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October 2017 Newsletter

Sep 29, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

The Autumnal Equinox has occurred, and for the rest of the year and the first months of the next year, we will have more darkness each day than light.  So it is a good thing that during September, our lower parking lot at the church received new lights.  Our “Maintenance and Repair Deacon” is responsible for the installation of the new lights.  They look nice, and while they do not contribute too much to our electric bill or local light pollution, they do provide an acceptable level of light for our lower lot.

You may notice that the previous method of lighting via 3 mercury vapor lamps on a wooden pole has been removed.  And it is a good thing.  During removal, it was discovered that the pole had rotted at ground level and might have eventually proved dangerous to cars and people in the parking lot.

In fact, the pole was in such a weakened state that it is rumored that one of our strong men ripped it from the ground with his bare hands.  Or maybe pushed it over with his bare hands.  Well, maybe he was wearing gloves.  Never the less he did good work for us and we are grateful for his labors.

In September we also had a team from our church participate in LUM’s annual Hunger Hike.  I am grateful for those who walked, and for those of you who supported them with your donations. Scott has reported that our team raised nearly $1,000.00.

October is an important month for our church.  We will begin the month by celebrating World-wide communion Sunday on October 1.  This emphasis is not something that was commanded by Jesus or the Apostles, but it is a day when we recognize that we Christians in West Lafayette or even in Indiana, or the United States are not the only followers of Jesus in the world.  We will acknowledge that there are Christians in most countries around the world and on that day we give thanks to God for our Christian Brothers and Sisters of various nationalities and ethnicities.

I would also remind you that some folks who are connected to our congregation are in far away parts of the world.  Our church supports some folks who work in far away places: The Nycamps in Ethiopia, the Din’s in Pakistan, and the Sidharta’s (who are members of our congregation) in Indonesia.  There are also some folks who are a part of us but are currently far away from us: Philip Sededji in Togo, Lydia and Valerie in Ghana and Jingan Zhao in China.

As October continues, I will have to go away for a few days to Orlando for a meeting about how the EPC is revitalizing congregations and how we are planting new ones.  While I really do not like such trips and meetings, this one will give us a chance to be led in Worship and Sermon by our Associate Pastor Scott Cress.  He will lead us on October 15th.

October always ends with celebrations here at Faith Presbyterian.  On Saturday, October 28th, we will have “Trunk or Treat” in our church parking lot.  Scott plans to add a few extra things to the event this year, and the specifics as well as the hours of the event will be announced elsewhere in this newsletter.

And, on October 29, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday.  This is a special year for Protestants as October 31, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s great act of posting his “95 Theses” on the door of the chapel of Wittenberg University, in what is now Germany.  This has long been considered to be the event that started the Protestant Reformation.  The Reformation influenced not only congregations and denominations but also philosophers and national governments.  It has been argued that the United States would have been a much different nation (if it existed at all) without the theology and principles of the Reformation.

As we think about Luther and his stand almost 500 years ago, I would like to make a few comments. 

First, I always remind myself that Martin Luther had no idea how much his life was about to change.  He just wanted to debate a few issues regarding church beliefs and practices about which he had become concerned.  He had no idea that these concerns and others and his writings and speeches would make him a “wanted man” and that he would be thrown out of the church he loved.

His story is a reminder that sometimes, if we are faithful to God, our little acts and words can eventually make huge changes in our lives and in our world.

Second, at this time of year, as I think of Luther and his great work and pilgrimage, I also think of a great scholar whose work prepared the world and even Luther for Luther’s work.  His name was Desiderius Erasmus.  He was an older contemporary of Luther, who also had concerns about the church of his day, but never embraced the Reformation. He is more commonly known as Erasmus of Rotterdam.  He was responsible for producing one of the first Greek Texts of the entire New Testament in that time, which Luther later used to produce his German Translation of the New Testament, which made a huge difference in the lives and religious beliefs of German speaking people.

Third, as I think of Luther, I think of his friends who better understood the danger he was in than he did.  Three and a half years after he posted the 95 theses, Luther was ordered to defend his ideas at the assembly or “diet” at Worms (a city in the Rhineland of Germany) As he was returning from his appearance there, he was “kidnapped” by some powerful friends of his and he spent most of the next year living under an assumed name in the castle at Wartburg.  It was there that he began to translate the Greek New Testament of Erasmus into a very common or “low” form of German.  This “kidnapping” was to protect Luther from his enemies.

As I think of Luther and these crucial events, I think it is interesting to see how God used him to change the church and the world.  As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, there will be some events and lectures on the subject at Purdue.  I have the schedule if you would like to attend them.  There will also be some TV programs about Luther and the Reformation on some of the cable networks.  And if you have an interest, and the time, and a computer, you can always do searches on any of the aforementioned people, places, and events.

During October some important Committees of our congregation will be doing the bulk of their work.

