Jesus proclaimed, “If Swift Creek Presbyterian Church
anyone thirst, let him come
to me and drink. He who
believes in me, as the
scripture has said, ‘Out of
his heart shall flow rivers of
living water.’” John 7:37-38
Volume 16 Issue 6 June 2008
From the pastor
Dear Swift Creek Family,
Not too long ago I referenced something in a sermon that I wanted to elaborate on in this newsletter
article. Our Session, Diaconate and Staff have been making good progress on some strategic planning issues
for Swift Creek and I want you to be in the know about what is going on.
In mid-April we had a two day retreat together and began the process. After considering the Great
Commission, (Matthew 28:19,20) that we go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, and adding
to that the nature of our particular situation, that God has seen fit to place us in the path of growth here in
the Richmond area, I challenged them to make Outreach to New Neighbors our primary focus. To me, it
seems that, in light of all this, we have both a great obligation and a great opportunity. I look forward to
seeing what God might do in our midst.
I want to reassure you that this focus in no way precludes working on building up our own church
from within. If we are to be ready to assimilate new people, we must be well organized at home to do so.
Therefore, we must strengthen existing ministries and take care of our own, so to speak, in order to be ready
to absorb new friends into this fellowship of Jesus.
At the Leadership Retreat we talked about two specific objectives: That we would grow in attendance
at a rate of 10% per year over the next five years and that we would endeavor to see that one third of new
members would join by profession of faith. That second goal would ensure that we were being successful in
outreach and not simply drawing people from other churches.
I have asked the various ministry teams to begin to set some specific goals for their particular area of
ministry that would propel us down the road in relation to these goals. At a future date we will get together
again and whittle down the list to a few specific goals that we believe God wants us to focus upon in the next
year or two beginning in January 2009.
You will be hearing more from me as the process unfolds. In the meantime we would welcome your
ideas, your input, your energy and your enthusiasm. Please feel free to speak with Elders, Deacons or Staff
that have responsibility for specific ministries that are important to you.
With Great Appreciation
On behalf of all of us at Swift Creek we say a huge “Thank You” to Chris Newcomb (and to Carrie) for four
and a half years of excellent ministry in our midst.
for caring for our kids,
for teaching them to love and follow Jesus,
for teaching them to build their lives upon God’s word,
for encouraging them in the midst of their problems,
for setting their sights beyond themselves to issues of service and justice
for modeling Christian maturity
but most of all, for giving us all the gift of yourselves.
We are all much richer for having had you with us and we will miss you! Our prayers go with you as you
make your way toward God’s next chapter for your lives together serving Him.
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In June, the Session met with the following business:
Robert Cook shared highlights from the Trustee meeting and from the Diaconate, Bill Dennis
shared highlights from their meeting
We continued to move forward with the process of allowing our grounds to host practice
fields in relationship with Crestwood’s Upward Football program in the fall. We are seeking
leadership for this exciting development
The nominating committee at-large members were elected in the congregational meeting on
April 13. We want to thank these folks for agreeing to serve on this committee: Veronica Lawler,
Rob White, Beverly Tuttle and Anne Zimmerman. Dennis Walker chairs this committee and will
be joined by another elder, a deacon, Liza and Tuck.
Anne Zimmerman has agreed to chair a new landscaping committee, currently including
these volunteers: Alexis Kennett, Andi Ferrar and David Walker
Tuck led the Session in a survey from the Presbytery regarding discernment. They were
seeking specific ministries which came about as a direct result of discerning God’s will. The
Session highlighted the youth and their work and leadership with IJM.
Contributed by Leigh Anne Ring
Remember our neighbors in need!
School lunches will end soon, meaning another meal for needy families to prepare each day during
the summer … please bring non-perishable donations to the collection bin at the top of the stairs and they
will be delivered to the food pantry.
Friends Feeding Friends will meet June 15 at 3 p.m. in the kitchen to make bag lunches for Richmond
Friends of the Homeless. Please attend—there’s a job for you!
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth; whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40.
