Presbytidings – November 2022

Presbytidings – November 2022

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

(402) 375-2669 + http://www.fpcwayne.com

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

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS

Daylight savings ends Sunday, November 6th at 2:00am. Set your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday night, November 5th and enjoy a little extra rest!

From the Pastor…..

October has gone so quickly it seems but a blur. We find ourselves on the cusp of November moving ever so quickly toward the end of the year.  In a society that seems to always be rushing to the next thing, it is good to slow down and reflect, to offer our thanks and praise to God. I came across the following devotion on the website God’s Protected Harbor. I really enjoyed the reflection and hope you will as well.

“During this holiday season when we reflect on everything God has placed in our lives, we have the unique opportunity to place emphasis on giving thanks. Believing in God allows us to be thankful when things go well and patient when things go against us. It is crucial at the times when things are going against us to thank God for granting us the learning experience he has placed in front of us. Sometimes at the moment, it is hard to see God’s greater plan for you and to trust in him. Remaining patient during times of adversity allows us to completely retain the lesson that God is trying to teach us. Paul sums things up this way. He says it is God’s will for us to be thankful “in all circumstances.” Well, it may help to note that Paul is not saying we should be thankful for all circumstances, but in them. When things seem to go against us, God expects us to be grateful that his hand holds us and helps us to endure under the strain. That’s a big challenge – to look for reasons to be thankful when the going is tough. Sometimes it can be equally difficult for us to be thankful when things are going well. The very nature of human beings, even if we are Christian, is to overlook the crowd of God’s good gifts to us every day. Here’s a great exercise you can do today: sit still where you are and exercise the gift of noticing. Notice what you see, what you have, and who is with you. Notice the color, beauty, and variety around you. Keep noticing and make a list of the gifts you notice. Then give thanks to God, the great giver!”[*]

Prayer:

“Today we thank you God for everything you have placed in our lives. We thank you for the good and the bad. We thank you for allowing us to be patient through the bad in our life so that we may learn what it is you want us to learn from the situation. We ask that today you give us the great gift of being able to notice all of your gifts. Open our hearts to a spirit of thanksgiving we pray. Amen.”

  • Pastor Teresa

HAPPY “BIRTH-DAY”

Happy birthday to Layla Bray Story, who was born early in the morning in mid-October. She entered the world at 21.5” and 7lbs 15oz  Congratulations and best wishes to Layla’s parents: Nate & Sydney Story, and her proud grandparents: Mark & Gail McCorkindale.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on November 6th with Shari Dunklau as the communion elder. We will celebrate Communion on December 4th.

COFFEEHOUSE WORSHIP CONTINUES ON NOVEMBER 13th

We will meet in Fellowship Hall, coffee and refreshments will be available as desired throughout the service. Karen Johnson will lead discussion.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

The Session has called a congregational meeting for November 13th following Coffeehouse Worship. At the meeting we will elect a new class of deacons & elders and approve the terms of call for the pastor in 2023. The snow date will be November 20th.

STEWARDSHIP REMINDER

Members and friends of the congregation should have received a year to date statement of giving for 2022 and a 2023 intention of giving form. If you did not receive this information please contact Anita Fuelberth.

You are asked to prayerfully review your information and return the intention of giving form to Anita Fuelberth right away. You can mail the form to Anita or drop your envelope in the offering box at church. This information is helpful to the Session in planning for 2023. Thank You for your support and dedication to FPC.

DID YOU KNOW?

            Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) have become a great way for people 70½ or older to take all or part of their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their Traditional IRA. The recent tax code changed the standard deduction for those over 65 to $26,600 for married filing jointly or $13,600 for single filers. Thus for many of us our church pledges will no longer be included in an itemized deduction. However, by making all or part of our pledge a Qualified Charitable Distribution directly from the IRA custodian or trustee to the church the distribution will not be included as taxable income to the IRA owner. Qualified Charitable Distributions can also exceed one’s specific RMD amount and still not be taxed.

            While Qualified Charitable Distributions are not complex there are certain requirements and steps that should be followed so check with your tax professional.

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will meet on November 17th at First Presbyterian Church in Wahoo. Worship begins at 10:00am. Pastor Teresa will attend.

PRAYER FOR VETERANS DAY

God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation,
who laid down their lives to protect and defend our freedom…

We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war
and whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day…

We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way:
shield them from danger and bring them home, soon…

Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace…

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains, the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us! Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!
Amen.

From – ConcordPastor.blogspot.com

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

The church office will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 24/25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

To Give Thanks…

is to remember how it feels to experience belonging,

to look long around a laden table

and be glad to claim a place among that gathered company.

To give thanks is to remember what has been-time’s bewildering recital-

and, despite so much, to look ahead with undiminished hope.

To give thanks is to recall with heartache all those absent from the assembled,

the dear departed, those, too, who never made it in the first place,

due to loss, or want, foul fortune, being born at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

To give thanks takes all that we have been, all that we are and yet might be,

and shapes it new around a fuller, richer, broader future feast.

J. Barrie Shepherd

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, November 28 at 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall.

Deacons Coat Giveaway a Success!

….. ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these

 brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’   Matthew 25:40b NIV

October 15th the FPC Deacons hosted a coat giveaway. In total 79 coats and 87 accessories, such as hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants etc., were given away Saturday and throughout the following week. The Deacons were pleased to have such a good response.

The coat giveaway was a big project and the Deacons were fortunate to have the assistance of several groups. The FCCLA organization from Wayne Community Schools (WCS), Ms. Alina Surber and students, helped the Deacons move coats and racks from the basement into Fellowship Hall to set up for the event. The move to Fellowship Hall allowed more space for coats, volunteers, helpers and clients. Christa Dutcher, Spanish instructor at WCS and her students helped with Spanish translation for clients and some of our posters and forms. The Deacons appreciate the assistance of KTCH in public service announcements about the event as well as the Wayne School District sending information out to families. Thanks to every individual and group who assisted in the Coat Closet giveaway in any manner and helped make it successful.

            Due to the success of the giveaway the Coat Closet stock is low. If you would like to donate we always need children’s coats and we are in need of men’s work coats as well as hats, mittens and gloves for all people. The Coat Closet is one way we live into our mission as a Matthew 25 church and address the needs of people in our area.

MITTEN TREE

The Deacons request your help in restocking our glove and mitten inventory. In December we will have a Mitten Tree in Fellowship Hall and ask you to donate gloves and mittens. Your donations of coats, gloves and mittens are welcome anytime.

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED

The Wayne Extension Unit of the Salvation Army will be conducting its Annual Bell Ringing Campaign beginning Friday, November 25. The bell ringing campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Salvation Army in Wayne. Bell ringers are needed for 2-hour time slots on Friday or Saturday beginning Thanksgiving weekend to December 16th. Churches, service organizations, youth groups and others are invited to participate in the bell ringing project. The only requirements are to be friendly and welcoming, dress warmly and smile easily and say thank-you, oh yeah, a little wrist action with a bell. We can fill shorter time slots if we get more volunteers.  

Ninety percent (90%) of the funds collected in the bell ringing campaign remain in the community and assist with housing, utilities, medical, transportation and other needs of families and individuals in Wayne. In 2022 the Wayne SA Unit sponsored a back to school drive for school supplies for elementary children. The project was very successful and helped more than 80 children with backpacks and school supplies.

Participation in the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign is one way we can live into our commitment of being  a Matthew 25 congregation; as we are reminded in Matthew 25:40; ‘… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Please sign-up to ring the Salvation Army Bell this season. The sign-up sheet will be on the Opportunity Table.

ROAD SIDE CLEAN-UP

On October 23rd about 12 FPC members led by John Fuelberth ventured east of Wayne to clean-up our section of Highway 35. The crew battled strong winds that day but the volunteers still managed to gather a pick-up load of trash.  Thanks to everyone who joined in this project. 

A TIP OF THE HAT

Thank-you to the Galles family who took care of the mowing of the church lawn over the course of the last several months. Thank you also to those who planted flowers and trimmed bushes, plants and trees. Your gifts of time have made sure the church grounds were looking nice for Sunday as well as for other church and community events. Thank-you to each one who gave of their time.

CONGRATULATIONS WAYNE HIGH GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

CONGRATULATIONS to the Wayne Community Schools Girls Cross country team on winning state in their division.  Head coach is Courtney Maas and assistant coach is Kent Pulfer.

CONGRATULATIONS TO WCS BAND

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WCS High school band for earning an excellent rating at the state competition.

LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

  • The Hanging of the Greens will take place after worship on November 27th. Stick around to help decorate our building in anticipation of Christmas and enjoy an old-fashioned potluck dinner.
  • December Surprise!, December 4th.
  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:30pm.
  • No service on Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day.

HANGING OF THE GREENS/POTLUCK

We will “Hanging the Greens” and have an all-church potluck on Sunday, November 27th after worship. Stay tuned for details.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS NEEDED 

Pastor Teresa is looking for couples, families or individuals who would like to assist with lighting the Advent candles during worship in December. All readings will be provided in advance. Your participation in this seasonal tradition will be appreciated. A sign-up sheet will be in Fellowship Hall or you can contact Pastor Teresa.

The dates are:

November 27th, December 4th, December 11th, December 18th, December 24th

DECEMBER SURPRISE!  

The month of December and the Advent season are always filled with surprises and waiting. On December 4th the Session and Pastor Teresa have a surprise to share with the congregation. However, in order to learn what the surprise is, you must be present in worship on Sunday the 4th.  So save the date of December 4th and don’t be late to church!!

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

               6       Brandon B.

               10     Kevin P.

               12      Ken L.

               12      Mark Mc.

               13      Katherine B.

               14      Audrey H.

November 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
9:00am Bell practice10:00am Worship11:00am Fellowship 12  345
6 Set your clocks back one hour 10:00am Worship & Communion 4:00pm Cub Scouts  7  8  9 10:30am Pastor at WACAM10   Word in Faith column runs in Wayne Herald11    12
13 10:00am Coffeehouse Worship 11:00am Congregational Meeting  14 9:30am Wayne County Family Coalition15  16    17 10:00am Homestead Presbytery at FPC Wahoo18  19  
20 4:00pm Cub Scouts  21    2223 3:30pm Kinship Pointe Chapel24 Thanksgiving Day   Office Closed25 Office closed26
27 11:00am Hanging of the Greens & Potluck28   7:00pm Session Meeting  29 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  30      4

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216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office/Wayne Food Pantry/Coat Closet

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

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

Wayne Coat Closet:

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[*] November Monthly Devotional | God’s Protected Harbor (godsprotectedharbor.org) Accessed 10/27/2022

Presbytidings – October, 2022

Presbytidings – October 2022

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

(402) 375-2669 + http://www.fpcwayne.com

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

From the Pastor

The little “meme” above isn’t new but is an interesting analogy of Christians being like pumpkins. We’re not physically like pumpkins – orange, round and filled with gunk and seeds aplenty. Grace Sanders[*] in her blog article suggests we consider the analogy an encouragement. Sanders’ article “Four reasons why Christians are like pumpkins”shared the following thoughts:

1. We are hand selected.

God hand selects us! We are chosen! Very much like in the verse John 15:16, where Jesus is giving the Vine and the Branches illustration, reads: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the father will give you.” – John 15:16

2. We’re washed clean.

We all know how dirty pumpkins can appear at times! In order to clean them, of course we have to wash them! The blood of Jesus washes away our sins, the things that make us as humans unclean. A pumpkin has an inside and an outside. Not only does God wash us clean from the outside, he removes our sin, and in doing that we are washed clean and made new from the inside out. We are not captive to sin, or the shame that comes with it, because through Christ we are made new! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

God carefully removes our seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Instead of holding onto these unfruitful seeds, God replaces them with seeds of faith, hope and love.

