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									                                             FISHERMEN'S NEWS    The Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian
                                                                     805 Main Avenue; Warwick, Rhode Island
                                                                                         www.gccp.org

                                                                                        APRIL 2012


        "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."
                     In this verse from Galatians 6:4, the apostle Paul chose to write that he gloried in the
                     cross of Christ, which for many was the most inglorious part of Jesus’ life here on earth.
                     Paul could have written he gloried in the incarnation of Christ; after all, angels sang of it
                     and wise men came from afar to behold it. Or that he gloried in the miracles of Christ,
                     after all, blind men were seeing, lepers were cleansed, thousands were miraculously
                     fed. Paul could have written he gloried in the resurrection of Christ; after all, in the
resurrection Jesus established His divine credentials with authority and guaranteed the glorious hope of life
eternal. But Paul chose to write that he gloried in the cross of Christ. At the very center of the Christian
faith, Paul puts the cross; ironically, it is the point of the Christian faith which is most often least understood.
Again and again throughout the epistles, Paul asserts, "We preach Christ crucified ..."
I suspect if Paul had his way, Good Friday would be the premier holiday of the Christian church,
and our houses of worship would be as full (if not fuller!) than they are on Christmas or even
Easter! Why? Because for Paul, the cross of Christ is the center, the foundation, of the Christian
faith. It is wonderfully appropriate that from the Latin word for “cross” we derive the English
words “crux” and “crucial” ... for the cross is crucial to the Christian faith; the death of Jesus upon
the cross is the crux of Christianity. Everything else regarding the Christian faith grows out of this center.
                   WE HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE WORKS FOR THIS GOOD FRIDAY! (Actually, we have
                   something special in the works for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday AND our April 15 organ
                   dedication, as well; see inside!) We just learned Oded and Bimini Cohen of Jews for Jesus
                   are visiting in the area from Tel Aviv, and are willing to make a presentation of “CHRIST IN
                   THE PASSOVER” for our Good Friday commemoration! At the time of this writing, details
                   are still a bit tentative, but we plan to have a noon worship
                   service with the Cohens as our special guests. Please join
                   us (and make Paul happy!)! The sanctuary will remain open for
                   meditation and prayer until three. “Christ our Passover Lamb has
                   been sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast! (I Corinthians 5:7-8)
Stephen L. Clark, Pastor




             Top, L-R: Adam and Doodles Palm Sunday 2011; Mission Committee and guests M/M Gerson Annunciacao,
                three of the New Members Welcoming Committee; Grace Duff at her baptism; Megan and Nicole with
             Doodles. BELOW, L-R: New Members Kwasi and Carina Aggor (Kamron, Ethan and Owen), Bob and Linda
                 Martin, Tom & Linda Cornwall, Megan & Michael Georgio (Dalton), Walter & Carol Sullivan, Kristine
              Swanson, Marge Allstrom, and Shereen (Guariglia) Deitz. Not pictured: Janice Sullivan, Judy Barry, Robert and
                 Luciana Meunier. The Aggors, Martins, Sullivans, Kristine, Marge and Janice are to be received Palm Sunday!
                               This Month in Christian Education
                                         christianed@gccp.org
                      Stephen Nazareth, Elaine Magyar, Lisa David, Timoli Richardson
                                 Rachael Czepyha and Chris Nazareth

NEWS FROM THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
Thank You to all the Sunday School students who have brought in food items for our
Food Drive. We were able to deliver in excess of 500 pounds of food to West Bay
Marketplace. A representative from the food pantry will be addressing our Sunday
School students in the near future in appreciation of our donations.

Palm Sunday Procession with Hannah the Donkey, Sunday April 1: Sunday School classes will meet
outside the side door after Sunday School and before the 10:30 service to process to the front of the church
with Hannah the Donkey. (Note: this is an exception to attending worship on the first Sunday of the month!)

