Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

September 2017 Newsletter

Sep 1, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

In other parts of our great nation, September is the beginning of autumn activities.  As we all know, that is not the case in Indiana.  Schools, autumn sports schedules and other activities start here in August. As we begin September here at Faith Presbyterian, Sunday School and our Bible Studies have already started.

We are grateful for the teachers who will be teaching us and our children.  This year they are: Sophia Bergmann, Betsy Wagner, Pam Kirby, April Saputo, Kris Stith, Carol Goodrich, SueAnne Bergmann, Mike Bergmann, Debbie Fleetham, Scott Cress, and Jurgen Honig

We have also started our Adult Bible Study groups.  The Thursday evening Bible Study group is continuing its study of the First Epistle of Peter.  They meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings at the Horners’ house.  The Sunday Evening Bible Study group is continuing its study of Revelation.  They meet in the Fellowship Hall and Adult Sunday School classroom on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  I am currently leading both Bible Study groups and will continue to lead the Thursday evening Group.  The leadership of the Sunday evening group will be determined after we conclude the study of Revelation

On August 27th the Nycamps were here for Worship.  Jon and Kristi work and for the most part live in Ethiopia and our congregation supports their work there.  They gave a minute for mission during worship and then spoke at greater length about their work to the Adult Sunday School Class.

While all of the above mentioned Autumn activities have already started, there are still many things left for September.

As September begins we welcome another person to our staff.  Emily Newman is our new Choir director.  Her presence in the choir loft began on August 27th.  She invites you to join the choir on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.  Choir rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Evenings.

On September 2nd we will have a wedding in our Sanctuary.  Myra Leap will be married to Bill Tschiegg.  We wish them all the best as they begin their life together.

On the third weekend in September there will be a lot going on in West Lafayette for members of EPC churches.  On Friday and Saturday, the Presbytery of the Midwest will come to West Lafayette.  Covenant Church will be hosting a two day Presbytery Meeting on September 15th and 16th.  This will be a chance to see who our Presbytery is and what they do when they meet together.  Anyone can attend a Presbytery meeting but only representatives elected by their Sessions can vote.

At the same time the Presbytery meets, Covenant Church will also host a parallel event, a missions conference for those who might be interested in doing some mission work beyond their local communities.  If you are   interested in attending this conference, please let me know and I will register you.

After the Presbytery meeting and Missions Conference are over, there will be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on September 16th for Virginia Ferris.  Dr. Virginia Ferris attended our church years ago with her husband.  For the past 10 years or so her involvement consisted of her financial support of our congregation and her reading our bulletins, newsletters, and sermons online.

Dr. Ferris passed away on August 14th and was buried on August 19th.  Her son and daughter and grandchildren are returning to our community for a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon on September 16th.  If you knew her, I encourage you to come and support her family as we celebrate God’s gift to us of her life in our Sanctuary.

On Sunday, the 17th, after worship, our youth and some others will participate in the annual Lafayette Urban Ministries Hunger Hike.  Directions as to your participation will be in weekly church bulletins.  We are pleased that our friend Dave Kucik will once again be the Honorary co-chair-person of the event.

During Worship on the 24th we will do something a bit unique.  Most of you know by now that our friend and church member Maxine Jones died on August 5th.  Before her death Maxine expressed a desire that any celebration of her life be small and told her family that she did not want a funeral or memorial service.  But several of her friends have expressed a desire for some way to acknowledge that she was a part of us and that we miss her.  Therefore, the Session and I have determined that we will have a brief celebration of her life   during a few minutes of the Sunday Morning Worship Service on September 24th.  It will be entitled “A Minute for Maxine”.  In this way, perhaps we can express our gratitude to God for bringing Maxine to us and not exceed her wishes.

Some of you who have within the past two years started to Worship with us at Faith Presbyterian have asked when we will be receiving new members.  To that end, there will be a two week preparation course for those who wish to join our congregation on September 17th and 24th during the Sunday School hour.  We will meet at 11:00 a.m. in the church library.  I look forward to talking with you about the beliefs and practices of Faith    Presbyterian Church.

