Monthly Newsletter of Christ Presbyterian Church
Prime Time Luncheon Topics Page 3 Heard and â€œOverheardâ€? Page 4
World Communion/ Peacemaking Sunday October 7, 2012 10:00 a.m.
60th Anniversary Page 6
In our denominational offices in Louisville is a six foot banner which was created to illustrate the Peacemaking Offering for World Communion Sunday. This design was originally drawn in oil pastels by Dorothea B. Kennedy and was translated into fabric by Gloiela Yau Dolak. As the mountains and hills rejoice, the thirsty of all nations are invited to come to the water; the hungry are invited to come to the table. Everyone is welcome.
New Worship Schedule First Sunday Worship (with Communion) at 10:00 a.m. All Other Sundays
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Traditional Worship in the Chapel Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary Contemporary/Praise Worship in Hansen Hall
Pastor’s Desk Dear Friends, We will begin our new worship schedule as we celebrate World Communion Sunday. According to our Presbyterian Mission Agency, it was Dr. Hugh Thompson Kerr, the pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, who first conceived of a World Communion Sunday. He had just served as the moderator of the General Assembly (1930) and believed that churches needed to work together in expressing Christian unity and showing that we are interconnected. Our denomination adopted the practice of celebrating World Communion in 1936, and the Federal Council of Churches (predecessor of the National Council of Churches) promoted this special celebration to churches around the world in 1940. Dr. Kerr’s son, who has also been a pastor, said, “The concept (World Communion Sunday) spread very slowly at the start. People did not give it a whole lot of thought. It was during the Second World War that the spirit caught hold, because we were trying to hold the world together. World Wide Communion symbolized the effort to hold things together, in a spiritual sense. It emphasized that we are one in the Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” It is fitting that our denomination has decided to take the Peacemaking Offering on World Communion Sunday. It was in 1980 that the General Assembly adopted a document called “Peacemaking: The Believers Calling” which initiated the annual Peacemaking Offering in many churches and established a Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Over the last 30 years we have been showing our desire to work for justice and build community in local, regional and international settings. Last year, nearly $2,000.000 dollars was raised through this offering to assist those in need. This year a special effort is being made to help children that have been involved in human trafficking. World Communion and the Peacemaking Offering are focused and bringing people together so that they can experience the strength of Christian community. It is a wonderful occasion for our church to combine all our morning services, so that we can celebrate the joy of our unity in Jesus Christ. Blessings, Tom Schwartz
Adult Education and Group Life Sunday Morning Programs The Present Word
Sundays at 10:00 am.
The Thoughtful Christian
Sundays at 11:15 a.m.
Sundays at 11:15 a.m.
A Bible study with veterans and novices alike that meets to discover more about the Scriptures and how they can impact our lives. Using “The Present Word” curriculum, participants will dive into the Scriptures to gain a deeper understanding of how God works in our lives. The study meets at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. All are welcome and “walk-ins” are fine! Please contact Dave Huner if you are interested in attending this Bible study. A class that facilitates intriguing conversation and deeper Biblical understanding. Each week the class will take up a different topic, exploring the intersection of faith and life. Each month, a different facilitator will lead the group to enhance the conversations that take place. The study meets at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays. All are welcome and “walk-ins” are fine! Please contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in attending this class. Facilitated by professional church teachers and speakers, this class will look into different areas of life in the church. From “Bible 101” to “What it Means to Be a Presbyterian”, this class will stretch our minds, open our hearts, and draw us close to God. The study meets at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays in the Chapel. All are welcome and “walk-ins” are fine! Please contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in attending this class.
Mid-Week Programs Sermon Talks
Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.
Invitation to Psalms Beginning October 11
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
A Bible study opportunity which will focus on the scripture passage that will be preached on in the upcoming worship service. Participants will read the passage for the upcoming weeks sermon and then dialogue about what the passage says to them. This group will meet every Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the church. Please contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in attending.
A mid-week Bible study that invites us to engage the Psalms at the deepest levels of our hearts. Come and find that place where God’s faithfulness confronts the most challenging aspect of our lives. Each week, participants will dive into the Psalms and come out on the other side knowing just how close we are to our God. The class will meet Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Scott Hall. Please contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in attending.
Prime Time Luncheon A monthly educational ministry opportunity for all vibrant older adults. Participants enjoy lunch together, share in the joy of fellowship, and engage in creative and intriguing educational programs.
“Issues 2012 How You Can be Informed”
Wednesday, October 3 at 12:00 p.m.
