October 2014 First Presbyterian Church
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Schedule 2014
  9:30 - Sunday School
10:15 - Fellowship
10:30 - Worship

Inside this issue:
Page 2
Session Notes
Page 3
Important Dates
Always in Our Hearts
Page 4
Page 5
Elder Nominations
Page 6

New Beginnings Worshop
Richardson FPC
Vicki Griffin, Martha Kelly, Patrick Matthews and John Ross
Carole Cook and Wayne Wildcat
Ken & Carole Cook

Dear Church Family,

Love those refreshing little cool fronts and the almost crisp mornings. Thanks be to God for the wonders of creation!

A couple of exciting things coming up. Through a very generous offering from one of our community we are about to embark upon some much needed repairs to our building. We had an informal inspection of the building a little over a year ago when we were installing the accessible bathroom and have worked with several contractors to develop plans. A number of things were identified that needed work. Last year we did the most critical item – replacing the metal capping on the edges of the education building.

Because of this gift we are now ready to start additional needed items. Some of the highlights are – sand blasting, painting and powder coating the step and ramp railings – repairing the steeple – replacing the siding on the wall adjacent to the flat roof – replacing rotten fascia boards – sanding and repainting the fire escape – repainting the exterior of the sanctuary – replacing the alley door, the fellowship hall entrance doors and the garden entry door – and painting the hallway and copier room between the sanctuary and fellowship hall. The work will begin over the next few weeks with a target completion by the end of the year. We are thankful for the legacy of stewardship and generosity of our members.

Eleven of us made a foray to the metroplex for a leaders workshop on New Beginnings. Plans are underway for the next step. We will have a meeting together with everybody on Nov.2 and then we will have 5 follow on small group meetings over the next weeks. We’ll divide into groups and decide on meeting times and locations. Each group will be co-facilitated. The co-facilitators are John Ross and Tolly Wildcat, Ken Cook and Patrick Matthews, and Carole Cook and Wayne Wildcat. The opening meeting on the 2nd will be in the afternoon and include a meal for all. Please mark it on your calendar. All eleven of us thought the trip was greatly worthwhile and we’re anxious to get started with our next phase. During this phase we will review our comprehensive report on our church and our area, look at the experience of some other congregations and discern our future. During this phase we will be discerning what we might look like and then after that will have another phase to imagine what needs to be in place to begin the future. On October 5th we will have a brief congregational meeting for the purpose of hearing a report from the nominating committee and electing two elders for the class of 2017.

With joy and thanksgiving,


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Session Notes - Carole Cook, Clerk of Session
Session met on September 21, 2014 for its regular meeting in the church’s session room. The meeting followed immediately after the worship service. This change in day and time had been approved by the session at the August session meeting. Rev. Victoria Griffin called the meeting to order at 11:50 AM and opened the meeting with a prayer. A quorum was present.

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

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

Minutes of the 8-27-14 regular session meeting were approved as presented. Rev. Griffin brought the session up-to-date about members and regular visitors in the hospital or ill at home.

Session elected Angie Goodpasture as the session’s commissioner to the Stated Presbytery meeting in Longview, Saturday, September 22. Carole Cook and Rev. Griffin will also be in attendance.

Rev. Griffin gave the Building and Grounds update in Wayne Wildcat’s absence and brought everyone up to date with his recovery from surgery after he broke his leg in two places at home earlier in the week. He is recovering at home with Tolly watching over him and making sure he gets some rest. Ann Chandler is recovering from a dislocated shoulder she received in a fall and is doing well.

Personnel and Finance Committee had no report. Outreach/Inreach (Mission) report is elsewhere in this newsletter.

Ann Chandler gave the Worship report. It was determined that the current number of servers for Communion continues to be sufficient. Christian Education is continuing its adult classroom study of the Thoughtful Christian. Class regularly has twelve attendees.

Unfinished Business: Rev. Griffin gave an update on the New Beginnings leadership training session September 12-13 in Richardson. We had 10 attendees from our church attending the two day training session. Those attending were Rev. Griffin, John Ross, Wayne and Tolly Wildcat; Carole and Ken Cook; Martha Kelly and Patrick Matthews; Judy McDaniel (a frequent visitor to our church and lifelong Presbyterian); and Kathy Barker, our church secretary. It was a high energy two day session with invigorating enthusiasm. November 2nd will be the first day of our church’s first session in New Beginnings with members of our own church leading the small groups. It is important that all members and frequent visitors attend this meeting at the church following worship. More details will be forthcoming.

