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Vol. XXII, No. 10 | may 12, 2012


Park Cities Presbyterian Church exists to extend the transforming presence of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in Dallas and to the world.

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seriously, I pray that the Lord would reveal Himself in new and powerful ways making me like the disciples, who were unable to stop speaking about that which they had seen and heard. I long to continue learning that God’s grace is everything in our lives, and His desire for us to serve Him in ministry is one of the great blessings of life.

Ten questions with Mark Davis

Who will be preaching? The preaching will be done by a variety of our pastors. We have so many gifted preachers on our staff who take the Word of God seriously and delight in making Jesus known. Our pastors will be preaching on The Gospel according to… which is a study of characters Why are you taking a throughout the scriptures. Now many have asked if sabbatical? Skip will be preaching this summer. No, Skip will We all need moments of rest and What will you be doing? start preaching in early fall, which I’m very excited reflection. Really, it’s modeled First of all, a sabbatical is not a vacation. I will spe- about. During my sabbatical, Patrick will preach after Christ and the Sabbath. cifically be working on the areas of evangelism and several times, as well as our other ministers. These There needs to be great attention stillness. Unsure of what fruit this will yield, I want men will bless our people immensely. given to the ideas of rest, reflec- to explore what evangelism looks like in my own life tion, and worship. It’s the Christ-inspired idea that and in the life of this church. I have many thoughts on What if we see you in the grocery store? we, ordained ministers at PCPC, need to have regular evangelism, particularly in the world today, but I Well, you probably won’t recognize me with my long seasons of rest and reflection as a part of our lives. So haven’t been able to write them down. hair and disguise [Snickers]. Just kidding. Certainin taking a sabbatical, I have the opportunity for reflec-  Regarding stillness, I’ll be exploring what it means ly if you see me in the grocery store, you are welcome tion and hearing the voice of the Lord. It’s dealing with to stop, listen, and follow. I’m asking: How can we as to come up and say hello—you can even buy my grostuff in your life, and it reignites the joy of your salva- a church body pursue stillness more faithfully? I want ceries [Chuckles]. tion. to learn how to lead people on silent retreats. So I’ll be participating in a 7–10 day silent retreat in the How can we pray for you? Why now? mountains of North Carolina—alone. There will be Pray that I would abide during this season. Pray that Our session has in its personnel policies that each no speaking. Someone will drop off food each morning, I would rest and be grateful for my salvation and the pastor receives a sabbatical every five years. This is a and I will spend each day in the Word, prayer, and privilege of making known the name of Jesus. Pray wise policy due to the demanding, non-stop nature of meditation. Truthfully, I’m excited about it, but I against external and internal distractions as I pursue our job and calling. We need to recharge our batteries, suspect that it will be one of the most difficult things silence. Please pray for our good health and safety so to speak. One of our elders said to me a year ago, I have ever done—yet incredibly fruitful. in travels. Then, pray that our church would con“Hey, it’s time for you to take a sabbatical.” I agreed, but tinue to grow in its focus on Jesus Christ as our Head. Will we see you at PCPC? he suggested last summer. I couldn’t do that because I believe a sabbatical should be eagerly anticipated No, but we will be in Dallas part of the time. What can we expect in the fall when and also planned. Therefore I needed to plan ahead, I’ll be spending one night a week at a you return? This fall will be an exciting time at and let our church and our staff prepare for it as well. cabin to work on the projects of evanHonestly, any time before this would have been too gelism and stillness. We will be PCPC. As I mentioned, I am excited “While gone, we will soon. There has been too much to attend to, but now taking some family time to go to that Skip is back on staff. The two miss worshipping I believe we’re in a great place—so it’s time. Plus, in 25 the beach once my kids are out for of us sat down and worked on years of ministry—10 years on staff at PCPC and four the summer. Then I’ll take my several ministry ideas, which we with this body years as senior pastor—I’ve never had one. silent retreat in July, and attend are excited about, but both Skip tremendously.” Family Camp in late July. and I agreed that we should launch What do you hope to gain? those pilot ministries in the fall. I hope to learn more and more what it means to abide Where will you worship? We’ll unveil more a little later, so be in Christ—that my abiding will be stronger, by God’s We will be worshipping at a variety of praying for Skip, because most of what grace. Second, I hope to truly learn what it means to churches, which will be exciting. I’m interested he’ll be doing starts this fall. One example: Skip be present in every area of my life—listening, convers- in watching and learning from other churches. will be traveling around many Sunday school classes ing, especially with my wife and children. Third, I However, I might disguise myself and come to PCPC sharing his story and new ideas about ministries the desire to understand God’s heart and call in regards to observe [Smiles]. On the other hand, our kids will Lord is bringing to our church. Fall 2012 will be an to evangelism and making His name known. be worshipping at PCPC. Summer is big ministry time exciting time at PCPC.  Kristina, on the other hand, hopes I become a master for our youth. While gone, we will miss worshipping by JD Lemming carpenter in order to work on the house. [Laughs] No with this body tremendously.