The Nominating Committee will be selecting people to serve for three years as Deacons and Ruling Elders.  I hope that if you are asked by them to serve, you will give it serious, prayerful consideration.

The Budget Committee will also be doing its work this month.  It is their job to assess our financial needs and our income and present a budget for 2018 for the Session’s approval.  As they proceed, they will send a letter asking you what you project your donations to the church during 2018 will be.  If you can provide this information to them, it will help them in their work.

Both the Nominating and the Budget Committees will present their reports to the congregation at our annual meeting on November 19th, immediately after the Worship Service.

Please keep the members of these two committees in your prayers during October.

Your Pastor,
Dave Horner

 

Clerks Corner

At its September 11, 2017 regular meeting the Session:

  • Appointed Elders Honig, McCoy, and Housley as Commissioners to the Presbytery meeting at Covenant Church, West Lafayette, IN on September 15/16, 2017.
  • Learned that Pastor Horner plans to attend a Presbytery - sponsored Church Development Conference at Orlando, FL, on October 11/12; Associate Pastor Cress will officiate at Sunday worship on October 15, 2017.
  • Agreed that a minute for recently deceased Maxine Jones is to be scheduled during Sunday worship on September 24, 2017.
  • Assented to the scheduling of two classes for prospective church members on September 17 and 24, 2017.
  • Agreed to provide $ 300.00 from the Evangelism budget, along with the dissemination of promotional material for church activities, to cover expenses at the upcoming Trunk-Or-Treat event.
  • Scheduled November 13, 2017 as the date for review and approval of the 2018 budget, minus the remuneration for the Pastors, and November 19, 2017 as the date for the Annual Congregational Meeting, at which the Congregation is informed of the budget and requested to ratify the proposed pastoral compensations.
  • Learned that a donation had recently been received for removal of tree limbs from the premises, and that this task had just recently been completed.
  • Was informed that Sunday School would not be held after the morning service on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

Scheduled the next meeting for October 9, 2017.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session

 

Worship Information

October 1, 2017
Coming on the Clouds
Matthew 26:57-68

October  8, 2017
A Final Transition, From Judges to Kings
I Samuel 12

October 15, 2017
Scott Cress Preaching

October 22, 2017
Bitter Weeping, Death, and Hypocrisy of the Highest Order
Matthew 26:69-27:10

October 29, 2017
The Hope of Israel?
1 Samuel 13:1-22


Birthdays

October      2   Amanda Bosler
October      3   Nathan Parker
October      4   Trent Tyler
October      5   Fred Fillmore
October      5   Shirley Bosler
October      6   Matthew Stith
October      8   Sarah Wilcoxson
October      9   Lola Miller
October    10   Dustin Kirby
October    14   Matthew Kain
October    14   Ron Castleberry
October    16   Barbara Wiggs 
October    17   Samantha Elliott
October    19   Kris Stith
October    19   Peggy Housley
October    21   Jerry Matthews
October    23   Hannah Old
October    24   Bonnie Robertson
October    25   Lois Wark
October    27   Bethany Lockwood
October    29   Barbara Knox
October    30   Annika Clase
October    31   Aaron Sandel

Anniversaries

October      2   Theo & Amy Van Cott
October    18   Ron & Vera Lee Castleberry
October    25   Scott & Shana Cress

 

Community Worship Services

Sunday, October 1
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 8
Tippecanoe Villa
1:30 p.m.
Friendship House
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 29
Cumberland Pointe
3:00 p.m.

 

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

September   3   The White Family

September  10   Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston

September  17   The Kain Family

September  24   The Saputo Family

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby

 

Greeters for October

October     1   Don & Carol Gentry

October     8   The Kirby Family

October    15   Terry & Jane Stewart

October    22  

October    29

 

* Youth Discipleship will meet Sunday, October 1st from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday, October 15th, 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 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! 

 

* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, October 2nd at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?  Contact Jean McCoy.

 

* 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. 

 

* Lafayette Christian School is looking for volunteers to make their famous Dutch apple pies on Monday and Tuesday, October 9th and 10th. Can you give one hour, three hours, five hours of your time? No experience necessary. Sign up at http://www.lafayettechristian.org/parents/applepievolunteer.cfm or contact Jennifer White. 

 

* The next Family Fellowship Dinner will take place Sunday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m. Please come and bring a friend or neighbor. RSVP with Scott by Wednesday, October 11th. 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.

 

* 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.

 

* Save the Date! On December 9th, Faith Church will participate in Jubilee Christmas, an event sponsored by Lafayette Urban Ministry. We will welcome 16 families from the community to our church that morning for this special event. Lots of volunteers are needed, so please save the date. More details are forthcoming in November.

Coordinators Ron Smith and Carol Goodrich                                                     

 

* In a couple of weeks we will be sending you our annual pledge letter to let you help determine the future of Faith Presbyterian Church. In preparation for that letter, we would ask for your prayers for the future of our church and our congregation. Please give prayerful consideration to your pledge and how best you can serve our church.    

