May 2013 Presbytidings

 Presbytidings – May 2013

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

(402) 375-2669 +

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


The Secret to Happiness

It’s the illusive quest for countless individuals.  Just as explorers spent their lives seeking the Fountain of Youth in the New World, many people seek desperately after happiness.  But maybe happiness is not “out there” to be discovered.  And maybe happiness is not some destination that sits atop our ambition.  But maybe happiness is something that can be attained on the inside—despite our circumstances.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, has written extensively about happiness.  Less happy people share traits like frequently comparing themselves to others (and finding personal disappointment when others succeed), making excuses, and ruminating about unhappy events.  Happy people, on the other hand, have a greater tendency to store up positive moments in their memory.

Based on Lyubomirsky’s work, here are eight ways to be happier:

1.      Be kind to others.

2.      Live in a home that’s rented, not owned.

3.      Count your blessings and practice gratitude.

4.      Be thrifty and live within your means.

5.      Become a parent.

6.      Learn to savor positive experiences.

7.      Take steps in pursuing life goals.

8.      Stay healthy and live long.

Excellent advice for living and discovering happiness.  And did you know that the apostle Paul knew the secret to happiness?  He said so when he wrote the Christians in Philippi.  “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.”  And Paul knew about “every situation” in a way that we never will: prison, beatings, persecution, enemies.  And it turns out that being content—or “happy,” to use the world’s shorthand—is not connected to circumstances.  It is not a destination to be discovered.  But deep-seated joy comes from knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection (Philippians 4:11-12), even if there is to be some suffering along the way.

The source of Paul’s contentment is a beautiful statement of trust: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)  Or, to translate his words more expansively, “I can prevail against any situation—even if it means just getting by—because of the living Jesus who empowers me.”

If we are able to put that confession of faith at the center of our lives, then we will know the secret to happiness also, without ever setting foot outside our homes.

Pastor Ray


  • Our unchurched neighbors
  • Denny Spangler
  • Tiffany Heese


High School Youth Group will meet on Wednesday, May 1st, at 7:30pm for their final meeting of the year.  It will be a scavenger hunt, so please bring a friend and a car to drive!

Junior High Youth Group will meet on Wednesday, May 8th, at 7:30pm for their final meeting of the year.  It will be field day, wear comfortable shoes!


The May meeting of Presbyterian Women will be Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30pm.  Joyce Voyles will be the hostess, and we will be discussing Lesson 8.

SEWING SOULS will not meet in May.  We will finish our current project during the PW meeting on May 1st.  On June, Sewing Souls will meet to work on projects for Calvin Crest.


Sunday, May 5th, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper, as well as the baptism of Piper Marie Sykes, daughter of Jeremy Sykes and Breanna Bowers (and great-granddaughter of Joann Proett).


Congratulations to our graduating Wayne High School seniors: Logan Abraham, Jaci Alexander, Austin McDonald, and Jacob Stenka.  Also, congratulations to Taylor Racely, who is graduating from Wayne State College with his bachelor’s degree.  We will be honoring our graduating seniors in worship on Sunday, May 19th.

Baccalaureate for Wayne High School will be Friday, May 10th, at 6:30pm in the high school gymnasium.


VBS will be June 3 through 6, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Put it on your calendar, and don’t forget to bring a friend!


Come and pray for our community and nation!

Thursday, May 2, First National Bank Community Room; 12:00-1:00pm.


Our church will be operating a bouncy house for Henoween, Friday, July 12th and the Chicken Show, Saturday, July 13th.  We will need workers, so please watch for a sign-up at the Opportunity Table.


Keep the recipes coming in!  We want to have as many recipes as possible for the new edition of the cookbook.  Send your recipes to Jane O’Leary by email ( or put them in the basket on the Opportunity Table.


If you have borrowed the ironing board (from the back hall) or the pitcher that goes with the iced tea maker, please return them…


Calvin Crest has an awesome variety of summer camps for kids of all ages! Choose from horseback, mountain biking, adventure, nature education, or traditional camps that all blend camp fun with love for Jesus. Pick up a brochure at the Opportunity Table in fellowship hall or visit for more information. Our church will pay for 50% of the cost of camp. Also, if you invite three friends who have never been to Calvin Crest before, you go for free!


Calvin Crest is looking for summer staff to work with campers. They need people for counselors, lifeguards, crafts, and health care. Applicants should be Christian high school graduates and preferably at least 18 years old. Visit for more information. If you are in grades 9-12, you can also be a CSI—camp staff intern!


We are now on Facebook! You can “like” us at “First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska.” Tune in for the latest updates from our church.


MAY 2013

5th – The Worner Family

12th – The Liskas & The Milton Owens

19th – P. Straight, K. Johnson, & The Griesses

26th – Verlin & Elaine Francis, & The Beesons

JUNE 2013

2nd – The Heese Family

9th – J. Curtiss, J. Reese & Paiges

16th – The Peterson Family

23rd – The Marras & The Hammers

30th – The Pulfer Family


MAY 2013

5th – Gail McCorkindale

12th – Tiffany Heese

19th – Sydney McCorkindale

26th – Angie Nelson

JUNE 2013

2nd – Glenda McDonald

9th – Candyce Peitz

16th – Kevin Peterson

23rd – Jodie Pulfer

30th – Ronda Ras


MAY 2013

5th – Jon Worner

12th – Solomon Peitz

19th – Zach Urbanec                                                                         16th – Shea Abraham

26th – Maddie Stenka

JUNE 2013

2nd – Layne Heese

9th – Beau Bowers

16th – Shea Abraham

23rd – Sarah Wibben

30th – Eleanor McCalla

May 2013 – First Presbyterian Church








   Each Sunday Morning:

  • Handbell Choir 8:45
  • Church School 9:00
  • Worship 10:00
  • Fellowship 11:00



6:30pm Presbyterian Women

7:30pm High School Youth


National Day of Prayer

3 4


6 7 8

7:30pm Middle School Youth Group

9 10


Wayne Women’s Club


Mother’s Day

13 14


Special Election in Fellowship Hall


16 17 18

Graduation Sunday

& last day of Church School

20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27


Session Meeting

28 29 30 31



3         Joann Proett, Dave Peitz

10        Jeryl Nelson, Bralen Murphy

11        Karen Johnson, Soloman Peitz, & Tami Worner

12        Joan Lage

14        Bo Armstrong

15        Jordan Alexander

17        Jaci Alexander

18        Jay & Jane O’Leary,  Taytum Sweetland

19       Glenda McDonald

22        Marie Johnson

24        Gail McCorkindale

26        Dale Alexander


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