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/

 

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Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – September 2018

Presbytidings – September 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.”

 

WORSHIP ON THE LAWN/SUNDAE SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

Outdoor Worship/Communion/Potluck/Sundae Sunday: Sunday, September 9th, we will worship outside (weather permitting) and have a potluck. The Front Porch Pickers will be leading music for us. This is a great outreach opportunity! So invite a friend, and bring your lawn chairs and a dish to share!

 

From the Pastor…

The author of Ecclesiastes wrote, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…[*] We know the truth of that statement. Summer is slipping away, Labor Day weekend, often seen as the unofficial end of summer has arrived. The back to school shopping is finished; teachers and students are back in school. Daily the hours of daylight shrink as we transition toward fall.

Each season has its unique aspects; sights, smells and events. Fall’s cool days and crisp nights often bring a beautiful array of colors from trees and flowers. We cheer on our athletes at football games and cross country events.  Perhaps there are hay rides and bonfires to attend and maybe a few more weekends camping or at the cabin.

Just like the natural world around us the church has seasons, we mark the change into our fall routine with Sundae Sunday on September 9th. This year we will be worshipping on the lawn to the east of the church followed by a time of fellowship over a potluck meal and then the ice cream!!! It will be a great time for all members to join together for worship.

Youth group starts again September 12 and will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Please hold our youth and the leaders, Jim Curtiss, Gail McCorkindale, and Ronda Ras, in your prayers. Transition into fall means the PW and Sewing Souls will begin their regular meeting schedule. The bell choir will be starting practice soon as well.

In addition we have other transitions; the Nominating Committee will be looking for a new class of elders. If asked to serve I hope you will prayerfully consider this service to God and to the church.

Judy Lindberg has given notice to the Session of her intent to retire as clerk of Session as she transitions into retirement and new opportunities. Judy has served as clerk since 1996 and has done an excellent job and the Session is grateful for her service. The Session is thankful that Judy has given significant notice and is willing to work with the incoming clerk over the next several months to share her wisdom and experience. In addition to taking the minutes at the Session meeting, Judy and I draft the Session docket for the monthly meetings which is distributed to the elders in advance of the meeting.  The clerk is also responsible for minutes for congregational and corporation meetings as well as annual reports. If you have an interest in learning more about the position of clerk please talk with Judy or myself.

I look forward to seeing each of you in worship this month; together let us praise God for the gift of seasons and the many other blessings we enjoy.

CU in church, Pastor Teresa

SESSION NOTES

Judy Lindberg has given notice to the Session of her intent to retire as clerk of Session. The Session and Pastor Teresa are thankful for her faithful service.

Judy has served as clerk since 1996 and has done an excellent job. Judy has given significant notice and is willing to work with the incoming clerk over the next several months sharing her wisdom and experience.

The role of Clerk of Session is an important one and perhaps more diverse than some might recognize. In addition to taking the minutes at the Session meetings, the clerk and the pastor draft the Session docket for the monthly meetings which is distributed to the elders in advance of the meeting.  The clerk is responsible for minutes of congregational and corporation meetings as well Session meetings and denominational annual reports. The clerk also reports at the Presbytery Records Review. Per the bylaws of the PC (USA) the clerk of Session must be a ruling elder and is elected annually by the Session. The clerk can serve as a member of the Session with voting rights or as clerk with no voting privileges. If you have an interest in learning more about the position of Clerk of Session please talk with Judy or Pastor Teresa.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, September 9th at Worship on the Lawn at FPC Wayne. Jim Curtiss will serve as the Communion Elder.

PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS UPDATE

The Presbyterian Pealers will resume rehearsals on Sunday, September 16.  Anyone interested in trying the bells this year is certainly welcome. Please contact Jay O’Leary at 402-369-2794.

YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS RESUME

Please plan on attending the first gathering of the Youth Group Wednesday, September 12th. Youth Group is scheduled every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 7:30pm. The Youth leaders are Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras & Jim Curtiss.

FOOD PANTRY & BACKPACK NEWS

We are gearing up for the new school year with the Wayne Community Schools Backpack Program. Last year we served nearly 3,500 backpacks to the Wayne community. In June & July, Launch Leadership (a high school leadership program from the Lincoln-Omaha area) came to pack approximately 400 backpacks for us and also led a food drive at our local grocery stores for the backpack program.  This Wayne Community Schools Backpack program runs all year long, and we are always in need of donations. Please contact Jenny at the church office or Jodi Pulfer for more details.

CALVIN CREST CAMPER UPDATE – SUMMER 2018

Hello, my name is Nina. I have been going to Calvin Crest for 6 out of 12 years of my life. It is an amazing place. I have been going to Ranch Camp for the past 3 years and I am hoping to go once again next year. Each year I have noticed how much I liked it and always drew me back, but this year I noticed a change in the way I felt about it. I felt more connected there with strangers than I do in my own town; I also felt the staffs’ and God’s love when I was there. This summer it felt much more spiritual than it had ever in the past. It used to be just fun and games but now it’s more about connecting with others and having a great time. I had an amazing week there that I will never forget. I had a bit of bad luck with a couple of horses but otherwise it was amazing. On Sunday we got to meet all the other campers, counselors, CSI’s, and staff. I found out that I was in the same cabin as one of my best friends from when I was younger and also a good friend from last year. We had a lot of fun that week and we bonded again and we still had our great friendships from years before. On Monday we learned about horse safety, Tuesday we rode around the ’89, Wednesday we had a trail ride, Thursday we trotted, and on Friday we rode bareback. Every morning we woke up, got ready for breakfast then went to energizers. After energizers we went to breakfast then headed out to ride some horses. After we got back we went to lunch, had F.O.B (naptime), and then went swimming. We had snack then BLAST then we had dinner, free time, and campfire. Thank you so much for helping me get there once again.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet for a potluck dinner on Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30. We will be planning for the coming year.  Bring your favorite dish and help us start a new year for Presbyterian Women.  Our Bible study this year will be God’s Promise: I Am with You.

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, September 19th at 1:30. Projects will include pillowcases, a denim/flannel quilt and a truly patchwork quilt.

SESSION

The Session meeting for September will be held on Monday, 9/17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

DEACONS MEETING

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

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

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

  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of September 10th – 14th at 5:40am.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, September 16th at 1:30pm.

WSC MUSIC FACULTY RECITAL IN OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Join us in the sanctuary on Friday, September 21st for a “International Day of Peace Recital” featuring WSC Musicians at 7:30pm.

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE EXPO – AUGUST 19TH

FPC participated in the 2018 WSC Expo which was part of the orientation weekend for new students. The planning team for the event was Gail McCorkindale, Jim Curtiss, Lindsay McLaughlin and Pastor Teresa. The team put together two baskets filled with “goodies” including school supplies, food, a Bible and a gift card to the WSC bookstore. We had over 120 students stop by and register for the gift baskets. Visitors were given a magnetic clip with the church’s name, worship time and website. Thank-you to Mark Hammer, Jim Curtiss, Gerard Ras, Lindsay McLaughlin and Pastor Teresa who manned the booth and greeted students. The winners of the gift baskets were Michael Salek and Caylee Birkel.

(See a photo of Jim Curtiss and Pastor Teresa ready to greet students at the 2018 WSC Expo August 19th on our pictures page.)

Highlights of actions of the 223rd General Assembly (2018)

Jerry Van Marter | Office of the General Assembly Communications – June 29, 2018

Church Leadership: In one of closest elections in years, Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri (Presbytery of Tropical Florida) and the Reverend Cindy Kohlmann (Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England) were elected Co-Moderators of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) on Saturday evening, June 16. On a fourth ballot vote of 266-253, they prevailed over another Co-Moderator team—the Reverend Eliana Maxim (Presbytery of Seattle) and the Reverend Bertram Johnson (Presbytery of New York City). A Moderator/Vice-Moderator pair—Ruling Elder Chantal D. Atnip (Presbytery of Carlisle), and the Reverend Ken Hockenberry (Presbytery of Chicago)—trailed.

In other actions involving Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leadership, the assembly:

  • Confirmed the election of the Reverend Diane Moffett as president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
  • Confirmed the reelection of the Reverend Tom Taylor as president of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation.
  • Confirmed the election of Alton B. Pollard III as president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Fossil Fuel Divestment: By a vote of 332-178, the assembly voted in favor of a minority report that called for the PC(USA) to continue its corporate engagement with fossil fuel companies—through its Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee—rather than divest from those companies. The Assembly Committee on Environmental Issues had voted 35-20 for the divestment proposal offered by the Presbytery of Hudson River. After the minority report became the main motion, it was approved by the assembly 409-106.

 Israel-Palestine/Middle East: After spirited debate in the Assembly Committee on Middle East Issues that spilled out into the hallways of America’s Center (St. Louis’ convention center), the assembly raced through the committee’s report in just thirty-five minutes on June 22. Among its actions, the assembly:

  • Asked RE/MAX, LLC, to end its sale and rental of property on occupied, disputed land in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The vote was 393-55.
  • Voiced support for all efforts to bring Palestinians and Israelis together peacefully.
  • Asked the state of Israel to fully comply with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in order to stop discriminatory practices and called on the U.S. government to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council.
  • Condemned the recent violence along the border between Israel and Gaza.

