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

April 2014
                                                                                                

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our new hymnal Glory to God contains a beautiful song entitled “In the Bulb There is a Flower” (#250) by American composer Natalie Sleeth. The words go like this:


In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;

In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.


There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;

There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;

In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,

In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

After a long winter full of unusually cold temperatures, heavy snowfalls in some areas, drought in others, and generally unsettled and unusual weather events, the words of this song offer a lovely reassurance of the hope of spring. They also offer a glimpse of the hope that we who call ourselves Christians cling to throughout life. It is the hope and faith that God is in control, God is victorious over death. It is the hope expressed in the most important of Christian Holy Days – Easter. Despite what we may see as an endless cycle of yes and no, God speaks his eternal YES to us in Jesus Christ.

Small victories in our lives are often followed by resounding defeats: we experience ups and downs, steps forward and steps backward. Jesus, the very Son of God, experienced ups and downs, victories and defeats. Just follow his last few days as recorded in the Gospels! And yet, on the third day, he rose. This is the message of Easter: the last word, is God’s word, the last word is LIFE! The last act is God’s act. It is a reminder that we will bloom, regardless. It is a reminder that in life and in death, we belong to God. Hallelujah! Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed!

Happy Easter!

Don Rising


WORSHIP SCHEDULE

APR 6 - 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship/Communion

APR 13 - PALM SUNDAY

9:45 AM Palm Sunday Breakfast

11:00 AM Worship

APR 17 - MAUNDY THURSDAY

7:30 PM Communion & Tenebrae

APR 20 - EASTER

No Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship

APR 27 – 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.

CHURCH TRIUMPHANT

We extend our sympathy to Margaret Tongue and Mary Ann Loreman as they mourn the death of their mother, Julia Chapin. Julia joined Wicomico Presbyterian on April 2, 1958 and the Church Triumphant on March 16, 2014. She was 94 years of age and worked as a hair stylist and then as a seamstress.

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY

Dr. Rising’s Brown Bag Bible Study continues on April 2nd 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.

WEDNESDAY’S ALIVE

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.

Mark the following dates on your calendar:

April 2

May 7

June (date TBA) – Our fun-filled trip to The Red Roost

Check the Sunday bulletins and “Chatter” for any date changes and program updates.

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

The Maundy Thursday Communion and Tenebrae Service will be held on April 17th at 7:30 PM. The service commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper in the Upper Room with his disciples and is one of the high points of Holy Week. We will also come to our Lord’s Table. The service is sometimes called a Service of Shadows because nine lit candles are extinguished one by one as chapters in the story of Christ’s death are read. It is a moving service as the sanctuary darkens and the Christ Candle is taken from the Sanctuary. After a few moments, it is returned and we exit in silence. Everyone is invited to this service.

EASTER LILIES

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 available in the back of the church and on the table in the church hallway.

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.

Donna Forgash, Sanctuary Committee

NOTES OF THANKS

Our family would like to thank everyone for their cards, prayers, and words of comfort on the loss of Kim’s stepmother. Although we will miss her very much, we are comforted to know she isn’t suffering any more.

Kim, Barbara, Allyson, Matthew, and Joshua – the Robinsons

MISSION CORNER

2013 SUPPORT RECEIVED: $250,000

Dear Wicomico Presbyterian,

Greetings from a frozen but beautiful Pittsburgh! It has been a cold but rewarding new year so far here, and ministry is exciting and new.

I am now on 4 new campuses in the city, and they are Carlow University, University of Pittsburgh, Point Park, and Carnegie Mellon. I meet every week along with my team over a hundred students collectively, and about 10 by myself in small group bible studies and discipleship appointments. Some exciting events that are upcoming are our Spring Break mission project here in Pittsburgh and summer project in the next couple of months. I also have had the chance to speak at our weekly Cru meetings and attend some wonderful conferences with my students. It is a fun, amazing time here, and I am so grateful for all of your love and support. Thank you for joining with me in ministry in Pittsburgh.

