Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

September 2018 Newsletter

Aug 31, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. Paul Copeland

Church Nuggets from Saul and David

Reading the stories of Israel’s kings can be rough going.  There are a few heartening episodes that make it into    Sunday School curricula—David and Goliath, Solomon’s prayer for wisdom, Josiah rediscovering the Law—but for the most part, the lives of the kings are a discouraging read.  From Saul and David (ca.1000 BC) to Zedekiah and the Babylonian captivity of Judah (587 BC), there is a long litany of idolatry, intrigue, family dysfunction and, of course, plenty of hewing and smiting.

You might think this situation would leave preachers stymied, but, of course, we are a resourceful lot and can find nuggets in unlikely places.   Two of the more storied homiletical gems from the lives of the kings arise from the beginnings of the reigns of Saul and David.  After Samuel anointed Saul and wrote up the covenant of kingship for everyone, he sent the tribes home.  At that point the narrator tells us, “Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went warriors whose hearts God had touched.” (1 Sam. 10:26)  Some years  later, Israelite troops, by their tribes, “came to David in Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him.” (1 Chr. 12:23)   All of the tribes were represented by several thousand warriors which the chronicler, of course, is diligent to count.   In the case of Issachar, however, he does not give the numbers with the same detail.  But, his comment on Issachar is fascinating.  “Of Issachar, those who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, two hundred chiefs, and all their kindred under their command.” (1 Chr. 12:32)

I have been to more than one or two men’s conferences where one of these texts provided the theme.  As best as I can recall, they were all inspiring and worthwhile.  After all, who doesn’t long to see hearts touched by God or to have leaders who understand the times and know what God’s people should do! Typically, we left these conferences challenged to be these kinds of people, or to pray that God would raise up folks like this in our churches, and to expect big changes as a result.

What strikes me about these nuggets, though, is the difficulty of tracing the “impact” of Saul’s warriors or of the men of Issachar.  Saul’s warriors clearly provided a bodyguard for him during the initial days of his kingship.  But, his kingship unraveled pretty quickly.  I often wonder if the warriors whose hearts God touched died defending Saul and his three sons on Mount Gilboa. (1 Sam. 31)  In the case of the men of Issachar,  perhaps their very presence at King David’s installation was their most important contribution.  After all, switching kings is no small matter!  If some of the tribes were having second thoughts, maybe just knowing that Issachar’s leaders were siding with David was enough to help them decide.  Maybe their biggest contribution was just showing up!  In any case, one wonders what their advice was when David consulted with all the leaders about his decision to move the Ark of the Covenant. (1 Chr. 13:1ff)

Saul’s warriors and the men of Issachar remind us that God works in our hearts and uses our gifts at important, pivotal times in the unfolding of his Kingdom.  God’s providence, however, is inscrutable.  We don’t always know the rest of the story.  Still, we can be sure of a few things.  Looking forward to a new pastor is always a pivotal time in the unfolding of God’s kingdom.  It will be important that God touch some hearts to protect that new beginning.  And, it will be important for the folks who know what the church should do to show up.

Grace and peace

Pastor Paul


Clerks Corner

At its August 13, 2018 meeting the Session:

  • Considered a proposal for a mini retreat this fall, dealing with the appropriate leadership role of the session in response to our biblical calling and to the challenges facing the Church.  Pastor Copeland was requested to proceed with planning of this event.
  • Approved a request by Pastor Copeland  to attend a conference at the Center for Pastor Theologians in Oak Park, IL, October 22-24, 2018.
  • Accepted the budgetary statements for July 2018; income and expenditures are in balance. Committee chairs are to submit their budget requests for the calendar year 2019 before the September session meeting.
  • Approved a document proposing enlarging the committee membership of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and charging it with establishing uniform policies for outsourcing of mowing, snow removal, and special cleanup projects.
  • Decided on changes in the staffing of the custodial position that creates a second part time slot.
  • Accepted a report detailing the responsibilities of the Worship and Music Committee as it deals with weekly, monthly, and annual operations of worship during the church calendar year.
  • Noted plans for plans for taking of action photographs at various church events.
  • Was asked to study the minutes of activities detailed by the Board of Deacons and to follow up with any questions they might have.
  • Was briefed on the current status of the organ enlargement and maintenance project; requests for submission of proposals are currently being accepted.