1 Tom Lewis 11 Karen D’Orazio 22 Emma Manis
Andy Ferrar 12 Wylie Gardiner Olivia Bernsley
4 Vickie Scaggs 13 David Edwards 23 Dale Reese
Vinny Siggia 14 June Jones 25 Jay Bernsley
5 Carol Lenti Rex Hedgepeth 26 Krista Gutzwiller
6 Kathy Acker Betty Crane 27 Lis Chamberlain
Devon Doyle 16 Henning Hamann Shelly Smith
Sean Doyle 18 Gayle Haglund 28 Miller Eason
7 Rob White Pam Conde Eric Horvath
Madeline Benson Daniel Ritchie 29 Bruce Thompson
9 John Chamberlain 19 Tom Rath Sheri DeSimone
Ed Snowa Janice Bell 30 Glenn Larson
Charlotte Moyler 20 Rob Sydow Mike Turner
Robin Leonard Chris Barrar
10 JoAnne Webb Riley Lescault
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Transition…(noun)…“Passage from one form, state, style, or place to another.”
Dear Touchpoint Students and Greater Swift Creek Church,
“The times they are a changin’”, as the old song goes. By the time you read this, Carrie and I will
have left for other endeavors.
Change is never easy, especially in the church. Often,
when a staff person leaves, the fear is that things will fall
apart. We’re confident this will not be the case regarding
Touchpoint Student Ministries. Touchpoint has always been
bigger than those who led it because it really belongs to Jesus.
We believe that He will continue to lead it into the next
phase that He has planned. We encourage you to follow along Youth Group 6/1, 6/8, 6/22, 6/29
for the ride as the Youth Advisory Committee discerns His
leading and continues to help students meet Jesus and fall in (No Youth Group 6/15.due to Senior High
love with Him. Impact VA! trip 6/15-21)
As Tuck has mentioned, the leadership of the church,
which includes the Session and the Youth Advisory Committee, 6/24 Terrific Tuesdays begin!
is already moving ahead to put a plan in place to continue the
next phase of this ministry. 6/28 Local mission project at Miss Moore’s
It has been a joy and a privilege to serve Jesus by house. Meet at the church at 8 a.m. Bring $
serving you as Youth Director the past 4.5 years. Over the for lunch. We’ll return to church by 1 p.m.
past year, I have felt a stirring within my spirit to move into a
different form of ministry. Most likely, this will be as a Lead/Teaching/Senior pastor type of role.
We have many fond memories of my time at Swift Creek. From Great Escape to Alpine Adventures to
Impact VA!, summer trips always provided a great time of fellowship, spiritual growth, and service.
Weekly youth group meetings were filled with laughter, probing questions, worship music, prayer,
Scripture, conversations and great food. Small groups were a time for you to get to know one another a little
better as you spent time together in a close knit group talking about real-life issues and learning to follow
Lake Day always provided a great opportunity to thrash about in the water off the back of a jet ski, or
fall face first when skiing behind a boat. RockF.I.S.H. was always a joy each year from hearing the preaching
of Mike Stinson, the humor of Tim Toy, the passion of Jaime Saint talking about End of the Spear and the
life-changing message of John Richmond regarding the IJM.
Musically, we experienced the John Ivins band, Beth Champion Mason, and Todd Fields, all of whom
provided authentic worship (and some fun too). Then there was I.C.O.N. We got to experience the Bryan
Davis band who were also an incredible worship band.
One of our favorite memories is how the youth caught the vision to help the IJM and led the church-
wide campaign to raise over $15,000 to help free children forced into prostitution (thanks again church for
In closing, our hope for Touchpoint is that you will stay engaged with the ministry. There is a group
of solid, committed adult volunteers who love each and every one of you. You are valued. You are loved.
We also encourage you to accept whoever follows us with open arms. He or she will be different
than us and that is ok because God makes each of us differently. We’re sure that person will have as much
love for you as we have had and will want to help you grow in your walk with Jesus just as much as we
have. So, embrace them, learn from them, lean on them, laugh with them, and love them…they will be here
Finally, we want to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Youth Advisory Committee for their
dedication, sacrifice, and passion for students as well as all the parents who participated in this ministry in
one fashion or another. Thanks for all the memories and may God bless and keep you!
