Presbytidings – February 2019

Presbytidings – February 2019

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……

Welcome to February, a month that celebrates love. Retail stores are full of reminders that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There are plenty of gift choices to reflect your love and affection; candy in heart shaped boxes, as well flowers, stuffed animals to mention a few. Yet stuffed animals, flowers, or boxes of chocolates are just a token of our love. Love or lack of love is reflected not just one day in February but every day in how we speak to each other, how we live in families and in communities.

One of the most famous biblical passages on love comes from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

(1st Corinthians 13:4-7)

These words are often used in wedding ceremonies and are of course important to remember in a marriage or in any relationship yet Paul’s original audience wasn’t a couple, but rather a community of believers. A church that was challenged internally by divisions about spiritual gifts, as well as differences in social status and influences from the culture around them. Paul wrote to answer questions posed from the believers regarding the Lord’s Supper, worship, marriage and other issues in the community. Paul’s letter addressed these problems but was also a letter of encouragement.

In 1st Corinthians chapter 12 Paul discusses spiritual gifts, the diversity of gifts and how they are given for the good of the community. The Apostle also reminded the believers that they were the body of Christ, a body which was diverse, but unified in Christ, a body that should look at each other in love. Paul’s words emphasize that love is not self-seeking, but rather puts others first. Being loving doesn’t mean overlooking wrong doing however it does mean offering each other grace, patience, trust, and forgiveness.

How would our lives be different if we were to put into action Paul’s words from chapters 12 and 13; recognizing God’s gifts in each person, seeking to make each person feel valued for their abilities, and that their gifts were needed in their home, church and community. How would our lives be different if we recognized that our diversity of gifts, as well as gender and ethnicity are to be received with thanksgiving rather than a way to organize into opposing groups. Paul’s words are as valuable to us today as they were for the Corinthian church, we are to receive and build up one another with love every day, for as Paul wrote love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

“At the Crossroads”

Evening Lenten Services

Begin March 6th

Lenten services will include a fellowship meal of soup and sandwiches beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a time of worship. This year during our Lenten services we will be meeting some of the people involved in the story of the Passion of Christ. Many people when they encountered Christ came to a crossroad and had to decide which way to go. Each week we will hear from an individual who encountered Christ and the choices they made. Some chose well, some did not, the stories of each of these experiences help us to know what to do and what not to do when we encounter similar crossroads in our own lives. It is hoped that each week will reveal how Christ and his cross lead us to discern God’s will for us.

March 6th Ash Wednesday – David

March 13th – Judas

March 20th – Pontius Pilate

March 27th – Malchus

April 3rd – Peter

April 10th – John

April 18th – Maundy Thursday with communion

Please plan to join us for this time of fellowship and worship as part of your Lenten practices.

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

Our church family will gather for weekly suppers during Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 13th, at 6:00pm. (Watch for the sign-up sheets on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall.) Following the suppers, we will gather at 7:00pm for Lenten service.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT & EASTER

Observe a holy Lenten season this year.

  • We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service March 6th at 6:30pm.
  • Lenten services & soup suppers will begin weekly on Wednesdays, beginning on March 13 – April 10th.
  • Palm Sunday Service on Sunday, April 14th at 10:00am.
  • The Maundy Thursday service with communion will be held Thursday evening, April 18th.
  • Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at our Easter Sunday service with our traditional Easter Brunch beginning at 9:00am on Sunday, April 21st.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Jim Paige will serve as the Communion Elder.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

  • The Presbyterian Women meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Sewing Souls next meeting will be announced at a later date.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN LENDING LIBRARY

Most of you have probably noticed over the years that there are shelves of books on the south wall of our fellowship hall. These volumes are the accumulation of books donated and bought by the Presbyterian women of First Presbyterian Church. We encourage all of you to take advantage of the shelves and borrow and read any of the titles you find there. Many of the titles are current publications and are found on the current reading list for the Presbyterian Women of our Presbytery.

Most books (95%) of them have pockets and cards in the books for check out. There is a basket on the shelf for you to deposit the cards. We ask that you sign the card and put a date as to when you are borrowing the book. When finished you can leave the book on the pew bench next to the shelf. A drop box will be coming! If there is not card or pocket in the book, just write your name and a brief title on the sign-up sheet on the shelf by the basket.

As months go by, different members of our church will be providing book reviews of titles they have read from our library. We will also give our recommendations and alert you to any new titles. We look forward to questions, suggestions for new titles and thoughts on the books here. ENJOY!

Karen Johnson

 

ROTARY BAKED POTATO FEED

The annual Rotary Potato Bake & Dessert Bar will be held Sunday, 2/10 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium. Adults $6 ($7 at the door), Children (8 & under) $3. Hot dogs will be available for the kids.

 

FPC YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet Wednesday, February 13th and 27th this month. Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather on Saturday, 2/16, beginning at 10:00am, at Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICE

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at Careage on Sunday, February 24th at 1:30pm. All are welcome to join her there.

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

FPC ANNUAL REPORT

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 27th. 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

 

FPC CHURCH DIRECTORY

The updated FPC Directory is available on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall in February.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools and teachers
  • Our unchurched neighbors
  • All who are battling cancer
  • All who live in care centers
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WAYNE

THE SESSION 2019

Elder                                                                          Class                                                  Phone

Jim Curtiss (Fellowship)                                           2019

Jim Paige (Property, Fellowship)                              2019

Kevin Peterson (Administration)                            2019

Glenda McDonald    (Worship, Discipleship)        2020

Scott McLaughlin (Property, Outreach)                 2020

Kent Pulfer   (Administration)                                2020

Jean Griess (Worship)                                              2021

Jane O’Leary (Outreach)                                          2021

 

BOARD OF DEACONS 2019

Jan Liska                                                                    2019

Jackie Owens                                                            2019

Karen Johnson                                                          2020

Melissa Urbanec                                                       2020

Misty Beair                                                                2021

Karen Marra                                                              2021

 

COMMITTEES OF THE CONGREGATION 2019

Nominating Team: Jean Griess, Karen Marra, Ken Marra, Gail McCorkindale, Shari Paige, & Kevin Peterson

Financial Review Team: Phil Griess, Joan Lage, & Gerard Ras

Board of Directors: Mark McCorkindale, Joann Proett, Kent Pulfer

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNTS

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

February 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

      1 2
3

Communion

 

“Get Your Can to Church” Sunday

4

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

5 6 7 8 9
10 11

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

12

 

13

10:30 WACAM

7:30pm Youth Group

14 15 16

Homestead Presbytery – Lincoln

17 18

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

19 20

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

21 22 23
24

 

1:30 Careage Chapel

25

 

7:00 Session Meeting

26 27

 

7:30pm Youth Group

28

 

 

 

LECTOR/GREETER SCHEDULE – FEBRUARY 2019

2/3/2019 Jim Curtiss Jim & Shari Paige Jim Curtiss
2/10/2019 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Bev & Jack Beeson
2/17/2019 Gordon Granberg Babs Middleton Karen Johnson
2/24/2019 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald  

 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

7        Karen McElwain

10      Jodi Pulfer

20     Karen Marra

25      Pat Straight, Gabriel Peitz

27      Jan Liska

28     Amy Bowers

 

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.org/

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

 

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 2019

Presbytidings – January 2019

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….

Unlike Luke’s account of the nativity his account of Jesus’ dedication at the temple, found in Luke 2:22-40, doesn’t get much attention. Mary and Joseph have taken Jesus to the temple for his dedication and while there encounter Simeon and Anna. The young couple’s attention to religious practices shows they want to continue in the traditions of their faith. Mary and Joseph’s encounter with two of God’s faithful, Simeon and the prophetess Anna, was surprising for everyone.

Simeon had been promised by God that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Simeon and Anna are up in years and had been faithful and dedicated serving and praying at the temple as they awaited the promised Messiah. I once heard a pastor comment that Anna and Simeon spent those years “leaning into the promises of God.”

After years of waiting, Anna and Simeon were pleased that their faithfulness and dedication had been rewarded by being able to see and hold the promised Messiah. Anna in particular told anyone who would listen that this baby was something special, one who would bring change into their midst.

Simeon rejoiced that God’s promise to him had been fulfilled but the words he shared with Mary remind us that not all promises are easy. Simeon said to Mary; “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”[*] These don’t sound like easy promises, indeed leaning into God’s promises isn’t always easy because the promise is not always fulfilled as we hope and other times is it fulfilled beyond our imagination.

Change is often hard, yet like Simeon and Anna we must lean into change. We must adapt to the changes in our churches, our culture and we must work as we wait in hope and anticipation of how God is moving. Young or old we must trust God’s promise of faithfulness to us as we live into the changes.

Every congregation has people like Simeon and Anna. People who help with every event, who worship faithfully, who make sacrifices for their church, pray for their church family and their community, folks who “lean into the promises of God.” When I think about “leaning into the promises of God” I think of one who is rooted in God’s Word and promises, and yet open to new things.

It can be mind-numbing to think of the changes that have happened in the last 50 years. These days the church no longer holds the same societal position it did in the 50’s and 60’s and while some my bemoan that shift I think it gives us opportunity and challenge. Opportunity to see things in a new way, to “lean into the promises of God.” The church, individually and collectively, faces challenges. It is no easy task to break through some of our societal barriers, like reaching out in a culture that is increasingly unchurched. Challenge as well as opportunity to reach two generations, sometimes even three generations that have had no contact with church. Churches face  challenges from maintaining buildings to pastoral leadership coupled with the challenges of remaining vital and connected to their communities are but a few of the challenges most churches face.

The Presbyterian Church as a denomination is also “leaning into God’s promises”.  Organizational changes are happening at our national offices as well as refocusing on outreach and mission. Here in Homestead Presbytery the leadership is planning a Day of Discernment on January 26th to discuss some changes the presbytery is facing.  The executive Presbyter, Dr.  Richard Wyatt, retired in August of 2018 so the Presbytery will gather to try to discern how to move forward. Some Presbyteries operate without executive presbyters; some are sharing an executive between two or more presbyteries. We are “leaning into change” awaiting God’s leading and promises.

