Presbytidings – September 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
The ancients believed that there are two kinds of time, Kronos and Kairos. We all know about Kronos time. That’s the one there isn’t enough of. It’s the one we measure in minutes and hours and days, with watches and calendars. Kronos time is fleeting, and the older we get the faster it fleets! Kronos time is a quantity we use, waste, schedule, watch, and lose. It is doctor appointments and work days, school years and graduations, wedding dates and anniversaries. It’s the church lectionary year and the holidays we celebrate on designated days. We all know about Kronos time.
Kairos time just is. It’s sacred, special, immeasurable. We don’t plan or schedule it. It happens to us, or we happen into it. It’s there, and gone, and lasts forever. It’s often only moments, but those moments live forever in our hearts and memories. Kairos time is the birth of a child, a wedding day. It’s the moments in a marriage when the marriage is deepened because someone said I’m sorry, or I love you or just paused to listen at the end of a difficult day. Kronos time is December 24th. Kairos time is the mystical moment when the candles are lit and we sing Silent Night remembering we are a community of believers. Kairos time is God’s time, when we step out of the daily and into the mystery of eternity and timelessness.
In Kronos time, I’ve been your pastor for eight months. I’ve driven two hours twice a week from Omaha to Wayne. I’ve led 50+ hours of worship. I’ve spent several hours each week in sermon and worship preparation. And I could go on and on, with a list of how I’ve spent Kronos time. But the gift of this 8 months has been the Kairos time of baptism and confirmation, sharing in Bible studies, learning the back roads and the beauty of northeastern Nebraska, sitting by bedsides at CareAge and Brookdale, drinking coffee in living rooms with people who love this church and this area and can tell a story about every home I passed.
Kairos time is what we’ve shared together as I’ve been gifted to spend eight months with First Presbyterian Church. Kairos time is why we are the church in the first place. Kronos time just makes church one more thing on our “to do” list, another thing that happens in our week. Kairos time makes that “thing that happens” a gift of community and caring, a celebration of God’s love for us and our love for God, one another, and God’s creation. As Christians, we’re called to live in Kairos time, rejoicing each day that God is present, that Christ came to bring us life, that the Spirit guides and directs our living each moment.
We have to keep Kronos – the world demands that we show up where we’re supposed to and when we’ve said we would. We get to keep Kairos, to live in God’s presence every moment and share that presence with the world. Thank you for sharing Kairos with me for this time. And do enjoy Kairos with your new pastor – who will arrive in God’s time. Please be patient with your PNC, as they have to work in Kronos to find this new leader. They are doing a wonderful job and are committed to finding the right person to lead and shepherd this congregation. God’s time will provide just such a person. Please be in prayer for that person and your new relationship. Blessings on the road ahead! – Pastor Sally
ALL-CHURCH CLEAN UP
With all of the activities starting in September, we want our church home to look its best. Come between 9:00 and noon on September 3 with dust cloth or mop and pail in hand. We’ll be cleaning Sunday school rooms, the Coat closet, any windows that need washing, and generally sprucing up our sanctuary. Come for work, fun and cookies!!
We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, September 11.
Pastor Sally’s last Sunday at FPC will be September 11th. Come and join us for worship that day, and wish her well on life’s journey.
CHURCH SCHOOL KICKOFF & SUNDAE SUNDAY!
This fall we will have church school for grades preschool through 6th grade beginning on Sunday, September 11, 9:00-9:45.
- On Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30pm, join us for a Church School and Youth Group Kick-off! We would like to invite students and their families, as well as volunteers and teachers, to join us for a time of food and fun! Sloppy Joes and fixins’, plus tie dye: bring a 100% cotton T-shirt and a friend!
- After worship on Sunday, 9/11, we will be celebrating with our traditional ice cream sundae Sunday.
Remember to bring your backpacks on September 11 for the back pack blessing during church!
Our Hand-bell Choir will resume rehearsals on Sunday, 9/18 at 8:45am. New members are welcome! No experience is necessary. Please contact Jay O’Leary if you are interested.
The next session meeting will be held on Monday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
- The Presbyterian Women will start the new year with a potluck supper on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00pm with a potluck dinner, followed by a meeting to plan the coming year. The Bible Study this year will be “Who is Jesus?” All women are welcome. Come join us!
- “Faith Dollars” is a project that PW started a year ago. Dollar bills with an “F” minted on the front are very uncommon. At each meeting, members bring and “F” or Faith Dollars they have collected during each month. In May, we were able to donate $150 Faith Dollars to Haven House. We will continue to collect them and will decide where to donate the Faith Dollars later this year.
- Sewing Souls will begin meeting again on the third Wednesday of every month. This month’s meeting will be held on September 21st at 6:30pm. We will be starting new projects as well as continuing with projects such as pillows & pillowcases for children at Providence Medical Center.
