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New Interim Pastor Named

 

New Interim Pastor Named

Rev. Dr. Ken McKenzie

First Presbyterian Church, Dalton, has called an interim pastor to serve until a permanent pastor is called.  The Rev. Dr. Kenneth B. McKenzie, a retired Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor, will assume his duties Thanksgiving Week on Monday, November 21, 2022.

Dr. McKenzie and his wife, Vicki, are no strangers to the Dalton church. In the summer of 2021, he filled the church’s pulpit for two consecutive weeks while the Rev. Dr. Will Scott was on sabbatical. Dr. Scott accepted a call in June 2022 to serve as the senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport, La.

Mrs. McKenzie considers Dalton her hometown.  Her father, Joe Davis, was principal of Dalton High School during the construction of and move to the Dalton High School campus on Manly Street in 1976. She grew up here. The McKenzies were married at First Presbyterian Church, Dalton in 1978, so in many ways, they really are just coming back home.

The role of an Interim Pastor in a Presbyterian Church (USA) is more involved than holding worship services and meeting with the Session and various Sessional Committees.  The interim pastor is trained to lead the congregation and staff through self-examination of the church to evaluate the past and plan for the future. This helps the congregation to define its priorities as well as to determine the desired characteristics of the pastor they will call.

While the search for the interim was occurring, the Rev. Dr. Walter Jones and the Rev. Dr. Dick Neelly, both retired Presbyterian (USA) pastors currently affiliated with First Presbyterian, Dalton, shared the pastoral duties of the church with Jones focusing on worship services and day-to-day administration and Neelly concentrating on visitation and pastoral care.

Dr. McKenzie is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of Georgia and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

The retired Presbyterian minister has served Georgia parishes in Atlanta, Bainbridge, Rome, Pooler, Savannah, and Rockmart as well as his first parish in Greensboro, NC. He also served as General Presbyter for the Savannah Presbytery, headquartered in Brunswick, Ga.

Prior to his retirement, he served as a Clinical Trauma Chaplain at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah in 2019.

The McKenzies have two grown sons, Mac and Ian.  Their dad says both young men live “close enough to join them in an emergency but too far away to come and cut the grass!” Maybe that’s why the new interim says he and his wife enjoy working in their yard and volunteering at Faith Presbyterian Church and the Blue Ridge Arts Association in their retirement hometown of Blue Ridge, Ga.

New Interim Pastor Named2022-11-16T10:42:03-05:00

Cornucopia Symbolizes “Plenty” – A Mother-Daughter Tradition

Cornucopia Symbolizes “Plenty”

A Mother-Daughter Tradition

In the Martin House entry each Thanksgiving Season, a cornucopia pouring forth a wide range of vegetables and fruits seems to magically appear about the time trees begin shedding their leaves and winds turn cooler.

The “magicians” behind this gorgeous and welcoming 3D piece of art are our own Sue Spivey and Kathy Bridges, a mother-daughter team who quietly fill so many needs in our church and community.

Traditionally, the “cornucopia,” from the Latin “cornu” (horn) and “copia” (abundance), symbolizes nourishment and abundance and overflows with produce, flowers or nuts. This is a potent reminder of our own wealth of

Sue Spivey (L) and Daughter Kathy Bridges provide the beautiful Cornucopia display in The Martin House each year, signifying the plenty we have and the plenty we share. The plenty continues because of our generous members who work and give together and individually to make a difference for all of God’s Children.

nourishment and abundance as well as the greater emotional wealth we attain when we share our abundances with those in need in the community.

The holiday season brings out the generosity of most people, but challenges such as hunger, homelessness, lack of warmth and insufficient education are year-round.  First Presbyterian Church works hard to meet these and other on-going needs in our community through our Stewardship.  This is often referred to as a “pledge to the church.”  In reality, it is a pledge that we, the Church, make to God to love and serve others as Christ taught that we should.

Our outreach is substantial; the results are measurable.  Only by continuing to serve together as the Church—and giving is a form of service—can we continue to do for others in meaningful ways.

Stewardship is not about people supporting the Church.  It is about ‘the Church supporting people. It is about continuing our deepest commitment as Christians to make a difference for the better in our world.

Sunday, November 20, 2022 is Commitment “Pledge” Sunday.  As part of the Church, please come and indicate your willingness to continue to serve God through your Tithes, your Time, and your Talents. Fill out your part of our Church Pledge to make a difference for our fellow Children of God.

