SEPTEMBER AMBASSADOR

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Pastor’s Perspective

September 2018

God’s call is a peculiar, exciting, but often anxiety producing event in the life of a person or a community. I know Moses wasn’t thrilled with the message he heard from the burning bush. The people of Israel complained in the wilderness and wished to return to slavery in Egypt not long after God led them to freedom and the promise of their own land. The boy Samuel kept getting up and going to the priest Eli to ask him what he wanted when in actuality it was the voice of God, not Eli’s, he was hearing. Even Jesus had his moment in the Garden of Gethsemane when he asked God if “this cup could be removed from him.” The call of God changes life. Yes, it brings new life, but most often draws to a close life which had existed previously. That’s unsettling. It takes trust and courage to go where God calls you and me to venture.

Theologian Karl Barth said, “only where graves are is there resurrection.” That comment might require re-reading. What he is saying is that things must pass, must die, to bring new life. If I consider it for a moment, however, I’ll realize that it is part of in life’s story. It’s the way of nature; it’s reflected in the order of the universe. It is discipleship in Jesus Christ . . . we are asked to surrender our very lives that we might gain life. At the same time we’re cautioned that if we continue to try to save our limited sense of life, we’ll lose what can become authentic life in the process.

This brings to mind what the church is going to look like in the 21st century continues to unfold. What parts of the institution are we clinging too which only drain energy and resources? What is at the heart of the gospel message? Are we in a period of wandering in the desert for forty years like the people of Israel after leaving bondage in Egypt? I think these are valid questions to consider. But, how are we to seek the answers?

I invite to pray about God’s call to you and how you fit into the Kingdom as part of this church community. Spend time asking, and more importantly listening, for God to guide and nurture you in your seeking direction. Pray for our Session, for me and for the church. Prayer is powerful. As a community let us lift our hearts in prayer to a God who does not fail us.

Peace,

Pastor Mike


Thought to Ponder

“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.”

Parker Palmer


PER CAPITA

Please consider contributing of $40.00 per member to the Presbytery per capita required to be paid by each church in the Presbytery. Year to date only $409.00 has been contributed to this account for our church.

The purpose of the per capita apportionment by the Presbytery is to support the essential ecclesiastical functions of Homestead Presbytery. These include the offices of the executive presbyter, stated clerk, treasurer, Homestead Presbytery meetings, and operating expenses of all units. Some of the functions performed by the corporate church include the administration of pension and health insurance plans for active and retired ministers.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this matter.

Merle Ehlers

Stewardship Chair


PICTORIAL DIRECTORIES

The pictorial directories are available in the church office. Please pick yours up from 8:30-3:00 p.m. in the church office. If you can’t at that time, please call the office so we can get a copy into your hands. Again, thank you for your participation!


FOOD PANTRY

We are in need of the following items: Sugar, coffee, plastic milk containers, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers (size 3-4). Thank you for your continued support of this mission.

LIBRARY NOTES

Reading has slowed down during the summer months; therefore there will be no new books until next month.

A series of Biblical DVDs have been donated to the library. They have been carded and are ready for checking out. They have been placed on the top shelf of one of the free standing shelves. The titles are the following:

The Story of Paul – History Channel

Pontus Pilate - Biography

Prophets – A & E

Moses and the Ten Commandments – Biography

David and Goliath – A Biblical Battle – Biography

Lost Worlds – Jesus’ Jerusalem – History Channel

Bible Battles – History Channel

Billy Graham – a Personal Crusade – Biography

Readers might be interested in recent copies of Horizons and Presbyterian Outlook for news about the church wide ministry and mission of our denomination.


WOMEN'S SUNDAY

Women’s Sunday is scheduled for September 23. The women of the congregation will participate in the service. Our annual Thank Offering will be received for local and church wide mission during the worship service. Watch the weekly bulletin for updates and specific details.


THANK YOU

A special thank you to the women who helped with the kitchen cleaning recently. The work may not be easy, but the fellowship is wonderful!


EMBRACE UPDATE

If you recall our church participated in the mid-annual blessing (Shoe Blessing) for our Guatemalan child, plus providing funding for shoes for children without sponsors.

The following is the update regarding this project: “There were school shoes, low walking boots, high boots, sandals, etc. to select from. A lot of the girls really enjoy the sandals and because they are less expensive, they were able to get a second pair of shoes as well. Socks and towels were available to allow them to spend any additional funds they had on their coupon depending on the style of shoe that they chose. What a blessing this outreach has been! We are so thankful to the sponsors that participated with this project, not only to give for their sponsor child, but so many went the extra mile…..so that every Embrace child received shoes! Thank you for every smile that you put on these children’s faces!” Doug and Sandi, Embrace Ministries

Stop by the mission bulletin board, there are pictures of some happy children because you have participated in this program.


NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED

We are seeking a Nursery Attendant for Sunday worship and other special occasions at First Presbyterian Church. All applicants should be at least a sophomore in high school, enjoy children, participate in a life of faith, and be willing to submit to a background check. Please contact Sue Hodge or Pastor Mike Eickhoff if you, or anyone you know, is interested. Thank You.


