Presbytidings – September 2020

Presbytidings–September 2020

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…..

The weather was cool and crisp on Tuesday morning. I had my first pumpkin spice coffee of the season, it seemed like a normal, late summer day. Yet, we know it hasn’t been normal for several months. We continue in a pandemic that has touched each of our lives in one way or another. Thousands of people across the country are grieving and hurting from the loss of loved ones to COVID. We give thanks for those who have recovered from the virus and all the essential workers who have kept things moving, even if slowly. COVID isn’t all, bad news crashes on us like waves at the coast, hurricanes, fires, drought, flooding, violence in some of our cities, a contentious political season, racial tensions, unemployment and economic challenges, we wonder what is next. These are troubling days with the myriad of things happening which stir up fear, anger, perhaps even the desire to withdraw from society all together.

These are very unsettling times on so many levels and there are many things we don’t understand. When answers are hard to come by, we turn to the Scriptures where the stories of people who traversed wilderness, faced droughts and natural disasters, were enslaved, discriminated against and faced injustices are recorded. The stories should give us hope that others have encountered troubling times and God was with them. We must not turn our back on God or one another in these difficult times. There are no simple answers or fixes to the challenges we face. We must work together to defeat COVID, stamp out racism, work for justice for all people, and participate as citizens in our country’s political process by voting. 

 When we don’t know anything else, we can lean into what we do know, we know whose we are and who we trust, our Triune God. Our God is sovereign, creator of heaven and earth and loves us beyond our comprehension. We acknowledge that hope and peace are not rooted in this life, that Christians are not exempt from trials and tribulations. Our hope is rooted in Christ, His sacrifice for us, and the promise of being united with Him one day. No matter what happens in this earthly life in Christ we have the promise of salvation. In these difficult days do not give into fear and dismay. Look to our Triune God may God’s ever abiding love give you a sense of peace, even unexpected joy. The words of the Apostle Paul from  Romans 15:13 (NIV) are my prayer for each of you;  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” In these challenging times with so few answers look to the one who has all the answers, our Triune God.

 May faith, hope, joy, and peace be yours,

Pastor Teresa

IOWA DERECHO

On August 10, severe thunderstorms with long track damaging winds (derecho) devastated Iowa, causing widespread power outages for more than 150,000 people for several days. As many as 14 million acres of farmland were also damaged by the storm.
PDA is working with the Presbyteries of North Central Iowa, Des Moines, Prospect Hill and East Iowa to respond to this storm. National Response Team members are virtually deployed to assist with the initial response.

DEACONS MEETING

The Deacons will be meeting via Zoom and in person on September 9th at 4:15 p.m.

COAT CLOSET CHANGES FOR FALL 2020

As with many things COVID has changed the manner of operation of the Coat Closet. The Coat Closet will remain closed to the public and will not be accepting any coat donations and will not have a drobox at the library this fall. The deacons are planning a special Coat event in October, stay tuned for details in upcoming weeks. We anticipate beginning to receive donations toward the end of October first of November and being open by appointment for those who are needing assistance.

COMMUNION

  • Sunday, September 13, 2020 (please note this is the second Sunday in September). Kent Pulfer, Communion Elder.
  • Sunday, October 4, 2020. Communion elder to be announced.

2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE RECOGNITION SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 27th

FPC looks forward to recognizing our 2020 High School graduates; Gabriel Peitz, Madison Beair, Shea Sweetland, and Emily Armstrong during worship on Sunday, September 27th. Hope you will join us in worship and hear of the plans of these young people and their educational goals.  

SESSION

  • Monday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S MATTHEW 25 PROJECT

Often the pills people receive in developing countries are wrapped in paper scraps. They have no protection from moisture or the elements. They certainly are not safely out of the reach of small children, how can you safety-proof a piece of paper! The orange pill bottles we take for granted are gratefully received in many parts of the world. The Matthew 25 folks state “Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.” The collection of clean, empty pill bottles, with labels removed, will continue until September 20th. There is a basket in Fellowship Hall to receive the pill bottles. The PW Leadership team will be doing a Mission Caravan to collect the pill bottles in advance of the October 3rd Fall gathering.

HOMESTEAD PW ZOOM FALL GATHERING: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

Fill your favorite tea cup and join us on October 3rd for a morning shared with your PW sisters. We will have an informal chat from 8:30 – 9:00 then start the program at 9:00. We should be done before we all need lunch around 11:00. We encourage you to meet together at your church if you don’t have access to Zoom. A follow up email will be sent as it gets closer with the link to use for the call. For more information please call Karen Johnson.

RUNZA FEEDS THE NEED

Our local Runza Restaurant is hosting a special fund-raiser for the Wayne Food Pantry & Backpack Program on Tuesday, September 22nd. Please support us by making plans to pick up Runza for lunch or dinner that day!

SPIRIT OF HOPE

“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.”    Galatians 5:5 ESV

Wall Hanging created by FPC Sewing Souls & completed by special contributor Judy Lindberg.

This wall hanging was started circa 2012-2013 as a project for Sewing Souls. The idea was brought to the group by one of the ladies of the church, who had had seen similar wall hangings while visiting another church.

The group selected a pattern, fabric was purchased. The various pieces were cut, and the project begun. The design echoes a stained-glass window and in time the group decided they did not have the skills to complete the project in the manner it deserved.

In 2020, Judy Lindberg, a founding member of the FPC Sewing Souls, took it upon herself to finish the wall hanging.  Using the pieces which were already cut, she completed the beautiful wall hanging.

Judy returned the wall hanging to FPC asking it to be hung in Fellowship Hall as a salute to the women and the many projects of the Sewing Souls group.

TOMATO, BASIL AND FETA SALAD

Here is a great salad recipe by Jan Liska to use up all those veggies coming out of the garden these days. Thanks Jan!

6 dices tomatoes (Romas are best)

1 small cucumber, peeled, quartered & chopped

3 chopped green onions

¼ cup fresh basil leaves, cut in thin strips

3 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste.   Toss together in a large bowl and enjoy!

A Prayer as I put on my mask:

Creator,

As I prepare to go into the world,

Help me to see the sacrament

In the wearing of this cloth –

Let it be “an outward sign

Of an inward grace” –

A tangible and visible way of living

Love for me neighbors,

As I love myself,

Christ,

Since my lips will be covered,

Uncover my heart,

That people would see my smile

In the crinkles around my eyes.

Since my voice may be muffled,

Help me to speak clearly,

Not only with my words,

But with my actions,

Holy Spirit,

As the elastic touches my ears,

Remind me to listen carefully –

And full of care –

To all those I meet.

May this simple piece of cloth be

Shield and banner,

And each breath that it holds

Be filled with your love.

In your name and

In the name of love

I pray. May it be so, May it be so.

  • Author unknown.

Love one another with brotherly affection

Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:10 (ESV)

SEPTEMBER 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: Worship 10:00 in-person or via Zoom   123  4  5
6    7 Labor Day  89 10:30 WACAM Meeting   4:15 Deacons Meeting  10 10:00 Salvation Army Meeting11    12  
13 Communion – Kent Pulfer, elder  1415  16  1718    19    
20    21    22 11:00 Northern Covenant Pastors Meet   Runza Feeds the Need for the Wayne Food Pantry!23242526
27 2020 High School Graduate Recognition28 7:00 Session Meeting  2930  1  2  3 PW Gathering

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

6          Anita F.

8          Sharyn P.

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/

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

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Presbytidings – August 2020

Presbytidings–August 2020

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…..