Session reviewed Exum’s quote for some repair work to our church structure and voted to go with it. Funds will be used from a recent generous donation to our church. As approved at the previous meeting, two computers were purchased - one for the Pastor and one for the church secretary.

New Business: Session approved the motion to call a congregational meeting to hear the report of the 2014 Nominating committee on Sunday, October 5th and to act on any business resulting from that meeting.

Session meeting was adjourned with prayer by Rev. Griffin at 12:59

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Important Dates

October 2 - Discussion Group at the church at 5:30 PM
October 5 - Congregational meeting to elect Nominating committee of 2015 and members of Elder class 2017; Communion; World Communion Sunday; Peacekeeping offering; 17th Sunday after Pentecost
October 7 - Trinity Circle Field Trip - see article in newsletter
October 9 - Discussion group at Church at 5:30 PM
October 12 - 18th Sunday after Pentecost
October 13 - Columbus Day
October 16 - World Food Day; discussion group at Church at 5:30 PM
October 19 - 19th Sunday after Pentecost; Session meets in session room following worship
October 23 - Discussion group at Church at 5:30 PM
October 26 - 20th Sunday after Pentecost; Reformation Sunday
October 30 - Discussion group at Church at 5:30 PM
October 31 - Halloween

* Our deepest sympathy and condolences to former member Mary Reimer and her family for the recent passing of her husband, Henry Reimer, in Colorado where they had moved to be with their daughters and families during Henry’s illness. Mary’s brother and sister-in-law are members,
Kenneth J. Cook, and his wife Carole H. Cook attended the service that was held in Colorado. As very active members of our church, Mary and Henry helped set up communion on Communion Sundays plus had been active in the Home Repair group, HOPE, and other mission service projects.
* Kay Steelman’s mom, Marge Magouyrk, at Bonner Place and not feeling well.
* Mary Johnson has moved to a Retirement Village in Tyler.
* Mary Louise McGaughey has recently moved into Angelina House and is enjoying herself.
* Ann Chandler’s brother Jack is recovering from heart valve surgery. Ann Chandler herself is recovering from a dislocated shoulder from a recent fall.
* Mary Alice Adamson (Dr. Bone) recently went to Dallas to celebrate her class reunion of their graduation from Medical School. She was accompanied by Robert and Cheryl Adamson. Congratulations, Mary Alice!
* 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.
The Trinity Circle group has only 2 lessons left in their study guide, which they plan to complete in November and December. For the first meeting on October 7th they have planned a field trip. It will coincide with the “Friend to Friend” event being held in Rusk and sponsored by the County Agri-Life Extension Service. The women of Cherokee County are invited to learn about breast and cervical cancer, enjoy a fabulous lunch provided by the host, and hear S. Vukelja, M.D. (Dr. V.), Tyler Oncologist and author, speak. They plan to meet at the church at 10:15 AM then proceed to Rusk as a group. Although there is no charge to attend this event, reservations are required by October 1st, therefore those interested should contact the church or call Mary Alice Adamson by Monday, September 29th.

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HOPE MISSION ADVISORY BOARD REPORT - Mary Alice Adamson, Moderator of Outreach/Inreach Committee
INREACH: 1. Continued prayers and expressions of concern are requested for those in our church family in need of our love and support.
2. As the New Beginnings Program unfolds, hold in prayer those who participated in the recent Leadership Training Program, and join with them in discussion and planning for our congregation’s future.

