Presbytidings – April 2019

Presbytidings – April 2019

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.”

 

LENTEN SUPPERS & SERVICES

Our church family will continue to gather for weekly Wednesday night suppers at 6:00pm during Lent ending on Wednesday, April 10th. The supper sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Afterward, we will gather for Lenten services at 7:00pm. All are welcome.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

  • Palm Sunday, April 14th at 10:00am
  • Maundy Thursday with communion: April 18th at 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday brunch: April 21st at 9:00am  (Signup sheet is on the Opportunity Table)
  • Easter Sunday Celebration: April 21st at 10:00am

 

EASTER LILIES

Please help us decorate our sanctuary for Easter by bringing your Easter lilies and placing them on the chancel. If you would like to have an acknowledgment in the bulletin on Easter day, please give Jenny the information.

 

oghs

One Great Hour of Sharing is the church saying, “We’ll be there when you need us.” Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Your gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, food for the hungry, and community development that helps people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected on Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday.

 

From the Pastor….

During the Lenten season we’ve been talking about crossroads; times of decision, some choices are easy, others are very hard, some choices must be made quickly and others you might have time to consider carefully. Jesus encountered many crossroads and was always able to choose God’s way for his life. Jesus’ ministry was among those who were most vulnerable, not the rich and powerful. Jesus preached good news to the poor and release to the captives. As a faith family, we are reminded of our call to compassion to the poor, as well as those who find themselves vulnerable due to circumstances beyond their control such as the recent flooding and blizzard in Nebraska and other midwestern states.

It’s important to pray for our neighbors and friends however it is also important that we act to help where and how we can. One way of supporting those who are hurting whether in Nebraska or around the world is through our financial support the PC(USA) One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS- for more information see http://www.presbyterianmission.org/oghs) offering which will be received April 14th and 21st. OGHS is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.

Did you know that the OGHS offering supports three ministry programs of the church; Presbyterian Disaster, Presbyterian Hunger and Self-Development of People, a thumbnail sketch of each program and the allocation for each follows:

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (PDA)

  • works alongside communities as they recover after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters and offers support for refugees.
  • receives 32% of funds raised from OGHS.
  • PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the PC(USA). Recently PDA has assisted 28 states following natural and human- caused disasters including flooding in Montana, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Hawaii; tornados in Alabama, Virginia and Iowa; wildfires in Californian and Colorado as well as ongoing response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
  • Note – As a result of recent flooding in Nebraska Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been in the Presbytery and we await their assessment and report.
  • You can find out more about the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/pda/

PRESBYTERIAN HUNGER PROGRAM (PHP)

SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE (SDOP)        

  • Invests in communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues
  • receives 32% of funds raised from OGHS.
  • Find out more about the work of Self Development of People at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/sdop/

This year with the after effects of the flooding still very visible we have an opportunity to help our neighbors and friends by designating offerings to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for support of flood recovery.  Donations for flood recovery should be addressed to account DR000191 U.S. Flooding (see related article which follows for more information).   Let us continue to hold in prayer those impacted by flooding and the blizzard as well as all the volunteers helping with recovery and be open to other ways we might assist in the recovery.  Sharing our gifts and working together we can share God’s love with our neighbors in need as they put their lives back in order.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

Prayer for One Great Hour of Sharing 

God of mercy, help us look past the walls

and doors of this church.

Help us to open our doors

to walk alongside the vulnerable

to whom we have been called.

As we share through this Offering,

may all your children feel

the love of Christ and share in

the justice, compassion, and joy

you offer. Keep us unsatisfied with being

THIS church on THIS corner,

so we shall be known as

CHRIST’s church to the whole world. 

Amen.

 

Nebraska Strong; Homestead Presbytery Response to Flooding

A National Response Team from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was recruited for Homestead Presbytery in response to the flooding. The team has arrived and visited many of the affected communities, assessed needs, and met with local authorities. The Presbytery office will be informing the Presbytery after the PDA assessment of the needs and ways to help.

Homestead Presbytery will be requesting a $7,500 Initial Assistance Grant from PDA as a resource for to respond to the needs in the Presbytery. These initial grants allow for broad disaster response support for congregations and communities. The Presbytery needs a team of about 5 or 6 people to begin working on our response as a presbytery, especially people from the communities that were affected. If you are willing to serve on this team, please contact Raymond Meester via email at raymondm@homesteadpres.org or call or text to Ray’s cell phone: 402.217.3684.

Individuals or churches can donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. You may want to designate your contributions to a couple of different PDA accounts:

DR000148 — Initial Response Account. This designated account is for general relief and undesignated program support. It supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering and enables members and congregations to make general designations to use funds where they are needed as determined by PDA.

DR000191 — U.S. Flooding. This designated account supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing offering and enables members and congregations to support the PC(USA) response to episodes of flooding within the United States. Funds into this account will help communities overall relief and recovery efforts associated with flooding to include assessments, clean-up efforts, and rebuilding.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

  • The Presbyterian Women will meet Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall.
  • Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 27th at the Fremont Presbyterian Church. This year’s theme is “God’s Promise: How to Live Faithfully in our Divisive World.” The cost is $8. Please contact Karen Johnson for further details.
  • The Homestead Presbyterian Women will be collecting baby layette items for the Pine Ridge Reservation at the Spring Gathering. You are invited to donate any of the following items: Onesies, sleepers, outfits, socks, bibs, receiving blankets, disposable diapers, and little books/toys/rattles.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations throughout April:

  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, April 7th at 1:30pm.
  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor Teresa will lead Brookdale Chapel on Wednesday, April 10th at 3:30pm.

 

COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, April 7th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Jim Curtiss)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 7:00pm

 

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

We will do our spring highway cleanup after worship on Sunday, April 7th (rain date: April 28th). 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.

 

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, April 9th at 4:15pm. Please contact Pastor Teresa if you are unable to attend.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet Wednesday, April 10th at 8:00pm and Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30pm this month. Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.

 

ELEANOR EDWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION DUE

The Eleanor Edwards scholarship application are due to the church office by Friday, April 19th. Scholarships will be awarded on Sunday, May 5th, followed by a reception for the graduates.

 

SESSION

The Session will meet Monday, April 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please submit an action items to Jane O’Leary or Pastor Teresa by Friday, April 12th.

 

SEWING SOULS

On Wednesday, April 24th at 2:00 Sewing Souls will meet to start new projects and continue projects such as pillowcases for children in the hospital. Come join us no matter what your sewing skills are.

 

GRADUATION SUNDAY

Join us on Sunday, May 5th at we recognize our high school graduates. Maysn Dorey and Zach Urbanec will be graduating from Wayne High, and Solomon Peitz is graduating from Wakefield High. Following the service, there will be a cake fellowship. All are welcome!

 

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 21-26, 2019.  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://www.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: http://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.

 

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 (April 8-May 13) from 6:30-8:15pm. Snacks are provided. For more information call 402-375-7923.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for April 2019

4/7/2019 Jim Curtiss Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss
4/14/2019 Jeryl Nelson Ken & Karen Marra  
4/21/2019 Gail McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  
4/28/2019 tba tba  

 

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April 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  Sunday Mornings:

o  8:45

Handbell Choir

o  10:00 Worship

o  11:00 Fellowship

 

1

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

 

2 3

4:00 Presbyterian Women

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

4 5 6

 

7

 

10:00 Worship with Communion

11:15 Highway Cleanup

1:30 Careage Chapel

8

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

 

9

 

4:15

Deacons Meeting

10

10:30 WACAM

at Brookdale

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

8:00 Youth Group

 

11

 

2:00 Darrow tunes organ

 

12

 

13

 

14

 

Palm Sunday

 

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

15

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

16 17

 

18

 

7:00 Maundy Thursday Service with Communion

 

19

 

Good Friday

 

Eleanor Edwards Scholarship apps due

20

 

Great Vigil

of Easter

21

9:00

Easter Brunch

10:00

Easter Worship

 

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

 

22

 

7:00 Session

23

 

11:00

PC(USA) Northern Covenant Meeting

24

 

2:00 Sewing Souls

7:30 Youth Group

25

 

26

 

2:00

Pipe Organ tuning

27

 

PW Spring Gathering

In Fremont

28

 

29 30        

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

4        Bev Beeson

6        Shari Dunklau

9        Kevin Armstrong

24      Gina McDonald

26      Phil Griess, Levi Heese

27      Verianne McClain

29      Heidi Armstrong

 

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office, Wayne Food Pantry & Coat Closet:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

Wayne Coat Closet: https://fpcwayne.org/wayne-coat-closet/

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – March 2019

Presbytidings – March 2019

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.”

