March 2013 Newsletter

First Presbyterian Church of Macomb

March 2013 Newsletter

Welcome!  The Communications Committee thanks you for the kind words regarding our first newsletter.  We will be producing an online version for the first few months.  Later, we will add a print version for those who don’t have access to the online version.

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: March 2013 Newsletter | First Presbyterian Church of Macomb

This monthly newsletter is in its beginning stages. We ask your patience as we work through this process.  Please help us by submitting your suggestions and comments.



At the February 14 meeting, Session

¯ Approved the following committee to work with Architechnics: Dan Curtis, Chad Walker, Paul Trimmer, Jennifer DeJong, Carla Bishop and Connie Deener, with John Nelson and Ray Krey as co-chairs

¯ Approved the hiring of Dwayne Sebert as Sunday Sexton

¯ Heard that 26 of the 2013 pledge cards amounting to $52,490 had been returned to date

¯ Approved 2013 Budget as presented



The annual meeting of First Presbyterian Church was held Sunday, February 17 at 12:30 p.m. after a lunch hosted by the Fellowship Committee.  At the meeting, the congregation

¯ Elected Becky Fitzgerald and Jan Lucie to the nominating committee

¯ Heard from Jim Caldwell, clerk of session, a short history of our building discernment process which has led to the hiring of Architechnics, Inc., an architect and engineering firm from Quincy

¯ Heard from Martin E. Meyer of Architechnics, Inc.

¯ Approved the terms of call for Pastor Kathy

¯ Reviewed and received written committee reports

¯ Reviewed and received the 2013 budget



Please pray for the families and friends who mourn the deaths of these members:

Esther Armstrong who died 31 January 2013.
Ruth C. Wyne who died 2 February 2013.
Jane Loquist who died 5 February 2013.



Lilies for Easter will again be available for you to purchase in memory and honor of your loved ones.   You may purchase a lily for $8.00 each.  Names of donors and loved ones will be printed in the church bulletin on Easter Sunday.  To purchase a lily, please fill out the form found on the table across the hall from the church office.  Or, you may download and print the form by following this link:  Lilies.  Deadline for purchase is no later than March 20.



Come join us for a study of The Art of Possibility. The book, by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander, presents twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors. One review described it as “… a way to change your entire outlook on life and, in the process, open up a new realm of possibility.” The first meeting will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 24. Three more discussion sessions will be on March 3, 10, and 24. For more information contact Gene Miller at 309/837-9355 or



Presbytery of Great Rivers keeps “Per Capita” at same level for 2013

Here is good news!  Great Rivers Presbytery’s Administrative Council has announced that there will not be any increase in the Per Capita member contributions for this year.  It remains the same as last year:  $28 per member or $56 per couple. The announcement points out that over the last half decade Presbytery has not raised its portion of the per capita.  In turn, this means that Presbytery has actually lowered its own per capita when both the Synod of Lincoln Trails and the General Assembly have had to increase their fees.

Per Capita contributions are the way we share the expenses of the PC(USA) system of government.  The annual amount is a combined request from Presbytery, Synod and the General Assembly – of which each congregation is a part.  For those who are able to do so, it is a tremendous help to the church if each person pays his or her own Per Capita amount, otherwise it is paid monthly from our church’s budget. For more information about Per Capita go to the website:

Members can pay two ways: write a check to 1st Presbyterian Church and on the memo line indicate it is for “Per Capita,” or, place cash in one of the pew offering envelopes and under please specify note “Per Capita.”



Alone Together is a group designed for women who are alone – widowed, divorced or single.  It’s an opportunity to gather for a meal together.  There’s time for conversation, support and Christian fellowship.  This group of 12 or so meet regularly on the last Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Old Dairy in a small private room. Contact Pat Sivill, the organizer and contact person, if you would like more information.  If you are alone, join us!


Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through
One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with those in need. Your
generous gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the
hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.
Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing support the following:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance | Presbyterian Hunger Program | Self-
Development of People



Are you planning an Easter Eggs Hunt or making gift baskets this year? Coming soon:

Milk and Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs from Equal Exchange. Your purchase not only guarantees the finest chocolate but also keeps children in school rather than picking cacao beans as child slaves. On the coffee cart, usually on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, you will find newer items such as Candy Bars and Geobars (similar to granola bars and oh so good). We are more than happy to fill your needs between sales days. Thank you for supporting this sustainable project which does improve the living conditions of families in many countries.



The year was 1973, when Joanne Findley, with a generous gift from Jerry Purdum, was able to start the first bell choir at First Presbyterian Church, Macomb, Illinois. It is now 2013—40 years later—and the bell choir program is still going strong under the direction of Nancy Caldwell.  So let’s celebrate!

If, in the past 40 years, you had a chance to ring in a bell choir at First Presbyterian Church, please come join us and ring again with old and new friends as part of an alumni choir.  Forty years is a long time, so there are a lot of you out there.

