Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

May 2017 Newsletter

May 1, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

In the middle of the 1960s there was a song that almost all of the professional singers and musicians covered.  In our part of the world it was the English version of a song first written in France in 1961.  We know it as “What Now, My Love”.  I first became familiar with it because it was covered by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, who even chose the title as the name of the entire album on which it appeared.

The first line of the song is “What now, my love, now that you’ve left me?”.  The song is a sad, end-of-love song written from the perspective of an abandoned lover who is wondering how to go on without his or her love.

Some of us have gone through that pain due to the end of a relationship or the death of a loved one and we know how real the pain is and how complicated it can be for one to rewrite the script of one’s life and find a way to live a life that has purpose.

I think that the part of the church calendar in which we find ourselves is about God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit helping His people find how to go on without the physical presence of Jesus.

We have read in the accounts of the death and resurrection of Jesus that the Apostles did not understand that or why Jesus would die.  We also read in those accounts that they did not know how to relate to the resurrected Jesus.  At first it seems that they thought he was a ghost.  Then when the new nature of the risen Christ became familiar to them, that he was not with them all the time but came and went, they seemed to have some difficulty in deciding how to live in those circumstances.  Peter seems to have thought about going back to fishing as his primary career.

Then, Jesus left them in a very visible way on the 40th day after his resurrection when he ascended into the clouds, and as we like to say – heaven.  Ascension day will be May 25th this year.   Then, 10 days later, the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles in Jerusalem.  We will celebrate that occasion on Pentecost, June 4th. 

In the last six months we have celebrated the birth, baptism, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Now we need to get back to the reality of the task of Christians in our own time.  Jesus is not physically with us, but His Spirit moves within us as individuals and as groups of Christians.  We are living between the advents of Jesus;  His birth and life on earth, and his return when the resurrections of his people will occur. 

It is our duty to prepare the people of our world for the return of Jesus and the final judgment that will follow.  How are you fulfilling that responsibility in your life?  How are we fulfilling that responsibility in our life as a congregation of God’s people?

Some of our work in this time involves our outreach as a congregation through our Missions programs.  Those were highlighted for us by our deacons on April 30th (See Next Page).

But as we live our lives individually and together, we need to continue to work out how we follow and obey the risen and ascended Savior.  May the Spirit continue to guide us and assist us.

April was a grand month for us.  We celebrated Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.  We had palms, tulips, a brunch, Easter Eggs, and lamb cakes.  It was a glorious season and I thank all of you who participated and assisted in all of the above.  I am grateful to cooks, set uppers, readers,  planners and all of you who attended.

The Deacons presented our  Mission Fair on April 30th.  The deacons are the Missions board of our church, they select missions which they support with some of our money, and they keep in touch with them and     convey reports about the missions to us.  So, the Deacons were the ones who presented the Missions Fair to us following worship. 

Some of our Missions were represented by some of our guests.  Joe Micon represented Lafayette Urban Ministry, Joe Radzikowski was also present to represent Trinity Mission. Casey Smith represented Matrix/Lifecare Ministries and also brought their Stork Van, which was open for viewing during the Mission fair. 

A few of our missions will be having or have had annual dinners and programs in coming weeks.  Lafayette Urban Ministries will have its Lum Dinner and Follies on May 5th.  Matrix-Lifecare will be having their annual dinner on May 4 and Trinity Mission had its dinner during April.

We are looking forward to some special celebrations in May.

May 14th will be Mother’s day, and I want to thank all of you who are Moms for bringing your children to church, Sunday School, and VBS.  This includes all moms, present and past.

May 21 will be Youth Sunday and we will honor our children and Youth by observing them lead parts of the Worship Service that day. 

On May 28th we will honor our retiring Organist Marilyn Sameh.  She still loves us but has to accompany her family as they move to Wisconsin.  We wish them all well, especially Marilyn and Leah.

May will also mark the end of our Bible Studies and our regular Sunday school.

The Thursday Evening Bible Study will end its Study of I Peter on May 25.