Dear First Presbyterian family,

            Grace and peace to each of you. The last several months have been challenging as COVID 19 has impacted our church, community and the world.  One of the great challenges for a faith community is not worshipping together. After careful consideration, the Session determined at their July 20th meeting to resume in person worship on August 9th. I look forward to resuming in person worship and seeing the congregation gathered in the sanctuary. Each person will need to make their own decision about when they are ready to return to worship. 

Your co-operation will be needed as we move into Phase Two of our three phase process, for while we are returning to the sanctuary, it will not be worship as usual. As per previous correspondence, in Phase Two we will follow CDC guidelines which includes social distancing and wearing masks. Families can sit together, but social distancing will be required between unrelated persons. As per CDC guidelines there will be no congregational singing, no passing of the peace, the offering plate will not be passed and fellowship following worship will be suspended until further notice. Entering or exiting the church you are asked to maintain social distancing and visit outside weather permitting.

Sanitation measures such as the use of hand sanitizer will be required. Additionally, to minimize high touch surfaces we will remove Bibles and hymnals and we will use alternative methods for music and bulletins. The bulletin will continue to be emailed for use with Zoom or in-person worship.

The Zoom worship option will be available for those who do not feel comfortable in returning to in person worship. In addition, the video of the service will continue to be posted on You Tube, Facebook and our webpage usually on Sunday afternoon or Monday. The link can also be emailed to those who desire it, please let Jenny or Pastor Teresa know if you want the video link.  If you do not have internet access and are not yet comfortable with returning to worship, we can continue to mail a copy of the service to you. 

Session members will be serving as greeters/ushers the first few weeks.  The greeters and ushers will make sure that everyone uses hand sanitizer as they enter the building, assist people with being seated and record attendance. While we hope each member will wear their own mask, masks have been ordered should a member or visitor require one. If you had previously signed up as a greeter or usher, you will be contacted in advance and if not comfortable serving at this time you are free to decline.

I am sure some of these changes will be frustrating, but we cannot go back to the way things were until we can assure the safety of all. It is unknown how long we will be operating in Phase Two, the Session and I will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and trends in our area. I thank the members of the Session for their leadership and careful consideration of options for worship since COVID first interrupted our community in March.

As we resume in person worship it will look and feel different; however, when we gather to offer praise whether in a sanctuary, a living room or on a patio we are engaged in worship of our Triune God. Let us be faithful, to God and to one another as we work through the challenges of this time. May we seek to follow the words of the Apostle Paul as he wrote in his letter to the Roman church; Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  (Romans 12:12 NIV).  Looking forward worshiping with you soon.

Grace and peace be with you,

Pastor Teresa

FPC ONLINE WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

FaceBook:https://www.facebook.com/fpcwayne/

YouTube: First Presbyterian Church of Wayne, Nebraska

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

COMMUNION: Sunday, August 16, 2020.

TUESDAY ZOOM CHECK-IN

Each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. we are meeting on Zoom to check-in with each other. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay longer. Topics at Tuesday check-in have ranged from golfing, to new recipes, as well as sharing favorite books and movies. The invitation goes out via email on Monday or early Tuesday morning. The main thing is a time for fellowship- remember to bring your own coffee!!! CU on Tuesday.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS:

Meetings are cancelled for the time being.

COMMUNITY CHAPEL SERVICES

Pastor Teresa will lead chapel services at the following locations:

WORD IN FAITH Pastor’s article will appear in the August 13, 2020 Wayne Herald.

RADIO DEVOTIONS Pastor Teresa will be giving devotions on 104.9 Big Red Country

KTCH the week of August 17th – 21st at 5:40am.

SESSION Meeting

Monday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m.

Looking Back …. Thank God (Him)

Looking Ahead …. Trust God (Him)

Looking Around …. Service God (Him)

Looking Up …. Expect God (Him)

Author Unknown.

OFFERING AND GIFTS

Thank-you for your continued financial support of the church during this time. Your gifts support the life and ministry of First Presbyterian Church. If you would like to simplify your life you might check at your bank for a bill pay service. This service allows you to set up reoccurring payments to businesses or the church and have the designated funds withdrawn from your account and mailed per your direction. If you find this idea worth consideration check-out your bank’s website, often you are able to set this up from your home computer.  You can always call your bank for assistance. Or you can mail your offerings to Anita Fuelberth, our financial secretary or to the church (216 W. Third St., Wayne). 

AUGUST 2020 FOOD PANTRY NEWS

The food pantry is continuing to serve Wayne County during the COVID 19 situation, we have already served around 130 families. The Backpack Program served approximately 3,500 food bags in the 2019/20 academic year. Please consider a donation to help our ministry to Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program.

SIGN-UP FOR LAWN MOWING DIGITALLY

Please check your email for the lawn mowing schedule Jenny has prepared.  We will need one or two people to mow each week.  If you can share in this effort, please sign up via the email document or call the church office. The current list is below:

Week of July 27, 2020John Fuelberth
Week of August 3, 2020Bowers Family
Week of August 10, 2020Bowers Family
Week of August 17, 2020Bowers Family
Week of August 24, 2020Bowers Family
Week of September 1, 2020McCorkindale Family
Week of September 7, 2020McCorkindale Family
Week of September 14, 2020 
Week of September 21, 2020 
Week of September 28, 2020 

August 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Each Sunday Morning: Worship 10:00   27   Pastor on vacation28   Pastor on vacation29   Pastor on vacation30   Pastor on vacation31   Pastor on vacation1   Pastor on vacation
2   Pastor on vacation    3   Pastor on Study Leave    4   Pastor on Study Leave  5   Pastor on Study Leave  6   Pastor on Study Leave  78
9      10   (Word in Faith column due)11    12   10:30 WACAM13   10:00 Pastor at Salvation Army Mtg.   Word in Faith Column runs14   Homestead Presbytery Prime15   Homestead Presbytery Prime
16 Communion – Jean Griess, elder17 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  18 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  19 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  20 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  21 5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living  22
2324   7:00 Session  25    26  27  28  29
30          

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

            2          Gordon G.

            3          Ken M.

            8          Nina S.

            12        Alissa J.B.

            20        Russ U.

            27        Milton O.

            30        Layne H.

SAVE THE DATE: RUNZA FEEDS THE NEED

Our local Runza Restaurant will host a special fund-raiser for the Wayne Food Pantry & Backpack Program on Tuesday, September 22nd. Please support us by making plans to dine at Runza that day! Invite your friends!

CHRISTIAN CROSS FESTIVAL

The Christian Cross Festival may be a one day event on August 29th this year. They have two obstacles to overcome: Covid-19 and Fundraising. They are going to make the attempt though and with God’s blessing we will have the event on Saturday August 29th, possibly as an online event. Headliner 7eventh Time Down with Maddie Rey, My Savior Story, A Day Awaits and more TBA Check it out on Facebook at Christian Cross Festival or online at www.christiancrossfestival.org 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com

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

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

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

GET OUR NEWSLETTER BY E-MAIL

If you would like to receive this newsletter by e-mail (save a stamp, save a tree!), go to http://www.fpcwayne.com; on the home page, in the right hand column, there is a widget that says, “NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION: Enter your e-mail address to receive Presbytidings, our church’s newsletter, by e-mail.” Enter your address in the white box, and click on the button that says, “Sign me up!” You will need to confirm your subscription through an e-mail message that will be sent to your inbox; this is safe! It is designed to keep spammers out of the picture! Share our newsletter with all your friends and family. Simple!

FPC Worship Update as of 6/26/2020

First Presbyterian Church of Wayne

216 West Third St.,

Wayne, Nebraska 68787

June 26, 2020

Dear First Presbyterian family,

          Grace and peace to each of you. I want to give you an update on resuming in person worship. I miss our time together and know that you do as well; however, these are unusual times which call for an unusual but measured response.  

Considerations about resuming in person worship will always be made with an abundance of caution and concern for those most at risk and with guidance from the PC(USA), CDC guidelines and the best scientific knowledge available. Due to the nature of COVID 19 many practices done in worship such as singing, responsive reading and passing the peace increase the risk of virus transmission between participants. Numerous accounts show religious gatherings have led to community spread.

The Session determined at their June meeting it was not yet time to resume in person worship, we will remain in Phase One of our three phase process. Some of our members will find this decision a disappointment. Please realize this was not a decision taken lightly, but with the best interest of all members in mind. 

In the May 29th newsletter, a three-phase process for re-opening was outlined.  FPC is currently in Phase One. I am grateful for technology such as Zoom, Facebook and You Tube which allow us to remain connected. Weekly the printed service with video links is posted to Facebook. The video of the service is posted later in the week to Facebook and the church You Tube account. Those who do not have internet access are receiving a printed copy of the service.  

The learning curve for the Zoom worship format has been steep for me as well as the congregation. I appreciate the congregation’s flexibility and understanding in this time. I am pleased to report that on an average, between all the formats, we are reaching about 45 people each week, higher than our normal summer attendance. Please feel free to share the Zoom invitation to invite others to join us. We will not post the Zoom invitation on the website or Facebook as a security precaution.

 If you are not getting worship, either printed or an emailed copy, please contact me as I want to make sure people have access to worship and announcements. I am happy to email a video copy of the service to all who request it if they cannot access Facebook or You Tube.

Currently, we are looking at moving into Phase Two, resuming in person worship in August. The August date will allow the pastor a time of vacation and study leave before resuming in person and online worship. The Session will make a final determination about moving into Phase Two in mid-July.

 Phase Two will not be worship as usual. Worshippers will be required to follow CDC guidelines including social distancing and wearing masks. As per CDC guidelines there will be no congregational singing, no passing of the peace, the offering plate will not be passed and fellowship following worship will be suspended. Sanitation measures such as the use of hand sanitizer will be required. Additionally, to minimize high touch surfaces we will remove Bibles and hymnals and use alternative methods for music and bulletins. Online or streamed worship will be available for those who do not feel comfortable in returning to in person worship.

Phase Three may be several months in the future and would be evidenced by the lifting of most state/county restrictions while continuing safe practices we have put into place. Online or streamed worship will continue. Even in this phase there may be adjustments, for example we may have to resume wearing masks should there be a change in the public health risks, by being cautious we hope to avoid any setbacks.

These are unprecedented times, most of us will never experience anything like this again in our lives. In a most unusual way, we have been called to show love to our neighbors by keeping our distance. It is not easy and can be frustrating, but we cannot go back to the way things were until we can assure the safety of all. In the meantime, consider these words from 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”  May the power of the Holy Spirit, the love of this faith community for others, as well as the display of self-discipline and patience, guide us in the days ahead.

Grace and peace be with you,

Pastor Teresa

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Presbytidings – Summer 2020

Presbytidings – Summer 2020

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

From the Pastor & the Session….

Grace and peace,

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). So begins the account of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church in the book of Acts. As we approach Pentecost this year, it will not be possible for our congregation to be “all together in one place.” However, since we closed our doors in response to the public health concern, we have not stopped being the church. Yes, we yearn to be together, we miss gathering, greeting one another, and worshipping in God’s house. The congregation has been gracious and flexible adapting to all the changes which have been made in how we worship as we continue to be the church. While we have not been able to gather physically, it has been rewarding that many members and friends have contacted Jenny or Pastor Teresa via phone or email to let us know they are reading the service via the email or on Facebook.  Modern technology gives us the ability to keep in touch in a variety of ways, to see one another in Zoom worship, fellowship, and meetings, it is not however, the same as being together. Technology is helping keep our circle unbroken until we can gather in-person again.

While COVID 19 is a part of our lives there are many things to take into consideration before resuming in-person worship even as many restrictions in Nebraska are being loosened. Current CDC guidance and medical information suggests gathering in a congregational setting for an hour of worship presents unique and greater risks than a quick trip to the grocery store. At the Session meeting on May 22nd it was determined that we would wait and reassess resuming public worship on June 14th. We know this decision is a disappointment to some as other congregations in our community have resumed worship, or plan to begin on Pentecost Sunday. The decision to resume public worship will be made with an abundance of caution and concern for those who are most vulnerable and with consideration of the best scientific knowledge available and with guidance from the PC(USA). The Session’s concern is for the health of all our members and friends.

Resuming in-person worship will consist of at least three phases. We are currently in Phase One; members and friends receive the order of service and Zoom meeting information via email, which all are free to share with friends or family. Members and friends that do not have access to technology or social media are mailed hardcopies of the service. Sunday mornings the pastor is managing the technology for our Zoom online service and leading worship. In the future limited access may be given to four or five people to assist with worship either as worship leaders or to assist with technology.  We have recently begun recording worship and uploading it to our You Tube page (First Presbyterian Church of Wayne) so others can view worship.

During Phase One, Pastor Teresa and the Session will continue evaluating the equipment needed to be able to share worship online via You Tube or Facebook Live or similar format.

There is no firm date for moving to Phase Two, which would be resuming in-person worship. Moving into Phase Two will require an assessment of current confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Wayne and adjoining counties and if the numbers increasing or decreasing. The Session is prayerfully considering what procedures will be needed and in place before returning to in-person worship.  Phase Two will require worshippers to follow CDC guidelines including social distancing and wearing masks. There will be other changes, the PC(USA) and CDC recommend that singing be suspended, no passing of the peace, the offering plate will not be passed and fellowship following worship would also be suspended. Sanitation measures will be put in place which might include removing Bibles and hymnals, we will consider what other methods might be used to provide these elements as well as an order of service. The Session also recognizes that some will want to continue to worship at home, so online or streamed worship will continue for those who feel more comfortable not attending church.

Phase Three may be several months in the future which would be evidenced by lifting most state/county restrictions while continuing safe practices. Online or streamed worship will continue. Even in this phase there may be adjustments, for example we may have to resume wearing masks should there be a change in the public health risk. Being deliberate and cautious we hope that when we get to Phase Three, we can avoid any setbacks.

