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									                                             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
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

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       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!!

                        Our next celebration of Communion will be Sunday, March 6, 2011,
                 during our regular 10:00 a.m. worship service.

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!!

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                           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
        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.
Mission Committee of FPC: Chris Chuirazzi, Barb Copeland, Nina Pykare and Ray Rubrake

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                     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

       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

                                 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

BED. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 13,
FPC’S WEB PAGE ADDRESS is – come visit us on the „Net! Our
e-mail address is

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                                  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.

       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 ( or email it to Sue
Kindelberger (

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          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.

                      Kaylee Duncan
                 Born: February 16, 2010
                Baptized: February 27, 2011
                  Born to Tiffany Johns
            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

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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

                            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.
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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
       Our income for January was $25,409.50 with expenses of $25,841.25. Our 2010 fiscal year is
       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.
Ray Rubrake, Clerk of Session

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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

                                 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

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       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!!

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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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