So it should be a fairly busy month for us here at Faith Presbyterian Church, and as always, I am very privileged and happy to be

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its regular August 14, 2017 meeting the Session:

  • Noted the explicit wish of Maxine Jones that no public memorial service be held for her. It is planned to honor her during a Minute for Missions at an upcoming Sunday worship service.
  • Was informed that the Pastor plans to meet with prospective members during Sunday School classes in the coming weeks.
  • Accepted the financial report submitted by Treasurer Carol Gentry. Expenditures up to this point are lower than receipts. Payment for organ repairs exceeded the budget estimates.
  • Learned that that a candidate for the position of Choir Director had been interviewed.  Along with an interview with the Pastor this individual will meet with the choir for a rehearsal and trial performance at Sunday worship on August 27, 2017.
  • Noted that an organizational meeting for the Pastoral Search Committee will be scheduled during the week of August 21, 2017.
  • Was informed that the Nykamps, will join us for worship on August 27, 2017.  They are scheduled for a presentation both at the Minute for Missions part of the service and during Sunday School.
  • Was reminded that Session members and others participating in church operations are to submit their budgetary requests for the calendar year 2018 by September 11, 2017. In the absence of such a request the budget for their operation will be fixed at the same level as in 2017.
  • Agreed that CDs that record Sunday worship services may be stored for one year, after which they may be recycled for reuse or disposal.
  • Went on record that the Nominating Committee should be convened to begin solicitation of individuals for staffing of the various positions in 2018. Elders Peggy Housley and Jan Hem will represent Session; one individual will be chosen from the Board of Deacons, and Bert Chapman, Myra Leap, Steven Varys, and Cameron Ward will represent the Congregation. Their nominations are to be submitted for ratification at the Annual Congregational Meeting in November 2017.
  • Granted the request by Anna Johnson to be relieved of her duties as Church Librarian, and that Deborah Johnson take her place in that position. The Session expressed their thanks to Anna for her efforts in carrying out the duties of that office.
  • Adopted a motion that stated in part that for the safety of attendees: “no other event or activity be scheduled for the use of any of the church facilities during the five days of Vacation Bible School”. This would have to include the LEAP operation to the needy during the same frame, a matter that must be dealt with in the future.

Scheduled the next meeting for September 11, 2017.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

September 3, 2017
After the Lord’s Supper
Matthew 26:31-46

September 10, 2017
Saul Becomes the King
I Samuel 10

September 17, 2017
Betrayal, Swordplay, and Desertion
Matthew 26:47-56

September 24, 2017
The King Triumphant
I Samuel 11



September  1   Sawyer Latour
September  2   Norah Elliott
September  7   Fran Thompson
September  8   Mike Bergmann
September 11   Diane Horner
September 14   Ace Tyler
September 15   Matt Carlin
September 17   Becky Chapman
September 18   Ron Smith
September 21   Kathy Trinkle
September 22   Nancy Dunn 
September 22   Ron Green
September 29   Jurgen Honig
September 29   Olivia Lockwood
September  30   Jim Varys


September 16   Ace & Polly Tyler
September 17   Rob & Betsy Wagner
September 28   Charlie & Pat Short


Community Worship Services

Sunday, September 3
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 10
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 August.

August     6   The Kirby Family

August   13    Dave & Kris Stith

August   20    The Johnson Family

August   27    Dennis & Nancy Dunn

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby


Greeters for September

September    3   The White Family

September  10   Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston

September  17   The Kain Family

September  24   The Saputo Family


* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Horner leads the 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! 


* Adult Choir practice 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 Epistles of 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. 


* Hunger Hike 2017 — Hunger Hike 3K Walk @ 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17 & Hunger Hike 5K Run @ 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16.  Hunger Hike benefits St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry, Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food  programs, and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.
Ways to Participate—Go to to:

  • Donate directly to Hunger Hike 2017
  • Become a Hunger Hike 3K Walk participant
  • Become a Hunger Hike 5K Run participant
  • Create a personal Online Fundraising Page
  • Join or start a Hunger Hike Team

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* There will be a two week preparation course for those who wish to join our congregation on September 17th and 24th during the Sunday School hour.  We will meet at 11:00 a.m. in the church library.


