THE LARGER VIEW First Presbyterian Church E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 8737 Delaware Avenue Fax: 219-838-0827 Highland, IN 46322 Church Building: 219- 972-7765 Office: 219-838-6850 Website: www.fpchighland.org AUGUST 2007 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HIGHLAND is a congregation committed to “Being Disciples, Making Disciples.” We know that the past cannot be changed, the present is given to us as a gift, and we work in positive and constructive ways to promote a trust in God to guide us into the future. AUGUST SUNDAY SCHEDULE AUGUST 5 Heritage Worship at 9:30 AM Communion will be served Eucharistic Ministry GodTime at First – 6:15 PM Communion will be served AUGUST 12 Heritage Worship at 9:30 AM Theatre Outing – 2:30 PM GodTime at First – 6:15 PM AUGUST 19 Heritage Worship at 9:30 AM Budget & Finance – 10:30 AM Akaloo – 5:00 PM GodTime at First – 6:15 PM AUGUST 26 Heritage Worship at 9:30 AM Baseball Game – 2:00 PM Akaloo – 5:00 PM GodTime at First – 6:15 PM 8/1: Vince Catania 8/19: Bonnie Byham Murray Faris Cara Scott Jody Gordon 8/20: Nikki Haluska Jean Rudnickas 8/21: Lee Mann Yvonne Suroviak 8/23: Andrew Janett 8/4: Marjean Reed 8/24: David Derengowski 8/6: Steve Auld Will Kerber 8/7: Mary Callaway 8/25: Royce Coulson, Jr. Bette Smith 8/26: Peter Churitch, Sr. Judy Toren Phyllis Laurencell 8/8: Mike Peterson 8:27: Cheryl Haluska Marie Smith Jesse Kikkert 8/11: Nancy Ashton 8/30: Shannon Churitch Comfort Bonu David Coulson 8/13: Suzanne Goldsmith Michelle Hall 8/15: Trish Mosny Lewis Owen Treva Sheets 8/31: Denise Hedrick 8/16: Barbara Gordon Sandy Letts 8/18: Tim Nolen Marjean Reed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * We are planning a trip to see the Railcats play on SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th at 2:00 PM. See George Griner for ticket reservations, or call him at 865-0959. Tickets are $9.00 per person, and parking is still free. LETTER FROM LAURA I was reminiscing recently with an old friend about the days we spent along baseball diamonds, watching our kids play games. As our sons learned a whole new language that let them learn to strategize and follow the coaches‟ shouts while they were on the field, we moms holding down the bleachers picked up the language too. We could cheer and groan from the sidelines because we knew how the game was supposed to be played and what rules would trip us up. At the top of our Session agendas, newsletters and in the bulletins, we say that we are “being disciples, making disciples”. Someone mentioned a few weeks ago that when we first began running this statement it didn‟t make sense to everyone, because it wasn‟t clear what a disciple is. Like any sport or business, we are guilty of using lots of „insider‟ language in the church. Disciples are people who follow Jesus on a regular basis, with the goal of doing it 24/7. Disciples do the same things that kids learning to play baseball do. They practice and practice and practice so they can be in the game. Christian disciples practice for the game by: setting aside private prayer time to share our thoughts with God (I talk to God the most before I get up in the morning, when I feel overwhelmed and when I‟m happy) belonging to a small group where the big issues of life can be openly discussed with others on a regular basis (this doesn‟t have to be a „church‟ group – just a group where honesty and vulnerability can be the order of the day!) service to others (reading in classrooms, tutoring, cooking for the shelter, shopping for a friend, cooking for someone after surgery, the list is endless) Sunday worship We‟re really blessed in this congregation that we have volunteers who have created a two new services in the last two years - a Sunday evening offering at 6:15 – same message, more relaxed environment and a Friday evening meditative experience that lifts you right us right out of whatever has us snagged down. Do we need something at another time as well? When we are being disciples by consistently doing the four practices listed above, others will be drawn to the enthusiasm and excitement we have to share. I have been amazed at the people in this congregation that can speak deeply and clearly about their faith and yet there is always more to be learned. Step by step, day by day. Be a disciple. Follow Jesus. Blessings, Rev. Laura * * * * * * * * * * * * * ___________________________________________________________________ YOUTH GROUP NEWS Bill Zuke, Sam Zuke, Kelsey Helmer, Adam Reported by Dave Gibbs Johnston, Arletta Schaefer and David