The Newsletter of the First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia
Serving Christ & Neighbor in the Heart of Winchester since 1800
Vol. 39, No. 8 September 2008
Mystery Dinner Theatre: Packed with Blessings
A Vote for Murder By Heather Singer, Children/Family Coordinator
Saturday, September 27, 2008 Getting prepared for school?
6-9 p.m. Make sure that God’s love is a
Fellowship Hall part of it! We have all done our
school shopping by now, and
By Brooke F. Herndon some of our children have
Please join us for an attended their first day of
evening of “whodunit” school. Wow! We would like
entertainment, interactive to support and encourage our children in
mystery, fellowship, and a everything that they face in life and would like
fantastic meal at A Vote for our prayers and God’s love to be with them
Murder, scheduled for during this new school year. So, be sure to mark
Saturday, September 27th. your calendar and be a part of something new
The event, which is open to the public, will and special!
introduce our new Fellowship Hall to the We will be hosting our first Blessing of the
community and welcome friends and neighbors Backpacks on Rally Day, Sunday, September
to our house of worship. Doors open at 6 p.m., 7th, during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services.
and the performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nick Make sure you bring your backpack and/or lunch
Nerangis and acting troupe will be performing a bag to be blessed. This is for all students—
very timely themed play, “A Vote for Murder,” preschool through college! Questions? Feel free
which is set during a political rally with many to contact Heather Singer at 667-3838 or
twists, turns, and shady characters! Shaffer's email@example.com.
Catering will be preparing a wonderful meal for
A neat idea to keep God’s love with you and your
your enjoyment, and our youth group will be
children throughout the year
available to assist you in any way…except to
reveal any trade secrets of the evening. Doodle Prayers: Keep a small doodle drawing
toy in your vehicle or at the breakfast. On the
Tickets are $25 per person and are available for
way to school each morning or during breakfast,
purchase at the church office (662-3824), or you
have one child be responsible for doodling your
may purchase tickets after the 8:30 and 11:00
prayer request for the day. It may be a spelling
a.m. church service every Sunday from now until
test, sporting event, or just making it through the
the event. There is limited seating, so please buy
day. After your kids are off at school, pray for
your tickets now! If you have questions, please
their needs, and when you see them at the end of
call Brooke F. Herndon at 540-667-9302 or
the day, let them know that you prayed for them
and ask how things went.
September 2008 2
OUR CHRISTIAN LEGACY the Salvation Army’s residential shelter and the
architects’ fee for our master site plan. The estate
“Every man according as he purposes in his of Millie Gore contributed the largest donation
heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of for our recent building project, and several other
necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.” bequests have been made to assist with the cost
2 Corinthians 9: 7 of construction. These are but a few examples of
By Randy Bryant & Rich Reifsnyder the abundant gifts contributed by church members
to continue the ministries in which they derived
First Presbyterian Church has a long history of
great joy and to which they were deeply committed.
serving Christ and neighbor in our community
and beyond. Many important ministry causes of Many mechanisms are available to donors to
our church continue to exist and provide spiritual create a charitable giving instrument that is best
and physical sustenance because of the thoughtful suited to meet your estate planning needs as well
planning and generosity of members of our as benefiting the donor’s choice of charity.
congregation. Through the years the church has Charitable remainder trusts (CRT), charitable
been richly blessed by people who have sought annuities, charitable remainder annuity trusts
to extend the good they have done beyond their (CRAT), charitable gift annuities (CGA), charitable
lifetime by the establishment of testamentary remainder unitrust (CRUT), life insurance trusts,
bequests or other gifts made to perpetuate their as well as a simple bequest included in a last will
Christian legacy of service. and testament all provide vehicles for protecting
assets while simultaneously preserving and
Individual examples of this intentional generosity
ensuring the continuation of valuable resources
during the past 25 years can be found in the
in the church. The trustees of First Presbyterian
bequest of Lucy Ann Kinzel, who provided the
Church welcome the opportunity to discuss any
beautiful piano in the sanctuary that has enhanced
questions members may have about giving
worship for many years. The will of Sydney
opportunities to the church and stand ready to
Johnson provided funds used to support medical
assist wherever possible to facilitate your gift.
clinics in Ethiopia, provide scholarships for
Weekday School students, and support the In the weeks ahead, additional articles will discuss
building fund’s capital campaign. The bequest charitable contributions and the spiritual legacy
from Mary Bell Fray contributes to the success of Christian philanthropy. In the spring, the
of the Weekday School, while the Laura Bell trustees hope to sponsor several Sunday School
Trust continues to benefit mission outreach. discussion periods focusing on “Our Christian
Stipends for scholarships to enable students to Legacy.” Anyone interested in discussing a possible
continue their education at university levels were gift or bequest to the church may simply call the
made possible through the Hotinger bequest. church office (662-3824) or any church trustee.
