Decatur Presbyterian Church
August 1-15, 2011 D e c a t u r , G e o r gi a
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N E W S U N DA Y S C H O O L Y E A R K I C K S O F F W I T H R A L LY D A Y A U G U S T 1 4
Decatur Presbyterian Church is a multi‐ generational fellowship of loving and faithful Christians in the Reformed tradition striving to discern and fulfill God’s purpose through Jesus Christ for our congregation, our community and our world.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Life of a Missionary
Together in Christ
n Sunday, August 14, children, youth, and adults will kick off the new Sunday School year at Decatur Presbyterian Church. Many programs are continuing; others are being revised as we continue to better meet the needs of children, parents and teachers. “When you think about how much time children spend in school on their lessons, one hour a week in Sunday School learning the Bible and growing in their faith is so important,” says Rebekah Abel Lamar, Director of Christian Education. “They are so ready to absorb the stories from scripture that will grow with them throughout their lives. They’ll come back to these stories and learn again from them in a different way.” Amy Chastain joined the staff recently in a part‐time role as Children’s Ministry Coordina‐ “Children are so ready to absorb tor. “She has taken on extended care and pre‐ the stories from scripture that will school Sunday School, supporting teachers and communicating with parents,” says Rebekah. growth with them.” “With her help, we’ve been able to add new se‐ curity procedures for extended care including stickers matching parents with children, as well as allergy bracelets.” Infants up to 2 years olds are cared for during Sunday School and worship service in Sycamore House across the street from the sanctuary. At 2, children start Sunday School. Toddlers this age will gather and meet their teachers at Sycamore House on Rally Day and for the first month of classes as they get acquainted. Parents will see the same childcare workers when they drop off their children and pick them up. After a month, parents will help introduce their children to their new classroom in the Bradley Building. Preschool children, the 3‐year‐old class and the combined 4 year‐old and kinder‐ garten class all meet on the second floor of the Bradley Building. Workshop Rotation Elementary‐age children enjoy moving from activity to activity in “workshop rotation” on the third floor of the McGeachy Building. They study Bible stories through art, drama, games and storytelling/computers. In August, they’ll focus on stories of David and Goliath, then move to lessons on the Messiah. Four groups are planned for Workshop Rotation – separate ones for first‐, second‐, and third‐graders with a combined class for fourth‐ and fifth‐graders. They gather to‐ gether once a month for a group opening and sharing of prayer concerns. Continued on page 3
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T H E L I F E O F A M I S S I O N A RY : MARGUERITE BOYCE By Ron Johnson
arguerite Florence Payne was born in Birmingham, Alabama, July 8, 1915, and graduated from Howard College (now Samford University), in Birming‐ ham, Alabama. She died July 9, 2011. Her plans to be an educational missionary in Brazil changed when she met a semi‐ nary student from Columbia Theological Seminary who was serving a summer pas‐ toral internship in Birmingham. She married James Reid Boyce in May 17, 1940.
Marguerite Boyce helped her husband’s medical missionary work in Mexico while raising a family of five children.
EAD MORE about the challenges faced and met in their ministry in three fascinating books written by Marguerite Boyce. They can be found on the “Decatur Authors” shelf in our library:
Hospital de la Armistad – Fifty Years of Faith, Friendship, and Healing
The couple then went to Mexico as missionaries under the Presbyterian Church, U.S. In Mexico, James studied to become a physician, began ministry as a medical mis‐ sionary, and the two of them raised a family of five children, and sowed the gospel. In 1950 they first visited Ometepec, an isolated town of 10,000 people in western Mexico, in the mountains about 80 miles southeast of Acapulco. Marguerite reported that one trip from Acapulco took 18 hours in which one river was crossed on a barge, several others were forded, and three times the car almost didn’t make it up hills. In 1952 the Boyces moved to Ometepec to begin a medical practice and build a hospital. Dr. Boyce learned to pilot a plane and provided medical care in any moun‐ tain village that had a field cleared for landing. The support of a number of Presbyte‐ rian churches provided the expertise, funds and materials needed to complete a hos‐ pital in 1958. Our church purchased anesthesia equipment for that facility. The hospi‐ tal (Hospital de la Amistad) continues to serve Ometepec and the Guerrero region under local medical and administrative leadership. In 1971, The Boyce family returned to live in Athens, Tennessee. Later Marguerite lived at Philips Towers and was an active member of this church for several years be‐ fore her death last month.
