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April 2011

Newsletter of The Kirk of Dunedin Christian Church

1 Peter 1:21 “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

Easter Sunday Celebration Sunday, April 24

Palm Sunday Worship Sunday, April 17

24 Hour Lenten Prayer Vigil Sat. April 23 and 24 8 am–8 am

Community Outreach Easter Egg Hunt (pg. 6) Sat., April 23, 11 am Good Friday Service 12 noon, April 22 Matthew 16:21 “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” Romans 4:25 “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”

Terry Charles Concert Fri./Sat., April 15, 16 Women’s Salad Lunch Sat. April 9, 12 noon (pg. 6) Scottish Sunday April 3 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 1 Cor. 15:20 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Peter 1:21 “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

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Out to Pastor by Jerry Rittenhouse Galatians 5:22–23 “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

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grow faithfulness in us too! Keep loving, praying, worshipping, serving, giving, caring—even when it gets hard, though most of the time following Jesus is bliss. As snow birds start flying it is time for me to encourage everyone to be a part of our Fan the Flame Campaign. Summer months are lean financially and so we are wise to gather in the winter for the summer. The verse in Proverbs tells us to observe the ant who gathers in season for the lean times. Our Fan the Flame goal is $30,000 of

I am a blessed man because of this church family. Our church is alive and well, with peace and unity and an ever increasing love for God and people. The worship of the Lord in this place is so beautiful. Opportunities exist to grow, to touch the community and to bring the life changing message of Jesus Christ to those who are in our path. Thank God for his family.

I am also blessed because of my immediate family. My son Ben and his wife Carolina who have lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for several years are moving back into the area. This is wonderful news. Also my household is celebrating the birth of our daughter, Katie, and her husband, Mike’s, third child. Isaac Thomas VanGessel was born on Monday, March 21 weighing in at 8 pounds and 21 inches. Ahhhh, how sweet. We are now teaching a series called THE POINT OF NO RETURN. This study of the scriptures is to emphasize the fervent love and obedient spirit of Jesus. He had many opportunities to abandon the path to the cross, but in his love for us he never gave up God’s plan of redemption. He remained faithful. May this faithfulness

Monday April 18 6:30 PM

extra gifts from God’s people and groups in the church. A banner hangs in the entry way of the church sharing who is giving and praying for a strong church year round through Fan the Flame. Please use the enclosed envelope to designate your Fan the Flame gift in honor or memory of a loved one or the church.

Fan the Flame 2011 Goal $30,000

Raised to Date $1,955 Make a gift today

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THANK YOUs, I would like to thank Care-Corps and everyone who sent prayers and cards … also my heartfelt thanks for the very nice things done for me after Andy’s passing. With Love, Nancy Abbott _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

It is with a warm heart that I thank each one of you for the kind notes of encouragement and cards. My wife would bring them to me in the hospital which brightened up the day. I'm not out of the woods with the Myeloma fibrous. I will be a patient of Moffett to find out what can be done. I pray that God will be with you and The Kirk. The Kirk family is very important to me. Clay Cowing _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

My time has come for me to return home to my family. I thank God for this beautiful place and for The Kirk family. A special thank you to Bonnie for our Tuesday Bible Study and to Pastor Jerry for Parables. God bless you all and I’ll see you in November. Pat Langley _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The March 26 Craft Fair and Strawberry Festival was beautifully planned and executed. I am very proud of everyone who prepared, set up, tore down, cleaned up, promoted, cared for the vendors, bought goods, sold goods, prayed, loved and made this event day a nice bridge between Kirk Church and the community. Eternity grows a person’s heart when a loving church reaches out in any way to them. Well done. Pastor Jerry _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you to the congregation for all the wonderful notes. Charlie Holmberg _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I love doing God’s work! Becky Rudman (March Love Basket)

