"Newsletter January 2013"
H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N Good News Walking the talk... The Chris Adams | Pastor hpcnashville.org January 2013 A Note from pastor Help A Mayan Child Outreach & Administration Christian Education Food For Thought chris Attend School, Benevolence Treasurer’s Report Out of the Box Alicia The people who Feeding Programs, and Comments: Sunday School, Bunch: walked in darkness Zimbabwe Update, Finance's Looking Word have seen a great Back, Going Forward, Made Flesh light... Giving Plans, What Missionary Winter Parents' Night –Isaiah 9:2 Now? in Bolivia - WMF Out, Everywhere Fun Cold and dark... that’s Building and Grounds Bolivia Seeks to Fair: VBS & hi-5 what January means worship, fellowship Report: obtaining practice and Page 6 translated into Bell Choir, Supper estimates for two proclaim... Nashville. Sisters Luke 14:12, Room In renovations Page 7 Page 2 Page 3 The Inn Page 5 Page 4 The Good News 1 H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N A Note from pastor chris HILLSBORO The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light... PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH –Isaiah 9:2 Cold and dark... that’s what January means translated into Nashville. The days are short. It’s often dark when we go to work, and dark again when we come home. Nowhere in the United States is it dark earlier than on the eastern side of central time. Chris Adams It’s cold out too. This is the month when it is guaranteed to be really cold at Pastor least for a few days. January is the only month of the year in Nashville when the average low temperature is below freezing at just 28 degrees. I Hudson Neely know people that have lived in other parts of the country that are much colder think our cold is nothing. But for most of us, grab your extra socks Minister of Discipleship and turn up the dial on the electric blanket at home. We’re cold. Amy Dillon There is an old Irish Proverb that says, “Firelight will not let you read ﬁne Director of Children & Family stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the ﬂoor.” January is perhaps the month to stoke up the ﬁres of our faith, and to let our light of Ministry Christ slow burn into a new reality that Jesus came into the world at the darkest of times with a light that did not change every story all at once, but Shawn Cothran that is still transforming the world day by day and year by year. Director of Youth & Young It’s easy to be let down after the holidays. The joy and merriment of seeing Adult Ministry family and friends, of celebrating with good food and drink, and experienc- ing a season in which it seems the whole world is worshipping God begins Stephen Nix to fade again into the dark. Now there are bills to be paid, and exercise to Director of Music Ministry endure to take off the pounds gained. That’s our world. For others, even more, January is yet another month in which there is not enough food, and clothing and shelter. For others, (really for us as well) January is that time of Alice O’Dwyer the year when the darkness comes back with a vengeance. Suffering and Child Care Coordinator loss take no holidays. Perhaps that’s why God has given us the gift of Epiphany in January. An Carole Shean epiphany is a moment when faith becomes visible. One moment, it seems Financial Administrator as if God is not there and then suddenly... with every ﬁber of our being we know God is present. That’s Epiphany. That’s the joy of a bright star in an Cynthia White otherwise dark night. That’s the peace of ancient kings worshipping our King. When all it seems is descending into chaos again, our Lord reigns. Director of Creative Care Center That’s the peace found when one person does something in care and compassion for another, even and especially when it’s unexpected. Tim Gmeiner This month I ask you for your presence with us. When each of us gather Church Organist together for worship and for care of those in need around us, there is light and there is warmth. It’s almost like a ﬁre that burns that chases away every darkness and every cold. Another quote is from Ben Sweetland who info: said, “We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening hpcnashville.org our own.” 615.665.0148 It’s January in Nashville, TN. It’s the season of ﬁres. It’s the season of light. firstname.lastname@example.org It’s the season for faith in Jesus Christ. May Christ rule in every heart and every home this year, and every year to come. The Good News deadline: Happy New Year HPC! Newsletter items will be ac- cepted until the third Sunday of Peace, each month for publication in