Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

June 2017 Newsletter

Jun 1, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

As I write this, one of the current news stories is that the British Government is unhappy with our law enforcement and intelligence people and our media folks because information about the investigation into the Manchester bombing was made public before they intended and may have impeded their investigation. 

I think we have all noticed that the leaking and releasing and making public all sorts of information has reached a new level in recent months, and I had wondered what it might lead to.  It could be that the  unhappiness of the English authorities with our officials and our media folks will provide a moment to reflect and correct.  But in this I’m afraid that I might be a pessimist, and I doubt it.  The waves are too high and too strong, and the oceans of information are too deep.  It think it will take a greater or worse situation to cause a correction.

It can be said that in the US we have a free and independent news media and in Great Britain they do not.  That, of course while being true, may not really be an answer.  There is more going on here than the differences in our news systems.

So, where does that leave us?  Well, it leaves Christians and Jews where we have always been, with the 10 commandments.  The ninth commandment is “Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”  This commandment has often been explained (by myself and many others) as forbidding the telling or spreading of untruths.  And I think that is so.  But the heart of the commandment lies much deeper than the forbidding of telling lies.  It can involve the telling of things that we think are true that may turn out to be false, and, more importantly, it deals with the preservation of the reputations of others.

In our time we are constantly exposed to mistruths, half truths and truths that we do not need to know.  We need to be very careful how we handle and process such information.  Our Lord cares about what we say and what we think.  And His opinions and concerns are much more important than the legitimate concerns of the officials of Great Britain. 

Be careful what you hear, be careful what you say, and be careful what you think about others and their actions and their intent.

We had some great celebrations here at Faith Presbyterian Church in May.

Ron and Brenda Hardesty helped us celebrate Mother’s Day by giving all of the mothers in the congregation red roses.  This was done as part of their responsibility to provide flowers for our Worship Service on that day.  We are grateful to them for their flowers and their thoughtfulness.

On May 20th some of us celebrated the wedding of Doug and Emma Varys.  We wish them well as they begin their family life together.
Pastor Scott worked with the children and Youth of our congregation as they prepared to lead us in worship on Youth Sunday on May 21.  It was a great pleasure to see what the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers have taught our children.  It is always a great joy to see our children engaging in Worship.  And hearing the voices of the little ones as they sing songs of praise to God is always wonderful.

On May 28th we celebrated the excellent work of Marilyn Sameh as our Organist for 18 years.  She and her family are moving away from West Lafayette.  She hopes to continue to play organs in her new community and we wish her well wherever she goes and in whatever she does.  She will always be our Christian Sister.

As we change our calendars to June, we will celebrate the Christian Holiday of Pentecost on June 4th.  We will continue our practice of having a verse of Scripture read in many languages both in succession and then all at the same time.  Of course, what we are really celebrating that day is the arrival of the Holy Spirit and how He has worked in the church, the world, and in our individual lives. 

The Sunday after that, June 11th will be Trinity Sunday, when we honor the fact that God has revealed himself to be three persons of one being.

Vacation Bible School will begin on June 26th and run through June 30th.  Please tell all the children in your life about it and volunteer to help them get here, if possible.  Also, in the weeks before that week, and during that week, please pray for those who will be teaching and helping in our Vacation Bible School.  And pray for the children who will come, that God will prepare their hearts and minds to receive our love and our teaching.

Most of you probably remember that the travel theme for last year’s VBS was helicopter journeys.  This year the theme will be nautical.  You may want to come and see how our creative staff carry out that theme in our sanctuary. 

The Sunday after VBS will be July 2nd and we will have our annual Church Picnic.  As has been our recent practice, we will worship in the sanctuary, but our dress code will be “picnic appropriate wear” whatever that is.  After worship we will picnic on food you and others have brought as well as meats cooked by our most excellent burger and hot dog cooker, Ron Smith.

We will not have the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on July 2nd because of the picnic.  But we will have Holy Communion on July 9th.

As we prepare for all of the above and even more, I will be praying for an enlightening, restful, and most of all safe summer for all of you and yours.

