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

June 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Koheleth, the Preacher, writes, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; 
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.” 
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Those words have special meaning for us in these days. After nearly 45 years of preaching regularly, after 41 and a half years of ordained ministry, after 320 baptisms, after receiving 679 members, after 241 weddings, after 434 funerals and literally thousands of meetings, I close out a ministry. And I confess that I have a mixture of emotions. I look forward to a more relaxing time and a new kind of ministry, a ministry not fully revealed yet. One never really lays down the opportunity to serve God and others! I am sad to cease being a shepherd of a flock, sad that I will no longer have special relationship between pastor and people.

That relationship is holy. People need to be able to trust, confide in and rely on their pastor. A bond is created in those special moments: a baptism, an illness, a crisis, a death, a marriage, and marital problems. In such moments, a connection is made.

Because that relationship is holy, I cannot interfere with your ability to bond with the one who is coming after me. The relationship between you and me now changes to one of friendship. I will still care about you, love you and pray for you. I’ll be interested in hearing about you, both as individuals and as a congregation. But I cannot and will not be your pastor. I cannot fulfill the role of pastor for you. The one who will come will become your pastor as you share life and ministry together. Accept that leader into your hearts and lives as you did me.

We’ve had a wonderful time together and I’ve been blessed by you and the opportunity to serve you these last 8 years. We had our successes and our failures; our victories and defeats. I came to love you and I hope you felt it. I also acknowledge my faults and I am sure I failed some of you and disappointed others. For all of that, I say, humbly, “I’m sorry, truly sorry.”

Being a pastor means being a lightning rod, a lightning rod for anger, frustration, and disappointment. Words are spoken in anger or without thought of how they might be received. Letters are written that probably should have laid on the desk and been re-read before being mailed. Actions are taken without thinking. For all of that, I say to you, “I forgive you.”

Please know that I wish you all the best. God has your next leader waiting in the wings. Remember these words of Paul, “For when one says, ‘I belong to Paul’, and another, ‘I belong to Apollos’, are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (I Corinthians 3:4-9)

In Christian Love and Peace!

Don Rising

We are scheduled to move from Salisbury, MD on June 18thWe wish to thank everyone for their many kindnesses shown to us over these 8 years and for the tokens of love and farewell as we move from Salisbury. Thank you so much!


JUN 7 -- 10:00 AM Worship

JUN 14 -- 10:00 AM Worship

JUN 21 -- 10:00 AM Worship

JUN 28 -- 10:00 AM Worship 

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Soup Kitchen

MAY 21, 2015  

#Served 120                  #Refills 0

Menu: Chicken, rice and veg. casserole, applesauce, rolls, cake

Contributors: MD Food Bank, Deacons, Nan Curry, Sue Reddish, Debbie Clark, Phyliss White

Helpers: Lee Hammond, Denny Mogan, Pete Kosinski, Chris Poole, Carol Cuppett, Sue Reddish, Doris Huffington; Debbie Clark, Donna Forgash, and Sue Reddish all cooked.

Help Locally.

Reach Globally.

This is what happens when we support the 2nd of 4 denominational special offerings. We help locally, and we reach globally!

How appropriate this is done on Pentecost, the day that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ. In keeping with the PCUSA directive of giving to programs addressing children at risk, the Mission/Support Council selected to use our 40% portion of funds you give in support of the summer youth program under the auspices of Salisbury Urban Ministries. Mrs. Martha Roberts, a member of their Board and a 19-year volunteer there, shared with our congregation what S.U.M. would be doing this summer with the 15 young people from the Church St. area: tutoring, bible study, playing in a safe environ-ment, outings, & a week long camping experience at the WMCA. What a positive impact this experience will have on these young children. And to think you can play a role in its success by your contribution!

Chris Poole will continue to accept contributions through June 21st. Red giving envelopes can be found on tables in the north vestibule. White ones are acceptable also! You may mail in or drop off at your convenience during the next 30 days.