Gibbs had a great experience on this mission of SUMMER MISSION 2007 service to God. We blended so well with the youth group from Valparaiso that the youth SMASHING SUCCESS! are already talking about things they can do Actually, nobody and no “thing” got smashed, together this year. Our thanks go to this but everything went swimmingly. Yes, we did congregation for supporting this mission swim, but what I am trying to say is that we experience and the youth program. had a tremendous and powerful experience YOUTH WORSHIP on July 8th went at Camp Westminster. very well. The youth from Valpo came and helped us worship God in sharing the story We arose every day at 6:00 AM and worked of the mission experience. Many commented 8 hours. In the evenings the youth on what a fine service it was and how good it challenged themselves on a climbing wall, low is to hear young people share from their ropes course, high ropes course, sailing and hearts. kayaking. Yes, everybody slept well! JULY 10TH SOUP KITCHEN - The youth served at the soup kitchen at First The camp leadership was gushing with praise Presbyterian in Hammond. It was a great for our group and had to scramble to keep experience to feed God‟s children. We enough materials on hand so we could keep served 104 people that day. Everyone working! I could not be more proud of our should give this ministry a try at least once youth. Here is a list of their in their lives. accomplishments: POOL PARTY & PLANNING Primed and painted the interior of a 20x40‟ SESSION for the 2007-08 year at the dormitory, including the high ceiling. Parker‟s was great fun and very productive. Fixed the leaky roof on that dorm. A great big “thank you” goes to Rick and Fixed the drywall damaged by the leaky Sandy for being such great hosts. Thank roof. you for being such a blessing to the youth. Sanded the furnishings of this dorm. We hope to have a finalized calendar for the Painted bunk beds and windows. Fall sometime soon. Repaired several screen doors. Fixed or replaced the wiring in 4 buildings, including mounting new fixtures. YOUTH SCHEDULE SUMMER 2007 August 16-17 OVERNIGHT AT DYE CABIN Repaired some tipsy benches. More details will be sent out Primed another dormitory, just because we were so good at it! as we get closer to the date. August 19 5:00-7:00 PM Youth Group begins SALE OF ANNEX DEACONS’ DOINGS Reported by Dr. Lowell Steen Reported by Judy Toren The Board of Deacons again wishes to thank Session appointed a Market Task Force to all who have provided member profile manage the sale of the Annex. The information. If you haven‟t had the members of the Task Force are Robert opportunity to respond yet, there is still Abernethy, Patricia Bannon, and Dr. Steen time to return your form. Your information (chair). is important and will help FPCH streamline its ministry, administration and planning. On Wednesday, July 12th, a contract was signed for the sale of the building. The sale Deacon Hospitality Hosts continue to be at price was $235,000.00. The buyer has 45 their posts each Sunday meeting and days in which to secure a mortgage following greeting visitors. You can assist in this which our attorney will obtain a clear title, important mission by letting the host know and the deal will be closed. if you think someone has been missed. Any visitor may be a potential new member so we We have negotiated a 60 day period from all need to work together to help them feel the time of closure to vacate the premises. welcome and comfortable as they In the event that we have not completed our experience worship at FPCH. move, we will incur a rental of $25.00 per day for each day over and above the 60 In August a representative from Life Touch days. Church Directories and Portraits will be meeting with the Deacons to discuss plans Buyer has agreed to honor our rental for the 70th Anniversary Picture Directory. agreement with the Church of Christ Members will be contacted be their Deacons Scientist, and has covenanted that we may to schedule appointments for photo sessions remove the decorative lamp posts and the to be held on September 27, 28 and 29th. sign at the corner of Delaware and Ridge Please mark your calendars! Road. Eucharistic Ministry will be offered on Attorney Suzanne Goldsmith is kindly Sunday, August 5th. If you are interested in handling all the legal work relative to the having home communion on that date, please sale as a contribution to the church. We contact your Deacon or the church office. extend our most sincere thanks for this August Deacon Assignments generous gift. Chancel Flowers: Bonnie Fitting Devotions: Debbie Catania Hospitality Host: Bonnie Fitting Rides to Heritage Service: Bonnie Fitting (923-3330) _____________ Kerber, Donna Helmer and I helped out the St. Joe Soup Kitchen by preparing a full meal for the luncheon on July 10th. It was an obvious success since 27 pounds of meat and all the side dishes were served by our youth and enjoyed by the clients numbering approximately 115. Many thank you‟s and praises came our way, The next Blood Drive will be held on and I think we all felt good about ourselves Wednesday, August 15th from 3:00-7:00 PM after many HOT and SWEATY hours in the in the Fellowship Hall. We encourage kitchen. Again, thanks to all of you for your everyone to “lend an arm” and donate blood efforts. I know Rev. Skaggs sends her many to benefit patients in our community. Please thanks along with mine. call Lois Fozkos at 923-9211 to make an On Thursday, July 12th, Bill Holmes and appointment or sign up in the Fellowship Hall. Lillian Speroff took our goodies over to the shelter to once again add to the meal from NEWS FROM THE KITCHEN St. Margaret‟s. Reported by Cheryl Steen On Saturday, July 14th, some members of It is that time of year when Arletta, our Eric Parker‟s All-Star baseball team made able bodied kitchen angel, takes off for the short work of preparing the sandwiches, summer and leaves me some large shoes to chips, veggies, hard-boiled eggs and yes, fill in her absence. Fortunately I have been they even frosted the cupcakes that were blessed with some GREAT helpers. lovingly prepared by Marjean Reed and Arlene Diekman for the Shelter meal. Also On Thursday, June 7th, we sent off Kathy assisting in the preparations were Philip and Parker and daughter Nichole to serve. They supplied some extra goodies to go with the Collin Parker, Ed Stowe (president of food prepared by St. Margaret Hospital. Highland Babe Ruth) and his son, Josh. Milk, bread and butter, dessert and fruit These needed and worthwhile projects could are always welcome additions to any meal. not be accomplished without the help of all On Saturday, June 9th, while I was visiting of you. I appreciate the time and effort you our daughter in California, Judy & John give to help make meals available for the Toren, Irene Calvin, and Jeanne Nestor took less fortunate. over the reins, and prepared and served the meal to the hungry bunch. During July our kitchen was really hopping the week of the 9th. Barbara Dye, LeaAnn HAVEN HOUSE Rick & Sandy Parker Reported by Tracy Oprea Rev. Laura Reason Mission received a recent request from Cindy Rosa Haven House for laundry detergent because Calvin & Kris Scott they are a full capacity – and have been for Dennis Sheets quite sometime – and they just can‟t keep up Jay & Jean Smith with all the children‟s laundry. On July 11th Marie Smith Cheryl Steen donated her time and went out Cheryl Steen to Costco and purchased ten huge containers John & Judy Toren of powder laundry detergent, totaling $105. Janet Vargo On July 12th I delivered it to Haven House, and they were great appreciative. In all my THANK YOU! THANK YOU! visits to Haven House, I have never seen so Reported by Cheryl Steen many children there at one time. I was so What a wonderful surprise to walk into the relived that Mission was able to assist kitchen pantry where the shelves had been Haven House with this recent request. bare, and find them overflowing with food! Our generous and busy elves – Fred and PARKING LOT PROJECT Carol Callaway – have filled the shelves with By Tracy Oprea more food than even our wildest dreams A special THANK YOU goes out to all the could anticipate. wonderful volunteers who helped with the Parking Lot Fundraiser Project. Without you The food will not only be enjoyed and the fundraiser would not have been such a appreciated by the clients who stop by our huge success. Thank you to: office for assistance, but will also be used Bob & Charlotte Abernethy when we cook for the State Street Shelter. Comfort Bonu Bonnie Byham Our good fortune abounds! We have also Irene Calvin been the recipient of seven bags of canned Brandon Chong goods from Habitat for Humanity. Every Jim & Ede Corten volunteer who works on one of the building Ruth Dekker projects is asked to bring canned goods in Barb Dye order to help supply area food pantries. As Jill Elman a result of our volunteer work for Habitat Eason Engle we have been placed on their list of food Don & Bonnie Fitting pantries. Peggy Fozkos Suzanne Goldsmith We thank Pam and Chelsea of Habitat for George Griner helping us to help those who