Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

July 2018 Newsletter

Jun 28, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. David Horner

It is July, and our Vacation Bible School of 2018 is over.  It was fantastic!  Scott wrote the curriculum before he became Pastor in Hillsdale, MI, and during VBS he returned for several days to help in various ways.  Steve Varys with the  help of his son Jim once again inspired us with a great visual effect, this time a covered wagon in our chancel.  There were barn doors and a saddle in Fellowship hall as students were taught about folks in the Bible who took trips toward the West.  I thank the families of the children, and all the teachers and helpers who were all led so well by Barb Knox.  This VBS was special to me because it provided the last of a pair of “bookends” for my time as pastor here.
Ten Years ago, VBS was the first week of my Pastorate, and now, this VBS came shortly before my retirement.

Now it is time for annual church picnic!  Our picnic is usually held on the 4th of July weekend, which poses a bit of a problem this year since the 4th of July is on a Wednesday.  We asked the wise women of our church which weekend would be the 4th of July weekend, and they said the weekend of the 7th & 8th, so the picnic will be on the 8th of July after Church. 

That will be a great day for that and another reason.  On the 8th, our Transitional Pastor, Rev. Paul Copeland will be beginning his preaching ministry here at Faith Presbyterian.  Having the picnic on that day may allow some of you to introduce yourselves to him.

As you know, my original plan was to announce my retirement ahead of time enough to allow for the Pastor Nominating Committee to do their work and have the congregation call a pastor in my final months and have the new installed pastor begin his or her work as I retired.  As with several of my great plans over the years, things did not work out that way.  We did elect a Pastor Nominating Committee, and they have done good work in reviewing candidates and getting to the point of tentatively offering the position to two different qualified candidates, who both felt God calling them to a different church.  So, as I retire, the congregation is not ready to hire another permanent, or called or installed pastor.  The only reason I can discern for this turn of events, is that the pastor whom God is bringing here is not able to accept the call yet.  I believe that those reasons will be clear to us at a later time.

However, even though the next long-term pastor is not ready to come here, I have great news.  Rev Paul Copeland is able to be the Transitional Pastor here for a while.  I know Paul and he is a great guy, and one of the most skilled and experienced Pastors I know.  He is also a specialist in the time between pastors in churches.  When it became obvious that the Pastor Nominating Committee did not have a candidate that could begin their work in July, and we would need a Transitional Pastor, two names came into my mind and Paul was by far my preference.

Paul is glad to be able to come here because his home is currently in Frankfort.  Since his most recent pastorate has been in South Charleston Ohio, he is really happy to be working much closer to home.  He has also over the time I have known him, heard me speak of what a great and unique group of people you are, and what a great congregation you have become.
So it is with joy and confidence that I “hand the reigns” of this congregation to Pastor Paul.  And in the midst of that joy and confidence, there is a bit of sadness.  As I am excited about things I want to do in the future, and looking forward to serving the Lord in new ways, I am sad that this great chapter of my life is coming to an end.  For the past 10 years (and two weeks) I have enjoyed nearly every minute of being your pastor.  You have been kind, compassionate, wise, humorous, and most of all Christian in all of my dealings with you. 

In the past 10 years we have lost some of our great leaders of the first generation of our members, but we still have wonderful leaders in our Session and Board of Deacons.  And we are raising up people who will lead this congregation in the future.  God has been and continues to be good to this congregation.

As a proper postlude to my work here, I was privileged to administer the Sacrament of Christian Baptism to Andrew and Ethan White.  And I think that milestone in the life of those young men and their family provides an important reminder as our Transitional Pastor begins his work with us.

The Whites first moved into our community about the time I became your Pastor.  But the one who first invited Jennifer to bring her family to our church was Rev Ron Green, whose time as interim pastor here was over, but who was still living in our community.  The Whites came here at the invitation of Pastor Green and now 10 years later, after moving away and back again, all three of their children have been baptized in our congregation, Jennifer is the Moderator of our Board of Deacons, and Josh is serving as a Ruling Elder on our Session.  Now, it should also be mentioned that Mike Bergmann and Pat Kain were also professors of Josh, but still, their first visit to us came because of Pastor Green.  Great things can happen as a result of Transitional Pastorates.  We should all be looking forward to what God is about to do in your midst.

But exactly what part I will have in that future is still a mystery to me.  Since we are now a congregation in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the rule that the previous Pastor can have no involvement in the life of the congregation for a year and only limited involvement after that, no longer applies.

The EPC and the Presbytery of the Midwest allows retired pastors and their former congregations to find their ways to new relationships over time.  There is no other church I would prefer to be a part of more than this one.  And Diane loves this congregation and intends to keep her membership here (remember, pastors are not members of congregations, but of Presbyteries.)

