November/December 2016 Presbytidings

Presbytidings

November/December  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 (new!) PASTOR:

Grace and peace to you,

 As the Advent season draws near I am reminded of the many journeys woven through the Scriptures of the season. During Advent we recall Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary’s trip to Bethlehem, the shepherd’s journey from the fields to Bethlehem to  find Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.  The journey of the Wise Men following the star to an unknown destination. 

In many ways my journey, as well as that of First Presbyterian, reminds me of the Wise Men who set off following the star unsure where the journey would end.  Likewise trusting the Holy Spirit, like following a brightly, shining star, we each began with a step.  

Your journey has been one of discovery, thinking about who you are as a community, what you envision for your future.  As a congregation you spent time in reflection and discernment about your life together and your next pastor.   When the Pastor Nominating Committee was elected they began a journey as you entrusted them to follow the Spirit’s leading moving through the discernment process of identifying a pastoral candidate.

When I began feeling the prompting of the Spirit that it might be time to move, I didn’t have a specific destination in sight.  I am delighted that led by the Holy Spirit our journeys came to a crossroad in October when you extended and I accepted the call to become your next pastor.   I look forward to getting to know each of you, to hear your hopes and dreams for your congregation, learn the history of your faith family, the community and where those stories intersect. 

Often in our journeys we encounter detours and while finding housing has caused a delay in my move to Wayne, it hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm to move into the rhythm of First Presbyterian.   January 8th will be my first Sunday as your pastor.  We will begin our journey of faith and discipleship together in the New Year.  Like the Wise Men each of us are called to offer our gifts to Christ trusting our Triune God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we set out together.   We can be confident that wherever the journey leads our Triune God is faithful and give thanks that we go forward in God’s grace and love.

May the gifts of love, joy, hope and peace, be yours in abundance now and always,

 Pastor Teresa                                                

 

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, November 20, and Sunday, December 11th.

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m.

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COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Christians in Wayne will gather on Sunday evening, 11/20, at the Praise Assembly of God Church for a worship service of giving thanks. The service will start at 5:00pm, and a soup-and-pie supper will follow in their fellowship hall. Please help us provide soup and pies by signing up at the Opportunity Table.

THANKSGIVING DAY

The church office will be closed both Thursday and Friday this Thanksgiving holiday. Please, do not hesitate to leave a message if you have a need at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Program practice for the Children’s Program (on December 18th) will take place during Sunday School on December 4, 11 and 18.

FPC CHRISTMAS BAND

It’s time to dust off your instrument and play in the First Presbyterian Band! The program will be December 18th, and anyone who plays an instrument is welcome, including beginners and friends of our church. Please contact Jay O’Leary if you have questions.

RING AROUND WAYNE

The Wayne community handbell concert will be Monday, 12/5, at the Armory at 7:30pm. Our own Presbyterian Pealers will be performing alongside the other local groups. Please show your support!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30pm. Jackie Owens will lead the Bible study. The annual cookie exchange will also take place.

SEWING SOULS

There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

BROWN-BAG BIBLE STUDY

Join us for stimulating conversation as we explore questions about God and the Bible Wednesdays at noon, in Fellowship Hall.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

Poinsettias may be displayed in the sanctuary in honor or memory of the loved ones in your life. We will acknowledge the arrangements in the Christmas Eve program. Please inform someone Jenny in the church office of the details.

MITTEN TREE

Please help us decorate our annual mitten tree this holiday season with gloves, hats, scarves and mittens. It is currently on display at U.S. Cellular on Main Street, but will be in Fellowship Hall in December.

COAT CLOSET

We want to thank all of you for the many items of apparel you brought to church last Sunday for the Coat Closet. We very much appreciate your help. Thank you!!  the Deacons

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

We are expecting a very busy holiday season at the Food Pantry. Please consider making a donation to our program. There is a great need in our community, please be generous. Please contact Jenny at the church office fpcwayne@gmail.com if you have any questions.

LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

  • The Hanging of the Greens will take place after worship on 11/20. Stick around to help decorate our building in anticipation of Christmas!
  • We will go caroling to CareAge and The Oaks on Wednesday, 12/14 during supper time.
  • The Children’s Christmas program and the FPC Christmas Band will be performing during worship on Sunday, December 18th.
  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:30pm.
  • There will be no morning worship on Sunday, December 25th.
  • Pastor Teresa Bartlett’s first Sunday with us will be January 8, 2017.

 

PROVIDENCE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Providence Medical Center will be holding their Tree Lighting Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 11th at 4:30pm. This is a time to gather together to remember and celebrate our loved ones lives. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

MANY THANKS

Our gratitude goes out to John Fuelberth, as he spent many hours prepping and painting the pastors office. It looks wonderful. Thank you, John, for your dedication to our church.

 

GREETER, LECTOR, ACOLYTE SCHEDULES

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2016

 

GREETERS: NOVEMBER 2016

6th – The Peitz Family

13th – The Peterson Family

20th – The Urbanec Family

27th – John & Anita Fuelberth, Jim & Shari Paige

GREETERS: DECEMBER 2016

4th – Phil & Jean Griess, Ken & Jan LIska

11th – The Worner Family

18th Phil & Jean Griess, Jim Curtiss

24th – The Hammer Family

25th – no service


 

LECTORS: NOVEMBER 2016

6th – Jim Lindau

13th – Judy Lindberg

20th – Phil Griess

27th – Jeryl Nelson

LECTORS: DECEMBER 2016

4th – Gail McCorkindale

11th – Glenda McDonald

18th – Ken Liska

24th – no lector

 

 

ACOLYTES: NOVEMBER 2016

6th – Taytum Sweetland

13th – Ethan Wibben

20th – Madison Urbanec

27th – Ethan Wibben

ACOLYTES: DECEMBER 2016

4th – Cate Worner

11th – Bo Armstrong

18th – Ethan Wibben

24th – Nina Hammer

 

November 2016 – 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

 

6:30 Presbyterian Women

3 4 5
6

Justin Raulston

Stewardship Drive Ends

 

7 8 9

6:30 Youth Group

10 11 12
13

Justin Raulston

 

14 15 16

6:30 Sewing Souls

17 18 19
20

Terry Beair

Communion – Rev. Gordon Granberg

“Hanging of the Greens”

 

21 22 23 24

 

Church Office closed

25

 

Church Office Closed

26
27

Gail McCorkindale

 

 

28

7:00 Session Meeting

 

29 30      
             

 

December 2016 – 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

Justin Raulston

5

7:30 Ring Around Wayne

6 7

6:30 Presbyterian Women

8 9 10
11

Mark Hammer

Communion – Rev. Gordon Granberg

12 13 14

5:00 Caroling at Brookdale & CareAge

15 16 17
18

Christmas Joy Offering

Children’s Christmas Program & the FPC Christmas Band

19 20 21 22 23 24

5:30 Christmas Eve Service

25

No Church service

26 27 28 29 30 31
             

 

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

2      Phyllis Hix

6      Brandon Beair

7      Rick Lund

10     Kevin Peterson

12     Ken Liska

12     Mark McCorkindale

13     Katherine Butler

14     Audrey Harder

18     John Gradwohl

28    David McElwain

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1     Brittany Peterson

5    Tiffanny Heese

7    Candyce Peitz

14     Randy Dunklau

18     Beau Bowers

22    Nina Hammer

 

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