3. He gives us a smile.

God brings such a joy to our lives, and our smiles are living proof of this. “My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you – I whom you have delivered.” – Psalm 71:23

4. He shines through us.

When Christ dwells in us, we shine through to the people around us. Through the darkness, we can reflect His light to glorify our Father. One of my favorite bible verses is found in Matthew 5:16, reading: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

No matter whether you celebrate Halloween or you don’t, I hope this analogy encourages you as Halloween approaches.  At a time when so many are celebrating darkness and all things scary, you can be a shining light to all believers and unbelievers. Pray for those who do not believe, your friends, family, students or colleagues, and show each of them the love that your Father in Heaven shows us.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”- John 1:5.

Sander’s words remind us of God’s amazing grace and that when Christ dwells in us, we have love and light to share with others, may we always do so with a smile.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

Ready, Set, Brew:

New service brewing this fall – Coffee House Worship

One of the things most people enjoy about worship and fellowship are the relationships which are built with each other and the ways we support each other in faith. In an attempt to deepen and broaden those relationships and our faith, FPC is going to offer a new worship experience, Coffee House. The Session approved this experiment for three weeks: October 23, 30th and November 13th. The desire is to offer a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere we will meet in Fellowship Hall around small tables, coffee and refreshments will be available as desired throughout the service.  

        Yes, it’s different format, however the Old Testament describes places where people gathered and encountered God, stone alters, tabernacles, temples to name a few. The Gospels tell us Jesus worshiped, preached and taught in many places in the synagogues and temples but also in the wilderness, on hillsides and at lakeshores. The first Christians worshiped at the temple, in synagogues, homes, catacombs even prisons. All heaven and earth belong to God, we may worship in any place. The important thing isn’t the place, but the gathering of believers and Christ’s presence among them.

The worship format of Coffee House will be the same as our regular worship however instead of a meditation we will have guided conversation where we learn with and from one another. The format will be similar to the “Meals with Jesus” Lenten series. Jesus taught by asking questions and challenging his disciples and others to think in new ways. We desire to build deeper bonds of relationship as we think and learn together. This is an opportunity to reengage some of our members and youth with a different worship format. It is hoped everyone will engage this experiment with openness. This is a three-week trial; we will be in the sanctuary for communion on November 6th and in the sanctuary for the Advent season. Plan to join us for Coffee House worship beginning October 23rd.

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022

Sunday, October 2nd 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 Shari Dunklau.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S FALL GATHERING

Please plan to join us for the
Homestead Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering

Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Camp Calvin Crest

9:00 coffee, 9:30 start – Should end before 3:00

1 Peter 4:10 verse for the day – 

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, 

as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

$10 registration for lunch

Email Joan Berglund for registration with your name and church name or you may pay at the door

joanlberglund@gmail.com

Checks will be made out to PWPH

If you wish to mail your check and registration ahead, you may to Joan Berglund, 545 S 28th St, Lincoln NE 68510

For questions, please call or email Terri Sherman

terrisherman@windstream.net   402-525-6008

FPC DEACONS TO HOST COAT GIVE-AWAY: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH 

Saturday, October 15th, the First Presbyterian Church Deacons will be hosting a coat give away from 10 a.m. to 1:00 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. The Deacon’s will be setting up on Thursday afternoon October 13th with volunteers. On October 19th we will return the coats to the basement. If you are able to assist please contact Pastor Teresa.  

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: OCTOBER 16-30, 2022

FPC Stewardship’s Campaign will begin October 16th and run through October 30th.  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 support of First Presbyterian Church. Your support financially and your presence & encouragement to our Deacons and Elders and staff are particularly always important.

PASTORAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICES

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 5th.
  • WAYNE COUNTRY VIEW CHAPEL: Pastor will lead a chapel service at Country View on Sunday, October 16th beginning at 1:30pm.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS: Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of October 24th – 28th at 5:40am.

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

Wear your work clothes to worship on Sunday, 10/23/2022. We will go out to our stretch of Highway 35 (mile markers 33-35) after worship to pick up litter.

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

  • 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.

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY SCHOOL BACKPACK PROGRAM UPDATE

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. At the beginning of each school year letters are 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. We do 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 approximately 140 bags distributed weekly. Sites include the Early Learning Center, the Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools, St. Mary’s and Tower School.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 6, 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!

So What Is “Pilgrimage” All About?

              Have you heard people talking about “pilgrimage” and wondered what it’s about? You’ve probably heard it is a 3-day renewal or retreat. Maybe you’ve heard it started back in 1948 in Spain and was part of the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement and is now, similar to Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dias and Kairos Prison Ministry. You might have also heard it’s held at Camp Calvin Crest in Fremont, Nebraska. Not too far away that you have to worry about “traveling” but far enough away that you can disconnect from the day to day secular world.

              What you probably didn’t hear is you can “Come as You Are”! That’s right, just be yourself and be accepted and loved. You see, God meets you where you are and throughout the weekend surrounds you with His love.  You’ll experience grace, music and laughter all while walking the path God has chosen for you.

              As good as that all sounds, that’s not even the best part! The weekend has been a wonderful experience for many people and has acted as a stepping stone to help them return to their own environments spiritually nourished and inspired to love one another while continuing to serve the Lord, however that looks for you. Won’t you come join us …….

Weekend #28 is October 13-16, 2022 and Weekend #29 is March 15-19, 2023

Website http://greatplainspilgrimage.org

If interested contact Cyndee Widman: registrar@greatplainspilgrimage.org

or Gail McCorkindale: mccork@abbnebraska.com

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

             5         Dale J.

             8         John F.

            10        Brook B.

            18        Ronald C.

            20        Braydn McC.

            21        Rob S.

October 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Sunday Morning Worship 10:00am Fellowship 11:00am         1    
2 World Communion Day   7:00pm WSC packs Backpacks3  4  5 3:30pm Pastor leads Kinship Pointe    6  7  8 PW Fall Gathering at Calvin Crest
9  10  11  12 10:30 Pastor at WACAM meeting    13 4:00pm Coat Fair Set-up14  15 10:00-1:00am Coat Closet Coat Fair  
16 1:30 Pastor leads Country View Chapel   STEWARDSHIP DRIVE THRU 10/30/2217    18    19    20  21 5:30pm Fellowship Hall reserved for special event22
23 10:00am Coffee House Worship   11:00am Highway Cleanup   4:00pm Cub Scouts24 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   7:00pm Session  25 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  26 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  27 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for  28 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  29
30 10:00am Coffee House Worship   STEWARDSHIP DRIVE ENDS31     

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office/Wayne Food Pantry/Coat Closet

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

Wayne Coat Closet:

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church


[*] Four reasons why Christians are like pumpkins | Teen Life Christian Youth Articles, Daily Devotions (fervr.net)  Accessed 9/28/2022.

Presbytidings – September, 2022

Presbytidings–September 2022

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

From the Pastor…..

Why Faith Matters?

A 2021 poll conducted by Real Faith found that a near majority of Americans (45%) think that most Christians are hypocrites. A 2017 Gallup poll indicated that 55% of us believe that religion can answer all of today’s problems. How can this tension exist?[*]  

What difference can Christian faith make in a person’s life? Why should we believe in God, and participate in worship, prayer and other activities of faith and religious traditions? Why should a person of faith be involved with a religious community? Can religion have a positive impact on society? These are challenging questions and are frequently asked these days however, questions about God, a relationship with God, and faith are not new they’ve been asked for centuries.

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer, and Catholic theologian in the 17th century. Pascal wrote frequently about religion and faith. One of his most familiar quotes is “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.” Too often we humans try to fill our vacuum with material goods, money, power, status, which provides only temporary satisfaction. We then come to the realization we must consider something, someone else, to ground our lives. Faith in the Triune God can give us that grounding and help us find meaning and purpose.

The teachings of Christianity help one develop a moral compass, discern right from wrong, helps us define our gifts and our purpose. Our faith should not teach us to be judgmental or cause us to feel bitter towards others, rather our faith should be a source of comfort and strength, peace and joy. Christians follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and seek to live as his disciples, using his life and actions as a roadmap for our own, it’s not an easy road as described by Carol Wimmer in her poem entitled “When I Say I Am A Christian.” 

When I Say I Am A Christian[†]

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes! That’s why I chose this way”
When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble — needing God to be my guide
When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on
When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt
When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught
When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible but God believes I’m worth it
When I say, “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek God’s name
When I say, “I am a Christian,” I do not wish to judge
I have no authority — I only know I’m loved.

Wimmer’s words are reminders that when we say we are a Christian we’re not saying we have all the answers, nor that we never have doubts or challenges, or that we’re perfect and never make a mistake, rather we’re saying the value of a relationship with Christ grounds us and gives us hope, it is a relationship which can stretch from now through eternity.

As disciples we’re always seeking to be a better person, more Christ like. Wimmer notes we must constantly be attentive to the challenges of discipleship, remembering with humility that each of us have sinned and fallen short of what God has called us to be. In the Presbyterian tradition each week we offer a corporate and personal prayer of confession. Our Triune God is gracious and merciful when we confess our flaws and failings, our faith assures us that we are forgiven and freed of the sin that burdens our hearts and minds. In his letter to the Corinthian church the Apostle Paul wrote these words; “…anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT). We are assured that in God’s eyes each of us are worthy, known by name, and beloved no matter our past. The assurance of God’s forgiveness and the opportunity to begin again brings each Christian a sense of peace and comfort.

In addition to our relationship with the Triune God we should be in relationship with a faith community. Christian teachings such as the Ten Commandments guide us in learning how-to live-in community, in our families and beyond. Yes, you can be a Christian without being part of a faith community however as Billy Graham once said churchgoers are like coals in a fire. “When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.”  Being separated from the faith community you are likely to lose your fire. 

            Will faith answer all our questions, solve all the problems in the world? Perhaps not, however as Christians we are called to put our faith into action to make our lives and the world a better place but we don’t have to do this alone. Throughout the scriptures we are reminded that God is faithful and will not abandon us, God will be with us in sunshine and shadows.

Faith is important not only for the hope and assurance of salvation we have personally but also as we try to fulfill Jesus’ commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  We can impact the wider community, our “neighbors,” when we aid the poor, seek justice for the oppressed. Micah 6:8b NIV reminds us of what the Lord requires of each of us “….To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” When we live out our faith as disciples of Jesus, we are seeking to set an example for all we meet of what Jesus means to us, our example is frequently  imperfect, but hopefully faithful.  

