Presbytidings – Summer 2018


Presbytidings – Summer 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.”


Synod School 2018 – Dance Joyfully Were’er You May Be!

July 22-27, 2018  Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

800-328-1880, ex. 207


From the Pastor…

As crops spring up in the fields around Wayne I’m waiting impatiently for my own crop, not of soybeans or corn, but flowers. When I moved into my home last year the yard was pretty much a blank slate. Thanks to the generosity of many people I received a variety of flowers and plants. This spring I have enjoyed trying to identify the plants as they emerge from the ground and await the blossoms.

I enjoy the physical act of gardening which includes walking, bending, wrangling hoses as well as raking, hoeing, and digging. The physical activity is good for me as well as being a good change of pace and stress reliever. Gardening uses all our senses, our eyes as we enjoy the beautiful colors and shapes of leaves and foliage, our sense of touch as we dig and repot plants or move them around the garden. The fragrance of the flowers tickles our noses, whether lilacs in the spring or a whiff of roses in the summer and the feathered friends that visit the yard share their songs freely.

I find myself frequently walking in the yard in the evening either watering or looking for changes in the plants. Is the rose bush blooming, do the day lilies need to be deadheaded?  Perhaps some fertilizer will perk up the flowering shrubs. As we move into the peak time for blooming flowers in our part of the country changes happen daily.

The Bible has plenty of garden images. God created the first garden, we read in Genesis that God walked in the in garden the cool of the day. Adam and Eve were the first gardeners, but they disobeyed God and had to leave the garden.

Jesus used images such as the sower and the seeds, the vine and the branches, mustard seed, and fig trees. Jesus went to the garden to pray before he was arrested, he was buried in a garden. Mary Magdalene was distraught outside Jesus’ empty tomb weeping and was asked by a man why she was crying. The man was Jesus but Mary didn’t recognize him and she assumed he was the gardener. Perhaps that misidentification was not just a random slip; rather a divine one.  It isn’t a stretch for me to think of Jesus as a gardener, planting and pruning looking after tender shoots of new growth. Jesus lived with, taught and prayed for his disciples, cultivating a new way of life for each of them. I can imagine Jesus being as diligent about each of us as a gardener with their prized lilies, watching our daily walk of discipleship, perhaps transplanting us into new situations, pruning bad habits and waiting for us to mature and to understand more clearly his teachings and call to discipleship. Jesus wants each of us to thrive, to cultivate of life of discipleship which will bear fruit and witness to our faith.

Creation was spoken into being by God’s Word, life began in a garden, and it was beautiful and perfect. In the last book of the Bible, Revelation 22:2b says “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” Our beginning and ending is tied to a garden. Genesis says humanity was made from dust and to dust all of us will all return. It’s good to know that we can trust our gardener, Jesus, to watch over each of us, nurturing and offering guidance as he waits for our relationship with him to come to full blossom.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Teresa



  • Sunday, June 3, 2018. Jim Paige, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018. Jay O’Leary, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018. Misty Beair, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018. Communion Elder t.b.a.



Sewing Souls will not meet in June. On July 11, Presbyterian Women and Sewing Souls will meet at 1:00. There will be a brief meeting, then those interested will either work on sewing projects or help with cleaning and organizing the kitchen.



The Christian Cross Festival will be held at Sky View Lake in Norfolk on Friday, June 8, and Saturday June 9. 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  A fun day to fellowship in Norfolk!



The Deacons will meet Tuesday, June 12th at 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall.



Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations through the summer:

  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Please feel free to join Pastor Teresa as she leads chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, June 13th at 3:30pm.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, June 24th at 1:30pm.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of July 9th – 13th at 5:40am.



Our FPC summer study opportunity will begin Thursday, June 14th at 11:00am. We will discuss the book Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr. The book is available in both hard copy and a digital format. For the first meeting, please read from the introduction through the first chapter. Those who desire may bring a sack lunch to enjoy as a lunch fellowship following each study.


“What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” A summer sermon series

Sunday, June 24th Pastor Teresa will begin a sermon series entitled “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian.” The series is based on a book by the same title by Martin Thielen. The book covers Martin’s ideas regarding 10 things Christians don’t need to believe and 10 things Christians must believe. A second book by Thielen “The Answer to Bad Religions Isn’t No Religion” will also be a resource for the series. Join us in worship as we wrestle with topics like Doubt, Who Goes to Heaven, Where is God, and Is the Church Still Relevant, to mention a just a few.

June 24th: Don’t Give Me That Old-Time Religion

Matthew 19:3-9, 16-17, 23:13-15, 25-28

July 1st: What Matters Most?

Priorities – Mark 12:28-34

July 8th: What About Suffering?

Matthew 27:27-31

July 15th: Am I Accepted?

John 8:1-11, Matthew 9:10-13

July 22nd: Where is God?

John 1:15, 14

If you would like your own copy of the book, “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian” it is available from Amazon, Cokesbury and Christian Book Distributors.



The next session meeting will be held on Monday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Elders, please watch your email for the docket after June 15th.



