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Monthly Newsletter of Christ Presbyterian Church

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February 2013

2013 Lenten Series: 24 Hours That Changed the World A five-week series which will focus on the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. We will reflect on how those events have changed our lives on: Wednesdays or Sundays

February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20 February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17 and March 24

Our group leaders will be: Sunday mornings 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. led by Dave Huner Sunday mornings 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. led by Jon and Tina Bossenbroek Wednesday evenings 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. led by Rev. Tom & Rev. Kris (Childcare is available on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings) Week 1: The Garden of Gethsemane - A Biblical account of Jesus’ anguish in the garden, and a look at our own experience of despair and self-doubt. Week 2: Condemned by the Righteous - A Biblical account of Jesus’ trial, and a chance for us to consider how fear can keep us silent in the face of injustice. Week 3: Jesus, Barabbas, and Pilate - A deeper look into Jesus’ trial and suffering as we consider the themes of “atonement”, “messiahship”, and the “suffering servant”. Week 4: The Torture and Humiliation of the King - Exploring the Gospel account of Jesus’ humiliation, and a look at our own capacity for cruel and inhuman acts. Week 5: The Crucifixion - A Biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, and a chance for us to personally explore several ways that Jesus’ death saves us.

All Church Members Are Invited

Community Desserts on the World Day of Prayer On Friday, March 1, church members are invited to attend one of our commuity gatherings. Desserts will be served and you will be invited to join and converse and pray. We will be joining with Christians around the world who will be celebrating World Day of Prayer. Several host families have agreed to open their homes so members can share desserts and to pray together. Families with children and youth will be encouraged to join at the church where childcare will be provided for younger children. Older children and youth will be encouraged to participate with parents in a short time of group activities. The groups will meet for only 1 hour starting at either 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. We would love to have you take part in this special all church gathering as we observe the World Day of Prayer. Please speak with Pastor Kris if you have any questions:

Pastor’s Desk Dear Friends, On Saturday, January 26, our elders and deacons met at Oak Openings Metropark Lodge to join in a day-long retreat. Our church has always benefitted from strong lay leadership and I am very impressed with the quality of this year’s leadership. This should be a very good year for us as we set the course for our future ministry. The primary reason for holding annual leadership retreats is to foster community and to focus on the qualities of an Equipping Church. We had an opportunity to discuss the unique strengths that our current leaders bring to the ministry. We also discussed ways that we can encourage others to be engaged in our church’s ministry.

Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, February 3, 2013

On Sunday, February 3 at 11:30 a.m. we will gather in Hansen Hall for our Annual Congregational Meeting, which will include lunch, a visual review of the past year, and the appropriate business matters that we need to conduct. All are invited to attend.

Ash Wednesday Service February 13, 2013

Join with us for an evening of worship and reflection on Ash Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We will observe the imposition of ashes. Ash Wednesday is an opportunity to reflect on how we have turned away from God, to acknowledge God’s faithfulness, and to choose to repent.

Exploring Membership Class

I am also grateful for those members of our church who faithfully served as elders and deacons in the retiring class. We will have an opportunity to thank them at the Annual Congregational Meeting, but I would encourage you to personally express your gratitude for their service. Please thank Elders: Gregg Fleck, Kim Long, Phil Mintun, Ann Sawyer, Tim Schmidt, Michael Schwartz and Linda Smith. Deacons: Jeannine Crumley, Mari Dorn, Carole Gildemeister, Allison Johnson, Jodi Schmidt.

Peace and blessings,



Individuals who desire to be members of Christ Presbyterian Church are encouraged to get actively involved in worship and our wide variety of educational and service opportunities. To learn more about our church and its mission, you are invited to attend one of our Exploring Membership Classes that are taught by Pastor Tom Schwartz. This class includes participating in our “Discovering and Sharing Your Gifts, Talents, and Passion” course. Come with your questions, concerns and enthusiasm. Our next class will be held on: Thursday, March 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with the companion class of Discovering Your Gifts on Thursday, March 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The classes will be held in Scott Hall and dinner will be served both nights. Please call Tracy in the church office at 419-475-8629 with additional questions or to register.

