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April 2017 Newsletter

Apr 4, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

It might seem a little strange to have snow after changing to Daylight Savings time, but we did.  Of course, the cold weather and snow came after a February where the temperatures reached the 60s more than once.  It appears as if this might be a strange year.  Newscasts of our world and national happenings also might lead us to believe that this will be a year of strange occurrences in other ways

Which might be a good context in which to celebrate Good Friday and Easter.  Although we honor the death and resurrection of Jesus every year at Easter, and even throughout the year every Sunday, especially on the Sundays when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we might not appreciate the incredible claims of Easter.  Some of the questions it answers or forces us to answer are:
Can God die?
Can a man come back to life on a Sunday after having been killed on the previous Friday?
Can the body of a man be different after a resurrection from what it was before?

Of course given the biblical evidence, and the assurance expressed by those who saw Jesus and conversed with Him after his resurrection, we can answer all those questions and more.  But we need to understand that others find our answers incredible.

Acceptance of the claims of Easter can only be enabled by faith.  We have such faith, and we need to pray that others will also be given faith to believe in the claims of Easter.  That faith can be encouraged by us, and nurtured by us, but it can only come from the Holy Spirit.

So, this Easter, let’s gather once again to celebrate the resurrection and eternal kingdom of Jesus, and let’s be thankful to God for the faith that causes us to believe and that is our connection to the new life, and the eternal life in Christ.  And, let’s also pray that the Spirit of God will cause more people here and around the world to believe.

Easter will occur this year on April 16th.  Our Worship Service will begin at the normal time of 9:30 a.m. and will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  After the service we will eat our traditional Easter Brunch in Fellowship Hall.  During the brunch there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the younger ones present.

On the preceding Sunday, April 9th, we will celebrate the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  That service will also begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include the distribution of palms for those who want them.

On the Thursday of that week, April 13th we will celebrate Maundy Thursday with a worship service that will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper by the method known as intinction.

On the following day, Good Friday, April 14th, we will have two services in our sanctuary (actually the same service at two different times) at Noon and 7:00 p.m. during which we will honor the death of our Lord by reading the account of his death as we find it in the Gospel of Matthew.  The service will last about 30 minutes.

The Deacons will be presenting our annual Missions Fair after Worship in Fellowship Hall on April 30th after Worship.  This is a time when we refresh our memories about the various Missions that our congregation    supports.

The Session has set May 21st as Youth Sunday, and I am sure we are all looking forward to the leadership of our young people as we worship God that day.

I also want to remind you that some of us have already started planning and meeting to plan our Vacation    Bible School.  It will be held from June 26th to June 30th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon each day.  I hope you will participate, invite the children in your life to attend, and pray for us as we continue to plan and work to bring about a great VBS.

AND...  Marilyn Sameh has served us faithfully and imaginatively as our organist for many years.  Her time with us is about to end as her family moves to Wisconsin in June.  We are going to have a time to express our gratitude to her on Sunday, May 28th.  So put that note in your calendar.  If you know you will not be able to be with us that day, you may want to express your gratitude to her some time before then.

Those who know the inner workings of congregations know that there is sometimes tension between the clergy and the musicians of a congregation.  I have experienced it occasionally myself.  But not often here.  Marilyn especially has not only been a co-worker here with me and Pastor Robertson before me, but she has also been my friend for the past 8 plus years.  I am grateful for her talents and her suggestions and her dedication to her craft, and especially for her zeal in leading worship with her music.  To Marilyn:  Well Done!!

I hope to see all of you during April as we worship and celebrate this most sacred season.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner

 

Clerks Corner

At its regular March 13, 2017 Meeting the Session:

  • Granted the request by Pastor Horner for vacation time for March 27 – April 2, 2017.  Associate Pastor Cress will lead the worship and communion service on April 2, 2017.
  • Designated May 21, 2017 as Youth Sunday.
  • Discussed the inclusion of a brief Question and Answer period regarding our worship practices as part of Sunday worship.
  • Was informed about an idea for instituting a college ministry that goes beyond simply funding various    activities.
  • Noted that due to prepayment of pledges income is presently ahead of expenditures.
  • Was informed that the tiles on the balcony floor near the organ are to be replaced on March 26.
  • Learned that organist Marilyn Sameh is planning to close out her career at Faith Church during May; it is planned to suitably honor her for her many years of contribution to worship. Mark Johnson will become our organist upon Marilyn’s departure.
  • Approved the installation of Margaret (Peggy) Housley on the Session to occupy the vacant position of Ruling Elder, due to the death of Thomas Housley.
  • Was informed of a new retreat center that is being organized in Frankfort, IN, for weekend retreats by small groups.