Darcy Yates and a colleague from the League will speak to us about the League, its functions and current activities. The League is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates or political parties, but it does take a stance on issues they have thoroughly studied. The representative will speak on current issues, the voter’s on-line guide, and the pros and cons of upcoming policies that could effect all voters. To reserve a seat, please contact Tracy Stuckey in the church office at 419-475-8629 or firstname.lastname@example.org. by Monday, October 1. Wednesday, November 7, 2012 “Trip to Israel” For Advent, let’s take a trip to Israel. Come to Prime Time and let Christine Vischer be our guide! Christine will take us on a tour sharing with us her experiences and her stories about her visit there.
Choir News Our Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and Children’s Choir are still looking for more singers and ringers. So if you enjoy great fellowship, music-making, and praising God with your musical talents, please consider joining us. The adult ensembles rehearse on Thursday evenings (6:15 – Handbell Choir, 7:15 – Chancel Choir). (Those interested in ringing handbells should contact Mark Mathias.) The Children’s Choir practices on Sunday’s @ 11:15; they generally sing on the first Sunday of each month. For more information contact Mark Mathias at the church (ext. 205, email@example.com).
Deborah Circle The next Deborah Circle meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10 at 12:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join us. We will be meeting at Christ Presbyterian Church.
Session Notes From August 28, 2012 *Buildings and Grounds continues necessary repairs . Plumbing has been replaced in 4 lavatories, dishwasher replaced in Hansen Hall, new phone system installed, childrens’ playground in progress, new drinking fountain will be installed in the Narthex hallway. In addition quotes are being obtained for stain glass repairs and 22 door replacements. The team is awaiting a final report from Ohio Casualty re settlement for the choir /steeple roofs. * Youth events included volunteering at VBS, pool party, preparing a meal for residents of Beach House, family cookout , lock in at a cottage on Devil’s Lake. *10-11am Adult Bible Study will use the Present Word as the study. 11:15-Noon will use the Thoughtful Christian. Pastor Kris Schondelmeyer will continue to lead “Sermon Talks” Class every Tuesday morning. ( 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.) * Exploring Membership classes will be held Wednesday September 19 and 26 at 6:00 p.m. *Communication Team continues to be available for directory photos. *Christian Involvement continues to enter information in CPC database. * Mission Team discussed providing materials for hygiene kits/and or school kits . Discussed request for financial support for Haiti charity, Gospel Growers from Sam Rice. Project Dignity ( school uniform sewing project ) and quilts and blankets for Project Linus continue in progress. * Worship, Music and the Arts approved a motion to accept the worship/education task force recommendation to change worship times commencing October 7, 2012 to a blended worship service be held the first Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The balance of the month worship will be regularly held at 8:30 a.m traditional chapel service, 10:00 a.m. traditional service in the Sanctuary and 11:15 a.m. contemporary in Hansen Hall. * Approved the request of Karen Crown to be deleted from membership roll books. * Approved a letter of transfer of Chris and Mary Deloe to Westgate Chapel. * Approved motion from Worship, Music and the Arts for change of worship times. * Approved request to upgrade video/sound system in the sanctuary . ~Linda Smith, Clerk of Session
Heard and “Overheard” (Congregation news compiled by Barb Ball)
Richard and Barbara Brownlee are very proud of three of their grandsons on their completion of the work and training involved in becoming licensed Ham Operators with the help of Richard and the Radio Club. Brendan Haggerty (13) was upgraded to General License – KD8NTS. Brendan had received his Technical License at age eleven. In August, Stephen Jarvis passed the exam to receive his Technical License – KD8TBE; his brother Andy Jarvis (10) received his Technical License – KD8SWR. The examiner at Archbold, Ohio thought that Andy might be the youngest Ham Operator they had ever licensed. Congratulations guys! Boulder, Colorado was the location of Jack Rogers’s annual fishing trip this year. Boulder is the home of Jack’s son Greg and family. Greg and Jack have been fishing together once or twice a year for the past twenty years at many different locations. They survived a torrential rain storm with lightning strikes coming too close for comfort and managed to catch fifteen or so nice Brook Trout. Were they good eating? Don’t ask. They let all of them go! The thrill of the chase was satisfaction enough! Jenny Wharram, daughter of Karen and Howard, dedicated her participation in a Bike-a-thon last month to her sister Katie Wharram. The two day event was sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. The 125 mile trek which started in San Francisco and ended in the Napa Valley enabled Jenny, with the help of her sponsors, to raise $1050 for the foundation. Jenny lives in Santa Clara, CA and is a nurse working as a nuclear medicine technician with the Kaiser Hospital group. If you didn’t attend the 60th Anniversary celebration of Christ Presbyterian Church, you missed a pleasant evening. The rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance; inside a warm, friendly, festive air prevailed as people greeted each other and friends from the past! Games and activities planned for outdoors were quickly set up in classrooms and hallways. The food provided through Shorty’s restaurant was delicious and the desserts donated by scores of members were the best ever! After dinner, The Reverend Cheryl Nutting offered an opening prayer and a short program with Christine Brennan as emcee, took place in which Barb Ball, Deb Johnson, Dave Hendrix, Mallory Findley, and the Reverend Tom Schwartz told about programs and projects that have happened at CPC during the past ten years. The evening ended with Mark Matthias leading the gathering in the singing of the hymn Blest Be the Tie That Binds, and a closing prayer led by the Reverend Kris Schondelmeyer. A very special thanks goes to the planning team members, Kate Backoff, Dale Burnett, and Karen Wharram, and also to
the many, many others who helped by taking care of all the details to make this a celebration to remember. Many thanks go to all who made contributions to this month’s issue. News is always welcome!
