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,
SIN. Most of us prefer not to discuss it; some of us don’t want to acknowledge it. But it exists: in the world and in each of us. We have to admit we are sinners. We may not commit the “biggies,” but each of us sins. . .every day, many times each day. We sin when we hurt others with our words or actions; we sin when we do things we know we should not and we sin when we fail to act or speak when we should. We can’t escape sin. We were born into it and we live in it each day.
I remember a story about a little boy who went to church. When he came home, his mother asked him what the preacher preached about. “Sin,” he said. “What did he say about it?” asked his mother. “He was again’ it,” said the boy. So is God.
But God created us to make our own choices. And so we sin, beginning in the garden with Adam and Eve. From the earliest days of creation, sin has been present in the world.
God loved us too much to leave us in that condition. God came to us himself, in Christ, to show us the love of God and to take our place on the cross. He shed his blood, gave his life, so that we might live in the joy of forgiven sin!
On March 5th, we enter a time of spiritual preparation and discipline. The 40 days that begin with Ash Wednesday and end with Easter afford each of us a time to grow in our faith and to contemplate the awesome mystery of God’s love. Lent is a time to pray and meditate.
The service of worship on Ash Wednesday (at 7:30 PM) confronts us with sin. The scripture passages speak to sin and redemption. The ashes, in the sign of the cross on our foreheads, remind us that we are dust and to dust we shall return and that our sin demands repentance and renewal. From ancient times, ashes have symbolized mourning, penitence, grief and humiliation. Ashes were also used for purification (Numbers 19:17 and Hebrews 9:13). Ashes symbolize our intent to repent of sins, to accept purification from the Lord, and to make a public witness of faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.
I hope you will use the time of Lent to thank God for your salvation and that you will resolve to grow your faith and deepen your commitment as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
MAR 2 - 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship/Communion
MAR 5 - 7:30 PM Ash Wednesday Service
MAR 9 - 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
MAR 16 - 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship/Reception
MAR 23 - 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
MAR 30 – 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
Dr. Rising’s Brown Bag Bible Study returns on March 5th. The study will have a Lenten theme and concludes on April 9th.
Each study begins promptly at noon and concludes at 1 PM. Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and cold beverages will be available.
It's that time of year again - time to think of Ash Wednesday, Lent, Easter coming, AND PANCAKES!!!!! Yes, the youth are hosting the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper once again to earn money toward their mission trip to Pittsburgh in June. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 4, 2014 and get ready for some hot pancakes dripping in butter and syrup, zesty sausage, fruit cup and your favorite breakfast beverage.
Sign-ups will be held before church on 2/23/14 and 3/2/14. Seating times start at 5:00 p.m. and go through 7:00 p.m., so pick your preferred seating time, and let us know how many will be in your party.
Wednesday’s Alive is alive and well! Join us as we continue meeting once monthly for fellowship and informative/entertaining programs and/or Bible study. Please bring a dish to share that will serve 6-8.
June (date TBA) – Our fun-filled trip to The Red Roost
Check the Sunday bulletins and “Chatter” for any date changes and program updates.
Easter is approaching, and that means we are beginning our annual Easter Lily sale. The deadline for ordering lilies is April 6th. Order blanks are attached and are available at the church and will be in future Sunday bulletins. We have the same supplier this year, and so we hope to have a better lily, one that is a little bigger and a little fresher. Last year the cost
was $7.50, and this year it is $7.75 for the same size 6-inch pot with 4 to 7 blooms. Please consider ordering one or several lilies that will beautify our Sanctuary on Easter morning, then you can take yours home to enjoy. Our small profit will be used to fund the purchases our committee makes for the Sanctuary.
We extend our sympathy to the family of Gil Kim. She and Dae received word that her mother was near death and so they traveled to South Korea to visit. While there, Gil’s mother passed away.
Notes Of Thanks
Thanks to everyone for your prayers and the notes of encouragement you sent to us during the last few months. We are happy to report that both John and I have received good reports regarding our surgeries and we are now trying to regain our strength - not as easy as it used to be! We do so appreciate your continuing concern for us since we have moved to Richmond and we look forward to worshiping and visiting with you on March 16.
Blessings to you all,
Judy and John Brittingham
While we are gone from our wonderful church for a little while, the caring and concerns for our grandson Anthony will always warm our hearts. Over the last 11 years your prayers have sustained us, and your support and
encouragement have kept us going. We love you all and feel so blessed that we are a part of this Christian community.
Pat and Ken Herman
MUSIC MINISTRY REMINDERS:
Children’s Choir will not meet on March 15.
Saturday, March 8: The WPC Children’s Choir will participate in the Children’s and Youth Choir Festival at Asbury Methodist Church in
Salisbury. Following rehearsals and workshops all day, WPC’s children will sing with other young choirs in a concert open to the public at 3:00 PM in the sanctuary.
Saturday, March 15: Tintinnabulators will attend the Handbell Musicians of America Area III festival in Ocean City. Following rehearsals and workshops all day, the Tintinnabulators will join nearly 1000 other ringers in a free concert open to the public at 4:45 in the Ocean City Convention Center. Audience seating begins at 4:30 and is limited.
