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/

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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)

 

[*] 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

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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/

 

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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)

 

 

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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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

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[*] Approved Session – September 23, 2019

* A sandwich menu with choice of meats, sliced cheese, buns or bread, pickles/relish, potato chips and salads if desired is available from local businesses.

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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Presbytidings – Summer 2019

 

Presbytidings – Summer 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….

We’re starting to see signs around town of Wayne’s Chicken Days celebration. The 2019 theme is “Chickens Around the World.”   We have fun in Wayne celebrating chickens, with our themed t-shirts, parades, games and food! I recently saw this year’s colorful t-shirts, which sport a design of flags from around the world, displayed at a local business.

There is currently a trend in the United States for folks to raise chickens on their properties in both rural and urban settings. The benefits of this practice include fresh eggs as well the chickens keeping pests under control. Chickens can eat many types of kitchen scraps and their manure is good fertilizer.

Some of the same benefits enjoyed by American back-yard farmers are critically important for those in poor and developing countries. Chickens can provide vital food and nourishment to families via the eggs they produce. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year in addition to a steady source of nutrition, the excess eggs can be sold. Feathers may also be sold for pillows and other uses and the natural fertilizer produced used for crops. Chickens require little space and can thrive on readily available scraps; this allows families to make money from the birds without spending much feeding them.

What if instead of just celebrating chickens around the world FPC worked to send some chickens around the world? The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a Giving Catalog through which individuals or congregations can “purchase animals” such as water buffalo, goats, pigs, chickens and more. The donated funds are designated for the desired animals and distributed through the Presbyterian Mission network; you could say that it’s the Presbyterian form of Heifer International.

Recently I read about Rev. Rex Wentzel from Sioux City, Iowa who is an advocate for the Giving Catalog. Rev. Wentzel is retired and wanted to stay active in the church after he left full time parish ministry. So, like many other retired clergy, he offered his service as a supply preacher for congregations when pastors were ill, on leave or on vacation, but rather than getting paid, he asks churches to donate chickens through the PC (USA) Giving Catalog, with a lifetime goal of raising funds for 100 flocks of chickens!  Wentzel thought this was an ideal way to promote mission in the congregations he visited; as of last report he’s halfway to his goal.

This is how it works; an individual or a congregation selects an item or items from the Giving Catalog and makes a financial donation. Individuals or congregations can make a gift in someone’s honor choosing something that represents those they love. For example, my parents used to raise, and sell dressed chickens every summer for extra money. I remember them at Christmas through The Giving Catalog with a donation for chickens.

I challenge FPC to raise $100.00 (or more) for the purchase of chickens, the flocks are $25.00 each, but any amount will move us toward our $100.00 goal. The Session has given approval for a special offering on Sunday, July 14th. Watch for the display in Fellowship Hall to remind you of the July 14th special offering and the final nest egg received. I encourage each household to pick up a Giving Catalog from Fellowship Hall or look at it on-line at https://presbyteriangifts.org/ and consider what alternate gifts you might give to family and friends in the coming year; after all, not everyone can say they got a flock of chickens for their birthday!!

Together we can help improve the food security and livelihoods of farmers and families around the world. Through this special offering we can provide help, hope and relief to individuals, families and communities in need. United with others through the Giving Catalog, our gifts are multiplied beyond what any of us can do alone. Let’s send some chickens around the world!!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

SUMMER COMMUNION DATES

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019. Glenda McDonald, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, July 7, 2019. Jim Curtiss, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, August 4, 2019. Jean Griess, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, September 8, 2019. Kent Pulfer, Communion Elder.

 

COME TO THE WATERS BIBLE STUDY

During the summer we are looking at the role of water in the Scriptures. The outline for this sermon series comes from the Presbyterian Women’s Bible study “Come to the Waters.” Anyone is welcome to join Pastor Teresa on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am to look at the scripture passages for the following Sunday. The study covers both the Old and New Testaments and such topics as thirst and longing, faith, forgiveness, compassion, hope, righteousness, justice and deliverance. You are asked to read the scripture passages in advance of our meeting no other advance preparation is needed. The dates and the corresponding scriptures are as follows.

June 4th – Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 42:1-2, 63:1, John 19:28

June 11th- Joshua 3, Psalm 69:1-3

June 18th – Matthew 14:22-33

No meeting June 25th

July 2nd- Amos 5:21-24

July 9th – Isaiah 35:1-2, 5-7, Psalm 51:1-12, Matthew 6:12

July 16th -John 4:1-30, 39-42, Acts 2:44-47

July 23 – Pastor Teresa on study leave.