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

SAVE THE DATE – HYMN SING SUNDAY SUNDAE & FPC GAME DAY!

SEPTEMBER 11th, 2022

Join us as we begin the new church year on September 11, 2022. 

  • We’ll gather for worship with a hymn sing and Communion.
  • Following the service we will have ice cream and toppings during our traditional SUNDAE SUNDAY fellowship!
  • Finally, everyone is invited to FPC Game Day at 2:30pm!  All sorts of games will be included for young and old alike, both inside and out. We will order pizza at 4:00pm. Coffee, water and juice will be provided, BYO pop or soda. Your friends, puzzles and games (and lawn chairs – weather permitting) are welcome!

COMMUNION

  • Sunday, September 11, 2022. Communion elder: Kent Pulfer.
  • Sunday, October 2,, 2022. Communion elder: Shari Dunklau.

RADIO DEVOTIONS

  • RADIO DEVOTIONS: Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of September 5th – 9th at 5:40am.

DEACONS MEETING

  • The Deacons will meet Wednesday, September 7th at 4:30pm in Fellowship Hall.

SESSION MEETINGS

  • Monday, September 26th, at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.

BUILDING AND GROUNDS NEWS

The Building and Grounds Team has been busy around the property this summer. A new insulated, double paned glass door was added to the west side of the building, and the electronic digital sign has been repaired and is fully functioning again.  John and Kent installed a new sign outside the office door to help identify the FPC building and help patrons of the Coat Closet and Food Pantry. These are each great additions to our property.   

A TIP OF THE HAT

Thank-you to the Galles Family who took care of the mowing of the church lawn over the course of the last several months. Thank you also to those who planted flowers and trimmed bushes, plants and trees. Your gifts of time have made sure the church grounds were looking nice for Sunday as well as for other church and community events. Thank-you to each one who gave of their time.

A CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Jim Curtiss, Joan Lage, Pat Straight and Joann Proett have all moved over the summer months. Their new addresses are available on the back table and in Fellowship Hall (or contact the office).

So What Is “Pilgrimage” All About?

              Have you heard people talking about “pilgrimage” and wondered what it’s about? You’ve probably heard it is a 3-day renewal or retreat. Maybe you’ve heard it started back in 1948 in Spain and was part of the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement and is now, similar to Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dias and Kairos Prison Ministry. You might have also heard it’s held at Camp Calvin Crest in Fremont, Nebraska. Not too far away that you have to worry about “traveling” but far enough away that you can disconnect from the day to day secular world.

              What you probably didn’t hear is you can “Come as You Are”! That’s right, just be yourself and be accepted and loved. You see, God meets you where you are and throughout the weekend surrounds you with His love.  You’ll experience grace, music and laughter all while walking the path God has chosen for you.

              As good as that all sounds, that’s not even the best part! The weekend has been a wonderful experience for many people and has acted as a stepping stone to help them return to their own environments spiritually nourished and inspired to love one another while continuing to serve the Lord, however that looks for you. Won’t you come join us …….

Weekend #28 is October 13-16, 2022

and Weekend #29 is March 15-19, 2023

Website is http://greatplainspilgrimage.org

If interested contact Cyndee Widman: registrar@greatplainspilgrimage.org

or Gail McCorkindale: mccork@abbnebraska.com

SEPTEMBER 2022– First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: Worship 10:00 in-person or via Zoom Fellowship 11:00     12  3
4  5 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living6 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living7 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   4:30pm Deacons Meeting    8 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   6:30pm WSC CRU Event  9 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living10  
11 Communion Hymn Sing Sundae Sunday   2:30pm FPC Game Day  12   9:30am Wayne County Family Coalition13 Pastor out14 Pastor out15 Pastor out16 Pastor out  17 Pastor out  
18 Pastor out Father Mark Beran – Guest Speaker  19    20  21222324
25  26 7:00 Session Meeting  27  28  29  30 


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

                                    6          Anita F.

                                    8          Sharyn P.

            24        Misty B.

            30        Madison B.

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

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/

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FPC ONLINE WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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YouTube: First Presbyterian Church of Wayne, Nebraska

Our web page: https://fpcwayne.com/media/

Worship Bulletins may be found at: https://fpcwayne.com/fpc-wayne-worship-bulletins/

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

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[*] Sermons Illustrations for Proper 13 | OT 18 (2022) – Illustration – Hosea 11:1-11, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21 | Sermon Suite.  Accessed 8/19/2022.

[†] “When I say I am a Christian” Poem (earlychurchhistory.org) Carol Wimmer, 1988.  Accessed 9/19/2022.

Presbytidings – July/August, 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.”

FPC Top Ten Favorite Hymns

Recently Pastor Teresa asked the congregation to share their favorite hymns in anticipation of the congregational hymn sing June 26th. Thanks to everyone who submitted their favorite hymns. A total of 40 hymns were identified spanning old favorites such as “How Great Thou Art”, Christmas hymns such as “ Joy to the World,” & “Still, Still, Still”, an Easter favorite “The Old Rugged Cross” and contemporary hymns such as “In the Bulb There is a Flower” & “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.”

We sang several of the hymns identified during the service on June 26th but couldn’t sing all 40 hymns. We are planning for another hymn sing September 11th, save the date and plan to be in worship.  Sundae Sunday will follow worship as we kick off the fall season.  Following is the top ten list of favorites:

1. “I Danced in the Morning”

2. “Amazing Grace”

3. “Jesus, Lover of My Soul“

4. “Jesus Loves Me“

5. “This is My Father’s World”

6. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

7. “Take my Life“

8. “Joy to the World”

9. “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

10. “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine”

Thanks to Jenny for compiling our FPC Top Ten Hymn list. Your favorites may or may not have made the top ten list, during July we will incorporate many of these favorites into worship. We will also hear some of the stories of the composers of the words and music to these beloved hymns. Together we will praise God with songs of praise, please join us in worship.

FPC WORSHIP SERVICE LIVE AND RECORDED:

This summer you can take us with you wherever you are!

            Zoom: (This option is a live broadcast.) Check your email for an invitation from Pastor Teresa.

Facebook: @ First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Website: fpcwayne.com

YouTube: @ fpc of Wayne Nebraska

Check it out!

FPC ONLINE WORSHIP BULLETINS

Access our worship bulletins online athttps://fpcwayne.com/fpc-wayne-worship-bulletins/  Access information to Wi-Fi has been posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

This Is My Church

It is composed of people just like me.

It will be friendly if I am.

It will do a great work if I work.

It will make generous gifts to many

causes if I am generous.

It will bring others into fellowship

if I bring them.

Its seats will be filled if I fill them.

It will be a church of loyalty and love,

of faith, service and laughter if I,

who make it what it is, am filled with these.

Therefore, with God’s help,

I dedicate myself to the task of being all these things

I want my church to be.

PASTOR’S STUDY LEAVE

  • Pastor Teresa will be out on study leave July 25th – August 1st.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

PULPIT SUPPLY

  • Sunday, July 31st, Rev. Norman Pavey

SUMMER COMMUNION DATES

  • Sunday, July 10th. Communion Elder, Kent Pulfer.
  • Sunday, August 7th. Communion Elder, John Fuelberth.

SESSION MEETINGS

  • There will be no session meeting in July.
  • The next session meeting will be held on Monday, August 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations through the summer:

  • COUNTRYVIEW CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Countryview on Sunday, July 10th at 1:30pm.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of July 18th – 22nd at 5:40am.
  • KINSHIP POINTE CHAPEL Please feel free to join Pastor Teresa as she leads chapel at Kinship Pointe on Wednesday, August 17th at 3:30pm.
  • WORD IN FAITH Pastor’s article “Word in Faith” will run in the Wayne Herald on Thursday, August 25th.

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY – AUGUST 13, 2022

Presbytery meeting August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CALVIN CREST FAMILY FUN DAY–August 20, 2022

We invite YOU to enjoy one of the last weekends of summer the best way possible, spending quality time with the people you love.  Calvin Crest’s Fun Day is perfect for families, friends, children, adults, community members and grandparents!  The event offers activities for all ages including music, games, hikes, crafts, food and fellowship. 

GATHERING OF NE NEBRASKA CHURCHES: August 28th

Pastor Charity Potter and Pastor Teresa Bartlett invite the members of the Presbyterian churches of Wayne, Wakefield, Thurston, Laurel and Belden to gather on August 28th for a time of fellowship, fun and ice cream sundaes. We will gather at Graves Park in Wakefield under the shelter house beginning at 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for us to get to know our Presbyterian neighbors, share ideas and fellowship as we enjoy God’s creation.   Save the date and plan to join the fun.

SAVE THE DATE – SING-DAY SUNDAY!

Join us as we begin the new church year on September 11, 2022.  We’ll gather for worship and following the service we will have ice cream and toppings during our traditional SUNDAE SUNDAY fellowship!

Presbyterian Women of Lakes and Prairies Synod Gather

June, 2022

“Better Together; Tied Together With Love: A cord of three strands is not easily broken” from Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)was the theme for the 2022 Synod gathering of Presbyterian Women. The event was held in Sioux City at the Hilton Garden Inn, June 16th to 19th.  A hundred Presbyterian Women from across the Synod of Lakes and Prairies gathered to worship, work and learn, as well as fellowship together. There were eight women from Homestead Presbytery who attended including Pastor Teresa.

The Gathering explored the PW Purpose in a variety of ways. Plenary (entire group) sessions and keynote speakers focused on specific points of the PW purpose. A hands-on mission opportunity to sew school bags was available to all. There were displays from each Presbytery about the work and projects the women were spearheading. New Synod officers were installed on the last morning of the event.

Each day was opened with a time of worship led by Rev. Danielle Crawford McKinney, a teaching elder in Dakota Presbytery. Rev. Crawford McKinney, is a student rights specialist at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe. Her great-grandfather was one of the first Native American Presbyterian pastors in Dakota Presbytery. Incorporating the venue’s view of the Missouri River Crawford-McKinney daily reminded those at the gathering of the relationship between creation, creator and humans as caretakers of creation. Several women from Dakota Presbytery were present at the event and offered special music and even singing for the group in the Dakota language.   

Workshops provided information about a wide range of topics, including PW missions, glimpses into Native American storytelling, the challenges of the immigration system, the new Horizon’s Bible Study, and pottery to mention a few.

Special projects supported by the offering and donation of gift cards included the Lila Mae House, All About You Adoptions, Marion Medical Mission (wells for Africa) and the restoration of the Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Center in Walthill, Nebraska.

The Synod Gathering is held every three years and was a wonderful time of worship, fellowship and sharing as well as being able to support some very worthy organizations. If you would like to know more about Presbyterian Women and their work in the world feel free to contact Pastor Teresa or go to the  website: Presbyterian Women | PC USA Women’s Organization. 

