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É Prayer Calendar ~ September 2010/October 2010 Presbytery Staff E-mail Addresses:
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Bert Sigmon email@example.com
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STAT ED CLERK Beth Gunn email@example.com
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YO UT H
É Time to Mark Your Calendars ~ Youth Events for 2010
É Youth Council for 2010-2011
É Kick Off Games for the fall!
É Drum Player
CARE O F CHURCH PRO FESSIO NALS
É Pastor Appreciation Month
O UT REACH DIVISIO N
É Becca Young Newsletter
É Amanda Craft Newsletter
É Hunger Program Application
É Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly Mission Council
SCHO O L FO R T HE LAIT Y/CO MMISSIO N LAY PAST O R
É SL/CLP Training Program
É Need An Organ?
É Needed: Part-Time Christian Education Coordinator
É Grandfather Home for Children - The Church Connection - August 2010
É Grandfather Home for Children - The Church Connection - September 2010
The Presbytery of Western North Carolina
114 Silver Creek Road, M organton, NC 28655 Phone: (828)438-4217 Fax: (828)437-8655
TO: Churches of the Presbytery of WNC
FROM: Bobbi White, General Presbyter
DATE: August 15, 2010
SUBJECT: Prayer Calendar for September and October
Many of our churches include the following paragraphs in their bulletins and newsletters each week. This
encourages their members to pray for these congregations on the designated Sundays.
v Consider sending the churches a card telling them they were held up in prayer. v
September 5th - Sylva First (46 Presbyterian Drive, Sylva, NC 28779)
After one year with our Interim Minister, Tyler Martin, we are “equipped to do the work of ministry.” Now,
we ask you to join us in praying for God to reveal our new Minister. We are enthused (God within) about
“building up the body of Christ,” including ourselves.
September 12th - Third Street (605 North Highland Street, Gastonia, NC 28052)
Third Street Presbyterian Church is a church of God’s servants growing, changing and impacting lives
spiritually in church and community. Please pray for the officers, members and pastor, Eddie Deas, of Third
Street Presbyterian Church as we face the opportunities presented to us in these challenging economic
times. As we continue to redefine our ministry practices and initiate new ministries, please pray that the
Lord of the Harvest might send us out to witness and serve boldly in His name.
September 19th - Trinity (900 Blythe Street, Hendersonville, NC 28791)
The mission statement of Trinity Presbyterian Church reads, “Trinity is a family of faith called to make
the Word known to all ages, to grow in faith together, to minister to those in need, and to do all these
things with joy, love and compassion in the name of Christ the Lord.” Please pray for Trinity’s
congregation, Deacons, Session and staff as we week to live into our mission statement in service to the
triune God. Offer prayers for our staff and pastors, Mark Stanley, Dwight Christenbury and Joe
Gernoske, Commissioned Lay Pastor.
September 26th - Tryon (430 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC 28782)
No information available.
October 3rd - Union (5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056)
No information available.
October 10th - Union Mills (2378 Centennial Road, Union Mills, NC 28167)
Our church is yearning for membership growth and for our Homecoming on October 3rd to be a
heartfelt and inspiring celebration. We need to become more than just a small collection of worshipers;
we want to be a relevant outlet for people who seek a richer life of faith. Remember our pastor,
October 17th - United (P.O. Box 1495, Lenoir, NC 28645)
No information available.
October 24th - Unity (8210 Unity Church Road, Denver, NC 28037)
Pray with thanksgiving for our new members, new initiatives and the large number of middle school youth that will be part of
our youth ministry this year. Please pray for God to prosper our health care ministry, new peacemaking directions,
upcoming Angel Food ministry and for the financial health of the church as we continue to support so many programs and
complete our debt payments on the two new buildings. Remember our pastor, Carol Clark, and Parish Associate, Mark
October 31st - Vians Valley (P.O. Box 202, Bakersville, NC 28705)
No information available.
MISSION PRAYER CALENDAR: Even as we pray each week for specific churches in our Presbytery, we
can also remember our missionaries and mission activities as a reminder that our family extends into all
Joys & Prayer Concerns......
September 2, 2010
• Rev. William Sweetser, Jr. and family. Bill’s father, William B. Sweetser, Sr, passed away Tuesday,
August 31, 2010.
• Robert Garrison and Family. Robert’s brother, Sidney Garrison, passed away Thursday, August 26.
• Rev. Nancy Mugford and family. Nancy’s father passed away August 14.
• Maesel Nagy, mother of Barbara Nagy, health concerns.
• Elder Lorianne Alls, member at Crossnore and a member of Committee on Representation, health
• Mr. Arthur Burgess, member of Coordinating Council and Stewardship Committee, serious health
• Rev. Carolyn Poteet, associate pastor at Hendersonville, First, health concerns.
• Elder Warner Anthony, member at Burnsville First, health concerns.
• Rev. Joel Cherry, retired pastor, serious health concerns. He has been moved to Carolina Rehab in
• Parents of Rev. Andy Parker, pastor at Quaker Meadows, serious health concerns.
• Rev. Layton Mauze, retired pastor and former member of Committee on Ministry, serious health
• Rev. Drayton Cooper, stated supply Old Fort, serious health concerns.
• Rev. John David Stewart, retired pastor, health concerns.
• Rev. Wirt Skinner, interim pastor at Columbus, health concerns.
• The Rev. Tony Baker, pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, health concerns.
• The Rev. George Gunn, retired pastor and stated supply at Fletcher Presbyterian, health concerns.
• Mrs. Judy Nebrig and family. Judy serves as chair of the Personnel Committee. Judy’s brother-in-law,
Robin Smith, has been diagnosed with cancer.
• Rev. J. Julius Scott, Jr., retired pastor, health concerns.
• Rev. Joey Byrd, Chaplain for the 1st Armored Division, has been deployed to Baghdad
Please pray for the safety and protection our Service Men and Women who
are serving both at home and abroad.
< Barbara Nagy, Nhkoma, Malawi. Barbara and the girls, (Melia, Anna and Happy), upon their
return to Malawi and her work at Nkhoma Hospital.
< Becca Young, as she continues her ministry in Indonesia.
< Frank and Nancy Dimmock and their family, who are in Lesotho.
< Dorothy McKenzie, member of First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, is volunteering this
year at the Ebenezer School in Nkhoma, Malawi.
< Amanda Craft, Mission Co-Worker in Guatemala, Facilitator of the Presbyterian Women
of Guatemala Program. (email@example.com)
< Amy Wilson-Stayton, Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For
additional information about Amy’s work, her blog is: ballybeen.wordpress.com
< Rev. Dr. Don and Charlene Woods, Montreat Presbyterian Church, working in China and
coordinating Gobi Missions in Mongolia.
