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SEPTEMBER 2014 GUIDEPOST The Newsletter of Guilford Park Presbyterian Church
From the Pastor’s desk….
“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.” (Jesus speaking in John 12:26)
Summer flew by, but I hope you were able to find some time for rest, recreation, and renewal. Beth and I spent part of our summer attending the weddings of our children. Four down, one to go--our final kid will be married at the end of December!
As I write these words, the “Blitz the Budget” campaign is wrapping up, and it was a tremendous success. Thank you for your generosity and your faithfulness to Christ.
Note some of the special things happening at GPPC in September:
As far as education is concerned, starting Wednesday, September 10, Mel Rodenbough will be leading a six-week study on God and the New Atheism. On Monday, September 15, Dr. Bob Herron launches another ten-week study in the Companions in Christ series. Check the bulletin/website for exact times and details.
The Fellowship Committee has instituted a change regarding the dinner/fellowship time that was previously called “Wednesdays Together.” This event will now only be offered once a month on the first Wednesday of the month and named “First Wednesdays.” Our first one will be held Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m.
New member classes will be offered for prospective members on Sundays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 10:00 a.m. If you’ve been considering membership, please join us for those classes. If you know somebody who might be looking for
Pig Pickin’ will be held Saturday, September 13. See inside for more information.
On September 14, we will observe Laity Sunday at both services with Linda Fitts as our guest preacher. There will be
a Committee Fair at the back of the sanctuary, as well as music provided by all our musical groups, in order to show the opportunities for service here and to invite (entice?) more people to be involved and to live out their calling
Our signature mission program, Guilford Park Guys (basketball, meals, mentoring, tutoring, and faith), will hold its
induction ceremony on September 18.
Dr. Charles Campbell, preaching professor at Duke University Divinity School,
will lead a preaching workshop here on Saturday, September 20.
The fall food drive will be held September 26-27 at Harris Teeter.
Mission Sunday will be celebrated on September 28 with the Rev. Mike Aiken
(Director of Greensboro Urban Ministry) as our guest speaker. As you may
recall, Mike will be retiring pretty soon. So this is a fantastic chance to hear him speak about Christ’s call for us to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25).
We will also have a blessing of the cars for the Wheels4Hope program that pro-vides used vehicles for needy people.
It’s good to have summer with its slightly slower pace. But thank God also for
the fall and getting back into the swing of things as we follow Christ, walking
the walk in worship, service, study, and fellowship.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
From the Pastor’s Desk 1 A Note from Jo 2 Congregational Nurse 2 Fellowship 3 Church Family 3 Missions 4 PW | Fall Activities 5 Adult Sunday School 6 Children & Youth | Preschool 6 Financial Update 7 Serving in Worship 8 Calendar 9 Attendance | Staff 10 Session 10
A NOTE FROM JO
Too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found.
What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages. This can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is also called “good” cholesterol. LDL is called “bad” cholesterol. When we talk about high cholesterol, we are talking about “bad” LDL cholesterol. Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control. September is National Cholesterol Education Month—a good time to resolve to get your cholesterol screened.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Check out what I’ve seen this summer. I look forward to all of the ministry we will do in this new program year! Blessings, Jo
The Guilford Park guys pause from playing basketball for a second so I can snap their picture.
A whole lot of fun and learning happened at Vacation Bible School!
The Geezers have a great time at breakfast each month.
The Almanah Women (and Jeff) are out for their
ALMANAH WOMEN (widow support & fellowship) Lunch: Village Tavern on Wednesday, September 10 at 12:30 p.m. Bus leaves GPPC 12 p.m. Movie: Tues-day, September 30 at 1:30 p.m. in the youth lounge.
The ANNUAL PIG PICKIN' (an adult activity spon-sored by the Fellowship Committee) will be held on Saturday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Firemen's Club. Look for the sign-up sheet and directions on the Fellowship board. Tickets will be available at church ($7) or at the door ($8). Bring lawn chairs for outside visiting if you like and check the board to see if you are to bring appetizers or dessert. Hope to see you there!
GEEZERS’ BREAKFAST All men 55+ are invited to join us at Oakcrest Restaurant for good food and fel-lowship. Wednesday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m.
