Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

December 2018 Newsletter

Nov 30, 2018

Pastor’s Pen
Rev. Paul Copeland

In my early days of transition ministry I used to afflict congregations with tedious surveys to help them discover their “identity.”  Over time, though, I abandoned the practice because the answers were typically the same, regardless of a congregation’s size, history, location or theological bent.   For example, if I asked people to describe their church in two or three words, the results were invariably “welcoming, warm, friendly.”  When I followed up in personal interviews, I learned that people were often remembering the warm welcome they received when they joined the church—ten or twenty years ago.

Welcoming strangers, of course, is fundamental.  It is a kindness given special prominence in the Bible.   The experience of the Israelites in the land of Egypt made concern for strangers a crucial part of their ethical code.  (See Exodus 22:21; 23:9)   According to Jesus, welcoming strangers is one of the deeds that will distinguish the sheep from the goats on Judgment Day.  “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:31,35)   Clearly, God does not mean for people to find their own way in a hard, lonely world.  A warm welcome meets a profound human need.

God calls his people to excel at welcoming strangers.   Churches often see this mainly as something we do for visitors who walk through the church doors.  But what if fewer and fewer “strangers” are actually doing that?  And, what if what “counted as” a warm welcome to us twenty years ago is not necessarily what “counts as” a warm welcome to visitors today?  Are we now left with no meaningful ministry of welcoming?  What if the real “front line” of welcoming is actually not at the church door but at the stranger’s door?  Or maybe your door?  

The story of St. Paul’s shipwreck on his way to Rome provides a memorable illustration of welcoming.   When Paul and his shivering, sea-soaked traveling companions stumbled ashore on the island of Malta, Luke reports, “The natives showed us unusual kindness.  Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us around it.”  (Acts 28:2)   What a beautiful picture of welcoming!   It’s as simple as   inviting others to “stand around our fire.”     

The church is community where cold, hurting people should have an opportunity to warm up.   On Sunday mornings we can invite people in to “stand around” the fire of the Spirit’s presence with us in worship.   We can invite them through the doors of our homes to take the first steps to building friendships.  It’s a basic ministry we can all do and that some may be called to do in a special way.  But the good pagans of Malta   really did far more.  Their welcome was the offer of just the right help to people at their doorstep who had lost everything and had nowhere else to turn at the moment.   It was getting involved in other people’s troubles and showing “extraordinary kindness.”   Surely the measure of a welcoming church can be no less.  God forbid that the pagans should set the standard!

Welcoming is one of the things churches do best.  We just need to remember that it usually involves more than one door—and sometimes no door at all.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Copeland


Clerks Corner

At its November 12, 2018 meeting the Session:

  • Approved Elder Jane Stewart as Clerk of Session, starting January 1, 2019.
  • Was informed that Pastor Copeland will attend a reception at First Presbyterian Church, South Charleston, OH, on November 18, 2018, to honor Missionaries Samuel and Christa Lloyd to the Siberian Tatars.
  • Was informed that Pastor Copeland will be on vacation December 14-16, 2018; Elder Glenn Sparks has agreed to conduct worship services on December 16, 2018.
  • Approved the budget statements for October 2018 submitted by Treasurer Carol Gentry.
  • Adopted the proposed budget for the calendar year 2019 submitted by Treasurer Carol Gentry. The financial remuneration for Pastor Copland will be submitted for approval by the Congregation at its Annual Congregational Meeting on November 18, 2018. The administrative assistant, organist, and choir director are to receive a 2 % raise in their remuneration; the raise for the custodian is to be determined after a performance evaluation in January 2019.
  • Agreed to a motion to transfer the membership of Shana Cress to the First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale, MI, where Reverend Scott Cress was recently installed as pastor.
  • Accepted the draft of a resolution to confer on Reverend David Horner the title of Pastor Emeritus. The document is to be submitted to the Congregation for approval at its Annual Congregational Meeting on November 18, 2018.