Scheduled their next meeting for April 10, 2017.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session

 

Worship Information

April 2, 2017
Structure and Spirit
Ezekiel 37:1-14

April 9, 2017
Look, the World Has Gone After Him!
John 12:1 &12-19

April 16, 2017
Rejoice!
1 Peter 1:3-9 & 18-21

April 23, 2017
Listen, Don’t Look!
Matthew 23:1-12

April 30, 2017
The Glory of God Has Departed?
1 Samuel 4

 

Birthdays

April              2   Carol Goodrich  
April              5   Dave Stith
April              7   Katie Dale
April            11   Christian Barr    
April            12   Dave Wagner 
April            12   David Landgrebe
April            13   Donna Lofgren  
April            13   Katarina Clase
April            16   Andrew White
April            16   Ethan White
April            18   Betsy Wagner
April            21   Associate Pastor Scott Cress
April            22   April Saputo
April            22   Sophia Bergmann
April            23   Brandon Bosler
April            25   Rob Wagner
April            30   Oliver Janovitz


Anniversaries

April            27  Alexandra & Ryan Golden

 

Community Worship Services

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

Sunday, April 9
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 March.

March         5    The Kain Family

March       12    The White Family  

March       19    Jerry & Emily Matthews

March       26    The Johnson Family & Karen Gilliom


For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby

 

Greeters for April:

April           2    The Wagner Family

April           9     The Saputo Family

April         16    The White Family

April         23    Steve & Mary Lou Varys

April         30    The Saputo Family

 

                          Come and Celebrate!

Bridal Shower Brunch for Emma Seele & Doug Varys

When: Saturday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Where:  Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

Hosted by: Hanna Varys & Hanna Seele

Please RSVP to Mary Lou

Emma & Doug are registered at Kohl’s & Bed, Bath and Beyond

 

* All teenagers are invited to attend Youth Discipleship on April 2nd and April 30th.  Meetings take place 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Among other things this month, we need to get ready for the Easter egg hunt (always exciting)!

 

* 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, April 3rd at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. 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 1 Peter. 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. 

 

* We will be sending a care package to Bethany Lockwood. Please contribute small items that she would enjoy during her recovery. There is a basket in the Fellowship Hall for the items. Please have the items at church by April 7th. Some suggestions for items are: candy, purple scarves or bandanas, refrigerator magnet or other items of encouragement. Please keep in mind, liquids and batteries cannot be mailed. Thank You for helping to show Bethany, she is in our thoughts and prayers.

 

* Holy Week Services — Palm Sunday will be on April 9th.  Maundy Thursday Communion Service will take place at 7:00 p.m. on April 13th  and our Good Friday Service will be held twice, at Noon and at 7:00 p.m. on April 14th. Our Easter Celebration will begin at the normal time of 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16th. There will be no Sunday School on Easter, but there will be a Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt following Worship that day.

 

     * Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt *
                    HE IS RISEN!

Be sure to sign up for the Easter Brunch
following services on April 16th.
There will be fantastic food, fine fellowship,
and an  exciting egg hunt for the young ones.
Sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall

 

* Join us for our next Family Fellowship Dinner on April 23rd at 5:30 p.m. After the meal hang around for the adult Bible study or a brief visitor Q&A with Scott. If you are new to our church, this is a great way to get connected. This is also a great opportunity to bring a friend. If you are interested in helping with the meal, contact Scott.

 

* Library notes: The feature for April is Bible Studies.  Take a look at what the library has on display in the Fellowship Hall.  Please remember to sign the card for the item you take and place it in the card basket for the children's library on the other side of the room.

 

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

 

* Pastor Ron Green — On March 19th, Ron Green was installed as Pastor of the Brookfield Baptist Church in Fairland, Indiana. Officiating the event was Rev. Phyllis Goodyear, Area   Resource Minister, American Baptist Churches USA.  The House of Hope Choir provided special music and a bountiful lunch preceded the service. In addition to Ron's wife Dianne, family and friends from Columbus, Deer Creek, and West Lafayette were in attendance. May God bless Ron's call to this ministry.

 

* LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES 2017 – Celebrating 45 Years

Join us on Cinco de Mayo for the sixth annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies and help us celebrate the 45th anniversary of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. There will be a lovely dinner with fabulous people; a Silent Auction filled with unique and priceless items; and local entertainment (also known as Follies) that will bring laughter, fun, and sheer joy to the room. Here are the details:

DATE: Friday, May 5th
TIME: Reception & Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Follies live variety show at 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette
DONATION: $45 per person; $360 per table of eight; limited seating

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies 2017 will also be a grand 45th anniversary celebration. The best part though is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. Last year the Good Samaritan Program served families 2,232 times and distributed $114,495 -- to avert evictions, utility disconnects and other financial crises.

So -- Join us for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES and have a great time enjoying a fabulous meal, variety show and more -- while supporting a worthy cause and the families in our community.

Make your reservation today -- go to www.lumserve.org/follies and take care of everything online -- or call us at 765-423-2691 -- or stop by the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette.