“First Christian Presbyterian Church seeks to grow in faith in Jesus Christ, share that faith with others, and serve people in need with Christian Compassion.” Volume 1 August 2008 A newsletter of the First Christian Presbyterian Church of Pryor, OK 301 NE 1st – Pryor, OK 74361 – 918-825-2396918-825-1624 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org - www.fcpcpryor.org Do you know our new Vision statement yet? “First Christian Presbyterian Church seeks to grow in faith in Jesus Christ, share that faith with others, and serve people in need with Christian compassion.” It‟s easy to learn but we need to do more than memorize it. That statement is not just “window dressing,” we plan to “flesh it out,” or “to live it.” For my part, I plan to begin by promoting Biblical literacy and prayer. This will be done by providing supplemental material to our Sunday School Classes. Also, this fall, I plan to lead daytime and Wednesday evening Bible Studies at the church and to encourage other studies to meet in homes. Weekly Schedule During worship there may be brief reviews of Bible facts and in Sundays 9:30 a.m. Sunday School this monthly newsletter there will be articles. 10:45 a.m. Worship Why the emphasis on these two spiritual disciplines? That‟s the Wednesdays way we grow in faith and it‟s one of the main jobs of a church. 8:00 p.m. Volley Ball The first part of our statement is to grow in faith. All the spiritual disciplines are helpful. Spending time reading the Bible and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. HUGS daily prayer are great ways to grow in faith. Meditating on the Noon SIS meets word helps to clarify and internalize what you read. Memorizing passages also helps us to grow in faith. Inside this Issue The daytime and evening Bible Studies offered at church will Finance News Pg. 3 cover “A Survey of the Bible.” Classes will begin the week of Prayer concerns September 8th. The weekday class will be held at 10:30 AM on and Birth Thursdays and the week night class will be Wednesday evening Announcements at 7:00 PM (after choir). If there is sufficient interest a Sunday Pg.4 Afternoon class may be formed. The studies will last for 26 People: Pg. 5 & 6 Fun, Fun, Fun, Pg. 7 weeks and each class will be limited to 8 people. There will be a Calendar of Events couple of short breaks in the schedule for holidays. Even with /Birthdays & breaks the classes should be over before April of next year. Anniversaries (Continued on page 2) For August Insert Women’s News Pg. 7 ReMarks from the Pastor (continued from pg 1) The student books cost $10.00 each and people who wish to participate need to contact the Church office on Summerfest 2008 – or before August 28th. Scholarships are available as needed and requests will be held is strictest It Ain‟t Over „Til confidence. Please note that some homework Summerfest continues through the month of will be required. I have taught this class before August with some special events. August 3rd is and believe the material is informative, dress casual Sunday. Almost anything decent is interesting and fun! I hope many of you will take acceptable, like shorts and t-shirts. August 10th is advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Friendship Sunday – bring a friend. It‟s also the Bible. “Sweet Sunday” which is a surprise (and will not be explained further). Bring a friend for a special Here‟s a sample of what you will be learning in treat - you will both be glad you came! August these classes: What‟s the difference between a 17th is School Pride Sunday. Sooner fans wear manuscript and a version? How many authors Crimson and/or Cream, Golden Hurricane fans wrote the Bible? In what languages were the old wear Blue and/or Gold, Cowboy fans wear and new testaments written? How many divisions are there in the OT, what are they and Orange, NSU fans wear Green! Pryor fans can how many books are in wear stripes! I sure hope there are other colors The Chalice & Presbytidings each one? Why was which will show up. Wear your school colors Pentecost so called? and show your pride! Summerfest runs through A publication of The First Christian- Presbyterian What was Labor Day Sunday which is August 31st. There Church commemorated by the is more to come – so be here! 301 NE 1st St. feast of Tabernacles? Pryor, OK 74361 email@example.com What was the day of firstname.lastname@example.org Atonement? How long Normal Offices hours for Pastor Mark are: was the period and what Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m. -Noon Sponsor: Church Growth & happened between the Wednesday Evening from 2:30 until 9:00 p.m. Fellowship Committee two testaments? What Sunday Afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. 