August Newsletter 2013


First Presbyterian Church of Macomb

August 2013 Newsletter

This newsletter is an online version at the present time.  We do plan a print version in the future.  In the meantime, if you would like to print a copy of this newsletter to share with someone who doesn’t have online access, click the following link to find a PDF version of the newsletter:  August Newsletter



Please pray for family and friends who mourn the death of Gretchen Mounce who died on Monday, July 15, 2013.



There was no July Session meeting.

A special meeting for Session has been scheduled at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 3 at noon to examine the new deacons and elders.  Lunch will be served.

The regularly scheduled Session meeting is August 14.  Newly elected elders are invited to attend the August meeting.



Elders, deacons, a nominating committee and an audit committee were elected at a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 29.  Thank you to all those who have agreed to share your gifts and talents with us in these positions.

Elder Class of 2016 – Robin Bauerly, Gene Miller, Sheila Nollen, Susan Rinehart, Dave Shane; Class of 2015 – Earle Cramer; Class of 2014 Charlotte Morrow

Deacon Class of 2016 – Alan Bishop, Jan Kinman, Nancy Krey, Jean Lewis, Diana Stephens; Class of 2015- Jeannie Bishop, Felix Chu, Susan Passmore, Peg Scharfenberg; Class of 2014 Donna Quesal

Nominating Committee – Sylvia Hofer, Chuck Neblock, Angie Thornton

Audit Committee – Conrad Deener, Mike Hays,Pam Huston

New officer training for elders and deacons will be held on Saturday, August 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Session has called a special meeting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 3 to examine the new deacons and elders.

Installation/ Ordination will take place at both worship services on Sunday, August 4.



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If you and your family (kids encouraged!) would like to have an opportunity to ring the tower bell at the beginning of the 10:30 a.m. worship service, please contact Joanie Herbert at or 309-836-7334 to be included in the schedule.  Individuals and families who have not rung the bell before will be given a quick lesson before the service.  What a wonderful way to begin our time of worship together!




This year Will Wetzel is coordinating a joint First Pres-First Christian Church Youth Service Project with Habitat for Humanity during our Vacation Bible School on Sunday, August 4 through Thursday, August 8 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

He invites you to join in building planter boxes for Habitat Homes and “resurfacing” an underground home’s dirt roof with mint. This project is targeted for kids entering 6th through 12th grade. Younger kids can join in the traditional Vacation Bible School activities focused around a Habitat for Humanity Curriculum.

If you have anyone interested in coming to work on the youth project please email Will Wetzel at or by calling him at 309-255-3448.



On August 9, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food for Thought will be having an End of Summer Water Party at the First Presbyterian Church’s green space on Carroll Street.

Volunteers are needed!

Please sign up for Food for Thought End of Summer Event – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Will Wetzel at


PADS  (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

There will be PADS training on Friday, August 16th from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. -noon.  If you would like to be a volunteer for PADS you must complete one of the training sessions.

The online sign-up link is:  You may also contact Will Wetzel @ or call @ 309-255-3448 to sign-up for training.


 Worship in the Park



Anyone who reads music is welcome to join us on our first rehearsal, September 5th at 5:30 p.m.  We are always eager to have new voices try us on for size!



There is a bell choir for everyone and we need you!

Carillon Bells:  for adults and college age students with some ringing background or music experience.  We meet Thursday nights 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal will start on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

Knox Bells:  for youth in 7-12 grades who enjoy music, fellowship, and fun and has some in reading music .  We meet on Sunday evenings at 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.  Rehearsal will start on Sunday, August 25, 2013.  If you have a friend who would like to ring and whose parents would not mind letting them ring one Sunday a month at our church, ask them join us.

Westminister Bells:  for youth in 3-6 grade who enjoy music and would like to have some fun making.  No music or ringing experience needed. We will meet on Sunday evenings from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Rehearsal will start Sunday, August 25, 2013.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact  Nancy Caldwell Director of Bell Choirs at  Email: or phone 309-837-4734.



View our complete August calendar here.

Communion Preparation/Cleanup – 10:30 a.m. service, August 4 – Pam Huston/Lisa Mooney

August lector schedule

Lector/Usher 8:00 a.m. Worship*

*Please note – Members are encouraged to signup for lector and usher duties.

August 4            Rooney Dively/ Darwin Armentrout

August 11            Donna Quesal/ Darwin Armentrout

August 18            Earle Cramer/ Darwin Armentrout

August 25 – Worship in the Park – One Service 10:00 a.m.


Lector 10:30 a.m. Worship

August 4 – Sheila Nollen

August 11 – Jim Lucie

August 18 – Jeanne Stierman

August 25 – Donna Quesal – Worship in the Park – One Service 10:00 a.m.


