Presbytidings – February 2018

 

Presbytidings – February 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……

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

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Presbytidings – January 2018

 

Presbytidings – January 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….

How did your 2018 start off? Mine was quite different than planned. I was spending vacation time with my parents in Red Oak, and we’d planned a few projects around their house as well as some sewing projects; however, Mother’s fall at home changed our plans. Instead of sewing and house projects the days were filled with medication and jumping numerous hoops to get the needed medical care and surgery. As a result of my mother’s fall my parent’s normal has been upset.

I write this first newsletter of 2018 while sitting in a hospital waiting room in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I wait with my father while my mother has shoulder replacement surgery. Waiting rooms are not unfamiliar to pastors; I’ve been with many folks in hospital waiting rooms and hospital rooms.  Generally in a waiting room you have plenty time to fill. I began to think about the situation my parents found themselves in and the others coming and going through the waiting room. No doubt all had found themselves dislocated, plans changed; the regular order of life disrupted whether by choice, or circumstance. It occurred to me that all the people in the waiting room are in various states of “dislocation,” waiting for the next thing, the next test or surgical procedure. Life is seldom orderly and neat, accidents happen, a frightening diagnosis or awaiting news of a  surgery are just a few incidents of dislocation, upsetting a person’s or family’s normal patterns.

The nativity story reminds us that times of “dislocation,” when things seem to be in chaos might just be the time God is moving, and doing a new thing. During Epiphany, which is January 6th, the church celebrates the arrival of the Wise Men or Magi’s visit to the infant Jesus. While following the star the wise men were “dislocated,” their normal was upset as they traveled mile after mile, month after month to find the baby. They left homes, and probably families, in search of the one the prophecy foretold. Out of the chaos of their dislocation they found what they were searching for, the one who had been prophesied.

The Wise Men weren’t the only ones whose normal order of life changed. The Gospel of Luke tells us that after hearing the message of the angels, the shepherds left the fields and went into the town of Bethlehem to find Mary, Joseph and the baby.

Shepherds were often despised and looked down upon. In the 1st century, culture moved forward after the announcement of the angels into the dislocation and were given a vision of the future, a holy mystery.

Mary and Joseph had gone to Bethlehem to register for the government census, they were far from home and the familiar when Jesus was born. In the ultimate act of dislocation God sent Jesus to earth not as a king but as a helpless infant. God often does the unexpected, sometimes it’s flashy like holding back the sea or gushing water from a rock. More often however it is a quiet in-breaking like a baby, bringing new hope to the world.  God was at work in the “dislocation” of the Wise Men, the Shepherds and Mary and Joseph through the birth of Jesus.

Seldom is a medical challenge, whether broken bones, surgery or any other challenging event something we look forward to. However even during my family’s time of dislocation I saw God at work through the help of friends and family, through the many prayers offered by my FPC family. I felt God helped us handle a difficult situation and moved us through a series of steps to just the right surgeon for the type of injury mother had. We had great post-surgical care and nursing. It can be a challenge to recognize God at work in our times of dislocation, however the interruption of our normal may be God moving in our lives perhaps through an unexpected star, maybe a choir of angels or a great doctor and nursing staff. So even with its challenges perhaps 2018 started off just right.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

COAT CLOSET OPEN SATURDAY

The deacons will be opening the Coat Closet this Saturday, January 6, from 9:00-11:00am to the Wayne Community. We thank them for making this ministry available to individuals and families.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, January 7. Misty Beair will serve as the communion elder.

 

PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS

The Presbyterian Pealers will resume practice this Sunday, January 7th at 8:45am. We look forward to hearing more beautiful music this year!

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS RESCHEDULED MEETINGS

  • To make it easier to get out in the cold and snow in January, the Presbyterian Women will have their potluck on Wednesday, January 10th at noon, followed by Bible Study and our monthly meeting. Karen Johnson will lead lesson 4 of the Bible study.
  • Sewing Souls will meet Wednesday, January 17th at 2:00pm. Judy Lindberg will serve as the hostess.

 

CONFIRMATION RESUMES

The confirmation youth will resume their lessons with Pastor on Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00pm.

 

YOUTH GROUP

The FPC Youth Group will also resume, Wednesday, January 10th at 8:00pm.

 

SUPER SUNDAY SCHOOL!

The next Super Sunday School will take place Sunday, January 14th 9:00am. You are welcome to come for fellowship and singing!

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

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

  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Please feel free to join Pastor Teresa as she leads chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, January 17th 3:30pm.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will also lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, January 21 at 1:30pm.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of January 29-February 2 at 5:40am.

 

SESSION RETREAT

The session will meet Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9am-1pm, which will include the new class of ruling elders: Glenda McDonald, Scott McLaughlin and Kent Pulfer. Our thanks to Shari Dunklau and Ronda Ras for their leadership as they leave the session.

 

DEACONS RETREAT

The deacons will meet with the session on Saturday, January 27th at a time yet to be determined. 2018 Deacons include: Karen Marra, Jill Sweetland, Jan LIska, Jackie Owens, Karen Johnson and Melissa Urbanec.

ANNUAL MEETING – Sunday, 1/28/2018

Our annual congregational meeting will be after worship on Sunday, January 28. Session leaders responsible for a particular ministry (e.g., music, nominating, church school, property) need to submit a brief report to the church office (fpcwayne@gmail.com) by Monday, 1/22/2018.

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

We had another busy year at the Food Pantry. We are so thankful for the many donations that were made. We had238 visits to the Food Pantry in 2017, and distributed over 3500 backpacks to the Wayne Community Schools.

 

CITY FUND PROVIDED BACK PACK

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.

 

MANY THANKS!

Dear FPC family,

Thank you for the generous Christmas gift from the congregation as well as the many cards, good wishes and other gifts and remembrances I received this Christmas season. Your thoughtfulness is exceeded only by your generosity. I am pleased and honored to be your Pastor. May 2018 be a year of growth and excitement for First Presbyterian as we follow the Triune God together.

Grace and peace, Pastor Teresa

 

Many thanks to my church family for your generosity this Christmas season. I am very grateful for your gifts and support. Jenny

 

Thank-you to the Session, the Hammer family, John and Anita Fuelberth and the congregation for all the support and prayers during my recent family emergency. My mother breaking her shoulder was not on the to-do list for our time together. While it was a difficult situation I appreciated the Session’s grace in allowing me to stay an extra week while mother awaited surgery. I also appreciated the many texts, cards and acknowledges of prayers being offered on her behalf. Surgery was successful and rehab will take time but I think we have “turned the corner” as they say.  A few more bumps and then she can concentrate on healing, I would appreciate your continued prayers for both my parents.   Thank-you to each of you, you have been such blessings in this challenging time.

With deepest appreciation, Pastor Teresa

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNTS

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our unchurched neighbors
  • All who are battling illness
  • All who live in care centers
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea
  • Our confirmation youth and mentors (Madison Urbanec & Shari Dunklau, Braydn McCorkindale & Jim Paige, Taytum Sweetland & Ronda Ras)
  • Our Session Members: Misty Beair, Gail McCorkindale, Jay O’Leary, Jim Curtiss, Jim Paige, Kevin Peterson, Glenda McDonald, Scott McLaughlin, and Kent Pulfer
  • Our Deacons: Karen Marra, Jill Sweetland, Jan Liska, Jackie Owens, Karen Johnson, and Melissa Urbanec
  • Our Pastor, Teresa Bartlett and her family

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THE 2018 LECTOR, ACOLYTE, GREETER SCHEDULE will be available on the Opportunity Table 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 January 2018

1/7/2018 Melissa Urbanec The McLaughlins Kevin Peterson
1/14/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Karen Johnson
1/21/2018 Jim Curtiss The McCorkindale Family
1/28/2018 Gordon Granberg Jim Lindau, Joyce Reeg Babs Middleton

 

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

2        Larry Heese

5     Terry Beair

9       Jennifer Hammer

10      Emily Armstrong

11       Joyce Voyles

15      Haley McElwain

20     Kent Pulfer

24     Claudia Racely

27      Jim Paige

31       Elaine Francis, Shannon Peterson

 

 

January 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 5 6

 

9-11am Coat Closet Open

7

Communion

8

9:30

Wayne Co

Family Coalition

9 10

Noon PW Potluck

7pm Confirmation

8pm Youth Group

11

 

12 13
14

9am Super Sunday School!

