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July 2012

Worship Times: 8:30 a.m. Sanctuary 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

William G. Jones Pastor Norlita H. Kaul Staff Assistant Pastor Kelle Wesson Director of Children’s Ministries

Jerold Teachey Director of Music Ministries Carolyn Mason Organist

Petals and Prayers invites members and ministries to help themselves to small arrangements of flowers in the cooler of the flower room. These small vases are made up weekly, either Sunday afternoon or Monday, to be taken to those in need. Thank you so much! The GPC Flower Committee

Mark Your Calendar

Remember: The Vine Schedule Change The Vine is GPC’s newsletter for publicizing church events and communicating the important aspects of church life. The Vine is now being published once a month. It will be mailed on the last Wednesday of each month so that the month’s following events can be known. However, we will only continue mailing The Vine to those who request it. Please come by the office to fill out a form if you haven’t already. Also, articles for The Vine are due the 3rd Monday of each month. Please e-mail articles to office@germantownpres.org.

View The Vine online at www.germantownpres.org

July 1st. . . . . Communion Sunday July 4th. . . . . Independence Day Church Office Closed July 15th. . . . . . . . . . . . . Lifeblood July 17th-21st .Sr. High Montreat July 22nd . . . New Member Class July 22nd . . . . . . . Congregational Breakfast July 29th - August 4th. . . . MIHN

What’s Inside:

A Note from the Pastor. . . . . . . . 2 Farewell Norlita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Online Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 July Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Backpack Ministry. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What’s Up, Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Presbyterian Women. . . . . . . . . . 7 Sky VBS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Music Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Financial Summary. . . . . . . . . . 10 GPC in June. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Welcome New Members. . . . . . 12 In Our Prayers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 New Officer Photos. . . . . . . . . . 14 GPC Blood Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Homeruns for Hunger . . . . . . . 14 MIHN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Petals and Prayers. . . . Back Cover

Welcome GPC’s New Associate Pastor Jay Howell Germantown Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce Jay Howell as the new Associate Pastor. After dozens of resumes were reviewed by the Associate Pastor Nomination Committee, it was decided that Jay would be a great fit for the GPC family. In June, after much prayer, the committee extended an offer to Jay Howell and he accepted! All of the members of the committee are very excited about Jay. They feel that he will quickly become a tremendous spiritual leader for the congregation. Jay brings many skills and talents with him to GPC. He is a thoughtful communicator with a good sense of humor. He is very excited about getting to know all of you. Jay will join us the first week of August. Please warmly welcome him to the team, the staff and the entire GPC family.


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A Note from the Pastor

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As a church, we strive to help people see God better and more clearly each day. How great would it be for everyone to see our church’s programs and automatically respond with appreciation for God. How great would it be for everyone to see an outreach program of GPC and say, “God must be so good and powerful.” If the end result of all we do is that people see, understand, and love God more – then we have succeeded wildly as a church. The world judges by different criteria. The world judges success first by profit, numbers, growth, and competitive wins. Don’t get me wrong, I am for all of these; but for a church they are a result of faithfulness and not the first criteria by which we measure success. I do believe that: if we are faithful, if our worship is theologically sound, if our programs are biblically based, and if our compassion mirrors that of Jesus - then we will also be financially sound, our numbers will grow and our church will be blessed. But most important of all, people will see that we love and serve the God of history who is working redemption in the world and among His people. The main purpose of light is to help people see better. Churches are called to help people see God better, and we are accomplishing this in our church in several ways. Our number one priority is worship. Worship in the Reformed Tradition (of which Presbyterians are a part) places its emphasis on the character of God: His loving nature, His judgment, His mercy and His holiness. These are extolled in one way or another in our service each week through music, prayer and preaching. Another primary way people see God is through our caring and compassionate ministries. The reality of life in our world is that people suffer; when we respond compassionately as Jesus did, we help people see Him. People suffer the consequences of sin (their own and others), and we respond with the same mercy that God shows all sinners. We view everyone as a sinner for whom Christ died, and God’s love poured out in Christ is the only remedy for human sin and the suffering that results. People suffer from illnesses, injuries, and broken relationships – and our church offers love in each situation. By being the Christian compassionate community, we are offering light into people’s dark worlds so that they can see God. We also offer light through our education program. All of us are disciples, which means that we are constantly listening to and studying Christ’s instructions for our lives. Our adult education program is undergoing a significant overhaul in anticipation of this coming fall. We are creating a vision for adult learning that will help all of us find places to grow closer to Christ as we follow Him week after week. The first disciples were constantly asking Jesus what He meant by His parables, and as He explained He also talked about how they applied to their lives in very practical ways. We hope more and more people will see God through our education offerings as we all grow in discipleship. This is an exciting time to be part of GPC, and I thank God for all of you who are such a light to me and to the whole church as we look to God for all aspects of our lives.

Germantown Presbyterian will continue its mission to the homeless as host church July 29th – August 5th for the Memphis Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHN). The network provides homeless families with safe and comfortable surroundings, placing several each week in the shelter and care of a participating congregation. It is the only emergency housing program in the Memphis area that allows families to stay together. Our church has been part of the network for many years, hosting one to four families and up to 14 people three times during the year. The most recent visit was in April; in addition to the host week this month, GPC will provide hospitality again for a week in mid-November. Our guests will arrive Sunday afternoon, July 29th. Weekdays they will prepare their breakfast and bag lunches, then leave by 6:30 a.m. via MIHN van or personal transportation for the day-site at First Baptist Church. Some family members are employed and will go to their jobs. Others will spend each day searching for employment, looking for housing, receiving counseling and working on issues pertaining to their situation, returning to GPC by 6 p.m. The Saturday schedule is less structured and the families will move to the next church shelter after lunch on Sunday, August 5th. The mission is coordinated by a team but relies on the generosity of time and resources from dozens of volunteers.

