Lenten Lunch Schedule

Lenten Luncheons will begin on March 8th and continue until April 5th.

Everyone is welcome!




Date                Location                                  Speaker

3/8                         St. John’s Catholic                    First Presbyterian, Rev. Chapman

3/15                       Westminster Presbyterian         St. John’s Catholic, Rev. Castillo

3/22                       First Baptist                               Main St. UMC, Rev. Kusse-Wolfe

3/29                       Main Street United                    First Baptist, Rev. Owen

4/5                         First Presbyterian/Glen Kirk      Westminster Pres., Rev. Cranford




Four-cents-a-meal originated in 1976 as “Two-Cents-A-Meal,” a project begun by Presbyterian Women to involve individuals and families in a corporate response to world hunger.

First Presbyterian has adopted Four-Cents-A-Meal.  The money collected benefits not only the FPC food bank but hunger programs at the Presbytery.

Four-cents-a-meal is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. We invite every member — of all ages — to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command “You give them something to eat.”

Four cents a meal is twelve cents a day or $43.80 per year.  The four-cents-a-meal box is located right inside the front doors of the Church.  Next time you enter the building consider placing some change, dollar bills or a check in the box.


New Books for the Lenten Season

New Books for the Lenten Season

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Two new resources for Lent are now available from Westminster John Knox Press. A Way other than Our Own by Walter Brueggemann and The Sign and the Sacrifice by Rowan Williams provide a fresh perspective for the season, allowing you to reflect and connect in a new way.

Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we are called to walk an alternative path-one of humility, justice, and peace. In A Way other than Our Own, Walter Brueggemann’s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, presents the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection as viewed through the eyes of those who witnessed them. The Sign and the Sacrifice explores the meaning of the cross and the significance of Christ’s resurrection, discussing what these events meant to Jesus’ followers in the early years and what they can say to us today.

A Way other than Our Own and The Sign and the Sacrifice are available for purchase through Westminster John Knox Press and other major retailers.


Southern states begin clean up following weekend of tornadoes

Long road to recovery ahead

by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE – Residents along the deep south and Gulf Coast have begun to dig out from the damage left behind following an outbreak of tornadoes over the weekend.  From January 21 through the 23, as many as 29 tornadoes swept across six states, leaving as many as 20 people dead, hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed and scattered power outages through out.

Disaster officials say as many as four people died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi when the EF3 tornado, believed to be a half mile wide, carved a path for 25 minutes on the ground. An estimated 600 homes were damaged and destroyed.

”The people in this community have been through this before so the first response was ‘oh no, not again,’” said the Rev. Mike Anderson, interim pastor at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. “The loss of life is forefront on everyone’s minds and there are still some areas without power.”

Anderson, who began his interim duties at Westminster on January 1, is working with local and state agencies along with the Presbytery of Mississippi to offer assistance where needed.

“Our congregation came out pretty good in that no one sustained major damage. There were a few members who saw some minor damage, though,” he said. “FEMA is preparing to come in to do an assessment and things are beginning to line up for volunteers to help with yard clean up and home repairs.”

The presbytery has requested a $7,500 grant from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

“The outbreak of tornadoes is not typical for this part of the country in January and it took everyone by surprise,” said Jim Kirk, national associate for PDA. “We will work with the presbytery, as well as other local and state organizations to help in whatever capacity we can. Our prayers go out to all of those impacted by the tornadoes.”

One of the hardest hit was William Carey University, a private Christian liberal arts college in Hattiesburg.

“The campus was devastated by the storms. Nearly every building on campus suffered damage, some of them severely, including dormitories,” said Anderson. “No lives were lost at the school but the campus is closed and many of the students have gone home while authorities try to determine how to continue the semester for the students.”

Anderson says the school is trying to offer as many online classes as possible so that students can complete the course work on time without having to continue into the summer. In some cases, he says, efforts are being made to find alternative places to conduct classes, especially for those that require lab work.

“We are offering our facilities to the school for classes and recitals,” said Anderson. “Most of what we have scheduled now are music students who need space for practice. We have it covered through February.”

Three years ago, Westminster was heavily damaged by a tornado and Anderson says William Carey moved pianos and other items to the campus and stored them until the church was restored. He says the church wanted to return the favor.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency adding that preliminary estimates put the damage at $200 million in Hattiesburg alone.

Other states impacted by the tornadoes include Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina.  A PDA National Response Team has been deployed at the request of Flint River Presbytery in Georgia to assess the needs. Authorities say Albany, Georgia had significant damage and loss of life.

