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Aug. 2nd . . . . . . . . . . Election Day Aug. 2nd-13th . . . . . . . . . . . MIHN Aug. 5th. . . . . Communion Sunday Aug. 12th. . . Jay Howell Reception Aug. 12th. . . . A Little Light Music Aug. 15th. . . . . . . Stroke Screening Aug. 19th. . . . . . . . . . . . . Rally Day Aug. 19th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Child Protection Training Aug. 26th. . . New Members Class Aug 26th . . . . Youth Swim Parties

Welcome GPC’s New Youth Director,

Adam Peterson

What’s Inside:

(Click below to get to page) A Note from the Pastor. . . . . . . 2 Farewell from Norlita. . . . . . . . . 2 Volunteer for MIHN. . . . . . . . . . 3 Young at Heart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gleaning with GPC. . . . . . . . . . . 3 Welcome New Members. . . . . . 4 Summer Reminders . . . . . . . . . . 4 Presbyterian Women. . . . . . . . . . 5 Project Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Rally Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Upcoming Fall Catalog. . . . . . . . 7 Website Update. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Prayer List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 New Stephen Ministers . . . . . . 10 Financial Summary . . . . . . . . . . 10 Looking Back at NaCoMe. . . . . 11 Children & Youth Training. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover

Germantown Presbyterian Church is proud to introduce the new Youth Director, Adam Peterson. Adam obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado but had a calling from God to work in youth ministry. Since then he has worked and interned in a variety of mission projects and youth ministries. Adam will make a great addition to the GPC team as he has the capability to teach the gospel in a relevant and current way. He will officially join GPC August 15th after his wedding with his fiancé Sharayah. Please welcome Adam and Sharayah to the GPC family. Click here to see his website and online resume.

A place to worship ... A place to learn ... A place to grow

A note from the Pastor, Rev. Will Jones Psalm 100 is my favorite Psalm. It was read at our wedding, and I have always turned to it as a great expression of joyful worship before God. It is a short Psalm, only five verses, but it expresses great faith in God. The Psalm begins with an affirmation of worship — of pure, joyful, glad worship. In verse one, the whole earth shouts for joy before the Creator. Verse two invites us to approach God with singing hearts. Verse three reminds us that God alone is our Maker and that we belong to Him – like sheep in a pasture who belong to their shepherd. Verse four is a command to enter into God’s house, the Temple, with thankful hearts as we publicly worship Him. Verse five is my favorite: “For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” I love this verse because it reminds me of the enduring love and faithfulness of God that is eternal. I turn to these verses frequently when I’m searching for the right words to express love and gratitude to God. To know that I am so deeply loved by God is the greatest comfort and strength that I can ever have. God’s enduring love and goodness over the vicissitudes of time matter so much in a world full of change and decay. Our lives ebb and flow through so many different and difficult seasons – while there is joy, there is also heartache; while there are times of celebration, there are times of celebration, there are also seasons of sadness. To me, this Psalm is an affirmation that no matter what, I belong to God: that He made me and I am His. Nothing can threaten me so much as to remove me from God’s strong and caring vision. Ultimately, belonging to God causes us to sing and worship. My prayer for GPC is that we would enter the “gates” of our church with thanksgiving and praise. I hope that each of us would find the words to express how much God cares for each of us through all seasons of life. May God bless you this month as you live for Him.

Grace, mercy, and peace,

A farewell note from GPC’s Associate Pastor Dear Friends, It is with thankfulness and humbleness of heart that I send this greeting to you.There will always be a place in my heart for Germantown Presbyterian Church, its staff, its members, the friendships and learning and growing that developed over the short time together. You have touched my heart, mind and spirit in ways beyond imagination or words. All of you will go with Dave and me wherever we go. Whenever we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism and Lord’s Supper, all of us bring the summation of who we are, what we are and where we have been in our lives, each time we come to the font and table. In this you will be ever with us. We will be in prayer for all of you as you move forward in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.We ask that you would likewise pray for us as we do the same as we serve our loving triune God. Thank you for sharing yourselves, your thoughts, your time, your fellowship, your talents and for the beautiful reception and love gift. Sweet tokens from a sweet spot, on the corner of Arthur, Germantown and Poplar Pike roads, in a sweet place named Germantown, TN. May God bless all of you and hold you in the palm of His hand, now and forevermore! In Christ’s Love and Service, Rev. Norlita Kaul Dave Robinson

