June 2013 Newsletter


First Presbyterian Church of Macomb

June 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: June 2013 Newsletter



Please pray for the family and friends who mourn the death of Donald (Don) Bath who died on May 27, 2013.



At the May 8 meeting, Session

¯ Approved the revised 2013 budget.

¯ Discussed the possibility of increasing the church secretary’s hours of work.

¯ Discussed an update of the personnel manual.

¯ Heard in Pastor Kathy’s report that Confirmation Sunday will be June 2.  She also noted that we will have a community service worker assigned here for 30 hours of service.

¯ Approved a called meeting of Session on June 2 at 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of examining the confirmation class.

¯ Heard from Service & Justice that over $2500 was raised from Mission in Motion.

¯ Heard from Will Wetzel that the Mission Trip Spaghetti Supper raised $  744.  The mission trip will involve 31 people from 4 churches traveling to Joplin.  Their task will be to purchase and plant trees to replace those lost in the tornado.  Will also described a plan to apply for the PW Birthday Offering Grant.

¯ Heard from the Church Design and Planning Committee that the first proof of the layout of space use has been delivered from the architects.


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Confirmation Sunday will be June 2.  Plan to attend!



The Worship Committee is starting a new sign up sheet for volunteers to sit at office desk on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:20 a.m. to answer the phone. The sign up list is across from the office.



The Food for Thought After School Program will be holding our End of the Year Cookout on June 7 from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church. We will be serving hot dogs, chips, and ice cream bars. We will also have bounce houses and other activities for kids. The community is invited and Will Wetzel has flyers if anyone needs one. We also need volunteers to work shifts from either 2:30-5:00 p.m. or 5:00-7:30 p.m.



The Mission Trip to Joplin, Missouri needs your help! We are need of church members to lend us tools to take to with us to plant trees in Joplin. If you would like to let us borrow your tools or would like to make a donation towards purchasing tools please contact Will Wetzel at 309-255-3448. The Mission Trip will take place June 9-15, 2013.



Genesis Garden will be selling popcorn at Heritage Days to raise money for McDonough County Public Action to Deliver Shelter and the Genesis Garden Entrepreneurship Program. Please come visit us at our Heritage Days Booth. If anyone has a commercial popcorn popper that we could borrow please call Will Wetzel at 309-255-3448.



If anyone needs more information about the Mission Trip, Genesis Garden, McDonough County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), the Food for Thought After School Program, or Church Emergency Response Plan they can contact William Wetzel, at 309-833-3333, 309-255-3448, or via email- williamw@firstpresmacomb.org




(This is a fifth Sunday, so only one service.)

 Time is drawing near for the celebration of handbell ringing at our church. Alumni, it would be so great if you could join us for this celebration. I promise the music is not hard, and the tune is one we will all know.  I need to hear from you by Monday June 10, 2013 if you are going to join us.

Below is the rehearsal schedule for all bells choirs:

Sunday June 23 – Westminster Bells 4:30 – 5 p.m.  Knox Bells 5 – 6 p.m.
Thursday  June 27 – Carillon Bells 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday June 29 – Alumni Bell Choir 1 – 2 p.m.
Sunday June 30 – All choirs will rehearse 9 – 10:15 a.m.  I will give you your time at the above rehearsals.

The fellowship committee will serve a lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, salads, and dessert, after the worship service.  Sign up on the sheet on the table across from the office.

I hope all bell alumni, family, friends, and members of the congregation will join us for this joyful occasion.

Nancy Caldwell

Enjoy some bell choir pictures from the past:


2oo6 Seniors


Area Conference, Springfield, Illinois, 1998


2002 – 2003 Junior/Senior Choir


At Wesley Church, April 1999


At WIU’s COFAC Recital Hall, November 2009; Wii Gather by James Caldwell


Area Conference, Peoria, Illinois, 2008


Area Bell Festival, Collinsville, Illinois, 2002


Area Bell Festival, Topeka, Kansas, 2000



Father’s Day cards will be available in the parlor on June 2, 9, and 16. This project is sponsored by the Service and Justice Committee and will support Heifer International. Heifer is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes development projects in areas of need—here in the United States and throughout the world. They provide animals and plants to needy families and ask only that they pass on the gift when the animals have offspring and the plants produce seeds.  Many kinds of animals and plants are available as gifts including: heifers, llamas, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, bees and seedlings of several species. Cards are available in the parlor on the table in front of the bulletin board on a take what you need basis. A $10 donation is suggested per card but any amount will be fine. Put your donations in the box provided. Make checks out to The First Presbyterian Church and write Father’s Day or Heifer in the memo line.  This is a good way to recognize the “men” in your life.