Your Pastor,
Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its May 8, 2017 meeting the Session:

  • Reviewed the rolls of members of Faith Church and instructed the Clerk to delete from the rolls the names of one member currently listed as active, and of 13 individuals on the inactive list.
  • Noted the continuing interest of pastor Cress in a regular public confession of sins, personal testimony, and ‘sweet surprises’ at worship.
  • Was informed of the activities of the college ministry study group in moving forward on the Geneva House project to provide a locale for their activities.
  • Took note of plans for Youth Sunday services.
  • Learned of future plans of the current choir director:  Matthew Grote will participate in summer musical events, but plans to leave in the fall to prepare himself for priesthood in the Catholic Church.
  • Submitted for review and approval, as required, the statistical report to the EPC Presbytery of the Midwest.
  • Reviewed the minutes of the Deacon’s meetings for February 20 and March 20, 2017 to remain cognizant of their activities.
  • Was advised that Leonard Sidharta and his family will soon be leaving the seminary where he has been active, to seek new opportunities for his missionary endeavors.

Scheduled their next meeting for June 12, 2017.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

June  4, 2017
So, What’s a Paraclete?
Verses from Acts 2 & John 14

June 11, 2017
Immediate Lessons for an Eventual Return
Matthew 24:32-51

June 18, 2017
Will the Real Philistines Please Fall Down?!
1 Samuel 6:10-7:1

June 25, 2017
The Philistines VS a Lamb
1 Samuel 7:2-17



June      1   Barbara Dale
June      1   Carolyn Brissey
June      2   Nancy Linnemann
June      4   Kathleen Kirsch
June      5   Pastor David Horner
June      7   Mary Lou Varys
June    12   Debbie Fleetham Kain
June    13   Abby Wagner
June    13   Christian Clase
June    13   Molly Wagner
June    15   Grieke Toebes 
June    17   Nathaniel Kuhn
June    21   Jordan (Sparks) Waldron
June    22   Aleeah Barr
June    24   Aaron Cummings
June    29   James Elliott
June    30   Rachel Moore


June      2   Pastor David & Diane Horner
June    12   William & Marilyn Hinze
June    28   Andy & Pam Kirby


Community Worship Services

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

Sunday, June 14
Tippecanoe Villa
1:30 p.m.
Friendship House
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25
Cumberland Pointe
3:00 p.m.


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

May          7     The Kirby Family

May        14     Don & Carol Gentry

May         21    Youth Sunday

May         28    The Kirby Family

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby


Greeters for June

June         4     The White Family

June        11     The Kain Family

June        18    The Kucik Family

June        25    The Wagner Family


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, June 5th at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?   Contact Jean McCoy.


* Join us for an open house for Alexeya Barr on June 10th from 3:00 — 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Alexeya will be attending Ball State in the fall. Please RSVP to April Saputo by calling or texting (914) 420-0036.


* 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 11th 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.

The mission project for the Mitford tea this year is to provide books for children at the clinic of Dr. Kristen Hem. The children are given books at their appointments and are a treat for families who can't afford them.  Picture books and early readers are most appreciated.

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. Questions? Contact Lou Ann Johnston or see one of the church ladies.


* Church Outside Cleanup Day — Workers are needed to clean up the courtyard and landscaping on Saturday June 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Bring your gloves, rakes, etc.  Questions? Contact Sergey or Ron.


* Sunday, June 18th, Elder Glenn Sparks will be hosting a workshop on the public reading of Scripture. The session will take place from 10:50-11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. If you are already a lector or are interested in joining this important ministry, please plan on attending. Participation in this time of teaching will be a blessing to our congregation.


* Annual Summer Picnic — Please join us Sunday, July 2nd for worship in the sanctuary followed by a family style carry-in picnic. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, and tableware will be provided. Please bring a generous salad, side dish or dessert to share with the group. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Casual attire will be the norm. 

There will be water fun and games for the children. Children should bring suits and towels.