< Dan and Elizabeth Turk and their children who are serving as PCUSA mission workers in
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October Presbytery Meeting
THEME: DISCIPLESHIP AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Worship/Keynote Leader: Rev. John McCall
Rev. Becca Young, Mission Co-Worker to Indonesia
Worship/Music Leaders: Rev. Margaret Torrence and Eric Wall from Asheville, First
Conversation/Q & A Session with Commissioners to the 219th General Assembly
Bring your musical instruments for spontaneous moments of music and fellowship
October 22-23, 2010
Lake Junaluska Conference Center
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
September 17, 2010
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
EIGHTY-SIXTH STATED MEETING
OCTOBER 22-23, 2010
TWO DAY MEETING
LAKE JUNALUSKA ASSEMBLY
LAKE JUNALUSKA, NC
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OCTOBER 22-23, 2010
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General Assembly Talks
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Actions and Overtures from the 2010 General Assembly ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has now completed its work. Among its
over 300 actions are a number of adopted overtures that require the consent of a majority (2/3s for the
proposed Confession) of our Church’s 173 Presbyteries. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
West Avenue, Gastonia
Discussion meetings (hopefully with the General Assembly Commissioners) will be scheduled across the
Presbytery in September and November. In addition, at the “Let’s Celebrate” event in Morganton on
August 21 there will be courses on the proposed Revised Form of Government (FOG) and the Middle
East, as well as an opportunity to have lunch with most of the General Assembly Commissioners. September 26
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 12; September 26; November 7; and November 14
What Happened at General Assembly; Actions and Overture Discussions
that will be before the January Presbytery Meeting
(Cluster meetings within the Presbytery) November 7
February 6; February 13; and February 27
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Actions and Overture Discussions that Spruce Pine, First
will be before the April Presbytery Meeting
(Cluster meetings within the Presbytery)
. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
219TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY (2010) HOME PAGE FOR ASSEMBLY ACTIONS
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION - Part 1 of 3
Foundations of Presbyterian Polity and Form of Government
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION - Part 2 of 3
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION - Part 3 of 3
Amendments to the Book of Order
Civil Union and Marriage FAQ
Middle East Peacemaking FAQ
Ordination Standards FAQ
Same Gender BOP FAQ
Form of Government FAQ
Middle Governing Body Commission FAQ
Response to Arizona Immigration Law FAQ
ASSEMBLY IN BRIEF 2010
Time to Mark Your Calendars!!
Events for 2010
Senior High Rally
Keynote by Deb Guess
Sunday 3 pm – 6:15 pm
NO COST and NO REGISTRATION
Middle School Retreat
Keynote by Mary Todd Peterson
Camp Grier, Old Fort, NC
Friday 6 pm – Sunday 11 am
Kit Cloninger 10th First Presbyterian, Belmont
Grace LeGrand 10th First Presbyterian, Belmont
Brenham Hughes 11th Northminster Presbyterian, Hickory
Cody Duckworth 11th Black Mountain Presbyterian, Black Mountain
Katie Kiefer 12th Northminster Presbyterian, Hickory
Caroline Patton 12th Black Mountain Presbyterian, Black Mountain
Andrew Nelson 12th First Presbyterian, Hickory
Callie McCraw 12th First Presbyterian, Burnsville
Rush Ferrell 12th Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Asheville
Maggie LeGrand 12th First Presbyterian, Belmont
Mollie Westall 12th First Presbyterian, Spruce Pine
Samantha Roller 10th First Presbyterian, Morganton
Chelsea Anderson 10th First Presbyterian, Morganton
Charles West 12th First Presbyterian, Cherryville
Mary Bernhardt 10th Northminster Presbyterian, Hickory
Joseph Vaughn 12th First Presbyterian, Gastonia
Bethany Vaughn 12th First Presbyterian, Gastonia
Kayla Easler 11th First Presbyterian, Gastonia
Eleanor Fredrick 10th Waldensian Presbyterian, Valdese
Connor Pilgrim 11th First Presbyterian, Hickory
Elizabeth Menard 10th First Presbyterian, Hickory
Levi Bannerman 10th Black Mountain Presbyterian, Black Mountain
Kick Off Games for the fall!
GOAL: Mixer, Community Builder, Teamwork and just plain FUN. This is to give individuals the opportunity to
learn about one another and to energizer the start of the new youth group season. Groups/Teams will need to
work together in order to “display” or “draw” whatever object with their team members, using their bodies.
SUPPLIES: People and ideas of objects you wish the large group to “draw” out with their bodies. You will also
need a large area for the groups to spread out.
Divide the large group into two groups…try and get as close as possible to equal numbers.
You will need to designate “sketching areas” (playing areas) for each team.
The goal is to get the groups to create pictures of items that are called out by the facilitators. The goal is to work
as a team in order to get the “sketch” accomplished the quickest, but also take into account the creativity of their
For example, let’s say the “sketch” is to be a bicycle. You might want to take into account if a team finishes a
little later, but has moving parts, like the pedals or wheels.
You can be as creative as you wish. Try your best to start out simple in the beginning with the “sketches” so they
can get the hang of it, then move onto more detailed “sketches.”
BUILD A HANDSHAKE
GOAL: Mixer and Community Builder. This is to give individuals the opportunity to learn about one another and
to energize the start of the youth group season.
MATERIALS: People! An even number of people will work best.
Have the youth and leaders get into pairs.
Have these pairs to create a handshake together that will have three parts or moves. Have the groups practice it
enough so they can teach this handshake to someone else. For example, a pair might do a high five followed by a
pinkie shake followed by a regular handshake.
After the pairs have had a few minutes to practice, we will ask everyone to find new partners. (Say hello and
introduce yourself.) Now, these new pairs will have to teach each other their first handshake and then put the two
handshakes together in order to form one long handshake. We will now give these pairs a few minutes to practice
so that they can be able to teach someone else the new handshake.
After these pairs have practiced for a while, they will now need to find a new partner (one they have not worked
with). These new pairs will now share their second handshake with their new partner and then put the two
together. The pairs will now have one long handshake with 12 parts or moves.
Have a couple demonstrate their handshake. Do we dare go one more round?
Silently, each person thinks of a prayer request.
Translate the request into a short phrase, and then use the syllable pattern to
turn that phrase into a rhythm. (assume 4/4 time)
The prayer leader starts a slow beat, and each person adds their rhythm to the
(If you don't have drums, you can use clapping, stomping, slapping legs, shaking
Variations: The prayer leader can adjust the volume, making the prayer softer or
Clergy Appreciation Month
Care of Church Professionals Sub-Committee
As you may be aware by now, October is “Clergy Appreciation Month.” This year, the Care of Church Professionals Sub-
Committee has come across a couple of sobering articles—with some even-more-sobering statistics—concerning the
rates of burnout, serious medical problems, and emotional stress, etc., among pastors (and in many cases among church
professionals in general).
The first article, “Taking a Break from the Lord’s Work,” appeared in early August in The New York Times. It cites
statistics and then presents the personal stories of a handful of pastors, emphasizing the importance of rest, time off, and
The second piece, “Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?,” is by a pastor/blogger named Eugene
Cho. He goes into greater detail than does the Times piece, and shares some disturbing statistics and heart-breaking stories
of the difficulties some pastors face, before concluding with the good news that most pastors, nonetheless, find ministry to
be immensely fulfilling.
Each year at this time, the Care of Church Professionals Sub-Committee provides congregations in the Presbytery of
Western North Carolina with a list of suggestions for ways to affirm and show support for your pastor. That list appears
below, but this year we encourage you to first take a few minutes to read the enclosed articles, and then think about ways
that your congregation might say “Thank you” to your pastor(s) for their hard work, dedication, and love.
* * *
Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work
By Paul Vitello
[Originally published on August 1, 2010, in The New York Times; available online at
The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: Members of the clergy
now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of
antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.
Public health experts who have led the studies caution that there is no simple explanation of why so many members of a
profession, once associated with rosy-cheeked longevity, have become so unhealthy and unhappy.
But while research continues, a growing number of health care experts and religious leaders have settled on one simple
remedy that has long been a touchy subject with many clerics: taking more time off.
“We had a pastor in our study group who hadn‟t taken a vacation in 18 years,” said Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, an assistant
professor of health research at Duke University, who directs one of the studies. “These people tend to be driven by a sense
of a duty to God to answer every call for help from anybody, and they are virtually called upon all the time, 24/7.”
As cellphones and social media expose the clergy to new dimensions of stress, and as health care costs soar, some of the
country‟s largest religious denominations have begun wellness campaigns that preach the virtues of getting away. It has
been described by some health experts as a sort of slow-food movement for the clerical soul.
In the United Methodist Church in recent months, some church administrators have been contacting ministers known to
skip vacation to make sure they have scheduled their time, Ms. Proeschold-Bell said.
The church, the nation‟s largest mainline Protestant denomination, led the way with a 2006 directive that strongly urged
ministers to take all the vacation they were entitled to — a practice then almost unheard of in some busy congregations.
“Time away can bring renewal,” the directive said, “and help prevent burnout.”
The Episcopal, Baptist and Lutheran churches have all undertaken health initiatives that place special emphasis on the
need for pastors to take vacations and observe “Sabbath days,” their weekday time off in place of Sundays.
The Lilly Endowment, a philanthropic foundation based in Indiana, has awarded grants of up to $45,000 each to hundreds
of Christian congregations in the past few years, under a project called the National Clergy Renewal Program, for the
purpose of giving pastors extended sabbaticals.
And while recent research has focused largely on mainline Protestant churches, some Jewish leaders have begun to
encourage rabbis to take sabbaticals.
“We now recommend three or four months every three or four years,” said Rabbi Joel Meyers, a past executive vice
president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis. “There is a deep concern about
stress. Rabbis today are expected to be the C.E.O. of the congregation and the spiritual guide, and never be out of town if
somebody dies. And reply instantly to every e-mail.”
Some nondenominational evangelical Christian ministers have embraced a similar approach, outlined in two best-selling
books by the Rev. Peter Scazzero, pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church in Elmhurst, Queens.
Mr. Scazzero, 54, is the unofficial leader of a growing counterculture among independent pastors who reject the constant-
growth ethic that has contributed to the explosion of so-called mega-churches.
In the books, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” and “The Emotionally Healthy Church,” he advocates more vacation
time for members of the clergy, Sabbath-keeping, and a “rhythm of stopping,” or daily praying, that he learned from the
silent order of Trappist monks.
Mr. Scazzero said that depression and alienation from his wife and four children prompted him a half-dozen years ago to
try living more consciously and less compulsively.
“It‟s hard to lead a contemplative life on Queens Boulevard,” Mr. Scazzero said. “But the insight I gained from the
Trappists is that being too „busy‟ is an impediment to one‟s relationship with God.”
Clergy health studies say that many clerics have “boundary issues”—defined as being too easily overtaken by the urgency
of other people‟s needs.
Dr. Gwen Wagstrom Halaas, a family physician who is married to a Lutheran minister and who wrote a 2004 book raising
the alarm about clergy health (“The Right Road: Life Choices for Clergy”), described the problem as a misperception
about serving God.
“They think that taking care of themselves is selfish, and that serving God means never saying no,” she said.
Larger social trends, like the aging and shrinking of congregations, the dwindling availability of volunteers in the era of
two-income households, and the likelihood that a male pastor‟s wife has a career of her own, also spur some ministers to
push themselves past their limits, she said.
The High Mountain Church of the Nazarene in North Haledon, N.J., started with 25 members 10 years ago and grew to
115 before its pastor, the Rev. Steven Creange, noticed strains in his marriage and decided to slow down.
Mr. Creange said he and his wife feel lavishly rested—and much happier—since they began observing Sabbath days on
Fridays and making occasional weekend getaways.
“I just don‟t go to every graduation and every communion anymore,” he said. “And people accept it.”
In May, the Clergy Health Initiative, a seven-year study that Duke University began in 2007, published the first results of
a continuing survey of 1,726 Methodist ministers in North Carolina. Compared with neighbors in their census tracts, the
ministers reported significantly higher rates of arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. Obesity was 10 percent
more prevalent in the clergy group.
The results echoed recent internal surveys by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which found that 69 percent of
its ministers reported being overweight, 64 percent having high blood pressure and 13 percent taking antidepressants.
A 2005 survey of clergy by the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church also took special note of a quadrupling in
the number of people leaving the profession during the first five years of ministry, compared with the 1970s.
Roman Catholic and Muslim clerics said the symptoms sounded familiar.
“We have all of these problems, but imams are reluctant to express it because it will seem like a sign of weakness,” said
Imam Shamsi Ali, director of the Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. “Also, mosques do not pay much and many of them
work two jobs.”
Catholic canon law requires priests—“unless there is a grave reason to the contrary”—to take a spiritual retreat each year,
and four weeks of vacation.
That vacation regulation has led Msgr. Gus Bennett of Brooklyn to take a camping trip on horseback in the Wyoming
wilderness with friends every year for 30 years.
Monsignor Bennett, 87, a canon lawyer, now semi-retired, who spent most of his working years setting up and managing
the pension plan for priests and lay employees of the Diocese of Brooklyn, says he has always felt his religious side to be
most alive during those nights in Wyoming, “sleeping on the ground, under the whole of creation.”
He does not know how it affected his health. “I just know it made it easier to come back and jump into the books,” he
* * *
Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
By Eugene Cho
[Originally posted on August 12, 2010, on the Sojourners blog: http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/12/death-by-ministry-why-is-
Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and
vitality for my denomination.
I chose to spend some time doing that for selfish reasons. I was, and am, still learning how to take better care of myself in
ministry—while completely acknowledging that sometimes, it‟s not supposed to feel right.
What I learned was pretty shocking and heartbreaking, but one of the conclusions I came to was that as ministry leaders,
pastors, and other pursuers of God‟s work, it helps to understand some of the challenges ahead and to be proactive rather
than reactive. Yesterday, I posted Part I of this post entitled “Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?” (at
http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/why-is-being-a-pastor-so-challenging/). The reasons are complex, and I‟ll
acknowledge that when one looks for “doom and gloom,” you‟ll find some discouraging things. I can focus an entry
purely on the joys and blessings of pastoral ministry and feel confident I can write a compelling piece. But these statistics
(and stories that many of us are aware of) and our personal stories are hard to ignore.
Here’s a summary of what I learned and shared:
There are varying reports from different sources, but I believe most will agree that the ministerial profession (life as
pastors) is now considered one of the most dangerous or unhealthiest professions. It‟s usually rated last or second to last.
Read this from a local Northwest minister, Mark, on a comment on an earlier post:
“At the first church I served, we had an insurance agent who was a member of the congregation. When I went to
see him about some auto insurance needs, he said „Hey, wanna see something that will scare the crap out of you?‟
… He pulled out a form that had various professions rated for their risk of giving life insurance policies to …
Anyway, to make a lengthening story shorter, he showed me that clergy members were in the same category as
Deep Sea Welders and Loggers as the second highest risk group to give life insurance policies to. We were behind
crab fishermen but ahead of munitions workers. It was a little disturbing to know that statistically I was gonna die
due to my profession before someone who builds explosives. This was back in 1994[;] the statistics may be better
(or worse) now.”
If you don‟t believe the above comment, read some of these statistics:
48 percent of them think their work is hazardous to their family‟s well being. Another 45.5 percent will experience
burnout or depression that will make them leave their jobs. And 70 percent say their self-esteem is lower now than when
they started their position. They have the 2nd highest divorce rate among professions. Who are they? They are pastors.
Here are some more overwhelming statistics from this article:
80 percent of pastors say they have insufficient time with spouse and that ministry has a negative effect on their
40 percent report a serious conflict with a parishioner once a month.
33 percent say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
75 percent report they‟ve had significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
58 percent of pastors indicate that their spouse needs to work either part time or full time to supplement the family
56 percent of pastors‟ wives say they have no close friends.
Pastors who work fewer than 50 hours/week are 35 percent more likely to be terminated.
40 percent of pastors considered leaving the pastorate in the past three months.
Feeling dizzy? Take a breath. Here‟s some more statistics:
1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their
50 percent of pastors‟ marriages will end in divorce.
80 percent of pastors and 84 percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
50 percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of
making a living.
80 percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first
70 percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
Almost 40 percent polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.
70 percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons. [compiled
by Darrin Patrick]
While I love being a pastor and, even more, being called to be a pastor, I want folks to know how incredibly difficult it is
at times to handle the complexities and stress of being a minister. Finally, at the age of 36, I feel more at peace at how to
create boundaries, love my church, better care for my wife and children, support my fellow staff, handle criticism, etc.,
but there are times when I feel clueless and overwhelmed. I‟ve been having occasional visitors from a blog started by and
for pastors‟ wives (couldn‟t find one for pastors‟ husbands). Some of their comments have been difficult to read because
they hit so close to home. I will not post a link to their blog here, but here are two comments:
“Oh, and the financial part is tough. We live on poverty level. I don‟t know how we are going to pay all the bills
sometimes, much less buy groceries. The Lord always comes through, though, and on a really tough week,
someone in the church will anonymously give us a gift. We have no in-between at our church. It‟s either people
trying to help us out, (it‟s all there what we make each week—in black and white) or it‟s people that have this
attitude—„Pastors are supposed to suffer and sacrifice. It‟s part of the job.‟ Has anyone else noticed that
mentality? I don‟t know where it comes from, and it is one of my biggest pet peeves. Pastors aren‟t supposed to
drive nice cars, have nice houses, or buy new clothes. And we are always supposed to be worried about making
ends meet. I wonder if it is just half of my church that thinks that way.”
Here‟s the second comment:
“Today my son approached my husband and randomly said „I guess you‟re going back to church now.‟ And he
wasn‟t going anywhere! During seminary, he would walk around the house saying, „Bye bye daddy. Bye bye
daddy!‟ So sad, but very true. It‟s definitely a calling, isn‟t it? I told my husband the other day: „In my classes that
I took to prepare me to be a minister‟s wife, they told me over and over again, it is the loneliest job in the world,
but I never realized it until we were in the role …”
While I feel solid support from my staff, my elder board, and the church as a whole, I know that many of my peers do not
feel this way.
Simply, pastors are often underpaid, under-appreciated, and at times, undermined.
There is strain on their marriages and families. Two other incredibly real factors that add complexities to the ministerial
calling are: 1) the cultural complexity and dynamic of the 21st century and 2) the nebulous but real nature of the spiritual
realm and battle. The reality is that being a pastor is not just merely a job, nor should it be one. Ministry is a calling. It‟s
both amazing and incredibly difficult. While it isn‟t my desire to over-dramatize the significance of ministry, I do believe
that the Evil One seeks to impede and harm the work that is to take place through ministers and pastors.
As for the “cultural complexity of the 21st century,” I think this quote captures my sentiment:
“My viewpoint tends to be more organizational, so my take on being a pastor is that it is an impossible job. Here
you are asked to be the lead preacher and teacher, available for counseling sessions, leading a staff of people that
can span such responsibilities as missions and janitorial, serving as the public face for your organization in the
community, networking with other leaders at Christian conferences and denominational gatherings. That‟s a lot of
hats! … Let‟s finally consider the financial issues. I don‟t believe pastors are paid very well, so that‟s obviously a
downer. And if you are paid well, and sometimes even if you aren‟t, that has its own issues, for congregants can
quite easily feel they own you, since they‟re paying your way. What other organizations is the person at top in
such an awkward financial relationship with his or her co-workers and clients?”
My point is very simple:
Please care, pray, and love your pastors (and church staff) in your churches.
Seriously, give them a nice pay raise, more time off, regular opportunities to get away for even a day retreat to pray, buy
them some dinner certificates, honor their spouses, love their children, pray for them, and regularly share your
appreciation and affirmation.
Now, I know that this can easily be intended to perpetuate the victim language or mentality, but it‟s a two-way street.
Churches must seek to honor and care for its pastors and staff and build healthy structures to ensure such care. Similarly,
pastors and their families must make choices to be holistically healthy! We must rest, Sabbath, enjoy God, love the
Scriptures not simply for the sake of sermon preparations, be in deep friendships and community, exercise, work on our
jump shot, continue to be readers and learners, love and honor our spouses, nurture our children, laugh and have fun, eat
healthy and drink good refreshments (use your imagination here), examine and repent of any possible addictions, and [add
your contribution here].
We need to lean on God, stop our self-sufficiency, and repent of the idolatry to please all those around us. Easier said than
done, but it needs to begin somewhere. Why not now?
Some good news:
Despite the intense nature of pastoral ministry, it is also immensely fulfilling. Huh? It makes total sense to me. According
to a recent survey, the top five professions are clergy, physical therapists, firefighters, education administrators, and
“Clergy ranked by far the most satisfied and the most generally happy of 198 occupations. 87 percent of clergy said they
were „very satisfied‟ with their work, compared with an average 47 percent for all workers. Sixty-seven percent reported
being „very happy,‟ compared with an average 33 percent for all workers. Jackson Carroll, Williams professor emeritus of
religion and society at Duke Divinity School, found similarly high satisfaction when he studied Protestant and Catholic
clergy, despite relatively modest salaries and long hours. „They look at their occupation as a calling,‟ Carroll said. „A
pastor does get called on to enter into some of the deepest moments of a person‟s life, celebrating a birth and sitting with
people at times of illness or death. There‟s a lot of fulfillment.‟”
So, while pastoral ministry is at times exhausting, draining, depressing, and overwhelming, it‟s also meaningful and
May God grant you grace, courage, and strength.
God bless you, pastors. God bless your spouses and your children. May you bless your flock, and may you be blessed by
them. And together, may you bless the Lord as you seek to bless His creation.
(Please pass this on to pastors but especially to those who sit on boards, groups, and committees that help to care for the
pastors and leaders of their churches.)
Eugene Cho, a second-generation Korean-American, is the founder and lead pastor of Quest Church in Seattle and the
executive director of Q Cafe, an innovative nonprofit neighborhood café and music venue. You can stalk him at his blog
(http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/) or follow him on Twitter. He and his wife are also launching a grassroots movement,
One Day’s Wages, to fight extreme global poverty.
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Thank you for taking the time to read these articles. Now, here are some suggestions for ways to affirm your
pastor. These ideas may serve as a springboard for other ideas, especially if a group of creative people in your
church get together to plan. If you have multiple ministers, don‟t leave anyone out! Appreciate your minister(s)
First, the suggestions offered by Eugene Cho (in the article above): “Seriously, give them a nice pay
raise, more time off, regular opportunities to get away for even a day retreat to pray, buy them some
dinner certificates, honor their spouses, love their children, pray for them, and regularly share your
appreciation and affirmation.”
Have a covered-dish lunch or dinner in your minister‟s honor. Include favorite dishes.
Create a “Memory Book” with letters and pictures of some of your happy times.
Design a bulletin board about your minister‟s history with the church. Include photos.
Offer gift certificates for special nights out. Offer to supply babysitting, if needed.
Make a gift basket. Think of an appropriate theme—travel, golf, gardening, music, etc.
Encourage members to take a surprise meal to the minister‟s family.
Provide tickets (maybe season tickets) to theater or special sporting events.
Invite him/her to go fishing, golfing, or some other interest with you—with no agenda!
Give a YMCA membership paid by the church and emphasize the importance of using it.
Present a gift certificate to stores of special interest to the minister‟s family.
Sponsor a surprise fall clean-up party at the minister‟s home: window washing, gutter cleaning, leaf
raking, car washing, lawn care, etc.
Insist that the minister have a day off. Announce this and reinforce it to the congregation.
Provide a surprise weekend away with reservations and provide a substitute minister.
Teach the congregation about the stresses and responsibilities of ministry.
Encourage the congregation to continually lift up the minister in daily prayer.
Ask if he/she has any prayer concerns, and pray for them. Care for your shepherd.
Remember the minister‟s spouse and create space for her/his separate identity.
Compliment your minister on his/her work.
Give the minister the same respect you do other professionals.
Say “Thank you” for the difference the minister has made in your life.
In the words of the apostle Paul, “honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the
responsibility of urging and guiding you in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!” (1
Thessalonians 5:12-13, The Message).
A letter from Rebecca Young in Indonesia
June 24, 2010
Dear friends in Christ,
During the past academic year we had a unique situation at Jakarta
Seminary. Two of our 350 students were a father-daughter pair. The father,
Nelman, is working on his doctorate in theology while his 18-year-old
daughter Wieke (pronounced “Wee-kay”) had just completed her second
year as an undergraduate. This past semester I taught Wieke in an
introductory theology course, and I am one of Nelman’s advisors on his
One day last fall Nelman sent me a copy his proposal, in which he wants to apply Jürgen Moltmann’s
theology of hope to the Indonesian context. The day I received the proposal I think I was having a bad
day. I can’t remember why, but the upshot was that I was far too hard on Nelman and wrote quite a few
criticisms of the proposal. I haven’t heard from him since he got my response. He is probably scared to
show me his most recent work, and I don’t blame him.
Thankfully his daughter Wieke and I had a much better relationship. She was one of those students who
is a joy to have in class. She paid attention, made eye contact during my lectures, and asked lots of
questions during discussion times. If I wasn’t able to explain something to her satisfaction during class,
she came up after the other students had left and asked me to clarify the issue for her.
It is with a heavy heart that I must report that in mid-May Wieke entered a
hospital in Jakarta and was diagnosed with lupus. On Tuesday, June 22,
after 10 days in and out of consciousness in ICU, Wieke passed away.
Last night, June 23, I went to the hospital and sat with the family next to
the open casket. The mother, Bu Ina, a 39-year-old elementary
schoolteacher, poured out her heart to me about the pain of losing her only
child. By sad coincidence, the mother had a hysterectomy at the end of
May in the same hospital as her daughter.
But Ina insisted that her daughter had helped her get through the painful
ordeal. Before she lost consciousness, Wieke began to prepare her parents
for her departure. “It is time for me to go to live in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,” she told them. Although they were a bit baffled by
her choice of words, they tried to accept them.
Wieke Gresiany Theodora Weny,
After Wieke lost the ability to speak she was still conscious and her October 14, 1991 – June 22, 2010
mother communicated with her in other ways. Ina asked Wieke,
“Sweetheart, are you going to get well? If you are, blink your eyes.” Wieke’s eyes stayed wide open. Ina
tried another question, “Sweetheart, are you going to go be with God?” Wieke’s mouth broke into a big
grin and she squeezed her eyes shut.
Early on Tuesday morning, just hours before Wieke died, Ina awoke in the hospital and looked at her
sleeping daughter. Desperate for some sort of comfort, she picked up the Gideon Bible from the bedside
table. It didn’t have an index for her to look up themes of comfort, so she decided to let the book fall
open and see what she found.
The Bible opened to Psalm 27, and Ina’s eyes lighted on verse 4: “One thing I asked of the Lord, that
will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”
Ina couldn’t help but remember the words of Wieke, just days before, about how she felt called to go
home to God.