Several smaller gifts created opportunities for First Presbyterian Church is a family of Christian
children to attend camps at Massanetta Springs believers that worships together in an
where they might enjoy the fruits of youth- atmosphere where wonderful opportunities daily
oriented Christian fellowship. Jeff Holcomb’s exist for congregants to identify a particular
generosity in his will has provided support for cause or mission in which they are interested and
numerous projects, such as the renewal work at to perpetuate that calling through service and the
Highland Church, salary support for the Children’s amazing grace of God. Particularly at this time
Ministry position for three years, the building of when we have a challenge to reduce the debt on
a Bicentennial Year Habitat for Humanity house, our new building, a bequest provides a wonderful
supporting the new church development at opportunity to support the work of First
Sherando, building and repair projects of three Presbyterian Church for the next generation of
other congregations in our presbytery (Mt. Hope, Christians who will be educated and challenged
after fire; Seneca Rocks’ roof damage and to serve Christ and neighbor through this
Middletown Presbyterian’s building expansion), ministry.
September 2008 3
Spiritual Growth Opportunities Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Life
A 32-week study of the Hebrew Writings of the
Through Adult Education Christian Bible (Ruth, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra,
Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs,
2008-2009 Program Year Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, and
Daniel) and the New Testament books the Gospel of
On Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour, John, the Letters of John, James, Jude, and
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: beginning September 14: Revelation
Christian Parenting Wednesday mornings 9:30 a.m. to 12N
A study of how healthy boundaries grow healthy Led by Charlie Leeper and Dick Creasey
children using the Boundaries with Kids curriculum Location: Donegal House North
developed by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Christian Believer
Townsend. Led by Diane and Terry Sinclair A 30-week study of the central doctrines of the
Location: Graham Room [Rooms 117-118] Christian faith and how they emerge from the Bible.
McFaden Men’s Bible Class Wednesday evenings 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A study of the New Testament Church using The Led by Dan McCoig and Pam Webber
Present Word curriculum. Led by Alan Morrison Location: Donegal House North
Location: Room 223 Advanced registration for all Disciple courses is
Sycamore Class required. Student manuals must be ordered in
A study of The Belhar Confession of the Uniting advance of the first class meeting. Please register
Reformed Church of Southern Africa. Led by with Dan McCoig at dan@firstchurch-
Charlie Leeper, Cindia Stewart, and Marge winchester.org or 662-3824 no later than September
Toxopeus 5. Thank you very much.
Location: Donegal House South Small group monthly book studies:
Thoughtful Christian Faith Stretchers
A study of the ways in which Christian thought A monthly book study that gathers at 7:30 p.m. on
impacts daily living using the web-based curriculum the fourth Monday of each month from September
entitled Thoughtful Christian. The study will begin through May to discuss an assigned book. The group
with an exploration of the life and thought of the gathers in the home of a different participant each
Apostle Paul. Led by Dan McCoig. month. The reading list is currently being finalized.
Location: Donegal House North For details, please contact Rich Reifsnyder at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-3824.
Periodically, throughout the program year, short-term Lenten Book Study
courses will be offered in Loudoun Hall. Some of the A seven-week lunch-hour study, 12N, on Thursdays,
course topics scheduled are marriage enrichment, February 6 through April 9. The book for Lent 2009
spiritual organization, stewardship, creeds and is Judy Cannato’s Quantum Grace. Led by Dan
confessions for parents of confirmation-aged McCoig
students, and Christian philanthropy. Location: Donegal House North
Make spiritual growth a priority in your life. There
Disciple small-group Bible studies during the week, are numerous groups in First Presbyterian Church to
both morning and evening times, beginning the week aid you in your pursuit of spiritual maturity.
of September 8:
In addition to the learning and relating groups listed
Disciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible here, there are many additional praying, serving, and
Study caring groups as well.
A 34-week survey of the Bible
Tuesday mornings 9:30 a.m. to 12N For additional information or to explore the creation
Led by Rich Reifsnyder and Jim Wahlman of a new group, please contact Dan McCoig at
Location: Donegal House North email@example.com or 662-3824.
