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November 2016 Newsletter

Nov 1, 2016

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

During October I had to be away for a few days.  I was in Florida for two days to attend a meeting at our new denominational headquarters in Orlando.  I met with the Church Development leaders from many of our Presbyteries.  We talked about how we start new churches, how successful we have been, and how we try to help churches that are in decline.  We all recognized that planting a new congregation in most cases is not easy, and that for many reasons, New Churches sometimes have to be abandoned before they are able to become a congregation.

As I write this article for the November issue of our newsletter, I am aware that I am the pastor of a congregation that was once a new church plant.  This congregation struggled at times in order to continue to exist, but we are now firmly established in our own buildings and on our own property.

So, as we face the month of November, which for us is the month of Thanksgiving Celebrations and meals, I am especially grateful for the labors of Pastor Ken Edelman who labored here some 50 years ago.  When he left this congregation 45 years ago, he was not at all certain that his work here would last.  Neither was the Presbytery.  They were reluctant to allow the congregation to call its second pastor in 1972.  But the congregation persevered, and with the help of some other local Presbyterian Congregations, it was finally firmly planted.

And we are now enjoying the fruits of those who labored here in the past.  Those include Pastors Old and Robertson, and a much larger group of Elders, Deacons, Sunday School Teachers, and others who served   without titles.  I thank God for all of them, and for all of you who now serve where they served.  May the Lord bless our labors so that the fruits of our labors will be a blessing to those who come after us.

My second journey away from West Lafayette in October took me to a very small congregation who labor in very difficult circumstances.  I and two others attempted to bring a measure of peace there.  I pray that we   succeeded.  But being involved in such congregations reminds me of the great blessing I have to labor here, among and with you.  No person or church is perfect, but we do agree on most things most of the time and we do have in common certain understandings of what we believe and how we serve Christ in this community.  Please know that I am thankful for each of you and the part you play in the life of this congregation we call Faith Presbyterian Church.

At the moment, because of issues in my extended family, I do not yet know where I will be spending my Thanksgiving Holiday.  But whether I am home or away on that day, please know that I will be thanking God for all of you, and for the great privilege God has given me of being your Pastor.

As we look back to October, we also express gratitude to God for the Ordination and Installation of our Associate Pastor, Rev. Scott Cress.  We had a good day celebrating with his family and friends.  And now that we have completed that task, it is time to see where God might direct our future as a congregation with two pastors.  I have not really had any experience in this, so we all need to pray to God for guidance.

During October our church parking lots were repaved and/or refurbished.  We are grateful that we have the wherewithal to take care of such projects when they become necessary.  We thank Steve Varys and Ron Smith for their guidance in this project.  We especially thank Ron who assumed a supervisory role for this project.

It appears that the Route 26 project is nearly complete, so it is safer to drive to our church property.
But, as yet, the permanent lines have not yet been painted, so it is still possible that traffic may be passing in front of our church, so be very careful when pulling out onto Route 26 from our parking lot.

As we look forward to November and December, I want you to remember that (as the folk singers used to sing) “the times, they are a changing”.  On Sunday, November 7th we will move our clocks back an hour to Eastern Standard Time.  So worship that day will begin at 9:30 EST.

On November 20th we will have our annual meeting of the congregation. The meeting will begin after Coffee time at 11:00 AM.  We will be receiving the reports of the Nominating Committee and the Budget Committee.  As we receive the report of the nominating committee we will elect Ruling Elders and Deacons, and as we   receive the report of the Budget Committee we will review the budget for 2017 and approve salaries for our pastors.

The following Wednesday evening on November 23rd we will have our Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00 PM.  As is our custom, we will be receiving offerings of canned goods and staples as well as money for a local food bank at that service.  There will be refreshments served after the service.

The following Saturday, November 26th, we will decorate the church for the Christmas season.  We will gather at 9:00 AM to begin, but you may also drop in throughout the morning to assist us.

On November 13th, during Worship we will have our Launch for Jubilee Christmas.  On that day and thereafter there will be a small Christmas tree in Fellowship hall with tags on it.  Those who want to participate are asked to take one or more tag (s) and purchase the type of gift described on the tag and bring the tag and the gift to the church.  Jubilee Christmas will be on Saturday, December 10th, so Sunday, December 4th will be the last Sunday to bring gifts and tags.  Every year God uses this program to help some of the less fortunate families in our communities to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

I pray that you will have a blessed Thanksgiving Season, and that you will take the time to consider the myriad ways in which God has blessed you, and that you will respond with true thanksgiving to God.

