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November 2017 Newsletter

Nov 1, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

As we move further into Autumn 2017, there are a lot of things going on.  The celebrations are: Halloween, Reformation Sunday, (and All Saint’s Day for Christians of other traditions) and Thanksgiving.  And there are other minor tasks, such as turning clocks to Standard time before Worship on November 5th, and our annual meeting of the congregation on November 19th after Worship.

The meeting of the congregation is not a major event for us, but it does provide us with the opportunities to look at how our church is running financially and to elect officers.  There are some, however, who are spending a fair amount of time and energy preparing for that meeting.  Those are the folks who are on the Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee. 

The Nominating Committee is searching for those whom God has chosen to serve us as officers.  We pray that God will assist them in their search.

The Finance Committee is busy preparing a budget for our congregation for 2018.  They have sent you  a letter asking you to “pledge” an amount of money for the church.  In other words, they have asked you to estimate or plan how much you will give to support the expenses of our congregation for 2018.

For some of us, this is a time to think ahead and plan our giving to the church.  For some this is a little difficult because when you look at your church giving for an entire year, it can come out to quite a bit and be a bit intimidating.  We do need to remember that this is for an entire year.

But as I have been reading through the final chapters of the gospel of Matthew to prepare for my sermons, I have been reminded of a reason why giving generously to your church and other Christian Missions and organizations are important.

As we read the last 3 chapters of Matthew we come across some interesting financial transactions.
The first is, of course the offer and the payment and return of the payment of the 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus to the arresting party.

The second occurs after the resurrection of Jesus when the priests paid a “large sum of money” to those who had guarded the tomb of Jesus and reported his resurrection.  This money was to purchase a lie from the guards that Jesus’ followers had stolen his body.

It appears that Satan always has enough funds at his disposal to hamper the progress of the cause of Christ.  If we look at our world we see the governments of several nations that use funds from the treasuries of their countries to persecute Christians and hinder the progress of the Gospel.  We also see some organizations in our own nation which have considerable funds to oppose some aspect of the way Christians express their faith and obey Christ.
So, if the powers of darkness seem to have considerable funds to oppose the gospel, we who love the Lord need to fund our church and denomination and missions well to assist the progress of the gospel.

Martin Luther is often quoted as asking why the devil had all the good music.  We might also ask why he also seems to have more money.

There is another series of transactions that are implied in the death and resurrection narratives of the gospels.  Joseph and Nicodemus spent considerable money on the tomb and the spices to prepare Jesus’ body.
Your donations to our congregation and its missions and ministry may be more important than you can imagine.  May God bless you as you think about these things.

On Sunday, October 29th, we had our Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot.  I am grateful to Scott for his leadership of this event.

In November we will have several events you will want to look for.

On November 11th there will be a Fall Work Day at the church property starting at 9:00 AM.

On November 12 we will have our Jubilee Christmas Launch during Worship.

On Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 we will have our Thanksgiving Eve Service.

We will decorate our sanctuary and fellowship hall sometime at the end of November or the beginning of December.  As far as I know, the date has not yet been set, so watch for it.

As November continues, and we find ourselves in a season of Thanksgiving, we should be grateful for each other, our families, and God’s bringing us into his Kingdom.  Know that I am thankful for each of you and for the privilege of being…

Your Pastor,
Dave Horner

 

Clerks Corner

At its October 9,2017 meeting the Session:

  • Met with Rob and Holly Donaldson, and with Morgan and Melissa Sparks as they shared information about  their background and their faith.  At the conclusion of the discussion it was moved and seconded to accept them as members of Faith Church; the motion carried unanimously. All four individuals were enthusiastically welcomed into the fellowship of our church.
  • Was informed of a wedding scheduled for December 9, 2017 in our sanctuary, Pastor Brice from Resurrection Church officiating.  Session members agreed by consent to set the fee for nonmembers at $75.00.
  • Retroactively appointed Elders Jean McCoy and Steven Varys as Commissioners to the Presbytery of the Midwest meeting held on September 15/16, 2017 at Covenant Church in West Lafayette, IN.
  • Learned that operating expenditures through September are below the budgeted projections, and accepted the financial report provided by Treasurer Carol Gentry.
  • Was provided information by Elder Don Gentry concerning preparations for interviews of applicants as successors to Pastor Horner’s position on his retirement.
  • Reviewed the urgent need to have more members of the Congregation to join the church choir.
  • Learned that all current members of the Session and of the Board of Deacons are eligible to serve a second term of office beginning in 2018.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session

 

Worship Information

November   5, 2017
His Blood Is on Us!
Matthew 27:11-25

November  12, 2017
Jonathan’s Victory?
I Samuel 14:1-23

November  19, 2017
The Suffering of Our Lord
Matthew 27:26-50

November  26, 2017
A Rash Act
1 Samuel 14:24-46

 


