June 2017 Presbytidings

Presbytidings – June 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….

Lawn care is one of the tasks that come along with maintaining a home. Some folks don’t like the routine of mowing and trimming the yard each week. There are of course options, like getting your teenagers to mow or contracting with a lawn service. I like to mow, for me it is very satisfying to look over a freshly mown lawn. Perhaps because I grew up on a farm I really enjoy working in the lawn, digging in the dirt and flower gardening. I often marvel at the beauty and diversity of the world around us and see God’s handiwork in the changes that happen week by week in the flower garden and enjoy being able to bring cut flowers into the house. I feel God’s presence in the beauty of creation as described in the refrain to the hymn “In the Garden.” The hymn speaks about walking and talking in the garden with Christ;

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own,

and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.

The home I purchased didn’t have much in the way of landscaping or flowers. As the weather warmed I kept an eye on what was coming up around the house. Some plants I could identify, a mum, a columbine, others were a mystery. I was pleasantly surprised by one plant, which I was sure was dead, when it sprouted leaves. The mystery bush turned out to be a weigela, and I was delighted by its purplish leaves and lovely pink blossoms. Many folks in the congregation have generously shared starts of plants including hostas, daylilies, coral bells and peonies. I really appreciate your generosity and all the plants seem to be doing well in their new homes. I’m looking forward to beautiful flowers in a month or so.

The reward of a flower garden is beautiful flowers however to enjoy those blossoms there is work which must be done. The ground has to be prepared, a location selected for seeds or plants and getting them planted, then as needed watering, pulling weeks or adding fertilizer. Then you wait, and wait some more, for the plants grow and mature; it’s delightful when your attention and patience is rewarded with an assortment of colorful blooms.

There are similarities between a faith community and a flower garden. Each congregation is made up of a variety of unique individuals, with different skills and gifts, like in a flower garden, variety adds to the beauty. As we take this discipleship journey together we continue to cultivate relationships with each other during fellowship, worship, Bible study and other opportunities. Over the course of the summer several Session teams will be working and planning for the fall, in effect planting the seeds of new ideas. It is hoped new opportunities will be like fertilizer and give us a boost, new vitality and energy. As in any garden there will some weeds to pull, or some plants that don’t thrive and need to be relocated or replaced. We enter into this process of preparation, planting, nurturing new growth with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and reflecting on the work the congregation did with Pastor Sally last year. As new opportunities are presented we will need to be patient with each other and open to what God might be doing through these changes.  While I pray these new ideas will blossom and result in personal growth for members of the congregation I pray they will also draw others to join us in worship, mission and fellowship.  Let’s get our gloves on and get to work!!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

[*] Also known as “I Come to the Garden Alone”   Author: C. Austin Miles (1913)

 

CONSTRUCTION

Otte Construction has begun construction on our front steps. Please use an entrance on the west side of the church.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on June 4, 2017. Shari Dunklau will serve as the Communion Elder.

 

YOUTH GROUPS & CHURCH SCHOOL

Both youth and church school are finished for the year. Thank you to Misty Beair for guiding our church school, and to Misty Beair, Shari Dunklau, Gail McCorkindale, Glenda McDonald and Melissa Urbanec for their able assistance in teaching. Thanks to Greg Worner and Ronda Ras for their leadership of our youth.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30pm. Judy Lindberg will lead the lesson.

 

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, June 21st. The hostess will be Judy Lindberg.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE

Volunteers are still needed for the evening VBS and food donations. We also need volunteers to house the Carol Joy Holling campers while they are here that week. VBS will be July 10-13 from 9:00 – 3:00 for children who have completed grades 1-6. The theme is Re-New*Hope! with Camp Carol Joy Holling providing the staffing for this event. There will be an evening VBS session (SPLASH into God’s Word) for kids age 4-Kindergarten, from 6:30-8:30. Sign-up sheets and volunteer sheets are on the Opportunity table.

 

RADIO DEVOTIONS

Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of June 5th – 9th at 5:40am.

 

LADIES LUNCH

Pastor Teresa invites the women of the church to meet for lunch at the Coffee Shoppe on Main Street Friday, June 16th, at noon for a time of fellowship.  If you would like to attend please email or contact Pastor Teresa so space can be reserved for the group. Hope to see many of you on the 16th.

 

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY RETURNS

The Brown Bag Bible Study returns in June. Join us on Wednesdays at noon as we examine the study “Half Truths,” things the Bible doesn’t say by Adam Hamilton. We will meet in Fellowship Hall on June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, & July 5th.

 

UPCOMING FELLOWHIP EVENTS

  • This summer, FPC Fellowship Time following worship will be held on the 1st & 3rd There is a new sign-up sheet on the Opportunity Table.
  • On the 4th Sunday in June (25th) we will have a potluck following worship.
  • Bev & Jack Beeson will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with a reception here in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 18th from 2:00-4:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

A WAYNE AMERICA CHRISTMAS IN 2018!

Our Savior Senior Ministry is excited to announce big plans for a Christmas celebration in Wayne in 2018! This will be a community event for the Wayne area and will be highlighted by a wonderful Christmas concert by the Isaacs! This event will be held on December 8, 2018 and all proceeds from this event will be going to WACAM.

A sub-committee of the Senior Ministry team is being formed and will involve members of various congregations in Wayne.  At this time, we are inviting anyone interested in being part of this celebration and help make this a big success, just let us know.  We are going to need help in several areas, planning, advertising, promotions, and various other aspects.  If you have a strength in any of those areas or just want to be part of a wonderful promotion of Wayne, please let us know. This will not require a huge time commitment and will be an exciting event.

If interested, please contact Steve McLagan!  (402 833-8146 or steve_mclagan2002@yahoo.com)

 

2017 FOOD PANTRY BACKPACK NEWS

Due to the contributions and efforts of many individuals and organizations, we were able to provide over 3,800 backpacks to hungry school students for the 2016-17 school 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.

 

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!

 

PROVIDENCE HOSPICE WORKSHOP

Providence Home Health Care & Hospice will hold their Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, June 4th at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church. The service is being held in memory of loved ones who have passed away sometime between June 2016-May 2017. A flyer is posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

 

CHRISTIAN CROSS FESTIVAL

The Christian Cross Festival will be held at Sky View Lake in Norfolk on Friday, June 9, and Saturday June 10. 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!

 

NEW WAY SINGERS CONCERT

New Way Singers, from Nebraska Christian College in Omaha, is in its 45th year. This group is an auditioned worship band and choir, comprised of High School students from all over the United States. New Way Singers travels around the mid-west during the summer presenting concerts to various churches and church organizations. Journey Christian Church is privileged to have two high school students accepted to travel and perform with the New Way Singers, Morgan Barner and Sara Duncan. Please join us on June 14th at 7:00 for their concert presentation at Journey Christian Church.

