Presbytidings – October 2021

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

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)


Sunday, October 3rd is World Communion Sunday, a day when we share the Bread of life and the Cup of salvation alongside Christians in all different traditions, around the world. The communion elder will be John Fuelberth.


Saturday, October 9th, the First Presbyterian Church Deacons will be hosting a coat give away from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Coats for all ages will be available, the selection will be limited to stock on hand. In addition to coats there is a limited selection of hats, scarves and gloves. Each “shopper” can select one coat and accessories, parents may select for their children. The event is open to all area individuals and families. COVID guidelines will be observed. Due to space limitations shoppers will be limited to 2 persons per family at a time. The Deacon’s will be setting up on Wednesday evening October 6th with volunteers. On October 13th we will return the coats to the basement. If you are able to assist on either the 6th or 13th please contact Karen Johnson, Connie Bargstad or Pastor Teresa.  


FPC Stewardship’s Campaign will begin October 17th and run through October 31st.  During this time you will receive a mailing from the financial secretary and the Session.  It is hoped that you will reflect on the information you receive and consider prayerfully your continued support of First Presbyterian Church. In an unusual year with many twists and turns we continue to be the church, meeting together in new ways and serving the community through the Coat Closet and the Food Pantry & Backpack programs. Your support financially and your presence & encouragement to our Deacons and Elders and staff are particularly important at this time.


The Pastoral Leadership Revitalization (PLR) program, made possible by a three-year grant, directed by the Omaha Seminary Foundation continues. The program seeks to help pastors find a balance between personal and professional life as well as offering support in ministry. The PLR program focuses on first-call pastors and those in small and rural settings. Pastors from the presbyteries of Central Nebraska, Missouri River Valley, Missouri Union and Homestead Presbytery have been invited to participate in the 3-year program. Pastor Bartlett was invited by the Homestead Interim Executive, Stephen Earl, to apply for Pastoral Leadership Revitalization Program and was accepted. The purposes of the program are:

  • To increase pastoral resilience and adaptive leadership,

            especially for newly ordained and or isolated pastors.

  • To stem the attrition rate of ordained and lay pastors.
  • To create a network of pastoral leadership.

Each participant is assigned a coaching mentor which is a hybrid coach and mentor, who meets with participants in-person or electronically monthly. In addition to regular interaction with a coaching mentor, the program includes a variety of retreats. There is no expense to churches, pastors or presbyteries as all expenses are covered by the grant from the Lily Foundation. The next retreat for Pastor Teresa is October 17-20, 2021. Sessions and congregations are encouraged to support their pastors participating in the program.


If you would like to provide pumpkins, gourds or other fall decorations (artificial or real) to use in decorating the sanctuary, please bring those items to church by October 7th and leave them in Fellowship Hall or with Pastor Teresa.  


Pastor Teresa will lead pastoral outreach services at the following locations throughout October:

  • KINSHIP POINTE CHAPEL: Pastor Teresa will lead a chapel service at Kinship Pointe at 3:30pm on Wednesday, October 6th.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS: Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of October 18th – 22nd at 5:40am.


The next session meeting will be held on Monday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


  • We need lawn mowing volunteers for October. You can sign-up on-line, in Fellowship Hall on the Opportunity Table or contact the office. Thank you to all who have been mowing the church lawn. 
  • Coffee Fellowship has resumed, and we need fellowship hosts to prepare refreshments. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall or contact Jenny. Please consider sharing the gift of hospitality.
  • Greeters & lectors are needed. Please volunteer or say “yes” when asked.


The Wayne County Backpack Program provides a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast is unavailable on a weekend. The program began in April of 2013 to assist families whose children may experience food scarcity on the weekends or may have children home alone. We accept donations of any single serve items; however, they must be something that small child can prepare and eat on their own. From late August through late September, the distribution of backpacks has grown to 125 bags distributed weekly. Sites include the Early Learning Center, the Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools, St. Mary’s and Tower School. Letters were sent to families of the Wayne area schools inviting students to participate. The program is completely sponsored by donations to the Wayne County Food Pantry that are specific to the Backpack Program,


Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 7, at 2:00am. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour, or you’ll have plenty of time for solitary meditation in the sanctuary!

October 2021 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Morning Worship 10:00am Fellowship 11:00am        12    
3 World Communion Day   4:00pm Cub Scouts  4  5  6 3:30pm Pastor leads Kinship Pointe   Coat Fair Set-up7 3:30pm Salvation Army Mtg.  8  9 Coat Fair 10:00am – 2:00pm
10  11 9:30am Wayne Family Coalition Meeting12  13 10:30 Pastor at WACAM meeting    14  15  16 10:30am Coat Closet Coat Fair at High School  
17 4:00pm Cub Scouts18 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   Pastor at Leadership Retreat  19 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   Pastor at Leadership Retreat  20 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   Pastor at Leadership Retreat  21 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  22 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  23
24 7:00pm WSC Students pack food backpacks25 7:00pm Session  26  27 Pastor at Presbytery Retreat28 Pastor at Presbytery Retreat29  30
31 1:30 Pastor leads Countryview Chapel      


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             5         Dale J.

             8         John F.

            10        Brook B.

            18        Ronald C.

            20        Braydn McC.

            21        Rob S.


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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office/Wayne Food Pantry/Coat Closet


Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)



Wayne Food Pantry:

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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

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