Session Notes From December 18, 2012

Adult Education and Group Life The Thoughtful Christian – Sundays at 11:15 a.m. “The Thoughtful Christian” is a class that facilitates intriguing conversation and deeper Biblical understanding, exploring the intersection of faith and life. Each month, different members of CPC will facilitate the group to enhance the conversations that take place. The facilitators for February will be Rachel and Tony Novakovic. All are welcome. February 10 – Make Love not War February 17 – The Bible and Racism – 1 February 24 – The Bible and Racism – 2

Sermon Talks - Tuesdays at 9:00 a.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. Resuming on January 15, the 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. All are welcome.

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.

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“Black Man’s Journey Through Life” Wednesday, February 6 at 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Charles Harrison, CPC Member and published author, loving husband and distinguished doctor, will be here to share from his “Poems of Life.” Based on true events of hard work and strife. To reserve a seat, please contact Tracy Dewey in the church office at 419-475-8629 or by Monday, February 4. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 “What’s Up with the Weather?” Jay Berschback will answer this question and any others you may have like, what about this climate change: is it real or just our perception? Come to Prime Time on Wednesday, March 6 at Noon for lunch and the “weather report!”

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Your Session continues in service, overseeing team work. • The Building and Grounds Team is receiving quotes for stained glass window repairs and door replacements. • The New Music Room/ Memorial Lounge carpet, upgrading of lights and ceiling underway for replacement. New Member Outreach will conduct an Exploring Membership Class March on March 7 and March 14. The Mission Team is offering a Kids Against Hunger food packing event on January 19. A Habitat build or rehab is planned for this summer. A short term mission trip is being planned, site to be determined. Worship and Music reported the need of electrical work on the organ. Mark Mathius noted several problems with the organ of dead notes, torn leathers and deteriorating leather works. This information will be referred to buildings and grounds. A letter of transfer was received from First Congregational Church , Rockford Michigan requesting Derek and Laura McBeth be transferred. A list of individuals who have not worshipped, contributed time, talent or resources for two years was presented to Session. These individuals will be contacted by mail to alert then to the current membership guidelines outlined in the Book of Order G-3.0204 , giving them opportunity to restore themselves to active participation before their names are deleted from the rolls. Elders and Deacons were examined and a motion was made to approve them as new officers. A motion was made that the 2013 budget be adopted at the January Session meeting. A motion was made to adopt a new set of Standing Rules for Session.

Deborah Circle The next Deborah Circle meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join us. We will be meeting at Christ Presbyterian Church.


Heard and “Overheard”

(Congregation news compiled by Barb Ball)

Weddings and babies make the news this month! December 21 was the date of the wedding of Julie Start and Mike Quinn. The beautiful ceremony took place in the chapel of CPC. Candle lit luminaries guided guests to the entrance of the church and candles along the aisles and windows were the only illumination within the chapel itself. Christine Hupp served as her sister Julie’s matron of honor and Carrie Hupp was the flower girl for her aunt. Julie is the daughter of Roger and Karen Start. Mike’s daughters, Hope and Hannah Quinn, were his attendants and duettists. The Reverend Chris Matthews officiated. Red and white poinsettias decorated the sanctuary for the wedding of the Reverend Kris Schondelmeyer and Abby Wasylkowski on December 29. John-David Schondelmeyer served as Kris’ best man and Alexa Wasylkowski was her sister’s maid of honor. Members of CPC also in the wedding party were Kaitlyn Long, Margi Mancy, and Claudia Mancy as flower girls; Gage Barkley, ring bearer; Griffin Barkley, Chris Hoffman, Ryan Long, Cameron Long, and Alex Ruhe served as ushers. The Reverends Tom Schwartz, Bob Thomas, Pat Lawrence Shafer, and Richard Brownlee officiated at the ceremony. Ed Reese is proud to announce the birth of his first grandchild. Baby girl, Harper Reese Lykens, was born December 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. It is the first child for Ed’s daughter Cathy Lykens and her husband, Tom Lykens. A second great-grandchild joined Barb Ball’s family on January 3, 2013. Parents are former CPC member, Heather Easter Mack, and Jon Mack. Baby boy, Parker Jon was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Proud grandparents are Darlene and Toby Easter, also former members of Christ Presbyterian Church now residing in Versailles, Kentucky. Congratulations to Tracy Dewey. She was awarded a Continuing Education Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter E. Tracy is studying Grapic Design at Davis College. Former member Catherine Leonhard sends word of completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in marketing degree. She graduated Louisiana State University on December14, 2012. Catherine is the daughter of Corey Leonhard and Beth Posey-Leonhard. News items can be sent to Barb Ball.


