Presbytidings – February 2019

Presbytidings – February 2019

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.”


From the Pastor……

Welcome to February, a month that celebrates love. Retail stores are full of reminders that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There are plenty of gift choices to reflect your love and affection; candy in heart shaped boxes, as well flowers, stuffed animals to mention a few. Yet stuffed animals, flowers, or boxes of chocolates are just a token of our love. Love or lack of love is reflected not just one day in February but every day in how we speak to each other, how we live in families and in communities.

One of the most famous biblical passages on love comes from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

(1st Corinthians 13:4-7)

These words are often used in wedding ceremonies and are of course important to remember in a marriage or in any relationship yet Paul’s original audience wasn’t a couple, but rather a community of believers. A church that was challenged internally by divisions about spiritual gifts, as well as differences in social status and influences from the culture around them. Paul wrote to answer questions posed from the believers regarding the Lord’s Supper, worship, marriage and other issues in the community. Paul’s letter addressed these problems but was also a letter of encouragement.

In 1st Corinthians chapter 12 Paul discusses spiritual gifts, the diversity of gifts and how they are given for the good of the community. The Apostle also reminded the believers that they were the body of Christ, a body which was diverse, but unified in Christ, a body that should look at each other in love. Paul’s words emphasize that love is not self-seeking, but rather puts others first. Being loving doesn’t mean overlooking wrong doing however it does mean offering each other grace, patience, trust, and forgiveness.

How would our lives be different if we were to put into action Paul’s words from chapters 12 and 13; recognizing God’s gifts in each person, seeking to make each person feel valued for their abilities, and that their gifts were needed in their home, church and community. How would our lives be different if we recognized that our diversity of gifts, as well as gender and ethnicity are to be received with thanksgiving rather than a way to organize into opposing groups. Paul’s words are as valuable to us today as they were for the Corinthian church, we are to receive and build up one another with love every day, for as Paul wrote love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa


“At the Crossroads”

Evening Lenten Services

Begin March 6th

Lenten services will include a fellowship meal of soup and sandwiches beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a time of worship. This year during our Lenten services we will be meeting some of the people involved in the story of the Passion of Christ. Many people when they encountered Christ came to a crossroad and had to decide which way to go. Each week we will hear from an individual who encountered Christ and the choices they made. Some chose well, some did not, the stories of each of these experiences help us to know what to do and what not to do when we encounter similar crossroads in our own lives. It is hoped that each week will reveal how Christ and his cross lead us to discern God’s will for us.

March 6th Ash Wednesday – David

March 13th – Judas

March 20th – Pontius Pilate

March 27th – Malchus

April 3rd – Peter

April 10th – John

April 18th – Maundy Thursday with communion

Please plan to join us for this time of fellowship and worship as part of your Lenten practices.



Our church family will gather for weekly suppers during Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 13th, at 6:00pm. (Watch for the sign-up sheets on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall.) Following the suppers, we will gather at 7:00pm for Lenten service.



Observe a holy Lenten season this year.

  • We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service March 6th at 6:30pm.
  • Lenten services & soup suppers will begin weekly on Wednesdays, beginning on March 13 – April 10th.
  • Palm Sunday Service on Sunday, April 14th at 10:00am.
  • The Maundy Thursday service with communion will be held Thursday evening, April 18th.
  • Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at our Easter Sunday service with our traditional Easter Brunch beginning at 9:00am on Sunday, April 21st.



We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Jim Paige will serve as the Communion Elder.



  • The Presbyterian Women meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Sewing Souls next meeting will be announced at a later date.



Most of you have probably noticed over the years that there are shelves of books on the south wall of our fellowship hall. These volumes are the accumulation of books donated and bought by the Presbyterian women of First Presbyterian Church. We encourage all of you to take advantage of the shelves and borrow and read any of the titles you find there. Many of the titles are current publications and are found on the current reading list for the Presbyterian Women of our Presbytery.

Most books (95%) of them have pockets and cards in the books for check out. There is a basket on the shelf for you to deposit the cards. We ask that you sign the card and put a date as to when you are borrowing the book. When finished you can leave the book on the pew bench next to the shelf. A drop box will be coming! If there is not card or pocket in the book, just write your name and a brief title on the sign-up sheet on the shelf by the basket.

As months go by, different members of our church will be providing book reviews of titles they have read from our library. We will also give our recommendations and alert you to any new titles. We look forward to questions, suggestions for new titles and thoughts on the books here. ENJOY!

Karen Johnson



The annual Rotary Potato Bake & Dessert Bar will be held Sunday, 2/10 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium. Adults $6 ($7 at the door), Children (8 & under) $3. Hot dogs will be available for the kids.



Youth Group will meet Wednesday, February 13th and 27th this month. Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.



Our presbytery will gather on Saturday, 2/16, beginning at 10:00am, at Lincoln, Nebraska.



Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at Careage on Sunday, February 24th at 1:30pm. All are welcome to join her there.



The Session will gather on Monday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.



Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 27th. If you would like a copy of the report, you can pick up a copy on the Opportunity Table or contact Jenny at



The updated FPC Directory is available on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall in February.



  • Our community
  • Our schools and teachers
  • Our unchurched neighbors
  • All who are battling cancer
  • All who live in care centers
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea




Elder                                                                          Class                                                  Phone

Jim Curtiss (Fellowship)                                           2019

Jim Paige (Property, Fellowship)                              2019

Kevin Peterson (Administration)                            2019

Glenda McDonald    (Worship, Discipleship)        2020

Scott McLaughlin (Property, Outreach)                 2020

Kent Pulfer   (Administration)                                2020

Jean Griess (Worship)                                              2021

Jane O’Leary (Outreach)                                          2021



Jan Liska                                                                    2019

Jackie Owens                                                            2019

Karen Johnson                                                          2020

Melissa Urbanec                                                       2020

Misty Beair                                                                2021

Karen Marra                                                              2021



Nominating Team: Jean Griess, Karen Marra, Ken Marra, Gail McCorkindale, Shari Paige, & Kevin Peterson

Financial Review Team: Phil Griess, Joan Lage, & Gerard Ras

Board of Directors: Mark McCorkindale, Joann Proett, Kent Pulfer



First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442


February 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

      1 2



“Get Your Can to Church” Sunday


9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

5 6 7 8 9
10 11


6:30 Scout Den Meeting




10:30 WACAM

7:30pm Youth Group

14 15 16

Homestead Presbytery – Lincoln

17 18

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

19 20

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

21 22 23


1:30 Careage Chapel



7:00 Session Meeting

26 27


7:30pm Youth Group






2/3/2019 Jim Curtiss Jim & Shari Paige Jim Curtiss
2/10/2019 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Bev & Jack Beeson
2/17/2019 Gordon Granberg Babs Middleton Karen Johnson
2/24/2019 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald  



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7        Karen McElwain

10      Jodi Pulfer

20     Karen Marra

25      Pat Straight, Gabriel Peitz

27      Jan Liska

28     Amy Bowers


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:



First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church


Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)



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