Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

February 2018 Newsletter

Feb 1, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

It certainly has been wintery this winter.  We have had cold, (in fact I have a cold as I write this), and snow, and are in the midst of an influenza epidemic.  We need some pleasant distractions and February is always willing to oblige.  It is the shortest month and has the most holidays or “special” Days.
February always has Groundhog Day, Valentine’s day, and Presidents’ day.  In recent years it has also been the month for Super bowl Sunday.

Those special days are often joined by some church holidays.  This year February will also have Transfiguration Sunday, Ash Wednesday and the first two Sundays in Lent.

I would remind you that although we do not have a specific service for Ash Wednesday, we do have our morning prayers service each Wednesday, and you are all welcome to join us as you begin your Lenten Season on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 a.m.

I have determined to continue our practice of reading through one of the gospels during Lent, and this year I have selected the Gospel of John.  If you read 3 and a half  chapters each week during Lent you will be finished before Easter.  In connection with that practice, I will also be preaching from passages in the gospel of John during Lent.  You will see the first two listed later in this publication.

As I think of the upcoming February I have a few “notes” for you.

On Valentines Day we honor and are grateful for those we love.  But some of those fellows named “Valentine” whose names are honored on that day were imprisoned or died because they stood up for Jesus.  As you all know, our Brother in Christ, Andrew Brunson, a Pastor in our denomination, is still in prison in Turkey.   Valentine’s Day would be a good time for us to remember him and pray for his release and safety.

On Super bowl Sunday (February 4th)  we will be celebrating “Souper-bowl Sundae”.  The Ladies of the church will prepare various kinds of soup for us to sample and eat, and there will be Ice Cream Sundae makings so you can construct your own dessert. 

As you look forward to February, I need to mention some of the highlights of the first month of 2018.
On January 7th we welcomed seven new members into our congregation.  They are: Carolyn Brissey, Nancy Linnemann, Claudio Freitas, Melissa Sparks, Morgan Sparks, Holly Donaldson, and Rob Donaldson.  We are glad that they have become a part of us.

At its first meeting of 2018, the Session elected Carol Gentry to be our church treasurer and Jurgen Honig to be our Clerk of Session.  We also appointed the following to be the Chairpersons of committees:
Carol Goodrich and Jan Hem will co-chair the Worship and Music Committee.
Don Gentry will chair the Personnel Committee and be the Session Liaison to the Finance  Committee.
Lou Ann Johnston will chair the Congregational Life Committee, assisted by Jean McCoy and Peggy Housley.
Sergey Dubikovsky will chair the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
Kris Stith will chair the Christian Ed Committee.
Josh White will chair the Communications Committee.

The Deacons also Elected new officers.  Jennifer White will be the Moderator, Jane Stewart will be the Vice Modertaor, Lonnie Kucik will be the Secretary, and Dorothy Bethel will continue to serve as the Treasurer of the Deacons.

On the first Sunday of January, some of you remained after worship and removed and put away the Christmas decorations.  The Session and I are grateful for your help.

During Lent this year you may notice something new, or in a different place.  As you know, Kathleen Kirsch made seasonal Pulpit Falls that grace the front of our pulpit during the year.  Upon her request, and in consultation with some others, we are going to display a different Pulpit Fall during Lent.  If you have come to our Maundy Thursday service you might recognize it.  In previous years, we have displayed this rather dramatic item only on Maundy Thursday, but this year we will be using it for all of the Sundays in Lent and on Maundy Thursday.  Let us know what you think of this change.

It is time for me to engage in my daily prayer for the end of winter, so I will end this for now.

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its January 8, 2018 meeting the Session:

  • Unanimously approved the communion schedule for 2018.
  • Reappointed  Carol Gentry as Treasurer, Jurgen Honig as Clerk of Session, and Ronald Smith as Financial Reviewer.
  • Voted unanimously to establish as soon as  possible a system of two counters of the Sunday offerings.
  • Approved the committee assignments for Ruling Elders as follows - Finance : Carol Gentry; Liaison: Don Gentry; Building and Grounds : Sergey Dubikovsky; Personnel: Don  Gentry; Worship and Music: Carol Goodrich and Jan Hem; Congregational Life: Lou Ann Johnston, Peggy Housley, Jean McCoy; Christian Education: Kris Stith; Communications - Josh White.
  • Approved the annual housing allowance for Pastor Horner at $8500.00 and for Associate Pastor Cress at $12000.00.
  • Accepted the fiscal report for December 2017 prepared by Treasurer Carol Gentry.
  • Thanked Deacon Ron Smith for preparing a list of tasks completed by the Building and Grounds Committee in December 2017 and for the hours required for their completion.
  • Reviewed the performance by Emily Newman, the newly appointed Choir Director, who is fulfilling all assigned tasks. A previously scheduled salary increase will take effect in January.
  • Elder Gentry and Pastor Horner commented on a web conference related to safety and violence in church settings. They suggested the formation of a task force, consisting of  Darrell Clase, Ron Smith, and Glenn Sparks to consider this problem and to develop recommendations. Pastor Horner will ask these individuals to undertake this task.
  • Agreed unanimously to approve an attendance policy for session meetings.
  • Was assured that monies given for organ improvement (not maintenance) are on hold at this point. Proposals for organ renovation are still being received.
  • Noted the installation of the following officers on December 17, 2017:  Ruling Elders: Carol Goodrich and Kris Stith. Deacons: Ann Freeman, Emily Matthews, Dave Stith and Jennifer White.
  • Noted that Joshua White was ordained and installed as a Ruling Elder on December 17, 2017.
  • Was informed of seven new members who were received into fellowship with the Congregation on January 7, 2018 by Profession of Faith: Carolyn Brissey, Nancy Linnemann, Claudio Freitas, Melissa and Morgan Sparks, Holly and Rob Donaldson.
  •  Was notified of the Annual Report contributions deadline of January 19, 2018.