Per Capita: The assembly approved a 2019 General Assembly per capita apportionment of $8.95 per member—an increase of $1.25 (or 15.8 percent) per member over 2018. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly had originally proposed a 39 percent increase in 2019 to $10.71 per member. At the assembly, General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, revised that request down to a 10 percent increase in 2019 (to $8.50) and 2020. The Assembly Committee on General Assembly Procedures approve the 2019 request, but not the 2020 increase. The assembly added $643,000 (or 45 cents per member) to the per capita budget by the actions it took, raising the final per capita apportionment to $8.95. In other per capita-related actions, the assembly:

  • Approved, in a slightly amended form, an overture from the Presbytery of Newton to establish a team of twelve to fifteen persons to “review the current per capita-based system of funding the ministry of councils higher than the session, for financial sustainability into the next ten years.”
  • Asked the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and the Office of the General Assembly to explore ways of reducing the cost of future General Assemblies.

The Way Forward: By a vote of 474-47, the assembly overwhelmingly approved the report of The Way Forward Commission, which was created by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) “to discern the vision for structure and function of our denomination.” The Way Forward Commission was joined by the All-Agency Review Committee in many of its recommendations. The assembly also created a Moving Forward Implementation Team to ensure follow-through of the actions taken and to make “mid-course corrections” between now and the 224th General Assembly (2020). Among its actions on The Way Forward, the assembly:

  • Restructured PC(USA) A Corp to be representative of five of the six agencies of the PC(USA)—previously the A Corp board was identical to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. The new A Corp board is composed of eleven members, representing each agency, with the exception of the Board of Pensions, plus at-large members.
  • Strengthened the role of the General Assembly Stated Clerk, reaffirming that person as the “continuing ecclesial officer and Head of Communion,” naming the Stated Clerk as “constitutional and spiritual leader” for the life and witness of the church, giving the Stated Clerk ex officio membership on all agencies of the church, and giving the Stated Clerk consultative authority prior to the consideration for election of any candidate for chief executive of any of the PC(USA)’s six agencies.
  • Authorized a “financial sustainability review.”
  • Beefed up the denomination’s translation services and efforts toward greater inclusion, equity, and reconciliation between all constituencies of the church.
  • Endorsed an “administrative action issued by the commission on June 12 calling for greater transparency, particularly in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and freedom for national staff employees to speak their minds in addressing the prevailing culture without retribution or retaliation.

Racism/Poverty/Violence: The assembly engaged in various acts of public witness that sought to engage issues of racism, poverty, and violence in St. Louis under the umbrella of Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II’s, Hands and Feet initiative. In addition to a number of groups who came to St. Louis to engage in Hands and Feet service/learning projects during the assembly, several “mission trips” for assembly-goers engaged with various faith-based community groups to address poverty and racism in the city. The offering from the opening worship service raised more than $54,000, which after a dramatic march by nearly 1,000 assembly-goers from America’s Center to the City Justice Center on Tuesday afternoon, was given to ArchDefenders, a faith-based group that bails low-level offenders out of jail. Nearly three dozen people, victims of St. Louis’ draconian cash bail system, were released from custody with the money. In its actions, the assembly:

  • Approved “The Gospel from St. Louis,” prepared by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.
  • Initiated the arduous process of possibly including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in the Book of Confessions.
  • Strongly condemned “the unjust, racist disparagement of people and entire nations” and committed the PC(USA) to “a collective effort to solve the real problems facing our nation and the world.”
  • Changed the church’s nomenclature from “racial ethnic people” to “people of color” and the name of the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns to the Racial Equity Advocacy Committee.
  • Called for an immediate moratorium on the imposition of the death penalty and for the commutation of all death sentences to sentences of life imprisonment.
  • Authorized a five-member task group with a black women majority to raise awareness of issues adversely affecting black girls and women in society and the church, and to develop action plans to address those issues.
  • Affirmed and celebrated the “full dignity and humanity” and gifts of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Immigration: Following on statements issued by General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, the assembly called upon the federal government to end family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, to immediately reunite parents with their children, to inform every parent where their children are being held and their condition, to stop using separation of children from their parents as a tactic to force criminal confessions; and called upon Presbyterians to support immigrant families, particularly parents and their separated children in any ways they can. The assembly also addressed war, violence, and human rights in Central America (particularly Nicaragua), South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Madagascar, and the Korean Peninsula.

 Gun Violence: The assembly reaffirmed previous General Assembly policies designed to reduce gun violence, called all Presbyterians to pray for a movement of the Spirit to engage Presbyterians in nationwide actions to prevent gun violence, and urged them to create opportunities to study the issue of gun violence, with an emphasis on resources produced by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

 Paid Family Leave: After long debate in both committee and plenary, the assembly referred to a task force to report back to the 224th General Assembly (2020) proposed actions to develop denomination-wide standards and financial support mechanisms for paid family leave for church workers.

 Congregational Leadership: The assembly rejected, by margin of 425-57, an overture from the Presbytery of Monmouth that would have allowed congregations to elect and ordain ruling elders without requiring them to serve on session. The proposal was designed to provide more lay leadership in a church that is changing—leadership, for instance, for new worshiping communities, immigrant fellowships, and other nontraditional faith communities.

 https://www.pcusa.org/news/2018/6/29/highlights-actions-223rd-general-assembly-2018-150/

For the official record of the 223rd General Assembly (2018), visit: https://www.pc-biz.org/#/.
For General Assembly News reports, visit: https://ga-pcusa.org/general-assembly-news/.

 

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

We will be updating the FPC directory this fall. Please see the paper copy on the Opportunity Table to make any revisions or contact Jenny at fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

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.

 

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.  Please pre-register by calling 402-375-4288 by September 21.

 

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

 

PASTOR’S STUDY LEAVE AND VACATION

Pastor Teresa will be out on vacation September 24th – October 1st. If you have a pastoral need while Pastor is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools, teachers & students
  • All who are battling illness
  • All who live in assisted living or care facilities
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

6         Anita Fuelberth

8         Sharyn Paige

14        Angie Nelson

16        Marcile Uken

18        Jordan McDonald

21        Jared Peterson

24        Jacob Pulfer, Misty Beair

29        Melissa Urbanec

30        Jared Yates, Madison Beair

 

September 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2

Each Sunday:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

3

 

Labor Day

4 5 6 7 8
9

 

Worship on the Lawn (with Communion) & Picnic to follow

10

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

9:30

Wayne Family Coalition

 

11

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

12

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10:30 WACAM

 

5:30pm

PW Potluck

& Meeting

 

7:30 Youth Group

 

 

13

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

14

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

15
16

8:45 Presbyterian Pealers

1:30

Careage Chapel

17

 

7:00 Session Meeting

 

18

 

 

19

 

 

 

20 21

7:30

WSC Music Faculty Recital – Int’l Day of Peace

22
23

8:45 Presbyterian Pealers

 

 

24

Pastor on vacation

25

Pastor on vacation

26

Pastor on vacation

7:30 Youth Group

 

27

Pastor on vacation

28

Pastor on vacation

29

Pastor on vacation

30

Pastor on vacation

1

9:30 Wayne Family Coalition

 

2

 

3

 

4 5 6
             

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for September 2018

9/2/2018 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens Phil & Jean Griess
9/9/2018 Mark McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  
9/16/2018 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer Karen Johnson
9/23/2018 Ronda Ras The Ras Family  
9/30/2018 Jim Curtiss Pat & Glenda McDonald Jim Curtiss

 

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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Presbytidings – Summer 2018

 

Presbytidings – Summer 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.”

 

Synod School 2018 – Dance Joyfully Were’er You May Be!

July 22-27, 2018  Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

http://www.lakesandpraries.org/SynodSchool

800-328-1880, ex. 207

 

From the Pastor…

As crops spring up in the fields around Wayne I’m waiting impatiently for my own crop, not of soybeans or corn, but flowers. When I moved into my home last year the yard was pretty much a blank slate. Thanks to the generosity of many people I received a variety of flowers and plants. This spring I have enjoyed trying to identify the plants as they emerge from the ground and await the blossoms.

I enjoy the physical act of gardening which includes walking, bending, wrangling hoses as well as raking, hoeing, and digging. The physical activity is good for me as well as being a good change of pace and stress reliever. Gardening uses all our senses, our eyes as we enjoy the beautiful colors and shapes of leaves and foliage, our sense of touch as we dig and repot plants or move them around the garden. The fragrance of the flowers tickles our noses, whether lilacs in the spring or a whiff of roses in the summer and the feathered friends that visit the yard share their songs freely.

I find myself frequently walking in the yard in the evening either watering or looking for changes in the plants. Is the rose bush blooming, do the day lilies need to be deadheaded?  Perhaps some fertilizer will perk up the flowering shrubs. As we move into the peak time for blooming flowers in our part of the country changes happen daily.

The Bible has plenty of garden images. God created the first garden, we read in Genesis that God walked in the in garden the cool of the day. Adam and Eve were the first gardeners, but they disobeyed God and had to leave the garden.

