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 February  2014
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From Our Pastors
IMPORTANT LETTER
  FFNiters 
BIrthdays and stuff 

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Deadline for the March 
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FROM OUR PASTORS 

 

  

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer for you all, making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now."              Phil. 1. 3-5

                                                     

Dear Oxford Presbyterian Members and Friends,                                                         January 22, 2014

 

We are indeed thankful for the opportunity we have had to serve you as pastors of the Oxford Presbyterian Church for the last 16 years.  We're so grateful for our partnership in the gospel.  In some ways it's hard to believe, but the time has come, as we both are turning 66 in the coming year, for us to retire from the active service of pastoral ministry.  We will officially retire on June 1, 2014.  Our last Sunday will be May 25th. 

        

 

 

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Letter to the Congregation from Session


January 22, 2014

 

Dear Members of Oxford Presbyterian Church, 

 

         At the Session meeting Tuesday evening, Co-pastors Mark and Barbara Barnes expressed their desire to retire and requested that the retirement be effective June 1, 2014 (their letter stating that request is enclosed).  With deep appreciation for their 16 years of dedicated and faithful leadership, we have called a Special Congregational Meeting on February 9, 2014, following the morning service.  The meeting will present information regarding Barbara and Mark's retirement, and the congregation will act on the following motion:

 

To concur with the requests of the Reverend Dr. Mark Barnes and of the Reverend Dr. Barbara Barnes that The Presbytery of the Miami Valley dissolve their pastoral relationships with the Oxford Presbyterian Church, effective June 1, 2014, in order that they may be Honorably Retired.

 

 

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christianeducation 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

 

Christine Garton, Director of Christian Education, can be reached at cgarton@OxfordPresbyChurch.org or you can call or text her cell phone at 850-276-3231.

 

 

Christine Garton's thyroid cancer surgery has been postponed until March 26.  Christine thanks you for all your prayers and concern! 

 

THANK YOU to everyone who purchased subs for the February 2 Super Bowl Sub sale!  Subs can be picked up after worship in the Molyneaux Lounge.  If you are unable to pick up your subs that day, please contact Christine Garton so she can make arrangements to get your sub(s) to you.  All proceeds benefit the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey. 

 

 

THANK YOU to our January 2nd-5th grade Sunday School teachers Missy Friede, Paula Green, and Jennifer Walter. 


 

 


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CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs

 

IN OUR PRAYERS

 

 

Keep these friends in your prayers:

 

John Woodruff, Adele McLaren, Stacey Winn, Joyce Trump, Helen Martin, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, Brian Hitsman

 

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We Give thanks for the life of Hal Bondhus who died peacefully at home on January 13 at age 96. We remember Hal's family, his five daughters and their families, with our prayers in this time of grief.  The family plans to have a memorial service in the Spring.   

 

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THANKS to Barbara Skipper

 

For dedicated, faithful and loving service.  Barbara S. was honored with a token of appreciation from the staff and applause from the congregation.

 

 

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JOYS

 

OUR OWN STEVE FLEE WAS HONORED AS AN OXFORD CITIZEN OF THE YEARS.

CONGRATULATIONS Steve on this reflection of your tireless service.

An excerpt from a nomination letter points out that Steve has served as "trustee, treasurer and elder of the OPC" and has a "reputation as a really, really nice fellow....His dedication to the Oxford community stems from his love of this place that he calls home with no expectation of accolades or applause."  Read the entire article from the Oxford Press (go to http://www.oxfordpress.com and search steve flee)

 

 

Mary Jo McFadden had the joy of presenting Johana $5000 (!) in support of the Goel Project.  That's support for 10 students for one year.  



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deacons
DEACONS

 

 

Deacons held their first meeting of 2014 and welcomed our 5 "new" Deacons: Cornelia Browne, Lawretta Clum, Janet Holmes, Deanne Maxwell and Molly Todd.

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Do you know someone who needs a Prayer Shawl? We have all shapes, sizes and colors available.  If you have a friend or relative to whom you would like to give a Prayer Shawl, please call Cornelia Browne.

 

 


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                   women
Oxford Presbyterian Church Women 

 

 circles

 

THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE 

Will meet February 18, at 1:30 in the Knolls of Oxford Country Kitchen.  The Bible Study leader is Lynn Cronk, who will also do the Mission Yearbook and Becky Quay will do the Least Coin.  If you would like to join other Circle members for lunch, call Lawretta Clum for reservations.  All are welcome!

