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October 2016 Newsletter

Oct 5, 2016

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

I want to begin this month with a couple of Safety Alerts.  First of all, we have completed the repaving of the upper lot at Faith Presbyterian but the lines for the parking spaces have not been painted.  Be careful, those parking their cars might not know exactly where they want to put them and may not notice those who are walking across the parking lot to the church entrances.

AND, (this one may be even more important) while the repaving work in front of the church building on Route 26 is almost complete, the lines on route 26 are not like they were.  For some time, there were  “double yellow” solid lines in front of the church building,  Now there is a (hopefully temporary) broken yellow line, meaning that people can pass going both ways on Route 26.  When the double yellow line was in place, many of us who were traveling West simply looked to the left to see if there was any West-bound traffic before pulling out of our parking lot and onto Route 26.  The new broken yellow line means that Eastbound travelers can pass other cars in front of the Church.  So be careful and LOOK BOTH WAYS before pulling out of the church parking lot onto route 26.

Having said that, I want to move on to the wonderful month in which we now find ourselves. 
There are three celebrations taking place in our church this month.

The first in order of appearance, On October 2nd, is World  or World Wide Communion Sunday.  This was first proposed by a Presbyterian Congregation in Pittsburgh PA.  On this Sunday, we hope that all Christians from all nations and denominations will celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  In this we honor our unity as being parts of the One Body of Christ.

On the following Sunday, Oct 9th, at 1:30 in the afternoon, we will have a special Worship service at which a Commission of the Presbytery of the Midwest will Ordain Scott Cress as a Teaching Elder (EPC-speak for Minister or Pastor) and install him as our Associate Pastor.  This will be a highlight of our church life this year and a highlight in the lives of Scott and his family.  Following the service there will be a reception.  While I am writing about this, I want to take the opportunity to tell you how well Scott did in preaching a sermon before the Presbytery and in his examination before the Presbytery.  His sermon was great and his responses to the questions were well thought and based on the Bible.  We should feel blessed to have him as a part of our staff and our congregation.  And in the midst of all this I want to remind you that as Scott becomes a Pastor, Shana will become a Pastor’s Wife, an “interesting” and unique status in life, and Penelope and Elias will    become “Preacher’s Kids” also a unique title and status.  As you pray for Scott as he becomes a pastor, don’t forget to pray for and honor Shana, Penelope and Elias.

And, Finally, on the last Sunday of October, (the 30th) we will celebrate Reformation Sunday.  The next day will be the 499th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the chapel in Wittenberg.  While this was not the beginning of what would later be known as protestant thought, It has been acknowledged as the beginning of the Reformation.  Others joined Luther and laid the foundations for Protestantism and, some would argue, the modern world.  If you like Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is our God” I guarantee we will sing it on that Sunday.

On October 23rd, at 5:30 we will have our October Fellowship Dinner.

And on October 29th, we will have our Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot. 

On September 11th we celebrated the leadership of our retiring Choir Director Nadya Dubikovsky, and, of course, had a reception in her honor after Worship.

Then, on September 18th we were informed that Matthew Grote will be our new Choir Director.  I am sure that you will find him a most capable young man.  The Choir members are already impressed with his leadership.  I hope you will find an opportunity to welcome him to our church.

Also on September 18th some of our members participated in the LUM Hunger Hike, and some of us got to talk to Olympic Champion Amanda Elmore and some of us held her gold medal.  (Thanks Coach Kucik!)

In September our church Budget Committee and Nominating Committee began their work.  Please pray for them as they pave the way for our success in 2017.

The work of  both of these committees will be received and reviewed at our Congregational Meeting on November 20th after Worship.

And, I have a correction to make and an apology to offer.  Last Month, I announced our Sunday School teachers for the Fall Semester, and I neglected one.  Debbie Fleetham is continuing her faithful service to us as the teacher of our Senior High Sunday School Class.   We are deeply appreciative of her service, and I do not know how I neglected mentioning her last month, and I am sorry.

I pray that your October will be full of blessings from our Lord, and that I will see each of you often in Worship.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner

 

Worship Information

October 2, 2016
Discerning the Body
Matthew 18:1-14

October 9, 2016
Practical Forgiveness
Matthew 18:15-35

October 16, 2016
What a Friend We Have in Jesus!
John 15:9-19

October 23, 2016
Jesus’ Sermon on Sexuality
Matthew 19:1-12

October 30, 2016
Alien Righteousness
Romans 1:16-17 & 3:21-26

 

