Saturday, September 12, 2020

Today is a “Snow Day...”

Hello Friends,
The Session (board) of Marshall Presbyterian Church has declared Sunday, September 13, as a "snow day" because Pastor Melissa took this past week as Study Leave. Not only did she do some reading, she set up a Zoom account to which worship will be moved at month end. With Zoom, you will be able to see and interact with one another online. Those who have no computer or have sketchy internet service can call in to the "meeting." You will receive a Robocall with more information.
Meanwhile, NEXT Sunday, September 20, worship will be at the church in the parking lot that has the ramp. This will be a communion service. Please wear a masque and observe social distancing. You can park in the Town of Marshall lot or in the lot on the Tag Office side of the building.



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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Worship September 6, 2020

Last week we worshipped outside.

This week, September 6, we are online again.

The announcements are in the comments below. Be sure to turn on your speakers.  You can pause the video by touching the screen and pressing the pause symbol or your spacebar (on a computer).


ANNOUNCEMENTS

A message from the American Red Cross: As we continue to support the local community, we also continue to search for great individuals in the community to volunteer with us. We have several volunteer opportunities for those who are 14 years and older, plus volunteer opportunities that can be done from home due to the current COVID-19 environment.  Click here to volunteer.

Because of the pandemic:

Gathering in the church building for worship, Scouts, and R.O.A.R. dinners have been discontinued until the CDC recommends gatherings resume.

The Neighbors in Need Crisis Organization and Food Pantry continues to be open every Tuesday between 1 and 3 outside the lower level of Marshall BBC Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main Street in downtown Marshall, directly across from the Marshall Town Hall.

Please, one person representing a household in line. You must wear a face covering and stand six feet from interviewers and pantry volunteers.

Unfortunately, at this time Neighbors in Need and Marshall Presbyterian Church CANNOT take donations of clothing, furniture, or other household items. Thanks for understanding.


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Worship August 23

Worship with Marshall Presbyterian Church Sunday August 23

Be sure to read the comments below.

Click here to begin the worship service

Be sure to turn on your speakers.  You can pause the video by touching the screen and pressing the pause symbol or your spacebar (on a computer).


ANNOUNCEMENTS

A message from the American Red Cross: As we continue to support the local community, we also continue to search for great individuals in the community to volunteer with us. We have several volunteer opportunities for those who are 14 years and older, plus volunteer opportunities that can be done from home due to the current COVID-19 environment.  Click here to volunteer.


Because of the pandemic:

 Gathering in the church building for worship, Scouts, and R.O.A.R. dinners have been discontinued until the CDC recommends gatherings resume.

The Neighbors in Need Crisis Organization and Food Pantry continues to be open every Tuesday between 1 and 3 outside the lower level of Marshall BBC Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main Street in downtown Marshall, directly across from the Marshall Town Hall.
Please, one person representing a household in line. You must wear a face covering and stand six feet from interviewers and pantry volunteers.
Unfortunately, at this time Neighbors in Need and Marshall Presbyterian Church CANNOT take donations of clothing, furniture, or other household items. Thanks for understanding.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Worship August 16th, 2020

 Worship August 16th!

This week we welcome a guest choir of Presbyterians from all over the U.S. as well as Malawi, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Italy . . . all over the world.
Then, we are challenged to "act on Jesus’ love for us, [and] no longer see the world as “us” and “them,” but only as “we.”
Below the link you will find announcements AND a link to an important article mentioned in the service. Click below to worship:



ANNOUNCEMENTS

WE HAVE A READING ASSIGNMENT!
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Peggy McIntosh
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow's cause,” (Isaiah 1:17). “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

 Community message:

August 18th!
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. August 18th, 7p.m. on the Courthouse lawn.
Wear white and carry a yellow flower or ribbon in honor of the suffragettes.
Social distancing and masks required.

