Young Ladies Book Study

A small group from our study (pictured: Laura Patterson, Kristen Sanders, Leanna Granillo, Katie Scott, Laurie Scott, Jeane Jones, and Becky Jolly) attended the Women’s Connection Conference Keynote Session at Montreat this past weekend to meet and hear Kate Bowler speak more about her book, her faith, her fears, and her hope found through God’s presence with her in her brokenness.

This spring our Young Ladies Book Study read the best selling book, Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler. Kate is a theologian and professor of Church History at Duke Divinity School. The book chronicles Kate’s faith journey through stage IV cancer diagnosis when “ the prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to realize that she has been tacitly subscribing to the prosperity gospel, living with the conviction that she can control the shape of her life with ‘a surge of determination.’”

This book nurtured meaningful conversation for our group about what parts of the American prosperity gospel/American dream we also subscribe to even as our Presbyterian faith and theology calls us to believe something different about God and our lives as God’s children. As Kate says in her book, “God is here. We are loved. It is enough.”  We cannot recommend this book enough:

Click here to purchase the book.

If you would like to join the Young Ladies Book Study in reading A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans this fall, please contact Katie Scott by email or 724-991-1958).

The first meeting will be Sunday, September 9 at 7:00 Katie’s house.

As always, “young” is a self-determined status. You/All are welcome to join this group!

Click here to purchase September’s read.

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Dalton Middle School Success Academy

The Mission Team is excited about a new opportunity supporting some of most as-risk middle school students on Thursday, August 30th from 12:00-2:00.  Read more to learn about how you can participate!

“65 young journalists-in-training from the Dalton Middle School Success Academy, a program that seeks to re-engage struggling learners, will embark on their first field trip into the Dalton community on Thursday, August 30.  They will start by learning about the Creative Arts Guild and the Dalton Daily Citizen newspaper before having lunch with area journalists and publishing professionals at the First Presbyterian Church of Dalton.  Thanks to the support of the church, students will not only get to meet with writers and photographers in small groups to eat, but they will host their own panel with prepared questions.  The students hope to start their own magazine as a result of what they learn and will call the publication “Just Saying.” The school staff hope this endeavor will not only increase the students’ reading and writing skills but also give these marginalized youth a real voice in their school and community. “

We will need:

Volunteers to serve and clean up lunch.  Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:45.

Volunteers to set up the sanctuary and run technology for the panel discussion.  Discussion is 12:45-1:45.

Volunteers to attend the discussion as an audience member.

Please contact Alice Ensley if you can help! 

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2018 Blue Ridge Book of the Month Club

We need you!

The Mission Team is proud to begin our third year of our Book of the Month Club at Blue Ridge School.  Each month a group of volunteers goes to the school and reads a new picture book to a class of students. The book is then presented to the class to add to their classroom collection. Not only do you get to share a great story, you will receive lots of hugs and smiles from these wonderful children!

This year we will be adding second grade to our club.   We will gather from 9:30-10:00 in room 225 for coffee, fellowship, and book previews.  We will read to K-1 from 10:00-10:30 and to 2nd  grade from 10:30-11:00.

If you would like to be a reader please email Alice Ensley (  If you have a request for grade level or classroom, please let her know!

We will read on the following dates:

Monday, December 17

Monday, January 14

Monday, February 11

Monday, March 18

Monday, April 29

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Reformation Sunday – Tartan Information

This year Reformation Sunday is on October 28. If you do not have a tartan to use at the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans and would like one, please order one yard of tartan fabric, light or medium weight, in the pattern of your clan, from any one of the supply houses online. We will need the fabric in hand by October 3 in order to complete them on time. Kathryn Sellers will help prepare the fabric and arrange the mounting.

See below for a few good supply houses.


Scottish Lion

Scotland by the Yard

Scottish Tartan Museum in Franklin, NC

The Celtic Shop of Dunedin, FL

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