The Sunday Evening Bible Study will end its study of Revelation (or pause in it) on May 21.

And the last day for our regular Sunday School program will be May 21.  We will have a Summer Sunday School which will begin on June 4.

Have a good month, and don’t forget to be about the business of living for Jesus in your every day life.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its regularly scheduled April 10 2017 meeting the Session:

  • Provided inputs regarding the communion services at the Maundy Thursday service.
  • Took note of the upcoming Presbytery meeting in Plymouth, MI, on May 19 & 20, 2017. Commissioners to this event are yet to be nominated.
  • Agreed to the action by Pastor Horner to grant Associate Pastor Cress a personal day of absence on April 7, 2017.
  • Engaged in extensive discussions with Pastor Cress on the formation of a Purdue campus ministry that goes well beyond the usual meeting schedules and the disbursement of funds. Elder Peggy Housley volunteered to join a committee to generate an appropriate plan of action.
  • Learned that the project to replace the tiling of the balcony flooring has been completed.
  • Agreed to a plan to honor Marilyn Sameh on her retirement in May 2017 for her many years of faithful service to our Congregation.
  • Discussed ways to incorporate brief presentations by Pastor Cress on our liturgical traditions as part of our regular Sunday worship.
  • Took note of an offer by Elder Sparks to coach novice lectors on proper ways to read scripture at Sunday services.
  • Was informed that graduating students would be honored at Youth Sunday Services on May 21, 2017 and that the Mitford Tea is to be held on June 11, 2017.
  • Learned that the Kids Club is to operate for four weeks in June and in July; the schedule will be announced in the next Newsletter. The last day for Sunday School in the spring semester is set for May 21, 2017.
  • Approved a project proposed by Everett Johnson as part of his Eagle Scout project to create a computer cloud for the contents of the church library.

Set May 8, 2017 as the date of its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

May 7, 2017
The Blood of the Righteous
Matthew 23:13-39

May 14, 2017
What a Great Opportunity
1 Samuel 5:1-6:9

May 21, 2017
When? Part 1
Matthew 24:1-14

May 28, 2017
Will the Real Philistines Please Fall Down?!
1 Samuel 6:10-7:1



May      2    Grace Czerwonky
May      3    Laura Tyler
May      5    Robert Landolt
May      6    Darrell Clase    
May      8    Jeremy Powell 
May     16   Evelyn Van Cott
May     20   Jackie Tyler  
May     21   Amy Van Cott
May     25   Ian Elliott
May     31   Jan Hem  


May      1   James & Samantha Elliott
May      6   Dave & Lonni Kucik
May     22   Steve & Mary Lou Varys
May     25   Darrell & Kari Clase
May     26   Ken & Tammy Sandel
May     26   Donald & Penny Winship


Community Worship Services

Sunday, May 7
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 14
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 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

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby


* 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.  


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, May 1st at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?  Contact Jean McCoy at


* 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. 


* Join over 700 women in our community to study the epistle of Romans in Bible Study Fellowship!

And you can choose to attend on Thursday mornings or on Monday evenings!

Two upcoming ways to sign up:

Thursday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. at First Assembly Community Ministries, 108 Beck Lane.

Monday, May 8 from 6:55 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. at First Assembly Community Ministries, 108 Beck Lane.

At the Welcome you'll learn more about the ministry of BSF and be able to enroll yourself and any children for the study. There is no cost for you and your children to attend BSF.

The Children's Program is available on Thursday mornings for enrolled children ages newborn to Kindergarten and they study the same passage each week as you!

** But please note we cannot offer child care at the Welcome. **

For more information about BSF visit or ask Nancy Dunn, Carol Gentry,  Karen Gilliom, Carol Goodrich, Peggy Housley, Lou Ann Johnston, Myra Leap, Jean McCoy, or Kathy Trinkle.


* There will be no Youth Discipleship in May. But we will meet early (8:45 a.m.) on May 21st   to finish up preparations for Youth Sunday. Please come early to discuss the service and pray. There will be donuts!