 

A message from Elizabeth Gullum to the community:

Dear Friends and Family across the country, Madison County schools is preparing for the first weeks of school to be remote learning. We have had a 50% increase in cases here and also an infant and a school age child affected, and so our District has made the tough call to begin distance learning. While those of you who live in urban areas, may not be able to relate, we are a large, rural, remote community with limited WiFi access and a large number of our school families do not have devices (chrome books or iPads) for their children to utilize during the school year. If you have a device that you aren’t using, please consider donating it to our schools. I will cover the cost of your shipping. We are a beautiful county, with hard working families, and we need help! Our Fifth Graders placed first in the state in Reading, Math and Science last year! A remarkable accomplishment given the challenges our teachers face. Please if you are able, send us your old devices, it could change a child’s life. Thank you. 

Join Presbyterian Home for Children August 20 

for a Facebook Live event to meet key staff and volunteers, learn about the ministry, and join in an online auction with items like handcrafted furniture, travel, art, and a chance to drive a real Indy car!
https://www.facebook.com/events/299618547750488

Because of the pandemic:

 Gathering in the church building for worship, Scouts, and R.O.A.R. dinners have been discontinued until the CDC recommends gatherings resume.

The Neighbors in Need Crisis Organization and Food Pantry continues to be open every Tuesday between 1 and 3 outside the lower level of Marshall BBC Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main Street in downtown Marshall, directly across from the Marshall Town Hall.
Please, one person representing a household in line. You must wear a face covering and stand six feet from interviewers and pantry volunteers.
Unfortunately, at this time Neighbors in Need and Marshall Presbyterian Church CANNOT take donations of clothing, furniture, or other household items. Thanks for understanding.

 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Worship August 9, 2020

Our online August 9, 2020 worship asks us to consider:
"Then Jesus finally got to go up on a mountain to be by himself and pray and rest and process" the sad news.
Oh, then what he did next!
What do we learn in this story about how to be like Jesus? Click below to worship. (Be sure to read the announcements in the comments below.)
Announcements:

Gathering in the church building for worship, Scouts, and R.O.A.R. dinners have been discontinued until the CDC recommends gatherings resume.
The Neighbors in Need Crisis Organization and Food Pantry continues to be open every Tuesday between 1 and 3 outside the lower level of Marshall BBC Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main Street in downtown Marshall, directly across from the Marshall Town Hall.
Please, one person representing a household in line. You must wear a face covering and stand six feet from interviewers and pantry volunteers.
Unfortunately, at this time Neighbors in Need and Marshall Presbyterian Church CANNOT take donations of clothing, furniture, or other household items. Thanks for understanding.

Join Presbyterian Home for Children August 20 for a Facebook Live event to meet key staff and volunteers, learn about the ministry, and join in an online auction with items like handcrafted furniture, travel, art, and a chance to drive a real Indy car! 

A message from Elizabeth Gullum to the community:
Dear Friends and Family across the country, Madison County schools is preparing for the first weeks of school to be remote learning. We have had a 50% increase in cases here and also an infant and a school age child affected, and so our District has made the tough call to begin distance learning. While those of you who live in urban areas, may not be able to relate, we are a large, rural, remote community with limited WiFi access and a large number of our school families do not have devices (chrome books or iPads) for their children to utilize during the school year. If you have a device that you aren’t using, please consider donating it to our schools. I will cover the cost of your shipping. We are a beautiful county, with hard working families, and we need help! Our Fifth Graders placed first in the state in Reading, Math and Science last year! A remarkable accomplishment given the challenges our teachers face. Please if you are able, send us your old devices, it could change a child’s life. Thank you.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Worship Sunday, July 19th, with Marshall Presbyterian Church.  Please read the announcements and scroll down for the link to worship.