Ways to make your pledge:

  • Mail in your pledge card to PO Box 489, Dalton, GA 30722
  • Click HERE to be redirected to our Giving Page
  • Place your pledge card in the offering plate this Sunday
Cornucopia Symbolizes “Plenty” – A Mother-Daughter Tradition2022-11-15T09:55:02-05:00

Alex Andrews to join FPC congregation – Sunday, November 20

Tucked under the sanctuary stairwell on Sunday mornings these days is a young man whose job is, in part, to listen and to look constantly throughout the full hour of worship!  He’s not distracted from the worship service; he is assuring that those present and those worshipping via the on-line service can see and hear the words, the music, the people and the setting.

A year ago, Alex Andrews became our audio/visual technician. Members Tate and Katie O’Gwin recruited Alex, whose mother had worked with Katie in her law practice.

Alex began his journey into the AV world when he was introduced to computers. He built his own computer and started taking AV courses at school. The Coahulla High School junior was actually introduced to the AV side of technology “four or five years ago.”  Being a tech-oriented person, he saw the part-time church job as “a perfect opportunity” for him to be able to use his technical skills, enjoy being with people and attend church.

The big soundboard is expanding, and Alex is working with equipment providers and with Adam Burnette and Kathryn Sellers to improve our broadcast quality.

While Alex is enjoying his job, he says his life goal is to become an officer in the Navy and then to enter politics.  He describes himself as having a passion for politics, adding that he spends much of his free time keeping tabs on the world of politics.  He would like to start as a state representative, then run for governor of Georgia.  Who knows where he might go from there? He is already President of his Junior Class.

At some point soon, Alex hopes to train some of our members on how to operate the system so he can take an occasional Sunday or two off for vacation.  Interested persons may apply under the stairwell before or after the Sunday service.  Even if AV is not on your bucket list, stop by and get to know this very affable and bright fellow, the newest member of our church team.

And, even more important is his joining with us! Alex will be baptized and join the church on Sunday, November 20 by profession of faith. Be sure to be present for this great day!

Alex Andrews to join FPC congregation – Sunday, November 202022-11-15T09:47:53-05:00

A Letter to the Congregation – November 13, 2022

New Interim Pastor Named

Dear FPC Dalton Members,

The Interim Search Committee, comprised of members of the Staff Team, has proposed and the Session has approved the hiring of The Rev. Dr. Kenneth B. McKenzie as our Interim Pastor. He will assume his duties Thanksgiving Week on Monday, November 21, 2022.

He is no stranger to our church. In the summer of 2021, while the Rev. Will Scott was on sabbatical, Ken filled our pulpit for two consecutive weeks with The Word, wisdom and warmth. Ken’s wife, Vicki, considers Dalton her hometown.  Her father, Joe Davis, was principal of Dalton High School during the construction of and move to the Dalton High School campus on Manly Street in 1976. Vicki grew up here!  But even closer to our church, Ken and Vicki were married at First Presbyterian Church, Dalton in 1978!  So, they really are just coming back home.

The role of an Interim Pastor in a Presbyterian Church (USA) is more involved than holding worship services and meeting with the Session and various Sessional Committees.  The interim pastor is trained to lead the congregation and staff through self-examination of the church to evaluate the past and plan for the future. This helps the congregation to define its priorities as well as the desired characteristics of the pastor they will call.

Dr. McKenzie is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of Georgia and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

The retired Presbyterian minister has served Georgia parishes in Atlanta, Bainbridge, Rome, Pooler, Savannah, and Rockmart as well as his first parish in Greensboro, NC. He also served as General Presbyter for the Savannah Presbytery, headquartered in Brunswick, Ga.

Ken retired as a Clinical Trauma Chaplain at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah in 2019.

The McKenzies have two grown sons, Mac and Ian.  Ken says both young men live “close enough to join them in an emergency but too far away to come and cut the grass!” Maybe that’s why Ken says he and Vicki enjoy working in their yard and volunteering at Faith Presbyterian Church and the Blue Ridge Arts Association in their retirement hometown of Blue Ridge, Ga.

We look forward to welcoming Ken and Vicki back to Dalton and encourage you to get to know them better as we continue to move forward as a strong and serving church!

Thanks be to God for leading us to Ken McKenzie and Ken to us.  Thanks also to the Staff Team which pored through dozens of applications from around to country to select and recommend to the Session Ken McKenzie.

 

Walter Jones and Dick Neelly, Bridge Pastors

A Letter to the Congregation – November 13, 20222022-11-16T10:41:10-05:00

The Essential 100 – Adult Sunday School

What is E100?  The Essential 100 (E100) is an achievable way to have a “through the Bible” experience and see the Big Story of Scripture.  Come join the group gathered this Sunday, September 4 at 9:15 a.m. in Hollis Hall, for an introduction to E100.  Discussions for each weekly reading will begin Sunday, September 11.  Click the links below to learn more about The Essential 100 and the Old Testament discussion schedule.

The Essential 100 – Adult Sunday School2022-08-30T08:53:19-05:00
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