The Newsletter of the First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia
Serving Christ & Neighbor in the Heart of Winchester since 1800
Vol. 39, No. 6 June 2008
Feel the Celebrates 60 Years
in Grand Style
By Diane Sinclair, Team
By Stacey Iden Little did the joint Session of
If you want to experience… elders and deacons of this
New friends church realize when they approved plans for a
weekday church kindergarten on September 8,
Amazing crafts 1947, that their decision would continue to touch
Wacky fun the lives of so many children and families in our
Hyperspeed games community for more than 60 years. In the years
Mindblowing Bible adventures following World War II, the Reverend Ronald
Wilson, minister of First Presbyterian Church,
Super sonic music was concerned about the number of widows who
It’s not rocket science…you just need were returning to work and trying to care for
to register your family for some big their small children. Since there were no public
kindergarten classes, he thought a kindergarten
fun at Vacation Bible School the week
would be a good outreach ministry for the church
of June 16 through 20. With each $10 to help these single parent mothers. On
family registration fee, you’ll be November 3rd of that same year the first classes
blasted with a Power Lab promotional were held. There were only twenty children and
bag, which includes a Sonic Sing & two teachers. Now the enrollment has risen to
Play Music CD, a shirt decal for each 150 children with 27 staff including the director,
Lara Davis, who was hired in May 2006.
registered participant, and some
groovy goodies. Many, many children have been inspired to learn
since 1947. Many, many people have worked
Don’t forget—adults are welcome as hard to make this school what it is today. It is
volunteers or participants in a nightly through hard work and dedication that we are
Bible study led by Pastor Dan considered one of the best, if not the best
McCoig. Get plugged in and join the preschool in the area. We stand on the shoulders
sciensational fun! continued on page 2
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of those who have gone before. We benefit from
all the hard work of past directors, staff,
volunteers and parents. Some things have
changed through the years, but the core purpose
remains the same: to offer a superior Christian
early childhood education for church and area
The 60th Anniversary committee (Cary
Brubaker, Natalie Gerometta, Paige
Lineweaver, Dennis McLoughlin, Jr., Leslie
See, Diane Sinclair, Dawn Snow and Jared
Truban) would like to thank everyone for
sharing pictures, stories and the wonderful
support demonstrated in making this a special
celebration. The DVD photo show was compiled
by Paige Lineweaver and viewed with the help
A rainy afternoon on Sunday, April 20th, brought of Shaun Galang. A special thank you to Diane
together alumni, former directors, staff, Maza for creating the “hand” cookies that each
volunteers, parents, grandparents and current held a red heart numbered for each of the sixty
students to celebrate the rich history. More than years. These cookies were symbolic for the
100 people gathered in the new Fellowship Hall Weekday School logo adopted last year that
to take a nostalgic walk through the displays of states “Learning that Starts in the Heart.”
pictures, memorabilia and class photos.
Five former directors as well as many former
staff were present and recognized. Jim and
Mary Scully Riley who attended the school in
the 1950s were acknowledged for having the best On behalf of the staff, parents and especially the
story to share. They were the only alumni present children, I want to thank this church for the
who married a former Weekday School foresight to establish this wonderful Weekday
classmate. School and for the continued faithful support and
prayers. For sixty years we have been teaching
children in the heart of Winchester and it is the
hope that we will be celebrating another
significant milestone in the future.
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Words from former Directors of the Weekday Mrs. H. E. Ratliff (Mary Ratliff), 1974-1978
School Mrs. Esten E. Lambert (Rosemary Lambert),
“The celebration of the 60th Anniversary of First Mrs. Richard A. Humphreys (Nancy F.
Presbyterian Weekday School demonstrated the Humphreys), 1979-1984
depth and breadth of the congregation’s Beth B. Hummel, 1984-1987; also chosen to
commitment to education. The presentations and serve as First Church’s Director of Christian
collected pictures highlighted the many children Education in October 1984
who benefited from the school’s mission. Thank Elaine Aikens, 1987-1988
you for including me in the special day. I will Nancy Winn, 1988-1991
always treasure my time with the Weekday Peggy McKee, 1991-1992
School.” Ginnie Sacchi, 1992-1996
Linda Swiger, 1996-1998
Nancy Chambers, 1998-2003
Susan Horton, 2003-2005
Lois Evans, 2005-2006
Lara Davis, 2006-
“The history of the Weekday School is marked by
many accomplishments. To arrive at a 60th
Anniversary is a remarkable milestone in itself;
but evolving into a vibrant learning center with
national accreditation AND celebrate 60 years is
stellar. It speaks volumes about vision and
Those of us who have been a part of the Weekday
School in any capacity - directors, teachers,
parents, students and volunteers, are thankful for
guidance, prayers, understanding and
intelligence of Rich Reifsnyder and his steady
inclusive leadership over many years.
