Presbytidings – May 2019


Presbytidings – May 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.”



Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Solomon Peitz-Wakefield High, Maysn Dorey and Zach Urbanec-Wayne High. Presbyterian Women and Sewing Souls gave each of them a fleece throw on Sunday, April 28th and we held a special fellowship after worship in their honor.

Here is a list of all our graduates:

First Presbyterian Church of Wayne High School Graduates:

Maysn Dorey             Wayne High School              Wayne State College, Pre-Vet

Solomon Peitz           Wakefield High School        Doane Univ., Mechanical Engineering

Zach Urbanec             Wayne High School              NECC, Business

Our College/University Graduates:

Logan Abraham                    NECC             Structural Drafting               May, 2019

Jaci Alexander                      NECC             Vet Tech                                December, 2018

Jacob Beair                            NECC             Graphic Design                    August, 2018

Brook Bowers                       WSC               Ag Business                           August, 2019

Sydney McCorkindale         WSC               Criminal Justice                    December, 2018

Luke Pulfer                            Iowa State      Mechanical Engineering      May, 2019

Suzanne Ras                          Morningside  Math Education                     May, 2019

Josh Stenka                            WSC               Exercise Science                   May, 2019


Prayer for our graduates

May God’s blessing follow you all as you find new journeys to travel.

May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams.

May his gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow.

May your hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth,

And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day. Amen.



The Discipleship Team and the Session are pleased to award the Eleanor Edwards Senior Scholarship to Solomon Peitz of Wakefield High School and Maysn Dorey & Zach Urbanec of Wayne 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 she continues to impact the lives of young people enabling them to 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.


Women of God

“Women of God can never be like women of the world.

The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.

There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind.

There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined.

We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.

We have enough greed; we need more goodness.

We have enough vanity; we need more virtue.

We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”

Quote from  Margaret Nadauld



The Session recently authorized the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator for the church. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). [*]

Cardiac arrest can strike suddenly and not is not limited to one gender or older people. Children of any age may also experience cardiac arrest. Each year over 5,000 children die of cardiac arrest, suddenly and without warning. Often going into cardiac arrest is the first time the person knows that they have an underlying heart condition.[†]

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can save lives, the quicker the response to a life-threatening incident the better the chances of recovery. For example, in 2008, American Airlines celebrated 76 people being saved in the first 10 years they first put AEDs on their airplanes, with an overall survival rate of 63%. When bystanders provide CPR and use an AED before EMS arrives, 40% of the victims survive, which is much higher than the national average of a 10% survival rate.

We will need to compile a list of people to be on our AED Response Team. Volunteers must be willing to take AED training to be on the Response Team. The use of an AED will not cause any damage to the victim, as the machine will read the electrical system of the individual and only deliver a shock when necessary, the automated system means you don’t have to worry that you could make the situation worse.  Those who work in the medical field and already have training on this device would be great additions to our Response Team. Watch for the AED Response team sign-up sheet on the Opportunities Table. We will be offering training on how to use the unit, which has voice commands to walk a person through the process after we receive the unit and the training materials.

We maintain fire extinguishers in the church for emergency situations and hope we never experience a fire, having the tools to deal with a fire quickly is necessary in case of an emergency,  likewise, an AED unit allows us to be prepared should any members or visitors experience a cardiac arrest.



  • Pastor will be on study leave May 13th – 16th, 2019.
  • Pastor Teresa will be on vacation the week of May 28th – June 3rd. Anna Speiser will be leading worship service on Sunday, June 2nd. (Communion will be held on June 9th.)
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or



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

  • Sunday, May 5th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Jane O’Leary)
  • Sunday, June 9th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Glenda McDonald)



Saturday April 27th, Karen Johnson, Jackie Owens and Pastor Teresa attended the spring gathering of Homestead Presbyterian Women at Fremont Presbyterian Church. The group gathered for coffee at 9:30 a.m. followed by a brief worship followed by the keynote speaker.

