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Northkirk Presbyterian Church The Grapevine April 2010 From Pastor Karen…… “He has risen! He is not here.” Mark 16:6 Have you ever heard words that changed your life forever? “Congratulations, you got the job.” “It’s a boy!” “You’re fired.” “Will you marry me?” “I’m sorry, it’s cancer.” Such words can have profound effects upon our lives. And yet there is no more powerful phrase in all of history than the words of the an- gel, “He has risen!” These words changed everything. When all hope seemed lost, when death seemed to have the final say, as the promise “the Kingdom of God is at hand” seemed a cruel joke, a few terrified women heard an angel confirm Jesus’ promise that on the third day he would rise from the grave. “Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer; death is strong, Life is stronger. Stronger than the dark, the Light; stronger than the wrong, the right. Faith and hope triumphant say, Christ arose that Easter Day.” Phillips Brooks, one of America’s greatest preachers, wrote those words to remind every follower of Jesus that even when life seems at its darkest, we can be assured that not even death has the final say in our lives. For “just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may life a new life” (Romans 6:4). We live in challenging times. Yet we are able to look at every challenge through the lens of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; we are able to avail ourselves of the same power through Inside this the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead! We issue: need to remember that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ happened before the sun rose. Those who first heard Worship and Music 2 the stunning news that Christ had risen had come to Session Highlights 3 the tomb wracked with grief and despair. Yet God had been at work in the dark. It is important to rec- Financials 3 ognize that miracles and hope sometimes happen Here at Northkirk 4 before we can see or imagine them. God is indeed Vacation Bible School 5 always at work, way ahead of us, often while it is still dark and long before we can see the evidence. In Dinner 8 6 one of his Easter addresses to those gathered in St. Mission Page 7 Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II exhorted, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter April Calendar 8 people and hallelujah is our song.” We are indeed Prayer Calendar 9 the Easter people, and may those wonderful words, Presbytery Happenings 10 “He is Risen!” fill our hearts with hope and joy Within the Congregation 11 throughout the year! The Grapevine Page 1 Worship and Holy Week at Northkirk Pre-Easter Prayer Walk! Sermon Series for Please join us on Saturday, April 2010 March 27, at 9:30 am to pray through our neighbor- hoods prior to Holy Week. We will be walking through Thursday, April 1 the neighborhood around Maundy Thursday Service Northkirk distributing flyers highlighting all of our Holy “The Upper Room” Week Services and the Easter Egg Hunt and pray- ing for each household as Friday, April 2 we walk. Please come join Good Friday Service us at Northkirk, or take fly- ers to distribute as you “At the Foot of the Cross” prayer-walk through your own neighborhood. How ex- citing it would be to have new folks from our commu- nity come experience the joyful reality of our Risen Lord on Easter! Sunday, April 4 Easter Celebration “The Return of the King” Sunday, April 11 EASTER EGGS HUNT “Got Heartburn?” ATTENTION KIDS Luke 24:13-35 OF ALL AGES!!! Please join us for the Northkirk’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3 at Sunday, April 18 10 AM. This is a great event for the kids “Always in Season” and a great outreach to the community. Galatians 5:16-26 Please come and bring the kids, the grandkids, the neighbor kids and any other kids you can find for this fun event. Sunday, April 25 If you have any questions, please contact: Glen Gonzales at 909-899-9219 “Love in Action” or 909-773-2570 or email him at: I John 3:11-18, 4:7-12 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Grapevine Page 2 Northkirk News... SESSION HIGHLIGHTS FOR MARCH Session has approved a promotion to Saw Shein to full time Worship and Arts Director effective April 1, 2010. Jeff Paulus has agreed to be the second Elder Commissioner to Presbytery for 2010. Rev. Mickie Choi presented rebate checks from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Pro- gram (PILP) at the recent Presbytery meeting. Northkirk was given a check for $2,399.09. Session is considering how these funds are to be used. "THANK YOU FOR YOU PER-CAPITA GIVING" Once