The Nor'Kirk Presbyterian

The Nor'Kirk Presbyterian


Where do I find info on the upcoming Norkirk events? Dates and time???
Thanks, Nor' Kirk friends, for two great worship services this morning! You are, indeed, a blessing!
Legendary broadcaster Dan Rather will speak at Brookhaven College next Wednesday:
Ladies, Hope you received your email invite from Pinot’s Palette? Jackie Dovchin Lafferty has reserved a night of painting and fellowship for our Ladies September Event. You will feel like an artist, no matter what skill level you are at, beginner or advanced! Beverages can be purchased there and you are welcome to bring snacks to share. Session begins exactly at 6:00 pm. Contact Jackie or Pinot’s Palette for more info.
We aren't normal! We stand out! Be the light!
We're excited about VBS! It'll be out of this world :D
Anyone interested? April 13 & 14
Sunday Funday! Grades 6-12 make plans to join us Dec. 17th for the next!
So thankful for Joseph Helou and all he does for our Kirk...!!!
4th Annual Haunted House youth trip!

We are a family size church with activities for all ages.

Sunday mornings: Traditional services at 8:30 and 10:45. Chancel choir sings at both services. Communion served first Sunday of the month. Sunday evenings: Special services are held occasionally. When one is scheduled, the calendar or announcements will provide more details. Wednesday Evenings: Chancel choir rehearsal at 7 PM.

Mission: To join The Nor’kirk, the only requirements are belief in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and a willingness to serve Him through this congregation. An Elder will be in front of the sanctuary immediately following worship service to answer any questions about The Nor’kirk and membership, and to take any prayer requests or discuss special concerns you might have.

[04/25/20]   April 25, 2020

Daily Until We Open the Door

When the book of Joshua lay completed, the Bible says there still had never been a day like the day described in Joshua 10. Not for Adam, for Noah, or for Moses. It was Joshua’s one-of-a-king day. The day the sun stood still. But what about since?

Jesus healed many in His day, like the woman in Luke 13. Did that day compare to Joshua’s? Did it compare to the day the sun stood still? It did for her.

Because He wasn’t interested in impressing the religious leaders or the cultural elite, Jesus listened and responded to the needs of people who needed miracles. He still does. And every time He listens and responds, that individual shares some of Joshua’s incredible day –the day when God listened to a human being.

Psalm 71 also demonstrates that God listens. He hears and responds to the prayers of those who retreat to Him. “In you, Lord, I have taken refuge…. Turn your ear to me and save me.” (Psalm 71:1-2)

God will do just that. He will allow you to experience a Joshua kind of day.

Read: Joshua 10:14


God’s example of extending grace is one we need to remember - especially now.

[04/24/20]   April 24, 2020

Daily Until We Open the Door

When the younger brother returns to his family in the story of the prodigal son, the older brother, instead of welcoming him, walks away. (Luke 15:28)

Although this is uncommon in the Christian community, believers desert each other for a variety of reasons: envy, shame, bitterness, apathy. The Psalmist says that God is different. God will not desert the “needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.” (Psalm 72:12)

Have you felt like deserting lately? Maybe deserting a struggling friend because he takes up too much of your time, maybe a relative who makes life unbearable? At this time, are these reasons to walk away?

Mike Reeves reminds me that Semper fidelis, a motto of every US Marine, is Latin for “always faithful.” How powerful the testimony of the church is when believers refuse to desert, when they rush in while the rest of the world walks out.

Today, who needs you to be there for them?

Read: Joshua 22:3


In every aspect of your life ...

Join us on Sunday, 4/26! Facebook Live with music and scripture @ 9:30 AM
Drive-Thru Church 10:30 - Noon with a worship outline, sermon, children's lesson and prayer

Connect with The Nor'kirk on Twitter: and Instagram:

You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. You are filled with a joy that cannot be explained. And that joy is full of glory. 1 Peter 1:8

There will always be Peace and Hope if we know where to look for them.

Join us, 4/19, on Facebook Live at 9:30 and for Drive Thru Church from 10:30 to Noon!

Our sanctuary...

The Nor'kirk wildflowers are blooming!

Greetings: Resurrection Sunday

Palm Sunday Greeting & Scriptures

[03/30/20]   Online shopping while distancing yourself at home? Please remember to utilize and list Nor'kirk Presbyterian as your charity of choice (don't use "The" in Nor'kirk when looking us up).

