Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

September 2016 Newsletter

Sep 1, 2016

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

My dad used to make disparaging comments about a certain highway engineer named DeTour, Dad told us that this insane engineer was fond of going all over the country luring drivers onto nearly impassable, twice-as- long-as-planned routes, and leaving his signature on the signs that directed them on those routes.

Dad would be amazed at the activities of this crazy engineer in Lafayette and West Lafayette.  Some of you may have noticed that he has once again invaded the locale of our church property.  This is the third time that traffic on Route 26 has been impeded by road projects in the 8 years I have been pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church

The first such occasion was the summer when Erin and Cameron Ward were married.  The intersection of Route 26 and Klondike Road was being redesigned and was closed, so the Sparks Family had to send directions to the church along with the Wedding Invitations.

Shortly after that, the intersection of route 26 and County Road 500 West was closed for construction, so all of those who live west of the church property had to find detours.

This time, the entire stretch of route 26 from 231 to the county line will be repaired and resurfaced. Fortunately for us, the highway will be open and passable on weekends.  But if you come to the church     buildings during the week, you may have to go around detours and blocked roads. 

Now that I am closer to the end of my career than the beginning I remember some of the detours my life and career took.  Some of them were traumatic and brought their share of problems, but others, even some of the traumatic ones were scenic and led to hidden blessings. 

One of the great privileges I have been given at this stage of my life is to assist some much younger men as they begin their careers and professional lives, in God’s church.  As Chairperson of our Presbytery’s CDC committee I work with young men who are planting new congregations.  It is a joy to see the results of their work, and to occasionally give them some advice.

It has also been a joy to supervise Scott, our Pastoral Associate, soon to become our Associate Pastor.  For the most part, Scott does not need supervision, I mostly need to stay out of his way and let him plant the seeds that God has given him.  But I do help him on occasion find his way through some of the hurdles of Christian   Ministry.

One of those hurdles will be encountered on the weekend of September 16&17.  On those days our Presbytery will meet in Cincinnati OH and during that meeting, Scott will be examined by the Presbytery to be ordained.  This past summer he passed his written exams, so this oral examination is his final test before ordination as a Pastor (officially called a Teaching Elder in our denomination.)
Some of you might want to attend that meeting and witness what I am sure will be a stellar performance.  Some of you who have been involved in similar academic procedures may want to attend and see how your ecclesiastical counterparts conduct their examinations.  I do not know when or on which day the exam will take place, but I will notify you as soon as I know.

After Scott passes his exam, we will have an ordination service in our sanctuary for him.  This will probably take place in October, but it could be late in September, so pay attention to the announcements during Worship.

Now, back to the machinations of the mad Dr. DeTour (did you doubt that such an engineer would have a PHD?  But of course NOT from Purdue.)

This time, Dr. DeTour has been joined in his efforts by some of our church people.  While the road work is being done, we are having our Church parking lots repaved (the upper lot) and sealed and resurfaced (the    lower lot).  This work will be done during the week and should not interfere with our parking on Sundays, but if you come to the church during the week, pay attention as you enter our parking lots, you may be redirected.

And as you travel through all of the detours, remember that the Purdue students are back in town, and they have brought with them many who have never been here before and don’t know our roads even when they are not detoured.  Be careful, and be gracious.  God wants us to be hospitable to strangers and sojourners.

In the midst of all the detours, we will be celebrating over 14 years of having Nadia Dubikovsky as our choir director.  We will have a celebration of her work with us on September 11th after Worship in Fellowship Hall.

We are still in the process of hiring another choir director, and when we do, we will inform you.

Do not forget that on September 18th LUM will have its annual Hunger Hike, and our young people and some of our older ones will represent us as they walk for the hungry.  To join them or to pledge money for their walk, see Scott Cress.

Our Sunday School is back in session at 11:00 on each Sunday.  We thank those who have agreed to be    teachers this year.  They are Sophia Bergmann, Betsy Wagner, Pam Kirby, April Saputo, Kris Stith, Carol Goodrich, SueAnne Bergmann, Pat Kain, Scott Cress, and Jurgen Honig.  We are grateful to them for their service to our Lord and our church.

Our evening Bible Studies have also resumed.  On Thursday Evenings we are studying the book of Hebrews at our house at 7:00.

On Sunday Evenings at 6:30 Steve Varys is leading a study on Jesus as he is described in the letter to the Colossians.  David More led the Sunday Evening Bible Study for many years and this is the first year of his retirement from it.  He is still with us as a student.  We thank David for his years of service to our congregation as a teacher.  And we thank Steve for taking on this responsibility.