 

SYNOD SCHOOL

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

 

WAYNE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

You can save lives! Just one pint can save three lives. The next Wayne Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, June 22, from 9 am – 2:30 pm at the Wayne Fire Department. You can make an appointment by calling 800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The Wayne Area Habitat for Humanity is working on its 5th house in Wayne at 315 South Nebraska Street. They are in need of labor volunteers (weather permitting) on Saturday 6/3 and 6/10 from 8:30am – 4:00pm each day. (Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes.)  Our church will be serving a meal for the volunteers on Saturday, June 10th. We could use 2 or 3 volunteers to serve and help clean-up. Please consider helping.

 

PASTOR VACATION DATE

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation July 3rd through July 9th.  Please contact the office if pastoral services are needed.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our unchurched neighbors
  • All who are battling cancer
  • All who live in care centers

 

 

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. Here are a few words about fathers attributed to radio broadcaster, Paul Harvey.  Enjoy! 

 A Tribute to Fathers

Paul Harvey

 A father is a person who is forced to endure childbirth, without an anesthetic.

A father is a person that growls when he feels good–

and laughs very loud when he is scared half to death.

A father never feels entirely worthy of the worship in his child’s eyes.

He’s never quite the hero his daughter thinks, never quite the man his son believes him to be. This worries him, sometimes. 

So he works too hard to try and smooth the rough places in the road

for those of his own who will follow him.

A father is a person who gets very angry when school grades

aren’t as good as he thinks they should be.

He scolds his child although he knows it’s the teacher’s fault.

Fathers grow old faster than other people. 

While mothers can cry where it shows, fathers stand there and beam outside–and die inside.

 Fathers have very stout hearts,

so they have to be broken sometimes or no one would know what is inside.

Fathers give daughters away to other men who aren’t nearly good enough

so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody’s.

Fathers fight dragons almost daily.

They hurry away from the breakfast table, off to the arena which is sometimes called an office or a workshop…where they tackle the dragon with three heads:

Weariness, Work and Monotony. 

Fathers are knights in shining armor.

Fathers make bets with insurance companies about who will live the longest.

Though they know the odds, they keep right on betting.

Even as the odds get higher and higher, they keep right on betting more and more;

and one day they lose, but fathers enjoy an earthly immortality

and the bet is paid off to the part of him he leaves behind.

I don’t know where fathers go when they die, but I have an idea that after a good rest,

he won’t be happy unless there is work to do.

He won’t just sit on a cloud and wait for the girl he’s loved and the children she bore.

 He’ll be busy there, too…oiling the gates, smoothing the way.

 

WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE – JUNE & JULY 2017

JUNE 2017

 

JUNE 4, 2017

Communion Elder – Shari Dunklau

Lector – Candyce Peitz

Greeters – The Peitz Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JUNE 11, 2017

Lector – Kevin Peterson

Greeters – Jim Curtiss, Karen Johnson, & Babs Middleton

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship

 

JUNE 18, 2017

Lector – Ronda Ras

Greeters – The Ras Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JUNE 25, 2017

Lector – Melissa Urbanec

Greeters – The Urbanec Family

Flowers – ?

Potluck following Worship

 

JULY 2017

 

JULY 2, 2017

Communion Elder – Jim Paige

Lector – Sarah Wibben

Greeters – Phil & Jean Griess, Scott & Lindsay McLaughlin

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JULY 9, 2017

Lector – Glenda McDonald

Greeters – The Liskas & The Paiges

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship

 

JULY 16, 2017

Lector – Candyce Peitz

Greeters – The Peitz Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JULY 23, 2017

Lector – Misty Beair

Greeters – Pat & Glenda McDonald, Joann Proett

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship

 

JULY 30, 2017

Lector – Jim Curtiss

Greeters – The Fuelberths & Kevin Peterson

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship

 

June 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o  Worship 10:00

 

 

      1 2 3
4

* Day of Pentecost

* Communion

5

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

6

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

7

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible

* 3:30 Brookdale Chapel

* 6:30 Presbyterian Women

8

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

9

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10
11 12 13 14

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible

 

15 16

* 12pm Ladies Lunch at the Coffee Shoppe

17
18

* Father’s Day

* 2pm Beeson’s 60th Wedding Anniversary Reception

 

 

19

 

20 21

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible

* 6:30 Sewing Souls

22 23 24
25

Potluck following Worship

26

* 7pm Session Meeting

27 28

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible

 

29 30  

 

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

 

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May 2017 Presbytidings

 

Presbytidings – May 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….

“Who was the most influential person in your life?” The question was asked of the participants at the Church Growth Leadership Summit which Gail McCorkindale and I recently attended. The five people at my table took a few minutes to gather their thoughts before answering; parents, teachers, employers and friends were included our answers.

Later the group was asked “Who has been the most influential person in your faith life?” For most it took a few minutes longer to answer that question. While some at my table had specific people, we also recognized there were many people along our faith journey who have helped us grow. For some the most influential person in their life and their faith development were the same person.

Jesus Christ should be every Christian’s role model however there are often people in our lives who introduce us to and help us develop our relationship with Christ. I encourage each of you to consider who has provided positive influence in your life and faith journey. Does a name(s) spring to mind? How did they help you become a disciple of Jesus Christ? Did they teach, model, or mentor, perhaps they patiently answered your questions?

We may be shaped and influenced by parents who value the importance of faith and moral formation the church offers. Teachers may play the role of model or mentor. Perhaps your influence came from a family member or friend who shared their faith without speaking a word.

Jesus challenged, encouraged, and equipped, his disciples. He ministered to those he met on the roads and in the streets as well as the temple and teaching in the synagogues. In life and in death Jesus modeled compassion, love and service. Jesus influenced not only his disciples, his influence continues today. After Jesus’ resurrection and his appearances to numerous witnesses but before he ascended into heaven he gave the disciples their mission:

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

These words, known as the Great Commission, give the church and each of us an ongoing challenge to influence others for Christ. Led by the Spirit the early church concentrated on people, on relationships, caring for one another to fulfill Jesus’ commission. Acts 2 describes that early fellowship;

“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.  They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:44-47

The early church grew not because they had the best pipe organ in town, or because they served Starbuck’s coffee, or they had a killer media set-up, the church grew because they built relationships, they cared for each other. Filled with the power of the Holy Spirit the disciples were influencing people, lives were reshaped. Those outside the fellowship could see Christians were different and they wanted to learn more.

As Christians and as a church we are called and challenged to be and “…to make disciples…” that is the mission of the church, it is our purpose.  A disciple trusts in and follows Jesus Christ, seeking to grow in his likeness, committing heart, mind, soul and strength to obey and serve him. A disciple is able to articulate why their faith is important, why it gives them hope and strength. A disciple becomes the hands and feet of Christ, a servant to others.

As disciples we are challenged to influence the world for Christ, to help people develop their relationship with Jesus and one another. We start making disciples by building relationships with each other, by spending time together in worship, study, fellowship. Building relationships requires that we share the reasons for our faith in words and actions. Our patterns and practices of sharing will be as unique as the individuals of this congregation and their varied skills and gifts. The mission field is outside the walls of the church; perhaps in the park, at the gas station, the Post Office, at your place of employment. In a world in need of hope, love and caring may we be a catalyst, directed by the Holy Spirit, to disciple others that they might find and proclaim Jesus Christ as the most influential figure in their lives.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on May 7, 2017. Gail McCorkindale is the communion elder.