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

The first class day and Welcome is Thursday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. at River City Church (formerly First Assembly Community Ministries) at 108 Beck Lane, Lafayette.

BSF also has a Monday evening class starting September 18 at 6:55 p.m. at River City Church.

At the Welcome Day you'll learn more about the ministry of BSF and enroll in 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 on Welcome Days. **

If you are on Facebook you might want to join our group to get the latest news about BSF (and a reminder about the Welcome in September).  The group name is "Bible Study Fellowship, Lafayette, IN, Day Women's Class".

Please join us as we learn from His Word and worship our Lord. If you'd like more information or have any questions, just ask Nancy Dunn, Carol Gentry, Karen Gilliom, Carol Goodrich, Peggy Housley, Lou Ann Johnston, Emily Matthews, Jean McCoy, Myra Leap-Tschiegg, or Kathy Trinkle.

The Men's Group Welcome is on Monday, September 11 at 6:55 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church (2400 Edgelea Dr. Lafayette). For more information about the Men's Group please contact


* Sunday, September 17th, 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, September 17th at 5:30 p.m., Faith Church will be hosting the first Family Fellowship Dinner of the season. Please come and bring a friend or neighbor. RSVP with Scott by Wednesday, September 13th. Eating together is an act of fellowship and hospitality with ancient and sacred roots. Please pray that this season of meals will be used by our Lord.


* In anticipation of coming outreach events, we would like to put together an outreach flyer to provide information to visitors and friends. If you are involved in a group or committee that is actively meeting and has a place for new faces, please send Scott a short blurb about the activity no later than September 20th. Thank you!


* Save-the-date! Trunk-or-Treat is on the way! This year's Trunk-or-Treat will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In the last two years of holding this event, we have had some tremendous opportunities to have fun and connect with community members. This year's festivities will be expanded to include games and even some Reformation anniversary fun! We need at least 20 trunks ready to pass out goodies and some folks to manage games. We also need your prayers. Contact Scott for more information.


* Our Mission of the Month for September is Matrix LifeCare Center.

Here is a bit of information about what they do: Every mother should feel loved and supported during her pregnancy. At Matrix LifeCare Center, we provide mothers with the emotional help and practical resources they need to care for themselves and their families during pregnancy. But our services aren’t just for pregnant moms-we also provide free material support to families in need, limited health services to both men and women, community referrals, education, counseling, and more!

Items we are collecting for Matrix include:

Baby food (fruits and veggies, not meats)           Crib sheets
Baby bottles (glass or plastic)                                 Diaper bags
Baby cereal (rice and oatmeal)                               Baby blankets
Pull-ups (boy and girl, all sizes)                               Wipes
Diapers size 5 and 6                                                 Nursing Covers
Training pants (boy and girl)           
Hopefully, after our month off in August, we are recharged and ready to support this worthy mission.  Questions? Contact Dave Stith.


* Library Note:  School is upon us and we are thinking about reading again.  The elementary age children's books have been moved upstairs to the main library.  Each month a series of books for this age group will be featured in the fellowship hall display.  This month it's the Trailblazer series by Dave and Neta Jackson.  Check them out!


* To our dear friends at Faith, thank you so much for your concern, prayers and support during the time of Ingrid’s illness and death. Including her as a daughter of the congregation was a great comfort in our time of pain and sorrow. We much appreciate the many cards sent to us, as a loving way to remind us of our fellowship in Christ.

Thank you,

Grieke Toebes and family


* Many thanks to Deb Johnson, Karen Gilliom, Jean McCoy, Steve Varys, Nancy Moore, Ann Freeman and Marilyn Hinze who gave of their time to help others at the Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry sponsored by Church Women United this past month.  Our church will be asked to work again December 21st and 22nd - think about helping out.  You can contact Ann Freeman or Marilyn Hinze at 620-0056 for more information.