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.
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 will gather on Saturday, February 19th, via Zoom. Contact Pastor Teresa for the registration link.
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
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WAYNE
THE SESSION 2022
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
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
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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
|Each Sunday Morning: 9:00 Bells Practice 10:00 Worship 11:00 Fellowship||1||2 3:30pm Kinship Pointe Chapel||3||4||5 9:00am PEO mtg. in Fellowship Hall|
|6 10:00am Communion Mark Hammer, communion elder||7||8||9||10||11||12|
|13 1:30pm Wayne CountryView Chapel||14||15||16||17||18||19 10:00am Homestead Presbytery via Zoom|
|20 7:00pm WSC Students pack backpacks||21 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living||22 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living||23 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living||24 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living||25 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 1||2 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service||3||4||5|
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/
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