 


THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE

Will meet at Janet Holmes home on February 4.  Jean O'Connell is co-hostess, Janet Zeigler will lead the Devotions and Nancy Sturgeon will present the program.  All are welcome!

 

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There will be an OPW Coordinating Team Meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Molyneaux.


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Karen Simpson shares thank yous received for donations made by OPC women:

  • Menaul School ($350 This is in addition to the labels and box tops.)
  • Safe Haven Farms ($200)
  • Family Resource Center ($335)
  •  One Way Farm $300.

Next month I'll try to highlight what we give to our church. For now, the congregation should be aware we donated $500 to the Colombia Fund to sponsor a child at the Elon School. (Goel Project

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Oxford Presbyterian Women

WE NEED YOU!

The Oxford Presbyterian Women (OPW) are in need of some new blood. There are many very helpful energetic women in our church family, however there are also many longtime members who have done their fair share and more so I am hoping to spark some interest in our newer members and our younger members.  OPW promotes faith, learning & fellowship and also strives to raise enough money for mission giving above and beyond the regular church mission funds.  At the current time we have three main fund raising projects;

  1. 1.   The rummage Sales -Fall & Spring 
  2. 2.   The Cookie walk - December
  3. 3.   The Bed & Breakfast program - MU family weekend & graduation weekend

All three of these events have lots of workers but it is becoming more and more difficult to find women willing to chair/oversee these programs or come up with new ways to earn the funds we need to continue our mission giving.  I realize this world is a very busy place and it can be very difficult to put one more item on your agenda but the mission work is very important and very rewarding. I am sure there are women in our midst who have the creativity and energy to help. Please contact me soon to get the event of your choice!  Thank you to all of the ladies who have carried on for so many years and I do hope there is enough interest to carry on this great work.

Debbie Davidson, OWP Ways & Means. 524-8216 or davidsdk@miamioh.edu.

 

     

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annoucements
ANNOUCEMENTS  

 

meeting  

 

 

OPC's per capita contribution for 2014 is $26.77 per member

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First Friday Niters will NOT meet in February.

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OPC's per capita contribution for 2014 is $26.77 per member

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URGENT: 

We think some folks who believe they are signed up for the Kroger Community Rewards program may not actually be signed up.

If you think you are signed up for the Kroger Plus Program, please check the bottom of your receipt the next time you shop at Kroger. We hope it says: 2013-14 Kroger Community Rewards  "You requested Kroger donate to the Oxford Presbyterian Church USA."    If it does not say that and you want the Kroger Rewards program to benefit the services that the Deacon's are providing to our church members and our community please contact Elaine Patterson in the church office or leave her a note or contact Dave Wilson (523-8848) or e-mail wilsondf@miamioh.edu.  

If it does say that you are requesting support then thank you for checking and supporting the work of the Deacons.  It's important to realize that the Kroger Rewards program is the Deacons primary source of funds that allows them to serve those in need in our community.

Please be assured that designating our church does not affect you in any way.  You still get the same points for gas, checks, coupons etc. whether you participate in the Rewards program or not. QUESTIONS? Contact Dave Wilson or the church office

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD COME TO THE 2014 ANNUAL AFS INTERNATIONAL POTLUCK DINNER!  

Where:  in the Seminary Building. 

When: 5:30pm.

Who: You, your family and friends and all the Talawanda foreign exchange students and host families.

It will be an enjoyable evening as the students relate stories about their families, their countries, as well as their experiences here in Oxford.  Students are from Norway, Brazil, Russia, Netherlands, and Finland.  Bring a dish to share.

 

 

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Recent church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls in the Assisted Living dining room at 10:00 A.M. on Feb. 11 and 25.  If you have any questions please contact Becky Quay at 523-5747."

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KIRKMONT CENTER'S SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE IS ONLINE!  Go to  to see the schedule and to register your  child or youth for summer camp.  You will receive a $40 early bird discount if you register by February 1.  Our church has scholarship money available to ANY camper from our church.  Register your child or youth for camp, then contact Christine Garton so the church can pay HALF of your camper fees!  Diane Ziegler will be available after worship March 2 in the Molyneaux Lounge with more information and camp brochures.

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WHO'S ON FIRST, WHAT'S ON SECOND!

