Posted on Tue, Aug 26, 2014
From the Pastor
We in the church live by a number of different calendars. There is the civil calendar, which runs from January 1 to December 31; there is the school calendar, which used to run from September to May and now runs from August to June; there is the Church liturgical calendar, which runs from the First Sunday in Advent to Christ the King Sunday; and there is the church program calendar, which, in most churches, runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day and used to coincide with the school calendar. Many churches, not just ours, put most of their programs on hiatus during the summer months because summer is traditionally a lower-attendance period, when people go on vacation or leave town to visit relatives and friends.
This lull in attendance comes at the time of the Church year known as “Ordinary Time.” Ordinary Time is the name for periods of the Church year that do not fall into any of the liturgical seasons. There is a brief period between the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Lent, and then there is the period between Trinity Sunday in May or June, and Christ the King Sunday in November. The seasonal color is green, symbolizing growth: the growth of the Church from the 120 or so disciples gathered together on Pentecost in Jerusalem to the Church throughout the world today, and into the Church that we are promised will eventually fill the cosmos, that day when “every knee shall bow, in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth, and every tongue confess Jesus Christ as Lord.”
Even though we call these Sundays “Ordinary Time,” we should remember that God’s time is never ordinary. Perhaps these Sundays should be called “Extraordinary Time” instead. God’s time is always extraordinary. God is constantly at work, healing, protecting, loving, forgiving, and saving. There is never a time when God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, is not working among us. And there should never be a time when we are not working to fulfill our role as God’s children and messengers.
There is more than enough work for each of us to do to spread the Good News of God’s saving love, of Christ’s sacrifice, of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Let us use the remainder of this season of “Ordinary Time” to do extraordinary things for God, as God has done so many extraordinary things for us.
The Rev. Randy Nolen
Enclosed in this month’s Chimes are two VERY important forms for you to fill out regarding “In the Event of an Emergency” and “In the Event of my Death.”
If you have filled out forms that are similar to these before, you might want to update your information, as people move, telephone numbers change, etc. These forms and any other important documents you might want to add, i.e. information concerning your memorial/funeral service, will be filed in the church office. If you have any questions about this, check with the church secretary or Barbara McNallen.
Papers can be dropped off at the office, placed in the secretary’s mailbox or mailed back to the church, Attn: Evangelism & Concern.
Evangelism & Concern
Our new year of lessons begins on September 8, at 9:30 am. The new book is called Reconciling Paul; we will be studying lesson 1. The lesson leader will be Mary Puckett, with hostess Margaret Johnson. Hope to see you there!
The Fellowship Committee will be having our Pic-A-Nic in the park on September 21. You may begin arriving at 5:00 pm, and we will eat by 5:30 pm.
It will be in the Gazebo in Enchanted Lands (behind the church). Fellowship will provide ice, iced tea, bottled water, condiments, cups, plates and utensils. Bring your favorite pic-a-nic food and have a great time. You are welcome to bring soda pop or other drinks you like. You need to bring chairs, and small portable tables help a lot. If you have any type of game or verbal quizzes, etc., that would be fun to do. Hope to see you all there!
The adult class, which meets in the library every Sunday after the coffee hour, is still in the midst of studying and discussing the series entitled The Story, the Bible as one continuing story of God and his people. In August the discussion centered in the life and times of Young David, King David, Solomon, and the Kings. September will be involved with the Prophets, the Fall of Israel and the Fall of Judah. The discussions are lively and interesting, and everyone has an invitation to join in them. There is no need to have been in on the previous lessons.
The members of WPC who attended church on August 10 were treated to a very beautiful organ duet by Hannah Martinson and Sharon Howell, our organist. Our amazing organ can reproduce sounds other than that of a standard organ, and in the hands of Sharon, who can bring out the best it has to offer, she can take us back in time.
The four-hand piece (duet) was composed by J.S. Bach for the harpsichord, and by selecting that “voice” from the digital program, we were whisked back in time to the sound Bach would have had to work with. We could close our eyes and picture the finely dressed church goers of his day hearing My Heart Ever Faithful. The sound was light and airy and had a charming joyfulness to it. I look forward to Sharon using some of the other “apps” to bring us a variety of sounds loaded into our organ.
We are so fortunate to have as a member Hannah Martinson. She is a talented musician, and one of her best qualities is her generosity. She is gracious to share with us her talent, and we’ve missed her being home to play for us more often. College comes first, but when she comes back for Christmas, I believe that she and Sharon will again play a duet during the holidays. We can look forward to hearing this duo again!
Our thanks to both Sharon and Hannah for their special music on Sunday.
The secret is out! It didn’t take long for the friends of our own “Mr. Westminster” to identify Ray Lewis as the contributor of the writings mentioned in the Read All About It column in the August Chimes.