I have already received permission from the Deacons and Pastor Paul to continue my twice-monthly leadership of the Bible Study at the Work Release Center when I am in town, and I may visit the Wednesday Morning Prayer Service on occasion.

But for a while, I need to be absent from your Sunday services and activities so Paul can get started here, and so when you see me again, you will know that my role here has changed.  We need a little time to “shift gears” into a new relationship.

That does not mean that I will not be your friend.  I will continue to see some of you for meals and other non-church activities.  My phone number and e-mail address is in the church directory.  And, as a matter of fact I have a new e-mail address.  I will no longer be receiving e-mails at my church e-mail address ( so I have opened a new account for myself. It is  Send me a joke or ask me a question, or arrange a meeting, as long as it has nothing to do with the leadership or direction of Faith Presbyterian Church.

So, for now, Goodbye, and may God’s blessings continue to be on You, Your Families, and Faith Presbyterian Church. 

Your previous but now retired Pastor, and your friend forever,

Dave Horner


Clerks Corner

At its June 11, 2018 meeting the Session:

  • Reviewed and approved a document titled Transition Pastor Covenant which specifies the terms of appointment of Rev. Paul Copeland as Interim Pastor to Faith Presbyterian Church.
  • Approved convening a Special Congregational Meeting at the conclusion of worship on June 24, 2018, requesting the Congregation to approve the release of Pastor Horner from his call at Faith Church.
  • Was informed of the ongoing operation of the Vacation Bible School; 36 youngsters are in attendance.
  • Learned that Kid’s Club is operational after Sunday worship in June and July 2018.
  • Approved continuing  financial support of the Apostle Build program sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.
  • Noted that Deacon Ronald Smith requested to be released from his duties as Assistant Treasurer and thanked him for his work in this capacity.
  • Accepted the financial report submitted by Treasurer Carol Gentry and noted the unused remuneration funds originally earmarked for Associate Pastor Cress.
  • Examined copies of a report that listed repairs to and cleaning of the building and grounds by the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and engaged in discussions how best to handle the mowing of grass on church grounds.
  • Requested the Buildings and Grounds Committee to develop for review by Session a list of responsibilities proposed for a part-time person to assist with maintenance and repairs.
  • Was informed of the Women’s Breakfast on June 16, 2018, the Farewell Dinner for the Horners on June 30, 2018, and the July 8, 2018 Independence Day worship service and picnic.

Scheduled its next regular meeting for July 9, 2018.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

July 8, 2018
A Prophet without Honor
Ezekiel 2:1-5, Mark 6:1-13

July 15, 2018
Troublesome Prophets
Amos 7:7-15, Mark 6:14-29

July 22, 2018
The Prophesied Shepherd
Jeremiah 23:1-6, Mark 6:30-34

July 29, 2018
Prophet Spotting
2 Kings 4:42-44, John 6:1-21


July       3   Dennis Dunn   
July       8   Benjamin Ward
July       9   Brenda Hardesty
July      10   Lonni Kucik
July      12   Yancy Wilcoxson
July      14   Kristin Hem
July      14   Steve Varys
July      15   Michael Hurst
July      18   Missy Yacomeni
July      19   Hannah Wilcoxson
July      21   Kevin Johnston
July      21   Pat Kain
July      22   Dominic Sages
July      22   Mayfawny (Bergmann) Kuhn
July      22   Pam Kirby
July      25   Kaitlyn Housley
July      26   Charlie Short
July      29   Carson McVay
July      30   Owen Sages


July     22    Don & Carol Gentry
July     26    Glenn & Cheri Sparks
July     28    Mike & Cathy Lockwood


Community Worship Services

Sunday, July 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 June.

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

Thanks for the consideration.

June         3    The White Family

June       10    Don & Carol Gentry

June       17    John Miller

June       24    The Saputo Family

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews


Greeters for July

July       1      Rob & Holly Donaldson 

July       8      Gayle Weast & Olivia Wood

July      15     Dave & Kris Stith

July      22     The Saputo Family

July      29     Opportunity to Serve


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Monday, July 2nd  at 11:30 a.m. All single women are invited to join our group. Questions?   Contact Jean McCoy.


* 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 following folks have volunteered this summer to spend a little time with our Sunday School children in Summer Kids Club: Carol Goodrich, Shana Cress, Kris Stith, Mayim Stith, Jennifer and Josh White, Susie Marshall, Amy VanCott, Erin Ward, Kathy and Dan Trinkle, Grieke Toebes, and Jan Hem.

Thank you for giving of your time to provide a little fellowship and fun for the kids on summer Sundays! Kids club continues through July 29th.  If you would like to volunteer please see Kris Stith.