Please note:

  • Today's scripture readings are Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, and Matthew 13:24-30;36-43
  • be sure to turn your sound on
  • you can pause the service at any time by pausing the youtube video in which it is presented
  • the announcements are in these comments 
  • Gathering in the church building for worship, Scouts, and R.O.A.R. dinners have been discontinued until the CDC and Western North Carolina Presbytery recommend gatherings resume.
  • The Neighbors in Need Crisis Organization and Food Pantry continues to be open every Tuesday between 1 and 3 outside the lower level of the Marshall Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main Street in downtown Marshall, directly across from the Marshall Town Hall.  Please, one person representing a household in line.  You must wear a face covering and stand six feet from interviewers and pantry volunteers.  Unfortunately, at this time, NIN and Marshall Presbyterian Church CANNOT take donations of clothing, furniture, or other household items.  Thanks for understanding.
  • Applications for financial help from the Madison Friendship Fund are due by July 31, 2020.   For more information, call (828) 649-2711 or visit www.madisonfriendshipfund.com

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Worship Sunday July 12

Sunday, July 12, we are worshipping online today. With COVID-19 cases rising in North Carolina Presbytery has asked all churches not to meet face-to-face.

Click here to worship.

For this service, you will want to have your Bible, paper, and pencil beside you to look up these verses:
Colossians 2:6-7
2 Peter 3:18
Ephesians 3:17-19
1 Peter 2:2
Colossians 1:10
Psalm 119:1-16
Philippians 4:6-7
Romans 8:28
Timothy 1:7
1 Peter 5:6-7
1 John 4:18
Joshua 1:9
Isaiah 41:10
Psalm 56:3-4
Hebrews 13:5-6
John 15:1-17

Saturday, July 4, 2020

July 5th worship with Marshall Presbyterian Church

Last week Marshall Presbyterian folks met down by the river to worship. 

This week we are worshiping "together online." 

If you have missed peacefully sitting in the sanctuary warmed by the light through the windows, you will have a taste of that in today's service. 


Click below to worship:

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Worship online June 21st, 2020

Happy Fathers day to all fathers and to all who have loved others with a father's love and example.

From today's sermon:
"God does not promise us an easy life; God promises to be with us in whatever situations we encounter in life. "

Worship online with Marshall Presbyterian Church:

                Click here to worship

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Worship June 14, 2020

Worship online Sunday, June 14, 2020

The church building is closed, but we still worship together, this Sunday, June 14, 2020, online.



CLICK HERE to worship

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Worship Sunday May 31st

Worship online Sunday, May 31st.

Sermon synopsis:
Prophesy, People of God!
Demand accountability for the injustices and persecution being done to black Americans and other people of color.
What’s happening with alarming regularity is NOT OK, is NOT in keeping with Jesus’ teachings, and must NOT be tolerated! Jesus was/is NOT on the side of business as usual! PROPHESY!

CLICK HERE to worship

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Madison Arts Council Invites You to Make a Paper Crane for Healing!

From the Madison Arts Council:

This Coronavirus pandemic has wounded our nation – we have fears and concerns, sadness and pain and we’re all trying to deal with these alone.  We can’t all be together now, but we are still a strong community with a desire to come out of this difficult time stronger and more connected.

There is a Japanize tradition called Senbazuru.  The tradition believes that the making of 1.000 paper origami cranes will grant you a wish.  A little Japanese girl by the name of Sadako developed leukemia from radiation caused by the American bombing of Hiroshima began making the cranes while she was sick and became the inspiration for the global 1,000 Cranes Peace Project.

There is much that our Madison County community wishes for during this difficult time.  We wish to be able to join together as a real community again; that the virus will go away; for health and economic security, a return to the beauty, art, music, and all the things that make our Madison County home so special. Join your Madison County friends and neighbors as we create this wish by making 1,000 paper cranes.

Take a pack of paper and sit down – alone or with your family – and talk about your wishes.  Write them down on your cranes if you like.  Express yourself; make art with them.  You are welcome to use any 6” x 6” paper you like.  Click the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W6YMjbBKo  to access a good YouTube instructional video on how to make the cranes. 

Then, drop the finished cranes at the following locations BY JUNE 15:

Mars Hill:  TJ’s Mountain Market, 607 Carl Eller Road, 822-689-8343; Contact = Tina;  The Library Coffee House, 40 N. Main Street, 828-680-1246; Contact = Camden

Marshall:  Zuma Coffee, 10 N. Main Street, 828-206-1617; Contact = Joel; Madison Natural Foods, 101 N. Main Street, 828-649-2100; Reclaim Madison, 25 Bridge Street; 828-649-0100; Contact = John;

Lobby of the Bowman Building (next door to Indigo Prophet), 74 South Main Street, 678-358-8400 (it’s open all the time); Contact = Deb.

Hot Springs: Sara Jo’s Station, 39 NW US 25/70; 828-622-7575; Contact = Sarajo; Gentry Hardware, 124 Bridge Street, 828-622-3761; Contact = Jeanne; Vaste Riviere Provisions, 158 Bridge Street, 828-777-9379; Contact = Danny.

The Arts Council will gather all the cranes and combine them into a lovely work of art to display in the window of the Madison Arts Council building on Main Street in downtown Marshall.  The goal of the project is to join our  wishes with those of other communities worldwide for all to heal and move forward together.  Thank you for participating!

From Rev. Melissa:  You can write a prayer for healing instead of a wish.  Let’s take part in God’s work in the world!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 24th online worship

"When the New Testament mentions “the church,” it is talking about the people—the body of Christ—who received the Holy Spirit and are sent to tell the Gospel.

"The Greek word ekklesia refers to “the gathered ones,” or believers called into community with God. The book of Acts ascribes emotions and actions to the church. “Great fear seized the whole church” (Acts 5:11) and “the church sent them on their way” (Acts 15:3). When you look at it this way, you’re not “going to church”—you are the church."*

Join together in spirit as the Church.  We have a bond that distance cannot erase.

One of our best-loved hymns says that the church "on earth hath union with God the Three in One, and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won." We have a bond that even death cannot erase.  We remember that especially  this week.

Worship with Marshall Presbyterian Church . . . and the Church in the Philippines online by clicking on the image or link below:

May 24 Service of Worship

https://youtu.be/SsXAYs5QhBc


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Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 17 Worship Service Update

At last, Technology is cooperating.  Please click the link below for today’s service, or copy and paste it into your browser.

 

https://youtu.be/sqEC-MsmczU

Saturday, May 16, 2020

May 17 Worship Service

Hello Friends,
If you don't see the link to the Sunday, May 17 worship service, please check back in a bit. Technology is being a pain this time!
In good Presbyterian fashion, we apologize for the inconvenience.
Rev. Melissa, Parsoness

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Stand Up and Be Counted for Madison County!

Hi Friends,

A Census bureau representative tells me that as of last week, Madison County’s response rate to the census was a shade over 41 percent.  In other words, Madison County is about #76 out of the 100 counties in the state in response.

The census will conclude at the end of October.  If you don’t participate, it means Madison County will lose federal dollars for EMS, education, food assistance, and other highly important things.

Therefore, please participate in the census; Madison County is depending on you!

Pastor Melissa

Saturday, May 9, 2020

May 10, 2020 Worship online

Worship together on Sunday, May 10, 2020. We cannot gather together because of the pandemic but Reverend Upchurch, church members, and friends have created an online worship for you.

Click here to worship

Saturday, May 2, 2020

May 3, 2020 Worship service online during the time of pandemic

Worship online with Marshall Presbyterian Church! All are welcome!

This service is looking at self-care during these times of isolation. To prepare, read:
  • Psalm 23
  • Isaiah 58:11
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Marshall Presbyterian Church hopes this service will encourage you to follow Jesus in feeding and helping people physically as well as giving compassion to yourself, the community, and the world. 


To view the worship service,



In the service you will find out how your offering for One Great Hour of Sharing is helping folks during the pandemic.  That portion is taken from this video:  Building God's Household

To give to One Great Hour of Sharing, CLICK HERE.


           

Saturday, April 25, 2020

4/26/2020 Worship



to worship online with the folks at Marshall Presbyterian Church.