Jesus used images such as the sower and the seeds, the vine and the branches, mustard seed, and fig trees. Jesus went to the garden to pray before he was arrested, he was buried in a garden. Mary Magdalene was distraught outside Jesus’ empty tomb weeping and was asked by a man why she was crying. The man was Jesus but Mary didn’t recognize him and she assumed he was the gardener. Perhaps that misidentification was not just a random slip; rather a divine one.  It isn’t a stretch for me to think of Jesus as a gardener, planting and pruning looking after tender shoots of new growth. Jesus lived with, taught and prayed for his disciples, cultivating a new way of life for each of them. I can imagine Jesus being as diligent about each of us as a gardener with their prized lilies, watching our daily walk of discipleship, perhaps transplanting us into new situations, pruning bad habits and waiting for us to mature and to understand more clearly his teachings and call to discipleship. Jesus wants each of us to thrive, to cultivate of life of discipleship which will bear fruit and witness to our faith.

Creation was spoken into being by God’s Word, life began in a garden, and it was beautiful and perfect. In the last book of the Bible, Revelation 22:2b says “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” Our beginning and ending is tied to a garden. Genesis says humanity was made from dust and to dust all of us will all return. It’s good to know that we can trust our gardener, Jesus, to watch over each of us, nurturing and offering guidance as he waits for our relationship with him to come to full blossom.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

SUMMER COMMUNION DATES

  • Sunday, June 3, 2018. Jim Paige, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018. Jay O’Leary, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018. Misty Beair, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018. Communion Elder t.b.a.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will not meet in June. On July 11, Presbyterian Women and Sewing Souls will meet at 1:00. There will be a brief meeting, then those interested will either work on sewing projects or help with cleaning and organizing the kitchen.

 

CHRISTIAN CROSS FESTIVAL

The Christian Cross Festival will be held at Sky View Lake in Norfolk on Friday, June 8, and Saturday June 9. Go and enjoy free admission, ministry, prayer, food, fellowship, a kid’s tent, inflatables and fireworks. Check it out on Facebook at Christian Cross Festival or online at www.christiancrossfestival.org  A fun day to fellowship in Norfolk!

 

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, June 12th at 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations through the summer:

  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Please feel free to join Pastor Teresa as she leads chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, June 13th at 3:30pm.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, June 24th at 1:30pm.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of July 9th – 13th at 5:40am.

 

SUMMER BOOK STUDY

Our FPC summer study opportunity will begin Thursday, June 14th at 11:00am. We will discuss the book Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr. The book is available in both hard copy and a digital format. For the first meeting, please read from the introduction through the first chapter. Those who desire may bring a sack lunch to enjoy as a lunch fellowship following each study.

 

“What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” A summer sermon series

Sunday, June 24th Pastor Teresa will begin a sermon series entitled “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian.” The series is based on a book by the same title by Martin Thielen. The book covers Martin’s ideas regarding 10 things Christians don’t need to believe and 10 things Christians must believe. A second book by Thielen “The Answer to Bad Religions Isn’t No Religion” will also be a resource for the series. Join us in worship as we wrestle with topics like Doubt, Who Goes to Heaven, Where is God, and Is the Church Still Relevant, to mention a just a few.

June 24th: Don’t Give Me That Old-Time Religion

Matthew 19:3-9, 16-17, 23:13-15, 25-28

July 1st: What Matters Most?

Priorities – Mark 12:28-34

July 8th: What About Suffering?

Matthew 27:27-31

July 15th: Am I Accepted?

John 8:1-11, Matthew 9:10-13

July 22nd: Where is God?

John 1:15, 14

If you would like your own copy of the book, “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian” it is available from Amazon, Cokesbury and Christian Book Distributors.

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Elders, please watch your email for the docket after June 15th.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

FPC and Our Savior Lutheran Church are hosting a joint VBS Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 19th.

  • “This Changes Everything” is a camp run by Camp Carol Joy Holling Counselors for children who have completed grades 1-6. This camp will run from 9am – 3pm, and attendees must bring a sack lunch each day.
  • “Polar Blast” will be the evening VBS session for kids age 4 – Kindergarten, from 6:30-8:30pm.
  • Sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity table, and are due by July 6th.
  • We need help providing housing and meals for two Carol Joy Holling counselors for VBS. We also need a few more volunteers for snacks. Please contact Jenny if you are able to help with either of these.

 

PASTOR’S STUDY LEAVE AND VACATION

  • Pastor Teresa will be out on study leave and vacation July 28th – August 6th.
    • Pastor Teresa will be on study leave at Synod School at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, for the week of July 23rd -27th.
    • She will be attending the National Presbyterian Women Gathering August 2nd – 6th.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

GOLF OUTING

Like to golf? Plan on gathering for a Lutheran/Presbyterian Golf outing in August, date to be announced.

 

FLOWERS, LAWNS, FELLOWSHIP

Please consider one of the many service opportunities we have available at FPC this summer. We need flowers for worship, lawn-mowing, and people to provide and serve fellowship time after each worship service. Sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table to help us keep track and recognize those who help. Thank you to those who have already signed up!

 

COOKBOOKS

If you are looking for new recipes to try this summer, we still have a few First Presbyterian Cookbooks left.  The cost is $14.  See Judy Lindberg or Jenny in the church office.

 

YOUTH GROUPS & CHURCH SCHOOL

Super Sunday School and Youth Group are finished for the year. Thank you to Pastor Teresa for guiding our Super Sunday School, and to Candyce Peitz as the accompanist. Thanks to Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras and Jim Curtiss for their leadership of our youth.

 

2018 FOOD PANTRY & BACKPACK NEWS

The food pantry has had a very busy year, we have already served nearly 120 families.  The Backpack Program served approximately 3,300 food bags in the 2017/18 academic year. The program will continue this summer. We would be happy to receive donations such as individually wrapped packages of nutritious food & snacks or financial donations. Contact Jodi Pulfer or Jenny Hammer at the church office: fpcwayne@gmail.com or (402)375-2669 for more details. Please consider a donation to the Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program ministry.

 

WAYNE GROW AN EXTRA ROW

Consider sharing your garden bounty this year with those in need in our community. Set aside a small bag of produce, and bring it to our food pantry.  The program was well received last year. You can help make a difference!  What we don’t give away will be for sale after church each Sunday, with the proceeds of the sale going to support the Pantry.

 

CALVIN CREST TURNS 60!

Celebrate 60 years of incredible ministry on August 25, 2018 at the Calvin Crest 60th Anniversary Fun Day. The 60th Anniversary Family Fun Day is free to attend.  There will be opportunities to purchase snacks, t-shirts/hats and raffle and silent auction items.  Calvin Crest will also accept free-will donations to support this great ministry. Here is a link to their site: http://www.calvincrest.org/funday/ or you can call toll-free 1-877-795-7635

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, stepdads, granddads, adoptive fathers, foster fathers and father figures. Give thanks to God for the men in your lives who have guided, encouraged, challenged and loved you. On Father’s Day take time to let them know you remember and are grateful.

 

What Makes a Dad

(Author unknown)

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it… Dad.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for June 2018

6/3/2018 Ken Marra Milton & Jackie Owens Karen Johnson
6/10/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Kevin Peterson
6/17/2018 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald Bev Beeson
6/24/2018 Sarah Wibben Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for July 2018

7/1/2018 Karen Johnson Jim & Shari Paige Karen Johnson
7/8/2018 Jim Lindau Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
7/15/2018 Judy Lindberg The Ras Family  
7/22/2018 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens Bev & Jack Beeson
7/29/2018 Josephine Peitz The Peitz Family  

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for August 2018

8/5/2018 Kevin Peterson Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
8/12/2018 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer Jeryl Nelson
8/19/2018 Melissa Urbanec The Urbanec Family  
8/26/2018 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family  

 

PASTOR STUDY LEAVE & VACATION

Pastor Teresa will be on study leave and vacation from July 23rd through August 6th.  Please contact the office if pastoral services are needed. 

 

June 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

 

        1 2
3

Communion –

elder, Jim Paige

4

8:30 WACAM

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

11:00 Discipleship Meeting

 

5

 

6

1:00 Presbyterian Women

7

 

8 9
10 11 12

4:15 Deacons

13

10:30 WACAM

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

 

14

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

15 16
17

* Father’s Day

 

 

18

 

19 20

2:45

Launch Leadership packs Backpacks

21

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

22 23
24

10:00

Sermon Series

1:30 Careage Chapel

25

7pm Session Meeting

26

11:00 NENE Presbyterian Pastors

27

 

28

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

29 30

 

July 2018– First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Communion – elder, Jay O’Leary

 

Sermon Series

2

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

3 4 5

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

6 7
8

Sermon Series

 

9

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

11

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

10:30 WACAM

1:00 Presbyterian Women & Sewing Souls

 

12

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

 

13

5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

14

 

15

Sermon Series

16

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

17

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

18

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

 

19

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

20

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

21
22

Sermon Series

23

(Pastor on study leave)

 

24

(Pastor on study leave)

 

25

(Pastor on study leave)

 

26

(Pastor on study leave)

 

27

(Pastor on study leave)

 

28

(Pastor on vacation)

29

(Pastor on vacation)

 

30

(Pastor on vacation)

 

31

(Pastor on vacation)

 

       

 

August 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

    1

(Pastor on vacation)

2

(Pastor on study leave)

 

3

(Pastor on study leave)

 

4

(Pastor on study leave)

 

5

(Pastor on study leave)

 

6

(Pastor on study leave)

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

 

7 8

10:30 WACAM

9 10 11
12 13 14

 

4:15 Deacons Meeting

15 16 17

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

18

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

19

5:00 WSC Student Expo

20

 

21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28

11:00 NENE Presbyterian Pastors

29 30 31  
             

 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

 

2         Jean Griess, Jill Sweetland

6         Connie Bargstadt

8         Brian Bowers, Carol Mosley, Austin McDonald

10        Karen Granberg

11        Emily Worner

18        Wes Beckenhauer

19        Dennis Spangler

26        Pastor Teresa Bartlett

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS

7          Sarah Bloom

10        Shea Sweetland

11        Luke Pulfer

15        Greg Worner

16        Verlin Francis

21        Josephine Peitz

24        Mark Hammer, Zach Urbanec

27        Cate Worner

29        Marta Pulfer

30        Melissa Murphy

 

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

2          Gordon Granberg

3          Ken Marra

8          Nina Spangler

12        Alissa Johnson

20        Russ Urbanec

23        Hannah McCorkindale

27        Milton Owens

30        Layne Heese

 

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

 

 

Presbytidings – May 2018

Presbytidings – May 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.”

