June 2015 First Presbyterian Church
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Schedule 2015
  9:30 - Sunday School
10:15 - Fellowship
10:30 - Worship

Inside this issue:
Page 2
Newsletter Staff
Outreach/Inreach Report
Page 3
Pentecost Celebration
Page 4
Session Notes
Page 5
Important Dates
Always in Our Hearts
Page 6

Dear Church Family,

It’s been a chaotic couple of weeks for all of us. Sometimes we get very startling reminders of the powers within this intricate and majestic cosmos God has created. In the midst of all the damage and clean up we also get vivid glimpses of the power unleashed when we respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters. I daresay every person in this congregation could tell one or more stories about the joy of helping or seeing people reach out. And I bet almost everybody could tell a tale of gratitude about someone that checked on them, demonstrated care for them, or helped with the “aftermath”.

We are struck by the juxtaposition of destruction and healing. We think of these as opposites – not existing together. And yet ----- here we have been in the midst of both. It strikes me that we are lured in to thinking seeming opposites cannot exist together. Many have pointed out the suggestion that our use of fossil fuels and other ways of pollution (in other words human activity) are causing climate changes. Others contend climate is cyclical and created by God and we have no effect. And others suggest it is arrogant that any human would think we could effect nature much at all.

Perhaps we could try and hold these ideas all together and act on the premise that God is in control and God created the cosmos for us and made us stewards. And God wants us as partners – as co-creators – striving to balance needs by recognizing God’s intent for God’s children to flourish. Maybe this show of force by nature and the many acts of caring that resulted are shouting that what we do really does matter. Hoping that you might be able to grab the hand of another of God’s children this week,


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Newsletter Staff

Carole Cook

Kathy Barker

Larry McCarroll
Carole Cook

Tolly Wildcat; Carole Cook and anyone else who would like to share a church photograph in the Newsletter.

All Moderators of Sesson Committees and anyone else who would like to participate. The office and the editor have the session approved guidelines for what may go in the newsletter. Any exceptions to the guidelines will be sent by the editor to the session for approval. No political article, please. We always need helpers for putting the newsletter together each month: labeling; stamping and mailing. Many thanks to Angie Goodpasture for offering her services in this area and helping out.
OUTREACH/ INREACH - Mary Alice Adamson, Moderator
1. The Mission Advisory Board of HOPE met 5/14/15 and the information for the churches is as follows:

A. The To Your Health Luncheon will be hosted by our church in the Kitchen of HOPE on, Thursday, 5/28/15. Church members have volunteered to serve in the kitchen for the week of 5/26/15 – 5/28/15. The speaker’s topic will be “Depression”. Call HOPE, 903-586-7781, for reservations.

B. The HOPE Spring Challenge Food Drive will ended on May 31st. This drive substituted for the Feinstein Challenge, which is no longer available, and will be matched by a local donor.

C. The Kiwanis Food Drive done on 3/25/15 at WalMart brought in 1300 lbs. of food and $ 216.

D. In spite of threatening weather, the Post Office annual food drive did well with 4600 lbs. of food weighed initially. Usually more food will come in for a few days after the actual drive.

E. Bridges Out of Poverty Facilitator Training is being offered in Tyler on 6/16/15 – 6/18/15, Tuesday – Thursday. If interested log on to the following website: http://www.ethnn.org/bridges-facilitator-training.html

F. The First Christian Church is initiating a Mother’s Day Out program for 1 day a week, from 10 AM – 3 PM. The plans are to care for 16 children using four church volunteers. Prayers are requested for the successful launch of this service.

G. HOPE has asked that the churches help with an URGENT need for XL Depends with velcro waist straps for a 19 year old quadriplegic who is cared for by a single mother. He weighs almost 200 lbs and his small mother has great difficult lifting him. The panty style Depends require cutting on the sides and tape for closure. Please be on the “lookout” for this size and style of Depends. Purchases may be brought either to the church or to HOPE.

3. We Make the Road by Walking study group meets at Flint, Four Way Café on Thursdays at 12:30 PM. All are welcome for lunch (12:30 PM)/discussion (1:00 PM). Members of FPC, Tyler, are attending this study group.

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On Sunday, May 24th we had our annual Pentecost Picnic, complete with red and yellow banners flying outside the sanctuary, a French horn quartet playing for our enjoyment during the picnic in the Fellowship Hall, lots of delicious side dishes, fried chicken, wonderful desserts plus iced tea and a sea of red shirts, blouses, and anything else red our members wished to wear.

Tables were covered in red and yellow with a banner of red and yellow artificial “flames” on stage. It was quite a feast to be remembered by all who attended.

Many thanks to Ken Cook and the Outreach committee and all the helpers for putting together this special Pentecost Picnic. It was a good time had by all.

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SESSION NOTES - Carole H. Cook, Clerk of Session
Session met on May 21, 2015 for its regular meeting in the church’s session room at 5:25 PM. Rev. Victoria Griffin called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and opened the meeting with a prayer. John Ross read aloud an excerpt from John 3, v. 1-17. A quorum was present.

Elders present were: John Ross; Mary Alice Adamson; Ken Cook, Ann Chandler; and Patrick Matthews. Also present: Sterling Steelman, Treasurer; Carole H. Cook, Clerk of Session; Guests: Rev. Jim Hawthorne and Elder Jimmy Chapman.

