Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

July 2017 Newsletter

Jun 30, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

The corn across the street is growing well.  As the planter of that field follows accepted practice; in some years he uses that field for soybean, and in other years corn is planted.  I always prefer to see the corn for two reasons; it grows higher and it is easier to mark its growth as the season progresses, and, it was corn that was growing there when I first came to Faith Presbyterian Church as Pastor in June of 2008.  So I am glad that corn is growing there this year.

I am also glad to see it and other crops growing because it reminds me of how God provides for our needs by his providence.  We humans need to eat at regular, daily intervals.  And God has given us food through the labors of others.  We need to be grateful for those who grow and store and process our food.

We also need to remember that the rains that have nourished our crops have also brought floods to some.  Please remember to offer prayers and help for those who have had to be evacuated.

Since this is the month when our nation celebrates its independence, it is also appropriate that we offer our thanks to God for those who watch over our nation and keep it secure from all sorts of threats.  Some are in the military, others are in the Intelligence community, and others oversee and advise all of the above.  Our nation has been relatively secure since the horrible event of 911 and for that we should be grateful to God and to those He appoints to watch over us in these matters.

As I write this, June is in its last week and we are hosting our annual Vacation Bible School.  There are over 30 students registered this year, along with the many teachers, crafts supervisors, snack preparers and others.  Everyone seems to be having a great time.  Scott wrote the curriculum and is once again the “principal” of our VBS.  We are grateful for his work.

On July 2nd we will have our annual church picnic and informal worship service.  On that day, we will also be celebrating our VBS that took place the week before.  One of the great props for our VBS this year is a boat that was loaned to us by David Stith and decorated and enhanced by Steve Varys.  It is a magnificent accessory and will still be in the center of our sanctuary as we worship on July 2nd.

The service that day will be followed by our picnic with seating indoors and outdoors on the patio.  There will also be games for the children (and maybe even a few adults).

The Lord’s Supper will be observed on July 9th, with Scott officiating.  Scott will be leading Worship on July 9th, 16th, and 23rd.  I will be on my Summer Vacation on those days, and will be back in the pulpit on July 30th.

During June we had celebrations for those who graduated and for our Organist Marilyn Sameh, who will soon be moving to Wisconsin.
And, in June our ladies had their Mitford Tea.  The speaker this year was Kathleen Kirsch who spoke about the designs and fabrications of the Pulpit Falls that she created for and gave to our church.  There was a great deal of planning and “visioning” that went into these beautiful and inspirational pieces and the women were pleased to hear about how they came to be.

As I am in the middle of VBS as it write this, and since the deadline for this article was yesterday, this is all I have time for just now.

Have a good July, be safe, and remember to worship God frequently, even when you are traveling.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its June 12, 2017 regular meeting the Session:

  • Set July 9 and 19, 2017 as the two worship services at which communion would be celebrated.
  • Approved the operation of a single nursery group for the duration.
  • Approved personal leave of absence for Pastor Horner July 3 – July 24, 2017.
  • Was formally notified by Pastor Horner of his intention to retire at the end June, 2018.  The search for and appointment of a successor may commence immediately, thus obviating the need to hire an interim.  Further details concerning the succession and call mechanism are to be considered at a regular July 10, 2017 Session meeting.  In the absence of the Pastor, Elder Don Gentry agreed to be the moderator.
  • Approved the baptism for the Ward baby during Sunday worship on August 6, 2017; Associate Pastor Cress is to officiate.
  • Noted a survey by Elder Goodrich concerning which of the hymns in our two hymnals are favorites among the youth and the congregation.
  • Learned that Matthew Grote, our current Choir Director, will leave this position on July 16, 2017. A search for a suitable successor will commence in the near future.
  • Accepted the financial statements prepared by Treasurer Carol Gentry; expenditures are right on target.
  • Was informed that the Kids Club will be operational in the summer and that crafts books have recently been deposited in the Church library.

Scheduled the next meeting for July 10, 2017.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

July  2, 2017
Hey, Did You Notice? There’s a Boat in the Sanctuary!
Various Scriptures

July  9, 2017
Associate Pastor Scott Cress Preaching

July 16, 2017
Associate Pastor Scott Cress Preaching

July 23, 2017
Associate Pastor Scott Cress Preaching

July 30, 2017
Bridesmaids, Lamp Oil, Talents, and Investments
Matthew 25:1-30


July       3   Dennis Dunn
July       9   Brenda Hardesty
July     10   Lonni Kucik
July     12   Yancy Wilcoxson
July     14   Kristin Hem
July     14   Steve Varys
July     15   Michael Hurst
July     18   Missy Yacomeni
July     19   Hannah Wilcoxson
July     21   Kevin Johnston
July     21   Pat Kain 
July     22   Dominic Sages
July     22   Mayfawny Bergmann
July     22   Pam Kirby
July     25   Kaitlyn Housley
July     26   Charlie Short
July     29   Carson McVay
July     30   Owen Sages


July     22   Don & Carol Gentry
July     26   Glenn & Cheri Sparks
July     28   Mike & Cathy Lockwood


Community Worship Services

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

Sunday, July 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 June.