* Volunteers for Kid's Club Needed in June and July — During June and July we will have Kid's Club on Sunday mornings during the fellowship hour. Kid's Club will meet from 10:55 — 11:30 a.m. and will be for all kids from preschool through those finishing 5th grade.  We need adult leaders who would be willing to serve one or two Sundays during the summer. We welcome those with experience as well as those who think they might like to have the opportunity to teach and to spend some time with some of the younger members of our congregation.  We are looking for teams of 2 adult volunteers as well as teen helpers to lead the children with a Bible story and a couple activities which could include arts and crafts, music and/or an outdoor game or activity. If you are interested in volunteering or in learning more about this opportunity, contact Kris Stith or 765-412-6544 or Jean McCoy or 765-463-5122. Thank you for considering serving in this way!


* Greetings! — We are getting super excited for VBS! It would be very helpful if you could send the following information to Scott Cress 
If you can volunteer to help at VBS June 26 — June 30 from 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. and June 30 from 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. ANY times you are available to be on church campus would be helpful. Have to work during the week? We could still use your presence at the Friday evening picnic! Only available 3 days? 2 days? 1 day? Okay! Let us know what days! Available to help set-up the weekend before? Awesome!

Really think about any time you are available and we would be most appreciative! 
We really want to put together a list of volunteers so we know where we may need people! 

Thank you so much for considering! Please be in prayer for this event regularly as we seek to share the love of Jesus with the children of our church and community!


* This year our VBS kids will be touring around the world, learning about other cultures, and digging into the very prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Global Adventure II - Around the World with the Lord's Prayer will take place on June 26 - June 30, 9 a.m.-Noon. The event is open to kids PreK-Sixth Grade. A community picnic and program will take place on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please think of at least one family to invite to this very special week. And don't forget to pray for God's power and love to be present with us!


* Library notes: Look at the shelf in Fellowship Hall for some good summer reads from our library.  Be sure to sign the card and put it in the basket by the children's library on the other side of the room.


* Habitat Apostle Build — If you are interested in supporting Faith's participation in the Habitat Apostle Build this fall, as a donor or construction volunteer, please contact Daniel Trinkle.


* Our June Mission of the Month will be the Lafayette Urban Ministries Youth Programs.

Below you will find a copy of their Wish List:

Youth Programs Wishlist (After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, LUM Camp)

  • Personal Care — Liquid Hand Soap, Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox), Hand sanitizer 
  • Cleaning Supplies — Disinfectant Spray (Lysol), All Purpose Cleaner (Fabuloso), Bleach (Clorox), Dishwasher Detergent, Trash bags (30 gallon), Trash bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen draw-string
  • Snacks

        ​Drinks — 100% Fruit Juice, Bottled water, Milk

        Healthy Snacks — Peanut butter, Fresh fruit, Carrots (snack size), Raisins, Yogurt cups, Applesauce cups, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Gelatin cups (Jello)

        Snack Bars — Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal  Bars, Rice Krispie Treats

  • Recreation — Board Games, Playing Cards, Coloring Books, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Markers
  • Sports/Playground Equipment — Basketballs, Soccer balls, Kickballs, Jump ropes, Sidewalk Chalk
  • School Supplies — Ruled paper, Glue sticks, Pencils, Pens, Construction paper, Flash/Thumb drives, Crayons, Sharpies
  • Paper Supplies — Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper napkins, Facial Tissues (Kleenex), Paper plates, Disposable cups, Ziplock bags
  • Medical supplies — Band-Aids, Gauze pads, Neosporin, First Aid Antiseptic Spray


* 32nd Annual — Focus on the Family Garage Sale 
Located at 906-908 Northwestern Avenue & 713 Chelsea Road, West Lafayette.

Thursday, June 1st   8:00 a.m.— 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 2nd    8:00 a.m.— 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3rd 8:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m.

Proceeds fund :

The Option Ultrasound Ministry of Focus on the Family that provides ultrasound machines and training to Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

2)  Their Wait No More Adoptions.


* I want to express my sincere "Thank You" for the moving away reception after church on May 28.

Thank you for the beautiful cake, the food, and those who prepared it. Thank you for the many lovely cards and kind words of appreciation. And Thank you for the congregational gifts -- the book of wonderful Hubble Telescope images, and the organ pipe with inscriptions.

Our move has been delayed until July, so I will be around for several more weeks.  I have been happy to be at Faith Church these many years, and you will all be remembered with a grateful heart.

Sincerely,  Marilyn Sameh