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

JANUARY 2016
                                                                                                                                                         


Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution and then failed to keep it? I know I have! Psychology professor Art Markman wrote an article for Time Magazine Online, in which he outlines steps necessary to achieve successful change in behavior. In summary, they are:
  1. Focus on positive rather than negative goals—“I resolve to strengthen my prayer life,” rather than “I will stop wasting so much time in front of the TV.”

  2. Set realistic and specific goals—“I will spend ten additional minutes in prayer each morning.”

  3. Arrange or change your environment in a way to help you achieve your goals.

  4. Be kind to yourself. Change is difficult. If you falter, give yourself another chance, rather than giving up altogether.

What change would you like to see in your life in 2016? In the life of Wicomico Presbyterian Church? What steps are you willing to take to maximize your potential for success? One of my favorite quotes comes from Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Another comes from Jesus, “With God, all things are possible.

”God’s richest blessings to you and yours in the new year, 2016,

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Dianne


WORSHIP SCHEDULE


JAN 3 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship/Communion

JAN 10 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

JAN 17 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

JAN 24 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

JAN 31 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship


Has your email address changed? 

Has your address changed? 

Have you acquired a new cell phone or changed your phone number? 

Please notify the Church Office.


MISSION CORNER

Soup Kitchen

DECEMBER 17, 2015 

#Served 108                  #Refills 15

Menu: Baked ham, mac and cheese, greens, applesauce, rolls, pies

Contributors: Deacons, everyone who provided pies, everyone who gave a monetary donation

Helpers: Kirby Wells, Pat Kosinski, Debbie Clark, Jane Burt, Betty Zerr, Felix Leger; Karen Bennie, Mona Farley, and Dody Conaway all cooked; Nevins Todd and Chris Poole carved hams.


Stories from the Basement


Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.

By

Donna Clark RN, Director

Advent is a time of anticipation of our Savior’s birth and a time of the anticipation of the Community Emergency Shelter Project. The churches are preparing to host as many as 30 homeless men from January until March and the men are checking out the schedule and talking about what the program means to them.

At the beginning of the program the guests are appreciative of all they receive but as the winter progresses they develop a sense of entitlement that travels from church to church. Although that is hard for us to tolerate, it is a part of the culture of those we serve. The shelter project brings many things to the homeless men in our community. The warm safe place to sleep and food are the basic services provided, but the respect and love that is passed onto the men gives them a sense of being a part of a family.

During the time of the shelter project an opportunity is present to identify those men in need of medical attention. Last year we identified a man who was ill but had not sought medical care. With the support of his hosting church and our staff, we helped him obtain care. His diagnosis of esophageal cancer was not anticipated.

Since the project ended last March, we have supported this client through his medical experience. Now, as he reaches the end of his time on this earth, he continues to have the support of our staff. His family travelled from Georgia and wanted to transport him home. He chose to stay here, saying that he has family here and is content to stay.

Some of the men anticipate the shelter project all summer and count on it for housing during the winter. There are those who use the time to save up money to obtain housing in the spring, and there are those who just exist for the three months the program is in place. Whatever the expectations of the guests or the churches, the project provides love, warmth and safety for the homeless of our community during the coldest months of the year. This is an opportunity to walk the walk of Jesus for those volunteering, a chance to live Matthew 25:31-40.

Donna Clark RN

Donna Clark RN, Director

Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc

Helping People Open Doors to New Opportunities


FELLOWSHIP

OPPORTUNITIES


Wednesday Alive

The next Wednesday Alive will be on January 6, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. We will be gathering to undecorated the church. Please come and join us for this fun time of fellowship.


Come one!  Come all!

You are invited to an Intergenerational Epiphany Party on January 10, at 9:45AM at the church!  All of the children’s Sunday School classes will be combined for this special event.  Parents, grandparents and anyone else who would like to join as we learn about and celebrate the Magi’s visit to the Christ are welcome.  Please R.S.V.P. to office@wicopreschurch.org, or call 410-749-5792 so we have enough supplies and refreshments.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Sunday School


This year the early elementary Sunday School class focused on how God created everything in the universe and that He gave the responsibility for all that He created on earth to human beings.

We also talked about how sin entered the world that God created, and that He finally decided to start over again using the faithfulness of Noah and his family.

And finally, we talked about the faith of Abraham and the promise that God made to him and how his willingness to obey God and to sacrifice his son which was a prelude to what God himself would do for us to deal with the human sin problem.

John Crapster


MUSIC NOTES

Choir Notes

We still need 2 or 3 more Tintinnabulators to ring our full set of handbells. We are planning an exciting season with a Salisbury workshop in January, an Ocean City festival in March, and a Choir Sunday at WPC, date to be announced. The only requirements are music reading ability and attendance at Thursday night rehearsals at 6:30.