PS. For those who are Dustin Hoffman fans, from the movie The Graduate, I’ll even sign this note, Mrs. Robinson, for I do know that Jesus loves us more than we’ll ever know. (Thank you Simon and Garfunkel for these words of wisdom.) Peace be the journey, Cool Runnings


Volunteer for MIHN Young at Heart

Germantown Presbyterian will continue its mission to the homeless as host church August 2nd to August 13th 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. This is the only emergency housing program in the Memphis area that allows families to stay together. GPC has been part of the network for many years, hosting one to four families and up to 14 people three times during the year. Now that GPC will host for ten days, even more help is needed. There are two ways to sign up.You can grab a sign up form during a Sunday service or you can click here to sign up. IF you experience difficulties while registering, please contact Ashli at

Young at Heart is GPC’s group for those 55 years of age and older. The first fun meeting, on Friday, September 28, will be filled with entertaining travel stories presented by Bud Hiskey, who ventured to India.

Join Young at Heart:

Lunch is at the Village Pub. It will be begin at 11:00 a.m. Please call Marion Slawson (901) 832 -8206 by September 21st to RSVP. Lunch cost $11.00 New members are always welcome, and the first meeting of the year is a great time to come.

Read more about GPC events at the website, click here to get to the website.

Gleaning with GPC!

Want to combat hunger and food waste at the same time? Do you like gardening and/or meeting farmers? If so, please consider gleaning with The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA). GPC member Tonia Anderson serves as the West Tennessee Gleaning Coordinator for SoSA and would love your help with gleaning at local farmers’ markets, in the church garden and in farmers’ fields. We will be gleaning at the Memphis Farmers Market, Farmers Market at the (Botanic) Garden, Collierville Farmers Market, Agricenter Farmers Market, and others as time permits between now and the end of October. Give her a call at 753-1512 or email, and she’ll get you started. 3

Welcome New Members!

Tom, Christine & Kirsty Adams

Ernie Goad

The Adams came to the United States (Houston, TX area) in 1998 from Scotland. Two years ago, they became US citizens and Tom’s job brought the family to Germantown.

Ernie is a lifelong Memphian.

Christine is interested in art, fitness, golf, singing and soccer. Tom’s special interests include soccer and golf. Tom is also a qualified pilot, ski instructor, soccer coach and yacht skipper. Kirsty is a student at Houston High School and is interested in soccer, horseback riding (show-jumping) and singing. Tom, Christine and Kirsty reside at 1865 Groveway Dr., Germantown, TN 38139 and can be reached at 901752-1151.

Ernie’s special interests include golf and computers.

He attended Messick High School and State Tech.

He can be reached at 7931 Elm Leaf Dr., Germantown, TN 38138, 901-755-8044.

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A big thank you to the Chancel Choir for their weekly commitment in leading music for worship over the past year. This summer the Chancel Choir will take five Sundays off, July 8th - August 5th. On August 5th, we will invite families of the church to join us in the choir loft for a family choir. August 12th all ladies of the church are invited to join the Chancel Choir ladies for our annual Women of the Church Sunday. August 19th the Chancel Choir will return.

On August 12th at 2:30 p.m. the congregation is invited to hear a recital of student performers in memory of Lafayette Ragsdale, a former band director, artist and member of GPC. “A Little Light Music” will feature a variety of musical performances in the less formal atmosphere of the choir room located on the second floor of the Welcome Center. Please join these young students as their hard work and talents are showcased. The Memphis Red Birds hit 9 home runs at home during June. This gives those of us who are supporting Home Runs for Hunger a total of 19 home runs through the end of June. It is still not too late to get in on the fun and help the hungry; we still have July and August left in the season. Contact Warren Crain at 901755-2106 to sign up for one home game or all of the rest. 4

Presbyterian Women Updates All women are invited to a summer gathering at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21st. PW will meet at Judith Wilson’s home on 8924 Calumet Cove, Germantown, TN 38138. Bonnie Blair will be informing PW of the many service projects of the Johnson Auxiliary. In the past years , collected magazines and eye glasses to take to The Med were collected. A delicious salad lunch furnished by Marty Wheeler’s circle will be provided. Threads of Love will meet on Tuesday, August 14th at 9:30 in the sewing room that is in the chapel basement. The group will begin making scarves and hats for Perea Preschool as well as continue making walker bags, bibs, and mastectomy/heart surgery pillows. Please come even if you are a non-sewer as you are needed for ironing and cutting. Come and enjoy the fellowship knowing you are making someone else’s life more comfortable.

