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February 2017 Newsletter

Feb 1, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

Since my newsletter articles have to be composed before the end of the month, there was an important occurrence in December that happened after my article was composed.  On January 30th our friend, Ruling   Elder, Deacon, teacher and occasional preacher Dr. Tom Housley died at his home.  I am mentioning this here because in last month’s newsletter I listed those members of Faith Presbyterian who had died during 2016.  So this is an addendum.

Tom’s death leaves us with some empty places in the administration of our congregation.  Tom was serving on Session at the time of his death, so we are in the process of filling that vacancy, but it might take a while.  While serving on Session, Tom served as our Evangelism Chair.  Being such in a Presbyterian congregation (even an “Evangelical” Presbyterian Congregation) in our time is an interesting position.  Presbyterians have in recent years had a difficult time doing evangelism.  Even Sessions (not excluding our own) have a difficult time finding someone excited about Evangelism, or even willing to accept the position of Chair of the evangelism committee.

Tom approached being the Evangelism Chair with some reluctance initially, but then, as was his nature, performed with great excitement and energy.  He determined that a post card should be sent to all the homes in the vicinity of our church property every month advertising something exciting that would happen here and inviting our neighbors.  The fact that we did not have anything exciting happening here every month did not deter him.  He and his committee invented events to which to invite people.

And so, we had campfires, game nights, movie matinees, and so on.  Were those events successful?  Well, the attendance at some of them was not overwhelming, but we did see some strangers and some friends of our members or their children.  And if one person (young or old) thought about their relationship with God or His church as a result of what we did, then I think God was pleased.

The reason I am mentioning this is that Tom’s going from us to the Church Victorious is an occasion for us to think about how we are going to reach out to those who live in our community and speak to them about God.  The Session will be addressing this issue.  We welcome your ideas and your excitement.  Please pray for your Session as we think about the task of presenting the Gospel of Jesus to others.

And, please pray for Peggy, Andy, Dale, and their families.

And, since we are thinking about the Session of our church, I want to inform you of how the Session reorganized itself at our January Meeting.  Don Gentry will continue to be the chair of our Personnel         Committee and will also continue as the Liaison between the finance committee and the Session.  Lou Ann Johnston has assumed Chairmanship of the Congregational Life committee.  Sergey Dubikovsky will chair the Building and Grounds committee, Carol Goodrich will continue to chair the Worship and Music committee and will continue to be assisted by Jan Hem.  Glenn Sparks will continue to be he Communications committee chair.  Kris Stith continues to chair the Christian Education committee, assisted by Jean McCoy. 

The Session has also appointed Carol Gentry as our Treasurer, and Jurgen Honig as our Clerk of Session.

The Thursday Evening Bible Study group is finished with its study of Hebrews and is now studying the book of James.  You are welcome to join us at 7:00 each Thursday evening at the Horner’s.

Every year at this time, I call your attention to the fact that February may be the shortest month but it has a lot of holidays, although many of the holidays are “unofficial”.  They are: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and this year Transfiguration Sunday also is in February.

Transfiguration Sunday is the time when the Church celebrates the occasion on which Jesus shone forth with the glory of God through his human body.  It is good to remember that our Lord is both human and divine at other times than Christmas.

This year Presidents’ day may take on a special significance as our new president will be new in his office.  Prayers of gratitude for all our presidents and prayers for help for and safety for all of our living presidents are always appropriate on this day.

And all of you know by now that I am especially fond of Groundhog Day, mostly because of the silliness of it all.  I was fond of Groundhog Day before the Bill Murray movie.

But as I have grown older I have become more appreciative of St Valentine’s day, even though I am not Roman Catholic and do not go along with the veneration of the so-called saints.  I also fully understand that there is some confusion as to which man named Valentine we are honoring and exactly what he may have done.  Nonetheless, all of the possible Saints Valentine were great men of God who either risked or actually surrendered their lives because they stood up for God against oppressors.  Such people deserve to be honored by Christians.  So, in the midst of the “romanticizing” of the holiday, please remember those who are risking their lives to serve Christ and those who have done so in the past.  It might be a good day to pray for Rev.    Andrew Brunson, a Teaching Elder (Pastor) who is currently in prison in Turkey.

I seem to have forgotten one of the February “holidays”.  February has also become the month for the Super Bowl, and many do celebrate it with all the fervor of an ancient feast.  In honor of the day, we will have a Souper Bowl Lunch at Noon on February 5th.  So please stay and eat with us after Sunday School on February 5th.  The Faith Women’s Fellowship and the Congregational Life Committee will also be boxing cookies on that day for our College and University students.

Well, that seems to be all I have to write about our shortest month, so maybe I will have more to say as March approaches.

