THE CHURCH CHATTER
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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,
By the time you are reading this, the Advent season will be upon us. Advent begins on Sunday, November 30th, and is a time of waiting, hoping, and preparing. Advent is a time to prepare to celebrate the birth of God's son hundreds of years ago while still searching for the presence of God each day in our lives. You might say Advent is a time for finding God.
The Bible is full of those who found God, and they weren't always the "finders" you might expect. A young girl named Mary found God, as she learned that she was chosen to bear God's son. In spite of what had to be for her a mixture of fear, confusion, and awe, she responded, "let it be with me according to your word."
On this our eighth Christmas among you, Lynn and I wish each of you a Christ-filled Christmas. We are glad to be among you and serve you.
DEC 7 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship/Communion
DEC 14 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
DEC 21 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
DEC 28 -- 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.
December is an exciting time in our faith and in the life of the church.
The Congregation met on Sunday, November 23rd, following worship.
John Allen, Ann Eelman, Carole Sipe and Nevins Todd were elected as Elders, Class of 2017. John Crapster, Carol Cuppett, Larry McCauley and Ginny Mogan were elected as Deacons, Class of 2017.
John Crapster, Carol Cuppett, Larry McCauley and Ginny Mogan were elected as Deacons, Class of 2017.
Martha Swain was elected as Deacon, Class of 2015 (to fill the 1-year unexpired term of Steve Barlow).
Marie Carter and Larry McCauley were elected to the Memorial Endowment Committee, Class of 2016.
Kathie Bushman and Betty Zerr were elected to the Memorial Endowment Committee, Class of 2018.
Nelson Malone was elected to the board of Presbyterian Properties, Inc., Class of 2019.
Nellie Abbott, Kathie Bushman, and Pat Kosinski were elected to the 2015 Nominating Committee.
The congregation approved changes in the pastor’s terms of call, increasing the salary by 1.7%.
The Corporation approved receiving properties transferred from Presbyterian Properties, Inc.
Presbyterian Properties, Inc. approved transferring properties to the Corporation of WPC.
New officers will be ordained/installed during worship on Sunday, January 4, 2015.
Stories from the Basement
Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.
Donna Clark RN, Director
Not every client we see is endearing. Issues like mental health illness, addictions, and poverty create personality changes that make some of our guests very difficult to love. Their instincts of survival often make them want everything in sight that is offered. Sometimes they get so “needy” we are inclined to shut them out both in our minds and hearts.
Alice is one of those persons who challenges our patience and our Christian hearts. She is bi-polar, addicted to heroin and will take almost any drug that passes in front of her. She is a beautiful woman who is an expert at manipula-tion. She is in and out of jail for petty crimes and inconsistent with her visits here at the office. When she walks in and is able to communicate, she takes up all attention with her dramas and needs. All of us realize we need to stop and take a breath, asking for an extra measure of patience and understanding. By the time she leaves she has used up all we have to give and taken everything that has been put out as a giveaway.
Today she leaves with a back pack full of toiletry items, clothing, shoes, and food. Her last request of us today was transportation to the Emergency Department so she can get a doctor to prescribe nerve pills. Since she appears in no distress we refused. Alice has cried “wolf” so many times about her health that we have become immune to her com-plaints. Although, last week, when she was discharged from the hospital she was showing severe signs of a neurological disorder, and she was scared. Having refused to go to another health care facility at the time of discharge, she came to our office for guidance. Not liking our advice, she chose to continue living homeless on the streets. She claims that she cannot read or write and is unable to follow our written instructions. She always has a reason why she is not following any of our suggested solutions to her problems.
It is not our job to judge her; it is our job to show God’s loving compassion to her and those around us. Each and every one of us is valued and loved by God. Because of God’s boundless compassion, we can rely on God’s Spirit to guide and direct us in what we say and do. We have to remember Jesus’ words in Luke 12:6-7 and show that love as we reach out to those we serve.
November 20, 2014
#Served 115 #Refills 20
Menu: Turkey with gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, greens/vinegar, rolls, pies with Cool Whip
Contributors: MD Food Bank, Deacons, Perdue Farms, Dr. Nevins Todd, Chris Poole, Vic Laws, everyone who baked pies for our desserts
Helpers: Lee Hammond, Kirby Wells, Pete Kosinski, Diane Langeler, Carol Cuppett, Carol Montgomery, Ellen Spence; Debbie Poole & Sylvia Langeler cooked turkeys on Tuesday; Donna Forgash, Harriette Schmick, Debbie Clark, Denny Mogan & Sue Reddish all finished cooking on Wednesday & carving the turkeys.
