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January 2018 Newsletter

Dec 29, 2017

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

There are many “perks” for being the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church.  One of them is that Dennis Dunn sends me everyday a selection of Comic Strips.  Today’s selection included an old BC strip (by the late Johnny Hart) that speaks to our current situation of passing from one year to another.  In the comic strip, two ants are conversing: “I figured out why we celebrate New Year’s Eve by dropping a ball...What do we do every time we make a New Year’s resolution?…. We drop the ball.” (Thanks, Dennis)  I hope that if you do make any resolutions for the new year, that you will not drop the ball.

As I look back on the month of December 2017, I do not see where anyone has dropped the ball.  There were many activities, and all were carried out well. 

On December 2nd several people gathered to put up the Christmas Decorations.  Along with many of our current members and attendees, a former member came from Richmond VA to help us.  OK, I guess Jackie Stewart was really in town to visit her parents, but it was good to see her and she did help us decorate for the Advent/Christmas Season.

On December 9th we celebrated Jubilee Christmas and hosted 16 families.  We and our guests were given a fine breakfast by the Stiths and their helpers, and then our guests went into the Sanctuary for a brief worship service led by Scott Cress.  (Grieke played the Piano).  After the service, all present went back into fellowship hall where our guests received many presents for their children. That part of the day was moderated by Santa (aka Dan Trinkle).

Our leaders for Jubilee Christmas this year were Ron Smith, Carol Goodrich, LouAnn Johnston, and Dorothy Bethel.  I thank them for their excellent planning and work and in gathering together a large group of volunteers to buy gifts, bake, cook, and be present on the 9th.   And I thank all of you who helped in many different ways.

On December 10th, the children and teachers of our Sunday School put on a Christmas program for us (which included a decorated six legged camel!) after Worship.  It was marvelous and included nearly every Christian Christmas theme I could think of.  Erin Ward appeared to be in charge of the program, and I thank her and her helpers, and especially the children.

On the 17th we ordained and installed our new Ruling Elders and Deacons.  Josh White was ordained and installed as a Ruling Elder, while Kris Stith and Carol Goodrich were installed to begin a new 3 year term as Ruling Elders.  They, along with Jan Hem, Peggy Housley, Jean McCoy, Don Gentry, LouAnn Johnston and Sergey Dubikovsky will be the Ruling Elders on our Session in 2018.

We also installed Ann Freeman, Emily Matthews, Dave Stith, and Jennifer White as Deacons.  They, along with Dorothy Bethel, April Saputo, Ron Smith, Jane Stewart, Lonni Kucik, Debbie Fleetham, Frank Saputo, and Shana Cress will be our Deacons for 2018.
Diane and I hosted an open house on the afternoon of December 17th.  It appeared that everyone who attended had a good time.  I thank you all for coming.

On December 24th, we had two worship Services.  Scott led our 9:30 service while I rested up to lead the Christmas Eve Service and the Christmas Day Service.

After the Christmas Eve Service, we had a buffet which included sandwiches and desserts.  I thank all who brought food.  We had a lot.  We ate a lot.

As I look back over 2017 I want to note the passing of two of our church members.  Kathy Bowker died in July, and Maxine Jones left us in August.  They are both missed by their friends and families, but we have confidence in the resurrections of all believers.

As we pass from one year to another, we will very early in the new year complete a long term project.  It was during Advent of 2014 that I began preaching our way though the Gospel of Matthew.  When I started, I had no idea that it would take over 3 years to get through Matthew.  From my perspective it has been a labor of love and I hope it has been helpful to all of you.  But, as all earthly works come to an end, we will finish Matthew on January 14th.  It took so long because we only preached from it on every other Sunday, sometimes also taking off on some of the holidays. 

So, as I finish that task, I am planning to continue our journey through I Samuel and begin a sermon series on the Letter of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians.  The first sermon on Ephesians will be on January 28th.

On January 7th, Seven people will join our congregation by professing their faith during Worship.  They are: Carolyn Brissey, Nancy Linnemann, Claudio Freitas, Melissa Sparks, Morgan Sparks, and Holly and Rob Donaldson.

As we look forward to the challenges of a new year, let’s all pray that we will be able to make use of the opportunities that the Lord will give us, and faithfully serve Him in another year.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner

 

Worship Information

January  7, 2018
Two Messages
Matthew 28:1-15

January 14, 2018
The Task
Matthew 28:16-20

January 21, 2018
How to Diminish a Victory
1 Samuel 14:24-47

January  28, 2018
What Hath God Wrought?
Ephesians 1:1-14

 

 

Birthdays

January     3   Jack Wood
January     6   Leonard Sidharta
January     8   Mark Varys
January   12   Austin Sandel
January   12   Mike Lockwood
January   13   Carol Gentry
January   14   Issac Houghton Old
January   15   Frank Saputo
January   16   Alyssa Kirby
January   16   Dan Trinkle
January   16   Jennifer White
January   17   Corrine Janovitz 
January   21   Jessica Hem
January   24   John Miller
January   26   Celine Sidharta
January   26   Penny Winship
January   27   Dale Housley
January   31   Samuel Trinkle

 

Community Worship Services

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

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

Sunday, January 21
Cumberland Pointe
3:00 p.m.