Coin Drive: Thank you to everyone who has continued to support the Sunday
School Coin Drive during this Lenten Season to benefit Heifer International. So far
we have collected over $900. Later in the year the Sunday School students will
determine what animals they wish to purchase with the funds provided.

                       Easter Egg Hunt – Easter Sunday, 10:15 a.m.!!!
                       All Greenwood children are invited to bring Easter Baskets to church on Easter
                       morning. (We will have extra on hand in case you forget.) Our annual Easter Egg
                       Hunt will be held between the two Easter Sunday services. Children (through grade
                       6) should meet in Fellowship Hall immediately after the 9:00 a.m. service, or at about
                       10:15. The egg hunt will be held outside on the lawn or inside in case of inclement
                       weather. (Reminder: No Sunday School on Easter Sunday.)

Vacation Bible School
Please mark your calendars for July 9 - 13, 9:00 – 12:00 noon!!!! All Greenwood children up to and
including those entering grade 6 in the fall are invited to participate! Plan to come and bring a friend!
Details will soon be available!

CHILDREN’S CHURCH
We are still in need of a few people to fill in when needed for Children’s Church and Sunday School. If you
are able to help, please let us know. If you are not yet trained and in compliance with our Child Care
Protection Policy, we will be happy to train you for this important service.


29 Eleven NEWS
   Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not
                           harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Chris, Matt, Eric, Emmy, Arielle, Steve and Chris want to invite all youth from 7th to 12th grade to check out
the new 29 Eleven Student Ministries on Sunday nights from 6 to 8 pm. Don’t come alone - bring a friend.
Come for food, music, games and great messages each and every week, fun-filled retreats during the year
and rewarding mission trips each summer.
We have just started to plan our summer mission trip. This is always the high point of our year. Both our
leaders and young people enjoy being away from home, having a great time with friends, meeting new
friends and being the face of Jesus in a place that sorely needs it. Join us for this life-changing experience!
Thank you to all who help support our adopted child, Jean, from Haiti, by purchasing a candy bar from the
box in the youth room or a soda from the fridge. We appreciate your help!



                                                All are invited to join the 29 Eleven Student Ministries
                                                Leaders on Sunday, April 1, at a service as they reenact the
                                                Last Supper. The service will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. in
                                                the sanctuary. This will not be a full meal, but small portions
                                                of what would have been eaten in the upper room that night
                                                will be offered. Our goal is to give the attendees an idea of
                                                what it might have been like to be at the table with our Lord.
Holy Communion will be included.
Child care will be provided in the Kindergarten room. Following the supper, all will be invited to the Youth
Room to go through the Stations of the Cross, which will serve as a visual aid to the evening.


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                                 ORGAN RECITAL & RECEPTION
                                           APRIL 15, 4:00 PM
             (With four special guest organists playing listener-friendly pieces.)

                               The organ’s installed, serving us well,
                                  And now it’s time for us to tell
                            The whole wide world (or at least our state)
                            That our beautiful organ is really first-rate!

                                Mark your calendars! Invite your kin!
                                  On April 15, let the music begin!
                               Four guest players will delight our ears
                                With music we’ll remember for years!

                                                                  --Kathy Hart

                                                   HART BEAT
                               What a month April will be in the life of our congregation! In addition to Holy
                               Week, we will celebrate our new organ with a unique concert on Sunday, April
                               15 at 4:00, followed by a lovely reception. Four fabulous organ recitalists will
                               play a very listener-friendly concert. The guests are Stephen Martorella and
                               Phillip Faraone, organists at First Baptist Church in America and the Cathedral
                               of Sts. Peter and Paul, respectively; Kevin DiLorenzo, current Dean of the RI
                               Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; and Diana Norton-Jackson, a
recitalist who plays all around the country. The pieces they’ve chosen will be a treat to hear. There will be
music written specifically for organ, as well as the Crown Imperial March written for the coronation of King
George VI, and improvisations on hymns and tunes you’ll recognize. This is a privilege for all of us! Mark
your calendars today, and invite a friend. What a great way to introduce someone new to our congregation!