15 16 17

2pm Sewing Souls

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

7pm Confirmation

18 19 20
21

Careage Chapel 1:30pm

22

Session & Deacon Leader reports due

23 24

7pm

Confirmation

8pm Youth Group

25 26 27

9am

Session Retreat

28

FPC Annual Meeting after Worship

29

KTCH devotions

5:40am

30

KTCH devotions

5:40am

31

KTCH devotions

5:40am

7pm Confirmation

1

KTCH devotions

5:40am

2

KTCH devotions

5:40am

 
             

 

 

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Presbytidings – December 2017

 

Presbytidings

December 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……

Rituals and traditions are part of every family and may include foods as well as practices and activities. What traditions does your family have? Growing up my family often had Advent calendars, colorful paper calendars with a seasonal design and small doors for each day of Advent, behind each door was a symbol or verse that related to Christ. Another tradition in my family was that after returning home from church on Christmas Eve my siblings and I were allowed to open one gift, it was always pajamas!  My brother, sister and I would wait with anticipation for Grandpa and Grandma to arrive on Christmas morning, but opening packages had to wait until after a breakfast of waffles, and not Eggo waffles either.  Another tradition my family continues, in spite of our ages, is Christmas stockings. We shop for fun and unusual items for each other’s stockings and try to outdo one another with unique gifts.

Church families also have rituals and traditions; each celebration in the church year has unique symbols and rituals. Advent is the beginning of a cycle of celebrations in the church year which represent the entire life and work of Jesus. A regular part of the Advent season for most Presbyterian Churches is the use of an Advent wreath in worship. In John 8:12 we read … Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Jesus is the “light of the world,” thus light has always been an important part of Christian celebrations.

Early Christians lit Advent bonfires as markers for the Savior’s return.  At some point the focus shifted from the returning King to the newborn one and candles replaced larger fires.  Initially one candle was lit for each day of the Advent season. The weekly lighting the Advent wreath helps us prepare for the birth of Christ reminding us of the gifts of hope, peace joy, and love that Christ brings. This year Braydn McCorkindale, Taytum Sweetland and Madison Urbanec, the Confirmation students, will be doing the Advent wreath readings and candle lighting. Each week as we draw closer to Christmas the increasing candlelight is a visible reminder that Christ, the light of the world is coming and helps mark the time until we celebrate Christ’s birth.

Candles have long been a reminder of not only Christ, but also the Star of Bethlehem which guided shepherds and the Magi to the Christ child. In addition to candles there are many other symbols associated with Advent and Christmas; stars, angels, trees, candles, wreaths even candy canes, each symbol has a unique connection to the celebration. The evergreen which retains its green color year round is often used for wreaths and reminds us of God’s unending love and eternal life. The evergreen tree often decorated with lights to remind us of Christ, the light of the world.

First Presbyterian’s Christmas tree is filled with Chrismons which help tell the story of our Triune God and the work of Jesus Christ in securing our salvation. Chrismons include a variety of crosses, stars, as well as symbols from early Christianity such as the anchor, lamb, and manager. This Advent season during worship we will be reminded of some of the significant concepts these ornaments represent.

The Jesse Tree is another Advent tradition practiced in some churches and homes. The Jesse Tree helps us to look backwards to all who were in the ancestral line of Jesus Christ remembering their part of the story and how it points forward to Jesus Christ. People in Jesus’ family tree are our spiritual ancestors; Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Ruth, Boaz, Hosea, Simeon and Anna, it is good to know how their story intersects with Christ’s and our own. On December 10th during our Super Sunday we will be talking about the Jesse Tree and other Advent practices we can do in our homes and with our families. For example, setting out a nativity set and telling the Christmas story can become a tradition as well as help children or grandchildren learn the Christmas story and build faith and understanding. Traditions or rituals bring continuity to our celebrations and help build a faith foundation in our families and churches.

During Advent we prepare our homes, our hearts, to celebrate Christ’s birth. The time may be marked by the lighting of the Advent wreath, by adding symbols to a Jesse Tree or the opening of the small doors of an Advent calendar, whatever your tradition may it help you to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus. During Advent the FPC church family will enjoy many favorite traditions such as hearing from the Bell Choir, Christmas Band, the youth as well as the regular lighting of the Advent wreath, join us in worship as we hear, sing and enact the story of God’s great love.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Teresa

 

ADVENT WREATH THEMES FOR DECEMBER

This year the Confirmation students will be leading the Advent wreath lighting.  Each week’s reading will focus on a different aspect of Advent.  Please plan to join us for worship as we explore with the youth the following Advent themes:

December 3rd -Hope

December 10th- Peace

December 17th- Joy

December 24th –Love

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.

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

We are expecting a very busy holiday season at the Food Pantry. With gifts from the community we were able to provide twelve baskets to Wayne families, and we hope to provide twelve more this Christmas-time. 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.

RING AROUND WAYNE

Great job by the Presbyterian Pealers and all the bell choirs of the community that came together for an evening of beautiful music on Monday, December 10th. Our thanks to Jay O’Leary and all the participants for sharing their talents with us.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

Ordinary Holiness

By Susan Palo Cherwien

Wonder
is at the root
of praise.
Wonder
is at the heart
of Christmas,
and not for one day only
but for each waking day.
At the heart
of Christ’s incarnation
is the truth
that God makes extraordinary things
happen
in ordinary places,
that heaven and earth
holy and earthly
God and human
are intertwined.
The wonder of Christmas
desires to creep
into every living moment,
so that we behold
the glory of God.
The wonder of this holy day
points to the wonder in all days;
the wonder of the Bethlehem stable
teaches us to find
the wonder in all places;
the wonder of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus
leads to the wonder
in the faces of ordinary people.
(O Mary,
Life
is
holy . . .)
                                                                                                     

 


SUPER SUNDAY – December 10th

Our next Super Sunday will focus on Advent traditions and practices; including learning about the practice of the Advent wreath, the Jesse Tree and ways we can prepare our hearts and homes for the coming celebration of the Christ Child.  All ages are welcome to gather in the Music Room for singing and fun from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.

YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The FPC Youth will perform a special Christmas program for us during worship on Sunday, 12/10.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

We will go caroling at CareAge and then to Brookdale on Wednesday, 12/13, during their supper time. Please gather at 4:45pm at Careage. Bring a friend! After we finish singing, we will return to our Fellowship Hall for a soup supper. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table to provide food for the supper.

FPC CHRISTMAS BAND

It’s time to dust off your instrument and play in the First Presbyterian Band! The program will be December 17th, and anyone who plays an instrument is welcome, including beginners and friends of our church. Please contact Jay O’Leary if you have questions.

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

Our Christmas Joy Offering will be taken on Sunday, December 17th. Whether providing financial assistance to current & former church workers and their families, or providing opportunities for deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools, your generous gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will bring Good News of Great Joy to the poor in circumstances or spirit.

SEWING SOULS

There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

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

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

*The church office will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday, 12/25.

*The office will also be closed Monday, January 1st.

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation Monday, December 25 – Sunday, December 31, 2017. Please, do not hesitate to leave a message if you have a need at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

HYMN SING SERVICE

While Pastor enjoys some rest and relaxation after a busy holiday, our congregation will enjoy a special hymn sing service on Sunday, December 31st. Please join us then.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Misty Beair will serve as the Communion Elder.

SESSION

The Session will not meet in December. They will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 27th from 9am – 1pm.

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIVING

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

www.worldvision.org

www.samaritanspurse.org

www.compassion.com

www.churchworldservice.org

www.mbfoundation.org

www.heifer.org

calvincrest@calvincreat.org

specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html

presbyteriangifts.org

The Wayne Coat Closet

The Wayne Food Pantry

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

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

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018

  • Worship with Communion will be held Sunday, January 7, 2018.
  • The Session will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 27th from 9am-1pm.
  • The FPC Annual Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, January 28th.