KNOW YOUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Stewardship & Finance Committee

Brent Bader

John Curry

Rich Drewes

 

Membership Committee

Pat Gifford

Janet Ziegler

Tom Poetter

 

Mission & Outreach Committee

Mary Jo McFadden

Bill Fisher

Jenny Bailer

 

Christian Education Committee

Diane Young

Mary Shinn

Lynn Cronk

Dick Munson (non-elder)

 

Worship & Music Committee

Carol Burkhalter

Robert Smith

Pam Deahl

Karen Shearer (non-elder)

 

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Help spread the news-share what's happening with you and your family by sending info to Nancy Moeckel, your newsletter editor.  (moeckenj@miamioh.edu)


  
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SOT

SEMINARY OPTIONS TEAM

 

 

The Seminary Options Team is a new column that will be in every newsletter until the charge to the Team is complete.  

 

The SOT met on January 21.  In late December, we contacted 3 engineering firms/engineers with an RFP (request for proposal).  Responses are due by January 31.  We are looking for a certified engineer to closely inspect the Seminary.  This examination will give us a better handle on stabilization/improvement costs. (and of course, stabilization is one option).  

 

The future of the Seminary is an important decision and needs YOUR participation.

 

Seminary Options Team Members

 

  • Rich Drewes (chair) 664-6919 drewesra@gmail.com
  • Brad Cronk      524-8574  bcronk@woh.rr.com
  • John Curry      523-3598   jcurry1@woh.rr.com
  • Steve Flee       523-4037   sflee@woh.rr.com
  • Pat Gifford      523-2227   gifforp@miamioh.edu
  • Tom Holmes    523-3857  holmest2@frontier.com
  • Mary Lee Keebler  524-7464   keebleml@miamioh.edu
  • Nancy Moeckel 523-6003  moeckenj@miamioh.edu
  • Tom Poetter   664-8226   poettets@miamioh.edu
  • Joe Simpson    523-8363   simpsojc@miamioh.edu
  • Barbara Barnes 523-6364 bbarnes@oxfordpresbychurch.org
  • Mark Barnes    523-6364  mbarnes@oxfordpresbychurch.org

 

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ANY MEMBER with your comments, questions, concerns, ideas and support.  

 

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birthdays

 

 

February Birthdays

 

 

 

 

1       Lucy Ferris

4       Lawretta Clum

5       Elsa Friede

5       Finnegan Friede

5       Eric Staley

9       Steve Hawley

10     Jenny Bailer

11     Carl Vance

11     Evan Bader

14     Steven Reed

14     Katherine Butterfield

14     Karen Remley

15     Will Hesford

16     Ginny Layton

17     Suzanne Siegel

17     Matthew Snell

18     Susan King

21     Mary Lee Keebler

21     LeAnne Staley

21     Ethan Crist

21     Jeremy Crist

22     Robert Swanson

23     Dave Wilson

23     Ruth Keebler

24     Tim Richmond

25     Kristie Marcum

25     Katie Saylor

27     Tom Holmes

27     Missy Friede

 

 

 

February Fun

 

February is Black History Month. The theme this year is Civil Rights in America.

Did you know that Canada and the UK also observe Black History Month?

 

Smile, February is Dental Health Month

 

It is also Bake For Family Fun Month

Potato Lovers Month and

Chocolate Lovers Month

 

 

GroundHog day and Superbowl are on the same day.  Hmmmmmmmm.  I wonder if the Seahawks and the Broncos will see their shadows.  If they do, will they go back in their dugouts for 6 weeks?

 

 

Feb 7 is National Wear Red Day

To bring awarness to heart disease in women.  Did you know heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined

 

 

 

 

In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting workingwomen

  

 

Ohio's state flag is a pennant design. It is the only state flag of that design in the United States

 

 

 

  

 

Feburary 20 is love your pet day.

If you don't have a pet of your own, you can join me in loving Peggy.  

 (--ed.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hallmark has more than 1,330 different cards specifically for Valentine's Day.

 

There is no such thing as 24-hour flu. No virus lasts for only 24 hours. When flu season comesthat miserable virus will last 2 to 3 weeks. What does last for that period of time is food born illness, such as food poisoning -- better known as Clostridium perfringes or Norovirus.

 

 

Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.

 

'Jiffy' is an actual unit of time: 1/100th of a second

 

 

Question of the Month?

