Presbytidings – March 2020

 

Presbytidings – March 2020

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 season of Lent began February 26th with Ash Wednesday. Christians around the world attended Ash Wednesday worship services where they received the sign of the cross on their forehead in recognition of their human mortality and sinfulness. During the forty days of Lent Christians are encouraged to engage in self- reflection, many add some form of spiritual practice to help them grow closer to God as they remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

Lent is an opportunity to reflect on our lives as disciples, the direction we are heading and how we can improve our relationship with Christ. There may be times in our journey of faith that might be compared to driving down the interstate and realizing you should be going in the opposite direction or you missed your exit. Either case will require getting turned around. The immediate problem on the Interstate is that U-turns are not permitted and that is a good thing; imagine what it would be like if people were free to make U-turns wherever they wanted! No doubt there would numerous accidents and traffic would come to a standstill!  The prohibition of U-turns means that one has to go a few miles in the wrong direction in order to get turned around and get going in a new direction.

In our Christian journey we may occasionally find ourselves going in the wrong direction, in places we never intended to be. In the Old Testament book of Hosea, the prophet tells the people their sinfulness has caused them to go in the wrong direction.  The prophet says to the people;

Israel, return to the Lord your God, because your sins have made you fall.
 Come back to the Lord and say these words to him: “Take away all our sin and kindly receive us,
and we will keep the promises we made to you.   Hosea 14:1-3 New Century Version

During Lent Christians are encouraged to reflect on our lives as disciples, are we following Christ, have we made a wrong turn, are we at a dead end? Some of the signs that you are going the wrong way in your walk with Christ include not attending worship regularly, not taking time for personal Scripture reading and study, not joining in regular fellowship with other Christians. When we find we are going the wrong way, unlike driving on the Interstate, U-turns are permitted and encouraged in our journey of discipleship. In “church-speak” recognizing we need a U-turn is called confession, an important element of reformed and Presbyterian worship. Each week we come together before God and confess our individual and corporate sinfulness. In confession we ask God’s forgiveness, ask for God’s guidance and clarity of vision, strength to keep focused on Christ and not to take wrong turns or be frustrated by dead ends. Our Triune God offers each of us who humbly confess our sins mercy and grace and a new beginning. Thankfully for Christians U-turns are permitted, even encouraged, to bring us back to worship, to study and fellowship with God and other Christians. No matter how many U turns we’ve made or need to make in our lives we can be thankful that our Triune God is always ready to welcome wayward travelers’ home.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

Our church family will gather for weekly suppers during Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 4th, at 6:00pm. (The sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall.) Following the suppers, we will gather at 7:00pm for Lenten service.

 

“I AM”

Lent Sunday Sermon Series

During the Lenten season we will be exploring the gospel of John, especially the series of phrases by which Jesus described himself.  When Moses asked God, who he should say sent him to the Pharaoh, God answered in Exodus 3:14; “I am that I am.” The gospel of John records Jesus’ repeated use of the words “I am,” which points to his being divine. Seven times in the gospel of John Jesus uses the phrase “I am,” with each of the declarations Jesus completed a sign, a miracle. Join us for Sunday worship as we explore Jesus’ self-definitions and what he was teaching those around him as well as what it means for believers today. We will consider the seven “I Am” statements in the following order.

  • “I am the bread of life” -March 1st
  • “I am the light of the world” -March 8th
  • “I am the door” – March 15th
  • “I am the good shepherd” -March 22nd
  • “I am the way, the truth, and the life”- March 29th
  • “I am the vine”- April 5th
  • “I am the resurrection and the life” – April 19th

 

PRAYER FOR LENT

-Author Unknown

Let me keep Lent.

Let me not kneel and pray,

Forgo some trifle everyday,

Fast-and take sacrament-

And then,

Lend tongue to slander, hold ancient grudge,

Deny

The very Lord whom I would glorify.

Let me keep Lent.

Let my heart grow in grace.

Let thy light shine till my illumined face

Will be a testament

Read by all…

That hate is buried; self-crucified; new-born

The spirit that shall rise on Easter morn.

Let me keep Lent.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Jean Griess will serve as Communion Elder. Communion will also be served on Palm Passion Sunday, April 5th, 2020.

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

Our latest Bible study will be meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd at 2:00p.m. at Wayne Country-view Care. All are welcome.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

  • The Presbyterian Women meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd at 3:00pm will be held at Wayne Country-view Care on the assisted living side.
  • Sewing Souls next meeting will be held on March 18th at 2:00pm.

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME!

Spring forward one hour the weekend of March 8th. You might be caught walking into church just as worship is finishing up!

 

FPC OUTREACH/MISSION SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead outreach/mission services at the following locations this month:

  • Brookdale: You are welcome to join Pastor for chapel on Wednesday, 3/18 at 3:30pm.

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, March 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

PRESYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERINGS: JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

You are invited to the PW Spring Gatherings as noted. Please bring your favorite tea cup. No reservations are needed.

  • March 28th at Clarkson from 1-3pm
  • April 4th at Lyons from 1-3

 

MATTHEW 25  PW SPRING GATHERING PROJECT: COLLECTING EMPTY PILL BOTTLES

Many times, the pills people in developing countries are wrapped in paper scraps. The pills have no protection from moisture or the elements. And they are not safely out of the reach of small children-you can’t really safety proof a piece of paper.Those orange pill bottles we take for granted are gratefully received in many part of the world.

Please bring your empty pill bottles with all labels removed. The Matthew 25 mission states “Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.”

 

CHANGES TO QUARTERLY AND YEAR-END STATEMENTS

The session has approved the sending of quarterly and year end statements by email.  If you would like to participate please see that the financial secretary, Anita Fuelberth, has your current e-mail address.

 

THANK YOU

“I would like to thank the session and church congregation for the framed certificate & Chamber Bucks, as well as the decorated cake and coffee held in my honor. It has been a privilege to serve as the FPC treasurer for the last forty years, but I felt this was the appropriate time for me to step down as treasurer. Being treasurer of the church is one was that I felt I could serve the church although I never thought I would do it for forty years.” John Fuelberth

 

 

March 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

 

10:00am

Communion

Kent Pulfer, communion elder

2

 

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

3

 

2:00pm

Love Carved in Stone Bible Study

3:00pm

Presbyterian Women

 

4 5 6 7

 

8

 

Daylight Savings Time Begins – Spring Forward!

 

5:00pm

Boy Scout

Court of Honor

9

 

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

10 11

10:00am

Pastor at WACAM

6:00pm

Soup Supper

7:00pm

Lenten Service

12 13 14
15 16

 

17 18

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

3:30pm Brookdale Chapel

4:45pm

Deacons

6:00pm

Soup Supper

7:00pm

Lent Service

19 20 21
22 23

 

7:00pm

Session Meeting

24

 

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors Gathering

25

 

6:00pm

Soup Supper

7:00pm

Lent Service

26 27 28
29

 

30

 

7:00pm

 Session Meeting

31  

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT & EASTER

Observe a holy Lenten season this year.

  • We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service February 26th at 6:30pm.
  • Lenten services/ soup suppers will begin weekly on Wednesdays, beginning on March 4–April 1st.
  • Palm Sunday Service with communion on Sunday, April 5th at 10:00am.
  • The Maundy Thursday service with communion will be held at 7pm Thursday evening, April 9th.
  • Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at our Easter Sunday service with our traditional Easter Brunch beginning at 9:00am on Sunday, April 12th.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for March 2020

3/1/2020 Gordon Granberg Phil & Jean Griess  
3/8/2020 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens  
3/15/2020 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer  
3/22/2020 Maria Ras The Ras Famly  
3/29/2020 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family  

 

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

24      Jacob B.

25      Leigh H.

28     Babs M.

29     Madison U.

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

 

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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – February 2020

 

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……

“There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens:” 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

             The author of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything, that change is always happening in the world around us and in our own lives. We live in a part of the world where we can mark time by the changing seasons, each day brings new challenges and opportunities. From the time we are born until we die, we change on a variety of levels, the cellular, the physical, the intellectual.  Life is filled with constant change and it affects every area of our lives, our workplace, our homes, our social networks even the church. Seldom however, is change without some challenge; a kernel of corn planted in the ground must change from a seed, be broken open allowing a root, then the seedling and finally the stalk and ear to appear.

It’s no secret that most churches, no matter the denomination find themselves having to reassess their role in society. I recently read an article by Doug Powe and Ann A. Michel entitled “Five Emerging Trends Impacting Church Life.” Among the changes the authors noted was how the role of denominations continues to wane.  Younger people are less likely to identify as Presbyterian, Lutheran or Methodist than persons 50 or older, they join not because of the denomination affiliation, rather it may be the mission of the church that speaks to their desire to “make a difference.”  Church attendance patterns are changing, including those who self-identify as “regular attendees.” Regular attendance used to mean 3 to 4 times a month in worship now the average is twice a month.  The aging and shrinking membership in churches has led to challenges in maintaining pastoral leadership in many churches.  I thought an interesting point the authors raised was the loss of choirs in many congregations.  The article noted this change may be due to a variety of factors; aging voices, fewer people willing to commit time to rehearsals and Sunday services; however, another consideration is generational and cultural changes in how people experience and consume music. What do all these changes mean, how do we address them, do we address them or continue to hold tightly to what we have always done hoping to get different results?

