May 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
News Letter Staff
Worship Committee
Outreach/Inreach
Page 3
Education Committee
Building & Grounds Report
Page 4
Session Minutes
Page 5
Helen Fordyce Memorial
Page 6
Important Dates
Always in Our Hearts
Study Group Planned
Page 7
Calendar

Helen Fordyce Memorial
Reception
Dear Church Family,

Let me start this month by expressing appreciation to everyone who made possible and attended our concert honoring Helen Fordyce’s life and teaching. It was a great time of working together with individuals and committees taking care of all the arrangements; everything from moving chairs to getting flowers to carrying stuff to chopping and cutting and arranging and writing checks and cheering. Over a hundred people were gathered in our sanctuary to honor Helen, experience Christian hospitality and be inspired by great sacred music. Our guest organist Bill Bane from Trinity Episcopal in Longview played selections that demonstrated the magnificent creativity and range of music from ancient plainsong to Bach all the way to contemporary pieces of the jazz pianist George Shearing and variations on the folk song Kum Ba Yah. We were so privileged to have Bob and Diane and Larry, Dan, and David and Karen and Kara with us.

The warm (hot) days are coming and sometimes we think of summer as the slow time. I hope we will all take some time to relax but we will have plenty of special events to keep us looking forward. Check the detailed article on the adventure starting in Bullard this Thursday. May 17th we will have a light Sunday Supper followed by an informal concert by organ students from UT Tyler and Stephan F. Austin. Their teacher is Christina Harmon, long time organist at Park Cities Baptist in Dallas and now assistant organist at Christ Episcopal in Tyler and organ teacher for both of the schools. Education has long been a hallmark of the Presbyterian tradition and I hope you will take this opportunity to support these students and to enjoy their talents. On Pentecost we will have as guest leading in worship the choir from First Church Tyler and we’ll celebrate together with an Indoor Picnic after worship. We’ll have the fried chicken and drinks and bread ---- bring a side or dessert if you’re in the mood to cook a little. July will bring the Great East Texas Round Robin where we have a pulpit exchange with several area Presbyterian congregations. Starting on August 9th we are going to celebrate the American heritage of people’s music with guest pianist Kerry Simes (a member of 1st Tyler) for three Sundays. Get ready to unfreeze and tap those toes to the rhythm of gospel, blues and more.

This coming Sunday the 10th we welcome our own Robert Adamson to the pulpit. We appreciate Robert’s gifts and willingness to share. He is a tangible reminder of God’s work through this community of faith. I will be in Wimberley with my family for a wedding. I will miss you all but I’m greatly looking forward to a weekend with most of four generations of my family. Opening with you to the rush of Holy Spirit among us,

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Newsletter Staff

EDITOR:
Carole Cook

ASST. EDITOR:
Kathy Barker

PROOFERS:
Larry McCarroll
Carole Cook

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

CONTRIBUTORS:
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 4/16/15 and the information for the churches represented is as follows:
A. The churches had a successful March Madness Manna competition won by Benson Memorial CME Church. A total of 1100 lbs, including cash, was received. First Christian Church was second and Father’s Love third.

B. A Spring Challenge Food Drive for local businesses is taking place from April 6th to May 31st. This will substitute for the Feinstein Challenge, which is no longer available, and will be matched by a local donor.

C. The Life Enrichment Classes at HOPE have been well attended. The last one Wednesday, April 29th, 10-11 AM, will be on the topic of “Be Your Own Life Coach”, with speaker, Vicki Griffin. Sessions are open to all.

D. The Post Office food drive for HOPE will be Saturday, May 9th.

E. Iris Dennis, Father’s Love, attended for the first time since completing treatment for ovarian cancer and, thankfully, she is doing well. She expressed her deep appreciation for Ann Chandler and Ken Cook who continue to tutor 10 year old boys after school each week. She reported that these students’ state school test scores have improved greatly since receiving this valuable help. Thank you, Ann and Ken!

F. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church will not continue the summer feeding program for children which they have sponsored for many years. Sweet Union will continue its participation in this summer feeding program for children
2. The Memorial Concert honoring Helen Fordyce will be held in our sanctuary, Sunday, April 26th at 4 PM. The concert will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.