In His Love,

Christina Ayers

YOUTH’S FUNDRAISER

Although the pancake supper was cancelled due to inclement weather, the mission group served the meal to the men staying at the Langeler Building that week. In all, we served 20 men, 3 guests, and 13 workers. This is always a well-attended event, and it took much deliberation to make the decision to follow church cancellation guidelines and cancel the dinner, so we thank you for your under-standing. Please keep us on yourcalendar for next year as we intend to continue this tradition in years to come.

Special thanks to Larry McCauley, Kim, Matt and Josh Robinson, Tim Carter, Sarah Swain, Amanda Carson, and Michelle Holbrook for their help in setting up for the dinner, preparing the food, and serving the men.

In Christ,

Barbara Robinson

Mission/Stewardship Council

SOUP KITCHEN

MARCH 20, 2014

# Served 71          # Refills 7

Menu: Turkey, rice & vegetable casserole, applesauce, rolls, cake

Contributors: MD Food Bank, Deacons, Phyllis White, Sue Reddish, Nan Curry, Mona Farley

Helpers: Chris Poole, Lee Hammond, Kirby Wells, Ann Wells, Pat Kosinski, Jane Burt; Debbie Clark, Sue Reddish, Karen Bennie, and Mona Farley cooked.

HELP WANTED

We need two more men to help on Team #3 for the Soup Kitchen. If you have the third Thursday of the month available four times a year to help serve a meal to those less fortunate, please talk to or call Sue Reddish at 410-749-6346. Thank you!

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY

SHELTER PROJECT (CESP)

Wicomico Presbyterian Church sponsored the Community Emergency Center for the homeless men in the Salisbury area on the 2nd week of February in LMB. With contributions from over 80 members from our congregation, we were able to house and feed 32 men for the week. We would like to thank everyone for their contributions and your prayers.

But that week did not end WPC’s involvement with CESP for the year. With other churches, organizations and individuals being interested in helping Salisbury’s homelss men, WPC has volunteered the use of LMB for 5 additional weeks to house the men to keep them out of the cold. Prayers were answered, and people and organizations have stepped forward to staff LMB for all 5 weeks. For all the individuals inside and outside of WPC that helped staff LMB and contributed to CESP, the homeless men would like to say Thank You.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR TALENTS

If you can knit or crochet, please consider making a hat or scarf or even mittens for the homeless. Beginning in November each year, Project Hope that we support has to purchase hats, scarves and mittens or gloves for the homeless. If you are so inclined to donate a knitted or crocheted item for this cause, they should be made of a dark color such as navy blue, black, brown, or dark green. If you need yarn or a pattern, please call me, and I will see that these are provided for anyone interested in this project. Call Carol Montgomery at 410-749-0253.

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Our littlest members need to see some new faces! We could use a few more adults to help with the nursery on Sundays. If you feel called to this special ministry with children, please contact Marie Carter.


FAITH ENDURES 

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING IS HERE! 

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 asOGHOS 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, we forget.  "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 the 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. 

So far you have received 2 e-blasts which correspond to the Bulletin inserts on March 23rd and March 30th. Bravard will be sending out the last e-blast on April 4th so you will be able to read about this third One Great Hour of Sharing program.  

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.”

Mission Committee: 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.

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

John Allen 2

Connie Beckwith 2

Andrew McCauley 2

Theodore Wycall 3

Maranda Mitchell 4

Fredz Atem 5

Debra Clark 6

Kristin Adams 8

Ellen Phillips 8

Nancy Althaus 10

Alex Jonathan Gliptis 10

Timothy Carter 11

Madlyn Smith 12

Sarah Matyiko 13

Kelsey Carter 14

Denny Mogan 16

Sylvia Langeler 18

Julia Reader 18

Christopher Miles 20

Jonathan Mitchell 21

Da’Quan Byrd 25

Donald Farley 25

Mark Cotter 27

Donna Forgash 28

Anne Hayman 28

Fred Althaus 30

George MacNamara 30

The May Chatter deadline is Friday, April 25th.





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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. 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