Chris & Carrie Newcomb
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Bike Day 2008
Our 7th annual Bike Day outreach to the community
of Essex Village was a little cold and damp for the
most part, but the children still came for the bikes,
food, and fellowship extended by the volunteers
from Swift Creek. Many thanks to all that donated
bikes and sent cookies. There were approximately
50 bikes donated from our church, and a few more
by Agee’s Bicycles.
A special thanks to our volunteers!
John & Linda Burns,
Charles, Stacey, Maddie & Jack Davis
Bill & Josie Dennis, Kenny & Shawn Debes
Ingo Hamann, Mike Harding, Art Kernstine,
Russ Lescault, Terry & Seth Manis
Greg & Margo Rama and friends
Dale & Matthew Reese, Paul Sabo
Ed, Debbie, Blake & Joseph Rosenbaum
Hugh, Debra, David Lauren & Timothy Strickland
Warren, Traci, Melissa & Lindsey Wakefield
Dennis & Anne Walker
Rob, Wanda & Samantha White
Mark & Alan Winheim
It’s not just about the bike!
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“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these
words of mine. Tie them to your hands and
The Parent Page wear them on your forehead as reminders.
Teach them to your children. Talk about them
when you are at home and when you are on the
Keep the End Goal in Mind road, when you are going to bed and when you
are getting up.” Deut. 11:18-19
Life with little ones can leave parents in NLT
day-to-day survival mode. Calendars and
to-do lists are essential for navigating
countless appointments, school activities,
chores, work obligations and more.
Your immediate goals might range from
potty-training a toddler to planning and
organizing your summer schedules. But Ask God:
what is your ultimate goal as parents? Are 1. To help you keep a proper perspective about
you merely trying to prepare kids for
earthly and heavenly things.
2. To guide your efforts to raise children who
While children’s earthly future is definitely love him.
important, the main focus must be our
children’s eternal future. It can be hard to 3. To grow and nurture your children’s faith
keep that in mind with daily pressures and
and lead them to salvation.
obligations. But what really matters is
making sure our children spend eternity
with Jesus. To do that:
Develop a strategy. Partner with your
church’s children’s ministry to ensure that In With All Their Heart, Christine Yount Jones
your children are getting age-appropriate shares a few practical tips for communicating
Christian education at every stage. You the Gospel message clearly to children:
must reinforce that education at home by
1. Use concrete terms. Instead of talking
using the take-home papers weekly.
about “asking Jesus into your heart,” let
kids know that God wants to “become your
Make sure everyone’s on the same heavenly Father.”
2. Begin a dialogue. Talk about how you
page. Talk to your spouse, other family
members and your children’s caregivers
became a Christian and what God has
about what’s most important to you, even
if you think they already know. done for you. As you explain Jesus’ death
and resurrection, ask lots of clarifying,
Choose activities intentionally. Arrange open-ended questions.
3. Celebrate expressions of faith. Share
your calendar around your big-picture
goal. If activities start to interfere with
your special spiritual milestones, such as
what’s really important, re-evaluate and baptism birthdays. Give your child an
re-work your family’s schedule. When faith age appropriate Bible so that they can
becomes the top priority for your family, it continue growing in their relationship
also will become the top priority for your with Jesus.
Children’s Ministry Director
email@example.com Group Publishing Parent Link
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CONGRATULATIONS 2008 GRADUATES!
You and your family are invited to the
Graduates’ Breakfast on
Sunday, June 8 at 9:00 a.m.
in the Sunday School room behind the kitchen.
We want to recognize and honor you for this most
Please plan to attend and contact Beth Lewis
by June 5 to let her know you’re coming
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
OUR 2008 GRADUATES
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
High school College and
Tyler Amis Dear Lord,
Matt Bayliss Chris Dunaway As I look toward the future
Elise Bell Tony Ferrar Bright hope conducts this prayer,
Patrick Carey Chris Halbleib For I know the plans You have for me
Kelly Kennett – Were wrought with divine care.
Abby Credicott Holy Spirit, lead me.
