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Westminster Chimes, October 2013

Posted on Fri, Sep 27, 2013

From the Pastor


The pastor of a rural parish was visiting one of his parishioners, a mountain man who lived miles off the main road. The evening grew late, and as the pastor prepared to leave, he said, “We don’t see you on Sundays much. When are you going to start joining us?”

“Well, Preacher,” the man replied; “Look around you. I am surrounded by the wonders of God’s creation. Every sunrise over the mountains and every sunset over the river is an inspiration to praise. Every mountain flower and every bird and animal remind me of God’s creation. Why do I need church?”

With that, the pastor went over to the fireplace, and with the tongs took a single coal from the fire and placed it in the middle of the hearth, all by itself. Then he put on his hat and left.


There is perhaps a message in the fact that Jesus said, “Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name...” and not “Wherever there is one...” The church has always been a community, a family. In the communion of believers, we not only share our joys and sorrows; we also keep each other on the right path, calling each other to account when our particular interpretation of Scripture or our personal beliefs stray too far from the traditional teachings of the Church. It is also the community of believers that spurs us to pray when we do not feel like praying and that reminds us of God’s presence when we feel that God is absent. This community is the bed of glowing coals that surrounds us and renews us and nurtures us, keeping our own fire burning.


Even Jesus did not act alone. He called twelve apostles to help him, and sent out 70 of His followers into the cities and towns around Judea. The night of His arrest, knowing He faced a brutal and painful death the following day, He did not withdraw by Himself, but asked Peter, James, and John to accompany Him.


John Donne wrote that “no [one] is an island.” We need the presence of others in our lives, and we need the church community to guide, direct, comfort, love, and forgive us. It is true that God does all of these things for us, but it is also true that God has called the community of the church to assist in these acts.


Let us all enjoy the fellowship of our fellow Presbyterians and Christians. See you in church!


Grace and Peace to you all.


The Rev. Randy Nolen



Fellowship News


Thanks to everyone that came to the Pic-a-nic in the park. We had 15 people show up, lots of good food and a more intimate setting to get to talk to people and catch up on everyone’s news. 


There will be a Fall Potluck on October 20, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Please bring your favorite Fall comfort food or Halloween food and enjoy the company of your fellow church members!


Due to Abel and myself traveling to California for Thanksgiving, people familiar with setting up and cleaning up at the potlucks will be needed to help out Goldene Mondragon. She will be the only Fellowship member available for that potluck. I am letting you all know this ahead of time so that you can plan to help her out in advance. Please let her or I know so we won’t start to panic as Thanksgiving gets closer. Thank you for your help with this; it will be greatly appreciated.


Julia Esquibel,

Fellowship Committee Chair



PW Happenings


I’d like to thank everyone who came out for our September meeting.


Our next meeting is on October 14, at 9:30 am. We will be studying Lesson #2, “God’s Call to Serve.” Our lesson leader will be Dorothy Straley, and our hostess will be Goldene Mondragon. Hope to see you there.


God’s Blessings,

Goldene Mondragon

PW Moderator



History of the Pulpit Bible


I don’t know how many have stopped to look at the pulpit Bible in the library, and wondered where it came from. I thought it would make an interesting article for the Chimes.


In 1962, the church was meeting in the Knights of Pithious hall, where Fulkerson’s plumbing was located. At that time, we had a youth fellowship made up of junior and senior high young people. The group decided they would like to give the church something that would be used and last a long time. After much discussion, it was decided to order a pulpit Bible and ask Bill Berckes to tool a leather cover. When the cover was finished, the Bible was presented to the pastor, Paul Dick, during Sunday services.


The interesting thing about that Bible was that it remained on the pulpit for 33 years. A leak in the roof dropped roofing tar on the cover and severely damaged it. In the summer of 1995, Bill Berckes and his family came for a visit. His mother showed him the damage and asked if he could fix it or make another cover. Returning home armed with the Presbyterian logo, Bill went to Tandy leather, obtained a piece of leather and completed the cover you now see.


Contributed by

Bill Berckes


PS: Westminster would like to express its appreciation to Bill for his beautiful artistry on the cover.



Hungry Harold


It’s that time again; time to help out Hungry Harold. He says for October 2013, he is again in need of Kool-Aid and/or Powdered Drink Mixes along with Pastas and Dried Pinto Beans. He gives thanks for the many blessings he has received from members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church. In August, Hungry Harold delivered to the Community Kitchen, 10 large cans of Kool-aid, 36 lbs pasta, 2 lbs instant potatoes, 2 lbs rice, 86 lbs pinto beans, 3 boxes Jell-O, and 48 oz. spaghetti sauce.