918-825-2396 or are the first and last 918-825-1624 Please call the church office or Pastor Mark to make Contributing Editor: prophecies concerning an appointment. Sherry Stephens Jesus in the OT? When 918-825-2396 email@example.com did the church begin its The First Christian- Presbyterian Church of Editor: Barbara Watley work? Who was the first Pryor, Oklahoma Christian to be put to The Chalice-Presbytidings 301 NE 1st St. is published monthly to death for his faith? keep members and friends Pryor OK 74361 informed of the church and firstname.lastname@example.org to report news about the 918-825-2396 Pastor Mark First Christian- Presbyterian‟s people and 918-825-1624 Fax activities. Pastor Mark Newman 918-812-5492 (cell) Deadline for Copy is The 20th of each 918-341-5304 (home) month Email- email@example.com On the web at: www.fcpcpryor.org Mission Giving Starsky and Hutch. The children and members of our church donated old towels, blankets, leashes, collars, dog food, and $49.50 to PALs. Opportunities The children and VBS volunteers learned about Blue Star Moms who help our Troops serving in Our Current Giving Opportunities Iraq. Paper Goods, Toiletries, Games, Peanut Butter, Purpose: Reaching out to the local community, underwear, and razors along with $26 were collected helping those in need. for the Blue Star Moms. Pryor Ministry Center – The PMC is always in The Child Advocate for SAFENET came and need of food donations, men, women and talked to the children during VBS. She brought childrens seasonal clothing and school supplies Huggy Bears for all the children and explained how 2 Cents per Meal- for local mission projects and SAFENET helps children in our community with worldwide. shelter and safety. 12 Comfort Blankets; prayerfully “Sew Much Love” Quilt Project. (see article) made by the children, Paper Goods, Toiletries, and Angel Food project at SE Baptist Church $11.51 was donated to SAFENET. The Hugs Project I had the pleasure of delivering all of the goodies to each speaker and they were all very appreciative of the thoughtfulness of our church and complimented our children, the VBS volunteers, and the “Mission Mind” of our church. Teri Hill, Outreach – Mission, Chair Summary of Giving for month of July Do you have a giving heart? Do you have ideas that you are willing to share? If you can answer YES to either of these questions, please join the Outreach Committee on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6, 2008 at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Deposits Morning Ser. Memorial. Pam Ingle and Vicki Rush has worked hard First Sunday 2,574.30 this summer recruiting members to help with the Second Sunday 2,558.43 HUGS Project. To date 300 HUGS have been Third Sunday 2,372.78 completed and 150 HUGS are nearing completion. Fourth Sunday 1,361.00 The Oklahoma HUGS Chapter needs 3,500 HUGS for our troops. If this is project is something you can and July Total Giving 8,866.51 will work on at home, please contact Pam Ingle at 476-5703. 2008 June Operating Income $13,055.96 The committee extends Kudos‟ to Sharon YTD Income as of 6-30-08 $75,852.27 Troyer and Debbie Rogers for their organization of the June Food Drive benefiting the Pryor Ministry 2008 June Expenses $14,362.56 Center. This outreach was a great success with more YTD Expenses as of 6-30-08 $ 74,169.35 than a pick-up load of food collected at Homeland and in the Church Narthex during the month of June. Sharon and Debbie had so much fun they are already The Garden of the Soul talking about the Fall Food Drive. Watch the newsletter for place, date, and times in the near future. There is a Garden of the Soul, Finally, the VBS Community Corner Mission Where God plants loving seeds Project was extremely rewarding to the children, to That faith and grace will nourish the church, and to the recipients. I personally enjoyed Into blooms of loving deeds. the opportunity to contact several people in our community who volunteer countless hours to making Within this Garden of the Soul our community a better place to live and a place we Fruits of the Spirit grow; can be proud to live. And they produce new seeds During VBS our children and workers learned of love about PALs (Pryor Animal League) and their rescue Which you and I can sow. mission from Erna Gibbs and two pound puppies, —Peggy Ferrell, Prayers and Poems PRAYER CONCERNS Personal/Other: Kim Kelley, Don Ingle, Teresa Sandusky, Gracie Williams, Kathy Mathis, the Orcutt twins, and The family of Marie Nichols, those who have lost friends and loved ones. Groups that also need prayer: Military Service Men & Women, NEATS, OASIS, Pryor Ministry Center, Thunderbird Academy Students, Our We share the delight of Josh and Trista Hill at government and Leaders, First Christian-Presbyterian the birth of their daughter, Dixie Mae-Leigh, on Church, FCPW Women, FCPM- Men‟s Fellowship. Friday, July 18. Dixie was born at Claremore Regional Hospital at Chronic Illness/Shut-in: Kathey McCutchen, Corey 9:04 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces and Brown, David Johnson, Dale Sadler, Leona Rose measuring 21 inches long. She is the couples first White, Jesse & Cynthia Hickman, George “Mack” child. Proud grandparents are Teri and Mike Hill. and Irene McClain, Bob & Diana Berkmeyer, Kim Kelley, Mildred Baker, Gena Scoggins, Becky We share the delight of Steve and Debbie Carmen, Warren Pryor, Laramie Wildermuth, Mattie Rogers at the birth of twin grandsons, on July Rogers, Margaret Quiatto, Dorris Brown. Tommy & 22. Ouincy weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and Liz Benge, Caleb Ross, Glenn & Mercedes Winters, measured 18 inches long. Quaid weighed in at 5 John & Ruth Mitchell, Jeanette and Kenneth Smith, pounds, 7 ounces and 17 inches long. Sr., Chuck & Marguerite