 

“At the Crossroads”

Evening Lenten Services

Beginning March 6th at at 7:00pm

This year during our Lenten services we will be meeting some of the people involved in the story of the Passion of Christ. Many people when they encountered Christ came to a crossroad and had to decide which way to go. Each week we will hear from an individual who encountered Christ and the choices they made. Some chose well, some did not, the stories of each of these experiences help us to know what to do and what not to do when we encounter similar crossroads in our own lives. It is hoped that each week will reveal how Christ and his cross lead us to discern God’s will for us. Beginning March 13th, Lenten services will include a fellowship meal of soup and sandwiches beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a time of worship.

March 6th, Ash Wednesday – David (no meal)

March 13th – Judas

March 20th – Pontius Pilate

March 27th – Malchus

April 3rd – Peter

April 10th – John

April 18th – Maundy Thursday with communion (no meal)

Please plan to join us for this time of fellowship and worship

as part of your Lenten practices.

 

Preparation

Lent is a time for serious thought

A time of meditation;

It is a time to fast and pray,

A time for contemplation.

Lent is a time to look within,

A time of realization

Of just what means the most in life,

A time of revelations.

So Lent become a holy time,

A time of preparation

For all the joy that Easter brings,

A time of resurrection.

 

Author; Frieda Bair from

Feather in the Wind, Dorrance & Co.

 

From the Pastor,

Robert Frost’s beloved poem “The Road Not Taken” speaks of standing where “…two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” having a decision to make as to which road to choose. As in Frost’s poem we often encounter crossroads in our lives, when decisions must be made as to what path we will travel.

Standing at the crossroad we may choose to travel on a familiar road, however sometimes our choice takes us on a road void of anything familiar and we have a hard time getting and keeping our bearings. Marriage, family, education, vocation are but a few of the crossroads we encounter during our lives; college or a trade school, should we accept a new and challenging position or remain in a familiar setting. The experience of being told you have a serious health issue can quickly put you at a crossroad in what may seem like the wilderness, as you decide the best course of action; surgery or no surgery, treatment or no treatment.

There are numerous biblical accounts of folks who encountered crossroads in their lives which required hard decisions on what path to take. When God told Abram to leave his home and go to the land he would be shown, he didn’t have an on-board navigation system, he didn’t even have a road map. Yet Abram trusted God and set out. As part of his journey Genesis chapter 12 tells that Abram went to Egypt because of a famine in the land. He decided to say his wife Sarai was his sister to preserve his life and he was enriched by the Pharaoh as a result. The Pharaoh even wanted to marry Sarai, however, when the Pharaoh found out about the trick, Abram and his family were sent away.   There were other times in his life that Abram displayed generosity rather than selfishness.

Rahab[*] made a choice to protect the spies of Joshua from the king of Jericho. She had heard of how God had blessed and protected the Israelites and asked for protection for her family and herself in exchange for helping the spies. To guarantee the family’s protection Rahab was to gather all her family in her home and tie a scarlet cord from her window, they were promised safety if Rahab didn’t give away the spies. She put her life in danger to protect her family. You remember the rest of the story; Joshua and his soldiers were given the victory over Jericho and Rahab and her family were saved.

Imagine if Mary[†] had said no to the angel Gabriel’s message! Mary certainly went down an unexpected road. Her journey was filled with love and joy as well as challenges and grief, much like our lives. Joseph was at a crossroads when Mary told him she was pregnant; he had to decide if he would he divorce her quietly or walk with her on a path that was certain to be rough. Joseph, with a little heavenly guidance decided to walk with Mary. Crossroads and the resulting choices can be dangerous places, places where we encounter fear and challenge, but they can also be places that we encounter beauty and mystery.

During our Wednesday evening Lenten services, we will encounter six biblical characters who to came to a crossroad in their lives some choose well, and others did not. Some wrong choices eventually lead to confession before God, other choices lead to betrayal and judgment. Some who encountered Jesus turned their lives around and went in a completely different direction, living lives of compassion, obedience and declaring their faith in Christ.

Every Lent we stand at a crossroad, we are invited to a time of self- examination, of our lives, our relationship with Christ, to repent of those things that get between us and God.  Sometimes we do have to turn around, change directions, choose another path, other times our faith requires that we stay on the path, following the signs, trying not to be afraid even when the road is rough, and the terrain is unfamiliar. Whether we travel on familiar or unfamiliar roads we are not alone, for as God spoke to Jacob; “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go….”[‡] We can give thanks for the faithfulness of our Triune God who has promised never to leave or forsake us. Thanks be to God.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Spring forward one hour the weekend of March 10th!

 

COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, March 3rd (Communion elder, Jean Griess)
  • Sunday, April 7th at 7:00pm (Communion elder, Jim Curtiss)

 

DEACONS MEETING

The Deacons will meet on Tuesday, March 12th at 4:15pm.

 

LENTEN SUPPERS & SERVICES

Our church family will gather for weekly Wednesday night suppers during Lent beginning Wednesday, March 13th through Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00pm. The supper sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Afterward, we will gather for Lenten services at 7:00pm. All are welcome.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

  • Palm Sunday, April 14th at 10:00am
  • Maundy Thursday with communion : April 18th at 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday brunch: April 21st at 9:00am
  • Easter Sunday Celebration with communion: April 21st at 10:00am

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY DAY OF DISCERNMENT PART TWO – March 16th, 2019

All members of PC (USA) churches in Homestead Presbytery are invited to participate in the Process of Discernment on March 16th at Calvin Crest Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Synod representatives Elona Street-Steward and Deb DeMeester will be helping facilitate the conversation about the future direction of Homestead staffing, mission, and the Presbytery as a whole. ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion of how the Presbytery can be more responsive to congregations and pastors as well as the communities we serve and the role of the Presbytery as a governing body. Pastor Teresa is planning to attend, please contact her if you are interested in going. There is no fee to attend and lunch and childcare will be provided.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet Wednesday, March 14th and 28th this month.  Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian will meet Wednesday, March 6th at 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall.

Check out these two new books which have been added to the PW Library, housed in Fellowship Hall. Take a look, you may find something interesting to read on a cold winter night.

  • In This Moment. From #1 New York Timesbestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to improve the lives of his struggling students, only to become the national focus of a controversial lawsuit.
  • ·         Thomas Kinkade’s Cape Light: A Christmas Secret (A Cape Light Novel) by Katherine Spencer. The Christmas of 1955 seemed the last for his toyshop, until a miracle arrived, along with a stray dog named Otis. As Martin discovers, his grandfather’s greatest legacy is a priceless lesson about giving from the heart.

 

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet Wednesday, March 20th at 4:00pm.

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, March 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

FOLLOWING DAMARIS RETREAT – March 29-31, 2019

Come, “Follow Damaris” to a more vital faith in a retreat setting where you will be introduced to life-giving and life-glorifying means of imagining and experiencing God. The retreat will be held at Calvin Crest Conference Center in Fremont, NE and begins on Friday before dinner and ends after Sunday morning worship. See more details on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

 

SUMMER CAMP @ CALVIN CREST

The warm weather is coming! We promise! And what better way to spend your summer than going to camp with friends and Jesus! Calvin Crest is officially open for summer camp registration: www.calvincrest.org/summer-camp. Please visit with Pastor Teresa regarding scholarships from the church. Hope to see you there!

 

SYNOD SCHOOL

Make plans to attend Synod School 2018 this summer, July 21-26 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Registration is now open. You can view the extensive catalog at http://www.lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for March 2019

3/3/2019 Karen Johnson Presbyterian Women
3/10/2019 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens
3/17/2019 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer
3/24/2019 Maria Ras The Ras Family
3/31/2019 Jack Beeson The Hammer Family

 

March 2019 – First Presbyterian Church 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   Each Sunday Morning:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

 

 

 

1

 

2
3

Transfiguration of the Lord

 

Communion

 

Celebrate the Gifts of Women

4

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

5

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

 

6

Ash Wednesday

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

4:00 Presbyterian Women

7:00 Ash Wednesday Service

 

7

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

 

8

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

 

9
10

1st Sunday in Lent

 

Daylight Savings – spring ahead!

 

11

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

12

4:15 Deacons Meeting

13

10:30 Pastor at WACAM

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

8:00 Youth Group

 

14 15

 

16

Day of Discernment

Pt. 2 at Calvin Crest

17

 

2nd Sunday in Lent

18

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

19

 

20

4:00 Sewing Souls

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

 

21

 

 

22

 

23

 

 

24

3rd Sunday in Lent

25

7:00 Session Meeting

26

 

27

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

8:00 Youth Group

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

4th Sunday in Lent

1

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

2 3

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

 

4 5 6

 

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

17      Jack Beeson

19      Judy Lindberg

24      Jacob Beair

25      Leigh Heese

28      Babs Middleton

29      Madison Urbanec

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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/

 

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Pastor Teresa Bartlett

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319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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[*] Joshua 2-6

[†] Luke 1:26-38

[‡] Genesis 28:15 a

Presbytidings – February 2019

Presbytidings – February 2019

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.”