Nor'kirk Live: Greetings & Scriptures 3/29/20

Here’s an announcement from Rev. Parr about upcoming “services” at the Nor’Kirk!

[03/25/20]   Join us in just a few moments for a live update from Rev. Parr at the Nor’Kirk!

Check out all the ways we can still worship together during these ever-changing days of social distancing. Recordings will begin this Friday, March 27th.

We welcomed and prayed with many members in the parking lot this morning. It was wonderful to see loving and familiar faces and to both give and receive blessings to each other - all within safe social distancing recommendations.

How did your family worship this morning? Or will you later on today? Please share with us what you and your family have done on this Sabbath.

Let's remember that through HIM, we are all connected.

[03/21/20]   Join us for DRIVE THRU CHURCH

Keeping to the letter of the law, we will hold church this Sunday, but not in a traditional way, we will hold “Drive Thru Church” until further notice. The concept is based on “Blessing of the Animals.”

On Sunday, 10:30 a.m. until noon, cars are to line up in the parking lot to receive blessing. Each car will give an attendant a card with the names of the individuals in the car, including pets, prayer concerns and requests. They will receive a copy of a worship outline for the week, a copy of a sermon, and suggested prayers. Plus, while they are there someone will offer a prayer of blessing, touching only the car.
Cards, and handouts will be extended to the car by a 6 ft. pole with a basket. Offerings may be placed in the basket along with the prayer requests.

On Communion Sunday, in addition to the above, individual cups and wafers, (pre-packaged) will be given out.

Come join in “Drive Thru Worship” keeping our thanks to God as we pray for healing and safety. Please make and fill out your info card and prayer request card, prior to coming up to the church. Following the “blessing” consider going to your favorite local restaurant for “Drive Thru.”

Five Ways To Be The Church When Church Is Canceled There is unprecedented territory ahead, and nobody can say how long it might last. If it comes down to canceling services at your place, here are some ways to keep "being the Church," even when you can't be in the church building.

[03/19/20]   During this time of limiting our social contact, remember to do all your shopping on and list The Nor'kirk as your charity of choice.

Five Ways To Be The Church When Church Is Canceled There is unprecedented territory ahead, and nobody can say how long it might last. If it comes down to canceling services at your place, here are some ways to keep "being the Church," even when you can't be in the church building.

[03/14/20]   Lockdown:

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland
March 13th 2020

The garden workday tomorrow is modified: gardeners are welcome to come and plant but it is not a formal workday and no discussion will be held.

Gardeners, with the rain and health concerns, the March workday won’t be “required.” We won’t have any large community projects or a gardening lesson.

However, you are still welcome to come by! We’ll be there to work in our beds and get our crops planted.

NOW IS THE TIME TO PLANT, so please do come by when you feel comfortable. Gardening is good for you and it is easy to keep your distance from others outdoors.

[03/13/20]   The Nor’kirk is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy place for our staff and members to worship. As such, we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and local authorities. We want to share with you the actions we are taking to help protect all of us.
We’ve advised our employees to follow the public health authorities' guidance regarding hygiene and personal travel, and we’ve reinforced existing Nor’kirk policy encouraging employees who exhibit flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult with a medical professional. We are cancelling the Lenten Potluck Dinner for this Sunday evening and are encouraging committees to leverage technology to conduct any business of the church whenever possible.

We are still planning on both services and Sunday School this Sunday, March 15th, with few modifications (Let’s greet our neighbors with a wave and a verbal welcome!) We ask all of you to evaluate any risks associated with this outbreak and prayerfully consider your own comfort and safety during this difficult time.

Lastly, we ask for prayers for our world, our community and our church for comfort and healing during these difficult times.

Isaiah 43:1 “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”

In Christ


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Our greater church at work in the face of disaster. Read to see how you can help too.

“A lot of the communities have been devastated, so we’re waiting to hear what the needs are at this point,” said Robin Thomas, who is co-executive presbyter for the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee with her husband, Ray.

Blessing of the Bricks - the inaugural event in our new Fellowship Hall was a wonderful way to kick off our weekly Lenten Potluck & Study Series. Please make plans to come every Sunday at 6pm during Lent ... and invite a friend to join you.

Tonight at 6pm we begin our weekly series of Lenten potlucks which include both study and fellowship. Tonight we will also "Bless the Bricks" of our new Fellowship Hall. We encourage you to join us during the season of Lent as we prepare to follow the journey of Christ together.


