Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

January 2017 Newsletter

Jan 1, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

Once again, with holidays occurring at the end of the month, I find myself beginning my Newsletter duties a little early (December 21) to meet the December Newsletter deadline.

Before I direct your attention forward to a new month and a new year, I want us to look back into the past a little.

In December we had our Jubilee Christmas event on the 10th.  It was a great success led by Ron Smith and Carol Goodrich, with Dan Trinkle once again portraying Santa.  Our past regular Santa Tom Housley would have loved to have been there, but his illness kept him away.  Please keep Tom in your prayers.  We also thank Grieke Toebes for playing the piano, but we missed Donna Lofgren who in past years has played for Jubilee.  Donna was also absent due to illness following surgery.  Please keep her in your prayers also.  Those who were able to be present on the 10th were joyful.  We thank the guests for coming.  We thank the hosts and other volunteers for their work and their time.  This year our volunteers included several of Coach Kucik’s rowers.  They, too seemed to be having a good time.

This past year marked a few important milestones in the life and ministry of our Associate Pastor Scott Cress.  In September he completed all requirements for ordination by preaching before and being examined by the Presbytery.  In October he was ordained, and in December he led us in partaking of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

As our congregation continues its trek through time, the year 2016 was a time of saying “see ya later” (as    opposed to “farewell”) to three of our members.  In January Ann Landgrebe left us.  In February Bob Dale   departed.  And in April Hannis Thompson passed on.  These were all leaders in our congregation a few years back, and as I look at our buildings and grounds and at our current congregation, I can see evidences of their leadership and their work among us.  We are grateful to God for them and their work with us and the time they invested with us.

During 2016 we saw a major project carried out in our parking lots.  They are now resurfaced and lined.  2017 will see more accomplishments in the lower lot as planters and light posts will be installed.

Since I wrote the last newsletter article for the December newsletter, Diane and I traveled to New York State to visit our daughter and her family.  This was made possible by Scott leading the Thanksgiving Eve Service.  I also thank the ladies who provided the Donut Hole and cider refreshments afterward.

Last month, as I spoke of those who were completing their terms on the Deacons and the Session, I mentioned that Jennifer White completed her work early because her family moved to North Carolina last summer..  Well, on December 10th, as I was participating in Jubilee Christmas, I went to my office and checked my e-mails and found one from Jennifer informing me that Josh found a job at Purdue and that their family would be moving back to West Lafayette in January.  I know I do not have to ask you to greet them warmly on their return because you all love them as much as I do.  It will be great to see them again.  I suspect that some of you may have written letters of recommendation for Josh, and I thank you.

As we look forward to January, please notice that we will be starting the year together on January 1st with the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  I will explain why during the sermon that morning.

On the next Sunday, we will ordain and install our new Elders and Deacons.  Our new elders will be Lou Ann Johnston and Sergey Dubikovsky.  They will be joined by Don Gentry who will be starting a second term.  Our new Deacons will be Shana Cress, Debbie Fleetham, April Saputo, and Frank Saputo.  They will be joined by Lonni Kucik who will be starting a second term.

Our Session for 2017 will consist of Don Gentry, Carol Goodrich, Glenn Sparks, Kris Stith, Jan Hem, Tom Housley, Jean McCoy, Lou Ann Johnston, and Sergey Dubikovsky.  In January this Session will have its first meeting and we will assign some of the elders to be Committee Chairs.  We will inform you in next month’s newsletter who will be chairing the committees, but as soon as they are selected, they will be so noted on the back page of our Sunday Bulletins.  Two other voting members of the Session will be myself as Moderator, and Associate Pastor Cress.

Our board of Deacons for 2017 will be: Lonni Kucik, Becky Chapman, Ann Freeman, Andy Kirby, Dave Stith, Dorothy Bethel, Ron Smith, Jane Stewart, Shana Cress, Debbie Fleetham, April Saputo and Frank Saputo.

As we begin a new year, it is my plan to continue to preach through the gospel of Matthew.  The passages we will be looking at this year will have increased intensity because we are into the last part of the gospel.  I will also be preaching on alternating sundays through the book of I Samuel.  The person and acts of Samuel were used by God to bring his people into a new stage of development, and I pray that God will be glorified by what I say and by what you hear about this great man of God.

But first, on the first two Sundays of the year, I will continue our shorter series of the first two chapters of the gospel of Luke.

And, the new year will also mark a change in the leadership of the Sunday Evening Bible Study group. I will be teaching a study of the book of Revelation (also known as the Apocalypse).  I will be using the notes I prepared a few years ago and Steve Varys will add some comments from a newer commentary on Revelation in case I do not have time to read it.