After Ina had finished talking about her experiences of the past few days, her husband Nelman came and
told me of his daughter’s regular reports about the class I had taught her. At the beginning of the
semester Wieke came home from seminary saying, “Miss Rebecca is so frustrating and I disagree with
everything she says!”
By the middle of the semester, she had changed her tune a bit. “When I don’t agree with Miss Rebecca,
it makes me very frustrated because I just can’t follow the things she is saying. But when I agree her, I
really agree because what she is saying is so true.”
Just a few short weeks ago Wieke came home and announced to her father, “Now that I understand what
Miss Rebecca is trying to explain to us about God, I see that she is right and I agree with her.”
Of course Nelman wanted to know just what it was that “Miss Rebecca” was saying. According to
Nelman, at this point Wieke came out with a type of theology that he had never heard before, and he
declared that she was “a theologian without a degree.”
God can’t be studied, but only experienced.
God can’t be studied because God is a mystery.
God isn’t an object for theology. We can only know God by experiencing life with and through God.
All of this means that we have to face bad times as well as good, Wieke told her father. She said he can’t
expect that because he believes in God he will be exempt from suffering. If he wants to know God, he
won’t do it by writing a clever dissertation in theology. He will only know God by experiencing God.
“You’ll never get along with Miss Rebecca as a professor, Dad, because you want to write about God
without experiencing God.” Wieke’s wise words helped her dad understand my criticisms of his writing.
Beaming with a father’s pride as he recalled his daughter’s wisdom, Nelman said that Wieke had been
preparing him for the experience of losing her. He said that the closest he has come to knowing God is
in the past few days—seeing his daughter go so gracefully and happily to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of her life.
A letter from Amanda Craft in Guatemala
So, what’s in a story? The great writer Maya Angelou has
said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold
story inside of you.” When telling a story about one’s
experiences, it is important to be understood but even more
important to be heard—then the teller can be relieved of the
agony of the untold story. In Guatemala, women are often
not heard. They are silenced, ignored or not invited to
speak. However, as faithful participants in God’s world,
women possess an essential piece of the story. Without
hearing them, we miss seeing the full picture and miss living out what God has called us to be.
Faith Stories Project (FSP) is trying to break through the silence in new ways. Through the use of drama
and leadership development training, the women are telling their stories to give voice to their significant
and meaningful experiences. Although they haven’t been able to share their stories on a grand stage in
Guatemala, they have shown several scenes to groups that have visited. And those groups have also
practiced scenes to share with the women. It has been a way to cross cultural and language barriers and
express faith in a way that feels very alive.
In February women from the Union Sinodica of the Guatemalan Presbyterian Church gathered to
practice their leadership skills and to hone their thespian abilities. Since this was my first time to
participate in an FSP retreat, I was amazed by several things. First, the women were so open to sharing
their experiences, regardless of how emotionally difficult it was to relive the moment. Second, many of
the experiences they shared were not unique but were such that many of the women could relate to each
other's stories. Third, there were natural actors in the midst of us—the women brought their stories to
life with ease and confidence.
As a Presbyterian I have a natural tendency to value connections, especially the connectional church. At
this retreat I saw firsthand how the connectional church also enriches the lives of Guatemalan women.
They come from many different cultural groups and speak different languages, but they are able to come
together to share, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, always intentional about listening to each
other. It is God who allows this to happen, working through very dedicated and patient staff of the
Looking for Lilith Theater Company. During these retreats the women can give voice to what has
burdened them. And out of that sharing, they often see how God is working among them. God brings
light in moments of darkness, and being unburdened of the story inside brings life to these women. This
can only happen when the connections are made, nurtured and nourished. I was blessed to be a part of
The women left the retreat renewed and energized. They were encouraged to utilize the skills they had
learned and had materials in hand to lead activities in their own communities. As I was told would
happen, when the women departed they asked, “Do you think one day we might be able to perform our
stories in the United States?” The response was, “We will see where God will lead us.” Yes, indeed.
To learn more about Faith Stories Project please visit
Regional Hunger Grant Procedures and Application
Presbytery of Western North Carolina
Nickel-A-Meal Mission Program
(Revised July 2010)
"...as a matter of equality, your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so
that their abundance may supply your want..." II Corinthians 8:14 (RSV)
The Presbytery of Western North Carolina seeks to be faithful to God’s call to feed the hungry
and speak up for the poor and needy in ways that range from providing direct aid to addressing
the perceived causes of hunger. One specific response is the Presbytery’s commitment to the
Nickel-A-Meal Mission Program. Of the funds raised through Nickel-A-Meal, 55% will be
directed to international programs and agencies approved by the PCUSA or the Presbytery’s
Coordinating Council, 40% will be disbursed to regional programs addressing the needs of
people who are poor and hungry, and 5% will be available for educational and administrative
costs of the program (unused funds from this 5% will be reallocated for international grants).
1. Submit a completed application form along with a letter of endorsement from a Presbyterian
Church in your locality to:
NICKEL-A-MEAL MISSION PROGRAM
PRESBYTERY OF WNC
114 SILVER CREEK ROAD
MORGANTON, NC 28655
OR email to: email@example.com
2. Applications must be received by the deadline of April 1 (disbursed in July) or October 1
(disbursed in January).
3. Expect a scheduled visit at your project site by a member(s) of the Presbytery’s Hunger
4. Prepare to send a representative of your project to make a presentation before the
Presbytery’s Hunger Committee.
5. Approval process first involves consideration by the Presbytery's Hunger Committee. Then
the Committee's decision must be approved by the Presbytery's Coordinating Council before
any grant is awarded.
6. If approved:
A. The check will be presented to your program at the sponsoring Presbyterian church by a
representative of the Hunger Committee. (The sponsoring church may elect to present it
at a separate celebration.)
B. Prepare to share about your program with other churches in our Presbytery:
1) You are encouraged to send photos of your project in action to be posted on the
2) Participate in Presbytery announcements and workshops to share the good news about
what you are doing.
C. NOTE: The Hunger Committee generally does not fund programs on successive years.
Date received by Presbytery office: _______
Amount awarded: _______
APPLICATION FOR PRESBYTERY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA REGIONAL
NICKEL-A-MEAL HUNGER GRANT
Name of Program: _____________________________________________________________
Amount Requested: $____________
Brief Statement of Program's Purpose and Intended Use of this Grant:
Contact Person(s): ___________________________________________________________
Address of Program: ___________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________________ Zip: _____________________________
Telephone: _________________________ Email: ____________________________________
Brief Directions (to the program site):
Name of Local Sponsoring Presbyterian Church: __________________________________
(*Attach letter of endorsement*)
Sponsoring Church Contact Name: ______________________________________________
Phone Number: _____________________________________________
Criteria for Consideration in Awarding Regional Grants
1. This nonprofit program operates within the geographical boundaries of the Presbytery
of Western North Carolina.
2. This program has the endorsement of one or more Presbyterian churches in this
Presbytery. (Include a letter of endorsement from at least one Presbyterian church in
3. This program specifically addresses the needs of the hungry and food insecure through
the provision of food, meals, or nutrition education. (OVER)
Mindful of the above criteria, answer the following on a separate page(s) and please be concise:
1. What human need(s) does your proposed or existing program seek to meet?
2. How long has your program been in operation and what has been accomplished? (If yours is
an existing program, identify here the types of groups or individuals and age levels you have
served, and the number of persons served in the past twelve months).
3. List the goals you will pursue in the next twelve months. Include the approximate numbers
and types of people you hope to help.
4. Tell what short range and long range solutions your program provides to address the chronic
conditions of hunger.
5. Does your program encourage those benefiting from your services to be involved in the
creation and implementation of the program? If so, how?
6. Does your program encourage the self improvement of your participants?
7. List the churches and organizations involved with your program. (Specify how Presbyterians
8. Explain how your program will continue if this is only a one time grant.
FUNDING INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM
(Include a full copy of the budget if helpful)
Total budget for your fiscal year, ___/___/______ to ___/___/______, is $ ___________
EXPENSES INCOME (list all income & sources)
Personnel (salaries) $ ________
Operating (rent, util.) $ ________
Program (food costs, any direct
aid to persons served) $ ________
Other expenses (list) $ ________
TOTAL EXPENSES $ ________ TOTAL INCOME $ ________
RETURN COMPLETED FORM ALONG WITH A LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT TO:
NICKEL A MEAL MISSION PROGRAM
PRESBYTERY OF WNC
114 SILVER CREEK ROAD
MORGANTON, NC 28655
Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
RECOMMENDATIONS OF HUNGER COMMITTEE:
Recommended for $____________
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) GENERAL ASSEMBLY MISSION COUNCIL
The Presbyterian World Mission ministry area at the General Assembly Mission Council has several openings for which we
are seeking qualified candidates looking for a call at the national level of the PC(USA). The positions include:
JINISHIAN MEMORIAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Directs, oversees and coordinates operational and administrative aspects of the relief and development organization named the
Jinishian Memorial Program (JMP); makes supervisory visits to the seven sites in five countries of the Middle East and Europe;
staffs the JMP US Advisory Committee (USAC) and the Jinishian Commission, ensures compliance with the dictates of Vartan
Jinishian’s bequest in accordance with PC(USA) policies and procedures with direct accountability to the Commission.
MIDDLE EAST/EUROPE/CENTRAL ASIA AREA COORDINATOR
Supports and ensures appropriate engagement of the World Mission Strategic Plan, its Core Values and Directional Goals. This
is carried out through close collaboration with the full World Mission team, which includes and relies on Regional Liaisons and
mission personnel, and other GAMC ministries such as PW and CPJ. The Area Office serves as an active and dynamic
resource to PC(USA) global partners, PC(USA) mission participants, and mission personnel engaged in God’s mission and is
an integral part of the WM approach to PC(USA) involvement in responding to God’s call to mission.
ASSOCIATE FOR CONGREGATIONAL RELATIONS
Trains, coaches and supports mission personnel and key mission participants to improve relationships and engagement with
the wider church about God’s mission in the world and Presbyterian World Mission. Design and implement ways for
congregations to get involved with Mission Personnel.
ASSOCIATE FOR EDUCATION & TRAINING FOR MISSION PERSONNEL
Oversees all administrative and programmatic aspects that relate to the educational and training requirements of long-term
international mission personnel appointed through Presbyterian World Mission.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT GLOBAL DISCIPLESHIP
Provides administrative and event planning support to the Coordinator of Education and Training for Mission Personnel and the
EMI Associate Director. Assists with oversight of the administrative and program budgets.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT ASIA AREA OFFICE
Provides administrative, programmatic, resourcing and support services to the Asia Area Coordinator.
FORMATTER TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Assists the Resources and Training unit of World Mission to assist Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission personnel to
strengthen their relationships to synods, presbyteries, churches, and individuals through their online newsletters and to inspire
and equip PC(USA) constituencies and communities of mission practice via online resources. This is achieved through a full
range of desktop publishing and IT services for the Mission Connections office and other offices of the Equipping for Mission
We invite interested candidates to submit their resume or Personal Information Form by going to:
Scroll to the bottom of the page, look for the “Tools” column and click “Work for the Church.”
Click “Search for Opportunities.”
If you have questions, please call or email Ruth Gardner, Human Resources, (502) 569-5237, email@example.com
“The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.”
NEED AN ORGAN?
The Etowah Church has purchased a new organ. We now have to find a
home for the organ we have used for many years. If you know of a church
who needs it, please contact Ike Kennerly at 828/884-2162.
The link below is a brochure on the organ we have just replaced and also has
the sound of the organ included. In some respects, the Jamestown cabinetry
is more classic than the new one and not a scratch on it!
First Presbyterian Church of Burnsville, NC
is looking to fill the position of:
Part-Time Christian Education Coordinator
Qualifications: Several years of experience working or
volunteering in a Christian Education setting preferred. Strong
organizational skills working with volunteers are required.
1. Evaluate current Christian Education programs
2. Recruit, train and recognize volunteers in various
3. Research curriculum and create overall Christian
Education plan for our congregation
4. Coordinate, with the help of volunteers, all aspects of
the Christian Education program for our youth including:
a. Youth Group and confirmation class
b. Sunday morning program for children kindergarten
and under (including nursery)
c. Wednesday church school – lesson, craft and music
5. Coordinate Wednesday Night Fellowship and Sunday
School for adults
6. Work with the existing women’s and men’s groups to
incorporate possibility of Christian Education
7. Create lessons for Sunday morning Children’s Time
8. Coordinate Vacation Bible
School once a year (2 hours/day
for 1 week in the summer)
Submit resume and letter of
First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 635
Burnsville, NC 28714
For questions, call 828-682-4789
A M I NI STRY M E ND I NG F AM I LI E S August 2010
The Church Connection
Grandfather Home for Children
Children’s Golf Classic The Child Now Before Us:
And Auction Derek (age 10) and Peter (age 8) came to
Grandfather Home in August of 2008 as the result of
The 20th Annual Children’s Golf Classic will be held physical abuse and neglect from their drug addicted
at Grandfather Golf and Country Club on Monday, parents. They were placed with one of our foster
September 27th and Tuesday, September 28th. All families. They both suffered from long lasting effects
proceeds of this from their abuse. Derek had a low IQ score, a short
special event go to attention span, and often became blindly physically
support the children aggressive when angry or frustrated. Peter expressed
at Grandfather his emotions by having severe tantrums, screaming,
Home for Children. yelling, and destroying any items in his way. Initially
The Kick-off event both were afraid to sleep in a room by themselves and
begins at 6:00pm on had frequent nightmares.
Monday, September Their foster parents worked patiently and
27th with a cocktail lovingly with the boys and their counselors to help them
hour and silent learn non-destructive ways to express their emotions.
auction followed by They worked
a dinner and live with the boys at
auction. The Golf Tournament will be on Tuesday, home and with
September 28th. Registration and continental breakfast their school to
begins at 7:30am with 9:00am Shotgun Start. The golf get the services
rounds will be followed by lunch and awards. The the boys needed.
Tournament format is Captain’s Choice. Two years later
Participants must register in advance before the the boys know
September 22nd deadline. Entry fees are $250 per player they are loved
or $900 for a foursome. Tournament fees include: an and safe.
open bar and dinner Monday night, breakfast and lunch on Aggressive
Tuesday, green fees and cart, tournament favor, and behavior is rare.
awards. Non-golfing guests and anyone who would like to Peter is on the honor roll at school and Derek has gained
attend the dinner and auction on Monday evening may do the confidence to try hard even when class is difficult.
so for a fee of $75. There are also Hole Sponsorships for Both boys are sleeping in their own room happily and
$600 and Corporate Sponsorships for $1,300. playing like young boys should be doing.
The boys will not be able to be reunited with
For a registration form please contact Pangshua Khang, their biological parents because of continuing addiction
828-898-5465 (P.Khang@grandfatherhome.org). and this was hard for the boys. However, they were
overjoyed when their foster parents decided to adopt
If you have quality items you would like to donate to them. As the adoption becomes final they are all happy
the auction please contact Mae Weed (828-260- and excited to be an official forever family!
7584) or Pangshua Khang (828-898-5465).
All donations are tax deductable. Please keep our children in your prayers!
Van for Sale
Does your church needed a van for your youth groups,
mission trips, or to help members who can no longer
drive come to church again? Here is a great opportunity
at an affordable price!
Grandfather Home for Children has a 2002 Dodge Ram
2500, 12 passenger van for sale. It has a 318 engine,
56,000 miles, and has been well maintained. A
complete service history is available on request. The
vehicle is pictured to the left. Asking price is $6000.
If you are interested please contact Don Young, Director
of Properties for Children at 828-898-5465 or by e-mail
Dates to Remember At Grandfather Home:
August 6th Circle of Courage, noon—1:30pm
September 3rd Circle of Courage, Noon—1:30pm
September 4th Wildcat Lake Closing
September 11th Salem West Neighborhood Shindig
September 27th-28th Children’s Golf Classic
October 1st Circle of Courage, noon—1:30pm
November 5th Circle of Courage, noon—1:30pm
Grandfather Home for Children
PO Box 98
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(Click on “Connect “ tab for church information)
Mae D. Weed, Director of Church Relations
A M I NI STRY M E ND I NG F AM I LI E S September 2010
The Church Connection
Grandfather Home for Children
Mission Budget Planning The Child Now Before Us:
Churches are key to fulfilling our mission at
Grandfather Home! The time has come for One of our community services offices received
cooler temperatures, longer days, colorful a call from their local DSS agency needing an immediate
leaves and discussions of 2011 budgets. Please help assure placement for a young boy who had third degree burns
that Grandfather Home will have the resources needed to over the lower part of
continue to provide superior care for our children. his body. The child
There is a children’s song I remember from Bible was three and had
School, (and by this am likely dating myself) called “The been in the burn unit
Magic Penny.” I think it has an important message to us as for two weeks. The
individuals and churches, even in these difficult financial boy needed a family
times. The words go: “It’s just like a magic penny, hold it that would be willing
tight, and you won’t have any. Lend it, spend it, and you’ll to be specially trained
have so many, they’ll roll all over the floor.” What a to perform the
wonderful expression of God’s abundance and God’s needed treatments.
provision! I believe that this expresses a grace-filled The first Grandfather
attitude to take toward our mission stewardship, especially Home foster family
in hard times. To answer God’s call to help “the least of we contacted, after
these” in whatever ways we can is faith in action, for speaking with the DSS case worker, said yes! The foster
individuals or for churches. As we reach out, we can trust mother began visiting the child that day. The next day
God to provide. she was trained to care for his burns so she could bring
I ask you to prayerfully consider budgeting support him into their home. When she picked him up at the
for Grandfather Home for Children in your 2011 mission hospital, his only possessions were a diaper and a
budget. Even a little bit from many sources can multiply hospital gown.
just like that magic penny and provide for many needs. Through the generosity of the Grandparents’
If your congregation wants more information Club, the caseworker was able to buy a week’s worth of
please contact me (Mae D. Weed, 828-260-7584 or clothing and diapers for the child that day. An e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org). I will be happy to visit was sent out to our staff asking for donations of clothing.
your church or talk with your mission committee. By the next day, this young man had more clothing and
toys than he could imagine! The little guy was
overheard saying to his foster mother, “Are all these for
Children’s Golf Classic me?” She replied, “Yes,” and he said, “I’ve never had
September 27 & 28, 2010 this before. I’m happy!”
At Grandfather Golf & Country Club His foster mother continues to treat his burns
For a registration form please contact Pangshua Khang, several times a day. His legs require burn stockings to
828-898-5465 (P.Khang@grandfatherhome.org). prevent infection and scarring. Eventually, he will be
able to spend time without the medical stockings. Our
Grandparents’ Club and your gifts helped us quickly
If you have quality items to donate to the auction meet this young child’s needs!
please contact Mae Weed (828-260-7584) or
Pangshua Khang (828-898-5465). Please keep our children in your prayers!
All donations are tax deductable.
Campbell Cottage “Murals of Hope”
The new Norma H. Campbell Cottage on the Banner Elk
campus of Grandfather Home for Children was dedicated
on Friday, August 27th. The cottage is expected to be
licensed for use and open to treat children this fall. This
secure facility will give the most traumatized children an
incubator in which to begin to heal from past trauma.
Campbell Cottage is a beautiful, functional, and state-of-the
-art facility. The icing on the cake is the beautiful
“Murals of Hope” by Brenda Councill that now adorn the walls.
They were commissioned by one of our donors as a special gift
to Grandfather Home in the belief that a beautiful
environment enhances the children’s treatment. If you would
like to see these stunning murals please call Grandfather
Home to make arrangements for a visit (828-898-5465).
Please act quickly because public access to the building will be
limited once it is open and serving resident children.
Dates to Remember:
September 3rd Circle of Courage, Noon—1:30pm
September 4th Wildcat Lake Closing
September 27th-28th Children’s Golf Classic
October 1st Circle of Courage, Noon—1:30pm
October 12th Foundation Event in Winston Salem
October 19th Foundation Event in Asheville
November 5th Circle of Courage, Noon—1:30pm
Grandfather Home for Children
PO Box 98
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(Click on “Connect “ tab for church information)
Mae D. Weed, Director of Church Relations