Your Pastor,
Dave Horner

 

Clerks Corner

At its regular meeting on October 3, 2016 the Session:

  • Learned that Pastor Horner will be away on Presbytery business on October 11 -13, 2016 and on October 20, 2016. Associate Pastor Cress will lead Sunday worship on October 16, 2016.
  • Was informed that pledge letters for the calendar year 2017 have been mailed out, and that the budget   committee will soon commence work on the proposed 2017 budget.
  • Noted that the parking lot resurfacing is progressing smoothly. Some office furniture is being refurbished.
  • Ratified the appointment of Mr. Matthew Grote as our choir director on a ten month contract basis.
  • Was notified of a planned reception to celebrate the installation of Scott Cress as Associate Pastor to Faith Church on October 9, 2016.  Plans are also being formulated for special Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve services.
  • Reviewed plans for the participation of children at or right after the December 11, 2016 worship service.
  • Noted that the Nominating Committee meeting will be convened in the near future to propose staffing of vacant positions to the Congregation at its Annual Meeting.

Set the next meeting for November 7, 2016.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session

 

Worship Information

November 6, 2016
The Cup for Servants
Matthew 20:17-28

November 13, 2016
Letting the Children Come
Matthew 19:13-15

November 20, 2016
The Kingdom of Heaven and the Stuff of the World
Matthew 19:16-30

November 27, 2016
The Second Chapter Begins
Luke 1:1-25

 


Birthdays

November     1  Thomas Michael Housley 
November     2  Cheri Sparks
November     3  Sarah Tyler
November     4  Josh White    
November     7  Lars Hem
November   12  Tammy Sandel
November   17  Cathy Lockwood  
November   17  Penelope Cress
November   19  Elizabeth Parker
November   21  Carol Graefnitz
November   22  Theo Van Cott
November   23  Ken Sandel
November   25  Jean McCoy
November   25  Jonathan Moore
November   27  Dewi Sidharta
November   28  Frances Janovitz


Anniversaries

November     7  Dan & Kathy Trinkle
November   11  Bert & Becky Chapman
November   11  Dennis & Nancy Dunn
November   24  John & Lola Miller 
November   27  Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston

 

Community Worship Services

Sunday, November 6
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, November  13
Tippecanoe Villa
1:30 p.m.
Friendship House
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 27
Cumberland Pointe
3:00 p.m.

 

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

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby

 

* 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.

 

* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village on November 7th at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. See you then.  Questions? Contact Jean McCoy.

 

* Youth Discipleship Groups will meet November 13th & 27th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All middle school students and high school students are invited!

 

* Library notes: Check out the display in the Fellowship Hall for November. It will include everything we have  by C.S. Lewis.

 

* Jubilee Christmas 2016 — Jubilee Christmas is coming!  For anyone not familiar with Jubilee, it's a program coordinated by LUM.  It gives low-income parents an opportunity to select gifts for their children, so that they can be “heroes” in the eyes of their children on Christmas morning.

Jubilee Christmas at Faith will be celebrated on Saturday, December 10, in the morning, and we will be hosting up to 16 families.  Lots of help will be needed to make it a special day for our guests. 

The launch of our preparations for Jubilee Christmas is on Sunday, November 13th in the Fellowship Hall. You will have a chance to choose ways to help make this a special day for our families, either by baking, buying toys or items for the families, or helping on the day of jubilee. Please join us at the Christmas tree to sign up and see the many ways you can become involved with this great mission of our church and LUM. 

Please see Carol Goodrich or Ron Smith for any questions.  

 

* Special Announcement Congregational meeting — The annual meeting of the Congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, November 20th at 11:00 a.m.  During the meeting the Session will present the Budget for 2017. The Congregation will elect new Deacons and Elders. The congregation will also be asked to approve the Pastor’s Salary Package for 2017.  There will also be an opportunity to present new business at the meeting. We hope you will plan to attend.

 

* Hanging of the Greens — The Greening of the Church will be Saturday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m. Please come and help us decorate for Christmas! Many hands make light work.

 

* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for November 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 through the month of November. 

Please consider donating again to this VERY WORTHWHILE cause.

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

Please contact Dave Stith with any questions.

 

* Host-A-Boiler Opportunity — The upcoming holidays are great times to invite Purdue international students to share our traditions with us. Students who are unable to return home during school breaks are eager for an American experience. To host an international student for Thanksgiving (Nov. 24 or 25) or a one-time get together during Winter Break (Dec. 17-31) visit http://www.ippu.purdue.edu/hostaboiler/. Questions? Email friendship@purdue.edu. Thanksgiving signup deadline is Thursday, November 10.   Winter Break signup deadline is Thursday, December 8.