Dear Friend of FPC,
This week we move to our summer schedule. That means our worship services will begin at 8am (Chapel), 9am (Edge in Fellowship Hall), and 10:15 (Sanctuary). Yes, because the air conditioning has now been turned on in the Sanctuary we will continue to worship in this space at 10:15 instead of moving to the chapel as has been our tradition.
Summer is a time to catch our breath! I hope you are finding meaningful rest times with those you love. My family and I will be doing just that from June 15-30. We will be away on vacation seeking rest together. (Can rest really be expected while camping with four kids!) Nonetheless, I appreciate your prayers for us as we are gone.
Rest is needed because certainly this summer will be busier than normal for the church as we move back into the church building. Thank you to those who are already helping to clean and paint. May all of us look for opportunities to help in the weeks to come. If labor is shared by all, a measure of rest can still be experienced even in a busy summer.
Lastly, please mark your calendar for two important celebrations.
As you will read below a corporate worship service will be held at Fifth-Third field on July 1. This service is being initiated by Cherry Street Mission Ministries. These times of corporate worship are rare and therefore very important in my mind. Please plan to join us if you can.
September 9 we are planning a "Dedication Sunday." On that Sunday we will worship as one congregation in one service. We will re-dedicate the building to God and thank those who have spent considerable time and effort making this new building become a reality. We will introduce new opportunities to grow in and serve Christ this fall and we will enjoy fellowship with one during a bar-be-Que after the service. This will be a great opportunity to thank God together as well as to invite a friend to experience the next step in our church's life together. So please mark your calendar and make every effort to celebrate with us!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
CLEAN WATER FOR ALL GOD'S CHILDREN - VBS
June 10-14th from 5:30-8:15 p.m.
Please remember to pray for the children and volunteers this week!
- Pray that the children will understand and receive the love Jesus has for them.
- Pray that that they will develop a heart to see God's love for the world as they consider something as simple as the profound need of clean water for people throughout the world.
- Pray for energy for our volunteers!
Cherry Street Mission Ministries 65th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for a special weekend dedicated to celebrating the 65 years that Cherry Street Mission Ministries has served the homeless and poor in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan--24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
June 29- July 1, 2012 Calendar of Events:
June 29- Outdoor Family Movie Night
Festival Park, Downtown Toledo
Fun, games and give-aways start at 7:30 p.m.
Viewing of Iron Giant begin at dusk
June 30- Family and Arts Festival
18th Street from Monroe to Jefferson
Sidewalk Chalk Art Viewing 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Hog Roast lunch for $3 open to the public
July 1- Community Church Service and Celebration***
Fifth Third Field, Downtown Toledo
Service begins at 3:00 p.m.
***The FPC Church Family will be going to this community church service together! We will be meeting at our church parking lot at 2pm to make arrangements and carpool to Fifth Third Field together. If you are not able to meet at the FPC parking lot but would like to try and sit with your church family there, call Pastor Clint's cell phone 419-450-2341 to find out where we are located.
Upcoming Events (For full schedule of events, please see our website)
Save these Dates!
It may be hard to believe, but summer is on it's way! Mark your calendars for these exciting church events:
- Men's Fellowship Breakfast: June 16th at 8:30 am with special guest speaker. For more details of the event, see the Announcements below.
- Bike Club: Please note - we will NOT RIDE on June 17 as previously announced, because June 17 is Fathers Day. The first ride in July will be Sunday, July 8. Watch for details in your Sunday bulletin and the weekly FYI e-mail!
Haven't signed up? Would you like to join us? Put a note in Jim Calderone's
church mailbox with your name and contact information (cell phone, e-mail).
Contact info is important, in the event we need to cancel a ride due to
inclement weather. We won't ride if it's cold, extremely windy, or raining.
Otherwise - we will ride every other Sunday. Ride locations will be announced
in the bulletin and on the FYI weekly e-mail.
- Senior High at Workcamp in Racine, WI, June 17-23 Contact Jason Armstrong for registration forms at email@example.com . Registration forms and payment are due to Jason Armstrong by Sunday, May 6th The cost of the trip is $100.00 per student. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church.
- Junior High at Massanetta Middle School Conference, July 16-20
Contact Jason Armstrong for registration forms at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms and payment are due to Jason Armstrong by Sunday, April 15. The cost of the trip is $100.00 per student. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church.