 

Who said, "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."?

 

As always, look for the answer somewhere in the newsletter.

 

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American women say they'd rather receive chocolate than flowers on Valentine's Day. (this includes your newsletter editor!)

 

 

 

 

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From Our Pastors 
Full Article

  

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer for you all, making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now."              Phil. 1. 3-5

                                                     

Dear Oxford Presbyterian Members and Friends,                                                         January 22, 2014

 

We are indeed thankful for the opportunity we have had to serve you as pastors of the Oxford Presbyterian Church for the last 16 years.  We're so grateful for our partnership in the gospel.  In some ways it's hard to believe, but the time has come, as we both are turning 66 in the coming year, for us to retire from the active service of pastoral ministry.  We will officially retire on June 1, 2014.  Our last Sunday will be May 25th. 

        

In the next five months, we will still work diligently as your pastors to lead worship, extend pastoral care, and oversee programming and mission.  With the Session, Deacons, and Committees, we will work to advance the goals we have set together for our congregation's ministry.  We also hope to do some celebrating with you!  It's been a good time God has given us together!  A time of good work and wonderful relationships.  For this we praise and thank God!

 

Please be assured that plans for the time of transition are already being set in motion.  After we informed the Session about our retirement plans last night, our Presbytery Executive, Dennis Piermont, and Committee on Ministry Liaison, Marge Lawson, met with the Session to give an orientation and make plans for the transition time.  (Please see the letter from Session in this same mailing.) 

 

We expect that giving up the full-time professional work we love will be difficult in some ways, but we know there will be opportunities for fill-in preaching, teaching and committee work in the Presbytery as well as time for additional volunteering in the community.  We'll also have more time in retirement to pursue some of the other things that we enjoy doing.  We have been observing and learning from many OPC members who have made the transition to retirement so purposefully and gracefully!

 

It means so much to us to be able to accompany you as your pastors in times of sorrow and joy, in times of discouragement and of hope.  We believe that the work we are doing together as partners in the gospel is important and will continue to bear fruit, by God's grace, in the future.  As we all know, this is a challenging time to be the Church.  But challenges always bring new opportunities.  And through everything, God is with us in Jesus Christ guiding and strengthening us for the work of love.  We come and go, but God will not let us go!  And for that reason, with Julian of Norwich we may say, "All things will be well and all manner of things will be well." 

 

         We promise you our prayers for this time of transition and ask that you would please pray for us.   

 

         Yours in Jesus Christ,  

 

 

 

         Mark Barnes and Barbara Barnes     

 

 

 

 

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Letter to the Congregation from Session


 

 

January 22, 2014

 

Dear Members of Oxford Presbyterian Church, 

 

         At the Session meeting Tuesday evening, Co-pastors Mark and Barbara Barnes expressed their desire to retire and requested that the retirement be effective June 1, 2014 (their letter stating that request is enclosed).  With deep appreciation for their 16 years of dedicated and faithful leadership, we have called a Special Congregational Meeting on February 9, 2014, following the morning service.  The meeting will present information regarding Barbara and Mark's retirement, and the congregation will act on the following motion:

 

To concur with the requests of the Reverend Dr. Mark Barnes and of the Reverend Dr. Barbara Barnes that The Presbytery of the Miami Valley dissolve their pastoral relationships with the Oxford Presbyterian Church, effective June 1, 2014, in order that they may be Honorably Retired.

 

         In the Presbyterian Church (USA), pastoral calls are a tri-part relationship, formed by the Presbytery between a Congregation and a Pastor (or co-Pastors).  We, the Session, will work closely with the Presbytery in the process of calling a new pastor.  The Presbytery is represented through its Committee on Ministry.  Elder Marj Lawson is assigned as our liaison.

         Over the last sixteen years much has happened in the world, in our community, and in our congregation.  The Oxford Presbyterian Church who called Barbara and Mark Barnes in 1998 is not the same Oxford Presbyterian Church from which they retire in 2014.  Under their leadership, we have grown in a number of significant ways.   We have worked together in two important strategic planning processes to set the challenge of  "Seeking God, serving others, and sharing Christ's love with all."  To meet that challenge, we have solidified our relationship with a sister church in Barranquilla, Colombia, have formed a second "sister" relationship with a church in Zlatoust, Russia, have reached out to agencies and other churches to address needs in our local community, and have continued our faith journey through many Bible studies, retreats, and workshops. 