We have numerous Simeon’s and Anna’s here at First Presbyterian; folks who through the years have “leaned into God’s promises” and who have poured out their lives in service to God and this congregation. Their efforts are so appreciated and have enriched the life of this congregation. We hope and pray to continue a fruitful ministry through which we can participate in positive change and growth not only in ourselves, our community as well as the larger world. We work together so that we can impact people’s lives for good, and share the love of God with others. As we enter 2019 with its newness and challenges let us like Simeon and Anna “lean into God’s promises” as we work together to proclaim the kingdom and wait in expectation of our Triune God’s promises being fulfilled.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Teresa

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.

PASTOR’S VACATION

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation through Monday, January 7th. If pastoral services are needed, please contact our church office at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com. Providence Chaplain Anna Speiser will speak on January 6th.

COMMUNION

January Communion will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Kent Pulfer will be the Communion Elder.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

  • On Sunday, January 6, 2019 the Youth group will pack backpacks after church. Each member should recruit at least one helper.
  • Youth Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30pm

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, January 8th at 4:15pm in Fellowship Hall.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

PW will meet Wednesday, January 9th at noon for a salad potluck & meeting.

SESSION

The Session will meet on January 19th for elder training and planning for 2019. The retreat will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and include refreshments in the morning and lunch around 12:30 p.m.  All active Session members should plan to attend as we will be planning for Communion, monthly devotions, organizing Session teams as well as planning for events during the upcoming year.

SESSION & DEACON TEAM REPORTS DUE

2018 Session members & Deacons are reminded to compile a summary report for your area which will need to be sent to the office by Saturday, January 19th.

DOWNING OF THE BROWNS

Many hands light work! Please stay after fellowship on Sunday, January 20th to take down the Christmas décor and put it away. Thank you.

FPC ANNUAL MEETING

Our annual congregational meeting will be after worship on Sunday, January 27th. 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 Saturday, 1/19.

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY DAY OF DISCERNMENT – JANUARY 26

All are invited to join in this day of conversation about the current and future vision and structure of Homestead Presbytery. The conversation is prompted by changes in the denomination as well as leadership changes. Homestead Presbytery Executive Richard Wyatt retired in August of 2018 and the leadership of the Presbytery wants to hear the voices of the congregations; elders and pastors about a new executive, a transitional executive or a new form all together. Deb DeMeester and Elona Street-Stewart from the Synod will be facilitating our conversation. Our hope is that this time of conversation, dreaming and input will provide a solid foundation for the Presbytery for the next five years as well as important guidance to our transitional executive. The event open to all is being held at Calvin Crest from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required and reservations must be made by January 10th, 2019.  If you are interested in attending please see the brochures on the Opportunity Table or bulletin board. Pastor Teresa plans on attending so carpooling is available.

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

We had another busy year at the Food Pantry. We are so thankful for the many donations that were made. We had over 300 visits to the Food Pantry in 2018, and distributed over approximately 3500 backpacks to the Wayne Community Schools.

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

Please check the FPC Church Directory proof on the Opportunity Table for any corrections or updates to your listing. A new edition will be available later this month.

PORTALS OF PRAYER

We have added “Portals of Prayer” to our monthly devotional pamphlets, which are available in both the narthex and on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Portals of Prayer has been a favorite of generations of readers, a timeless daily source of strength and comfort since 1937. Each daily devotion includes a Bible reading, meditation and prayer to apply to your daily life, Please let us know if you like it, and also if you would prefer to see a larger print. We will be discontinuing “The Upper Room.”

WE ARE GRATEFUL

  • The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi “Every time I think of you, I thank my God. And whenever I mention you in my prayers, it makes me happy. This is because you have taken part with me in spreading the good news from the first day you heard about it.” (Philippians 1:3-5 Contemporary English Version)
  • I thank-you for the wonderful gift from the congregation, your generosity is deeply appreciated.  Thank-you to each one who sent a card or remembered me in other ways. The gifts I treasure most however are the gifts of friendship, your support and encouragement as we work together. I give thanks for the ministry we have to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to each of you, Pastor Teresa
  • Thank you for your generosity this Christmas season. I am grateful for your gifts and support. Jenny

THANK YOU TO FPC YOUTH & LEADERS

Thank-you to all the youth who participated in the skit “It’s the Thought that Matters” on December 9th. They did a great job and the skit reminded us that it’s not about the external trappings of Christmas, the decorating, the gifts but the internal preparation, preparing a place in our hearts to receive the Christ. Please be sure to thank the youth leaders for their work as well.  Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras and Jim Curtiss are the adult leaders.

THANK YOU TO CAROLERS

We had a group of about 15 Carolers on December 19th who visited Brookdale, Careage and a special stop to sing for Jack Beeson in the Wayne Hospital.  After we completed our tour of town, we enjoyed soup, sandwiches and an assortment of desserts back at church. Thank-you to all who caroled and contributed to an excellent meal afterwards. Thanks to Jim Curtiss for organizing the event.

THANK-YOU PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS

If you missed worship on December 23rd you missed hearing the Presbyterian Pealers share their talents.  The gathered congregation enjoyed many seasonal favorites during the service. There is a video posted on the church Facebook page of the bell choir’s lively “Joy to the World.” Please thank all the members of the choir for their dedication and especially director Jay O’Leary. The bell choir had been working hard to prepare for Ring Around Wayne which was to have been December 2nd but was cancelled due to a snowstorm. The event will not be rescheduled.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

Thank you to all who provided poinsettias for Christmas Worship. They were a beautiful addition.

  • The Abraham family in memory of Cindy’s brother, James Dean Saathoff and in honor of Airman Shea Jami Marla Abraham
  • Pastor Teresa Bartlett in honor of Glen & Carolyn Confer
  • John & Anita Fuelberth in memory of Elmer & Faye Peck, Dutch & Marj Fuelberth
  • Phil & Jean Griess is memory of Harold & Elena Wagner, Wilmer & Elizabeth Griess
  • The Hammer family in memory of Willis  Hammer, Mary Kay (Hammer)  & Greg Meeker, Arnold Hammer, Eugene & Nadine McDowell
  • Ken & Jan Liska in memory of Jay & Donna Liska, Archie & Irene Kreycik, and Alex & Stella Liska
  • The McCorkindale family in memory of John McCorkindale and Elton & Jean Bray
  • Jane & Jay O’Leary in memory of Jay D. O’Leary and Jed O’Leary
  • The Pulfer Family

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS

Thank-you to all who assisted in worship with the lighting of the Advent Candles

December 2nd – Phil and Jean Griess

December 9th – Jill Sweetland, Taytum Sweetland and Amy Bowers

December 16th – Mark, Jenny and Nina Hammer

December 23rd – Layne, Tiffanny and Larry Hesse

December 24th – Nina Hammer assisted Pastor Teresa

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

Several members of the congregation assisted the local Salvation Army Extension Unit by ringing bells the weekend of December 7 and 8.  Thanks to Glenda McDonald, Mark, Jenny and Nina Hammer, Jim Curtiss, Pastor Teresa, Josephine Peitz and Candyce Peitz.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019

January 6th     Worship leader will be Rev. Anna Speiser.

January 13th    Communion will be celebrated. Pastor Teresa returns from vacation.

January 14-18 Pastor Teresa leads KTCH radio devotions.

January 19th    Session Retreat – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

January 22nd   Presbyterian Pastor’s Northern Covenant Meeting – Wayne

January 23rd    Rotary meeting in Fellowship Hall and Tour of the Food Pantry

January 26th   Homestead Presbytery Day of Discernment, Calvin Crest 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

January 27th   Congregational Meeting – following worship

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

A Prayer for the New Year

by 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 bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven. 

Amen.

Lector/Greeter Schedule for January 2019

1/6/2019 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige
1/13/2019 Gordon Granberg Pat & Glenda McDonald Karen Johnson
1/20/2019 Ken Marra Kent & Jodi Pulfer Ken & Karen Marra
1/27/2019 Jeryl Nelson Jeryl & Rochelle Nelson Jim Curtiss

 

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 Heese

5     Terry Beair

9     Jenny Hammer

10     Emily Armstrong

11     Joyce Voyles

15     Haley McElwain

20   Kent Pulfer

24    Claudia Racely

27    Jim Paige

28   Jackie Owens

31     Elaine Francis, Shannon Peterson

 

January 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

  1

Pastor on vacation

New Year’s Day!

(office closed)

 

2

Pastor on vacation

 

 

 

3

Pastor on vacation

 

4

Pastor on vacation

 

5

Pastor on vacation

 

6

Pastor on vacation

Chaplain Anna Speiser speaks

Youth Group packs backpacks after worship

7

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

8

4:15

Deacons Meeting

9

 

12pm PW Salad Potluck & Meeting

7:30 HS Youth

10 11

 

 

12
13

Communion

14

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

6:30pm Scout Pack Meeting

15

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

16

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

 

 

17

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

18

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

19

9am-1pm

Session Leadership Retreat

20

“Downing of the Browns” after fellowship

21

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

22

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors

23

7:00am Rotary meets at Food Pantry

7:30 HS Youth

24 25 26
27

Annual Congregational Meeting

28

 

 

29 30

 

 

     
             

 

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.org/

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

 

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)

 

 

[*] Luke 2:34-35

Presbytidings – December 2018

 

 

Presbytidings

December 2018

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…..