September 2008 4
STEPHEN By Roger Callis
MINISTRY Parents, please keep
TRAINING BEGINS Wednesday afternoons
“open” in your children’s
schedules for choir. Our three
children’s choirs will
On August 27 Stephen Ministry training began continue to meet on Wednesday afternoons from
for a group of eight lay people from our 4:30-5:30. The Preschool Choir and the Cherub Choir
congregation and one from Sherando (kindergarten and first grade) resume rehearsals on
Presbyterian. We are very thankful and excited Wednesday, September 10. Please try to arrive a few
that God led these people to this ministry. minutes early to register your choir member(s).
New this year for the Carol Choir (grades 3, 4, and
Over the next few months our Stephen Minister
5), rehearsals will still be from 4:30-5:30, but the
trainees will receive 50 hours of training in
older children can come at 4:15 for recreation. Last
Christian caring skills. Some of the areas these
year after we moved into our new facilities, these
people will cover in the training sequence
children had a great time before choir letting off
include listening effectively, dealing with
some energy before it was time to sing.
feelings, confidentiality, using the resources of
Christianity, being assertive, and a number of ALL CHILDREN’S CHOIRS START BACK ON
topics dealing with specific life crises. The SEPTEMBER 10.
training will emphasize the theology of caring ADULTS! You are WANTED, INVITED, AND
for the whole person. ENCOURAGED to be a part of our Chancel Choir.
Following the training sequence, these men and Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00.
women will be commissioned as Stephen This December the choir will present Vivaldi’s
Ministers to carry out ministries of caring within GLORIA. Chancel Choir rehearsals resume on
our congregation and community, with people Thursday, September 4. BTW, we have some great
experiencing such problems in life as new music to start our choir year, so plan to be here
hospitalization, grief, depression, loneliness, for our very first look at what’s new.
divorce, aging issues and many other life Handbell choirs, handchime choir, and youth praise
challenges. ensemble will all start the first week in September
The people who are attending the training and also. Further information will be in the Sunday
committing to two years as Stephen Ministers bulletins and on the church’s eNnotices on Fridays.
from our congregation are Betty Schutte-Box, For further information on any of our choirs, please
Deb Clark, Carolyn Gartner, Peter Gartner, contact Roger Callis, minister of music.
Mark Johnson, Patti Keeton, Cindia Stewart,
Carolyn Waters and from Sherando congregation
is Suzanne Creswell. Please keep them in your
thoughts and prayers as they receive this training Stewardship Update as of July 31, 2008
for caring ministry. Monthly need to accomplish ministry $102,562
If you have any questions about Stephen Revenues received in July $ 42,855
Ministry training or about receiving care from a
Stephen Minister, please call one of the Stephen Year to date budgeted expenses $714,719
Leaders: Rich Reifsnyder at 662-3824, Sandy Year to date revenues $575,168
Cleaver at 662-3108, Jan Smith at 662-7979, or
Linda Swiger at 662-6988. Please consider prayerfully your commitment to
support the work of Christ and His Church. Thank
September 2008 5
It has also been a busy hosting
Jubilee Kitchen News summer, and our youth center, 12
East Cork, has served as
By Ken and Daisy Fujishiro
overnight accommodations for a
We want to thank all those who answered the number of mission teams going to
call for help on the first Saturday in August. We and from their mission sites.
had more willing hands than we had jobs for, and These teams came from New
some were turned away. Jersey, Georgia and two teams
came from New York!
The first Saturday of every month has historically
been reserved for volunteers from First Church.
The need is for 8 to 10 volunteers from 10:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. These volunteers will help set
tables, serve and clean up to augment the core
cadre that come every Saturday to prepare the A New Year for the
food and clean up the kitchen.
Our current cadre consists of Rita Blackwell and
non-FPC members Gary Galati, George By Claire Prosser
Quarles and Evelyn Perry. Valera and Gary The summer is almost over and
Belcher, Armand and John Fisher, Al Toxopeus the Weekday School is gearing
and Mary Hofstra, our FPC volunteer up for another year. If you
coordinator, augment this group as necessary. haven’t already seen the tiles,
take a moment to visit the wonderful display in the
To keep from having too many volunteers back stairwell. Thank you again to all who
showing up on a particular first Saturday, and participated in this project. It has raised a substantial
yet, have enough willing hands, a sign up sheet amount towards our new playground and is a colorful
will be posted in the hallway on Sundays. Please addition to the stairs.
sign up if you see a blank space. Parent Night is on Wednesday, September 3, at 7
p.m. The teaching staff will be introduced to parents.
