August 2012 Presbytidings

A WORD FROM THE PASTOR: Choose Your Path Wisely

The McCalla family has officially made the Great American Pilgrimage: we traveled to Mt. Rushmore—and lived to tell about it. It was the first time for everyone in our family except our matriarch, Rachelle, so there were plenty of oohs and aahs heard on our trip. We saw the faces, picked up a little sunburn, had our picture snapped by a friendly fellow-tourist, and used the restrooms at the famous national memorial before moving on to other points along our journey.

After a pleasant lunch in the village of Keystone, we decided to take a little drive and relax before we landed at Wind Cave to round out the day. So based on our maps, we chose the innocent-sounding US Highway 16A—also known by its more descriptive name, “Iron Mountain Road.” If you’ve ever done Mt. Rushmore, you probably know the one I’m talking about. The road twists and turns up and down the mountains and features hairpin turns and ram’s horns designed to give you that roller coaster sensation in your very own car. The occasional glimpses of Mt. Rushmore and the tunnels blasted through the rock were welcome delights. But the swaying, motion-sick sensation that afflicted everyone in our van were not so much welcome.

And here’s the catch: US 16A just keeps going and going and going. Once you commit to that route, you are stuck with it. You must drive it all the way to the end: dozens of twisting, restroom-less miles until you are able to exit to the flatter terrain of state highway 79.

Our experience on US 16A is a parable for life. To a large degree, we have choices of which paths we choose in life. We can’t pick our parents or our basic circumstances, but we can choose our friends, our spouses, our careers, and how hard we try in school or at work. And most importantly, we can choose how we treat others, how we respond to temptation and tragedy, and how we conduct ourselves in business and in family. We can even decide what we will do with the God who created the craggy mountains of western South Dakota and who sent his Son to rescue a wayward humanity.

But here’s the other catch: our choices—like those made on a family car trip—lead us directly to their inevitable consequences. Good or bad, our behavior produces certain, predictable outcomes. So we may find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation, and we may be tempted to cry out, “Why did you do this to me, God?” But I’m not so sure that God is always to blame for where our chosen paths lead us. The better question we should ask is, “What did I do to end up in this spot? And how I can I change course?”

The good news is that, unlike US 16A, God allows us to exit the road we’re on and to choose a different way. We can repent of our mistakes and try a new path, walking with Jesus. That doesn’t mean that we will always be able to escape the negative consequences of our choices, but we can always start a new direction with our forgiving God. So in car trips—and in life—let us always choose our paths wisely!

Pastor Ray


The Session will gather on Monday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


Our congregation is organizing a choral ensemble for the fall! We will be having an organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, August 12, at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact Jim Curtiss (369-2188;


The Presbyterian Pealers will resume rehearsal on Sunday, August 19, at 8:45 a.m.


High school youth: The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is coming next summer! July 16-20, 2013, at Purdue University. A group from Homestead Presbytery will be traveling out. Funding from our congregation and the presbytery is available to make this amazing experience affordable. Talk to Pastor Ray with any questions, and visit for all the details.


Church school classes will resume again the Sunday after Labor Day (September 9) at 9:00 a.m.! We will also have our Sundae Sunday celebration (featuring ice cream sundaes) after worship on that day. Thanks to all the teachers who help and to the students! It will be a great year!


Starting Tuesday, September 4, we will resume our regular church office hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Please feel free to call and leave a message at 402-375-2669 or e-mail the church at if you ever have any questions.


Will not be meeting during the month of August.  We will start the new year of PW on Wednesday, September 5, at 6:00 pm with a potluck supper.


The Annual Tea was a big success!  Over 90 women of all ages enjoyed hearing about fashions through the decades from Sue McClain. Following the program we enjoyed a variety of sandwiches and desserts. Thanks to everyone who came and to those who provided the wonderful treats.


Pastor Ray will be on vacation from 7/30 through 8/12. If you have a pastoral need, please contact the church office (375-2669; or Pastor Charity Potter from Wakefield (870-1059;


Our church will again be volunteering at the Majestic Theater in Wayne August 23 – 26. It is anticipated that the movie will be The Bourne Legacy. Last year we had a great turnout of volunteers. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Opportunity Table in August. Please volunteer to help out the community and earn concession dividends for the church. We hope to see you there!


The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry & The Older, Wiser, Livelier Saints (OWLS) Celebration at Calvin Crest will be held September 18-19, 2012.  This will be two fun-filled enlightening & spiritual days. Overnight accommodations and great food are included. Check at the church office for details or go online at


Will be held Saturday, August 25, at Calvin Crest. Quilts go on display at 10:00 am, followed by the BBQ lunch at 12:00 noon. The live quilt auction begins at 1:00pm. See our bulletin board for more details.

DEAR CHURCH FRIENDS: Thank you for your prayers for my mother during her illness, and for your thoughtfulness to our family at the time of her death. Your prayers and cards will always be remembered. Love, Audrey Harder & family


  • Rick and Bonnie Lund;
  • Rain and cooler weather;
  • Those affected by fires, especially in Keya Paha county;
  • Those affected by the shooting in Aurora, Colorado;



 August 2012

5th – The McElwains & The Paiges

12th – The Ras Family

19th – The Fuelberths & The Beesons

26th – The Peitz Family

September 2012                              

2nd – The Pulfer Family

9th – The McCorkindale Family

16th – The Urbanec Family

23rd – J. Proett, P. Straight & Griesses

30th – The Armstrong Family


August 2012

5th – Greg Worner

12th – Marilyn Yates

19th –  Ken Liska

26th –  Glenda McDonald

September 2012 

2nd – Jim Curtiss  

9th – Kevin Peterson   

16th – Luke Pulfer

23rd – Gail McCorkindale

30th – Karen Johnson                                                  


 AUGUST 2012

 5th –    Haley McElwain

12th –   Aaron Ras

19th –   Jacob Beair

26th –   Solomon Peitz


2nd – Marta Pulfer

9th – Bradyn McCorkindale

16th – Maddie Urbanec

23th – Eleanor McCalla

30th – Bo Armstrong

August 2011 Presbytidings Newsletter


Hello! As some of you may or may not know, I went to a Christian event known as CIY or Christ in Youth these past two summers. Christ in Youth is a week long convention for high schoolers and a few adult sponsors. All week is dedicated to furthering our faith, learning about God, and growing bonds with other people we thought never possible.

In July of 2010 I received a dare card. These dare cards were handed out to every participant of CIY’s MOVE event, which was designed to keep us Christians moving in our faith—creating more disciples and strengthening ourselves. On my dare card, it read that I had the option of raising $5,000 to make a freshwater well in Zambia, Africa. The reason for the well is to prevent disease, death, malnutrition, and missing out on education among many children and even adults. Without access to clean drinking water, many women and children are forced to walk 6 plus miles every day for water—the very same water shared with animals that is infested with feces—the water they must use to clean themselves and their clothes with, that is ultimately used as drinking water.

You may wonder how, in fact, do poor water conditions affect education. Well, as for many children, they are forced to walk and get the water for their family, or what’s left of it, and are unable to go to school. Convenient access to clean water in the United States has made us spoiled! As Americans we cannot deny the fact we are wasters—the average American family uses over 350 gallons of water a day while the average African family uses a measly 5 gallons. Even the death rate for water-related diseases is an outstanding number of 3,800 children per day, if not more.

I could go on and on about this water crisis—how much it means to me, but most importantly how it will affect the communities in Africa that desperately need it. I only need ask one question: Do you care enough to help? If you think no, that’s okay, but I plead to you this one thing: put yourself in their situation. You walk those 6 plus miles every day, watch your siblings and children miss out on education—to deteriorate before your very eyes and yet have nothing to stop it because you yourself are paralyzed in the shackles of disease.

My purpose is not to create a memory nor to glorify myself. My purpose is to encourage people to live their lives they never could have had without their own stability. So make a change and make a difference, because we are the only people that can!

If you feel led to donate to my dare, please make checks out to “Active Water” and send them to me (904 Pine Heights Road, Wayne). I am more than halfway to my goal. Thank you!

Jaci Alexander


The session will have its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.


Please cruise by the Opportunity Table and sign up if you are interested in providing special music for worship, in hosting Fellowship Time after worship, mowing the church’s lawn, or the manse’s lawn during the summer. There are many blanks waiting for your name!


