September 2013 Newsletter

First Presbyterian Church of Macomb

September 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: September-2013



Please pray for family and friends who mourn the death of Audrey Ashenhurst who died on August 8, 2013.

Please pray for the family and friends who mourn the death of Arthur Clayton, formerly of Macomb and member of First Presbyterian Church, who died August 8, 2013.

Please pray for the family and friends who mourn the death of Doris McRaven who died on August 23, 2013.



At its August 14 meeting, Session

  • Welcomed new elders and said good-by to the elders of the class of 2013

  • Approved the job description for the new Head of Maintenance position

  • Set a called Session meeting on Sunday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m. to examine new deacons and elders

  • Heard an update about Mission Initiative Grant Application from Will Wetzel

  • Approved “A Small Act” video and a book study of “The Underground Church” for adult discussion group

  • Approved the second year of our participation in our WIU graduate assistantship for Seth Fromal our Jazz Worship leader

  • Heard a report from the Mold Committee

  • Received a request from James Gallagher to be removed from our membership roll

  • Received from Carol Gerlach, Clerk of Session, First Presbyterian Church, Mesa, Arizona, for letters of transfer for Thomas Dye and Sheilah Dye


Session also met on Wednesday, August 28 to hear the report of the Church Design and Building Committee as presented by Martin Meyer of Architechnics, Quincy, IL.



REPORT FROM FINANCE COMMITTEEFSM Oper Budget Update for Month of July-2013



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!



“Making Connections” is an adult education opportunity to make new connections, or to renew older connections, with First Presbyterian Church.  With Pastor Kathy’s facilitation, we share stories of our own faith journeys; this congregation’s life and work; and the broad reaches of Presbyterian witness.  Class times are Sundays, September 8, 15, and 22 at 11:45 a.m. and September 29 at 10:45 a.m.  Our conversation is open to newcomers, old-timers, and anybody who is curious about us!  A light meal will be served.  Child care (with lunch) will be provided.  Please call the church office to sign up and indicate your needs for child care or special diets.


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.  Bring your calendars and we’ll make our plans.



kyliedavenport Kylie Davenport is our new VISTA Volunteer.  Kylie grew up in Macomb and is a 2005 graduate of Macomb High and recent graduate of WIU.   Her major goal during her yearlong assignment to First Presbyterian Church is to build the capacity and sustainability of programs addressing the needs of the low income residents of McDonough County.  Those programs include the Food for Thought after school program, Soup & More, Loaves and Fishes food pantry, Genesis Gardens, PADS homeless shelter and English as a second language.  Welcome, Kylie!



Alice Daugherty, our previous VISTA Volunteer, is now a WIU graduate assistant assigned to First Presbyterian Church. Her assignment includes Genesis Garden activities as CBO, a board member and treasurer.  Alice is also involved in grant writing for projects targeting marginalized populations.  Her ESL and naturalization project is also a priority as she teaches ESL and Civics to help students prepare for naturalization exams, heads the ESL Welcome to Macomb outreach to WESL newcomers, and teaches ESL enrichment classes.   Congratulations on your new position, Alice!



sethfromal Seth Fromal begins a second year WIU graduate assistantship as our Jazz Worship Service music director.  This year the service moves to the West Central Illinois Arts Center at 25 East Side Square.  A major focus will be to continue emphasis on working with local ministries and schools to bolster attendance as part of our education initiative.


Dates and themes for upcoming jazz worship services are

September 8 – Welcome Back!

September 22 – Friendship

October 6 – Patience

October 20 – Loss

November 3 – Peace

November 17 – Thanks and Giving!

December 8 – Christmas Jazz Worship Service



The Children’s Choir will begin rehearsals on Sunday, September 8.  We’ll practice from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30.



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!  Questions?  Call Jan Lucie at 309-331-3468 or



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 experience 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.



seaofchairs A group of hard-working volunteers met early one morning and spent 3 and ½ hours vacuuming and machine cleaning over 140 upholstered folding chairs in fellowship hall.  Some of the chairs, purchased in 2000, were quite soiled and needed considerable cleaning.  Thanks to Jeannie and Alan Bishop, Judy Calhoun, Melissa Calhoun, Carol Covey, Connie and Conrad Deener, Mardell Harris, Nancy and Ray Krey, Connie LaRue, Linda Miller and Janice Wayland for providing us with clean chairs again.  See more pictures of the chair cleaners at work here.



View our complete September calendar here.

