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April 2018 Newsletter

Mar 30, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

When I discovered that Easter is on April Fools day this year, I remembered some of the Easters I had celebrated during my ministry, and thought that surely some of them were on April Fools day.  I was wrong.  It turned out that Easter has not been on April 1 since 1956, nineteen years before I was ordained and 20 years before my first Easter as a Pastor. 

In planning for the sermons of this Easter season, I thought that I would refer to the supposed foolishness of those of us who believe in the resurrection of Jesus and, later on, of his followers.  But the sermons are done and I didn’t go there.  Easter is so solemn and so holy and so joy-bringing, that my mind never once went in that direction.

Easter is the day that changed the calendar.  Under Judaism, the day to worship was set by God as Saturday.  But after Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday, Those who believed in Him started to gather to celebrate his resurrection each Sunday, and eventually, it became the day for Christians to worship.

So, every time we worship on Sunday, we honor the one who so blessed that day of the week by rising from the dead and demonstrating that yes, God can raise his son from death, and has promised to do the same for us.  Sundays, and especially Easter Sundays are occasions to celebrate the eternal lives that God had promised to bestow upon those of us who believe in His Son.

I am praying that you and I will have a most blessed Easter this coming weekend.

We will have the regular Easter activities: Worship with Communion at 9:30, the Easter Brunch following Worship, and the Easter Egg hunt for the children sometime during the brunch.

Later this month, we will have some other special events.

On April 22nd, we will have Youth Sunday, a day to honor our young people and listen to a few of them as they lead us in worship.  Scott will be preparing the young people to lead us.

On April 29th, the Deacons will be presenting the Mission Fair, which will feature the missions which our congregation supports.  We are also planning to have a special message during Worship from one of our “Missionaries”.

Lafayette Urban Ministries is having their anniversary “Follies Dinner” on April 13th.  Dave Stith will be performing this year, and we usually have several of our members attending, so if you wish to go, contact one of our Deacons.  They should be able to direct you to the person who will be making reservations.

I will be away from April 22nd to the 28th, so if you have a need for pastoral care, call the church office and Brenda will direct you.
Lent and Easter have given us a chance to delve briefly into the gospel of John, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  But now it is time to return to our series on I Samuel and Ephesians.  As I look forward to those passages, I think God has some important things to say to us in April, May, and June.

In addition to all of its other activities, April will also be time for us to bid farewell to Scott and Shana and their three children.  Scott’s time as our Associate Pastor will end at the end of April.  I will not tell you what he is going to be doing, that is his news to share in another part of this newsletter.

All I will say here is that I have appreciated working with Scott and that I greatly value Shana and their children and wish them well as they serve God throughout their lives.

Your Pastor,
Dave Horner

 

Clerks Corner

At its regular March 6, 2018 meeting the Session:

  • Learned that the Safety Committee is planning to prepare a series of recommendations.
  • Accepted the financial report prepared by Treasurer Carol Gentry. Except for unanticipated expenses charged to the Buildings and Grounds Committee, income and expenses are in balance.
  • Was informed that an extensive listing of weekly cleaning tasks has been compiled.
  • Took note of Associate Pastor Cress’ decision that he did not feel called to accept the position of Pastor at Faith Church after Pastor Horner’s retirement. The Session and Congregation must now move to terminate Reverend Cress’ call to Faith Church, at a date yet to be established; this action must also be approved by the Presbytery of the Midwest. The Search committee will proceed at the end of March to interview a second candidate to fill the position. If necessary an Interim Pastor will have to be appointed.
  •  Approved a request by members of a chapter of the PEO for use of the Faith Church facilities to hold a fund-raising supper on October 17, 2018.

Set the next meeting for April 10, 2018.

Submitted by

J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session

 

Worship Information

April 1, 2018
Peace Be With You
John 20:1-20

April 8, 2018
Total Re-Call
John 21:1-23

April 15, 2018
A King Selected and Trained
I Samuel 16

April 22, 2018
Youth Sunday

April 29, 2018
Dead
Ephesians 2:1-10


Birthdays

April       2   Carol Goodrich
April       5   Dave Stith
April       7   Katie Dale
April      11   Christian Barr
April      12   Dave Wagner
April      12   Dave Landgrebe
April      13   Donna Lofgren
April      13   Katarina Clase
April      13   Robert Dale
April      16   Andrew White
April      16   Ethan White
April      18   Betsy Wagner
April      21   Scott Cress
April      22   April Saputo
April      22   Sophia Bergmann
April      23   Brandon Bosler
April      25   Rob Wagner
April      25   Ron Hardesty
April      30   Oliver Janovitz

Anniversaries

April      27   Alexandra & Ryan Golden

 

Community Worship Services

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

Sunday, April 8
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  March.

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.

March          4   The Saputo Family  

March        11   The White Family

March        18   Gayle Weast & Olivia Wood

March       25   Deb Johnson & Karen Gilliom

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews

 

Greeters for April

April       1     Morgan & Melissa Sparks
   
April       8    Carol & Don Gentry

April      15    Susie & Jim Marshall

April      22    Claudio Freitas

April      29    Lonni Kucik

 

* Dear Friends and Family of Faith Presbyterian Church,

It is with both excitement and sadness that I announce to you that I have been called to become the next pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale, MI. For the last three-and-a-half years, my family and I have lived among you and served with you in the Greater Lafayette community. It has for us been a time of challenge, growth, relationship-building, and skill-sharpening. We are preparing to leave this community, chastened by our failures, relying on God's grace, and thankful for the many gifts that we have received from the Lord during our time here. Many of those gifts have come through you - your presence with us and the   enduring impact that you have made on our family. Faith Presbyterian Church - its practices and its people - have become an irremovable part of our spiritual lives.