Congregational vitality is an area addressed by the PC (USA) Matthew 25 initiative and defined as follows; “Building congregational vitality by challenging congregations and their members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with their community as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.”

          How do you define a “vital congregation”?   A vital congregation might be considered one with a large building and membership however buildings, programs and budgets are not the sole measure of a church. A vital congregation might be a group of 20 people actively engaged in working in their community, actively engaged in growing as disciples of Christ.   A vital congregation is one with a vision of the future which they are working toward together.  The Session’s embrace of the Matthew 25 initiative is our vision for the coming year.  Help our leadership envision how can we as a congregation deepen and energize our faith and engage with our community, sharing the gospel of Christ in word and deed.  How can we be more hospitable to each other and guests; how can we share about who we are and what we do?  There are many questions and challenges to consider.

In a culture when fewer and fewer people are redisposed to find their way to church on their own it’s important we consider different ways of being the church.  This might mean we try new things, new music, changes in worship. I know it’s a challenge to be open to change, I know the familiar is comfortable, but if your faith has guided you in life, if your faith has helped you walk through dark or challenging times, if your faith community has been encouraging and supportive wouldn’t you want others to experience that as well?  The gift of faith should be shared, and we must consider that we may have to let go of what is comfortable to us to invite others into a space where they can be comfortable.  This is not a new challenge this was the very challenge Jesus faced with the religious leaders of his day, the same challenge Peter and Paul faced in the early church as they talked about if Gentiles or just Jews could be a part of this new church.  While we serve a faithful and unchanging, loving God, the world God created, and its people do change.  The church, the body of Christ, follows Jesus’ pattern of being rooted in Scripture yet open to growing and changing.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

We will begin our Wednesday night Lenten services on February 26th, 7:00pm. We will have imposition of ashes. Please join us.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Jim Curtiss will serve as the Communion Elder.

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

Our latest Bible study will be meeting on February 5th at 2:00p.m. at Wayne Country-view Care. All are welcome.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

  • The Presbyterian Women meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th at 3:00pm will be held at Wayne Country-view Care on the assisted living side.
  • Sewing Souls next meeting will be held on Feb. 19th at 2:00pm.

 

ROTARY BAKED POTATO FEED

The annual Rotary Potato Bake & Dessert Bar will be held Sunday, February 12th 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

Our FPC Youth will be hosting a game night for people of all ages in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, February 12th beginning at 7:00pm. Bring a friend, some snacks to share and enjoy a night out!

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather on Saturday, 2/15, beginning at 10:00am, at Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

SCOUTING SUNDAY

We look forward to welcoming Cub Scout Pack 174 to join us in worship Sunday, February 16th.

 

FPC OUTREACH/MISSIION SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead outreach/mission services at the following locations this month:

  • WAYNE COUNTRY VIEW CARE You are welcome to join Pastor for chapel on Sunday, 2/23 at 1:30pm.
  • WORD IN FAITH Pastor’s article for the Wayne Herald will appear in the newspaper on March 5th.

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

KIWANIS PANCAKE FEED

Be sure to attend the Kiwanis Pancake Feed at the Wayne City Auditorium Tuesday, February 25th from 5:00-7:00pm. $7 (advance) $8 (at the door) for adults and $4 for children (up to 10 years).

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

We will begin our Wednesday night Lenten services on February 26th, 7:00pm. We will have imposition of ashes. Please join us.

“Lent in Plain Sight”

Lenten Wednesday evening sermon series.

“God is often at work through the ordinary; ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace.  Through the ordinary God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelations and reconciliation” writes Jill Duffield in her book “Lent in Plain Sight.” Duffield included in her devotional book some of the ordinary objects Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem; dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towel, thorns and stones. Each Wednesday evening following our meal we will consider these ordinary objects and how Jesus might have encountered them and what it means for us to encounter and see them in a new light. “Lent in Plain Sight” reminds us that God is active all around us if we open our eyes to see and our ears to hear, it’s often in the mundane that we hear God’s voice. Please make time to join us during Lent for fellowship and worship. It is a great opportunity to invite friends to join us.

February 26th – Ash Wednesday – Dust

March 4th – Bread

March 11th – Cross

March 18th -Coins

March 25th -Shoes

April 1st– Oil

April 9th – Maundy Thursday – Towels

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

Our church family will gather for weekly suppers during Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 4th, 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 February 26th at 6:30pm.
  • Lenten services & soup suppers will begin weekly on Wednesdays, beginning on March 4–April 1st.
  • Palm Sunday Service with communion on Sunday, April 5th at 10:00am.
  • The Maundy Thursday service with communion will be held Thursday evening, April 9th.
  • Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at our Easter Sunday service with our traditional Easter Brunch beginning at 9:00am on Sunday, April 12th.

 

FPC ANNUAL REPORT

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 26th. 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 will be available on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall in February.

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WAYNE

THE SESSION 2020

Elder                                                                          Class                                      

Scott McLaughlin (Property)                                   2020

Jim Paige (Property, Fellowship)                              2020

Kent Pulfer (Administration)                                  2020

Jean Griess (Worship)                                              2021

Jane O’Leary (Outreach, Worship)                         2021

Shari Dunklau (Discipleship, Worship)                  2022

John Fuelberth (Property)                                       2022

BOARD OF DEACONS 2020

Karen Johnson                                                          2020

Melissa Urbanec                                                       2020

Misty Beair                                                                2021

Karen Marra                                                              2021

Amy Bowers                                                              2022

Jan Liska                                                                    2022

 

COMMITTEES OF THE CONGREGATION 2020

Nominating Team: Phil Griess, Karen Johnson, Jan Liska, Ken Marra, & Kent Pulfer

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

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

 

10:00am

Homestead Clerk Training

2

10:00am

Communion

Jim Curtiss, communion elder

 

“Get Your Can to Church” Sunday

3

9:30am

Wayne County Family Coalition

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

4 5

2:00pm

Love Carved in Stone Bible Study

3:00pm

Presbyterian Women

5:00pm

Confirmation

6 7 8
9 10

 

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

11

 

12

10:30am WACAM

5:00pm Confirmation

7:00pm

All-church

Game Night

13

10:00am

Salvation Army Meeting

14 15

Homestead Presbytery – Lincoln

16

Scout Sunday

17 18 19

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

5:00pm

Confirmation

20 21 22
23

 

1:30pm

Wayne Country-View Chapel

24

 

7:00pm

Session Meeting

25 26

 

5:00pm

Confirmation

7:00pm

Ash Wednesday Service

27

 

28 29

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for February 2020

2/2/2020 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family  
2/9/2020 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess Bev Beeson
2/16/2020 Gail McCorkindale The McCorkindales  
2/23/2020 Gordon Granberg Babs Middleton Karen Johnson

 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

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10      Jodi P.

20      Karen M.

25      Pat S., Gabriel P.

27      Jan L.

28     Amy B.

 

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

 

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 2020

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….

The Church’s DNA[*] 

            People who know my mother and I say we look a lot alike, my brother has my father’s receding hairline, my niece favors her mother, my sister.  Family resemblances are often a clue to family lineage.

Traits shared by parents and children; such as hair and eye color, build, height or personality traits are all encoded in our DNA.[†] DNA is short for deoxyribonucleic acid,  which is the “blueprint” for every living thing, the fundamental building blocks for an individual’s entire genetic makeup. Except for identical twins, each person’s DNA is a unique, individualized genetic code.

I read recently that the last couple of years DNA discovery kits, such as 23 and Me have been very popular. The DNA submitted by an individual gives important genetic markers about one’s ancestry which helps in genealogy and tracing long lost family it can also point to a predisposition for certain diseases such as cancer. DNA is often used in law enforcement, as well as to establish parentage.

As Christians we trace our  family tree back to Jesus and the disciples, we can go back even farther in the family tree by looking at – Hebrews 11, where we read the names of many of the faithful; Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Sampson, David. There were so many more people that God used even in their doubt and imperfection. It is spiritual DNA which links us to our spiritual ancestors, who have passed traditions, rituals and beliefs on to us. We are charged with keeping the bloodline going, passing the faith and its practices on through the church, the body of Christ, the family of God.

The Greek word for church is ecclesia- which means congregation, assembly or gathering not the building but the people. The church replicates in many different forms; store front churches, house churches, mega churches, traditional churches, coffee house churches, they are similar but not identical.

In God’s wisdom the body of Christ, the church in Wayne, Nebraska is different than a church in New York City or Taos, New Mexico, each one adapted to its particulate culture and climate, each has their own ways to worship and praise God. The DNA of faith was carried forward in this place by the foresight and vision of the charter members of this church who established a house of worship to see God’s Word was proclaimed and taught. There has been a cloud of witness’s faithfully perpetuating the faith and mission of Jesus Christ in Wayne since 1885.

Despite variances in form, churches can be identified by certain “family” characteristics as Christian. Some of the traits, the DNA of Christianity, which informs how Presbyterians worship, and connects the body of Christ through the ages include the authority of Scripture, the Word rightly preached and the administration of the sacraments of baptism and communion and nurturing a covenant community of disciples(F-1.0303 Book of Order). Presbyterians believe that we worship and serve God best when ordered according the Word of God, and by reason and sound judgment, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The sacraments of baptism and communion as described in Scripture and our Book of Order, are a part of our spiritual DNA which connect us and nurtures a covenant community of disciples.  In addition, other genetic markers that identify us as Christians and link us to the 1st century church include prayers and liturgies such as The Lord’s Prayer, the Glory Patria, the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.