GRADUATION SUNDAY

Following the service on Sunday, May 14th, join us as we celebrate our high school graduates. Marta Pulfer will be graduating from Wayne High, and Aaron Ras is graduating from Bancroft-Rosalie High.

YOUTH GROUP

The final gathering for the Youth Group will be announced at a later date. Please watch our Facebook page for updates.

CHURCH SCHOOL

The final day of church school will be May 7th.

SESSION

The Session will meet on Monday, May 22nd at 7:00pm. If any leadership teams have items that need action, please send those items to Judy or Pastor Teresa to be included on the docket.

DEACONS MEETING

The deacons will meet at the church Tuesday, May 9th at 4:15pm.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 6:30pm. Martha Svoboda will lead the Bible study. Glenda McDonald will be the hostess.

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, May 17th.

FLOWERS FOR WORSHIP

The Worship Team is encouraging members to sign up to provide flowers for worship. You might sign up to provide flowers for your anniversary, the birthday of your spouse or children or in honor of a family member. Perhaps you have beautiful flowers and want to share them. The flowers may be from your lawn and garden or purchased from an area florist or retail establishment. You may choose to provide potted plants or silk flowers rather than cut flowers. Thank-you for helping us enjoy the beauty of God’s creation while we beautify the sanctuary 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 Jean Griess, Jackie Owens and Jodi Pulfer for helping co-ordinate flowers for worship.

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.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING RECAP

The total Easter offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing (including the April Extra Mile gifts) was $396.17. Thank you for your support of this special Presbyterian offering.

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY

Pastor Teresa may begin a new Bible study this summer. She is looking for in-put, and would like to know if Wednesdays at 12:15 would be a good time. Please let her know.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE

Joint VBS with Our Savior Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church will be held July 10-14th. 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 16/17 school year) from9:00-3:00 PM. Day Camp is Re:NEW HOPE.
  • We will also have an inter-generational VBS for children ages 4-Kindergarten, their families, and any other adult that would like to attend from6:30-8:30 PM. Night camp is Splash into God’s Word.

Enrollment forms and volunteer forms can be found on the opportunity table. Volunteers are needed for crafts and refreshments for this segment.

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.

GRADUATION RECEPTION

Marta Pulfer and her family invite you to her graduation reception following the Wayne High School commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13th. The location is their home at 811 Brooke Drive. Congratulations, Marta!

WAYNE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

The next community blood drive will be held Thursday, May 25th at the Wayne Fire Department (510 Tomar Drive) from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. To make an appointment, contact the LifeServe Blood Center at 800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

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

 

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

 

WORSHIP ASSISTANT SCHEDULE – MAY & JUNE 2017

MAY 7, 2017

Lector – Karen McElwain

Acolyte – Ethan Wibben

Greeters – Jim Lindau, Joyce Reeg, Babs Middleton

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

MAY 14, 2017

Lector – Milton Owens

Acolyte – Cate Worner

Greeters – The Worner Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – Graduation Reception

 

MAY 21, 2017

Lector – Ken Liska

Acolyte – Nina Hammer

Greeters – The Hammer Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

MAY 28, 2017

Lector – ?

Acolyte – Andy Wibben

Greeters – John & Anita Fuelberth, Jim Curtiss

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JUNE 4, 2017

Lector – Candyce Peitz

Greeters – The Peitz Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JUNE 11, 2017

Lector – Kevin Peterson

Greeters – Jim Curtiss, Karen Johnson, Babs Middleton

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JUNE 18, 2017

Lector – Ronda Ras

Greeters – The Ras Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

JUNE 25, 2017

Lector – Melissa Urbanec

Greeters – The Urbanec Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?

 

May 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 

Each Sunday Morning:

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

1 2 3

 

6:30 Presbyterian Women

 

4 5 6
7

Communion

Last day of Sunday School

8 9

4:15 Deacons Meeting

10

 

7:30 Youth Group

11 12 13
14

Graduation Sunday

15 16 17

 

6:30 Sewing Souls

18

 

Homestead Presbytery at Schuyler

19 20
21

 

1:30 Chapel at Careage

22

 

7:00 Session

 

23 24

 

7:30 Youth Group

25 26 27
28

 

29          
             

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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,    & Tami Worner

12        Joan Lage

14        Bo Armstrong

15        Jordan Alexander

17        Jaci Alexander

18        Jay and Jane O’Leary, &   Taytum Joan Sweetland

19        Glenda McDonald

22        Marie Johnson

24        Gail McCorkindale

26        Dale Alexander


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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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April 2017 Presbytidings

 

Presbytidings – April 2017

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

Holy Week

Ann Weems

Holy is the week…

Holy, consecrated, belonging to God…

We move from hosannas to horror

with the predictable ease

of those who know not what they do.

Our hosannas sung,

Our palms waved,

Let us go with passion into this week.

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

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

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

to lavishly break our alabaster

and pour perfume out for him

without counting the cost.

It is a time for preparation…

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

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

Eat, drink, remember:

On this night of nights, each one must ask,

as we dip our bread in the wine,

“Is it I?”

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

beneath the tree

and watch the dying

if we are to be there

when the stone is rolled away.

The only road to Easter morning

Is through the unrelenting shadows of that Friday.

Only then will the alleluias be sung;

Only then will the dancing begin.

 

From the Pastor….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND EVENING PRAYER

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

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

+ Breakfast in Fellowship Hall at 9:00am

+ Worship at 10:00am

EASTER BREAKFAST

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

EASTER LILIES

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

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with those in need. Your generous gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. You can view a short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1IBCzsLZJA&feature=youtu.be or on our Facebook page. We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Easter Sunday. Please be generous.

COMMUNION

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

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

SESSION

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

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

SEWING SOULS

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

RADIO DEVOTIONS

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

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

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

SYNOD SCHOOL

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

SUMMER CAMP @ CALVIN CREST

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

CHURCH GROWTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

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

FPC COLLEGE STUDENT UPDATES

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

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Have you lost a loved one recently? The grief can be hard to handle. Please consider joining the Providence Medical Grief Support group. We will meet Tuesday evenings (4/11 – 5/16) from 6:30-8:15pm. Pre-register by calling 402-375-4288.

 

WAYNE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

You can save lives! Just one pint can save three lives. The next Wayne Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, April 27, from 9 am – 2:30 pm at the Wayne Fire Department. You can make an appointment by calling 800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The Wayne Area Habitat for Humanity is working on its 5th house in Wayne at 315 South Nebraska Street. They are in need of labor volunteers (weather permitting) on the following Saturdays: 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, and 4/29 from 9:00am – 1:00pm each day. (Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes.)  Our church will be donating some food to the volunteers on Saturday, April 29th. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Opportunity Table for individually wrapped cookies or bars. Thank you for your help!

