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Wicomico Presbyterian Church
129 Broad Street Salisbury, MD. 21801
Office # 410-749-5792 Fax # 410-749-5805

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The highlight of our liturgical year is upon us. On April 5th, we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The solemnity of Lent ends on Saturday and Easter breaks forth on Sunday. On April 2nd, we come to our Lord’s Table and observe the Service of Shadows, Tenebrae. While Tenebrae is more appropriately observed on Good Friday, we combine it with our Maundy Thursday service. Maundy Thursday/Communion/Tenebrae is a powerful worship experience and I hope you will attend the service.

Easter is indescribable joy! We have the assurance that death has been FOREVER defeated in Jesus Christ. Though crucified, dead and buried on Friday, he rose on Sunday. And his victory is our victory, for he promises, “Because I live, you also shall live” (John 14:19). That promise gives us great comfort as we stand at the grave of our loved ones and great hope as we face our own mortality. We know that life triumphs over death and we shall spend eternity with our Lord and all the Saints.

I hope you will worship on Easter. If you are in Salisbury, join us at 11 AM. Your spirits will be uplifted in beautiful music and the Word. If you have family visiting, bring them along. If you are out of town visiting your family, find a church and fellow Christians and worship with them. Don’t let this Easter pass without celebrating in the beauty of holiness.

In the joy of the Risen Christ,

Don Rising


APR 2 -- 7:30 PM Maundy Thursday/


Tenebrae Service

APR 5 -- 11:00 AM Worship (Easter)

(No Sunday School)

APR 12 -- 9:45 AM Spring Breakfast

(No Sunday School)

11:00 AM Worship

APR 19 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

APR 26 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


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Stories from the Basement

Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.

By Donna Clark RN, Director

It’s been a long cold winter and everyone has been working very hard to meet the needs of the homeless men who utilized the Community Emergency Shelter project. Each church uses volunteers from their own church family as well as volunteers from the community. Each week there are probably 70-80 volunteers offering their time to serve others.

Here in the H.O.P.E., Inc. office, we have a core group of 5-9 volunteers and throughout the week we have a total of 28 people who give of their time to help meet the needs of others. In the past two months I was out recovering from shoulder surgery and the office volunteers stepped up to the plate and never skipped a beat. Our services never wavered and those who needed help were served with a smile. Giving freely of your time and energy is one of those things that puts a smile on God’s face. He created us to serve others around us.

Thank you to all volunteers, whether it be working with the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, or any other agency. God bless you for giving of your time and heart.

I’d like to give you an update on the client who was burned when a tree limb fell down and knocked over his propane heater and burned his tent down. He is being followed by the Wound Center and his wounds are healing slowly. He is requiring special medication in a salve and we are now working with Medicaid to get what he needs. Keep him in your prayers, as he is not out of the woods yet.

Ephesians 5: 20-28

Soup Kitchen

March 18, 2015  

#Served 88                  #Refills 18

Menu: Spaghetti, tossed salad or applesauce, Italian bread, cake

Contributors: MD Food Bank, Deacons, Nan Curry, Angela Duffield, Sue Reddish

Helpers: Chris Poole, Kirby Wells, Ann Wells, Pat Kosinski, Debbie Clark, Jane Burt; Sue Reddish, Mona Farley, Donna Forgash, Betty Davidson all cooked

Pittsburgh Project Mission Trip

WPC has sent our pre-registration for 5 individuals into Pittsburgh Project for their service camp the week of June 21st. It is not too late for youth, or not too young, to join us on this adventure.  If you, or some youth you know, are interested in the trip please let Larry McCauley know; it is not too late to sign up.   We are also planning to do a Rent-a-kid again this year.  If you need some help from some youth with yard work, spring cleaning, cleaning attic/garage/basement, please let Larry or Barbara Robinson know and we would be happy to schedule a work day.



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:

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.

Makemie Men’s Breakfast

The annual Makemie Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday May 3rd, beginning at 7 AM. This year’s event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City. Worship is held at 7 AM and includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Breakfast is served following the service. Tickets for the event are $10 each and may be purchased from Nevins Todd. We will meet in our parking lot at 6 AM and car pool to Ocean City.


Tintinnabulators at the OC Hand Bell Festival

   Upcoming Schedule for

Singing Choirs

Thursday, April 2 at WPC

No rehearsals

Chancel Choir meets at 7:00 for 7:30 service

Thursday, April 9 at WPC

Chancel Choir 7:45

Thursday, April 16 at ASBURY

GS Choir 6:30

Chancel Choir 7:00

Thursday, April 23 at ASBURY

GS Choir 6:30

Chancel Choir 7:00

Thursday, April 30 at WPC

All singers at 7:00

Sunday, May 3 at WPC

All singers in 11:00 worship. Start time


Thursday, May 7 at WPC

Chancel Choir 7:45

NO GS Choir

Sunday, May 10 at WPC

Chancel Choir meets at 10:30 for 11:00


GS Choir TBA

Thursday, May 14 at ASBURY

ALL singers at 7:00

Sunday May 17 at ASBURY

All singers in 11:00 worship. Start time


Thursday, May 21 NO REHEARSALS.

Upcoming Schedule

for Tintinnabulators

Thursday, April 2

No rehearsal due to Maundy Thursday


Thursday, April 9 at WPC

Tintinnabulators 6:30

Schedules for the remainder of April and May are currently under discussion with St. Peter’s director and will be sent to you as soon as possible

Saturday, June 6 with ST. PETER’S

Dress rehearsal TBA

Sunday, June 7 with ST. PETER’S

Concert TBA


In December, the early elementary Sunday School class focused on how some shepherds, Paul and Barnabas where changed, and what they did to help others know about Jesus.

