Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

November 2018 Newsletter

Nov 1, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. Paul Copeland

Spiritual Discernment

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best...”  Phil. 1:9-10
One of the more common ways of reading the Bible that I encounter is one I like to call the “crystal ball” approach.   People try to use the Bible to get an “insider trader’s” advantage for life’s important decisions.   This approach, though, is tricky and fraught with possibilities for error.   There is an instructive episode of The Simpsons in which Homer, (who is apparently a Dispensationalist!), errs in his calculation of the date of the “Rapture.”  He forgets to include Jesus in the number of people present at the Last Supper, skewing his otherwise accurate formula.   It doesn’t matter if you’re reading the Bible to determine the date of THE END, or whether to go to Cleveland or Cameroon on a mission trip, or dye your hair blond or blue.   It’s always hard to know if you’ve rightly accounted for all the potential clues you think you’ve seen in “the ball.”

As my irreverent label hints, I do not recommend the “crystal ball” approach to the Bible. However, my intent is not to criticize the way many well-intentioned people use the Bible.  I am glad whenever it is read, even as a “crystal ball.”  The One who speaks from its pages may meet them and capture their hearts with a whole new set of questions.  Instead, I call attention to “crystal ball Bible-reading” because it challenges us to think more deeply about the process of spiritual discernment. 

St. Paul prayed that the Christians in Philippi would “be able to discern what is best…”   Discernment, then, is a gift.  We can ask God for it!  This should give us hope since we are all typically engaged in some kind of discernment process.  Right now, two church committees are trying to discern who to present as leaders for ministry—pastor, elders and deacons.   The deacons seek to discern mission causes worthy of our support.  The Session labors to discern ways to stretch us all toward the goal of the Kingdom.  Parents daily wrestle to discern how to nurture their children in the faith.   I could go on.   How do we know we are going about this in the right way?   In the unfolding of St. Paul’s hope-filled prayer, there are a couple of clear principles to guide us.

First, spiritual discernment grows out of love:  “that your love may abound more and more...”   God gives discernment to a community bound together by loving relationships.  Discernment, therefore, requires relationship building.  Second, discernment is anchored in a grasp of the Word and ways of God:  “in knowledge and depth of insight...”   Discernment implies serious wrestling with the Word.   For example, search committees and nominating committees need to keep listening together to what the Bible has to say about leaders and how God calls people into leadership.   Session members need to keep listening together to the scriptural visions of the kingdom of God.   And we all need to develop strong relational bonds in Christ’s body, listening and speaking to one another in love until we are able to say confidently, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…” (Acts 15:28)  Of course, if that seems too demanding, there’s always the crystal ball.

Grace and Peace,  Pastor Paul


Clerks Corner

At its October 8, 2018 meeting the Session:

  • Was notified that Pastor Copeland will take October 18 - 21, 2018 as vacation days, and October 22 - 24, 2018 as continuing education days. Pastor Horner has agreed to conduct the worship service on October 21, and will officiate at morning prayers on October 24.
  • Received a detailed plan prepared by Pastor Copeland, to serve as a basis of discussions at the upcoming retreat for Elders on October 27, 2018.
  • Accepted the budget report for September 2018 prepared by Treasurer Carol Gentry.
  • Was informed of  the schedule for the preparation of the 2019 budget: The committee meets on November 2, submits the proposed budget to Session in November 12, and to the Congregational meeting on November 18, at which the Congregation is asked to approve the proposed remuneration for the Pastor.
  • Learned that that the mowing and trimming of church grounds and painting operations are being carried out satisfactorily under terms of contracts with independent operators. A cleaning company will undertake a thorough cleaning operation on completion of all the remodeling work, and will carry out future operations on a regular basis.
  • Was notified of a number of activities sponsored by the Congregational Life Committee: Stitch and Purl, 4 – 7 PM, on October 24, 2018; Trunk or Treat, 4 – 6 PM on October 28, 2018; Ladies’ Breakfast 9-11 AM on November 10, 2018; Thanksgiving Service, followed by a reception on November 21, 2018; Super-bowl  Sunday on February 3, 2019.
  • Learned of plans concerning the participation of children in the December 16, 2018 special Christmas presentation after the regular worship service.
  • Was informed that Elder Jane Stewart is willing to assume the duties of Clerk of Session after Jurgen Honig retires from that position at the end of December 2018.
  • Agreed that at the Annual Congregational Meeting on November 18, 2018 the Congregation will be asked to confer on Reverend David Horner the title of Pastor Emeritus.

Scheduled the next Session meeting for November 12, 2018. 