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EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT - John Ross, Moderator
Last Sunday marked a special educational event. The Sunday School and church went to First Presbyterian, Tyler, for the Kirking of the Tartans. It was a wonderful reminder of the Scottish heritage of Presbyterianism. Our own Madeleine Ross read the epistle lesson, bringing her Scottish accent to the combined service of the Tyler and Jacksonville churches. Sunday school is continuing with downloadable studies from The Thoughtful Christian. We have just completed two sessions on “Biblical Accounts of the Crucifixion.” We are going to emphasize social and ethical issues for the rest of the year, interspersed with more traditional Bible study and theological subjects. For the next three sessions, we will study the Christian approach to homosexuality.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS REPORT - Wayne Wildcat, Moderator
Additional painting is to be done by the painters. B & G are getting bids on small AC/Heating units of the room(s) adjacent to Fellowship Hall. Carpet has been cleaned in the two rooms adjacent to the Fellowship Hall. Will get bid from Maddox Electricity on lights in the Fellowship Hall. Will get carpet bid on what to do about carpet in aisle of sanctuary since it is loose and could cause someone to trip. Exum will need to paint the outside new boards, outside entrance to Fellowship Hall, and put second coat of paint on doors in garden hallway. Walk through is still planned. Will get bid from Maddox Electricity on lights in Fellowship Hall, new approach suggested to remove fluorescent fixtures and return to round lights underneath with LED.

MIKE AND MARTITA VAUGHN HAVE A NEW GRANDSON
Chase Benton Vaughn was born
Thursday, April 30th, 2015, shortly before noon.
9 lbs - 20 inches. Everyone is doing great. Congratulations!


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SESSION NOTES - Carole H. Cook, Clerk of Session
Session met on April 23, 2015 for its regular meeting in the church’s session room at 5:30 PM. Rev. Victoria Griffin called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and opened the meeting with a prayer. A quorum was present.

Elders present were: Sterling Steelman, Treasurer; Carole H. Cook, Clerk of Session; John Ross; Mary Alice Adamson; Ken Cook, Ann Chandler; Wayne Wildcat, and Patrick Matthews.

Treasurer Sterling Steelman presented the March financial report, reviewed it with the session, and answered questions pertaining to the report. Report was noted by consensus as received. It is noted that the Annual Review of the Treasurer’s records for 2014 was reviewed by Veronica Mayer and sent to Sterling Steelman. Session responded to some questions from Ms. Mayer and the review returned to her. Session approved the motion that the terms of the FPC Health Reimbursement Arrangement be amended on page 3 under Contributions to add the following statement: “The church shall have the right to recover unused funds remaining in the HRA on an annual basis.” Seconded. Approved.

Minutes of the 3-19-15 regular session meeting were approved under the consent agenda. Rev. Griffin brought the session up-to-date about members and regular visitors in the hospital or ill at home. The consent agenda items were approved by the session.

Building and Grounds committee is in its entirety elsewhere in this newsletter. Additional painting is to be done by the painters. B & G are getting bids on small AC/Heating units of the room(s) adjacent to Fellowship Hall. Carpet has been cleaned in the two rooms adjacent to the Fellowship Hall. Will get bid from Maddox Electricity on lights in the Fellowship Hall.

Personnel and Finance Committee had report included the information and motion concerning the FPC Health Reimbursement Arrangement which was approved by session. Outreach/Inreach (Mission) report is elsewhere in this newsletter.

Worship Committee report was presented by Patrick Matthews. The use of wine or grape juice was approved by the last session and the starting date will be worked out and announced. How often we should have communion was also discussed. Christian Education is continuing its adult classroom study of the Thoughtful Christian. Class regularly has twelve attendees.

Education Committee report of 4-23-15 gave details of a special educational event on Sunday, April 19th at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler. The Sunday School and church went to First, Tyler for the Kirking of the Tartans. It was a wonderful reminder of the Scottish heritage of Presbyterianism. Madeleine Ross read the epistle lesson, bringing her Scottish Accent to the combined service of the Tyler and Jacksonville Churches. Lunch was served on the lawn after worship while the Pipe and Drummer band played (from the Presbyterian College, Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas) and a Highland dancer did the Sword Dancer. Additional information is elsewhere in this newsletter.

Unfinished Business: An update was given on the progress of New Beginnings. Next meeting will be Wednesday, May 16th at the church in the church parlor for the Team Leaders and members of the Team Leaders’ committees. Facilitator Jimmy Chapman from Grace presbytery brought us up to date how other churches involved in New Beginnings are doing. Our church is one of the churches moving farther along in the program.