The sermon has some thought provoking questions.  Below is a copy of them you can use for your own thoughts:


Saturday, April 18, 2020

April 19 Online Worship Service

The outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus illness has brought many adjustments to our daily lives.

Marshall Presbyterian Church is searching for ways to share the love of Christ with the world in these times.

Respecting CDC guidelines, we are not able to meet in person to worship and fellowship.  But our church is still yearning to worship and to serve our community.

So, on April 19 we again worship together from our own homes using the link below. Join together in spirit and bring hope and encouragement to each other.



Friday, April 10, 2020

Easter Sunday online worship

Easter Sunday we will worship online with Presbyterians all across the United States.  

Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) share with you a special Easter worship video, created to help us come together in community on this holiest of days.

The worship service can be found here:



It can also be found on the Marshall Presbyterian Church Facebook page as well as the PCUSA Facebook page.

    
You can download the hymns that will be used here:



and here:



It is an uplifting service!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

One Great Hour of Sharing

Small, but mighty . . . that is how Marshall Presbyterian Church has been described by some outsiders.

This is the time when we can mightily join with others around the world to provide well thought out help to those whose lives are endangered by this pandemic. 

The Presbyterian Disaster Fund serves folks around the world in effective ways.

It is one of three branches of the "One Great Hour of Sharing" offering. 

Find out more here:

https://specialofferings.pcusa.org/offering/oghs/

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Palm Sunday with Marshall Presbyterian Church

The outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus illness has brought many adjustments to our daily lives including how we will worship on Palm Sunday!

Marshall Presbyterian Church is searching for ways to share the love of Christ with the world in these times.

Respecting CDC guidelines, we are not able to meet in person to worship and fellowship.  But our church is still yearning to worship and to serve our community.

So, on Palm Sunday we again worship together from our own homes using the link below. Join together in spirit and bring hope and encouragement to each other.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Worship online, March 29

The outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus illness has brought many adjustments to our daily lives.

Marshall Presbyterian Church is searching for ways to share the love of Christ with the world in these times.

Respecting CDC guidelines, we are not able to meet in person to worship and fellowship.  But our church is still yearning to worship and to serve our community.

So, on March 29 we again worship together from our own homes using the link below. Join together in spirit and bring hope and encouragement to each other.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Worshiping together March 22, 2020


The outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus illness has brought many adjustments to our daily lives.

Marshall Presbyterian Church is searching for ways to share the love of Christ with the world in these times.

Respecting CDC guidelines, we are not able to meet in person to worship and fellowship.  But our church is still yearning to worship and to serve our community.

So, on March 22 we will worship together from our own homes using the link below. Join together in spirit and bring hope and encouragement to each other.



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Temples of the Holy Spirit

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.   – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20   

And here are two opportunities to take care of that body: 

Donna Frelick: is starting a Qigong in a Chair class at the Marshall Branch of the Madison Public Library this Friday, Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Classes will be every Friday through February, at least, and maybe longer if they go well.  The class is for all adult ages and abilities and would be especially useful for those with balance problems or who can't stand for long periods. Qigong (chee gung) is easy on the joints and easy to learn, but has great benefits for building energy and strength, even when done in a chair. 

Kim Johnson is teaching a Yoga called “Get up and Going” class which some Presbyterian folk are already enjoying.  This class is also for all levels.  Tuesday mornings at 8:45 in the Old High School on the island.  We even sing a Quaker hymn at the end of the class.    

Thought from Matthew

"First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift." — Matthew 5:24

Friday, January 31, 2020

ROAR lunch and SOUPer Bowl Sunday

Hi, Friends—

Not only is this Sunday Super Bowl Sunday, it’s also the monthly ROAR lunch, and it’s SOUPer Bowl of Caring Sunday!

Please bring a monetary or non-perishable goods donation for the Neighbors in Need Food Pantry and Crisis Organization.  They’re at the height of their busy time of year and every gift is most appreciated!

Have your face to the Place Sunday noonish and enjoy a great meal and good company!