The annual unpacking of the family crèche or nativity scene is one of the most beautiful and widely accepted practices of Christmas. A crèche is a model of the scene at the manger on the first Christmas in the stable at Bethlehem. The word crèche is from the French word for manger which comes from the Italian word Greccio. Greccio was the town where the first manger scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223, some say as an alternative for pilgrims wanting to go to Bethlehem, which was then occupied by the Turks. Before that time, many churches had built nativity scenes, but these early mangers were covered with gold, silver, and jewels. They were much fancier than the original manger in which the Christ Child was laid. St. Francis wanted people to remember that Jesus was born in a humble stable. He asked a farmer friend to help by bringing an ox, a donkey, a manger and some straw to a nearby cave. On Christmas Eve, St. Francis and the people of Greccio met in this cave, by candlelight they acted out the story of Jesus’ birth. This was the first living nativity scene.

It is interesting to see how the birth of Christ is depicted around the world. I have a gold and white clay crèche that was hand made in Mexico as well as a small white ceramic set I use in the office and even a nativity which is a music box. Creches range in size from miniature or table top scenes for the home or a large scene for a church or lawn.

While visiting my parents last month I helped with some Christmas decorating which included setting up not one but two nativity scenes. One was a large ceramic set my grandmother had painted, which was displayed every Christmas in her home, and now every Christmas in my parents’ home.  The figures in the set are about 12-18 inches tall and include Mary, Joseph, the baby, two angels and a shepherd. The other set is much smaller with a rough wooden stable and figures that range in size from two-inch-high chalkware sheep to wise men who stand about four inches tall. The set has survived three rambunctious children and shows it. There are camels who have tumbled from the shelf and whose broken legs have been re-attached with Elmer’s glue. This year we repaired a beloved camel who suffered a broken neck as he came out of the box. There are angels with chips in their wings, one Wise Man’s nose is chipped. A well-loved nativity set reminds us that even though we may have broken places, or chips from bumpy places in our journey of life we are beloved in Christ’s eyes, he came to save each of us. The child born in that manger so long ago was God’s gift to the world, indeed the most wonderful gift of the season is Jesus Christ.

As we place the figures in our nativity set or see scenes on lawns or in front of churches, we can contemplate Mary and her trust in God despite the challenges she faced. We are reminded that Joseph stepped out in faith and did not break his engagement to Mary. The shepherds who were the first at the manager remind us that Christ came for all people, no matter our occupation, or what we have done. Jesus was born in humble circumstances but welcomes rich or poor into God’s kingdom. We hear of the steadfastness of the Wise Men in their search for the Christ Child.

Like many traditions and practices of the season the setting up of the nativity scene can be a chore or it can be a wonderful way to remember the story of Christ’s birth. The story reminds us of the faith, trust and steadfastness of those who were a part of the beloved story of the nativity of Christ.  The following is a prayer I came across some years ago which may be used as you set up your nativity scene and perhaps prayed during the season:

Prayer for the Crèche

Eternal God, we ask your blessing on this holy scene. May this scene be a reminder to pray throughout the Advent and Christmas season. Each time we look upon this scene may we pause to praise God for the gift of Jesus who came to save us. Mary, who consented to be his mother, and Joseph who cared for his family. God, we praise you for this holy season, bless this crèche, this house and all who dwell here.                                       Author and source unknown.

My mother has a well-worn newspaper clipping in the nativity box which contains the following blessing, this is especially suitable for families with children.

Blessing for the Crèche

“It is time, Lord, to take the holy drama from its cardboard box.

May this little creche come to life in our home and bestow its secret blessings.

Bless this wooden stable, Lord.  This lowly abode of cows and donkeys.

May it keep me humble this Christmas.

Bless this tiny star beaming at the top.

May it light my eyes with the wonder of your caring.

Bless this little angel, may her song flow through our house and fill it with smiles.

Bless this caring shepherd and the small lamb cradled in his arms.

May it whisper of Your caring embrace on my life.

Bless these Wise Men bearing splendid gifts may they inspire me

to lay my shining best at Your feet.

Bless this earthly father in his simple robe.

May he remind me of all You have entrusted to my care.

Bless this Virgin Mother, may she teach me patience as I tend to my own little ones.

Bless this baby nestled in the hay. May the love He brought to earth that Bethlehem night so fill my heart with compassion and warmth that it becomes a Christmas gift to those around me.

Now the creche is here, Lord. and we are holy participants in Your miracle night.”

Author and source unknown.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Teresa

 

Nativity Scene Display in Fellowship Hall

There are many depictions of the scene at the manger. There are children’s sets, realistic displays and even abstract designs. If you have a nativity set you would be willing to display in Fellowship Hall during Advent please bring the set by December 9th. I would encourage you to provide information about the set, for example if it is an unusual material or has come to you as a gift or purchased while traveling. Please be aware it’s a public space so don’t bring your most precious set but it will be fun to see a variety of nativity sets.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa.  

Poinsettias for Worship, Poinsettias for Advent

Poinsettias are a beautiful part of our holiday celebration. You can assist in decorating the FPC sanctuary for the Advent season by providing a poinsettia for the sanctuary. You can bring them anytime, if you would like to have your gift noted in memory or honor of someone, please let the office know.

Did you know the poinsettia would have, probably, remained unknown except for Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett the first United States ambassador appointed by John Quincy Adams to Mexico from 1825-1829?

Dr. Poinsett was a medical doctor but found his real love in the study of plants. In 1828, while exploring the intriguing countryside of Mexico he discovered a unique shrub with large red flowers. He obtained cuttings, sent them to his greenhouse in South Carolina where he started growing them. He presented friends with gifts of these amazing flowers. Even though Dr. Poinsett will be remembered as the founder of the Smithsonian Institute he will, always, be known as the discoverer of the plant that now bears his name.

The Mexican people view the poinsettia as a symbol of the Holy Star of Bethlehem. A star led the Magi, by Christian tradition as they traveled many miles across the desert in search of the Christ child. The star helped the shepherds and others find the Christ child. The tiny bright yellow flowers in the center are encompassed with bright red leaves, or bracts, which look like stars.

There are many legends of how the plant came to be associated with Christmas. One story comes from Cuernavaca, a very small town somewhat south of Mexico City is the story of a poor small boy who, like everyone else, desired to bring a gift to the Christ child on Christmas Eve. As he walked towards the Church, an angel appeared and instructed him to pick the white weeds from the roadside, which he did. When the flowers were placed into the Christ’s child’s manger on Christmas Eve, they became the vibrant crimson blossom: the poinsettia.  Another, similar, story told in a different part of Mexico is the story of a young poor girl who, also, picks white weeds from along the road. Upon arriving at the Cathedral, she places the carefully arranged bouquet into the Christ’s child’s manger on Christmas Eve and they became the lovely bright red poinsettia.

I hope you have enjoyed getting a little history of the poinsettia and that as you see the flowers you have a new appreciation for their beauty as well as the legends that have tied them to the Advent Christmas season.  The Worship Team welcomes your help in beautifying our sanctuary.  We would ask that you take your poinsettia home after the Christmas Eve worship service.

 

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 24rd worship service.

 

MITTEN TREE

Please help us decorate our annual mitten tree this holiday season with gloves, hats, scarves and mittens.

 

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 ten baskets to Wayne families at Thanksgiving, and we hope to provide about ten more this Christmas-time. We will also be distributing over 100 bags with peanut butter, jelly & a loaf of bread to the children on the Wayne Schools Backpack Program. Please consider making a donation 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.

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

Join the Presbyterian Pealers Sunday afternoon, December 2nd at 3:00pm at Wayne City Auditorium. Our thanks to Jay O’Leary and all the participants for sharing their talents with our community.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00pm.

                                                                                                           

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

FPC is scheduled to ring bells at Pac N Save on Saturday, December 8th. We still need ringers from 1-2pm and 2-3pm. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table.

 

YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The FPC Youth will perform a special Christmas program for us during worship on Sunday, December 9th, 2018.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICE

Pastor will be leading chapel at Careage on Sunday, December 9th at 1:30pm. You are welcome to join her there.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30pm.

 

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

Our Christmas Joy Offering will be taken on Sunday, December 16th & 23rd, 2018. Whether providing financial assistance to current & former church workers and their families, or providing opportunities for deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools, your generous gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will bring Good News of Great Joy to the poor in circumstances or spirit.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

We will go caroling at Brookdale and then to Careage on Wednesday, December 19th. Please gather at 4:30pm at Brookdale. Bring a friend! After we finish singing, we will return to our Fellowship Hall for a soup supper. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table to provide food for the supper.

 

SEWING SOULS

There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

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.

 

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

*The church office will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25.

*The office will also be closed Monday, December 31 & Tuesday, January 1.

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation Tuesday, December 25 – Monday, January 7, 2019. 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 2018 calendar year need to be to Anita Fuelberth no later than Sunday, December 31, 2018 for tax purposes.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Kent Pulfer will serve as the Communion Elder.

 

SESSION

The Session will not meet in December. They will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 19th from 9am-1pm.

 

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIVING

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@calvincreat.org

specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html

presbyteriangifts.org

The Wayne Coat Closet

The Wayne Food Pantry

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

December 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

          1

10-11am Coat Closet open

2

·         Communion

·         Hanging of the Greens

·         Ring Around Wayne

 

 

3

9:30

Wayne Family Coalition Meeting

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

4 5

2:00

PW Bible Study

 

6 7

4-6pm

Salvation Army Bell Ringing – ShopKo

8

11am-3pm

Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Pac N Save

9

·         10:00 Youth Christmas Program

·         1:30 Pastor leads Careage Chapel

 

10

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

11 12

10:30

Pastor at WACAM

 

7:30

Youth Group

13 14 15
16

 

17

 

18 19

 

20 21 22
23

 

24

5:30 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

 

Office Closed

25

Christmas Day!

·         Office Closed

·         Pastor on vacation

 

 

26

Pastor on vacation

 

27

Pastor on vacation

 

 

28

Pastor on vacation

 

 

29

Pastor on vacation

 

30

Pastor on Vacation

31

Office Closed

         

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for December 2018

12/2/2018 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family  
12/9/2018 (Youth Group) Jean & Phil Griess  
12/16/2018 Jim Curtiss Pat & Glenda McDonald  
12/23/2018 Ronda Ras The Ras Family  
12/24/2018   The Hammer Family  
12/30/2018 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens  

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1          Brittany Peterson

5          Tiffanny Heese

7          Candyce Peitz

14        Randy Dunklau

18        Beau Bowers

22        Nina Hammer

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018

  • Worship with Communion will be held Sunday, January 13, 2019.
  • The Session will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 19th from 9am-1pm.
  • The FPC Annual Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, January 27th.

