The worship services, Sunday School and other programs may be cancelled if necessary. Please check WDBJ 7 for cancellation status.
The Wedding Booklet is made available to couples desiring to be married in this church. The wedding policy is as follows:
Preliminary arrangements - The couple wanting to be married should contact a pastor of Lexington Presbyterian Church as early as possible in order that all necessary arrangements may be made. Should there be any question as to the eligibility of a couple to marry, the pastor bears the responsibility for a final decision.
The pastor should arrange appropriate premarital counsel with the couple. If the couple would like the pastor of another church to officiate, the pastor of Lexington Presbyterian Church must be consulted in order that an invitation may be extended to the guest pastor.
The Lexington Presbyterian Church pastor or guest pastor will be the “director” of the wedding ceremony. A wide latitude of choice may be observed, and the couple and the pastor should be in agreement well in advance of the ceremony on all details including the selection of music, the decorations, and a wedding coordinator. Because the wedding service is an occasion for worship, the following policies shall be observed:
Use of Facilities - Arrangements should be made at the church office as far in advance as possible to avoid conflicts. When neither the bride nor groom nor their parents are members of the congregation, the pastor has the responsibility for making the decision on the use of the church facilities. A parlor and other rooms normally used for meetings and/or classes may be made available to members of the wedding party. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages are permitted in the church buildings. (Contact the Administrative Assistant, Kimberly Kennedy)
Music - Only sacred or traditional music should be used. The pastor has the final decision of what is appropriate. Music should be discussed with the Director of Music far enough in advance to allow for any necessary changes to accommodate the policy on musical selections. If the services of the Director of Music are desired, he should be contacted by the couple directly and as early as possible. The Church does not have the facilities to play back pre-recorded music.
Pulpit, Furniture, Baptismal Font, & Communion Table - As a general rule the pulpit may not be moved. The chairs on the platform, the baptismal font, and communion table may be moved to provide more room for the wedding participants.
Flowers, Candles, & Rice - Flowers may not be placed on the pulpit. They may be placed on a stand behind or on either side of the pulpit and on or beside the communion table. The florist should be asked to use plastic on the carpet beneath the candelabra, even when dripless candles are used. The florist should be informed that all arrangements, candles, etc. must be removed from the sanctuary immediately following the wedding to allow the Sexton to prepare the sanctuary for the next service. If the family wishes to leave the flowers for Sunday worship, this matter should be coordinated with the Flower Chairman well in advance.
Throwing fresh flower pedals (flower girl) down the aisle inside the sanctuary is prohibited, however silk flower pedals are permitted. Throwing birdseed outside of the church buildings while on church property is acceptable! (rice and confetti are not).
Requests for weddings - At its September 1, 2015 meeting, Session approved the following wedding policy: "Requests for weddings by same-sex couples shall be treated no differently than requests for weddings by heterosexual couples."
Pictures - Picture taking during the ceremony is inappropriate. It is the responsibility of the couple to inform the guests of this policy. Photographs may be taken in the sanctuary before or after the wedding service. If it is the desire of the couple to have the pastor part of the picture taking, please inform him beforehand. Video cameras remaining fixed during the service in unobtrusive locations are permitted.
- Members: There is no charge for the use of the sanctuary, chapel, Dunlap Auditorium, or dressing rooms for members of Lexington Presbyterian Church. For members, the fee for the Sexton is $150. Fee for the sound system operator is $50. These two fees should be paid directly to the Sexton and the sound system operator. For members, if a visiting minister is conducting the service, the church liaison will be present for the rehearsal and the wedding, and he will be paid a fee of $150, which includes operating the sound system and ringing the bell.
- Non-Members: There are fees associated with non-members who wish to be married at the church: $1,500 for use of the sanctuary plus a $500 refundable deposit to cover possible damage; $100 for use of the chapel; $40 for use of Dunlap Auditorium; $10 for use of the kitchen. Remuneration for the sexton and liaison (in the event of a visiting minister) who also serves as the sound system operator and bell ringer is included in the $1500 fee. The pastor does not charge a fee for his/her services; however, an honorarium will be accepted.
- Other Wedding-related Fees: For members and non-members, the organist’s fee must be arranged with the organist.
Parking - Spaces for the wedding party may be reserved in front of the church by calling the Lexington City Police Department on the day before the wedding.
Miscellaneous - Arrangements should be made with the florist if an aisle runner and/or kneeling bench are desired. If the church bell is to be rung, ask the Administrative Assistant for suggestions of persons with experience to do so.
Notification of Pastor - The funeral home director will usually notify the pastor of the death of a member of the congregation. Members of the congregation should feel free to ask another pastor to participate in the funeral service, but should make such arrangements through the pastor of the Lexington Presbyterian Church.
Place of Service - The funeral or memorial service may be held in the church sanctuary or chapel, the funeral home, or at the graveside. The choice is made by the family. Since the sanctuary is the center for the weekly worship of God, it is the desirable place to conduct a funeral service.
Music - If the funeral service is to take place in the sanctuary or chapel of Lexington Presbyterian Church, sufficient notice should be given to the organist. Hymns are an appropriate part of the funeral service. As well, a make-shift choir can be arranged with sufficient notice.
Fees - The church charges no fees of any kind for funeral services.
Gifts and Bequests
In designating gifts in lieu of flowers, families are encouraged to consider designating one of the funds listed below.