Cafe Connections: Group forms in Bullard and led by Rev. Griffin other Flint area folks for engaging conversation in relation to Scripture and Brian McLaren’s book We Make the Road by Walking at the 4-Way Café in Flint.

Though sponsored by Presbyterians in the area, all are welcome to join this new group beginning Thursday, May 7 at 1 p.m. Participants are responsible for purchasing the book which is widely available in print and digital formats. And bring a favorite Bible translation to add to the fun! Additional information is elsewhere in the newsletter.

Session meeting was adjourned with prayer by Rev. Griffin at 6:40 PM.


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Helen Fordyce Memorial Concert & Reception






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Important
Dates


May 3 - 5th Sunday of Easter; Communion; Rev. Jimmie Reese preaching
May 6 - New Beginnings Team leaders and committees meet at 6 PM, church parlor
May 7 - National Day of Prayer
May 10 - Mother’s Day; 6th Sunday of Easter; Robert Adamson preaching.
May 14 - Ascension of the Lord
May 17 - 7th Sunday of Easter
May 21 -Session meets at 5:30 PM in session room at 5:30
May 24 - Day of Pentecost; Communion
May 25 - Memorial Day
May 31 - Trinity Sunday; Communion

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.
* The memorial concert honoring the life and teaching of Mrs. Helen Fordyce was held at the church on Sunday, April 26th. We nearly filled the sanctuary. Bob Fordyce and family members attended the concert. Many thanks to Bill Bane for doing an outstanding job as organist for the concert. And many thanks to everyone who set up tables, set out the food, made the punch, you name it, for the reception afterward. Also, a thank you to Suzanne Morris for the lovely poem she wrote “Visit to a Mainline Church” which honored Mrs. Fordyce. It was read out loud as part of the service.

Please keep all in your hearts and your prayers.
Cafe Connections: Group Forms in Flint
Thursday, May 7, 2015
1:00pm 3:00pm
4-Way Cafe18973 FM 2493 Flint, TX, 75762

Meet up with the Rev. Vicki Griffin of FPC Jacksonville and other Flint area folks for engaging conversation in relation to Scripture and Brian McLaren’s book We Make the Road by Walking at the 4-Way Café in Flint.

Though sponsored by Presbyterians in the area, all are welcome to join this new group beginning Thursday, May 7 at 1 p.m. Participants are responsible for purchasing the book which is widely available in print and digital formats. And bring a favorite Bible translation to add to the fun!

McLaren states he wrote the book, “to help individuals and groups seize this moment and walk wisely and joyfully into the future together,” and this group intends to do just that.

The group grows out of a calling to enrich their own lives and to offer something close by for folks in the Bullard/Flint/Gresham area.

For more information contact the Rev. Vicki Griffin at the Church.


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         Page 7 - Calendar, May 2015           Join in on Praying for Our Church Family
Birthdays:
17th
Rebecca Dent
26th
Mike Vaughn
30th
Carole Cook


Guest Minister
Liturgist
Usher/Greeter
Flowers




Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday











1

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3
Rev Jimmie Reese
Larry McCarroll
Ken & Carole Cook

Communion

4
Prayers for the Ross Family

5
ALANON - 5:00 PM


6
New Beginnings
Meeting
6:00 PM

7
National Day
of Prayer

8

9

10
Robert Adamson
Madeleine Ross
Patrick Matthews
Martha Kelly


11
Prayers for the Steelman Family

12
Trinity Circle 10:00 AM at Church

ALANON - 5:00 PM
Parenting Class - 6:00 PM

13

14
Ascension
of The Lord

15

16

17
Ann Chandler
Bonner Bowden
Ken Cook



18
Prayers for Martha Kelly

19
ALANON - 5:00 PM
Parenting Class - 6:00 PM

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21
Session Meeting 5:30PM at Church

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23

24
John Ross
Sterling & Kay Steelman


Pentecost

Communion

25
Prayers for Bob Fordyce

Memorial Day
Office Closed

26
ALANON - 5:00 PM
Parenting Class - 6:00 PM

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28

29

30

31
Mary Alice Adamson
John & Madeleine Ross
Trinity Sunday

Communion









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