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United Presbyterian Church Washington, Iowa September 2011 2011 Mailing address P.O. Box 32 BUILD YOUR FAITH! Washington, IA 52353 COME TO Church Office SUNDAY SCHOOL! 319-653-6588 email@example.com Sunday Morning, Sept. 11th , will be a special day as we kick off our new Sunday School year! On that morning Fax during the worship service, we will be recognizing 319-653-2071 those children who learned their memory verses last Web site year and will be receiving their plaques. Bibles will be www.upcwash.org given to this year’s 3rd graders. Join us for this very special day in the life of this church family! Pastor Bob Wollenberg firstname.lastname@example.org Music & Arts Director Look inside for articles about: Butch Zwicki email@example.com Church Picnic Youth Director Karen Trotman Fall Sunday School News firstname.lastname@example.org Kingdom Kids Preschool Crew 79 Drive-In Diner Brenda Miles email@example.com The Great Kid Mission Have any of you ever wondered what Synod The Paiva family School is all about, where 8-10 of us trek up to Missionaries to Paraguay Storm Lake almost annually to attend?---well , next year you need to include it in your summer plans (July 22-27)! Pastor Bob is the new Dean for the Sunday School Offering Project school of 600+, and I think it would be wonderful 2010 – 2011 to have a large contingent of folks from our church cheering him on. I was so pleased last week to say Totals: for the Paiva family "yes, that is my pastor" as Bob carried out his du- $3929 — 174 boxes for HACAP ties this year with such grace and conviction. I al- We are wrapping up our Paiva family offering pro- ways come home spiritually renewed, excited to ject at the end of the month. It has been wonderful jump in to the fall program with energy, and privi- to support a missionary family with a connection to leged to have the opportunity to worship, learn, and our congregation. In addition to sending our offering play with Presbyterians from around the world. dollars, the children of Jam Kids sent Valentines to the family and the students in Son City made over 50 It was also neat to reconnect with John and Ruth kites for Wendy and the girls to share with the chil- Morris`s daughter, Marilyn, her husband George, dren at the park. Each card and every kite carried a daughter Sara and the two granddaughters that are message of love and encouragement from this church. Many people in our church family have sup- twins that Ruth had us all praying regularly for ported the Paivas with their daily prayers. Thanks for who had many prenatal abnormalities. They are your commitment to this great project. now 6 years old, and very lively and healthy. The selected offering project for this coming Sunday Check out the web site for Synod of Lakes and School year is Presbyterian Disaster Assistance or as Prairies- Synod school. it is commonly referred to PDA. Currently, the PDA —Mary Atwood response is supporting areas of the 2011 spring storms, the continuing efforts from the hurricane and tropical storms in the south, Iowa flood effort of 2008, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the areas of this summer‘s wildfires, international response for global disasters in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. PDA also is working side by side Circle Meetings with Church World Service in the creation of kits for Circle 1 Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m., church disaster areas. More information is coming as to Hostess: Etta Wakeland what the focus of our offering will be. Study: Jeanette Miksch Devotions: Joyce Letts We are continuing to support HACAP in the effort to Circle 3 Sept. 13, 9:00 a.m., church feed the hungry families of Washington. Our youth Study: Thelma Wagner are even involved and contributing Devotions: Phyllis VanGerpen their efforts to this cause. Just this Circle 4 Sept. 14 9:15 a.m. UP Home Campbell summer the Jr. Hi. GO MAD program Rm. did a scavenger hunt and a shopping Hostess: Dorothy Soucek trip and packing session for this ef- fort. They were able to pack 13 Study: Addy Sents boxes. Beth Dillon continues to stop Devotions: Julia Gamon in as she can to pack the food that is Circle 5 Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. placed in the shopping carts in our Hostess: Betty Colby—home church building. Last