Presbyterian Women’s Purpose

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ,

and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves

to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,

to support the mission of the church worldwide,

to work for justice and peace,

and to build an inclusive, caring community of women

that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

FOOD PANTRY & BACKPACK NEWS 2022

The food pantry has served 91 requests so far this year. The Backpack Program has served approximately 4,800 food bags in the 2021/22 academic year. We also serve St. Mary’s and Tower Schools as well. The program continues this summer. We would be happy to receive donations such as individually wrapped packages of nutritious food & snacks or financial donations. Contact Jodi Pulfer or Jenny Hammer at the church office: fpcwayne@gmail.com or (402)375-2669 for more details. Please consider a donation to the Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program ministry.

GALLES THANK YOU LAWN MOWING

We thank our super-hero family, Austin, Michelle, Jacoby, Sydney and Miles for mowing the lawn all summer. It is very greatly appreciated.

Pat Straight has relocated. Check with the church office for her new address.

July 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: 10:00 Worship11:00 Fellowship      12
3      456  7  8  9  
10 10:00am + Communion 1:30pm + CountryView Chapel  11 9:30am + Wayne Family Coalition12  13 10:30am + WACAM Meeting14  15  16  
17  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 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  23  
24  25 Pastor out  26 Pastor out  27 Pastor out  28 Pastor out  29 Pastor out  30 Pastor out  
31 10:00am Worship with The Rev. Norman Pavey   Pastor out          

July Birthdays

                    10      Shea S.

                    21      Josephine P.

          24      Mark H.

          29      Marta P.

August 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
 1  2  3  4  5    6    
7 10:00am + Communion  8      9    10 10:30 + WACAM Meeting  11  1213 Homestead Presbytery Meeting
14    15 9:00am All day Salvation Army set-up & give away school supplies (4-7pm)  16    17   3:30pm Kinship Pointe Chapel18    19    20    
21    22 7:00pm Session  23  24  25 Word in Faith Column runs26  27
28 1:30pm CountryView Chapel   5:00pm NE NE Churches gather at Graves Park29    30    31     

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

          2        Gordon G.

          3        Ken M.

          8        Nina S.

          12      Alissa B.

          27      Milton O.

          30      Layne H.

SOURCE OF ALL BLESSINGS,
you bless us with gardens —
flower gardens, dizzy from
fragrant abundance, or beds in
neat rows, but above all the garden
we dream of, with wall, well, and
white-gravel walkways, its bench
shaded by fruit trees, its arbor of
grapevines or roses, its fountain,
stone steps, statues, and box hedge.
May it flourish, that garden of my
imagination, anywhere, welcoming
in any weather.

— Br. David Steindl-Rast

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

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

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319-795-2911 (cell)

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Presbytidings – May/June 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…

In late April there were a couple of afternoons when the wind died down and I could get to some work in the yard. I spent the afternoons raking, gathering leaves out of flower beds and adding a new layer of mulch. The days following my yard  work I was reminded by various aches and pains that I’ve been a couch potato all winter and that I’m not as young as I used to be. We can be discouraged by our aches and pains, the need for bi-focals, hearing aids, or that our balance isn’t as good as it once was however, age does bring the gifts of wisdom and experience. The view of older adults and aging has changed through the years and we are living longer and better than ever.

May is Older Adults Month established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens who met to address the growing concerns of America’s 17 million individuals ages 65 and older. In 1963, one-third of all senior citizens lived in poverty with few social programs available to help support them. To raise awareness of the problems facing seniors and to honor them, President Kennedy and the Council proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month.
            Two years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Older Americans Act of 1965 and formally declared May as Older Americans Month. The Older Americans Act created the Administration on Aging, the first federal agency designed to address the struggles of older Americans, introduced nutrition programs, transportation assistance, federally funded adult day care, legal assistance and other services for seniors. The Act also paved the way to passing the Medicare program to offer health care to seniors. These programs have improved the life of millions of Americans through the years improving access to various programs and health care.

As we get older our abilities and interests change but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to serve God. Psalm 92:12-15 ESV says, The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.The biblical narrative tells us Abraham and Sarah became parents in their old age, 100 and 90 years of age. It’s estimated that Moses was 80 years old when God called him to lead the people out of Egypt. God has given us the gift of aging, Betty Frieda wrote, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” 

We cannot turn back time, however we can live a happier, healthier life now, regardless of our age or how much time we have left. Engaging our minds and bodies are key to aging well. For decades, the Institute of Noetic Sciences team has conducted research, created educational programs, and engaged in conversations on transformations in consciousness as well as an ever-expanding appreciation for the aging process. Through research and experimentation, the team at the Institute of Noetic Sciences explores the interconnection between personal, inner spaces and the “outer space” of our shared reality. I share with you nine practices the Institute identified that can help people engage their lives fully:[*]

  1. Reflect on Your Assumptions. Stop long enough to reflect on your worldview, beliefs, stereotypes, and assumptions. How might they be limiting you or holding you back? What do you need to change to reflect your highest values and most noble aspirations?
  2. Reframe Your Inner Talk. Take note of your critical self-talk, bringing the inner critic into more conscious awareness to help reframe these internal messages as more positive and self-compassionate. As you invite equanimity and self-compassion, wonder and awe into your daily life, even the most mundane aspects of experience can become sacred.
  3. Shift Your Perspective. Clear a space in your life that turns away from the popular media and the weapons of “mass distraction” that shape the dominant culture’s view of aging. Find opportunities to pause and ask yourself where you find joy, goodness, and connections. Write down major moments of transformation that have led you to who you are and what gives you meaning. As philosopher Soren Kierkegaard noted, “Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.”
  4. Practice Mindful Attention. Bring your attention toward greater self-awareness through simple activities such as meditation, contemplative prayer, journal writing, walking in nature, gardening with mindfulness, and somatic subtle-energy body practices. What do you need to surrender or leave behind? How can you conserve your energy for what has heart and meaning? What still needs healing or forgiveness?
  5. Set Intentions. Ask yourself, “What matters most? What values do I want to adhere to?” Based on these reflections, you can craft an intentionality statement so that when challenges and opportunities arise, you will have developed an inner compass with which to navigate and make more conscious life choices.
  6. Build New Habits. Challenge your brain with new learnings, explore new activities, dance often, connect with people of different generations, ask a child about his life, or do something new every day. Neuroscience offers us hope that such new habits are possible as we lay down new neural pathways that can help us see the world and ourselves in new ways. As Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
  7. Find Guidance. Find a skilled teacher, a study group, and/or a social network that supports your explorations. Whether in virtual or proximal social settings, connecting with others offers a way of living into new patterns and behaviors.
  8. Move from I to We. While aging is a personal process, conscious aging is more than a personal quest. It can infuse your life as you promote the transformation of your community. Altruism and compassion born of shared destiny, rather than duty or obligation, can emerge and add joy and purpose to your actions.
  9. Know That Death Makes Life Possible. An important part of positive transformation involves a reflection on one’s own cosmology of what happens after we die. There are many maps or worldviews on this question, revealing a wide range of viewpoints. In considering them, people can find comfort and a set of possibilities for their understanding. As people grow older, as they come to face their own mortality, they can bring greater awareness to the transformative process that allows a deeper experience of their life journey.

As we get older we can look back on the twists and turns of life with a more measured gaze and insight. Age brings wisdom and perspective to each of us, gifts which are a treasure to be shared with younger generations who can learn from the mistakes and successes of their elders.[†] Elders know that what lasts in life, what counts in life,  and what remains in life after all the work has been completed are the relationships that sustained us, not the trophies we collected on the way.[‡] Soren Kierkegaard quote included above, “Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward” reminds us as Christians, whether young or old, we live forward into God’s promises of grace, mercy and salvation.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

MOTHER’S DAY – MAY 8, 2022

Thank-you to every woman for the many roles you play whether as mother, spouse, employee, employer, mentor, grandmother, friend, role model, spiritual friend. Not all women are mothers, but all of us have a mother – if your mother has been an example of faith and grace in your life give thanks and let her know how much you appreciate her. If this Mother’s Day you are missing a special woman in your life- give thanks for all that woman was to you, whether she was a wife, teacher, grandmother, mother or friend. Each of us, women and men should do our best to reflect the love and grace of God to those around us.

God’s Helpers

God could not be in every place
With loving hands to help erase
The teardrops from each baby’s face,
And so He thought of mother.
He could not send us here alone
And leave us to a fate unknown;
Without providing for His own,
The outstretched arms of mother.
God could not watch us night and day
And kneel beside our crib to pray,
Or kiss our little aches away;
And so He sent us mother.
And when our childhood days began,
He simply could not take command.
That’s why He placed our tiny hand
Securely into mother’s.
The days of youth slipped quickly by,
Life’s sun rose higher in the sky.
Full grown were we, yet ever nigh
To love us still, was mother.
And when life’s span of years shall end,
I know that God will gladly send,
To welcome home her child again,
That ever-faithful mother.

— George W. Wiseman

SPRING GATHERING OF HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The Homestead Presbyterian Women will have their spring gathering via Zoom on May 7th beginning at 8:30 a.m. During the event new officers will be installed. The coordinating team will share about their March and April road trips to various churches. You will get to hear about the new Horizons Bible study. You will also hear about the Synod gathering in June. All those interested are welcome to join Pastor Teresa in Fellowship Hall on the 7th and we will join the meeting via our technology.  

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY MEETING

May 19th, 2021 

Beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Lincoln, NE – Westminster Presbyterian Church

Congratulations to our FPC 2022 Graduate

Taytum Sweetland

Our 2021 high school graduate is Taytum Sweetland who will graduate from Wayne High School and plans to attend the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota, majoring in Psychology/Criminal Justice. Taytum received the Eleanor Edwards Scholarship on Sunday, April 17, 2022. Congratulations, Taytum!

Congratulations also to friend of the congregation, Ethan Wibben, who will also graduate from Wayne High. Ethan plans to study at Wayne State College this fall in Music Education.

FPC College/University Graduates:

Jacob Abraham MNSU Electrical Engineering December 2021

Beau Bowers WSC Business Admin/Ag May 2022

Josephine Peitz John Hopkins Masters, Public Health May 2022

Suzanne Ras Morningside Masters, School Admin May 2022

Madison Stenka WSC Education December, 2021

Sarah Wibben WSC Music Education May, 2022

If you have a college graduate, please let the office know so we can acknowledge their accomplishments.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the following days in May & June:

  • Sunday, May 1st at 10:00am (Communion elder, Suzanne Ras)
  • Sunday, June 5th at 10:00am (Communion Elder, Kent Pulfer)

SESSION MEETINGS

  • The Session will be meeting on May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Devotions: Kent Pulfer
  • The Session will meet on June 27th at 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Devotions: TBD

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

  • Kinship Pointe: Pastor will lead chapel at Kinship Pointe on Wednesday, May 11th at 3:30pm, and again on Wednesday, June 29th at 3:30pm.
  • Wayne Country View Chapel: Pastor will lead chapel at Wayne Country View on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30pm.
  • Radio Devotions: Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH Monday, 5/30 – Friday, 6/3 at 5:40am.
  • Word in Faith Column: Pastor’s column in the Wayne Herald will appear on Thursday, June 9th.

PENTECOST OFFERING

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has four annual special offerings; One Great Hour of Sharing, Christmas Joy, Pentecost, Peace and Global witness. FPC has participated with the One Great Hour of Sharing at Easter and Christmas Joy for many years. The Session has decided to add the Pentecost offering this year which will be collected on June 5th, Pentecost Sunday.

Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit connects us with the church of the past, continues to inspire the church of today, and points us to the church of the future.

The Pentecost offering is focused on the youth of the church. Since the Pentecost Offering started in 1998, Presbyterians have raised more than $16 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family. Presbyterians believe we are called to support and care for young people to help them build a solid foundation of faith. Gifts to the Pentecost Offering connect with God’s hope and future, supporting ministries with children, youth and young adults helping them grow in faith, so they may build the church of the future.

Each participating congregation keeps 40% of funds raised to initiate or support programs for young people in their communities or for events or projects that are youth related. The FPC Session decided our offering will go to Calvin Crest Camp in Fremont. The camp has been and continues to be important in the lives of many of our FPC family. The remaining 60% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adult ministries. When we all do a little it adds up to a lot, thank-you for your generosity in the Pentecost offering.

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.

SYNOD SCHOOL

Want to go to camp as a family this summer?  Plan to Join Presbyterians from all over the Midwest at Buena Vista College, in Storm Lake, IA July 24-29, 2022.  Plan on a week of inspiring worship, educational speakers, arts and crafts, and lots of new friends for the entire family.  There is programming available for every age and every interest.  Want more information?  Go to http://www.lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool

SIGN-UP FOR LAWN MOWING

We will need one or two people to mow each week. If you can share in this effort, please sign up via the email Google document, sign-up on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall or call the church office.

May 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1 10:00am Worship with Communion2  3  4567 8:30am PW Spring Gathering Via Zoom
8 10:00am Worship9  1011 3:30pm Kinship Pointe Chapel121314
15  10:00am Worship16  171819 10:00am Homestead Presbytery @ Lincoln2021 9:30am Mobile Food Pantry Truck
22 10:00am Worship 1:30pm Country View Chapel23 7:00pm Session Meeting2425  26 9:00am Homestead Presbytery via Zoom2728
29   10:00am Worship30 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  31 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  1 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living2 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  3 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living4

MAY BIRTHDAYS

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3             Joann P., Dave P.

10           Jeryl N.

11           Karen J., Solomon P.

12           Joan L.

14           Bo A.

18           Jay and Jane O., Taytum S.

24           Gail Mc.

What Makes a Dad?

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad

By Unknown Author

June Birthdays

             2         Jean G., Jill S.

             6         Connie B.

             8         Brian B., Carol M.

            10        Karen G.

            18        Wes B.

            19        Dennis S.

            26        Pastor Teresa

June 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: 10:00 Worship  30 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  31 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living    1 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living    2 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   “Word in Faith” due3 *5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living    4    
5 +Pentecost Offering +Communion  6  7  8  9 “Word in Faith”runs In Wayne Herald10  11
12  1314  15  16 Pastor out17 Pastor out18 Pastor out
19 * Father’s Day Pastor out guest speaker, tba    20 Pastor out21 Pastor out22 Pastor out    23  24  25  
26  27 7:00pm Session Meeting  28  29 3:30pm Kinship Pointe Chapel30  

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

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/

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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

FPC Service Recordings

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*Facebook @ First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

*Our website @ fpcwayne.com

*YouTube @ FPC of Wayne Nebraska

FPC Online Worship Bulletins can be found at:

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

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Presbytidings – April 2022

Presbytidings – April 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.”

LENTEN SUPPERS & SERVICES

Our church family will continue to gather for weekly Wednesday night suppers at 6:00pm during Lent ending on Wednesday, April 6th. The supper sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Afterward, we will gather for Lenten services at 7:00pm. All are welcome.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

  • Palm Sunday with the Presbyterian Pealers, April 10th at 10:00am
  • Maundy Thursday with communion: April 14th at 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday Celebration with the Presbyterian Pealers: April 17th at 10:00am
  • Easter Sunday brunch: April 17th at 11:00am

(Signup sheet is on the Opportunity Table)

EASTER LILIES

Easter lilies are welcome to decorate the sanctuary for Easter. If you would like to donate a lily (lilies) for the Easter service please bring the flowers to church by Friday, April 15th before 1:00 p.m. If you would like an acknowledgement in the bulletin on Easter Sunday please contact Jenny by April 13th.  Please remove your lilies from the sanctuary after the service on Easter Sunday. Thank you.

BRIGHT SUNDAY – APRIL 24th

The Sunday after Easter, April 24th, we will celebrate Bright Sunday or Holy Hilarity Sunday. On this day we celebrate the biggest joke ever played on the devil which was the resurrection of Christ. You are encouraged to wear bright colors to worship. If you have funny stories appropriate for sharing in church, email them to Pastor Teresa and we will see if they make their way into the service.  If there is anyone who wants to share their talents either musical talents or acting, please contact Pastor Teresa by Tuesday, April 19th.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

The One Great Hour of Sharing is the church saying, “We’ll be there when you need us.” Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Your gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, food for the hungry, and community development that helps people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected on Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday.

Prayer for One Great Hour of Sharing

God of mercy, help us look past the walls

and doors of this church.

Help us to open our doors

to walk alongside the vulnerable

to whom we have been called.

As we share through this Offering,

may all your children feel

the love of Christ and share in

the justice, compassion, and joy

you offer. Keep us unsatisfied with being

THIS church on THIS corner,

so we shall be known as

CHRIST’s church to the whole world. 

Amen.

From the Pastor….

This week I was reminded of a quote attributed to theologian Fredrick Buechner “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” Our human experience is always a pendulum, between good and bad, beautiful, and terrible. Often not an either/or, but sometimes a both/and, occasionally on the same day! Beautiful and terrible things are happening in our world ALL the time! Amid the news of events such as war, natural disasters, disease, violence, discord, and the pandemic, it can feel like we are bombarded with terrible news. We may want to cover our eyes and ears, so we don’t have to see or hear any more.

I heard the expression once that sometimes when we feel we’ve been buried, we’ve instead been planted, and God is at work growing something new. Beauty and joy can come from dark places, think of all those spring bulbs just waiting to emerge. Look to the sunrise which follows the darkness of night and see that our Triune God is at work offering the assurance that we are not alone, and beauty can be found around us. The words of Psalm 46:1-3 offer comfort and assurance in challenging days: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Even in dark days we need to try to minimize the suffering and pain of others, to show love to our neighbors as Christ taught. Since the early days of the Ukrainian war, I’ve been struck by Ukrainian musicians and artists who are sharing their talents, both to mourn what is happening in their country as well as to offer resistance and encouragement, even joy. Did you see the video of 7-year-old Amelia, from Ukraine, who was filmed singing “Let It Go” in a Kyiv bomb shelter? (Link- https://youtu.be/JSXjocOpGwA). Recently Amelia performed a moving rendition of the Ukrainian national anthem at a relief concert in Poland. In troubled times music can be an expression of comfort, resistance, an expression of solidarity and hope, a counter to fear.

The online site, Daily Mail, recounted the story of professional pianist Irina Maniukina and her poignant goodbye to her home and hometown. (Link- Ukrainian musician plays piano in her bombed-out family home before fleeing Bila Tserkva [Video] | Daily Mail Online). The 48-year-old mother and her two children were forced to leave their home after a bomb from a Russian airstrike landed 30 feet from their house in Bila Tserkva, south of Kyiv early in March. The family relocated to western Ukraine. In a video linked to the online article you see the ruins of the home as Maniukina uncovers a beautiful, white grand piano, she brushes away the ash from the keyboard and begins to play. Her daughter recorded the beautiful music while filming the rubble of the house, blown out windows and doors, glass and debris everywhere. The beautiful and terrible side by side in the same day.

NPR featured an article about Ukrainian-born photographer and artist, Yuliana, who created a portrait of a woman which for the artist emulates the “indestructible” spirit of Ukraine. The woman’s body appears cracked, but the Ukrainian flag shows beneath the gaps. Yuliana told NPR “I wanted to show that no matter how much destruction Ukrainian land will have to endure, bombs and bullets can never destroy the will, strength and spirit of the Ukrainian people.” They will “stay strong till the end,” she said, “and never surrender.”

Ukrainian musicians and artists even under terrible conditions and at risk to their own safety are using their art to encourage and uplift others as well as document what is happening in their county. Many of these artists and musicians are using their gifts and talents to raise money for humanitarian aid. Americans can also offer financial support for humanitarian aid. When you give be sure to donate through trusted agencies such as your church or a well-known international organization.

Jesus didn’t fully explain why bad things happen and neither can we. Sometimes misfortune is of our own making by our poor choices, sometimes people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes terrible things like violence and war are the result of human sin, manifest in trying to take, hold power or control others. No matter the source of terrible things, God understands our suffering and is with us. God has promised to redeem all things, suffering and injustice do not have the last word in our lives and world.

            Read Luke 13:1-6 and you will see that Jesus used the news of his day, as we can the news of our day, to remind us that life is a gift. God wants to be in relationship with each of us. None of us  know the number of our days, how or when they  will end, but we do know life is not to be squandered but rather spent  in relationship one another and with our Triune God, an ever-present help in beautiful or terrible times.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

  • Wayne Country View Chapel: Pastor will lead chapel at Wayne Country View on Sunday, April 3rd at 1:30pm.
  • Radio Devotions: Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH during holy week Monday, 4/11 – Friday, 4/15 at 5:40am.

COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, April 3rd at 10:00am (Communion elder, Mark Hammer)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 14th at 7:00pm

SESSION

The Session will meet Monday, April 4th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

RUNZA FEEDS THE NEED

Our local Runza Restaurant is hosting a special fund-raiser for the Wayne Food Pantry & Backpack Program on Tuesday, April 5th. Pastor Teresa will be representing the Wayne Food Pantry for an interview with KTCH announcer Aaron Scheffler during the 11:00am hour. Please support us by making plans to pick up Runza for lunch or dinner that day!

GRADUATION SUNDAY

Join us on Sunday, April 17th as we recognize our FPC senior graduate Taytum Sweetland, who will be graduating from Wayne High. Following the service, there will be a time of fellowship. All are welcome! If you have a college graduate, please let the office know so we can acknowledge their accomplishments.

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

We will do our spring highway cleanup after worship on Sunday, April 24th (rain date: May 1st). Please wear your work clothes to church that day. We will depart after worship to our stretch of Highway 35 (markers 33-35 east of Wayne). This is a great time for families to do a service project together. With plenty of help, this project can take less than one hour. 

SPRING GATHERING OF HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The Homestead Presbyterian Women will have their spring gathering via Zoom on May 7th beginning at 8:30 a.m. During the event new officers will be installed. The coordinating team will share about their March and April road trips to various churches. You will get to hear about the new Horizons Bible study. You will also hear about the Synod gathering in June. All those interested are welcome to join Pastor Teresa in Fellowship Hall on the 7th and we will join the meeting via our technology.  