Birthdays

October       2  Amanda Bosler 
October       3  Nathan Parker
October       4  Trent Tyler
October       5  Fred Fillmore    
October       5  Shirley Bosler
October       6  Matthew Stith
October       8  Sarah Wilcoxson  
October       9  Lola Miller
October     10  Dustin Kirby
October     14  Matthew Kain
October     14  Ron Castleberry
October     16  Barbara Wiggs
October     17  Samantha Elliott
October     19  Kris Stith
October     19  Peggy Housley
October     21  Jerry Matthews
October     23  Hannah Chase Old
October     24  Bonnie Robertson
October     25  Lois Wark
October     27  Bethany Lockwood
October     29  Barbara Knox
October     30  Annika Clase
October     31  Aaron Sandel

 

Anniversaries

October      2  Theo & Amy Van Cott
October    18  Ron & Vera Lee Castleberry
October     25  Scott & Shana Cress

 

Community Worship Services

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

Sunday, October  9
Tippecanoe Villa
1:30 p.m.
Friendship House
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 23
Cumberland Pointe
3:00 p.m.

 

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

September    4  Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston

September  11  Cameron & Erin Ward

September  18  The Saputo Family

September  25  Dennis & Nancy Dunn

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby

 

Greeters for October:

October       2   The Wagner Family

October       9   The Kain Family 

October     16   Don & Carol Gentry

October     23   David & Nancy Moore

October     30   The Kucik Family

 

Clerks Corner

At its September 12, 2016 regular meeting the Session:

  • Learned of plans for the ordination service for Scott Cress in our sanctuary on October 9, 2016 at 1:30 PM. The Pastor and a Ruling Elder from the Attica Presbyterian Church, as well as Pastor Horner and three   Ruling Elders from Faith Church, plan to participate in the service; additional individuals may also be invited later.
  • Took cognizance of the recognition of Nadya Dubikovsky at Sunday worship on September 11, 2016 for her many years of exceptional service as Choir Director. She was presented with a special gift.
  • Was asked to study the latest minutes of the Board of Deacons, to remain cognizant of their activities.
  • Engaged in discussion concerning child care during choir rehearsals. The Worship and Music Committee was directed to consider instituting this service and to present a plan for providing the necessary funds.
  • Authorized Pastoral Assistant Cress to take funds from the Evangelism budget to purchase items needed by college student visitors we host this semester.
  • Examined the latest financial report compiled by Treasurer Carol Gentry. As is generally the case after the summer months, the actual income is somewhat below linear projections.  One outstanding item is the allocation of $ 30,000 for repairs and repaving of the parking lots, the money to be derived from restricted funds categories. Even so we are operating on a sound financial basis.
  • Learned that the Budget Committee will convene shortly to generate a budget that will be presented to the Session in early November.  After the ordination of Pastoral Assistant Cress his remuneration will be increased to cover contributions to his pension fund.
  • Noted that repairs to the parking lots will commence in three weeks. Improvements are being implemented for lighting of the parking lots.  Mark Johnson is examining the sound system to mitigate existing problems.
  • Was informed that the Budget Committee is working on the document for the terms of the call for Scott Cress as Associate Pastor of Faith Church.
  • Was pleased to learn that Mr. Matthew Grote will continue to serve as Choir Director.
  • Was informed that Sergei Dubikovsky is currently taking pictures of children participating in youth programs at Faith Church; the photographs will be posted on bulletin boards.
  • Was advised that Elder Don Gentry and Treasurer Carol Gentry are planning to attend as observers the   Saturday morning September 17, 2016 examination of Mr. Cress at the upcoming Presbytery meeting in Cincinnati, OH. Pastor Horner plans to attend the meeting on both days in his official capacity.  Elder Steven Varys  was appointed as Commissioner to the meeting.
  • Was told that the Budget Committee will be asked to present the 2017 budget for approval by Session at its meeting on November 7, 2016. The budget will then be presented to the Congregation at its Annual Congregational Meeting on November 20, 2016, where the Congregation will be asked to approve the remuneration packages for Pastor Horner and (soon to become) Associate Pastor Cress.
  • Approved the request by James Varys to transfer his membership to the Brook, IN, Methodist Church.
  • Noted the provisional appointment to the Nominating Committee for 2017 of the following individuals: Kris Stith and Steve Varys, co chairs; Ron Smith, representative of the Board of Deacons. Diane Horner, Peggy Housley, Patrick Kain, and David Moore had been elected to the committee at the Congregational Meeting in 2015.

Set the next meeting for October 3, 2016.

Submitted  by
J.M. Honig,
Clerk of Session

 

* Dear Faith Church: Thank you to all who contributed to my baby shower in so many ways.  The group gift was a first time mother's dream of essential baby products -- cloth diapers, a rock n' play, a thermometer, mittens, swaddles, leg warmers!  These will no doubt help keep baby Waldron clean, comfy, and healthy.  I am very grateful for the other lovely gifts I received and for the fun and joy of getting to spend time with you at the event.  I started attending Faith when I was one-year-old, and it means so much to me that my baby now gets to share in the support and fellowship of this special church.  Can't wait to introduce the baby to all of you once he or she arrives!  My best, Jordan Sparks Waldron (& David Waldron)   

 

* Notes from the library — We have a wonderful resource at Faith Presbyterian church that is being neglected.  If you don't remember to come upstairs to the library (we even have a chairlift),  the library comes to you.  Check out the library display in fellowship hall.  This month's theme is "Good Reads".  For checkout, follow the directions on the shelf.