I Heard the Donkeys Bray Captain Brenton's Heritage
M EMBERSHIP SUMMARY DATA FOR 5/31/2011 | TOTAL MEMBERSHIP 1,092 PRESENTED AT THE 6/28/2011 MEETING OF SESSION
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Dene Dixon directs the Workshop Rotation Program, and encourages more members of the congregation to volunteer as teachers and as shepherds for these young students. Youth Classes On rally day, youth will meet in Sycamore House at 9 a.m. for donuts and fellowship before heading to their classrooms. Then Middle School youth meet in Room 306 with Charlie Orth and Burns Newsome. High School youth gather in Sycamore House with Mike Florence and Elizabeth Webb teaching. After Sunday School, children join their parents in the sanctuary on Sundays as early as they can be prepared to understand and participate in the service. Rebekah says, “Our congregation knows it is important to have children sitting among us – we are all members of the community of faith gathered to worship.” On Rally Day, first graders will receive a Bible during the worship service cele‐ brating their joining their parents for the first time. DPC children receive a Bible when they are baptized, when they are confirmed, and when they graduate from high school.
n Rally Day, August 14, we will initiate a common theme for our congregation over the upcoming school and program year called "Together in Christ". From August 14 through September 25, the seasonal emphasis will be "Called Together in Christ,” focusing upon the Letter to the Ephesians and the spiritual discipline of Scripture reading.
First‐ and second‐graders will have chapel time when they leave the sanctuary after the Children’s Moment, benefitting from the experience of DPCC with a weekly chapel program. They will sing and hear stories, and receive worship readiness in‐ struction. The children will return to their parents in the sanctuary after the sermon. “This isn’t just a separate worship time, but a way to make worship more accessi‐ ble to them, to practice worship and become more engaged when they join their par‐ ents,” Rebekah adds. “They will have 20‐30 minutes each week to study the seg‐ ments of the worship service, learn the Apostle’s Creed, and practice passing the communion plate. We want our children to feel comfortable – worship should not be a foreign language only grownups know.” SPECIAL EVENTS FOR PARENTS OF ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN Parents of elementary age children are invited as a family to attend a $5 box lunch catered by Zest Atlanta after the worship service August 14 in Slack Fellowship Hall. Rebekah Abel Lamar, Amy Chastain, and Lori McMahan will review all the children’s ministry opportunities and answer their questions about Sunday School, choir and other activities. Moms and Dads are invited to “Parents’ Day” in workshop rotation Aug. 21 on the third floor of the McGeachy Building to share the lesson and talk about it with their children. FOR PARENTS OF YOUNGER CHILDREN If your children are two‐ to five‐ years of age, you are invited to a box lunch Sunday, August 28, in Slack Fellowship Hall after the worship service.
Adult Sunday School Classes DPC offers a variety of adult Sunday School classes, too. See the bulletin board near the McGeachy Bulding awning door for current speakers and class loca‐ tions. The Bible and Arts Class meets in M201 each week. Upcoming speakers include:
Aug. 7, Rev. Ken Hughes on “Windows to the Soul”
Aug. 14, Rev. Paul Sherer on “Early Chris‐ tian Writings”
Whose Birthday Is It? 1
Cullen Carter, Charles Scott, Harley Smith, Jr.
