The Spire Issue 2011 Vol. 3 A Publication of First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Ohio March 2011 THANKS, THANKS AND MORE THANKS… Thanks to an army of volunteers, the 2011 Nearly World- Famous Spaghetti Dinner brought in over $3,700 for a profit of over $2,000!!! From roaster lenders, sauce makers and spaghetti tasters; from head waiters to order takers and dish scrapers to change makers and garbage takers, it could not have been done with you!! Sauce & Pasta Preparation: M.A. Vlad, Betty Kay Womer, Barb and Jim Sherwood, Marilyn Pogue, Richard and Joyce Polenick, Becky Lough, John Kiefer, Luke Heiligenberg, Bob Beerbower, Greg Herriman, Steve Schubert, Chuck Chalker, Susie and Gary Wireman. Food Preparation and Set Up: Steve Schubert, Susan Devanny, Lynette Devanny, Karen, Jim, Adam and Zack Scher and Luke Heiligenberg Head Waiter: John Vlad Hostesses: Pam Gray and Brittany Wireman Tickets and Information: Susan Nadenichek, Andrea Nadenichek, Rachael Herriman. Servers: Brian, Jenny and Kaitlyn Annandono; Dotty Hope; Chris Lovett; Jackie, P.J., Ariana Shannon; Katherine Thompson, Courtney Lallo, Heidi Holk, Susan Devanny and Bobby Brown. Take-Out, Salad and Sauce: Barb and Jim Sherwood, Shelly Straitiff, Joyce Polenick, Becky Lough, JoAnn Rubrake, Marty Nadenichek and Mary Ann Bromley. Cake: Russell and Annette Zampino and Cara Annandono Kitchen Workers: Gary Wireman, Beverley Kiefer, Chuck Chalker, Cliff Straitiff, Ray Rubrake, Rick Hope, Betty Kay and John Womer, Susie and Gary Wireman, Bill Holk, Jack Susko and Kathi Ensweiler, Bob and Jean Taylor, Luke Heiligenberg and Tom Burd. Bookkeeper and Most Excellent Helper: Carol Hazinakis Special Thanks to: Santisi‟s Institutional Foods, who donated products to our event and gave us additional discounts to help cover costs, and to Dave Skipper for the perfect set-ups! We are indeed blessed to have SO MANY people invested in the service life of FPC. It is an outward manifestation of your commitment to the mission of our Church. Thank you! Inside . . . Kirk Club News .............................................................................................................. Page 3 Lake Vista and Shepherd of the Valley Howland Visitation Schedules .................... Page 5 Welcome Our New Members ........................................................................................ Page 7 Clerk’s Corner ..................................................................................................... Page 8 and 9 March 2011 Passover has a similar method of calculation but uses the old Jewish calendar to calculate the date. Sometimes it comes up with the same answer and sometimes not. Orthodox Easter uses exactly the same calculation but uses the Julian calendar Lent is late this year. Often it begins instead of the more modern Gregorian in February, but this year Ash Wednesday is calendar that western churches, and the March 9, easily late enough for me to use it western world in general, use. It often works as the focus of my March newsletter article. out to a different date for Easter, but not this So why is Lent late? Well, the easy answer year. Both western and orthodox Easters is that Lent is late because Easter is late. will be celebrated on April 24. OK, so why is Easter late? So why do we use the equinox and the Easter has to do with Vernal full moon? In the days when Passover was Equinoxes and full moons. Specifically, first celebrated, calendars as we think of Easter is the first Sunday after the first full them were sometimes pretty iffy. Full moon after the moment when spring begins. moons and the equinox were very easy to The Vernal Equinox is the moment when the work out. They don‟t care about leap years, sun is directly above the equator. The sun, daylight savings, the shift from one calendar like many of our congregation‟s members, to another or any of that other modern stuff. goes south for the winter and north for the It was very well suited to a dispersed, rural, summer. When the sun passes the equator on iron age economy. And in this post- the way north, that is the Vernal Equinox industrial 21st century world in which we and the beginning of spring. This spring the live, it is still the way things are done. Vernal Equinox is March 20 at 6:21 pm EST. However, there is a full moon on March 19 at 6:10 pm. The next full moon is April 18 at 2:44 in the morning. As luck would have it, April 18 is a Monday. That means the first Sunday after the first full Rusty moon after the Vernal Equinox is April 24. It is almost as late as Easter can be. If you like Easter this late, I‟m afraid you are not going to be happy until 2038, since that is the next time we‟ll see Easter this far into April. Page 2 March 2011 KIRK CLUB NEWS How much do you know about global warming? Do you think it is responsible for our miserable snowy winter? Dr. Dawna Cerney, assistant professor of the Department of Geography of Youngstown State University, will answer these questions and many more in her presentation to Kirk Club on Tuesday, March 22. The catered dinner will begin at 6 p.m. (reservations are needed by calling Betty Kay Womer at 330-856-5338) or come at 6:45 for the talk. Devotions will be given by Pat Hebberts, and our dinner hosts are Pat and George Hebberts. See you at Kirk Club!! SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION Our next celebration of Communion will be Sunday, March 6, 2011, during our regular 10:00 a.m. worship service. PRAYER WALK – JOIN US THURSDAY MORNINGS at 8:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for our weekly prayer walk. We begin with a guided meditation of scripture and prayer, and then we walk the River Walk directly across the street from the Church (weather permitting). The walk is a time of meditation and reflection. We then return to the Church for reflection and sharing, ending our session in fellowship. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call the Church Office. …let us walk in the light of the Lord Isaiah 2:5 THANK YOU, FPC – Thanks to your generous contributions, we raised over $368.00 for our Souper Bowl Sunday drive!! This money will be given to the Beatitude House to assist them in their mission to help the disadvantaged women and their children of our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Page 3 March 2011 BE SURE TO GREET THE FOLLOWING folks who will be in Church to welcome you during the month of March. Bill Holk will be Usher Captain; Greeters will be Marilou Zampedro-Captain, Martha Gougler, Barbara Cribley, Heidi Holk. Please take a few minutes to thank these fine folks for all their hard work and dedication. If you would like to serve your Church family as an Usher Captain or Greeter, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway or see Zam Zampedro. MISSION OPPORTUNITIES Committee night was weathered out on February 2 on Ground Hog Day. The prediction of an early spring had not taken effect yet. As this is written with new snow on the ground, it looks like a certain ground hog needs a tune up. The Chili Cook-Off and the Youth Bake Sale on January 30, 2011, raised about $300.00 for the Relay-for Life team. We hope everyone enjoyed the chili. The winner was Chris Stringham. Shelly Straitiff was second again, and Chuck Chalker was third. It is just a coincidence that all the winners are on the Relay committee. This committee will be starting to plan Alternative Christmas and considering local mission recipients at our March committee meeting. Ash Wednesday is March 9, 2011. We hope that you consider the One Great Hour of Sharing offering that is collected during Lent each year. This offering reaches around the world to enable people to have a better life. Be generous. The Covenant Gathering has announced the dates for 2011. The Gathering will again be at the Michindoh Conference Center; Hillsdale, Michigan; from July 4 to July 9, 2011. The web site is www.covenantgathering.com. The recycling center on North River Road in Howland is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. There are other sites in Warren and around the county. We do not have the opening date for recycling on Enterprise Dr. The committee will meet March 2, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. Peace, Mission Committee of FPC: Chris Chuirazzi, Barb Copeland, Nina Pykare and Ray Rubrake Page 4 March 2011 The Deacons will be collecting for the 2¢-A-MEAL PROGRAM on the first Sunday of each month (Communion Sunday). This program provides a channel for Presbyterians to respond to the crisis of hunger at home and abroad. The next 2¢-A-Meal Offering will be Sunday, March 6, 2011. Don’t forget to bring your coins to drop in the offering buckets. VISIT YOUR FRIENDS AT LAKE VISTA… On Monday, March 21, 2011, we will be visiting with our friends and members at Lake Vista in Cortland beginning at 1:30 p.m. We welcome anyone who would like to go along to share time with those at Lake Vista. We will meet on the second floor of the apartment building. We visit these folks the third Monday of each month. On Sunday, March 27, 2011, we will be visiting with our friends and members at Shepherd of the Valley-Howland beginning at 2:00 p.m. We welcome anyone who would like to go along to share time and refreshments with those at Shepherd of the Valley or you may meet the group there. Remember, we visit with these folks the last Sunday of each month. THE MIRIAM-ESTHER CIRCLE - The Miriam-Esther Circle meets the first Thursday of each month in the Church Parlor for Bible Study, followed by a sack lunch in Fellowship Hall. The next meeting is Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS ONE HOUR AHEAD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 12, BEFORE GOING TO BED. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 13, 2011!! FPC’S WEB PAGE ADDRESS is http://www.fpcwarren.org – come visit us on the „Net! Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. LISTEN TO US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING at 10:00 a.m. on WHKZ-1440 AM. Page 5 March 2011 FPC’S PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY A prayer chain is a network of individuals who will receive prayer requests and thanksgiving, forward them to the next available person in the network and will pray immediately for each request. FPC‟s prayer chain is the spiritual alarm system which communicates and takes prayerful action on the needs of the congregation, as well as community and global needs. This network of people who are committed to prayers, takes action on behalf of the congregation on Jesus‟ words to “ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7) The importance of the prayer chain is that is faithfully intercedes on behalf of others in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns and emergency situations. FPC‟s prayer chain is updated weekly and mailed to the following members: Betty Kay Womer, Judy Wistar, Marge Chalker, Katylu Herriman, Linda Heckman, Nina Pykare, Barb Sherwood and Kathy Sparks. If you (or someone you know) desire prayer, please fill out the prayer card on Sunday located in the pew racks; you can also call the Church Office or any member on the chain and have the name or names placed on the list. WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE? Remember to let STEEPLE PEOPLE know when something happens! We now have several feature categories to spark some thoughts you could share. WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER could be anything from a vacation of a lifetime to making mud pies with the kids. A SPECIAL PERSON OF FAITH gives you the opportunity to raise to our awareness someone who has inspired you by his or her faithfulness. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? is our newest feature and is a tool to help us keep up with the ever-changing world of those who grew up in this church. And we‟d love to have anything humorous you could offer. For example, did anyone notice that Rusty had on two different colored socks last Sunday? (He didn‟t, but wouldn‟t it have given you a chuckle?) How to get your story to STEEPLE PEOPLE: put it in mail box titled STEEPLE PEOPLE In the Church Office, email it to the Church (email@example.com) or email it to Sue Kindelberger (SueAKind@aol.com). Page 6 March 2011 First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Ohio Mission Statement First Presbyterian Church is a worshiping, welcoming Community of Faith. We are called by God to be ambassadors of Christ to all people through preaching the gospel, teaching discipleship and serving in the name of Christ Jesus. Vision Statement Glorify and enjoy God through worship, education and service. IT WAS WITH JOY THAT WE BAPTIZED Kaylee Duncan Born: February 16, 2010 Baptized: February 27, 2011 Born to Tiffany Johns AND WE JOIN IN WELCOMING HER INTO THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD AND THIS FAMILY OF FAITH, AS THEY BEGIN THEIR FAITH JOURNEY WITHIN THE BODY OF CHRIST. IT IS WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE TO GOD that, on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, First Presbyterian Church welcomed the following new members into active commitment to Christ, which is our understanding of Church membership: Patrick Shannon – Confession of Faith Tiffany Johns – Re-instatement Praise be to God for bringing the spiritual gifts and vision of these young people into our midst and adding to our number of sisters and brothers in the faith! Page 7 March 2011 Happy Birthday to… 03/02 Isabel Petrilla 03/16 Drew Himes 03/03 Ben Wireman 03/18 Jill Park 03/04 Delores Morrison Alex Polenick 03/08 Pat Rogers 03/18 Marilyn Johnson 03/09 Mary Chuirazzi 03/19 Art Straitiff Katherine Polenick Ella Vilicka 03/11 Elliott Heckman 03/22 George Hebberts 03/12 Susan Cabot 03/25 Dave Heckman Hunter Stringham 03/26 Wayne Johnson If we have overlooked anyone’s birthday, we John Woodall 03/27 Abbey Lane apologize. Please contact the Church Pat Hebberts Suellen Wireman Office so that we may update our records. 03/14 Angus Macaulay 03/28 Martha Ellers 03/15 Cara Annandono 03/29 Ray Rubrake Ann Baughman 03/31 Brian Annandono Sara Chuirazzi Mikayla Jorgensen CLERK’S CORNER Actions from the joint meeting of Deacons and Session on February 16, 2011: We discussed the following questions: What has been working? We work well internally, and the Deacons are effective in working with the outside community. Before/after church the fellowship is evident. The large group that attends Family Camp is another demonstration of our fellowship. We work with and support the Presbytery. Our radio broadcast reaches a larger area than we realize. Did you know that WHKZ 1440 am reaches to the 422-I271 split? What might work? Going slower and opening up more. An example is really talking to visitors at FPC. This includes during the Passing of the Peace. We need to be ambassadors, especially those who love to talk to anyone. We have a number of families with young children. Perhaps Church Growth can facilitate an evening get-together to see if there is interest in starting a small group. The Two-Sum Forum started because FPC had so many families with young children at that time. The parents were dealing with common issues. Page 8 March 2011 CLERK’S CORNER (Continued): What are our needs? The Deacons feel that the money they need to continue the community support will be forthcoming as the need is made known. The cards we sent out at Christmas can be done for Easter. We need to be more aware of the work of committees so things are not omitted when new chairs of committees are selected. Is the congregation really aware of what the committees of the Deacons and Session are and do? Should we have a retreat? The consensus was yes. Rusty has been called to FPC as pastor. Rusty is to contact Presbytery about open dates at JBM. The format has not been decided, i.e. boards and co-opted members or open to the congregation. Perhaps an “Upside-Down” format, where there is a brief meeting during which time people list concerns. Then those with similar concerns meet to brain storm and propose means of addressing their concerns. Goals for FPC can also be set. The joint meeting ended at 8:00 p.m. with each board then conducting its regular meeting. Actions from the regular meeting of Session on February 16, 2011: This was a brief meeting in part because Committee Night was cancelled by the threat of bad weather. The committees reported briefly and only items needing Session action were discussed. We added two new members: Patrick Shannon by Confession of Faith and Tiffany Johns by re- instatement to the Active Roll. This action and correcting two omissions of removing members from the Active Roll kept our membership as of February 16, 2011, at 298. The Baptism of Kaylee Duncan, born February 16, 2010, to Tiffany Johns, was authorized for February 27, 2011, during Worship. The purchase of new robes was approved. The cost of the robes is $4,847.85. A down payment of one half the cost to come from the Inter-generational Mission Fund will be used to get the new robes for Easter. The proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner will also be used to complete the payment for the robes. Our