Meet John Gloucester (1776-1822) – Pioneer of the Presbyterian Church

John Gloucester, originally named as Jack by his slave master, became the founder of the first African American Presbyterian Church in the United States. Gloucester was born in 1776 as a slave in Blount County, Tennessee. Rev. Gideon Blackburn, a Presbyterian minister and evangelist, recognized Jack’s potential and proceeded to teach him theology. Subsequently, Blackburn purchased Jack’s freedom, changed his name to John Gloucester, and proceeded to train Gloucester in the ministry. In 1805, Blackburn took Gloucester to a meeting of the Presbyter of the Union where he was licensed and authorized to “preach to the Africans”. A year later, on November 5, 1806, Gloucester began his formal training at Greeneville College, becoming the first African American to attend the school. After completing his training, he traveled to Philadelphia with Blackburn and it was there that the first African Presbyterian church was formed in 1807. John was married to Rhonda and together they had five children who were also all freed from slavery. Of those five children, all four of his sons became Presbyterian ministers-three of which also formed their own congregations. Gloucester continued his dedication to the ministry until his death in 1822 to pneumonia. In 1910, the John Gloucester Memorial and Historical society began to promote and preserve his legacy and continues today. In addition, the Presbytery of Boston, Ma sponsors John Gloucester Memorial scholarships for Presbyterian students nationwide.

[01/29/20]   This Sunday is the Souper Bowl of Caring. If you are able to contribute, please bring canned goods and/ or money to donate to this charity.

The Nor’kirk donations of food and money will directly support our local food pantry, Metrocrest Services.

The Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-inspired, youth-led movement working with local groups across the nation and NFL teams to tackle hunger in their communities during the weeks leading up to the biggest celebration in football, Super Bowl.

North Carolina Rescue Sending Thousands of Hand-Knitted Nests to Australia—But More Help is Still Needed

Calling all who crochet! The North Carolina animal rescue group inundated by hand-knitted nests after their plea for help caring for orphaned baby birds went viral last year is…

Join us as we continue the work of Christmas in our community.

[12/26/19]   Thursday December 26, 2019
Z is for Zoe
The journey has been made from the first Sunday of Advent that engages us in “A is for Advent” to yesterday’s celebration of the promised birth announcement of God’s “Yes” in “Y is for Yes.” But one more letter remains to set us off on our way of following the One who has been born for us and for all. Like Xristos, Zoe comes to us from Greek. Perhaps you have seen that word used only as a name, if at all. But even if you have never seen it stand alone, I suggest that you have seen it any number of times in different forms: zoology, zoo. You see, zoe means “life.”
It is not enough to celebrate Christmas with carols and wreaths and stories that are then packed away for another year. The celebration of Christmas engages us in the life Jesus brings. Z is for Zoe, for life. So live as God intended it. Live as Jesus embodied it. With grace. A blessed Christmas, and a blessed life, to you!
Prayer suggestion: Offer thanks for the life that God brought through Jesus. Ask the Spirit to help you live life to the fullest,
as Jesus did.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Services: 7pm & 9pm. Please join us in celebrating the good news of Christ’s birth.

Today is the Third Sunday in Advent. Celebrate the Joy of today by listening to today's anthem "Jesus, God With Us" with piano and string quartet.

[12/12/19]   THE ANNUAL KIRK LADIES ORNAMENT EXCHANGE will be at The Nor’kirk tonight from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bring a wrapped (un-tagged) ornament or decoration approximate value $10 and an appetizer or dessert to share. Come have a fun evening with the ladies of The Nor’kirk.

THE GROW AND SHARE COMMUNITY GARDEN will host its last workday for 2019 at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14th. All are welcome; tasks are varied. Let's get the garden ready for winter!

THE WHITE ELEPHANT PARTY will be on Saturday, Dec. 14th at 6:00 p.m. Bring a wrapped gift ($15 or less) to swap and an appetizer or dessert to share. Contact Peg Kinkade for more information.

IF YOU SELECTED A CHRISTMAS GIFT TAG for our Sack Summer Hunger and Hope for the Homebound families, please bring your wrapped gift back to the church by Sunday, Dec.15th. Contact Peg Kinkade for more information.

