Volume 53, Issue 4 CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH April 2008 Calvin Courier Worship Discipleship Community Outreach MARC MY WORDS PASTOR MARC ANDRESEN The city has been described in these ways: of course there were also differences. -Widely varying beliefs among the residents Corinth had strong a economy, materialism, many people staying for short times, and a cosmopolitan feel because its -Clashes between the Church and the culture geographical location made it a hub of commerce, as goods -Pressure to conform to the cultural norms were moved through that part of the world. -A mixture of peoples from different areas of the world -Many people come for a short time and then move on Plus it was a Greek city, but a Roman colony, so this brought -Strong economically and also quite materialistic very diverse philosophies and world views. Residents included Greeks, Latins, Syrians, Asiatics, Egyptians, Jews - -Many gifted athletes come for brief times who bought and sold, labored and reveled, quarreled and hob- -Intellectual (intellectually alert) nobbed in its environs. -Highly individualistic -Cosmopolitan These things contributed to moral corruption, intellectual alertness, and controversy about philosophical ideologies. These descriptors certainly could be about Corvallis, could they not? But they are actually references to the first century We know that Corvallis is a prosperous city, known for its city of Corinth. primary “product” and economic strength being connected to intellect. This breeds a bit of intellectual arrogance. In 1 Living, working, serving the Lord and His Kingdom in Corvallis Corinthians, Paul cleverly satirizes human intelligence with a often feels like quite a challenge because of the atmosphere comparison to God’s wisdom. He leads us to do things the and attitudes displayed in the lines above. Therefore the book Lord’s way, by His power and gifts, as that which is greater of 1 Corinthians delivers to us many gifts and tools, as well as than the world’s ways and alleged wisdom. spiritual power and equipping to live and serve in our city. All in all, 1 Corinthians should help us as a church, as we seek We do find many parallels between Corvallis and Corinth. But to more completely be the church our Lord desires, and to Paula’s Corner Paula sent these pics 3/26. They’ve had 2 weeks of snow in Tilza. She said it’s been an In just a few short months, I will have been here in Latvia adventure walking to work in for a year. It has been a huge time of stretching for me knee deep snow. spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Through the strug- gles of learning the language and culture, finding my “place” on the team, and getting settled in a new place, I am learning to rest in the Presence of the Lord. Every day I learn that there are so many things I can’t do for myself. I not only need God’s help to carry me daily but the help of so many people around me, too. As a fairly in- dependent “traveler” through this life in years past, this change seems especially hard now. He is teaching me to stop, remember His faithfulness and goodness to me – and be reminded that He brought me here. The more I do this, the more joy I have – even in the uncertainties. Thank you for your prayers, letters, cards, packages and email messages. They each bring a smile to my heart and so much joy in remembering you all. Love, Paula Craig’s Corner INSIDE: Marc My Words.. ….…….……..1 Craig’s Corner……....…….…….2 Community Connections…………3 I wanted to give a word of encouragement to everyone at Parish Nurse…………………….3 Calvin to come participate in one of the 3 classes we are Calendar……..…………..….… 4 offering for the Spring Term. Below is a brief description Serving Schedule.….……..….......5 of all three classes. I hope the classes will cause us Community………………………6 to want to walk closer with God day by day. The picture to the left was taken of Isaac (my son) and I when we were at a church family camp about 6 years ago. I love this picture because it speaks to me not only of my responsibility to be a father who spends time with my son, but of our Heavenly Father wanting to walk alongside of us in our journey of life. WEEKLY ACTIVITIES: I believe Sunday school is another way for God to draw near to us as we (Please check the calendar for changes.) endeavor to draw near to Him. Sunday- Sunday School, 9 AM Walking with Him, Worship, 10 AM SMAC (Middle School), 6-8 pm Pastor Craig SMAC (High School), 6-8 pm Tuesday- Men’s Bible Study, 6:30 AM Women’s Bible Study, 1 PM Start of Spring Term Sunday School Classes: April 6th Wednesday- 1) Studying Amos and Hosea for All Their Worth Guys D.G., 7 PM Armed with the insights we have gained from reading Fee and Stuart's book, "How to read Girls D.G., 7 PM the Bible for all its worth", we will attempt to put their methods into