income for January was $25,409.50 with expenses of $25,841.25. Our 2010 fiscal year is closed. On February 6, 2011, we celebrated Communion and 131 were served. The retreat at JBM was discussed. Session agreed that having a facilitator such as Carole Rummell or the General Presbyter, Dan Schomer, might be a good idea. Mary Ann Bromley, Lynnette Devanny and Chris Lovett will work with the representatives from the Deacons on a retreat. Items from the meeting of the Congregation on February 13, 2011: The congregation approved the call of Rev. Cowden as pastor of FPC. The vote was 109 in favor and 1 against. The Committee on Ministry must approve the action taken. After that there will be a Service of Installation. The date for this service has not been set. The congregation also approved a motion to have a pre-recorded service broadcast by WHKZ broadcast as our 10:00 a.m. service on Christmas Day of 2011. We will have had the two Christmas Eve Services on Saturday with the 11:00 p.m. service extending into Sunday. Peace, Ray Rubrake, Clerk of Session Page 9 March 2011 UP-DATE FROM YOUR BOARD OF DEACONS Mary Chuirazzi Beverley Kiefer Pat Rogers Barb Cribley Becky Lough Jim Sherwood Pam Gray Frank Morrison Susan Stahl Virginia Hatch Susan Nadenichek Shelly Straitiff Rachael Herriman Marilyn Pogue Suellen Wireman Marilyn Johnson Debbie Ries Betty Kay Womer GREETINGS AND THE LUCK OF THE IRISH BE WITH YE!! Despite the frigid temperatures, the Mission Committee of the Board of Deacons is off to a vigorous and busy start. On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, they served a delicious meal of hash brown beef casserole, apple sauce, pickles, bread and butter, Jell-O salad, pumpkin pie/cake, peaches and beverages to 88 people. They also distributed 40 bags of groceries. We should all be very proud of the hard work and loyal dedication each and every one of our volunteers shows month after month. As the number of those in need grows, this is an important mission needed for our community. Kudos to all our volunteers!! Donations of paper products (i.e., toilet tissue, Kleenex, paper towels, etc.) are requested for March and may be placed in the Deacons‟ box in Fellowship Hall. The next Community Lunch and grocery distribution will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Anyone willing to help with the meal or the grocery distribution should contact the Church Office. We continue to visit our friends and family members at Lake Vista in Cortland on the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. We welcome anyone who would like to go along to share time with those at Lake Vista. We will meet on the second floor of the apartment building. We also will continue to visit our friends and family members at Shepherd of the Valley- Howland the last Sunday of the month beginning at 2:00 p.m. If you would like more information, please contact the Church Office. Your Board of Deacons strives to achieve its mission to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond our community of faith. If you are aware of any member or need that we should be addressing, please let one of us know. Susan Stahl, Moderator 330-393-0448 Page 10 March 2011 THE LIVING BIBLE His name is Tim. He has wild hair, wears a t-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant, kind of profound and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college. Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students. One day Tim decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his t-shirt and wild hair. The service has already started, so Tim starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed, and he can‟t find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Tim gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit; when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. By now people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Tim. This deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair and is wearing a three-piece suit; he is a godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane; as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can‟t blame him for what he‟s going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man‟s cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can‟t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can‟t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Tim and worships with him so he won‟t be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, “What I‟m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget.” Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!! Page 11 March 2011 First Presbyterian Church Non-Profit Org. 256 Mahoning Avenue NW U.S. Postage Warren, OH 44483 PAID (330) 393-1524 (330) 393-1526 fax Warren, Ohio WHKZ 1440 AM Sundays 10:00 a.m. No. 151 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fpcwarren.org ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED MONDAY: WASH DAY – Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity so I may serve You with perfect humility through the week ahead. TUESDAY: IRONING DAY – Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others. WEDNESDAY: MENDING DAY – O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others. THURSDAY: CLEANING DAY – Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart. FRIDAY: SHOPPING DAY – O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love. SATURDAY: COOKING DAY – Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with the clean, sweet bread of human kindness. SUNDAY: THE LORD‟S DAY – O God, I have prepared my house for You. Please come into my heart so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in Your presence.
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