Stay warm, Be safe, and most of all, represent Christ as you live this next month.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner

 

Clerks Corner

At its January 9, 2017 regular meeting the Session:

  • Received the minutes of the meetings by the Board of Deacons for November/December 2016.
  • Authorized the expenditure of $ 800.00 for repairs of the louvers that regulate the volume of sound of our organ; part of this expense is being covered by a generous anonymous $ 400.00 donation.  Also, needed repairs to the ‘swell pedal’ are to be undertaken.
  • Approved the 2017 housing allowance for Pastor at  $ 13,000.00.
  • By consent agree to the following committee assignments:

             Finance Committee, with liaison to the Treasurer: Elder Don Gentry
             Buildings and Grounds: Elder Sergey Dubikovsky
             Personnel:  Elder Don Gentry
             Worship and Music:  Elders Carol Goodrich and Janet Hem
             Congregational Life: Elder Lou Ann Johnston
             Christian Education: Elders Kristin Stith and Jean McCoy
             Communications: Elder Glenn Sparks
             Evangelism: Currently Vacant

  • Reappointed Elder Carol Gentry as Treasurer and Elder Jurgen Honig as Clerk of Session.
  • Received reports of activities of the Pastor and Associate Pastor in November/ December 2016.
  • Approved the financial reports for November/ December and for the calendar year 2016, submitted by Treasurer Carol Gentry. Expenditures exceeded income because of the $ 30,000 resurfacing project of the parking lots, that was only partially covered by the 2016 budget.
  • Received a report on needed repairs of the church building in 2017, and noted Deacon Ron Smith’s contributions to the maintenance of the structure.
  • Received a massive Officer’s Handbook, Faith Presbyterian Church, compiled by Elder Don Gentry, which will serve as a guide for all church related operations and activities; Session members are being asked to study all sections relevant to their duties.  They are also automatically Trustees of the church. 
  • Initiated action to bring the counting of collections in conformity with Section 7D of the Manual.
  • Noted that Shana Cress, in carrying out the operation pioneered by Elder Thomas Housley, is ready to  distribute new evangelism cards to the neighborhood of Faith Church.

             Set February 13, 2017 as the next regular meeting date.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session

 

Worship Information

February    5, 2017
A Son is Given
1 Samuel 1:21-2:10

February  12, 2017
Which One Did the Will of the Father?
Mathew 21:23-32

February  19, 2017
The Boy and the Sons of Eli
1 Samuel 2:11-25

February  26, 2017
A Lesson for Leaders
Matthew 21:33-46

 

 


Birthdays

February      2    Pat Short
February      2    Rev. Stuart Robertson
February      4     Lou Ann Johnston
February      4    Margaret Hope Parker    
February      5    Natasha Landolt
February      6    Alexeya Barr
February      6    Erin Ward   
February      9    Joshua David Ward
February      9    Verona Clark
February    19    Polly Tyler
February    24    Emma Louise Parker
February    26    Jo Honig


Anniversaries

February     13   Fred & Carol Fillmore
February     27   Dave & Kris Stith

 

Community Worship Services

Sunday, February 5
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 12
Tippecanoe Villa
1:30 p.m.
Friendship House
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26
Cumberland Pointe
3:00 p.m.

 

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

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby

 

Greeters for February:

February          5    The Kain Family 

February        12    The Wagner Family     

February        19    Dennis & Nancy Dunn

February        26    The Saputo Family

 

* The Women’s Group will be hosting a Souper-Bowl Sundae lunch on Sunday, February 5th after church at noon. Bring your favorite soup or bread. Sundaes will be the dessert, but we would appreciate cookies for the Valentine boxes.  Come in your favorite jersey and support your team! All are welcome!

 

* Valentine Cookie Project — We need names and addresses of all our college students. You can give those to LouAnn Johnston, Diane Horner or Nancy Dunn. We also need cookie bakers and packers.  If you could, please bake three dozen cookies, pack them by twos into small plastic bags and deliver to the church by Sunday, February 5th.  We also need help to pack the boxes for mailing and delivery after church on February 5th. 

 

* Youth Discipleship Group will meet Sunday, January 5, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and on February 19th, 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.

 

* Sunday Evening Bible Study 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! 

 

* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, February 6th at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. See you then. Questions? Contact Jean McCoy.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

* The next Family Fellowship Dinner will take place on Sunday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m. We will be having breakfast for dinner! Please let Scott know if you are planning to attend and don't forget to invite a friend. There is a suggested donation of $2.

 

* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for February 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 February. 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.

 

* Library notes: This month's feature is new books recently added to the Young Adult collection.  Encourage your teens to take a look at the shelf in the fellowship hall.

 

* Our church was responsible for helping at the Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry in December and three of our members generously gave of their time on December 22nd.  Our thanks go to Ann Freeman, Marilyn Sameh and Steve Varys. They served 36 families from 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. The need is great and our assistance with donations of time and money is greatly appreciated.

 

* Scott is currently compiling a list of questions and answers concerning our worship practices. If you have a question about something we do or feel passionate about a certain topic and would like to contribute, please let Scott know ASAP. We have an amazing heritage of worship in our congregation and it is our desire to keep passing along our traditions to the next generation!