Our church has volunteered to work at the Majestic Theater on August 25, 26, 27 and 28th. We will need to have four to six volunteers per movie showing.  We need to be at the theater one hour before the movie and stay until 30 minutes after the late movie. Bonus: if you volunteer, you will get to see the movie! We will have the signup available in August on the Opportunity Table. Please sign up and join in on the fun. Everyone has fun working at the theater, and with more people we will have more fun. If you have questions contact Jeryl Nelson at (402) 375-5145.


Build disciples through church school! Starting Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m. we will have church school for kindergartners through 5th grade. Invite your friends, and join the fun!


If you would like to help out with our church school, please come to our organizational meeting: Tuesday, August 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Come with your ideas and dreams!


We need mature Christian men and women to serve as mentors for our Confirmation students. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Ray.


These Days and The Upper Room are daily devotionals available for you and your spiritual growth. Find them at the back of the sanctuary. Also, visit to find online resources to enrich your walk with God.


The middle school and high school youth groups will begin meeting again in September. Watch for details for times and places!


Here’s an easy volunteer job in our church: Come and hang out with our youths during youth group time. Build positive relationships across generations just by spending time together. Contact Pastor Ray if you feel called to this ministry of presence!


Whether you are directly involved in our fall programs (youth, women, church school, etc.) or not, you can support our church’s ministry! Please take a moment and pray for God’s blessing on what we are doing, that our efforts would draw people to Jesus and glorify God in our community. Thank you!


God loves us more than we know. He gives us more than we can ask or dream. He’s unrestrained… excessive… outrageous… Over the Top. The annual Women Of Faith Conference will be held in Omaha, August 12-13, 2011 at the Qwest Center.  For more information or to register, go to: or call 1-888-49-FAITH (1-888-493-2484).


So you’ve been assigned to serve as a greeter on Sunday morning, and you panic: “What do I do? I’ve never greeted before, and I’m not all that friendly!” Relax, friends. While serving as a greeter is one of the most important jobs on Sunday morning, there’s no pressure. You can do it! Here are a couple of practical tips for being the best greeter ever.

  • Take a second to read the indispensible “Guidelines for Greeters” that is tucked inside the white binder on the greeters’ pew. Then do what it says. That’s 90% of the job.
  • As the job title suggests, your job is to greet people as they come to worship! So make people feel welcome! If you know them well, greet them; if you don’t know them well, greet them and get to know them better; if they are visitors, roll out the hospitality and make sure they feel comfortable.

Greeters and non-greeters alike: Let’s build a reputation of being the friendliest church around!


Register now for the O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Saints) Celebration on September 21 and 22, at Calvin Crest in Fremont, sponsored by Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries. The Tuesday and Wednesday Celebration theme is “Shalom—God’s Blessing of Peace,” keynoted by the Executive Presbyters of Homestead and Missouri River Valley presbyteries, Richard Wyatt and Kevin Keaton. The celebration offers entertainment, relaxation, knowledge, spiritual growth, fellowship, and the hospitality of Calvin Crest. Additional information and registration materials may be found at:


Presbyterian Women will be starting a new Horizons Bible Study this fall, Confessing the Beatitudes by Margaret Aymer. Our first meeting will be a Potluck Meal on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will have installation of officers and Introduction to the Bible Study. Lesson One will be studied at the October meeting.

All women are invited to join in the Bible Study, mission projects, fellowship, and tasty treats. So consider marking the first Wednesday of each month on your calendar to remind you to come study, share joys and concerns, and form new/renew/enrich relationships with other women in our church!


The Wayne Public Library has several of the books on the new PWPH 2011-2012 Reading List on its shelves. Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (the One Book One Nebraska 2011 selection) by Ted Kooser, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, In the Company of Others by Jan Karon, Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, God’s Guest List by Debbie Macomber, Survival Instinct by Rachelle McCalla, Out on a Limb by Rachelle McCalla, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, and Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron.

On our library shelves at Wayne First Presbyterian Church are the emptiness of our hands: a lent lived on the streets by Phyllis Cole-Dai and James Murray and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Phyllis Cole-Dai spoke at Synod Gathering last summer (2010) about her experience living on the streets with the homeless.