1. The Mission Advisory Board of HOPE met 9/11/14 and many upcoming events were announced which are of interest to our congregation.
a. The goal of 150 backpacks @ $162 each has been reached, however, contributions to this program will be encouraged in order to expand the program as needed or saved as seed money for next year’s need.
b. Our church will sponsor the To Your Health Luncheon, to be held at the Kitchen of Hope, on 11/20/14. More later about this event!
c. Parenting Classes continue to meet at our church. This program meets weekly for 10 weeks, with a new session beginning 9/15/14.
d. The annual Scarecrow Trail at the Ruth Nichols Arboretum will be held Saturday, 10/11/14, and Saturday, 10/18/14, from 9 AM – 4 PM. The price of admission is 1 canned good/staple or $1 per person which will benefit HOPE. This is a most interesting event and provides a little exercise (walking) to see all the clever scarecrows scattered amid the beautiful setting.
e. A bake sale for HOPE will be held at Austin Bank on 10/24/14.
f. Sweet Treats will be held downtown for children on 10/30/14 beginning at 5 PM. Admission is 1 canned good/staple for HOPE or $1 for the Crisis Center.
g. The Empty Bowl Event benefitting HOPE will be held at the Central Baptist Church Annex on Sunday, 11/16/14, beginning at 11 AM
h. The Hunter Johnson Harvest for HOPE will be collected the month of November. This drive is named after a local youth, who, although he is wheelchair bound, collected 2000 canned goods for HOPE last year.
i. Coats for Kids will be held on 11/8/14.
Madeleine Ross won her division in the Triathlon in
the Rose City races near Tyler. She had to run, ride
a bike, and then swim a number of miles and the
weather was quite chilly that day.

Way to go Madeleine!!!

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Ken Cook and his wife Carole have been members of our church since 2001 and have attended since 1999. They had retired and moved from Dallas to Lake Jacksonville where they had a lake cabin. Ken had a career in metal sales and then insurance after he retired the first time. He still continues to do insurance sales. Since joining the church, they have been very active in the work of the church. Ken became a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dallas, so when they moved to Jacksonville, he became involved and soon was an elder on the session at FPC, Jacksonville, serving on the Building and Grounds committee and the Outreach committee plus helping with the Lenten Pancake Breakfast each year and other festive food occasions during the year at church. He and Carole are both active members in our Adult Sunday School Class. Ken helps mentor children in math at Father’s Love across the street from our church, along with Ann Chandler, who mentors children in English.

His wife Carole is also a ruling elder and has served as Clerk of Session now for 9 years. She continues to serve on Committees at Grace Presbytery and recently served as a commissioner to the PC(USA) General Assembly this past June in Detroit, Michigan. Ken and Carole have a grown daughter Jennifer, who married Drew Hess at Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly almost two years ago. Jennifer and Drew live in Richardson where Drew is a contractor and Jennifer is teaching in DISD, specializing in blind, deaf, and autistic children and youth.

Ken is being nominated, along with Patrick Matthews, to be elders in the Class of 2017.
Patrick Matthews came into our community about 6 years ago. He is retired as an airline pilot and has many other interesting experiences in his background. Patrick has two sons and lives on acreage off of CR 747 in a home largely constructed by himself and his late wife Dianne. In addition to flying Patrick also has quite a bent for sailing. He captained a 65 foot catamaran and sailed across the pacific from Auckland to San Francisco. He also bought a trawler, rebuilt it, and he and Dianne sailed the inside passage from Seattle almost to Juneau (before navigation by GPS). Patrick is what might be called an intentional Presbyterian having joined our fellowship and having previous affiliations in several other branches of the church. The Thursday night discussion group has been greatly blessed by Patrick sharing his insights and experiences. We also have the wonderful addition of Martha Kelly who started coming because of her relationship with Patrick and then decided to join us.

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         Page 6 - Calendar, October 2014           Join in on Praying for Our Church Family
M/M J N Grimes

Paul McElhaney
Oralynn Paine
James Adamson
Willie B Payne
Dick Birch
Tolly Wildcat
Katelin Kombos

Guest Minister









Bible Study
& Discussion Group
5:30 PM



Carole Cook
Patrick Matthews
Martha Kelly

Congregational Meeting

Holy Communion

Prayers for the Steelman Family

Trinity Circle


Bible Study
& Discussion Group
5:30 PM



Ann Chandler
Sterling & Kay Steelman

Prayers for the Reece Family

Columbus Day



Bible Study
& Discussion Group
5:30 PM



Mary Alice Adamson
John & Madeleine Ross

Session Meeting 5:30PM at Church

Prayers for the Adamson Family



Bible Study
& Discussion Group
5:30 PM



Larry McCarroll
Ken & Carole Cook

Prayers for the Barnett Family



Bible Study
& Discussion Group
5:30 PM



November 1st
All Saints Day
Daylight Savings Time ends tonight. Turn your clock back 1 hour at bedtime.

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