First Presbyterian Church of Maumee
3/5 Jump Start Prayer Gathering
3/7 Women's Bible Study, Panera
3/7 Wild Wednesdays
3/8 5Fs Fellowship Group
3/8 Discipleship on Draft
3/9 Concert at Swan Creek,
Young at Heart
3/10 A New Stage: Youth Fundraiser
3/25 Agape Dinner, Fellowship Hall
For more events and more details,
|Dear Friend of FPC,|
As I began ministry with you, I immediately entered an ongoing discussion about the building renovation that is now in full swing. One of the things I appreciated most about this discussion was the sense that this work was not primarily about or for us. Instead, you felt the need to renovate the building so that you could better welcome and minister to the community in Christ's name.
With that in mind, a few of us have been talking about some ministry ideas that I think would go a long way towards accomplishing this goal and I'd like to get your feedback about them. I'll be introducing them to you over the next few weeks through the FYI to get your feedback.
The first is a ministry called "DivorceCare." Traditionally, most churches do a pretty poor job of caring for those who experience the pain of divorce. There are many reasons for this, but the bottom-line is that Christ calls we, the church, to care for all who are wounded. As our nation experiences increasing rates of divorce I believe this is a critical area into which the church might offer the healing love of Christ. You can learn about this ministry at www.divorcecare.org or watch the video below.
Again, my hope is to get your feedback about this ministry. "DivorceCare" is something we are seriously thinking about launching but have not yet made any final decision. In particular, I'd appreciate your response to one or more of these questions:
If FPC Maumee began "DivorceCare" would you:
- like to be involved as a participant, yourself?
- consider helping with the ministry (leadership, providing a meal, offering support, etc.)?
- invite a friend or family member to take part in this ministry?
I'd love to to get your feedback! You can email me personally and confidentially at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For His Kingdom, Pastor Clint
|Lent @ FPC|
(See many ways to engage at: http://fpcmaumee.org/#/news-events/lent-fpc)
The Agape Meal, Sunday, March 25, 5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall Two thousand years ago, the first Christians gathered on Sunday evenings for worship. Although they were still devout Jews and had already worshiped in their synagogues on the Sabbath (Saturday), they wanted to worship as Christians too. To do this, they invented a new service, an Agape Service. The First Presbyterian Church still celebrates this custom, and the Worship Commission and Board of Deacons will serve the Agape Meal on Sunday evening, March 25th at 5:30 in Fellowship Hall. All we need is you and your platter. Any finger foods, such as appetizers, hors d'ouevres, sandwiches, cheese, crackers, fruits, vegetables, dips, chicken wings, cookies, etc. will do (utensils are not used). It will be fun, memorable, and moving. Why not join us!
Daily Devotions Available at D365.org
If you are desiring a daily devotion to take part in as part of your Lenten practices, check out the "Journey to the Cross" at D365.org. This site has daily devotions always available, but will be focusing on a "Journey to the Cross" during the season of Lent.
|Upcoming Events (For full schedule of events, please see our website)
|A New Stage, Saturday, March 10, 5:15 pm, Union School Gym
The youth group fundraiser titled, A New Stage, will be taking place on Saturday, March 10th beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Union School gym. The evening will include a finger food dinner and dessert, a silent auction, a live variety show performed by the youth and adults of the church, and a live auction. Tickets for the fundraiser are $10.00. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Youth Group's summer trips. See Jason Armstrong for more details. Click here for a flyer to print out to invite a friend. If you plan on attending but have not yet purchased a ticket please call the church office at 419-893-0223 or e-mail Jason at email@example.com so we can make sure to have space for you.
Save these Dates!
Its hard to believe it in this wintery weather, but summer is on it's way! Mark your calendars for these exciting church events:
You are Invited to Share Your Faith With
Our Confirmation and Commissioning Class
March and April are busy months for our confirmation class. In addition to our regular classes, they have a retreat, a breakfast meeting with Session, and finally are confirmed and commissioned on Sunday, April 22nd. If you would like to do something special for these six students, Michael Bennett, Ray Cintron, Michael Cole, Emily Overmyer, Andrew Smigelski, and Tayleigh Trumbull, read on!
In March, as they head up to Camp Storer for a final retreat, it has become a tradition that the parents, mentors, elders and deacons have been asked to write a letter with a prayer that they have for them, or to affirm some gift they see in them. Sometimes they share a spiritual wish they want them to experience or pass on some gem of faith to them or share a special moment on their spiritual journey with them. Some people have even included gifts such as a devotional book, bookmark or a copy of a poem. When we are on retreat the students get to open them and read them out loud if they wish. It is a moving experience for everyone, frequently with tears, as they realize how much their church family loves them.