July 30th – Revelation 21-22

 

AED TRAINING

The Session recently purchased an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart. A training session is tentatively planned for July 8th from 8:00-11:30am at Providence Medical Center for those interested in participating on the AED Response Team.   We still need volunteers. If you are already trained, we need a copy of your certification to keep on file. A sign-up sheet is on the Opportunities Table for all volunteers. Please register by June 21st so we can confirm the training event.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

Presbyterian Women will resume in the fall. The next Sewing Souls meeting will be Wednesday, June 19th at 2:00pm.

 

CHRISTIAN CROSS FESTIVAL

The Christian Cross Festival will be held at Sky View Lake in Norfolk on Friday, June 7, and Saturday June 8. Go and enjoy free admission, ministry, prayer, food, fellowship, a kid’s tent, inflatables and fireworks. Check it out on Facebook at Christian Cross Festival or online at www.christiancrossfestival.org  A fun day to fellowship in Norfolk!

 

EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR

The Worner Family and Boy Scout Troop 174 cordially invite you to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Jon Worner, Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, 4:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Wayne. There will be a taco bar following the ceremony.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

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

  • RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country KTCH the week of June 24th – 28th at 5:40am.
  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, June 30th at 1:30pm.
  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Please feel free to join Pastor Teresa as she leads chapel at Brookdale on Wednesday, July 17th at 3:30pm.

 

PASTOR’S STUDY LEAVE

  • Pastor Teresa will be out on study leave June 20-23rd and July 22nd – 28th.
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

PULPIT SUPPLY

  • Sunday, June 23rd. Father Mark Beran, Director, St. Augustine Indian Mission, Winnebago, NE
  • Sunday, July 28th, Front Porch Pickers, Wayne, NE

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, June 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There will not be a July meeting.

 

INDEPENDENCE WEEK SCHEDULE

The church office and food pantry will be open Monday, July 1st from 9:00-1:00pm. We will be closed Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th.

 

TRIENNIUM

The 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium will be held July 16-20th at Purdue University. Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth (entering 9th – graduated 12th grade) from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The theme for 2019 is “Here’s My Heart.” Gabe Peitz will be representing FPC at this event. Please keep him in your prayers especially during Triennium.

 

GOLF OUTING

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

 

COOKBOOKS

If you are looking for new recipes to try this summer, we still have a few First Presbyterian Cookbooks left.  The newly reduced price is $10.  See Karen Johnson or Jenny in the church office.

 

FLOWERS, LAWNS, FELLOWSHIP

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

 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group is finished for the year. Thanks to Gail McCorkindale, Ronda Ras and Jim Curtiss for their leadership of our youth.

 

2018/19 FOOD PANTRY & BACKPACK NEWS

The food pantry has had a very busy year, we have already served over 130 families.  The Backpack Program served 4,300 food bags in the 2018/19 academic year. The program will continue this summer. We would be happy to receive donations such as individually wrapped packages of nutritious food & snacks or financial donations. Contact Jodi Pulfer or Jenny Hammer at the church office: fpcwayne@gmail.com or (402)375-2669 for more details. Please consider a donation to the Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program ministry.

 

WAYNE GROW AN EXTRA ROW

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

 

FPC Bowling Party – Wildcat Lanes

Sunday, May 12, 2019

(see our Media page for photos)

 

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

What Makes a Dad

(Author unknown)

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

 

JACK BEESON

Our sympathy is extended to Bev Beeson, Jock and Brenda Beeson and the extended family of Jack Beeson.  Jack passed away on Sunday, May 26th at Providence Medical Center. Jack will be missed greatly by his family as well as his church family. Jack served the church through the years as a Deacon and Ruling elder and on many committee’s over the years. A memorial service was held on Monday, June 3rd at First Presbyterian. As a witness to the many lives that Jack has touched through the years the church was full. We will indeed miss Jack’s wit and witness, but we thank God for the promises of Scripture that Jack has entered into his eternal reward.

Thank-you to Anita Fuelberth, Joan Lage and Jan Liska for their leadership for the Beeson funeral lunch, they did a great job of co-ordination. What I saw on Sunday and Monday was more than a congregation getting ready for a memorial service, more than people willing to be ushers and greeters. What I saw was more than the ladies of the church doing a funeral lunch, I saw the church being the church. Young and not so young, men and women, working together to care for members of the church family; that’s what being the body of Christ is about. Well done, good and faithful servants.

-Pastor Teresa

 

MANY THANKS!

“A million thanks to all of the wonderful people that stepped up Monday to set up, serve, and clean up for the lunch for the Beeson family. God has blessed First Presbyterian Church. God Bless you all.
-Anita”

 

GUIDELINES FOR ACOLYTES AND GREETERS

Attention Greeters: Please review the newly revised “Guidelines for Acolytes” the next time you assist during worship. Specifically, we are reminded that the “candle-lighting is representative of bringing the light of the Trinity into the sanctuary for the worship service.” Thank you for serving.