THEOLOGY ON TAP (men’s theological discussion shared over food & drinks) Thursday, September18 at 7 p.m. For more information call David Heywood at 312-4014.
There will be a six week long balance exercise class starting on Tuesday, September 9 at 12:30 p.m. for one hour in the Westmin-ster room. This is for anyone who would like to improve their balance. Bring a friend or neighbor, if you need to miss a class or so that is fine....just come when you can. Look for a sign-up sheet on the health board.
Join the congregation on the first Wednesday of each month for our revamped First Wednesday din-ner. The Fellowship Committee strives to bring the best experience to the members of Guilford Park with new menus, pricing, and free meals for chil-dren 5 and under (with a reservation). Adult meals are $7.50 and ½ portions are $3.50. With only one dinner a month offered, we hope you will join us for good food, good friends, and good fellowship.
1 Sally Mull 18 Anna Nicks
1 Nate Grimes 18 Katie Sheppard
2 Gloria Tomblin 20 James Kirkpatrick
4 Jeanette Barnes 21 Jennifer Hamilton
5 Buddy Milks 21 Noah Hawkins
6 Sandi Otwell 21 Edith Phillips
7 Brian Fitts 22 Jan Stephens
7 Kate Haddock 23 Kay Cheshire
8 Anna Rodenbough 23 Eleanor Jordan
9 Chloe Linkous 24 Shari Spradley
9 Brian Fitts 24 Natalie Weiner
9 Mary Poole 26 Mark Boehmer
10 Karoline Hand 27 Benjamin Sebastian
11 Carol Waterhouse 28 Ruby McGhee
11 Jenny Owens 28 David Heywood
12 BJ Carroll 28 Dwyer Gray
13 Jake Moore 28 Rebecca Rochelle
13 Gavin Beale 29 Katie Nichols
15 Helen Sparrow 30 Marie Franklin
15 Jane Lawrence 30 Bill Hickling
16 Heather Amick 30 Peggy Hicks
30 Bo Rodenbough
THE GUILFORD TRAVELERS (adult travel group) is traveling to Raleigh for a tour of the State Capital and lunch on Wednesday, September 24. The bus will leave the church at 9:00 a.m. Place your name on the sign-up sheet located on the Fellowship bulletin board. Call Edith Phillips at 288-8111 for more information.
FAMILY FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY
All families are invited to the Fellowship Hall between worship services on Sunday, August 31 for a time of fellowship and fun! There will be snacks and activities, and it's a chance for everyone to catch up as the new school year begins.
FIRST WEDNESDAY DINNER (Church Fellowship, Meals, and Programs) is Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. Menu: salad, rolls, grilled chicken, grilled seasonal vegetables, and brownies and ice cream for dessert. Fill out the blue cards found in the pews or e-mail [email protected] by Monday, September 1 by 12:00 p.m. In order for Reto’s Home Cuisine to shop and prepare we MUST have your reservation by 12:00 p.m. Reservations will be closed after that time. Bus service from Friends Home Guilford and West is available.
DONATION GARDEN UPDATE
Our garden has continued to produce summer squash and tomatoes though our yield of tomatoes has been less than last year due to the plundering and destruction of the squirrels and crows. The butternut squash promises a bountiful crop, almost ready for harvesting and delivering. Because Peter Rabbit and his numerous friends have chosen our church property as their habitat, we will make efforts to protect the fall greens from their feasting. Levina Kollar
FLOWERS FOR THE LORD’S TABLE
Due to the rising cost in flowers and gas prices, our florist must increase her prices for our worship flow-ers. The new cost is $50 and went into effect on Sunday, August 17. If you have already paid for your flowers please send a check to the church for $13.36 to cover the difference. If you have not paid for your flowers and you feel this price is too high and you want to take your name off the list, please contact Lisa Boxley in the church office to let her know.
The Congregational Care Committee is completing a SMART Goal as we begin offering bus service to Friends Homes at Guilford and Friends Homes West in September. Bus service will be provided beginning in September to the 11 a.m. worship service and First Wednesdays. Please contact Sandy Scherzer at 336-686-5294 or [email protected].
