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The Hive Publisher HCPC Volume No. 007 Issue No 07 Date July and August 2010 my new neighbors, people who greet me like an old friend every time I walk down the street and check to make sure I am okay, the reaction was different. ‘Renee is taking pictures of flowers and she is happy,’ said one woman. A man sitting nearby responded, ‘She sees the beauty.’ I do see the beauty of Haiti, and it isn't just in the flowers. That is something I hope everyone remembers when the other images of Haiti are the only ones being portrayed.” There is wisdom in this for us. If we just look for what is wrong in the world, what is wrong with other people, what is wrong with the church, we will surely find something to grumble about. But when we stop and take the time to pay attention to what is around us, and who is around us, we can just as easily find beauty. And if we take it a step further and remember, as the Psalmist says, that “the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24:1), then we can consider it a spiritual Pastor's Column: discipline to seek out what is good and For the past several weeks in worship beautiful in the world and in each other. If I’ve been using the photographs of flowers every one of us took some time each day to that Renee Dietrich has been taking in Haiti look for the beauty, and to seek God in this spring and summer. When she started prayer, then our hearts themselves might posting these flowers online back in May, she begin to be renewed, and our worry and frown wrote these words: “It seems all we see these lines might just disappear. days is destruction and rubble, sadness and memories, especially as we watch the Blessings, Shelley destruction of St. Joseph's and Wings of Hope progress daily. Today on the way back BIRTHDAYS from taking pictures at the old Wings I needed some beauty in my life. On the walk July and August: back to new Wings I focused on the beauty of July 1 Harold Dusko the spring flowers that are all around. As I July 5 Beverly Quinn walked down the street stopping every few July 7 Stu Cummins feet to take another picture, I was the object July 13 Janice Cook of some stares. Haitians aren't used to July 20 Barbara Meyerhoeffer people focusing on the beauty of their country. But, as I passed the people who are July 22 Sara Deem MISSION, OUTREACH & Aug. 1 Sue Nichols Aug. 4 Elbia Mireles MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Aug. 4 Domingo Botello Aug. 9 Cindi Cook Our committee is working in Aug. 9 Dottie Teach conjunction with Christian Education on more Aug. 11 Pat Paul adult fellowship activities. There will be an Aug. 24 Larry Allingham International Dinner outing on July 22nd to the Aug. 26 Loretta Allen Japanese restaurant Saki, to see knife- Aug. 26 Crisanto Mireles wielding chefs! The time to meet at the church to carpool will be announced soon. Aug. 28 Bob Baker Beds for Babies continues to get more requests for cribs. 57 cribs have been distributed since we started this ministry, and REMEMBER IN PRAYER 2 cribs have been picked up in the last few HEAR OUR PRAYER, O LORD . . . for the weeks. Although we have some cribs on transforming work of your Spirit within, hand, we are always on the lookout for used among and through us, cribs that can be modified to meet for your comforting presence with: Marge government standards. If you know of a crib that is available, let Mary Jane and Ron Slanker and all of Don's family; Stu Sterrett know. Cummins and all of Gerry's family; Barb Meyerhoeffer and all of Roger's family; Respectfully submitted, Tom and Jerry Irwin and all of Iva Snyder's family; Sue Nichols for renewed health for: Ted Flora, Jim Peters, Elaine Brubaker, Bill Hatcher, Dave McCabe, Tom Irwin, Jerry Irwin, and Bev Rath, FINANCE COMMITTEE for those homebound and in nursing homes: Lucille Estridge, Howard The committee did not meet in June. McCullough, Geneva Slanker, Ann & The Capital Campaign Task Force has gotten Floyd Stahl and Lester Weinland. started with its work. for family and friends: Gray Nash, Julie Grusenmeyer, Bev Smithey, Andrew Raeburn, Jo Dusko, Barrett Bollinger, WORSHIP COMMITTEE Charles Keller and Jim Keller. for those in military service: James Rath, The committee met on June 10. It was Jesse Daniel. agreed that Carol Bicknell will have two weeks paid vacation. It was arranged to give the men pens and pencils for Father’s Day. Communion was served on June 6th to 45 people by Cindi Cook, Bonnie Hawthorn, SESSION HIGHLIGHTS Nancy Keller and Sue Nichols. The following actions were taken by Thanks to our greeters for the month of June: the Session: Mildred and Gil Doggett, Mary Quinn, Jay Peterson, Bill Mase, Sara and Mark Deem. The session met in its stated meeting The Worship Committee had the coffee hour on July 7th. Routine business was for June. Many thanks to all. conducted; no actions were taken. Respectfully submitted, weed killer. Ron and Doug Chaffins checked the church bell and lubricated the trunnions Imy McFarland and replaced the bulb in the spotlight over the church podium. Ron and Larry Allingham CHRISTIAN EDUCATION prepared and painted the columns on the CE building doors. Hal Dusko sandblasted and COMMITTEE painted the severely rusted grills on all three The dates for Vacation Bible School church air conditioners. Due to the high are now set for July 26-29, 4:30-6:30 pm. humidity in the church basement ceiling tiles We will need many people to help with all the were falling plus there was a pretty strong parts of VBS: teaching, crafts, games, meals, odor Ron and I added a new and larger music. We also need some used capacity dehumidifier. The small one was not newspapers to use for crafts, so bring them to equal to the task without help. We also the church over the