A Message From Greg 
         
     Henrietta Mears began writing Sunday school lessons for her own class, and eventually saw the project expand to a service for thousands through Gospel Light Publications.  Mears started teaching Sunday school in Minneapolis in the 1920's and was also a high school chemistry teacher at the time.  She eventually moved to California and it was at First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood that her teaching became widely known.  She became director of Christian Education at that church and saw the Sunday school grow from four hundred to six thousand.  This Sunday school and high school teacher wrote these words about time:
     
Remember, God owns all time!  He just loans it to us to use.
Take time to read from God's Word each day.
Take time to pray each morning that God will keep you from evil and use you during that day.
Take time to be pleasant.  A bright smile or pleasant words fall like sunbeams upon the hearts of those around us.
Take time to be polite.  True politeness is to say the kindest things in the kindest ways.
Take time to be thoughtful of others.
You have the management of 168 hours a week.  How do you choose to use you time?
God Bless You!  See you Sunday!   Peace,  Greg

Scripture of the Month
Numbers 6: 24-26
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."  


On May 15th we will be honoring our Law Enforcement from 9:45-10am.  We will gather with several other downtown churches outside on 6th street.

Jim's Jots   
     On Sunday June 5, First Christian Church will be conducting the first two of its three Congregational Meetings.  These will be conducted after both the early and later worship services on that date.  A third meeting will be conducted on Wednesday June 8 for the congregation at God Conversations.   The primary business at this meeting will be to elect candidates for the Board Chair, Vice Chair, Trustee, other administrative positions and Diaconate positions.  Per our Constitution, this written announcement of the candidates is being made at least two weeks in advance of the election.  
     The Nominating Committee proposes Norm Long for Trustee to serve a term beginning July 1, 2016 until June 30, 2019; he will be replacing John Prewett who has served us very well in that position for the last three years.  The Nominating Committee proposes the list of candidates for Deaconate as shown in a separate table in this month's Visitor.  
     A novel proposal is being proposed regarding the Chair and Vice Chair positions for the next program year.  John Prewett will be nominated as Chair and Mike Rubesch as Vice-Chair for the balance of 2016.  In practice they will serve as Co-Chairs, jointly sharing the responsibilities of the position.  Then after the New Year, John Prewett and Dick Ellsworth will serve as Co-Chairs and Mike Rubesch will continue as Vice Chair.  
I look forward to seeing you all at the next Congregational Meeting. 
Jim Rybka, Chair of the Board and Congregation

The Nominating Committee proposes the following candidates for Deaconate to serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2016 until June 30, 2019:
Marsha Hill, Lou Hill,  Matthew Stewart, Greg Smith,  Mary Fan Nelson, Kathy Stirlen,  Christina Tully, Dave Kelsey,  Suzie Kelsey, Roberta Pilotte,  Larry Sturgeon, Sam Hilgediek,  Dan Hilgediek, Gaye Hilgediek,  Denise Jones, Howard Jones,  John Schluttenhofer, Richard Brammell,  Juanita Hobough, Denise Sanders,  John Sanders, Michael Nelson,  Susie Nelson, Dawn Ramey,  Joan Standiford, Quil Standiford,  Carolyn Kanehe, Debbie Schneider
Jr. Deacons:  Josh Tully, James Sanders
Thank You!
     The CWF Spring Rummage was a huge success, bringing in $1516.17.   This is the largest amount any of us remember in recent years, topping the Fall Rummage Sale by about $300.   Many, many thanks to all of you who made donations of clothing, household items, etc. and also to those of you who came and shopped! This sale greatly benefits so many people in our community, who come and shop for affordable items.  In addition, the money made is contributed to missions, both locally and internationally.  Leftover items are picked up by a local man who transports them to an Indian Reservation out west.  In addition, Missy Findley was able to find some clothing items to take to Honduras this summer.
     Here's a hearty round of applause to  Cay Long  and the Rummage Sale Committee who organized the items and worked so hard:   J uanita Hobaugh, Joyce & Gordon Hamilton, Eulene Cory, Matt Stewart, Tony Stewart, Carolyn Henry, Deb & John Prewett, Carolyn Weedon, Patty Smith, Norm Long, Dave & Susie Kelsey, Mary Ann Pontius, Harriet Beeler, Sandie Hauser, Donna Adams, Don & Cindy Lindstrom, Dave Schluttenhofer, Dee Chitty, Mary Ann Pontius, Donna Adams, Jane Kenny, and Chuck West.  
      Many thanks to   Donita Navarra,  who made wonderful grilled hamburgers for the workers for lunch, and also to  Donna Adams  for the ham and beans soup with cornbread! 
     I apologize if anyone's name was omitted. We are all so appreciative of your donating your time and energy for this cause.
Carolyn Henry,  CWF President