Just as parents pass on certain traits and characteristics to their children there is DNA unique to each denomination – Congregational, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic or Presbyterian. Our worship styles vary as do our forms of government, but we hold in common the Triune God, the three in one, the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are all siblings in the faith, we are alike, but not the same.

The churches the Apostle Paul established are no longer, but others have emerged to advance the blood line of the church. All mainline denominations find themselves trying to adapt to a culture that has radically changed in the last 50 years, from a society where Christianity was predominant to one where the faith is marginalized, not by force or government, but rather by a population indifferent to a relationship with Jesus Christ and in many cases people skeptical of organized religious institutions. We have changed from a society that knew the stories of the Bible, to a generation which has little or no knowledge of the stories of the Bible, of leaders like Moses, King David, Peter and Paul, the faithfulness of Ruth, the bravery of Queen Esther and how God used them in spite of each of their flaws for God’s purpose and will.

Jesus Christ challenges us to go into the world and make disciples, to share our unique DNA, to teach and prepare the next generation. How do we make disciples in the 21st century in this climate of indifference and skepticism? We continue to proclaim God’s truth but find new ways to share it. We continue to proclaim Jesus Christ but change how that proclamation is made from only worship on Sunday to using social media such as Facebook or via a church web page. Mission projects might be right next door or downstairs rather than miles away. Sharing our faith may take place outside the walls of the building in conversations and discussions. Bible study may incorporate the use of media such as power points or videos.

Change is a part of life, if an organism is to live it must change, grow and even sometimes adapt to its environment in order to survive. The same is true in the church, the way we operated 40 years ago is no longer attractive to today’s society. We can adapt and change that doesn’t mean we change the message of God’s love and grace; just the delivery. Change and adaptation to new things isn’t easy, but it is a sign of growth, a sign of looking to the future preparing for those we haven’t yet met. Even in the midst of change and adaptation it’s not the practices; worship, the programs or projects, it is the people that are the lifeblood of any faith community, each of you is a part of the DNA of this church, this body of believers. The testimony of your lives is the best expression of God’s love to the world.

We are interconnected and intertwined, to the past, to the present, and to what the future mission of God will be for FPC as well as the larger body of Christ. The decisions and actions, or failure to act, will have an impact on this congregation. The church of the future will not look like the church of even 20 years ago but by keeping Christ at the center, and telling how Christ has made a difference in our lives people will see the family resemblance, the face of Christ in each of ours. May God’s mission and family continue to grow through FPC Wayne and the larger body of Christ.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

STRAW FOR THE MANGER 

During Advent the members of FPC were encouraged to prepare the manger for the baby Jesus by doing acts of kindness or service. For each act of kindness or service members were encouraged to write their “gift” on a paper straw and add it to the manger. Our manger was empty at the beginning of Advent and by Christmas Eve was filled up nicely with gifts of kindness, hospitality and service to Christ.

In  acts of kindness and service to those we know well and those who are strangers we fulfill the intent Jesus  spoke of in Matthew 25:35-36;  “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

The variety of activities and gifts were broad and ranged from gifts of service, gifts of time, gifts of hospitality as well as physical gifts. Here are some of the “gifts” the FPC members offered during Advent, some of these gifts were shared more than once.

Gifts of time and talents included;

  • Making cookies for home bound folks, neighbors or friends and delivering them. Remembering teachers, roommates and friends with gifts.
  • Helping at church preparing for services.
  • Providing a ride for students or friends, to take them to church, allow them to do errands.
  • Volunteering; Ringing bells for the Salvation Army, working at the Food Pantry, Food Truck, Coat Closet; picking up coats and or working in the Coat Closet. Meeting with Teammate Student
  • Shoveled snow.
  • Picked up mail or packages for someone while they were out of town and sorted and delivered mail for a friend.
  • Shared donuts and hot chocolate with students.
  • Gift of listening; visiting in hospital/ care facility, with a senior citizen and with a local businessperson.
  • Helping people with doors, stairs etc.
  • Recording radio announcement for backpack program.

Physical gifts of various kinds included donations to the Food Pantry, groceries to the Senior Center, Gifts for Kids program and Tree of Love (Secret Santa type of thing for youth and senior citizens.)

  • Donated to the American Bible Society
  • Brought items for the Coat Closet
  • Bought dinner for a friend
  • Gave a “flock of Chickens to someone” for Christmas.

Gifts of Hospitality

  • Showing home to previous owners
  • Christmas cards mailed with greetings and love and best wishes
  • Sitting with a friend and their family in their last hours of life.
  • Let someone know of lost money
  • Offering grief support

What a difference these actions have made in the lives of others in just a month, the gifts bless those who receive them as well as those who gave them. Each kindness or service we offer is like a stone thrown in the pond which produces many ripples after the initial contact. The congregation is encouraged to continue to reach out beyond the walls of the church to embody the love and grace of Jesus Christ in their actions towards family, neighbors and friends as well as strangers. The world can be changed, we can be changed through intentional acts of kindness and service. In 2020 let’s continue changing the world.

 

FAITH DOLLARS AT WORK

The FPC Presbyterian Women put their “Faith Dollars” into action during Advent as they selected 4 tags from the Gifts for Kids tree at Bomgaars and made Christmas a little happier for a 4 year old girl, a 7 month old boy, a  6 year old boy and a 16 year old girl.  Thank-you to the Presbyterian Women and the many others in the congregation who contribute “Faith Dollars.” The PW generally selects special projects in the local area or local groups such as Haven House to receive “Faith Dollar” gifts.  Thanks to all for helping add more “straw to the manger”.

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

Our latest Bible study will be meeting on January 8th at 2:00p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Regular meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month- January to May.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

PW will meet Wednesday, January 8th at 3:00pm. Regular meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month- January to May.

 

SEWING SOULS will meet on January 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 

COMMUNION

January Communion will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Jean Griess will be the Communion Elder.

 

DOWNING OF THE BROWNS

Many hands light work! Please stay after fellowship on Sunday, January 12th to take down the Christmas décor and put it away. Thank you.

 

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

ALL-CHURCH GAME NIGHT!

Our FPC Youth will be hosting a game night for people of all ages in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, January 22nd beginning at 7:00pm. Bring a friend, some snacks to share and enjoy a night out!

 

SESSION

The Session will meet on January 25th for elder training and planning for 2020. 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 18th.

 

FPC ANNUAL MEETING

Our annual congregational meeting will be after worship on Sunday, January 26th. 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, 1/18.

 

JOHN FUELBERTH RECOGNITION

It’s with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude for his service that we are announcing the retirement of FPC treasurer, John Fuelberth. Please join us in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 26, 2020 after our Annual meeting for coffee and cake to celebrate John’s retirement.

 

2nd ANNUAL FPC ‘GET YOUR CAN TO CHURCH’ SUNDAY!

Sunday, February 2, 2020 is a special collection for the Wayne Food pantry. Around the country churches and groups will be celebrating Souper Bowl Sunday by making donations to local food pantries or having food collection drives.  An item that is included in boxes for the Wayne Food Pantry patrons is canned soup, it is as item that always seems in short supply.  ‘Get Your Can to Church’ encourages FPC members to vote for the winner of the winner of the Super Bowl by bringing canned soup or cash to donate to the Wayne Food Pantry. The winner in our competition will be the team with the most cans and cash. Join in the fun on Super Bowl Sunday and help the Food Pantry with your donation.

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

The numbers continue to rise at the Wayne Food Pantry. We had over 300 visits to the Food Pantry in 2019 and distributed over approximately 4,000 backpacks to the Wayne Community Schools. Our PB&J drive brought in 110 jars of peanut butter and 63 jellies. We are so thankful for the many donations that were made.

 

WAYNE COAT CLOSET

This past year we distributed nearly 300 coats to individuals & families in need. We also distributed more than 250 miscellaneous items such as snow pants, boots, hats & gloves.

 

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.

 

WE ARE GRATEFUL

  • 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 CAROLERS

We had a group of about 15 Carolers on December 18th who visited Brookdale, Wayne Country View Care and 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 22nd you missed hearing the Presbyterian Pealers share their talents.  The gathered congregation enjoyed many seasonal favorites during the service. The Presbyterian Pealers also participated with other Wayne Bell Choirs in Ring Around Wayne on December 1st. It was a terrible day but a wonderful concert. The Pealers represented FPC well. Please thank all the members of the choir for their dedication and especially director Jay O’Leary.