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT

The congregation of Our Savior Lutheran has invited the members of FPC to join them in writing a devotional for the season of Lent. The themes of wilderness or journey are appropriate.  The meditation should be about 300-400 words.  You are welcome to include a prayer or question for reflection in your meditation.  Pastor Teresa has a sample if you would like to review last year’s booklet.  We would like to have 6-10 writers and the meditation should be submitted to Pastor Teresa or Jenny in electronic format by January 9th, 2018.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for December 2017

12/3/2017 Kevin Peterson Phil & Jean Griess Karen Johnson
12/10/2017 Mark McCorkindale Ken & Jan Liska tba
12/17/2017 Ronda Ras Pat & Glenda McDonald Jim Curtiss
12/24/2017 Sarah Wibben The Hammer Family
12/31/2017 Misty Beair tba Kevin Peterson  

 

Acolytes for December Sunday worship:

12/3/2017 Taytum Sweetland
12/10/2017 Madison Urbanec
12/17/2017 Braydn McCorkindale
12/24/2017 Taytum Sweetland (morning worship)

December 2017 – 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

9-11am Coat Closet open 11am Rick Lund Funeral

 

3

Communion

 

1:30 Pastor leads Careage Chapel

 

4

9:30

WCFC Meeting

7:30 Ring Around Wayne

7:00

Scout Den Meeting

5 6

6:30

PW Bible Study & Annual Cookie Exchange

 

7 8 9
10

9:00

Super Sunday!

10:00 Youth Christmas Program

6:30 Boy Scout Court of Honor

 

11

7:00

Scout Den Meeting

12 13

4:45

Caroling & Soup Supper

8:00 Youth Group

14 15 16
17

10:00

FPC Christmas Band & Christmas Joy Offering

11:00 Congregational Meeting/Officer election

 

18

 

19 20

 

21 22 23
24

5:30 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

  26

Pastor on vacation

 

 

27

Pastor on vacation

 

28

Pastor on vacation

 

 

29

Pastor on vacation

 

 

30

Pastor on vacation

 

12/31

10:00 Hymn Sing Service (Pastor on vacation)

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1         Brittany P.

5        Tiffanny H.

7        Candyce P.

14         Randy D.

18         Beau B.

22        Nina H.

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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 – November 2017

 

Presbytidings

November 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….

November brings cooler days and nights, raking leaves, the end of daylight savings time, completion of the harvest and Thanksgiving.  Perhaps your attitude is one of sadness as warm summer days slide into shorter days and longer nights.  Maybe you are happy to pull on a sweatshirt or sweater and exchange flip flops for boots.  Do you look forward to activities like hunting, the upcoming basketball season, preparing for Thanksgiving or getting a head start on Christmas shopping?

As we move into November is your attitude one of thankfulness and gratitude or fear and frustration?  This year we have seen not only natural disasters in the world around us, but also violence in many forms.  These events weigh heavy on our minds and hearts, even if we are not personally affected.  Our hearts go out to those who face the challenges of rebuilding homes and lives.

Christians are not exempt from hardship and challenges.  We may experience changes in health, changes in residence, the loss of a job, broken relationships with family or friends, death of loved ones, natural disasters or be impacted by violence.  It is true there may be many things in our lives, in the world, for which we are not thankful.

The apostle Paul had an attitude of gratitude even in the midst of hardship. Paul spent a lot of time in prison, wrote many of his letters as a prisoner.  He started all but one of his letters, Galatians, giving thanks to God for the blessings in his life, especially for Jesus Christ.  He also gave thanks for the lives and service of the friends and churches to which he was writing.

Even when confused and in the midst of persecution and imprisonment Paul exuded an attitude of thanksgiving.  His thankfulness was not dependent on his circumstances, but was a matter of attitude.  Paul’s attitude of thanksgiving grew from his relationship with Jesus Christ.  He was so humbled by Christ’s sacrifice that he was always giving thanks.  Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians while in jail, he penned; “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2:5).  Paul went on to explain how Jesus humbled himself, taking the form of a servant so that we might be saved from our sins. Attitude mattered for the Apostle Paul, who recognized that no matter his physical circumstances his relationship with Jesus was his greatest treasure. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11-13;

“….for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him [Christ] who gives me strength.”

Attitudes do matter in how we see ourselves and the world around us.  No matter the circumstances we can name things to be thankful for our homes, meaningful work, material blessings, our health, even if our abilities are diminished, our attitude should be one of gratitude for blessings large and small. Ultimately the things we should be most thankful for are not “things” but the blessings of relationships with family, friends, and our faith community and with Jesus Christ.  Thanksgiving and gratitude for what Christ has done for each of us should flow from our relationship with Jesus and permeate every area of our lives;  home, work, recreation as well as  worship. As a faith community in worship we offer not only our praise but also renew our dedication to following Christ.  Let us adopt Paul’s attitude of gratitude, not just this month, but always, so our hearts may be overflowing with gratitude to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

With an attitude of gratitude for God’s many blessings,

Pastor Teresa

 

FPC HERITAGE SUNDAY

Heritage Sunday October 30 2017 Color

The above were present on October 29th to be recognized for membership of 25 or more years.

Front Row- Left to Right- Philip Griess, Jack Beeson, Joann Proett, Jean Griess

Back Row – Bev Beeson, Wesley Beckenhauer, Jay O’Leary, Jane O’Leary, Anita Fuelberth,

John Fuelberth.

The congregation of Wayne’s First Presbyterian Church celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the roots of Presbyterianism which grew from the reformation on Sunday, October 29th.  Theologian John Calvin, a leader in the Presbyterian Church, was a contemporary of Martin Luther’s, who along with other visionary clergy saw the need for reform in the Catholic Church of their day.   The FPC congregation will spend the next few weeks learning about the 5 Sola’s of the reformation; “Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, Scripture Alone and To the Glory of God Alone.”  Rooted in the reformation these doctrinal understandings are key elements of Presbyterian theology.

The congregation also heard a brief history of First Presbyterian Church.  The first service was held in 1881 conducted by Rev. G.M Lodge of Shelby, Iowa, in December of 1881 the Presbyterian Church was chartered with 11 members.   The current church building was constructed in 1898.  Significant changes and improvements to the structure have been made through the years including the addition of a kitchen and Fellowship Hall in 1925.   Through the years many projects to maintain and improve the building have taken place including the sanctuary renovation in 2016, painting the building and replacing the front entry steps and railing which were completed in 2017.

Deacons, Sunday school and Vacation Bible school programs have been a part of the life of the congregation from the early days. There have been men’s and women’s groups, choirs, quartets; the congregation organized a Boy Scout troop in the 1920’s. The church continues to minister to the community through the Food Pantry and Coat Closet housed at First Presbyterian Church.

Through the years the women of the church had been active in assisting with the work of the church and many projects related to the decoration or renovation of the manse and the church, offering not only labor but also funds.

The first woman elder was elected to the Session in 1964.  Today the Session, the governing body of the local church, is composed of men and women who guide the mission and ministry of the congregation.

A display in Fellowship Hall featured historical photos as well as recent congregational activities and a list of those who have been members 25 years or more.  It also contained a history written by Mrs. Dorothy Huse Nyberg for the 75th anniversary of the congregation in 1956.   In addition a story by Jane O’Leary called the “Presbyterian Nail”, a light-hearted look at church history was included in the display.  The congregation of First Presbyterian has raised up three men who entered the ministry; Lloyd Cunningham, John Wheatly and Willies Ickler.

Pastor Teresa Bartlett commented “The history of First Presbyterian shows the perseverance and faithfulness of its members in establishing and maintaining a house of worship. We give thanks for those who established this congregation in 1881 and all of the faithful members who have supported the ministry of the church through the years.”

As part of the Heritage Sunday celebration those of the congregation who have been members 25 years and longer were recognized.  Pastor Bartlett said “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the witness of 37 members who have participated in the life of this congregation for 25 or more years.  We give thanks for God’s faithfulness and the variety of ways which the members of the congregation have been and continue to minister to the community.”  A special time of fellowship was held following worship with cakes prepared by Audrey Harder.

The following members were recognized:

Sixty -five years plus – Erna Mellor, Wes Beckenhauer, Pat (Shirley) Straight, Joan Lage, Rick Lund.

Fifty-five  years plus – Joann Proett , Gerrie Christensen, Phil Griess , Jack and Bev Beeson , Karen Marra,

Judy Griess

Forty-five years plus – Phyllis Hix, Jean Griess, Babs Middleton, Verlin and Elaine Francis,

Ken and Jan Liska, Joyce Reeg,

Thirty-five years plus– Jim and Sharyn Paige, Verianne McClain, Dennis and Nina Spangler,

Karen Johnson, John and Anita Fuelberth, Amy Bowers, Connie Bargstadt.

Twenty-five years plus – Glenda McDonald, Jill Sweetland, Jay and Jane O’Leary, Heidi Armstrong, Jill Scott, Ken Marra

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00am. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour, or you’ll have plenty of time for solitary meditation in the sanctuary!