need our Bill Holmes assistance. This is a great example of how Kay Johnson volunteer groups can work together for the LeaAnn Kerber good of the community. Kelly LaFlech Lee & Linda Mann Paul & Sandy Nicholls Dennis & Nancy O‟Donnell Jan Oprea FAIR HAVEN George Brant Ted and Clara Brendel SCHOOL SUPPLY PROJECT Millie Brown, aunt of Charlotte Abernethy We will be “adopting” some children from Laura Burgess, friend of Trona Wilson Fair Haven in August for the purpose of Vicky Callaway purchasing school supplies. Fair Haven will Charlene, Marilyn Metzger‟s sister supply lists for us, which will be identified Chuck, brother of Pat Bannon by a code number, gender, and grade of Bob Churitch student. These lists will be available in the Peter and Helen Churitch church office. Once you have made your Ede and Jim Corten purchases, the list should be attached to Dorothy David, Fish‟s daughter the bag to help with identification purposes. Don and Mary Davison Supplies need to be turned in to the church Don, brother in law of Mary Jo McGee office by August 15th. This is a great Donna and Phil project to help prepare these students for Brad Farnsley, friend of the Kings the new school year. Georgia Fitzwater Anthony and Lula Frey * * * * * * * * * Margaret Goral Robert and Marian Gregory The Gyure family AUGUST PRAYER LIST Joanne Hankel The Prayer Circle meets every Monday at Jack and Marty Hess 8:30 a.m. in the Study of the main church Irene, Sandy Parker‟s sister building. We pray for the people on this list, Al Jackson for current concerns and for the continued Marge Jent, Carol Peterson‟s mom leading and renewal of our congregation by Julia, friend of Sandy Buono the Holy Spirit. Please join us whenever Julie Johnson, granddaughter of Davison‟s possible, and include the persons listed here Sharon Johnson, daughter of Davison‟s in your daily devotional time. Thank you. Marian Kukral Kyle, Ruth Sfura‟s great grandson Mary Anne Ahlborn Bill and Sharon LaFlech Allene, aunt of Treva Sheets George Lesnick Louise Allison Lisa, Barbara Dalton‟s daughter Linda Armstrong, Arletta‟s daughter David Madura Larry and Marge Ashton Lee Mann Don & Phyllis Auld Norah McFarland Susanne Baker, daughter of Mike Peterson Marilyn Metzger Chuck and Florence Baudouine, Alfred and Nancy Mills parents of Carol Callaway Mabel Mullins, Winnie Owen‟s mom Eddie and Norma Bauer Mike Nestor John Beams, cousin of Louise Allison Tony Nevers‟ dad Blanche and Burl Biggs Dorothy Nolen Bob, friend of Steve and Nancy Janett Lois Norris Bob, Bonnie Byham‟s dad Ray Norris, friend of Lois Norris Bob, Bonnie Byham‟s uncle (Hospice) Dan Novak, Dick Holck‟s brother-in-law Millie Brant Nyeita, Bette Smith‟s sister Chris, Dennis, Jason and Nancy O‟Donnell For those in the military Mary Oprea For the prayer shawl ministry Tracy Oprea and Brandon Suzanne Owen Our prayers of Christian sympathy are Rick and Sandy Parker extended to Carol Callaway on the death of Beverly Perotti, friend of Jan Oprea her friend, John Palisti, on July 13th. Carol and Mike Peterson Gloria Ptacek Our prayers of Christian sympathy are Inez Putnam, Judy Toren‟s mom extended to Suzanne Goldsmith and Dennis Gladys Ratke Serafin on the death of Dennis‟ mother, Gaye Reinhardt, daughter of Georgia Clara, on July 13th. Fitzwater Rita and Lynette Our prayers of Christian sympathy are Faith Reynolds extended to John & Judy Toren and Ron, Rita, friend of Marilyn Metzger Cathy, Jake & Jamie Toren on the death of Ron, Treva‟s friend John and Ron‟s aunt, Mildred Haley, on July Andy, Cindy, Danielle and Jean Rudnickas 14th. Phyllis Sancya, sister of Dr. Steen Bernie Schuster Our prayers of Christian sympathy to Peter Sebastian, 5 yr. old cousin of the Churitch & Helen Churitch and Peter, Gale, Shannon family and Ashley Churitch and their families on Debbie Severson, Eric‟s mom the death of their son and brother, Michael Daisy Shires, mother of Sandy Nicholls Churitch, on July 19th. David Sikes, friend of the Nicholls Molly Sleeman, Cal‟s granddaughter Our prayers of Christian sympathy to Alice Jeff Small, friend of Lee and Linda Mann Massa and her family on the death of Alice‟s Marie Smith, Bette‟s mother-in-law husband, Silvio, on July 19th. Sam & Marie Smith Steve, brother-in-law of Peggy Fozkos Congratulations and best wishes to Patrick Mike Street, friend of Debbie King Edger and Emily Yannuzzi, united in marriage Bonnie Sutton, mother of Bonnie Nolen in our Sanctuary on Saturday, July 21st. Elsie Szekely, sister of Olive Lehmker Tom and Betty, friends of Jill Elman Due to federal regulations about privacy, we are