Save the Date…

  • May 6th – Graduate Recognition with special Fellowship Reception
  • May 13th – Super Sunday School * Mother’s Day
  • May 20th – Pentecost Sunday (wear red) *
    • Confirmands received as members with special Fellowship Reception
  • May 22nd (Tuesday) – Piano Concert
  • May 27th – Trinity Sunday

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING SENIORS

Congratulations to our graduating seniors from Wayne High; Sarah Wibben, Beau Bowers, Madison Stenka, Shea Abraham and Layne Hesse from Pender High School. Join us for worship on Sunday, May 6th as we present the seniors with gifts from the Sewing Souls and Presbyterian Women. Each student will receive a fleece blanket to remind them of their church family as they move on to college and post high school pursuits.

 

ELEANOR EDWARDS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED ON MAY 6th

The Discipleship Team and the Session are pleased to award the Eleanor Edwards Senior Scholarship to Sarah Wibben, Beau Bowers, Madison Stenka of Wayne High School and Layne Hesse of Pender High School.

It is appropriate as we give scholarships in her name that we should be reminded of Eleanor’s love of children and teaching and how FPC received a gift that continues to bless the youth of our community.

Eleanor Edwards was a career elementary school teacher in the Nebraska Public Schools. Her first teaching job was at the one room school in District 18 where she taught 31 students from first to eighth grades for two years. After a variety of teaching jobs and a short time at the ASC office, Eleanor and her mother moved to Wayne in 1944. Eleanor began at Wayne Community schools where she taught 6th grade for 28 years. Eleanor was well respected by students and colleagues and her classrooms were well run. Eleanor retired from the Wayne School district in May of 1973 after 45 years of teaching.

After moving to Wayne Eleanor transferred her membership from the Welsh Zion Congregational Church west of Carroll to FPC in 1947. Eleanor was an active member, she taught Sunday school, served as church school superintendent. She was a ruling elder and president of the United Presbyterian Women; she was awarded an honorary PW membership in 1984.

Eleanor was active in the community she was a member of the Wayne Business and Professional Women, Wayne Area Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma. She liked to read, do needlework, watch sports and musicals and enjoyed traveling in the United States and Canada.

Eleanor died in 1984 and endowed the Presbyterian Church with a gift of $11,000.00. Once the account had grown with the accumulation of interest the Session decided that a book scholarship of $50.00 would be given to all FPC graduating seniors. Currently graduating FPC seniors are encouraged to make an application for the scholarship which has grown to $350.

We give thanks to God for Eleanor’s desire and ability to teach and shape the lives of so many children and that through this scholarship Eleanor continues to impact the lives of young people as they further their education. We also give thanks for the forethought and guidance of the Session and their fiscal management through the years so that Eleanor’s gift can be perpetuated.

 

From the Pastor….

The grass is greening, the dandelions appearing, the trees are budding, perhaps spring has finally arrived. As we see the spring shrubs and flowers beginning to show their first color we know it will not be long until we see the full display of God’s handiwork in beautiful spring flowers and trees.  Like the natural world around us the church calendar is budding with events for May, be sure to read your Presbytidings for all the details.

We look forward to celebrating with our graduating seniors, Sarah Wibben, Beau Bowers, Madison Stenka, Shea Abraham from Wayne High School  and Layne Hesse from Pender High School.  As children of this congregation we celebrate this milestone with them and their families. We will continue to hold them in prayer as they move forward with plans to further their education, enter the workforce, military service or other endeavors. We wish each one of our graduates success in life; however, success isn’t always measured by material or financial gains. Let us pray that each of our graduates may find success as defined by this paraphrase of Proverbs 3:3-4;

God, empower each graduate to choose a life of steadfast love and faithfulness

so they will find favor with you and people and enjoy a good reputation.

We pray also for the parents of our graduates who no doubt also experience profound changes as their children become increasingly independent. Prior to worship on May 6th the graduates will be recognized, awards and gifts presented. A special reception to honor the graduates will follow worship. Please join us for worship and as we celebrate with our graduates moving from one stage of life and entering another.

Our final Super Sunday for this spring will be May 13th please join us at 9:00 a.m. for a time of singing some of our favorite Sunday School songs and hymns as well as a time of learning about the birthday of the Church, Pentecost.

Mother’s Day is also the 13th so don’t forget to say thank-you to the women in your life, mothers and other women who have guided and shaped you, encouraged and disciplined you.

On May 20th we will be celebrating Pentecost and our confirmands will be joining the church. Don’t forget to wear red as part of our celebration!  This day will be another time of celebration as a year of study and preparation culminates in the confirmands joining the church.  A special fellowship time will also follow worship on the 20th to congratulate our new members. Memorial Day on the 28th completes a month full of celebration, remembrance, as well as looking toward the future.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

God took the fragrance of a flower…

The majesty of a tree…

The gentleness of morning dew…

The calm of a quiet sea…

The beauty of the twilight hour…

The soul of a starry night…

The grace of a bird in flight…

Then God fashioned from these things

A creation like no other,

And when his masterpiece was through

He called it simply – Mother.

Herbert Farnham

 

 COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, May 6th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Jim Curtiss)
  • Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00am (Communion elder, t.b.a.)

 

RADIO DEVOTIONS

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

 

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Confirmation class continues to meet Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

May 9th with Jim Curtiss

May 16th with Ronda Ras, and Shari Dunklau

Sunday, May 20th Confirmation Sunday

Our confirmands have spent the past eight months meeting studying and defining their faith and learning about the Presbyterian Church, USA. They’ve met with mentors, elders and deacons, and been involved in service to church by assisting with worship as lectors and acolytes.

Each student who desired to be confirmed wrote their own faith statement. April 23rd the students went before the Session to share their statement of faith. It is with joy that we receive Taytum Sweetland and Madison Urbanec into membership. There will be a reception following worship on the May 20th to celebrate this milestone in their lives. Please make it a point to celebrate this special day with them.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, May 9th, at 1:00pm. Martha Svoboda will lead the Bible study. Glenda McDonald will be the hostess.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING UPDATE

Presbyterian Women, with the help of Thurston’s PW, hosted a Homestead Presbytery’s Spring Gathering on Saturday April 7th.  The gathering was attended by women from Fremont, Norfolk, Wayne, Thurston, Tekamah, as well as members of the Presbytery Co-coordinating team from Lincoln.   The theme for the day was “Arise, shine, your light has come!”   Pastor Teresa shared an overview of the importance of women’s work in the church for mission and leadership development during her message.  She also gave a glimpse into the 2018-2019 Horizons Bible Study entitled “God’s Promise.”

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the current structure of Presbyterian Women stories were shared by the participants of women who had been instrumental in their local PW groups and churches.  Wayne recognized Jackie Owens, who has been a member of Presbyterian Women for 62 years, first at Bethany Presbyterian in Carroll and now here in Wayne. We also recognized Bonnie Lund and Sandra Metz who made significant contributions to Wayne’s PW.

The group watched a video presentation from Kris Peterson of Leadership Harbor, entitled “Make Your Light Shine.”  Women were encouraged to set goals, challenge themselves and let their light shine in their churches and communities.

Reading awards were presented and a new reading list was distributed. Karen Johnson and Jackie Owens received their reading awards.   As a mission project the attendees brought children’s books to be given to Haven House, about 30 books and some small stuffed animals were collected.  Sewing Souls added brightly colored children’s pillows and tag blankets to the items going to Haven House.

The Presbyterian Women gather for a national meeting every two years, this year the meeting will be in July in Louisville, Kentucky.  Pastor Teresa was commissioned to attend the national meeting.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet Wednesday, May 9th and 16th this month. Then we will break for the summer.  Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.

 

SUPER SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday, May 13th. No Super Sunday School this summer.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following location this month:

  • CAREAGE CHAPEL: Pastor will also lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, May 13th at 1:30pm.

