May 2014 Presbytidings

Presbytidings – May 2014

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

(402) 375-2669 + www.fpcwayne.org

Our chief end is to glorify and enjoy God forever.”

 

A WORD FROM THE PASTOR

            In case you haven’t been paying attention this past week, Donald Sterling*, owner of the L.A. Clippers has been banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million. In addition to being slapped with heavy sanctions, Sterling will likely be forced to sell the Clippers, even if he stands to make a ton of money on the deal—but that’s another story for another day.

            What, you may ask, was Donald Sterling’s transgression? Well, in case you have been living under a rock, Sterling was recently recorded** by his mistress*** spewing offensive racist comments. A celebrity gossip Web site broke the story, and the response from basketball players to cultural commentators to even the president of the United States has been swift in rightly condemning Mr. Sterling’s comments. Actually, some of the responses have condemned Mr. Sterling himself, and not just his comments.

            But what does this have to do with a church newsletter?

            Follow me here for a second: 1) Mr. Sterling’s racist comments are repulsive, and they betray an apparently stable attitude and worldview that he has espoused for many years. 2) For my limited knowledge of professional basketball, the NBA was right in their disciplinary action against Mr. Sterling. 3) An accepting and multicultural society like ours needs to address poisonous attitudes and encourage mutual respect among all people.

            However, I wonder if our culture hasn’t gone too far. It seems that every few months we (with cheerleading by the media and our cultural Sirens) root out another person in our midst who is unacceptable to us, we flog him or her with righteous indignance, and we throw him or her away into the garbage dump for bad people, feeling collectively better about ourselves for having exorcised some social evil embodied in that person. And it’s not just one type of person with one type of political persuasion that receives the scorn and shame of an entire nation; everyone is already on their last warning to keep their thoughts and behaviors in check, lest they, too, be cast into the outer darkness.

            But as a Christian leader, I am concerned that we condemn people so readily and close out the possibility of forgiveness and restoration. Think with me another second: What if Donald Sterling were to publicly apologize for his racist attitudes and behaviors?**** And not just the politically motivated non-apology that says, “I’m sorry if you were offended by my comments.” But what would we as a society do if he had a genuine change of heart, publicly repented and turned to God,***** and asked for forgiveness? Would we accept him and give him another chance? Or is Sterling’s sin one of the many unpardonable sins we have in our culture today?

            As Christians, forgiveness is at the heart of who we are. We have been forgiven of our sins, so we must be ready to forgive others for their sins (see Colossians 3:13b). It’s what we do. Even Jesus—to Peter’s dismay—told his disciples that they must keep forgiving others who offend us, because God keeps forgiving us when we offend him.

            So if I can offer yet another voice to this conversation about Donald Sterling and racism, it would be this: Yes, we need to gently encourage others toward respecting and loving all people, but yes, we also need to practice humility when faced with the temptation to condemn others.

            And while we’re at it, why don’t we all take a second and pray for Donald Sterling.

Pastor Ray

* Born in Chicago in 1934 as Donald Tokowitz.

** Apparently without his knowledge or consent, which is actually illegal and inadmissible as legal evidence in California.

*** That is, not his wife, Rochelle Stein. Apparently adultery is acceptable in the NBA.

**** Not to mention his adultery.

***** He’s Jewish.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on May 18.

 YOUTH GROUPS

  • High School Youth: 5/7 from 7:30-8:30pm.
  • Jr. High Youth: 5/14 from 7:30-8:30pm.

This will be our final gatherings for this school year. We will have special games and refreshments!

 CHURCH SCHOOL

The final day of church school will be May 11.

 CONFIRMATION UPDATE

Confirmation students will meet with their mentors on Sunday, May 4, from 9:00-9:45am. Confirmation Sunday will be May 18, during worship. There will be a special reception after worship to honor our Confirmation students.