PRESBYTERIANS' FRIENDS' DAY OUT

Come one, come all. Everyone is invited to visit the Cloisters on the Platte on Wednesday September 12 near Gretna [Exit 432] just off I-80.

Presbyterians, men and women are included, and their friends will be gathering at First Presbyterian Church in York between 9:40 & 9:45 a.m. and will leave by 10a.m. The group will convoy to the exhibit.

The 60 plus bronze figures, each 7 feet tall, in the Cloisters are spaced along a 2500-foot walkway, which is the same distance Jesus walked to his crucifixion 2000 years ago.

The goal of the Cloisters is for visitors to experience what Jesus did in that walk, which is an incredibly important moment in human history.

A $10 donation per person is suggested. The traveler will receive a pair of earphones for an audio narrative of the experience.

After the exhibit we will convoy for a late lunch to the ‘Round the Bend Steakhouse at Exit 426 off Interstate 80.

There will be a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall Sunday August 19th. Reservations are required for this event. Presbyterian Women have made the arrangements. Questions should be directed to Elaine Waggoner, who has taken care of the details.


RALLY SUNDAY

Rally Sunday will be on September 9th. Sunday School classes will beging that day at 9:15 a.m. The worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Following worship, a meal will be provided by the Christian Education Committee.

Kid’s Club will begin on Wednesday, September 12 at 5:00 pm

We hope you are able to join us on these days to help kick off a brand new year!!


BELL CHOIR

Bell choir practices will begin on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. We will rehearse every Wednesday from 6:00-6:50, and will perform on occasion at worship services throughout the year. If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Jen Niemann at 402-366-3461. We would love to see both new and familiar faces in our ensemble this year!


1ST PRESBYTERIAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Our Foundation board would like to thank all those who participated in the program presented by Mary Minner Serovy.

Mary is our representative from the Presbyterian Church U
SA Faoundation. Mary has spent over a year with our board to establish one endowment process and guideline for our congregation that can allow all of us to build a legacy to support and expand our ministry and mission. The program she presented was our kick-off for the endowment program.

The PC USA Foundation has many opportunities for individuals and organizations to invest for themselves/family/church or charity. There are many possibilities.

We focused on Convenant Funds. These are mutal funds that require a minimum of $500.00 investment. These funds belong to the NAMED OWNER. You have access to your funds. You choose whether to reinvest dividends & interest or to have those paid to you or to another person or organization. You also designate where funds go upon death. You can add to funds and take out funds as the owner of the account. This is a private account between the owner and PC USA.

Our hope as a church is that you will see this as an opportunity to join together to build a legacy for the generations who come after us.

Session is in charge of using the funds that are given through dividends or interest as designated by the owner of the fund.

We hope to build funds to support and grow

Ministry Outreach and Mission

Music and Worship

Scholarships

Christian Education for children and youth

Undesignated

Please feel free to contact anyone on our Foundation board or Session if you need more information. We can also put you in touch with PC USA Foundation via Mary Minner Serovy.

Please consider this investment opportunity. It truly can be a win/win for you, your family and the work of this congregation as we reach out to community and the world doing the work God calls us to do.





USHERS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

2       DALE OLSON

NANCY WALFORD

DALE KAHLA

LORI HESER


9        DALE NIEMANN

BETH NIEMANN

GALE BARNHILL

KAREN BARNHILL


16      GREGG BERGEN

LYNDA ZIEG

CARYN EICKHOFF

LINDA TOMS


23       JACK GARNER

RICK GARNER

KIM GARNER

NITA WORKMAN

30      ORVILLE DAVIDSON

SHARON DAVIDSON

STANLEY JENSEN

CARYN EICKHOFF


COMMUNION SERVERS

OCTOBER 7

CLINT PHILSON

ANN PHILSON

DALE OLSON

NANCY WALFORD

ELAINE WAGGONER

JERRY WAGGONER

KIM GARNER

RICK GARNER

NITA WORKMAN

SUSAN BEAUCHAMP


GREETERS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

2 (E) JACK GARNER

(K) GEN JOHNSON

(W) JIM BARR


12 (E) DALE NIEMANN

(K) BETH NIEMANN

(W) SUSAN BEAUCHAMP


19 (E) NITA WORKMAN

(K) STANLEY JENSEN

(W) LORNA CLELAND


26 (E) GALE BARNHILL

(K) KAREN BARNHILL

(W) ANN EDDY


30 (E) JACK GARNER

GEN JOHNSON

NITA WORKMAN


COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

2  NANCY HALL

9  JUDY MANEELY

16  KAREN BERGEN

23  LORNA CLELAND

30  CAROL BARR


CANDLELIGHTERS

SKYLAR HUBER

RENEE KUCERA

16 MADELYN HEIDEN

23 CAMILLE ERDMAN

30  RORY HUBER


THE CHARGE

SUSAN GALE

CINDI NICKEL

16 CINDY NABER

23 ANN EDDY

30  JUDI NORDLUND


SOUND SYSTEM

2  NANCY QUIRING

SHANNON NOLAN

16 MARTIN WORKMAN

23 SHANNON NOLAN

30 GALE BARNHILL


LIVE

FORWARD,

GIVE

FORWARD

Live Forward, Give Forward is about making a choice to live and give toward making a better future for those we care about!