Keynote speaker was Kathleen Keefer who was a delegate to the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. As an active Presbyterian Woman, serving as PW Moderator for the Presbytery of the Missouri River Valley, Secretary for the PW of the Synod of the Lakes and Prairies and Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Committee for PW in the synod, she not only strives to learn about the plight of women and children throughout the world but to also make others aware of situations that do not make the front page of newspapers or the typical woman’s newsfeed on Facebook. As committee chair, she sends out frequent emails citing items from the Presbyterian Women – Working for Justice and Peace calendar, news stories about the #metoo movement, children soldiers, the use of the threat of sexual assault as a weapon, and hands on mission projects such as “Days for Girls.” Keefer has 30+ years of experience in the field of child abuse investigation and child abuse prevention. This work has also brought her into the field of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and services to protect women and children (and sometimes men), to work toward the prevention of IPV and to support the family in these very difficult times. Keefer shared about her experience at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Some of the topics and areas of concern that PW and other women’s groups addressed included education, health and wellness, human trafficking as well as economic issues.

The business meeting included the report of the moderator, treasurer. Reading awards were presented and Karen Johnson and Jackie Owens were recipients. A PW recommended book is Neither Wolf Nor Dog, on Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn, a synopsis of the book appears elsewhere in the newsletter. The group was thanked for their donations to the collection of baby items for Pine Ridge Reservation, the response has been wonderful and will be greatly appreciated. There was also a skit highlighting the upcoming Synod gathering in July and the commissioning of those who are attending the synod gathering. The business meeting concluded and the group enjoy a lovely lunch together.


NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG, on Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

by Kent Nerburn

Synopsis:  The heart of the Native American experience: In this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the reader deep into the world of an Indian elder known only as Dan. It’s a world of Indian towns, white roadside cafes, and abandoned roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Readers meet vivid characters like Jumbo, a 400pound mechanic, and Annie, an 80-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin. Threading through the book is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. Neither Wolf nor Dog takes readers to the heart of the Native American experience. As the story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and the selling of sacred ceremonies.




JUNE 20-23, 2019

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Women of all ages who would like to join in Christian Fellowship and are looking for a spiritually enriching experience.

Choose from a variety of workshops including a look at the 2019-2020 Horizons Bible Study, mission speakers, justice and peace opportunities, leadership training, and some fun things.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rev. Kathy Reeves, retired mission coordinator for Presbyterian Women, Inc.

PLENARY SPEAKERS: Elona Street-Stewart, synod executive of Synod of Lakes and Prairies Mary Newburn-Williams, executive presbyter of Presbytery of Missouri River Valley.

WORSHIP LEADER: Rev. Suzanne Gorhau


MUSIC LEADER: Kris Peterson

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS will include: Morning and evening worship, Bible study, selection of workshops, Hands-on mission project, Mission display, many speakers, book display, Fair trade store, and movies.

REGISTRATION COST: $200 (Scholarships are available to attend from Homestead PW-contact Pastor Teresa for more information.)

ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE GATEWAY All events for the Gathering will be held at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, Iowa. All participants will reserve their own rooms. Give them the dates and tell them you are with Presbyterian Women. We have rooms with 2 beds blocked off for our use. The room rate is $120/night plus taxes for 1-4 in a room.  Phone: 515-292-8600 or 800-367-2637.

More information about the Synod Gathering:

“Days for Girls” will be the hands on mission project. 

$10 gift cards from Target and Hy-Vee will be collected. The recipients will be the Butterfly Freedom House which is transitional housing for women coming out of prison and Wings of Refuge which is girls coming out of trafficking.

Marion Medical Mission and Sudanese worshipping community will be our offering recipients.

If you will be displaying a board for mission projects, justice and peace, Disaster Preparedness, etc, please let your moderator know so the committee can be notified.  This will allow for adequate space for everything to be displayed properly.



