Presbytery of Wabash Valley
Office Hours: 8 - 4 Monday - Friday 
September 24, 2014 

Passage to Ponder... Proverbs 22:6

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.

How to Really Bless your Child

By Dr. John C. Van Nuys, Wabash Ave. Presbyterian Church, Crawfordsville


In her bestselling book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting, Jennifer Senior surveys the emotional landscape of parenthood in the twenty-first century. Her findings? Families are stressed out. Parents are confused and anxious. Moms and Dads worry that they are not doing "it" right, which Senior finds curious.


For millennia, our species has birthed and raised countless generations of children, who, in turn, become parents and repeat the cycle. So, why so much anxiety now? Senior notes that that is because our notion of childhood is really quite new.


Until the progressive era, children spent their childhood working: on farms and in factories. Reforms brought needed child labor laws, mandatory education, and created a new type of childhood that made children in the words of one dispassionate sociologist: "economically worthless but emotionally priceless." Happiness for our children instead of work from our children became the new standard. Basically, the roles reversed: Children used to work for parents to make them money. Now, parents work for children to make them happy.


So, childhood as we know it today is a fairly recent phenomenon. Add to that changing norms for gender roles in parenting, plus today's economic uncertainty, plus the rate at which our world is changing and you get a perfect storm in which parents frantically work to equip their children for an increasingly unknowable future. So, parents rush children to soccer games, music lessons, theater rehearsals, scout meetings, team gatherings, and dance recitals with the hope that in so doing their children are having a happy childhood in which they are being prepared to thrive. But, Senior notes, all this frenzied parenting comes at a high cost. As one haggard mother confessed to her: "Homework is the new dinner." That is, homework is the new meeting ground where quality family time happens. Which makes me wonder: Has it all really come to this?


Senior comments that the current frenzy and anxiety to create happy, super-prepared children may payoff. But she suggests that previous generations of parents were in many ways wiser. Instead of assuming that we can manufacture happiness for our children, Senior says that a more reasonable and attainable parenting goal -- one which countless, previous generations embraced -- is first and foremost to help our children grow in virtue.


Happiness comes and goes, but virtue; those deeply held values that inform the way one interacts with the world -- that lasts a lifetime. Not only is it more durable, but it is certainly less crazy-making than trying to create the super-child who is on the honor roll, runs cross country, is an eagle scout, has the lead in the school play, is being tutored in Spanish, and can play Mozart concertos from memory. Maybe the herculean, white-knuckled efforts of parents to help their children become Renaissance men and women could instead be scaled back and refocused on simply raising children to be decent, humane, and compassionate. Focusing on doing that could take a lot of the stress out of parenting - perhaps restoring some sanity and creating time for even a little fun.


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In This Issue
How to Really Bless your Child
Prayers of the Presbytery
Ordination Celebration
Expressions in Glass at Geneva Center
GLAPCE Fall Conference
Your gifts make a difference
First PC Highland Raises Fund with Old Traditions
Peggy Rada Finds her Niche
Save the Dates

October 21
December 9

November 18

Boundaries and Ethics Training
10 am to 3 pm - Thursday, October 2, 2014
10 am to 3 pm - Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ministry Quick Links


Pulpit Supply List



Ministerial Excellence Fund  

Transforming Church Finances - Enhancing Financial Health

For dates and registration information

Click Here   




 Regarding ruling elders: Finding your voice as a ruling elder
"The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles ... calls women and men to all ministries of the Church"



Seeking forgiveness in Hudson River Presbytery

Pastor who brought suit that defined PC(USA)'s distinction between marriage and holy unions, repents of his position.

Click Here to read more



    Synod Of Lincoln Trails 




Center for Congregations 

Helping Indiana Congregations find and use resources



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Ministry Beyond Aspiration

by Gil Rendle    



God, may your healing power wash over us. We give thanks that through you we are redeemed and reconciled to one another. 

Please lift those listed below in prayer for God's healing power and for God's guidance:
  • CRE Martha Flora, Albion First Presbyterian Church, as she and the entire family provided support to Martha's daughter Jennifer Wood, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
  • CRE Ray Fulbright, South Bend Memorial Presbyterian Church, for continued recovery.
  • All of our mission co-workers
We pray for and with Bethel Presbyterian Church of Union Mills who has faithfully served their community and followed you O' Lord since 1850.


In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thank you for your ministry and your service...
  • September 27, 1992 - Rev. Dr. Michael Landon, Specialized Ministry
  • September 28, 1986 - Rev. Steve Braden, First Presbyterian Church Mishawaka
  • September 29, 1986 - Rev. Susan Guyer Birch, Honorably Retired
  • September 29, 1996 - Rev. Stanley Wilson, Honorably Retired
  • September 30, 2007 - Rev. Bill McLean, First Presbyterian Church Delphi
  • September 30, 2007 - Rev. Anna Parkinson, Minister Member at Large
  • October 1, 1976 - Rev. DuWayne Hintz, Honorably Retired

If you have been omitted or your information is incorrect please accept my apology.  Help to update your records by sending your current information to   




Thursday, October 2, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Geneva Center


Tomorrow, the 25th is the last day to register if you have not participated in a Boundaries and Ethics Training or are one that attended the sessions offered in 2011. If you do not know whether you need to attend one of these training events, please be in contact with Gladys to clarify date you previously participated.
The training will be held at Geneva Center Camp and Conference Center, 5282 N Old US Hwy 31, Rochester. Training materials, snacks and lunch will be provided by the Presbytery. You may register by emailing or calling the presbytery office - 574-223-5678.



