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The Trumpet June 2021 Volume 38 Issue 6

Firelands Presbyterian Church

2626 East Harbor Road

Port Clinton, Ohio 43452


Fax 419-734-5411

Pastoral Friends Invite

The Pastoral Friends Committee is forming a “Firelands
Widows’ luncheon group”. All church widows are invited
Rev. David Aber, Pastor
to meet together June 3 11:30 at the Bistro 163. This
Dave Moore, Clerk of Session is a formation luncheon and hopefully will be a monthly
event. RSVP by June 1 to Jo Coon by either texting or
Susan Larcey and Kay McIntosh, Musicians
email. 419-350-8349 or
Vicki Wheatly, Treasurer

Janine Dress,
Administrative Assistant
Happy Birthday Bistro 163
On Monday, June 7th, Bistro 163 will celebrate its fifth
birthday in operation in Ottawa County with an open
Table of Contents house and party in the restaurant. All are welcome to
stop in any time from 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM, for
Committee News ................................... 2
refreshments and celebration.
Bistro News & Christian Education ........... 3
The celebration will
Pastor’s Page & Events .......................... 4 continue all week, as
Thank You & Monthly Prayer list .............. 5 the restaurant serves
lunch Tuesday through
June Celebrations & Senior Event ............ 6
Saturday from 11:00 –
Session Highlights & June Lectionary ....... 7 2:00. Birthday cake
Calendar .............................................. 8 bread pudding and
daily specials will be
offered every day.
Come for the party,
come for lunch, but do

Summer Worship time 9:30 AM

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What a powerful way to recognize the birth of the Holy

Spirit in our midst!
Mission Committee
The Worship and Music committee will be meeting with
"Strength for the Journey" (Dominican Republic) sent a
Rev. David Aber to discuss our worship format.
thank you note for our recent donation to support their
work teaching reading in the outlying villages of Jamao. The Serendipity Singers will resume rehearsals soon.
To quote, "We are doing so much to help these children Watch for announcements to follow. The Firelands Folk
become literate," and "You are our strength." group has been requested to play for several community
gatherings so their rehearsal schedule will be posted
One bed has been delivered since last report for "Now I
soon as well.
Lay Me Down to Sleep." Since October 2019, when the
total beds given was 268, we have given 48 more (even As we have noted this past Sunday May 30, 2021, was
with Covid!), for a total of 316 beds. Thank you, Karen the 39th anniversary of the founding of Firelands
Vardyan and Karen Shifflet, for all of your organized, Presbyterian Church. Now is the opportunity to form a
loving work in this mission. committee and begin planning a proper celebration for
our 40th anniversary next year. Let Kay McIntosh know
An application has been sent to and approved by
if you are interested in helping to plan for such an
Maumee Valley Presbytery and Synod of the Covenant
for the use of PC(USA) Restricted Unassigned Funds
from General Assembly. The particular fund ($1,700)
applied for is for persons living with Project Linus
Intellectual/Developmental Disorders. Flat Rock Homes,
Flat Rock, Ohio, a non-profit, is one such Home in
Quilt Blessing
ecumenical mission to serve these persons for over 154 Was on
years. It is our hope and prayer that General Assembly Mother’s Day
would approve our application for this gift to Flat Rock -
we just have to "wait and see" until October for On Sunday, May 8,
notification. Please keep Flat Rock in your prayers as Mother's Day, 172 Linus
they endeavor to raise funds to restore their outside quilts were displayed in the
play areas and other badly needed projects that this Narthex and during
grant would help support. services were blessed by
Pastor Cooper. They were
REMINDER: Remember to stop by the "Sharing then taken to the Akron
Cupboard" now that we are back in our building - all Children's Hospital where a
proceeds are collected through the year to help fund waiting child could receive a quilt for comfort and
One Great Hour of Sharing. security.
Please check out the Mission bulletin board - there are The quilters thank the congregation for their support in
several flyers regarding Flat Rock Homes and Elder making it possible for the Linus Mission to continue
Abuse Day (June 15), as well as other mission info. another year."
Mission Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 8, at If you would like to make a donation to this ministry of
1:30 p.m. Firelands, please write a check to the church and put
Project Linus in the memo line.

Worship Committee
Thanks to Susan Larcey for leading the Sometimes
Serendipity Singers in the flash mob version of

“I Danced in the Morning “for the Retirement

Celebration for Pastor Mark and Jill Cooper.