week she was Study: Betty Colby able to pack another 12 boxes. Devotions: Vivian Griffith Please continue to give generously to these 2 mission PW Coordinating Team will meet on Thursday, projects. It really does allow us to help serve others August 31, at 9:30 a.m. at the church. in Jesus‘ name! . Please continue to bring cancelled stamps — over $2000 has been collected for mission work with this project. Also bring your used medicine bottles (without labels or advertising) as those are given to free clinics to be reused. Sympathy to the family of: The adults are planning a mission trip to Little Linda Henderson, deceased July 20. Rock, Arkansas. The vans will leave Washington Karen Murphy, whose brother Lyle Docken- around 1:00 p.m. on September 7th and arrive back dorff, died on August 10 in Portland, OR home sometime Sunday night September 11th. They will be unpacking, sorting, counting, and repacking disaster boxes to be shipped all over the U.S. and Congratulations to: abroad, in addition to School packs for an Interna- Barry Johnson and Heidi Oliver, who were mar- tional Church World Service effort. They would like ried on July 23 in Winthrop, IA anyone interested to join them on their adventure. If you have ever been interested in going on a mission trip, this is the one. You will have a bed to sleep in Thank You to: every night. You can call the church office to regis- The Gerots for donating a freezer to the church. ter. If you can‘t join us, there are some other ways to help: Have them in your daily prayers (Most impor- tant) Many Christians pray each day for the Mus- Maybe bake some cookies for the long ride lims during Ramaddan, their annual month of fast- Donate some money (each participant will have ing. There is a very helpful prayer guide available to pay $200 to go volunteer) in the rack beneath the bulletin board in the short Add to the bins in the Fellowship Hall (or donate hallway near the bell. This year the dates are Au- $$$ for items) gust 1-30. Please take a copy. As well as a prayer guide, it contains a lot of helpful information about Islam. If you‘d like to donate items, please follow the lists exactly! School Kit: pair of blunt scissors, 70 count spiral Connecting to the Church on the Web notebooks, 12‖ ruler, hand held pencil sharpener, WEB SITE: The church‘s website, large eraser, NEW pencils with erasers, box of 24 www.upcwash.org, has much useful information crayons (ONLY 24!) including the current newsletter and church calen- dar. Hygiene Kit: hand towel (16‖ x 28‖), washcloth, FACEBOOK: The church also has a group on wide tooth comb, nail clipper, bar of soap (bath size Facebook. If you look up ―United Presbyterian in wrapper), toothbrush (in package) and band-aids. Church, Washington‖ you should find it. EMAIL: Call the church office if we don‘t have your email so that you can get the newsletter sent to you and other important announcements. PRAYER CHAIN: Maxine Martin hosts a prayer chain by sending emails of prayer concerns to anyone who would like to prayer for concerns of our church. To get on the prayer chain, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ‗Read and Feed‘ Book Club meets on the third Spreading the Word – As you probably know Thursday of each month at 11:45 in the church. by now, our church‘s newsletter has gone elec- Bring a sack lunch and enjoy discussing the book, tronic. It is available on our web site Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin. The next meet- (www.upcwash.org) or by email to anyone who has ing is Thursday, September 15. given their address to the office. Anyone who still wishes to receive the newsletter by ―snail‖ mail simply has to notify the office or extras will be Adult Social Fellowship will meet on Sun- available on the information table in the fellowship day, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Bob hall. We pray that we not only spread important information to every home, but the Good News of & Pat Johnson. Christ as it comes alive amongst us. Excerpts from an article by Mike Ferguson, a regu- Worship and the Church Picnic will be lar contributor to the Presbyterian News Service and held on Sunday, August 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m. a reporter for the Muscatine Journal. Mike is a mem- at the Lake Darling Lodge. Bring a dish to share for ber of the Lone Tree, UP Church. the