First United Presbyterian Church
THE BEACON September 28, 2011
We are moving forward!
If you happened to be driving through the intersection at Noble and Division
last Wednesday afternoon at the right time, you might have heard some reggae music
Injuries & Illnesses blasting out of the speakers of the carillon! Well, maybe not BLASTING, but it was
loud enough to hear it on the street at the stoplight. The Bob Marley sounded awe-
The carillon has been silent for a long time due to what is probably lightening
Teresa Dewhurst damage to the amplifier. Having had a little experience with electronics and audio, I
was playing around with the carillon. When I reset the internal breaker and turned on
Pearl Jarred the amp, it blew immediately! And, the room was filled with a very telling electronic
smoky smell…no fun!
Undaunted, I hooked my office stereo up to the speakers. Now, it takes a lot
Hailey Kelly of watts to drive those big speakers, so I cranked it all the way up…of course. It took
everything that little unit has and sure enough, music came out! How cool is that? I‟m
Edwin Long sure it attracted some attention! All we need to do is either repair or replace the ampli-
fier and we‟re back in business!
Over the course of the summer, our session has been exercising good fiscal
Noel Nichols responsibility with our cash flow. All non-essential operational expenses and projects
have been on hold to catch up the budget deficit. They played it just like we would
Regina Ray operate in our households. No money, no spending. Simple as that.
Donny Sizemore Monday night, session voted to shift some gifted funds into the general ac-
count to cover a good piece of the deficit. It‟s not a complete bail-out, but we‟re in the
clear enough to start getting a few things done. Your extra offerings are helping and
we should finish the year nearly in the black if we don‟t back off.
The carillon is a tiny project in comparison to plans to rebuild the outside
ramp and add a restroom in the narthex. We are ready to proceed with architect ren-
RAIN derings of these projects. So, we are cautiously back in business! We are moving
Stewardship time for 2012 is coming up and we will each be asked to pledge
our financial resources to meet the new budget. As our session is piecing together the
operational budget, we don‟t see great increases over 2011. Plus, we see good in-
creases in membership and we‟re feeling a great deal of enthusiasm, excitement and
commitment from everyone.
If you are already tithing at a full 10 per cent, congratulations on exceptional
Nursing Home and stewardship! If you are working toward that, it‟s time to bump it a little closer as we
Assisted Living pledge for the coming year. If you‟re not working on a plan, relax. It‟s easy. If you start
residents from scratch and add 1 per cent every six months, you‟ll be fully tithing in 5 years
time. It really is easy to do, but it takes spiritual discipline.
The church that is working toward tithing will never have challenges or issues
◊ ◊ with its cash flow in the day-to-day operational budget. Not ever. God provides what
we need for our lives and for our church as we each do our part in the body of Christ.
Both Deployed & God‟s providence is always sure in all ways…as simple as the sound in the
Stateside carillon this week. I‟m just glad I wasn‟t listening to Led Zeppelin!
Grace and peace,
PAGE 2 THE BEACON
The worship committee is getting ready to start
on the new ushers , liturgist, acolyte and children Fellowship Luncheon
Sunday, October 2
We need volunteers that will help with these
items. If you are on the list and want to be taken
off please let the office know. If you want on the
Join us for lunch and fellowship after church
list (and we hope you do), let us know. We have
on World Communion Sunday, October 2! Im-
had a few volunteers so if you do want to help
mediately following lunch, we will host a town
and get involved please call the office and let us
hall-style conversation regarding the recent
changes in the constitution of PC(USA).
The Worship Committee
P.S. This is a pot-luck luncheon so bring your favorite
Janet Smith, Worship chair. dish and come and join us.
Dessert for youth
We need volunteers to sign up to bring dessert
for the youth. We will have a sign up sheet on Prepare Leslie Morris
the table in the basement. Clean-up Kathy McDowell
Serve Denise Kennemer
Serve Steve Conner
The Worship of God
Through Financial Stewardship Serve Noelene Conner
End of Summer Finance Alert! Serve Rick McDowell
There has been progress!