practice as we study two Old Testament Prophets. As always, our end goal will be to challenge ourselves through this study to be the people that God desires us to be. 2) Essentials in Knowing God This class will be a great opportunity to deepen your relationship with God by focusing on Him and what He is like. We will be studying the following topics: Spirituality for Today The Freedom of Forgiveness APRIL Knowing God Through His Names How Should We Address God? Letting Go of Guilt Expectant Prayer BIRTHDAYS: A Better Look At God’s Face The Source of All Beauty How To Repent? It’s All About Joy 3– Lee Rockey Each study on these topics are provided through “Christian Bible Studies” which is a part 4– Laura Rung of Christianity Today International. Material will be handed out each week for the next 6– Jonathan Nicol week’s study. 7– Doug Oxsen 8– Gayle Cornelius 3) Prayer Class 8– Les Kilbourne Anyone who has a desire to spend time praying with other folks at Calvin and lifting differ- 8– Katherine Leavengood ent needs to the LORD is encouraged to join the class. 10– Kerry Platt 11– Scott Goering 16– Deb Dornfeld 19– Martha Rockey TREASURER’S CORNER 21– Ken Funk This is the first of what will b e a regular monthly Calvin Financial performance report. 22– Donna roth For January through February of 2008 Calvin giving to the general fund was $37,230 vs. 24– Tom Youtsey a budget of $55,258. Expenses were $53,923 vs. a budget of $55,258. This leaves us 27– Melody Slothower with a deficit of approximately $18,028 year-to-date. Please keep this in mind as you 28– Bryan Bremer pray about your giving. 28– Steven Zuidema 30– Bruce DeYoung In His service, Eric Skinner, Calvin Treasurer Page 2 CALVIN COURIER Community Connections by Doug Eldon Matthew 25:31-46 tells us we are to care for the hungry and or Melissa Steenhoek (738-0999) who are Calvin’s Love, INC thirsty, the stranger (those who are lonely or disenfranchised), volunteer coordinators. the naked (those who are not well clothed or housed), the sick, and the imprisoned. Benton Habitat for Humanity: donations of construction ma- Pastor Marc’s sermon “Disciples Care for the Poor and Hurt- terials and/or money; volunteering on builds Wednesdays/ ing” included the following main points about our doing that: Saturdays. They also need people to pray and serve on the Church Relations Committee. Call Debbie Coppenger at 752- • God’s mercy and compassion stands behind what Jesus 3354. said, both for the poor and hurting, and for us to be Community Outreach: grounds maintenance around the like Him building (weeding and mowing); remodel an administrative • We are called to care for others, and by so doing we will be room to increase usefulness and storage; translating (mostly caring for Him Spanish) in medical clinics and counseling sessions; and pro- • Jesus cared for these people; we need to care for them as viding for ongoing needs for pillow cases, spoons, hygiene well products, toasters, and coffee makers. Talk to Lee Tinker at • By doing so, we will earn the right to be heard 758-3000. • We’ll be showing our faith by our works • For such good works as these we’ve been saved Department of Human Services (DHS): drivers are needed • Blessed are the merciful to transport children to appointments, mostly visiting their par- • The poor, hungry, lonely, homeless, and needy are God’s ents. Call Wilma at Love, INC for more information: 757-2707. representatives on earth! • People’s needs can be physical, mental, emotional, social, Carolyn Hinds - Family Outreach Advocate: cooking class and spiritual every other Wednesday from 3-6:00 PM (supervising, helping in the kitchen or game room, or with clean-up) or buying gro- As Director of Community Connections, I have been looking ceries. Homeless Education Program: driving, mentoring into organizations, agencies, and ministries in Corvallis that and enrichment of kids; donation of car seats. take care of the poor, needy, and hurting. One of my goals has Call Carolyn Hinds at 757-3920. been to see where we as individuals and as a church can get involved. I will be presenting more details later, but here are Calvin Community Garden: Tyler Jones will need administra- some opportunities I have found so far. tive help as people return to work their plots, and as new peo- ple sign up. His number is 231-6144. Love, INC: work on bikes; car repair; cut and haul firewood; buy and donate personal hygiene items, school supplies, bike Southside Youth Outreach: “Tuesday Club” prepare and helmets and bike locks to have at the Love, INC office; help serve meals for up to 120 kids (and clean up) the first Tuesday deliver furniture and help people move; help feed 60+ interna- of each month from 4-7:00 P.M. Talk to Brenda Bremer at tional students each Wednesday; work in the Love, INC office; 754-0518. Wilma at Love, INC needs