 

From the Pastor……

Welcome to February, a month that celebrates love. Retail stores are full of reminders that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There are plenty of gift choices to reflect your love and affection; candy in heart shaped boxes, as well flowers, stuffed animals to mention a few. Yet stuffed animals, flowers, or boxes of chocolates are just a token of our love. Love or lack of love is reflected not just one day in February but every day in how we speak to each other, how we live in families and in communities.

One of the most famous biblical passages on love comes from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

(1st Corinthians 13:4-7)

These words are often used in wedding ceremonies and are of course important to remember in a marriage or in any relationship yet Paul’s original audience wasn’t a couple, but rather a community of believers. A church that was challenged internally by divisions about spiritual gifts, as well as differences in social status and influences from the culture around them. Paul wrote to answer questions posed from the believers regarding the Lord’s Supper, worship, marriage and other issues in the community. Paul’s letter addressed these problems but was also a letter of encouragement.

In 1st Corinthians chapter 12 Paul discusses spiritual gifts, the diversity of gifts and how they are given for the good of the community. The Apostle also reminded the believers that they were the body of Christ, a body which was diverse, but unified in Christ, a body that should look at each other in love. Paul’s words emphasize that love is not self-seeking, but rather puts others first. Being loving doesn’t mean overlooking wrong doing however it does mean offering each other grace, patience, trust, and forgiveness.

How would our lives be different if we were to put into action Paul’s words from chapters 12 and 13; recognizing God’s gifts in each person, seeking to make each person feel valued for their abilities, and that their gifts were needed in their home, church and community. How would our lives be different if we recognized that our diversity of gifts, as well as gender and ethnicity are to be received with thanksgiving rather than a way to organize into opposing groups. Paul’s words are as valuable to us today as they were for the Corinthian church, we are to receive and build up one another with love every day, for as Paul wrote love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

“At the Crossroads”

Evening Lenten Services

Begin March 6th

Lenten services will include a fellowship meal of soup and sandwiches beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a time of worship. This year during our Lenten services we will be meeting some of the people involved in the story of the Passion of Christ. Many people when they encountered Christ came to a crossroad and had to decide which way to go. Each week we will hear from an individual who encountered Christ and the choices they made. Some chose well, some did not, the stories of each of these experiences help us to know what to do and what not to do when we encounter similar crossroads in our own lives. It is hoped that each week will reveal how Christ and his cross lead us to discern God’s will for us.

March 6th Ash Wednesday – David

March 13th – Judas

March 20th – Pontius Pilate

March 27th – Malchus

April 3rd – Peter

April 10th – John

April 18th – Maundy Thursday with communion

Please plan to join us for this time of fellowship and worship as part of your Lenten practices.

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

Our church family will gather for weekly suppers during Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 13th, at 6:00pm. (Watch for the sign-up sheets on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall.) Following the suppers, we will gather at 7:00pm for Lenten service.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT & EASTER

Observe a holy Lenten season this year.

  • We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service March 6th at 6:30pm.
  • Lenten services & soup suppers will begin weekly on Wednesdays, beginning on March 13 – April 10th.
  • Palm Sunday Service on Sunday, April 14th at 10:00am.
  • The Maundy Thursday service with communion will be held Thursday evening, April 18th.
  • Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at our Easter Sunday service with our traditional Easter Brunch beginning at 9:00am on Sunday, April 21st.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Jim Paige will serve as the Communion Elder.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

  • The Presbyterian Women meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Sewing Souls next meeting will be announced at a later date.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN LENDING LIBRARY

Most of you have probably noticed over the years that there are shelves of books on the south wall of our fellowship hall. These volumes are the accumulation of books donated and bought by the Presbyterian women of First Presbyterian Church. We encourage all of you to take advantage of the shelves and borrow and read any of the titles you find there. Many of the titles are current publications and are found on the current reading list for the Presbyterian Women of our Presbytery.

Most books (95%) of them have pockets and cards in the books for check out. There is a basket on the shelf for you to deposit the cards. We ask that you sign the card and put a date as to when you are borrowing the book. When finished you can leave the book on the pew bench next to the shelf. A drop box will be coming! If there is not card or pocket in the book, just write your name and a brief title on the sign-up sheet on the shelf by the basket.

As months go by, different members of our church will be providing book reviews of titles they have read from our library. We will also give our recommendations and alert you to any new titles. We look forward to questions, suggestions for new titles and thoughts on the books here. ENJOY!

Karen Johnson

 

ROTARY BAKED POTATO FEED

The annual Rotary Potato Bake & Dessert Bar will be held Sunday, 2/10 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium. Adults $6 ($7 at the door), Children (8 & under) $3. Hot dogs will be available for the kids.

 

FPC YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet Wednesday, February 13th and 27th this month. Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather on Saturday, 2/16, beginning at 10:00am, at Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICE

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at Careage on Sunday, February 24th at 1:30pm. All are welcome to join her there.

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

FPC ANNUAL REPORT

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 27th. If you would like a copy of the report, you can pick up a copy on the Opportunity Table or contact Jenny at fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

FPC CHURCH DIRECTORY

The updated FPC Directory is available on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall in February.

 

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

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WAYNE

THE SESSION 2019

Elder                                                                          Class                                                  Phone

Jim Curtiss (Fellowship)                                           2019

Jim Paige (Property, Fellowship)                              2019

Kevin Peterson (Administration)                            2019

Glenda McDonald    (Worship, Discipleship)        2020

Scott McLaughlin (Property, Outreach)                 2020

Kent Pulfer   (Administration)                                2020

Jean Griess (Worship)                                              2021

Jane O’Leary (Outreach)                                          2021

 

BOARD OF DEACONS 2019

Jan Liska                                                                    2019

Jackie Owens                                                            2019

Karen Johnson                                                          2020

Melissa Urbanec                                                       2020

Misty Beair                                                                2021

Karen Marra                                                              2021

 

COMMITTEES OF THE CONGREGATION 2019

Nominating Team: Jean Griess, Karen Marra, Ken Marra, Gail McCorkindale, Shari Paige, & Kevin Peterson

Financial Review Team: Phil Griess, Joan Lage, & Gerard Ras

Board of Directors: Mark McCorkindale, Joann Proett, Kent Pulfer

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNTS

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

February 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

      1 2
3

Communion

 

“Get Your Can to Church” Sunday

4

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

5 6 7 8 9
10 11

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

12

 

13

10:30 WACAM

7:30pm Youth Group

14 15 16

Homestead Presbytery – Lincoln

17 18

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

19 20

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

21 22 23
24

 

1:30 Careage Chapel

25

 

7:00 Session Meeting

26 27

 

7:30pm Youth Group

28

 

 

 

LECTOR/GREETER SCHEDULE – FEBRUARY 2019

2/3/2019 Jim Curtiss Jim & Shari Paige Jim Curtiss
2/10/2019 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Bev & Jack Beeson
2/17/2019 Gordon Granberg Babs Middleton Karen Johnson
2/24/2019 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald  

 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

7        Karen McElwain

10      Jodi Pulfer

20     Karen Marra

25      Pat Straight, Gabriel Peitz

27      Jan Liska

28     Amy Bowers

 

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/

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – January 2019

Presbytidings – January 2019

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.”

 

From the Pastor….

Unlike Luke’s account of the nativity his account of Jesus’ dedication at the temple, found in Luke 2:22-40, doesn’t get much attention. Mary and Joseph have taken Jesus to the temple for his dedication and while there encounter Simeon and Anna. The young couple’s attention to religious practices shows they want to continue in the traditions of their faith. Mary and Joseph’s encounter with two of God’s faithful, Simeon and the prophetess Anna, was surprising for everyone.

Simeon had been promised by God that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Simeon and Anna are up in years and had been faithful and dedicated serving and praying at the temple as they awaited the promised Messiah. I once heard a pastor comment that Anna and Simeon spent those years “leaning into the promises of God.”

After years of waiting, Anna and Simeon were pleased that their faithfulness and dedication had been rewarded by being able to see and hold the promised Messiah. Anna in particular told anyone who would listen that this baby was something special, one who would bring change into their midst.

Simeon rejoiced that God’s promise to him had been fulfilled but the words he shared with Mary remind us that not all promises are easy. Simeon said to Mary; “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”[*] These don’t sound like easy promises, indeed leaning into God’s promises isn’t always easy because the promise is not always fulfilled as we hope and other times is it fulfilled beyond our imagination.