Scheduled its next meeting for Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the docket to include examination of newly-elected elders and deacons and the election of the Treasurer for the calendar year 2019.

Submitted by
J.M. Honig
Clerk of Session


Worship Information

December 2, 2018
Light in the Darkness
Micah 7:8-10a, John 1:1-5

December 9, 2018
The True Light
Isaiah 2:2-5, John 1:1-9

December 16, 2018
Thinking about Christmas
Micah 5:2-5a, John 1:1-13

December 23, 2018
The Glory of the Only-Begotten God
Isaiah 60:1-5a, 19-20

December 30, 2018
Seeing the Light
II Corinthians 4:1-6, John 3:16-21



December     1   SueAnne Bergmann  
December     1   Vera Lee Castleberry
December  13   Carol Fillmore
December  13   Caryn Sidharta
December  13   Valentina Hinkel
December  14   David Czerwonky
December  15   Alexandra (Dubikovsky) Golden
December  15   Laura (Hersheberger) Wilcoxson
December  16   Jakob Housley
December  20   Sarah White
December  27   Alex Dale
December  27   Lillian Parker
December  28   Myra Tschiegg
December  29   Elias Cress


December   20   Rev. Stuart & Bonnie Robertson
December   20   Ron Smith & Carol Goodrich


Community Worship Services

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

Sunday, December 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 November.

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

Thanks for the consideration.

November     4   Claudio Freitas & Frank Saputo

November   11    Susie & Jim Marshall

November   18   The Kucik Family

November   25    Jo & Jurgen Honig

For the Deacons,
Emily Matthews


Greeters for December

December     2  Don & Carol Gentry

December     9  Dorothy Bethel & Frank Saputo

December   16  Darrell & Kari Clase

December   23  Kevin & Lou Ann Johnston

December   24   Dennis & Nancy Dunn

December   30   Mary Ann Combs & Barbara Knox


* 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.


* 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, December 3rd  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. 


* Jubilee Christmas – We will be celebrating Jubilee Christmas on Saturday, December 8th at 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. for guests and hosts, and all helpers are invited.  Pray that it will be a day filled with love and blessings.

Through Jubilee Christmas, we not only serve others in the community, but also grow as a community of believers in the Lord. We appreciate and eagerly anticipate your help – Thank you!

Questions? Carol Goodrich or Ron Smith


* Please join us for our Christmas Services.  Christmas Eve Service (A Festival of  Lessons & Carols) will  take place on Monday, December 24th at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception following this service. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. Please let us know what you will be bringing for planning purposes. Childcare will be provided for the Christmas Eve Service. Christmas Day service will take place on Tuesday, December 25th at 11:00 a.m.


* December 27th & 28th we will have a great opportunity to continue our holiday giving!!  Our church is responsible for helping at the Tippecanoe County/Church Women United Food Pantry on Thursday December 27th from 3:45-6:15 p.m. and on Friday the 28th from 11:45-3:00 p.m. and we need three volunteers each day.  The pantry is located at 1320 Tippecanoe Street across from the St. Elizabeth's chapel.  PLEASE CALL Marilyn Hinze 620-0056 if you can help or if you have questions.


* Christmas poinsettias are available for purchase for $8.00 each. If you would like to place a plant in honor or in memory of a loved one please place your money in the Poinsettia envelope.  Please fill out the form on the envelope and the names will be printed in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins. The envelopes are on the table in the hallway and can be placed on the church office desk when they are completed. The Poinsettias will be placed in the sanctuary during the Christmas season and you are welcome to take them home after Christmas.


* A Special THANK YOU to all who have helped with our nursing home services in 2018.  Faith Church provides a monthly worship service at St. Mary’s, Friendship House and Tippecanoe Villa, and several worship services a year at Cumberland Pointe.  The residents who attend are thankful for the worship opportunity. 

And this is made possible by YOU.