 

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

December      3   Don & Carol Gentry

December    10   Steve & Mary Lou Varys

December    17   The Saputo Family

December    24   The Kirby Family

December    31   The Wagner Family

For the Deacons,
Andy Kirby

 

Greeters for January

January      7   Dennis & Nancy Dunn  

January    14   The Johnson Family

January    21   The Kain Family

January    28   Terry & Jane Stewart

 

* Sunday School Schedule – Sunday School will resume on January 7th.

 

* 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 John. 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. 

 

* We will taking down the Christmas decorations Sunday, January 7th after the Worship Service, except for the Poinsettias. So have some coffee, then help us to un-green the church and pack up everything. Many hands make light work.

 

* Clerk’s Corner —  The Session did not meet at a regular meeting in December.  The next scheduled meeting of the Session is January 8th.

Submitted by
J.M.Honig
Clerk of Session

 

* Mission of the Month — Our Mission of the Month for January will be Trinity Life Ministry. Trinity helps men with addictions of various types by helping them become disciples of Christ.  The main location is in Crawfordsville but you probably know about their thrift store here in Lafayette.  The store here and the one in Crawfordsville help to fund the ministry and provide places for the guests to work in their spare time. 

The success rate of this ministry is amazing compared to most rehabilitation programs. Without question, there is power in including Christ in the program and letting Him lead the way for these men.

The needs for the new group are as follows: Twin sheet sets, Pillows, Pillow cases, Towels, Wash cloths, Laundry Baskets, Laundry Soap and Blankets.

The ministry likes to give each guest a new set of linens, etc. to signify their “New Beginning” but gently used items in great condition are also appreciated.

 

* Library Notes: Re-vitalize your time with God. January is a good time to begin a new Bible study.  On the shelves in the Fellowship Hall, you will find an assortment of Bible studies for individual or small group study.  These materials are available for check out.  Sign the card in the pocket and leave it on the bookshelf across the room. 

 

* A lost coat: About 6 weeks ago one of the men of our church wore a leather coat to church, hung it up on one of our pegs, and Worshiped in the sanctuary.  When he was ready to go home, his coat was gone.  I assumed that someone mistook his coat for theirs, and took it home.  So if you have a leather coat at home, would you please check and make sure it is yours?  And if it isn’t, please let us know that you have the missing coat.

Thanks,
Dave Horner

 

* Dear Faith Congregation,

Thank you for your amazing generosity! With your help, I was able to take 97 pounds of supplies that I left in Myanmar. The medications were most appreciated by Nee Nee and will be used in her clinic. I’m not sure which was more popular-the reading glasses or the soccer balls-but I think the adults fought over the glasses more than the kids fought over the balls! It was a wonderful trip in a very rural part of Myanmar (North West). You have been wonderfully supportive of me throughout my life and work. Even though I do not make it to WL as often to visit, you are still my home.

Love, Kristin Hem

 

* Jubilee Christmas - Jubilee Christmas was once again a huge success thanks to all the support and contributions received from the Faith Church congregation. Members of sixteen local families gathered at our church on Saturday, December 9, to eat breakfast together, learn why we celebrate Jubilee Christmas, and then choose and wrap presents for their forty-three children and teenagers.  Over fifty people were able to attend the event, including fifteen members of Purdue Crew. The volunteers included hosts and hostesses, wrapping assistants, piano players who provided a festive atmosphere, Santa, (Dan Trinkle) the emcee for the event, and others who helped where needed.

Lots of work by many hands before December 9 was required. We thank all of you who prayed for us, shopped, donated money, baked, and helped set-up on Friday evening. We want to recognize four individuals whose efforts insured Jubilee’s success. Lou Ann Johnston and Dorothy Bethel spent countless hours on such tasks as making gift tags, sorting presents, assigning families to hosts and hostesses, purchasing the family gifts, and set-up and clean-up. Dave and Kris Stith organized and prepared the breakfast, kept tasty treats available throughout the morning, and prepared the buckets of homemade cookies. Thank you so much.

As co-chairs of Jubilee Christmas, we want to express our appreciation to Faith Church for its support of Jubilee Christmas. Because of your generosity, forty-three children received a special Christmas from their parents.
    
Ron Smith and Carol Goodrich