I wish you all a year in which you will be aware of the leading of God in your life and in our world, and I look forward to continue to serve you as pastor in it.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner


Worship Information

January  1, 2017
Following the Rituals
Luke 2:21-40

January  8, 2017
The Boy in the Temple
Luke 2:41-52

January 15, 2017
Laboring for the Lord
Matthew 20:1-16

January 22, 2017
A Women’s Grief brings Blessing to Israel
1 Samuel 1:1-20

January  29, 2017
Two Blind Men
Matthew 20:29-34


January       6  Leonard Sidharta 
January       8  Mark Varys
January     12  Austin Sandel
January     12  Mike Lockwood    
January     13  Carol Gentry
January     14  Isaac Houghton Old
January     15  Frank Saputo  
January     16  Alyssa Kirby
January     16  Dan Trinkle
January     16  Jennifer White
January     17  Corrine Janovitz
January     21  Jessica Hem
January     24  John Miller
January     26  Celine Sidharta
January     26  Penny Winship
January     27  Dale Housley
January     31  Samuel Trinkle


Community Worship Services

Sunday, January 1
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, January  8
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 December.

December     4  Don & Carol Gentry

December   11  The Kain Family

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby


* Sunday School Schedule – There will be no Sunday School classes January 1st.  Sunday School will resume on January 8th.


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


* Thursday evening Bible study resumes January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Horner’s. We are studying the book of Hebrews. All are welcome to join us.


* Thursday Morning Breakfast Bunch — Beginning on January 6, we are changing our morning to Friday. Same time — same place — just Friday morning.  Remember - all men are invited to join us at Christos New City Grill West Side at 7:30 a.m. for food, fun, and fellowship. 


* On Jan. 8th Scott's Sunday school class will finish their study on friendship from the fall. If you have participated in this class, please plan on attending so that we can finish strong. The new study of worship will begin on Jan. 15th.


* We will taking down the Christmas decorations Sunday, January 8th after the Worship Service, except for the Poinsettias. So have some coffee, then help us to un-green the church and pack up everything. Many hands make light work.


* Youth Discipleship Groups will meet Sunday, January 8, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall!


* Sunday Evening Bible Study resumes on January 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Horner will be leading a study on the Book of Revelation. Come join us for prayer, refreshments, engaging conversation, and meaningful fellowship. We close promptly at 8:00 p.m. See you there! 


* Beginning on Jan. 15th, the adult Sunday school classes will be combining for a new study on "Themes in Christian Worship," a study created by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. We will be exploring many topics including the Christian year and the pattern for our worship services. The goals of the study are to grow gratitude for our heritage, to increase confidence in our practice, and to think constructively on our future. Sessions will be co-led by Pat Kain and Scott Cress.


* On Jan. 22nd, Youth Discipleship will be helping out with the Family Fellowship Dinner. Participants should plan on arriving at 4:00 p.m. and staying through the meal.


* The first Family Fellowship Dinner of the year will take place on January 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Youth Discipleship will be helping out this time, putting together a meal of spaghetti and other goodies. Please come and spend time with church family, while eating a good meal for a suggested donation of only $2! This is a great time to invite a friend. See you there!


* Clerk’s Corner —  The Session did not meet at a regular meeting in December.  The next scheduled meeting of the Session is January 9.

Submitted by
Clerk of Session


* Library notes:  Start the new year right with a devotional from our church library.  Select one from the display in the fellowship hall and change up your quiet time with God. January special--keep it for the year!


* Our Mission of the Month for January is the LUM Homeless Shelter. They need adult socks of all sizes. They  can use warm socks but any socks will do. We will also be collecting deodorant for men and women. We will be collecting these now through the end of January. Thank you for your generous donations through 2016. Let's make 2017 an even MORE GENEROUS year for Faith Presbyterian if that is possible! It is very true that in giving we receive!


* Jubilee Christmas was once again a huge success thanks to all the support and contributions received from the Faith Church congregation. Members of sixteen local families gathered at our church on Saturday, December 10, to eat breakfast together, learn why we celebrate Jubilee Christmas, and then choose and wrap presents for their fifty    children and teenagers. The fifty-three volunteers who were able to attend the event, including over a dozen members of Purdue Crew, helped make the event run smoothly. The volunteers included hosts and hostesses, wrapping assistants, piano players who provided a festive atmosphere, Santa, (Dan Trinkle) the emcee for the event, and others who helped where needed.

Lots of work by many hands before December 10 was required. We thank all of you who prayed for us, shopped, donated money, baked, and helped set-up on Friday evening. We want to recognize four   individuals whose efforts insured Jubilee’s success. Lou Ann Johnston and Dorothy Bethel spent countless hours on such tasks as making gift tags, sorting presents, assigning families to hosts and hostesses, purchasing the family gifts, and set-up and clean-up. Dave and Kris Stith organized and prepared the breakfast, kept tasty treats available throughout the morning, and prepared the buckets of homemade cookies. Thank you so much.

As co-chairs of Jubilee Christmas, we want to express our appreciation to Faith Church for its support of Jubilee Christmas. Because of your generosity, fifty children received a special Christmas from their parents.
Ron Smith and Carol Goodrich