April 2015 Newsletter




Please pray for the family and friends of

Angie Thornton who died on March 13, 2015

Dorothy Harris who died on March 19, 2015

Pastor Mark Merrill’s mother who died March 26, 2015


I express my gratitude and heartfelt thanks for prayers, well-wishes, cards and greetings as I was gone to be with my mother. It was most caring and supportive to experience these things as she was dying and after her death.

I continue to cherish your support and care in the coming weeks and months.

         Rev. Mark S. Merrill



Three more Jazz Worship Services will be held this spring. All the services are from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

 The April 12th service will be held in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. The theme for this service is “Rebirth.”

The April 26th service will be at the Arts Center on the Square. The theme for this service is “Respect.”

The May 3rd service will be at the Arts Center on the Square. A couple of Byron McChord’s piano students from the F4T program will be playing in the service. The theme for this service is “Freedom and Gratitude.”



We will have some very inspiring music for Sunday, April 12th: a brass quartet will join us for “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” as our opening hymn at the 10:30 service. Westminster Bells will ring and the Chancel Choir will sing an arrangement of “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” from Handel’s MESSIAH

April 19th: Carillon Bells will ring at the 10:30 service and the Chancel Choir will sing “A Song of the Seasons.”



On Sunday, April 26, 2015 lunch will be served in the parlor following the second service.   There will be no agenda. This is just an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with family and others in the congregation. Plan to join us.



chartIncome and Expenses for the Year

The chart should make it pretty obvious that for our first 2 months, we spent more than we took in. To pay the bills, we have transferred $32,000 from the Good News investment account to the checking account. We also transferred $8122 from the Cornerstone investment account to checking to pay the architect fees for the parking lot plan.

We did not spend any memorial money in January or February.

For the full financial statements, see the green Finance, Stewardship, & Memorials binder on the parlor table.


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Spring Rummage Sale

The Spring Rummage Sale will be held April 16, 17 and 18. It’s not too late to volunteer to help. Contact Margaret Bourke mbourke@logonix.net and she will find a job for you.


PW Spring Tea

All women of the church are invited to the Spring Tea to be held on Sunday, April 12 @ 2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall at the church.


Boys in the BoatPW Book Discussion

The book for our spring PW Discussion is Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.   This is the inspiring story of a group of unlikely athletes finding the determination, hope, and spirit to reach their goal of competing successfully against Hitler’s German rowing team.   Nancy Colvin will lead our discussion on Wednesday, April 29 at noon. Please join us! All are welcome! Three copies of the book are available in the church library. Amazon Kindle owners can find a special price of $2.99 (subject to change).



The Walking with Africans subcommittee of Service and Justice has allocated the funds from the 2014 Christmas Eve worship service. A check for$2666.30 has been sent to the Marion Medical Mission to further their work on our behalf in three countries of eastern Africa: Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania. We asked that it be used for shallow wells (CLEAN water!) in three villages serving approximately 450 people; secondary school scholarships for pupils needing that help and also for some of the well maintenance staff; rehabilitation of older shallow wells; and school supplies. Of primary importance is clean water thus allowing for health and life, followed closely by the need for education. You have been very generous with your Christmas Eve donations and we join the people of Marion Medical Mission and these countries in Africa in thanking you! The Walking with Africans subcommittee includes Jim Caldwell, Fran Hamilton, Margaret Bourke, Bob Bowen, and Sheila and Paul Nollen.



Lectors: April 12 – Courtney Blankenship

               April 19 – Frank Covey

               April 26 – Nancy Krey

               May 3 – Jennifer Edwards

 Communion: May 3 – Jeanne Stierman/Becky Fitzgerald

Jazz Worship Service: Sunday, April 12 @ 6:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church




The Church Newsletter has resumed publication with Lois Shane, editor and Sue Rericha as photographer. Please send any submissions for the May newsletter to lbshane@gmail.com by April 27.