The S.U.M. facility is located behind Grace U.M.C. This is, by the way, where the Deacons deliver the food you donate for the Lazarus Mission outreach program. Martha invites WPC to visit their facility. No appointment is needed. Visit on a whim! You will be inspired by all they do in such a small space.

The 60% balance of the funds you give will go to support Global outreach programs for youth and young adults stateside and worldwide. “God, from my youth you have taught me.” Psalm 71:17.

To read more, go to Youth are our greatest asset! Please lend your support. 


Water, water everywhere…” From Genesis to Revelation there are stories about water or where water is a great part of the story. Our Bible Study for 2015-2016 focuses on the theme of water in Bible times and relates it to life today. Water is referenced more than 800 times in scripture.

The nine lessons of this coming year’s study will take us from the chaos in Genesis of creation to the calm of the River of life in Revelation. Images of water will allow us to explore and examine issues of everyday life. We will consider passages about water in both the Old and New Testaments to look at themes of importance today.

Think about the many references to water in the Bible that you already know. Join us in one of our circles to apply that knowledge to the topics of creation, baptism, thirst and longing, deliverance, faith, justice, forgiveness, compassion and hope. Come to the Waters promises to be a way to learn more about the nature of God through a natural element of His world.


Harriette M. Schmick




Red Roost

It's Red Roost time! We have reservations to meet there at 6 PM on July 8th and August 19th. The Backfin Banjo Band will be playing so bring your singing voices or you can just listen. We will order off the menu in case you don't want to pick crabs. More information about when a count is needed will be in later bulletins. Come join the party!!



We have so many interesting members on which to shine our spotlight, and this month is no exception. Ellen Pinker lives in Salisbury with her husband, Rich, and their faithful dog, Troy. Being the die-hard Steelers fan, the Pinker’s dog is named after famed Pittsburgh Steeler, Troy Polamolu. Ellen and Rich have 3 grown sons: Jason is the oldest. He is married to Jessica and they have a 2 year old son, Alex. Justin is their middle son and works as a charter pilot for East Coast Flight Services in Easton. Jonathan, the youngest, is just graduating from University of Maryland and is employed by Intralox as a test engineer and researcher in Jessup, MD.

Ellen has been a member of Wicomico Presbyterian Church since 1986. As is fairly common, Wicomico Presbyterian Church used to be the only Presbyterian church in Salisbury. In addition, Jason just loved Miss Wanda in the nursery (who didn’t?) so Ellen and her family naturally fit right in! Since joining the church Ellen was a Sunday School teacher for many years, spent a little time in the choir, and served as a member of Session.

Ellen wrote: “My favorite pastime is spending time with our children, especially our grandson. We like to go camping, well RVing, not roughing it. It’s especially fun with the Hermans! I also like to crochet. And of course, I like watching the Steelers play! I dream about retirement and being able to move closer to our children and other family members near DC! Driving across that bridge is getting old!”

Ellen is employed as a lactation consultant at PRMC. Prior to that she was a nurse on the mother-baby unit and also in the PICU. It’s obvious that she has a love of caring for newborns needing extra tenderness and helping moms get acclimated to their new bundle of joy.

So whether you are a camper, love to crochet, or are an avid football fan, take some time to talk to Ellen – who knows? You might be in for some exciting Sundays watching football or making memories on a weekend camping trip.




When’s the New Pastor Coming??

Are we looking for a new pastor? What is the Session doing? How long will it take to get one? Will we still have a church? All good questions from members concerned about the future of Wicomico Presbyterian Church.

Some of you will remember that when we began this process slightly more than ten years ago it took us a little more than two years to call a new pastor. In the Presbyterian Church, there is a defined process that a church must go through prior to calling a pastor. While it can be lengthy, it allows the congregation to look at itself and determine how it can best serve God and its members.

