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or several weeks now I’ve been noticing a banner at the entrance to St. Leo Catholic Church on Huntertown Road. It’s a very nice, bright banner. It hangs on their fence. Some of you may have seen it. In large letters it reads, “Why Catholic?” This banner promotes a faith formation opportunity for adults at the parish. I am always happy to learn about adults wanting to grow in faith by reading, studying together, and exploring faith questions. Jesus commands us to love God with our whole selves and this includes our minds. One thousand years ago, Anselm, a church leader, put it this way: our faith seeks understanding. When I drive by St. Leo’s church and see that banner, I actually see a message, not just for St. Leo’s, but for the whole church. First of all, I am reminded that the word catholic means universal, and so I read the banner as, “Why Universal?” I also read it as a question. This month as we prepare for our great celebration of Easter, here’s what that banner says to me: the whole church shares the same, universal message of God’s commitment to the world in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This message forms the foundation on which the body of Christ, the church, is built. It connects denominations, churches, congregations, pews, and people. I really value that because there is within this human enterprise a tendency to see our differences before we see what we have in common—if we ever get that far. Two people might agree on nine things but if they disagree about the tenth, that’s what they’ll focus on. Why is that? Are we somehow wired to see the differences in each other? Maybe it’s a survival instinct left over from long ago. Maybe it’s a symptom of our brokenness. Maybe it’s coded deep within our DNA. Maybe it’s just easier to see differences than commonalities. And we humans too often prefer the easy path of life. Not even the church is free from this human tendency to divide, and so it is good to lift up what is universal in the church of Jesus Christ. Why Universal? The banner on Huntertown Road reminds me to look for what we have in common with the whole church. In these last weeks of Lent as we approach Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Easter Day, we journey through what is universal for us all: the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the impact that event has on us. It’s where we all began—
Thoughts from Ground Level
with that great announcement that changes everything: He is Risen! Why Universal? This story belongs to the whole church and no one can claim to have the “correct” way of believing in this story. It is also true that we belong to this story. We belong to its message of redemption and new life. Why Universal? Right now many of the youth and their parents in Woodford County need the hope of this story. Families in Illinois trying to cope with the senseless violence on a college campus need the hope of this story. In the face of great sadness over the tragic death of any person—athlete, student, spouse, parent or soldier in combat—we need to be reminded of the one who brought resurrection life out of death and defeat. Why Universal? Because the world knows too much about division, conflict, war, and loss. There is a more excellent way. Why universal? Because it is God who is at work in us, enabling us to will and to work for God’s good pleasure. Did you know that the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce lists fifty-three churches in the county? Would you have guessed that there are so many? We drive by churches every day as we go to work, to the gym, to the library, to the store, or to our own church, and I plan to start praying for churches as I drive by them. As a church, I want to begin a season of prayer for all of the churches in Woodford County. These are our sister churches, our neighboring churches, and I shared with the session that we should be praying for one another. This isn’t meant to exclude praying for the churches in our own Presbytery or in the counties surrounding Woodford, it’s simply meant to be a starting point for prayer. When so much seeks to divide us, I want to begin something that unites. Of course, whenever we pray for the work of God in the world, we are praying for these fifty churches— including ours—but God’s goodness in Jesus Christ challenges me to begin praying more specifically for what God is doing in our midst. I invite you to join me in this in the weeks ahead and by this demonstrate Resurrection Life. Grace and peace, Jon
Mission and Evangelism Notes
Greetings from the M&E committee! Vange Lear, a representative from Baby Health, spoke at our February meeting and we were all impressed with the scope of the mission of this organization. Baby Health provides free health care to approximately 4000 uninsured children (infant – 12 years) in Fayette and surrounding counties each year. They cover laboratory and x-ray expenses as well as seek surgical help for those who need it. As a working board of directors, each member works 2 days a month in the clinic. Although you must be a board member to work in the clinic, volunteer opportunities are available and include: building maintenance, clothing and diaper drives, and rehabbing toys and books for in-clinic use. Donations of new toys and books are also welcome. For more information please contact Baby Health or one of your M&E members. We were pleased to present them with a $200 donation from Pisgah Presbyterian Church in support of their work. In March our designated local charity is the The Chrysalis House, Inc. On March 3, Monday night, Jennifer Stamper from The Chrysalis House, Inc. will join the M&E committee meeting for the first 15 minutes to give a brief overview of the services they provide to our community. Please join us for this chance to learn more about this important resource for women in recovery and their children. The 5th Sunday Offering on March 30 will go to a global mission project. May God bless and keep you through this miraculous Easter month, Your Mission and Evangelism Committee
After a delicious lunch of sloppy joes, homemade soup and a variety of sandwiches, we spread throughout the Academy Building to cut and tie blankets together. Pisgah’s Project Linus yielded 21 beautiful blankets for sick infants and children. May God Bless and comfort all who receive them. Mission and Evangelism Committee
A Light in the Attic Youth Group
At the beginning of the month the Youth Group participated in the Souper Bowl Sunday event and raised money and canned food items for the Woodford County Food Pantry. We raised $327! Then, for the rest of the month we learned about, talked about and participated in activities focusing on World Hunger to prepare for the 30 hour Famine. We ended the month by participating in the 30 hour famine. Before and during the famine, we raised $1000 for World Vision. We learned about how people in poverty feel by taking on new identities and disabilities for the whole event. We had a midnight candle ceremony with 300 candles being blown out every few seconds to represent one child’s life lost every 3 seconds to hunger. The second day we collected food items for the Woodford County Food Pantry and then we played a barter and trade game with Pisgah members where we showed up at their homes with an item and asked them to trade us for something bigger and better. We ended up with a TV, cabinets, games, movies and a George Forman grill as well as many other items. We broke our fast with a quiet communion service up in the attic led by Pastor Jon and served by Elders Jennifer Chandler and Don Schmidt. We then ended the famine with a progressive feast at the homes of Bobbi and Dave Sweeny, Dottie and Don Schmidt and Lisa and Joe Johnson. Thanks to all of you for the meal. It was wonderful!! Andrew Johnson
Save everything for the first annual Pisgah Presbyterian Church Yard and Craft Sale, April 19, 2008, from 8:00a.m.-1:00p.m., to benefit the mission and evangelism work of our church. We promise if you donate an item you will not have to take it home with you! A Yard and Craft Sale committee is being formed so if you are interested in volunteering, please join us for our next meeting on March 10 at 7:00p.m. in the Academy Building. All volunteers are welcome!