Community Emergency Shelter Project
THANK YOU!! Your help and response to the needs of the Community Emergency Shelter Project was overwhelming. We are all blessed
to be a part of a congregation, led by a pastor, that believes in God’s calling to us; to help others in need. Our guests were blessed by
your generosity, your kindness, and your love and acceptance. It was a joy to work with each and every one of you! If you would like to
continue to help with the homeless shelter, still being held at the LMB until the end of March, call Donna Clark at 443-944-5279.
Norma Cotter and Pat Taylor
Donna Clark will be hosting the Community Emergency Shelter at LMB for two weeks in March: March 1-7 and March 22-30.
She is asking for volunteers to help. If you would like to help, please contact her by calling 410.742.7383 (home) or 443.944.5279 (cell)
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
February 20, 2014
#Served 85 #Refills 13
Menu: Spaghetti, tossed salad, bread, cake
Contributors: MD Food Bank, Deacons, Nan Curry
Helpers: Russ Conaway, Tom Gregory, Pete Swain, Carol Cuppett, Nan Curry, Ellen Spence; Sue Reddish, Mary Barlow and Donna Forgash cooked.
Presbyterian Women In WPC
Monthly Mission Missive
In the spring the PW in WPC celebrates at a gathering to mark all of our birthdays by dedicating a special offering. The guideline is “give as you are blessed.” We send our collection so that projects of concern to women that are not already funded by the General Assembly can be sponsored.
This year’s project is the Blue Corn Mothers Advocacy Center of the Blue Corn Mothers Alliance of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The grant will allow the program at La Mesa Presbyterian Church that was formerly only open once a week to be staffed five days a week. It is the only service in the area that offers domestic violence counseling with a focus on Native American cultural sensitivity. Our money will also help them seek out local and national programs in order to open a women’s shelter in the near future.
We will gather for a luncheon on Monday, March 24th at noon to dedicate our offering. Traditionally, we have a “salads and desserts” menu. The Circles provide the food, and all the women of the church are invited to attend and join with us in the wonderful project. Our theme is taken from Psalm 38:21-22, “Do not forsake me, O Lord. O my God, do not be far from me; make hast to help me, O Lord my salvation.”
Faithfully, Harriette Schmick,
FAITH ENDURES ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING IS COMING!
What’s missing? E-mailing the Chatter is saving our Church money but I just realized I have no way of stapling a giving envelope to this page! Pay Pal is not an option so the Mission Committee is falling back on the tried and true old fashioned ways. Please mail your contribution to WPC @ 129 Broad St, Salisbury, MD 21801; or drop it off @ the office; or bring it to any Sunday service between now and April 13th. Envelopes will be provided in the pews. If you are using a check, please identify it as OGHOS in lower left corner. This special gift will be received and dedicated on Palm Sunday.
As can happen to all of us at some time or another, what if my contribution arrives after Palm Sunday? Chris Poole has requested all donations be received no later than May 13th. He must have WPC’s gift in the mail to National so they in turn may disburse funds.
This year, One Great Hour Of Sharing’s theme is “Faith Endures. Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” (Romans 5:5). Our donation will be shared between Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. Watch for an insert in Sunday’s Bulletin starting March 23rd.
Thanks to technology, Bravard will send an e-blast to y’all on March 21st, March 28th, and April 4th so you will be able to read about each of these special Presbyterian programs.
As you think and pray about you support, please keep in mind someone out there is praying for help. Let your response be their hope answered.
“By giving generously you can help rebuild strength and brighten lives – bringing promise to prayers of faith.”
Nancy Althaus, Natalie Cotter, Larry McCauley, Denny Mogan, Barbara Robinson & Don Rising
Anyone wishing to attend our meetings and help us spend money, please join us the 4rd Sunday of the month after church. The meeting lasts less than an hour. Don’t be hesitant. No experience needed except for the desire to do God’s work.
FINANCIAL HEALTH OF THE CHURCH
WPC's Office hours on Mondays have changed. Please make note so you do not arrive only to find you came at the wrong time!
MONDAY: 11:00 - 2:00 Tues – Fri.: 9:00 - 2:00
Thank you for your cooperation, The Financial Committee with Session approval
Because of a timing conflict between the Chatter distribution, the receipt of the monthly bank statement, and the ensuing reconciliation of the checkbook, there will be a one-month lag time. This means you will not receive February's report until the April Chatter. Below is the format we will be using to share with you where we are financially. A bracket before and after a number means we are in the hole. When Chris Poole factored in the other bills that had to be paid, January did not look as good as reported in the February Chatter. For that, we apologize for our incomplete accounting.
*Funds are paid quarterly; this is the monthly distribution of the quarterly payment and is included in amounts as if received for the month(s).
As you can see, we are in the hole $6,398. We are robbing Peter to pay Paul. We took a step in faith by not doing pledge cards but asked for each of us to put the Church first in our spending plan. Our budget is modest. We are vigilant in looking for ways to stay "trim and fit" and in the black. So, please be in prayer for the financial health of our church.
The Financial Committee