Help Project Outreach

Please help the presbyterian women collect school supplies for 600 children in fayette county living beneath the poverty level.

Donations include: (Collections continue through july)

supplies for elmentary through high school students deodorant and bar soap school uniforms - khaki, black or blue shorts or pants white button-up or 3-button knit shirts financial donations, write check to project outreach


RALL Y DA Y Find the possibilities at GPC’s Ministry Fair On Rally Day, August 19th, GPC will host a Ministry Fair in the Welcome Center. This is the place to find out about fellowship, education, outreach and support ministries where you can become involved.

The goal of the Ministry Fair is to promote all of the ministries and programs at GPC. All members, whether you joined GPC this year or forty years ago, are encouraged to check out all of the ministries that the church offers. There are so many ways you can grow closer to God by volunteering and serving in our church. At 9:30am we will gather to get our 2012-2013 education year started! Adults will meet in Warren Hall for coffee and a presentation of Sunday School offerings. Youth and youth leaders will gather in the SR High Room. Children and Children’s Sunday School teachers will meet in the Sanctuary. At 10:15 a.m. the Ministry Fair will open. At this time parents will need to pick up elementary age children from the lower level classrooms. Breakfast items will be served at the Ministry Fair. We are all called to be the body of the church and to find our place to serve. Make sure that you “Unlock New Doors” of opportunity in your life at GPC by volunteering and serving. This is an exciting event for GPC, guests and a great way to kick-off our fall programs!

Unlock New Doors Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life. Proverbs 4:13


Rally Day Upcoming Schedule: GPC Fall August 19, 2012 Catalog 8:30 a.m. – Early Worship Service 9:30 a.m. – Rally Day Activities: Adults in WH,Youth in Sr High Room, Children in Sanctuary 10:15 a.m. – Ministry Fair in Welcome Center with breakfast 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service 12:00 .p. m – Ministry Fair re-opened

Booths: (The following ministries have signed up to are sponsor booths.)

All of our Fellowship Groups Adult Education, (including each SS class) Children’s Ministry & LOGOS Confirmation Class Congregational Care Dr. Ernest Mellor Library Live Theatre Fellowship Group Local Missions (Includes Habitat for Humanity) Master Plan Memorial Garden Association Music Ministry New Member/Evangelism Pastoral Care Prayer Ministry Presbyterian Women Stephen Ministry Stewardship Wednesday Night Discipleship Young at Heart Youth


The deadline for enrolling in the Ministry Fair is Wednesday, August 1st. A Google form is available on GPC’s website, click here to see it. If you have any additional questions please call Ashli at 901-754-5195 ext. 103 or e-mail her at

As the fall approaches, be on the lookout for a GPC Fall Catalog including information about fellowship, edu-

cation, outreach and support ministries. The catalog will be similar to a newsletter and list expectations and dates of events at GPC.

The information gathered from Rally Day is the material that will be published in the catalog. If you are one of the sponsoring booths and have additional information or questions please feel free to e-mail Ashli at

Have photos of GPC you want to share? Send them to Ashli at

Website Update

Germantown Presbyterian Church launched its new website Monday, July 9th. After much research, many thoughts and long meetings, it was decided that the church would try using for the website. This is quite the transition for GPC, but the church look forwards to a new way of sharing information and reflections. As GPC approaches the fall, new content will be added to pages about ministries, fellowships, classes and more. If you have something specific to be added to the website please e-mail Ashli at Also, a survey is available about the new layout, you can find it on the website or by clicking here. 7

August Calendar

You can see the full calendar, including a printer friendly version, by clicking here.

AUGUST: GPC FAMILY PRAYER MINISTRY Week of August 5: Barbara & Bill Armstrong Jane Craddock Missy & Paul Gwin, Cole Ashley & Jody McKibben, Dylan & Ella Connie & Tom Scott, Madeline & Russell Judd Williford

Week of August 19: Linda & Jim Allwood Ellen Castleman, Laura & Wilson Carol & Jeff Gaudino, Katherine & Michael Elizabeth Ledsinger Beth & Devin Simmons, Allyson & Austin Billie & Dan Work

Week of August 12: Week of August 26: Martha & Richard Day Verna Arwood Cindy & Doug Geyer, Meredith & StevenWalter Gonseth Karen & Bill Lawhorn, Alex & John Carol & Bill Leppert Ramona & John Seabold Mickie & Steve Nabers, Jesse Deborah & Walter Shorter, Emily & Cheryl & Rusty Trulsen, Audrey Jane & Dan Young, Alison & Elizabeth Samantha, Arlene & Brett Wade, Kevin & Lauren