 

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

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

  • John & Anita Fuelberth in memory of Elmer & Faye Peck, Dutch & Marj Fuelberth
  • Phil & Jean Griess in memory of Harold & Elena Wagner, Wilmer & Elizabeth Griess
  • The Hammer Family in memory of Willis Hammer & his grandparents
  • Jane & Jay O’Leary in memory of Jay D. O’Leary and Jed O’Leary
  • Milton & Jackie Owens in memory of Mr. & Mrs. John Owens, Mr. & Mrs. John Gesiriech
  • First Presbyterian Church in memory of members & friends who have passed away in 2019: Jack Beeson, Eunice Creamer, JoAnn Owens & Jim Heins
  • The Pulfer Family

 

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS

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

December 1st – The Hammer Family

December 8th – The Peitz Family

December 15th – The Peitz Family

December 22nd – The Urbanec Family

December 24th – The Ras Family

 

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

Several members of the congregation assisted the local Salvation Army Extension Unit by ringing bells December 7th. Thanks to Ken and Jodi Pulfer and Pastor Teresa.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020

January 12th    Communion will be celebrated with Jean Griess as Communion Elder.

January 18th    2019 Session Team Member reports due.

January 19th    Pastor leads Wayne Country View Care Chapel at 1:30pm

January 22nd   Multi-generational youth-led Game night at 7:00pm

January 25th    Session Retreat – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

January 26th   Congregational Meeting – afterward FPC Treasurer John Fuelberth retirement coffee

January 29th   Brookdale Chapel at 3:30pm

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for January 2020

1/5/2020 Kent Pulfer Jean Griess, Kent Pulfer  
1/12/2020 Jodi Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer  
1/19/2020 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens  
1/27/2019 Jim Curtiss Jim & Shari Paige Jim Curtiss

 

January 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45am

o Worship 10:00am

o Fellowship 11:00am

    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

 

Guest Speaker: Dave Fritz

 

6

9:30am Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

7

4:00pm

FCCLA packing backpacks

8

10:30am

WACAM Meeting

2:00pm

Bible Study

3:00pm

Presby. Women

9

 

 

10

 

 

11
12

Communion

 

Downing of the Greens after fellowship

13

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

14

 

15

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm

Girl Scouts Parents Mtg.

 

16

 

17

 

18

2019 Session Team Reports due

19

1:30pm

Wayne CountryView Care Chapel

 

20

 

21

3:30pm

Deacons Meeting

22

5:00pm

Confirmation

7:00pm

All-church Game Night

23 24 25

9am-1pm

Session Leadership Retreat

26

Annual Congregational Meeting – Fuelberth retirement coffee

27

 

 

28 29

3:30pm

Brookdale Chapel

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm

Confirmation

 

 

 30    
             

 

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

2        Larry H.

5        Terry B.

9       Jenny H.

10      Emily A.

11       Joyce V.

20     Kent P.

27      Jim P.

28     Jackie O.

31       Elaine F., Shannon P.

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

 

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Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

 

[*] From an article in Presbyterian Outlook by Rev. Christine Chakoian pastor of First Church in Lake Forest, IL.

[†] http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA

Presbytidings – December 2019

PresbytidingsDecember 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….

During the season of Advent, we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ and celebrate all Christ’s birth meant for humanity. Woven in and through our Advent Scripture readings as well as our hymns are themes of love, hope, joy and peace. For many the beloved seasonal hymns are an important part of Advent and Christmas preparation.  We each have our personal favorites; however, “Joy to the World” is one of the most beloved hymns of the season.

Perhaps you’ve never really thought about it but “Joy to the World” doesn’t contain any lyrics about stars, shepherds, wise men, angels or baby Jesus. The original theme of “Joy to the World,” was the second coming of the Lord based on Psalm 98.[*]  Reading the majestic words of Psalm 98:4-9 we can see echoes of the beloved hymn;

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!

With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!

Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the LORD,  for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”

In 1719 Isaac Watts published a book of poems, each poem was based on a psalm, rather than just translate the original Old Testament texts, he adjusted them to refer more explicitly to the work of Jesus as revealed in the New Testament. For Psalm 98 Watts broke the psalm into two parts and summarized verses 4-9 under the name, “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.” Watts interpreted the Psalm as a celebration of Jesus’s role as King of both his church and the whole world.

More than a century later, in 1839, the second half of the  poem was slightly adapted and set to music by Lowell Mason  to a melodic portion of Handel’s Messiah, the pairing  became  known  as “Joy to the World one of the most beloved of all Christmas carols.

“Joy to the World” wasn’t written for Advent yet it’s appropriate for the season as we celebrate the coming of the King in the manger and as we anticipate the return of the King. We commemorate the breaking through of the Light into the darkness at Christmas with Jesus’ birth, it is appropriate that we also celebrate the promised return of Christ. The church has celebrated these two arrivals almost synonymously through the song for centuries.

This year “Joy to the World” celebrates its 300th birthday. We will be using the classic hymn as a part of our Advent candle lighting liturgy and singing a different verse each week as part of our preparation and anticipation of Christ’s birth and return. As you hear and sing this beloved carol this season, think about the words, how they apply to the Christmas story reminding us that we must prepare room for Him in our hearts and lives, and that they also point  to the reason Jesus came: to save the world!

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns;

Pastor Teresa

 

STRAW FOR THE MANGER

There are numerous traditions that people practice in the days leading up to Christmas. Some families use advent wreaths in their homes or some variation of an Advent calendar with a picture or a treat to help small children count the days until Christmas. Other practices like the Elf on the Shelf are  a fun way to remind children to be on their best behavior. Recently I heard about a Polish tradition which said if you had a piece of straw from the manger of Jesus you would be blessed. A twist on this tradition is to prepare the manger for baby Jesus by adding straw to the manger. A stalk of straw is added to the manger for each good or kind deed done for another.  In this way the spirit of kindness and generosity is encouraged as the manger is  prepared for  baby Jesus. This year during Advent I encourage the members of FPC to help prepare the manger for Jesus. Each week in the bulletin there will be a straw-colored piece of paper. You can jot down your service to others or kindness shared. Don’t include your name just a brief description of your action and add it to the manger. Here are a few suggestions:

Go Caroling

Bring 2 dozen cookies for the Cookie Project

Participate in an Angel or Giving Tree project for children or adults

Bring mittens or hats for the Deacons Tree in Fellowship Hall

Buy a toy or support a charity such as Toys for Tots

Participate as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Pick-up someone for church or a church event

Donate to the Wayne Food Pantry

Support alternative giving by donating to Presbyterian Giving Catalog

Support alternative giving by donating to Heifer International.

Donate to your local Hospice Program

Support your local Humane Shelter

Pay for a meal of a person behind you in the drive through

Christmas is about giving, God gifted us humanity with the first Christmas gift, let us continue the tradition of giving and sharing. Stop by the Alternative Giving Table in Fellowship Hall for additional non-traditional Christmas gift ideas.

 

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

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

 

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING 2019

December 1st -Prepare Him Room (Hope)

Scriptures: Isaiah 2:1-5, Luke 1:26-38

 

December 8th -Our Songs Employ (Love)

Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 1:39-45

 

December 15th – His Blessings Flow (Joy)

Scriptures: Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46-55

 

December 22nd – He Rules the World (Peace)

Scriptures: Isaiah 7:10-16, Luke (57-66) 67-79

 

December 24th – Repeat the Sounding Joy (Christ)

Scriptures Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

 

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 eleven baskets to Wayne families at Thanksgiving, and we hope to provide about the same number this Christmastime. We will also be distributing over 120 bags with peanut butter, jelly & a loaf of bread to the children on the Wayne Schools Backpack Program. Please consider donating to the Food Pantry. There is a great need in our community, please be generous. Please contact Jenny at the church office fpcwayne@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on December 1st with Kent Pulfer as the communion elder. Communion in January will be on the 12th with Jean Griess serving as communion elder.

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS

We will be hanging the greens on Sunday, December 1st after worship.

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

Hear the Presbyterian Pealers twice on Sunday, December 1st. They will be playing at our worship service at 10:00a.m., and then again at 3:00p.m. at Wayne City Auditorium. Our thanks to Jay O’Leary and all the participants for sharing their talents with our community.

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

Our latest Bible study will be meeting on December 4th at 2:00p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

 

CALLING ALL BAKERS!

The Presbyterian Women will be preparing cookie plates for homebound members of the congregation for Christmas on December 4th at 3:00p.m. FPC members are encouraged to donate two dozen holiday cookies for the cookie trays. Please have the cookies at church by December 3rd. Thanks for helping spread some FPC joy and goodwill.

                                                                                                           

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED

Please sign-up to ring the Salvation Army Bell this season. Our church is slotted for Saturday, December 7th. The sign-up sheet will be on the Opportunity Table. Here are the details:

1:00-3:00pm at Quality Foods

11:00-1:00pm at Bomgaars                1:00-3:00pm at Bomgaars

 

FPC OUTREACH/MISSIION SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead outreach/mission services at the following locations this month:

  • BROOKDALE: Wednesday, December 11th at 3:30pm.
  • WORD IN FAITH Pastor’s article for the Wayne Herald will appear in the newspaper on 12/19.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of December 30th – January 3rd at 5:40am.

 

YOUTH GROUP & CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The FPC Youth Group will meet on December 4th & December 11th.  Watch for details of FPC Youth participating in worship this month.

 

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

Our Christmas Joy Offering will be taken on Sunday, December 22nd & 29th 2019. 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.