FPC and Our Savior Lutheran Church are hosting a joint VBS Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 19th.

  • “This Changes Everything” is a camp run by Camp Carol Joy Holling Counselors for children who have completed grades 1-6. This camp will run from 9am – 3pm, and attendees must bring a sack lunch each day.
  • “Polar Blast” will be the evening VBS session for kids age 4 – Kindergarten, from 6:30-8:30pm.
  • Sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity table, and are due by July 6th.
  • We need help providing housing and meals for two Carol Joy Holling counselors for VBS. We also need a few more volunteers for snacks. Please contact Jenny if you are able to help with either of these.



  • Pastor Teresa will be out on study leave and vacation July 28th – August 6th.
    • Pastor Teresa will be on study leave at Synod School at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, for the week of July 23rd -27th.
    • She will be attending the National Presbyterian Women Gathering August 2nd – 6th.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or



Like to golf? Plan on gathering for a Lutheran/Presbyterian Golf outing in August, date to be announced.



Please consider one of the many service opportunities we have available at FPC this summer. We need flowers for worship, lawn-mowing, and people to provide and serve fellowship time after each worship service. Sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table to help us keep track and recognize those who help. Thank you to those who have already signed up!



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.



Super Sunday School and Youth Group are finished for the year. Thank you to Pastor Teresa for guiding our Super Sunday School, and to Candyce Peitz as the accompanist. Thanks to Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras and Jim Curtiss for their leadership of our youth.



The food pantry has had a very busy year, we have already served nearly 120 families.  The Backpack Program served approximately 3,300 food bags in the 2017/18 academic 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: or (402)375-2669 for more details. Please consider a donation to the Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program ministry.



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!  What we don’t give away will be for sale after church each Sunday, with the proceeds of the sale going to support the Pantry.



Celebrate 60 years of incredible ministry on August 25, 2018 at the Calvin Crest 60th Anniversary Fun Day. The 60th Anniversary Family Fun Day is free to attend.  There will be opportunities to purchase snacks, t-shirts/hats and raffle and silent auction items.  Calvin Crest will also accept free-will donations to support this great ministry. Here is a link to their site: or you can call toll-free 1-877-795-7635


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.


What Makes a Dad

(Author unknown)

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it… Dad.


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


Lector/Greeter Schedule for July 2018

7/1/2018 Karen Johnson Jim & Shari Paige Karen Johnson
7/8/2018 Jim Lindau Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
7/15/2018 Judy Lindberg The Ras Family  
7/22/2018 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens Bev & Jack Beeson
7/29/2018 Josephine Peitz The Peitz Family  


Lector/Greeter Schedule for August 2018

8/5/2018 Kevin Peterson Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
8/12/2018 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer Jeryl Nelson
8/19/2018 Melissa Urbanec The Urbanec Family  
8/26/2018 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family  



Pastor Teresa will be on study leave and vacation from July 23rd through August 6th.  Please contact the office if pastoral services are needed. 


June 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00



        1 2

Communion –

elder, Jim Paige


8:30 WACAM

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

11:00 Discipleship Meeting





1:00 Presbyterian Women



8 9
10 11 12

4:15 Deacons


10:30 WACAM

3:30 Brookdale Chapel



11:00 “Falling Upward” study

15 16

* Father’s Day





19 20


Launch Leadership packs Backpacks


11:00 “Falling Upward” study

22 23


Sermon Series

1:30 Careage Chapel


7pm Session Meeting


11:00 NENE Presbyterian Pastors




11:00 “Falling Upward” study

29 30


July 2018– First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Communion – elder, Jay O’Leary


Sermon Series


9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

3 4 5

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

6 7

Sermon Series




KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living




KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living




KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

10:30 WACAM

1:00 Presbyterian Women & Sewing Souls




KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

11:00 “Falling Upward” study



5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living





Sermon Series


VBS at Our Savior Lutheran


VBS at Our Savior Lutheran


VBS at Our Savior Lutheran



VBS at Our Savior Lutheran


VBS at Our Savior Lutheran


Sermon Series


(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on vacation)


(Pastor on vacation)



(Pastor on vacation)



(Pastor on vacation)




August 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00


(Pastor on vacation)


(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)



(Pastor on study leave)

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition


7 8

10:30 WACAM

9 10 11
12 13 14


4:15 Deacons Meeting

15 16 17


Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest



Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest


5:00 WSC Student Expo



21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28

11:00 NENE Presbyterian Pastors

29 30 31  



(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

Just contact the church office 402-375-2669 or


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



7          Sarah Bloom

10        Shea Sweetland

11        Luke Pulfer

15        Greg Worner

16        Verlin Francis

21        Josephine Peitz

24        Mark Hammer, Zach Urbanec

27        Cate Worner

29        Marta Pulfer

30        Melissa Murphy



2          Gordon Granberg

3          Ken Marra

8          Nina Spangler

12        Alissa Johnson

20        Russ Urbanec

23        Hannah McCorkindale

27        Milton Owens

30        Layne Heese



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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska


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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