 

LECTOR, ACOLYTE, GREETER SCHEDULE FOR APRIL & MAY 2017

 

LECTORS – APRIL 2017

2nd – Karen Johnson

9th – Jim Lindau

16th – Glenda McDonald

23rd – Judy Lindberg

30th – Jan Liska

ACOLYTES – APRIL 2017

2nd – Cate Worner

9th – Andy Wibben

16th – Braydn McCorkindale

23rd – Emily Worner

30th – Madison Urbanec

GREETERS – APRIL 2017

2nd – The Worner Family

9th – Jim & Shari Paige, Kevin Peterson

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

23rd Pat & Glenda McDonald, Joann Proett

30th – Scott & Lindsay McLaughlin, Karen Johnson

LECTORS – MAY 2017

7th – Karen McElwain

14th – Milton Owens

21st – Ken Liska

28th – Jeryl Nelson

 ACOLYTES – MAY 2017

7th – Ethan Wibben

14th – Cate Worner

21st – Nina Hammer

28th – Andy Wibben

GREETERS – MAY 2017

7th – Jim Lindau, Joyce Reeg, Babs Middleton

14th – The Worner Family

21st – The Hammer Family

28th – John & Anita Fuelberth, Jim Curtiss

 

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

 

1        Jorge Dunklau

4        Bev Beeson

6        Shari Dunklau

8        Andrew Pulfer

9        Kevin Armstrong

19      Taylor Racely

23      Jill O’Leary Scott

24      Gina McDonald

26      Phil Griess, Levi Heese

27      Stacey Alexander, Verianne McClain

29      Heidi Armstrong

30      Greg Bloom

 

 

April 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  Each Sunday Morning:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Sunday School 9:00

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

 

27 28 29 30 31 1
2

10:00 Worship with Communion

1:30 Chapel at Careage

3

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

4

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

*6:30pm Presbyterian Women

5

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

*6:00pm Soup Supper

*7:00 Lent Service

 

6

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

7

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

8

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

9

Palm Sunday

10 11 12

*3:30pm Chapel @ Brookdale

*7:30 Youth Group

13

7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service with Communion

14 15

 

16

Easter Sunday

9:00 FPC Easter Brunch

10:00 Easter Worship

17 18

Homestead Presbytery at Schuyler

19

6:30pm Sewing Souls

20 21 22

 

23 24

Pastor T. @ Church Growth Leadership – no session

25

Pastor T. @ Church Growth Leadership

26

7:30pm Youth Group

27 28 29

 

30

 

1 2 3 4 5 6

 

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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March 2017 Presbytidings

Presbytidings – March 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……..

 The Lenten season began with Ash Wednesday on March 1st.  In the early church Lent was a time of training and preparation for initiation and baptism into the church usually on Easter. Those preparing learned the creeds, Jesus’ teaching and the disciplines of the faith. In the early church the entire congregation joined those who were preparing for baptism in prayer and study.  Because of this early history Lent has come to be known as a time of repentance and introspection, a time we reflect on our sinfulness, woundedness, our need for repentance, and our dependence on God.  During Lent we are challenged to question ourselves about our faith and what God calls us to be or do.

To help in this time of repentance and introspection many people use spiritual disciplines. Disciplines range from intentional prayer, study, meditation or devotional reading, worship and fasting, from food or an activity or these days, electronics. Some people fast regularly or give-up something for Lent, so that by self-denial, by the absence of something, they will focus instead on deepening their relationship with God.  As we begin our journey through Lent I hope you’ll enjoy the following reading which gives a different insight on spiritual disciplines.  Perhaps this year you might consider not just fasting but feasting.

 True Lenten Discipline[*]

Lent should be more than a time of fasting. It should also be a joyous season of feasting. Lent is a time to fast from certain things and feast on others.  It is a season is which we should:

FAST from judging others;

FEAST on Christ dwelling in them.

FAST from an emphasis on differences;

FEAST on the unity of all life.

FAST from apparent darkness;

FEAST on the reality of all light.

FAST from thoughts of illness;

FEAST on the healing power of God.

FAST from words that pollute;

FEAST on phrases that purify.

FAST from discontent;

FEAST on gratitude.

FAST from anger;

FEAST on patience.

FAST from pessimism;

FEAST on optimism.

FAST from worry;

FEAST on God’s providence.

FAST from complaining;

FEAST on appreciation.

FAST from negatives;

FEAST on affirmatives.

FAST from unrelenting pressures;

FEAST on unceasing prayer.

FAST from hostility;

FEAST on nonresistance.

FAST from bitterness;

FEAST on forgiveness.

FAST from self-concern;

FEAST on compassion for others.

FAST from personal anxiety;

FEAST on eternal truth.

FAST from discouragement;

FEAST on hope.

FAST from facts that depress;

FEAST on verities that uplift.

FAST from lethargy;

FEAST on enthusiasm.

FAST from suspicion;

FEAST on truth.

FAST from thoughts that weaken;

FEAST on promises that inspire.

FAST from shadows of sorrow;

FEAST on the sunlight of serenity.

FAST from idle gossip;

FEAST on purposeful silence.

FAST form problems that overwhelm;

FEAST on prayer that sustains.

Before we get to the hallelujahs of Easter we will journey together through Lent, on the other side is the glory of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection.  May the journey be one which leads each of us to renewal, change, and a deeper understanding of our relationship with our Lord and our calling as Christians.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

MARKING THE LENTEN SEASON

Lent is counter-cultural to our society; it is a time of examination rather than gratification, a time of hunger rather than of fullness, a time of inquiry rather than assurance.  The season is often marked by giving up something, the absence of familiar things should refocus our attention to our relationship with the Triune God. The absence of familiar or beloved things marks a change of seasons in the life of a disciple, offering space and time for introspection and reflection.

There are also changes in our life as a worshiping community. In worship we put away the alleluias and flowers until Easter morning, when they return they celebrate and testify to our risen Lord. During the Lent you will see some changes in the sanctuary which help mark our journey through the season. The candlesticks, cross and Bible you normally see on the communion table have been replaced by purple cloth, the color represents repentance.  There is a candle for each week of Lent, to help us mark the time a candle will be removed from the table each week. In addition to the purple fabric there is burlap, the rough natural fabric reminds us of our mortality and that “from dust we have come and to dust we will return.”  During our Wednesday evening prayer services we will add elements to the communion table which represent the season and Christ’s journey to the cross, which included time in the wilderness, time in solitude and prayer.

The colors, the fabrics, the natural elements which will be on the communion table  remind us that Lent is a time of soul-searching, a time of repentance, as well as preparation for our life as a disciple of Christ. Just as bulbs which have been in the cold, dark ground, dormant during the harshness of the winter, respond to the warming of the ground and sunlight showing life from what appeared to be dead, so also from our times of self-reflection, prayer and worship may we also show new growth, new strength in following Christ. May you experience a blessed Lenten season.