PRAYER LIST Also pray for our homebound members and those with family and friends serving in the military overseas. ENCOURAGEMENT AND PRAYER Please write a note of encouragement and place it in the offering. John Drawbaugh-heart health Steve Casanova-Bay Pines Nancy Correll-recovering after a fall Lillian Klant-health Bill Koehler-hospice Clay Cowing-healing Betty Coleman-health; Sylvan Rehab Lucille Miraglia-knee Linda Farver-chemo; Coburns’ daughter Elaine Polaski-health Helen Pence-Manor Care Tampa Rd. Neil Reduzzi-heart attack Cathy Sue Richards-chemo Jim Jacobs-for victory over cancer Judy Corum-continued recovery PRAYER CHAIN - To start the prayer chain for a friend or loved one, please call Don and Natalie Richards, 797-6846.

OUR SYMPATHIES to Nancy Abbott for the death of her husband, Andy; to the family and friends of Andy Abbott John (Jack) Bennett who passed away on March 25; and to our librarian, Gertrude Beers, for the death of her son, Timmy, in New Jersey.

NEW MEMBERS Theodore Griffin, 444 Paula Dr N, Apt 144, Dunedin 34698-1811; 352-807-1664 Ted.marinewholesalers@ Marva Allen, 1801 Pasadena Dr, Dunedin 34698-3322; 727-733-4087

DIRECTORY UPDATE Jim and Carolyn Jacobs local phone: 727-437-7276

LOVE BASKET for April is Mike The Care-Corps (white) freezer is well-stocked with a variety of meals so if you know of someone who is ill or recently home from the hospital, please see me on Sunday or visit the freezer in the kitchen and bless them with a few meals with love from The Kirk. The Women’s Fellowship will complete their study of the book Extraordinary Faith: God’s Perfect Gift for Every Woman’s Heart by Sheila Walsh at the April meeting. Please read Chapters 13 and 14 for the next meeting on April 12. You don’t need to bring a lunch this month…lunch, dessert and beverages provided. Our Tuesday evening Small Group began on February 22 with a Lenten study from the LifeGuide Series entitled Jesus’ Final Week by Cindy Bunch. This study has been meeting in the narthex on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM with the final meeting on April 12. This has been a great group and we’ve had very interesting discussions. Many thanks to those who have faithfully attended. The Love Basket for April will be given to Mike Puchrik. You may place a note, card, or small gift in the basket any time during the month of April. Thanks for helping us to love as Jesus loved. God bless. With love, Bonnie

Puchrik who is our Men’s Ministry President, helps with Sunday hospitality, prepares communion for first service, and is an overall good guy. We love Mike and his good sense of humor. Bring cards, gifts, etc. by Sunday, April 24. We are extremely thankful to the following people whose hard work helped put on a successful Craft Fair in March. Margie Ashworth Robin Berry Paul & Marge Broyer Steve Casanova Bob & Betty Coburn Alma Cowing Jayne Geletka

Bonnie Grimmer Bonnie & Rick Guerin Flo Hudge Melanie Kutilek Nancy Lichtenstein Linda Lyons Joan Nadeau Doug Naftel

Barb Roller Paul & Peggy Scheuer Lil Sweet Retha & Jack Venable Dick Williamson

Thanks to Terry Charles for treating us all with your beautiful organ music and of course Pastor Jerry who worked tirelessly throughout the day, as always! Thanks also to all those who supported the fair with their purchases. Jan Gourlay, Barb Fahey, and Mike Puchrik