meal–tableware, meat and drinks provided. If you‘d like a ride to Lake Darling, come to the church parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Other activities and Hands down, Mr. Methuselah was the crankiest man games will be held in the afternoon. Bring your at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies‘ Synod Lake held lawn chair! at Buena Vista University the end of July. The wise- cracking, flannel-wearing latex puppet was given voice by maybe the least-cranky person among the 625 in attendance, the Rev. Bob Wollenberg, our pastor and Synod School‘s associate dean. As the chair of the Stewardship Team, I have been doing a lot of thinking and praying about how God is at work in our congregation. I want to share these thoughts with you: 4—Frances Batterson God has slowly been changing my heart so that I no 4—Martha Witthoft longer think of stewardship is just ―fundraising.‖ It 5—Marissa Gaal is about being faithful disciples and caring for all that God has given us. Stewardship isn‘t just about 6—Betty Beenblossom one part of our lives. It involves our whole being 8—Peyton Cuddeback throughout all the stages of our lives. It requires a 11—Jerry Flory consideration of how our choices affect us and oth- 13—Phyllis Hardy ers in the world. 13—Karen Murphy 14—Vicki Brinning I have found it helpful to think of stewardship as ―a 14—Megan Strabala grateful response to God‘s grace and goodness in 19—Jim Cuddeback the world.‖ I can respond in many ways—certainly 21—Betty Gipple in using my material possession, but also in the way I spend my time and use my talents. Every day I 21—Steve Liebe like to believe that God has come ‗divine appoint- 21—Nick Reed ment‖ for me—a person I‘m supposed to meet or a 24—Lindsay Crawford need that I‘m supposed to act on. Stewardship is 26—Clay Easton how we listen and respond to what God is going 27—Martha Chabal right now among all of us. — Jim Hanshaw 28—tom Bollman 29—Mary Case 29—Maridee Woods 30—Abram Gady 30—Brett Johnson KINGDOM KIDS About 30 wonderful ―angels‖ have signed up so far to straighten, clean and keep things running PRESCHOOL when we no longer have a paid custodian in Septem- Brenda Miles, Director ber. The Property Team has been hard at work orga- nizing volunteers into small teams in charge of each of the tasks. This is a great way to get to know the ministries of our church and to be a good steward of the gift of this building. If you would like to be a The class for next year is filling up, but we still have part of this work, call the office. We still need peo- a few slots left. The program will continue to be ple to clean, take out trash, shovel snow and all the state funded. Registration paperwork is being distrib- little things that help us be about God‘s work here in uted, and we will have home visits in August. Meet Washington. the Class Night will be Thursday, September 1. School begins on September 6. The following people have indicated a willingness to help with custodial duties at the church starting in September: JoAnn Torpey, Helen Thorne, Mary Sa- forek, Steve Liebe, Marianne Hanshaw, Leland Sa- forek, Jane Fehr, Randy Fehr, Holz girls, Melissa Kaufman, Mary Atwood, Tanya Stalder, Joyce Letts, Bev Young, Judy Moore, Krista Gall, Karen Trot- man, Diana Henry, Clem Griffith, Dick Hendrickson, Kathy Hunt, Mindi Reese, John Thorne, Jane Cudde- back, Brenda Miles, Julie Zahs, Kevin Caldwell, Tom Hunt, Jim Cuddeback, Tim Trotman, Bob Wol- lenberg, Butch Zwicki, Tyler Rees, Dale Torpey, David Bruns, Billie Bruns, Tork Whisler, Joe McConnell, Marde McConnell, Linda Boston, Jacob Thorius, Geoffrey K. If we have omitted your name or you would like to have your name added to the list, please contact the church office. Please include your name, telephone number, and e-mail address. Also Listen up all JAM Kids and Jammers! indicate tasks that you would be We will start meeting on September the 14th after willing to help with. We will be school. All first through third graders will be picked contacting all of the volunteers in up after school with the church vans. All fourth the next few weeks to set up work teams. through sixth graders will be invited to walk over to —The Property Team the church after school. We have great snacks, games, music and a program about kids and mission all over the world lined up for you. During this school year there will be early dismissal from school every other Wednesday. We will meet on the days when there is no early dis- One Day Conference th missal. We will send home a note with the dates On Saturday September 17 , The Iowa Religious that we meet and we are also asking all kids to sign a Media Services (Karen Trotman is on the board) is registration sheet so we can get parent contact infor- sponsoring a one day conference called, ―Re: Im- mation for telephone, email or text reminders. age.