TPC Happenings – May 2022

Building & Grounds

Many thanks to everyone for their hard work at our Church Work Day on April 2! Our church building, both inside and out, is looking great, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our wonderful covenant partners for your joyful service. We are continuing to work on several projects around the church, including cleaning up the plaster on the third floor, as we strive to become better stewards of our property. Please refrain from bringing personal or craft items to the church.

Meeting

The Building and Grounds Committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15th, in the church library.

Art Exhibit

Plans are underway for an Art Exhibit, June 5 – June 26; the exhibit will be held in the church fellowship hall.  If you have handiwork that you’d like to display, please complete this application and submit it to Gary Lance by Sunday, May 22nd; applications will also be available in the narthex.  Items of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Hand-made items
  • Knitting
  • Paintings
  • Poetry
  • Pottery
  • Quilts
  • Stitching

Set-up of the exhibit is planned for Saturday, June 4th, 9 am – 12 pm.  The breakdown date will be Monday, June 27th.

Discipleship Ministry

Sunday School

Join us at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday as we continue the study of “Galatians: Rediscover the Freedom of God’s Extravagant Grace,” led by Dr. Joel Harlow.

Inquirer’s Class

An Inquirer’s Class is being planned for May. This class is for non-covenant partners (non-members) wishing to become covenant partners (members), or those who are interested in our Church history, Presbyterian/Reformed beliefs, and ECO polity and its constitution. Watch for details in upcoming bulletins.

Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2022

Mother’s Day Blessing

“May those with children feel appreciated.
May those grieving empty arms be comforted.
May those mourning and missing
The ones who gave them life
Be wrapped in goodness and love today.”
-Tamara Rice

Mercy Ministry

Exceptional performance given by TFC Choir

An exceptional performance was given by the Toccoa Falls Choir on Sunday, April 3rd in the TPC sanctuary. TPC was blessed to be one of three churches to host the choir. A love offering raised over $400 for the choir.

Stephens County Special Olympics

Mercy Ministry hosted a crafts booth at the Stephens County Special Olympics on Friday, April 15. Athletes who were between events would come to our booth where we offered a crafting of a translucent butterfly or a “chicken cup” that would cluck-cluck. TPC hosts and the athletes had a lot of fun and there was a lot of laughter. Also, God blessed us with a beautiful day!

Benevolent Assistance Provided

The church has received eighteen requests for assistance since January 1, 2022. We were able to assist fifteen by coordinating with other agencies (Salvation Army, Ninth District Office) and churches. Housing and food have been the top two assistance needs. Currently, affordable housing is very scarce in our region.

Assistance Needed

A good friend of Carol and Wayne Lancaster was involved in a horrific auto accident where 4 girls were seriously injured.  A driver of a pick-up truck was looking at his GPS when he struck the girls’ car head on.  Zoey Thompson had two broken bones in one leg and a lacerated liver.  She spent two weeks in the hospital and has had two surgeries to correct her broken bones.  She has been recovering at home and receiving physical therapy.  Zoey and her family are residents of Stephens County.

Wayne and Carol Lancaster and Doug Torrance asked the Mercy Ministry to look into what we could do to assist this family.  The Mercy Ministry has been communicated with Kayla Davis, Zoey’s mother.  The medical bills are very large.  We have suggested to Mrs. Davis that she and her husband work with the hospital social worker to negotiate these medical bills down to a manageable level.  They may need other agencies to assist them in these negotiations.

Mercy Ministry has proposed and Session has approved, the posting of Zoey’s Go-Fund Me web page in our church communications and ask the congregation to give as much as they are compelled toward Zoey’s Go-Fund Me page.

Zoey Thompson’s Go-Fund Me page is: https://gofund.me/7424a017.

Keep Zoey in your prayers and let’s see what we can do to financially assist this family.

Barry Hodges

Meeting

The Mercy Ministry will meet in the church parlor at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15th.

Souper Supper & Hymn Sing

We hope you’ll plan to join us for Souper Supper & Hymn Sing, Sunday, May 29 th at 6:00 p.m.!!  Soup will be provided; please bring sides or desserts to share!

Session

Meeting

The Session will meet next at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 16.

Stewardship

Highlighting Our Investment Accounts

This month we are sharing about the Scholarship Fund. This account receives money from the interest earned on the Scholarship Fund Principal Account. Members of the church may apply for a scholarship annually to aid with the cost of their education, if they meet the guidelines set by the session. Applications and guidelines are available upon request.

Financial Summary of Budget

March YTD
Income: $9,582.03 $24,749.03
Expense: $9,073.28 $24,303.87
Net: $508.75 $445.16

Remembering TPC

Just recently Toccoa Presbyterian Church was remembered with a substantial gift from the estate of Dr. Bob and Mary Sue Thompson.  Because there was no designation on how the gift could be spent, the session has discussed using it to help toward the cost of major repairs that are needed to the build.  TPC is most appreciative of this gift of love!

Let the Thompson’s gift of love be a reminder that you too can continue God’s work by remembering the church in your will.

Worship Ministry

May Pulpit Supply

1. Rev. Sam Thompson
8. Rev. Sam Thompson
15. Dr. Moses Ngungu
22. Dr. Joel Harlow
29. Chip Hayner

May Liturgist

For the month of May, Cheryl Garrett will serve as our Liturgist during morning worship.

Memorial Service

Plans are underway for a Memorial Service, Sunday, May 29th.