COMING Sunday, November 23, 2014
Another Opportunity to “Walk the Walk” Second Annual
Theological Student Fund Bazaar
NEEDED: HANDMADE ITEMS Photographers Potters Knitters Rug Hookers Woodworkers Stain Glass Makers Jewelry Makers Furniture Workers Painters Weavers Bakers Sewers Thanksgiving and Christmas Decorations
AND Any Other Handmade Items
START PLANNING YOUR WALK NOW
INTERACTIVE RESOURCE CENTER
(Greensboro’s homeless day shelter) The Mission committee provides lunch for the IRC on Tuesday, September 19 for their Lunch and Learn Program. Please sign up on the Mission Board to help fill lunch bags in our kitchen. Shift begins at 10 a.m. Please contact Marti Randall at [email protected] for more information.
HOT DISH AND HOPE (serving food to the homeless)
Tuesday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m at First Presbyterian Church.
Sign up sheet is on the Mission board. Please contact Hallie Smith at 301-2321 or [email protected] for more information.
Skip Bailey’s new phone number: 336-458-6514
Elizabeth Ashworth Methodist Manor 2072 Faulkner Court Florence, SC 29501
What a wonderful church family I am honored to be a part of! I thank you so much for your care and prayers after my recent surgery. The cards, the calls, the gor-geous flowers, the delicious meals all made me feel so loved! And Janet Dawson, you are truly a gift from God, I don’t know what I would have done without you! Blessings to all of you, Carolyn Drew
CHURCH FAMILY continued
The new year for Presbyterian Women at Guilford Park is about to get underway and we are looking forward to a great year of fellow-ship, service and study.
Our Fall Gathering is Sunday, Sept. 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will have a delicious meal catered by Chef Reto Biaggi. We will also collect the Thank Offering which is received from Presbyterian Women church–wide in the PCUSA . The money goes toward funding projects which are selected from the Creative Minis-tries Committee of the PW. These projects must have a purpose that meet basic human needs, provides a form of aid that relates directly to the people being served and must be a new project or a new direction of an existing program. We will learn about last year’s recipients and offer our gifts for the 2014 recipients.
All women at GPPC are invited to attend the lunch-eon. If you are not a member of a circle, we would like to encourage you to join one. Please contact Sarah Arnett if you have any questions about the circles at Guilford Park. The circles will start meeting again in September and many of them will be study-ing Paul and 2nd Corinthians.
Watch for a sign-up sheet for the luncheon on the PW bulletin board in the hall and come join the fun and fellowship with your sisters in Christ at GPPC!
LAITY SUNDAY AND COMMITTEE FAIR:
September 14. Join us for Laity Sunday where we cel-ebrate the priesthood of all believers with lay people (i.e., non-ministers) leading the service. Our preacher for both services will be Linda Fitts. Both choirs and the handbell choir will provide music at both services giv-ing all GPPC members a chance to see the musical op-portunities that are available for you to join this fall.
(PW) FALL RETREAT TO MONTREAT
All women are invited to attend the annual Presby-
terian Women (PW) Fall Retreat to Montreat Octo-
ber 10-12. This is a fun weekend to get together and
enjoy fellowship, hike, relax, eat, shop, and worship.
Please see the sign-up sheet on the PW bulletin
board. The cost is $78 and is due by September 21.
Place your checks in the PW mailbox in the church
office and put PW Retreat on memo line. If you have
any questions, please contact Linda Fitts (681-5356).
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY: October 5. We will only have one worship service that day at 11:00 am. Both choirs will participate and communion will be shared by all by intinction. There will be a covered dish lunch after the service. So bring a dish to share and come worship and fellowship with your GPPC family.
CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
The YES Praise Ensemble will start working on our an-nual Christmas music soon. If you like to sing and would like to join the YES choir in singing at Christmas (or maybe even full time), please contact Brian Fitts @ [email protected] for more information.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
Reflection on Scripture and application in our individual and corporate lives. Led by Joyce Long-mire and Rak Kreager in the Parlor. Sunday morn-ings at 10 a.m.
Walking and Working in the Kingdom of God: With Guidance from Jesus and Amos
This class will see how the teachings of Jesus and Amos can shape our values and actions as people of the Christian faith. We live in very challenging times just as they did. What does it mean for us that Jesus announced that the Kingdom had come and that we should live into it? What does it mean to live with hope in a world that is cynical and con-temptuous? Some of the topics to be addressed will be:
There are many understandings of Jesus. Which Jesus do we follow?