the following month’s edition. Chris+ 2 The Good News H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N Help A Mayan Child Worship Bell Choir Attend School Thanks to all who helped make our If you are interested in learning how to play handbells, please contact Suzy Ben- We have been helping our Kekchi Mayan Advent and Christmas season a beau- friends that live in the Peten region of Guate- tiful experience. Becky Ross and nett. We have lots of bells that need play- mala since 1999. HPC has received a request Cindi Dingler, along with their hus- ing, and I would like to start a beginning from the Mayan Kekchi Presbytery of Sayax- bands and other volunteers, worked bell choir. Prior music knowledge is help- che for the money needed to send 35 students very hard to make sure the sanctuary, ful, but not necessary. We can start from to school in 2013. fellowship hall, inside and outside of the very beginning. Handbell playing is an The school year begins in late January each the church were beautifully decorated. easily accessible skill and also lots of fun. year. HPC has supported children for 13 years Lynne McCalla maintained the pew Practice times can be arranged to suit those in Sayaxche Guatemala. These students need candles, making sure they were filled interested. -Suzy Bennett tuition, uniforms, shoes, and school supplies to attend high school. The cost is between $500 with oil and lit each Sunday. Thanks and $700 for each child to attend school. This is to Joan Adams, who ordered the poin- settias, which were particularly beau- Fellowship a very large amount of money for the parents of these students to come up with because they are tiful this year. Thanks to Gloria Shiavi Happy New Year!! Calling all HPC la- simple farmers that barely make enough to put for keeping up with all the memorials dies to come join the Thursday Prayer food on the table. If the parents are lucky and honorariums. Cynthia Whitlow Group, January 17 at noon. We meet at enough to have work as a laborer they make as donated the beautiful tree in the Nar- the CHURCH, bringing our sandwiches little as $4 per day. thex, and David Younger and Achouth to eat together after our prayer time. In 2013 we have 3 students that wish to con- Kur finally got it to stand up, after What a good way to start this year of tinue their education beyond high school. Pedro several collapses. It was decorated 2013! Deb Locke will be our hostess! is in his last year of college to get a degree that will enable him to teach high school. In addi- with Chrismons which Stephen Nix Don't forget. We want YOU!! tion, Jayme wants to attend nursing school and found in the attic. And many thanks Yovani wants to study agriculture and forestry. go to Stephen, who put the finishing Supper Sisters Please consider this Holiday season giving the touches on everything, including the wreaths on the stained glass and the We’ll be going to the Dan McGuiness gift an education to one of these kids. Listed below are the cost of individual items that each trees in the sanctuary. It takes many Irish Pub on January 8. The address is child needs to attend school. You might con- hands behind the scenes to make our 1538 Demonbreun Street...right near the sider making a contribution for one or more of worship experience a visually pleasing circle. We’ll meet at 6 p.m. and would the items below if a $500 sponsorship is out of experience, and Hillsboro is fortunate love for you to join us. If you’ll let me reach for your family: to have so many faithful servants – know your coming I’ll save you a seat. Uniform: $30 many thanks to all of you. Bring a friend, if you’d like! -Deb Smith Shoes: $38 University Tuition: $77 per month Women’s Breakfast will take place Sat- High School Tuition: $32 per month If you have knowledge of the history Computer class: $16 per month of the Chrismon ornaments decorating urday, January 11 at the home of Cathy Mechanical drawing: $6 per month the tree, please contact Suzy Bennett. Pallardy. She and Loy Harris will have a Typing class: $16 per month delicious breakfast for us and Paula Ad- If you made an ornament, or know of Thank you for your commitment and continued others who made ornaments, please ams will speak with us about adoption. support of these children and our education share your information. Hopefully you Bring someone new to the church and mission in Guatemala. Your gift gives these come join us! children and families hope. If you wish to con- were able to observe the different tribute make your check payable to HPC and Christian symbols depicted on the or- naments with very fine needlework. It Call Cathy at 