 

SEWING SOULS

There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

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

 

PASTOR’S VACATION & STUDY LEAVE

  • Pastor will be on vacation December 25th, 2019 – January 6th, 2020.
  • Pastor James Splitt will be leading worship service on Sunday, December 29, 2019.
  • Lay speaker Dave Fritz will be speaking on Sunday, January 5, 2020 (Communion will be held on January 12th.)
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

  • Monday, 12/23/2019, open 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday, 12/24/2019, open 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday, 12/25 – Friday, 12/27/2019, closed
  • Monday, 12/30/2019, closed
  • Tuesday, 12/31/2019, open 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday, 1/1/2020, closed
  • Thursday, 1/2 – Friday, 1/3/2020, open 9am-1pm

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation Wednesday, December 25 – Monday, January 6, 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 2019 calendar year need to be to Anita Fuelberth no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019 for tax purposes.

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, January 12, 2019. Jean Griess will serve as the Communion Elder.

 

SESSION

  • The Session will not meet in December. They will gather for a retreat January 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Snow date for the retreat is February 1st.
  • 2019 Session members & Deacons are reminded to compile a summary report for your area which will need to be sent to the office by Friday, January 17th. Thank you!

 

PMC ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

Providence Medical Center is hosting their annual Tree Lighting Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 8th at Providence Medical Center (Wayne).  You are warmly invited to join us for this special service.  If you have lost someone recently and would like their name included in the service and bulletin, please contact PMC Chaplain Rev. Anna Speiser at 402-375-7923 by Nov 24.

 

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

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for December 2019

12/1/2019 Kent Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer
12/8/2019 TBA TBA
12/15/2019 Josephine Peitz The Peitz Family
12/22/2019 Ken Marra Ken & Karen Marra
12/24/2019 ***** The Hammer Family
12/29/2019 Gordon Granberg The Ras Family

 

 December 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning: 8:45 Handbells 10:00

Worship

11:00

Fellowship

     
1

·         10am Communion

·         11:00am

·         Hanging of the Greens

·         3pm

·         Ring Around Wayne

2

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

3

Donations for cookie trays due

4

2:00

Bible Study

3:00

PW Cookie Trays

5:00

Confirmation

7:30

Youth Group

5 6 7

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

QFC 11-3

Bomgaars 11-3

8

 

 

9

9:30

Wayne Family Coalition Meeting

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

10 11

10am

WACAM

3:00

Brookdale Chapel

5pm Confirmation

7:30

Youth Group

 

12 13

 

14

 

15

 

16

 

17 18

Sewing Souls will not meet

 

5pm

Confirmation

19 20 21
22

 

23

Church Office open

 

No Session Meeting

24

5:30 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

 

25

 

Church Office closed

26

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

27

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

28
29

Worship with Pastor James Split

30

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

31

Pastor on vacation

 

 

1

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

2

Pastor on vacation

 

 

3

Pastor on vacation

 

 

4

Pastor on vacation

 

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020

  • Worship with Communion will be held Sunday, January 12, 2020.
  • The Session will gather for a retreat on Saturday, January 25th from 9am-3pm.
  • The FPC Annual Meeting will be held after worship at a date yet to be announced.

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1           Brittany P.

5          Tiffanny H.

7          Candyce P.

14         Randy D.

18         Beau B.

22        Nina H.

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

[*] Resources for this article came from  http://agodlyheritage.org/story-behind-the-song-joy-to-the-world & https://www.wordslingersok.com/2018/12/joy-to-the-world-the-story-behind-the-hymn

 

Presbytidings – November 2019

 

Presbytidings – November 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.”

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

The Session has called a congregational meeting for November 17th following worship. At the meeting we will elect a new class of deacons and elders, receive the budget and approve the terms of call for the pastor in 2020.

 

From the Pastor….

November brings cooler days and nights, the end of daylight savings time, completion of the harvest, and Thanksgiving. Seasonal changes and cultural activities remind us that summer is gone and will soon be just a memory. Perhaps your attitude is one of sadness as long summer days slide into shorter days and longer nights.  Perhaps you’re looking forward to fall activities such as hunting, basketball season, preparing for Thanksgiving or getting a head start on Christmas shopping.

As we move into November is your attitude one of thankfulness and gratitude or anxiety and frustration?  Attitudes matter; the Apostle Paul had an attitude of gratitude even in the midst of hardship. Paul spent a lot of time in prison and wrote many of his letters while in jail. He started all but one of his letters, Galatians, by giving thanks to God for the blessings in his life, especially for Jesus Christ. Paul was humbled by Christ’s sacrifice for him and all humanity. Even amid persecution and imprisonment Paul exuded an attitude of thanksgiving which grew from his relationship with Jesus Christ. In his letters he gave thanks for Jesus Christ, friends and churches that encouraged and supported him.

Attitude mattered for the Apostle Paul; he recognized that no matter his physical circumstances his relationship with Jesus was his greatest treasure. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11-13;

“…. for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through [Christ] who gives me strength.”

There may be many things in our lives, in the world, for which we are not thankful still we can give thanks for our blessings; our salvation through Jesus Christ, our relationships with family, friends, and our faith community.

Thanksgiving and gratitude for what Christ has done for each of us should flow from our relationship with Jesus and permeate every area of our lives. As a faith community each week we offer not only our praise but also renew our dedication to following Christ. Let us adopt Paul’s attitude to live with gratitude for large and small blessings, in good times and in hard times, not just this month when we focus on giving thanks, but always. I give thanks for God’s many blessings which includes each of you and the opportunity to serve in ministry with this community of faith.

Gratefully, Pastor Teresa

 

 What are You Thankful For?

A special project for the congregation of First Presbyterian.

Often as we are gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table, we share what we are thankful for. Indeed, we do have much to be thankful for this year. Pastor Teresa invites you to share what you are thankful for by taking a picture of something or someone you are thankful for. The plan is for these images to be assembled into a photo collage and shared with the congregation a little later in the month, If you take a photo of a person, please make sure you have their permission. If a beautiful sunset, or fall scenery bring gratitude to mind take a photo, if a warm fireside seat on a cold night or a hot meal is what you are thankful for share a photo. Send your digital photos to Pastor Teresa at tbartlett98@gmail.com or post them on our Facebook page. Later in November we will share our blessings and offer God our thanks.

 

PRAYER FOR VETERANS DAY

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

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

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

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

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

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

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

Amen.

From – ConcordPastor.blogspot.com

 

STEWARDSHIP TEAM REPORT

The results of the 2019 stewardship campaign are as follows;

  • 60 letters were sent (60 represents “giving units” which may be a couple or an individual-not total number of members).
  • 27 pledges were returned, the total pledged was $66,000.00

The Stewardship Team recognize that some people like making a pledge while others who give prefer not to pledge but still give faithfully, either manner is faithful. The financial support of the congregation is necessary for the on-going ministry of this congregation.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

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

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

-Ken Marra, Financial Advisor (Edward Jones)

 

COMMUNION

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on December 1st with Kent Pulfer as the communion elder.

 

CALLING ALL BAKERS!

The Presbyterian Women will be preparing cookie plates for homebound members of the congregation for Christmas on December 4th. FPC members are encouraged to donate 2 dozen holiday cookies for the cookie trays. Please have the cookies at church by December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Thanks for helping spread some FPC joy and goodwill.

 

“LOVE CARVED IN STONE” 2019-2020 BIBLE STUDY

Bible study is an important part of Presbyterian Women’s gatherings. This year’s study, Love Carved in Stone, A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments is open to all who would like to participate, men and women. The group will meet at 2:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, except during Lent. Each lesson will be about thirty-five to forty minutes, depending on the discussion. Our time together is filled with learning, sharing, and laughter (lots of laughter!). We encourage all who want or need this time of spiritual connection to join us. This is an informal group that enjoys the time shared and the insights gained from time in study and fellowship. Join us!

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

Our latest Bible study will be meeting on December 4th at 2:00pm in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The Presbyterian Women will be meeting on December 4th following Bible study for a meeting and to prepare holiday cookie plates for homebound members of the congregation.

 

SEWING SOULS

The Sewing Souls will meet Wednesday, November 20th at 2:00pm.

 

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

FPC Youth Group continues to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The dates for November will be 11/13 and 11/27 at 7:30pm.

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

Our presbytery will gather at the Laurel Presbyterian Church on Thursday, 11/21 beginning at 9:00am.

 

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Everyone is invited to gather with us at the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening, November 24th for a Thanksgiving Worship Service. We will begin at 5:00pm and a soup-and-pie supper will follow in Fellowship Hall. We have a need of 4 soups and 4 pies, a sign-up sheet is on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. We are also in need of 4 kitchen hosts, please contact Pastor Teresa if you can help.

 

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

The church off will be open on Monday, November 25th from 9-noon and will be closed Friday November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

SESSION

The Session will gather on Monday, November 25 at 6:30pm to prepare for the Hanging of the Greens on December 1st. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS

We will be hanging the greens on Sunday, December 1st after worship. Stay tuned for details.

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

The Wayne community handbell concert will be Sunday, December 1st at 3:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium. Our own Presbyterian Pealers will be performing alongside the other local groups. Please show your support!

 

MITTEN TREE

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

 

CONGRATULATIONS WAYNE BLUE DEVILS SOFTBALL

CONGRATULATIONS to the Sweetland family and the Blue Devil Softball team on your back-to-back State Championships! And to Rob Sweetland who has earned the 500th win for the Blue Devils! Check out the photos in Fellowship Hall.

