O P zark resbyterian C hurch Messenger 1932 East Highway 14 P.O. Box 328 Ozark, MO 65721 email@example.com 417/581-6988 Phyllis Winzenried, C.L.P. WEEKLY EVENTS Sunday school @ 9am, Fellowship @ 10am & Worship @ 10:30am Wednesday Night Bible Study @ 5pm; Women’s Ensemble @ 5:30; Choir @ 6pm; Ukulele @ 7pm; Hand Bells @ 7:30pm; Wonderful Wednesdays for May @ 5:30pm – 7:00 pm “Walkers” meet every Monday thru Saturday @ 7:30am – Finley River Park by the caboose **Bulletin Insert deadline each Thursday by noon** May 2 (Sat.) 7:00 am – Men’s breakfast May 18 (Mon.) 5:00 pm – Companions in Christ – Class 1 8:30 am – ?? – Plant/Yard sale 7:30 pm – Companions in Christ – Class 2 May 4 (Mon.) 5:00 pm – Companions in Christ- 1st class May 20 (Wed.) 11:30 am – Juliets at The Lemon Drop 7:30 pm – Companions in Christ – 2nd class May 21 (Thurs.) 6:00 pm – Deacons meeting May 6 (Wed.) No Personnel Committee meeting this month 7:00 pm – Session meeting May 7 – 13 (Thurs. – Wed.) Phyllis on vacation May 23 – 25 (Sat. – Mon.) Ozark Sesquicentennial Celebration Food & Beverage booth on the square May 7 (Thurs.) 7:00 am – National Day of Prayer breakfast May 25 (Mon.) Memorial Day: Office closed May 8 (Fri.) Springfield Cardinals baseball game 5:00 pm – Companions in Christ – Class 1 7:30 pm – Companions in Christ – Class 2 May 11 (Mon.) 10:00 am – Script card orders due 6:30 pm – Jubilee! Dinner/study May 31 (Sun.) Wear Red to celebrate Pentecost May 17 (Sun.) Potluck after worship … O P zark resbyterian C hurch MESSENGER From Where I Sit … MAY 2009 From Where I Sit … I wonder if you have ever considered the difference between being religious and being spiritual. According to Dictionary.com, religious is an adjective that means “of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion.” Religion, according to the same dictionary, being “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” Using the same dictionary, I discovered the definition of the adjective spiritual to be, “of or pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature.” In the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the translation in the church pew, the word religion appears only 5 times in the entire Bible. The word religious appears only 3 times in the entire Bible. On the other hand, the word spiritual appears 26 times. In the case of all three words, their appearances are all in the New Testament and are found between Acts and I Peter. In contrast to all of that, the word spirit appears 498 times throughout the entire Bible. The word soul appears 156 times, again, throughout the Bible. So, why am I telling you all of this? According to Mainline Manifesto: The Inevitable New Church by Charles Denison (published in 2005), of the 90% of Americans who say they believe in God, 57% do not attend church. Why? The church, religion, is unconnected to their faith, useless to their spiritual quest (Preface, pg. xi). If the church is not helping those 57% (over half) with their spiritual growth, then what is the purpose of the church? Is it to preserve tradition and do good in the community? If that is the case, then it is no wonder that so many Americans who say they believe in God aren’t in Sunday morning worship. They are looking for spiritual growth and the church is providing …. What? The words religion and religious were not words or ideas that Jesus used. He was interested in the spirit and soul. I can’t help but wonder if we haven’t gotten religion and spirituality confused. I wonder if our understanding of religion hasn’t replaced our desire for spiritual growth. It is easy to be religious. It takes commitment to spiritually grow. They are not interchangeable. You can be religious and never approach a spiritual experience. On the other hand, you can have a spiritual awakening and never step foot in a church. From Where I Sit … I wonder if we haven’t lost our way … Phyllis Please Keep in Your Prayers… Buz Hosfield John Justus Sue Chaffin Helen Lennon (Sooky’s mom) Rebecca Stover Joyce Sloan Paul Chinn (Darla Brewers brother-in-law) Becky Nivens Dorothy Rohr Steve Angell Rosa Smith Roberta Morris Joe Branstetter Brian Meadows Pat Cox (Patty Ann’s cousin) Lauren Curtis Michelle Smith Howard Dybedock Sandy Dybedock’s sister-in-law, Lori Richard Bainter (relative of Judy Peace) Jennifer Haslip (Daughter-in-law of Jack & Margaret Haslip) Doyne Fletcher (Cynthia Branstetter’s daughters’ father) Ada Hunter (Braswells daughter-in-laws mother) Our nation’s leaders, the people of Iraq, the crisis in the Middle East and the soldiers serving there: Brian McCalister, Sean Revels, Kenny VanHouten, David McGhee, Randy Cooper and Brad Southard. Friends and family who are receiving treatment for cancer: Don Kemp, David Jones, Devin Howard, Amy Saathoff, Shawn Smythe, Wade Bouse, Mildred Tuley, David Barranco, Jim Downey, Hugh Turner, Cindy Hogan, John Bungart, Tammy Miller and Vonda Bridgman. May Anniversaries 5th – Sol & Nancy Winston May