                                  Palm Sunday, April 1, 9:00 & 10:30
                             Processional at 10:15 with Hannah the Donkey
                                    29 Eleven Last Supper Reenactment
                                      Sunday, April 1, 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
             Stations of the Cross in the Youth Room following the Communion Service. All are invited!
                                   Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
                                         Observance of the Lord’s Supper
                              Good Friday, April 6, 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.
         Oded and Bimini Cohen of Jews for Jesus will make a noon presentation of “Christ in the Passover”
                                 Sanctuary open for meditation until 3:00 P.M.


                             Easter Services of Worship, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.
            Full Choir, child care, Children’s Church at both services. No Sunday School Easter Sunday;
                              normal worship schedule (9:00 & 10:30) resumes April 15.
                                          Easter Morning Breakfast
     29 Eleven-sponsored Continental Breakfast Buffet beginning at 8:30 and available throughout the morning,
                      including coffee, juices, fruit, sausage bread and home made muffins.



                               Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Sunday, 10:15 a.m.
                                     For children up to and including Grade 6.
                         Children are to meet in Fellowship Hall with their Easter Baskets!

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                                               BUILDING & GROUNDS COMMITTEE

                       The Buildings and Grounds Committee is planning the Spring 'All Church Work Day'
                       on Saturday, May 12.

                        We are hoping for another great turn out of helpers; remember, the more hands we
have, the faster the jobs get finished! The B & G Committee doesn't care if you
are skilled or not!! We can and will find things for you to do! Also, there are
projects on our “To Do” list, and we are once again hoping the 'forecast' will be
good! (Enter your best joke here as Glenn is 1 for 4 without rain on a 'Work
Day'!!). Yes, I know the one time I didn’t make our work day, it didn't rain!! We
have a few outdoor projects that will need attention and our normal cleaning and
painting inside. There may even be a couple of spots that will need paint on the
outside, too!

See you in May!

                                                 In His Name,
                                            Glenn Fairbairn, Chair
                                            Buildings and Grounds




                                           MISSION COMMITTEE
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                         The April 1 Mission Year Book Minute for Mission celebrates a victorious day,
                         Psalm Sunday, followed with the foreboding cross that covers the sins of each and
                         every one of us who serve and live in Christ and ends at the empty tomb.
                          During this season, the Greenwood response to this celebration, along with
                          countless Presbyterians nationwide, supports the One Great Hour of Sharing
                          OGHS, and reiterates the three prong attack against disasters, hunger and
                          assisting in self development, as mentioned in last month’s article. Mission also
plans to assist ECHO, Hope N Literacy and their work in Haiti. We plan to help other agencies and
anticipate your financial response and pray that God bountifully will bless you.
ECHO (Educational Concern for Hunger Organization) is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian
organization that has been assisting a global network of missionaries and development workers since 1981.
ECHO is dedicated to providing agricultural solutions for families, growing food under difficult circumstances
and fighting world hunger through providing innovative ideas, information, seeds and agricultural training.
ECHO currently networks with development workers and missionaries in over 180 countries. The ECHO
vision is “to bring glory to God and a blessing to mankind by using science and technology to help the poor.”

HOPE N LITERACY
Hugh Lackey reports that a lot has changed since his visit with Greenwood last year. In August he was
asked to accept a second call as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sanford, FL. This old church
(established in 1882) has a large facility, but has fallen on hard times financially and in membership.
                          Hugh also visited Haiti again with Hope N Literacy Chairman and three people from
                          the Celebration Church in Florida. They visited three churches and traveled 1000
                          miles in five days. He was able to help facilitate bringing electric power to the
                          church in Seguin. The congregation of 150-200 worship in a building 15’ by 25’.
                          Through financial gifts, they have wired the building and put in a generator to
                          provide lighting. Hope N Literacy is hoping to obtain certification for the school in
                          Casse-Pied and the new tutoring center in Petion-Ville. This will allow the
                          elementary children to continue education in public tuition based schools. Before
starting this project, Hugh needs to put a new roof on the Petion-Ville church. The need is dire and must be
accomplished before the summer rainy season.
Hugh reports worshipping in Casse-Pied during a five hour service attended by 250 congregants. The
school is doing well in this area and they are planning a lunch program for the 100 students who attend K-5
in their tent building. He ends, “Inch by inch we continue to instill hope and educate a new generation.
Keep our Mission workers in prayer.”
                                                Thanking you,
         Harry Curran, Emmy Kmet, Deb Stacey, Jean Greco, Henry Ruppenthal and Myrle Dean