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Presbytidings – November 2018

Presbytidings

November 2018

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.”

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – NOVEMBER 11th

The Session has called a congregational meeting for November 11th following worship. At the meeting we will elect a new class of deacons and elders. Approve the terms of call for the Pastor for 2019. In addition the Session is requesting a change to the bylaws which will reduce the number of elders from 9 to 6 over the course of the next three years. Copies of the bylaw changes will be available prior to the meeting. Should weather prohibit meeting on the 11th or having a quorum the congregation meeting will be held on November 18th.

 

From the Pastor…

October 31st was Reformation Day; it’s the date in 1517 when Martin Luther, a professor at the University of Wittenberg and priest of the City Church, posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany protesting the Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences. Indulgences were sold as a way to release a loved one from purgatory, to relieve one from sin; in reality indulgences were a fund raising effort for the building of the Basilica of St. Peter by Pope Leo X. Luther was not alone, there had been other voices speaking against the church and calling for reform, some voices were silenced violently, yet reformation work was continued by Luther and his successors.

Most historians say it was Luther’s 95 Theses, his theological reasons against the sale of indulgences and other practices of the Catholic Church that led to the reformation. Luther didn’t start out to establish a new church, only reform some practices of the Catholic Church, but in time his work led to the establishment of the Lutheran church.   Theologians like Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin followed Luther’s lead and from their work the Reformed Protestant churches, such as the Presbyterian were born.

Luther thought rather than support the extravagant lifestyle of the Pope and the building of churches the wealthy Catholic Church could do more to help the poor. Care for those in society became an important issue for Reformers as they stressed that each state or country had a responsibility for the “…transformation of society for the betterment of all persons.”[*] Luther was a public theologian in his day speaking out against excesses of the church and calling for change in the church and society.

The reformation period was a turbulent time in Europe, change was resisted, and society was in turmoil. The turbulence of the Reformation brings to mind other periods in history when there has been division and schism. Times when Christians stepped out against the prevailing culture to work for change and justice. Martin Luther King Jr. comes to mind for his work with civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed and eventually assassinated for his work. Luther for his stance was branded a heretic and was eventually excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Luther and Martin Luther King encountered challenges and violence in their work for the “…transformation of society for the betterment of all persons.”

The current mid- term election cycle and the level and type of political rhetoric we’ve heard has brought to my mind these other turbulent periods in history when society has been divided by words, actions and even violence. Faith and our understanding of Scripture help us understand the world, gives meaning and purpose to our lives and how we view and interact with others. Some say faith and politics don’t mix however cognitive or not, one’s politics, beliefs about society and how it should function, are informed by one’s faith which also informs decisions about what causes one supports, as well as the use of personal resources.

How might our faith help us bridge the divide society is currently experiencing and think about common goals, shared hopes and the place of where faith and community needs intersect? I recall a 2016 conversation about community and politics with radio host Krista Tippett, E.J. Dionne, and David Brooks. Brooks, an author and columnist for The New York Times, noted that religion can play a role in shaping individuals and society.  Brook’s said;

“ I long for a more active religious voice in the public square — and I have a set of formulas, where — we need to become more communitarian in a society that has become too individual. We need to become more moralistic in a society that’s too utilitarian. And we need to be more emotional in a society that is too cognitive. And religion speaks those three languages very well.”[†]

Religion can be a way to create richer community life, develop and deepen the moral framework of individuals, as well as society and foster compassion and empathy. We can do this by getting to know our neighbors, building relationships, listening to opinions other than our own, working with those whom we many not always agree. Jesus taught “‘Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Matthew 22:39). Our loving actions should include grace and mercy, we are to be about inclusion rather than exclusion. We Presbyterians profess in our Brief Statement of Faith that “…we are to work with others for justice, freedom and peace.”

The world, our country, our communities, even our churches are in constant reform, change and growth is seldom easy, often painful yet we can be a part of reshaping our society, not to our personal vision but to God’s vision of a society that is loving, merciful, a society in which we care for one another and justice is not withheld. Let us pray for wisdom, for openness to hear God’s guidance, to see the face of God in others and continue to work for the “…transformation of society for the betterment of all persons”[‡]  through our actions, words and prayers.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 4, 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!

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the following Sundays:

November 4th with Kevin Peterson as the communion elder.

December 2nd with Glenda McDonald as the communion elder.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet Wednesday, November 7th at 2:00pm. Jackie Owens will lead the Bible study which will be lesson 2. Karen Johnson is the hostess.

 

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls meeting for November is yet to be announced.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations throughout the month of November:

  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of November 12th – 16th at 5:40am.
  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, November 14th at 1:30pm.

 

DEACON MEETING

The deacons will meet Tuesday, November 13th at 4:15pm.

 

YOUTH GROUP

FPC Youth Group continues to meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. The dates for November will be 11/14 & 11/28 at 7:30pm.

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather at Hickman, NE on Thursday, 11/15, beginning at 10:00am.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE DEDICATION

We invite you to join the Wayne Area Habitat for Humanity group as they dedicate & bless the latest build for the Nicole Owens (Jon Webb) family on Sunday, November 18 1:30-3pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Wayne. The home will be blessed and dedicated from 3:00-3:30pm at 319 S. Nebraska Street. Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the partner families and sells them to qualifying families at no-profit and no-interest. Homeowners must repay the cost of building their home with no interest charge and 100% of the mortgage payments going towards the funding of future Habitat houses.

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Everyone is invited gather on Sunday evening, 11/18, at St, Mary’s Catholic Church for a Thanksgiving worship service. We will begin at 5:00pm, and a soup-and-pie supper will follow in their fellowship hall. Please help us provide soup and pies by signing up at the Opportunity Table.

 

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

The church office will be open on Monday, November 19th from 9-noon, and will be closed both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please, do not hesitate to leave a message if you have a need at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS

We will be “Hanging of the Greens” on Sunday, December 2nd after worship. Stay tuned for details.

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

The Wayne community handbell concert will be Sunday, 12/2, at the Wayne City Auditorium at 3:00pm. Our own Presbyterian Pealers will be performing alongside the other local groups. Please show your support!

 

FPC CHRISTMAS BAND

It’s time to dust off your instrument and play in the First Presbyterian Band! The program will be December 16th, and anyone who plays an instrument is welcome, including beginners and friends of our church. Please contact Jay O’Leary if you have questions or sign-up at the Opportunity Table.

 

MITTEN TREE

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

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY & COAT CLOSET

We are expecting a very busy holiday season at both the Food Pantry and the Coat Closet. Please consider making a donation to our programs. 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.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

  • The Hanging of the Greens will take place after worship on 12/2. Stick around to help decorate our building in anticipation of Christmas!
  • Begin the Advent season by supporting our Presbyterian Pealers at Ring Around Wayne on Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium.
  • Our congregation has been asked by the local Salvation Army Board to provide bell ringers as noted: ShopKo on Friday, 12/7 from 4-6pm, and Saturday, 12/8 from 11am-1pm and 1-3pm. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table.
  • We may go caroling to Brookdale and Careage in December.
  • The Youth Christmas program is planned for Sunday, December 16 during the worship service. The FPC Christmas Band may also perform that day.
  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:30pm.

 

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:

December 2nd

December 9th

December 16th

December 23rd

 

THANK YOU!!!

Thank-you to the many individuals who took care of the mowing of the church lawn over the course of the last several months. 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.

 

HOLSTEDT’S NEW ADDRESS

Craig and Susan Holstedt stopped by for a surprise visit during worship on Sunday, October 21st. Craig is now retired, and they have moved back to the Kansas City area.

Please contact the church office if you would like to have their contact info.

 

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CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for November 2018

11/4/2018 Bev Beeson Jack & Bev Beeson Jean & Phil Griess
11/11/2018 Judy Lindberg The Urbanec Family  
11/18/2018 Gail McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  
11/25/2018 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family  

 

November 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

      1 2 3

 

10-11am

Coat Closet open

4

·         Set your clocks back 1 hour

·         Communion

·         Presbyterian Pealers perform

 

5

9:30am

WCFC Meeting

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

6

Election Day in Fellowship Hall

7

2:oopm

Presbyterian Women

8 9 10

10am

Mobile Food Pantry

at Journey

Church

11

 

11:00 Congregational Meeting

12

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

13

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

4:15

Deacon Meeting

14

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10:30am

WACAM

 

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

 

7:30 Youth Group

15

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

9:00

Presbytery @ Hickman

16

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

17

 

 

18

1:30 Habitat for Humanity House Dedication

5:00

Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

 

19

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

 

9:00 Church office open

20 21

 

22

 

Church Office closed

23

 

Church Office Closed

24
25

 

 

28

 

7:00 Session Meeting

 

29

 

30

 

7:30

Youth Group

     
             

 

 

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NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

6       Brandon Beair

10      Kevin Peterson

12      Ken Liska

12      Mark McCorkindale

13       Katherine Butler

14      Audrey Harder

18      John Gradwohl

28      David ‘Max’ McElwain

 

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.org/

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

 

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Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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[*] Deprater, Bill.   Why Study the Reformation Era?   Presbyterian Outlook Vol 198 #23 November 7, 2016.

[†] https://onbeing.org/programs/david-brooks-e-j-dionne-sinfulness-hopefulness-and-the-possibility-of-politics/ Accessed 10/31/18

[‡] Deprater, Bill.   Why Study the Reformation Era?   Presbyterian Outlook Vol 198 #23 November 7, 2016.

Presbytidings – October 2018

Presbytidings – October 2018

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….

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.