‖ Karen, Butch and Bob will be traveling to Des Moines that day to attend and would love to have The registration sheets will be available on Sunday others come along. The Keynote speaker is Rev. September 4th and 11th in the Fellowship Hall and Paul Nixon who wrote a book called, ―I Refuse to September 14th in the church parking lot. Lead a Dying Church.‖ He talks about how to rein- vigorate the spiritual lives of congregations. There We look forward to seeing you all very soon! will also be a variety of workshops that are of inter- est to anyone. If you would like to come, call the church office. Bob, Jean, Butch, Brenda, April and Jane The 9:00 – 10:15 Sunday School hour provides classes for all ages under 1 to over 100! We know **Our congregation is blessed with 5 different adult that we have just the right class for you! education classes every Sunday morning. Each one offers a chance for good discussion and spiritual ** Small children will attend the nursery Sunday growth. Please feel free to visit several to find the School class for 2 and 3 year olds taught by Ann one that fits you the best!! Moore, Judy Moore and Heather Anderson. Library Class – This group of friendly adults meets **Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will in the library and is led by Bob Wollenberg. meet in our Pre-school room for class. They will be taught by Barb Schreur and Carolyn Bollman. Inquiry Class continues to meet in the lounge and use the Standard Sunday School Quarterly as a basis for **Children in grades 1 – 6 will attend Son City, the a weekly Bible discussion. The class shares the lead- Sunday School town which provides experiential ership. learning through the Workshop Rotation Model. The children will learn through video, song, drama, read- The Soul Searchers Class, which meets in the Fel- ing, art, games, maps, cooking, wood working and lowship Hall classroom, will be using the Wired science experiments. The 9 unite this year include: Word, a current event weekly study that stimulates Creation, Moses, Psalm 100, Christmas, Saul to great discussion. This class is led by Lynn Loula. Paul, Esther, Easter, the Prodigal Son and Pentecost. The Pathfinder Class, meets in the chapel and has a City guides and officials this year are: wide variety of study topics. It is taught by Karen Erin Smith, Pam Holz, and Tracy Strabala - City Trotman and Bill Pim. Guides Kathy Knutson – Banker and Census Taker Our Family of Faith class, meeting in the Promise Julie See, Krista Gaal, Julie Zahs, Jane Cuddeback, Park downstairs, will continue great discussion and Karen Trotman – SC Council. challenging lessons on faith growth, marriage and child raising. If you are a young adult – give it a try! **Students in 7th and 8th grade will meet in the Back Alley with David and Billie Bruns and Kim Miller. Make attending a Sunday School Class a family **The Rat Pack, our confirmation class for all stu- priority! Along with meeting others of this church dents in 9th and 10th grade, will be taught by Bob family, you will find great opportunities to increase Wollenberg, Karen Trotman, and Sandy Dunlap your knowledge and thoughts about what God has to This group will be meeting on Sunday afternoons say to you in 2011 and 2012. and the students will be attending the High School Sunday School class on Sunday mornings. **Senior High Youth will find a great Sunday School class in the youth room led by Krista Gaal and Tork & Tricia Whisler. The Deacons would like to thank the following persons for going to Camp Reece on Tuesday, July 26, for the evening to give the counselors a break. Those who attended include Kevin Caldwell, Judy Moore, Wayne Brock, CJ Griffith, Jim & Jane Cud- deback, Joe & Marde McConnell and granddaughters Ellie & Maisie Martinez and Gary & Karen Murphy. Thank you also to the following Deacons who baked cookies: Ethel Moothart, Sandy Dunlap and Ericka Raber. CREW 79 Meets every other Sunday 4:00 – Tuesday Morning Moms group will begin 5:30 in the Youth Room. meeting once again on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Starting on the 13th of September, this Sept. 11th Kick off Event 4 – 6 PM fun group of young mothers will meet in the church library from 9:00 – 11:00 am and will begin a study Sept. 25th Drive – In Diner 4 – 6 PM of a book by Cheri Fuller, The Mom You Were Meant to Be. Please feel free to call April Cudde- back at 591-0859 if you‘d like more INSIDE OUT Meets every Sunday 6:30 – information. 