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

November 2014


      
                          


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Scripture repeatedly calls us to thanksgiving. We are to be thankful, to give thanks, to exhibit the spirit of gratitude, to be thankful in all circumstances. Even the secular world recognizes the importance of Thanks-giving. In our nation, we set aside a day each year and call it Thanksgiving. Sadly, the earlier and earlier opening of stores on “Black Friday” increasingly encroaches on our observance of Thanksgiving. This year, many stores will open at 6 PM on Thanksgiving. In an article that recently appeared in a newspaper, the writer noted that there is decreasing resistance among the public as people become more accepting of stores open on Thanksgiving day. Our thanks should not be limited to a day a year; we should be ever thankful and thank God many times each day for the blessings we enjoy.

We have so many! We have much for which to be thankful. We live in a great land made and kept free by brave men and women in our military; brave men and women risk their lives daily to protect us and keep us safe; brave men and women respond to medical emergencies and care for us in hospitals and nursing homes. We live in a beautiful world. Our needs are met. God is good all the time; all the time, God is good! In difficult and challenging times, God is with us.

Thanksgiving requires intentionality. It’s easy to focus on all the things that go wrong in our lives and world, all the problems we face, all the disappointments we encounter. So we focus on being thankful for our blessings. It’s akin to having the perspective of seeing the glass as being half full instead of being half empty. And when we do that, our attitude changes.

On November 27th, pause to give thanks to God. And continue to do so each day. Thank God for everything!

In Christ,

Don Rising

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

NOV 2 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship / Communion

NOV 9 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

     11:00 AM Worship

NOV 16 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

      11:00 AM Worship

NOV 23 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School

      11:00 AM Worship

NOV 30 -- 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.


Advent begins on Sunday, November 30th
It is a season to prepare, to reflect on God’s great love for us. 
 We will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.



MISSION CORNER

Stories from the Basement


Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.

By

Donna Clark RN, Director


He rides his bike into town every morning. A quiet man who does his best to remain invisible and succeeds at it very well. Most of the time you would never notice him. Dressed in dark clothing, riding a dark bike and never making eye contact with strangers, he lives a fairly undisturbed life. However, he hears voices that haunt him and sometimes drive him to hide in the woods for lengths of time. He is a strong man but not one to look for trouble. If he is in a group of people and the emotions or volume level start to rise he will disappear. Lately he has done well thanks to his mental health care providers, a case manager from the Wicomico County Health Department, and his friends here at H.O.P.E., Inc.

A client of our agency since December 2010, he has delivered plenty of challenges to our doors. His ability to remember appointments and medications can at times become a big issue, and he has been the recipient of heavy lectures from me about responsibilities. We have tried many tricks to help him remember but making him be aware that it is his job to take care of himself has worked well recently.

His desire for love and companionship has created many problems as people took advantage of him and caused more issues for him mentally. Now, the love and devotion of a homeless dog has given him a sense of being needed and stable. When he shared with us that he had adopted the stray dog he said, “I’ve never been a Daddy before.” Our volunteer responded with “Well you are now Buddy!”

In our office he is comfortable, and he shares stories of his life. His smile reaches from one side of his face to the other endearing him to all of our staff. If you mention fishing, he beams from ear to ear and the conversation will get highly excited. One of our volunteers is also a fisherman and the tales get more interesting every time they are shared just as the size of the fish get bigger with each telling.

As we care for this gentle person, I remember Christ’s words in John 13:34-35.


Soup Kitchen

OCTOBER 16, 2014

#Served 60                 #Refills 4

Menu: Ziti, tossed salad, bread, cake

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

Helpers: Nevins Todd, Pete Swain, Chris Poole, Connie Wigglesworth, Cecelia Dennis, Sylvia Langeler, Nan curry; Anne Hayman, David Schmick, and Sue Reddish cooked


FELLOWSHIP

OPPORTUNITIES




Wednesday Alive


Everyone is invited to Wednesday Alive on November 5th.  
Please bring a dish to pass, and share a meal starting at 6 p.m. 

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.

DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS


Please make a note on your calendar to reserve the following date.We will be decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas on Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:00pm. All parishioners are encouraged to come out and help. Bring a salad or dessert. Pizza will be provided. Your help will be greatly appreciated!


MUSIC NOTES

In addition to our regular participation in worship services, choir members welcome everyone to these special Sundays coming soon: Sunday, November 16, our Joyful Noise Choir – the Saturday morning musicians – will join with the Chancel Choir to sing in 11:00 worship. Choir Sunday is scheduled for December 14 during 11:00 worship and will include Tintinnabulators, the Chancel Choir, and other special music to be announced.

Reminder to Tintinnabulators and Chancel Choir members: Rehearsals will not be held on Thursday, October 23.

We can still use additional ringers and singers in our adult choirs. If you would like to join any of our groups or would like more information, please contact Susan Zimmer at the church or 410-430-4715. Happy music-making!