* Annual Summer Picnic Please join us Sunday, July 8th for worship in the sanctuary followed by a family style carry-in picnic. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, and tableware will be provided. Please bring a generous salad, side dish or dessert to share with the group. Casual attire will be the norm.  There is a sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.

There will be water fun and games for the children. Children should bring suits and towels.


* Volunteer LUM Camp Counselors Needed — Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor? Volunteer camp counselors and activity leaders are needed for LUM Camp 2018 from July 30 — August 3 at Hanging Rock Camp. Our camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for children from 8 to 10 years old.

Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children, attend training on July 26 at 7:00 p.m., and be able to spend the entire week of camp from 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3.

Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers. For additional information, go to


* Our turn to help out at the Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry is just around the corner.  We have been asked to work on Thursday, August 2nd from 3:45-6:15 p.m. and on Friday August 3rd from 11:45-3:00 p.m.  Three people are needed each day - please consider volunteering for this community service opportunity!  Call Marilyn Hinze 620-0056 or Ann Freeman with questions or to agree to help.


* Headin' West With DVBS — Kids and teachers were travelling west during the week of June 11th-15th!  The focus was on Bible stories where someone made a westward journey starting with Abraham and ending with the apostle Paul.

Thirty-six children attended and were assisted by around 30 volunteers in various capacities.  May thanks to them all!

Barbara Knox-for picking up the reins and leading Bible School once again.

Teachers:  Carol Goodrich, Don Gentry, Debbie Fleetham, Steve Varys (also our master carpenter), Jean McCoy, Betsy Wagner, Mayim Stith
Craft Ladies:  Diane Horner, LouAnn Johnston, Peg Housley and Susie Marshall
Chuckwagon Crew:  Lonni Kucik and Grieke Toebes
Recreation: Jordan Waldren, Scott and Shana Cress, Mayim Stith
Music and Skits:  Erin Ward (assisted by Cheri Sparks).
Publicity and Signs:  Jane and Terry Stewart and Scott Cress
Decorations:  Barb Knox, Jane Stewart, Kris Stith, Mayim Stith, Peg Housley, the Kirbys and of course Steve Varys with his covered wagon.
Registration and General Help:  Jan Hem, Glenn Sparks, Emily Matthews, Verona Clark, Susie Marshall
Memory Work and Ribbons:  Jan Hem
Photography:  Ron Smith
Friday Dinner:  Ron Smith, Emily and Jerry Matthews

Many thanks also to Pastor Horner for his leadership, to Scott Cress for providing the ideas for lessons and to Brenda for all the support she provides throughout the week!

Bible School is such a joyful and heart warming time with people of all ages coming together to give our children and children in our community the opportunity to have fun, grow in faith through stories, Bible verses and songs that will stay with them all their lives.  Once again, thank you all for making it possible!

Kris Stith
Christian Ed. Chair


* A BIG Thank You to all the ladies of the church for the very generous “going away” gift that you gave to me during our Saturday Breakfast on June 16th.  The breakfast was delicious, of course.  However, what I enjoyed most was talking with all of you and sharing memories of times together over the last 10 years.  It was very special to have a ladies breakfast and “plant exchange” as this was how I met many of you in June, 2008.  David and I arrived in West Lafayette on a Wednesday, the moving van arrived with our furniture on Thursday, and I invited myself to your breakfast on Saturday!  As far as I am concerned.... it was love at first sight.  You were all very welcoming and I now have many friends and sisters in Christ.  Thank you for all your prayers for our family over the years; thank you in advance for the prayers that will continue as David and I seek ways to serve our Lord.

Prayers & Love… Diane


* In case you’re interested, our Pastor Emeritus Stuart Robertson has now published a book of sermons on the Apostle’s Creed (sermons preached at FPC in 1993-1994). It’s available here:  If you know of others who might be interested, please share this information.


* July Mission of the Month is Lafayette Transitional Housing Center — LTHC Homeless Services is a non-profit organization which began in 1989 to develop housing, offer supportive services, and other opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for the homeless, particularly families with children, in our community. LTHC operates the following programs: the Homeless Services Program ~ Coordinated Entry, Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Rapid Re-Housing, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families. The goal of each program is to help individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness learn the needed skills to maintain housing.

LTHC receives funding through a variety of sources, including: Department of Housing and Urban Development, United Way of Greater Lafayette, Veteran’s Administration, Community Development Block Grant through both Lafayette and West Lafayette, and private donations and fundraisers.

Items they need on a regular basis:


Shampoo and Conditioner
Bars of soap
Hair Brushes & Combs
Bath Towels
Shaving cream
Travel sized toiletries


Pots and pans
Dish towels
Plastic cups and sippy cups for kids
Cooking Utensils
Can openers
Styrofoam plates, cups and bowls
Paper Towels
Coffee and Hot Chocolate


Diapers (size 4 and larger)
Baby Wipes