[12/12/19]   Thursday December 12, 2019

L is for Love

“Love, the Guest, is on the way.” Eleanor Farjeon wrote those words as the refrain to the first verse of her Christmas carol “People, Look East.” They offer a revealing connection between the gift of love that is in the heart of this season and our practice of hospitality to that gift.
How hospitable as we to Love, the Guest, whose birth we are preparing to celebrate? Hospitality to the practice of love are inextricably bound together. The shepherds and magi reveal that being hospitable to Love, the Guest, may mean interrupting even cherished routines for the sake of welcoming the Christ who comes to us. We may be overwhelmed by the season’s crowds and by our holiday schedules and find ourselves too busy to welcome Jesus.
Exercise: Listen to the song “People, Look East,” by Eleanor Farjeon, available on iTunes and YouTube.
For children: Cut many large hearts from cardstock. Punch two holes in each heat and thread yarn through to create a
garland for the tree or for a doorway.
For adults: Think about your schedule in the last few weeks. What changes could you make in order to embody the welcome
of the shepherds and magi?
Prayer Suggestion: Offer thanks for the great give of love that God gave us in Jesus. Ask for God’s help as you go out to show
that love to others and welcome Jesus.

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Nor'kirk Live: Greetings & Scriptures 3/29/20
Thank you Price Hall!
VBS 2017




3915 N Josey Ln
Carrollton, TX

General information

†††Pastor's Message††† Welcome to the Nor'kirk. We are a family size church with activities for all ages. I want to encourage you to come worship with us. If you have questions about who we are, please contact us with your questions, and let us have the opportunity to get to know you. My prayer is that you will find a church home, one where you will become an active member. God bless. -Dr. Bill Parr †††Sunday School††† Sunday School classes meet for all ages at 9:40 am and are located in both the CE Wing and Price Hall. Nursery care is provided for children under 3 years of age. A special Confirmation Class for youth in 6th-7th grade is held during the regular school year. Contact the office, 972-492-1578, for details about specific/current classes and topics. †††Music at The Nor'kirk††† Music is an important part of congregational life at The Nor'kirk. Many individuals contribute to our music programs, including choral and instrumental opportunities for you to share your God-given gifts. If you wish to participate in a group, or even help start a new one, contact the church office at 972-492-1578. Chancel Choir Adults and older youth sing in the Chancel Choir under the direction of Lane Paschal. The Chancel Choir sings every week at the 8:30 and 10:45 worship services. In addition to weekly service music the choir has also taken their voices into the community to sing with the senior residents at Lakeview at Josey Ranch, special Christmas and Easter cantatas/programs, and the Castle Hills 4th of July Celebration. There is no audition for the chancel choir; you just need to be able to make a joyful noise! Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45, and babysitting is available upon request. Contact Lane Paschal through the church office at 972-492-1578. Orchestra The Nor'kirk Orchestra is an intergenerational group of musicians, founded in 2000, and directed by Charlotte Moellering. The orchestra rehearses during each school semester and performs at the church several times a year, both in worship services and in evening concerts. Membership requires only one year of study on your instrument and a willingness to share your God-given talent with others. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00, and babysitting is available upon request. Contact Charlotte Moellering through the church office at 972-492-1578. Children's Music The children of The Nor’kirk sing during the Sunday School hour. They occasionally sing for worship services and special liturgical events (such as Advent, Palm Sunday or Easter). †††Volunteer Opportunities††† Austin Street Shelter The Nor’kirk, in partnership with Covenant Presbyterian Church - Carrollton and the Kroger at Park/Preston - Plano, feeds the residents of the Austin Street Homeless Shelter in downtown Dallas on the first Monday of every month. If you would like to help in any capacity (picking up donations from Kroger • assist with preparing meals • serve the grateful residents), contact Peg Kinkade through the church office at 972-492-1578. Coffee Many of us want our coffee in the morning, right? Help out the church with a "behind the scenes" job by preparing the coffee for the 8:30 crowd or cleaning up after the even larger 10:45 crowd! Your help is appreciated, even if it is only a few times a year. Contact Jack Martin, Fellowship Elder, to sign up. Counter You can help out by counting the offering after the 10:45 service. It takes less than an hour, and if enough people are on the schedule you only have to serve once a month. Contact Pam McNutt, Finance and Stewardship Elder, to sign up. Liturgist A great way to participate directly in the worship service and practice your public speaking in front of a friendly crowd! You can do this once just to see what it is like, or you can jump right into the regular rotation. There is no set schedule; you serve at your convenience. You can request a specific date, or you can wait to be called. I always check within a week to make sure you are still available, and our secretary reminds you again the Friday before. Try it! Contact Ben Ewart by email or at 972-317-4205.
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