Communion Preparation/Cleanup

10:30 a.m. service, September 1 – Linda Miller/Donna Quesal

9:30 a.m. service, September 29, Worship Committee


September lector schedule

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

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

September 1 –

September 8 – Earle Cramer and Judy Cramer

September 15 –

September 22 –

September 29 – Connie LaRue – 5th Sunday One Service at 9:30 a.m.

Lector 10:30 a.m. Worship

September 1 –  Matthew Blankenship

September 8 –  Jayne Schiek

September 15 – Frank Covey

September 22 – Cathi Murphy

September 29 – Connie LaRue – 5th Sunday One Service at 9:30 a.m.


Jazz Worship Schedule

Sunday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square.  The theme is Welcome Back!

Sunday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square.  The theme is Friendship.



Our next activity will be helping the Presbyterian Women’s Rummage Sale “Move the Mountain” on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the First Presbyterian Church. Your help in moving the mountain helps the Presbyterian Women set up for their their largest annual fundraiser and they usually buy us a pizza lunch. Hope to see you there on the morning of 14th.

Other planned activities are

Sunday, September 29 – Creation Day Location and time TBA

Sunday, October 20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  – Corn Maze (All Church Family Event)

Friday-Saturday, November 15 and 16, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Youth Overnight at Horn Field Campus

Sunday November 17- Advent Workshop

Sunday-Monday January 19 and 20, 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m. – Presbytery Wide Ski Trip and Day of Service

February 28 and March 1, 5:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 24 Hour Famine (Fasting and Light Service Project)

April – TBA Mission in Motion Volunteering

Summer Mission Trip- TBA

Contact Will Wetzel for more information.





The big fall rummage sale will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 19, 20, and 21.  Please mark your calendars.  Bring your rummage is as soon as you can – pre-sorting has begun.  We will have pre-sorting sessions on Tuesday mornings in the Social Room.  Anyone that is able to assist on Tuesday mornings is welcome!  And, most important:  YOU!  Your help during the sale week is vital to the success of this great mission projects.  To volunteer, and/or ask questions, please contact Margaret Bourke (  See more pictures of the pre-sorting activities here.


“Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Great Rivers invites women to attend the annual Fall Gathering on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois.  The Gathering theme will focus on Human Trafficking and guest speakers will be L. Nadine Hill from the Synod of Lincoln Trails and the Rev. Dr. Kathy Stoner-Lasala.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. September 14th and the gathering begins at 9:30 a.m.  The gathering will close around 2:30 p.m.  The cost of luncheon will be $7.00.  Reservations are due Monday September 9th.  Women who are interested in attending may contact Carol Covey  (837-5218) for a reservation form.”




Presbyterian Women is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. Since 1988, our organization has been witnessing to the promise of God’s kingdom and transforming lives around the world.  Their ongoing projects have made a significant impact:

THANK OFFERING 1989–2012—Gifts total nearly $24,000,000; grants have been made to nearly 2,000 projects,national and international

BIRTHDAY OFFERING 1989–2012—Gifts total more than $20,000,000; major grants made to 91 projects, national and international

MISSION PLEDGE 1989–2012—Gifts total more than $70,000,000 to support programs and ministries of PW, as well as provide support for the PC(USA)

 We’ll celebrate our 25th Anniversary with cake served in the parlor between services on Sunday, September 22.



Carol Covey, Mardell Harris, Janice Wayland, and Pat Clements, PW’s Bereavement Committee, have been hard at work lately planning and serving meals and receptions following recent funerals and memorial services.  Women of the church also volunteer to bring a salad or dessert or to help prepare and serve the meal.  Thanks to all who make these meals possible.


lightbetweenoceans We’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, September 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the church; Pat Sivill is the hostess, Alta Sargent is the co-hostess and Linda Miller will lead Lesson 1.


            Thursday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the church parlor;  Pat Clements is the hostess, Betty Riggins is the co-hostess and Pat Elam will lead the introduction and Lesson 1.


            Wednesday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m. at Connie LaRue’s house.  Pam Huston is the co-hostess and Connie LaRue will lead the Food for Thought.


                 Sunday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m. (Please note that this is the second Sunday.)  Donna Quesal is hostess and Sue Rericha is the co-hostess.



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.




Worship in the Park – Sunday, August 25 was a great day for Worship in the Park.


Lorelei, a puppy in training for Canine Companions for Independence, and her trainer Nancy Chu greet Jan Lucie in the parlor.



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