THE CHURCH CHATTER
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Wicomico Presbyterian Church
129 Broad Street Salisbury, MD. 21801
Office # 410-749-5792 Fax # 410-749-5805
                                                                                                     
February 2015
                                                                                                                                                         


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

There are two times a year that call for our meditation and reflection. Advent, which comes at the beginning of the liturgical year, calls us to quiet reflection on the mystery of God’s love, a love so great that God visited us in flesh, the flesh of his son, Jesus. We spend the four weeks before Christmas preparing for the arrival of Christ into life: our own and the world’s, 2,000 years ago and each day.

The second time is upon us. It is the time of Lent. It lasts 40 days (and does not include Sundays), begins on February 18th and ends on April 4th. We spend this time reflecting on the mystery of God’s love that allows Jesus to take our place on the cross and die for the sins of each of us. We deserve to be on that cross because of our sinful nature, but Christ takes our penalty on himself and takes our place on the cross. We spend our Lenten days ponder-ing what that means and how we should respond to such a love. The hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, answers our question, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

We begin our Lenten discipline with the Ash Wednesday service. The service will be held on Wednesday, February 18th, at 7 PM. I hope you will join us. And I hope you will spend the 40 days of Lent in prayer, meditation and Scripture as you prepare for the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter morning, April 5th.

In Christ,

Don Rising

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

FEB 1 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship/Communion

FEB 8 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

FEB 15 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship/Annual Mtg.

FEB 22 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


Has your email address changed? Please notify the Church Office.

Has your address changed? Please notify the Church Office.

Have you acquired a new cell phone or changed your phone number? Please notify the Church Office.


MISSION CORNER


Soup Kitchen

JANUARY 15, 2015  

#Served 66                  #Refills 3

Menu: Baked ham, mac & cheese, green beans, applesauce, rolls, cake

Contributors: MD Food Bank, Deacons, Connie Wigglesworth, Ellen Spence, Sue Reddish

Helpers: Nevins Todd, Pete Swain, Diane Langeler, Cecelia Dennis, Sylvia Langeler, Connie Wigglesworth, Dr. Don Rising; Sue Reddish, Harriette Schmick, David Schmick all cooked.


Men’s Emergency Shelter

We Need Your Help!

Our week to host the Community Emergency Shelter Project will begin on Saturday, February 28th until the morning of Saturday, March 7th. We need your help!

We have a volunteer sign-up sheet and a list of items that we’ll need for the week posted in the back hallway of our church. Please take some time to look at it and see how you can help.

Things that we’ll need help with:

Help setting up the cots early Saturday morning

Coverage each day for three shifts

25 bag lunches each day

Supper prepared and served each night

Help breaking down the cots at the end of the week and getting them to the next location

Some supplies we’ll need:

coffee, tea, hot chocolate, nondairy creamer, cold breakfast food, peanut butter, jelly, assorted snacks, paper plates, Styrofoam cups, plastic bowls, plastic utensils, , pillow cases, hand towels, wash cloths, deodorant, underwear, socks, razors, small cans of shaving cream and toothbrushes.

If you have any questions, please talk to Norma Cotter or Pat Taylor.


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN IN WPC

Many thanks to those women who braved the cold rain on Monday, January 12 and attended the Least Coin luncheon.  Due to the efforts of the four circles, $50.17 in coins was collected.  This more than doubled last year's amount.  Great job everyone!  We also had some of our combined vegetable beef soup left so we froze it. 

If you have a shut-in or someone who is recovering at home that you are planning on visiting and you would like to take them a container, please feel free to do so.  You will find the containers on the top shelf of the smaller white freezer,and they are marked Presbyterian Women.

Save the dates:

Monday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Coordinating Team meeting
(Please let me know if you can or cannot attend.)

Monday, March 23 at noon
Birthday Offering spring luncheon
(salads, sandwiches and desserts)

Faithfully,

Harriette Schmick
Moderator                      


FELLOWSHIP

OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday Alive

Is Alive and Well!

So please come and join us


Here is the schedule for programs at the next few months of Wednesday Alive:

February 4, 2015 -- What's going on at the  LMB ? This will be a discussion of past and future uses and events at this most valuable asset.  George White, Nancy Althaus, and other members of the LMB committee will be on hand to explain and to answer questions about this building. They want to get YOUR  input as well, so please come with thinking cap in place ! Bring a covered dish for six as well.

March. 4, 2015 -- We will be entertained by a quartet from the Peninsulaires singing group! They will sing for us and tell us about their group. This is a very special event for us and we want to have a GREAT turnout for them, so bring your friends as well, and an extra large covered dish to share.

April 8, 2015 --  Who Do We Think We Are ? This will be an evening of fun and games about getting to know ourselves and each other, no brain power needed here, just a sense of humor !  Sounds like fun - bring a dish of course.

May -- date and program to be decided at a later time.