We will have countless opportunities during the next several months to continue to exercise the spiritual gifts of patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. There will surely be awkward moments and mistakes as we adjust to new protocols and practices. There will continue to be times of frustration, disappointment, and grief. Even during these changes, there are blessings, we are witnesses to the new thing God is doing, such as how this congregation has adapted to new technology for worship, Session meetings, even fellowship. Let us be faithful, to God and to one another as we work through the challenges of this time in the life of our congregation and world. Let us be guided by the Word, responsive to the Spirit, and open to the grace of God, remembering that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Pastor Teresa & FPC Session

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN TO CELEBRATE COMMUNION JUNE 7th

Sunday, June 7th FPC will celebrate communion during our Zoom worship. Under guidance from the PC(USA) the FPC Session has authorized communion for that date. Each family is encouraged to gather the elements: bread and juice (it can be any type), and have them available. The Communion table will be set at church and we will proceed through the liturgy. The pastor will offer the words of institution after which each household will be invited to share the bread and cup with those in their household. While we will be physically separated we will be united by the Spirit in this celebration of Communion. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Teresa.

 

FPC YOUTUBE CHANNEL – A NEW WAY TO WORSHIP

Check out our youtube channel for worship videos at:

First Presbyterian Church of Wayne, Nebraska

 

TUESDAY ZOOM CHECK-IN

Each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. we are meeting on Zoom to check-in with each other. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay longer. Topics at Tuesday check-in have ranged from golfing, to new recipes, as well as sharing favorite books and movies. The invitation goes out via email on Monday or early Tuesday morning. The main thing is a time for fellowship- remember to bring your own coffee!!! CU on Tuesday.

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

Both PW and Sewing Souls meetings are suspended for the time being.

 

SESSION

The next session meeting will be held on Monday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m.

 

FPC 2020 GRADUATES & SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENTS

This year graduation was quite different as some ceremonies were postponed and others are happening virtually. You are encouraged to help our FPC graduates celebrate with cards or other mementos of celebration.

Our 2020 FPC high school graduates:

Gabriel Peitz – Wakefield, plans to attend Wayne State College as an RHOP major.

Shea Sweetland – Wayne, plans to attend Wayne State College in Sports Management.

Madison Beair – Wayne, plans to attend University of Nebraska Lincoln in Childhood Psychology.

Emily Armstrong – Wayne, plans to attend Wayne State College in Elementary Education.

 

Our FPC College Graduates:

Josephine Peitz – Wayne State College, Biology major, psychology minor. Planning for grad school.

Leigh Heese -Wayne State College, Early Education major. Teaching 3rd grade in Schuyler, NE.

Andrew Pulfer – University of Nebraska Medical Center, assigned residency at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital-NY, Pediatrics in Rochester, NY.

 

Eleanor Edwards Scholarships

The Session received three applications for the Eleanor Edwards Scholarships. Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Gabriel Peitz will be attending Wayne State. He has been accepted into the Rural Health Opportunities Program as a pre-medicine/chemistry major.
  • Shea Sweetland will be attending Wayne State with a major in Sports Management.
  • Madison Beair will be attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln to study psychology with the goal of a doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology.

Congratulations to each of you. When we are able to resume worship in the sanctuary the Session will determine a date for the presentation of the scholarships and honor our graduates.

 

FPC Students Recognized for Scholastic Achievement

FPC had three students who were recognized for their scholastic achievement based on being in the top 10 students in their class based on GPA.

  • Taytum Sweetland – Sophomore
  • Braydn McCorkindale – Sophomore
  • Nina Hammer – 8th Grade
  • Also, friend of the congregation and Presbyterian Pealer – Christopher Woerdemann, Senior.

 

  • Gabriel Peitz – Valedictorian of his class in Wakefield.
  • All of our high school graduates have been recognized with additional scholarships and awards.
  • Aaron Ras was the recipient of the NSCI Elite 18 Award for the 2nd year. The award is given to the student athlete holding the highest-grade point average with the most credits earned among the 15 institutions playing baseball in the NSIC.

FPC WSC Students Honors Presentations:

  • Josephine Peitz “CHARACTERIZING THE ACETYLATION OF CORE BINDING FACTOR BETA” Instructor: Dr. Douglas Christensen
  • Aaron Ras “MEASURING EMOTIONAL CLARITY AND ITS RELATION TO DISSOCIATION IN COLLEGE STUDENTS” Instructor: Dr. Daniel Miller

 

Update on Jon Worner

  • Jon is planning to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in the fall and major in music. His scholarships include: Presidential Scholarship, Music Scholarship and the Concordia Choir Scholarship (which is given to one incoming student each year chosen by the Director of Choirs).
  • The Worners are hosting a Zoom graduation party on Sunday, May 31. You may contact Jenny in the office to reserve a spot and receive a Zoom link.

Congratulations to each of our FPC students on your scholastic achievements. Please keep all the young people in our congregation and community in your prayers.

 

EASY SUMMER RECIPE

If you are looking for new recipes to try this summer, we still have a few First Presbyterian Cookbooks left. Contact Jenny in the church office for more info. Meanwhile, here is a recipe for an easy summer supper provided by Jan Liska from “Thank God for Food…and Good Cooks! Volume II, page 3.

Cowboy Caviar (Chip Dip)

2 cans gold & white kernel corn (drained)

1 can black beans (drained)

1 can black eyed peas (drained)

1 cup finely chopped red onion

1 can original Rotel tomatoes

½ cup red wine vinaigrette

Combine and refrigerate till serving. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING

This year FPC’s One Great Hour of Sharing totaled $280.00.   Well done!!

 

2019/20 FOOD PANTRY & BACKPACK NEWS

The food pantry has had an interesting year so far, we have served over 120 requests.  The Backpack Program has served approximately 3,500 food bags in the 2019/20 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.

 

OFFERING AND GIFTS

Thank-you for your continued financial support of the church during this time. Your gifts support the life and ministry of First Presbyterian Church. While we are not meeting in person, the church office and the Wayne Food Pantry remain open with operating regular hours.  It may be challenging to remember to mail your offering to the church or Anita, when we are not meeting in person. If you would like to simplify your life you might check at your bank for a bill pay service. This service allows you to set up reoccurring payments to businesses or the church and have the designated funds withdrawn from your account and mailed per your direction. If you find this idea worth consideration check-out your bank’s website, often you are able to set this up from your home computer.  You can always call your bank for assistance. Or you can mail your offerings to Anita Fuelberth, our financial secretary or to the church (216 W. Third St., Wayne).

 

CHRISTIAN CROSS FESTIVAL

The Christian Cross Festival may be a one day event on August 29th this year. They have two obstacles to overcome: Covid-19 and Fundraising. They are going to make the attempt though and with God’s blessing we will have the event on Saturday August 29th, possibly as an online event. Headliner 7eventh Time Down with Maddie Rey, My Savior Story, A Day Awaits and more TBA Check it out on Facebook at Christian Cross Festival or online at www.christiancrossfestival.org

 

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.