Benji Cook (medical school) Let me run at your command,
Shawn Debes David Oakley Yet be still and know that You are God
Lars Dunaway Amanda Parrish When trouble's close at hand.
Megan Steel Your Word will be a lamp for me,
Jason Foster A guide to light my way,
Jens Hamann Ian Webb A solid place to set my feet,
Gavin Harrell A compass when I stray.
Jason Hernaez May I live my life to praise You,
Not for fortune, nor for fame,
Shawna Koller May everything I say and do
Kelsey Leonard Bring glory to your name.
Allen Luck May my eyes stay fixed upon You
Liz Lueders As I seek the way that's pure,
Tasting your love and goodness
Paige Mashaw Sleeping and rising secure.
Jared Matthews Planted by your living streams
Josh McMahon I'll delight in all your ways,
Hidden by your sheltering wings
Rachel Miller With new mercies for each day.
Kathleen Murphy Even in a dangerous land
Roberta Pierce-Osborne When storms threaten to destroy,
Danielle Reggie At the cross I'll stand upon the Rock
My Strength, my Hope, my Joy.
Jessica Rymer Dear Lord, show me your favor,
Brittany Slade At all times keep me blessed,
Spenser Slough May your face ever shine upon me,
Maureen Wisniewski With peace and perfect rest.
Steven Zepp --Mary Fairchild
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Vacation Bible School
July 7—11, 2008
Ages K—5th Grade
$20.00 per child
POWER LAB IS FIZZLING WITH FUN
Pre-register to reserve your spot!
(registration on back)
For more information contact:
Wanda White, Director
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SWIFT CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Pastor David “Tuck” Knupp
Worship 10:00 am
Worship for Children ages Preschool through Fourth Grade
Nursery available for infants and toddlers
Fellowship 11:00 am
Your Neighborhood Church located on 5900 Woolridge Road, Next to Foxfire.
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Rising Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Top portion to be completed by church office.
Crew No. _______
$20.00 per child Registration Fee Pd.$_______
Registration fee must accompany
form to reserve your child’s spot. $7.00 - Music CD $ _____ _
Total Paid $_______
Church Affiliation: ________________________ Friend your child would like to be
grouped with (should be close to same age)
City______________________ St.____ Zip__________ Home phone______________
Male ____Female____ Age______ Grade Completed__________
Mother’s name______________________ work, cell phone number____________________
Father’s name______________________ work, cell phone number____________________
Emergency contact: ______________________ phone number__________________
Relationship to child______________________
Allergies or other medical conditions we should be aware of ___________________
To whom it may concern: ________________________ has my permission to attend VBS at Swift Creek
Presbyterian Church July 7 - 11, 2008 from 9:00 am until noon.
Swift Creek Presbyterian Church has my authorization to seek emergency medical assistance for my child.
________________________ _______________________ ________________
Signature of Parent or Guardian Relationship to child Date
Mail this form along with payment to: Swift Creek Presbyterian Church
5900 Woolridge Rd.
Moseley, Va. 23120
For more information you may call:
Wanda White, Director of Children’s Ministry at 739-1183
or email email@example.com
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Women’s Thursday Morning (and Evening) Bible Study Next Newsletter Deadline
Summer Session 2008 Thursday,
June 19, 2008
Who: YOU Newsletter will be turned
What: STEPPING UP, A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent, in for printing on
by Beth Moore Sunday, June 23
When: June 19 – August 14 on Thursdays at 10am and at 7 pm
Where: Swift Creek Presbyterian Church Please submit articles to
How: Bring your Bible and TV-watching glasses. The study book Amy Perriello
Articles for the newsletter
will be at the first class. The cost of the study book is
may be placed in the
$13. Childcare will be available in the mornings.
newsletter box located in
Why: Why not? Seriously though, this Bible study group is a
great way to meet and fellowship with other women and
at the same time a wonderful way to enrich your walk
with the Lord.
Please sign up in the commons or contact
Charlene McCutcheon with questions.
Please indicate if you will need childcare
or if you prefer to attend an evening session.
Swift Creek Presbyterian
5900 Woolridge Road
Moseley, Virginia 23120
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