FPC is YOUR church and it will be what the members with God’s help make it. What vision of the future has God planted in your heart for FPC? If we want to be a friendly, generous, faithful, loving and serving community we need to work together to make it so. If we want to be a church known for mission beyond our Coat Closet and support of the Food Pantry and Backpack program, we can make that happen. The level of our energy, imagination, and financial support make a difference in each of us, in Wayne and beyond.

A church isn’t just a building, but a community held together through Jesus Christ. Each member of this congregation has skills and gifts they can share whether musical talents, business knowledge, the ability to teach or rapport with the youth, some have limited time, others have more availability. It takes all of us, from the youngest to the oldest, working together to be the body of Christ and advance the kingdom of God.

The Session is preparing for next year and working on the budget. The Nominating Committee has been activated and will be looking for a new class of Deacons and Elders. If you are asked by the Nominating Committee to serve, please prayerfully consider the request and how you can make a difference by saying yes.

October is Stewardship Campaign month, when we ask you to consider how we share financial support of the church and its mission in Wayne and beyond. It is not just financial support that is needed however, your support and participation in the life of the congregation is important whether mowing the lawn, playing in the bell choir, bringing flowers, serving as an usher, liturgist or fellowship host. It is also about participating with gusto in worship, praying and caring for each other and those beyond our walls. This is your church; let us dedicate ourselves to being the generous, loving, extroverted church of our Triune God.

CU in church,

Pastor Teresa

 

LIFETIME HONORARY PW MEMBERSHIP – JACQULYN OWENS

At the September meeting of Presbyterian women, Jacqulyn Owens was honored with Lifetime Presbyterian Women Membership. The Honorary Life Membership (HLM) program was established early last century in the Presbyterian Church to honor faithful service to the women’s organization and to the church. We are appreciative of Jackie’s many years of dedication to the ministry of Presbyterian Women.

The Honorary Life Membership is represented by a silver membership pin that was presented along with a certificate. The Honorary Life Membership pin symbolizes values held dear by Presbyterian Women. The caring, supportive hands represent women who seek to build an inclusive community of Presbyterian Women. The leaf represents growth of our personal and corporate response to Jesus Christ as we nurture our faith. The dove indicates our work for peace in our own lives and throughout the world, shown in the globe. At the center of the design is the cross, by which our sins are forgiven and we are freed to live in Christ who is at the center of our lives. The overall design is of a butterfly, a symbol of newness in Christ. Funds derived from Honorary Life Memberships support the PW Leadership Development Grants such as the Church-wide Gathering, Ecumenical Advocacy Days and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

 

FINANCE TEAM

The Finance Team will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 2:00pm.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

  • PW will continue to meet in the afternoon this year. Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 3rd at 2:00. Our Bible study this year is God’s Promise: I Am With You. Judy Lindberg will be the Bible study leader for Lesson One.  Babs Middleton is hostess.
  • Presbytery’s Fall Gathering for Presbyterian Women is Saturday, October 6th in Cedar Bluffs, NE. Registration information is on the bulletin board. Joe Starita’s book, A Warrior of the People: the story of Dr. Susan La Flesche, the first American Indian doctor, of the Omaha tribe of Northeast Nebraska will be discussed and the author will be there to add to the discussion.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

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

  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor Teresa will lead Brookdale Chapel on Wednesday, October 3rd at 3:30pm.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, October 28th at 1:30pm.

 

PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH TRIENNIUM

The youth of the congregation are encouraged to attend the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, July 16-20 at Purdue University. Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) that occurs every three years.

Triennium is five days of CONVERSATION, RECREATION, LEARNING, WORSHIP AND FUN! The theme for the 2019 event is “Here’s My Heart.” Youth will be digging into faith through a variety of activities and experiences – all focused around the theme “Here’s My Heart” (Recognize the line yet? Hint: It’s a lyric from a classic tune / hymn we sing!). Triennium participant’s faith will be inspired and grounded in the context of personal and communal worship!

Registration is $550.00 for youth 18 and under and $575.00 for those 18 and older. Adults are also encouraged to attend and there are a variety of ways adult volunteers can participate, such as advisors and small group leaders. The FPC Session has determined that scholarship funds will be available for youth who would like to attend. Homestead Presbytery will provide transportation to Purdue University for all registered participants. Prior to the July event a gathering of Homestead youth will be held to get acquainted and plan for the trip. Sydney McCorkindale attended the 2012 Triennium, ask about her experience and watch the 2019 Triennium video on our FPC Facebook page to hear youth talk about their experience. For more information visit the website  https://presbyterianyouthtriennium.org/ or contact Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras or Pastor Teresa.  Interested youth should sign up before October 7th, the interest form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/yY3vFAa65OFLChWu2

 

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, October 1. It 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 Kent Pulfer.

 

FALL DECORATING

If you would like to provide pumpkins, gourds or other fall decorations (artificial or real) to use in decorating the sanctuary, please bring those items to church by October 7th and leave them in Fellowship Hall or with Pastor Teresa. If you would like to assist in decorating the sanctuary for fall, please join us on Wed., October 10th at 2:00 p.m.

 

DEACONS MEETING

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, October 9th at 4:15pm.

 

YOUTH GROUP

The youth group will meet on October: 10th & 24th at 7:30pm in the youth room.

 

HOMESTEAD RECORDS REVIEW

FPC Wayne will host the northern group of clerks of session for their annual records review on Saturday, 10/13, at 2:00pm.

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 2:00 to work on pillowcases and a denim/flannel quilt. Babs Middleton is hostess.

 

GREAT PLAINS PILGRIMAGE #23

October 11-14, 2018 at Calvin Crest Treat & Conference Center, Fremont, Nebraska. Pilgrimage is a three-day journey designed to provide Christians with a renewed foundation and spiritual growth for individual and community living. For more information see the flyer in Fellowship Hall. Scholarships are available.

 

PINK FLAMINGO NIGHT AT OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH

Plan to join us at Our Savior Lutheran Church for their Annual Pink Flamingo Nite on Thursday, October 4th. Providence Medical Center, PacNSave and the Women of Our Savior have joined forces again this year to bring a fun and informative evening focused on Cancer Awareness. Tickets can be purchased at the church, area banks, Swan’s, Hair Envy and a few other locations around town for just $5 each. Proceeds going directly to the PMC Oncology Department.

 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP AT PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER

Join a welcoming and kind community of support, where you can learn tools and join others on the journey.  We will gather on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 pm, October 3 to November 7 (six sessions) at Providence Medical Center, in Wayne.  There is no cost, snacks and beverages provided.  For more information call 402-375-4288.

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, October 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

WSC MUSIC FACULTY RECITAL IN OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

The First Presbyterian Church of Wayne in conjunction with Wayne State College’s Department of Music hosted a concert in Celebration of International Day of Peace, Friday, September 21st. Performers were, Dr. Sarah Farr, mezzo-soprano, Dr. Angela Miller-Niles, piano and Dr. Karl Kolbeck, clarinet, all faculty from Wayne State College.

The audience enjoyed the vocal talents of Dr. Sarah Farr, who sang portions of a Ralph Vaughan Williams composition entitled “Four Last Songs.” Dr. Angela Miller-Niles played three movements from “Moments Musicaux, op.16” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Dr. Karl Kolbeck shared a composition entitled “Eternal Garden; Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano” by David Maslanka. In addition to her own piece, Dr. Angela Miller-Niles accompanied Dr. Farr and Dr. Kolbeck. Pastor Teresa Bartlett commented “We were delighted to participate with Wayne State by hosting this concert. The performances were outstanding and a fitting way to mark the International Day of Peace.”

Following the concert, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall where an appreciative audience mingled with the performers.

 

LIFE CHAIN 2018

The 22nd Annual Life Chain, hosted by Wayne Area Right to Life, will be held Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 2:30-3:30 along Main Street and 7th Street in Wayne, Nebraska. Participants will stand to form the shape of a cross, to silently pray and witness for an end to abortion. (If needed, you may bring a lawn chair.) Signs may be picked up at the corner of 7th and Main.

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 4, 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!

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools, teachers & students
  • All who are battling illness
  • All who live in assisted living or care facilities
  • Those impacted by hurricanes
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea
  • Our Pastor: Rev. Teresa Bartlett
  • Our Session Clerk: Judy Lindberg
  • Our Session Members:  Misty Beair, Jim Curtiss, Gail McCorkindale, Glenda McDonald, Scott McLaughlin, Jay O’Leary, Jim Paige, Kevin Peterson & Kent Pulfer
  • Our Deacons: Karen Johnson, Jan Liska, Karen Marra, Jackie Owens, Jill Sweetland & Melissa Urbanec
  • Our Treasurer & Financial Secretary: John & Anita Fuelberth (respectively)
  • Our Youth Leaders: Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras & Jim Curtiss

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for October 2018

10/7/2018 Ken Marra Ken & Karen Marra Jeryl Nelson
10/14/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Milton & Jackie Owens
10/21/2018 Jim Lindau Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
10/28/2018 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska Jim & Shari Paige

 

 

October 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Practice 8:45

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

 

1

9:30am

Wayne Family County Coalition Meeting

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

2

2:00pm

Finance Team Meeting

3

2:00pm Presbyterian Women

 

3:30pm

Brookdale Chapel

4 5 6

 

PW Gathering at Cedar Bluffs

7

World

Communion Day

 

8

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

9

4:15pm Deacons Meeting

10

10:30am

Pastor at WACAM

2:00pm

Fall decoration of the Sanctuary

7:30pm

Youth Group

11 12 13

2:00pm Presbytery Records Review

14

 

15

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

16

10:00am Pastor at Salvation Army Meeting

17

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

 

 

18

 

19

 

20

 

21

 

22

7:00pm

Session meets

23

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors meet at Fiesta Brava

24

7:30pm

Youth Group

25 26 27
28

1:30pm

Careage Chapel

29

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

 

30

 

31      
             

  

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 Johnson

8         John Fuelberth

10        Brook Bowers

14        Sydney McCorkindale

15        Pat McDonald

18        Ronald Clark

20        Braydn McCorkindale

21        Rob Sweetland

 

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.org/

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

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – September 2018

Presbytidings – September 2018

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.”