 Thank you to the members of the Spring Women's Retreat Committee: Donna Adams, Linda Brammell, Nancy Eberhard,, Roberta Pilotte, Jane Rubesch, Deb Schneider, and Cindy Garvey. The Retreat could not have happened without your unselfish efforts and donations of food and door prizes.   We had 26 women participate and it was such an inspirational as well as fun weekend.   Deanna Brown and Jan Wright touched us deeply with their stories and we all made memories we shall always treasure.  Finally, thanks to all who participated seeking to grow as a Christian.  
Thanks also, to Kathy Stirlin for being our official photographer for the Retreat!
We hope you each were inspired to tell your story to others!  
Carolyn Henry,  CWF President

IMPORTANT DATES!
May 1st - Jan Wright will be having an open house at 1185 Sagamore Parkway from 1-5pm.

May 3rd - Just a reminder that Rachel Circle will meet at 6pm.  We will have a Business Meeting.  Please plan to attend.

May 6th - Christian Women's United will have a breakfast honoring the Food Pantry's 1 year Anniversary.  Please bring food donations, a covered dish and your kits (or money for kits.)
If you have any questions, please contact Donna Adams at 490-5837.  


May Diaconates

May 1st
First Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Laura Gullian
Set Up & Clean Up:
Cindy McDonald & Laura Gullian
Second Service
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Carolyn Weedon
Serving: Linda Brammell
Serving: Melanie Davis
Serving: Michael Davis
Set Up & Clean Up: Melanie & Michael Davis

May 8th
First Service
Team Leader:
Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Laura Gullian
Set Up & Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally Brunger
Second Service 
Team Leader: Dave Schluttenhofer
Serving: Susie Nelson
Serving: Mike Nelson
Serving: Robin Sturgeon
Serving: Richard Shaw
Set Up & Clean Up: Susie & Mike Nelson

May 15th
First Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Laura Gullian
Set Up & Clean Up: Cindy McDonald & Laura Gullian
Second Service
Team Leader: Kath y Stirlen
Serving: Missi Findley
Serving: Shawn Findley
Serving: Crystal Cover
Serving: Carolyn Kanehe
Set Up & Clean Up: Missi & Shawn Findley

May 22nd
First Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Laura Gullian
Set Up & Clean Up: Joan Standiford & Sally Brunger
Second Service
Team Leader: Kathy Stirlen
Serving: Kathy Kremer
Serving: Gery Kremer
Serving: Paula Floyd
Serving: Letcher Floyd
Set Up & Clean Up: Paula & Letcher Floyd

May 29th
First Service
Team Leader: Quil Standiford
Serving: Joan Standiford
Serving: Sally Brunger
Serving: Cindy McDonald
Serving: Laura Gullian
Set Up & Clean Up: Cindy McDonald & Laura Gullian
Second Service
Team Leader: Lytta Turner
Serving: Richard Shaw
Serving: Sue Dismore
Serving: Susie Nelson
Serving: Mike Nelson
Set Up & Clean Up: Susie & Mike Nelson
     I would like to thank everyone who attended the fundraiser at Panera Bread Tippecanoe Mall to help raise funds for Honduras. Your generosity was much appreciated! 
     Mission In Action Honduras would also like to catch everyone up on what has been happening. First of all, I would like to offer an invitation to anyone who is interested in taking a mission trip to help God's people in Honduras. There are several villages that need help either in building bathrooms, classrooms,  or improving their water sources. Also we have villages that are in need of building homes for families. The village of Oloas has graciously donated their old church building to Mission In Action Honduras. Help is also needed to make the building suitable for the medical needs of the people. After this task is completed a medical team will be asked to attend a mission trip so the residents of Oloas will be able to seek medical attention.
I would also like to thank those who have donated shoes, clothing, or personal items to Mission In Action Honduras. A delivery of the shoes and clothing items were recently taken to Agua Agria, Choluteca, Honduras and given to the families. The smiles on the children's faces as well as their parents were priceless! There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up! 
     If  you would like to purchase a jar or several jars you may see us across from the elevator on Sunday mornings or contact any one of the board members: Missi Findley, Susie Nelson, or Connie Schultz. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
     In order to help fund the classroom,  Mission In Action Honduras will begin selling homemade Razbee Jelly. Some of you may remember that Susie Nelson made the Jelly years ago. The board members have been making Razbee Jelly to prepare for our upcoming sales. Along with your jar of Razbee Jelly you will also receive a Mission In Action Honduras koozie for your beverages. The cost of the Razbee Jelly and koozie will be $7.00. The money raised from the sales will go directly to the cost of the building materials for the classroom.  But as you all may know, costs of building a classroom even in Honduras is quite expensive.  Any monetary donation made to Mission In Action Honduras is tax deductible and will be greatly honored by all the students, parents, and residents of Agua Agria. Mission In Action Honduras is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
     If you have any questions, would like to donate your time for a mission trip, or make a donation to Mission In Action Honduras you may contact Missi Findley @ 765-586-0445.  
Dear Rev. Eberhard,
     On behalf of our families and all of Betty Mowery's relatives, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the congregation of FCC and to you for holding the special worship service in honor of our mother.  
Sincerely, Sue Mowery-Schall
  