 

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED

The Wayne Extension Unit of the Salvation Army will be conducting its Annual Bell Ringing Campaign beginning Friday, November 22. The bell ringing campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Salvation Army in Wayne. Bell ringers are needed for 2-hour time slots on Friday or Saturday beginning Thanksgiving weekend to December 21st. Churches, service organizations, youth groups and others have been invited to participate in the bell ringing project.

Ninety percent (90%) of the total funds collected in the Wayne bell ringing campaign remain in the community and assist with housing, utilities, medical, transportation and other needs of families and individuals in Wayne. This year the Wayne SA Unit sponsored a back to school drive for school supplies for elementary children. The project was very successful and helped more than 70 children with backpacks and school supplies. School supplies were also donated to elementary teachers at the beginning of the school year.

This year First Presbyterian is scheduled on Saturday, December 7th from 11:00 to 1:00, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Bomgaars and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Quality Foods. The only requirements are to be friendly and welcoming, dress warmly and smile easily and say thank-you, oh yeah, a little wrist action with a bell. We can fill shorter time slots if we get more volunteers. There will be a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.  Last year’s volunteers were the Hammer family, Jim Curtiss, the Peitz family and Pastor Teresa.

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

Please sign-up to ring the Salvation Army Bell this season. Our church is slotted for Saturday, December 7th. The sign-up sheet will be on the Opportunity Table. Here are the details:

1:00-3:00pm at Quality Foods

11:00-1:00pm at Bomgaars

1:00-3:00pm at Bomgaars

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

  • The Hanging of the Greens will take place after worship on 12/1. 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 1st at 3:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium.
  • Our congregation has been asked by the local Salvation Army Board to provide bell ringers on Saturday, December 7th as noted: Quality Foods from 1-3pm, and at Bomgaars from 11am-1pm and 1-3pm. Please sign up at the Opportunity Table.
  • We may go caroling to Brookdale and Careage in December.
  • Our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:30pm.

 

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. Thank you also to those who planted flowers and trimmed bushes, plants and trees. Your gifts of time have made sure the church grounds were looking nice for Sunday as well as for other church and community events. Thank-you to each one who gave of their time.

 

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

 

ATTENTION LECTORS & GREETERS

In an effort to streamline our Stewardship drive this year, it was decided to discontinue the Time & Talents sign-up sheet. Jenny will continue to call on those previously listed (lectors, greeters & prayer chain) unless you contact her otherwise. Likewise, please let her know if you wish to join the others in service.

Lector/Greeter Schedule for November 2019

11/3/2019 Kevin Peterson Kevin & Shannon Peterson
11/10/2019 Ronda Ras The Ras Family
11/17/2019 Melissa Urbanec The Urbanec Family
11/24/2019 tba tba

 

November 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

 

2

 

3

·         Set your clocks back 1 hour

·         Communion

·         1:30 Wayne Countryview Chapel

4

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

5

7:00pm

Dialogues at Ekeko Blends

6

2:00pm Bible Study

3:00pm

Presbyterian Women

4:00pm

NHS packs Backpacks

7 8

 

 

9
10 11

6:30pm Scout Pack Meeting

12

10:30am

Organ Tuning

7:00pm

Dialogues at Ekeko Blends

13

10:30am

WACAM

5:00pm

Confirmation

7:30pm

Youth Group

 

 

14

 

15

 

16

 

17

 

Congregational Meeting after Worship

18 19 20

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm Confirmation

21

9:00-3:00

Homestead Presbytery at Laurel

22 23
24

5:00pm

Community Thanksgiving Service at FPC

25

9:00am

Church Office open

7:00pm

Session

 

 

26

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors Meeting

27

5:00pm

Confirmation

7:30pm

Youth Group

 

 

 28

Church Office Closed

 29

Church Office Closed

30
             

 

 

 

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here? 

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

6       Brandon B.

10     Kevin P.

12      Ken L.

12      Mark Mc.

14      Audrey H.

18      John G.

 

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)

 

 

Presbytidings – October 2019

Presbytidings – October 2019

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

From the Pastor….

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

 

“DIALOGUE” A CONVERSATION ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRATION

Refugees and immigration are very much in the news these days. You are invited to join in a conversation helping us learn from people who have experience with refugees and immigration. The First Presbyterian Church and Our Savior Lutheran Church organized an opportunity to enter a dialogue about refugees and related issues.

The discussion is guided by a series entitled Dialogues which offers unique perspectives from experienced authors from renowned organizations such as World Relief and Church World Service that provide insight into refugee stories and experiences. The following are the essays for each week’s discussion:

October 1st – “A People Without a Place”

October 15th – “A Global Perspective”

October 15th – “A Network of Care”

October 22nd – “Facing Our History”

October 29th – “Looking for Home”

November 5th – “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Participants can attend one or all the weekly sessions. The group will meet weekly at Ekeko Blends, 110 Main St., Wayne at 7:00 p.m. There is room for all to join the conversation. For more information or to RSVP contact Pastor Teresa via email tbartlett98@gmail.com or call the church office 402.375.2669.

 

“LOVE CARVED IN STONE”-2019-2020 BIBLE STUDY

Traditionally our women’s Bible study was part of the Presbyterian Women’s meeting. Beginning this October, the Bible study will be open to all (men and women). The subject of our study this year is the Ten Commandments. We will meet at 2:00 on the first Wednesday of each month, except during Lent. Each lesson will be about thirty-five to forty minutes, depending on the discussion. Our time together is filled with learning, sharing, and laughter (lots of laughter!). We encourage all who want or need this time of spiritual connection to join us. This is an informal group that enjoys the time spent and the insights that we gain from this experience.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd at 2:00pm. The discussion will be about the first commandment “I Am Your God; You Shall Have No Others”. Join us and be prepared to have an insightful and enjoyable time. – Karen Johnson

 

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Sunday, October 6. 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 Glenda McDonald.

 

Telling the Story of God’s Love: Stewardship Campaign – October 6th to October 20th

The familiar hymn “I Love to Tell the Story” encompasses the work of the church by telling of “unseen things above,” “of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.” Jesus was a storyteller and as a church we are to continue to tell the stories of our Triune God’s love and grace, to tell of and enact Jesus’ love to members and neighbors near and far.

As a church it is important, we continue to tell the stories of our Triune God and God’s love as well as how our lives are different because of our faith. How has the church played a part in your story, how has your faith impacted your life? We are members of this community of faith, because it is important in our life story. Do you have a favorite Bible story or biblical character that speaks to you which has impacted your life and made you think in new ways?  Perhaps  your story is like the Apostle  Paul’s who had a sudden and powerful conversion experience, or like Mary, the mother of Jesus who submitted with faith and trust to God working through her, or are you a Peter who loves Jesus but makes your fair share of mistakes. The biblical story of God’s love and grace, of our human mistakes, of our repentance and new beginnings is our story and one that a hurting world needs to hear.

The Finance Team asks your help to continue telling the story of God’s love through the sharing of your financial resources as well as your time and talent. With your support we can share the story through worship, supporting ministries of compassion and care such as the Food Pantry and Coat Closet, supporting our youth as they grow in faith, supporting and encouraging each other in times of grief and in times of celebration. We each have a part in the story of First Presbyterian and your support is needed to continue sharing God’s love with one another and our community.

Our Stewardship Campaign begins October 6th and the Finance Team asks you to consider your giving for the remainder of this year and for 2020. You will be receiving information from the financial secretary and each individual or family is asked to prayerfully consider their circumstances and complete their 2019 pledge and determine their pledge for 2020. While you are not required to make a specific pledge, the Stewardship Team appreciates members returning the Intention of Giving for budget planning purposes by October 20th to Anita Fuelberth. Your support helps First Presbyterian Church continue to tell the story of Jesus and his love.

 

Pastor Bartlett to Participate in Pastoral Leadership Revitalization Program

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

  • To increase pastoral resilience and adaptive leadership,

especially for newly ordained and or isolated pastors.

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

Each participant is assigned a coaching mentor which is a hybrid of a coach and a mentor, who will meet with participants in person or electronically monthly. In addition to regular interaction with a coaching mentor the program includes a variety of retreats. There is no expense to the churches, pastors or presbyteries as all expenses are covered by the grant from the Lily Foundation. The first retreat for Pastor Teresa is October 7th-10th, 2019. Sessions and congregations are encouraged to support their pastors participating in the program. It’s hoped that as a result of pastoral revitalization congregations will also experience:

  • Improved spiritual enrichment
  • Increased membership
  • Increased vitality in the congregation

Please pray not only for Pastor Teresa but all the pastors and coaching/mentors who will be part of this program as well as the executive/general presbyters and the PLR staff as they embark on this revitalization program.

 

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 Thursdays 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 PMC chaplain, Pr. Anna Speiser at 402-375-7923. 

 

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 13th 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 15th at 2:00 p.m.

 

CHANGES IN FUNERAL POLICY AND FUNERAL LUNCH POLICY

The Session has revised and updated the funeral policy, the previous policy was 13 years old and it was time to update and bring it in line with current practices. FPC desires to offer a ministry of care and compassion to members or non-members so there is no fee building use for a funeral service, visitation or a funeral luncheon held at the church. The entire revised policy is available for review in Fellowship Hall.