When:  Sunday June 30, 2013 (Heritage Days weekend)

Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Macomb, IL

Time:  10:30 a.m. worship service

Rehearsal: Saturday, June 29, 2013, mid afternoon (TBA); Sunday, June 30, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Please email Nancy Caldwell by June 10, 2013, if you plan to attend. Nancy’s email is



Beat that cabin fever and enjoy a family fun day at Argyle Lake State Park in Colchester, Illinois.

March 2nd, 2013, Argyle Lake State Park will host its 16th annual Maple Syrup Festival. Learn all about the process of making maple syrup. Experience everything from a hayrack ride to the maple grove, tap a tree, collect sap and then return to the sugar shack to see how it is cooked down into syrup.

This is an incredible day for any age. It begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Other activities include storytelling around a campfire, crafts and games. The event is FREE to everyone with free refreshments thanks to the Macomb Rotary.

Argyle Lake State Park is located 6 miles west of Macomb & 2 miles north of Colchester, off Highway 136.



The Macomb Feminist Network has chosen Josephine Johnson, Betty Kaspar, and Janice Welsch as recipients of the 2013 Writing Women Back into History Award for their extraordinary contributions to the Macomb and McDonough County communities.  A reception to honor them is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Western Illinois University Multicultural Center on West Murray Street across from the University Union. The public is invited to join the celebration for these women and their accomplishments. The MFN presented its first Writing Women Back into History Awards in 2010 when it honored Wanda Black, Mary Ellen Graf, Rosa Juhlstrom, and Beth Stiffler.  In 2011 Connie Berg, Marcia Moll, and Ruth Parks were celebrated. In 2012, the recipients were Maria Dunstan, Judy Kohler, and Donna Werner. We hope you can join us on March 2!



The United Voices of Western Inspirational Singers is a gospel choir that contributes to the cultural, educational, and social life of the Western Illinois University student body, faculty, staff, and communities throughout the region, state and nation. The choir’s mission is to promote an interest in gospel and inspirational music and to provide an environment where this interest can be nurtured. The UVOWIS choir is planning a performing Southern Tour this month to Andalusia, Alabama to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song in a free Gospel concert, “…and They Sang the Gospel” at Lurlene B. Wallace Community College. The choir plans to use their time there to recruit future college students to complete their education at WIU. Student choir members are seeking financial support in the amount of $200 per student to help defray expenses of this trip. The students envision that this trip will bring spiritual rewards to themselves and to those to whom they will bring their uplifting voices in song. Individuals willing to provide financial assistance may make checks payable to Western Illinois University and mailed to UVOIS, c/o Dept. of African American Studies, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Morgan Hall 232, Macomb, IL 61455. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this request. We look forward to sharing the Gospel with you at our Spring concert in Macomb on May 4, 2013 in the COFAC Recital Hall.



Special March Worship Services

Palm Sunday                  March 24 at 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday         March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Vigil                      March 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday                 March 31 at 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.


View our complete March calendar here.


March preparation and lector schedule

Communion Preparation and Clean up

March 3, 2013           3rd Sunday in Lent         Rose Elam/Jeanne Stierman

March 28, 2013         Maundy Thursday         Betty Kaspar/ Connie LaRue

March 30, 2013         Easter Vigil                      Worship Committee


Lector/Usher 8:00 a.m. Worship

March 3, 2013        Sheilah Dye          Tom Dye

March 10, 2013      Earle Cramer      Judy Cramer/ Sandray Houchens

March 17, 2013       Donna Quesal     Suellyn Rieckelman

March 24, 2013      Tom Dye                Rooney Dively

March 31, 2013      Sheilah Dye


Lector 10:30 a.m. Worship

March 3          Matt Blankenship

March 10         Jayne Schiek

March 17          Frank Covey

March 24         Cathi Murphy

March 28         Connie LaRue Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 p.m.

March 31         Margaret Bourke



The next Presbyteers will be on March 20 at 6:00 p.m..  All are welcome.  Again this will be a true potluck, with each asked to bring a salad, vegetable, dessert, or meat dish to share.  The program will be provided by Amy Fansler on “Balancing, Flexibility and Strengthening Exercises.”  Sylvia Hofer will be contacting people on the list.  If you wish to be added to the calling list, call her at 837-2559.



Spring Luncheon

All women are invited to attend the annual Spring Luncheon on Thursday, March 14 at noon.  Hostesses are the morning and afternoon circles.  Alice Daugherty, our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, will share her experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria.  She’ll also discuss the English as a Second Language (ESL) classes she has been creating and teaching here at First Pres.

Leadership Retreat

Ladies, an opportunity to build your leadership skills! Sign up to attend the PW Leadership Enhancement Retreat at Threads and Beds Retreat Center in Danville, IL, on April 5-7 (Friday evening – Sunday noon).  For workshop and speaker details or a registration form, pick up a brochure from the hall table. The $100 registration covers meals, lodging, and workshop materials. PW has some funds available to defray your costs, so let Jeanne Stierman know if you register.