There will be an opportunity to purchase T-shirts and
car magnets and also register your Martin’s and Food
Lion bonus cards, both of which earn money for the
school. We also welcome bonus card numbers from
Mission News church members to help raise funds for the school.
You can register your information at Martin’s or sign
By Maren Betts-Sonstegard up at the Opportunity Fair on September 7.
This summer has been a busy one mission-wise in Classrooms will be open on September 4 and 5 for
ways you might not realize. Our church van had five children to meet their teachers and see their
weeks straight of traveling—first with First Baptist classrooms. School will begin on Monday,
Church’s mission trip to Kentucky followed by a September 8 at 9 a.m.
mission trip with Sherando and Highland Memorial
Sundaes with Dads is the first event of the year and
Presbyterian churches. Then it was used by our youth
will be held on October 13 at 6:30 p.m. This
for a weeklong mission trip in Pittsburgh, where it
wonderful tradition is a fun evening for our students
carted around work teams and supplies. Then there
and fathers alike.
was a weeklong trip with the Cub Scouts. And finally
a weeklong trip to the University of Pittsburgh’s
Johnstown campus for the middle school conference,
The Great Escape. This was a wonderful use of our RALLY DAY IS SEPTEMBER 7
church property to serve Christ and neighbor in the
heart of Winchester and beyond! Sing a New Psalm to the Lord
September 2008 6
Safe Sanctuaries: Protecting our Come Play With Us!
Children, Youth and Volunteers By Brent and Nicole Sergent, Preschool Ministry
By the Discipleship and Education Council
Have you ever watched Zacchaeus climb the
During the sacrament of infant baptism, our faith sycamore tree? How about watch the fish and
community affirms its willingness to take loaves multiply right in front of your eyes? Have
responsibility for the nurture of those being you helped take the roof off the building to lower
baptized. The spiritual growth and nurturing of the paralytic into the home where Jesus was?
our children and youth is clearly a primary Didn’t think so.
ministry of our church. In the past we have had a
policy in place to safeguard our children, youth These are all Biblical events that our three- and
and volunteers from the four-year-old children have been able to
possibility of abusive experience through Godly Play Sunday School, a
situations taking place. This unique teaching experience that allows children
past year the Discipleship and to learn in a developmentally appropriate way.
Education Council has felt For the past four years, the preschoolers of First
called to deepen and enhance Church have learned the Gospel message
that policy. So while many through storytelling with wooden figures and
aspects of the policy are structures, a small desert sandbox, and a
already in place and miniature Mt. Sinai (just to name a few!) This
implemented, such as viewing- special teaching method models adult worship
glass areas in all classroom doors, new aspects of and also includes songs of praise and sharing of
the policy require a cooperative effort by staff, a blessing and snack. It’s a method that the
volunteer leaders, parents and church members. Children’s Ministry team and preschool teachers
Having two people in a classroom with children have found to be amazingly effective (and fun).
and youth was already a part of our policy, but If you’ve seen your child roll out wrapping paper
we need the help of the congregation to make to make the “road to Bethlehem” or use his/her
sure this is possible without exception. An Little People to “be Mary and Joseph,” we know
important part of this updated policy is regular you’ll agree!
educational sessions for teachers and volunteers Since the integration of Godly Play into the
to ensure our classrooms and events are as safe preschool curriculum, three- and four-year-old
as possible and to educate ourselves about children have taken turns visiting our special
prevention of abusive situations. Another Godly Play room. Because of the blessing of our
important update is background checks for those recent building expansion, we will be able to
volunteers with one-on-one contact with children have two Godly Play rooms at the beginning of
and youth. While this could be seen as intrusive, our 2008-2009 school year. This will allow our
we have been very careful to select a method that children to fully experience Godly Play and
will be as non-intrusive as possible while remain in the room where their lesson is taught
allowing us to protect the safety of our children. and worship shared. They will be able to use the
We ask you, our family in Christ, to support us Godly Play learning pieces to touch, smell (yes,
in these efforts, which ultimately serve to protect we have incense and myrrh), and reenact the
the well-being of everyone, and we will gladly stories that are so new and exciting to them. This
entertain your questions and concerns in making new opportunity will make these stories real and
our church a Safe Sanctuary. unforgettable—and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
Stop by and PLAY with us anytime—storytellers
Visit First Church on the World Wide Web young and old are always welcome!
