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Volume 59 Issue 6
March 17, 2010


In This Issue
Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM




"Unbuburdening and Letting Go"

A Lenten Prayer from your Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan E.   Carroll

Lent is for loosening, isn’t Lord?

   For unburdening and for letting go?

     It is hard for me to unravel

       my white-knuckled panic of being out of control;

           it mangles me and garbles others.

Loosen my grip on my fears,

            that I may have hands free 

              to touch your humility

                 to feel my humanity

                   to grasp what is possible but just out of reach.

Loosen my grip on those grudges and grumblings that I so closely hold,

            that I may risk becoming vulnerable           

                to the gift of forgiveness and of being forgiven

                  that changes lives, resurrects dreams, and breeds courage.

Loosen my grip on myself,

            that I may find the freedom of a fool

                        who knows that

                           to risk faith is to see glory and to feel peace;

                           to reach out to another is to know myself to be held;

                           to laugh at myself is to be in on the joke of                                          your grace that is unimaginable;

                           to dare to love is to see your face and to smell the                              wildflowers of your dreams.


Loosen my grip on my ways and my words,

            on my fretfulness and image-driven anxieties

                 so that unleashed 

                     into the depths of your deep silence and my own deep joy

                 I may find myself embraced by you

                     and joined afresh to your new life

                          in this wild and wondrous church and world

                                that you love so much.

In my unburdening and letting go

            may I take pleasure

                        that you take pleasure in me.

                                    And I am free.


                                                                                                By: Jonathan Eric Carroll

                                                                                                Lent 2010


Holy Week Schedule



Monday, March 29, 2010

6:00 PM


TaizÉ Service

Named for an ecumenical Christian monastic community in TaizÉ, France, this worship experience is characterized by prayer, biblical readings, poetry, and singing. It is a quiet, contemplative style of worship that seeks to recover some of the ancient Christian spiritual practices within the context of community.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

6:00 PM


Stations of the Cross

This worship experience centers on the final hours of Jesus’ passion leading to death and his journey there. Worshipers will join in the journey of Jesus’ suffering, contemplating on the meaning of Jesus’ death through prayer, guided meditation, and personal reflection.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

6:00 PM


TaizÉ Service

Named for an ecumenical Christian monastic community in TaizÉ, France, this worship experience is characterized by prayer, biblical readings, poetry, and singing. It is a quiet, contemplative style of worship that seeks to recover some of the ancient Christian spiritual practices within the context of community.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

6:00 & 7:00 PM (identical)


With Christ in the Upper Room

Experience this simple, quiet, moving dramatic portrayal of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his 12 disciples on the night of his betrayal and arrest. The play encapsulates some of the wisdom, teaching, and ministry of Jesus in a one-act place complete with a congregational celebration of Communion (all are welcome to partake!).


Friday, April 2, 2010

12:00 Noon & 6:00 PM (identical)


Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Friday, the day of the cross, is commemorated in a tenebrae service (or service of shadows). This moving Good Friday worship experience is comprised of biblical readings, dramatic presentation, music, and prayer. Worshipers are invited to enter and exit in silent contemplation and meditation on the cross of Jesus.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

7:00 PM


The Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil, a service of reading, singing, and prayer, is the crown jewel of the Christian liturgy. Historically a three to eight hour service, this one hour experience walks worshipers through a brief history of the entirety of God’s redemptive history with humanity, beginning with creation and ending with the resurrection of Jesus, which is anticipated to happen on the following morning. Communion is served and all are welcome.



Sunday, April 4, 2010

6:00 AM

Sunrise Service

Gathered as did the disciples on that first resurrection morning, worshipers will assemble in the Prayer Garden just before dawn for singing, praying, and bible reading as we await the rising of the sun, a reminder that the New Dawn, the New Song, and New Life have come in the resurrection of Jesus.

10:30 AM

Easter Worship

All are welcome to join us on Easter Sunday for a triumphant celebration of life’s victory over death, and of Jesus’ rising. Communion is served and all are welcome.

In This Issue


Prayer Concerns


Hands holding bird David & Jean Gilliland
Peggy McDuffee
Bill & Jennie Park
Alice Rogers
Martel & Anne Wightman


Note of Thanks

To paraphrase Lou Gehrig's memorable retirement speech, I consider myself the luckiest woman on the face of the earth.  And blessed with grace in unimaginable abundance.  The love for David and our family generously poured upon us from our friends at First Presbyterian Church, Dart Polymers, and in our Thorobred East neighborhood has been like living water, refreshing and sustaining us along this exhausting journey toward an unknowable destination.  I could live on this earth for another hundred years and not be able to adequately express my gratitude.  You are all amazing beyond words.