Christmas Joy Offering
This is the 4th in a series (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, & Peace Making) of offerings that WPC congregants give in support to Presbyterian Church (USA) pro- grams. This one traditionally is received during the Advent season.
The Christmas Joy Offering provides past, present, and future leaders with financial aid. Past leaders, for example, could be re- tired ministers who may be in need of an Income Supplement and/or a Housing Sup- plement. Another past leader could have been in service to our denomination and in need of a grant for a medical prosthesis. Joy funds were there to assist those who served others.
Future Leaders and Present Leaders are those who received grants to attend schools like the Presbyterian Pan American School in Brownsville Texas. This teaching ministry pro- vides a Christian education and a foundation that becomes a platform for evangelistic out- reach worldwide. Scholarships are provided also for students to obtain undergraduate and/or post graduate degrees.
Special envelopes are in the pews or you may provide your own. Please identify your gift as “CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING” so Chris Poole, Treasurer, may deposit it in the CJO account.
Contributions will be received between now and December 21st. Envelopes may be mailed, brought into the office or placed in the collection plate on Sunday 7th, 14th and 21st. Your gift does change lives. Please give generously.
Thank you from your Mission Committee.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN IN WPC
First, to everyone who helped in any way with the Thank Offering Worship Service and Fellowship Reception. Your giving nature and unselfish ways are a blessing to me and to our church -- thank you so much.
If you would still like to donate to the Thank Offering there are envelopes on the tables in the back hallway or you can just mark the memo line on your check. We can receive offerings until the first Sunday in December.
Second, the large bulletin board in the back hallway is ready for your Christmas greeting cards so bring one in from your family any time now. There are thumb tacks in the cup on the edge of the board. Let's see if we can fill the board with messages of the wonder of the season.
Looking ahead to the new year, the Presbyterian Women have several events planned. We will have our Least Coin Soup, Sandwich and Dessert Luncheon on Monday, January 12th at noon. Save up your pennies for this event.
The Coordinating Team meets Monday, February 10th at 10 a.m. and again April 27th.
Our Birthday Offering Salad, Sandwich and Dessert Luncheon is planned for Monday March 23rd at noon. This is when we mark our years of life with a donation of a multiple of the number of those years.
We finish out our year with a Spring Dinner on Wednesday, May 13th at 6 p.m. with the next in the Fruits of the Spirit series--Peace.
In the meantime, the Circles continue to meet monthly on their regular schedules. If you are interested in joining a circle or in attending one of the luncheons and/or dinner, please contact me to learn more about it.
As I like to say, "Mission is our middle name" and we thank you for your help and support.
Harriette Schmick, Moderator
Decorating the Sanctuary For Christmas
We will be decorating the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. All parishioners are encouraged to come out and help. Bring a salad or dessert. Pizza will be provided.
Calling All Knitters
The Knitting Group, which is now called “Knit Two, Chat Too”, meets on the third Monday of the month in the church Parlor. Please come and join us for some knitting and chatting. Contact Ellie Sheppard at 410-546-5770 if you have any questions.
Please join us for Choir Sunday on December 14 during 11:00 AM worship. The Chancel Choir, Tintinnabulators, Salisbury Brass, and baritone soloist William Willis will provide special music to glorify God and to celebrate the Christmas season.
Salisbury Chamber Singers Present
“A White Christmas”
Salisbury Chamber Singers will present a concert entitled "A White Christmas." The concert will feature songs for playing in the SNOW, praying in the SNOW and celebrating a BELOVED film classic. We hope you can join us.
Two performances will be given: Friday, Dec. 12th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, Dec. 13th at 3:00PM, at Wicomico Presbyterian Church. Advance tickets are $9 for Senior Citizens, $12 for Adults, and Free for Students. Tickets at the door are $10 for Senior Citizens and $15 for Adults. For more information, please call 410-749-8374.
MISCELLANEOUS CHURCH INFORMATION
Dorothy L. Johnson joined the Church Triumphant on Tuesday, November 11th. Dorothy and Chuck joined WPC on April 15, 1984 when they moved to the Eastern Shore. Dorothy was trained as an educator and taught in several school districts. She engaged in much volunteer work and was a faithful attender of our worship services. We extend our sympathies to Chuck and Dan. Blessed are those who die in the Lord. They rest from their labors and their good works follow them.
Notes of Thanks
A huge THANK YOU to everyone for all their cards, calls, meals, flowers, rides to the doctor, and especially for all your prayers. Also, thank you to everyone who has offered to help with the holiday Soup Kitchen meals. It is so diffi-cult to find the words to express how much your concern and help means. Thank you so much for everything.