Immediately following the departure of the pastor, the pulpit will be filled for a short period of time by members of the congregation and pulpit supply preachers. The pastoral duties will be covered by the Deacons and members of the Session while the Session interviews for an Interim Pastor. We are hopeful that, if all goes well, the Interim can be in place sometime in July. Until that time, the Presbytery will assign a Moderator to conduct the meetings of the Session.

Once an Interim Pastor is in place, the congrega-tion will be involved in a Mission Study to determine the direction our church needs to take and the assets we have available to help us move in that direction. A Pastor Nominating Committee will be elected by the congregation, and the search begun. As indicated in the last Chatter, we will be assisted by the Presbytery Committee on Ministry at every step in the process.

Granted, this process takes time – but it is time well spent. We have heard a lot lately about change, and there is no doubt we are and will continue experiencing change. Both the age and the economic demographic of our church continues to change. As a church, we must embrace that change and look to God for answers to sustain His church.

That’s why the Presbyterian Church takes time to make major decisions, like calling a new pastor to a church. There needs to be a good match between the skills and abilities and needs of a nominee and the kind of leadership a congregation has determined it needs in order to fulfill its mission.

While it may not take the time it took when we last called a Pastor, it will take some time. Use it wisely in thought and prayer to clarify the mission of Wicomico Presbyterian Church. In the meantime, make your presence felt by being there on Sundays; being there to help with and attend planned church activities; being there to support God’s church financially; being there as a member of a welcoming congregation that shows God’s love to all.

W. Lee Hammond, Clerk of Session

From the Finance Committee

The Finance Committee reported to the Session on May 12, 2015 that there was now a $20,000 deficit. Simply put, our income is not keeping pace with our expenditures. The Committee has placed a cap on all expenditures except payroll, insurance, and utilities. Funding for emergency occurrences will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Chris Poole will be giving each Committee Chair an accounting of their expenditures to date along with a copy of their line item budgeted amount.

All expenditures here on out may only be approved by Lee Hammond or Nancy Althaus. Purchases made without receiving permission ahead of time will not be reimbursed.

How or where will we find $20,000? For starters, there are still 100 members who have not paid their Per Capita of $30. Of the missing 100, there are 40 congregants who are unable to meet their obligation this year. That leaves 60 individuals who could pay it if they chose to do so. That is $1,800 “found” money right there. The key word is EACH member. So a husband and wife is not one member but are two members. Please respond with a happy countenance.

The Mission/Support Council has suspended payment to Local, Presbytery, Synod, & World mission support until the Church regains its financial footing. They have paid out $10,600 from their allocated budget on $20,560. The amount “saved” is $9,960. Add that to the $1,800 and we have “found” $11,760! All that is needed now is $8,240. That is doable!

The Mission/Support Council is spear heading two “Fun” raisers. They need your stuff, aka overflow; all those items you no longer want or need. Bring in what you are willing to donate to WPC. Read more about these happenings elsewhere in this month’s Chatter. Also watch for the sign-up easel outside the north entry into the Sanctuary. Good things are going to happen. Don’t be left behind!

Vacation Bible School

Wicomico Presbyterian Church will join with other local churches for five nights of Vacation Bible School starting on Sunday, June 21st, and ending on Thursday, June 25, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Jackson Building this year. If you know of any children who would like to participate in VBS, please see John Crapster for a free application from.

Save These Dates!

The Mission/Support Council voted on 5/24/15 to respond to the financial needs of WPC by suspending any further funding of their 2015 Budget until the church returns to a more healthy position. In return, they have pledged to generate funds by having “Fun Raisers” which will draw us closer as a community of caring individuals. Those of us who have been members for over 30 years can share stories with the “newbies” how successful those events were. So grab your calendars and reserve the following dates:

July 18th Tailgate Yard Sale Proceeds benefit WPC

August 15th Dinner Benefits Soup Kitchen

September 19th Book Sale Benefits WPC

October 17th Dinner Benefits H.O.P.E.