THANK YOU:  Pastor Copeland, Pastor Horner, Nancy Dunn, Jurgen Honig, Ron Smith, Dan Trinkle, and Steve Varys for providing the sermons and leading the residents in worship.

THANK YOU:  Nancy Dunn, Jan Hem, Donna Lofgren, and Grieke Toebes for helping “Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord” by providing piano accompaniment for hymns.  

It would be wonderful to have more Faith people involved. If YOU would like to be help with the nursing home services, please talk to Lonni Kucik.

Lonni Kucik on behalf of the Board of Deacons


* A Resolution to recognize the Reverend David L Horner as Pastor Emeritus

Whereas Pastors and Teachers are among the chief gifts that Christ has given for the building up of his body, the church (Ephesians 4:11-12)
Whereas Christians are called to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7) and to remember the leaders who spoke the Word of God to them (Hebrews 13:7)
Whereas the Reverend David L. Horner has served the Lord Jesus Christ as a faithful Minister of Word and Sacrament since his ordination by the West Jersey Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA on the 15th of September, 1975 in First Presbyterian Church, Ashland, New Jersey, his home church, pastored by his father
Whereas Reverend Horner steadfastly and devotedly led Bethany Presbyterian Church of Mendenhall, Pennsylvania, his first pastorate, for thirty three years
Whereas Reverend Horner, from June, 2008 to his retirement at the end of June, 2018, ministered to Faith Presbyterian Church with exemplary piety, engaging, edifying preaching and teaching, godly wisdom and counsel, and Christ-like pastoral care
Whereas Reverend Horner has, throughout his ministry, energetically participated in the wider mission of the church, notably as a past Moderator of the Donegal Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA and more    recently as Chairman of the Church Development Committee of the Presbytery of the Midwest of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Whereas Reverend David and Mrs. Diane Horner have chosen to continue to make their home in the community of West Lafayette, Indiana
Whereas the Session desires to assure Reverend and Mrs. Horner of the Congregation’s continuing gratitude, affection and abiding welcome in the days to come,

Therefore be it resolved, that the Session of Faith Presbyterian Church agree to place before the Congregation, at the annual Congregational meeting to be held on November 18, 2018, a motion to elect Reverend David L. Horner as Pastor Emeritus, with all the rights and privileges thereto appertaining, as agreeable to the Word of God, and in conformity with the Book of Order of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church;

Be it further resolved, that upon approval of the motion by the Congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church, this resolution shall be forwarded to the Presbytery of the Midwest of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church for its approval, in conformity with the Book of Order of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church; at which time this honorary relationship shall take effect.

Approved by the Session of Faith Presbyterian Church on this Twelfth day of November in the Year of Our Lord Two-Thousand Eighteen, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


* Faith Presbyterian Church — 3318 State Road 27 West — West Lafayette, IN 47906



DO MAKE the Following Resolution To Recognize Diane I. Horner:

Diane has served this Congregation during the term of Reverend David L. Horner as a dedicated Helpmate and Servant of the Lord with love and dedication in response to the needs of others.

Those who know Diane recognize her as a maker of community, encourager of the troubled, and faithful friend to many.

She is recognized as a loving teacher of children with concern for their health, education, and well-being.

Her abilities as a creative, resourceful and joyful homemaker, quilt-maker, cook, lawn mower and garden grower endear her to a bountiful group of friends.

She delights in her role as Mother, Wife, and Grandmother and is always an available volunteer to be a friend to the friendless, a provider of clothing for those who have none, and a helping hand wherever one or two or three is/are needed.

Diane gives everyone a warm smile, a hug, if needed, a freshly-baked pie or a grand goulash. She is first in the kitchen, the last one out, and exhibits a most hearty chuckle when things are funny.

Although she would quibble, she would modestly accept the title of First Lady of Faith Presbyterian Church. The regular Church Ladies would have it no other way, and extend their gratitude, affection and abiding welcome to her and her spouse in the days to come!