help coordinating meals administer the car donation program; and help with graphic art the other weeks. work on some publications. Call Wilma at Love, INC (757- 2707) for more information, or Carolyn Teegarden (757-3050) FROM THE PARISH NURSE JUDY KRAFT, RN What is a “Hospitalist” If you, or a family member have been in the hospital recently, you probably received care from a physician called a “Hospitalist”. You were encountering a new concept in health care. Most hospitalists are physicians who specialize in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine but work primarily in the hospital setting. Since it is very difficult for your primary care physician (PCP) to be available at the hospital and also keep up with office visits, this new type of position was created. The Hospitalist specializes in in-patient management. Because they are present in the hospital 24 hours a day, they can respond immediately to any new problems that may arise. However, the fact that the Hospitalist does not know you places more responsibility on you to know your own health history and have a list of current medications. I have found this group of physicians very easy to work with when I am helping people transition from the hospital to the next level of care. They welcome information about how Calvin can help with getting needed services to people at home. CALVIN COURIER Page 3 April 2008 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 Men's Bible Study 6:30 AM Women’s Bible Study 1 pm SMAC D Groups SMAC 7 pm SSYO, 4-6:30 pm Men's 6 7 8 Bible Study 9 10 11 12 6:30 AM Retirees Event Women’s Bible Study Evergreen Aviation 1 pm Space Museum tour Meet at Calvin, 10 SMAC D Groups SMAC 7 pm Men's 13 14 15 Bible Study 16 17 18 19 6:30 AM Retirees Lunch at Women’s Bible Study Michael’s Landing 1 pm 11:30 a.m. Courier Info Due! SMAC D Groups SMAC 7 pm Men's 20 21 22 Bible Study 23 24 25 26 6:30 AM Women’s Bible Study 1 pm Deacon Mtg. Session Mtg. SMAC D Groups 7 PM 6:30 pm 7 pm SMAC Men's 27 28 29 Bible Study 30 6:30 AM Baby Shower Women’s Bible Study for 1 pm Asher Watkins SMAC D Groups 7 p.m. 7 pm SMAC Page 4 CALVIN COURIER Worship Organization and Serving Calendar April 2008 10:00 AM April 6 April 13 April 20 April 27 Scripture Ushers Bob & Inday Johnson Scott & Vikki Win & Norma Wayne & Carol Leavengood Eaton Gladwin Greeters Ila Bench Randy & Carolyn Rob Gardner Miller Family Ardith Unwin Teegarden Betty Goddard Minute for Missions Sound Mel McCracken Lee Rockey Carol Andresen Melody Slothower Piano/Organ Marilyn Platt Doris Smith Skip Rung Marilyn Platt Rachel Eby Joanna Rightmer Worship Team Nick Ogle (Guitar) Marta M (Guitar) Dorry Eldon (Guitar) Jeremy A (Guitar) Ken Roth (Oboe) Ella Hersh (Violin) Joanna Rightmer Marsha Hill Marsha Hill Rachel Eby Katie Andresen Communion Deb Kennedy Set-up Communion Deb Kennedy Clean-up Communion Vern Bowlby Servers Ruth Bowlby Don Davis Nancy Davis Ed Goering Lois Goering Nursery Nancy Davis Marilyn Platt Marta McCracken Karen Allison Children's Church N/A Karen Allison Debbie Miller Laura Rung If you can’t serve when scheduled please find a replacement and contact the office with the change. For questions regarding scheduling please contact— Ushers - Wayne Gladwin 757-8481 Worship Coordinator - Rachel Eby 745-2536 Greeters - Dorothy Frank 745-7721 Communion Set-up - Diane Nicol 745-7761 Children’s Sermon - Debbie Miller 917-0391 Communion Servers - Kim Nelson 757-8021 Minute for Missions- Peter Ogle 754-5452 Nursery - Debbie Miller 917-0391 Sound - Mel McCracken 753-2204 Articles, serving schedules, and other contributions to the May Courier are due in to the office by April 15. Thanks, KIM CALVIN COURIER Page 5 Retirees Events An Evening on We have two opportunities for fellowship in April. Fantasy Island Thursday, April 10 - Evergreen Aviation Museum Tour Friends of the Family We will meet at Calvin at Fundraiser Banquet 10 a.m. to carpool to McMinnville to visit the Friday, April 25, 2008 museum. The museum cost for is $12.00. You can bring a sack lunch or get lunch at their food court. 6:30 p.m. CH2M Hill Alumni Center Wednesday, April 16 - Oregon State University Lunch at Michael’s Landing Join us for lunch at Michael’s The gala evening will feature: Landing (2nd Street, Corvallis) The Hawaiian Singing Leslies at 11:30 a.m. Luau dinner catered by Spice Island Catering Personal messages of inspiration Contact Les & Elva Kilbourne at 757-8044 for more information. If you would like to attend, please contact Friends of the Family Ministries at 541-757-1761 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a boy! We’re having a Baby Shower Monday, April 28th - 7:00 p.m. at Calvin Come help us celebrate the birth of Asher Watkins (parents are Greg & Julie ). Contact Diane Nicol at 745-7761 for more information. REPORT FROM UGANDA News from Val Shean - Peace Ministry in Karamoja The Peace Ministry is still going very strong. Over 3000 people have moved into the No-Man’s Land now, the former battle zone between the two warring groups (Nabwal). They are busy putting up houses and preparing to plant gardens. Please pray for a UN FAO proposal that we submitted for $45,000 for agricultural support for the people during their transition into harmonious living. Page 6 CALVIN COURIER TO OUR WONDERFUL CALVIN FAMILY March 23, 2008 Thank you so much for the many ways To our friends at Calvin Presbyterian you found to lovingly support us during Church: these last few days and weeks. We could The sudden and unexpected amputation of feel your thoughts and prayers sustaining Jeane’s right leg ended our prospects of us in an incredible way. The Memorial coping independently with the problems of Service was just beautiful and so very aging (Jeane is 83 and I am 90). Of special meaningful, because your love for our help to us has been the assistance we have mother, Elsie Carr, was evident in every- received unreservedly from fellow members thing you did. We can never express how of Calvin Presbyterian Church. much this meant to us. We want to thank We are particularly grateful to Judy Kraft, you, too, for the many gifts to the building who found for us quarters for assisted living Fund in mother’s name. She was very at Stonybrook Lodge. To move us there on excited about the plans that were drawn what turned out to be a rainy day, Randy up for the new sanctuary and would be Teegarden provided his covered trailer, pleased when it becomes a reality. ordinarily used to transport recreational vehi- From the family of Elsie Carr cles, and with the help of Bradd Jones, Eric Meieir, Doug Eldon, and Ken Roth, delivered our belongings to Stonybrook with surprising facility. From Carolyn Hinds - (Family Outreach Advocate with the Corvallis School District) In sensing the obvious pleasure that the A note received from a Corvallis teacher- above-named found in freely giving of their time to assist us, we experienced a liberal Hi Carolyn, measure of the unselfish love Jesus exempli- I just wanted to let you know what a difference your as- fied for all of us. Thank you again for your sistance has made for one of my students. As a first kindness. grader, he had been coming to school for most of the year with clothes that didn’t fit, no underwear, filthy, and We covet and will continue to appreciate with a strong odor of urine. He is very low academically supporting prayers. and almost never participated in the activities going on around him. Since you began giving his family assis- Yours, tance to help them get laundry done, I have seen a huge change in my student. Now he is coming to Jeane and Erwin Jost school clean and frequently wearing clothes that fit him better. Not only that, he has started to participate in, and be excited about, learning. In writing he wrote his first real sentences the other day, and in math finished almost a whole addition practice (a first). I see a light in his eyes that wasn’t there before. Thank you! (Calvin is connected to Carolyn by the cooking class we host and she leads here. We help meet some of the needs of fami- lies she works with through the Needy Fund.) Save the date! Calvin’s summer camping weekend is set for July 11-13th this year. We will be returning to the group site at Cape Perpetua on the coast. There is a lot of hiking, tide-pooling, and relaxing to be done. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out! VOLUME 53, ISSUE 4 Page 7 Calvin Courier Non Profit Org. Calvin Presbyterian Church U.S. Postage Paid 1736 NW Dixon Street Corvallis, Oregon Corvallis, Oregon 97330 Permit No. 43 Return Service Requested Phone: 541-757-8021 Fax: 541-753-9634 Email: email@example.com Worship Schedule: Sunday School, 9:00 AM Worship, 10:00 AM Calvin Staff: Marc Andresen Pastor David Steenhoek Director of Student Ministries Craig Kulonis Pastor of Discipleship Doug Eldon Director of Community Connections Judy Kraft Parish Nurse Rachel Eby Worship Coordinator Kim Nelson Office Manager We’re on the web! www.calvin-church.org Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones A series of three workshops designed to help people who care for a loved one, or are anticipating this responsibility. When: Sundays, April 27th, May 4th & 17th, 2008 Where: Calvin Presbyterian Church 1736 NW Dixon Street, Corvallis Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Topics: • Health Issues - Alyssa Thompson, MD • Legal Issues - John Dezanni • Community Resources - Panel of community agencies that serve elders. Please register at the Calvin Church office by phone: 757-8021, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. A donation of $5 is requested to cover material costs.
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