Change is often hard, yet like Simeon and Anna we must lean into change. We must adapt to the changes in our churches, our culture and we must work as we wait in hope and anticipation of how God is moving. Young or old we must trust God’s promise of faithfulness to us as we live into the changes.

Every congregation has people like Simeon and Anna. People who help with every event, who worship faithfully, who make sacrifices for their church, pray for their church family and their community, folks who “lean into the promises of God.” When I think about “leaning into the promises of God” I think of one who is rooted in God’s Word and promises, and yet open to new things.

It can be mind-numbing to think of the changes that have happened in the last 50 years. These days the church no longer holds the same societal position it did in the 50’s and 60’s and while some my bemoan that shift I think it gives us opportunity and challenge. Opportunity to see things in a new way, to “lean into the promises of God.” The church, individually and collectively, faces challenges. It is no easy task to break through some of our societal barriers, like reaching out in a culture that is increasingly unchurched. Challenge as well as opportunity to reach two generations, sometimes even three generations that have had no contact with church. Churches face  challenges from maintaining buildings to pastoral leadership coupled with the challenges of remaining vital and connected to their communities are but a few of the challenges most churches face.

The Presbyterian Church as a denomination is also “leaning into God’s promises”.  Organizational changes are happening at our national offices as well as refocusing on outreach and mission. Here in Homestead Presbytery the leadership is planning a Day of Discernment on January 26th to discuss some changes the presbytery is facing.  The executive Presbyter, Dr.  Richard Wyatt, retired in August of 2018 so the Presbytery will gather to try to discern how to move forward. Some Presbyteries operate without executive presbyters; some are sharing an executive between two or more presbyteries. We are “leaning into change” awaiting God’s leading and promises.

We have numerous Simeon’s and Anna’s here at First Presbyterian; folks who through the years have “leaned into God’s promises” and who have poured out their lives in service to God and this congregation. Their efforts are so appreciated and have enriched the life of this congregation. We hope and pray to continue a fruitful ministry through which we can participate in positive change and growth not only in ourselves, our community as well as the larger world. We work together so that we can impact people’s lives for good, and share the love of God with others. As we enter 2019 with its newness and challenges let us like Simeon and Anna “lean into God’s promises” as we work together to proclaim the kingdom and wait in expectation of our Triune God’s promises being fulfilled.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Teresa

A NEW YEAR PRAYER

God of our lives, you will be faithful in time to come, as in years gone by. We praise You for goodness undeserved, and gifts received we cannot number. For life and health and loving friends; for work and leisure; for all grand things You give, we thank You, Lord God. Above all, we praise You for Jesus Christ, who lifts our hopes, and leads us in Your way. Praise and reverence, honor and glory, to You, great God; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

PASTOR’S VACATION

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation through Monday, January 7th. If pastoral services are needed, please contact our church office at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com. Providence Chaplain Anna Speiser will speak on January 6th.

COMMUNION

January Communion will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Kent Pulfer will be the Communion Elder.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

  • On Sunday, January 6, 2019 the Youth group will pack backpacks after church. Each member should recruit at least one helper.
  • Youth Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30pm

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, January 8th at 4:15pm in Fellowship Hall.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

PW will meet Wednesday, January 9th at noon for a salad potluck & meeting.

SESSION

The Session will meet on January 19th for elder training and planning for 2019. The retreat will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and include refreshments in the morning and lunch around 12:30 p.m.  All active Session members should plan to attend as we will be planning for Communion, monthly devotions, organizing Session teams as well as planning for events during the upcoming year.

SESSION & DEACON TEAM REPORTS DUE

2018 Session members & Deacons are reminded to compile a summary report for your area which will need to be sent to the office by Saturday, January 19th.

DOWNING OF THE BROWNS

Many hands light work! Please stay after fellowship on Sunday, January 20th to take down the Christmas décor and put it away. Thank you.

FPC ANNUAL MEETING

Our annual congregational meeting will be after worship on Sunday, January 27th. If you are responsible for a particular ministry (e.g., music, nominating, church school, property), please submit a brief report to the church office (fpcwayne@gmail.com) by Saturday, 1/19.

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY DAY OF DISCERNMENT – JANUARY 26

All are invited to join in this day of conversation about the current and future vision and structure of Homestead Presbytery. The conversation is prompted by changes in the denomination as well as leadership changes. Homestead Presbytery Executive Richard Wyatt retired in August of 2018 and the leadership of the Presbytery wants to hear the voices of the congregations; elders and pastors about a new executive, a transitional executive or a new form all together. Deb DeMeester and Elona Street-Stewart from the Synod will be facilitating our conversation. Our hope is that this time of conversation, dreaming and input will provide a solid foundation for the Presbytery for the next five years as well as important guidance to our transitional executive. The event open to all is being held at Calvin Crest from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required and reservations must be made by January 10th, 2019.  If you are interested in attending please see the brochures on the Opportunity Table or bulletin board. Pastor Teresa plans on attending so carpooling is available.

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

We had another busy year at the Food Pantry. We are so thankful for the many donations that were made. We had over 300 visits to the Food Pantry in 2018, and distributed over approximately 3500 backpacks to the Wayne Community Schools.

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

Please check the FPC Church Directory proof on the Opportunity Table for any corrections or updates to your listing. A new edition will be available later this month.

PORTALS OF PRAYER

We have added “Portals of Prayer” to our monthly devotional pamphlets, which are available in both the narthex and on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Portals of Prayer has been a favorite of generations of readers, a timeless daily source of strength and comfort since 1937. Each daily devotion includes a Bible reading, meditation and prayer to apply to your daily life, Please let us know if you like it, and also if you would prefer to see a larger print. We will be discontinuing “The Upper Room.”

WE ARE GRATEFUL

  • The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi “Every time I think of you, I thank my God. And whenever I mention you in my prayers, it makes me happy. This is because you have taken part with me in spreading the good news from the first day you heard about it.” (Philippians 1:3-5 Contemporary English Version)
  • I thank-you for the wonderful gift from the congregation, your generosity is deeply appreciated.  Thank-you to each one who sent a card or remembered me in other ways. The gifts I treasure most however are the gifts of friendship, your support and encouragement as we work together. I give thanks for the ministry we have to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to each of you, Pastor Teresa
  • Thank you for your generosity this Christmas season. I am grateful for your gifts and support. Jenny

THANK YOU TO FPC YOUTH & LEADERS

Thank-you to all the youth who participated in the skit “It’s the Thought that Matters” on December 9th. They did a great job and the skit reminded us that it’s not about the external trappings of Christmas, the decorating, the gifts but the internal preparation, preparing a place in our hearts to receive the Christ. Please be sure to thank the youth leaders for their work as well.  Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras and Jim Curtiss are the adult leaders.

THANK YOU TO CAROLERS

We had a group of about 15 Carolers on December 19th who visited Brookdale, Careage and a special stop to sing for Jack Beeson in the Wayne Hospital.  After we completed our tour of town, we enjoyed soup, sandwiches and an assortment of desserts back at church. Thank-you to all who caroled and contributed to an excellent meal afterwards. Thanks to Jim Curtiss for organizing the event.

THANK-YOU PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS

If you missed worship on December 23rd you missed hearing the Presbyterian Pealers share their talents.  The gathered congregation enjoyed many seasonal favorites during the service. There is a video posted on the church Facebook page of the bell choir’s lively “Joy to the World.” Please thank all the members of the choir for their dedication and especially director Jay O’Leary. The bell choir had been working hard to prepare for Ring Around Wayne which was to have been December 2nd but was cancelled due to a snowstorm. The event will not be rescheduled.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

Thank you to all who provided poinsettias for Christmas Worship. They were a beautiful addition.

  • The Abraham family in memory of Cindy’s brother, James Dean Saathoff and in honor of Airman Shea Jami Marla Abraham
  • Pastor Teresa Bartlett in honor of Glen & Carolyn Confer
  • John & Anita Fuelberth in memory of Elmer & Faye Peck, Dutch & Marj Fuelberth
  • Phil & Jean Griess is memory of Harold & Elena Wagner, Wilmer & Elizabeth Griess
  • The Hammer family in memory of Willis  Hammer, Mary Kay (Hammer)  & Greg Meeker, Arnold Hammer, Eugene & Nadine McDowell
  • Ken & Jan Liska in memory of Jay & Donna Liska, Archie & Irene Kreycik, and Alex & Stella Liska
  • The McCorkindale family in memory of John McCorkindale and Elton & Jean Bray
  • Jane & Jay O’Leary in memory of Jay D. O’Leary and Jed O’Leary
  • The Pulfer Family

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS

Thank-you to all who assisted in worship with the lighting of the Advent Candles

December 2nd – Phil and Jean Griess

December 9th – Jill Sweetland, Taytum Sweetland and Amy Bowers

December 16th – Mark, Jenny and Nina Hammer

December 23rd – Layne, Tiffanny and Larry Hesse

December 24th – Nina Hammer assisted Pastor Teresa

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

Several members of the congregation assisted the local Salvation Army Extension Unit by ringing bells the weekend of December 7 and 8.  Thanks to Glenda McDonald, Mark, Jenny and Nina Hammer, Jim Curtiss, Pastor Teresa, Josephine Peitz and Candyce Peitz.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019

January 6th     Worship leader will be Rev. Anna Speiser.