Explore the Nearly Lost Art of Stained Glass Making with

Instructor Braxton Eikenberry
October 6-9, 2014
Geneva Center
Click here for Flyer
or here for brochure
call 574-223-6915 for all the information.
 (Great Lakes Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators)  

This is a wonderful time to meet other educators, share ideas and glean some best practices for ministry with children, youth and adults.  Details on the annual event are below.  Hope to see you there!


Our regional event is right around the corner and early registration discount ends TODAY!





October 14-16, 2014

Techny  Towers, Techny, IL


Our keynote speaker this year is the wonderful Bruce Reyes-Chow, author of The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church, and But I Don't See You As Asian: Curating Conversations About Race.  If you are not familiar with Bruce, you can learn more about him on his website.  We are offering eight engaging workshops, and six forums, too.


It is time to register!  You wouldn't want to miss this year's conference, and, if you register by Wednesday, September 24, you will save $25!  Here is  a link to our website from which you can access the registration form.




Questions? Call Martha McDonald, registrar at 317-357-5123.


2014 Presbyterian Giving Opportunities
Your gift makes a difference.
 Presbyterian Youth Workers' Assoc. Membership

Adults working with youth help shape the lives of our future church leaders. Membership in the Presbyterian Youth Workers' Association provides fellowship, inspiration, and motivation-helping members continue their invaluable mentorship and is just one of may opportunities to give.

Click here to find out how you can give.


Taco tradition a boon for church

From Post-Tribune at Chicago Publication 


Highland Custard Shop devotees and Highland First Presbyterian Church members alike got a taste of nostalgia Saturday night.


Tom Porter, a culinary expert who developed the Highland Custard pork tacos into the legendary treat they became from 1982 to 1996, came out of retirement and brought 170 pounds to the church for a fundraiser. The church had food for 300 people plus taco meat in pints and quarts for those who needed the delicacy on the run.


Not that there was much of a chance of them running out of food for anyone who wanted some.


"I'm pretty sure there's enough beans here for Lake and half of Porter counties," member Cheryl Steen said as she stirred the blob of refried goodness cooking in the oven.


Porter, who took over the town's custard racket from Arnie's Doghouse owner Garner Arnold in 1982, comes out of taco retirement every other year or so, when organizations are looking to raise funds.


The recipe, he said, has barely changed.


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Experiencing 'the church in action'

Peggy Rada, spouse and traveling partner of Moderator Heath Rada, finds her niche


Peggy Rada -PNS file photo
The fall travel schedule looks packed for Heath Rada, moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s 221st General Assembly. His itinerary includes visits to Denver, Reno, Zephyr Point Conference Center on Lake Tahoe, the Texas/Mexico border, South America, and other places.


Rada's wife, Peggy, a ruling elder and retired middle-school teacher, looks forward to accompanying him on all of these trips. But she won't just be along for the ride.


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Frank Vardeman

Where is your General Presbyter

        Rev. Frank Vardeman
Wednesday, September 24
- Lafayette Pastors' Gathering
Thursday & Friday, September 25-26

- Vacation
Sunday, September 28
- First Presbyterian Church Huntington
Tuesday, September 30
- Presbytery Office
- Staff Meeting

To inquire or invite Rev. Frank Vardeman, General Presbyter, to visit your church, please feel free to contact Gladys - 574-223-5678 or


Upcoming Events and Meetings
Thursday, September 25
10 am - Personnel Ministry Team (Conference Call)

Saturday, September 27

CANCELLED - Transforming Church Finances Workshop - Valparaiso First PC

Tuesday, September 30
10 am - Staff Meeting

Thursday, October 2
10 am - Commission on Ministry
10 am - Boundaries and Ethics Training

Friday, October 3

1 pm - 7:30 pm Transforming Church Finances Workshop - Registration - Fort Wayne First PC (map)

Saturday, October 4
10 am - Boundaries and Ethics Training

Tuesday, October 7
10 am - Geneva Center Ministry Team

Thursday, October 9
10 am - Stewardship Ministry Team (Go-To-Meeting)

Saturday, October 11
10 am - 4:30 pm - Transforming Church Finances Workshop - Registration - Indianapolis Faith PC (map)

All meetings & events posted on the PWV Calendar are eastern time (ET) unless noted otherwise. Please visit for more information regarding meetings and events or call 574-223-5678.

Presbytery of Wabash Valley & Geneva Center Contact Information

Board of Pensions Liaison ~ Rev. John Ritchie ~ 260-356-8680
General Presbyter ~ Rev. Frank Vardeman ~ 574-223-5678 ext 101
Stated Clerk ~ Elder Linda Long ~ 219-926-7098
Office Manager ~ Gladys Sargent ~ 574-223-5678 ext 102
Financial Consultant ~ Eric Herzog ~ 574-223-5678 ext 105
Church Relations Coordinator ~ Elder Vicki Dreibelbis ~ 574-223-5678 ext 100
IT Consultant ~ Bonnie Kern ~ 574-223-5678 ext 109
Geneva Center Manager ~ Cathy Adley ~ 574-223-6915 ext 200
Geneva Center Maintenance Director ~ Jeff Winegardener ~ 574-223-6915 ext 204
Nourished by the living waters of Jesus Christ,

we awaken, enliven and enhance worshiping communities

to courageously extend their branches  

and bear new fruit in the Spirit.