 

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, May 16th at 1:00 to start new projects and continue projects such as pillowcases for children in the hospital. The hostess will be Karen Johnson. Come join us no matter what your sewing skills are.

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY ASSEMBLY

Pastor will be attending the Homestead Presbytery meeting on Thursday, May 17th at the Craig Presbyterian Church in Craig, NE.

 

PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 20th

In celebration of our observance of Pentecost on May 20th please wear red to worship. This will be a day of celebration as we also welcome our confirmands as members during worship.

 

PIANO FUND RAISER May 22nd

Fund raising for the new piano has begun. Sign your name (or pen name, or an “x”) to purchase a key pictured on the cardboard keyboard in Fellowship Hall.

A fund-raising recital presented by our pianists will be held on May 22nd at 7 pm. Donations may be accepted there, as well.

SESSION

The Session will not meet in May. The next Session meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 25th at 7pm.

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING RECAP

The total Easter offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing was $589. Thank you for your support of this special Presbyterian offering.

 

POSSIBLE SUMMER BIBLE/BOOK STUDY 

Pastor Teresa is considering a study for the month of June. The group would meet on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. for study. Those that desire could bring a lunch and stay for fellowship following the study time. One book under consideration for the study is “Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr. According to notes, the book challenges the thinking about the second half of life which most of us tend to relate to as getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of the book is the opposite, sharing how the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual growth and richness. If you are a Kindle user you can get a sample of the book from Amazon. Pastor Teresa would be interested in hearing about other books on theology or spirituality that you have enjoyed. Please let Pastor Teresa know if this format would be of interest to you. Thank-you.

 

GETTING READY FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE JULY 16-19TH

Joint VBS with Our Savior Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church will be held July 16-19th. The location will be at Our Savior, 421 N. Pearl in Wayne.

  • Carol Joy Holling will be doing a Day Camp for kids in grades 1-6 (must have completed these grades in the 17/18 school year). Day Camp is This Changes Everything, and will be held from 9:00am-3:00pm. Day Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch each day.
  • We will also have VBS for children ages Preschool-Kindergarten, their families, and any other adult that would like to attend in the evening. Night camp is Polar Blast: Where Jesus is Cool, and will be held from 6:30-8:30pm.

Enrollment forms can be found on the opportunity table until July 6th.

 

FLOWERS FOR WORSHIP

The Worship Team is encouraging members to sign up to provide flowers for worship.  A sign-up sheet for May and June will be on the Opportunity Table to help us keep track and recognize those who are providing flowers. Thank-you to Jeanne Griess, Jackie Owens and Jodi Pulfer for helping co-ordinate flowers for worship.

 

CALVIN CREST

There is still time to register for camp! Calvin Crest scholarship forms are available from either Pastor Teresa or Jenny. Contact us at fpcwayne@gmail.com for a downloadable copy.

 

COOKBOOKS

If you are looking for new recipes to try this summer, we still have a few First Presbyterian Cookbooks left.  The cost is $14.  See Judy Lindberg or Jenny in the church office.

 

BOWLING PARTY UPDATE

Some members of the First Presbyterian Church discovered something to do in their “spare” time! See our photo page for some photos of the intergenerational bowling event on April 29, 2018.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • All graduates
  • Our schools, administrators, teachers, & students
  • All people in transition
  • All who are battling cancer and illness
  • All who live in care centers

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for May 2018

5/6/2018 Madison Urbanec Glenda & Pat McDonald Kevin Peterson
5/13/2018 Madison Urbanec The Urbanec Family  
5/20/2018 Jeryl Nelson Jeryl Nelson Jim L. & Joyce Reeg
5/27/2018 Gordon Granberg Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for June 2018

6/3/2018 Ken Marra Milton & Jackie Owens Karen Johnson
6/10/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Kevin Peterson
6/17/2018 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald Bev Beeson
6/24/2018 Sarah Wibben Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS

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

3         Joann Proett, Dave Peitz

10        Jeryl Nelson

11        Karen Johnson, Solomon Peitz

12        Joan Lage

14        Bo Armstrong

15        Jordan Alexander

17        Jaci Alexander

18        Jay and Jane O’Leary, &  Taytum Sweetland

19        Glenda McDonald

22        Marie Johnson

24        Gail McCorkindale

26        Dale Alexander


May 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 

Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

o 11:00 Fellowship

  1 2

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

7:00 Confirmation

 

3 4 5
6

*Communion

*Senior Recognition Sunday

7

5:40am

KTCH devotions

9:30

Wayne County Family Coalition

8

5:40am

KTCH devotions

 

9

5:40am

KTCH devotions

10:30 WACAM

1:00 Presbyterian Women

7:00 Confirmation

8:00

Youth Group

10

5:40am

KTCH devotions

 

11

5:40am

KTCH devotions

 

12

3:00pm

Graduation Party

13

9:00

Super Sunday School

1:30 Careage Chapel

14 15

7:00am

Elections

16

1:00

Sewing Souls

7:00 Confirmation

8:00

Youth Group

17

 

Homestead Presbytery at Craig

18 19
20

* Confirmation Sunday

* Pentecost Sunday

21

 

 

22

7:30

Piano Fundraiser

23

 

 

24 25 26
27

*Trinity Sunday

 

28 29 30 31    
             

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

 

Presbytidings – April 2018

 

Presbytidings – April 2017

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

(402) 375-2669 + www.fpcwayne.org

Our chief end is to glorify and enjoy God forever.”

 

From the Pastor….

Easter Sunday was wonderful here at First Presbyterian as we celebrated Christ’s resurrection. The morning began with good fellowship during the delicious brunch served by the Deacons. Alleluia’s filled the sanctuary as we sang, prayed and worshiped together, it was a wonderful celebration!!

Sometimes the Sunday after Easter can be kind of a letdown; however, there is good reason to continue the celebration. Some early church theologians like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom, mused that God played the ultimate practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead, “Risus paschalis – the Easter laugh,” the early theologians called it.[*]

For centuries in many Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches, the Sunday following Easter was “Bright Sunday” and was observed by the faithful as “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. In celebration of “Bright Sunday” churchgoers were invited to wear bright and colorful clothing to worship. The contemporary name for the second Sunday is Holy Hilarity and congregations may celebrate with practical jokes, balloons, and skits as well as singing and dancing.

Perhaps we don’t think often enough about how laughter should be a part of our faith. People may assume that clergy are to be stern, Christians are to be humorless, and God is never to be found laughing. Many people may view clergy, Christianity, and God as expressed in the following story:

“One day Groucho Marx was getting off an elevator and happened to meet a clergyman. The clergyman came up to him, put out his hand and said, ‘I want to thank you for all the joy you’ve put into the world.’ Groucho shook hands and replied, ‘Thank you, Reverend. I want to thank you for all the joy you’ve taken out of it.’”

Hopefully we don’t have the same view as Groucho of our faith and of Christians. After all the Christmas angels did not announce to the shepherds: ‘Behold, I bring you bad news of great sorrow for all the people!” The angels brought news of great joy to the shepherds. We have even better news at Easter, Christ is risen, death defeated and every day we can celebrate the joy of the resurrection.

In a recent article in Christian Century magazine entitled “The Jesus Who Laughed,”[†] theologian Miles Townes discussed reading the Bible by paying attention to Jesus’ humor as expressed in word plays, puns and irony in his teachings and parables.  Often we miss these because the translation from the original language doesn’t always reflect the word play and puns and irony.[‡]

Remember how Jesus described the challenge for a proud, self-confident rich person to enter the Kingdom of God; he said it would be like a camel trying to go through the eye of a needle (Luke 18:25). Can you imagine Jesus’ audience not laughing as they tried to picture this in their minds? Jesus point was serious but he was using hyperbole, an exaggerated, humorous image to get it across.

When you think about a joke there is a premise and a conclusion which are usually held in tension; a good joke depends on our ability to see the difference between what is and what could or should be. It has been said a good joke in the moral sense depends on our ability to see the difference between is and should be; a good joke can help us see the distance between who we are and who we should be.

Who but Jesus ever saw so clearly the distance between is and should? Who else but Christ could grasp the gulf between heaven and earth? In Jesus’ words we can see our predicament; we are made in the image of God but separated by sin from God’s grace. Townes wrote “The idea that Jesus who bridged this divide might lack a sense of humor seems to me a stony-faced denial of Jesus’ humanity. Laughter is both human and humane, an essential tool to help us cross the distance to God.” God wants us to have joy; the psalmist says God “sits in the heavens and laughs,” God invites us to join in the heavenly laughter not just on Easter but every day.

April 8th during our Super Sunday gathering we will share stories, jokes and smiles as we are reminded that we should celebrate Christ’s resurrection and victory over death not just on Easter Sunday but every day. Christ is risen, don’t live another day as if Jesus were dead, let us be joyful and share our joy freely.

