October 2013 Newsletter

First Presbyterian Church of Macomb

October 2013 Newsletter


A PDF version of this newsletter can be found here: October-2013



Please pray for family and friends who mourn the death of Gordana Rezab who died on August 31, 2013.



At the September meeting, Session:

• Heard an informative presentation from Beau Ingledue of Purdum, Gray, Ingledue, Beck about our church’s insurance coverage.

• Appointed Gene Miller as our Commissioner to Great Rivers Presbytery.

• Heard from Pastor Kathy that she has been asked to stand for election as a Commissioner to the General Assembly.

• Adopted a Personnel Policy Manual for Non-Clergy Employees.

• Acted to formulate and recruit an implementation team to begin to move forward on a Phase 1 of a building renovation plan according to the priorities recommended by the Church Design & Planning Committee.



Session members have received their committee assignments.

Matt Blankenship – Christian Education

Jim Caldwell – Clerk

Steve Kline – Finance

Charlotte Morrow – Finance

John Nelson – Service and Justice

Earle Cramer – Building and Grounds

Traci DeWitt – Service and Justice

Kris Edwards – Worship

Donna Locke – Personnel

Adam Patton – Service and Justice

Robin Bauerly – Christian Education

Gene Miller – Christian Educaiton

Sheila Nollen – Service and Justice

Susan Rinehart – Finance

Dave Shane – Finance and Visioning



FSM Oper Budget Update_August_11 Sept 2013



 An adult discussion group will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 13 to plan dates and times for two different upcoming discussion activities.  We’ll view and discuss the video “A Small Act”, an inspiring look at how major changes can be created by just one tiny action.  Paul and Sheila Nollen will lead this discussion.  Our other discussion will focus on “The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus” and will be facilitated by Dorothea Jewell.  All are welcome!  Bring your calendars and we’ll make our plans.



Loaves and Fishes, Etc. is establishing a program called “Birthday Feast” to enable individuals who want to provide food for the hungry to pay for the food vouchers issued by Loaves and Fishes, Etc. on their birthday or a special day they select.  Food vouchers are issued in amounts of $7 to $25 for perishable foods – only – at County Market and Hy-Vee Food Stores.  The cost for having Loaves and Fishes, Etc. provide a Birthday Feast will be either:  1. The total amount of food vouchers issued on the contributor’s designated date, or  2. A specified or maximum amount of money for food vouchers issued on the designated date.  (The range of total vouchers issued throughout the year on one day is about $200 to $600.  The average amount of vouchers issued in one day is about $350.)   Contributors choosing #1 above will receive a notice after the date designated with the total amount of food vouchers issued, the total number of households served and the total number of people who will be participating in their “Birthday Feast.”  Anyone wishing to provide a Loaves and Fishes, Etc. Birthday Feast, can contact any member of the Board of Directors or a volunteer at the pantry from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, 836-FOOD (836-3663).



October 20 – Horn Field Corn Maze – Bring your family out for a trip through the corn maze! The cost is five dollars per family. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at Horn Field.


November 9 – Suit Up @ Monmouth College. Enjoy worship, energizers, keynote, and small groups! Check out a Presbyterian Church-Related College! Finish the day by cheering on the Monmouth College football team. Cost is $10 per youth and scholarships are available. Sign Up with Will by October 14, 2013.  For more information: http://www.greatriverspby.org/Events_-_Presbytery_of_Great_Ri/Suit%20Up_Presbyterian%20Youth%20Day.pdf


December – Christmas Party – TBA


January 19-20 – Ski Trip and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service. Join Youth from around the Presbytery for a weekend of skiing and service in the Quad Cities. We will be skiing at Ski Snowstar in Andulusia on the 19th and completing service projects in Rock Island on the 20th. Please sign up with Will Wetzel if you are interested. The cost is $25 and scholarships are available.


Reboot Computer and Technology Program – Is seeking donations of computers newer than 2006 to give to low-income families with school aged children on free or reduced lunch.



View our complete October calendar here.

Communion Preparation/Cleanup

10:30 a.m. service, October 6 (World Communion Sunday) – Nancy Krey and Marsha Davey


October lector schedule

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

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

October 6 – Earle Cramer/ Judy Cramer

October 13 – Donna Quesal/ Darwin Armentrout

October 20 – Earle Cramer/ Judy Cramer

October 27 – Donna Quesal/ Darwin Armentrout

Lector 10:30 a.m. Worship

October 6 – Margaret Bourke

October 13 – Deb McDaniel

October 20 – Nancy Krey

October 27 – Betty Kaspar


Jazz Worship Schedule

Sunday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square.  The theme is Patience.

