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March 2018 Newsletter

Feb 28, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

The worst is over.  At least the worst weather for this winter is over.  Probably.  As is normal for this part of God’s world, we had all kinds of extreme weather during February.  We had ice and snow (which could have been much worse, and was much worse not too far away).  We had rain, lots of it, in a short time.  It will take longer for the water levels in the Wabash to go down than it took for the rain to come.  We had Temperatures in the single digits and in the low sixties.  And in spite of all that we had church every Sunday and even managed to get in a few special events. 

On the first Sunday in February, we looked forward to the Super Bowl football game by having a “Souper Bowl Sundae” event earlier that day.  This has become a popular event among us and this year once again there were a plethora of soups, really good soups, for us to sample.  The problem for me was that there were so many that I could not sample them all.  So maybe we ought to have more soups at our other food events.  (Just a thought.)

After the soup, we had Ice cream Sundaes.  AND we had Sam Trinkle’s 18th Birthday Cake.  There was a party scheduled for him the day before, but he became ill and the party was canceled.  So the Trinkles donated their cake to the Soup luncheon.  It was delicious. I had a pretty big piece.

On the following Sunday, the ladies of the church packed cookies to send and give to our College Students for Valentines day.  They had lovingly baked the cookies at home earlier.

On the 14th, Nicolas Cress was born.  I hope that you will have an opportunity to get to know him, he is a really great guy.  It appears that he might become a large person, so you might want to become friends with him while he is smaller.

On the 16th and 17th there was a Presbytery Meeting in Greenville Ohio.  I was the only representative of our congregation in attendance.  A lot of our congregations are receiving and installing new pastors and five of them were examined at the meeting.

On the 18th we had a Fellowship Dinner at the church.  The Cresses were busy with their newborn son, and in their absence, the Kucik’s hosted.  We appreciate their service.

As we look forward to March, we will have some other important events at Faith Presbyterian Church.

First of all, if you want to be on time for church on March 11th you will want to turn your clock ahead one hour either that morning or the night before. 

And, since Easter is on the First of April, all of our Holy Week services will be on the last week of March, starting with Palm Sunday on March 25th.  As we are reading the Gospel of John, on Palm Sunday I will be preaching about the Palm Sunday event as it was recorded by John.
On Thursday March 29th we will have our Maundy Thursday Communion Service in the evening.

On Friday, March 30 we will have our Good Friday Services at Noon and 7:00 PM.  As always, it will be the same service at both times.

Since Easter will be celebrated in April, I will not speak of it in this issue of the Newsletter, except to mention that if you are preparing food for the Easter Brunch, you will want to prepare it in March.

And now for my “message for the month”

On Wednesday, March 21 Billy Graham died at the age of 99.  He had titles of “Reverend” and “Doctor” and was on a first name basis with kings and presidents, but in his mind and in our hearts he was “Billy”.  He was a simple country boy who was called by God to preach the gospel in the Modern Era, and he demonstrated to us how faithful and single-minded a man even in our time can be in following the Lord.  He also demonstrated a wisdom from beyond his age.  When he was building his Evangelistic Association, he put around him people who would keep him honest with himself and others.  These were not “yes men”.  He married a spiritually mighty and wise woman who also kept him well grounded in the mountains and in the Lord when he returned from palaces and stadiums.  On his tombstone you will find only one word, “Preacher”.

Under his leadership, His team was quick to adopt new techniques for new venues, and to be on the cutting edge of new discipleship materials to help those who made commitments to Christ at his meetings so they could mature in their faith.

On the day after his death, I heard that someone had declared that he was the greatest evangelist of the last 1900 years.  I thought that might be an overstatement and am pretty sure that Billy would have agreed with me.  He stood on the shoulders of Billy Sunday, DL Moody and Spurgeon and was proud of that heritage.  He was the first to adapt their methods to large arenas with electronic sound systems.
And he probably had a greater impact than any others, not because he was the greatest, but because of changes in the world and technology after Word War II.

I was privileged in my lifetime to have been a part of three different events that were a part of the ministry of Billy Graham.  I served as a counselor in two different “Evangelistic Meetings” (we used to call them “Crusades”), and in between I was privileged to attend the “Billy Graham School of Evangelism” as a pastor.  My parents told me that the year before I was born, they provided transportation for Billy in their car as he   arrived for his “Crusade” at the Lyric Theater in Baltimore in 1949.