Our last “official” Sunday with you will be April 22nd. I will assist with the preparations for Youth Sunday, teach my final Sunday school class, and then host our final Family Fellowship Dinner that evening. Though I will not be serving with you in an official capacity after that day, we will remain a part of the community until the Lord opens the necessary doors for our transition to Hillsdale. We very much appreciate your prayers for us as we attempt to sell our home and find a new home in Hillsdale. I would also appreciate your prayers as I finalize things with the Committee on Ministry and go before presbytery in May, seeking approval for the call.

God's blessing be with you all. “Thank you” seems almost to simple a thing to say, but I mean it with all possible sincerity. Shana, Penelope, Elias, Nicholas, and I will miss you dearly but move forward in the       conviction that physical space is no barrier to the communion of the saints.

Scott

 

 *Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt *

HE IS RISEN!

Join us 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.

 

* 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. There will be NO Sunday Evening Bible Study on Easter Sunday, April 1st.

 

* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, April 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 John. All are welcome to join us. There will be NO Thursday Evening Bible Study on April 26th.

 

* 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, April 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Don't forget to invite friends and neighbors!

 

* You are cordially invited to attend the 7th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES — LUM Follies is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company, filled with joyful surprises. There will be a lovely dinner with fabulous people; a Silent Auction filled with unique & priceless items; and local entertainment that will bring laughter, fun and excitement to the room.

The best part of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. Last year the Good Samaritan Program served families 2,032 times and distributed $115,314 to avert evictions, utility disconnects and other financial crises. Please support the Good Samaritan Fund by attending this year’s LUM Follies.

LUM Follies’ Details and Schedule are as follows:

  • Friday, April 13, 2018
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church,4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Price: $45 per person; $360 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction
  • 6:30 p.m. — Dinner – menu below
  • 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment: includes our own Dave Stith!

LUM Dinner Menu:

Starter - Kale-Romaine Caesar Salad
Main - Boeuf Bourguignon or Root Ragout (vegetarian) served over homemade Mashed Potatoes
Dessert - Lemon Squares & Brownies

Make your reservation today -- go to www.lumserve.org/follies and take care of everything online -- or call us at 765-423-2691 -- or stop by the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette. If you are not able to attend the "Follies" but still wish to donate to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, go to www.lumserve.org/donate

 

* Our Mission of the Month for April will be the Wabash Center After-School Program.  This is the program that our own Sam Trinkle attends.  The program is held at the First Baptist Church (411 N 7th St, Lafayette). Right now they are gearing up for summer and will be needing snacks and supplies.  This summer they will serve 40 children for full days and provide each with a light snack every afternoon.

The list of items needed includes: Snacks such as goldfish, popcorn, fruit snacks, pudding, granola bars, and mini water bottles, etc. They will also be needing LOTS of SPF 50 or higher waterproof sunscreen.

Thank you for your generous support of our Mission of the Month for the last several years.  We hope you will continue your generosity and support this very worthwhile program! Questions? Contact Dave Stith at dstith@purdue.edu.

 

* From the Deacons — The offertory portion is an important part of the worship service. This is an act of worship just as the Psalter readings, hymns, and Children's Sermon. Please pass the plate through each pew even if you do not have a financial gift to place in the plate. By passing and just simply touching the plate, we are offering our thanks to the Lord. We are also teaching our children the importance of giving thanks to the Lord.

 

* Join over 700 women in our community for a brand new Bible Study Fellowship study “People of the Promised Land, part I”, following the united kingdom of Israel from Joshua to Solomon.

Welcome classes are being held every Monday and Thursday starting April 2 through May 7.

Monday evenings 6:55pm - 8:25pm or Thursday mornings 9:30am - 11:05am or 10:20am - 12:00pm

Classes are held at River City Church, 108 Beck Lane, Lafayette.

The study starts in September but we encourage you to enroll now to secure your spot.

And on Thursday mornings we also have classes for children ages newborn through 12 years old!

At the Welcome class you'll learn more about the ministry of BSF and be able to enroll yourself and any     children for the study. There is no cost for you and your children to attend BSF.

If you are on Facebook you might want to join our group to get the latest news about BSF. The group name is "Bible Study Fellowship, Lafayette, IN, Day Women's Class".

Please join us as we learn from His Word and worship our Lord. If you'd like more information or have any questions, just ask Nancy Dunn, Carol Gentry, Karen Gilliom, Peggy Housley, Lou Ann Johnston, Susie Marshall, Myra Tschiegg, Nancy Webb or Kathy Trinkle.

The Men's Class is holding Welcomes on Monday nights April 2 - April 30 at 6:55pm. The Men's Class also includes classes for children in grades 1st through 12th. They meet Monday evenings 6:45pm at      Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2400 Edgelea Drive, Lafayette.

More information about Bible Study Fellowship is available at www.biblestudyfellowship.org

 

* Lafayette Christian School— Celebration of Faith— Dinner & Maker’s Auction! The auction will consist of “classroom creations” made by our own students as well as art from area artists. If you are an artist or maker, would you consider donating a piece to the auction? We welcome wall art, pottery, jewelry, quilts, and anything else that is hade-made and one-of-a-kind. Please email jenniferwhite@lafayettechristian.org if you would like to donate or if you have any questions.