January 13th    Communion will be celebrated. Pastor Teresa returns from vacation.

January 14-18 Pastor Teresa leads KTCH radio devotions.

January 19th    Session Retreat – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

January 22nd   Presbyterian Pastor’s Northern Covenant Meeting – Wayne

January 23rd    Rotary meeting in Fellowship Hall and Tour of the Food Pantry

January 26th   Homestead Presbytery Day of Discernment, Calvin Crest 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

January 27th   Congregational Meeting – following worship

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

A Prayer for the New Year

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,

And teach us to be merry with clear hearts. 

May the new day make us happy to be Your children

And each new evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven. 

Amen.

Lector/Greeter Schedule for January 2019

1/6/2019 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige
1/13/2019 Gordon Granberg Pat & Glenda McDonald Karen Johnson
1/20/2019 Ken Marra Kent & Jodi Pulfer Ken & Karen Marra
1/27/2019 Jeryl Nelson Jeryl & Rochelle Nelson Jim Curtiss

 

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

2      Larry Heese

5     Terry Beair

9     Jenny Hammer

10     Emily Armstrong

11     Joyce Voyles

15     Haley McElwain

20   Kent Pulfer

24    Claudia Racely

27    Jim Paige

28   Jackie Owens

31     Elaine Francis, Shannon Peterson

 

January 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

  1

Pastor on vacation

New Year’s Day!

(office closed)

 

2

Pastor on vacation

 

 

 

3

Pastor on vacation

 

4

Pastor on vacation

 

5

Pastor on vacation

 

6

Pastor on vacation

Chaplain Anna Speiser speaks

Youth Group packs backpacks after worship

7

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

8

4:15

Deacons Meeting

9

 

12pm PW Salad Potluck & Meeting

7:30 HS Youth

10 11

 

 

12
13

Communion

14

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

6:30pm Scout Pack Meeting

15

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

16

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

 

 

17

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

18

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

19

9am-1pm

Session Leadership Retreat

20

“Downing of the Browns” after fellowship

21

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

22

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors

23

7:00am Rotary meets at Food Pantry

7:30 HS Youth

24 25 26
27

Annual Congregational Meeting

28

 

 

29 30

 

 

     
             

 

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/

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

 

[*] Luke 2:34-35

Presbytidings – December 2018

 

 

Presbytidings

December 2018

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.

 

From the Pastor…..

The annual unpacking of the family crèche or nativity scene is one of the most beautiful and widely accepted practices of Christmas. A crèche is a model of the scene at the manger on the first Christmas in the stable at Bethlehem. The word crèche is from the French word for manger which comes from the Italian word Greccio. Greccio was the town where the first manger scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223, some say as an alternative for pilgrims wanting to go to Bethlehem, which was then occupied by the Turks. Before that time, many churches had built nativity scenes, but these early mangers were covered with gold, silver, and jewels. They were much fancier than the original manger in which the Christ Child was laid. St. Francis wanted people to remember that Jesus was born in a humble stable. He asked a farmer friend to help by bringing an ox, a donkey, a manger and some straw to a nearby cave. On Christmas Eve, St. Francis and the people of Greccio met in this cave, by candlelight they acted out the story of Jesus’ birth. This was the first living nativity scene.

It is interesting to see how the birth of Christ is depicted around the world. I have a gold and white clay crèche that was hand made in Mexico as well as a small white ceramic set I use in the office and even a nativity which is a music box. Creches range in size from miniature or table top scenes for the home or a large scene for a church or lawn.

While visiting my parents last month I helped with some Christmas decorating which included setting up not one but two nativity scenes. One was a large ceramic set my grandmother had painted, which was displayed every Christmas in her home, and now every Christmas in my parents’ home.  The figures in the set are about 12-18 inches tall and include Mary, Joseph, the baby, two angels and a shepherd. The other set is much smaller with a rough wooden stable and figures that range in size from two-inch-high chalkware sheep to wise men who stand about four inches tall. The set has survived three rambunctious children and shows it. There are camels who have tumbled from the shelf and whose broken legs have been re-attached with Elmer’s glue. This year we repaired a beloved camel who suffered a broken neck as he came out of the box. There are angels with chips in their wings, one Wise Man’s nose is chipped. A well-loved nativity set reminds us that even though we may have broken places, or chips from bumpy places in our journey of life we are beloved in Christ’s eyes, he came to save each of us. The child born in that manger so long ago was God’s gift to the world, indeed the most wonderful gift of the season is Jesus Christ.

As we place the figures in our nativity set or see scenes on lawns or in front of churches, we can contemplate Mary and her trust in God despite the challenges she faced. We are reminded that Joseph stepped out in faith and did not break his engagement to Mary. The shepherds who were the first at the manager remind us that Christ came for all people, no matter our occupation, or what we have done. Jesus was born in humble circumstances but welcomes rich or poor into God’s kingdom. We hear of the steadfastness of the Wise Men in their search for the Christ Child.

Like many traditions and practices of the season the setting up of the nativity scene can be a chore or it can be a wonderful way to remember the story of Christ’s birth. The story reminds us of the faith, trust and steadfastness of those who were a part of the beloved story of the nativity of Christ.  The following is a prayer I came across some years ago which may be used as you set up your nativity scene and perhaps prayed during the season:

Prayer for the Crèche

Eternal God, we ask your blessing on this holy scene. May this scene be a reminder to pray throughout the Advent and Christmas season. Each time we look upon this scene may we pause to praise God for the gift of Jesus who came to save us. Mary, who consented to be his mother, and Joseph who cared for his family. God, we praise you for this holy season, bless this crèche, this house and all who dwell here.                                       Author and source unknown.

My mother has a well-worn newspaper clipping in the nativity box which contains the following blessing, this is especially suitable for families with children.

Blessing for the Crèche

“It is time, Lord, to take the holy drama from its cardboard box.

May this little creche come to life in our home and bestow its secret blessings.

Bless this wooden stable, Lord.  This lowly abode of cows and donkeys.

May it keep me humble this Christmas.

Bless this tiny star beaming at the top.

May it light my eyes with the wonder of your caring.

Bless this little angel, may her song flow through our house and fill it with smiles.

Bless this caring shepherd and the small lamb cradled in his arms.

May it whisper of Your caring embrace on my life.

Bless these Wise Men bearing splendid gifts may they inspire me

to lay my shining best at Your feet.

Bless this earthly father in his simple robe.

May he remind me of all You have entrusted to my care.

Bless this Virgin Mother, may she teach me patience as I tend to my own little ones.

Bless this baby nestled in the hay. May the love He brought to earth that Bethlehem night so fill my heart with compassion and warmth that it becomes a Christmas gift to those around me.

Now the creche is here, Lord. and we are holy participants in Your miracle night.”

Author and source unknown.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Teresa

 

Nativity Scene Display in Fellowship Hall

There are many depictions of the scene at the manger. There are children’s sets, realistic displays and even abstract designs. If you have a nativity set you would be willing to display in Fellowship Hall during Advent please bring the set by December 9th. I would encourage you to provide information about the set, for example if it is an unusual material or has come to you as a gift or purchased while traveling. Please be aware it’s a public space so don’t bring your most precious set but it will be fun to see a variety of nativity sets.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa.  

Poinsettias for Worship, Poinsettias for Advent

Poinsettias are a beautiful part of our holiday celebration. You can assist in decorating the FPC sanctuary for the Advent season by providing a poinsettia for the sanctuary. You can bring them anytime, if you would like to have your gift noted in memory or honor of someone, please let the office know.

Did you know the poinsettia would have, probably, remained unknown except for Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett the first United States ambassador appointed by John Quincy Adams to Mexico from 1825-1829?

Dr. Poinsett was a medical doctor but found his real love in the study of plants. In 1828, while exploring the intriguing countryside of Mexico he discovered a unique shrub with large red flowers. He obtained cuttings, sent them to his greenhouse in South Carolina where he started growing them. He presented friends with gifts of these amazing flowers. Even though Dr. Poinsett will be remembered as the founder of the Smithsonian Institute he will, always, be known as the discoverer of the plant that now bears his name.