In Our Prayers August 2012

In the Congregation: • Louise & John Bagby • Elaine Cates • *Laura Craft • Verla Dean • Mary Baker Dennis • P. T. Florendo • Mary Ann Harding & family

• Leslie Holm & family • *Jack Kelley • George Kelly & family • Margaret Leonard • Elizabeth Ledsinger • Janet McIntyre • Ernest Mellor

• *Steve Nabers • Stephen Nowell • Angie Phillips • Rush Stuart • Halle Walker • *Barry Wall • Amanda Walters • Louise Woodward

The congregation extends its love, sympathy and prayers to: the family of Neil Leonard in his death on June 28, 2012; Diane Bell and family in the death of her father, Royal Vondracek, on July 5, 2012; Tommie Faye and Robin Coffman in the death of their daughter, Kim Yelverton, on July 12, 2012; the family of former member Jimmie Mitchell in his death on July 13; Jeanie Crombie and family in the death of her mother, Eva Jean Gallup on July 14, 2012. In Service in the Military: • Sidney Baker – niece of Kay & Joe Donaho • Jonas Buring – nephew of Barbara & 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 • Keith 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 Holms • 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 • Melissa Gilbert – sister of Chris Gilbert

Friends and Family: (continued) • Brooks Gully – friend of Margaret Oldham • 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 • *Pam Jenkins – colleague of Ann Harbor • 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 • *Betty Lewis – aunt of Amanda Walters • 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 & 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 • *Meredith Wall Wagner – daughter of Stephanie & Barry Wall • John Wallace & family – brother of Margaret Oldham • 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 * new listing


New Stephen Ministers and Leaders! GPC proudly commissioned eight new Stephen Ministers at the 11:00 a.m. worship service on June 3, 2012. Those commissioned and who completed 50 hours of training are Susan Bryant, Dick Goughnour, Tamah Halfacre, Susan Harris,Amy Phillips, Ann Reed, Ashley Robinson, and Don Willingham. Other active Stephen Ministers are Bill Burrow, Carolyn Crawford, Jo Robinson, and Wayne Tansil. Dick Goughnour and Pastor Will Jones completed a week of Stephen Leader training in Orlando in June and are now leading and inspiring GPC's Stephen Ministry. Dick and Will join a strong team of leaders who include Anne Culver, Carol Barnes, and Barb Poier. Additionally, three former Stephen Leaders have recently returned to the fold, Ann Tansil, Peggy Boatwright, and Martha Drexler! Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one confidential Christian care to those who are experiencing a difficult time. This could be grief, divorce, depression, loneliness or illness. They listen, encourage, pray and provide weekly support for as long as a need persists. If you or someone you know might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Will Jones. If you have an interest in becoming a Stephen Minister, a new training class may be started in 2013. Please contact Pastor Jones or any Stephen Leader with questions about becoming a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministry at GPC has blessed the lives of many individuals for over 20 years. Please know that a Stephen Minister is available and ready to care.

Operating Budget as of June 30th Operating Budget Year to Date June

2012 Actual

2011 Actual

Budget 2012
















Forward in Faith Contributions June


Total to Date Outstanding Pledges

$1,230,732 $1,625,809

Balance on Construction Loan



Looking Back At nacome

GPC had a glorious weekend at NaCoMe in May! Thank you so much to Patrick Rice for all he did to make the weekend a success, as well as to all those who served on the planning committee: Amber Phelan, April Rice, David Robinson, Katherine Burnett, Marion Treadwell, Polly Cotten, and Tom Oldham. Thanks, too, to the many people who helped in various ways. It was truly a group effort! Andrea and Kyle Wiggins and Carolee Carlin took the photos below. As you can see, it was a warm, sunny, and fun weekend full of fellowship with our GPC family.


Mandatory Children and Youth Teacher Training Mandatory children and youth teacher training is Sunday, August 19th at 4:30 p.m. Sign-up forms and details about the schedule will be sent out shortly by e-mail and mentioned in church announcements. Anyone who is interested in learning about GPC’s children and youth policies is encouraged to join.

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 coming month’s 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

What did you think of the new digital format of The Vine? Please let Ashli know any thoughts, ideas, refelctions or concerns as GPC improves its online communication. E-mail her at

The Vine, August 2012  

Find out what GPC is doing in August 2012!