 

June 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

o 11:00 Fellowship

 

          1
2

Pastor on vacation

Guest Speaker, Pastor

Anna Speiser

 

3

9:30am

Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

4

 

5

2:00pm Presbyterian Women

6

 

7 8
9

Communion –

elder, Glenda McDonald

10 11

10:30

Bible Study

 

12

 

13

 

14 15
16

* Father’s Day

 

 

 

17

 

18

 

10:30am

Bible Study

 

19

 

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

20

(Pastor on

Study leave)

21

(Pastor on

Study leave)

22

(Pastor on

Study leave)

4:00pm

Jon Worner Eagle Scout Court of Honor

23

 

(Pastor on

Study leave)

 

Guest speaker, Fr. Mark Beran,

24

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

7:00pm

Session Meeting

7:30pm

Scout Committee Meeting

25

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

No

Bible Study

 

11:00am Northern Covenant Pastors

Meeting

26

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

3:00pm

Launch Leadership packs Backpacks

27

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

 

28

5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

29
30

1:30pm

Wayne Countryview Chapel

           

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for June 2019

6/2/2019 Glenda McDonald Pat & Glenda McDonald
6/9/2019 Melissa Urbanec The Urbanec Family
6/16/2019 James Lindau James Lindau/Joyce Reeg
6/23/2019 Jan Liska Ken & Jan Liska
6/30/2019 Josephine Peitz The Peitz Family

 

June Birthdays

2         Jean G., Jill S.

6         Connie B.

8         Brian B., Carol M.

10        Karen G.

18        Wes B.

19        Dennis S.

26        Pastor Teresa

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for July 2019

7/7/2019 Bev Beeson Babs Middleton Scott McLaughlin
7/14/2019 Ken Marra Ken & Karen Marra  
7/21/2019 Jim Curtiss Jim & Shari Paige Jim Curtiss
7/28/2019 Phil Griess Phil & Jean Griess  

 

July Birthdays

10        Shea S.

11        Luke P.

15        Greg W.

21        Josephine P.

24        Mark H., Zach U.

27        Cate W.

29        Marta P.

 

July 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

o 11:00 Fellowship

 

1

9:30am Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

9am-1pm

Office open

2

 

10:30

Bible Study

 

3 4

 

Office Closed

5

 

Office Closed

6
7

 

Communion –

elder, Jim Curtiss

 

8

8:00am

AED Training

9

 

10:30

Bible Study

 

10

 

11

 

12

 

13

 

14

Chicken Days

Special Offering

15

 

16

Triennium

10:30am

Bible Study

 

17

Triennium

3:30pm

Brookdale Chapel

 

18

Triennium

 

19

Triennium

 

20

Triennium

 

21

 

22

(Pastor on vacation)

 

23

(Pastor on vacation)

 

24

(Pastor on vacation)

 

25

(Pastor on vacation)

 

26

(Pastor on vacation)

 

27

(Pastor on vacation)

28

(Pastor on vacation)

 

10:00am

Front Porch Pickers

 

29

(Pastor on vacation)

7:30pm

Scout Committee Meeting

 

30

 

10:30

Bible Study

 

31      

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

 

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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – May 2019

 

Presbytidings – May 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.”

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES

Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Solomon Peitz-Wakefield High, Maysn Dorey and Zach Urbanec-Wayne High. Presbyterian Women and Sewing Souls gave each of them a fleece throw on Sunday, April 28th and we held a special fellowship after worship in their honor.

Here is a list of all our graduates:

First Presbyterian Church of Wayne High School Graduates:

Maysn Dorey             Wayne High School              Wayne State College, Pre-Vet

Solomon Peitz           Wakefield High School        Doane Univ., Mechanical Engineering

Zach Urbanec             Wayne High School              NECC, Business

Our College/University Graduates:

Logan Abraham                    NECC             Structural Drafting               May, 2019

Jaci Alexander                      NECC             Vet Tech                                December, 2018

Jacob Beair                            NECC             Graphic Design                    August, 2018

Brook Bowers                       WSC               Ag Business                           August, 2019

Sydney McCorkindale         WSC               Criminal Justice                    December, 2018

Luke Pulfer                            Iowa State      Mechanical Engineering      May, 2019

Suzanne Ras                          Morningside  Math Education                     May, 2019

Josh Stenka                            WSC               Exercise Science                   May, 2019

 

Prayer for our graduates

May God’s blessing follow you all as you find new journeys to travel.

May you walk safely along the pathways of your dreams.

May his gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow.

May your hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth,

And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day. Amen.