Change in Knitting Date


The Knitting Group, which is now called “Knit Two, Chat Too”, will be meeting on the fourth Monday of the month in February, February 23, in the church Parlor (due to the office being closed on February 16 for Presidents’ Day). Please come and join us for some knitting and chatting. Contact Ellie Sheppard at 410-546-5770 if you have any questions.


Save the Date!

Shrove Tuesday


WHO: Mission Committee & the Youth plus friends in the kitchen

WHAT: Annual Shrove Tues Pancake Dinner

WHY: Raise funds to send our youth to the Pittsburgh Project for the 7th consecutive year

WHERE: LMB

WHEN: Tuesday, February 17th

COST: Good will offering

RESERVATIONS: half hour seatings at 5:00 p.m., 5:30, 6:00 & 6:30

  1. Sign up in the back hall. Barbara Robinson will assist you.

  2. E-mail office@wicopreschurch.org with your preferred time

  3. Call the church office between 10 & 2, Monday thru Friday

Who doesn’t love pancakes and sausage? Let’s put a hurting on IHOP!


THE BOTTOM LINE IS: COME OUT AND SUPPORT OUR YOUTH


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION


Brown Bag Bible Study


Dr. Rising will lead a 4-week series of bible studies on the “I Ams” of John’s Gospel. Jesus says, I Am. . . . On March 4th, we’ll consider “I am the Light of the World”; on March 11th, “I am the Door” and I am the Bread of Life”; on March 18th, “I am the Good Shepherd” and I am the True Vine”; and conclude the study on March 25th with “I am the Way, Truth and Life” and “I am the Resurrection and Life.” The study begins promptly at noon and ends at 1 PM. Beverages will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch.

Test Your Bible Knowledge!

Have you heard this directive about using the Bible? KNOW IT! STOW IT! SHOW IT! SOW IT! The Christian Education Committee invites you to know your Bible better. Watch for our challenge on the bulletin board next to the ladies’ restroom. How well do you know your Bible?

An Independent People


The story of Irish Presbyterians and their impact in the world.

A three-episode documentary from the BBC in Northern Ireland produced in 2013 to be shown In Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church, Pocomoke at 4.00 p.m. on the last 3 Sundays in February 2015.

Sunday February 8th 2015

Episode 1. The story of Scottish rebel ministers who establish the Presbyterian Church on Irish soil and follows their struggle for religious liberty through the first turbulent century in Ireland.

Sunday February 15th 2015

Episode 2. Includes the story of Rev Francis Makemie who struck the first blow for American religious freedom and became the father of the American Presbyterian Church.

Sunday February 22nd 2015

Episode 3. Covers the creation and development of the present Presbyterian Church in Ireland, born out of the struggle between radicals and conservatives.

CONGREGANT

SPOTLIGHT

You’ve seen her in the choir and working with the children’s choirs with Susan Zimmer. But what else do you know about our Congregant of the Month…Martha Swain? Martha lives in Fruitland with her husband, Pete, and granddaughter, Sarah. She is a real dog lover, having 3 dogs – Walter, Daisy, and Hazel. Martha has been a member of Wicomico Presbyterian Church for 25 years.

Pete and Martha moved here from Mississippi. When looking for a church to attend they were attracted to WPC because of our outstanding music program. It is no surprise, then, that Martha has been a long-standing member of the choir, an accomplished English bell ringer playing in the Tintinabulators, and Susan’s assistant with the youth choirs for many years. Martha is also a Deacon, serving our congregation as well as our community in this capacity.

Martha was a teacher for 46 years. Now that she is retired she is able to spend more time with her family, although she substitute teaches a few days each week. In her free time Martha and Pete enjoy exploring different parts of the country in their camping trailer.

A very special activity near and dear to Martha’s heart is Girl Scouting. She has been a Girl Scout Leader for 37 years, is a “master trainer” for new leaders, and a certified resident camp director. Her favorite part about being a Girl Scout Leader is watching the girls grow and become self-confident young ladies.

So the next time you see Martha ask her about some of her most memorable camping or scouting stories…you’ll be in for a real treat.


MISCELLANEOUS

CHURCH

INFORMATION

Are You One of the

120 Missing?

We have heard from 22 recipients of the Giving Box, aka the Weekly Envelope Box. For the 120 of you who may have overlooked the special yellow envelope, it is located in the very front of your Envelope Box. The envelope itself has a colorful stained glass window motif on the left and is labeled INITIAL OFFERING ENVELOPE.

This yellow envelope is your reminder to please enclose $3.00 to cover the cost of providing this convenient way of documenting your giving.

Each person, who is a member of WPC, is assigned a number in our accounting system which corresponds with the number on the Envelope Box. This is the only way your giving can be recorded. This is, also, the only way quarterly and yearend statements can be issued. If you have no assigned Box number, your giving gets recorded as “loose plate.” This is a service to benefit you and your record keeping.