Morgan, Juanita Nash, Welcoming them home are siblings Isabella, 1, Mary Belle Zimmerman, Dale Dunavant and Todd Bethel. Brooklyn, 9, and Noel, 11. Proud parents are Please remember these and others who are ill or Cliff and Amie Orcutt. home bound. The Wider Church: It is important for us to remember that we are a connectional church. Give thanks for the work and witnesses where our denominations live out their missions to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. NE Area Christian DOC Prayer list for August: Linden Street Christian Church, Sapulpa- Gary Sheely; First Christian, Skiatook – Richard Rountree; In other baby news - - - Skiatook Christian, Skiatook- Jeff Wooden; First Christian, Tahlequah-Clint Collins; Tulsa You are invited to a Baby Shower for Jayleen Metropolitan Ministries- James Mishler. Robertson, on Sunday, August, 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon in the Fellowship Hall. Hosting Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery Prayer list: the event is Mary Ann Murray, Sara Kauffman, Kairos Ministry; Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, Vinita; Peggy Smith and Karen Dryden. Good Springs Presbyterian, Boswell; First Presbyterian, Chelsea; Council Meeting, First Dixie Mae-Leigh Hill was born July 18, 2008 Presbyterian, Owasso; Luksokla Presbyterian, Wright to Josh and Trista Hill in Claremore, Oklahoma. City; First Presbyterian, Poteau; First Presbyterian, Broken Arrow; First Presbyterian, Miami and Korean Everyone is invited to meet Dixie and Presbyterian, Church, Bixby. congratulate the proud parents in the church Fellowship Hall between 2- 4 p.m. on Sunday, Remember to call the church office if a member August 31. Refreshments will be served by of your family becomes ill or enters the hospital. Suanne Hill, Kristen Gregory and Dana Day. Letters, Letters, Letters Letters, We got Letters! To Friends of the Pryor Ministry Center, Thank you all for your kind efforts to collect food Howell Bailey will be celebrating for our needy families. We have many new ones, his 94th Birthday on August 11. some with 5-7 children. We see an increase in You can help him celebrate by grandparents being left with little ones to raise. sending him cards at letters at: With good folks like yourself, plus our many loyal P.O. Box 844, Pryor, OK 74361. volunteers, we pray God will continue to Bless the Ministry Center, and help us in all that we do. Sincerely, Shirley Butcher, Pryor Ministry Center First Christian Presbyterian Church, The Monday Morning Prayer Group of the First The Quilt group will resume meeting in the Christian Church, of Tulsa held you up in prayer Youth Center on Monday, yesterday. (Monday, June 28th). September 8th at 9:30 a.m. Jim Alspaugh, Richard & Peggy Ziglar, Kipp Wolfe, For more information, Dick Norman, Dick Willhour, Luanita Williams Pryor, contact Debbie Rogers or J. Gibson, Amelia & Bill Ostie, Jimmie Younger Gloria Harrington. We hope to see you there! The Volleyball league Prime Timer‟s Senior started several years ago, has gathered once again to play volleyball in the gym. They meet every Ministry other Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are The Prime Timer‟s met at Thomas‟ Restaurant in currently looking for someone to July and made plans to meet Wednesday, August 13, babysit. This will be a paid at 1:00 p.m. at El Humilde position. If you are Mexican Restaurant interested in joining the located at 200 S. volleyball team or the Mill Street, which is babysitter position please the white 2 story contact Doug Robertson. building west side The next game time will of the street on Hwy 69, across from Carl‟s Jr. be August 6th and and just south of Taylor Furniture. 20th. The Prime Timer‟s have a wonderful time enjoying good food and fellowship and invite A Children‟s Choir will began practicing on everyone to join them. Wednesday evenings beginning August 20th, from If you need a ride or want further information just 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. The call the Church Office or at Liz Benge at 918-825- children‟s choir will be 0209. Everyone is welcome to join us! working on the Christmas Program and songs to sing during Sunday Morning Worship. If you‟re The Newsletter Online interested in helping, or The Chalice and Presbytidings can now be would like your child to downloaded online at the church‟s website: participate, please see www.fcpcpryor.org. Please let us know if you would Suanne Hill. Dear FCPC, rather download the newsletter to read or have it Your kind expression of sympathy is gratefully reduce mailed to you. Receiving it online will help acknowledged and deeply appreciated. Please let us the expense of mailing the newsletters. know how you‟d like to receive your luncheon— Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for the funeralnewsletter. We ALL appreciated the good food and fellowship! Jody Stovall & Family of Stella Cline Building & Grounds Report We are doing nicely as time goes on concerning the sale of the parsonage. We have had some interest. We have shown the house and I hope to have a sale soon. I‟m praying that just the right family will come our way. I know God has that family in mind and I To answer a question that keeps being asked, yes, know