What does justice mean? What are the personal and societal factors that
restrict the coming of the kingdom of God? What role should the church have in the kingdom? How are we called to live in hope?
This class will be led by Bob Herron and others. Par-ticipants will profit more from the class if they re-ceive emails that will help in the preparation for the class. If you would like to be on the list, please let Bob know at [email protected].
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner Winner draws on the Orthodox Jewish rituals that shaped her young adult life to rediscover the rich-ness of those customs in her life as a Christian to-day. Through her personal reflections on 11 spiritu-al practices, including keeping the Sabbath, prayer, fasting and candle-lighting, Winner illuminates the profound cultural and religious significance of each practice within the Jewish community and modifies those practices to enrich the lives of Christians who seek of deeper experience of their own faith.
Location: Library Led by: Jo Owens and others.
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Sept. 5 – 1st Friday (KidsJam) 5:30 p.m. at church Sept. 27 – Harris Teeter food collection 10 a.m. –12:00 p.m. YOUTH
Sundays, 5pm, church – youth fellowship (grade 6-12) grab a schedule off the youth bulletin board Sunday School, KidsJam (3rd-5th graders) and youth (6-12 grade students) are back to a full schedule of offerings and opportunities. Please pick up a schedule of activities at church from the bulletin boards or call Kim Row at church (288-5452).
There will be the laughter of children and the patter of little feet down the hall again as Guilford Park Preschool gears up for our opening day of school on Tuesday, Sep-tember 2. All the preschool staff would like to thank you for allowing us to be a part of this important ministry to families. We are excited about some of the enriching activi-ties our Silent Auction will allow us to provide. The play-ground will continue to evolve into a space that excites children with nature. This will allow them to experience God’s creations and feel a connection to something greater than them. We will also have weekly Spanish language, songs and games as part of our weekday program. We still have some openings in a few of our classes so if you know of someone we can be a ministry to, please have them contact Debbie Huneycutt, Preschool Director at 282-6697 or [email protected].
AS OF JULY 31, 2014
JULY WEEKLY GIVING
We Pledged To Give $266,863.66
We Actually Gave 254,971.99
Money Spent $336,057.51
Money Received 298,144.82
Pledges-General Fund $6,824.00
Non-Pledge Gift $551.00
Deacons' Fund $236.00
Pledges-General Fund $17,309.00
Non-Pledge Gift $966.00
Loose Offering $110.64
Pledges-General Fund $7,864.00
Non-Pledge Gift $1,346.00
Memorial Fund $430.00
Pennies For Hunger $106.00
Pledges-General Fund $10,157.33
Non-Pledge Gift $886.00
Memorial Fund $390.00
Deacons' Fund $184.28
Recent trip to Chapel Hill
SERVING IN WORSHIP
September 7, 2014 9:00 Ushers/Greeters: Sandy Scherzer and Donna Barrier
9:00 Communion Preparer: Barbara Sasser
9:00 Communion Servers: Gary Stephenson, Karen Hornfeck, Pat Yelton, Don Yelton
9:00 Sound System: Don Yelton
9:00 Liturgist: Emmy Biaggi
11:00 Greeters: John and Suzanne Parker, Dee and Steve Dixon
11:00 Ushers: Woody Reese, Scott Berg, Ed Hendricks, Buddy Milks 11:00 Liturgist:
11:00 Communion Servers: George Setzer, Emmy Biaggi, Rak Kreager, Skip Bailey, Jim Egbert, Ed Bonkemeyer, Jane Lawrence
11:00 Sound System: Rick Cromer
Communion Preparers: Hallie Smith, John Brannon
Bread Preparers: Hallie Smith
Home Communion Servers: Judy Herron (Carson and Lois Crabtree), Jan Heywood (Mary Alice Deskins), Louise O’Shea (Abe Jones), Mary Kirkpatrick (Peg Lukens), Tim Peck (Loa and Bob Morris), Melanie Rodenbough (Rose Sharpe), Jaime Hendricks (Edna Tyson), Sarah Arnett (Bert Williams), Rak Kreager (Wayne Wilson) Opening/Closing: Michael Jackson, Ralph Lawrence Bread Delivery: Pat and Don Yelton