May your days be joy-filled,

Pastor Teresa

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING

On Saturday, April 7th Wayne’s Presbyterian Women will be hosting area Presbyterian women for a Spring Gathering. Each spring there are one or more Gatherings in Homestead Presbytery for Presbyterian Women from different churches to worship, fellowship, and share ideas. Thurston’s Presbyterian Women will be helping us host. Come join us for fellowship and worship – registration begins at 9:00. The registration is $8.00 and includes coffee, refreshments & lunch. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

SUPER SUNDAY SCHOOL

Super Sunday School will be held April 8th at 9:00am in the music room. Please bring at least two Christian jokes for “Holy Hilarity Sunday.” During our time together we will look at humor in the Bible. We will share stories, jokes and smiles as we are reminded that we should celebrate Christ’s resurrection, the victory over death not just on Easter Sunday but every day. CU Sunday!!

(May’s Super Sunday School will take place on May 13th.)

 

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, April 10th at 4:15pm.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASS

Confirmation class continues to meet Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

April 4th with Kevin Peterson

April 11th with Jim Curtiss

April 18th with Misty Beair

April 25th no class

The confirmands will meet on Monday, April 23rd with the Session and Pastor at 7:00pm.

Our confirmands have spent the past eight months meeting studying and defining their faith and learning about the Presbyterian Church, USA.  They’ve met with mentors, elders and deacons, and been involved in service to church by assisting with worship as lectors and acolytes.  On April 23 they will meet with the Session, and on May 20 those who have decided to do so will join First Presbyterian Church.  Please make it a point to celebrate this special day with them.

 

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

We will do our spring highway cleanup after worship on Sunday, April 15th (rain date: 4/22). 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.

 

SEWING SOULS

On Wednesday, April 18th at 2:00 Sewing Souls will meet to start new projects and continue projects such as pillowcases for children in the hospital. The hostess will be Joyce Voyles. Come join us no matter what your sewing skills are.

 

ELEANOR EDWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION DUE

The Eleanor Edwards scholarship application are due to the church office by Sunday, April 22nd. Scholarships will be awarded on May 6th, followed by a reception for the graduates.

 

SESSION

The Session will meet Monday, April 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please submit an action items to Judy Lindberg or Pastor Teresa by Friday, April 13th.

 

PASTOR’S VACATION

  • Pastor Teresa will be on vacation the week of April 24 – 30th. Gail McCorkindale will be leading worship service on Sunday, April 29th.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

YOUTH GROUP

Our church youth are hosting an inter-generational bowling party at Wildcat Lanes on Sunday, April 29th at 6:00pm. All are welcome to join! Please sign up at the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall so the right number of lanes can be reserved.

 

GRADUATION SUNDAY

Join us on Sunday, May 6th at we recognize our high school graduates. Shea Abraham, Beau Bowers, Madison Stenka and Sarah Wibben will be graduating from Wayne High, and Layne Heese is graduating from Pender High. Following the service, there will be a cake fellowship.

 

COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, May 6th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Jim Curtiss)
  • Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00am (Communion elder, t.b.a.)

 

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP & BRUNCH THANK YOU

Our thanks to everyone who helped to provide for the Easter brunch, and to all those who helped to serve, and to clean-up. The church was beautifully decorated. There were over 90 people in attendance at worship that day, and it was a glorious day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

 

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 22-27, 2018.  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 (through 4/24) from 6:30-8:15pm. For more information call 402-375-4288.

 

FPC T-SHIRTS

We have three FPC t-shirts left in the office. 2-large, and 1-xl. These are available for $5 each. Please contact Jenny if you are interested in purchasing one (or more!).

 

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Lector/Greeter Schedule for April 2018

4/1/2018 Phil Griess Jean & Phil Griess  
4/8/2018 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family  
4/15/2018 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige
4/22/2018 Bev or Jack Beeson The Hammer family  
4/29/2018 Jim Curtiss Milton & Jackie Owens Jim Curtiss

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for May 2018

5/6/2018 Madison Urbanec Glenda & Pat McDonald Kevin Peterson
5/13/2018 Madison Urbanec The Urbanec Family  
5/20/2018 Jeryl Nelson Jeryl Nelson Jim L. & Joyce Reeg
5/27/2018 Gordon Granberg Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for June 2018

6/3/2018 Sarah Wibben Milton & Jackie Owens Karen Johnson
6/10/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Kevin Peterson
6/17/2018 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald Bev Beeson
6/24/2018 Ken Marra Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss


 

April 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1  Sunday Mornings:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

Easter Worship with Communion

 

2 3 4

1:00 Presbyterian Women

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

7:00 Confirmation Class

5 6 7

9:00

PW Spring Gathering

8

9:00 Super Sunday School

9

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

7:00 Scout Den Meeting

 

10

4:15

Deacons Meeting

11

10:30 WACAM

at Brookdale

7:00 Confirmation Class

8:00 Youth Group

 

12

 

2:00 Darrow tunes organ

 

13

 

14

 

15

11:15 Highway Cleanup

16

 

7:00 Scout Den Meeting

17 18

1:00 Sewing Souls

 

7:00 Confirmation Class

19

 

20 21

 

22

Eleanor Edwards Scholarship

Applications Due

 

23

7:00 Session meets with confirmands

24

Pastor on vacation

25

Pastor on vacation

(No Confirmation today)

8:00 Youth Group

26

Pastor on vacation

27

Pastor on vacation

28

Pastor on vacation

29

 

30 1 2 3 4 5

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

8        Andrew Pulfer

9        Kevin Armstrong

23      Jill O’Leary Scott

24      Gina McDonald

26      Phil Griess, Levi Heese

27      Verianne McClain

29      Heidi Armstrong

30      Greg Bloom


 

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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[*] Joyful Noiseletter. (2018) https://www.joyfulnoiseletter.com/hhsunday.asp

[†] Townes, M. (February 28, 2018)  “The Jesus who laughed”. Christian Century. 11-12.

[‡] Trueblood, E. (1964 ) The Humor of Christ. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Presbytidings – March 2018

Presbytidings – March 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.”

 

LENTEN SUPPER & SERVICE

Our church family continues to gather for weekly suppers during Lent through Wednesday, March 21st. Join us on Wednesday evenings 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 (Presbyterian Pealers play): March 25th at 10:00am
  • Maundy Thursday with communion : March 29h at 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday brunch: April 1st at 9:00am
  • Easter Sunday Celebration with communion: April 1st at 10:00am

 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected on Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday. This offering supports ministries of the church which provide relief for people affected by natural disaster, food for the hungry and support for self-development of people in oppressed and disadvantaged communities.

 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.

 A Listening

by Ann Weems

 

Going through Lent

is a listening.

When we listen

to the Word,

we hear

where we are so

blatantly

unliving.

If we listen to the Word,

and hallow it

into our lives,

we hear

how we can so

abundantly

live again.

From the book Kneeling in Jerusalem: Poetry for Lent and Easter

 

From the Pastor,

What does Easter Mean to You?

        As a child Easter meant for me a new dress and shoes, sometimes even a new hat. It meant an Easter egg hunt or two, jelly beans, marshmallow chicks and chocolate bunnies, a big dinner with family. As I got older it meant a deepening understanding of the Lenten and Easter seasons. I knew Lent was 40 days long and some Christians “gave up” things during Lent but didn’t fully understand why. Easter meant sunrise services, church breakfasts, in worship we sang some of the most beautiful and triumphant songs in the hymnbook. We heard the Gospel message of Jesus’ resurrection proclaimed by the pastor and the choir. We saw the symbols of new life in white lilies and other flowers, banners, and paraments that adorned our church.

For a significant number of Americans today, spring break, new clothes, candy, chocolate bunnies, and big family meals are the extent of their understanding of Easter. They have even less understanding of the season of Lent the 40 days which precede Easter not including Sundays. Lent reminds us of Christ’s time in the wilderness, of his sacrifice for our sins. It is a time when many Christians add spiritual disciples such as increasing their times of or types of prayer, or to be in solidarity with Christ they give up something they enjoy, a food or an activity. In recent years many Christians have focused on additional acts of kindness and generosity toward others during the Lenten season. I read of one person who decided to write a thank-you note to someone each day of Lent as a way of showing appreciation to others who guided her in her walk of discipleship.

Through the years my understanding of Lent and Easter have deepened; however, that may not be true of the general population, with the shrinking of those active in faith communities even those who profess Christianity may have a limited understanding of the seasons.

A nationwide study by the Barna Group[*] a few years ago explored Americans definition of Easter. The study asked a representative sample of American adults how they would describe what Easter means to them, personally. Common responses included describing Easter as a Christian holiday, a celebration of God or Jesus, a celebration of Passover, a holy day, or a special time for church or worship attendance. One out of every 50 adults (2%) said that they would describe Easter as the most important holiday of their faith. The survey showed a majority of Americans indicated some type of spiritual connection with Easter. The research also showed that a minority, 42%, of Americans said the meaning of Easter was the resurrection of Jesus or that it signified Christ’s death and resurrection.

Christians find our hope and assurance in the resurrection of Christ, in fact the Apostle Paul writes the resurrection is key to our faith. In 1st Corinthians chapter 15 the Apostle Paul discusses the importance of Christ’s resurrection; he writes “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”(vs. 17). He goes on to say; “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.” (Vs. 20-22). All that happened to Jesus Christ was in accordance to the Scriptures and to further verify the resurrection Paul cites those to whom Christ appeared after his resurrection from the dead.