Excused Absence: Wayne Wildcat

Moderator Griffin began the meeting with a short video of Angry Family from Everyone Loves Raymond. A short discussion followed.

Treasurer Sterling Steelman presented the April financial report, reviewed it with the session, and answered questions pertaining to the report. Report was noted by consensus as received.

Minutes of the 4-23-15 regular session meeting were approved under the consent agenda. Mary Alice Adamson asked that item H in her Outreach report be lifted from the Consent Agenda and discussed at later time during the regular agenda. End of the Consent agenda items.

Rev. Jim Hawthorne and Elder Jimmy Chapman led a discussion of “Consideration of Options for Financial Viability” with the session. A great deal of information was given and all questions were answered, including three options which will be studied in more detail at a future date. The session greatly appreciated the time and effort both Jim and Jimmy spent talking to the session and explaining these options in detail so all understood. No decisions have been made.


MEMBERSHIP - No one in the hospital at this time. Rev. Jimmie Reese is doing well after outpatient surgery.

PASTOR’S REPORT - Bible Study group in Flint has had 9,8, and 10 in attendance. All are welcome to attend. In addition to the FPC, Jacksonville members attending, so are FPC, Tyler members.


BUILDING & GROUNDS - Moderator Wayne Wildcat is out of town through July. Larry McCarroll will be in charge during Wayne’s absence. Wayne and Tolly worked on getting a lot of work done before they left since they were going to be away for a while.

PERSONNEL & FINANCE - Item H lifted from the Consent Agenda was discussed. It concerned a request from HOPE concerning an urgent need for specific clothing for a quadriplegic individual. Session approved by consensus that a couple of cases be purchased with the funds to come from Benevolences and the cases given to HOPE for dispersement to the person in need.

OUTREACH - See separate report article in the newsletter.

WORSHIP - Ann Chandler reported we had an all time low for Communion (17). Session previously approved unanimously the individual choice of grape juice or wine for communion which will begin shortly. Patrick Matthews brought up the large number of dates during which communion is to be served. The Communion schedule has previously been approved by session although it will be reviewed again by the Worship Committee.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION - John Ross and Madeleine Ross will be out of town during June and July. Ideas are being explored as to who is to be the teacher of the class during their absence.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - Still need the approval of the 2014 Financial Review. Review has been completed, but session has posed some questions that need to be answered by the reviewer.

NEW BUSINESS - Mary Alice Adamson and Patrick Matthews were elected as commissioners to the Presbytery meeting to be held Saturday, June 6th at FPC, Tyler. Ken Cook was elected alternate. Carole Cook will also attend and she gets a vote because she is a member of a Presbytery structure committee (Administrative Commission on Property; Permanent Judicial Commission). Moderator Griffin also gets a vote as a teaching elder in the Presbytery. FPC, Jacksonville member Martha Kelly will attend as a visitor to the Presbytery meeting. "

Motion was made to adjourn the meeting, seconded, and approved.

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Important Dates

June 6 - Presbytery meeting at FPC, Tyler. Starts at 9:30 AM

June 7 - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost; 10th Sunday in Ordinary time

June 14 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost; 11th Sunday in Ordinary time

June 18 - Session meeting at 5:30 PM in session room

June 21 - Father’s Day; 4th Sunday after Pentecost; 12th Sunday in Ordinary time

June 28 - 5th Sunday after Pentecost; 13th Sunday in Ordinary time

Always in Our Hearts - Always in Our Prayers
* Kay Steelman’s mom, Marge Magouyrk, at Bonner Place and not feeling well.
* Mary Johnson is in a health care facility, Oak Brook Health Care Center, in Whitehouse, not Longview as previously reported.
* Mary Louise McGaughey is in Angelina House.
* Paul McElhaney and Ann McElhaney both continue to have health difficulties and need our prayers.
* Willie B. Paine continues rehab at Senior Care and is feeling much better

Please keep all in your hearts and your prayers.
From the Boy Scout Room: Troup #416, 1954
(Can you pick out FPC member Larry McCarroll?)

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         Page 6 - Calendar, June 2015           Join in on Praying for Our Church Family
M/M John Ross
M/M Sterling Steelman
M/M Jerry Barnett
M/M Ken Cook

Gordon Ross

Guest Minister









ALANON - 5:00 p.m.

Parenting Class - 6:00 p.m.




Presbytery Meeting
FPC Tyler


Patrick Matthews
Martha Kelly

Prayers for Robert & Cheryl Adamson

ALANON - 5:00 p.m.

Parenting Class - 6:00 p.m.




Tomato Fest

Larry McCarroll
Angie Goodpasture
Kay Steelman

Flag Day

Prayers for the Barnes Family

ALANON - 5:00 p.m.

Parenting Class - 6:00 p.m.


Session Meeting 5:30PM at Church



Ann Chandler
Sterling & Kay Steelman

Father's Day

Prayers for the Bowden Family

ALANON - 5:00 p.m.

Parenting Class - 6:00 p.m.





Carole Cook
Ken Cook
Angie Goodpasture

Prayers for the McCarroll Family

ALANON - 5:00 p.m.

Parenting Class - 6:00 p.m.

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