again, you have really helped the Church and our budget. Thus far, you've donated over $2,000 to help pay the Per Capita dues for 2010. Per Capita is based on the number of mem- bers on the roll and this year, the Per Capita amount is $33 per member. If you have already donated "THANK YOU!" and if you haven't yet written your check, please consider paying your share of the Per Capita. Please be sure to write "Per Capita" on the memo portion of the check! Again, thank you. FEBRUARY FINANCIAL SUMMARY The following is a summary of the finances of the church for the month of February 2010. Please note, every month, we pay two mortgages that total $4,125.66. To pay the mortgages, we take $2500 from the Building Fund, and the rest is budgeted in the General Fund. We real- ize that many people are struggling in this economy, but we also need to faithfully trust in a God who faithfully provides for us. In February, giving wasn’t enough to cover the expenses. And as we are changing to a fiscal year, we are really depending on everyone to continue their giving. . If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Margaret Merhoff (909) 946-1720 or Emily Scholz (909) 985-7150 February Year to Date Totals Monthly Income $17,935.42 $33,978.32 Monthly Expense $21,661.28 $42,695.45 Net Income or Expense ($3,725.86) ($8,717.13) Total value of the Building Fund including memorial giving and Northkirk’s investments in the Presbyterian Investment Loan Program: $37,995.59 The Grapevine Page 3 Here at Northkirk WE NEED EASTER EGGS! CALLING Northkirk’s annual Easter egg hunt is coming up quickly ALL (April 3), and we need many plastic Easter eggs filled with GRADUATES! your choice of goodies (usually candy, but you can include anything you think appropriate). This is one of our great out- We're trying to reach programs into the local neighborhood for our church. determine all the graduates from Junior High (Intermediate), Please drop off your filled eggs, and place them in the plastic High School, College, and basket, in the back of the church. Thanks! Graduate School. If you have any upcoming graduates in your family, please email the church office the graduates name, date of graduation, school, major, and future plans MARK YOUR CALENDARS! by May 15. Northkirk’s email is: WOMEN’S RETREAT — SEPT 17-19, 2010 email@example.com. You The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday night and will con- may also call the church office clude after worship service on Sunday. We encourage those at 909-989-4919. Graduates who cannot not stay overnight to carpool with others and will be recognized in our June come for the day. Oak Glen is an easy 1 hour drive from edition of The Grapevine. Northkirk. WINDSONG SOUTHLAND CHORAL 30th ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: SAVE THE DATES! SACRED AND CLASSICAL FAVORITES Please mark your calendars for NORTHKIRK'S 30th ANNI- SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 4 PM VERSARY CELEBRATION on Northkirk Presbyterian Church Saturday evening, May 22 Featuring twentieth century sacred works by John and Sunday, May 23! On Sat- Ireland, Gilbert Martin, Paul Sjolund, Jane Marshall urday evening, we will enjoy a and Marty Haugen, and much-loved spirituals by concert celebrating Northkirk's Moses Hogan. They will also perform 30 anniversary (more details to Samuel Barber’s beloved “Agnus Dei” come!) and on Sunday we will (The melody of his famous adagio for strings) celebrate throughout our morn- ing service (again, more details Advance ticket prices $15.00 to be announced!). Save the Children $10.00/Family $30.00 date and join us in celebrating All tickets at the door $20.00 30 years of ministry! The Grapevine Page 4 Vacation Bible School June 28 – July 2, 2010 We will be going to the SonQuest Rainforest! This summer, bring your kids to SonQuest Rainforest VBS—an experience of discovery they’ll never forget! Based on five key Bible verses that will change a child’s life—including John 3:16—SonQuest Rainforest VBS transports young minds into a vivid rainforest envi- ronment of jungle sounds, sights and smells, where they’ll dig into the Bible and meet Je- sus in every day’s story. Five Bible verses, five days of discovery and an experience that can last a life- time: Gospel Light’s SonQuest Rainforest VBS will bring your kids closer to Jesus, every day. Theme Verse: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. —John 3:16 Students beginning K through 6th grade in the Fall are WELCOME! We need many wonder- ful volunteers to make this happen! If you are available to help, please contact Debby Bal- ders at 909-989-3476. Types of volunteer