 

PASTOR INSTALLATION

March 5th was an exciting day in the life of the congregation of First Presbyterian Church as the Homestead Presbytery appointed commission led worship and the service of installation.  So many people did so much to make the day run smoothly and I want to thank everyone who participated in preparing and planning for the installation service. Jenny did a great job in helping design and prepare the worship bulletins for the service and with many other details. Thank you to the members of the PNC who participated; Karen, Kevin, Misty, John and Kent.  My thanks to the members of the Presbyterian Pealers and Jay for providing music for morning worship and the afternoon installation service- it was beautiful!!!  Thanks to Jane for her gifts on the piano and helping us sing joyfully to the Lord.  Thank you to the PW and others who planned, prepared, set-up and moved tables, and served the lunch after the service, it was lovely.  Thank-you also for the lovely flowers which were provided for the service and the floral arrangement that was sent home with me.  It was a special day in my life and I hope as pastor and congregation it will be the starting place of a long and blessed ministry together.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND EVENING PRAYER

Join us for warm fellowship and quiet evening prayer as we journey to the cross and the empty tomb. Beginning March 8th, we will have soup suppers at 6:00pm, followed by prayer services at 7:00pm. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table to provide food for our suppers.

ECUMENICAL LENTEN SERVICES

Ecumenical Lenten prayer services will be held on the first four Wednesdays (after Ash Wednesdayof Lent (March 8, 15, 22 & 29). The services will be hosted at a different area church each week and will begin at 12:00pm; followed by a light lunch. The service will be about 20 minutes—so anyone coming who only has an hour off for lunch will be able to attend the service and have lunch in under an hour. A free-will offering will go to WACAM (Wayne Association of Congregations and Ministries). All are welcome!

FPC will be holding the service on Wednesday, March 22nd. Volunteers are welcomed to assist helping to serve and by providing soup, sandwiches and/or cookies/bars. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. If you have questions please contact Pastor Teresa or Jenny if you can assist.

The order and location of the services will be as follows:

  • March 8—Our Savior Lutheran Church
  • March 15—St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  • March 22First Presbyterian Church
  • March 29—First United Methodist Church

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Spring forward one hour the weekend of March 12th!

 

COMMUNION

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

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

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on TUESDAY, March 7tht, at 6:30pm. Jackie Owens will lead the Bible study, lesson 7. Joyce Voyles will be the hostess.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING

The 2017 Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 1st at the First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.  Please see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for more details.

 

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, March 21st, at 6:30pm. Judy Lindberg will be the hostess. All are welcome, sewing for all skill levels!

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, March 27tht, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

DEACONS

The deacons will be meeting Tuesday, March 14th at 4:15pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

YOUTH GROUPS

Youth Group will meet Wednesday, March 8th and 22nd this month.  Contact Greg Worner or Ronda Ras for more details.

 

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!

 

2017 CHURCH GROWTH SUMMIT

Join a two-day summit to discover practical strategies to grow our church! A diverse group of successful church leaders will share strategies. April 24-25 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. Featured speakers include: Susan Forshey, Ross Thompson and Richard Brown. Cost for the seminar is $95 plus hotel accommodations. Contact Pastor Teresa if you are interested in attending this event.

 

GREAT PLAINS PRESBYTERIAN PILGRIMAGE

Presbyterian Pilgrimage is coming, the evening of March 30 – April 2, 2017 at Camp Calvin Crest. What is it?  Pilgrimage is a journey in Christian community, designed to nurture Christians in their spiritual growth and to provide them with a renewed foundation for individual and community living. A Pilgrimage is not designed to convert anyone to Christianity. It is a renewal, meant for those who are already faithful and committed to Christ and His church. Pilgrimage is open to all denominations.

Why attend a Pilgrimage? You will change the horizons of your Christian walk. Pilgrimage will help you see your life journey differently. For those that are seeking growth and answers and for those that are content – all will come away with something greater in their walk with God.

For more information, speak with Gail McCorkindale, and go to www.gpppilgrimage.org

 

SYNOD SCHOOL

Make plans to attend Synod School 2017 this summer, July 23-28 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Registration is now open. You can view the extensive catalog at http://www.lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool

 

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MARCH BIRTHDAYS

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

17 Jack Beeson

19      Judy Lindberg

24      Jacob Beair

25      Leigh Heese

28      Babs Middleton

29      Madison Urbanec


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Here is our Holy Week schedule:

  • Palm Sunday celebration: April 9th at 10:00am
  • Maundy Thursday : April 13th at 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday celebration: April 16th at 10:00am

 

 

LECTOR, ACOLYTE, GREETER SCHEDULE – March & April 2017

 

3/5/17 Karen Johnson Cate Worner Glenda McDonald Jackie Owens
3/12/17  

Gordon Granberg

Madison Urbanec The Urbanec Family
3/19/17  

Mark McCorkindale

Braydn McCorkindale The Ras Family
3/26/17  

Mark Hammer

Nina Hammer The Hammer Family
4/2/17  

Karen Johnson

Cate Worner The Worner Family
4/9/17  

Palm Sunday

Jim Lindau Andy Wibben Jim & Shari Paige Kevin Peterson
4/16/17  

Easter

 

Glenda McDonald

Braydn McCorkindale Jan & Ken Liska Jean & Phil Griess
4/23/17  

 

Judy Lindberg

Emily Worner Pat & Glenda McDonald Joann Proett
4/30/17    

 

Jan Liska

Madison Urbanec Scott & Lindsay McLaughlin Karen Johnson

 

 

March 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   Each Sunday Morning:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Sunday School 9:00

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

 

   

 

1

6:30 Ash Wednesday Service

 

2 3

 

4
5

10:00 Worship with Communion

 

3:00 Pastor Teresa Bartlett Installation Service with Reception

 

6

 

7

6:30 Presbyterian Women

8

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

7:30 Youth Group

 

9

 

10

 

11
12

 

Daylight Savings – spring ahead!

13 14

4:15 Deacons Meeting

15

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

 

16 17

 

18

 

19

 

 

20

 

 

21

6:30 Sewing Souls

 

 

22

12:00 Ecumenical Service with Lunch

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

7:30 Youth Group

 

23

 

 

24 25

 

26 27

7:00 Session Meeting

28

 

29

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

     

 

 

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February 2017 Presbytidings

Presbytidings – February 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……

February is the month of cupids, conversation hearts, valentines and L-O-V-E! I came across this blog devotion written by Missy Butler[*] and wanted to share it with you.   I appreciated Butler’s comments that Valentine’s Day should remind Christians not of candy hearts or chocolate but instead how much Christ loves each of us.  I emphasized Butler’s quotes from John’s gospel and Isaiah with bold print for these are words of love and assurance for each of us. May Butler’s words give you a new insight into Valentine’s Day

“Every year, thousands of heartfelt messages are inscribed upon the most beautifully decorated Valentine’s Day cards. At any corner drug store, you’ll find them neatly displayed on the greeting card aisle in every conceivable category. They come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from pop-ups to fold-outs, some play a catchy-tune, while others contain gigantic card-board lips that “spring” out at you when opened!

All of them are wonderful expressions of affection in their traditional pinks, reds and lavender trim!