 

SIGN-UP FOR LAWN MOWING DIGITALLY

Please check your email for the lawn mowing schedule Jenny has prepared.  We will need one or two people to mow each week.  If you can share in this effort, please sign up via the email document or call the church office. The current list is below:

FPC Lawn Mowing

 

 Week of June 1, 2020 Shari Dunklau
Week of June 8, 2020 Peitz Family
Week of June 15, 2020 John Fuelberth
Week of June 22, 2020 Peitz Family
Week of June 29, 2020
Week of July 6, 2020
Week of July 13, 2020
Week of July 20, 2020
Week of July 27, 2020

 

June Birthdays

2         Jean G., Jill S.

6         Connie B.

8         Brian B., Carol M.

10        Karen G.

18        Wes B.

19        Dennis S.

26        Pastor Teresa

 

 June 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

 

1 2

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

3 4 5 6
7

 

8

 

9

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

 

10

 

11

 

12 13
14

 

15 16

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

 

17

 

18

 

19 20
21

* Father’s Day

 

 

 

22

7:00pm

Session Meeting

 

23

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

 

24

 

 

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

 

29

 

30

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

       

 

July Birthdays

10        Shea S.

21        Josephine P.

24        Mark H., Zach U.

29        Marta P.

 

 July 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o 10:00 Worship

 

    1 2 3 4
5

 

6 7

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

8

 

9

 

10

 

11

 

12

5:00pm

Boy Scout Court of Honor

13

 

14

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

15

 

16

 

17

 

18

 

19

 

20

 

21

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

22

 

23

 

24

 

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

29 30 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/

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 – May 2020

Presbytidings – May 2020

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

From the Pastor…..

Happy May,

It is a beautiful sunny day today, the grass is green, the trees are budding out. The trees on the west side of the church are in full bloom and look lovely. I’m waiting with anticipation for my tulips at home to open, if the rabbits don’t eat the plump buds first! We have been anticipating Spring and it seems it’s finally here. Yet many of the things we associate with springtime the opening of baseball and track season, school events such spring musicals, proms, even graduation for high schools and colleges are not happening or have been delayed. Some of our most cherished celebrations, such as Palm Sunday and Easter have been quite different this year as we respond to COVID 19. There will be many changes ahead.

As you know COVID 19 and the restrictions on gatherings has significantly impacted churches. In the weeks since we last worshiped together the FPC family has adapted remarkably well to a new way to worship via Zoom. Many in the congregation may have never heard of this video conferencing software before March. Zoom allows participants on the platform to see and hear each other. We tried Zoom worship for the first time on Maundy Thursday and since then every Sunday morning we gather between 10:00 and 10:15 a.m. to check in and prepare for worship at 10:15 a.m.  Easter Sunday it was great to have the Worner family join us via Zoom as well as Joyce Reeg and Jim Lindau, Karen from Denver, two cats and two dogs!! It was a non-traditional service still we celebrated Christ’s resurrection.

FPC now has a You Tube channel, First Presbyterian Church of Wayne. We can record our services on Sunday and upload to our You Tube channel, which means you can share the link to our worship services with friends and others who are not able to join us on Sunday.

The Zoom invitations are emailed on Saturday and most people after the initial Zoom set up can click on the link and join the meeting easily. If you are having trouble, please contact the office. In order to preserve a layer of security for our worship I will not post the Zoom link on the Facebook page; however, you are free to share the link with friends and family.

Governor Ricketts has loosened business and gathering restrictions however Homestead Presbytery and the FPC Session both agree the time is not yet right to resume in person worship or any other activities at the church. We will continue with Zoom worship until further notice. I will be inviting members of the congregation to participate in worship by serving as Lector, reading prayers or responsive readings.

While we are not meeting in person the work of the church continues, Jenny and I are keeping regular office hours. The work of the Wayne Food Pantry and Backpack Program continues with donations and distribution of food. See the article elsewhere in the Presbytidings about the refrigerator the Pantry recently received.

In the midst of all these changes I thank the Session for their responsiveness to the many new challenges we have faced in the last few weeks from learning how to use and participate in Zoom Session meetings and worship,  to taking care of the regular business of the church. These are challenging times and it seems we will need to be flexible for many months as we work our way through this pandemic.

Psalm 46:1-3 (Message translation) reminds us that we are not alone:

God is a safe place to hide,

ready to help when we need him.

We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,

courageous in sea storm and earthquake,

Before the rush and roar of oceans,

the tremors that shift mountains.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,

God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

The Triune God is our refuge and shelter, loves and protects us, is as close as a prayer. We are not alone; we are not abandoned. Let us focus on seeing God’s presence with us giving us strength and courage for each day.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

Mother’s Day – May 10th

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

 

Congratulations to our FPC 2020 Graduates

Congratulations to our graduating seniors; Gabriel Pietz, Wakefield High School, Madison Beair, Shea Sweetland and Emily Armstrong from Wayne High School. We hope to honor our graduates with a reception at an appropriate time later in the year.

 

Tuesday Zoom Check-in

Each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. we are meeting on Zoom to check-in with each other. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay longer. Topics at Tuesday check-in have ranged from golfing, to new recipes, as well as sharing favorite books and movies. The invitation goes out via email on Monday or early Tuesday morning. The main thing is a time for fellowship- remember to bring your own coffee!!! CU on Tuesday.

 

FPC Receives a Payroll Protection Program Loan

The Session approved making an application to the Payroll Protection Program through State Nebraska Bank.  The Payroll Protection Program is open to faith-based organizations.  The PPP is essentially a forgivable loan at 1% interest that can be used to cover payroll costs for 8 weeks. Jodi Pulfer, the treasurer, calculated the following for FPC employees for 2.5 months, keeping all employees at their current level.

Jane                $337.50             Salary

Jenny             $1,333.50          Salary

Teresa             $2,643.75        Salary

$1,212.50          Housing

$252.50           403b Plan

$1,588.88        Pension

$7,368.63        Monthly total

$18,421.58            2.5 months

 

The loan requested and approved was $18,421.58. This is an unsecured loan and would be forgiven as long as we use it for payroll and maintain our staff at the current rate. Homestead Presbytery gave approval to all churches in the Presbytery to apply for these funds based on congregational needs.  Thank-you to Jodi for taking care of the initial paperwork and the Session for taking prompt action so that we were able to secure the funds.

 

Food Pantry Changes Procedures to Meet COVID 19

The Wayne Food Pantry in response to COVID 19 is now operating on an appointment basis. Clients are to call the church and complete the documentation via phone. The staff then puts the food outside the west door awaiting pick-up by the client.

Kent, Jodi, Jenny, Pastor Teresa and Food Pantry volunteers Deb Daehnke, Rita McLean and John Fuelberth (and now Phil Does) have adapted to a remarkable number of changes as the virus endures. We continue to work hard to make sure that the Wayne Food Pantry is prepared to meet the needs in the community as they arise.

Please note that the Backpack Program is still going strong at Wayne Community Schools. Jodi continues to coordinate that portion of our program as we strive to provide another food source for children in need.

 

Sign up for Lawn Mowing Digitally

Please check your email for the lawn mowing schedule Jenny has prepared.  We will need one or two people to mow each week.  If you can share in this effort, please sign up via the email document or call the church office. The current list is at posted at the end of this document.