Jean Gilliland



The Corkran family would like to thank our church family for their prayers and concerns over the health issues and recent death of Lorraine's father, Eugene McMahon.

Birth Announcements

Proud grandparents Otis and Susan Hicks would like to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Jordan Renee Hicks born March 3, 2010 to Jonathon & Kimberly Hicks.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Winter Griffith on the birth of their son, Matthew Craig.  Matthew was born March 5, 2010 at 10:04 PM weighing 8 lbs. 8 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches.  Matthew is the grandson of John and Frannie Griffith.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is fast approaching. If you are 4 years old through 5th grade, join us June 28 – July 2 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for Baobab Blast. More information to follow.

News from the Youth Upper Room

Food Drive Results

In an age when over 1.2 billion people live on a dollar or less a day and during a time when 30,000 children die everyday of hunger, the children and youth of First Presbyterian Church decided to do something about it.  In an attempt to bring an awareness of hunger not only in the world but also in the community of Owensboro/Daviess County, our students extended a one day fundraising/awareness event into an entire month long food drive.  After making signs, coming up with clever jingles, and discussing hunger, the Kids for Christ, Junior high, and senior high youth began the food drive known as “Souper Bowl of Caring” on Super Bowl Sunday and ended on the 28th of February.  Here is what we came up with:


Kids for Christ raised—81.0 pounds of food

Junior High raised—86.8 pounds of food

Senior High raised—46.0 pounds of food


When we began our food drive, we set a goal of raising 100 pounds of canned goods.  We went far and above this goal with 213.8 pounds of food raised!


On behalf of the Kids for Christ ministry, Junior high and high school youth group, I want to thank you, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, for joining with us in assisting in the steps towards ending hunger in our community.  We have gathered up the food and put it in the grocery cart, which is parked outside the chapel, and the food will be taken to the H.E.L.P Office.  In addition to our 213.8 pounds of food raised, we also raised over $75 which will be donated to the Backpack Ministry.


May we as a church, continue with our compassionate giving in aiding the poor by finding ways to contribute to the need of ending hunger in the community.  Perhaps every time you come to the church, whether it be for Morning Prayer, Wednesday book study, choir practices, Circle meetings, or when you come to church on Sundays, you could bring a canned good or drop in some of that loose change you keep in order to by that over priced coffee or soda, and drop it in the money boxes which can be found at the Clinton place entrance and the Griffith avenue entrance. 


As a Eucharistic practicing people, may we continue to give to those in our community and the world with our generous hearts and contributions.


Thank you again! 


Shalom Friends.


2nd Annual Youth Fundraising Boot/Trunk Sale

There you stand, staring at your garage.  Well I guess you can still call it your garage even though you no longer park your car in there and it looks a lot like a condensed K-Mart shopping store with all the ‘stuff’ you’ve managed to pile in there.  Even now I know what you are thinking, “How am I ever going to organize all of this and when will I have time to make cute signs, hang them, and where can I get enough tables to put all this stuff out to sell?  Boy am I overwhelmed, what am I ever going to do?”  Don’t sweat it any more because on Saturday, May 15th, from 7:00am-11:30am, the youth group will be having our 2nd Annual Boot Sale which will take place in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church to act as a fundraiser for our varied trips.  Now you know what to do:  look at the stuff, start cramming it in your vehicle and show up Saturday, May 15th, @ 7am and sell it all so when it is all said and done, you can return home and actually park your car in the garage! 


Youth Mission Trip Fundraising Breakfast #1

March 28th--We are encouraged to eat breakfast every morning and we are also told this is the most important meal of the day. Sometimes it is difficult to grab that bagel, pour that bowl of cereal, or eat the yogurt and granola as you head out the door to start your day. Don’t you worry, the youth ministry will help you out with this important meal. Starting at 9 am on the 28th  of March and the 25th of April, the youth will be hosting a pancake breakfast in the fellowship hall to help raise funds for our 2010 mission trip to North Carolina. The meal will be on us but we will be accepting donations. We hope you can attend as we provide an opportunity to start your day off right! (These 2 breakfast dates will be in place of the Annual Sunrise Service Breakfast. There will be NO Sunrise Service breakfast this year.)