The cards wait patiently for a passersby, hoping to catch the attention of a glancing eye as they pose, ready for close inspection. Each reader quietly contemplates the words inside to see if the message spoken, will be just the right arrow sent by Cupid to “pierce” the heart of their beloved!

Yet with all the flowery words and the romantic prose, none of them can drive home the message more poignantly then the simple invitation to “Be Mine.” Now talk about NOT mincing your words! That rather bold command is undoubtedly an earnest expression of an inward desire to claim one’s love interest as their very own!  I have to confess, the Cinderella in all of us gals would gladly pass up the lace trimmed box of chocolates, the long stemmed roses, and even the glass slipper to hear that no nonsense invitation coming from the heart of our Prince Charming!

Most assuredly, many well-known companies such as Hallmark and American Greeting have hired the best and most prolific writers in an attempt to try to come up with new and more innovative ways to say those three longed for words… “I Love you.”  Yet none of them can come close to the most beautiful expression of love ever recorded in history, found in the gospel of John:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever should

believe in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Yes, God’s message of love is breathed into every word contained within the Holy Scriptures. For God Himself is LOVE! (John 4:16). His love is unconditional and all encompassing. He longs to embrace us and hold us close to His heart as He softly whispers “Be Mine.”

Would you like to receive a very special Valentine this year? The truth is, it has already been sent to you. It arrived “Special Delivery” two thousand years ago by way of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Will you receive Him today? He longs to bring his message of love to you and transform “all your days” into Valentine’s Day!  Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. (Isaiah 43:1)”

We are God’s beloved children, redeemed by Christ, named and claimed in our baptism and sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The breadth and depth of God’s love for humanity is beyond our understanding and there is no better gift we can receive than the Triune God’s loving claim on our lives. Thanks be to God!

Grace and peace, Pastor Teresa

[*] Butler, M. (2017, Feb 1.) Be Mine (Blog post). Retrieved from  http://www1.cbn.com/devotions/be-mine

 

Pastor Teresa’s tentative office hours are:

Monday – off

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:00 to 12:00

Wednesday – Brookdale, WACAM, home visitations, etc.

Afternoons working out of the office working on sermon prep, worship planning,

meetings, and visitation.

Pastor Teresa will also be available by appointment.

INSTALLATION PLANS

Plans are being made for Pastor Teresa’s installation. Please stay tuned for further details as they develop. Thank you!

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on:

Sunday, February 5th (Greg Worner, Communion set-up elder)

Wednesday, March 1st (Ash Wednesday) (Communion elder TBD)

Sunday, March 5th (Communion elder TBD)

LOOKING AHEAD TO ASH WEDNESDAY & MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICES

Observe a holy Lenten season this year. We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service with communion March 1st at 6:30pm. Maundy Thursday will be observed with a service the following day, March 2nd at 7:00pm.

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

Our church family will gather for weekly suppers during Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 8th, at 6:00pm. (Watch for the sign-up sheets on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall.) Following the suppers, we will gather from 7:00-7:30pm for Lenten service.

ECUMENICAL LENTEN SERVICES

Ecumenical Lenten prayer services will be held on the first four Wednesdays (after Ash Wednesday) of Lent (March 8, 15, 22 & 29). The services will be hosted at a different area church each week and will begin at 12:00pm; followed by a light lunch. Volunteers are welcomed to assist by providing soup, sandwiches and/or cookies/bars. Please contact Pastor Teresa or Jenny if you can assist. The service will be about 20 minutes—so anyone coming who only has an hour off for lunch will be able to attend the service and have lunch in under an hour. A free-will offering will go to WACAM (Wayne Association of Congregations and Ministries). All are welcome!

The order and location of the services will be as follows:

  • March 8—TBA
  • March 15—St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  • March 22First Presbyterian Church
  • March 29—TBA

 

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

  • Presbyterian Women met on Tuesday, February 1, at 6:30pm for a business meeting and a Bible study. Glenda McDonald led the lesson, and Martha Svoboda was the hostess.
  • In March, PW will meet on TUESDAY, March 7th at 6:30pm for a business meeting and lesson 6 in the Bible study. Jackie Owens is the hostess.

SEWING SOULS

  • Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. Babs Middleton will be the hostess.
  • Sewing Souls will meet on TUESDAY, March 21st at 6:30pm. Judy Lindberg will be the hostess.

Please note: In March, both Presbyterian Women and Sewing Souls will meet on Tuesdays (during Lent)

THE 2017 LECTOR, ACOLYTE, GREETER SCHEDULE will be available on the Opportunity Table next week.  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!

2017 ELDER & DEACON LIST

Elders for 2017:

Worship: Shari Dunklau, Gail McCorkindale

Discipleship: Misty Beair, Ronda Ras

Fellowship: Jim Curtiss, Jim Paige

Outreach: Ronda Ras, Greg Worner

Stewardship/Finance: Kevin Peterson, Jay O’Leary

Administration: Kevin Peterson, Greg Worner

Property: Jim Paige, Greg Worner

Deacons for 2017: Jan Liska, Karen Marra, Lindsay McLaughlin, Jackie Owens, Jill Sweetland & Melissa Urbanec.

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather on Saturday, 2/18, beginning at 10:00am, at Good Shepherd Church in Lincoln. Pastor Teresa will be attending, elders are welcomed to attend with her. Please contact Pastor Teresa by February 8th if you can attend. You can register by following this link: http://homesteadpres.org/

CITY FUND PROVIDED SPECIAL BACK PACKS

The Wayne Food Pantry recently received funds that allowed us to provide approximately 100 children enrolled in the Wayne Community Schools Backpack Program with a special bag to help them over the past Christmas holiday. We were able to purchase a loaf of bread, and a jar each of peanut butter & jelly for each child. The money for this project was made available through donations to the Wayne Food Pantry/Backpack Program and the City’s Trust & Agency Account, which came from the M.E.Way funds. In 1962 the Mary Elizabeth Way estate requested that the money be put in an interest bearing security and the income from the investment to be used by the City of Wayne for the use and benefit of undernourished and underprivileged children of the City of Wayne. We thank the Wayne Community the City of Wayne and the Estate on behalf of the children of Wayne.