Birthdays 18th – Bruce & Patt Minter 29th – Richard & Lorie Schmidt 2nd – Mike Kumfer 4th – Patt Minter 7th – Julia Mills 15th – Helen Brush 16th – Becca Winston JULIETS 22nd – Cynthia Fitzgibbons 23rd – Bruce Minter Juliets will be meeting at The Lemon Drop (formerly 25th – Ann Hashbarger Wild Horse Tea Room behind Lamberts in the strip 26th – Nancy Merry mall) on Wed, May 20 at 11:30 am. If you plan on attending, please let Darla Brewer know at 724-8388 so she can plan accordingly. Christian County is celebrating its 150th birthday and OPC is going to help with the party! We will be hosting a booth on the square on Memorial Day weekend May 23-25. We will be telling everyone about our history and selling lemonade. Volunteers are needed to help set up, decorate and staff the booth. Look in fellowship hall for information on the various activities. If you have an idea or a specific item you would like to display, see Jeanie Skibiski. Graduation Sunday, May 3 Our graduates are (1) Frances Gooden who will be receiving her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University and (2) Jenny Skibiski Mills who received her Masters in Anesthesia degree from Missouri State University at St. John's School of Anesthesiology last winter. We are very proud of these two special graduates and will be honoring them during the fellowship time at 10:00 that morning. We are looking for a 9'x9' or 10'x10' canopy for sun protection for outdoor activities this summer. That includes Weather permitting, the providing shade for workers at our lemonade booth at the church parking lot will be Sesquicentennial Celebration. Does anyone have one they closed due to resealing on will loan or give to us for the summer? If you can help us June 1st and 2nd out, please contact either Judy Peace or Phyllis Winzenried. And thanks ... in advance. JUBILEE! GROUP (Women’s Dinner/Study) Judy Peace Fair Trade Coffee Table We just wanted to let you know there is organic orange dark chocolate on the Fair Trade table. This is the last of the chocolate we will receive until October. Equal Exchange does not ship chocolate during the hot months. The chocolate we sell has received awards in world tasting competion. Enjoy while it lasts. Fair Trade Day is May 9th. Enjoy a cup of Fair Trade coffee or other Fair Trade product. We help create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers. If you enjoy a cup of coffee while at church you may want to purchase a bag of decaf for the kitchen. EVERYTHING IS BETTER WHEN IT IS FAIR! MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Ozark Presbyterian Church Fair Trade Bazaar – November 7th – 8th Session Highlights April 23, 2009 Call to Worship The stated meeting of the Session of Ozark Presbyterian Church met at the church on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Moderator, CLP Phyllis Winzenried, called the meeting to order. Lisa Kumfer opened the meeting with prayer and readings from Hebrews, Proverbs and I Peter. A quorum was present. The Agenda for the meeting was approved. Pastor’s Report: Communion was taken to the home of Robert and Mary Buehler on April 8 by Phyllis and Deacon Sandy Dybedock. Communion was taken to Sue Chaffin on April 22 by Phyllis and Elder Sooky Quimby. Prayers of Intercession Prayers were offered for various members of the congregation as well as friends and associates of some members and for the continued presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst. Present Offerings A revised calendar of church events for the year was passed out. Christian Education Committee: Sunday, May 3rd will be Graduation Sunday. Francis Gooden (Ph.D.) and Jennie Mills (Masters) will be the two graduates being honored. May 31 (Pentecost Sunday) will be the last Sunday for regular Sunday School for the summer. Congregational Life Committee: Baseball tickets are still available for the two dates (5/8 and 6/19) that we are going to the Springfield Cardinals game as a group. Mission and Outreach Committee: Ozark’s Sesquicentennial Celebration will be Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 on the Square. This church will have a booth and will sell lemonade. A plant/garage sale will be held on Saturday, May 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the church. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to adopt a family recommended by the Ozark schools to help with food during May through August. The school has given us a list of suggested foods. There will be a Fair Trade Show and Sale at the church on Saturday, November 14. Personnel Committee: The Committee has evaluated the Administrative Assistant and found her to be doing a highly satisfactory job including her new duties since the first of the year. They recommended and Session approved giving her a 25¢/hr. raise as well as 1 week/year of paid vacation. Property Committee: The Committee has received 3 bids for sealing and re-striping the church parking lot. The Committee recommended and Session approved hiring Laser Perfect from Nixa to do the job at a cost of $2,722. The idea of purchasing a church van to transport children and elderly members has been raised. Phyllis will form a task force to look into the costs and feasibility of such a purchase. Finance and Stewardship Committee: The Committee recommended and Session approved moving the money in Ozark Bank titled Tuesday Group ($2,019.56) to an interest-bearing money-market account at Great Southern Bank in Ozark. During the switch-over in accounting systems a couple of items were discovered to be left out of the budget. The Committee recommended and Session approved revising the budget to add Choir Music and Handbell Music at $250 each. They also recommended and Session approved adding $3,000 to the budget to cover the cost of insurance on the building. The Income and Expense Statement for the month of March was received and filed for review. March Income March Disbursements Memorial Balance $9, 531.71 $7, 751.52 * $4,743.67 Worship Committee: Sam Stover will be the pulpit supply on Sunday, July 5. The Committee recommended and Session approved granting Sam permission to oversee the serving of communion during worship. Pastor Phyllis closed the meeting with prayer. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. The order of business will be Growing Congregation. Dick Darnell and Lisa Kumfer will lead the worship and Judy Peace will be the Joy Bringer. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Woolery, Clerk of Session SUMMER BREAK FROM SUNDAY SCHOOL From the Christian Education Committee The last Sunday for most of our Sunday School classes to meet will be on May 31 – also the same date as Pentecost Sunday. The Nursery, Children, Youth and Fellowship Hall Adults Sunday School classes will resume again on Sept. 13, Rally Day, the Sunday following Labor Day. Nursery care will still be provided during the Worship service over the summer. However, there will still be one adult class continuing over the summer – the Carillon Room class. This class meets at 9:00 a.m. each week and uses the Present Word Presbyterian curriculum, which always presents ideas for great discussions. The leaders are Pat Bulmer and Pat Chaffin, two of our most dedicated and faithful teachers here at OPC. They look forward to having you in their class this summer! Also, plans are underway for another Intergenerational Vacation Bible School, possibly the five Wednesday evenings in July, just like last year. We are also hoping to have some special activities just for the children and youth over the summer. Opportunities for your growth in Christian Education are not disappearing this summer, they are just changing! Join us! The Annual National Day of Prayer First Thursday in May (7th) You are cordially invited to attend the Annual National Day of Prayer offering prayer for the needs of our government and our community. This day of prayer will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM and will be held at the new Ozark Community Center located directly south of the Ozark Post Office. The guest speaker will be Hal Donaldson, President and Founder of Convoy of Hope. We will close with prayer for the needs of our city, county, state, nation and community, dismissing at 8:00 AM. Tickets are available at $5.00 per person and can be purchased by contacting Tina Carner at 417-576-6740. This annual event is hosted by Ozark Chamber of Commerce, Ozark Community Alliance, Ozark Kiwanis and Finley River Community Foundation. We hope you will make plans to join us celebrate this day of prayer. Mission & Outreach Summary Stewardship Report '09 January February March YTD Budgeted Actual Contributions $8,041.35 $6,848.90 $9,531.71 $24,421.96 $108,396.00 Actual Expenses $7,423.97 $6,889.65 * $8,027.39 $22,341.01 $105,117.00 * The difference between the March expenses is the Auto draft for Empire Electric of $275.87 Wednesday Bible Study Sun May 17th Potluck – You are invited to April 29 I John 3:16-24; Acts 4:5-12 come to help us honor our entire Music Department and the choir from Community May 6 TBD Presbyterian Church of Forsyth with a potluck dinner after worship. The Worship May 13 I John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 Committee will be hosting this event and will provide the meat(s) dishes and drinks. May 20 Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26; Please bring a dish to share. The Ukulele I John 5: 6-13 group will be entertaining and leading us in some group singing! This is going to be a May 27 Acts 2:1-21; Ezek. 37:1-14 fun afternoon for everyone! No Excuse Sunday To make it possible for everyone to attend church next Sunday we are going to have a special "No Excuse Sunday". Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say "Sunday is my only day to sleep in". We will have steel helmets for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot. We will have hearing aids for those who say "The Priest talks too softly", and cotton for those who say he preaches too loudly. Score cards will be provided for those who wish to list hypocrites present. Some relatives will be in attendance for those who like to go visiting on Sundays. There will be TV dinners for those who can't go to Church and cook dinner also. One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to see God in Nature. Finally the Sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter Lilies for those who have never seen the church without them. New on the Bookshelf Library Review Aging Gracefully The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully Joan Chittister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine sister and prolific spiritual worker awoke one day to find herself 70 years old, and began to ponder the many dimensions of aging. “It is time for us to let go of both our fantasies and eternal youth and our fears of getting older, and to find the beauty of what it means to age well,” she writes. Chittister says aging well and loving life is a witness to younger generations and allows them to benefit from our wisdom. Her essays touch on regret, ageism, transformation, mystery, relationships, religion, limitations, memories, loneliness and legacy. “The task of this period, she says, is not simply to endure the coming of the end of time. It is to come alive in ways we have never been alive before.” Jews & Christians: A Troubled Family by Professor Walter Harrelson & Rabbi Randall M. Falk This eye-opening dialogue between a rabbi and a Christian scholar challenges Jews and Christians to examine their misconceptions and prejudices about each other’s faith. “The issues are discussed frankly without any attempt to establish a consensus, and many mistaken notions are corrected…It is by means of discussions such as these that Jews and Christians can have a respectful understanding and acceptance of each other.” This book began in the classroom of the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University. Professor Harrelson and Rabbi Falk, long-time friends and associates, felt there was a real need for a graduate seminar that emphasized the historical and theological foundations for positive Jewish-Christian relationships. The response was way beyond their expectations. As a result the seminar was re-designed to take into local churches. The popularity of the study grew and invitations to present the seminar came from all parts of the country. Why? Both Jews and Christians recognize how very little we know about each others belief systems and practices. This book presents in six chapters, a Christian and Jewish perspective of the major issues of both faiths. GENERATION –G by Marty Norman Advice for SAVVY Grandmothers Who Will Never Go Grey Praise for Generation-G “But what does it mean to be a twenty-first century grandmother? And more importantly, where is the manual? Being a grandmother is the best – it can’t be overrated, but the rules for grandmothers have changed. Gone forever are the clichéd images of rocking chairs, aprons and knitting needles. What remains are women who are savvy, seasoned, sophisticated and silver. Enter women who are full of life and want to leave a legacy. Marty gives us permission to grow old with class and finesse, to enjoy (and maybe even spoil) our grandkids, and to impart a little experience and wisdom along the way. She has captured the joy and wonder that only grandmothers know. Enjoy! Be blessed.” My Church My church is composed of people like me. We make it what it is. It will be friendly, if I am. Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them. It will do great work, if I work. It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver. It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I bring them. My church will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a church with a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with those things. Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my church to be! (Taken from the Gulf Prairie Presbyterian Church September 2008 Newsletter ) Gene Kiddoo has recently moved into Ozark Nursing & Care Center on Riverside Rd. in Ozark & would like visitors. Take me out to the ballgame ... We now have the tickets to the Springfield Cardinals baseball games in the office. Stop by when Dawn is in the office or speak with Phyllis and we will give you your tickets (if you have already paid) or take your money and give you your tickets. We still have lots of tickets available for both of the ball games - May 8th and June 19th. Let's have fun and make some noise at the ballgame when they announce that Ozark Presbyterian Church is there! Plant & Yard Sale All items donated to the sale must be at the church by noon on Friday, May 1. Volunteers for Friday afternoon and Saturday are welcome! The men’s group will be providing breakfast for the workers. They will be serving between 7:00 – 7:15 am.