Serve Jan Harris
Yet, we are still behind for the year to date. To
make up an $11,000 deficit, each of our families Serve Ben McCaslin
will need to prayerfully give an additional $56 per
month or about $14 a week to get us there for
2011. Some families are paying a whole month’s Cookies or dessert for youth to serve 45
extra pledge, whatever your preference. Thank
you for the additional support. Oct 5 Alice Allen
Oct 12 B/D Janet Smith
Oct 26 Janet Smith
Date September 25, 2011 Month to Date
Nov.9 Judy Taylor
$ 3,538.00 $15,380.80
Nov 16 B/D
Year to Date thru AUGUST
When you sign up for the birthday treat you need
To make 5doz. Cupcakes with no icing.
Call church office to sign up
T H E B E A CO N PAGE 3
CALENDER OF EVENTS
What Is a Choir?
September 29 Webster‟s says a choir is “an organized company of
singers.” Another definition given says a choir is “a
Men of all Ages Breakfast @7:00am in F/H
division of angels.” Hmmmm. That is stretching it a
October 2 bit, don‟t you think? Recently, I came across an article
Pot-luck luncheon & town hall meeting written by Scott Tyra, a Methodist layman who sings in
his church choir. His article explores what a choir is.
He says that a good choir has a lot of similarities with
@ 7:00pm Blue Grass dinner for Volunteers good church ministry. He says a choir is a single
October 11 thing, and everyone who is in the choir contributes.
Also, good choirs are greater than the sum of the indi-
Ruth Circle @ Church
vidual voices in them. I would agree.
Betty Clark Hostess
Scott Tyra then compares the choir to Paul‟s analogy
of the parts of the body working toward the whole.
Esther Circle Paul says there are many gifts (talents) that God gives
9:30 @ Esther Houser, hostess to us that contribute to the „whole.‟ Then Tyra says
that Paul takes it further and that there is a most im-
portant gift. Tyra quotes I Corinthians 13 and changes
“If I sing with the tongues of angels, but have not
Ushers, Acolyte & Liturgist love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cym-
CHILDREN TIME SCHEDULE bal.”
Sunday October 2, 2011 Tyra says that the most important gift is the one that
Acolyte Emily Smith
everyone can offer. It is the one that requires no fan-
fare, no attention. Actually, that is the point. Like the
Liturgist Ben McCaslin
voice of a choir member, without calling attention to
Children Time Alice Allen itself, the gift of love makes everything around it fuller
Usher Steve & Noelene Conner and better.
Sunday October 9, 2011
Acolyte Laura Ross Speaking of sharing love and music, if you missed last
Sunday‟s service, you missed a blessing. Thank you,
Liturgist Jerry Lowe
Dennis, Delores, Byron, and Bette for bringing the
Children Time Mary Purvis Hunt family our way.
Usher Youth Team Have a good week and don‟t forget to share the gift of
Sunday October 16, 2011 love!
Acolyte Melanie Pennington
Liturgist Denise Kennemer Cheryl
Children Time Sandy Purvis
Janet & Emily Smith
Phil & Bri Smith
F I R S T UNI TE D P RE S B Y T ER I AN C HU R CH
10 2 E Noble
Guthrie, Ok. 73044
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...a caring family of Christians
striving to bring individuals closer
to God through worship, education,
fellowship and service.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP, SERVICE, WORSHIP & PRAYER Birthdays &
Week of September 28-October 5, 2011
Wednesday 9/28 8:00am Communion in parlor JoEda Freeman
8:30am Prayer Gathering
5:30pm PYC Youth
7:30pm Chancel Choir
Thursday 9/29 7:00am Men of all ages breakfast @
Sunday 10/02 9:15am Fellowship
9:45am Sunday School
12:00pm Pot–luck Lunch and Town Hall Meeting
Monday 10/03 11:15am Mobile Meals
Tuesday 10/04 Paul Mahar
Wednesday 10/05 8:00am Communion in parlor Shirley Medcalf
8:30am Prayer Gathering
5:30pm PYC Youth
7:30pm Chancel Choir