This year we would again like to extend the invitation to anyone in the congregation who feels called to share in the class's faith journey because you are an important part of their lives. Many of you have witnessed their baptisms or nurtured them in the life of the church. If you are interested, please have six copies (or Lynn can make the copies for you if she has them in advance) because letters will be given to each Confirmand. If you could put them in Lynn Bova's mailbox by March 14th that will give her time to be prepare their packets.
Associate Pastor Nominating Committee Soon to be Formed
Please view the video below for explanation on why this committee is being formed.
|APNC Explanation by Pastor Clint|
The nominating committee is seeking people who are interested in being part of a search team to nominate our new associate pastor. Might God be calling you to be a part of this team? Please read the position description by clicking on the following link: APNC description and duties. (or the description may be picked up at the church office) Serving as a member of the APNC promises to be very challenging, but rewarding! If you would like to be considered for this team please make this indication to Elder Jack Hemple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join First Presbyterian Church on Facebook
Our church Facebook page has recently received a facelift due to the new "timeline" feature. Please join us for programming updates, Biblical encouragement from church staff, and information about the life of our church. Sharing the page with friends is a great way to invite a friend to worship and fellowship with us. Don't want to join Facebook? No problem. Our site is still accessible even if you are not signed into a Facebook account. Check it out at: http://www.facebook.com/fpcmaumee
Easter Food Basket Opportunity
You did an awesome job for Thanksgiving and for Christmas in representing Christ and brightening the time for 20 families. Can you believe it? Easter is coming and on March 4th we will have 'the tree up' with our standard 'A,' 'B,' and 'C' tags. Get on your mark, get set, prepare to shop and make a difference in the lives of needy families. Families will pick up their food baskets on March 27th. Thank you so much for being you and for being willing to be the hands and feet of Christ in this place. Jim Otis gave a great suggestion to buy and use SCRIP to purchase your donated food. ~ Twice the Blessing!
|Frontline: GriefShare |
The next 13-week cycle of "GriefShare" will begin during the month of April. Our church has experienced significant loss over the past few months, "GriefShare" is a ministry that can help us move "from mourning to joy" as we go through the process of grief in a healthy way. If you have experienced loss or would like to know how you can better support those who are grieving, please begin to pray now about whether God would have you be a part of this support group ministry. More details will follow soon, but if you have questions or would like to register your interest in this ministry early, please email Pastor Clint at email@example.com.
Session Highlights from February 27, 2012*
*Because the official session minutes have not yet been approved from this meeting, these are highlights only and are subject to change. After approval, full session minutes will be available in the church office.
The following items were included in the consent agenda which was approved.
- Motion to approve the Clerk's Report of February 27, 2012
- Motion to approve Session minutes from January 23, 2012 meeting.
- Motion to approve Clerk's submission of information requested by presbytery
- Motion to approve communion to be served at the Confirmation Retreat by Elder Lynn Bova.
- Motion to accept Barbara Wingate as a member of this congregation.
Treasurer's Report: Elder Mary Siefke
Mary reported that pledge income was below budget by $9477 for the month of January but this is a common occurrence for that month. A fund transfer from the endowment funds for the months of December, January and February was made which made our total income for the month $21,824 above budget. Year to date, pledge income is $7117 below budget but non-pledge income is $19,577 above budget and all in total income is $28,296 above budget for the fiscal year. Total expenses are favorable to budget by $44,703 so the total income over expense figure is $72,999 which compares very favorably to the $10,279 total last year. Our savings and checking accounts are well funded and our total accounts increased by $314,969 last month due to the strong stock market. Mary reports that Deb Joslin who is our investment manager at Merrill Lynch is optimistic about future market conditions. She also reports that Deb is scaling back her work obligations and will be changing her position to be available as a consultant only. Jamie Happ, her longtime partner, who has a similar mindset and investing strategy will now be in charge of our accounts. All past fee structures will remain the same under the care of Jamie.
Deacon's Report: Deacon Charlie Graves
The deacons are busy preparing for the Agape Meal on March 25. Charlie also confirmed that there are deacons stationed at the Broadway entrance to shepherd people into the building during construction.
Praise!: Janet Russ Jones
Wedding Fees have been set as originally proposed. Janet announced that they were comfortable with the fee schedule and it will be reviewed annually as Session directed.
MO: Elder Crawford Strunk
They have started an outreach to the various AA groups that meet in our church. Pastor Steve Nelson and Clint Tolbert have introduced themselves, left prayer journals and offered to help them with any needs they might have.
