General Announcements

General ANNOUNCEMENTS

The MIX weekend retreat for more than 2,500 area middle and high school students and leaders is, thankfully, bathed in prayer.  We'd like ARPC covenant partners to be joining others around Athens who are praying for what God will do in the lives of students that weekend.  Please do either or both of the following:  text @3cfd8f to number 81010 to receive daily prayer request.  AND please join other ARPC covenant partners praying on site during the event from 7-8pm Friday, February 22.  Gina Lonnee is organizing and leading ARPC prayer time.  Prayer support is vital to the success of the weekend.    Please RSVP to Deb Trimpe (trimpes@gmail.com) or Gina (thelonnees@bellsouth.net) to join the 7pm prayer time on the 22nd.  Thanks, in advance for your prayers! 

Pew Bible and Hymnal - If you would like your own Pew Bible and/or Hymnal, watch for the links in the Tuesday email.

Cuba Mission Trip - Thursday, June 20 - Wednesday, June 26 (early departure Monday, June 24, available) - To visit our partner church, Iglesia Presbyteriana Reformada in Mantanzas, Cuba.  Registration deadline is Feb. 15.  Registration Forms can be found outside both worship space entrances and on the hospitality table outside the church office.  Questions?  Contact Rev. Deb Trimpe at trimpes@gmail.com.  Located right in the city center, our partner church is actively being a light to their community offering outreach programs in soccer, baseball, tutoring high school students, music, and feeding senior adults.  And they minister in a resource poor country.  Our presence, friendship and resources bless the ministry they’re putting in action in Cuba.

La Table, a Benefit Luncheon for Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Athens – Tuesday, February 26, 11am – 2pm (Lunch at 12noon), Athens Country Club.  Proceeds benefit Athens Area IHN. We’d love to fill a table of 10.  Cost $50 donation, payable to IHNA.  For more information or to attend, please contact Julee Schoenfeld at 706-621-2187.

Food Bank Needs for February - Saltines, pork & beans, canned sweet peas.  The Food Basket is located in the bottom of the wooden cupboard just inside the office entrance of the church (underneath staff and session mailboxes).  Please check the bulletin for monthly food bank needs.


Find Your Place - Help us guide you in finding your place in ministry.  The fellowship ministry has developed a survey to allow you to select places you might serve in the life of the church.  Use the link below to fill out the survey.  We would like each member of the family to fill out a survey.  Find your place in ministry at Alps Road.  Use this link or go to the home page of the church website. https://tinyurl.com/ya6dqsvy 


Annual Youth Offering - We are continuing to accept contributions for our annual over-and-above youth offering supporting our middle and high school. Your generosity will off-set costs for students to attend area summer camps.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

 

DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?  Calling all ARPC folks of ANY age who play a band instrument.  We'd like to have a band of youth & adults to play for Youth Sunday on March 4.  Please contact Rev. Deb Trimpe, trimpes@gmail.com right away to let her know what instrument you play!!

 

Alps Road BBQ Club welcomes all to their monthly after-church lunches at area BBQ restaurants. Questions?  Contact Christa Bailey, kenneth.bailey@charter.net.

 

Bible ABC verses given so far this year are A - N.  We hope all children (and youth!) are learning them!  Next chance for review and to recite verses (A-R) will be at the end of January.  All Bible verses are on cards in a plastic box on the table outside the church office.  Be sure to pick up any bible verse cards you may be missing and take them home for review!  

 

Read Through the Story of the Bible - This year we challenge and encourage you to read through the story of the Bible. About one-half of the Bible is narrative. These narrative sections contain the people and stories of the Bible. While the other parts of the Bible are important, they are often more difficult to read. This year as a congregation, we would like to read through the story of the Bible using these narrative sections. We have a reading schedule available after worship, in the church office, and online. We also will have videos to help you navigate through the readings. In addition, if you would like to be in a discussion group, you can complete the form on the side flap of the bulletin, sign up at church, or by calling the church office. These groups will meet every 4-6 weeks.

 

Prayer Ministry - Prayer’s important for our congregation. If you have a special prayer need for our prayer team, you can send the request to vicki.bohler@gmail.com. They will pray for your request in confidence. If you would like a prayer request to go out over "P-Mail," you may send it to the church office,office@alpsroadpres.org. P-Mail invites the entire congregation to pray for needs and concerns. 

 

Handbell Ringers!  - Handbell ringers wanted for our Christmas concert! Rehearsals for our Lessons and Carols concert will begin on Saturday, September 23rd, from 9:30 to 10:30am. The concert will be during the 11:00amservice on Sunday, December 10th, and we will also be playing the anthem at the 11:00am service on Sunday, December 17th. Rehearsals will be Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30am in the bell room. All covenant partners from 9th grade through adults welcome to join. We look forward to ringing with you!

 

Birthday Card Ministry to Children - Stop by the deacon's table to sign birthday cards for our children and youth who will have birthdays in September. Let them know they are loved by their church family!"

 

Volunteer needed to be part of media team for early service.  You'll be trained to learn program for creating slides - it's easy!  then be part of rotation for running media on Sunday morning.  Please let Deb Trimpe know of your interest and we'll get you trained in August.

 

Offering and other checks - Please make all checks payable to Alps Road Presbyterian Church.

 

Ordination Transfer - Attention Elders and Deacons!  If you are a reserve (ordained, not currently serving) elder or deacon and wish to transfer your ordination into ECO and have not been contacted, please call the church office (706.549.9284).

 

Old Testament Reading Plan - An Old Testament Reading Plan is available at the Deacon’s Table in the Gathering Area.  The coming year is a good time to read through the entire Old Testament.

 

Remember Our “High Noon Prayer Emphasis” - Please remember to pause and pray for our church and any other concerns on your heart every Wednesday at Noon, or sometime near.

 

Alps Road Sole Connection
Are you looking for a running or walking group to join? …training for the AthHalf? …trying to be more active? Central Sole Connection has a group for you! Drop in or join one of our three groups:
-          Mondays at 8:30am with Julee Schoenfeld at Oconee Veterans Park
-          Fridays at 5:30am with Tim Chester meeting at the 5 Points Fire Station
-          Saturdays at 7:30am with Gabriel Mundi at the YMCA (half-marathon training)

 

Food 2 Kids Program - If you would like to donate gently used books for middle school and high school boys and girls for their Summer Reading Program, please drop off the books throughout the summer in the Gathering Area or church office.  Questions???  Contact Gina Lonnee at 706.254.6114.

 

Stephen Ministry - Information about Stephen Ministry is available at a table in the Gathering Area today.  Please stop by the table to learn more about this valuable ministry of listening and compassion.

 

Please see  attached a Time and Talents Survey below that we ask you to complete and return to us by email at office@athenscentralpres.org, put in the offering plate on Sunday, or drop off at the church office asap.