If you have not picked up a copy of the 2011-2012 Reading List, look for a pile of gold in the Fellowship Hall and enjoy!


The 14th Annual Quilt Auction & BBQ will be on Saturday, August 27th.  Proceeds from the auction and BBQ support projects and programs at Calvin Crest.  The quilts go on display at 10:00.  The quilt Auction starts at 1:00.  There will be a Silent Auction from 10:00 to 2:00.  A BBQ lunch will be served from 12:00 to 1:30.  Sewing Souls will send items for the auction.  Come support Calvin Crest.


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Summer Newsletter


Soul Surfer is a new summer movie that closely follows the real-life experiences of Bethany Hamilton, a young woman from Hawaii.  You know it has to be real, because even the most clever screenwriter couldn’t come up with a story so fantastic!

When Bethany was 13, she and her friend Alana, along with Alana’s brother and dad, went out surfing in preparation for a surfing tournament that was coming up.  While they were out in the ocean, Bethany was floating on her board and must have looked like a helpless sea turtle to a hungry fourteen-foot tiger shark below.  The shark bit off her arm just below the shoulder.  If the shark had bitten two inches closer to her body, the attack would certainly have been fatal.  Bethany lost over 60% of her blood after the attack.  Her friends helped paddle her back to shore and fashioned a tourniquet out of a surfboard leash around what was left of her arm before rushing her to the hospital.  Her father was supposed to have knee surgery that morning, but she took his place in the operating room.  Bethany then spent seven more days in recovery at the hospital.

Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing.  Less than one month after the incident, she got back on her board and went surfing again.  After a slow two years of recovery and practice, Bethany won first place in the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s National Championships.  In 2008, at age 18, Bethany became a professional surfer and placed second during her first attempt in the World Qualifying Series.  And all that with only one arm.

The theme that runs throughout Bethany’s story—whether it’s on the big screen or in her autobiography—is her deeply-rooted faith in Jesus Christ.  She constantly credits him with helping her along her courageous journey.  The Bible verse that crops up frequently in the movie is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  And for once in a movie, that verse is used correctly.

Maybe I’m a picky Bible snob, but too often Philippians 4:13 is used as an achievement motto for supermen and superwomen: they’re getting ready to give a presentation, play sports, or take a test; and they summon their life verse, marshaling its power in their pursuit of success.  “I can do anything I want to because of Christ who makes me strong!”

But the apostle Paul had nothing like that in mind when he penned those words to his friends in Philippi.  When he wrote this letter, a persecuted Paul was most likely imprisoned and still smarting from the various beatings he had received at the hands of his enemies.  In verse 12, he said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”  This was no Superman Paul, but a wise, mature, suffering Paul who knew from whence came his strength.

The word that Paul used that is translated as “do” is not the typical verb for doing or making in biblical Greek.  Rather, it means enduring, overcoming adversity, getting by.  So Paul is saying, “I can get through all things—I can endure adversity—because of the Lord who strengthens me in my weakness.”  The Message paraphrase of the Bible captures it perfectly: “I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”

And this is why this verse makes perfect sense for Bethany Hamilton’s story—and for all our stories of hardship and suffering.  When we are faced with difficult circumstances, whether it’s unjust persecution or having your arm bitten off by a shark and the painful recovery that follows, we can confidently claim the power to endure that comes from Jesus Christ, who has already overcome sin and death on our behalf.  “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”  Amen to that!

Pastor Ray


The session will have its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.


Please cruise by the Opportunity Table and sign up if you are interested in providing special music for worship, in hosting Fellowship Time after worship, mowing the church’s lawn, or the manse’s lawn during the summer. There are many blanks waiting for your name!


Summer hours for the church office will start after Memorial Day weekend.  The office will be open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 8:30-11:30a.m. during the summer.  This will run from June-August.


Get ready to clean!!  We will be cleaning our stretch of the highway (2 miles east of Dairy Queen on Highway 35 and heading 2 miles eastward) on Sunday, June 5, following worship at 11:00am.  After clean-up, we’ll meet back at the church for a lunch of delicious chicken enchiladas! Please wear your orange FPC t-shirts from last summer, and if you don’t have one, talk to Pastor Ray—he has leftovers!  (Kind of like the enchiladas…)


Sunday, June 19, Live Talking Action Figures are coming to Norfolk! The Great American Comedy Festival is bringing THE SKIT GUYS for some clean fun for the WHOLE family with a GREAT message! FaceDown Productions is teaming up with the Great American Comedy Festival to get the word out.