o u r f a m i ly Births


• Neely Catherine Mason, daughter of Taylor and Jeb Mason, on November 3, 2011

Communion Sunday

• Hunt McAlister Hillman, son of Kristen and Sterling Hillman, on April 30, 2012

Join the PCPC body on this Sunday as we celebrate Communion, Sunday, May 20, 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am, Sanctuary. Contact or 214-224-2632.


Colin Howland concert

• Brittany Rae Dickenson and Spence Thomas Miller, on April 21, 2012 • Laura Danielle Gregory and Blake Jordan Brownshadel, on June 21, 2012

Deaths • Joyce Goldmann (CC#02), wife of Stephen Goldmann (CC#02), mother of Laura and Keith Benedict (CC#09/ Vineyard), grandmother of Anna Kate, Charlotte, Louisa, and Tess Benedict (CC#09), on April 24, 2012 • Lynn “Ellen” Wroughton (CC#17/ Agape), wife of Jim Wroughton Jr. (CC#17/Agape), daughter-in-law of Gloria and Jim Wroughton (CC#17/ Agape), on May 1, 2012

PCPC’s Director of Music and Organist will present a fun and varied program of pieces for the “King of Instruments” Sunday, June 3, 4:00 pm, in the Sanctuary. Contact or 214-224-2635.

Congregational meeting for officer election The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, June 10, 10:40 am, for the purpose of electing new deacons and ruling elders for the class of 2016. Names and profiles of candidates will be published in This Week in May. The candidates have completed nine months of training with pastors and officers on the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Book of Church Order, the Bible, and other officerspecific readings, and have received session approval.

Oak Lawn West Bible Study

Sympathy • Linda and Joseph Jenull (CC#06) on the loss of her mother, Dorothy V. Friddle, on April 12, 2012 • Carol and Tom Bruton (CC#17/ SOS) on the loss of her mother, Helen “Becky” Buchanan, on April 13, 2012 • Marilu and Don Dillahunty (CC#19) on the loss of his mother; Melinda, Marisa, Jonathan, Claire, and Grace Dillahunty (CC#19) on the loss of their grandmother; Laura and Josh Farrar (CC#18) on the loss of her grandmother, Wilma Sue Dillahunty, on April 21, 2012

This weekly Bible study of singles in their 20s and 30s meets every Tuesday, 7:00 pm, in the Oak Lawn East High School Room. Join us for worship, teaching, and fellowship afterwards. Contact or 214-224-2728.

Welcome to Lee Jagers The PCPC Counseling Ministry welcomes Christian counselor Lee Jagers to its team. Dr. Jagers specializes in working with individuals, couples, marriages, and families. For more information, visit Contact counseling@ or 214-224-2683.

urban ministries

Conversation partners needed Help our ESL students practice their English this summer. Volunteer as a conversation partner/friend. You would meet regularly (when and where is up to you) to chat with a student one-on-one. Contact or 214-224-2528.

“A proud faith is as much a contradiction as a humble devil.” —Stephen Charnock


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On Saturday, June 23, 7:00 am–3:00 pm, serve with Celebration of Hope, a ministry of the Dallas Leadership Foundation working in partnership with needy communities to rehabilitate the low-income houses, particularly the elderly and disabled, so that they may continue to live in proper conditions. Service neighborhoods: Hamilton Park, Jubilee Park, Wynnewood Heights, and Westmoreland Heights

What will volunteers be doing? Painting houses, registering volunteers, distributing workday supplies, food, and beverages, landscaping yards, and general community clean-up Volunteers should wear cool and comfortable lightweight clothing. Continental breakfast, lunch, water, and soft drinks will be provided. Register onsite. Contact Cora Billingsley, rocobill67@sbcglobal. net or 214-882-1230.