Congratulations to everyone who has
contributed to marking this occasion.”
Director from 1998- 2003
Summer-time Coffee House
forgiven, First Church’s praise ensemble,
will be presenting live music from 10:00
a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on June 22, June 29,
FPC Weekday School Directors July 6, and July 13. So, grab your
favorite morning beverage and a friend
Mrs. J. Curtis Fray (Mary Belle Fray), First from the Gathering Area, find a seat in the
Director, 1947-1950 (deceased in 1993)
Fellowship Hall, and learn some new
Classes began November 3, 1947
Mrs. C. Irvine Cather (Sara Bell Cather), 1950- music with which to worship God.
Mrs. I. Fred Stine (Shirley Oates Stine), 1962-
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God's Perfect Love How does Stephen Ministry benefit our
By Sandra M. Cleaver
Perhaps the best way to describe the benefit of
“If we love each other, God Stephen Ministry to our congregation and
lives in us and his love is made community is to consider the following tenets of
perfect in us.” 1 John 4:12 the caregiver's compass:
If I want to be a Stephen Minister, or to find Stephen Ministers embody Jesus' promise to
out more about Stephen Ministry, whom should never let us suffer alone. They are compassionate
I talk to? caregivers who share their care receiver's pain
To find out more about Stephen Ministry, and help them bear it.
including training to become a Stephen Minister, Stephen Ministers are full of faith. They bring
contact any of the following individuals: Christ's care to their care receivers and trust God
Rich Reifsnyder 662.3824 to bring results. They pray with and for their care
Dan McCoig 662.3824 receivers, share Scripture with them and use
Maren Betts-Sonstegard 662.3824 other distinctively Christian caring tools in their
Sandy Cleaver 662.3108 caring relationships
Jan Smith 662.7979 Stephen Ministers are skilled caregivers who
Linda Swiger 662.6988 take their training seriously and are committed to
Any of our current Stephen Ministers would also providing care in the right way at the right time
be glad to talk with you about Stephen Ministry. to their care receivers.
They are Ken and Daisy Fujishiro, Mikie Stephen Ministers are Christ-centered, whose
Jones, Bill and Jane Lawrence and Bill and calling to care comes from Jesus and they
Peggy Tincher. understand that He is the power behind all that
What is involved in becoming a Stephen they do as Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers
Minister? work on staying connected to Jesus so that they
are able to bring His love to others.
Stephen Ministry is intended to be a long-term,
long-lasting system of ministry for our As a complement to the many other ministries at
congregation and community. Stephen Ministries First Presbyterian, Stephen Ministry provides an
St Louis has established a 50-hour training that opportunity for service not only at the
each potential Stephen Minister is required to congregational level but also at the community
complete. Usually the training is conducted level. The next Stephen Ministry training
weekly in 2 to 2 1/2 hour sessions that are taught is scheduled to begin in September 2008.
by the Stephen leaders and the pastors using the Completed applications must be received by
curriculum established by Stephen Ministries St. June 30, 2008. Please call one of the pastors or
Louis. In addition to the weekly sessions, several one of the Stephen leaders for more information
retreats may be scheduled to emphasize spiritual about training or about how to obtain an
growth for Stephen Ministers, supervision application packet.
concepts, how to deal with specific crisis Will you consider becoming a Stephen Minister?
situations and other subjects. At the conclusion
of the training new Stephen Ministers are
commissioned and each is requested to make a
two-year commitment to be an active Stephen
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MUSIC NOTES Facility and Resource
By Roger Callis Stewardship
Summer Choir “Bash” By Ann Burkholder
2008: This year we will Please be considerate when you use our church
make two trips to Water facilities and resources. Not only is this good
Country USA and Busch Christian stewardship, but the money we save in
Gardens for our children and youth choirs. These additional cleaning, repair and utility costs may
trips are open to members of the Carol and then be used to further our mission work. We ask
Cherub Choirs, the Middle School Choir, the each member to abide by the following:
Middle School Handchime Choir, the Youth
Handbell Choir, and 7th Sense. The first trip If you have an event that requires special
(primarily for the youth so as to avoid any setup, return all furniture and items to the
conflict with VBS) is on Tuesday and configuration in which found.
