NEWS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE…………………………………..April 16, 2015
WELCOME! We are glad that God brings us together to worship.
This Sunday, April 19, 2015 is the
Third Sunday of Easter
Scriptures: Genesis 8:20-22; 9:12-17 Psalm 104:27-33 Revelation 22:1-5 Matthew 28:1-10
We invite everyone to enjoy refreshments, conversation and fellowship with us after worship. We look forward to talking with you. The church belongs to Christ. We are a caring, inclusive, diverse church and welcome people of all races and nationalities, those struggling with addictions, rich and poor, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. Christ welcomes all, and so do we. We are committed to lives of service to people in need and to changing the unfair systems that keeps them in need, and we invite you to join us in our ministries. Trust in Christ is the sole requirement for membership. Anyone wishing to take this important step is cordially invited to contact the church office.
Children, even noisy children, are very welcome during worship.
Large print bulletins/hymns are available. If needed, please ask a greeter for a copy.
SUNDAY: Worship 9:30 ● Refreshments 10:30-11:00
● Sunday School 11:00
· Korean Presbyterian Church – 11:00 (Sanctuary Building)
- Have you ever thought about sharing your gifts and talents in worship? Maybe you can play an instrument or can sing a solo? Maybe you can assist with worship leadership? Maybe you like to act out the Scriptures? Maybe you like to be “behind the scenes”. We can use your assistance. I am looking for 3-5 people to commit to working with me to plan out and organize worship for a 2-3 month period. What does that entail? It requires a commitment to prayer, to leadership, and to weekly meetings to organize and develop the worship experience. Worship planning as a group provides the entire worshiping body with more breadth of worship experiences that one person cannot develop on their own. We develop the entire liturgy based on the Scriptures for the day. We can stick with the lectionary or we can develop themes for worship. The first worship planning team will begin planning worship for June and July. Contact me via e-mail or call the church office if you’re interested. If you can’t do it at this time but are interested in being part of this experience at a future date, contact me and I’ll put you on the list for the next group of worship planners for August/September, or October/November/December. You can also sign up in the foyer
- I am interested in developing a sermon feedback group. What is that? It’s a group of people who commit to meeting and studying with me on a regular basis as I continue to develop sermons which are meaningful and significant to the congregation. This group will meet on Wednesday mornings from 11am – 12pm in the Pastor’s Study and will begin in May. We will study various homiletical styles and exegetical processes to help inform the process. You’ll be asked to provide regular feedback regarding the delivery of the sermon, the content of the sermon, and the relevance of the sermon to the life of the members of our community. If you’re interested, please call the church office. I’d like to begin this group in May.
- The presbytery has a policy of conducting triennial visits with the Sessions of our member churches. The purpose of these visits is to get to know the churches a little better, to find ways to enhance relationships, and to strengthen the ties that bind us together. I’d like to do the same with all of you and to come spend some time with you in your homes. I have no agenda other than visiting and deepening the bonds between us. Over the next few weeks you can sign up for a time for a visit by signing up on the bulletin board in the foyer, by calling the church office, or by emailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org ). If you’d prefer to meet somewhere other than you home, that can be arranged as well. For those who don’t sign up, we will contact you to set up something.
Mystery Dinner Theater experience has been postponed to a date yet to be determined. We will let you know when it has been rescheduled.
| THE CHILDREN’S CONNECTION
- NURSERY CARE IS AVAILABLE DURING WORSHIP THROUGH SUNDAY SCHOOL HOUR (9AM-12:15PM). Please register your children to ensure the best care for them.
- CHILDREN’S BULLETINS are available on the Children’s table in the Dickson foyer.
- TIME FOR CHILDREN during worship provides a way for children to become more involved in the service. All children are invited and encouraged to come forward at this time or they can remain seated with their families.
FOR ALL AGES AT 11:00 AM
Sunday School Classes for elementary through high school meet in the Westminster House.
Adult Seminar I meets in Classroom #3 and is studying Crucified and Crowned by William Barclay. Don Eitzman is the discussion leader.