I thank Elder Peggy Housley for taking the notes in my absence of the January 8, 2018 Session meeting, on which the above summary is based.

J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

February    4, 2018
Who Is At the Meal?
Ephesians 1:15-23

February 11, 2018
God’s Reckoning
1 Samuel 15

February  18, 2018
Born Again, Part One
John 3:1-15

February 25, 2018
Born Again, Part Two
John 3:16-21




February    2   Pat Short
February    2   Rev. Stuart Robertson
February    4   Lou Ann Johnston
February    4   Margaret Parker
February    5   Natasha Landolt
February    6   Alexeya Barr
February    6   Erin Ward
February    9   Joshua Ward
February    9   Verona Clark
February   19   Polly Tyler
February   24   Emma Parker
February   26   Jo Honig


February   13   Fred & Carol Fillmore
February   27   Dave & Kris Stith


Community Worship Services

Sunday, February 4
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 11
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 January.

January      7   Dennis & Nancy Dunn

January    14   The Johnson Family

January    21   The Kain Family

January    28   Terry & Jane Stewart

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews


* That Sam I am! That Sam I am! He's 18 years old, that Sam I am!

Stop by and celebrate with Samuel! Open House on Saturday, February 3rd, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. No gifts. Just bring yourself.


* The Women’s Group will be hosting a Souper-Bowl Sundae lunch on Sunday, February 4th after church at noon. Bring your favorite soup or bread. Sundaes will be the dessert. Come in your favorite jersey and support your team! All are welcome!


* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Come join us for prayer, engaging conversation, and meaningful fellowship. We close promptly at 8:00 p.m. We will start a short study of Joshua. See you there! 


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, February 5th 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 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. 


* Valentine Cookie Project — We need names and  addresses of all our college students. You can give those to LouAnn Johnston, Peggy Housley or Jean McCoy. We also need cookie bakers and packers. If you could, please bake two dozen cookies, pack them by twos into small plastic bags and deliver to the church by Sunday, February 11th.  We also need help to pack the boxes for mailing and delivery after church next Sunday on February 11th. A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.


* The next Family Fellowship Dinner will take place February 18th at 5:30 p.m. Don't forget to invite friends and neighbors!


* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for February 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 February.

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

Questions? Please contact Dave Stith.


* Faith Presbyterian Church Directory! The directory can be viewed on your mobile device. The directory is password protected so your personal information can only be accessed by those members that have the password. A password can be requested from the church office to down load a pdf copy to your computer. The link to download the directory is on our website. Printed copies are also available, you may request one from the office.  In order for you to use a mobile device, your email address must be in the directory. If your email is not listed in the directory, please let Brenda know so it can be added.

After you have down loaded the Instant Church Directory App on your mobile device, you will be asked to enter in your email address as it's listed in our directory. Once you enter your email address, you will  receive a password. You will receive one password per device. Entering the password starts the download of the directory to your device, and once it has completed you will be able to search for families and members and call and email right from the app.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.


* Five of our church members gave a gift of their time to the CWU/Tippecanoe County Food Pantry on the 21st and 22nd of December. Our thanks to Grieke Toebes, Ann Freeman, Karen Gilliom, Kris Stith and Carol Goodrich - your efforts are greatly appreciated!!


* Jessica Stewart, a “daughter” of Faith Presbyterian Church, is getting married! Many of you remember little Jessie Stewart, one of three Stewart girls to grow up in Faith Church. We supported her many mission trips over the years, and Jessie now practices medicine in Durham, NC.

Our little Jessie is getting married on February 10th to Garret Prestwood, another of God’s servants. Garret served as a church planter in Croatia for 11 years. To learn more about both Garret and Jessie, visit their wedding website: It contains suggestions for donations you can make to their favorite missions instead of purchasing a gift. We wish God’s blessings on their union.