September 14, 2014 9:00 Ushers/Greeters: Peggy and Ed Kinard
9:00 Sound System: Michael Boulton
9:00 Liturgist: Sandy Otwell
11:00 Greeters: Eleanor and Robert Jordan
11:00 Ushers: Paul Aycock, Steve Sandercock, Mike Askew, Scott Moore
11:00 Sound System: Dylan Lewellyn
11:00 Liturgist: Ben Sebastian
Opening/Closing: Brandon Inscore, Harold Shelton
Bread Delivery: Harriette and Ed Bonkemeyer
September 21, 2014 9:00 Ushers/Greeters: Mary and Don Olson
9:00 Sound System: Steve Drew
11:00 Greeters: Jody and Keith Wood, Gloria and Bill Fuller
11:00 Ushers: Ron Otwell, Susan Thomas, Beth Milks, Buddy Milks
11:00 Sound System: Steve Sandercock, Gene Campbell
11:00 Liturgist: Katie Nichols
Opening/Closing: Gene Campbell, Skip Bailey
Bread Delivery: Shari and Justin Spradley
September 28, 2014 9:00 Ushers/Greeters: Kay Cheshire and Chris Schork
9:00 Sound System: Bob Nordbruch
11:00 Greeters: Ruby Scott, Peggy and John Scott
11:00 Ushers: Justin Spradley, Jay Jones, Kenny Thompson, Jukka Kayhko 11:00 Sound System: Steve Lacz
Opening/Closing: Jim Egbert, Scott Berg
Bread Delivery: Afendra and Frank Wyatt
Interested in serving as a liturgist? Contact Lynn Carey at [email protected] to sign up for a spot.
Pastor: Jeff Paschal [email protected] Associate Pastor: Jo Nygard Owens [email protected] Parish Associate: Bob Herron [email protected] Parish Associate: Kit Schooley [email protected] Children & Youth Educator: Kim Row [email protected] Organist & Director of Music Ministries: Bill Allred [email protected] Contemporary Music Director: Brian Fitts [email protected] YES Accompanist: Jordan Hart [email protected] Church Administrator: Lisa Boxley [email protected] Financial Administrator: Jane Sharpe [email protected] Webmaster: Mark Gordon [email protected] Congregational Nurse: Janet Dawson [email protected] Preschool Director: Debbie Huneycutt [email protected] Missionaries: Tim & Marta Carriker in Brazil and Pablo & Jan Feliciano in Mexico
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Aug 3 73 103
Aug 10 88 97
Aug 17 98 113
Aug 24 106 136
WORD of the MONTH
Plenitude (plénnə toòd) Noun 1. Abundance: an abun-
dance or plentiful sup-ply of something.
2. Completeness or full-ness: the state of being full or complete.
The October Newsletter deadline is SEPTEMBER 15th. Please submit articles to [email protected].
You can now give to GPPC online! We have a PayPal button on our website, guil-
fordpark.org. There, you can make your regular pledge payment, memorials, contributions, and any other gifts. You may set up a regular recurring amount, or make a one-time gift. PayPal lets you use all major credit cards, or you may use your PayPal account if you already have one, or create one if you don’t. Check it out!
SESSION HIGHLIGHTS from the August 17, 2014 Stated Meeting:
Correspondence was received from the current Chair of the Presbyterian Counseling Center, providing an update re-garding the center’s new staff members and future plans. Guilford Park has been an active supporter of the Counseling Center since its inception and many church members have served on the center’s board. If you would be interested in serving a term on the board of this valuable community resource, or know of another church member who may be in-terested, please contact Jeff Paschal regarding an upcoming vacancy on the center’s board.
All Session members have committed to participate in the “Blitz the Budget” campaign by increasing their 2014 pledge.
As of August 17, increased pledges during the “blitz” totaled more than $48,000.
Under the leadership of the Congregational Care Committee, the church will begin a bus ministry that will transport
interested residents of Friends Home and Friends Home West to Sunday worship and First Wednesday dinners. This
bus ministry will begin with the church dinner on Wednesday, September 3 and worship on Sunday, September 7. The
ministry will continue for at least a 3-month period, at which time it will be assessed.
Submitted by Tim Peck, Clerk of Session