help needed: Music leaders – to help lead kids in songs Tech support – to run sound board and screen Camera crew – to take photos each day and transfer to disk Teen and adult group leaders – to take kids through the centers Storytellers – to share Bible stories and lead kids in activities Craft help – to prepare materials ahead of time Game helpers – to help set up and run games safely Registration helpers – for the first two days to get kids signed in quickly Drama team – actors and director to rehears and put on skits daily Decorators and set builders – to create SonQuest Rainforest Snack center helpers – to shop and serve daily snacks Donations helper – to go to grocery and hardware stores in May and early June The Grapevine Page 5 Here at Northkirk DINNER 8 Do you like to have FUN? Do you enjoy GOOD FOOD? Do you like to meet NEW PEOPLE? Are you looking for a way to FELLOWSHIP outside of Sunday mornings? Then DINNER 8 is just for you! Your Membership Committee has found a way to combine FUN, GOOD FOOD, AND FRIENDLY NORTHKIRK PEOPLE into a monthly social event. Here’s how it works. We put 8 people into a group. The 8 people can be individuals or a couple; they can be church members or visitors. Starting in May each group will get together for dinner every four to six weeks until the end of the year. Each month it will be one person’s turn to host the meal in their home for the group. We even have other choices. There are “Restaurant Dinner 8” groups for those folks who don’t like to deal with the fuss and muss of preparing and cleaning up a meal. And there are groups that can go out after church together instead of an evening event. For those of you who have participated in Dinner 8 in the past, you know how much fun you can have hanging out with other Northkirk folk. If you have never partici- pated in Dinner 8, or if you are new to the church, this is an excellent way to get to know people and make life long friends. Sometime the opportunity to really get to know people is hard to do on a Sunday morning at coffee fellowship time. This is also a fun and non threatening way to reach out to new people. Look for the Dinner 8 sign up in each week’s bulletin – you can sign up as an individ- ual or as a couple. Just indicate on the sign up which group you would like to be a part of – home cooked meals in each other’s homes, a dinner out at a local restau- rant or meeting after church. The deadline to sign up is May 1, 2010. At that time the groups will be formed and everyone notified of their groups. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 989-4919 or Diane Vaughn at 980-3012. The Grapevine Page 6 Mission Page Mission Corner FOOD OF THE MONTH April In support of Inland Valley Hope Partners Food Program you may bring your donation any Sunday in April. We have selected SOVA to receive our donations. Support One Great Dry Cereal Hour of Sharing (please no Oatmeal, as it The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be received on 28 March, Sunday; 36% of this Offering goes to Pres- needs to be cooked) byterian Disaster Assistance Program. Please join the fun, and help feed The following is from PCUSA website: people that are in need! "Recent strong earthquakes have affected the nations of Chile and Haiti. Your generous gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering allow an immediate response to disasters such as these. PDA is responding in Chile: Presbyterian Disaster Assis- tance is working with our ecumenical partner Church World Service (CWS) in Chile to provide basic humani- tarian assistance and to help local partners in assessing the needs. PDA continues to respond to the needs of the disaster af- fected population in Haiti. You can support immediate response to earthquakes and other disasters by giving to One Great Hour of Sharing." Meals for the Homeless Northkirk continues our mission project of feeding the homeless at Calvary Presbyterian Church. This is an ongoing commitment on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Please consider volunteering on Sunday, April 11, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Calvary Presbyterian Church is located at 4495 Magnolia Ave, Riverside. We will be serving meals to the homeless. Instructions will be given by Calvary Presbyterian Church. Please call Marion Mildon, 909-948-9649 for more details. The Grapevine Page 7 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 9:30 AM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM Women’s Bible GOOD EASTER Study (Bree’s) FRIDAY EGG SERVICE HUNT 4:00 PM Girl Scouts 7:00 PM MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 EASTER SUNDAY 