How GPC becomes “Home” for a Week:

Former classrooms and offices on the level above Warren Hall become sleeping and family rooms for the MIHN guests. GPC coordinators stock each family’s quarters with a lamp, fan, mattress pads and bed linens, alarm clocks and miscellaneous personal products. The MIHN trailer carries 16 folding beds and pillows. Hosts will unload, take to the elevator and push those items down the hallways to the guest rooms. The procedure reverses the following Sunday. GPC provides pack ‘n’ play cribs for infants and toddlers. The two second floor rest rooms near the youth lounge each have showers. The MIHN team adds bath mats, baskets of toiletries and stacks of bath towels and wash cloths. Meals are prepared and served from Warren Hall kitchen. Dinners are served in Warren Hall. Families have access to the washer, dryer and laundry supplies in the preschool level below the activities center. Guests are invited to use the youth lounge for television watching or the living room in the sleeping room hall to relax.

July, 2012

Here are ways to support and participate:

Please welcome guests on arrival Sunday, July 29th at 1:30 p.m., and help move their possessions to guest rooms. • Donate breakfast and lunch items—shopping from an assigned list—to be used during the week and deliver items to GPC by 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29th. • Provide dinner, to be delivered to GPC no later than 6 p.m. and, if possible, remain as evening hosts until 9 p.m. GPC members and their families are encouraged to join the MIHN guests for the meal. Lunches for Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th, are also needed, by 11:30 a.m. each date. • Stay overnight from 9 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. • Be a daytime host, in two hour segments, on Saturday, August 4th, and Sunday morning, August 5th. • Bid farewell to guests on Sunday, August 5th, helping load possessions in the MIHN trailer, driving to the next host church and helping with transfer of personal items and beds.

Here’s how to volunteer:

• We are using volunteerspot.com for our master sign-up

list. We will invite you via e-mail to volunteer spot and you can sign up for a spot if you are available to help, or would like to volunteer. • Contact Sharon Goldsworthy at s.goldsworthy@att.net or 754-2149. • Complete the green sheet distributed at worship on Sunday mornings during July. • Connect with friends from fellowship groups, church school classes or organizations to partner for dinners or other assignments.


New Officer Photography Thank You Sending a big GPC thank you to Stewart Holmes for photographing the new church officers. Previously, the church incurred the fees of a professional photographer for this task. Also, we send a big thank you to Connie Scott for putting the photos in the picture frames.

New officer photos by Stewart Holmes. Pictured Mike Phelan (left) and Bonnie Algee (right).

GPC Blood Drive July. 19 8:30 a.m.-1:00

Activity Center

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Be sure to take time to look at the pictures of the Session and Diaconate that are hanging in the hallway leading to the narthex.

s n u r e m o H for r e g n u H Homeruns for Hunger update – In April, the Redbirds hit 9 homeruns, and in May they hit 11 for a total of 20 so far. Remember – you can pledge any amount, anything from 5 cents to $500 or more. The choice is yours. You can sign up for one game or all of them. The money will be donated at the end of the season to MIFA, the food bank or the soup kitchen. If you want to participate in Homeruns for Hunger, please contact Warren Crain at 901-755-2106 or wbcrain@aol.com.

A Fond Farewell to Norlita Kaul Everyone is cordially invited to a Farewell Reception Sunday, July 29th at noon in Warren Hall to express gratitude to Assistant Pastor Rev. Kaul as she completes her ministry at GPC. Hired by interim pastor Charlie Webster, Norlita has served the Lord by serving our congregation for the past 18 months. She has ministered in many faithful ways, including leading worship, teaching and visiting the sick and homebound. Norlita’s kind heart, gentle spirit, compassion and her many other talents will be missed. A love gift will be collected to present to Norlita to show her GPC’s deep appreciation. If you want to participate in this offering, please send or bring your money to the office or put it in the offering plate on Sunday morning. If a check is written, it should be made out to GPC with “Norlita Love Gift” on the memo line. All are invited to wish Rev. Norlita Kaul our very best as she follows God’s lead in her life.

1 Samuel 12:24 24 Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

Upcoming Online Changes to GPC

As most of you know, GPC is going through many digital transitions to make our online GPC community stronger. We are converting to a new website platform Monday, July 9th that will be easier and more efficient for you to use. There will be a survey you can take evaluating the website - so that we can make adjustments as needed. We will keep you constantly informed on this matter through e-mail updates. This website will be tablet and smartphone friendly so that you can read the worship bulletin and newsletters on your device. If you would like to receive The Vine by the U.S. mail, please fill out a form that is available in the office. As an update in social media we have many new accounts that you can follow and share: Facebook: Click here to like us! Twitter: Click here to like us! Instagram: You can also find us @GermantownPres Pinterest: You can find us by clicking here! If you ever have any questions about our upcoming online changes, please feel free to contact Ashli at ashlib@germantownpres.org or call her at the office at 754-5195 ext. 103. 3


In Our Prayers

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July 1, 2012

Friends and Family: (continued)

In the Congregation: • Louise & John Bagby • Elaine Cates • *Verla Dean • Mary Baker Dennis • P. T. Florendo • Mary Ann Harding & family • Peter Heist & family • Leslie Holm & family • George Kelly & family • Margaret & Neil Leonard • Elizabeth Ledsinger

• * Carolyn Mason • J anet McIntyre • E rnest Mellor • S tephen Nowell •R  ush Stuart •M  ary Lee Toler & family •A  manda Walters • * Halle Walker •D  ave Wells •G  racie Willingham • L ouise Woodward

The congregation extends its sympathy, love and prayers to Neal Horner and his family in the death of his brother Matthew Horner, and to the family of Col. George Livers in his death June, 20 2012.