Ray was honored with our singing “Happy Birthday” during the coffee hour after church August 3 and with a delicious cake decorated with a toy airplane that had landed on the icing. I just know that he took it home and flew it in his house or yard. John Martinson, who contributed the surprise treat for us all to enjoy, said he thought Ray could make it fly twenty-five (or was it 5?) feet. You will have to ask Ray if he did indeed give it a flying toss.
Westminster owes a real debt of gratitude to Ray for his devotion to our church. Each Sunday he arrives early to turn on the heat or air conditioning to make the sanctuary comfortable by our 9:30 service. When the choir is in session, he adds his voice to sing with joy in our worship service. When his flowers are in bloom he generously shares with us the blossoms from his garden. In the summer he mows and trims our church yard. The only job he is forbidden to do is one that involves his getting on a ladder!
We thank him for his service, not only in the military but also now with his loving care of our aging facility.
Your church library has on offer three paperback books, which some of you should find interesting or helpful.
One, entitled The Holy Spirit, is part of a series of study books on the Foundations of Christian Faith. It is written by Mateen Elass, during his time as pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrendale, Illinois. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and has a PhD in New Testament studies. The author hopes the reader will find a fuller awareness of the living God who is made known in Jesus Christ through the present power of the Holy Spirit, believing that Christian faith is not about the mastery of ideas but rather about encountering the living God.
Another is The Presbyterian Source, Bible Words That Shape a Faith, by Louis B. Weeks. Dr. Weeks is the distinguished Dean and Paul Tudor Jones Professor of Church History, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and author of several of our books on theology. One knowledgeable critic says, “Weeks leads us into the roots of our Reformed tradition. I wish every Presbyterian would put on what Calvin called the eyeglasses of Scripture as Weeks entices us to do.”
Our third recommendation is called Christian Caregiving—a Way of Life, by Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist, founder of the Stephen Series system of lay caring ministry. The book is intended to challenge and equip the reader to care for others in a distinctively Christian way, talking about one’s faith, praying with others, comforting a friend, for example. Check it out!
Anne the Librarian
At its meeting on Sunday, 10 August, 2014, the Session conducted the following business:
Committee Reports and Recommendations:
COMMUNICATIONS – Chair Fran Beason – met with each member of committee and Tom will continue as Webmaster – notices for events should be put in the Chimes well in advance of event
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – Chair Margy Dye –VBS was a rousing success, and they will be back next year – need more participation from members – Ann will submit a nice article for the Chimes
EVANGELISM & CONCERN - Chair Barbara McNallen - committee will meet on 3d Sundays – have sent greeting cards
FELLOWSHIP – Chair Julia Esquibel – Pic-a-nic in the Park 21 September
MISSION & STEWARDSHIP - Chair Nancy Armstrong – met and set schedule – will meet on 4th Mondays
NOMINATING – Co-Chairs Loris DeKay and Nancy Armstrong – nothing to report (NTR)
PERSONNEL – Chair John Martinson – written report – has met with Veloy and Sharon – everyone happy
PROPERTY – Chair Bill Berckes – could use some help with mowing
WORSHIP – Chair Phyllis Lester – written report – assignments given to each member – no action items
New Business: The elder that prepares communion will also accompany the pastor that afternoon to serve communion to shut-ins.
Westminster is possessed of many angels. Happily, I have to do with most of them. My thanks for the personalized afghan goes to all of you, but especially to the one who wields the magic crochet hook. Thank you. I love the afghan and I love you.
It’s that time again, time to help out Hungry Harold. He says for September 2014, he is in need of Kool-Aid and/or 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.
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
Mark Your Calendars!
Sept. 3, 4:00pm. Chimes Practice
Sept. 3, 6:30pm. Choir Practice
Sept, 4, 9:00am. Comm. Kitchen
Sept. 4, 5:00pm. CASA
Se[t 6, 8am. Men’s Breakfast
Sept. 7, 11:00am. Worship Committee Meeting
Sept. 8, 9:30am. PW Circle
Sept. 10, 4:00pm. Chimes Practice
Sept. 6:30pm. Choir Practice
Sept. 11, 5:00pm. CASA
Sept. 13, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast
Sept. 14, 11am. Session Meeting
Sept. 17, 4pm. Chimes Practice
Sept 17, 6:30pm. Choir Practice
Sept. 18, 9:00am. Comm. Kitchen
Sept. 18, 5:00pm. CASA
Sept. 19. CHIMES Deadline
Sept. 20, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast
Sept. 21, 10:45am. Evangelism & Concern Committee Meeting
Sept. 22, 9:00am. Piece Maker’s Day
Sept. 22, 11:00am. Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting
Sept. 24, 4:00pm. Chimes Practice
Sept. 24, 6:30pm. Choir Practice
Sept. 25, 5:00pm. CASA
Sept. 27, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast
Sept. 28. Cents-Ability Collection
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