The “Pres” Gazette by ldd0229


									        July 2009
                                    The “Pres” Gazette                              First Presbyterian Church
   Mike Morgan, Pastor                    301 Old Brandon Road Hillsboro, Texas 76645 254-582-3473

  Inside this issue:
                                     First Presbyterian Church Invites
Thank Yous                    2
                                       You,Your Family, Friends, and
Prayer List                   2
                                     Community to Historic Hillsboro’s
Worship Leaders Schedule      3
                                    Corsicana Street Parade & Fourth of
Congratulations               3

                                              July Celebration
Interim Pastor Search

Birthdays & Anniversaries     4
                                                            The Lowrance Home
Mens Breakfast                4
                                                             400 Corsicana Street
Garage Sale                   4                                Hillsboro, Texas
Pastor Out of Office          4                             Saturday, July 4, 2009
HIM Back to School Drive      5
Sojourners News               5
                                   Parade begins promptly at 10 am. You may want to bring lawn chairs.
Say Cheese                    5                                   11:00-12:00
Eatin’ Meetin’                5    Patriotic Music/ Visiting with Dominoes, Cards, and Games
Church Calendar               6    Hear the words of the late Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall. "Why Should God
Monthly Financial Report      7
                                   Bless America?"
Farewell Reception            8
                                   Catered BBQ lunch by Eddie Ray's BBQ in Elm Mott. $10 per plate…
Women's News                  9
                                   Reservations Required ASAP to Will and Betty Lowrance at
Coupon Project Update         9    254.582.7255 or or mail to The Lowrances
Memorials                     9    at P.O. Box 563, Hillsboro, TX 76645. Checks should be made to First
Music Notes                   9    Presbyterian Church.
Bloopers                      10
                                       $3 of your ticket will support the Coats for Kids program in Hill
                                   County schools and is tax deductible. Coats for Kids is a project of the
The Voice Of Mirth            11
                                   Missions Committee of First Presbyterian Church.
Session Highlights for July   12                                    Sponsors:
                                                      Mission and Social Committees of
                                                           First Presbyterian Church
                                            Debbie Baker, Dwight Pace, Bobby Walker, Co-Chairs
                                                                & the Lowrances
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Dearest Friends and Family,                              To the Members of First Presbyterian Church of
   The end of my time here in Hillsboro is drawing       Hillsboro, Texas,
near and one of the brightest spots of the almost           I am eternally grateful for all of the many things
nine years of ministry here has to be the farewell       that you have done for me since I have been here, es-
reception at the church this afternoon. For all of the   pecially during these last few days of illness.
beautiful cards, the kind words in the book of              Thank you and much love,
memories, the glowing tribute by Betty Dohoney,             Margaret Willett
the fervent prayers, warm thoughts, and exceed-
                                                         Dear Wonderful Women of the Morning Circle,
ingly generous financial gifts, I can only say,
                                                            For the prayers, cards, the good food, and your
“Thank you,” and add that you have blessed us            love and concern during my
both beyond all imagining during our time among          recent mishap, I am eternally grateful for all that you
you.                                                     did for me and many others.
    Your willing hands did so much more than                My love to you,
make my job easier and more gratifying. You also            Margaret Willett
brought hope and joy to the lives of so many in this
community. Our memories of you and your loving
service to Christ and your endless kindnesses to          In Our Prayers
Debbie and I are forever burned into our memories
and into our hearts. You will all be frequently in        Your prayers are requested
our thoughts and eternally in our prayers.                for:
    If you ever find yourselves in Southern Arkan-
sas, and want to visit or need a place to spend the       Marla Beamish             Pat Cain
night, we‟d love to hear from you and open our            Cameron Choate            Kelsey Cochran
home to you (really!). If I can be of any help to any     Larry Crumpton            Jennye Dea Cox
of you in the future (within the guidelines of Pres-      Barbara Davidson          Glen Dumas
bytery and the boundaries of pastoral courtesy to         Frank Fossett             Wyndell Greenhill
your new Pastor), please feel free to call on me. I       Joyce Isbell              Orie Johnson
will be leaving some cards attached to refrigerator       Steve Jouett              R.M. Kennard
magnets with Darlene in the church office. Here is
                                                          Marty Kinard              Wales Madden
                                                          Bob McCumbie              Brenda McGregor
the information that will be on the cards:
                                                          Lindsey Molina            Faye Pappas
    Mike‟s new church address: 1417 N. Jackson            Roy Paxton                Billie Payne
St.; Magnolia, AR, 71753.                                 Ruth Pelham               Patsy Revill
    Mike & Debbie‟s new home address: #3 Sleepy           Margaret Rhea             Clint Rogers
Hollow, Magnolia, AR, 71753                               Bill & Susie Stewart      Leland Stricklin
    Mike & Debbie‟s home phone # is:                      Arlene Thompson           Marilyn Topping
870.234.4215                                              A.W. Voight               Ila Mae Wilkins
    Mike‟s email has not changed. It is still: mor-       Margaret Willett          Anna DuPriest                                           Denise Meek Triantafilloy
    Mike‟s new cell phone # is 870.949.1344
                                                           If you know someone that you would like
Again thank you, and may God bless and keep you
                                                           us to pray for, please call us at 582-3473.
all forever in the palm of his hand. I remain
                                                           Please remember to pray for this church,
Yours in Christ, Mike Morgan                                       its leaders, its members.
                       July Worship Leaders                                             Page 3

  If you or someone you know would like communion but is unable to come to church to
    receive the Sacrament when offered, please call the pastor (580-3473) and it will be
                             brought to those who desire it.

