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Hymns For April 18, 2021

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

1 O love, how deep, how broad, how high!
It fills the heart with ecstasy,
that God, the Son of God, should take
our mortal form for mortals’ sake.

2 For us he was baptized and bore
his holy fast, and hungered sore.
For us temptation sharp he knew,
for us the tempter overthrew.

3 For us he prayed, for us he taught,
for us his daily works he wrought,
by words and signs and actions thus
still seeking not himself but us.

4 For us to wicked hands betrayed,
scourged, mocked, in purple robe arrayed,
he bore the shameful cross and death,
for us at length gave up his breath.

5 Eternal glory to our God
for love so deep, so high, so broad;
the Trinity whom we adore
forever and forevermore.

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died,
Heaven's gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!

April 18, 2021

Welcome To First Presbyterian Church 

Celebration Of Worship

Third Sunday Of Easter

April 18, 2021           11:00am

As we enter the sanctuary let us quietly prepare our hearts and minds for worship.


Opportunities for Service

We Gather In Worship

   Prelude              Joe Gainey

           Call To Worship                                                                        

* Hymn Of Praise No. 83                  O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

* Opening Prayer And Lord's Prayer ("debts" and "debtors")

    +* Apostles' Creed    (Traditional)

*  Gloria Patri

We Worship Through Meditation

           Anthem               Chancel Choir

We Worship Through Sharing

        Prayer Of Common Concerns
            Announce The Offering
         * Prayer Of Dedication
         * Doxology

We Worship Through Illumination

           Scripture Reading                                        Ephesians 3: 6-21
  Rev. Dr. Billy T. Lowe                                                                             "The All Encompassing Love Of God - Part II" 

Our Journey Is Directed By The Work Of God

* Hymn No. 304                                       Jesus Loves Me!

* Benediction

* Postlude               Joe Gainey

* Those able, please stand 

+ "Welcome Visitor Bookmark": located in pew rack has the Words to this element printed for easy reference.

(As a courtesy to others please turn off the volume on your cell phone during Worship)

Welcome To First Presbyterian Church
April 18, 2021

Beginning Today We are Happy to Open Back Up for Sunday School at 9:45am for all ages! Worship at 11:00am with Children’s Worship Center and our Children’s Nursery available. Social Distancing (CDC Guidelines - 3 feet apart) and Wearing of Masks recommended. Please wear your mask upon entering/exiting the church building, sanctuary and classrooms; however, once you are seated you may remove your mask.

11:00am Worship Live-streamed and Recorded for First Presbyterian Church Face Book Page and YouTube

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we continue To travel through this pandemic. We covet your continued prayer support.

Announcements and Invitations

Church Wide Ministries

.Children’s Worship Center begins at 11:10am for ages “one year before Kindergarten through 1st grade.” It is located on Lower Academy Hallway. Children will sit with their parents in the sanctuary and be dismissed together during the first hymn. Margaret Browne is program director. Today’s teacher/greeter: Ashley Long, Cindy Burgin.

.The Infant and Toddler Nursery (up to age 4 years) is located on Lower Academy Hall at the Children’s Department Wing. Today’s volunteer server is Allison Fowler. Parents… Pick up a Baby Pager when leaving your child in the nursery. A nursery volunteer will “buzz” you if you are needed during worship. Please bring the pager back when picking up your child.

.Children’s Worship Bags - designed for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade, located on the stand to the left of the pulpit. Children may take a bag to their seat and leave the bag in the pew at the end of the service.

.Ministry of Praise Meeting – Today at 2pm, Sally Quinn S.S. Classroom.

.Presbyterian Youth Connection will meet today at 5:30pm.

.Middle School Ministry will meet today at 5:30pm.

.C.A.R.E. Ministry - Team “R” will be serving this week. Team Members are asked to come individually to pray and write cards to carry out the responsibilities of the CARE Ministry. During this pandemic we are keeping in contact with our shut-ins and writing requested cards. For requesting prayer concerns contact the church office, Pastor Bill or email your request to

.Hospital Based C.A.R.E. Ministry - If anyone knows of a church member who is admitted/will be admitted to one of the 4 local hospitals please contact the church office at 704.435.6064: Gastonia, Cleveland, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton.

.FPC Prayer Chain Ministry – A way to join together in spirit and to lift up others who experience unexpected illness or death. Call requests after 8:30am to Janice Howell, coordinator, at 704-435-3037.

.Ministry of Missions is looking for fundraising ideas to help raise money for an Adult Mission Trip. Please see Gina McCants or any ministry member. In June there will be a meeting to discuss a trip to Guatemala for 2022 or 2023.

.Ministry of Evangelism Meeting – Sunday, April 25, 2pm.

.Stated Session Meeting – Sunday, April 25, 3pm, Fellowship Hall.

Other Announcements

.FPC High School Senior Scholarship ($200.00) for graduating high school seniors who will further their education at a college/university (2 or 4 years). Applicants must be an active member of FPC. Come by church office during the week to pick up application. Submission due date is Friday, April 23, 2021.

.Mobile Food Pantry Events - Cherryville Area Ministry is a partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. CAM is asking for volunteers to assist with the event on May 11 at 9am at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Pack food, distribute food to people and other assistance needed. For more information contact Gina McCants at 980-329-6750.