For those interested in contributing to relief efforts, click here and give to account DR000015.



Church is called to “radical discipleship” in the face of “empire,” WCC visitors tell PC(USA) leaders

Early Christians spread the gospel in the shadow of the Roman empire—and Christians today are called to meet a resurgence of fascism and racism with something more powerful: the good news of God’s love.

This was the message leaders of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism brought Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ecumenical and world mission staff at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville on January 19.

“Perhaps we are living in a time of many King Herods,” said the Reverend Dr. Jooseop Keum, director of the commission and a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Korea.

Keum noted that the wise men’s visit to the baby Jesus—often romanticized by storytellers—ended with the brutal killing of babies by King Herod. “He killed whoever was trying to steal his power.”

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For many years, First Presbyterian Church, Waynesboro, has supported children at the Gore Home in Ethiopia.  This home provides education, health, life skills, and faith skills to children who are without an adequate support system.    Historically, we have sent aid for two children, but in recent years the cost of supporting a child has surpassed our contributions.  In 2017, we have promised the amount of $1700 in May to cover what the Ethiopian Partnership Committee of the Shenandoah Presbytery has requested (although a bit less than the Ethiopian government would like).  Our children are:

   Tirfe Idosa Beyene ic-0103, a young woman born 7/10/98 and now in ninth grade     AND
   Yohanis Bebe (or Abebe)  ic-137, a young man born in 2001 and also in ninth grade.
These people speak Oromiffa, the language of the Oroma peoples, the largest tribal group in Ethiopia.  If they wish to communicate, they do so verbally, not in writing.  Therefore, spelling is inconsistent just as long as pronunciation remains understandable.  The ic numbers have been added so that we are sure that we’ve got the right children.


First Presbyterian Says Goodbye to Dr. Kennedy

Click HERE to view Dr. Kennedy’s Service.

The Reverend Dr. Joseph Whitner Kennedy entered the church triumphant on Friday, December 16, 2016, in Waynesboro, Va. Dr. Kennedy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and pastor. Dr. Kennedy was born in Spartanburg, S.C., on March 16, 1928, the youngest son of Dr. Leland McDuffie Kennedy and Elizabeth Fleming Bean Kennedy. He was predeceased by two brothers, the Rev. Dr. Leland McDuffie Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. William Bean Kennedy; and two sisters, Jane Kennedy Crosswell and Katharine Kennedy Ferguson. Dr. Kennedy is survived by the love of his life, Aileen Kabrich Kennedy, of 63 years. He is also survived by three sons, Joseph Whitner Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Donna, Bradley Randolph Kennedy and his wife, Darlene, Leland McDuffie Kennedy and his wife, Elizabeth; grandchildren, Joseph Whitner Kennedy III and his wife, Sarah, Robert Hughes Kennedy, James Gordon Kennedy and Rachel Miles Kennedy; and great grandson, Joseph Whitner Kennedy IV. After graduating from Spartanburg High School, Dr. Kennedy served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, spending two years on a submarine in the Pacific. Following his service in the Navy, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Wofford College, where he excelled at basketball and tennis. Upon completing his BA at Wofford College, Dr. Kennedy obtained a BD degree from Union Theological Seminary. Continuing his post graduate education, Dr. Kennedy obtained his Master’s Degree of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Dr. Kennedy was ordained in his home church of First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg and went on to serve at First Presbyterian Church in Bishopville, S.C., First Presbyterian Church in Natchez, Miss., First Presbyterian Church in Hickory, N.C., and concluded his career serving seventeen years at First Presbyterian Church Waynesboro, Va. Dr. Kennedy was devoted in his service to the Church and to his community. Throughout his lifetime, he was chair of every major Shenandoah Presbytery Committee and served on many Synod committees. He was a member of the General Council of the former PCUS and a member of the Social Witness Policy Committee of the PCUSA.He served on the Board of Trustees at Belhaven College, Davidson College, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Communities and Montreat. As a lifelong Rotary member, Dr. Kennedy was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his service and dedication to the Rotary Club. Dr. Kennedy was an avid golfer, tennis player and fisherman. He most loved spending time with family in two of his favorite places, Montreat, N.C. and Garden City Beach, S.C. The funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, Va. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 2 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Rev. George Chapman III and theRev. Albert Connette. The family will receive friends in the church parlor immediately following the service. The memorial and interment service will be on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Waynesboro at PO Box 877, 249 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980 and Summit Square Fellowship Fund, 501 Oak Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980. Condolences to the family can be made at mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com.