             Ushers/Greeters                      Liturgists
July 5th      Bill & Sandra Barner                        Tom Bills
              Bobby & Pat Walker
July 12th     Matt & Nicole Crain                         Betty Lowrance
              Paul & Debbie Baker
July 19th     Nancy & Sammy Steele                        Shannon Dale
              Will & Betty Lowrance
July 26th     Steve & Rosemary Smith                      Donna Crawford
              Pam & Trent Dale
                     July 5th Communion Table Servants
  Preparation of the Elements                  Communion Servers
         Matt Crain                                    Will Lowrance
                                                      Betty Lowrance
    Members of the Month                          Bill Barner
 Sue McClure & Francine Conaway                  Bobby Walker

                                                    Interim Pastor Search
                                               The Session has named five members to serve
                                               as the committee to search for an Interim Pas-
   Congratulations to...                       tor for our congregation. Will Lowrance
                                               chairs the committee, and members include Ja-
………Ben Walker for making the A                 mie Baker, Bill Barner, Matt Crain, and Greg
Honor Roll list for the spring 2009 semester   Steele. The Grace Presbytery Temporary Re-
at Tarleton State University; and to...        lationships Committee/Committee on Ministry
……...Mark Miller upon his graduation           have submitted three names for review, and the
from Abbott High School . Mark received        Interim Pastor Search Committee has inter-
                                               viewed all three candidates. The committee is
a Hill County A&M Club Scholarship; and
                                               now checking references and following up on
to...                                          the interviews before making a recommenda-
……...Trenton Dale who recently traveled        tion for the next step in the process. Rev.
to Houston to grade for a Tae Kwon Do          James B. Witherow, pastor of Faith Presbyte-
black belt.                                    rian Church in Aledo, has been named Mod-
                                               erator of Session for our church, and his term
                                               will begin on July 15 and will end when an In-
                                               terim Pastor is in place. The committee asks
                                               the congregation to continue to pray for God’s
                                               guidance in the process.
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                                                  Habitat & FPC
4th    Jenny Baker
5th    Vicki Crain                              Sponsored Garage
6th    Kevin Baker                             Sale a huge success!
7th    Michael Dellis
8th    Ashley Miller                          The garage sale held here at the church on
10th   Bob Moon                               June 13th made it possible for our congrega-
10th   Norma Kidwell                          tion to donate $753.95 to
11th   Yolie Beavers                          Habitat for Humanity of
17th   Bobby Walker                           Hill County.
20th   Barry Beavers                          A big THANK YOU to all
24th   Shannon Dale                           who donated items, to
25th   Larry Hayward                          those who sorted, priced,
25th   Flo Logan                              and set out items, and those who gave their
26th   Mike Morgan                            time for the majority of a Saturday to help
30th   Patrick McClure                        out.
31st   Robert Cagnon

                                                  12th    Greg and Michelle Steele
                Pat Neal & Bob Ljung-             19th    Julie and Bill Siddons
                dahl are the chefs du jour        26th    Pam and Larry Crumpton
                                                  29th    Bob and Sue Ljungdahl
                for the Men‟s Breakfast
                on Friday, July 3rd at 7am
                in the Fellowship Hall.
                The discussion question is
                “Matthew 23:9 instructs
                us to „call no man Father‟,
                yet Catholic & Episcopal
                priests are called Father.
                Are they wrong or are
                we?” Satisfy your curios-
                ity and join us for some
                lip lickin‟ food and fabu-
                lous fellowship!
                         We are on the web:                    Page 5