Sunday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square.  The theme is Loss.




We would like to thank all the volunteers who organized a very successful sale. We were very busy on all fronts including the kitchen.  While PW organizes the event, it is really church-wide involvement that ensures its success. Again, thanks to all!


Profits for our fall rummage sale were over $6200. We were pleased to find a nice wicker set in the donated rummage.  A silent auction for that wicker set generated $140.

Another special item was an unfinished quilt that was found among the rummage a few years ago.  Gordana Rezab took it home and finished it.  At this sale, the finished quilt was sold to Alice Davenport.

Gordana's Quilt

Alice commented, “Gordana was a wonderful friend.  I first met her through a film series I did at 1st Pres, and was impressed with how wide-ranging her interests were, and what a sharp mind she had.  These observations were confirmed later, in LIFE classes I taught that she came to, and in classes we shared. When I learned that the quilt she’d donated to PW was still available – I snapped it up!”

More Rummage Sale pictures can be found here.

The spring rummage sale is scheduled for April 3 – 5. Mark your calendars!



On Sunday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m., we will gather for the PW Christmas Tea.  This traditional festive gathering during the Advent season is a wonderful time for fellowship. The Sunday Morning Circle is planning this event. All Presbyterian women and friends are invited.



PW continues to support the Equal Exchange program by selling chocolate, olive oil, coffee and other assorted goodies. Please look for the Equal Exchange cart in the parlor during the fellowship time on Sundays. Equal Exchange goods make wonderful holiday gifts.



Our celebration cake commemorating the 25th Anniversary of PW.




lightbetweenoceansWe’ll begin our discussions this year with “Light Between the Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.  This novel is tale of love and loss, right and wrong, and what we will do for the happiness of those most dear.  It’s a story of desperation and the tragic decisions made by good people.  A lunchtime brown bag discussion led by Connie LaRue will be held on Wednesday, October 30.  Copies of the novel are available in the church library.






         Thursday, October 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the church; Betsy Nicholson is the hostess, Mary Lakie-Hermann is the co-hostess and Connie Deener will lead Lesson 2.


            Thursday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the church parlor;  Pat Elam is the hostess, Verna Smith is the co-hostess and Patty Smith will lead the introduction and Lesson 2.


            Wednesday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. at Horn Lodge.  Mindy Pheiffer is the hostess; Sheila Nollen is the co-hostess and Sheila will lead the Food for Thought.


                 Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. Carol Covey and Donna Quesal are sharing hostess duties.



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.


A NEW BABY!  Morgan Rae Brown was born on Sunday, September 22 at 8:32 p.m. at MDH. Morgan is the daughter of Joe and Laura Brown.  Joe and Laura are members of the Chancel Choir and are on the faculty at WIU in the music department. Morgan is 6 lbs. 11 oz., and 19 inches long.  Both mom and baby are doing very well.  The Browns would like to thank everyone for their love and support throughout the last 9 months.  They will gladly show off pictures and cannot wait for Morgan to meet everyone!



Charlotte Blankenship is baptized.

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A busy Saturday morning!  Mary Ann Morey, Mardell Harris, and Alice Daugherty arrive early Saturday morning.


Mary Ann and Mardell prepare communion.


Alice Daugherty, ESL Program Director, also arrived early to prepare for the Immigration and Citizenship Clinic held at our church on Saturday, September 28.  Immigration attorneys, citizenship staff and volunteers from The Immigration Project were present.

Alice writes, “I would like to thank the Church and all the church members and other volunteers who came out Saturday for our first Immigration & Citizenship Workshop.

The kinds of people who leave their old country behind and come to America are a special breed. Often they were the best and most ambitious of their country or culture. It takes a lot of initiative to redefine you and your family’s future by getting on that plane or boat and going to America. We are all the children, grandchildren or great grandchildren of immigrants.

On Saturday, people whose families did that same thing twenty or a hundred or two hundred years ago were here to greet them and help them work through the intricacies of not only coming to America but becoming Americans. I was excited to be around both the Americans extending a hand and those taking that hand in friendship.”


 Henry and Pastor Kathy prepare for their action roles in the Lazarus sermon on Sunday, September 29.


 Members enjoyed the activities and lunch at Horn Lodge sponsored by the Christian Education Committee.

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More Horn Lodge pictures can be found here.



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