The Mexican people view the poinsettia as a symbol of the Holy Star of Bethlehem. A star led the Magi, by Christian tradition as they traveled many miles across the desert in search of the Christ child. The star helped the shepherds and others find the Christ child. The tiny bright yellow flowers in the center are encompassed with bright red leaves, or bracts, which look like stars.

There are many legends of how the plant came to be associated with Christmas. One story comes from Cuernavaca, a very small town somewhat south of Mexico City is the story of a poor small boy who, like everyone else, desired to bring a gift to the Christ child on Christmas Eve. As he walked towards the Church, an angel appeared and instructed him to pick the white weeds from the roadside, which he did. When the flowers were placed into the Christ’s child’s manger on Christmas Eve, they became the vibrant crimson blossom: the poinsettia.  Another, similar, story told in a different part of Mexico is the story of a young poor girl who, also, picks white weeds from along the road. Upon arriving at the Cathedral, she places the carefully arranged bouquet into the Christ’s child’s manger on Christmas Eve and they became the lovely bright red poinsettia.

I hope you have enjoyed getting a little history of the poinsettia and that as you see the flowers you have a new appreciation for their beauty as well as the legends that have tied them to the Advent Christmas season.  The Worship Team welcomes your help in beautifying our sanctuary.  We would ask that you take your poinsettia home after the Christmas Eve worship service.

 

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. You can bring them anytime. We would ask that you take them home after the December 24rd worship service.

 

MITTEN TREE

Please help us decorate our annual mitten tree this holiday season with gloves, hats, scarves and mittens.

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

We are expecting a very busy holiday season at the Food Pantry. With gifts from the community we were able to provide ten baskets to Wayne families at Thanksgiving, and we hope to provide about ten more this Christmas-time. We will also be distributing over 100 bags with peanut butter, jelly & a loaf of bread to the children on the Wayne Schools Backpack Program. Please consider making a donation to the Food Pantry. 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.

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

Join the Presbyterian Pealers Sunday afternoon, December 2nd at 3:00pm at Wayne City Auditorium. Our thanks to Jay O’Leary and all the participants for sharing their talents with our community.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00pm.

                                                                                                           

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

FPC is scheduled to ring bells at Pac N Save on Saturday, December 8th. We still need ringers from 1-2pm and 2-3pm. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table.

 

YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The FPC Youth will perform a special Christmas program for us during worship on Sunday, December 9th, 2018.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICE

Pastor will be leading chapel at Careage on Sunday, December 9th at 1:30pm. You are welcome to join her there.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30pm.

 

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

Our Christmas Joy Offering will be taken on Sunday, December 16th & 23rd, 2018. Whether providing financial assistance to current & former church workers and their families, or providing opportunities for deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools, your generous gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will bring Good News of Great Joy to the poor in circumstances or spirit.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

We will go caroling at Brookdale and then to Careage on Wednesday, December 19th. Please gather at 4:30pm at Brookdale. Bring a friend! After we finish singing, we will return to our Fellowship Hall for a soup supper. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table to provide food for the supper.

 

SEWING SOULS

There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

Worship Christ, the newborn King! Wednesday, December 24, at 5:30pm. Bring your loved ones for a special candle-lit service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

*The church office will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25.

*The office will also be closed Monday, December 31 & Tuesday, January 1.

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation Tuesday, December 25 – Monday, January 7, 2019. Please, do not hesitate to leave a message if you have a need at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

TAX REMINDER

All donations for the 2018 calendar year need to be to Anita Fuelberth no later than Sunday, December 31, 2018 for tax purposes.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Kent Pulfer will serve as the Communion Elder.

 

SESSION

The Session will not meet in December. They will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 19th from 9am-1pm.

 

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIVING

Here are some Web sites that will inspire you to give gifts that will make a real difference in people’s lives:

www.worldvision.org

www.samaritanspurse.org

www.compassion.com

www.churchworldservice.org

www.mbfoundation.org

www.heifer.org

calvincrest@calvincreat.org

specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html

presbyteriangifts.org

The Wayne Coat Closet

The Wayne Food Pantry

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

December 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

          1

10-11am Coat Closet open

2

·         Communion

·         Hanging of the Greens

·         Ring Around Wayne

 

 

3

9:30

Wayne Family Coalition Meeting

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

4 5

2:00

PW Bible Study

 

6 7

4-6pm

Salvation Army Bell Ringing – ShopKo

8

11am-3pm

Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Pac N Save

9

·         10:00 Youth Christmas Program

·         1:30 Pastor leads Careage Chapel

 

10

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

11 12

10:30

Pastor at WACAM

 

7:30

Youth Group

13 14 15
16

 

17

 

18 19

 

20 21 22
23

 

24

5:30 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

 

Office Closed

25

Christmas Day!

·         Office Closed

·         Pastor on vacation

 

 

26

Pastor on vacation

 

27

Pastor on vacation

 

 

28

Pastor on vacation

 

 

29

Pastor on vacation

 

30

Pastor on Vacation

31

Office Closed

         

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for December 2018

12/2/2018 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family  
12/9/2018 (Youth Group) Jean & Phil Griess  
12/16/2018 Jim Curtiss Pat & Glenda McDonald  
12/23/2018 Ronda Ras The Ras Family  
12/24/2018   The Hammer Family  
12/30/2018 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens  

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1          Brittany Peterson

5          Tiffanny Heese

7          Candyce Peitz

14        Randy Dunklau

18        Beau Bowers

22        Nina Hammer

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018

  • Worship with Communion will be held Sunday, January 13, 2019.
  • The Session will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 19th from 9am-1pm.
  • The FPC Annual Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, January 27th.

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Presbytidings – November 2018

Presbytidings

November 2018

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.”

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – NOVEMBER 11th

The Session has called a congregational meeting for November 11th following worship. At the meeting we will elect a new class of deacons and elders. Approve the terms of call for the Pastor for 2019. In addition the Session is requesting a change to the bylaws which will reduce the number of elders from 9 to 6 over the course of the next three years. Copies of the bylaw changes will be available prior to the meeting. Should weather prohibit meeting on the 11th or having a quorum the congregation meeting will be held on November 18th.

 

From the Pastor…

October 31st was Reformation Day; it’s the date in 1517 when Martin Luther, a professor at the University of Wittenberg and priest of the City Church, posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany protesting the Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences. Indulgences were sold as a way to release a loved one from purgatory, to relieve one from sin; in reality indulgences were a fund raising effort for the building of the Basilica of St. Peter by Pope Leo X. Luther was not alone, there had been other voices speaking against the church and calling for reform, some voices were silenced violently, yet reformation work was continued by Luther and his successors.

Most historians say it was Luther’s 95 Theses, his theological reasons against the sale of indulgences and other practices of the Catholic Church that led to the reformation. Luther didn’t start out to establish a new church, only reform some practices of the Catholic Church, but in time his work led to the establishment of the Lutheran church.   Theologians like Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin followed Luther’s lead and from their work the Reformed Protestant churches, such as the Presbyterian were born.

Luther thought rather than support the extravagant lifestyle of the Pope and the building of churches the wealthy Catholic Church could do more to help the poor. Care for those in society became an important issue for Reformers as they stressed that each state or country had a responsibility for the “…transformation of society for the betterment of all persons.”[*] Luther was a public theologian in his day speaking out against excesses of the church and calling for change in the church and society.

The reformation period was a turbulent time in Europe, change was resisted, and society was in turmoil. The turbulence of the Reformation brings to mind other periods in history when there has been division and schism. Times when Christians stepped out against the prevailing culture to work for change and justice. Martin Luther King Jr. comes to mind for his work with civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed and eventually assassinated for his work. Luther for his stance was branded a heretic and was eventually excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Luther and Martin Luther King encountered challenges and violence in their work for the “…transformation of society for the betterment of all persons.”

The current mid- term election cycle and the level and type of political rhetoric we’ve heard has brought to my mind these other turbulent periods in history when society has been divided by words, actions and even violence. Faith and our understanding of Scripture help us understand the world, gives meaning and purpose to our lives and how we view and interact with others. Some say faith and politics don’t mix however cognitive or not, one’s politics, beliefs about society and how it should function, are informed by one’s faith which also informs decisions about what causes one supports, as well as the use of personal resources.

How might our faith help us bridge the divide society is currently experiencing and think about common goals, shared hopes and the place of where faith and community needs intersect? I recall a 2016 conversation about community and politics with radio host Krista Tippett, E.J. Dionne, and David Brooks. Brooks, an author and columnist for The New York Times, noted that religion can play a role in shaping individuals and society.  Brook’s said;

“ I long for a more active religious voice in the public square — and I have a set of formulas, where — we need to become more communitarian in a society that has become too individual. We need to become more moralistic in a society that’s too utilitarian. And we need to be more emotional in a society that is too cognitive. And religion speaks those three languages very well.”[†]

Religion can be a way to create richer community life, develop and deepen the moral framework of individuals, as well as society and foster compassion and empathy. We can do this by getting to know our neighbors, building relationships, listening to opinions other than our own, working with those whom we many not always agree. Jesus taught “‘Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Matthew 22:39). Our loving actions should include grace and mercy, we are to be about inclusion rather than exclusion. We Presbyterians profess in our Brief Statement of Faith that “…we are to work with others for justice, freedom and peace.”