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN IN WPC

First, many thanks to all who participated in the Merry Christmas bulletin board.  Your greetings were greatly appreciated.

Second, our next event is the luncheon on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 at noon in Fellowship Hall.  We have changed the date so Pastor Dianne can be our guest.  The theme is to receive and dedicate the Least Coin Offering.  Please bring the pennies your Circle has been collecting for the past year.  This is our soup, sandwich and dessert lunch so each Circle should prepare a quart of vegetable soup, a serving platter of sandwiches of your choice and a dessert of your choice.

Finally, and just for fun!  In every 2016 Chatter there will be a question relating to a woman from the Bible.  The first person to e-mail me at hmrws@hotmail.com with the correct answer and the book, chapter and verse(s) from the Bible where it is found will be recognized the following month and receive  a small prize.

JANUARY QUESTION:  What is the name of Lot's wife and what happened to her?

Faithfully,

Harriette M. Schmick


MISCELLANEOUS

CHURCH

INFORMATION

Sanctuary Committee

January is my time for “Thank you”.

Thank you” to all who purchased poinsettias at our annual poinsettia sale. We sold 61 poinsettias and the profits will be used to help buy supplies and decorations for the Sanctuary as needs arise. Lorie Bratten was in charge of the sale this year. Thank you, Lorie.

Thank You” to all who helped decorate our Sanctuary for Christmas. We had many hands and the work went quickly and smoothly (so did the pizza!). Once again, Nevins Todd and his grandson had the Crismon tree up and ready to decorate ahead of time and Phyliss White had the candles filled and globes washed, ready to go. Thank you to them and to all. We will take down and store the decorations 0n Wednesday, January 6th at 6:00 pm. Please bring a covered dish and help. (Sorry, no pizza this time.)

The new 2016 flower chart has been posted on the door of the flower closet in the back foyer. You are invited to sign up for a Sunday to donate flowers and place a dedication in the Sunday bulletin. The cost of flowers will increase to $36.00 beginning in January.

Finally, “thank you” to all the members of the Sanctuary Committee. Your time performing the tasks of the committee: filling and lighting candles, taking care of flowers every Sunday, decorating, coordinating weddings, lily and poinsettia sales, and all the other duties you do are greatly appreciated.

DONNA FORGASH,

Sanctuary Committee


WPC Kitchen Clean-up

There will be a clean-up of our WPC kitchen on Saturday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. This is anticipation of the Health Department inspection.

George MacNamara

Property Committee Chair


Notes of Thanks

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

I would like to thank everyone who helped make our Holiday Soup Kitchen meals possible in November and December.  Some of you gave monetary donations, many provided pies for a special dessert, some helped carve the turkeys and hams and prepare the rest of the meals, and some prayed for us.

A special thank you to all those who helped transport and serve the meals at the Joseph House.  I have often mentioned that it takes the whole church to enable us to provide these meals each month.  I appreciate all the support and help that you provide so that we can continue this important ministry to those less fortunate.  Please continue to pray for this ministry.

God bless all of you and a very happy and healthy New Year!

Sue Reddish

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Many thanks to the following people for participating in the Fall clean-up:

Dae Kim, Fred Althaus, George White, Pete Spence, Peter Alexander, Ann and Tom Hayman, Norma and Mark Cotter, Ginny and Denny Mogan, Barbara and George MacNamara, Nevins Todd.

Our many thanks to all who worked so hard.  I hope I have covered everyone.

George MacNamara

Property Council

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THANK YOU to everyone who helped with Choir Sunday on December 13: Chancel Choir, Tintinnabulators, Salisbury Brass, Gia Bautista, and you, all of our listeners and supporters. 

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Thank You So Very Much

For your cards, visits, and prayers during my recent stay at Health South.  It meant a lot to know y’all were rooting for a speedy recovery from my unexpected back surgery.

Most appreciatively, 

Nancy Althaus



JANUARY BIRTHDAYS


Karen Bennie 2

Wendy Spence 2

Gail Ann Smiley 5

Elizabeth Davidson 6

Barbara MacNamara 6

William Matyiko 6

Ajene Turnbull 8

Jenna Link 9

Pat Herman 12

Miyuki Schoyen 12

Judy Ferrand 13

Bonnie Shearer 18

Barbara Phillips 19

William Ronald Wainwright 20

Vivian Eiker 27

Joshua Robinson 28

Douglas Fox 30 



January Chatter Deadline is

Wednesday, January 20th





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9:45 AM – Sunday School

11:00 AM - Worship Service 

Office Hours: Monday through Friday

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Pastor: The Rev. Dianne Deming

Administrative Assistant: Bravard Cornbrooks

office@wicopreschurch.org

Director of Music: Susan Zimmer

musicdir@wicopreschurch.org