SUMMER CAMP @ CALVIN CREST

Summer is coming! We promise! And what better way to spend your summer than going to camp learning about Jesus with friends? Calvin Crest is officially open for summer camp registration: http://www.calvincrest.org/summer-camp/ Pick out your week of camp and register your kid(s) or grandkid(s). Adherents of our church may apply for a scholarship to pay ½ of the cost of registration.  Additional scholarships, based on financial need may be available. Please ask Jenny or Pastor Teresa for an application.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Have you lost a loved one recently? The grief can be hard to handle. Please consider joining the Providence Medical Grief Support group. We will meet Wednesday evenings (June 1 – 29) from 6:00-8:00pm. A light supper will be provided. For more information or to pre-register call 402-375-7659.

SYNOD SCHOOL

Want to go to camp as a family this summer?  Plan to Join Presbyterians from all over the Midwest at Buena Vista College, in Storm Lake, IA July 24-29, 2022.  Plan on a week of inspiring worship, educational speakers, arts and crafts, and lots of new friends for the entire family.  There is programming available for every age and every interest.  Want more information?  Go to http://www.lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool

The Hands of Christ

Leslie Savage Clark

A Baby’s hands in Bethlehem

Were small and softly curled,

But held within their dimpled grasp

The hope of half the world.

A Carpenter’s in Nazareth

Were skilled and tooled with wood;

They laid the beams of simple homes

And found their labor good.

A Healer’s hands in Galilee

Were stretched to all who came

For him to cleanse their hidden wounds.

Or cure the blind and lame.

Long, long ago the hands of Christ

Were nailed upon a tree,

But still their hold touch redeems

The hearts of you and me.

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

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4        Bev B.

  6        Shari D.

  9        Kevin A.

26      Phil G.

27      Verianne Mc.

29      Heidi A.

April 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Sunday Mornings: 9:00 Handbell Choir 10:00 Worship 11:00 Fellowship    12
3 10:00 Worship with Communion 11:00 Fellowship 1:30 Wayne Country View Chapel4 7:00 Session Meeting  5 11:00 Pastor at Runza Feeds the Need6 6:00 Soup Supper 7:00 Lent Service  7    8  9  
10 Palm Sunday Special Music by the Presbyterian Pealers   One Great Hour of Sharing Offering11 5:40am Pastor has KTCH devotions  12 5:40am Pastor has KTCH devotions  13 5:40am Pastor has KTCH devotions 10:30am WACAM  14 5:40am Pastor has KTCH devotions 7:00 Maundy Thursday Service with Commun-ion  15 Good Friday 5:40am Pastor has KTCH devotions 1:00pm Easter Lily deadline    16 Great Vigil of Easter
17 10:00 Easter Worship Graduate Recognition & special music by the Presbyterian Pealers 11:00 Easter Brunch   One Great Hour of Sharing Offering  18    19    20 Eleanor Edwards Scholarship Application Due  21  22    23    
24 Bright Sunday!   Highway Cleanup after Church  2526 1:30 Pipe Organ tuning27282930

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

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/

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

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FPC Service Recordings

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*Facebook @ First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

*Our website @ fpcwayne.com

*YouTube @ FPC of Wayne Nebraska

FPC Online Worship Bulletins can be found at:

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

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Presbytidings – March 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.”

Lenten Poem

by Ann Weems

Lent is a time to take time to let the power of our faith story take hold of us,
a time to let the events get up and walk around in us,
a time to intensify our living unto Christ,
a time to hover over the thoughts of our hearts,
a time to place our feet in the streets of Jerusalem

or to walk along the sea and listen to his Word,
a time to touch his robe and feel the healing surge through us,
a time to ponder and a time to wonder….
Lent is a time to allow a fresh new taste of God!
Perhaps we’re afraid to have time to think,
for thoughts come unbidden.
Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future
knowing our past.
Give us courage, O God,
to hear your Word
and to read our living into it.
Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven
and give us the faith
to take up our lives and walk.

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 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)

LENTEN SUPPER & SERVICE

We will gather for weekly suppers during Lent through Wednesday, March 21st beginning at 6:00pm. The supper sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Afterward, we will gather for Lenten services at 7:00pm. All are welcome.

From the Pastor:

In worship we’ve been following Christ’s teaching from the Sermon on the Plain found in the Gospel of Luke. In Chapter 6 Jesus is teaching about discipleship, he’s focused on instructing the men he has called to follow him. If you’ve ever stepped into a job that was out of your comfort zone and required a steep learning curve you can identify with the disciples who Jesus called from such vocations as tax collectors and fishermen to be “Fishers of people.” 

 In the Sermon on the Plain Jesus teaches his disciples will encounter both blessings and woes. People will often despise followers for the choice they made to trust and follow Jesus. Jesus doesn’t pull any punches, discipleship isn’t easy. Jesus calls his disciples to love their enemies and do good for them, pray for those who mistreat them and to “turn the other cheek.” Jesus requires disciples to forgive others freely and not to judge others. God will judge us by the same measures disciples judge and treat others.

In Jesus’ short ministry he gathered and taught disciples and sent them out to teach and share the gospel of Jesus with others. Jesus laid the foundation for the church but he didn’t establish the church. The disciples and the Apostle Paul were instrumental in establishing churches and their ministry and outreach. The Greek word translated in the New Testament as “church” is Ekklesia (or ecclesia). It comes from ek, meaning “out from and to” and kaleo, meaning “to call,” The ekklesia in the New Testament is a group of people, an assembly or a congregation who have been called out of the world and to God; it is the people, not a building that is the church.[*]

1 Peter 2:9-10 gives an overview of those who are “called out” to be God’s people; “… you are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.At one time you were not a people, but now you are God’s people. In the past you had never received mercy, but now you have received God’s mercy.

Followers of Christ are “called out” to tell about God, to be bound together by their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. God’s people are all those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The church universal includes Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, Baptists and others. Different denominations may order their worship differently, differ in how they ordain and call pastoral leadership and their governance, however the common denominator is Jesus Christ.

As Jesus laid out it can be challenging to be a follower of Christ so the regular support and encouragement of other Christians is invaluable. For followers of Christ whether in the 1st century or 21st century there are a variety of reasons to join a faith community. I want to highlight three: faith, fellowship and mission or service to others.

  In a community of faith, we seek to hear and understand God’s Word as a guide for our lives. The Scriptures give us a mirror to see our lives, helping us learn to live in community, care for each other and creation. We often need to be reminded that we are not God and to be humbled by God’s presence and action in our lives.

Being a member of a faith community gives a sense of belonging and rootedness, it is a place where we are known and can know others. In a community of faith joys and sorrows can be shared, we respond with thanksgiving and praise to God’s blessings as we worship together. As a member of faith community, we meet people who are different ages, have different life experiences and backgrounds and we can learn from each other.

In a faith community we are challenged by Jesus’ teachings to live in a way that is often counter to the world around us. Jesus says don’t live just for yourself, live for others as well. Since the first century the church has cared for widows and orphans and has continued to care for the poor, needy and sick. The church has established schools, hospitals and other institutions to care for the needy, sick and orphaned in their communities and around the world. Jesus taught we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, our neighbors may be near or far away. For the neighbors close by FPC helps through the Coat Closet, Backpack and Pantry programs. If you want to work on a larger scale there are ministries within the church such as Presbyterian Disaster Response which give on the ground assistance to people after natural disasters or other traumatic situations. There are a variety of service opportunities within the denomination.

The church is a community of believers who practice their faith, fellowship with each other and the surrounding community, and offer service to their community and beyond. Let us continue to build on the foundations that our ancestors established here at FPC, they worked together to build a house of worship. We carry forth that tradition offering the Triune God our praise and thanksgiving. I give thanks for the faithful members and friends of FPC for sharing their faith, fellowship and gifts. We are the church together, sharing the faith and God’s love through our actions. Hebrews 10: 24-25 reminds us “We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. 25 Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.” We have been called out to be the family of God in this place let us continue to worship to deepen our faith, spend time in fellowship supporting and encouraging each other and reaching out in mission and service to our community and beyond. May God continue to guide us in these endeavors.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

NEW MEMBER CLASS

If you are interested in joining the FPC faith family please contact Pastor Teresa. Tentative plans are being made for a new member class in the next couple of months. The class would help participants to learn about membership as well as the history and governance and Presbyterian Church USA. It is anticipated this class would be completed in one setting.

Members of other mainline denominations may ask the church which holds their membership about a letter of transfer to FPC. Contact Pastors Teresa for more information if this is your situation.

COMMUNION

  • We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, March 6th, 2022. John Fuelberth will serve as the Communion Elder.
  • Communion will also be celebrated on Sunday, April 3rd, with Mark Hammer as the Communion Elder.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME!

Spring forward one hour the weekend of March 13th. You might be caught walking into church just as worship is finishing up!

DEACONS MEETING

The Deacons will meet Wednesday, March 16th at 4:30pm in Fellowship Hall.

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, March 28th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Mark Hammer will provide the devotions.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

For more than 70 years, One Great Hour of Sharing has provided us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need. In fact, OGHS is the single, largest way Presbyterians come together every year to work toward a better world.

The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

First Presbyterian will be collection the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Easter Sunday, April 17th and April 24th.

FPC DIRECTORY UPDATE

Jenny is working on an update to the FPC Church Directory. Please submit any changes by March 31st to fpcwayne@gmail.com or call the office at 402-375-2669. Thank you!

PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS

We are very proud of our Presbyterian Pealers! See and hear the bells by watching the February 20th video of the worship service posted on our FB page.

Center front: Director Jay O’Leary.

Back row: Mark McCorkindale, John Fuelberth, Austin Galles, Gabe Peitz, Steve McCorkindale.

Middle row: Sydney McCorkindale Story

Gail McCorkindale, Alison Stineman, Anita Fuelberth, Jenny Langdon.

FROM THE PC(USA)- DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINE

“(God) shall judge between the nations and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” — (Isaiah 2:4) The current Russian invasion that started on February 24 follows eight years of conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are enduring bombings and assault by Russian military forces; and have lost power, been cut off from water and fuel. As people head toward the western regions, there is a shortage of food and other basic supplies. The reports of displaced persons inside Ukraine continue to rise every day, already in the hundreds of thousands. The UN anticipates that as many as 6.7 million will be displaced internally. Likewise, Ukrainians are fleeing to neighboring countries, primarily to Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, while others have moved to other European countries. Again, current estimates from the UN are that the refugee numbers could also reach several million. These borders have remained open until now even as lines are growing. Partners are raising particular concern for the women and young children who make up the majority of the refugees as many men are now barred from leaving the country. As part of the international humanitarian community, PDA urges that governments and non-governmental organizations provide assistance without discrimination due to concerns for the Roma and people of other nationalities who have also been displaced by the conflict. In the midst of the chaos, there are sibling churches and ecumenical partners who are already providing assistance with basic items for survival. Initial assistance being provided includes shelter, food, clothing, blankets, baby food and diapers, other hygiene supplies, flashlights and candles, generators and fuel. Our first priority is to provide funding to these partners on the ground. While the scale of this crisis is new, receiving refugees from Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe is not, which means we have trusted, established partners with the knowledge and expertise to carry out this important work. In fact, One Great Hour of Sharing — the single largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to provide hope, help and relief — was started in response to refugees coming out of Europe. Our response to the situation in Ukraine will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead. The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray. GIVE. ACT. PRAY.
1. GIVE: Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line. Mail to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

2. ACT: Urge the U.S. government to support generous aid for refugees and civilians suffering in Ukraine, and call for engaging a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
3. PRAY:  That the conflict might end soon and peace be restored. Pray for the courage and resolve the of Ukrainian people     

GREENWOOD CEMETERY CAMPAIGN

At the January Session meeting the Greenwood Cemetery Association gave a presentation about their fundraising efforts to make numerous improvements in the cemetery. The Session thought the information was worthy of sharing with the congregation.  The following letter gives you a brief overview and contact information if you desire to know more about the projects or want to make a donation toward these projects.