 

Local Dairy Farmers Fill Community Need

The Wayne Food Pantry has just received some new refrigeration capacity thanks to local dairy farmers, Kent & Jodi Pulfer, MPM Farms, and Doug & Mary Temme, Temme Dairy. The industrial grade refrigeration until was provided through a Community Relief Grant setup by Midwest Dairy, an organization representing 6,500 hardworking dairy farm families throughout the Midwest.

“MPM Farms applied for a community relief grant and we were fortunate to receive one,” stated Jenny Hammer, Wayne Food Pantry Coordinator. “This unit will help keep the families our food pantry serves nourished with dairy and other perishable items during this unprecedented time.”

 

Offering and Gifts

Please remember that even though we are not worshipping in person, expenses continue, insurance, utilities, as well as salaries.  Please mail your offerings to Anita Fuelberth, our financial secretary or to the church (216 W. Third St., Wayne).

 

FPC Offering of Prayers

In this difficult time there are many things we cannot do, but one thing we can do whether at church, at home and at any time is pray. As you offer your daily prayers of praise and thanksgiving add the following to your prayers.

Monday: Pray for FPC and churches in Wayne and around the world.

Tuesday: Pray for local, state, national leaders.

Wednesday: Pray for medical professionals and all who work in the healthcare.

Thursday: Pray for essential workers; retail such as grocery, gas stations, police, fire etc.

Friday: Pray for families, children and parents, grandparents. Those who will mourn the loss of loved ones during this pandemic.

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

3         Joann P., Dave P.

10         Jeryl N.

11          Karen J., Solomon P.

12         Joan L.

14         Bo A.

18         Jay and Jane O., Taytum S.

22        Marie J.

24        Gail Mc.

 

 May 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   

 

 

 

1 2

 

3

10:00am

Worship via Zoom

4

 

5

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

6 7 8 9
10

10:00am

Worship via Zoom

11

 

12

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

13 14 15 16
17

10:00am

Worship via Zoom

18

 

19

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

20

 

21

Word in Faith

 

10:00am

Homestead Presbytery via Zoom

22 23
24

 

10:00am

Worship via Zoom

25

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

Memorial Day

 

7:00pm

Session Meeting

26

*5:40am

KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

10:00am

FPC Zoom Check-In

27

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

28

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

 

29

*5:40am KTCH 104.9 Moment for Living

30
31

10:00am

Worship via Zoom

 

Lawn Mowing Sign-up

Week:                                                            Name:

Week of April 27, 2020 John Fuelberth
Week of May 4, 2020 Mark Hammer
Week of May 11, 2020 Rob Sweetland
Week of May 18, 2020
Week of May 25, 2020
Week of June 1, 2020 Shari Dunklau
Week of June 8, 2020
Week of June 15, 2020
Week of June 22, 2020
Week of June 29, 2020

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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From the Pastor…

Greeting friends,

I wanted to share this article from the April 14th edition of Presbyterian Outlook.  The author, Jill Duffield, does a great job with the image of Holy Ghost glitter.   Let us all remember to carry some Holy Ghost glitter with us, a little sparkle even in hard times.

Grace,

Pastor Teresa

 

Holy Ghost glitter

 by Jill Duffield

As a kid, I liked glitter. A lot. I still find myself drawn to anything that sparkles. My mother called me a crow given my attraction to all things shiny. I confess that even as an adult I covet those little kid shoes that light up with each step. I remember one Easter sunrise service, the church still mostly dark as worship had not yet started, when a child made his way to the front pew with red lights blinking from the soles of his feet the entire way up the aisle. I loved the idea of that little child being a literal light to the world, or at least a blip of intermittent hope to our small congregation yet to hear the news that Christ had risen indeed. Would that our discipleship was as obvious as red, flashing lights in the middle of a dark and silent sanctuary. If only we sparkled and shone like the unicorns, hearts and stars on kindergartners’ backpacks in September. Wouldn’t it be grand if we distributed God’s grace as far and wide, as insidious and relentless, as the glitter from a Sunday school art project?

I long for some over-the-top, well-past-tacky, impossible-to-miss signs of holy glory made evident through those of us called to be salt and light. I imagine Jesus saying, “You are the glitter of the world.” Get in every nook and cranny to the point that it is impossible to clean up or eradicate. Be so generous with it that years from now it will turn up on your shirt and be inconspicuously transported out into the neighborhood. What if Jesus had said, “You are the rhinestones of the earth”? Decorate indiscriminately. Make everyone appear to be the royal priesthood God made them to be. Tiaras all around! Be the bedazzlers of creation wielding fanciful, delightful, colorful additions to anyone in need of knowing their beauty. Make sure no denim jacket, plastic bin or cotton T-shirt goes without the adornment of the Most High God. Make the clothing of Christ glisten and shine like a parade of would-be Disney princesses lined up to see the latest “Frozen” movie.

I know we are dust and to dust we shall return, but in the interim, could we be Holy Ghost glitter? Could the shoes that make us ready to proclaim the gospel include blinking lights or at least some reflective tape? I want us to call attention to ourselves in order that we might point to the source of the light in which we bask and play. I want our complete joy to be unmistakable, as palpable as preschoolers sporting superhero costumes or Queen Elsa gowns, not concerned with what’s practical or socially acceptable but motived solely by delight.

I know we are sinners saved by grace, but in that knowledge, could we be the glow sticks of God, cracked open and shaken so that we shine and create whimsical patterns in the darkness for all to see? Might we be neon beacons of possibility in the middle of someone’s dark night of the soul?

I know we are beloved children and divine images called good, fallen, corrupt, finite and flawed. But, in this time could we be Jesus’ dollar-store jewelry, too — audacious, colorful, accessible, large and loud, unmissable outward signs of unfathomable, too often invisible grace?

How about if we thought of ourselves, honestly, as Holy Ghost dust, divine dirt, Godly grit, those who apart from saving grace are worthless fire fodder, but through the love of the Almighty are deemed priceless? What if we recognized that we are this strange combination of common and sacred, totally depraved but beloved anyway, complex kaleidoscopes of Christ whose beauty is revealed when viewed through the light of the world? Wouldn’t that realization be a source of rejoicing and celebration? Wouldn’t it be a cause to get out the glue sticks and spread the glitter, break out the glow sticks and wave them with abandon or don sparkles, crowns and light-up shoes to the grocery store? We could create a parade of the redeemed and reconciled, returning prodigals and found sheep, those whose faces shine from being in the presence of God.

Grace and peace,

Jill

Presbytidings – March 2020

 

Presbytidings – March 2020

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

From the Pastor……

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

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

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

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

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

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

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

 

“I AM”

Lent Sunday Sermon Series

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

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

 

PRAYER FOR LENT

-Author Unknown

Let me keep Lent.

Let me not kneel and pray,

Forgo some trifle everyday,

Fast-and take sacrament-

And then,

Lend tongue to slander, hold ancient grudge,

Deny

The very Lord whom I would glorify.

Let me keep Lent.

Let my heart grow in grace.