Chuck and Dan Johnson would like to express their sincere thanks for all the support through your cards, visits, and prayers during the passing of our wife and mother, Dorothy Johnson. “Dottie” loved the church family and greatly appreciated all you’ve done.
Many thanks for the cards, calls and prayers following my sinus surgery. It is wonderful to be part of a loving church family.
A big thank you goes to the following people for covering the office during Bravard's vacations:
Sue Reddish Chris Poole
Jane Burt Ellie Sheppard
Nan Curry Carol Cuppett
Cecelia Dennis Diane Langeler
Mona Farley Donna Forgash
Karen Bennie, HR Committee Chair
Thank you so much for celebrating my 25th anniversary of music ministry at Wicomico Presbyterian on November 9. It is, and always has been, my greatest honor and my highest joy to make music with and for you. I look forward to many more years of service!
May God bless all of you.
The poinsettias you ordered will be available for pick-up on Thursday, December 11, 2014, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the classroom at the church. If you need other arrangements, please call Donna Forgash at 410-726-2303. Thank you for supporting our Sanctuary Committee with your orders.
Sanctuary Flowers for 2015
Donate flowers for our sanctuary to remember loved ones, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. The 2015 Flower Calendar (posted on the door of the flower closet) will be available the middle of December. The cost remains at $35.00, and checks are to be made out to WPC, with a note in the memo line “Sunday flowers”. Please remember to call the office with your special “dedication” to be printed in the bulletin by Wednesday prior to your selected date.
If you have special requests regarding colors, etc., call Sonya’s Flower Boutique at 410-548-1900 the Monday prior to your Sunday. Your donation of flowers adds greatly to the beauty of the sanctuary. Thank you!
Let’s Grow Our Church,
In October, I wrote about simple ways to welcome and engage visitors and members. To grow God’s church we need to attract and retain members. Some of the challenges our congregation faces were discussed at our September Wednesday’s Alive.
One story was about a member of our church who saw me at his place of business and after a quick greeting asked: “What’s wrong with our church?” My reply was immediate: “Nothing is wrong with our church that isn’t facing many other traditional congregations.” The Holy Spirit helped me respond, as days before one member of a local Episcopal congregation lamented the same concerns we face here: declining membership, limited financial resources to maintain our sanctuary and missions, and few young people to carry our church into the future. What to do?
Glynn Huntington, a frequent visitor, mentioned two key requirements for a successful church: talent and financial resources. WPC has a very talented congregation. What might be wavering is something addressed by Jon Gordon in the book: THE ENERGY BUS. Our forward movement is sometimes interrupted by “energy vampires” who steal our enthusiasm and willingness to serve. No whining is a good policy for maintaining positive momentum. To grow, we need a congregation of “energy ambassadors.”
Remember when Tom Sawyer had to whitewash his aunt’s huge fence? It was a hot, summer day and he was being punished. His joyous demeanor attracted lots of children who helped complete that task quickly. Perhaps, you felt the palpable energy that ruled the day of the ALS Challenge at WPC? Energy ambassadors were everywhere!
What about the financial demands upon our congregation? Many organizations hold fundraising events to address demands or manage big projects. Several suggestions were made to address possible “FUN-raising” needs. Watch for those ideas in a future article. Volunteers will be needed to make that fun happen. Can you find the energy to step up?
Energy ambassador or vampire: which are you? You may need to step away from completing God’s mission for you at WPC. Life intervenes due to family, work, health and other issues. Restore yourself and remember the adage: “Many hands make light work.” God loves a willing servant. If you cannot serve today-can you speak, act, pray and think positively about our church?
God has placed us in this congregation to do His will. Smile, greet, volunteer and pass the peace. We are the body of Christ. Let’s grow HIS church!
January 7th – 6:00 p.m.
Undecorate the church. Meet at 6:00 p.m. for covered dish supper.
Janice Hopkins 1
Robert Fore 7
Kirby Wells 8
Matthew Robinson 9
Katlyn Ulrich 9
Holly Hatton 12
Peter Jackson 13
Anna Taylor 13
Michele Thomas 13
Cindy Ashcraft 15
Peter Kosinski 16
Lorie Bratton 19
Sarah Gregory 21
Randy Mitchell 21
Natasha Carter 22
Gil Kim 22
Judy Jackson 25
Larry McCauley 27
Michael Wells 27
Phyllis White 28
Brett Mitchell 29
George Jennings 30
Josh McIntire 30
Monday, December 22nd
INVITE A FRIEND TO OUR HOUSE
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