The core of our celebration on Easter Sunday and throughout Easter season is the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection. The good news of Easter is that through Jesus Christ sin and death have been defeated; we have the promise of eternal life with Christ. Our celebration doesn’t end when Easter Sunday has come and gone, we’ll continue to celebrate Christ’s victory over death during the fifty days of the Easter season and beyond. The fulfillment of Christ’s promises, his defeat of death and resurrection, are good news and reason to celebrate with joy this Easter, for we have been given new life through our risen Christ.

Alleluia! Amen!

Pastor Teresa

 

INVITING OTHERS TO COME AND SEE

How long has it been since you invited someone to join you for worship? Research shows that many people who would might not otherwise visit a church will do so if asked by someone they know.  Palm Sunday and Easter are wonderful times to invite friends or neighbors to join us for worship. Palm Sunday we will  hear our wonderful bell choir and journey with Jesus from his triumphant entry to the city of Jerusalem to Good Friday.

Easter Sunday is great opportunity to invite a neighbor or a friend to worship. The brunch served by the deacons will be delicious and a wonderful time of fellowship. During worship we will celebrate and proclaim Christ’s resurrection. The love of our Triune God, the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus and the presence of the Spirit with each of us, is news we should be eager to share with others.

This season is also a good time to touch base with folks you have not seen in worship for a while, tell them you miss them and invite them to worship. Think of how those Palm Sunday and Easter hymns would sound with a full house? We are called by our faith to love our neighbor as ourselves; if we know our faith to be life-living we should be inviting others to come and meet Jesus. This Lenten and Easter season let us welcome friend and stranger alike in praising our Triune God.

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Spring forward one hour the weekend of March 11th!

 

SUPER SUNDAY SCHOOL

Super Sunday has been moved from March 11th to March 18th. Please join us as praise God with our voices, as we learn more about God through asking questions and as we deepen our fellowship by spending time together.  See you on the 18th at 9:00 a.m.

 

COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, March 4th (Communion elder, Gail McCorkindale)
  • Maundy Thursday, March 28th at 7:00pm (Communion elder, Gail McCorkindale)
  • Easter Sunday, April 1st (Communion elder, TBA)

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian will meet Wednesday, March 7th at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall.  Jackie Owens will lead us In Lesson 6 of our Bible Study.  Martha Svoboda is hostess. We will be finalizing plans for our April 7th Spring Gathering.

Special note: If you have read 4 or more books from the Presbyterian Women’s Reading Lists or library, please let Karen Johnson know before March 15th. You may contact her at: Email: kajohnsonso52@gmail.com or phone: 402-375-4173.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING

On Saturday, April 7th Wayne’s Presbyterian Women will be hosting area Presbyterian women for a Spring Gathering. Each spring there are one or more Spring Gatherings in Homestead Presbytery for Presbyterian Women from different churches to worship, fellowship, and share ideas. Thurston’s Presbyterian Women will be helping us host. All women are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The theme this year is Arise and Shine, based on Isiah 60:1 “Arise, Shine; for the light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” The Coordinating Team for Presbyterian Women of Homestead Presbytery have been planning worship and meeting activities. Pastor Teresa Bartlett will be sharing on overview of the Bible study for Fall 2018.

PW is celebrating 30 years as Presbyterian Women. PW predecessor organizations began more than 200 years ago. In 1988, Presbyterian Women was born, incorporating the best in United Presbyterian Women (UPW) and Women of the Church (WOC). PW exists today because women are adaptable, determined, proactive, charitable, generous, and dedicated to God

Registration forms are available in Fellowship Hall. The cost is $8 which includes morning refreshments and lunch. Please return registration form by March 15 to Karen Johnson (402-375-4173) or the church office.

Come join us for fellowship and worship on April 7th – registration begins at 9:00.

Mission Project: Children’s Literacy.  Bring a children’s book to be donated to women’s shelters.  This is a nationwide mission focus for Presbyterian Women.  For more information on Children’s Literacy and ides of books to be read to children:

https://www.pcusa.org/resource/pw-together-action-childrens-literacy-bulletin-ins/

 

YOUTH GROUP

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

 

SEWING SOULS

On Wednesday, March 21st at 1:00 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.

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, March 26th, at 7:00 p.m. in the 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 or Misty Beair regarding scholarships from the church. Hope to see you there!

 

SYNOD SCHOOL

Make plans to attend Synod School 2018 this summer, July 22-27 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Registration is now open. You can view the extensive catalog at http://www.lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool

A NOTE FROM ANITA

To all FPC members and friends:

Thank you so much for the prayers, food, sewing, e-mails, cards and calls. Your prayers are certainly a blessing to me, as are your other acts of kindness. I look forward to your continued prayers as I travel this long journey.  God Bless you all.  Anita Fuelberth 

 

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

17      Jack Beeson

19      Judy Lindberg

24      Jacob Beair

25      Leigh Heese

28      Babs Middleton

29      Madison Urbanec

Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for March 2018

3/4/2018 * Taytum Sweetland Jackie & Milton Owens Jean & Phil Griess
3/11/2018 * tba tba Karen Johnson
3/18/2018 Braydn McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  
3/25/2018 * Madison Urbanec The Urbanecs  

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for April 2018

4/1/2018 tba Jean & Phil Griess Pat & Glenda McDonald
4/8/2018 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family  
4/15/2018 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige
4/22/2018 Bev or Jack Beeson The Hammer family  
4/29/2018 Jim Curtiss Milton & Jackie Owens Jim Curtiss

 

March 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
4

10:00 Worship with Communion

 

 

5

7:00 Scout Den Meeting

6

 

7

1:00 Presbyterian Women

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

 

8

 

9

 

10
11

Daylight Savings – spring ahead!

 

12

7:00 Scout Den Meeting

13

 

14

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

8:00 Youth Group

 

15 16

 

17

 

18

 

9:00 Super Sunday School!

19

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

 

20

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

 

21

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

1:00 Sewing Souls

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

 

22

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

 

 

23

5:40 Pastor has KTCH devotions

 

McCorkindale-Durbin wedding rehearsal

24

 

McCorkindale-Durbin wedding

25

Palm Sunday

Presbyterian Pealers perform

26

7:00 Session Meeting

27

 

28

8:00 Youth Group

29

7:00 Maundy Thursday Service with communion

30

Good Friday

31

Great Vigil of Easter

 

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Presbytidings – February 2018

 

Presbytidings – February 2018

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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Our chief end is to glorify and enjoy God forever.”

 

From the Pastor……

If you asked a dozen people “What is church and what its role in the world is today?” you would probably get a dozen different answers. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 says “The Church is the body of Christ. Christ gives to the Church all the gifts necessary to be his body. The Church strives to demonstrate these gifts in its life as a community in the world.”

How do we demonstrate to the world that we are the body of Christ? Our PC (USA) Book of Order (Constitution) says the church is to be a community of faith, hope, love and witness[*]. This is no small task; we are drawn together by our faith and trust in Jesus Christ; however, building bonds of faith and trust across a group of people of diverse ages and interests takes work. We are the body of Christ, beautiful in its diversity, and always challenged to overcome personal opinions and preferences to follow Christ’s calling together.

The church is called to be a community of hope, a witness to the fact that through Christ God is preparing a new creation. The Church both participates in that new creation as well as looks forward to the promised new creation. The Book of Order also says the church “… is to be a community of love, where sin is forgiven, reconciliation is accomplished, and the dividing walls of hostility are torn down.[†] The Church is to be a community of witness, pointing beyond itself through word and work to the good news of God’s transforming grace in Christ Jesus its Lord.” The church is where we learn to be community, we learn compassion and love, we learn to care for our neighbor, we learn service.

Jean Vanier, in his book “Jesus, the Gift of Love”[‡] wrote the following piece entitled “Where We Learn.” Vanier knows about the challenges of developing community among diverse people, he is the founder of L’Arche, an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities. His words hold truth and challenge as they remind us that Jesus calls us into community with each other, not just people that look and think like us.

“Jesus had called them together to form community with him and around him

and with many other disciples, men and women, a bonding deeper than family ties.

Community where they learned to care for each other, where each one had his or her place

and gift to exercise, where they learned also about their brokenness, jealousy,

their desire for power and their need for forgiveness and healing, their need also to forgive;

where they learned continually to be open to the poor, the lame, the broken, and the blind.

Not a closed community for security, but a community for healing and for helping each one grow

in freedom and in love:

a community of mutual support which announced the good news by its existence

and from which some could go out to announce the good news of God’s love.

Jesus loved these men and women who had left all to be with him…

Those who follow Jesus and give up all for him will receive all from Jesus.”

As Christ followers,  our community  should be a place of welcome, of love and compassion, forgiveness and healing, a place of where our faith is stretched and deepened, where we are drawn ever closer to Christ and each other. Let each one commit this year to helping this congregation be a place where faith, hope, love and witness are a part of our spoken and unspoken witness to God’s faithfulness in our lives.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

Prayer for Lent

Let me keep Lent.

Let me not kneel and pray,

Forego some trifle every day,

Fast-and take sacrament-

And then,

Lend tongue to slander, hold ancient grudge,

Deny,

The very Lord whom I would glorify.

Let me keep Lent.

Let my heart grow in grace.