I would like to thank everyone for your prayers during my recent surgery and recovery.
Love, Michelle Schluttenhofer

 CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES! 
*John Schluttenhofer would like to invite everyone to his graduation open house May 28th from 2-6pm at our house.  (3709 N. 950 W. Mulberry 46058)
*Alena Chitty would like to invite you to her open house on May 21st at 1pm.  
*Ethan Chitty would like to invite you to his open house on May 15th at 3pm.  
(Both will be at the Chitty home 8815 Wildlife Rdg. W. Point 47992)
Pastoral Caregivers News
Starting this month the caregivers are attending the Mental Health America's "Brown Bag Lunches" on Alzheimer's and Dementia. We all learned quite a bit during the first session and plan on attending the next two. These events are open to the public, so join us if you are interested!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have a new lady attending our late Sunday service. Her name is Tee, and she just moved here from Michigan to live close to her brother. She has 5 daughters, 1 is still at home, and the others have gotten college educations, which is an impressive accomplishment! Tee is is need of some living room furniture, and we are a congregation that have folks who are downsizing. If you are able to help her out she would greatly appreciate it!
Blessings,  Jan Rybka
Kids Club (K-5th grade)
Michelle Schluttenhofer

May 8th     NO KIDS CLUB!  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
May 15th   Kids Club in Fellowship Hall 5-6:30pm (NOTICE TIME CHANGE!)
May 29th   Bowling at Arrowhead Bowling Alley @Noon Cost:6

SUMMER CAMP INFO IS OUT.  LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED! 
You can check out the dates at www.indianadisciples.org  
                          
SUMMER CAMP INFO IS ON THE YOUTH BOARD OR GO TO  www.indianadisciples.org   

May 8th     NO YOUTH MTG!  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
May 15th   Youth Mtg in Fellowship Hall 5-6:30pm (NOTICE TIME CHANGE)
May 22nd  Youth Mtg in Fellowship Hall 5-6:30pm 
May 29th   Bowling at Arrowhead Bowling Alley @ Noon Cost:$6

Looking ahead....Graduation Recognition and Youth Sunday will be June 12th!  Please contact the church (742-4058) if you have someone graduating high school or college!
Contact Michelle @ 742-4058 or mperk71@gmail.com 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS: 
(New requests in  bold )
HOSPITAL :               St. Francis Hospital Indianapolis:   Jeff Weedon # 406 (visitors restricted)
REHAB:                   No one at this time                 
NURSING HOME/HOMEBOUND: St Anthony's: Lynn Mann, June Brummett, Martha Oliver; University Place: Don Smith; Fowler Apts #514 Sue England; Cumberland Pointe: Harriett McDowell; Signature Healthcare: Mary Bogan; Wesley Manor: Edith Sipple; GreenTree:  Suzie Mounts;  John & Norma Doremire;    
Rosewalk Commons: Vernetta Lynn; Verne & Rosemary Comer
At Home: Jeanne Dible, Marilyn Galloway, Jim Sipple, Lois Roberts
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:    Tom Tully, brother of Joe Tully;  Cindy Lindstrom;  Ann Prather; Wanda Sharp;  Sarah Campos, Deb Goonen's daughter - back surgery;  Barb Fisher, The Springs, friend of Daryl Killian; Tom Strahlem, son of Mike & Susie Nelson; Loretta Lowe, niece of Louise McDole - cancer;   Carol Bunker, hospice;  Sarah Garvey, Lisa, friend of Cindy Garvey's, tumor in her head;    Lucille Maris; Mary Goodwin,  Donna Hilgediek, Dan's mother; Michelle Schluttenhofer - recuperating from surgery 4/20,  Mary Jackson, Deb Goonen's mother; Jessica Wilken - surgery 4/29 & Josh Wilken - tests daughter & son-in-law of Linda Edwards,  Sandie Hauser's sister, is in final stages of her life with Alzheimer's - South Dakota - whole family in prayers

Our prayers to the Eberhard family on the death of Greg's Uncle Ed Eberhard in D.C. area.  Greg will be leaving on Monday for the family tribute and funeral.  He will be out of the office until Wednesday.
 
It is spring cleaning time!  Beginning June 1, the Congregational prayer list will start as a blank slate.  If you would like  a name to continue on the prayer  list, please contact the office.  We will keep names on the list until the 1 st of the next month.  Feel free to keep names on as long as that person needs prayer - just let the office know every month and it will be so!   Thank, Jan Rybka, Pastoral Care Committee 
Click on this link to see the calendar.   http://www.fcclaf.org/#/calendar
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329 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901