The upcoming St. Paul dates are: Easter Sunday and June 24. Saturday dates are August 18, November 17 and December 15.
Fellowship Commission: Elders Judy Harbaugh and Doug Parrish
Judy reports that "Dine with Your Valentine" was a success with thirty couples participating. At this point at least three couples have signed up for the marriage weekend at Maumee Bay State Park.
The church directory is at the printers. The proof is back and looks great.
Nominating Committee: Jack Hemple and Charlie Sheets
The committee is moving forward and letters have gone out to those currently serving whose terms are about to expire to determine if there is interest in continuing for another term (if applicable). The committee will meet on Monday and should have a good grasp of where they stand at that point.
Vision Team: Judy Harbaugh
Judy briefly gave an update of progress on last year's strategic goals. She then explained the progress that has been made in working on determination of this church's core values. Pastor Clint explained that instead of policing the boundaries and being suspicious of different beliefs, it would be a benefit to find core values that we can all agree upon. To that end, the small committee composed of Kristen Wacha, Judy Harbaugh, Pastor Clint and Sarah Platz have worked with Rev. Hoyt Byrum from Vital Churches Institute and determined the timeline necessary to get the groundwork completed before a proposed session retreat date of April 27 and 28, 2012.
- Approved motion to approve the hiring of the Rev. Dr. Hoyt Byrum, senior Consultant from Vital Churches Institute, to facilitate our Core beliefs Survey and our April 27-28 Session Retreat.
Project Team: Elder Jim Calderone
Jim reports that everything is progressing nicely, on time and on budget. Perhaps next month before the session meeting he may be able to offer a walk through of the site to session members.
Resource Development: Elder Marc Savage
Work has begun in earnest on the annual stewardship campaign. The title will be "Sustaining the Kingdom" and it will follow the pattern of last year's successful campaign.
Pastor's Report: Clint Tolbert
Pastor Clint requested and received Session's blessing to form a team to explore possibilities for outreach ministries to young families in the future. (preschool, daycare, Montessori, etc.)
He would like to ask the Memorial's committee to consider purchasing new pew Bibles. According to the Book of Order, the pastor has responsibility for the translation being read from the pulpit; Session has responsibility for the translation of the pew Bibles. He would like to recommend purchasing the NIV version for the pews because it is what he preaches from.
- Approved motion to allow Pastor Clint to request funds to purchase the NIVversion of the Bible for the pews.
Pastor Clint requests that Session bless Clint's signing the Fellowship Document which was handed out last month. This document pertains to him and not to the church and no objections were made to his signature.
Pastor Steve has started officiating at home communions. The deacons have taken ownership of this ministry. Home communions are offered regularly with a pastor and either a deacon or elder accompanying him.
Joys and Concerns
June Baker Swan Creek Health Care
Bill Bonser Otterbein Homes
Our collegiates of the week are Hailey Schurr and Lynn Secondo. Members may send a card or note to Hailey at 720 S. Park, #1, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Hailey's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Members may send a card or note to Lynn at 701 Park Avenue, Apt. #5, Angola, IN 46703. Lynn's e-mail address is email@example.com. Please keep them in your prayers.
Our home centered member of the week is Gil Mohr. Members may send a card or note to him at Swan Creek Retirement Village, 5916 Cresthaven Lane, #219B, Toledo, OH 43614. Please keep Gil in your prayers.
Please also keep Kristen Seibold and the Seibold family, Paul Cowdrey, as well as the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at BGSU in your prayers. There was a car accident early in the morning on Friday, March 2nd which resulted in the deaths of 3 BGSU women. Kristen was traveling with these women, but was traveling in the car that was not hit. Paul Cowdrey was part of the emergency response. Please pray for everyone involved.
6th Harold Harper Charles & Beth Sheets (31st)
8th Michael Cole
9th David Anderson, Evan Bates
10th Heather Armstrong
11th Dan Skees
12th Pat Hemple
In Worship this Week: Sunday, March 11th, 3rd Sunday of Lent
8:00 a.m. in our Chapel Service. Pastor Clint Tolbert is preaching. Confirmand Mike Bennett is Liturgist. Elder Bryce Harbaugh leads us in Spiritual Song.
9:00 a.m. at the Edge Service in Fellowship Hall. Pastor Clint Tolbert is preaching.
11:00 a.m. in our Sanctuary Service. Pastor Clint Tolbert is preaching. Confirmand Andrew Smigelski is Liturgist. The Chancel Choir sings.
|Sunday Worship Schedule
8:00 am Chapel Service 9:00 am The Edge Service
10:20 am Children of God Bible Time 11:00 am Sanctuary Service