Enjoy the hopefully cooler weather of September.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its August 8, 2016 meeting the Session:

  • Took cognizance of the upcoming Presbytery meeting, September 16/17, 2016, at which Pastoral Assistant Scott Cress will be a candidate for ordination. Members of Session and of the Congregation are urged to participate in this event; a detailed schedule will later be made available.
  • Was informed that Jennifer White has announced her resignation from the Board of Deacons. Jane Stewart has been asked and is willing to assume the position of interim moderator of the Deacons until the end of the year.
  • Was advised that Aleeah Barr was baptized in her father’s church in Noblesville, IN; her relatives and Pastoral Assistant Scott Cress were present at the ceremony.
  • Expressed their appreciation to Nadya Dubikovsky for her 14 years of distinguished service as Choir Director to our Congregation; her efforts are to be officially recognized at a later date.
  • Learned that Elder Grieke Toebes has agreed to serve as interim choir director until the open position has been filled.
  • Was informed that all budgetary requests for 2017 must be submitted before the September meeting of the budget committee.  In the absence of such a submission the current budget will be carried over to the next year.
  • Authorized the hiring of Milestone to upgrade the upper parking lot at an anticipated cost of $ 25,300.
  • Allowed workers on the repaving of State Route 26 to use our parking lot during construction.
  • Agreed to plans to remove the two diseased trees in the central isle of the lower parking lot and to run electric wiring for improved lighting into that area. 
  • Was informed on progress in the search of a choir director to succeed Nadya Dubikovsky. The search   committee consisted of: Don Gentry, chair; Carol Goodrich, Jan Hem, Mark Johnson, Myra Leap, Erin Ward. One applicant has been interviewed and will participate as potential choir director in our worship service on August 24, 2016.
  • Noted, after a review of attendance figures for the current and prior years, that the shift of worship time from 9:30 AM to10:00 AM in June and July 2016 had no perceptible effect on attendance.
  • Examined the listing of Sunday school classes for the 2016 fall semester. All classes, including evening study groups, are scheduled to start in the week of August 21, 2016. Teachers are asked to submit requests for purchase of supplies before the startup of the school year.

  Scheduled the next regular meeting for September 12, 2016.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

September 4, 2016
Our Redemption and Our Example
Matthew 16:21-28

September 11, 2016
God Moves Among the Nations
Amos 1 & 2

September 18, 2016
A Mustard Seed of Faith
Matthew 17:14-21

September 25, 2016
He Didn’t Have To
Matthew 17:22-27



September    1  Sawyer Latour
September    2  Norah Elliott
September    7  Fran Thompson
September    8  Mike Bergmann    
September  11  Diane Horner
September  14  Ace Tyler
September  15  Matt Carlin  
September  17  Becky Chapman
September  18  Ron Smith
September  21  Kathy Trinkle
September  22  Jan Mather
September  22  Nancy Dunn
September  22  Ron Green
September  29  Jurgen Honig
September  29  Olivia Lockwood
September  30  James Varys


September  16  Ace & Polly Tyler
September  17  Rob & Betsy Wagner
September  28  Charlie & Pat Short


Community Worship Services

Sunday, September 4
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, September  11
Tippecanoe Villa
1:30 p.m.
Friendship House
3:00 p.m.


A heartfelt thank you to the greeters and ushers for the month of August.

August       7  The Kain Family

August     14  The Kirby Family

August     21  The Saputo Family

August     28  The Kirby Family

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby


Greeters for September:

September     4   Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston   

September   11   Cameron & Erin Ward

September   18   The Saputo Family

September   25   Dennis & Nancy Dunn


* Youth Discipleship Groups will meet September 4 & 18 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All middle school students and high school students are invited!


* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The focus of this fall's discussion is Jesus (as we find Him in Paul's Epistle to the Colossians — perhaps the most concise — yet comprehensive —short course on the Nature, Person, and Power of Jesus; and how we are to understand Him philosophically, theologically, practically, and personally.) Come join us for prayer, refreshments, engaging conversation, and meaningful fellowship. We close promptly at 8:00 p.m. See you there!  Questions? Contact Nancy Moore or Steve Varys.


* Please join us for Adult Choir practice on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


* Men’s breakfast Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. at Christos New City Grill West Side. All men are invited to join us for food, fun, and fellowship. 


* Thursday evening Bible study Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Horner’s. We will be studying the book of Hebrews. All are welcome to join us.