 

 

COMMUNION

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

November 5th with Shari Dunklau as the communion elder.

December 3rd with Kevin Peterson as the communion elder.

 

SUPER SUNDAY!

Please join us for Super Sunday! on November 12th. Join us as we make a blessing tree. All ages are invited to gather from 9:00-9:45am.

 

DEACON MEETING

The deacons will meet Tuesday, November 14th at 4:15pm.

 

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30pm. Jackie Owens is the hostess that night. There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS

We will be “Hanging of the Greens” and sharing a soup and sandwich lunch on Sunday, November 19th after worship. Stay tuned for details.

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Everyone is invited gather on Sunday evening, 11/19, at Our Savior Lutheran Church for a Thanksgiving worship service. We will begin at 5:00pm, and a soup-and-pie supper will follow in their fellowship hall. Please help us provide soup and pies by signing up at the Opportunity Table. Pastor Teresa will provide the message that evening.

 

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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

 

SESSION

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

 

RADIO DEVOTIONS

Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of November 27th –December 1st at 5:40am.

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

The Wayne community handbell concert will be Monday, 12/4, 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 6th at 6:30pm. Martha Svoboda will lead the Bible study. The annual cookie exchange will also take place.

 

FPC CHRISTMAS BAND

It’s time to dust off your instrument and play in the First Presbyterian Band! The program will be December 17th, and anyone who plays an instrument is welcome, including beginners and friends of our church. Please contact Jay O’Leary if you have questions.

 

MITTEN TREE

Please help us decorate our annual mitten tree this holiday season with gloves, hats, scarves and mittens. It will be in Fellowship Hall in December.

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY & COAT CLOSET

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

  • The Hanging of the Greens will take place after worship on 11/19. Stick around to help decorate our building in anticipation of Christmas!
  • This Advent season the Confirmation youth will be leading the Advent lighting and readings during worship.
  • Begin the advent season by supporting our Presbyterian Pealers at Ring Around Wayne on Monday, December 4th at 7:30pm in the National Guard Armory.
  • We will go caroling to Brookdale and Careage in December. Time and date to be announced.
  • The Youth Christmas program will be held Sunday, December 10 during the worship service.
  • The FPC Christmas Band will be performing during worship on Sunday, December 17th.
  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:30pm.

 

WITH THANKS…

Dear Presbyterian Friends, thank you for the get well wishes and thinking of me while I was recovering from my broken fibula. Your cards were very much appreciated and brightened my days as I received each one of them. May God bless each one of you. – Audrey Harder

  • Our thanks to Glenda McDonald for providing the beautiful fall decoration for our church faithfully every year.
  • Thank you to Jodi Pulfer for the planters with chrysanthemums in front of the church earlier this fall.
  • Thanks to Jodi Pulfer and Shari Dunklau for the transitional decorations outside the narthex.
  • Thanks to Jane O’Leary for the cornucopias provided for Heritage Sunday.

 

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CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

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

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for November 2017

11/5/2017 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family
11/12/2017 Gail McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family
11/19/2017 Milton Owens The Urbanec Family
11/26/2017 Candyce Peitz tba Jim & Shari Paige

 

November 2017 – 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

6:30 Presbyterian Women

7:00 Confirmation

 

2 3 4
5

Communion

 

6

9:30

WCFC Meeting

7:00

Scout Den Meeting

7 8

7:oo

Confirmation

8:00 Youth Group

9 10 11
12

9:00

Super Sunday!

 

13

7:00

Scout Den Meeting

14 15

6:30

Sewing Souls

7:00 Confirmation

16

10:00

Presbytery @ Nebraska City

17 18
19

11:00

Hanging of the Greens with lunch

5:00

Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at OSLC

 

20

7:00

Scout Den Meeting

21 22

3:30

Pastor leads chapel at Brookdale

8:00

Youth Group

 

23

 

Church Office closed

24

 

Church Office Closed

25
26

 

 

27

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

7:00 Session Meeting

 

28

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

29

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

7:00

Confirmation

30

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

1

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

 
             

 

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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 ‘Max’ McElwain

 

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Presbytidings – October 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….

Protests of various types are a regular feature in the news these days.  Protest has long been used to heighten awareness or bring attention to an injustice or abuse of power. Standing, sitting, kneeling or walking arm in arm can be forms of protest, as well as written, spoken or sung words.

The history of our country includes people who have protested by sitting down on a bus, sitting at a lunch counter or walking across a bridge, boycotting a business or industry as well as various types of political action.  The recent release of the PBS special on the Vietnam War brings to mind the many and varied forms of protest that happened during the duration of that war and how many of those protests were violent and raucous. Protest however doesn’t always have to be violent,  in August clergy from a variety of faith traditions quietly walked the streets of Charlotte arm in arm to protest the rhetoric and violence of protests that were happening in that city.

Even if we don’t always agree with the position of a protest, in our country our right to express our opinion peacefully and within the law is protected. That type of protection is not available to citizens in all countries, for example in Saudi Arabia women have been protesting Sharia law which bans them from driving.  Since 1990 many women have been jailed for driving a car, but quietly and regularly the women continued to do so. Their sustained protest against this religious law has made a difference as a change was recently announced which will allow women to drive, the change becomes effective in 2018.  This victory gives women hope that other aspects of the religious law will change allowing them more freedom.

Many leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi through words and actions pushed for change and reform they primarily advocated through non-violent forms of protest.  Protest has changed the world.  Examples include civil rights reforms in this country and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa.  Protest can happen in a variety of ways and places; on college campuses, in the streets, on athletic fields and even in churches.

This year churches in the reformed tradition, Presbyterians and Evangelical Lutherans for example, celebrate the 500th anniversary of a protest launched by the nailing of 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  The beginning of the reformation movement is often credited to Martin Luther, a theology professor; however, he wasn’t the first to decry the religious practices and rituals and the power of the pope in the Catholic Church.  John Wycliffe and John Huss, forerunners of Luther, also recognized the abuses in the church.

Luther had come to the end of his proverbial rope, he couldn’t get church authorities to listen to regarding abuses he and others saw in the church, especially the sale of indulgences. Indulgences were sold to congregates as a way that deceased relatives could be released from the penalty of sin.  A famous slogan associated with the sale of indulgences was “When a coin in the coffer rings, a soul from Purgatory springs.”  Luther said the sale of indulgences preyed on the ignorance of poverty-stricken and superstitious Germans, he also believed that indulgences were unbiblical.  In addition he saw the practice of using funds from the sale of indulgences to fund the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome as morally wrong.

On October 31, 1517 Luther nailed his 95 theses dealing with the abuse and sale of indulgences on the door of the Castle church.  In this manner Luther issued a call to public discussion, a debate about indulgences.   Luther spoke out against the church at great personal cost, soon after posting his 95 theses his words were published and distributed.  The reformation was underway and Luther was perceived as a threat to the Pope and the church.  He was brought before religious authorities and asked to recant his statements but Luther refused, saying he could not betray the Scriptures or his conscience; as a result he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

The German King tried to take steps to prohibit Luther’s teaching and end the reforms he was advocating in the Catholic Church.  A small group went against the king to back Luther, their “Protestation” was formal support of Luther’s reform efforts.  Those who supported Luther made their public witness to support the expression of their faith which had claimed their consciences.  Their protest was their witness to their faith and thus they were called “Protestants.”  The name came to be applied to those who followed the path of reform away from the Catholic Church.

Like Jesus, Luther wasn’t really trying to start a new church but he followed in the footsteps of others who sought change in the church.  Luther’s actions are an example of one who spoke against injustice and abuse.

Our heritage as Presbyterians includes protest, it is a part of what defines us.  As Presbyterians and Christians we are called to step up and speak out when we see injustice, abuses of power and privilege; however we are also called to listen.   The church of Luther’s day was so concerned about being right, maintaining their power and prestige they failed to listen and understand Luther’s concerns or those of his predecessors.  Too often we believe we know what is right; however, are we really just trying to maintain the status quo, to protect our own interests?   Consider the possibility that through the protest of others God is trying to open our hearts and minds to a new understanding.   We honor each other by listening well and asking questions, we learn by listening to all the voices even if the conversation does not change our position.

