Presbytidings – May 2018

Presbytidings – May 2018

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.”

Save the Date…

  • May 6th – Graduate Recognition with special Fellowship Reception
  • May 13th – Super Sunday School * Mother’s Day
  • May 20th – Pentecost Sunday (wear red) *
    • Confirmands received as members with special Fellowship Reception
  • May 22nd (Tuesday) – Piano Concert
  • May 27th – Trinity Sunday



Congratulations to our graduating seniors from Wayne High; Sarah Wibben, Beau Bowers, Madison Stenka, Shea Abraham and Layne Hesse from Pender High School. Join us for worship on Sunday, May 6th as we present the seniors with gifts from the Sewing Souls and Presbyterian Women. Each student will receive a fleece blanket to remind them of their church family as they move on to college and post high school pursuits.



The Discipleship Team and the Session are pleased to award the Eleanor Edwards Senior Scholarship to Sarah Wibben, Beau Bowers, Madison Stenka of Wayne High School and Layne Hesse of Pender High School.

It is appropriate as we give scholarships in her name that we should be reminded of Eleanor’s love of children and teaching and how FPC received a gift that continues to bless the youth of our community.

Eleanor Edwards was a career elementary school teacher in the Nebraska Public Schools. Her first teaching job was at the one room school in District 18 where she taught 31 students from first to eighth grades for two years. After a variety of teaching jobs and a short time at the ASC office, Eleanor and her mother moved to Wayne in 1944. Eleanor began at Wayne Community schools where she taught 6th grade for 28 years. Eleanor was well respected by students and colleagues and her classrooms were well run. Eleanor retired from the Wayne School district in May of 1973 after 45 years of teaching.

After moving to Wayne Eleanor transferred her membership from the Welsh Zion Congregational Church west of Carroll to FPC in 1947. Eleanor was an active member, she taught Sunday school, served as church school superintendent. She was a ruling elder and president of the United Presbyterian Women; she was awarded an honorary PW membership in 1984.

Eleanor was active in the community she was a member of the Wayne Business and Professional Women, Wayne Area Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma. She liked to read, do needlework, watch sports and musicals and enjoyed traveling in the United States and Canada.

Eleanor died in 1984 and endowed the Presbyterian Church with a gift of $11,000.00. Once the account had grown with the accumulation of interest the Session decided that a book scholarship of $50.00 would be given to all FPC graduating seniors. Currently graduating FPC seniors are encouraged to make an application for the scholarship which has grown to $350.

We give thanks to God for Eleanor’s desire and ability to teach and shape the lives of so many children and that through this scholarship Eleanor continues to impact the lives of young people as they further their education. We also give thanks for the forethought and guidance of the Session and their fiscal management through the years so that Eleanor’s gift can be perpetuated.


From the Pastor….

The grass is greening, the dandelions appearing, the trees are budding, perhaps spring has finally arrived. As we see the spring shrubs and flowers beginning to show their first color we know it will not be long until we see the full display of God’s handiwork in beautiful spring flowers and trees.  Like the natural world around us the church calendar is budding with events for May, be sure to read your Presbytidings for all the details.

We look forward to celebrating with our graduating seniors, Sarah Wibben, Beau Bowers, Madison Stenka, Shea Abraham from Wayne High School  and Layne Hesse from Pender High School.  As children of this congregation we celebrate this milestone with them and their families. We will continue to hold them in prayer as they move forward with plans to further their education, enter the workforce, military service or other endeavors. We wish each one of our graduates success in life; however, success isn’t always measured by material or financial gains. Let us pray that each of our graduates may find success as defined by this paraphrase of Proverbs 3:3-4;

God, empower each graduate to choose a life of steadfast love and faithfulness

so they will find favor with you and people and enjoy a good reputation.

We pray also for the parents of our graduates who no doubt also experience profound changes as their children become increasingly independent. Prior to worship on May 6th the graduates will be recognized, awards and gifts presented. A special reception to honor the graduates will follow worship. Please join us for worship and as we celebrate with our graduates moving from one stage of life and entering another.

Our final Super Sunday for this spring will be May 13th please join us at 9:00 a.m. for a time of singing some of our favorite Sunday School songs and hymns as well as a time of learning about the birthday of the Church, Pentecost.

