April 2017 Presbytidings

 

Presbytidings – April 2017

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.”

 

Holy Week

Ann Weems

Holy is the week…

Holy, consecrated, belonging to God…

We move from hosannas to horror

with the predictable ease

of those who know not what they do.

Our hosannas sung,

Our palms waved,

Let us go with passion into this week.

It is a time to curse the fig trees that do not yield fruit.

It is a time to cleanse our temples of any blasphemy.

It is a time to greet Jesus as the Lord’s Anointed One,

to lavishly break our alabaster

and pour perfume out for him

without counting the cost.

It is a time for preparation…

The time to give thanks and break bread is upon us.

The time to give thanks and drink of the cup is imminent.

Eat, drink, remember:

On this night of nights, each one must ask,

as we dip our bread in the wine,

“Is it I?”

And on that darkest of days, each of us must stand

beneath the tree

and watch the dying

if we are to be there

when the stone is rolled away.

The only road to Easter morning

Is through the unrelenting shadows of that Friday.

Only then will the alleluias be sung;

Only then will the dancing begin.

 

From the Pastor….

 Just like the greening grass in the yards lots of things are springing up here at First Presbyterian Church.  These last three months have been filled with firsts as I get to know the congregation, your history as a faith community as well as settle into the rhythms of the church and community.  All this newness brings to mind the words of the prophet Isaiah,[*]

“Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it?
Yes, I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness.

Spring is a time of transition and change, like a spring bulb with the first green leaves breaking ground, new ideas and suggestions are being shared.  The Session is talking about congregational activities, events for the summer and beginning to think and plan for the rest of the year.  It is exciting to see the openness of the Session to think “outside the box.”  It is the presence of the Holy Spirit moving in a congregation, members as well as leadership that opens us to new ideas and new opportunities as well as new ways of looking at the familiar.   The congregation has graciously accepted some changes in worship during this Lenten season and I hope that your worship has been enhanced as a result.

As the Session and I begin to look toward the future we will be reviewing the information gathered from the congregation prior to your pastoral search.  These comments and ideas will inform the Session and various Teams as we look to the future.   I welcome your comments and ideas about your vision for the future of FPC and would be happy to visit over lunch or at your home, feel free to contact me to arrange a time to visit.

I look forward with a sense of anticipation as Holy Week approaches which begins with Palm/ Passion Sunday.  It will be a special morning with a palm processional, the Presbyterian Pealers providing special music and our youth providing a dramatic reading during in worship.  During the service on April 9th we will not only remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, but also his sacrifice for us.  We remember Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples before he gave himself up for us as we worship together and celebrate Communion at our Maundy Thursday service.

Easter morning the Deacons are organizing the 9:00 a.m.  Brunch, you can read the details elsewhere in the newsletter.   I look forward to seeing our beautiful sanctuary filled with flowers as we celebrate on Easter Sunday that death did not have that last word, that Christ’s resurrection defeated death and secured salvation for all who put their trust and faith in him.

April brings several opportunities for service and outreach some new and some familiar.  Habitat for Humanity is actively working on the house at 315 Nebraska Street and volunteers are welcome to help especially on Saturday’s. If you want more information talk to Mark Hammer or Greg Worner or see the article in the newsletter.   FPC will be providing a meal for the Habitat workers on April 29th.   April 23 has been set for spring roadside clean-up, more details will be coming in the next few weeks.  This will be an opportunity for the congregation to be visible in the community so I hope you will save the date and plan to participate.

Spring is a time of new beginnings and renewal, I give thanks for the opportunity to be a part of the FPC family and look forward to the Spirit inspired new things which will spring up and bloom in our midst.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND EVENING PRAYER

Be fed! Join us for our last soup supper Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00pm (a sign-up sheet is on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall), followed by evening prayer at 7:00.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Join us as we travel to the Upper Room, to Calvary, and to the Empty Tomb. Here is our Holy Week schedule:

  • Palm/Passion Sunday celebration, with a palm processional and the Presbyterian Pealers handbell choir: April 9th at 10:00am

+ There will also be a special presentation by the FPC Youth Group during            Worship.

  • Maundy Thursday, with Communion: April 13th at 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday celebration: April 16th

+ Breakfast in Fellowship Hall at 9:00am

+ Worship at 10:00am

EASTER BREAKFAST

Come and share in a fellowship brunch on Easter Sunday, 4/16 at 9:00 a.m.  A sign-up sheet is on the Opportunity Table for anyone who would like to contribute.  The Youth Group is encouraged to serve and clean up at the brunch at 9:00am (check in with Greg Worner or Ronda Ras for details).

EASTER LILIES

Please help us decorate our sanctuary for Easter by bringing your Easter lilies and placing them on the chancel before Friday, April 14th. If you would like to have an acknowledgment in the bulletin on Easter day, please let Jenny know how the acknowledgement should read.