PW Book Discussion

For our PW discussion book this winter, we are joining Gene Miller’s discussion of The Art of Possibility.  The book, by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander, presents twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors. One review described it as “… a way to change your entire outlook on life and, in the process, open up a new realm of possibility.” The first meeting will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 24. Three more discussion sessions will be on March 3, 10, and 24. For more information contact Gene Miller at 309/837-9355 or

One of Jane Loquist’s favorite books,  An Invisible Thread written by Laura Schroff, has been purchased for the church library.  Jane had chosen this book for her PW Discussion and planned to lead a book discussion, but, sadly, she did not get the chance.  Take some time to read it and remember Jane.  You’ll surely be reminded of her in the pages of this book.

The PW Book discussion in April will be led by Nancy Colvin.  Watch for details!

February Circle Meetings


Thursday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the church in Fellowship Hall.  Hostess is Judy Cramer; co-hostess is Marilyn Weller.  Pat Sivill will lead Lesson 7.


Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the church parlor.  Hostess is Pat Elam; co-hostess is Verna Smith.  Betty Riggins will lead Lesson 7.


Wednesday, March 6 in Fellowship Hall at 5:00 p.m.  Note that this is a change in time and place from our schedule.  Sara Wood is the co-hostess.  Lois Shane will lead the Food for Thought.


Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m. at the church in Fellowship Hall.  Hostess is Marsha Davey and Norma Kentner is co-hostess.



Did you know that Jack Cavett was named to the All-State Academic team?  He is one of only 13 male athletes in Illinois who was awarded IHSA’s top academic honor.  And, did you know that Rose Elam recently celebrated her 35th year at WIRC and Jeff Elam celebrated his 30th year there?  And, as already noted above, Betty Kaspar has received the Macomb Feminists Network Award.  Congratulations to all of you!

In this part of our newsletter, we want to share our joys and accomplishments. So, 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.





 Kingdom Kids recently worked on adapting the Lord’s Prayer.  Here, they question the meaning of one of the words with the Confirmation Class.  After lots of deliberation and discussion, the Kingdom Kids wrote this version:

Our mighty and holy God in heaven, we want earth to be like heaven.  Give us what we need.  Help us to forgive others, and please forgive our mistakes.  Keep us o the good path and away from bad things.  Everything is Yours, and all power and glory come from You.  This is true, and the Kingdom Kids believe it!





Jazz Worship on February 10.   Performers were Michael Kennedy, Jordan Nettgen, Aritta Oh, Amanda Miller, Barkey Bryan.

The upcoming dates of services and themes are as follows:

Friday, March 8th  – Relationships

Sunday, March 17th – Peace

Friday, April 5th – Temptation

Sunday, April 14th – Salvation

Sunday, April 28th – Trust

Plan to join us for Jazz Worship!




The PW Sewing Group meets a few times a year to work on mission projects for both local and global needs.  On  February 5, Gordana Rezab, Sheila Nollen, Janice Wayland, Mary Ann Morey and Mardell Harris sewed adult clothing protectors to be delivered to local health care centers.  Other projects of the sewing group are baby caps, flannel baby shirts, baby blankets, and as of last year ” Little Dresses for Africa.”  In addition to the scheduled group sewing days, several Presbyterian Women work on projects in their own homes to share with the sewing group’s missions.

Two small, unfinished quilts have been donated to the PW sewing group. If any one is interested in finishing them and would like to see them, contact Mary Ann Morey at 833-1302



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More than two dozen Presbyteers met on February 20th and enjoyed a delicious meal, wonderful fellowship and a great program presented by Ukelele Macomb.  The program consisted of old musical favorites and several hula dances by Ukelele Macomb member Sheila Scherer.



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Marsha Davey, Sue Rericha, Rose Elam, Cathi Swanson, Nancy Caldwell, Mardell Harris, Donna Locke, Norma Kentner, Sarah Murphy, Joe Brown, Marsha McCormick

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Nancy Caldwell and Cathi Swanson on February 10, 2013.  This was the last Sunday Cathi rang with the bell choir, as she has retired from WIU and is moving to Arizona to be near her children and grandchildren.  We will miss her.



Several groups from the community meet in our church and each month, we’ll look at one. This month it’s the Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout troop #5390 meets at First Presbyterian Church each Monday at 7:00 p.m.  Sue Nolan and Daphne Thorman are the co-leaders of the seven or so 8th grade girls who are the cadets.  Several of the cadets are working toward the silver award, the highest award the cadets can earn.  Their particular journeys involve service projects, air quality issues and educating the educators about diabetes. Right now, they are all very involved in Girl Scout cookie sales!

They regularly meet in the Kingdom Kids area each week except for the occasional field trip off site.  Sometimes they venture into the kitchen area for some cooking activities.  They  describe the Kingdom Kids area where they meet as “perfect for what we do.”

A different Girl Scout troop meets here on Wednesday nights.  We’ll meet them at a later date.



Our new newsletter depends on YOU!  We all want to know what’s going on and that depends upon participation from all of us.  Share information from you, your group, or your committee.  Items for the April Newsletter should be emailed to  BEFORE March 25.  Pictures are welcome!