Normally, the Financial Management Committee will allocate spendable income annually based on 4% of the fund balance averaged over the previous two year ends. Amounts in excess of this spending allocation can be approved by the Session.
Endowments for restricted purposes offered by individuals or estates will be evaluated for acceptance by the Session. Amounts of less than $10,000 will be accepted provisionally and given 5 years to reach the $10,000 level, during which imputed interest is credited annually at 10%. If $10,000 is not achieved, the Session will determine the disposition of the fund. These policies are subject to change by the Session. Individuals are encouraged to consult with the Minister, the Treasurer, or a member of the Financial Management Committee in planning for major gifts or bequests.
Examples of gifts
Our "late" organ, purchased in 1960 and destroyed in the fire of 2000, was the gift of a local carpenter. He had no close relatives. He consulted one day with Elder Emmet Harper, inquiring as to how he might leave something of benefit to the church. Mr. Harper suggested the church might soon need a new organ.
Do you sense needs of the church which your "gift of a lifetime" might provide? Your gift can continue to serve the church after you are gone. Let us discuss with you how you would like your gift to be used to benefit future generations either by a bequest or a current gift providing tax advantages.
Many members give stock whose value has escalated many times in recent years. This provides considerable tax advantage. Charitable remainder trusts allow you to receive a continuing source of income while providing generous present and future tax deductions. Gifts may be made to any of our existing funds or we can discuss how a gift might be used for a new program or need of the church.
Current funds (listed in order established)
- K. A. Thompson Service Fund (1970)
Restricted to benevolent causes. Originally used for needy individuals, in and out of the Congregation, for rent, utilities, scholarships, and house painting. The initial $50,000 bequest from a Lexington High School teacher was boosted by about $230,000 by the will of Margaret Denny McClung. Uses were then expanded to local benevolent agencies, surrounding churches, Massanetta, Montreat, Haiti ministry, Young Life, Habitat for Humanity, etc. Grants are made annually by the Outreach Committee.
- Scholarship Fund (1986)
Restricted to scholarships for youth and adults, usually at the college level and including Candidates for the Ministry. Grants made annually by the Christian Education Committee.
- Operating Contingency Fund (1990)
Provides liquidity during periods of low cash flow and acts as a cushion against extraordinary or emergency expenses not anticipated in the annual budget. Session policy is 3 months operating expenses.
- Penick Music Endowment (1993)
Restricted for special music and guest musicians. Begun with a $1000 gift from William McCorkle and a $2000 bequest of Mary Monroe Penick, enhanced by contributions from a number of individuals, this fund reached the level of $10,000 required for endowed status in Sept 1998.
- Bequest and Memorial Fund (1996)
A permanent repository of unrestricted memorial gifts and bequests, principally that of Charles W. Rees, $170,000, and Margaret Lackey, $50,000. A portion of the annual total return is available for benevolent, operating and capital needs.
- Sam Rayder Manse Endowment (1996)
Restricted to capital improvements on the Manse. An old life insurance policy on Sam's life, given to the church in 1996, provided proceeds at his death in 1999 of $35,867. The Manse potting shed was restored using this fund.
- Christian Lecture Endowment (1998)
Established by the Session with $20,000 from the Bequest Fund. Managed by the Christian Education Committee in consultation with the pastor to provide regular (annual if adequate funds) opportunities for lectures and/or workshops to enrich the spiritual life of the congregation and faith community.
- Elsie Brown Music Endowment (1999)
Restricted for any purpose related to music, including salaries. A bequest of Elsie Brown, long-time member of the choir, who died in 1998. This provides an annual $3100 set-aside for organ maintenance beginning in 2007.
- Walker Flower Endowment (2000)
Restricted to providing flowers for the Sanctuary and other church functions, this endowment honors Hoppy Walker, long-time Flower Chair.
- Mary Colket Youth Endowment (2004)
Provides supplemental funding for an annual mission trip and conferences by church youth.
- Lam Handbell Endowment (2005)
Honoring Sally Lam, this fund supports several handbell choirs for beginners, amateurs, and accomplished musicians for instruments, conferences and festivals.
- Irons Minister Educational Endowment (2007)
Memorial gifts for Caroline Ferguson Irons were supplemented by her husband, Robert P. Irons, Sr., to provide supplements for the minister's continuing education.
- Organ Maintenance Fund (2007)
Annual reserve for future maintenance recommended by organ maker based on 0.4% of initial cost of $775,000. Funds to be transferred from Elsie Brown Music Fund annually.
- Reveley Koininia Fund (2007)
Honoring Taylor and Marie Reveley, this fund supports the Minister's Discretionary Fund for assisting special needs among the church's constituency.
- Moses Pledge Endowment (2012)
Bequest of Robert Moses to honor his parents, Novell and Estelle. The annual return is designated for the Operating Fund as an annual pledge from his deceased family members.
- Brittigan Endowment (2013)
The assets of the former Rockbridge Area Presbyterian Home Corporation. The annual return is to be used for outreach activities with an emphasis on youth services.
The above funds are invested in common stocks using the Vanguard Total Stock Index Fund, subject to annual review by Investment Review Committee under direction of Session's Financial Management Committee.
Phillips Music Fund (2003)
To honor Marge Phillips' long service to the several handbell choirs, a fund providing scholarships supporting music education is now building toward endowed status requiring $10,000.