May 2012 Presbytidings


I didn’t come up with this, but it is surprisingly insightful:

If you put a turkey vulture (a.k.a. a buzzard) in a pen that is six feet by eight feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird—in spite of its ability to fly—will be an absolute prisoner. The reason? A buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten to twelve feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The brown bat, which is a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place; it has to “drop” into flight. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

Which makes me wonder: How are we like those animals? We are all trapped and held prisoner to sin—which is a lousy master—until Christ sets us free. But sometimes we forget our freedom and think we are still trapped. But, as Scripture says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 NIV) So what are our invisible prisons that we think we are trapped in? What do we need to reject in order to enjoy the freedom we have in Christ?

Too often we are like the bumblebee: We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! So let’s look up, and give thanks to Christ for our freedom!

Pastor Ray


Get in the game! The future of Vacation Bible School is here at FPC!

  • Tuesday, 5/29, through Friday, 6/1, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Choose from soccer, cheerleading, or basketball.
  • For kids completing kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Picnic and program for parents and grandparents on Friday, 6/1, at 11:30 a.m.
  • The program is free, and if you pre-register, you’ll receive a FREE t-shirt!
  • There will be cool giveaways for participants!
  • E-mail or call (402) 375-2669 to register.

Visit to watch a video about Mega Sports Camp! Invite a friend, and get in the game!


The Session will gather on Monday, May 14, at 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, to meet with Confirmation students. Please note the time and date variance.


The High School Youth Fellowship will meet on Wednesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 16 (for a driving scavenger hunt!). The Middle School Youth Fellowship will meet for its final time on Wednesday, May 9. We will also be cashing in our incentive points for goodies on our last gatherings. Both youth groups meet from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room. Please bring your ideas for possible summer reunions!


The last day of church school will be Sunday, May 13.  Church school classes will resume again the Sunday after Labor Day (September 9)! Thanks to all the teachers who helped and to the students! It was a great year!

Summer Office Hours: Starting Tuesday, June 5th, the church office will go back to it’s summer schedule: Tuesdays – Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Please feel free to call and leave a message or e-mail the church if you ever have any questions.


Sonya’s last day will be Wednesday, May 23.  She will be working on the June/July Presbytidings before then and will try and get it done before she leaves. If you have any items for the June/July issue, please send it to her ASAP!

*Our church will need a new secretary, beginning Tuesday, June 5. If you know of someone who would be a good match (and want a part-time office job), please refer them to Kent Pulfer (375-2285). And God’s blessings on Pastor Tim and Sonya as they move on to a new call!


Sunday, May 20, we will be honoring our graduating seniors and presenting scholarships.  Please plan to attend and wish these students a job well done!


Presbyterian Women will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a short business meeting with election of officers, followed by Bible Study (Lesson 8 of our study). The leader will be Sandra Metz, and hostess will be Bonnie Lund.


Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. and the hostess will be Elaine Francis.  Bring your projects!


On Wednesday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m., there will be an Intro to Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing, Etc. class. If you are interested in learning to do any or all of these techniques, please come!


It’s time to register for a life-changing week of summer camp at Calvin Crest! Choose from family, ranch, explorer, night owl, mountain biking, or adventure camps. To help make camp accessible for everyone, our elders have pledged to pay for at least half of the camp fee for all our church’s kids. We say “at least half,” because we don’t want a little thing like money to stand in the way of going to camp. So please visit confidentially with Pastor Ray if you need some extra help. The elders have also set aside a few scholarships, too: so if you have an unchurched friend who would benefit from going to camp, refer them to Pastor Ray! For schedules and registration, pick up a brochure at the Opportunity Table, or visit


  • The Confirmation students are invited to present themselves for active membership before the session on Monday, May 14, at 8:00 p.m.
  • The Confirmation students will make their profession of faith during worship on Sunday, May 20.
  • There will be a special reception for them following worship.


If you have seen the print in the secretary’s office of the lamb and the cross and like it, it’s for sale! If you are interested in buying it, please contact Sonya Pearson at (402) 369-0126 and she can give you more details!


Come for an informative afternoon! Dr. Alister Chapman, Associate Professor of History from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, will be the speaker at the Renewal Lecture. The event is Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the West Hills Church in Omaha. This event is free!


The Sioux City Bandits stadium football team is hosting a “Gotta Have Faith Night” on Saturday, 5/26, at 7:15 p.m., for church groups in Siouxland. The promotion includes a $4 ticket price (at Tyson Events Center) and a $4 tailgate pre-game party, featuring pulled pork sandwich, chips, and soft drink. If you are interested in going as a church group, please contact Pastor Ray!


The Wayne area letter carriers will be participating in a food drive that is being sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers with the support of the United States Postal Service and the Campbell Soup Company. The food drive will take place on Saturday, May 12th. Anyone wishing to participate should place their non-perishable food items next to their mailbox or bring it down to the Post Office lobby. If you have any questions please call Neal Greenwald at 402-529-6762.


A Native American dance exhibition, featuring Lewis St. Cyr, founder of Many Moccasins Dance Troupe, will be coming to Wayne on Sunday, May 6, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, at 3:30 p.m. The program is open to the public and free. It is sponsored by the Wayne Optimist Club.


The memorial service for Sharon Thomas, who passed away on April 27, will be in our sanctuary on Friday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a lunch following, in the Fellowship Hall.


We will go out to clean up our adopted stretch of highway on Wednesday, May 23rd.  We’ll meet at the church Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. Bring your gloves and wear your grubby shoes! Treats will follow at the church building!


Hospice of Siouxland is offering Camp Courage for young people grieving the death of a loved one. June 8-10, at the Goodwill Camp in South Sioux City, Nebraska. One of the cornerstones of Camp Courage is to provide an age-appropriate environment and activities which promote healthy grieving for all campers. Camps will be divided into children ages 4-7, 7-11, and 12-17. Thanks to funds from the Carrie Mach Memorial Golf Outing, the cost for families is just $25. If you know a kid who is grieving the loss of a loved one, register by June 4 by calling (712) 233-4144 or (800) 383-4545.


  • The family of Ron Lage
  • The family of Sharon Thomas
  • Elda Jones, who has moved to the Randolph care center
  • Our graduates – both high school and college
  • Our confirmation students

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