First Presbyterian Church
Friday, October 28, 2016
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"While religion can comfort and enrich, it is too important to be taken for granted.  It must be probed, studied, questioned and challenged, for, in the struggle, it comes to life."    Ari L. Goldman, The Search for God at Harvard



Who is Reverend Jennie Leake Hemrick?  On September 17, I celebrated by 63rd birthday, being the first-born and only daughter to my parents.  My father died in 1988 and my mother lives 1 1/2 miles from me.  I have one child, Clara-Marie, who lives with her husband, Brian, in Kernersville, with their 4 rescue dogs!  If you have not already heard me shouting it--I am a grandmother due to be born in March, though we do not yet know the gender.  I live outside Danbury, the small county seat of Stokes County, in a small earth-birmed house.  Three sides of the house are in the ground, with the front of the house facing south with floor to ceilings windows.  The only source of heat is a small fireplace with gas logs in the great room.  I use the window air conditioner to control the humidity.  Otherwise, my house is very efficient and my contribution to reducing my carbon footprint.

I am a third career minister.  I have been a licensed hairdresser in NC since 1972.  For a time I worked as Deputy Clerk of Superior Court in Stokes County; was a victim's advocate for sexual assault and domestic violence victims with Family Services in Forsyth County; worked for the Forsyth District Attorney as a Director of the Family Court Unit.  After this I entered Wake Forest University School of Divinity in the Inaugural Class, graduating in 2002.  

I have served as interim Pastor at Hills, Pine Ridge, Unity, and Bethany Presbyterian Churches, as well as Grace Moravian Church in Mount Airy.  In recent weeks I have worked with the staff and ministers of Salem Presbytery to "re-design" what hs been referred to as Interim Ministry Program.  Realizing that churches across America, regardless of denomination, often misunderstand the reference to "interim" and feeling that the title must fit the work that we do, our Presbytery has embraced the change to Transitional Ministries.  It is my task to help you, the congregation of FPC-Thomasville to embrace this time as a time of transition, to help you determine what God is calling you to be and do going forward, address what the purpose is for FPC, and how to accomplish these goals.  

Though we have not yet begun the Transitioning Process, I have used this beginning time to learn more about you, assess current needs, and develop relationships and an atmosphere of trust.  It is my desire to begin to work the process shortly after the new year.  The first step will be some education, a whole-church survey, and a whole-church meeting. 

Thank you for your support and generosity in this time of beginning and settling in.  I look forward to a very fruitful ministry as we work together to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  

In Christ, Pastor Jennie






This week at a Glance  
10:30 am Coffee/Refreshments

        11:00 am WORSHIP SERVICE
(Nursery care provided)
                              Transportation is available