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

November 4, 2018
Not Far from the Kingdom
Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Mark 12:28-34

November 11, 2018
Divine Providence
I Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:35-44

November 18, 2018
Daniel 6:19-23a, Mark 13:1-13

November 25, 2018
King Jesus
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, John 18:33-37



November    1   Thomas Michael Housley  
November    2   Cheri Sparks
November    3   Sarah Tyler
November    4   Josh White
November    7   Lars Hem
November  12   Tammy Sandel
November  17   Cathy Lockwood
November  17   Penelope Cress
November  19   Elizabeth Parker
November  21   Carol Graefnitz
November  22   Theo Van Cott
November  23   Ken Sandel
November  25   Jean McCoy
November  25   Jonathan Moore
November  25   Rob Donaldson
November  27   Dewi Sidharta
November  28   Frances Janovitz

November     7   Dan & Kathy Trinkle
November   11   Bert & Becky Chapman
November   11   Dennis & Nancy Dunn
November   27   Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston


Community Worship Services

Sunday, November 4
St. Mary’s Worship
2:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11
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 October.

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

Thanks for the consideration.

October     7    Gayle Weast & Olivia Wood

October    14    Dennis & Nancy Dunn

October    21    Rob & Betsy Wagner

October    28    Morgan & Melissa Sparks

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews


Greeters for November

November    4      Claudio Freitas & Frank Saputo

November   11      Susie & Jim Marshall

November   18      The Kucik Family

November   25      Jo & Jurgen Honig


* Church Outside Cleanup — Workers are needed to clean up the courtyard and landscaping on Saturday November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Bring your gloves, rakes, etc.  Questions? Contact Sergey or Ron.


* 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 Monday, November 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 pm.


* Men’s breakfast Fridays, 7:30 a.m. at Christos New City Grill West Side. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. 


* Join the ladies for breakfast on Saturday, November 10th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. here in the Fellowship Hall.  The theme for the morning will be show and tell.  Please bring craft or art items to share, or a collection or hobby for show and tell.  We have many talented women in our church. Do not hide your talent under a bushel but let it shine to share with others. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall.


* The Nominating Committee asks for your nomination of Deacons and Elders for next term. These are important church officers, so please give this some thought and prayer. A box is in the Narthex where you can place your nominations, or you may send them to Brenda by November 11th. The slate of potential officers will be announced at our annual meeting on November 18th. Thank you for your assistance in this important work of the church.


* Jubilee Christmas is coming!  For anyone not familiar with Jubilee, it's a program coordinated by LUM.  It gives low-income parents an opportunity to select gifts for their children, so that they can be “heroes” in the eyes of their children on Christmas morning.

Jubilee Christmas at Faith will be celebrated on Saturday, December 8th starting with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. We will be hosting up to 16 families.  Lots of help will be needed to make it a special day for our guests. 

The launch of our preparations for Jubilee Christmas is on Sunday, November 11th in the Fellowship Hall. You will have a chance to choose ways to help make this a special day for our families, either by baking, buying toys or items for the families, or helping on the day of jubilee. Please join us at the Christmas tree to sign up and see the many ways you can become involved with this great mission of our church and LUM. 

Questions? Please see Carol Goodrich or Ron Smith.  


* Special Announcement Congregational meeting — The annual meeting of the Congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m. During the meeting the Session will present the Budget for 2019. The Congregation will elect new Deacons and Elders. The congregation will also be asked to approve the Pastor’s Salary Package for 2019.  There will also be an opportunity to present new business at the meeting. We hope you will plan to attend.


* Worship at Faith Church Thanksgiving Eve — Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. we will gather as families to give thanks to God for His many blessings.  It will be a service of sharing in different ways—by speaking about God’s goodness to us, by bringing food or money gifts for the Food Pantry to create a cornucopia in front of the sanctuary, and by singing our praises to Him. Join us in the Fellowship Hall after the service for a time of fellowship with cider and doughnut holes.


* Do you spend some quality time with a needle in hand? Do you have a closet full of good intentions? Have you wanted to learn to quilt, embroider, crochet, or knit? Join us for Stitch and Purl on Wednesday, November 28th from 4 – 7 p.m. Please bring a sack lunch and a project to work on.


* Hanging of the Greens The Greening of the Church will be Saturday, December 1st at 9:00 a.m. Please come and help us decorate for Christmas! Many hands make light work.


* Our Mission of the Month for November is the Tippecanoe County United Food bank sponsored by Church Women United. Please bring non-perishable items in during the month of November. Items needed are: canned tomatoes, green beans, corn, peas, fruit, pork & beans, soup, ramen soup, boxed macaroni & cheese, crackers, tuna, peanut butter, boxed or canned meals (chili, stew, ravioli) and pasta or spaghetti. Please no glass containers. Thank You!


* Habitat 2019 Apostle Build fundraising progress — Faith is participating in the Habitat 2019 Apostle build.  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.

So far Faith has raised half our expected $5400, but overall the churches have raised only $12,459.08 of the total $65,000.

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."


* Session agreed at its September stated meeting to nominate Reverend David Horner to be elected Pastor Emeritus at the November meeting of the congregation.  This will continue Reverend Horner’s association with the congregation in an honorary relationship, but with no pastoral authority or duty.  Once the congregation has acted on this recommendation, it will be reported to the Midwest Presbytery for final ratification.