Presbytidings – February 2022

Presbytidings – February 2022

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

(402) 375-2669 + www.fpcwayne.org

Our chief end is to glorify and enjoy God forever.”

FROM THE PASTOR……

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46:1-7

While the world is shifting and changing around us Psalm 46 affirms that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help. 2021 followed 2020 in being a time of change and disorientation. The world experienced fires, floods, tornados and other storms and disasters and the COVID pandemic. COVID brought trials, trauma, anger, frustration, and loss over the last 22 months. By now most of us know one or more people who have encountered COVID in one form or another. We have all been changed over these last almost two years and continue to face difficult days.

In spite of the challenges and changes this congregation encountered the annual report reminds us there is much to be celebrated. We maintained in person worship, adapted some aspects of worship to include those who desired to worship virtually. The Session’s attention to recommended practices and procedures allowed us to worship together safely. Was 2021 a normal year, certainly not, but God’s people still gathered for worship and celebrated the sacraments. The outreach programs of the Backpack, Food Pantry and Coat Closet continued to assist people in the community.

One of the strongest aspects a faith community offers, pre- and post-pandemic, is building and maintaining relationships within our faith community as well as helping us strengthen our relationship with God. This was evidenced by a survey I ran across in Presbyterian Outlook which was taken in June of 2020 by Barna. At a time many churches were not meeting in person the survey asked people what they missed most about in person worship. The results were as follows:

  • 24% missed taking communion,
  • 23% missed socializing and fellowship,
  • 21% missed listening to a live sermon,
  • 17% missed passing the peace,
  • 16% missed live music.

The survey seems to indicate that a big part of our church experience is relationships being nurtured with other members of the congregation as well as with God as we celebrate the sacraments, hear God’s word shared aloud. We proclaim our desire for a relationship with God as we sing and praise God together.

We may wonder what the future of the church is after or as the pandemic continues, frankly no one knows, but these may be days of opportunity and innovation. The church can and should be a part of how we deal with all that has been lost as well as help us reorient ourselves to a new future. Gathering for worship and reestablishing those relationships with each other and God will strengthen our resilience and remind us God has not abandoned us.

 The pandemic didn’t cause declining attendance or membership but neither did it slow the decline. First Presbyterian has proven it can adapt to change, and that will be necessary as we move forward into a “new normal,”  we need to find a new way of being God’s people  in a disrupted world, a new way to build relationships with people and share the love of God.

As a community of faith, we should be together on Sunday morning to hear the prayer requests of one another, to hear how God has answered prayers and to offer our worship and praise to our Triune God.

 The Outreach Committee is working on ways broaden opportunities for fellowship and reach out to encourage others to join our church family. Church is communal and participatory, we engage, we give, we encourage, we do life together. As a congregation we need to work together to build up this community of faith. We need every member to participate in worship and the life the church for FPC to flourish as grow as I believe it can. Moving forward into an unknown future will not be quick or easy but as a faith community, listening for and trusting in God’s guidance I believe we will find our way.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

FPC ANNUAL REPORT

Pastor Teresa’s letter was from the 2021 Annual Meeting held on Sunday, January 30th. If you would like a copy of the report, you can pick up a copy on the Opportunity Table or contact Jenny at fpcwayne@gmail.com

COMMUNION

  • We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, February 6, 2021. Mark Hammer will serve as the Communion Elder.
  • Communion will also be held on Sunday, March 6th. John Fuelberth will serve as the Communion Elder.

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Homestead presbytery will gather on Saturday, February 19th, via Zoom. Contact Pastor Teresa for the registration link.

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Jane O’Leary will provide devotions.

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT & EASTER

Observe a holy Lenten season this year.

  • We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service March 2nd beginning at 7:00pm.
  • Palm Sunday Service on Sunday, April 10th at 10:00am.
  • The Maundy Thursday service with communion will be held Thursday evening, April 14th.
  • Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at our Easter Sunday service with Communion at 9:00am on Sunday, April 17th, 2022.

MID-WEEK LENTEN SERIES

MEALS WITH JESUS

Most of us eat three meals a day. Over the span of a year, that’s 1,095 meals. We celebrate events in our lives with meals, we share with family in our conversation around the table. Just as the table or a meal is a common element of our lives so the table is one of the most common elements in the gospel of Luke. 

Jesus ate with a variety of people and used the time gathered to teach, correct and challenge his fellow diners.   In Luke there are 10 stories of Jesus dining with various people. During Lent we will be looking at six stories of Jesus sitting down to a meal with others. Jesus’ example encourages us to invite friends, outcasts and even enemies to know God’s story of love and salvation through sharing table fellowship together.   

