THE CHURCH CHATTER
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Wicomico Presbyterian Church
129 Broad Street Salisbury, MD. 21801
Office # 410-749-5792 Fax # 410-749-5805
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you have no doubt heard, we have launched our Stewardship Campaign early this year. By now you should have received a letter and a pledge card. We are asking that you return your completed pledge card to the Church Office by October 3rd. It is important that each giving unit return a card. Officers will not be making visits; no reminder calls are scheduled. So please prayerfully consider your financial support of our church’s ministry and return your card, even if you are unable or unwilling to indicate a specific amount.
Our financial support to operate our church comes from several streams. The most important one is member giving. A second is an amount from the Memorial Endowment. Years ago, Session approved a figure of 4.5% of the value of our portfolio on September 30th of each year. A third stream of support comes from miscellaneous items like contributions from groups who use our church and interest income. What our church is able to do and the kind of ministry we can perform largely depends on the financial support you are willing to provide.
I hope that when you consider your level of giving, you do not see your giving as paying dues or giving to the budget, but as sharing in ministry and thanking God for the blessings you have.
On October 12th, we will have another Town Meeting, a very important one. For the first time in my pastoral experience, a congregation will have input in preparing a budget. The Session is charged by the Book of Order, our church’s constitution, to prepare the budget and the Session’s I’ve moderated have done this without input from the congregation. On October 12th, following worship, the sum of the streams of financial support will be presented and you will have the opportunity to suggest how the “pie should be sliced.” The Finance Committee will consider your suggestions as they propose the 2015 Budget for Session’s action. To assist you, the current budget and the expenditures for the first 3 quarters will be distributed.
Please plan to stay for this important meeting!
OCT 5 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship / Communion
OCT 12 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
12:00 Noon Congregational Town
OCT 19 -- 9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Worship
OCT 26 -- 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.
Just a reminder: Pledge cards are expected by October 3rd so Bravard may do her recording in order to provide the Finance & Mission/Stewardship Committees with the figures needed to prepare for the Town Hall Meeting on October 12.
VERY IMPORTANT DATE
Mark Your Calendars!
TOWN HALL MEETING
October 12th, immediately following the church service, for the sole purpose of discussing the money available to fund a balanced budget for 2015. The Finance Committee is looking for input from the members, should pledges received to date be less than needed to meet the anticipated expenses.
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!
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.
Everyone invited to Wednesday Alive on October 1st. Please bring a dish to pass, and share a meal starting at 6 p.m. At approxi-mately 6:30 Donna Clark will make a presentation followed by questions and answers. Bring a friend to hear about one of the missions WPC is supporting.
Brown Bag Bible Study
Dr. Rising’s Brown Bag Bible Study continues on Wednesdays in October. We will meet at noon on October 1, 8, 15, and 29. The study lasts an hour, concluding at 1 PM. Bring a bag lunch/sandwich. Beverages will be available. We are studying the life of David.
Presbyterian Women in WPC
First, many thanks to all who attended, helped with the dinner, took part in the program “No Longer Strangers – Diverse Sisters in God’s Household” and/or participated in the Bible study preview. If you need a copy of the lesson summary chart, there are extras on the half bulletin board in the back hallway.
The Circles resume this month, and we welcome new members. Makemie will meet in homes on Monday, October 6, at 10:30 a.m., and Mary T. Jones will meet on Tuesday, October 7 in homes at 7:15 p.m. Grier-Spring-Wailes will meet in the church parlor on Monday, October 6, at 10:30 a.m., and Second Sunday will meet in Fellowship Hall on October 12 at 9:45 a.m.
As we look ahead to the fall season, our next event will be a coordinating team meeting to finalize plans for the November 9th Thank Offering Worship Service and Fellowship Reception. This year’s theme is “Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds” – Hebrews 10:24 (NRSV). More information will be available in the coming weeks as to the recipients of this year’s grants and as to how to participate in this special offering.
Harriette – Moderator
This is the 3rd in a series of 4 PC USA special offerings collected to benefit Local and World Mission. This particular offering is done to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice. It will be received on World Communion Sunday, October 5th. Envelopes were provided in your 9/28 Sunday bulletin, but any envelope will suffice for your Peacemaking offering.
Twenty-five percent of the funds collected will be kept for local mission efforts, 25% for synod/presbytery efforts, and 50% for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The Mission Committee has selected H.O.P.E. to receive the local funds.