June     4    The White Family

June   11    The Kain Family

June   18    The Kucik Family

June   25    The Wagner Family

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby


* Annual Summer Picnic Please join us this 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. Casual attire will be the norm. 

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


* 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. 


* Organ Appreciation class — If you would like to know more about our little “King of Instruments,” a final opportunity is coming. Questions? See Marilyn or come up to the organ balcony at 11:00 a.m. on July 9th.


* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for July 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. Personal care supplies are distributed when they are available.  We will be collecting items through the month of July.

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. Thank You for your donations!


* 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.


* Ladies of Faith Church — If you attended our Mitford Tea on June 11, you got an opportunity to view Kathleen Kirsch's outstanding embroidery skills displayed on the Church's pulpit falls. I am excited to inform you that Kathleen Kirsch would love to teach a class on embroidering  the Baptismal Handkerchiefs. If you would like to learn this skill, please sign up now. She is devoting her time and skills so that the women of Faith will continue on with giving each new baby a memento for their baptism. If interested please contact Jean McCoy or call at 765-463-5122. Thank You!


* Outside Cleanup — Many thanks to Don Gentry, Steve Varys and Carol Goodrich for their hard work at the Outside Church Cleanup Day.

Sergey Dubikovsky and Ron Smith


* Large print bulletins available for those who would like one. They are on the table in the hallway.


* Many thanks to Hodges Canoe Trips of Delphi for the generous loan of life jackets for VBS.


* If you have had a recent change in contact information (address, phone, email, etc.) please notify the church office or 743-3683. Thank You!


* Volunteer LUM Camp Counselors Needed — Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor? Sixty volunteer camp counselors and activity leaders are needed for LUM Camp 2017 from July 31 — August 4 at Hanging Rock Camp. Our camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old.

Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children, attend training on July 27 at 7:00 p.m., and be able to spend the entire week of camp from 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 31 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4.

Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers. For additional information, go to


* Career Opportunity at LUM — Program Director - Youth Programs
(For more information go to

  • Directs the Lafayette Urban Ministry After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program
  • Half-time, paid, 12 months; M-F afternoons; 18.75 hours per week
  • $16,814 starting salary; $5,044 starting cash benefit; 4 weeks vacation per year
  • Successful candidates will have one year of administrative & classroom teaching experience in school or other agency experience; Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human services or education

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume by noon on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Executive Director.


Career Opportunity at LUM — Director of Elementary Education - Youth Programs
(For more information go to

  • Promotes and supervises the academic progress and achievement of children enrolled in Lafayette Urban Ministry After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program
  • Half-time, paid, 12 months; M-F afternoons; 18.75 hours per week
  • $16,814 starting salary; $5,044 starting cash benefit; 4 weeks vacation per year
  • Successful candidates will have one year of classroom teaching; Bachelor’s degree in elementary education

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume by noon on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Executive Director.


* This year’s VBS was titled Global Adventure II: The Lord’s Prayer. We journeyed around the world in our sailboat in order to meet persons of other nations and cultures. We told stories, ate snacks, and played games related to our adventures. Along the way, we also studied the Lord’s Prayer and related biblical texts. The Lord’s Prayer is something that binds Christians of all times and places together, and so we felt that    nothing could more communicate that sense of being one, global church better than thinking about the very prayer that Jesus taught us to pray.

In our craft times, we made prayer jars, German cuckoo clocks, a banner representing the Lord’s prayer, prayer books, and much more. We sang classic VBS songs like “I Am a Promise” and “Superman.” The kids loved singing “King of Kings, Lord of Lords” at an ever faster rate (“Faster, faster” they shouted). We even took a ride every morning in our very own boat – right in the middle of the sanctuary! There were life-jackets, a   looking-glass, and even a parrot! We met each day on June 26-30 from 9 a.m. to  Noon. We had a total of 33 children enrolled in the program. The week concluded with a community meal and a short presentation of all of our VBS fun. A special thank you for all of our wonderful volunteers!

Mayim Stith
Jan Hem
Sophia Bergmann
Anna Johnson
Katya Dubikovsky
Steve Varys
Emma Varys
Debbie Fleetham
Jean McCoy
Matthew Kain
Carol Goodrich
Peggy Housley
Don Gentry
Shana Cress
Joanna DeSocio
Pam Sari
David Krismartonto
David Horner
Diane Horner
John Miller
Karen Gilliom
Lonni Kucik
Erin Ward
Suzy Marshall
Dorothy Bethel
Ron Smith
Brenda Hill
Betsy Wagner
Mina and Lana Combs
Sue Weddle
Lou Ann Johnston
Margaret McDaniel
Dave Stith