 

WORSHIP ON THE LAWN/SUNDAE SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

Outdoor Worship/Communion/Potluck/Sundae Sunday: Sunday, September 9th, we will worship outside (weather permitting) and have a potluck. The Front Porch Pickers will be leading music for us. This is a great outreach opportunity! So invite a friend, and bring your lawn chairs and a dish to share!

 

From the Pastor…

The author of Ecclesiastes wrote, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…[*] We know the truth of that statement. Summer is slipping away, Labor Day weekend, often seen as the unofficial end of summer has arrived. The back to school shopping is finished; teachers and students are back in school. Daily the hours of daylight shrink as we transition toward fall.

Each season has its unique aspects; sights, smells and events. Fall’s cool days and crisp nights often bring a beautiful array of colors from trees and flowers. We cheer on our athletes at football games and cross country events.  Perhaps there are hay rides and bonfires to attend and maybe a few more weekends camping or at the cabin.

Just like the natural world around us the church has seasons, we mark the change into our fall routine with Sundae Sunday on September 9th. This year we will be worshipping on the lawn to the east of the church followed by a time of fellowship over a potluck meal and then the ice cream!!! It will be a great time for all members to join together for worship.

Youth group starts again September 12 and will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Please hold our youth and the leaders, Jim Curtiss, Gail McCorkindale, and Ronda Ras, in your prayers. Transition into fall means the PW and Sewing Souls will begin their regular meeting schedule. The bell choir will be starting practice soon as well.

In addition we have other transitions; the Nominating Committee will be looking for a new class of elders. If asked to serve I hope you will prayerfully consider this service to God and to the church.

Judy Lindberg has given notice to the Session of her intent to retire as clerk of Session as she transitions into retirement and new opportunities. Judy has served as clerk since 1996 and has done an excellent job and the Session is grateful for her service. The Session is thankful that Judy has given significant notice and is willing to work with the incoming clerk over the next several months to share her wisdom and experience. In addition to taking the minutes at the Session meeting, Judy and I draft the Session docket for the monthly meetings which is distributed to the elders in advance of the meeting.  The clerk is also responsible for minutes for congregational and corporation meetings as well as annual reports. If you have an interest in learning more about the position of clerk please talk with Judy or myself.

I look forward to seeing each of you in worship this month; together let us praise God for the gift of seasons and the many other blessings we enjoy.

CU in church, Pastor Teresa

SESSION NOTES

Judy Lindberg has given notice to the Session of her intent to retire as clerk of Session. The Session and Pastor Teresa are thankful for her faithful service.

Judy has served as clerk since 1996 and has done an excellent job. Judy has given significant notice and is willing to work with the incoming clerk over the next several months sharing her wisdom and experience.

The role of Clerk of Session is an important one and perhaps more diverse than some might recognize. In addition to taking the minutes at the Session meetings, the clerk and the pastor draft the Session docket for the monthly meetings which is distributed to the elders in advance of the meeting.  The clerk is responsible for minutes of congregational and corporation meetings as well Session meetings and denominational annual reports. The clerk also reports at the Presbytery Records Review. Per the bylaws of the PC (USA) the clerk of Session must be a ruling elder and is elected annually by the Session. The clerk can serve as a member of the Session with voting rights or as clerk with no voting privileges. If you have an interest in learning more about the position of Clerk of Session please talk with Judy or Pastor Teresa.

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, September 9th at Worship on the Lawn at FPC Wayne. Jim Curtiss will serve as the Communion Elder.

PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS UPDATE

The Presbyterian Pealers will resume rehearsals on Sunday, September 16.  Anyone interested in trying the bells this year is certainly welcome. Please contact Jay O’Leary at 402-369-2794.

YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS RESUME

Please plan on attending the first gathering of the Youth Group Wednesday, September 12th. Youth Group is scheduled every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 7:30pm. The Youth leaders are Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras & Jim Curtiss.

FOOD PANTRY & BACKPACK NEWS

We are gearing up for the new school year with the Wayne Community Schools Backpack Program. Last year we served nearly 3,500 backpacks to the Wayne community. In June & July, Launch Leadership (a high school leadership program from the Lincoln-Omaha area) came to pack approximately 400 backpacks for us and also led a food drive at our local grocery stores for the backpack program.  This Wayne Community Schools Backpack program runs all year long, and we are always in need of donations. Please contact Jenny at the church office or Jodi Pulfer for more details.

CALVIN CREST CAMPER UPDATE – SUMMER 2018

Hello, my name is Nina. I have been going to Calvin Crest for 6 out of 12 years of my life. It is an amazing place. I have been going to Ranch Camp for the past 3 years and I am hoping to go once again next year. Each year I have noticed how much I liked it and always drew me back, but this year I noticed a change in the way I felt about it. I felt more connected there with strangers than I do in my own town; I also felt the staffs’ and God’s love when I was there. This summer it felt much more spiritual than it had ever in the past. It used to be just fun and games but now it’s more about connecting with others and having a great time. I had an amazing week there that I will never forget. I had a bit of bad luck with a couple of horses but otherwise it was amazing. On Sunday we got to meet all the other campers, counselors, CSI’s, and staff. I found out that I was in the same cabin as one of my best friends from when I was younger and also a good friend from last year. We had a lot of fun that week and we bonded again and we still had our great friendships from years before. On Monday we learned about horse safety, Tuesday we rode around the ’89, Wednesday we had a trail ride, Thursday we trotted, and on Friday we rode bareback. Every morning we woke up, got ready for breakfast then went to energizers. After energizers we went to breakfast then headed out to ride some horses. After we got back we went to lunch, had F.O.B (naptime), and then went swimming. We had snack then BLAST then we had dinner, free time, and campfire. Thank you so much for helping me get there once again.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Presbyterian Women will meet for a potluck dinner on Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30. We will be planning for the coming year.  Bring your favorite dish and help us start a new year for Presbyterian Women.  Our Bible study this year will be God’s Promise: I Am with You.

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, September 19th at 1:30. Projects will include pillowcases, a denim/flannel quilt and a truly patchwork quilt.

SESSION

The Session meeting for September will be held on Monday, 9/17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

DEACONS MEETING

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, October 9th at 4:15pm.

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations throughout the September:

  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of September 10th – 14th at 5:40am.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, September 16th at 1:30pm.

WSC MUSIC FACULTY RECITAL IN OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Join us in the sanctuary on Friday, September 21st for a “International Day of Peace Recital” featuring WSC Musicians at 7:30pm.

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE EXPO – AUGUST 19TH

FPC participated in the 2018 WSC Expo which was part of the orientation weekend for new students. The planning team for the event was Gail McCorkindale, Jim Curtiss, Lindsay McLaughlin and Pastor Teresa. The team put together two baskets filled with “goodies” including school supplies, food, a Bible and a gift card to the WSC bookstore. We had over 120 students stop by and register for the gift baskets. Visitors were given a magnetic clip with the church’s name, worship time and website. Thank-you to Mark Hammer, Jim Curtiss, Gerard Ras, Lindsay McLaughlin and Pastor Teresa who manned the booth and greeted students. The winners of the gift baskets were Michael Salek and Caylee Birkel.

(See a photo of Jim Curtiss and Pastor Teresa ready to greet students at the 2018 WSC Expo August 19th on our pictures page.)

Highlights of actions of the 223rd General Assembly (2018)

Jerry Van Marter | Office of the General Assembly Communications – June 29, 2018

Church Leadership: In one of closest elections in years, Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri (Presbytery of Tropical Florida) and the Reverend Cindy Kohlmann (Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England) were elected Co-Moderators of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) on Saturday evening, June 16. On a fourth ballot vote of 266-253, they prevailed over another Co-Moderator team—the Reverend Eliana Maxim (Presbytery of Seattle) and the Reverend Bertram Johnson (Presbytery of New York City). A Moderator/Vice-Moderator pair—Ruling Elder Chantal D. Atnip (Presbytery of Carlisle), and the Reverend Ken Hockenberry (Presbytery of Chicago)—trailed.

In other actions involving Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leadership, the assembly:

  • Confirmed the election of the Reverend Diane Moffett as president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
  • Confirmed the reelection of the Reverend Tom Taylor as president of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation.
  • Confirmed the election of Alton B. Pollard III as president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Fossil Fuel Divestment: By a vote of 332-178, the assembly voted in favor of a minority report that called for the PC(USA) to continue its corporate engagement with fossil fuel companies—through its Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee—rather than divest from those companies. The Assembly Committee on Environmental Issues had voted 35-20 for the divestment proposal offered by the Presbytery of Hudson River. After the minority report became the main motion, it was approved by the assembly 409-106.

 Israel-Palestine/Middle East: After spirited debate in the Assembly Committee on Middle East Issues that spilled out into the hallways of America’s Center (St. Louis’ convention center), the assembly raced through the committee’s report in just thirty-five minutes on June 22. Among its actions, the assembly:

  • Asked RE/MAX, LLC, to end its sale and rental of property on occupied, disputed land in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The vote was 393-55.
  • Voiced support for all efforts to bring Palestinians and Israelis together peacefully.
  • Asked the state of Israel to fully comply with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in order to stop discriminatory practices and called on the U.S. government to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council.
  • Condemned the recent violence along the border between Israel and Gaza.