Velinda no longer called by hospitals about patient admissions. If you or your loved one would like a Vicki, Treva‟s cousin visit while hospitalized, please call the church Virginia, Peggy Fozkos‟ mother office or Rev. Laura on her cell phone at 815- Sr. Helen Watkins, friend of Cheryl Steen 822-0557 (this number is also in the church Ollie Wingate directory). Thank you! Lynn and Veda Young _________________________________ Richard Zyp For Akaloo and Heritage, Taize and GodTime services For the Session, Deacons, Trustees ________________________________________________________________________ LET’S GO TO THE THEATRE THANKS FOR BULLETIN Tickets have been reserved for the 2007 Thanks to Arletta Schaefer for sharing the session at The Theatre at the Center in Sunday bulletins from the First Munster. Tickets are $25.00 each, and all Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers, shows are on Sunday at 2:30 PM. Upcoming Michigan, where she worships while spending dates and shows are: the summer at her Michigan home. August 12 – Cats (few tickets available) October 21 – Hello Dolly “CREATING THE CHURCH OF December 2 – Scrooge – The Musical THE FUTURE” If you wish to reserve tickets for any of Sign up through the church office to attend the shows, please contact Kelly LaFlech “Creating the Church of the Future” on at 924-6983. Payment must be received Saturday, August 25th at Geneva Center. within one week of request. The workshop encompasses a wide variety of 3-D MOVIE NIGHT issues and is designed to benefit anyone Come join us for DINNER, DESSERT and a involved in stewardship, church school, and DVD on Friday, August 17th at 6:30 PM. other leadership roles in the church. It will Dinner will be held prior to the showing of a help nurture skills and abilities in the area popular movie. Be sure to sign up in the of stewardship and mission. It‟s a fast- Fellowship Hall. It will be a fun night of paced workshop and extremely interesting. great food and fellowship! There is no charge – but you must register by August 15th. Register in church office. A NOTE OF THANKS “I am happy to report that my surgery is FINANCIAL REPORT over and I am now at home. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and JUNE YTD cards. Special thanks to Sharon LaFlech Pledged $15,432 $92,595 for the beautiful shawl she knitted for Received $14,253 $89,532 me. I ask for your continued prayers for my daughter, Gaye. She is having chemo Income $16,417 $102,599 treatments and will have surgery in Expenses $16,380 $109,074 August, then more chemo. Your prayers Please remember when you go on vacation, and concern are greatly appreciated.” the church‟s bills do not! Please keep up /s/ Georgia Fitzwater your pledge during the summer months. USHER SCHEDULE BUILDING LOCK-UP AUGUST 5 – Winnie Owen AUGUST 5 AUGUST 12 – Murray Faris Ruth Dekker AUGUST 19 Clare Stinarr AUGUST 26 – Fred Callaway John & Judy Toren AUGUST 12 HOSPITALITY HOST Rod & Peggy Fozkos Deacon Bonnie Fitting Paul & Sandy Nicholls AUGUST 19 Oscar Nedberg CHANCEL FLOWERS Deacon Bonnie Fitting Lois Norris Pam Porter Cal Sleeman CHILD CARE AUGUST 26 AUGUST 5 – Bailey Parker Jill Elman AUGUST 12 – Kamri Nixon Winnie Owen AUGUST 19 – Bailey Parker Rick & Sandy Parker AUGUST 26 – Kamri Nixon RIDE TO HERITAGE WORSHIP SPECIAL MUSIC Deacon Bonnie Fitting (923-3330) AUGUST 5 – Karen Lounsbury AUGUST 19 - Quartet WORSHIP LEADERS AUGUST 5 – Louis Schumm AUGUST 12 – Rick Parker AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 26 - TO OUR CHURCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS: We are excited to announce that we have enrolled in the new Meijer Community Rewards Program. This program helps raise funds for the church simply and easily without burdening the people we serve. When you join Meijer Community Rewards, all you have to do is shop at Meijer and we will automatically receive cash rewards from your purchases. Joining the program is FREE and can be done by filling out an application available in the church office, or by going on-line at Meijer.com/rewards. Once you are enrolled you will receive your Meijer 1 Card and keytag (this is not a credit card). Then when you shop at Meijer, just swipe the card and earn rewards for the church. It‟s easy and free to enroll. This program allows you to pay for your purchases by cash, a bank debit card, or your Meijer credit card. (Personal checks and other credit cards are not eligible for this rewards program.) The enrollment applications are available in the church office. Be sure to pick up your application soon! Thank you!