The Finance Committee had to “front” the cost on your behalf. The Treasurer would appreciate, most gratefully, if you would return the cheerfully colored envelope by the end of February. Thank you!

Just the Facts of Being

A Presbyterian


36 Blue “Per Capita” envelopes have been received thus far. If you are 1 of the 124 who have not responded, please do so before the end of February. Like the Envelope Box, this is a cost above one’s pledge. Whether you pay or not, WPC must remit $6,330 to the Presbytery.

We are sensitive to the fact that there are members who are not able to meet this obligation.

But for the rest of WPC’s congregation, it is more likely a case of not being knowledgeable of the costs associated with being a member of New Castle Presbytery and the PCUSA. Budgets are generated at each level. The cost is then evenly divided among all the communi-cant members; hence, the blue envelope in the front of your 2015 Giving Box. When the envelopes were printed, the exact amount was unknown. What a deal you are getting! The PER CAPITA APPORTIONMENT is not $30.00 but $31.65! WPC is obligated to pay for the 200 members, who were on the rolls as of Dec. 31, 2013, times $31.65 each. This equals $6,330 due.

The Finance Committee and the Session are asking each of you to pay only $30.00. The key word is EACH: each adult member and each young adult who is a communicant member should be contributing. Please return your blue envelope by February 28, 2015. Thank you.

By the Numbers

A Challenge for 2015


Well, as hard as the Session, Committees and Councils tried and as generous as many of you were, we did not end 2014 in the black.

So the Finance Committee offers up this challenge. If everyone would increase their pledging by $1.50/week during 2015, we can replace the $10,000 that was borrowed from Dedicated Funds in order to pay our 2014 obligations.

Where can one find $1.50 a week? 

1. Clip coupons & give the savings to your beloved church
2. Drive fewer miles, thus saving gas money, by planning your daily trips 
3. Drive the speed limit 
4. Drink more tap water 
5. Drink less soda
6. Eat less sweets 
7. Shop Big Lots and Ollies for great savings

You get the idea. Make a game of it! You might end up healthier for this exercise. 

Annual Meeting

The Session has called the annual meeting of the Congregation and Corporation for Sunday, February 15th, following worship. The only business to be transacted is hearing and receiving the reports of the various boards, councils, committees and organizations. A lunch follows the meeting. These meetings are important and each member is urged to attend. Report packets are available on the table in the parking lot lobby. 

Ring, Ring, Ring!

Dr. Rising has been preaching about answering God’s call. The WPC Human Resources committee has an opportunity for those who want to support our church in a small way. We are creating a list of members who might be willing to substitute as receptionist when Bravard is on leave. We pray several people will be added to “the substitute list” so no one is required to cover each time there is a need. Training is available. Friendly faces welcome! Please contact Robin @ 443-944-3749 if you are interested. God bless you for helping meet this important need!

Snow Removal

In the event of snow two (2) inches or less, attempts will be made to clear the back parking lot, and the back entrance should be used. In the event that there is a snowfall within 24 hours of a scheduled sanctuary event, the front doors (Broad Street entrance) will not be open, and the sidewalk will not be cleared.


Notes of Thanks

We give heartfelt thanks for all the loving support in in every way possible during Huff’s illness and following his death. The prayers, meals, visits, and phone calls were greatly appreciated. The Bereavement Committee prepared a wonderful luncheon following the Memorial Service that was attended by more than 100 family members, Church members and friends. We received so many compliments on the obvious love and respect shown that day.

Most importantly, we want to thank Don Rising for his never-ending presence throughout the three months. We never would have been able to navigate that last week without his love, prayers and support.

Sincerely,

Doris, Denise & Margaret Huffington

Looking Ahead

February 28 – March 7 CESP (Community Emergency Shelter Program) being hosted by WPC

March 4, 11, 18 and 25 at noon – Brown Bag Bible Study


March Chatter Deadline Is

Monday, February 23rd





FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS


Seth Mitchell 4

Martha Swain 4

Natalie Cotter 5

Javier Pollock 5

Jade Redding 6

Andrew Carter 8

John Crapster 9

Jean Dennis 9

Mary Lou Stevens 9

Charles Johnson 10

Margaret Onley 10

Barbara Robinson 10

Allan Brown 11

Cindy Callaway 12

Mona Farley 12

Jennifer Turnbull 13

Pete Spence 13

Mary Marks 14

Ann Eelman 15

Russell Conaway 17

Nelson Malone 17

Judith Brittingham 19

Mallory Wainwright 20

Robert Carter 22

Susan Zimmer 22

Ginny Mogan 26




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11:00 AM - Worship Service 

Office Hours: Monday through Friday

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Pastor: The Rev. Donald M. Rising, D. Min.

donaldrising@comcast.net; pastor@wicopreschurch.org


Director of Music: Susan Zimmer

musicdir@wicopreschurch.org


Administrative Assistant: Bravard Cornbrooks

office@wicopreschurch.org