* On Sunday, September 11 we will honor Nadya Dubikovsky, our retiring Choir Director. The celebration will be held after Worship in Fellowship Hall. We hope that you will come and that you will invite others who have enjoyed the fruits of Nadya’s labors among us.


* We will need finger sandwiches for Nadya's celebration on the 11th of September. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall, if you would like to volunteer to make some sandwiches.


* The Men's Bible Study Fellowship Group Welcome is on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church (2400 Edgelea Drive, Lafayette). Questions? Contact Kent Stader or 765-426-8154.


* Join over 700 women in our community to study the Gospel of John in Bible Study Fellowship! The first class day and Welcome is Thursday, September 15 at 9:15 a.m. at First Assembly Community Ministries (108 Beck Lane, Lafayette).  At the Welcome Day you'll learn more about the ministry of BSF and be able to enroll yourself and any children for the study. There is no cost for you and your children to attend BSF.  The Children's Program is available for enrolled children ages newborn to Kindergarten and they study the same passage each week as you!

** But please note we cannot offer child care on Welcome Days. **

If you are on Facebook you might want to join our group to get the latest news about BSF (and a reminder about the Welcome in September). The group name is "Bible Study Fellowship, Lafayette, IN, Day Women's  Class".

Please join us as we learn from His Word and worship our Lord. If you'd like more information or have any questions, just ask Kathy Trinkle, Nancy Dunn, Carol Gentry, Jean McCoy, Emily Matthews, Peggy Housley, Myra Leap, Karen Gilliam, Lou Ann Johnson or Olivia Wood.


* Hunger Hike 2016 — Hunger Hike 3K Walk @ 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 & Hunger Hike 5K Run @ 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17.  Hunger Hike benefits St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry, Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food programs, and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

          Ways to Participate—Go to to:

  • Donate directly to Hunger Hike 2016
  • Become a Hunger Hike 3K Walk participant
  • Become a Hunger Hike 5K Run participant
  • Create a personal Online Fundraising Page
  • Join or start a Hunger Hike Team

For more information — check out our website, call us or email us
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* Ladies… please plan to join us for a BABY SHOWER for JORDAN SPARKS WALDRON.

When:   Saturday, September 24th
Time:     2:00 p.m.
Where:  Fellowship Hall

If you would like to participate in a “group” gift, please see Diane Horner or Carol Goodrich.


* Family Fellowship Dinners 2016-2017! Spread the word. Our new season of Family Fellowship Dinners begins on Sunday, Sept. 25th at 5:30 p.m. Please come and invite a friend to have a relaxed meal. After the meal, attendees are invited to attend the Sunday evening Bible study led by Elder Steve Varys or a inquirer's session led by Scott Cress for those interested in the foundations of the faith. Please let other people know what is happening in the life of our church and remind them to "like" us on Facebook. We hope to see you there!


* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for September will be the Local Emergency Aid Program (LEAP). This program aids families who need temporary financial support. The program is run here at Faith Presbyterian. The administrators also like to distribute personal care supplies when they are available.  We will be collecting items this Sunday through the month of September. Please consider donating again to this VERY WORTHWHILE cause.

The types of items they need are: Shampoo, Conditioner, Tooth-Brushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Soap and Toilet Paper (preferably 4 packs for ease of distribution)

Please contact Dave Stith with any questions.


* Our church was responsible for helping at the Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry in August and six of our members generously gave of their time on August 4th and 5th.  Our thanks go to Dorothy Bethel, Kris Stith, and Jean McCoy, also to Nancy Moore, Carol Goodrich and Steve Varys. The Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry served 4,000+ households between January and June of 2016.  In 2015 between January and June we served 2000+.  The need is great and our assistance with donations of time and money is greatly appreciated.


Join us for Sunday School at 11:00 a.m.

We have Sunday School classes from toddler age to high school, and for adults. Sunday School is a good opportunity for us to grow in our knowledge of God, and to enjoy fellowship and encourage each other in our faith. 

Pre and School age Classes and their teachers:

Toddler Playschool                            Sophia Bergmann & Betsy Wagner
Pre-K– Kindergarten                         Pam Kirby, April Saputo & Kris Stith
Grades 1 - 5                                                                              Carol Goodrich
Grades 6 - 8                                                                     SueAnne Bergmann
Grades 9 - 12                                                                        Debbie Fleetham

Adult Classes and their teachers:

Colossians & Philippians                                                                 Pat Kain
Friendship: Crucial Relationships in a Lonely World        Scott Cress
Biblical Greek                                                                              Jurgen Honig