In Service in the Military: • Sidney Baker – niece of Kay and Joe Donaho • Jonas Buring – nephew of Barbara and Andrew Arthur • Sgt. Cole Echols – grandson of Shannon & Vache Cammack • George Moore – husband of Jill Crocker’s niece • Patrick Peak – son of Eleanor Denton

• *Col. (Ret.) Dean Schnoor brother of Helen Georgi • Vince Sievers – member of GPC •K  eith VanBrocklin – husband of JW McAllister’s niece • Capt. Greg Wagner – husband of Meredith Wall Wagner

Friends and Family: • *Gilbert Alexander – father of Karen Lawhorn • Alison Argersinger – friend of Phyl Simmons • *Ellie Armstrong – mother of Bill Armstrong • Martha Bailey – GPP teacher •Micki Beene – cousin of Jonathan Frase • Estelle Bennett – grandmother of Beth Bobo • Sam Bennett – father of Jonathan Bennett • Marilyn Blank – friend of Linda McDaniel • Brandon Blum – friend of Violet & Paul Olsen • Family of Ned Boyer in his death – friend of JoEllyn & David Slott • Dale Boyter – daughter of Verla Dean • Karen Cassella– friend of Margaret & Tom Oldham • Mayme Cecil– aunt of Bethany Brown • Mike Chance – father of Arlene Wade • Manley Cox – father of Wendy Holmes • *Susan Cox – daughter of Bette Adams • Dicksie Cribb – sister of Lalla Mellor • Cooper Henry Daniel – friend of Tonia Anderson • Mike Denegri & family – friends of Ann & Jim Harbor • Kathy & Gene Dennie – friends of Janet Anderson • Avery Downing – friend of Morgan Bobo • Trevia Durley – sister-in-law of Nancy Webb • Bree Barrier Engler – friend of the Shirleys • Christina Franks – daughter of Martha & Richard Day • Pat Freels – friend of Phyl Simmons • Tommy Garrott – father of Elizabeth Powell

*Request added since last publication

• Melissa Gilbert – sister of Chris Gilbert • Brooks Gully – friend of Margaret Oldham • *Bill Farley - friend of Dorothy Reger • Flora Harris – co-worker of Stewart Carlin • Susan Hawkins – daughter of Ann Phillips • Marilyn Hawkins – mother of Jennifer Bennett • Enyolta Hemphill – co-worker of Jonathan Bennett • Sharon Hicks – friend of Mary Jo Chism • Joanna Higdon – friend of Dixie Johnson • Kim Hilderbrand – friend of Linda McDaniel • Dorothy Holiman – mother of Lisa Crosthwait • Barbara Jackson – friend of Nancy & Jeff Halter • Kimberly Jessop – friend of Katherine & Bill Burnett • Debbie & Kevin Kallaher – friends of Elizabeth Wilson • Nancy Kenley – friend of Sara Hall • Winkie Kenner – grandmother of April Rice • Lori Kesler – sister of Leah Lumm • Michelle Kitty – friend of Susan Harris • Tommy Lampley – friend of Dan Legere • Jenny & David LaVelle & family – friends of Suzanne & Craig Russell • Julie Loftin & family – friend of Tonia Anderson • David Martin – brother of Lisa Ingram • Jenny & Chris Martin – friends of Elizabeth Wilson • Debbie Massengill – friend of Beth McKeithen • Cheryl McAdam – daughter-in-law of Mary & Rodney Strop • Cindy McLillie – co-worker of George Lumm • Lorraine Meeks – friend of Stevenson family • Susan Nicholas – extended family of Bette Adams • Eric Payne – friend of Beth Boyle • Fred Plocinski – brother-in-law of Ruth & Dan Legere • Jan Robinson – sister of Joe Harris • Caleb Roedel & family – neighbors of Joan Patterson • Ed Roland – father of Bethany Brown • Scott Ruleman – son of Jackie & Bill Ruleman • Al Russell – father of Sharon Turner • Pat Sams – mother of Leah Lumm • Barbara Samons – mother of Donna Morley • Jeff Sanborn & family – brother of Tonia Anderson • Chuck Sertich – friend of Mark Cooper • Sharon Shores – GPP teacher • Jeff Slawson – son of Marion Slawson • Cameron Speer (9-mo-old with cancer) – family friends of Phyl Simmons • Marietta B. Stevenson – sister-in-law of Betty Stevenson • Christy Stewart – friend of Beth and Todd Bobo • Sherry Sugg – friend of Judy Daniel • Catherine Swan – co-worker of Barry Wall • Wilma Tate – friend of Eason family • Kelly Thomas – sister-in-law of Lara Green Watson • Roger Verbeck – father of Suzanne Russell • John Wallace & family – brother of Margaret Oldham • Family of Elaine Walsh – colleague of Ann Harbor • Brian Ward – brother of Jill Cox • Gloria & Paul White – sister & brother-in-law of Norma Miles • *David Williams – very dear friend of McDaniels • Stanley Wills – friend of Elizabeth Wilson • Teresa Wilmoth – friend of Beth Boyle • Kim Yelverton – daughter of Tommie Faye & Robin Coffman

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Welcome New Members Judy Bilbrey

Judy is originally from Blytheville, AR. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, she moved to Memphis. Judy has two grown sons, one daughter in-law and four grandchildren. Her interests include needlepoint, calligraphy, scrimshaw, bridge, making jewelry and having fun with her family. She also has the travel bug and took a trip to Greece in June. Judy says that she is a Trey Thomas groupie. Whenever he sings a solo, Judy is here to sit with Trey’s mother, Agnes. Judy can be reached at 8462 Lansingwood Cove, Germantown, TN 38139, 901-753-3708.

Kevin and Sharon Powell, Brook and Kristen

Steven and Bobbie Ann Spangler, Madison

Backpack Ministry Update

The Spanglers moved to Memphis in August 2011 from Arizona. Bobbie Ann attended Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and Steven attended Muskingum University. Steven is a music teacher with Memphis City Schools and plays a number of instruments, including bass guitar, tuba, violin, and cello and Bobbie Ann likes to work with children. Madison attends Germantown Elementary Prekindergarten and plays soccer for GPC. The Spanglers can be reached at 3591 Eagle Trace, #301, Memphis, TN 38125, 901-574-8561.