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KIRK CHURCH AND NONNIE’S PRESCHOOL THE PRESCHOOL OPPORTUNITY Since December 2010 we have been praying, discussing and thinking together about the opportunity of Nonnie’s Preschool renting space from The Kirk during the week. The council held several extensive question and answer sessions, had two interviews with the owners of the preschool Dave and Pegge Rieger, surveyed the congregation and discussed the project with a professional contractor. After this careful consideration, the church council voted 100% to accept the proposal at its March 21 meeting. The proposal now goes to the congregation for vote. Members of the church will be asked to express their decision regarding renovating and renting space to Nonnie’s preschool on a ballot on the back of the attendance slip in the Sunday, April 10, bulletin. To assure that the congregation is able to make an informed decision, there has been an article in last month’s newsletter, a handout in the Sunday, March 13, bulletin, a survey completed by the congregation and a question/answer moment in church on the Sundays leading up to the vote. In addition to these steps to educate the congregation in the details of this opportunity, we are responding to questions generated by the congregational survey. Q. Why are we considering this opportunity? A. SPIRITUAL REASONS, PEOPLE REASONS and FINANCIAL REASONS. The council has peace that very possibly God is the one who has given us this opportunity. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, Organ Concerts and Klutter Kloset, the preschool is opening a door for new people to discover The Kirk and the God we love. The council also understands the financial encouragement this gives the church. Nonnie’s will give $4,000 a month and pay their utility usage. After renovation costs are repaid, this

income and savings to utilities will be a blessing to the church. Forty-Eight people filling out the survey said “yes” they think the preschool opportunity is a good idea. Seven answered “undecided,” citing their need for more information. Two answered “no” they do not think the preschool is a good idea. Responding to Some Questions Written on Survey Q. I think it would be wonderful to embrace this opportunity and bring more children and their families into our church family. However, I do not know our financial security so it is difficult to make a safe decision. A. The preschool opportunity is good for bringing families and children into the church and will strengthen our financial situation. After payback of the renovation, the church will gain $150,000– $200,000 in income to our budget and reserves over five years. The preschool actually gives the church greater financial stability in the long run. Q. Are we going to be sued by a parent if a child or someone related to Nonnie’s gets injured? A. The church would not be liable for anything regarding the preschool. Nonnie’s Preschool would retain their current insurance coverage and is covered with general liability for $100,000 per occurrence, and general aggregate of $100,000. Abuse, molestation $1,000,000. The policy is a preschool insurance policy through Block Insurance in Oviedo. Also the school’s bus is with the same policy. Q. Do we have the financial resources to comply with a childcare facility state requirements?

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KIRK CHURCH AND NONNIE’S PRESCHOOL A. there are state requirements regarding the space where a preschool is held. Everything from the temperature of the water, size of the rooms, building exits, light candlepower, bathroom use and location and more are a part of the preschool remodel. Dave and Pegge Rieger, owners of Nonnie’s, had to upgrade their current facility so it would qualify with the state for preschool use. We would be doing everything needed to make our space acceptable to the state in the renovation. There are some costs involved being up to code, but we are putting all this in the project budget. There would be no ongoing compliance costs. Q. How will this affect my Sunday morning church experience? I like The Kirk the way it is. A. This project does not affect your Sunday morning worship experience in any way. The new classroom space will be in the fellowship hall area, not out by the sanctuary. Our growing children’s ministry will be used by our children for Sunday School on Sundays. Q. We are a Christian church; we need to adhere to Christian principles. I think any school in our influence needs to adhere to them as well. A.The Kirk will never compromise our Christian principles by hosting Nonnie’s preschool. Many of the teachers and students are Christian, some are not. While Nonnie’s will be entirely autonomous, over time The Kirk will be able to build relationships with these families for God’s sake. We see this as an evangelism opportunity as well as a financial blessing from The Lord.

Q. Who will be in charge of the renovation? A.Under the oversight of the council property manager Paul Broyer will build a team of paid and volunteer workers to complete the renovation. He will work hand-in-hand with contractor Don Ross. If you have questions regarding this project you can call Paul Broyer at 727-787-4761 or email him at Q. Where will we have fellowship time after church on Sundays? A. All activities currently held in the fellowship hall will be held in the narthex. This area will be expanded in phase two by enclosing the courtyard and opening the narthex walls. When complete the area will be as large as our current fellowship hall. Using the narthex as our fellowship hall will not be inconvenient. We will have full kitchen access. Q. What will happen to the Klutter Kloset? A. Nonnie’s Preschool will use the current fellowship hall and the back area currently used for the Klutter Kloset Thrift Shop. The children’s room which is on the other side of the building will be used for the Klutter Kloset, and all our children’s ministry will be related into the new classroom area. We may have to downsize the Klutter Kloset’s furniture sales a little for this to work, but this is the best plan for the renovation. We hope this information is helpful to you. Please pray for the church to always be in the center of God’s will in all its efforts to love people, love God and grow. We look forward to your vote on April 10.

