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OUR MISSION:

 

Peace Church exists to provide opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, and Christian fellowship for the community.  Our mission under the guidance of the Holy Spirit is to nurture people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through our belief and by sharing the love of Jesus Christ with all people.

 

OUR VISION:


Peace Presbyterian Church stands as a beacon, giving forth light and comfort, ready to welcome all into its warm, loving, Christ-centered family.

 

In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Romans 12:5

 

 

Announcements

 

Peace Presbyterian Church

3203 Ramsey Street

Fayetteville, NC 28301

910-488-3211

 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

9:45 Sunday School

11:00 Worship

12:05 After Church Fellowship

12:30 Stated Session Meeting

 

Monday, October 16, 2017

6:00 Bible Reading

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8:30 Prayer Group

7:00 Choir

 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

9:45 Sunday School

11:00 Worship

12:00 Congregational  Meeting

12:15 After Church Fellowship

Our Mission


Peace Church exists to provide opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, and Christian fellowship for the community. Our mission under the guidance of the Holy Spirit is to nurture people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through our belief and by sharing the love of Jesus Christ with all people.

Romans 12: 5 In Christ, we who are many from one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

March Newsletter (2)


From Annelle:    

Can you believe it is March already?  Time marches on, doesn’t it? (Sorry for the pun.  I could not resist).   I suppose I am thinking of how quickly time goes by because this is a significant year for me. I will be 65 in April!  I’ve been doing some looking back and wondering, not just where the years went, but if I have done what I should have done with them.  Have I set a good example for my children and grandchildren? What about all of you who I have served these past nine years?  In both cases, I question if there is anything about my life that would cause those who have been a part of my life to want to have a close personal relationship with our Lord?   These are “milestone” questions, I know.  Maybe we are never really satisfied with what we have done. But I know I wish I had done more/done better/done more significant things with my 65 years. 

 

But here I am with my “right now.”  What is done is history.   I am not excusing myself for a lack of resolve in those times I did not do my best.  I am saying - I can’t go back!  I also can’t stay where I am.   I move forward – we all do – and what I do (and what we all do) with that movement forward is the difference between looking back with satisfaction or looking back with regret.  

 

May we desire to end with the confidence of the Apostle Paul, who from his prison cell in Rome wrote to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”  (2 Timothy 4:7-8)   Can I say that?  What about you?


Paul knew the end of his life was near.  He said the time for his departure had come.   And with that realization, Paul gives Timothy his best advice for faithfully following.  These letters (First and Second Timothy) are so personal.   One can feel the urgency in Paul’s writing.   It is the urgency to say what will be meaningful to Timothy and guide Timothy when Paul is no longer living.  


Paul tells Timothy, You must understand this: in the last days distressing times will come.  For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power.  Avoid them!”  

  

If you knew you were at the end, to whom would you write your letter, and what would you write after the words: “You must understand this …..”?  Would you be as honest as Paul?


To Timothy Paul says, “Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my suffering the things that happened to me .…..”  Paul said, “continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”  Could you use your life as an example of faithful living?


Paul tells him,  “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.   In the presence of God and of Christ    Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you:  proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.  For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.”   

 

Paul prepares Timothy for the difficulties he will likely face in witnessing for Jesus Christ and speaking the truth.  But he urges Timothy to witness and speak the truth anyway – whether his words are appreciated or rejected.   He told Timothy to do his work and carry out his ministry even if it caused him to suffer for it.   Would you be as honest with that person you chose to write?    What would you write to them after the words:  “I solemnly urge you ….”


I am not just asking you those questions, but I am asking them of myself as well.  For sure, time marches on no matter what age we happen to be.  Certainly there are many who witness our lives - our priorities, values and where we place our commitments.  May those we encounter be able to see in each of us love for and faithfulness to Jesus Christ.  

 

 

 

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71 Year History


PEACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

3203 RAMSEY STREET

FAYETTEVILLE, NC 28301

910-488-3211

 

The history of Peace Presbyterian Church dates back to November 11, 1946, at which time there were 68 charter members enrolled at Circle Court Presbyterian Church. The dissolving of the Gilmore Memorial Church some three miles north gave a nucleus for the new church. Some valuable church furniture was given to Circle Court Church.


The Rev. J. F. Menius was instrumental in forming the Circle Court Church. Among charter members is Jeanetta Relyea, who is still active in the church.