Bill Curtis

Several months ago, the Fairfield Bay News ran an article asking for residents and readers to contribute to a Backpack Ministry for Shirley Elementary School students. From that article, approximately 20 new backpacks were donated by FFB residents. A great BIG thanks goes to each of those who donated ! Recently, another donation was made; from the Memphis Grizzlies’ Head Coach’s charity organization, Lionel Hollins Charity. This time, 60 backpacks were donated to Shirley Elementary School students. These came from an overage from a “Bowling for Backpacks” event conducted in Memphis by the Lionel Hollins Charity. Upon donation, the Principal of Shirley Elementary, Randy Roberson (pictured above), asked, “Do you know how many kids, and their families, will be so positively effected by this gift?” Jenni Lewis (also pictured), Secretary at Shirley Elementary, and the coordinator of this program, was excited by the donations. Both were extremely appreciative! We now have approximately 25 backpacks donated by GPC church and its members. We are at approximately 235 total backpacks given to a school of about three-hundred (300) students in total. Donations do not have to be made at any given time, but can be made all year long. Just bring backpacks (new or used) to the church office; we will get them to the right person or place.

The Powell family moved to Memphis in January from Atlanta. Kevin and Sharon attended the University of Alabama. Brook, who is in the eighth grade, and Kristen, who is in the fourth grade, attend Harding Academy. Kevin’s special interest is choir. This family enjoys boating, camping and canoeing. You can reach the Powells at 1900 New Riverdale Rd. Germantown, TN 38138, 12 Kevin—678-209-8500 and Sharon—770-375-8701.

Bill moved to Memphis in May of 2011 from Indianapolis to be close to his son and his family. Bill received a BS degree from East Tennessee State University and a MS degree from UT – Knoxville. He enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as doing volunteer work, reading, theatre and travel. Bill can be reached at 9253 Threave Lane, #102, Memphis, TN 38125, 901-758-1317.

Again, a big thanks to the GPC community and the FFB residents, who have, or will, participate in this program. The students, administration and faculty at Shirley Elementary GREATLY appreciate all efforts to support them.

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What’s Up, Youth?

GPC in June

Take a look at our Confirmands

Library Dedication

On Sunday, June 17th the Session of Germantown Presbyterian Church was proud to dedicate the library in honor of Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Mellor’s years of faithful service to the church.

Mary Lennox Halfacre Brook Powell Evey Eason Allie Hughes Will Carlin Mac Treadwell Nick Culver Metcalf Prest Witt Fesmire Stephen Nowell

Dr. Mellor served GPC as a senior pastor from June 1963 to June 1973. He established the Pastoral Counseling Center of Greater Memphis in 1973 and retired there in 1995. He served as an interim pastor for various churches in the Memphis Presbytery before returning to GPC to serve as Parish Associate from 1995 to 2005.

Jr. High Group during the Great escape

Jr. High Group had a great time on their trip in June. The Sr. High Group will be going on their Montreat trip from July 17th - 21st! Click here to see more photos! 6

This is the only time you’ll see Bobby out of a suit...Ribbon Cutting for the Bobby Lanier Farm Park, Germantown.

Will Jones and Dick Goughnour had a great and insightful time at the Stephen Ministry Training Conference in Orlando last month.

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Music Notes

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A BIG THANK you to the Chancel Choir for their work and leadership in worship over the past church

year. They are not only talented but dedicated. They rehearse weekly, sing every Sunday and strive to maintain quality in the music they present in leading the GPC congregation in worship through music. Each summer they take a break for several weeks.

Coming Up:

All women of the church and their guests, teachers, or mothers who need a break - please meet in Warren Hall on July 17th at 10:00 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Joe Donaho who will be speaking to us on the details of the Memorial Garden planned for the courtyard of our church. Dr. Joe is always a favorite speaker, so come early for a good seat! A delicious salad lunch will be served by Alinda Fahrenkopf ’s circle. Please continue your support of our local missions by bringing your Johnson Auxiliary donations and Project Outreach school donations. The food needed for Project Outreach the month of July is canned fruit and jello. The bins are located in the AC.

This summer the Chancel Choir will take five Sundays off, July 8th to August 5th. On August 12th, the ladies in the choir will invite other ladies of GPC to join them for our annual Women of the Church Sunday. We will all meet at 9:50 a.m. in the choir room to rehearse and prepare for worship. Mark this date on your calendar and plan to sing with the Women of the Church on Sunday August 12th.

FAMILY Choir August 5th

Sunday August 5th will be Family Choir Sunday. We invite entire families to join us in the choir loft and lead our congregation in worship. Mothers, fathers, children and grandparents are welcome. Whether a family of two or ten you are invited and encouraged to sing in the choir on this special Sunday. We will meet in the sanctuary choir loft beginning at 10:20 a.m. Come even if you go to Sunday School and arrive late. We will rehearse songs you know and love to sing; we will make a joyful noise unto the Lord. We had family choir Sunday several years ago and have had numerous requests to bring it back. It will return August 5th; we look forward to seeing you there.

We welcome and ENCOURAGE YOU to join Chancel Choir.

Speak to Jerold, Carolyn or any choir member about joining the choir. We sing for the last time before our summer break Sunday July 1st; plan to join us. (Meet in choir room at 10:20 a.m.) When we resume in August our rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. If you enjoy singing, especially if you have high school or college choir experience, Chancel Choir is the place for you. We have fun, work hard and enjoy the fellowship and friendship of others who love and enjoy music and its place in worship.

Jerold C. Teachey, D.M. Director of Music

Operating Budget as of May 31, 2012

Interested in being part of Presbyterian Women?

Women interested in joining a Circle of the Presbyterian Women are encouraged to contact the church office. New circles are being formed for the new year, and we want you to be a part!

PW Circles meet the first Tuesday of the month at the church. If you are not available during the day, there is an evening Circle. Most meetings last one hour.

PW serves several missions in our area and abroad through collection efforts. We have a year-long Bible Study taught by able Bible Leaders. There is no homework each month, although study guides are provided and they are a very interesting read. We offer a time for prayer requests, and Circles bond in this small group fellowship for two years.

Please consider being a part of this vital and caring ministry! The PW purpose, clearly stated, reads: We are forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, therefore we commit ourselves to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, to support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

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We had many memorable adventures during Sky VBS where kids and adults learned about God’s endless love. If you had a child in VBS this year and would like to see more photos on our Shuttefly account, click here to get to the website.