A Goodwill trailer will be in Wayne and will be parked in the following location: NW Corner of Pac N Save parking lot, Parallel to Hwy 35.  This trailer will be available for donations from June 22-June 29, 2011.


You are invited to join us at the 7 Annual Christian Cross Festival to be held at Skyview Lake in Norfolk on Sunday, June 5.  This is a FREE event planned that will include Christian music, testimony, children’s activities, and fireworks.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan to spend a day of Christian fellowship with us.  Food vendors will be available. Some of the artists who will be performing are: Building 429, JJ Heller, Breathe Deep, and many more!


At the May session meeting—despite our recent exposure in Parade magazine—the sitting elders decided to take a year off from session-sponsored enchilada sales at Henoween (Friday, July 8).  If anyone else has a craving to organize the sales, please contact the church’s office.


As you know, many places in the U.S., especially Joplin, Missouri, have been devastated by tornadoes and severe weather. Even though many of those places are far away, you can help!

Option 1: The Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk is collecting “Mercy Kits” for victims of tornadoes. The list can be accessed online at: Mercy Kits, and the kits can be dropped off at the Orphan Grain Train’s warehouse (606 W. Philip)

Option 2: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance encourages believers to give, act, and pray.  You can make a donation online; you can organize a group to go work on site; you can put together clean-up, baby, hygiene, and school kits; and you can pray for the relief efforts.  Visit PDA for more information.  Thank you!


Register now for the O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Saints) Celebration on September 21 and 22, at Calvin Crest in Fremont, sponsored by Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries. The Tuesday and Wednesday Celebration theme is “Shalom—God’s Blessing of Peace,” keynoted by the Executive Presbyters of Homestead and Missouri River Valley presbyteries, Richard Wyatt and Kevin Keaton. The Celebration offers entertainment, relaxation, knowledge, spiritual growth, fellowship, and the hospitality of Calvin Crest. Additional information and registration materials may be found at Calvin Crest online.


Summer Schedule includes:

Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. – Sewing Souls will meet to work on projects for Camp Calvin Crest Quilt Auction.  Babs Middleton will be hostess.

Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Intro to Knitting and Crocheting – This is a chance to learn new skills, hone your present skills, and help others with their questions.  A variety of pattern books will be available for ideas.  There will also be an opportunity to work on table decorations for the Annual Tea in July.  Are you a pro at “baking” Styrofoam cups?

Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. – PW will meet to finalize plans for Annual Tea and program will be announced later.  Jan Liska is hostess.

Wednesday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. – PW ANNUAL TEA – Our theme for this year is based on HATS and the guest speaker will be Mary Duffy from O’Neill, NE.  This is an opportunity for you to wear one of your favorite hats – or bring that favorite hat to share its history and memories with others.  And you may win a prize for bringing your favorite hat!  There will be an opportunity for children to color pictures of hats creatively and win a prize.  And, yes, there will be food to eat!  So bring your mother, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, and friends – and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with us!

Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Intro to Knitting and Crocheting – This is another opportunity to learn new stitches and maybe finish up a project or two.  Invite friends to come with you and enjoy the fellowship and the “yarns” of knitting and crocheting!

Saturday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. – Sewing Souls will meet for a day of sewing to finish projects for Camp Calvin Crest Quilt Auction and to start new mission projects.  Come for the day or any part of the day that works into your schedule!  This might be an opportunity for you to learn new sewing skills or to renew your sewing skills.


The new PWPH Reading List for 2011-2012 is available – look for the color of gold on a table in the Fellowship Hall!  Reading a minimum of four books on the new list will qualify you for a reading award.


Please pray for the success of our Mega Sports Camp vacation Bible school. June 6-9, 9:00-11:30 a.m.


Don’t forget to stake your place at Calvin Crest this summer! They offer camps and programs for kids of all ages—from Family Camp through senior high—and all interests—from night owls to ranch camp to mountain biking camp. And remember: our church pays half of the cost to help you make camp a reality. Visit for more information (click on the “youth programs”) button.