Presbytidings – August 2020

Presbytidings–August 2020

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…..

Dear First Presbyterian family,

            Grace and peace to each of you. The last several months have been challenging as COVID 19 has impacted our church, community and the world.  One of the great challenges for a faith community is not worshipping together. After careful consideration, the Session determined at their July 20th meeting to resume in person worship on August 9th. I look forward to resuming in person worship and seeing the congregation gathered in the sanctuary. Each person will need to make their own decision about when they are ready to return to worship. 

Your co-operation will be needed as we move into Phase Two of our three phase process, for while we are returning to the sanctuary, it will not be worship as usual. As per previous correspondence, in Phase Two we will follow CDC guidelines which includes social distancing and wearing masks. Families can sit together, but social distancing will be required between unrelated persons. As per CDC guidelines there will be no congregational singing, no passing of the peace, the offering plate will not be passed and fellowship following worship will be suspended until further notice. Entering or exiting the church you are asked to maintain social distancing and visit outside weather permitting.

Sanitation measures such as the use of hand sanitizer will be required. Additionally, to minimize high touch surfaces we will remove Bibles and hymnals and we will use alternative methods for music and bulletins. The bulletin will continue to be emailed for use with Zoom or in-person worship.

The Zoom worship option will be available for those who do not feel comfortable in returning to in person worship. In addition, the video of the service will continue to be posted on You Tube, Facebook and our webpage usually on Sunday afternoon or Monday. The link can also be emailed to those who desire it, please let Jenny or Pastor Teresa know if you want the video link.  If you do not have internet access and are not yet comfortable with returning to worship, we can continue to mail a copy of the service to you. 

Session members will be serving as greeters/ushers the first few weeks.  The greeters and ushers will make sure that everyone uses hand sanitizer as they enter the building, assist people with being seated and record attendance. While we hope each member will wear their own mask, masks have been ordered should a member or visitor require one. If you had previously signed up as a greeter or usher, you will be contacted in advance and if not comfortable serving at this time you are free to decline.

I am sure some of these changes will be frustrating, but we cannot go back to the way things were until we can assure the safety of all. It is unknown how long we will be operating in Phase Two, the Session and I will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and trends in our area. I thank the members of the Session for their leadership and careful consideration of options for worship since COVID first interrupted our community in March.

As we resume in person worship it will look and feel different; however, when we gather to offer praise whether in a sanctuary, a living room or on a patio we are engaged in worship of our Triune God. Let us be faithful, to God and to one another as we work through the challenges of this time. May we seek to follow the words of the Apostle Paul as he wrote in his letter to the Roman church; Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  (Romans 12:12 NIV).  Looking forward worshiping with you soon.

Grace and peace be with you,

Pastor Teresa



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COMMUNION: Sunday, August 16, 2020.


Each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. we are meeting on Zoom to check-in with each other. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay longer. Topics at Tuesday check-in have ranged from golfing, to new recipes, as well as sharing favorite books and movies. The invitation goes out via email on Monday or early Tuesday morning. The main thing is a time for fellowship- remember to bring your own coffee!!! CU on Tuesday.


Meetings are cancelled for the time being.


Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations:

WORD IN FAITH Pastor’s article will appear in the August 13, 2020 Wayne Herald.

RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country

KTCH the week of August 17th – 21st at 5:40am.


Monday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m.

Looking Back …. Thank God (Him)

Looking Ahead …. Trust God (Him)

Looking Around …. Service God (Him)

Looking Up …. Expect God (Him)

Author Unknown.


Thank-you for your continued financial support of the church during this time. Your gifts support the life and ministry of First Presbyterian Church. If you would like to simplify your life you might check at your bank for a bill pay service. This service allows you to set up reoccurring payments to businesses or the church and have the designated funds withdrawn from your account and mailed per your direction. If you find this idea worth consideration check-out your bank’s website, often you are able to set this up from your home computer.  You can always call your bank for assistance. Or you can mail your offerings to Anita Fuelberth, our financial secretary or to the church (216 W. Third St., Wayne). 


The food pantry is continuing to serve Wayne County during the COVID 19 situation, we have already served around 130 families. The Backpack Program served approximately 3,500 food bags in the 2019/20 academic year. Please consider a donation to help our ministry to Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program.


Please check your email for the lawn mowing schedule Jenny has prepared.  We will need one or two people to mow each week.  If you can share in this effort, please sign up via the email document or call the church office. The current list is below:

Week of July 27, 2020John Fuelberth
Week of August 3, 2020Bowers Family
Week of August 10, 2020Bowers Family
Week of August 17, 2020Bowers Family
Week of August 24, 2020Bowers Family
Week of September 1, 2020McCorkindale Family
Week of September 7, 2020McCorkindale Family
Week of September 14, 2020 
Week of September 21, 2020 
Week of September 28, 2020 

August 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

Each Sunday Morning: Worship 10:00   27   Pastor on vacation28   Pastor on vacation29   Pastor on vacation30   Pastor on vacation31   Pastor on vacation1   Pastor on vacation
2   Pastor on vacation    3   Pastor on Study Leave    4   Pastor on Study Leave  5   Pastor on Study Leave  6   Pastor on Study Leave  78
9      10   (Word in Faith column due)11    12   10:30 WACAM13   10:00 Pastor at Salvation Army Mtg.   Word in Faith Column runs14   Homestead Presbytery Prime15   Homestead Presbytery Prime
16 Communion – Jean Griess, elder17 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  18 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  19 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  20 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  21 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  22
2324   7:00 Session  25    26  27  28  29


            2          Gordon G.

            3          Ken M.

            8          Nina S.

            12        Alissa J.B.

            20        Russ U.

            27        Milton O.

            30        Layne H.


Our local Runza Restaurant will host a special fund-raiser for the Wayne Food Pantry & Backpack Program on Tuesday, September 22nd. Please support us by making plans to dine at Runza that day! Invite your friends!


The Christian Cross Festival may be a one day event on August 29th this year. They have two obstacles to overcome: Covid-19 and Fundraising. They are going to make the attempt though and with God’s blessing we will have the event on Saturday August 29th, possibly as an online event. Headliner 7eventh Time Down with Maddie Rey, My Savior Story, A Day Awaits and more TBA Check it out on Facebook at Christian Cross Festival or online at 

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:

Wayne Coat Closet:


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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