 

ELEANOR EDWARDS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED ON APRIL 28th

The Discipleship Team and the Session are pleased to award the Eleanor Edwards Senior Scholarship to Solomon Peitz of Wakefield High School and Maysn Dorey & Zach Urbanec of Wayne High School. It is appropriate as we give scholarships in her name that we should be reminded of Eleanor’s love of children and teaching and how FPC received a gift that continues to bless the youth of our community.

Eleanor Edwards was a career elementary school teacher in the Nebraska Public Schools. Her first teaching job was at the one room school in District 18 where she taught 31 students from first to eighth grades for two years. After a variety of teaching jobs and a short time at the ASC office, Eleanor and her mother moved to Wayne in 1944. Eleanor began at Wayne Community schools where she taught 6th grade for 28 years. Eleanor was well respected by students and colleagues and her classrooms were well run. Eleanor retired from the Wayne School district in May of 1973 after 45 years of teaching.

After moving to Wayne Eleanor transferred her membership from the Welsh Zion Congregational Church west of Carroll to FPC in 1947. Eleanor was an active member, she taught Sunday school, served as church school superintendent. She was a ruling elder and president of the United Presbyterian Women; she was awarded an honorary PW membership in 1984.

Eleanor was active in the community she was a member of the Wayne Business and Professional Women, Wayne Area Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma. She liked to read, do needlework, watch sports and musicals and enjoyed traveling in the United States and Canada.

Eleanor died in 1984 and endowed the Presbyterian Church with a gift of $11,000.00. Once the account had grown with the accumulation of interest the Session decided that a book scholarship of $50.00 would be given to all FPC graduating seniors. Currently graduating FPC seniors are encouraged to make an application for the scholarship which has grown to $350.

We give thanks to God for Eleanor’s desire and ability to teach and shape the lives of so many children and that through this scholarship she continues to impact the lives of young people enabling them to further their education. We also give thanks for the forethought and guidance of the Session and their fiscal management through the years so that Eleanor’s gift can be perpetuated.

 

Women of God

“Women of God can never be like women of the world.

The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.

There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind.

There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined.

We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.

We have enough greed; we need more goodness.

We have enough vanity; we need more virtue.

We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”

Quote from  Margaret Nadauld

 

AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR RESPONSE TEAM BEING CREATED

The Session recently authorized the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator for the church. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). [*]

Cardiac arrest can strike suddenly and not is not limited to one gender or older people. Children of any age may also experience cardiac arrest. Each year over 5,000 children die of cardiac arrest, suddenly and without warning. Often going into cardiac arrest is the first time the person knows that they have an underlying heart condition.[†]

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can save lives, the quicker the response to a life-threatening incident the better the chances of recovery. For example, in 2008, American Airlines celebrated 76 people being saved in the first 10 years they first put AEDs on their airplanes, with an overall survival rate of 63%. When bystanders provide CPR and use an AED before EMS arrives, 40% of the victims survive, which is much higher than the national average of a 10% survival rate.

We will need to compile a list of people to be on our AED Response Team. Volunteers must be willing to take AED training to be on the Response Team. The use of an AED will not cause any damage to the victim, as the machine will read the electrical system of the individual and only deliver a shock when necessary, the automated system means you don’t have to worry that you could make the situation worse.  Those who work in the medical field and already have training on this device would be great additions to our Response Team. Watch for the AED Response team sign-up sheet on the Opportunities Table. We will be offering training on how to use the unit, which has voice commands to walk a person through the process after we receive the unit and the training materials.

We maintain fire extinguishers in the church for emergency situations and hope we never experience a fire, having the tools to deal with a fire quickly is necessary in case of an emergency,  likewise, an AED unit allows us to be prepared should any members or visitors experience a cardiac arrest.

 

PASTOR’S VACATION & STUDY LEAVE

  • Pastor will be on study leave May 13th – 16th, 2019.
  • Pastor Teresa will be on vacation the week of May 28th – June 3rd. Anna Speiser will be leading worship service on Sunday, June 2nd. (Communion will be held on June 9th.)
  • If you have a pastoral need while Pastor Teresa is away, please contact the office at (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, May 5th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Jane O’Leary)
  • Sunday, June 9th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Glenda McDonald)

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING UPDATE

Saturday April 27th, Karen Johnson, Jackie Owens and Pastor Teresa attended the spring gathering of Homestead Presbyterian Women at Fremont Presbyterian Church. The group gathered for coffee at 9:30 a.m. followed by a brief worship followed by the keynote speaker.