Max Timmons, Bryan Webber
Lindsey Drake, Mason Foster, Routh Neill
Buddy Fleming, Michael Garrison, Eric Gehle
Paige Foster, Christine Hughes, Livia Shiroishi, John Slappey
Clark Candler, Suzanne Huffman‐Donaldson, Diana Johnston, Sonja Jones, Alex Lindsey, Drew McMahan, Charles Raynal
Luke Ellis, Marty Sadler
Gerry Boudreau, III, Maddie DePree, Scott Drake, Lawrence McKinley, III, Geri Moss, Kathryn Nabulsi, Gillum Owen, Brandon Pelissero
10 Doug Fantz, Gwendolyn Martin, Amanda McIntyre, Mary Wilson 11 Lynn Coen 12 Woody Lewis, Isabella McLaren, John Scott, George Stroup 13 Nick Leckband, Steve Ortlip, Janie Thompson 14 Bonnie Creighton, Pat Morris, Marion Senkowski 15 Blair Gatchel, Kate Joyner, Linda Sandler, Nancy Turnipseed, Elaine Weingartner
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P RAYE RFULLY C O N S I D E R NO M I NA T I O N S FOR ELDER CLASS OF 2014 BY AUG. 14
ach fall, the con‐ gregation is asked to nominate “persons of faith, dedica‐ tion, and good judgment” to serve as elders begin‐ ning the following Janu‐ ary. During their three‐ year term, these men and women (and a youth elder) “exercise leader‐ ship, government, and discipline” as they gather for session meetings the fourth Tuesday of each month and chair councils. The Nominations Council is asking you to submit names by August 14. You do not have to ask
permission from the per‐ son you are nominating first and you can nomi‐ nate yourself! Requirements in‐ clude: “A commitment of time and resources, attendance at worship services, full participation in session meetings and council assignments, vis‐ iting congregation mem‐ bers with special needs (illness, bereavement, homebound commun‐ ion), support and leader‐ ship of the church’s pro‐ grams and support of the church financially by making a regular pledge.” Look for the nomina‐
Frank Lesesne, Eilis Gehle and Leah Vaughan at elder retreat earlier this year.
tion form in the bulletin and in the church office. The congregation will elect new elders at a con‐ gregational meeting dur‐ ing the Sunday morning worship service on Sep‐ tember 25.
WELCOME VISITORS TO DPC AS A BOOK F E S T I VA L V O L U N T E E R S E P T . 3 A N D 4
he 6th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival will take place during Labor Day weekend, with Decatur Presbyterian Church once again offering our sanctuary as a venue on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4. Sign up now to help serve as a volunteer for this exciting community event which brings hundreds of visitors to our church and thousands to our community. Use forms in the bulletin or call the church office at (404) 378‐1777. Your as‐ signment may be to welcome visitors as they get seated or manage lines during the book purchases and signings.
An orientation program for DPC volunteers will be held at our church on Mon‐ day, August 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the event and volunteer opportunities even if you have not yet signed up for a shift (which will be scheduled Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday after‐ noon). For more information or to sign up, you also may contact Lee Ann Harvey of Volunteer! Decatur at (678) 553‐6548 or firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with DPC member Marceil Joyner at (404) 373‐7902.l stage 4
SERMON TEXTS Sunday August 7, 2011 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gen. 37:1‐4, 12‐28; Ps. 105:1‐6, 16‐22, 45b; Rom. 10:5‐15; Matt. 14:22‐33 Sunday
ATTEND OPEN HOUSE AND EXPERIENCE THE TRANSFORMED RETREAT CENTER
he Retreat Center Ministry Council couldn’t be more proud of the new “great room” at the heart of our Lake Lanier facility. This is the most recent project completed due to your generosity in contributing to the 2010‐2011 Capital Campaign, “Preserving our Past, Preparing for our Future.” Come and enjoy the remodeled great room yourself by taking the quick 60‐ minute drive north on I‐85 near Gainesville to the lake on Saturday, August 13. “We’re putting the Open House at the Retreat Center and Rally Day together as a ‘get back to church’ weekend,” comments Lucia Sizemore, council chair. “This is a pro‐ gress report – the rest of the Retreat Center is cleaner, but not remodeled. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy hiking trails and the dock while visiting for the day.”