that everything there will be a rummage sale. I‟ve rented a storage is in God‟s timing. I building to put our overflow in and it is already half guess that I‟m full. But we still have room if everyone will stack praying that God‟s time is soon in our time. and box their stuff neatly. Sherry has a key to the Our next workday is scheduled for the 9th of August. unit and if you want to put something in it just come Last month we didn‟t have a very good turn out. I do by the church and get the key. Just remember to hope that we have a better one this month. We had return it. some work done at the parsonage and the worker There is no room for furniture in the building but we didn‟t clean up after himself. I would like to do some can move the van out of the gym and it will give us a things over there. Please let me know if you will be little more room for larger items. able to join us. If we get the cooling unit that has been talked about Respectfully, Peggy Smith, B&G Chair then it will be nicer when we are setting up. Otherwise we will be doing a lot of it at night, or early Address Updates & Postcard evening. So look over all your treasures and see what you Ministry can donate. Please, if you won‟t wear it because it is The Office has provided postcards to be sent to church stained or torn, don‟t give it to us. members and friends. These postcards have been Please feel free to call me if you have questions, use designed to help uplift and show encouragement. If my cell phone, as like most of us, I seem to have that you have someone you‟d like to send a postcard too, one with me all the time and I am terrible about you can find the cards in the Narthex. Please address listening to my messages on the land line. My cell is the card (if it is a church member and you do not have 918-944-9535. We will need a lot of help this year. the address, just put jot down their name on the card The same people have been doing it for years and it and we can address it for you.) there is also room for a would be nice if some of us who haven‟t would step short note. Place the cards in the offering plate or up and lend a hand. Thank you for your future help leave in the church office. The office has stamps just and donations. specifically for this post card ministry. Job descriptions are: Sorters: people who go through all the boxes and sort and hang. I‟m running these addresses again, as I‟m getting calls Pricers: people who will go by and price all the requesting them. So here are the new addresses for things the sorters hung up or laid out on the tables. the following: Set up: the men who will set the tables up and bring in Chuck & Marguerite Morgan: some of the heavy stuff. 10401 Vineyard Blvd. Rm #312 Worker: Those who will ONCE AGAIN work the Oklahoma City, OK 73120 sale. We are a family and this is our family rummage Phone: 405-242-2995 sale. We all work together for the whole. Some of you can‟t work it anymore and we appreciate all the Juanita Nash: years you have put into making it a success. Thank c/o Brookfield you! 915 E 16th St. Apt. 1-21 Linda McNatt Claremore, OK 74107 Answer to Bible Quiz on page 7: B (See Psalm 51.) Ryan & Jayleen Robertson: 11850 S. 4260 Chelsea, OK 74016 918-530-8542 The Hugs Bible Quiz Project Which king wrote a psalm begging God to cleanse him thoroughly after he committed adultery? Church members and friends Choose the correct name below. have been meeting on Thursday mornings to work on the HUGS project, thanks to Vicki Rush initiating a A. Saul phone call rally to help support Pam Ingle and the B. David Hugs Project. To date, 300 Hugs have been C. Solomon completed, and more are in the works. D. Uriah The Group will continue to meet to complete this mission. Answer: see page 6 Temperatures will top 130 degrees this summer and it is our goal to help our troops endure this extreme heat by making „hugs‟ cooling ties. Another Fun Filled VBS! This is an important project to help American Troops and our allies to keep cool, and our Hugs Group has just received a request for 3,500 ties. According to a report from NPR radio, the temperatures in Afghanistan have been topping 130, and cooling ties are crucial in helping keep our troops from over heating. For more information on how you can help please call Pam Ingle at 918-147-5703. Hay There! An elderly farmer was finishing his haymaking one Sunday afternoon when his pastor drove by. “I noticed Another exciting, fun filled VBS, with children you weren‟t in church this morning,” said the pastor. learning to Serve others, with God’s Big Back “Don‟t you know that the Creator made the world in Yard, theme. Thank you to everyone who helped six days and then rested on the seventh?” to make this year’s VBS a success. “Yes,” replied the farmer, as he looked uneasily at the rain clouds gathering in the sky. “I know all about that. But he got done and I didn‟t.” First Christian Presbyterian Church 301 NE 1st Pryor, OK 74361 Christian Symbols Lamp In ancient times, the lamp was more than a light for darkness. It was also a symbol of learning, knowledge, wisdom and enlightenment. Today the lamp still represents those attributes, but more specifically it represents the Word of God. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105, NRSV).