8:30 in the Youth Room Aug. 26th , Sept. 9th , and 23rd ~ Pre-Game Tail- We are looking for a cou- gating at Jake‘s Place!! ple of women who would be willing to babysit sev- Sept. 11th Kick off Meeting eral children so the moms can take part in this won- Sept. 18th Regular Meeting derful opportunity! Please Sept. 25th Climbing Experience, 3:15 p.m. call Karen Trotman at the Details coming! office if you are willing to serve the church in this way. Parent Meeting - Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:00 PM All parents of teens in one of the youth groups (Crew 79 & Inside Out) are encouraged to attend this very important meeting. Lots of info will be shared and ?? answered. Mt. Pleasant Presbyterians Wednesday, August 24 Every fall, the Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleas- 8:30 a.m. Staff Meeting ant sponsors a prominent Christian scholar to come 7:00 p.m. Adult Mission Trip and give a talk. This year, The Rev. Nanette Sawyer Meeting will come on Saturday October 1st to speak on, ―Discovering the Hidden Spiritual Power of Hospi- Thursday, August 25 tality.‖ If you would like to attend, please call the 9:30 a.m. PW Coordinating Team church office. Bob will be traveling to this event and Friday, August 26 would be glad to bring others. 6:00 a.m. Men‘s Breakfast/Study Group 6:00 p.m. Choir Workshop Saturday, August 27 8:30 a.m. Choir Workshop 2:00 p.m. Farewell Reception for Miranda See, until 4 p.m. Sunday, August 28 10:30 a.m. Worship & Church Potluck (see arti- cle) At first, the massive rocks and canyons that make Sunday Morning, Sept. 11th , will be a spe- up the terrain of Utah give an impression of perma- cial day as we kick off our new Sunday School year! nence – symbols of immoveable consistency. But a deeper look actually gives just the opposite impres- On that morning during the worship service, we will sion – of how everything is always in motion. The be recognizing those children who learned their Grand Canyon itself is a demonstration of constant memory verses last year and will be receiving their movement. The Colorado River is still, to this day, plaques. Bibles will be given to this year‘s 3rd grad- carving the rocks at the rate of about the thickness of a piece of paper every year. The layered rock ers and the ‗Rat Pack‘ ~confirmation class will be formations give testimony to a tumultuous history introduced. Join us for this very special day in the of upheaval, sedimentation and erosion. The land life of this church family! never sits still. Hiking up one trail, I was amazed to read the trail-marker which explained that the rocks we were standing on had, at one time, been located near the equator. They had, over the eons, moved CREW 79‘s 7th to their present location in the southwestern United States. Such radical movement of seemingly im- Annual ‗DRIVE~IN‘ moveable objects is almost too much to compre- hend and gives new meaning to the Biblical idea Come for supper on that faith can ―move mountains.‖ September 25th!! From the vantage point of our short life-times we often become frustrated and impatient when things seem to change so slowly. Within the seemingly Our parking lot will become Washington‘s fund rais- permanent structures of the church sometimes we ing drive-in. Crew 79 youth will be taking your or- wish that God would simply make things happen in ders, grilling your food, and serving you in your car an instant. But perhaps God‘s Spirit works like the ~ all with a smile! Come and enjoy a hot dog or a powerful Colorado River whose steady presence, over time, creates masterpieces that last through the burger basket with all the trimmings for only $5. ages. God is at work in us over a lifetime and at each or $20 for a family. Plan now to ‗Drive-In‘! work among all of humanity in a lifetime of life- Serving will be from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. times. Christians might benefit from the same kind of long-view of the Spirit that geologists give to our perception of mountains. We need patience, not because God is slow to get moving, but in order to perceive the wisdom in the deep movement of the Spirit. Psalm 27 says, ―Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord.‖ Even when it seems The Search Committee for the Director of like God is sitting around doing nothing, trust the Youth Ministry has read over a dozen resumes and powerful persistence of God Spirit which is always has conducted several phone and personal inter- in motion creating masterpieces. views. Please continue to be in prayer for this im- portant group in our church which includes: Tanya May the Peace of Christ Dwell Deeply in You, Stalder, Tyler Rees, Barb Schreur, Jacob Thorius, Bob Pam Holz, Megan Schiebel, Dale Spencer, Katie McCall, Garth Rustan, and Brenda Miles. Our fall season is approaching quickly now, so this is a great time to post opportunities for all in our Music and Arts Ministry. This is a list of ministries, opportunities and times. If you would like to be a part of one or more of these ministries, please contact Butch in the church office, email email@example.com or text (319)591-1844. Chancel Choir Fall Music Workshop Friday Aug 26 6:00 p.m. Potluck Dinner 7:00 p.m. Fall Music Session I Saturday Aug 27 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Fall Music Session II Regular Choir Rehearsals Resume Wednesday Aug 31 7-8:30 p.m. Rehearsal Room Handbell Choir Regular Wednesday rehearsals resume Wednesday Aug 31 5:30 p.m. Sanctuary Worship Band Regular Rehearsals Continue Thursdays 4:30 p.m. Sanctuary Wind Ensemble Monthly participation in worship begins. (For future dates, contact Butch) Sunday Sept 11 9:30 a.m. Warm-up Sanctuary 10:30 a.m. Worship Sanctuary Youth Band (Crew 79 and Inside Out) Regular Rehearsals resume Sunday Sept 11 5:30 p.m. Rehearsal Room (Crew 79 musicians join us at 6:00) ———————————————————————————————————————————— Drama Ministry NEW THIS FALL Festival of Arts 2012 - Our second annual Festival Monthly participation in worship begins this fall. If of Arts will be held in January 2012. The theme for you are interested in being a part of this new and im- this interdisciplinary arts event will be announced in portant ministry, please contact Butch or Lynn our next newsletter. Whatever artistic discipline you Loula. Watch closely for more information. choose will be a great addition to this month-long arts celebration. Please plan now to share your crea- Photography Event NEW THIS FALL tions with our congregation in January. November 13, photographers in our congregation have the opportunity to present a photography gal- Scrapbooking / Card making - If you enjoy work- lery in the sanctuary during worship. The title of the ing in either scrapbooking or card making, please event is ―In Living Color‖. The focus of this event is contact Butch on the church office. There are possi- a celebration of God‘s creation during the height of bilities for events and ministries using these skills our beautiful fall colors. Photos may be submitted and passions here at UP Church. Please contact beginning October 25 through Nov 9. If you use a Butch soon! digital camera, beyond entering a physical photo- graph, please consider also entering your photograph Prayer - As you read the lines above which list and on a thumb drive or through email attachment. describe ministries, events and activities, we hope Many of these digital photos will be displayed on the you are stirred to participate in worshiping through screens during worship as well. Let‘s celebrate the arts in one way or another at UP Church. There God‘s creation in living color this fall by capturing are many arts opportunities within our congregation the beauty of His handiwork and sharing it with our where you‘ll be able to really connect with others congregation on November 13. and contribute to something much bigger than we are individually. We feel God is moving in this minis- try, and we covet your continued prayers. Please pray that our ministry would be vibrant, connective, and inspired as we strive to create worshipful and life -changing moments with Christ and with each other. Thank you.
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