Offerings may be brought by the church office between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or mailed in or dropped in the collection plate through Sunday, October 31st. Be sure to note Peace Offering on your check or envelope so Chris Poole may deposit it into the correct account.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
#Served 88 #Refils 14
Menu: Ziti, tossed salad, bread, cake
Contributors: MD Food Bank, Deacons, Nan Curry, Ellie Shepherd, Sue Reddish
Helpers: Chris Poole, Lisa Dashiell, Kirby Wells, Ann Wells, Pat Kosinski, Debbie Clark, Jane Burt, Nan Curry; Mona Farley, Karen Bennie, Dody Conaway, Denny Mogan, and Sue Reddish all cooked.
Habitat for Humanity
WPC workday for Habitat for Humanity is Saturday, October 4th, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please sign up for this important ministry at the church office or call Denny Mogan at 443-669-3879.
Help for H.O.P.E.
If you have made or bought hat or gloves for the homeless, please deliver them to Donna Clark at project H.O.P.E. by November 1st.
In November she will have to begin buying supplies for the winter for the men that are supported by project H.O.P.E. Donna’s offices are located in the basement of Wicomico Presbyterian Church. If you have a donation that needs to be picked up and delivered to our church, please call me – Carol Montgomery (410-749-0253). Thank you, everyone!
Stories from the Basement
Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc.
Donna Clark RN, Director
Think about your life. You get up in the morning and when it is time to go somewhere you walk out to your car or a friend or relative’s car, get in, and drive off. The car insurance is paid, maintenance is maintained, and gas is in the tank. You don’t even think twice about transportation. For those with little or no income, transportation is a huge issue. They cannot afford the surrounding costs of using a car, other vehicle, or public transportation.
Today someone came for assistance with bus tickets to get to a shelter in Pocomoke. At this time we do not have tickets and it hurt to have to say “no”. The look in his eyes of hopelessness and frustration affected everyone helping in the office.
Shawn Holiday, founder of Cycles 4 Hope in Sacramento, California, said it well, “I truly believe that something as simple as a bicycle and a message of hope can positively impact a life. Just think… A bike can help you get to a shelter for food, water, clothing, medical care and a clean bed. A bike can help you find and sustain employment. And most importantly, a bike can help bring back the hope and the joy that so many of our homeless neighbors have lost. It is amazing to think that something many of us take for granted can be so incredibly valuable to another.”
As the volunteers of H.O.P.E., Inc. discussed this issue over the past months the idea of a Bike Ministry emerged. The local police department has many bicycles that have been recovered and once a year they offer them at auction to the public, usually sold in bulk to a few people. One of our volunteers took this project on and contacted the City of Salisbury and the City Police. We are proud to announce that we will be receiving these bikes donated by the City Police and are able to give them to those in need of transportation. As the word spread among the church community about this idea, we have already had donations of quality bikes, safety equipment, repair equipment, extra supplies for repair, and the donation of time by a bicycle repair person to teach us how to repair the bikes.
We are keeping a data base to track the registration numbers and who received the bikes and share this with the Salisbury City Police to monitor recovered bikes in the future. If you have old bicycles in your garage or have locks, bike racks or any supplies related to cycling please feel free to contact us. We are also looking for people who have skills to make minor repairs to bikes to help us meet the need as the word of our ministry reaches those we serve.
Romans 12: 9-13 always warms my heart as it tells us to love others, serve the Lord and to be ready to help those in need. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!! Yes, it’s that time of year again to fill your hearts with the love and joy of giving at Christmas time by filling a shoebox with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, candy, stuffed animals and the like. Throughout the months of August, September, and October we will be collecting filled shoeboxes to be sent to children in impoverished areas at Christmas time. Along with the Christmas boxes, children will be taught about the love of Christ (one way is through receiving these gifts). So make a child smile and make your own heart sing by grabbing an empty shoebox, filling it with love and bringing it back to church by the first of November.
Yours in Christ,
Mission and Stewardship Council
The Annual meeting for the Sanctuary Committee is Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the church social room. Please note this time and date on your calendar and make every effort to attend. If you need a ride please call Donna Forgash at 410-677-3696. We will discuss committee duties and make plans for the upcoming year as well as plans for decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas.
Our committee is in need of three new committee members who will help with flowers and candles. Two committee members are assigned to each month of the year to fill and light candles and take care of the flowers that are dedicated to beautify the Sanctuary. Two committee members sharing these duties each month gives great flexibility to all, so please consider calling me to volunteer to assist our committee.
Women and men are welcomed.
DONNA FORGASH, Committee Chairman
Let's Grow Our Church
Eighteen members and friends of W.P.C. met during September's Wednesday Night's Alive to generate ideas to attract and retain members. Three small groups created lists which were shared with the group and presented at the September meeting of the Session.
Key among the ideas requiring financial support was replacement of our inconsistent sound system. Bids are being sought and one contractor has already met with Dr. Rising, Denny Mogan and Robin Long to review our system requirements. Please let us know if you have a company to recommend for consideration.