Adult Seminar II meets in the Christian Education Office. This is an interactive opportunity open to anyone who wants to extend their understanding of the scripture and sermon in this week’s worship service. Come join this thoughtful group discussion! Paul Carter is the discussion leader.
Adult Seminar III meets in Classroom #4. We will begin a study of “The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World” on April 19th. Its author is Douglas John Hall, a Canadian and one of North America’s most eminent theologians. In lively, readable style, Hall offers contemporary interpretations of Christian doctrine concerning God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Church and Christian life. He bases his teachings on a contextual theology of the cross. Books for the class have been ordered, or can be purchased on Amazon.com. You are urged to sign up by contacting Gwen Lombard or Luther Pierce. Contact either for more information. Gwen Lombard is the discussion leader.
History of the Bible meets in the Community Building. This is a class which discusses the origins of Scripture as well as various themes found in scripture. Pastor Larry will lead this group.
| JOYS AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
STUDENTS: We welcome all students and we lift our prayers for them wherever they are on their educational journey.
MILITARY MEMBERS: We pray for our Country and all those that serve in all military branches, wherever they are, and for all American diplomats who represent us around the world.
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY CONCERNS: Prayers are requested for: Cecil Baker; Linda Ellwood; Jonathan Gil; Kenneth Jones (Norma Green’s Godson); Barry Nason; Raj and Indira; Lucille Schlichting; and Amelia Scott.
MISSIONARIES FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
OUR SISTER CHURCH: Dr. Hector Mendez is the Pastor of La Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana of Havana, Cuba.
Sunday, April 19th is Earth Day. At 11 a.m. in the Community Building, Stacie Greco, Water Conservation Coordinator, Alachua County Environmental Protection Agency will give a presentation on water conservation issues particularly in our area and how to reduce our usage of water.
The Young Adults will meet on Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 pm in the Community Building.
The Youth Groups (Middle & High School) will meet on Sunday, April 19th at 5:30pm in the Westminster House.
You are invited to a FREE Spring Concert by the Alachua County Youth Orchestra, this Sunday, April 19th at 7:00 pm at the University Auditorium. WPC’s own Bethany Webster will be playing the flute in the Concert. There will be a flyer posted on the bulletin board.
This Sunday, April 29th is Earth Day Sunday. Earth Day 2015 theme is It’s our turn to lead. Check the article on the bulletin board in the Dickson Foyer describing the progress made and needing to be made in Sustainable Development, Grassroots Making a Difference, and Time for a Treaty. This is the 45th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day. The April 22 Earth Day, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. Today, people across our planet join in the celebration of Earth Day. A flag that has been used for Earth Day is the earth seen from outer space and aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth’s environment. There is a poster on our bulletin board in the foyer of this symbol. Since the late 1960’s the Presbyterian General Assemblies have been speaking on issues of environmental protection and justice. The Assemblies first of many major policy statements on the environment was in 1971.
Bible Study meets each Tuesday at 10:30 am in Classroom #3.
Christian Education Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 21st, at 7:30 pm in the Pastor’s Study.
The Choir meets each Wednesday at 5:30 pm for practice.
College students meet each Wednesday at 7:30 pm for food, fellowship and fun! Come join the fun!
Pastor’s Coffee Hour is each Thursday, from 9-11 am at the Coffee Culture (2020 NW 13th St). Stop by and spend some time chatting about anything you’d like. No appointment is necessary, just stop by and get a cup of coffee.
Welcome Spring at Montgomery!
The Senior Adult Ministries (SAM) Spring Fling at Montgomery will be on April 23rd starting at 9:30am. The SAM Committee has put together a wonderful program that you hope you will be a part of. We know we are a little ahead of schedule, but we were hoping this would give you the opportunity to plan to attend the event. Please see the flyer for the event posted on the bulletin board in the Dickson Foyer.
The Thursday Night Koinonia Group will meet in the Dickson Foyer on Thursday April 23rd at 6:00 pm.
The Men of the Church Breakfast will meet on Saturday, April 25th from 8:30am – 9:30am
for breakfast, Bible study, and fellowship.