Luther saw abuses in the church, the tools of his protest were his 95 theses, a hammer and nails.  The reformed tradition stands blessed because of Luther’s willingness to protest, to speak to power and endure the consequences.  Luther’s actions and subsequent actions have had enormous influence over the last five centuries politically, socially, economically and culturally.  Luther’s Five Solas, born out of the reforms he sought are a lasting and significant synopsis of the reformation movement.   The Latin term sola means “alone.”  The Solas are: Sola gratia, “By grace alone,” Sola fide, “By faith alone,” Solos Christus, “Christ alone,” Sola scriptura, “Scripture alone,” Soli Deo Gloria, “To God alone (be) Glory.”   These core affirmations are held by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other churches in the reformed tradition.

Sunday, October 29th we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s action which started the reformation movement.  As we remember we will give thanks not only for Luther’s courage but for the other reformers who followed him, including our Presbyterian forefathers John Calvin and John Knox.  We will worship and give thanks to God for those who established this house of worship in Wayne, for all who have worshiped here and our many faithful members.  You are encouraged to invite former members family and friends to join us for worship on the 29th as we praise God and celebrate our heritage as Presbyterians.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa 

 

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, October 1st

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.

RADIO DEVOTIONS

Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of October 2nd –6th at 5:40am.

PINK FLAMINGO NIGHT

Plan to join us at Our Savior Lutheran Church for the 3rd Annual Pink Flamingo Nite on Thursday, October 5th. 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.  

OUR OCTOBER SUPER SUNDAY

This October our Super Sunday School will take place at Careage Campus of Care, located at 811 E. 14th Street. We will be giving gourds and good wishes to the residents on Sunday, October 8 beginning at 9:00am. Everyone is encouraged to participate. We will return to church for worship. Our thanks to Glenda and Pat McDonald for helping to make this possible. Don’t miss out! 

NEW OUTREACH PROJECT AT WAYNE STATE CAMPUS

Monday evening, October 9th First Presbyterian will be serving a meal for Wayne State students on the Wayne State campus. This is an ecumenical outreach project coordinated between area churches and gives FPC an opportunity to interact with Wayne State students. The meal is open to any student on campus, past experience of other churches shows around 70 students attend regularly.

Shari Dunklau will be coordinating this event and the details are listed below. The menu will be chicken noodle soup, chili, cinnamon rolls, relishes and drink. There will be a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall, or you may contact Shari directly at her home: 402-375-5368, her cell: 402-369-0134 or email her at shari_k_d@yahoo.com

WSC Student Meal

Monday, 10/9/2017 from 6:00-8:00pm

Location: LuMin House (WSC Lutheran Campus Ministry) 1301 Schreiner Drive, Wayne

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet Wednesday, October 4th at 6:30. We will be starting a new Bible Study – Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews. Karen Johnson will lead Lesson One in the Bible study this month.  Glenda McDonald is hostess.

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls next meeting will be Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30. You don’t need to be a pro at sewing.  We need those who can press and cut also.  A new denim rag quilt is under way along with continued work on pillowcases and other quilts and blankets.  Judy Lindberg will be hostess.

FAITH DOLLARS

Faith Dollars is a project PW started in early 2015.  Dollar bills with a “F” minted on the front are not as common as other letters.  At each meeting members bring “F” or Faith dollars they have found during the month.  Others in the congregation have heard about “Faith Dollars” and are also contributing.  In September we were able to send $90 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for hurricane relief.  Since 2015 a total of $490 has been collect and contributed to Haven House, the Backpack Program, Susan G. Komen Walk and now PDA for hurricane relief.  Thanks to everyone who has become a part of this mission. We invite everyone to participate.  An envelope will be in Presbyterian Women’s box in Fellowship Hall, or you can give them to Karen Johnson or Judy Lindberg.

 

PW WORK GROUPS

Over the years, Presbyterian Women have coordinated work groups that serve the church during funerals and other church events. It is the ministry of our congregation to take care of family and friends who are celebrating or grieving. If your family has been served in this capacity you know how important and comforting it is to your loved ones at these times.

The women of the church have been reorganized into two work groups; however, men will also be needed from time to time for set up and possible clean up after an event. Help requested may include providing food, setting up tables and chairs, serving at the event or possibly donating money or supplies.

Everyone in this congregation is needed to be a part of this ministry. To assist your work group chairs in planning and preparation, please respond promptly if you can or cannot help. The revised work groups are listed at the end of the newsletter, and will be posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.  Thank you – Presbyterian Women

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

The session has called for a congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, October 15 (11:00am) to receive the 2018 budget and approve the Pastor’s terms of call. All active members are encouraged to participate. There will be a potluck fellowship time afterward.

POTLUCK

Our next fellowship potluck will be held Sunday, October 15th following the Congregational Meeting. Please join your church family for a time of fellowship.

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE SPECIAL OFFERING

On Sunday, October 15th we will be receiving a special offering designated for the Presbyterian Disaster Relief fund to assist with the natural disasters that have been occurring in the south. You may bring a check made out to the First Presbyterian Church, with the memo made out to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

CAREAGE CHAPEL

Pastor Teresa will be leading Careage Chapel Sunday, October 15th at 1:30pm. You are welcome to join her there.

HOMESTEAD RECORDS REVIEW

FPC Wayne will host the northern group of clerks of session for their annual records review on Saturday, 10/21, at 1:00pm.

PASTOR ON VACATION

  • Pastor Teresa will be on vacation the week of Tuesday, October 17th – Monday, October 23rd.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

CONFIRMATION & YOUTH GROUP

  • The confirmation class will meet Wednesdays in October: 4th, 11th, & 25th at 7:00pm. (Please note: Pastor T will be on vacation the week of October 18th and so class will not meet that day.)
  • The youth group will meet on October: 11th & 25th at 8:00pm in the youth room.

HERITAGE SUNDAY

The Session has designated Sunday, October 29th as Heritage Sunday. In addition to worshiping together we will give thanks to God for those who established this house of worship, all who have worshiped here and our faithful members.  You are encouraged to invite former members, family and friends to join us for worship as we praise God and celebrate our heritage as Presbyterians in this place.  A special time of fellowship will follow worship.

PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS UPDATE

A note from the Director…I would like to know who is planning to play with the Presbyterian Pealers this year. New players are welcome, and no experience is necessary. I have put a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Please either sign up on that sheet, or contact me directly at 402-369-2794. – Jay O’Leary

PUZZLE PIECES

We are still missing quite a few puzzle pieces. Bring your puzzle piece which you received at church or in the mail with you to church on Sunday. Help us see the big picture- it’s not complete without you!!

LIFE CHAIN

The 18th Annual Life Chain, hosted by Wayne Area Right to Life, will be held Sunday, October 1, 2014, 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 you can’t stand, bring your 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

WATCH FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES!

Monday, 10/9/2017   *WSC Student Meal

Sunday, 10/15/2017  *Congregational Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, 10/29/2017  *Heritage Sunday

Sunday, 11/19/2017  *Hanging of the Greens

REFORMATION 500 SIOUXLAND COMMEMORATION

First Lutheran Church of Sioux City, Iowa is hosting the “Freed and Renewed in Christ-500 Years of God’s Grace in Action” Reformation 500 Commemoration festival worship service on Sunday, October 22 at 4:00pm. There will be organ music, a brass quartet, a festival adult choir and a youth choir. Rostered leaders from area congregation will participate and the preacher will be the Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, Bishop Emerita of the South Dakota Synod/ELCA. A meal will be served following the service. Details are on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 5, 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!

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PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools, teachers & students
  • All who are battling illness (Babs Middleton, Madison Beair, Audrey Harder)
  • All who live in assisted living or care facilities
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea
  • Those impacted by hurricanes and earthquakes
  • Our confirmation youth and mentors (Madison Urbanec & Shari Dunklau, Braydn McCorkindale & Jim Paige, Taytum Sweetland & Ronda Ras)
  • Our Session Members: Shari Dunklau, Ronda Ras, Misty Beair, Gail McCorkindale, Jay O’Leary, Jim Curtiss, Jim Paige, Kevin Peterson

Lector/Greeter Schedule for October/November 2017

Date Lector Usher Usher Usher
10/1/2017 Judy Lindberg Pat & Glenda McDonald Jim Curtiss
10/8/2017 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige
10/15/2017 Jeryl Nelson The Ras Family
10/22/2017 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald Kevin Peterson
10/29/2017 Karen McElwain Phil & Jean Griess Joann Proett
11/5/2017 Ken Liska The Peitz Family
11/12/2017 Gail McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family
11/19/2017 Milton Owens The Urbanec Family
11/26/2017 Candyce Peitz tba Jim & Shari Paige

 

October 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

World Communion Day

 

2

9:30am Wayne Family County Coalition Meeting

7:00pm Scout Den Meeting

3 4

6:30 Presbyterian Women

 

7:00 Confirmation

5 6 7
8

9:00am Super Sunday at Careage

 

9

6:00pm

FPC serving WSC Campus Meal at LuMin

7:00pm Scout Den Mtg.