FPC ANNUAL REPORT

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 29th. If you would like a copy of the report, please contact Jenny at 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 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Sunday School 9:00

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

    1

 

6:30 Presbyterian Women

2 3 4
5  Communion 6 7 8

 

7:30 Youth Group

9 10 11
12

1:30 Chapel at Careage

13 14 15

 

3:30 Chapel at Brookdale

 

6:30 Sewing Souls

16 17 18

 

9:00 Homestead Presbytery Prime in Lincoln

19 20 21 22

 

7:30 Youth Group

23 24 25
26 27

 

7:00 Session Meeting

28 1

 

6:30 Ash Wednesday Service with Communion

2

 

7:00 Maundy Thursday Service

3 4

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

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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


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Acolyte, Greeter, Lector & Communion Elder Schedule

ACOLYTES – FEBRUARY 2017                                                                 

5th – Cate Worner

12th – Braydn McCorkindale

19th – Emily Worner

26th – Ethan Wibben

 

ACOLYTES – MARCH 2017

5th – Nina Hammer

12th – Madison Urbanec

19th – Braydn McCorkindale

26th – Nina Hammer

 

GREETERS – FEBRUARY 2017

5th – The Worner Family

12th – Jean & Phil Griess, Kevin Peterson

19th – Glenda & Pat McDonald, Joann Proett

26th – Anita & John Fuelberth, Shari & Jim Paige

 

GREETERS – MARCH 2017

5th – Judy Lindberg, Glenda McDonald, Babs Middleton, Jackie Owens

12th – The Urbanec Family

19th – The Ras Family

26th – The Hammer Family

 

LECTORS – FEBRUARY 2017        

5th – Jon Worner

12th – Gail McCorkindale

19th – Misty Beair

26th – Jim Curtiss

 

LECTORS – MARCH 2017

5th – Karen Johnson

12th – Gordon Granberg

19th – Mark McCorkindale

26th – Mark Hammer

 

COMMUNION SET-UP ELDERS

February 5th– Greg Worner

March 1st – TBD

March 8th – TBD

 

November/December 2016 Presbytidings

Presbytidings

November/December  2016

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

A WORD FROM THE (new!) PASTOR:

Grace and peace to you,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Pastor Teresa                                                

 

 

COMMUNION

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

SESSION

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

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COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

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

THANKSGIVING DAY

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

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

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

FPC CHRISTMAS BAND

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

RING AROUND WAYNE

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

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

SEWING SOULS

There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

BROWN-BAG BIBLE STUDY

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

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

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

MITTEN TREE

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

COAT CLOSET

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

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

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

LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

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

 

PROVIDENCE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

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

MANY THANKS

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

 

GREETER, LECTOR, ACOLYTE SCHEDULES

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2016

 

GREETERS: NOVEMBER 2016

6th – The Peitz Family

13th – The Peterson Family

20th – The Urbanec Family

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

GREETERS: DECEMBER 2016

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

11th – The Worner Family

18th Phil & Jean Griess, Jim Curtiss

24th – The Hammer Family

25th – no service


 

LECTORS: NOVEMBER 2016

6th – Jim Lindau

13th – Judy Lindberg

20th – Phil Griess

27th – Jeryl Nelson

LECTORS: DECEMBER 2016

4th – Gail McCorkindale

11th – Glenda McDonald

18th – Ken Liska

24th – no lector

 

 

ACOLYTES: NOVEMBER 2016

6th – Taytum Sweetland

13th – Ethan Wibben

20th – Madison Urbanec

27th – Ethan Wibben

ACOLYTES: DECEMBER 2016

4th – Cate Worner

11th – Bo Armstrong

18th – Ethan Wibben

24th – Nina Hammer

 

November 2016 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   Each Sunday Morning:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Church School 9:00

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

 

  1 2

 

6:30 Presbyterian Women

3 4 5
6

Justin Raulston

Stewardship Drive Ends

 

7 8 9

6:30 Youth Group

10 11 12
13

Justin Raulston

 

14 15 16

6:30 Sewing Souls

17 18 19
20

Terry Beair

Communion – Rev. Gordon Granberg

“Hanging of the Greens”

 

21 22 23 24

 

Church Office closed

25

 

Church Office Closed

26
27

Gail McCorkindale

 

 

28

7:00 Session Meeting

 

29 30      
             

 

December 2016 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   Each Sunday Morning:

o  Handbell Choir 8:45

o  Church School 9:00

o  Worship 10:00

o  Fellowship 11:00

 

      1 2 3
4

Justin Raulston

5

7:30 Ring Around Wayne

6 7

6:30 Presbyterian Women

8 9 10
11

Mark Hammer

Communion – Rev. Gordon Granberg

12 13 14

5:00 Caroling at Brookdale & CareAge

15 16 17
18

Christmas Joy Offering

Children’s Christmas Program & the FPC Christmas Band

19 20 21 22 23 24

5:30 Christmas Eve Service

25

No Church service

26 27 28 29 30 31
             

 

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NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

2      Phyllis Hix

6      Brandon Beair

7      Rick Lund

10     Kevin Peterson

12     Ken Liska

12     Mark McCorkindale

13     Katherine Butler

14     Audrey Harder

18     John Gradwohl

28    David McElwain

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1     Brittany Peterson

5    Tiffanny Heese

7    Candyce Peitz

14     Randy Dunklau

18     Beau Bowers

22    Nina Hammer

 

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September 2016 Presbytidings

Presbytidings – September 2016

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

A WORD FROM THE PASTOR

The ancients believed that there are two kinds of time, Kronos and Kairos.  We all know about Kronos time.  That’s the one there isn’t enough of.  It’s the one we measure in minutes and hours and days, with watches and calendars.  Kronos time is fleeting, and the older we get the faster it fleets!  Kronos time is a quantity we use, waste, schedule, watch, and lose.  It is doctor appointments and work days, school years and graduations, wedding dates and anniversaries.  It’s the church lectionary year and the holidays we celebrate on designated days.  We all know about Kronos time.

Kairos time just is.  It’s sacred, special, immeasurable.  We don’t plan or schedule it.  It happens to us, or we happen into it.  It’s there, and gone, and lasts forever.  It’s often only moments, but those moments live forever in our hearts and memories.  Kairos time is the birth of a child, a wedding day.  It’s the moments in a marriage when the marriage is deepened because someone said I’m sorry, or I love you or just paused to listen at the end of a difficult day.  Kronos time is December 24th.  Kairos time is the mystical moment when the candles are lit and we sing Silent Night remembering we are a community of believers.  Kairos time is God’s time, when we step out of the daily and into the mystery of eternity and timelessness.

In Kronos time, I’ve been your pastor for eight months.  I’ve driven two hours twice a week from Omaha to Wayne.  I’ve led 50+ hours of worship.  I’ve spent several hours each week in sermon and worship preparation.  And I could go on and on, with a list of how I’ve spent Kronos time. But the gift of this 8 months has been the Kairos time of baptism and confirmation, sharing in Bible studies, learning the back roads and the beauty of northeastern Nebraska, sitting by bedsides at CareAge and Brookdale, drinking coffee in living rooms with people who love this church and this area and can tell a story about every home I passed.

Kairos time is what we’ve shared together as I’ve been gifted to spend eight months with First Presbyterian Church.  Kairos time is why we are the church in the first place.  Kronos time just makes church one more thing on our “to do” list, another thing that happens in our week.  Kairos time makes that “thing that happens” a gift of community and caring, a celebration of God’s love for us and our love for God, one another, and God’s creation.  As Christians, we’re called to live in Kairos time, rejoicing each day that God is present, that Christ came to bring us life, that the Spirit guides and directs our living each moment.