Jazz Worship Schedule

No jazz worship services are scheduled in August.




After a summer which has taken its members in all directions, the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church look forward to an exciting year.

The fall rummage sale is scheduled for September 19-21. Please note that the dates are earlier this year which means that those closets, basements, garages, nooks and crannies should be inspected for items in good condition which can be donated. Donations are currently being accepted. Volunteers are needed to help with sorting, pricing, set-up, kitchen activities and many other jobs that make this event a success.

With fall comes school and the Little Red Wagon Project. This project has grown over the years and is now an important resource providing school supplies to students from low-income families in the Macomb school district.  Look for the display in the parlor for information on the types of supplies needed and how you can support this program. The Sunday Morning Circle continues to take the lead on collecting and delivering the supplies but the help of every church member is crucial in supporting this effort. Check below for more information about the Little Red Wagon Project.

Even with summer’s hot temperatures, chocolate, coffee, olive oil and other items from Fair Exchange have their place. Visit the display in the parlor to stock up. This project is on-going and we look forward to delicious treats while supporting the growers who provide them.

Fellowship will continue to be a big part of PW activities in the coming year. Upcoming events include the fall luncheon in October and the Christmas Tea in December. Watch for more details concerning these events. As always, all women of First Presbyterian Church are invited and urged to become involved in PW activities as we move into what promises to be an exciting, enjoyable year.



As PW prepares once again for our Little Red Wagon drive to collect school supplies and cash donations for additional supplies, we thought it would be a good time to thank you for your generosity last year and to give you a report on what happened with those donations.

We sorted all the donated supplies, used some of the cash to buy more on the list, then delivered to Lincoln School and shelved them all in the supply room the day before classes started. This amounted to a very large stock of school supplies to be used by the students in their everyday work at school.

The building nurse reported that shoes were needed immediately, since their supply was completely gone. So PW went directly to purchase shoes in various sizes. After doing some sorting and inventory, the nurse later provided another list of clothes needed for the “clothes closet” in her office.  It was a long list of pants, shirts, socks, underwear, and more shoes–for both boys and girls in many sizes. That order was also filled, using your cash donations, and taken to the school. 

Here is a note PW received from Kayce Fuhrman, School Nurse:

 “Thank you very much for the shoes & clothing you donated for our students. We could not meet the needs of our students without the support of those like you. This will help a lot of kids, from those that just need to borrow shoes for PE to those that do not have shoes and adequate clothing to wear.  We really appreciate your generosity and continued support.”

This year we will be collecting Little Red Wagon supplies from Sunday, July 21, through Sunday, August 18.



Thank you for your in-kind donation of Baby Caps to be included in our Safe Motherhood KitsTM.  We have received an amazing amount of support for our Safe Mother hood KitsTM program from donors like you and we truly appreciate your involvement.

Our Safe Mother hood KitsTM contain sterile and essential supplies for expectant mothers and their newborn babies in developing countries where infant and maternal mortality rates are staggering. What seems like a small bag of simple items to us is the difference between a clean, safe birth or an increased risk of a child-birth related infection.

We are very grateful for your generosity and concern for those in need.  Because of your gift, expectant mothers and their newborn babies will have a greater chance for a healthy life!

With deepest appreciation,

Richard L. Santo, President and CEO

IMA World Health




         The morning circle will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Dairy on the 4th Thursday of each of the summer months.


     The Sunday Morning Circle will meet for lunch on the second Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Dairy:  June 14th, July 12th and August 9th.  It is simply whoever can make it that day and if someone cannot come until noon, that’s fine too.



 thorntonAvalynn Dawn Thornton 8 lbs.,5 oz., 20 ¼ inches was born July 10, 2013 at 6:29 p.m. Her parents are DJ (Dustin) and Amber Thornton. Grandparents are Russ and Angie Thornton and John and Dawn Swanson. Great grandmothers are Jill Sutton and Karen Garrett all of Macomb.









audreyAudrey Elizabeth Schoonover was born July 10, 2013 at 7:10 p.m., 7 lbs 6 oz, 20.5 inches, lots of hair. Mom Katie, dad Brett, and baby are all doing well. Maternal grandparents are Jim and Nancy Caldwell.










In this part of our newsletter, we want to share our joys and accomplishments. Do you have any graduations to celebrate?  Let us know.  Send in your joys, honors and happy milestones so your church family can celebrate with you.  Don’t be afraid to brag!  Send your joys to and include pictures if you have them.




The MORNING CIRCLE enjoys lunch together at Old Dairy.  They will meet again on August 9.



Share information from you, your group, or your committee.  Items for the September Newsletter should be emailed to  BEFORE August 25.  Pictures are welcome!