- Thanks to everyone who donated items to send to Camp Calvin Crest for the Annual Quilt Auction. Without an official total yet for this year, the items sent from our church raised about $450 for the camp.
CALVIN CREST QUILT AUCTION
The items sent to the quilt auction in August from the Frist Presbyterian Church and Sewing Souls raised over $450 for Calvin Crest this year. Thanks to everyone who donated items and to those who attended the auction.
YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS RESUME
The first combined youth group will meet on Wednesday, September 7, from 6:30-8:30pm to make tie die and teach the Sunday school kids how it’s done! Or just learn it yourself – bring a 100% cotton t-shirt to dye and a friend to learn along with you!
HEALTHY DATING FOR TEENS
Here’s an opportunity for teens and parents to learn about health relationships for teens, and the challenges of keeping those dating relationships healthy. Join us at the Majestic Theater on September 21, 7:00 pm, for a haven House presentation and discussion of dating. Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be door prizes!
CHAMBER OPEN HOUSE
Our church with sponsor the Chamber of Commerce Coffee on September 16 at 10:00am. This is an opportunity to show off the newly renovated sanctuary, and let the community see the community ministries of First Presbyterian Church. We’re excited about showing people the Coat Closet and Pantry.
THE POAM/OWLS FALL CELEBRATION: SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP
The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry & the Older, Wiser, Livelier Saints (OWLS) Celebration at Calvin Crest will be held September 13-14, 2016. Please come and join friends and neighbors from across the Heartland for a two day celebration for older adults (50 and above). Overnight accommodations and great food are included. Check at our church office for details or go online at www.calvincrest.org
GREAT PLAINS PRESBYTERIAN PILGRIMAGE
Join this local pilgrimage to enhance your walk with Christ. It is a three day renewal that will last a lifetime. This journey in a Christian community will be held at Calvin Crest , September 29-October 2, 2016. For an overview of the program, see http://www.gpppilgrimage.org/faq.html or check the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.
WAYNE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
The next community blood drive will be held Thursday, September 22 from 12:00pm – 5:30pm at the Wayne Fire Department located at 510 Tomar Drive. To make an appointment, contact the LifeServe Blood Center at 800-287-4903 or www.lifeservebloodcenter.org
SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME: A FAMILY’S STORY OF SURVIVAL
You are invited to attend a community presentation on shaken baby syndrome on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Wayne Fire Hall. Jill Junck is the featured speaker for the presentation and she will talk about how her family is coping with the after effects of shaken baby syndrome. There is no cost for the event, and no need to RSVP. This event is sponsored by the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department and the Caring Connections Coalition.
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PLEASE PRAY FOR:
- Our community
- Our schools and teachers
- The work of the Pastor Nominating Committee
- All who are battling cancer
- All who live in care centers
- All our students
- Peace in the Middle East
- Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea
Greeters September 2016
4th – Jim Curtiss, Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg
11th – The Heese Family
18th – Pat Straight, Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg
25th – The Pulfer Family
Greeters October 2016
2nd – The Worner Family
9th – The McCorkindale Family
16th – Ken & Jan Liska, Jim & Shari Paige
23rd – Karen & Ken Marra, Pat & Glenda McDonald
Lectors September 2016
4th – Phil Griess
11th – Kent Pulfer
18th – Ken Liska
25th – Pat Straight
Lectors October 2016
2nd – Jack Beeson
9th – Jim Curtiss
16th – Mark Hammer
23rd – Larry Heese
30th – Karen Johnson
Acolytes September 2016
4th – Taytum Sweetland
11th – Ethan Wibben
18th – Cate Worner
25th – Nina Hammer
Acolytes October 2016
2nd –Andy Wibben
9th – Braydn McCorkindale
16th – Bo Armstrong
23rd – Madison Urbanec
30th – Emily Worner
September 2016 – First Presbyterian Church
|Each Sunday Morning:
o Handbell Choir 8:45 (beginning 9/18)
o Church School 9:00
o Worship 10:00
o Fellowship 11:00
Brown Bag Bible Study
All church cleanup
12pm Brown Bag Bible Study
6:00pm PW Potluck & Meeting
6:30pm All church Youth tie-dye party
Pastor Sally’s last day
Wayne Chamber Coffee
6:30pm Sewing Souls
7:00pm Teen Dating at the Majestic
7pm Session Mtg.
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6 Anita Fuelberth
8 Sharyn Paige
14 Angie Nelson
16 Marcile Uken
18 Jordan McDonald
19 Marilyn Murray
21 Jared Peterson
24 Jacob Pulfer, Misty Beair
29 Melissa Urbanec
30 Jared Yates, Madison Beair
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