On April 22 the congregation at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church took part in a very special and unique ceremony -  the dedication of all new paraments.

For those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to the fabric ornamentations in a church’s sanctuary, also called vestments. These may be placed on the altar, pulpit, communion table or other locations and are used to highlight seasons in the liturgical year. Linda Mitchell, lay leader and worship chairwoman, led the committee which researched, selected and purchased the paraments in four colors and assisted Pastor Sandra Ireson in the dedication.

Each color and symbol were explained, beginning with the color red, used during Holy Week, Pentecost and church anniversaries and ordinations. The second color, white, is the color to mark joyful holidays and key dates in the life of Christ. Events during Christmas, Easter, baptisms, weddings and funerals use white paraments.

Purple paraments are used during Advent and Lent representing times of preparation. Finally, the green set are those seen most often as they are hung during what is called Ordinary Time, the seasons from Epiphany to Lent and from Pentecost to Advent. Green symbolizes a time of growth in the Christian faith. Each color was embroidered in gold with a different symbol which further explained Christian beliefs.

At the end of the explanations of the colors and symbols the paraments were dedicated to the memory that ‘we are standing of the shoulders of, and are surrounded by, the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ who have kept the faith alive.”

Pancakes will be plentiful

The Arcadia Lions will be sponsoring an all you care to eat pancake and sausage supper Friday. Make your way to the Community Building between 5 and 8 p.m. Donations will be accepted to benefit the visually impaired in Davidson County. The supper is being sponsored by Bill and Jewel Walker in memory of Tracy Purdue.

The Lions will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive May 24 from 1:30 until 6 p.m. This event will also take place at the Community Building. Hot dogs will be served to all donors. If you plan to donate the Lions request that you provide a photo ID and be at least 17 years old. If you have questions, please contact Joe Craver at (336) 529-0659. On Sunday from 12:30-5 p.m. Friedberg Moravian Church will also hold a blood drive by the American Red Cross. This will take place in their fellowship hall. You may schedule your appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: Friedberg. Additional questions may be directed to Chuck Stone at (336) 978-5537.

Another chance for chicken pie

Arcadia United Methodist Church will host a chicken pie dinner on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. You may dine in or carry out. Adults will pay $10 and children under 12 will pay $5 for chicken pie, green beans and corn, macaroni and cheese, slaw and bread. You will also be able to purchase chicken pies at this time. The church is located at the corner of Boulevard Road and Highway 150.

Mark your calendar

High School students are finishing Advance Placement exams this week. Elementary students will begin their End-of Grade tests on May 25. Middle schools will begin their end-of-year tests on May 29. Davidson County Schools will be closed May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

All branches of Davidson County Public libraries will be closed on May 28 for Memorial Day.

Beginning Wednesday,, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church will offer another day of the week for worship. Ascension, a positive, encouraging contemporary service of Christian music and worship will start at 6:45. Services will be help on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Everyone is welcome to take part and are directed to the fellowship hall. Also, Mt. Olivet will begin its summer worship schedule on June 3.

Something to think about

It is important to remember that the beginning can be anywhere along the way.

To report news of Arcadia, call Lynette Wikle at (336) 408-1280 or email at arcadianews16@gmail.com.