August 14, 2011 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gen. 45:1‐15; Ps. 133; Rom. 11:1‐2a, 29‐32; Matt. 15:(10‐20) 21‐28
The Retreat Center also will serve as alternative housing for those who want to join in the church‐wide camping trip Labor Day weekend at nearby Duckett Mill Campgrounds. If you don’t have a camper or tent for that weekend, sleep at the Retreat Center while sharing in the group fun at the campground during the day. For just $5 Attend the Retreat Center Open per person, per night, you’ll enjoy boys and girls dorm rooms with House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on single and bunk beds and restrooms, a fully‐equipped kitchen, air Saturday, August 13. conditioning, and a wide porch facing the lake. The Council was able to transform this main living space for under its $30,000 budget, largely due to the donation of many hours from volunteers such as Brad Godwin, Bryan Downs, Alex Cook, Sami Freiji, John Gilbert, Matt Lindsey, Jamie Owen, and Reed Owens as well as Lucia. Many others worked on installation day and on a work day in March. DPC member and interior designer Laura Wall contributed her talent and experi‐ ence to the project. The goal was “to provide a comfortable, adaptable, and cohesive environment that is easy to maintain.” Laura says. “This re‐created interior space is a pleasant ‘get away’ where large or small groups can gather in fellowship during all seasons of the year.” Continued on page 6 5
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RETREAT CENTER |CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Wallpaper was removed and beadboard added to the lower walls, then every‐ thing got a fresh coat of paint. Comfy and practical furniture provides plenty of seat‐ ing clustered around the fireplace. New wall sconces, a central light fixture and lamps on side tables and a console glow throughout the room.
nterested in using the Retreat Center at Lake Lanier for your DPC group or a family gathering? Con‐ tact the church office for rental information and availability.
Sheers and blinds provide light control and insu‐ lation, and ceiling fans circulate the air. New hard‐ wood flooring and a colorful rug in the room’s signa‐ ture green, gold and red color scheme are echoed in the quilt wall hanging. Behind the scenes, improvements were made to the safety and functionality of the rustic building, catching up on some deferred maintenance and making lists of more that needs to be done. Through this process, the Council has a much better idea of priorities and next steps – such as improving the un‐ finished basement, repairing bathrooms and the Alex Cook caulks around a door frame fireplace. at an earlier stage of the remodeling. Today’s success is the result of several years of re‐ newed focus on the potential the Retreat Center at Lake Lanier has as a ministry of this congregation. Recommendations of a task force were approved by the session in 2009 to keep this 15‐acre resource intact. Former Council Chair Bryan Downs reviewed the history of the Retreat Center early in the year for a Wednesday Night Program. “The Task Force recommended that we start viewing the Retreat Center as a DPC ministry, and not as a source of financial rescue for short‐term debts,” Bryan re‐ ported. “By improving the facility, we could better meet the needs of our growing children and youth programs. And we can provide a space in nature for everyone to enjoy God’s creation and experience spiritual growth.”
YOUTH ENJOY MONTREAT CONFERNCE IN JUNE
Youth take a break for lunch on the porch in Montreat. 6
By Doug Friesema, Ministry Intern DPC supported 27 high school stu‐ dents as they traveled to Montreat, NC, in June for the annual Youth Con‐ ference. We worshipped with Rodger Nishioka, a professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, and with Adam Copeland, a recent intern. We made new friends from around the country in our small group discussions and recreation events. We found time to play card games and checkers, kick a soccer ball, tell jokes, and visit Asheville.
We climbed Lookout Mountain, joined in a candlelight service around Lake Susan, participated in a variety show, and sang with the conference choir! Each day at the conference, we ex‐ plored one these words and how they can help us follow God’s signals in our lives: incarnation… discernment … disciple‐ ship ... community … commissioning. I am so thankful to the youth of this church for allowing me to join them on this trip and get to know them better. May God bless each and everyone one of you!
W E D N E S DAY P RO G R A M S B E G I N W I T H GAME NIGHT AUGUST 17
fter the summer break, members and guests of Deca‐ tur Presbyterian Church will come back together for Wednesday Night Programs of fellowship and learning on August 17. We’ll kick off the year with an intergen‐ erational “Game Night.” Rebekah Abel Lamar and the Christian Education Council under Karen Scar‐ borough have planned speakers and events for the upcoming year. Look forward to a Bible study series on the book of Ephesians led by Dr. Todd Speed August 24, 30 and Sept. 7. We’ll learn about
the summer mission trips and conferences for the youth on Sept. 21. After a very success‐ ful first year, Zest Atlanta will continue to provide our meals. If you have drifted away from Wednesday nights, or never partici‐ pated, be sure to sample these events as your schedule allows. Share an evening with old friends, and make new ones as you take a break from your busy week to let someone else cook – at a very reason‐ able price.