The Bunnies Will Be Hopping on the Front Lawn of FPC

What is green, with yellow, pink, red, blue, and white polka dots?  Our front lawn on Palm Sunday.  That is right our annual Easter egg hunt will be on Sunday, March 28th, immediately following our 10:30 am worship service.  If the weather cooperates, we will be scrambling around on the lawn of the church looking for those tasty eggs but if it rains, we will be inside.  To help make this a ‘hopping’ good time, we are in need of candy and plastic Easter eggs!  Please drop them off in Adam’s study.  We are looking forward to having a bunny-rific time on Palm Sunday!

Session Highlights

  • Session approved infant baptism of Brody Brubaker on March 14, 2010.

  • Youth director encouraged all the church to participate in the trunk sale, a fundraiser for youth mission trip, on May 15 in the parking lot at church.

  • Session approved Taize service at 7:00 PM in the chapel on March 16.

  • Series of luncheons for prospective new members will be after church on April 11, April 18, and April 25.

A Word About the Melissa Gilliland Benefit Gala

A very special thanks on behalf of our entire congregation to the Men of the Church, our Youth Ministries, and various others who contributed in beautiful ways to the Melissa Gilliland Benefit Gala on Saturday, February 27. Your generosity demonstrates once again your profound love for Jesus and his church. Thanks to your unending desire to give, we were able to present Melissa (whose father, David, an FPC elder, is living with brain cancer in Cincinnati, OH) with a check amounting to more than $3,600. This, combined with a large gift from Dart Polymers, Inc., David’s employer, have been applied to Melissa’s UofL tuition and rent. She is taken care of through the remainder of the Spring ’10 semester. 


Thanks be to God for you, Men of the Church, Youth Ministries, friends, co-workers, and family of the Gillilands for a beautiful event and a generous outpouring of love and support.

Help!: Nursery Workers needed for Ministry beyond Sunday Morning Worship

Our congregation continues to expand its ministry opportunities. Sunday Night meals & meetings, 3rd Tuesday TaizÉ services (see “Holy Week” Schedule for more information), and occasional other gatherings are all lovely opportunities for our congregation to be together, to make community, and to worship the living God with our lives and service.


In an effort to extend the hospitality of Jesus, we think it necessary to provide childcare at every single FPC event. This means, we need your help. A special thank you to Aggie Lewis, longtime FPCer, who coordinates by telephone our Sunday Morning nursery schedule and volunteers. We need another who will be willing to make these important telephone invitations to secure nursery help for our other events. Please call or email Sasha to let her know that you are willing (a) to provide childcare during a Sunday or Tuesday evening event and/or (b) to make telephone calls to coordinate such caregivers.


Thank you in advance for your willingness to help. Without this much needed service, parents of younger children will never feel as welcome as we know they are and as welcome as they need to be.

Library Corner

The library has received a new book as a gift.  It is Rediscovering God in America by Newt Gingrich.  Reflections on the role of faith in our nation's history and future.  Significant monuments, memorials and artifacts found in our nation's capitol are creator- endowed as seen through a walk through tour of Washington D.C.

Help Office Donations

In these tough economic times, the Help Office is dealing with higher and higher numbers of people in dire need of assistance with food, cleaning supplies, personal items, and of course cash.  The Commission on Missions wants to encourage members to remember to bring donations for the Help Office.  Our new slogan is F(food) P(personal items) C(cash) for the Help Office.  Look for our signs around the church.

The first Sunday of each month  has been designated as Help Office Sunday.  Of course donations will be accepted at any time.  We will now have a donation spot at both the main entrance to the sanctuary as well as the Clinton Place entrance.  For those of you who forget your donations, please consider dropping a few dollars in our cash box that will be located at the collection bins.

Children's Day Out News

On March 30th, Children’s Day Out will begin enrollment for the fall 2010 semester exclusively for First Presbyterian Church members.  Enrollment for First Presbyterian Church members is from March 30th through April 12th.  Starting April 13th and running through April 26th, enrollment will open to current CDO families and then to the general public on April 27th.  Availability is first come, first served after April 26th.  You can find information on fees and registration forms in the front office.  You may also contact Amy Kand at church or home (240–4082) for more information.  Thank you for your interest and support of this early childhood program.   

Kitchen Renovation Complete!!!

More than two years ago, our Session’s then Fellowship and Property MinistryTeams began researching the possibility of renovating our kitchen to make it more environmentally responsible, more functional for larger groups, easier to clean, better able to manage more kitchen workers, and better equipped to serve our expanding culinary needs.