Let thy light shine till my illumined face

Will be a testament

Read by all…

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

The spirit that shall rise on Easter morn.

Let me keep Lent.

 

COMMUNION

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

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

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

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

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

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME!

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

 

FPC OUTREACH/MISSION SERVICES

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

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

 

SESSION

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

 

PRESYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERINGS: JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

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

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

 

MATTHEW 25  PW SPRING GATHERING PROJECT: COLLECTING EMPTY PILL BOTTLES

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

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

 

CHANGES TO QUARTERLY AND YEAR-END STATEMENTS

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

 

THANK YOU

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

 

 

March 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

 

10:00am

Communion

Kent Pulfer, communion elder

2

 

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

3

 

2:00pm

Love Carved in Stone Bible Study

3:00pm

Presbyterian Women

 

4 5 6 7

 

8

 

Daylight Savings Time Begins – Spring Forward!

 

5:00pm

Boy Scout

Court of Honor

9

 

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

10 11

10:00am

Pastor at WACAM

6:00pm

Soup Supper

7:00pm

Lenten Service

12 13 14
15 16

 

17 18

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

3:30pm Brookdale Chapel

4:45pm

Deacons

6:00pm

Soup Supper

7:00pm

Lent Service

19 20 21
22 23

 

7:00pm

Session Meeting

24

 

11:00am

Northern Covenant Pastors Gathering

25

 

6:00pm

Soup Supper

7:00pm

Lent Service

26 27 28
29

 

30

 

7:00pm

 Session Meeting

31  

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT & EASTER

Observe a holy Lenten season this year.

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

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for March 2020

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

 

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

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

24      Jacob B.

25      Leigh H.

28     Babs M.

29     Madison U.

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

 

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First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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Presbytidings – February 2020

 

Presbytidings – February 2019

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

From the Pastor……

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

Ecclesiastes 3:1

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

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

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

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

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

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

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

 

COMMUNION

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

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

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

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN & SEWING SOULS

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

 

ROTARY BAKED POTATO FEED

The annual Rotary Potato Bake & Dessert Bar will be held Sunday, February 12th from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Wayne City Auditorium. Adults $6 ($7 at the door), Children (8 & under) $3. Hot dogs will be available for the kids.

FPC YOUTH GROUP

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

 

HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY

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

 

SCOUTING SUNDAY

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

 

FPC OUTREACH/MISSIION SERVICES

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

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

 

SESSION

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

 

KIWANIS PANCAKE FEED

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

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

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

“Lent in Plain Sight”

Lenten Wednesday evening sermon series.

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

February 26th – Ash Wednesday – Dust

March 4th – Bread

March 11th – Cross

March 18th -Coins

March 25th -Shoes

April 1st– Oil

April 9th – Maundy Thursday – Towels

LENTEN SUPPERS AND SERVICES

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT & EASTER

Observe a holy Lenten season this year.

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

 

FPC ANNUAL REPORT

Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 26th. If you would like a copy of the report, you can pick up a copy on the Opportunity Table or contact Jenny at fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

FPC CHURCH DIRECTORY

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

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WAYNE

THE SESSION 2020

Elder                                                                          Class                                      

Scott McLaughlin (Property)                                   2020

Jim Paige (Property, Fellowship)                              2020

Kent Pulfer (Administration)                                  2020

Jean Griess (Worship)                                              2021

Jane O’Leary (Outreach, Worship)                         2021

Shari Dunklau (Discipleship, Worship)                  2022

John Fuelberth (Property)                                       2022

BOARD OF DEACONS 2020

Karen Johnson                                                          2020

Melissa Urbanec                                                       2020

Misty Beair                                                                2021

Karen Marra                                                              2021

Amy Bowers                                                              2022

Jan Liska                                                                    2022

 

COMMITTEES OF THE CONGREGATION 2020

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

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

February 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

·         Handbell Choir 8:45

·         Worship 10:00

·         Fellowship 11:00

      1

 

10:00am

Homestead Clerk Training

2

10:00am

Communion

Jim Curtiss, communion elder

 

“Get Your Can to Church” Sunday

3

9:30am

Wayne County Family Coalition

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

4 5

2:00pm

Love Carved in Stone Bible Study

3:00pm

Presbyterian Women

5:00pm

Confirmation

6 7 8
9 10

 

6:30pm

Scout Den Meeting

11

 

12

10:30am WACAM

5:00pm Confirmation

7:00pm

All-church

Game Night

13

10:00am

Salvation Army Meeting

14 15

Homestead Presbytery – Lincoln

16

Scout Sunday

17 18 19

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

5:00pm

Confirmation

20 21 22
23

 

1:30pm

Wayne Country-View Chapel

24

 

7:00pm

Session Meeting

25 26

 

5:00pm

Confirmation

7:00pm

Ash Wednesday Service

27

 

28 29

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for February 2020

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

 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

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10      Jodi P.

20      Karen M.

25      Pat S., Gabriel P.

27      Jan L.

28     Amy B.

 

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

 

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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 – January 2020

Presbytidings – January 2019

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

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

 

From the Pastor….

The Church’s DNA[*] 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace and peace,

Pastor Teresa

 

STRAW FOR THE MANGER 

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

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

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

Gifts of time and talents included;

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

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

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

Gifts of Hospitality

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

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

 

FAITH DOLLARS AT WORK

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

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

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

 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

 

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

 

COMMUNION

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

 

DOWNING OF THE BROWNS

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

 

DEACONS

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

 

ALL-CHURCH GAME NIGHT!

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

 

SESSION

The Session will meet on January 25th for elder training and planning for 2020. The retreat will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and include refreshments in the morning and lunch around 12:30 p.m.  All active Session members should plan to attend as we will be planning for Communion, monthly devotions, organizing Session teams as well as planning for events during the upcoming year.

 

SESSION & DEACON TEAM REPORTS DUE

2018 Session members & Deacons are reminded to compile a summary report for your area which will need to be sent to the office by Saturday, January 18th.

 

FPC ANNUAL MEETING

Our annual congregational meeting will be after worship on Sunday, January 26th. If you are responsible for a particular ministry (e.g., music, nominating, church school, property), please submit a brief report to the church office (fpcwayne@gmail.com) by Saturday, 1/18.

 

JOHN FUELBERTH RECOGNITION

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

 

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

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

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

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

 

WAYNE COAT CLOSET

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

 

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

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

 

WE ARE GRATEFUL

  • I thank-you for the wonderful gift from the congregation, your generosity is deeply appreciated. Thank-you to each one who sent a card or remembered me in other ways. The gifts I treasure most however are the gifts of friendship, your support and encouragement as we work together. I give thanks for the ministry we have to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to each of you, Pastor Teresa
  • Thank you for your generosity this Christmas season. I am grateful for your gifts and support. Jenny

 

THANK YOU TO CAROLERS

We had a group of about 15 Carolers on December 18th who visited Brookdale, Wayne Country View Care and the Wayne Hospital.  After we completed our tour of town, we enjoyed soup, sandwiches and an assortment of desserts back at church. Thank-you to all who caroled and contributed to an excellent meal afterwards. Thanks to Jim Curtiss for organizing the event.