March 2nd –         Ash Wednesday

March 9th –         The Banquet at Levi’s House (Luke 5:27-39)

March 16th –       Feeding the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17)

March 23rd –       Hospitality at the House of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

March 30th –       Dinner at the Pharisee’s House (Luke 14:1-24)

April 6th –           Hospitality at the House of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

April 14th –         Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper (Luke 22:7-38)

FPC CHURCH DIRECTORY

Please submit address or phone number changes for you and for your family members to fpcwayne@gmail.com or call the office at 402-375-2669. Thank you!

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WAYNE

THE SESSION 2022

Elder                                                                          Class                                     

Shari Dunklau (Administration, Fellowship)           2022                                       

John Fuelberth (Property)                                        2022                                       

Mark Hammer (Discipleship, Fellowship)                2023                                       

Kent Pulfer (Administration)                                    2023                                       

Jane O’Leary (Outreach, Worship)                           2024                                       

Suzanne Sjuts (Outreach, Worship)                          2024                                       

BOARD OF DEACONS 2021

Deacon                                                                      Class                                     

Amy Bowers                                                             2022                                       

Jan Liska                                                                    2022                                       

Connie Bargstadt                                                     2023                                       

Karen Johnson                                                          2023                                       

Misty Beair                                                                2024                                       

Tiffanny Heese                                                         2024                                       

COMMITTEES OF THE CONGREGATION 2021

Nominating Team: Shari Dunklau, Jean Griess, Karen Johnson, Mark McCorkindale, & Gerard Ras

Financial Review: Gerard Ras

Officers of the Corporation: Kent Pulfer, President; Shari Dunklau, Vice-President;

Jane O’Leary, Secretary; Jodi Pulfer, Treasurer

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

Just contact the church office 402-375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com)

10      Jodi P.

20      Karen M.

25      Pat S., Gabriel P.

27      Jan L.

28      Amy B.

Save the date for the 2022 PW Synod Gathering

June 16-19, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn

1132 Larsen Park Rd

Sioux City, Iowa  51106

PW:  Better Together Tied Together With Love

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)

A cord of three strands is not easily broken

Registration Fee – $100.00 for entire gathering

Commuter fees – Thursday (includes meal) $25.00

Friday – $75.00, Saturday – $50.00, Sunday only – No charge

Enclose check payable to ‘PW-SLAP

Return completed Registration with registration fee before May 15, 2022

To:  Maggie Horak, 5601 Barrington Park Dr, Lincoln, NE  68516

Homestead Presbyterian Women will be offering some scholarships to this event, watch for further details.

Dixon County 4-H Junior Leaders Soup Dinner

The Dixon County 4-H Junior Leaders will be having a Soup dinner on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at the Dixon Community from 11:00am – 1:00pm. They will be serving chicken noodle soup, chili, desserts and a drink for a free-will donation. Raffle tickets are for sale now until the drawing at 1:00pm the day of the dinner. The money raised will go for scholarships and Citizen Washington Focus Trips.

February 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: 9:00 Bells Practice 10:00 Worship 11:00 Fellowship 12 3:30pm Kinship Pointe Chapel345 9:00am PEO mtg. in Fellowship Hall
6 10:00am Communion Mark Hammer, communion elder  789101112
13 1:30pm Wayne CountryView Chapel14  15  16171819 10:00am Homestead Presbytery via Zoom
20 7:00pm WSC Students pack backpacks21 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  22 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living23 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living24 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living25 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  26 9:30am Mobile Food Pantry Truck at Journey CC
27  28 7:00pm Session Mtg.  March 12 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service345

I’m Not Just February

By Annette Wynne

I’m not just February

With winds that blow

All day, and piled-up snow;

I’m Washington and Lincoln, too,

Who kept our country’s flag for you!

I’m Valentine of airy grace-

With golden hearts and hearts of lace

And pretty cards that people send,

Quite as a secret, to a friend.

Though I am short of days and small,

I’m quite a big month, after all!

Accessed from https://discoverpoetry.com/poems/february-poems/

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office/ Wayne Food Pantry/Wayne Coat Closet

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

Wayne Food Pantry: https://fpcwayne.com/food-pantry/

Wayne Coat Closet: https://fpcwayne.com/wayne-coat-closet/

FPC Service Recordings can be found at:

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*YouTube @ FPC of Wayne Nebraska

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Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

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