One Great Hour of Sharing
A Note from the Stewardship Committee
Easter Sunday falls on March 23 and the Stewardship Committee will be receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. There will be special coin donation boxes (in the shape of a fish) given out the 3 weeks prior to the offering.
You are invited!
It’s a Chain Saw Party!
Event: Removal of brush along the fence rows Where: Pisgah Church Farm When: Saturday, March 8, rain date March 15 Lunch will be served: Pizza and soft drinks Attire: Jeans, work boots, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection. Please bring tools if you have them: Chain saw with gas and oil, heavy loppers, pickup truck and/or open trailer, a bottle or two of water and anything else that might help with the job! We will have extra protective gear and tools, but due to the risks chain saws should be operated only by their owners. If you do not have a saw, there will be plenty for you to do. All of the cut brush and dead trees must be loaded up, hauled to the burn pile and unloaded. Small bushes can be lopped and there is always clean-up to do.
our checking account balance is $27,296 and our investments are $61,812. This doesn’t include funds invested by the Trustees. Our income to date is $47,099 or 20.9% of budget and our expenses are $29,537 or 13.1% of budget. We believe that income is ahead due to payment of pledges early in the year. The good news is that our unpledged offering is on track at 15.5% of budget. Our committee is also responsible for staff developmental reviews. This year we plan to do this by committee for our pastor and D.C.E. The committees have been formed and the reviews will be conducted in the near future. If you have questions or would just like to discuss Pisgah’s finances or the developmental review process please talk to any member of the administration committee or of the session. Don Schmidt
Pisgah Community Club Annual Meeting
The annual meeting for the Pisgah Community Club will be Monday, March 24 at 7:00p.m. in the Academy Building. This group organizes Saturday evening picnics throughout the summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Members of Pisgah Church and neighboring families who are not members of the Church join together in fellowship around the potluck table. Dues are minimal: $20 for a single person, $35 for a family and tennis players pay an additional $15. In return, the club maintains the tennis courts, buys the chairs and tables that the church frequently uses and annually contributes to ground maintenance. At the annual meeting w will decide the schedule, expenditure of funds and elect officers. Everyone is welcome!
Pisgah College Scholarships
Attention 2008 graduating high school seniors and college students: Scholarship applications are now available in the church office and on the church’s website (www.pisgahpresbyterian.org). The submission deadline is April 15, 2008. Persons who are presently members of Pisgah Church and who are supporting, nurturing and participating in the fellowship and life of the Church are able to apply. Those seeking aid from this scholarship must be anticipating attending an accredited college, university or post-secondary vocational school as a full-time student for the 20082009 academic year. Scholarships are awarded one year at a time for a maximum of four years for the purpose of undergraduate studies. In order to be considered the applicant must have all application materials submitted by the deadline. Please return your application, essay and transcript to the church office at the attention of the Trustees. Questions, please contact Sue Fosson at 859873-7582.