Please watch the bulletin for announcements regarding Youth Group in May.



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

  • CAREAGE CHAPEL: Sunday, May 19th at 1:30pm.
  • BROOKDALE: Wednesday, May 22 at 3:30pm.



Please watch your bulletins for the next Sewing Souls date.



The Session will meet on May 20th at 7:00pm. (Rescheduled from the original date of 5/27/19)


Homestead Presbytery will be held on Thursday, 5/16 at the Presbyterian Church in North Bend, NE.


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.



Are you are looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Our second PW cookbook is on special this summer. The cost is only $10.  See Karen Johnson or Jenny in the church office.



Please join Solomon Peitz and his family at a reception to celebrate his graduation from Wakefield High School, Sunday, May 19th following a 2:30pm commencement. Location: Logan Valley Golf Course, 58472 – 858 Road, Wakefield, NE.



Here are the results of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering:

OGHS:                                    269.00

Special Project (Flooding): 250.00

Total:              519.00



Our thanks to everyone who helped to provide for the Easter brunch, and to all those who helped to serve, and to clean-up. The church was beautifully decorated. There were around 70 people in attendance at worship that day, and it was a glorious day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.



Thank-you to all who participated in our Lenten suppers and worship. Thank-you to the Session members who served as fellowship hosts each week and all who contributed food. Thank-you also to Jim Curtiss, Solomon Peitz, Mark McCorkindale, Ken Marra, Gabriel Peitz and Gordon Grandberg for participating as readers in our worship series “At the Crossroads.”



In Memory of…

  • Archie & Irene Kreycik and Alex & Stella Liska

By Ken & Jan Liska

  • Willis Wiseman, M.D.

By The Grandchildren of Will Wiseman

  • Roy D. Christensen, Jean Marie Doyle, Luella & Wilmer Marra

By Ken & Karen Marra

  • & Mrs. John Owens Doyle, Mr. & Mrs. John Gesiriech

By Milton & Jacqulyn Owens

  • Wilmer & Elizabeth Griess, Harold & G. Elena Wagner

By Phil & Jean Griess

  • Jed and Jay D. O’Leary

By Jay & Jane O’Leary

  • Will Hammer, Eugene & Nadine McDowell, Arnold Hammer, and Mary Kay & Greg Meeker

By Mark, Jenny & Nina Hammer

And thank you to all those that left lilies without acknowledgement.



Our special thanks to Pastor Teresa for her phone calls and messages of comfort, sympathy and love. It meant so much to me. Also thank you to the members of FPC for their calls and messages of caring. Verlin would want to thank you all. My family and I want you to know the Wayne church is very special to us. I can only be thankful for Verlin and my 72 years of being together. Many have not had that and to be thankful he is in a better place. Blessings to you all. Elaine



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.


Lector/Greeter Schedule for May 2019

5/5/2019 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family
5/12/2019 Kevin Peterson Kevin & Shannon Peterson
5/19/2019 Kent Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer
5/26/2019 Ronda Ras The Ras Family



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3         Joann P., Dave P.

10        Jeryl N.

11        Karen J., Solomon P.

12        Joan L.

14        Bo A.

15        Jordan A.

17        Jaci A.

18        Jay and Jane O.  &  Taytum S.

19        Glenda M.

22        Marie J.

24        Gail M.

26        Dale A.


May 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

o 11:00 Fellowship



Presbyterian Women




National Day of Prayer Service

3 4





Wayne County Family Coalition



Scout Den Meeting




10:30 WACAM


Worship Committee


Youth Group








*Presbyterian Pealers play

Mother’s Day



Scout Den Meeting


Pastor on Study Leave


Pastor on Study Leave


Pastor on Study Leave


17 18


Careage Chapel









Brookdale Chapel



23 24 25



Memorial Day


Pastor on vacation


Pastor on vacation


Pastor on vacation


Pastor on vacation


Pastor on vacation



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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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