- St. Paul's Feed the Hungry Missions Opportunity. We will be leaving right after the 11:00 Worship Service on June 24th. We need several people to help us serve the food. If you are willing to help, please contact Pastor Steve.
- Migrant Health Fair Outreach for this year will take place on June 27th. We have put together a number of health kits to hand out. We will have more information shortly. Join us in praying that these kits will help show the love of God and care of Christians to migrant workers and their families, who come to NW Ohio to work.
- ANNUAL WOMEN'S RETREAT - SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 27, 28, 2012 AT THE PINES RETREAT CENTER, FREMONT, OHIO - DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
As you can see, construction is going well and is on target to be completed in July. We thank the congregation for their continued patience as we organize our life around this time of construction. We are in an exciting time as finishes are being added to the renovation. It is tempting to take a "sneak peek," but please resist this temptation. Our building continues to be a construction zone and is unsafe for those who are not part of the construction crew. We are to a point in the project in which very porous barriers are all that can be used to keep the congregation from entering the construction zone. Please honor these barriers. We look forward to celebrating the end of construction and the possession of a newly renovated building with you very soon!
MEN'S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
The FPC Men will have their monthly fellowship breakfast on Saturday, June 16th at 8:30 am. After breakfast a special guest speaker will share about a great local area ministry.
The Men's Ministry will have Pastor Dave Kaiser from the South Toledo Community Center. We will have our normal great breakfast and get to hear about a local area ministry. That is a hard to beat combination. Pastor Dave is a dedicated man of God who has given himself to a very hard ministry. It doesn't pay much in money but it rewards with changed lives. Our Church is in an ongoing conversation of how we might partner with this vital ministry that is just down the road in our area. Did you know that less than five miles from here there is a culture and an area that is desperate for help...it needs government help less than good old fashioned Church love. So come out and hear about the Old South End Project. The South Toledo Community Center is a collaboration of Western Avenue Family Center and Cherry Street Mission Ministries that serves the Old South End, an area of rich culture and diversity mired in severe poverty and stagnant economic development.
The South Toledo Community Center is funded in part by a generous grant from the ProMedica Advocacy Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation. The Center partners with organizations and community residents to provide wrap-around social, educational, and medical services for residents of all ages in the Old South End. Our partners include Christians Relating Our Savior on the South Side (CROSS), Greater Toledo Urban League, Providence Center for Social and Economic Empowerment, Sophia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, Neighborhood Health Association, Toledo Area Ministries, Abri Family Services, New Kingdom Baptist Church, and the YMCA/JCC.
Among initiatives housed at the South Toledo Community Center is the South Toledo Kids' Zone,including Baby University, which is based on the spectacularly successful Harlem Children's Zone. This birth-to-college-graduation continuum of services teaches parents to build on their strengths, create a support system, and develop the skills they need to be effective parents.
Located at 1411 Broadway Avenue, the South Toledo Community Center helps the hungry by partnering with individuals and groups to provide at least one hot meal six days a week at the Center, as well as food boxes. We are also in the process of expanding an Urban Agricultural Zone in the Old South End to include the production of quality protein, such as chickens, fish, and goats. They do so much more than just provide food and some helpful education. They are changing lives and providing hope.
DISCOVERY: A FOLLOW-UP RESOURCE FOR THE E-100
Don't let the Bible Reading habit you developed during the E-100 diminish, get "Discovery!"
"Discovery" is a daily Bible Reading Guide published quarterly by the same company that produced the E-100. Free sample copies of "Discovery" are available in the sanctuary narthex, the back of the chapel, the temporary entrance to Fellowship Hall and in the church office. If "Discovery" is helpful for you there is an order form within so that you can begin receiving it on a quarterly basis.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD OPPORTUNITIES
MO! Missions and Outreach has voted favorably to help fund a Habitat Build as a part of our missions opportunities to Connect Christ and Community in the Toledo area. We just learned of three opportunities to volunteer and would like to know if there are those that have a preference in terms of which project to support. The three builds are: a new build partnership in June/July; a new build partnership in August/September; and a Rehab project in October/November. Please contact Pastor Steve if you have a preference or if you would like to volunteer. Blessings on the house!
WELCOME STATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Did you know that volunteering to work occasionally at the welcome station isn't limited to Deacons? If you like to meet new people and want to help in this important mission of the church to welcome first time visitors, please contact Ann Sisinyak at email@example.com.