Thanks to Marilyn Umlauf who headed up the colorful

preparations of our sanctuary for Pentecost and to
Janine Dress who coordinated the ordering of the dark
red geraniums in memory and in honor of loved ones.
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The Free Community Dinners at Bistro 163 continue to

Bistro 163 Wins Another Award be offered on the second and fourth Mondays of each
month. In June, those dinners will be served on June
The Bistro 14th and 28th by our staff and volunteer cooks. 250
is in the free dinners continue to be served every other Monday,
Member with more than half of them delivered to people in their
Spotlight homes by our volunteer drivers.
for the Port
Area Restarting Christian Education
Chamber of
Christ said.
"“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of
On June
mine and puts them into practice is like a wise
23rd, at the
man who built his house on the rock."
Chamber How can we understand Christ's words without a strong
Awards Christian Education program?
The Covid-caused shut down of the Church and the
Bistro 163
Hospital Cafeteria has made it difficult to gather for
will be
Christian Education and fellowship.
with the There is still an open invitation to learn more about the
2020 power and Biblical background of the Holy Spirit; the
Outstandin program is designed to be joined at any time. The May
g meeting of this group was held in the Church in person
Community after many months of Zoom meetings. Anyone
Service Award. For 5 years, the mission of Bistro 163 interested in learning more about this amazing gift from
has been to address hunger in our community in a God (and how it can be a source of strength in our lives)
unique way. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic and is welcome to join this group. This group meets at 1PM
employment crisis in Ottawa County put a new face on on the second Wednesday of each month. A free trial
hunger. Governor DeWine closed businesses on March program is available on the Web at -
16th, and by March 18th, a group of community leaders
(United Way, Sutton Property Leasing, Bistro 163,
The current plan for re-starting the Christian Education
Salvation Army, Community Support & Senior
program is to:
Resources, Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center) met
to come up with a new plan. Bistro 163 was uniquely 1. Meet with Pastor David Aber to discuss his
qualified and equipped to produce high quality, perspective on Christian Education.
nutritious free dinners. To “Feed the Need”.
2. Following that meeting we plan to invite all
General Manager Babs Klacik, her staff and a highly interested members to discuss how we might
motivated group of volunteers gathered in the meet the Christian Education needs of the
commercial kitchen at the back of the Sutton Center, Congregation.
Wednesday through Saturday, mid-March through July.
In those 4 ½ months, 22,294 free dinners were served, 3. Finally, we plan to implement a Christian
take-out style or delivered to homes. All of this was Education program that meets the needs of our
made possible by generous financial or in-kind support congregation.
given by almost 100 organizations and at least 372 Stay tuned for meeting times.
individuals. Bistro 163 is grateful to be in this
community, where those with help to give come
together so generously for those in need of help. We
thank our dedicated staff, our loyal volunteers, our
financial supporters, our in-kind donors, our pay-it-
forward diners, and our many friends.
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Pastor’s Page
The reports of the friendliness of the Firelands
congregation are not exaggerated. Gwen and I were so
warmly welcomed into your fellowship on Pentecost
Sunday. Thank you all for your graciousness and
generosity of spirit that put us at ease.

The author of Hebrews writes in Chapter 12 “Therefore,

since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin
which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance
the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the
founder and perfecter of our faith . . . “The phrase, “a
cloud of witnesses'', reminds us of the uncounted and
unknown believers who, having lived their lives of faith
to the end, reside in eternity with the Lord, Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. We are not alone in this present time
because they are close to us, as near as the pillowy
clouds, or as lovely as the lakeside mist. I have my own,
more personal, appreciation of the “cloud of witnesses”.

Reading the 30th Anniversary Program from May 30th,

2012, I saw the list of Firelands pastors. Of the 8 people
listed, I know 5 of them: Reverends McGormley,
Butcher, Rhoads, Meyers and Gay, all living and doing
well. Let’s add to the list our friend, Mark Cooper. There
are these 6 clergy colleagues that I know and 3 that I
do not know, are spiritually in the room with us, which is
a good thing! Each brought her or his gifts, talents,
dreams and love of God into the work of ministry. Each
had a role in shaping who you are as a Christian
congregation. I know that as you prayed for and served
the church with those who came before me, you will
pray for and serve the life of Firelands Presbyterian
Church in the summer of 2021. May God bless us as we
move into this next chapter in the life story of Firelands!

In Christ,

Pastor David

For More information, please check out the brochures on

the gathering table
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Dear Member and Friends of Firelands Presbyterian forgotten. Our hearts have been forever changed by you
Church, and all you have done for us.

I find it somewhat hard to believe, but suddenly here I I know you have been left in good hands with David
am, among the ranks of the retired. I was not in a hurry Aber, and I wish you, and him, well as you move
to leave FPC, but I had a conviction that it was simply forward into the days ahead. Finally, Jill and I are left
time. I feel rather strange now, and I have not yet with nothing left to say except “Thank you.” For
figured out what to do with myself in this new life era, everything.
but I have a few ideas and I’m sure I’ll figure out how to
And, of course, “God bless,” now and always.
make my way.
Very Fondly,
FPC has left me with nothing but wonderful memories.