–Pastor Teresa

From: Greenwood Cemetery Board of Trustees

Dear Community Member,

We think you will agree that Greenwood Cemetery is a source of community pride. Our groundskeepers and the Board of Trustees have been working hard to assure that the cemetery is well-kept for families and visitors. With the renewed interest in family and regional history the past few years, we understand the importance of maintaining a beautiful and accessible site.

We need some generous help with financial support in order to continue our work. While there are minimal funding sources inherent to the cemetery, such revenue is limited. These sources include the sale of lots, donations, sale of permits, burial fees and the interest earnings from the Perpetual Care Fund.

In addition to constant mowing and trimming, there are many projects underway. The west road has been replaced by the City of Wayne, we completed a labor intensive cleanup during the winter of 2020, trees have been trimmed or removed due to pine wilt and we still have many projects to address. There is a need for more road resurfacing, the Chapel is in need of renovation, we need to start an aggressive re-treeing program to replace those lost trees, our database management software enhancement will streamline and perfect our processes and finally, our goal is to start a stone repair plan and establish and acquire structures for above ground burials. 

Greenwood Cemetery is asking you to consider making a contribution to the cemetery for general care and special projects. Your contribution is tax deductible as the Cemetery is a 501-c 13 non-profit.

Please send donations to:

Greenwood Cemetery Association

PO Box 292

 Wayne, NE  68787

Thank you for considering this request.

            Amy Bowers, President                      Jay O’Leary, Vice-President

            Bob Liska                                            JoAnn McKenzie

            Shelley Gilliland                                 Marta Nelson, Secretary

Enclosed is my tax deductible contribution to Greenwood Cemetery Assoc. of Wayne, NE

Name   ___________________________                              Amount_____________

Address  ___________________________

            ___________________________

March 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Every Sunday 9:00 Pealers Practice 10:00 Worship 11:00 Fellowship 1    2   7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service345  
6   10:00am Communion John Fuelberth, communion elder  7  89 10:00am Pastor at WACAM 6:00pm Soup Supper 7:00pm Lenten Service10 10:30am Pastor at Salvation Army Meeting1112 1:00pm LeaderWise “Bridgebuilder” Workshop
13   Daylight Savings Time Begins – Spring Forward!14 9:30am Wayne Family Coalition Meeting1516 4:30pm Deacons Meeting 6:00pm Soup Supper 7:00pm Lent Service17  1819
2021   7:00pm Session Meeting22  23 3:30 Kinship Pointe Chapel 6:00pm Soup Supper 7:00pm Lent Service242526
27    28 7:00pm Session Meeting2930 6:00pm Soup Supper 7:00pm Lent Service31 Word in Faith column runs   7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service12

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.
  • Lenten Supper & Service – We will gather for weekly suppers during Lent through Wednesday, March 21st beginning at 6:00pm. The supper sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Afterward, we will gather for Lenten services at 7:00pm. All are welcome.
  • 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.

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

24        Jacob B.

28        Babs M.

29        Madison U.

______________________________________________________

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.

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

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/

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

FPC Service Recordings

can be found at:

*Facebook @ First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

*Our website @ fpcwayne.com

*YouTube @ FPC of Wayne Nebraska

FPC Online Worship Bulletins can be found at:

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

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[*] What is the definition of ekklesia? (compellingtruth.org)  Accessed 3/1/2022

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:

*Facebook @ First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

*Our website @ fpcwayne.com

*YouTube @ FPC of Wayne Nebraska

FPC Online Worship Bulletins can be found at:

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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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Presbytidings – January 2022

Presbytidings – January 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….

A Prayer for the New Year

Robert Louis Stevenson

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,

And teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the new day make us happy to be Your children

And each new evening brings us to our beds with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven. Amen.

What New Year’s resolutions did you make this year? Did you resolve to change or add a practice or a habit, to lose weight, exercise more, eat more vegetables, or spend more time with family? Perhaps a resolution we should make is to let go of things; like anger, bitterness and replace those attitudes with compassion, kindness, and forgiveness.

Let’s start with resolving to be kind to each other. Theologian, Henry Nouwen[*], wrote “Kindness is a beautiful human attribute. When we say, “She is a kind person” or “He surely was kind to me,“ we express a warm feeling. In our competitive and often violent world, kindness is not the most frequent response. But when we encounter it, we know that we are blessed. Is it possible to grow in kindness, to become a kind person” Yes, but it requires discipline? To be kind means to treat another person as your”kin” your intimate relative. We say, “We are kin” or “he is next of kin” To be kind is to reach out to someone as being of “kindred” spirit.

                Nouwen goes on to say “Here is the great challenge; All people, whatever their color, religion, or sex, belong to humankind and are to be kind to one another, treat one another as brothers and sisters. There is hardly a day in our lives in which we are not called to this.” We are reminded that kindness isn’t the only attribute we are to work to cultivate in our lives. The author of Colossians wrote (3:12-14 ESV): Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all this put-on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

These are attitudes and actions that God desires we share with each other year-round and should be a part of every year’s resolutions. We can only do this because God’s love empowers and encourages each of us us to cultivate in our lives peace and harmony with one another.

Grace and peace to you,

Pastor Teresa  

 SESSION

The Session will meet on January 22nd from 9:00 to 12:30 for a time of training and planning for 2022. All Session members including the incoming class of elders should plan to attend. We will be reviewing polices of the congregation as well as planning for communion, monthly devotions and organizing Session teams. 

FPC ANNUAL MEETING

Our annual congregational meeting will follow worship on Sunday, January 30th. If you are responsible for a particular ministry (e.g., deacons, music, nominating, church school, property), please submit a brief report to the church office (fpcwayne@gmail.com) by Friday, 1/14/2022.

SESSION & DEACON TEAM REPORTS DUE

2020 Session members & Deacons are reminded to compile a summary report for your area which will need to be sent to the office by Friday, January 14th. 

THANK-YOU

Thank you for the wonderful gift from the congregation, your generosity is deeply appreciated. Thank-you also to each one who sent a card or remembered me in other ways. As we begin our fifth year of ministry together, I am every more grateful for your gifts of friendship, your support and encouragement as we share in the ministry of First Presbyterian Church.  Grace and peace to each of you, Pastor Teresa.

Thank you to the FPC church family for your generosity this Christmas season. I am grateful for your gifts and support. Jenny

Thank-you to all who assisted during the Advent season as lectors, greeters and Advent candle lighters.

November 28th – Ken & Karen Marra

December 5th – Brian & Amy Bowers

December 12th – Austin & Michelle Galles & family

December 19th – Larry & Tiffanny Heese

December 24 – Mark, Jenny & Nina Hammer

Thank-you to Ronda Ras for accompanying our Christmas Eve service.

Thank-you to Ken & Jan Liska who donated poinsettias for the Advent season.

THANK-YOU PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS

December 12th the congregation enjoyed many seasonal favorites performed by the Presbyterian Pealers during worship. It was wonderful to have the bells in worship again. Thank you to all the members of the choir for their dedication and especially director Jay O’Leary.

“A CHRISTMAS TO BELIEVE IN”    

Thank-you to all the young and young at heart who participated in all church play “A Christmas to Believe In” on December 19th. The narrators, Gabe Peitz, Maria Ras, and Solomon Peitz told the Christmas story and our FPC actors showed the story. You can see the service on the FPC Facebook page where the video of the service is posted. Thank-you to Ronda Ras for her work in organizing and the following people for participating.

Narrator #1 – Gabe Peitz

Narrator #1b – Maria Ras

Narrator #2 – Solomon Peitz

Mary – Breanna Chase

Joseph – Gabe Peitz

Angel – Maria Ras

Elizabeth – Ronda Ras

Zechariah – Gerard Ras

Townspeople – Jackie Owens, Pastor Teresa Bartlett

Angels – Candyce Peitz, Maria Ras & Suzanne  Sjuts

Shepherds – Ronda Ras: Head Shepherd, Jacobi Galles, Sydney Galles

Herod – Gordon Granberg

Wise Men – Mark Hammer, Nina Hammer, Kent Pulfer

Advisor to Herold – Gail McCorkindale

The members of the congregation are the messengers taking the story into the world.

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

The Christmas Joy Offering is one of the four denominational offerings, the others are One Great Hour of Sharing, The Pentecost Offering, Peace and Global Witness Offering. The Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s. The offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. Thank-you for your generosity to this special offering. Our collection for this year was $265.00.

DECEMBER SURPRISE REVERSE OFFERING

December 5th each family in worship received an envelope with $30.00. Members were asked to use the money to bless someone else during the holiday season. Members could gift all the money to one person or organization or divide it up between several. Each envelope also contained a foam ornament which was to be used to record on the back how the money was spent, no names just how the money was used. Thirty envelopes were distributed that morning, twenty-one have been returned. If by chance you haven’t returned your ornament, please feel free to return it to Pastor Teresa.

A variety of agencies and individuals benefited from our December Surprise gifts. The Salvation Army and Haven House had the most donations. There were also donations to Camp Calvin Crest, Wayne Library (to pay overdue book fines), Ronald McDonald House, Heifer International. Some gifts were very personal and included meeting the needs of a student, helping a friend with gas, helping a single Mom, buying wreaths, and delivering to people to spread Christmas cheer. Thank-you to everyone for helping share the love of Christ this holiday season.

A New Year Prayer

God of our lives, you will be faithful in time to come, as in years gone by.

We praise You for goodness undeserved, and gifts received we cannot number.

For life and health and loving friends; for work and leisure; for all grand things

You give, we thank You, Lord God.

Above all, we praise You for Jesus Christ,

 who lifts our hopes and leads us in Your way.

