June 2017 Presbytidings

Presbytidings – June 2017

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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


From the Pastor….

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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

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



Due to the contributions and efforts of many individuals and organizations, we were able to provide over 3,800 backpacks to hungry school students for the 2016-17 school year. The program will continue this summer. We would be happy to receive donations such as individually wrapped packages of nutritious food & snacks or financial donations. Contact Jodi Pulfer or Jenny Hammer at the church office: fpcwayne@gmail.com or (402)375-2669 for more details.



Consider sharing your garden bounty this year with those in need in our community. Set aside a small bag of produce, and bring it to our food pantry.  The program was well received last year. You can help make a difference!



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



The Christian Cross Festival will be held at Sky View Lake in Norfolk on Friday, June 9, and Saturday June 10. Go and enjoy free admission, ministry, prayer, food, fellowship, a kid’s tent, inflatables and fireworks. Check it out on Facebook at Christian Cross Festival or online at www.christiancrossfestival.org  A fun day to fellowship in Norfolk!



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



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



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



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



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



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



Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, stepdads, granddads, adoptive fathers, foster fathers and father figures. Give thanks to God for the men in your lives who have guided, encouraged, challenged and loved you.  On Father’s Day take time to let them know you remember and are grateful. Here are a few words about fathers attributed to radio broadcaster, Paul Harvey.  Enjoy! 

 A Tribute to Fathers

Paul Harvey

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

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

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

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

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

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

for those of his own who will follow him.

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

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

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

Fathers grow old faster than other people. 

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

 Fathers have very stout hearts,

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

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

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

Fathers fight dragons almost daily.

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

Weariness, Work and Monotony. 

Fathers are knights in shining armor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



JUNE 2017


JUNE 4, 2017

Communion Elder – Shari Dunklau

Lector – Candyce Peitz

Greeters – The Peitz Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?


JUNE 11, 2017

Lector – Kevin Peterson

Greeters – Jim Curtiss, Karen Johnson, & Babs Middleton

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship


JUNE 18, 2017

Lector – Ronda Ras

Greeters – The Ras Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?


JUNE 25, 2017

Lector – Melissa Urbanec

Greeters – The Urbanec Family

Flowers – ?

Potluck following Worship


JULY 2017


JULY 2, 2017

Communion Elder – Jim Paige

Lector – Sarah Wibben

Greeters – Phil & Jean Griess, Scott & Lindsay McLaughlin

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?


JULY 9, 2017

Lector – Glenda McDonald

Greeters – The Liskas & The Paiges

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship


JULY 16, 2017

Lector – Candyce Peitz

Greeters – The Peitz Family

Flowers – ?

Fellowship – ?


JULY 23, 2017

Lector – Misty Beair

Greeters – Pat & Glenda McDonald, Joann Proett

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship


JULY 30, 2017

Lector – Jim Curtiss

Greeters – The Fuelberths & Kevin Peterson

Flowers – ?

No Fellowship


June 2017 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o  Worship 10:00



      1 2 3

* Day of Pentecost

* Communion


*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living



*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living



*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible

* 3:30 Brookdale Chapel

* 6:30 Presbyterian Women


*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living



*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living


11 12 13 14

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible


15 16

* 12pm Ladies Lunch at the Coffee Shoppe


* Father’s Day

* 2pm Beeson’s 60th Wedding Anniversary Reception





20 21

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible

* 6:30 Sewing Souls

22 23 24

Potluck following Worship


* 7pm Session Meeting

27 28

* 12:00 noon

Brown Bag Bible


29 30  



(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

2     Jean Griess, Jill Sweetland

6     Connie Bargstadt

8     Brian Bowers, Carol Mosley, Austin McDonald

10    Karen Granberg

11    Emily Worner

18    Wes Beckenhauer

19    Dennis Spangler

26    Pastor Teresa Bartlett



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