Per Capita: The assembly approved a 2019 General Assembly per capita apportionment of $8.95 per member—an increase of $1.25 (or 15.8 percent) per member over 2018. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly had originally proposed a 39 percent increase in 2019 to $10.71 per member. At the assembly, General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, revised that request down to a 10 percent increase in 2019 (to $8.50) and 2020. The Assembly Committee on General Assembly Procedures approve the 2019 request, but not the 2020 increase. The assembly added $643,000 (or 45 cents per member) to the per capita budget by the actions it took, raising the final per capita apportionment to $8.95. In other per capita-related actions, the assembly:

  • Approved, in a slightly amended form, an overture from the Presbytery of Newton to establish a team of twelve to fifteen persons to “review the current per capita-based system of funding the ministry of councils higher than the session, for financial sustainability into the next ten years.”
  • Asked the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and the Office of the General Assembly to explore ways of reducing the cost of future General Assemblies.

The Way Forward: By a vote of 474-47, the assembly overwhelmingly approved the report of The Way Forward Commission, which was created by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) “to discern the vision for structure and function of our denomination.” The Way Forward Commission was joined by the All-Agency Review Committee in many of its recommendations. The assembly also created a Moving Forward Implementation Team to ensure follow-through of the actions taken and to make “mid-course corrections” between now and the 224th General Assembly (2020). Among its actions on The Way Forward, the assembly:

  • Restructured PC(USA) A Corp to be representative of five of the six agencies of the PC(USA)—previously the A Corp board was identical to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. The new A Corp board is composed of eleven members, representing each agency, with the exception of the Board of Pensions, plus at-large members.
  • Strengthened the role of the General Assembly Stated Clerk, reaffirming that person as the “continuing ecclesial officer and Head of Communion,” naming the Stated Clerk as “constitutional and spiritual leader” for the life and witness of the church, giving the Stated Clerk ex officio membership on all agencies of the church, and giving the Stated Clerk consultative authority prior to the consideration for election of any candidate for chief executive of any of the PC(USA)’s six agencies.
  • Authorized a “financial sustainability review.”
  • Beefed up the denomination’s translation services and efforts toward greater inclusion, equity, and reconciliation between all constituencies of the church.
  • Endorsed an “administrative action issued by the commission on June 12 calling for greater transparency, particularly in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and freedom for national staff employees to speak their minds in addressing the prevailing culture without retribution or retaliation.

Racism/Poverty/Violence: The assembly engaged in various acts of public witness that sought to engage issues of racism, poverty, and violence in St. Louis under the umbrella of Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II’s, Hands and Feet initiative. In addition to a number of groups who came to St. Louis to engage in Hands and Feet service/learning projects during the assembly, several “mission trips” for assembly-goers engaged with various faith-based community groups to address poverty and racism in the city. The offering from the opening worship service raised more than $54,000, which after a dramatic march by nearly 1,000 assembly-goers from America’s Center to the City Justice Center on Tuesday afternoon, was given to ArchDefenders, a faith-based group that bails low-level offenders out of jail. Nearly three dozen people, victims of St. Louis’ draconian cash bail system, were released from custody with the money. In its actions, the assembly:

  • Approved “The Gospel from St. Louis,” prepared by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.
  • Initiated the arduous process of possibly including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in the Book of Confessions.
  • Strongly condemned “the unjust, racist disparagement of people and entire nations” and committed the PC(USA) to “a collective effort to solve the real problems facing our nation and the world.”
  • Changed the church’s nomenclature from “racial ethnic people” to “people of color” and the name of the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns to the Racial Equity Advocacy Committee.
  • Called for an immediate moratorium on the imposition of the death penalty and for the commutation of all death sentences to sentences of life imprisonment.
  • Authorized a five-member task group with a black women majority to raise awareness of issues adversely affecting black girls and women in society and the church, and to develop action plans to address those issues.
  • Affirmed and celebrated the “full dignity and humanity” and gifts of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Immigration: Following on statements issued by General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, the assembly called upon the federal government to end family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, to immediately reunite parents with their children, to inform every parent where their children are being held and their condition, to stop using separation of children from their parents as a tactic to force criminal confessions; and called upon Presbyterians to support immigrant families, particularly parents and their separated children in any ways they can. The assembly also addressed war, violence, and human rights in Central America (particularly Nicaragua), South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Madagascar, and the Korean Peninsula.

 Gun Violence: The assembly reaffirmed previous General Assembly policies designed to reduce gun violence, called all Presbyterians to pray for a movement of the Spirit to engage Presbyterians in nationwide actions to prevent gun violence, and urged them to create opportunities to study the issue of gun violence, with an emphasis on resources produced by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

 Paid Family Leave: After long debate in both committee and plenary, the assembly referred to a task force to report back to the 224th General Assembly (2020) proposed actions to develop denomination-wide standards and financial support mechanisms for paid family leave for church workers.

 Congregational Leadership: The assembly rejected, by margin of 425-57, an overture from the Presbytery of Monmouth that would have allowed congregations to elect and ordain ruling elders without requiring them to serve on session. The proposal was designed to provide more lay leadership in a church that is changing—leadership, for instance, for new worshiping communities, immigrant fellowships, and other nontraditional faith communities.

 https://www.pcusa.org/news/2018/6/29/highlights-actions-223rd-general-assembly-2018-150/

For the official record of the 223rd General Assembly (2018), visit: https://www.pc-biz.org/#/.
For General Assembly News reports, visit: https://ga-pcusa.org/general-assembly-news/.

 

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

We will be updating the FPC directory this fall. Please see the paper copy on the Opportunity Table to make any revisions or contact Jenny at fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

GREAT PLAINS PILGRIMAGE #23

October 11-14, 2018 at Calvin Crest Treat & Conference Center, Fremont, Nebraska. Pilgrimage is a three-day journey designed to provide Christians with a renewed foundation and spiritual growth for individual and community living. For more information see the flyer in Fellowship Hall. Scholarships are available.

 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP AT PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER

Join a welcoming and kind community of support, where you can learn tools and join others on the journey.  We will gather on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 pm, October 3 to November 7 (six sessions) at Providence Medical Center, in Wayne.  There is no cost, snacks and beverages provided.  Please pre-register by calling 402-375-4288 by September 21.

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

If you would like to donate items to the Church’s Rustic Treasure accounts, the numbers are listed below. Just take your item to the store counter, and give them the account number listed below. The proceeds will come back to us:

First Presbyterian Church #1220                Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

PASTOR’S STUDY LEAVE AND VACATION

Pastor Teresa will be out on vacation September 24th – October 1st. If you have a pastoral need while Pastor is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • Our community
  • Our schools, teachers & students
  • All who are battling illness
  • All who live in assisted living or care facilities
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

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

6         Anita Fuelberth

8         Sharyn Paige

14        Angie Nelson

16        Marcile Uken

18        Jordan McDonald

21        Jared Peterson

24        Jacob Pulfer, Misty Beair

29        Melissa Urbanec

30        Jared Yates, Madison Beair

 

September 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2

Each Sunday:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

3

 

Labor Day

4 5 6 7 8
9

 

Worship on the Lawn (with Communion) & Picnic to follow

10

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

9:30

Wayne Family Coalition

 

11

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

12

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10:30 WACAM

 

5:30pm

PW Potluck

& Meeting

 

7:30 Youth Group

 

 

13

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

14

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

15
16

8:45 Presbyterian Pealers

1:30

Careage Chapel

17

 

7:00 Session Meeting

 

18

 

 

19

 

 

 

20 21

7:30

WSC Music Faculty Recital – Int’l Day of Peace

22
23

8:45 Presbyterian Pealers

 

 

24

Pastor on vacation

25

Pastor on vacation

26

Pastor on vacation

7:30 Youth Group

 

27

Pastor on vacation

28

Pastor on vacation

29

Pastor on vacation

30

Pastor on vacation

1

9:30 Wayne Family Coalition

 

2

 

3

 

4 5 6
             

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for September 2018

9/2/2018 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens Phil & Jean Griess
9/9/2018 Mark McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  
9/16/2018 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer Karen Johnson
9/23/2018 Ronda Ras The Ras Family  
9/30/2018 Jim Curtiss Pat & Glenda McDonald Jim Curtiss

 

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.org/

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

 

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Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – Summer 2018

 

Presbytidings – Summer 2018

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.”

 

Synod School 2018 – Dance Joyfully Were’er You May Be!

July 22-27, 2018  Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

http://www.lakesandpraries.org/SynodSchool

800-328-1880, ex. 207

 

From the Pastor…

As crops spring up in the fields around Wayne I’m waiting impatiently for my own crop, not of soybeans or corn, but flowers. When I moved into my home last year the yard was pretty much a blank slate. Thanks to the generosity of many people I received a variety of flowers and plants. This spring I have enjoyed trying to identify the plants as they emerge from the ground and await the blossoms.

I enjoy the physical act of gardening which includes walking, bending, wrangling hoses as well as raking, hoeing, and digging. The physical activity is good for me as well as being a good change of pace and stress reliever. Gardening uses all our senses, our eyes as we enjoy the beautiful colors and shapes of leaves and foliage, our sense of touch as we dig and repot plants or move them around the garden. The fragrance of the flowers tickles our noses, whether lilacs in the spring or a whiff of roses in the summer and the feathered friends that visit the yard share their songs freely.

I find myself frequently walking in the yard in the evening either watering or looking for changes in the plants. Is the rose bush blooming, do the day lilies need to be deadheaded?  Perhaps some fertilizer will perk up the flowering shrubs. As we move into the peak time for blooming flowers in our part of the country changes happen daily.

The Bible has plenty of garden images. God created the first garden, we read in Genesis that God walked in the in garden the cool of the day. Adam and Eve were the first gardeners, but they disobeyed God and had to leave the garden.

Jesus used images such as the sower and the seeds, the vine and the branches, mustard seed, and fig trees. Jesus went to the garden to pray before he was arrested, he was buried in a garden. Mary Magdalene was distraught outside Jesus’ empty tomb weeping and was asked by a man why she was crying. The man was Jesus but Mary didn’t recognize him and she assumed he was the gardener. Perhaps that misidentification was not just a random slip; rather a divine one.  It isn’t a stretch for me to think of Jesus as a gardener, planting and pruning looking after tender shoots of new growth. Jesus lived with, taught and prayed for his disciples, cultivating a new way of life for each of them. I can imagine Jesus being as diligent about each of us as a gardener with their prized lilies, watching our daily walk of discipleship, perhaps transplanting us into new situations, pruning bad habits and waiting for us to mature and to understand more clearly his teachings and call to discipleship. Jesus wants each of us to thrive, to cultivate of life of discipleship which will bear fruit and witness to our faith.