Obviously, Youth Ministry (or summer) is not all about good times and having fun. This June a number of our middle school and high school teens will be going out on work camps and opportunities to serve God in a missional environment. They will go out with chaperones who will work with them, pray with and for them and help them to have a great experience. We are blessed as a church to have such a great group of teens and volunteers to work with them. As they go out this summer to serve God they will learn more about what God can do in people who say yes. This will be a much more powerful experience as you pray for them. Pray for the people that they will go to help. Pray for the teens. Pray for Jason and the volunteers. God can and will answer these prayers and tranasform lives. Look for more information on the trip once they return.
Youth Group is much more than just fun and games...but we do have fun.
As a wise man once said, "If we could have only gotten our "Scrip Budget" approved for the 7 million plus dollars we requested just think of what we could have done." But that is not how scrip work. It is not a budget item. But it is a great opportunity to increase missions giving, help with Youth Ministry and a host of other great outreaches of our church. And you can help, as you have in the past with planning out major and minor purchases and using SCRIP. Wow, you can do the same shopping and still have an impact for eternity! So check out the bulletin, get with Jim on Sundays and let the shopping and the blessing begin.
The Youth and Children's Choir have wrapped up for the summer. Thanks to all the children and youth who participated this year. It was a fun and blessed year.
The Youth Choir says goodbye to four of our seniors this year, who will be dearly missed: Derek Jacobson, Natalie Setterberg, Ray Secondo, and Garrett Wacha. Congratulations on your accomplishments and may God bless your future! We are also looking forward to our upcoming choir members: Aubrey Armstrong, Myles Beale, Emma Parrish, Chase Weimerskirch and any other incoming sixth graders - we are ready to see you in the youth choir in the fall!
|Children's Choir Blesses the 11:00 Worship Service|
There are so many ways to bless the Church and further the kingdom of God. Increasing your stewardship through planned estate giving or through memorial giving can be a great way to improve a program, kick start a ministry or outreach of the Church, or make a difference in a way that represents who you are or who your loved one or friend has been. We all have favorite ministries, missions, or projects that speak to our hearts in a special way. Your Church can be trusted to use these kinds of gifts to get maximum spiritual impact for the kingdom of God. And, best of all you can have a say and input on where those dollars go, and it will happen, just like that. At Christmas time the beautiful Advent Wreath in the sanctuary was there because someone cared enough to make a difference. More recently, cases of brand new pew Bibles were purchased through memorial giving. These new Pew Bibles will be placed in the Sanctuary and in the Chapel and will help lead us into worship every Sunday for years to come. There is no limit to the number of things or ways that you can make a difference through this creative stewardship tool. So, don't wait, use your imagination and make a kingdom difference that can last an eternity through your giving. Stewardship is not just about paying the bills. It is about seeing God at work and then joining Him in it.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: STEWARDSHIP AND MEMORIALS
|This great Advent Wreath was bought through Giving.|
JOYS AND CONCERNSPrayer Concerns
Marge Bonner Home with Hospice
Bonnie Richards Swanton Health Care
Jerry Finch Flower Hospital
Janet (Russ) Jones Home
Lucy Marquardt Home
Pauline Lovejoy Home
Lois Driver Heartland of Perrysburg
Lois Grasser Home
Curtis Wyrick Home
Mary Cramer Swan Creek Health Care
Our home centered member of the week is Pat Hemple. Members may send a card or note to her at 2671 Tully Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614. Please keep Pat in your prayers.
12th Eric Blasiman
13th Madeline Wyrick
14th Derek Jacobson
15th Mary Tosi
16th Terry McColl
17th Helen Weinkauf
18th Kenneth Hileman, Bonnie Smigelski
14th Sue & Randolph Harms (42nd)
15th Robert & Arlene Boyles (49th), David & Kathleen Sickles (38th)
16th Allan & Suzanne Libbe (56th)
17th James & Karen Calderone (34th), Joel & Kara Hertzfeld, Jim & Susan Stahl (40th)
18th Nancy & Leonard Schneider (46th), Alison & James Zaleski
In Worship this Week: Sunday, June 17th, Father's Day
8:00 a.m. in our Chapel Service. Pastor Steve Nelson is preaching. Pastor Steve will also serve as Liturgist. Elder Bryce Harbaugh leads us in Spiritual Song.
9:00 a.m. at the Edge Service in Fellowship Hall. Pastor Steve Nelson is preaching.
11:00 a.m. in our Sanctuary Service. Pastor Steve Nelson is preaching.