10 11

7:00pm Confirmation

8:00pm Youth Group

12 13 14
15

Special Offering for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

11:00 Congregational Meeting with Potluck

1:30 Careage Chapel

16

7:00pm Scout Den Meeting

17

Pastor on vacation

18

Pastor on vacation

6:30 Sewing Souls

 

No Confirmation Class

19

Pastor on vacation

 

20

Pastor on vacation

 

21

Pastor on vacation

1:00 Annual Records Review

22

Pastor on vacation

 

23

Pastor on vacation

7:00pm Session meets

24

11:00am Presbyterian Pastors Group (here)

25

7:00pm Confirmation

8:00pm Youth Group

26 27 28
29

Heritage Sunday

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, Jon Worner

14        Sydney McCorkindale

15        Reggie Yates

15        Pat McDonald

16        Marilyn Yates

18        Ronald Clark

20        Braydn McCorkindale

21        Rob Sweetland

23        Stephanie Racely

 

Presbyterian Women Work Groups List


GROUP I

Judy Lindberg                         

Karen Johnson

Glenda McDonald 

Stacey Alexander

Heidi Armstrong

Amy Bowers

Jean Griess

Jennifer Hammer

Phyllis Hix

Gail McCorkindale

Karen Marra

Lindsay McLaughlin

Babs Middleton

Shannon Peterson

Joann Proett

Ronda Ras

Joyce Reeg

Nina Spangler

Jill Sweetland

Marcile Uken

Melissa Urbanec

Joyce Voyles

 

GROUP II

Joan Lage     

Anita Fuelberth

Jan Liska

 

Cindy Abraham

Connie Bargstadt

Misty Beair

Bev Beeson

Shari Dunklau

Audrey Harder

Tiffanny Heese

Marie Johnson

Verianne McClain

Gina McDonald

Karen McElwain

Carol Mosley

Jane O’Leary

Jackie Owens

Shelly Owens

Sharyn Paige

Jodi Pulfer

Pat Straight

Claudia Racely

 

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Presbytidings, September 2017

Presbytidings – September 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…

It is hard to believe we are approaching the nine month mark of our time together. We have been through a number of “firsts:” the first Lenten season, Palm Sunday and Easter. There are many more “firsts” to experience. I’m preparing for the first confirmation class. We are getting ready for a first in a new type of educational experience, Super Sunday (see the article about Super Sunday for more details). In the rhythms of the church year September and October are generally months for planning for the next year. Nominating Committees are activated and Session teams submit their budget requests in preparation for the budget for the upcoming year. This will be my first budget and planning cycle with the FPC Session and congregation.

During worship in September you will be hearing from our Session teams about their various areas of oversight and responsibility. I hope this will help all us of remember that our role as Christians and as members of this congregation is multifaceted. A church isn’t just a building, but the people and the work they do in God’s name. “You are the church, I am the church, we are the church together…” says the song and the proportion of what we put into our church, our energy, imagination, and financial support make a difference in each of us, our community and the world.

The constitution of the PC (USA) says that the church is called to be a community of faith, hope and witness. We develop our faith by our time in worship, in praying for and with one another. We celebrate in worship and stand with each other in times of grief. We deepen our understanding and faith as disciples as we participate in learning with others in study groups, PW or educational events.

We are called and challenged by Christ to be agents of God’s ministry and witness, a community of hope  and witness not just for our members but in Wayne, America, Wayne County, northeast Nebraska and the world. First Presbyterian supports the Food Pantry, the Back Pack program and the Deacons Coat closet.   Special offerings such as Christmas Joy and One Great Hour allow us to support those acting as the hands and feet of Christ in places we can’t go physically. It is important that as people of God we provide as well as support ministries in caring for God’s people, both globally and locally.

The church will only be what we, as individuals and a gathered community, with God’s help make it. I came across this poem several years ago, I don’t know the author but find it a great reminder that if the church is to be a community of faith, hope and witness it begins with each of us.

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.

This is YOUR church and it needs your support in prayer, in acts of mission and outreach, as well as your financial support. Let us dedicate ourselves to being the generous, loving, extroverted church of our Triune God.

CU on Sunday,

Pastor Teresa

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, September 10th.

 

SUPER SUNDAY SCHOOL KICKOFF & SUNDAE SUNDAY!

Everyone is invited to church Sunday, September 10th for fun, education, worship and ice cream. That is the day the Discipleship Team kicks off its new educational program. The second Sunday of each month has been designated as Super Sunday which will be a time of learning and fellowship for all ages from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  In September we will be meeting in Fellowship Hall, refreshments will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m., yes before worship! We hope you will join us at 9:00 a.m., don’t forget to bring the puzzle piece you received in worship or in the mail and participate in seeing how everything fits together.

Following worship we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for ice cream sundaes to finish off our Super Sunday. We hope you will save the date and plan to join us on September 10th.

 

WEEKLY FELLOWSHIP TIME RETURNS

One of the traditions of this congregation is a time of fellowship following worship. Due to a limited number of people signing up to take care of fellowship after worship the Session experimented during the summer with having fellowship only the second and fourth Sunday’s of the month.  Recognizing the importance of a time of fellowship the Session voted at their August meeting to return to weekly fellowship after worship. Everyone’s participation is needed to make this happen with regularity.

You are encouraged to select a Sunday and sign up as Fellowship host, the signup sheet will be on the Opportunities Table. Fellowship hosts are to make coffee, it takes about an hour for the 30 cup pot, provide a cold beverage and a snack of some sort and clean up following the refreshments. Items for fellowship can include cookies, home baked or purchased, bars, cake, and fruit to mention a few items. Supplies such as napkins, cups and plates will be provided. You can host as a family or ask a friend to share in offering this hospitality. If every individual or family took a turn we could easily cover the year. Thank-you in advance for your ministry of hospitality to the congregation and our guests.

 

CHURCH PAINTING

Have you noticed how nice the church building is starting to look?  The Session has hired Joseph Pearce Painting to paint and repair the trim on the outside of the church.  Joseph Pearce Painting came highly recommended by Ken & Jan Liska, Pat Straight and Anne Nolte at First Realty.  The last time the church was painted was in 2001, so there is a lot of repair and painting to be done.

The cost of this project is $50,500.  If you would like to donate to this project, please feel free to make your donation by:

  • putting it in the offering plate
  • mailing it to Anita Fuelberth at

116 Maple Street

Wayne, NE 68787

  • dropping it off at the church office.

Please note on your check that it is for the painting project.

So please forgive our mess for a little while longer while we bring our church facility back to the beautiful building our ancestors left us.

 

PEACE PRAYER WALK
            You are invited to join the 2017 Wayne Peace Prayer Walk and pray with others for peace to begin in our hearts and spread through our community, nation and world. The walk will be held Sunday, September 17th and will start at 3:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 W. 3rd St, Wayne, NE. The group will proceed along a 2 mile route with stops for prayers at each of the churches along the route which includes: First Presbyterian, Calvary Bible Evangelical Free, Our Savior Lutheran, First United Methodist, Grace Lutheran and St. Mary’s Catholic churches. If you are unable to walk the route, you are invited to sit at any of the churches during the times of 3:00 – 5:00 PM where prayer booklets will be available for you to pray.

Psalm 34:14 says, “Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” Please join together in prayers for peace with others in our community during the week of September 17-23 to observe International Peace Day which is September 21 this year. For questions about the Peace Prayer Walk, contact Julie Rother at 402.369.3822.

 

NEW OUTREACH PROJECT AT WAYNE STATE CAMPUS

Monday evening, October 9th First Presbyterian will be serving a meal for Wayne State students on the Wayne State campus. This is an ecumenical outreach project coordinated between area churches and gives FPC an opportunity to interact with Wayne State students. The meal is open to any student on campus past experience of other churches shows around 70 students attend regularly.