The world, our country, our communities, even our churches are in constant reform, change and growth is seldom easy, often painful yet we can be a part of reshaping our society, not to our personal vision but to God’s vision of a society that is loving, merciful, a society in which we care for one another and justice is not withheld. Let us pray for wisdom, for openness to hear God’s guidance, to see the face of God in others and continue to work for the “…transformation of society for the betterment of all persons”[‡]  through our actions, words and prayers.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 4, at 2:00am. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour, or you’ll have plenty of time for solitary meditation in the sanctuary!

 

COMMUNION

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

November 4th with Kevin Peterson as the communion elder.

December 2nd with Glenda McDonald as the communion elder.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet Wednesday, November 7th at 2:00pm. Jackie Owens will lead the Bible study which will be lesson 2. Karen Johnson is the hostess.

 

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls meeting for November is yet to be announced.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations throughout the month of November:

  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of November 12th – 16th at 5:40am.
  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, November 14th at 1:30pm.

 

DEACON MEETING

The deacons will meet Tuesday, November 13th at 4:15pm.

 

YOUTH GROUP

FPC Youth Group continues to meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. The dates for November will be 11/14 & 11/28 at 7:30pm.

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather at Hickman, NE on Thursday, 11/15, beginning at 10:00am.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE DEDICATION

We invite you to join the Wayne Area Habitat for Humanity group as they dedicate & bless the latest build for the Nicole Owens (Jon Webb) family on Sunday, November 18 1:30-3pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Wayne. The home will be blessed and dedicated from 3:00-3:30pm at 319 S. Nebraska Street. Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the partner families and sells them to qualifying families at no-profit and no-interest. Homeowners must repay the cost of building their home with no interest charge and 100% of the mortgage payments going towards the funding of future Habitat houses.

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Everyone is invited gather on Sunday evening, 11/18, at St, Mary’s Catholic Church for a Thanksgiving worship service. We will begin 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 HOLIDAY

The church office will be open on Monday, November 19th from 9-noon, and will be closed both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please, do not hesitate to leave a message if you have a need at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS

We will be “Hanging of the Greens” on Sunday, December 2nd after worship. Stay tuned for details.

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

The Wayne community handbell concert will be Sunday, 12/2, at the Wayne City Auditorium at 3:00pm. Our own Presbyterian Pealers will be performing alongside the other local groups. Please show your support!

 

FPC CHRISTMAS BAND

It’s time to dust off your instrument and play in the First Presbyterian Band! The program will be December 16th, and anyone who plays an instrument is welcome, including beginners and friends of our church. Please contact Jay O’Leary if you have questions or sign-up at the Opportunity Table.

 

MITTEN TREE

The Deacons request your help in decorating our annual mitten tree this holiday season with gloves, hats, scarves and mittens. It will be in Fellowship Hall in December.

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY & COAT CLOSET

We are expecting a very busy holiday season at both the Food Pantry and the Coat Closet. Please consider making a donation to our programs. 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 12/2. Stick around to help decorate our building in anticipation of Christmas!
  • Begin the Advent season by supporting our Presbyterian Pealers at Ring Around Wayne on Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium.
  • Our congregation has been asked by the local Salvation Army Board to provide bell ringers as noted: ShopKo on Friday, 12/7 from 4-6pm, and Saturday, 12/8 from 11am-1pm and 1-3pm. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table.
  • We may go caroling to Brookdale and Careage in December.
  • The Youth Christmas program is planned for Sunday, December 16 during the worship service. The FPC Christmas Band may also perform that day.
  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:30pm.

 

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS NEEDED

Pastor Teresa is looking for couples, families or individuals who would like to assist with lighting the Advent candles during worship in December. All readings will be provided in advance. Your participation in this seasonal tradition will be appreciated. A sign-up sheet will be in Fellowship Hall or you can contact Pastor Teresa.

The dates are:

December 2nd

December 9th

December 16th

December 23rd

 

THANK YOU!!!

Thank-you to the many individuals who took care of the mowing of the church lawn over the course of the last several months. Your gifts of time have made sure the church grounds were looking nice for Sunday as well as for other church and community events. Thank- you to each one who gave of their time.

 

HOLSTEDT’S NEW ADDRESS

Craig and Susan Holstedt stopped by for a surprise visit during worship on Sunday, October 21st. Craig is now retired, and they have moved back to the Kansas City area.

Please contact the church office if you would like to have their contact info.

 

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CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for November 2018

11/4/2018 Bev Beeson Jack & Bev Beeson Jean & Phil Griess
11/11/2018 Judy Lindberg The Urbanec Family  
11/18/2018 Gail McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  
11/25/2018 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family  

 

November 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

      1 2 3

 

10-11am

Coat Closet open

4

·         Set your clocks back 1 hour

·         Communion

·         Presbyterian Pealers perform

 

5

9:30am

WCFC Meeting

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

6

Election Day in Fellowship Hall

7

2:oopm

Presbyterian Women

8 9 10

10am

Mobile Food Pantry

at Journey

Church

11

 

11:00 Congregational Meeting

12

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

13

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

4:15

Deacon Meeting

14

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10:30am

WACAM

 

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

 

7:30 Youth Group

15

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

9:00

Presbytery @ Hickman

16

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

17

 

 

18

1:30 Habitat for Humanity House Dedication

5:00

Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

 

19

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

 

9:00 Church office open

20 21

 

22

 

Church Office closed

23

 

Church Office Closed

24
25

 

 

28

 

7:00 Session Meeting

 

29

 

30

 

7:30

Youth Group

     
             

 

 

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NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

6       Brandon Beair

10      Kevin Peterson

12      Ken Liska

12      Mark McCorkindale

13       Katherine Butler

14      Audrey Harder

18      John Gradwohl

28      David ‘Max’ McElwain

 

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/

 

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Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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[*] Deprater, Bill.   Why Study the Reformation Era?   Presbyterian Outlook Vol 198 #23 November 7, 2016.

[†] https://onbeing.org/programs/david-brooks-e-j-dionne-sinfulness-hopefulness-and-the-possibility-of-politics/ Accessed 10/31/18

[‡] Deprater, Bill.   Why Study the Reformation Era?   Presbyterian Outlook Vol 198 #23 November 7, 2016.

Presbytidings – October 2018

Presbytidings – October 2018

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.”

 

From the Pastor….

This Is My Church

It is composed of people just like me.

It will be friendly if I am.

It will do a great work if I work.

It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous.

It will bring others into fellowship if I bring them.

Its seats will be filled if I fill them.

It will be a church of loyalty and love, of faith, service and laughter

if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these.

Therefore, with God’s help, I dedicate myself to the task of being all these things

I want my church to be.

FPC is YOUR church and it will be what the members with God’s help make it. What vision of the future has God planted in your heart for FPC? If we want to be a friendly, generous, faithful, loving and serving community we need to work together to make it so. If we want to be a church known for mission beyond our Coat Closet and support of the Food Pantry and Backpack program, we can make that happen. The level of our energy, imagination, and financial support make a difference in each of us, in Wayne and beyond.

A church isn’t just a building, but a community held together through Jesus Christ. Each member of this congregation has skills and gifts they can share whether musical talents, business knowledge, the ability to teach or rapport with the youth, some have limited time, others have more availability. It takes all of us, from the youngest to the oldest, working together to be the body of Christ and advance the kingdom of God.

The Session is preparing for next year and working on the budget. The Nominating Committee has been activated and will be looking for a new class of Deacons and Elders. If you are asked by the Nominating Committee to serve, please prayerfully consider the request and how you can make a difference by saying yes.

October is Stewardship Campaign month, when we ask you to consider how we share financial support of the church and its mission in Wayne and beyond. It is not just financial support that is needed however, your support and participation in the life of the congregation is important whether mowing the lawn, playing in the bell choir, bringing flowers, serving as an usher, liturgist or fellowship host. It is also about participating with gusto in worship, praying and caring for each other and those beyond our walls. This is your church; let us dedicate ourselves to being the generous, loving, extroverted church of our Triune God.

CU in church,

Pastor Teresa

 

LIFETIME HONORARY PW MEMBERSHIP – JACQULYN OWENS

At the September meeting of Presbyterian women, Jacqulyn Owens was honored with Lifetime Presbyterian Women Membership. The Honorary Life Membership (HLM) program was established early last century in the Presbyterian Church to honor faithful service to the women’s organization and to the church. We are appreciative of Jackie’s many years of dedication to the ministry of Presbyterian Women.

