Presbytidings – June/July 2013
The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church
216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787
(402) 375-2669 Ë www.fpcwayne.org
“Our chief end is to glorify and enjoy God forever.”
A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
So what was on Jesus’ mind as he prepared to leave this world? Among other things, us. Specifically, all believers of every time, place, and flavor. Before his arrest, Jesus prayed in the garden: “My prayer is not for them alone [that is, his disciples]. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message [that is, you and me], that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Sometimes we are so far from Jesus’ prayer that it’s embarrassing. He prayed that we would be one church, and yet we are not. It’s the uncomfortable reality of American Christianity: we have carved up the body of Christ into thousands of disparate groups, factions, and sects who often have little to do with each other. We harbor suspicion, telling ourselves that “they” are not really authentic Christians. We cling to our distinctives, majoring in the minors at the expense of unity. But our lack of unity compromises our witness to the world, and the dark forces of evil rejoice at a divided, weak church.
But there is a better way. Real progress toward Christian unity will not come by waiting for denominational leaders to forge new alliances (it is against their interests to cede any territory to other factions, unfortunately). But real change will come when we Christians on the “front lines” choose to love our neighbors and trust other Christians who worship in a different building than ours. And real unity will emerge when Christians come together to pray and to work on God’s mission in the world.
There is an opportunity to forge such unity that is sprouting in our own neighborhood. A Christian from another congregation has invited all of us to help realize her vision of unity and service to our community. Her goal is “to provide an ecumenical presence in the community that will enhance the opportunities to serve the spiritual, physical, and mental health needs of individuals and families in the community of Wayne and the surrounding region.”
If that vision sounds compelling to you—as a way of living into Jesus’ prayer for unity—then join the next phase of our conversations: Thursday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church’s building. And please join me in praying that we would be one, even as Jesus and the Father are one.
Blessings to you and your families!
The Session will gather on Monday, June 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There will be no meeting in July (unless needed).
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
Beginning the first week in June, the church office will be open Wednesday – Fridays, from 8:30-11:30am. Otherwise, you can always send an email at email@example.com
We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, June 2. Jim Paige is the ruling elder responsible for the elements and the servers.
SONSURF VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Surf’s up, dude! Catch a wave to VBS at FPC!
- June 3 – 6, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
- For kids completing K – 6th grade.
- What can we say? It’s free!
- What else can we say? How about POOL PARTY! Thursday, June 6, from 8:30-9:30pm @ the Wayne Municipal Pool.
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (402)375-2669 to register.
Presbyterian Women will be meeting Wednesday, June 5, at 2:00pm. Karen Johnson will lead us in our final Bible study for the year. Babs Middleton will be the hostess. We will also be planning our Annual Tea set for July 10th.
Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 3:00pm. Supper will be provided. Come “sew” before and/or after supper. We will have a variety of projects to work on, so we can use a variety of skills!
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN ANNUAL TEA
Mark your calendars for July 10th at 5:30pm for the Presbyterian Women’s Annual Tea. All women are invited to attend. More details to follow…
PASTOR RAY’S VACATION
Pastor Ray will be on vacation the following dates:
- July 1-7
- July 29 – August 14
If you have a pastoral need, please contact the church office or Charity Potter (402-870-1059).
Our church will be operating a bouncy house for Henoween, Friday, July 12, (5-10pm) and the Chicken Show, Saturday, July 13 (11am-4pm). We will need workers, so please watch for a sign-up at the Opportunity Table.
Keep the recipes coming in! We want to have as many recipes as possible for the new edition of the cookbook. Send your recipes to Jane O’Leary @ email@example.com or put them in the basket on the Opportunity Table.
Ever felt the itch to deliver God’s message? Well, this could be your opportunity! Learn the basics of preaching at Pastor Ray’s preaching workshop. If you are interested in possibly filling the pulpit sometime, please talk to Pastor Ray. We will schedule a workshop based on everyone’s schedules.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
We are now on Facebook! You can “like” us at “First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska.” Tune in for the latest updates from our church.
The Summer Food Pantry Backpack program has begun. This program provides a weekends supply of nutritious food for children when school breakfast and lunch is not available. We are in need of individually packaged food such as microwaveable meals, juice pouches, and fruit or pudding cups. Please contact Jenny at the church office for more information on how you can help.