372-0942 to let her know indicate on the memo line of your check “Gua- temala mission” and place it in the collection would be wonderful to compile a his- you’re coming! plate or mail it to the church office. If you have tory of these ornaments. any questions please call me at 376-9742. -Don Srygley The Good News 3 H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N Outreach & Benevolence FEEDING PROGRAMS Please remember to bring food for Second Harvest and Spruce Street Feeding Program. Much needed items for Second Har- vest are: Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup); Tuna and canned meat; Peanut butter; Canned foods with pop-top lids; Low- sugar cereals; 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes; canned fruit packed in juice , and Canned vegetables (low salt). Our friends at Spruce Street feed over 100 at each seating. They ap- preciate large, industrial-sized cans of meats, veggies, fruits, rice & pasta and anything else you’d like to donate. ZIMBABWE We h a v e As you read this, we are trav- eling through Zimbabwe, vis- had such marvelous iting with its beautiful people participation so far and gathering stories to share this year for Room with you when we return. In The Inn. Our HPC Please hold us in your prayers family has such a heart for service, and nowhere and look for updates in next is that better witnessed than each Friday night from month's newsletter! Much love from far away November through March when so many individuals -The Kidd and Cannon Families pitch in together to transport, host and feed twelve men. Our great and sincere appreciation goes out to Hillsboro had the opportu- everyone who has been helping with such dedication nity to serve twice in the last and enthusiasm. month. November 30th - Many, many thanks to our December volun- teers: Maurice Bondurant, Carol Nations, Gayle we helped serve 235 hungry Sanders, Linda Diguette, Woody Gant, Cynthia folks meatloaf and mashed Whitlow, Joicelyn Gregory, Helen Adams, Gloria & potatoes, peas, blueberries and peaches and Rich Shiavi and their grandchildren, Linda and Deke wonderful molasses cookies. On our regular 2nd Smith, Sharon Yokely, Kerry and Lynn McCalla, Friday, we served 230 hungry people turkey te- Kurt and Carolyn Musfeldt, Judy and Don trazzini with mixed vegetables, pears, peaches, Beisswenger, Melinda Culver and Rod Bellomy, Jen corn bread and cookies. Serving from Hillsboro and Dwight James, Scott Brunette, John Howard, Russ Phillippi, Logan Verner, Morgan Strobel, Jim were Lucy Carroll, Paula Yelverton, Lydia Spra- and Hazel Nichols, Cindi Dingler, the Center Fam- gens, Joicelyn Gregory, Woody Gant, Carol Na- ily, Pat Fiete, Beth Baxter, Sally Miller, Eric Lim- tions, David Dingler, Melinda Culver, Hazel bird, Tom and Lee Limbird, Joyce Smith, Jackie Nichols, Cathy Pallardy, Gloria Shiavi, Debra Kerby, Marge and John Lewis, and Jen Steinert. and Keltner Locke, Jim and Julia Harrell, Lyn- The coldest part of the winter lies before us, ne McCalla, Gayle Sanders, Jill Reddig and and the need for food and shelter is a daily challenge Linda Kilpatrick. for so many individuals in Nashville. Who are our neighbors, we ask? Jesus answers us in Luke " Luke 14:12 is a growing charitable 10:29-37. How do we serve our Lord? Jesus answers organization. As of the end of October, they have us in Matthew 25:35-40. There are still many oppor- served over 20,500 people good, hardy meals. tunities left to serve our neighbors in Nashville who Through their G.R.O.W. (Grace, Respect and can use our help over these next few months. Check Opportunity through Work) Program, they have out the Room In The Inn sign-up board each week helped in bringing 2 of their employees off the s- and see where you might be able to pitch in to help treets and into permanent housing by providing out. And please remember also to check your closets for warm clothing that you might not have a need job training, skills and opportunities for the for any longer, and bring them to church for the future. This is an exciting, well run organization. Men’s Closet downstairs. Follow them on Facebook and give generously And thank you for everything you do to make to this cause. this a vibrant mission of HPC! -Linda Kilpatrick -Carolyn and Kurt Musfeldt 4 The Good News H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N Administration Buildings & Grounds Notes around the glass sections is de- teriorating. The windows are 60 There are two major expensive Treasurer’s Comment years old. A solution for both renovation for which we are ob- problems is to have clear storm Finances Looking Back – For No- taining