Interaction with students at Wayne State was an area of interest that was lifted up during Pastor Sally’s interim with this congregation. Volunteers will be needed to prep and prepare and provide items for the meal as well as to serve. The Session looks forward to an opportunity to interact with WSC students and build new relationships. This is a ministry of hospitality and presence with the students and we welcome all volunteers. Watch for more details mid-September as to material and volunteer needs in preparation for and serving the meal.

 

PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS UPDATE

It is time to begin thinking about the Presbyterian Pealers Bell Choir again. We will not actually start playing again until sometime in September, as our bells have been sent to the factory for refurbishing and won’t be back until later this month.

I would like to know who is planning to play this year. New players are welcome, and no experience is necessary. I have put a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Please either sign up on that sheet, or contact me directly at 402-369-2794. – Jay O’Leary

Ed. note – We look forward to having the bells back in worship later this fall!

FPC HANDBELL HISTORY

Thanks to Jane O’Leary for the following brief history of how FPC came to have a bell choir.

            A church meeting, complete with refreshments, was held one evening in 2003 about the possibility of beginning a Bell Choir. Interestingly, there was no discussion about whether we would have enough participants for playing in a bell choir, although we did have several people who indicated they would like to try being part of one. The church made a commitment to raise funds for a bell choir, and one church member anonymously gave a donation to a large portion of the cost. It was also decided to purchase chimes to add color and variety to the bell set. When added to a bell purchase, they were a greatly reduced price.

After the bells were ordered, Jay O’Leary agreed to take on the task of directing the bells. He visited with several bell leaders in Sioux City as well as Wayne, and did a lot of reading about the techniques of a bell choir.

Over the years, there have been at least 30 people that have played in the bell choir. The first year, the bells played a couple of performances, but spent the most time learning the technique of holding and striking the bells. Some people did not know how to read music, but eventually were able to understand the process of playing the bells.

The bell choir now goes by the name “Presbyterian Pealers” and plays for a few Sunday Services, and at the “Ring Around Wayne” event that is held annually during the Christmas season.

 

CONFIRMATION BEGINS

The 2017-18 confirmation class will meet weekly with Pastor Teresa beginning Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00pm. If you have not contacted Pastor Teresa to confirm your child will be participating, please do so as soon as possible.

 

YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS RESUME

Please plan on attending the first gathering of the Youth Group Wednesday, September 13th from 8-9pm. Youth Group will happen every 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 8-9pm. The Youth leaders are Ronda Ras, Gail McCorkindale, Misty Beair & Jim Curtiss. Teaser! – Hayrack ride is happening 9/27/2017!

 

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 3,800 backpacks to the Wayne community. In July, Launch Leadership (a high school leadership program from the Lincoln-Omaha area) came to pack approximately 400 backpacks for us.  This program runs all year long, and so we are always in need of donations. Please contact Jenny at the church office or Jodi Pulfer for more details.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The Presbyterian Women will start the new year with a potluck on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00pm, followed by a meeting to plan the coming year. All women are welcome. Come join us!

 

SEWING SOULS

  • Sewing Souls will begin meeting again on the third Wednesday of every month. This month’s meeting will be held on September 20th 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. Calvin Crest announced that they raised almost $20,000 this year.

 

CALVIN CREST QUILT AUCTION

The items sent to the quilt auction in August from the First Presbyterian Church and Sewing Souls raised over $350 for Calvin Crest this year. Thanks to everyone who donated items and to those who attended the auction.

Sewing Souls sent several items to the auction: kids quilts, table runners, crocheted hats, Christmas stockings, hot pads, pillow cases, and children’s travel pillows.  Nina Hammer made a Thomas Train pillowcase with us and it raised $30 for the camp. All of our Sewing Souls had a part of making the quilts and table runners. The Quilts raised $25 to 50 each. The crocheted hats were a hit and sold for as much as $23 each.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN FALL GATHERING

All women are welcome to join the PW Fall Gathering at the Fremont Presbyterian Church, Saturday, September 30th from 8:30am – 2:00pm. Registrations are due September 25th, and the cost is $10. Please see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for more info or contact Judy Lindberg or Karen Johnson.

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

DEACONS MEETING

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

 

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 25-26, 2017. 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

 

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

 

ALISSA’S WEDDING

We send our congratulations to Alissa (Johnson) and Travis Byrd on their wedding, August 11th, 2017. If you would like to send them a card, it can mailed to this address: 12764 T Road, Shelby, NE 56467.

 

WATCH FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES!

Wednes., 9/27/2017  *Youth Group Hayrack Ride

Monday, 10/9/2017   *WSC Student Meal

Sunday, 10/15/2017  *Congregational Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, 11/19/2017  *Hanging of the Greens

 

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
  • Those impacted by Hurricane Harvey

 

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Lector/Greeter Schedule

Date Lector Usher Usher Usher
9/3/2017 Milton Owens Jim Curtiss Joann Proett Babs Middleton
9/10/2017 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family
9/17/2017 Jim Lindau Jim Lindau Joyce Reeg John & Anita Fuelberth
9/24/2017 Sarah Wibben The McCorkindale Family
10/1/2017 Judy Lindberg Pat & Glenda McDonald Jim Curtiss
10/8/2017 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige
10/15/2017 Jeryl Nelson The Ras Family
10/22/2017 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald Kevin Peterson
10/29/2017 Karen McElwain Phil & Jean Griess Joann Proett

 

September 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

 

Communion – Misty Beair, Communion Edler

4

 

Labor Day

5 6

 

6:00pm PW Potluck & Meeting

 

7 8 9
10

 

9am Super Sunday! – don’t forget your puzzle piece!

11am Sundae Sunday

11 12

 

4:15 Deacons Meeting

13

 

8:00 Youth Group

 

14 15

 

16
17

 

3-5pm Peace Prayer Walk

18 19 20

6:30pm Sewing Souls

7:00pm Confirmation Class

21 22 23
24 25

 

7pm Session Meeting

26

 

27

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

7:00 Confirmation

8:00 Youth Group – Hayrack Ride!

28 29 30
             

 

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

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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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July 2017 Presbytidings

 

Presbytidings – July/August 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

With all my heart I praise the Lord, and with all that I am I praise his holy name!

With all my heart I praise the Lord!  I will never forget how kind he has been.

The Lord forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, and protects us from death.

His kindness and love are a crown on our heads. Each day that we live, 

he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle.

                   –   Psalm 103:1-5 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

“A kindergartner came home one day with a tape of songs to learn for the kindergarten music concert that would be taking place at school in a few weeks.  Wherever she didn’t quite know the words, she filled in in her own, singing loudly and joyfully, as she danced around the house.

When the music to “The Star-Spangled Banner” started playing, her mother felt some concern.  It wasn’t her fear that her little girl wouldn’t understand words like “perilous” and “ramparts.” The mother didn’t feel so comfortable with this sweet, innocent child singing about rockets glaring and bombs bursting, even if the song does happen to be our national anthem.

The child plowed through the song, still spinning happily. When she got to the part about “bombs bursting in air,” the words were not about bombs at all.  The little girl heard-and sang-words with quite another meaning: “and we’re twirling in prayer…”

Twirling in prayer!  What a perfect image for how God want us to live our lives.  Not dropping bombs, even though it can be argued that there are times when this is appropriate.  Twirling in prayer might be a better approach to the sorrows of the world, and without a doubt would portray a much more positive image about our role in dealing with the difficult issues of the world.

When I hear the word of Psalm 103, my spirit leaps with joy.  How can anyone hear these words without feeling some sense of the delight and gratitude the writer must have felt?  Truly, when we are aligned with God’s purposes, there can be no other response than joy.  Twirling in prayer?  That sounds like a great way to express what this psalm is all about.

I’m not sure my congregation would appreciate it if I started spinning around the chancel some Sunday during our time of prayer.  We do have liturgical dancers who could do that, but not me.  Prayer at home when nobody is around to see me?  Ah who knows?  You just might catch me twirling in prayer one of these days.”

This little story comes from a book by Kathleen Long Bostrom entitled “finding calm in the chaos.” Many of us feel we are living in the midst of “bombs bursting in air”; we receive a frightening diagnosis from the doctor, a beloved friend dies, storms sweep in and destroy in minutes what took years to build, we worry about children and crops, the national and global news can fill us with worry and fear.  We sometimes feel bombarded by life and it can be hard to find calm in our lives, perhaps we need to take a lesson from a kindergartner and try some “twirling in prayer.”   Instead of keeping our heads down and pushing through, try looking up and around and praising God, looking for beauty and joy  perhaps even doing a little twirling  as we remember God’s faithfulness.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

THANK_YOU FROM PASTOR TERESA

Thank you to all who remembered me for my birthday.  It was so wonderful to receive your birthday wishes and all the beautiful cards.  Thanks to Audrey Harder for the lovely birthday cake and to Ronda Ras for the ice cream cake.  I don’t remember the last time I had two cakes for my birthday!   I really appreciate the congregation’s kind words and birthday wishes.

