The Installation Service of our new pastor will take place this Sunday, February 10th at 4 p.m. A reception will be held following the Service.
Finance Committee will meet Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, February 17th, there will be a Congregational meeting immediately following our worship service. The purposes of this meeting are as follows:
Presentation of committee reports to the congregation.
The Elder Nominating Committee will present candidates for ordination and/or installation to the office of elder and service on the APC Session. Additional nominations are welcomed from the floor.
The creation of a “Building and Renovations Planning Committee.”
The Session will meet Tuesday, February 19th, at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 13, kicks off our Fall Adult Education class on the Presbyterian Book of Confessions. We will meet every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall, through November 1.
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The Book of Confessions is where Presbyterians keep all our best stories: stories about how the church has come to be, how we have come to believe what we believe, and stories of all the arguments we’ve ever had. Unfortunately, like many good Presbyterian stories, we’ve hidden them inside theological language and overcooked rhetoric. So, our job is to dig underneath the rhetoric, to find the stories, to find the arguments, and to begin to paint the larger picture of who we are and from whom we have come.
Our plan is to spend half of our class on the four major reformation-era confessions: Scots, 2nd Helvetic, Westminster, and the Heidelberg Catechism. Then, we will shift gears dramatically, and spend our final four weeks on four modern confessions: the Declaration at Barmen, the Confession of 1967, the Brief Statement of Faith, and, our most recent addition, the Confession of Belhar.
Each one contains multitudes, but we can only read so much. If you have a copy of the Book of Confessions, you have all you need. If not, the attached packet includes your entire reading for the fall: in some cases, brief excerpts, and, in other cases, the entirety of brief confessions. Most weeks will require around 6-7 pages of reading. We hope you will find the reading fascinating, but please feel free to come to class no matter what. Something will grab you!
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At 8:30 on Easter morning, we will gather at the Boathouse at Sweet Briar College for a celebration of the Resurrection with music, scripture, reflection, prayer, and communion. This is a casual service of Amherst Presbyterian Church and the Office of Spiritual Life of Sweet Briar College -- any and all are welcome, and some light snacks will be provided as well. Please come!
All are welcome to a simple service of lessons and carols to usher in the wonder of the birth of Jesus Christ. Our service will include scripture readings, music, hymns, and a brief meditation -- as well as a time of candlelight song.
If you are a regular part of the life of Amherst Presbyterian, this service is already circled on your calendar. And if you're simply an occasional guest, this is as good a time as any to come home. Welcome.
On Sunday, December 14, the choir of Amherst Presbyterian Church will present its annual Christmas Cantata. This year, they will perform "The Mystery and the Majesty" by Joseph M. Martin.
After worship, we will celebrate the choir and the season with an open Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time -- a time which usually abounds with food enough for multitudes! All are welcome for this festive and fabulous part of the Amherst Christmas season!
For six weeks this August and September, we're going to try church a bit differently. We're going to have church around a camfire: we’ll sing together, pray together, and break bread together — and you’re invited!
At 7:00 on Thursdays (8/21-9/25), we'll meet at the picnic pavillion on APC's property on North Main St. (corner of Forest Avenue, across from Emmanuel Methodist Church). We'll have a meal together (provided by the church), and then, around 8, we'll gather around the fire for old hymns, scripture, conversation, and fellowship.
You can bring an instrument if you want to play. You can bring a folding chair (or two, or three) if you've got one. Otherwise, just bring yourselves!
On Sunday, June 8, our normal after-church coffee hour will have the bittersweet responsibility of saying farewell to longtime administrative assistant and bookkeeper Janie Stinnet. Janie is retiring at the end of May and will be dearly missed! Don't miss the chance to come and send her off in style.
Have you ever wondered what “Presbytery” is or what it does? Well, we’ve got some answers for you. Steve Earl is the Associate Presbyter for Ministry in our presbytery, the Presbytery of the Peaks.
Steve will join us for a 9:30 potluck breakfast and to share with us some of the exciting ministry happening in our local area.
Afterwards, Steve will lead and preach at 11:00 worship.
Amherst Presbyterian Church has a long history of celebrating Easter sunrise on the campus of Sweet Briar. This year, we're joining forces with the Sweet Briar community and holding a casual service of Easter Sunrise – admittedly, an hour or two after actual sunrise – at The Boathouse at Sweet Briar.
Prior to the service, you are invited to join the congregation and members of the Sweet Briar community for a potluck breakfast at "Red Top" on the Sweet Briar campus, beginning at 7:00 a.m. If you need directions or have questions, don't hesitate to contact the church.
Amherst Presbyterian, Emmanuel United Methodist, and Ascension Episcopal will be joining to lead a community-wide service at noon on Good Friday. It will be a simply liturgy to mark the hour of the crucifixion and to set our hearts and minds for the hours until Easter Sunday. The service will be at noon at Ascension Episcopal Church.
On the Thursday of Holy Week, we will hold our traditional Maundy Thursday service of worship. By tradition, the service is a commemoration of Jesus's last meal with his disciples, and so we will hear that story in the words of scripture and celebrate communion ourselves. Please join us for one of the quietest and most meditative moments of the Christian year.
During Lent, you are invited to join in reading Daring Greatly by sociologist Brené Brown. Daring Greatly is the result of Brown’s exhaustive research into the power of vulnerability in a culture of shame.
If you need a quick insight into her work, check out her Ted talk below:
Probing, engaging, and unfailingly accessible, Daring Greatly will give some structure to our own vulnerable Lenten journeys.
We will meet for discussion every Sunday during Lent at 9:30, starting March 9, in the church lounge.
Copies of the book will be for sale soon in the church office for $15; it is also widely available.
On friday February 28, APC will go "out on the town" for dinner at Market at Main in downtown Lynchburg. There's no agenda here -- just fun and food and fellowship (and fried green tomatoes, for those so inclined).
Meet up at the restaurant at 6:30 or 6:00 at the church if you want to carpool. See you then!
Amherst Presbyterian Preschool is gearing up for its annual chili cook-off, the proceeds of which benefit the Preschool's scholarship fund. If you're interested in helping to organize this year's event, the initial organizational meeting will be on Thursday, January 9 – 2:00 at the church.
Preaching and leading worship this morning will be the Rev. Dr. Amy Merrill Willis, as Matt will be on vacation. Amy is both an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church and a professor at Lynchburg College specializing in Old Testament Theology. Amy is no stranger to the pulpit at Amherst Presbyterian and we are thrilled to welcome her back!
RESCHEDULED from 12/8 due to Inclement Weather:
Please join us for a congregational meeting of the church, Sunday December 8 following worship. The purposes of the meeting are:
- To elect the Session class of 2016
- To approve Rev. Gaventa's terms of call for 2014.
See you then!