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We had many memorable adventures during Sky VBS where kids and adults learned about God’s endless love. If you had a child in VBS this year and would like to see more photos on our Shuttefly account, click here to get to the website.

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Music Notes

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Jo

A BIG THANK you to the Chancel Choir for their work and leadership in worship over the past church

year. They are not only talented but dedicated. They rehearse weekly, sing every Sunday and strive to maintain quality in the music they present in leading the GPC congregation in worship through music. Each summer they take a break for several weeks.

Coming Up:

All women of the church and their guests, teachers, or mothers who need a break - please meet in Warren Hall on July 17th at 10:00 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Joe Donaho who will be speaking to us on the details of the Memorial Garden planned for the courtyard of our church. Dr. Joe is always a favorite speaker, so come early for a good seat! A delicious salad lunch will be served by Alinda Fahrenkopf ’s circle. Please continue your support of our local missions by bringing your Johnson Auxiliary donations and Project Outreach school donations. The food needed for Project Outreach the month of July is canned fruit and jello. The bins are located in the AC.

This summer the Chancel Choir will take five Sundays off, July 8th to August 5th. On August 12th, the ladies in the choir will invite other ladies of GPC to join them for our annual Women of the Church Sunday. We will all meet at 9:50 a.m. in the choir room to rehearse and prepare for worship. Mark this date on your calendar and plan to sing with the Women of the Church on Sunday August 12th.

FAMILY Choir August 5th

Sunday August 5th will be Family Choir Sunday. We invite entire families to join us in the choir loft and lead our congregation in worship. Mothers, fathers, children and grandparents are welcome. Whether a family of two or ten you are invited and encouraged to sing in the choir on this special Sunday. We will meet in the sanctuary choir loft beginning at 10:20 a.m. Come even if you go to Sunday School and arrive late. We will rehearse songs you know and love to sing; we will make a joyful noise unto the Lord. We had family choir Sunday several years ago and have had numerous requests to bring it back. It will return August 5th; we look forward to seeing you there.

We welcome and ENCOURAGE YOU to join Chancel Choir.

Speak to Jerold, Carolyn or any choir member about joining the choir. We sing for the last time before our summer break Sunday July 1st; plan to join us. (Meet in choir room at 10:20 a.m.) When we resume in August our rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. If you enjoy singing, especially if you have high school or college choir experience, Chancel Choir is the place for you. We have fun, work hard and enjoy the fellowship and friendship of others who love and enjoy music and its place in worship.

Jerold C. Teachey, D.M. Director of Music

Operating Budget as of May 31, 2012

Interested in being part of Presbyterian Women?

Women interested in joining a Circle of the Presbyterian Women are encouraged to contact the church office. New circles are being formed for the new year, and we want you to be a part!

PW Circles meet the first Tuesday of the month at the church. If you are not available during the day, there is an evening Circle. Most meetings last one hour.

PW serves several missions in our area and abroad through collection efforts. We have a year-long Bible Study taught by able Bible Leaders. There is no homework each month, although study guides are provided and they are a very interesting read. We offer a time for prayer requests, and Circles bond in this small group fellowship for two years.

Please consider being a part of this vital and caring ministry! The PW purpose, clearly stated, reads: We are forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, therefore we commit ourselves to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, to support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

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What’s Up, Youth?

GPC in June

Take a look at our Confirmands

Library Dedication

On Sunday, June 17th the Session of Germantown Presbyterian Church was proud to dedicate the library in honor of Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Mellor’s years of faithful service to the church.

Mary Lennox Halfacre Brook Powell Evey Eason Allie Hughes Will Carlin Mac Treadwell Nick Culver Metcalf Prest Witt Fesmire Stephen Nowell

Dr. Mellor served GPC as a senior pastor from June 1963 to June 1973. He established the Pastoral Counseling Center of Greater Memphis in 1973 and retired there in 1995. He served as an interim pastor for various churches in the Memphis Presbytery before returning to GPC to serve as Parish Associate from 1995 to 2005.

Jr. High Group during the Great escape

Jr. High Group had a great time on their trip in June. The Sr. High Group will be going on their Montreat trip from July 17th - 21st! Click here to see more photos! 6

This is the only time you’ll see Bobby out of a suit...Ribbon Cutting for the Bobby Lanier Farm Park, Germantown.

Will Jones and Dick Goughnour had a great and insightful time at the Stephen Ministry Training Conference in Orlando last month.

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Welcome New Members Judy Bilbrey

Judy is originally from Blytheville, AR. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, she moved to Memphis. Judy has two grown sons, one daughter in-law and four grandchildren. Her interests include needlepoint, calligraphy, scrimshaw, bridge, making jewelry and having fun with her family. She also has the travel bug and took a trip to Greece in June. Judy says that she is a Trey Thomas groupie. Whenever he sings a solo, Judy is here to sit with Trey’s mother, Agnes. Judy can be reached at 8462 Lansingwood Cove, Germantown, TN 38139, 901-753-3708.

Kevin and Sharon Powell, Brook and Kristen

Steven and Bobbie Ann Spangler, Madison

Backpack Ministry Update

The Spanglers moved to Memphis in August 2011 from Arizona. Bobbie Ann attended Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute and Steven attended Muskingum University. Steven is a music teacher with Memphis City Schools and plays a number of instruments, including bass guitar, tuba, violin, and cello and Bobbie Ann likes to work with children. Madison attends Germantown Elementary Prekindergarten and plays soccer for GPC. The Spanglers can be reached at 3591 Eagle Trace, #301, Memphis, TN 38125, 901-574-8561.