Birthdays

November     1   Thomas Michael Housley
November     2   Cheri Sparks
November     3   Sarah Tyler
November     4   Josh White
November     7   Lars Hem
November   12   Tammy Sandel
November   17   Cathy Lockwood
November   17   Penelope Cress
November   19   Elizabeth Parker
November   21   Carol Graefnitz
November   22   Theo Van Cott
November   23   Ken Sandel 
November   25   Jean McCoy
November   25   Jonathan Moore
November   27   Dewi Sidharta
November   28   Frances Janovitz


Anniversaries

November    2   Ron & Brenda Hardesty
November    7   Dan & Kathy Trinkle
November  11   Bert & Becky Chapman
November  11   Dennis & Nancy Dunn
November  24   John & Lola Miller
November  27   Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston

 

Community Worship Services

Sunday, November 5
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 12
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 October.

October     1   Don & Carol Gentry

October     8   The Kirby Family

October    15   Terry & Jane Stewart

October    22   The Wagner Family

October    29   Dennis & Nancy Dunn

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby

 

Greeters for November

November     5   The White Family

November   12   The Kucik Family

November   19   The Kain Family

November   26   The Johnson Family

 

* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. In honor and celebration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, we will be studying a book on the reformation.  We will close promptly at 8:00 p.m.  We hope you will join us!

 

* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, November 6th 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. 

 

* Church Outside Cleanup Day — Workers are needed to clean up the courtyard and landscaping on Saturday November 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Bring your gloves, rakes, etc. Questions? Contact Sergey or Ron.

 

* Youth Discipleship will be helping out with the Family Fellowship Dinner Sunday, November 12th. Participants should plan on arriving at 4:00 p.m. and staying through the meal. They will also be meeting on Sunday, November 26th from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. This is a great time to bring a friend!

 

* The next Family Fellowship Dinner will take place Sunday, November 12th at 5:30 p.m. Please come and bring a friend or neighbor. RSVP with Scott by Wednesday, November 8th. 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.

 

* Jubilee Christmas 2017 — Jubilee Christmas is coming!  For anyone not familiar with Jubilee, it's a program coordinated by LUM.  It gives low-income parents an opportunity to select gifts for their children, so that they can be “heroes” in the eyes of their children on Christmas morning.

Jubilee Christmas at Faith will be celebrated on Saturday, December 9th starting with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. We will be hosting up to 16 families.  Lots of help will be needed to make it a special day for our guests. 

The launch of our preparations for Jubilee Christmas is on Sunday, November 12th in the Fellowship Hall. You will have a chance to choose ways to help make this a special day for our families, either by baking, buying toys or items for the families, or helping on the day of jubilee. Please join us at the Christmas tree to sign up and see the many ways you can become involved with this great mission of our church and LUM. 

Please see Carol Goodrich or Ron Smith for any questions.  

 

* Special Announcement Congregational meetingThe annual meeting of the Congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m.  During the meeting the Session will present the Budget for 2018. The Congregation will elect new Deacons and Elders. The congregation will also be asked to approve the Pastors’ Salary Packages for 2018.  There will also be an opportunity to present new business at the meeting. We hope you will plan to attend.

 

* Please join us for a Vesper Service on Sunday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. at Westminster Village.

 

* Worship at Faith Church Thanksgiving Eve — Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. we will gather as families to give thanks to God for His many blessings.  It will be a service of sharing in different ways—by speaking about God’s goodness to us, by bringing food or money gifts for the Food Pantry to create a cornucopia in front of the sanctuary, and by singing our praises to Him. Join us in Fellowship Hall after the service for a time of fellowship with cider and doughnut holes.

 

* Hanging of the Greens — The Greening of the Church will be Saturday, December 2nd at 9:00 a.m. Please come and help us decorate for Christmas! Many hands make light work.

 

* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for November 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.  The administrators also like to distribute personal care supplies when they are available. We will be collecting items through the month of November.

Please consider donating again to this VERY WORTHWHILE cause.

The types of items they need are: Shampoo, Conditioner, Tooth Brushes, Toothpaste, and Toilet Paper (preferably 4 packs for ease of  distribution)

Please contact Dave Stith .

 

 * A couple of weeks ago we sent out our annual pledge letter and card to let you help determine the future of Faith Presbyterian Church. If you did not receive a pledge card in the mail, there are some on the table by the office. If you have already pledged, thank you. Please give prayerful consideration to your pledge and how best you can serve our church.     
 
Carol Gentry
Treasurer

 

* Dear Friend, 

You are invited to join Host-A-Boiler for Thanksgiving Break, a one-time event matching for community hosts and international student guests! Local community members, faculty and staff are asked to play host for a meal, a family gathering or community event during the Thanksgiving Break to international students who may not have the opportunity to go back home during Thanksgiving Break.

Visit https://www.ippu.purdue.edu/HostABoiler/ to find more details with deadlines for signing up.

Thanks in advance for reaching out to students at these special holiday times!