   

THANK-YOU PRESBYTERIAN PEALERS

If you missed worship on December 22nd you missed hearing the Presbyterian Pealers share their talents.  The gathered congregation enjoyed many seasonal favorites during the service. The Presbyterian Pealers also participated with other Wayne Bell Choirs in Ring Around Wayne on December 1st. It was a terrible day but a wonderful concert. The Pealers represented FPC well. Please thank all the members of the choir for their dedication and especially director Jay O’Leary.

 

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

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

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

 

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS

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

December 1st – The Hammer Family

December 8th – The Peitz Family

December 15th – The Peitz Family

December 22nd – The Urbanec Family

December 24th – The Ras Family

 

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS

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

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020

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

January 18th    2019 Session Team Member reports due.

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

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

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

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

January 29th   Brookdale Chapel at 3:30pm

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for January 2020

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

 

January 2020 – First Presbyterian Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Each Sunday Morning:

o Handbell Choir 8:45am

o Worship 10:00am

o Fellowship 11:00am

    1

Pastor on vacation

New Year’s Day!

(office closed)

 

2

Pastor on vacation

 

3

Pastor on vacation

 

4

Pastor on vacation

 

5

Pastor on vacation

 

Guest Speaker: Dave Fritz

 

6

9:30am Wayne Co. Family Coalition

 

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

7

4:00pm

FCCLA packing backpacks

8

10:30am

WACAM Meeting

2:00pm

Bible Study

3:00pm

Presby. Women

9

 

 

10

 

 

11
12

Communion

 

Downing of the Greens after fellowship

13

6:30pm Scout Den Meeting

14

 

15

2:00pm

Sewing Souls

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm

Girl Scouts Parents Mtg.

 

16

 

17

 

18

2019 Session Team Reports due

19

1:30pm

Wayne CountryView Care Chapel

 

20

 

21

3:30pm

Deacons Meeting

22

5:00pm

Confirmation

7:00pm

All-church Game Night

23 24 25

9am-1pm

Session Leadership Retreat

26

Annual Congregational Meeting – Fuelberth retirement coffee

27

 

 

28 29

3:30pm

Brookdale Chapel

3:30pm

Girl Scouts

5:00pm

Confirmation

 

 

 30    
             

 

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

2        Larry H.

5        Terry B.

9       Jenny H.

10      Emily A.

11       Joyce V.

20     Kent P.

27      Jim P.

28     Jackie O.

31       Elaine F., Shannon P.

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

 

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

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

Presbytidings – December 2019

PresbytidingsDecember 2019

The Newsletter of First Presbyterian Church

216 West Third Street, Wayne, Nebraska 68787

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

Our chief end is to glorify and enjoy God forever.

 

From the Pastor….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns;

Pastor Teresa

 

STRAW FOR THE MANGER

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

Go Caroling

Bring 2 dozen cookies for the Cookie Project

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

Bring mittens or hats for the Deacons Tree in Fellowship Hall

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

Participate as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer

Pick-up someone for church or a church event

Donate to the Wayne Food Pantry

Support alternative giving by donating to Presbyterian Giving Catalog

Support alternative giving by donating to Heifer International.

Donate to your local Hospice Program

Support your local Humane Shelter

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

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

 

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

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

 

MITTEN TREE

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

 

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING 2019

December 1st -Prepare Him Room (Hope)

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

 

December 8th -Our Songs Employ (Love)

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

 

December 15th – His Blessings Flow (Joy)

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

 

December 22nd – He Rules the World (Peace)

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

 

December 24th – Repeat the Sounding Joy (Christ)

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

 

WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

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

 

COMMUNION

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

 

HANGING OF THE GREENS

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

 

RING AROUND WAYNE

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

 

LOVE CARVED IN STONE BIBLE STUDY

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

 

CALLING ALL BAKERS!

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

                                                                                                           

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS NEEDED

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

1:00-3:00pm at Quality Foods

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

 

FPC OUTREACH/MISSIION SERVICES

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

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

 

YOUTH GROUP & CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

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

 

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

Our Christmas Joy Offering will be taken on Sunday, December 22nd & 29th 2019. Whether providing financial assistance to current & former church workers and their families or providing opportunities for deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools, your generous gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will bring Good News of Great Joy to the poor in circumstances or spirit.

 

SEWING SOULS

There will be no Sewing Souls meeting in December.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

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

 

PASTOR’S VACATION & STUDY LEAVE

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

 

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

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

Pastor Teresa will be on vacation Wednesday, December 25 – Monday, January 6, 2019. Please, do not hesitate to leave a message if you have a need at either (402)375-2669 or fpcwayne@gmail.com

 

TAX REMINDER

All donations for the 2019 calendar year need to be to Anita Fuelberth no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019 for tax purposes.

 

COMMUNION

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

 

SESSION

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

 

PMC ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

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

 

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIVING

Here are some Web sites that will inspire you to give gifts that will make a real difference in people’s lives:

www.worldvision.org

www.samaritanspurse.org

www.compassion.com

www.churchworldservice.org

www.mbfoundation.org

www.heifer.org

calvincrest@calvincreat.org

specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html

presbyteriangifts.org

The Wayne Coat Closet

The Wayne Food Pantry

 

CHURCH RUSTIC TREASURE ACCOUNT

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

First Presbyterian Church #1220                 Wayne Food Pantry #442

 

Lector/Greeter Schedule for December 2019

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

 

 December 2019 – First Presbyterian Church

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

Worship

11:00

Fellowship

     
1

·         10am Communion

·         11:00am

·         Hanging of the Greens

·         3pm

·         Ring Around Wayne

2

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

3

Donations for cookie trays due

4

2:00

Bible Study

3:00

PW Cookie Trays

5:00

Confirmation

7:30

Youth Group

5 6 7

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

QFC 11-3

Bomgaars 11-3

8

 

 

9

9:30

Wayne Family Coalition Meeting

6:30

Scout Den Meeting

10 11

10am

WACAM

3:00

Brookdale Chapel

5pm Confirmation

7:30

Youth Group

 

12 13

 

14

 

15

 

16

 

17 18

Sewing Souls will not meet

 

5pm

Confirmation

19 20 21
22

 

23

Church Office open

 

No Session Meeting

24

5:30 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

 

25

 

Church Office closed

26

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

27

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

28
29

Worship with Pastor James Split

30

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

31

Pastor on vacation

 

 

1

Pastor on vacation

 

Church Office closed

2

Pastor on vacation

 

 

3

Pastor on vacation

 

 

4

Pastor on vacation

 

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020

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

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1           Brittany P.

5          Tiffanny H.

7          Candyce P.

14         Randy D.

18         Beau B.

22        Nina H.

(Would you like to see your birthday listed here?

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

 

Contact Information:

First Presbyterian Church

216 W. Third Street

Wayne NE  68787

 

FPC Office & Wayne Food Pantry:

402-375-2669

fpcwayne@gmail.com

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12 noon

 

Websites:

Church: https://fpcwayne.com/

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

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

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

First Presbyterian Church – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Food Pantry – Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne Coat Closet – First Presbyterian Church

 

Pastor Teresa Bartlett

402-375-2669 (office)

319-795-2911 (cell)

 

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