Let thy light shine till my illumined face

Will be a testament

Read by all…

That hate is buried; self-crucified;

New-born the sprit that shall rise on Easter morn.
Let me keep Lent.

Author Unknown

            The season of Lent is a time of expectation and preparation which begins 40 days before Easter. Lent is to Easter what Advent is to Christmas. Easter is a movable celebration which means it is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21st, then you count backwards 40 days, not including Sundays to Ash Wednesday. This year it is unusual that Lent begins and ends on other holidays;  Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day and Easter on April 1s.

During the Lenten season we remember Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for the sins of humanity. Lent is a time of self-examination and preparation for Easter as we walk the road with Christ from the wilderness to Jerusalem and finally to Golgotha. Lent is a season of humility and repentance rather than the expectant joy of the Advent season.

Christians often choose to make personal sacrifices during Lent, giving up something to remind them of Christ’s sacrifice for each of us. It may be that during Lent you would like to add a personal discipline or practice to your life, acts of service, prayer or Scripture or devotional reading. Whatever the practice or discipline, Lent calls us to reflect on our lives and relationship with Christ.

The church uses a variety of colors and symbols to help tell Jesus’ story during Lent, from his time in the wilderness to his death on the cross and overcoming sin and death through his resurrection. We may see symbols that reflect Christ’s time in the wilderness, such as stones and dry grasses. When we gather for worship on Ash Wednesday you may choose to be marked with ashes which symbolize sorrow and repentance. The cup and bread are often displayed during the Lenten season as well as a towel and bowl which represent the Christ as the suffering servant. Other symbols associated with Lent and Easter include the crown of thorns, nails, the cross, the rooster, a bag of coins and a whip.

Each season of the church year has certain colors associated with it, the color for Lent is purple, which indicates penitence or repentance which is used on the pulpit and communion table.  The color for Good Friday is black symbolizing sorrow. Easter Sunday you will see white on the communion table and pulpit. Easter lilies are also a part of the celebration as we declare on Easter Sunday, Christ’s triumph over death. Please plan to join us as we hear, see and experience again the story of Christ’s love for humanity during Lent and Easter.

Lenten Mid- Week Worship Services.

Do you ever feel the noise of the world around us keeps you from find times of rest, of sitting quietly and being in God’s presence? Most of us have a hard time finding time to listen for God. During our mid-week services this Lenten season we will seek the quiet and heighten our attention to hear the “still, small voice” of God as well as our own. The theme of our Lenten midweek services will be “Listen.”   We will listen for God through prayer and meditation on Scripture.

We will begin the season with our Ash Wednesday worship and then beginning February 21st, we will continue the FPC Lenten tradition of joining together for a meal followed by worship. Join us for fellowship and worship as we seek to step away from the noise and busyness of the world to listen for God this Lenten season.

February 14th:            Ash Wednesday; Finding Your Life; Listening Deeply

February 21st:             Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces

February 28th:            Finding Your Breath: Listening to Our Bodies

March 7th:                  Finding a Word: Listening to the Texts

March 14th:                 Finding Your Power: Listening for Healing

March 21st:                  Finding Your Mystic: Listening Beyond the Voices

LOOKING AHEAD TO ASH WEDNESDAY

Observe a holy Lenten season this year. We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service February 14th at 6:30pm.

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

Our church family will gather for weekly suppers during Lent, beginning on Wednesday, February 21st, 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.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on:

Sunday, February 4th (Misty Beair, Communion set-up elder)

Sunday, March 4th (Communion elder TBD)

Sunday, April 1st, Easter (Communion elder TBD)

 

SUPER SUNDAY SCHOOL!

The next Super Sunday School will take place Sunday, February 11th at 9:00am. We will discuss Lent and the various spiritual practices at this time of year. Christians often use familiar practices such as prayer, fasting, or giving up of something to be in solidarity with Christ. There are a wide variety of practices Christians can use to deepen their walk with Christ. Some people use journaling or other forms of artwork as a spiritual practice. The group will be preparing prayer journals for the Wednesday evening Lent worship services as we prepare to “Listen” for God. We will gather upstairs in the music room for our time of fellowship and creativity. Hope to see you on the 11th.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICE

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at Careage on Sunday, February 18th at 1:30pm. All are welcome to join her there.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will continue to meet in the afternoons during February and March.

  • Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 7th at 1:00 p.m. We begin each meeting with Bible Study. This month is Lesson 5 in Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews. Glenda McDonald will lead the lesson. Following Bible study we will have our monthly meeting and continue planning for Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 5th. Jackie Owens is hostess.
  • In March, we will meet on Wednesday the 7th at 1:00. Jackie Owens will be our Bible study leader for Lesson 6 and Martha Svoboda is hostess.

 

SEWING SOULS

  • Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, February 21st at 1:00to continue work on a variety of projects. Karen Johnson is Hostess
  • Sewing Souls will meet in March on the 21st at 1:00pm. Joyce Voyles will be the hostess.

 

SESSION

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

 

THE CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

Have you changed your phone number or moved lately?  Please use the update sheet on the Opportunity Table to make any changes to your current listing.

 

ELDER LIST 2018

Elder Class of 2018:  Misty Beair, Gail McCorkindale, Jay O’Leary

Elder Class of 2019:  Jim Curtiss, Jim Paige, Kevin Peterson

Elder Class of 2020:  Glenda McDonald, Scott McLaughlin, Kent Pulfer

 

DEACON LIST 2018

Deacons Class of 2018:         Karen Marra, Jill Sweetland

Deacons Class of 2019:         Jan Liska, Jackie Owens

Deacons Class of 2020:        Karen Johnson, Melissa Urbanec

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather on Saturday, 2/17, beginning at 10:00am, in Lincoln. Pastor Teresa will be attending, elders are welcomed to attend with her.

 

FPC ANNUAL REPORT

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 28th. 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

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNTS

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

MANY THANKS!

  • To the Wayne First Presbyterian Congregation: Thanks so much for the Christmas gift of Chamber dollars. I appreciate such a kind recognition. – Jane O’Leary
  • Dear Congregation of First Presbyterian Church: There are no words to say enough thank yous to you for the cards and prayers you sent my way after I fell. It was so appreciated. Glen & I also want to say how much we appreciated the church letting Teresa have those extra days with us. Things were so confusing so it was a lifesaver to have her and get things straightened out. Hopefully she can make up the time somehow. Even though many miles separate us we feel close to your congregation. May God bless you all. Peace and prayers, Carolyn & Glen Confer

 

ROTARY BAKED POTATO FEED

The annual Rotary Potato Bake & Dessert Bar will be held Sunday, 2/11 from 11am-1:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium. Adults $6 ($7 at the door), Children (8 & under) $3. St. Mary’s will also be holding their bake sale at this event!

 

KIWANIS PANCAKE FEED

The annual Kiwanis Pancake Feed will be held Tuesday, 2/13 from 5:00-7:30pm at the Wayne City Auditorium. Adults $7 ($8 at the door), Children (10 & under) $4. Proceeds support youth activities in our community.

 

HEAR WHAT GOD IS DOING IN SOUTH SUDAN

The Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE invites everyone to hear how Presbyterians are working to fix the water crisis in South Sudan. Rev. Rhonda Kruse (Mission Engagement Advisor) and Debbie Braaksma (Africa Area Coordinator) will be speaking on Saturday, February 24th from 5:30-7:00pm. A meal is also provided to those who attend. You must rsvp by February 16th. For more information see the poster in Fellowship Hall, or contact our church office at 402-375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

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

 

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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

 

February 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Mon-day Tues-day Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

      1

KTCH devotions

5:40am

2

KTCH devotions

5:40am

3
4  Communion 5

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

7pm Scout Den Meeting

6 7

1:00 PW

7:00 Confirmation

8:00 Youth Group

8 9 10
11

9:00 Super Sunday!

11:00 Ordination & Installation of Officers

12

 

7:00 Scout Den Meeting

13

 

4:15 Deacons Meeting

14

 

7pm Ash Wednesday Service

15 16 17

Homestead Presbytery Prime in Lincoln

18

1:30 Careage Chapel

19

7:00 Scout Den Meeting

20 21

1pm Sewing Souls

6pm Soup Supper

7pm Lent Service

22 23 24
25 26

 

7:00 Session Meeting

27 28

 

6pm Soup Supper

7pm Lent Service

8pm Youth Group

1

 

2 3

 

Greeter, Lector & Communion Elder Schedule

A quarterly 2018 lector & greeter schedule will be available later this month.  As in the past, please find a replacement if you cannot make it, and contact the church office about any changes. If you would still like to be added, we would be happy to put your name on the substitute list. Thank you!

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for February 2018

2/4/2018 Sarah Wibben Jackie & Milton Owens Kevin Peterson
2/11/2018 Jeryl Nelson Jodi & Kent Pulfer Jeryl Nelson
2/18/2018 Braydn McCorkindale Glenda & Pat McDonald Jim Curtiss
2/25/2018 Madison Urbanec Jean & Phil Griess The Hammers

 

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[*] PC(USA) Book of Order F-1.0301, The Church is the body of Christ.

[†] PC(USA) Book of Order  F-1.0301, The Church is the body of Christ.

[‡] From the magazine “Give us This Day” Liturgical Press. January 2018 pg. 202