Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

May 2018 Newsletter

May 1, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

As April ends and May begins, I want us to look back at the past month.

It began in glorious fashion on Easter.  We had a great Worship Service to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection and the Lord’s supper.  Then we had our annual Easter Brunch which included the Lamb Cakes.  During the brunch we had an Easter Egg Hunt for the children, which was planned for and presided over by Associate Pastor Scott Cress and our older children.

Also on Easter and for several Sunday’s afterward, we had Tulips in the Sanctuary to celebrate the Season.  We thank the Worship and Music Committee for providing them and keeping them looking fit.

On April 13th Lafayette Urban Ministries had its annual Dinner and Follies.  Our David Stith performed a solo, and I heard it went well.

We celebrated Youth Sunday on April 22nd.  Associate Pastor Scott Cress led the Youth of our church who led us in worship.  Scott preached and led the Prayers while the Youth read scriptures and the children sang.

After Worship on the 22nd, we had a congregational meeting to dissolve our relationship with Scott, so he is free to pursue his calling to the Hillsdale Church in Michigan.

On the 29th, we celebrated Mission Sunday.  We had a video of Leonard Sidharta during Worship.  After   Worship, we had the Missions Fair in Fellowship Hall.  Joe Micon of LUM and Joe Radjakowski of Trinity Mission were also there.  There were pictures and descriptive materials from our other missions.

And now as we move into May there are several days that will deserve our attention.

May 10 will be ascension Day.  Being on the 40th day after Easter, it always comes on a Thursday, so it is not on our Worship Schedule, but it is an important day to remember.  It is written in the Scriptures that just after Jesus ascended, angels told the apostles that He would one day return to the earth.  The eventual bodily return of Jesus is one of the key doctrines of Christianity.  As we go through the joys and defeats of life, it is good to remember that Jesus is coming back to raise those who believe in Him and to bring them into his eternal    kingdom.

The ascension of Jesus also tells us where Jesus is now.  He is with The Father, ruling over the world and the cosmos.  He rules and observes from above the fray of the seasons and years of the world.

On Saturday, May 12th, we will have an Outdoor Work Day on our church property, to prepare the grounds and building for the Summer months.  You are invited to join us in the morning, because in reality, Work day only lasts until about Noon.
On May 13th we will honor our Moms, because it will be Mothers’ Day.

On May 18th and 19th the Presbytery of the Midwest will convene in Ann Arbor MI. 
That meeting will be important to us, because it will be the meeting at which Scott Cress will be recognized as the new Pastor of the Hillsdale MI church.

On May 20th we will celebrate Pentecost.  As usual, we will have people read a verse of the bible in various languages, some of them reading in the language they first learned to speak in the nations of their origins.

Celebrating Pentecost at Faith Presbyterian Church is always special, because we have so many people who have come from other nations and cultures, and our gathering is actually a fulfillment of the miracle of the tongues.  On that first Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles in Jerusalem, everyone was able to hear the message about Jesus in their own language.  It was the first stage of the plan that Jesus had announced that His People would be gathered from all nations.  As is our custom The Lords Supper will be observed on Pentecost.

I suppose that some might find the juxtaposition of a Presbytery Meeting on the same weekend as Pentecost as interesting and perhaps even oxymoronic.  Presbyterians are usually seen as being ordered by logic and very systematic in their theology and practice of the faith.  But as all Christians, we are also supposed to be led by the Holy Spirit and show evidences that the Spirit is dwelling in us.  On a Presbytery/Pentecost weekend, I would like us all to think about how we are allowing the Spirit to lead us in our faith and in our lives, while still being Presbyterians and being systematic in our faith and beliefs.

May 27th will be Trinity Sunday, on which we specify another essential of the Christian Faith, that God has 3 persons, and is yet one God.

Some of you have been wondering how the search for the next Pastor is coming, and I can assure you that it is proceeding, and there may be an announcement soon.  God is leading in the process and we are following.

Have a great May.  (I keep thinking that the weather will have to get more seasonal, but I have been disappointed so much on the subject that I will not specify when.)

Your Pastor,

Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its April 10, 2018 regular meeting the Session:

  • Was informed of Pastor Horner’s absence April 23 – 28, 2018 and of his attendance at the Presbytery meeting May 18 – 19, 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI.  Church members who wish to attend the meeting should register in the near future.
  • Learned that Associate Pastor Cress requested to have his pastoral relationship with Faith Church dissolved on April 22, 2018; he and his family plan to remain in town, while over weekends he commutes to Hillsdale, MI, until about mid-May.
  • Noted that Pastor Cress is organizing activities for the Vacation Bible School that Elder Barbara Knox has agreed to take over in the future.
  • Examined and approved the monthly financial report submitted by Treasurer Gentry and the report from the Board of Deacons.
  • Agreed to plans for Pastor Horner’s retirement dinner set for June 30, 2018.
  • Called a Congregational Meeting to dissolve the Pastoral Relationship between Associate Pastor Scott Cress and the Congregation of Faith Church, effective April 22, 2018.
  • Noted current activities of the Pastoral Search Committee to name a successor to Rev. David Horner’s   pastorate. An interim pastor may have to be called if no suitable candidate is identified in the near future.
  • Was informed about receptions planned after Sunday services on April 22 and May 20, 2018.
  • Learned about ongoing plans for the Kid’s Summer Program. The final Sunday School day for the Spring 2018 semester is set for May 20, 2018.
  •  Was informed about details concerning the establishment of a new church website.
  • Was notified of the Church Work Day on May 12, 2018.