Creation was spoken into being by God’s Word, life began in a garden, and it was beautiful and perfect. In the last book of the Bible, Revelation 22:2b says “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” Our beginning and ending is tied to a garden. Genesis says humanity was made from dust and to dust all of us will all return. It’s good to know that we can trust our gardener, Jesus, to watch over each of us, nurturing and offering guidance as he waits for our relationship with him to come to full blossom.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

SUMMER COMMUNION DATES

  • Sunday, June 3, 2018. Jim Paige, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018. Jay O’Leary, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018. Misty Beair, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018. Communion Elder t.b.a.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will not meet in June. On July 11, Presbyterian Women and Sewing Souls will meet at 1:00. There will be a brief meeting, then those interested will either work on sewing projects or help with cleaning and organizing the kitchen.

 

CHRISTIAN CROSS FESTIVAL

The Christian Cross Festival will be held at Sky View Lake in Norfolk on Friday, June 8, and Saturday June 9. Go and enjoy free admission, ministry, prayer, food, fellowship, a kid’s tent, inflatables and fireworks. Check it out on Facebook at Christian Cross Festival or online at www.christiancrossfestival.org  A fun day to fellowship in Norfolk!

 

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, June 12th at 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

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

  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Please feel free to join Pastor Teresa as she leads chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, June 13th at 3:30pm.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, June 24th at 1:30pm.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of July 9th – 13th at 5:40am.

 

SUMMER BOOK STUDY

Our FPC summer study opportunity will begin Thursday, June 14th at 11:00am. We will discuss the book Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr. The book is available in both hard copy and a digital format. For the first meeting, please read from the introduction through the first chapter. Those who desire may bring a sack lunch to enjoy as a lunch fellowship following each study.

 

“What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” A summer sermon series

Sunday, June 24th Pastor Teresa will begin a sermon series entitled “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian.” The series is based on a book by the same title by Martin Thielen. The book covers Martin’s ideas regarding 10 things Christians don’t need to believe and 10 things Christians must believe. A second book by Thielen “The Answer to Bad Religions Isn’t No Religion” will also be a resource for the series. Join us in worship as we wrestle with topics like Doubt, Who Goes to Heaven, Where is God, and Is the Church Still Relevant, to mention a just a few.

June 24th: Don’t Give Me That Old-Time Religion

Matthew 19:3-9, 16-17, 23:13-15, 25-28

July 1st: What Matters Most?

Priorities – Mark 12:28-34

July 8th: What About Suffering?

Matthew 27:27-31

July 15th: Am I Accepted?

John 8:1-11, Matthew 9:10-13

July 22nd: Where is God?

John 1:15, 14

If you would like your own copy of the book, “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian” it is available from Amazon, Cokesbury and Christian Book Distributors.

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Elders, please watch your email for the docket after June 15th.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

FPC and Our Savior Lutheran Church are hosting a joint VBS Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 19th.

  • “This Changes Everything” is a camp run by Camp Carol Joy Holling Counselors for children who have completed grades 1-6. This camp will run from 9am – 3pm, and attendees must bring a sack lunch each day.
  • “Polar Blast” will be the evening VBS session for kids age 4 – Kindergarten, from 6:30-8:30pm.
  • Sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity table, and are due by July 6th.
  • We need help providing housing and meals for two Carol Joy Holling counselors for VBS. We also need a few more volunteers for snacks. Please contact Jenny if you are able to help with either of these.

 

PASTOR’S STUDY LEAVE AND VACATION

  • Pastor Teresa will be out on study leave and vacation July 28th – August 6th.
    • Pastor Teresa will be on study leave at Synod School at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, for the week of July 23rd -27th.
    • She will be attending the National Presbyterian Women Gathering August 2nd – 6th.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

GOLF OUTING

Like to golf? Plan on gathering for a Lutheran/Presbyterian Golf outing in August, date to be announced.

 

FLOWERS, LAWNS, FELLOWSHIP

Please consider one of the many service opportunities we have available at FPC this summer. We need flowers for worship, lawn-mowing, and people to provide and serve fellowship time after each worship service. Sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table to help us keep track and recognize those who help. Thank you to those who have already signed up!

 

COOKBOOKS

If you are looking for new recipes to try this summer, we still have a few First Presbyterian Cookbooks left.  The cost is $14.  See Judy Lindberg or Jenny in the church office.

 

YOUTH GROUPS & CHURCH SCHOOL

Super Sunday School and Youth Group are finished for the year. Thank you to Pastor Teresa for guiding our Super Sunday School, and to Candyce Peitz as the accompanist. Thanks to Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras and Jim Curtiss for their leadership of our youth.

 

2018 FOOD PANTRY & BACKPACK NEWS

The food pantry has had a very busy year, we have already served nearly 120 families.  The Backpack Program served approximately 3,300 food bags in the 2017/18 academic year. The program will continue 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.

 

WAYNE GROW AN EXTRA ROW

Consider sharing your garden bounty this year with those in need in our community. Set aside a small bag of produce, and bring it to our food pantry.  The program was well received last year. You can help make a difference!  What we don’t give away will be for sale after church each Sunday, with the proceeds of the sale going to support the Pantry.

 

CALVIN CREST TURNS 60!

Celebrate 60 years of incredible ministry on August 25, 2018 at the Calvin Crest 60th Anniversary Fun Day. The 60th Anniversary Family Fun Day is free to attend.  There will be opportunities to purchase snacks, t-shirts/hats and raffle and silent auction items.  Calvin Crest will also accept free-will donations to support this great ministry. Here is a link to their site: http://www.calvincrest.org/funday/ or you can call toll-free 1-877-795-7635

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, stepdads, granddads, adoptive fathers, foster fathers and father figures. Give thanks to God for the men in your lives who have guided, encouraged, challenged and loved you. On Father’s Day take time to let them know you remember and are grateful.

 

What Makes a Dad

(Author unknown)

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.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for June 2018

6/3/2018 Ken Marra Milton & Jackie Owens Karen Johnson
6/10/2018 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Kevin Peterson
6/17/2018 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald Bev Beeson
6/24/2018 Sarah Wibben Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for July 2018

7/1/2018 Karen Johnson Jim & Shari Paige Karen Johnson
7/8/2018 Jim Lindau Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
7/15/2018 Judy Lindberg The Ras Family  
7/22/2018 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens Bev & Jack Beeson
7/29/2018 Josephine Peitz The Peitz Family  

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for August 2018

8/5/2018 Kevin Peterson Jim Lindau & Joyce Reeg Kevin Peterson
8/12/2018 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer Jeryl Nelson
8/19/2018 Melissa Urbanec The Urbanec Family  
8/26/2018 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family  

 

PASTOR STUDY LEAVE & VACATION

Pastor Teresa will be on study leave and vacation from July 23rd through August 6th.  Please contact the office if pastoral services are needed. 

 

June 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 

 

        1 2
3

Communion –

elder, Jim Paige

4

8:30 WACAM

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

11:00 Discipleship Meeting

 

5

 

6

1:00 Presbyterian Women

7

 

8 9
10 11 12

4:15 Deacons

13

10:30 WACAM

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

 

14

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

15 16
17

* Father’s Day

 

 

18

 

19 20

2:45

Launch Leadership packs Backpacks

21

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

22 23
24

10:00

Sermon Series

1:30 Careage Chapel

25

7pm Session Meeting

26

11:00 NENE Presbyterian Pastors

27

 

28

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

29 30

 

July 2018– First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Communion – elder, Jay O’Leary

 

Sermon Series

2

9:30 Wayne Co. Family Coalition

3 4 5

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

6 7
8

Sermon Series

 

9

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

11

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

10:30 WACAM

1:00 Presbyterian Women & Sewing Souls

 

12

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

11:00 “Falling Upward” study

 

13

5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

14

 

15

Sermon Series

16

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

17

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

18

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

 

19

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

20

VBS at Our Savior Lutheran

21
22

Sermon Series

23

(Pastor on study leave)

 

24

(Pastor on study leave)

 

25

(Pastor on study leave)

 

26

(Pastor on study leave)

 

27

(Pastor on study leave)

 

28

(Pastor on vacation)

29

(Pastor on vacation)

 

30

(Pastor on vacation)

 

31

(Pastor on vacation)

 

       

 

August 2018 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

    1

(Pastor on vacation)

2

(Pastor on study leave)

 

3

(Pastor on study leave)

 

4

(Pastor on study leave)

 

5

(Pastor on study leave)

 

6

(Pastor on study leave)

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

 

7 8

10:30 WACAM

9 10 11
12 13 14

 

4:15 Deacons Meeting

15 16 17

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

18

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

19

5:00 WSC Student Expo

20

 

21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28

11:00 NENE Presbyterian Pastors

29 30 31  
             

 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

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2         Jean Griess, Jill Sweetland

6         Connie Bargstadt

8         Brian Bowers, Carol Mosley, Austin McDonald

10        Karen Granberg

11        Emily Worner

18        Wes Beckenhauer

19        Dennis Spangler

26        Pastor Teresa Bartlett

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS

7          Sarah Bloom

10        Shea Sweetland

11        Luke Pulfer

15        Greg Worner

16        Verlin Francis

21        Josephine Peitz

24        Mark Hammer, Zach Urbanec

27        Cate Worner

29        Marta Pulfer

30        Melissa Murphy

 

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

2          Gordon Granberg

3          Ken Marra

8          Nina Spangler

12        Alissa Johnson

20        Russ Urbanec

23        Hannah McCorkindale

27        Milton Owens

30        Layne Heese

 

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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.org/

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

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)