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                                          MEMBER CARE COMMITTEE



                                        Bus Trip to New York City
 .                                    Save the Date . . . . May 19th!

                                                   $35 / person

             Sign up on the board in Fellowship Hall and save your spot!




PICTORIAL DIRECTORY

Photo sessions will soon be available to all here at the church so that we can bring our directory up to date.
You will be able to sign up for your photo session on line or by telephone. Watch for details in the bulletin.


                                                 Save the Dates!!!

                                                   Photo Sessions:
                                       May 23 and June 8, 2:00 – 9:00 PM
                                           June 9, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM




                              There’s Something Better coming!

         This season of Easter is a special time for Christians to celebrate the ultimate reason for our hope: Christ is
risen, and invites us to rise with him to new life.
            •    Easter is an invitation to try again with God’s help to break that addiction we had given up all hope of
                 ever breaking. There’s something better coming . . .
            •    Easter is a chance to work at renewing the marriage we had given up all hope of ever saving. There’s
                 something better coming . . .
            •    Easter is an opportunity to reach out to our neighbors who, in our busyness, we neglect. There’s
                 something better coming . . .
            •    Easter is an invitation to look at our lack of love and seek God for compassion. There’s something
                 better coming . . .
            •    Easter is a chance for all no-hopers to regain their vision of what can be! There’s something better
                 coming . . . .
            •    Easter is an opportunity to renew our faith. There’s something better coming . . .
            •    Easter is a chance to “Renew our strength and mount up with wings as eagles; to run and not faint.”
            •    We Christians simply cannot get over the reality of the Resurrection. For us, the fact that God raised
                 Christ from the dead proves that Christ’s way alone is God’s
                 answer to the sins and horrors of the world. The truths Christ
                 brought when he walked on Earth stand solid and irrefutable.
                 The light he brought is the only light that never goes out for it is
                 the eternal light of God’s glory.




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                                   NEWS FROM PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Here we are in the midst of Lent and looking forward to Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. It is a wonderful
time of the year. On March 26 several of our PW members enjoyed a PW Dinner and Program at our
“sister” church - Woodbury Union Presbyterian Church. After a delicious Soup and Salad Dinner, they
attended a program on skin cancer awareness presented by Dr. Lynn Iler.

Our PW Spring Gathering will be on April 3 at 11:00 a.m. This event will be
a delicious Brunch followed by a wonderful and informative program
presented by the Rev. Dr. John C. B. Webster on India’s Christians. The
tickets are $ 5.00 and are available at circle meetings or by calling the
church office.

The April PW Coordinating Team meeting will be on April 17 at 6:15 p.m.
We are back to our evening meeting time.

Our next big event is the annual May Breakfast on Saturday, May 5, from 7:00 -11:00 a.m. The sign up
chart for workers will be up in Fellowship Hall in April. We look forward to your participation in this event.
We need helpers on the day before to set up as well as the day of the breakfast. As we work we also enjoy
the good Christian fellowship with everyone. We also hope that you will come and bring your friends to
enjoy a delicious breakfast.

We look forward to seeing you at these events! “Come as a guest, leave as a friend.”

                                               Happy Easter!
                                     Betty Mason for Presbyterian Women




                          tt t            Good friends are like Angels.   ttt
                                          You don’t have to see them
                                           To know they are there.