6:30 PM (FH) 7:00 PM 7:00 PM (FH) 9:30 AM 9:30 AM Worship Windsong Session Men’s Women’s Bible 8:30 AM Committees Fellowship Study (Bree’s) Church 11:30 AM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM (FH) Work Party Korean Service East-end 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed. Evening Small Group Bell Choir Praise Team Small Group (Entlers) Rehearsal (Vaughn’s) 8:00 PM Choir 7:30 PM (Rm 5) Grief Support 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 8:00 AM 6:30 PM (FH) 7:00 PM (FH) 9:30 AM (Brauns’ home) Windsong Men’s Women’s Bible Lenten Bible Study Fellowship Study (Bree’s) 7:00 PM (9:30 AM Worship East-end 7:00 PM (FH) 4:00 PM Small Group Wed. Evening Girl Scouts 11:30 AM (Entlers) Small Group Korean Service 7:00 PM - (Vaughn’s) 7:30 PM (Rm 5) Bell Choir 5:00 PM Grief Support 8:00 PM Choir Meals for the Homeless 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 9:30 AM Worship 6:30 PM (FH) 7:00 PM (FH) 9:30 AM Windsong 6:30 Session Men’s Women’s Bible 11:30 AM Fellowship Study (Bree’s) Korean Service 7:00 PM 7:00 PM (FH) 7:00 PM - East-end Wed. Evening Bell Choir Windsong Concert Small Group Small Group 4:00 PM (Entlers) 8:00 PM Choir (Vaughn’s) 7:30 PM (Rm 5) Grief Support 25 26 27 28 29 30 6:30 PM (FH) 7:00 PM 7:00 PM (FH) 9:30 AM 9:30 AM Worship Windsong Deacons Men’s Women’s Bible Palm Sunday Fellowship Study (Bree’s) 7:00 PM 11:30 AM East-end 7:00 PM (FH) 7:00 PM - Korean Service Small Group Wed. Evening Bell Choir (Entlers) Small Group 8:00 PM Choir (Vaughn’s) 7:30 PM (Rm 5) Grief Support The Grapevine Page 8 Apr il Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 Daniel Dean Robert Evelyn Dawn Christine Katie David Christian Joshua Collins Harlow Jacob Kristi Beauvais 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Entler Sherri Margaret Jeff Lee Claire William Small Rich Merhoff Cyndee Nancy Amanda Emily Group Wyatt Paulus Rash Julianne Scholz Hunt Schlegel 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Vaughn John Don Gary Lenard Donald Marta Small Sheehan Kathy Kim Williams Karen Bilbao Group Verburg Eric Smith Amy Wallace 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Braun Rick Audrey Walt Ron Patricia Eli Small Group Jenny Crabtree Patricia Maud Huntsman Jennifer Benjamin Cripps Holly Cordero Braun Hart 25 26 27 28 29 30 Women’s Robert Boyd Eugene Edwin Marie Thursday McNamara Barbara Pyu Rugh, Jr Simpkins Bible Pierce Study L u k e 1 8:1 Th e n Je s u s t ol d h is d is c ip le s a p ar a ble t o s h ow t h e m t h at t h e y s h ou l d a lway s pr ay a n d n ot g i ve u p. The Grapevine Page 9 Presbytery Happenings Report on Presbytery Meeting at 1st Presbyterian, San Bernardino March 13, 2010 On March 13, 2010, the Presbytery of Riverside met at 1st Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino. The meeting was held in connection with the Leadership, Education and Development (LEaD) event. People attending from Northkirk - Rev. Karen Greschel, Dean Collins, Carol Entler, Margaret Merhoff, Claire Schlegel and Saw Shein. The following are “highlights” from the LEaD event and the Presbytery meeting. LEAD Event – March 13th – (Leadership, Education and Development Training) The keynote speaker that morning was The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, Moderator of the Gen- eral Assembly! He is pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, Califor- nia. He is considered the most accessible moderator in our history due to his participation in and promotion of Twitter, Facebook, and the use of email. He has served at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) over the past 20 years and has provided leadership at a variety of events and conferences. He spoke of our need to reach out to the community around our churches and answered questions from the audience. There were some wonderful workshops. Northkirk’s Carol Entler led a session on “Elders: More than Session Members.” She reminded everyone that the Book of Order lists 19 things that Elders are responsible for. Session meetings are not even listed! Only three items even remotely address the business part of the church. Rev. Anita Hendrix with help from Claire Schlegel, Dean Collins and Saw Shein led “Welcoming the Neighborhood to Worship.” Claire, Dean and Saw also led the praise music that was part of the Presbytery meeting. Presbytery Meeting Highlights: Over thirty young people were commissioned to attend the Triennial this summer. The Presbytery approved the call of Palm Desert Community Presbytery Church to the Rev. Julie Hodges to serve as Associate Pastor. Rev. Mickie Choi presented rebate checks