Thanks in large part to a bequest by the late Horace “Sonny” Temple, Dick Temple’s brother, and thanks to Dick who requested the allocation of those funds to the renovation project, and thanks also to the anonymous gifts of several FPC families and the efforts of Virginia Clancy, among others, to raise support, we were able to make a dream that seemed distant to become a reality far sooner than before imagined.

If you haven’t seen it, please stop by to do so! The new stainless-steal cleaning tables, sinks, commercial-grade dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, oven/range, storage racks and bins, flatware drawers, new countertops, refinished butcher block and food prep. Table, and all new Corelle dishes are all working together to make what was a very nice but slightly dated kitchen to become what is now a highly-functional, easy-to-use-and-clean, and in many ways, state-of-the-art church kitchen. And all of it was made possible by the generous aforementioned donations and the countless hours of work contributed freely by several of our members, including (but not limited to and listed in no particular order) the entire Property Workgroup (ie., Larry Yates, Dick Temple, etc.), the entire Fellowship Workgroup (ie., Pat Hale, Marna Loucks, Jean Fortune, Ellen Sweet, Cathy Cowan, Debbie McCoy, etc.) among others (ie., Larry Hale, John Loucks, etc.).

To all of you – named and unnamed, visible and invisible – thank you on behalf of all of us who love our church and who love our kitchen and the fellowship it helps to facilitate.

Your countless hours, tireless work, and ceaseless organizing and cleaning are not missed. We thank you!

Now it is our turn to honor these hardworking, easy-to-love servants of the servants of Christ. Please, when using the kitchen or any of its accoutrements, whether a solitary fork or glass or whether you are preparing a meal for 200, please keep the kitchen clean and organized. It’s just good stewardship.

Again, a special thanks to all who helped and to the Christ who makes it possible.

Patti's Notes

According to the weather, calendar, birds and trees, Spring is almost here.  Due to activities during Lent and Holy Week, some changes have been made to the “normal Schedule.”

God’s Children Sing/Ring—Meets each Sunday 9:00-9:30 AM.

SING Youth Choir—Sundays, 4:15-5:00 PM.  We will not meet March 21 due to the youth trip to Madisonville.   We not meet  April 4 or April 11 due to Easter and Spring break.

Adult Bells—March 18- 6:15 PM; March 25-6:15 PM;                        Palm Sunday- March 28- 9:30 Am and play at the 10:30 service.            April 1- No rehearsal due to “Upper Room” Play.
Easter- April 4- 9:30 Am and play at the 10:30 service.

Adult Choir—Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 PM;                          Wednesday, March 24 after the Lenten Service;                         Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM;
Thursday, April 1 no rehearsal due to the play.

 Exercise Opportunities

Due to the activities during Lent and Holy Week and also depending on the time UK is playing in the NCAA Tournament, I have made some revisions.

Strength Devine—Sundays at 2:00 PM. We will not meet on April 4, Easter.  March 21 and 28 we will meet as of now.  If UK is playing in the tourney at that time, we will not meet.

Zumba—Sundays at 3:00 PM and Wednesdays at 7:10 PM.  We will not meet on April 4, Easter.  Sunday, March 21 and 28 we will meet unless UK is playing at that time.  We will not meet on Wednesday, March 24 due to the Lenten service at our church and choir practice.

 If you have any questions about joining any of these groups, please feel free to contact me at 926-1809 or 663-4685.

Upcoming Events

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April Birthdays & Anniversaries


Marilou Edwards
Mitchell Coomes
Ben Shelton
Creda Heffelfinger
Jean Fortune
Sarah Clancy
Doug Hamby
Ginger Snyder
Will Clancy V
Yee-min Lin
Caroline Lashbrook
Maggie Davis
Diane Watson
Jillian Thomas
Elizabeeth Riddle
Jean Gilliland
Robyn Hetman
Jerri Smeathers
Lore North
Helen Lacy
Michael Thies
Art Hazel
Zoe Carroll
David Gilliland
Andrew Moore
Paul Puckett
Jerry Price III
Nathaniel Holcomb
Dayton Heffelfinger
Lorraine Corkran
Leroy Melvin

Julia Stone
Evelyn Triplett
Emily Harris
Mary Jungmann
Bill Hughes



Waitman & Pat Taylor
Jerry & Maxine Price
Bobby & Diane Watson
David & Cheryl McCrystal
Charles & Valerie Holcomb