August 2011 Presbytidings Newsletter


Hello! As some of you may or may not know, I went to a Christian event known as CIY or Christ in Youth these past two summers. Christ in Youth is a week long convention for high schoolers and a few adult sponsors. All week is dedicated to furthering our faith, learning about God, and growing bonds with other people we thought never possible.

In July of 2010 I received a dare card. These dare cards were handed out to every participant of CIY’s MOVE event, which was designed to keep us Christians moving in our faith—creating more disciples and strengthening ourselves. On my dare card, it read that I had the option of raising $5,000 to make a freshwater well in Zambia, Africa. The reason for the well is to prevent disease, death, malnutrition, and missing out on education among many children and even adults. Without access to clean drinking water, many women and children are forced to walk 6 plus miles every day for water—the very same water shared with animals that is infested with feces—the water they must use to clean themselves and their clothes with, that is ultimately used as drinking water.

You may wonder how, in fact, do poor water conditions affect education. Well, as for many children, they are forced to walk and get the water for their family, or what’s left of it, and are unable to go to school. Convenient access to clean water in the United States has made us spoiled! As Americans we cannot deny the fact we are wasters—the average American family uses over 350 gallons of water a day while the average African family uses a measly 5 gallons. Even the death rate for water-related diseases is an outstanding number of 3,800 children per day, if not more.

I could go on and on about this water crisis—how much it means to me, but most importantly how it will affect the communities in Africa that desperately need it. I only need ask one question: Do you care enough to help? If you think no, that’s okay, but I plead to you this one thing: put yourself in their situation. You walk those 6 plus miles every day, watch your siblings and children miss out on education—to deteriorate before your very eyes and yet have nothing to stop it because you yourself are paralyzed in the shackles of disease.

My purpose is not to create a memory nor to glorify myself. My purpose is to encourage people to live their lives they never could have had without their own stability. So make a change and make a difference, because we are the only people that can!

If you feel led to donate to my dare, please make checks out to “Active Water” and send them to me (904 Pine Heights Road, Wayne). I am more than halfway to my goal. Thank you!

Jaci Alexander


The session will have its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.


Please cruise by the Opportunity Table and sign up if you are interested in providing special music for worship, in hosting Fellowship Time after worship, mowing the church’s lawn, or the manse’s lawn during the summer. There are many blanks waiting for your name!


Our church has volunteered to work at the Majestic Theater on August 25, 26, 27 and 28th. We will need to have four to six volunteers per movie showing.  We need to be at the theater one hour before the movie and stay until 30 minutes after the late movie. Bonus: if you volunteer, you will get to see the movie! We will have the signup available in August on the Opportunity Table. Please sign up and join in on the fun. Everyone has fun working at the theater, and with more people we will have more fun. If you have questions contact Jeryl Nelson at (402) 375-5145.


Build disciples through church school! Starting Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m. we will have church school for kindergartners through 5th grade. Invite your friends, and join the fun!


If you would like to help out with our church school, please come to our organizational meeting: Tuesday, August 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Come with your ideas and dreams!


We need mature Christian men and women to serve as mentors for our Confirmation students. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Ray.


These Days and The Upper Room are daily devotionals available for you and your spiritual growth. Find them at the back of the sanctuary. Also, visit to find online resources to enrich your walk with God.


The middle school and high school youth groups will begin meeting again in September. Watch for details for times and places!


Here’s an easy volunteer job in our church: Come and hang out with our youths during youth group time. Build positive relationships across generations just by spending time together. Contact Pastor Ray if you feel called to this ministry of presence!


Whether you are directly involved in our fall programs (youth, women, church school, etc.) or not, you can support our church’s ministry! Please take a moment and pray for God’s blessing on what we are doing, that our efforts would draw people to Jesus and glorify God in our community. Thank you!


God loves us more than we know. He gives us more than we can ask or dream. He’s unrestrained… excessive… outrageous… Over the Top. The annual Women Of Faith Conference will be held in Omaha, August 12-13, 2011 at the Qwest Center.  For more information or to register, go to: or call 1-888-49-FAITH (1-888-493-2484).


So you’ve been assigned to serve as a greeter on Sunday morning, and you panic: “What do I do? I’ve never greeted before, and I’m not all that friendly!” Relax, friends. While serving as a greeter is one of the most important jobs on Sunday morning, there’s no pressure. You can do it! Here are a couple of practical tips for being the best greeter ever.

  • Take a second to read the indispensible “Guidelines for Greeters” that is tucked inside the white binder on the greeters’ pew. Then do what it says. That’s 90% of the job.
  • As the job title suggests, your job is to greet people as they come to worship! So make people feel welcome! If you know them well, greet them; if you don’t know them well, greet them and get to know them better; if they are visitors, roll out the hospitality and make sure they feel comfortable.

Greeters and non-greeters alike: Let’s build a reputation of being the friendliest church around!


Register now for the O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Saints) Celebration on September 21 and 22, at Calvin Crest in Fremont, sponsored by Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries. The Tuesday and Wednesday Celebration theme is “Shalom—God’s Blessing of Peace,” keynoted by the Executive Presbyters of Homestead and Missouri River Valley presbyteries, Richard Wyatt and Kevin Keaton. The celebration offers entertainment, relaxation, knowledge, spiritual growth, fellowship, and the hospitality of Calvin Crest. Additional information and registration materials may be found at:


Presbyterian Women will be starting a new Horizons Bible Study this fall, Confessing the Beatitudes by Margaret Aymer. Our first meeting will be a Potluck Meal on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will have installation of officers and Introduction to the Bible Study. Lesson One will be studied at the October meeting.

All women are invited to join in the Bible Study, mission projects, fellowship, and tasty treats. So consider marking the first Wednesday of each month on your calendar to remind you to come study, share joys and concerns, and form new/renew/enrich relationships with other women in our church!


The Wayne Public Library has several of the books on the new PWPH 2011-2012 Reading List on its shelves. Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (the One Book One Nebraska 2011 selection) by Ted Kooser, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, In the Company of Others by Jan Karon, Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, God’s Guest List by Debbie Macomber, Survival Instinct by Rachelle McCalla, Out on a Limb by Rachelle McCalla, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, and Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron.

On our library shelves at Wayne First Presbyterian Church are the emptiness of our hands: a lent lived on the streets by Phyllis Cole-Dai and James Murray and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Phyllis Cole-Dai spoke at Synod Gathering last summer (2010) about her experience living on the streets with the homeless.

If you have not picked up a copy of the 2011-2012 Reading List, look for a pile of gold in the Fellowship Hall and enjoy!


The 14th Annual Quilt Auction & BBQ will be on Saturday, August 27th.  Proceeds from the auction and BBQ support projects and programs at Calvin Crest.  The quilts go on display at 10:00.  The quilt Auction starts at 1:00.  There will be a Silent Auction from 10:00 to 2:00.  A BBQ lunch will be served from 12:00 to 1:30.  Sewing Souls will send items for the auction.  Come support Calvin Crest.


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