Scheduled the next meeting for May 8, 2018

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

May 6, 2018
Dead Or Alive?
Ephesians 2:1-10

May 13, 2018
Birth, and Rebirth
Ephesians 2:11-21

May 20, 2018
The Hidden Work of the Holy Spirit
I Samuel 18:1-16

May 27, 2018
The Mystery of Christ
Ephesians 3:1-13



May       2   Grace Czerwonky
May       3   Laura Tyler
May       5   Robert Landolt
May       6   Darrell Clase
May       8   Jeremy Powell
May      16   Evelyn Van Cott
May      20   Jackie Tyler
May      21   Amy Van Cott
May      25   Ian Elliott
May      31   Jan Hem


May       1   James & Samantha Elliott
May       6   Dave & Lonni Kucik
May      22   Steve & Mary Lou Varys
May      25   Darrell & Kari Clase
May      26   Ken & Tammy Sandel
May      26   Donald & Penny Winship


Community Worship Services

Sunday, May 6
St. Mary’s Healthcare
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
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  April.

If you would like to volunteer to greet fellow worshippers, please contact Emily Matthews or 583-4111.

Thanks for the consideration.

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

April      15    Susie & Jim Marshall

April      22    Claudio Freitas

April      29    Lonni Kucik

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews


Greeters for May

May        6    Dennis & Nancy Dunn

May       13    Jo Honig

May       20    The Kirby Family

May       27    Rob & Betsy Wagner


* 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.


* 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 book of Galatians. 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. 


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, May 7th  at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?   Contact Jean McCoy.


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


* May 20th will be the last regular meeting of Sunday School classes for Spring 2018. This year our Sunday School teachers included: Sophia Bergmann, Betsy Wagner, Pam Kirby, April Saputo, Kris Stith, Carol Goodrich, SueAnne Bergmann, Mike Bergmann, Debbie Fleetham, Scott Cress, & Jurgen Honig. We thank God for our teachers - for their dedicated service, helping us to learn and grow in our knowledge and love of Christ. 


* GRADUATION 2018 — Come and honor our graduates on Sunday, May 20th with a reception after morning worship.

Our graduates are: Aleeah  Barr, Grace Sededji & Nestor Sededji

Please contact Lou Ann Johnston, Jean McCoy or Peggy Housley if your graduate is not listed.


* Faith women are invited to a bridal shower for Mayfawny Bergmann!  It will be on Sunday, May 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Nancy Moore's. Questions? Contact Nancy or (765) 807-0785. We will be collecting for a group gift. Let's gather to offer “Showers of Blessing” on Mayfawny & Michael Kuhn!


* Bergmann/Kuhn Wedding:  Mayfawny Bergmann and Michael Kuhn are getting married on June 23, 2018 at 3pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church (on Purdue campus).  The congregation is invited to attend the wedding ceremony and a light reception in St Tom's basement immediately following.  The dinner reception in the evening is by private invitation only.


* A Note of Thanks — Many thanks to all of you for your prayers, visits, cards and support as I continue to be on the mend.  Your love and support has meant so much to Jerry and to me.  We feel it is such a blessing to be a part of this fellowship.  Cheerfully in Christ, Emily


* Our Mission of the Month for May is 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.


* Instant Church Directory App Updates — There are some new updates to the Android and iOS apps that include Groups and Birthdays.

Here are a few things to help you prepare for these updates.

Login assistance for your members.
iOS users will be logged out of the app when you update to App Version 2.0 and will see this screen. Your directory has not “disappeared” -- you simply need to login again.

Login instructions for Members with existing passwords:
Click on "Sign In" on the Welcome screen >> Enter email address in the church directory and their unique password.

Instructions for members who forgot their password:
Click on "Sign In" on the Welcome screen >> Click on "Forgot Password?" and follow the prompts to reset password.

Login instructions for Members who are new to the app:
Click on "Create Login" on the Welcome screen and follow the on-screen prompts. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office or 743-3683.


* Lost and Found — There is a basket in the Narthex which contains lost items. Please check the basket if you are missing something!


* Library Notes: There are many library materials that have been checked out for several months and have not been returned. Please check your shelves and return the books that you no longer need, so that others may use them.