November 21st Art Event Benefits WPC

Nicole Martin and her husband, Javier Pollock, will be chairing the kickoff event. Look for her informative article elsewhere in the Chatter!

Ann Eelman, and her anonymous helper, will be chairing the Book Sale.

The Art Event is a swirl of possibilities. Ideas welcomed. A series of bus tours has been suggested to introduce us to the uniqueness of each of the Makemie Churches.

Larry McCauley and Nancy Althaus will co-chair the Dinners. Back by popular demand will be Kim Robinson’s famous jazzed up stew and Annie McCauley’s lip smacking, really good, apple pie.

Start boxing up your books. You may drop them off in the Educational Room on the 1st floor, left. Canvas your friends and neighbors for their dusty tomes. Paperbacks are welcomed, as well as books on tape and comic books.

The same goes for your early basement and late attic items you no longer need!  

Tail-Gating Table-Bearing


WHERE: WPC Parking Lot

WHEN: July 18, 2015

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The idea is to either load up your car or load down a table with all of your unwanted treasures of the household and prepare to sell for the benefit of the church! Other items such as produce, plants, flowers, pies, cookies, hamburgers, hot dogs can also be sold.

If you have large items or cannot be present that day, please bring your goods to the church office during office hours of 9:00-2:00, M-F, or at the church services on Sundays.

ALL of the proceeds will go to WPC Fund.

We will need volunteers to help with advertising (newspaper), set-up (marking prices, setting up tables, etc.), cashiers, making yard signs, and clean up. There will be3 a volunteer sign-up sheet at the back entrance of the sanctuary. 

Any questions, please contact Nichole Martin (423-240-0257) or Javier Pollock (443-366-1441).

Knitting Group

The Knitting Group (Knit One, Chat Too) will not be meeting during the summer months. All gatherings are suspended until the Fall. Stay tuned for information on future meetings.

Notes of Thanks

A special thank you to these WPC members who have volunteered and trained to operate our new sound system:  W. Lee Hammond, Colin Jemison, Pat and Pete Kosinski, and  J.C. Taylor. Perhaps, we should consider them our "Sound Board!"

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To my wonderful church family,

Thank you for all your care and concern during my recent health challenge and hospitalization. The cards, phone calls, pastoral visits, and especially your prayers, are dearly appreciated.

Joanne Todd

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I recently received a "Mini Sabbatical Grant" from the Committee on Ministry of New Castle Presbytery in the amount of $600. The COM emphasis this year is on clergy self-care and the COM is making available grants to the ministers of New Castle Presbytery to encourage them to do things for themselves to avoid burn-out and to make them more effective in their ministries. Grants are to be used for things that would not normally be covered by continuing education allowances. Such things as getting massages, exercise programs, joining gyms or spas, acquiring a bike or canoe were suggested. I am a "car nut" and have owned many cars in my life. I have had a special affection for old Buicks and have owned a 1956, a 1950, and a 1954 in the past. I had been out of the old car hobby for many years. As I began to think about retirement and what I would do in that retirement, I decided to get back in the hobby. I have purchased a 1964 Buick and I'll be doing some work on it and then taking it to shows and parades. My "Mini Sabbatical Grant" will help defray some of the costs of having, showing, repairing and maintaining my old Buick. It will provide an opportunity to meet people and relax. So, THANKS COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY OF NEW CASTLE PRESBYTERY! I appreciate it so much! 

Don Rising

Looking Ahead

July 8 – Red Roost gathering

July 18 – Tailgate Yard Sale


Ken Herman 1

Steve Barlow 2

Bravard Cornbrooks 4

Cale Ashcraft 8

Bob Taylor 14

Bruce Callaway 17

Joshua Gliptis 17

Taber Bartoshesky 20

Rebecca Bartoshesky 21

Rebecca Mitchell 21

Jackie Smith 21

Jocelyn Jemison 25

Pamela Gregory 26

Raymond Miller 26

Mary Barlow 27

Marvin Phillips 28


10:00 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