Led by the Spirit…. Meet Elder Dave Huner David Huner is serving the last year of his second term as a member of the Session of Christ Presbyterian Church. Dave is a leader of the Adult Education and Small Group Team. He has been a teacher/ facilitator of the Adult Bible Study class for the past ten years. Dave grew up in Maumee, Ohio and is a graduate of Maumee High School. He earned an Associate Degree in electrical engineering from the Cleveland Institute of Electronics and a Master’s Degree in business and finance from the University of Phoenix. He is self-employed with Business Investment and Finance Administration as a financial advisor. He also advises families in another of his own businesses, Convergence College Planning. Dave claims he gave up golf for another hobbyReal Estate Investment and Management. He and his partner and fiancée, Grace Wang, own two apartment buildings, two rental homes, and a duplex. Dave has two sons, Dustin and Brandon. Dustin is married and lives in Sylvania and the father of Dave’s two grandchildren. Brandon is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. Facilitating the Bible Study class has provided Dave an opportunity to share his passion for studying the scriptures with others. The feedback and discussion with members of the class has been a rewarding experience and has helped him to grow spiritually as he continues to learn and share his faith with others.

Calling All College Students! Do we have your address? If you didn’t receive a gift from the Deacons for Halloween, then we don’t have your current address. Please call Chris Spetka or Sally Rose to be added to our list.

Children and Family News Sunday Morning Godly Play Schedule Children age 3 through 5th 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. 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 winter, 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!

Crafts and Treats for the Homebound On February 3 All children are invited to make trail mix treats, crafts, and greeting cards to give out to our homebound members and others in need of some Valentine’s Day cheer. All children are invited to stay after Sunday school and be a part of the fun. We will stay in room 5 and make treats for the home bound during the annual meeting.

Children’s Choir The 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.

“Splash!” Newsletter 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.

We Need Your Help! There is a tremendous need for food and toiletries for the Feed Your Neighbor Program. Each Sunday, there will be a specific item listed in the bulletin for those wishing to participate. There will be marked boxes on carts in the Narthex and near the Hansen Hall doors. February 3 Canned meats, pastas or stews February 10 Canned vegetables February 17 Cereal February 24 100 % juice – bottled or single-serving size

2013 Chancel Flower Sign Up There are still dates open in February, March, June and July to sign up for Chancel Flowers. If you are interested in donating flowers in memory or honor of someone, or to celebrate a special occasion in your life, please contact Tracy in the church office to sign up. The cost of the flowers are $35.00.


Youth Ministry Middle School Youth Group on Sundays

Kids Against Hunger Event Provides Meals for Those in Need

6th – 8th grade youth are invited to join in faith, fun, and fellowship every Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. We will meet for dinner, faith-based lessons and games, and mission. If you are interested in being a part of our regular Sunday evening Middle School Youth Group, please contact Pastor Kris at Schedule for February February 3 1st Sunday Fun-Day: Super Bowl Party February 10 Youth Mission Project Part 1: Homebound Care Blankets February 17 Youth Mission Project Part 2: Delivering Homebound Care Blankets February 24 Lesson: African American History Month What’s Your Dream

High School Youth Group – Ski Trip

Mark your calendars. The High School Youth Group is planning a ski day for February 10 at Alpine Valley in Michigan. We must have at least 5 participants to go. All 9th -12th grade students are encouraged to attend, even if you haven’t participated in the past. And, friends are welcome. We hope you will choose to join us for this day of fun and fellowship.

Children and adults pack meals in Hansen Hall

Thank You from the Rev. Kris and Abby Schondelmeyer Abby and I wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love and support upon our marriage this past December 29. We are blessed to be a part of the CPC family. We are particularly grateful for the gifts and cards that you have sent our way. You have truly helped us to start our married life the right way. To all of the members of this loving congregation, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

High School Youth Group – Lunch Group

During the 2012 – 2013 Youth Group Season our 9th – 12th grade youth are invited to join us for our Senior High Lunch Group which meets twice a month. Throughout the year, there will be scheduled mission and fellowship activities as well. If you are interested in being a part of our High School Youth Group, please contact Pastor Kris at


Schedule for February February 24 SH Lunch Group (Meets after the 11:15 a.m. Contemporary Service)