By Janary 1947 the Women's Auxillary was organized, Mrs. Leah Smith was the first president elected from this congregation.

Other first were:
Don Eller- the first person baptized in the church
The first deacons- Mr. George Little, Mr. Berry Scott, and Mr. Guy Moore
The first Bible School- July 1947 with 46 children
The first newsletter, "The Chimes" in 1952
The first marriage – Ernest Beard to Betty Jean Early, June 1, 1948

 

It is interesting to note the finances back then. In 1949, $1,000.00 was borrowed to complete the Educational Building. In 1950 the manse was purchased for $2,600.00 down and $40.00 a month.

 

In January 1950, the Reverend Menius resigned due to illness, and our first pulpit committee was formed: Mr. And Mrs. Guy Moore, J. Lewis Parker, Mrs. A. R. Eller, and J. J. Bronson. During the summer of 1950, the Reverend Leighton McKeithen served as supply pastor, and student minister Anthony Leslie came to help with the work of the church.

 

In 1951 the Rev. J. T. Haynes Jr. was called as the pastor. We shared him in a two church field with Campbellton Presbyterian Church. The budget at that time was $25,659.00. In 1953 the Rev. Haynes was called for full time pastor. The budget was $6,760.80 at this time. In 1955 it was $10,000.00.

 

In 1956 the Rev. Haynes resigned and Dr. Leslie Bullock, professor of Bible at Flora McDonald College, served as supply pastor for this year.

 

The Reverend Claire S. Albright came to Circle Court in August, 1957. A new manse was constructed before his arrival. The lot was donated by Mr. And Mrs. Eugene Blount, and special recognition went to Mr. W. T. Pettus, Cecil Butler, Jim McLeod, Ted Ingraham, and others for labor in their respective fields. The total cost was $14, 025.00.

 

In 1958 there was need for expansion, and with much help from Rev. Leighton McKeithen, Presbytery challenged us with an offer of $20,000.00 toward a new building at a new site. We adopted a budget of nearly $19,000.00 and exceeded it by $25,000.00.

In the spring of 1959 a Building Fund Committee was elected to raise $100,000.00. Mr. Boyce Helmes was chairman. Architects Harold Wagnor of Philadelphia, and Mason Hicks of Fayetteville were chosen to plan and design the church. Mr. Robert E. McNeill was chairman of the building committee.

 

On September 13, 1959 we gathered for a building program consecration service, and one day's cash offering amounted to $6,603.27 (a lot of money back then). January 16, 1961 was the last service at Circle Court. It was sold to Johnson Memorial Methodist Church for $34,000.00.

This meant we had to get out, so we secured the facilities of Camp Carroll, F.I.L.I. Fayetteville Light Infantry Camp until March, 1962. It was here that we really experienced the wilderness. We were crowded and cold and hot. However, our spirits were high and we continued on our journey to Lucille Souders School and remained there until August 1963.

Groundbreaking ceremonies was set for April 8, 1962. A cavalcade was formed at Camp Carroll, led by Mr. Albright, and proceeded to the site. (How many of you were in that cavalcade?) This was our long awaited "Promise Land". We had been wandering in the wilderness for two years.

 

Among those present were the following:
Robert O. Johnson – President of Men of the Church
Mrs. J.D. Barbour Jr. – President of Women of the Church
Penny Davis Cooper- President of Pioneer Class
Richard Player – Contractor
Mason Hicks – Architect

 

The plan of the church was designed to symbolize the cross in all aspects. The structure of the church is in the shape of the cross and also the communion table. The groundbreaking spot is denoted by a cross in the floor design at the northern end of the hallway.

 

We are indebted to Mr. Albright for leading us through this transition period, and to those who have followed. The Reverend James R. Black, the Reverend Thomas K. Spence, Dr. Jacob Kincaid, Dr. Williams E. Pauley, Dr. Hal Hyde, among our interim ministers and the Reverend Jeffrey Mercer, Reverend Leighton McKeithen and our present pastor Annelle Waldron.

 

In 1988 we began our new Fellowship Hall, and in 1994 the debt was completely retired. Also pews were installed in the back of the sanctuary. We have a beautiful structure here which we have enjoyed for the past 46 years. After 65 years of history of Peace Church, the message is still clear: To build up His church, and to extend His Kingdom around us.