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.


Reformation worship service Nov. 2

PCUSA Stated Clerk to lead live-streamed 

Reformation worship service Nov. 2

“Write the Vision-Reclaim the Call” is the theme of a church-wide Reformation worship service being led by the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II.

Worship will begin at 10:45 a.m. (Eastern Time) on November 2nd and can be viewed live at oga.pcusa.org. A video of the service also will be posted for later viewing.

The service coincides with Reformation Sunday, which is October 30. Also significant is the fact that 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is being celebrated in various ways and across denominations.

For more information, visit the webpage at http://www.pcusa.org/news/2016/10/25/stated-clerk-lead-live-streamed-reformation-worshi/


Zacchaeus’ Kitchen 2016

Zacchaeus’ Kitchen 2016

It’s Mitten Time!

It is again time to collect cold weather coverings for the homeless of Washington, DC served by Zacchaeus’ Kitchen.  Bring NEW hats, gloves, socks, scarves and mittens for men, women and children to the presbytery office by Thursday, December 8.

For more information about this annual project, visit the website at http://shenpres.org/zacchaeus-kitchen/.


J.B. Yount Service

The service for J. B. Yount will be tomorrow, Oct. 7.  The committal service will be private.  A reception will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. with a Memorial Service starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.