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WOMEN’S MINISTRY BARBARA FAHEY, PRESIDENT April COFFEE HOUR GROUP LEADERS After 10:45 Svc. 3rd Susan Van Vessem 784-8509 10th Mary Farrell 669-0184 17th Men’s Ministry 940-5180; 716-982-5349 24th Jan Gourlay 787-2707 Due to the overwhelming success of the bake sales at the organ concerts, the Women's Board was able to donate $1,500 to the church (as budgeted) in February! We will also be donating $250 to F.E.A.S.T. this month. This is the same group that receives the food donations given by the congregation in the grocery cart located in the narthex. Their function is to minister to families in need who live in Palm Harbor. If you have any questions contact Becky Rudman. You can't miss her smiling face when you walk into the church on Sunday mornings as she greets everyone!

SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 11 AM - Second annual Easter Egg Hunt builds a bridge with children and families and Kirk Church. Co-sponsored by Nonnie’s Preschool. More than 1,000 eggs will be hidden.

Mark your calendars for the Salad Luncheon coming up on April 9. This is always a fun event with entertainment and many luscious salads. There is a sign-up sheet for you to write your name and the type of salad you will be bringing. (We like to have an approximate count of place settings needed.) If you would like to volunteer to set this up at 10:00 am , mark that spot on the sign-up sheet also). The Women's Fellowship meeting this month (April 12) will be hosted by Bonnie Guerin and me, so you don't have to bring your bag lunch! This will be Bonnie's last meeting until the fall, and we sure will miss her great presentations of the lessons. (We will continue meeting during the summer—programs and presenters to be determined).

Thursday-Friday-Saturday 9 am–2 pm *Shop *Donate *Volunteer The best place for your hand-me-down goods.

We are excited and want to welcome the many new members into our Kirk family. I invite the ladies to feel free to join our events and/or volunteer for the many ways to help our church be the great place that it is.

Our local food pantry, , is always in need of non-perishable food items. A grocery cart in our entryway invites your canned and dry goods every week. Bring any dry or canned goods you’d like to bring.

God Bless, Barb Fahey, President Kirk Women’s Board

MEN’S MINISTRY MIKE PUCHRIK, LEADER Hey Guys! We’re off to a great start to a great year ahead of us. I want to take this time to thank Paul and Peggy Scheuer for our March breakfast. Our Strawberry Festival and grill were a huge success. I sincerely thank all the volunteers who made it so. Our next men’s breakfast is April 30 with Chef Orlando.

We’ve received a letter from Monica, one of the children STEVE CASANOVA, CHAIR we support through Compassion International: “Dear Kirk of Dunedin: I am so happy to get your letters again. I pray that God keeps you in good health. Dear friend I want to tell you that due to my father’s job, I moved to another community 45 minutes away from where I lived before. Here I have new friends and my best friend is Matilde. In the place where I lived before there were many colorful birds and the one I liked best was the macaw. Caimito fruit is yellow and has two seeds. It is sticky and milky. Thank you for the letter and postcard. Thanks for the boots, sneakers, school bag and sweets. Pray for my studies. Thanks for your support.” Monica Mashiet


“Taking the life changing message of Jesus Christ to the community and the world.”