We have to keep Kronos – the world demands that we show up where we’re supposed to and when we’ve said we would.  We get to keep Kairos, to live in God’s presence every moment and share that presence with the world.  Thank you for sharing Kairos with me for this time.  And do enjoy Kairos with your new pastor – who will arrive in God’s time.  Please be patient with your PNC, as they have to work in Kronos to find this new leader.  They are doing a wonderful job and are committed to finding the right person to lead and shepherd this congregation.  God’s time will provide just such a person.  Please be in prayer for that person and your new relationship.  Blessings on the road ahead! – Pastor Sally

ALL-CHURCH CLEAN UP

With all of the activities starting in September, we want our church home to look its best.  Come between 9:00 and noon on September 3 with dust cloth or mop and pail in hand.  We’ll be cleaning Sunday school rooms, the Coat closet, any windows that need washing, and generally sprucing up our sanctuary.  Come for work, fun and cookies!!

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, September 11.

PASTOR SALLY

Pastor Sally’s last Sunday at FPC will be September 11th. Come and join us for worship that day, and wish her well on life’s journey.

CHURCH SCHOOL KICKOFF & SUNDAE SUNDAY!

This fall we will have church school for grades preschool through 6th grade beginning on Sunday, September 11, 9:00-9:45.

  • On Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30pm, join us for a Church School and Youth Group Kick-off! We would like to invite students and their families, as well as volunteers and teachers, to join us for a time of food and fun! Sloppy Joes and fixins’, plus tie dye: bring a 100% cotton T-shirt and a friend!
  • After worship on Sunday, 9/11, we will be celebrating with our traditional ice cream sundae Sunday.

Remember to bring your backpacks on September 11 for the back pack blessing during church!

 PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS

Our Hand-bell Choir will resume rehearsals on Sunday, 9/18 at 8:45am. New members are welcome! No experience is necessary. Please contact Jay O’Leary if you are interested.

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

  • The Presbyterian Women will start the new year with a potluck supper on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00pm with a potluck dinner, followed by a meeting to plan the coming year. The Bible Study this year will be “Who is Jesus?” All women are welcome. Come join us!
  • “Faith Dollars” is a project that PW started a year ago. Dollar bills with an “F” minted on the front are very uncommon. At each meeting, members bring and “F” or Faith Dollars they have collected during each month. In May, we were able to donate $150 Faith Dollars to Haven House. We will continue to collect them and will decide where to donate the Faith Dollars later this year.

SEWING SOULS

  • Sewing Souls will begin meeting again on the third Wednesday of every month. This month’s meeting will be held on September 21st at 6:30pm. We will be starting new projects as well as continuing with projects such as pillows & pillowcases for children at Providence Medical Center.
  • Thanks to everyone who donated items to send to Camp Calvin Crest for the Annual Quilt Auction. Without an official total yet for this year, the items sent from our church raised about $450 for the camp.

CALVIN CREST QUILT AUCTION

The items sent to the quilt auction in August from the Frist Presbyterian Church and Sewing Souls raised over $450 for Calvin Crest this year. Thanks to everyone who donated items and to those who attended the auction.

YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS RESUME

The first combined youth group will meet on Wednesday, September 7, from 6:30-8:30pm to make tie die and teach the Sunday school kids how it’s done!  Or just learn it yourself – bring a 100% cotton t-shirt to dye and a friend to learn along with you!

HEALTHY DATING FOR TEENS

Here’s an opportunity for teens and parents to learn about health relationships for teens, and the challenges of keeping those dating relationships healthy.  Join us at the Majestic Theater on September 21, 7:00 pm, for a haven House presentation and discussion of dating.  Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be door prizes!

CHAMBER OPEN HOUSE

Our church with sponsor the Chamber of Commerce Coffee on September 16 at 10:00am.  This is an opportunity to show off the newly renovated sanctuary, and let the community see the community ministries of First Presbyterian Church.  We’re excited about showing people the Coat Closet and Pantry.

THE POAM/OWLS FALL CELEBRATION: SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP

The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry & the Older, Wiser, Livelier Saints (OWLS) Celebration at Calvin Crest will be held September 13-14, 2016. Please come and join friends and neighbors from across the Heartland for a two day celebration for older adults (50 and above). Overnight accommodations and great food are included. Check at our church office for details or go online at www.calvincrest.org

GREAT PLAINS PRESBYTERIAN PILGRIMAGE

Join this local pilgrimage to enhance your walk with Christ. It is a three day renewal that will last a lifetime. This journey in a Christian community will be held at Calvin Crest , September 29-October 2, 2016. For an overview of the program, see http://www.gpppilgrimage.org/faq.html or check the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

WAYNE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

The next community blood drive will be held Thursday, September 22 from 12:00pm – 5:30pm at the Wayne Fire Department located at 510 Tomar Drive. To make an appointment, contact the LifeServe Blood Center at 800-287-4903 or www.lifeservebloodcenter.org

SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME: A FAMILY’S STORY OF SURVIVAL

You are invited to attend a community presentation on shaken baby syndrome on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Wayne Fire Hall. Jill Junck is the featured speaker for the presentation and she will talk about how her family is coping with the after effects of shaken baby syndrome. There is no cost for the event, and no need to RSVP. This event is sponsored by the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department and the Caring Connections Coalition.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools and teachers
  • The work of the Pastor Nominating Committee
  • All who are battling cancer
  • All who live in care centers
  • All our students
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

 

Greeters September 2016

4th – Jim Curtiss, Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg

11th – The Heese Family

18th – Pat Straight, Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg

25th – The Pulfer Family

Greeters October 2016

2nd – The Worner Family

9th – The McCorkindale Family

16th – Ken & Jan Liska, Jim & Shari Paige

23rd – Karen & Ken Marra, Pat & Glenda McDonald

 

Lectors September 2016

4th – Phil Griess

11th – Kent Pulfer

18th – Ken Liska

25th – Pat Straight

Lectors October 2016

2nd – Jack Beeson

9th – Jim Curtiss

16th – Mark Hammer

23rd – Larry Heese

30th – Karen Johnson

Acolytes September 2016

4th – Taytum Sweetland

11th – Ethan Wibben

18th – Cate Worner

25th – Nina Hammer

Acolytes October 2016

2nd –Andy Wibben

9th – Braydn McCorkindale

16th – Bo Armstrong

23rd – Madison Urbanec

30th – Emily Worner

 

September 2016 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45 (beginning 9/18)

o Church School 9:00

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

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12 noon

Brown Bag Bible Study

1 2 3

9am –

12 noon

All church cleanup

4 5 6 7

12pm Brown Bag Bible Study

6:00pm PW Potluck & Meeting

6:30pm All church Youth tie-dye party

8 9 10
11

Communion

Sundae Sunday

Pastor Sally’s last day

12 13 14

 

15 16

10:00am

Wayne Chamber Coffee

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18 19 20 21

6:30pm Sewing Souls

7:00pm Teen Dating at the Majestic

22 23 24
25 26

 

7pm Session Mtg.

27 28

 

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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

19        Marilyn Murray

21        Jared Peterson

24        Jacob Pulfer, Misty Beair

29        Melissa Urbanec

30        Jared Yates, Madison Beair

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