DETAILS YOU NEED The dinner line opens at 5:15 p.m. in Slack Fellow‐ ship Hall, and the pro‐ gram begins at 6:30 p.m. No reservation is re‐ quired, and the cost is $7 for adults, $4 for chil‐ dren, and $22 family maximum. Childcare is provided for infants through 5th graders from 5‐7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 17 MENU Grilled chicken breast with barbeque sauce, honey molasses baked beans, yellow squash casserole, salad bar, Texas toast, apple cobbler with crumb topping Children’s menu: barbeque chicken, baked beans, brownies
AUGUST 24 MENU Salmon croquettes with roumoulade and tartar sauces, world’s best macaroni and cheese, vegetable medley, salad bar, dill biscuits with butter, lemon ice box pie Children’s Menu: fish sticks with ketchup, macaroni and cheese, broccoli with Ranch dressing, mini cupcakes
H O S P I TA L & H E A L T H C O N C E R N S
Sally Williamson, stage 4 lung cancer June Dollar, ovarian cancer Melinda Cribb, mother of Wes Cribb, bone cancer Bob Kessler, knee surgery Cheryl Parlato, former DPC member, ICU at DeKalb John Hamilton, brother of Dorothy Ham‐ ilton, hospitalized in Seattle, WA, pros‐
Donna Gensler, sister of Connie Bryans, at Shepherd’s Spinal Center after suffering ahead injury Mary Moore, hospitalized for heart tests, Emory Kaitlin Brady from Spring City, TN, teen‐ age grand‐niece of Daryle Maroney, re‐ covering at home from burns from an accident; returning to the burn clinic in Augusta soon for skin grafts 7
SYMPATHY Friends and family of former DPC member John Pritchard, who died 6/8 in Jackson‐ville, FL Friends and family of Mildred Davidson, who died 6/17 in California. A memorial service will be held in August at DPC. Friends and Family of Marguerite Boyce, who died 7/9 Missionaries to Kenya Shelvis and Nancy Smith ‐Mather on the 7/10 death of Shelvis’ mother, Shirley Ann Jones Smith Ken Graff and family on the death of his sister‐in ‐law, Cecelia, Warner Robins Rosemary Raynal and family on the death of her mother Friends and family of Patsy Thomas, who died 7/22 Ted and Madge McDaniel on the death of their daughter, Carol “Misty” Mayo, of cancer 7/26, with funeral in Chattanooga, TN PRAISE AND JOY Doyle and Donna McDaniel on the 5/19 birth of great‐ grandson Clayton Paul Moore, 8 lbs., 6 oz., 21 inches Ken and Pam Hughes sold their home in Martinsville, VA, and now both are residents of the state of Georgia!
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Sunday, August 7 POOL PARTY Second annual pool party at the home of Reed and Pam Owens from 3‐5 p.m. Sunday, August 21 PARENTS OF YOUTH GATHERING Parents of youth will gather from 6‐8 p.m. at a nearby home for dinner and discussions. August 27‐28 HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT Youth will enjoy the Retreat Center at Lake Lanier this late summer weekend.
AS SUMMER ENDS, DPC YOUTH RETURN TO FRIENDS & ACTIVITIES
year ago we celebrated the remodeling of Sycamore House and our commit‐ ment to supporting a growing youth program at DPC. Our youth have enjoyed a year of programs, retreats, and missions trips guided by many committed adult volunteers as well as Jennifer Filpi, Director of Youth Ministry, and Anna Fulmer, continuing as Youth Ministry Assistant . “We’ll be growing on the energy we generated last year thanks to the enthusiasm of these youth and the support of so many parents,” Jennifer says. “Several of our youth advisors are returning this year. It is so important for youth to have other adults in their lives who will take time to know them and teach what it means to be a Christian.” Jennifer adds, “Wednesday nights, starting Aug. 14, we open Sycamore House from 4 – 6 p.m. so the youth can come over and hang out, bring their friends and play games and basketball before supper. We’ve provided a place and a time for them to grow as Christians in their busy lives filled with school, sports, music lessons and scouting.” After dinner with everyone in Slack Fellowship Hall, Youth Bible Study meets in McGeachy 306 from 6:30‐7:15 pm (starting August 24). Sunday nights, starting Aug. 21, are devoted to the youth, with 60‐70 expected for the dinner and program each week. 8