Bill Curtis

Several months ago, the Fairfield Bay News ran an article asking for residents and readers to contribute to a Backpack Ministry for Shirley Elementary School students. From that article, approximately 20 new backpacks were donated by FFB residents. A great BIG thanks goes to each of those who donated ! Recently, another donation was made; from the Memphis Grizzlies’ Head Coach’s charity organization, Lionel Hollins Charity. This time, 60 backpacks were donated to Shirley Elementary School students. These came from an overage from a “Bowling for Backpacks” event conducted in Memphis by the Lionel Hollins Charity. Upon donation, the Principal of Shirley Elementary, Randy Roberson (pictured above), asked, “Do you know how many kids, and their families, will be so positively effected by this gift?” Jenni Lewis (also pictured), Secretary at Shirley Elementary, and the coordinator of this program, was excited by the donations. Both were extremely appreciative! We now have approximately 25 backpacks donated by GPC church and its members. We are at approximately 235 total backpacks given to a school of about three-hundred (300) students in total. Donations do not have to be made at any given time, but can be made all year long. Just bring backpacks (new or used) to the church office; we will get them to the right person or place.

The Powell family moved to Memphis in January from Atlanta. Kevin and Sharon attended the University of Alabama. Brook, who is in the eighth grade, and Kristen, who is in the fourth grade, attend Harding Academy. Kevin’s special interest is choir. This family enjoys boating, camping and canoeing. You can reach the Powells at 1900 New Riverdale Rd. Germantown, TN 38138, 12 Kevin—678-209-8500 and Sharon—770-375-8701.

Bill moved to Memphis in May of 2011 from Indianapolis to be close to his son and his family. Bill received a BS degree from East Tennessee State University and a MS degree from UT – Knoxville. He enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as doing volunteer work, reading, theatre and travel. Bill can be reached at 9253 Threave Lane, #102, Memphis, TN 38125, 901-758-1317.

Again, a big thanks to the GPC community and the FFB residents, who have, or will, participate in this program. The students, administration and faculty at Shirley Elementary GREATLY appreciate all efforts to support them.

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In Our Prayers July 1, 2012

Friends and Family: (continued)

In the Congregation: • Louise & John Bagby • Elaine Cates • *Verla Dean • Mary Baker Dennis • P. T. Florendo • Mary Ann Harding & family • Peter Heist & family • Leslie Holm & family • George Kelly & family • Margaret & Neil Leonard • Elizabeth Ledsinger

• * Carolyn Mason • J anet McIntyre • E rnest Mellor • S tephen Nowell •R  ush Stuart •M  ary Lee Toler & family •A  manda Walters • * Halle Walker •D  ave Wells •G  racie Willingham • L ouise Woodward

The congregation extends its sympathy, love and prayers to Neal Horner and his family in the death of his brother Matthew Horner, and to the family of Col. George Livers in his death June, 20 2012.

In Service in the Military: • Sidney Baker – niece of Kay and Joe Donaho • Jonas Buring – nephew of Barbara and Andrew Arthur • Sgt. Cole Echols – grandson of Shannon & Vache Cammack • George Moore – husband of Jill Crocker’s niece • Patrick Peak – son of Eleanor Denton

• *Col. (Ret.) Dean Schnoor brother of Helen Georgi • Vince Sievers – member of GPC •K  eith VanBrocklin – husband of JW McAllister’s niece • Capt. Greg Wagner – husband of Meredith Wall Wagner

Friends and Family: • *Gilbert Alexander – father of Karen Lawhorn • Alison Argersinger – friend of Phyl Simmons • *Ellie Armstrong – mother of Bill Armstrong • Martha Bailey – GPP teacher •Micki Beene – cousin of Jonathan Frase • Estelle Bennett – grandmother of Beth Bobo • Sam Bennett – father of Jonathan Bennett • Marilyn Blank – friend of Linda McDaniel • Brandon Blum – friend of Violet & Paul Olsen • Family of Ned Boyer in his death – friend of JoEllyn & David Slott • Dale Boyter – daughter of Verla Dean • Karen Cassella– friend of Margaret & Tom Oldham • Mayme Cecil– aunt of Bethany Brown • Mike Chance – father of Arlene Wade • Manley Cox – father of Wendy Holmes • *Susan Cox – daughter of Bette Adams • Dicksie Cribb – sister of Lalla Mellor • Cooper Henry Daniel – friend of Tonia Anderson • Mike Denegri & family – friends of Ann & Jim Harbor • Kathy & Gene Dennie – friends of Janet Anderson • Avery Downing – friend of Morgan Bobo • Trevia Durley – sister-in-law of Nancy Webb • Bree Barrier Engler – friend of the Shirleys • Christina Franks – daughter of Martha & Richard Day • Pat Freels – friend of Phyl Simmons • Tommy Garrott – father of Elizabeth Powell

*Request added since last publication

• Melissa Gilbert – sister of Chris Gilbert • Brooks Gully – friend of Margaret Oldham • *Bill Farley - friend of Dorothy Reger • Flora Harris – co-worker of Stewart Carlin • Susan Hawkins – daughter of Ann Phillips • Marilyn Hawkins – mother of Jennifer Bennett • Enyolta Hemphill – co-worker of Jonathan Bennett • Sharon Hicks – friend of Mary Jo Chism • Joanna Higdon – friend of Dixie Johnson • Kim Hilderbrand – friend of Linda McDaniel • Dorothy Holiman – mother of Lisa Crosthwait • Barbara Jackson – friend of Nancy & Jeff Halter • Kimberly Jessop – friend of Katherine & Bill Burnett • Debbie & Kevin Kallaher – friends of Elizabeth Wilson • Nancy Kenley – friend of Sara Hall • Winkie Kenner – grandmother of April Rice • Lori Kesler – sister of Leah Lumm • Michelle Kitty – friend of Susan Harris • Tommy Lampley – friend of Dan Legere • Jenny & David LaVelle & family – friends of Suzanne & Craig Russell • Julie Loftin & family – friend of Tonia Anderson • David Martin – brother of Lisa Ingram • Jenny & Chris Martin – friends of Elizabeth Wilson • Debbie Massengill – friend of Beth McKeithen • Cheryl McAdam – daughter-in-law of Mary & Rodney Strop • Cindy McLillie – co-worker of George Lumm • Lorraine Meeks – friend of Stevenson family • Susan Nicholas – extended family of Bette Adams • Eric Payne – friend of Beth Boyle • Fred Plocinski – brother-in-law of Ruth & Dan Legere • Jan Robinson – sister of Joe Harris • Caleb Roedel & family – neighbors of Joan Patterson • Ed Roland – father of Bethany Brown • Scott Ruleman – son of Jackie & Bill Ruleman • Al Russell – father of Sharon Turner • Pat Sams – mother of Leah Lumm • Barbara Samons – mother of Donna Morley • Jeff Sanborn & family – brother of Tonia Anderson • Chuck Sertich – friend of Mark Cooper • Sharon Shores – GPP teacher • Jeff Slawson – son of Marion Slawson • Cameron Speer (9-mo-old with cancer) – family friends of Phyl Simmons • Marietta B. Stevenson – sister-in-law of Betty Stevenson • Christy Stewart – friend of Beth and Todd Bobo • Sherry Sugg – friend of Judy Daniel • Catherine Swan – co-worker of Barry Wall • Wilma Tate – friend of Eason family • Kelly Thomas – sister-in-law of Lara Green Watson • Roger Verbeck – father of Suzanne Russell • John Wallace & family – brother of Margaret Oldham • Family of Elaine Walsh – colleague of Ann Harbor • Brian Ward – brother of Jill Cox • Gloria & Paul White – sister & brother-in-law of Norma Miles • *David Williams – very dear friend of McDaniels • Stanley Wills – friend of Elizabeth Wilson • Teresa Wilmoth – friend of Beth Boyle • Kim Yelverton – daughter of Tommie Faye & Robin Coffman