STEWARDSHIP


2015 BUDGET UPDATE

From Mission Support &

Financial Committee 

Potential Income:

Pledges to date: 85/151 (56%) $206,357

66/151 (44%) 16,539

Loose Plate & checks: 7,300

4.5% Return: may not exceed 25% of the budget 81,917.47 

 WPC Rental: 3,200

LMB Rental: 10,000

Per Capita: 2,900

Total to date: 328,214.47 (about $9,000 more than 2014)

The potential figure of $328,214.47 may look huge but does not look like it is going to meet our needs in 2015. A long overdue audit of the books and an anticipated increase in utility costs will erode the bottom line very quickly. Making cuts will be difficult for the Committee. Please lift us up in prayer as we make some very hard decisions.

Another figure everyone should be praying about is the number 66. These are the members who have yet to mail in their pledge card. Please lift them up in prayer that they may reflect how unselfishly God continues to bless them every day. If WPC is to reach out to bless others the 68 members need to make a “Hallmark” gesture toward the budget now. 
If you have questions or suggestions please reach out to Nancy Althaus, Chair, Mark Cotter, Natalie Cotter; Lee Hammond, George MacNamara, Larry McCauley, Denny Mogan, Chris Poole, Don Rising and/or Barbara Robinson.


MISCELLANEOUS

CHURCH

INFORMATION

Christmas is Coming –

Order Poinsettias Now!!


The Sanctuary Committee will be holding their Poinsettia sale again this year beginning November 1, 2014 and the final deadline for orders will be Monday, November 24, 2014. An order blank is inserted in this issue of The Chatter, in weekly bulletins, and in the back lobby of the church. Our supplier will be the same as last year, Johnson Seed and Feed, and the flowers are fresh, lush, and beautiful.

Poinsettias make a lovely addition to your holiday decorations or a welcome gift for friends, co-workers and teachers. The small profit made on this sale will be used by the Sanctuary Committee to defray committee expenses throughout the year.

Simply fill in the enclosed order blank, tear off the pick-up reminder at the bottom, and mail in the order form with your check to the church or drop them in the offering plate by Sunday, November 23rdh. You may pick up your plants at the church on Thursday, December 11 from 11 AM till 5 PM.

Call Donna Forgash at 410-677-3696 with any questions or to make other pick-up arrangements.

Thank you

WPC Sanctuary Committee 


Congregational Meeting

The Session has called a meeting of the Congregation and Corporation for Sunday, November 23rd, following worship. The purpose of the meeting is to elect 4 elders, Class of 2017; 4 Deacons, Class of 2017, 1 Deacon, Class of 2015; 2 members to the Memorial Endowment Committee, Class of 2016; 2 members to the Memorial Endowment Committee, Class of 2018. The Congregation will also elect three persons to the Nominating Committee. Persons may be nominated from the floor and should be contacted prior to being nominated and agree to serve if elected. The Corporation will decide to accept the transfer of properties from the Presbyterian Properties.  If there are any changes to the pastor's terms of call, the congregation will act on them. 

 The Presbyterian Properties Corporation is also calling a meeting on November 23rd.

Notes of Thanks

FYI

Good Deeds come from unexpected people! As you drive over and walk upon our newly sealed parking lot please lift the person up who gifted WPC the cost of completing this maintenance item. The individual does not worship at WPC which makes this gift even more meaningful and deeply appreciated.  

Property Council


A 2-year effort of planning and construction of the cemetery new east wall was completed in September 2014 under the superb super-vision of Peter Alexander.

Session approved a budget of $44,500, of which $34,500 came from the Landscaping Fund, and a $10,000 contribution was donated by Pat Taylor’s committee from the Columbarium Fund.

Architectural plans were submitted by Charles W. Bowen, AIA. Fee plus permits -- $1,000.

Demolition and masonry work by David Austin, who was recommended by Nancy Althaus -- $28,000.

Iron work completed by Paige Pulley of Railroad Iron Crafts (previously fabricated north fence) -- $8,900.

Paving by Beauchamp -- $3,696.

Grand total -- $41,596

Our thanks to all for your patience.

Submitted by Property Council


Congratulations!

Congratulations to Denny and Kateryna Mogan on the birth of their son, John Lind, who was born on October 18th. Congratulations also to the proud grandparents, Denny and Ginny Mogan!


Looking Ahead

November 1st – Set your clocks BACK an hour – Daylight Savings Time ends 11/2.

December 3rd – 6:00 PM decorate the church for Christmas

December 14th – Choir Sunday AND Annual Christmas Dinner following worship



NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS



Mary Changlin 1

Cameron Spence 1

Tom Gregory 2

Pete Swain 2

Colin Jemison 8

Kimberly Parker 16

Mimi Langeler 17

William Parker 17

Michael Mogan 18

Cameron Langeler 19

Lee Hammond 20

Harriette Schmick 20

Pat Taylor 20

William Wainwright 21

Ron Wainwright, Jr. 21

Patricia Mitchell 23

Ann Wells 23

Tom Kirchmeier 25

Nellie Abbott 26

Seth Mitchell, Jr. 26

Betty Carter 30

Deadline for

December Chatter

Is

Monday, November 17th





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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