estimates: windows installed over the vember we received $63 Thou- sand income, $6 Thousand less 1) The metal roof over Fellowship stained glass. Estimates for this than budgeted; and we spent $75 Hall will have to be replaced or are now being obtained. Thousand, $3 Thousand more coated with a special paint within than budgeted. The result is that On a ﬁnal note, I’ve been serving for the year so far we are $9 the next several years. The ap- as Chairperson of Buildings & Thousand under budget on ex- proximate costs are $70,000 and penses, and our giving receipts $35,000 respectively Grounds for the last three years. are ahead of spending by $56 I’ll be stepping down as Chair at Thousand. We should end 2012 2) The stained glass windows in the end of 2012 but will continue on or ahead of budget for both income and expenses. the Sanctuary are single-pane to be part of the committee. Finances Going Forward – For glass only; so they are very en- Rich Shiavi budget planning every year we ergy inefﬁcient. Also, the grouting make an estimate of what we think HPC’s income will be. $850 Thousand income is our Finance Team consensus for 2013 plan- ning purposes. Since our $936 Thousand initial budget estimate is higher than our expected income, Session decided in our December meeting to seek additional poten- tial expense savings which can be achieved without reducing our ca- pacity for ministry. Session will be- gin review of proposals for addi- tional savings in early January and will ﬁnalize and approve our budget for 2013 on January 22. Giving Plans -- We are still receiv- ing 2013 Giving Plan commit- ments, and we have not yet re- ceived 2013 Giving Plans from everyone who participated with a plan in 2012. If you have not yet submitted your 2013 Giving Plan, please prayerfully consider how you can support HPC activities in 2013. What Do We Do Now? – Let’s keep meeting our giving commit- ments for the rest of year so that HPC can remain stable and fully prepared for the great things God has planned for us to do. As al- ways we extend sincere thanks for the faithfulness everyone has shown in giving their time, talents, and money to HPC. Jody Grantham The Good News 5 H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N Christian Education Out of The Box Sunday School Winter Parents' Night Out ! Children 6 months-5th grade are invited to our annual Winter Parents' Night Out in The Well on Saturday, January 12th from 5:00-8:00 ! The Out of the Box class will start a pm! Our theme for that evening will be the movie new book on the ﬁrst Sunday of the new Brave. We'll have Brave themed crafts, games, year, January 6th. Pastor Chris will be fa- snacks, a pizza dinner and of course we will watch Brave. The cost is only $5 per child. Please let cilitating the discussion on the highly ac- Amy Dillon know if your child will attend and claimed book When Helping Hurts: How to friends are more than welcome to come along too! Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…And Yourself by Corbett and Fikkert. “While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally un- dermine the people they’re trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strate- gies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World con- texts, (the book) catalyzes the idea that sus- tainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.” ! All are welcome to join us in reading and discussing this powerful book. We meet Everywhere Fun Fair: Vacation Bible in the chapel on Sunday mornings, gather- School and hi-5 ing at 10:00am for socializing and starting ! As you are planning your summer camps and vacations we wanted to make sure that you the class promptly at 10:15. We have or- have the week of July 8-12, 2013 marked on your dered 10 copies of the book through Cokes- calendar for our Everywhere Fun Fair Vacation bury and can order more if there is demand. Bible School and hi-5 afternoon program. Lots more information will be headed your way in the coming months about this exciting program. Kerry and Lynne McCalla Please contact Amy Dillon for more information. 6 The Good News H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N The Good News 7 H I L L S B O R O P R E S B Y T E R I A N The Good News this month: A Note From Pastor Chris, Help A Mayan Child Attend School, Worship, Bell Choir, Fellowship, Supper Sisters, Outreach & Benevolence, Zim- babwe, Administration, Treasurer’s Report, Building & Grounds, Chris- tian Education, Parents’ Night Out, VBS, Food For Thought Hillsboro Presbyterian Church hpcnashville.org DECEMBER 2012 5820 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215