September 2008 7
Meet our Children’s Ministry Other members of the Children’s Ministry
coordinating leadership team include:
Teresa Hoffman, Children’s Ministry
By Stacey Iden assistant
Children’s Ministry officially welcomes Laura Heather Singer, Children and Family
McPhaul as elementary ministry coordinator Ministry coordinator
and Avery Ramspeck as Weekday School Debbie Lock-Smith, Child Care
chapel coordinator for the 2008-2009 school Ministry coordinator
year. While an official announcement is Brent and Nicole Sergent, Preschool
necessary to communicate the change in the Ministry coordinators
leadership team of our children’s ministry,
neither of these leaders need much introduction,
as they both have been extremely involved in our
New or Renew: Child Care
Children’s Ministry for quite a few years. Ministry
Laura McPhaul has been involved with the By Stacey Iden
children of our church since she and her family Whether you are new to the Children’s Ministry,
joined in 2005. She has spent numerous hours or would like to renew yourself—now is a great
involved with the Weekday School team, where time to be involved in the Child Care Ministry
she most recently chaired the Color the World during worship. With September already here
tile fundraiser for our new playground. She has and the return of many families from vacations
served as a Sunday school leader and Godly Play and summer bliss, our child care rooms are open
storyteller on Sunday mornings. She has also and ready to warmly minister to the youngest in
been instrumental in the leadership and creative our church family.
design of our summer Vacation Bible School.
Laura is full of energy with excellent skills in With the growing number of babies and young
communication, organization and relationship children in our midst, we are always looking for
building. new volunteers interested in helping these
children discover all that God has planned for
Avery Ramspeck is shifting her time and talents their precious new lives. If you miss that “baby
in a new direction. Over the past couple of years, love” and want to wrap your arms around a
Avery served as the elementary ministry beautiful bundle to relish each tiny detail of one
coordinator. While she only received that official of God’s treasured gifts, we have a rocking chair
title in 2005, Avery has been a key leader and waiting for you. If you prefer the eager curiosity
organizer of our Sunday morning ministry for and energy of toddlers and preschoolers, our
elementary children since we began the doors are open.
Workshop Rotation Model of Sunday school in
the fall of 2001. Avery has also served as a Please feel free to become acquainted or
member of the Weekday School team, VBS reacquainted with our Child Care Ministry. Our
planning team, and Children’s Ministry team, doors are open each Sunday morning from 8:15
where she was team leader. Avery is a teacher by a.m.-12:15 p.m. for you to explore our rooms,
trade and offers an incredible amount of ask questions of our Child Care coordinator,
experience and knowledge through a loving and Debbie Lock-Smith, or to take a leap of faith
compassionate demeanor. and complete a Child Care Ministry volunteer
form so that you begin planting the seeds that
Children’s Ministry is excited that both of these give children a faith that grows.
women have answered God’s call to share their
faith and serve our children and families. Please For additional information, please feel free to
be sure to extend your appreciation to them as contact Debbie at 662-3824, ext. 29.
they begin the journey in their new positions!
September 2008 8
Jul 24 Colin Jesudian, son of Archana & Dennis
McLoughlin, grandson of Mary Carolyn & Dennis
CCAP Sunday Jul 30 Blake & Ella, twins of Rebecca & Barry Morrison
Aug 2 Mason Andrew, son of Kelly & Brooke Hughes
Aug 8 Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Sarah & Ned Browning,
of each month granddaughter of Liz Browning
Aug 18 Leah Rhys, daughter of Melissa & John Scully,
September 21 granddaughter of Chris & John Scully
In Memoriam, with Christian sympathy to the families
“Those who are Jun 27 Nancy Jones, sister of Patsy Caldwell & Katherine
generous are blessed, for Lynn
they share their bread Jul 12 Robert Lynch, brother of Kay Macpherson
with the poor.” Jul 15 Corrie Tomlinson, mother of Leisa Zoller
Jul 24 Bob Rayne, brother of Daisy Fujishiro
of each month
Sunday, September 7
Come join us to learn about opportunities
to help serve First Presbyterian Church
and our community.
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Associate Pastor: The Reverend Maren Betts-Sonstegard
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