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

APRIL 2016

                                                                    
                                                                                

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,  
The commute from Rehoboth to Salisbury is a pure delight these days, as spring shows off with glorious signs of new life at every turn. The rhythm of the seasons reflect the patterns and promises of our faith as darkness gives way to light, bare trees are covered with blossoms, and the dormant earth bursts forth in a colorful shout to the glory of God.  

Alfred Austin said, “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”  

Nurturing body and soul is the motivation behind the new ecumenical Boundless Garden of Georgetown Newton project.  The garden will be built behind the Chipman Center, right down Broad Street.  Nichole Long of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is spearheading the garden, with help from members of neighboring churches, including WPC. The mission of the garden project is 5-fold: 
  • build community through communal garden space

  • promote sustainable garden practices

  • share nutritious produce with the community

  • provide a space of beauty within the community

  • educate and reach out to one another

Church members and neighbors are encouraged to work together in the garden.  The veggies will be available to anyone who wants them at no cost.  Nicole will be offering an update on the garden’s progress at the next Wednesdays Alive! on April 2.  Bring a dish (if possible – otherwise, just come) for the potluck supper at 6:00 PM, and stay to learn more about this exciting mission opportunity for our church and our neighbors. 
 
“The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.” (from “God’s Garden” by Dorothy Frances )

  
Blessings,  
Pastor Dianne  


Hello from your Transition Team.  We are the group who will be collecting all the information about our members, the church, the neighborhood and community to help us in the search for a new pastor.  We will be asking you for your opinions on our church and its future.  We want to get a very clear picture of what you are looking for in a new pastor and what direction you believe God is leading Wicomico Presbyterian to go from here.  

The first order of business is to get info about our members.  To do that we would like you to complete The U. S. Congregational Life Survey immediately following our Sunday service on April 17th.   We will use the last 20 minutes of the worship hour for this, with refreshments to follow.  

Your input is valued and important, so please plan to attend.  For those unable to attend on the 17th, we will set up a time during the week so you can stop by church and complete the form.  For anyone else that would like to fill out the survey but can’t make it to church on either of those days, we will be contacting you to set up a time to bring it to your house.  Participation of all members is crucial to insure a successful outcome!  Please plan to attend April 17th and keep your Transition Team in your prayers in the months to come.  Team members are Debbie Clark, Moderator, Denny Mogan, John Allen, William Willis, Recording Secretary, Barbara MacNamara, Connie Wigglesworth, Martha Swain, Lorie Bratten, Dianne Deming, Interim Pastor and Sue Baer, Committee on Ministry liaison. 


WORSHIP SCHEDULE


APR 03 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Worship/Communion

APR 10 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Worship

APR 17 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Worship

APR 24 -- 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

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

#Served 76                 #Refills 12

Menu: Shepherd’s Pie, applesauce, rolls, cake 

Contributors: Deacons

Helpers: Chris Poole, Kirby Wells, Ann Wells, Pat Kosinski, Debbie Clark, Jane Burt, Nan Curry; 

Cooks: Mona Farley, Karen Bennie, Betty Davidson, Dody Conaway, and Sue Reddish


Stories from the Basement


Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.

By

Donna Clark RN, Director 


Life here in the basement can get very hectic and demanding, but all of us walk away feeling blessed at the end of the day. When clients come to us for help, we do all we can to meet their needs. Most of the time we are able to help them or at least guide them to services or health care if they are willing to follow through. People come to us for dental care, eye care, medication assistance, help filling out forms, or just fellowship as they rest inside from the cold.
   
We can’t describe how good we feel when we are able to set up a dental appointment for a client who is in severe pain or pay for glasses for someone who hasn’t been able to see clearly for months. Often at the end of the day, as we discuss what has happened, we share with each other the joy of helping those in need.
   
Sometimes it is amazing how just giving someone a razor will create a sense of accomplishment for us and cause the client to feel clean and socially acceptable. Self-respect means a lot to all of us and simple things like hygiene supplies or a pair of clean socks makes all the difference in a person’s life.   

Recently a young woman came to us looking for financial assistance for her dental care. She had multiple issues and could not afford the care needed. When she learned she qualified for our assistance and she would be able to get all of the dental care needed, she began to cry. She had been suffering severe pain for months and was unable to find money to pay for her care.  Our grant money made a difference in her life.
  
I can’t begin to describe the feeling in my heart as she walked out of the office. It was a blessing to help her and see how grateful she was. Working here and helping others is a joyous job, and we all feel God’s presence as we serve the lost, the least and the last.
 
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1    

Donna Clark RN, Director
Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc

Helping People Open Doors to New Opportunities


FELLOWSHIP

OPPORTUNITIES



Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast May 3! 

The ministerial association of the Makemie Churches will hold its annual Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Wicomico Presbyterian Church.  The event will begin with worship in the sanctuary at 7:00AM, followed by a delicious breakfast in the Langeler Memorial Building.  Cost of the breakfast is $10, and tickets are available from Nevins Todd or at the door.


Wednesdays in April 

Wednesdays Alive! will be held on Wednesday, April 6, beginning with a potluck supper at 6:00 PM and followed by an update on the community Boundless Garden of Georgetown Newtown.  