 

* October Mission of the Month — Please help the nurses at the Lafayette School Corporation with the following supplies:

Underwear! — Girls & boys underwear in all sizes, especially 6, 8 and 10 (school age) AND women's underwear sizes 5, 6, 7, & 8.
 Socks — boys & girls crew socks Medium (shoe size 4-10)
 Socks for teenagers as well.
 Sweat pants for children sizes 6, 8, 10, & 12
 Children's athletic shoes sizes 12 - 4

 

* The Nominating Committee asks for your nomination of deacons and elders for next term. These are important church officers, so please give this some thought and prayer. A box is in the Narthex where you can place your nominations or you may also send them to Kris Stith. The slate of potential officers will be announced at our annual meeting in November. Thank you for your assistance in this important work of the church.

 

* Youth Discipleship Groups will meet October 2nd, 16th & 30th 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.  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 at 7:00 p.m. at the Horner’s. We are studying the book of Hebrews. All are welcome to join us.

 

* On Sunday, October 9th a very special event will take place at Faith Presbyterian Church. At 1:30 p.m. on that afternoon our Pastoral Assistant Scott Cress will become our Associate Pastor. This will be done during a special worship service.  At that service, two things will happen.  Scott will be ordained as a Pastor (or Teaching Elder in the EPC parlance) and he will be installed as our Associate Pastor. These actions will be taken by a Commission representing the Presbytery of the Midwest. The Commission will consist of Pastor Horner, Pastor Shawn Carafa (of the Attica-Williamsport Church), Ruling Elder George Ellsworth (of the Attica Williamsport Church) and three Ruling Elders from our congregation: Don Gentry, Carol Goodrich, and Steve Varys. This service marks a high point in the life of this congregation and in the families of Scott and Shana.  There will be an opportunity to celebrate after the service at a reception in Fellowship Hall.

 

* Family Fellowship Dinner! Our next Family Fellowship Dinner will take place on Oct. 23rd at 5:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to hang out with church family and invite friends into our fellowship. After the meal, attendees are invited to study Scripture with the Sunday night Bible study crew or to attend a short visitors' class with Scott. We need two family units   willing to assist with preparations that evening. If you can help, let Scott know or 636-422-0075.

 

* Trunk-or-Treat! With Halloween fast approaching, we have the opportunity to connect with our community in a big way. We need at least 20 family units ready to park their cars in the church parking lot and distribute goodies on Saturday, October 29th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Assistance will also be required in spreading the word. Please contact Scott to sign up and join in on the fun… unless I find you first (cue scary music and sinister laughing)!

 

* Rent-a-Rower is a unique service provided by the Purdue Crew Club that allows YOU (members of the community) to hire rowing athletes to help out with housework, yard-work and other tasks.

Rent-A-Rower: $65 for 5 hours of work on Saturdays — October 22, October 29 & November 19 (overflow) — at 9 a.m.; and on Sunday, November 13 at 11 a.m.

If you would like to participate in the Purdue Crew’s Rent-A-Rower program — and hire a rower to help out with work around your house, please fill out the form.

If you have any questions about Rent-A-Rower, please ask Purdue Crew on their contact page  or email purdue.rentarower@gmail.com or call 765-494-3120.

 

* We are very happy to announce the marriage of our daughter, Beth, to Dan Levi. They were married Saturday night, 8 p.m., September 24 on a farm near Rushville, In.

Dan, usually has a big get together once a year for his neighbors, family, and people he has done work for in the area.  Dan has his own excavating and electrical company. Beth has learned how to drive most of the excavating equipment.

Everyone brings a covered dish and Dan roasts a hog, plus having ham and beans, corn bread, chili, and vegetable soup.  They would eat about 6:30 to 7 p.m.  Saturday night, Dan announced for everyone to come over to the new pole barn and when they opened the doors it was all set up for a wedding.  No one down there knew there would be a wedding at 8 p.m.  It was a surprise. Dan didn't want the people to feel like they had to bring a gift.  

It was beautiful.  All fall colors, pumpkins, bales of straw to sit on and music.  Everyone had a wonderful time.

John and Lola Miller

 

* The Fellowship Hall carpet is once again clean thanks to Mattie McDaniel and her crew from “Let George Do It”. Need your carpet cleaned? Call Mattie at (765) 491-0792.