Wednesday, June 17 and 18. The second trip for Properly clean up and dispose of any food,
any choir members is the next Tuesday and drink and litter.
Wednesday, June 24 and 25. Use recycling bins whenever possible.
Turn off all lights and fans, including those
Massanetta Springs Music Conference, August in restrooms, when exiting a room.
3 – 8, 2008: Once again we have a large number Try to avoid altering thermostats, but if you
going from First Church to Massanetta. As of do, please restore them to original settings.
May 15, we have five adults, ten teens, and six Properly close and secure all windows and
children going with us. exterior doors.
Additional Summer Music Opportunities for Report any water leaks, dripping faucets or
First Church Children: Both of these running toilets either to the church office or
opportunities are outstanding. Any of our to Ann Burkholder, Facilities Moderator.
children are welcome to participate whether they Encourage your children to follow these
are currently in one of our choirs or not. Contact principles and to avoid playing in or around
Roger Callis for additional details. the elevators.
The Church Music Institute at Shenandoah Our Facilities Council is increasingly mindful of
University will have a special emphasis on both environmental impact and rising energy
children’s music from June 23-27 and June 31- costs and thus implementing greener means
July 4. Children in grades 3 through 7 are invited where possible. For instance, we recently
to participate in the demonstration choirs, under replaced 250 incandescent light
the leadership of Kathleen Turner, director of bulbs, totaling 36,000 watts, with
the Austin Texas Children’s Choir, and John fluorescent bulbs totaling only
Horman (who composed the music for our 6,000 watts. Not only does this
bicentennial hymn). The fee is just $15 for either provide us with more and better
week or only $25 for both weeks, mainly to pay lighting, but we will realize
for the music. project cost savings before the
The second opportunity is our local SINGG
(Sing God’s Glory) music camp the week of July
28-August 1. Further information is available
from Roger Callis or Stacey Iden.
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The Seekers, our 7-8th grade group, had an
In the Know… exciting year as well. They participated in the
for teens and One Life Revolution, went apple gleaning in a
local orchard to collect apples for a local food
parents bank, served at Jubilee Kitchen, had a big fall
bonfire, went trick-or-treating for canned goods
By Maren Betts-Sonstegard, to donate to CCAP, and decorated collection
Associate Pastor for Youth and Small Groups boxes for cans for Souper Bowl Sunday. The
group had a great time at our winter retreat at
End of the Year! Massanetta Springs, where we heard
inspirational stories about folks who have had to
It has been a great year around 12 East Cork!
stand up for their faith, and did some skiing,
Crossroads, our high school group, planned the
snowtubing, and swimming at the water park.
Christmas Eve service, electing to send the
Many Seekers have been regulars at the
offering to the Shelter for Abused Women, and
Wednesday afternoon drop-in, hanging out,
the Youth Sunday Service. In December we
doing homework, watching movies and eating
partnered with Braddock Street United
more food than I thought humanly possible.
Methodist Church for the One Life Revolution to
raise funds for AIDS relief. We had an
outstanding 30 Hour Famine in February, raising
funds and awareness for hunger issues around
the world by going hungry for 30 hours. As part
of the 30 Hour Famine, students served at the
Jubilee Kitchen, making bag lunches. The high
school students, after a great mission trip to
Cranks Creek, Kentucky last summer, felt called
to a different kind of mission experience. So this
summer we are heading out to Pittsburgh for a
week with the Pittsburgh Project, working with
residents of the north side neighborhoods of Shelby Feliciano and Kaitlyn Bleth showed off
Pittsburgh. And, in addition to all that, we had a part of the trick-or-treat for CCAP collection.
lot of fun and fellowship, with a 30-foot ice
cream sundae, floor hockey, scavenger hunts,
Our new 5-6th grade ministry, NEXT, is
games, and just hanging out and learning about
wrapping up its first year, and it has been a great
one! Led by a team of excellent adults, NEXT
met for Sunday school in the Stine room before
Matt Fazenbaker moving to their new room in the new building!