Keynote speaker was Kathleen Keefer who was a delegate to the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. As an active Presbyterian Woman, serving as PW Moderator for the Presbytery of the Missouri River Valley, Secretary for the PW of the Synod of the Lakes and Prairies and Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Committee for PW in the synod, she not only strives to learn about the plight of women and children throughout the world but to also make others aware of situations that do not make the front page of newspapers or the typical woman’s newsfeed on Facebook. As committee chair, she sends out frequent emails citing items from the Presbyterian Women – Working for Justice and Peace calendar, news stories about the #metoo movement, children soldiers, the use of the threat of sexual assault as a weapon, and hands on mission projects such as “Days for Girls.” Keefer has 30+ years of experience in the field of child abuse investigation and child abuse prevention. This work has also brought her into the field of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and services to protect women and children (and sometimes men), to work toward the prevention of IPV and to support the family in these very difficult times. Keefer shared about her experience at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Some of the topics and areas of concern that PW and other women’s groups addressed included education, health and wellness, human trafficking as well as economic issues.

The business meeting included the report of the moderator, treasurer. Reading awards were presented and Karen Johnson and Jackie Owens were recipients. A PW recommended book is Neither Wolf Nor Dog, on Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn, a synopsis of the book appears elsewhere in the newsletter. The group was thanked for their donations to the collection of baby items for Pine Ridge Reservation, the response has been wonderful and will be greatly appreciated. There was also a skit highlighting the upcoming Synod gathering in July and the commissioning of those who are attending the synod gathering. The business meeting concluded and the group enjoy a lovely lunch together.

 

NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG, on Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

by Kent Nerburn

Synopsis:  The heart of the Native American experience: In this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the reader deep into the world of an Indian elder known only as Dan. It’s a world of Indian towns, white roadside cafes, and abandoned roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Readers meet vivid characters like Jumbo, a 400pound mechanic, and Annie, an 80-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin. Threading through the book is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. Neither Wolf nor Dog takes readers to the heart of the Native American experience. As the story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and the selling of sacred ceremonies.

 

SYNOD GATHERING OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

IN THE SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES

JUNE 20-23, 2019

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Women of all ages who would like to join in Christian Fellowship and are looking for a spiritually enriching experience.

Choose from a variety of workshops including a look at the 2019-2020 Horizons Bible Study, mission speakers, justice and peace opportunities, leadership training, and some fun things.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rev. Kathy Reeves, retired mission coordinator for Presbyterian Women, Inc.

PLENARY SPEAKERS: Elona Street-Stewart, synod executive of Synod of Lakes and Prairies Mary Newburn-Williams, executive presbyter of Presbytery of Missouri River Valley.

WORSHIP LEADER: Rev. Suzanne Gorhau

BIBLE STUDY LEADER: Kathleen Keefer

MUSIC LEADER: Kris Peterson

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS will include: Morning and evening worship, Bible study, selection of workshops, Hands-on mission project, Mission display, many speakers, book display, Fair trade store, and movies.

REGISTRATION COST: $200 (Scholarships are available to attend from Homestead PW-contact Pastor Teresa for more information.)

ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE GATEWAY All events for the Gathering will be held at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, Iowa. All participants will reserve their own rooms. Give them the dates and tell them you are with Presbyterian Women. We have rooms with 2 beds blocked off for our use. The room rate is $120/night plus taxes for 1-4 in a room.  Phone: 515-292-8600 or 800-367-2637.

More information about the Synod Gathering:

“Days for Girls” will be the hands on mission project. 

$10 gift cards from Target and Hy-Vee will be collected. The recipients will be the Butterfly Freedom House which is transitional housing for women coming out of prison and Wings of Refuge which is girls coming out of trafficking.

Marion Medical Mission and Sudanese worshipping community will be our offering recipients.

If you will be displaying a board for mission projects, justice and peace, Disaster Preparedness, etc, please let your moderator know so the committee can be notified.  This will allow for adequate space for everything to be displayed properly.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Please watch the bulletin for announcements regarding Youth Group in May.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following location this month:

  • CAREAGE CHAPEL: Sunday, May 19th at 1:30pm.
  • BROOKDALE: Wednesday, May 22 at 3:30pm.

 

SEWING SOULS

Please watch your bulletins for the next Sewing Souls date.

 

SESSION

The Session will meet on May 20th at 7:00pm. (Rescheduled from the original date of 5/27/19)

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY ASSEMBLY

Homestead Presbytery will be held on Thursday, 5/16 at the Presbyterian Church in North Bend, NE.

FLOWERS FOR WORSHIP

The Worship Team is encouraging members to sign up to provide flowers for worship.  A sign-up sheet for May and June will be on the Opportunity Table to help us keep track and recognize those who are providing flowers. Thank-you to Jeanne Griess, Jackie Owens and Jodi Pulfer for helping co-ordinate flowers for worship.

 

PW COOKBOOK SPECIAL!