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. You can view a short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1IBCzsLZJA&feature=youtu.be or on our Facebook page. We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Easter Sunday. Please be generous.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the following days:

  • Sunday, April 2nd at 10:00am (Communion elder, Kevin Peterson)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13th at 7:00pm (Communion elder, Greg Worner)

SESSION

There will be no session meeting in April. The next session meeting will be on Monday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30pm. Jackie Owens will lead the Bible study. Joyce Voyles will be the hostess.

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30pm. Judy Lindberg will be the hostess.

RADIO DEVOTIONS

Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of April 3rd – 7th at 5:40am.

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

We will do our spring highway cleanup after worship on Sunday, April 23rd (rain date: 4/30). Please wear your work clothes to church that day. We will depart after worship to our stretch of Highway 35 (markers 33-35 east of Wayne). This is a great time for families to do a service project together. With plenty of help, this project can take less than one hour.

SYNOD SCHOOL

Want to go to camp as a family this summer?  Plan to Join Presbyterians from all over the Midwest at Buena Vista College, in Storm Lake, IA July 23-28, 2017.  Plan on a week of inspiring worship, educational speakers, arts and crafts, and lots of new friends for the entire family.  There is programming available for every age and every interest.  Want more information?  Go to http://lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool.

SUMMER CAMP @ CALVIN CREST

Summer is coming! We promise! And what better way to spend your summer than going to camp learning about Jesus with friends? Calvin Crest is officially open for summer camp registration: www.calvincrest.org/summer-camp. Pick out your week of camp and register your kid(s) or grandkid(s). Adherents of our church may apply for a scholarship to pay ½ of the cost of registration.  Additional scholarships, based on financial need may be available. Please ask Jenny or Pastor Teresa for an application.

CHURCH GROWTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Pastor Teresa will be attending the 2017 Church Growth Leadership Summit April 24-25th in Lincoln, Nebraska.

FPC COLLEGE STUDENT UPDATES

We are trying to update our records for our college students (i.e. have they moved, will they be graduating, etc.) Please send any updated information to Jenny fpcwayne@gmail.com or Pastor Teresa at tbartlett98@gmail.com

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Have you lost a loved one recently? The grief can be hard to handle. Please consider joining the Providence Medical Grief Support group. We will meet Tuesday evenings (4/11 – 5/16) from 6:30-8:15pm. Pre-register by calling 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 27, from 9 am – 2:30 pm 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 working on its 5th house in Wayne at 315 South Nebraska Street. They are in need of labor volunteers (weather permitting) on the following Saturdays: 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, and 4/29 from 9:00am – 1:00pm each day. (Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes.)  Our church will be donating some food to the volunteers on Saturday, April 29th. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Opportunity Table for individually wrapped cookies or bars. Thank you for your help!

 

LECTOR, ACOLYTE, GREETER SCHEDULE FOR APRIL & MAY 2017

 

LECTORS – APRIL 2017

2nd – Karen Johnson

9th – Jim Lindau

16th – Glenda McDonald

23rd – Judy Lindberg

30th – Jan Liska

ACOLYTES – APRIL 2017

2nd – Cate Worner

9th – Andy Wibben

16th – Braydn McCorkindale

23rd – Emily Worner

30th – Madison Urbanec

GREETERS – APRIL 2017

2nd – The Worner Family

9th – Jim & Shari Paige, Kevin Peterson

16th – Jan & Ken Liska, Jean & Phil Griess

23rd Pat & Glenda McDonald, Joann Proett

30th – Scott & Lindsay McLaughlin, Karen Johnson

LECTORS – MAY 2017

7th – Karen McElwain

14th – Milton Owens

21st – Ken Liska

28th – Jeryl Nelson

 ACOLYTES – MAY 2017

7th – Ethan Wibben

14th – Cate Worner

21st – Nina Hammer

28th – Andy Wibben

GREETERS – MAY 2017

7th – Jim Lindau, Joyce Reeg, Babs Middleton

14th – The Worner Family

21st – The Hammer Family

28th – John & Anita Fuelberth, Jim Curtiss

 

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

 

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

30      Greg Bloom

 

 

April 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  Each Sunday Morning:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Sunday School 9:00

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

 

27 28 29 30 31 1
2

10:00 Worship with Communion

1:30 Chapel at Careage

3

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

4

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

*6:30pm Presbyterian Women

5

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

*6:00pm Soup Supper

*7:00 Lent Service

 

6

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

7

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

8

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

9

Palm Sunday

10 11 12

*3:30pm Chapel @ Brookdale

*7:30 Youth Group

13

7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service with Communion

14 15

 

16

Easter Sunday

9:00 FPC Easter Brunch

10:00 Easter Worship

17 18

Homestead Presbytery at Schuyler

19

6:30pm Sewing Souls

20 21 22

 

23 24

Pastor T. @ Church Growth Leadership – no session

25

Pastor T. @ Church Growth Leadership

26

7:30pm Youth Group

27 28 29

 

30

 

1 2 3 4 5 6

 

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

Wayne Food Pantry: https://fpcwayne.org/food-pantry/

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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[*] Isaiah 43:19   New English Translation

 

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