 

BIG THANKS

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who took the time to attend, send cards, and help in any way with our open house and celebration for our 60th anniversary party. We had a great time, and it was because you were there. Words can’t express how it made us feel! It was great and so enjoyable. It made us feel so good. We had people from Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Wayne County, plus. Thanks again.

Jack & Bev Beeson

 

PASTOR’S VACATION AND STUDY LEAVE

  • Pastor Teresa will be on vacation the week of July 3rd – 9th. The Front Porch Pickers will be sharing special music with us on Sunday, July 9th.
  • Pastor Teresa will be on study leave at Synod School at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, for the week of July 24th -30th. Jay O’Leary & the Clarinet Spectrum will share on Sunday, July 30th.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE

  • There is a signup sheet on the table in Fellowship Hall for specific treats. These items are needed by Thursday, July 6th: 5 boxes whale snack crackers, 2 boxes teddy grahams (any flavor), and one box of regular graham crackers.
  • VBS will begin July 10th with morning and evening sessions.

 

SESSION

There will be no session meeting in July. The next session meeting will be held on Monday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, July 11th at 4:15pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

BIBLE STUDY

Join us on next Wednesday, July 12that noon for the conclusion of our Brown Bag Bible Study “Half Truths,” what the Bible doesn’t say by Adam Hamilton. We will conclude with the phrase “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.”

 

DISCIPLESHIP

The Discipleship Committee will meet Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00pm.

 

LADIES LUNCH

The women of the church are invited to join Pastor Teresa for lunch at the Coffee Shoppe on Main Street Thursday, July 20th, 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.

 

SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BLUE, SOMETHING FUN…

How do you show your support for your favorite team, band or school? Often you wear clothing which shows your support. It’s been a while since First Presbyterian had a t-shirt but that is about to change. During July and August you will be able to sign up to purchase a newly designed church t-shirt. Look for a poster and sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. The shirts are a poly-cotton blend and will be twelve dollars each. The hope is to have the t-shirts by the first of September. The Session and other leadership teams are working on plans for fall and hope that as members participate they will wear the shirts. Wearing a blue FPC t-shirt just might open up a conversation with someone new at a golf outing, as the confirmation students are helping with a project or serving the community. If you have any questions about the t-shirts please contact Rhonda Ras, Outreach Team leader.

 

CAREAGE CHAPEL

Pastor Teresa will be leading Careage Chapel Sunday, July 16th at 1:30pm.

 

RADIO DEVOTIONS

Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of July 31sth – August 4th at 5:40am.

 

POTLUCK

Our next fellowship potluck will be held Sunday, August 13th following worship. Please join us for a time of fellowship.

 

DISCIPLESHIP TEAM WORKDAY

Following worship and the potluck dinner on Sunday, August 13th the Discipleship Team is requesting help to make some preparations for fall educational programing. We will be rearranging some furniture in the upstairs educational area and would appreciate some extra people power in getting the job done. If 5 to 6 folks show up to help we should be done in less than two hours. Thanks for helping as we prepare the way for new things here at FPC.

 

YOUTH SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH

Please plan to join us for worship on Sunday August 20th as we hear from our Calvin Crest camper about her experience at camp this summer. Calvin Crest scholarships are an important aspect of our ministry to the youth of the congregation thank-you for your continued support of this ministry.

 

GOLF OUTING

Like to golf?  Plan on gathering for a Lutheran/Presbyterian Golf outing on Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:30pm.  Watch for more details.  Please call Jim Curtiss with any questions.

 

SUNDAE SUNDAY!

Save the date! We will celebrate the kickoff for fall programming here at FPC with our annual Sundae Sunday tradition on September 10th after worship.

 

CALVIN CREST QUILT AUCTION – August 26th

You can view the quilts and start the silent bidding 10:00am and the live auction begins at 1:00pm. After you’ve looked at the quilts, you can enjoy a BBQ lunch before the auction. If you can’t make it to Calvin Crest, you can bid online at www.proxibid.com/calvincrest

 

2016-17 FOOD PANTRY NEWS

The food pantry has had a very busy year, we have already served nearly 125 families.  The Backpack Program served approximately 3,800 food bags in the 2016/16 academic year. Here’s just one story about the people we see on a regular basis:

A teacher overheard one of her students telling another that Friday was his favorite day of the week. The student said it was because he receives his food backpack that day, so he won’t be extra hungry on the weekend.

Please consider a donation to help our ministry to Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program.

 

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.

 

THE FLING for YOUTH

All youth from Missouri River Valley and Homestead presbyteries are invited to an end-of-summer event at Camp Calvin Crest from the evening of August 11th through lunch on August 12th.  Come for games, swimming, worship, hiking, campfire, Quilt Auction and more.  Call or email the church to register.  Must be entering 7th thru 12th grade.  Bring a friend!

 

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls is finishing up all of their projects for the Calvin Crest.  If you have items to add to their box, or if you want to help with the projects, please call Karen Johnson for more information.

 

LECTOR, ACOLYTE, GREETERS FOR JULY & AUGUST 2017

 

Sunday, 7/2/2017

Lector: Sarah Wibben                      Greeters: Phil & Jean Griess & The McLaughlins

Communion Elder: Jim Paige

 

Sunday, 7/9/2017

Lector: Glenda McDonald              Greeters: The Liskas & The Paiges

 

Sunday, 7/16/2017

Lector: Candyce Peitz                     Greeters: The Peitz Family

 

Sunday, 7/23/2017

Lector: Misty Beair                          Greeters: The McDonalds & Joann Proett

 

Sunday, 7/30/2017

Lector: Jim Curtiss                           Greeters: The Fuelberths & Kevin Peterson

 

Sunday, 8/6/2017

Lector: Gordon Granberg               Greeters: The McLaughlins & Karen Johnson

Communion Elder: Ronda Ras

 

Sunday, 8/13/2017

Lector: Phil Griess                           Greeters: Phil & Jean Griess, Babs Middleton

 

Sunday, 8/20/2017

Lector: Karen Johnson                     Greeters: The Paiges & Karen Johnson

 

Sunday, 8/27/2017

Lector: Melissa Urbanec                 Greeters: The Urbanec Family

 

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July 2017– First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

 

1
2

Communion – elder, Jim Paige

3

(Pastor on vacation)

4

Independence Day –

Office closed

(Pastor on vacation)

5

6:30 Presbyterian Women

(Pastor on vacation)

6

VBS treats due

(Pastor on vacation)

7

(Pastor on vacation)

8

(Pastor on vacation)

9

Front Porch Pickers

(Pastor on vacation)

 

10

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

11

4:15 Deacons Meeting

 

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

12

12:00pm Brown Bag Bible Study

 

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

13

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

14

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

15
16

1:30 Pastor leads chapel at Careage

17 18 19

2:45 Launch Leadership –backpacks

 

7:00pm Discipleship Committee Meeting

20

12pm Ladies Lunch at Coffee Shoppe on Main Street

21 22
23

 

24

No Session Meeting

(Pastor on study leave)

 

25

(Pastor on study leave)

 

26

(Pastor on study leave)

 

27

(Pastor on study leave)

 

28

(Pastor on study leave)

 

29

(Pastor on study leave)

 

30

The Clarinet Spectrum

(Pastor on study leave)

 

 

31

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

 

August 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o  

1

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

2

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

3

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

4

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

5
6

Communion –

elder, Ronda Ras

7 8

Jenny on vacation

9

Jenny on vacation

10

Jenny on vacation

11

Jenny on vacation

12
13

Potluck following worship & Discipleship Team Workday

 

5:30pm Boy Scout Court of Honor

14 15 16 17 18

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

19

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

20

 

Youth Sunday

21

 

22

5:30pm Our Savior Golf Outing

23 24 25 26

Calvin Crest Quilt Auction

27

1:30pm Pastor leads Careage Chapel

28

7:00pm Session Meeting

29 30 31

  

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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 BIRTHDAY

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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