Scheduled the next meeting for September 10, 2018.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig,
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

September 2, 2018
Vain Worship
Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9 , Mark 7:1-8,21-23

September 9, 2018
He Does Everything Well
Isaiah 35:3-10, Mark 7:24-37

September 16, 2018
Isaiah 50:4-9a, Mark 8:27-38

September 23, 2018
Wanting to Be First
Jeremiah 11:9-11,18-20, Mark 9:30-37

September 30, 2018
Salty Salt
James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50


September    1   Sawyer Latour   
September    2   Norah Elliott
September    7   Fran Thompson
September    8   Mike Bergmann
September  11   Diane Horner
September  14   Ace Tyler
September  15   Matt Carlin
September  17   Becky Chapman
September  18   Ron Smith
September  21   Kathy Trinkle
September  22   Nancy Dunn
September  22   Ron Green
September  29   Jurgen Honig
September  29   Olivia Lockwood
September  30   Jim Varys

September    2   Myra & Bill Tschiegg
September  16   Ace & Polly Tyler
September  17   Rob & Betsy Wagner
September  27   Rob & Holly Donaldson
September  28   Charlie & Pat Short


Community Worship Services

Sunday, September 2
St. Mary’s Worship
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 9
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 August.

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

Thanks for the consideration.

August         5   Dorothy Bethel & Nancy Linnemann 

August      12   The Kucik Family

August      19   The Kain Family

August      26   The White Family

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews


Greeters for September

September   2   Dorothy Bethel & Nancy Webb

September   9     Jane & Terry Stewart

September  16   Becky & Bert Chapman

September  23   Frank Saputo & Steve Varys

September  30   Karen Gilliom & Deb Johnson


* Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Come Join us for light refreshment and conversation, then promptly at 6:45 p.m. begin with prayer followed by study. We end promptly at 8:00 p.m.


* L2 Single Ladies Group is planning to have lunch at the Village Pub at Westminster Village Tuesday, September 4th  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 pm.


* 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. 


* Habitat 2019 Apostle Build — Faith will be participating in the Habitat Apostle build again in 2019. The cost of sponsorship ($65,000) for the house will be divided among the 12 churches, meaning we are hoping to raise $5,400 toward the build. If you would like to make a contribution, you can give it to Daniel Trinkle, or send it directly to Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette. All contributions should be marked for "2019 Apostle Build." The Singing Contractors ( concert originally scheduled for Long Center has been rescheduled as a free concert at the Junction House, 215 Smith St.  The time and date remain the same — September 7th, 7:00 p.m.


* Presbytery Meeting: The Midwest Presbytery will meet Friday – Saturday, September 14th-15th, 2018 at the Warsaw EPC in Warsaw, IN.  Any ordained elder in the congregation may be commissioned to attend, even if he or she is not currently serving on Session.  If you are interested in attending, please let Jurgen Honig know by this Friday, September 7th.


* The Deacons have been sponsoring dinners once a month for the families of the Trinity Life Ministry men. We have been asked to supply a few people to setup the room, serve the food, and clean up. The next dinner is September 10th at 5:00 p.m. If you are willing and able to help, contact Dave Stith.


* Hunger Hike 2018 — Hunger Hike 3K Walk @ 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16th & Hunger Hike 5K Run @ 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 15th.  Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to raise the awareness of and make a difference in the fight against hunger. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger!  Hunger Hike benefits St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry, Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food programs, and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

We will collecting donations at church on September 9th & September 16th.  

Ways to Participate — go to to:  

Donate directly to Hunger Hike 2018 (use the Faith Presbyterian team page) 
Register as a Hunger Hike 3K Walk participant
Register as a Hunger Hike 5K Run participant
Volunteer at Hunger Hike & HH5K
Create a personal Online Fundraising Page

For more information — check out LUM's website, or call or email them. | 765.423.2691 | |


* Help Make Our Website Sing! - The communications committee is excited to announce we are working on a new church website! Aside from an updated, mobile-friendly design, the site will be photo-rich to highlight the strong connections among our church family. To help us showcase these connections, a photographer will be attending our September 16th service to take photos as we worship and fellowship. While he'll work as inconspicuously as possible, you'll probably see him quietly moving around at various points during the service. We appreciate your cooperation and we look forward to sharing additional information as we progress.


* Mini-Retreat for Church Elders: Pastor Copeland will lead a retreat for church elders on Saturday, October 27th, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  The retreat will be held in the Purdue Bible Fellowship room of the Faith West Community Center.  The retreat will focus on the Biblical priorities of the eldership and ways to organize the work of Session around those priorities.  All ordained elders in the congregation are encouraged to attend. 


* Dear Faith Folks, Are you ready for the monthly Faith Fellowship Dinners? It was great to have couples, families, individuals and guests come together Sunday evenings to share a prepared meal. We’d like to continue this fellowship event. Please contact the church office or 743-3683 and let us know the day and time you prefer — Sunday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. like last year, OR Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 6:00-7:00 p.m. We hope to get a good group attending again this year – and it would be great time to invite friends to “break bread with us”.  Questions? Please see Lonni Kucik or Kris Stith.