 SESSION

The Session will not meet in May. The next session meeting will be held on Monday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 EASTER LILIES

The beautiful Easter lilies were donated by the following families: Pulfers, Beesons, Fuelberths

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE

Son Harvest County Fair Vacation Bible School is presented by Our Savior Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches August 4-7 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Volunteers are needed- please let Melissa Murphy know if you can help or would like more information: (402) 499-3776 or MelissaMurphy81@gmail.com Youth sign up forms will be distributed soon. Don’t forget to like our page on Facebook- WayneVBS for updates!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30pm. Karen Johnson will lead the Bible study. Joyce Voyles will be the hostess.

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30pm.  The hostess will be Babs Middleton.

NESTFest 2014 is coming!   

Sunday, May 4th noon-3:00 at the elementary track.  Fun for the family, free food and games, pony rides, train rides, face painting and entertainment!  Parents can get information on the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (a college savings plan).  

 RENEW WAYNE

Thank you to everyone who helped make the RENEW Wayne concert a success! Audio Adrenaline and Kutless rocked the Activity Center, and hundreds of fans heard the message.

 SERMONS ON THE WEB

Pastor Ray’s sermons can be heard on our Web site: www.fpcwayne.org/media.

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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

 PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools and teachers
  • Our unchurched neighbors
  • All who are battling cancer
  • All who live in care centers
  • CrossPoint Campus Ministry and our college students
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

 

GREETERS

 

MAY 2014                                                                                                      

4th – The Worners                                                                                           

11th – The Pat McDonalds & The Griesses                                                                                                    

18th – The McLaughlins & The Fuelberths

 25th – The Liskas & The Marras                                                  

JUNE 2014   

1st – J. Curtiss, Pa. Straight, K. Johnson, B. Middleton

8th – The McLaughlins & The Hammers                                                                                                    

15th – J. Lindau, J. Reeg & The Paiges 

22nd – The Peitz Family

29th – The McCorkindale Family                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                             

LECTORS

 

MAY 2014                                                                                          

4th – Mark Hammer                                                                           

11th – Jack Beeson                                                                              

18th – Larry Heese                                                                              

25th – Phil Griess  

JUNE 2014

1st – Jim Lindau 

 8th – Tiffany Heese

15th – Rachelle McCalla

22nd – Jan Liska

29th – Ken Marra  

 

ACOLYTES

 MAY 2014                                                                                         

4th – Taytum Sweetland                                                                     

11th – Madison Urbanec                                                                   

18th – Ethan Wibben                                                                         

25th – Henry McCalla

 JUNE 2014  

1st – Maria Ras

8th – Emily Armstrong

15th – Madison Beair

22nd – Shea Sweetland

29th – Gabriel Peitz                                                                       

                                                                            

May 2014 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Each Sunday Morning:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Church School 9:00

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4 Confirmation class with mentors

5

 

6:00 Scout Den Meeting

 

6

 

7

6:30 Presbyterian Women

7:30pm

High  Youth

8

 

 

9

8:30am Wayne Women’s Club Brunch

 

10 (WSC Commencement)

11

12

 

6:00 Scout Pack Meeting

13

All day –

Wayne County Primary Elections

 

14

 

7:30pm

Jr. High Youth

15

16 Mrs. Uken recital

17

 

18

Communion

Confirmation Day

Mrs. Uken recital

19

 

6:00 Scout Den Meeting

20

 

21

 

6:30pm

Sewing Souls

22

23

24

 

25

26

No Session Mtg.

 

 

27

 

28

 

 

 

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

Just contact the church office 402-375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com)

           3          Joann Proett, Dave Peitz

            10        Jeryl Nelson, Bralen Murphy

            11        Karen Johnson, Soloman Peitz, & Tami Worner

            12        Joan Lage

            14        Bo Armstrong

            15        Jordan Alexander

            17        Jaci Alexander

            18        Jay and Jane O’Leary, & Taytum Joan Sweetland

            19        Glenda McDonald

            22        Marie Johnson

            24        Gail McCorkindale

            26        Dale Alexander


 

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