Changes in recent years have led to conversations about how best to show hospitality to families of the congregation and those former members or others who ask for FPC to serve a lunch following the service. It seemed appropriate while updating the funeral policy to review and update the church funeral lunch policy, the addendum regarding funeral lunches follows. In creation of this new policy we wanted to clarify the number that could be served at church and when estimates for a funeral exceed what we can seat, what options are available. We have increasingly encountered a challenge in finding enough workers and getting donations for funeral lunches, the policy addresses those issues. Funeral practices have shifted in the last few years and funeral lunches are not as often supported by food from friends and neighbors to supplement the donations of the congregation. All these things were considered in writing this policy. It is no longer uncommon to find funeral lunches that are catered by local businesses and paid for by the family as part of funeral expenses.

The funeral lunch policy has been discussed and reviewed by the PW, the Team leaders, and the Worship team as part of the funeral policy revision which was approved by the Session. Additional changes include that we have moved to two funeral leadership teams which will rotate as per previous practice; however multiple workgroups have been merged into one. A work group with men of the congregation has also been created to assist in the set-up and take down of tables and chairs. The leadership teams will call to line up help for serving and/ or set up whether the luncheon is held at the church or off site.

The entire policy including the luncheon policy will be given to the funeral directors that FPC works with frequently so they can assist families in making decisions regarding luncheons. You are encouraged to read through the addendum and the funeral policy and if you have any questions or concerns speak to Pastor Teresa.

 

Funeral Receptions and Meals [*]

If a luncheon is desired following a funeral service held at First Presbyterian, Presbyterian Women (PW) and members of the congregation are available to provide/serve lunch given the following guidelines.

Working through the church office and Pastor it will be necessary to know preferably 2 to 3 days prior to the day of the service;

  • An estimate of how many will be served.
  • The Fellowship Hall at FPC can seat 90 people, for larger groups an alternate location will be needed; such as the Wayne Fire Station or City Auditorium.
  • What kind of reception is desired, (see following).
  • A lunch of cake and/or bars, coffee and beverages which will be prepared and served by the church.
  • All meals other than cake, bars, coffee and beverages must be catered no matter the location. The work group will need to know as soon as possible who will be doing the catering and the location.

In Wayne menu options include sandwiches* or hot meals which may be provided by local business including; Vel’s Bakery, Pac N Save, Quality Foods, The Max, Tacos N More, Fourth Jug.  The caterer must supply appropriate staff for serving.

The congregation can provide cake and or bars, to supplement catered meals. The church will provide coffee and iced tea or lemonade for lunches at church as well as paper products, cups, plates, napkins and silverware.

For groups larger than 90 the lunch must be held at an alternate site and must be catered, with appropriate catering staff on hand for serving and clean-up. It is requested the caterer provide the beverages for lunches outside the church. FPC may provide dessert items (cake, bars, etc.) and be available to assist in serving the lunch offsite.

The funeral director can assist the family in coordinating with the caterer and choosing a menu and location based on anticipated attendance and availability and will co-ordinate with the Funeral work group and Pastor for serving.

Payment for the cost of the meal will normally be made through the funeral home. Financial contributions to Presbyterian Women for serving are appreciated.

 

DEACONS MEETING

The Deacons for October will be announced at a later date.

 

YOUTH GROUP

The youth group will meet on October: 9th & 23rd at 7:30pm in the youth room.

 

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 10th. Providence Medical Center, Pac N Save 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.

 

SEWING SOULS

Sewing Souls will meet on Wednesday, October 16th at 1:00pm.

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

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

  • WORD IN FAITH Pastor’s article for the Wayne Herald will appear in the newspaper on October 10th.
  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor Teresa will lead Brookdale Chapel on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3:30pm.
  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of October 28th – November 1st at 5:40am.

 

RUNZA FEEDS THE NEED FUNDRAISER RAISES OVER $31,000, OVER $400 Locally

By Aaron Scheffler (Wayne Daily News)| September 18, 2019 (reprinted with permission)

WAYNE – Big Red County, The City and Runza wants to say thank you for all who supported the Second annual Feeds the Need Fundraiser.

On Tuesday, all Runza locations hosted this event and it was another great success. According to a release from the director of marketing at Runza, the event raised $31,783.71. Locally, $432.74 was raised for the Wayne food pantry and backpack food programs.

All day long, 10% of sales were donated to local programs focusing on youth hunger and food insecurity.

During the afternoon remote from the Wayne Runza location, Jodi Pulfer talked about the programs. Pulfer, a volunteer, said 100% of donations that make up these programs are from the community. “It’s pretty amazing when you start looking at other food pantries around the area,” said Pulfer. “Many of them will receive grant funding or funding from other sources. Every time we’ve asked or we’ve had a need, you all have been fabulous with supplying that need for us.”

The Wayne Public Schools backpack program began in April of 2013 to assist families with children who experience food-scarcity on the weekends who may have kids home alone. Each bag contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks and two servings of fruit.

Volunteers will come in and pack an entire month of food. “So, we’ll pack about 120 bags for each week,” Pulfer added. “So, we’re going to be packing about 480 bags in a night. Those volunteers have ranged from the Wayne State students, to 4-H clubs, to church groups; all those types of individuals have been greatly appreciated.

The backpack program is estimating it costs about $1,000 a month to put the bags together for nine months of the school year.

The Wayne County food pantry is made up of a group of non-denominational volunteers who are housed in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church. Pulfer mentioned their goal is to help individuals and families through rough spots in life by supplying them with approximately a months’ supply of food and the pantry may be used up to three times per year for each client.

“In 2012 we had 107 households that included 450 people that utilized the food pantry,” Pulfer mentioned. “Last year, in 2018 that grew to 298 households and we served 1,119 people.”

And from this time last year, the food pantry is up about 75 people.

For those in need of food or would like to drop off food can stop by the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. until noon or call 402-375-2669. Also, the Wayne County Family Coalition, which is housed at the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, can get you arranged to receive food if you need it.

Like Wayne Food Pantry & School Backpack Program on Facebook for more information. The food pantry is still in need of several items as they’re running low on their canned vegetable shelves and they’re continually having to buy food these days.

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 3, 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!

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for October 2019

10/6/2019 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald
10/13/2019 Jeryl Nelson Jeryl & Rochelle Nelson
10/20/2019 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family
10/27/2019 Kevin Peterson Kevin & Shannon Peterson

 

October 2019 – 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

7:00pm

Dialogues

at Ekeko Blends

2

2:00pm

Bible Study

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm Confirmation

5:30pm

Stewardship Meeting

3 4 5

 

 

6

World

Communion Day

(Communion Elder – Glenda McDonald)

7

(Pastor out – retreat)

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

8

(Pastor out – retreat)

7:00pm

Dialogues

at Ekeko Blends

9

(Pastor out – retreat)

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm Confirmation

7:30pm

Youth Group

10

(Pastor out – retreat)

 

11

(Pastor out – vacation)

 

12

(Pastor out – vacation)

 

13

(Pastor out – vacation)

 

Pr. Anna Speiser, speaker

 

14

9:30am

Wayne Family County Coalition Meeting

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

15

7:00pm

Dialogues

at Ekeko Blends

16

1:00pm

Sewing Souls

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm Confirmation

 

 

 

17

 

18

 

19

 

20

 

21

 

22

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors meet

7:00pm

Dialogues

at Ekeko Blends

23

3:30pm

Brookdale Chapel

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm Confirmation

7:30pm

Youth Group

24

10:30am

Pastor at Salvation Army Mtg.

 

25 26
27

 

28

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

7:00pm

Session meets

29

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

7:00pm

Dialogues

at Ekeko Blends

30

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm Confirmation

 

31

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

1

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

 

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

5         Dale J.

8         John F.

10        Brook B.

14        Sydney Mc.

15        Pat Mc.

18        Ronald C.

20        Braydn Mc.

21        Rob S.

Save the Date!

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:00am – 3:00pm

Presbytery Meeting at Laurel Presbyterian Church, Laurel, Nebraska

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 Worship at 5:00pm, Supper at 6:00pm

Community Thanksgiving Service followed by Soup Supper

First Presbyterian Church, Wayne, Nebraska

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office/Wayne Food Pantry/Coat Closet

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

 

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Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

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Presbytidings -August/September 2019

Presbytidings–August/September 2019

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

From the Pastor…..

 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you

 did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’  Matthew 25:40

An invitation arrived in the mail earlier this year, it wasn’t addressed to an individual but to the whole church. The invitation was to be a Matthew 25 church.  A Matthew 25 church is a vision based on Matthew 25:31-46 which calls Christians to actively engage in the world around us, so that our faith comes alive and we’re open to new possibilities for ministry around us. Convicted by the biblical passage the 222nd and 223rd (2016 & 2018) General Assemblies challenged the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve those who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.

Participating Matthew 25 churches can select one or more of the three focus areas of the initiative:

  • Building congregational vitality by challenging congregations and their members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with their community as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
  • Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
  • Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change, laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.