World missions

Summer mission trips If you’re considering a mission trip this summer, we would like to highlight two options for you: Visit or contact or 214-224-2551.


Part-time employment opportunity PCPC seeks a part-time administrative assistant to the Women’s Ministry. A full job description can be viewed at For more information, contact

Circle 5 meeting

Circle 5 will have their May meeting on Tuesday, May 15, at the home of Ruth Millis. Contact Peggy Skidmore, or 214-3614704.

Young Families

Fourth grade graduation Join us for a special graduation ceremony for our fourth grade class in Kidz Court, Rooms 104 and 106, Sunday, May 13, 11:00 am. Parents and siblings are welcome. Contact or 214224-2729.

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DLF Celebration of Hope 2012

Women’s Retreat, Montserrat Retreat Center, 224-2725 11:00 am  Fourth grade graduation, Room 104/106, 224-2729 10:45–11:30 am  Song and Story, Room 122, 224-2780 Circle 5 meeting, Home of Ruth Millis, 361-4704 7:00 pm  Oak Lawn West Bible Study, High School Room, 224-2728 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am  Communion Sunday, Sanctuary, 224-2632 Moving On Up Sunday

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Walk Where Jesus Walked, Israel, 224-2741

10:40 am  Congregational meeting for officer election, 224-2775 9:00 am–noon  VBS, PCPC School of Rock Six Flags (Middle School), 224-2762

19–7/31 10:30-11:15 am  Musikgarten classes, Musikgarten Room, 224-2633 23

7:00 am–3:00 pm  DLF Celebration of Hope 2012, 882-1230


7:00 pm  Oak Lawn West Bible Study, High School Room, 224-2728 Summer Sizzle (5th/6th), 224-2762


Florida Trip, Laguna Beach, 224-2762


PCPC Family Camp: Colorado, Sky Ranch at Ute Trail, 224-2762


Doulos Beach Retreat (7th/8th), 224-2762



July 12-30  Youth Ministry Asia mission trips, Asia, 224-2766 Hurricane Harbor (Middle School), 224-2762

Summer Night Live (7th/8th), 224-2762

4:00 pm  Colin Howland concert, Sanctuary, 224-2635

Song and Story Toddlers, bring your mom for some wiggly-giggly, laugh-out-loud, reading and singing fun Monday, May 14, 10:45–11:30 am, Room 122. Bring a sack lunch and meet friends inside or outside on the playground depending on the weather. No RSVP needed. This is the last meeting for the spring schedule. Contact or 214-224-2780.

Summer Musikgarten classes Looking for something fun and musical for your young ones this summer? Join our Musikgarten classes for an exciting way to build your child’s knowledge and love of music June 19–July 31, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 am, Musikgarten Room. Visit for class information. If you have any questions, contact Frances Cope. Babies-3 year olds are welcome! Contact or 214-224-2633.

Student Ministries

Moving On Up Sunday

Save the date Sunday, May 20, Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Contact

Youth Ministry Asia mission trips This summer the Youth Ministry has the opportunity to take two separate mission trips to Asia. There will be a trip for ninth and tenth grade students to East Asia, Thursday, July 12–Thursday, July 26. The other trip is for eleventh and twelfth grade students to Hong Kong, Thursday, July 12– Monday, July 30. Contact or 214-224-2766.

May 12, 2012  This Week

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VBS 2012

JUNE 11–14 9:00 am–noon Registration for VBS is full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, e-mail However, we are still looking for volunteers. All volunteers can register by visiting Childcare is provided for those that volunteer.


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Communion Sundays, 8:00–9:00 am Wednesdays, 5:30–6:00 pm

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General fund budget

Biblical Imagination Conference October 19–21 Park Cities Presbyterian Church Questions?

2011/2012 operating budget


July 1–April 29, 2012 budget


July 1–April 29, 2012 giving


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Vol. XXII, No. 10 | MAY 12, 2012 Park Cities Presbyterian Church JD Lemming, editor 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219-3152 214-224-2711 • fax 214-224-2711

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Hurricane Doulos Harbor Beach

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why it’s great being a PCPC middle school student in the summer.

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THIS WEEK: May 12, 2012  

bi-weekly newsletter of Park Cities Presbyterian Church

THIS WEEK: May 12, 2012  

bi-weekly newsletter of Park Cities Presbyterian Church