from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Pro- gram (PILP). St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Indio was given $5,353.58. Northkirk was given a check for $2,399.09 and Grace Presbyterian Church in Temecula was given a check for $6,234.26. The amounts varied based on the outstanding loan balance and the amount invested in PILP in the name of the specific church. Northkirk’s rebate check is 0.75% of the loan balance. The Rev. F. Sue Berry, H.R. was appointed as the new Stated Clerk. The Executive Presbyter’s report contained the following highlights: a. There are nine churches in transition, moving from one pastor to another and other four churches with “significant problems.” b. Nine churches cannot afford full-time pastors. c. Rev. Hendrix notes that instead of seeing ourselves as the laborers for the harvest of the Lord, we are more likely to be like the spies sent into the land of Canaan. The spies saw the bounty but focused instead on the people being strong and towns being fortified.” She challenged the Presbytery – “God calls us to be the laborers of the har- vest, not huddled in our houses of worship feeling helpless”. The Grapevine Page 10 Within the Congregation Military Care Packages Dawn Collins is going to join with her sister Heather Barratt in sending monthly care packages to military men & women serv- ing in Iraq. Heather has been doing this for the past 6 years. If you have any personal care items, snacks, magazines, books, music etc. that you would like to donate please see Dawn. A complete list of items can be picked up on Sunday from Dean April Birthdays or Dawn Collins. Norm Balders 04/02 Myrtle Jones 04/05 Calling all Veterans Julia Noble 04/05 Calling all Northkirk Veterans, Do you have a photo of yourself Margaret Merhoff 04/07 during your time in the service? It could be a formal photo in Thomas Stahl 04/08 your uniform or casual/action shots taken during your tour of duty. Please give them to Dawn Collins by May 1 to be included Joshua Beauvais 04/11 in a special Memorial Day presentation. You photos will be Grace Gonzales 04/11 scanned and returned to you quickly. Thank you for your pho- John Gonzales 04/12 tos and for your service to our country. Julianne Schlegel 04/23 Bree Noble 04/28 Ink Cartridge Recycling Program Update Frank Ramirez 04/29 First I would like to thank everyone who has donated used ink Sarah Emick 04/30 cartridges for recycling. The Church earned a total of $ 622.00 from Office Max in 2009. The funds were used to purchase Anniversaries many office supplies along with supplies for the music Ministry program. We also purchased a new monitor, wireless key April 2 board and mouse for the audio visual system. In the coming Dr. Don and Susan Zabrinskie year we will continue to use the funds from Recycling to pur- chase supplies for the office, VBS, music ministries, and spe- April 4 cial programs. Office Max has made changes in the recycling Nancy and Eric Michalski program and have added to the list of cartridges they will ac- cept. Here is the updated list. Max Perks members can earn April 6 $3 in rewards for each qualifying visibly undamaged HP, Dell, Don and Kathy Verburg Lexmark, Brother, Epson, Samsung, Kodak, Sharp or Canon ink or toner cartridges. Please continue to use the recycle box located in the church office. Thank you for your participation in the recycle program. CD MINISTRY If there is a sermon that you would like to hear again, refer to All ARTICLES FOR THE later, or share with a friend, you may purchase a copy on CD. MAY GRAPEVINE The price is $2. per CD and $3.00 per DVD. MUST BE Please, complete the form available at the back of the sanctu- RECEIVED BY ary. Include your payment in the envelope provided. Your CD MAY 21, 2010 (s) will be available for you to pick-up the following Sunday after you order them. The Grapevine Page 11 Northkirk Presbyterian Church 9101 19th Street Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701 VISITORS are WELCOME Sunday Morning Worship Service at 9:30 AM Sunday School for Preschool through Jr. High School and nursery care is available at the Sunday worship service. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ STAFF: Rev. Karen Greschel Kgreschel@verizon.net Patricia Quam, Church Secretary Northkirk@verizon.net Saw Shein, Worship and Arts Director firstname.lastname@example.org Harold Willome, Pianist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Publication of Northkirk Presbyterian Church (909) 989-4919 FAX (909) 989-0921 www.northkirkchurch.com E-mail address: email@example.com If you would like to receive the Grapevine via email, please contact the church office.