enjoyed that 30-foot NEXT kids also participated in regular
sundae last fall. fellowship and service events, serving at Jubilee
Kitchen and playing in a corn maze, having a
Christmas party, and going on a bike trip on the
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Special Thanks! students who are members of the church. Contact
Maren (email@example.com) for
I want to offer a special thanks to all the an application. Applications are due by July 13th
teachers, adult leaders, breakfast makers, snack to the church office or Maren.
providers, homework helpers, drivers,
volunteers, and supporters who have made this
year so wonderful!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Join the Men’s Group for the Nationals vs.
We would like to offer our congratulations to the Orioles game on June 28 at the new Nationals
graduating high school seniors in our midst: stadium. Game time is 7:05;
Elizabeth Barley we’ll be leaving the church
Morgan Boxwell parking lot at 3:30 p.m. and
Joseph Burke returning immediately
Spencer Burkholder following the game. The
Derek Crosen cost is $65, which includes
Matelin Crosen the ticket and the bus.
Emily Dearing Please call Pat Snapp in the
Lucy Glaize church office (662-3824) to
Greg Jacobs reserve your space.
Bentie Scully Technology Buffs Needed
Emma Siegfried Are you the type of person who can’t wait to get
Beth Thompson your hands on the latest technological gadgets?
Senior Recognition Sunday is June 1st at the 8:30 Want to learn how to use some great new
and 11:00 services. equipment? If so, your congregation needs
persons who are capable of providing light,
College Scholarships available to sound and video support for programs in
entering and current college students Fellowship Hall. Training is necessary and
The Presbytery of Shenandoah is again offering provided on Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the
scholarships for full-time undergraduate students control room. Space is
who are members of Presbyterian churches in the limited; advance
Shenandoah Presbytery. Applications are reservations are required.
available online at Register with Shaun Galang
http://www.shenpres.org/ScholarshipGrants.html at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amounts vary from year to year. The application Once trained, A/V techs
is DUE by JULY 13th (note that this a different agree to make themselves
date than the one listed on available for church
the application) to the programs in Fellowship Hall.
church office or Maren
The Discipleship and
Education Council is also
offering scholarships to
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Mar 25 Nigel Caleb, son of Rebekah and Ray Foster
Apr 1 Isaac Michael, son of Susan and Danny Callis,
grandson of Jenny and Roger Callis
3rd Sunday Apr 25 William Caufman, son of Cary and John Brubaker,
grandson of Susan and Bob Claytor
of each month
In Memoriam, with Christian sympathy to the families
June 15 Feb 25 Elizabeth Mahler
Mar 17 Louis DeHaven, brother of Louise Nelson
Apr 24 Annette Hardesty, sister of Nelda Head
Apr 26 P. Richard Wolfe
May 16 Cecelia Bush
May 10 Melba Trenary
Lost & Found
Four Cents-A- On July 1st, items in the lost and found (on the shelf above the coat
rack in the hallway) will be donated to the Salvation Army if not
Meal Hunger claimed. Please check to see if anything belongs to you!
4th Sunday New building—new website! Check out First Church’s redesigned
website at www.firstchurch-winchester.org for all the latest
of each month information on what’s going on, including a calendar of events. It’s
a great way to introduce people to our church and our mission.
One in five Americans are functionally illiterate. Become part of the
solution by becoming a trained volunteer, referring a student,
making a contribution and/or becoming an advocate for literacy in
the community. For more information on how to help, contact
Literacy Volunteers at 536-1648 (301 S. Cameron St., Suite 102,
Winchester) or visit their website at www.lvwa.org.
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Founded July 16, 1788; Organized September 7, 1800
Sunday Worship Services 7:30 a.m. (Boyd Chapel), 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Coffee and Cookies 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Pastor: The Reverend Dr. Richard W. Reifsnyder
Associate Pastor: The Reverend Dr. Dan M. McCoig, Jr.
Associate Pastor: The Reverend Maren Betts-Sonstegard
Parish Associate: The Reverend Elizabeth Lewis
Children’s Ministry Administrator: Stacey Iden
Minister of Music: Roger Callis
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