GRADUATION 2017 — Come and honor our graduates on Youth Sunday, May 21 with a reception after morning worship.

Our graduates are: Alexeya  Barr, Thomas Kennell, Katarina Clase & Mayfawny Bergmann.
Please contact Lou Ann Johnston if your graduate is not listed 


* May 21st will be the last regular meeting of Sunday School classes for Spring 2017. This year our Sunday School teachers included: Sophia Bergmann, Betsy Wagner, Pam Kirby, April Saputo, Kris Stith, Carol Goodrich, SueAnne Bergmann, Debbie Fleetham, Scott Cress, Pat Kain & Jurgen Honig. We thank God for our teachers - for their dedicated service, helping us to learn and grow in our knowledge and love of Christ. 


* Marilyn is Retiring! — After many years of faithful service and wonderful music, Marilyn Sameh is retiring and moving from the area.  Please come to a celebration of Marilyn’s years at Faith on May 28 after morning worship.  Join us for cake and a light repast.  A sign-up sheet for finger foods will be in the fellowship hall. A basket will be provided for cards for Marilyn.


* Mission of the Month — Our Mission of the Month for May will be Trinity Life Ministry. Trinity helps men with addictions of various types by helping them become disciples of Christ.  The main location is in Crawfordsville but you probably know about their thrift store here in Lafayette.  The store here and the one in Crawfordsville help to fund the ministry and provide places for the guests to work in their spare time. 

They have doubled the number of groups they are working with and they need our help to provide for the influx of new guests.  The group starting in June looks to be the largest group ever to enroll.  The success rate of this ministry is amazing compared to most rehabilitation programs. Without question, there is power in including Christ in the program and letting Him lead the way for these men.

The needs for the new group starting in June are as follows: Twin sheet sets, Pillows, Pillow cases, Towels, Wash cloths, Laundry Baskets, Laundry Soap and Blankets.

The ministry likes to give each guest a new set of linens, etc. to signify their “New Beginning” but gently used items in great condition are also appreciated.


* Habitat Apostle Build for 2017 — Faith will be participating with other churches this fall in the Habitat Apostle Build. We will be partnering with the Katie Gunion and her daughter Adalynn. Katie is a Lafayette native and a Jeff grad.  Between working at Outback and taking care of Adalynn, Katie is working feverishly to get in her "sweat equity" hours (250) with Habitat.

While Katie is doing her part, we need to do ours.  That means raising (collectively) the $55,000 to sponsor the house by the end of summer so we can begin construction the weekend after Labor Day.  This comes out to about $3500 per church.

If you can contribute to the construction fund, you may give your donation to Daniel Trinkle, or send it directly to Habitat at 420 South 1st Street, Lafayette, IN 47905.  Make sure you mark your donation for "Apostle Build"

If you want to be part of the construction crew, please contact Daniel Trinkle.


* Mitford Tea — Ladies get your hats, it’s time for the Mitford Tea.   Ahem, the honor of the presence of the ladies of Faith Church and their friends are requested for high tea on June 11 at two in the afternoon.  Join in with the theme of an international tea and be prepared to enjoy our speaker Kathleen Kirsch as she discusses the embroidered pulpit falls that we enjoy throughout the year. Kathleen is a thoughtful woman and a delightful speaker who puts great artistry into her work. Your assistance with food preparation is requested via a sign-up sheet with recipes provided. Hostesses for the day will also be needed for each table. Contact Lou Ann Johnston for questions or see one of the church ladies.


* Library notes: Just in time for VBS planning!  The display in the fellowship hall will be activity books for young children.  Take a look and use these materials to supplement your VBS lessons.


* The congregational life committee sends thanks to all who brought food and helped with the Easter brunch.  It was a lovely morning because of your participation. Also, I’d like to give a huge thank you to the clean-up crew. We’d have been washing dishes till supper without you.  Lou Ann Johnston for the Congregational Life Committee.


* Used Tricycle needs a new home.  This is free to anyone that is interested. Questions? Contact Marilyn Sameh.