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New Officer Photography Thank You Sending a big GPC thank you to Stewart Holmes for photographing the new church officers. Previously, the church incurred the fees of a professional photographer for this task. Also, we send a big thank you to Connie Scott for putting the photos in the picture frames.

New officer photos by Stewart Holmes. Pictured Mike Phelan (left) and Bonnie Algee (right).

GPC Blood Drive July. 19 8:30 a.m.-1:00

Activity Center

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Be sure to take time to look at the pictures of the Session and Diaconate that are hanging in the hallway leading to the narthex.

s n u r e m o H for r e g n u H Homeruns for Hunger update – In April, the Redbirds hit 9 homeruns, and in May they hit 11 for a total of 20 so far. Remember – you can pledge any amount, anything from 5 cents to $500 or more. The choice is yours. You can sign up for one game or all of them. The money will be donated at the end of the season to MIFA, the food bank or the soup kitchen. If you want to participate in Homeruns for Hunger, please contact Warren Crain at 901-755-2106 or wbcrain@aol.com.

A Fond Farewell to Norlita Kaul Everyone is cordially invited to a Farewell Reception Sunday, July 29th at noon in Warren Hall to express gratitude to Assistant Pastor Rev. Kaul as she completes her ministry at GPC. Hired by interim pastor Charlie Webster, Norlita has served the Lord by serving our congregation for the past 18 months. She has ministered in many faithful ways, including leading worship, teaching and visiting the sick and homebound. Norlita’s kind heart, gentle spirit, compassion and her many other talents will be missed. A love gift will be collected to present to Norlita to show her GPC’s deep appreciation. If you want to participate in this offering, please send or bring your money to the office or put it in the offering plate on Sunday morning. If a check is written, it should be made out to GPC with “Norlita Love Gift” on the memo line. All are invited to wish Rev. Norlita Kaul our very best as she follows God’s lead in her life.

1 Samuel 12:24 24 Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

Upcoming Online Changes to GPC

As most of you know, GPC is going through many digital transitions to make our online GPC community stronger. We are converting to a new website platform Monday, July 9th that will be easier and more efficient for you to use. There will be a survey you can take evaluating the website - so that we can make adjustments as needed. We will keep you constantly informed on this matter through e-mail updates. This website will be tablet and smartphone friendly so that you can read the worship bulletin and newsletters on your device. If you would like to receive The Vine by the U.S. mail, please fill out a form that is available in the office. As an update in social media we have many new accounts that you can follow and share: Facebook: Click here to like us! Twitter: Click here to like us! Instagram: You can also find us @GermantownPres Pinterest: You can find us by clicking here! If you ever have any questions about our upcoming online changes, please feel free to contact Ashli at ashlib@germantownpres.org or call her at the office at 754-5195 ext. 103. 3


VOLUME 131

A Note from the Pastor

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As a church, we strive to help people see God better and more clearly each day. How great would it be for everyone to see our church’s programs and automatically respond with appreciation for God. How great would it be for everyone to see an outreach program of GPC and say, “God must be so good and powerful.” If the end result of all we do is that people see, understand, and love God more – then we have succeeded wildly as a church. The world judges by different criteria. The world judges success first by profit, numbers, growth, and competitive wins. Don’t get me wrong, I am for all of these; but for a church they are a result of faithfulness and not the first criteria by which we measure success. I do believe that: if we are faithful, if our worship is theologically sound, if our programs are biblically based, and if our compassion mirrors that of Jesus - then we will also be financially sound, our numbers will grow and our church will be blessed. But most important of all, people will see that we love and serve the God of history who is working redemption in the world and among His people. The main purpose of light is to help people see better. Churches are called to help people see God better, and we are accomplishing this in our church in several ways. Our number one priority is worship. Worship in the Reformed Tradition (of which Presbyterians are a part) places its emphasis on the character of God: His loving nature, His judgment, His mercy and His holiness. These are extolled in one way or another in our service each week through music, prayer and preaching. Another primary way people see God is through our caring and compassionate ministries. The reality of life in our world is that people suffer; when we respond compassionately as Jesus did, we help people see Him. People suffer the consequences of sin (their own and others), and we respond with the same mercy that God shows all sinners. We view everyone as a sinner for whom Christ died, and God’s love poured out in Christ is the only remedy for human sin and the suffering that results. People suffer from illnesses, injuries, and broken relationships – and our church offers love in each situation. By being the Christian compassionate community, we are offering light into people’s dark worlds so that they can see God. We also offer light through our education program. All of us are disciples, which means that we are constantly listening to and studying Christ’s instructions for our lives. Our adult education program is undergoing a significant overhaul in anticipation of this coming fall. We are creating a vision for adult learning that will help all of us find places to grow closer to Christ as we follow Him week after week. The first disciples were constantly asking Jesus what He meant by His parables, and as He explained He also talked about how they applied to their lives in very practical ways. We hope more and more people will see God through our education offerings as we all grow in discipleship. This is an exciting time to be part of GPC, and I thank God for all of you who are such a light to me and to the whole church as we look to God for all aspects of our lives.