Mother’s Day is also the 13th so don’t forget to say thank-you to the women in your life, mothers and other women who have guided and shaped you, encouraged and disciplined you.

On May 20th we will be celebrating Pentecost and our confirmands will be joining the church. Don’t forget to wear red as part of our celebration!  This day will be another time of celebration as a year of study and preparation culminates in the confirmands joining the church.  A special fellowship time will also follow worship on the 20th to congratulate our new members. Memorial Day on the 28th completes a month full of celebration, remembrance, as well as looking toward the future.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa



God took the fragrance of a flower…

The majesty of a tree…

The gentleness of morning dew…

The calm of a quiet sea…

The beauty of the twilight hour…

The soul of a starry night…

The grace of a bird in flight…

Then God fashioned from these things

A creation like no other,

And when his masterpiece was through

He called it simply – Mother.

Herbert Farnham



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

  • Sunday, May 6th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Jim Curtiss)
  • Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00am (Communion elder, t.b.a.)



Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of May 7th at 5:40am.



Confirmation class continues to meet Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

May 9th with Jim Curtiss

May 16th with Ronda Ras, and Shari Dunklau

Sunday, May 20th Confirmation Sunday

Our confirmands have spent the past eight months meeting studying and defining their faith and learning about the Presbyterian Church, USA. They’ve met with mentors, elders and deacons, and been involved in service to church by assisting with worship as lectors and acolytes.

Each student who desired to be confirmed wrote their own faith statement. April 23rd the students went before the Session to share their statement of faith. It is with joy that we receive Taytum Sweetland and Madison Urbanec into membership. There will be a reception following worship on the May 20th to celebrate this milestone in their lives. Please make it a point to celebrate this special day with them.



Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, May 9th, at 1:00pm. Martha Svoboda will lead the Bible study. Glenda McDonald will be the hostess.



Presbyterian Women, with the help of Thurston’s PW, hosted a Homestead Presbytery’s Spring Gathering on Saturday April 7th.  The gathering was attended by women from Fremont, Norfolk, Wayne, Thurston, Tekamah, as well as members of the Presbytery Co-coordinating team from Lincoln.   The theme for the day was “Arise, shine, your light has come!”   Pastor Teresa shared an overview of the importance of women’s work in the church for mission and leadership development during her message.  She also gave a glimpse into the 2018-2019 Horizons Bible Study entitled “God’s Promise.”

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the current structure of Presbyterian Women stories were shared by the participants of women who had been instrumental in their local PW groups and churches.  Wayne recognized Jackie Owens, who has been a member of Presbyterian Women for 62 years, first at Bethany Presbyterian in Carroll and now here in Wayne. We also recognized Bonnie Lund and Sandra Metz who made significant contributions to Wayne’s PW.

The group watched a video presentation from Kris Peterson of Leadership Harbor, entitled “Make Your Light Shine.”  Women were encouraged to set goals, challenge themselves and let their light shine in their churches and communities.

Reading awards were presented and a new reading list was distributed. Karen Johnson and Jackie Owens received their reading awards.   As a mission project the attendees brought children’s books to be given to Haven House, about 30 books and some small stuffed animals were collected.  Sewing Souls added brightly colored children’s pillows and tag blankets to the items going to Haven House.

The Presbyterian Women gather for a national meeting every two years, this year the meeting will be in July in Louisville, Kentucky.  Pastor Teresa was commissioned to attend the national meeting.



Youth Group will meet Wednesday, May 9th and 16th this month. Then we will break for the summer.  Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.



Sunday, May 13th. No Super Sunday School this summer.



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

  • CAREAGE CHAPEL: Pastor will also lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, May 13th at 1:30pm.



Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, May 16th at 1:00 to start new projects and continue projects such as pillowcases for children in the hospital. The hostess will be Karen Johnson. Come join us no matter what your sewing skills are.



Pastor will be attending the Homestead Presbytery meeting on Thursday, May 17th at the Craig Presbyterian Church in Craig, NE.



In celebration of our observance of Pentecost on May 20th please wear red to worship. This will be a day of celebration as we also welcome our confirmands as members during worship.