I’m pleased to announce that at the June meeting the FPC Session voted to become a Matthew 25 congregation. As a Matthew 25 church, we seek to put into action Jesus’ words “…to care for the least among us…” we have the freedom to focus on one area or branch out to all three. Our initial focus at FPC will be poverty. According to Donna Frischknecht Jackson in an article for the May/June Presbyterians Today magazine, poverty is the greatest threat to the healthy development of children.  Long lasting negative consequences of poverty include inadequate quality and quantity of food, exposure to violence, underfunded schools and lack of early childhood educational opportunities, frequent housing mobility and exposure to pollution and other health risks. FPC will continue to assist people through the Food Pantry and Coat Closet, both are ways this congregation addresses issues of economic hardships in our community.

There are numerous books for study on poverty or racism which might be great opportunities for us to stretch our understanding about these issues. In addition to focusing on poverty and racism we might find that congregational revitalization may happen as our church grows in vitality and purpose as disciples. A church active in its community often attracts others to join in their work and worship.

The Matthew 25 Vision invites participation and co-operation not only within a congregation but with other groups or agencies to address poverty and racism. Members of this congregation are already actively engaged with other organizations in the community which address issues of poverty:  housing, health care, economic issues and education.

Matthew 25 is an invitation to all PC(USA) churches to serve and by doing so make the world a better place. You can learn more about being a Matthew 25 church at Pcusa.org/Matthew 25. The Session and I would be happy to hear other ideas of how you think FPC might live into being a Matthew 25 church based on the 3 focus areas. I am excited about the opportunity to see where God is leading us.

Grace and peace, Pastor Teresa

About the Matthew 25 logo:

The circular shape represents unity and equality. Like God, a circle has no beginning and no end, and it symbolizes our continuing effort to help one another. The shape also suggests a globe that points to our engagement with the world.

The three interlocking figures represent the equality of all people without gender or race bias. They have their arms around each other, symbolizing friendship, protection and service. The number three suggests the three focus areas of congregational vitality, structural racism and systematic poverty, as well as the Trinity.

The color palette is bright, lively, friendly and energetic — suggestive of our active commitment.

Finally, the legend “Matthew 25” below the symbol is the literal identification of the mark. We use a handwritten font to make the point that active engagement in the world requires human effort.

 

“DIALOGUE” A CONVERSATION ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRATION

Refugees and immigration are very much in the news these days. The community is invited to join in a conversation helping us learn from people who have experience with refugees and immigration. Beginning September 24th, First Presbyterian Church and Our Savior Lutheran Church, will offer an opportunity to enter a dialogue about refugees and related issues. Immigration is a complex subject and it is hoped that this conversation will help each of us gain a better understanding of the underlying issues that drive immigration including economic factors, and violence (such as war or gang violence). Participants may also recall the stories of their own families of transition and change.

The group will enter an 8-week discussion guided by a series entitled Dialogues which offers eight unique perspectives from experienced authors from renowned organizations such as World Relief and Church World Service that provide insight into refugee stories and experiences. The following are the essays for each week’s discussion:

September 24th – “The Story We Live In” by Brianne Casey

October 1st – “A People Without a Place” by Dr. Beth Oppenheim-Chan

October 8th – “A Global Perspective” by Jenny Yang

October 15th – “A Network of Care” by Sarah Krause, MS

October 22nd – “Facing Our History” by Halima Z. Adams

October 29th – “Looking for Home” by Aubrey Leigh Grant

November 5th – “Where Do We Go From Here?” by Matthew Soerens

Issues related to immigration; refugees, migrants are a difficult: however, it is hoped that this time of study and conversation will expand our learning and understanding. The goal is not to cause conflict or division but to have thoughtful conversation that is informed by our Christian faith and voices of experience. These conversations will be open to the community nonetheless an RSVP is appreciated so that we will have sufficient number of books for participants. Participants can attend one or all the weekly sessions. The group will meet weekly at Ekeko Blends, 110 Main St., Wayne at 7:00 p.m.  There is room for all to join the conversation.   For more information or to RSVP contact Pastor Teresa via email tbartlett98@gmail.com or call the church office 402.375.2669.

 

SESSION

  • Monday, August 26, at 7:00 p.m. Devotions: Kevin Peterson.
  • Monday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. Devotions: Jane O’Leary. Interim Executive Presbyter Stephen Earl will be in attendance.

GOLF OUTING

Like to golf? Plan on gathering for a Lutheran/Presbyterian Golf outing on Tuesday, 8/27 at 5:00pm. Supper and prizes will follow that evening. If you don’t golf, come for the social hour at 5:30pm.

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations:

  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of August 26th – 30th at 5:40am.
  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, September 4th at 3:30pm.
  • WAYNE COUNTRYVIEW CARE: Pastor will lead chapel at Wayne Countryview Care on September 22 at 1:30pm.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

  • Presbyterian Women will meet Wednesday, September 4th at 12:30pm for a salad lunch.
  • Sewing Souls will meet Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00pm.
  • The PW Fall Gathering will be held at Calvin Crest Conference Center on September 13th & 14th. Please see Karen Johnson for more details.

COMMUNION

  • Sunday, September 8, 2019. Kent Pulfer, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, October 6, 2019. Glenda McDonald, Communion Elder.

SUNDAE SUNDAY

Please join us on Sunday, September 8th during fellowship for our traditional Sundae Sunday.

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will be starting up again in September. Stay tuned for kick-off details!

CHICKEN OFFERING UPDATE

The total for the Chickens Around the World offering was $650.00!!! Thank-you for your generosity.

RUNZA FEEDS THE NEED

Our local Runza Restaurant is hosting a special fund-raiser for the Wayne Food Pantry & Backpack Program on Tuesday, September 17th. Please support us by making plans to dine at Runza that day! Invite your friends!

AUGUST 2019 FOOD PANTRY NEWS

The food pantry has had a very busy year, we have already served nearly 700 people. The Backpack Program served approximately 4,300 food bags in the 2018/19 academic year. Please consider a donation to help our ministry to Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program.

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 CAMPER REPORT

Hello, my name is Nina Hammer. I am 13 years old and in 8th grade. I have been going to Calvin Crest for 7 years. Calvin Crest is an amazing place to spend time, grow spiritually, and connect with others. Calvin Crest helps people make so many bonds with friends, most of my best friends I met through Calvin Crest because I feel God willed it for us to go at the same time and meet. Every week I went I met some of the most amazing people. One of my favorite and best things about Calvin Crest is that the people there aren’t mean, they don’t judge you, they are genuinely kind, and they are amazing children of God. Each year I have noticed how much I liked it and always wanted to go back, but this year I noticed a change in the way I felt about it. I felt more connected there with new friends than I do in my own town. The week at ranch camp it rained most days, meaning we could only ride 2 of those days out of the 4 days usually planned. On the first day we met up with our counselors, our cabin mates and the rest of the camp. We played a meet and greet game and I got to spend time with 4 crazy friends that I have now bonded to through Calvin Crest. The next day we went out to Camp Cedars, came back for lunch, had F.O.B. (nap time), went swimming, had a snack and then we had B.L.A.S.T. (Bible Learning and Study Time). This year I feel more connected with God than ever before. I could feel him in our presence when I was at camp; I could see him in everyone there. Thank you so much for helping me go to camp again this year and get away from the cruel reality of this world.

Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, we have had to change our church website address to fpcwayne.com

LECTOR/GREETER SCHEDULE – AUGUST 2019

8/4/2019 Gordon Granberg Karen Johnson Pat Straight
8/11/2019 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald  
8/18/2019 Milton Owens Milton & Jackie Owens  
8/25/2019 Jeryl Nelson Jeryl & Rochelle Nelson  

 

August 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

      1

 

2

 

3
4

 

Communion –

Jean Griess, elder

 

5

 

9:30am

Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

6 7 8 9 10
11

 

1:30 Wayne Countryview Care Chapel

12 13

 

4:15 Deacons Meeting

14

 

10:30 WACAM

15 16

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

17

 

Homestead Presbytery Prime at Calvin Crest

18

5:00 WSC Student Expo

19

 

20 21 22 23 24
25 26

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

7:00 Session

 

27

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

5:00 FPC/OSLC Golf Outing

28

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

29

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

30

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

31
             

 

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

2          Gordon G.

3          Ken M.

8          Nina S.

12        Alissa J.

20        Russ U.

23        Hannah M.

27        Milton O.

30        Layne H.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for September 2019

9/1/2019 Maria Ras The Ras Family  
9/8/2019 Mark Hammer The Hammer Family  
9/15/2019 Jim Curtiss Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss
9/22/2019 Karen Johnson Ken & Karen Marra Karen Johnson
9/29/2019 Mark McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  

 

September 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Each Sunday Morning:

o Worship 10:00

o Fellowship 11:00

 2 3 4 5

 

6

 

7
8

 

Communion –

Jean Griess, elder

 

9

 

9:30am

Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

10 11

 

10:30 WACAM

12 13

 

PW Fall Gathering @ Calvin Crest

14

 

PW Fall Gathering @ Calvin Crest

15 16 17

 

Runza Feeds the Need for the Wayne Food Pantry!

18

 

1:00 Sewing Souls

19 20

 

 

21

 

 

22

 

1:30 Wayne Countryview Care Chapel

 

23

 

7:00 Session with Interim Executive Presbyter

 

24

 

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors

25 26 27 28
29 30

 

1 2

 

3

 

4

 

5
             

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

6          Anita F.

8          Sharyn P.

14        Angie N.

24        Misty B.

29        Melissa U.

30        Madison B.

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com

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

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

 

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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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