                                                  Say Cheese
                                                  Sue Ljungdahl is
                                                  working to complete the
                                                  Church directory and
   HIM Begins Back to                             she still needs some
                                                  pictures of our church
      School Drive                                members to complete this
Hillsboro Interfaith Ministries has begun         project. Please check with Sue to see if you
registering children for its annual Back to       need to have your picture taken. If she does
School Program which tries to supply at           need your picture, it only takes a moment to
least one outfit and a pair of shoes for kids     for her to snap a shot. Meet Sue in the Nar-
to go back to school. Gift cards with a           thex after service on Sunday morning either
value of $35 will be given to the parent or       before or after worship and help her move
guardian of each needy child. It can be           her project along.
used only for the purchase of school clothes
or supplies.
Our church will receive a special offering
on July 26th to benefit the HIM Back to
School Program. If you won‟t be there, but
would still like to help, send a check to the
church with the lower left hand corner
marked “BTS.” Thanks for you help in sup-
porting this very worthy project.
         Sojourners News
The Sojourners Class is continuing the study                             MEETIN’
of Melvin Tinker’s Why Do Bad Things Hap-
pen to Good People? on Sunday mornings at         This month‟s Eatin‟ Meetin‟ will follow
9:45 a.m. The study draws heavily from the        morning worship on July 19th. Hosts for the
Book of Job and seeks to deal with the issue      meal are Larry and Pam Crumpton & Pat
of “if God created the Universe and is in con-    and Bobby Walker. We‟ll be celebrating
trol of it…why does he allow suffering and        Flag Day. Bring your favorite covered dish,
injustice?” The class is composed of adults of    salad, or dessert to add to the smorgasbord
all ages, and church members and visitors are     of delectable and delicious food. We‟ll wish
invited to attend. The class is planning a
                                                  our friends Happy Anniversary and Happy
breakfast event at the Dohoneys in August,
and all who would like to know more about
                                                  Birthday. Make plans now to be there and
the class will be encouraged to attend. Details   share in the fun and fellowship!
will follow.
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                                 Mike listening in while Jane Pruitt           Betty Dohoney
                                    shares a story with Debbie           Eloquently describes Mike‟s
                                                                        contribution to our church and
                                                                               our community
  Mike speaking to the group

                                                                Left is Debbie Baker filling a cup
                                                                with punch while just behind her is
                                                                Michael Nemec talking across the
                                                                table with George and Carlene Har-
Fabulous food and fellowship
                                                                ris. Back center is Jamie Baker
while we sadly bid farewell to                                  looking on while Mrs. Michael Ne-
Mike & Debbie
                                                                mec picks out something sweet
                                                                from the buffet. Foreground right is
                                                                Sue McClure.
                                  PRESBYTERIAN                                             Page 9


                                  Women’s Circles
 Both Women‟s Circles are on their annual summer hiatus but the women‟s study books
  for Fall, Joshua, A Journey of Faith, have arrived and are available for pickup in the
                               church office for $6 each.

                Joshua                                      In Memoriam
          A Journey of Faith                           Memorials for June
             by Mary Mikhael
  In the nine lessons of Joshua: A Journey           For:    Ollie Baker
  of Faith, Mary Mikhael invites us to ex-           By:     Larry & Pam Crumpton
   plore the challenging, sometimes heart-
  rending, book of Joshua. Pursuing such             For:    Carol Jean Curtis
 themes as leadership, the promise of land,          By:     Her Family
 the concept of “holy war”, and the outsid-
 ers becoming insiders, we learn ultimately
    to find rest in the justice and mercy of

    Overseas Coupon
     Project Update
                                                       Music Notes
   In our last mailing during
the first week of June, coupons
totaling $1546.05 in value                     The choir is missing a lot of members for the
were sent for the use of mili-                 summer months and we don’t want our music
tary families stationed over-                  program to suffer so we need your help to find
seas.                                          more singers or instrumentalists who might we
   Year to date the church has                 willing to play for us some Sunday this sum-
furnished coupons valued at                    mer. If you know of anyone, please let us know
$9819.30. Isn't it wonderful to                and we’ll get them our schedule.
think people can benefit from
something that takes so little                 We have had a couple of Sundays with really
effort and involves paper most                 wonderful music and with all of us working
of us would normally toss in                   together, our music can continue to be won-
the trash!                                     derful this summer!
They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for
church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the
BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were
announced in church services:
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.                                              Page 10
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping
around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick in our community. Smile at someone who is hard
to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the con-
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friend-
ship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to
our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to
the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used
to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remem-
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the base-
ment on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a
blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in
the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric
girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7
PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double
door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My
Pledge - Up Yours.
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                           The Voice of Mirth
“...There shall once more be heard the voice of
mirth and the voice of gladness…” Jer 33:11
                       June Session Highlights
1. Approved Susan Miller‟s request to use Fellowship Hall and Kitchen for a baby
   shower in the afternoon on Saturday, July 18, 2009.
2. Authorized Hill Regional Hospital‟s use of the Kitchen and Fellowship Hall for Sen-
   ior Circle luncheons on the following Thursdays: August 20, August 27, September
   17; and on Wednesday, September 20.
3. Voted to cease publication of the “Good News for Today” articles after the July 16 is-
4. Elected Elder Ben Cowan as Chair of the Nominating Committee for 2009. Other
   members selected to serve include Tom Bills, Pam Crumpton, Sally Divin, Betty Ray
   Dohoney, Norma Kidwell, Annette Pace, and Matt Crain.
5. Received report from Stewardship Committee that our total monetary assets are up
   9% in value year to date. Our budget is $180,000 and $85,000 has been received,
   putting income ahead of schedule. Expenses total $87,000 and include the $6,000.00
   loan to Prairie Valley Presbyterian Camp, which will be repaid this week.
6. Approved contract with Eddie Ray‟s BBQ of Elm Mott to supply the meal at the 4th
   of July Coats for Kids fundraiser for $6.95 per head. Meal will include two meats,
   three vegetables, bread, pickles, peppers, onions, and tea. Vendor will supply all paper
   goods and serving tables.
7. Rescheduled July Stated Session meeting for July 12th at 8:30 am.

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