        

         With Mark and Barbara's retirement, we begin a season of transition that will offer us an opportunity to explore, examine, and evaluate the journey we have taken together in order discern God's path for our future.

 

         The process will begin once the congregation has acted on Barbara and Mark's requests.   The Session has formed two teams:  (1) the Interim Pastor Search Committee that will work with the Presbytery to bring a suitable candidate for the Session's approval; and (2) the Retirement Celebration Team that will work with Mark, Barbara, and the congregation during the four coming months to prepare for and celebrate this milestone.

 

         The ideal leadership for the journey forward is a specially trained Interim Pastor, someone with fresh perspective on the culture and ministries of Oxford Presbyterian Church, as well as the culture and ministry opportunities surrounding Oxford Presbyterian Church.  Acting on Barbara and Mark's retirement these several months in advance affords us a better opportunity to secure excellent interim pastoral leadership.

 

         Here is a summary of the process and schedule, as we can see it now:

 

  • January 21-Formation of Interim Pastor Search Committee
  • January 21-Formation of Retirement Celebration Team
  • February 9-Informational/Congregational Meeting in the    Sanctuary  
  • May 25-Mark and Barbara's last Sunday in the pulpit.  From that time on they will be on vacation.
  • June 1-Executive Presbyter Dennis Piermont preaches

 

Beginning this process now is important, even urgent, in order to secure good leadership as soon as possible after Mark and Barbara's retirement.  These teams will be working behind the scenes to keep our process moving.

 

In this work, let us remember the wisdom from Ecclesiastes:  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven (3:1).  While it is important, even urgent, to begin Barbara and Mark's retirement process now, the "season" for our farewells and blessings for this milestone in their lives and ours has not yet arrived.   Before we turn our full attention to that milestone, we have other events on which to focus:  our confirmation class, preparation for a trip to Russia, the spring talent show, the AFS dinner, and the Lenten season.

 

Through all these events, may God, who is our help in ages past and our hope for years to come, by glorified as we honor one another in the light of our Lord's grace.

 

 

Grace and peace,

The Session of Oxford Presbyterian Church

Julia R. Fisher, Clerk of Session

 

The Session:

Brent Bader             Pat Gifford     

Jenny Bailer             Mary Jo McFadden

Carol Burkhalter       Tom Poetter

Lynn Cronk              Mary Shinn

John Curry               Robert Smith

Pam Deahl               Diane Young

Rich Drewes             Janet Ziegler

Bill Fisher

 

 


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Christian Education Full Article 

  

Christine Garton's thyroid cancer surgery has been postponed until March 26.  Christine thanks you for all your prayers and concern! 

 

THANK YOU to everyone who purchased subs for the February 2 Super Bowl Sub sale!  Subs can be picked up after worship in the Molyneaux Lounge.  If you are unable to pick up your subs that day, please contact Christine Garton so she can make arrangements to get your sub(s) to you.  All proceeds benefit the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey. 

 

THANK YOU to our January 2nd-5th grade Sunday School teachers Missy Friede, Paula Green, and Jennifer Walter.  

 

HELP!!!  SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED for the 2nd-5th grade workshop rotation classes.  Teachers commit to teaching one workshop for 2 Sundays in a 3-Sunday block.  If you are willing to teach Sunday School, please contact a member of the Christian Education Committee or Christine Garton ASAP.  We are trying to schedule volunteers for the rest of the school year.  

THE SOUPER BOWL OF CARING is coming February 2.  That morning after worship youth will stand at each entrance to the sanctuary with pots and pans to collect monetary donations for the Oxford Community Choice Food Pantry.  Last year this congregation donated $427.35 during Souper Bowl Sunday.  Thank you in advance for your donations!

 

 

ALL-CHURCH TALENT SHOW will be held on Saturday, March 8 @ 6 PM in the Seminary.  Talent is needed!  Not only are we looking for musical acts, singers, dancers, comedians, and any other talent you can perform for the audience, we're also looking for submissions of visual arts, such as paintings, photography, crafts, etc.  All submissions are welcome!  Please sign up on the easel outside the Molyneaux Lounge or contact Dick Munson at beaver1948@juno.com or 513-374-2118.