Are you are looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Our second PW cookbook is on special this summer. The cost is only $10.  See Karen Johnson or Jenny in the church office.

 

YOU ARE INVITED!

Please join Solomon Peitz and his family at a reception to celebrate his graduation from Wakefield High School, Sunday, May 19th following a 2:30pm commencement. Location: Logan Valley Golf Course, 58472 – 858 Road, Wakefield, NE.

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Here are the results of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering:

OGHS:                                    269.00

Special Project (Flooding): 250.00

Total:              519.00

 

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP & BRUNCH THANK-YOU

Our thanks to everyone who helped to provide for the Easter brunch, and to all those who helped to serve, and to clean-up. The church was beautifully decorated. There were around 70 people in attendance at worship that day, and it was a glorious day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

 

LENTEN WORSHIP THANK-YOU

Thank-you to all who participated in our Lenten suppers and worship. Thank-you to the Session members who served as fellowship hosts each week and all who contributed food. Thank-you also to Jim Curtiss, Solomon Peitz, Mark McCorkindale, Ken Marra, Gabriel Peitz and Gordon Grandberg for participating as readers in our worship series “At the Crossroads.”

 

EASTER LILY DEDICATIONS

In Memory of…

  • Archie & Irene Kreycik and Alex & Stella Liska

By Ken & Jan Liska

  • Willis Wiseman, M.D.

By The Grandchildren of Will Wiseman

  • Roy D. Christensen, Jean Marie Doyle, Luella & Wilmer Marra

By Ken & Karen Marra

  • & Mrs. John Owens Doyle, Mr. & Mrs. John Gesiriech

By Milton & Jacqulyn Owens

  • Wilmer & Elizabeth Griess, Harold & G. Elena Wagner

By Phil & Jean Griess

  • Jed and Jay D. O’Leary

By Jay & Jane O’Leary

  • Will Hammer, Eugene & Nadine McDowell, Arnold Hammer, and Mary Kay & Greg Meeker

By Mark, Jenny & Nina Hammer

And thank you to all those that left lilies without acknowledgement.

 

THANK YOU TO CHURCH FAMILY

Our special thanks to Pastor Teresa for her phone calls and messages of comfort, sympathy and love. It meant so much to me. Also thank you to the members of FPC for their calls and messages of caring. Verlin would want to thank you all. My family and I want you to know the Wayne church is very special to us. I can only be thankful for Verlin and my 72 years of being together. Many have not had that and to be thankful he is in a better place. Blessings to you all. Elaine

 

CALVIN CREST

There is still time to register for camp! Calvin Crest scholarship forms are available from either Pastor Teresa or Jenny. Contact us at fpcwayne@gmail.com for a downloadable copy.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for May 2019

5/5/2019 Candyce Peitz The Peitz Family
5/12/2019 Kevin Peterson Kevin & Shannon Peterson
5/19/2019 Kent Pulfer Kent & Jodi Pulfer
5/26/2019 Ronda Ras The Ras Family

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS

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3         Joann P., Dave P.

10        Jeryl N.

11        Karen J., Solomon P.

12        Joan L.

14        Bo A.

15        Jordan A.

17        Jaci A.

18        Jay and Jane O.  &  Taytum S.

19        Glenda M.

22        Marie J.

24        Gail M.

26        Dale A.

 

May 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

o 11:00 Fellowship

    1

2:00pm

Presbyterian Women

 

2

Noon

National Day of Prayer Service

3 4
5

*Communion

 

6

9:30

Wayne County Family Coalition

 

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

7

 

8

10:30 WACAM

1:00

Worship Committee

7:30

Youth Group

9

 

10

 

11

 

12

*Presbyterian Pealers play

Mother’s Day

13

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

14

Pastor on Study Leave

15

Pastor on Study Leave

16

Pastor on Study Leave

 

17 18
19

1:30

Careage Chapel

20

7:00

Session

 

21

 

22

3:30

Brookdale Chapel

 

 

23 24 25
26

 

27

Memorial Day

28

Pastor on vacation

29

Pastor on vacation

30

Pastor on vacation

31

Pastor on vacation

1

Pastor on vacation

             

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

 

[*] https://www.altramedical.com/ten-reasons-why-you-need-an-aed/

[†] https://www.altramedical.com/ten-reasons-why-you-need-an-aed/

Presbytidings – April 2019

Presbytidings – April 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.”