Together with their families Abby L. Wasylkowski and Kristopher D. Schondelmeyer request the honor of your presence at their Wedding Saturday, the twenty-ninth of December two thousand twelve at three thirty in the afternoon Dessert Reception at seven o’clock Christ Presbyterian Church 4225 W. Sylvania Ave. Toledo, OH 43623
Children and Family News Sunday Morning Godly Play Schedule
Children age 3 through 5 grades may accompany their parents to the worship service. Children will then be dismissed from worship about 15 minutes later with Monica Mancy for Godly Play or We Believe. Children can be picked up after the service in their designated classrooms in the children’s wing. th
Godly Play at the 10:00 a.m. service: Room 5 Age 3 -1st grade 2nd- 3rd grade Room 8 Take–home Scripture Verse: When you pick up your children after worship, they will be bringing home a scripture verse to learn. The verse will be related to the day’s story. We appreciate your support of this activity at home. Offering: We will be asking children to bring in a weekly offering. It will be collected each week and each room will decide on what project they will support. Children’s & Family Mission Projects: Throughout the year our children will be participating in different mission projects. This fall I encourage families to collect aluminum pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. With the money earned by recycling the tabs, RMHC is able to provide meals to all their guests at no charge! Start saving your pull tabs and place them in containers in the classroom wing. Together we can help others!
Children’s Choir will meet every Sunday to rehearse in room 10 from 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. The children will sing on Sundays at the 10:00 a.m. services. Everyone is welcome to join in on the singing!
Bible Discovery for 4th grade & 5th grade
Chris Gaynor and Kim Long will be teaching We Believe for children in grades 4th and 5th. The children will spend the first year learning and experiencing the Old Testament, with the second year learning and experiencing the New Testament. After completing the course the children will be presented with their own Bible. The children will meet during the 10:00 a.m. service in the Tween room.
Parents of infants, toddlers and twos are now mailed a monthly parenting newsletter specific to the age of their child. Parents of little ones receive their first newsletter when their child is one month old, and they continue to receive it until their little one reaches 36 months. The
newsletter contains an abundance of fun and whimsical ideas, including a music CD, to help parents with their little one’s faith formation. We hope parents enjoy this resource as they watch their child grow and change during these important years.
Fall Harvest Potluck Sunday, October 21 4:30 p.m. Games and Activities for Children 5:30 p.m. Soup Potluck Families are asked to bring a favorite pot of soup, a side or a dessert. Signup sheets are located on the classroom wing information table Please sign up by October 14 if you plan to attend. You may also e-mail Monica Mancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Group on Sundays 6th – 8th grade youth are invited to join in faith, fun, and fellowship on Sunday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. We will meet for dinner, faithbased lessons and games, and mission. If you are interested in being a part of our regular Sunday evening Youth Group, please contact Pastor Kris. During the 2012 – 2012 Youth Group Season our 9th – 12th grade youth will have the opportunity to participate in planned mission and fellowship events, and semi-regular lunch meetings. If you are interested in being a part of our High School Youth Group, please contact Pastor Kris.
Bonfire at the Wharram’s Sunday, October 14 Howard and Karen Wharram and their family have again graciously invited the entire church to celebrate autumn and the joy of being together at their annual bonfire. Members and friends may arrive anytime after 3:30 p.m. at the Wharrams’ house on Sunday, October 14. There will be live music and lots to eat and drink. The bonfire will be lit later as the sun sets. Please bring a dish to share (and chairs, if you wish). All are welcome!
The 60th Anniversary Was A Wonderful Celebration
Emcee Christine Brennan
Youth working on mission project
Children playing on seesaw on new playground
Members enjoying the celebration