BIRTHDAYS, BIRTHDAYS, BIRTHDAYS
Thirty-nine and holding? Sweet sixteen? The anniversary of your 29th coming up? Old enough to know better, but still too young to care? Over the hill? Or none of your business? Birthdays are funny things: some people love ‘em, and some people hate ‘em. They can be joyous or awkward, depending on the person. Some Sundays, usually during announcements and always at the families’ initiation, members of our congregation announce their birthdays. And sometimes we sing and honor them. And other times, birthdays are overlooked entirely, apparently snubbing the special person. Obviously, our church doesn’t want to honor some and ignore others, so as a matter of consistency, let us all agree to not observe birthdays during worship (or announcements). If you wish to celebrate a birthday for your loved one, feel free and encouraged to host Fellowship Time, complete with cake, candles, and singing. But let’s use worship to focus on the Main Thing, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We will continue to list our members’ birthdays in the newsletter and on KCTY (if you have been overlooked, please let us know asap!) but will make no other official attempts to observe birthdays. Thank you for your input and your understanding! And happy birthday to you…whenever it rolls around for you.
FAMILY FELLOWSHIP NIGHT
…will begin again this fall. We will start the new academic year with a picnic on the grounds! Stay tuned for more information.
PMC MEMORIAL SERVICE
The Home Health Care & Hospice Program of Providence Medical Center will be holding a memorial service for the patients who have died (between May 2012 and April 2013 on Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00pm. The service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Wayne, 516 N. Main Street. Balloons will be released in memory of loved ones, and refreshments will be served.
CHRISTIAN CROSS FESTIVAL
The 9th Annual Christian Cross Festival will be held at Skyview Lake in Norfolk on Saturday, June 8th from 1:00 – 10:30om. This is a FREE event that includes something for almost everyone! Special guests this year are: Fireflight, Jason Gray, and Jill Miller. Check it out at christiancrossfestival.org
CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN BOB SMILEY
Comedian Bob Smiley will be performing at the Viareo Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk. Catch his act on Sunday, June 16th. For more info go to: www.facedownproductions.com
CALVIN CREST QUILT AUCTION
The 16th Annual Quilt Auction and BBQ is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th. Make plans to join this great fundraising event. Beautiful quilts are donated and there is a live auction. The BBQ beforehand is the best around. This is the date to bid on a great gift for yourself or someone else.
WAYNE GROW AN EXTRA ROW
Across the nation gardeners are donating their extra fresh produce to their local Food Pantry. We would like to introduce this practice to the Wayne Community. As the gardening season gets into full swing, we ask that when you have extra garden produce that you bring it to our Food Pantry. So while picking your produce you could set aside a bag of beans, a few tomatoes, a bag of lettuce or spinach, cucumbers, squash, eggs, anything really. It doesn’t have to be a lot, if everyone does it, it will add up fast!
OUR SAVIOR’S FRONT PORCH
The after school program at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne has openings for the 2013-14 school year. This program in available for children in grades K-4. Contact Michelle Combs at (608)778-5413 for more information.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
- Our unchurched neighbors
- Those affected by the storms in Oklahoma
- Our VBS program
- Summer safety
2nd – The Heese Family
9th – Jim Curtiss, John Reese & The Paiges
16th – The Petersons
23rd – The Marras & The Murphys
30th – The Pulfer Family
2nd – Glenda McDonald
9th – Candyce Peitz
16th – Kevin Peterson
23rd – Jodi Pulfer
30th – Ronda Ras
7th – Pat Straight
14th – Jeryl Nelson
21st – Kent Pulfer
28th – Bev Beeson
ACOLYTES JUNE 2013
2nd – Layne Heese
9th – Beau Bowers
16th – Shea Abraham
23rd – Sarah Wibben
30th – Eleanor McCalla
7th – Madison Urbanec
14th – Bo Armstrong
21st – Taytum Sweetland
28th – Ethan Wibben
June 2013 – First Presbyterian Church
| Each Sunday Morning:
2:00p.m. Presbyterian Women
CareAge chapel 11am
Ecumenical Meeting @ Our Savior 7pm
2 Jean Griess, Jill Sweetland
6 Connie Bargstadt
8 Brian Bowers, Carol Mosley, & Austin McDonald
10 Karen Granberg
11 Emily Worner
18 Wes Beckenhauer
19 Dennis Spangler
July 2013 – First Presbyterian Church
| Each Sunday Morning:
Chapel at The Oaks 3:30pm
CareAge chapel 11am
Lucas Hoge concert – Wayne County Fair 8pm
7 Sarah Bloom
10 Shea Sweetland
11 Luke Pulfer
14 Bonnie Lund
15 Greg Worner
16 Verlin Francis
21 Josephine Peitz
24 Mark Hammer, Zach Urbanec
27 Cate Worner
29 Marta Pulfer
30 Melissa Murphy
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