.Confirmation Class 2021 - For 6th & 7th Graders of the 2021/2022 School Year, to begin in September. More information announced during the summer. Class taught by Will Upchurch & Pastor Bill.

.Complementary Copies of the Upper Room Devotionals for March/April available from table at the parking lot entrance.

.Camp Grier at Old Fort, NC looking for college age counselors and lifeguards that are willing to mentor others and passionate about the outdoors! Apply at

.The BackPack Weekend Food Program that FPC participates (Becky Sigmon, coordinator) with is participating in the Community Foundation Run2021 Campaign. Through April 23, 2021 you can support this program with a percentage of every dollar matched by the Gaston Community Foundation. Donate online at or mail your check to Gaston Community Foundation, PO Box 123, Gastonia, NC 28053.

.If your mailing address changes or you have a new email address please contact the church office ( or call 704.435.6064, ext 101.

.Meals On Wheels Program in Cherryville needs your help delivering meals. Variety of routes and days available. Some of our own shut-ins take advantage of this wonderful ministry. If you would like to help call Amanda Dawson, Meals on Wheels contact person at 704-862-7825.

Weekly Reporting
Faithfulness Through Church Attendance – 11am Worship
April 4 - 102        April 11 - 52

Thank you for your continued financial giving. Here are some options to send in your Tithes/Offerings if you are not able to give it on Sunday mornings … 1. Via post office mail; 2. Place the envelope in the silver, wall mounted, church mailbox which is also secured located in the alcove of the Fellowship Hall Hallway, Mulberry Street side. 3. Set up Bill-Pay through your online banking for your pledge to be sent to the church. If you need assistance you may contact Renee’ Reep (FPC Financial Sec) at 704.435.6064, ext 102.

Welcome To First Presbyterian Church
April 18, 2021

You are in our
Thoughts and Prayers

Please Note: Names are printed for 2 weeks at a time as they are called in to the church office

FPC Members – Don Alexander, Gwynneth Blackwelder, Sandra Brown, Lisa Dover, Sharon Heavner, Joe Martin, Martha Sellers, Kat Sigmon, Tommy Stroupe

FPC Shut-ins – Kathie Browne, Bill Crawley, Dick Lester, Martha Pope, Ann Ramsey, Joyce Sellers, Jim Sigmon, Marie Sigmon

Friends and Family of Our Church Members – Kim Angel, Ed Beam, Martha Beam, Robin Devenny, Judie Eaker, Eddie Hamrick, Dianne Heavner, Teresa & A. J. Henley, Jason Hollifield, Jeanne Homesley, Nick Hopkins, Ed Huss, Carl Lankford, Ashley Bailey Long, John Mervine, Steve Moss, Mandy Owensby, Beckie Parker, Dr. Jay Petruska, Caroline & Ronald Philbeck, Butch Powell, Pat Reed, Family of Robert Shook, Beverly Stiles, Karen Phillips Thomas, Sarah Wright, Gerald David Yount, Greg Yount, Those infected with the COVID-19 Virus

FPC Military (Church Family & Friends) – FS1 Robert McCants, YN1 Brandie McCants, 1st Lt. Mathew Simmons, Col. Mark Van Brunt

Others – FPC' s Capital Campaign; Golgotha Presbyterian Church, Guatemala

Presbytery of WNC Prayer Calendar - Please be in prayer for First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, NC.

   (As a courtesy to others please turn off the volume on your cell phone during Worship)

    Recordings of the 11:00 am Worship Service are available for those of you who are watching FPC on Sunday mornings via live - stream we encourage you to "Like" and "Share" so more people can see our worship Services.   We also post our Services on Youtube after worship service has ended for those that do not have Facebook.


Memorials / Honorariums
February 1 - February 28, 2021
Lois Boston Kat Sigmon 02/28/21
Buddy Brandon Audrey Brandon 02/28/21
Fred Brown Mike & Becky Ross 02/07/21
Betty Jane Robinson 02/07/21
Tina & Gerald Evans 02/08/21
Frances & Nick Hopkins 02/21/21
Julie Champion 02/18/21
Wanda & Braxton Vick 02/21/21
Kat Sigmon 02/28/21
Johnathan Henley Renna Long 02/21/21
Nez Hovis David & Louanna Kiser 02/19/21
Judy Gladstone Martel Sigmon 02/14/21
Renee' Reep 02/15/21
Naomi SS Class 02/18/21
Brenda Burdette 02/21/21
Julie & Jackson Champion 02/18/21
Audrey Brandon 02/28/21
Betty G. London Martel Sigmon 02/10/21
Renee' Reep 02/12/21
Julie Champion 02/18/21
Linda McPherson Julie Champion 02/18/21
Renee' Reep 02/19/21
Tony Reep Betty Jane Robinson 02/07/21
Frances & Nick Hopkins 02/21/21
Kat Sigmon 02/28/21
Dennis Sigmon Julie Champion 02/18/21
Kat Sigmon 02/28/21
Renee' Reep 02/16/21
Mag Stroupe Rob & Angela Jordahl 02/21/21
Connie Wise Wade Stroupe 01/28/21
Sandy Crawley 02/14/21
Julie Champion 02/18/21
Audrey Brandon 02/28/21
Kat Sigmon 02/28/21
IN LOVING HONOR Given by Rec'd
Renee' Reep Sandy Crawley 02/14/21