                                      ‘ROUND IN CIRCLES FOR APRIL

Circle I will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24,
in the church parlor to continue the Horizon Bible          Circle V will meet on Thursday, April 5, at 10:30
study, “Confessing the Beatitudes” Lesson 7.                in the old 5/6 classroom for a brief meeting and to
                                                            host the MS Key Club.
Circle II will meet on Tuesday, April 10, in the
church parlor. Kitty Channell will tell of her work         Circle VII will meet on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00
with Tanner House. Bring a bag lunch at 12:00               p.m. at the home of Lynda Baker to make May
noon; meeting will begin at 1:00.                           baskets.

Circle III will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April         Circle VIII (Picasso Quilters) will meet in
10, at the home of Evelyn Robinson for a book               Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, April 24, at 2:45 p.m.
discussion.                                                 following Bible study.

Circle IV will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10,         Circle IX – no meeting scheduled for April.
in the church parlor. .




                  If you have any questions about Circles, please call me at 737-0717 or email me at
                  bettystacey@cox.net. Copies of the current month’s Circle Notes are always available on
                  the table in the Narthex. Please feel free to come to any of the above meetings. You don’t
need to officially ‘join a Circle’ to attend one of our meetings.

                                                  Betty Stacey
                                               Circle Coordinator


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                                                     39-ERS

                                                 April Gathering

                                              Wednesday, April 18
                                                 11:30 A.M.

                                       Top of the Bay in Oakland Beach
                                                Cost is $13.00

                                                     Menu
                               Choice of Sirloin Tips or Stuffed Chicken Breast
                                   with Salad, Coffee or Tea and Dessert

                                   Program in Fellowship Hall at 2:00 p.m.
                             Artena Fairbairn will tell us about her trip to Australia.

                   If you need a ride or a reservation, please call Linda Gungle at 828-7687.



             CAUGHT IN THE NET                                   ---           NOTE RECEIVED       ---
Hospitalized since the last issue:
                                                             To Friends and Fellow Members at Greenwood,
       Walter Budlong         Bill Springer
                                                                      I enjoyed the beautiful flowers, the tons of
                                                             get well cards, and most of all the prayers and
Sympathy is extended to:
                                                             visits. I am recuperating at home. Thanks a
       Steve Parkinson and his family on the loss            million for your kindnesses to me.
of his grandmother, Elizabeth Kline, in March.                                   Betty McLeod
Mrs. Kline would have celebrated her 100th
birthday on April 18.

Best wishes to:
      Kathy Hart who welcomed a grandson,
Sean Phillip Emmett, on March 3rd.

                                              April Birthdays
                   Pat Abbott                                                    Julia Martins
                    Sam Alba                                                     MelanieMattis
                Monika Algozino                                                 Julia McKeever
                  C. J. Bataitis                                               Karlyn McNeely
                 Dot Blackwell                                                Jackson McNiece
                 Carolyn Caron                                                   Megan Miller
                Keegan Carson                                                   Evelyn Murray
                 Zach Casinelli                                                  Alex Paradise
                 Stephen Clark                                               Michaela Parkinson
                 Nancy Collins                                                  Patti Parkinson
                  Harry Curran                                                   Alex Petrucci
                 Sheila Curran                                                    Evelyn Rae
                   Dan Curry                                                    Charles Ricker
                  Pam Daylor                                                   Lindsay Rudolph
               Evelyn DesRoches                                           Isabel Sanchez de Lozada
                 Mark Donilon                                                    Betty Stacey
                Charles Hackett                                                  Debra Stacey
                Flossie Harrison                                                   Sue Stock
                   Chris Hurd                                                   Anya Swanson
                   Frank Hurd                                                  Helen Tannehill
               Margaret Hurtubise                                                Nancy Taylor
               Jessica Iannuccilli                                             Jeanne Williams
                Esther Jackson



                          DEADLINE for the May FISHERMEN’S NEWS is April 8.
                  Please leave articles in the church office or e-mail to FishNews@gccp.org
                           (Please include Fishermen’s News in the Subject line.)


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