The Honorary Life Membership is represented by a silver membership pin that was presented along with a certificate. The Honorary Life Membership pin symbolizes values held dear by Presbyterian Women. The caring, supportive hands represent women who seek to build an inclusive community of Presbyterian Women. The leaf represents growth of our personal and corporate response to Jesus Christ as we nurture our faith. The dove indicates our work for peace in our own lives and throughout the world, shown in the globe. At the center of the design is the cross, by which our sins are forgiven and we are freed to live in Christ who is at the center of our lives. The overall design is of a butterfly, a symbol of newness in Christ. Funds derived from Honorary Life Memberships support the PW Leadership Development Grants such as the Church-wide Gathering, Ecumenical Advocacy Days and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

 

FINANCE TEAM

The Finance Team will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 2:00pm.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

  • PW will continue to meet in the afternoon this year. Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 3rd at 2:00. Our Bible study this year is God’s Promise: I Am With You. Judy Lindberg will be the Bible study leader for Lesson One.  Babs Middleton is hostess.
  • Presbytery’s Fall Gathering for Presbyterian Women is Saturday, October 6th in Cedar Bluffs, NE. Registration information is on the bulletin board. Joe Starita’s book, A Warrior of the People: the story of Dr. Susan La Flesche, the first American Indian doctor, of the Omaha tribe of Northeast Nebraska will be discussed and the author will be there to add to the discussion.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations throughout October:

  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor Teresa will lead Brookdale Chapel on Wednesday, October 3rd at 3:30pm.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, October 28th at 1:30pm.

 

PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH TRIENNIUM

The youth of the congregation are encouraged to attend the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, July 16-20 at Purdue University. Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) that occurs every three years.

Triennium is five days of CONVERSATION, RECREATION, LEARNING, WORSHIP AND FUN! The theme for the 2019 event is “Here’s My Heart.” Youth will be digging into faith through a variety of activities and experiences – all focused around the theme “Here’s My Heart” (Recognize the line yet? Hint: It’s a lyric from a classic tune / hymn we sing!). Triennium participant’s faith will be inspired and grounded in the context of personal and communal worship!

Registration is $550.00 for youth 18 and under and $575.00 for those 18 and older. Adults are also encouraged to attend and there are a variety of ways adult volunteers can participate, such as advisors and small group leaders. The FPC Session has determined that scholarship funds will be available for youth who would like to attend. Homestead Presbytery will provide transportation to Purdue University for all registered participants. Prior to the July event a gathering of Homestead youth will be held to get acquainted and plan for the trip. Sydney McCorkindale attended the 2012 Triennium, ask about her experience and watch the 2019 Triennium video on our FPC Facebook page to hear youth talk about their experience. For more information visit the website  https://presbyterianyouthtriennium.org/ or contact Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras or Pastor Teresa.  Interested youth should sign up before October 7th, the interest form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/yY3vFAa65OFLChWu2

 

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, October 1. It is World Communion Sunday, a day when we share the Bread of life and the Cup of salvation alongside Christians in all different traditions, around the world. The communion elder will be Kent Pulfer.

 

FALL DECORATING

If you would like to provide pumpkins, gourds or other fall decorations (artificial or real) to use in decorating the sanctuary, please bring those items to church by October 7th and leave them in Fellowship Hall or with Pastor Teresa. If you would like to assist in decorating the sanctuary for fall, please join us on Wed., October 10th at 2:00 p.m.

 

DEACONS MEETING

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, October 9th at 4:15pm.

 

YOUTH GROUP

The youth group will meet on October: 10th & 24th at 7:30pm in the youth room.

 

HOMESTEAD RECORDS REVIEW

FPC Wayne will host the northern group of clerks of session for their annual records review on Saturday, 10/13, at 2:00pm.

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 2:00 to work on pillowcases and a denim/flannel quilt. Babs Middleton is hostess.

 

GREAT PLAINS PILGRIMAGE #23

October 11-14, 2018 at Calvin Crest Treat & Conference Center, Fremont, Nebraska. Pilgrimage is a three-day journey designed to provide Christians with a renewed foundation and spiritual growth for individual and community living. For more information see the flyer in Fellowship Hall. Scholarships are available.

 

PINK FLAMINGO NIGHT AT OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH

Plan to join us at Our Savior Lutheran Church for their Annual Pink Flamingo Nite on Thursday, October 4th. Providence Medical Center, PacNSave and the Women of Our Savior have joined forces again this year to bring a fun and informative evening focused on Cancer Awareness. Tickets can be purchased at the church, area banks, Swan’s, Hair Envy and a few other locations around town for just $5 each. Proceeds going directly to the PMC Oncology Department.

 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP AT PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER

Join a welcoming and kind community of support, where you can learn tools and join others on the journey.  We will gather on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 pm, October 3 to November 7 (six sessions) at Providence Medical Center, in Wayne.  There is no cost, snacks and beverages provided.  For more information call 402-375-4288.

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, October 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

WSC MUSIC FACULTY RECITAL IN OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

The First Presbyterian Church of Wayne in conjunction with Wayne State College’s Department of Music hosted a concert in Celebration of International Day of Peace, Friday, September 21st. Performers were, Dr. Sarah Farr, mezzo-soprano, Dr. Angela Miller-Niles, piano and Dr. Karl Kolbeck, clarinet, all faculty from Wayne State College.

The audience enjoyed the vocal talents of Dr. Sarah Farr, who sang portions of a Ralph Vaughan Williams composition entitled “Four Last Songs.” Dr. Angela Miller-Niles played three movements from “Moments Musicaux, op.16” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Dr. Karl Kolbeck shared a composition entitled “Eternal Garden; Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano” by David Maslanka. In addition to her own piece, Dr. Angela Miller-Niles accompanied Dr. Farr and Dr. Kolbeck. Pastor Teresa Bartlett commented “We were delighted to participate with Wayne State by hosting this concert. The performances were outstanding and a fitting way to mark the International Day of Peace.”

Following the concert, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall where an appreciative audience mingled with the performers.

 

LIFE CHAIN 2018

The 22nd Annual Life Chain, hosted by Wayne Area Right to Life, will be held Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 2:30-3:30 along Main Street and 7th Street in Wayne, Nebraska. Participants will stand to form the shape of a cross, to silently pray and witness for an end to abortion. (If needed, you may bring a lawn chair.) Signs may be picked up at the corner of 7th and Main.

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 4, at 2:00am. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour, or you’ll have plenty of time for solitary meditation in the sanctuary!

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools, teachers & students
  • All who are battling illness
  • All who live in assisted living or care facilities
  • Those impacted by hurricanes
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea
  • Our Pastor: Rev. Teresa Bartlett
  • Our Session Clerk: Judy Lindberg
  • Our Session Members:  Misty Beair, Jim Curtiss, Gail McCorkindale, Glenda McDonald, Scott McLaughlin, Jay O’Leary, Jim Paige, Kevin Peterson & Kent Pulfer
  • Our Deacons: Karen Johnson, Jan Liska, Karen Marra, Jackie Owens, Jill Sweetland & Melissa Urbanec
  • Our Treasurer & Financial Secretary: John & Anita Fuelberth (respectively)
  • Our Youth Leaders: Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras & Jim Curtiss

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for October 2018

10/7/2018 Ken Marra Ken & Karen Marra Jeryl Nelson
10/14/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Milton & Jackie Owens
10/21/2018 Jim Lindau Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
10/28/2018 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige

 

 

October 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Practice 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

 

1

9:30am

Wayne Family County Coalition Meeting

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

2

2:00pm

Finance Team Meeting

3

2:00pm Presbyterian Women

 

3:30pm

Brookdale Chapel

4 5 6

 

PW Gathering at Cedar Bluffs

7

World

Communion Day

 

8

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

9

4:15pm Deacons Meeting

10

10:30am

Pastor at WACAM

2:00pm

Fall decoration of the Sanctuary

7:30pm

Youth Group

11 12 13

2:00pm Presbytery Records Review

14

 

15

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

16

10:00am Pastor at Salvation Army Meeting

17

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

 

 

18

 

19

 

20

 

21

 

22

7:00pm

Session meets

23

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors meet at Fiesta Brava

24

7:30pm

Youth Group

25 26 27
28

1:30pm

Careage Chapel

29

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

 

30

 

31      
             

  

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

5         Dale Johnson

8         John Fuelberth

10        Brook Bowers

14        Sydney McCorkindale

15        Pat McDonald

18        Ronald Clark

20        Braydn McCorkindale

21        Rob Sweetland

 

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/

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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