When I attended the Community Kitchen Board meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Brad Usury, who oversees the needs of the Kitchen, told me that once again our Hungry Harold came through for the Kitchen by furnishing powdered drinks, pastas and pinto beans. Brads calls these “the staples” of the Kitchen’s meals and says Thank You to us for our contributions.


Barbara McNallen





Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Don and Joyce Manke on their 38th anniversary this month!


Westminster’s congregation was the recipient this past Sunday of a delicious cake so that we could celebrate the occasion with them. Unknown to Don, Joyce conspired with a friend to order and have the cake delivered Sunday morning prior to the worship service. It was not just a surprise treat for Don, but also for everyone attending the coffee time.



October Liturgists


October 6 - Phyllis Lester

October 13 - Ann Dye

October 20 - Dorinne Lykins

October 27 - Elaine Hanson



Property News


August 2013

1). WiFi system in and working; all phones working.


2). Parking lot re-sprayed and dead grass weed-whacked.


3). Sprinklers to be turned off the end of September.


  1. Mower going in for an overhaul, blades sharpened, etc., after water is cut off and last cutting.



Attention Please!!


The Piece Makers’ need help!


We have lots of polyester fabric that needs to be cut into two sizes of squares. We will show you how to do this, and it is something you can do at home when you have the time. If you think you could help us, talk with Nancy Armstrong, Peg Briney, Sharon Cutrell, Barbara McNallen, Goldene Mondragon, Peggy Stokes, or Dorothy Straley.


The group can always use more help assembling the quilts or sewing the squares into the tops, too. If you like to machine sew or feel you could help assembling the quilts, we would love for you to join us. Some of us take the quilt squares home and sew them into a quilt top; backs are sewn onto the top, and then the quilts are tied. Once the quilts are finished, they are given to various organizations and church groups to be given to someone who needs a nice, warm quilt. The group meets at the church on the fourth Monday of every month, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.


Barbara McNallen



Worship Attendance


August 25 - 54

September 1 - 53

September 8 - 56

September 15 - 53

September 22 - 47



A Thank You


Thank you, Westminster for my beautiful lap robe. It is a variegated blue, which is a gorgeous color. The verse that came with it expressed what this church really means to me.


Harriet Pinkerton



From the Choir Loft


We are already a month into the new year, and I hope we have shown off well for you. It is our intention, as a choir, to keep you interested in what we are singing. We would really like to sing some of your favorites, as well as our own.


We have a set of chimes that are not being used. They require 8 people (each one playing 2 chimes). My hope is not to use the singers so that the chimes can be used along with some of our anthems. Let me know of your interest so we can shake the dust off the music. A tentative rehearsal time might be 5 pm on Wednesdays.


Thank you for your support.


Veloy Millett

Choir Director



Session Summary


At its meeting on Sunday, September 8, 2013, the Session conducted the following business:

Pastor’s Report: – will attend Civil Air Patrol Leadership school 21 & 22 Sept – Larry Loy will fill pulpit

Committee Reports and Recommendations:

COMMUNICATIONS - Will have a simple directory again this year instead of pictorial.

MISSION & STEWARDSHIP - Dorothy reminded all committee chairs to plan their budgets for next year.

FELLOWSHIP - will host Fall Potluck on 20 Oct 2013, 11:00 – start thinking about Thanksgiving – Julia will not be here so will need someone else to take charge



Mark Your Calendars!



  • October 2, 6:30pm. Choir Practice

  • October 3, 9:00am. Comm. Kitchen

  • October 3, 5:00pm. CASA

  • October 4, 3pm. Worship Committee

  • October 5, 8am. Men’s Breakfast

  • October 6, Communion Sunday

  • October 6, Evang. & Concern Committee Meeting

  • October 9, 6:50pm. Choir Practice

  • October 10, 5:00pm. CASA

  • October 12, 8am. Men’s Breakfast

  • October 13, 11am. Session Meeting

  • October 14, 9:00am. PW Circle

  • October 16, 6:30pm. Choir Practice

  • October 17, 9:00am. Comm. Kitchen

  • October 17, 5pm. CASA

  • October 18. CHIMES Deadline

  • October 19, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast

  • October 23, 6:30pm. Choir Practice

  • October 24, 5:00pm. CASA

  • October 26, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast

  • October 27. Cents-Ability

  • October 9:00am. Piece Maker’s Day

  • October 30, 6:30pm. Choir Practice

  • October 31, 9:00am. Comm. Kitchen

  • October 31, 5:00pm. CASA



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October Ushers


Tom Berckes, Lana Cheryl Jones,

Russ & Loris DeKay





Randy Nolen

Peg Stokes

Grant Hunter

Shirley Power

Margaret Johnson

Annette Esquibel

Marilyn Nolen

Sharon Howell

Don Coppock

Mike Hunter


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