next few Sundays. The arranged for and monitored steam cleaning of theme is “Awesome Adventures: God’s the Memorial Room for the Women’s People on the Move,” and it covers Bible Association. stories of people who were on the move, like Abraham and Sarah, or Mary and Joseph. Saturday July 10th is makeup cleanup day for Our second “Heritage and Hotdogs” the rain out last time. Most of the work is pot-luck supper is Wednesday night, July 14 outside. Following is a list of items that we at 6:00 pm in the Memorial Room. This would like to get completed; month we will learn about the history of Presbyterians in this country. The final event will be August 18, where we will hear stories 1. Weed and clean flower beds. about the history of Honey Creek 2. Tidy up the Memorial Room. Presbyterian Church. The first evening was a lot of fun, so everyone make a simple dish 3. Vacuum Basement. and join us on the 14th. 4. Polish furniture in Memorial Room. Fall Sunday School curriculum has 5. Pick up trash around the buildings and been ordered, and Bat has agreed to teach. The first unit is on John Calvin and the parking lot. Reformed Theological Tradition. Sunday 6. Trim all bushes and trees. School starts up again on September 12th at 9:30. If anyone is interested in a week-day or 7. Trim all bushes and trees where they evening study time in addition to Sunday touch the buildings. School, let Bev Quinn know. 8. Rake and bag all trimmings. Respectfully submitted, 9. Clean windows where needed. Bev Quinn Bring tools such as hedge trimmers and rakes. BUILDING AND Since I have a prior commitment and will not GROUNDS COMMITTEE be present for the cleanup and maybe made a little comment about “out of towners” last time There has been a good bit of activity I am beginning to feel a bit like the skunk by the Buildings and Grounds Committee when the wind changed. since the last Session meeting. In no Gil particular order, Ron Sterrett sprayed the grass growing in cracks in the parking lot with HIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS Pastor’s Vacation! Shelley will be on vacation August 2-16. The Capital Campaign Task Force worship committee is arranging for pulpit We have known for quite some time that the supply, and Shelley will be out of town most of stained glass windows in the sanctuary need that time. One of the pastors from the work. In addition, we would like to make the Springfield Presbyterian churches will be Fellowship Hall handicap accessible, and available for any pastoral emergencies that there are other, smaller projects that need might arise. attention. We also want to consider some programs and outreach that might draw Pastoral Care Emergency people to this church. A team assembled by In case of pastoral care emergency, please the Finance Committee and approved by contact Rev. Shelley Wiley at her cellular session has begun thinking about these phone (937-654-0078). Shelley will be here at issues. As a vision takes shape for the future the church Tuesday, Wednesday, and of this church, they will share the information Thursday. with you, and seek your assistance. Many THANK YOU thanks to Gil Doggett, Ron Fowler, Stella Grasmick, Bonnie Hawthorn, Don Perkins, Jay Peterson, Ted Teach, and Pastor Shelley My family and I would like to thank Wiley for working on this important project. everyone for their thoughtfulness and support in sending cards and for the telephone calls. I want to thank the women who took Historical Marker their time to arrange a lovely luncheon for the We need someone who will take family and friends after the service. responsibility for our Historical Marker in the It was such a comfort to know that my New Carlisle Cemetery. Occasional weeding church family was there for me and my family and grooming is all that is needed. Please let when i needed them. Shelley know if you are willing to accept this God Bless, task. Barb - Mitch and Matt Solidarity Work Trip to Haiti We have a team of people who will be going to Haiti, October 19-25, to help with rebuilding Linda and I would like to thank the the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys. There are entire Honey Creek Congregation for your still openings available, and it is not limited to many deeds of concern and help during church members, so if you know someone Gerry's illness and passing. The visits, calls, interested, have them contact Shelley. The cards and food were a welcome comfort for next meeting of the group will be in late us. Additionally, the Memorial Service and the August. Stay tuned for more information following lunch were greatly appreciated, and about this exciting new ministry of Honey all demonstrate the true meaning of a church Creek Presbyterian! family. A special thanks to the women, including Barb, Stella, Mary Jane, Jo, Elaine, Elder needed the Cake Makers, and All others. Shelley, There is a vacancy on session due to the your many visits to Gerry were meaningful to resignation of Elder Dick Chipman. A all of us and the Memorial Service has helped nominating committee is being formed, with guide us toward healing from this huge, the hope that we can have a quick meeting of significant loss. the congregation in late August to fill this vacancy. Stay tuned! Stu and Linda Cummins In a card received in the mail: "During a time like this we realize how much our friends and relatives really mean to us.... Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered." And this note: Thanks for your cards and prayers for Don and for us. Sincerely, Marge Slanker and family ___________________ HIVE INPUT Please submit inputs and suggested articles for the HIVE to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for submission for the September Hive is Sept. 2nd.
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