 Praise and reverence, honor, and glory, to You, great God;

through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

PRAYER CONCERNS

Prayers for the family & friends of Martha Svoboda who passed away on Christmas Day. Prayers for Joann Proett. Prayers of healing for Braydn McCorkindale who is recovering from a broken leg. Prayers for Marty Hettinger (mother of Dawn Fuelberth. Prayers for Misty Beair, Milton Owens (for sight and general health), continued healing for Bev Beeson, Diane Confer (sister-in-law to Pastor Teresa), Joseph Woerdemann (friend of the congregation), and Eric Liska. And prayers for those who are homebound.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

                   2          Larry H.

                   5          Terry B.

                   9          Jenny H.

                   10        Emily A.

                   11        Joyce V.

                   20       Kent P.                     

                   27        Jim P.

                   28       Jackie O.     

                   31        Elaine F., Shannon P.

The Northeast Nebraska Rural Health Network Survey

The Northeast Nebraska Rural Health Network is inviting those who live and work in the counties of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne counties to complete a community health survey.  This information will help us develop a more accurate picture of how we can work together to make a healthier community for everyone. This survey will only take about 5 minutes and your answers will be kept separate from any personal identifying information you provide.  Completing a survey will also make you eligible for a drawing for one of four “Healthy Living” prizes worth $50 each.  The survey will close on January 31, 2022.  Find a link to the Survey here: Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management    

January 2022 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: Handbell Choir 9:00Worship 10:00Fellowship 11:00       1 New Year’s Day!   Pastor on vacation
2                     Pastor on vacation   Service was canceled due to poor weather3 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   Pastor on vacation4 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living   Pastor on vacation5 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  6 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living    7 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living    8
9 Communion   1:30 Pastor leads Countryview Chapel   4:00 Cub Scouts10 9:30 Wayne Family Coalition Meeting11  12    13  14 9:30 Salvation Army Mtg.   Session & Deacon Annual reports due  15  
16  17    18  19  202122 9:00-12:30 Session Retreat
23   4:00pm Cub Scouts24    25 1:00pm Homestead Council Meeting  26     27 2829
30   Annual Congregational Meeting & Installation of Deacons & Elders31       

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

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/

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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)


[*] Nouwen, Henry J.M. Bread for the Journey. Harper Collins. San Francisco= 1997. February 4th. Accessed 12/30/21

Presbytidings – December 2021

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 ……

 In the book, “It’s a Wonderful Life” author David McLaughlan writes a series of devotions based on Christmas classic songs and movies.[*] I learned a lot about the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” from McLaughlan’s book. The carol is based on the 1863 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow entitled “Christmas Bells.” The poem which contained seven stanzas was written at the height of the American Civil War when death and despair were prevelant. When Longfellow penned the words to his poem the country was still months away from Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9th, 1865.

Longfellow knew about despair; his wife had died and he had been injured in a fire in their home. Then, one of Longfellow’s two sons enlisted in the Union Army against his father’s wishes. As December 1863 moved toward Christmas, Longfellow found himself nursing his war-wounded son. Not many of us would have sung God’s praises at that moment.

Longfellow turned to poetry, he wrote “Christmas Bells” on Christmas day of 1863.[†] A few stanzas of his poem “Christmas Bells” seem surprisingly upbeat, he wrote of an “unbroken song” centuries of church bells proclaiming a message of peace on earth and goodwill to all.

Then the cannons of the war exploded into his verse, and all that hope seemed to have been for nothing. Hate, it seemed, was the dominate force on earth and not knowing if his son would recover (he did recover), not knowing if the war would ever end (it did) at that time however hate’s dominion must have seemed a real possibility. Longfellow’s faith was stronger than his fear, he wrote: 

God is not dead; nor doeth He sleep!

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

with peace on earth, good will to men.

Longfellow’s poem reflected the prior years of the war’s despair, while ending with a confident hope of triumphant peace. In 1872 John Baptiste Calkin omitted the two stanzas which contained references to the war and slightly rearranged the remaining five stanzas giving us the carol in its present form. John Baptiste Calkin also gave us the memorable tune.[‡]

There have been very few years where a war hasn’t raged somewhere in the world. But there has been no year where peace and goodwill have not also been in the world. There are still battles to be fought in the world and in our lives, each one is another step closer to the ultimate victory. As Christians we look forward to the day of Christ’s return and the peace he will bring.

We live in different days than Longfellow, but we still face many of the same challenges and troubles. Hate seems so prevalent and good will in short supply. Yet we can sing, even when the struggles around seem too much, when you feel surrounded by despair, sing “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail…”  When we hear the bells of Christmas may we be encouraged to continue to work as God’s agents until there is peace on earth for all!

Blessings,

Pastor Teresa

“Christmas Bells”
(The original poem, complete with all seven stanzas)
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet

The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: December 24th, 5:30pm

Worship Christ, the newborn King! Wednesday, December 24, at 5:30pm. Bring your loved ones for a special candle-lit service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on December 5th with Mark Hammer as the communion elder. Communion in January will be on the 9th.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING 2021

Thank you to the following who will be assisting with Advent Candlelighting:

November 28th Candle of Hope:               Ken & Karen Marra

December 5th Candle of Peace:                 Brian & Amy Bowers

December 12th Candle of Joy:                   Austin & Michelle Galles and family

December 19th Candle of Love:                Larry & Tiffanny Heese

December 24th Love – Christ Candle:       Mark, Jenny & Nina Hammer

FPC GAME DAY! 

Come one, come all…our game night has become a game day, and will be Sunday, December 12th at 2:00pm. Bring games and snacks to share.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

Poinsettias may be displayed in the sanctuary in honor or memory of the loved ones in your life. We will acknowledge the arrangements in the Christmas Eve program. Please inform someone Jenny in the church office of the details. You can bring them anytime. We would ask that you take them home after the December 24th worship service.

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In addition other on line Advent devotionals include Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts which hosts an Advent devotional which features music and art at  https://ccca.biola.edu/advent/2021/

Another Advent and Christmas series can be found on d365.org  This year’s devotional is entitled – “Following the Star,” the music with these devotions is always wonderful.

You are encouraged to look at these options for your Advent devotions.

MITTEN TREE

The Deacons request your help in decorating our virtual mitten tree this holiday season with gloves, hats, scarves and mittens. The tree will be in Fellowship Hall in December.

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

We are expecting a very busy holiday season at the Food Pantry. With gifts from the community we were able to provide 12 baskets to Wayne Community School families and 15 Head-Start families at Thanksgiving, and we hope to provide about the same number this Christmastime. We will also be distributing nearly 125 bags with peanut butter, jelly & a loaf of bread to the children on the Wayne Schools Backpack Program. Please consider donating to the Food Pantry. There is a great need in our community, please be generous. Please contact Jenny at the church office fpcwayne@gmail.com if you have any questions.                                                                                        

ALTERNATIVE GIFT GIVING IDEAS TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER

  • Local Gifts for Kids: Help area children have a Merry Christmas through the Gifts for Kids program.   Select a tag from the Gifts for Kids tree at Bomgaars. There are a variety of ages of children and requests. Once you’ve selected a tag(s), leave the bottom of the tag with a cashier. Shop for the items and return the unwrapped gifts with the tag to Bomgaars.
  • Here are some Web sites that will inspire you to give gifts that will make a real difference in people’s lives:

www.worldvision.org

www.samaritanspurse.org

www.compassion.com

www.churchworldservice.org

www.mbfoundation.org

www.heifer.org

calvincrest@calvincrest.org

specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html

presbyteriangifts.org

The Wayne Coat Closet

The Wayne Food Pantry

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

The Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s. The Offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. This has been a Presbyterian commitment for nearly 140 years. We will receive the Christmas Joy offering on Sunday, December 19th, however you may make your gift any time before December 19th. Please note on your check or offering envelope that the gift is for the Christmas Joy offering.

COMMUNITY CAROLING ON WHEELS: Sunday, December 12th

Last year, as you might recall, First UMC helped coordinate a Community Caroling Event that was open to the entire city. An hour of air-time was donated by the radio station, and they played a selection of Christmas songs that community members could sing along to at home, in their cars while looking at Christmas lights, or even parked at Kinship Pointe, Countryview, the hospital, and other locations across the city. 

Because of the response we received after last year’s event, we are doing it again! This year’s Community Caroling Event will be Sunday, December 12, from 7pm-8pm. Songs are pending, but we will have “song books” that can be printed off our website. I will also share the song book document with each of our churches to provide to your members.

More to come on details, but please don’t hesitate to let me know if there are any questions.

Pastor Nick Baker

First United Methodist Church – Wayne

PASTOR’S VACATION & STUDY LEAVE

  • Pastor will be on bereavement leave Wednesday, December 8 – Wednesday, December 15. Pastor Kathleen Splitt will fill the pulpit on Sunday, December 12, 2021.
  • Pastor will be on vacation December 26th, 2021 – January 7th, 2022.
  • No service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (Communion will be held on January 9th.)
  • Rev. Norman Pavey will be leading worship service on Sunday, January 2, 2022. There will be no ZOOM component.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

  • Monday, 12/20/2021 through Thursday, 12/23/2021, open 9am – 1pm
  • Monday, 12/27/2021 through Friday, December 31, 2021, closed
  • Pastor Teresa will also be on leave Sunday, December 26– Saturday, January 8, 2022. Please, do not hesitate to leave a message if you have a need at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

TAX REMINDER

All donations for the 2021 calendar year need to be to Anita Fuelberth no later than Thursday, December 30, 2021 for tax purposes.

SESSION

  • The Session will not meet in December. They will gather for a retreat January 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Snow date for the retreat is January 29th
  • 2021 Session members & Deacons are reminded to compile a summary report for your area which will need to be sent to the office by Friday, January 14th. Thank you!

FPC ANNUAL MEETING

Our annual congregational meeting will be after worship on Sunday, January 30th. If you are responsible for a particular ministry (e.g., music, nominating, church school, property), please submit a brief report to the church office (fpcwayne@gmail.com) by Friday, January 14th.

PMC ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

The PMC Annual Tree Lighting Remembrance Service will be held Sunday, December 5th at 2:00pm in the Providence Medical Center Auditorium.

NEW ADDRESS

Joann P. has moved to Countryview Please contact the church office for her new info. Calls and visits are encouraged!

THANK YOU!

Our thanks to our session members and to our congregation for decorating the sanctuary this Christmas season.

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

                               5          Tiffanny H.

                               7          Candyce P.

                               14        Randy D.

            18        Beau B.

            22        Nina H.

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

December 2021 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: Handbell Choir 9:00Worship 10:00Fellowship 11:00    5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living    5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  1 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  2 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  3 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  4  
5 *Communion *FPC Christmas Surprise! 4pm Cub Scouts6  78 Pastor on bereavement leave9 Pastor on leave10 Pastor on leave11 10am – 12noon Salvation Army Bell Ringing (Pastor on leave)
12 2pm FPC Game Day Pastor on leave13 Pastor on leave14 Pastor on leave15 Pastor on leave  16  17  18
19 *Christmas Joy Offering *Christmas Program20 Church Office open    21 Church Office open  22 Church Office open    23 Church Office open  24 Church Office closed   5:30pm Christmas Eve Service  25   Merry Christmas   Jesus is born!
26 No Service27 Church Office closed28 Church Office closed  29 Church Office closed330 Church Office closed31 Church Office closed1  

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021

  • Worship with Communion will be held Sunday, January 9, 2022.
  • The Session will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 22nd from 9am-noon.
  • The FPC Annual Meeting will be held after worship January 30, 2022.

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

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/

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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)


[*]  McLaughlan, David. “It’s A Wonderful Life” A 31-Day Devotional based on Favorite Christmas Classics. Barbour Uhrichsville, Ohio. 2013 pg.61-64. Accessed 11/21/2021.

[†] The Story Behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (whatsaiththescripture.com)  Accessed 12/1/2021

[‡] The Story Behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (whatsaiththescripture.com)  Accessed 12/1/2021