You all welcomed Jill and I immediately and the feeling
of welcome never left. We will never forget all the very
special people we came to know and love. And then
there was the incredible event you all made possible at Mark Cooper
the Catawba Island Club. The event itself and the
wonderful gifts are much appreciated and will never be

Ongoing Prayer Concerns

For those receiving medical treatment or therapy, or undergoing medical tests:

Alan, Debbie Ballinger, Jenatha Boose, Harold, Kim Hudson, Diane Jordan, Joseph Kakareka, Craig Kaiser,
Stephen Kessler, Angjuli Lele, John McLaughlin, Ele McLaughlin, Christopher Longaker, Simon Mercurio, Michael,
John Prestbo, Sarah, Sue, Jack Schmidt, Jeff Thompson, Justin Waugh, Ann Wagnitz, Debra Wylie.

For those facing the infirmities of age:

Jeanne Black, Phyllis Crisp, Jane Kaiser, Jamie Petty, Betty Rodwancy, and Irene Wilson

For those seeking freedom, security, and hope:

Bobby, Justin, Sara, Val, and CASA Families

For those in the service of our country:

SMGT Jeff Bundy, Steven Coffin, FBI; Brant Crandall, USA; Cole Daniel, USCG; Matthew Devries, USAF;
Stu Gliwa, USMC; Aaron Haynes, USA; Andrew Hogue, USA, Ken Lewis USA Army Chaplain, Ted Livingstine,
USMC; Sanju Shinde, USMC.

For those in mission for our Lord:

The National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, Berea Presbytery.

Sharon Kandel PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker in Ethiopia/Sudan

To add or delete someone from this list, please contact Janine Dress in the church office.
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June Celebrations

Pat Sharp 7 Dani Jagucki 20 Caroline Notestine 26 John and Karen Vardyan 15

Anne O'Malley 10 Joan Brydon 22 John Moore 27 Bill and Marilyn Umlauf 18

Dave Wahlers 10 Betty Layton 22 James Stouffer 27 John and Joan Moore 19

Joan Moore 12 Karen Shifflet 24 Jim Dubbert 29 John and Susan Rogers 20

John McIntosh 13 Jean Witkowski 24 Karen Dietz 29 Karen and Nick Shifflet 26

Is your birthday or anniversary missing or incorrect? Contact

Maxine Wilson 16 Connie Brand 26 the office so we can make the changes to the list!
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June Lectionary

First reading and Alternate* First Second reading Gospel

Psalm reading and

June 6, 2021 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12- Genesis 3:8-15 2 Corinthians 4:13- Mark 3:20-35
Proper 5 (10) 15), 16-20, Psalm 130 5:1
Second Sunday after (11:14-15)
Pentecost Psalm 138

June 13, 2021 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13 Ezekiel 17:22-24 2 Corinthians 5:6- Mark 4:26-34
Proper 6 (11) Psalm 20 Psalm 92:1-4, 10, (11-13), 14-17
Third Sunday after Pentecost 12-15

June 20, 2021 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, Job 38:1-11 2 Corinthians 6:1- Mark 4:35-41
Proper 7 (12) 19-23), 32-49 13
Fourth Sunday after Psalm 9:9-20 or Psalm 107:1-3, 23-
Pentecost 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 32
Psalm 133

June 27, 2021 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Wisdom of 2 Corinthians 8:7- Mark 5:21-43
Proper 8 (13) Solomon 1:13-15, 15
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 130 2:23-24 or
Psalm 30

Highlights of Stated Session Meeting on 5/11/2021

1. Session approved the Treasurer’s Report.

2. Bill Sharp, the Personnel Committee Chair, informs us that Pastor David Aber will be beginning a 4-month
contract with us beginning 5/17/21 (Mark’s last day with us will be Sunday May 16th).

3. Bill Sharp and Vicki Wheatley are working on the programming for a series of “preparing church budgets”
sessions. These will be 20 min sessions held during our June, July and August Session meetings.

4. Ginny McCook and Jean Witkowski are working on a joint Session/Deacon meeting. This is tentatively
scheduled for Saturday Oct 9th.
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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2 3 4 5
3 -5 Dulcimer 10:30-1:30 11:30 10:30-1:30
Group Office Open Widow’s Office Open
I:30 Pastoral Luncheon

6 7 8 9 10 11 12
9:30 followed by 10:30-1:30 Office 1:30 Mission 10:30-1:30 10:30-1:30
fellowship. Open Committee Office Open Office Open
6:30 -8 Knitwits 3-5 Dulcimer 1-3 Reservoir
Group Group
7 Session

13 14 15 16 17 18 19
9:30 Worship Office Closed Elder Abuse 10:30-1:30 10:30-1:30
followed by 4-6 Bistro 163 Awareness Day Office Open Office Open
fellowship Community 11-12 Healing
3-5 Dulcimer
Meal- Hearts w/
Group Stein Hospice
6:30 -8 Knitwits
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
9:30 Worship 10:30-1:30 Office 3-5 Dulcimer 10:30-1:30 10:30-1:30
followed by Open Group Office Open Office Open
fellowship. 6:30 -8 Knitwits

27 28 29 30
9:30 Worship 10:30-1:30 Office 3-5 Dulcimer 10:30-1:30
followed by Open Group Office Open
fellowship 5:45 – 6:30 Fresh
4-6 Bistro 163
6:30 -8 Knitwits