* We are mowing and trimming the church property for the rest of the season and perhaps beyond. If you are willing and able to help with mowing or trimming, please contact Dave Stith


* Our Faith Presbyterian September Mission of the Month is the LUM After School Program. This Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for children Kindergarten - 8th grade. The program serves up to 80 children from all elementary &    middle schools in Tippecanoe County for three hours each school-day afternoon. The children are transported from their schools to Central Presbyterian Church — where they work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in religious education, crafts, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers.


Personal Care — Liquid Hand Soap, Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox), Hand sanitizer 

Cleaning Supplies — Disinfectant Spray (Lysol), Dishwasher Detergent, Trash bags (30 gallon), Trash bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen draw-string)

Snacks Needed:

Drinks — 100% Fruit Juice, Bottled water, Milk

Healthy Snacks — Peanut butter, Fresh fruit, Carrots (snack size), Raisins, Yogurt cups, Applesauce cups,    Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Gelatin cups (Jello)

Snack Bars — Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal Bars, Rice Krispie Treats

Paper Supplies — Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper napkins, Facial Tissues (Kleenex), Paper plates, Disposable cups, Ziploc bags


* Library Notes: In recent weeks, there have been several people asking how to use the library.  The card catalog has not been updated for many years. You can find the shelves labeled with topics of interest.  Browse the shelf, choose an item, put your name and date checked out on the card in the pocket.  Place the card in the card file next to the return basket. There is no defined checkout period as many materials are available for Bible study, Sunday School prep, etc. If it looks like something has been checked out for what I deem to be an exceptionally long time, I will contact you. Please put the book in the return basket when you have finished using it.

Thanks, Deb Johnson


* Folks from our church worked at the Tippecanoe County / Christian Women United Food pantry on the 2nd and 3rd of August this summer. We greatly appreciate the gift of their time to help others, please say a thank you to Jean McCoy, Jane Stewart, Steve Varys, Kris Stith, Dorothy and Jim Bethel.  Our next turn will be close to Christmas - watch for the date if you are in town and available during that season of giving!   Marilyn Hinze


* A Word of Gratitude — Many of you know that in July 2015, I was diagnosed with glioblastoma and told of the median survival time (12-15 months) after diagnosis. Glioblastoma is the same aggressive brain cancer that recently took Senator John McCain’s life. In the wake of such sobering news, and a sensible recommendation from my neurologist that I ought to retire and go to the beach, I felt strongly led to take a clue from the book of James and called upon the Elders for prayer. Fortunately, we have many Elders in our congregation. Pastor Horner sent out the call and one afternoon, I was surrounded at the front of the sanctuary by dozens of Elders, family, and friends who laid hands on me and prayed for me. Over the last three years of infusions every three weeks and MRI scans every nine weeks, I am overflowing with gratitude to all of you who prayed for me that day and to everyone who has held me up in prayer since. I have told many of you of my gratitude in-person, but I wanted to use this forum to make sure everyone knew that I have a very strong sense that my life and continued health since my diagnosis has been powerfully affected by your prayers. I’m sure that I’m not even aware of all the ways your prayers have affected me positively. Just as some of you tell me that you mention me in your prayers each day, I want you to know that I express daily my gratitude to God for all of you and for your prayers on my behalf and on behalf of Cheri and the family.

I am no longer being treated for glioblastoma but I’m now in surveillance mode, which calls for an MRI scan every three months to monitor for any return of the brain cancer. If you Google “glioblastoma,” you’ll find that most of the articles refer to the fact that it almost always returns. My doctors at Northwestern have no basis for speculating about the course that my case will take over future months. They simply don’t know and, of course, neither do I. This is nothing new.  After my diagnosis, I didn’t know what course things would take over these last three years. In fact, who of us can say with any certainty how our lives will unfold over the next years, months, weeks, or even a single day? None of us can. While we do know with near certainty that our earthly lives will one-day end, we also know that God holds us in his hands in life and in death and assures us of an eternal salvation in Christ.

We also know what Paul taught us in his letter to the Ephesians (6:16). He told us to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests and to always keep on praying for one another. To all of you who have done this for me, I just want to say thank you so very much!  If you would continue to pray for me in the uncertainty of glioblastoma, I will continue to be thankful and will try to remember to express my gratitude. I might even suggest that we all join together to pray for each other in the coming days and express our gratitude to each other frequently for the prayers we offer for each other. They are a great gift indeed!

-With my deepest thanks for your prayers,
Glenn Sparks