Carol Gentry
Treasurer

 

* Library Note:  Calling all missing library books!  Please search your shelves and see if you have unreturned books.  In particular, there are some missing reference books that are part of a series.  It would be nice to have these missing items back. While you are upstairs, check out another book.  There are many new recently donated books.

 

* The Cress family is excited to be adding another kiddo to their family in February! 

 

* Our Mission of the Month for October will be Kristin Hem’s trip to Myanmar.  We will only be able to get things to her if they are donated on the first three   Sundays.  Here is a note from Kristin about her trip and why she needs the supplies listed below.

I will again be traveling to Myanmar (Burma) in November.  This will be my third trip there with this group.  While we officially go as a “photography group”, a hold-over from the days when the government did not allow any sort of aid into the country, we really have a humanitarian mission while we are there.  I will be one of 2 doctors in our group, and we have a retired nurse with us as well.  We will spend 9 days traveling by boat on the Chindwin River, stopping in the small villages along the shores to meet the people, provide some supplies and basic   medical care.  This trip is especially exciting to me as we will be stopping in Kalaymyo, which is one of the areas where several of my Chin patients are from!  I carry a bag with medical supplies with me, and treat what I can along the way.  The biggest problem we see is skin issues, so antibiotic ointments and antifungal creams are greatly needed.  The older people really appreciate reading glasses, as it is hard to get glasses in Myanmar and magnifiers can help them see, even if the prescription is not customized for them.  Our group also helps support a clinic and orphanage in Myanmar as well as several schools, and the prenatal and children's vitamins are useful there.  Faith Church has been a great supporter of my trips over the years and I greatly        appreciate everything you do to help make my trip a bigger success!

Antifungal cream (1% clotrimazole or similar)

Antibiotic ointment (with or without pain relief)

Children's Chewable Multivitamins (NO GUMMIES- THEY MELT IN THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY)

Prenatal Vitamins

Reading glasses

Acetaminophen (tablets or chewables)

Ibuprofen (tablets or chewables)

Antihistamine Cream (Benadryl) 

Hydrocortisone Cream

I am also planning to take 4-5 soccer balls and multiple packages of Fuji Instax film so we can give out   soccer balls and photos in the remote villages we visit.  If you are interested in contributing to these items, it would also be greatly appreciated. 

 

* The two recipes listed below are from Frank Saputo’s mother .

EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA

INGREDIENTS:

very firm purple eggplant

eggs, beaten with splash of milk

Italian flavored bread crumbs with cheese

pure Italian olive oil (not extra virgin)

1 lb. whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded

Italian marinara sauce

grated Romano cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Cut small portion off both ends of eggplant.
Remove eggplant skin with potato peeler.
Slice rounded ends into 1/4” inch thickness.
Dip slices into egg mixture, then coat both sides with bread crumbs.
On medium-high heat, fry both sides in olive oil (fill pan 1/4” deep) until lightly golden brown.
Drain slices on double layer of white paper towels.

ASSEMBLING EGGPLANT:

Ladle thin layer of sauce on bottom of baking pan. Place eggplant slices next to one another, covering bottom of pan. Spoon about 2 TBS of sauce on each slice. Then spread shredded mozzarella over layer of sauce. Sprinkle sparingly with Romano cheese. Repeat on top of previous layer. (eggplant, sauce, mozzarella, Romano cheese). You can layer two or three high, ending on how thick you want each portion. Cover and bake in 350* oven for 30-40 min., or until mozzarella cheese is melted.

ENJOY!! MANGIA!!

 

MEATBALLS


INGREDIENTS:

1-1/2 lbs. ground pork, veal & beef mix (better flavor than just pork/beef mix) (if veal is too expensive, can use ¾ lb. ground pork & ¾ lb. ground beef)

2-1/2 slices of Arnold Brick Oven white bread, crumbled into bread crumbs – or use a FIRM brick oven sliced bread.

seasoned salt

garlic & pepper seasoning

dry parsley flakes

1 small onion, minced

1 cup grated Romano cheese

2 eggs, beaten

Italian olive oil for frying

DIRECTIONS:

Put bread crumbs into large bowl; add small amount of water to lightly moisten. Add ground meat, seasoned salt & garlic & pepper. Sprinkle in parsley flakes, minced onion, grated cheese and beaten eggs. Thoroughly mix all ingredients carefully with fork; or hands, if preferred. Do not overmix; this tends to toughen meat. Shape into meatballs. Keep cold bowl of water next to you – dip hands in when mixture sticks to them. Fry mid-high heat in pan with ½” deep olive oil. Fry about 2-1/2 min on three sides, if finishing in sauce. Then cook in sauce an extra 20 min.

**** NOTE**** If just cooking meatballs without adding to sauce, then fry each meatball about 3 min on each of three sides (total almost 10 min).

Recipe yields 20-24 meatballs, depending on size. ENJOY !!!!!