Presbytidings – April 2016
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
I have a bad habit of longing for the way things never were.
When my computer project self-destructs at the click of a mouse, I long for the days of my old Remington typewriter. Of course, I forget how many bottles of White-out it took to finish a paper. And if I spilled my diet Pepsi on the paper, I had to start all over again.
I think “rap music” is an oxymoron. And I long for the good music of the 60’s. Of course, a lot of it was called acid rock. It had a way of eating away at America’s soul.
But politics were a lot different then. We didn’t have Bernie or Donald or Ted or Hillary. Well, we did have Teddy Kennedy, Nixon and Spiro. But the church was a lot better back then. But if it was so much better back then, why aren’t the boomers still around?
That’s the funny thing about nostalgia or longing for the way things never were. It’s the ‘30s without the Depression, the ‘40s without World War II, the ‘50s without the bomb, the ‘60s without drugs and riots, the ‘70s without apathy, the ‘80s without greed, and the ‘90s without Madonna, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Manson.
It’s as deluded as the fellow who said, “I don’t believe in astrology. I’m a Sagittarian and we’re skeptical.”
The real problem with longing for the way things never were is its paralyzing effect on personal and corporate improvement. If we really think things were better back then, there’s the temptation of giving up on praying and working and expecting to make things better right now.
Proverbs 29:18a has a word of caution for living that way: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (KJV)
Jesus put it this way: “Who would use old wineskins to store new wine? For the old skins would burst with the pressure, and the wine would be spilled and the skins ruined. Only new wineskins are used to store new wine. That way both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17, Living Bible)
While our Lord was clearly addressing the foolishly self-defeating behavior of people who don’t make room for his new blessings and opportunities for increasing Holy Communion with him and advancing his kingdom for the good of all, the main message is powerfully positive and persuading. It means God is still alive and active and providing the way to build upon the best of the past for an even better future.
Our challenge it to stop longing for the way things never were. We are called to grow and go with God, enlightened, encouraged and enabled by the Spirit.
Yesterday is not all it’s cracked up to be. Change is happening all around us – it’s unstoppable! And why would we want to keep doing things the way we did them 20 years ago, or 50 years ago? As we await the return to our 100+year-old worship space, let us focus on new ways to be church. As we gather to discern our pastoral needs for the future, let us call on new visions. As we discover who God is calling our congregation to be in this 21st century, let us be open to whatever God might have in store.
(with thanks to Rev. Robert Kopp, pastor who wrote the article that inspired this column)
MISSION STATEMENT AND PASTOR SEARCH PROCESS
On April 3, the congregation will be introduced to a process that will help us discern God’s desires for the future of FPC. The process involves two weeks of daily scripture readings and prayer. We ask that you take time each day to complete the reading and write down your reflection on the “picture” it presents for the church’s life and mission. At the end of the two weeks, please use the summary sheet for your key ideas and impressions about the future of this church and the kind of pastoral leadership the church needs to go forward. We will gather after church on April 17 for potluck and discussion around our discernment summaries. The Session will then use your input to create the Church Information Form (CIF) which is the “job description” and vision for calling the next pastor. The discernment packet was emailed to your home and is also available in print form at the church.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with those in need. Your generous gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. We received the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on both Palm & Easter Sundays and will be sending $588 to our national office, thanks to your generosity.
Thank you to the deacons who served warm rolls and coffee on Easter Sunday, so that we could fellowship with all of the visitors. We missed the brunch because of our renovation, but not the fellowship time!
Church school continues on Wednesday night at 6:30. The last day of church school will be May 11.
Mercy Meals of Nebraska is a non-profit organization that allows volunteers to package nourishing food that will be delivered by the Orphan Grain Train to children in need throughout the world. Orphanages, refugee camps, feeding centers, disaster relief centers and local food pantries have been recent recipients of our food.
Misty Beair would like to take a group of our church youth (grades 3-12) to help package Mercy Meals at Grace Lutheran Church on April 5th from 6:30-8:00 PM. If your child would like to help out, please let me know ASAP so I can give them a head count of how many will be there. firstname.lastname@example.org
- High School Youth: dates to be determined 7:30-8:30pm.
- Junior High Youth: following Confirmation classes, 7:30-8:30pm.
- Confirmation: 4/6 youth to Greek orthodox service at 4:15, 4/13 and 4/20 from 6:30-7:30pm.
Our confirmands have spent the past 3 months meeting together and learning about their faith and how it fits with the Presbyterian Church, USA. They’ve met with mentors, interviewed elders and deacons, and been involved in service to church and community. On April 25 they will meet with the Session, and on May 1 those who have decided to do so will join First Presbyterian Church. Please make it a point to celebrate this special day with them.
The Session will gather with the Confirmation Class on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30pm. Martha Svoboda will lead the Bible study. Babs Middleton will be the hostess.
The Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30pm. Judy Lindberg will be the hostess.
BROWN-BAG BIBLE STUDY
The Brown-Bag Bible study is starting a new study on the basics of faith – God, Jesus, Religion, the Bible, the Church, Salvation, and the Cross. Join us for a brief video presentation from an active pastor/writer who will help us explore what we know, and what we question, about these topics. This is an opportunity to explore our faith together. We will meet on Tuesdays, at noon, in the Fellowship hall. We will not meet on April 5. Then we’ll finish our study in May.
We will do our spring highway cleanup after worship on Sunday, April 10. Wear work cloths to worship! We will depart after worship to our stretch of Highway 35 (markers 33-35 east of Wayne). If we can get twenty people to help, the work will go very quickly. This is a great time for families to do a service project together. With plenty of help, this project takes less than one hour. If you’d like to clean up, but not along the highway, you can stay at the church and help clean out the cupboards. Our dumpster will be removed on April 11, so we want to be sure all of our excess “stuff” has been cleaned out.
If you have younger children in your family (too young to be out on the highway), and they want to help—don’t despair! We will have an adult located at the church to watch the kids. Our current plan is to have them do their own cleanup project in our church yard. We look forward to your help on April 10! Thanks in advance. (Back up date is April 24 is the weather is bad on April 10)
We know this is taking longer than planned, and that we all want to be worshipping back in our beautiful sanctuary. We think we’re entering the home stretch, with only side lights and carpeting yet to finish, and organ to be re-installed. Thank you for your support and your patience as we do this project right. If you have questions, please contact our property team leaders, Russ Urbanec and Greg Worner.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Providence Medical Center is offering a grief support group on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-8:30. The group begins April 5. Please call NOW if you are interested, 402-375-4288.
WAYNE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
You can save lives! Just one pint can save three lives. The next Wayne Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, April 28, from 9am to 3pm at the Wayne Fire Department. You can make an appointment by calling 800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
The Wayne Area Habitat for Humanity is considering starting its 5th house build in Wayne. If there is support from the community, the build will start in the fall. A lot for building the house has already been obtained. If you are interested in volunteering to help build, clean up, make lunches for volunteers, help with the organization, or pray, please talk to Mark Hammer. Thanks!
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PLEASE PRAY FOR:
- Our community
- Our schools and teachers
- 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
LECTOR, ACOLYTE, GREETER SCHEDULE FOR APRIL & MAY 2016
GREETERS – APRIL 2016
3rd – The Pulfer Family
10th – The Peterson Family
17th – Ken & Jan Liska, Ken & Karen Marra
24th – Pat & Glenda McDonald, Scott & Lindsay McLaughlin
GREETERS – MAY 2016
1st – Milton & Jackie Owens, Jim & Shari Paige
8th – The Peitz Family
15th – The Worner Family
22nd – The Heese Family
29th – John & Anita Fuelberth, Phil & Jean Griess
LECTORS – APRIL 2015
3rd – Phil Griess
10th – Judy Lindberg
17th – Ronda Ras
24th – Tami Worner
LECTORS – MAY 2016
1st – Mark Hammer
8th – Larry Heese
15th – Jodi Pulfer
29th – Karen Johnson
ACOLYTES – APRIL 2016
3rd – Cate Worner
10th – Nina Hammer
17th – Bo Armstrong
24th – Braydn McCorkindale
ACOLYTES – MAY 2016
1st – Madison Urbanec
8th – Taytum Sweetland
15th – Emily Worner
22nd – Ethan Wibben
29th – Cate Worner
April 2016 – First Presbyterian Church
| Each Sunday Morning:
o Handbell Choir 8:45
o Worship 10:00
o Fellowship 11:00
No Brown Bag today
6:30 Youth packing Mercy Meals
4:15 Confirmands to Sioux City
6:30 Church School
6:30 Presbyterian Women
11:00 Highway & Church Cleanup
12pm Brown Bag
12pm Brown Bag
6:30 Church School
6:30 Confirmation Class
7:30 Jr. High Youth
11:00 Church Potluck & Discernment Discussion
12pm Brown Bag
6:30 Sewing Souls
6:30 Church School
6:30 Confirmation Class
7:30 Jr. High Youth Group
(Highway cleanup rain date)
7:00pm Session meets with confirmands
11:00 Presbytery Cluster
6:30 Church School
7:30 Youth Group
3:00 Abraham Eagle Scout Court of Honor
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1 Jorge Dunklau
4 Bev Beeson
6 Shari Dunklau
8 Andrew Pulfer
9 Kevin Armstrong
19 Taylor Racely
23 Jill O’Leary Scott
24 Gina McDonald
26 Phil Griess, Levi Heese
27 Stacey Alexander, Verianne McClain
29 Heidi Armstrong, Addie Murphy
30 Greg Bloom
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