May 2015 Presbytidings

Presbytidings – May 2015

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

Well, the cat is out of the bag: Nearly everyone around has heard that I have accepted a new call to be the chaplain to Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. Over the past couple of weeks I have heard people express shock and sadness over my and my family’s departure from Wayne. But I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the expressions of gratitude and support. I am leaving here a blessed person, and I hope that I will leave a blessing as well.

There are a few random things I want you to know as I prepare to move on to this new adventure—in no particular order:

  • You are loved. I have loved you, and God loves you. These ten years of walking together through joy and sadness have all been authentic. I have been blessed to share in your lives. I am not leaving because I don’t love you. I am leaving because I have discerned that God is reshuffling the board a bit and moving me one to a new corner of his kingdom.
  • God will take care of you. This congregation existed in Wayne long before I arrived, and it will be around long after I leave. God is not done with you yet. So I encourage you to hang in there; invest in each other, care for each other. The interim period can be challenging, but that challenge brings you together and helps you build your identity as a family together. You will be fine.
  • Get over me. Yes, it’s important who is in the pulpit every Sunday, and yes, it makes a difference who is the teaching elder for this congregation. But the next pastor doesn’t need to be a Ray clone. Maybe I’m assuming too much (some of you might be relieved that I’m gone!). But congregations can get into trouble when they dwell in the past too much. So forget about me. Embrace the interim pastor. And open your hearts to the next pastor who will call Wayne home.
  • The presbytery will help you. They will help you find an interim pastor to fill in, short-term, while you elect a pastor nominating committee from the congregation. There are many competent, compassionate people in our presbytery who can help you through this process.
  • Trust each other. The pastor nominating committee will do a good job of prayerfully considering possible pastors. Pray for the committee. Talk about your dreams for this church—not just who the pastor will be, but what you would like to do. You’d be amazed that many of those dreams don’t require a pastor at all. They just take someone like you to make them happen.
  • Step up and step in. Losing a full-time pastor will mean that there will be some holes in the life of this congregation. But if we all step up a little, those gaps will be closed. When someone is in the hospital, don’t wait for the pastor to visit him or her. Do it yourself! When there are spots for guest preachers, don’t moan about how “good” or “not-so-good” the past preachers have been. Write a sermon and give it a whirl!
  • Be kind to each other. Suspicion can creep in like roaches. Assumptions can foul the water. Trying to wrest control from someone else can be damaging and exhausting. You are a family: siblings of Big Brother Jesus and adopted children of God through faith. None are better or worse. You are all on the same footing. So be grateful for everything and pay attention more to the well-being of others more than who is “right.”

Thank you for your love and support. You will be fine. May the Lord bless and keep you always.

Pastor Ray

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on May 5 and May 31, 2015.

YOUTH GROUPS

  • High School Youth: Wednesday, May 6th.
  • High Youth: Wednesday, May 13th.

These will be our final gatherings for this school year.

CHURCH SCHOOL

The final day of church school will be May 10th.

SESSION

The Session will meet on Monday. May 18 at 7:00pm.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, May 17, following worship (about 11:00am). The purpose of the meeting is to vote to concur with Pastor Ray’s decision to dissolve the pastoral relationship between him and FPC Wayne. There will also be an opportunity for the congregation to ask questions about the process of finding a new pastor and anything else relevant to his leaving.

FAREWELL POTLUCK & RECEPTION FOR PASTOR RAY AND FAMILY

Please join our church family for a potluck after worship on Sunday, May 31st as we thank Pastor Ray and his family for their 10 years of service to our congregation.

The public is also invited to come from 11:45-1:45 for a cake reception.

EASTER LILIES

The beautiful lilies were given by Jane & Jay O’Leary, Pat Straight, and Wilva Jenkins family. Thank you.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30pm. Martha Svoboda will lead the Bible study. Babs Middleton will be the hostess.

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, May 20th. The hostess will be Judy Lindberg.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE

We are excited to announce that we will be doing another joint VBS this year! This year it will be Our Savior Lutheran, the First Presbyterian and the First United Methodist. VBS will be July 20-23 from 6:30 – 8:30 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity table. The theme is Extraordinary!

MISSION GROUP HOSTING

Thank you to those who provided hospitality to the mission group from Lincoln who stayed in Wayne the week of April 20. You are a blessing to those workers!

FROM JANE & JAY O’LEARY

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers which were at the visitation, funeral and finally back home in our own church.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Pastor Ray and his family as they begin a new calling from God
  • Our community
  • Our schools, administrators, teachers, graduates & students
  • Our unchurched neighbors
  • All who are battling cancer
  • All who live in care centers
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

GREETERS – MAY 2015

5/3 – The Peitz Family

5/10 – The Worner Family

5/17 – The Heese Family

5/24 – Phil & Jean Griess

5/31 – John & Anita Fuelberth, Mark & Jenny Hammer

GREETERS – JUNE 2015

6/7 – Jack & Bev Beeson, Mark & Jenny Hammer

6/14 – Jim Curtiss, Karen Johnson, & Babs Middleton

6/21 – The Pulfer Family

6/28 – Jim Lindau, Joyce Reeg & Pat Straight

LECTORS – MAY 2015

5/3 – Larry Heese

5/10 – Jodi Pulfer

5/17 – Tiffanny Heese

5/24 – Karen Johnson

5/31 – Mark Hammer

LECTORS – JUNE 2015

6/7 – Jim Lindau

6/14 – Jan Liska

6/21 – TBA

6/28 – TBA

ACOLYTES – MAY 2015

5/3 – Braydn McCorkindale

5/10 – Emily Worner

5/17 – Bralen Murphy

5/24 – Genevieve McCalla

5/31 – Nina Hammer

ACOLYTES – JUNE 2015

6/7 – Nina Hammer

6/14 – Andy Wibben

6/21 – TBA

6/28 – Madison Urbanec

May 2015 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
3 4

3:30 Scouts

6:00 Scout Den Meeting

5 6

6:30 Presbyterian Women

7:30 High School Youth

7 8 9
10

Graduation Sunday

Last day of Church School

11 12 13

7:30 Jr. High Youth

14 15

7:00 Uken Recitals

16
17

11:00 Congregation Meeting

2:00 Uken Recitals

18

7:00 Session Meeting

19 20

6:30 Sewing Souls

21 22 23
24 25

Memorial Day

26 27 28 29 30
31

Communion

11:00 Church Potluck

11:45 Pastor Ray’s Reception

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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