Holy Week Worship Schedule
Palm Sunday, March 16
8:45am Early Worship 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Morning Worship
Maundy Thursday, March 20
6:30pm Simple Supper 7:00pm Communion Service
Good Friday, March 21
7:00pm Tenebrae Service
A Note from the Administration Committee
We are now almost two months into the year and our 2008 budget. As you know this is a lean budget when compared to previous years. As of February 15
Easter Day, March 23
7:00am Sunrise Service 7:45am Breakfast
11:00am Morning Worship
It is SO NICE when someone tells you they were trying to remember something you had said, or in this case, written a while ago. I was reminded of a little inspiration I had shared my first Lenten season here. As I had stated then, this piece was something I’ve had for years. I pack it away with my Easter things and pull it out the next year. It has been so long that I do not remember where I picked it up or who wrote it so cannot give credit to the source—but continues to be a good reminder. Sue What To Give Up For Lent GIVE UP grumbling. Instead, “In everything give thanks.” GIVE UP 10 to 15 minutes in bed. Instead, use that time in prayer. GIVE UP looking at other people’s worst points. Instead, concentrate on their best ones. GIVE UP speaking unkindly. Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding. GIVE UP worries. Instead, trust God with them. GIVE UP hatred or dislike of anyone. Instead, learn to love. GIVE UP the fear which prevents Christian witness. Instead, seek courage to speak of your faith to others. GIVE UP spending so much time with newspapers, magazines or surfing the net. Instead, use some of that time to study the Bible. GIVE UP buying anything but essentials for yourself. Instead, give that money to God’s work or someone in need. GIVE UP judging by appearances and by the standards of the world. Instead, learn to GIVE UP yourself to God.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your own basket. The Light in the Attic Youth Group will serve a pancake breakfast before the Easter Egg Hunt. See article. CE Committee meeting at 6:30 pm
Check out the Burnamwood Camp Poster in the Academy Building. Burnamwood offers camping opportunities for children and youth beginning at the 3rd Grade level. Burnamwood fees have increased to $240.00 per camp. With our current budget adjustments this year, Pisgah Church is unable to offer 50% camperships. Believing all children should have the opportunity to attend church camp, the CE Committee will do what they can to assist with the expense for those requesting financial assistance. Contact Sue Henry before registering your child.
Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 22. Contributions of wrapped pieces of candy to be used for filling the eggs should be brought to the Academy Building by Palm Sunday, March 16. Thank you in advance. On that morning, everyone is invited to start the day by attending the Youth Pancake Breakfast at 9:30a.m. Cash donations will be accepted for the breakfast. After we eat, the children will gather to hear the Easter story at 10:15a.m before the hunt begins. Children are asked to bring their own baskets to collect eggs. There will be two areas designated for younger and older children. The Easter Egg Hunt is great fun for everyone! Sunshine or snow, adults enjoy watching the children search the grounds for eggs filled with candy and treasures as much as the children do finding them. It is great fun and fellowship for all. Hope to see you there.
CE Dates and Details
March 9 March 16 Youth Council Meeting at noon. Palm Sunday. Children will wave palm branches at the 11:00 service. This will be the last day to bring donations of wrapped candy to the Academy Building for the Easter Egg Hunt. “Easter Egg STUFF” 5:30-7:00 pm. Youth and adult volunteers are needed to fill plastic eggs for the hunt. No women’s bible studies.
Life in the Church
New Members: On February 3, we welcomed Ken and Heather Jones into Pisgah’s Church family.
March 17 March 20
With all the recent snow days it is nice to dream about those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” and included in those thoughts are BIBLE CAMP. This year, Sandi Bromagen and Greg Lawrence will be the co-directors of BEACH PARTY: Surfin’ through the Scriptures. Save the dates: June 1-5.
Happy Birthday to You in March
2 J.P. Stilz 4 Courtland Johnson, Carolyn Ryan 5 Jon Martin 6 Anna Gerrow 7 Lantz Kindred 11 Hannah Kindred, Don Schmidt 16 Peg Wilds 19 Lucy Smith 20 Sue Henry, Mason Hill 22 Tamara Cassidy 24 Richard Holt 25 Nicole Lake 26 Happy Broadbent 27 Tavner James 28 Sam Clark 29 Jim Cullen 31 Lora Lea Dawson, Taylor Gilbert, Catherine Hines, Kelly Lake And in early April… 1 Margaret Karsner 2 Sunny Dunlap, Lucy Lagrew MacCarthy 4 Shelia Baker 5 Jan Botkin, Lela Mitchell 9 Abe Fosson Please help us keep this list up to date!
o Brion and Becky Welch are expecting their first child (a son) in the latter part of March. For church family members who remember the “drummer boy” and would like to say a word, their email address is Welchs80@aol.com or their snail mail address is: SSgt. Brion Welch, PSC 80, Box 16408, APO AP 96367. Brian has made further commitment to serve our country by recently re-enlisting in the Air Force. They will be returning from a four year term in Japan in August. o Did you know that Ben Chandler is a superdelegate for the Democratic Party? We are always on the lookout for more “Snippets.” Help us keep this column going by sending in any interesting little tidbits you hear!
Dear Pisgah Family,
If you are out there in the winter doldrums and thinking that God must be hibernating at Pisgah, think again! This past Saturday night we were privileged to host the Youth Group after their 30 hours of Fasting and lessons on global hunger. Pisgah’s youth are a blessed group of young, well-mannered, creative, joyful, expressive, kindly, pleasant adolescents! They are the living spirit of Pisgah, and God is not dead nor does he sleep on his Pisgah watch! The adult leaders of this band of young Christians are to be smiled upon by all. Rejoice! Dave & Bobbi Sweeney
On Sunday, March 9, Remember to…
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