Although several of the ideas presented require financial or significant hands-on support, many need only willing participants from our congregation. You can help welcome guests by wearing your nametag and writing an "M" next to your name on our red friendship pad. Pass the peace to church friends and visitors. Invite a guest to sit with you in church or introduce them to our pastor and other members. Invite friends or neighbors to attend services with you. Pick up one of our blue and white "Welcome" brochures to share with guests. Call a member who is absent from church to make certain they are well. Offer to drive someone without transportation. Let visitors know they can participate in Sunday School, Circle, Choir and on committees without formally joining.
Thank you to those who attended the September brain-storming session! More ideas will be shared in next month's Chatter. Remember: YOU are the body of Christ on Earth! Let's grow His church!
WANTED: Piano Player
The Korean Presbyterian Church is in need of a pianist to play for their worship service on Sundays. It is a paid position. If you know of anyone who could help with this ministry, please contact Rev. Hosung Cho (410-860-2229 or 410-422-3774) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. They thank you for any help you can offer.
Notes of Thanks
We would like to give a HUGE thanks to Bill and Betty Lou Wainwright for their many years of dedication and expertise setting up Communion every month. They have passed the torch to Denny and Ginny Mogan and Debbie Clark. You notice it now takes three people to do the job? Thanks again, Bill and Betty Lou and we hope you enjoy the extra hour of sleep on the first Sunday of the month.
Denny and Ginny Mogan
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A very nice note was received from Mrs. Jennette Perry, Principal of Chipman Elementary School, thanking the members of WPC for their continued generosity in supporting the students through various activities. The students will enjoy our gift of $500, the enhanced music program run by Greg Arment. Mrs. Perry said their staff nurse really appreciated being the recipient of the Undie Sunday Project. The note is posted on the Mission Bulletin Board. Look for the “bling”!
The Session has approved a Pictorial Directory Project after reviewing a pilot program using pictures of the Session and Deacons. Copies of the pilot program directory are available for viewing in the Education Wing foyer. Professional portrait photographers will not be used this year, so you are under no obligation to buy photos or even the directory, but we do need your picture. Through the month of October, pictures will be taken in the Fellowship Hall after the 11:00 a.m. service. We hope to keep the cost of the directory in the $15-$20 range depending on the total quantity ordered. The directory can also be used for new members, prospective members, and guests. Listed below are a few key points about the pictorial process.
J. C. Taylor
Before. . . and After
October 3rd is the deadline for returning Pledge Cards.
October 5th is World Communion Sunday and reception of the Peacemaking Offering.
November 1st – Set your clocks BACK
an hour – Daylight Savings Time ends 11/2.
Well, it’s that time of year again—the time to nominate persons who will serve in leadership positions as Elders and Deacons.
Nominees are not chosen as a reward for loyalty to the church or because they expect to be chosen, or on account of their status in the church or community or to cultivate their interest in the church. Each will bring different talents and knowledge to the position, but hopefully, each will bring an understanding of and commitment to the Presbyterian government, a spirit of cooperation, a maturity of judgment, a willingness to commit the time and effort necessary to fulfill the varied responsibilities of running a church our size. But above all, evidence of grace and compassion that are rooted in the Christian ethic in everyday life.
After giving this prayerful consideration, please list below the names of persons you recommend the Nominating Committee to consider. Feel free to list your own name. All suggestions will be given careful consideration by the Nominating Committee.
Please drop your suggestions in the offering tray, at the Church Office, or give to Nancy Althaus, Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Dodie Conaway 2
Frances Turner 3
Grayde Hopkins 4
Lisa Link 5
Annie McCauley 5
Katherine Eccleston 6
Jane Beardsley 7
Carol Sipe 7
Sarah Swain 10
Ra’heem Redding 11
Ellen Spence 11
Warren Carter 12
Franklin Eiker 12
Robert Bartoshesky 13
Denny Mogan 13
Alex Smith 13
Sydney Langeler 14
Sara Mitchell 14
Kathy Bushman 17
Jayden Redding 17
Connor Hatton 21
J.C. Taylor 23
Carol Smith 24
Ethel Smith 26
George White 26
Marie Carter 27
Nancy Curry 28
Betty Zerr 28
Tylicia McNeil 29
Chris Hatton 30
The November Chatter
Monday, October 20th
INVITE A FRIEND TO OUR HOUSE
11:00 AM - Worship Service
Office Hours: Monday through Friday
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Pastor: The Rev. Donald M. Rising, D. Min.
Director of Music: Susan Zimmer
Administrative Assistant: Bravard Cornbrooks