than-air spice cake - delicious!
We thank God for our church family, a group of people who love and help each other each day of the week and are more like family than merely acquaintances we see on a Sunday. The fellowship of this table and the joy shared today remind us of the beauty of God's kingdom. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


Our Second Ladies' Salad Supper

 What a lovely time we had at Sally's home, enjoying our friends and our culinary skills!
Sally and Gary have a lovely dock and view off of Smith Creek. Thanks, Sally, for hosting us.


The Potter's Wheel

 On Saturday evening, our church people enjoyed our monthly Fellowship Supper. Afterward we had the privilege of a very unique and special presentation by a gifted potter, Nadine Eby. The Ebys have added so much enthusiasm and blessing to our church, and last night was no exception! Nadine's program, "The Potter's Wheel," delves deeply into the Scriptural parallel between how a potter molds, handles, and cares for his clay pot, and how God's molds, handles, and cares for us.
 Nadine brought her kick wheel and clay. She demonstrated throwing the pot: centering it, forming it, applying pressure from within and without, and gently pulling the clay upward into a pot.
 Nadine, who was trained in New York City and has been a potter for 35 years, made it look so simple and easy! As she handled the clay and spun the wheel, she talked to us, incorporating Scripture and examples from real life.
 She also brought along various pieces of pottery that would have been typical in Biblical times. From left to right: Gideon's jar, two cruets for mixing oils, a chalice and plate, and in the back a short oil lamp similar to one the ten virgins might have held in Jesus's story.
 We all sat in a semi-circle watching, amazed by both her skill and all the spiritual parallels. At the end we sang together a cappella "Have Thine Own Way, Lord." "Thou art the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will."
Thank you, Nadine, for sharing your gifts and insights with us!