Perhaps even more importantly, I was the Pastor of some who were forever grateful for Billy Graham because God used him to lead themselves or some of their loved ones into the Kingdom of God.

At the end of this month, on Friday, the 30th of March, Good Friday, we will remember that Jesus died on a cross just outside of Jerusalem.  I hope that you will remember that Jesus died on that cross for you, because you are loved by Him and His Father.  Just as Billy used to tell us.

I am looking forward to March, and the celebration that comes on the day after.

May God bless us all,

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner

 

Clerks Corner

At its regular February 13, 2018 meeting  the Session:

Was informed that Pastor Horner is attending the Presbytery meeting on Friday/Saturday February 16/17, 2018.

Agreed to set up schedules for cleaning of the church building, and engaging a commercial cleaning service as needed.

Was informed that Vacation Bible School will be held on June 11 -15, 2018, which will be centered on a Wild West Adventures theme.

Accepted the monthly financial report submitted by Treasurer Gentry; income and expenses are in balance.

Learned that the worship and music committee is waiting to receive a proposal from the Wicks Organ Company for the repairs to and upgrade of the present organ.

Was informed of the current status pertaining to negotiations for the call of a pastor to succeed Pastor Horner on his retirement.
 
Will set the date of the March meeting.

Submitted by
J. M. Honig
Clerk of Session

 

Worship Information

March 4, 2018
The Bread of Life
John 6:41-59

March 11, 2018
The Vine or Abide in Me
John 15:1-17

March 18, 2018
The Prayer
John 17

March 25, 2018
The Constituency of the Crowd
John 12:1 & 9-19

 

Birthdays

March     1   Don Gentry
March     2   Jackie Stewart
March     5   Joram Stith
March    12   Jessica Stewart Prestwood
March    15   Melissa Sparks
March    16   Chase Latour
March    16   Emily Matthews
March    21   Eleanor McKay
March    22   Doug Varys
March    25   Olivia Wood
March    30   Robert Stith

 

Community Worship Services

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

Sunday, March 11
Tippecanoe Villa
1:30 p.m.
Friendship House
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 18
Cumberland Pointe
3:00 p.m.

 

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

If you would like to volunteer to greet fellow worshippers, please contact Emily Matthews at 583-4111 or mattheer@purdue.edu.

Thanks for the consideration.

 

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews

February      4   Rob & Holly Donaldson

February    11   Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston

February    18   Ron & Brenda Hardesty

February    25   Bert & Becky Chapman

 

Greeters for March

March           4   The Saputo Family

March          11   The White Family

March          18   Gayle Weast & Olivia Wood

March          25   Deb Johnson & Karen Gilliom

 

* 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 are studying the Gospel of John. See you there! 

 

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

 

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

 

* Holy Week Services — Palm Sunday will be on March 25th.  Maundy Thursday Communion Service will take place at 7:00 p.m. on March 29th  and our Good Friday Service will be held twice, at Noon and at 7:00 p.m. on March 30th. Our Easter Celebration will begin at the normal time of 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1st. There will be no Sunday School on Easter, but there will be a Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt following Worship that day.

 

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt

HE IS RISEN!
Be sure to sign up for the Easter Brunch
following services on April 1st.
There will be fantastic food, fine fellowship,
and an  exciting egg hunt for the young ones.

Sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall

 

 

* Our Faith Presbyterian Mission of the Month for March will be collecting food items for the Klondike School Backpack Program.

They would like fun type snack foods such as granola bars, fruit snacks, raisins, fun cereals in small boxes, etc.  Normally they send home 24 backpacks.

We will be delivering these snacks on March 21st, so donations need to be in before that day.  Sunday, March 18th will be the last Sunday that we will collect, but we won't pack things up until Wednesday  morning. Thank you for your continuous support for these missions.  I can't emphasize enough how appreciated you and your generosity are!  

Questions? Contact Dave Stith.

 

* The Cress family would like to thank the congregation for all the cards, prayers, and meals that have been provided during our transition into a family of five. We are thankful to have so many share in our joy while making it an easier transition! We look forward to introducing Nicholas soon!