Potluck and Bible Study sessions will be held on Wednesdays, the 13th, 20th and 27th of April, also 

beginning with a communal meal at 6:00PM.  J.C. and Pat Taylor will present a program on April 20th on their 2014 trip to Cuba.  

Venture on down any Wednesday night in April for good food, good fellowship and some thought-provoking discussion. 


St Johns Illuminated Bible


The Biggs Museum in Dover, Delaware, is host to an exhibit of beautifully hand-written and illustrated vellum pages of a Bible commissioned by St. John’s Monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota.  I have seen the exhibit, and it is stunning and inspiring!  I thought perhaps a group would like to carpool from Wico Pres to the museum in Dover, so our members could experience it as well!  Pictures do not do it justice.
    
So, here’s the plan: Gather in the church parking lot on Friday, April 22 at 9:30AM.  Drive to Dover, and I will meet you there.  We’ll see the exhibit and go to lunch in Dover afterward.  If folks would like to arrange within their car pool to do other things in Delaware’s capitol after lunch, feel free.  The tulips should be out, too!
  
Tickets to the museum cost $10/adult; $8/senior.  We’ll just “pay as you go” the day of the trip, with each person responsible for his or her own ticket and lunch.  There is a sign-up sheet on the “Improve Your Bible Knowledge” bulletin board, next to the flower closet.  Sign up to let me know if there’s enough interest to make the trip a “Go!”   To read more about the exhibit, go to http://www.biggsmuseum.org/?page_id=1712

Pastor Dianne 


Friends, Fellowship & Mission
Please join us for the ALS Walk on April 16th at Winterplace Park.  Check-in at 11 AM; event begins at NOON.  Can’t walk because of other commitments or physical limitations?  Why not stop by to cheer on the walkers or drop off a donation?  Invite friends or family to join you.  Pray for great weather and the success of the walk.  Pray for those struggling with this horrific disease.  

The easiest way to sign up is to GOOGLE: ALS Walk Salisbury, 2016, where you can donate and/or register for Jean’s Team. This is a rain-orshine event.  Questions?  Call Robin at 443-9443749.  God Bless Us…Every One!


Congregational Council

Can’t you just feel the warmth in the air? I love April and everything it brings – daffodils, crocuses, tulips…It’s a beautiful time of year. April also brings some opportunities for fellowship here at WPC. On April 3rd Martha Swain’s Girl Scout Troop will be hosting a munch-n-mingle after church. This is a good opportunity to meet the girls and see what badges they have earned or hear about the wonderful things they are doing in scouts, so mark your calendars for April 3rd.

Also in April is our annual Spring Breakfast. You should have seen the sign up table to let us know you plan on attending and what delicious dish you plan on sharing. We can’t wait to sit down and enjoy a fabulous breakfast on April 10th, so make sure you are up early and come join us at 9:30 for a sumptuous spread!

In Christ, 

Barbara Robinson 
Congregational Council Chair

UPCOMING EVENTS:

4/3/16  Munch-n-Mingle hosted by the Girl Scouts (after church) 

4/10/16 Spring Breakfast (9:30am) 

4/17/16 Lite Munch-n-Mingle after church



CONGREGANT

SPOTLIGHT


Pete Kosinski was born in upstate New York and lived there for 18 years, where he completed High School. He then lived in Texas for 20 years, where he graduated from the University of North Texas and SMU.

He is an honorably discharged Vet. He served 3 years of active duty, 2 ½ of which were overseas.

He moved to Salisbury in 1987. He and Pat started attending Wicomico Presbyterian in 2001, and they joined in 2002. Pete has always been active with the Hand Bell Choir. He also serves the Soup Kitchen and the homeless project. He is a retired teacher and still is an active substitute for Wicomico County.

He is married to Pat Kosinski and has two adult sons who live in the Philadelphia area.



Notes of Thanks


Thank you all so much for your cards, calls, visits, prayers, love, and concern during my recent and surprise hospitalization.  What a comfort to have such a caring church family.  

Love, 

Sylvia Langeler


MISCELLANEOUS

CHURCH

INFORMATION


Wicomico Presbyterian Church hosts an active Girl Scout troop, under the leadership of Martha Swain and Susan Zimmer.  Sunday, April 6, has been designated as Girl Scout Sunday.  The girls will help with worship, they will receive their Faith & Promise pins, and will host a Munch & Mingle following the service. This enthusiastic group is a great asset to our church and we are proud to welcome them on April 6th.

One Great Hour of Sharing

We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, May 15.  This annual campaign provides funds for the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Self Development of People projects and Disaster Relief.





APRIL BIRTHDAYS

John Allen 2

Constance Beckwith 2

Andrew McCauley 2

Ted Wycall 3

Maranda Mitchell 4

Debbie Clark 6

Kristin Adams 8

Audrey Burbage 8

Ellen Phillips 8

Nancy Althaus 10

Alex Gliptis 10

Sarah Matyiko 36

Kelsey Carter 14

Denny Mogan, IV 16

Sylvia Langeler 18

Julia Reader 18

Chris Miles 20

Jonathan Mitchell 21

Da’Quan Byrd 24

Donald Farley 25

Mark Cotter 27

Donna Forgash 28

Anne Hayman 28

Fred Althaus 30

Ivar Holmberg 30

George MacNamara 30 



MAY CHATTER  DEADLINE IS APRIL 25 






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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