Citizens Bank has sponsored a Flower Show in conjunction with Heritage Days for several years. This year the show will be held on Friday, June 28th at the bank. If any members of our congregation would like to participate, they can bring their entries to the bank between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.



View our complete June calendar here.

June preparation and lector schedule

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

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

June 2     Earle Cramer     Judy Cramer/Sandra Houchens

June 9                                   Darwin Armentrout

June 16

June 23

June 30     One Service at 10:30 a.m.

Communion Preparation and Clean up 10:30 a.m. Worship

June 2, 2013         Ordinary          Donna Locke/Becky Fitzgerald

Lector 10:30 a.m. Worship

June 2          Nancy Chu

June 9         Brian Locke

June 16         Sheila Nollen

June 23         Dan Curtis

June 30      Jeanne Stierman

Jazz Worship Schedule

No jazz worship services are scheduled in June.



PW held their Spring Tea on Sunday, April 21. Officers were elected and installed, and Margaret Bourke reported on the year’s many PW mission activities. Pat Sivill led a time of remembrance for our sisters who have passed in the last year: Esther Armstrong, Ruth Wyne, Jane Loquist, and Betty Clary. Most of all, it was a lovely time for fellowship.

2013-14 officers: Nancy Chu, moderator
Marsha McCormick, vice-moderator & secretary
Pam Huston, treasurer
Traci DeWitt, event coordinator
Margaret Bourke, mission coordinator


Circle Summer Activities


         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.


        On Wednesday, June 5, the evening circle will take a trip to Nauvoo.  The group will meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. to carpool.  After our meal at the Hotel Nauvoo, they will visit Sara Wood’s home overlooking the Mississippi River.  Contact Nancy Krey for reservations.


     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.



miguel2  Miguel  shannon  Shannon

chase  Chase  kelsey  Kelsey

bella  Bella  sophie  Sophie

kathryn  Kathryn

We celebrate the members of the confirmation class. They are our joys!


We also celebrate graduations:

Ryan Roby (grandson of Don and Peggy Scharfenberg) recently graduated from Towson University in Towson, Maryland.  Ryan received his Masters Degree in Psychology.  Ryan and Alex Roby live with Peggy and Don.

Michelle (Rick) Lewis received her MS in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma Central University on May 10, 2013.  Michelle was honored as the “Outstanding Graduate Student.” Michelle is the daughter-in-law of Bill and Jean Lewis.  Barry (Leah) Lewis received his MBA in Hospitality from Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI on May 16, 2013.  Barry was elected President of the Graduate School.  Barry is the son of Bill and Jean Lewis.


Macomb High Graduates

Tom Bauerly, son of Robin and Ron Bauerly, plans to attend WIU and major in zoology.

 Jack Cavett, son of Cindy and Lynn Cavett, will attend Bradley University and major in mechanical engineering.

Garrett Kline, son of Rhonda and Steve Kline, plans to attend WIU and major in business.

Sean Ring, son of Jennifer Edwards and Bo Ring and grandson of Kris and Herb Edwards, will attend Spoon River College and pursue his interest in cooking.


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 news@firstpresmacomb.org and include pictures if you have them.




Ray Krey, master chef, prepares the delicious meal for Evening Circle’s May meeting.  Thanks, Ray!


Sheilah and Tom Dye on their last Sunday here in Macomb.  Our prayers go with them for a wonderful new life in Arizona!


Share information from you, your group, or your committee.  Items for the July Newsletter should be emailed to news@firstpresmacomb.org  BEFORE June 25.  Pictures are welcome!