Eggs and bacon will be provided. Please bring fruit, juice, or bread to share with the group.
The Session has called for a Congregational Meeting immediately following Worship next Sunday, April 26th for the purpose of voting on the Nominating Committee.
April is Water Conservation Month across Florida. On Sunday, April 26th at 11 a.m. in the Community Building, Tyler Mcmillan, will be giving a presentation. He is with Living Waters for the World, a program of the Living Waters Synod, PCUSA.
Our Monthly Covered Dish Congregational Luncheon will be Sunday, April 26th. Please bring enough to share with others. Everyone is Welcome.
The Young Adults will meet on Sunday, April 26th at 4:00 pm in the Community Building.
LITURGIST….We Need You!…Liturgists are needed for May through December. Please sign up on the Servants List Rotation calendar located on the bulletin board. Liturgists are a vital part of our Sunday Service.
Environmental Action Alert: State Legislators are trying to undo the intent of Amendment I ( Land and Water Legacy Act) passed by 75% of Floridian Voters in November 2014 and use those monies to fund other projects rather than to conserve and protect Florida’s waterways and natural areas. Also, Representative Keith Perry is introducing HB 933 which will eliminate the Boundary Adjustment Act for Alachua County and HB 1325 which will remove governance of GRU from local control. If you have concerns and would like to respond, check the Compassion Action Board in the Dickson Foyer for more information and how to express your concerns and wishes.
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS
April 22nd, 2015, Earth day luncheon, 11:30 am to 1pm, in honor of Marjorie Carr, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 S.W. 58th Drive. Cost $30, need reservations. See flyer on bulletin board.
May 16th: Master Gardener Plant Sale, 8 a.m. – noon, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave. Look for other events at http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar
Making a Difference: Caring for God’s Creation ——— WATER RESOURCES
Here is something worth mulling over: gallon for gallon clean fresh water is more valuable than crude oil. After all, humans existed for thousand of years before pumping the first barrel of oil from the ground. But at no time in our history have we been able to survive for more than a few days without water. It’s no contest, and for that reason we need to be particularly mindful of how we use (or misuse) what clean fresh water is available to us. Agriculture and industry are the biggest users of fresh water and responsible members of those communities are making efforts to conserve and reduce the amount of water they consume, but there are several things ordinary citizens should be doing as well. Fixing leaky faucets, substituting water stingy landscaping plants for those that require large volumes of water, collecting rain water for use in the garden, it all helps to lighten our water use footprint and will insure that we have enough of this precious resource far into the future.
Have you logged into your personal account in our church management system? As we mentioned previously, we are in the process of updating all records in order to enhance our communication with the entire congregation. This includes birthdays, anniversaries, addresses, etc. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. To access your personal account, got to https://me.churchmembershiponline.com/ enter your email address in the box entitled “Need Your Login Information?” you will be sent an email with your password.
Change of Address:
If you wish to send Jonathan a card or letter, address the envelope as follows:
Gil, Jonathan M. DC#G24622
Jefferson Correctional Institution
1050 Big Joe Road
Monticello, FL 32344
Gainesville Girls Rock Camp 2015
GIRLS ROCK CAMP uses music and performance as a platform to promote self-esteem, community, and creative expression for women and girls in Gainesville. Girls spend a week learning an instrument, and writing a song with their band, while also pursuing other fun and empowering activities. No prior music experience is required. Lunch is provided.
There will be two sessions this year at Highlands Presbyterian Church.
Session 1: July 6-11 for girls (trans-inclusive) ages 8-12
Session 2: August 3-8 for girls (trans-inclusive) ages 13-17
Scholarships to cover camp fees are available.The camp is also looking for women and non-masculine identified counselors to serve as counselors, music instructors, and lead workshops. Donations are always welcome with heartfelt appreciation.For more info, please visit the GRC Facebook
. Print applications are available at 1982 Bar&Cafe and Wild Iris Books. Applications are accepted April 1- May 1. Anyone from Westminster is more than welcome to get in touch with Elli Langford for more info.http://www.girlsrockcampgainesville.com/