 

LENTEN SUPPERS & SERVICES

Our church family will continue to gather for weekly Wednesday night suppers at 6:00pm during Lent ending on Wednesday, April 10th. The supper sign-up sheets are on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. Afterward, we will gather for Lenten services at 7:00pm. All are welcome.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

  • Palm Sunday, April 14th at 10:00am
  • Maundy Thursday with communion: April 18th at 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday brunch: April 21st at 9:00am  (Signup sheet is on the Opportunity Table)
  • Easter Sunday Celebration: April 21st at 10:00am

 

EASTER LILIES

Please help us decorate our sanctuary for Easter by bringing your Easter lilies and placing them on the chancel. If you would like to have an acknowledgment in the bulletin on Easter day, please give Jenny the information.

 

oghs

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

 

From the Pastor….

During the Lenten season we’ve been talking about crossroads; times of decision, some choices are easy, others are very hard, some choices must be made quickly and others you might have time to consider carefully. Jesus encountered many crossroads and was always able to choose God’s way for his life. Jesus’ ministry was among those who were most vulnerable, not the rich and powerful. Jesus preached good news to the poor and release to the captives. As a faith family, we are reminded of our call to compassion to the poor, as well as those who find themselves vulnerable due to circumstances beyond their control such as the recent flooding and blizzard in Nebraska and other midwestern states.

It’s important to pray for our neighbors and friends however it is also important that we act to help where and how we can. One way of supporting those who are hurting whether in Nebraska or around the world is through our financial support the PC(USA) One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS- for more information see http://www.presbyterianmission.org/oghs) offering which will be received April 14th and 21st. OGHS is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.

Did you know that the OGHS offering supports three ministry programs of the church; Presbyterian Disaster, Presbyterian Hunger and Self-Development of People, a thumbnail sketch of each program and the allocation for each follows:

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (PDA)

  • works alongside communities as they recover after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters and offers support for refugees.
  • receives 32% of funds raised from OGHS.
  • PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the PC(USA). Recently PDA has assisted 28 states following natural and human- caused disasters including flooding in Montana, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Hawaii; tornados in Alabama, Virginia and Iowa; wildfires in Californian and Colorado as well as ongoing response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
  • Note – As a result of recent flooding in Nebraska Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been in the Presbytery and we await their assessment and report.
  • You can find out more about the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/pda/

PRESBYTERIAN HUNGER PROGRAM (PHP)

SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE (SDOP)        

  • Invests in communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues
  • receives 32% of funds raised from OGHS.
  • Find out more about the work of Self Development of People at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/sdop/

This year with the after effects of the flooding still very visible we have an opportunity to help our neighbors and friends by designating offerings to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for support of flood recovery.  Donations for flood recovery should be addressed to account DR000191 U.S. Flooding (see related article which follows for more information).   Let us continue to hold in prayer those impacted by flooding and the blizzard as well as all the volunteers helping with recovery and be open to other ways we might assist in the recovery.  Sharing our gifts and working together we can share God’s love with our neighbors in need as they put their lives back in order.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

Prayer for One Great Hour of Sharing 

God of mercy, help us look past the walls

and doors of this church.

Help us to open our doors

to walk alongside the vulnerable

to whom we have been called.

As we share through this Offering,

may all your children feel

the love of Christ and share in

the justice, compassion, and joy

you offer. Keep us unsatisfied with being

THIS church on THIS corner,

so we shall be known as

CHRIST’s church to the whole world. 

Amen.

 

Nebraska Strong; Homestead Presbytery Response to Flooding

A National Response Team from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was recruited for Homestead Presbytery in response to the flooding. The team has arrived and visited many of the affected communities, assessed needs, and met with local authorities. The Presbytery office will be informing the Presbytery after the PDA assessment of the needs and ways to help.

Homestead Presbytery will be requesting a $7,500 Initial Assistance Grant from PDA as a resource for to respond to the needs in the Presbytery. These initial grants allow for broad disaster response support for congregations and communities. The Presbytery needs a team of about 5 or 6 people to begin working on our response as a presbytery, especially people from the communities that were affected. If you are willing to serve on this team, please contact Raymond Meester via email at raymondm@homesteadpres.org or call or text to Ray’s cell phone: 402.217.3684.

Individuals or churches can donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. You may want to designate your contributions to a couple of different PDA accounts:

DR000148 — Initial Response Account. This designated account is for general relief and undesignated program support. It supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering and enables members and congregations to make general designations to use funds where they are needed as determined by PDA.

DR000191 — U.S. Flooding. This designated account supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing offering and enables members and congregations to support the PC(USA) response to episodes of flooding within the United States. Funds into this account will help communities overall relief and recovery efforts associated with flooding to include assessments, clean-up efforts, and rebuilding.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

  • The Presbyterian Women will meet Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:00pm in Fellowship Hall.
  • Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 27th at the Fremont Presbyterian Church. This year’s theme is “God’s Promise: How to Live Faithfully in our Divisive World.” The cost is $8. Please contact Karen Johnson for further details.
  • The Homestead Presbyterian Women will be collecting baby layette items for the Pine Ridge Reservation at the Spring Gathering. You are invited to donate any of the following items: Onesies, sleepers, outfits, socks, bibs, receiving blankets, disposable diapers, and little books/toys/rattles.

