May 27, 2022
Grace and peace to the saints in Pottstown,
 
Do you remember this photo from one of our Stewardship campaigns? These boys are students at our mission partner school, SNEHA ministries, in Dehradun, India. How often have we sung those words, “I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church together…?” In the coming months, you will witness and experience the truth of those words as FPC moves into the next chapter in its life together. As my father pointed out to us kids at some point in our growing up, “ministers come and go, but it’s the people of the church who remain and keep it alive.”
 
FPC is blessed with so much good leadership, enough to spread the responsibilities around so that more than a handful of people share the load. We thought it might be helpful to give you a roster (in no particular order) of the people who are picking up – or continuing to wear-- the mantle of leadership for various ministries at FPC. Do not hesitate to reach out to these people if you have any questions about the life and ministry of FPC. These are the people, along with all of you, who keep the ministry and life of this congregation alive. *
 
Session Ministries
Clerk of Session – Sharon Sgriccia
 
Spiritual Formation Committee – Bill DuPree
Adult Forum Steering Committee - Michele Wheatly, Tom Babbony,
Kurt Holloway, Laura Hazeltine, and Fred and Debbie Remelius
Sisters of the Way (Thursday Bible study) – Coordinating team: Donna Force,
Sue Moyer, Jane Sample, Elizabeth Genther, Sandy White
Lectio Divina Circle – Amy Shutt
Zoom Bible Study – TBD
Music and Recreation – Jaylee Ferreri and JoAnn Bathurst
Sunday School – Jaylee Ferreri
Young Children and Worship – Donna Force
Junior and Senior Seekers – Jaylee Ferreri and Advisors
Mission Mornings – Jaylee Ferreri
Vacation Bible School – Jaylee Ferreri
Seeker Workcamp – Jaylee Ferreri and Senior Seeker Advisors
Child Care – Jaylee Ferreri
 
Mission Committee  Dave Allebach
Community Meals
Dining room hosts: Karen Plumadore, Nathan Baumgardner
Kitchen/cooking crew: Sandy Allebach, Elaine Siever
Church coordinator/Cluster liason: Laura Groth
Living Waters for the World – Bill DuPree, Sharon Trevoy
Adult Mission Disaster Relief – Tom Zeigler
Barth Elementary School Partnership– Sharon Holloway
Mark 12:31 Team – Kurt Holloway
 
Worship Committee – Linda Cybart until Oct., then Sandy White and Liz Genther
Music Ministries – Cindy Foust
Children’s choirs – JoAnn Bathurst
Preparation of the Lord’s Supper – John Genther
Decorating– Rosie Roseo
 
Administrative Committee -- Peg Calvario
Livestream/Audio Team – Gwen Allen, Mike Ferreri, Bob Hartman, Jr.
Gardens and Grounds -- Doreen Duncan
Website/Social Media – Gwen Allen
 
Hospitality Committee – Deb Remelius               
Stewardship Committee – John Macdonald      
Nominating Committee – Gary James
Endowment Committee – Patty Picardi
Personnel Committee – Bill Campbell
Porter-Broward Task Force – Gwen Allen, Coordinator         
 
Deacon Ministries
Moderator – Sally Stetler, Penny McClimon, Co-moderator
Ushers – Joe Collins
Fellowship Events – all deacons
Hospital Visitation - TBD
Transportation - TBD
Compassion Committee – Elizabeth Genther
Meal Ministry – in conjunction with Health Ministries
 
Health Ministries Team - Dawn Skelly
Mental Health Companions Circle – Kathleen O’Hara
Meal Ministry - TBD 
 
Interim Pastor Search Committee - Bill Campbell, Chair
See update below
 
Supply Preaching Coordinators
Elders Michelle Thompson, Deb Remelius, Rob Wade
Until an interim pastor is found, supply preachers will lead worship each Sunday. For the most part, these preachers will be ministers in the Presbytery of Philadelphia, most of whom currently serve in non-parish settings. Since we are located at the intersection of three presbyteries, preachers might also come from neighboring Lehigh and Donegal presbyteries. Some preachers may be from a sister denomination, or from mission partners. 
 
The Celtic Cross will continue in its current form, a weekly newsletter emailed to you on Friday. Staff members and committee chairs will rotate writing the opening “column” to update you and reflect on their various ministries. You can bet we will be reading the Celtic Cross and praying for your good work and gospel life.
 
So gratefully,
Kerry and Carter
*If we have left anything out, we will let you know next week!  
The Personnel Committee serves as the search committee for the Transitional Pastor and the final hiring decision is made by the Session (as opposed to the installed pastor(s) where the search will be conducted by a search committee voted on by the congregation and where the final decision is made at a congregational meeting). The Transitional job opening has been posted on local Presbytery job sites, and the Committee is also actively networking in the search for the person God is calling to lead us during this transition. As is often the case with congregations going through transitions, we do not expect to have someone in place by the time Kerry and Carter will leave, but we will have temporary stated supply pastors to help us bridge the gap.
Being the Church This Week

Sunday, May 29
Service of the Lord’s Day 10:30AM

Monday, May 30
Memorial Day
Church Office Closed      

Tuesday, May 31
Yoga – 8AM – Community Room
Staff Meeting – 10AM
Staff Lunch – 12:30PM
Mental Health Companions – 7PM – Community Room
 
Wednesday, June 1
Yoga – 9AM – Community Room
Girl Scouts – 5:30PM
Girl Scouts – 6PM
Committees – 7PM
Session – 7:30PM
 
Thursday, June 2
Girl Scouts – 5PM
Community Meals – 5PM – Fellowship Hall
FPC Music Ministry Picnic – 6:30PM – Brent and Susan Stark’s home

Friday, June 3
Yoga – 9AM – Community Room 
Mission Partner
Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.  (James 1:17 CEB) 
 
At FPC Pottstown, we believe that our time, our talents, our earthly treasures are not our own; they are gracious gifts from God. God entrusts them to us, and calls us to use our gifts and our lives to make God's love known in the world.
 
We continue to clothe, feed, educate and uplift one another, and our neighbors in need.  This work requires offerings of time, talent and treasure. Your giving makes that work possible. Thank you!