Fund raising for the new piano has begun. Sign your name (or pen name, or an “x”) to purchase a key pictured on the cardboard keyboard in Fellowship Hall.

A fund-raising recital presented by our pianists will be held on May 22nd at 7 pm. Donations may be accepted there, as well.


The Session will not meet in May. The next Session meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 25th at 7pm.



The total Easter offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing was $589. Thank you for your support of this special Presbyterian offering.



Pastor Teresa is considering a study for the month of June. The group would meet on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. for study. Those that desire could bring a lunch and stay for fellowship following the study time. One book under consideration for the study is “Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr. According to notes, the book challenges the thinking about the second half of life which most of us tend to relate to as getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of the book is the opposite, sharing how the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual growth and richness. If you are a Kindle user you can get a sample of the book from Amazon. Pastor Teresa would be interested in hearing about other books on theology or spirituality that you have enjoyed. Please let Pastor Teresa know if this format would be of interest to you. Thank-you.



Joint VBS with Our Savior Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church will be held July 16-19th. The location will be at Our Savior, 421 N. Pearl in Wayne.

  • Carol Joy Holling will be doing a Day Camp for kids in grades 1-6 (must have completed these grades in the 17/18 school year). Day Camp is This Changes Everything, and will be held from 9:00am-3:00pm. Day Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch each day.
  • We will also have VBS for children ages Preschool-Kindergarten, their families, and any other adult that would like to attend in the evening. Night camp is Polar Blast: Where Jesus is Cool, and will be held from 6:30-8:30pm.

Enrollment forms can be found on the opportunity table until July 6th.



The Worship Team is encouraging members to sign up to provide flowers for worship.  A sign-up sheet for May and June will be on the Opportunity Table to help us keep track and recognize those who are providing flowers. Thank-you to Jeanne Griess, Jackie Owens and Jodi Pulfer for helping co-ordinate flowers for worship.



There is still time to register for camp! Calvin Crest scholarship forms are available from either Pastor Teresa or Jenny. Contact us at for a downloadable copy.



If you are looking for new recipes to try this summer, we still have a few First Presbyterian Cookbooks left.  The cost is $14.  See Judy Lindberg or Jenny in the church office.



Some members of the First Presbyterian Church discovered something to do in their “spare” time! See our photo page for some photos of the intergenerational bowling event on April 29, 2018.



  • Our community
  • All graduates
  • Our schools, administrators, teachers, & students
  • All people in transition
  • All who are battling cancer and illness
  • All who live in care centers


Lector/Greeter Schedule for May 2018

5/6/2018 Madison Urbanec Glenda & Pat McDonald Kevin Peterson
5/13/2018 Madison Urbanec The Urbanec Family  
5/20/2018 Jeryl Nelson Jeryl Nelson Jim L. & Joyce Reeg
5/27/2018 Gordon Granberg Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss


Lector/Greeter Schedule for June 2018

6/3/2018 Ken Marra Milton & Jackie Owens Karen Johnson
6/10/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Kevin Peterson
6/17/2018 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald Bev Beeson
6/24/2018 Sarah Wibben Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss



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3         Joann Proett, Dave Peitz

10        Jeryl Nelson

11        Karen Johnson, Solomon Peitz

12        Joan Lage

14        Bo Armstrong

15        Jordan Alexander

17        Jaci Alexander

18        Jay and Jane O’Leary, &  Taytum Sweetland

19        Glenda McDonald

22        Marie Johnson

24        Gail McCorkindale

26        Dale Alexander

May 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

o 11:00 Fellowship

  1 2

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

7:00 Confirmation


3 4 5


*Senior Recognition Sunday



KTCH devotions


Wayne County Family Coalition



KTCH devotions




KTCH devotions

10:30 WACAM

1:00 Presbyterian Women

7:00 Confirmation


Youth Group



KTCH devotions




KTCH devotions




Graduation Party



Super Sunday School

1:30 Careage Chapel

14 15





Sewing Souls

7:00 Confirmation


Youth Group



Homestead Presbytery at Craig

18 19

* Confirmation Sunday

* Pentecost Sunday






Piano Fundraiser




24 25 26

*Trinity Sunday


28 29 30 31    


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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787


FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:


Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon




Wayne Food Pantry:


Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)



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