 

SILENT AUCTION benefitting the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey will be held during the All-Church Talent Show on Saturday, March 8.  If you have any items or certificates for services you would be willing to donate for the auction, please contact Christine Garton. 

 

YOUTH NEWS

Confirmation class has begun for 8th & 9th graders.  Please keep in prayer the class participants: Jordan Chase, Noah Curry, Olivia DeGennaro, Emma Fisher, Tristan Gayhart, Valerie Green, Emily Kraushar, and Sidney Rollins.  Profiles and pictures of our confirmands will appear in the March, April, and May newsletters.

 

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet February 2 & February 16 from 11:15 AM-12: 15 PM in the youth room with high school intern Jenn Burns.  Lunch will be provided.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet February 9 & February 23 from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM in the youth room with middle school interns Emily Goetz & Cassidy Venema.  Lunch will be provided.  

 

WINTER JAM IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21!  All 6th-12th graders are invited to come with us to this Christian concert with many different stars performing.  Cost is $10 plus you will need to bring $ for a fast food meal and any souvenirs you might buy.  YOUTH WILL BE PICKED UP AT SCHOOL AS SOON AS SCHOOL IS OUT so we can get into the U.S. Bank Arena before it fills up.  Concert starts at 7 PM.  Youth will be dropped off at their homes between 11:30 PM & midnight.  Friends are welcome to attend.  Please SIGN UP WITH CHRISTINE GARTON OR JENN BURNS by Sunday, Feb. 16 so we can have enough transportation.  Contact Christine Garton for more info.  Hope to see you there!   

 

MISSION TRIP SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE for any youth who will be at least 12 years old by June 5, 2014.  We will be going to the Jersey Shore to do home repairs for victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Trip dates are June 5-15.  We will spend the first few days of the trip traveling to New Jersey and doing tourist things, which will include a day trip into New York City on the train from NJ and a beach day on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore.  If we have time and money, we may also go to Six Flags Great Adventure theme park on our day off during the workweek.  Cost is $600 per youth, with a $50 deposit due by March 1.  Youth are doing fundraisers to raise the rest of the money needed for the trip.  Friends who are not members of our church are also invited to attend.  Interested?  Please contact Christine Garton by March 1. 

 

ADULT NEWS

Amazing Grace hymn study is starting up again on Mondays in February.  Everyone is invited to join us at The Knolls in The Country Kitchen from 2-3 PM Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24.  

 

A new Spiritual practices college student study will start in February.  It will be based on the book Soul Tending, though other resources will also be used.  Participants do not have to read anything in advance.  Participants are asked to bring a journal or blank notebook to each session.  If you are interested in this study, please e-mail or text Christine Garton.  She will contact all who are interested to schedule the dates and times.  We will meet at the Campus Ministry Center. 

 

LENTEN STUDY GROUPS will start next month.  Watch the bulletin and the March newsletter for more information on the study and group meeting dates and times. 

 

 

 

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KIDS CORNER

  SOLOMON

  

Find him in the Bible: 2 Samuel 5:14.  His name means "peace."

  

Even the smartest people sometimes do the dumbest things.

  

         Solomon is proof. He wasn't just smart.  The Bible says he was the wisest king who ever lived-or ever would live.  But as smart as he was, Solomon was still dumb enough to bring fake gods to Israel.

         Who would have guessed?  He was the son of David, a respected king who loved God.  When Solomon became king, he didn't ask God for money.  And he didn't ask for fame.  He asked God to make him wise because he wanted to be a good king. 

         God said that was a great request.  It showed Solomon cared about others.  So God promised to give Solomon more than wisdom.  He gave the new king money and fame, too. 

         In all of Israel's 3,000 years, the country was biggest and richest when Solomon was king.  Solomon's father, David, had defeated the country's enemies.  So Solomon didn't have to fight wars.  He could do other things.  He built walls around many cities to protect them.  He also built palaces and the first Jewish temple.

         But Solomon made a big mistake.  It happened after he married 1,000 women.  Back then, kings married relatives of other kings.  This helped make sure the kings would not go to war against each other.  But some of Solomon's wives worshiped idols instead of God. 

         They got Solomon to worship these false gods, too.

         It's sad, but the wisest king in history died worshiping fake gods. 

  

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was Solomon's father?  King David.   

  

*Taken from Who's Who & Where's Where in the Bible for Kids by Stephen Miller. 

 

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Answer to the question of the month:

Rosa Parks

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