Germantown Presbyterian will continue its mission to the homeless as host church July 29th – August 5th for the Memphis Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHN). The network provides homeless families with safe and comfortable surroundings, placing several each week in the shelter and care of a participating congregation. It is the only emergency housing program in the Memphis area that allows families to stay together. Our church has been part of the network for many years, hosting one to four families and up to 14 people three times during the year. The most recent visit was in April; in addition to the host week this month, GPC will provide hospitality again for a week in mid-November. Our guests will arrive Sunday afternoon, July 29th. Weekdays they will prepare their breakfast and bag lunches, then leave by 6:30 a.m. via MIHN van or personal transportation for the day-site at First Baptist Church. Some family members are employed and will go to their jobs. Others will spend each day searching for employment, looking for housing, receiving counseling and working on issues pertaining to their situation, returning to GPC by 6 p.m. The Saturday schedule is less structured and the families will move to the next church shelter after lunch on Sunday, August 5th. The mission is coordinated by a team but relies on the generosity of time and resources from dozens of volunteers.

How GPC becomes “Home” for a Week:

Former classrooms and offices on the level above Warren Hall become sleeping and family rooms for the MIHN guests. GPC coordinators stock each family’s quarters with a lamp, fan, mattress pads and bed linens, alarm clocks and miscellaneous personal products. The MIHN trailer carries 16 folding beds and pillows. Hosts will unload, take to the elevator and push those items down the hallways to the guest rooms. The procedure reverses the following Sunday. GPC provides pack ‘n’ play cribs for infants and toddlers. The two second floor rest rooms near the youth lounge each have showers. The MIHN team adds bath mats, baskets of toiletries and stacks of bath towels and wash cloths. Meals are prepared and served from Warren Hall kitchen. Dinners are served in Warren Hall. Families have access to the washer, dryer and laundry supplies in the preschool level below the activities center. Guests are invited to use the youth lounge for television watching or the living room in the sleeping room hall to relax.

July, 2012

Here are ways to support and participate:

Please welcome guests on arrival Sunday, July 29th at 1:30 p.m., and help move their possessions to guest rooms. • Donate breakfast and lunch items—shopping from an assigned list—to be used during the week and deliver items to GPC by 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29th. • Provide dinner, to be delivered to GPC no later than 6 p.m. and, if possible, remain as evening hosts until 9 p.m. GPC members and their families are encouraged to join the MIHN guests for the meal. Lunches for Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th, are also needed, by 11:30 a.m. each date. • Stay overnight from 9 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. • Be a daytime host, in two hour segments, on Saturday, August 4th, and Sunday morning, August 5th. • Bid farewell to guests on Sunday, August 5th, helping load possessions in the MIHN trailer, driving to the next host church and helping with transfer of personal items and beds.

Here’s how to volunteer:

• We are using volunteerspot.com for our master sign-up

list. We will invite you via e-mail to volunteer spot and you can sign up for a spot if you are available to help, or would like to volunteer. • Contact Sharon Goldsworthy at s.goldsworthy@att.net or 754-2149. • Complete the green sheet distributed at worship on Sunday mornings during July. • Connect with friends from fellowship groups, church school classes or organizations to partner for dinners or other assignments.


July 2012

Worship Times: 8:30 a.m. Sanctuary 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

William G. Jones Pastor Norlita H. Kaul Staff Assistant Pastor Kelle Wesson Director of Children’s Ministries

Jerold Teachey Director of Music Ministries Carolyn Mason Organist

Petals and Prayers invites members and ministries to help themselves to small arrangements of flowers in the cooler of the flower room. These small vases are made up weekly, either Sunday afternoon or Monday, to be taken to those in need. Thank you so much! The GPC Flower Committee

Mark Your Calendar

Remember: The Vine Schedule Change The Vine is GPC’s newsletter for publicizing church events and communicating the important aspects of church life. The Vine is now being published once a month. It will be mailed on the last Wednesday of each month so that the month’s following events can be known. However, we will only continue mailing The Vine to those who request it. Please come by the office to fill out a form if you haven’t already. Also, articles for The Vine are due the 3rd Monday of each month. Please e-mail articles to office@germantownpres.org.

View The Vine online at www.germantownpres.org

July 1st. . . . . Communion Sunday July 4th. . . . . Independence Day Church Office Closed July 15th. . . . . . . . . . . . . Lifeblood July 17th-21st .Sr. High Montreat July 22nd . . . New Member Class July 22nd . . . . . . . Congregational Breakfast July 29th - August 4th. . . . MIHN

What’s Inside:

A Note from the Pastor. . . . . . . . 2 Farewell Norlita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Online Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 July Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Backpack Ministry. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 What’s Up, Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Presbyterian Women. . . . . . . . . . 7 Sky VBS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Music Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Financial Summary. . . . . . . . . . 10 GPC in June. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Welcome New Members. . . . . . 12 In Our Prayers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 New Officer Photos. . . . . . . . . . 14 GPC Blood Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Homeruns for Hunger . . . . . . . 14 MIHN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Petals and Prayers. . . . Back Cover

Welcome GPC’s New Associate Pastor Jay Howell Germantown Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce Jay Howell as the new Associate Pastor. After dozens of resumes were reviewed by the Associate Pastor Nomination Committee, it was decided that Jay would be a great fit for the GPC family. In June, after much prayer, the committee extended an offer to Jay Howell and he accepted! All of the members of the committee are very excited about Jay. They feel that he will quickly become a tremendous spiritual leader for the congregation. Jay brings many skills and talents with him to GPC. He is a thoughtful communicator with a good sense of humor. He is very excited about getting to know all of you. Jay will join us the first week of August. Please warmly welcome him to the team, the staff and the entire GPC family.


The Vine - July 2012