 

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

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

  • CAREAGE CHAPEL Pastor will lead chapel at Careage on Sunday, April 7th at 1:30pm.
  • BROOKDALE CHAPEL Pastor Teresa will lead Brookdale Chapel on Wednesday, April 10th at 3:30pm.

 

COMMUNION

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

  • Sunday, April 7th at 10:00am (Communion elder, Jim Curtiss)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 7:00pm

 

HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

We will do our spring highway cleanup after worship on Sunday, April 7th (rain date: April 28th). Please wear your work clothes to church that day. We will depart after worship to our stretch of Highway 35 (markers 33-35 east of Wayne). This is a great time for families to do a service project together. With plenty of help, this project can take less than one hour.

 

DEACONS

The Deacons will meet Tuesday, April 9th at 4:15pm. Please contact Pastor Teresa if you are unable to attend.

 

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group will meet Wednesday, April 10th at 8:00pm and Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30pm this month. Contact Gail McCorkindale or Ronda Ras for more details.

 

ELEANOR EDWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION DUE

The Eleanor Edwards scholarship application are due to the church office by Friday, April 19th. Scholarships will be awarded on Sunday, May 5th, followed by a reception for the graduates.

 

SESSION

The Session will meet Monday, April 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please submit an action items to Jane O’Leary or Pastor Teresa by Friday, April 12th.

 

SEWING SOULS

On Wednesday, April 24th at 2:00 Sewing Souls will meet to start new projects and continue projects such as pillowcases for children in the hospital. Come join us no matter what your sewing skills are.

 

GRADUATION SUNDAY

Join us on Sunday, May 5th at we recognize our high school graduates. Maysn Dorey and Zach Urbanec will be graduating from Wayne High, and Solomon Peitz is graduating from Wakefield High. Following the service, there will be a cake fellowship. All are welcome!

 

SYNOD SCHOOL

Want to go to camp as a family this summer?  Plan to Join Presbyterians from all over the Midwest at Buena Vista College, in Storm Lake, IA July 21-26, 2019.  Plan on a week of inspiring worship, educational speakers, arts and crafts, and lots of new friends for the entire family.  There is programming available for every age and every interest.  Want more information?  Go to http://www.lakesandprairies.org/SynodSchool

 

SUMMER CAMP @ CALVIN CREST

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

 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Have you lost a loved one recently? The grief can be hard to handle. Please consider joining the Providence Medical Grief Support group. We will meet Tuesday evenings (April 8-May 13) from 6:30-8:15pm. Snacks are provided. For more information call 402-375-7923.

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for April 2019

4/7/2019 Jim Curtiss Ken & Jan Liska Jim Curtiss
4/14/2019 Jeryl Nelson Ken & Karen Marra  
4/21/2019 Gail McCorkindale The McCorkindale Family  
4/28/2019 tba tba  

 

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April 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  Sunday Mornings:

o  8:45

Handbell Choir

o  10:00 Worship

o  11:00 Fellowship

 

1

9:30 Wayne County Family Coalition

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

 

2 3

4:00 Presbyterian Women

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

4 5 6

 

7

 

10:00 Worship with Communion

11:15 Highway Cleanup

1:30 Careage Chapel

8

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

 

9

 

4:15

Deacons Meeting

10

10:30 WACAM

at Brookdale

3:30 Brookdale Chapel

6:00 Soup Supper

7:00 Lent Service

8:00 Youth Group

 

11

 

2:00 Darrow tunes organ

 

12

 

13

 

14

 

Palm Sunday

 

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

15

 

6:30 Scout Den Meeting

16 17

 

18

 

7:00 Maundy Thursday Service with Communion

 

19

 

Good Friday

 

Eleanor Edwards Scholarship apps due

20

 

Great Vigil

of Easter

21

9:00

Easter Brunch

10:00

Easter Worship

 

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

 

22

 

7:00 Session

23

 

11:00

PC(USA) Northern Covenant Meeting

24

 

2:00 Sewing Souls

7:30 Youth Group

25

 

26

 

2:00

Pipe Organ tuning

27

 

PW Spring Gathering

In Fremont

28

 

29 30        

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

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4        Bev Beeson

6        Shari Dunklau

9        Kevin Armstrong

24      Gina McDonald

26      Phil Griess, Levi Heese

27      Verianne McClain

29      Heidi Armstrong

 

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Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office, Wayne Food Pantry & Coat Closet:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.org/

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

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

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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