In January, we talked about Paul’s missionary journeys and how people near and far can learn about Jesus.

And finally, in February the class explored how the power of God was provided to Paul as he shared about Jesus with whoever he happened to be with at any given moment.

John Crapster

There will be no Sunday School on April 5 (Easter) or April 12 (Spring Breakfast).

The Bible

The Christian Education Council invites you to know your Bible better.  Adult questions change each week, on Sunday.  We are currently studying the gospel of St. John to blend with Dr. Rising's Brown Bag Bible study.  How well do you know your Bible?

KNOW IT in your head,

STOW IT in your heart,

SHOW IT in your life,

SOW IT in the world!


August 4, 2011



A long-time member of Wicomico Presbyterian Church, here are some interesting things you might not know about our April Congregant of the Month – Constance Beckwith. Constance, or Connie as you probably know her, has lived in Salisbury for many years. After working for 38 years for the Federal Government, Connie is now retired but stays active working part time at Salisbury University.

Having attended a Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA in which she was very active and involved, Connie talked to friends and co-workers who introduced her to Wicomico Presbyterian. Connie has since been a faithful member of Wicomico Presbyterian Church for roughly 19 years holding several positions during that time.

Like Ann Eelman (last month’s featured congregant), Connie enjoys getting outside and working in her garden as well as reading. When not occupied with those activities, Connie enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and traveling.

So the next time you see Connie, get some gardening tips, see if she’s read any good books recently or maybe she will be able to share a story of interesting places she’s seen in her travels. No matter what you talk about, it will be time well spent.




Dear Friends,

Our Session is beginning the process of searching for a new pastor following the retirement of Dr. Rising in June. We are not alone in our search. The Presbytery, through its Committee on Ministry, will be working with us every step of the way. The search is a process, the length of which is usually determined by the complexity of the congrega-tion’s spiritual and other needs. And, through prayer and discussion, that is up to us to determine.

Of greater importance, God is with us on our journey. I call your attention to the following quote from A Manual For Churches Seeking Pastors, a guidebook from the General Assembly of the PCUSA.

The pastoral call process is guided by Jesus Christ, the head of the church, who provides you with all thatyou need to be the church.”

The manual goes on to say that calling a pastor is not simply hiring a new employee. It’s participating in God’s own choice for the church by opening ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit who will guide, nudge, empower, inspire, comfort and inform us in our journey toward finding the pastoral leadership we need to do His work.

What comfort we have in knowing that God is with each of us as we look within ourselves, our congregation, and the mission of Wicomico Presbyterian Church in order that we better understand ourselves and accept God’s choice for our next pastor.

Yours in Christ,

W. Lee Hammond

Clerk of Session

Church Triumphant

On Saturday, March 21. 2015, Jean H. Dennis joined the Church Triumphant. Jean was born on February 9, 1940. She became a member of WPC on October 1, 1954 and was a regular attender at worship. She served several terms as a Trustee and was the President of the Trustees for a time. She had a keen mind and wide connections which served her well and earned her the title, “The Go-to Girl.” For the last several years, she has battled, with great grace, ALS. She endured her condition without bitterness or complaint. She loved the WPC family and was very appreciative of the love and support, the cards and prayers she received, especially the Ice Bucket Challenge in her honor last September. We praise and thank God for her life and witness and commend her to Almighty God. “Blessed are those who rest from their labors and their good works follow them.”

Jean’s Team – ALS Walk

THE ALS WALK. now in memory of Jean Dennis, is April 18th at Winterplace Park.  Sign in at noon. Walk begins at 1 PM.  Walk the 3 mile loop, walk a few steps, or take a seat and cheer on the other walkers!  This event is intended to raise awareness and money for those devastated by this disease. A donation is NOT required for your participation! You represent HOPE for a cure!  If you plan to be there, please sign the list on the bulletin board next to the patio doors.  A special "Jean's Team" badge will be created for you, thanks to Carol Sipe!

Notes of Thanks

A big thank you to each of you for all of the prayers, well wishes, and encouragement. It has meant so very much to me. As the healing continues, I’m sure that all of your support has made the difference. So, with heartfelt gratitude, thank you again.

Nan Curry

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March 21st WPC sponsored a fund raiser for the Wicomico County Habitat for Humanity.  We served 40 meals of Saturday night stew and homemade apple pies to our hungry guest.  We would like to say "Thank You" to all our guests and all of the workers.  We very much appreciate the support.

Larry McCauley

Looking Ahead

May 1st & 2nd - Salisbury Chamber Singers’ Concerts

May 3rd – Makemie Men’s Worship/Communion/Breakfast at First Church, Ocean City.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from Nevins Todd.

May 3rd – Choir Sunday/Reception


You are invited to a



to honor Dr. & Mrs. Donald Rising

Wicomico Presbyterian Church

Social Hall

Saturday, May 30th

2 – 4 PM

May Chatter

Deadline Is

Friday, April 24th


John Allen 2

Connie Beckwith 2

Andrew McCauley 2

Ted Wycall 3

Maranda Mitchell 4

Debbie Clark 6

Ellen Phillips 8

Nancy Althaus 10

Alex Jonathan Gliptis 10

Tim Carter 11

Madlyn Smith 12

Sarah Matyiko 13

Kelsey Carter 14

Denny Mogan 16

Sylvia Langeler 18

Julia Reader 18

Chris Miles 20

Jonathan Mitchell 21

Da’Quan Byrd 24

Mark Cotter 27

Donna Forgash 28

Anne Hayman 28

Fred Althaus 30

George MacNamara 30


11:00 AM - Worship Service 

Office Hours: Monday through Friday

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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

Director of Music: Susan Zimmer

Administrative Assistant: Bravard Cornbrooks