APRIL 2011 The Kirk

2686 Bayshore Blvd. (Alt 19) ▪ Dunedin, FL 34698 ▪ (727) 733-9305 ▪ Fax (727) 499-0170 ▪ Concerts (727) 733-5475

of Dunedin

Christian Church


9:30 AM Family Worship

10:45 AM Traditional Worship

Communion Every Sunday

Communion 1st Sunday

Kids Church

Unless otherwise noted on any Sunday


10:30 AM Youth Bible Study

Usual Sunday Schedule 10:45 am Scottish Sunday


Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

10:00 AM Women’s Board

5-6 PM AFM Orders 5:30 PM Family Svc Practice

6:30 PM Lenten Bible Study

1:30 PM Finance 5-6 PM AFM Orders


5:30 PM Family Svc Practice



10:00 AM Care-Corps

11:00 AM Women’s Fellowship 6:30 PM Lenten Bible Study



11 AM Parables

Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

12:15 PM Choir Practice

10 AM Dorcas Group

1-2 PM AFM Orders

10 AM Goldeneers Monthly Mtg.

Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

9 Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

2 PM Easter Pageant in Hudson

7 PM Seekers

15 Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

12 PM Women’s Salad Luncheon

Klutter Kloset 9 AM—2 PM

Terry Charles with Kurt Danskin 8 PM 2 PM Bake Sales at all Concerts

Choir Prac

1-2 PM AFM Cutoff

Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM


Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

10 AM Dorcas Group

11 AM Parables 12:15 PM

20 Embrace Deadline

5:30 PM Family Svc Practice

7 PM Seekers



10:00 AM Care-Corps 11:00 Parables

10 AM Dorcas Group

12 PM Good Friday Service

12:15 PM Choir Prac.

6:30 PM Council 11:59 PM Online AFM Cutoff

23 24-Hour Prayer Vigil 8 AM

11 AM Easter Egg Hunt

7 PM Seekers




Klutter Kloset Closed during Holy Week

Usual Sunday Schedule



10 AM 1 3 Care-Corps 14


10:45 am Communion Worship



10:30 AM Choir Run-Thru






Usual Sunday Schedule


and Nursery




26 5:30 PM Family Svc. Prac.

No KIRK CAFE Love Basket Mike Puchrik *AFM = Angel Food Ministries



10:00 AM Care-Corps

Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

11:00 Parables

10 AM Dorcas Group

12:15 PM Choir Prac.

7 PM Seekers

12-1 PM AFM Distr.

29 Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM



Klutter Kloset 9 AM - 2 PM

9:00 AM Men’s Breakfast

NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO 7088 TAMPA FL 2686 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin FL 34698-1801 (727) 733-9305  Fax (727) 499-0170 WORSHIP WITH US 9:30 AM and 10:45 AM / CHANGE SERVICE REQUEST April 2011

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Fri., Apr. 15 - 8 pm Sat., Apr. 16 - 2 pm with Baritone Kurt Danskin Individual Tickets Adults $12 Students $6

(727) 733-5475

Exciting, affordable, inspirational and fun. The 2011–12 Kirk of Dunedin Organ Concert Season is ready for you. Order your season or individual tickets today by returning the order form to the ticket office. Many great seats available. Season tickets only $70 for 7 concerts, Individual adult tickets $12; Student/Children’s tickets $6. Visa/MC/Discover Credit Cards Accepted

ORGANIST - ROSEMARY BAILEY Fri., Oct. 21 - 7 pm Sat., Oct. 22 - 2 pm ORGANIST - JOHN LEDWON Fri., Nov. 11 - 7 pm Sat., Nov. 12 - 2 pm CHRISTMAS CONCERT ORGANIST - TERRY CHARLES Thu., Dec. 15 - 2 pm Fri., Dec. 16 - 7 pm Sat., Dec. 17 - 2 pm

————— 2012 —————— ORGANIST - BOB RALSTON Fri., Jan. 13 - 7 pm Sat., Jan. 14- 2 pm ORGANIST - NICHOLAS MARTIN Thu., Feb. 16 - 2 pm Fri., Feb. 17 - 7 pm Sat., Feb. 18 - 2 pm ORGANIST - MARK HERMAN Fri., Mar. 16 - 7 pm Sat., Mar. 17 - 2 pm ORGANIST - PHIL KELSALL Thu., Apr 12 - 2 pm Fri., Apr. 13 - 7 pm Sat., Apr. 14 - 2 pm

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